first_imgTORONTO – A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities.The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars immigrants with disabilities from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand on the country’s medical system. The group contends the practice is discriminatory and based on outdated, stereotypical ideas around disability.The council wants the government to drop the requirement from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make sure disabled people are included in crafting a new, more inclusive procedure.The council will be among several groups speaking this week before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.The committee is studying the country’s current criteria for the medical admissibility of prospective newcomers and will be holding sessions this week to hear views on the issue.Council First Vice-Chair John Rae says disability rights advocates don’t often get a seat at the table at the inception of a new policy, and the result often is that changes must be made later to address their uniquely complex needs.He hopes hearing a disabled perspective on medical inadmissibility criteria will help the committee shape new rules that are more in line with Canadian values.“In addition to being discriminatory in effect and impact, it is very demeaning because it assumes that persons with disabilities are inherently a burden on society,” Rae said of the current system. “We reject that idea.”The council plans to focus its feedback on a provision of the Act that explicitly singles out disabled applicants and places limits on their prospects of Canadian residency.Section 38-1C states that a person can’t be admitted to Canada if they have a health condition that “might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”Rae said that provision is based on an antiquated way of thinking of disability, which assumes that the condition a person has is directly responsible for any issues they may encounter.He said modern approaches to disability focus on a social model, which states difficulties disabled people contend with are more directly related to societal barriers caused by everything from inaccessible physical environments to non-inclusive legislation.He said Canada’s current laws also run counter to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabilities, which the government has signed on to.Article 18 affirms disabled people’s right to “liberty of movement, to freedom to choose their residence and to a nationality, on an equal basis with others,” principles Rae said the current system openly violates.Felipe Montoya, whose family ran afoul of the present rules in 2016, said change is long overdue.The York University professor originally from Costa Rica had to temporarily leave Canada when the government found that his 14-year-old son was not eligible for permanent residency because he has Down syndrome and might place an extra burden on the health system.Lawyers have previously said that in such cases, a finding of inadmissibility is often applied to the entire family.The ruling was ultimately overturned after a ministerial intervention, but Montoya said the current Act is unjust and risks shortchanging the country on both ethical and economic grounds.“It reduces the whole family to something one member is considered to lack,” he said. “It doesn’t at any point consider what the disabled person contributes, nor does it consider what the whole family contributes in taxes, in productivity, what they bring to the country.”Montoya is also planning to appear before the committee, which is studying medical inadmissibility criteria at the behest of provincial and territorial immigration ministers.The committee held its first set of hearings on the issue on Oct. 24 and has three more sessions scheduled.The federal government said it was reviewing the law and said every applicant has a chance to “demonstrate their ability and willingness to mitigate any cost impact on social services in Canada.”“No specific health condition results in an automatic rejection of an applicant,” said an emailed response from the government.At the previous meeting of the standing committee, Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara said the policy was in place to “maintain a balance between welcoming new members into society and protecting our publicly funded health care and social services.”Rae said he hopes Section 38-1C of the Act will ultimately be scrapped and called on the committee to ensure disabled groups have a say in any new law created to take its place.“We believe we need to be more involved in the design, development and implementation of any program that affects us,” he said. “Not at the end of the road when the decisions are almost finalized, but at the beginning when there’s still time to positively impact upon what is being developed.”—Follow @mich_mcq on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed the plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking a review of its April 8 order directing the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment. “We are not inclined to modify our order,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. The plea was filed by opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for petitioners, told the bench that the apex court had increased the random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment and they are now seeking that it should be increased to 25 per cent at least. “It will be for the satisfaction of confidence building measures,” Singhvi tod the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. Singhvi said the present increase of random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment amounted to a meagre two per cent and petitioners are seeking that it be raised to 25 per cent at least. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The apex court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in five polling booths per assembly segment from one booth. The top court, however, had not agreed to the demand of 21 Opposition leaders for counting of at least 50 percent of VVPAT slips with EVMs in every assembly segment. The Opposition leaders had sought the review of the apex court’s order, saying the “increase from 1 to 5 is not a reasonable number and does not lead to satisfaction desired by this court”. “The petitioners submit that the aforesaid increase to a mere 2 per cent is not sufficient and will not make any substantial difference to the situation that existed prior to the passing of the impugned order. “Therefore, even though the petitioners have succeeded on merits of their contention, their success does not resolve their grievance or cause any meaningful change to the situation that they were originally aggrieved,” the plea had said. Referring to earlier observations of the apex court, it had said the 2 per cent increase in random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs would not achieve the purpose of raising “public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process”. The plea had opposed the EC’s argument, which was accepted by the court, that as the elections were nearby and hence it would not be viable to increase the number of random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs. “It is submitted that, once this court agrees that the number of EVMs that should be subjected to VVPAT verification should be increased to a ‘reasonable number’, not increasing the same to a number which is ‘reasonable’ because it may not be ‘viable’ to do so renders the entire exercise otiose and futile,” the plea had said. Consequently, the ‘viable number’ must also necessarily be reasonable, it had said, alleging that at many booths in Andhra Pradesh the VVPAT machines were not working properly.last_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 5:07 pm MDT Apache Canada pipeline spills produced water northwest of Edmonton AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WHITECOURT, Alta. – Alberta Environment says a pipeline has leaked northwest of Edmonton.The government department says it was notified of the leak on Tuesday morning.The pipeline is owned by Apache Canada and the leak happened about 20 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt.Alberta Environment says about 1.6 million litres of produced water leaked from the pipeline across a leased road and affected a small, unnamed tributary.The government says Apache is working to contain the leak, clean up the area and minimize impact to the environment.Alberta Environment also says continuous air-monitoring has detected no levels of hydrogen sulphide at the spill site, or near cleanup operations.The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating. read more

first_imgWe used to watch tv together a lot when I was a teenager, mainly cos I was anti-social and he had been sick. I used to roll my eyes when he’d give out about Tony Soprano cheating on Carmela (“Gawny mack, he’s a married man!”) or slag me for watching the X-Files (“What’s wrong with Foxy Mulder this week?”) but secretly I loved spending the time with him. Also, he loved ER, which was so un-Dad-like but which I really liked about him. Source: 64downtown/YouTubeMy father’s a Tipperary GAA fanatic but even though he had little time for Cork, he would still always bring me to Cork matches when I was younger. I’m the eldest in our family and remember the 1993 All-Ireland football final as the first time I was in Croke Park. It was a great day even if the result went badly. TODAY, AS YOU probably know by now, is Father’s Day, when we celebrate all things dad-related.We thought we’d turn things over to you to get some of your best stories about dads, whether they’re still around or not.Maybe it’s how he patiently helped you with homework or school activities. Maybe it’s how he had that one subject he knew so much about and wanted you to care about too. Or maybe it’s something more recent, like if he’s given good advice or helped you in a tough situation.Here’s a few from us here in newsroom to get started (all anonymous so that no dads can be embarrassed in the making of this article) :My favourite memories are usually of him teaching me sports. He’s so patient and I was the least gifted of the kids but he’d patiently showme how to do things until I caught up (sort of) with the others. Wespent hours down at the pitch just hitting the ball over and back toeach other, until I had got it into my hand X amount of times withoutdropping it. (We still do this sometimes by the way). My favourite dad memory is him teaching me how to dance to Chubby Checker’s Let’s do the Twist in our living room. I was about five and thought it was the best dance EVER.center_img I  loved time in the car with him driving to and from matches, chatting away and drinking copious amounts of Lucozade. Despite his strong dislike for school’s hockey, he still came to every match.Right, over to you lot. Give us your favourite dad stories in the comments… Read: Hand-holding ‘mono mono’ twins released from hospital in time for Father’s Day > Column: Fathers, appreciate time with your kids before they grow up > Dad had an amazing ability to keep calm in the middle of chaos (which helped in a family with seven kids). I remember two of my sisters once KILLING each other in the middle of the sitting room over something stupid. Meanwhile, Dad just sat in the corner, reading his newspaper and not batting an eyelid as the two girls tore strips out of each other. Only way he could survive having so many kids, I guess.last_img read more

