Barney Ronay Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Yorkshire Topics The Observer Somerset County cricket: Chanderpaul helps Lancashire batsmen dig in – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The ripples of that curious incident in Cape Town have not completely subsided. One consequence has been that Cameron Bancroft never made it to Somerset; he was hastily replaced by another Australian Matt Renshaw, whose visit to his grandmother in the north of England mid-April was suddenly overtaken by a significant career move.There are now those in Taunton who are quietly delighted by the shenanigans of Steve Smith and Warner against the South Africans, which eventually led to the acquisition of Renshaw. For it is highly unlikely that Bancroft, even if his life had not been thrown into turmoil, could have contributed quite as Renshaw has done in his first two games for Somerset. Support The Guardian County Championship Division One ECB should not tap its feet for four years before embracing Jofra Archer Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email Against Worcestershire last week he hit a vital century in the first innings. Here was something more spectacular. Renshaw thumped a hundred before lunch in 86 balls, including 14 fours and four sixes. He is supposed to be a bit of a blocker but take the Yorkshireman out of Yorkshire and then pitch him against Yorkshire and anything can happen.Renshaw got off the mark with a six; he reached his 50 with a six and on 94 he hooked another over the ropes. It is unlikely that any first-class batsman has ever done that before.Maybe Renshaw has worked out that on these early-season pitches there is no point in hanging around since there is a ball around the corner with your name on it. It is imperative to make the opposition bowl badly. Certainly he imposed himself with pulls, hooks and meaty bottom-handed drives that sailed over the heads of Yorkshire’s opening bowlers.As the day progressed, the value of Renshaw’s runs soared as if in a bull market. The wickets just kept falling after a surreal morning in which Renshaw caused havoc. At one point Somerset were 145 for one, George Bartlett having offered fine assistance to his new team-mate. Then they lost nine wickets for 71 (all out 216) with Jack Brooks, as ever, recognising the virtue of pitching the ball up and letting it swing. Only Craig Overton of the rest of the Somerset batsmen threatened much resistance as they all kept playing their shots.Yorkshire tried to go about things in a more traditional manner in reply but that did not work any better. They were bowled out for 96 despite facing more overs than Somerset. There was the handicap of losing Adam Lyth to a wanton run-out before a run had been scored. Then the Somerset seamers set to work. No matter the temperature was in single figures with stoic spectators huddled in their anoraks yet still spellbound by the rapid progress of the match. The wine-dark Duke ball kept swinging. Harry Brook countered impressively; Cheteshwar Pujara and Gary Ballance tried blocking but could make no progress. Share on Twitter match reports Share on Messenger Cricket Read more Then with Yorkshire on 64 for four there was mayhem. In consecutive overs Tim Groenewald and Lewis Gregory both found themselves on a hat-trick. Groenewald benefited from two slip catches by Marcus Trescothick, then Gregory, who was managing to swing the ball in both directions – though not with the same delivery – dispatched the Jacks, Leaning and Brooks: 64 for four had become 64 for eight, then 96 all out.If the wickets had been taken by spinners there would have been outrage and calls for points deductions. But heigh-ho, it is April. That is what happens. There was time for Renshaw to return to the crease for two overs and, to the home side’s delight, he was still there alongside Trescothick at the close. Since you’re here… Reuse this content
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Stony Brook University’s 2013 “Stars of Stony Brook” Gala will honor one of its own this year, actor-director-writer-educator and six-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Alan Alda, on Wednesday, April 24 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.Mr. Alda is being honored for his central role in creating and growing The Center for Communicating Science (CCS) at Stony Brook University. A vital new approach to education, The Center works to enhance the understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively – via techniques including improvisational theater workshops – with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. Since 2009, Mr. Alda has served as a founding board member, frequent visiting professor and media ambassador for CCS, which operates under the auspices of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and its founding dean, Howard Schneider.“As people increasingly become aware of the challenges facing our world, scientists must be able to communicate effectively so those issues are better understood,” said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation, Chairman of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees and Co-Chair with James H. Simons of the Stars of Stony Brook Gala. “The Center for Communicating Science is the single most important resource working in this arena today. It was very much the brainchild of Mr. Alda, and continues to be powered by his vision, passion and on-going personal involvement.”Mr. Alda has had a lifelong passion for science. After interviewing more than 700 scientists in his role as host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers, he realized how important it is for scientists to possess strong communication skills. To meet this need, he played an important role in creating Stony Brook’s Center for Communicating Science and remains actively involved in its work, including championing workshops that use improvisational theater games to help scientists communicate more directly and personally.