Nova Scotia hires consultant to examine governance of school system

first_imgHALIFAX – A consultant is promising to examine all options in a review of how Nova Scotia’s school system is run.Avis Glaze, who served as Ontario’s education commissioner and as senior adviser to that province’s education minister, said Wednesday that she comes to her new job with no pre-conceived notions or government directions on such things as the possible elimination or amalgamation of the province’s eight school boards.“I think all the options are on the table and I have not at all pre-judged the situation. I want to listen first, think, reflect, look at the research and what works, and then write recommendations,” said Glaze, who now lives in British Columbia.Education Minister Zach Churchill confirmed the $75,000 review would have a broad mandate, including looking at the structure of the Education Department and the province’s eight school boards.“We haven’t looked at our administrative model in two decades,” he said. “We are moving forward aggressively in a number of key areas for the education system and I think it’s important that we also look at how we administer the system too, while we have conversations around inclusion, early learning and classroom conditions.”The review, first promised in 2015, would look at all areas of administration and operations and would also look at ways of increasing accountability and transparency around budgetary decisions and the allocation of resources.Churchill said it would begin immediately and the final report is to be submitted by Dec. 31. He said the government would consider giving Glaze more time if she requests it, but Glaze said she believes she can handle the time frame.“It is a tall order,” she said. “I’ll work day and night … but we will get it done.”Glaze said she will consult across the system including with school boards.Hank Middleton, president of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, said he was pleased Glaze is conducting the review.“If this review is going to be carried out in an impartial manner she would seem to be the person to do it.”Middleton questioned whether enough time had been allotted for the review, but said his association had been assured by Churchill that more time would be given if needed.He said boards wouldn’t be opposed to structural improvements as long as they help deliver services. In order to get there, he said Glaze would have to talk to boards which are diverse geographically, culturally and linguistically.He then made the case for keeping them.“I think we need democratically elected school boards,” said Middleton. “They are the voice of the community … and the voices of communities have to be heard. Everything can’t be run out of Halifax.”The department later said that in addition to the consultant’s fee quoted by Churchill, it would pay for other expenses including travel needed to conduct the review.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said Glaze was based in Ontario.last_img read more



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Moroccan-Dutch Biker Forms Bonds with Moroccans Around the World

Rabat – Sousi Ab is a Moroccan-Dutchman who has been traveling the world on his bike since May 3, 2018. He is documenting his mission to travel from Suriname to Mecca through his Instagram and Facebook pages. Ab grew up in Morocco but now lives in the Netherlands.Ab began his journey in May 2018 in the South American country of Suriname. He traveled around the country, forming relationships and exploring new places. Along his journey, he discovered another Moroccan in Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname, who moved to Suriname in 1987. Ab spoke to the Moroccan man, who has yet to return to Morocco since his departure. The man’s children were born and raised in Suriname and now have strong Surinamese accents. Amused by the Moroccan-Surinamese boy’s accent, Ab uploaded a video of the man’s son speaking, which has since received over 24,000 views on Facebook. In addition to Suriname, Souisi Ab traveled to Guyana, Venezuela, Italy, and Russia, among other countries. Ab visited Russia over the summer during the World Cup and met other Moroccans who were in Russia to support the Moroccan football team. During Ab’s travels, his main mode of transportation is a bike. He visits various mosques around the countries which he explores. Ab is currently traveling through Brazil and intends to arrive in Mecca at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Ab is one of almost 380,000 people of Moroccan descent living in the Netherlands. Moroccan-Dutch people represent 2 percent of the Netherlands’ population, according to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics. Of Dutch people with immigrant backgrounds, Moroccans are the third-most populous in the Netherlands, after the Turkish and Surinamese, according to SpringerLink. read more



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SEC head under pressure to resign

The head of Sri Lanka’s Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said he was coming under immense pressure to resign on false accusations by some investors under investigation for “pump-and-dump” deals.“I am under immense pressure to resign for the reason those concerned know best,” Tilak Karunaratne, the head of SEC told Reuters. Karunaratne did not elaborate who was pressuring him to step down, but said it might be the result of false information about his activities as the head of the SEC. Karunaratne has called for investigations into market manipulation and malpractice, including so-called pump-and-dump deals in which naive investors are lured into apparently cut-priced equities.His comments come barely two weeks after the Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said Sri Lanka was ready to make significant policy changes in an effort to revive its faltering stock market which has fallen 20.2 percent since the start of the year. “This might be mainly due to false information fed by a mafia of high net worth investors and their crony stockbrokers who have been involved in pump-and-dump deals.” Karunaratne was appointed to the post after his predecessor Indrani Sugathadasa resigned in December “to uphold her principles,” amid broker complaints that tougher regulations were hurting stock market prices. (Reuters) read more



