Heavy showers in the last 72 hours have resulted in a surge in the water stocks of the four main dams which constitute the city’s potable water lifeline. The showers have helped make up the rainfall deficit which bedevilled the city last month and relieving fears of a possible water shortage.After Nashik and Solapur, Pune recorded a healthy surplus (nearly 50 %) for the season. The storage of the Khadalwasla dam – the city’s main supplier – rose beyond the 50% mark for the first time this season with its stock climbing up to 1.15 TMC, while Panshet and Varasgaon recording a healthy rise in water stocks, reaching 5 TMCft and 5.11 TMCft respectively.Authorities said the continuous rainfall was a positive sign as this year the Temghar dam, whose maximum storage capacity is 3.15 TMCft, is out of action owing to repair work. The collective storage of the four dams exceeded the halfway-mark, standing at a robust 53.70% with incessant rain in the catchment areas bolstering the water level in the past week. Meanwhile, the Koyna dam has filled up to 60 TMC of its 105 TMC, said officials. The city has, so far, received 285mm rainfall this season, 53 mm excess than the normal mark. The meteorological department has forecasted heavy rains for western and central Maharashtra in the coming days. Incessant bouts of rain in Kolhapur district for the past four days saw a number of villages being cut off with the water levels of the Panchganga River rising precariously, exceeding its ‘danger mark’. The downpour has all but paralyzed traffic in the city since the beginning of the week with the district recording more than 30 mm rainfall in the last 12 hours.According to the district administration’s disaster management cell, heavy rain was recorded in the catchment areas of Shahuwadi, Radhanagari and Gaganbawda tehsils of the district. Officials said that the Ghatprabha and Kode dams were completely filled, while the rest were more than 60% full.
October 25, 2019
Mankad effect: R Ashwin trolled after leaking 47 runs in 4 overs vs KKRIPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin conceded 47 runs from his four-over quota after being taken to the cleaners by Kolkata Knight Riders duo of Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday view more view less commentary scorecard graphs No data available! advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 21:49 IST R Ashwin conceded five sixes during his four-over spell at Eden Gardens on Wednesday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin conceded 47 runs in his four-over quota against KKR at Eden GardensKKR batsman Nitish Rana took Ashwin to the cleaners, hitting 4 sixes against himAshwin’s 47/0 is his second-most expensive figures in IPL cricket historyR Ashwin had kicked up a storm when he Mankaded Jos Buttler in Kings XI Punjab’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 opener against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. A section of the cricket fraternity, including a few former cricketers, criticised Ashwin for not honouring the spirit of the game.Ashwin’s Mankading act, it is safe to say, has become the biggest talking point of IPL 2019 so far. And as Kings XI were gearing up for their second match of the season against the Knight Riders in Kolkata on Wednesday, all eyes were on Ashwin following the social media storm over the last 24 hours.Incidentally, Ashwin was taken to the cleaners by the Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen at the Eden Gardens so much so that the KXIP captain finished with his second most expensive figures in IPL cricket.The off-spinner conceded 47 runs without picking up a wicket in his four-over quota. Ashwin was more expensive than today on only once occasion — when KXIP took on Sunrsiers Hyderabad in 2018 during which he had conceded 54 in his four-over quota.Ashwin, who had bowled with a lot of control, in KXIP’s opener against the Royals on Monday, sprayed it all over the pitch and paid the price for it.It was certainly not a good night for Ashwin with the ball at the Eden Gardens. While he started off by conceding nine runs after bringing himself on in the last over of the powerplay, he was tonked by Knight Riders’ in-form batsman, Nitish Rana.Raha smashed four sixes off Ashwin’s bowling, much to the delight of the Eden Gardens crowd. Ashwin conceded 16 runs off his last over wherein Rana cleared the ropes twice.advertisementQuite a few cricket fans on Twitter had fun at the expense of Ashwin as they brought up the Mankad row and criticised Ashwin’s bowling performance against KKR.Lol seems like Mankad is the only way Ashwin can take a wicket! #KKRvKXIPShort Third Man (@vyatikram188) March 27, 2019Ashwin searching for another “Mankad wicket ??????