Its Status Quo

first_imgThe federal budget announced today, Feb. 26 will have little impact on Nova Scotia. “After seeing the federal budget, it’s obvious that the big story of the night is the premier ringing the bell at the stock exchange in New York,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “There’s not a lot here for Nova Scotia.” The federal government continued to emphasize direct funding for individuals and institutions, rather than for provinces. “This confirms what we’ve been saying — we have some tough challenges ahead in our own budget,” said Mr. Baker. Today’s budget showed that federal revenues to Nova Scotia are soft, and national economic growth is slower than it has been. “If the federal government has to be cautious, in their very positive situation, then we have our work cut out for us in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baker. “We have some tough choices to make in the weeks ahead.” There are several positives in the budget: the federal government has provided some certainty to municipalities about future gas tax funding; Nova Scotians will also benefit from the Public Transit Capital Trust Fund; and the adjustment to the earned exemption in the Guaranteed Income Supplement will help many Nova Scotians. Another positive initiative is the police officer’s recruitment fund which is estimated at $2.2 million a year over three years to the province. Nova Scotians will, like all Canadians, benefit from the tax free savings accounts.last_img read more

Nominations Open for Student Respectful Citizenship Award

first_imgEvery day students across Nova Scotia make positive differences in their schools and communities and now is the time to recognize them. The Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award honours students around the province who demonstrate excellent leadership and a strong commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces in schools and communities. “Students in Nova Scotia are doing many great things to address bullying and discrimination in their schools and community,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “They are taking initiative to make Nova Scotia a safer and better place to live, and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts.” Now in its second year, the award is given annually to up to 20 students in Primary to Grade 12 in public, private, or home school. An individual award and a group award can be given to students in each of the eight school boards and the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Board. Two more awards can be given to students in private school or who are home schooled and registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Nominations must include a description of their role in the project or activity and how it supports the promotion of safe and inclusive communities, and must be accompanied by two references. Nomination forms have been sent to schools and can be found at . The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 28.last_img read more

Om Birla unanimously elected LS speaker

first_imgNew Delhi: NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the Lok Sabha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition assuring him of their whole-hearted support in the smooth conduct of proceedings in the House.Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, DMK’s T R Baalu and TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay were among those who backed Birla and urged him to be impartial as presiding officer of the lower house. “I on behalf of the government and the treasury benches assure you full support in conducting the House. I also assure you that your order will prevail and you must be tough even if anyone from our side (treasury benches) crosses the limit,” Modi said, congratulating Birla. Birla assured the members that he will run the House in an impartial manner and everyone will be heard. “I have been a member like you from 2014 to 2019. And here we should raise issues which matter to the last person standing in the row,” he said.See P5last_img read more

Disappointed with quality of cricket at this WC Akhtar

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has been left utterly disappointed with the “quality of cricket” being played at the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales. England, Australia and India have sealed their spot in the semifinals, while New Zealand is almost there in the knockout stage of the tournament, despite their loss to England in their last group stage encounter. “I am not happy with the quality of cricket being played in this World Cup,” said Akhtar on his Youtube channel. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “The quality of cricket has gone down immensely. It has become very easy to score runs. The bowlers don’t have the quality, the pace and the spin, which bowlers in 1990s and early 2000s used to have. “There are three powerplays and two new balls which has made it very easy to score runs,” he added. Speaking about Wednesday’s game where England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs to seal their spot in the semis, Akhtar said that the Black Caps played like “amateurs”. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “I was disappointed with the way New Zealand played against England. They didn’t give any fight and meekly surrendered before England. They played like amateurs. They didn’t play quality cricket,” said Akhtar. With England’s win, Pakistan are technically out of the contention of making it to the semis. In order to make it to the knockout stage, Pakistan needed India or New Zealand to defeat England in their last two matches. However, it didn’t happen. Akhtar, 43, feels Pakistan have no one to blame but themselves for their disappointing campaign in this edition of the World Cup. “The match against West Indies cost us badly. Then their match against Sri Lanka got abandoned. After that, they lost the game to Australia which they should have won. These three matches made it very difficult for Pakistan. They themselves have got out of the tournament. Nobody else is responsible for their loss.” He, however, wants Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to play for their pride against Bangladesh in their last group stage fixture at Lord’s on Friday. “All is not lost still. We have to play for our pride against Bangladesh. Pakistan have to make sure they don’t get humiliated and therefore they should play good cricket against Bangladesh,” he insisted.last_img read more

