Update: White House issues veto threat as House prepares to vote on EPA ‘secret science’ bills

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as this week to approve two controversial, Republican-backed bills that would change how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses science and scientific advice to inform its policies. Many Democrats, scientific organizations, and environmental groups are pushing back, calling the bills thinly veiled attempts to weaken future regulations and favor industry. White House advisers today announced that they will recommend that President Barack Obama veto the bills if they reach his desk in their current form (statements here and here).The bills, introduced by a mostly Republican cast of sponsors in both the House and the Senate, would require that EPA use only publicly available, reproducible data in writing regulations and seek to remake the membership and procedures of the agency’s science advisory panels. Supporters, including industry groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argue that the legislation would improve the transparency and soundness of how EPA uses science, making regulations less costly and more effective.Opponents, however, are calling the bills wolves in sheep’s clothing. “I cannot support legislation that makes it easier for industry to implement their destructive playbook, because risking the health of the American people is not a game that I’m willing to play,” said Representative Paul Tonko (D–NY) at a 25 February committee meeting on the bills.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Versions of both bills had been introduced in previous Congresses, and their revival was widely expected as part of Republicans’ continuing efforts to block key parts of Obama’s environmental agenda.H.R. 1030, the EPA Secret Science Reform Act, was introduced in the House by Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), chair of the House science committee; a Senate companion is backed by Senator John Barrasso (R–WY). The bill would require the data EPA use for future regulations to be publicly available so that other scientists can independently analyze it. “The legislation provides an opportunity for the type of transparent and accountable government the American people want and deserve,” Smith said just before a 25 February committee vote to send the bill to the full House.H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Reform Act, meanwhile, was introduced in the House by representatives Frank Lucas (R–OK) and Collin Peterson (D–MN) and in the Senate by senators John Boozman (R–AR) and Joe Manchin (D–WV). The bill would make changes to the structure and procedures of the SAB, a federally chartered body of scientists and economists who review EPA risk assessments and policy documents and advise the agency on other science-related matters. The bill would improve scientific advice to EPA by “guaranteeing a well-balanced expert panel, increasing transparency, and encouraging public participation,” Lucas said before the committee also voted to send the bill to the full House.Democrats, science groups, and public-interest groups have numerous concerns about both bills. The secret science bill, for example, would apparently bar EPA from using public health studies based on confidential patient information, wrote the American Statistical Association’s president, David Morganstein, in a 25 February letter to lawmakers. That would force the agency into “a choice … between maintaining data confidentiality and issuing needed regulations,” he wrote. Also, efforts to deidentify sensitive data before release—by stripping names and other information—aren’t fail-safe, Morganstein wrote.But backers of the bill said those problems could be resolved. Study participants could sign waivers acknowledging that the raw data could become public, said Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R–CA). People concerned about their privacy could also decline to participate, he suggested. “Their specific participation isn’t necessary to have a successful research project,” he said at the committee meeting.Democrats disagreed. Researchers’ findings could become skewed, because many potential participants—especially the sickest ones—would drop out. “You need a broad, unbiased sample in order to have valid results,” Representative Zoe Lofgren (D–CA) said at the meeting.Democrats are further concerned about another provision, not included in earlier versions, that would give EPA only $1 million per year to implement the bill, which would entail, among other things, obtaining raw data from study authors. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office calculated that the bill would cost $250 million annually to implement early on, and that’s only if EPA were to halve the number of studies it used to 25,000 annually, said Representative Donna Edwards (D–MD).“It forces the agency into an untenable position”—either ignore the bill’s requirements because of lack of funding or comply with them and stop using scientific studies almost entirely after the money runs out, Edwards said. “The majority is actually legislating failure,” she said.Another provision in the advisory board legislation also troubles some outside groups. It would allow industry scientists greater leeway to join EPA panels, but bar academic scientists on the panels from talking about matters related to research they’re doing. The idea is to provide balance and prevent conflicts of interest, backers say. But the provision “turns the idea of conflict of interest on its head,” wrote Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a 25 February letter to lawmakers.  Even though the bill contains new language that lets scientists talk about their research if their expertise is externally peer reviewed and publicly disclosed, Rosenberg worries that language is legally ambiguous, as scientists’ work isn’t limited to published research.Another provision requiring advisory panels to respond to all public comments would encourage commenters to bombard panelists, preventing the panels from finishing their work, said Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX), the top Democrat on the House science committee. “I assume that is the point of this legislation,” Johnson said.Committee Republicans defeated a number of Democratic amendments to alter the bills before sending them to the full House, but approved one (by voice vote) from Representative Alan Grayson (D–FL) that would bar all lobbyists from serving on EPA advisory panels.The full House is expected to approve the bills as early this week. The Senate’s course of action isn’t yet clear.*Update, 4 March, 11:00 a.m.: This story has been updated to include the White House’s veto threat, and to clarify a bill provision on academic members of advisory panels.last_img read more

PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Philippines was hoping for a win that would have given the team a lighter semifinal opponent but will now have to deal with Thailand, which experts have tagged as the gold favorite in this event.But the Filipinos continue to hold on to hope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We can never tell, the ball is round,” said PH coach Francis Vicente. “We tend to play better when we are up against the wall.”Vietnam overcame the Philippines’ tough stand in the first and third sets to score the victory and set up a semifinal duel with Indonesia. Read Next Vietnam, the 2015 SEA Games silver winner, relied on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, who had 14 points and team captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, who made 11.Alyssa Valdez topscored with 11 points, while Jaja Santiago added 10. Jovelyn Gonzaga had seven, and Aby Marano five. The Vietnamese will face Indonesia in the other group that Thailand swept. Semis is on Saturday.“Everybody played well. We fought well except in the second set,” said Vicente.Down by two sets, the star-studded Philippines stormed to a 16-12 lead in the third but soon encountered problems in service receives and failed to close out the frame.“We should be happy with the result, they did their best but in the second set I don’t know what happened,” bared the mentor.“We lost by a big margin and I was surprised because we used the same combinations,” he said. “In the third set we changed, it clicked but we couldn’t sustain it.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Alyssa Valdez of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team must now take the road it had hoped to avoid in the semifinals.The Nationals are now headed to a semifinal showdown against world-class Thailand after absorbing a stinging 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 defeat to Vietnam Friday at MITEC Hall 11.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Railway Recruitment Board announces exam schedule for ALP/ Technician posts, check details here

first_imgRailway Recruitment Board (RRB) has announced the examination schedule for the first stage examination for Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician posts. The candidates who are waiting for updates may note that the board will conduct the exam on August 9, 2018.The exam will be a computer-based test (CBT) and the link for the mock test will be activated on July 26, 2018.Download admit card 4 days before examThe admit cards will be made available to the candidate on August 4, 2018, on the official website of Indian Railways, www.indianrail.gov.inCandidates are advised to download the same four days prior to the date of their CBTAlso read: Railway Recruitment Cell is hiring sports persons; last date to apply August 10Exam Pattern for Assistant Loco Pilot and TechniciansDuration and number of questions: 60 minutes duration for 75 questionsSubjects to be covered: Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Science, and General Awareness (on current affairs)Type of questions: ObjectiveAlso read: General Quiz: Test your Knowledge and prepare yourself for competitive examsNote: These questions will adhere to the educational standards and/or minimum technical qualifications prescribed for the posts.For more information about the exam, visit the official website of RRB Indian Railways.Read: Want to be part of Indian Railways: ICF, Chennai is hiring for Apprentice post, apply nowlast_img read more

AFC to investigate sandal throwing incident at Asian Cup semi-final

first_imgThe Asian Football Confederation has launched an investigation into the throwing of objects, including a barrage of sandals, at Qatar players during Tuesday’s Asian Cup semi-final against United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.Three Qatar players were showered with footwear and drinks bottles thrown by a hostile crowd while celebrating goals in the 4-0 thrashing of hosts UAE, which secured a place in the final against Japan.”The AFC is conducting a thorough investigation into events at the Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-final between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi,” an AFC spokesman said on Wednesday.”Once that investigation has been completed the AFC will decide on the appropriate next steps.”Throwing a shoe at someone is considered a major insult in the Arab world, where it is rude to sit with the sole of a shoe pointing at another person.The incidents followed the booing of the visitors’ national anthem and were an embarrassment for the host nation, which with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain launched a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar in 2017.The four nations accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which the Gulf emirate — host nation for the 2022 World Cup — denies.With no Qatar fans travelling to the match because of the boycott, local sports officials had ensured a full house for the fixture by giving away thousands of free tickets to Emiratis.Neither the UAE’s General Sport Authority nor the local organising committee responded to requests for comment on Tuesday.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Team India Player Profiles

