Service tax arrears rise to Rs 166 lakh crore in FY18 CAG

first_imgNew Delhi: Total service tax arrears rose to Rs 1.66 lakh crore in 2017-18, up from Rs 1.18 lakh crore in the preceding financial year, said a CAG report tabled in Parliament Monday. Similarly, in respect of central excise, total arrears increased to Rs 96,496 crore in FY 2017-18 from Rs 84,200 crore in the previous year. “Further, recovery as per cent of gross arrears had reduced from 1.19 per cent in 2016-17 to 1.02 per cent in 2017-18 for service tax. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Similarly, recovery as per cent of gross arrears had reduced from 1.85 per cent in 2016-17 to 1.27 per cent in 2017-18 for central excise,” said the audit report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). It also stated that in central excise, 45,749 cases involving revenue of Rs 1,04,718 crore were pending in appeals at the end of 2017-18 registering a marginal decrease of 3.5 per cent over the amount pending at the end of the previous fiscal. In service tax, 43,718 cases involving service tax revenue of Rs 1,20,907 crore were pending in appeals at the end of 2017-18 registering one per cent decrease over the amount pending at the end of preceding year. The report has 263 audit paragraphs containing 369 audit observations on central excise and service tax, having financial implication of Rs 465.55 crore. The CAG examined and found shortcomings in monitoring mechanism for recovery of arrears in CBIC.last_img read more

Federal Fisheries Minister LeBlanc to consider review of Muskrat Falls federal permit

first_img(Police remove demonstrators at the Muskrat Falls construction site Monday morning. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The Independent)JorgeBarreraAPTN National NewsFederal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is considering a request for a review of a federal permit issued for the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, says Yvonne Jones, parliamentary secretary of Indigenous affairs.Jones, who is also the Liberal MP for Labrador, said she recently asked LeBlanc to review the issuing of the federal permit by his department to Nalcor, the Newfoundland and Labrador Crown corporation behind the $11. 4 billion project.“I have asked the minister to do a review of the environmental conditions that were supposed to be met when a permit was issued by the federal government,” said Jones, in a scrum following question period on Parliament Hill Monday. “If the conditions were not being met when the permit was issued, obviously then there will be a federal responsibility for that.”Jones said she expects a response from LeBlanc in the next few days.LeBlanc’s office did not return a request for comment as of this article’s posting.See related stories here: Muskrat FallsEarlier in the day, the RCMP raided a protest camp set up at the entrance to a Muskrat Falls construction site and arrested a total of nine people. The camp was set up about 30 kilometres west of Happy Valley Goose Bay, Nfld.9 people were arrested at the entrance to the #MuskratFalls hydroelectric site. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The IndependentJones said she wants to see Premier Dwight Ball step into the situation and start talking with all sides.“My constituents feel that they have no other means right now only to stand up in protest and to protect the food supply that is there, not just for themselves but for the next generation,” said Jones. “They were standing up for what they believe is right and have legitimate concerns about the food supply and what could happen if the methylmercury levels rise in the river.”The project is facing fierce resistance from Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill River without clearing out the vegetation will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land.Jones said it’s a legitimate concern and Nalcor had informed her previously that it would clear out the 41 square kilometre area that will be flooded by the dam.“This project was approved based on the facts that these concerns would be addressed. They signed on saying these concerns will be addressed and I expect them to own up to that,” said Jones.Indigenous Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones on Parliament Hill Monday. Jones is also the MP for Labrador.Nalcor plans to flood the area without first clearing it of trees and vegetation starting later this fall and continuing until 2019.“The people of Labrador are good people. We are people of the land. We spend a lot of time on the land. The traditional way of life is very big for us,” said Jones. “Anything that jeopardizes that always causes us tremendous concerns. I have told the protesters that came to meet with that I do not support closing down the Muskrat Falls project. However, I really believe more needs to be done to mitigate any potential harm that could come to the food supply in Labrador.”Nalcor obtained a court injunction against the protest camp on Sunday and the RCMP moved in the next day.The speed of the RCMP’s raid does not follow the Mounties’ usual tactics when dealing with Indigenous protests.Monday’s raid comes exactly three years to the day since the RCMP raided the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq led, anti-fracking camp in Rexton, NB. Back then, the Mounties tried to negotiate an end to the camp for about two weeks before moving in with a heavily armed raid on Oct. 17, 2013.RCMP move into the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq camp at Rexton, NB Oct. 17, 2013.Jones questioned Nalcor’s move to obtain the injunction.“I don’t know what the time pressures are with regard to the project. I know the province and Nalcor should be realizing at this point that this a very serious issue and that people want it addressed,” said Jones.And if it costs a few million extra or if it takes a few more weeks to clear out the vegetation to protect the natural environment, then Nalcor should be willing to foot the bill, said Jones.“It is really a gamble when you are going out there and flooding an area this size and not understanding if the food sources is going to be absolutely 100 per cent protected,” she said. “I go to bed at night with a knot in my stomach because I don’t want things to happen and find out people will have to wait two years three years before they consume in the food in the area.”The previous government of Stephen Harper approved a $6.4 billion loan guarantee for the hydro-electric project in 2012. Jones said the province has since asked Ottawa to increase the loan guarantee.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

NASA discovers pulsar speeding through space

first_imgWashington: NASA has discovered a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly four million kilometres an hour — so fast that it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just six minutes. Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes. This one, dubbed PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short), sports a radio-emitting tail pointing directly toward the expanding debris of a recent supernova explosion, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace,” said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in the US. “Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed,” said Schinzel. Pulsar J0002 was discovered in 2017 by a citizen-science project called Einstein@Home, which uses time on the computers of volunteers to process Fermi gamma-ray data. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Thanks to computer processing time collectively exceeding 10,000 years, the project has identified 23 gamma-ray pulsars to date, NASA said. Located about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, J0002 spins 8.7 times a second, producing a pulse of gamma rays with each rotation. The pulsar lies about 53 light-years from the centre of a supernova remnant called CTB 1. Its rapid motion through interstellar gas results in shock waves that produce the tail of magnetic energy and accelerated particles detected at radio wavelengths using the VLA. The tail extends 13 light-years and clearly points back to the centre of CTB 1. The team was able to measure how quickly and in what direction the pulsar is moving across our line of sight. The result supports the idea that the pulsar was kicked into high speed by the supernova responsible for CTB 1, which occurred about 10,000 years ago. J0002 is speeding through space five times faster than the average pulsar, and faster than 99 per cent of those with measured speeds. It will eventually escape our galaxy, researchers said. At first, the supernova’s expanding debris would have moved outward faster than J0002, but over thousands of years the shell’s interaction with interstellar gas produced a drag that gradually slowed this motion. Meanwhile, the pulsar, behaving more like a cannonball, steadily raced through the remnant, escaping it about 5,000 years after the explosion. Exactly how the pulsar was accelerated to such high speed during the supernova explosion remains unclear, and further study of J0002 will help shed light on the process. One possible mechanism involves instabilities in the collapsing star forming a region of dense, slow-moving matter that survives long enough to serve as a “gravitational tugboat,” accelerating the nascent neutron star toward it.last_img read more