“We are truly honored and privileged to be recognizing Alan Alda and The Center for Communicating Science at this year’s gala,” said Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Alan represents the best in us, a man who is using his experience and public profile for a groundbreaking and sorely-needed educational first that can benefit all of mankind.”The Center for Communicating Science (CCS) was established in 2009 at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York, with the cooperation of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. It is located within the Stony Brook School of Journalism, with a multidisciplinary steering committee of science faculty members.CCS works to enhance the understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, the press and the many decision-makers outside of their own discipline. Central to its mission is the belief that scientists have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work, and that an engaged public encourages sound public decision-making. In addition, the ability to communicate directly and vividly can enhance scientists’ career prospects, helping them secure funding, collaborate across disciplines, compete for positions, and serve as effective teachers.CCS offers a range of instructional programs for science graduate students and scientists, including workshops, conferences, lectures, and coaching opportunities, as well as credit-bearing courses offered through the School of Journalism.The Center’s groundbreaking “Improvisation for Scientists” is a three-hour workshop spearheaded by Mr. Alda. The goal of schooling scientists in improv theater techniques is not to turn them into actors, but to free them to talk about their work more spontaneously and directly, to pay dynamic attention to their listeners and to connect personally with their audience. Now in its second year, “The Flame Challenge” presents a challenge to scientists around the globe, to communicate complex science in a way that will interest and inform an 11-year-old. The question put to the worldwide science community in 2012, “What is a flame?” garnered participation of over 800 scientists and was ultimately judged by 10,000 11-year-olds around the world. The 2013 campaign, which poses the complex question “What is time?” has more than doubled with 20,000 students participating worldwide. As in 2012, the winner of this year’s competition will be announced by Mr. Alda at The World Science Festival in June.CCS is today also working to develop new approaches to curriculum and establish a clearinghouse for best practices and a supportive network of institutions working to improve public communication of science. For more information, click here.The Stars of Stony Brook Gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM at Chelsea Piers, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM. 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Rabat – Police in Fez have arrested more than two thousand criminals between September 15 and October 5th.Media24 quoted sources from local authorities in Fez stating that operations conducted by police services in Fez between September 15 and October 5 led to the arrest of over 2,645 criminals.1,871 of the suspects have been brought to justice in Fez, the same source added. 1,293 of these arrests account for suspects caught red-handed for different offences and crimes, and the other 635 account for individuals with arrest warrants issued nationally for serious crimes and offenses, such as theft, assault, battery, and drug trafficking. The same source pointed out that these intense, ongoing operations are part of the General Direction of National Security’s (DGSN) strategy to ensure citizens’ security, protect their properties and preserve public order via the reinforcement of preventive measures to counter crime.According to a report issued last July by the Ministry of Interior,Fez, the second largest city of Morocco, has also the second largest number of crimes in Morocco, after Casablanca.The report also noted that the number of crimes and offenses recorded during the first seven months of the current year amounted to about 425 thousand cases, at the national level.43% of the total cases registered at the national level constituted offenses against people and their property. Of the 43%, 183,000 cases were crimes and offenses that affected public security.
WASHINGTON — Despite all of his attacks on the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump says Chairman Jerome Powell’s job is safe.Asked in an interview with Fox News if Powell’s job was safe, Trump says, “It’s safe. Yes, it’s safe. I mean, sure, why not.”In the interview broadcast Thursday, Trump did keep up his criticism of Powell and the Fed, saying they raised interest rates too quickly last year and were cutting rates too slowly this year. The president noted that while some people had hoped for a half-percentage point cut in rates on Wednesday, the Fed cut rates by only a quarter-point.After the rate cut was announced Wednesday, Trump tweeted, “Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve Fail Again. No ‘guts,’ no sense. No vision! A terrible communicator.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
In a message delivered on his behalf by Shashi Tharoor, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Mr. Annan said the development of new technologies is making information more widely available than ever, and introducing new voices into debates.But he said the new information and communication technologies should never be considered as ends in themselves.”Ultimately, ‘what’ is communicated is far more important than ‘how’ something is communicated,” he said. The three-day summit in Kuala Lumpur concluded today.Stressing the dramatic impact being wrought by new technologies, including the Internet, Mr. Annan’s message emphasized the importance of ensuring that those technologies are used to promote tolerance instead of division.”None of this will come about by accident…freedom is not only a human right; it is also an indispensable condition for economic and social progress.”Mr. Annan urged policy-makers attending the Asian media summit to play an active role in the debate ahead of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, which is scheduled to take place in Tunisia next year.
