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Aquaculture Fund Recipients Announced

first_imgAquaculture operations and projects across Nova Scotia are developing new products, improving production and boosting quality, because of funding from the province. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, Sept. 26, $793,499 in funding for Nova Scotia aquaculture operators and projects to boost capabilities. The investment is part of $2.5 million in aquaculture funding from the Community Development Trust Fund. “With 330 sites throughout Nova Scotia, the aquaculture industry provides jobs in our coastal communities and has great potential to grow,” said Mr. Belliveau. “These sites provide a variety of high-quality shellfish, marine plants, and fish to local, national and international markets.” The Community Development Trust Fund is a $34.9-million program established in 2008 by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. “This funding is assisting in research, quality development, production and communication initiatives,” said Mr. Belliveau. “The support of these projects will ensure aquaculture continues to grow within the province and provide secure jobs in our communities.” The priorities of the trust fund, are to enhance sustainable prosperity; diversify economic and trade opportunities; improve productivity, innovation and training; assist communities with transition planning; and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Nova Scotia fund is available at .last_img read more

José Mourinho Says If Chelsea Wants Him Out They Will Have

Rabat – Chelsea manager, José Mourinho is sticking to his job and not letting another defeat challenge his job with the club.According to UK’s Express, the ‘blues’ boss said if Chelsea does not want him they will have to “sack” him because he is not leaving.“If the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away,” said Mourinho following Chelsea’s defeat against Southampton. After admitting this is the worst time of his career, the Portuguese coach was hoping for a victory at Stamford Bridge. But he walked away empty-handed as the Saints shamed Chelsea with a 3-1 final score.“To be champions now is very difficult because the distance is so much but I am convinced we will finish in the top four”, affirmed a hopeful Mourinho.‘The Special One’ is under a great amount of pressure as his team sits 10 points behind Manchester United, the current leader of the Premier League and only 4 points away from the relegation zone.Despite their losses, Mourinho stressed: “This is a moment for everybody to assume their responsibilities and stick together.”From his fallout with Eva Carneiro that almost cost him a five-match ban to Chelsea’s owner Abramovich being unhappy with his performance, Mourinho is facing a lot of criticism this season, yet he believes he is the best manager in the history of the ‘blues’.“It is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club has ever had. The message is that the results are the fault of the manager.”Saturday night, Chelsea dominated the first 10 minutes at their home ground when midfielder Willian scored the first goal of the game. The ‘blues’ were leading until Southampton’s Steven Davis put the score at 1-1 (43’) followed by Saido Mane’s strike (60’) and Graziano Pelle’s victoy goal (72’). read more

Ban says UNHRC work on Lanka has helped rights issue

Today, Ban said that over the decade, human rights mechanisms have been strengthened, with such instruments as the Universal Periodic Review, which periodically examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.The Council’s work on Burundi, Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria and many other places has helped the international community to respond to human rights emergencies and work towards accountability, he noted. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the work of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on countries like Sri Lanka has helped address the human rights issues in those countries.Ban Ki-moon said this as the as the UN’s main human rights body marked the 10th anniversary of its creation. When the UN General Assembly voted to create the Human Rights Council 10 years ago, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Assembly President at that time, had described the occasion as “a new beginning for the promotion and protection of human rights.” “Ten years on, I commend the Council on making important progress towards putting the human rights pillar back at the centre of the United Nations system,” the UN chief said at an anniversary event organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). In particular, Syria figured high in Mr. Ban’s speech, as today also marked the start of a sixth year of conflict there. “For five years, the people of that country have endured horrific and widespread human rights abuses including extrajudicial executions and torture,” he said, noting that over 250,000 Syrians have been killed, and nearly half of all Syrians have been displaced from their homes.The UN chief said an important task for the 47-member Human Rights Council is to reinforce the links between human rights, peace and security, and development. This interdependency is also at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the Assembly last year, which serves as the global blueprint for ending poverty and building a safer, healthier world.“While Member States have the primary responsibility for upholding rights, it is Member States that are all too often in breach of their commitments,” he said, urging the Human Rights Council to more than ever pursue its work with courage and persistence. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sri Lankan woman prevented from entering Kerala temple shrouded in controversy

