On September 10, 2016, the nation’s leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations will host free music and cultural events that shine a light on the majority of Americans who support abortion rights and show how access to abortion benefits women, their families and ultimately, the country.Sia Joins All Access ConcertAll Access, a series of high-energy concerts, is bringing top musical and comedic talent to Cleveland with four other events taking place simultaneously in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia. From dance parties to slam poetry contests, thousands more will participate in more than 30 smaller events across the country to show that abortion rights supporters are visible, active, and willing to speak up.Hosted by Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams, the anchor event in Cleveland will feature a show-stopping headlining performance by five time Grammy-nominated artist Sia and a performance by 8 – time Latin Grammy Award-winning musical artist Natalia Lafourcade. Leslie Jones, the star of Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, will be a featured comedian.“All Access is such an inclusive group that I’m proud to be a part of this. We all need to stand together and be a part of creating the future we hope to see. There is so much support out there for an inclusive, equitable society that it’s time we showed our collective power,” said Sia.Through the concerts, daytime events, and a robust digital experience, All Access gives participants a platform to share their personal stories and show the world that abortion access is a fundamental part of a woman’s ability to participate equally in the social, economic, and political fabric of society.“We have taken many positive steps towards equity and reproductive rights, but our work is far from done,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “All Access is an event that unites abortion access supporters and shows this country what is possible when each of us can choose our own life path – including what our families look like.”All Access will highlight the roadblocks that have been thrown in the way of individuals seeking to access their fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion. Since the 2010 midterm election, states have quietly passed more than 334 individual restrictions to keep women from accessing abortion. Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider, leaving roughly a third of women of reproductive age without a single clinic or doctor that can perform an abortion.“Abortion access is an issue that affects all women, but particularly low-income women and women of color,” said Marcela Howell, Executive Director for In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “Regardless of race or the size of one’s paycheck, access to abortion is a universal right that is consistently under threat and its time that we speak out on this issue.”Tickets to All Access events are free of charge and are available now on AllAccess2016.com. Cleveland’s All Access concert will be held at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland. Additional talent for the events in Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia will be announced later this summer.For more information, visit AllAccess2016.com.
BEIJING, China – China’s exports in February surged 44.5 per cent over a year earlier while its politically sensitive trade surplus widened amid mounting tension with Washington.Customs data on Thursday showed export growth accelerated from January’s 11.1 per cent rate while import growth cooled to 6.3 per cent from the previous month’s 36.9 per cent.The country’s global trade surplus widened to $33.7 billion from January’s $20.3 billion.Beijing faces mounting pressure from the government of President Donald Trump to narrow its trade surplus. Trump has approved higher tariffs on Chinese-made washing machines and some other goods and is considering other possible penalties.
Taking inspiration from the ethos of the romantic era whence nature became centre for the origin of all creative genius, a group show featuring artworks by artists like Arjun Das, Binay Sinha, Dayananda N, and others is on view at Triveni Kala Sangam.Inaugurated on March 23, in the presence of Adwaita Charan Gadanayak, Director General, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, the art show will go on until March 31, 6.00 pm to 8:30 pm. The late eighteenth century witnessed the emergence of an Also Read – An income drop can harm brainintellectual and artistic movement that transpired a response against the expanding capitalism and a scientific rationale gripping the western world. Spiritual alienation lurked upon humanity. The romantics voiced against such depraved idiosyncrasies through their works In this exhibition, artists have depicted and mimicked the splendors of nature and its overwhelming aspect. The participating artists in this exhibition aspire to forge a discourse upon the shifting relationship between humans and their natural habitation. Their points of engagement are distinct but the premise remains constant around which they weave their narratives. read more
