Our Watch: Touch Football Australia (TFA) to partner with the NRL to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) will be partnering with the National Rugby League (NRL) to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society as part of the national Our Watch program. The NRL was one of four National Sporting Organisations to receive grants of $250,000 each under the Our Watch Sports Engagement program, funded through the Australian Government’s Sports Grant Bank. The program provides $1 million in grant funding to National Sporting Organisations to deliver programs and promotions towards the prevention of violence against women and children. TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said the organisation is looking forward to working in collaboration through its partnership with the NRL to deliver programs and educational activities as well as build capacity and expertise to prevent violence against women and their children. “The sport of Touch Football provides a unique environment where both genders can participate in sport on the same playing field at the same time,” he said. “This provides an environment that exposes and promotes equality as well as fair, inclusive and respectful behaviours and attitudes both on and off the playing field.“The work we propose to conduct through the grant funding with the NRL will assist our respective sporting codes to more effectively embed gender equality and respectful relationships into and across our networks and communities.”“The NRL could not be clearer on this matter…there is no place for domestic violence in our games or society,” NRL Head of Community, Adam Check said. “The partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will ensure that we can continue to raise awareness of the need to stop violence against women and support educational programs to drive behavioural change.”  TFA has appointed Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as Touch Football’s Ambassador for the program. “Tony’s experience working across the sport across at all levels and genders and the respect and profile that he holds in the Touch Football community will be invaluable in delivering messages in this very important area,” Maguire said. More information on the work of Our Watch and the Sports Engagement Program can be found on www.ourwatch.org.au. Victims of domestic and family violence and / or sexual assault, as well as their family and friends can contact 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au.Related LinksOur Watchlast_img read more

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Black day in constitutional history union of states idea in danger Cong

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 5 (PTI) Describing the revoking of Article 370 as a “black day” in the country’s constitutional history, the Congress on Monday alleged that the government “dismembered” Jammu and Kashmir by “mischievously misinterpreting” articles in the Constitution, and cautioned that the idea of India as a union of states is in “grave danger”. The government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram alleged that the Modi dispensation’s move amounted to “constitutional monstrosity” and the decision marks the “beginning of the disintegration of India if the government continues on this path”. Flanked by leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and other opposition leaders, Chidambaram told reporters outside Parliament: “We anticipated a misadventure, but did not think in our wildest dreams that they will take such a catastrophic step.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Today is a black day in the constitutional history of India,” he said. Azad, in his remarks, accused the BJP of taking the decision “for votes”. and also alleged that the saffron party is “playing” with unity and integrity of the state. “A border state, which is culturally, geographically, historically and politically different was bound together by Article 370. Drunk on power and to get votes, the BJP govt scrapped 3-4 things in one stroke,” Azad said. He said that since morning, the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), CPI, DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Kerala Congress, Samajwadi Party, Kerala’s Muslim League, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), has been protesting and will continue do so against this “black law”. “We will keep fighting both inside and outside Parliament,” Azad said. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Azad said the entire Kashmir Valley is under curfew and three former chief ministers of the state and political leaders have been placed under house arrest. He called for the situation to be discussed first but Naidu allowed Shah to move the resolution. Chidambaram told reporters that the government has not simply got rid of Article 370, but has also “dismembered” the state of Jammu and Kashmir by “mischievously misinterpreting Article 3 and Article 370 of the Constitution”. “If this can be done to Jammu and Kashmir let me caution you that this can be done to every other state in India. All that they have to do is dismiss the elected government, impose President’s rule, dissolve the elected assembly, Parliament takes the power of the state assembly. The government moves a resolution, Parliament approves it and the state can be dismembered,” Chidambaram said. He claimed that every state can be broken up and Union territories can be created out of the states by the “mischievous interpretation” of Article 3 and 370. “It will not stop here. What they have done is a constitutional monstrosity. People of India and people of every state must wake up to the grave danger that is set as an example today by these completely unconstitutional and illegal resolutions,” Chidambaram said. “I want to warn, every party, every state and every citizen in India that the idea of India as a union of states is in grave danger. They can dismember every state and break it up. This is the beginning of the disintegration of India if this government continues on this path,” he said, adding that this was “the worst day” in the constitutional history of India. Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said that legally, as per proviso to Article 370(3) of the Constitution, it cannot be scrapped by the President without the recommendation of the state assembly. Currently there is no valid assembly and the BJP has been avoiding elections, scrapping Article 370 in current manner is “unconstitutional”, he said in a tweet. He also cited a Supreme Court judgement to drive home his point and added that probably the “era of law and Constitution is over”. Meeting a long-held promise of the BJP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, will no longer be applicable. “The president on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative… ,” stated the resolution moved by the Home minister. Shah also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.last_img read more

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Singapore jails Indian for giving police false info

first_imgSingapore: An Indian national has been jailed for two weeks for falsely accusing two persons of forcing her into prostitution as she did not want her husband to find out how she was earning a living in Singapore. Kalaiselvi Murugiyan (24) made a police report last year claiming that a man and a woman had forced her to become a prostitute, The Straits Times reported on Tuesday. She pleaded guilty to giving false information to Police Inspector Mohamed Raffiq Mohamed Ishak of the Central Police Division. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCourt documents did not say what she was working as in Singapore. The court heard that Kalaiselvi went to the Rochor Neighbourhood Police Centre on November 1 last year to make a report. She was referred to the Central Police Division to have her statement recorded. The Specialised Crime Branch then investigated the case. Deputy Public Prosecutor Grace Goh told the court that Kalaiselvi lied to Inspector Raffiq while giving her statement at the Police Cantonment Complex on November 1. The man and woman were later arrested. Kalaiselvi owned up to her lies at around 2.30 pm the next day. Kalaiselvi, who was not represented by a lawyer, told District Judge Christopher Tan on Tuesday that she did not want to go to jail. She pleaded for forgiveness and said she had to take care of her family members in India. Before handing down the sentence, Judge Tan stressed that two persons had been falsely implicated and arrested as a result of her lies. “Valuable police resources were wasted,” he said. For giving false information to a police officer, Kalaiselvi could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to SGD 5,000.last_img read more