first_imgSHIKHAR DHAWAN33-year-old left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan made his India ODI debut in 2010. Since his debut he has been an integral part of the ODI set up in the backdrop of some excellent performances. With more than of 5000 runs in the 123 ODIs that he has played for India, Shikhar Dhawan is one of the most sought after opening batsmen. Boasting of a solid strike rate of over 90, and a highest ODI score of 137, Shikhar Dhawan can take apart the opposition bowling attack with his flamboyant batting skills on his day. Keep in mind, Dhawan loves to perform in ICC tournaments.ROHIT SHARMARohit Sharma is a right-handed batsman who made his ODI debut for India against Ireland on June 23, 2007. Born in Nagpur, the 31-year-old Rohit has 3 double centuries to his name in ODIs. What sets Rohit Sharma apart is the way he goes about his innings – he usually takes his time to settle on the pitch but once he crosses 50-60 runs, he tends to explode. Rohit has played more than 200 ODIs for India and has scored close to 8000 runs at a strike rate of over 85. Rohit’s highest ODI score is 264 that he scored at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In his ODI career so far, Rohit has scored 22 hundreds.KL RAHUL Getty Images26-year old KL Rahul is a right-handed batsman from Karnataka who made his ODI debut for India on June 11, 2016 against Zimbabwe away from home. The opener has played 13 ODIs and managed to score 317 runs at a strike rate of 80.66. Rahul’s highest score for India is 100 and that’s the only ODI hundred he has to his name. Rahul has also scored two fifties in the ODIs for India. Rahul, who was recently embroiled in the Koffee with Karan controversy along with Hardik Pandya, is a flambouyant batsman and is known for his stroke-making.advertisementVIRAT KOHLIVirat Kohli, who is now the Indian captain, shot to fame after leading his squad to a memorable victory in the U-19 World Cup. Kohli then made his ODI debut for India on August 18, 2008 and there was no looking back for the batsman. Born in Delhi, the 30-year-old Kohli is set to lead India in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales and would be looking to get his second World Cup victory. Kohli was a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning Team India under MS Dhoni. Kohli is regarded as the best batsman of the current generation and one of the best of all time as he chases Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records. Kohli has scored more than 10000 runs in 222 ODIs for India at a staggering average of close to 60. Kohli has hit 41 hundreds.MS DHONI38-year-old MS Dhoni is at the last stretch of his career having captained India to three ICC trophies is now set to play under captain Virat Kohli in the World Cup 2019. Ranchi-born Dhoni made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on December 2, 2005 and since then he has scored more than 10,000 runs in 338-ODI appearance for the country. Dhoni, who is a right-handed batsmen, is famous for his trademark helicopter shot and fast hands behind the stumps. MS Dhoni, who has scored over 10000 runs at an average of over 50. He has 10 hundreds in ODIs.DINESH KARTHIK Dinesh Karthik has played 91 ODIs for India (Getty Images)The Chennai-born wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik made his ODI debut for India against Australia on September 5, 2004 but had been in direct competition with MS Dhoni throughout his career. At the moment, Karthik is seen in the role of a finisher for the Indian team. Karthik has played 91 ODIs for India and will be keen on making a mark in the United Kingdom.VIJAY SHANKAR28-year-old Vijay Shankar made his ODI debut for India on January 18, 2019 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Shankar is a seam-bowling all-rounder alongside Hardik Pandya for the Indian cricket team. Even though Shankar is an all-rounder, he is being looked at as a No. 4 batsman and showed spark and stability with the bat against New Zealand earlier this year. Vijay Shankar has just played 9 ODIs for India but is expected to play a crucial role at the World Cup.HARDIK PANDYABorn in Baroda, the 25-year old Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 26, 2017. Hardik plays the role of a seam-bowling all-rounder in the Indian team – he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pacer. In the 45 ODIs Hardik has played for India, Hardik has scored at more than a run-a-ball. His highest ODI score is 83. In swing-friendly conditions, Hardik can be a handful with the ball. Having been in fine form in the IPL, Hardik seems to be keen on making a strong impact in his maiden World Cup appearance.advertisementKEDAR JADHAVKedar Jadhav is a batting all-rounder for India and is 33 years old. Born in Pune, Jadhav made his India ODI debut on November 16, 2011 against Sri Lanka. Jadhav is a right-handed batsman and bowls right-arm offbreak. Apart from his steady and stable batting skills, Jadhav is famous for his unique round arm bowling action and often picks crucial wickets and breaks partnerships during ODIs for India.KULDEEP YADAV Kuldeep Yadav will be key for India in the spin-bowling department (Getty Images)The 24-year old Kuldeep Yadav was born in Kanpur and is a crucial spinner for India. He made his ODI debut against Australia on March 25, 2017 and since then, he has been a crucial element in India’s limited-overs plans. Kuldeep is a left-arm chinaman and is often referred to as a mystery bowler. Kuldeep has played 39 ODIs for India and has picked 77 wickets at an outstanding average of 20.65. Kuldeep’s best ODI bowling figure is 6 for 25. He has four 4-wicket hauls to his name and one 5-wicket haul. Kuldeep also has a hat-trick to his name that he picked against Australia in 2017.YUZVENDRA CHAHALBorn in Jind, Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal forms the spin partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. The 28-year-old is also a wrist spinner and bowls right-arm legbreak. Chahal made his India ODI debut against Zimbabwe on June 11, 2016. In 40 ODIs, Chahal has 71 wickets to his name with an average of 23.83. 6 for 42 is Chahal’s best bowling figure in ODIs. Chahal has picked two 5-wicket hauls for India in just 40 matches while he also has a 4-wicket haul to his name. Along with Kuldeep, Chahal remains a very integral part of India’s World Cup plans.RAVINDRA JADEJARavindra Jadeja is not India’s primary spin option in limited-overs cricket but remains an important part of the setup owing to his all-round abilities on the field. Belonging to Rajkot, the 30-year-old Jadeja made his debut for India in ODIs back on February 8, 2009 against Sri Lanka. In his 147-ODI career, Jadeja has picked 171 wickets at an impressive average. A left-arm orthodox, Jadeja is also extremely handy with the bat and is the best Indian fielder in the current unit.JASPRIT BUMRAH Jasprit Bumrah will lead India’s pace-bowling attack (Getty Images)Jasprit Bumrah is undoubtedly the best limited-overs bowler at the moment. Born in Ahmedabad, the 25-year-old Bumrah is seen as the leader of the Indian pace attack at the World Cup. Bumrah, who is a right-arm fast medium, made his India debut in ODIs against Australia on January 23, 2016. Bumrah’s measly bowling skills makes him a huge asset for the Indian team. Also, he is a death-over specialist for Team India and is known for his remarkable ability to bowl perfect yorkers. Another aspect that makes Bumrah tick is the variety in his pace and deliveries.advertisementBHUVNESHWAR KUMARBhuvneshwar Kumar made his ODI debut for India on December 30, 2012 and has been a regular feature ever since. Born in Meerut, the 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar is a right-arm medium pacer and swing bowling is one of his biggest assets. Bhuvneshwar is famous for troubling the batsmen with his line and length. Over the years, Bhuvneshwar has mastered the art of death bowling.MOHAMMED SHAMIThe 28-year-old Mohammed Shami has made his way back in the limited-overs setup of the Indian team with his improved fitness and strike bowling. Born in Jonagar, Bengal, Shami made his India ODI debut on January 6, 2013 against Pakistan. Shami, who had a excellent IPL 2019 campaign, is expected to pip Bhunveshwar Kumar as India’s new-ball partner to Jasprit Bumrah in the World Cup.last_img read more

