BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s president is celebrating the successful hosting of the G-20 summit, but he says he’s ready for tough times ahead as the country confronts an economic crisis.Macri told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that Argentina struck about $8 billion in investment deals with other nations on the sidelines of the summit — most focused on energy and infrastructure.Argentina earlier obtained a record $56 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.But Macri said that Argentina has a long way to go in dealing with its economic crisis following a sharp depreciation of the Argentine currency that he called a “disaster.”The peso has depreciated by about half this year and the country suffers one of the world’s highest inflation rates.Luis Andres Henao And Almudena Calatrava, The Associated Press
Rabat – The Collective Retirement Benefit Scheme (RCAR) announced the acquisition of 16,229,447 shares from the Moroccan telecommunications company, Maroc Telecom.RCAR announced the acquisition on June 17, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.RCAR exceeded the threshold of 5% stake in Maroc Telecom. The buyer, managed by Morocco’s Caisse de Depot and Gestion (CDG), now owns 51,060,810 shares (5.81%) in the operator’s capital.Read Also: Morocco Would Gain MAD 8.87 Billion After Sale of 8% Shares in Maroc TelecomRCAR also plans to continue to purchase more shares within a year of meeting the threshold.Morocco’s government has been looking for local investors to buy shares from the company since the sale of 8 % of the company’s shares would inject MAD 8.87 billion in the government’s budget.The government’s ownership would drop to 22% from 33 % following the sale of 8 % of the shares.The company is one of the most influential communication firms as it owns subsidiaries in a number of African countries, including the Central African Republic, Niger, and Mali.The sale is part of Morocco’s privatization program to slash the budget deficit by 0.6 %.Morocco’s government also seeks to sell their holdings in La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech as well as the Tahaddart power plant in northern Morocco.
TORONTO — Energy and mining stocks led a solid advance on the Toronto stock market, while the Nasdaq finished the day at a record high.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 87.58 points at 15,392.35 after dropping 41.67 points Wednesday.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar gained 0.55 of a U.S. cent to 82.33 cents.In New York, the Nasdaq rose 20.89 points to 5,056.06, beating its previous record high close of 5,048.61 set in March 2000. The Dow gained 20.42 points to 18,058.69 and the S&P 500 advanced 4.97 points to 2,112.93.On the commodity markets, the June gold contract rose $7.40 to US$1,194.30 an ounce after plunging more than $16 on Wednesday.Meanwhile, oil rose $1.58 to $57.74 a barrel and May copper advanced 2.9 cents to US$2.69 a pound.
Fishermen protests in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram continue on the third consecutive day. The protest is being organised demanding compensation for 22-year-old fisherman K Britso who was allegedly shot by a Sri Lankan navy officer, India Today reported.Fishermen in Tamil Nadu have threatened a state-wide agitation if action is not taken against Sri Lankan navy officer. AIADMK raised the issue in the House on Thursday, while DMK leader Kanimozhi spoke on the issue in the Parliament demanding Centre’s intervention into the matter. So far Sri Lankan government is treading carefully and even assured that they have initiated a detailed probe into the matter. In a goodwill gesture, the Sri Lankan government has also announced to release the Indian Fishermen in their custody. The fishermen community has refused the state government’s compensation saying that the Sri Lankan government pay damages to the deceased fisherman’s family. The community even demanded the removal of the Navy officer who shot Britso. India today said that it expects Sri Lanka to expedite the investigation in the killing of one of its fishermen given the ‘gravity and seriousness’ of the issue.Sri Lanka has informed the Indian High Commission in Colombo that it will release all 85 Indian fishermen in their custody, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.The Lankan Navy has denied the allegation, saying it does not open fire at poaching fishermen and only arrests them. Sri Lanka has said it ordered an investigation into the incident and wanted to ensure that such incidents would not hamper the good relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, on Thursday two Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by India Coast Guard for allegedly fishing off the Vedarayam coast.Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan claimed that nearly 900 Indian fishermen were killed in the last 25 years and urged the Centre to take steps to protect the rights of fishermen.
