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Philippe Coutinho shows why he is still Liverpool’s main man

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho’s importance to Liverpool may be difficult to put a price on following his latest exemplary showing in the 5-1 thumping of Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.The focus in recent weeks has surrounded the impressive Mohamed Salah and rightly so following his rich vein of form where he has found the net seven times in his last four league games to make him the division’s top scorer.The Egyptian has played a major part in Liverpool achieving five wins from their last six league fixtures. Only table toppers Manchester City have enjoyed a better run of form.But Coutinho’s presence is also a defining factor and he was the standout player as the Reds recorded an emphatic victory at the Amex Stadium.Brighton could not contain the Brazilian forward, who was rested for the midweek win over Stoke City, and was unstoppable as he helped set up three goals and also scored a superb free kick.Manager Juergen Klopp will be thrilled that his influential talisman has appeared to move on from the speculation that saw him strongly linked with a big money move to Barcelona before the close season transfer deadline.Should Coutinho continue to play as he did on Saturday, Liverpool will be major contenders for silverware this season.After setting up Emre Can and Roberto Firmino for the opening two goals, he then produced a sublime piece of skill to get his name on the scoresheet.The 25-year-old found the bottom corner underneath a free kick wall, evoking memories of a similar strike in an FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham United in February of last year.advertisementCoutinho earned special praise from his manager who also thanked his club analysts for pointing out that he was capable of such a hit in their pre-match preparations.When asked about Coutinho’s performance, Klopp said: “Very good. I am really happy about it. The free kick — credit to the analysts. He still needs the technique to do it.”Coutinho has now had a hand in 13 goals in his last 11 Premier League games (seven goals, six assists).Brighton manager Chris Hughton did not doubt that he is world class and said he was the major difference between the two teams.”If he is having a good day he is a world class player. We are all aware of the reports in the last transfer window and that is the reason,” Hughton said. “He is a world class player.”The biggest test for Liverpool and Klopp could come again in January if Barcelona renew their interest in the Brazilian.Liverpool supporters will be praying he stays at Anfield to inspire many more emphatic victories.last_img read more

Bond Gives A-Roid Batting Tips

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez is getting hitting tips from Barry Bonds as the New York Yankees third baseman prepares to return from a season-long suspension.Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed the workouts, which the San Francisco Chronicle reported took place at the Future Prospects batting cages in San Rafael, California.“Alex has consulted numerous former players and coaches as he continues to work towards spring training including most recently Edgar Martinez who worked with him last week in Miami,” Berkowitz said in an email.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is sixth on the career list with 654 homers. Bonds leads with 762.A-Rod admitted six years ago he used banned steroids while with Texas from 2001-03, and he was suspended for last season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.Bonds testified in 2003 that he was not aware substances given to him by personal trainer Greg Anderson were banned performance-enhancing drugs.New York says it plans to shift Rodriguez from third base to designated hitter. A-Rod is owed $61 million in the final three seasons of his contract with the Yankees.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Hails “Fantastic Welcome” on Lesbos Island

first_imgLESBOS, Greece – “Fantastic Weclome For The FCB Foundation And The Barça Players’ Association On Lesbos Island (Greece)”, FC Barcelona says in an announcement.The veteran players of FC Barcelona and the Greek National Team, offered a unique game to the Lesbos island’s local community.The game was part of a larger support program of the SNF to Fundacion FC Barcelona.Earlier on Thursday the footballers visited Kara Tepe camp, and following that they held a training session to 80 refugee kids and 120 children of the island, sending the message that sports can be a vehicle for solidarity and is addressed equally to all.The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Barça Players’ Association visited the Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos in Greece on Thursday morning. They arrived in the country on Wednesday to help promote social integration among young refugees.Photo: SNFThe first activity they took part in was a sports clinic for 250 children, which aimed to provide afun activity for the young from both the camp and the local Greek community. The event demonstrated football’s role as a powerful tool to promote social cohesion in communities.There are currently 700 refugees living at the Kara Tepe camp who crossed the Mediterranean from Turkey and who mainly come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Kara Tepe is a reception camp with various educational and sports projects which go to great lengths to respect the dignity of the large numbers of families, children and disabled children who live there.Juliano Belleti, José Edmílson and Aloísio Pires were the most recognisable faces among a group of fifteen ex-players taking part in the sports session with the children.The Director of the Barça Players’ Association, Luis Ortiz de Zevallos, and Mària Vallès, the General Director of the FC Barcelona Foundation, led the expedition.Photo: SNFThis evening, the ex-Barça players will play a charity match at the Mitilene Stadium, in the island’s capital, against a team made up of Greek ex-footballers. Most of the opposition side played in their national team for their famous European Championship victory of 2004.The FC Barcelona Foundation’s recent actions are another attempt to empower young people, between eight and eighteen-years-old from both the local and refugee communities, towards more positive relationships and social skills, and improved emotional well-being. Our future projects in this area will be possible thanks to a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.The FCB Foundation’s strategic aim to fight social exclusion means it is looking at developing its ‘FutbolNet’ methodology across various camps in the Mediterranean. The goal is to work on conflict resolution among children and young people through football as a means of dialogue.This project will also offer the essential psychosocial support needed to help build their futures.MÀRIA VALLÈS’ STATEMENTS“The solidarity with the refugees on Lesbos island is admirable and is an example for the rest of the world. The FC Barcelona Foundation will contribute, with this visit and future programmes, to strengthening the ties between the refugee community and the local one and will help boys and girls overcome the traumatic circumstances they have suffered from. We want them to know their lives matter.”Photo: SNFPhoto: SNFRead FCB announcement:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Lisa Ann Recounts How She Met Notre Dame WR Justin Brent, “I Love My Little 19 Year Old”

