Finance Ministers Meet in Halifax

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgNova Scotians are counting on the federal government to keep itsword on investing more in health care, Finance Minister PeterChristie said today, Jan. 21, after a meeting with federalFinance Minister Ralph Goodale in Halifax. “Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to guarantee new,increased dollars to our hospitals with multi-year funding,” saidMr. Christie. “Our patients and health-care workers need Ottawato make that same level of commitment to health care.” Last year, the federal government committed an additional $2billion for health care, which still falls short of the fundingrecommended in the federal government’s Romanow report. Mr. Christie also highlighted the need for an enhancedequalization program to help protect priority services likehealth and education. “Nova Scotians deserve the same level ofservices as other Canadians and the way to ensure that happens isto restore fairness to the equalization program.” Mr. Christie also urged Ottawa to pass regulations granting NovaScotia Crown share payments from the offshore. He said that,under the 1986 Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord and the 1988Canada Act, Nova Scotia is entitled to these payments.last_img read more


M P Birla Cement launches Perfect Plus construction chemicals in Jaipur

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgJAIPUR: Birla Corporation Limited, flagship Company of the MP Birla Group, has launched the Perfect Plus wall putty and construction chemicals at Jaipur and the surrounding regions, to supplement its premium Perfect Plus brand of cement. Birla Corporation is one of India’s top cement makers, with an annual production capacity of 15.5 million tons. In 2018-19, the Company had a turnover of Rs 6,548.73 crore.The introduction of the products by Birla Corporation Limited will create a significant new revenue stream for the Company and all its trade partners, Sandip Ranjan Ghose, Chief Operating Officer, said while launching the products at Jaipur on Sunday. This will also create opportunities for the Company to foster new partnerships with retailers of construction materials, such as hardware and paints, he added. More than 400 cement and paint dealers from across Rajasthan were present at the launching ceremony. With this launch, MP Birla Cement Perfect Plus construction chemicals and wall putty are now available across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.last_img read more


Rural policing cash cuts to municipalities Highlights of the Saskatchewan budget

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government tabled its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights:— Sales of energy-efficient appliances, as well as used cars and light trucks above $5,000, will no longer be exempt from the provincial sales tax.— The government is backtracking on an earlier promise to cut personal income tax rates by 0.5 per cent, and will no longer adjust tax brackets to match inflation.— The Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement for low-income earners will stop accepting new applications on July 1.— Grants-in-lieu to municipalities cut last year are being restored, but direct support to municipalities is being cut 4.9 per cent.— More municipalities will now have the option of levying a five per cent SaskEnergy surcharge on residents.— Funding for First Nations and Metis organizations is being cut 1.5 per cent.— Funding for school divisions, social assistance and other areas will see increases below the rate of inflation.— Agricultural facilities that spend at least $10 million to increase capacity get a new 15 per cent tax credit.— Almost $5 million will be spent fighting rural crime, including adding 30 police positions.— The budget predicts a deficit of $365 million — down from $595 million last year — and aims to balance the budget next year.last_img read more


Regulators report unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline expansion battle

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgThe group had asked the board to apply the same standard to the project as it did with the cancelled Energy East pipeline before it submits its final report to the federal government.But the federal regulator said Stand.earth’s proposal missed its deadlines and repeated requests made by several other parties that had already been denied.Meantime, cabinet is under immense pressure to decide the fate of the pipeline before the federal election in the fall.There is also pressure to get the expansion built because Ottawa bought the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August, after political opposition to the expansion left the company’s shareholders reluctant to proceed. Vanessa Adams, spokeswoman for Sohi, wouldn’t comment on Thursday on whether a cabinet ruling could be delayed.But she said in an email the federal government wants to “achieve the required public trust” to help move resources to market by first addressing environmental, Indigenous and local concerns.She said a 60-member consultation team in British Columbia and Alberta has met with more than 85 of 117 Indigenous groups impacted by TMX and more meetings are taking place daily.On Tuesday, the NEB rejected a motion by Stand.earth filed on Jan. 21 demanding it add consideration of the project’s upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions to its review of marine shipping issues. CALGARY, A.B. – An environmental group that tried to widen the scope of the National Energy Board’s reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says it fully expects the board to endorse the project again in its ruling today.“I think the NEB has a long record of siding with industry over communities and other concerns … so we have every expectation that they’re going to recommend the project go ahead despite the serious problems with it,” said Sven Biggs, climate campaigner for Stand.earth, a Vancouver environmental group formerly called ForestEthics.Opponents of the project are already planning their response, which will include legal challenges, he said on Thursday.center_img “It’s likely there are going to be more lawsuits and more delays because of them, and if the cabinet decides to go ahead and restart construction, you’ll see protests in the streets and along the pipeline route,” he said.The federal regulator is scheduled to release its recommendations today but the restart of construction of the controversial crude conduit from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., still faces hurdles.The NEB’s 2016 approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal which found that the regulator had not properly considered how southern resident killer whales would be affected by additional tanker traffic because of the increase in crude oil flows.The court also found there was insufficient consultation by the federal government with Indigenous communities.In response, Ottawa ordered the NEB to reopen its review process to fill in the gap on marine life and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi ordered a new round of consultations with affected Indigenous groups.The NEB report’s delivery will start the clock on a 90-day deadline for cabinet to decide whether the project should proceed, but officials in Sohi’s office have said a final decision won’t be made until consultations are complete, which means delays are possible.last_img read more