President Maithripala Sirisena has suspended the Withholding Tax imposed on the sale of teledramas.The President’s media division said that President Maithripala Sirisena had advised Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to withdraw the tax and inform the relevant institutions. The President further said that, if there is any obstacles for the progress of the field of art, including the local cinema industry and the field of the tele dramas due to the new Tax policy, he will take action to provide relief to those issues after consulting the relevant institutions. He made these remarks during a meeting held with the representatives of the Associations of cinema and tele dramas, at the Presidential Secretariat. The representatives apprised the President in detail regarding the issues faced by them due to the Government’s new tax policy.Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Wijeydasa Rajapaksha, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiywanna, Secretary of Ministry of Higher Education J.J.Rathnasiri, and other officials and Somaratne Dissanayake, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, Nalan Mendis, Attorney – at – Law Douglas Siriwardana, Deepani Silva, Chandani Seneviratne, Inoka Sathyangani, and other veteran artistes were present at the talks. (Colombo Gazette)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wanted to read the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal before passing judgment on it — and now he’ll have his chance.The text of the agreement finalized Oct. 5 between a dozen Pacific Rim countries has been posted on the website of the New Zealand Foreign Ministry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho OTTAWA – Canada has signed almost two dozen side letters with its trading partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including an agreement with the United States to combat illicit trade.Canada also has a side agreement with Japan that appears to protect the exports of British Columbia logs, a key sticking point between the two countries.The letters were released as the text of the broader TPP agreement, finalized Oct. 5 by a dozen Pacific Rim countries, was released Thursday by the New Zealand government.Several watchdog groups expressed a wide range of criticism of the deal, saying it would hurt workers in poor countries and deprive poor people of access to cheaper medicine.Canada plans to release its own copy of the text once it is translated into French, said Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.She said the government will solicit public comments on its website and is committed to a full parliamentary debate. But the consultation wouldn’t happen overnight, in part because she just had her first briefing and the text is 6,000 pages.“A real leitmotif of the Trudeau government is going to be openness and consultation,” she said.“I’m going to take that seriously. I’m going to review it.”The complex deal covers a vast range of goods and services and encompasses 40 per cent of the global economy.Canada released a series of side letters that cover bilateral issues with specific countries spanning several sectors.Canada and the U.S. traded a letter on border enforcement and information sharing, to “address illicit trade in counterfeit trademark and pirated copyright goods.”The letter says Canada and the U.S. are committed to “using appropriate risk management, as determined by each government, to address the challenges that this illicit trade poses at their respective borders.”They pledge to share information on goods that infringe copyright and trademarks in an attempt to target the “organizations engaged in this illicit activity” and “target future illicit shipments and to investigate trade in counterfeit trademark and pirated copyright goods.”Another letter between Canada and Japan appears to confirm that the current Canadian regime on the export of B.C. logs remains in place. The export of logs is heavily controlled by the federal and provincial governments, similar to the protections afforded to Canada’s dairy farmers under the supply management system.Timber had become a sticking point between Canada and Japan. Canadian government documents previously obtained by The Canadian Press said Japan was pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the export controls.“For greater certainty, Japan and Canada confirm that nothing in this letter shall have any other implications with respect to Canada’s existing practices and procedures relating to its existing measures concerning the export of logs of all species,” the new side letter states.“In respect of the export of logs, Japan and Canada maintain their rights and obligations under the WTO Agreement and any dispute regarding a matter relating to the export of logs shall be settled under the WTO.”The letter between Canada and Japan also formalizes the creation of a bilateral committee on forest products to help settle disagreements.“Either Japan or Canada may raise a matter relating to the understandings set out in this letter to the committee and the committee shall seek to resolve that matter,” the letter states.Several groups renewed their criticism Thursday of the secrecy surrounding the negotiation of the deal.The Council of Canadians urged the government to ask the parliamentary budget officer to review the deal.The Trade Justice Network called on the government to make changes to a deal it said would compromise the sovereignty of Canadian Crown corporations and exploit low-paid workers in south Asia.Doctors Without Borders said the TPP text confirms that millions will be deprived of affordable medicines because it extends patent protections to pharmaceutical companies, which delays access to lower-priced generic drugs.NDP trade critic Don Davies said Trudeau should not accept a bad deal negotiated by the previous Conservative government.“Prime Minister Trudeau can’t promise open consultations here and then tell others behind closed doors that he’ll be able to push the deal through,” Davies said in a statement, referring to a conversations Trudeau has had with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Canada side deal with U.S. on illicit trade emerges with release of TPP text by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 3:50 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
One of Canada’s most experienced higher education leaders has been named as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor at Brock University.Tom Traves served for 18 years as President of Dalhousie University, stepping down in 2013 after helping grow the institution’s stature as Atlantic Canada’s flagship research and medical university.On Thursday (Sept 29) he was unanimously approved by Brock’s Board of Trustees as the person who will lead Brock for the next year while it conducts an executive search for a full-time President. The appointment takes effect Oct.1.It was also announced that Traves will appoint Tom Dunk, currently Brock’s Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, to be Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic. A replacement for Dunk in Social Sciences is to be announced in the coming days.Thomas DunkTraves (pronounced ‘Travis’) takes over as Interim President from Brian Hutchings, who has served that role for the past three months and now returns to his senior role as Vice-President Administration.Traves said he is honoured to get the opportunity at Brock.“The idea that I can make a positive contribution in the short term is inspiring,” he said. “I’m familiar with the challenges facing the post-secondary education sector, and I know how to negotiate with government. I see Brock as an essential component to the strength and vitality of the Niagara region.”Traves says he will not be making major changes in Brock’s direction, however he does want to identify two or three goals for the coming year and do them well, to ensure that Brock is set up for future success. But in his first days and weeks, Traves wants to learn about his new institution by listening to faculty, staff and students.“I plan to spend a lot of time talking to people,” he said. “Leaders have to earn their position every day by being trustworthy and building relationships.”During Traves’ presidency at Dalhousie, the Halifax institution experienced record growth in enrolment, increases in research funding and the establishment of several new faculties.In 2014 Traves was named as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to post-secondary education in Atlantic Canada, and was recognized for building stronger networks between Dalhousie, its students and the residents of Halifax, and for his leadership of local arts and business organizations.Brock’s Board Chair John Suk said trustees had received input from Brock’s Senate and other University stakeholders, then established a shortlist of external and internal candidates. In the final analysis, they favoured the candidate with the deepest background to help Brock meet its strategic challenges in the next year.“Dr. Traves is one of the most experienced university presidents in the country,” said Suk. “He has been a strong leader, has managed many different situations and helped his former institution become stronger and better resourced.”Suk said this will be a busy year for Brock, with several major initiatives on the immediate horizon, particularly in working with the Province.“Universities face significant issues and opportunities,” said Suk. “Brock needs to have the most experienced leader possible. Dr. Traves provides that experience, with an accomplished track record as a university president and a proven ability to work effectively with all stakeholders.