Pink polling stations to be set up in Gurugram to boost women

first_imgGurugram: Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri at a Press conference to discuss preparations for Lok Sabha elections said that pink polling station will be set up to boost the number of women voters. At 10,82,870 for the first time, Gurugram district will have more than a million citizens who will be eligible to cast their vote in the upcoming General as well as assembly elections. In the given set, there will be 5,12,506 women and 5,70,364 men voters. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe figure has seen a rise from 9,36,471 voters who had voted in 2014 elections. The rise in the number of voters can be gauged from the fact that in just one year 27,689 voters have been added. The sex ratio figures in terms of voting were however not satisfactory in 2014 with 899 females to 1,000 males recorded in 2014 General Elections. The Deputy Commissioner affirmed that this time steps were taken by the administration to ensure that the percentage of voters would be much higher than in the previous elections. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Our basic priority this time is to ensure that there is a high turnout of women voters. Not only are we going to make sure that they will be provided with more security, we are also exploring other ways by which they can come in huge numbers and exercise their democratic right,” said Amit Khatri. Providing more information, Khatri mentioned that a total of 1,113 booths will be set up at 532 locations. Around 15,000 people, including security personnel, will be involved in ensuring voting proceeds smoothly. “Gurugram district has always voted proactively. In the last General elections, the voting percentage was over 70. We would want this healthy trend to continue. In the coming days, we will be providing facilities by enhancing the communication channels. If the voter wants any of the doubts cleared, he can call at the toll-free number 1950,” said the deputy commissioner who took the charge of Gurugram only in February. The significance of Gurugram can be gauged from the fact that it is the largest Lok Sabha seat in Haryana.last_img read more

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Man held at Delhi Metro station for posing as CRPF jawan

first_imgNew Delhi: A man hailing from Uttar Pradeshs’ Shamli district has been apprehended by the CISF at a Delhi Metro station here for allegedly masquerading as a CRPF jawan, a senior official said Sunday. Nadeem Khan, donning a khaki uniform of the CRPF, was intercepted at the Chandni Chowk station on Saturday as his activities were found to be suspicious. “Upon enquiry, the man did not give any satisfactory reply and was not having any force ID card or any proof of being a force member,” a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official said. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims The man claimed he was a trainee at the Central Reserve Police Force training force in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and that he on way to Shamli for his mother’s final rites, he said. A check with the CRPF centre in Srinagar and Shamli police found both his claims to be false. The man’s physical search led to the recovery of two Aadhaar cards with different dates of birth, father’s name and addresses and a mobile phone, he said. The man has been handed over to the Delhi Police to further probe the case and find out his motive, he said.last_img read more

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Nearly 2 million hurricaneaffected Cubans to receive UN food aid

28 October 2008Almost two million Cubans affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike – two of the worst disasters to strike the small island nation in the past 50 years – will receive vital assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) over the next six months. Under the newly-approved emergency operation, WFP will provide $5.7 million in food rations, including rice, beans, vegetable oil, canned fish and CSB, a blended food compound of maize and soy fortified with vitamins and minerals. The agency’s efforts are in support of the Cuban Government as it responds to communities needing food assistance in areas that bore the brunt of hurricane damage in late August and early September.“WFP is playing an important role helping people who suffered great losses in the storms,” said Sonsoles Ruedas, WFP Representative in Cuba.In addition to the rations, WFP will supply temporary food storage warehouses and liquid gas stoves to people who lost cooking facilities in the storms.“As on previous occasions, we trust in the generosity of donors to carry out this operation which will allow us to provide assistance to affected populations,” Mr. Ruedas added.A series of hurricanes – Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike – killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars of damage to infrastructure across the Caribbean. In addition to Cuba, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands were among the hardest hit. read more

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UN officials call for urgent action to protect hospitals from natural hazards