James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, wrapped up a four-day visit this week to Suriname, where he met with indigenous and tribal groups, senior Government officials and UN staff.Mr. Anaya said in a statement issued in Paramaribo, the capital, that the dialogue should help lead to “practical steps necessary to move forward with securing indigenous and tribal land rights, in accordance with relevant international treaties to which Suriname is a part.”In 2007 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in favour of the Saramaka people in their case against Suriname, granting them collective rights to the lands in which they and their ancestors had lived, as well as other resource rights.Mr. Anaya who was making the first-ever visit to Suriname by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council – described the trip as “fruitful and constituted a unique and valuable opportunity for dialogue and consultation.” He pledged to work with the Government and the indigenous and tribal groups to help them with their dialogue on land and resource rights. 17 March 2011Suriname’s authorities need to engage in further dialogue with the country’s indigenous and tribal peoples to advance those groups’ land and resource rights, a United Nations human rights expert said today. read more
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market stumbled on Friday as gold prices dropped against a stronger U.S. dollar and improved jobs numbers from south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index slid 31.75 points to close at 12,134.91.The loonie was down 0.42 of a cent to 94.63 cents US, as jobs data from Canada beat expectations but was widely underwhelming.Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.1% last month as employers pulled back after a wild month of hiring in May.The agency says the economy shed a mere 400 jobs in June, a statistically insignificant number, but better than the 12,500 jobs economists had expected would be lost in the hangover from the hiring binge seen in May, when 95,000 new jobs were added.On Wall Street, the U.S. jobs numbers were better received, raising hopes that the U.S. economy is headed towards a better second half of the year.The Dow Jones industrials moved 147.29 points higher to 15,135.84, the Nasdaq gained 35.71 points to 3,479.38 and the S&P 500 index ticked up 16.48 points to 1,631.89.The U.S. Labor Department said American employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated, suggesting job growth is accelerating.“There’s still a lot of workers that have part-time work when they want to have full-time, but… putting yourself in the shoes of the employer, as long as they can hold off on doing the full-time employment I think they’re going to,” said Jennifer Radman, a portfolio manager with Caldwell Investment Management.“It’s seems that’s kind of the last thing to fall into place.”In commodities, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed ahead $1.98 at US$103.22 a barrel, which brought the price up 7% for the week.August gold bullion dropped $39.20 to US$1,212.70 an ounce on the Nymex, and the TSX gold sector went with it. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) dropped 4.8%, or 74 cents, to $14.57.Copper prices were down 11 cents to US$3.065 cents a pound as the base metals sector fell 1.3%.The info tech sector was down 0.6% as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares lost seven cents to $10.08. Smartphone competitor Samsung Electronics Co. missed quarterly earnings expectations on Friday as its phone sales growth started to slow.Also, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) listed its new real estate investment trust Friday on the TSX. Choice Properties REIT (TSX:CHP.UN) holds 415 retail properties, one office complex and nine warehouse properties totalling 35.3 million square feet of gross leasable area.Choice Properties was trading at $10 — which was even with its public offering price — while Loblaw shares were down 73 cents at $46.75.In Asia, markets were catching up with the gains in Europe the day before. The rally was triggered by the European Central Bank president Mario Draghi’s statement that interest rates will remain low “for an extended period of time.”The ECB statement was echoed by the Bank of England and followed indications that the U.S. economy is growing — but probably not fast enough for the U.S. Federal Reserve to rush into tapering off its stimulus program. Markets had been spooked in recent weeks at the prospect of the stimulus ending.The Canadian Press read more
WorleyParsons has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management services contract (EPCM) by Newmont Mining Services Pty Ltd in Australia. Under the contract, WorleyParsons will provide the EPCM services including pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up and performance testing services for Newmont’s underground gold mine operations located in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory of Australia.The EPCM contract is for four years and will establish deep shaft and related mining infrastructure to increase mining production at the mine. “We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Newmont and supporting the further development of the Newmont Tanami operation”, said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.
