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Gov’t Standardising Bamboo Industry to Spur Investment

first_img The Minister, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (October 17), said a number of local and international investors have expressed interest in the sector, particularly in manufacturing products from bamboo and feeding into the value chain. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has expressed a commitment to standardising the expanding bamboo industry in a way that encourages investment and safeguards protected bamboo spaces. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has expressed a commitment to standardising the expanding bamboo industry in a way that encourages investment and safeguards protected bamboo spaces.The Minister, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (October 17), said a number of local and international investors have expressed interest in the sector, particularly in manufacturing products from bamboo and feeding into the value chain.“We will, therefore, have to plan properly to have the bamboo – the raw material – to supply them. We are in the embryonic stages (with this industry) and are looking to see how we can develop this into a full-fledged economic enterprise that will drive agriculture and manufacturing,” he said.Mr. Hutchinson said the structures of the industry will involve the use of designated persons to purchase the bamboo and supply it to the factories.“In other words, it can’t be all and everybody that is supplying it. It has to be persons who are registered, and we are going to have to make sure we have the traceability of that process. It has to be structured in such a way where we find where it is coming from and see it going directly to the factory,” he pointed out.The Minister said that appropriate structures are necessary to prevent areas such as Holland Bamboo from being cut to supply the market.He informed that Chinese and American interests have indicated a willingness to invest in the sector, but noted that every effort will be made to ensure that investments include having manufacturing done locally.“We are not going to be allowing anything to be going out to be processed. We need to have the processing done here; anybody who wants to invest, they must set up the factory here and not set it up anywhere else and then take out our bamboo,” he added.The Minister, in the meantime, told JIS News that he will be meeting with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Forestry Department in the upcoming week.The discussions will pave the way for the development of a policy to guide the bamboo industry while protecting the country’s natural resources.The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in partnership with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica will be leading the staging of the first Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on November 27 and 28.The event will cover a range of concerns and is being hosted under the theme ‘Bamboo: An Economic High Value Chain Resource for the Caribbean’.Other partners in the hosting of the symposium are the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).last_img read more

Province Partners to Discuss Gun Violence in Halifax

first_imgGovernment, community leaders and police are working together to find new and innovative ways to reduce gun violence in Halifax Regional Municipality. CeaseFire Chicago, a group that has drastically decreased gun violence in Chicago and other cities, will present their approach as part of a three-day workshop. The group’s approach is an innovative violence interruption program that uses a public health model to stop shootings and killings. “Government is committed to keeping families and communities safe through a variety of crime prevention efforts,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We need to find new ways of looking at crime and addressing the factors that cause people to get involved in gun violence. One way to do this is by learning from the successes of others.” On May 15, CeaseFire Chicago will lead a two-hour overview workshop for police and justice partners. An in-depth workshop will take place May 16-18. Seventy community leaders, organizations, youth, faith leaders, and justice partners are expected to attend. Participants will have a chance to discuss potential solutions to address the problem during the workshop. “It is our hope that together we can find ways to be proactive in addressing issues of violence to keep communities and families safe. We owe it to our youth,” said Yvonne Atwell, executive director, Community Justice Society. “Gun violence is very real in our community. While the crime rate has been trending downward for eight years, we’re seeing an increase in the level of violence as well as criminals’ propensity to use firearms,” said Deputy Chief Bill Moore, Halifax Regional Police. “We’re encouraged by the number of people taking part in the knowledge exchange and look forward to exploring a community-led response to gun violence, which would complement our multi-faceted approach to preventing and addressing crime in HRM.” The knowledge exchange workshop on gun violence supports government’s crime prevention efforts. The Department of Justice invests more than $20 million annually in initiatives that support crime prevention and community safety, including the Lighthouses Program, Additional Officer Program, mental health and domestic violence courts, internationally recognized Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network. To learn more about CeaseFire Chicago, visit .last_img read more