Nova Scotia spending $390 million to twin key highways, without road tolls by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government’s decision Wednesday to commit $390 million over seven years to improve highways was welcomed with relief by the chief of a small rural fire department in the province’s northeast.Among the three sections of 100-series highway to be twinned beginning in 2018 is a 38-kilometre stretch of Highway 104 near Barneys River, which has seen at least 15 fatal collisions and 372 accidents since 2009.Joe MacDonald, chief of the Barneys River Volunteer Fire Department, said the announcement by Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan would not only save lives, it would also help relieve the burden placed on his small cadre of volunteers.“We’ve experienced our fair share of those numbers, probably more than the other departments, and it runs our volunteer firemen to the brink,” said MacDonald. “It will help save us and retain members.”The funding, announced in advance of an expected election campaign, will also see the building of the four-lane Burnside connector between Burnside and Bedford in suburban Halifax.The announcement came after nearly two years of study on the possible use of tolls as a means of paying for the work.But MacLellan said feedback from 14 public meetings made it clear tolls weren’t wanted.“Now it’s definitive. Nova Scotians are not interested in toll highways, but they want us to build twinned highways as quick as we can to the capacity that we can.”The twinning projects include:— Highway 101, Three Mile Plains to Falmouth, including the Windsor Causeway (9.5 kilometres) at an estimated cost of $90 million— Highway 103, Tantallon to Hubbards (22 kilometres) at an estimated cost of $140 million— Highway 104, Sutherlands River to Antigonish, including Barneys River (38 kilometres) at an estimated cost of $285 millionThe funding includes $30 million for safety improvements for highways not being twinned. That work involves improving grades at intersections, adding passing and climbing lanes and adding turning lanes.MacLellan said the government would also remove tolls from the Cobequid Pass between Amherst and Truro by 2019 — but only for Nova Scotia motorists. The government is still studying whether to continue tolls for commercial trucks and non-residents.“Any policy on the tolls will impact a lot of people,” MacLellan said. “But we thought it would be the right thing to do to let people know that they will be receiving that break once the bond (on the pass) is paid.”Department officials said about half the revenue from the Cobequid Pass tolls, about $19 million, is collected from large commercial trucks.MacLellan said the province has applied for matching funds for the highway projects under the federal infrastructure program.Grant Feltmate, executive director of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, said the new plan was good news for the province.“A lot of that work is going to be done in rural Nova Scotia,” said Feltmate. “For that amount of money, probably over the total duration of that work, I would guess something in the order of 3,000 good paying jobs.”
Washington3.627.92614 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. Miami4.128.01513 NY Giants4.033.9168 Houston3.824.82419 Minnesota4.028.31912 Cleveland4.123.21022 The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 Denver4.021.21826 Philadelphia4.534.547 Seattle3.318.23230 Chicago4.119.51429 Arizona3.444.0301 Oakland4.137.5113 Detroit3.318.03131 San Francisco4.127.31316 Dallas4.336.665 NY Jets4.030.52010 Cincinnati3.719.62528 Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Kansas City4.722.9223 Buffalo4.028.92111 Green Bay4.124.61220 Indianapolis3.620.02727 LA Rams4.522.6324 New Orleans5.121.5%125 Carolina3.642.0282 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Baltimore4.227.0817 Tennessee3.931.0239 Atlanta4.217.3732 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 New England4.427.7515 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box