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Last October, Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Justin Brent went to a New York Knicks game with Lisa Ann. The now-retired adult film star posted a couple pictures of the pair on Instagram and, later that evening, a selfie of them in bed together.    This might have gotten Brent in trouble with Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly, who said the freshman was in his “doghouse” and “gets distracted easily” near the conclusion of the 2014 season. We haven’t seen any photos of Brent and Ann together since the Knicks game. It’s unclear if they still keep in touch. In an interview with GQ‘s Myles Brown, Ann recounted how she met the Notre Dame wide receiver. You were with Justin Brent recently…. I love my little 19 year old.How’d that start?I met him at a restaurant. We exchanged numbers. He was going to be on break from school and I was like, “Hey, why don’t you come to the city and we’ll go to a Knicks game.”I like these new friendships in a weird mentor kinda way. I don’t have children. Because I did porn, guys are just so honest with me, asking me sexual questions they might not want to ask their friends.Those answers came from a lengthy interview with GQ in which Ann describes her relationships with athletes. It’s a fascinating read. [GQ]last_img read more

Alexandre Douzet’s Fat Dog Changed his Career Path for the Better

first_img The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA Editors’ Recommendations Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Today we speak to Alexandre Douzet, the cofounder of Ollie, the human-grade dog food brand that’s disrupting pet food industry.I was born on the border of Alsace in France. I attended college in France at the University of Brion. After graduating, I moved to New York City and worked there for four years before going to INSEAD, a business school in France. Following graduation I returned to New York City and started Ladders, an online career services resource dedicated to advancing professionals careers. I spent three years at Ladders and through that time was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my future.Simultaneously, I realized my dog was gaining a lot of weight. I did a ton of research and concluded there were some companies offering healthy dog foods, but I realized there were no direct-to-consumer brands. Shortly after I was introduced to the co-founder of Ollie by an investor and the rest is history.center_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens As for my personal style:JeansI enjoy wearing different styles for different occasions. I’ll wear Levis for a more dressed down look and Hugo Boss for a more tailored look.ShirtsI have a simple style when it comes to shirts, and lean more towards polo shirts, like Lacoste, or simple dress down white shirts from Brooks Brothers and Hugo Boss rather than T-shirts.SuitsMy suits range from various styles, but I like custom tailored suits. Bespoke suits are my favorite, Michael Andrews on Great Jones Alley is my go-to spot.ShoesI like dress shoes and loafers, specifically high-end boots and loafers. For sneakers, I like urban style sneakers like GREATS. I wear them to work a lot and they are great to walk around in. I also really like Newton sneakers to wear to work and to workout in.AccessoriesMy favorite accessory is a nice watch. I wear my Cartier silver watch for a more dressed up look, and for a more casual look, I wear my Garman GPS 920 smart watch.OuterwearIn between seasonal jackets, I stick to more of an Italian style blazer from Zegna and Canali. I also wear a lot of vests in the colder seasons as well as my ¾ zip Patagonia vest. I also wear my Parka in the colder months.CologneMy go-to cologne is Dolce and Gabbana.Favorite AppMy favorite app right now is Instagram with a close second to Facebook. I am very picture and video driven so these apps appeal to me the most. I also enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal on my phone though I used to be an avid reader of The Financial Times. Unfortunately, the FT app isn’t as user-friendly so I haven’t been reading it like I used to.I am not a big podcast guy, but I really enjoy listening to TED talks.Next gear purchaseMy next gear purchase will be a new bike, called the PremiereBike, which is mainly used for triathlon racing. What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haullast_img read more

Water scarcity becoming a critical issue for the Arab world – UN

16 March 2010Climate change, food insecurity, decreasing water availability and unemployment are among the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which calls for rational and sustainable use of resources and inclusion of the environment issues in decision making. Climate change, food insecurity, decreasing water availability and unemployment are among the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which calls for rational and sustainable use of resources and inclusion of the environment issues in decision making.“This assessment has been a truly collaborative one outlining the progress but also the realities facing this diverse but also dynamic region where, if policies and resources are better focused could be a beacon of sustainable, green economic, development for millions of people,” said Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director. According to the report, Arab countries are now among the most water-scarce in the world with a “worrying decline in per capita water availability,” likely to be aggravated by climate change. Poverty remains a challenge in most countries in the region and unemployment is widespread at 13.7 per cent – more than twice the global average, according to latest estimates. The report says the Arab region is predicted to be among the hardest hit by the potential of direct and indirect impacts linked with climate change. Impacts include loss of coastal zones, more severe droughts and desertification, increased groundwater salinity, and a surge in epidemics and infectious diseases. “Thus it is in the interests of nations across the region to constructively engage in the climate change negotiations as countries look to Mexico and the UN climate convention meeting later in the year,” said Mr. Steiner, noting that Cancun will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) at the end of November.The new report, launched at the headquarters of the League of Arab States in Cairo, was prepared in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS), the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), as well as other agencies and centres operating in the region. read more

