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Traffic Advisories Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902- 835-2702 Fax: 902- 835-1860 -30- Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening from today, Tuesday, July 17 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ogilvie Bridge Ogilvie Bridge on Route 357 in Meagher Grant will be closed for repairs from Wednesday, July 18, to Wednesday, Aug. 1. Detour on Cole Road and Wyse Road. Signs will be in place. read more

We will send you to jail: SC to Ranbaxy brothers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday threatened to jail Malvinder Mohan Singh and his brother Shivinder Mohan Singh, former promoters of pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy, for not complying with an order to pay dues to Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo. “We will go into the issue – why you violated our orders. We will send you to jail,” the apex court said. The court was hearing a petition filed by Daiichi Sankyo, which is seeking to recover Rs 3,500 crore awarded to it in an arbitration by a Singapore tribunal against the Ranbaxy brothers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Rubbishing the claims of the former Ranbaxy promoters, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told the defence counsel: “You may be owning half of the world but there is no concrete plan as to how the arbitral amount would be realised. “You said that somebody owed you Rs 6,000 crore. But this is neither here nor there.” Comprising also of Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, the bench fixed the next date of hearing as April 11. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday One of the Ranbaxy counsels said they have assets and their values have been submitted to the court. Moreover, they also have immovables. They have two operating businesses and an IT company. Shivinder Singh, who was present in the court, said the total value of their assets after liquidation was nearly Rs 900 crore and if an opportunity was given by the court he could certainly work to grow these assets up to Rs 2,000 crore. “The group’s situation has changed in the last couple of years,” he pleaded before the court, seeking more time to comply with the foreign arbitration. Daiichi had bought Ranbaxy — founded by the Singh brothers — in 2008. Later, the Japanese company moved the Singapore arbitration tribunal alleging that the brothers had misled the company and concealed information that the company was facing a probe by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice.last_img read more

Spain Recognizes Morocco’s “Hard Work” on Illegal Immigration

Rabat – The Spanish minister of Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido praised the cooperation of Morocco on the prevention of irregular immigration to Spanish press on February 21, 2017.In a brief press conference after a meeting with the European Security commissioner, Julian King, Zoido publically recognized the “hard work of Moroccan security forces for stopping massive immigration attempts to the borders of Ceuta and Melilla from within Moroccan borders,” reported La Gaceta.Cooperation relations between Spain and Morocco regarding the fight against illegal immigrations are based on “shared trust,” Zoido said on Thursday. These relations are based on an intense collaboration and shared trust for the benefit of the two kingdoms, he told Spanish TV channel “Los Desayunos.”Zoido noted that the working visit he paid last December in Morocco was an occasion to underline the sustained cooperation between the two countries in this field as well as the security one.Asked about the recent attempts by mass sub-Saharan illegal immigrants to storm into the occupied city of Ceuta, the Spanish minister underlined how difficult it is to stop such mass human attempts due to the very violent and aggressive attitude of some immigrants.“We will continue to work on improving the security and coordination with Morocco,” Zoido said.On January 1, 2017 Morocco evaded the entry of 1,000 immigrants. This past Tuesday they stopped the immigration of 300 more people. read more

Female CEOs are competitively paid, but greatly outnumbered

The few women who are CEOs of the largest U.S. companies typically make more money than their male counterparts but aren’t close to the top of the leaderboard for pay packages.The median pay package for female CEOs in the 2018 fiscal year was $12.7 million, compared with $11.2 million for men. That’s according to data analyzed by Equilar for The Associated Press.The figures reflect a raise of $680,000 for the same group of female CEOs from a year before, versus a raise of $540,000 for the men.Still, of the companies included in the survey, only 19 were run by women. Plus, there is not a single woman on the overall list of the top 20 most highly paid CEOs.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

