Tyendinaga Mohawk youth shutting down the highway of tears

first_imgAPTN National NewsGrade 8 students from the Quinte Mohawk public school just released a compelling album called, The Problem.For three weeks, the students collaborated on the project with musicians to create songs that educate, empower and inspire.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Facebook extends ban on hate speech to white nationalists

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is broadening its definition of hate speech to apply to “white nationalists” and “white separatists.”The company previously allowed posts from those groups even though it has long banned “white supremacists.”In a blog post Wednesday, the social network said it previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism, both of which are still allowed.But civil rights groups and academics called this view “misguided” and have long pressured the company to change its stance. Facebook says it concluded after months of “conversations” with them that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.The Associated Press read more

Top UN officials challenge delegates at Climate Change Conference to take action

The United Nations’ top officials today appealed to delegates from some 150 nations who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia to take urgent action to tackle global warming.“We simply cannot afford to fail our people by leaving this unique island without convergence of science and politics,” Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told the six heads of State and 144 government representatives attending the meeting.“The challenge you face is to tell the world that you want to change the direction of the world’s future into a low-emissions economy,” he said. “An economics-based response to climate change will yield numerous, tangible economic gains for all.”Mr. de Boer said participants should seize the opportunity at the Conference to kick-start formal negotiations, agree on a comprehensive agenda and set 2009 as the deadline for negotiations so that a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol can enter into effect in 2013.Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, stressed that the science is unequivocal about the warming of the climate system.The IPCC has also noted that the costs necessary to meet emissions targets by 2030 equate to less than three per cent of global GDP per year.Emphasizing the crucial rule of the UN in combating climate change, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said that “the multilateral system has been at the heart of facilitating, catalyzing and enabling a global response.”“What we are actually seeing here in Bali, what we have seen throughout the year of 2007, is that pointing to each other’s differences, focusing on one another’s failures and using those to stop us from acting is leading us down a tragic path,” Achim Steiner said.Global warming poses a major risk to food security, and increased hunger and malnutrition will result if action is not taken immediately, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Vulnerable people and food systems will be particularly affected,” he said, also speaking on behalf of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “People who are already vulnerable and food insecure are likely to become even more so.”Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned that efforts to mitigate climate change must take the alleviation of poverty into account.“Only if industrialization is pursued in a sustained manner can we hope to address climate protection in a way that is compatible economic growth and development,” he said, urging the widespread transfer of clean energy technologies to developing nations.Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, also appealed for leaders to incorporate sustainable development into efforts to combat climate change.“Unchecked, climate change may roll back hard-won progress on sustainable development,” he said. “The poorest in all society, especially in developing countries, are most at risk.”Adaptation measures to global warming must take into account that for the first time in human history, over half the world’s population lives in cities and towns, the head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) noted.“From time immemorial, human settlements have been determined by climate conditions,” Anna Tibaijuka said. Emphasizing the importance of the local dimension in halting global warming, she said “how we plan our cities, how we build our houses, our lifestyles in cities and towns, will come to determine the future.”Tourism is both a contributor to and a victim of global warming, Francisco Frangialli, Director-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), noted. He asked delegates to “not unfairly target tourism” for it role in climate change. “We satisfy needs that are just as essential.”Meanwhile, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) announced the creation of a new African centre for climate policy studies. The centre will be a joint collaboration between ECA and Mr. Pachauri’s The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) also spoke at today’s session.Also addressing delegates today, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said that lowering greenhouse gas emissions will have the dual effect of protecting the environment and allowing developing nations to grow their economies.Meanwhile, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) stressed the role that information communication technologies (ICT) can play in reducing emissions, such as its use in remote monitoring and the gathering of crucial scientific data. 12 December 2007The United Nations’ top officials today appealed to delegates from some 150 nations who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia to take urgent action to tackle global warming. read more