“Brock will be led by an exceptional senior team with a strong mix of strategic, operational and academic expertise.”Suk expressed the Board’s heartfelt appreciation to Hutchings, who carried two senior portfolios for several months after agreeing to serve as Acting President when Jack Lightstone concluded his term on June 30.Hutchings said “The over-riding objective during the transition period was to ensure the exceptional Brock student experience was not impacted in any way, and we accomplished that.”“Dr. Traves now brings a record of success to what is already a great institution, and I expect the Brock and Niagara communities will look forward to working with him.”Scott Henderson, Brock’s Chair of Senate and an associate professor in Popular Culture, said Traves “brings a fresh set of eyes that will help Brock as we develop our new Strategic Mandate Agreement and future strategic plans.”“His understanding of the higher education landscape in Canada will help him quickly assume the responsibilities of Interim President at Brock. The combination of his experience, with the ability to see us anew, is a tremendous opportunity.”Henderson said the addition of Dunk as Interim Provost gives Brock a strong academic leadership team.“Dr. Dunk’s tenure as Dean of Brock’s largest faculty has been exemplary. His knowledge of the inner workings of Brock, and of the immediate challenges we face, will be indispensable as we move forward. This pairing of an experienced Interim President with a veteran internal appointment as Interim Provost ensures that the academic direction of the University is in good hands.”Dunk, an anthropologist, joined Brock in 2008 when he was appointed Dean of Social Sciences.“I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Traves and all of our colleagues to get us focused and moving forward on the many things we have to celebrate and need to accomplish at Brock in the next year,” Dunk said.Backgrounders Tom Traves, Interim President and Vice-ChancellorBorn in Winnipeg, Tom Traves earned a BA from the University of Manitoba before receiving an MA and PhD from York University. He taught at York and served as Chairman of Social Science and then Dean of the Faculty of Arts there before moving to the University of New Brunswick as Vice-President, Academic.Traves was appointed as Dalhousie University’s 10th president in 1995, and served in that office for 18 years before retiring in 2013.Over the course of his career, Traves has been a member of or served on the boards of many associations, companies, non-profits and agencies, including serving as Chair of the Board of Universities Canada, the national association of Canadian universities and colleges. In 2014 he was named as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to post-secondary education in Atlantic Canada, and on three different occasions was named to the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. He was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Golden Jubilee commemorative medals.Traves also holds honorary degrees from University of King’s College, York University and Umeå University in Sweden.Thomas Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, AcademicThomas Dunk joined Brock University in July 2008, when he was appointed to his first term as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He was appointed to a second term on July 1, 2014.Before coming to Brock, Dunk was at Lakehead University where he had been Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and, earlier, Chair of the Department of Sociology.He holds a BA from the University of Alberta and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from McGill University. Prior to Lakehead, he taught at Concordia University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto.
OSU senior Jalen Washington, who is transitioning from catcher to shortstop, bats during the Scarlet and Gray in late-October. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsIn January, things do not seem to be too busy around Bill Davis Stadium, home of the Ohio State baseball team. With the first game of the season not until Feb. 17, when the Buckeyes face off against Kansas State in Osceola, Florida, the players are still participating in the occasional workout and batting cage session. However, with every crack of the bat and smack of the catcher’s mitt, OSU is in the middle of one of the most integral parts of any season: creating a team identity.Senior and returning captain Jalen Washington is familiar with having to help build a team chemistry. Now as he moves from behind the plate to the shortstop, the leadership aspect of his game does not seem to be going anywhere.Ever since Washington first stepped foot onto the OSU campus, he felt he had something to prove.“Like freshman or sophomore year, I wasn’t as much of a vocal leader,” Washington said. “I was one that was always pushing the envelope trying to prove myself, trying to make a name for myself and lead by example — working my butt off on the field and off the field.”With work came reward for Washington who was named as a captain of the team heading into his junior season and even before he had played on a regular basis.“He had never been a starter before,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “That says an awful lot about what his teammates think about him and says an awful lot about his work ethic and what he does.”This was not the only thing that made Washington stand out to his teammates and the coaching staff. It was also his ability to play all over the diamond if needed to.“Pretty much in summer ball and in high school, they used to put me at different positions every year,” Washington said. “I feel like it has always been a tool that I have had and being able to show it off on this big a stage is a pretty cool thing.”Washington’s versatility is what caused Beals to put him behind the plate to see what he could do as a catcher.“I was really intrigued by the possibility, being a catching guy myself, of working with someone of that athleticism, somebody that really hadn’t done a lot of catching before, but was a good athlete, and see if we can teach him the skills of catching,” Beals said. “I also believe that the catching position is becoming more of an athletic, a quicker, lower to the ground type of guy as opposed to the bigger, big, sturdy, strong catchers that used to be the prototype.”Washington started to perfect the art of being a leader behind the plate out of necessity.“Being a catcher is more that just catching and throwing the ball,” Washington said. “You’re the leader of the team. Everyone is looking at you.”Without ever starting a game at catcher going into the 2016 season, Washington had a .992 fielding percentage and threw out 27 percent of potential base stealers, while also being named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list, just the fifth time a OSU catcher has been named to this list. However, his offensive approach did not match the normal stereotypical catcher.“The skill set of being an athlete is different because in that skill set, it also allows him to be a bunt guy and a run guy on the offensive side,” Beals said. “That’s very different than your normal catching prospect.”Going into the 2017 season, Beals had a different idea for how to maximize Washington’s ability for this team. He will move to shortstop with sophomore catchers Jacob Barnwell and Andrew Fishel taking the reps behind the plate, something that is not a very common move in baseball.“To go from catcher to shortstop, you don’t hear that very often,” Beals said. “It speaks volumes to Jalen’s athletic ability, his versatility as an athlete.”Washington is very proud of his flexibility on the baseball field. His work around the diamond sets him apart from many other players at the college level.“I think that it shows that I have more tools than the other guys do and I’m a little bit more versatile,” Washington said. “Being a catcher, you can show your hands and your feet, but being at shortstop, I can show more athleticism.”With the move to the infield, Washington moves from having to lead the pitcher through his outing to leading the infield. Redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said he believes Washington’s knowledge of the game will create a smooth transition.“Last year, he did a great job controlling the game behind the plate,” Niemeyer said. “You know, being in sync with a pitcher is being on the same page. This year, moving to shortstop, really just shows how intelligent he is at the game of baseball and how he can kind of handle doing two totally different positions and do them both very well.”Moving out of the crouch, Washington can now extend his offensive ability, especially on the bases. Last season, he stole 14 bases on 19 opportunities. With the move to shortstop, Washington feels as though that his base running ability will increase dramatically.“When you are catching three, four games a weekend, your legs are pretty worn out,” Washington said. “I see myself as a base stealer, so I feel like I’ll be able to steal more bases, put our offense in better positions to have success.”No matter where Washington will be playing for this OSU team, Beals said he believes Washington will be an integral part of where the Buckeyes will end up at the end of the 2017 season and why.“Our cultural blueprint that we have for our team, one of the last sentences on it is, ‘work to earn trust every day,’ and Jalen Washington does that,” Beals said. “He works extremely hard and he has earned the trust of his teammates.”