Liberia still needs help to protect unsteady peace warns Ban

18 August 2008The struggle with the rule of law and competition over natural resources threatens Liberia’s fragile stability despite its economy showing significant improvement, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council today. The struggle with the rule of law and competition over natural resources threatens Liberia’s fragile stability despite its economy showing significant improvement, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council today.“Overall, the main threats to peace and stability emanate from the law and order maintenance issues,” Mr. Ban reported, while recommending a 12-month extension to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through September 2009.“Much still needs to be done, urgently, to strengthen the capacities of both the police and the army, and facilitate their effective presence in the country,” Mr. Ban added.The delay in the reinforcement of the national police and the establishment of an Emergency Response Unit is making it difficult for UNMIL police units in Monrovia to reduce its tasks and redeploy to other “hotspots” around the country.Consequently, Mr. Ban proposes expanding the size of the UNMIL police units from 605 to 845 officers, and calls on Liberia’s international partners to urgently provide assistance in building a national police force. More than 60 per cent of the population lives below the national poverty line and the country scores among the lowest in the world in key social indicators, posing a potential risk to a delicate peacebuilding process, Mr. Ban reported, while noting an increase in Liberia’s gross domestic product (GDP) to 9.4 per cent and a significant reduction in external debt.While the increased value of natural resources has contributed to an improvement in the Government’s revenue, “it has created a stronger incentive for illegal exploitation of natural resources, particularly minerals and rubber,” Mr. Ban warned.The recent surge in fuel and food prices as well as political instability in neighbouring Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire could also have negative implications for security in Liberia. Mr. Ban, however, recommends continuing with the planned reduction in UNMIL military personnel, repatriating almost 1,500 – including troops, officers, observers, and engineering and administrative units – leaving a troop strength of just over 10,000 by September 2009. “UNMIL will be able to continue to discharge its mandate of maintaining a stable and secure environment and providing the necessary security umbrella throughout the country to enable the Government to continue its reform and restructuring programme,” Ban reported.In a related development, work started on an UNMIL-funded magisterial courthouse in Unification Town, about 45 kilometres from Monrovia, last week. The $25,000 courthouse, when completed, will bring to 17 the number of such buildings constructed and rehabilitated across Liberia by the UN mission since 2004.“They say that the strength of a chain lies in its weakest link: so does the strength of a judicial system lie in its magisterial courts,” said Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, the Deputy Head of UNMIL, at Saturday’s ground-breaking ceremony. read more

TigerCats best Allouettes in exhibition opener

The Tiger-Cats were in Montreal Thursday night for the first of their two pre-season games, a dress rehearsal for some of the players who are guaranteed a spot on the roster. But for others without guarantees, it served as a job audition.A lovely night for a football game at picturesque Molson Stadium. And on the first play of the game, the Ticats get burned by the master; Anthony Calvillo. Calvillo connects with Jamel Richardson for a 50 yard gain to the Hamilton 28. And a few minutes later, aided by a couple of Ticat penalties, Chris Jennings will stretch the ball over the goalline, for an Alouettes TD. That was Calvillo’s only series of the game. Dan Lefevour, 3rd stringer last season, would get the start, and he dumps a pass to C.J. Gable, a running back out of USC, and Gable was able to bust it for a 37 yard gain. That big play would lead to a 33 yard field goal by Delbert Alvarado. Early 2nd quarter now and Lindsey Lamar, a rookie out of South Florida, gathers in a punt, and he ‘s off and running. Lamar races 88 yards to the house, and the Ticats had a 13-7 lead. And late in the first half, Lefevour, tosses to Chevon Walker, and Chevy revs up the engine, and motors 25 yards to the end zone, An impressive first half for Lefevour, a 2nd year player from Central Michigan, who’s battling Brian Brohm for the backup job. He was 10 for 19, 149 yards, 1 TD and he also rushed for 28 yards. Brian Brohm played the 3rd quarter and was 5 for 10, 110 yards. Jeremiah Masoli was 5 for 10 for 82 yards and one rushing TD in the 4th. A combined 340 yards passing, 77 rushing. Alvarado kicked 3 field goals, Brett Lauther one in a 33-26 final. A good night for Kent Austin and the Ticats.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

When is a truck not a truck When its a European SUV

Researchers claim that an increase in European sales of 4x4s / SUVs poses a growing threat to pedestrians. Yet, according to latest DfT figures, pedestrian deaths in the UK fell from 1,038 in 1995 to 671 in the UK last year, a drop of 35 per cent. In the same period, sales of 4x4s / SUVs more than doubled from 80,427 to 179,439 units. SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘We are surprised by this message. The researchers appear to have taken a well-trodden but misleading path, using American crash test data that is entirely irrelevant to the European market. The fact is that the vast majority of SUVs and 4x4s sold here are cars, not light trucks and their safety for occupants and pedestrians is improving all the time.’ The report also ignores investment made by car makers in active safety systems. These are designed to prevent accidents happening, rather than mitigating the effect of a crash. For example, in a voluntary move, manufacturers now fit ABS (anti-lock) brakes to all new volume production cars. Electronic stability and traction control systems are also helping more drivers of SUVs and other vehicles to avoid loss of control, keeping cars and pedestrians where they belong – apart.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT has reacted with concern over a report in the British Medical Journal calling for health warnings on SUVs. The article has collated casualty statistics involving truck-derived vehicles in the United States, ignoring the fact that the vast majority of SUVs sold in the UK and across mainland Europe are smaller, car-derived models. In calling for independent crash tests, researchers have overlooked tests by the independent safety body EuroNCAP. Pedestrian protection measures are part of their robust test procedure for new cars. Scores vary from model to model. However the British-built Honda CR-V – Britain’s second best-selling SUV – is one of few to have scored three stars, a far better result than achieved by many smaller models. read more

