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Bengal BJP chief changes residence after new threat

first_imgWest Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh’s residence was changed on Thursday to make room for new security arrangements, following inputs regarding a life-threatening attack on him by some “foreign agents”.The leader, who currently has Y-plus category security, however, said he has not received any formal intimation regarding upgrading it to Z category.“I have changed the residence to a ‘broader’ place. The infrastructure of the previous house was inadequate. There were also issues related to connectivity and car parking. Hence, my residence has been changed to make room for more personnel if the security is enhanced,” Mr. Ghosh told reporters here.“My car has been attacked more than 50 times in the last few years. I have also been assaulted multiple times. Now, there is a new report that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill me using foreign agents. We have informed the authority concerned in the government regarding the same. They are taking necessary actions,” he added.last_img read more

This is what China’s Xi Jinping told PM Modi on Aamir Khan’s Dangal

first_imgWhen Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at Astana today, they also had something to discuss on a Hindi film besides a host of bilateral issues which has strained Sino-Indian relations in the last few months.Jinping told Modi that he watched the Aamir Khan-starrer sports drama Bollywood film Dangal and liked it.Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the Chinese leader told Modi that Dangal is doing well in China and he himself watched it.Dangal has struck such a strong chord with people across the border that it even caught the attention of the Chinese President. The Hindi film has broken all records in China and is still going strong at the box office in China, a month after its release.According to last count Dangal has already earned Rs 1,090 crore at the Chinese box office.Dangal has been named as “Shuaijiao Baba” in China which translates as “Let’s Wrestle, Dad!” in English. According to officials, the film has beaten even many Chinese movies. Continuing its record breaking spree, the Aamir Khan starrer Dangal has kicked out the 2016 Hong Kong-China action film Operation Mekong out of the number 20 spot to become China’s top 20 highest-grossing movies in history.The Chinese audience has been able to connect with Dangal’s themes of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports. Until recently, the film had a marvellous rating of 9.8 on the biggest online ticket vendor Maoyan.Aamir Khan’s films, in particular, have been very popular in China. ‘PK’ was also very well received by the Chinese audiences.advertisement”I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir Khan had said recently.The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.Also read:Dangal box-office collection: Aamir film nears Rs 1000 crore in China Dangal vs Baahubali 2: Rs 1000cr in China for Aamir, Rs 500-cr club in India for The ConclusionAlso watch:Decoding the success of Aamir Khan’s Dangal in Chinalast_img read more

Creating a better EV battery

first_imgThe race to dominate the electric car market hinges as much on battery technology and improved recharging infrastructure as it does on sticker price, software updates, and styling. Which is why Chinese companies are investing massive sums in matching and surpassing Tesla’s industry-leading battery technology and manufacturing capacity.Nearly all of that capacity is focused on lithium-ion technology, but other approaches are emerging that promise to change the battery technology landscape to extend the range of electric vehicles. Increasing driving range to, say, the equivalent of a tank of gas could provide the inflection point that at last accelerates electric drivetrains past the internal combustion engine. Aluminum- and zinc-air batteries As new battery technologies emerge, new wireless schemes are also being demonstrated that could make recharging electric vehicle batteries as fast as filling a gas tank.With lithium-ion battery technology perhaps approaching its own Moore’s Law ceiling, researchers are branching out to pursue technologies like aluminum- and zinc-air batteries that are just now entering the market. The key to those emerging technologies is boosting recharging capability while demonstrating the ability to lower energy storage cost to the baseline of roughly $100 per kilowatt-hour.By some estimates , zinc-air batteries could hit the electric car market by as early as 2019 and eventually could be cheaper, lighter, and safer than lithium-ion. Battery startups such as EnZinc and NantEnergy are promoting zinc battery technology as an alternative to lithium-ion as a cheaper, safer alternative with potential energy densities and recharging capabilities approaching lithium-ion. NantEnergy’s world’s first zinc-air rechargeable cells come with proven global deployment — serving as a sole source of power to 200,000 people. Meanwhile, the company claims that the new rechargeable cells have already broken the $100/kWh manufacturing cost barrier. (Photo: NantEnergy)Three-dimensional “zinc-based batteries will offer the power and range needed at a lower cost,” asserts EnZinc . “They will be lighter-weight or longer-range, safer, and recyclable.”Among the drawbacks of metal-air batteries is their susceptibility to corrosion. That means that promising new approaches like aluminum-air batteries can quickly lose their stored charge. Researchers recently reported in the journal Science on a corrosion-inhibiting approach that uses oil as a buffer to reduce corrosion. The approach might also work with zinc-air batteries, boosting their shelf life.If these and other efforts pan out, lightweight, compact zinc- and aluminum-air batteries could provide backup power to electric cars, assert proponents.Meanwhile, Tesla continues to ramp up lithium-ion battery production at its Gigafactory in Nevada and a planned battery factory in China — Tesla and battery partner Panasonic claim about 60% of global electric vehicle battery output. Chinese rivals like Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) are also pouring billions into an effort to become China’s Panasonic. A key to success is leveraging growing domestic demand for electric cars. 1 thought on “Creating a better EV battery” “The EV market is growing as we speak but limitations still persist to exist. We need to address one issue at a time and producing a new EV battery would help resolve one portion of the problem gradually. In due time, most of the issues will be tackled whi Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods ChristopherJames says: Continue Reading Previous Dealing with the illusion of securityNext Vecow: workstation-grade edge computing solution with Intel Xeon/Core i7/i5/i3 January 4, 2019 at 8:39 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Video Shows Former CFB Star Chad Kelly Getting Chased With Vacuum Cleaner

