Unions hold rally at Ontario legislature to protest education cuts

first_imgTORONTO — Throngs of demonstrators covered the lawn in front of the Ontario legislature Saturday afternoon to protest the Progressive Conservative government’s changes to the provinces education system.Many in the crowd carried signs declaring “Cuts hurt kids” or “Standing together for students,” while others banged on drums or chanted slogans denouncing the government’s measures.The Tories under Premier Doug Ford have come under fire for recent changes including increasing class sizes, making students take more online courses and overhauling the province’s autism program.Sam Hammond, the head of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, opened his speech with a call-and-response session with the boisterous crowd.“Work with me here: If you’re here to stand up for and fight for children with autism and their parents…. If you’re here to protect publicly funded education…. Say ‘I am!’” Hammond shouted to raucous cheers.Hammond’s union is one of five labour groups, representing education workers across Ontario, that organized Saturday’s rally.The ETFO said earlier in a statement that thousands of people were expected to attend and more than 170 buses were bringing teachers to the rally from as far away as Sudbury.The event followed mass student walkouts that took place across Ontario on Thursday, which Education Minister Lisa Thompson characterized as “political stunts” encouraged by unions.Hammond forcefully denied that claim on Saturday, saying the student activism on display showed the province’s future is in good hands.“Don’t forget, Doug Ford: those students are going to be voting in the next provincial election. And we’re voting with them!” he said.In a statement Friday, Thompson said the government would not be distracted by what she called “union tactics” such as protests and rallies.“The fact is that Ontario’s teacher unions have been handed control of the education system for the past 15 years,” Thompson said.“Despite what unions say, their priority has not been student success and as a result our province’s math scores are dropping and our students find themselves falling further and further behind.” Adam Burns, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The federal price on carbon takes effect in Yukon and Nunavut July

first_imgStarting today, the federal carbon levy will be applied in Yukon and Nunavut, while the Northwest Territories is set to implement its own price on carbon in September.The Yukon government says carbon emissions will be taxed at a rate of $20 per tonne for the rest of 2019, before rising each year starting on April 1 until the tax reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.The costs of gasoline, diesel and propane will go up, while the federal carbon pricing act includes targeted relief for aviation fuel in the northern territories, diesel for electricity generation in remote communities and partial relief for greenhouse operators.The federal carbon pricing act also includes relief for farmers using fuel in tractors, trucks and other farm machinery, as well as relief for eligible fishing activities.According to the Yukon government, the average individual is expected to pay less in carbon levies than they get back in rebates and the first rebates are expected in October of this year.In Nunavut, the territory’s finance minister has announced a new rebate program that would subsidize half the costs of the federal carbon tax at the pump, while Ottawa has said it will return all carbon tax revenue it earns from Nunavut back to the territory.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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MeToo Movement in Indian Country is out there – but its under

first_img(Melanie Hart charged a former First Nation chief with assault)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWomen around the world are calling #TimesUp on violence and abuse but not as many are saying #MeToo in Indian Country.At least not publicly.Melanie Hart of Manitoba says there’s a good reason for that.“We, as Indigenous women, we tell our stories. We go to court. We do everything that we’re supposed to do,” she said.“With no justice. None.”Hart could be forgiven for sounding bitter.She took then-partner, Wallace Fox, former chief of Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, to court for an act of domestic violence she alleged occurred in 2016.Fox received a peace bond that prevents him from contacting her.“I was so disgusted,” Hart said in an interview.“Why did they even give me the offer of going over there and testifying if that’s what going to happen anyway? Put me through all that hell.”Hart was forced to travel to Onion Lake, which straddles the Alberta border, to testify in court. Fox had been chief there for 30 years and declined to comment when APTN reached him via phone.His punishment was tougher in 2015 when he admitted hurting an earlier partner, Vicki Monague of Ontario.“Wallace actually pled guilty to a lesser charge, so he made a plea bargain,” Monague said.“At first, he had pled not guilty and then he changed his plea.”The sentence was 12 months probation with conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.“I know a lot of men in First Nations politics,” said Monague,” and I know a lot of them, they have a lot of healing that they need to do on themselves to be good leaders, with respect to the #MeToo Movement.”(Vicki Monague says she was the victim of domestic assault)The chiefs of Canada’s 634 First Nations are mostly male.This week they select a new national chief for their lobby group, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), for a term of three years.They have never elected a female candidate, although two women from Manitoba – Sheila North and Katherine Whitecloud – are vying to be the first during this race.Whoever is crowned will be expected to address issues of violence as the #MeToo Movement grows.The Twitter hashtag emerged online near the end of 2017 to identify sexual harassment, abuse and assault. It helped victims bring down major players in the areas of business, politics and entertainment.It has even emerged during testimony at Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) after two high-profile women used the arena to out their abusers.Both Inuk singer Susan Aglukark and Vancouver MMIWG advocate Bernie Williams encouraged more Indigenous women to “share their truths.”But Hart says it’s not easy.“The community can turn against you,” she warned.“People at court were afraid to look at me or say Hi to me…because they were afraid of him. That’s their leader.”A chief has power over people in a way unmatched in non-Indigenous communities.“A chief can take away your house, your job. He can cut you off of everything,” said Hart, who hopes the #MeToo Movement can burst that protective bubble around leaders.“I felt people believed him because of who he is.”(Pauline Fair helped convict a former chief of a First Nation in Ontario)In northwestern Ontario, a former chief pleaded guilty last winter to committing a sex crime in the 1970s.Eli Mandamin of Shoal Lake 39 was charged with rape and having sex with a minor. The rape charge was withdrawn after he pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse with a female between 14 and 16 years.Victim Pauline Fair waived a publication ban on her name.“The case…is a really huge victory for me,” she said in an interview.“It would take a dozen women to bring down a guy like that. And I brought him down by myself.”Fair was 14 when she says Mandamin – then a special constable with the Ontario Provincial Police – took her into custody. She says something caused her to black out and she came to with him on top of her.Fair became pregnant and gave birth to a son, which kept her from reporting the crime for decades.“I was protecting him,” she said, noting her son died a few years ago.“That’s why I didn’t come forward before.”Mandamin is expected to be sentenced this fall. His lawyer, Robin Parker, didn’t respond when asked for a comment for this story.But Fair says she wouldn’t have been able to seek justice if she still lived in the community.“I feel some safety being out of there,” she said.“I don’t think anyone would be mad at me for doing this except for maybe his family.”(The #mmiwg and #metoo movements are starting to come together.)Monague likes what the #MeToo Movement is trying to accomplish.But she has a theory on why it’s not being used widely by Indigenous peoples.“Because for us, as First Nations people, we’re focused on healing,” she said. “We’re not focused on vilifying,”She’s honest that it took a while for her to reach that conclusion as a part of healing from her relationship.“When I’m thinking about my case with Wallace nobody wins in this,” she added. “And nobody wins in the #MeToo Movement.“I find that it’s more about exposing people as being villainous but it’s not about getting to the root causes of what is causing the behaviour.”Monague would like to see an Indigenous #MeToo promote healing and wellness. Not just for women but also for men.“Leaders and First Nations men across the country need to start addressing the historical traumatic issues that they’re carrying,” she said, “that unfortunately are affecting their leadership.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Arab League General Secretariat Lauds Moroccos Stance on Jerusalem

