Bihar shelter home rape: Opposition leaders unite in protest

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal successfully managed to bring the issue of alleged mass rape at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar at the centre stage with a joint opposition protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was joined by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D. Raja and Atul Kumar Anjan, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi.Mr. Gandhi said that the country had made up its mind against the BJP government. Pointing out that the Opposition was united on the stage, Mr. Gandhi said, “On one side is the BJP/RSS and on the other is the rest of the country. Indians are saying that they do not like what happened in the last four years.”Mr. Gandhi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must immediately act against the culprits in the sexual assault case in the Muzzafarpur shelter.In a 12-minute speech, Tejashwi Yadav accused the Nitish Kumar government of turning a blind eye to the crime. “Nitish ji says he is hurt and is sad. Then why did he get the prime accused Brajesh Thakur’s name removed from the FIR… why did he take this long to act on social audit by TISS?” he questioned.He said that Bihar was living under ‘Rakshas Raj’, giving references from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. “In Bihar, Raavan is kidnapping Sita every minute. Every minute, a Duryodhan is de-robing a Draupadi,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said fast track courts should be set up to award the death sentence to the accused for such a heinous crime.”I demand that this case be probed in three months and the accused be hanged,” he said.He also sought to remind the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar that the foundation of the UPA government had been rocked following the protest over Nirbhaya’s rape.This was the first political protest where Mr. Gandhi shared the stage with Mr Kejriwal. During Mr Kejriwal’s protest at the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s office, the Congress had refused to support AAP. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said BJP’s slogan “beti bachao” needed reworking. “We need to change this government… the slogan of ‘beti bachao’ is now ‘save beti from BJP’,” he said. Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the BJP was not saving the daughters of the country but was busy saving cows.last_img read more

U.P. BJP MLA to Mamata Banerjee: ‘Mend your ways or meet Chidambaram’s fate’

first_imgAn Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA has warned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to mend her ways or get ready to meet the same fate as former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram who is currently lodged in jail.The MLA from Bairia Assembly constituency Surendra Singh said the Trinamool Congress supremo should “become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh” as she was opposed to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). “The statements made by Mamata Banerjee against the NRC show that she is backed by foreign forces,” Mr. Singh told reporters in Ballia on September 14 on the sidelines of a krishi mela. “It seems that Mamata is forgetting that bad days are approaching her. She should change her language and behaviour otherwise she will meet the same fate as Congress leader P. Chidambaram,” he said. On September 13, Ms. Banerjee took out a rally in Kolkata against the NRC in Assam after the final list was released on August 31 which left out 19 lakh people.After the rally, the Trinamool chief had said that she would never allow the Centre to conduct a similar exercise in West Bengal.Mr. Singh, however, said: “If Mamata wants to do politics by protecting the infiltrators from Bangladesh then she should become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.” “In Bengal, lord Ram and lord Hanuman respectively in form of Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath have appeared, and in the next Assembly elections, there will be a change of power in the State,” he added.last_img read more

Venkaiah Naidu calls for relook at anti-defection law

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 17 (PTI) Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today favoured taking a relook at the anti-defection law.The suggestion came against the backdrop of a large number of MLAs from opposition parties joining the ruling parties in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.”Everybody has a right to change party. But, after changing the party, by evening, one should respectably quit the position that came because of the party. But that is not happening in most of the states in the country,” the BJP leader said.The senior BJP Minister was quick to add he is not talking about any particular party.”So, there is a need to relook at the law on party defections. Earlier, it is said in the law that it would apply if you change individually and does not apply if changes are wholesale.”Now people have started changing wholesale. It would help if a rule is made that (your) position would go if party is changed, either individually or wholesale. I am not saying this with any party in view. Because I am Parliamentary Affairs Minister, I am talking about the entire country,” he said.Naidu was speaking at an event organised to felicitate him on his election to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.Speaking on the occasion, he regretted the present trend of treating political opponents as “enemies” and hoped for improved moral standards and values in politics. PTI SJR RSY GVSlast_img read more

HC asks BMC to grant permission to Mumbai Marathon with rider

first_imgMumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) The Bombay High Court, in an interim order, today directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to grant permission for the Mumbai Marathon, if the organisers paid a portion of the fees demanded by the civic body by Monday.The event is scheduled to be held on January 21.A bench led by Justice AS Oka also directed the BMC to consider the request of the organiser, Procam International, that it be allowed to put up stalls to serve water, energy drinks etc. to the participants.Procam had approached the high court in September last year, alleging that the BMC was demanding an exorbitant fee for the marathon.As an interim relief, it had sought that the court direct the BMC not to withhold any permission and to grant the approval for the event, citing the pending dues, until the conclusion of the plea.The petitioners have sought permission from the BMC to hold the day-long event and put up advertisements and hoardings across the city from January 15-21.Procam claimed that while last year, it had paid about Rs 26 lakh to the BMC for a similar event, this year, the civic body asked it to pay Rs 3.66 crore towards the “land fees, displaying advertisements and hoardings, and security deposit”.”While we want the permission for just seven days, the BMC is charging us for the entire month. We are merely trying to organise sports events for the public but the BMC is saying that it has a share in our revenues,” the petitioner argued.advertisementBMC counsel Ram Apte contended that it was a routine practice for the civic body to charge for the entire month, irrespective of the duration of such events.”We have agreed to grant them permission for the event and advertisements and hoardings, subject to the condition that they pay us all the fees. The fee amount has been decided upon as per our valid rules and proper resolutions have been passed by the civic body for the same,” he told the court.”It is like the railway pass issued to the commuters of the suburban rail network in the city. Even if one travels for just 10 days a month, the pass charges one for a minimum duration of an entire month.”This is not a mere sports event, it has become a full fledged commercial activity. The organisers do not want any transparency,” Apte claimed.The bench however, directed that as an interim measure, the BMC must grant permission for the event if Procam paid Rs 1.05 crore — Rs 79 lakh towards the rent of the land and Rs 26 lakh as security deposit — by Monday (January 15).The court also directed the BMC to submit the copies of resolutions it had passed for granting permission, charging fees etc. for the event. PTI AYA NRB RC RYSlast_img read more