On January 2, two women – Bindu and Kanakdurga – entered the temple resulting in large-scale violence across the state. A video of the two women, in their early 40s, entering the shrine went viral on WhatsApp. After the news became public, the head priest closed the temple for an hour for “purification rituals.” Women in menstruating age were barred at the shrine citing the celibate nature of Ayyappan, the presiding deity. The Supreme Court in September lifted the age restriction. Violent protests broke out in Kerala soon after. The BJP and state Congress attacked CM Vijayan for breaking the temple traditions. A dawn-to-dusk hartal was also called by several Hindu outfits. During the protests, two police stations were attacked and scores of CPI(M) offices were vandalised by agitators. Crude bombs were hurled into police station in Thiruvananthapuram rural district. In many places, the protest turned into a street fight between the BJP and CPI(M).Police were forced to use teargas to disperse the BJP activists, and 31 policemen were injured and around 100 buses of the state-owned transport corporation were damaged since Wednesday noon, the Indian Express reported. The Hindu reported that the woman was given protection, including women constables who were not in uniform. However, Sasikala claimed she was sent back under heavy police protection from Marakkuttam, the Indian Express reported. A 46-year-old Sri Lankan woman who was reported to have entered a prominent temple in Kerala which was historically closed to women of menstruating age, has said that she did not and was sent back by the police mid-way.Sasikala, who was accompanied by her husband and children had informed the police about their decision to enter the Sabarimala temple beforehand and submitted documents proving her age. Sasikala has a Sri Lankan passport and police sources said her passport showed she was born in 1972. read more

Renowned recording artist Pnk named newest UNICEF Ambassador

According to UNICEF, P!nk will use her voice to encourage families across the United States to get active and save lives with UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first ‘wearable-for-good.’ She will also educate the public about UNICEF’s global health and nutrition programs, and highlight UNICEF’s role in fighting global malnutrition, which impacts 159 million children worldwide.“As a mom myself, it’s devastating to know that children are suffering because they don’t have adequate nutrition. All children should be able to grow up strong and healthy, with the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said P!nk in a UNICEF news release.As a UNICEF Ambassador, P!nk said: “I want to use my platform to help end global malnutrition, which is why I’m so excited about UNICEF Kid Power – which gets kids and families involved in saving children’s lives.”By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world.The new Ambassador followed UNICEF to Haiti in July to witness first-hand the transformative impact that therapeutic food can have on malnourished children, who can be successfully treated in their own communities, and see the progress that has been made for children since an earthquake devastated the country in 2010.P!nk was also introduced to other UNICEF programmes, including education initiatives and polio, diphtheria and whooping cough immunizations programs. In a health centre for infant care, she also saw that mothers can have their children vaccinated, as well as examined and treated for severe acute malnutrition and attend breastfeeding courses.The President and CEO of the United States Fund for UNICEF, Caryl M. Stern, warmly welcomed P!nk to become the new Ambassador with commending that, as a passionate advocate for children and healthy living, P!nk demonstrated a deep commitment to the mission to put children first.“We are excited that she is shining a light on the critical issue of malnutrition – which affects 1 in 4 children around the world – while continuing to support UNICEF Kid Power, and encourage families across the country to be part of the solution,” added Ms. Stern. read more

Truck market strength stabilises June commercial vehicle market

June% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Van and truck market stable in June, dipping 0.4% to 25,864 registrations, rolling year up 2.6% to 294,549.Truck registrations up 14.7% at 3,577 in the month, rolling year up 25% to 47,848.Van registrations down 2.5% to 22,287 units in June, rolling year down 0.9% to 246,701. UK van and truck registrations: 2012 and % change on 2011 “The commercial vehicle market stabilised in June, down just 0.4%, after a challenging and contrasting first half to 2012. Truck volumes remained strong, up 14.7% in the month while van numbers dipped 2.5%,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The trend for the commercial vehicle market is generally stable, but it is far from settled and is likely to follow the course of the UK and European economy in the second half of the year.”Click through to download the full June 2012 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Trucks3,57714.7%23,79626.0%47,84825.0% Vans22,287-2.5%119,786-10.1%246,701-0.9% Total25,864-0.4%143,582-5.6%294,5492.6% read more