Fifty-eight-year-old Courtney Demonick was earlier today jailed for four years by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus after he pleaded guilty to the possession of 89.23 kilograms of cannabis and 20g of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Demonick of Lot 82 St. Stephen Street, Charlestown was taken into custody on Tuesday last after ranks of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) swooped down on his house and unearthed the illegal substance.In addition to the possession of 89.23kg of cannabis, he was also slapped with being in the possession of another 1.564kg of ganja at the said location.The large quantity of ganja unearthed at the Charlestown homeAfter an early mitigation plea, Demonick was sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined $8.4 million. For the second charge he was fined $50,000 and sentenced to one year imprisonment. These sentences will run concurrently.Demonic was also lucky to have 12 months deducted from his prison sentences since the court was informed that he fully cooperated with CANU during their investigation.Moreover, co-accused twenty-three- year old Ebony Craig, of Lamaha Springs, Georgetown was acquitted of the charge brought against her.CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford told the court that Demonic was under CANU’s radar for a lengthy period prior to the raid.However, she noted that ranks only invaded the property after they saw the accused placing black plastic bags into a minibus that was parked outside his home.The man was also allegedly seen placing several other bulky plastic bags into a motor car bearing registration numbers PPP 3008.As such, CANU ranks intercepted Demonick and carried out a search in the same motorcar where the 1.564 kg of marijuana was found.A warrant was also issued for a search to be carried out on his premises. The search unearthed 89.23 kg of cannabis and 20g of cocaine inside the kitchen and bedroom area.In his defense, Demonick apologized for his actions as he explained he only did it for his children. “I have a little son, who is four and he suffers from bronchitis and I have to take care of him… I know it was a bad choice, but it was a choice I had to make when it come to my children,” he told the Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of 3 fined $8.4M, jailed for drug trafficking; claims “I did it for my children”February 1, 2019In “Court”Carpenter gets 3 years for 12 grams of ganjaMarch 8, 2019In “Court”Timehri man takes rap for cocaine in fire extinguisherApril 26, 2019In “Court”
GARDAÍ HAVE ASKED the public for help in finding a 50-year-old man who has been missing from Westmeath for more than one week.Anthony Carberry has not been seen since 18 July.Gardaí in Mullingar have appealed to anyone who may have seen a man walking on the N4 road from Mullingar to Edgeworthstown between 11.30pm on Friday 18 July and 5am on Saturday 19 July to contact them.Anthony is described as being 6 feet 4, of stocky build and with brown hair. When he was last seen he was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms and a grey t-shirt.Gardaí have asked anyone with information to contact Mullingar garda station on 044 938 4000.
Strap on your McFlys and rev up your Flux Capacitors, because it’s here! Telltale Games‘s eagerly anticipated new adventure game based on the classic time-travel 80s comedy, Back to the Future has finally been released, and you can grab it now through Steam or their official website on both PC and Mac.I’ve been playing Back to the Future: The Gamea little bit over the last couple of days, and so far I’m impressed. True, it’s hard to follow the quality of the original trilogy: the first film in particularly might be the most strongly plotted movie of all time. Still, the character designs are fantastic, the humor quirky, and the little details — right down to a Huey Lewis and the News score — all lovingly included.We’ve already spent some time marveling at Telltale’s excellent replacement for Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a voice actor by the name of A.J. Locascio. He’s as amazing in the game as he was in the preview video. Christopher Lloyd actually sounds more like an imposter Doc Brown than Locascio’s McFly.We’re really digging the first episode so far. If you’re looking for a PC game to kick back with over the holidays, you could certainly do worse than Back to the Future.Read more at Back to the Future
Okay, so it’s not one of the greatest guitar battles of all-time, but it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so we’ll take what we can get. Guitar maker Gibson has scored a win in its fight against PaperJamz manufacturer WowWee.Gibson got an injunction after suing WowWee and a number of high profile retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Target, K-Mart, Toys “R” Us, and Walgreens, arguing that the musical toys are much to close to Gibson’s iconic guitar body shape. The defendants in the case are, naturally, set to appeal the decision.AdChoices广告A win for Gibson, whom TechDirt refers to as being “notoriously litigious.” The company has pulled in a good deal of money over the years licensing its decision to third-party companies. Of course, it’s got to sting that the decision came right after the Christmas holiday. The damage (that is, if one can really successfully argue that promoting the Gibson icon really constitutes “damage) has already been done, right?