CFA exam administrator to pay fine over hiring practices

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A non-profit that administers exams for the chartered financial analyst certification will stop paying exam graders after a federal investigation into its hiring practices.The Daily Progress reports the CFA Institute agreed to pay a $321,000 without admitting wrongdoing as part of the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice released Monday. The investigation found the non-profit had violated the Immigration and Nationality Act when it hired temporary exam graders from outside the country.The department found that CFA set aside annual temporary positions for members with high-skilled temporary visas. CEO Paul Smith says the company would hire 150 foreigners each year so the grading pool would include people for whom English was a second language. Most of those who take the English-only exam are not in the U.S.___Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.comThe Associated Press read more


AE nurse named next Wilfred Owen after winning Prince Williams poetry prize

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

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. Debbie Lawson, an A&E nurse whose family are deeply involved in the militaryCredit:Andrew Crowley The Defence National Rehabilitation Centre under construction The Duke of Cambridge will read the winning poem The Duke of Cambridge will read the winning poemCredit:Chris Jackson Debbie Lawson, competition winnerCredit:Andrew Crowley These were whittled down to the five best entries by a panel of judges, chaired by historian Dan Snow and including broadcaster Stephen Fry, former SAS soldier Andy McNab, ex-Marine JJ Chalmers, several writers and the 7th Duke of Westminster.  Published online, the final winner of the £2,000 prize was chosen by the public, with Mrs Lawson winning 49 per cent of the vote.  The Duke of Cambridge has previously hailed the finalists for the “powerful new perspectives on service, conflict and how people can face the most difficult adversities”, saying he is “greatly looking forward to reading the winning entry”.   The Defence National Rehabilitation Centre under construction Prince Harry and Prince William visit Headley Court in 2008Credit:PA Wilfred Owen Hoping to further public understanding of PTSD through the poem, she has since heard from sufferers thanking her for “talking about the unknown enemy that we all carry”.Mrs Lawson and her family will visit the new DNRC facility for its official handover on Thursday, where the Duke of Cambridge will read her poem to an audience before it is mounted on the walls in perpetuity.The competition, launched by the Duke in February, was inspired by the Great War poets, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and designed to “discover the next generation of poems that reflect on humankind’s ability to triumph over adversity”.More than 5,000 people entered, writing about subjects from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and  Manchester Arena terror attack to memories of relatives who served in the Armed Forces. An A&E nurse who submitted her first poem to a national competition in the hope of helping traumatised war heroes will have her work read aloud by the Duke of Cambridge after being voted the “next Wilfred Owen”.Debbie Lawson, a Telegraph reader, said she wrote about PTSD to raise awareness of the “brave, brave people” she looks after, sending her work to a competition to find the war poets of the modern age.Her lines, which impressed high-profile judges and the voting public alike, have now seen her crowned the winner of the competition, with her poem to be mounted on the wall forever more at the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre.Mrs Lawson, who works as a PTSD counsellor and comes from a military family, said she was “overwhelmed and so moved” to have her work recognised, after being inspired by the true stories told to her by a patient who had seen his comrades killed in Afghanistan.Her poem, entitled One For the Team, took her just ten minutes to write, before she submitted it to the “Poem to Remember” competition without telling her family after reading about the DNRC project in the news. Mrs Lawson, a 63-year-old A&E nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, said: “If just one person reads my poem and understands from it what these people are going through, then I will be delighted.”  She attributed the success of her poem to writing on a subject she knows so well, writing it in ten minutes and sending it off after reading about the DNRC competition online.  “It’s the first thing I’ve ever submitted to a competition,” said Mrs Lawson. “I guess as a teenager I used to write poems as we all did, and I’ve written funny verses for the kids, but this is the first thing I’ve written seriously.   Debbie Lawson, competition winner One for the Team, by Debbie LawsonI keep seeing you mate, intact and laughing,holding up your baby to make us smile.I keep hearing you mate, joking, urging, ‘come on lads keep together, don’t step on the cracks it brings bad luck’.‘Keep it tight boys, we’ll be home by the footy season’.We carried you home, silent and broken, you really took one for the team that day.Your dad stood with pride head high, don’t cry, don’t cry.Lucy took the flag, a token for the broken. The baby will have it one day.They’ll go to the wall to see your name, a game, ‘let’s find daddy’s name’but I keep seeing you mate, my shrink says you’re not there, that makes us laugh doesn’t it?What do they know. Wilfred Owen Prince Harry and Prince William visit Headley Court in 2008 Mrs Lawson’s husband Alan served for 42 years in the RAF, with the couple living together on military bases for much of their married life, while her daughter’s fiancée has undertaken multiple tours in Afghanistan with the Special Forces of the Australian military.  ‘One for the Team’ is based on the true story of one of the PTSD sufferers she has worked with as a counsellor: a former soldier who carried the bodies of his dead friends to base after their tank crew was attacked in Afghanistan.  Asked how it felt to now be compared with the Great War poets, Mrs Lawson said: “I don’t think I’m among those ranks but it’s very, very humbling to have my poem discussed alongside a person like Owen, Sassoon or Kipling. “It’s also a great honour to be able to tell the story for these brave, brave people, and to be allowed to tell that story. It’s very humbling.” Debbie Lawson, an A&E nurse whose family are deeply involved in the military “Of course you tend to think your family will always support you, and even if you wrote a William McGonagall they’d still think it was good.  “When I got the email to say I was shortlisted, I was very overwhelmed and excited: it’s so humbling to think those people on the judging panel have read something I wrote.   “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to it, and what has meant a lot to me is that people suffering from this awfulness have taken the time to get in touch with me to tell me that it helped them.”  read more