Leinster delighted with chance to play internationally banned Healy

first_imgLEINSTER FORWARDS COACH Jonno Gibbes has revealed the province intend to start prop Cian Healy against Treviso on Saturday.Healy received a three week ban from the IRB citing commissioners yesterday following a stamp on English forward Dan Coles during Ireland’s 12-6 home loss.The IRFU are considering an appeal against the ban, which will see Healy miss Six Nations games against Scotland and France.Gibbes told, “He’s certainly available.“Joe [Schmidt] and Declan Kidney have been in touch to discuss the international players. I would certainly be delighted to have him back.“Cian will be one of those guys they’ve discussed that will be considered.”Asked if he had any issues with starting a player while questions still remain over the validity of his ban, Gibbes remarked, “Not for me.” He added:There are complications for others maybe. Cian is just like the other international players that are in consideration [for the game].”No bone throwingSpeaking about the decision to ban Healy for three weeks but delay it so that he misses the France home tie on 9 March, Gibbes said, “Nothing really is surprising when a judiciary is involved.“You go into them with an open mind.”It is expected that the home against Treviso will feature backs Luke Fitzgerald an Fergus McFadden, who are both vying for game time to impress their claims upon Kidney for an Ireland start against the Scots.Gibbes gave no more away, commenting that he has too much respect for Treviso coach Franco Smith ‘to throw him a bone.”Cian Healy to miss Scotland and France matches after 3 week ban for stampinglast_img read more

Lions clutching at straws if Irelands Chicago win an inspiration insists Steve

first_img Share Tweet Email2 Image: PA Wire/PA Images Lions ‘clutching at straws’ if Ireland’s Chicago win an inspiration, insists Steve Hansen ‘We are going to get a similar game style to what we’ve always got whenever we’ve played a Warren Gatland team’ says the all Blacks coach. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 26,416 Views 60 Comments By AFPcenter_img Apr 20th 2017, 8:29 AM Short URL Source: David Davies“People will have high expectations and those players will feel that, how they deal with it will be interesting to see.”Hansen also dismissed criticism of the Lions gruelling schedule, which includes fixtures against all five New Zealand Super Rugby teams, the Maori All Blacks, as well as three Tests.While Hansen’s predecessor Graham Henry has labelled the itinerary “suicidal”, Hansen said any tour of New Zealand was always going to be a challenge.“We’ve got good rugby teams, I’m not sure why everyone’s so surprised it’s going to be a tough tour,” he said.“Gats would have okay-ed that. If you’re going to come to New Zealand you’re going to play good rugby players.”C) AFP 2017Lions confidence comes from Ireland downing the All Blacks in ChicagoSexton no foregone conclusion at 10 as Gatland keeps options open BRITISH AND IRISH Lions coach Warren Gatland is “clutching at straws” by using Ireland’s upset win over the All Blacks as motivation, his opposite number Steve Hansen said today.Unveiling his 41-man touring squad in London, Gatland said his players took confidence from Ireland’s 40-29 victory in Chicago last November, which showed the world champions were “fallible… like everyone else”.Gatland has selected several players from that match and England’s 38-21 win over the All Blacks in 2012 for the upcoming tour to New Zealand.He has also Andy Farrell as defence coach, who was part of the backroom staff both times the New Zealanders were defeated.But Hansen warned his fellow Kiwi Gatland not to read too much into the Ireland result, pointing out the All Blacks comfortably won the return fixture 21-9 in Dublin.“I’m pretty happy that our guys got some confidence beating Ireland in Ireland,” he told Radio Sport.“You’re clutching at straws if that’s how you are selecting teams. You pick players who can do the job you want them to do and play the style of game you want to play.“They’ve got enough good players there. I don’t think it’s about picking teams who beat us in Chicago.”Hansen expressed surprise at England captain Dylan Hartley’s omission from squad, saying it indicated Gatland was set to use rival England hooker Jamie George as an impact player off the bench.He said Scotland would feel “aggrieved” at only having two players in the touring party but said the overall squad had depth and looked “pretty good”.“It’s very much a Gats-type team… using the big ball carriers up front and the midfielders to carry. The selections reflect that,” he said, calling Sam Warburton’s appointment as captain “a no-brainer”.- Lions ‘expected to win’ -Hansen questioned Gatland’s assertion that the Lions had an edge in goal-kicking, saying their percentages may be superior but the All Blacks’ kickers were proven performers on the big stage.“It’s all about how you deal with the pressure in the big moments,” he said. “Our guys in the big moments have done us proud, Beauden (Barrett) and Crudes (Aaron Cruden).”He said the All Blacks were used to the psychological burden of playing as favourites but it would be a new experience for some of the Lions.“They’ll be expected to win this Test series, it’s one of the best Lions teams that’s been selected for a long, long time,” he said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 8:29 AMlast_img read more