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On World Day UN urges action to combat human trafficking give victims

‹ › In the joint video message, International Labor Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder, said “21 million of the most vulnerable workers have been tricked and trapped into forced labour.”“We cannot stop until we get every single one of them out of forced labour,” Mr. Ryder said.UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted in her message that almost three-quarters of trafficked persons are women and girls and almost all people trafficked for sexual exploitation are women.And Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said “we must give them hope and justice.”UNODC’s most recent biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons highlights the true extent of the crime. With at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination affected by trafficking in persons, and over 510 trafficking flows crisscrossing the world, no country is immune. Coupled with this, society’s most vulnerable appear to be increasingly targeted by those responsible for this crime: 33 per cent of known victims of trafficking are children, a five point increase compared with the 2007-2010 period. Girls make up two out of every three child victims. Together with women, they now account for 70 per cent of trafficked persons worldwide.In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programmes in order to boost development and strengthen security worldwide. World’s third most lucrative crime Human trafficking ranks as the world’s third most profitable crime after illicit trade in drugs and arms. Forced labour in the private sector alone, including commercial sexual exploitation, generates $150 billion in illegal profits annually. Above, in Timor Leste, two women in police custody after working at a bar where prostitution was taking place. UN/Martine Perret Help for survivors The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking supports non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that help survivors. Shown, in Haiti, a street kid talks to a psychologist from a UN-backed NGO. The organization provides counseling for trafficked children and runs workshops to raise community awareness of child rights. UNICEF-NYHQ2011-2245-Marco Dormino Extreme poverty sets the stage Traffickers prey on the poor and uneducated in search of a job and a better life. Accelerating development for all would make people less vulnerable, the UN says. Here, Burmese labourers in Thailand often fall victim to unscrupulous traffickers who, for a fee, sell them to greedy ship captains and exploiters. US State Department/Kay Chernush Modern-day slavery Most of those trafficked are women and children, tricked by traffickers into a life of suffering and forced to work under conditions akin to slavery. Pictured, in Benin, two children at a UN-backed emergency centre who were rescued from Nigeria where they had been trafficked (file). UNICEF-ITAL2010-Donata Lodi Fuelled by demand Trafficking is fuelled by demand for cheap goods and services derived from exploitation, such as prostitution, or by people who are not paid a living wage. Shown, at a workshop in Mumbai, India, young men from an impoverished village sew beads and sequins onto shawls. They are reported to be working 20 hours a day for meagre or no pay. US State Department/Kay Chernush Billion-dollar trade robs millions of rights and dignity Pressed into servitude as unpaid domestic workers, exploited for sex, exposed to violence and abuse, 2.5 million people are victim to human trafficking – a global industry that generates billions of dollars for organized crime. Shown, a young Bangladeshi trafficking victim who was sold to a brothel. UNICEF-NYHQ2009-2579-Shehzad Noorani “The exploitation of human beings through trafficking is one of the gravest violations of human dignity that exist” today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said and appealed for a “global anti-trafficking agenda” on in a joint video message by the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.In 2013, the UN General Assembly designated July 30 as the World Day to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”In his message on the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flagged the need to crackdown on criminal trafficking networks that thrive in countries where the rule of law is weak and international cooperation is difficult.“I call on all countries to fight money laundering and sign and ratify the UN Conventions against corruption and transnational organized crime, including the latter’s human trafficking protocol,” Mr. Ban said.He also applauded the donors who have enabled the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons to assist thousands of people and called for greater contributions to help the many million other victims of this crime move forward with their lives. Call to action The World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July) is a call to action to end this horrific crime by uncovering and exposing traffickers, safeguarding vulnerable children, women and men from exploitation, and protecting and rehabilitating victims. Above, two 16-year-old girls who were trafficked to Western Europe for sexual exploitation await help at a crisis centre in Bulgaria. UN.GIFT/UNODC/Alessandro Scotti No country is immune The crime of human trafficking affects people in every country, and every government has the responsibility to fight it, says the UN, through cross-border cooperation, investigations and prosecutions, and preventive efforts. Above, in Serbia, anti-human trafficking agents use thermal imaging to scan people crossing the border into Hungary. UN.GIFT/UNODC/Alessandro Scotti read more