Miner refused bail for armed robbery

Audrey Hodge was remanded to prison earlier today (Tuesday) after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery under arms which detailed that on June 14, 2017, he relieved Patrick Douglas of golden jewelry valued at $345,000.According to Police reports, on the day in question, Douglas was accosted by the accused who was armed with a gun and proceeded to rob him of his jewelry, at Cooper Street Albouystown, Georgetown.The unrepresented man denied any knowledge of the crime and told the Magistrate that he works at Puruni, Region-Seven as a gold miner.Police prosecutor Arvin Moore disclosed that Hodge was on the run since the occurrence of the alleged incident and is likely to evade trial in the event that he is granted bail.Moreover, the accused had reportedly provided contradicting addresses to the court and the police. Other factors include the seriousness and prevalence of the offence, and finally the fact that a dangerous weapon was used in the execution of the alleged robbery.Bail was refused accordingly and Hodge will spend time on remand pending the outcome of trial which continues on August 11, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related18-Y-0 charged with armed robberies, escaping from police custodyMarch 11, 2015In “Crime”Repeat offender accused of robbery underarms, remanded to prisonSeptember 25, 2013In “Crime”20-Y-O charged with armed robbery; remanded to prisonJune 19, 2015In “Crime” read more

Vanadium to revolutionise green energy

first_imgBy Marc Davis, The ‘Holy Grail’ of renewable energy – grid scale power storage – appears to be finally within reach. So is the ability to make electric cars far more practical or user-friendly. This is why the world’s most influential leaders, ranging from US President Obama to the Premier of China and even famed multi-billionaire Warren Buffet, are all heralding vanadium. Governments the world over are directing billions of dollars of grants into vanadium’s fast-emerging role in the electrification of society’s energy supplies. And major corporations are likewise investing in this ‘next big thing’ in the hopes of addressing global warming and society’s dependence on dwindling fossil fuel reserves.By way of explanation, a new generation of advanced green batteries is set to do everything from beefing up electric cars to providing uninterrupted solar and wind power to whole cities. That’s because of a crucial new battery ingredient, vanadium, which can cost-effectively supercharge batteries of any size, even ones so big they have to be housed in substations for large-scale power grid usage. Most significantly, vanadium-enhanced batteries can store prolific amounts of energy, which solves the major drawback of alternative energy. For instance, solar power currently cannot be harnessed for use when the sun doesn’t shine, and at night-time. Likewise, the electricity generated by wind turbines presently goes to waste when the wind stops blowing or when the wind speed is too high or too low.The only limitation to this breakthrough battery technology is the scarcity of the planet’s economically viable vanadium deposits. So the world’s few primary vanadium producers will be pressed to their very limits in trying to satisfy a looming year-on-year exponential surge in demand for this increasingly invaluable 21st century metal. That’s great news for a tiny handful of mining companies around the world that control these limited mineral resources, according to Bill Radvak, CEO of American Vanadium Corp.       With extensive vanadium rich land holdings in Nevada, American Vanadium is developing what promises to be the only vanadium mine in the US. Not only is it expected to be a low-cost operation but the project’s location is also another major competitive advantage, according to Radvak. That’s because the world’s largest economy has to import the majority of  its annual vanadium needs. “The US gets most of its domestic vanadium supplies by way of a byproduct of oil refining. But it’s expensive to extract,” Radvak says. “And the rest comes from such politically problematic jurisdictions as Russia, South Africa and China – all of which account for about 90% of the world’s reserves.”He adds that North America’s automotive and battery manufacturing industries are very concerned about the possible disruption of long-term supplies when dealing with these overseas vanadium producers. Even President Obama has expressed serious concerns about supplies of strategic metals needed for green batteries. In a speech last year he declared: “Switching Middle Eastern oil for foreign batteries is not an option.”Obama’s concerns are underscored by the fact that China is believed to be hoarding vanadium supplies. It has even become a net importer of the metal and has recently imposed tariffs on exports due to burgeoning domestic demand. It’s no surprise that this emerging super-power increasingly needs vanadium for its traditional use as a strengthening additive in steel alloys. But what will also become increasingly evident is that China now requires vanadium for its own clean energy applications, including large-scale energy storage. Then there’s also the electrification of China’s fast-growing numbers of automobiles and scooters. Notably, the world’s most successful investment guru, Warren Buffet, has even invested in BYD Company, a Chinese auto manufacturer that is developing lithium/phosphate/vanadium batteries for its next-generation of fuel-efficient electric vehicles. And with a domestic marketplace of well over 1.3 billion citizens, BYD is poised for major market penetration, especially since most Chinese motorists have modest incomes that make them averse to expensive gasoline and diesel prices.  With industry analysts forecasting as many as 250 million electric cars in the world by 2020, lithium/phosphate/vanadium batteries seem to be the future battery of choice. That’s because they do not have the same barriers to widespread market acceptance as existing green batteries. For instance, they have far more energy storage capacity than their conventional lithium-ion counterparts. This translates into a range of up to 600 km on a single charge, which is as much as ten times the distance offered by cars powered by lithium-ion batteries. Also, these lithium/phosphate/vanadium batteries can be recharged in a few minutes, versus a typical 10-hour recharge cycle for ones that rely on lithium-ion.The advent of these more powerful batteries becoming so popular suggests that vanadium demand will grow exponentially. So says Jonathan Lee, a battery materials and technologies analyst for the Toronto-based investment bank, Byron Capital Markets. Vanadium-enhanced batteries will also be imperative for the implementation of green energy storage solutions, Lee adds. Hence, the prospect of a looming global supply squeeze heightens the need for the U.S. to develop its own rare reserves. And that, he says, offers American Vanadium “a bright future. It would be imperative for the US to have its own secure supply of vanadium to aid the electrification of the nation,” Lee adds. “So the adoption of lithium/phosphate/vanadium batteries would bode well for American Vanadium, which has the opportunity to be a low cost producer.”   The company’s Gibellini deposit, which is situated at the heart of mining-friendly Nevada, is at shallow depths and promises to be one of the most inexpensive to operate primary vanadium mines in the world.  The project exhibits such an encouraging risk/reward profile that a bankable feasibility study (a final blueprint for a mine) is already underway. The deposit is scheduled for commercialisation before the end of 2012, according to Radvak.By then the other major application for vanadium should also be starting to assert itself as a key driver of the green revolution, Radvak adds. Specifically, giant vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs) have demonstrated the ability to act as energy storage solutions for wind turbines and solar power installations. That’s a big deal. It’s because any surplus of wind or solar power currently has nowhere to go – except to be either wasted or discharged back into the ground. But these promising forms of renewable energy can finally realize their full potential once they are able to provide uninterrupted supplies of electrical power. In this regard, VRBs will be able to store large quantities of electricity produced during peak production periods. This will then be available to power grids to ensure a steady flow of energy. Electric cars and renewable energy storage solutions are therefore poised to become ‘game changing’ events in the business world. And American Vanadium is relishing the opportunity to offer the necessary stability of supply to the US vanadium marketplace, while becoming a lucrative success story in the process.last_img read more