Steve Smith, David Warner bans should stay, says Mitchell Johnson

first_imgFormer Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson has said the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should not be reduced.Smith and Warner are into the 8th month of their one year bans while Bancroft, who was banned for 9 months, will be eligible to play after December 29.The trio was handed substantial suspensions for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March this year. The bans extend to the domestic Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.Australian cricket is enduring one of its worst phases and a run of defeats in recent times prompted calls to bring back the two star players — Smith and Warner — before the four-match Test series against India.Also Read – Adam Voges expects Cameron Bancroft to join Western Australia a day after ban endsJohnson, however, has spoken against it.”I thought 3 players were banned. So does that mean Cameron Bancroft’s ban will be reduced to the same amount as Smith & Warner if it goes ahead? They all accepted their bans & didn’t contest it so I think the bans should stay,” Johnson tweeted.I thought 3 players were banned So does that mean Cameron Bancroft’s ban will be reduced to the same amount as Smith & Warner if it goes ahead? They all accepted their bans & didn’t contest it so I think the bans should stay https://t.co/9IoCfjl3P5Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 18, 2018The former Australia pacer was responding to a cricket journalist’s tweet, where he wrote about the possibility of ban reduction being “seriously discussed”.advertisementJohnson is not the first Australian cricketer to say that the bans should remain. Former skipper Ian Chappel had earlier mentioned that the bans should not be reduced.”Do I think that some of the bans should have been reduced? No, I don’t think they should, because of the things that came out of the long staff review was that they felt the attitude was to win and don’t count the cost. If they would have brought Smith, Warner, and Bancroft back into the team against India, then they would say ‘here we go again’, don’t count the cost let’s just make sure we win,” Chappell had told ESPNcricinfo.India and Australia face-off in a three-match T20I series from November 21, four-match Test series from December 6 and a three-match ODI series from January 12.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Rating agencies knew of stress at IL&FS, but gave good ratings: audit

first_imgCredit rating agencies for years assigned high ratings to India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) and its group companies despite its deteriorating finances, according to a special audit.Audit firm Grant Thornton was appointed by IL&FS’ new board to conduct the review following the government’s decision to take charge of the group after its defaults on debt obligations sparked fears of financial contagion.Grant Thornton reviewed the role of five credit rating agencies – Fitch group’s India Ratings and Research, the Indian affiliate of Moody’s, ICRA, Standard & Poor’s local unit Crisil, CARE Ratings and Brickwork Ratings India – which assigned 429 ratings to various IL&FS financial instruments in recent years.In a 105-page report, reviewed by Reuters on Saturday, Grant Thornton said the agencies raised multiple concerns on IL&FS group’s financial stress and liquidity position between June 2012 and June 2018, but continued to assign “consistently high” ratings which were only downgraded or reversed last year.”Various strategies deployed by the then key officials of IL&FS group and certain favours/gifts provided to rating agency officials suggest the possible reasons for consistent good ratings provided to IL&FS group,” said Grant Thornton in its report that detailed gifts or favours such as smartwatches and tickets to overseas sporting events.IL&FS declined to comment. India Ratings said the Grant Thornton report is based on “partial and selective source material”, adding “our ratings were based on robust and transparent analysis of relevant information”.advertisementBrickwork said it did not assign the highest ratings to IL&FS “because it follows robust, transparent and consistent rating methodology” and its actions were not influenced by any commercial pressures or rating withdrawal requests.ICRA said it will determine an appropriate course of action and was examining the report, which it said ignores the “alleged fraud perpetrated by former IL&FS management”.Crisil and CARE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The IL&FS crisis that started last year has sparked a series of federal probes into the firm’s operations, but Grant Thornton’s report raises questions on whether rating agencies misled investors about the stress levels at other companies in India’s shadow banking sector, where new fractures are emerging.Dewan Housing Finance Corp, another top firm in the sector, last week warned its financial situation was dire, raising more worries about the sector’s health and signalling the crisis was far from over.”These instances show a glimpse into the incestuous financial services industry where quid pro quo has become the norm. The rot … is deep and needs more cleansing,” said Shriram Subramanian, a corporate governance expert at proxy advisory firm InGovern.FOOTBALL TICKETS, SMART WATCHESGrant Thornton’s review of communication between former IL&FS employees and ratings agencies found the company at times “used to potentially pressurize” rating firms to withdraw their assessment if the company did not receive a favourable rating.It also found instances where credit rating agencies would meet with IL&FS employees and then decide not to downgrade the ratings they had initially decided on, the report said.”It appears that various potential strategies noted above were applied to ensure favorable ratings or to avoid the rating downgrade,” Grant Thornton said.Highlighting “potential favours/gifts”, Grant Thornton said various key officials at rating agencies received gifts such as smartwatches, shirts and coasters.E-mail communication showed a former IL&FS employee had facilitated the purchase of a villa at a steep discount for the wife of a senior Fitch executive, while another had arranged football tickets for a Brickwork Ratings executive to a Real Madrid game, the report added.Brickwork said it had shared “a detailed response” on this specific allegation with IL&FS’ new management. Fitch in a statement said the employee involved had violated the agency’s code of conduct and was no longer employed.India’s market regulator has toughened regulations for credit rating agencies over the past three years to boost monitoring and bring clarity for investors. Following the IL&FS crisis, the regulator last month ordered enhanced disclosure norms for such agencies.ALSO READ | Mutual Funds dump one-fourth commercial paper in a yearALSO READ | Housing lender DHFL warns it may not survive as a going concernALSO WATCH | Strike a balance between term and investment planslast_img read more