Canadas debtfuelled economy running on fumes Carney warns

Ottawa tightens mortgage rules to avert household debt crisis Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced a number of measures today to make it harder for people to buy or borrow on their homes. Read more OTTAWA — Canada’s relatively healthy economy has been largely based on borrowed money, but the situation cannot go on indefinitely, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney warned Thursday.The central bank governor’s stern words to a business audience in Halifax comes just hours after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty moved to clamp down on household lending by reducing the amortization period on mortgages to 25 years from 30, and by limiting home equity loans.Carney makes clear that he endorses the moves, calling them “prudent” and “timely” to support the long-term stability of the housing market and guard against financial excesses. [np-related]And although he repeats language used in the past, Carney also suggests he has no patience for the view that instead of raising interest rates his next move will be to cut the trendsetting policy setting from the current 1%, where it’s been since September 2010.“Our economy cannot … depend indefinitely on debt-fuelled household expenditures, particularly in an environment of modest income growth,” he said in notes of the speech released in Ottawa.“Notably, housing investment rose further in the first quarter, accounting for an unusually elevated share of the overall Canadian economy.”Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that household debt in relation to disposable income had reached a new record at 152%, but much of that was due to falling incomes rather than increased borrowing.Still, there’s evidence of consumer fatigue already. In a report issued Thursday, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell an above-consensus 0.5% in April.Carney said that if the current economic expansion in Canada continues, “some modest withdrawal” of monetary stimulus — interest rate hikes — may become appropriate.The governor has used similar language on interest rates before, most notably the last two policy setting dates, but markets are largely ignoring his warning given the darkening storm clouds gathering outside Canada’s borders.On Thursday, the CIBC suggested that Carney may have little choice but to keep interest rates where they are until 2014, assuming that’s the time the U.S. economy shows some signs of life.Carney gives every indication in his speech that he is worried about the global recovery, particularly the growing risk that Europe’s debt crisis will expand and set off a chain of events that lead to slower global growth, and possibly even a double-dip recession.Some of the risks around the European crisis are materializing, he said, and now the outlook is “skewed to the downside,” which means it is more likely the situation will get worse than improve.This is already impacting the global economy. Slow growth in advanced nations have slowed expansion in China and other emerging markets, which have supported what little global growth there is. For Canada, this has meant the price of commodities like oil that Canada sells to the world have fallen, although they remain elevated.But the real danger is of European contagion, which given the inter-dependent global financial markets, will hit Canada as well.Even Canada’s strong fundamentals won’t save us, Carney said.“Given the reality of global finance, it is not enough to have our house in order unless we seal ourselves off from the world,” he said. “And if we do that, we will end up much poorer.”Carney’s words echo those of Flaherty early in the day, when he warned that unless Europe acts quickly to contain the damage, Canadians will be in for a difficult summer.The government made clear the solutions will not be easy, nor will they be instant. He said policy-makers must work to get the structure of the global economy right, fix the European monetary union, move to resolve global imbalances between borrowing nations like the U.S. and creditor nations like China, and continue with financial reforms that will end “too-big-to-fail” banks and build resilient institutions. read more

All schools except flood affected to reopen on Monday

All schools in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces, except those affected by the floods will re-open on Monday.The Education Ministry said that 39 schools in the Southern province which were damaged during the floods or are being used as temporary shelters, will remain closed.

Firefighters turn out for Capt Tim Vails funeral

Hundreds of first responders from all over Ontario came out to pay their last respects to Niagara Falls Fire Captain Tim Vail.Vail lost his life on Remembrance Day while taking the family dogs for a walk. Vail died attempting to rescue one of hisdogs trapped in an old well.Vail was taking his dogs for a walk behind Prudhommes Landing in Vineland, the smaller dog got stuckin an old well. He attempted to rescue dog when he became trapped and suffered fatal injuries.Vail leaves his wife Samantha and children Tanner and Abbi.Vail became a paramedic in 1991, a few years later he joined the fire department but stayed on as a paramedicpart time. The Honour Guard of hundreds gave Tim Vail a final salute as the hearse carrying his body passed by.Many came to pay their final respects. read more

US unemployment benefit applications fall to 350000 still elevated by California backlog