First US targeted missile strike on Assad regime kills six Syrian soldiers

first_img Short URL First US targeted missile strike on Assad regime kills six Syrian soldiers Trump confirmed the first American targeted strike against Assad’s regime. Source: FORCES FIRED a barrage of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in response to what President Donald Trump called a “barbaric” chemical attack he blamed on the Damascus regime.The massive strike – the first direct US action against President Bashar al-Assad’s government and Trump’s biggest military decision since taking office – marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria’s six-year civil war.It followed days of outrage at images of dead children and victims suffering convulsions from the suspected sarin gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.US officials said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from Navy ships in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield at 1:40 am Irish time, targeting the base from where Washington believes Tuesday’s deadly attack was launched.Calling the strike a “flagrant aggression”, the Syrian army said it had killed six people and caused extensive damage to the base.The attack was hailed by the Syrian opposition and supported by US allies including Britain, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.But it was denounced by Assad allies Iran and Russia, with Moscow warning that it would inflict “considerable damage” on US-Russia ties and halting an agreement with Washington aimed at avoiding clashes in Syrian airspace.Trump announced the strike in a brief televised address delivered hours after the UN Security Council failed to agree on a probe into the suspected chemical attack.Syria’s military has denied ever using chemical weapons, but Trump accused Assad of a “very barbaric attack” in which “even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered.”‘Blown to pieces’ A missile soars through the sky over the Mediterranean. Source: ABACAAt least 86 people, including 27 children, were killed in Khan Sheikhun and more than 500 wounded.“Tonight I call on all civilised nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types,” Trump said.The missiles were fired from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, which belong to the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet and are in the eastern Mediterranean.The strike targeted radars, aircraft, air defence systems and other logistical components at the base south of Homs in central Syria.US officials said measures had been put in place to avoid hitting sarin gas they said was stored at the airfield.“The airbase was almost completely destroyed — the runway, the fuel tanks and the air defences were all blown to pieces,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Britain-based monitoring group said at least seven servicemen were killed, including an air commodore.The base was the second most important for Syria’s air force, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, after the Latakia airbase in Assad’s coastal heartland where Russia also maintains extensive facilities.In a statement read on state television, the Syrian army confirmed the strike and gave the toll of six dead, without specifying whether they were civilians or military personnel.It accused Washington of being allied with jihadists like the Islamic State group, and said it was seeking to “justify this aggression” by pointing the finger at Damascus for the suspected chemical attack “without knowing the truth.”Turning point for Trump The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea. Source: Seaman Ford WilliamsUS officials said Russia’s military in Syria was informed of the strike beforehand in order to avoid casualties that could prompt a broader crisis.Just days before he is due to visit Moscow, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Russia of being incompetent or complicit in permitting Assad’s actions.Tillerson said the attack should leave no one in any doubt that Trump is willing to act if any actor “crosses the line.”It will send ripples around the world, from Pyongyang to Tehran, as nations and leaders take the measure of the novice but often bellicose president.The timing of the strike, during a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will give weight to Trump’s threats to deal with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes unilaterally if necessary.On Wednesday, Trump had decried the suspected chemical attack as an “affront to humanity.”“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said, alluding to Barack Obama’s failure to enforce his own “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria four years ago.In 2013, Trump had urged then-president Obama not to intervene against Assad.The Khan Sheikhun incident appears to have marked a turning point for Trump, just days after his administration signalled it was no longer seeking the Syrian leader’s departure from power.Tillerson called yesterday for “a political process that would lead to Assad leaving” and said his future role in the country was “uncertain.”© – AFP 2017Read: Head of probe into Trump’s ties to Russia steps aside due to ethics complaintsRead: Trump finally set to meet Xi Jinping after Twitter rants about China Friday 7 Apr 2017, 9:55 AM By AFP 220 Comments 39,566 Views Share464 Tweet Email1 Apr 7th 2017, 9:55 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Alphabet Launches Outline VPN Service For Journalists