Yuri on Ice Is Getting Its Own Animated Film

first_img The Best Romance Anime AvailableThe Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All Time Stay on target Yuri on Ice has been a veritable phenomenon in the anime world, as it made a very big splash on its debut. The figure skating anime spawned a memorable romance that many flocked to, and it’s amassed an enormous fan base since then. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that the series, with all its figure skating routines and memorable moments, is getting its own animated film. Yuri on Ice is making a comeback in a big way.For the unfamiliar, Yuri on Ice followed one Yuri Katsuki, a professional figure skater with anxiety who ended up meeting Victor Nikiforov, a world-renowned figure skater, learning under his tutelage. The two skaters become much closer than they may ever have thought they would, and thus a romance story blossomed from that. That’s what, in fact, has drawn so many people to the show in general.Of course, there aren’t many details on what the movie version will or won’t entail. Mappa Studios will be responsible for its creation, but all we really know at this point is that the movie’s going to happen. While that’s great news, it’s not exactly descriptive. That does mean, however, you’ve basically got all the time in the world to get caught up on the show before the movie comes out.For the uninitiated, Funimation’s official synopsis is as follows:“Yuri Katsuki makes his way to the Grand Prix ice skating competition as Japan’s top representative with his eyes on the prize. However, instead of celebrating, Yuri walks away defeated and ready to retire for good. But a run-in with champion Viktor Nikiforov and rising star Yuri Plisetsky ignites a new fire within him. With the two of them close by his side, Yuri will take to the ice once more.”So go and give it a try before new details on the movie emerge! Just don’t be surprised if you end up liking it a little more than you expected at first. Don’t come back blaming us for it!last_img read more