Linvestissement du gouvernement dans le service 211 aide les familles à se

first_imgLes familles ont maintenant un point d’accès unique à plus de 3 000 programmes gouvernementaux, communautaires et sociaux offerts dans la province, et ce grâce à l’investissement du gouvernement dans le nouveau service d’information et d’aiguillage 211. Le 211 est entré en service aujourd’hui, 11 février. « Il y a des Néo-Écossais qui cherchent des renseignements sur des ressources pour les aider à s’occuper de leurs enfants, de leurs parents vieillissants et d’eux-mêmes. Le 211 peut les aider à trouver le bon service gouvernemental ou le bon programme communautaire quand ils en ont besoin, souligne le ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités, John MacDonell, au nom du premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Grâce au service 211, le gouvernement respecte son engagement qui est d’améliorer la vie des familles. » Le député de Cape Breton Nova, Gordie Gosse, assistera mardi 12 février à une activité destinée à marquer l’inauguration du service 211 au Cap-Breton. Il parlera des avantages que le service présentera pour les gens qui vivent en milieu rural. En 2011, le gouvernement s’est engagé à verser 585 000 $ en financement de démarrage, et cet investissement ira en augmentant au cours des cinq prochaines années pour totaliser 945 000 $. Le service 211 diffère des autres services à numéros de téléphone semblables, puisqu’il met les Néo-Écossais en contact avec des services et des programmes gouvernementaux, communautaires et sociaux lorsqu’il ne s’agit pas d’une urgence. « Avec le lancement du 211, nous avons atteint un jalon important sur la voie qui relie les Néo-Écossais aux services sociaux et communautaires dont ils ont besoin et dès qu’ils en ont besoin, souligne Chuck Hartlen, président du conseil de 211 Nova Scotia et premier vice-président, Expérience client, chez Bell Aliant. Que ce soit en parlant à l’un de nos spécialistes en information très bien formés ou par le truchement du site Web, le 211 donne accès à la base de données la plus exhaustive de services sociaux et communautaires en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Il s’agit d’un excellent système coordonné qui épargnera du temps précieux aux organismes visés et, ce qui est le plus important dans tout cela, aux Néo-Écossais qui appelleront pour obtenir de l’aide. » Bien que le service 211 soit confidentiel, il sera très utile pour recueillir des données et aider le gouvernement et les planificateurs communautaires à déterminer les lacunes dans les services. « J’attendais ce moment depuis que j’ai commencé à travailler à Centraide, a ajouté Catherine Woodman, présidente et directrice générale de Centraide, Région d’Halifax. Nous avons plaidé en faveur du service 211 depuis 2002. Nous avons réuni des gens et des organismes de partout dans la province pour aider à concrétiser ce service. « À partir de maintenant, dit-elle, les Néo-Écossais n’ont pas à essayer de se démêler dans un réseau complexe de services et de fournisseurs de services pour obtenir l’aide qui est à leur disposition. L’aide est littéralement à portée de main. » Le service 211 est offert en anglais, en français et dans une variété d’autres langues, 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine, tous les jours de l’année. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent joindre le 211 par téléphone, par courriel à l’adresse ou en ligne à l’adresse .last_img read more

Bombay HC sets asides Sebi order says NDTV

first_imgNew Delhi: Private TV channel NDTV on Thursday said it has got relief from the Bombay High Court, which has set aside an order passed by the market regulator Sebi. Sebi had rejected NDTV’s plea on condonation of delay in filing settlement applications before the market regulator after it initiated adjudication proceedings against the private TV channel for alleged violations of the Securities Contract (Regulation) Act, 1956. “Bombay High Court has ruled in favour of NDTV in a writ petition filed by the company. In its order, dated September 4, 2019, the High Court said Sebi has committed a serious error, said a BSE filing by NDTV. NDTV in its writ petition had challenged the orders passed by Sebi on August 23, 2017 and August 31, 2017, rejecting settlement applications filed by the company.last_img read more

Daylight saving time comes to an end this weekend — amid renewed

first_imgThis is the weekend most Canadians will gain an hour of sleep as they switch from daylight saving time to standard time.In most parts of the country, clocks should be turned back one hour by 2 a.m. Sunday.The time change doesn’t apply to Saskatchewan, which remains on central standard time year-round.Other parts of Canada that keep to standard time include northeastern British Columbia, the East Kootenay region of southeastern B.C., three communities in northwestern Ontario, the eastern tip of Quebec and Southampton Island in Nunavut.But there are rumblings across the continent that people are growing weary of moving their clocks ahead one hour in the spring — losing an hour of sleep — and then turning them back in the fall.The Alberta government looked into scrapping daylight saving time before rejecting the idea last week, and there are similar proposals taking root in New England, where there are several anti-DST bills at various stages.last_img read more

Moroccos Education Minister Calls for Effective Implementation of Controversial Education Bill

