Government must provide financial help to popularise equestrian: Fouaad Mirza

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 6 (PTI) Asian Games medal winner Fouaad Mirza on Thursday called for financial help in popularising equestrian in India, saying the government can take a cue from European nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany. Mirza recently became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition in Indonesia. Mirza bagged silver in individual jumping with a score of 26.40. “It would be interesting to look into the programmes of countries like UK, Germany, Japan and Thailand, to see if we can also come up with a system to support and help equestrian sport grow in India,” Mirza told PTI in an interview here. “These governments provide financial aid to the sport and equine athletes. Our government should adopt this system as the sport is expensive. It needs lots of money to maintain a horse and matters concerning logistics,” he added. Mirza was felicitated by Embassy Group chairman and managing director Jitu Virwani at an event. Fouaad, who has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. Replying to a query, Mirza said quarantine regulations makes the sport even more expensive, and it becomes difficult for equestrian enthusiasts to get horses into India. “Therefore, to tide over this problem, people like Mr Jitu Virwani, who is the Chairman of Embassy Group, should chip in. I am very grateful to Mr Jitu for supporting me to get horses and cater to sundry other requirements to train. We have eight horses imported at the Embassy Inetrnational Riding School,” he added.advertisement Mirza said more and more equestrian competitions should be conducted to popularise the sport in India. “The equine athletes are fortunate to have many equestrian competitions, especially the Equestrian Premier League, which which provides a platform for beginners and also professionals,” he said. Virwani said Army control over equestrian federation in India is tight and it needs to be replaced with experts, who are well-versed in the sport. “Serving army officials should be off the federation, instead experts and knowledgeable civilians, should run it. Unfortunately, there is much of politics in the federation and country takes a back seat,” he said. Asked if he wishes to contest the federation election, Virwani said only if the Army wishes him to do so. “However, I will not advise Fouaad to contest election because training takes a lot of time and needs focus. I will contest only if the Army wants me to do,” he said. PTI BDNAHlast_img

Ministry Reports Progress with LED Programme

first_img Jamaica formalized its participation earlier this year. Story Highlights The local programme is part of the six-year CAN$28.2 million Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED). The efforts will be geared toward stimulating economic development through the growth of MSMEs. The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is reporting progress on work to implement the Local Economic Development (LED) programme, which seeks to enhance governance and economic development at the community level.Under the initiative, efforts will be geared toward stimulating sustainable economic development through the growth of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector and community economic enterprises.While this is being done, there will be simultaneous strengthening of the competencies and capacities of the beneficiaries, inclusive of local authorities, private enterprises, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), and other key community stakeholders contributing to, or involved in the LED process, through training; knowledge sharing (local and regional); technical assistance; and direct project support.In this regard, the LED is expected to lay the platform establishing economic activities and enterprises in some 150 communities islandwide; support at least 300 small and micro enterprises, enabling them to attain financial viability and/or expand their businesses; and positively impact the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the time the programme matures fully.The local programme is part of the six-year CAN$28.2 million Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).It is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 strategic priorities, focusing on job creation and economic growth. It is also one of the strategic local government reform priorities identified by the ministry.CARILED, which runs until 2018, is currently being implemented in CARICOM member states by the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministries (CFLGM), with assistance from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).Jamaica formalized its participation earlier this year when the Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FCM. The Ministry also serves as Secretariat for the CFLGM, which is chaired by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott.The Minister advises that six parishes have been selected for the local programme’s pilot phase. These are: Kingston, St. Andrew, Portmore, St. Catherine; Manchester, Clarendon, and St. Elizabeth, where projects have been identified in the areas of: eco-tourism, agro-processing, sports, tourism, recycling, and light infrastructure.A document from the Ministry states that an evaluation instrument was developed to select the pilot parishes/municipality.Considerations, it adds, were given to 10 criteria, including the status of Local Sustainable Development Programmes (LSDPs); commitment to long term support of LED; strong partnerships with community participatory mechanisms, such as Parish Development Committees (PDCs); and commitment to advancing local government reform, the document notes.Speaking at a recent Social Development Commission (SDC) community development committee conference in Mandeville, Manchester, Mr. Arscott informed that a LED National Country Co-ordinator (NCC) for Jamaica has been appointed.Information provided by the Ministry indicates that the successful candidate, who was appointed in July, was selected from 50 applicants, all Jamaicans, who responded to advertisements for the post in late 2012.The NCC will report directly to the Programme Implementation Manager, based at CARILED’s regional office in Trinidad and Tobago.Additionally, Mr. Arscott advised that six Local Economic Development Officers (LEDOs), who will be assigned to assist with project implementation in the six pilot parishes, have also been appointed.He said with the exception of Portmore’s officer, all LEDOs will be based at the respective Parish Council offices. The Portmore representative will be temporarily accommodated at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston, until that municipality’s council finalizes permanent arrangements.The Ministry’s document informs that a Local Economic Development-National Advisory Council (LED-NAC) will be appointed to provide “strategic direction and oversight” for Jamaica’s roll-out of its LED Programme.“The LED-NAC will be vested with the power to influence related policies and supporting legislation,” it outlines.At the local level, Local Economic Development-Project Advisory Committees (LED-PACs) will be established to support implementation of the myriad activities within communities.“The LEDOs (supervised by the NCC) will work closely with the LED-PACs to ensure that projects and other inputs from CARILED are implemented as programmed, and sustainable read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will be closed today, Sept. 16, for about 20 minutes between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. -30- Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116last_img