Trudeau promotes spending to boost economy as economists warn of weak outlook

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is talking up the need for more federal spending to help the economy on a day experts are sharing their downgraded forecasts with his government.The prime minister says the country’s economic woes mean it’s more important than ever for the Liberal government to spend on growth-generating projects like infrastructure.Trudeau’s remarks in Toronto came shortly after a group of private-sector economists shared their downgraded forecasts with Finance Minister Bill Morneau at a meeting just a few kilometres away.A balanced budget by 2019/20 may be hard to come by if economy continues to struggle, Trudeau admitsOttawa talking to pension funds about investing in infrastructureFinance Minister Bill Morneau to present federal budget week of March 21: sourcesConference Board of Canada chief economist Glen Hodgson says he gave Morneau a 2016 growth forecast of just 1.7 per cent — one of the most optimistic predictions in the room.The Liberal government has promised to run deficits in the coming years in order to spend billions on stimulus like infrastructure projects, which it expects will create jobs and help revive the economy.But while Trudeau acknowledges government finances are even tighter than they were a couple of months ago, he has not indicated what will become of the Liberals’ many non-economic spending vows.For decades, federal finance ministers have used an average of private-sector economic forecasts as the foundation of their fiscal plans. read more

UN agency helping Palestinians says much better financial support needed

Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that despite a 25 per cent malnutrition rate in Gaza and a rate almost as high in the West Bank, the Agency had had to cut back on food distribution.With 12,700 people made homeless by Israeli demolitions of housing in response to the current intifada, UNRWA had only been able to replace 228 homes, he said. For health care, UNRWA had provided only $750,000 in aid out of a projected $2.7 million in needs.Meanwhile, the separation barrier Israel was building had cut farmers off from their harvests and had isolated some towns, he said, and the total effect could be a further downward spiral in West Bank conditions.He said the Agency had had a better response to its appeals than other similar programmes and he had found a great deal of support for UNRWA’s activities when he presented his report to the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee yesterday.Unless that support was translated into solid financial backing, however, the Agency would “fall further behind in its efforts to lessen the pain of the effects of violence” on the Palestinian refugees in the region, Mr. Hansen said. read more

Cyprus Annan encouraged by discussions with Turkish Prime Minister

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan “indicated his Government’s strong desire for the Turkish Cypriots to resume talks with the Greek Cypriots with a view to resolving outstanding issues by 1 May,” the spokesman said in a statement. Mr. Annan, who plans to study the Prime Minister’s position carefully, “indicated that his good offices were still open if the parties were to demonstrate the will to conclude, with UN assistance, an agreement, including the holding of referenda, by 1 May,” the spokesman added. Speaking directly to the press in Davos, Mr. Annan stressed that political will would be required by all. “Obviously, if we are going to have talks, all parties concerned – the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, the motherlands, Turkey and Greece – must be committed to the talks and everyone must show a willingness to sustain the effort and to seek a settlement.” He added that a settlement to the long-running Cyprus dispute “would not only be in the interests of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, it would also be in the interests of Turkey and Greece, and improve considerably Turkish relations with the European Union.” Mr. Annan was also asked to comment on the resignation of United States weapons inspector David Kay. “I was not surprised because he had more or less given a report” to the US authorities, the Secretary-General replied, adding, “I think his report and what he says should be taken seriously.” read more

Proposed changes to SNAP would harm Kentucky families children and seniors

The USDA’s proposed eligibility rule would affect SNAP, the country’s most important anti-hunger program. The program provides people with limited incomes the opportunity to access nutritious food and is a crucial component of federal and state efforts to help lift people out of poverty.The proposed rule would eliminate a long-standing policy that allows Kentucky and other states to consider local economic factors, like high costs of living or the cost of childcare, when determining eligibility for SNAP. Related Article: New resource intended to benefit military studentsThe proposed rule will eliminate these efficiency gains and increase administrative costs on states. In addition, the changes would have a disproportionate impact on seniors. More than 13 percent of all SNAP households with elderly members would lose food assistance, which could potentially force low-income seniors to choose between paying for necessary medication and food. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A coalition of 24 attorneys general opposing proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would harm public health by denying many Kentucky families, seniors and children access to food assistance.The coalition filed a comment letter against a proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would: cause children to lose free school meals; take food assistance away from 3.1 million low-income people, including working poor families with children, seniors and people with disabilities; increase burdens on states and violate federal law.- Advertisement – read more