first_imgchad kelly warms up for the denver broncosDENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Quarterback Chad Kelly #6 of the Denver Broncos throws as he warms up before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 16, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, TMZ released video of Chad Kelly’s arrest. The former Denver Broncos quarterback was arrested after he trespassed into a couple’s home.Kelly, who has had his share of off-field issues in the past, was arrested in Englewood, Colorado on October 23, 2018. He was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing.Details of the incident were wild. According to the Chad Kelly arrest affidavit, he entered a couple’s house, sat on the couch, and was hit with a vacuum tube until he left.Well, a few months later, video of the incident finally came out.It’s just as wild as the story.Kelly gets chased out of the house with a vacuum cleaner attachment. He then looks back at the owner of the house for a minute before walking off.TMZ got the video of Chad Kelly getting chased out of the house with a vacuum tube… pic.twitter.com/kC3zCZ4Jk9— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) March 20, 2019The Broncos released Kelly after the incident.General manager John Elway released a statement about the move:“This was a decision that we made as an organization,” John Elway said. “After reviewing all the information and in talking with Vance and Joe, we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do.”The former Ole Miss quarterback was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. Kelly was also sentenced to 50 hours of community service and will be forced to pay fines and fees.last_img read more

Klatt: Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa Is Big Ten’s ‘Most Underrated’ Player

first_img FS1’s Joel Klatt gave his most underrated players from each Power Five conference on Twitter, and has A.J. Epenesa as his pick from the Big Ten.It is pretty crazy to think, considering the credit he has already gotten, but considering his lower profile among average fans, I buy it.Most under the radar/underrated player in each power 5 conference??Pac12 – Eno Benjamin RB ASUBig12 – Chuba Hubbard RB OkStateBig10 – Aj Epenesa DE IowaSEC – Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB VandyACC – AJ Dillon RB Boston CollegeYour turn, GO— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) August 13, 2019If his production stays the same with a big expansion in his snap count, and he proves to be a serviceable player against the run, “under the radar” won’t be something you will be able to say about Epenesa for much longer. Iowa's A.J. Epenesa reaches for Northwewstern's Clayton Thorson.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa enters the 2019 season as one of the more interesting players in college football. The Hawkeye star both led the Big Ten in sacks last year… and is yet to start his first game.Last season, Epenesa took down opposing quarterbacks 10.5 times as a pass rush specialist off the bench. He’ll see his role expand this season, and it has many bullish on his pro prospects beyond 2019.Epenesa has earned preseason All-American plaudits from places like Athlon Sports, which has him on the first team. Some early 2020 mock drafts have him going very early in the first round.Still, he’s not exactly a household name outside of Big Ten country. That could change very soon.last_img read more

Drewry: LPG Shipping Earnings to Remain Buoyant

first_imgzoom LPG shipping earnings are forecast to remain buoyant on the back of low oil prices and the absence of fuel substitution, according to Drewry’s LPG Forecaster.Low oil prices have not triggered the substitution of LPG as the fuel of industrial use, as feared by some analysts. As a result, LPG shipping demand has remained intact and low bunker prices have supported vessel earnings.Drewry expects this trend to continue, as 60% of global consumption is residential whose demand is largely inelastic to oil price change. The remainder is largely consumed by petrochemical production and Drewry estimates that only 20% of the sector’s capacity is capable of switching away from LPG fuel. Historically, LPG consumption has proven remarkably stable in spite of oil price volatility.Meanwhile, the fall in oil prices has lowered shipping’s fuel costs which have fed through into time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings despite weakening freight rates. For example, Drewry estimates that lower fourth quarter bunker costs contributed an 11% boost to LPG TCE earnings for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) on the Arabian Gulf-Japan route compared to the previous quarter. Over this period average freight rates fell 26% to $85 per tonne.A similar trend has been witnessed on coastal trades, with North West Europe-East Europe TCE earnings rising 22% over the same period despite lower freight rates.“The implication is that LPG shipping has everything to gain from lower oil prices, despite unfounded fears that this may reduce cargo demand and so damage sector earnings,” said Shresth Sharma, Senior Gas Shipping Analyst at Drewry. “While we do not anticipate VLGC freight rates reaching the highs of last year given the large number of vessels lined up for delivery, we expect bunker costs to remain low through 2015 which will help support LPG shipping earnings.”last_img read more

