Chennai, Jul 5 (PTI) Top stories from southern region at

first_img2100 hrs today. BOM12 TL-BJP-BEEF Hyderabad: Senior Telangana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy demands a CBI probe into a “beef mafia” operating in Hyderabad through “illegal” slaughterhouses. BOM16 BIZ-AP-GST-VENKAIAH Amaravati: Increasing national wealth by curbing black money and tax evasion, and distributing the economic benefits to all is the main objective of GST, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. BOM17 CHINA-BORDER-CPI Hyderabad: The Communist Party of India (CPI) says the “severe warning” from the Chinese side on the border standoff with India is “a bit surprising”, but calls for settling the issue through talks. MDS6 PD-CM-BEDI Puducherry: The swearing-in of three members nominated to assembly by Lt Governor Kiran Bedi comes under attack with Chief Minister V Narayanasamy terming it as “murder of democracy” and accusing her of working like a “BJP agent.” MDS7 TN-DAM-PALANISWAMI Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government asks the Centre not to accord any clearance to projects taken up in the Cauvery basin until all the issues related to the sharing of river waters are settled. MDS10 PREZ-IT PROTECTIONISM Bengaluru: President Pranab Mukherjeesays there is no point in complaining about IT talent related protectionism by some countries and India has to prepare itself to face such challenges in the future. MDS11 KL-SECURITY-AHIR Thiruvananthapuram: The Centre will provide funds to Kerala to enhance its coastal security and keep a vigil on Pakistan-sponsored terror modules, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir says. MDS12 KL-LD OFFICIAL Thiruvananthapuram: An IAS officer who had spearheaded the anti-encroachment drive at the hill station of Munnar in Kerala is transferred by the CPI-M led LDF government, drawing condemnation from opposition Congress and BJP. MES6 TN-ONGC-PROTEST Thanjavur (TN): The protest by locals against the ONGCs oil exploration project in a village in the district continues with shops remaining shut for the fifth day and agitators picketing a government office. MES5 KL-ACTRESS-WCC Thiruvananthapuram: Women in Cinema Collective in Kerala, an outfit of women in malayalam film industry, claims that the practice of casting couch exists in the industry and urges a government-appointed commission to probe into this aspect also. SPM1 SPO-SQUASH-COACH Chennai: The contract of the national squash teams foreign coach Achraf El Karargui extended by two years by the Sports Authority of India. MCM14 BIZ-WIPRO-ISRAEL Bengaluru, Jul 5(PTI) Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN) and Israels largest aerospace and defence firm Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announces a strategic alliance for manufacturing composite aerostructure parts and assemblies. PTI VS VSadvertisementlast_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Renedy Singh confident of India reaching knockouts

first_imgFormer India midfielder Renedy Singh is confident of the Indian football team securing a point in its next game and entering the knockout stage of the AFC Asian Cup.After starting their campaign in a stunning fashion by defeating Thailand 4-1, India went down to hosts United Arab Emirates 0-2 in their second group stage on Thursday.”I would love to see India going through and a point in the next match will do,” said Singh, who is an expert with broadcaster Star Sports for the continental showpiece.India have three points from two games and lie second in the points table behind UAE. Thailand also have three points from two games but stand third on the basis of goal difference.Reflecting on the last game against UAE, Singh praised skipper Sunil Chhetri.”If you see what happened, I said in the beginning UAE likes to build up start from the middle, Ashiq is trying his best but what a pass from Sunil, if it could have just gone on either side. Credit goes to the goalkeeper, but he could have finished the score.”Meanwhile Northeast United FC coach Eelco Schattorie, who is also part of the panel, said the team should rely on its scoring abilities.”There are moments in a tournament where you need to be realistic and I don’t think that we have the creativity to be dominant, so I feel your strategy should be more on scoring that one point and going through,” Schattorie said.Also Read | Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | Udanta Singh after India lose to UAE in AFC Asian Cup 2019: It hurtsAlso Watch:advertisementlast_img read more