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Despite losing two stars Ohio State wrestling maintains high expectations

OSU then-redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the first time in four seasons, as the Ohio State wrestling team prepares to defend its title — the first national championship in program history — it will proceed without Logan Stieber.Life without the most decorated wrestler in OSU history has begun.Masterfully, Stieber was a force. Ending his career 119-3, winning his last 50 matches, he — along with coach Tom Ryan — took the wrestling program to unprecedented heights.The Buckeyes are now discovering why repeating as national champions in college athletics is so hard. OSU not only has to make up for the absence of Stieber’s scoring, but Kyle Snyder’s as well, as the second-year Buckeye plans to redshirt the upcoming season to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics.“It will be weird,” Snyder said. “It will be hard for me to come to practice and watch, and not be able to compete because I’m going to want to practice so bad. (There) will definitely be a bitter taste in my mouth.” Like Stieber, Snyder — the first collegiate wrestler to win the U.S. Open and make the World Team as a freshman — was dominant. With Snyder in the lineup, the Buckeyes were favored to repeat as national champions. Now sans Snyder, the Buckeyes are projected as a bubble team.“Obviously, preseason rankings, you go from No. 1 to No. 5 when you don’t have a Kyle Snyder in the lineup,” Ryan said. “It’s hard to make up the 25 points that you consider him getting in the national tournament, but we’ve got people who can.”Redshirt sophomores Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan can make up the points, and should. Tomasello is coming off a 33-4 season in which he captured the Big Ten and NCAA championship at 125 pounds.  For Jordan, he is pegged as InterMat’s top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds and comes off a 2014 season in which he went 11-0 in dual meets and 9-0 against the Big Ten.The incoming freshman class should assist the team, as well. “We’ve got some really good freshmen coming in,” Jordan said. “A lot of guys that think right and train really hard and have the right mindset.”Freshman Kollin Moore, along with Myles Martin, have made early impressions. Former high school standouts, Moore went 51-0 in his senior year at Norwayne High School in Creston, Ohio, and Martin — a New Jersey native and FloWrestling’s No. 3 recruit — is expected to contribute early at 174 pounds behind Jordan.Satisfied with the young guys at the back end of the lineup, Ryan — who has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships — refuses to settle. In fact, he’s raising expectations for the young Buckeyes. “Winning it one year is fantastic, but we’re here to stay,” Ryan said. “We want prolonged, sustained success, and I’m really confident that 10 years from now, people in the wrestling world and community will say, ‘Ohio State is a place where wrestling is alive and well.’”Repeating is OSU’s goal, but Ryan admits the loss of Snyder is a hurdle. Nevertheless, he thinks the team can vault it. “The goal is to win another championship. That hasn’t changed,” Ryan said. “It’s definitely more challenging without (Snyder), but what a story it will be, should it happen come March.”Confident and convinced, the Buckeyes — despite being without two All-Americans — are ready to defend their title.“We’re not going to have Logan and Snyder, but we’re still going to be good, and I know we can win a national title if everything happens right,” Jordan said.As Stieber and Snyder continue to train in Columbus for their personal careers, their presence will still be felt. On the mat, however, life without both has just begun. read more



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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img No Comments Library records of 20 people were altered to add “sexually explicit” information.WORLD Indian widows covered in coloured powder sit aside while others dance during Holi festival or festival of colours celebrations in Vrindavan. Source: Getty Images#SYRIA: A humanitarian “pause” announced by Russia in Syria’s deadly bombardment of Eastern Ghouta took effect this morning.#BOJO: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the Irish border issue could be solved in the same way that people travel across different boroughs of London.#US: President Donald Trump say he would have rushed unarmed into the Florida school targeted by a mass shooter, as the officer accused of cowardice hit back.PARTING SHOT Source: PA ImagesThere are sure to be some bizarre and beautiful shots of the exceptionally cold weather in Ireland over the next few days – here’s a jaw-dropping one from Wales.A waterfall near Pen y Fan mountain on Brecon Beacon National Park froze in the sub-zero temperatures, creating quite a sight. Source: PA ImagesComments have been closed for legal reasons. Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 9:06 PM Leo Varadkar and a junior minister rowed about advice given to older people to leave the heating on 24/7Rugby player Stuart Olding denied accusations that he forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, a court heardA man was arrested on suspicion of murder after three people died in a house fire in Fermanagh 18,591 Views Feb 27th 2018, 9:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The head of Enet, the last bidder for the government’s National Broadband Plan, suddenly resigned NEED TO CATCH UP? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Short URLcenter_img Breadmakers increased production as consumers empty shelves before the ‘Beast from the East’ Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Hail, sleet and snow hits the east, a Boris Johnson blunder and a fatal Fermanagh house fire – here’s your news round-up. A second man was arrested in connection with the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe The country is to be hit with “continuous snow” over the coming days By Gráinne Ní Aodha https://jrnl.ie/3875729 Get our daily news round up: Share Tweet Email last_img read more