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2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Mini 60 Years Edition gives every day a vintage feel 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 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. 81 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 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. Comments 52 Photos More about 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid 39 Photos Hatchbacks 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. 4 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. Review • 2018 Mini Countryman PHEV: The biggest, most efficient Mini 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 68 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 10 Photos Share your voice Car Industry 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 12 Photos Share your voice 49 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 69 Photos 0 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 26 Photos 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. Tags Post a comment More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Enlarge ImageHard to believe it’s been 60 years already. Mini It’s been 60 years since the original Mini graced the planet with its presence, and the automaker has a new special edition to commemorate that introduction.The Mini 60 Years edition will be available in both three-door and five-door configurations. It rocks a shade of British Racing Green paint, as one does, but other colors are available, too. The roof and mirror caps can be finished in black or white, and the exterior gets a few unique 60th-anniversary bits on the hood and fenders, in addition to unique alloy wheels.Those birthday baubles continue inside, where the 60 Years logo can be found on the trim finishers, front headrests and steering wheel. There’s even a set of LED puddle lamps that displays the logo on the ground when opening the driver’s door. The steering wheel and seats are finished in a unique shade of leather with contrasting stitching and piping.As with every other Mini model, the 60 Years Edition can be equipped to high heaven with options. There’s a package that adds LED headlights and LED taillights with a Union Jack design, a package that adds interior ambient lighting, in addition to standard equipment like automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers.Around the world, the Mini 60 Years Edition can be had with four different engines, two gas and two diesel. Here in the US, it’s unclear if the car can be equipped with either gas engine available to us Yanks, whether it’s the base model’s 134-horsepower gas I4 or the Cooper S’ hotter, 189-horsepower four-pot. Either way, the Mini 60 Years Edition is a fun way to throw it back without having to actually live in the past. 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. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 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. 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. Mini 71 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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags Mini,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. 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.
Fifty-three racers are taking on Alaska’s vast wilderness under their own power as part of the the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The race follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik to Nome. It’s billed as the world’s longest ultra marathon by bike, foot, or ski.While most of the 53 competitors are headed the 350 miles to McGrath, a group of about a dozen are on the 1000 mile trek to Nome following the southern Iditarod route.The race functions as an invitational for good reason. Competitors are vetted by race officials based on their abilities to be self-sufficient in extreme conditions. Many qualify based on other ultra races, and some get their first green light to McGrath by attending 5-day training camps held by the race organizers in the Mat-Su Valley.“We offer very little support, and we wanna keep it that way. It’s an adventure and these people have to be prepared,” race director Kathi Merchant said. “But also they’re very much on their own and they do enjoy that solitude and the experience of the wilderness of Alaska. They don’t want an aid station every 10 miles and people everywhere.”While completing either the 350- or 1000-mile trails can be an end in itself, in recent years several racers have upped the ante. Ultrarunner David Johnston last year smashed the 350-mile foot record, reaching McGrath in just over four days. That same year, Fairbanks fatbiker Kevin Breitenbach blazed hard-packed trails to McGrath in 2 days, 4 hours and 43 minutes, clocking times significantly faster than lead Iditarod sled dog teams.For Breitenbach, sleep is a luxury.“With trails as hard as they are I think you can kind of hammer yourself, and then take a bit of time to relax and get some rest,” Breitenbach said. “But last year I slept a total of an hour and plan on something about the same this year.“I think no matter how often you do this race, you never feel prepared for it, and I feel that same way right now. If you don’t have nerves, you’re probably doing something wrong.”The ITI allows racers traveling to Nome 30 days for an official finish. With bike and foot records of just over 10 and 20 days and far fewer finishers, just completing the long-form ITI is the goal for many. Frank Janssens, from Belgium, is hoping to complete his first trip to bike by Nome after having to turn back in 2014.“I done it last year, but I had to scratch after Galena, so I turned back in Galena, so this is kind of a revenge for me this year trying to go to Nome. I try to show that I’m calm, but inside I’m not calm,” Janssens said.This year, more than half the racers are from outside Alaska. Pittsburgh attorney Tim Hewitt holds several foot records and has found the challenges of the ITI irresistible. He’s completed the course to Nome nine times on foot. This year, he’s going by bike.“People say, are you nuts, why do you keep going back? But every time, it really is a different experience, every time you get to Nome, you think I’m never doing this again, it’s ridiculous, and within a month or two there’s a magnetism about just being out there in the wilderness,” Hewitt said.“It’s a wonderful experience. If you can get back here, I think most everybody would.”No cash prizes await the champions, but something keeps them coming back for more.Download Audio