Halifax warship returns from hurricanescarred Caribbean islands

first_imgHALIFAX – Standing on the rear deck of the Canadian warship HMCS St. John’s, Howard Shillingford shook his head as he recalled the sound hurricane Maria made when the Category 5 storm descended on his retirement home on the tiny island of Dominica.“The hurricane was like the devil himself,” Shillingford, a longtime resident of Newmarket, Ont., said Thursday after he and his wife Rosemary boarded the frigate in Halifax harbour to thank the crew for rescuing them last week from the devastated Caribbean island.Shillingford, who was born in Dominica and is now a dual citizen, said he’ll never forget the eerie howling of Maria as she tore the roof off the couple’s house in the mountains near Giraudel.“It talks to you. It teases you. Comes and goes. And the noise. When the roof was leaving it was like a machine gun,” he said, describing the sound the rafters made as nails were pulled from the wood. “Dat! Dat! Dat! Dat! Dat!”“It was so powerful that the leaves from the trees were stuck on the wall. And when you pulled them off, it took the paint off.”As the front door was blown open and the rain poured in through a gaping hole in the ceiling, the couple retreated to their bathroom with their cat.“It was relentless,” Rosemary Shillingford said. “The noise never stopped for nine hours.”Back in Canada, their daughter, Marlene, had reached out to federal government to determine if they could be airlifted to safety.Almost a week later, on Sept. 24, a Sea King helicopter from the Halifax-based warship touched down in a nearby ball field and carried the couple to Dominica’s airport, where a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft carried them to a waiting airliner in Barbados.“When the helicopter came, that was the best day ever,” Howard Shillingford said.The couple, who have been visiting Dominica for the past 25 years, eventually made their way to Halifax, where their daughter works as a chief warrant officer at nearby Canadian Forces Base Shearwater.“We want to say thank you to the Canadian Armed Forces,” Marlene Shillingford said. “Without them, they’d still be stuck on the island.”The three were among dozens of family and friends who greeted the ship when it pulled into port under bright sunshine after a month-long humanitarian and disaster-relief mission.In early September, the ship sailed to South Caicos, where the 230-member crew helped clear debris, completed electrical repairs and delivered fresh water. The island was heavily damaged on Sept. 7 by hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that churned out winds clocked at 281 kilometres per hour.However, the ship had to leave the island after almost a week when hurricane Maria arrived. The ship’s captain, Cmdr. Gord Noseworthy, had planned to return to South Caicos but the vessel was diverted to Dominica because the need for immediate help was critical.The ship’s crew again helped clear debris, deliver water and repair generators. And its Sea King crews rescued a number of other Canadians and locals stranded in more remote parts of the island.“It was obvious that we were in a life-saving situation,” Noseworthy said. “The entire island is pretty much decimated … It will be quite a while before they recover from this traumatic event.”As of Thursday, the island of 71,000 people remains largely paralyzed by a lack of water, electricity and communications. According to published reports, the hurricane left 27 people dead and damaged or destroyed 90 per cent of its buildings.Noseworthy said the decision to leave the region was based on the fact that power had been restored to the island’s airport and the capital, Roseau.“It wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly,” he said, adding that Roseau was in a “self-sufficient state” now that various agencies and non-government organizations were on the ground providing key supplies.“I’m confident that the locals are well looked after with the NGOs and the various other organizations in that area.”As for the Shillingford’s, Howard said he plans to return after Christmas to sell the house.“I don’t want to live there anymore,” he said. “No way.”last_img read more

Amber Valletta To Host Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Los Angeles

first_imgBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) hosts its annual Accessories for Success Spring Scholarship Luncheon, April 23, 2017 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills presented by City National Bank and TLC.The event will honor Nancy Daniels, President and General Manager, TLC with the “Excellence in Mentoring Award” and Stephen Galloway, Executive Editor, Features, The Hollywood Reporter with the “Innovator Award.” Actress and fashion icon Amber Valletta emcees.Highlighting the afternoon is a fashion show, featuring Bigs and Littles modeling outfits and accessories. Each “Big” and “Little” will have selected his or her outfit and accessories from a Goodwill store, with a maximum budget of $30 each. This aspect aligns with an education initiative by Goodwill pegged at developing self-sufficiency in youth and the importance of shopping within a budget.As President and General Manager of TLC, Nancy Daniels leads the company’s flagship female focused television channel, a global brand available in more than 89 million homes in the US and 325 million households around the world. Daniels embodies TLC’s message that giving a little can go a long way, through her own volunteering with BBBSLA in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentoring Program.Stephen Galloway is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who serves as Executive Features Editor for The Hollywood Reporter. In 2009, Galloway joined BBBSLA to create the Women In Entertainment Mentorship Program. Each year, the program takes between 15 and 20 high school juniors from underserved communities and pairs them with some of the top women in film and TV. More than 120 girls have taken part in the program and almost all have gone on to four-year colleges, supported by more than $4 million in scholarship money that Galloway has helped raise.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF GREATER LOS ANGELES provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded by Walt Disney and Meredith Willson in 1955, BBBSLA is a leading non-profit in the Los Angeles community.Find more info here.last_img read more