12 years on America remembers a day of terror

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgTHIS DAY 12 years ago, American citizens were gripped by terror as a number of the nation’s buildings came under attack.Nearly 3,000 people died at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and on a plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania that day.The front pages of the next day’s newspapers provide a snapshot of the horrific morning.last_img


New era for classics

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In its bid to raise the profile of the classics discipline, the University of Melbourne’s classics campaign has raised a staggering $4.5 million towards its $5 million goal. In what is the largest contribution thus far, the campaign received a significant boost from alumni Elizabeth and Professor James Tatoulis AM, establishing The Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics.“This gift contributes to a new era for classics at Melbourne,” said the university’s Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Mark Considine. “I know I speak for my colleagues in arts when I say we are extremely grateful for the Tatoulis family’s wonderfully generous support.” Once the Chair in Classics is fully established, the professor says it will further enhance teaching and research in both the classics and ancient world disciplines, attracting new students to study Ancient Greek and Latin, in addition to potential doctoral candidates. While the university is close to reaching its full target, it still has a way to go, with its sights set on reaching its goal by the end of the year. “We hope you might consider providing a gift to help us achieve our aim,” said Professor Considine, in a statement reaching out to all those interested in assisting the discipline.“Together with support from other alumni and friends, it will assist us to educate future generations of classics students.”Recent numbers show the discipline is gaining momentum, with the faculty having seen a resurgence of students studying classics from over 600 enrolments in first-year subjects over the last two years.If you are interested in making a contribution to the Classics Trust Fund, visit www.alumni.unimelb.edu.au/last_img read more