DESIGNER DRUGS ARE multiplying at a worrying rate and increasingly sending users to hospital, a UN-affiliated report has said, calling for international efforts to stem the spread of these substances.“In recent years, there has been an unprecedented surge in the abuse of new psychoactive substances,” often called “legal highs” or “designer drugs,” the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said in its annual report.“In Europe alone almost one new substance is appearing every week. Previously, between 2000 and 2005 there were an average of five notifications of new substances per year,” added INCB head Raymond Yans.Experts estimate thousands of such drugs currently exist on the market, the report said.“As abuse of these substances has increased, so too has the number of users who have experienced grave health consequences or even suffered death due to exposure to them,” it went on, pointing to “marked increases in emergency room visits for adverse health reactions” and “significant increases in calls to poison treatment centres.”Aggravating the problem further was the fact that these drugs were not subject to international control regimes and were readily available on the Internet, requiring states and international institutions to find new ways to identify the drugs and stop their distribution, the UN-affiliated INCB said.Another increasing problem was the rise in prescription drug abuse, including painkillers, sedatives and others used to treat epilepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and mental illnesses.This was especially the case in North America, Southeast Asia and South Asia, while prescription-drug abuse via injection was especially prevalent in South Asia, heightening the risks of HIV and hepatitis B and C.In Latin America, “more than six percent of secondary school students have already abused tranquillizers in some countries,” the INCB found.It also condemned the easy availability of drugs and poor prescription policies in North America.The United States, most particularly California, meanwhile came under scrutiny for its medical cannabis scheme, which according to the INCB “has contributed to an increase in cannabis abuse.”The report called on Washington to better police such programmes to remain in line with international conventions and ensure that the drugs do not become available for recreational use.The Board makes annual recommendations on narcotics policy to states but also international institutions, including the United Nations.- © AFP 2013. read more
In Britain, the application of the whip is a lot less rigid than it is in Ireland with the provision for single-line whips where attendance and voting is not binding on an MP.Recently over 100 Conservative MPs voted against the party leadership following a Commons debate on gay marriage. None of these MPs were expelled from the parliamentary party or ostracised by the leadership.Smooth running of governmentA one, two and three-line whip system actually exists in our own parliament but its application is non-existent among the political parties.Not that this is the problem according to DCU political scientist Eoin O’Malley who argues that any issues with the functioning of the Dáil are not solely because of the whip system:“The problem of the absence of separation of powers is because the government controls the Dáil agenda, controls election to chairs of committees, Ceann Comhairle and the the party leaders control the careers of TDs. Address these issues, and stop obsessing about the whip system.”The whip system, O’Malley argues, “enables a reasonably smooth running of government” and he believes the issue is not the whip system but rather individual TDs who seem to vote against a measure they say they would like.“This probably relates to re-election,” he said. “So it is obvious that voters don’t punish TDs who vote against their own conscience, indeed many seem to feel sorry for the TDs.“The parties obviously have some power over people’s careers and party labels are important for re-election, so TDs make calculated decisions about whether to incur the wrath of the party or not.But he also noted that some Labour TDs have made the calculation that their election chances are probably improved by being outside the parliamentary party.“The first interest of TDs is to the people they represent, not their political party,” argued NultyOne of those could be Dublin-West TD Nulty, expelled over his vote against the 2012 Budget, who said that the onus is on individual TDs to make the “rigid” and “not fit for purpose” whip system redundant:“The best way is for TDs to stand up and take responsibility, cast their vote on legislation on its merits and if people have courage the whip system will become redundant.”Nulty said the current government is not interested in reform. This argument is strongly refuted by Kehoe who pointed to the Dáil having sat more in the past year than at any time since the 1920s in addition to the introduction of Friday sittings, Topical Issues and other measures.“When you’re implementing changes you’re not going to do it all in two years in government, There are more pressing issues to see the Dáil working in a a more efficient way [than loosening the whip],” Kehoe said.‘Opening the floodgates’“Just be opening the floodgates to free votes doesn’t mean it’s going to strengthen legislation,” he added, insisting that ordinary backbenchers’ participation in bills has already been increased by the reforms he has introduced.This view is clearly at odds with that of his former parliamentary colleague Naughten:“Government TDs don’t put forward amendments to legislation because they could propose an amendment, argue for it, but end up voting against. This is just crazy. For the government to look at reform it would take an awful lot more work within the Whips’ office and the Whips’ office isn’t going to bring more work on itself.”Naughten said that TDs should be entitled to a free vote on abortion, a view shared by many on the Fine Gael backbenches who have talked about it being a “matter of conscience”. But Kehoe argues it’s difficult to distinguish what constitutes a matter of conscience and what doesn’t.