TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $17 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Jan. 23 will be approximately $20 million. The Canadian Press
October 12, 2019
Kolkata: The sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal witnessed high-handedness of BJP candidates, particularly from Bharati Ghosh and Dilip Ghosh. While the former IPS officer, who is the BJP candidate from Ghatal, was found barging into booths illegally with her body guards, Dilip Ghosh, who is contesting from the Midnapore seat, was found using instigating language just beside a polling booth at Rampuria Primary School at Egra.The Commission had to restrict the movement of Bharati Ghosh and seized the vehicle in which she was moving, after it was found that she did not have the necessary permission to use the car. Ghosh, who faced agitation from Trinamool Congress supporters and some common people at several booths, lost her cool and one of her security guards resorted to firing at a booth near Dogachia in Ghatal, in which one Bakhtiar Khan sustained bullet injuries. The Election Commission has initiated FIRs against Ghosh and her associates for videographing and firing in booth, while an FIR was also lodged against Dilip Ghosh, who is also the state president of the saffron party, for a clash with TMC supporters in front of a booth where he allegedly used instigating language. Voting in the sixth phase that covered four districts of Jangalmahal, namely Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Jhargram, was peaceful apart from some sporadic incidents of trouble. The average voting percentage was 79.93 percent till 5 pm, which was a clear indication that people braved the sultry weather conditions and exercised their franchise. The Central Forces opened fire at five places and 26 people were injured in clashes related to elections. The police arrested 16 persons across the parliamentary constituencies that went to vote in specific cases, for incidents of violence that could have marred the peaceful voting process.
October 12, 2019
Marrakech- King Mohammed VI chaired this Monday the launching of the project “Marrakech city of permanent renewal” that reflects the Sovereign’s strong will to secure a balanced, integrated and sustainable development of the ochre city.Chairwoman of the Urban commune of Marrakech, Fatima-Ezzahra El Mansouri underscored in a speech delivered on this occasion the objectives of this four year program (2014-2017) that will promote the city to the level of international metropolises.Based on a innovating approach which consists in overarching, integrated and coherent public actions, the project will support the city’s urban and demographic development, consolidate its economic attractiveness, reinforce its status as a world tourism pole, improve social, cultural and sports infrastructures and promote human development indicators. The program, requiring 6.3 billion MAD in investments, revolves around developing cultural legacy, improving urban mobility and integration, promoting good governance and preserving environment.The Marrakech, city of permanent renewal project features the establishment of a city of folk arts, a museum of immaterial legacy, a music academy, a museum of Moroccan water civilization and renovation of the Royal theater, of the Zaouiya El Kettania, of walls and old gates.Several avenues and streets around the project will be upgraded, while the bus station will be transferred, a new information system will be used to organize traffic and accessibility of disabled persons will be enhanced.The project further includes a tourism promotion component, building two public hospitals, two health center and 18 schools in addition to renovating 8 existing schools.The project further includes a citizen space, new public markets, six swimming pools, new mosques and Koran-teaching schools and the upgrading of some districts. Concerning the promotion of good governance, the project includes the modernization of communal services management, generalizing the use of new information and communications technologies, rationalizing communal property management and establishing a digital monitoring system. On this occasion, the King chaired the signing ceremony of two conventions: a framework convention related to the project was signed by interior minister Mohamed Hassad, habous and islamic affairs minister, Ahmed Toufiq, housing and urban policy minister, Mohamed Nabil Benabdellah, education and vocational training minister Rachid Belmokhtar, equipment, transport and logistics minister Aziz Rebbah, youth and sports minister, Mohamed Ouzzine, health minister El Hossaine Louardi, and culture minister, Mohamed Amine Sbihi.Other signatories of the framework convention include delegate minister for environment Hakima El Haïti, delegate minister in charge of water, Charafat Yadri Afilal, wali of the Marrakech-Tensift -Al Haouz region Mohamed Faouzi, chair of the urban commune of Marrakech, Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, chair of the prefecture council of Marrakech, Jamila Afif, chair of the urban commune of Mechouar Kasbah Mohamed Fouad El Houri, and general manager of the authority of water and electricity distribution, Mustapha El Habti.A second convention establishing a regional tourism promotion fund was also signed. The 400 million MAD convention provides for reinforced cooperation between signatories in air transport, communication, conferences, tourism vents, thematic offers and products. The Sovereign also launched the Mhamid citizen space project (189 million MAD), which is an integral part of the Marrakech, city of permanent renewal project. The space will feature a polyvalent sports hall, a swimming pool, football and rugby stadiums, a mini-football stadium, a library, a music academy and a mosque.It will also comprise a center for persons with specific needs, an exhibition space of handicraft products, a playground, a center for associations and a shelter for the elderly.