Les greffes dorganes en hausse en 2010

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgLes greffes d’organes en hausse en 2010D’après les derniers chiffres communiqués par l’Agence de Biomédecine, en 2010, il y aurait eu en France 125 greffes d’organes supplémentaires par rapport à 2009. Si l’on compare l’activité de greffes d’organes sur quatre années, les chiffres restent stables.En 2010, 4.705 greffes d’organes se sont déroulées en France, dont 359 du cœur et 244 des poumons. De plus 1.092 greffes du foie et 2.889 du rein ont été effectuées à partir de donneurs vivants, explique l’Agence de Biomédecine. Ces chiffres traduisent une augmentation du nombre de greffes en un an, avec 125 cas supplémentaires par rapport à 2009. Si c’est une bonne nouvelle, l’Agence, elle, ne peut s’empêcher de constater que la différence entre les malades en attente d’un greffon et le nombre de greffons disponibles reste trop importante. 14.400 personnes en attente de greffe devraient être comptabilisées pour 2011.Sur une année, le nombre de greffes de l’intestin, du pancréas, du rein, du foie et du poumon ont augmenté tandis que le nombre de greffes du cœur a baissé. Autre chiffre en baisse, le nombre de donneurs prélevés. La publication de ces chiffres amène à plusieurs questions explique Doctissimo, comme des interrogations concernant le cercle des donneurs vivants et le principe de consentement. Les lois de bioéthique en cours d’élaboration devraient y répondre.Le 14 janvier 2011 à 13:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Everything You Need to Protect Against Web Threats for Just 999 a

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_img Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Avoid every internet threat. Save hundreds annually with The Vault: Digital Security Monthly Subscription Bundle — normally $32 a month — now offered to Geek readers for the low monthly price of just $9.99. Plus, use the code VAULT1 and you can get your first month for just $1.The internet is kind of like a minefield. Instead of mines, however, it’s filled with hackers, malware, and other threats. Sure, you could try to navigate it blindly but, eventually, you will take a wrong step. And when that happens, it’ll be too late to save your identity, files, and even your personal property. That’s why it’s vital to have several layers of protection to mitigate the risks.The Vault offers all the protection you’ll ever need and at a price that’s simply unbeatable. It includes premium subscriptions to an elite VPN service, a password manager, a cloud backup service, and an antivirus. It’s the best overall protection that money can buy and you’ll sleep better knowing that you paid next to nothing for it.Included in this package is a subscription to the reputable NordVPN. They double encrypt your data, rendering any internet connection totally secure. They boast a strict no logging policy, which means that your internet activities are never recorded, and it features an automatic kill switch that disconnects you from the internet if your VPN connection drops.With Dashlane Premium, your web-based accounts will always be safe. That’s because Dashlane creates unique account passwords that are virtually unbreakable and then manages them all for you so you won’t waste time trying to remember them all. Just enjoy instant access to everything at a moment’s notice.Also included with this package is a subscription to the Degoo Ultimate 2 TB Backup Plan. With Degoo, you can securely upload up to 2 TB worth of digital files for safekeeping on the cloud and then enjoy instant access at any time across all your devices. You can schedule backups as needed, making it easy to restore your system in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure.The last, but not least, part of this package is a subscription to Panda Dome Advanced — the next level antivirus that’ll protect your system against malware, viruses, and ransomware. It’s compatible with Windows PC’s, Mac computers, and even iOS and Android mobile devices, so you’ll be covered in every situation.If you were to subscribe to each of these services separately, you’d spend $32 per month. But why pay that much when you can bundle them all together for a much lower price? Subscribe to The Vault and pay just $9.99 per month — and just $1 for your first month with code VAULT1 — and save hundreds over the course of an entire year. Vault: The Digital Security Monthly Subscription Bundle Featuring NordVPN, Dashlane, Degoo, & Panda – $9.99See Deal Stay on target Want your products featured at the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online!last_img read more


Vancouver man gets jail in leadbased paint case

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgA Vancouver man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for lying about being certified to perform lead-based paint testing in homes.Martin Glaves Kuna, 66, pleaded guilty earlier this week in federal court in Portland to one count of wire fraud.“The bottom line is, the actions you engaged in put children at risk,” said U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon, according to a statement. “Our society just cannot allow that.”Kuna falsely advertised online and told customers in person from May 2008 to September 2012 that he was certified to perform lead-based paint inspections in homes where children lived, though he was not qualified to do so by state standards, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.During that period, Kuna conducted more than 10 lead-based paint inspections, the Justice Department said. In one instance, children resided in the home that was inspected, and Kuna gave the homeowner a false negative for the detection of lead, according to the press release. Prosecutors said the defendant failed to perform the appropriate tests to determine lead in the home. As a result, some of the children in the home experienced increased lead levels in their blood, they said.In January 2012, civil investigators with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Kuna to stop all lead-based paint inspections and testing. Kuna ignored the EPA’s order until September 2012, the press release says.last_img read more