We will not tolerate other camps Hollande hails Jungle clearout as a

first_img Share4 Tweet Email Image: Emilio Morenatti 28 Comments ‘We will not tolerate other camps’: Hollande hails ‘Jungle’ clear-out as a success The French president said there were no incidents “from start to finish”, when police moved in to evacuate people from the camp. Image: Emilio Morenatti 12,567 Views Oct 29th 2016, 2:46 PM Short URL By AFP PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE today hailed this week’s evacuation of the squalid Calais “Jungle” as a success as he vowed France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift migrant camps.“There were no incidents from start to finish,” Hollande said of the evacuation of the Jungle camp during a visit to a reception centre for migrants in Doue-la-Fontaine in western France.“We had to rise to the challenge of the refugee issue. We could not tolerate the camp and we will not tolerate any others,” he added.The Jungle camp, which people fleeing war and poverty have used for years as a springboard for attempts to sneak into Britain, was mostly evacuated in a major operation this week that saw thousands of people bused to reception centres across France.During the evacuation, huge fires erupted, ravaging large swathes of the camp that has become a stark symbol of Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II. Source: Emilio MorenattiSince mid-October, Britain has taken in 274 children from the Jungle, mostly unaccompanied youngsters with relatives already living in the country.Britain’s Help Refugees charity estimated that as of late yesterday there remained over 1,000 unaccompanied children still living in the container camp.- © AFP 2016.Read: “The situation for children in Calais is the worst it’s ever been”>Read: ‘They are angry because the Jungle is finished and they cannot go to England’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 2:46 PMlast_img read more

Merseysidebased Matalan warehouse staff strike in pay dispute

first_imgAround 500 warehouse staff employed at retailer Matalan’s distribution centre in Knowsley, Merseyside, are undertaking strike action today (Monday 19 August 2019) in an ongoing pay dispute.The warehouse staff, who are members of trade union GMB, will conduct 24 hours of industrial action from 2pm today.Based on a 51% turnout, 200 eligible GMB members voted in favour of strike action. A total of 236 individuals participated in the ballot, although 463 GMB members were entitled to.The strike is in reaction to a recent pay offer made by Matalan’s management. GMB states that, if implemented, the pay deal would see some Matalan employees in Merseyside receive a 1.5% pay rise, which is equivalent to a real terms pay cut.A source close to Matalan explained that the 1.5% pay rise relates specifically to around 25% of employees who work weekend shifts; this would increase their existing £11.14 an hour rate.Matalan and GMB have been in pay negotiations since February 2019, but GMB has stated that further strike dates will be announced in due course.Stephen Boden, organiser at GMB, said: “This industrial action is a result of Matalan management making a frankly insulting pay offer.“How can [the organisation] expect hardworking staff to accept [a] real terms pay cut? It’s not too late for management to listen to [employees] and get back round the table with us to work out a fair deal.”The distribution centre in Knowsley services e-commerce and store supplies across the north of England and Scotland.A spokesperson at Matalan added: “[While] it is reassuring that the vast majority of those working in the Knowsley distribution centre did not vote for industrial action, we are deeply disappointed that even against the recommendation of their own union, following over five months of negotiations, a small portion of union members voted in favour of industrial action. “Our offer of a 4.7% pay increase for all of our distribution centre staff on core shifts was the largest our [organisation] has ever offered without any other changes to [terms and conditions].  In addition, it is well above inflation and cost of living increases as well as [among] the highest offered in our sector.“We are proud to be a major employer in the North West, centred around our Knowsley headquarters, and constantly strive to balance the needs of our employees and their long-term job security with the wider needs of the business. We will do everything possible to minimise disruption to our colleagues and customers.”last_img read more

Dunkin Donuts announcing changes to menu

first_img(WSVN) – Dunkin Donuts has announced some significant changes to the menu, getting rid of a few old favorites in favor of some new items.One of those changes includes saying goodbye to a popular frozen drink.Dunkin has announced that they will no longer be serving the coffee coolatta, instead making room for a new frozen coffee drink.The popular chain is also planning on testing a new coconut cream pie iced coffee and a caramel shaved espresso.The new frozen coffee drink is called the Dunkin Energy Punch, which is part of the chain’s partnership with Monster Energy. The drink is slated to launch this summer and is said to have a more authentic coffee flavor.A new pink lemonade coolatta, fruited mango pineapple tea, and blackberry tea will also launch soon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pembroke Pines Police Teen used another students photo to imply school threat

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Another student in Broward County has been arrested for making threats against a Pembroke Pines school.According to police, the 14-year-old Franklin Academy student posted a photo to Instagram of another student holding a rifle with the caption “see you Monday” and “Gn Franklin.”“Gn” is shorthand for good night.Police interviewed the teen who posted the photo and found out it was originally shared to a private group chat, and only with the caption “see you Monday.”Investigators also interviewed the teen in the photo and found out it was several weeks old and from an airsoft shooting event with friends.Police said the suspect took the image without the other juvenile’s knowledge.The suspect was charged with a second-degree felony for making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner. This is the fifth incident in which a juvenile was arrest for making a school threat in Broward County in under two weeks.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2019 Chicago Auto Show recap Big debuts from Mazda Toyota Subaru and