Farooq terms NDA govts attack on Pak and Ram Mandir issue as

first_imgKadapa (Andhra Pradesh): Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC leader Farooq Abdullah said the country should maintain good relations with its neighbouring country (Pakistan). With this approach both the countries will prosper.The National Conference leader said it was not fair on the central government to attack on neighbouring country and assuring construction of Ram Mandir keeping in view the coming elections. Addressing an election campaign here on Tuesday along with Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, the J&K MP said India is a place of ‘unity in diversity’, and added that the present India was not the India, which he witnessed during Gandhi regime. People were living with fear complex. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Referring to YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Farooq Abdullah said Jagan met him in the past and ready to offer Rs 1500 crore to Congress high command if he was made Chief Minister of combined Andhra Pradesh. He said he wondered from where he got so much amount of money. The money belonged to people. He said if people elected such a person the state would witness drastic conditions. Addressing a road show Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said there was no protection for Muslims during Modi regime. He said voting for Jaganmohan Reddy meant voting for Narendra Modi. He expressed surprise how Jagan was supporting KCR, who was opposing Polavaram project and releasing water to Rayalaseema region. He said he would make efforts to supply water to Rayalaseema region. The TDP supremo assured to implement minority sub plan for the benefit of Muslims. He said all the national parties excluding BJP supporting Telugu Desam party. He said that Sonia Gandhi also assured to accord special category status to AP.last_img read more

Iraqs violence takes heavy toll on its children reports UNICEF

21 December 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today painted a bleak picture of the situation of children in Iraq, where an estimated 2 million boys and girls continue suffer from poor nutrition, disease and interrupted education. Thousands of families have been obliged to leave their homes because of violence or threats, and hundreds of children have lost their lives in the violence, UNICEF said in a news release. Conditions continue to deteriorate, with many mothers preventing their children from attending school for fear they would be attacked. “Iraqi children are paying far too high a price,” said Roger Wright, UNICEF’s Special Representative for Iraq. “While we have been providing as much assistance as possible, a new window of opportunity is opening, which should enable us to reach the most vulnerable with expanded, consistent support.” In 2007 UNICEF invested over $40 million dollars to deliver critical health care, safe water and sanitation, education and other essential services to millions of children and their families. Thanks to the funds, over 4 million children were immunized against polio and more than three million against measles, mumps and rubella. As a result, Iraq remains polio-free and measles cases have decreased from 9,181 in 2004 to just 156 as of November. In addition, some 4.7 million Iraqi primary school children benefited from UNICEF support, including the distribution of school materials, rebuilding and restoring schools, adding extra classrooms for displaced children and providing accelerated learning opportunities. UNICEF noted that children’s needs inside Iraq will become clearer as security improves. To help meet the needs of returning families, the agency and its partners a new initiative known as IMPACT: Iraq, which involves a national network of UN teams and non-governmental partners able to quickly assess and respond to needs as they arise. Mr. Wright stressed that sufficient funding will be crucial to meeting the needs of Iraq’s children in 2008, adding that children should be the priority for international investment in Iraq. “Iraqi children are the foundation for their country’s recovery,” he stated. “Where children’s lives are protected and revived, community recovery will swiftly follow. We continue to owe them our very best in 2008 and beyond.” read more