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ACCC No Interim Authorisation for Brisbane Cruise Terminal

first_imgzoom The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided not to grant interim authorisation to Port of Brisbane and Carnival for their proposed licence agreement relating to a proposed new cruise ship terminal.Under the proposed agreement, Carnival would commit to purchase a minimum level of capacity to underwrite the construction of the new terminal by Port of Brisbane. In exchange, Carnival would receive certain priority berthing rights at the terminal.The agreement cannot take effect until the construction of the terminal is completed in 2020. However, Port of Brisbane and Carnival requested urgent interim authorisation because they considered it would provide them with some level of comfort prior to construction commencing this month.The decision not to grant interim authorisation “was based on there being no conduct to which the interim authorisation would apply. It does not involve any assessment of the merits of the application for final authorisation,” Roger Featherston, ACCC Commissioner, said.Featherston added that the ACCC view is that Port of Brisbane and Carnival do not require interim authorisation to commence construction of the port.“The arrangements for which authorisation is sought cannot commence until 2020, by which time the ACCC will have made a final decision on whether to grant authorisation to the agreement. As there is no proposal to engage in the conduct for which interim authorisation is sought, it is not appropriate to grant interim authorisation.”Furthermore, Featherston said that this decision does not provide any indication of whether or not a final authorisation will be granted.Port of Brisbane and Carnival lodged their application for authorisation on October 11, 2017. The ACCC has started consultation on this proposal and will make a determination on the authorisation in the first half of 2018, with a draft determination expected in January.last_img read more

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Toddler breaks leg after boot sucked into escalator at Vancouver airport

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Calgary woman is reminding parents about the dangers of escalators after her toddler’s foot became stuck in one and he broke his leg.Andrea Diaczek was holding hands with her two-year-old son, Julian, as they rode down an escalator at the Vancouver International Airport on Friday.“I heard a little squeak and I just saw the toe of his boot had become entrapped inside of the stair,” she said. “And before I could even really do anything, I tried to yank him out and it just sort of sucked in his boot.”She screamed and someone stopped the escalator. Several people, including her husband, ran to help.“His leg got twisted around backwards,” Diaczek said.“I’d already seen the toe of his boot go through the side and I didn’t even know what was left of his foot. And he was still very much stuck. I wasn’t sure if he was getting any circulation in the bottom part of his leg.”Someone handed her some scissors, she said, and she was able to cut Julian free from his mangled boot.The boy also suffered some cuts and swelling but is otherwise OK, she added.Diaczek said it was a scary situation, especially because she thought she had done everything right as a parent.“You’re holding onto your child and you’re holding onto the railing. And you’re not fooling around, you know. You’re not leaning over and he’s not crawling on it.”A statement from the airport says an ambulance was called to provide medical care for the child. A maintenance crew also inspected the escalator before it was started again.“Our investigation into this incident is ongoing and we are reviewing maintenance and inspection records for the escalator,” the airport said.“Safety and security is our top priority and it’s at the core of everything we do, and we will certainly implement any enhancements necessary pending the outcome of our investigation.”(News 1130, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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Judge named to lead review of Toronto police handling of missing person

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Police Services Board says it has retained an Ontario Appeal Court judge to lead an external review into how the police force handles cases of missing persons.The board says in a statement that Justice Gloria Epstein will be retiring Sept. 1 and will then “be devoting herself thereafter to the review.”The announcement comes about three months after Mayor John Tory moved a motion to go ahead with the review, saying there were “troubling questions” in light of the killings for which landscaper Bruce McArthur has been charged.While the review won’t look at the investigation into McArthur, who has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, it will examine how missing persons cases connected to the investigation were handled.The review also follows the death in November 2017 of 22-year-old Tess Richey, whose body was found by her mother in an outdoor stairwell.Police were sent to her last-known location the day after she was reported missing, but it wasn’t until her mother came to the city to search for her that her body was found.“It is vitally important that we learn from the past to ensure every Toronto resident is kept safe in the future,” Tory, who sits on the police board, said in the statement.Police have also come under fire from the LGBTQ community for failing to take the disappearances some of the men missing from Toronto’s gay village seriously for years — until January, when they arrested and charged the 66-year-old McArthur.Tensions were further inflamed when police Chief Mark Saunders suggested no one in the LGBTQ community had come forward with information that might have led to an earlier arrest, but he later said it was not his intent to blame the community.In April, the organizers behind the Toronto Pride Parade asked police to withdraw their application to take part in the annual event. For the second year in a row Sunday, uniformed Toronto police officers did not take part in the march.In Monday’s statement, police board chair Andy Pringle said the review “is a necessary and vital step” to identify systemic issues and improve trust between the police and “Toronto’s vulnerable communities.”Epstein was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007. Her rulings include a landmark 1996 decision that found the definition of a spouse under Ontario law was unconstitutional because it discriminated against same-sex couples.Epstein’s appointment comes after the police board approved the terms of reference and a $3-million budget request suggested by a working group last week.The review is expected to start later this year and last through 2019.last_img read more