Frankfurt flights briefly suspended over drone sighting

BERLIN — Flights to and from Frankfurt Airport were interrupted briefly Friday after a drone was seen in the area.Operator Fraport said takeoffs and landings at Germany’s busiest airport were suspended as a precaution for 29 minutes late Friday afternoon, news agency dpa reported. They resumed after federal police using a helicopter found no more sign of the drone.Airport officials initially said two drones were sighted but revised that information.Around 60 of Friday’s 1,439 scheduled Frankfurt flights were cancelled, but that was largely because of an unrelated computer problem at an air traffic control centre. The drone caused some extra delays, Fraport said.The popularity of drones makes them a growing threat to aviation.More than 100,000 travellers were stranded or delayed right before Christmas last year after drone sightings near London’s Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport. No one has been arrested over the incident, which saw the airport shut for parts of three days.The Associated Press read more

Iraq UN mission to advise in selection of board of electoral commissioners

The request that the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) play an advisory and observation role in the selection of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) was made by the Council of Representatives, through its Committee of Experts, the mission said in a press release.“This request demonstrates the continued confidence of the Iraqi Institutions to entrust UNAMI with an expert role in this important process,” said Jerzy Skuratowicz, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, who is in charge of political affairs.“The mission is committed to continue providing impartial advice to help identify candidates that posses the necessary integrity, professionalism and high knowledge of the elections. It is important for the future of Iraq that the upcoming electoral events are conducted in a credible, inclusive and transparent manner,” he added.UNAMI’s advisory role is based on international comparative practices and does not include voting in the Committee of Experts’ decision, the mission said.“Iraq has a busy electoral calendar ahead, including the governorates’ council elections in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the long overdue district and sub-district elections and the regional and national events due to take place over the next few years,’ said José Maria Aranaz, UNAMI’s chief electoral adviser.“The credibility of any upcoming electoral process and referendum will depend on the credibility, integrity and professionalism of the new Board of Commissioners,” he added.The first phase of the short-listing of candidates has started and the final vote and selection of the nine new commissioners is expected to take place by the end of March next year. The entire process is expected to last six months.Since 2004, UNAMI and the UN country team have supported numerous electoral events, including voter registration updates in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009; the national and governorates council elections in 2005, 2009 and 2010; the constitutional referendum in 2005; and the regional elections in the Kurdistan region in 2008.At the request of the Iraqi Government, the UN team also assisted in the selection of electoral commissioners to the IHEC in 2004 and 2007 and heads of the IHEC Governorate Electoral Office. 1 December 2011The United Nations mission in Iraq said today it will, at the request of the country’s Council of Representatives, play the role of adviser and observer in the ongoing selection of the board of the electoral commission, in an effort to enhance the transparency and credibility of the process. read more

UNs top human rights official welcomes Irans willingness to invite expert scrutiny

Mary Robinson, who met on Wednesday with Iran’s Ambassador to Geneva, Mohammad Reza Alborzi, said she hoped the Government’s move would pave the way for a process of long-term cooperation between Iranian authorities and the UN Commission on Human Rights.Iran would be the thirty-ninth country to invite the Commission’s experts, who work on thematic mandates, to operate in the country.”Visits by the Commission’s Special Rapporteurs and working groups could be very effective in improving the protection and promotion of human rights in a given country,” Mrs. Robinson observed, adding that she would encourage these experts to plan their visits through direct discussions with the Iranian Government.

UN refugee agency gives emergency aid to more than 26000 Sudanese in

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun supplying emergency aid, including blankets and food, to more than 26,000 refugees in the border area, a spokesman for the agency reported today. Women and children form the majority of the estimated 95,000 refugees who have sought safety in eastern Chad since April. Driven by militia raids, widespread looting and stealing of livestock, they fled the Darfur region of western Sudan on foot by night in small groups to avoid detection.Meanwhile in New York, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed “good progress” being made in peace talks between the Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). “I have been speaking to the leaders of Sudan and [SPLM leader John] Garang – and in fact yesterday I spoke to Garang again – urging them to go ahead and complete the process,” he said, voicing hope that an agreement would be reached before the end of this month. “That would be another big New Year’s gift to the people of Sudan and to the people of Africa,” he added.On the ground in the eastern part of the country, UNHCR and its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have supplied blankets, mats, jerry cans and food, including cooking oil and sorghum, to over 13,000 people encamped on the insecure border areas.On Wednesday, the refugee agency will start distributing emergency aid – including blankets from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – to other groups of 13,500 vulnerable Sudanese living along the border.UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond characterized the situation as an “invisible emergency” in comments to reporters today in Geneva. He said the plight of the Sudanese refugees is of “extreme concern” to the agency.Many of the refugees have been living for months in flimsy, makeshift shelters in the remote area where desert conditions mean that temperatures are high in the day but can plunge to less than 10° Celsius at night. According to agency staff involved in aid distribution, some have been forced to sell blankets and other possessions, including relief items distributed earlier, in order to feed their families. They need both food and supplies to cope with the harsh living conditions.At the same time, UNHCR and its partner agencies are working to relocate up to 9,000 refugees from the border by mid-January to an inland camp at Farchana where they will be formally registered, undergo medical screening, and receive a family site, blankets, mats, soap, jerry cans and food.Some estimates place the number of internally displaced Sudanese in the Darfur region at over 600,000. This displacement is only the latest in 20 years of civil conflicts that have uprooted more than 4 million people inside Sudan, and driven another 570,000 into neighbouring countries. read more

UN peacekeeping chief to start review visit in DR of Congo this

In the DRC capital, Kinshasa, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno is due to hold talks with Congolese authorities and members of the International Committee to Support the Transition (CIAT).At the headquarters of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in Kinshasa, he is also to inaugurate a stele erected to honour all the peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the Mission was launched in 1999.He will then go to the eastern region to inquire into the deployment of UN forces, known as the Ituri and Kivu Brigades, in Bunia, Bukavu and Uvira.