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Mediterranean Days on Water Information Systems

first_imgRabat – A gathering on Water Information Systems will take place at the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat, in order to prepare for the meeting scheduled for the 20 & 21 March 2014. The meeting will focus on Water Information Systems in the Mediterranean region.Obviously, water is the most vital natural resource for our own survival, thus preserving it is crucial. Achieving this objective requires more involvement from water users and those participating in the management of water resources by raising awareness and providing information about this resource. The key is the use of, Water Information System (WIS), which allows the following: the production, the collection, the archiving, the development, and the availability of data around this natural resource.What is a WIS? What’s its composing? How can we implement it? What are the available technologies required for such a system? What are the existing experiences in this area? And what would be the opportunities and at the same time the limits of development?The answer to these questions and many more will be given and explained by the Moroccan Association of Young Geometricians (MAYG) at the gathering organized under the theme of: “Water Information Systems: Innovations, Challenges and Prospects,” on Saturday, November 7th, 2013 at the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat, starting from 9am.It should be noted that the MAYG is organizing this gathering, not only for a better exchange, but also to pave the way for the International Congress “WIS Med’s Day” (Water Information System Med Day’s) set in 2014.last_img read more

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The NFL Is No League For Old Men

Miami6 Carolina6 Arizona8 You could hardly find a group of people less likely to share an ethos with the counterculture movement of the 1960s than NFL decision makers. But increasingly, they don’t seem to trust anyone over the age of 30, either.In 2007, there were 201 players — not including kickers and punters — over 30 who started at least eight games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.1Pro-Football-Reference.com gives a player’s age for the season as the age he was on Dec. 31 of that season. That number was down to 133 last season, equating to roughly four per team. That’s a drop of 33.8 percent. Buffalo6 Could there be a market inefficiency in older players today, similar to the one that Allen exploited nearly 50 years ago? It seems like Jon Gruden is determined to find out. Last year, the Raiders had eight 30-something starters, tied with Arizona for the league high. A total of six — safety Reggie Nelson, tackle Donald Penn, running back Marshawn Lynch, tight ends Jared Cook and Lee Smith, and defensive end Bruce Irvin — remain. And the team has added linebacker Derrick Johnson (36 this year), safety Marcus Gilchrist (30) and wideout Jordy Nelson (33) as projected starters. Plus, the team signed 32-year-old Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last week to fortify an injury-depleted defensive backfield. Gruden was surprised that he was even available.“Somebody that has a history in this league,” the Raiders coach said to The Fresno Bee. “He’s got a lot of clout, and a lot of people know who he is. We’re hoping we can rejuvenate him and get him acclimated to our defense and potentially utilize his skills he’s proven for a long time.”So it seems like the Raiders are set to put a lot more gray into the Silver and Black. For that, in today’s NFL, they don’t have much competition. Roster construction appears to be a big factor. Last year, the eight division winners spent an average of 52.1 percent of their total salary cap on their top 10 players.2The Saints spent the lowest share on their best players at 42.4 percent, but that was due largely to one of the most productive rookie classes in history. And players on rookie contracts, which span up to five years when including option years for first-rounders, are huge bargains relative to their level of on-field production. That left only about half the available money for 80 percent of those teams’ rosters. This would mean that a lot of minimum contracts are being used to fill in the gaps — and because minimum salaries increase according to service time, only the elite 30-somethings may be surviving.This isn’t necessarily the wrong strategy. Once they hit 30, average players are either in the midst of or rapidly approaching the downside of their careers. Data shows that players at all positions generally see performance declines by age 30, with players’ peak ages ranging from 24 for running backs to 28 for most offensive linemen and quarterbacks. The subsequent declines are gradual from year to year, but the result is pronounced for all positions. So teams seem to be prioritizing younger players who are hitting their peak or ascending at the expense of veterans.There are certainly high-profile examples of older players still at the top of their game. But even the New England Patriots, who have been witness to the age-defying brilliance of 41-year-old Tom Brady, haven’t stockpiled older players. Brady was joined by only three other Pats players 30 or older who started at least eight games last year: Danny Amendola, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. And the Patriots let Amendola leave via free agency to the Dolphins.Teams in the past have bucked this trend, though. The George Allen-coached Washington teams in the 1970s were nicknamed “The Over-The-Hill Gang” after they systematically traded draft picks for veterans. In 1971, the average age of Allen’s starters was 29.4, and the team had 11 starters over the age of 30. But Washington won nine games that season and 11 the following year, in which they regularly started nine 30-somethings en route to the NFC championship. Baltimore7 Teams that had the most players age 30 or older who started at least eight games last season TeamNo. Players Age 30+ Cincinnati7 Oakland8 Excludes kickers and puntersSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com read more