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Google has always been a friend to journalists. Now, the company is proving its loyalty with an open-source tool that grants news organizations safer access to the Internet.Developed by Alphabet-owned think tank Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas), virtual private network Outline lets users directly own and operate their server—no third-party trust necessary.The VPN was designed for everyone—from the office luddite to most liberated geek—with a simple setup, strong encryption, and auto-updating servers.“Journalists need safe access to information to research issues, communicate with sources, and report the news,” Jigsaw product manager Santiago Andrigo wrote in a blog announcement.A virtual private network encrypts Internet traffic by bouncing it through a remote server. But while it may shield you from the prying eyes of your Internet service provider, users are still at the mercy of whoever controls the VPN.With the exception of Outline.Outline Manager lets you can create a server and share access with unlimited accounts (via Jigsaw)“Much of Jigsaw’s work involves defending news organizations from digital threats that try to block access to information,” Andrigo wrote. “We created Outline because news organizations need reliable, private Internet access to make information accessible and meaningful for their reads.“That’s a mission we share with the news industry,” he continued. “And a more informed world starts with access to information.”Plus, retaining your own server makes it easy to control traffic and maintain Internet speeds.(For the technically inclined: Outline supports modern AEAD 256-bit cipher encryption and is resistant to probing and stronger against protocol fingerprinting, “which makes it significantly harder to block by modern deep-packet-inspection software.”)Windows, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux users can sign up online for Outline Manager: Use your own infrastructure or a cloud provider to create a server and share access with unlimited accounts.Still, an early-stage product, Jigsaw expects to release versions of Outline for Apple’s macOS and iOS platforms “soon.”For more, see Geek sister site PCMag’s lineup of The Best VPN Services of 2018, as well as How to Set Up and Use a VPN. Stay on targetcenter_img This VPN and Firewall Combo Keeps Your Browsing Under Wraps for Just $30Get Over 95 Percent Off Lifetime Subscription to Fastest VPN last_img read more

Itll be great to go back – Neil Warnock

first_imgFormer Huddersfield Town boss Neil Warnock expects to return to West Yorkshire this year as Cardiff City take on the Terriers in the Premier League.Yesterday’s fixture announcement showed the Bluebirds will travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on August 25 and Warnock is excited to revisit his former stomping ground.He managed Town from 1993 to 1995 and took the Terriers from Division Two to Division One via the play-offs in his final season at the helm. After the Premier League’s 2018/19 fixture announcement, Warnock admitted it would be hard for the newly-promoted Bluebirds in the top flight, but he is looking forward to returning to Town.He told Wales Online :“They’re all tough really [the fixtures], but you look at the top six and you always think they’re formidable.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Bournemouth have just bought a player we were looking at actually, but it was more than what our budget is.“It will be tough. Bournemouth have done it as you want to do. They’ve got into the Premier League, they’ve invested very cleverly, Eddie (Howe) has done a great job and steadied the ship and they’ve gone from strength to strength.“I’m looking forward to going and having a chat with him“And then Newcastle at home — we couldn’t wish for a better home game. Josh Murphy against his twin (Jacob)! It will be a full house without a shadow of a doubt.“And it’ll be great to go to my old club Huddersfield before we start the September where it’s ‘look away!’ — when you look at Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.last_img read more

Hawk choked in Seattle park could not be saved

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — A man who was caught strangling a hawk in a downtown Seattle park could face an animal cruelty charge.Police were called to the park near the Pike Place Market on Monday afternoon and found the man who appeared to be intoxicated holding the bird.KOMO reports officers wrestled the bird away from the man. Vets at the PAWS animal shelter euthanized the bird because of trauma and an injured wing.The bird was a Cooper’s hawk.last_img