“Cutting disability is a matter of conscience for me but we are in a space where we have to do it,” Kehoe said. “Cutbacks in specific areas are a matter of conscious, [so] where do you draw the line?”“Loosening the party whip for legislation doesn’t improve legislation in any way,” Kehoe said. Eoghan Murphy’s ideas for reform centre on removing the whip to allow TDs a free vote at committee stage of legislation, or during the Order of Business or on certain private members bills. There is no specific reference to the upcoming abortion vote in his document.But this is where debate about the whip system is likely to focus in the coming weeks and months. The government and the Taoiseach have been clear that there will be no free vote but that might not be the end of the matter according to O’Malley.He said: “The problem for the government on the impending abortion legislation is that it needs to get a majority, so it can’t lose half the parliamentary party to the other side.“So what might happen is that Fine Gael allows a free vote but waits until the day of the vote to announce this.”But Kehoe was crystal clear this week that there is no scope for reform of the whip system now or in the near future: “There will be no free vote on Protection of Maternal Life Bill and no free vote on any bills for the foreseeable future.”Note: Fianna Fáil did not respond to a request to contribute to this article.Pics: Photocall Ireland More: Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform THIS WEEK THE Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy outlined a series of radical reforms to how the Dáil conducts its business including a major overhaul of the current party whip system.Murphy is not the first and is unlikely to be the last TD to discuss the possibility of members being allowed a free vote on certain issues particularly when the government has a huge majority and with legislation on the thorny issue of abortion due to be debated and voted on in the coming weeks.“I don’t know if the whip system is fit for purpose to be honest,” one expelled TD, Labour’s Patrick Nulty, said this week. “It’s a very rigid system in Ireland and individual TDs have got to reflect on whether our democracy is working and whether we have system that is robust.”The whip system – which dates back to the 19th century – is not a creature of any Dáil procedures but is adopted by individual parties, most of whom observe the tradition that if a TD votes against the party position they are expelled from the parliamentary party.Some, like Sinn Féin, will discipline members by stripping them of certain committee memberships as in the case of Peadar Tóibín who is at odds with the party over its position on abortion.“If an elected member votes against the party policy there must be consequences,” a Sinn Féin spokesperson said. “If this were not the case, instead of a party we would have a collection of independents voting as they wish.”Party disciplineWith the threat of expulsion hanging over TDs it ensures strict party discipline and allows a government to get its agenda through without any damaging divisiveness. Some expelled TDs quietly return to the parliamentary party months later but others remain out in the cold.Denis Naughten said he has not been approached by Fine Gael about rejoining the parliamentary party: “If they want to come back and discuss it, my door is open.” Both government parties have lost TDs over the past two years with Fine Gael’s Denis Naughten expelled over voting against cuts at Roscommon Hospital and Labour losing a number of TDs, including Nulty, mainly over budgetary matters.With the government having such a large proportion of the Dáil’s overall membership the whip system is particularly scrutinised when it comes to the coalition partners but they are clear that there is no scope for reforming the whip system as it currently stands.Government backbenchers will vote with the government’s position or else be expelled from their parties.“Just loosening the whip system will not make it work better than what it is at the moment,” government chief whip Paul Kehoe told TheJournal.ie this week saying that no consideration is being given to the issue at present.Calls for reform of the whip system and free votes have come from all quarters, ambitious backbenchers like Murphy, a junior minister in Brian Hayes and those who have incurred the wrath of expulsion like Naughten:“The whip system in Ireland is probably completely different to anywhere else in the world,” Naughten said. “It’s far more rigid than any other democracy where they have a whip system in place. It does weaken democracy when you have such a rigid whip system.“It would make the Dáil far more effective as a tool in passing legislation if you hadn’t a strong whip system in that it would force ministers to listen and engage with all members of the house.” read more
The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response to France’s terror threat The wall, which will cover two sides of the tower, is to be made from bulletproof glass. By AFP Short URL The Eiffel Tower is lit with the French colours for the launch the city’s 2024 Olympic campaign on 3 February Source: Francois MoriTHE EIFFEL TOWER, the symbol of Paris, will soon be protected by bulletproof glass walls 2.5 metres (eight feet) high, part of a plan to prevent attacks at the monument, the city said today.The walls costing some €20 million will be erected this autumn at the northern and southern ends of the monument area, city hall said in a statement.On the western and eastern sides, “inelegant temporary” barriers that were thrown up around the 324-metre tower during the Euro 2016 football tournament in France last year will be replaced by ornate fencing.