Opposition accuses NB premier of failing to act on harassment allegations

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s official Opposition has accused Premier Brian Gallant of failing to act swiftly on allegations of harassment against the Speaker of the legislature, suggesting the Liberals were trying to cover up the matter.Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said in a statement Friday that Gallant was told about the allegations against Chris Collins on Feb. 17, but reconvened the legislature on March 13 with Collins in the Speaker’s chair.Higgs said the premier then called a supposedly “urgent” news conference Thursday evening to announce that Collins had been suspended from the Liberal caucus — a day-and-a-half after learning a former employee of the legislative assembly was going ahead with the allegations.Tory justice critic Hugh Flemming said the lag time is perplexing and that the premier should have started an investigation into the matter as soon as he learned about it.“The thing that gets me is this is a coverup that blew up,” he said in an interview.“I have serious reservations and concerns in the way in which the premier has handled this. The premier’s been aware of it and they suddenly and without notice closed the legislature when it was scheduled to sit for three more weeks. To me, the issue that I’m concerned with is the truth and secondly, the manner in which Brian Gallant has handled this when he has known about it since February.”A spokesperson for Gallant pushed back against the allegation of a coverup.“The premier’s office did not receive any actionable allegations until April 4 and did not receive consent from the alleged victim to comment publicly until April 5,” Tina Robichaud said in a statement Friday night.“The premier went public with the information less than two hours after government received consent from the alleged victim.”Gallant said in Thursday’s conference call that he wanted to respect the former employee’s request for time to consider their options and that there will be an independent, third-party investigation of the unspecified allegations against the 55-year-old Speaker.“Any workplace harassment is unacceptable and government will take prompt and appropriate action in this situation and whenever such allegations are brought forward,” Gallant said at the hastily called news conference.Gallant said his majority government will ask the legislative administration committee to suspend Collins from his position while the investigation is underway. But he released no details about the nature of the allegations or the complainant.Flemming said that’s not acceptable.“I’m a lawyer … and the first thing you’re told is get all the facts and we don’t have the facts,” he said. “We don’t know who the complainant is, we don’t know where the complainant is, we don’t know what the complaint is. We only know, given the reaction of the premier, it’s serious.”The premier said when staff in his office learned of “personality conflicts” between the Speaker and the former employee, the employee was moved to another job, but Gallant did not make it clear when that happened.On Feb. 17, the premier’s office was told of potential allegations of harassment involving the Speaker, but the employee chose not to bring forward the allegations at that time, Gallant said. The premier said the employee asked for time to consider their options.But he said it was confirmed Wednesday that the former employee was making allegations of harassment.Green party Leader David Coon said in a statement Friday that it is the responsibility of the legislative branch of government to determine the course of action in response to harassment allegations.He said he wrote to Liberal MLA Bernard LeBlanc, vice-chairman of the legislative administration committee, to request that he convene a meeting of the committee Friday by teleconference.LeBlanc issued a statement Friday saying he would convene a meeting of the committee on Monday.“I have full confidence that the members of the committee will take appropriate steps to ensure this matter is resolved appropriately, and that due process is followed,” LeBlanc said.Collins did not respond to a request for comment.He was first elected to the provincial legislature in a 2007 byelection, after serving three years as a Moncton city councillor. He was briefly minister of local government under former Liberal premier Shawn Graham and was elected Speaker after the Liberals returned to power in September 2014 under Gallant.According to his official biography, the Saint John, N.B., native studied political science and philosophy at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, and spent two decades as a salesman and account representative for Clairol, L’Oreal, Alberto-Culver and General Mills Canada.The former minor soccer coach lost his son Sean in 2007 to a cancer-related illness, and is a board member of Advocacy for Canadian Childhood Oncology Research Network.The next general election read more