A team of researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand are working on wearable, flexible generators that can harvest energy from the body’s movements and use it to power devices. The generators themselves are nothing new, but the engineers have managed to make the devices smaller, cheaper, and more flexible than before, although they note they’re still several years from conventional applications of the technology.The generators, called “dielectric elastomer generators,” use motion in flexible materials to build up a charge between a pair of electrodes embedded inside. The material has to be non-conductive so the charge builds up between the electrodes instead of just moving from one to the other (creating charge versus creating current.) The team also wanted to replace the traditionally bulky and heavy components of a generator with something lighter and more wearable that could be embedded into an individual’s clothes or shoes.AdChoices广告The end result has been a new breed of dielectric elastomer generators – commonly referred to as “artificial muscles” – that are smaller and lighter than their larger, more massive cousins that are often used to harvest power from wave energy and tidal forces.Dielectric elastomer generators also differ from other, more commonly seen motion-based generator systems. Piezoelectric generators – the type that many other research institutions are working with – generally harvest the most energy from rapid, sharp movements in any given direction. The University of Auckland team noted that their technology prefers slower, wider motions, and can be used to harvest energy from a person walking or rowing as opposed to running, jumping, or doing aerobic exercise, for example.The team has submitted their findings to Applied Physics Letters in a paper that goes on to describe the possible uses and implications of the technology. The team describes in the paper how they managed to create a 10 milliwatt generator using a 110 millimeter-wide generator. Their hope is for small, lightweight, and low-cost generators that can harvest electricity from environmental sources and natural movements to eventually provide accessory power to any manner of device.Read more at IT News and The NZ Herald.
HTC has been in the Android game since day one. They experienced the smartphone market in its infancy, and have been able to watch closely as it evolved. Looking at the line of Android phones that HTC has released, it’s pretty clear that the company has managed to evolve right alongside the smartphone. They entered the Android ecosystem led by Google, building devices based on their suggestions. When the competition began to rise, HTC quickly decided that it was important to brand their handset experience. As HTC evolved so did their brand, becoming a lifestyle choice, until we arrive in New York City today as HTC took the stage to unveil the Rezound.The HardwareVerizon Wireless customers who have long since enjoyed the HTC Incredible will be coming off contracts soon, to be greeted by the Incredible’s mature, sexier friend. As the Incredible was released as an obvious competitor to the Nexus One, so too it seems the Rezound is the answer to the Galaxy Nexus. Packing a 720p display just like the Galaxy Nexus, but at a smaller 4.3-inch form factor means a greater pixel density than any other phone out there. 1.5Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM will give most Honeycomb tablets a run for their money, with LTE on board for that extra speed when surfing. The 8MP camera supports HDR photos as well as instant capture and panorama built in (where have we heard this before?). 16GB of onboard storage vs 16 GB of removable storage is pretty standard fare for most HTC devices right now, though the ability to drop a 32GB microSD card in there is still a feature many users still hold dear.This is mostly conjecture, but it was rumored that HTC, Samsung, and maybe one or two others sent devices to Google as their “bid” to be the next Nexus device. We know now that Samsung was the winner of that bid. The similarities when it comes to hardware are far too close together to be a coincidence, especially considering none of HTC or Samsung’s competitors have devices that even come close. I would not be surprised to discover that the HTC Rezound was, in a past life, a Nexus hopeful. The Rezound was announced to be “Ice Cream Sandwich ready”, meaning the update will come out early next year once the HTC engineers have shoehorned Sense overtop of it.The BrandWith the partnership of Beats by Dre, HTC phones became more than just phones. HTC possessed a complete package of software, hardware, and now the “X Factor” that only one other smartphone maker has. By distinguishing themselves as a lifestyle choice and not “just a phone”, HTC created the only Android handset that can actually compete with the iPhone’s personality. HTC isn’t selling phones anymore, they are selling personalized personal electronics. The end result for all of this is to turn the Rezound into a status symbol, much like the iPhone.During the press conference today, more time was spent talking about the brand than anything else. CEO Peter Chou noted that HTC had gone from being a niche device manufacturer to the inventor of personal devices. HTC is the first Taiwanese company ever to be named one of the top 100 global brands, and they are still an extremely young company compared to many of the other names on that list. Bringing Beats into the equation allowed them the opportunity to give the device a soul. Interscope Records CEO and Beats partner Jimmy Iovine took the stage and told this compelling story about how the only way to keep the music industry alive was to convince the technology companies that they needed each other.With Beats, they are able to wield their many years in the music industry as a resume behind the notion that $0.99 headphones included with your smartphone destroy music. The Rezound was described several times on stage today as having “Music at its heart and soul”, a notion I am sure will travel into commercials and advertisements when the phone comes out.Final ThoughtsThe Rezound is a great device in the hand. It’s lighter than HTC’s last LTE device by orders of magnitude. It’s got an undeniable sexiness from its curves all the way down to its unique red glowing soft keys. HTC assures us that the device is Ice Cream Sandwich ready, and to expect the phone to be updated early next year. In the mean time, the phone will hit shelves at $299.99 on November 14th, a couple of weeks before the Galaxy Nexus is rumored to be hitting the states. Without a doubt, the Rezound will be a contended for Verizon’s holiday lineup.