Can blockchain give us back our privacy

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.The outcry over Cambridge Analytica’s access to Facebook user data last year, followed by the U.S. Senate’s questions to Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill, revealed a general lack of understanding of how the Internet works and how enterprise makes money on it. It boils down to this: If you’re not paying for a product on the Internet, you’re the product.That’s a truism many critics of Quayside, a real estate project developed by Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, have taken to heart. The project plan calls for a digital platform designed “into the physical environment from the start” in order to collect urban data “in a single place.” The end goal is to “enable a seamless interface between residents and service delivery.” In other words, a physical manifestation of what Alphabet’s Google does in cyberspace — which is extracting value from huge sets of user data.Done right, this “smart city” could provide valuable insight into our public services, energy grids and municipal infrastructure and improve quality of life for citizens. It could also put yet another aspect of our privacy at risk. Privacy advocates have argued for government regulation of the use of our data. But regulation has yet to prevent hackers from cracking the central databases of Equifax Canada or Nissan Canada Finance, to name just two examples. Let’s face it: any centralized system is vulnerable to attack. There is no reason for corporations or governments to store, let alone own or control, our personal information. Read the full Innovation Nation series here Innovation Nation: How smart cities may be too smart for their own good IP and the Blockchain revolution Fortunately, there is a third option, enabled by blockchain, the innovation underlying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The same code that identifies each bitcoin as unique and secures the vast Bitcoin network (worth more than $85 billion) against hacking, could do the same for every person. It starts with a digital ID unique to each person, secured cryptographically with a private key pair, and comprised of multiple factors or data points. The more factors, the harder the identity is to fake or hack. Such an ID enables individuals to create and manage their own “digital black box” of private data.A distributed ledger, accessible through a virtual black box, brings transformative self-sovereignty. Realizing this “Virtual You” through blockchain technologies could not only preserve our right to privacy and personal security but also restore our control over the data we create. In the case of Sidewalk Labs, for example, it would give Torontonians the power to decide who can use their data and how: They could volunteer or license its usage, or refuse to share it altogether.As the Toronto-born co-founder of Ethereum and CEO of Consensus Systems Joseph Lubin has put it, “we should be establishing our own identities and bootstrapping ourselves into economic enfranchisement!”How would such a system work? A number of startups already offer digital IDs through blockchain apps. uPort, for example, assigns each user a 20-byte hexadecimal string to serve as the address of a proxy contract, a piece of special purpose code that executes a complex set of instructions involving identity on the blockchain. The proxy contract is the ultimate mechanism through which a user can digitally sign and verify a transaction, an action, or a claim; manage cryptocurrencies or other digitized assets; link to a user’s off-chain data; and grant others temporary permission to read or write specific data files in exchange for value.Such a system must be distributed among and maintained by the same people whose identities it protects — an identity commons not owned or controlled by any one company but accessible to anyone — so that users’ incentives align, and there are clear rights for them to steward their own identities, access (and allow others to access) and monetize their data, and participate in rule-making around the preservation and usage of the commons.An identity commons would naturally need to exist independently from corporate, government or other institutions. It would need to outlive individual users so that it could enforce their right to be forgotten, to delete data. And it would need to employ distributed file storage systems that are censorship-resistant.“Decentralization is important,” says Joseph Weinberg, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and chair of the Shyft Network, which is building a data transport protocol to give citizens more control over personal information. “If you get hacked, there’s a lot less to steal.”The transition to secure digital IDs will take time. But if we reclaim the most fundamental human asset — our identities — we can begin monetizing our private data anywhere in the world. Though we can’t close the Pandora’s box of personal data that we’ve shared so far, we can build a future where individuals have greater control and economy agency over their data.This new framework should complement innovation, along with progressive policies that allow for companies big and small, foreign and domestic, to push boundaries. Sidewalk Labs should be a welcome addition to Toronto — but let’s be smart about how we innovate. If private companies are going to have a say in public life and public infrastructure, they should abide by a new social contract for the digital age: one that affirms that the best guardians of privacy are not government or businesses but citizens themselves.Alex Tapscott is co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute and co-author of Blockchain Revolution, now translated into 15 languages. He is also an active investor in blockchain companies and projects. read more

Canned food companies to hike prices to combat aluminum tariffs

TORONTO — Canned food companies say they are eyeing price increases to combat the effects of aluminum tariffs.They say the 10 per cent fees that were slapped on the metal by U.S. President Donald Trump in early July are making cans more expensive and forcing them to find ways to offset the costs.The Campbell Company of Canada says it will jack up prices by an unspecified amount in late August on a “broad” range of products.Molson Coors Brewing Company also admitted on its most recent earnings call that it might be pushed to make a similar move because the tariffs are having a negative affect on prices.Water and coffee services company Cott Corp. said it applied for tariff exemptions for some products. It’s also looking at alternative suppliers and is working towards “relatively modest” rent increases for the coolers it uses for product distribution. read more