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Le Sharp Aquos Phone en promotion spéciale pour Noël

first_imgLe Sharp Aquos Phone en promotion spéciale pour NoëlIl semblerait que le Père Noël se soit associer avec Sharp et Orange car le smartphone Aquos Phone passe de 199 à 149 euros pour les clients de l’opérateur.Disponible depuis le 6 octobre dernier dans l’Hexagone, le smartphone Android de Sharp est le premier à convertir en temps réel tous les contenus 2D et 3D (sans lunettes). Les clients Orange ayant souscrit à un forfait Origami (dès 59 euros), verront le prix du Sharp Aquos Phone passer de 199 euros à 149. Soit une réduction de 50 euros. Il sera également possible d’avoir une remise de 100 euros sur le prix du téléphone pour les autres clients s’abonnant à un forfait Origami (toujours à partir de 59 euros).Cette offre est valable depuis le 1er décembre et s’étend jusqu’au 8 février 2012. Donc, les fans de nouvelles technologies pourraient se laisser tenter par ce smartphone innovant, le demander à Noël ou juste un peu avant la St Valentin 2012…Le 11 décembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more



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Clark College collects career fashions for jobhunting students

first_imgBring on the fancy duds. But hold the mile-high shoulder pads, please.Clark College is opening its closet door for the ninth annual Career Clothing Closet, a free-outfit exchange that aims to help well-dressed students score jobs.Donations of gently used, professional-level clothing in excellent condition are welcome at the Gaiser Hall Career Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, now through April 16.That’ll be followed by a giveaway event April 18 and 19 in the Penguin Student Union. Each student who attends is entitled to one complete outfit, according to Sarah Weinberger, Clark’s service learning and volunteer program manager.Donations are welcome from everyone, but beneficiaries of the giveaway will be students only, Weinberger said.“We are looking for professional-caliber donations,” she said. Many students are not exactly wealthy, Weinberger said, but they’ll want to “look their finest” for what may well be their first post-college job interview — and, perhaps, the doorway to a new life.“We have so many students receiving financial aid, so many working part-time, who don’t have means to buy expensive new clothes,” said Weinberger. “Do you know what a suit costs? Even at Goodwill it adds up.”last_img read more



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Up to 275 US troops head to Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war.President Barack Obama notified Congress on Monday that up to 275 troops could be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad. About 170 of those forces have already arrived and another 100 soldiers will be on standby in a nearby country until they are needed, a U.S. official said.While Obama has vowed to keep U.S. forces out of combat in Iraq, he said in his notification to Congress that the personnel moving into the region are equipped for direct fighting.And separately, three U.S. officials said the White House was considering sending a contingent of special forces soldiers to Iraq. Their limited mission — which has not yet been approved — would focus on training and advising beleaguered Iraqi troops, many of whom have fled their posts across the nation’s north and west as the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency has advanced in the worst threat to the country since American troops left in 2011.The moves come as the White House wrestles with an array of options for helping Iraq repel a Sunni Muslim insurgency that has captured large swaths of territory collaring Baghdad, the capital of the Shiite-led government. In a rare move, U.S. officials reached out to Iran on Monday to discuss ways the longtime foes might help stop the militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.last_img read more



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Cadillacs hot new CT6V gets pricing and preorders