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OSU to forfeit its share of Big Ten payment from Sugar Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS– Ohio State announced its decision to forfeit its share of the Big Ten’s payment for playing in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, athletic director Gene Smith said after OSU’s meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The highly-anticipated meeting, which took place in the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis Friday, lasted about four hours and let out around 12:45 p.m. President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, director of compliance Doug Archie, coach Luke Fickell, faculty athletics representative and psychology professor, Dr. John Bruno, and Chris Culley and Julie Vanatta from the university’s Office of Legal Affairs counsel attended the Friday meeting. In addition to forfeiting its $388,811 share in the Big Ten’s payment for the Sugar Bowl, OSU has already administered self-imposed penalties, which include vacating the 2010 season and Sugar Bowl victory and a two-year NCAA probationary term. Four OSU football players — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas — are also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after selling Buckeye football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Linebacker Jordan Whiting received a one-game ban. Former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor had also received a five-game suspension before departing the university on June 7 to pursue a professional career. With the ball now in the NCAA’s court, OSU students, faculty, staff and the rest of Buckeye Nation await the Committee’s ruling. Smith made a closing statement stating that the university expects the committee’s report in eight to 12 weeks. Smith said the committee had many questions about the case. “As expected, the committee had numerous relevant questions about the issues in the case, which I believe the institution answered thoroughly and thoughtfully,” Smith said in the statement. Smith also said the university plans to continue working with the NCAA until the issues surrounding OSU are resolved. “Following this hearing, we will be working with the NCAA staff to move forward to wrap up our inquiry into any remaining issues,” Smith said. “…We now look forward to working together so that we can conclude this follow-up work as quickly as possible.” Gee, who declined to comment after the meeting but released a statement which said he felt OSU was treated fairly and that the committee gave them “ample time to share their perspective.” Former coach Jim Tressel, who was forced to resign due to mounting pressure after failing to self-report NCAA infractions, also attended. Tressel also released a statement, saying the meeting was constructive. He also apologized once again to Buckeye Nation. “Again, I would like to apologize to the Buckeye Nation, most especially to the players, staff and fans who remain so dear to me,” Tressel said in the statement. Should the NCAA announce its final ruling during the eight to 12 week window Smith mentioned, the announcement would arrive sometime during a four-game stretch in which the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska and Illinois in consecutive weeks before hosting Wisconsin and Indiana.  OSU opens the 2011 season on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against the Akron Zips. Stay tuned to thelantern.com for more updates. Pat Brennan contributed to this story. read more

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Commentary What Ohio State must do Beating the Badgers requires full team

Suddenly back in the thick of the Big Ten conference championship race, the Ohio State football team has near-control over its own destiny despite a 1-2 conference record. Assuming Penn State will lose at least one of its conference games against Illinois, Nebraska or Wisconsin, OSU can win out and earn a trip to the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. But that begins this week against a bitter Badger brigade. Offense The offense may have an easier task than the defense this week as they face a Wisconsin defense that gave up 399 total yards against Michigan State last weekend. However, less than one-third of that was on the ground, and Daniel “Boom” Herron is the Buckeyes’ best threat. Expect Herron to get plenty of carries again this week, as the Buckeyes have won 21-of-24 contests in which he has crossed the goal line. Braxton Miller likely isn’t going to throw any miracle Hail Marys this week. However, he will need to complete more than one pass and will need to be effective in doing so if the offense is going to function against the Badgers. The Buckeyes got by the Illini by solely rushing the ball, but Wisconsin has a better defense and will have a gameplan to stop the run with plenty of rushing film to analyze. The biggest key for the offense and the team as a whole is to eliminate penalties this week. False starts have plagued the offensive line (J.B. Shugarts) this season and really hinder an already suspect offense. Sparty had zero penalties in their victory last weekend. The offense has to keep hold of the ball as well; turnovers will likely be too much for a bulimic scoring offense to overcome. Defense Pressure, pressure and more pressure: For the defense to be successful, they have to disrupt fifth-year senior quarterback Russell Wilson. In winning their first six games by 31 points or more, Wilson and the Wisconsin offense had only thrown one interception and given up five sacks. Sparty got to Wilson for two picks and three sacks, which arguably was the difference in the game. John Simon will lead the “silver bullets” on the defensive line in their assault on Wilson. Big Johnathan Hankins will look to build on his nine-tackle performance last week and the Buckeyes will need his 6-foot-3-inch, 335-pound frame against a Wisconsin O-line that averages 322 lbs. and 6-foot-5-inches tall. If the silver bullets can contain Montee Ball and the Wisconsin rushing attack and pressure Wilson into making bad throws, then the Buckeyes have a shot. Forcing turnovers will be even more important this weekend as the Buckeyes will need to keep the score down to have a shot. Redshirt freshman cornerback Bradley Roby is second in the Big Ten with three interceptions and could make an impact. Special teams Junior punter Ben Buchanan and sophomore kicker Drew Basil have been consistently phenomenal in the kicking and field position game for the Buckeyes, as have the coverage units. The Buckeyes will need to depend on special teams once again this week, and expect them to respond. Coaching The coaches have to be intelligently aggressive this week. Giving Miller the opportunity to make plays while not putting him in a position to turn the ball over will be a difficult but necessary balance to reach. Just as they did against Illinois in calling for the long field goal against the wind, the coaches must have confidence in their players and give them the opportunity to perform. The team really has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Some risks on offense and special teams are warranted and may yield high rewards for the Buckeyes. Fans With the ‘Shoe filled with scarlet spectators for Saturday’s night game, the fans will need to fuel the Buckeyes with energy from the stands and keep them up when the Badgers have some momentum. Never underestimate the power of the 12th man. read more