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Deadline for Sens arena deal approaches with no extension to be granted

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s Heritage Minister says there will be no extension of a Thursday deadline to resolve a dispute over a plan to build a community featuring a new downtown arena for the Ottawa Senators.Pablo Rodriguez told reporters on Tuesday that the National Capital Commission’s deadline for the LeBreton Flats file is firm.“The NCC was very clear,” Rodriguez said. “There’s a deadline for February 28th and there will be no extension.”Judge Warren Winkler has been presiding over mediation between partners in the RendezVous LeBreton Group: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, Trinity Development Group founder John Ruddy and GBA Development and Project Management president Graham Bird.On Jan. 14, an original deadline of Jan. 19 was extended until Thursday by the NCC — a crown corporation which controls the LeBreton Flats land.“It’s between them. Now they have to come to an agreement,” Rodriguez said. “There’s a few days left. It ends February 28th, no extension.”When asked what happens if no agreement is reached, Rodriguez said, “I invite you to speak directly to the NCC but this is an absolute priority for them (and) for us also as a government because it’s a priority for the region.”Melnyk’s Capital Sports Management Inc., filed a $700-million lawsuit against Ruddy and Bird in November. Ruddy — also a member of the ownership group of the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, the United Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury and the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s — responded with a $1-billion counterclaim.While filing a statement of defence against Melnyk’s lawsuit, Bird got the three parties to agree to mediation in early January.The Senators currently play at the Canadian Tire Centre in suburban Kanata.The NHL team has dealt with a long list of negative headlines for on- and off-ice developments since falling one goal short of reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2017.The Senators sit last in the NHL standings and traded away top forwards Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel for younger players and draft picks before this week’s trade deadline.Ottawa also dealt its first pick in this year’s draft — expected to be very high because of the team’s poor record — in the original deal to get Duchene last season.last_img read more

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City of FSJ shares more information showing surplus in 2017 was only

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has shared more information about a Council report received last week that showed the City had a surplus of $29.8 million in 2017.According to a post on Facebook, the City says the surplus includes tangible capital assets or things like roads, buildings and other City infrastructure.  The assets make up $24.7 million of the $29.8 million meaning, in reality, the City had a cash surplus of $5.1 million.The Facebook post went on to say, the actual cash amount has been split between reserves for things like snow clearing in bad snow years, capital projects that weren’t completed in 2017 and funds for future capital projects like the new RCMP detachment. After local media shared the information that the surplus was $29.8 million, several residents vented on social media accusing the City of increasing property taxes without a need to considering the surplus from 2017.last_img read more

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Morocco Takes Part in Global Tourism Forum