June building numbers double yeartodate construction value in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John has released building numbers for the month of June which show that the value of construction last month more than doubled the year-to-date total.According to the statistics for June, construction was started on eleven projects, with a total value of $7,699,000.At the end of May, the total value of construction in the Energetic City was $7,251,650, which means that the total value of construction so far this year now totals $14,950,650. Though last month’s statistics are encouraging, 2018 is so far on track to be a slower year than last year, when the year-to-date construction value at this time was $17,499,500.So far in 2018, there have been 49 building permits in the city, most of which are for commercial construction or for garage/renovations.Last month, the majority of permits were issued for renovations, but the big increase in value came from multiple-family home and industrial construction.The largest project started in June was an industrial project by Urban Systems in the 9100 block of 77th Ave. worth just under $4.2 million.Another $2 million project was begun in the 11500 block of 91st Ave., while a multi-family home at 8303 92 Ave. was valued at $1 million.With the big increase in construction value, the City saw a big jump in revenues compared to the month prior. Last month, the City saw revenues of $70,820.90 from permits and charges, bringing the year-to-date total to $119,707.90.Despite the large increase, revenues from permits and fees are still $50,000 less than at this point a year ago.last_img

Moroccos Prince Moulay Rachid Welcomes Baby Boy

Rabat – Prince Moulay Rachid has welcomed a baby boy that HM King Mohammed VI has baptized HH Prince Moulay Ahmed, the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced Thursday.On this happy occasion, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery presents its heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to HM King Mohammed VI, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, his Spouse Lalla Oum Kaltoum and all members of the illustrious royal family, the ministry said in a statement read by Abdelhak Lamrini, Spokesman of the royal palace.Prince Moulay Rachid, brother of King Mohammed VI, got married with Miss Oum Keltoum Boufarès in June 2014. Oum Keltoum Boufares is the daughter of Mamoun Boufares who was the governor of Marrakech when King Mohammed VI ascended the throne in July 1999.Moulay Mamoum Boufarès, is the son of Princess Lalla Khadija, daughter of Sultan Moulay Youssef, who is the father of the late king Mohammed V, the grandfather of King Mohammed VI.

UN appeals for 10 million to relieve floodhit communities in Laos

“The floods of August 2008 pose a serious mid- to long-term threat to the health, food security, welfare and livelihoods, especially of the poorest communities affected by them,” said UN Resident Coordinator Sonam Yangchen Rana. Disease, malnutrition and loss of livelihoods are among the threats facing 11 provinces hit by some of the worst flooding in a century in the South-East Asian country.“Families who were already close to the poverty borderline risk being pushed under due to the loss of rice paddy, food stocks and other assets,” the UN representative stated. “Caregivers who already struggled to ensure their children received a sufficiently nutritious diet will find the task even harder.”Ms. Rana noted that while flooding is a regular incident in the region, the calamity of this year’s mid-August inundations was a severe setback to development progress in large parts of the country. A rapid needs assessment conducted by the Government, UN and other parties has identified the immediate priorities to be addressed: clean drinking water and sanitation, food supplies, essential medicines and primary health care, emergency replacement seeds, immunization and surveillance for disease outbreaks and nutrition status. Kick-starting the relief activities, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has already contributed $2.024 million towards the joint appeal that proposes 15 projects in eight sectors. The appeal is requesting a total amount of $9,945,998 to address the humanitarian and essential early recovery needs. 19 September 2008The United Nations has appealed for nearly $10 million in urgent humanitarian aid to assist communities hit by recent floods in Laos that have damaged farmland, infrastructure and the homes of over 200,000 people.