EU to require speed limiters driver monitors in new cars from 2022

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_imgEnlarge ImageNew cars sold in Europe from 2022 will be required to have many more safety features as standard. Mercedes-Benz New cars sold in Europe after May 2022 will be required to have a variety of new safety technologies, including speed limiters and systems to monitor the driver’s attention levels. The European Commission announced the rules Tuesday, saying that intelligent speed limiters alone could reduce fatalities on European roads by 20 percent.The speed-limit systems would use road-sign recognition or data from navigation maps to warn the driver of the current speed limit and whether he or she is exceeding it. Such technology is actually offered on many new vehicles already, but the EU plan is to make it standard on every car.Other technologies that would be required include systems to determine whether a driver is distracted or drowsy, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, backup cameras and an improved event data recorder to store information from before a crash. The rules still need to be formally approved by the EU Parliament later this year, the Commission said.The EU Commission’s announcement said that it expects the safety technologies to prevent about 25,000 deaths and 140,000 injuries on the roads between 2022 and 2038. While new models need to have the technology from May 2022, existing vehicle models will have until May 2024 to add it.The announcement comes on the heels of Volvo’s commitment to limit the top speed of all its future cars to 112 miles per hour, as well as the company’s announcement that all of its future vehicles will have camera systems designed to detect drowsy, distracted or intoxicated drivers. While the US does not yet have a mandate for automatic emergency braking, the majority of automakers have pledged to make AEB standard on all new cars by September 2022. 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. 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. Share your voice Share your voice 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Comments 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 10 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 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Car Industry,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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Tags 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Car Industry 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 26 Photos 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.  50 Photos 8center_img 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. 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 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. 49 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 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 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 81 Photos 12 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. 3 52 Photos Comments 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. 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 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t 69 Photos Meet Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more


2015 Hyundai i20 Spied Testing in India Launch Speculations and Features

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgKorean auto Major Hyundai’s new gen 2015 i20 spotted in the testing stages in Chennai.Thanks to Motor Vikatan reader Jose Livingston.The car, which has been in the testing phase for quite some time, now is expected to hit the market sometime in 2014. If rumours are to be believed, the next generation i20 would make its first appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show which is scheduled for September 2014.The second generation Hyundai i20, codneamed “IB” is believed to be one of the 22 cars that the company plans to launch under the ‘Product Momentum 2017′ badge in the next three years. The test mule version of Hyundai i20 flaunted spacious cabin and premium features with changes in its exteriors and interiors. According to a Motoroids report, the car’s global version is likely to pack 1.1 liter 3 pot diesel engine and the 1.2 liter 4 pot gasoline engine.The engine options of India specific version is expected to be 1.4-liter diesel and 1.2-liter Kappa2 engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual transmissions. The company is yet to reveal anything about its newly developed i20. However, it is being said that the car is developed in Hyundai’s R&D plant in Frankfurt & Nurburgring.The company has recently unveiled its third generation Santa Fe and new compact sedan Xcent in India. The new Sanata Fe comes with a price tag ranging from ₹26.3 lakh to ₹29.2 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It comes with manual and automatic transmission options. While the engine can churn out 197 PS at 3,800 rpm and 42.9 kgm of torque in the manual, the automatic transmission can generate 44.5 kgm of torque. ARAI figures for manual transmission (MT) are 14.7 kmpl and 13.1 kmpl for automatic transmission (AT).last_img read more