Madrid- Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad took part, here Tuesday, in the Global Tourism Forum, held in the Spanish capital.The tourism sector is the second largest contributor to national GDP (12 pc) and the second largest job creator with more than 500,000 jobs, Haddad pointed out at a panel on the “impact of tourism in the development of infrastructure”, adding that the sector has created more than 50,000 jobs between 2011 and 2013.The Minister also underlined the positive impact of tourism on social development, in addition to its stimulatory effect on other sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries, transport, health, trade and infrastructure. Recalling the progress made by the Moroccan tourism industry, Haddad noted that the implementation of the projects of the Moroccan tourist vision has been accompanied by the establishment of large basic infrastructure projects.Held under the theme “The Impact of Tourism in the Global Economy”, the Global Tourism Forum (Spain GTF) brings together officials and experts who discussed the future challenges of the tourism industry and the impact of tourism on national economies.Lahcen Haddad leads a Moroccan delegation that will participate in the 35th Madrid International Tourism Fair (Fitur 2015) which will be inaugurated Wednesday by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.MWN with MAP read more

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General Assembly elects judges to UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia

During the election, which began on Tuesday morning and concluded in the evening, 26 judges were elected following the first round of voting; and the remaining judge was elected after three more rounds of balloting. Their mandate begins immediately. The Tribunal, located at The Hague, Netherlands, was established by the Security Council in early 1993 to prosecute those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991. It was the first world court established by the United Nations for the prosecution of war crimes. According to the Statute of the court, individuals may be indicted for crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, violations of the laws of war and crimes of genocide. The Security Council decided last November to create the pool of ad hoc, or ad litem, judges, to serve four-year terms, thereby amending the court’s Statute in a number of relevant articles. Last November, the Council requested the Secretary-General to make practical arrangements for the election, as soon as possible, of 27 ad litem judges. In April, the Council submitted a list of 64 candidates, taking into account the adequate representation of the principal legal systems of the world and bearing in mind the importance of equitable geographical distribution. read more

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East Timor approves draft constitution mulls delay in promulgation

The proposed revision in the Assembly’s schedule reflects the longer-than-expected time needed to pass individual articles, compile them and translate the full text for public distribution, UNTAET said. If the proposal were passed, the final vote and signing ceremony would move to 23 March. On Saturday, 65 of the 88 Assembly members voted in favour of the 168-article draft that was finished by the Systematization and Harmonization Committee on 5 February. There were no opposing votes, 13 members abstained and 10 were absent. After the vote members of different parties – including some of those who abstained – were clearly moved and embraced and congratulated one another. The next step is to distribute the draft for public review, UNTAET said. Assembly members plan to divide into 13 groups – one for each of the country’s districts – and fan out into the countryside in search of public feedback. Each group will then draft a report that will be presented to the full Assembly for debate ahead of the final vote. read more

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Willie Nelson Neil Young to headline antiKeystone XL oil pipeline concert in

NELIGH, Neb. – Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.Earlier this year, protesters carved an anti-pipeline message into the cornfield, which is in the path of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.Pipeline critics hope the project will be rejected because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.TransCanada has said the pipeline will have upgraded safety measures and should be allowed. The company has already built and is operating the southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas. Willie Nelson, Neil Young to headline anti-Keystone XL oil pipeline concert in US field by The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2014 2:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Rusin Rockies agree at 1687500 avoid salary arbitration

DENVER — Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contract worth $1,687,500, a deal with a $400,000 raise that avoided salary arbitration.Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, Rusin would earn an additional $50,000 should he make the All-Star Game.The 32-year-old was 2-3 with a 6.09 ERA in 49 appearances last season. In the post-season, Rusin threw four scoreless innings.Rusin had a phenomenal 2017 season when he went 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Softball The music behind the player