first_img 18 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 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. Fans of luxurious domestic speed can rejoice because the order books are open for Cadillac’s next V car. Cadillac Cadillac has our emotions all over the place lately with the news of the CT6 getting canceled, then un-canceled, and now here we are getting pricing information on the saucy CT6-V with its locally sourced, farm-to-table, bespoke, artisanal Blackwing turbo V8. It’s almost more than a person can stand.Cadillac announced pricing for its newest and soon-to-be-onliest V-Series car on Monday, and as is typical for fast Caddies, it seems like a helluva deal with a starting price of $88,790.”The 2019 CT6-V marks the expansion of the V-Series sub-brand and is the proof point of Cadillac’s commitment to build high-performance vehicles as we continue our product offensive,” Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, said in a statement Monday. “Fans of Cadillac will see high-performance variants across our portfolio.”Cadillac is also hoping to snare some prospective buyers for the car by opening up preorders in advance of the car’s projected mid-2019 on-sale date. If you want one, though, you’re going to need to move quickly because GM is only offering 275 preorders in total. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2 Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice Cadillac,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. 69 Photos Cadillac Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Tags 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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 26 Photos 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 value 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuffcenter_img More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice 81 Photos 71 Photos 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. 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 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 4 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 12 Photos 2019 Cadillac CT6: Caddy’s flagship sedan bows out in style 10 Photos 49 Photos Performance Cars Luxury cars Car Industry 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. Comments Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow 70 Photoslast_img read more



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Amid testing times Congress needs young and energetic

first_imgAgainst the backdrop of the political crisis in Karnataka and Goa, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that the party is facing testing times and needs an immediate revival through a young and energetic leadership. “We need to strengthen the Congress in this hour of tension. A serious situation has arisen after Rahul’s Gandhi’s decision to quit as the party president. There is a need of young and energetic party chief who could communicate his energy throughout the country,” said Scindia. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The party must move ahead together on the path shown by Rahul Gandhi to win back the trust of the country again,” he added. The senior leader expressed confidence that the Congress-JDS coalition government would survive despite BJP’s efforts to topple it. “The only intention of BJP is to murder and destroy democracy They did the same thing in Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur as well. I have full faith that the Congress-JDS government will survive in Karnataka,” said Scindia Scindia recently resigned from the post of Congress’ general secretary. A day after that, posters had emerged outside the party’s state office here on Tuesday appealing to Rahul Gandhi to appoint him as the next party president. The appeal was made on the behalf of all Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee workers.last_img read more



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Sivaji Raja warns newly elected MAA president Naresh against taking oath before

first_imgSivaji Raja and NareshFacebookSivaji Raja, the president of Movie Artiste Association (MAA), reportedly threatened Naresh saying that he would move court if he holds the swearing-in ceremony before March 31.The elections for the governing body of the MAA was held in Hyderabad a week ago. Sivaji Raja and Naresh’s panels fought the polls as if they were contesting Assembly elections. Naresh’s panel finally emerged victorious and is now planning to take oath. But the fight between the two groups took an ugly twist a week after the election with Sivaji Raja not allowing Naresh to take his oath till March 31.It is reported that newly elected MAA president Naresh decided to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of his panel on March 22. When he was busy making arrangements, the team has received an objection from Sivaji Raja, who warned against taking the oath before March 31, which happens to be his last day in office as the MAA president.Along with his new panel members Jeevitha and Rajasekhar, Naresh held a press conference on Saturday to reveal the reason for holding the swearing-in ceremony early. “We were planning to conduct the ceremony on March 22 because it’s an auspicious day, after which the next one, the Ugadi festival, comes much later,” Deccan Chronicle quoted the actor as saying.Naresh said that another reason for it is the delay in the renewal of MAA members’ insurance policies, which might lead to repercussions. He added, “Also, there’s a lot of paperwork to be completed with respect to MAA’s pension and welfare schemes and insurance policies. It is very unfortunate that Mr Sivaji Raja said that he will move the court if we conduct the ceremony before March 31.”Now, Naresh has decided to seek the support of senior industry members. He said, “It is morally incorrect on Sivaji Raja’s part to ask me not to take the oath. However, with regards to the swearing-in ceremony, we are happy to follow the instructions of the elders from the MAA and the film industry.”last_img read more



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Full Show Involving The Private Sector In Storm Prep And Political Roundup

first_img 00:00 /50:43 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: In the weeks since Harvey, we’ve been telling you how government agencies are planning for future storms. Now, a local expert says the private sector should get involved. We talk with Jim Blackburn about what he envisions. He’s the co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Then: You might recall our story from this past spring about how a team of investigators has a theory as to who might’ve committed eleven unsolved murders in and around Galveston in the 1970s. Now, as a new documentary series on the murders is set to debut, the Galveston County DA has reopened the investigation into the murders of two of the young women. We revisit that story of The Eleven.Plus: This year, the Pappas chain celebrates 50 years. Their first restaurant, Dot Coffee Shop opened in 1967. We talk with family member Christina Pappas about the legacy of her family’s chain.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more