Kalyan Jewellers TS Kalyanaraman Tops Wealthiest Indian Jewellers List

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first_imgTS Kalayanaraman, the chairman and managing director of Kalyan Jewellers, is the wealthiest jeweller in the country with a personal fortune of $1.3 billion, according to a Wealth-X report.Opening his first jewellery shop in in Thrissur city of Kerala in 1993 with a capital of just $1,00,000, Kalyanaraman expanded the jewellery chain to 79 showrooms across India and abroad.In 2013, Bloomberg had estimated the valuation of Kalyan Jewellers at about $1 billion. Currently, the firm employs around 8,000 people in India.Mumbai-based Nirav Modi has been ranked second wealthiest jeweller in the country with a net worth of $1.1 billion.”Born into a family of Indian diamantaires, Modi left the family business in 1999 and launched his own company, Firestar Diamonds. In 2007, Firestar Diamonds acquired New York-based Sandberg & Sikorski,” The Economic Times cited the Wealth-X report.MP Ahammed, who is also from Kerala, is the third in the list, with his personal fortune standing at $1 billion. He opened his first jewellery shop Malabar Gold and Diamonds in Kozhikode in 1993, with a capital of Rs 50 Lakh. By the end of 2013, the company had a turnover of Rs 22,000 crore. Currently, the company owns over 100 showrooms in various countries.”The gems and jewellery industry is among India’s fastest growing sectors fuelled by UHNWs affinity for jewellery and the fact that they view it as an important store of value. For India’s ultra wealthy jewellers, all that glitters is gold!” Sahil Mehta, director, Indian subcontinent at Wealth-X said.Other jewellers in the top 10 list include Bhima Jewellers’ B Govindan with a personal fortune of $620 million, Kiran Gems’ Vallabhbhai S Patel ($590 million), Laxmi Diamond’s Vasant Gajera ($580 million), Dharmanandan Diamonds’ Laljibhai Patel ($480 million), Kiran Gems’ Babubhai Lakhani ($470 million), Kiran Gems’ Mavji Bhai Patel ($410 million) and Rajesh Exports’ Rajesh Mehta ($310 million).last_img read more


VG Siddharthas Cafe Coffee Day valued at Rs 18000 crore profitable for

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first_imgA letter written by the coffee tycoon before committing suicide mentioned that he was facing persistent pressure from one of the private equity partners to buy back the shares. “I fought for a long time but today I have given up as I could not take any more pressure from one of the private equity partners forcing me to buy back shares,” he had written in the letter addressed to CCD employees and the partners.”A transaction I had partially completed six months ago by borrowing a large sum of money from a friend. Tremendous pressure from other lenders led to me succumbing to the situation,” he added.In 2017, the IT department had conducted a series of raids at the offices of Siddhartha in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chikkamagaluru to seize documents over accusations of undisclosed income of over Rs 650 crore.In a statement, the IT department said that the accusations also included violation of statures on which there was no income disclosure and the amount undisclosed was estimated to be more than Rs 650 crore. VG SiddharthaTwitterVG Siddhartha’s Coffee Day Enterprises was valued at Rs 18,000 crore and profitable for the last three years. It has a footprint of nearly 1,600 stores with 54,000 vending machines and over 500 express stores.Even though Siddhartha was facing a challenge amid rising competition and a debt of Rs 6,500 crore, the coffee business was doing reasonably well. Although the losses piled up to Rs 395 crore between FY14 and FY16, the next three fiscals registered a profit after tax (PAT) of nearly Rs 185 crore. The year-on-year (YoY) profit rose by 509 percent to Rs 49 crore in FY18. On a quarterly basis, the PAT growth was not steady between FY18 and FY19.Despite, the profits the coffee empire set up by Siddhartha was on shaky grounds because of the crackdown by the Income Tax department as well as pressure by one of the promoters which led to a liquidity crunch in the company.last_img read more


Cardinals Complete Sweep of No 2 NC State

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first_img Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Binelas, Fitzgerald and Lavey each had two hits, as the Cardinals tallied double digit knocks for the third time on the weekend. Binelas finished the series with seven hits, four of which went for extra bases. SEC Network+ Shay Smiddy and Michael Kirian took care of the final six outs on Sunday, sending the Cardinals to the series sweep. Live Stats Louisville immediately cashed in on the momentum, with Binelas tallying his second double of the day and Davis singling to right off the new pitcher to bring the run home. Louisville will head to Lexington on Tuesday for its second matchup of the season against in-state rival Kentucky. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 8-3 on April 2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch on Tuesday night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version Story Links Bobby Miller recorded his third straight shutout inning in the bottom half and the Louisville offense helped the cause with another run in the fourth. Danny Oriente reached with a one-out single and Alex Binelas doubled to the gap in left-center. Henry Davis then doubled UofL’s lead with a groundout. NC State (29-8, 12-6) had its first true scoring chance in the fifth, getting a one-out double and two walks to load the bases with two outs. Miller buckled down though and picked up a huge strikeout to strand the three runners and keep the Cardinals in front. Miller (2-0) picked up the win with five shutout innings. The sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out six. Next Game: at Kentucky 4/16/2019 | 6:30 PM Preview NC State plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the margin in half, but Louisville answered right back with two of its own. Lucas Dunn lined a two-out single to right with the bases loaded to score Binelas and Davis to give the Cardinals a four-run lead once again. Miller ran into trouble again in the sixth, issuing walks to the first three hitters to once again load the bases. The Cardinals turned the ball over to Bryan Hoeing, who immediately extinguished the Wolfpack rally. Hoeing struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing a soft comebacker to get out of the jam with the lead still intact at 3-0. Tyler Fitzgerald tacked on a fourth run for the Cardinals in the seventh with a long solo home run, his fourth of the season. RALEIGH, N.C. – After a strong showing in Saturday’s doubleheader, the 12th-ranked Louisville baseball team capped off the weekend with a 6-3 victory on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of second-ranked North Carolina State. The three-game ACC series was played at Doak Field at Dail Park. Justin Lavey dropped down a bunt for a base hit and proceeded to steal second. On the stolen base attempt, the throw ended up in centerfield allowing Lavey to move up 90 feet to third. Jake Snider would take advantage of the scoring opportunity, just missing on a three-run home run as his fly ball died on the warning track for a sacrifice fly. As was the case in Saturday’s second game, neither side threatened through the first two innings, but the Cardinals broke through in the third. PDF Box Score Louisville (28-8, 13-5 ACC) now sits alone atop the ACC Atlantic Division standings. It was the Cardinals third sweep in conference play this season and 10th road conference sweep since joining the ACC in 2015.last_img read more