#KKRvKXIP #AshwinMankadsRofl Patra (@ding4dongcom) March 27, 2019When Ashwin bowls, Non striker has more chances to be dismissed #IPL2019 #AshwinMankads #AshwinShamefulCrimeMaster GoGo (@saransh_tewari) March 27, 2019Ashwin Bowled Badly Today Because His Focus Was More On Non Striker’s End Than On Strikers End… #KKRvKXIPBabu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) March 27, 2019Ashwin finishes his quota inside 12 overs. Now for the remaining 8 overs the non strikers can afford to back up. #KKRvKXIP #IPL2019Prantik (@JoeHarts_hat) March 27, 2019Final figures for Ashwin, 0/47 off 4 overs, and no mankads…. #IPL2019Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) March 27, 2019#KKRvKXIP #AshwinFor every huge hit against Ashwin by KKR batsmen, Butler: pic.twitter.com/L2kHunIq3wGanesh Shelke (@ganeshshelke272) March 27, 2019Nitish Rana made some English fans tonight after smashing Ashwin..#KXIPCricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) March 27, 2019Ashwin should ask his bowlers to mankad now. That’s the only way #KXIP bowlers look like getting a wicket here. #KKRvKXIP #IPL2019Prantik (@JoeHarts_hat) March 27, 2019Now ashwin wil try out taking wicket by mankading.. ?? 47 of his 4..??#KKRvKXIP @SriniMaama16Ashwin Natarajan (@ashwiNatarajan) March 27, 2019Despite facing a lot of criticism, Ashwin defended his action, saying Buttler’s Mankading was well within the rules of the game.”It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease,” Ashwin had said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Monday. “That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place,” he added.Also Read | MCC reacts to Ashwin Mankad row: Understandable how Buttler was given outAlso Read | Once Mankaded by Kapil Dev, Peter Kirsten feels Ashwin’s action was below the beltFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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October 23, 2019
zoom Hong Kong-based port operator Hutchison Ports has entered into a deal with NAWAH Port Management (NPM) to assume management of operations at the Port of Basra in southern Iraq. “Hutchison Ports will assume oversight of day-to-day commercial and operational activities at NPM, operating under the name of Hutchison Ports Basra,” the company said.“We view NPM’s operations at the Port of Basra as an integral piece of our expanding Middle East strategy and are excited about the opportunities this partnership creates,” said Andy Tsoi, Hutchison Ports’ Managing Director – Middle East and Africa. “We believe strongly in the growth story of Basra, Iraq, and the Middle East as a whole and are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in and support the growth of the business over the long term.”NPM is a containerized terminal operator at the Port of Basra located along the Shatt Al Arab waterway in Iraq.Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
October 14, 2019
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Environment Minister Peter Kent said a Haida-owned company was in “apparent” violation of Canadian environmental law after initiating an experiment to dump 100 tonnes of iron dust into the Pacific Ocean to boost plankton levels.Kent, responding to a question from the NDP during question period, said his department had not approved the experiment.“Environment Canada was not asked to approve this apparent violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act,” said Kent. “Anyone who contravenes environmental law should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”Kent only found out about the project three days ago, said his spokesman.The Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation launched the $2.5 million experiment to boost the level of available plankton for salmon and create a carbon sink to tap into the potentially lucrative carbon credit market. The experiment was carried out under the direction of Russ George, a businessman who has been hounded by environmentalists for years.The experiment, the largest geoengineering project in the world, was carried out in July, in an area around 320 kilometres from the Haida Gwaii islands of British Columbia’s coast. It has been roundly criticized by some environmental groups who say it violates at least two UN moratoria and that it’s a dangerous to artificially alter ecosystems.John Disney, head of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and economic development officer for the Old Massett Village, said the experiment is simply recreating natural conditions to boost the survival rates for Pacific salmon which form one of the cornerstones of Haida diet and culture.Disney says he has also met several times with Environment Canada officials who have known about it for several months. Because the experiment fell outside Canada’s jurisdiction, there is little Environment Canada can do about it, he said.“We have lawyers watching our back,” he said. “I kept (Environment Canada) in the loop on this.”A spokesperson for Kent said in an email that officials informed the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation that its experiment violated Canadian environmental law whether it happened inside or outside Canada’s 200 mile limit if it was done without a permit, which was never issued.Environment Canada has been investigating since Aug. 30, said Adam Sweet.“Canada does not condone the practice of ocean dumping unless the proper procedures are followed first,” said Sweet, in the email.