Audi’s 300-horsepower S3 Cabriolet is all class

first_img Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected 1. Audi S3 Cabriolet 2. Audi S3 Cabriolet 3. Audi S3 Cabriolet 4. Audi S3 Cabriolet 5. Audi S3 Cabriolet 6. Audi S3 Cabriolet 7. Audi S3 Cabriolet 8. Audi S3 Cabriolet 9. Audi S3 Cabriolet 10. Audi S3 Cabriolet 11. Audi S3 Cabriolet 12. Audi S3 Cabriolet 13. Audi S3 Cabriolet 14. Audi S3 Cabriolet 15. Audi S3 Cabriolet 16. Audi S3 Cabriolet 17. Audi S3 Cabriolet Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everymancenter_img The standard four-door Audi S3 is a very exciting car indeed. It offers 300 horsepower, permanent all wheel drive, a compact yet extremely handsome body, and an interior that ought to make Bentley jealous.Now, though, there’s a new version: The S3 Cabriolet.Unbelievably, Audi has gone and outdone its S3 sedan – and it isn’t even on sale yet. The German brand has shaved two doors off the uproarious little sports sedan and cut the roof straight off, making the Cabriolet version.Delightfully for us, removing the roof from the S3 doesn’t ruin the driving dynamics. As Audi proved with the RS5 Cabriolet, letting the sun and wind in doesn’t make the car worse for wear. It simply makes summer drives more fun. And while it has two fewer doors, it’ll still hold four passengers.Under the hood, buyers will find the same 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder that makes 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to a six-speed automatic, which routes power to all four-wheels through Audi’s quattro system. Although the engine is extremely powerful for its size, it doesn’t guzzle gas. Audi brags that the S3 Cabriolet can still achieve 33.13 U.S. mpg.So it looks like the Audi S3 Cabriolet is perfect for the buyer who wants Teutonic styling, dynamic driving, upmarket interior fittings, and fuel efficiency. There’s only one problem, though: it’s not yet scheduled for Stateside sale. The Bond-Inspired AddArmor Audi RS7 Is the World’s Fastest Armored Car Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Dynasty politics rejected by people Cong still wants Sonia Rahul to lead

first_imgBhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Sunday said dynasty politics was rejected in the last general elections, but the Congress did not learn from it and still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party. Chauhan said the BJP has set an example as its leaders grow in the party naturally, while the Congress is unable to move beyond a family. “I thought the Congress would learn from the poll outcome, but it is still clinging on to one family. It is surprising that the CWC still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party,” the BJP vice-president told reporters here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a resolution, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday appointed Sonia Gandhi the interim party chief till the AICC elects a regular president. Chauhan, a former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, said political parties governed by dynasty, family and caste politics were defeated everywhere including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the general elections. People have also rejected the politics of appeasement in West Bengal and supported the BJP’s agenda of nationalism and development, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday It seems the Congress is facing a scarcity of leaders with quality, strength and talent, Chauhan said adding that none can save the party if it fails to choose a leader through a democratic process. Terming Rahul Gandhi as “ranchod” (one who runs away from battlefield), the BJP leader said he acted like an escapist after the Congress’ debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, leaving the party in utter despair. Gandhi had quit as Congress president on May 25 after the Lok Sabha polls debacle. The BJP leader alleged that no one in the Congress remembers former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao as he did not belong to the Gandhi family. He also claimed that though Manmohan Singh was made the prime minister, the “mother-son duo” of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi controlled everything. Accusing the Congress of being responsible for many problems in the country, Chauhan said Jawaharlal Nehru had committed a “sin” by introducing the Article 370 which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Now the historic blunder committed by Nehru has been corrected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the revocation of the Article 370,” he said. He said the Modi government also enacted a law to put an end to the practice of triple talaq, which many Islamic countries had done away with long ago but the Congress did not do anything to stop this when it was in power.last_img read more

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter wetter and weirder

first_imgIf it seems as if the weather’s getting weirder, you’re not wrong.An index of extreme weather in Canada compiled by the insurance industry backs that up.“Yes, we see definite trends that can’t be explained by normal variability,” said Caterina Lindman of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.The institute compiles what it calls the Actuaries Climate Index, a joint effort by insurance organizations across North America. It recently released its latest quarterly update — up to spring 2017.The index begins with a 30-year average taken from 1961 to 1990 of everyday weather conditions such as temperature, precipitation, wind speed and sea level. Thresholds are set for each of those based on the top 10 per cent of readings.For an average month, for example, about three days would be in that 10 per cent.Using data provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — one of the top American government science organizations — the index then counts how many days actually exceed that threshold. The index plots the results for every three-month period since 2016.The method reveals a slow, gradual increase in extreme weather.The overall Canadian index indicates that during the entire three decades between 1961 and 1990, extreme weather fell outside the range of normal variability only five times. In the last 10 years, however, that happened 12 times.Temperatures have been climbing.Across Canada, hot days have exceeded the normal number every quarter since the winter of 2015. The number of cold days hasn’t exceeded normal for nine years.It’s getting wetter, too. Across Canada, the average number of days with heavy rain or snow has been outside the norm since spring 2013. In Ontario and Quebec, it’s been since winter 2008.It’s harder to draw conclusions about wind for Canada as a whole. Likewise for sea level — unless you live in the Maritimes, where sea level has been higher than the normal range for the last 12 years.The findings correspond with data from Environment Canada, which suggests average summer temperatures have climbed one degree since 1970 and precipitation has increased about five per cent.Actuaries use the information in their calculation of risk as they insure lives and property, said Lindman. But they also do it to contribute to public debate.“There’s a lot of political angst around the issue of global warming and we’re trying to be neutral sources,” she said. “We’re just adding our voice.“We’re in it for the long haul, so we are concerned for the sustainability of our planet.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Rachel Notley pulls Alberta out of federal climate plan after pipeline decision