Ohio State senior infielder Ashley Goodwin powers through the ball during the exhibition game against Wright State on Sep. 24 . Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternA player’s walk-up song can say a lot about who they are. Whether they want to get the crowd excited, hype themselves up or even calm themselves down, each individual player has different reasoning behind which song they choose. Members of the Ohio State softball team shared why they chose the songs they did. Senior center fielder Taylor White“X” by Kendrick Lamar“I saw the Black Panther and it’s on the Black Panther album and it’s cool and in the beginning, it says, ‘Black Panther’ and that sounds cool. I’m basically the Black Panther.”Freshman third baseman Niki Carver“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band“Our seniors chose songs for us. I’m from Georgia and they tend to make fun of my accent and stuff like that, so I guess it was suiting to choose that song.”Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon“Sauce It Up” by Lil Uzi Vert“I love music and my brother actually sent me a link to some SoundCloud rapper, at the time, and it was Lil Uzi. At the time he was only kind of popular, but he just mostly had stuff on SoundCloud. I listened to him and then, as he’s gotten bigger and bigger, it’s cool for me to have that connection with him because I was there when he was just a SoundCloud rapper.”Junior shortstop Lilli Piper“Pipe It Up” by Migos“Everyone calls me ‘Pipe’ because of my last name so it was just kind of ironic and I obviously had to choose it because it was just like a popular song.”Junior outfielder Bri Betschel“I Am the Greatest” by Logic“I picked this song because when I listened to it, the beginning sounded really fun and pumped up and I knew it would sound good on our system. It just kind of gives you some confidence hearing, ‘I am the greatest.’”Junior pitcher Morgan Ray“Jump Around” by House of Pain“I chose this song because it’s always been my dad and I’s song. We would dance to it and listen to it in the car before softball games since I was like 12. It makes me calm and it makes me ready to pitch.”Junior catcher Emily Clark“Bleed it Out” by Linkin Park“I chose ‘Bleed It Out’ because it’s a song that a lot of people know. I picked the beginning because it gets me hype but calms me down at same time. I like to pick songs that will get the crowd’s attention and that will also get them going.”Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin“Swag Surfin’” by F.L.Y.“I picked my song because some days I’m stressed out about everything going on around me and I forget how blessed I am to play this game of softball at the greatest university.”Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” by Lauren Daigle“I chose my song because I love to use my platform as a Christian athlete to show who God really is and what he does in my life every single day. The song refers to the verse Ezekiel 37.”Freshman first baseman Kallie Boren“Where The Hood At” by DMX“I didn’t actually choose the song, the seniors did. They thought it was funny because I’ve never heard of the song or DMX before.”Senior catcher Becca Gavin“Good as Hell” by Lizzo“My brother chose it for me, actually. He thought it’d be a fun song and would get me in a good mood.” read more

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Fabian Ruiz aiming to emulate Xavi

first_imgNapoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz ‘dreams of emulating Barcelona icon Xavi Hernandez.Fabian has adapted well since arriving from Real Betis in a €30m deal last summer and he went further to discuss about life in Naples in a quote cited via Football Italia.“Playing here is magnificent,” he began.“Albiol and Callejon helped me a lot. They were the first ones I spoke to. They were my translators and they’re my friends, even before they became my colleagues, but now I’m learning Italian. Napoli is a big family.“Ancelotti? Working with the Coach is fantastic and I knew him before I met him. He’s a great Coach and he’s won a lot.“The Scudetto will be difficult, but we’ll go all the way for it and we want to win the Europa League.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“The Coach is convinced we’ll win something soon because Napoli have a strong group. We’re working calmly because we know trophies will follow.“I feel best in the middle of the park, but I also enjoy playing on the left. I fell in love with fotball thanks to Xavi.“He was a pillar for Barcelona and Spain for so many years and I dream of following in his footsteps.“My day usually consists of raining, eating lunch with the team and then relaxing at home.“In the evening I go out with Mertens, who shows me Naples. He’s a great player and person.“I still speak only a but if Neapolitan, but there is the word ‘fra’ [brother in Neapolitan], which amuses me a lot. ‘Fra’ to me is Mertens, but I never eat pizza. I don’t like it.”last_img read more

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WoW The Undertow of the Torrey Pines Golf Course

first_img January 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 24, 2019 WoW: The Undertow of the Torrey Pines Golf Course KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI)- Three holes at the Torrey Pines Golf Course are some of the most difficult on the PGA tour. They’re labeled the Undertow.KUSI’s Dave Scott focuses on the Undertow in this World of Wonder segment. Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Fisker plans to launch 40000 300mile electric SUV in 2021