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Hoban believes he can still be an EPL player

first_imgThe 25-year-old English defender believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.Tommie Hoban started his professional career in 2011 with Watford.There, he scored two goals in 54 appearances as a defender.He was loaned to Wealdstone in 2012, then to Blackburn Rovers in the 2016-2017 season.His latest loan cames this summer, as he joined Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.But the 25-year-old believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.“Unfortunately for me it’s been one thing after another,” he tells The42.“You do get to a point where you have to ask yourself if you can go back to it again.”“I was devastated, to be honest,” he says.“You try to stay as positive as you can, but when so much time in your career is going to waste it does get hard to keep your spirits up. If you get too down it can become a negative cycle which can be really hard to get out of.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When the injury happened, my son was a few weeks away from being born, so you’re starting to think about his future as well. ‘How many more times can I go through this?’ — that’s what you’re asking yourself,” he added.“I had already been looking into a few other things, doing some extra studying outside of football just to prepare for the worst-case scenario if it ever got to that stage.”“My dad has a business in financial advising and it’s something I’ve always had an interest in,” he recalled.“It’s hard to explain, but even when you get back to fitness, you’ve missed so much football that your body doesn’t feel the same as it did before. You have to make a lot of adjustments. Your recovery takes longer and that can take a bit of getting used to.”“Obviously it has been great to be back playing recently,” said the Watford loanee.“I feel fit now but I still have issues sometimes with pain. I’ve had to take tablets before and after games. That can all take a toll on you. But being part of a winning team, as I have been in the last few weeks, is a feeling that not many things can come close to.”…I know the club will bounce back to where they belong soon and I wish all the players, staff and fans all the best for the future!— Tommie Hoban (@tommiehoban05) May 7, 2017last_img read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marine receives Marine of the Year Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017  – Nassau – Leading Seaman Sharif Turnquest joined an elite list of marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, after he was recognized as the Marine of the year 2017 at the force’s Annual Christmas Carol Service at the Defence Force Base.A total of 14 marines were recognized by their various sections for their outstanding and dedicated services throughout the year. Sharif, a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in the Training Department was successful in placing first overall as the overall results.   He became the latest recipient of the coveted Leon Smith Award.  This prize is in honor of the first Bahamian Commodore who headed the Defence Force from 1983 – 1997.   Both he and his wife were in attendance to present the award.“I based my career on some of the positive principles instilled within me by some of my seniors on the Force,” says Turnquest.   “A Marine is at his best when no-one is watching; I always dare to stand out in the crowd; I always thrived to maintain a standard; For every action, there are consequences, and once you understand the consequences, you will be careful of your actions.”Able Seaman Lashando Greene from the Port Security Department was the 1st runner-up, Able Seaman Delron Mitchell from the Airwing Department was awarded the 2nd runner-up; and Leading Seaman Durant Roker from the Headquarters Department received the 3rd runner-up award.Minister of National Security, the Honorable Marvin Dames congratulated all the winners via a teleconference as he emphasized his government’s commitment to continue working efficiently with the men and women of the Defence Force.   Commodore Tellis Bethel also extended his congratulations to all of the awardees and thanked them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.Leading Seaman Turnquest joined the training staff in 2012.   Prior to that, he served 8 years in the Commando Squadron Department.  He has undergone numerous training locally and internationally.   These include the Military Dive, Combat Dive, Physical Training Instructor and the Skill-At-Arms Courses.   A decorated marine, Turnquest hopes to be an inspiration to others as he continues to fulfill the Defence Force’s mandate in Guarding Our Heritage.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFlast_img read more

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David Nisleit officially appointed as new Chief of Police