New violence on ChadianSudanese border threatens humanitarian crisis – UN

A violent cocktail of regular and rebel forces on both sides of the Chadian-Sudanese frontier combined with an increasing number of incursions by armed groups has forced thousands of people from their homes and could seriously impede humanitarian aid, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “We are at an extremely delicate stage in Chad – right on the edge,” WFP Chad Country Director Stefano Porretti said of the area, where the agency is already feeding more than 207,400 Sudanese refugees who have fled three years of vicious fighting between government, pro-government militias and rebel forces in the Darfur region. “Guarantees of both financial commitment to our operations and security in the region are essential to help stave off an even more serious humanitarian crisis, which we could have on our hands within weeks,” he added in an appeal to international donors.Most refugees have been in Chad since 2004, but a fresh influx from Sudan has arrived over the past few months. An initial WFP assessment of the most affected areas in the eastern Chad border zone indicated that most people still had substantial food stocks that they can access, largely because the last harvest was one of the best in recent years.But with the annual ‘hunger season’ approaching, WFP said there were very real fears that people would soon require essential humanitarian assistance. The most immediate need reported was for the safety of civilians in the prevailing insecurity. “It is clear that the security situation along the border has deteriorated in recent weeks,” Mr. Porretti said. “WFP is coordinating with partners, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, to ensure the situation is closely monitored. But the longer the insecurity in the area persists, the more serious the situation will become.” While it is difficult to assess the magnitude of needs because of current insecurity, WFP estimates that several thousand people will require assistance. “Financially, our operation in eastern Chad is already clinging on by its fingertips – significant new requirements will require significant new resources from our donors,” Mr. Porretti said. The annual mid-year ‘hunger season’ will overlap closely with the annual rains, rendering most of the roads in eastern Chad completely impassable. WFP is making major efforts to pre-position as much food as possible ahead of the rains, an effort that depends heavily on speedy confirmation of donor contributions to ensure that food arrives early enough to be transported onwards to the camps. WFP also warned today that its food stocks in Chad were being further stretched by a new wave of refugees fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) – some 46,000 already and still growing. A serious break in supplies is expected by June. The agency’s humanitarian air service, which provides a critical lifeline for UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff and supplies to arrive in eastern Chad, only reachable by air during the rainy season, is also facing suspension very shortly if further funds are not forthcoming. read more

General Motors recalls 14M older cars to fix oil leaks that can

General Motors recalls 1.4M older cars to fix oil leaks that can cause engine fires FILE – This Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, shows a General Motors Co. logo during a news conference in Detroit. General Motors Co. For the third time in eight years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, sometimes damaging garages and houses. The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two didn’t work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2015 5:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, in some instances damaging garages and homes.The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles, including 125,783 in Canada, dating to the 1997 model year.It is needed because repairs from the first two recalls didn’t work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said.In the previous recalls, in 2008 and 2009, GM told owners to park the cars outside until repairs can be made since most of the fires happened shortly after drivers turned off the engines. A spokesman was checking to see if the same recommendation applies this time.In addition, GM will notify owners of 500,000 more cars that were not repaired in the previous recalls, spokesman Alan Adler said.The latest recall, mainly in North America, includes: the 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal; the 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala; the 1998 and 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue; and the 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. All have 3.8-litre V6 engines.Over time, a valve cover gasket can degrade, allowing oil to seep out. Under hard braking, oil drops can fall onto the exhaust manifold and catch fire. Flames can spread to a plastic spark plug wire channel and the rest of the engine.GM says it has reports of 19 minor injuries in fires caused by the cars. In 2008, a GM spokeswoman said the cars were responsible for 267 fires, including at least 17 that burned structures.The problem first surfaced in 2007, when 21 consumer complaints about engine fires in some of the cars prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate. That probe found three injuries. Most of the blazes happened five to 15 minutes after the engines were turned off, according to agency documents.The investigation led to the recall in March 2008 of more than 200,000 U.S. cars with supercharged engines. A year later GM recalled almost 1.5 million more cars that weren’t supercharged. Dealers replaced the spark plug wire channels but documents filed with the government don’t mention any repair of the oil leaks.GM is finalizing a fix in the most recent recall. The company will use state registration databases in an effort to track down the owners and notify them by mail, he said.The 1,300 fires were discovered when GM began investigating whether to recall some 2004 models that weren’t part of the earlier recalls, Adler said. He said he didn’t know why the recall wasn’t done sooner given the large number of fires.Company investigators ultimately found 1,345 fires in previously recalled cars and decided “that the recall would be to come up with a better fix for the vehicles that were out there,” Adler said.The recall is so large that it could have an impact on GM’s fourth-quarter earnings, although Adler said that hasn’t been determined.“Since we have not decided on the remedy, we do not know whether the cost will result in a material charge to earnings,” he said. read more