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US unemployment benefit applications fall to 350,000, still elevated by California backlog WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week, though the total was elevated for the third straight week by technical problems in California.The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average jumped by nearly 11,000 to 348,250.Weekly applications have been inflated for the past three weeks, largely because California has been processing a huge number of applications that were delayed because of a computer upgrade. The 16-day partial government shutdown has also lifted claims this month because a number of government contractors were laid off temporarily.A government spokesman said the backlog in California affected last week’s figures but noted shutdown’s impact appears to be fading.Applications have declined for the past two weeks, suggesting California is working through its backlog. And in August, before all the distortions, applications had fallen to pre-recession levels. That indicated companies were cutting very few workers.Falling applications for unemployment benefits are typically followed by more hiring. But in recent months hiring has slowed, rather than accelerated.Employers added only 148,000 jobs in September, the government said Tuesday, down from 193,000 in August. The September jobs report was delayed 2 1/2 weeks because of the shutdown.Hiring has slowed since the beginning of the year: Job gains averaged 207,000 from January through March, but fell to 182,000 from April through June and dropped further to 143,000 from July through September.And hiring likely weakened further in October. Government contractors temporarily laid off workers. Other companies, such as restaurants and hotels located near national parks that were closed, also likely cut jobs.About 350,000 government workers were temporarily laid off during the shutdown, which ended on Oct. 16. Thursday’s report showed that more than 44,000 laid-off federal workers applied for benefits in the week ended Oct. 12, the latest data available. That’s down from 70,000 in the previous week. Applications by federal workers, however, are not included in the unemployment claims data.Most federal workers will have to repay the benefits once they receive back pay, but that varies according to state law.Nearly 3.9 million people were receiving unemployment aid in the week ended Oct. 5, the latest data available. That’s about 70,000 fewer than the previous week.Many economists estimate the shutdown cut about $25 billion from the economy. Several have lowered their forecasts for growth in the October-December quarter by a half-point to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 6:34 am MDT read more

Like father like son for Ohio State wrestlings Tom and Jake Ryan

OSU redshirt freshman Jake Ryan during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. OSU won 21-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State coach Tom Ryan has a special relationship with all of his wrestlers, but he might be forgiven for admitting he has a closer bond than usual with redshirt freshman Jake Ryan.The two share more than a last name. They also share blood ties, being father and son.Jake Ryan joined the team last season after coming to OSU by way of Olentangy Liberty High School, where he was a star wrestler.Tom Ryan has been the wrestling coach at OSU since 2006, having come from Hofstra University, where he spent 11 years at the helm. Before that, he was an assistant at Indiana and a standout wrestler at Iowa.It’s no wonder his son picked up the sport.“He definitely introduced me to it, but he never forced me and never made me do anything,” Jake Ryan said. “It is a big factor as to why I fell in love with the sport. When you’re pushed really hard like that from a father’s aspect, it makes the sport less fun.”He started wrestling at age 6 while the family was living in New York.Tom Ryan developed a sharp eye for skill through his years of coaching, and even when his son was in elementary school, he recognized that Jake had talent.“He was strong and stayed in good position,” the coach said. “You hope that at some point he loves it enough to continue to do it at this level. There is only one way to continue at this level. You have to have some sort of love for it.”Jake Ryan was Olentangy Liberty’s first two-time state placer, and despite being recruited by universities like Duke, he said he had no doubt he would wear scarlet and gray.Being in such close proximity to his family was a huge factor in his decision to come to OSU. They are never far away whenever he wants a home-cooked meal or to visit his siblings.OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOf the four children in the Ryan family, only Jake has taken up competitive wrestling at the collegiate level. His younger brother, Teague, died at the age of 5 of a congenital heart condition, which is shared by his older brother, Jordan. The family also has a daughter, Mackenzie, who is 15.The youngest Ryan son showed great promise in the eyes of his father before he died.“Not only do I have a son on the team, but I have another son who wrestled, as well, that had equally, if not more, talent as a young kid that never got the opportunity to do this,” the coach said. “It puts both (himself and Jake) in a very unique scenario.”Tom Ryan said he thinks his family’s situation — losing an athletically gifted son, yet still having another one able to wrestle collegiately —  transpired in an unlikely manner.“It makes the scenario almost one in a million,” the coach said. Even through tragedy, both Jake and Tom Ryan have persevered to earn their way to this point. The coach led the Buckeyes to their first team title last season, and his son has wrestled his way into the top 25 in the nation at the 157-pound class with a 13-2 record this season.Both of the Ryans said they feel fortunate to have this chance before them.“We are both extremely grateful,” the coach said. read more