AsiaPacifics resilience against financial turmoil being ground down – UN

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), singled out trade protectionism as a crucial problem that must be tackled.“An early conclusion of the Doha round and more intraregional integration would provide new impetus to economic recovery,” she said at a panel which was part of ESCAP’s 65th annual session.Further, Ms. Heyzer added, stable currency exchange and stepped up regional coordination is necessary so that “economic recovery evolved in line with a more sustainable and inclusive process of economic growth.”Also at the panel, her counterpart for Europe, Jan Kubis, Executive Secretary for the Economic Commission for Europe (ECA), pointed out that no region is immune to the financial turmoil.Regarding his own region, he said that extreme poverty had virtually been eliminated by the end of 2007, but “with higher food prices, falling employment opportunities, reduced remittances and strained safety nets, it is estimated that another 10 million people in the region have been pushed back into poverty.”For his part, Abdoulie Janne of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said that the widely-held belief that the continent would be shielded from the crisis, due to its limited integration into the global finance structure, was too optimistic.“We are now experiencing a slowdown in growth, declining exports, reduced tourism, investment flows, remittances and weakening currencies,” he noted.Ms. Heyzer said that the current recession provides “an important window of opportunity for addressing longer-term issues,” calling for the laying of “economic and social foundations for a more inclusive development model that is based upon environmentally sound principles.” 28 April 2009The Asia-Pacific region has been steeled against the global recession by lessons learned from the 1997 economic crisis, but its resilience will continue to be chipped away unless several key issues are addressed, a top United Nations official cautioned today.

East Timor talks with Indonesia on legal issues generally positive UN says

“We had generally positive discussions with the Attorney General and his staff on a number of justice related issues,” said Dennis McNamara, the deputy head of UNTAET, adding that a number of specific issues spanning as far back as 1975 were raised. “But there are many issues outstanding. We need much more active cooperation from the Indonesian side if we are going to make real progress.”Mr. McNamara’s remarks came at a press conference in Dili, where he briefed journalists on the first meeting last week between UNTAET officials and new Attorney General Mohamad Abdurrahman. The UNTAET deputy was accompanied by the Special Advisor to the Prosecutor General, Mohamed Othman.The meeting was a follow-up to the 12 September visit to Indonesia by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello, Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri, Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs José Ramos-Horta and independence leader Xanana Gusmão during which they met with Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri and other senior Indonesian Government representatives.Mr. McNamara said that his delegation had proposed monthly meetings with the Indonesians in order to go through each of the cases in detail, and suggested the next meeting would be held in Dili in November.Meanwhile, the East Timorese Council of Ministers today approved the creation of two new institutions to fight poverty in the territory following agreements between UNTAET and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed in December 2000.The decision to set up a Foundation for the Reduction of Poverty in East Timor and a Society for Micro-finance in East Timor came after an ADB briefing to the Council on a micro-finance project that would boost development in East Timor and reduce its poverty.

Early childhood care crucial to eliminating gender inequality UNICEF warns

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on governments and others committed to universal education and gender equality to remember that the earliest years are the most critical for children’s development.If many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be reached, the cycle of negative gender stereotypes must be broken earlier in a child’s life rather than later, the agency warned, referring to the ambitious targets for slashing a host of social ills such as extreme poverty, hunger, maternal and infant mortality, and a lack of equal access to education, all by 2015. “Gender equality must be addressed right from the beginning of life,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah told the closing session of the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) partnership meeting in Cairo. “Huge steps can be made to empower girls if we begin the movement for gender equality in those first years of a child’s life.”Although universal primary education for all boys and girls is one of eight MDGs, the majority of the estimated 115 million children not attending school around the world are girls, a startling statistic that will have negative repercussions on an entire generation.Girls who are kept out of schools are not only denied their own right to education, but if they later become mothers, they are more likely to raise children who remain uneducated, unvaccinated and more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, UNICEF told the meeting, which brought together other UN agencies, donor governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The universal primary education goal is closely linked to that of promoting gender equality, empowerment of women and global development. The theme of the UNGEI meeting – Gender and Early Childhood Care and Education – placed particular emphasis on supporting families and gender-focused policies and scaling up of quality early childhood care programmes. Quality programmes focus on well-trained teachers, well-informed parents, and child-centred community care. By covering issues ranging from pre-school and parenting techniques to school nutrition and breastfeeding advice, they particularly benefit children who need them the most: girls living in poverty.Girl children may be required to care for younger siblings, a responsibility that prevents them from getting an education of their own. Early childhood care programmes are key in closing this discrimination gap. When younger siblings are in pre-school programmes, their older sisters are free to pursue their own studies. And by setting children out early on the road to learning, early childhood education can be instrumental in breaking the cycle of poverty and preparing children for success in school.