first_img 52 Photos Fisker reveals EMotion electric sports car at CES 2018 3 12 Photos 49 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 26 Photos Tags Electric Cars Crossovers,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. Cars.com 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 you.Cars.com 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 business.Cars.com 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 Fisker says the new model is a “futuristic, elegant muscular EV.” Fisker Inc Fisker is jumping into the electric-crossover fray, announcing Monday plans for a new model that will have a 300-mile driving range and a starting price below $40,000. Sales to customers are expected to begin in the second half of 2021, and the company promises a “drivable prototype” of the new model will be revealed before the end of 2019.A teaser image of the all-electric Fisker SUV shows a squat, wide design with functional aerodynamic elements on its front fascia. Behind the grille is a larger radar sensor, the company says, and the wheels measure 22 inches in diameter. Without offering specifics, Fisker says the new model will have “an extended open-air atmosphere,” hinting at some kind of convertible roof. Inside, a large head-up display and “a unique, intuitive user interface” will allow drivers to operate the vehicle.In terms of electrification, Fisker says the car will use an 80-plus-kilowatt battery pack and will manage about 300 miles of range per charge. That would compete well against new electric crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and Jaguar I-Pace. There will be two electric motors, one at each axle, to provide all-wheel drive. Fisker plans to sell the new car directly to customers and says it will establish a concierge-style servicing network.There’s still a long way to go between now and the car’s eventual launch in 2021. Fisker hasn’t even picked a name for the vehicle, for instance, and says it is still determining where it would build the car, though the California-based company apparently is looking for a factory in the US.Fisker, of course, has famed designer Henrik Fisker as its chairman and CEO. The last vehicle it revealed was the EMotion, introduced more than a year ago. Fisker says this SUV will launch first, before the EMotion. Though there are still many unanswered questions, we’re eager to see what becomes of both models in the coming years. Comments 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. 18 Photos 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 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 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. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 68 Photos Share your voice 69 Photos 31 Photos Tagscenter_img 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 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. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 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 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 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. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow 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. 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. 81 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 10 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 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.  71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2 Car Industry Comments 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 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

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Tiff over tolls troubles bridge critics

first_imgWhen the state department of transportation took over the Knik Arm Crossing project from previous developers, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA, in July of last year, planners took a fresh look at traffic projections needed to ensure adequate tolls could be collected to pay project costs. But critics of the new plan say it’s the same old numbers game.A conceptual concept rendering of the KABATA bridge. Image from the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority.Download AudioA socioeconomic study released by the state department of transportation shows a scaled down approach to fiscal plans to pay for the proposed bridge linking Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough. DOT has applied for a federal loan to foot the bill for the bulk of construction costs of the bridge project, according to project director Judy Dougherty. She says the new look incorporates recent information.“Since DOT and the state is bringing financing to this project, they are taking a much more conservative look at the population projection.”Dougherty says that the new financing outlook would depend on a minimum of 18,000 vehicles a day paying a toll to cross the bridge. The traffic projections are based on expectations of population growth in the Borough.Dougherty says, under the current plan, toll revenues from the bridge are to be tapped to pay for the state’s share of the construction costs of the project. Dougherty points out that the old plan relied on tolls to pay for all bridge construction costs.“Under the new plan, which is a public finance plan, the tolls will only be responsible for paying for operations and maintenance and for the TIFIA [Transportation, Infrastructure, Finance and Innovation Act] loan, which is approximately one-third of the construction costs. ”A TIFIA loan is federal transportation money. The bridge project has applied for and been denied TIFIA funds, half a dozen times.But the traffic projections for potential users of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge are not realistic, according to an opponent of the project, independent financial analyst Jaime Kenworthy. He says consultants for the bridge project have inflated traffic estimates.“DOT has now spent a million dollars on new consultants to come up with the same numbers criticized by the LBNA audit. Their population projections for Mat-Su in 2040 project 60 percent more growth than the state demographer, and that AMATS is using for their 2040 plan.”Kenworthy, a longtime critic of the bridge, brought his analysis to a meeting of the KABATA board in Anchorage on Thursday.  DOT consultants’ information shows a doubling of population by 2040 in most Mat Su communities based on 2012 population figures.“And KABATA/ DOT has put five times more people and twice as many jobs at Point MacKenzie in 2040 than the Borough’s own consultant projected for 2035.”Dougherty says DOT’s population projections are centered on growth at Point MacKenzie. She says TIFIA experts will decide on the validity of the toll estimates.“Our studies will have to be investment grade. We will have to have two rating opinions and they will evaluate our project and our projections.”Kenworthy counters that a fiscally strapped state needs to proceed with caution.DOT consultants Cardno, Agnew-Beck and CDM Smith have worked on different aspects of the most recent Knik Arm Crossing study.  All three consulting firms have worked on previous studies related to the plan.  The KABATA board did not have a quorum at the meeting, and took no action Thursday.last_img read more