first_imgDavid Nisleit officially appointed as new Chief of Police Posted: February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council unanimously voted Monday to confirm the appointment of David Nisleit as the next police chief for the San Diego Police Department.He is set to start in the position following the retirement of current Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman on March 1.Mayor Kevin Faulconer tapped the 30-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department to become the city’s next police chief after a national search that began in September. Updated: 11:34 AM Our city will continue to be one of the safest big cities in the nation with Chief David Nisleit leading @SanDiegoPD. Besides being my pick, Nisleit has overwhelming support from community leaders and his peers in law enforcement. Congrats Chief!— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) February 27, 2018Assistant Chief David Nisleit, whose father was a longtime San Diego police captain, has risen through the ranks of the department since 1988, including assignments focused on gangs, sex crimes, narcotics and homicide. Nisleit said Thursday that he will focus on solving the department’s chronic shortage of officers and boosting community policing to soften racial tensions.“We cast a wide net and we had some great external candidates wanting to come here, but Chief Nisleit was far and beyond the No. 1 choice,” Faulconer said during a Thursday morning interview. “People have said they want professionalism, they want transparency and they want somebody who knows San Diego, and Chief Nisleit hits all of those marks.”While some lobbied for an external hire to bring new ideas and leadership strategies to the department, Faulconer said promoting Nisleit will mean a smooth transition from retiring Chief Shelley Zimmerman.“He’s going to be able to jump in with both feet, have the respect of the department, the respect of the officers and the respect of the community, which is of first and foremost importance,” the mayor said.Nisleit, 52, said it is a privilege and honor to be chosen by Faulconer as the next chief.He said helping the department fill a rash of 200 officer vacancies will be his top priority, adding that he’d like to see the department become more ethnically diverse.Local leaders praise Faulconer’s choice for police chief“We need the best and the brightest and we want them to be from this community, from all over the community,” he said. “That’s going to be a top priority for me. I really want to do a more diverse recruitment.” Ed Lenderman Congratulations to Asst Chief Nisleit on your confirmation as our next @SanDiegoPD Chief! I look forward to working with you to support and protect our officers and our neighborhoods. cc— Chris Cate (@chrisjcate) February 27, 2018Large pay raises of at least 25 percent given to officers in December will go a long way toward helping solve the problem, Nisleit said.The department is also launching a national recruiting campaign, increasing the size of its police academies and offering signing bonuses to officers from other law enforcement agencies.Nisleit says his goal is to fill the 200 vacancies and bring the department up to full staffing by 2020.He said pay issues created most of the vacancies, but he cited other factors.“It’s a little bit of everything,” he said. “Some of it’s our competitive pay package, which wasn’t there but is there now, and some of it’s the very low unemployment rate. Some of it is a little bit of the negative image of law enforcement right now, but we’re going to change all that.”Nisleit said he also plans to focus on racial profiling in the wake of a San Diego State University study that found blacks and Hispanics get searched more often after getting pulled over by San Diego police.“It comes down to training, it comes down to talking about procedural justice, and it comes down to talking about implicit bias of our officers,” said Nisleit, noting that San Diego officers receive more training in this area than national standards.But he said softening racial tensions, which are most pronounced in communities south of Interstate 8, will also require a different approach from officers.“We are going to work very hard on community relations,” he said. “I’m going to really stress to the officers that it’s about getting out of your car, saying ‘hello.’ The officers need to know they’re part of the community and the community needs to accept the officers are part of the community.” Congratulations to Chief Nisleit and @CityofSanDiego on your unanimous appointment to Chief of Police. I am excited to usher in a new era of effective and transparent community policing. pic.twitter.com/zHdFgS3IKP— @barbarabryD1 (@barbarabryd1) February 27, 2018Faulconer agreed.“There is no substitute for face-to-face communication,” he said.Nisleit was among six finalists for the job who answered questions from a panel of community leaders and a separate panel of law enforcement experts last month in sessions closed to the public.The community leaders represented a variety of local organizations, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Asian Pacific American Coalition and the Anti-Defamation League.The law enforcement experts, who were joined on their panel by some of Faulconer’s top staffers, included San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez and Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.Faulconer has been criticized for a lack of transparency during the selection process, particularly his decision not to reveal the names of most of the interview panelists until after the new chief is selected. The candidates also are not being identified.The mayor’s staff contends revealing the names of panelists before the selection would have made those individuals vulnerable to being lobbied by prospective candidates or special interest groups during the process.Critics counter that revealing the names of panelists would have made the panelists and the mayor listen to public input and be more accountable.The mayor released the names of every member of both panels on Thursday after announcing his selection of Nisleit.San Diego releases names of police chief interview panelistsNisleit lives in the suburban San Diego community of Sabre Springs with his wife of 27 years, Darlene. The couple has three grown children, including a son, Ryan, who recently joined the Police Department as an officer.His hobbies include distance running, cycling and golf. He has run 18 marathons, including Boston, New York and Chicago.Nisleit received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands.Zimmerman must retire in March because she’s reached the five-year limit on working after joining the city’s deferred retirement option program. She praised Nisleit as a worthy successor on Thursday.“He is an exceptional, proven leader who has given his all to our department and city,” she said.Nisleit, who is not part of the deferred retirement option program, said he plans to serve as chief for five or six years, which he called the typical tenure of a big city police chief.Nisleit’s annual salary is $147,790 and would rise to $205,000 if he is confirmed as chief.That’s nearly $30,000 higher than Zimmerman’s salary of $176,456, because an analysis the city conducted before launching the national search showed the salary for chief needed to be higher to attract top-level candidates.Police chief salaries from around the region: Oceanside, $227,958; Chula Vista, $217,183; El Cajon, $197,392; National City, $197,224; Escondido, $194,978; Coronado, $192,168; and Carlsbad, $189,003. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: David Nisleit, Kevin Faulconer, Shelley Zimmerman FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 18, 2019 Updated: 8:17 AM Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina is lamenting over the sewage spilling in Imperial Beach from Tijuana.“Millions of gallons of sewage were flowing into the waters of Imperial Beach,” Dedina said.KUSI’s John Soderman has more on this story. last_img read more

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Fairbanks Couple Sentenced For Producing And Distributing Child Porn

first_imgAccording to court documents, beginning in June 2015, Davis and Germain conspired to produce visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Christopher Duane Davis, 32, of Fairbanks, was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Charity Noel Germain, 27, of Fairbanks, was previously sentenced on Dec. 15, 2017, to serve 22 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. In furtherance of the conspiracy,  while babysitting  children for families in the area, Davis and Germain would sexually abuse the children and record the abuse. Davis would then share the images and videos with other pedophiles on the internet. Davis and Germain became the subject of a federal investigation after an undercover law enforcement agent working with the Australian government identified Davis’s profile on a foreign-based photo-sharing site known to host images of child pornography.center_img Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Fairbanks couple was sentenced today in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography.last_img read more