14 October 2009United Nations officials are using the International Day for Disaster Reduction to urge governments to take practical steps to make hospitals safe from natural hazards, a need underscored by the recent tragedies that struck Asia and the Pacific. “Health facilities must be better prepared to respond to local hazards. They must be designed, built and maintained so they can better protect health workers and patients alike when disaster hits,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark the Day, observed annually on 14 October. With weather-related disasters on the increase, it is critical to ensure that health facilities are prepared for emergencies and able to provide life-saving care in their wake, he said.Mr. Ban noted that in Indonesia, hospital collapses during the recent earthquake in Sumatra caused additional loss of life. Earlier this year, in the Italian city of L’Aquila, the collapse of a newly built hospital provided a grim reminder that health systems in richer nations are also at risk.The cost of making hospitals safe from disasters is relatively small, he said, noting that “the most expensive hospital is the one that fails.”This year’s observance marks the culmination of a two-year Safe Hospitals campaign – a joint initiative of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank – aimed at ensuring people’s access to functioning health facilities during and after natural hazards.“Since the beginning of the campaign, much has been achieved to make hospitals safer but more investments are still needed to improve the functionality of hospital when disasters occur,” said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Hospitals and heath facilities are in the frontline when floods, hurricanes, cyclones, and earthquakes strike, according to a news release by the UNISDR. Many are adversely impacted because safety measures were not integrated in their design, construction and functionality.There are at least 90,000 hospitals and other health facilities in the world’s 49 least developed countries, many of which are vulnerable to disasters, including those related to the harmful effects of climate change.“No new hospital should be built unless it can withstand the impact of natural hazards,” Ms. Wahlström added. “Existing health facilities should also be assessed for their safety and action take to improve their safety and the level of their preparedness.”The Safe Hospitals campaign involves practical steps to make facilities safer, including the Hospital Safety Index, a checklist for assessing hospital preparedness. It has already been applied to many facilities in Latin America, as well as in Oman, Sudan and Tajikistan.“Preparedness and risk reduction is the way ahead in health and humanitarian action,” said Eric Laroche, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises. “By working together, countries and communities can deal with these risks, particularly by reducing vulnerabilities and building capacities to mitigate and respond to all emergencies they may face.”Also emphasizing the importance of making hospitals safer is WHO Goodwill Ambassador and international film star Jet Li, who has seen first-hand the impact of the 2004 tsunami in the Maldives, last year’s Sichuan earthquake and Typhoon Morakot, which struck Beijing and Taipei in August.“For the victims of these disasters, the struggle is great,” he said in a video message to mark the Day. “What is especially important is the safety of hospitals during these moments.“Earthquakes, storms and flooding are becoming more and more common,” he added. “I am appealing to all governments and cities to build hospitals so safe they are able to withstand earthquakes, tsunamis and other types of environmental stress. This way we are able to protect and save more lives.” read more

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Paris offers Sri Lanka support to recover after attacks

Paris has offered Sri Lanka support to recover after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks.Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean Francois Martins visited Sri Lanka from 5-6th June to meet senior government officials and key private sector leaders on Sri Lanka’s tourism revival strategy following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the country, the French Embassy in Colombo said today. During the mission the Mayor met with the Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism, the Mayor of Colombo and the Cabinet Subcommittee on Tourism. Martins is the Deputy Mayor overseeing tourism for the city of Paris. He visited on the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, to share lessons learnt from Paris’ own experience managing communications and security expectations following a series of coordinated terror attacks in the city in 2015. In his conversations with the private sector, the Deputy Mayor highlighted the role played by French hoteliers and tour operators in engaging closely with travelers to support the Government’s assurance of safety in Paris.He noted that tourism in Paris was able to recover rapidly from the attack’s aftermath due to a coordinated, cohesive and united communication strategy implemented jointly with the private sector. “I express my sincere condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives on April 21st,” said Martins. “This senseless act of terror has impacted the lives of all Sri Lankans. We commend the Government of Sri Lanka’s rapid response which prevented any further incidents.” He also added, “Sri Lanka remains one of the most vibrant tourist destinations in the world because it is a beautiful country with resilient, hospitable people. The world already knows this. The focus should now be on effectively managing the evolving security concerns of the international community, and making it known widely that Sri Lanka remains an exciting and secure destination for travelers. After a catastrophic year post terror attacks in 2016, the French capital saw a surge in the number of visitors in the 2 years that followed. And last year, Paris hit a new tourist numbers record. That’s why I wanted to come with this optimistic message, the next few months will of course be complicated but with the right decisions, the country can recover.”Martins’ visit was organized by AgenceFrancaise de Developpement (AFD) supported by the World Bank. The two organizations are expected to co-finance “the proposed Sri Lanka Sustainable Tourism Development project to be implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), focused on supporting the creation of conditions for increased private investment and sustained growth in the tourism sector. The project design is based on a framework approach to (i) institutional and regulatory strengthening, (ii) sustainable destination development, and (iii) skills development and market linkages. The project design will also include a comprehensive crisis management strategy and communication mechanism for the GoSL. read more