first_img 2019 Lexus LC Inspiration is all about that yellow 1:38 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 28 Photos 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia: Sports car exclusivity for 15 Now playing: Watch this: Lexus Lexus is bringing another Inspiration Series model into the world — this time, in the form of the seductive LC 500 coupe. Whereas the last Lexus LX Inspiration Series made the Lexus LX 570 look as though it was in mourning, the LC, instead, is dressed decidedly brighter, wearing Flare Yellow paint, yellow accents adorning the cockpit and a dash of extra carbon fiber inside and out. Like every Inspiration Series vehicle preceding it, this really only amounts to an appearance package, but with a 5.0-liter, 471-horsepower V8 engine powering what looks like a barely road-legal concept car, $106,210 is a small price to pay for a machine that easily competes with Aston Martins costing twice as much. Oh, but if you want this special LC, you’ll have to act with haste; Lexus is only building 100 of them. Read more about the LC 500 Inspiration Series here. If you’re looking for something more practical, Lexus is also debuting the 2019 NX F Sport Black Line Special Edition. The special model, limited to a production run of 1,000, will add accouterments like a 14-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system. You can read all about the special NX here. 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek package debuts in Chicago 21 Photos 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is a 35,500-pound-towing brute Now playing: Watch this: Dodge With one of the most maniacal product lineups in the history of the automobile, you can always trust Dodge to bring plenty of color to wherever it shows up. This year in Chicago, the brand is quite literally bringing some color to the show floor in the form of Sublime green paint for the Challenger and Charger. This specific hue hasn’t seen duty on a Challenger since 2015 and since 2007 for the Charger. For more about this color’s availability in 2019, head over to our Challenger and Charger coverage here. Like the Chrysler Pacifica mentioned earlier, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan also gets a similar 35th Anniversary Edition treatment, which you can read more about here. dodge-sublime-green-promoEnlarge ImageYou green with envy, brah? Dodge Ford The current generation of the F-Series Super Duty has been on sale for three years. That means it’s due for a mid-cycle refresh, which will be shown to the public for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show.The visual updates are light, but the tech updates are more significant as the Super Duty will be adding features like pedestrian-detecting collision-mitigation braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. New features inside include wireless smartphone charging and USB Type C ports. There are also two new V8 engines — including a 7.3-liter monster — and a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which you can read about in our F-Series Super Duty article here. Kia is also using the Chicago Auto Show to bring us the updated, 2020 Sportage. The overall package doesn’t change too much, but the Sportage wears new front and rear fascias, and gets a smattering of new driver assistance tech.Click here to learn more about the Forte GT-Line, and head over here to get all the details about the updated Sportage. Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Range Rover Evoque looks more like a Range Rover than ever 32 Photos 68 Photos Now playing: Watch this: reading • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Caravan special editions are minivan marvels The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets sporty looks to match its 228 hp 2019 Ram 1500 adds split-opening Multifunction tailgate… Kia Kia will mostly use the Chicago show to bring its 2020 Telluride to another city, the big SUV having just debuted in Detroit. But we’ll also see a couple of updates to mainstay Kia cars, including the Forte and Sportage.First up, the Forte gets a new GT-Line treatment, which is mostly a styling upgrade. If you’re looking for the 201-horsepower, turbocharged version of the Forte sedan, that’s just called the GT, and it debuted at SEMA last year. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line focuses on the bark, not the bite 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport brings a fresh face to Chicago 1:32 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will be an exclusive… 42 Photos 38 Photos Comments Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Sportage wears a fresh new look at the Chicago Auto Show 43 Photos Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Next, the Rogue Sport gets a slight overhaul for 2020, though the compact crossover largely stays the course. You’ll be able to spot an updated Rogue Sport thanks to its slimmer, more attractive headlamps.The Rogue Sport’s big upgrade is on the safety tech front. Nissan now makes its Safety Shield package standard, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams. Read more about the new Rogue Sport here. 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings new mild hybrid tech CadillacCadillac’s XT4 and XT6 crossovers may earn the bulk of headlines these days, but the midsize XT5 is still a strong seller. To that end, Cadillac is giving its XT5 a Sport package for 2019, though it’s sporty in name only.Available on the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, the XT5 Sport Package gets a new grille, LED headlights, clear taillight lenses, some side steps and 20-inch wheels. Click here to read more.Enlarge ImageBorrowing a little bit of the Escalade’s fancy chrome isn’t a bad idea. Cadillac Chevrolet Back in December when Chevrolet revealed the 2020 Silverado HD, we called it “910 pound-feet of ugly,” with the kind of face that borrows too much DNA from the 5-ton air conditioning condenser unit sitting outside your house. Does Chevy’s big, honkin’ pickup look better in the flesh? Not really. Regardless, it’s sure to get a lot of work done. For now, Chevrolet is saying this will be the most capable Silverado HD yet, and with the ability to tow as much as 35,500 pounds, that’s a claim we surely believe. Head over here to get the full Silverado HD details. 1:25 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies RamFiat-Chrysler’s truck manufacturer has a couple of big news items for this year’s Chicago show. After all, the Chevy and Ford truck folks can’t have all the fun, right?For the light-duty 1500 truck, Ram introduces a new multifunction tailgate that has a 60/40 split down the middle. This means owners can raise or lower the tailgate as usual, or swing either side open to access smaller items. It’s a pretty nifty solution, and certainly offers an alternative to the GMC Sierra’s trick new tailgate.Finally, after showing the full-on Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models in Detroit, the truckmaker is bringing its Chassis Cab configurations to Chicago. The upfit-ready trucks get more power, better tech and a lot more safety features. Read all about ’em, here. 1:26 Share your voice 2 Harley-Davidson-themed 2019 Ford F-150 debuts at the… The 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets 170 new aftermarket parts from… Nissan Nissan has a pair of crossover-shaped debuts for the Chicago Auto Show. The first is a special edition of a well-liked SUV, and the other is a substantial refresh of a smaller crossover.The Rock Creek Edition is simply a $995 rugged interior and exterior appearance package, but your extra dough also gets you a sweet set of wheels, along with splash guards and a trailer hitch with a wiring harness. You can read more about the Rock Creek Pathfinder here. The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets a new look and more capability 19 Photos 29 Photos 2020 Kia Sportage grows up for the Chicago Auto Show 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition is a vibrant… 1:46 Chrysler Chrysler is celebrating 35 years of making minivans with the 2019 Pacifica 35th anniversary edition. It all really amounts to an appearance package, but a nice one, at that, featuring a black, Nappa leather interior spiced up with some Cranberry Wine accent stitching. The 35th Anniversary Edition Pacifica hits dealerships this summer, with pricing starting around $38,000, and $46,000 for the top-shelf Limited trim. For more about the 35th Anniversary Edition Pacifica birthday van, head here. See Allcenter_img Volkswagen The Jetta GLI is back, as the sedan-shaped brother to the wonderful Golf GTI. The GLI builds on all of the things we like about the Jetta — mostly its onboard tech — and adds some great performance upgrades.For starters, the Jetta GLI gets the same 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine as the GTI, with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available as an option. A multilink rear suspension, electronic front differential and larger brakes will help it be a whole lot better to drive, too. Read more about the new Jetta GLI here. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro joins an off-road-friendly family 23 Photos 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport looks sharp in its refreshed skin Tags Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: 1:32 4:18 The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD gets a new look to match its capability 29 Photos Chicago Auto Show 2019 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI finally packs GTI power and… Orange you glad it’s time for a 30th Anniversary Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata? Subaru One of the most significant reveals in Chicago is the new Subaru Legacy. We were initially wowed by the Legacy’s large, portrait-oriented Starlink infotainment system touchscreen, which takes a page from the vertically oriented units in the Tesla Model S and Model X as well as the Ram 1500 and Volvo’s Sensus Connect interface. Thankfully, Subaru has left us physical buttons for often-tinkered-with functions such as the volume, radio tuning and temperature controls. But there’s more good news for Legacy fans. The turbocharged engine is back. In addition to a base, 2.5-liter H4 engine, the Legacy is available with the 2.4-liter turbocharged H4 engine we first tested in the Ascent SUV. All-wheel drive is, of course, standard, and every single Legacy gets the company’s suite of EyeSight driver assistance tech. Click here for more details. Harley-Davidson The Chicago Auto Show isn’t a motorcycle show, nor is Harley-Davidson getting into the business of making automobiles, but you may recall a time when the bar and shield adorned Ford F-Series pickups. That co-branding is making a comeback, as Harley-Davidson is using the Chicago show to debut its new take on the Ford F-150. Back in September, we reported that the  Tuscany Motor Company revealed an H-D F-150 concept. As it turns out, the Harley-Davidson version looks pretty similar, and costs a whopping $85,000. Power comes from Ford’s 5.0-liter V8, though buyers can opt for a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 if they wish. Click here to read the full details. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Industry Luxury cars Convertibles Trucks Concept Cars SUVs Vans Exotic Cars Sports Cars Future Cars Performance Cars Crossovers Coupes Minivans Sedans 20 Photos Toyota Toyota has a healthy lineup of debuts this year in Chicago, the biggest of which is the refreshed 2020 Tacoma. The updates aren’t too extensive, but hey, the truck finally gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa. Otherwise, it’s the same Tacoma we’ve known for a while, but for pickup buyers, that’s just fine. Toyota will also be debuting the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition to celebrate the storied off-roader’s 60 years — one-sixth of which have been consumed by the current-gen beast. Yep, it’s due for a redesign. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Toyota Tacoma piles on the tech in Chicago 2020 Subaru Legacy becomes a more interesting midsize… Now playing: Watch this: You can now get a Harley-Davidson-inspired 2019 Ford F-150 The 2019 Chicago Auto Show media days have come and gone. And while the Windy City expo wasn’t quite as impressive as the Detroit Auto Show last month, a number of important cars greeted the world under the McCormick Place lights this week.The show officially opens to the public from Feb. 9 to 18. Before you go, here’s our spotter’s guide to all the new hotness. Be sure to scroll through our Chicago Auto Show landing page for all of our coverage from the past week. Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo used the Chicago Auto Show to debut a new variant of its 4C Spider. This special Italia edition of Alfa’s two-seater was first seen at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but its US-specific information remained a mystery until this week. You’ll be able to spot the 4C Spider Italia thanks to its exclusive Misano Blue Metallic paint job, piano black front air intake and rear diffuser, and special graphics on its sides. That said, you probably won’t see many at all, since only 15 are destined for US soil. Now playing: Watch this: 43 Photos 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line debuts at Chicago Auto Show with racy accents 2:29 Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show A pair of new TRD-badged SUVs make their debut in Chicago, as well. First, the Sequoia gets a new TRD Pro trim, which adds some cool design and off-road worthiness the older-than-dirt, last-generation Tundra-based SUV. In fact, the entire TRD Pro lineup gets a few changes as we head into the 2020 model year — most importantly, better infotainment tech with smartphone compatibility.Finally, the TRD badge gets slapped on the RAV4 crossover, for a new Off-Road trim that looks to slot above the Adventure model. The biggest upgrade here is a beefier suspension that should be better, um, off road. Read more about it here. 39 Photos 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is ready to get dirty 4 Photos 1:54 Chicago Auto Show: Your one-stop shop for all things CAS.Concept cars: Can’t get enough of concept cars? This link is for you. 3:09 Now playing: Watch this: Land Rover Days before the LA Auto Show last November, Land Rover unveiled the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque in London. We initially assumed we’d see the US-spec version shortly thereafter, but then Land Rover folks confirmed the small SUV wouldn’t see US soil until the Chicago show. The new Evoque gets improved (more Velar-inspired) looks, a higher-quality interior, an available mild-hybrid powertrain and a significant infusion of the latest and greatest tech, including an AI-infused Smart Setting system that can learn a driver’s preferred settings for things like music, interior climate and seat adjustments. Find out more about the all-new Evoque here. 51 Photos MoparMopar — Fiat-Chrysler’s parts and accessories division — usually brings a nice updo or two to the Chicago show. This year, Mopar’s attention focuses on the recently revealed Ram HD pickup; some 170 add-ons will soon be available for the heavy-duty truck.The show truck wears Blue Streak paint and comes with a 6.4-liter V8, and Mopar adds a sport bar in the bed, with 5-inch LED off-road lights mounted on top. A rear bed step and fender flares are also along for the ride, as well as 17-inch beadlock wheels. Click here to read about all the Mopar upgrades for the Ram HD. • 1:44 More From Roadshow 2:09 43 Photos 1:41 The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets new engines and… 2020 Subaru Legacy: A new platform and turbo perk up Subaru’s midsize sedan Mazda Thirty years ago at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda revealed the MX-5 Miata, a car that was built specifically to yank at the heartstrings of car enthusiasts the world over. Ever since then, the Miata has yet to lift off the throttle. It arguably looks better than ever, and with a recent 26-pony shot in the arm for its 2.0-liter, 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine, it performs better than ever, too. To commemorate 30 visceral years, Mazda is debuting the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition in the same city where the Miata’s story (at least in the public eye) first began. It builds on the Grand Touring trim, but adds a special Racing Orange exterior color, dark-finish Rays wheels, Recaro seats, Brembo front brakes and Bilstein dampers (on manual transmission models, anyway). Only 3,000 will be made, with just 500 coming to the US. For more information, read our full story on this very special Miata. 1:31 14 Photos 1:56 Alfa Romeo Land Rover Chevrolet Ford Kia Lexus Mazda Nissan Subaru Toyota Volkswagen Chrysler Dodgelast_img read more

