Premier Extends Best Wishes to Olympians and Paralympians

first_img Ellie Black, Halifax, Gymnastics Custio Clayton, North Preston, Boxing Ryan Cochrane, Windsor, Kayak Amy Cotton, Judique, Inverness Co., Judo Mark de Jonge, Halifax, Kayak Danielle Dube, Glen Haven, Halifax Regional Municipality, Sailing Eric Gillis, Antigonish, Marathon Geoff Harris, Halifax, Sprinting Jenna Martin, Caledonia, Queens Co., Sprinting Jason McCoombs, Dartmouth, Canoe David Sharpe, Halifax, Swimming Jamey Jewells, Donkin, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Wheelchair Basketball Devan Gotell, Antigonish, Paralympic Swimming Paul Tingley, Halifax, Paralympic Sailing Nova Scotia will be well-represented in London as the province sends its largest contingent in history to the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Fourteen Nova Scotian Olympic and Paralympic athletes will compete on the international stage as part of Team Canada. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations and best wishes to all of our incredible athletes,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “They have worked hard and put in countless hours for this opportunity. I have no doubt that Nova Scotia’s athletes can compete with the best in the world.” Nova Scotia’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletes are: To cheer on Nova Scotia athletes or to learn more about them, visit www.novascotia.ca/olympics2012 .last_img read more

BJPs new religion is poles apart from Indias culture tradition

first_imgDarjeeling: “There are some people who have come out brandishing maces and swords to ask for votes. Whose heads will you crack with the maces? Whose throats will you slash?” questioned Mamata Banerjee on Saturday. The TMC supremo ended her 10-day-long campaign trail in North Bengal with a rally at the Baghajatin Park in Siliguri. Addressing a mammoth gathering, Banerjee stated that a political party has imported a new religion that is poles apart from the culture and tradition of Bengal and of India. This is being used to suppress others. This is not religion, it is fascism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Religion is not about discrimination nor is it war. Religion teaches us humanity, it teaches us tolerance. Recently, there is a new religion being taught by a group of intolerant bigots. They have created a new religion which is disintegrating and blemishing our society. Just by sporting saffron, one does not become a saint. The colour saffron stands for sacrifice. It is about integrity,” retorted Mamata Banerjee. “BJP, you are answerable. You have to be accountable. Don’t do politics with religion. Don’t try to hide behind religion. Don’t be escapists. The TMC does not have to use religion as a poll plank. We have never done that,” stated Banerjee. The Chief Minister’s oblique remarks were directed at BJP on the day when the saffron brigade took out rallies on the occasion of Ram Navami sporting weapons. Even Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP president was seen brandishing a mace and a sword in one such rally. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe TMC supremo also appealed to the masses not to vote for the CPI(M) and Congress in Bengal. “They are a spent force here and will not be able to achieve anything. Votes should not be split. The party in power in a particular region should be supported with the main aim of ousting the BJP from Delhi,” stated Banerjee. She stated that despite being a national party, the TMC has not fielded candidates where other regional parties are strong. “I ask my CPI(M) and Congress brothers and sisters here, what is the use of voting for the CPI(M) and Congress here in Bengal? Support them where they are strong. Here TMC is strong. Vote for TMC here so that we can win all 42 seats and oust the BJP in Delhi. TMC did not field any candidate in Kerala where the Left is strong,” explained Banerjee. The TMC chief reiterated that she will not allow the NRC nor the Citizenship Amendment Act to happen in Bengal. “Modiji, respect the Army. Respect their sacrifice. Don’t drag them into politics,” she urged.last_img read more

Constitutional Council picks Jayantha Jayasuriya for AG post

After considering the nominees of the President, the Constitutional Council decided that Jayantha Jayasuriya is the most suitable person for the job. The AG post has been left vacant following the retirement of Attorney General Yuwanjana Wanasundara.There had been concerns earlier that the Government will overlook Solicitor General Suhada Gamlath who was next in line to be the AG. The Constitutional Council has recommended that Senior Additional Solicitor General Jayantha Jayasuriya be appointed as the new Attorney General.The proposal was made when the Constitutional Council met with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today. However the Government had said that the due process will be followed to select the new AG and that there will not be any interference. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena had earlier nominated persons for the post of AG. read more

SMMT welcomes end of life vehicles inquiry

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT today welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Trade and Industry Select Committee’s inquiry into the economic impact of the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. The committee has called for written evidence by 21 September and will hear oral evidence in the autumn. SMMT looks forward to making a positive contribution to the inquiry, focussing on ensuring that implementation does not impose unnecessary administrative and cost burdens for UK manufacturers. To encourage responsible vehicle disposal, and to cut down on the problem of car dumping, SMMT is calling for the introduction of Certificates of Disposal. Only when the last owner can prove that the vehicle has been disposed of properly will a certificate be issued. Under the scheme, which already works well in Germany, the owner will still pay vehicle excise duty until a certificate has been granted. Manufacturers are keen to play their part in vehicle disposal but remain concerned that many parties that also gain significant income from a car during its life, including the government, will not pay a penny towards recycling. ‘The ELV Directive is a complex piece of legislation and we are keen to ensure that it is fair for both the environment and industry. The Trade and Industry Select Committee’s inquiry will provide an important opportunity to review the key issues in advance of Government legislation’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. In a report called Who’s milking the motor car? SMMT showed that the government gained most income from an average car throughout its nine-year life. 23 per cent of the £50,000 generated by the car was taken by the treasury. Its sale new accounted for just 16 per cent, equal to the take from finance houses and insurance companies during its time on the road. Notes to editors: The industry will point out that the Directive should not be implemented in a way that imposes more costs on UK manufacturers than others in Europe. Germany and France have already set out how targets set in the Directive will be reflected in their laws and the UK government should follow their lead. Imposing a stricter regime in this country would be both impractical and costly. The ELV Directive sets two target dates for manufacturers. In 2002 manufacturers will be made to pay a significant part of recycling costs of all new vehicles. In 2007 the liability will extend to all vehicles in the parc. The UK government has not confirmed whether or not it intends to follow this text or impose stricter targets for manufacturers in this country. read more