NAFTAs moment of truth Coming days could decide whether deal happens this

first_imgWASHINGTON – A moment of truth approaches in the NAFTA negotiations, with the coming days likely to reveal not only whether an agreement is achievable this year, but also how extensive such an agreement might be.Even participants at the negotiating table profess to be in suspense about how the United States will proceed, should it finally secure its much-coveted deal on autos.One thing everyone appears to agree on is that if a pact doesn’t happen soon, the prospects of one happening this year dim considerably: U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer has pegged the window at one or two weeks.Autos will be the first order of business when ministers gather Monday in Washington, in an effort to seal an agreement before elections in Mexico and the U.S. Congress slow the process.Any potential agreement hinges on the ability of Mexico and the U.S. to bridge a key ideological gap: in an effort to steer manufacturing north, the U.S.’s latest demand is that 40 per cent of every car be produced in high-wage jurisdictions, with some credit for spending on research.Mexico is set to deliver a counter-offer.The great unknown is what happens next, if the U.S. and Mexico make peace on the auto file. Would the U.S. stick to a series of hardline positions, or rush through the rest to wrap everything up?”That … probably is the crux of what happens next,” said one person familiar with the talks.”One does not know … how the next week will play out.”More than a half-dozen groups have been meeting in recent days to try clearing the non-controversial issues off the table, so the ministers can focus on the hardest political trade-offs.For example, one group met to discuss customs procedures, but avoided the toughest of all customs issues: online purchases and whether Canada will move its meagre $20 duty-free level closer to the U.S.’s $800 limit.One person who has closely followed the career and methods of U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer believes he is now deploying two textbook tactics in pursuit of a deal.The first is to create a deadline threat. This person, who asked to remain anonymous, calls the tactic, ”the death machine” — where some fearsome fate awaits your counterpart, in the absence of a deal. In this case, steel and aluminum tariffs are set to kick in June 1.The second is to make a bunch of difficult demands, some of which truly matter and some of which are a bluff, a thing to be traded off.This person suspects Lighthizer’s true goals involve autos, and the dispute-resolution systems under chapters 11 and 19 — and that the other, more expendable, demands involve dairy and duty-free purchases.”Bob is a good negotiator,” this person said. ”He uses the methods of a good negotiator.”He predicts the biggest confrontation with Canada will involve Chapter 19 — which Lighthizer has long resented as a violation of U.S. sovereignty, but which was a do-or-die issue for Canada in the original NAFTA, allowing companies like softwood-lumber producers to fight punitive duties.Other U.S. industries say their causes cannot be ignored.The pharmaceutical industry wants changes in the way drug prices are set; it wants more transparency and appeal rights, as well as longer patent-style protections on biologics treatments.The industry has powerful support in the U.S. Congress. Its most famous backer, Sen. Orrin Hatch, leads one of the two key committees that would be responsible for driving through any NAFTA implementing legislation before the current Congress leaves office.”Intellectual property remains a very high priority for (the administration),” said trade lawyer Brian Pomper, who works on such issues.”And that’s not dissimilar, to be honest, from lots of other (U.S.) administrations. You know, IP is not a partisan issue.”Pomper, a former counsel on the committee Hatch now leads, suggests an agreement in the next month could theoretically get to a vote well before the current Congress wraps up in December if lawmakers like the deal and move quickly, or if the arm’s-length U.S. International Trade Commission manages to complete a review ahead of deadlines.”You can do it pretty quickly,” Pomper said.”(But) if Congress has concerns about it, as you saw with (the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2016), that could really delay consideration.”One trade consultant says there’s another reason the U.S. might be in a hurry. It arose thousands of kilometres away this week in Beijing where, amid looming threats of a U.S.-China trade war, the two countries failed to reconcile their differences.With this potential clash of economic titans approaching, Eric Miller said the U.S. trade team is short-staffed. That means Lighthizer’s team can’t afford to spend much more time focusing on Canada and Mexico.”The push for a NAFTA deal is going to be there next week,” Miller said.He said the U.S. will either accept modest changes and reach a deal, or let NAFTA sit unfinished for the year.“Either way, it’s going to be a lot more China and a lot less North American on the U.S. agenda in the coming months.”last_img read more

MLA Dan Davies seeks resolution to have Charlie Lake boat launch reopened

first_img“We have a limited amount of summer up here and it’s something that the province needs to start taking a serious look at its provincial campgrounds and earmarking some serious funding to get these boat launches up-to-date and specifically, the Charlie Lake Boat Launch so people can have access to that lake.”According to Davies, in a reply from the Government, the Ministry is currently working with the Peace River Regional District to get the boat launch revitalized and open to the public.In the meantime, while the District and Province are in talks, Davies says he will continue to apply pressure to get the boat launch open as soon as possible, preferably this summer.The next step for B.C. Parks and the Regional District is to look at the associated costs when it comes to repairing or replacing the boat launch. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local MLA Dan Davies is calling on the Province for a resolution in regards to the closure of the Charlie Lake boat launch.On April 25, Davies had sent a letter to the Ministry of Environment asking them to open the boat launch for the season.Davies says it is important to get the boat launch repaired and re-opened soon as there is a small window of time for the boating season.last_img read more

UN to shift some 9 billion from its staff Pension Fund to

The Pension Fund covers 100,000 staff worldwide, providing monthly pension benefits for over 55,000 retirees, said UN Controller Warren Sach. The principal of the Fund amounted to some $37.4 billion as of last week. Last year it was decided to place a part of the Pension Fund portfolio in “passive management,” Mr. Sach said. Approximately $9 billion – or about one quarter of the total – would be transferred from active to passive management.The active management had exceeded the benchmark in only five out of the past 20 years, he said. “Basically means that most of the time we haven’t done quite as well as the market. A quarter of the time we’ve done better but three quarters not as well.”The move to passive management aimed to improve overall performance while reducing risk. Active management, he explained, involves buying and selling securities with the goal of outperforming a benchmark index, “doing better than the market, trying to pick stocks well and being ahead of the game.” Passive management aims to equal the market and benchmarks. Following a lengthy consultative process involving not just experts but also the General Assembly and its Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) it was decided to go ahead with external management of indexed investments, Mr. Sach said, acknowledging that this decision provoked some controversy.“We are now moving towards making this decision effective,” he said. Expressions of interest for external management were reviewed earlier this year. A number of bids were received, and on 16 February there was a public meeting on the issue and 13 bids were made, “mostly US-based which is not to be surprised given that we are talking about the management of North American equities.” A technical evaluation is now in progress.Mr. Sach stressed that this was a “prudent movement” that would not put the Fund at risk.Asked about an investigation of the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) concerning the management of the Fund, Bernard Cochemé, Chief Executive Officer of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), said he had requested the probe following “certain allegations” put forward by some staff members.The OIOS conducted an investigation of conflict of interest and favouritism in the procurement of a company called Sprig. Its subsequent, “strictly confidential” report found that neither the UNJSPF nor the UN Procurement services followed all of the established rules, but it also found no evidence that the UNJSPF manager concerned held any financial interest in Sprig, nor that he had colluded with Sprig. The initial contract was renewed and the systems were satisfactory, he said. “An important lesson learned from the investigation is that prudence should be exercised in any procurement action,” he said, adding that the Pension Fund could better document its proceedings.He said he had established a Procurement Advisory Committee aimed at addressing these needs.“These actions were discussed and reviewed by OIOS and it was concluded that they were appropriate and that UNJSPF has therefore implemented the recommendations of the OIOS,” he said.“We can be confident that the Fund continues to be efficiently managed and that internal control mechanisms have been enhanced,” he stressed.He also said press allegations that he had instructed staff members not to talk to the media were “totally nonsense.” 28 February 2007The United Nations will move some $9 billion from its Pension Fund to “passive management,” a senior budget official said today, adding that more than a dozen bids for external management have been received and are under review. read more