MichiganOhio State Is Actually Worth The Hype This Year

201513391911103310 31997206519522007Ann ArborMich., 20-14 It’s been 32 years since Jim Harbaugh last led the Michigan Wolverines to a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ever since the consummate Michigan Man made good on his guarantee in 1986, the maize and blue have largely been muzzled by the scarlet and gray. To some degree, Harbaugh must have returned to his alma mater for games like Saturday’s. But he has fumbled each of his three chances at the Buckeyes.This week represents his best opening. Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Wolverines as 4-point favorites, despite the fact that Michigan has won just two of its past 17 games against its rivals to the south.1The Buckeyes’ 2010 victory was vacated because of tattoo-gate. Expectations loom large for Harbaugh and his team, which may be the more talented squad for the first time in more than a decade. Some have already designated the upcoming game a referendum on his tenure, even though no program this season has rewritten its post-Week 1 narrative more than Michigan has. In fact, according to our Elo ratings, no team has improved more since the preseason than the Wolverines.Saturday’s matchup is the 115th installment of one of college football’s richest rivalries. This one features a cornucopia of College Football Playoff implications: The winner’s playoff chances will spike to between 59 and 67 percent, according to our model, while the loser will be virtually eliminated from contention. Additionally, of course, the winner of the game will play for a conference championship.Like nearly every entry in this rivalry, the stakes Saturday are high — and there will be no shortage of talent on the field. So to check this game’s true matchup power, we looked back at the Elo ratings for Michigan and Ohio State at the time of each meeting since 1897, and we averaged those Elo ratings using the harmonic mean.2We used the harmonic mean instead of a straight average to eliminate situations in which one team was performing substantially better than the other. 201875.112 201811583521117653 22006198520372011ColumbusOSU, 42-39 Of course, perhaps the most tantalizing storyline is the one most difficult to measure. Ohio State hasn’t lost to Michigan in the Horseshoe since 2000, and, at least lately, the Wolverines seem to mutate into a far worse version of themselves in the annual rivalry. The Buckeyes’ real advantage in this game may be found on the psychological side, as the team has grown accustomed to upstaging that school up north. Harbaugh and the Wolverines have a chance to rewrite the script, with everything on the line Saturday in Columbus.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. Few Michigan-Ohio State games have been biggerThe best Michigan-Ohio State games based on the harmonic mean of each team’s pregame Elo rating 52003194519741960Ann ArborMich., 35-21 20173617 201673.717 201415412216127421 ELO Michigan’s offensive efficiency and national rank in the category under Jim Harbaugh The Buckeye defense is getting gutted by the big playThe number of plays given up at various lengths by Ohio State this season compared with previous years under Urban Meyer 201510011 71970195619341945ColumbusOSU, 20-9 61977193519571946Ann ArborMich., 14-6 SeasonPassing offense rankRushing offense rank Meyer has never coached a team that relied on the passing game to the degree it does this season. Despite having yet to complete its regular-season slate, his team already has set a school record with 452 passing attempts and 3,954 passing yards. Only five teams throw more on average, and most of those employ Air Raid systems.But it’s difficult to argue that the lopsided offensive approach isn’t working. Ohio State has compiled 13 games since 2012 with more than 19 expected points added on passes, and six of those have come this season. Dwayne Haskins is completing a Big Ten-best 69.3 percent of his passes and will likely be a Heisman finalist, having set 12 school records this season. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in both total offense and scoring offense, with 11 more touchdowns than any other team in the conference. As Harbaugh succinctly put it when asked about the Buckeye passing attack, “It’s really good.”But Saturday will be Haskins’s toughest assignment. In early October, the sophomore tied a school record with six touchdown passes in a win over Indiana. Michigan has allowed seven passing touchdowns all season.Under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Wolverines’ defense is smashing its competition. Harbaugh and Brown have trotted out some elite defenses over the past three seasons, but this year’s is likely the best one yet. Opposing quarterbacks average a passer efficiency rating of 88.7 against the Wolverines, a mark that if maintained would rank sixth lowest by any team since at least 2004. Michigan is also holding opposing quarterbacks to 4.91 yards per passing attempt, which would also be the sixth lowest mark over that same stretch.Teams not only fail to generate big plays against Michigan, they also fail to get past the line of scrimmage. Less than 30 percent of opponent plays gain 5 or more yards against the Wolverines, the lowest rate in the country, while a whopping 41.4 percent of opponent plays are stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, a mark that ranks third highest. Brown brings the heat, too: Only six teams generate a higher pressure rate on opposing quarterbacks than Michigan (39.1 percent).Haskins may be completing 26.7 passes per game on a clip hovering around 70 percent, but no starting quarterback has completed more than 19 throws in any game against Michigan or connected on more than 56 percent of passes. Over the past five conference games, Brown’s seek-and-destroy defense is holding quarterbacks to 9.4 completions per game on a clip south of 40 percent.Can Ohio State stop the big play?If last week is any indication, no.The Maryland Terrapins produced three touchdowns exceeding 25 yards, two of which that went for at least 75, in a 52-51 overtime loss. “Alarming is the right word,” Meyer said of his team’s inability to prevent gashing offensive plays. Then, on Monday: “Obviously, it wasn’t good.”Ohio State has either set or is on pace to set single-season worst marks under Meyer in big plays allowed from virtually every distance. 81948207118271941ColumbusMich., 13-3 20168111 92016188519961939ColumbusOSU, 30-27 2014529 201745.676 2018354 2017145920531100 42018197419541964Columbus? Ohio State has gone to the air this seasonHow the Buckeyes’ offense has ranked each year under Urban Meyer in rushing and passing, 2012-2018 SeasonGames20+30+40+50+60+70+80+90+ SeasonOffensive EfficiencyRank 2016134822443000 201210510 This offense is also Harbaugh’s best at generating big plays. Starting running back Karan Higdon was on the brink of leaving for the NFL draft after last season, but good thing for Michigan that he stayed. The senior has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and has five carries of 40-plus yards, tied for the second most of any player in the Big Ten. Junior transfer Shea Patterson, the best quarterback Harbaugh has had in Ann Arbor, leads the Big Ten in Total Quarterback Rating (84.0) and ranks second in yards per attempt (8.54).3Behind only Haskins. Patterson’s running ability is another wrinkle for an offense with little difficulty finding the end zone.The team scores on a conference-best 47.7 percent of drives, which is on pace to be the eighth-best mark by a Big Ten team in the past 15 years. Michigan also seldom gets stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, besting last season’s rate by 8.2 percentage points. Wisconsin (23.9 percent) is the only Big Ten team stopped in its tracks less than Michigan (25.7 percent). In turn, 43 percent of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s plays have gone for 5-plus yards, the program’s highest rate since 2010. Overall, the Wolverines are picking up 6.29 yards per play, by far the most of any team since Harbaugh arrived. 20131449231277320 Plays given up at … (in yards) 201570.620 Two of Ohio State’s four worst games since Meyer arrived, as defined by expected points added on defense, have come this season. And while the Wolverines’ offense isn’t exactly Alabama’s, it’s easily the best unit Harbaugh has had at Michigan. 2013905 201212452414107620 Source: SportSource Analytics Source: SportSource Analytics RKseasonMichiganOhio StateHarmonic MeanLocationResult 11975201620332025Ann ArborOSU, 21-14 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group This year’s chapter, which pits twin 10-1 programs against each other, checks in with the fourth-highest harmonic mean, trailing only the 1975, 2006 and 1997 showdowns. It’s the best matchup between the schools during the College Football Playoff era. Among the nine other epic showdowns in the top 10, the results have been mostly spilt: Ohio State winning five, Michigan winning four.Here are two keys that could decide the outcome this year:Will Michigan’s pass defense lock down Ohio State’s throw-heavy scheme?Ohio State’s pass-at-all-costs offense squaring off against Michigan’s solve-your-problems-with-aggression pass defense is about as ideal a strength-against-strength, identity-against-identity matchup as we can get.In his previous six seasons with the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer typically favored an offensive blueprint shaded toward the run game. He had never had a rushing attack rank outside the top 20 in yardage. Despite returning J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, his two leading tailbacks from 2017, this season’s squad has fallen out of the top 50.However, that yardage can be found through the air, with the Buckeyes passing the ball on 51.5 percent of team plays, well above their average of 40.6 percent from 2012 to 2017. For a program largely recognized by its rich tradition in the backfield — Ezekiel Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Maurice Clarett, to name a few RB standouts — this year has been an anomaly. 101961186720161939Ann ArborOSU, 50-20 read more