London: An Indian Army veteran has claimed that Khalistanis, the secessionists demanding a separate homeland in the sovereign territory of India, are getting support from Pakistani Muslims in Britain and Canada. He is also of the opinion that some Gurdwaras in these countries are the facilitators of the so-called movement and they have been pumping huge money and material to keep it alive. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “The major inflow of funds is coming from Canada and the United Kingdom. However, the governments of those respective countries are not giving support. In the United Kingdom, a large Muslim community from Pakistan lives and this is a very vociferous community,” said Major General (Retd.) Dhruv C. Katoch “These people are also in touch with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan. They are trying to create a sort of movement within the United Kingdom, so basically the foreign funding or the foreign support comes from the two countries,” he added. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Pakistan has for years been working on its agenda of subverting peace and harmony in India and it has been working relentlessly to achieve its aims. On social media, several videos have gone viral where ISI-funded members of the Sikh community were seen shouting pro-Khalistan slogans along with Pakistanis during the ICC World Cup match in the United Kingdom. Advertise With Us Katoch believes the pro-Khalistan propaganda is a long devious design perpetrated by the Pakistani intelligence agencies to create a dent on India’s sovereignty. “Pakistan continues to put its hands where it should not”, he said. “They are playing a very dirty game and this destabilizing effort and I think Pakistan needs to be told categorically that they must remember that when Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a Sikh kingdom, the capital was at Lahore and when they try to create a monster called Khalistan, I think it will lead to the break-up of Pakistan, the way it is currently situated”. The Khalistan separatist movement was completely squashed by the Indian security forces in the 90s as hundreds of innocent people lost their lives due to militancy. Since then, Pakistan has been making desperate attempts to gain a foothold in India. However, it has failed to gather any traction amongst the masses of Punjab. The foreign support provided in the form of man and material by Islamabad has proven to be of no benefit as all their diabolic plots have been busted by the vigilant Indian forces.
New Delhi : The government has set up one- stop centres in 33 states and Union Territories across the country under the Nirbhaya Fund and provided Rs 2,250 crore under 29 programmes to ensure women safety, Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said the government has also set up 1,023 fast track courts under the Nirbhaya fund for providing early justice to the aggrieved women. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “The Nirbhaya Fund was set up in 2013 and till July 17, 2019, Rs 2,250 crore in funds have been sent to states to implement 29 programmes for ensuring women safety,” she told the House. She lamented that till 2014, only one project towards women safety was approved but that too was not implemented. Irani said one-stop centres are being set up in 33 states and UTs and a total of 2.20 lakh women have been helped so far in the country through such centres. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us She said the Nirbhaya Fund is being managed directly by the Finance ministry and funds are cleared by it, while an empowered committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, only gives its comments on whether the projects come under the purview of the Fund. In her written reply, the minister said the Nirbhaya Framework provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund for safety and security of women to be administered by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Government of India. Advertise With Us “Setting up of special courts is under the domain of State Governments and High Courts. However, as part of the proposed National Mission for Safety of women (NMSW), a Scheme on the lines of other Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for setting up Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) has been formulated for expeditious trial and disposal of pending cases of rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act. “The Empowered Committee (EC) of Officers constituted under the Framework for Nirbhaya Fund has appraised the project for setting up of FTSCs at a total financial outlay of Rs 767.25 crores,” she said in her reply.
Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 It feels like we have seen every kind of Harry Potter merchandise that could possibly be associated with the hit franchise, and yet here we are, almost 20 years after the release of the first book, freaking out about the latest line of kawaii wizarding items that just hit the market.Harry Potter store display at the Kiddyland in Tennoji, Japan. Photo by Yuki Tokushige.Yeah, you heard me. Kawaii Harry Potter, everyone! The great minds over at toy store Kiddyland in Japan have just released this adorable new series of magical goods for their “Harry Potter & Fanta-bi Fest.” That’s right. They shortened Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to something even more kawaii, by making it “Fanta-bi.” Ugh, it’s killing us with the cuteness, and we love it. AdChoices广告The new line of goods includes adorable chibi versions of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. Here are a series of various sized plush, as well as cute printed towel sets.The new art can also be purchased on tote bags, make up bags, pillows, and mini face towels. Oh my stars.And of course, there is some merch to celebrate the soon-to-be-released Fanta-bi, with towels, pens, and plastic file folders. Wait, where’s our chibi version of Newt? We want one ASAP please!The items are available exclusively at select Kiddyland stores in Japan until October 21st, so wave your wands and transport yourselves to Japan if you want to get them!