Philhellene David Hill assembles his monuments men

first_imgGeorge Clooney’s new wife Amal Alamuddin might have stolen the limelight off the troop of four heading to Greece to help Greece’s case to the Parthenon Marbles, but its coordinator, Australian David Hill is confident the publicity will help put more pressure on the British.A lot of people would say what took the Greeks so long to do this. It’s not a precedent, it’s far from it. It’s very reasonable and sensible. – David HillMr Hill has been in Greece for the past three weeks getting ready to meet with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, while working to assemble three famous international lawyers, Geoffrey Robertson, Amal Alamuddin and Professor Norman Palmer to work on a legal case to get the marbles back home. As the president of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, Mr Hill has seen years of talks between the two countries end fruitlessly, despite the tries of large international bodies like UNESCO. The meeting scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first time Greece will consider its legal options. Mr Hill says it’s in Greece’s best interest to up the ante and address its legal rights. “I don’t think it has any alternative,” Mr Hill told Neos Kosmos from Greece.“I think Greece should now look at its legal entitlements and its legal rights and consider a legal claim.”Mr Hill was asked by Prime Minister Samaras to assemble a group of prominent international lawyers to advise the government of what its legal claim might be, resuming a plan Greece had in the works for years. The former Papandreou government was set to do the same until the financial crisis stopped the talks.Amal Alamuddin was actually going to be legal counsel on the topic in 2011 before the meetings were cancelled.Now, a team of three coincidentally British high-profile lawyers will front the case for Greece. Mr Hill, himself a British born Australian child migrant says he chose the three for their expertise in the field, not for their profile. “I think we’ve got, in those three people it’s a repository of extraordinarily high calibre advice,” he says.“You’d be hard pressed to do better.”Greece has been reluctant in the past to start legal proceedings fearing it will look confrontational, but after 15 years of the same response from the British and trying everything in its arsenal to get them to the negotiating table, the government is out of patience. If the case does reach litigation, it won’t be the first of its kind Mr Hill says.“All over the world there where there is dispute on cultural property people resort to having the matter rationally and fairly sorted out through the judicial process,” he says.“In fact a lot of people would say what took the Greeks so long to do this.“It’s not a precedent, it’s far from it. It’s very reasonable and sensible.”After so many years, the British approach to the matter hasn’t changed despite the growing international chorus of disapproval.Surprisingly, British locals are very much in favour of returning the marbles to Greece. A poll in the Guardian newspaper saw 88 per cent of respondents want to see the marbles returned.Sadly all three British prime ministers and the British Museum have been immovable on the issue.In the meetings, Mr Hall and the contingent will also meet with Greece’s deputy prime minster Evangelos Venizelos, the culture minister Konstantinos Tasoulas and director of the Acropolis Museum Dimitrios Pandermalis.It’s hoped the government can decide on its next steps to tackling the issue before it becomes too late. As a true Philhellene, Mr Hill says the issue is still as important as ever. “There aren’t many situations where you come across a great wrong that can be righted. And here’s one that can be,” he says.Married to a Greek woman, and with his 13-year-old son studying the language at Greek school, Mr Hill has never wavered from his campaign to have the marbles returned. “Since I first saw the Parthenon marbles in Athens in the sculptures in the British museum I always been struck by the injustice,” he says, “It is a great wrong to leave these statues and sculptures in Britain. They should be in Greece.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bethesdas Review Policy Lets Talk About Game Journalism