first_imgAlberta Premier Rachel Notley.The Canadian PressAlberta Premier Rachel Notley says a court decision striking down the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a national crisis – and she’s pulling her province out of the federal climate plan until Ottawa fixes it.Notley also says her government hasn’t ruled out acting on legislation it recently passed allowing it to cut oil flows both east and west to drive home the importance of Alberta’s bedrock industry to the rest of Canada.“Albertans are angry. I’m angry,” Notley told a news conference at the legislature Thursday night. “Alberta has done everything right and we’ve been let down.“The current state of affairs in Canada right now is such that building a pipeline to tidewater is practically impossible.”Earlier Thursday, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned Ottawa’s approval of the pipeline, which would have doubled the line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast and tripled the amount of oil shipped to fetch a better price on overseas markets.The panel of three judges cited lack of consultation with Indigenous groups and that the regulator, the National Energy Board, failed to address the impact on marine traffic.Trudeau said on Twitter he spoke with Notley on Thursday and “reassured her that the federal government stands by the TMX expansion project and will ensure it moves forward in the right way.”Notley called on the Trudeau government to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court; properly consult with Indigenous peoples; and, recall Parliament. She said the federal government needs to pass emergency legislation making it clear that the National Energy Board does not have to inquire into marine shipping impacts as part of its mandate, and never had to do so in the case of Trans Mountain.“The time for Canadian niceties is over,” said Notley. “We are letting other countries control our economic destiny. We can’t stand for it.”“If the federal government acts boldly and gives this crisis the attention it deserves, construction can restart early in the new year.”Until then, she said Alberta is pulling out of the national climate plan, meaning the province won’t agree to raise its current price on carbon from $30 tonne to $40 tonne in 2021 and $50 a tonne by 2022.She said Alberta’s current provincial climate plan – including its homegrown carbon tax, a commitment to phase out coal-fired electricity along with other green initiatives – will stay in place.Earlier this year, in an escalating dispute with the B.C. government over Trans Mountain, Notley’s government passed sweeping legislation allowing it to intervene in the marketplace and restrict oil flows if necessary to maximize prices while also sending a sharp message to Canadian regions reliant on Alberta’s oil.Alberta’s United Conservative opposition leader Jason Kenney has urged Notley to pursue such measures and take a tougher stand with pipeline opponents.Notley said Thursday she has not ruled out turning down the taps.“We’re going to see how things unfold over the next little while, and we look at the degree of attention that this receives from the federal government,” she said.The Trans Mountain pipeline has dominated Alberta politics in the last year and it, along with everything it represents – including Alberta’s carbon tax – is expected to overshadow all other issues in the spring election.The pipeline is also a financial lifeline for Notley’s government, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits while avoiding introducing a sales tax or making significant cuts to the budget.Notley’s government has budgeted for increased pipeline access to drive non-renewable resource revenue to more than double to $10.4 billion by 2024 to balance the books.Earlier in the day, Kenney told reporters in Calgary that the judges who overturned approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are out of touch with the real world.“They keep moving the goalposts on what is required,” said Kenney. “This is what is creating massive investor uncertainty.“I think (judges) sometimes they write these decisions in an academic bubble not realizing the real-world consequences.”Kenney said Notley has not helped matters by prematurely celebrating the construction of the pipeline while imposing a carbon tax in the mistaken belief it would provide so-called “social licence” that would persuade environmental opponents to stand down.Political scientist Chaldeans Mensah said the ruling is a setback for the political fortunes of the NDP, which has been trailing the United Conservatives in opinion polls.“This will certainly build into the narrative from the Conservatives that the idea of social licence, which was part of the NDP push on the issue, has not borne fruit,” said Mensah of MacEwan University in Edmonton.Political scientist Duane Bratt said that while Notley cannot be faulted for the court decision, it’s still a political victory for Kenney.“This is a major blow for Notley,” said Bratt, with Mount Royal University in Calgary.He said Notley not only needs the pipeline, but requires substantial progress on it in time for the election campaign.“Whether (the federal government) appeals to the Supreme Court or whether they simply do the modifications recommended by the Federal Court of Appeal, both of those take time,” said Bratt. “And Notley’s out of time.”last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Noel Cronin gets a scrub down from fellow Cork City Fire Brigade Probationary Firefighters, Kilian Brennan and Kevin Mac Mahon ahead of their 12-hour charity car wash in aid of Cork Simon Community. Source: Clare KeoghAn investigation has been launched into the discovery of a man’s body in Co MeathFormer Justice Minister Alan Shatter has filed High Court proceedings over the Guerin Report. NAMA is selling its first retail park portfolio – for €110 million. Vision-correcting displays are being developed that will create sharp images without the need for glasses or contact lenses. [ScienceDaily] Exhausted Palestinian medics take a break after carrying wounded people injured from an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, into the emergency room at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital today. Source: AP/Press Association Images#GAZA: An Israeli strike on a Gaza market during today’s partial ceasefire has killed at leas 17 people.#NIGERIA: Nigerian security forces today arrested a 10-year-old child they say was strapped with explosives.#WIKILEAKS: Here’s what you need to know about the latest release from Wikileaks.INNOVATION AIB has reported a profit for the first time since the property crash.Have you seen these photos taken by Irish priest Fr Browne during WWI?On the roads today, a 23-year-old driver was killed in Dublin and a truck crashed into a shop in Dingle, Co Kerry. PARTING SHOTThe Moon might look perfectly round, but scientists now say it is actually slightly flat – and a bit bulgy. [The New York Times]center_img INTERNATIONAL You can now find electric car plug-in points “every 60km”. Penalty points are being increased soon for some driving offences. Most senators are coming back for tomorrow’s Seanad session on Gaza – but some are on holidays.last_img read more