Remarriage on the rise as over50s buck the decline

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Many will have weathered the last big recession and seen their careers and their wealth rebound.“That’s particularly true of men who might be more advanced in careers than their female counterparts.”Nicola Haines, of the vital statistics outputs branch, Office for National Statistics, said: “Despite this overall decline, marriages at older ages rose; the number of weddings increased for men aged 50 and over and women aged 35 to 39 years and 45 and over.“This is the first full year for which marriages were available for same-sex couples and they accounted for 2.6 per cent of all marriages.” Re-marriage in later life is on the rise as over-50s buck the trend of declining marriage rates. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in 2015 marriage rates for opposite-sex couples were the lowest on record.A total of 239,020 marriages of opposite-sex couples took place in 2015, a 3.4 per cent drop from 2014.But older couples are going against the grain. The number of weddings increased for men aged 50 and over and women aged 35 to 39 years and 45 and over, the ONS said.”In general, marriage rates among older people have been increasing over recent years and falling at younger ages,” the report said. “Men and women aged under 20 have recorded the largest percentage decrease in marriage rates since 2005 (56 per cent for men and 66 per cent for women).”Relationship charity Relate suggested that plummeting rates could be down to the “rising cost of marriage”. “It’s also possible that many people are now prioritising other things over getting married, such as education, starting a family, buying a house and going travelling. This could also be a reason for the rising average age of marriage,” said chief executive Chris Sherwood.  Harry Benson, research director of the  Marriage Foundation, said the decline in teen marriage was “no bad thing”.”Teens have least experience of the world at large and the stats confirm that those who marry in their teens are by far the most likely to split up,” he said. “However the similarly abrupt collapse of marriage among those in their early twenties is a far more serious problem. The current acceptability of cohabitation means that too many potentially fragile couples move in together too soon and get stuck and too many strong couples wait in a no-man’s land of unspoken ambiguity and uncertainty.”Women’s average age at marriage reached 35 for the first time ever. It has been rising since the early 1970s, when it was around 26.  The figures show that divorcees have in particular have embraced the later-life marriage, with the number of divorced men aged over 55 re-marrying reaching 25,000 for the first time ever, while the number of widowers re-marrying has fallen from a recent high of 4,343 in 2003 to 3,430 in 2015.Abigail Lowther, associate solicitor with Hall Brown Family Law, said: “Men and women have realised that neither advancing years nor the heartbreak of divorce should necessarily be an obstacle to enjoying what’s left of their lives.last_img read more

The Burning Question Should you drink hot drinks on a hot day

first_img Yes, it actually cools you down (2764) No. How could you even? (1651) WE KNOW HOW you feel.It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: The summer gods are still blessing us with some sunshine and heat so it got us thinking about our usual eating and drinking habits.Across the Atlantic, once the change of season comes, Americanos and Earl Greys get swapped out for iced teas and coffees. But, here, we seem to stick with our hot cuppa. Are we wrong?Should you drink hot drinks on a hot day? Caffeine, baby. (1613)center_img Poll Results: Yes, it actually cools you downNo. How could you even?Caffeine, baby.Votelast_img read more

Astronomers accurately measure how much the universe has cooled since the Big

first_imgWhenever you dream of rising through military ranks to become the captain of your very own space battlecruiser, you probably have fantasies about telling your XO to throw a traitorous crew member out of the airlock, executing that crew member by exposing them to the harsh conditions of space. Movies tend to portray space exposure in a handful of ways: suffocation, people’s eyes or head exploding, or a flash freezing of the entire body. Astronomers took to science to explore one of those three effects, and thankfully, it didn’t have to do with suffocating people or making their eyes explode out of their heads. Rather, they used a telescope array in Australia to take the temperature of the universe.The international team of astronomers used the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The array is composed of six antennas, measuring in at 22 meters each. The theory of the Big Bang states that as the universe expands, the temperature cools, and the team of astronomers have now accurately found out just how much.In order to get an accurate temperature reading, the astronomers set their sights on gas from a galaxy 7.2 billion light years away from Earth, and how that gas affects the radio waves coming from an even farther galaxy. The gas absorbed some energy from the radio waves from the other galaxy, which in turn left a signature that helped the astronomers calculate a temperature: -267.92 degrees Celsius (-450.256 Fahrenheit).Because of how light can’t instantly travel across vast distances, that temperature is an accurate measurement of how cool it was when the universe was about half its current age. Currently, the universe measures in at -270.27 degrees Celsius (-454.486 Fahrenheit). The three or so degree difference between the universe now and the universe around 7 billion years ago not only shows that the universe is indeed cooling as time goes on, but provides an estimate as to how much.Though three degrees of cooling in an infinitely vast, mostly desolate wasteland may not seem like it matters very much, the accurate reading does corroborate the portion of the Big Bang theory that suggests the universe cools over time.last_img read more