October 14, 2019
APTN National NewsSo much is unknown about First Nation economic development zones or urban reserves.A discussion was held in Winnipeg to help dispel myths and educate.Urban reserves are not uncommon in Saskatchewan, so who better to inform the people.With more on this story here is APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson.
October 12, 2019
Rabat – France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Morocco on Monday, September 10.The French ministry’s website listed the visit as part of Le Drian’s official agenda.The ministry did not give more details about Le Drian’s visit. However, local and international news outlets reported that Le Drian will meet his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita and other officials.The news platforms also speculated that Le Drian’s main objective is to prepare for a future visit of French President Emmanuel Macron in early 2019.Maghreb Confidential reported on August 30 that Macron is expected to visit Morocco in November.The newspaper added that Macron agreed to a prospective visit to Morocco after King Mohammed VI invited him to the launch of Morocco’s first high-speed train, expected to be completed by November. Morocco’s high-speed train project entered the pre-operation phase in June, and total completion was scheduled towards the end of the year.During his visit to Morocco, Le Drian, along with Moroccan senior officials, is also expected to discuss migration.Le Drian’s latest visit to Morocco was in October 2017, when he held talks with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.Both the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its French counterpart describe the partnership between Paris and Rabat as “exceptional.”In his October visit, Le Drian’s ministry called Morocco a “strategic partner for peace and stability” in the region.“With its return to the African Union and its plan to join the Economic Community of West African States, Morocco plays a growing role in Africa,” said the ministry, noting that cooperation in Africa is a critical issue for Morocco and France.With more than $4.72 billion-worth of exports, France was Morocco’s biggest buyer of goods in 2016 and its second-biggest supplier with Morocco importing goods worth $5.18 billion from France in 2016.
October 8, 2019
Wickremanayake entered politics in 1960 winning the Horana seat in the March General Election as a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP). Later in 1970, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and went on to be the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in 1977. In the 1994 General Election, he won the Kalutara District seat and was appointed as the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Plantation Industries and the Leader of the House in President Chandrika Kumaranatunge’s Cabinet. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passed away today. He passed away after falling ill and while he was receiving treatment in hospital. He was 83 years old.Wickremanayake was Prime Minister in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in 2005. He had earlier held the position of Prime Minister from August 2000 – December 2001, succeeding then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
October 8, 2019
The Attorney General has informed court the disappearance of the two documents must be investigated. (Colombo Gazette) An investigation has been sought into the missing passport and National Identity Card (NIC) of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa.The passport and NIC were in the possession of the court when it went missing.
October 2, 2019
Brock University is partnering with Niagara Region Public Health to hold a free sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening clinic on campus for all members of the Brock community.The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. just behind the Hungry Badger in South Block. Participants will produce confidential urine samples in nearby bathrooms, which will then be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia.“Unfortunately up to 80 per cent of people who have Chlamydia show no signs or symptoms,” said Brock’s Health Promotion Educator Julie Fennell. “We want to remind students that even though they may feel great, they may still test positive and pass on the infection to others.”If left untreated, both chlamydia and gonorrhea can have effects on future fertility.As an added incentive, participants will receive a free slice of pizza.
September 30, 2019
201515711658-8747%3 199915901531+59670 YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200116121589+22620 200315791573+5601 200015661617-50522 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. 200715701570+0590 199216161615+1590 201315641593-29551 199015681582-15570 201115521578-25551 199515571545+12601 199715851535+50660 200415951530+65680 199815941542+52660 199315531547+6600 200915891617-28552 200215911524+67680 199415761543+34640 201415961578+18620 201215991580+19611 199115971541+55660 199615981506+92710 Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 200815541628-74492 200616031522+81700 200515841615-31551 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 201015181638-120432
September 25, 2019
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The long-running BBC topical quiz Have I Got News For You was pulled from the air last night in an apparent wrangle over the appearance of Change UK leader Heidi Allen MP.A BBC spokesman said last night: “The BBC has specific editorial guidelines that apply during election periods. “Because of this it would be inappropriate to feature political party leaders on entertainment programmes during this short election period, which does not allow for equal representation to be achieved. “So we will not broadcast the scheduled episode of HIGNFY featuring Heidi Allen, leader of Change UK. We will look to broadcast this episode at a later date.”A message on the programme maker’s Twitter feed said: “Sorry everyone. The BBC have pulled tonight’s edition of #HIGNFY – no, we didn’t book Danny Baker.“We booked Heidi Allen, a member of a party no-one knows the name of (not even the people in it), because the Euro elections, which nobody wants, may or may not be happening. Sorry.”Trying to see the funny side, the programme added: “BBC issues urgent advice not to look at pictures of Heidi Allen in case she influences Euro election result.”And then: “Tune in on Monday for Have I Got Less News For You.” The programme – hosted this week by comedian Jo Brand and featuring Ms Allen on Ian Hislop’s team and comedian Phil Wang on Paul Merton’s team – was recorded on Thursday night.Ms Allen told The Telegraph last night that she was given just two hours’ notice of the cancellation.She said: “I had been booked for ages.” She added that she had been told it was because of the “closeness to the EU elections”.Ms Allen added: “Maybe I am just not as funny as Nigel Farage – he is on the BBC all the time.”