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UNICEF official condemns killing of Palestinian children

A senior official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned the fatal shooting, reportedly by Israeli military gunfire, of three Palestinian children while at play Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip.“This sad event hits me particularly hard because I been in the area just a few hours earlier, interacting with Palestinian children,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Toshiyuki Niwa said. “These kids were just being kids when their lives were cut short.”Mr. Niwa, who was in Rafah to launch a joint polio campaign between UNICEF and the Palestinian Ministry of Health and also to visit safe play zones for children shortly before the incident, underscored that areas that youngsters play and learn in must be treated as zones of peace.“Sometimes it seems that no matter what we do to provide children with safe and peaceful alternatives they end up victims in this terrible conflict,” he said.As of mid-March 2005, more than 800 children under the age of 18 have been killed, including 696 Palestinians and108 Israelis, since the current conflict erupted more than four years ago. read more

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Fired Toronto Pan Am Games CEO Ian Troop gets 534000 in severance

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The decision to fire the head of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee last month will cost Ontario taxpayers more than half a million dollars.The committee said Friday that Ian Troop will get a cash payment of $478,200 plus $27,300 in retirement benefits, $10,000 in “outplacement payments,” $3,500 in legal fees and medical benefits of $15,800.“We have reached a severance agreement with Mr. Troop that satisfies both parties,” said TO2015 spokesman Courtney Pratt in a statement.Pan Am board chair David Peterson said the severance package would not add to the budget for the Games, which he put at $1.4 billion, even though officials admit it’s closer to $2.5 billion when the cost of building the athletes’ village is included.“The costs arising from this agreement will be absorbed into the Games’ overall budget,” Peterson said.Tourism and Sport Minister Michael Chan also said taxpayers would not face any additional costs from the decision to fire Troop and pay him out.“I understand the settlement follows the terms laid out in Mr. Troop’s employment contract,” Chan said. “These costs remain within TO2015’s $1.4-billion budget, and are therefore not an additional burden to taxpayers.”However, the Progressive Conservatives again demanded Chan’s head, saying he’s the minister responsible for the Pan Am Games and should “take a little responsibility” and resign.“It’s another added cost to the Pan Am Games for Liberals making poor decisions in the first place, and then having to pay taxpayers’ money to get out of it,” PC Pan Am critic Rod Jackson said in an interview.“I don’t think they have any room to absorb anything at this point.”The New Democrats criticized the Liberals for “handing out Olympic-sized payday” to Troop.“Instead of taking simple measures to get waste under control like capping CEO salaries and banning big bonuses, we see the same-old Liberals showing the same-old contempt for public money,” said NDP critic Paul Miller.Peterson, a former Liberal premier of Ontario, said in December that it was his decision to get rid of Troop as CEO of the Games and replace him with Saad Rafi, a former deputy minister of health.At the time, the Pan Am board gave no reason for Troop’s departure, but sources said there were key operational issues that were not being decided, creating a schism between the organizers and the Ontario government.There was also an outcry from the opposition parties when Troop, who was paid $477,000 a year, billed taxpayers 91 cents for parking, $1.89 for a cup of tea and $8,561.19 for a Mexican hotel and cocktail party.The Ontario government also came under criticism when it was disclosed there was a $7-million bonus package for TO2015 executives, including Troop, who was eligible for a $780,000 premium if the Games came in on budget.The Opposition was up in arms after the province announced the total budget for the Toronto 2015 Games, including transportation and security, would be at least $2.5 billion _ far above the $1.4 billion the province originally stated.The transportation budget alone will be up to $90 million to shuttle athletes and officials to the various venues around southern Ontario, which stretch from Niagara in the west to the Orillia area in the north, and as far east as Oshawa.Even though three levels of government are contributing funding for the Pan Am/Parapan Games in Toronto, Ontario is putting in the lion’s share and will be on the hook for any cost overruns. Fired Toronto Pan Am Games CEO Ian Troop gets $534,000 in severance by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:47 am MDT read more