“The terror threat remains high in Paris, and the most vulnerable sites, starting with the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins told a press conference.The glass walls will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site visited by six million people each year, he added.Some councillors quoted by Le Parisien newspaper said they feared the walls would turn the iconic tower into a “fortress”.They could turn off tourists who simply want to have their pictures snapped under the tower, they said.Martins said that visitors will continue to have access to the foot of the tower – after undergoing security checks – free of charge.Removing the unsightly barriers currently in place would give both visitors and locals alike “a nicer view of the monument”, he said.Architects will help design the walls so that they blend in with the river, which borders the tower to the north, and with the Champ de Mars park to the south, he added.Olympic bidSecurity has been boosted around French tourist sites, transport hubs and places of worship after a string of jihadist attacks that claimed 238 lives around the country between January 2015 and July 2016.The continuing nature of the threat was brought home last week by an attack on troops patrolling outside the Louvre museum.The suspect, a 29-year-old Egyptian who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is greatest’), was shot in the stomach after slightly injuring a soldier with a machete.The assault came on the day France launched its formal bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, lighting up the Eiffel Tower in the blue, white and red national colours.The tower, which was inaugurated for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, will undergo a major upgrade as part of the bid.© – AFP, 2017Read: Two Irishmen charged with gun offences in Amsterdam todayRead: Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water… for five hours Share166 Tweet Email1 49 Comments Feb 9th 2017, 8:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3232093 19,235 Views Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 8:58 PM read more
Climat : 2010, année la plus chaude des annales ?D’après les scientifiques du National Climatic Data Center, l’année 2010 pourrait être l’une des années les plus chaudes jamais recensées, tandis que le niveau des glaces dans l’Arctique est l’un des plus bas de ces dernières années.Au cours des huit premiers mois de l’année 2010, le record de température de la surface de la terre et de la mer combinée a atteint 14,7°C, soit 1,21°C de plus que la moyenne enregistrée au XXe siècle. Un record qui avait déjà été atteint en 1998.Alors que les températures de juin à août dans l’hémisphère nord sont les deuxièmes plus chaudes après 1998, la moyenne des températures a été dépassée dans la plupart des régions de la planète, en particulier dans l’est de l’Europe, l’est du Canada et certaines parties de l’Asie de l’Est. A l’inverse, Australie, Russie centrale et Amérique du Sud méridionale ont connu des températures plus froides, quand la Grande-Bretagne enregistrait son mois d’août le plus frais depuis 1993.Le National Climatic Data Center révèle par ailleurs que le niveau de la couverture glaciaire semble avoir atteint son niveau le plus bas de l’année le 10 septembre dernier. Depuis l’enregistrement des données satellites, initié en 1979, la couverture glaciaire a atteint en 2010 son troisième niveau le plus bas, passant sous la limite des 5 millions de km².Le 17 septembre 2010 à 16:05 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
In a unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council this week called on state agencies to deny permits for the Vancouver Energy oil terminal along with all other “new fossil fuel infrastructure projects” within the state. According to the council, the resolution is a step toward the city’s goal to meet the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in defiance of President Donald Trump’s rejection of the international accord.“We need all the support we can get,” Don Steinke, a prominent local climate activist and a regular voice in the opposition of the Vancouver Energy terminal, said of the Seattle council’s vote. “Gov. (Jay) Inslee needs to know that it’s important for the whole state, not just to Vancouver.”While Seattle’s move is the latest action by a Northwest city against petroleum infrastructure, it’s not the first. In July, the Vancouver City Council approved a ban on the expansion of existing and new crude oil storage and handling facilities and refineries that average less than 50,000 barrels a day. read more
Even though Time Inc.’s lifestyle magazine ALL YOU is only sold on newsstands at Wal-Mart, the company announced it is increasing the title’s rate base to 1.5 million, up from its current 1.3 million.According to the Fas-Fax report released in June by the Audit Bureau of Circulations [ABC], total paid, verified and analyzed non-paid circulation for ALL YOU was 1.3 million and single copy sales came in at 444,815 for the first half of 2011.In January, ALL YOU increased its rate base from 1.05 million to 1.22 million, delivering an 8.4 percent bonus for the first half of 2011. The title also increased its rate base in July to its current level—in total, paid subscriptions are up 29 percent.The magazine, which costs just $2.49 on newsstands, is outperforming similarly priced “value” women’s magazines in terms of circulation. Bauer Media Group, Inc. publishes both Woman’s World and First for Women magazines—both reach the same audience and have the same price point as ALL YOU. Yet, for the period ending in June 2011 Woman’s World had a total paid, verified and analyzed non-paid circulation of 1.3 million—a decrease of almost 100,000 from the pervious reporting period, which ended in December 2010, according to ABC. Single copy sales also saw a decline for the period ending in June 2011 to about 1.2 million—also a decrease of almost 100,000 from the previous December 2010 reporting period.First for Women magazine, which is priced at $2.49, is also lagging behind ALL YOU—total paid, verified and analyzed non-paid circulation saw a decrease in June 2011 by about 30,000 and single copy sales also decreased from December 2010 by about 36,000.Though ALL YOU has some catching up to do in the realm of single copies in comparison to some of these competitors, the high rate base and circulation figures of the publication, which is only sold at one store, may be attributable to Wal-Mart’s reach—138 million people enter the retail chain to shop every week—giving the title a high rate of exposure.As initially reported by AD, some titles audited by ABC are struggling, especially in comparison to ALL YOU. Overall circulation—paid, verified and analyzed non-paid—dipped into the negative figures for around 45 percent of the U.S. magazines included in the first half 2011 Fas-Fax report. read more