Architect of Alaska marijuana regulations to leave as industry starts

first_imgCynthia Franklin has been in charge of the body now known as the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board since September 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website)The state regulator in charge of marijuana and alcohol is stepping down. Or at least, stepping aside.Listen NowCynthia Franklin took over the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board in 2014, which evolved into the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office after voters approved Ballot Measure 2 which legalized commercial cannabis.Now, the woman who has been instrumental in building Alaska’s pot industry is leaving just as it’s becoming a reality.Before taking over AMCO, Franklin was Anchorage’s municipal prosecutor. Part of the reason she’s leaving her job as a top regulator is to get back to what she knows best.“I’ve been a lawyer since 1989, and I’m an advocate, and this role was challenging for me because it calls for someone who’s of more of a neutral position,” Franklin said in a phone interview Thursday. “But in the end I’m a lawyer, and I’m going to go back and practice law.”Franklin’s new job is as an assistant attorney general for the state’s Consumer Protection Unit within the Department of Law.As the director of AMCO, Franklin guided the state’s efforts creating the new legal pot industry.“We are the only state in the country to create a marijuana industry from scratch,” Franklin said. “No existing stores were open, no licenses were issued when our ballot measure passed.”Unlike Colorado, Oregon or Washington, Alaska didn’t have a medical marijuana industry to use as a template for its recreational regulation. And getting to this point has not been easy.Under Franklin’s tenure, the tiny office has written a dense regulatory framework with mountains of input from Alaskans, gotten bills passed in the legislature and set up the state’s permit application system.Part of the reason Franklin is leaving now is the industry is developed enough that it can survive without her.“I also have a daughter going into middle school who’s really going to need her mom — even if she’s not going to want me,” Franklin laughed.Franklin said her time leading AMCO hasn’t allowed her to “have much of a life.” The office has been chronically short-staffed — just seven people cover marijuana issues for the entire state.Franklin’s tenure hasn’t been without criticism.She’s had a relationship that was at times tense with the Marijuana Control Board. She took heat from prospective business owners for her office not moving more swiftly, as well as from citizens and local governments who remain opposed to legal marijuana.But as she prepares to leave, Franklin’s biggest concerns come not from state actors, but instead from the Federal Government. In particular, she worries over how it will deal with states that have legalized marijuana.“The attorney general nominee, (Sen. R-Ala.) Jeff Sessions, has certainly made a lot of statements about the credibility of the Attorney General’s Office being damaged by issuing memos about what they will and won’t prosecute, which is exactly the way that state’s are permitted by the federal government to experiment in legalized marijuana,” Franklin said.Franklin’s last day with the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is January 6th.last_img read more