European Commission is putting paedophiles privacy ahead of fighting online child abuse

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 European Commission has been accused of undermining the fight against online child abuse by introducing new laws which will protect the privacy of paedophiles.Charities say new EU regulations would stop tech firms searching out child abuse images on their platforms and reporting them to police because it would be a potential breach of paedophiles’ privacy.Unlike the new laws on data, there are no exemptions in the proposed EU regulations that would allow investigators to override the rights of paedophiles to privacy to protect children from abuse.The government is understood to have raised its concerns with the EC that “personal rights should not obstruct companies from protecting children who use social media platforms.”A source said Sajid Javid, the home secretary, fully supported companies having the power to detect and act upon “abhorrent” images and grooming for child sexual abuse.“We have taken note of the EU’s proposal for the introduction of European Privacy Regulation (EPR) and are discussing it with EU member states,” said a government spokesperson.John Carr, secretary of the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, which represents 11 of the biggest charities including Barnardo’s and the NSPCC, wrote last week to the EC, demanding they amend the regulations so investigators can continue to report and remove indecent images. Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s, Britain’s biggest charity, said: “Online child abuse is appalling. Any regulation change should not restrict the ability of tech companies and law enforcement to work together to stop child abuse online.“We would urge the EC to make a simple change to the new e-privacy regulation so that all EU countries can continue to fight this horrific crime effectively.” Microsoft technology known as PhotoDNA has enabled tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google to track down millions of illegal child abuse images on their platforms.It is estimated more than 20m such images will have been located by US watchdogs and the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK by the end of this year and removed through the use of PhotoDNA, which “fingerprints” any illegal image so copies of it can be traced across the internet.Under new data laws – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – there are three exemptions to a users’ right to privacy which allow tech firms to seize and report indecent images.These are where it is of vital importance to protect the interests of an individual, to comply with a legal obligation or to perform a task that is carried out in the public interest.The European Privacy Regulations (EPR), however, have no such exemptions. “Article 5 of the EPR prohibits the processing of data unless consent is given by the end user [ie the paedophile],” said a charity legal expert. “The worry is that if consent is the only exemption to the prohibition on processing data, then child sexual abuse offenders are unlikely to give their consent. “The purpose of the regulations are stop the abuse and misuse of people’s data and privacy but the consequence is it potentially undermines what is being done to tackle child sexual abuse online.”It is understood a number of other European countries have raised concerns in an attempt to force through an alternative option aligning the privacy laws with the GDPR exemptions. Mr Carr said: “There ought to be no room for doubt or ambiguity on a matter of such fundamental importance to the protection of children.  And yet there is.” read more