FEATURE Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of students

“In the town of Shwe Kyin, in Myanmar, households have no electricity,” said 25-year-old Pang Yunian, from China, who was among the contest winners. “Yet, the villagers decided to prioritize education and used limited resources to build a primary school a few years ago.”Photo/Karin Imai, 20, Japan (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan) “My photo is simply a snapshot of a normal landscape in Japan,” said 20-year-old Karin Imai, Japan, whose entry also won a prize. “Yet for some reason, this tiny plant growing in the midst of tall trees caught my eye.”She said its relative size seemed to emphasize, rather than diminish, its strength and willpower to grow.“I also wanted to convey the importance of small discoveries as the same philosophy applies to the furthering of the SDGs… The accumulation of these small discoveries and actions will carry us towards a brighter and more sustainable future.”The exhibition is on view through 10 August at UN Headquarters. Ms. Nemoto said that the exhibition coincides with the convening of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development – a mechanism UN Member States have mandated to carry out regular voluntary reviews of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.“These prize-winning photos have been brought to UN Headquarters with an aim to encourage viewers to take ownership of SDGs as change makers,” she said.UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University are co-sponsoring a second SDGs Student Photo Contest and are calling for entries by the 31 August deadline. Prize-winning photographs taken by students from around the world – currently exhibited at United Nations Headquarters in New York – encapsulate their own ideas and feelings about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“Photos have the power to go beyond borders, which makes it an ideal medium to connect young people from all over the world,” said Kaoru Nemoto, Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tokyo, which organized the exhibition “Spotlight on SDGs.”With 17 goals and 169 targets, communicating the SDGs to the public has proven to be a challenge in many countries. But engaging youth is vital to successful implementation of those objectives by 2030, a target year for the international community to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all.In fact, young people played a key part in shaping the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and they, as agents of change, are expected to lead efforts to translate this vision into reality.With this in mind, UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University put their heads together and came up with a student photo contest with special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.“This partnership-driven photo contest encouraged young students to think hard about SDGs at their doorstep, visualize their perspective through their creativity, and have fun,” Ms. Nemoto told UN News.Titled “My View on SDGs,” the contest encouraged students to reflect on the Goals, communicate their feelings in a photograph and share it with other people. Over 600 submissions were received from students from 47 countries on five continents.First prize went to a photo portraying a volunteer removing a tire from a beach in Lima, Peru, taken by a local university student, Nicolas Monteverde Bustamante.“I was shocked and saddened by the number of tires strewn across the beach in a conservation area in Callao, near Lima,” said the 23 year old.“The pollution of the ocean is one of the worst problems humanity faces at this time. Our culture of consuming and throwing away indiscriminately is poisoning our cities, our lands, our ocean, and finally, ourselves. It is in our hands to make our ocean a better place for all, without tires and trash.”Photo/Pang Yunian, 25, China (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan) read more

Motor Industry says Realise the challenges and act Mr Brown

SMMT today urged the Chancellor, Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown MP, to face up to the issues dogging the UK automotive sector and act accordingly in the forthcoming budget. No increase in motoring taxesCurrent exchange rate causes UK businesses to suffer against weak Euro competitionResearch and Development tax breaks do not go far enough As the global market becomes more competitive, currency fluctuations are impacting on British industry more than ever. Sterling has appreciated by more than 35 per cent since 1996, and despite manufacturers’ improved productivity in the UK, the weak Euro is still hitting businesses hard.While Sterling remains strong, component manufacturers in particular will continue to struggle. Eighty per cent of vehicles are exported from the UK to the Euro zone, and fewer components are being sourced from British suppliers, threatening jobs and investment at home.Commenting on the submission, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The UK automotive sector saw positive results in 2001, and we now need a stable economic platform to move forward as an industry. The commitment to Britain from manufacturers and component makers is clear – what we need to see is a series of measures from the Chancellor that recognises and rewards that commitment.’What else is affecting the motor industry? TaxationVED has undergone radical reform over the last few years and the changes have been broadly welcomed by the industry. Stability is now required and SMMT would like to see no further changes and the current rates maintained.Research and Development The motor industry has recognised that R&D is critical to enhancing a viable vehicle and components base in the UK and, in part, this has been recognised by the Chancellor too. However, the Chancellor must go further with the removal of fuel duty on automotive fuel used solely for research and development as well as testing if the UK’s position as a centre of R&D is to be maintained.End of Life Vehicles Directive The implementation of the End of Life Vehicles Directive continues to cause major concerns for manufacturers. Despite responding to a DTI consultation document and proposing a ‘win win’ solution, which made maximum use of the current infrastructure, SMMT is still yet to have any formal response from Government on its submission. Any implementation must respect the dates established in the Directive for the introduction of the free take back obligation – 2002 for new vehicles and 2007 for the existing vehicle parc.It should also avoid imposing a retrospective obligation for the entire vehicle parc, which would impact heavily on the motor industry.Motor industry needs dedicated skills councils SMMT would like to see adequate representation in the network of Sector Skills Councils that are currently being set up. The motor industry has very specific needs in terms of manufacturing and retail operations. The strength of the UK automotive skills base is crucial to future competitive advantage. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio States DAngelo Russell declares for 2015 NBA Draft