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War crimes fugitive surrenders to UN peacekeepers in DR Congo UN advocate

The United Nations advocate for ending sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the surrender of fugitive rebel leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as MONUSCO. Mr. Sheka, who the Security Council added to its UN sanctions list after a national warrant was issued for his arrest in 2011, is wanted for crimes related to mass rapes of at least 387 civilians in the eastern DRC during July and August 2010. He turned himself in yesterday to MONUSCO forces in Mutungo in the North Kivu, after years on the run. The surrender “signals that the persistent advocacy and engagement of the United Nations and international community, in support of the national authorities, can yield results,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten. Despite the surrender, Under-Secretary-General Patten noted that the militia Mr. Sheka created and leads, the Nduma defense of Congo (NDC), continues to commit violations including rape, killing and forced recruitment. “Thousands of women and girls, men and boys in eastern Congo continue to be terrorized by those under Cheka’s command, with many still fearing the next attack,” Ms. Patten said. She called for him and his affiliates to stand trial swiftly and in accordance with due process standards, and that anyone supporting the NDC be sanctioned.The senior UN official also urged that “overdue” reparations be paid to victims. The fugitive turned himself in to MONUSCO “in full awareness of the fact that he is wanted by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to stand trial for alleged crimes,” the UN Mission said in a statement. The mission said that it is committed to supporting the relevant judicial authorities in pursuing criminal prosecutions for all human rights violations, in accordance with the rule of law, and that it has a standing agreement with the DRC government to ensure that all persons in MONUSCO’s care who are handed over to the national authorities are treated in accordance with all relevant human rights standards. read more

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Ohio State aims to fix free throw struggles in NCAA Tournament