PASOK chief tries to hold party together

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos was on Thursday trying to contain a rebellion within his fragile party, the second largest in the governing coalition, following the departure of a prominent party official and an MP and indications that another five lawmakers were considering voting down an austerity package when it comes to Parliament next week. Michalis Kassis, an MP for the northwestern city of Ioannina, said he would resign and continue as an independent MP, meaning that the seat cannot be filled by another PASOK lawmaker. A few hours later Marilena Xenogiannakopoulou, a former deputy minister and party secretary, announced she was leaving PASOK, saying the party had become “a small faction of the center left.” Kassis’s resignation, which reduces PASOK’s parliamentary group to 32, followed a vehement session between Venizelos and his MPs on Wednesday night when the Socialist chief said that anyone who voted against the austerity package would be thrown out of the party. Apart from Kassis another five MPs –- Costas Skandalidis, Theodora Tzakri, Markos Bolaris, Theodoros Parastatidis and Yiannis Koutsoukos — refused to clarify their stance. Venizelos called Wednesday’s meeting after half his MPs voted against a bill aimed at facilitating privatizations. He was absent from the vote on the bill, which passed narrowly. Venizelos is expected to face a leadership challenge in coming weeks. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

2 dogs saved from apartment fire in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two small dogs are now safe after being trapped in an apartment fire in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded just before 11:30 a.m. to the scene of the fire near Northeast 18th Court and Dixie Highway, Thursday.No people were inside the apartment at the time of the fire.The dogs are now being cared for by the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Pandora Challenges College Students For Social Impact

first_imgNews Twitter Can Music Analytics Also Promote Charity? pandora-challenges-college-students-social-impact Email Facebook Partnering with Real Industry, the Pandora Challenge is holding star-powered events at five universities to leverage music data for good causesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 9, 2017 – 12:07 pm GRAMMY winners Jack Antonoff and Common, along with BloodPop and Manchester Orchestra are participating with five universities in Pandora Challenge: Music & Social Impact events, held in conjunction with Real Industry. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 25, 2017 – 10:00 am How ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ inspired Jack Antonoff Pandora Challenges College Students For Social Impact The hands-on workshops provide students with access to data from Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform and Next Big Sound and coaches them through outreach and communication strategies to make a difference for important good causes.Common will be at New York University’s workshop on Oct. 11. On Oct. 21 Antonoff’s workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell to promote The Ally Coalition for LGBT equality. Other workshops in the series included BloodPop’s Oct. 4 event at University of Southern California and Manchester Orchestra on Oct. 9 at Middle Tennessee State University.The Oct. 9 event promotes the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation’s work on behalf of Ewing sarcoma cancer sufferers. “It’s about being a part of something that is bigger than you can even comprehend … helping people,” said Manchester Orchestra lead guitarist Andy Hull.A fifth workshop is scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Stanford University Innovation Fellows Conference.”The energy and love of music the students possess is an incredibly powerful combination,” said head of Next Big Sound Alex White. “With help from our partners at Real Industry, we’re not only harnessing that combination for a good cause but also giving students experience and knowledge they can use to jumpstart their careers in the music industry.”Roger Lynch Talks Pandora’s Future, Guitar, Streaming CompetitionRead morelast_img read more