September 21, 2019
In what looks, sounds, and is written like a rated-G April Fools’ joke, Netflix has announced Max, a recommendation engine that sits on top of Netflix’s already established recommendation services, except with a “personality.” Essentially, Netflix has brought the infamous Microsoft Office tutorial mascot, Clippy, back from his spreadsheet grave.Netflix’s current recommendation services are easy to use, and does the best it can even when it seems like it’s intentionally recommending TV shows you absolutely hate. There’s nothing wrong on sprucing them up, though, so the idea of Max, in theory, is sound. In Netflix’s announcement, however, the idea comes off as totally bonkers, thanks largely to the writing.Max is “rumored to be the child or Siri and HAL 9000,” and will employ some new strategies to help you find something you’d enjoy watching. In one scenario, Max presents you with a simple either-or choice; the provided example has you choose either “monkeys or UFOs.” Presumably, if you pick UFOs, you’ll be presented with History Channel documentaries or perhaps something like Fire in the Sky.However, with the attempt at being amusing but coming up more like an April Fools’ joke, the announcement notes that Max sometimes becomes “intoxicated by past success,” gets “a little cocky,” and offers a suggestion without even asking your opinion. However, the suggestion is a mystery, and “you’ll just have to trust him” and press Play.Max will be launching on the PS3 version of Netflix starting today, only available to US members. Netflix will be rolling the Clippy-esque service out to more members in the upcoming weeks, and if it is received well, will be coming to more Netflix devices in the future. The iPad, the announcement noted, will be the next target.
September 20, 2019
Le syndrome de Lynch : symptômes, dépistage, prévention, qu’est ce c’est ?Le syndrome de Lynch est une maladie héréditaire rare qui touche aussi bien les hommes que les femmes. Les personnes atteintes de ce syndrome ont un risque plus élevé de développer un cancer colorectal, de l’utérus ou de l’ovaire avant l’âge de 50 ans.Qu’est-ce que le syndrome de LynchLe syndrome de Lynch est une maladie génétique héréditaire qui se transmet sur le mode autosomique. Un enfant dont l’un des deux parents en est atteint a donc un risque sur deux d’en être lui aussi atteint.Aussi appelé cancer colorectal héréditaire sans polypose, le syndrome de Lynch est responsable d’environ 2 à 5% des cas de cancers colorectaux. Le risque pour un homme atteint d’un syndrome de Lynch de développer ce type de cancer est beaucoup plus élevé que dans la population en général. Chez les femmes, le risque d’être atteint d’un cancer de l’utérus est également plus grand. Chez les personnes vivant avec un syndrome de Lynch, ces cancers surviennent souvent à un plus jeune âge, habituellement avant 50 ans dans le cas d’un cancer colorectal.Le syndrome de Lynch est dû à une mutation génétique. Cette anomalie touche l’un des quatre gènes qui contrôlent et corrigent les erreurs survenant lors de la duplication de l’ADN, pendant la division cellulaire.Comment dépister le syndrome de Lynch Le syndrome de Lynch étant héréditaire, les médecins ont recours à ce qu’on appelle les critères d’Amsterdam afin de déterminer si une mutation du gène est présente au sein d’une même famille. Il y a suspicion de syndrome de Lynch si au moins trois parents sont atteints d’un cancer colorectal, de l’intestin grêle, de l’endomètre (utérus), du rein, de l’estomac ou de l’ovaire et si l’un des ces parents est uni aux deux autres par un lien au 1er degré (père, mère, frère, sœur, enfant). Il faut aussi que ces cancers soient observés sur deux générations successives et qu’au moins un des parents ait eu un cancer avant l’âge de 50 ans. Une personne atteinte du syndrome de Lynch est en effet souvent entourée d’une famille dont plusieurs de ses membres ont développé un cancer colorectal ou un autre cancer lié à au syndrome.Pour une personne à risque, il est possible de diagnostiquer le syndrome de Lynch par un dépistage génétique. Ce dépistage permettra alors de confirmer une suspicion de syndrome de Lynch chez un patient et de déterminer si d’autres membres de la famille sont également à risque. Prévention et traitement des cancers liés au syndrome de LynchLorsque le diagnostic du syndrome de Lynch a été confirmé par un dépistage génétique, le patient devra être très attentif vis-à-vis les recommandations de son médecin. La prévention est souvent la clé afin de réduire le risque de cancer et surtout, afin de le détecter à un stade précoce.