first_img Yesterday Bethesda announced that it would be sending out review copies to critics one day before release. It’s a problem that sounds like whiny entitlement from game journalists. After all, why should we complain? We’re getting games free, and a day early! Do we know how many gamers would kill for that?I, of course, don’t think all or even most gamers think that way and forgive me for building a small strawman. It’s an extreme perspective, but one I understand and want to explain the fundamental problems with it because they feed directly into the problems with Bethesda’s review policy.Reviewing games is a dream job. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, or that it isn’t a job. I’m not a full-time game journalist (my main beat is broader consumer technology), but I’ve reviewed tons of games and systems, and I’m genuinely glad for the opportunity to do so. It’s still work, and no matter how snarky or curse-ridden your takes might be, no matter how stupid the t-shirts you wear in the office, and no matter how many hours a day you get to hold a gamepad and get paid for it, there are still standards of professionalism and quality that should be expected of game reviewers. The dream job should be treated like a job that deserves effort and expertise.There are reasons published; professional game reviews carry more weight than user reviews. They’re written by people who do this for a living. They don’t just play all the cool games; they play all the games they can and force their way through the bad ones. And they do it for years and years, getting a feel for how good and bad games get, how the industry itself works, and what gamers should expect for their money. They also tend to be pretty good writers and go into greater depth than the vast majority of user reviews.current Bethesda line-up via bethesda.netIt’s not just about the score. Don’t stop when you see the number. It’s about the thousand-plus words that come after the score, telling you exactly what to expect from games in mechanics, graphics, stability, features, content, and actual fun. A 9 (or 4.5, or 93, or however you want to grade games) might not be the best game for you because it doesn’t have the single-player campaign you want to play through, or the multiplayer is too limited, or there are tiny frustrations from previous games that they didn’t fix. A 7 (or 3.5, or 72) could be your new favorite game if it’s something you really like and it has enough content to satisfy you. That’s what you get when you read reviews.That’s reviews, plural. Don’t read just one and then stop. Reading three or four published game reviews will give you the insight into whether you really should spend $60 on the newest AAA game or whether you should hold off. And reading three or four preferred review feeds can put on your radar obscure titles you might end up loving.Now, it takes time to play through these games and more time on top of that to write reviews. A 24-hour lead time for a game as huge as Skyrim isn’t just unreasonable; it’s impossible. Gamers might figure out how to exploit and speedrun to the ending in 20 minutes a day after it comes out, but reviewers need to pour hours into what they review. Rocks need to be turned over, and corners need to be explored so we can get the fullest understanding of the game we can get in a short period of time. And that period is reasonably four days to a week, minimum.No early review copies of Dishonored 2 here – via bethesda.netSo it’s launch day. A highly anticipated game comes out now. And the publisher sent out review copies yesterday. There aren’t any reviews of the games to read because we didn’t get them far enough ahead of time. You’re in GameStop. You see the name. You pay your $60 and take the game home.Congratulations! You got DOOM, and it’s awesome! That’s what Bethesda’s banking on, and how they’re justifying this. But what if it isn’t DOOM? What if it’s No Man’s Sky? What if it’s Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC? What if it’s Aliens: Colonial Marines? What if it’s Duke Nukem Forever?Game publishers don’t owe game reviewers early games. But remember that they don’t owe you good games, either. They don’t even owe you warnings that they’re putting out bad games. You don’t owe game reviewers adoration, or respect, or even clicks. Only one party here owes another party anything. Game reviewers owe you the advice and, if necessary, the warning that reviews provide. And when we get games a day before they come out, we can’t get you that warning fast enough.Bethesda says they’re sending out game copies the day before release so reviewers and gamers can have the same experience. And for multiplayer games, that’s actually fair (but beta and press servers solve that problem easily). Bethesda also says that you should wait to buy a game if you want to read the reviews first. But that leaves the whole first wave of gamers throwing their money at Bethesda without any insight into the final version of the game. They don’t get a warning. And if there’s a game-breaking bug or a widespread problem with a certain hardware configurations or if the game’s just bad? Well, enjoy your frustration. That’s part of the experience you can share with us.There’s only one reason for publishers not to send out early copies of your games, and none of them help gamers in any way: to get as much money as they can from the first wave of purchases before word of mouth sets in,because they aren’t completely confident in the game they’re putting out. And that’s within their right. They’re under no obligation to send us early review copies. And they’re also under no obligation whatsoever not to screw you over, as long as it’s legal.Generally, game journalists and reviewers aren’t corrupt, entitled fanboys. Sure, there are times when scores are higher than they would have been if we had time to really chew on the game (I have some high ratings in the past that I regret, in hindsight). But we try to be professional, thorough, and helpful because it’s our job to help warn you before you throw your money at a game you end up hating. When game publishers decide to get in the way of that, it’s because they think their game might just be one you end up hating. That’s why we’re here, and why we do what we do. Play ‘Fallout 76’ Nuclear Winter Battle Royale as Long as Yo…Tesla Cars Get Racing Game, YouTube, and ‘Fallout’ at E3 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Monitor of sex offenders learns to ride herd on legislators

first_imgOnce again, state corrections officer Tony Shaver of Vancouver has dodged a bullet from Olympia.Under the budget the Legislature passed Wednesday, he can count on at least two more years of state funding for his program, which aims to keep the community safe from sex offenders and other released criminals through close supervision and monitoring.Shaver is assigned to the unit that supervises convicted sex offenders released into the community in Clark County. In January, he headed to Olympia on behalf of his union, Local 313 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, to lobby local legislators on a proposal that would have changed the way the state counts the time inmates serve in court-ordered supervision after they are released from prison, a process known as “tolling.”Under current state policy, if a released sex offender absconds, or violates terms of his release and ends up in jail, that time doesn’t count toward his sentence of supervised release and community-based treatment.The proposed change would have let the Corrections Department count the time a sex offender spends behind bars, or otherwise out of pocket, toward fulfilling his sentence. It would have saved the state an estimated $420,000 between January and June 30.Shaver estimated that at least 2,000 dangerous sex offenders statewide would be released from supervision almost immediately under the measure. He said it also lessened the chance that sex offenders would complete treatment.last_img read more

Burmese phone market burgeons

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar — Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for a while, then puts it aside and continues meditating.All around him, his fellow Burmese are celebrating a full moon festival at the Shwedagon Pagoda, snapping pictures of themselves in front of flickering candles and filming their children. Once, a trip to the most sacred site for Burmese Buddhists meant prayerful contemplation. Today, it’s like Disneyland.Just a few years ago, a mobile phone was a luxury well beyond the reach of ordinary citizens in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which was isolated from the rest of the world during decades of military rule.The military junta tightly controlled who got SIM cards, and just a few years ago black-market cards cost as much as $2,000. Less than 10 percent of the population had access to cellular telephones, making the Southeast Asian nation one of the largest untapped markets in the world.Eager shoppersBut in recent months, cellphone use has skyrocketed in Myanmar as the current quasi-civilian government opened up its mobile market to two foreign telecommunications companies, which launched sales in August and September. As a result, cheap smartphones are more widely available, and the price of a SIM card has dropped dramatically — cards are now just $1.50.last_img read more