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Two killed 30 injured in separate road accidents

first_imgKolkata: Two persons including a businessman were injured in two separate road accidents in South Bengal while 30 others travelling in a bus were injured after their vehicle overturned in North Bengal. The first incident took place near Asansol bazaar area when a local businessman was trying to cross road. He was hit by a speeding vehicle resulting in serious injuries to his body. The victim has been identified as Sadananda Sadhu. He was a resident of Aldi village in Kulti area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to police, he was going to a nearby market at around 7 am when the accident occurred. Locals rescued the victim and took him to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead.After being informed police rushed to the spot and started a probe. Locals told the police that a speeding vehicle knocked him down and fled the spot. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. The body of the victim was sent for an autopsy.In the other incident, a truck driver died in South 24-Parganas’ Usti. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. According to police, a loaded truck overturned and fell into a ditch near Shirakal area. The locals took part in the rescue operation and managed to save the conductor. The body of the driver was later recovered by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver might have fallen asleep when the accident happened. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn another incident, around 30 persons who were travelling in a bus received injuries after the vehicle overturned in Moynaguri area of Jalpaiguri on Thursday afternoon. The incident took place on National Highway 31. Police said the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle while trying to save a Toto. It was learnt that a wheel of the bus skidded when it ran over a heap of the sand on the side of the road. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.last_img read more



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Fires force evacuation of 12000 in French Riviera

first_img BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, France — French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Cote d’Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.A raging wildfire began late Tuesday in the dry Mediterranean forests around La Londe-Les-Maures before being pushed by the southern Mistral winds to Bormes, a tourist magnet with houses clustered on a hill surrounded by dense forests of scrub and trees.The local Var Matin newspaper reported that 12,000 people were forced to take refuge in gymnasiums and other places, including thousands of campers. It said some people sought safety on local beaches.Col. Eric Martin of the Var firefighting unit said Wednesday on BFM-TV that nearly 600 firefighters were trying to contain the flames that had run through 1,300 hectares (3,210 acres) around.Four tracker planes and a fire-fighting aircraft were sent in as thick black smoke billowed above the skyline.The airport in Toulon, a city 30 kilometres from La Londe, was briefly closed on Wednesday, as well the Fort de Bregancon, which sits on a rock off the coast of Bormes.The wildfires began raging along France’s Mediterranean coast on Monday, forcing smaller, scattered evacuations with flames reaching a corner of Saint-Tropez. Since noon Tuesday, French firefighters had conducted about 100 operations.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Further east, reinforcements were sent in to battle a blaze in Artigues that burned up to 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) of forest.Another fire was contained Tuesday evening in La Croix Valmer after burning two villas, seriously injuring one firefighter and devouring about 500 hectares (1,235 acres).France’s Mediterranean coast is particularly vulnerable to fires, with its massive back-country forests, often dry in the summer, and Mistral winds blowing across the sea to fan the flames. Smoke from the fires blew across bays on the picturesque coast, frightening some. But firefighters warned against panic _ and unnecessary phone calls. No injuries have been reported among residents and vacationers.Further south, flames ate through 2,000 hectares of forest on the northern end of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, in what was the largest blaze in France.Summer fires, propelled by high temperatures, winds and drought – and often caused by careless humans – are not new to Europe. Both Portugal and Italy were also battling blazes.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaAlmost 1,700 firefighters supported by 17 water-dropping aircraft were tackling wildfires in Portugal, where every summer large areas of woodland are scorched. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency says emergency services have brought more than 20 forest blazes under control as high winds calmed during the night.The worst fires were around the town of Macao, 200 kilometres northeast of Lisbon. Deputy mayor Antonio Louro said the fires have caused “catastrophic” damage to the livelihoods of farmers, many of who work in the region’s pine and eucalyptus forests.In Italy, where fires have raged for weeks, firefighters responded to 26 requests for water and fire retardant air crops on Tuesday, throughout central and southern Italy, including Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, Lazio and Puglia.The Coldiretti agriculture lobby said 50 billion bees were destroyed along with their hives in fires on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Coldiretti said another 20 per cent of the bee population is estimated to have become disoriented and died as a result. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: France, Travel Alert Share By: Claude ParisSource: The Associated Press Fires force evacuation of 12,000 in French Riviera Wednesday, July 26, 2017 last_img read more



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Aimia announces surprise deal Air Canada is out Porter is in