À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Un homme atteint d’un syndrome de Lynch devra souvent passer des tests de dépistage de cancer colorectal dès l’âge de 20 ou 25 ans, alors que dans la population en général, le dépistage pour ce type de cancer est recommandé à partir de l’âge de 50 ans. Le patient devra aussi se soumettre plus fréquemment à une coloscopie, soit de 1 à 2 fois par an. Dans certains cas, une chirurgie prophylactique pourra être envisagée. Cette opération consiste à retirer des éléments anormaux bénins comme des polypes intestinaux afin de prévenir l’apparition d’une tumeur maligne. Chez la femme, le dépistage pour le cancer de l’utérus et le cancer de l’ovaire devra aussi se faire à un âge plus précoce. Des interventions chirurgicales consistant à enlever l’utérus (hystérectomie), le col utérin, une trompe de Fallope ou un ovaire peuvent aussi être proposées dans certains cas. L’hystérectomie est une grosse opération qui peut être difficile à vivre pour plusieurs femmes puisqu’elles ne pourront plus jamais tomber enceinte. Le 30 juin 2016 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
September 17, 2019
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac expects that they will be in for a difficult time ahead of tonight’s Group E clash with AEK Athens in the Champions LeagueThe Bavarians ended a four-game winless run over the weekend by defeating Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Bundesliga.It marked a welcome return to form for Bayern, who now hope to claim three points in Greece tonight to edge a step closer towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.But Kovac believes that they will not have it all their own way against an Athens side, who desperately need a win to maintain their own hopes of progressing past the group stages.“I have personally been preparing for two or three weeks for this game,” Kovac told reporters on Twitter.“The task tomorrow is very clear – we want to win the game, but we know that will not be easy.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Victories are always important. For Athens, it could be their last chance and they will be highly motivated.”It was announced on Monday that Franck Ribery had not travelled with the Bayern squad to Greece due to a back injury.Although Kovac did confirm that David Alaba will be ready for tonight’s game, despite being withdrawn at half-time against Wolfsburg.🏆 @ChampionsLeague⚽ #AEKFCB🏟 Olympiastadion Spyros Louis⌚ 18.55 Uhr 💪 #packmas pic.twitter.com/dl5sjQPoc4— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) October 23, 2018
September 10, 2019
2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Refined Jeep Grand Cherokee gains fuel economy with EcoDiesel (pictures) More From Roadshow Diesel Cars Car Industry Trucks SUVs Enlarge ImageThose who bought or leased 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models with diesel engines can expect a little check in the mail. Jeep It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t just Volkswagen that got caught up in the whole Dieselgate scandal. Plenty of other carmakers got outed for cheating on diesel emissions testing as well, like Fiat Chrysler.Once FCA was exposed for installing emissions defeat devices in its diesel vehicles, owners were pretty pissed. Over 100,000 of them went and filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, and now, according to a story published on Friday by Reuters, those owners are about to get paid.FCA offered to settle with the owners involved in the lawsuit for the princely sum of $307.5 million, and a federal judge in San Francisco accepted that settlement. That means that owners and lessees of 2014-2016 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models can expect a check in the mail for around $3,075.If that doesn’t sound like a lot, that’s because it’s not. It’s less than the upcharge on most vehicles to opt for a diesel engine. Still, owners have been enjoying sweet torque and decent fuel economy in the meantime, so it’s not all bad. Current owners and lessees can submit a claim to be a part of the class action suit until February of 2021, while former owners and lease-holders only get until August of 2019 to get theirs in.The civil suit settlement is only a portion of the giant chunk of change that FCA has had to lay out as a result of its diesel trickery. It was obligated to extend vehicle warranties to owners of affected diesel vehicles as well as pay fines to the US and State of California. In all, it works out to an additional $311 million.Still, this experience hasn’t put the company off of its diesel models, because the Ram 1500 is getting a new EcoDiesel unit in the near future.FCA didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Tags Post a comment 0 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Jeep Ram 28 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Ram Jeep
September 9, 2019
Representative Bill Stoltze, a Republican from Chugiak, announced a new political path at the Mat Su Senior Center in downtown Palmer on Friday.Stoltze told the audience that his heart has always been in Palmer, and now he’d like to represent that city in a new state Senate district. He said he’d done “a lot of soul-searching” before making the announcement.Download Audio