The 347HP Audi SQ5 TDI uses electric turbocharging to eliminate lag

first_img 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Comments 2 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 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. Audi,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. 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 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 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. Enlarge ImageTurbo lag? Never heard of it. Audi Engineers always want to keep turbo lag to a minimum in forced-induction engines, and Audi has a novel solution that uses electricity to tackle the problem. Like the earlier SQ7 TDI, Audi revealed Thursday that the SQ5 TDI will use an electric compressor to fight lag in the new performance crossover.The SQ5’s 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine has a traditional exhaust-driven turbocharger, but the electric compressor can kick in to provide some boost — up to 20.4 psi of it — at engine speeds below 1,650 rpm. Audi says that means “high torque is available immediately.” Total output from the engine is rated at 347 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.The engine also has a mild-hybrid system, like many of Audi’s newest cars. A 48-volt battery works with a special belt-alternator starter, which can improve stop-start performance. The SQ5 TDI can even coast with the engine off for up to 40 seconds at a time when the 48-volt battery is fully charged.Being an Audi S model, the SQ5 TDI also has other sporty handling upgrades: torque vectoring and an optional sports rear differential for the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, a suspension that rides 1.2 inches lower than a standard SQ5, 20- or 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers and enlarged brakes with 14.8-inch front discs.Just like the Audi SQ7 TDI, which also uses an electric turbo to help quash lag, the SQ5 TDI is not coming to the US market. The highest-performing model we’ll get here is the gasoline-fired SQ5, which boasts 354 hp from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Audi 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 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. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 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. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Industry 68 Photos Crossovers Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars Tags 69 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 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.center_img 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. 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 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.  26 Photos 12 Photos Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Audi SQ5 TDI combines mild-hybrid tech with an electric compressor Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 10 Photos Share your voice 49 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 81 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice 4 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags 10 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

University of Asia Pacific students attacked at Farmgate

first_imgUniversity of Asia PacificA group of University of Asia Pacific students came under attack when they tried to reach Farmgate intersection with a procession from their campus on Sunday, witnesses said.According to the witnesses, a group of yet-to-be-known youths wearing helmets swooped on the demonstrating students with sticks near Ananda Cinema Hall in Farmgate around 12:30pm.Dispersed and chased, the protesting students of University of Asia Pacific took shelter on their campus.The attackers, then, vandalised windows of Asia Pacific University campus located in Farmgate’s Green Road.Students started to gather in different streets of the capital for the eighth consecutive day on Sunday morning demanding safe roads and justice for death of two of their fellows in a road accident on 29 July.The movement sparked off after shipping minister Shajahan Khan smilingly compared the Dhaka Airport Road accident with the one in India, which killed 33 people, while talking to newsmen within one hour of the crash.last_img read more

Chris Barrys Surprising Speckled Voting Record

first_imgMarion Christopher Barry is a candidate for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat.Marion Christopher Barry, candidate for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat of his late father Marion S. Barry, has not voted consistently in District and ward elections, the AFRO has learned.Tamara Robinson, spokeswoman for the Board of Elections, said on Jan. 13 that Barry didn’t vote in the July 15, 2014, special election for the vacant Ward 8 Board of Education position or in the  April 1, 2014 primary. Another elections official said she couldn’t confirm or deny whether Barry voted in the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.Agency staff revealed Barry cast a provisional ballot in the Nov. 6, 2012 general and special election. These elections included his late father on the ballot, running for re-election.Despite repeated calls to the number Barry provided on the D.C. Board of Elections website, he didn’t respond to the AFRO by deadline.Barry is running against 23 other candidates to claim his father’s seat. He officially began the process of running on Jan. 5 by picking up petitions and signing the necessary paperwork.  The deadline for petitions to get on the ballot is Jan. 28 and Barry is actively seeking the required 500 signatures of registered voters.He is considered one of the leading candidates in the race, primarily because of his father’s political legacy and network of longtime supporters. However, Barry, who owns a small construction company, has never held political office.Candidates for District political office do not fare well when it is revealed that they have not consistently voted in elections. Andy Shallal, the owner of the Busboys and Poets restaurant chain, had hopes of winning the April 1, 2014 Democratic Party mayoral primary, but those hopes were dashed when it was revealed that he did not vote in city elections on a regular basis.Khalid Pitts, a Logan Circle entrepreneur, received negative publicity when it was revealed he lived in the District for nearly two decades but registered to vote on Dec. 31, 2013, three months before he ran as a candidate for the non-Democratic seat on the council in the November 2014 general election.District law mandates a candidate for the council be a “qualified elector in the District” as well as other requirements, including establishing residency in the city one year prior to running, being a resident from the ward where they are seeking office, hold no other significant public office position, and not being a convicted felon while holding the office of council member.While a candidate must be a registered voter, casting a ballot is not a requirement to run for office.Dennis Harvey, who recently dropped out of the Ward 8 race to support Barry did not comment on Barry’s voting record and neither did Anthony Lorenzo Green, who has represented Barry as an advisory neighborhood commissioner (ANC) for several years and is active in his campaign.LaRuby May, a fellow candidate, said that “voting is very important.”“Voting determines what resources a community gets,” May said. “All of us who are African-American should exercise that right.”Natalie Williams, the president of the Ward 8 Democrats also running for the Ward 8 Council seat, agreed with May. Williams said she takes her daughter with her when she votes and notes,  proudly, that she began participating in civic affairs at an early age.“Voting is a fundamental right for all D.C. residents,” Williams said. “It is the only way to be involved in the decision-making in this city. As president of the Ward 8 Democrats, I have worked to educate and empower those who have not participated in voting.”last_img read more