Rabat – Weeks after both houses of the Moroccan Parliament adopted the controversial Law 51.17 on education and the change of the language of instruction, Morocco’s Education Minister, Said Amzazi, is calling for local authorities to “effectively implement” the new education bill by the start of the upcoming academic year.In a number of official letters addressed to school authorities across Morocco in the weeks since the new bill received parliamentary approval, Amzazzi has made it his personal mission to counter the pile of criticism leveled at the education bill from conservative circles.While Law 51-17 is officially said to be about rehabilitating Morocco’s stuttering public schools and making the country’s educational system “socially inclusive” and more competitive at the global level, the document’s articles 2 and 31 drew poignant criticism from conservative Moroccans. The two articles insist on the “necessity” and “opportunity” of changing the language of instruction for scientific subjects from Arabic to French. Critics, mainly political and media figures whose political stance is mostly a blend of nationalism and Islamism, have widely interpreted the two articles as the culmination of a cultural and social capitulation to France.Effectively adopting French in public amounts to pandering to France, critics have maintained.In his instructions to local authorities across Morocco, however, Amzazi dismissed what he sees as reactionary attitudes from critics. The minister insisted that, regardless of the continued criticism, the provisions of the new law should be “effectively implemented” as early as the 2019-2020 academic year.Where critics see the basis for sustaining the colonial hegemony of France through the Moroccan Francophone elite ruling over masses of Moroccans with no or a tenuous command of the French language, Amzazi sees the opportunity to “invest in the future of the Moroccan youth” in a fast-moving, technology and innovation-driven, globalized world.As in his earlier defense of the contentious bill, Amzazi consistently pointed out in his instructions that the bill is actually meant to curb the traditionally widening performance gap between Moroccan students, further the 2015-2030 “strategic vision” for inclusive education, and equip Moroccan students to rise to the challenges of a globalized world economy.Amzazi’s apparent resolution to “effectively implement” the new regulations as soon as this academic year is perhaps a response to the equally strong-willed, resolved group of critics vowing to “thwart all ‘Francization’ attempts” in Morocco.Led by former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, the group of vocal critics against Law 51.17 suggested in a press statement on August 7 that the fight against the implementation of the new bill is a fight for the soul of Morocco.In the statement, the Benkirane-led group called on “all Moroccans to watch out for all threats to Morocco’s language, its identity, its civilization, and its glorious history.” read more

Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka launch fast

Meanwhile, another court at Paruthithurai in the island nation extended to July 20 the remand of 26 fishermen, who were arrested last month. Fishermen’s Association President S Emerit said they were lodged in a prison in Mannar after their arrest. They were produced before a court on July 3 and the magistrate Aasirvadam Kiravin Alex extended their remand to July 17. Fourteen fishermen from Rameshwaram, who were arrested last month by Sri Lankan naval personnel and whose remand was extended to July 17 by a court in the island nation, began an indefinite fast in Mannar today, demanding that they be released, the Press Trust of India reported.The three boats of the fishermen, arrested on June 2 near Katchatheevu islet on charges of illegal fishing, had also been seized. The fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy personnel on June 21 while they were fishing near Neduntheevu and their three boats were seized. read more

Guyana will continue to offer malaria treatment to Venezuelans – Harmon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that Venezuelans will be allowed into Guyana through the borders at Region One to access malaria treatment. The minister made this disclosure at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, earlier today (Thursday) at the Ministry of the Presidency.State Minister Joseph HarmonAccording to the Ministry of the Presidency, Harmon explained that there is a protocol in place at this border which would grant Venezuelans access to the country. The Ministry of Public Health has been advised by Cabinet to ensure that all persons seeking medical attention at all health facilities, whether Guyanese or not  be catered to.“There is a protocol which is established at those points and this protocol requires that the persons identify themselves and identify the reason why they have come and they are given a short period of time within which they can seek the medical intervention and to return.” Minister Harmon said.Harmon pointed out that Guyanese living in Venezuela are not subjected to these checks. This, he said, is a part of the Guyana conforming to humanitarian treaties which it has signed on to. The minister confirmed that Venezuelan citizens are receiving medical attention in this area. Health authorities in the Barima-Waini region have recorded 368 persons receiving treatment for malaria, thus far. He added that health facilities in the region will continue to essentially provide medical attention to the Venezuelan nationals, the MotP added.Meanwhile, the Pan American, World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) has alerted the Ministry of Public Health of an outbreak of Measles in Bolivar, Venezuela. PAHO/WHO has informed all member states of the risk the outbreak poses in neighbouring countries. read more