England beat Windies as Bairstows hundred sets up stroll to 40

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJos Buttler’s 150, Eoin Morgan’s century set West Indies target of 419February 27, 2019In “latest news”England stick with unchanged Test group for West IndiesDecember 11, 2018In “latest news”West Indies, England prepare for round two in battle of heavy-hittersFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news” By George DobellEngland 294 for 1 (Bairstow 141*, Roy 96) beat West Indies 288 for 6 (S Hope 72, Gayle 40) by nine wicketsJonny Bairstow raised his second hundred of the series (Getty Images)(ESPNcricinfo) Jonny Bairstow made his second century of the Royal London series to help England to a resounding victory over West Indies.Bairstow, who was promoted to open the batting following a spell of poor form that saw Jason Roy dropped, followed his maiden ODI century at Old Trafford in the first match of this series with an accomplished innings of 141 from 114 balls. It was the highest ODI score by an England batsman in an ODI against West Indies and the first time an England player has scored two centuries in the same bilateral ODI series against them.With the recalled Roy also taking his opportunity – he followed his innings of 84 at The Oval with an innings of 96 here – it suggested Alex Hales could face a prolonged period outside the team. Hales is not currently considered available for selection following a late-night brawl in Bristol.The competition for places in the England squad is more intense than anything they experienced on the pitch at the Ageas Bowl. Setting a modest 289 for victory, they eased to a nine-wicket win with an eye-watering 12 overs remaining that sealed a 4-0 series win and stretched England’s record against West Indies to 16 out of their last 17 ODIs.While Roy and Bairstow’s opening partnership of 156 in 21.2 overs will probably gain the plaudits after a disappointingly one-sided game, the key period arguably occurred much earlier. From the moment West Indies went more than 20 overs in mid-innings without hitting a boundary it became apparent they would set an inadequate total.But for a brief flurry from Chris Gayle, when he thrashed 34 in six successive deliveries from Jake Ball, West Indies were oddly passive for much of their innings bat and allowed England’s spinners – Man of the Series Moeen Ali and legspinner Adil Rashid – to bowl their 20 overs for a cost of just 78 runs. West Indies went from the final ball of the ninth over to the fifth ball of the 31st without hitting a boundary.The day had started poorly for England. With Ben Stokes’ immediate future uncertain, the importance of Chris Woakes to England has grown further. So it was far from ideal that he reported some stiffness in his lower back after the match at The Oval and was rested as a consequence. There are currently no plans for a scan but England will be anxiously monitoring his progress over the next few days.In his place, Tom Curran came into the side for an ODI debut and produced a quietly impressive performance. Most notably, he demonstrated admirable skill and composure in producing a perfectly delivered back-of-the-hand slower ball to deceive and dismiss Gayle in full flow. It will prove a memorable maiden ODI wicket in a performance that may well have propelled him above Ball when it comes to future selection.Ball found, like many before him, that bowling to Gayle in the Powerplay is no easy task. Despite starting with a maiden to Gayle, who didn’t get off the mark until his 15th ball, the final three deliveries of Ball’s third over were all thrashed – to say they were driven would hardly reflect the terrific force with which the ball was struck – for six by Gayle, while the first three of his fourth conceded two more sixes and a four to the same batsman. In all, Ball conceded six of the 10 sixes hit by West Indies during the innings.Also deserving of credit for the Gayle dismissal was Liam Plunkett. Keeping his eye on the ball while running back from mid-off, Plunkett clung on to an outstanding diving catch to capitalise on Gayle’s mistimed drive. A few overs later Plunkett took an equally good reaction chance off his own bowling – pouncing low and to his left, he clung on to a mistimed drive – to account for Kyle Hope, who came into the side in place of the injured Evin Lewis.That wicket brought Shai Hope and Samuels together. And, while the pair were rarely troubled in adding 57, the fact that it took them 16 overs played into England’s hands. Samuels’s miserable series culminated in an innings of 32 from 60 balls with just one boundary and meant he finished the series averaging 15.25 at a strike-rate of 49.19. By the time he ran past one from Moeen Ali that slid on, it was hard to gauge whether it was England or West Indies supporters who were happier.Shai Hope, at least, eventually found his form. Having not hit a boundary for the first 77 balls of his innings, he then hit three in succession as he started to anticipate Curran’s variations.Sunil Ambris, brought into the side in place of Jason Holder who returned to Barbados for the funeral of his uncle, also looked an accomplished, aggressive player. With Ashley Nurse, who hit 31 from 12 balls, he added some impetus at the end of the innings to partially compensate for the overs used up by Hope and Samuels. But, on another decent track, the West Indies total always looked a little short of par.Not for a moment did Bairstow and Roy appear troubled. And, if it was the crisp striking that was a feature of the latter part of Bairstow’s innings, it was his brilliant running between the wickets that left West Indies’ stand-in captain, Jason Mohammed, scratching his head. Joe Root completed proceedings by hitting the final ball of the match for six and, in the process, becoming the third-fastest man in history to reach 4000 ODI runs.The result completes the longest international season in England’s history. In the 147 days since May 5, England have won 18 of the international games they have played (with one no-result), including Test and ODI series victories over South Africa and West Indies. All of which sounds excellent. But the failure to win the Champions Trophy and lingering fears for the future of Stokes cast significant shadows over those results.West Indies, meanwhile, clearly have a great deal of work in front of them if they are to gain qualification to the World Cup. read more

People in America are putting Kerrygold in their coffee

first_imgTHE LATEST ‘HEALTH’ craze in America involves putting two large spoons (not teaspoons, but proper dessert spoons) of butter and a spoonful of oil into a cup of black coffee.To be absolutely clear, they are then drinking the concoction. Not rubbing it over their bodies, or bathing in it.According to a Jezebel explainer which is heating up Twitter right now, butter coffee is “headed straight for a mainstream near you”.After we’d managed to stop pulling disgusted faces at the idea of it, there was a small detail that caught our eye in the piece.Those who swear by the oily drink have a preferred butter… our very own Kerrygold.Drinkers choose the unsalted, grass-fed variety – on sale across the US – on foot of a recommendation by Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey.Asprey’s buttery invention was born out of a visit to Tibet, where putting butter in tea has long been a tradition.He said he was immediately revitalised and “literally rejuvenated” by the refreshment.He markets his coffee as a drink that offers mental clarity, energy and focus. He also claims that it can help those who are dieting or trying to live clean and healthy lifestyles by keeping people full for longer.“But is butter not really, really fatty,” we thought.Obviously, it is, but Asprey points to all the good things it also has. Such as vitamins and butyric acid, which he says negates the 200 to 500 calories and up to 65 grams of fat.So, why Kerrygold?Asprey has been plugging the hell out of Kerrygold, even taking credit for the US running out of stock recently.The brand also sponsored a Bulletproof conference, but Asprey insists he gets no financial kickbacks.He says that Kerrygold is just the most “compliant” butter for his concoction because it is unsalted, contains high quantities of omega-3 and the cows are fed on pesticide-free grass.He adds on his blog: “Kerrygold cows are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Kerrygold doesn’t use pesticides in their pastures. Irish dairy cows graze outdoors on grass all day long for up to 312 days a year. In fact, Irish cows graze on grass for longer than almost every country in the world.Irish farmers do not use mechanical irrigation systems like other countries, as Ireland is swept by Atlantic rain carrying water, which is pure and unpolluted and provides natural irrigation. No fossil fuel-driven pumps supporting this dairy!It is also “the mostly widely available healthy source of butter in the US”.Jezebel’s Tracey Moore, who has tried the stuff, isn’t quite sure if it’s “gross or what”:Depends on how you feel about having buttery lips first thing in the a.m. Because it’s hot and frothy and creamy, it is a lot like drinking a latte, only more buttery/oilier.That all sounds great but you won’t catch us putting the stuff in our coffee any time soon.Related: Guess how many of these were sold around the world last year?More: You’ve been cutting cake wrong your entire lifeRead: 8 things your 30-year-old self would tell your 20-year-old selflast_img read more