Luke Shaw set for England recall

first_imgManchester United left-back Luke Shaw looks set to replace teammate Ashley Young in the England squad for the upcoming friendliesYoung’s impressive performances at United last season earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad this summer at the expensive of Shaw.But the Daily Mirror reports now the 33-year-old’s spot in the Three Lions’ team is under threat with manager Gareth Southgate keen to incorporate more youth into the national side.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.This will likely put the 23-year-old Shaw back into Southgate’s plans.Shaw has been United boss Jose Mourinho’s first-choice left back in their 2018-19 campaign and the Portuguese coach is “very, very happy” with his progress at Old Trafford.The England team for the upcoming friendly games against Spain and Switzerland will be named at 2 pm today (BST time).last_img read more

ASA Testifies on Flaws in EPAs Proposed Rule for Renewable Fuel Standard

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) provided comments today in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Public Hearing on the EPA’s Proposed Rule for the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2). ASA sees numerous flaws in the approach EPA is using for indirect land use changes in its proposed rule.”ASA has tremendous concerns with the EPA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for implementation of RFS-2,” said ASA Vice President Ray Gaesser, a soybean producer from Corning, Iowa. “The primary area of concern and disagreement has emerged over the international indirect land use assumptions that EPA has proposed to use in conducting their updated lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis.”In the proposed rule, soy biodiesel land use factors were focused largely on deforestation in Brazil. If that is the basis, then past and recent trends in Brazilian soy planted area should be a telling data point. Brazilian soy area increased most significantly in years prior to the existence of U.S. biodiesel production (1998-2004). In the periods from 2004-2008, when U.S. biodiesel production increased from 25 million gallons to 700 million gallons, Brazilian soy area has actually decreased.”Land use change has been occurring long before any significant U.S. biofuel production began and is likely to continue regardless of U.S. biofuels policy,” Gaesser said. “Clearly soy biodiesel is not driving land use change and any land use change that is occurring cannot be solely attributed to U.S. biofuels.””Our assessment of the EPA Proposed Rule on RFS-2 implementation is that it is significantly flawed, and it does unnecessary harm to the competitive position of the U.S. soy biodiesel industry,” Gaesser said.The biodiesel industry is creating valuable green jobs and making a positive contribution to the economy. In 2008 alone, the U.S. biodiesel industry supported over 51,000 jobs, added over $4 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generated over $866 million in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments.Despite the many benefits it provides, the U.S. biodiesel industry is facing severe economic hardship today. The difficulty accessing operating capital as a result of the current credit crisis, the volatility in commodity markets, reduced demand, and inability to compete in the European marketplace are making it difficult for producers to sell their fuel. In addition, uncertainty over federal policy, such as the extension of the biodiesel tax credit, and implementation of the RFS-2 is undermining investor confidence in the industry.ASA’s complete testimony is available here.last_img read more

Kenai To Consider Rerouted Funds To Fix 2016 Earthquake Damage To Dock

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai’s dock still needs repairs following damage from 2016’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake. On Wednesday, January 17, the council will consider rerouting funds from completed projects to cover part of the cost. Eubank: “What you have there is you have steel structural membranes encased in concrete and some of that concrete was flexed and appeared to have cracked as a result of movement during that earthquake. And that’s evident because you can look for a crack that’s been there for a while and you may see rust coming out of it because moisture has gotten to the steel inside and we don’t see that rust.” In 2016, the city hired an engineer inspect the dock who found it structurally sound and safe for public use but stated without maintenance the cracks may speed up the deterioration of the dock. The initial estimate to fix the damage was between $150,000-200,000. The possible budget transfers would come from two completed projects: the recoating of the Animal Control kennels and the installation of the Public Safety Building’s boiler. The Kenai City Council will convene on Wednesday, at 6:00 pm in the Kenai Council Chambers for their regular council meeting. Those projects left a combined $106,422 unused but already allocated from the General Fund. Finance Director Terry Eubank detailed the damage caused to the dock by the jolt in the early morning hours of January 24, 2016. Story as aired: Audio PlayerAshley-on-Kenai-Earthquake-.mp3VmAshley-on-Kenai-Earthquake-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Electrify America network at full strength after brief fastcharger shutdown