Are those pesky seagulls edging out the ducks in Stephens Green No

first_imgIt’s all down to problems at their natural nesting spots, as many of their favoured locations on the islands of Dublin Bay — like Ireland’s Eye and Lambay — are now overrun with rats.“So you do have the gulls nesting around the city,” says Hatch.“Obviously, they’re learning to associate people with food which is never a good thing,” — but he says there’s no question of any particular stand-off between gulls and mallards.They’re around because of food, they’re around because it’s a source of fresh water, and they’re around because it’s a place to hang out in a predator-free environment. Source: maf91/InstagramDucks vs GullsSo what gives?Have the city’s herring gulls staged a land-grab at our most famous southside park?If not, where have all the ducks gone?“Yes, this is phonecall we tend to get from people at this time of year alright,” says Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland.Apparently there’s always a bit of an imbalance between the two species in the park at this time of year. And it’s all to do with their breeding seasons…“There’s always been gulls around the Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street area.People might be noticing more of the gulls around in the last few years though because they’re nesting in roofs in the area. We know, for instance, that there have been herring gulls nesting in rooftops on Grafton Street this year. SEAGULLS HAVE BEEN on the minds of Dubliners’ in the last few weeks.It might be something do with the racket they make at this time of year — or the fact that the weather’s been decent enough, and we’re spending more time outdoors.But to a large extent, we have Kerry senator Ned O’Sullivan to thank for putting the ubiquitous birds on the city’s agenda (even though his pronouncement earlier this month that Dublin’s seagulls are “losing the run of themselves” was met with much sniggering and derision at the time).The Fianna Fáil politician’s tirade against the gulls (or “sky rats” as he called them) led to acres of media coverage in the following days — for the last fortnight or so, people have been taking to social media in their droves to document their encounters with the winged terrors.Those cunning gulls have even figured out Twitter, it seems: Seagulls have taken over Stephen’s Green. Politicians need to get on this.— Gavin Sheridan (@gavinsblog) July 20, 2014 Source: Dublin Seagulls/Twitter Source: Gavin Sheridan/Twitter The fact that the industrious gulls appear to have taken over a certain prime slice of avian real estate in Dublin 2 hasn’t escaped people either.Anyone who’s ventured to Stephen’s Green with a toddler or two in recent weeks intending to feed the ducks may have been met with a scene something like this… Morning. Just scoping out some breakfast options.— Dublin Seagulls (@DublinSeagulls) July 27, 2014 The gulls are at the end of their nesting season at this time of year too, so anyone who visits the park will notice a fair few young gulls splashing around with their parents (presumably having recently flown down from the eves of BT2). Source: Photocall IrelandAll of which is fair enough…But where are the ducks? Well, this is where it gets really interesting [at least, to us — if you’re reading this and you happen to be an ornithologist, you’re not going to learn anything you don’t already know].Apparently, there’s still plenty of ducks around the city centre — they’re just keeping a lower profile.“After breeding season they’re flightless,” Hatch explains.They stick to the shadows and become less visible.Ducks are at the end of their nesting season too, you see — which means it’s time to shed their old feathers, and grow some shiny new ones.This renders them flightless, and at greater risk to predators for a number of weeks — so they tend to lurk away from the limelight.They’re still around, but they’d be at the edges of canals, and in reeds and the like.The distinctive male mallards also lose their colourful green plumage during this period too — rendering them far less eye-catching. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSo ducks haven’t been run out of town, it seems.Visit the park in the winter months and they’ll be far more noticeable — and there’ll be far fewer gulls around too, as they become less territorial and head off to the coast to seek better food sources.In the meantime, the two species may still take each other on to secure bread products and other treats from toddlers, tourists and (in the seagulls’ case) inattentive sandwich eaters.But – says Hatch:We’d never recommend birds be fed bread anyway — it’s not a good food source.[Note: Did you know herring gulls are a protected species in Ireland? Well, they are (though that doesn’t mean you have to like them). Read our Dublin ‘Gullsplainer’ here.]Gullsplainer: Are seagulls losing the run of themselves?Read: A senator wants something done about ‘raucous seagulls stealing children’s lollipops’last_img read more

The Trashmaster a 90 minute machinima film made in Grand Theft Auto

first_imgThe art of machinima is as old as id Software‘s Quake, and popularized as a form by the popular Red vs. Blue Halo shorts… but we’re hard pressed to think of any machinima as bold, inventive or massive of scope as The Trashmaster, a feature-length machinima movie made entirely within Grand Theft Auto IV using the PC version’s video tools.The trashmaster (nouvelle version nouvelle voix-off !)Uploaded by murakawa. – Discover more gaming videos.Created by Matthieu Weschler, The Trashmaster‘s plot is described thusly:The “trashmaster” divides his time between collecting garbage and cleaning up other forms of trash fouling up New York City’s streets: dealers, small-time criminals… When the dancers in his favourite strip club are mysteriously killed, the trashmaster finds himself hot on the trail of a particularly twisted serial killer. To say that The Trashmaster is an impressive undertaking is an understatement: it took Weschler over two years to make in-game, and it employs a dizzying array of impressive camera angles and cinematic tricks. Unfortunately, the same attention to detail can’t be said of the voice work, which is painfully amateur… and forced me to turn the video off twenty minutes in out of sheer aural disgust. Your mileage may well vary, though.Read more at Rockstarlast_img read more