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Executive Changes at HMP

first_imgHealthcare industry publisher HMP Communications has announced a management “realignment” and the creation of a dermatology business division.As part of the realignment, Bill Norton, who formerly served as vice president of meetings and trade shows, has been named president of HMP Communications. Norton replaces Peter Norris, who will now serve as executive vice president and will oversee the company’s wound care and newly-created dermatology division.“We are pleased to say that there are no layoffs as part of this realignment,” Norton wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. Steve Gephart, former group publisher of HMP’s long term care division, will now serve as group publisher of the Skin & Aging journal. Gephart also will oversee the creation and development of the company’s newly-created dermatology division, which includes eight events and six newsletters. According to HMP chairman and CEO Paul Mackler, the company must “move at the speed of technological advancements and innovations.” “In order to create a more nimble organization, it is essential that we build an internal infrastructure that is agile and responsive to the specialties we serve.”Earlier this year, HMP broadened its footprint in the medical information and education field by acquiring Princeton Medical Associates. Financial terms were not disclosed.last_img read more

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Rodale Hires President

first_imgRodale has hired former Dow Jones executive, Scott Schulman, as its president—a role left vacant since Steven Pleshette Murphy stepped down as president and CEO in 2009.Maria Rodale, who assumed Murphy’s CEO duties at the time of his departure, had stated her intention to hire both a president and COO in July.Schulman [pictured] had been at Dow Jones for 13 years, most recently as president of corporate markets, before leaving in 2012 amidst a slew of executive changes at the company. Schulman was publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online early in his tenure with Dow Jones, returning the group to profitability by introducing new revenue streams and expanding its subscription model. Todd Larsen, now EVP and group president of Time Inc.’s news and sports group, was also part of last year’s executive shakeup at Dow Jones.Maria Rodale is expected to retain an “active” role as CEO, though it will focus on “broader strategic initiatives” within the company, while Schulman will be responsible for strategy and revenue growth. The COO search has been postponed for the time being.”When I took over as CEO four years ago, I had all aspects of the business reporting directly to me,” Rodale says. “The main purpose of [Schulman’s] role is to have all the brands reporting up to him. He’s really going to be running the brands on a day-to-day basis.””We’re at a place where the company is healthy,” she adds. “I’m not as concerned with the day-to-day operating of the brands. I’m more concerned about how we prepare for the future.”Rodale named several potential revenue-drivers the company could pursue moving forward—new content verticals, e-commerce and events were among them—but says they’re just investigating them at this point. A paid content model like the one Schulman helped pioneer at The Wall Street Journal is also in play, she says. Schulman joins Rodale as the company posted a 12-percent year-over-year increase in ad pages across brands in the first half of 2013.Among its larger titles, Men’s Health (up 24.8 percent), Women’s Health (up 26.9 percent) and Runner’s World (up 14.3 percent) each saw significant growth, per PIB. Its smaller magazines, including Runner’s World (up 0.5 percent) and Bicycling (down 1.9 percent) were relatively flat however. Overall, the company says its projecting record ad revenues for 2013.”Rodale has an inspiring mission, compelling content, an impressive customer base, and multiple distribution platforms,” Schulman says in a statement. “I’m thrilled to partner with Maria and the entire Rodale family, as well as its immensely talented brand leaders, to build upon the company’s legacy and its unprecedented success of the past year.” Schulman will officially begin on Oct. 28.last_img read more

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VIDEO State Rep Dave Robertson Talks With WCTV About His First 7

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Rep. Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) recently stopped by WCTV studios to discuss his first 7 months on the job and his committee assignments, as well as several important issues confronting Wilmington, including Olin, Route 38 and the North Wilmington train station.Watch the 30-minute interview between Robertson and WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville below:— Video Playerhttps://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/0/0/1/6/4/3/00164308-e61b-4bb4-82db-aec83c7fc9ee1564592338.989+69375038.033@castus4-wilmington+15645969221564595197430114.vod.1080p.20190731_Discourse_Ep1_Dave_Robertson.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/0/0/1/6/4/3/00164308-e61b-4bb4-82db-aec83c7fc9ee1564592338.989+69375038.033@castus4-wilmington+15645969221564595197430114.vod.1080p.20190731_Discourse_Ep1_Dave_Robertson.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Learn About A Bill At The State House That Will Help WCTV & Other Local Access TV StationsIn “Community”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson Announces June Office HoursIn “Government”last_img read more

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Bumblebee director on replacing Michael Bay I couldnt go bigger