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Air Canada, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Aimia has struck a new deal with Porter Airlines for it to become the preferred Canadian airline to issue Aeroplan Miles after rejecting Air Canada’s takeover bid just hours before the midnight deadline Thursday.Aimia said Air Canada and its three financial partners – Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada – raised their initial bid for its loyalty plan from $250 to $325 million, but Aimia wants $450 million.The break down in negotiations comes after Aimia and the Oneworld airline alliance confirmed earlier in the day that they are in talks about a potential partnership for the loyalty points program.The Oneworld alliance, whose 13 members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, is a direct competitor to the Star Alliance airline network, of which Air Canada is a member.With Air Canada out of the running, Aimia is now making way for Porter to issue Aeroplan Miles on Porter routes, effective July 2020 when its current arrangement with Air Canada ends. Porter’s fleet of aircraft is only a fraction of the size of Air Canada’s but a possible deal with Oneworld will help strengthen its air offering.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTPorter will also become a redemption partner, as of the effective time of the agreement, offering up to 60% of seat inventory for the purchase of flights with Aeroplan Miles at fixed-rate prices. The arrangement includes an extensive cooperative marketing program targeting existing Aeroplan members, with an emphasis on members who travel on Porter routes.“This is a unique opportunity for Porter to join a well-established travel loyalty program and, in the future, reach its vast member base to aggressively promote our airline,” said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Porter Airlines. “Our current VIPorter members will benefit from Aeroplan’s enhanced range of loyalty services, with an ability to earn and redeem points with a growing network of airlines and other brands.”Points from Porter’s existing VIPorter loyalty program will be converted into Aeroplan Miles when the agreement becomes effective in 2020. Porter passengers will then be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles on all Porter flights, plus across the growing Aeroplan collection of more than 75 travel and retail partners. This includes international airlines covering much of the globe.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAimia chief executive Jeremy Rabe says that his plan is to strengthen its air offering after July 2020.“We’ve committed to our five million members that they will be able to choose any seat on any airline, anywhere, any time with the new Aeroplan program,” Rabe said.The privately owned airline, whose main hub is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and other Canadian cities from St. John’s, NL to Thunder Bay, Ont. as well as U.S. destinations including the New York City area, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.Shortly before announcing the Porter agreement, Aimia reported that spending on Aeroplan credit cards remained strong in the second quarter and the company is “making solid progress” on streamlining its business.Aeroplan and Air Canada have each assured their customers that the Aeroplan points will be honoured as usual until their long-term contract expires.With file from The Canadian Presscenter_img Friday, August 3, 2018 Aimia announces surprise deal: Air Canada is out, Porter is in Travelweek Group last_img read more



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Cops in Spain go bananas over 120kilo cocaine shipment from Costa Rica

first_imgSpanish police on Tuesday intercepted a container of bananas with a stash of 120 kilograms of cocaine at the northwestern port of Marín, the Spanish daily El País reported.The drugs were valued at €4.2 million ($ 5.4 million) and had been concealed in the back of a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica. Police seized the shipment during an anti-drug operation launched on Sunday. The container was sealed with a “Tropical fruit” label.Police also found another box with security seals that supposedly would be used by the receiver of the drugs in order to reseal the container once it was unloaded, El País reported.Customs agents, drug enforcement officers and other police agencies participated in the operation, but no arrests have been made so far. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more



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Venezuela protests lose momentum as Maduro toughens his response