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Virtual 3D nanorobots could lead to real cancerfighting technology

first_img Citation: Virtual 3D nanorobots could lead to real cancer-fighting technology (2007, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-virtual-3d-nanorobots-real-cancer-fighting.html Nanorobots search for organ-inlets demanding protein injection. Image credit: Adriano Cavalcanti, et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. To demonstrate the system, the researchers tested several cases where the nanorobots used different strategies to detect proteins, and in vessels with varying diameters. As expected, their results showed that nanorobots have a better chance of finding a target in smaller vessels. Also, the use of both chemical and thermal biosensors greatly improved the nanorobots’ efficiency compared with random motion.In addition to sensing, the simulation will hopefully provide interactive tools for many challenging aspects of nanorobot design, such as control methods, manufacturing approaches, actuator (motor) design, and more. The researchers are currently using the simulation for tests in laparoscopic surgery, diabetes, cancer, brain aneurysms, cardiology, military biohazard defense, and drug delivery. The development is highly collaborative, with advances depending on future improvements in nanoelectronics, new materials, and genomics research. “One of the major factors for successfully developing nanorobots is to bring together professionals with interdisciplinary views of science and technologies,” Cavalcanti said. “It is necessary to keep your eyes open for chemistry, materials engineering, electronics, computing, physics, mechanics, photonics, pharmaceutics, and medicine technologies. Our work is advancing progressively because we have experts from different backgrounds participating. We all pursue a common interest in working together to build medical nanorobots.”With all these disciplines moving ahead, a precise simulation system can help researchers understand the performance requirements for practical nanorobots, even before the technologies exist.“Some existing components, like sensors, motors, actuators and antennas, are already available as nanodevices,” said Cavalcanti. “Then you have to take the next step: those components should be integrated as embedded parts assembled into a nanorobot.”He explained that the biggest motivator for innovation comes from economic and strategic interests. Due to the wide variety of applications, nanorobots will almost certainly offer economic incentives.“In the case of nanorobots, you have huge potential for commercialization, with enormous chances of profit for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors,” Cavalcanti said. “Among other applications in medicine, nanororobots also represent an important strategic technology for military defense against biohazard contamination, which should help to protect against different sorts of pandemic outbreaks.”Due to these motivations, Cavalcanti hopes that working nanorobots will be here in the not-too-distant future.“If you consider the velocity that miniaturization is moving, from micro to nanoelectronics, then you can easily understand the feasibility to have medical nanorobots integrated as a nanoelectronic molecular machine before 2015,” he predicted, adding that nanorobots, like all medical technologies, would still need to undergo safety testing, which would push back the date for mass production and commercialization.More information: www.nanorobotdesign.comPublication: Cavalcanti, Adriano, Shirinzadeh, Bijan, Freitas, Robert A Jr., and Hogg, Tad. “Nanorobot architecture for medical target identification.” Nanotechnology 19 (2008) 015103 (15pp).Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img But there is still a great deal of work to do before tiny “molecular machines” can begin traveling through our arteries for diagnosing or treating our ailments. To try to pick up the pace, a group of researchers has recently developed an innovative approach to help in the research and development of nanorobots – virtual reality. Adriano Cavalcanti, Bijan Shirinzadeh, Robert Freitas, Jr., and Tad Hogg, representing institutions in Melbourne, Australia, and the U.S., have published their simulation procedure in a recent issue of Nanotechnology. Just as 3D simulations previously helped engineers greatly accelerate developmental research in the semiconductor industry, Cavalcanti and colleagues hope that virtual nanorobots, virtual biomolecules and virtual arteries will accelerate the progress of nanorobot development.“The software NCD (nanorobot control design) is a system implemented to serve as a test bed for nanorobot 3D prototyping,” Cavalcanti, CEO of the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech and researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, told PhysOrg.com. “It is an advanced nanomechatronics simulator that provides physical and numerical information for nanorobot task-based modeling. Serving as a fast development platform for medical nanorobots investigation, the NCD simulations show how to interact and control a nanorobot inside the body.”In a demonstration of the real-time simulation, the nanorobots had the task of searching for proteins in a dynamic virtual environment, and identifying and bringing those proteins to a specific “organ-inlet” for drug delivery. The researchers analyzed how the nanorobots used different strategies to achieve this goal. For instance, the nanorobots could employ different sensory capabilities such as chemical and temperature sensors, as well as random movement.For the nanorobots, one of the most difficult parts was maneuvering close enough to a biomolecule to be able to sense that biomolecule, while accounting for many different forces and moving bodies. Unlike on the macroscale, viscosity dominates movement in arteries, affecting the nanorobots’ traveling as it encounters obstacles and proteins moving passively through the fluid. From eliminating the side effects of chemotherapy to treating Alzheimer’s disease, the potential medical applications of nanorobots are vast and ambitious. In the past decade, researchers have made many improvements on the different systems required for developing practical nanorobots, such as sensors, energy supply, and data transmission.last_img read more