first_imgIt must be tough to direct your first live-action film with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay looking over your shoulder. But for Travis Knight, director of Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, those two singular filmmakers weren’t just the movie’s producers, they provided the touchstones that inspired the film.”ET was my spirit animal in this movie”, explained Knight as I sat down with him in London to discuss Bumblebee. “I saw it when I was around 8 years old with my mom in a darkened theater and I was a big, blubbery mess at the end of it … On some levels Steven’s films from that era are responsible for me becoming a filmmaker.”And it shows: Not only is Bumblebee set in the 1980s, but the spirit of ’80s movies like ET and Short Circuit shine through in the adorable adventures of a girl and her robot buddy. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:34 Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Knight’s previous filmmaking experience was as an animator, directing the stunning stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings.”Stop motion is probably the subset of animation that’s closest to live-action,” he says, “in the sense you’re physically shooting these things with real lights and real cameras, and there’s props and sets and costumes and hair.”But there were still plenty of new things to learn on this, his first live-action film.”A lot of times I was flying by the seat of my pants,” he says, laughing.Knight brought what he called “an animator’s discipline and planning” to the film, mapping out each sequence in detail.”I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry,” he says. “Animation is very organized and disciplined. You can’t shoot coverage, you can’t play around. But in live-action, you can play around, and sometimes you’ll create little magical moments.” Enlarge ImageJohn Cena provides several comic highlights in Bumblebee. Jaimie Trueblood He particularly enjoyed John Cena’s ability to improvise in the role of a burly secret agent pursuing Bumblebee.”John’s like a one-man ad-lib factory. We would do the scenes, and then we get to the end of the scene, I’m like, ‘All right, John, now let’s play a little bit,’ and he would always do something really unexpected. He’s just a very, very clever, funny man.”Eye candyA major criticism of Bay’s past Transformers movies is the fast-paced computer-generated action, an assault on the senses that’s often hard to follow. While it has plenty of action, Bumblebee tones down the CG carnage. But Knight insists this shouldn’t be seen as a criticism of Bay’s style.”It wasn’t in any way addressing any feedback from the fans,” he says. “It was just a story I wanted to tell. That last one [Transformers: The Last Knight] is one of the biggest movies I’ve ever seen — and I couldn’t go bigger than that. So let’s go the other way, let’s focus in on a small corner of this canvas and really get to know one of these characters. Let’s balance the emotions with the explosions … The core relationship mattered to me more than anything else. And if that didn’t work, none of the other stuff matters. It’s just bombast. It’s just eye candy.”Mixing the spectacular, visual effects-driven action with a character-led story was “a high-wire act”, but Knight credits writer Christina Hodson for striking the right balance.”She’s gained something of a reputation in Hollywood as this kinda badass chick writer with these cool, action movies,” he says, “When you talk to her, the films that she always references are cool action movies like T2 … But when I sat down and talked to her about the film and my vision of it, I realized very quickly she has a big soft gooey heart just like I do.”Knight’s next big project is 2019’s Missing Link, a new stop-motion adventure from his animation studio Laika. As for where the Transformers movies go next, Knight is sanguine.”It’s hard to say. I think at this point, candidly, they’re probably just waiting to see how people react to [Bumblebee]. If people vote with their wallets for these kinds of Transformer movies, then they’ll get these kinds of Transformer movies.”Bumblebee opens in Australia on Dec. 20, in the US on Dec. 21 and in the UK on Dec. 24. Spielberg was a producer on Bumblebee, as was Michael Bay — the man who resurrected Transformers by directing all five previous movies in the series.”From a director’s perspective he was a dream producer,” Knight says of Bay. “We sat down early on and it was great for me, director to director, to pick his brain, to get a sense of his philosophy on the Transformers. He was really respectful and recognized this was someone else’s movie, my take on these characters, and the best thing that he could do was to support me and protect me. He let me do my thing, and I’m really appreciative of it.”Bay gave Knight one memorable piece of advice for working on a mega-budget franchise movie surrounded by people from the studio, the toy company and elsewhere all pulling a director in different directions.”He said the one thing you have to do is protect the movie,” Knight remembers. “That was advice Jerry Bruckheimer gave him, and he passed it on to me — remember the movie you intended to make and protect it.”  I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry. Travis Knight, Bumblebee director Post a comment 0 Tags 77 Photos Filmmakers Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorablelast_img read more

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The Chevy Blazer gets turbo power for 2020

first_img 2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a sharply dressed sport utility… 81 Photos 5:05 12 Photos 26 Photos Tags More From Roadshow 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. 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. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags Post a comment Enlarge ImageChevy’s brand-new Blazer will soon be available with turbo power. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow The Chevrolet Blazer is adding a third engine option to its roster for the 2020 model year. According to Car and Driver, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine will join the 2020 Blazer lineup, producing 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.”We added the [2.0-liter engine] to the Blazer to offer customers more choice,” a Chevrolet spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow via email on Friday.This new powertrain looks to fit in nicely between the Blazer’s existing engines. The 2020 Blazer will still be available with a 193-horsepower, naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter I4 on base trims, and the upper-crust RS and Premier models will continue to use Chevy’s 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6. The 2.0T engine will be offered on the Blazer’s midtier 2LT and 3LT models, where it’ll be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the base 2.5-liter engine, which is offered exclusively with front-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter turbo-four will be available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.Another advantage of the 2.0T engine will likely be fuel economy, though official 2020 Blazer EPA numbers are not available just yet. For reference, the 2019 Blazer is rated at 24 miles per gallon combined with its 2.5-liter engine, and either 21 or 22 mpg combined with the V6 (the former with all-wheel drive, the latter with front).The 2020 Blazer will start rolling into Chevy dealers this fall, and we expect the 2.0T models to be priced around $35,000. 69 Photos SUVs Crossovers 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Share your voice 42 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 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 Passport review: All the SUV you really need 18 Photos 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.  Chevrolet 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 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. 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. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos 68 Photos 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. 49 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 0 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ride 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 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 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. 71 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Comments Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 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. Chevrolet,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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir review Dhanush starrer opens to positive