Rabat – The Arab League’s General Secretariat hailed Morocco’s commitment to the Jerusalem issue under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, also the chairman of Al Quds Committee.The General Secretariat of the Arab body noted in a document issued December 10 on the developments related to the US President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel that King Mohammed VI sent a message to Trump, emphasizing that the city is at the heart of final status issues, which requires the preservation of its legal status.In the same message, the King affirmed that any measures to alter the legal and historical status of the holy city may have a negative impact on prospects for achieving a just, comprehensive settlement of the long-decades conflict between Palestine and Israel. La Ligue arabe se félicite de l’engagement du Royaume sous la conduite de SM le Roi au sujet de la question d’Al Qodshttps://t.co/si9CZT0Fpj??????? ??????? ???? ?????? ??????? ???????? ?????? ????? ????? ???? ?????https://t.co/NQcKjNaoMc pic.twitter.com/YE25lOpBSc— Agence MAP (@MAP_Information) December 10, 2017The document has also highlighted the monarch’s message addressed to Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General. In his message, the King called on Guterres to stop Trump from making this bold decision which he said would undermine peace in the region.The Arab League General Secretariat also recalled Morocco’s move to summon Stephanie Miley, the Charge d’affaires of the US embassy, and ambassadors of Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom in Rabat. During the meeting, which was chaired by Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the King’s letter was handed formally to Miley. Bourita also recalled Morocco’s full support to the Palestinian cause and to Palestinian people during the meeting.On December 9, Riyad-Al-Maliki, Palestine’s Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude over Morocco’s stance at the Arab League emergency meeting held in Cairo following Trump’s decision. He also thanked international countries, who stand against Trump’s move, citing Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, and Tunisia.Foreign ministers at the Arab League held an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Trump’s decision, which undermines the legal and historical status of Al Quds, said the Palestinian delegation in a document addressed to the league of Arab states.Morocco was represented by Bourita and Ahmed Tazi, Morocco’s ambassador to Cairo and permanent representative to the Arab League.Following the Arab League meeting, Bourita called on the members of the emergency gathering to “undertake intense and pragmatic actions to face the American decision regarding Jerusalem’s status, and use all the diplomatic and legal means available to us to defend our rights.”The Moroccan official added that the US decision is “a dangerous turning point in the political and legal status of this holy city and a reprehensible transgression of the results of peace negotiations.” read more

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Budget shortfall threatens UNs ability to feed millions worldwide

30 July 2009Millions of hungry people around the world will not receive food aid from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) due to a “dangerous and unprecedented” $3 billion budget shortfall this year, the head of the agency has warned. Millions of hungry people around the world will not receive food aid from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) due to a “dangerous and unprecedented” $3 billion budget shortfall this year, the head of the agency has warned.WFP is hoping to reach 108 million people in 74 countries this year with food aid, but it expects to receive only $3.7 billion of the $6.7 billion needed for 2009.“We are actively cutting $3 billion of our programme – which means a reduction in rations and programmes throughout the world, including those to the world’s most vulnerable people,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran told reporters yesterday in Washington, ahead of meetings at the White House.In Bangladesh, for example, the agency sought to feed 5 million people this year, but must now cut back to reaching only 1.4 million, with a school feeding programme only feeding 70,000 children out of the original target of 300,000.Ms. Sheeran welcomed the recent $20 billion pledge to boost global food security made by the so-called Group of Eight (G8) nations, which shows the industrialized world “takes the food security issue seriously.”But she cautioned that “we must also keep pace with growing emergency needs. The problem is not all about agricultural yields; the challenge is people cannot get access to food – whether because of poor infrastructure or because they can’t afford it.”The food crisis is still raging in the developing world, where high food prices are exacerbated by the impact of the current financial crisis, WFP said.Data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that in most developing countries, food prices are higher today than they were one year ago, at the height of the food crisis.The WFP head was in the United States capital to urge policy-makers to keep urgent hunger needs as a high priority as they find long-term solutions to food security.She also called for the upcoming Group of 20 (G20) gathering in Pittsburgh, United States, to “take action not only on the financial crisis, but on hunger.” read more

