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first_imgMan City will be without their in-form striker Sergio Aguero who suffered a knee injury recentlyEnglish champion Manchester City face several challenges on Wednesday when it strives to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League.Seeking to avoid a group stage exit for the second time in three seasons, City’s injury- and suspension-hit team needs at least a point against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and some assistance from already-qualified Bayern Munich in the other Group E match.Manager Manuel Pellegrini’s squad could be without arguably its best four players.Star midfielder Yaya Toure is suspended, top scorer Sergio Aguero is out with a serious knee injury, sustained on Saturday, and playmaker David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany are major injury doubts.Bayern has already won the group with 12 points while the other three clubs have five points each.Roma can advance with a win, while CSKA needs a first-ever victory in Germany, plus a draw, or a City win, in the other match.If City loses, it will finish last and fail to qualify for the Europa League.Here are some more things to know about Wednesday’s matches:VETERAN EXPERTISERoma is still feeling the psychological impact of its 7-1 home thrashing by Bayern, but has maintained second place in Serie A, relying on veterans like 38-year-old captain Francesco Totti and 33-year-old right back Maicon.Maicon had an unimpressive stay at City in 2012-13, when he was slowed by injury, but has returned to form with the Giallorossi this season and last – and was one of the bright spots for Brazil at the World Cup.advertisement”I would love to have his charisma and acceleration,” said Roma winger Alessandro Florenzi, who filled in at fullback when Maicon was rested during a draw against Sassuolo at the weekend. “He’s a player who creates fear for the opponent even if he’s at 50 percent. And he settles the club down.”Maicon has been the one of the few bright spots in a Roma defense that was torn apart in the thrashing by Bayern in October.Roma forwards Gervinho and Miralem Pjanic are expected to play despite minor injuries.ABSENT AGUEROManager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted Sergio Aguero’s absence in Italy is a monumental blow.The Argentina international scored a hat trick to propel City to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Bayern Munich two weeks ago.”Sergio was in a very good moment and he is a decisive player for our team,” Pellegrini said after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Everton.”It is impossible in this moment to know how long Sergio will be out. It is very difficult when you have a problem with your ligament to recover in three days. I always say this team is not just about Aguero.”CHRISTMAS PARTYBayern is already qualified and sure to win the group, but the team want to give their fans something extra ahead of Christmas.”There will be a lot of people in the stadium and we want to make them happy,” said midfielder Sebastian Rode. “That’s our job.”Rode also promised Bayern would not take the match lightly.”The fans want to see a proper match,” he said.Rode joined Bayern this summer from Eintracht Frankfurt. He was not given much hope of making an impact in the star-studded squad, but has been something of a revelation. Rode was responsible for turning around the match in the 1-0 win over Leverkusen last weekend.”The coach has made it clear he values me from the very first day and the best evidence of that is the increasing amount of playing time I’m getting,” he said. “I know I did everything right by joining Bayern and I’ve already learned a huge amount from my teammates and the coach, but I want more.”FAMILIAR OPPONENTSThis will be the fourth meeting in little more than a year between Bayern and CSKA.Bayern won 3-0 and 3-1 in last season’s group stage and won 1-0 in Moscow in September, courtesy of a first-half penalty from Thomas Mueller.last_img read more

first_imgPatna, Sep 21 (PTI) RJD supremo Lalu Prasads son in-law Tej Pratap Singh Yadav will campaign for Samajwadi Party (SP) in the Bihar Assembly elections, a SP leader said today. Yadav, the SP MP from Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, will come to Bihar during Assembly polls and campaign for his partys candidates, Bihar unit SP president Ramchandra Singh Yadav told reporters. “Politics and familial relations are separate things… Tej Pratap Singh Yadav is a SP leader first and a relative or son in-law of anybody later,” he said. It may be mentioned that Yadav, a third generation politician from the SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadavs family, was married to RJD supremo Lalu Prasads youngest daughter Raj Laxmi at a high-profile function in Delhi earlier this year. However, the bonhomie between the RJD supremo and the SP chief did not last for long as the latter dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar earlier this month in protest against the number of seats alloted to the SP. (MORE) PTI KDK DKB ISHlast_img read more

first_imgKaushal Silva’s timely return to form with a century put Sri Lanka in command of the third test against Australia as the hosts reached 312-8 at stumps on the fourth day Tuesday.Silva’s third test hundred came after a string of failures that yielded him just 18 runs in his last five test innings. (SCORECARD)Having conceded a first innings lead of 24 runs, Sri Lanka is now leading by 288 runs, already a formidable chase for the visitors on a wearing, final-day pitch.Silva came into bat at No. 3 because of a finger injury and spent six hours at the crease and hit 10 boundaries in a patient, watchful knock.Sri Lanka scored 355 in its first innings and Australia made 379.Sri Lanka leads the three-match series 2-0.last_img read more