September 9, 2019
If Donald Trump doesn’t have the presidential nomination in the bag by July, the Republican National Convention could be the most exciting in decades. 28 Alaskans get to participate, and this week Alaska Republicans will choose who gets to go. APRN’s Liz Ruskin looks at what’s ahead for the state convention in Fairbanks, which runs Thursday through Saturday, and beyond that, at the big show in Cleveland.Download AudioDonald Trump and Ted Cruz at an ABC Republican debate in New Hampshire in February. (Creative Commons photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC)Republicans don’t want any trouble from the fire marshal when they gather at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel. State party communications director Suzanne Downing said they already have 400 people registered and paid, so they’re nearly at room capacity already, and Downing said people are excited.“That’s the thing that I’m getting from most people that are going to the state convention: They feel like they’re part of history,” Downing said. “They feel like they’re part of creating America.”The convention will pick a new state party chair and decide the party platform. But the big buzz now is about which Alaskans will be delegates to Cleveland in July. The Fairbanks convention will choose 12 delegates for Ted Cruz, 11 for Trump and five for Marco Rubio. (Rubio suspended his campaign, but asked to retain the five delegates he won in Alaska on Super Tuesday.) Downing says more than 150 Alaskans have applied to fill those spots at the national convention, and they’re lobbying hard.At the same time, the presidential campaigns are scrambling to vet the potential delegates. Or, Downing said, the Cruz campaign is.“Oh, yeah. The Cruz campaign has been very active,” Downing said. “They’ve been scouring the delegate sheets, for people who want to represent Cruz at national convention. And then the national Cruz campaign has been calling each of those delegates and interviewing them and seeing what their true interest is in him as a candidate. They really want to find people who are true blue Cruz supporters.”The Trump campaign? Not so much, Downing says.“We haven’t actually had much contact from the Trump campaign,” said Downing. “We haven’t seen them in the office.”But Anchorage Trump campaign volunteer David Morgan says Trump IS active in Alaska. Morgan says he’s helping party stalwart Jim Crawford and former state senator Jerry Ward as they go through the lists, deciding who’d make the best Trump delegates.“And in real truth, the local, the statewide Trump people have been doing a lot of stuff through social media, talking to people,” Morgan said. “But (just) in the last two weeks have we actually been getting active in a traditional sense, on the ground.”All Alaska delegates in Cleveland will be bound to their candidate for at least two rounds of balloting before they become free agents. That’s per Republican Party rules adopted a few elections ago, when Randy Ruedrich was party chairman.“At the end of the second round the lowest vote getter would be released, and at the third round the next lowest,” said Ruedrich. “So, for all Alaska delegates to get released, it might take five rounds of voting.”Ruedrich said he helped write the delegate-binding rules, to encourage more Alaska Republicans to the polls on Super Tuesday, and he says they’ve worked, by giving voters “a direct influence” on what happens at the national convention. “I think it’s very important for the voters to have that direct tie to the national nomination process,” he said.As bound delegates, though, the Alaskans are unlikely to be showered with attention in Cleveland, the way — it’s rumored — unbound delegates from other states may be treated. And Trump may win 1,237 delegates before the national convention even starts.Regardless, if you’re a political junkie, a national convention is the place to be. Morgan, the Trump supporter, has been to a few conventions, and he says the opportunities to mix and mingle are fantastic.“From former presidents, secretaries of state, major key individuals you see on Fox News or on Morning Joe, they’ll be there,” Morgan said, “and they’ll be walking around and talking to people.”Morgan has a tip for people who are vying for a convention spot: Aim to be one of the 25 alternates. Like the regular delegates, you have to pay your own way to Cleveland but he says alternates have more freedom and more fun.“You can socialize, and you can go up and look at the booths, buy a stuffed elephant or whatever.” Morgan said. “It’s just kind of cool.”Three of Alaska’s delegates to Cleveland are already chosen, because they hold party offices. They are National Committeewoman Cynthia Henry, National Committeeman Ralph Seekins and outgoing Party Chairman Peter Goldberg. That leaves just 25 delegate slots to fill, and a lot of people hoping to get one.