first_imgThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir.PR HandoutAfter getting appreciated in film festivals, Dhanush’s Hollywood debut movie The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is hitting the screens in India, the US and many other countries on Friday, 21 June. The Ken Scott-directorial film is a comedy-adventure film in which Dhanush plays the role of a trickster and magician.Dhanush’s film is the screen adaptation of French novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe. The story of the movie revolves around an Indian named Ajatashatru Lavash Patel and his adventures after setting off his journey to find his father.Canadian filmmaker Ken Scott has directed the movie, which also has actors like Bernice Bejo, Gerard Jugnot, Erin Moriarty and Barkhad Abdi in the leads. The movie has hit the screens in France on 30 May.The Dhanush-starrer has already won the Ray of Sunshine Award at Norwegian International Film Festival and it bagged an award for best comedy in Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival.Reviews: The movie, which is being dubbed in Tamil by the name, Pakkiri, had a special screening for the press in Chennai. The critics have given thumbs up for the flick. Their response to the movie can be read below:Rajasekar: #Pakkiri – Watchable feel-good drama which belongs to @dhanushkraja who charms each and every character in the film and the audiences alike. Thanks to @ItsAmitTrivedi ‘s score and songs, the dubbed version got the Indian spirit. #Pakkiri is the kind of a film which you watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon with all the kids in your family for the moral message and the feel-good factor. More than theatrical run, I think this film will be repeated in TV channels often. #Pakkiri – Watchable feel-good drama which belongs to @dhanushkraja who charms each and every character in the film and the audiences alike. Thanks to @ItsAmitTrivedi ‘s score and songs, the dubbed version got the Indian spirit.Ramesh Bala: #TheExtraordinaryJourneyOfTheFakir / #Pakkiri [3/5] : The screenplay justifies the title.. A feel good entertainer.. Solely depends on the charm/screen presence of @dhanushkraja His acting is excellent.. Good supporting cast, music.. Nice locations.. A fun 100 min rideKaushik LM: Saw the Fakir Tamil dub #Pakkiri – A light, breezy, feelgood fantasy story, with the adventures & misadventures of the lead character. Shot across Europe. @dhanushkraja brings all his charm to the fore Decent music, short runtime. Just timepass! Will appeal to kids particularlylast_img read more

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SFIO seeks investigation into RBI officials alleged role in ILFS collapse

first_imgWikipediaThe Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) suspects that a senior RBI officer may have played a role in IL&FS Financial Services (IL&FS) collapse, a media report says. It is reckoned that the total failure of RBI’s regulatory mechanism is one of the key reasons for the company’s collapse causing likely loss of millions of rupees to investors.The IL&FS crisis along with that of Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) had invited criticism of the regulatory efficiency of the pro-business government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley as finance minister during the first stint of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the RBI policies during the period. As the finance minister in Modi 2.0, Nirmala Sitharaman has her task cut out to clean up the mess that the non-banking financial companies (NBFC) are in and restore public confidence in them so that the liquidity crisis could be tackled.SFIO, which is investigating the IL&FS case, has directed the RBI to conduct an internal investigation into the issues linked to the non-banking financial company (NBFC) to probe the complete failure of the regulatory mechanisms, the report on the Time of India website says. SFIO has apparently found some information to suggest that former IL&FS CEO Ramesh Bawa may have had links with a senior RBI official, which helped the company dodge procedural safeguards, the report says citing an unidentified source in the SFIO. Bawa allegedly used this contact to get favourable decisions on regulatory matters. The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to conduct an internal probe as it suspects collusion at some level within RBI with IL&FS leading to the current crisis.PwC-AssochamThe SFIO has no evidence yet of any quid pro quo involving any RBI official and IL&FS, the source said. The RBI’s inspection detected problems with IL&FS way back in 2015, the report says citing an unidentified government source. The RBI, however, took until 2017 to convey to IL&FS that the company had committed serious procedural errors. The RBI informed the company that its definition of what constituted a group was wrong and gave it two years to wind down its investment and follow regulatory norms on the definition of group companies, sources said.The SFIO has asked the RBI to investigate why it failed to take timely action despite two reports about IL&FS’ problems with net-owned funds and capital adequacy ratio. The investigative agency believes that timely regulatory action could have prevented the collapse. “The probe has shown that things would only go up to a level in the RBI,” the report said quoting a source that cited SFIO’s findings. In a charge sheet filed in a Mumbai court, the SFIO pointed to several irregularities by IL&FS, including the failure to follow the RBI’s directions on non-performing assets (NPA) classification. It also said that IL&FS violated group lending norms, resulting in a grave miscalculation of net-owned funds.Serious issues with the 1987-founded IL&FS group that has about 300 subsidiaries financing infrastructure projects began coming to light last year when some of them began defaulting on repayment of loans to various institutions. Since then the crisis has snowballed into something that has hit many NBFCs and threatened to pull in even many mutual funds.last_img read more

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Minor boy shot dead in Noakhali

first_img.A 10-year old boy was shot to death by a man following previous enmity with his father at Khobir Miar Bazar area of Hatia municipality in Noakhali on Sunday evening.The father also sustained bullet injury in the incident.The deceased is, Nirob, 10, a student of class V of local Rahmania Fazil Madrasa and son of Md Miraz Uddin of the upazila.Police identified the miscreant as a local named Jinnur.Miraz had a dispute with Jinnur and the fatalities occurred due to that enmity, said Hatia police station officer-in-charge Kamruzzaman Shikdar.Jinnur fired several gun shots at Miraz and his minor son all of a sudden at around 7:30pm. Both sustained bullet injuries while trying to escape, according to the police and witness.The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest Upazila Health Complex, later shifted to Noakhali General Hospital where Nirob succumbed to his injury around 12:00am on Monday, said police.A case is being processed to file in this conection.last_img read more

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