Kevin Hart to come to Coral Gables on memoir tour

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Comedian Kevin Hart will be making a South Florida stop as he promotes his new memoir.Titled “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons,” the book hits the shelves Tuesday.To promote the work, Hart will be making several stops, including one at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Friday, at 7 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

FOLIO is Alive and Kicking

first_imgThe Digidaydaily e-newsletter today included a story asking the question whether the sun is setting on Forbes, Fortune and Businessweek. The newsletter’s subject line and first sentence intended to make a reference to the high-profile shutdown of Portfolio last week. Unfortunately, the newsletter left out four important letters in the name of the Condé Nast business magazine: “Port.” Which led some of our loyal readers to ask us what’s up. We e-mailed the newsletter journalist and asked her to correct her story, which she did. And not to worry, FOLIO: magazine is alive and well.last_img read more

Alfa Romeo launches a recall of 60000 Giulias and Stelvios

first_imgChevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Enlarge ImageNearly 60,000 Alfas are affected by a recall for a malfunctioning cruise control system. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Alfa Romeo is issuing a recall for the 2017-2019 Giulia and Stelvio models that stems from a problem with the vehicle’s adaptive cruise control system. The recall affects about 60,000 vehicles around the globe.The problem with the adaptive cruise control is that under certain very specific conditions within a very narrow margin of wheelspin, the Alfa’s system can freak out a little and not want to shut itself off with a tap of the brakes. The vehicle may also accelerate above the set cruise control speed. That sounds terrifying, I know, but it’s not as bad as it seems.If a vehicle’s cruise control system goes into this failure mode, the system will still respond to a prolonged press of the brake pedal to get it to shut off, and Alfa’s parent company Fiat Chrysler reportedly still hasn’t received any reports of injury or incidents with vehicles owned by the public.You’re probably asking yourself how anyone found the error if nobody that owns the car has reported it. Representatives from FCA tell us that an employee discovered the flaw during a test drive, and on further investigation, the company opted to launch the recall.Owners of affected vehicles can expect to be notified sometime next month, and FCA urges customers to refrain from using their adaptive cruise control until their vehicle has been serviced for the recall. Tags 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff More From Roadshow 3 0 52 Photos 12 Photos Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Sedans 18 Photos 71 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 68 Photos Comments 55 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: A 505-horsepower riotcenter_img Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 10 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice 26 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 69 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Alfa Romeo,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 49 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Alfa Romeo Recalls GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover More From Roadshow Tags 81 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Car Industry Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

ACLU sues Kenai Peninsula Borough over religious invocation policy

first_imgFrom left to right: ACLU staff attorney Eric Glatt, plaintiff Lance Hunt and ACLU of Alaska Executive Director Joshua Decker. (Photo courtesy of the ACLU of Alaska)The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU) is following through with its threat to sue the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its invocation policy.Listen NowIn the lawsuit filed Dec. 14 in Anchorage Superior Court, the ACLU alleges the policy currently in place violates constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.At its Anchorage headquarters, the ACLU of Alaska held a news conference to announce the lawsuit.Eric Glatt, a staff attorney for the ACLU, said the Borough Assembly’s invocation policy is not defensible under the U.S. Constitution.“Legislative invocations do have a long, storied history in America, but the kind of policy that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has implemented is not of a kind that the Supreme Court has upheld as being constitutionally permissible,” Glatt said.In the filing, the ACLU alleges the invocation policy violates four constitutional rights — the guarantee of separation of church and state, freedom of speech, freedom of association and equal protection under the law.They are seeking a court ruling that the policy is unconstitutional under state and federal law.The controversy began this summer when Iris Fontana, 27, a member of the Satanic Temple and one of two plaintiffs in the case, gave an invocation ending with the words “Hail Satan.”In response, the Borough Assembly passed a resolution on Oct. 11, restricting the invocation to individuals and religious organizations on a pre-approved list.The other plaintiff in the case, Lance Hunt, is an atheist who gave an invocation before the Assembly this past July. Under the current policy, he is barred from giving future invocations.“I’m fighting for the rights of everybody in the Borough to participate in all manners and facets of the Assembly in which the public is allowed,” Hunt said.The ACLU of Alaska has openly criticized the invocation policy since it was first instituted and cites a 2014 supreme court ruling as a legal precedent.“This is why the ACLU exists; it’s to take on important constitutional cases that really affect the day-to-day lives of Alaskans,” Joshua Decker, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska, said.The deeply divided Borough Assembly has attempted to revise or rescind the controversial invocation policy multiple times. Those attempts have failed.Assembly Member Stan Welles has been among those who have staunchly defended the policy.“I accept the challenge to support the Constitution,” Welles said. “The Supreme Court has never promulgated a law separating church and state.”In preparation for a lawsuit, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre proposed an ordinance on Nov. 22 that would have appropriated $75,000 to defend the invocation policy in court.That ordinance was later withdrawn.Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, along with the Borough Clerk and Borough Attorney, were not available for comment on the lawsuit.The Borough Assembly will now have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.last_img read more