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Legislation introduced by the Abbott government to overhaul Australia’s national security was debated in the Senate this week, with Independent Senator Nick Xenophon declaring his support in general for the new provisions – but with caveats.The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill, introduced by Attorney General George Brandis in July, is seeking to improve the legislative framework governing ASIO, ASIS and other agencies, “to keep pace with the evolving security environment”.The bill’s debate came as tensions increased dramatically over reported Islamic State (IS)-related terrorist activity in Australia, following arrests in Sydney and Brisbane, and the death of an 18-year-old supporter of IS in Melbourne.During the debate on Wednesday, Senator Xenophon said that it was “axiomatic” that a key role of the state was “to protect the public from terrorist acts” and that to do so, it was a necessity for Australia’s intelligence agencies “to operate in secret and have adequate powers and resources to do their jobs”.But he warned that such powers “must never be an alibi for abuse of power”, before going on to say that he had “grave misgivings” about some of the changes proposed in the bill, including “harsh penalties for disclosure of intelligence information, with no consideration given to a public-interest exemption”. The senator cited the case of Indian national Dr Mohamed Haneef, who was arrested in Brisbane in 2007 in connection with a failed Glasgow bomb plot. The case – bungled by the AFP according to the official inquiry that found Haneef was wrongly charged – stood out as an example of what could go wrong, said Mr Xenophon.“If this operation … had been a special intelligence operation … the details could not have been reported unless the reporter was willing to risk up to 10 years in prison.” “It should not be left to prosecutorial discretion whether a reporter should be tried in such a case. There must be a public interest exemption or, at the very least … public interest matters must be considered in the course of fixing a penalty.”Senator Xenophon added that ASIO’s powers to infiltrate innocent people’s computers to obtain covert access to targets, along with other cybersecurity issues, was an area that needed further safeguards and clarification.He also called for the establishment of a committee, independent from the executive arm of government, to oversee Australia’s intelligence services.In comparison to the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, Mr Xenophon said that Australia has the weakest oversight mechanisms – a situation that had evolved over a number years and was “almost a cultural issue”.
In what is certainly a significant change of position, the Victorian government announced on Tuesday the start of a two-year trial program to introduce a safe injecting room in North Richmond, as an attempt to halt the ‘epidemic’ of heroin-related deaths in the area. The initiative was announced by Premier Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Minister for Housing and Mental Health, Martin Foley. The facility will be based at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, which has been trying to get a program of this kind running for several years, building on a successful methadone program and a needle exchange that has run for two decades now. Neos Kosmos reached the CEO of North Richmond Community Health, Demos Krouskos, who offered valuable insight on the program and the potential benefits for the community.How did the North Richmond Community Health Supervised Injecting Facility come to be? This historic development is the result of decades of committed work from activists and organisations across the alcohol and drug sector. The North Richmond Community Health medically supervised injecting facility would not be happening if it weren’t for the hundreds of people across the years who have advocated for this change. As the organisation at the heart of North Richmond, we see the devastating impact of overdose every day. We see the trauma and grief it inflicts on family members, friends, and the entire community. In the past few years, it became obvious that this is a problem that is getting worse, not better. We knew a change was needed, urgently.We have worked with many people to pursue this change, including the Yarra Drug Health Forum, local residents, the state government, and organisations across Australia and internationally. What are the benefits of such a facility in regards to public health, safety, or even crime? Supervised injecting facilities save lives. We have the opportunity to combat the terrible overdose crisis that our community is experiencing. The facility is also expected to improve amenity and the environment for the local community, by moving drug use from outdoors into a controlled, medically supervised environment. After other medically supervised injecting facilities have opened, residents have reported a decrease in discarded needles. In Sydney, ambulance call-outs decreased by 80 per cent after the medically supervised injecting facility opened. Bringing drug use into a supervised environment will also reduce the potential trauma experienced by the local community, who may witness public drug use and overdose.What kind of preparation did you have to do to be able to go through with this project? Our staff have researched supervised injecting facilities intensively, travelling to Canada and Europe to observe other supervised injecting facilities and to determine the best possible model for our facility. We have committed a lot of time to research, partnerships, and advocacy, and will continue to do so over the coming months. What is the main challenge you expect to face? Our main challenge will be continuing to cope with North Richmond’s overdose crisis in the coming months, before the facility is launched. Tragically, we will continue to see overdoses and deaths in the community until the facility is opened. What has the experience with the methadone program and the syringe exchange program been? Our Alcohol and drug program is nationally recognised as the leading harm reduction program in Australia. We have strong relationships with the community here in North Richmond, coupled with excellence in medical practice and a holistic, non-judgemental approach to care. Our methadone and syringe exchange programs are fully integrated into our health centre, proving that we can support the full range of people who live in our diverse community. What goals have you set for the safe injecting facility? We aim to create a facility which not only saves lives, but improves safety and well-being for the entire community. Our goal is to create a service where people do not just inject, but where they can also access health services, and a pathway towards treatment and rehabilitation.Why is North Richmond the best suited area to host the first program of its kind in Melbourne? North Richmond has the highest level of need for a medically supervised injecting facility of any area in Melbourne. Richmond experiences the highest number of overdose deaths of any area in Victoria, with the majority of those deaths occurring in North Richmond. The level of public need is tremendous. North Richmond Community Health is the best suited place to host the facility for two main reasons: Firstly, it is located in close proximity to Richmond’s drug market. To get as many people off the street and into the facility as possible, it’s important that the facility is located where people already buy and use drugs. Secondly, we have proven that it is possible to integrate health services. Our model at North Richmond Community Health is about taking care of many different elements of a person’s mental and physical health, no matter what their circumstances are. What would you say to people fearing that such programs ‘normalise’ drug use? We understand people’s concerns. However, there is no evidence that medically supervised injecting facilities promote drug use, or are associated with an increase in drug use at all. In fact, we hope to provide people who currently use drugs with a pathway to treatment and rehabilitation.What is your response to the government changing their stance on this issue? We commend the government for listening to the community, and responding to their needs.How did you form your