Beckham ‘blessed’ to have played with Ronaldo

first_imgDavid Beckham Beckham ‘blessed’ to have played with Ronaldo, Zidane and Cantona Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:52 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Real Madrid Manchester United Primera División Premier League Zinédine Zidane The former England captain admits he was fortunate to work with some iconic figures during memorable spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid Manchester United and Real Madrid legend David Beckham feels “blessed” to have played with the likes of Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Eric Cantona.The former England captain considers himself fortunate to have spent time with two of world football’s biggest clubs during periods of great success achieved with iconic players.Beckham slips into that category himself, as one of the most recognisable figures in the game and a man who won major honours in England, Spain, America and France over the course of a glittering career. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He is, however, prepared to admit that he considers many of his former team-mates to have been bigger stars, with World and PFA Players of the Year making his life easier at Old Trafford and Santiago Bernabeu.Speaking at a World Aids Day charity gala, the 42-year-old said: “I’ve been so lucky throughout my career. My career lasted for 22 years and I was able to play for some of the best teams, with some of the best players and some of the best managers in the game.“I feel blessed to have played with players like Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, all these players, Eric Cantona.“Nothing compares to playing with those guys I grew up with because it’s a special thing.”While reflecting on events of the past, Beckham has also been looking to the future.As a man who earned 115 caps for England in his playing days, he will be an interested observer of next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.The Three Lions have learned that they will face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia at the group stage, with an unbeaten qualification campaign helping to raise expectations.Beckham, though, has warned against complacency, with England having shown at recent major international competitions that they can take nothing for granted.He told Omnisport: “We always say, as England players, when you get to a World Cup, you know whatever team you are drawn against, there’s no easy games. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true.“When you come up against the teams that we’re obviously up against, five years ago, 10 years ago, it doesn’t change. Every game’s a tough game. When you reach this stage, it’s all important.”last_img read more

Ramsey gives Arsenal cup final fitness boost

first_imgArsenal Ramsey gives Arsenal fitness boost ahead of Carabao Cup final Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:24 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup Arsenal v Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League The Wales international midfielder is back in full training ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City at Wembley Aaron Ramsey returned to full training on Wednesday morning ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.The Wales midfielder has been out with a groin injury for the past fortnight and was considered a doubt for the weekend’s Wembley final, but trained with the first team ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Ostersunds FK.A number of first team players are expected to be rested for the match against the Swedish side with Arsenal holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Sweden.AdChoices广告Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka both trained but aren’t likely to be involved, while youngsters Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Konstantinos Mavropanos also took part in the sessionGunners boss Arsene Wenger will be without Alexandre Lacazette for the cup final while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee not expected back before the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal defeated Chelsea over two legs to reach the final against City, while Pep Guardiola’s men beat Bristol City.City, however, lost to Wigan in the FA Cup on Monday, drawing to an end their hopes of a quadruple.The Gunners, meanwhile, can only realistically win silverware in the Europa League if they fail to defeat City at Wembley.last_img read more