Intel maps out a minute of the Internet

first_imgToday the number of networked devices attached to the Internet is roughly equal to the global population, and by 2015 that number will have doubled the population. It begs the question, how much data and what kind of data is being piped around the world every day?Intel has an answer to that question, but has managed to boil it down to what happens during a single minute of Internet time in the handy inforgraphic above.In just 60 seconds, servers around the world currently handle 639,800GB of data. As you’d expect, the most popular online services account for a good chunk of that. YouTube sits at the top serving 1.3 million videos and uploading 30 hours of video every minute. Then we have Google serving over 2 million pages of search results, and Facebook handling 6 million views and 277,000 logins. The list goes on with familiar names including Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, Amazon, and Netflix making an appearance and contributing big chunks of data.With the number of networked devices meant to double in just two year’s time, the amount of data on the network is going to explode. Intel gives an example of this, stating that at current growth rates, by 2015 it will take you 5 years to watch all the video crossing an IP network in just a single second.Such massive amounts of data will put ever increasing pressure on the infrastructure of the Internet and the datacenters it relies upon. That’s why it’s imperative we continue to cut down on the resources a datacenter requires to run, so building more of them has as little impact on the environment and our power grid as possible.last_img read more

Ohmni Telepresence Robot Lets You Cook Remotely With Mom

first_imgStay on target Monitor Your Cat’s Diet in Real Time With Smart Pet FeederPre-Order Your Voice-Activated Heated Jacket Living 3,500 miles from family and friends has its challenges—like keeping in touch despite varying time zones.While a text app or voice calling service is usually enough to stay connected, my niece and nephew are still too young to operate a digital keyboard or carry on a phone conversation.They’re also too young to sit still for more than two minutes, turning a video chat into a game of computerized cat and mouse. But a Silicon Valley robotics startup has a solution: Ohmni.The home robot—”a fresh approach to telepresence,” according to manufacturer OhmniLabs—makes it easy for folks to share experiences—cooking, watching movies, playing games—across any distance.I’ll have what she’s having (OhmniLabs)I can easily imagine my brother and sister-in-law unfolding and powering up Ohmni, letting me virtually follow the kids from room to room as they show off their latest stuffed animals, dance moves, and toys.Call with one click from any Mac, PC, or Android device using the Chrome browser; remotely control Ohmni with your keyboard, trackpad, or touchscreen.“Families today are often spread out across countries and continents, making it a challenge to stay in touch. We created a robot that people can use every day to not only communicate but experience life together,” OhmniLabs CEO Thuc Vu said in a statement. “The possibilities are endless. I use Ohmni with my grandma in Vietnam, and it’s amazing how natural our interaction is.”That’s ‘quixotry’ for 365 points (OhmniLabs)Standing at “human height,” the robot employs proprietary MotionMap technology that allows for floor-to-ceiling movement, from subtle screen tilts mimicking the nod of a head to a full-body scan of a new outfit.Whisper-silent brushless motors, meanwhile, promise a smooth, quiet ride, “so you can hang out for a long time without bugging anyone,” lead engineer Mark Edstrom said. Because that’s just what every family wants: a digital face lurking in the shadows while they sleep.If that’s your thing, the Ohmni Robot is available now to pre-order in white or black for $1,399—$500 off the expected retail price. Jazz it up with a bamboo base cover and emotive LEDs for an additional $160.In less than two days, the skinny cyborg raised more than 70 percent of the Indiegogo fixed goal; OhmniLabs has a month left to collect at least $100,000.last_img read more

Robert Ottilie on massive early lead for Yes on Measure L

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Sampson Ochotorena, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With just 18% of precincts reporting, Measure L is 78/21 in favor for “Yes.” This is no surprise for Robert Ottilie because his campaign has been fighting for more transparency with elected city officials for quite some time. Ottilie was live with us Tuesday night at Golden Hall with more on the early success of his campaign. Updated: 12:28 PM Sampson Ochotorena center_img November 6, 2018 Robert Ottilie, on massive early lead for Yes on Measure L Posted: November 6, 2018last_img read more