Genesis and Kia dominate JD Power Initial Quality Study again in 2019

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better null More about 2019 Genesis G70 More From Roadshow Genesis Kia Porsche Review • 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter Preview • 2019 Genesis G70: Korea’s answer to the BMW 3 Series 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter 22 Photoscenter_img 2019 Genesis G90 review: Luxury’s most screaming deal? Share your voice 0 Car Industry The cars with the best initial quality in 2019, according to J.D. Power Enlarge ImageGenesis builds some darn fine cars, and buyers are clearly paying attention to that. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study takes an annual look at new cars and polls owners about issues with their vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership, covering all parts of the ownership experience. Last year, Korea’s three marques — Genesis, Hyundai and Kia — landed in the top three slots of the study, and this year, things don’t appear all that different.Genesis has come out on top in the 2019 Initial Quality Study (IQS), J.D. Power announced on Wednesday. Its ranking of 63 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) is the best of any automaker, but Kia and Hyundai were hot on its heels with scores of 70 PP100 and 71 PP100, respectively. The next-best automakers were Ford (83), Lincoln (84), Chevrolet (85) and Nissan (86). The industry average was 93 problems per 100 vehicles.The gap between Korean and other automakers continues to widen, comparing this data with last year’s, which J.D. Power partially attributes to improvements in infotainment and electronics, areas that can be frustrating for many new owners. On the whole, infotainment problems appear to be decreasing, according to J.D. Power, while advanced driver-assist systems are growing increasingly complex, subjecting cars to great scrutiny from owners.jd-power-iqs-2019Enlarge ImageHere are the automaker-level breakdowns for this year’s IQS. J.D. Power New cars appear to receive greater complaints, likely because they pack more newfangled technology than carryover models do. According to J.D. Power, vehicles launched in 2019 had an average rating of 103 problems per 100 vehicles, the best it’s ever been, but it’s still above carryover models’ average score of 91.Domestic automakers hover around the industry average, but Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Dodge and Buick all beat the mean score of 93. European brands, on the other hand, are all below the industry average. Land Rover and Jaguar are at the bottom of the barrel, with scores of 123 and 130, respectively. Credit where it’s due, though: Both automakers have improved their scores since last year. What’s interesting is that, despite Porsche’s below-average score of 96 as a brand, the Porsche 911 took home the honor of being the least problematic vehicle across the industry (by J.D. Power’s metrics, at least), with a score of 58 problems per 100 vehicles. The IQS also breaks its scores down by vehicle segments, and Hyundai took home six model-level awards, more than any other automaker. General Motors picks up five awards, while BMW is right behind it with three. You can take a look at all the individual winners in the gallery below. Tagslast_img read more

Former MLAs kin rams car into tree hurt

first_imgHyderabad: Alampur former MLA SA Sampath Kumar’s daughter Deepika on Friday escaped with minor injuries when her speeding car hit a tree after crossing the divider. According to Moinabad Police, the incident occurred when she tried to escape a bike and rammed into the right side of the divider and hit a tree with high speed. The incident took place after crossing the Azizpur village in Moinabad mandal. According to reports, she was on her way to college from Manikonda. She was rushed to a private hospital by the locals for treatment. However, Deepika and her family members are yet to react on this incident.last_img read more

Entrepreneur and Fitness Sensation Sky Sins Launches Premium Fitness Supplements in India

first_imgSky Sins isn’t just an influencer or model. He’s an the founder and CEO of the premium direct-to-consumer nutrition brand called Physique Collection by Sky and he’s people achieve their fitness goals in a healthy way.There are more people than ever that are concerned about their well-being all around the world, but that hasn’t stopped a massive counterfeit supplement industry from emerging in India. Approximately 70% of the dietary supplements that are sold in India are fake according to a study conducted by ASSOCHAM-RNCOS. The manufacturers of these fake products use harmful, unapproved chemicals that put the youth of the country at risk.Sky Sins wants to change that. After all, this isn’t the first time that he has broken the mold. Many Indian men aren’t known to build muscle, which is why many of their fitness influencers often only achieve local success. Sky Sins is of Indian origin but was born in Kenya, grew up in South Africa and lived and worked in the United States of America. He has managed to prove his worth to international brands such as Guess, Phillip Plein and Diesel, and he was also voted one of Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest Men of 2019 in South Africa.Sky understands what it’s like to overcome the doubters and break stereotypes that currently exist. He wants to make sure that his customers can continue to be their best selves, while also being true to themselves – and that requires an effective and ethical product that they can trust.One of the reasons that Physique Collection by Sky has been so successful is because Sky Sins was able to implement a direct-to-consumer model. This means Sky’s products are sold exclusively on his e-commerce website skysins.com without any third-party retailers, wholesalers or middlemen involved. Taking control of that customer relationship allows his company to provide a “level of high quality service and the guarantee of genuine products” says Sky.Sins also has a significant social media audience with a following of over 700,000 people. His content is emotionally engaging, educational and highly motivational. The sheer power of his personal brand helped to ensure the success of Physique Collection, which already had 15,000 pre-orders before his supplements even officially launched! His followers have posted thousands of reviews praising the products and it’s superior quality all over social media andUnlike traditional supplement companies who rely on sponsoring various ambassadors to promote their products, Sky only develops and releases products he “actually believes in and uses everyday”. His fans understand his genuine desire to make sure that India has real supplements that they can rely on, rather than having to distinguish between real and fake products. Sins has a genuine connection to his fans and wants them to be as healthy as possible.For Sky, this isn’t just a business opportunity. “I know what it was like to be a beginner in the fitness industry and be so confused with what to take” recalls Sky. It’s this direct model and Sky’s authentic connection to his followers that has allows Physique Collection by Sky to thrive.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