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TSX closes up BlackBerry plunges as Fairfax revises investment proposal

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 6:49 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market registered a minor gain Monday amid a huge plunge in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares after its largest shareholder said it won’t be taking the tech company private.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 24.27 points to 13,361.73 led by gains in beaten-down mining stocks.U.S. indexes also racked up small gains as traders hoped that a heavy slate of economic data coming out this week will offer some clues about when the Federal Reserve will start to wind up stimulus that has supported a strong rally on stock markets.BlackBerry shares tumbled $1.34 or 16.56 per cent to $6.75, its lowest level since September 2012, after Fairfax Financial (TSX:FFH) said it will lead a group that will inject US$1 billion into the smartphone company. BlackBerry will stay as a public company.“The fact that the share price is so depressed is really, again, a reflection of the fact there is very little confidence at this point in the story from the market in terms of BlackBerry’s ability to really turn things around in short order,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It’s going to be more of a show-me story. BlackBerry is going to have to prove that their new strategy is viable.”Fairfax had announced in late September that it would lead a consortium to pay US$9 per share for BlackBerry, a proposed deal that was subject to many conditions.Under this new arrangement, Thorsten Heins will be replaced as BlackBerry CEO on an interim basis by John Chen, who will also be the chairman of the BlackBerry board.The Canadian dollar rose 0.09 of a cent to 95.99 cents US.New York’s Dow Jones industrials climbed 23.57 points to 15,639.12, the Nasdaq was up 14.55 points to 3,936.59 and the S&P 500 index added 6.29 points to 1,767.93.The most important data of the week comes out Friday — October employment data for Canada and the U.S.Economists looked for Canadian job creation to come in at a modest 10,000 with an uptick in the jobless rate from 6.9 per cent to seven per cent.In the U.S., job creation is expected to come in at only 125,000 for October while the unemployment rate is forecast to rise 0.1 of a point to 7.3 per cent. Analysts say the numbers will be affected by the partial U.S. government shutdown of last month since the data would include private sector workers who were laid off.“Without question, the headline number itself will be less critical because it is going to be distorted by the government shutdown to some degree,” added Fehr.“But I think the broader trend is what the market is going to latch onto.”On Thursday, the U.S. government will release the first look at third quarter economic growth. Gross domestic product was expected to rise by an annualized rate of 1.9 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent in the second quarter, partly because of the uncertainty caused by brinkmanship in Washington over extending the government’s borrowing limit.On Tuesday, the Institute for Supply Management releases its latest snapshot of the American service sector, which is expected to show slightly slower expansion. The ISM index is expected to come in at 54, down from 54.4 in September.The communique from last week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve left the impression that the central bank could decide to start winding up its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases as soon as December.Gold stocks led TSX gainers as December bullion moved ahead $1.50 to US$1,314.70 an ounce. The gold index was up just over three per cent as Kinross Gold (TSX:K) moved up 24 cents to C$5.24 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) improved by 75 cents to $26.09.The base metals sector also provided major support, ahead 1.17 per cent while December copper lost five cents to US$3.25 a pound. Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) rose 17 cents to C$4.78 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was up 37 cents to $28.57.BlackBerry pushed the TSX tech sector down 2.3 per cent. But elsewhere in the sector, Celestica (TSX:CLS) rose 26 cents to $11.52.December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained a penny to US$94.62 a barrel and the energy sector was slightly lower.Meanwhile, investors will take in plenty of earnings reports this week including WestJet (TSX:WJA) on Tuesday, pipeline company Enbridge (TSX:ENB) and auto parts giant Magna International (TSX:MGA) on Wednesday. Thursday is the heaviest day for earnings as traders will hear from Tim Hortons (TSX:THI), BCE (TSX:BCE), Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A), Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) and insurance giants Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF), Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) and Great West Lifeco (TSX:GWO).Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated when BlackBerry shares had closed lower than $6.75 TSX closes up, BlackBerry plunges as Fairfax revises investment proposal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN spotlights slave descendants legacy of achievements overcoming dark chapter of human