United States China team explore energy harvesting

first_imgCredit: ACS Nano More information: Ultrathin, Rollable, Paper-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sound Recording ACS Nano, Article ASAP, Publication Date (Web): March 19, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00618 Six authors have described their work in harvesting energy in a paper titled “Ultrathin, Rollable, Paper-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sound Recording.” Translation: A paper microphone may help charge your cellphone. Jacob Aron in New Scientist wrote about their work; he said one benefit of such a microphone is that it could harvest acoustic energy to top up a phone charge on the go. The team, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and Chongqing University and Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, published their paper in ACS Nano last month. Explore further Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Tech Xplore The scientists developed a rollable, paper-based triboelectric nanogenerator with 125 μm thickness. It can deliver maximum power density of 121 mW/m2 and 968 W/m3 under a sound pressure of 117 dBSPL. (The amount of power the microphone provides depends on its size, but it’s around 121 milliwatts per square meter.)What is a nanogenerator? Interviewed last year by Paul Weiss, Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia Tech said: “A nanogenerator is a device that utilizes piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, or paraelectrics, or all three of them, to convert mechanical action, thermal action, or other action into electricity for powering small electronic devices, mostly by converting mechanical energy.” As for the triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), he explained that this uses the electrostatic charge “created due to the triboelectrification process as a driving force for electron flow to an external load. Using this process today, we can achieve 55 percent energy conversion efficiency, the best so far.”Again, Aron translated what Zhong Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and colleagues actually did to their paper. “They used a laser to zap a grid of microscopic holes in the paper, then coated one side in copper and laid it on top of a thin sheet of Teflon, joining the two sheets at one edge. Sound waves vibrate the two sheets in different ways, causing them to come in and out of contact. This generates an electric charge, similar to the one made when your rub a balloon on your hair, which can charge a phone slowly.”The microphone is the size of a postage stamp. Aron said, “The amount of power the microphone provides depends on its size, but it’s around 121 milliwatts per square meter. ‘It can be made into any size you like,’ says Wang, though he admits a stamp-sized microphone fitted to your phone would only provide a small amount of power rather than fully charging your phone.”The authors of the paper said it can be implemented onto a commercial cell phone for acoustic energy harvesting from human talking. Aron, meanwhile, also wrote about another potential application—the recycling of sound energy from the environment, where one could get “free electricity from the ‘waste’ sounds all around us.”The authors said the concept and design could be applied to a variety of circumstances for energy harvesting or sensing purposes. Some examples they gave would be toward wearable and flexible electronics, military surveillance, jet engine noise reduction, a low-cost implantable human ear and wireless technology applications.Via NewScientist Citation: United States, China team explore energy harvesting (2015, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Novel PET Imaging Method Could Track and Guide Type 1 Diabetes Therapy

first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more August 3, 2018 — Researchers have discovered a new nuclear medicine test that could improve care of patients with type 1 diabetes. The new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging method could measure beta-cell mass, which would greatly enhance the ability to monitor and guide diabetes therapies. This study is reported in the featured article of the month in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine’s August issue.According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. Jason Bini, Ph.D., at the Yale University PET Center in New Haven, Conn., explained the significance to patients of being able to track their beta-cell mass:“Beta-cell mass includes both functional and non-functional beta cells. Many indirect methods to measure beta-cell function are influenced by factors such as glucose and insulin levels and are not able to measure non-functional (dormant) beta cells that may be responsive to treatments. This work is important for patients because uptake of a radiotracer measured on a PET scan could guide treatment options. For example, if a patient has low beta-cell function with high signal in the PET scan, this could represent a patient with dormant beta cells that could respond to a treatment targeting existing cells. If a patient has low beta-cell function and low signal in the PET scan (very few viable or dormant beta cells present), that individual may be a candidate for beta-cell transplantation.”Beta cells and neurological tissues have common cellular receptors and transporters, so the Yale researchers screened brain radioligands for their ability to identify beta cells. Then, 12 healthy control subjects and two subjects with type 1 diabetes mellitus underwent dynamic PET/CT scans with six tracers.The dopamine type 2/type 3 (D2/D3)-receptor agonist radioligand carbon-11 (11C)-(+)-4-propyl-9-hydroxynaphthoxazine (PHNO) was the only radioligand to demonstrate sustained uptake in the pancreas with high contrast versus abdominal organs such as the kidneys, liver, and spleen.The results provide preliminary evidence that 11C-(+)-PHNO is a potential marker of beta-cell mass with 2:1 binding of D3 receptors over D2 receptors. While further research is needed before clinical application, 11C-(+)-PHNO is a promising way to differentiate the beta-cell mass of healthy individuals from those with type 1 diabetes mellitus, as well as track and guide therapies for diabetes patients.Bini also pointed out, “These findings could facilitate development and wider dissemination of novel imaging methods in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine to assess receptor/enzyme pharmacology in diabetes and other endocrine disorders.”For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.orgReferenceBini J., Naganawa M., Nabulsi N., et al. “Evaluation of PET Brain Radioligands for Imaging Pancreatic b-Cell Mass: Potential Utility of 11C-(1)-PHNO.” Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Aug. 2, 2018. doi:10.2967/jnumed.117.197285 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | PET Imaging | August 03, 2018 Novel PET Imaging Method Could Track and Guide Type 1 Diabetes Therapy Monitoring tracer uptake may help distinguish between dormant and active beta cells, which could lead decision toward one therapy over another News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

Afghans end push to recover bodies from landslide

first_img Top Stories KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghan officials say they are halting efforts to dig out more than 60 bodies from the site of a devastating landslide that followed earthquakes in northern Afghanistan earlier this week. They plan to make the area a memorial to the dead.The government has said 71 people were buried in Monday’s landslide, but the police chief of Baghlan province’s Burka district says they have pulled out only five bodies in four days of digging. How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   He says that religious leaders in the area recommended that they leave the bodies buried under the hill and rename it “Martyrs Hill.”Police chief Azizullahrahman said Thursday that more than 800 people helped with the effort to dig out the bodies of the victims.Two earthquakes struck the area early Monday, causing the landslide.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