September 5, 2019
Ever since Arbaaz Khan and Salman Khan have announced their most anticipated film, Dabangg 3, the buzz around the film has refused to die down. More so, because of the speculations revolving around the item number in the film and who would finally get to shake a leg to it.While the song ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ in the first franchise became an overnight hit, the song ‘Fevicol Se’ emerged as an even big number in Dabangg 2. Both the songs continued to dominate the chartbusters for a good number of months and even won several awards. Kareena Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s dance moves too grabbed eyeballs and became one of the important highlights of the film. Owing to the buzz around the item numbers in the franchise, the curiosity over who would grab the item number this time kept making headlines.Several names started floating around and whether or not Malaika Arora would be a part of the film was a question that kept popping up. Now, in an interview with TOI, Malaika has revealed that she is not a part of the project. The diva, who is in news for her style statements and for being in a relationship with Arjun Kapoor has said, “No my dear, I am not involved with the film. Everyone involved with the project has moved on and I only wish each and everyone all the best for the venture.”A couple of days ago, Arbaaz Khan had rubbished the rumours of approaching Kareena Kapoor Khan for an item number in his upcoming production Dabangg 3 featuring Salman Khan in the lead. And now, rumours are rife that director Prabhudeva is the reason behind Kareena’s ouster but due to their inamicable relationship, Prabhu wasn’t ready to work with Mrs Khan.
September 1, 2019
By Brigette White, Special to the AFROLooking to spice up your workout routine and dust off those resolutions in a fabulous and energizing environment? Joy Copeland, of The Joy of Styling, and her team has the answer.TJOS is a fashion company consisting of four women who offer de-cluttering and organizing services, personalized style consulting, slay the runway lessons, style parties, dress for success workshops and healthy lifestyle events.Joy Copeland, founder and CEO of The Joy of Styling, after February’s Fit & Fab ‘90s edition.Since February 2018, The Joy of Styling, also known as TJOS, has provided the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with the opportunity to learn how to get fit in fabulous new ways, with the monthly series, “Fit & Fab.”What makes TJOS’s “Fit & Fab” classes different from other programs is that it offers different kinds of workout techniques with varying musical vibes for women and men. The series kicked off with a 1990s Zumba class, taught by Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. editor, using music from artists such as New Edition and TLC. In March, TJOS hosted an Irie Yoga workout session to the calming sounds of Jamaican reggae classics. This month’s class is an Afrofusion dance fitness course.“Afrofusion is a dance class focusing primarily on fusing ‘whining’ [a well known and used Caribbean dance move] with basic forms of cardio, so you can enjoy your very own workout party,” Copeland said.Copeland, an image consultant by trade, is the mastermind behind the “Fit & Fab” workout sessions.Students during Fit & Fab: Irie Yoga.“It was my idea to implement the ‘Fit & Fab’ events. I came up with the idea in college and it became my go-to event,” Copeland told the AFRO. These events were one of the reasons I wanted to start TJOS because fashion is a lifestyle and we should all have fun while working out.”The Joy of Styling plans to continue bringing “Fit & Fab” to the community in an effort to empower and strengthen self-esteems.“I want men and women to leave feeling uplifted and start to make healthy choices a part of their regular routine. Fashion is a lifestyle. When you look better, you feel better. That is what I want for people,” the CEO said.Each session is $12 for an hour and a half of exercise and can be booked on her website, https://tjoyofstyling.com/events.The Afrofusion class will start with stretching, and then over an hour of blended African dance moves to a contemporary combination of music infused with traditional rhythms of Africa.The “Fit & Fab” classes are also a platform for established instructors to teach and reach a new audience.On Sunday, April 8, Iziegbe ‘Izzy’ Odigie, is coming to Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mount Rainer, Md., to demonstrate the moves that are propelling her career as a Nigerian choreographer and performer. Izzy is currently an Instagram star known for posting a variety of dance related content for her 80,000-plus followers.