Charlie Gard can be saved says US professor called in by White

first_imgA US professor telephoned Great Ormond Street Hospital at the request of the White House offering dramatic new evidence in the fight to keep Charlie Gard alive.The High Court heard on Thursday how the eminent doctor – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was contacted by Donald Trump’s staff a day after the president tweeted his support for the 11-month-old baby.Mr Justice Francis, who ruled in April that Charlie’s life support should be switched off, asked the physician if he would now be prepared to fly to London to examine the baby if the case was adjourned for a few days.The dcotor replied: “ Yes, if necessary I would love to do that.” The neurologist told the court that a new anaylsis of a study of nine children with a disease similar to Charlie’s but not nearly as severe showed five of them – equivalent to a 56 per cent success rate – had improved after receiving experimental treatment.One child, who had been breathing on a ventilator for eight hours a day, no longer need one at all.Charlie suffers from a rare form of mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Unlike the children in the doctor’s study, the illness affects not only his muscles but also his brain. Charlie Gard’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit: PA But the doctor said he could see no evidence from scans that Charlie had suffered irreversible brain damage.The possibility that the judge may now be open to allowing an assessment threw an extraordinary lifeline to Charlie’s parents Connie Yates, 31, and Chris Gard, 33.Charlie’s case has become a worldwide cause celebre and with tensions running high, Mr Justice Francis also spoke of his deep concern that doctors treating Charlie at Great Ormond Street had been “subjected to the most vile abuse” and threats. He issued a warning that perpetrators who were caught would be punished and said it “was grossly unfair” that staff had been targeted.“I don’t know how anybody can think they are helping the parents’ case,” he said. The hospital maintains that there is no dramatic new evidence that should reverse the decision made by Mr Justice Francis and upheld in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European courts.The same doctor had given evidence in April in support of experimental treatment for Charlie but at the time admitted the chance’s of the boy’s condition improving was ‘highly unlikely’.Via video link, he said – nine days after the White House intervention – that Charlie was merely ‘unlikely’ to improve. Mr Gard stood up at this and said: “We’re not allowed, are we,” adding: “I thought this was supposed to be independent.”Miss Yates said: “He’s not suffering and not in pain” before the couple walked out.The judge said: “I am sorry if that upsets them” and later added, “I understand you walking out because it is a desperate situation.”  At one point during Thursday’s hearing, Charlie’s parents, who live in Bedfont, west London, stormed out of court furious at the judge for saying: “They [the couple] have not been fighting to retain what he has now but fighting for a chance to give him the treatment to possibly improve.” Outside the court, pro-life demonstrators denounced the hospital over its handling of the case.During Thursday’s hearing Katie Gollop QC said while cross examining the doctor via a video link with the US: “You had a discussion with Great Ormond Street at the request of the White House on the 4th July.”The telephone call led to the hospital going back to the High Court to reassess in light of alleged new evidence from the doctor, prompting new hearings this week. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charlie Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morning Victoria Butler-Cole, a lawyer acting for Charlie’s legal guardian, questioned why he suddenly thought Charlie’s chances had improved after three months, during which time his head had not grown indicating his brain is damaged. She said: “What I am struggling with is how come you concluded a future better than the one given in April?”The professor had earlier told the court: “I estimate the chance of meaningful success [of the treatment] to be at least 10 per cent.”He said there was a small but significant chance of improvement in brain function, adding that he had “over-reached” when he had said at the April hearing that it was likely Charlie’s brain damage was irreversible. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Harrods to return Diana and Dodi statue to Mohamed al Fayed