first_imgAlabama fans cheer during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 21: Fans cheer as they celebrate in the final seconds of the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-7 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Week 9 of the 2018 college football season is wrapping up. While there weren’t any truly massive upsets, much of the college football universe shaken up, as several top 25 teams lost.The list of undefeated teams grew smaller, too.There are now just four teams left unbeaten.Those four teams:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameUCFAfter 9 weeks, 4 undefeated teams remain:Alabama ClemsonNotre DameUCF— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) October 28, 2018How many of these four teams will be left unbeaten at the end of the regular season? We’ll set the over/under at 2.5.last_img read more

first_imgCORNWALL, Ont. – After almost four minutes, Cornwall Coun. Bernadette Clement was done asking what she said must have been 20 questions. “Let’s see what you got,” she said, drawing a chuckle from the small but packed public gallery of her eastern Ontario city’s council chamber.Louis Dumas, a director general in the Immigration Department, had the floor. But as was laid bare at this week’s public meeting, there were no easy answers to the challenges posed by the federal government’s decision to move hundreds of Haitian asylum seekers to Cornwall. A military-built tent city is being erected on the grounds of a conference centre to house them while their claims are being processed.Clement and her fellow city councillors peppered Dumas and, to a lesser extent, a senior official from the Canada Border Services Agency with questions.The exchanges depicted the uphill battle Ottawa faces in responding to the flood of almost 7,000 Haitian asylum seekers crossing from the United States into Quebec in the last six weeks. The new arrivals fear the Trump administration will revoke the “temporary protected status” they were granted following the devastating 2010 earthquake in their country.Here’s an analysis of some of those questions — and the attempts to answer them:1. What’s the plan for housing them in Cornwall?The tent city for 500 people being built by the military on the grounds of the posh 28-hectare Nav Centre is only an “interim solution,” its director, Kim Coe-Turner, repeatedly said. “The interim lodging solution is not a permanent thing. It’s really something to allow us to get through the month of September into October, until the bad weather comes.” The tent city is needed because the centre’s 540 rooms may now be free but the centre is fully booked for the fall months. As for what comes after October, there is no plan yet.2. How long will they be at the Nav Centre?Dumas said the vast majority want to get to Montreal where there is a large Haitian diaspora so the department is sending 24 officers to start the initial paperwork on their asylum applications. “We hope that we will be able to complete their paper process here in Cornwall within hopefully a week. And then hopefully, we’ll be able to send them onwards to Montreal.” Within a week, the government hopes to move 50 people at a time — that equals one busload — to Montreal where they can live and wait to have their claims heard. That would then allow Quebec to rotate in another 50 claimants to the Nav Centre to be processed, part of a rolling bureaucratic procession through Cornwall.3. How long will it take for the Immigration and Refugee Board to give them a hearing?Clement pressed Dumas for answers repeatedly. He said his department wants to “proceed quickly in front of the (Immigration and Refugee Board). However, because the IRB is an independent tribunal we have to respect the independence of that tribunal.” There was no mention of the internal IRB memo obtained in June by The Canadian Press showing asylum claims were expected to reach 36,000 this year — 12,000 more than 2016. The memo predicted that by the end of 2021 the number of backlogged claims could equal an 11-year wait for a hearing. The IRB may be independent, but as chair Mario Dion said in a March interview, “there is a limit to what you can do” under such a mushrooming work load.4. Can they work here and receive medical care? Can their kids go to school?Dumas said when the claimants are approved for an IRB hearing then they qualify for health and social benefits. They can also get a work permit so they can earn money while waiting for their hearing. Once that initial paperwork is done, many are expected to move to Montreal where the federal government is working with local and provincial authorities on schooling.5. And which federal department or agency is actually in charge of all this?“There’s no lead agency,” said Coun. Andre Rivette. “It flip flops every 10 minutes and that’s a concern.” Added Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy: “If the public needs information where do they go? This is important because we don’t have a lead agency to direct them to?” Dumas said he understood Cornwall’s “thirst for information” and the need for its citizens to have Ottawa appoint one point person. He said he’d take this concern back to Ottawa. For now, he said, CBSA, the Defence Department and the RCMP were all playing a role. But he said they were under the “umbrella of Public Safety,” the federal department that oversees the Mounties and the border service.— with files from Stephanie Levitzlast_img read more