Post a comment Tags Lexus 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper image 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Lexus This week, at a Lexus Milestones event held to celebrate 30 years of the Lexus brand, the Japanese luxury automaker gave a preview of its future. This included Lexus’ plans for upcoming autonomous driving technologies and expanding the number of electrified vehicles and powertrains throughout its entire lineup.Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Executive Vice President of Lexus International Koji Sato said, “Between Toyota and Lexus, we plan to roll out 10 EVs by 2025. At the same time, every Lexus model on the road will be available as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option.”In this case “electrified” includes a combination of self-contained hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, all of which are on the table as options for future Lexus models. Ultimately, which technology is chosen for a particular vehicle will depend on the market in which that vehicle is sold and the needs of the vehicle and drivers in question.”There is not one powerplant that will work for the globe. The reality is that different legality and social conditions have created a landscape where automakers must offer a variety of choices,” Sato said. “We will chose for each model based on the demand or background of the market.”Depending on the market and the model, “electrified” might mean hybrid, battery or even fuel cell-powered vehicles. Toyota When asked about fuel cell vehicles, Sato said that “from a technology point of view” the automaker is “very serious about FCEVs,” but is carefully consider the rollout of hydrogen depending on the local infrastructure conditions. So, in the US at least, that landscape will likely be populated by more hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles.”A proven history mastering battery management, reduced mass components and electric motors offers an advantage that will help us create a dedicated pure EV platform that speaks to the next generation of luxury consumers that do not want to make compromises for performance, excitement, range or capability,” he said.The automaker is already well on its way toward achieving its goal of a fully electrified lineup. Of the 11 models in its portfolio, only five aren’t currently available as hybrids. The IS, RC and GS make sense to hybridize; the GS, in particular, was offered with a hybrid powertrain previously. Speaking candidly with a Lexus representative later in the day, I learned that the GX and LX — Lexus’ two largest SUVs — are tricky because customers expect a different level of off-road and towing capability from a vehicle in this class and the automaker needs to make sure that it meets those expectations with whatever electrification route it takes.Lexus is off to a pretty good start. More than half of its current lineup is offered in hybrid trim. Lexus Fortunately, Lexus’ hybrid technology is continuing to evolve. The new LC400h halo car, for example, features a trick new transmission technology that aims to make hybrid driving more engaging. The automaker is also developing new battery and electric motor technologies, including in-wheel electric motors. Sato explains, “We expect that four wheels operating independently will offer a greater agility, stability and excitement. Of course, in-wheel electric motors are just a concept currently and it will take years to make the technology perfect. But we will continue to pursue this exciting opportunity.”We should learn more about what the future of Lexus electrification will look like at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show later this year, where the automaker plans to unveils a new electric concept car. I got an early peek — which I sadly can’t share just yet — and it looks… well, intense. Stay tuned. 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs Share your voice Lexus Electric Cars Auto Tech More From Roadshow 0 read more
Saudi Arabia and its allies on Friday criticised Qatar’s refusal to accept conditions to end the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years as a threat to regional security.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said Qatar’s rejection of a list of demands they set to lift sanctions on Doha “reflects its intention to continue its policy, aimed at destabilising security in the region,” according to a statement on the official SPA news agency.”All political, economic and legal measures will be taken in the manner and at the time deemed appropriate to preserve the four countries’ rights, security and stability,” the statement added, without elaborating on the potential measures.The four states last month announced the severing of all diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations the emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and had close ties with Saudi’s arch-rival Iran.On June 22, they issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of broadcast giant Al-Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions, which include the closure of Qatar’s only land border and suspension of all flights to and from the country.The Saudi foreign ministry on Wednesday said they had received Qatar’s rejection of their demands, raising fears of escalation in the volatile region.Saudi and its allies now consider the demands, sent via mediator Kuwait, “null and void” as the Qatari government had “thwarted all diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis,” according to Friday’s statement.Credit ratings agency Moody’s has announced it was changing the emirate’s outlook to negative from stable over the crisis. read more