The McDonalds Twitter account tweeted at Donald Trump and his tiny hands

first_img Share Tweet Email 28,313 Views Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 6:59 PM The McDonald’s Twitter account tweeted at Donald Trump and his ‘tiny hands’ The fast-food chain says its account was ‘compromised’. Source: McDonald’s/Twitter By Rónán Duffy Short URL Source: Bradd Jaffy/Twitter Very disappointed in McDonalds for taking this down. Was really excited to see if Trump supporters were going to dare call for a boycott… pic.twitter.com/DYo5OvfKV3— Nolen Gertz (@ethicistforhire) March 16, 2017 Source: TwitterThe tweet was sent and subsequently deleted this morning but not before being retweeted more than a thousand times.Many others added their own take on what happened. 41 Comments center_img Mar 16th 2017, 6:59 PM Coffee date → all-day breakfast → uh oh pic.twitter.com/EyFQBB43af— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 16, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3291920 McDonald’s responded to the reaction claiming that their account had been “compromised”. Twitter notified us that our account was compromised. We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this.— McDonald’s Corporation (@McDonaldsCorp) March 16, 2017 Read: Donald Trump says he’s coming to Ireland after invite from ‘new friend’ Enda Kenny >Read: Pressure on Enda Kenny to speak out against Trump travel ban during shamrock ceremony > Source: Nolen Gertz/Twitter FAST FOOD GIANT McDonald’s has claimed its Twitter account was “compromised” after it tweeted criticism of Donald Trump and his “tiny hands”.The tweet by the McDonald’s official account was sent to Trump’s and read:You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

San Diego Sheriffs Department hosts career fair at Miramar College training facility

first_img Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMIRAMAR (KUSI) – If you’re interested in law enforcement, particularly the Sheriff’s Department, the Sheriff is holding a career fair Saturday.  It’s at the Miramar College Law Enforcement Training Facility from 10 to 1.We were there today for a preview.  And we watched the rigorous physical training the cadets were going through.  Your physical fitness is very much a part of qualifying for the academy.  The physical aspects of the job are just as important as the mental.Corporal Ysidro Granillo is a Sheriff’s Recruiter.  He told us, “We’re generally looking for someone who can run three miles in a reasonable time, 10 minute miles.   We’re looking for someone who can do push-ups, sit-ups, who can lift their own body weight, that’s what we’re looking for.”Civilian positions you will learn about Saturday include dispatcher, crime lab tech, and mental health clinician.Dispatcher Tawna Lichtenthaler told us,  “If you passion for helping the public and want to be around law enforcement, be a dispatcher.”Ten to one Saturday, The Regional Law Enforcement Training center at Miramar College.   You’ll come in of Gold Coast and be directed to a courtyard. Ed Lenderman Posted: August 23, 2019 San Diego Sheriff’s Department hosts career fair at Miramar College training facilitycenter_img Updated: 1:54 PM August 23, 2019 Categories: Current Job Opportunities, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Meet The FirstTime GRAMMY Nominee Protoje On Evolving Reggae