Canada announces 34 players for selection camp ahead of world juniors

TORONTO — Canada will have just two players returning to defend its gold medal from the 2018 world junior hockey championship.Forwards Alex Formenton and Maxime Comtois, both 19, are among the 34 players chosen by Hockey Canada that will attend selection camp ahead of the 2019 world junior championship that begins on Boxing Day.The majority of Hockey Canada’s selections come from the Canadian Hockey League, with 29 of the 34 named to camp currently playing in either the OHL, QMJHL or Western Hockey League.Defencemen Ian Mitchell (Denver), Jacob Bernard-Docker (North Dakota) and Cameron Crotty (Boston University) and forward Shane Bowers (Boston University) are the lone Canadians playing outside the CHL to make the cut. The Canadian squad will also have forward Gabe Vilardi joining them at camp. His status was unknown after starting the year on the injured list with the L.A. Kings, but he has recovered and is currently on a conditioning assignment in the American Hockey League. The battle in net will be between Michael DiPietro, Ian Scott and Matthew Villalta.Forward Alexis Lafreniere is the youngest player invited at only 17. He isn’t eligible for the NHL draft until 2020.Forwards Robert Thomas and Michael Rasmussen were hopefuls for the squad but haven’t been released by their NHL clubs. They still could, though it appears highly unlikely.Selection camp, which was announced in Calgary, will take place from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14 in Victoria and will be followed by three exhibition games against a group of U Sports all-stars.The Canadian team hits the ice on Dec. 26 for its world junior opener against Denmark in a Group A matchup at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. All Group B games will take place at Victoria’s Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.Selection Camp Roster:Goaltenders: Michael DiPietro, Ian Scott, Matthew VilaltaDefencemen: Calen Addison, Nicolas Beaudin, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Evan Bouchard, Josh Brook, Cameron Crotty, Noah Dobson, Pierre-Olivier Jospeh, Jared McIsaac, Ian Mitchell, Markus Phillips, Ty SmithForwards: Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Shane Bowers, Maxime Comtois, Ty Dellandrea, Mackenzie Entwhistle, Alex Formenton, Liam Foudy, Morgan Frost, Cody Glass, Barrett Hayton, Alexis Lafreniere, Raphael Lavoie, Brett Leason, Isaac Ratcliffe, Jack Studnicka, Nick Suzuki, Owen Tippett, Joe Veleno, Gabe Vilardi.  The Canadian Press

Missing elderly man with dementia found at Sunrise gas station

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – An elderly man with dementia who went missing in Tamarac has been found at a Sunrise gas station, deputies said. Allan Hirschberg has been located, and will be reunited with his family. Thank you to the observant passer-by who saw him at a gas station in Sunrise and notified @SunrisePoliceFL.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) April 4, 2019The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed they found 84-year-old Allan Hirschberg around 10 p.m., Wednesday.BSO said a passerby saw Hirschberg at a Sunrise gas station and called authorities.He will soon be reunited with his family, BSO said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Hanley Woods Architect Residential Architect to Become Associations Official Magazines