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting to get an HTC One or a Samsung Galaxy S4, Google’s got the version you’re going to want to pick up.Ever since the first Android phone with a custom user interface was released, fans of the OS have asked that OEMs make vanilla versions of their hardware. This seemed mostly like a fantasy, and many have moved on from something like this ever happening.Now, with more than 7 million users having rooted their phones and installed CyanogenMod in order to get an Android Open Source Project-based UI, it has become clear there’s a market for these vanilla phones. As a result we have the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and the HTC One with Nexus Experience, and they are available for purchase today.Google has made these phones available through the Play Store exclusively, sitting in their online shop next to the Nexus line of phones, tablets, and Chrome OS hardware. These new phones will be running as close to vanilla Android as possible, without ruining the overall experience for the specific hardware.The HTC One, for example, will still have Beats Audio onboard to manage the unique speaker design the handset had. HTC’s other features, like BlinkFeed and Zoe photos, will not be available on this phone. It is widely suspected that the camera on the Google Edition HTC One will not be as good as the stock HTC One with Sense. The same goes for the Galaxy S4, and neither device is expected to have software onboard that takes advantage of the IR sensor.The Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One with Nexus Experience will be sold for $649 and $599 respectively. These phones will be sold and shipped by Google. Like the Nexus devices, Google will be responsible for support during the first month in case there’s out of the box hardware defects. After that time, HTC and Samsung will handle support for the phones.This experiment is a big gamble for everyone involved. HTC and Samsung are hoping to dip into what appears to be a rapidly increasing niche market, while Android enthusiasts are hoping this becomes a trend that spreads to other manufacturers.last_img read more

first_imgThe cosmopolitan Greek island of Mykonos is the second hottest destination for 2015 for Australians according to global travel search engine Skyscanner, which has revealed the top 10 destinations that are tipped to surge in popularity next year. According to the report, Mykonos, also known as the party island of Greece, is experiencing a revival thanks to it coming back into vogue with celebrities and famous DJs. Naomi Campbell, Ronaldo and Lindsay Lohan were all spotted in this Greek paradise this year and it’s being promoted as the cheaper, more fun version of Ibiza.The first destination for next year for Aussies is Myanmar. Flight searches from Australia to this emerging country were up 56 per cent, with many luxury hotel brands rushing to move in. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Are you interested in writing? Neos Kosmos is offering students the opportunity to contribute to our newspaper.Neos Kosmos already has a student newspaper written by schools of Modern Greek which have taken the opportunity to use their language skills in an enjoyable way. Not only is the participation in our student newspaper improving people’s Greek, but it will also young people a platform to express their thoughts, needs, and to also raise their concerns about what is happening in the world around them.While the Greek language stories can be about any issue whatsoever, Neos Kosmos also welcomes articles written in English but with a focus on issues of interest to the diaspora. The project is open to students of all year levels, from kindergarten right through to high school, and all levels of Greek and English. We also welcome photographs and videos for our site.Our main objective is to highlight issues of importance to young people regarding their heritage, and to engage with them and get them thinking.For English stories that are not part of the student newspaper but sent for publication, email read more