first_imgEnlarge ImageThat was fast — just like the chargers. Electrify America Late last week, Electrify America — Volkswagen’s court-ordered penance for Dieselgate — shut down its 150-to-350-kW chargers at the behest of a cable supplier who was worried about a potential defect. Four days later, we’re back to normal.Electrify America announced on Tuesday that it has opened up its entire charging network once again, following a brief shutdown. According to Huber+Suhner, the company that supplies the liquid-cooled charging cables for the EV charging provider, the cables passed muster after extensive testing.The problem was originally discovered during a test at a private facility in Europe. The cable in question, which was an early prototype similar to Electrify America’s cables, suffered a short circuit that sparked the safety concern. Nobody was injured when the fault occurred, according to the supplier.Thankfully, the cables in question were only used for Electrify America’s highest capacity chargers, with outputs between 150 kW and 350 kW. While those were shut down, the company was able to still offer juice at the 89 affected stations using Level 2 or other chargers. No location was completely unusable during the shutdown.Electrify America was created as part of Volkswagen’s Dieselgate settlement, which mandated the creation of an entity dedicated to fostering EV adoption. Electrify America already has a network of EV chargers criss-crossing the nation, and soon, it will provide free juice to Porsche Taycan owners, with some of the fastest charging speeds in the world. 26 Photos 75 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments Tags 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.  Electric Cars Car Industry,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. 81 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 69 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Industry Chevrolet 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. 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. 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. 52 Photos 71 Photos 12 Photos 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. Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 0 Post a comment 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More From Roadshow More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 10 Photos 4 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 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. 68 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Share your voice 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. 49 Photos Share your voice 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Volkswagen 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 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution 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. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

YSR statue to be reinstalled at park near police control room

first_imgVijayawada: The State government has decided to reinstall the statue of former Chief Minister late Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy near the police control room here. The statue was removed from the police control room junction by the TDP government before Krishna Pushkaralu. The statue was removed and placed in the State fire services office which is located very near to the police control room. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us After the YSRCP came to power, the government has decided to reinstall the statue in the park, which is very close to the flyover bridge near police control room.Minister for Municipal Administration Botcha Satyanarayana, Endowments Minister Velampalli Srinivas, Central MLA Malladi Vishnu, Municipal Commissioner Prasanna Venkatesh and others inspected the park near the police control room on Saturday for installation of the giant bronze statue of Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The YSRCP leaders raised hue and cry when the statue was removed from the junction under the TDP rule. Keeping in view the Krishna Pushkaralu and increasing traffic in the city, the TDP government had removed the statue and demolished the huge pedestal. Former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal had installed the statue in memory of the departed leader. YSRCP functionaries started cleaning the statue located in the compound of State fire services office near Police control room. The statue gathered dust as it had been kept open in the busy junction nearly four years.last_img read more

31 killed as cyclone hits Zimbabwe

first_imgThis picture taken on 15 March, 2019 shows a vehicle as rain, which is believed to be the beginning of Tropical cyclone Idai coming from central Mozambique, falls in the flooded districts of Chikwawaa and Nsanje in southern Malawi. Photo: AFPAt least 31 people have been killed and dozens are missing as tropical cyclone Idai hit eastern parts of Zimbabwe after lashing neighbouring Mozambique, the government said on Saturday.Most of the deaths were in Chimanimani East, Zimbabwe’s information ministry announced on Twitter.Two of the victims were students who died after a landslide sent a boulder crashing into their dormitory, collapsing the wall of the dining room and trapping 50 of them, the country’s Department of Civil Protection (DCP) said in a statement.The boarding school has been shut and the army, which is leading rescue operations, is moving in to take the nearly 200 students to safety.”So far a total of 71 people are reported missing,” said the DCP.Others who had fled their homes were stranded on top of a mountain waiting to be rescued, as strong winds hampered helicopter flights, the ministry said.The storm damaged many houses and washed away bridges in the eastern Manicaland province which borders Mozambique. Thousands of people have been affected by power cuts and flooding, a lawmaker told AFP.Earlier Saturday, Joshua Sacco, an MP in Chimanimani district, told AFP that more than 100 people were missing. Around 100 houses had been swept away in Ngangu township in Chimanimani town, he said.The opposition Movement for Democratic Change called for immediate help for the storm-hit east, warning that a “serious humanitarian crisis” was unfolding there.”We need state intervention on a massive scale to avoid biblical disaster,” MDC spokesman Jacob Mafume wrote on Twitter.President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is currently on a visit to Abu Dhabi, has declared a state of disaster in the affected areas.- ‘Dire situation’ -Tropical cyclone Idai battered central Mozambique on Friday killing at least 21 people and cutting off more than half a million people in the port city of Beira.Even before the cyclone made landfall on Friday, heavy rains earlier in the week had already claimed 66 lives and forced 17,000 people from their homes in Mozambique, local officials said.They also affected neighbouring Malawi, where 56 people died, the government said.As the cyclone hit, Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi appealed for emergency assistance for the victims before leaving for eSwatini.”We have compatriots suffering without hope and we have to restore hope,” he said on Friday as he set off on a three-day state visit to the kingdom previously known as Swaziland.As the cyclone approached, the Red Cross sent out more than 200 volunteers to areas most likely to be affected.”The situation is dire but we don’t know the exact particulars,” said Jamie LeSueur, the Red Cross’s roving emergency operations manager for Africa.He was making the 1,200-kilometre (745-mile) trip from Maputo to Beira by road after flights were cancelled and the airport closed.It would require “the full force of the humanitarian community behind the government of Mozambique to respond to rapidly”, he told AFP.- South Africa rations electricity -Beira’s international airport was closed after the cyclone made landfall, damaging the air traffic control tower, the navigation systems and the runways.”Some runway lights were damaged, the navigation system is damaged, the control tower antennas and the control tower itself are all damaged,” an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) told AFP on Friday.”The runway is full of obstacles and parked aircraft are damaged.”The storm also affected power supplies to neighbouring South Africa which imports electricity from Mozambique to supplement its own production.South Africa’s power utility company Eskom on Saturday introduced electricity rationing “due to the loss of additional capacity, which includes a reduction in imports from Mozambique,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