first_imgEver since the Qatari royal family bought Harrods for a reputed £1.5 billion it has been keen to win back the Royal Family’s patronage and restore a once coveted relationship.The iconic Knightsbridge department store, long a symbol of great opulence and extravagance, had enjoyed unrivalled financial success but since 2000 had lacked the one thing to which ambitious retailers aspire: a royal warrant.Until the ugly aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and her lover, Dodi Fayed, Harrods had been the proud holder of continuous royal warrants since 1913.But its new owners were acutely aware that as long as the controversial, three-metre high bronze statue of the pair, entitled Innocent Victims, remained on the lower ground floor, there was little chance of regaining that honour.Now, they have seized the opportunity to remove the shrine and return it to its owner, Dodi’s father Mohammed al Fayed, 88, in the hope that it might one day entice the British monarchy back through its doors.The store said that following the announcement last year that the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had commissioned a new sculpture to commemorate their mother, to be erected at Kensington Palace, the time was right to return the statue to the Egyptian tycoon. Workmen carry away the crest representing the Royal Warrant granted by the Prince of Wales in 2000 Harrods said it would “follow due process” with regards to the logistics of its return.Qatari Holding, the Qatari royal family’s investment company, bought Harrods in May 2010, bringing to an end Mr Fayed’s ownership after a quarter of a century.Sources close to the family confirmed that they hoped the sale could lead to a rapprochement with the British monarchy, who had refused to shop at the store since Mr al Fayed accused the Duke of Edinburgh of ordering the murders of his son and the late Princess by staging the 1997 Paris car crash in which they died. Another memorial unveiled in 1998 and consisting of a series of photographs of Diana and Dodi, a wine glass smudged with Diana’s lipstick from their last dinner together at the Ritz in Paris and an “engagement” ring alleged to have been purchased the day before they died, will also be returned. Having recently commemorated the twentieth anniversary of their deaths, Harrods said it was felt “an appropriate time” to move on.Michael Ward, its managing director, said: “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past twenty years.“With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr Al-Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” But it was also keen to ensure a discreet interval before removing the shrine, which Mr al Fayed had begged the new owners to keep and which had attracted thousands of tourists to pay their respects.The statue unveiled in 2005, which depicts Diana and Dodi dancing together beneath the wings of a seagull, proved particularly controversial, its title consistent with Mr al Fayed’s claims that the Duke of Edinburgh had a hand in the deaths of the Princess and his son. In fury, Mr al Fayed ordered all of the remaining warrants to be removed from the facade of Harrods and burned, allowing the “spiteful” act to be filmed for a documentary. They had been displayed since the late Queen Mother first gave her approval in 1938.In a letter sent to the Sunday Telegraph in 2010, he said: “They were a curse and business tripled following their removal.”It is yet to be seen whether the disappearance of Mr al Fayed’s memorial to his son and the late Princess will have any bearing on the fortunes of the department store.The Al Fayed family said in a statement: “We are grateful to Qatar Holdings for preserving the Dodi and Diana memorial at Harrods until now.“It has enabled millions of people to pay their respects and remember these two remarkable people. It is now time to bring them home.” The then Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother leave Harrods after visiting the Christmas grotto in 1938 The previous year, the Queen had dropped Harrods as the provider of Christmas puddings as gifts for her staff in favour of Tesco. Harrods was awarded its first royal warrant in 1913 from Queen Mary. It was subsequently granted more from the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales.But after Mr al Fayed’s outburst, the Duke’s warrant “for gentleman’s outfitting, first granted in 1956, was withdrawn.Buckingham Palace insisted that the decision not to renew the honour in 2000 was taken because of a “significant decline in the trading relationship over several years” with the store.But sources claimed the Palace had lost patience with Mr al Fayed and would not renew any of the royal warrants granted to Harrods as they expired. The then Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother leave Harrods after visiting the Christmas grotto in 1938 Workmen carry away the crest representing the Royal Warrant granted by the Prince of Wales in 2000Credit:Matthew Fearn/PA Mohamed Al Fayed (left) attends the unveiling of the Innocent Victims statue at Harrods in 2005 Mr Al Fayed burns the royal warrants he once held on Harrods in a scene from the film Unlawful KillingCredit:Unlawful Killing Mr Al Fayed burns the royal warrants he once held on Harrods in a scene from the film Unlawful Killing Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mohamed Al Fayed (left) attends the unveiling of the Innocent Victims statue at Harrods in 2005Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Ryanair slashes prices to Greece

first_img‘Keep Greece Flying’ is the name of a campaign Ryanair launched last month which will run through to October.The Irish airline is offering knock-down rates on domestic flights connecting Athens with Chania, Rhodes and Thessaloniki, with international flights to and from Greece also cut by a third.The carrier was planning to offer free routes for some destinations within Greece for two weeks, on the condition that the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority and Athens airport would agree to waive their fees for the period, however the offer was rejected by the Greek government.Ryanair’s chief commercial officer David O’Brien said it was “disappointing” that the authorities declined the offer.“We will continue to stimulate travel and tourism in Greece by working with our partners in the Greek airports and Greek government at this time of economic crisis,” Mr O’Brien added.Shortly before the ‘Keep Greece Flying’ campaign was launched, the airline – famous for considering charging passengers to use the toilet – also announced the offering of a million flights for €19.85 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Assurance maladie les nouvelles mesures prises par le gouvernement

first_imgAssurance maladie : les nouvelles mesures prises par le gouvernementParis, France – Mardi 28 septembre, le gouvernement a présenté ses nouvelles mesures concernant l’Assurance maladie. Celles-ci impliquent entre autres la baisse de certains remboursements.Plusieurs rumeurs circulaient concernant les mesures prises par le gouvernement. Les choses ont été mises au clair mardi. L’État vient en effet de présenter une série de mesures dont l’objectif principal est de limiter au maximum le budget 2011 de la Sécurité sociale. Le but : faire quelques milliards d’euros d’économie.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Première mesure présentée : la baisse des remboursements concernant les médicaments portant une “vignette bleue”. Aujourd’hui, 35% du prix du médicament est remboursé : un taux qui passera à 30% dès 2011. Seconde mesure proposée, le changement de prise en charge concernant les ALD ou Affections longue durée : les individus bénéficiant de la prise en charge à 100% devront désormais s’acquitter du ticket modérateur. Ce dernier devrait d’ailleurs passer de 91 à 120 euros, tandis que certains médicaments verront leur prix baisser. Et l’AFP de préciser que l’ensemble des mesures présentées laisse espérer au gouvernement une économie de 2,5 milliards d’euros. Le 1 octobre 2010 à 09:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