first_imgRelated posts:Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Venezuela’s Maduro caught between pragmatism, ideology Venezuela rating cut by Moody’s as oil plunge hits finances Venezuela’s Maduro secures another $5 billion loan from China for oil sector CARACAS, Venezuela – Fewer Venezuelans came out to protest against the government over the weekend after President Nicolás Maduro threatened to use the military to “liberate” middle-class districts from makeshift barricades.A march against alleged Cuban infiltration of the armed forces attracted a few thousand people Sunday in the Caracas borough of Chacao, the heart of the month-long anti-government protests that have taken 28 lives. Similar rallies in past weeks drew more than 10,000 people.At night, National Guard troops in Chacao dispersed a few hundred protesters with tear gas and water cannons as residents shouted “assassins” from surrounding apartment blocks and removed manhole covers to block the advance of Chinese-made armored trucks. To reduce the shortages of goods that are fueling the protests, the central bank has said it will start a new foreign currency system this week that will allow companies and individuals to buy and sell dollars at a price determined by the market.“Prepare yourself, we are coming for you,” Maduro warned demonstrators in an address to thousands of soldiers gathered in support of the president on March 15. He then played John Lennon’s song, “Give Peace a Chance.”A tougher police response and fatigue from daily marches have drained some of the momentum from the protest movement, said David Smilde, senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights organization.“Venezuela has been experiencing a progressive criminalization of protest over the past couple of years, with repression rarely seen under Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez,” Smilde said by email from Caracas Sunday. “As the inherent flaws of economic policies and political model” make Chávez’s revolution “increasingly fragile, the government seems more willing to rely on force.” Two women walk by National Guard members deployed at opposition stronghold Altamira square, in Caracas on March 17, 2014. Venezuela’s authorities deployed hundreds of security forces into the opposition stronghold to stamp out protests in Caracas against the government. Leo Ramírez/AFPCentral Bank President Nelson Merentes said Sunday Venezuela’s economy “is a crisis.”“You’ve got inflation, you have shortages and growth that’s not robust,” he said in an interview on the local Televen network. “Venezuela has the ability to overcome this not-so-good patch.”Consumer prices rose 57 percent in the 12 months through February and the central bank stopped publishing data on shortages after last month’s report showed that more than one in four basic goods were unavailable in shops at any one time.To cut the illegal contraband of subsidized products, Maduro said Sunday the government will issue citizens with electronic cards for food purchases in state supermarkets. The so-called Secure Supply Card is to protect the people from speculators and not a way to ration food, the president told a rally of supporters in the capital.Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said he’s ready to talk to Maduro about ending protests after boycotting at least two other meetings with the president.“This debate needs to happen,” Capriles said in a separate interview on Televen Sunday.Opposition parties and students have vowed to continue protesting across the country until Maduro releases political prisoners, improves the supply of products and ends police repression. The president has called the protesters “fascists,” charging them with attempting a “slow-motion coup” against him with help from the U.S.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more



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Costa Ricas Juan Santamaría Airport expands capacity with new departure lounges boarding

first_imgRelated posts:Juan Santamaría International Airport now offers discounted long-term parking Costa Rica’s new international airport expected to open in 2027 Costa Rica’s Tobías Bolaños International Airport to reopen nighttime service Costa Rica airport restricts liquids in carry-ons Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) inaugurated on Tuesday two new waiting areas and two new boarding bridges that will allow for larger aircraft.The expansion project, which also includes room for shops, restaurants and other businesses, represents a $19 million investment by terminal administrator Aeris Holding Costa Rica.The new facilities expand the terminal by 2,668 square meters along two floors.The construction features environmentally-friendly design for air conditioning, and energy-saving lighting systems, the terminal’s executive director Rafael Mencia said at the opening. There’s also a system to collect rainwater for reuse at the airport, he added.The expansion comes on top of recent investments unveiled in April, including a new building for administrative staff, new security and surveillance facilities, a new wall and other security improvements to the terminal’s perimeter.Aeris also plans to begin construction on new facilities for cargo and domestic flights later this year. The project will require an additional $20 million and is expected to be ready by next year.SJO, outside of San José, is Costa Rica’s main air terminal. Last year, just over 3.5 million travelers passed through SJO, a 5.1 percent increase over 2013, according to Aeris. Facebook Commentslast_img read more



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Big hearted MTA reaches out to Fiji

first_imgMTA – Naqalimare District School FijiBig hearted MTA reaches out to FijiBig hearted MTA reaches out to FijiMTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ co-managing directors Roy and Karen Merricks have personally delivered more than 250 kilos of clothing, toys and school materials donated by the Merricks and MTA Members to the children of Naqalimare District School in Sigatoka on Fiji’s big island of Viti Levu.The area was one of many regions of the destination severely affected by the ravages of Tropical Cyclone Winston which smashed into the Fijian archipelago with deadly effects in late February.The Fijian people’s plight was very much in focus at the recent MTA National Conference on the Gold Coast in March when high profile Fiji-based celebrity chef Lance Seeto, a close personal friend of the Merricks, addressed the members and called on them for their help.The result, 250 kilos of clothing, toys and school materials collected at an MTA family fun-day on the Gold Coast where Chef Seeto, accompanied by MTA ambassador Jessica Watson OAM manned the BBQ for MTA Members and their families attending the ‘Power of Community’ national conference.Pictured, Naqalimare District Schoolchildren and just some of the 250 kilos of clothing, toys and material donated by MTA. MTA – Mobile Travel Agentsdiscover more about MTA hereSource = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PRlast_img read more



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