personal opinion on this issue? I have been lucky enough to be a part of the North Richmond community for many years. I have seen the resilience and optimism of this community, and I have seen the tragic loss of life which has become too common here. It has affected me profoundly, as it has affected everyone in this community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services It feels like all the Marvel mobile games are heading to space with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 storming its way through theaters this season. I’m not saying that most of these games were not already fun when they first released, but when the like of Rocket, Groot and Mantis show up; you know it’s going to be a party.Here is a look at some of the most fun to play Marvel games to hit your favorite mobile devices.Photo courtesy of ComicgamersassembleMARVEL: Puzzle QuestA few of you may remember the original Puzzle Quest that released on the PSP back in 2007. It blended your run of the mill Bejeweled bar game with RPG elements. This was a pretty cool concept at the time. Marvel was smart enough to use these elements to their advantage and combined their classic stories and characters with the match-three game type. The game is simple enough to follow: collect classic comic covers and characters. It’s a real treat! It’s not all Iron Mans and Storms either. For instance, I just unlocked Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur then added them to my roster. Adding these types of characters makes the experience much more rewarding and encourages players to learn more about the Marvel universe while playing a simple bar game. There are two main modes, story and multiplayer, where you fight against other players teams controlled by AI. Beating your friends as never been this rewarding! (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of ApkdlmodMARVEL: Future FightThis is the ultimate Marvel beat em up game fans have been asking for. Move around many different levels and tap enemies to pummel. Your character has a list of special abilities and moves he can use that recharge over time. But you are not alone in this fight. Up to three heroes can go on a mission at a time, and the more you use each character, the more you can level up their star rating. Attaching gear and claiming gifts will give your heroes major advantages for leveling. Skill sets and attacks are fun to perform, and there is a mediocre story to tie it all together. Luckily, Marvel has been supporting this one a bit more and has been giving Future Fight updates with each release of the studio’s films, supplying many more adventures. I don’t see this one going anywhere for a while. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of AndroidcentralSpider-Man UnlimitedGameloft presents Marvel’s answer to killing off Temple Run. Join Spider-Man as he swings through the cell shaded streets of New York batting off the members of the Sinister Six. This is your typical Temple Run-style game with a few more punches. That’s right. In the middle of all your running and dodging, you can punch, kick and web up enemies to keep your combo going. As simplistic as this game is, it’s still a lot of mindless fun, and the cell shading is a nice touch. You’ll meet some fellow heroes along the way that will aid Spider-Man in his journey. Of course, Peter finds time to crack wise with each member he finds and is actually pretty humorous. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of VulcanpostMARVEL: Tsum TsumDon’t count out the adorably cute and fuzzy Tsum-Tsum brand just yet! There awkward looking bodies stack up well in puzzle type games such as this one. Marvel Tsum Tsum is almost a connect the dots type game of sorts. Many different Marvel characters fall into a pod of sorts, and it is up to you to drag your finger over the ones creating in a row. It sounds simple enough, but when there is a single War Machine in the way of your Hulk streak, it can drive one to Hulk smash! This is the perfect mobile Marvel game for players who don’t want all the weight that comes with games like Puzzle Quest and just want to jump in toss fuzzy characters around for a bit. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of Marvel Entertainment LLC.MARVEL: Zen PinballPinball games are some of my absolute favorites. Especially when your balls represent different Marvel characters! Play on animated boards such as the S.H.I.E.L.D. carrier, Avengers Tower and so much more. This was the one game that did cost actual currency. That is because each board you collect will run you a buck. Not bad if all you like to do is beat high scores in pinball all day. The purchasable boards range from Ghost Rider to Moon Knight. There are special challenges throughout each board and the animations included with them are a lot of fun to see activated. If only we could get real pinball machines based on these concepts! (iTunes – Google Play)Photo courtesy of Marvel Entertainment LLC.MARVEL: Contest of ChampionsThe Collector is on another mission to add the galaxies mightiest heroes to his ultimate collection. This time around it’s to have them battle it out in a contest of champions. You the player have been chosen to represent earth during this mighty battle. The concept behind Champions is pretty simple. Win and you shall be granted unlimited power. Loose and you’ll become part of the Collectors…well you know. This game is Marvels answer to Injustice’s mobile game. A tap away “beat em up” for the ages. With every fight you come closer and closer to unlocking more crystals that contain characters. Pulling off moves is a cinch. Tap for light attacks, hold and wait for the right moment to pull off heavy attacks. The game flows nicely on current mobile devices and has been getting updates regularly with new Marvel characters. Time to head to the Battlerealm to catch ’em all! (iTunes – Google Play)
Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has set a huge target of becoming the best player in the world for himself.The Scotland youth international is the next best to come out of the country for quite some time and a lot of people believes he has what he takes to become a top player.The 17-year-old from Ardrossan who came through the system at Rangers joined Chelsea last summer, reportedly turning down moves Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the process.“That’s always been my ambition, to be the best player,” Gilmour said, as quoted by Daily Mail.“If someone is better than me, I want to be better than them. I’ve always had a winning mentality and I hate losing, so when I see someone doing better, I need to match them.”Gilmour, who went through the programme at Kilmarnock’s Grange Academy, is fast becoming the poster boy for the new technically-adept generation.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…After impressing at Toulon, where he wore the captain’s armband, his Scotland Under-17s coach Brian McLaughlin said that there was no better midfielder in all the top nations.“I just enjoy football,” said Gilmour. “None of that really bothers me. I’m too young for that. I don’t need to get myself under pressure about that.”SFA performance director Malky Mackay is hopeful that Gilmour can make a real impact.“He’s got a lot of potential,” he said. “He’s been on our radar since he was 11 and Craig Mulholland and the academy coaches at Rangers have given him a fabulous grounding.”“He’s now taken another step – which is a very brave step to take, going down to Chelsea – and he’s hit the ground running.”