A close-up from the memorial on the legacy of slavery. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz This year’s commemoration comes as the UN Remember Slavery Programme, which, in addition to educating about one of history’s greatest tragedies, works to combat racism and prejudice, marks the 10th anniversary of its establishment.The Programme’s theme for 2017 is ‘Remember Slavery: Recognizing the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent.’ It urges remembrance of the fact that the transatlantic slave trade, while forming a very dark chapter in human history, also led to an unprecedented transfer of knowledge and culture from Africa to the Americas, Europe and elsewhere.The Programme also invited Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to deliver a keynote address at the Assembly’s commemorative meeting today.AUDIO: Slavery is the last great “unmentionable” that has profoundly shaped every corner of the world although it happened centuries ago, the Dr Lonnie Bunch III, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture has said.The descendants of slaves have made their mark as inventors, economists and jurists; as authors and scholars; as artists and athletes; as politicians and civil rights leaders. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to enter outer space. Ralph Bunche, the first African-American won a Nobel Prize and was one of the most respected and celebrated international civil servants in the history of the United Nations. Derek Walcott, the poet and Nobel laureate from Saint Lucia who died one week ago, confronted the brutality of slavery and the legacy of colonialism through his poetry and writings. “The United Nations and I personally attach the greatest importance to the challenge of slavery, past and present,” Mr. Guterres said, urging all to unite against hatred at this time of rising divisiveness and build a world of freedom and dignity for all. In order to more permanently honour the victims, a memorial has been erected at UN Headquarters in New York. The unveiling took place on 25 March 2015. The winning design for the memorial, The Ark of Return by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent, was selected through an international competition and announced in September 2013. Peter Thomson, the President of the General Assembly, called for the protection of human rights and an end to racism, xenophobia and modern forms of slavery, including human trafficking, forced labour and child labour.The consequences of slavery had not ended with emancipation, but continued to this day, he emphasized. Some were negative, but others positive, he said, underscoring the contributions made by descendants of slavery to shaping multicultural societies. “We must never forget this dark chapter of human history,” Mr. Guterres told a General Assembly meeting to commemorate the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, ahead of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.The International Day, observed annually on 25 March, offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, and aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.“We must always remember the role played by many of our countries – including my own country of Portugal – in carrying out the largest forced migration in history and in robbing so many millions of people of their dignity and often also of their lives,” Mr. Guterres said.The legacy of slavery resounds down the ages, and the world has yet to overcome racism. While some forms of slavery may have been abolished, others have emerged to blight the world, including human trafficking and forced and bonded labour. “Heeding the lessons of yesterday means fighting these ills today,” he said. read more

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Ronaldo accepts €188m deal over tax evasion

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as he arrived at court (BBC image)Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has cut a deal with a court in Madrid over tax evasion charges, accepting an €18.8m (£16.6m) fine.A huge media presence met the player outside the court, after a judge refused his request to appear by video or to enter the building by car to avoid the spotlight.The deal, agreed in advance, includes a 23-month jail sentence.But in Spain, convicts do not usually do time for sentences under two years.The non-violent nature of Ronaldo’s offence means he is unlikely to spend any time at all in jail, serving it on probation instead.The court appearance lasted mere minutes as Ronaldo accepted the deal offered by prosecutors.The current Juventus player, who played for the club in Italy the night before, arrived at the provincial court with his fiancee Georgina Rodriguez. Smiling and giving a thumbs-up, he was apparently unfazed by the media presence.His lawyers had argued that given his fame, avoiding the main entrance was needed for the player’s security.Ronaldo, five-time winner of Europe’s Ballon d’Or and often titled one of the world’s best players, was accused of avoiding paying tax in Spain between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madrid and based in the Spanish capital.Forbes lists the 33-year-old as the third-wealthiest athlete in the world, with estimated earnings of $108m (€95m) a year.The case centres around lucrative image rights deals. Prosecutors say the proceeds were funnelled through low-tax companies in foreign nations to avoid paying the required tax.In court, as part of his deal, Ronaldo acknowledged four incidents amounting to €5.7m owed, according to Spanish-language news agency EFE.In 2017, when the allegations first emerged, prosecutors said it was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.But Ronaldo’s lawyers said it is all down to a misunderstanding over what was and was not required under Spanish law, and deny any deliberate attempt to evade tax.The deal, struck in June last year, had to be agreed with Spain’s tax authorities. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRonaldo appears in court over tax evasion claimsJuly 31, 2017In “latest news”Cristiano Ronaldo fined 3.2 mln euro in tax evasion caseJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”Embattled Ronaldo given federation president’s backingOctober 4, 2018In “Sports” read more

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Australian technology to underpin 14 billion coalgas project in US

first_imgAustralian-based clean coal energy technology developer, GTL Energy, has been selected by a North American energy consortium to provide its coal beneficiation technology to the proposed $1.4 billion South Heart coal-to-synthetic gas project in North Dakota. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, project partners, Great Northern Power Development (GNPD) and Allied Syngas Corp, said GTLE’s beneficiation technology had been chosen from a worldwide review of coal beneficiation technologies to upgrade the low-quality lignite reserves at South Heart.The GTLE technology is critical to transforming the local low grade coal into low moisture high grade briquette feedstock for use in the joint venture’s proposed $1.4 billion plant at South Heart in southwest North Dakota, to produce synthetic natural gas by 2013. The commitment validates Adelaide-based GTLE’s proprietary technology which has been developed in the US since installation of its pilot plant facilities in Colorado.GTLE’s beneficiation process converts Low Rank Coal (LRC) into a cleaner and more productive fuel by removing up to 80% of its water content, together with ash, sodium, and other impurities that interfere with clean combustion. As well as increasing the thermal value of the coal by 50-60%, the upgraded coal is easier to transport and handle, and produces significantly less carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide emissions than if the low grade reserves were to be used without pre-treatment.GTLE will now progress to commence construction of its first commercial scale module during 2008, to be in production by the first quarter of 2009.As part of the agreement, GNPD – the largest owner of coal reserves in the USA outside of the US Federal Government – and Allied Syngas, will also acquire a direct ownership stake in GTL Energy – paving the way for the three partners’ collaboration in a number of other clean energy ventures.Announcing the MOU, GNPD’s President and CEO, Chuck Kerr, said GTLE’s beneficiated coal would yield “greater energy efficiency and a smaller environmental footprint” for the eagerly awaited coal-gas project at South Heart. This technology enables us to further our mission to make the South Heart Gasification Project one of the cleanest coal-based plants in the world.”GTL Energy’s CEO, Robert French, said that the consortium’s decision to select the Company as the coal upgrading technology for the South Heart Gasification Project was significant validation of the GTLE process. It would open up substantial opportunities around the world for gasification, but also cleaner power generation and help meet the growing energy demands of Asia and elsewhere. “We are very pleased to be working with GNPD and Allied Syngas to bring together our coal upgrading technology with their advanced gasification system, completing a suite of clean energy solutions. Our technology allows client users to exploit currently unexploited low-rank coal resources in an environmentally responsible way, to satisfy growing energy demands in an increasingly global market influenced and sensitive to climate change issues and expectations.”The Chairman of GTLE, Robert Kennedy, said: “The application of the GTLE technology in North Dakota will prove a springboard for selling GTLE’s technology into a wider energy market. There are significant global reserves of low rank coal which will be utilised to meet energy demand. In doing so, it is critical that the coal is upgraded to ensure the energy extraction is managed in an environmentally responsible way. GTLE’s technology is applicable now, and is crucial in the development of clean energy options such as coal-to-gas and subsequent CO2 sequestration. GTLE’s proprietary technology has been developed with the support of Australian and US private investors. It is a robust, low temperature beneficiating technology which has been thoroughly tested on coals from around the world. We believe that it will have significant implications for the responsible development of Australia’s large and very extensive brown coal and lignite energy resources.”GNPD was created to develop energy projects incorporating the coal and lignite reserves owned by its affiliated partnership: Great Northern Properties Ltd Partnership (GNP), the USA’s largest private owner of coal reserves. While GNP was formed solely for the leasing and management of its mineral land interests, GNPD was formed to assume the responsibility for all aspects of project development, including project management, financing, feasibility studies, permitting, land control, business development, and mine development. Both GNP and GNPD are headquartered in Houston, Texas.Allied Syngas and its affiliate Envirotherm GmbH, a co-owner of the BGL gasification technology, are part of Allied Resource Corp. Formed in 1994, Allied Resource is a global technology-based industrial services company based on a growing number of technology innovations focused on environmental services, industrial processing and recycling. Headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Allied Resource also has substantial operations in Western Europe and China.last_img read more

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Caterpillar celebrates 85 years on the New York Stock Exchange

first_imgOn December 22 Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to mark the 85th anniversary of the company’s listing on the NYSE. Of the approximately 3,200 companies listed on the NYSE, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is among only 2% that have been listed for 85 years or more.“Not only are we celebrating 85 years on the NYSE this year, but next year we will also celebrate the 90th anniversary of Caterpillar as a company,” Oberhelman said. “Both milestones are a testament to the strength of our global brand, our dedication to customers and strong reputation with stockholders for financial strength and performance through the years. In 2014, the strength of our balance sheet and strong cash flow positioned Caterpillar to repurchase $4.2 billion in stock and to pay $1.6 billion in dividends. Caterpillar has paid a cash dividend every year since the company was formed in 1925 and has paid a quarterly dividend since 1933. We are proud of delivering that consistency and value over the decades.”Caterpillar – 85 years on the NYSE:The company listed on December 2, 1929, under the name Caterpillar Tractor Co. In 1986, the name was changed to Caterpillar IncIn May 1991, Caterpillar became one of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial AverageCaterpillar sales for 1929 were $52 million and profit was $12 millionAn investor buying one share of Caterpillar Tractor Co at $56.25 in 1929 would have an investment worth about $40,000* today, accounting for share price growth, stock splits and dividends over the past 85 years. (*As calculated at close December 2, 2014)Caterpillar’s total shareholder return has sustained an annual compounded growth rate of 8% since the company listed in 1929On December 2, 1929, the first listing day, 1,882,240 shares were outstanding and 400 shares of Caterpillar stock were traded. On December 2, 2014, there were more than 605,000,000 shares outstanding and about 4 million shares traded.last_img read more

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Mining chemicals market size to reach 3801 billion by 2024

first_imgThe global mining chemicals market is expected to reach $38.01 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research. It says “positive mining industry outlook in India, China, Australia, Peru, and Chile is expected to drive the market over the forecast period. The presence of abundant raw materials including rare earth metals in China, Russia, Australia, Thailand, and the US is expected to facilitate exploration activities, thus propelling demand for the product.“Australia has the third largest rare earth metal reserves in the world. In Russia, companies have been investing increasingly in the development of new extraction techniques to recover uranium. These factors are likely to have a positive impact on growth. Decrease in ore quality of zinc, lead, copper, and nickel is expected to promote utilization of sophisticated technologies requiring frothers, flocculants, grinding aids, and solvent extractants.”Further key findings from the report suggest:Grinding aids dominated the global market accounting for over 40% of the global market share in 2015. Grinding aids help in improvement of the extraction process and require low maintenance. In addition, use of grinding aids can reduce pollution and other harmful effects on the environment. Increasing concerns regarding the cost of grinding the minerals are expected to propel utilization of grinding aids over the forecast period.Explosives & drilling application dominated the market in 2015 and is projected to be the fastest growing segment owing to rapid depletion of shallow surface reserves which has led to the requirement of deep surface mining activities. Moreover, mining chemicals are also used for the efficient breaking of rocks during mining, thereby reducing cost and saving time during mineral processing.Asia Pacific accounted for over 40% market share in 2015 and is projected to witness the fastest growth on account of the rapid industrial development and increasing focus on sustainability. Market players have been investing increasingly in the mining industry in the region which is expected to have a positive impact on demand for mining chemicals.In June 2013, BASF established its new R&D laboratory in Johannesburg, to develop new mining chemicals and product differentiation. High raw material cost coupled with high logistic cost is expected to restrain entry of new players in the industry. High capital cost is also expected to be a major restraint for the manufacturers. In addition, stringent government regulations to reduce environmental pollution are expected to have an adverse impact on the market players over the next eight years.last_img read more