‘Champions League howlers will haunt Karius’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Champions League howlers will haunt Karius’ – Liverpool legend Clemence feels for German goalkeeper Matt Dorman 18:50 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Loris Karius - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Reds custodian has been told that two costly mistakes against Real Madrid will not be forgotten any time soon, with a “difficult” future in store Liverpool great Ray Clemence sympathises with Loris Karius but admits he is unsure if the goalkeeper can remain at the club after his Champions League final nightmare.Karius was at fault for Real Madrid’s first and third goals as the La Liga giants ultimately eased to glory with a 3-1 victory in Kiev.The German was distraught after the match and apologised for costing Liverpool in their first appearance on European football’s biggest stage since 2007. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Jurgen Klopp said the club would rally around the 24-year-old, but Clemence – who won three European Cups with the Reds – is concerned by the long-term impact the performance could have.”It’s going to be difficult for him, that’s a certainty, because wherever he goes away from home he’s going to be continually reminded of it,” Clemence told BBC Radio 5 Live.”When you make two errors like that, it is difficult. He hasn’t done his place any good.”I’ve been there myself and it’s a terrible situation. He’ll be the first to hold his hands up and know he’s made two horrendous errors at crucial times.”They will stay with you for the rest of your life. People will remember them. It’s watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world. And it’s a final, it’s amplified.”In the biggest game there is unfortunately he’s made a couple of errors that have affected the result.”Karius arrived at Anfield from Mainz in May 2016 but had only recently nailed down the number one spot, holding off competition from Simon Mignolet in the second half of the season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Moving On Up: Cadillac’s 2017 XT5 Crossover Goes Toe-to-Toe With Its Luxury Rivals

first_img The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected We’re all familiar with the “most improved” award. It’s the morale booster of elementary school sports teams and teachers, the recognition of effort even if results aren’t on par with the truly gifted. What a great concept, right?Unfortunately, the adult world doesn’t hand out awards for effort. If you suck at your job, you get fired. If you build a bad product, no one buys it. This reality is no truer than in the automotive industry. Vehicles that can’t match rivals simply die a quick, accountant-declared death.So when Cadillac began its transformation from a worn-out luxury brand into an innovative, stylish automaker, the consuming public didn’t immediately flock to showrooms with cash in hand. The American marque still huffed and puffed beside its German counterparts; its efforts were still not enough.But the field has changed. Cadillac is no longer warming the bench; it’s starting every game. The ATS, CTS, and CT6 are all magnificent sedans, and yet Cadillac still sells more of its aging SRX crossovers than any other model. Therefore, the SRX-replacing XT5 is by far the brand’s most important vehicle — but is it also its most valuable?Platform pioneerAs the ATS attests, Cadillac knows how to build a brilliant chassis. Hoping for a repeat performance, the luxury marque introduces an all-new modular architecture with the XT5. Compared to the outgoing SRX, the XT5 sheds 300 pounds, meaning the Caddy is a full 600+ lbs leaner than a rivaling Mercedes-Benz GLE350. As a bonus, Cadillac says the lightweight chassis is designed to function like a race car’s safety cage, with a durable, stiff structure that improves handling and shields occupants in a crash.Capitalizing on the crossover’s new architecture, Cadillac offers a twin-clutch all-wheel drive (AWD) system with torque-vectoring technology and three driving modes: Tour, Sport, and Snow/Ice. Each setting alters power application, but all modes have the capacity to use four driven wheels if needed. While the $2,495 AWD option adds weight, the fact that it’s not a permanent system means the XT5 consumes less fuel when you don’t need the additional traction.Mated to the XT5’s front-wheel drive (FWD) or AWD setup is an all-new 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of trim, the XT5 produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque and is available with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters to manually row through each gear.As a result of its lighter frame, aluminum block engine, start/stop technology, and improved transmission, the XT5 manages 19 city, 27 highway, and 22 combined miles per gallon in FWD configuration or 18 city, 26 highway, and 21 combined mpg if you prefer AWD. These figures represent a 3-mpg improvement over the outgoing SRX and settle somewhere in the middle of competitive vehicle set.Sharp, not seductiveIf you hoped to be swept off your feet by the XT5’s styling, you may be disappointed. While Caddy’s new high-volume crossover manages to soften the SRX’s unromantically gruff exterior, it can’t seem to fully escape the shadow of its predecessor.In truth, I have issue with almost every modern Cadillac’s rear styling. It escapes me how designers can so artfully craft a front fascia, but run out of steam as they work backwards. The XT5’s face is one of the most attractive in the segment, and its profile is conservatively appealing, but the rear end is just dull. In jet black, the XT5 manages to highlight its best exterior traits, including Cadillac’s signature LED running lights, but other colors charm less effectively.The XT5 is likely a single generation away from a beautiful aesthetic – one that requires no explanation or excuse – but Cadillac hasn’t stolen the show yet.Cabin delightsIf the exterior doesn’t wow, there’s still hope. Within the XT5’s cabin, Cadillac has prepared one of the most streamlined interiors of any luxury offering. Supple leather, real wood, and brushed metal surfaces envelope passengers without overwhelming the design.Not only does the cabin feel spacious, aided by a large panoramic sunroof, each seat is beautifully styled and – no surprise here – superbly comfortable. The Sahara Beige leather of my tester looked and felt like rich cream, blended with other trim pieces into an ornate design. The minimalistic dash incorporates Cadillac’s updated CUE infotainment system, which houses every main convenience function. The few button redundancies include climate control settings and heating/cooling adjustments for the front seats.The latest iteration of Cadillac’s infotainment unit is quick, intuitive, and includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Hotspot. Display resolution and usability don’t match rivaling systems like Mercedes-Benz’s COMMAND module, but there isn’t much else to complain about. With a bit of time (as any owner would have), CUE becomes second nature. However, there’s no getting around the XT5’s tired analog gauges and small, grainy driver display. It feels like Cadillac is shooting itself in the foot with such an archaic instrument cluster when the rest of the interior experience is so sublime.Like its main rivals, including the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lexus RX, and Porsche Macan, the XT5 only comes in a five-seater configuration. Unlike its competition, the XT5 offers generous rear passenger legroom and 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, or 63 cubic feet with them stowed. Additionally, the XT5 rides as good as its interior looks. I must have driven the crossover over every pothole in New York, but each bump was muffled like a tattling child caught in the clutches of an older sibling.In Premium Luxury trim, as my XT5 is equipped, safety goodies include rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, pedestrian detection, low speed automatic braking, a backup camera, and parking sensors. At first glance, this sounds like a comprehensive list, but missing is an adaptive cruise control system. For that feature, you’ll need to fork over an additional $2,340 for the Driver Assist Package. In a $55K luxury vehicle, something so common shouldn’t cost extra. Fortunately, the included semiautonomous features like lane keeping assist do an excellent job of ushering the vehicle back into line without ping-ponging it back and forth.If you can forgive the driver-centric tech, the XT5’s cabin is a quiet, sumptuous habitat that feels on par with Mercedes S-Class refinement.ConclusionGiven how readily I’d recommend the rest of Cadillac’s lineup for an MVP award, I anticipated the XT5 would deserve similar recognition. Compared to the outgoing SRX, the XT5 is a massive leap – improved in every way (yes, even the rear end design). But while Caddy’s other offerings no longer rely on their value proposition to lure buyers, the XT5 may not yet be ready to take off its training wheels.Cadillac has a genuine competitor on its hands in Mercedes — a fact that is crucial to the luxury marque’s continued renaissance — but blending in won’t cut it when buyers are convinced their only choices hail from foreign lands. It takes more than a whiff of greatness to persuade stodgy shoppers to expand their horizons. Look Dapper, Not Drenched, in Head-to-Toe Stutterheim Rainwear This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affordinglast_img read more