first_imgTickets are now on sale for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, the first of a monthly benefit concert series with Broadway, TV, film and recording stars that will debut at The Town Hall on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 3:00pm.The concert will feature performances by Betty Buckley, Sharon Gless, Andrea Martin, Jessie Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more.“By bringing together this spectacular group of artists to celebrate the diversity and hope that makes America its best, we hope this concert will lift spirits and remind people across the country that we are stronger united and our voices will be heard over the next four years,” Rudetsky and Wesley said.Proceeds will benefit several national organizations working to protect human rights, including Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club.Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available at TicketMaster.com and at The Town Hall box office (123 W 43rd St.). Participating performers are subject to change.For those unable to attend, the concert will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 3:00pm EST on January 20th, directed by Emmy Award winner Debbie Miller.Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids and the support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.For more information or to make a donation, visit www.concert4america2017.org and follow @Concerts4USA on Twitter.last_img read more

TORONTO — If a trip to the grocery store seems expensive now, just wait till 2016.[np_storybar title=”Canadian dollar’s decline couldn’t have come at a worse time for Canada’s debt-laden households” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/canadian-dollars-demise-couldnt-have-come-at-a-worst-time-for-canadas-debt-laden-households”%5DWhen consumers have spent to the max only to have their purchasing power severely curtailed, the risks cannot be ignored, says economist. Read on [/np_storybar]Executives from grocery chains have warned there’s no immediate relief in sight from increased food costs and a sinking loonie that have led to higher prices, and researchers suggest consumers will have to deal with more sticker shock in the year ahead.The University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household spent an additional $325 on food this year. On top of that, consumers should expect an additional annual increase of about $345 in 2016.Since 81 per cent of all vegetables and fruit consumed in Canada are imported, they are highly vulnerable to currency fluctuations. They are pegged to increase in price by four to 4.5 per cent in the new year.“It means that essentially families will have to spend more on these two items without many options, unfortunately,” says Sylvain Charlebois, lead author of the university’s sixth annual Food Price Report.The study does note that meteorologists are calling for El Nino to be a “significant factor” in 2016, causing more rain in produce-producing parts of the U.S.So much for Canada’s recovery: Economy delivers ‘tough pill’ as growth prospects fade into the distanceCanadian dollar’s decline couldn’t have come at a worse time for Canada’s debt-laden householdsHow Ontario’s ‘fiscal train wreck’ made the province the most indebted in the world“We are expecting El Nino to have a positive impact on water scarcity in many areas in North America and in particular California, so agricultural output could increase,” said Charlebois.“But it won’t offset the inflationary effects of the dollar.”Meat prices, which rose five per cent last year, are expected to increase up to another 4.5 per cent in 2016; fish and seafood could rise by up to three per cent; and dairy, eggs and grains could see a two per cent increase.Last month, Loblaw Companies Ltd., president Galen Weston warned in a conference call with investors that food inflation is difficult to predict.“We continue to have strong inflation in fresh (foods), although it has been moderating over the course of the year. It’s really the second year of strong fresh-food inflation,” said Weston while recapping the company’s third quarter results.“It’s really, really hard to predict inflation, so we try and be conservative in our own planning…. We didn’t expect quite the level of inflation that we have right now to sustain all the way through the year, so it’s hard to say for sure what’s going to happen in 2016.”In summarizing his company’s fourth quarter earnings, Metro Inc., president Eric La Fleche signalled to investors that higher food costs will inevitably be passed onto consumers, as much as competition allows.“While remaining very competitive in a competitive environment, we’re successful in passing some inflation. I think we did a good job overall to do that, and judging by the margins we’re delivering, I think it’s something that’s a fact. So hopefully, we can continue to do that.”Given that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulses — which is important to Canada as one of the world’s largest growers of pulses (lentils, chickpeas, beans, dry peas) — Charlebois expects there to be more emphasis on cheaper protein alternatives.Getty Stewart, a home economist in Winnipeg, suggests that consumers feeling pinched by increased prices explore more recipes with affordable pulses.“There’s all kinds of reasons why we should be using and enjoying our pulses more. They’re affordable, they’re nutritious, they have a great source of protein, they have a low environmental footprint,” Stewart said.Consumers can also make an effort to reduce food waste, which is estimated to be far more costly than food inflation.A report last year by Provision Coalition, an advocacy group for the food and beverage industry, used Statistics Canada data and other research to estimate that the average household wastes about $1,500 worth of food a year.“We waste … food because we don’t use it and it gets funky in the fridge, or we forget that we have something in the fridge, or we don’t use our leftovers, or we throw something out because it reaches the best-before date,” said Stewart.“I think becoming more savvy about our food and not wasting it is important as well, so … we make good use of those grocery dollars.”Some other tips from Stewart for dealing with increased food costs:Rather than buying strawberries in winter when the price is higher and quality is lower, stick to seasonal pears, oranges, grapefruits and pomegranates. Frozen and canned produce can be great alternatives when a particular fruit or vegetable spikes in price Experiment with new recipes using root vegetables like squash, parsnips, carrots, beets and sweet potatoes. Choose less expensive cuts of meat that can be stewed, marinated, braised or prepared in the slow cooker. Cut down on fancy coffee, pop, candy, cookies and salty snacks and spend that money on more healthy calories. read more