WATCH Drunk driver runs over pedestrians on Bengaluru street 7 injured

first_imgA speeding white SUV runs over people on a footpath in HSR Layout locality of Bengaluru.Twitter/ANIIn a nerve-racking ordeal, a speeding SUV ploughed into pedestrians on a Bengaluru street, leaving at least seven people injured. The incident happened on Sunday, August 18, around 3 pm on a footpath in HSR Layout locality of Bengaluru.The Bengaluru city police have charged the errant driver and taken him into custody.Watch the video here:#WATCH Bengaluru: A drunk person drove his car over pedestrians on a footpath at HSR Layout locality. The driver was taken into police custody & injured were admitted to hospital. Case registered. #Karnataka— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2019 In the video, a white SUV takes a turn from the road in full speed and runs over people who are dining at an eatery and a few others walking on the pavement. The 9-second video captured on a CCTV camera also showed the car hitting the two-wheelers parked near the footpath.”A car driven by a drunk man ploughed into pedestrians and injured seven people in Bengaluru’s HSR Layout,” the official told a news agency.In another similar incident, a Kannada actor was dragged out of his car by four drunk men and beaten up in front of the public after his car brushed their bikes.last_img read more

Russian lawmakers back law jailing for urging teenagers to protest

first_imgSupporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shout slogans during a rally for a boycott of the 18 March presidential election in Moscow, Russia on 28 January 2018. Reuters File PhotoRussian lawmakers approved draft legislation that would make it a jailable offence to call on teenagers to attend unauthorised street protests, a move Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Tuesday was designed to frustrate his own activity.Navalny, a 42-year-old lawyer who says he wants to succeed Vladimir Putin as president, has tried to win the support of a young demographic, including teenagers, some of whom have attended his nationwide anti-Kremlin protests.Police have sometimes dispersed his rallies using force and jailed hundreds of attendees, including teenagers, whose presence has drawn sharp criticism from the Kremlin which has accused Navalny of manipulating minors for political gain.The new legislation proposes introducing fines of up to 50,000 roubles ($750) or a jail sentence of up to 15 days for anyone calling on people aged under 18 to attend unauthorised protests. Companies or organisations that encourage minors to attend could be fined up to 500,000 roubles under the new law.Opposition activists who want to protest already face an array of restrictions, including a requirement to seek the authorities’ advance approval for the time and place of any rally. Authorities often flatly decline such requests for technical reasons or propose alternative venues in remote locations far from the public eye.Navalny wrote on Twitter that the draft bill showed how the authorities were moving to give themselves a new lever to hamstring his opposition activity.”They passed the law specially for me, but it’s them that should be jailed for it,” he wrote.The bill was approved in its third and final reading on Tuesday. It must be approved by the upper house of parliament before it is signed into law by president Putin, something that is normally a formality.last_img read more