first_imgLes Arméniens encouragés à abattre des loupsFace aux attaques de villages par des loups, de plus en plus fréquentes dans le pays, les autorités arméniennes ont lancé une véritable campagne de chasse, promettant une récompense financière à ceux qui tueront l’un de ces canidés.L’appel a été lancé hier par les autorités, rapporte “Compte tenu d’une forte augmentation du nombre des loups ces dernières années en Arménie, une procédure pour réguler le nombre de ces animaux sauvages a été approuvée”, annonce le gouvernement dans un communiqué. Les attaques de loups sont de plus en plus nombreuses en Arménie, et cette régulation apparaît comme indispensable aux yeux des autorités. Les carnassiers s’invitent dans des villages où ils tuent des animaux d’élevage, explique le texte. Pour encourager cette chasse, le gouvernement promet une récompense de 200 euros pour chaque loup abattu. Toutefois, seuls les chasseurs ayant une licence et les villageois victimes d’une attaque sont autorisés à participer à cette campagne contre laquelle s’insurgent les écologistes arméniens. “On tue illégalement des mammifères qui servent de nourriture aux loups. Alors, ces derniers deviennent plus agressifs et viennent chercher de la nourriture dans des villages, en attaquant des chevaux, des vaches et des moutons”, déplore Rouben Khatchatrian, directeur du Fonds pour la protection de l’environnement.Le 12 février 2011 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBy Mamadou Dem Malick Njock Jagne, an Aviation Safety Inspector yesterday revealed that the Gambia Government has recommended for sale, three aircrafts purchased by the former regime, given that they are too old and not airworthy. Mr. Jagne made this disclosure during the tour of the airport by the ‘Janneh’ Commission to inspect the State Aircrafts that were bought by the former regime. According to Jagne, an interested party from Kenya visited the Gambia Civil Aviation in connection with one of the Aircraft.  The Commission upon visiting the airport inspected the three state aircrafts, Green Industry, Westwood and Minerals Company of the Gambia, as part of their mandate to inquire into the financial dealings of the former president and his close associates. The delegation headed by the chairman of the Commission, Sourahata Janneh, were received by officials of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority. They inspected all the three state aircrafts with the assistance of Mr. Jagne. The first aircraft that was inspected by the delegation was the C5 RTG which was used by the former president, but is currently parked for servicing and maintenance, to make it airworthy. Responding to questions from Commissioners, Mr. Jagne disclosed that the lifespan of an aircraft depends on the maintenance it gets; that aircrafts can serve as long as 40 years. However, he said they have terminated the services of the Russian crew that used to handle the aircraft but have an engineer who is taking care of them. He said this particular aircraft seized operation since March 2017 and needs to be taken back to Russia for maintenance. He said they normally take the aircraft to Uzbekistan for maintenance. While inspecting inside the aircraft, it was observed that they were in disorder to which Commission Counsel Amie Bensouda, suggested for the GCA to address. Mr. Jagne in response stated that they need someone who is licensed to clean inside the aircraft and put everything in order. On the Boeing 727 aircraft, the Aviation Inspector, informed Commissioners that the said aircraft was built in 1971 and was acquired by the Gambia in October, 2012; that it was the last 727 built by Boeing who has recommended that it is not airworthy. He said the aircraft seized operation during the political impasse when it transported the former first lady from the United States of America.The other aircraft inspected by members of the Commission was Illusion 62, manufactured in 1966 and used by the Saudi Prince. This was purchased together with the Boeing 727 by the former Gambia Government but was never used; that the air tractors beside the aircraft also known as 802, was purchased from the United States and was manufactured by Air Tractors Incorporation; that they are normally used for firefighting but at the moment, they are not operational. According to him, there were some engineers who were trained to maintain the air tractors but part of this arrangement, was to get them fly; that they need to be competent in order to maintain them because you need to fly three takeoffs and landings every ninety days; that since the aircrafts were for Government, they did not have any indication what it was used for. From there, the delegation proceeded to Minerals Company of The Gambia where they were received by Augustus Prom, the receiver of all assets run by the former president. After given a background on the Company, Prom Junior explained that it  had an expert manager from France and its function was to test gold dust in the country and all the raw materials were supposed to be outsourced within the sub-region for processing. According to him, the investors were not confident that there was indeed some gold in the country as they weren’t satisfied with their initial tests in Basse; that the Company was setup in 2014 and the building was done by GAIPA; that together with the cost of the equipment, it amounted to $500,000.He concluded that the company intended to deal with a variety of materials, because fertilizer was also discovered in the processing room. Earlier, Captain Momodou Jallow of the Gambia Armed Forces informed the delegation that when Green Industry was banned in 2014, there was an inventory and the former president instructed both the Police and the Army, to use the materials such as dye perms and uniforms respectively; that since then, the stock was kept in stores within the building and he was in custody of the keys. Westwood workshop was the final place visited by the Commission.