first_img Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Protoje meet-first-time-grammy-nominee-protoje-evolving-reggae Email Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Protoje On Evolving Reggae News The Jamaican singer and creative force reacts to his first nomination, the importance of honoring tradition by embracing change, and how reggae crowns connect him to musicians like Bob Marley and Black UhuruLior PhillipsGRAMMYs Feb 1, 2019 – 12:48 pm Protoje sounds urgent on A Matter of Time—fitting, of course, as the Jamaican star’s fourth album captures an artist carving a new space within the genre’s most persuasive tools: energy and elation.  The album honors the genre’s deep-rooted traditions, but bursts forth into bold, bright territory, infusing pummeling hip-hop beats, sheets of orchestral jazz, and dancehall claps into transcendent party grooves.Protoje’s intense connection to his country’s music comes in part from family, as the son of Calypso king Mike Ollivierre and chart-topping Jamaican vocalist Lorna Bennett. Just as important, though, is the way the music has brought Jamaica to the rest of the world: Protoje spent 2018 on the road, sharing reggae with festival crowds like Reading & Leeds and opening for Lauryn Hill in the United States.But he isn’t an artist content to rest on his laurels—nor those of reggae as a genre. “I can evolve, and I leave myself free to do so,” he says, low-slung yet resolute. Whether traditions in fashion or music, the 37-year-old artist finds comfort and strength in constantly pushing the envelope.Protoje spoke with the Recording Academy about his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album, his hope for a conversation with Jay-Z, and how proud he is to help make reggae a bigger part of the world conversation.What a way to start the year! This is your fourth record, and your first GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album. Did you see awards as a goal when you first started out in your career? Let me tell you, I thought that my third album, Ancient Future, I thought that would have been nominated because it was groundbreaking when it came out in terms of modern reggae music. Winning a GRAMMY was definitely a goal when I started out. It’s in the back of your mind always, you know, maybe one day I’ll get that GRAMMY award, I’ll be nominated. So I guess I thought about it but I was not obsessing on it. So much has happened since Ancient Future. It was very influential. When it came out we had the biggest song in reggae of like this decade. When I didn’t get nominated, I took my mind off the GRAMMYs. I didn’t expect to get nominated on my fourth because I thought the third was the sure thing. That’s how it goes sometimes. It just works out that way. I was delighted when I heard that this [A Matter of Time] was nominated. Things happen and when it’s your time. You don’t have to worry about anything. Take your time and see what happens.That’s an amazing way to see things, and especially fitting considering the album is called A Matter of Time. What was that instant feeling when you first heard about the nomination? How did you react?My mom called and told me. We’ve been together a lot in my career, making progress. I just felt that my team, everybody was excited, and everybody works so hard for me. So it’s great to let them get that vibe and feel proud about it. I just know that I appreciate my family a lot and how they have supported me. Not every family is supportive, you know; not every parent is supportive, and I’m grateful for the ones I have, and I’m happy to make them proud. In the Jamaican music scene, there’s a lot of people who are supportive of each other. Everybody tries to support and help each other. I really like where it’s heading.RELATED: Ashley McBryde On Self-Acceptance & Why There’s Room For Everyone In Country MusicBeyond the feeling of the nomination, how are you feeling about attending the GRAMMY Awards? Do you have any idea what you’re going to feel as the awards start getting given out?For me, it’s chill just to be there. I’m a very low-key, chill person. I’m not going to be overwhelmed or too excited. I’m not going to have too many expectations. I’ll be there with some of my friends, the people on my team, and my family. I’m looking forward to seeing things I’ve never seen before—just seeing how things are done at this level. It’s all just a learning experience for me.Where did you get that low-key chill from? Is it from watching your parents in the industry? When I was seven years old, I didn’t want a birthday party. It’s just my personality. I never wanted a party, I never wanted excitement. I didn’t want to blow the candles out on the cake. I just wanted to chill out and be cool. I’ve just never been this excitable type of person. I’m just very grateful, you know? I just experience things and express myself differently. So I’m happy of course, but I don’t feel any, “Oh my God, I’m going to the GRAMMYs” kind of thing. It’s cool to be there and I’m just grateful to have been invited. I won’t be asking everybody for selfies or anything like that. That said, I’d love to have a conversation with Jay-Z. I don’t think he’ll be there this year, but I would love to have a conversation.When was the moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician, when you knew that this is the industry you wanted to pursue?I was always obsessed with music, as early as I can remember. I think when I was about 13 or 14 years old. I first said maybe I could do this as a job, maybe I could do this so I don’t have to work. I just loved being able to express myself, to spend time with myself, just thinking about ideas and writing. I didn’t need company. It would just get my mind flowing. That was the main thing before anything else, just something to do with my time and not feel agitated, bored, or uninspired.Speaking of being inspired, you recorded this album at the Tuff Gong Studios. Did knowing its legacy and its impact have any effect on your process?That’s interesting. There’s so much history, and it’s just a huge room. It’s very spacious. It left me time to be alone. It’s not one of the most popular studios in Jamaica today, it’s not where the industry goes. It’s really private, I get to take my time, and that to me has an impact on how the music comes out. It’s not rushed and not frantic.While it’s clear that your latest record honors the traditions of reggae music, it’s also perhaps your most experimental work to date, blending genres and influences—a fusion. When you set out to record the album, did you have a specific goal or outline in mind?I wanted to do things musically to push the genre further forward, to update it. Every genre of music grows and evolves, so reggae music should be no less evolved. I like to be at the forefront of change with my producer Winta James. He to me is one of the most innovative guys making music. So naturally it’s going to sound innovative. We could have easily made another Ancient Future again. But I wanted to try to do things differently and move the thing forward. I don’t worry about genres feeling too sacred. I have a commitment to myself and to those that listen to my music—or even those that don’t. My job is to make the music, to make what I like and feels good to me, and then live with whatever happens after that. I don’t feel pressure about the songs that I’m making.It’s just making the record the best way you can, taking the songs that are in your head and putting them down on record. That’s it. It’s not like I said, “Let me find a way to be different.” We listened to certain types of music, we wanted to try new stuff, and incorporate influences from everything that we do. My mind naturally works like that, and if I do something, I don’t want to spend the next two years doing the same thing all over again.Your 2018 tour spanned the world and featured so many thrilling accomplishments—Reading and Leeds, opening for Lauryn Hill. And now 2019 keeps that tour going into new continents and new opportunities. What was it like to bring your music to so many different audiences?Music has given me everything in my life—where I live, what I drive, what I eat. It has provided everything for me and my family. It’s amazing to travel the world through music. To get to tour, to see people’s reaction first-hand to the songs that you sing in your house, it’s very humbling. I’m just very grateful, and again I must say that I am grateful to be able to be living my dream.That said, performing in Jamaica is very important. Those are always my favorite shows. There’s nothing like it. Those are the core fans. Those are the people who were there from the start. Those are people excited. You know, we get to invite the youth, people get to come out and celebrate the album. I know it’s going to be crazy. The presales are going like crazy. I just must say, I am really thankful that I get the support here and people actually come out and share their vibes. Jamaican crowds chill out more. They’re not as hyped as international audiences. They don’t come out to party as much. Jamaica is very much profiling. They come out dressed super well—you know, too cool for school. They don’t dance much.What does it mean to be a Jamaican artist? Jamaica is a very blessed place, very influential in world music. I can guarantee there’s no comparison to any other place this small that has that much impact on world culture and world sound. For me, the music should be highlighted more, helped more, pushed more.RELATED: Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli SykesYour performance style is incredible—and I use style intentionally, because you always look so fashionable. Can you tell me about your fashion philosophy and your clothing line?[laughs] Thank you! I think presentation has always been a thing I’ve been key on. I just do what I feel, and have an eye for what I like. My girl always tells me that. Sometimes I want to wear a shirt with shoes and pants that don’t really go together. I always like to do what I feel comfortable with. I express myself through that. It all plays together, especially with this generation, which is so audio-visual.Then how can fashion connect specifically to music? I know one big part of your fashion sense is the reggae crown. Yes! The reggae crown, specifically, is an expression of culture, another way to identify and to stand out, to carry on the tradition. It’s always been a thing in Jamaican fashion. You see it and you think of Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, and all of those guys. I grew up seeing it and thinking it was cool, and thought I was gonna rock it but do my thing a bit different now.What drives you to bring people to your label, In.Digg.Nation? And then to bring their art to the world?I always wanted to be in charge of a label and managing artists. That was that my goal for the second decade of my career, which starts on January 1st, 2020. I’ve always wanted to set up a place where young artists that are coming up can have a space to go and be creative and have a way to get their music out. So I have two artists now, Lila Ike and Sevana. They’re doing well. I’m just trying to get that going, releasing more and producing more music. Just making the industry turn more reggae.center_img Facebook Twitter What’s next in your trajectory? Do you have plans for another album coming soon? More music, more music, more music! This year. I’m just building my studio now, so more music than usual. I won’t have to go and get studio time anymore. I don’t have to wait. If I want to record three songs tonight at 3:30, I can go and do it. So that’s going to make things happen a lot quicker.As time has passed, my perspective changes with it. I don’t have to stay to any understanding of what my path is. Times change, music changes, equipment changes, sound changes. You have to be able to move and adapt.Behind The Board: TOKiMONSTA On Creativity And Finding Common Ground Through MusicRead morelast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of July 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 21, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49John A. Townsend, 55Previously Lived In Wilmington: Janice Kay (Humbarger) DeLap, 74Linda J. Gallagher, 71Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Farnborough International Airshow GoAir AirAsia place orders for 172 Airbus aircraft