2020 Gladiator gets the Easter Jeep Safari concept treatment

first_img 68 Photos Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 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. Post a comment 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More From Roadshow 2018 Easter Jeep Safari concepts blend throwback style, modern performance 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal A new J6 in the form of a two-door Jeep Gladiator? Yes, please. Jeep It wouldn’t be springtime without Fiat-Chrysler’s annual Easter Jeep Safari concepts. And hot on the heels of the 2020 Gladiator launch, Jeep revealed a pair of sketches Tuesday previewing two new Moab, Utah-ready takes on the Wrangler-based off-road truck.The first one, pictured above, appears to be a Jeep J6 redux, as evidenced by the badge on the lower quarter panel. That means we could be seeing a short-cab, long-bed Gladiator, maybe with some sort of optional over-the-bed canopy. Look closely and you’ll notice this concept doesn’t have hinges for the rear door, like on the production Gladiator.Easter Jeep Safari ConceptBig mud tires: an Easter Jeep Safari staple. Jeep Jeep’s second Gladiator concept uses the standard truck’s four-door arrangement. With its huge mud tires, this one appears to be some sort of off-road monster, and if previous Easter Jeep Safari concepts are anything to go on, we bet it’ll have some kind of big power upgrade under the hood.Jeep will officially reveal its 2019 concepts in the coming days, before they all head to Moab for the Easter Jeep Safari festivities from April 13 to 21. While you wait to see what Jeep has in store for this year, hop in the wayback machine to remember what the company rolled out for last year’s Easter Safari. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 49 Photos Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls Jeep 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 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice More about 2020 Jeep Gladiator 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 26 Photos 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. 71 Photos 52 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Concept Cars Trucks 12 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 10 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. Tags 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. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 69 Photos 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 Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 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. More From Roadshow 7 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comments 18 Photos News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator costs $2,100 more than a Wrangler Share your voice Car Industry 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 3 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Jeep,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. 0 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. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Flood safety wall is still pending in Kurnool

first_imgKurnool: The officials from Irrigation, Kurnool Municipal and Revenue departments have sent a proposal to the State government for the construction of flood protection wall to prevent the city from flooding. In 2009, water from Tungabhadra and Handri rivers had entered the Kurnool city. Recalling the nightmarish experience ten years ago, residents of Kurnool had demanded that the government should construct a protection wall from floods to prevent submerging of the city. The then State government gave an assurance of constructing protection wall but it is still only on the paper. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The political involvement is said to be reason for keeping the project pending. On several occasions, the people of Kurnool city urged the government to give priority for the completion of flood wall construction and save them from the floods. If the wall is not constructed, then the safety of Kurnool city would be in jeopardy. The three rivers, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Handri have received heavy inflows due to incessant rains in the catchment area that resulted flooding Kurnool city in October 2009. All these three rivers merge in and around Kurnool city. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Rivers Tungabhadra and Handri join together on the outskirts of the city and flows further downstream till it joins Krishna river. In 2009, the Srisailam Dam could not handle the heavy inflow from these three rivers as a result the backwater has submerged Kurnool in the same year October. The Srisailam Dam has withheld the heaviest inflows it had experienced of about 2.5 million cusecs (cubic feet flow per second) since its construction in 1981. According to an official of the Kurnool Municipal Corporation (KMC), maximum flood level of 284 metre above sea level was reached on October 2, 2009. Advertise With Us The city’s contour map identifies the banks of the Tungabhadra river at 271 metres. So, the area between 271 and 284 metres contour lines has been marked as the inundated area and is divided into three categories of submergence like high, moderate and low. As per these calculations, the officials have prepared a detailed report for the construction of protection wall named as flood safety wall, with an estimated cost of Rs 244 crore in 2009, a source of Irrigation department has said. B Rajendra Prasad, Executive Engineer of the Safety Protection Wall speaking to The Hans India has said that we are again preparing a fresh proposal for the construction of protection wall. Earlier, the government has sanctioned Rs 244 crore for its construction. Construction of two bridges one at Anand theatre and the other at Joharapuram have been taken up. Some more works have been done under Neeru-Chettu programme, said the Executive Engineer. He further said that they are receiving applications during Spandana programme demanding a wall. Based on the demand, we are again preparing a fresh proposal to send to the government for getting administrative sanctions. After we receive the sanctions the remaining works will take place, he added.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone is my favourite actress says Miss India 2019 Suman Rao