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a free throw during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan won, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe whistle blows, the official bounces the ball and every eye in the arena is focused on a single player. Standing at the free throw line with the game on the line, even the simplest things can go wrong.Players spend years perfecting the technique of the shot, just to be placed under the spotlight and wither.In the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s contest against Michigan Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal, the pressure finally caught up to the Buckeyes.“We knew it was going to bite us in the butt sooner or later, and unfortunately it happened today,” junior guard Shannon Scott said after the loss.On the season, OSU (25-9, 12-9) shot 68.9 percent from the free throw line, 210th out of 351 teams in Division I.But in Big Ten Tournament wins against Purdue and Nebraska, the Buckeyes’ struggles at the line weren’t enough to lose them the games.OSU went a combined 12-14 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes of play against the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers, despite shooting less than 65 percent in each of the games.Against the Wolverines though, the problems at the free throw line were exposed. Senior guard Aaron Craft missed two free throws with 2:27 remaining that would have put OSU in the lead, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross missed one of two with 44 seconds remaining.One more point could have led to a less desperate situation for OSU, which would have only needed two points to tie instead of having to rely on a 3-pointer that slipped out of Craft’s hands right before the buzzer.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said free throws are starting to become worrisome for OSU, but that the team managed to stay in the game was impressive.“Free throws are obviously big and this is where you see how big they can become,” Smith Jr. said. “All-in-all, even with us missing free throws down the stretch, we still had a chance to win the game. We were one rebound away, they miss a free throw and get the ball back, that’s a dagger. In the end, that takes the momentum away from our team and it just turns everything in their favor. But we start making those free throws and we have a chance to ice the game and we wouldn’t even be in this situation.”Craft said he wasn’t happy with his own performance down the stretch.“I’m disappointed in myself, obviously,” Craft said. “Came down the stretch and didn’t make some free throws, missed a couple shots that our team needed us to make.”Less than a week before, against Michigan State in Columbus, OSU struggled at the line again late, only hitting two of its eight attempts at the line in the final two minutes. But like the first two rounds of the Big Ten Tournament, OSU managed to squeak by with a win despite shooting poorly at the line.Smith Jr. said the free throw shooting has turned into a consistent problem late in games, but if OSU can fix the problem, it will become a dangerous squad.“We’re not making free throws down the stretch,” Smith Jr. said. “Those are things that we can correct and once we get (those) corrected, I’d be afraid of us. We’re definitely going to be a better team because of it. We take that with the type of fight this team has, and the effort we’re going to dig ourselves out of holes, I think that’ll be something good for us.”The No. 6-seeded Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Dayton Flyers (23-10, 10-6) Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m. read more

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iPhone 4 Made from Dinosaur Tooth Now Available

first_imgI never really understood the appeal of those ultra-expensive diamond-covered iPhones. This, on the other hand, is something I can really get behind. Stuart Hughes, the man behind an $8 million blinged out iPhone, has introduced the iPhone History Edition. It’s an iPhone 4 with the customary glass back swapped out for a flattened tyrannosaurus rex tooth and meteoric stone.AdChoices广告The phone also features 8.5 diamonds in the bezel and an Apple logo made from diamond and platinum–because if you’re going to go all out, why not really go crazy? Hughes said of the phone, “I have worked with dinosaur in the past but I wanted to go fierce on this one. Hence we [included] a tooth. It doesn’t come more fierce than that.”You can pick up this understated handset for the low price of $63,000–a virtual steal compared to that $8 million thing. No world on how dinosaur bone affects reception–extinction, after all, could be the ultimate death grip.last_img read more

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San Diego comes together for annual Navy Bay Bridge Run

first_img Dani Ruberti covers Sunday’s 32nd Annual Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk.Before… Posted: May 20, 2018 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 SettingsAnd after: San Diego comes together for annual Navy Bay Bridge Run Updated: 10:52 AM 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 Settings , May 20, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Tetris 99 is a battle royale game like Fortnite and its available

first_imgNintendo 99 players enter, one player leaves. The power of geometry sorts the weak from the WARRIORS. Nintendo has laid down the gauntlet against Fortnite, announcing on Wednesday a battle royale version of its retro game Tetris. Tetris 99 will bring 99 players together in an online arena to fight for block supremacy.  The iconic puzzle game #Tetris arrives, but with an online experience like no other–99 players enter, but only one reigns supreme! #Tetris99 is available to download now, exclusively for #NintendoSwitchOnline Members. pic.twitter.com/iLWG08pmIi— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 13, 2019 99 players enter, one player leaves. The power of geometry sorts the weak from the WARRIORS. #NintendoDirect https://t.co/d2Yyx3crbt pic.twitter.com/3IMMWzK3lC— CNET (@CNET) February 14, 2019 Share your voice Tags The gameplay looks like the Tetris you know, just with 98 other players trying to lay down bricks alongside you. Every time you get two lines or more, you send garbage from your screen to the bottom of other players’ screens. Players get knocked out until one reigns supreme! Should be easy right? Nintendo revealed the game on Wednesday as part of a raft of new announcements at its Nintendo Direct online presentation, including more details about its new tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as the launch of Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch.  Tetris 99 is available for Nintendo Switch Online members from today, and is free to download. You can check out the gameplay below.  Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Video Games Comment 1 Nintendolast_img read more