(PhysOrg.com) — Evatran, a company from Virginia in the US, has developed a working prototype of a plugless induction charger for electric and hybrid vehicles, and demonstrated the system at this week’s Plug In conference in San Jose, California. Smart Charger Controller simplifies electric vehicle recharging (w/Video) More information: www.pluglesspower.com/ To recharge a vehicle’s battery using the system, the vehicle parks at a Plugless Power station over a floor-mounted parking block, which automatically aligns itself with a special adapter fitted to the vehicle and begins charging. There is no flow of electricity between the vehicle and parking block and no plugs or cables. The system operates by electrical induction, which is the principle behind the electrical transformer. In this process electrical current flowing into a primary source produces a flow of current into a secondary source, without using plugs or cords. Induction charging provides the convenience of wireless “hands-free” charging, but the down side is that power loss during charging can reach 20 percent. Evatron says the system is 80 percent efficient at the moment, but hopes to reach 90 percent efficiency by the time production units are released.The system has three major components: an adapter fitted on the vehicle, a parking block, which is a long flat pad on the ground underneath the vehicle at the charging station or in the garage, and a control tower plugged into the grid. Essentially, the adapter and parking block form two separated halves of an electrical transformer.The vehicle adapter and parking block both contain metal coils. When a vehicle parks over the block the coils inside the block move under the guidance of magnetic sensors until they are aligned to within 6-8 cm of the coils in the adapter. The tower converts mains electricity into the correct frequency for the charger to use. When the coils are lined up, electricity in the control tower creates a strong magnetic field in the coils in the parking block, and this induces an electrical current to flow in the coils in the vehicle adapter to charge the batteries.Induction chargers have been used in portable devices such as mobile phones and electric toothbrushes, and for medical implants, but this is the first time such a system has been tried for electric and hybrid vehicles. Evatran’s corporate trade show video. A pilot program will run during 2010, and the final version is expected to be released in April next year. Evatron is inviting pioneer electric and hybrid vehicle owners to join in their field trials. Citation: Plugless Power soon to arrive for electric and hybrid vehicles (2010, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-plugless-power-electric-hybrid-vehicles.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further 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.
July 28, 2011 433 Views Plummeting refinance applications crimped “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA) mortgage loan applications over June, according to a report issued by the federal agency, with total volume falling 22 percent less than volume at the same time last year.[IMAGE]The “”Single-Family Outlook report””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=ol0611.pdf, a monthly review of application insurance statistics, covers an array of housing sector data, including claims, delinquency, and endorsement information, according the federal agency’s Web site.The FHA attributed the plunge to a 50 percent decline in year-over-year numbers for refinance applications. Data from June last year suggests a sharp decline in refinance loan applications, which dropped from 69,876 to 35,367 the same month this year. [COLUMN_BREAK]Overall loan applications totaled 131,796 in June, as compared with 168,915 in the same month last year. Meanwhile, refinance transactions fell to 74,370 from 115,831, reflecting a 29 percent drop. The FHA also said that it endorsed 5,857 high-end conforming mortgages. Spokespeople for neither “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD nor the FHA could be immediately reached for comment.Approved FHA loans fell by 33 percent in June in contrast with numbers from the same month last year, with the agency backing 101,469 mortgages in 2011 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a marked decline when viewed alongside 150,911 completed loans in 2010. Average processing times came out to 9.4 weeks, with the application and closing periods taking up to 6.1 weeks on average and 3.3 weeks from closed applications to endorsements.Among insured single-family mortgages, the FHA showed a 7,151,199-strong portfolio, alongside an overall balance of $994.6 billion. Purchase loan applications also saw a dip in year-over-year averages. The FHA reported 87,674 purchase applications in June this year, as compared with 89,951 applications in the same month last year, reflecting a 9.7 percent decrease.The outlook yielded 74,370 completed purchase money mortgages in June this year, substantially down from 115,831 from the same month in 2010. Homebuyers secured FHA loans with an average FICO score of 699 in June, up from 698 last year. FHA HUD Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Processing Refinance Service Providers 2011-07-28 Ryan Schuette FHA: Total Loan Origination Volume Falls in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share