Citroën has announced the UK launch of a new, fuel efficient C2 Stop and Start model. Thanks to its innovative Stop and Start technology, which switches the engine off when the car is stationary, the new C2 Stop and Start offers all the benefits of low CO2 emissions and better fuel consumption. The technology works by turning off the engine as the vehicle comes to a halt and then, almost silently, restarting the engine the moment the driver takes their foot from the brake pedal. The car then accelerates away as normal. The secret behind this technology is a reversible alternator. This acts as a standard alternator – driven by the engine to charge the battery – but when needed acts as a starter motor, driven by the battery to re-start the engine. Citroën claims a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption in town traffic thanks to Stop and Start with corresponding reduction in CO2. Managing Director of Citroën UK, Xavier Duchemin, said, ‘Citroën’s launch of the C2 Stop and Start reinforces our position at the forefront of technological innovation and protection of the environment.’ Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive added, ‘This is an excellent example of the investment manufacturers are making, not just in alternative-fuelled cars, but in technologies that are improving the performance of petrol and diesel models.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgNatalia Sikorska  Natalia Sikorska, arriving at court “Because of the fact that you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and you do have a potentially bright future, we will deal with this more leniently than we should have. Natalia SikorskaCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS  “It will be a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months.”Mr McCrostie said if Sikorska stays out of trouble for that period she will not face any further punishment.”You have been given another opportunity do not abuse the opportunity we have given you, stay out of trouble,” he said.Sikorska replied: “Thank you so much.”As well as being a model, actor, business development manager and student Sikorska works as an interpreter and studied psychology at the University of Warsaw.She has also worked as a sales associate with variety of luxurious brands such as Saint Laurent Paris, Globe Trotter and Hugo Boss.Sikorska, of London, admitted attempted theft from a shop.She was given a conditional discharge, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. Natalia Sikorska, arriving at courtCredit:Central News/Gustavo Valiente  A model who tried to steal £1,000 worth of designer goods from Harrods was let off with a conditional discharge after a judge said she was a woman of “considerable talents”.Natalia Sikorska, 28, attempted to make off with a Markus Lupfer jacket, a pair of Claudie Pierlot shoes, a Pinko handbag and the silver knife on July 5.She was stopped before she left the Knightsbridge store with the haul worth £959.59. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Polish model and actor is currently studying business management and economics at the University of Westminster.She also works as a business development manager for drinks bottle manufacturers Aquatiser, did not manage to leave the store with any of the items.After she admitted theft Westminster Magistrate Grant McCrostie gave her a conditional discharge for 12 months and said: “You are a newcomer to this county, you are a student with a place at university.”You are obviously a woman of considerable talents, you are obviously intelligent.”Taking goods from any store, including Harrods is wrong.”Your future has been put at risk by these actions.last_img read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy A new study analysed the rates of drinking during pregnancy by linking them with a condition caused by alcohol consumption. 46 Comments Jan 17th 2017, 6:03 AM 17,060 Views A GLOBAL STUDY published recently suggests that over 60% of Irish mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy.The study by The Lancet places Ireland first in the top five countries in the world who drink during pregnancy, along with Russia (37%), the United Kingdom (41%), Denmark (46%), and Belarus (47%) – all European countries.The study was conducted by linking rates of drinking during pregnancy (as reported by mothers in batches of local studies) to rates of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) which is directly caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.Researchers analysed over 20,000 studies which documented mothers’ reports of drink intake during pregnancy, and excluded any studies with a bias – finishing with 365 studies.This included a batch of Irish studies representing Irish mothers from between 1990-2011 and compared these with rates of FAS per population.Dr Jennifer Donnelly, Consultant Obstetrician at the Rotunda Hospital says the study gives a great oversight into the global rates of alcohol usage during pregnancy, and that the results for Ireland were “startling”.She says that although there are some limitations, such as the study is based on other reports and that the criteria for what ‘drinking’ during pregnancy is defined as, it’s more likely that the figures are a conservative figure for rates of drinking worldwide.