Coping with intense Munster schedule You really would need to be professional

first_img Clare’s manager Donal Moloney and Limerick selector Paul Kinnerk shake hands after the match. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOLimerick’s focus now shifts from provincial to national. It’s an unusual post-match feeling for Kiely’s group after careering through Division 1B in the spring to nail down promotion and then hitherto unbeaten in championship.One loss will not derail their camp, instead they hope to view as an opportunity to pick up tips.“We’ve heard that from a few managers over the course of the year and I think they’re dead right. We’ll analyse the life out of this game from the point of view of trying to get them learnings out of it, the same as we would with any of the other games but it’s an experience for the lads as well.“This is our first defeat in 70 minutes this year and I think that in itself will be a massive learning for the lads. They don’t like that feeling and I’m sure they’ll do everything they can the next day to make sure they don’t taste it again.“Hats off to our lads, they’ve put in a huge campaign. We’ve come out of Munster and if you offered me that at the start of the year I’d have taken your hand off. Clare’s Podge Collins with Diarmaid Byrnes of Limerick after the game. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“Okay, we didn’t make it to a Munster final. Is it the end of the world for us? No, it’s not. Maybe that Clare dressing room needs a Munster title more than we need one right now because they’ve been hanging around for a long number of years.“Maybe they wanted it that little bit more so it’s a reset button for us. We have to go away and reset ourselves now and get ready for three weeks’ time, come back fresh and full of energy and go at it again.”A warrior and a gentleman: GAA world salutes ‘Brick’ Walsh as he breaks championship appearance recordA game that never ignited, Clare’s 2018 revival and Limerick hit a speed bump Short URL 41 Comments Updated Jun 18th 2018, 8:45 AM HE WAS KEEN to stress it was not the root cause of their performance in Ennis yesterday but Limerick boss John Kiely sought to acknowledge this showing as a symptom of their tired minds and bodies after recent exertions.Playing their third game in 15 days, Limerick never scaled the heights that they have been accustomed to this summer in Munster.Kiely tipped his hat towards Clare for the level of display they conjured up but feels only professionals can cope with that number of games in a short time frame.“It is hard. There’s learnings there for everybody but we won’t have time to look at those (until) maybe later on in the winter. Playing that level of sport so intensely over a short period of time, you really would need to be professional. That’s the bottom line.“I think next year they’re going to be put a gap weekend for everybody. I’m not using it as an excuse – the bottom line is that Clare were better than us today. They had energy all over the pitch and they were so efficient playing against the wind in the second half.“It probably suited their style. It’s a setback for us but I’m sure it’s one we can absorb and bounce back from. We got a reasonably good start to the second half but I thinkyou very quickly saw the team run out of energy – that was the biggest problem we had in that second half.“All credit to Clare. They worked the ball very well through the lines. They pushed on and they won on merit. They deserve their place in the Munster final.” 26,420 Views Monday 18 Jun 2018, 8:45 AM http://the42.ie/4076261 Limerick boss John Kiely with coach Paul Kinnerk. Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO Jun 18th 2018, 7:01 AM By Fintan O’Toole Coping with intense Munster schedule – ‘You really would need to be professional’ Limerick’s performance level dropped notably yesterday in Ennis. Limerick boss John Kiely with coach Paul Kinnerk. Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO Share22 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nicolas Sarkozy sest exprimé en Corrèze sur la nécessité du nucléaire

first_imgNicolas Sarkozy s’est exprimé en Corrèze sur la nécessité du nucléaireNicolas Sarkozy s’est rendu hier à Egletons, en Corrèze pour évoquer la défense de la filière bois. Un événement propice pour le chef de l’État qui tenait à se prononcer sur les problématiques environnementales au cœur de la politique française. Le discours prononcé hier par Nicolas Sarkozy lors de son déplacement en Corrèze était plus centré sur les questions environnementales que sur la sylviculture. Le chef de l’État a profité d’une table ronde organisée à Egletons sur la filière bois pour exprimer sa position sur la question du nucléaire en France. Une tendance clairement en faveur du développement des centrales en contraste avec l’opinion des mouvements écologistes. Le président a mis en avant la dépendance et les besoins de la France en énergie provenant du nucléaire : “Nous n’allons pas revenir à la bougie”. Selon lui, la proposition d’abandonner le nucléaire reviendrait à “se couper un bras”. Quant aux craintes d’une catastrophe similaire à celle de Fukushima, le président a riposté en estimant que “l’accident au Japon n’est pas un accident nucléaire, il est dû au tsunami”. Tout en ironisant : “Un tsunami au centre de la France serait une nouveauté”.Ses projets en matière de production d’énergie n’excluent toutefois pas les énergies renouvelables. Selon lui, “la France peut être à la fois leader du nucléaire et des énergies renouvelables”. Une politique en plein devenir qu’il n’a pas omis de vanter : “Nous avons multiplié l’éolien par 18”.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLe discours de Nicolas Sarkozy, s’insère au plein cœur de l’actuel débat sur la sortie du nucléaire en France. Dans un de ses articles parus hier, Libération analyse les conséquences directes qu’impliquerait une sortie immédiate du nucléaire. Le quotidien souligne qu’actuellement 76% de l’électricité utilisée par les Français est d’origine nucléaire, un record à l’échelle mondiale. Une dépendance qui contraint les politiques à s’accorder sur un fait : la sortie du nucléaire est un scénario qui requiert un plan long et compliqué à mettre en œuvre. Celui-ci pourrait s’appliquer seulement d’ici vingt à trente ans. Sortir du nucléaire : à quel prix ?Supprimer le nucléaire en France implique de repenser totalement la consommation d’énergie, ce qui implique un considérable programme d’économie. En outre, l’énergie de l’atome devrait être remplacée par d’autres types d’énergies utilisant des sources renouvelables comme l’éolien ou le solaire mais aussi des sources fossiles comme le charbon et le gaz, dont la combustion libère des éléments nocifs pour l’environnement. Autre problématiques que le quotidien soulève : le coût de cet arrêt total du nucléaire. Les factures en électricité risquent d’augmenter mais aucune estimation n’a encore dévoilé la valeur de la hausse. L’élévation budgétaire ne semble toutefois pas arrêter les mouvements écologistes. Selon eux, celle-ci pourrait être contrecarrée par les efforts effectués sur la baisse de la consommation d’énergie, au sein de chaque foyer. Ces efforts pourraient permettre de diminuer le prix des factures de près de 30%.Le 29 avril 2011 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Subaru and Toyota will codevelop a new EV platform