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2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 63 Photos Review • Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 2020 Kia Soul EV: Electric power, familiar shape 2019 BMW M850i Convertible review: A grand tourer you’ll just want to drive 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags 10 Photos Share your voice 12 Photos Share your voice 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 1 26 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Tags General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 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. Car Industry,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. Cars.com 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 you.Cars.com 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 business.Cars.com 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. 81 Photos 68 Photos 69 Photos Enlarge ImageIf you’re in central London often, expect to see loads of these signs. Jack Taylor/Getty Images Driving into the center of London is about to become even more expensive, unless you’re driving a car that’s up to date with the latest and greatest emissions regulations.Central London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is now in effect. Under this, drivers of certain vehicles will have to pay an additional £12.50 (about $16) to enter a chunk of London that was already subject to an £11.50 ($15) congestion charge. Vehicles that qualify for the ULEZ charge will still have to pay the standard congestion charge.The rules for who will and will not pay appear pretty cut and dry. Pre-2006 gas cars and vans that don’t meet Euro 4 emissions standards must pay the ULEZ charge, as well as pre-2015 diesel cars and vans that don’t meet Euro 6 emissions standards. Pre-2007 motorcycles that don’t meet Euro 3 standards must also pony up the pounds sterling. Things are even worse for buses and trucks that don’t meet Euro 6, as they will face a £100 (about $130) charge. Failing to pay the ULEZ charge will result in either a warning or a £160 (about $210) fine. Yikes.This move is all about improving air quality in a crowded part of London. Transport for London’s website claims that there are “at least 360 primary schools in areas with illegal pollution levels,” so it’s clearly a public health issue. Vehicle emissions can contribute to a raft of respiratory and pulmonary issues, putting strain on the healthcare industry and generally making life more annoying for people caught up in the smog. This is only the start for the ULEZ, as well. The BBC’s report has a map that shows the zone will expand greatly on Oct. 25, 2021, extending to most of Greater London. Car Industry More From Roadshow 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 71 Photos 52 Photos Comment 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. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 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. 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. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 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. More From Roadshow 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 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 18 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 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. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comments 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. 49 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.
Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 53 Photos Performance Cars Luxury cars Sedans 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 is a premium pocket rocket See All New York Auto Show 2019 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet: How sweet it is Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark • reading • 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 is a pint-size rocket Mercedes-Benz The new Mercedes A-Class Sedan is an excellent entry-level product that serves as a great way to get acclimated to Mercedes-Benz’s lineup. But, with just 188 horsepower on tap, the A220 isn’t exactly going to bend any necks. Thankfully, Mercedes-AMG has the new A35, which made its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show.The heart of the AMG A35 is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter I4 engine, producing a respectable 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque — healthy increases over the aforementioned 188 hp and 221 lb-ft available in the A220. This engine mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and power gets to the ground via Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.As its name suggests, the A35 isn’t quite as powerful as the outgoing CLA45 sedan, which made a bonkers-by-comparison 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. But we’ll also bet our bottom dollar Mercedes has higher-output AMG versions in the works — not to mention boosted variants of the new CLA-Class sedan, too.Enlarge Image302 horsepower in this little guy? Sounds like a hoot. Steven Pham/Roadshow Still, the AMG A35 should be a competent performer. Mercedes-Benz says the sedan will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, which is about the same as the 280-horsepower Audi S3 with which the A35 will most closely compete.The A35 will come with retuned, speed-sensitive, variable sport steering, as well as larger brakes and a stiffer suspension (with optional adjustable dampers), all of which should make the sedan more enjoyable to drive. The base A220 is already a lovely steer, so we expect good things from its higher-power sibling.Inside, the A35 will pack all the same luxury and tech features as the A220 sedan, including Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment tech. With its pair of high-resolution screens, augmented reality navigation overlays and natural-speech voice control, MBUX offers one of the best infotainment setups in the premium space.The Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan will greet the public for the first time at the New York Auto Show in April, and should arrive in dealerships near the end of 2019. Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but since the A220 4Matic sedan starts at $34,500 before options, expect AMG A35 pricing to start somewhere around $45,000.Originally published March 26.Update, April 17: Adds new photos from the show floor. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Post a comment New York Auto Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz 0 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e review: Premium plug-in hybrid feels like an efficiency half-step Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Share your voice More From Roadshow
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Lawmakers: Legislature likely to vacate controversial downtown officesAustin Baird, KTUU-TV – AnchorageThe Legislature is likely to back out of its controversial and costly lease of new legislative offices in downtown Anchorage, according to a couple of Republican lawmakers.Spending bill includes rider on GMO salmon labelingLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageA bill poised to pass the U.S. Congress would require the FDA to produce labeling guidelines before it allows the sale of genetically engineered salmon.38K Alaskans turn to Food Stamps during thin timesAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAccording to a new White House report, 38,000 Alaska households receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Most people know SNAP by its original name: Food Stamps. Two-thirds of those households have children. Half of them are in deep poverty. The statistics go on and on. But is the program working?Interior Energy Project loses GVEA business to Petro StarDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGolden Valley Electric Association is favoring oil over natural gas to fuel large generators in North Pole.Deeper ferry cuts on the horizon?Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauBudget cuts have already dramatically reduced Alaska Marine Highway sailings. And the recently released spending plan for the next fiscal year calls for more.Sitka gets nod for ship-shape harborEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaSitka is the fourth recipient of a statewide clean harbors certificate.Interior village of Beaver to keep its school, for nowDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Interior village of Beaver’s school will remain open, despite a below par student count this fall.Whale research center comes ashore in SoutheastRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaA whale research foundation working in Southeast Alaska for the last 20 years is coming ashore. The Center for Coastal Conservation has acquired the former general store in Warm Springs Bay, on eastern Baranof Island, and has plans to expand its research programs beyond humpback whales.Bethel woman takes 4th at international powerlifting meetLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelLast month 25-year-old Alaskan Natalie Hanson placed fourth at an international powerlifting competition in Germany.