NWMD home catches fire with people inside

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Northwest Miami-Dade home caught on fire, Wednesday, while occupants were inside.7SkyForceHD hovered over the scene just after noon, where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were seen battling the flames. The fire, which appeared to have begun on the roof, spread to other parts of the home while occupants were believed to have been inside.This was an abandoned single-family home, but although the structure was unoccupied, officials said, several people were inside when the fire ignited.One person was injured and was taken to North Shore Hospital.The cause of the fire remains unknown as crews continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Land Rover teases new Defender promises more info on Dec 27

first_img 49 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 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. 57 Photos 10 Photos 4 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 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 26 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 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. 18 Photos The teaser is pretty low-res, so sussing out details isn’t exactly possible at this juncture. Yet, we can at least tell that Land Rover decided to keep the Defender’s boxy good looks in its overhaul, a move that’s bound to sit right with Land Rover’s staunchest fanboys and fangirls. The front end is completely obscured, so that’s where we’re likely to see the greatest changes over Defenders past. A near-complete lack of rear overhang means it should be plenty capable off the beaten path, as well. We might not have an idea of when the full thing will debut, but considering the teasers are starting now, a Geneva Motor Show debut in March makes for a good first guess.  2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Land Rover Land Rover has been hard at work reinventing its hallowed Defender SUV, but most of us didn’t think we’d be hearing about it for a couple more years. In that sense, Land Rover came out of left field with a solid gift this holiday season.Land Rover tweeted out a teaser for its next-gen Defender on Tuesday. The tagline, “Do not unwrap until 2019,” leads us to believe that Land Rover will unveil the Defender next year. In a separate email to journalists, the same teaser said to expect more information on Dec. 27, in the middle of a week usually reserved for news of little interest. Comments Review • 2018 Land Rover Discovery: Off-road cred, on-road demeanor 71 Photos 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a dirt-dancing queen 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 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. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 12 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow Land Rover,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. Share your voice Preview • 2018 Land Rover Discovery: Small update adds standard autobrake 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Tags 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. Car Industry More about 2018 Land Rover Discovery 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Future Cars SUVs 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Do not unwrap until 2019.— Land Rover USA (@LandRoverUSA) December 18, 2018 68 Photos 81 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 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. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 More From Roadshow 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.  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. Post a comment 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice 69 Photos 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. Tags 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

OnePlus 7 teased in fast and smooth OnePlus tweet

first_img Phones Comment 1 The OnePlus 6T. James Martin/CNET Editors’ Note, May 14, 2019: CNET’s OnePlus 7 Pro review is here. Read more about the new phone from OnePlus.   OnePlus CEO Pete Lau posted a tweet today that all but implies the OnePlus 7 is coming soon. Though Lau and the GIF he included in the tweet do not mention the OnePlus 7 by name, it is heavily suggested through the animation of the phone and its lighting. Lau said that the company will “unleash a new era of Fast and Smooth,” and goes on to emphasize the “smoothness” of the device. Tags As the upcoming flagship of Chinese phone-maker OnePlus, the OnePlus 7will serve as the successor to the OnePlus 6T. Since 2014, when the company launched its first OnePlus One, OnePlus has garnered a reputation for making phones with premium specs at a wallet-friendly price. But its strategy (and success) of serving up similar features that iPhones and Galaxy S devices offer while keeping prices low is getting harder every year. Because Lau reference “smooth” multiple times, he could be hinting at a few rumors that already surround the phone. There is speculation that the phone’s display will curve down at its sides like high-end Galaxy phones. The phone is also rumored to have a pop-up camera, which would smoothly rise from the top edge of the phone. In any case, “smooth” is a pretty generic word to use and Lau could also just be saying that the phone’s performance is smooth. The latest batch of rumors report that the phone will launch May 14. In the meantime, all we’ll have to go on officially is Lau’s enthusiastic tweet. Share your voice Excited to share the next product from OnePlus will unleash a new era of Fast and Smooth. Especially Smooth! Smooth is more challenging than Fast – a true test of hardware and software.The new product is just beautiful – I can’t wait for you to see it! 😬✨— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) April 17, 2019 13 Photos New OnePlus 6T variant flaunts McLaren-inspired aesthetics Rumors OnePluslast_img read more

BJP leader Former finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away

first_imgFormer finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away today at AIIMS around 12.07 pm. He was 66. Jaitley was admitted to the hospital on August 9, 2019 after he complained of breathlessness and uneasiness. Jaitley who was put on a ventilator has shown no improvement since he was admitted to hospital. He was survived by wife Sangeeta Jaitley and children Sonali Jaitley Bakhshi, Rohan Jaitley. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Born on December 28, 1952, Jaitley emerged to power as Minister for Information and Broadcasting during Vajpayee government in 1999. In 2014, Jaitley was appointed as Minister for Finance, corporate affairs and defence by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jaitley who had suffered from kidney ailment was undergone kidney transplantation on May 14, 2018, at AIIMS.last_img read more