5 Ways Congressional Tax Legislation Would Transform Health Care

first_imgPeopleImages/Getty ImagesProposed changes to the tax law could eliminate the deduction for medical expenses. Those who use it generally have very high medical expenses, often for a disabled child, a serious chronic illness or expensive long-term care not covered by health insurance.Having failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress is now working on a tax overhaul. But it turns out the tax bills in the House and Senate also aim to reshape health care.Here are five ways the tax legislation could change health policy:1. Repeal the requirement for most people to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty Republicans tried and failed to end the so-called individual mandate this year when they attempted to advance their health overhaul legislation. Now the idea is back, at least in the Senate’s version of the tax bill. The measure would not technically remove the requirement for people to have insurance, but it would eliminate the fine that people would face if they choose to remain uninsured.The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that dropping the requirement would result in 13 million fewer people having insurance over 10 years.It also estimates that premiums would rise 10 percent more per year than they would without this change. That is because healthier people would be most likely to drop insurance in the absence of a fine, so insurers would have to raise premiums to compensate for a sicker group of customers. Those consumers, in turn, would be left with fewer affordable choices, according to the CBO.State insurance officials are concerned that insurers will drop out of the individual market entirely if there is no requirement for healthy people to sign up, but they still have to sell to people who know they will need medical care.Ironically, the states most likely to see this kind of insurance-market disruption are those that are reliably Republican. An analysis by The Los Angeles Times suggested that the states with the fewest insurers and the highest premiums — including Alaska, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming — would be left with either no coverage options or options too expensive for most consumers in the individual market.2. Repeal the medical expense deductionThe House-passed tax bill, although not the Senate’s, would eliminate taxpayers’ ability to deduct medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of their adjusted gross income.The medical expense deduction is not widely used — just under 9 million filers took it on their 2015 tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service. But those who do use it generally have very high medical expenses, often for a disabled child, a serious chronic illness or expensive long-term care not covered by health insurance.Among those most vehemently against getting rid of the deduction is the senior advocacy group AARP. Eliminating the deduction, the group said in a statement, “amounts to a health tax on millions of Americans with high medical costs — especially middle income seniors.”3. Trigger major cuts to the Medicare program The tax bills include no specific Medicare changes, but budget analysts point out that passing the legislation in its current form would trigger another law to kick in. That measure requires cuts to federal programs if the federal budget deficit is increased.Because the tax bills in both the House and Senate would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, both would result in automatic cuts under the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010. According to the CBO, if Congress passes the tax bill and does not waive that law, federal officials “would be required to issue a sequestration order within 15 days of the end of the session of Congress to reduce spending in fiscal year 2018 by the resultant total of $136 billion.”Cuts to Medicare are limited under the 2010 law, so the Medicare reduction would be limited to 4 percent of program spending, which is roughly $25 billion of that total. Cuts of a similar size would be required in future years. Most of that would likely come from payments to providers.4. Change tax treatment for graduate students and those paying back student loansThe House bill, though not the Senate’s, would for the first time require graduate students to pay tax on the value of tuition that universities do not require them to pay.Currently, graduate students in many fields, including science, often are paid a small stipend for teaching while they pursue advanced degrees. Many are technically charged tuition, but it is “waived” as long as they are working for the university.The House tax bill would eliminate that waiver and require them to pay taxes on the full value of the tuition that they don’t have to pay, which would result in many students with fairly low incomes seeing very large tax bills.At the same time, the House tax bill would eliminate the deduction for interest paid on student loans. This would disproportionately affect young doctors.According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 75 percent of the medical school class of 2017 graduated with student loan debt, with nearly half owing $200,000 or more.5. Change or eliminate the tax credit that encourages pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for rare diseasesCongress created the so-called Orphan Drug Credit in 1983, as part of a package of incentives intended to entice drugmakers to study and develop drugs to treat rare diseases, defined as those affecting fewer than 200,000 people. With such a small potential market, it does not otherwise make financial sense for the companies to spend the millions of dollars necessary to develop treatments for such ailments.To date, about 500 drugs have come to market using the incentives, although in some cases, drugmakers have manipulated the credit for extra financial gain.The House tax bill would eliminate the tax credit; the Senate bill would scale it back. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee, is one of the original sponsors of the orphan drug law.The drug industry has been relatively quiet about the potential loss of the credit, but the National Organization for Rare Disorders called the change “wholly unacceptable” and said it “would directly result in 33 percent fewer orphan drugs coming to market.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News. Sharelast_img read more