first_imgHonda 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. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2018 Toyota 86 GT Black is tactile art 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 52 Photos More From Roadshow 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. 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. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid gives up a lot for… Now playing: Watch this: 68 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 26 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 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 1 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. Subaru Toyota,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 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Subaru Toyota Comment General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Subaru Ascent review Subaru, Toyota Subaru and Toyota will partner to create a brand-new electric vehicle platform, both automakers confirmed Thursday. The Japanese companies will jointly develop a compact SUV on this architecture, a version of which will be sold under both brands.”The two companies intend to take up the challenge of creating attractive products with appeal that only BEVs (battery electric vehicles) can offer,” the automakers said in a statement.Subaru and Toyota say this collaboration will play off the strengths of both companies. Toyota will bring its vehicle electrification expertise to the table, while Subaru will provide the all-wheel-drive system. Following the launch of the upcoming compact SUV, the companies say the new electric vehicle platform will be flexible enough that it can underpin a range of C- and D-segment sedans and SUVs.This won’t be the first time Subaru and Toyota have partnered on vehicle development; the companies initially formed a collaborative partnership in 2005. The first co-developed vehicles were the small, rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins (as well as the now-deceased Scion FR-S). Last year, Toyota applied its hybrid electric vehicle technologies to Subaru’s Crosstrek, resulting in the Crosstrek Hybrid.Neither automaker provided a timeline as to when this new vehicle platform will be finished, nor did they say when we could expect the first EV SUV to launch. But since we’re talking about ground-up development here, it’s reasonable to assume the fruits of this shared labor won’t arrive for quite some time. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 12 Photos 25 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Electric Cars Car Industry 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Comments 69 Photos Share your voice 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice 18 Photos 81 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Tags 3:32 71 Photos Tags Car Industry 49 Photoslast_img read more

Elections will create awareness among students Principal

first_imgOngole: The management of Ongole Public School has been conducting elections for the students every year to bring awareness among them about the election process. School Principal G Kavita Kadiresan said that election for the post of school pupil leader (Tenth class), assistant school pupil leader (Ninth class) and school prefect (Fifth class) would be conducted every year. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us She said that like in the case of general elections, there would be nominations, withdrawal of nominations, election propaganda, allocation of election symbols to the candidates and finally secret ballot voting. The elected candidates took oath on the school premises on Saturday. R Rohith Royal elected as school pupil leader (SPL), C Sahitya as assistant school pupil leader (ASPL) and V Manvita as School Prefect took oath in a colour function. Sirisha, head of social department who acted as the returning officer congratulated the students for the smooth conduct of elections. Ongole Public School secretary Nalluri Venkata Kranti Kumar, vice-principal P Jameema, Dean M Srinivasa Rao, teachers and students were present at the swearing-in function.last_img read more

VIDEO Construction worker makes impossible escape from building inferno by dangling from

first_imgOne of the most incredible rescues you’re ever likely to see happened when a Danish roofer recently found himself trapped on the roof of a burning six story building.Instead of succumbing to the blaze, the guy channeled John McClain and escaped the inferno by hanging onto a crane hook that eventually lowered him to safety.Sometimes you just have to look death in the eye and tell it to go straight to hell.Yippy ki-yay….h/t BarstoolSportslast_img

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The multi-year… read more March 15, 2012 – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the eyes and brains of 27 astronauts who have spent prolonged periods of time in space revealed optical abnormalities similar to those that can occur in intracranial hypertension of unknown cause, a potentially serious condition in which pressure builds within the skull. A retrospective analysis of the MRI data appears online in the journal Radiology.A team of researchers performed MRIs and analyzed the data on the 27 astronauts, each of whom were exposed to microgravity, or zero gravity, for an average of 108 days while on space shuttle missions and/or the International Space Station (ISS), a habitable research facility that has been orbiting the earth since 1998. Eight of the 27 astronauts underwent a second MRI exam after a second space mission that lasted an average of 39 days.“The MRI findings revealed various combinations of abnormalities following both short- and long-term cumulative exposure to microgravity also seen with idiopathic intracranial hypertension,” said Larry A. Kramer, M.D., professor of diagnostic and interventional imaging at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. “These changes that occur during exposure to microgravity may help scientists to better understand the mechanisms responsible for intracranial hypertension in non-space traveling patients.”Among astronauts with more than 30 days of cumulative lifetime exposure to microgravity, findings included expansion of the cerebral spinal fluid space surrounding the optic nerve in nine of the 27 (33 percent) astronauts, flattening of the rear of the eyeball in six (22 percent), bulging of the optic nerve in four (15 percent) and changes in the pituitary gland and its connection to the brain in three (11 percent) of the astronauts. The pituitary gland secretes and stores hormones that regulate a variety of important body functions.The same types of abnormalities are observed in cases of intracranial hypertension where no cause can be found for increased pressure around the brain. The pressure causes swelling of the juncture between the optic nerve and the eyeball, which can result in visual impairment.Bone mineral loss and muscle atrophy are some of the known effects of zero gravity on astronauts. With the onset of longer excursions in space afforded by the ISS, visual changes have also been observed and are now being studied.“Microgravity-induced intracranial hypertension represents a hypothetical risk factor and a potential limitation to long-duration space travel,” Kramer said.William J. Tarver, M.D., M.P.H., chief of flight medicine clinic at NASA/Johnson Space Center, said the agency has noted changes in vision in some ISS astronauts, the origin of which is not yet fully understood. No astronauts have been considered ineligible for space flight duties as a result of the findings, which he said are suspicious but not conclusive of intracranial hypertension.“NASA has placed this problem high on its list of human risks, has initiated a comprehensive program to study its mechanisms and implications, and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Tarver said.For more information: http://radiology.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | March 15, 2012 MRI Shows Prolonged Space Travel Causes Brain, Eye Abnormalities in Astronauts News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more last_img read more