ZIM Shanghai Unloads in Long Beach

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, October 1st, 2014; Image: occupy.org zoom Israeli-owned containership Zim Shanghai has unloaded its cargo at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles, having been reverted from the Port of Oakland by pro-Palestinian protesters.The unloaded Oakland cargo in Los Angeles will most likely be trucked back up to Oakland causing additional costs to ZIM.The vessel departed Oakland on Sunday evening fully loaded and was expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday.“The Zim Shanghai arrived at the Port of Oakland early Saturday morning, docking at Stevedore Services of America (SSA) at 5:16am.  The Stop ZIM Action Committee organized pickets of the ZIM ship during two work shifts at SSA, which ILWU Local 10 longshore workers respected,” Stop ZIM Action Committee said in a release.The Committee said that the action resulted in changing the vessel’s departure time and itinerary. The Zim Shanghai, which was originally scheduled to leave at 1:00pm for Vostochnyy, Russia, instead left at midnight for the Port of Long Beach.“At 6:00 PM Saturday, ILWU Local 10 and 34 represented longshoremen and clerks dispatched to work the vessel ZIM Shanghai at SSA’s Oakland California Terminal were met with hostile demonstrators, effectively blocking all access to the terminal,” International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said.ILWU added that its longshoremen and clerks were threatened physically at some points of ingress and their personal vehicles were physically blocked.” As such, all personnel stood-by outside of the demonstration perimeters for health and safety purposes. At approximately 8 PM SSA released all personnel from work,” ILWU went on to say.According to ILWU, the protests were organized by a coalition of individuals and organizations under the name of “Block the Boat for Gaza” online.“The ILWU is not among the groups organizing the protests, and the leadership and membership of the ILWU have taken no position on the Israel/Gaza conflict,” ILWU stressed.ZIM’s cargo ships have been targeted by activists for a couple of months now preventing them from docking at either the ports of Oakland, California, Seattle or Vancouver.The protests have resulted in considerable delays and disruption of ZIM’s schedules.last_img read more

Innovations Win Open Data Contest

first_imgSeventeen teams spent the weekend building apps, models and other innovations as part of the province’s second annual open data contest at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The top prize was awarded to Daniel Arantes, Rodolfo Garcia, Mohannad Hameed, Jennifer LaPlante and Duane Malone for using immigration and population data to build an app helping immigrants to Nova Scotia find communities and networks based on their interests. Cory MacRae and Priyanka Kochhar earned second place for their analysis of long-term care in Nova Scotia using census and waitlist data. Third place went to Ryan Gorringe, Keara Leibovitz and Yuanyuan Shi who analyzed groundwater and climate change data to predict severity of flood seasons across Nova Scotia. Teams voted for their favorite innovation and selected Chris Adams’ app determining how road closures affect traffic patterns to receive the People’s Choice Award. The app uses boundary and road network data to create an interactive, visual tool. The team of Benjamin DeLong and Stewart Rand received honourable mention for their app created using Crown land, wildlife management and hunting license vendor data to show hunters what game can be hunted when and where. Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab congratulated the teams for using data from Nova Scotia’s open data portal to create opportunities or tackle problems in new and interesting ways. “Data in the hands of curious and creative people spurs innovation – and that benefits everyone,” said Ms. Arab. “The teams went above and beyond when we asked them to show us what was possible. I am impressed by the products and solutions created using open data.” The portal has been continually updated since it was launched in 2016. There are more than 670 data collections and views publicly available, including some information previously only available for a fee. The data is in easy-to-work-with formats so everyone can use and share it to discover something new. The website is data.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Casting remarks were widely taken out of context Scarlett Johansson