“There has been an increase in [excessive] drinking in Ireland, especially among young women, who tend to binge drink and then abstain for a while. Then there are those who drink alcohol at the start because they don’t know they’re pregnant.”In 2008, Dr Donnelly conducted a study of alcohol consumption among 1,000 first-time mothers, and got a figure of 50% – which is very close to The Lancet’s findings.Foetal alcohol syndromeFAS is caused when alcohol blocks oxygen and nutrients from travelling through the placenta to the baby. Altered facial features is another sign of FAS, and occurs when the mother takes alcohol between months 6-9 of the pregnancy, which is when facial features form.It’s not known how much alcohol you can consume before FAS begins; so complete abstinence of alcohol during pregnancy is advised.Children with FAS have problems with their neurological development, and abnormal growth, which may include learning disabilities, poor academic achievement, poor organisation, lack of inhibition, difficulty writing or drawing, or balance problems.An estimated 119,000 children are born with FAS worldwide, according to this same study, but not every woman who drinks while pregnant will have a child with FAS.“We estimated that one in 67 mothers who drink during pregnancy will deliver a child with FAS,” says lead author Dr Svetlana Popova.This was a conservative estimate, according to the researchers, as it doesn’t include other types of conditions caused by alcohol during pregnancy.The lowest levels of FAS were in Middle Eastern regions, where alcohol consumption is illegal or prohibited by religious beliefs.Updated, 1pm.Read: Nearly 4,000 prescriptions written to help reduce problem drinkingRead: Harris pushed for €1 increase on cigarettes and 75c on wine http://jrnl.ie/3190327 Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share44 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 6:03 AMlast_img read more

first_img By Rónán Duffy 10,053 Views Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:28 AM US President Donald Trump. Image: PA Images Trump prepares response as Mueller report finally gets published today The 400-page report will be published with redactions. https://jrnl.ie/4597736 Apr 18th 2019, 7:28 AM Image: PA Images NEARLY FOUR WEEKS after President Donald Trump declared himself completely exonerated, Americans will today get a chance to see the evidence themselves with the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.Widespread doubt and suspicion has remained in the air despite Attorney General Bill Barr’s 24 March statement that the Mueller investigation found no criminal collusion by Trump’s 2016 campaign with Russia, and insufficient evidence of obstruction of justice.The details of the 400-page report — which could come out with heavy redactions — could determine whether Democrats in Congress pursue impeachment of the president.They could also have an impact on Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020.Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the 22-month Mueller investigation, plan a press conference at 9:30am (2.30pm Irish time) morning to discuss the report.But the report will not be given to Congress until between 11:00am and 12:00pm, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told a news conference, saying Barr “appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump.”Since Barr’s brief summary of the findings on 24 March , Trump has alternately heralded a victory over his opponents and blasted the investigation as illegitimate and an “attempted coup” against his government.The report was a “complete and total exoneration,” Trump declared after Barr gave his summary.Then on Monday, he lashed out at the investigation, which since the beginning he has labelled an illegal “witch hunt.”“The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax.”“Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place! Answer – Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!”Trump poised to fight backThe White House appeared poised to fight back.According to news reports, Trump’s team has spoken with Justice Department officials in recent days on what the report says in order to prepare their response.Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told reporters that he is preparing a detailed “counter report” focusing on the obstruction allegations.And Trump told local Washington radio station WMAL that he might hold a press conference as well.“This should never happen to a president or to this country again, what took place,” Trump said of the investigation. 35 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share9 Tweet Email You’ll see a lot of very strong things come out tomorrow. Attorney General Barr is going to be giving a press conference. Maybe I’ll do one after that; we’ll see.Democrats demand unredacted reportThe report will focus on the primary target of the investigation: the extent of Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election and tilt it in Trump’s favor.Much of that story has already been told by Mueller in court filings, in which he charged 26 Russians and three Russian companies with conspiracy.The report should also summarise the already-known charges brought against six former Trump aides, and explain why none of them, or anyone else, was charged in the conspiracy that involved Russians.And it will likely have information on the most potent allegations against Trump on obstruction of justice.Despite Trump’s claim that he was exonerated by Mueller, Barr’s summary revealed that, on the obstruction of justice allegation, Mueller in fact declined to reach a conclusion on the evidence.And newspaper reports cited an unnamed member of Mueller’s team as saying Barr, in saying the obstruction evidence was “not sufficient” to charge a crime, downplayed the evidence.The report’s release nevertheless will not clear the air of doubts.Barr warned ahead of time that he will have to sanitize it of major parts — testimony given to grand juries that Mueller convened for the investigation, information from intelligence sources, and information related to ongoing investigations, information on people not charged.Because of that, Congress has demanded Barr hand over the unredacted version to make sure his edits aren’t protecting Trump.Nadler is poised to subpoena the entire Mueller report and various congressional bodies are angling to have Barr testify, and possibly Mueller after that.