Edward W. Norton, past chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.(Updated 8/29/2014)–Edward W. Norton, former husband of D.C. Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton and past chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics passed away Aug. 28 from colon cancer, according to his family. He was born in New York, N.Y and was 76-years old. ”He had a generous soul and love of interaction with people that were the hallmarks of his character,” the family said in a statement emailed to the AFRO Aug. 29. “While the massive void in our lives will be felt immensely, we feel privileged to have known him and always felt his love for us. As George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘Life is not a ‘brief candle’. It is a splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as possible before handing on to future generations.’ Edward Norton more than lived up to that standard.”Norton’s most recent position was as a chief legal advisor for Mason Tillman Associates, a social marketing and public-policy research firm focused on minority business development. Norton had served as the president of Leadership Greater Washington, an organization that fosters communication and cooperation among D.C.’s established leaders. He had also served as a president for the Hale Foundation, an organization that supports undergraduate and alumni activities at Yale University.Norton was a member of the bars of New York City and Washington, D. C., and for a time practiced law with a prestigious New York law firm. According to his obituary; among Norton’s many legal service roles, he served as assistant to the administrator of the New York Health Services Administration, general counsel of the New York Housing Authority, and deputy general counsel of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.He served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Yale University in 1959 and graduated from the Columbia University Law School in 1966.Norton’s record includes, a subsequent lapse in paying taxes while married to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) in the 1980s.According to news reports, the then couple owed thousands of dollars in taxes between 1982-89, which threatened Rep. Norton’s candidacy in the 1990 race for D.C. delegate. Reportedly, the couple’s tax issue was resolved by payment of more $80,000 in back taxes and penalties. Shortly thereafter the couple separated and were later divorced.Edward W. Norton is survived by a son, John H. Norton and his wife Tiffany, as well as daughter, Katherine F. Norton, grandson, Justin and brother, Dr. John Norton, of Oakland, Calif., the obituary said.The obituary stated that a memorial service will be held at a later date. read more
A Christmas Story taught us that if you give a kid a BB gun he might shoot his eye out. Turns out that innocent-looking kites can be even more dangerous than a Red Ryder carbine-action.India recently celebrated its Independence Day — theirs takes place on August 15th. All kinds of celebrations take place on the day, but one particularly popular pastime is kite flying. Not just la-di-da watch your kite soar in the breeze flying, mind you. Some of these flyers get very, very aggressive.It’s not uncommon for revelers to use special string that’s made for attacking other flyers’ kites. This string — or manja, as the locals call it — is weaponized by coating it with powered metal or glass. The objective is to cut through others’ kite strings, but there are often unintended and deadly consequences.Spools of sharpened manja from ChinaHundreds of birds are killed or seriously injured by this “sharpened” string every year. Sadly, human casualties are a very real possibility — and during this year’s festivities three young people lost their lives.Two young boys who were observing kites out the sunroof of a car received fatal throat lacerations. A 22-year old who was out for a ride on his motorcycle was killed when he accidentally crossed paths with another sharpened string.Officials in Delhi have issued a ban on the dangerous string, and the penalty for anyone caught using it is stiff: up to five years in jail and a fine of around $1,500.For more horrific lethal and widely available objects, check out PCMag’s 9 Awesome But Super Dangerous ToysManja image courtesy India Times read more
You can’t work in and around PCs and consumer electronics for this long without being familiar with Logitech. The manufacturer is just ubiquitous. That much was clear at a recent press event where Logitech showed off its holiday line-up of products both coming soon and already available.The mix of products on display was cool but not too unexpected. There were Jaybird wireless fitness headphones and iPad folio keyboard cases and web/security cameras. There were even some products we’re not allowed to talk about yet. However, some of Logitech’s wares did catch our eye and are fair game to discuss. Here are our favorite, most peculiar gadgets we saw at Logitech’s holiday preview.Harmony HubThe Harmony Hub ($99) is a smart nexus for your dumb home. It’s one centralized location for you to wirelessly funnel all of your smart devices through, from your television to your lights. Then pair the Hub with your mobile phone or tablet to turn it into a universal remote for the universe that is your home. If you’re especially lazy, you can just use your voice and spare yourself some precious finger movement. Stay on target Logitech G915 Lightspeed Is a Must-Own Gaming KeyboardGEEK