What To Expect from Crunchyrolls Fall Season

first_imgStay on target Cut the Cord and Subscribe to These Streaming TV ServicesBest Horror Anime Available For Streaming Crunchyroll Announces Fall Lineup, A New Convention, and LeSean Thomas ShowIf you ever want to watch ad-free, high definition anime aired minutes after it debuts in Japan, Crunchyroll is where you go. The streaming service, which also offers manga and the ability to watch shows on a variety of devices (including phones and video game consoles), revealed its fall lineup at New York Comic Con. And boy has it got something for everybody.First up: Izetta: The Last Witch. Not to be confused with The Last Witch Hunter (or The Last Samurai or The Final Sacrifice), the alternate World War II-set show premiered this past Saturday at 11:45 am ET. Aand yes, it takes place in an alternate history around the beginning of the Second World War, in a German-ish country, being invaded by another German-ish country, called Germania. And, wouldn’t you know it, only the last witch on earth can save everything. A trailer showed off characters saying things like “The princess is our last hope.” And I’m pretty sure I saw a character named Sieg. And one named Bassler. The animation looked pretty good, but the character design was very cutesy. Then again, so was Madoka and that show went into some dark territory. If you want to see a witch riding what looked a giant gun through the sky, you could check out Izetta on Saturday mornings, or you could just play Valkyria Chronicles.Izetta: The Last Witch via YouTubeNext: Bungo Stray Dogs, Season 2, which airs Wednesdays at 1:35 am ET. It takes place in modern-day Japan, where the members of the Armed Detective Agency handle everything from solving crimes to guarding bodies. It’s based on a manga from Kadokawa Publishing and a light novel, both of which are coming out later this year. Similar to ClassicaLoid, an anime based on musicians, the characters of Bungo Stray Dogs, are based on literary authors from literature. Most characters from the first season, like Edogawa Rampo, were from Japanese literature. But at the end of the first season, F. Scott Fitzgerald showed up. Here’s the further twist: they all have super powers based on a major work of theirs. So, F. Scott’s secret power is that…wait for it…he’s very, very rich. And his power has a name: the Great Gatsby. Which is kinda great. Trailer quote highlights include “That city will be mine” and “All who oppose us must be annihilated into oblivion!”Oh, and “Who are you people?” “Enemies to bad people.”After that, the crowd got a taste for Yuri On Ice, which airs Wednesdays at 1 pm ET. No, its not an H-show. It’s a sports anime about being and doing your best. The main character is Yuri, a disgraced former Olympic figure skater who meets a coach who pulls him back into the world of competition. And you know, it actually looked pretty good. No, doe-eyed, disturbingly young little girls here. Just manly dudes shredding the ice. The animation was detailed and fluid, and the overall atmosphere was classy. No J-Pop ballads, just a tinkly little piano, and some well-animated dancing and spinning, based on footage of real ice skaters. And it’s directed by Sayo Yamamoto, who also directed Michiko to Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.Yuri On Ice via YouTubeAfter that unique title, we went back to the type of show that everyone thinks of when they think of anime: Magical Girl Raising Project. It airs Saturdays at 12:15 pm ET. In this show, there’s a city that has too many magical girls! So of course, they must battle to see who can remain a magical girl! It involves playing a mobile RPG with super-deformed characters. Can you say “otaku bait”?Then we got a look at Nanbaka, which airs Tuesdays at 3:30 pm ET. It takes place on an island prison, where no one has escaped. The prison looks very glittery. The main characters are four prisoners, and it looks like they go on lots of wacky hijinx. Will it be better than Superjail? Or Oz? Probably not. But you can read the Nanbaka manga right now on Crunchyroll’s app!Finally, Drifters. It premieres Oct. 7 at 4 pm ET. (TODAY!) The protagonist is a samurai transported to a place where he has to battle other legendary warriors. It’s from the creator of Hellsing, and you tell because everyone was huge, scratchy eyes and they’re all scowling. The trailer has a deliberately slow pace, with the samurai, dripping with blood, droning, “I’m going home…to Satsuma.” It was very moody. Then it looked like he suddenly appeared in a weird Matrix-y place, with a guy sitting behind a desk reading a newspaper. Then there was some more confusing imagery involving a female ninja and an evil woman taunting the man behind the desk. There was a lot of talking. Hopefully, there’s some action in this anime about dueling warriors.Drifters via YouTubeBut there’s more besides the new fall shows. There’s also JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Digimon Try, and Nyanbo! a show that mixes live-action cats with CG box-cat characters. At this point, I think my soul left my body and entered Cute Heaven. I’m dead now. Sayonara.Just kidding. The panel also reminded us that Crunchyroll is the new digital home, both dubs and subs, of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, an Actual Great Anime. If you haven’t seen it, think of it as an animated Final Fantasy VI. And if you don’t know what that means, go play Final Fantasy VI, an Actual Great Game. It’s worth mentioning FMA: Brotherhood‘s premiere on Crunchyroll on Oct. 3 broke the site.As if that wasn’t enough, Crunchyroll announced the creation of a new anime convention in New York City, called AnimeNYC. There are no other details to share yet, but it’ll happen sometime in 2017, and it’s “powered by Crunchyroll.”And in case you missed it, LeSean Thomas, a South Bronx native and co-director on shows like Black Dynamite, The Boondocks, and Legend of Korra, is working on an anime with Japanese animators and directors called Children of Ether (LINK). It looks bomb.Don’t miss any of these shows. Sign up for your free 30 day trial on Crunchyroll now!last_img read more