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Ancient crafts brought to life

first_imgThe ancient skills of spinning, weaving and other fibre-related crafts were the reason for a recent, one-week workshop held at the Highlands Estate in Van Reenen. Two friends, Glynis Brooke and Linda Tacke, have long been involved with various aspects of these crafts. Glynis, as a professional weaver and agent for Ashford Handicrafts from New Zealand, frequently meets people interested in spinning and weaving.Ashford is currently the largest manufacturer of spinning wheels in the world, with more than one million Ashford wheels in use worldwide. While most of these are used by crafters, they are also used extensively in rural upliftment programmes.Linda has long been involved with knitting, yarn, dyeing and weaving. As a specialist knitter, she produces beautiful pieces that are unique, full of colour and texture.This fascination with colour and texture is also reflected in her weaving.Glynis and Linda decided there was a need for a forum where people with an interest in any branch of fibre crafts could meet for mutual exchange of information.They felt these crafts should be made more widely accessible and the perception of them being old-fashioned needed to be dispelled. Thus the dream was born of bringing together a group of like-minded people to share knowledge and skills, and to teach and mentor others.Two years of discussion led to a group of people from around South Africa gathering in Van Reenen for a week, for the first Thread-Handed Fibre Fun Week.It was a meeting of like minds that forged new friendships and promoted much discussion on the way forward for fibre crafts in South Africa.It was a busy week, with Linda opening the proceedings and then putting on a presentation on her uniquely ‘wild’ style of knitting, together with a class in rigid heddle weaving.Sunday and Monday were spent on spinning, dyeing and weaving classes.On Tuesday, the focus was on learning the ancient craft of tablet or card weaving, as employed by the Vikings, Incas and Egyptians. Learning about spinning art yarn took up Wednesday and the workshop ended on Thursday when classes were held on rigid heddle weaving with the focus on warp rather than weft.The 8th Wakkerstroom Natural Fibre Handcraft Fair was held in the town on Saturday, with workshops in various weaving and knitting disciplines being held on either side of the actual fair.The 11th annual Clarens Quilt Festival will be held from July 14 to 18 and offers quilting, knitting, Tunisian knitting, crocheting and weaving.Anyone who would like to learn more about Thread-Handed is welcome to contact Glynis Brooke on 082-886-2152 / glynis@brooklands.co.za or Linda Tacke on 082-488-5730 / treeknits@gmail.comDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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