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTRINIDAD & TOBAGO, NOVEMBER 28, 2013- Diplomatic doors have been shut on the Dominican Republic…According to a Caribbean news source, CARICOM has reportedly suspended the DR’s application to CARICOM in light of human rights concerns. Since the recent decision of Dominican courts to cancel the citizenships of generations of those born to Haitian migrants there have been reports of violent break-outs and scrutiny from many quarters on that ruling. CARICOM met Tuesday about the matter; chairing the meeting was Hon Ralph Gonsalves, PM of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img Updated: 10:37 PM John Soderman Posted: July 26, 2018 Mayor Faulconer calls for reform in water bill accuracy Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img July 26, 2018 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday called for “sweeping reform” within the Public Utilities Department following widespread complaints of inaccurate water billing from late 2017 into this year.Reports by City Auditor Eduardo Luna’s office and business consulting firm West Monroe Partners found that meter reading employee errors, lack of oversight and insufficient quality control led to billing complaints, in addition to scheduled rate increases, higher water use after drought restrictions were lifted as well as a longer billing cycle between September and December.Though only a “very small percentage” of bills had to be adjusted after being received by a customer — one-fifth of a percent — Faulconer called for the immediate implementation of 18 auditor-recommended reforms related to strengthening quality control and human meter reader oversight; proactively analyzing billing, water use and call volume data; and improving public communications and customer service attitudes.“Percentages don’t matter if you are the one that is overbilled — even one wrong bill is too many,” Faulconer said. “…The department needs to rebuild the trust that has been lost.”Overall, most recommendations are expected to be implemented by Jan. 1, according to the city.Luna’s audit analyzed 1.3 million water bills from 2017, and found that roughly 21,000 bills, 1.6 percent, showed double or more than double the previous billing period’s usage. That doesn’t mean customers were incorrectly billed.Overall, the utilities department flagged 57,117 potentially anomalous bills for additional review, adjusted 18,728 bills before they were sent to customers and another 2,750 after customers received an incorrect bill.Luna’s audit found that human error caused the largest amount of incorrect bills.Of the department’s 36 meter readers, 10 were responsible for more than half the readings corrected before billing and 71 percent of rebillings for 2017.Meter readers need to be more accurate, supervisors need to be more attentive and management needs to provide better training and tools to ensure accurate billing, Faulconer said.Recommendations from the recently completed audits include proactive customer outreach regarding water use, conservation efforts, advanced notice of billing cycle and rate changes; developing employee performance metrics to reduce the number of errors and skipped readings; and overhauling programs that analyze misreads, estimated bills and customer call volume.Deployment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure program should also help, according to the audits.Separate city audits are expected for the smart metering program and utilities department’s customer service wing.Faulconer also said he’s ordered a review of the entire Public Utilities Department.“We must change the culture of this department to consistently deliver the excellent services San Diegans expect,” he said. John Soderman, last_img read more

first_imgPilots employed at airline British Airways, who are members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) trade union, are undertaking three-days of strike action starting today (Monday 9 September 2019), in an ongoing pay dispute.Balpa members who work at British Airways voted 93% in favour of industrial action; strikes are currently planned for Monday 9, Tuesday 10 and Friday 27 September 2019. This is the first time that British Airways pilots have undertaken strike action.The dispute regards negotiations around pilots’ pay; Balpa and British Airways have yet to enter an agreement on a suitable pay deal, despite the interventions of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).As a result of the strike action, British Airways has cancelled almost 100% of its planned flights. Balpa states that one day of industrial action will cost British Airways around £40 million, while three days of ongoing strikes will set the organisation back approximately £120 million.A spokesperson at Balpa said: “Over recent years, [British Airways] pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to assist the [organisation], such as taking a pay cut, productivity increases, closing the final salary pension scheme, giving up annual leave days, a new rostering system and reducing flying pay.“In what is British Airways’ centenary year, this will be the very first time its pilots will go on strike. They do so as a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run.”A spokesperson at British Airways added: “It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.“We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, Balpa has decided on this reckless course of action.“Our proposed deal of 11.5% over three years is very fair and well above the UK’s current rate of inflation, and by contrast to Balpa, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90% of all British Airways [staff] including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff. In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.“We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused. After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.”last_img read more