first_imgLos Angeles: Scarlett Johansson has clarified her recent comments about politically correctness and casting in Hollywood as controversy threatened to brew, claiming her remarks were “edited for click bait” and “widely taken out of context”. “An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context,” the actor said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, referring to a recent article from the arts and culture publication As If. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot In the said interview, she seemed to have reflected upon her casting as a transgender man in “Rub and Tug”, a film she left after backlash, saying an actor should be free to explore a wide range of characters and art should not be bound by restrictions. “The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art. “I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way,” Johansson clarified in the statement. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Last July, Johansson dropped out of Rupert Sanders’ “Rub and Tug”, in which she was attached to portray real life figure Dante Tex Gill, gangster and massage parlour owner, following outrage from the LGBT community. The actor also went on to clear up some of the points made during the original interview, emphasising that there is a gulf between Caucasian, cis gendered actors and their colleagues when it comes to opportunities. “I recognise that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favours Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to,” she said. “I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included,” she added. With the interview in question, Johansson once again found herself at the centre of a controversy, this time for her response to a question about political correctness and her casting in “Rub & Tub”, directed by Rupert Sanders. “You know, as an actor I should be able to play any person, or any tree, or any animal, because that’s my job and the requirements of my job… “I feel like (political correctness is) a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions,” she was quoted saying to As If. Sanders’ previous film “Ghost in the Shell” (2017), starring Johansson as a Japanese manga character, had also received a lot of backlash for casting a Caucasian actor for the role. The film was accused of racism and whitewashing.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 11

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Dec. 11———BAIL HEARING CONTINUES TODAY FOR CHINESE EXECA bail hearing continues today in Vancouver for a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei, who the United States demands be extradited for fraud. The B.C. Supreme Court heard Monday that the U.S. is showing its hostility toward Huawei by speculating the executive has avoided travelling there to dodge charges. The U.S. wants 46-year-old CFO Meng Wanzhou to face allegations of fraud related to the use of its subsidiary Skycom to do business with Iranian telecommunications companies between 2009 and 2014.———ELECTION BILL PASSED IN TIME FOR FALL VOTELegislation aimed at preventing foreign interference and constraining the influence of big money in Canadian elections has been approved by the Senate. Bill C-76 passed in the upper house late Monday on a vote of 54-31 and is expected to receive royal assent later this week. That means the reforms will apply during next year’s federal election campaign. Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault had warned that the much-delayed bill must go into effect by the end of this year if the independent elections watchdog was to have time to implement the reforms for next year’s campaign.———DEFENCE TO CALL WITNESSES IN STAMPEDER TRIALThe defence lawyer of a man accused of fatally shooting a member of the Calgary Stampeders is expected to call one or two witnesses to court today. Prosecutors wrapped up their case Monday against 21-year-old Nelson Lugela, who is on trial for second-degree murder. He was charged after Mylan Hicks was shot in the chest and abdomen in the early hours of Sept. 25, 2016. Between 15 and 25 members of the football team had been at the bar celebrating a last-minute victory over Winnipeg hours earlier. Testimony has heard there was an altercation over a spilled drink earlier in the evening, which reignited in the parking lot after the club closed.———COALITION AVENIR QUEBEC CAPTURES LIBERAL SEATThe governing Coalition Avenir Quebec has passed its first electoral test since winning the Oct. 1 provincial vote, easily capturing the riding of Roberval left vacant by former Liberal premier Philippe Couillard. With three-quarters of the votes counted in a byelection Monday, Coalition candidate Nancy Guillemette, director of a local mental-health organization, was well ahead with more than 50 per cent of the total. Premier Francois Legault joined Guillemette on stage to celebrate the win. On Twitter he wrote, “Thanks to this victory, we now have 75 elected members. Not bad for a new party!”———GASES BUBBLING OUT OF B.C.’S MOUNT MEAGERA scientist who studies volcanoes says climate change is causing glaciers atop Mount Meager in British Columbia to shrink, increasing the chances of landslides and even a new eruption. Glyn Williams-Jones, from Simon Fraser University, says Mount Meager has been spewing water vapour, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide for about two years. Williams-Jones says the slope of the volcano is moving northwest at the rate of about three centimetres a month, which increases the potential for a landslide. He says if that happens, the change in pressure could destabilize the magma chamber beneath the volcano leading to an eruption.———IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna holds a teleconference to discuss Canada’s international and domestic climate action and provide an update on the ongoing work with partners at COP24.— Matthew Vincent Raymond, accused of killing four people including two city police officers, is due back in court. The court is expected to discuss a further assessment to determine criminal responsibility.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will hold a news conference today on a national security issue after a briefing from officials earlier in the day.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ONDH UNESCO and WB sign agreement on improvement of RAMED Tayssir