“I went to school with Izzy in New York at St. John’s [University in Queens]. She is from this area and loves to dance and share that with others. I’m excited to work with her again as we are both doing what we love,” said Copeland.The 24-year-old Bowie, Md. native and entrepreneur wants people to try “Fit & Fab” even if dance workouts are not their preferred form of fitness.“I hope that people try something new. You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this class. We are all here to have fun and get active. Afrofusion is all about the energy and this class is going to be just that, amazing energy,” she said.Editor’s Note: Founder and CEO of The Joy of Styling, Joy Copeland, is the first cousin to AFRO Washington, D.C. editor, Micha Green. Brigette White covered Copeland’s first Fit & Fab, ‘90s Zumba Edition prior to meeting Green and officially contributing as an AFRO reporter.
August 18, 2019
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “I can tell you that as a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact,” Mills said. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations.”Mills, now a deputy commandant with the Marine Corps, was in charge of international forces in southwestern Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011, according to his official biography. He didn’t go into any further detail as to the nature or scope of his forces’ attacks, but experts said that such a public admission that they were being carried out was itself striking.“This is news,” said James Lewis, a cyber-security analyst with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He said that while it was generally known in defense circles that cyberattacks had been carried out by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, he had never seen a senior officer take credit for them in such a way.“It’s not secret,” Lewis said in a telephone interview, but he added: “I haven’t seen as explicit a statement on this as the one” Mills made. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments Share Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart declined to elaborate on Mills’ comments, saying in an email that “for reasons of security . we do not provide specific information regarding our intentions, plans, capabilities or operations.”The email said that the Pentagon’s cyber operations were properly authorized and that they took place within the bounds of international law and the “confines of existing policy.”U.S. defense planners have spent the past few years debating that policy, asking how and under what circumstances the Pentagon would launch a cyberattack against its enemies, but it’s only recently become apparent that a sophisticated program of U.S.-backed cyberattacks is already under way.A book by The New York Times reporter David Sanger recently recounted how President Barack Obama ordered a wave of electronic incursions aimed at physically sabotaging Iran’s disputed atomic energy program. Subsequent reports have linked the program to a virus dubbed Flame, which prompted a temporary Internet blackout across Iran’s oil industry in April, and another virus called Gauss, which appeared to have been aimed at stealing information from customers of Lebanese banks. An earlier report alleged that U.S. forces in Iraq had hacked into a terrorist group’s computer there to lure its members into an ambush. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Herbert Lin, a cyber expert at the National Research Council, agreed that Mills’ comments were unusual in terms of the fact that they were made publicly. But Lin said that the United States was, little by little, opening up about the fact that its military was launching attacks across the Internet.“The U.S. military is starting to talk more and more in terms of what it’s doing and how it’s doing it,” he said. “A couple of years ago it was hard to get them to acknowledge that they were doing offense at all _ even as a matter of policy, let alone in specific theaters or specific operations.”Mills’ brief comments about cyberattacks in Afghanistan were delivered to the TechNet Land Forces East conference in Baltimore on Aug. 15, but they did not appear to have attracted much attention at the time. Footage of the speech was only recently posted to the Internet by conference organizers.___Online:Mills’ speech: http://slidesha.re/RJHtXkRaphael Satter can be reached at: http://raphae.li/twitter Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated Press (AP) – The U.S. military has been launching cyberattacks against its opponents in Afghanistan, a senior officer says, making an unusually explicit acknowledgment of the oft-hidden world of electronic warfare.Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills’ comments came last week at a conference in Baltimore during which he explained how U.S. commanders considered cyber weapons an important part of their arsenal. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix