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  • Finnings successful fundraiser for United Way of Northern BC

    first_imgThe money raised will go back into community programming in Fort St. John funded by United Way of Northern B.C.  United Way of Northern B.C. thanks Finning for a very successful event and thanks to the Canadian Brewhouse for hosting the event at their venue. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising event that was held at the Canadian Brewhouse in FSJ raised a grand total of $10,517.06.Finning hosted this event as part of their annual campaign with United Way of Northern B.C. On Friday, November 30, 2018, from 6 pm until 11 pm, the cost of the tickets to attend the event entered the attendee’s names into door prizes and included an appetizer buffet.Two 50/50 draws occurred during the night – both exceeding $1000.  Silent Auction Items were available to bid on and included big-ticket items such as a Bradly Smoker, CAT Mini Fridge, CAT Generator and many other items.last_img read more

  • Autobody shops busy due to extreme cold

    CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The streets have been a smash up derby with the slippery conditions and icy roads from Calgary’s deep freeze.Sean Eidson, with Micropaint Autobody in Calgary, said they’re seeing more banged up vehicles due to crashes in these conditions.“A lot of issues where people are sliding into one another or having been slid into with the amount of ice that we’ve been having for the last few weeks. It’s quite common for this time of year so it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before.”READ MORE: Cold weather crushing spirits and bursting pipesEidson goes on to say that the extreme cold can make a small fender bender even worse when it comes to damage.“It can make things a little more brittle than they normally would be, so we have seen a lot of issues where maybe we’re having to do more replacements on plastic parts whereas normally we could just repair them.”He said a lot of drivers wait until spring to get their damage fixed but encourages them to bring it in to get it checked so nothing falls off in the meantime. read more

  • Amid wildfires North Carolina getaway turns to ghost town

    Amid wildfires, North Carolina getaway turns to ghost town In this Nov. 16, 2016 photo, Edward Nieto, Ryan Baca and Christian Mee, firefighters from Albuquerque, N.M., drove 23 hours to help fight the wildfires near Lake Lure, N.C.2016. Firefighters from across the country have come to western North Carolina to help fight the fires. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman) LAKE LURE, N.C. – Don Cason had his 125-year-old inn in the western North Carolina mountains booked solid for Veterans Day weekend, rooms full and restaurant reservations lined up.Guests came to the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant in Chimney Rock to see late fall colours in the crisp mountain air. They ended up evacuating in a smoky haze.That Friday, Cason looked back as he drove away. Flames and plumes of smoke dwarfed the inn from the mountainside behind.“I was looking at my inn, not knowing if I was telling it goodbye or we’d be back,” said Cason, who owns the inn with his wife, Kim.“You’ve put blood, sweat and tears in for years, and to look back and go, ‘Lord, I don’t know if you’ve got me coming back or not’ — that’s not a good feeling.”For about a week now, Chimney Rock, part of the Lake Lure area outside Asheville, has been virtually deserted in a smoky haze as dozens of wildfires burn an estimated 190 square miles across the Southeast. Stores and restaurants are closed and houses show no signs of life. The only visitors are firefighters from across the country. About 1,000 people were evacuated, and officials were allowing them to come back into the area Saturday afternoon.The shroud of smoke is making a dent in the tourism economy — which thrives during the fall season in much of the affected area — but Lake Lure could be taking the most concentrated hit. Elsewhere, several officials called the smoke annoying but say it hasn’t been deterring all the visitors.Kentucky officials said they nearly set a record for deer harvest in last weekend’s opening of the season. In Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, the Dollywood theme park’s Christmas festival attendance is higher than projected, regardless of smokiness. In the north Georgia mountains, the Mountain Oasis Cabin Rentals group said there’s been essentially no effect on bookings.On a positive note, nothing in the Lake Lure area has been burned down or damaged by the fires, said Cason, who serves as Rutherford County’s top tourism official. Still, a dry, windy weekend forecast is keeping the community watching nervously.Most inns have closed. The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa is open — but to provide shelter for firefighters who have come to the region to help. On Tuesday night, the inn fed 810 firefighters, manager Patrick Bryant said.The inn, about 100 yards from the makeshift compound set up for firefighters and the supporting agencies, also is housing evacuees. Bryant said some people have cancelled plans, but two weddings scheduled for this weekend were still on. So is next week’s Thanksgiving buffet.For The Esmeralda Inn, fire is a familiar foe. Almost a century ago, the inn was rebuilt from its foundation after a fire destroyed it. The inn again burned to the ground in 1997. It was rebuilt to keep its old character.Once a late 19th century stagecoach stop, Esmeralda became a getaway for silent film stars. Some of their movies were filmed there. The area’s unique draw for the film industry is better connected with “Dirty Dancing,” which was filmed in Lake Lure.Other innkeepers, family and friends have been opening their doors to the Casons while the fire keeps blazing.“We have restaurants, retail shops, everybody trying to just really get back into their businesses, get things cleaned up and get back open,” Cason said.___Mattise reported from Nashville, Tennessee. by Jonathan Mattise And Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2016 7:56 am MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • The Thunders Big Men Could Stop The Warriors Lineups Of Death

    As you may have heard, the NBA’s most unstoppable units reside in the Bay Area, in the form of Golden State’s small-ball “Lineups of Death.” Assuming those lineups are intact for the Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have an interesting matchup on their hands in a series being billed as a battle of big versus small. In contrast to the Warriors’ small-ball lineups, OKC’s two most common postseason units have contained the hulking frontcourt pairing of 6-foot-10 Serge Ibaka and 7-foot Steven Adams.When on the court together for the Warriors this season, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green scored the most points per offensive chance (1.26) of any five-man unit in the NBA,1Minimum 200 chances, averaged between offense and defense. allowed the 13th-fewest points (0.83), and had the best per-chance scoring margin (+0.43).And that’s only the deadliest variation of the Death Lineup. Golden State also owned five of the next 10 best lineups by per-chance point differential, all of which contained a variation of Curry, Green and either Thompson or Iguodala or both. Four of those additional lineups featured one of Golden State’s traditional centers, Andrew Bogut or Festus Ezeli, as the lone conventional big; the other was a small lineup that swaps out Iguodala for guard Shaun Livingston. 3Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | BogutGSW+0.34 10Lin | Lamb | Kaminsky | Williams | HawesCHA+0.21 11Curry | Thompson | Green | Rush | BogutGSW+0.21 Minimum 200 average chances between offense and defense.Source: NBA Player-Tracking Data 8Curry | Livingston | Barnes | Thompson | GreenGSW+0.22 With Curry injured for most of the first two rounds, those Lineups of Death haven’t spent much time fully assembled in the postseason. The Warriors’ most crucial three-man combos — Curry, Green and Thompson, and Curry, Green and Iguodala — have logged only 94 total minutes together in 10 playoff games thus far. (They still outscored opponents by 61 points in that limited playing time!) But after Curry returned for the closing two games of Golden State’s series against Portland, at least one of those trios was on the floor for 62 minutes — a total in line with the 27.7 minutes per game they spent on-court together during the regular season.All this is bad news for the Thunder because the Warriors have a history of going small to combat good teams with lumbering big men: According to the Lineup of Death’s origin story, the tactic was only fully realized last year when head coach Steve Kerr had an epiphany during the NBA Finals and moved Iguodala into the starting lineup. That’s when the record-setting Warriors really took off, first against Cleveland and then against the rest of the league. An inability to match up with the same strategy could end up being Oklahoma City’s undoing as well.But we shouldn’t assume the Thunder’s big lineup won’t be able to hold its own. During the regular season, only 19 five-man units2With a minimum of 20 chances, averaged between offense and defense. broke even against Warrior lineups containing both Curry and Green. OKC had two of them — No. 7 and No. 13 — and both were of the big variety that the team has been using extensively during the playoffs: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Ibaka and Adams, with either Andre Roberson or Dion Waiters on the wing. So in the matchup of preferred lineups, the Thunder might not be quite as outgunned as it seems at first glance.Of course, there are a bunch of caveats to tack on here. We’re talking about only 60 to 70 chances of track record from the regular season, and lineup data is notoriously noisy anyway. Plus, even though the Thunder’s big lineup did stick with the Warriors, the Dubs swept the regular-season series anyway.But as an exercise in figuring out how a 31 percent underdog could fight those odds, things might begin with Oklahoma City’s ability to slow down Golden State’s Lineups of Death. And what extremely limited data we have right now suggests that they could fare better than most.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 6Curry | Green | Livingston | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.27 The NBA’s best regular-season lineups in 2015-16 2Lowry | Ross | Patterson | DeRozan | ValanciunasTOR+0.37 1Curry | Thompson | Barnes | Iguodala | GreenGSW+0.43 5Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.30 4Lin | Walker | Williams | Batum | JeffersonCHA+0.31 LINEUPTEAMPTS/CHANCE DIFF 7Paul | Redick | Griffin | Stephenson | JordanLAC+0.22 9Paul | Redick | Crawford | Griffin | JordanLAC+0.21 read more

  • 169 jobs on the line as liquidator appointed to Limerick jewellery company

    first_imgALMOST 170 JOBS are on the line at jewellery manufacturer Andersen Ireland in Limerick after a liquidator was appointed to the company today.The move is expected to result in a wind-up of the custom jewellery company, located in Rathkeale.The liquidator from KPMG, who was appointed by the High Court at the request of the company, is expected to see if any parts of the business can be saved.Andersen Ireland makes costume jewellery and accessories. Staff had already been placed on a three-day week prior to the decision to shut the factory earlier this month.The parent firm had said at the time that a liquidator would be appointed on 23 September 2013.The timing of the decision took some by surprise.SIPTU, which represents some of the workers, questioned why the company had sought the liquidator ahead of a creditors meeting planned for next week.“This act by the company could well eliminate the possibility of finding new owners for the business and the possibility of maintaining jobs,” said organiser Denis Gormalley.SIPTU suggested that Ulster Bank, which is the biggest business creditor of the company, could step in to prevent the liquidation of the company’s assets and have a receiver appointed instead, averting the job losses.Previously: Talks next week over possible job cuts at Limerick jewellery company >last_img read more

  • How to make your iPhone last for years

    first_imgiTunesApple makes it possible to pinpoint the location of your phone with GPS if it’s lost or stolen. “Find My iPhone” is a free app that you can downloadright here.Sync your phone oftenBusiness Insider/Matthew LynleyIf and when your phone finally does kick the bucket, it’s best to have your most current data and settings backed up on your computer. Sync your phone with iTunes often and make it a habit. It will save loads of time when you replace your phone and want to pick up where you left off.- Dylan Love15 tips and tricks for your new Android phone>15 tips and tricks for your new iPhone> See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions Maybe not this particular cover… (image via Amazon)The simple act of keeping your phone inside a durable plastic shell will go miles in keeping your phone intact.You’ll no longer fear dropping your phone on the pavement or seeing it succumb to some horrible impact.There are loads and loads of cases out there. Just find the one that works best for you. Ones that have an edge that is raised slightly above the level of the front screen are obviously useful for protecting the glass when it falls face-down on the floor.Double up on the protection and use a screen protectorWe swear by Zagg’s Invisible Shield but they are ten a penny on amazon or in any supermarket or shop with a gadgets accessories section.Reduce the strain on your batteryBusiness Insider/William WeiPush email, maximum screen brightness, Bluetooth connectivity. These only scratch the surface of battery-draining conveniences that you might do just fine without. If you value your battery over your need to instantly know when you have a new email, turn them off.You can replace a broken screenvia Magerleagues/FlickrSo you cracked your screen. Don’t replace the phone, just replace the screen.A number of third-party companies will do this for a reasonable price – say up to €100 – have a look at, AppleFix,,, even the tech services of DID Electrical. Do some searches for your area, read reviews, and find a vendor that looks promising.Apple won’t replace screens, but will only swap out entire phones.Turn off your phone if it’s hot to the touchOverheated man via Shutterstock A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York Heat and electronics don’t necessarily get along so well. If your phone is hot to the touch, turn it off and give it some time to breathe and cool down. That heat is only bad news for your phone and battery.Use the passcode lockKeep your phone locked down so that only you can access it. A “missing” phone that no one else can use is a bit more likely to make its way back to the owner.Use Find my iPhonecenter_img 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change YOUR iPHONE IS expensive. It’s pretty. And you probably have half your life on there. (You’ve backed it up, right?)Why not take care of it to make sure it sticks around long enough to serve you well?Here are some tips on what you can do to guarantee your iPhone will be functional and useful for a long time.It might be obvious, but use a case 10 things in tech you need to know today last_img read more

  • The 9 at 9 Thursday

    first_imgThe 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Get the 9 at 9 News audio By Rónán Duffy Share2 Tweet Email 10,588 Views Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstockcenter_img Updated Apr 4th 2019, 8:55 AM EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #FÁILTE ROMHAT FRAULEIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Dublin today to meet Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit.2. #DIVERSITY: An Garda Síochána is changing its uniform policy so members can wear the hijab and turban in an effort to improve representation.3. #LEFROY HOUSE: An allegation of sexual assault was made at a children’s only hostel in Dublin city centre.4. #UNFAIR DISMISSAL: A woman has been awarded €15,000 after claiming she was dismissed from her job because of her pregnancy.5. #TIMMOTHY PITZEN: A US teenager has come forward to say he is a young boy who has been missing since 20116. #RESPONSE: Former US vice president Joe Biden says he’ll be ‘more mindful’ in future following claims he inappropriately touched women.7. #NO FRY ZONE: Concerned residents in Skerries have lodged an appeal against a decision to allow a fast food restaurant to be built 300m from a primary school.8. #SOCIAL MEDIA: Australia has introduced new laws which could see tech companies fined billions of dollars and executives facing jail time for not removing violent content.9. #GIANT LIZARD: Indonesia may temporarily close an island to tourists to prevent attempts to smuggle Komodo dragons off the island.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Apr 4th 2019, 7:56 AM Short URL No Comments Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 8:55 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Civil service ranks shrink

    first_imgThe size of the Greek civil service dipped in the first quarter of the year, continuing the downward trend that started in 2009, but it is expected to grow again, as the government has pledged to rehire thousands of staff.According to figures released by the Administrative Reform Ministry on Monday, Greek public servants numbered 573,958 in March this year, down from 576,865 last December.The civil service started contracting at the peak of the crisis, chiefly because thousands decided to opt for early retirement in a bid to avoid cutbacks demanded by Greece’s international creditors. In 2009, there were 952,625 public sector workers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Majestic Wine CEO shares bonus with staff

    first_imgMajestic Wine chief executive officer Rowan Gormley has requested that his share award bonus be distributed among 493 eligible employees, potentially netting each member of staff approximately £14,000.The share awards will take the form of a one-off payment to current employees who are members of the organisation’s long-term incentive plan, which is available to staff at store manager level or above.Delivery of the bonus is dependent on the group achieving its total shareholder return performance criteria between the financial years 2017 to 2019, with the award vesting between March 2019 and 2021.Gormley currently owns 4,528,881 shares, which he acquired through the sale of Naked Wines to Majestic for £70 million in 2015.Gormley (pictured) said: “We are committed to delivering shareholder value by doing the right thing for our people, customers and suppliers. [The] share awards show that we’re serious about aligning our people and our shareholder’s interests, we are committed to delivering our transformation plan [and] we are focused on investing in our people to reward the delivery of sustainable growth in the whole group.”last_img read more

  • Toyota Panasonic will make a new joint venture focusing on smart cities

    first_img More From Roadshow Panasonic Toyota,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 12 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 1 More From Roadshow Car Industry GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 52 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Post a comment Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 18 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid requires few sacrifices to save gas 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 26 Photos 0center_img Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 69 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags Enlarge ImageThese days, trying to do everything as a single company is an exercise in throwing away money. Why not bring in a partner with both expertise and additional sources of funding? Toyota Toyota and Panasonic are far from strange bedfellows, and a new partnership will see each company rely on their specific strengths to integrate mobility into the idea of a connected city.The two companies announced on Thursday that they will establish a new joint venture focused on the idea of “smart cities,” areas that focus on connectivity, from appliances all the way to mobility. The ideas are still in elevator-pitch form for now, but as the partnership progresses, we’ll get a better idea of what these two are actually up to.”Toyota has been leading the mobility field, and Panasonic has long been serving lifestyle needs of people,” said Kazuhiro Tsuga, president of Panasonic, in a statement. “We will put our respective strengths together to offer new value in everyday life. Through this collaboration, Panasonic will further challenge itself to continue advancement in the town development business, aiming to deliver the ‘ideal lifestyle’ for each customer.”Personalization of services is a big component of connectivity. With just about everything commanding its own connection to the internet these days, including vehicles, the ability to link everything up to tailor life to a person’s specific wants and needs isn’t just a pipe dream. It’s not just about selling cars or IoT devices, it’s about making all that stuff work in conjunction. Earlier this year, Toyota and Panasonic announced that the two companies would work together to research, develop, manufacture and sell prismatic cells for EV batteries, an effort that will kick off in 2020. In addition to traditional lithium-ion batteries, the two will also work on solid-state batteries, a nascent tech that could provide some big benefits to EVs in terms of safety, energy density and charging times. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Toyota 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Car Industry Auto Tech 71 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 49 Photos Comment 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 81 Photos Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 10 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 29 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

  • Railways urged to keep tabs on child lifters

    first_imgHimayathnagar: Balala Hakkula Sangham honorary president Achyut Rao said on Monday that intensified checking was required at SCR stations to curb the activities of the alleged child-lifting mafia. “Trafficking and buying and selling of children has become like buying groceries in market.” He said that during the day the Bowenpally police had arrested one Ch Prasad of Langar House, who is a native of Warni mandal of Nizamabad, while carrying a six-month-old baby whom he allegedly purchased from a beggar in Nizamabad. Rao wanted the roots of beggar to be traced so that the parents could be identified. He said TTE and SCR security staff should check people who are travelling with children in case they notice any unusual behaviour.last_img read more

  • Jal Shakti Abhiyan team visits Karimnagar

    first_imgKarimnagar: The Jal Shakti Abhiyan team on Monday visited Bhupalapatnam, Katnepalli and Rukmapur villages in Choppadandi mandal along with District Rural Development Officer (DRDO), DRDA Karimnagar and inspected farm pond, IK Channels, roof top rainwater harvesting structure and plantation during their second visit.They interacted with the beneficiaries and got feedback from them on usefulness of these works. They expressed their satisfaction towards the execution of works in Choppadandi mandal. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us They will visit Chigurumamidi, Gangadara and Ganneruvaram mandals on Tuesday. MPDO, MPP, Choppadnadi, A Manjula Devi, APD, V Srinivas, Deputy SO and other EGS field staff accompanied the Central team.The Central team includes Sathindar Pal Singh, Central Nodal Officer along with Block Nodal Officer Umraw Singh and Technical Officer Saurab Sharan.last_img read more

  • Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday February 24

    first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll have a recap of last night’s GOP caucuses in Nevada and Donald Trump’s massive victory. And we’ll ask our political pundits: can Trump be stopped from capturing the Republican nomination? Then The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, report on politics and law enforcement, including the legislative efforts in Annapolis aimed at law enforcement reform.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

  • This Japanese Billionaire Thinks Computers Will Be Smarter Than Humans in 30

    first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Singularity — the point when machine intelligence surpasses our own and goes on to improve itself at an exponential rate — will happen by 2047, according to Masayoshi Son, the Japanese tech mogul leading SoftBank.Son was speaking on Monday at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain.He said: “I totally believe this concept. In next 30 years this will become a reality.”Son went on to say that our world will fundamentally change as a result of so-called superintelligences that will be able to learn and think for themselves, TechCrunch reports.”There will be many kinds,” said Son, whose company spent $32 billion (£26 billion) acquiring UK chip designer ARM last year. “Flying, swimming, big, micro, run, two legs, four legs, 100 legs.”Son added that he expects one computer chip to have the equivalent of a 10,000 IQ within the next 30 years, Bloomberg reported.Japan’s second richest man went on to highlight how SoftBank plans to invest in the next generation of technology companies that are developing AI with a new $100 billion (£80 billion) tech fund, which was announced last October and is called the SoftBank Vision Fund. Apple and Qualcomm have contributed to the fund, as has the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.”I truly believe it’s coming, that’s why I’m in a hurry — to aggregate the cash, to invest,” Son said. “It will be so much more capable than us — what will be our job? What will be our life? We have to ask philosophical questions. Is it good or bad?”Son added: “I think this superintelligence is going to be our partner. If we misuse it it’s a risk. If we use it in good spirits it will be our partner for a better life. So the future can be better predicted, people will live healthier, and so on.”Son is not the only person who thinks superintelligent machines will become a reality. A panel of AI leaders including Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, and Demis Hassabis, the cofounder and CEO of Google DeepMind, agreed that superintelligence is likely to be developed in the coming decades.The panel, which took place in January at the Future of Life Institute, had varying opinions about the exact time frame and the potential risks that could come about through such a breakthrough, while Hassabis voiced concerns about whether tech companies will work together in the lead up to the intelligence explosion he anticipates. 3 min read Enroll Now for Free February 28, 2017last_img read more

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    first_img< > Travelweek Group Tags: Sarasota Posted by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 center_img Take the Sarasota Specialist Program and find out more about #1 pick Siesta Beach and a thriving culinary scene TORONTO — Sarasota, Florida’s e-learning Specialist Program, now available on Travelweek’s Learning Centre, offers agents a complete overview of the destination, from its pristine islands and white-sand beaches, to eco-tourism and outdoor adventures, to the city’s lively arts and culture scene.Not only is Sarasota home to one of the top beaches in the U.S. – Siesta Beach was the #1 pick on TripAdvisor in 2017 – it’s also a mecca for sports activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and golf, as well as cultural pursuits like the theatre, orchestra, opera and ballet.Sarasota is also uniquely positioned as ‘The Circus Capital of the World,’ with many attractions honoring the past, present and future of the circus. The city also has a well-deserved reputation as a culinary hot spot, named one of the Best Food Cities in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in recent years.“Sarasota is a stunning beach destination with a lively downtown and some of the top arts organizations in the U.S.,” says Virginia Haley, Visit Sarasota President.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe Learning Centre course, at, “provides agents an insider knowledge of the destination without ever having to step foot in the area. After taking the course, we have seen increased interest from agents who want to book a trip for themselves,” says Kelli Funkhouser, Visit Sarasota County Leisure Group Coordinator.Sarasota and its string of eight islands are tucked into the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida, less than 100 kilometres south of Tampa and about 120 kilometres north of Fort Myers.Sarasota County encompasses nearly 65 kilometres of shoreline and includes the City of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Manasota Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, City of Englewood, Nokomis, City of North Port, Osprey, and the City of Venice.“When agents book clients into Sarasota, they are booking a surprise and delight experience for guests. The area consistently has over a 90% visitor return rate year after year,” says Kelley Defebo, Visit Sarasota Director of Sales. “Our beachside destination is a hidden gem with cultural offerings that rival much larger cities. Visitors comment that they had no idea Sarasota has so much to offer.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoTo take the course, visit Sharelast_img read more

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    first_imgThe Qantas Group has announced it will reduce charges for Frequent Flyer redemption bookings by up to AUD $130 and at the same time will gradually restructure its international tariffs so that fuel surcharges are absorbed into base fares.While global fuel prices have fallen in recent months, international air fares are extremely competitive and are significantly lower than when surcharges were first introduced 10 years ago.Qantas have made clear that due to the size of the airline’s international network the process to absorb fuel surcharges into international base fares for up to 200 destinations will take time.This change to Qantas’ international fare structure is in addition to its regular sales activity, as last week the airline lowered economy fares to Asia, the US and Europe by more than $300 as part of a sale.From tomorrow, fuel-related charges that currently apply to Frequent Flyer on Qantas and Jetstar Classic Award redemption bookings will fall by up to $110 in Economy and up to $130 in Premium Economy on some routes for a return flight.Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce, said that the trends in global aviation over the past decade shows that costs and competition have been increasing while fares and airline margins have been falling.“The dynamics of this market have seen Qantas International post significant losses in the past two years, factoring in lower fuel prices, IATA estimates that the net profit airlines make per passenger this year will rise by just $1 compared with last year, from $6 to $7,” Mr Joyce said.“In a highly competitive environment where customers are already paying less than they were several years ago, lower oil prices can help put the industry on a more sustainable footing, it means airlines are in a better position to invest.”In other Qantas news, the airline and the Australian Government today announced a collaboration to support ANZAC Centenary activities marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.Qantas has added a special flight for Australians travelling to Turkey for Anzac Day – the Boeing 747 seats 364 people and will depart Sydney for Istanbul on 21 April, via Perth. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

  • Bulgaria aims to increase brand awareness to boost tourism

    first_imgBulgaria’s Tourism Ministry is focused on making the country “a year-round destination and among the top destinations in Europe,” said Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova. The “big challenge of brand-awareness” however poses itself as an obstruction to its potential for meeting these goals.Bulgaria is also working together with its Balkan neighbours to offer joint regional products on the vast Asian market, reported the Minister.last_img

  • Wells Fargo Head of Home Lending Announces Retirement

    first_img August 12, 2015 531 Views Wells Fargo Head of Home Lending Announces Retirement Home Lending Mortgage Production Wells Fargo 2015-08-12 Staff Writer in Headlines, Newscenter_img Michael J. HeidWells Fargo EVP and head of Home Lending Michael J. Heid announced on Wednesday that he will retire after nearly 28 years with the bank and 11 years with Wells’ mortgage division.Effective October 1, 2015, Heid will be succeeded as head of Home Lending by Franklin Codel, who currently serves as EVP and head of Mortgage Production at Wells Fargo. Codel will be responsible for overseeing the business and strategic direction of Wells Fargo’s Home Lending division, which currently includes 45,000 team members.To ensure a smooth transition, Heid will remain in his current position with Wells Fargo until September 30 and will stay with the company until the end of the year.“Home lending is a cornerstone of our business – and a cornerstone of the American dream,” said John Stumpf, Wells Fargo’s chairman and CEO. “Mike has led our home lending organization with a deep focus on helping families achieve their dreams of owning a home and he’s done so with uncompromising integrity. Over a distinguished career spanning three decades, Mike has helped our company and the entire housing industry navigate unprecedented challenges and prepare for the future. His impact will be felt for many years to come.”Heid joined legacy Norwest Mortgage, now Wells Fargo, in 1988 and served in such leadership positions as Chief Financial Officer and head of Loan Servicing before being named co-president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFHM) in 2004. He was named president of WFHM in 2011.”Mike’s calm, thoughtful and decisive leadership has had a profound and meaningful impact on Wells Fargo and one of his most important contributions has been to build a truly remarkable organization and a deep bench of extraordinary leaders,” said Avid Modjtabai, Senior EVP of Consumer Lending at Wells Fargo.Over the years, Heid has been actively involved in legislative and regulatory policy matters that affect the mortgage industry. He currently serves as chairman of the Lending and Leasing Committee of the Financial Services Roundtable.”Mike played an integral role in aligning the industry during a critical time, by displaying unparalleled leadership in working with the Bush Administration and the U.S. Treasury Department during the height of the U.S. housing crisis,” said Ed Delgado, president and CEO of The Five Star Institute. “The industry and the country should be thankful for his efforts.”Codel has worked in the mortgage industry for more than 26 years. He has been the head of Wells Fargo’s Mortgage Production unit since 2011, which has included sales, operations, quality, compliance, and underwriting. Prior to serving as head of Mortgage Production, he provided financial leadership for WFHM in the position of head of Mortgage Finance from 2004 to 2011. He previously spent eight years with Norwest Mortgage and served as in various finance, capital markets, and credit roles in three years with Prudential Mortgage. Before joining Prudential, Codel worked at Citicorp Mortgage for four years.”We are incredibly fortunate to have Franklin Codel as our new head of Home Lending,” Modjtabai said. “He is an enthusiastic and tireless advocate for homeowners and exactly the right leader to build on our momentum, work with regulators and other stakeholders and help us continue to deliver an exceptional experience for customers in every interaction. Congratulations to both Mike and Franklin; because of them, we have a track record we can be very proud of and a bright future ahead.”Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and Sharelast_img read more

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