© – AFP 2019 US President Donald Trump. Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgPoint Météo : vigilance pour les crues et risque d’avalanche dans les AlpesLa vigilance jaune pour les crues et les intempéries continue sur les moitiés nord et est de la France. A cela s’ajoute un risque d’avalanches dans le nord de la Savoie et dans toute la Haute-Savoie.Si la situation a évolué dans certains départements, Météo France place toujours une bonne partie des régions nord et est de la France en vigilance jaune pour les crues et les intempéries. La Saône en amont de la Lanterne, la Saulx et l’Ornain (affluents de la Seine), l’Asine, le Thérain et l’Oise passent ainsi en vigilance jaune pour les crues suite aux perturbations de ces derniers jours. Dans l’Est la Zorn et  la Zinsel, la Moselle médiane, le Haut Rhône en aval de l’Ain, la Charente ainsi que les rivières normandes de la Risle, la Touques, l’Avre et la Charentonne repassent en vert.Dans les Alpes, Météo France annonce un fort risque d’avalanches en Haute-Savoie et dans le nord de la Savoie (Haute-Tarentaise, Beaufortain, Vanoise). Des pluies jusqu’à 2300-2500m vont favoriser des départs spontanés de neige humide. Même si le beau temps devrait diminuer ces risques dans la journée de dimanche, le risque de départ d’avalanche provoqué par un skieur reste entier, surtout au-dessus de 2200m.Le 23 décembre 2012 à 10:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower

first_imgStay on target There are a number of companies that make lawn mowing robots. Most of them are like big grass-cutting Roombas. This awkward looking brute is very different.Meet the RT-1000. It’s different not just because it’s designed to cut grass by the acre. The RT-1000 is also a multi-talented robot that handles groundskeeping chores all-year round. Once the air turns cool and the snow starts falling, the RT-1000 can shed its mowing deck and turn into a snow blower.The RT-1000 was developed by Left Hand Robotics, who built it to tackle very large jobs. Instead of batteries this bot is powered by a gas engine. One tank (12 gallons) allows the RT-1000 to mow for a full 10 hours.AdChoices广告With its 65″ mowing deck attached the RT-1000 can cut about 2 acres of grass per hour. Swap it out for the 56″ broom and the bot can clear 2 miles of snow-covered sidewalk in the same amount of time. The RT-1000 can even spread ice melter as it goes.The brains behind the RT-1000 is an Nvidia Jetson TX2. It’s connected to half a dozen cameras, lidar, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer and collision sensors. Redundant RTK (Real-Time Kinetic) GPS with centimeter accuracy helps the RT-1000 precisely follow its assigned routes.An onboard LTE modem lets the RT-1000 communicate with a remote control center. Operators can tell the robot to get to work and monitor its progress using a smartphone app. Owners can view detailed reports about the day’s work and view photos to confirm that jobs were successfully completed.Left Hand Robotics says the RT-1000 can reduce labor costs by 60 percent over three years. It also allows workers to devote their time and effort to jobs that require a human touch — and can even help reduce on-the-job injuries. Speaking from experience, snow removal can do a real number on your back.Watch: Ice Cream Robots Are Finally HereMore on Geek.com:World’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in FinlandFirst-of-Its-Kind Device Creates Electricity From Falling SnowThis Monster EV Generates More Energy Than It Uses Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

first_img 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Uber’s Skyports are the gateway to on-demand air travel 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. Comments 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 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 0 Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Car Industry Enlarge ImageUber Vouchers could help you get a free ride to, say, your favorite sports team’s next home game. Uber Businesses may be able to skip hiring shuttles to transport customers to and from their events, or even reward loyal customers with free transportation, by using the new Uber Vouchers program. Announced Tuesday, Uber Vouchers lets companies pay for bulk ride-sharing trips for their customers. The company said in a statement the program offers new ways of “attracting new customers, rewarding existing ones or enhancing customer service — by taking care of getting them there.”As examples, Uber cites some of the companies with which it has worked on a trial of Vouchers over the past year. High-end malls might offer free Uber rides to customers, for instance, while Uber said restaurant chain TGI Fridays could use vouchers for free rides to increase business during slow sales periods — and provide “safe rides” home for diners who imbibe. With the Golden State Warriors, Uber said the team was able to bundle rides to and from games with ticket sales or loyalty programs.Uber Vouchers lets businesses select specific locations and times for the promotion, as well as limiting pickup and drop-off locations, and they can limit the maximum amount that they’ll pay for the customer’s ride. Customers, meanwhile, simply receive the Voucher via email or directly in their Uber app. The Uber Voucher program rolls out today in most of the company’s markets.The idea of a business subsidizing transportation to a specific destination has also been suggested by Waymo, which might consider using that strategy to make rides in its self-driving cars free. Waymo CEO John Krafcik told Roadshow in October 2018, “Businesses are saying to some of the users, ‘Hey, we’ll pay Waymo to bring you to the mall, or to this destination, or to the hotel.’ … I think this is a really interesting future business possibility for Waymo.” 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 69 Photos 18 Photos 52 Photos 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Car Industry Car Games and Apps 26 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 71 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 10 Photos 49 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 68 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 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. 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. Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Uber,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 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.  More From Roadshow Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Tags Share your voice 3 13 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

first_img 2019 Subaru Ascent review 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire shows us the way forward Tags Now playing: Watch this: 30 Photos 5:05 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Car Industry 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Troupercenter_img Enlarge ImageCould Harley’s electric Livewire be the shot in the arm that the company needs? Or will that come from its sale of small motorcycles in Asia? Electrify America Harley-Davidson has had some well-publicized troubles in its home market over the past few years, thanks to a change in ridership and the advancing age of many of its traditional customers. To combat that and help shore up profits, the oldest continually operating American motorcycle company is looking overseas, and we’ll be damned if it isn’t working, with sales up by 77% in Southeast Asia this quarter, Reuters reports. Harley’s financial troubles are nothing new, but its focus on other, non-US markets is. The company has pushed to gain more market share in China and the rest of Asia — places where motorcycles are much more of a part of everyday life. The company’s CEO Matt Levatich has stated in the past the company plans to eventually derive half of Harley’s revenue from outside the US. The increase in Asian market sales, plus an optimistic outlook for sales in the second half of 2019 were enough to send Harley’s stock prices up by a not-inconsiderable 5.3%, according to Reuters. Of course, we’re guessing that the increased sales that Harley is looking forward to are expected to come from the Livewire, its exciting new electric bike. The Livewire situation is one that could honestly go either way for HD. The motorcycle is expensive, unlike any of its other bikes in terms of riding dynamics and performance, and of course it’s electric — though we did really like it when we had it out on the roads of Oregon. If its core demographic fails to embrace the model once the tech-savvy early adopters get their preorders, Harley’s outlook could become less sunny in a hurry. That scenario also plays out similarly if Harley is unable to attract younger riders to the brand in the near future as many of its current customers are approaching the age where they won’t be able to ride, and Harley’s bread-and-butter motorcycles — the expensive, chrome-laden baggers — aren’t going to be attainable or relatable for younger riders.  2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright 0 Post a comment Join us for our first ride on the first electric Harley,… Share your voice More From Roadshowlast_img read more

first_imgThe intersection of the Sockeye run and the Chinook run. (Photo by Ingrid Taylar / Flickr)Concern over poor king salmon runs across the state drew a panel of fisheries experts together at a recent meeting in Anchorage.The event focused mainly on a better understanding of the science behind population declines.Panelists addressed the elements that play into ocean survivability, like fishing, predation, and warming waters.National conservation nonprofit, Trout Unlimited, hosted the panel. Austin Williams, the group’s legal and policy director in Alaska, said there are still a lot of gaps in knowledge.Williams said there’s a real need for continued research to address some of the reasons king runs are weaker.“It’s an issue not just confined to Cook Inlet or the Anchorage area,” Williams said. “The Southeast Alaska Chinook runs have decreased dramatically and were entirely shut down this year and then some of the runs in Western Alaska have also been declining at alarming rates.”Williams said, overall, the state has successfully managed its fisheries.“We need to continue to do that and we need to continue to recognize that in the lean years when we don’t have as many fish returning as we’d like, we need to curtail back fishing and when we have years of abundance, we need to make sure that we go fishing and enjoy that,” Williams said.Williams said there’s an overlay of politics and policy when managing the fisheries, but the panel looked at the things people have more control over, like how ensure that the fisheries remain productive and sustainable.Panel moderator Dave Atcheson, a sport fisher and journalist, called the event “a start.”“We’re hoping that this will spawn a whole lot more action and maybe to have a whole full day symposium in the future and also to get groups like Trout Unlimited and other organizations to see what we might do to help support studies that might be needed and that sort of thing to keep our fisheries healthy,” Atcheson said.Other speakers touched on the importance of freshwater habitat in conserving fish stocks and public involvement in protecting natural resources.last_img read more