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2020 Lincoln Aviator offers slightly better fuel economy than Cadillac XT6

first_img SUVs Luxury cars Future Cars Enlarge ImageTalk about getting off to a good start. Andrew Krok/Roadshow When a car is more efficient, less expensive and more powerful than its also-new competition, that sounds like a pretty good start. Lincoln should have plenty to celebrate this week, then, now that fuel economy numbers are out for the base-trim 2020 Aviator.According to newly published EPA figures, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator in base, rear-wheel drive trim is rated at 18 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway and 21 combined. It’s still more expensive than your average vehicle, which is why the EPA estimates that Aviator owners will spend $2,250 more in fuel costs over five years when compared to the average new car.That’s not bad, considering its engine is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Its starting price is $52,195, which includes destination, and adding AWD will tack another $2,500 on to the price, likely lowering fuel economy a bit in the process.Let’s compare that to the Aviator’s also-new competitor, the 2020 Cadillac XT6. It’s rated just a smidge lower than the Aviator at 18 mpg city, 25 highway and 20 combined. Yet, it’s a more expensive proposition at $53,690 including destination. Front-wheel drive is standard, as opposed to the Aviator’s standard RWD. Most surprising, though, is the huge output delta between these two — the XT6’s naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 only musters 310 hp and 271 lb-ft. Yikes. The XT6 is also down a cog in its automatic transmission, packing 9 compared to the Aviator’s 10.The 2020 Cadillac XT6 goes on sale this summer, around the same time the Aviator does. It’ll be interesting to see how both perform, not only against each other, but against the greater midsize luxury SUV segment. 1:26 Lincoln Cadillac More From Roadshow Review • 2019 Lincoln Navigator: Bigger and better More about 2019 Lincoln Navigator 2020 Lincoln Aviator takes off at LA Auto Show 58 Photos 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything Tags 2020 Lincoln Aviator first drive: Stylish SUV takes flight with smart tech Share your voice 1 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more Comment The sky’s the limit in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Now playing: Watch this: Lincoln Cadillaclast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday April 20 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowTrial opens for couple accused of starting ’15 Willow wildfireCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDid an Anchorage couple start the 2015 wildfire that devastated a big swath of Willow? That’s the question for a Palmer jury, which heard opening statements Thursday as the trial over what became known as the Sockeye Fire began.BP leak successfully pluggedElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation today announced that a leaking oil and gas well on the North Slope was successfully plugged.Oil and gas industry defends Hilcorp’s safety recordElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageLast week, Hilcorp was finally able to fix a fuel line in Cook Inlet that regulators say started leaking gas in December. But the oil and gas company and its allies are still struggling to contain another issue: environmental groups, which argue that Hilcorp’s problems in Cook Inlet disqualify the company from drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean.Gambell sees second whaling of the yearDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeFamilies and community members on St. Lawrence Island will be eating Bowhead whale this week after a local hunter caught Gambell’s second whale of the season on Monday night.Juneau boundary expansion could threaten subsistence living in AngoonEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaThe City and Borough of Juneau is looking to expand its boundaries on Admiralty Island. That island is home to Angoon, a community of about 500 people, some of whom fear a nearby land annexation would threaten their subsistence lifestyle.YK villages serve as models for renewable energyAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThis fall, Kongiganak is set to install a lithium ion battery in its utility system that could replace more than half the village’s electric and heating needs with wind energy. For more than four years, about a third of the village’s energy has come from this renewable resource.Wind-farm developer assails GVEA’s refusal to buy more powerTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksLawyers representing the Delta Wind Farm are asking state regulators to deny a tariff filed by Golden Valley Electric Association that argues the utility should not be required to buy more power from the wind farm. GVEA said it should be exempt from state and federal regulations intended to promote use of renewable energy, because it can’t integrate more wind power now without incurring costs that would be passed along to ratepayers.Cause of death and suspect info released for April 4th Fairbanks murderDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks Police have released more information about an April 4th murder. 44-year-old Jose Alfonso Sifuentes Morales was found dead just after midnight on the road in the area of 3rd Avenue and Hall Street. No other information had been released until a press briefing Wednesday, during which Detective Peyton Meredith revealed cause of death.Cold weather slows winter break upDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksUnusually cold temperatures across the interior this week are slowing break up.Project Citizen brings civics to Gruening classroomVikram Patel, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageCivic engagement may sound pretty boring to some. But the eighth graders at Gruening Middle School in Eagle River don’t seem bored at all. They’re competing in Project Citizen, a program that teaches students how to participate in local and state government, training politicians of the future. The state competition takes place in Fairbanks tomorrow.last_img read more