Want To Feel Happier Today Try Talking To A Stranger

first_imgOne day, during a daily train ride, he noticed something paradoxical. People — social creatures — were basically ignoring one another. Why, he wondered, if connecting with others makes us happy, do we so often avoid it? Social anxiety, however, could be preventing these types of interactions, says Nicholas Epley, a University of Chicago behavioral scientist. Read the whole story: NPR B) Pull out your cellphone. The doors open wide, you enter, and they close behind you. As the elevator begins its ascent, you realize it’s just you and one other person taking this ride. The silence soon grows uncomfortable. D) Initiate chitchat. …center_img A) Stare at your shoes. C) Make brief eye contact. … Kipling Williams, a Purdue University psychologist, studied how people felt when a young woman walked by them and either made eye contact, made eye contact while smiling, or completely ignored them. Even brief eye contact increased people’s sense of inclusion and belonging. Pop quiz. What’s your go-to move?last_img read more

US unseals indictments against leaders of Colombia drug gang

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unsealed indictments against 17 alleged leaders of Colombia’s largest cocaine-trafficking organization in a move seeking to shore up bilateral cooperation in the drug war.The charges against members of the so-called Usuga clan were announced in Bogota by U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer of Miami.Standing alongside President Juan Manuel Santos, Ferrer said the indictments in federal courts in New York and Miami seek to dismantle a violent group that smuggles hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States. Beginning in 2002 and continuing through this year, the group relied on an army of armed enforcers to transport cocaine through lawless parts of the country and oversee its shipment out of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador on clandestine flights and go-fast boats to Central America, where it gradually worked its way north.Colombian authorities in recent weeks have stepped up pressure on the group, arresting dozens of top leaders near the Gulf of Uraba along the border with Panama where the criminal gang has long reigned.The group’s top leader, Dairo Antonio Usuga, better known by the alias “Otoniel,” has so far eluded capture despite a nationwide manhunt involving more than 1,000 police officers. The U.S. has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.If captured and convicted in the U.S., he faces life imprisonment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more