Navigating the northeast Hurtigruten has new coastal itineraries out of Halifax

first_imgNavigating the northeast: Hurtigruten has new coastal itineraries out of Halifax Share TORONTO — Starting in April 2018 Hurtigruten will set sail along the East Coast with a focus on northeastern Canada and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.Best known as the largest cruise operator in Antarctica, and sailing to the most remote destinations as well as year-round along Norway’s coast, Hurtigruten has now added more than half a dozen new North American coastal itineraries. The company’s ships each carry 100 to 646 guests, allowing travellers “to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere”, says Hurtigruten.Highlights of the new 2018 lineup include:Coastal Gems of America – Southbound: North America’s eastern seaboard offers a striking variety of cultures, historic sites, and dramatic natural scenery. A 13-day journey from Halifax to Miami.Coastal Gems of America – Northbound: The reverse trip, starting in Miami and sailing into New York to experience the Big Apple, and discovering Maine’s magnificent coast, before arriving in Halifax.Navigating the Northeast and Atlantic Canada: Inviting explorers to experience the raw beauty of Newfoundland, small-town charm in the state of Maine, and the historic site of Louisbourg, this cruise ends in the Big Apple to cap off an amazing trip. A 16-day trip from New York to St. John’s.Coastal Journey of Down East Maine and Acadia: Start in New York, discover Maine’s peaceful and magnificent coast and hike in the wilderness, enjoy stops in charming small towns and cosmopolitan Boston, and experience an exploration day adventure along the way. Eight days, from New York to Halifax.Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bays of Eastern Canada: 11 days, from New York to Halifax, exploring Newfoundland’s rugged coastline.Discovering the Untouched Beauty of Greenland and Arctic Canada: Discover Newfoundland and Labrador´s towering mountains, massive rock faces, deep forests and an infinite supply of lakes and rivers. A 17-day trip from Copenhagen to Halifax.A Voyage Through Arctic Canada and Iceland: Canada’s Atlantic coastline and its evergreen forests, rolling farmland, breathtaking mountains, and remote settlements. From Halifax, to Reykjavik, 14 days.For more details see hurtigruten.us/destinations/north-america/. Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 21, 2017 center_img Tags: Hurtigruten Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Ft Lauderdale Florida – Silversea continues its

first_imgFt. Lauderdale, Florida – Silversea continues its commitment to the culinary enrichment of its guests with the creation of Flavors of the Mediterranean, a special program showcasing the talents of its corporate chefs, slated for the May 24, Rome-to-Nice sailing of Silver Whisper.This unique voyage is designed to highlight the flavors of the Mediterranean by bringing together, for the first time, Silversea’s corporate culinary stars to tantalize guests with festive dinners and tastings, cooking demonstrations and wine pairings. Guests can attend lectures discussing top trends from terroir to sustainable; join optional tours to renowned wineries and bistros; and visit a local market with a chef to learn how to pick the perfect ingredients for a delicious meal.The cast for this epicurean extravaganza includes:Rudi Scholdis — voyage host and Silversea’s director of culinary development. Belgium-born Scholdis has catered to an impressive list of international celebrities. After cooking his way across Europe, he spent five years working in top London hotels, culminating with the legendary Dorchester. From Alain Ducasse to Charlie Trotter, Scholdis has worked alongside some of the world’s leading chefs. He has catered for Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles; and served heads of state from President Bill Clinton and Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, plus an array of Hollywood superstars.David Bilsland — Silversea’s culinary trainer and program leader for L’École des Chefs. Educated in classic French cooking, Bilsland’s career includes several years as a chef/instructor at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. He currently hosts Silversea’s L’École des Chefs, a unique interactive cooking school offered in partnership with Relais & Châteaux.Richard Weichbold — the corporate chef for Silversea. This son of a South African restaurateur moved to London where he became sous chef at the Dorchester. In 2003 he left the urban scene to join Silversea as executive chef aboard Silver Shadow and was promoted to corporate chef in 2009.Alberto Colombo — Silversea’s corporate Italian chef. A native of Turin, graduate of the Culinary Institute in Alessandria and an alumnus of some of Piedmont’s top restaurants, Colombo is steeped in the gastronomic traditions of a region known as Italy’s culinary star. He oversees the authentic Italian regional cuisine for Silversea’s fleet-wide La Terrazza restaurants.Alex Hekimov — the corporate pastry chef for Silversea. From Shanghai to London, Hekimov has practiced his craft in a number of major international hotels before joining Silversea in 2002. In 2009, he was named “Barcardi Chef of the Year” for his Citrus & Barcardi Indulgence recipe. However, his true addiction is chocolate and today he travels from ship to ship, making sure the croissants are flaky, the dough perfect, and the desserts – a chocoholic’s nirvana.Lyn Farmer — the wine consultant for Silversea. This widely published wine and food writer and senior editor of The Wine News magazine, has been honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Writing on Wine and Spirits. He has judged international wine competitions and led tastings and tours to food and wine regions throughout the world. His A Moment on Wine video series is featured throughout the Silversea fleet.“With Silversea’s Italian heritage, it is not surprising that Mediterranean cuisines are very close to our heart,” said Scholdis. “And with the ports on this itinerary, our chefs can demonstrate their artistry with a bounty of fresh ingredients.”From Rome to the Riviera, guests on this seven-day voyage will explore lands where wines are mellow, glories eternal and breezes fragrant with rosemary and thyme. They will chart their own course to gastronomic discovery with the option to savor the flavors of Sicily at a Relais & Châteaux restaurant along the Amalfi Drive, or by joining a cooking class in St. Tropez, perhaps, or Corsica.The May 24, 2010, Flavors of the Mediterranean cruise (#4013) aboard the all-suite, 382-guest Silver Whisper departs from Rome for Sorrento, Taormina, Palermo, Calvi (Corsica), St. Tropez and Nice.Also available is a free roundtrip air package that includes transfers between airport and pier on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. The free air package is available from 22 gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada. It is a capacity-controlled program offered for a limited time. Additionally, there are specially priced air programs available from another 50 cities.Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.www.silversea.comlast_img read more