first_imgGoAir, India’s budget carrier owned by the Wadia Group, and Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia have placed orders for 172 aircraft with Airbus as part of their fleet expansion plans. While GoAir has ordered 72 Airbus A320neos, Malaysian air carrier AirAsia is buying 100 A321neos.In a tweet, Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, said the new order will take the Group’s A320 fleet to 575. The Group’s India arm, AirAsia India, commenced operations in 2014 and currently has a fleet of six aircraft. It has a market share of about 2 percent in India, currently the world’s fastest-growing civil aviation market.AirAsia India is a joint venture with the Tata Group in which the Malaysian Group has a 49 percent stake.The two air carriers are expected to be beneficiaries of the new civil aviation policy announced by the Narendra Modi government recently. It has scrapped the 5/20 rule that was seen as an impediment by many new players from commencing international operations.We’ve just placed an order for 100 A321neo aircraft. This brings the total of A320 family ordered to 575! pic.twitter.com/6PpL5AhH75— AirAsia (@AirAsia) July 12, 2016Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, said that he is hoping to expand the Group’s India business in the new environment. “We are excited about India. It is a tough market… We are looking to accelerate (in India),” PTI quoted Fernandes as saying at the Farnborough International Airshow.”With the change in rule, now we don’t have to wait for five years and 20 aircraft fleet (to fly overseas),” he added.GoAir, the low-cost carrier owned by the Wadia Group company, placed orders for 72 A320neos at the air show, taking its total oder to 144, of which two have been delivered to the company.”The new A320neo provide us the competitive edge to achieve our growth targets and help us strengthen our presence in the wider region. It also reaffirms Go Air’s commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel experience to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company,” said Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, GoAir, according to The Hindu.last_img read more

Arab League chief calls for international probe into Israel crimes

first_imgSaudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir (C) and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit (L) attend the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 17 May 2018. Photo: AFPArab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Thursday called for an international probe into alleged “crimes” committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians during deadly violence along the Gaza border this week.”We call for a credible international investigation into the crimes committed by the occupation,” Abul Gheit said at the opening session of an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss the violence.Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting for seven weeks to be able to return to their historic homes they fled in 1948 and which later became part of Israel. The violence happened on the same day that the United States opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem.last_img read more

F35 pilots cant train properly because the fighter is too stealthy

first_imgHow stealthy is the F-35 Lightning II? So stealthy that the Air Force can’t even track it!While a squadron of F-35s was running training exercises to evade surface-to-air (SAM) missiles at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho recently, they ran into a serious problem- no one on the ground could see them.That of course is an awesome problem to have. To remedy it for training exercises the F-35s had to turn on their transponders so that the simulated SAM missiles could even have a chance at identifying where the planes were to hit them. “We basically told them where we were at and said, ‘Hey, try to shoot at us,’ said Lt. Col. George Watkins, the commander of the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. to the Air Force Times.Without that handicap he believes the squadron wouldn’t have suffered a single loss.“That’s a pretty awesome feeling when you’re going out to train for combat,” Watkins concluded, “to know that your pilots are in an unfair fight.”That’s good news for most one-sided modern American combat, but previous reports about the F-35’s capabilities were far less glowing. Last year it was revealed that the fighter couldn’t compete in dogfights against previous generations of fighter jets, even the 40-year-old F-16. Another big issue was that the pilot can’t move their head inside the cramped cockpit easily, as the massive new helmet was too large inside the space to see behind the aircraft. The reports have made it a controversial plane to say the least, although military officials have had nothing but nice things to say about it.Each plane costs $337 million and has a range of 1,200 nautical miles with a payload of 18,000lbs. There are 21 pilots currently ready to fly it, with three more going through final certification. The Air Force variant of it, the F35-A, was declared combat-ready on August 2. It will make an appearance at the Red Flag training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in January 2017.The Marine Corps version, the F-35B, can hover and land vertically like a helicopter, which makes it look infinitely cooler although the vertical flight system means that it sacrifices about a third of its fuel volume.last_img read more