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Skype accounts can be hacked with an email address

first_imgA vulnerability has been made public today that allows anyone to gain control over a Skype account. All you need is the email address of the account and within a few minutes you can lock the real user out and use it as your own.The Skype account hack can be completed in 6 very simple steps, but why is this possible without ever knowing the Skype user’s password? It simply comes down to the way in which Skype, and therefore Microsoft, handles resetting a forgotten password for the service.Typically, in order to reset a password a service contacts the user through their email address. As the user is the only person who should have access to their mailbox this is a relatively safe way to allow a password reset. However, Skype breaks this rule by allowing a password reset directly in the Skype app and through a web browser.What an attacker can do is register a dummy Skype account using the same email address as the person they want to steal an account from. Once registered, a password reset can be requested by the attacker for their dummy account. However, as there is more than one Skype name associated with the email address, the password reset process allows the selection of either name for a password reset.It’s at that point the security fails as the attacker can reset the other user’s password, and as the other user’s Skype name was listed as part of the reset process, they now have the complete login credentials for that account. The real user is left scratching their head as the next time they try to login their password will be rejected.Microsoft is aware of the vulnerability, but has been for around 3 months without a fix being issued. Hopefully, now it has been made public the Skype team will react quickly.If you want to ensure your Skype account is safe until then, the only thing you can do is change the email address to something nobody knows.Update: Skype has issued the following statement regarding the vulnerability:“We have had reports of a new security vulnerability issue. As a precautionary step we have temporarily disabled password reset as we continue to investigate the issue further. We apologise for the inconvenience but user experience and safety is our first priority.”via TNWlast_img read more

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Sitdown Sunday Watching the world rot at the Web Summit

first_img Short URL Share2 Tweet Email1 Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 9:00 AM Nov 27th 2016, 9:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3097011 4 Comments 14,574 Views center_img Sitdown Sunday: Watching the world rot at the Web Summit Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. By Paul Hosford IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. The Hygge ConspiracyHygge (it apparently rhymes with cougar) is a Scandinavian concept of design and “cosiness”. But is it all it appears to be? Charlotte Higgins of The Guardian says no.To Danes, nothing could be less political than hygge – since talking about controversial subjects is by definition not hygge – and yet it is clear that the concept lends itself to political use. Davidsen-Nielsen and Jensen told me that the prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, was hyggelig – the kind of guy you could imagine having a beer with. “He’s folksy and informal. He’s one of the guys. And he gets away with murder – almost,” said Davidsen-Nielsen. “Hygge is a useful strategy for disguising power. Politically, you can cloak quite aggressive or radical acts with an impression of hygge.(The Guardian, 29 minutes reading time)2. Watching the World Rot at Europe’s Largest Tech Conference Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhen the Web Summit moved from Dublin to Lisbon, some wondered how it would go. Sam Kriss from The Atlantic called this year “where humanity rushes towards its extinction”.For all the usual guff about dynamism and entrepreneurship, it’s clear that Web Summit isn’t really about showcasing new ideas or changing the way anyone does anything. The point is to attract buyouts or investment; this is how so much of the tech industry functions.(The Atlantic, 9 minutes)3. Learn From Lutz Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (43) celebrates with fans after a win. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOne catch in Auburn University’s road to the 2010 College American football championship made Philip Lutzenkirchen a hero. But four years later he would be dead, and his father would have to find a way to try save others.The Troup County coroner, whose daughter had attended Auburn with Philip, delivered the news to Mike. Standing outside on his back wooden deck, Mike dropped to his knees and yelled, “Philip’s dead! Philip’s dead!” His wife and two oldest daughters also then crumbled to the ground, Amy shrieking with the pain of the realization that her world as she had known it had just ended.(Bleacher Report, 19 minutes)4. Sand’s EndYou’ve probably never thought about all the sand that’s on Miami Beach. But Josh Dzieza of The Verge has. His piece tackles what happens now that the Florida beach has run out of sand.The sea has been slowly cutting a divot into the shore in front of Miami Beach’s iconic Fontainebleau hotel, encroaching nearly to the promenade. Patching it would normally be a small job. But Miami Beach has a problem, one more cities will soon face: it has run out of sand in the ocean nearby.(The Verge, 25 minutes)5. What So Many People Don’t Get About The US Working ClassAmerica is a majorly divided country. To the extent that some people just can’t get their heads around what attracted working-class people to Donald Trump. Law Professor at University of California, Hastings College of Law Joan C Williams writes in the Harvard Business Review that it’s not hard to understand.The thing that really gets me is that Democrats try to offer policies (paid sick leave! minimum wage!) that would help the working class,” a friend just wrote me. A few days’ paid leave ain’t gonna support a family. Neither is minimum wage. White working class men aren’t interested in working at McDonald’s for $15 per hour instead of $9.50. What they want is what my father-in-law had: steady, stable, full-time jobs that deliver a solid middle-class life to the 75% of Americans who don’t have a college degree. Trump promises that. I doubt he’ll deliver, but at least he understands what they need.(Harvard Business Review, 10 minutes)6. The Man Who Would Be Spielberg Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRobert Zemeckis has made films considered bona fide classics: Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, but has he had the career his early films suggested? Adam Nayman from The Ringer says the Oscar-winning Gump is where it started to go wrong.Among the emergent crop of directors amblin’ their way through the early ’80s — Zemeckis, working directly under Spielberg’s tutelage, seemed to be in the best position to challenge his patron’s position. And the massive box office of Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, meanwhile, implied that he was on his way, reeling off a run of hits culminating in the triumphal success of Forrest Gump — a positively Spielbergian integration of old-fashioned Americana and state-of-the-art special-effects technology.(The Ringer, 9 minutes)…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…In 2009, Fran and Dan Keller were imprisoned for sexually abusing a child at a day centre. But were they guilty of being members of a Satanic cult?(Texas Monthly – 67 minutes)A client of Hutchins’, whacked-out on drugs almost to the point of being comatose, was driven to the Cicada Recovery Center one night by one of her alters, who turned out to be completely drug-free. It was common for an alter to have different-colored eyes from its host’s. Scars that appeared on one personality could not be detected on another. 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100000 gather to see Mandela many turned away

first_imgPRETORIA, South Africa — An estimated 100,000 South Africans lined up in Pretoria to view Nelson Mandela in his casket but about a third of the overwhelming crowd was sent away without being able to file past the bier.Many of the frustrated mourners fought back tears of disappointment on the third and last day of the revered leader’s lying in state. Mandela’s coffin was taken away by a military guard to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. The anti-apartheid icon will be flown Saturday to his rural home in Qunu, Eastern Cape where he will be buried on Sunday.Hundreds of people cheered and some burst into song when Mandela’s cortege left Pretoria’s Union Buildings, the seat of government, for the last time Friday evening.“It was amazing,” said Keneilwe Mohapi, who stood with her mother as the impressive motorcade went by. “We couldn’t ask for a more fitting end. It’s an honor to say goodbye to him properly.”“We’re mourning, but I’m grateful,” the 27-year-old said. “He changed my life.”Many waited under a hot sun for four or five hours in a line snaking through an open field to busses that would take the lucky ones to see Mandela.last_img read more

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MPA Advertisers Content Audience All Up Since 2010

first_imgWith a renewed focus on the digital side of publishing, the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released data showing a 57-percent increase growth in the number of brands advertised since tablets first entered the marketplace in 2010.The study, conducted by Kantar Media, reveals that 5,413 new brands started to advertise with magazines since the first half of 2010, including 3,374 that have done so at least partially on tablets.Content has grown exponentially over that time as well, driven by the introduction and proliferation of mobile devices. Tracking by McPheters & Company i-Monitor shows that almost 10 times the amount of apps are now available when compared to Q3 2010. MPA’s own research from the week of October 1, 2012 says that 66- to 86-percent of the highest-grossing iPad apps in the Lifestyle, Health & Fitness and News categories were developed by magazines.Total audience has increased also–4 percent in the last year–albeit at a slower rate, according to GfK MRI research. “The commitment of brands and advertisers is increasing in magazine platforms,” says Mary Berner, president and CEO of MPA. “Now what we don’t have is the revenue underneath it, so we’re working to get that data. It’s really the wild, wild west in data right now. There are so many different ways to look at it and measure it–there’s a lot of data, but not a lot of insight out there.”The release coincides with Berner’s recent appointment to MPA, and, she says, is indicative of the research the organization will provide moving forward.”One of the first things I did was to do an audit of all the ways that magazine media is measured because what is reported is one leg of a three-legged stool,” she says, referring to often-cloudy online and mobile segments. “[It’s] always around traditional print metrics. There needs to be a clearer picture of what’s really going on in magazine media.””Obviously you want insight, but at this point, what we’ve got is directional data,” she adds. “There are a lot of tools and a lot of ability to track, but the ability to determine what it means is still evolving.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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Elon Musk gives a tour of The Boring Companys test tunnel

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo 7 2:18 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazon $59 at eBay Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Car Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Elon Musk has unveiled the first tunnel from The Boring Company in what he hopes will become a network of underground highways to relieve traffic congestion. The tunnel runs between the headquarters of Musk’s SpaceX company in Hawthorne, California, and a parking lot behind a closed business.Before the Tuesday night event, Musk took CBS This Morning’s Gayle King for a drive (in a Tesla, of course) through the tunnel. Watch the video to see what it’s like riding inside the 1.2-mile long stretch. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Post a comment Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sprint Boost Mobile Tags Comments Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: $210 at Best Buy See It Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500.center_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Taking a ride with Elon Musk inside Boring Company’s… Tags Rylo See it Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express $999 See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 0 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNETlast_img read more