first_imgArgo AI is set to expand its fleet of autonomous development vehicles to a fifth location.Argo AI has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous cars within state borders, Automotive News reports, citing the DMV’s records. The vehicles will hit the roads around Argo AI’s headquarters in Palo Alto, according to a spokesperson, who spoke with AN.The company is the 62nd entity to receive a permit for testing AVs in California, following in the footsteps of Bosch, Honda, Tesla, VW, Waymo and others. A full list of permit holders is available on the California DMV’s website, in addition to other documentation like collision and disengagement reports.Enlarge Image62 companies have received AV testing permits in California, some of which you’ve probably heard of, and others you probably haven’t. Ford Argo AI is most commonly referred to alongside Ford, which invested $1 billion in the startup in early 2017 as part of the company’s multibillion-dollar investments in electrification and autonomy. Currently, Argo has four other locations it uses for AV testing. Cars are being used for research and development purposes in Michigan and Pennsylvania, while other cars are in Florida and Washington, DC to help Ford flesh out the commercial self-driving service it wants to launch to the public in 2021. Whereas many AV-company head honchos are quick to promise everything short of the moon, Argo’s CEO took to Medium in 2017 to offer a more tempered outlook on AV ubiquity. Spoiler alert: It’s going to take time, and a lot of it.But that doesn’t mean Argo’s not making great progress. In fact, our own Tim Stevens went down to Miami in November to take a spin in one of Argo’s Ford Fusions. While he didn’t quite rate the system ready for prime time, a chat with Ford CEO Jim Hackett revealed that the automaker doesn’t think of it as a race — it’s thinking a little further down the road than that. Ford’s autonomous cars on the streets of Miami More about 2019 Ford Ranger Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker Ford 0 Self-driving cars: Stay up to date on autonomy from startups and OEMs alike.Auto tech: From sensors to, um, more sensors. And maybe some other things. 59 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts More From Roadshow Post a comment Share your voice Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Ford Self-driving carslast_img read more

first_imgChevella: The membership drive was held on Tuesday under the aegis of MLA Kale Yadaiah and party’s in charge Srinivas Reddy. Speaking on the occasion, they said they would complete the target by 20thof this month. They said the members would get a life insurance of Rs 2 lakh. Moinabad mandal party president Mahender Reddy, district leader Kompally Anantha Reddy, district women wing president Swapna, MPP Nakshatram Jeevanth, MPP Mamatha and MPTCs and Sarpanches, party activists also present.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A person was beaten up badly in Haldia after he pelted stones at pedestrians. Due to stone pelting, at least 10 persons got injured.The accused person was recovered by the police. He has been admitted to Haldia Sub -Divisional Hospital in critical condition.According to locals, on Sunday around 5 pm, a youth all of a sudden started pelting stones at pedestrians and locals in a drunken state in Makhan Babur bazar area. Later, he also beat people who came close to him with a stick. Due to this, several people got multiple injuries. While the situation got tense, an examination for job was going on in a nearby school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWithin a few minutes after the stone pelting started, some examinees came out from the school. As a result, they were also attacked by theaccused youth. Though locals tried to stop the drunken youth, nobody had the courage to confront him face to face.Later, a few examinees started pelting stones at the drunken youth as well and some of the pedestrians started beating him up using sticks, bamboos and rods. In the meantime, police personnel from Haldia police station arrived and prevented locals from beating him up.He was immediately removed to Haldia Sub-Divisional Hospital, where he has been admitted in a critical condition. The injured pedestrians were taken to hospital. All of them were treated and discharged. Till Sunday night, police could not identify the drunken youth. Investigators already sent his pictures in the surrounding police stations for identification as he is not in a condition to talk.last_img read more