Suspected Bdeshi woman arrested for crossing border

first_imgKolkata: A woman, suspected as a Bangladeshi national, was arrested from Balurghat on Tuesday night. Four youths, who are from Nadia district, were also held in this connection.According to sources, on Tuesday night, all five arrested persons were found inside a car during a checking by officers of Balurghat police station at Mangalpur. On suspicion, police detained them and started questioning. During interrogation, police came to know that the woman identified as Mamata Bala, 19, is from Naoga district of Bangladesh. Immediately, all of them were taken to the Balurghat police station. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe woman told the police that she had met Satyen Rana of Nadia on social media. She said they were in a relationship and wanted to get married. She had arranged money to cross the Indo-Bangla border through Hili area. The money was paid to a pimp who made arrangement for her travel to India, she said. Though the woman claimed that she was from Bangladesh, police are not sure whether she is telling the truth. During interrogation, cops found that the woman had given similar statements to the police earlier as well. They are trying to get in touch with their counterparts in Bangladesh to find out if she is a resident of the neighboring country or not. The four youths, who were also arrested, had come to receive Bala and take her to somewhere in Nadia. Cops are further investigating the matter.last_img read more

The Makers of This SolarPowered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation

first_img Register Now » A new piece of technology is aiming to offer an innovative solution to an age-old problem. And it’s nothing to pooh-pooh.For the 2.5 billion people in the world with no access to modern sanitation and at risk for all sorts of related public health challenges, human waste is a big problem. From loss of life due to disease to medical bills and other costs, the World Bank estimates the annual worldwide cost of poor sanitation at about $260 billion.And as it turns out, the situation in India is especially foul. An estimated 640 million people in India regularly defecate in the open, producing 72,000 tons of human waste each day.With this issue top-of-mind, a group of researchers has used technology to develop an unconventional solution to this rather stinky problem. The team at the University of Colorado Boulder used a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund their creation of the self-contained, waterless toilet, which was unveiled last month at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge event in New Delhi, India.No water, you say? The toilet uses fiber optic cables — the same things that likely carry your cable television signal — to sanitize human waste.Still not clear? Eight parabolic mirrors on the device capture sunlight and focus it on a small spot on a quartz glass rod. From there, the solar energy is transferred to eight bundles of fiber optic cables, which can produce a total of about 700 watts of energy that is used in the reaction chamber where the waste is treated.The toilet has two main collection vessels: one for fecal matter and one for urine and hand wash water. Each vessel has two chambers — one for collection and one for reaction — which are rotated on a simple carousel system. The power from the concentrated sunlight heats the fecal reaction chamber to between 392 and 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit and the liquids chamber to between 140 and 158 degrees Fahrenheit. This disinfects the waste and turns it into something called biochar, a highly porous charcoal which can then be used as fuel or fertilizer.According to Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering at CU-Boulder and the project’s principal investigator, the biochar has a one-two punch in that it can be used to increase crop yields and sequester carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. “Biochar is a valuable material,” Linden said in an announcement. “It has good water holding capacity and it can be used in agricultural areas to hold in nutrients and bring more stability to the soils.” Soil which has been mixed with biochar can hold more water and increase the availability of nutrients to plants.While the idea of using sunlight to sterilize objects and waste isn’t new, the use of fiber optic cables to bring that concentrated solar power to a location where it can be used is unique. Linden points out that it is a truly interdisciplinary project as well, bringing together chemical engineers for heat transfer and solar energy work, environmental engineers for waste treatment and stabilization, mechanical engineers to build actuators and moving parts and electrical engineers to design control systems.The Gates Foundation also funded trips for the team at CU-Boulder to travel to Switzerland, South Africa and North Carolina to collaborate with other researchers. “It is one thing to do research,” Linden said, “and another to screw on nuts and bolts and make something that can make a difference.” With so many brilliant minds working tirelessly on the issue of sanitation, they are well on their way to doing so.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at or by telling us in the comments below. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read April 2, 2014last_img read more