first_img“For the last 10 years, we’ve had a publishing partnership with the AIA, which concludes in December,” a McGraw-Hill Construction spokesperson said. “Working independently, we will be best positioned to provide a trusted voice, to serve the new and emerging needs of the architectural community and to advance our business interests.  “It appears that AIA was essentially looking for a custom publication they would control,” the spokesperson added. “That is not what the market needs now or in the future.” When contacted by FOLIO:, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton declined to comment on the partnership other to say it is “in keeping with our belief that a focus on a single, large market remains the best strategy for b-to-b media companies.” This isn’t the first time the AIA has partnered with Hanley Wood. In 1976, the company’s founders served as the contract publishers for the association’s AIA Journal. Published 14 times annually, Hanley Wood’s Architect targets the commercial construction space and was launched, along with, in 2006. It carries a BPA-audited circulation of 58,575. Residential Architect, which launched 12 years ago, carries a BPA-audited bimonthly circulation of 20,000.Hanley Wood also publishes Architectural Lighting, Concrete Construction and EcoHome magazines. The American Institute of Architects has selected Hanley Wood’s Architect and Residential Architect as the association’s official magazines. As part of the partnership—which has been agreed upon in principle and is expected to become effective in 2011—Hanley Wood Exhibitions will manage the AIA’s annual convention.While Hanley Wood will continue to own the magazines’ assets, starting next year it will collaborate with the AIA on editorial planning for both, and the AIA will have a dedicated section in each magazine to contribute content.The deal effectively ends a similar arrangement the AIA had with McGraw-Hill Construction and its Architectural Record magazine. It was not immediately clear what precipitated the change. Phil Simon, AIA’s marketing and promotions managing director, did not return a request seeking comment. last_img

Illinois LRA Seeks Consultants to Update Reuse Business Plans

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) in northwestern Illinois is seeking consultants for the following:feasibility study and updated reuse and business plan; andspecialized legal assistance.The LRA will accept sealed proposals in its office at Savanna Depot Park, 18901 B Street, Savanna, IL 61074 until 4:30 p.m. CST on Sept. 19.To obtain a copy of the proposal(s), please call 815/599-1818; for more information, visit the LRA’s website.last_img

2020 Cadillac XT5 New tech more standard equipment

first_img Cadillac Tags 35 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more Post a comment 0 SUVs Crossovers Share your voice 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery More From Roadshow Get a look at the refreshed 2020 Cadillac XT5 Cadillac Cadillac The Cadillac XT5 is a relative newcomer to the automaker’s stable of vehicles, but has rapidly risen to become the best-selling model in the brand’s portfolio. In order to keep the compact luxury SUV competitive, it’s getting a midcycle refresh for the 2020 model year with an updated look, a new powertrain option and, of course, loads more technology.The visual changes are subtle. Inside, there are new color themes and trims, as well as a redesigned center console that’s been reshaped to better hold cups, phones and other items. Externally, a bit of sheet-metal sharpening brings the XT5’s look more in line with its sibling, the new XT6. Last year’s premium LED headlamps are now standard equipment, flanking a new mesh grille treatment.Behind that grille, you’ll find the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine serving as the new base power plant for most trim levels. It’ll send 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the direction of the front wheels via a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive being available as an option. Buyers will be able to upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 engine for a bump up to 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is standard equipment on a new Sport trim level that also features an adaptive damper suspension and a Sport All-Wheel Drive system with a torque-vectoring, twin-clutch rear differential that improves power delivery and stability while cornering.Expect significantly more tech in the 2020 XT5, starting in the dashboard, where you’ll find an 8-inch version of Cadillac and GM’s Infotainment 3.5 system with a new physical control “jog wheel” located within easy reach on the center console. The new software is a huge improvement over Caddy’s old CUE system, with an intuitive interface and pretty snappy performance. Still, I’m most happy to be able to ditch the old capacitive volume touch bar in favor of a trusty, accurate volume knob. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay continue as standard technologies, joined by new NFC smartphone pairing and high-speed USB-C charging ports scattered around the cabin.2020-cadillac-xt5-premiumluxury-013-low-resThe visual changes are subtle, but the 2020 XT5 boasts more standard safety and cabin technologies than before. Cadillac There are also more standard safety features including forward collision alert with low-speed automatic braking, Intellibeam automatic high-beam lighting and pedestrian detection for front and rear. Meanwhile, the 2020 options list also gets fleshed out with newly available night vision, improved versions of the automaker’s rear camera mirror and surround-view camera systems and more.The updated 2020 Cadillac XT5 hits dealerships in “late summer 2019.” More standard equipment means that it will also come with a bump in price. We expect to learn exactly how much more closer to that launch window.last_img