Pakistan launches crackdown on sale of Indian film CDs

first_imgISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has launched a crackdown on the sale of CDs of Indian movies after New Delhi revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, according to a media report on Friday. The crackdown is the latest in series of measures announced by Pakistan in reaction to revocation of the special status of Kashmir by India. It also comes after Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) banned the airing of advertisements featuring Indian artists and India-made products. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “We have banned Indian advertisements and launched a crackdown on CD shops to confiscate Indian movies,” Dawn newspaper quoted Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information, as saying. She said the Interior Ministry had already started a crackdown on Indian movies in the federal capital and it would be expanded to other parts of the country soon in collaboration with the provincial governments. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “Today the interior ministry raided some compact disc shops in Islamabad and confiscated Indian movies.” Pemra on Wednesday circulated a letter dated Aug 14 on Wednesday announcing the ban. Pemra said that it already withdrew the permission for airing Indian channels and content on the directions of the Pakistan Supreme Court in October last year. Advertise With Us “However, it has been observed that advertisements of various products of multinationals which are either produced in India or carrying Indian characters/talent [are] being aired on electronic media,” according to the Pemra letter. It said that currently ads of products like Dettol soap, Surf Excel powder, Pantene shampoo, Head & Shoulders shampoo, Lifebuoy shampoo, Fogg body spray, Sunsilk shampoo, Knorr noodles, Fair & Lovely face wash, and Safeguard soap were being banned. India has categorically told the international community that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and has also asked Pakistan to accept it.last_img read more

Death of farmer sparks protests in Tadur

first_imgNagarkurnool: The death of a farmer sparked protests in Polmur village of Tadur mandal in Nagarkurnool district on Friday. According to relatives of the deceased farmer and the villagers, Venkataiah (36) had one acre assigned government land in his name in Polmur village. However, the village Sarpanch who belongs to Telangana Rashtra Samithi along with his associates had forcefully taken the land and started constructing a gram panchayat office building. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Even though he had filed complaints in the Tadur Tahsildar’s office and lodged complaints with the higher authorities, no one came to his rescue to stop the Sarpanch and his associates from encroaching his land. This pushed Venkataiah into deep depression. On Friday, Venkataiah, after realising that all his attempts to get back his land back were going futile, developed high blood pressure and suffered cardiac arrest. Enraged over his death, the villagers along with the relatives of Venkataiah went to Tadur police station and staged a protest demanding justice. The police and the villagers entered into a scuffle as the irate villagers barged into the police station.last_img read more

UDAN Version 2 Details about Regional Connectivity Schemes overseas flights

first_imgUDAN version 2REUTERS/Tim WimborneThe Indian government is planning to extend the Regional Connectivity Scheme, or UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik), to international flights by connecting with neighboring countries.”The rethink is to enable state governments to use the UDAN platform for international connectivity,” Economic Times quotes Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey as saying while addressing media at the four-day international aviation summit Wings India 2018.”It is for the government to decide whether they will fix a fare for the routes so to speak, or whether they will allow the fares to float in the market and allow minimum subsidy to be charged,” he added.The civil aviation secretary pointed out that the state of Assam has taken a lead in ‘UDAN Version 2’ by allocating Rs 100 crore for three years for carriers willing to participate in the scheme.In the international UDAN Version, the state governments will be providing subsidies while the Centre will facilitate the bidding rounds. In the ongoing UDAN scheme, the Centre subsidies lower fares charged by the airlines. The center would make bilateral agreements with the countries and slots at their airports for UDAN 2 Version.The UDAN scheme was initially launched to facilitate regional air connectivity by making it affordable by connecting smaller towns and remote areas in the country.Announcement of UDAN Version 2 comes at a time when major Indian carriers are expanding fleets big time. Vistara, a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines has reportedly started the process of applying for regulatory approvals for flying internationally.The Mumbai-Delhi air route emerged as the third-busiest air route in 2017, according to the report published by UK-based OAG Aviation Worldwide In January this year. According to the report, three domestic routes in India- Mumbai-Delhi, Bengaluru-Delhi, and Bengaluru-Mumbai are among the top 20 busiest domestic air routes around the world.last_img read more

North Korea nuke test Medical marijuana in Ohigho Millionaire food stamp fraud

first_imgWar and Peace author Leo Tolstoy was born today in 1828.“The one thing necessary in life, as in art, is to tell the truth” – Leo Tolstoy, born #OnThisDay 1828.— In Our Time (@BBCInOurTime) September 9, 2016 Seismic activity indicates North Korea nuke test.Unusual seismic activity near North Korea nuclear test site, agencies report— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) September 9, 2016 O-high-o. Medical Marijuana legal in the Buckeye state.Medical marijuana becomes legal in Ohio today— WHIOTV (@whiotv) September 8, 2016 Gary Johnson is embarrassed over his Aleppo answer. Finally! New test can find Zika in meth!Worried about meth contaminated with Zika? Officers offer to test your drugs for free:— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) September 9, 2016 Millionaire raided for collecting food stamps.EXCLUSIVE | Geauga County millionaire collecting food stamps speaks to WKYC’s Tom Meyer— WKYC Channel 3 News (@wkyc) September 8, 2016 Advertisement High school football team makes touching tribute to cheerleader battling Leukemia.California high school football team places orange roses at the feet of cheerleader battling leukemia.— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 8, 2016 iPhone 7 parody.last_img read more