first_imgDeepika Padukone and Suman RaoPR HandoutDeepika Padukone has been creating a buzz not only across Bollywood but all over the world for not just being a global icon but an inspiration, for one and all. The actress is ruling as a global icon and she is capturing hearts wherever she goes.Recently, she was appreciated by the 2019 Miss India winner Suman Rao. The beauty shared, “My favourite actress is Deepika Padukone. She really inspires me for the person she is and the way she carries herself I really love her personality”. This truly is a sight to see one beauty be all praises for another- talking about how much she respects her.This is not the first time that the actress is receiving praise for who she is. Earlier as well, many iconic stars have expressed their love and admiration towards her for her strikingly impressive work. From being the leading lady to being vocal about her journey with depression, Deepika proves to be an inspiration.Deepika’s charm has not only captivated the Indian masses but has left an impact on Hollywood’s biggest names as well. The actress is the first choice for every iconic director for her presence where she is well known for her versatility and professionalism.Not only that but each and every prominent brand wants to collaborate with her for the iconic presence she holds.Recently at an awards ceremony, Deepika received the “Millennial of the Year” award and she deserved every bit of it. The actress is well known for making brave and bold choices and apart from that, she is super relatable and fun which undoubtedly makes her the Millennial star for all.Apart from work, the actress is killing it with her ravishing looks during Met Gala and Cannes. She is the talk of the town and the fan-frenzy is always super thrilled and supportive of whatever she does.In a recent development, Deepika Padukone also commands over the title of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry.On the work front, Deepika will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Chhapaak’, which is based on the life of acid attack survivor — Laxmi Agarwal. The movie also stars Vikrant Massey in a key role. Deepika’s most anticipated upcoming movie is all set to release on 10th January 2020.Apart from that, the actress confirmed that she will be playing the role of Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia in the upcoming Ranveer Singh starrer ’83. The beautiful couple will be sharing the screen for the first time since their wedding.last_img read more

After Harleen Sethi is Vicky Kaushal dating Malavika Mohanan

first_imgInstagramVicky Kaushal’s onscreen performances have generated the same kind of buzz that his off-screen life has. The interest around one of the country’s most eligible bachelors refuses to die down and rightly so! Well, ladies, brace yourselves as this particular piece of information might be very hard to digest.After breaking up with Harleen Sethi, Vicky Kaushal is allegedly seeing actress Malavika Mohanan. It has barely been a few months since Vicky Kaushal made news for his relationship with actress Harleen Sethi and then made subsequent news for their unceremonious break-up and now, the Uri actor is back in news for dating Ishaan Khatter’s Beyond The Clouds co-star – Malavika Mohanan.A pinkvilla report states, “Malavika is always talking glowingly about him to everybody. She likes him so much she cannot stop gushing about him and while Vicky is more reticent, he does these little romantic gestures, like dropping in and surprising her on the sets of one of her South films and taking her out for lunch. Vicky loves home-cooked South Indian food and often drops in on the Mohanan house in Mumbai like Thursday night. Even though he’s a Punjabi, he loves the South Indian style fish-curry and rice but on Thursday he was disappointed it was not there so Malavika pulled his leg on Insta by posting “Deprived of fish curry and rice. Life is not a Mani Ratnam film today.”Prior to this, Vicky Kaushal was also in news for his alleged closeness to Katrina Kaif and Bhumi Pednekar. Bhumi was cited as the reason for his breakup with Harleen Sethi. Needless to say, Malavika and Vicky look fabulous together and we hope this time, Vicky comes out in the open and accepts his relationship.last_img read more

BNP wants solution not conflict Moudud

first_imgMoudud AhmedSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has said his party is trying to reach an understanding with the government for the sake of better elections in the country.Saying that the BNP will contest the next parliamentary polls, he made clear the party’s position that they want elections under such a government which would have no political ambition.”That’s why, we’re tryng to reach an understanding with the govenment,” he said at a programme in Faridpur on Friday.Moudud, a standing committee member of the BNP, pointed out that the BNP did not hold any protest demonstration in the past two years to create confidence in the ruling camp.”We didn’t do anything (protest demonstration) which can embarrass the government,” he said adding that they hoped that the Awami League govenment would show democratic attitude to reciprocate the BNP’s gesture of doing peaceful politics.The BNP leadership has been demanding fair elections to be held under an election-time neutral government.Moudud emphasised that “the BNP wants solution, not conflict”.He made the observations while replyng to questions from journlaists after distributing scholarship among students at Palli Kabi Jasimuddin’s home at Gabindapur village of Ambikapur union in Faridpur.The BNP leader said, “The BNP does not do vindictive politics. If the government does not come to an understaniding, it would mean that it is afraid of facing trial for their corruption and plundering of resources once they are out of power.”Moudud, a former vice president and law minister, alleged that the government has no accountability. “Killing, plundering and rape are going on unabated in the country,” he added.Moudud Ahmed went on to say, “We’ll try to reach the understaing until the last moment. If the government does not respond to our demand, there is no alternative to movement.”last_img read more