This old NES cartridge likely sold for more than 13000

first_img Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:13 The sudden appearance of a copy of the rare Nintendo World Championships 1990 stirs the retro-gaming rumor mill. Josh Miller/CNET A Seattle used-game store has reported buying — and quickly selling —  a copy of a rare NES game. Pink Gorilla Games said Wednesday that a private seller traded in a copy of Nintendo World Championships 1990 along with a bag of other NES cartridges. Only a few hundred copies of the sought-after collector’s item are thought to exist.”Just traded in! Not joking,” the company tweeted Wednesday. The company later tweeted that it paid $13,000 for the game.The pictured cartridge also included serial number “0302,” indicating a higher number of copies than previously discovered. In a YouTube video, Pink Gorilla Games co-owner Kelsey Lewin explained her confirmation of the cartridge’s authenticity.Nintendo World Championships 1990 were originally produced for the competitive touring event the same year, and were also given away to winners of a Nintendo Power magazine contest.Pink Gorilla Games said it sold the cartridge to a private buyer within 24 hours but did not disclose the price. Three new iPhones in 2019, Nintendo sued over Switch…center_img Tags Nintendo Video Games Culture Share your voicelast_img

KXIP vs RCB Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

first_imgSeven matches, four wins and three losses – it has been a good start to the season for Kings XI Punjab and now when the tournament enters the second half, they have to be wary of conceding momentum, much in the same way they fizzled out last year. They will be up against Royal Challengers Bangalore, a side many believe has already fizzled out this season, but then can bounce back on any given day.Punjab’s record in Mohali is great, they are yet to concede more than 176 here and have the side to nullify an already beleaguered RCB outfit.Predicted XI of both sides: Virat KohliIANSKings XI Punjab Predicted XI: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed ShamiRoyal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh YadavFantasy tips and suggestions:Wicket-keeper: Parthiv Patel has been consistent at the top of the order but has not managed to leave an impact on the score. KL Rahul is coming after a superb century against Mumbai Indians and could fancy the RCB bowling attack and thus, is an automatic pick over Parthiv Patel as the wicket-keeper. Chris Gayle and KL RahulIANSBatsmen: Virat Kohli is battered and he is hungry to prove a few people wrong. Hence, he will be one to watch out for as will be Chris Gayle, who was at his best against Mumbai Indians. AB de Villiers and Mayank Agarwal should round off the batting order for this side, as all these batsmen have been amongst the runs and now at the business end of the tournament they need to stand up and be counted.All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis was expected to bring great balance to RCB, but he has punched under his weight but could fancy the KXIP bowling attack. Also, Kohli could use him to control the middle overs, which might lead to wickets. Sam Curran was plundered for runs in Mumbai, but the young man has shown unflappable temperament and hence, should be in the side, as he picked up a hat-trick on this very ground.Spinners: R Ashwin has been brilliant this season with the ball and has not only contained runs but also picked up wickets. He will be accompanied by Yuzvendra Chahal, who has quietly gone about his business as usual with the ball. Seamers: Umesh Yadav makes a comeback and he should be included in the side. He has pace and hostility and could ruffle up Chris Gayle early. Also, Hardus Viljoen has shown tremendous promise, more so in the death overs and should be a good pick. Mohammed Shami completes the side and this season has been a revelation of sorts for the pacer.last_img

Former Google Employees Create Autonomous Delivery Vehicle

first_img A pair of former Google folks have engineered a self-driving car that specializes in deliveries — like pizza or groceries. Nuro, the Mountain View-based startup has shown off their latest project — an autonomous car designed around local deliveries for businesses.A handful of these vehicles should begin hitting the road by the end of the year, according to CNN Tech. Nuro’s most recent prototype is like a cut-down SUV with large cargo compartments on both sides for deliveries. These chambers can be refrigerated or otherwise tailored for whatever the needs of the client are.It’s not beefy enough to operate well on the highways, keeping to urban and suburban streets. That will make it perfect for local deliveries and could serve as part of the autonomous system to distribute something like groceries.“We can use self-driving technology to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere for basically all local goods and services,” Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson told CNN Tech. “Consumers used to be okay with two-week paid shipping. It became two-week free delivery, followed by one week, two days, and the same day. Now, same-day delivery isn’t fast enough for some customers.”Toyota unveiled a similar system back at CES. It would operate as a mobile retail store, or, as with Nuro, deliver packages.Unlike autonomous cars, though, Nuro’s solution could be adopted fairly quickly. Because it’s designed to operate at lower speeds and without passengers, it will put fewer people at risk. That could pave the way for zippy proliferation. It does not, however, have any turn signals or means to communicate with others. As such, Nuro’s founders hope that if their AI is good enough, they won’t need to concern themselves with it. That way, humans will know what to expect and be able to safely presume it’ll do what it needs to.CNN Tech also notes that Nuro hopes to avoid phasing out any jobs — forestalling the coming robot jobpocalypse.“We feel by creating this new technology that’s going to enable this last mile delivery, we’re going to be creating new markets and doing things that previously weren’t possible,” Ferguson said. “This is not swapping out jobs with robots. It’s creating new markets. There will definitely be new employment opportunities.” Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