Imran Khan plans to crowdfund 14b for Pakistan dams

first_imgMap of Pakistan locating a planned Diamer-Basha dam. Photo: AFPIt’s a far cry from those sponsored Facebook posts asking you to invest in a start-up’s new digital watch or an unbreakable phone case.But Imran Khan wants Pakistanis to crowdfund a whopping $14 billion for desperately needed dams, a plea capitalising on nationalist fervour but ridiculed by detractors as unrealistic.If it succeeded it would be the largest crowdfunding effort in history—shattering the current Kickstarter record 700 times over.But while Pakistanis have responded to Khan’s plea with enthusiasm, the tally so far is just a drop in the ocean of what’s needed to alleviate the country’s chronic water crisis.“We have only 30 days water storage capacity,” cricketer-turned-premier Khan warned in a televised appeal this month.“We already have so many loans that we have problems in paying them back… We alone will have to build this dam, and we can.”The biggest crowdfunding effort in the world to date, a Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Time Smartwatch, raised just over $20 million in 32 days, according to the Wall Street Journal.But Khan appeared undaunted by the magnitude of what he was asking.If the millions of Pakistanis living overseas all contribute $1,000 then Pakistan will have the funds to build the dams, he claimed.“I promise to you that I will safeguard your money,” he added.Critics say Khan’s plan is little more than pie in the sky.“You can’t collect $14 billion via crowdfunding. It’s not feasible,” Khaleeq Kiani, senior economics correspondent with Pakistani daily Dawn, told AFP.“We have no example in which such a huge amount was collected to build such a huge project.”Absolute water scarcityFew would deny Pakistan desperately needs new reservoirs.The country is rich in glaciers and rivers, but has just two large-capacity dams, and has for decades slept through warnings of a water crisis. With its surging population experts warn Pakistan faces “absolute water scarcity” by 2025.The government’s plan is to build two facilities: the Mohmand dam in the country’s northwest, widely seen as feasible, and the much larger, troubled Diamer-Basha project in the north, first mooted in the early 2000s.Its location in territory disputed by India means major international donors have refused funding, while financing terms proposed by ally China were rejected as too harsh.Experts also question whether the Diamer-Basha dam is feasible in an earthquake-prone region, while others point out that simply patching up Pakistan’s current water infrastructure and rethinking its water policies would be more efficient.This summer the issue caught the attention of maverick Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, who created the dam fund in July.Khan’s decision to join the fray in September has transformed Nisar’s idea into a nationalist cause, with the fund at the State Bank of Pakistan doubling to $33 million, or 0.25 per cent of the target.That includes a $9,740 donation from the national football team, its winnings from a recent tournament, along with $8 million worth of salaries donated by the powerful army.Every single rupeeThe donations have flowed despite the fact that Khan, who took power in August, has offered no detailed plan for the money—or explained how Pakistanis could recoup their cash if the project fails.The lack of specifics has not bothered many citizens who, in a country riddled with corruption, have placed their faith in “honest” Khan.“Imran Khan will take care of every single rupee,” said Islamabad shopkeeper Muhammad Naseem.Khan has form. He built two of the country’s only state-of-the-art cancer hospitals purely on donations, raising over $300 million to date, a campaign that laid the foundations for his political career.Concerns about the fundraising have centred on the chief justice Nisar, who used his power to force people to donate, demanding one lawyer give $8,000 if he wanted more time in preparing his case.Nisar has even suggested that opposing the fund was tantamount to treason.The remarks invited a backlash.Political analyst Ijaz Haider, writing in the Pakistani edition of Newsweek, wondered if experts who pointed out legitimate problems might find themselves in trouble.Would they be “considered traitors to the cause?” he wrote.last_img read more