Rabat – The national observatory for human development (ONDH), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank (WB) signed, on Monday in Rabat, a partnership agreement to assess the performance of social welfare programs such as RAMED and Tayssir and improve public action in favor of the underprivileged. This tripartite collaboration concerns two things: the reinforcement of ONDH’s capacities in relation with the evaluation of the performance of targeting methods of social welfare programs in Morocco, and the assessment of the efficiency of RAMED and Tayssir’s targeting methods in particular.The agreement was signed by president of the ONDH and national education minister Rachid Benmokhtar, director of WB office in Rabat for the Maghreb Simon Gray and UNESCO representative for Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia Michael Millward. Regarding the reinforcement of ONDH’s capacities, the WB will organize, for the benefit of the ONDH, sessions for training and sharing international expertize on targeting methods, as well as training workshops on specialized software to evaluate the efficiency of social welfare programs, and put at the ONDH’s disposal international experts in the field. read more

UN human rights chief says all countries deserve scrutiny

High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told the UN Human Rights Council, which is meeting in Geneva, that all nations should cooperate more with her Office and with other mechanisms.“I am persuaded that more openness and receptivity on the part of governments bring additional benefits and resources in facing up to human rights challenges,” he said.Her comments came in an address to Council delegates that followed the presentation of her annual report yesterday.In that report Ms. Arbour said a key test of whether the Council is working better than its derided predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, would be the functioning of the “universal periodic review,” the new mechanism that will allow the rights records of all States to be scrutinized.Today the High Commissioner also discussed her Office’s country-specific reports on the situation in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Colombia.In the case of Afghanistan, although the troubled country is making serious efforts at improving its performance across many areas, including security and justice, its transition from war and misrule has been overshadowed by the re-emergence of conflict with the Taliban and related forces last year.“Increased violence impedes much needed development aid from reaching the population,” she said. “This compounds the condition of grinding poverty that affects the vast majority of Afghans,” adding that women still suffering from widespread discrimination and arbitrary detention and torture are reported regularly.But she added that the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission “continues to do excellent work, despite risks due to the security situation,” and her Office was supporting it.In Cambodia, Ms. Arbour’s Office was giving priority to what she described as “persisting patterns of impunity and to issue faced by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as other groups and individuals defending human rights.”She also stressed the need to push for a more independent and professional judiciary, as well as to encourage the creation of legislation more in line with Cambodia’s international human rights obligations.Colombia’s persistent armed conflict and high levels of drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime have made it much harder to protect human rights in the Latin American nation, the High Commissioner said, noting that guerrillas continue to take civilian hostages.“Human rights defenders, including trade unionists and social leaders, indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, displaced persons, women, children and journalists, are among the most affected,” she said.Overall Ms. Arbour emphasized the importance of tackling impunity around the world, as well as fighting discrimination in all its forms.The Council is also currently considering reports on such topics as the defamation of religion, racism, children in armed conflict, the right to development, missing persons, and the death penalty. 15 March 2007No country is immune from human rights problems and therefore they can all benefit from cooperating frankly with international rights mechanisms, the top United Nations official for the subject said today. read more

Security Council calls for stricter implementation of arms embargo on Somalia

“The members of the Council stressed the risks of the continued flow of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia for the stability and security in a wider region of Africa and appealed for sustained regional efforts and cooperation to improve the monitoring and the implementation of the arms embargo on Somalia,” the 15-member body said in a press statement after consulting on the report by a mission to the region last month.“The members of the Council emphasized the need of united approach and stronger support from the international community for enhanced implementation of the arms embargo in Somalia, and strongly urged frontline and neighbouring states to comply fully with their obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions,” according to the statement read by the Council’s President for December, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria.The mission, led by Mr. Tafrov in his capacity as Chairman of the Council’s sanctions committee on Somalia, expressed concern about the continuing lack of an effective central government after more than a decade of civil strife, and the opportunities this provided for activities of international terrorist organizations within the country. read more