AccorHotels launches the first ibis in Hyderabad

first_imgAccorHotels announced the opening of ibis Hyderabad HITEC City, taking the group’s presence to five hotels in the city. The group is now the largest hotel operator in Hyderabad with a room inventory of over a thousand rooms. The opening of its first economy hotel in the global city of Hyderabad marks a milestone for AccorHotels with 42 hotels in India across a well-rounded portfolio of luxury, midscale, boutique and in-demand economy brands.ibis Hyderabad HITEC City features 178 well-appointed rooms and is strategically located in the heart of HITEC city, the largest IT Park in the country. The hotel is a short drive from the Hyderabad International Convention Centre making it the preferred destination for the MICE market.Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, Operations, AccorHotels India, said, “The opening of the ibis Hyderabad HITEC City marks a strategic milestone growth for the group. With 42 hotels now operating in the country, ibis Hyderabad HITEC City is our fifth hotel in the city and our second hotel to open in Hyderabad this year. We have the largest growing collection of midscale and in-demand economy brands presence in the city.”“We are proud to introduce the ibis brand to the city of Hyderabad. ibis Hyderabad HITEC City embodies the brand’s renowned hallmarks of comfort, service, well-equipped rooms and modern design. We look forward to extending the ibis signature service to guests travelling to the city,” said Rubin Cherian, General Manager, ibis Hyderabad HITEC City.last_img read more

7 Hokkei Set up by Dale and Larkin two friends w

first_img7. HokkeiSet up by Dale and Larkin, two friends who met as contestants on the TV show Masterchef, Hokkei was launched to up the game of typical take out places and the flip the menu at Chinese traditional takeaways as we know them on its head. The result is restaurant quality, authentic dishes inspired by Hong Kong cuisine. Worth a stop off regardless of where you are in town, or alternatively get it delivered. You won’t be disappointed. Potted PigWhile being regarded as one of Cardiff’s finest restaurants, grub at the Potted Pig won’t break the bank. Speaking of banks, it actually occupies a former bank vault beneath the streets of central Cardiff. Within 100 metres of both serene Cardiff Castle and the raucous Millennium Stadium, it is ideally located both for matches and a spot of culture. Expect tasty seasonal menus of modern British food cooked with a good measure of French know-how. If you’ve travelled with a group of eight or more friends, the suckling pig is a great shout for a dinner to share. Urban Tap HouseLeading the charge for quality craft ales in Wales, Tiny Rebel Brewery in nearby Newport opened the Urban Tap House in 2013 as the city’s first bar solely dedicated to craft brews. There’s a few more bars of a similar ilk in the vicinity now, including BrewDog, but to sample Welsh-made beers, it has to be Urban Tap House. If it doesn’t earn you time in the sin bin, this is one of many recommended places to continue the celebrations or commiserations and what’s more, it’s just opposite the Millennium Stadium. Plus, they have two large screens so you won’t miss any of the rugby action. Urban Tap House also does a mean burger, like the Big Welsh topped with Welsh cheddar, pan-fried leek and bacon. When in Rome… Cosy ClubDespite it’s name, it’s not a nightclub. Or any other type of club for that matter, although you will feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret when arrive. On the first floor of the St David’s Dewi Sant centre, it gives off a speakeasy vibe but is far from pretentious. A family-friendly place with eccentric décor and a penchant for taxidermy, Cosy Club is a great place for some casual drinks and a quick bite. It doesn’t matter if you’re just after a beer and a burger or want to splurge on some celebratory champers, Cosy Club is about feeling at home and, well, cosy.How to get thereMillennium Stadium is located in the heart of Cardiff city centre, a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station, which has onward connections to London, Birmingham, Manchester, south west England and the rest of Wales.Where to stayNeed somewhere to stay during the Rugby World Cup? Find a hotel in Cardiff.Find hotels in CardiffGoing to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital.Top 10 places in Gloucester for scrummy scran during the RWC It’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup.Exeter’s 10 best rugby pubs and fan friendly restaurants With its cosy pubs and buzzing local student community, Exeter is set to prove Devon can party come the Rugby World Cup.Newcastle’s top bars and restaurants on rugby daysOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try.6 of the best places to eat and drink in Leicester whether you like rugby or not Celebrate Rugby World Cup victory in one of these six top pubs and restaurants in Leicester.Brighton feasts for rugby fans: top 10 caf**é**s and restaurantsIf you’re heading to the games, or fancy a cheeky weekend beside the seaside, there’s plenty of fish and chips to be had but you might want to shake things up – here’s 10 of the best local bars and restaurants for you to check out.7 incredible rugby stadiums around the world Get set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map While England is the host for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, some matches will be taking place across the border in Wales – a country that eats, sleeps and breathes rugby. With it’s compact city centre, the atmosphere in Cardiff – the UK’s very own city by the bay – is second to none on match days.Rugby action kicks off at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 19th September with a Pool D match between Ireland and Canada. There will also be Pool A, Pool C and quarter final matches played at the Welsh national stadium in Cardiff welcoming, amongst others, the home side Wales and visitors Fiji, Georgia, France and New Zealand’s world-famous All Blacks.Find flights to CardiffAs a small city, Cardiff’s historic centre is ideal for exploring on foot with plenty to things to do to entertain you while you’re in town for the World Cup. Here’s out top ten pick of places to keep yourself fed and watered during your stay.1. The City ArmsA dropkick from the stadium, The City Arms is a favourite haunt of home fans and visitors alike. It’s also one of the city’s most popular watering holes. Don’t take our word for it. The City Arms won the Best Cardiff Pub of the Year 2012 and has been highly commended every year since. If that’s not enough to convince you, they keep a heafty amount of Welsh Rugby Union’s official ales by Brains Brewery on tap, including offerings such as Bread of Heaven ale (named for obvious reasons). “Feed me til I want no more!” indeed. The Old ArcadeArguably the definitive rugby experience in the Welsh capital, The Old Arcade is a must. With international and club memorabilia covering the walls, including rare shirts, shields, programmes and more donated by the WRU, and a wall featuring a timeline charting the history of Welsh rugby from 1881 to the present, it’s a serious rugby pub for serious fans. As well as Brains Brewery ales on tap, there’s one option on the food menu that is sure to stand out: Nugget’s black and blue burger. Made with prime Welsh beef, worcester sauce and blue stilton, it is the result of a collaboration with former rugby star-turned-chef, Martyn Williams, who boasts 100 caps for Wales and knows a thing or two about being black and blue. Chip Shop AlleyWith such a small city centre, restaurants in Cardiff are in great demand on match days. For a quick and satisfying bite to eat near the stadium, laywer and Wales fan Nick Evans suggests heading to Caroline Street, known locally as Chip Shop Alley. Something of a Cardiff institution, grab yourself the Welsh version of Quebec’s poutine – a portion of chips, cheese and gravy or curry sauce. There’s an ongoing local debate about whether Tony’s or Dorothy’s is best – the prevailing opinion, including Nick’s, is that the latter has the edge. 4. Mint and MustardBursting with the flavours of south-west India, Mint and Mustard is definitely up there in the running for Wales’ best curry house. Inspired by the cuisine of Kerala, which is very influenced by seafood, the dishes leaving the restaurant’s pass have earned wide critical acclaim; from Michelin to The Sunday Times. The scallops simmered in lemon zest coconut milk is definitely worth a look in.5. Goat MajorOpposite the impressive gates to Cardiff Castle, this small ale house gets busy on match days drawing crowds in for a pint of Brains Brewery ale paired with a pie. It’s something of a speciality which keeps rugby goers coming back for more though numbers are limited on the door to stop it getting overcrowded. Scratching your head about the name? The Royal Welsh regiment has a goat for a mascot and a special handler styled as the ‘Goat Major’. Shenkin the goat and the Goat Major have famously led the teams out at the start of Wales rugby Internationals at the Millennium Stadium. Don’t worry – you weren’t seeing things. Prince of WalesWith its giant screens, the Prince of Wales is a crowd pleaser during rugby internationals. Bigger than the Goat Major, it is just four-minutes walk to the stadium from door to door. Cheap and cheerful with good food served all day, this Weatherspoons pub is built inside the old Prince of Wales Theatre, retaining all of its period features and theatrical touches including its old balconies. Hopefully it won’t be exit stage right for your team.center_img RelatedWorld’s 7 best rugby stadiums you have to visitGet set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Birmingham for rugby fansCheck out our pick of places to eat and drink in Brum, ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.12 top places to drink and party post-match during the Rugby World CupNot ready to call it a day after the rugby? Discover the best post-match party spots!last_img read more