Rishabh Pant has talent, he has a presence when out in the middle and he also has the penchant to be a match-winner. However, in his short career so far, the young man has shown a rather flat temperament and few of his strokes which have seen him throw his wicket away have been entirely uncalled for.The Indian management wants to give Pant a long rope and they will continue to back him. But the young man should now realise that he has to get things back under control. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who knew a lot about counter-attack and being on the offensive, wants the wicket-keeper to work on his game and get batter. He also asked the management to utilise him well and groom him for challenges at hand.”Pant is an extremely talented cricketer with huge potential. It will be important that he is groomed well,” Sehwag told PTI. Twitter’Makes the best use of the opportunity'”And now that he has been assured some quality time in the team it is important that he makes the best use of the opportunity and works to better his game and develop as a cricketer,” he further added.In the first Test match, Pant had an opportunity to showcase his talent, but he couldn’t grasp the opportunity. Barring the one innings in the final T20I, the left-hander has only flattered to deceive.The selectors have already gone on record saying that Pant was their primary wicket-keeper and captain Virat Kohli is very excited with the talent at his disposal.”It is about giving him a bit more space and ease himself into international cricket and not put too much pressure. In international cricket, you need to tackle pressure differently. He has come a long way since he started. If he plays like this regularly, we will see his potential shine for India,” the India captain had said about Pant.There is Wriddhiman Saha in the Test squad, but the Indian selectors will stick with Pant and the young man must make the most of these chances on offer. The skipper also said that they were looking at Pant as one for the future since he has the talent and skill. Now, he needs to start winning and finishing off games which will help him settle down in the role.
Peretti declined to identify which companies BuzzFeed has approached about a possible merger. A BuzzFeed rep did not respond to a request for comment.NBCUniversal is among BuzzFeed’s backers, having plowed $400 million into the company. In addition, NBCU owns a stake in Vox Media after a $200 million investment.Asked in an interview with Variety in June 2017 about the possibility of selling BuzzFeed, Peretti responded, “I know that there’s a lot of focus on things like IPOs or potential transactions. The thing I try to stay focused on is the work itself. And independence is one value that has allowed us to do things that other companies haven’t been able to do.”BuzzFeed and other companies in the space reliant on internet ad revenue have been struggling with stagnating or declining sales over the last two years. BuzzFeed laid off about 100 employees a year ago, and has subsequently made additional cuts including shutting down its podcast team. Meanwhile, other companies are going belly-up: Earlier this month, without warning, Defy Media shuttered operations, leaving the YouTube-centric company’s creator partners in the lurch.According to the Times, preliminary M&A talks among “a few” digital media companies — including BuzzFeed — have taken place to date.BuzzFeed is on track to generate over $300 million in revenue for 2018, up from $260 million last year (when the company missed its target of $350 million), the Times reported, citing anonymous sources.On Monday, in another attempt to build a new revenue stream, BuzzFeed News launched a recurring membership program, which it said is a new way for readers to support the website but not a prelude to a paywall business model.Under the new program, for $5 per month, “readers can support our journalism and receive exclusive emails” about major stories, new projects, and behind-the-scenes looks at the reporting behind the stories, BuzzFeed said. For $100 per year up-front, members also will receive a limited-edition BuzzFeed News tote bag, with additional merch to be introduced in the future. The monthly contribution plan will be available worldwide. More info is available at support.buzzfeednews.com. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Consolidation in the digital-media sector is looming as an inevitable outcome — and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said he’s interested in joining forces with other companies through potential mergers and acquisitions.Peretti’s theory is that if BuzzFeed were combined with other media companies, the new entity would be able to get better economic terms for advertising from internet giants Facebook and Google, he said in an interview with the New York Times published Monday.“If BuzzFeed and five of the other biggest companies were combined into a bigger digital media company, you would probably be able to get paid more money,” he said.Peretti cited four BuzzFeed competitors, saying, “You have Vice and Vox Media and Group Nine and Refinery. There’s tons of them that are doing interesting work.”