first_imgDelta, Aeromexico strengthen ties as Delta seeks to boost ownership stake to 49% Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Share ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico have taken their partnership to new heights, with a move towards creating the largest transborder alliance between Mexico and the U.S.Delta and Aeromexico, both SkyTeam alliance carriers, have been partners for 22 years. New conditional antitrust immunity granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation represents the next step in the process, announced last year, to launch a cash tender offer for Delta’s acquisition for up to 49% of Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. de C.V., capital stock, further strengthening the partnership between the two airlines.“Together, Delta and Aeromexico are stronger in the U.S.-Mexico market than either airline can be on its own,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “The partnership will make it possible for us to offer customers more flights to more destinations, with more choices every time someone travels across the border. We will offer industry-leading reliability, great service and an unmatched array of options.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAeromexico CEO Andrés Conesa said the agreement “will mark the beginning of a new era in the aviation of North America … It is the next step in our relationship, and our networks will provide more benefits to our customers while increasing the options for connectivity, products and services.”Once conditions requested by DOT and the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission have been fulfilled, the agreement will allow Aeromexico and Delta to coordinate efforts to enhance the travel experience with expanded destinations and frequencies, improved connecting schedules and seamless operations.The agreement will also improve the experience on the ground, allowing the airlines to co-locate and invest in airport facilities by improving gates and lounges. The airlines also will increase joint sales and marketing initiatives. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Aeromexico, Delta Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> New South Wales’ national parks are set to welcome more tourists following the passing of a law aimed at pushing nature tourism.The National Parks and Wildlife Amendment (Visitors and Tourists) Bill 2010, passed last Wednesday, legalises private operators access to national parks and prohibits major developments.It will clarify the type of visitor facilities and activities allowed in national parks and foster visitors understanding of conservation values, according to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Frank Sartor. Constraints on the size of new accommodation in parks and bans on large-scale first time developments such as resorts, rifle ranges and large sporting complexes will also protect the parks, he said.“This legislation requires that any leasing and licensing proposals in national parks must be consistent with the natural and cultural values of the land.”Minister for Tourism, Jodi McKay expressed similar sentiments. “This legislation will allow us to promote our iconic national parks with low-key, sustainable activities and attractions, while protecting them for generations to come.” “Nature tourism is a key driver of economic activity and employment, particularly in regional areas.National parks and reserve in NSW cover more than 8.4 percent of the state and attract more than 38 million domestic visits a year.The NSW government aims to increase visitation to NSW parks by 20 percent by 2016. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T A Qantas A380 aircraft carrying almost 400 passengers was forced to return to its loading bay twice, due to steering issues. Flight QF10, bound for Singapore, was scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 9:30pm yesterday but did not take-off until 2am. Pilots deemed the aircraft unsafe to fly after noticing a steering problem while moving slowly along the tarmac. The plane returned for maintenance and a steering issue was identified. As a precautionary measure, the second attempt at take-off was also abandoned and the plane reviewed for further maintenance.”Following multiple checks by engineers the aircraft departed safely and without incident” said a spokesperson for Qantas.Qantas have also denied passenger accounts posted on Twitter claiming the aircraft ran off the tarmac and onto the grass. This past Friday a Qantas pilot carrying 100 passengers on a Boeing 717 flight to Kalgoorlie entered an incorrect weight during a data check, placing the aircraft twice in danger of an aerodynamic stall.Last week Qantas grounded one of its A380 aircraft after discovering 36 hairline cracks on the wings. Image source: Qantaslast_img read more

first_img Tags: #SB Categories: News 25Feb Rep. Cole announces March coffee hourscenter_img State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will hold office hours on March 9 in Charlevoix County.“I want to get to know all the constituents in my area so that they know I am invested in the 105th district and I am adequately representing their needs and interests in Lansing,” Rep Cole said.On Tuesday, March 9, Rep. Cole will be at the Front Porch Café, 9235 Main St. in Ellsworth, from noon to 1 p.m.Coffee with Cole hours provide residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Otsego, Montmorency and Oscoda counties opportunities to share ideas, concerns and issues regarding Michigan’s state agencies or legislation with Rep. Cole in person.Those unable to attend a Coffee with Cole office hours meeting can contact the representative by email at or by calling 1-(855)-DIST-105.###last_img read more