Tear gas used on Turkish Cypriot protesters

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouTurkish Cypriot farmers returned to the ‘ministry of agriculture’ with drums and clarinets after their unsuccessful attempt to cross to the south in an effort to involve Greek Cypriots in their protests against the ‘government’ on Friday.The farmers, angered by the refusal of the authorities to keep barley prices low, were shouting “we want our salaries in euros, we are going to the south” and “we want to sell our milk in euros” on their way to the Ledra Palace crossing.Police and security forces in the north used tear gas to disperse the crowd heading to the checkpoint and also blocked access to the crossing.According to Turkish Cypriot sources, a journalist of TV station and newspaper ‘Dialogue’ was taken to hospital by ambulance because he fainted due to the tear gas.Another person was slightly injured.The protesters then moved back to the area of the ‘parliament’ near the Turkish embassy but when a strong police presence prevented them from gathering in front of the building they marched to the ‘ministry of agriculture’ where they continued their demonstration.For the third day in a row, the farmers clashed with police while attempting to drive their tanks into the yard of the ‘agriculture ministry’ to protest against the plummeting of the Turkish lira in the morning. They did not manage to get past security forces.Photo: CNATurkish media reported that a delegation of the livestock farmers union headed by their leader met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci earlier on.The meeting started at 10.30am and they were joined by ‘prime minister’ Tufan Erhurman after one hour.Just before noon, the farmers withdrew, with their leader Mustafa Naimogullari saying there was no agreement and they would continue to protest.He noted the union has met with officials for three days without them understanding the problems of the livestock breeders.The ‘government’, he added, “is now counting even cents”.Naimogullari explained the farmers are not only demonstrating for their own sector but are also explaining that all sectors are at the brink of bankruptcy.“We are not like the other unions which calculate the cents for working hours. Our aim is to explain the difficulties the place is going through,” he said. “We came to ask the question of where the country will go when the entire production chain collapses.”“Even worse days are waiting for us. If only cents count, I and the members of the board of directors [of the breeders’ union] are not responsible for what will happen from now on.”According to the Cyprus News Agency, unions on Wednesday handed 70 proposals to the government offering solutions to the crisis.On Thursday a delegation of the protesters had a five-hour meeting with ‘prime minister’ Erhurman and the ‘agriculture and finance ministers’ but again did not reach an agreement.In the evening, a number of trade unions held a march in the northern part of Nicosia. Turnout was lower than the organisers expected, with CyBC reporting that only 500 to 600 people showed up.You May LikePurch ExpertCPAP Makers Scrambling After New Snoring Fix UnveiledPurch ExpertUndoKayak.comFind Great Hotel Rates – Save 25% or More with KAYAKKayak.comUndoLivestlyThese New Cross-Bred Dogs Will Make Today’s Breeds Go ExtinctLivestlyUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more