Freddie Mac Index Shows Most Metro Housing Markets Are Improving

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Freddie Mac: Index Shows Most Metro Housing Markets Are Improving Freddie Mac released its most recent Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) Wednesday, and the results are a positive sign for the housing industry overall.The new report, which now covers 100 metro areas (rather than just 50, as in previous versions), reveals that 60 percent of the nation’s top housing markets are now showing a three-month upward trend.Overall, the national MiMi value for February was 74.7, up 0.65 percent from January and 0.30 percent over the previous three months. Since last year, the MiMi value has jumped 3.53 percent.Though the increases are minimal (the all-time high in the U.S. was 121.7), they still indicate the nation’s housing markets are moving in a positive direction. After all, the nation hit its lowest point just five years ago—in October 2010—with a MiMi value of just 57.4.On a state-by-state basis, many areas are doing much better than the national value would suggest. Fourteen states, including North Dakota, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming, have MiMi values in the high-80s to mid-90s, while 18 of the 100 metro areas do as well.According to the report, the most stable housing markets are located in Honolulu; Austin and McAllen, Texas; Los Angeles; and Fresno, California. Additionally, the most improved metros on a month-over-month basis were Detroit, Fresno, New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Portland, Oregon. Year-by-year, Las Vegas, Denver, Detroit, Palm Bay, Florida, and Stockton, California, saw the most improvement. Stockton improved by 14.15 percent.According to Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac, expanding the MiMi to include 50 additional metro markets has help gather more comprehensive information on the state of the nation’s housing industry.“By adding an additional 50 metro markets to the monthly MiMi,” Kiefer said, “we are able to capture greater insights into what’s moving local housing markets heading into the spring homebuying season. The good news is after a slight stumble last month, nearly 60 percent of all markets are improving. Also, of the top 100 metro areas, over 60 are showing purchase applications up from the same time last year with over 20 of those metro areas showing double-digit percentage increases.”Kiefer said improving job opportunities seem to be an indicator of a stronger housing market.”Likewise, the employment picture continues to improve in most markets, helping to support greater interest in purchasing a home, “Kiefer said. “For example, in markets like Fresno, California, Provo, Utah, and Portland, Oregon, the employment picture continues to improve, homebuyer affordability is also strong, and we’re seeing purchase applications up nearly 20 percent compared to the same time last year.”In addition to the MiMi results, Freddie Mac also released its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) today. The survey revealed that fixed mortgage rates have decreased slightly, nearing closer to their 2015 lows. Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.65, down from 3.67 last week, while 15-year fixed mortgages dropped from 2.94 percent to 2.92.Head to to see the full results of this month’s MiMi or PMMS. April 23, 2015 544 Views center_img Freddie Mac Housing Market Multi-Indicator Market Index 2015-04-23 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Paris France – Famous throughout the world for hi

first_imgParis, France – Famous throughout the world for his films, Takeshi Kitano also commands an enormous popularity in Japan, where he is known as Beat Takeshi. An outstanding personality, he is a star actor, TV presenter, comedian, musician, singer and poet. From March 11 through September 12, 2010, the Fondation Cartier gives home to a special exhibition by Beat Takeshi Kitano, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Conceived as a site-specific installation for the Fondation Cartier, Gosse de peintre presents an unexpected and captivating world in which the magical memories of childhood take center stage. Entering the funhouse, the visitor encounters an array of whimsical machines, fantastic creatures and strange objects, as well as paintings, films and TV clips.Published in conjunction with Gosse de peintre, this catalogue offers a glimpse into the world of Kitano. Drawings of objects designed by Kitano, as well as installation blueprints and paintings by the artist describe the axis of this singular exhibition. Through a rich iconography drawn from his films and top TV shows, the reader meanders through images of Kitano’s exceptional career, revealing the essence of this multifaceted artist.The Fondation Cartier’s exhibition Gosse de peintre will coincide with the French release of Kitano’s most recent film Achilles and the Tortoise and as well as with an important retrospective of his films organized by the Centre Pompidou from March 11 to June 21, 2010.For more information visit read more

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