Renaissance Academy Eyes Move to BCCC Campus

first_imgPlans are underway for West Baltimore’s Renaissance Academy High School to potentially move to the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC).  Angela Alvarez, Executive Director, Office of New School Initiatives for Baltimore City Public Schools, gave a brief report to the Public Schools Board members this week, announcing the cooperative effort.Renaissance Academy“We’ve been working collaboratively with partners, particularly Baltimore City Community College and are looking at the potential of relocating Renaissance Academy to BCCC’s campus across from its main campus on Liberty Heights,” Alvarez said at the meeting on Jan. 24.Baltimore City Community College released a statement shortly before the school board meeting, confirming the current negotiations underway to welcome Renaissance Academy.“BCCC and BCPSS are evaluating the financial costs, academic programming and structural needs required to support a potential Renaissance Academy partnership. It is the intent of both organizations to ensure the educational experience of the students is one that will enhance student learning outcomes.”Renaissance Academy families received letters and calls this week from BCPSS informing them of the proposed move.  A school-based meeting to solicit community input will be scheduled for early February.Renaissance Academy was originally scheduled for closure in the summer of 2017.  The school experienced a number of problems in the previous school year that put it on the closure list in the 2015-2016 school year including a student stabbed in class and the confiscation of a loaded gun on campus.A high level of community support for Renaissance Academy caused the Schools Board to delay formally recommending closure of the school at its December board meeting, when several other BCPSS schools were slated to close.  BCPSS CEO Sonja Santileses said she listened to the input of community partners in making the decision to delay closing the school.“I took very seriously the advisement of partners in the faith community and partners at the University of Maryland about the social-emotional needs of the young people.”The BCPSS will issue a final decision on the Renaissance Academy move to BCCC on Feb. 24. Nikkia Rowe, principal of Renaissance Academy, did not return a request for comment by press time.last_img read more

Putting Sindh on capital stage

first_imgDelhi is set to experience a cultural treat as Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Government of Delhi along with Sindhi Academy is up with the four-day Sindhi Drama Festival 2014. In a bid to provide new direction to Sindhi Theatre, Vichhoo, a major production of The Impostures of Scapin by French playwright Moliere and Muhinji Zaat, a Sindhi translation of Jat Hi Puchho Sadhu Ki will be featured at the festival. Vichhoo is directed by the actor-director-critic Manohar Khushalani. The play in Sindhi, is translated by Mohini Hingorani, from Moliere’s Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Impostures of Scapin), enacted for the first time in 1671.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The story of Vichhoo revolves around two young men, Kanu and Mohan who take the advantage of their fathers’ absence and fall in love with unlikely and penniless beauties. Kanu has secretly married Khimya and Mohan has secretly fallen in love with Mira and both need money to help solve their dilemmas. But their fathers, Motumal and Hardasmal, return from a trip with their own marriage plans for their respective sons.Vadhu, after hearing many pleas for help, comes to the rescue of the young romantics. The final scene of the first act is a vaudeville/music hall version of Molière’s famous scene in which Vadhumal spins a yarn of kidnapping, foreigners and ransom. No one knows who Khimya and Mira really are.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is a final chase and dance among all the participants, which, inevitably, becomes the raucous, delightful curtain call. The other play Muhinji Zaat which is to be staged, is a comedy which specialises in churning out educated illiterates. The play is a Sindhi translation of famous Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkars’s famous comedy Pahije Jatiche from Vasant Deo’s Hindi translation Jat Hi Puchho Sadhu Ki by Asha Bhatia.  It is perhaps the first Sindhi performance of Vijay Tendulkar in Delhi directed by Prakash Bhatia. The play is an attempt to bring before the audience a different kind of comedy which is seldom tried in Delhi’s Sindhi theatre circle.When: 17-20 AprilWhere: Sri Ram Center for Art and Culture Timing: 6:30 PM onwardslast_img read more

Saxena to represent HundrED in India

first_imgHundrED, a Finland based global non-profit organisation recently appointed Amit Saxena, Vice President, Education of Sparsh Group as its Ambassador from India.The organisation present in 70 countries and has appointed 250 Ambassadors across the globe, till date – who would support improvement in education and inspire a movement through encouraging valuable, impressive and calculable innovations to spread, mindful of context, across the world. Lasse Leponiemi, the Executive Director of HundrED said: “HundrED has a unique solution-oriented approach to education. By improving education worldwide, we witnessed tremendous growth in our Ambassador engagement, and we are grateful to our Ambassadors for helping us create a global grass roots revolution in the education sector.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn being appointed as the Indian Ambassador to the organisation’s initiative, Amit stated: “I am very excited about this new engagement with HundrED, as the organisation is a global community of innovative education enthusiasts.” Saxena feels that this association will help him identify education innovations spread across the world, by discovering and sharing innovative practices from their local area or field of expertise which deserves to be recognised. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We need an innovative approach in our outlook to face emerging challenges. And, as at our K-12 Schools we have been consistently trying to break the glass ceiling, there is nothing better than HundrED – which is a place of meeting of mind wherein we all not only come across innovations but also help institutions to grow from just their country’s perspective to see its ability to expand and impact around the globe,” said Saxena, who looks after top-ranked K-12 Schools and higher education institutions in India.last_img read more