first_imgChinky Minky on The Kapil Sharma ShowInstagramAnd it’s that time of the week again. Our favourite shows either slip down or jump up in the race for TRPs. Let’s take a look at which show has done the best last week.Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi’s Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has bagged the top spot this week. The show was at the third spot last week. Kundali Bhagya is at the second spot and Kumkum Bhagya is at the third spot this week, reports Pinkvilla. While Kundali Bhagya was at the fourth spot last week, Kumkum Bhagya was at the second spot. Both the shows have seen slight changes in this week’s charts.Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has seen a small growth and is at the fourth spot followed by newly launched show – Superstar Singer Singing Ka Kal at the fifth spot. The fifth spot was taken by Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah last week. Tujhse Ha Raabta is at the sixth spot this week. Last week, the show was at the same spot. Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar have taken the seventh and eighth spot respectively. Kasautii Zindagii Kay was at the seventh spot last week too. While Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke was at the ninth spot.Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala is at the ninth spot this week Gudaan Tumse Na Ho Payega at the tenth spot. Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala was at the eighth spot last week. Gudaan Tumse Na Ho Payega had made an exit from the show for the last few weeks and has re-entered the charts again. Surprisingly, the Kapil Sharma Show has failed to grab the attention of the audience this week and is out of the top 10 chart.last_img read more

first_imgDawood IbrahimMohammed Altaf Abdul Latif Saeed, who is speculated to be a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, was arrested from Kannur airport, Kerala, on Tuesday. The arrest was made by officers of the anti-extortion cell (AEC) of Mumbai Police. Authorities revealed that Saeed has been working closely with Anees Ibrahim, brother of dreaded underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is allegedly living as a fugitive in Pakistan.AEC officers revealed that Saeed, aged 52, has been maintaining contacts with underworld dons based in India and abroad for many years, and he is currently running hawala operations for Anees Ibrahim.After detaining Saeed from the Kannur airport, investigation officers brought him to Mumbai, and later the arrest was made. The accused was later produced before the special MCOCA court, which remanded him under police custody until Friday.The arrest of Saeed from Kannur airport clearly indicates that Kerala is slowly emerging as a hotbed of terrorist activities and hawala trade. A few months back, it was reported that the ISIS was planning to conduct deadly terrorist attacks in Kerala. The warning issued by the state intelligence department had suggested that terrorists were apparently planning to target a shopping mall in Cochin.A few months back, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested a young man named Riyaz for his alleged involvement in terrorist activities. After the arrest, NIA officials revealed that Riyaz was radicalized by Abdul Rashid, an ISIS commander who operates from Syria. It should be also noted that Riyaz conducted his terrorist activities from Muthalamada, a small rural village in Palakkad.A year back, a leaked audio clip of Abdul Rashid had surfaced online, and it urged Islamic extremists to wipe out non-believers from the earth. In the audio, Abdul Rashid also asked his followers to use trucks and ram into festivals like Kumbh Mela and Thrissur Pooram.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target If you owned a Sega Genesis then you no doubt spent countless hours playing Altered Beast and the various Streets of Rage games. These franchises have mostly been relegated to video games, but now thanks to a partnership between Stories International and Circle of Confusion, the world will be treated to live-action versions of both of these classic franchises, according to Variety.Stories International is Sega Group’s production arm. Its CEO, Tomoya Suzuki, will produce the project alongside Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Julian Rosenberg. Circle of Confusion is best known for producing Fear The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Powers, Outcast, and Dirk Gently. The projects will be executive produced by Evan J. Cholfin for Stories International.Beyond knowing that these franchises will be made into live-action projects, we have no idea how they will be adapted. After all — as great as both franchises are — neither have deep plots to speak of. It would be easy to make Streets of Rage into a live-action movie/TV show since it has a large cast of characters and can be reminiscent of an 80’s action movie. Altered Beast will be a trickier proposition since that project would require extensive special effects work — not to mention having to build a fuller mythology for it since, as stated before, there is little to pull from the source material.Sega hasn’t exactly been on top of the video game world for some time. These adaptations, along with the previously announced Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie, could potentially give Sega a much needed financial boost. Stories International is also working on adaptations of other Sega franchises like Virtua Fighter, Crazy Taxi, and House of the Dead. Will any of these projects ever see the light of day? It’s hard to tell, but we’ll keep you updated regardless. Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineSega Genesis Mini Heats Up Retro Console Wars This September last_img read more