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France for consolidating democracy Shahriar foresees fair polls

first_imgState minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam speaks at a reception marking the National Day of the French Republic, in Dhaka on Saturday, 14 July 2108. Photo: UNBState minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on Saturday hoped the election commission (EC) with the help of all political parties, administration and other stakeholders, will be able to hold “inclusive, fair and neutral” general elections by the end of this year.He made the remark while addressing as chief guest at a reception marking the French National Day in the capital on Saturday evening, reports UNB.French ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin also spoke.The state minister said Bangladesh considers all human rights as universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually reinforcing.”The fundamental rights envisaged in the constitution of Bangladesh reflect many of the human rights prescribed by international human rights law,” he said.The state minister mentioned that Bangladesh is a country with rich ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.It encourages the contribution of civil society and NGOs in national socio-economic development as well as in the promotion and protection of human rights initiatives, Shahriar said.”I am confident; the diversity and depth of our relations will continue to rise and widen, bringing tangible outcome and mutual benefits for the peoples of the two countries,” he said.He wished the continued happiness and well-being of the friendly people of the French Republic and everlasting friendship and good relations between France and Bangladesh.French ambassador Bourdin said Bangladesh and France can do more together in consolidating democracy through free and fair elections, as well as inclusive, and in defending the human rights of all women and men in the world, as well as in their respective countries.She said they are convinced that two countries can do and achieve a lot more together in ensuring sustainable development for all, implementing the 2030 Agenda and assisting each other in implementing international commitments.She said the two friendly countries can do a lot in contributing to peace and stability, as both countries hold shared views on a number of issues of concern, and are active contributors to peacekeeping operations.The ambassador talked about two countries’ role in promoting the importance of education and diversity of languages and cultures, in which are rooted the identity, the sense of belonging and individual rights of every citizen.”They have been and remain key factors in our respective history and fight for emancipation,” she said.Ambassador Bourdin, while sharing a series of announcements, said president Emmanuel Macron has invited leaders from all countries who contributed troops in the first World War, and Bangladesh has also been invited, to commemorate the 1918 armistice on 11 November.”Besides the commemorative ceremonies, France is organising the Paris Peace Forum, a global platform for governance projects, aiming at consolidating peace and building a more cooperative and better organised planet, on 11-13 November,” she said.The ambassador said Bangladesh and France have developed warm and friendly relations since the early days of the fight for Independence led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.Andre Malraux, who fought for freedom during the civil war in Spain, lent him a strong support, along with other intellectuals (B Henri-Levy).”Our president lauded the impressive economic growth achieved in Bangladesh over the last 10 years. Our government has welcomed the announcement of the graduation of your economy from an LDC to a developing country by 2021 or 2024, we salute this great achievement,” said the French ambassador.She said they will keep on supporting Bangladesh economic development through their ODA (official development assistance) and technical assistance, as well as through private sector companies.Current and former ministers, diplomats, editors, civil society members and business leaders were present.last_img read more

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Full Show Understanding The ACA Ruling And Favorite Christmas Movies Dec 17