Five Useful Free Tools for Small Businesses

first_img 7 min read Brought to you by PCWorld November 19, 2010 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now These are frugal times for business, and an organization starting out might have very little money to spend on IT. Even if you’re part of an established business, you’re probably feeling the pinch.Here are five extremely useful computing resources that are free of charge for small business users — unlike some “free” services you might see that are only for home users. These choices have few if any restrictions, and are established services unlikely to shut up shop anytime soon.1. Google Apps for BusinessIf your organization has under 50 employees, then Google Apps for Business (formerly called Google Apps for Domains) is for you. It offers free e-mail under the umbrella of your own organization’s domain name (You can pay Google $10 to reserve a domain name, if you don’t already have one). You can also have your own private Google Docs system along with your own Google Calendar system.In use, the e-mail system looks and feels just like regular Gmail, except that your own organization’s e-mail addresses are used rather than a Gmail one (such as,bob.smith@yourdomain.com, rather than something like bob.smith1964@gmail.com). One nice touch is that the e-mail address book is shared automatically amongst your users.It’s all hosted on Google’s computers, so you won’t need your own mail server computer. You’ll benefit from almost zero configuration and maintenance, plus a promised 99.9 percent uptime guarantee. Put simply, Google takes care of everything for you. The spam filtering is the same excellent system as Gmail, which is to say your employees just won’t be bothered by anything dodgy.There are some limitations on the free version. As well as the 50 user limit, each user account can send e-mails to only 500 recipients per day. This won’t be an issue for most of us, but it’s easy to imagine an enthusiastic sales person hitting that ceiling now and again. You also can’t send attachments larger than 25MB, although this will only be an issue for those working in the media industries who have to ship around large photographs or video files.Even if you have to pay to upgrade to the Premier Edition, which allows unlimited users and a host of other benefits, it’ll only cost $50 per year. Who can argue with that kind of value?Some service providers, such as Dreamhost, offer free-of-charge one-click configuration of Google Apps for any domains you have registered with them.2. DropboxDropbox is a sync and backup tool that makes use of the cloud to remotely store files. Once the Dropbox software is installed, you’ll find a new Dropbox folder on your hard disk. Anything stored in this folder is instantly transferred to Dropbox’s cloud storage system. This is done invisibly, and using the Dropbox folder is just like using any other folder on your hard disk.The benefits are that you can then install Dropbox on another computer and, using the same login details, recreate your Dropbox folder. Anything saved in the folder on computer A will automatically appear in computer B’s Dropbox folder, and vice versa. Indeed, you can add-in computers C, D, E, and so on, and even mobile devices can get in on the action. There’s a Web interface that allows access to files, too.Perhaps the chief benefit for business is that, should a notebook get stolen or lost, restoring its files is as simple as installing Dropbox on a new computer, entering the username, and letting it sync the contents (provided your employees have been trained to always save their files in the Dropbox folder, of course).Dropbox offers free 2GB of storage per user, which is enough for hundreds of modest office documents, and I couldn’t find any restrictions on business users signing-up for free accounts. All you need is to download the client software and sign up during the installation process, using your e-mail address.Before you ask, yes, it’s massively secure. SSL connections are used to make the transfer of data to and from the cloud, and all data is stored using AES-256 encryption. Even if a stranger were to somehow pull your data from the cloud, it would be gibberish.Each user can make the leap to 50GB of storage for $10 per month, or 100GB for $20. This isn’t a huge amount of money, although it could add up once your organization starts to grow.My colleague Rick Broida discussed a similar new service called SugarSync, which offers 5GB of free storage — 3GB more than Dropbox. However, my personal preference is to stick with the long-established Dropbox.3. Microsoft Security EssentialsLicense fees for antivirus software are taxing for those who use Windows. We’d rather not pay, but there’s no way of getting around it. Most free antivirus products, such as AVG, are free only for home users.However, Microsoft has recently opened-up its Security Essentials software for free small business usage. (It was previously free only for home users.)  Alas, the license agreement states you can only use it on up to 10 computers in a corporate environment, but this is still better than nothing. If nothing else, it means that you’ll have 10 fewer antivirus licenses to pay for. (For larger organizations, Microsoft offers its Forefront product range, which has various licensing systems.)The new Security Essentials looks good. It’s certainly good at spotting viruses, although it can be a little slow when scanning compared to competitors. However, considering the $0 price tag, I’m sure we can all live with this. Security Essentials is available for all recent versions of Windows, from XP up.4. LinuxDon’t worry. I’m not going to advise you switch to Linux on your desktop computers. From a purely financial standpoint this has rarely made much sense for smaller businesses, considering they usually pay for Windows licenses without any choice when they buy a new PC.Instead, I’m going to recommend Linux for your file servers. This avoids the need to pay for expensive Windows Server licenses. If you go with something like Ubuntu, the most popular form of Linux, you’ll pay nothing at all for an installation serving an unlimited number of client computers.Ubuntu’s other chief advantage is that, as a popular form of Linux, support is never far away. Googling any problem will almost certainly reveal somebody else who’s had the issue, or you can head over the hugely popular Ubuntu Forums to ask for help.In terms of technology, Ubuntu offers Samba, which can effectively recreate a modest Windows-like file and printer sharing setup. Both Macs and Windows computers will have no problems connecting, and will be unaware that they’re not connecting to a Windows server.If you have an old PC you can mess around on, try downloading Ubuntu Server and giving it a try. You might have to reach back into your memory to remember those Unix 101 classes, but there’s a wealth of free documentation out there to help you get started.5. Go-OO Office SuiteUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably already know about OpenOffice.org, the open source (and therefore free-of-charge) office suite. This keeps getting better with each release and is now a definite contender for lighter-weight office tasks. If you haven’t looked at it recently, it’s well worth a trial.I find it very useful for those upgrading from an older version of Office and who are confused by the ribbon-based user interface, found on recent releases of Microsoft Office.However, it’s been a busy time in the world of OpenOffice.org, and Oracle’s acquisition of Sun — owners of OpenOffice.org — has dropped a bomb from which the dust is still settling. The LibreOffice project has picked-up the reins but is still in beta testing stage, so at the moment I recommend the existing version of Go-OO as the best free-of-charge office suite around. Based on OpenOffice.org with some useful tweaks here and there, its chief advantage is support for Microsoft’s newer XML-based file format (such as the DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX file extensions), which is the default in all recent releases of Microsoft Office. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