What do gay men love so much about jockstraps

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The basic design of the jock-strap is fairly uniform  –  an elastic waistband to which is attached a support pouch for the cock and balls, and two elastic straps affixed to the base of the pouch and to the left and right sides of the waistband at the hip.The original innovation of the jockstrap was that it cups and supports your genitals. This helps to protect them and keep them out of harm’s way . For example, crunched against the hard seat of your bicycle as you clatter over cobblestones on a delivery run!Jockstraps are popular with athletes (Photo: HUNK²)The rise of the jockstrapThe jockstrap style of underwear quickly grew in popularity and was widely adopted as a form of protection during a wide range of sports. Additional protection or guards are routinely added for sports such as cricket, fencing, and lacrosse.The sports teams of North American schools and colleges are big enthusiasts of the jockstrap. The term ‘jock’  – commonly used in North America to refer to an athletic guy  –  emerged in the late 1950s, and comes from the jockstraps worn by sporty guys.Today the jockstrap has transcended the sports-field and has been incorporated into the everyday wardrobe of many men. There’s a huge range of styles, all with subtle variations on the traditional construction.For sport or fashion, the jockstrap is a staple of many men’s wardrobes (Photo: HUNK²)HUNK² fashionWe’re loving the new range of jockstraps and thongs from USA underwear specialist HUNK².The brand has become a fashion trend not only in the men’s underwear world but also in women’s fashion with the recent launch of their women’s line Foxy².Its jockstraps are perfect for wearing to the gym. They provide plenty of support, are comfortable to wear, and are bound to turn a few heads in the locker-room. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You may not have spent much time thinking about it, but the jockstrap has become a staple item in the wardrobe of most gay men.The history of this underwear may surprise you. It was first invented in 1874 by a Chicago sporting goods company called Sharp & Smith. Its designers were looking for a bespoke underwear solution for the bicycle jockeys working the cobblestone streets of Boston.center_img Take Our PollYou may also like to readMeet the man who hand-knits jockstraps Of course, as well as being practical, functional, and comfortable, the jockstrap also carries with it strong sexual associations. There are a number of reasons for this:• The fetishization of locker rooms and athletes has long been a staple of the sexual fantasies of gay men.• The construction of the jockstrap, by definition, leaves your ass not only exposed but prominently on display.• They’re quite convenient to wear while having sex — it can be a real turn-on wearing a jockstrap while being penetrated by another guy.Underwear available via HUNK² (Photo: HUNK² )Thongs for menIf you’re not keen to wear a jockstrap, or feel that it leaves you a little exposed around the back, a thong may be the answer.The thong can be traced back to the days of the loincloth and ancient Greek and Roman culture. It offers much of the same support as a jock, but with a strap running down between your butt checks instead of side straps.The other great appeal of a thong is that it practically eliminates VPL – otherwise known as visible panty line! As the trend these days is for guys to wear tight-fit or skinny-fit trousers, you can be confident that the only bumps your showing are the ones you’ve been working on in the gym – and not your underwear!Whether you’re a beginner to the world of jockstraps, or a seasoned collector, HUNK² will have something to catch your eye.HUNK² swimwear (Photo: HUNK²)Besides jocks and thongs, it offers unique swimwear and other underwear – check out its Instagram. Designs typically include colorful underwear or stylish flourishes such as pockets or accessories, as highlighted by Marketingram; a social media agency that helps various underwear brands to boost their social presence.Jocks, thong or tight-fitting trunks… isn’t it time you showed off your best ass-ets!HUNK² is a client of Gay Star News. What is it about jockstraps that gay men love so much?This film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhereRussell Crowe is selling off an old leather jockstrapRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :

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