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: The Affordable Care Act faces new legal challenges after a ruling from a Texas federal judge Friday. The decision came just before open enrollment for Obamacare closed in Texas, but experts say consumers shouldn’t expect any major disruptions — for now. We learn more.Also this hour: It happens every year – a debate ensues over whether a particular film qualifies as a Christmas movie. We take suggestions from some Houstonians and then we talk with area film critic Dustin Chase about how he defines a holiday film and which ones best fit the bill for you to check out this Christmas.Also this hour: Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic answers your questions about the health of your beloved dog or cat. And, from the Texans beating the Jets to the Rockets winning three in a row, Jeff Balke updates us on the latest Houston sports news.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

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WATCH Golf Coast Mockingbird and Armadillo

first_imgAlong the floor, the Houston Freeways are mapped in tape, and there’s even a theater to represent the Houston Theater District. Set course, and shoot for par – along the Golf Coast!  Ernie and his MockArm crew visit the new interactive exhibition at San Jacinto College South Campus (SJCS) in Houston, that recreates Houston’s bayou system, using found objects and reusable materials.   Staff and students transform the college gallery into a seven-hole mini-golf course – representing White Oak, Brays, and Buffalo Bayou. The exhibit runs through September 27, 2019. Sharelast_img

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Govt to set up West Bengal Film Academy

first_imgKolkata: The state government has set up West Bengal Film Academy (WBFA) to ensure an overall development and promotion of the film sector in the state.It may be mentioned that a notification has been issued, announcing the setting up of WBFA. There are a total of 23 members in it, with Aroop Biswas, the state Youth Services and Sports minister, as its chairman.The members of WBFA include personalities from the film industry, representatives of different associations, senior officials of the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, etc. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDirector Goutam Ghosh, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, MP and actor Dipak Adhikari, MP Satabdi Roy, director Shoojit Sircar, Srikanta Mohta and many others from the film industry are in WBFA. Moreover, the presidents of the bodies, including Federation of Cine Technician and Workers of Eastern India and Eastern India Motion Pictures Association, are also its members. Among state government officials, Principal Secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs department, Finance Secretary, Director of Films, Director and CEO of Roopkala Kendra and managing director of West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, are also members of WBFA. The CEO of Nandan and Director of Kolkata International Film Festival is the member-secretary and its convener. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated that the step to set up WBFA has been taken to encourage and promote development of films and to act as an “umbrella body” for all issues related to the film industry. With setting up of the same, stress will be given on the development of infrastructure needed for the industry.Moreover, it will also ensure creation of employment opportunities in the sector and at the same time, the body can also give advice on various ongoing issues, to sort out the problems faced by producers, distributors and exhibitors. The body can also extend necessary help in connection with the ongoing schemes such as group mediclaim policies, accident insurance schemes for the cine and television artistes and workers in the studios.Members of WBFA will also seek to ensure further development of Roopkala Kendra, West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, Cinema Centenary Building and other related institutions.last_img read more

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Oklahoma over Ohio State for CFB Playoff

first_imgOklahoma over Ohio State for CFB PlayoffThe debate for the final spot in the College Football Playoff appears to be coming down to Ohio State or Oklahoma – assuming each team wins their conference championship game and Bama beats Georgia in the SEC title game – but Colin thinks the Sooners have the clear edge over the Buckeyes.When comparing resumes between the one-loss teams, Ohio State has the scar of a 49-29 blowout loss to 6-6 Purdue, while Oklahoma has a loss to 9-3 Texas. Also, Oklahoma showed it can compete with SEC teams based on their playoff appearance last year. Without question, however, the Purdue loss is the biggest deciding factor, just like last year’s loss to mediocre Iowa that kept the Buckeyes on the outside looking in. Also:– Texans SB contenders with Deshaun Watson– Baker still has maturity issues– Herd Hierarchy after NFL Week 12Guests:Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst, Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show; Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst and former All-Pro Tight End;  Leighton Vander Esch – Dallas Cowboys Linebackerlast_img read more

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