10 ways that drinking too much coffee can destroy your body

first_img Inside the glitzy kickoff party for the world’s biggest horse sale, where 300 of the industry’s elite sipped on rare bourbons ahead of dropping millions on horses IT’S EASY TO get completely addicted to coffee when you’re working long hours, with little sleep, staring at a computer screen all day. Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up.Delicious as it is, it is possible to drink too much coffee and reseach indicates that ingesting too much caffeine (500-600 mgs or 5 or more cups of coffee) can cause anything from restlessness to muscle tremors.So keep all this in mind when you order your next double shot of espresso.1. It can make you hear things.According to a study by the University of Melborune, coffee is “the most commonly used psychoactive drug,” and drinking more than 5 cups a day can have you hearing things.Researchers gave 92 subjects large amounts of coffee and then had them listen to white noise.Professor Simon Crowe, of La Trobe University in Melbourne, told the Daily Mail: “We also told them that within the white noise there may be parts of the song White Christmas and if you hear it, press a button. We didn’t include White Christmas in the white noise but found that more people who were very stressed and had high levels of caffeine thought they heard the song. The combination of caffeine and stress affect the likelihood of an individual experiencing a psychosis-like symptom.”2. It can damage your liverAccording to studies by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, while moderate amounts of coffee can help the liver to detoxify the body, too much can have to opposite effect and hinder your liver’s function. This is especially true if you’re taking high doses of common over-the-counter pain medication.3. It can raise your blood pressureThat’s according to a Carnegie Mellon study which also says that coffee can stimulate the heart and cause shallow breathing.4. It can make you irritableThe shallow breathing caused by too much caffeine can stymie oxygen’s flow to the brain, which in turn harms the decision making process.5. It can cause insomniaThis varies from person to person, depending on how well your body can process caffeine. Coffee  has a 6 hour half life so it takes 24 hours to work its way through your system (on average).That means coffee right before bed (like when you’ve been pulling an all-nighter) is no way to get good quality sleep. Studies show that it reduces valuable REM sleep time.6. It’s addictiveAccording to research done by Johns Hopkins University, caffeine only gives you that focused energy because it gets you over caffeine withdrawals in the first place.John Hopkins researchers found that caffeine-related performance improvement is nonexistent without caffeine withdrawal. In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.7. It can make hard workers slack offThe University of British Columbia did a study in which it gave 40 rats amphetamines and caffeine. The amphetamines made lazy rats work harder and hard working rats more lazy.The coffee, on the other hand, did nothing for the slackers. It didn’t do anything for the workers either.8. It can increase your risk of osteoporosisThis is according to research by the Oregon State University. To combat this, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium when you’re drinking coffee.9. Withdrawal can give you a headacheWithdrawal is about 12-24 hours after your last cup, according to the American Heart Association.10. Withdrawal can also make you depressedYou can add anxiety, fatigue and drowsiness to those symptoms.- Linette Lopez with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy. Trump’s plan to revoke California’s power to set its own automotive-emissions standards isn’t about cars or California — it’s about Obama Most American CFOs expect a recession by the 2020 election A 32-year-old CFO chose to stay at work instead of getting an MBA. Here’s how she made the decision — and why she doesn’t regret it. last_img read more

A sad day for tab addicts Firefox will drop Panorama tab management

first_imgPanorama, the thumbnailed heads-up display of all your open tabs, is slated to get the boot from Firefox in the near future. Panorama first landed in Firefox 4 way back in August of 2010, but its user base has remained small — limited to the kinds of power users who frequently pop open hundreds of tabs in single Firefox browsing session.The plan for now is to uproot the Panorama code and convert it back into an add-on. Some of you may recall that Panorama actually started out as an extension. Tab Candy (as it was originally called) was the brainchild of  Aza Raskin. In 2010, Raskin was appointed to be Mozilla’s creative lead and he looked at Tab Candy as a way to organize browsing sessions spatially.When Panorama debuted, it was lauded by many in the tech world. Unfortunately, it never received much attention after the initial launch. The reality is that the overwhelming majority of people using web browsers simply don’t have enough tabs open at one time to really benefit from a feature like Panorama. Even if Mozilla had aggressively promoted Panorama, it’s almost certain that it would still have wound up lurking in the shadows of obscurity.Sometimes experimental add-ons find themselves a permanent home in Firefox — like Weave, which eventually evolved into Firefox Sync. Underutilized features, however, are targeted for removal. It’s a constant battle to keep Firefox lean and mean while still adding on critical new functionality and support for emerging standards.If Panorama can be effectively removed and served up as a standalone add-on again, the vocal power users that would lament its removal will have a fall-back and the rest of Mozilla’s users will have a browser with a bit less bloat. It’s too bad that Raskin’s vision didn’t stick, but it will certainly live on in the Gallery as long as there are still tab-happy Firefox users.last_img read more

County GOP chairman survives no-confidence vote

first_imgTwo meetings in the last week have resulted in calls for Clark County Republican Party Chairman David Gellatly to step down, in the latest in a series of struggles to control the local party.The first was a special executive board meeting on Sept. 2. The sole agenda item for the meeting was a motion to refer Gellatly’s chairmanship position to the precinct committee officers, a group elected by registered voters who consider themselves party members. The motion effectively would have served as a vote of no confidence by the executive board.The argument for the chairman’s removal stemmed from what PCO member Ann Donnelly characterized as “minor accounting points.”Eighteenth Legislative District Chairman George Hacker offered a little more detail.Hacker said Gellatly cut a check for $7,500 to conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren after she spoke at the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in June. This was cause for concern because at an Aug. 2 meeting, the board discussed Gellatly’s involvement in finances and issuing checks without another member’s signature. Hacker said the board thought the issue was resolved until Gellatly paid Lahren the second half of her $15,000 speaking fee.“That’s where for me it got to a point where the chairman was out of line and needed to be brought to PCOs,” Hacker said.Donnelly, however, said she felt Gellatly explained the issues “very satisfactorily.”The motion failed to receive a supermajority vote as required by the party’s bylaws to move forward. The final vote was 7-4 in favor of referring Gellatly’s position to the PCOs.last_img read more