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is heading to the NBA according to ESPN. Russell led the Buckeyes in scoring in 2014-15.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerOhio State’s D’Angelo Russell is off to the NBA after being named a first team All-American in his only collegiate season, according to a report by ESPN.com.Russell declared for the 2015 NBA Draft on Wednesday after he led the Buckeyes with 19.3 points per game as a freshman last season, helping the team to a 24-11 record and an appearance in the round-of-32 in the NCAA Tournament.During an interview with ESPN.com, Russell said declaring for the NBA Draft was a “hard decision,” and added that he would have loved to play for OSU coach Thad Matta for one more year.“But at the same time I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” Russell said during the interview Wednesday. “I know what I am capable of and the sky’s the limit with effort. I know I have a lot to work on.”Russell is projected to be a top-five pick in the draft after becoming the second-highest scoring freshman in program history. On top of leading the team in scoring, Russell also led the Buckeyes with 5.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 175 assists and 55 steals.The Louisville, Ky., native is OSU’s first “one-and-done” player since B.J. Mullens, who declared for the 2009 NBA Draft after just one season in Columbus.Coming out of Montverde Academy, Russell was ESPN’s 13th overall prospect, but the 6-foot, 5-inch guard decided to make the leap to the NBA after starting every OSU game he played.“You never know when this opportunity comes,” Russell told ESPN.com. “I believe I am ready because my approach was to unpack my bags, get committed to winning and listening to the coaches — as opposed to coming in and saying I am a pro and trying to leave. I wasn’t trying to get in and out at Ohio State.”After Russell’s announcement, the Buckeyes are set to lose six players from the 2014-15 roster. In addition to Russell, Matta’s squad will be without senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, senior guard Shannon Scott, senior forward Sam Thompson and redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee.OSU is also set to bring in five new recruits in guards JaQuan Lyle, Austin Grandstaff and A.J. Harris, forward Mickey Mitchell and center Daniel Giddens. All five players are rated as four-star recruits by ESPN.While the Buckeyes readjust to life without their leading scorer, Russell will have to wait until the draft on June 25 in New York to find out his professional fate. read more

Weather Eye Wondering how the blank canvas will be filled in this

first_img Imagine an artist setting up a blank canvas ready to begin creating a masterpiece. Then, not knowing what exactly to paint, they take a broad paintbrush and begin to place nondefinitive brush marks in all directions. Modern art? Maybe flashes of memories with no real outcome?Saturday afternoon as I write my column, I kind of feel like that artist. I have no idea how to present a for-certain weather picture looking through the weather eye. We have two areas of low pressure, one to our south and another series of weak systems to our north. Kind of like a sandwich, and we are the middle. What do we place on it?How about clouds, for sure. Then maybe how about some showers to soften the picture. Cooler temperatures to keep things from melting. And we keep that on the menu for the next week or so. Sounds like a stale sandwich to me.So that’s the weather outlook through the upcoming week — some clouds but more dry than wet. Showers any given day are a possibility. And no more 80-degree high temperatures. Temperatures should be rather seasonal in the 65- to 70-degree range. Nice but perhaps some inconvenience with a few daunting showers or sprinkles. Still, forecast models keep the chance of measurable rainfall at 30 percent or less at this point.Don’t believe for a second that I am a painter. Writing is my forte, and weather runs deep in my veins. So as diehard Washingtonians go about their business this week and when it begins to sprinkle, we turn our faces toward the sky and smile. Make it a good week, folks. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Shaqiri We have to look at ourselves

first_imgThe form of other top six teams in the Premier League table should not be of any concern to Liverpool according to Xherdan Shaqiri.The Reds are on a good spell heading into the 12th round of fixtures boasting a record of eight wins and three draws so far this season.However, Klopp’s men are still third on the log despite their excellent start to the campaign behind Chelsea and Manchester City. And Shaqiri believes it would be ideal to focus on their own games.“I think we have to ignore that [other teams’ results]. We have to look at ourselves and make performances week to week, try to stay on our highest level and to try to win games so at the end of the season we can say we are proud of the season we played because we gave everything,” the Switzerland international told Liverpoolfc.com.“We will see what happens, but the process the club had for a few years is going very well I think and that’s also the most important thing.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Everybody sees that and of course in the near future for everybody it’s important to try to challenge for titles, that’s clear, but at the moment we just have to look to ourselves and to try to stay on the highest level.“We will see what happens, but if we keep going like this it’s going to be an interesting year for everybody I think.“For us, it’s amazing how we are doing in the league at the moment. We are in very good shape and everybody is positive in this club so we are looking forward to the next games, too many games to come.“We just have to keep going like this on the highest level and to work every day hard to compete against the good teams.”last_img read more

Mission Valley Stadium Site Special Measure G E

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter Mission Valley Stadium Site Special: Measure G & E Posted: October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img October 19, 2018 The San Diego County Taxpayers Association cross-comparison of options for the Mission Valley stadium site can be read here. Updated: 5:22 PMlast_img