7 Free Budget Apps to Help You Save Smarter

first_imgJune 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Money may not grow on trees, but it sure leaves your pocket fast. The apps below are much better budgeters than we are comedians. With tools that help you save and spend smarter, these seven essentials get you to your goals quicker so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.Mint: You probably know about this one already — there’s a reason it tops the list. Mint syncs up with your bank account to create a custom budget, taking into account your spending history and future goals. It’s robust, secure, and trusted by many.Pocketguard Budget App: This app monitors your spending in conjunction with income, helping you plan for recurring payments like rent and bills that can send you into overdraft. In-app charts shed light on spending habits, helping you identify where to cut back.Goodbudget: This digital take on the “envelope method” builds and displays budgets across all devices, meaning business partners, couples, or anyone with shared accounts can keep up with their accounts easily. The app also helps users save up for large purchases with planning tools.Mvelopes: Another purveyor of the tried-and-true method, this app allows users to pay bills and manage budgets on the go. Receipt-capturing simplifies your record-keeping while real-time updates give you a look at your budget after each and every purchase.Wally: Aimed at tackling diverse budgets, this app takes a holistic approach to money management. Purchases can be logged manually or with photos of receipts, and the app notifies users when bills are due or they’re reaching their savings targets and goals.Level Money: Ignorance is bliss—and savings. Level Money replaces your bank account balance with a “spendable” figure, helping you stay on track and meet your budgeting goals. The app detects income and expenses to generate the daily number.Unsplurge: This iOS app approaches budgeting from a fun perspective, tracking your savings for goals like vacations or big purchases that inspire you to budget better. Progress logs and community feedback cheer you along to the finish line. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Sinai Ministries International challenges you to donate your blood next week Saturday

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Sinai Ministries International is challenging the community to come and donate blood on Saturday, June 16, from 9am to 2pm at the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic at San Marco Centre.The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) says there is currently a blood crisis in South Africa, and the Sinai congregation decided to take up the challenge and get involved.They want to donate their blood to save lives in the future and urge everyone else to do the same. The church is inviting the community to come and donate on the 16th as well.Knowing it’s Youth Day, they also appeal to the youth to come forward.Also read: Update: SANBS in desperate need of bloodJoin the drive and save a life. Gifts will be given to every donor.If you are interested or want more information, please contact Pastor Duran Kally on 0845538726.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

YouTube disables all comments on videos featuring children in an attempt to

first_imgYouTube has disabled all comments from its videos featuring young children in order to curb the spread of pedophiles who are using YouTube to trade clips of young girls in states of undress. This issue was first discovered, when Matt Watson, a video blogger, posted a 20-minute clip detailing how comments on YouTube were used to identify certain videos in which young girls were in activities that could be construed as sexually suggestive, such as posing in front of a mirror and doing gymnastics. Youtube’s content regulation practices have been in the spotlight in recent years. Last week, YouTube received major criticism for recommending videos of minors and allowing pedophiles to comment on these posts, with a specific time stamp of the video of when an exposed private part of the young child was visible. YouTube was also condemned for monetizing these videos allowing advertisements for major brands like Nestle, Fortnite, Disney, Fiat, Fortnite, L’Oreal, Maybelline, etc to be displayed on these videos. Following this news, a large number of companies have suspended their advertising spending from YouTube and refused to do so until YouTube took strong actions. In the same week, YouTube told Buzzfeed News that it is demonetizing channels that promote anti-vaccination content. YouTube said that this type of content does not align with its policy and called it “dangerous and harmful” content. Actions taken by YouTube YouTube said that it will now disable comments worldwide on almost all videos of minors by default. It said the change would take effect over several months. This will include videos featuring young and older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior. They are further introducing new comments classifier powered by machine learning that will identify and remove twice as many predatory comments as the old one. YouTube has also banned videos that encourage harmful and dangerous challenges. “We will continue to take actions on creators who cause egregious harm to the community”, they wrote in a blog post. “Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform,” said YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki on Twitter. Despite her apologetic comments, she was on the receiving end of a brutal backlash with people asking her to resign from the organization. The internet is slowly becoming a harmful place for young tweens. Not just Youtube, recently, TikTok, the popular video-sharing app which is a rage among tweens, was accused of illegally collecting personal information from children under 13. It was fined $5.7m by the US Federal Trade Commission. TikTok has now implemented features to accommodate younger US users in a limited, separate app experience that has additional safety and privacy protections. Similar steps have, however, not been implemented across their global operations. Read Next Nestle, Disney, Fortnite pull out their YouTube ads from paedophilic videos as YouTube’s content regulation woes continue. Youtube promises to reduce recommendations of ‘conspiracy theory’. Ex-googler explains why this is a ‘historic victory’. Is the YouTube algorithm’s promoting of #AlternativeFacts like Flat Earth having a real-world impact?last_img read more