Scientific analysis discovers Sonic the Hedgehog is actually quite slow

first_imgDespite Sega’s defeat in the home game console market, Sonic the Hedgehog has remained an iconic video game character. Mario can gain all sorts of powers and new attacks by eating random stuff he finds in boxes, but Sonic really just runs — that’s his thing. So that has to make you wonder, how fast does he actually run. Well, let’s just say he might want to rethink the name.The smarties at The Escapist’s Game Theory video series took a closer look at the Sonic games to see just how fast the hedgehog was running. Using one of the cutscenes from the atrocious 2006 3D Sonic title, they were able to get an accurate measurement of his height at 1.1 meters. Using that number, it was easy to measure the length of the original Green Zone 1 at 259 meters. When you do the math, Sonic’s top speed turns out to be about 10 meters per second. The speed of sound? That’s 340 meters per second. Even Mario is faster than that in his first game.But what about the speed boost shoes, you’re probably screaming. Well, those do make Sonic go quite a lot faster, but only three times his normal speed. 30 meters per second is nothing to sneeze at — that’s slightly faster than a Cheetah. The Cheetah isn’t making any claims about breaking the sound barrier, though. Cheetah’s have more class than that.This is all based on the first game, but what about later ones? If you want to accept the 3D incarnations of Sonic as cannon, the blue one does occasionally reach higher speeds. In Sonic Unleashed there’s a scene where sonic runs a standard city block, which gives us a scale of reference. In this game, he’s running at 80 meters per second. That’s impressive, but far short of the speed of sound. More like sub-Sonic, am I right?last_img read more

The Greatest Prankster of the early 1900s Pretended to be Everyone

first_imgSome people think that being a class clown is only something in ‘80s and ‘90s coming-of-age movies and that pranks are stunts pulled in the name of art or politics. Humor, however, wasn’t invented in the 20th century. Without the internet and television, people back in the day sometimes had to resort to pretty creative ways to pass the time. The same type of jokesters we get kicks out of today were known to our ancestors just the same. Horace de Vere Cole was an Irishman born in County Cork, Ireland in 1881. He came from a well-to-do family and attended the prestigious Eton College and eventually Cambridge, though he never graduated from the latter. He served in the army during the Second Boer war, during which he was wounded.Horace de Vere Cole in 1910Despite this respectable résumé, Cole had a penchant for pranks. His physical appearance allowed him to be mistaken for the prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald, so he would often go off on long, politically-charged and controversial tirades in public, setting the bureaucratic world abuzz with scandal.During his time at Cambridge, he once pretended to be an uncle of the Sultan of Zanzibar making an official visit to the university. It was credible because the actual uncle had traveled to England. According to the St. James Gazette, the Mayor of Cambridge received a telegram from Cole reading: “The Sultan of Zanzibar will arrive today at Cambridge at 4.27 for a short visit. Could you arrange to show him buildings of interest and send carriage? – Henry Lucas, Hotel Cecil, London.”The Dreadnought Hoaxers in Abyssinian regaliaThe convoy — dressed in robes, turbans, and heavy makeup — was given a tour of the university by the mayor and a town clerk, returning to the train station to apparently make their trip back to London but actually sneaking out a side exit and going back into town. Friends they had passed on campus didn’t recognize the imposters for who they truly were, and the Daily Mail printed an interview with Cole about the hoax the next day. The students involved just barely escaped expulsion.Related Video: Why do Barber Shops Feature a Red, White and Blue Pole?In 1910, with another group of indulgent friends which included famous author Virginia Woolf, Cole succeeded in tricking the captain of the HMS Dreadnought — a state-of-the-art battleship with an exemplary crew — that he and his compatriots were a delegation on official business from Zanzibar. The fake Abyssinians spoke a mix of Greek and Latin gibberish, exclaiming “Bunga Bunga” for delight.Virginia WoolfDuring their tour of the ship, they gave officers military honors (which were obviously fake). After it came out that it was all a hoax, Cole couldn’t be charged with anything as he hadn’t broken any laws. The most childish perhaps, of all his pranks, was in a prestigious theater in London’s West End. According to Ben le Vay’s Eccentric Cambridge, Cole bought eight seats in a row, right in front, for a highly-praised play.He gave the tickets to eight bald men, on whose heads painted letters read the obscenity “bollocks,” setting audience members behind and above them laughing hysterically, all to the confusion of the play’s cast. Cole’s personal life seems to have suffered from his pranks, however. His first marriage ended in divorce — not because he spent April Fools Day on their honeymoon spreading horse droppings around Venice, but because of an investment failure that left him bankrupt — and his second wife bore the child of his friend during her marriage to Cole.Read another story from us: How Sci-Fi Classic ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Got its Peculiar NameWith his advancing age came advancing problems and Cole began to lose his hearing. According to the New York Times, “[t]he ordinarily restrained Dictionary of National Biography reports that Cole’s ‘advanced deafness prevented him from realizing that his carefully timed coughing was inadequate to cover his explosive breaking of wind.’”Or maybe he knew just what he was doing, and continued to have a good laugh.last_img read more