Options galore in Belarus

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgBelarus might not have natural resources and might be marred by some crises in the past, but despite all that, the country has recorded substantial economic growth.The Belarusian government pursues the strategy of cautious reform with great concern for social welfare and stability, being a social-oriented market economy. The government helps in smooth transition from the command to market economy, providing social support to vulnerable population groups.  Since the late 1990s, Belarus has attained progress in economic reform and stabilisation. The country avoided the shutdown of its major industrial enterprises and retained one of the highest standards of living in former Soviet Union. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The industrial potential of Belarus includes 20 thermoelectric power stations, 17 metallurgical works, 70 petrochemical plants (the concern ‘Belneftekhim’), 29 machine-tool construction enterprises, 36 automakers, 37 tractor and agricultural engineering plants, 11 construction, road and municipal engineering plants, 20 food and light industry engineering enterprises, three research and-production associations of electronic industry, 41 enterprises of electrical industry, 36 instrument-makers, 70 research-and-production associations, plants and institutes of radio industry, 1,416 producers of light and textile industries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe share of mechanical engineering and metalworking constitutes 25% of the country’s industrial output. According to recent researches, the number of small-scale enterprises exceeded 30 thousand. Six economic zones are established. 2,650 joint ventures and foreign enterprises with foreign investments are registered in Belarus. They are created with participation of 80 overseas countries.Among Belarus’ most powerful plants are Belarussian Autoworks BelAZ, Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), the Minsk Tractor Plant (MTZ), ‘Atlant’ (freezer and refrigerator plant), Belaruskaliy (the biggest producer of potassium fertilizers in the world) and oil refineries in Novopolotsk and Mozyr.last_img read more


Inflation down but food prices rise

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first_imgHarmonised inflation was down 0.7 per cent in January year-on-year on lower energy costs but the price food and non-alcoholic beverages was up 2.8 per cent on the previous year, statistical services figures revealed.Also up was the price of alcohol and tobacco by 3.7 per cent, clothing and footwear 1 per cent, health 0.2 per cent, communication 1.3 per cent, and restaurants and hotels 1.6 per cent. Goods and services that had dropped in price included housing water electricity and gas by 3.6 per cent, furnishings 0.5 per cent, transport 8.5 per cent and education 1.6 per cent.Last month consumer groups said businesses were showing complete disrespect and contempt for consumers by not lowering their prices in line with an approximate 20 per cent fall in the cost of fuel since last year.The head of the Consumers Association Fryni Michael, in a letter to the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE), the Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB), and the small shopkeepers association (POVEK), she  called on them to pressure their members to drop their prices.In her letter, Michael said the price of basic consumer goods as well as other products and services in Cyprus remained at the same levels as June 2014, despite plunging global oil prices and a fall in the prices of consumer goods in other EU countries.Michael said absence of a knock-on effect on consumer prices showed lack of respect, and contempt by businesses towards consumers. “Despite the fact that fuel and electricity prices have been reduced which are important elements of operating costs of many businesses, prices of products and services in Cyprus were not reduced,” Michael said in her letter.   You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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