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New Cadillac Escalade could pack Camaro ZL1s 650hp V8 report says

first_img 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth Enlarge ImageA Cadillac Escalade that sings the song of its people from three blocks down would be pretty gnarly. Let’s hope the report is accurate. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Cadillac’s supercharged LT4 V8 is a sweetheart, slapping the ever-loving heck out drivers with gobs of horsepower and torque — and, of course, a raucous engine note to go along with it. And, if a new report turns out to be true, it could also appear in something a little bit bigger.Cadillac is working on a muscled-up variant of the next-generation Escalade, Muscle Cars and Trucks reports, citing sources with knowledge of the project. Cadillac did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but automakers routinely decline to discuss products ahead of schedule, and Cadillac has not talked much about its new Escalade yet.While the sources didn’t give MC&T explicit confirmation of the powertrain, they apparently hinted at the aforementioned LT4, which puts out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in its hottest iteration. The V8 in question has lived in only three cars thus far: the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C7) and the Cadillac CTS-V.According to the report, the idea of a souped-up Escalade has been a long time coming. Sources told MC&T that the idea originally came from former CEO Johan de Nysschen, surviving the subsequent regime change. The sources also claimed that the project was supposed to happen on the current Escalade, but it was since pushed back to the next generation, which is believed to debut next year, although the “powerhouse” variant will likely debut well after the initial trims do.Cadillac has shied away from giving its SUVs powerful trims, but the market is more than ready for it. Look to BMW’s M vehicles or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG line for a multitude of examples on how to build a fast SUV correctly. If Cadillac were to follow through with this idea, it would give the automaker an advantage over its closest competitor, the Lincoln Navigator, which also lacks a crazy-powerful version. Cadillac remains positioned as GM’s premier marque, and many luxury buyers want a bit more get-up-and-go with their vehicles these days, so a pavement-twisting Escalade would fit that bill quite nicely. 31 Photos More about 2019 Cadillac Escalade Platinum 1 Get reacquainted with the 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Comment Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth 2:48 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Cadillac Escalade Tags Cadillac SUVs Future Cars Performance Cars Cadillaclast_img read more

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Murkowski Kavanaugh debate now about victims and their ability to tell their

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski is one of the few Republican who may be a swing vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. (Photo by Emily Russell)The big hearing in the U.S. Senate is tomorrow. Christine Blasey Ford is expected to testify about a drunken attack she claims Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh inflicted on her when they were in high school. The confirmation vote in the full Senate is likely to turn on two Republican votes – Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Alaska’s own Sen. Lisa Murkowski.Listen nowAlaska Public Media’s Washington correspondent Liz Ruskin, has been talking to Murkowski all week about the case. Here’s an edited version of Ruskin speaking to Alaska News Nightly Host Casey Grove.GROVE: The left has been very vocal, urging Sen. Murkowski to vote no on Kavanaugh. Has she given any signs that she might buck her party and vote against him?RUSKIN: Not that I’ve seen! Yesterday she seemed for a minute to be calling for the FBI to investigate. That had the anti-Kavanaugh crowd celebrating. Murkowski later clarified that she thinks all the allegations should be investigated, but by the Judiciary Committee staff, which she says is set up for such inquiries. And that disappointed the left and had conservatives super-happy.GROVE: How is she handling the pressure?RUSKIN: She seems to be in good spirits, mostly. Around the Senate, she’s been answering reporters’ questions, maybe not to their satisfaction because everyone is really looking for clues as to how she’ll vote and she’s not supplying any. There was one moment where she had just, you know, had it.GROVE: Yeah, tell me about that.RUSKIN: I have some tape for you I’ll play. A group of reporters jumped into her train car –GROVE :This is the train that runs under the Capitol?RUSKIN: Right, an underground train from the Capitol to the Senate office buildings. An MSNBC reporter asked her a kind of big-picture question. It was whether we’re at a turning point in history and whether that’s a factor in her decision. And she answered that. And then a Bloomberg reporter asks her a really pointed question about Kavanaugh and Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case.And she kind of deflated and took this really long pause. (She said she was trying to get her head out of one question and into the other.)“And you know what?” Murkowski said. “I think I’m done answering the questions for right now. Is that OK?”GROVE: Liz, was she mad?RUSKIN: No, it was more like a sudden loss of cabin pressure. But the reporters switched to just chatting with her and she rallied for a few more questions.GROVE: So what’s her answer about whether this “Me Too” moment puts us at a turning point in history?RUSKIN: Oh, she says we’re having a cultural moment. The discussion about Kavanaugh she says is still about whether is qualified but here’s what she told me:“It’s now a greater dialog, a national conversation, about women who’ve become victims and their ability to tell their story.”GROVE: Is Murkowski saying that’s unfair to Kavanaugh?RUSKIN: She says there’s a lot here that’s unfair here, to him, and to the women accusing him. She says that’s just where we are. But she clearly doesn’t like where we are.GROVE: Have you got much of a sense of how she’s feeling about this vote or feeling about all of this?RUSKIN: Not really (as it relates to how she’ll vote). But I did ask her a personal question.“A lot of American women are saying that they’ve had me-too moments,” I said. “And I’m wondering if you have.”She answered with an immediate and emphatic “yes.” And that’s about all she wanted to say about that.last_img read more

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Heavy rain lashes in Krishna Guntur district

first_imgGuntur: The Krishna and Guntur districts witnessed heavy rain on the early morning on Saturday (20 July). With this, the roads and lower areas have flooded with water. The rainfall was reported in Vijayawada, Mylavaram, Kaikaluru, Avanigadda, Koduru, Nagayalanka in Krishna district. In Guntur district, it has been raining since Friday mid-night in Narasaraopeta, and Bapatla received heavy downpour in early hours.last_img

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Ocean travel and colour

Known for minimal use of colour, Wendell Rodricks surprised with his Ocean Travels collection this fashion week. Besides the regular easy lines and cuts that fell like smooth water, the designer played with colours, but very subtly. Ranging from blues to pale yellows and an occasional salmon pink, Rodricks, this season, was all about linen, satin and shimmer. While shimmer broke the predictability, the colour added the right twist to the collection. The collection breathed the ease of the ocean – as the name suggests – and fell in a smooth unfettered flow. read more

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