PICK: All of the Logitech Audio Stuff SpotlightThink of the Spotlight ($129) as a fancy laser pointer, or a Wii remote for business. With the right software, you can use the Spotlight to click through a presentation as well as wave a cursor around to zoom in on key details, even visible for someone watching remotely. The rest of the functionality is similarly mouse-like, such as clicking links and videos. You can even raise your golden wand up and down to change the volume. Powerplay Wireless Charging SystemWireless charging is already super cool technology, and the Powerplay Wireless Charging System ($99) is one of the most clever applications of the tech we’ve seen so far. Put the right Logitech battery in the right Logitech mouse and use the mousepad to constantly, passively charge the wireless mouse during regular use. You never have to worry about charging; it’s brilliant. This little mouse ecosystem also makes it easy to swap out paired mice and batteries. Ultimate Ears WonderboomThe Ultimate Ears Wonderboom ($99) is just a neat little wireless Bluetooth speaker. It’s got a fun, compact, rounded design. You can drop it or dunk it in water, and it still works, and the sound traveled well in all directions in the outdoor rooftop space Logitech demoed it in. It’s not going to change the speaker game or anything, but if you want 10-hours of sound from a squat floating tube, here it is.View as: One Page Slides1/41. Logitech Spotlight2. Logitech Harmony Hub3. Powerplay Wireless Charging System4. Ultimate Ears WonderboomLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. read more
“My father says I should use my popularity in the right direction and not just restrict it to films. I have been in the industry for three years and I try and do things like this,” Alia told reporters here at the launch of a short film Girls Rising.The film, supporting the cause of girls, is helmed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E Robbins. The 22-year-old actor has learnt from her mother to help others.“My mother used to pay for
Now that his college career is over, Zion Williamson will be the #1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. In terms of his NBA career, most view Zion as an almost guaranteed superstar at the next level because of his generational athletic ability. Not Gilbert Arenas.During a video clip from his podcast, the 3-time all-star – and career 20 point per game scorer – explained that he hasn’t seen Williamson demonstrate any of the skills that it takes to be a big-time scorer in the NBA, and that his calling card athletic dominance against inferior competition won’t get it done in the league. Additionally, he thinks Zion’s weight could be end up being a problem, considering he’s already 285 pounds.We’ll see if the NBA team that lands the #1 pick agrees with Arenas. Gonna go with no.Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas gives his unfiltered professional opinion on Duke freshmen sensation Zion Williamson. pic.twitter.com/ScFFGpKOLN— ALL-MET ELITE (@all_metelite) March 29, 2019 Advertisement read more
In a recent episode, producers set up a scenario of two gay men having lunch at a restaurant with their daughter. While they’re enjoying their meal in peace, a woman starts shaming them, saying an ‘innocent child’ shouldn’t be raised that way.The catch with this episode is that they ran the scenario in two very different states: New York and Kentucky.Interspersed with scenes from both states, other patrons begin to look on as the women starts harassing the men.[embedded content]At the beginning of the episode, the host gives some information about same-sex adoption. In the United States, nearly 60,000 adopted or fostered children are in the care of same-sex couples.26,000 of those children are with married same-sex couples.LGBTI couples in New York can adopt ‘regardless of marital status’. In Kentucky, however, agencies can require couples to be married before adopting. They also didn’t allow same-sex coupls to adopt at all before marriage equality in 2015.The episode has a part two, expanding on some of the scenes that unfold.[embedded content]The goodness of othersIt’s hardly the first time the series has tackled issues relating to LGBTI discrimination.Previously, they’ve done episodes on a lesbian waitress and a transgender woman shopping for clothes. The ABC reality series What Would You Do? is putting LGBTI front and center again. Why do so many gay men get married to women in India?Republican politician caught on tape implying orphanges are better than LGBTI adoptionPride Month: How is LGBTQ tourism doing these days?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/women-publicly-shame-two-gay-men-raising-child-together/ In the Kentucky scenario, some customers agree with the woman’s comments about the men, but not how she delivered them.The last moment there, however, was more inspiring. The whole diner came to the couple’s defense, with an older man going up to the couple and simply talking to them to diffuse the situation. As the woman realized she was alone, she left to ‘thunderous applause’.One man in New York eloquently spoke to the woman discriminating, telling her to back off.‘You have two people celebrating and demonstrating love for a child,’ he says.When the host approached him, he simply said: ‘It’s hard to sit back and not say something, to defend love. How can you not? Man and woman, woman and woman, man and man, two people are taking a child in, to help bring them up in the world. They’re teaching them about love and diversity. It’s a whole new world.’More from Gay Star NewsWatch what happens when Asian parents reject their son for being gayTom Daley hits back at those who ask why he and Dustin chose surrogacy over adoptionGay son reunites with birth dad after 35 years and finds out he’s also gayGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- The woman speaking to the two dads | Photo: YouTube/What Would You Do? Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) read more