October 8, 2019
CALGARY, Alberta — Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil and gas company, said on Wednesday its second-quarter profit fell 69% as it took a substantial charge to account for a delayed oil sands mining project.The company, Canada’s dominant oil sands producer, reported net income of $211 million, or 14 Canadian cents per share, down from $680 million, or 45 Canadian cents, in the second quarter of 2013.The result included a $718 million non-cash charge to account for its share in the Joslyn Oil Sands Project, which was mothballed by partner Total SA earlier this year. It also wrote down the value of its Libyan assets by $297 million and booked a $223 charge for oil sands assets that no longer fit into the company’s future plans while recording $314 million in gains. | Adjusted earnings, which exclude most one-time items, rose 18% to $1.14 billion, or 77 Canadian cents per share, from $934 million, or 62 Canadian cents.The adjusted result lagged the average analyst forecast for the measure of 97 Canadian cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Suncor is ramping up its production from the world’s third-largest crude oil reserve. It said output from its northern Alberta operations rose 37% to 378,800 barrels per day due to less maintenance in the quarter and increasing production from its Firebag thermal oil sands operations.However, it said it has cut its capital spending budget by $1 billion, to $6.8 billion, as it plans lower-than-forecast spending on its oil sands projects and at its Libyan operations, due to political unrest in the North African country.In total, the company produced 518,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 500,100 boepd in the year-prior quarter.Cash flow, a key indicator of the company’s ability to pay for new projects and drilling, rose to $2.41 billion, or $1.64 per share, from $2.25 billion, or $1.49.Along with its Alberta oil sands projects, Suncor produces oil off Canada’s east coast, in the North Sea and elsewhere. It also owns refineries in Canada and the United States.The company’s shares closed at $445.79 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.© Thomson Reuters 2014
October 6, 2019
Condemning the murder of yet another Russian journalist, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has underscored the vital role of a free and independent media in upholding democracy.NTV television reporter Ilya Zimin was found dead in his apartment in Moscow at the end of last month, his body showing clear signs of violent struggle, as did the state of his apartment, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).Mr Zimin, who won the Best TV Reporter prize of the Russian Television Academy in 2002, worked for an investigative programme on NTV, a broadcaster owned by the state oil company Gazprom. The CPJ reports that at least 12 journalists have been murdered in Russia since 2000. “Free and independent media, both print and broadcast, play an essential role in upholding democracy and rule of law,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “Attacks against journalists therefore undermine society as a whole.“I am very concerned about reports of violence against journalists in Russia but place full confidence in the authorities’ determination to investigate these crimes and bring their perpetrators to trial,” he added. UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom, and Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world in recent months.
October 4, 2019
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” conquered the weekend box office.The shoot-’em-up sequel starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum as the military action figures brought to life earned $40.5 million over the weekend.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:1. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” Paramount, $40,501,814, 3,719 locations, $10,891 average, $51,008,689, one week.2. “The Croods,” Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $26,705,868, 4,065 locations, $6,570 average, $88,887,945, two weeks.3. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation,” Lionsgate, $21,641,679, 2,047 locations, $10,572 average, $21,641,679, one week.4. “Olympus Has Fallen,” FilmDistrict, $14,147,416, 3,106 locations, $4,555 average, $54,890,085, two weeks.5. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney, $11,702,316, 3,324 locations, $3,521 average, $198,374,716, four weeks.6. “The Host,” Open Road Films, $10,600,112, 3,202 locations, $3,310 average, $10,600,112, one week.7. “The Call,” Sony, $4,925,675, 2,439 locations, $2,020 average, $39,605,891, three weeks.8. “Admission,” Focus Features, $3,235,263, 2,161 locations, $1,497 average, $11,744,141, two weeks.9. “Spring Breakers,” A24, $2,774,145, 1,379 locations, $2,012 average, $10,074,434, three weeks.10. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Warner Bros., $1,343,025, 1,575 locations, $853 average, $20,629,646, three weeks.11. “Identity Thief,” Universal, $1,098,215, 1,082 locations, $1,015 average, $129,916,105, eight weeks.12. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” Warner Bros., $1,019,062, 1,080 locations, $944 average, $61,399,384, five weeks.13. “Silver Linings Playbook,” Weinstein Co., $900,927, 752 locations, $1,198 average, $128,712,563, 20 weeks.14. “Snitch,” Lionsgate, $444,457, 746 locations, $596 average, $41,353,859, six weeks.15. “Life of Pi,” Fox, $427,260, 340 locations, $1,257 average, $123,321,125, 19 weeks.16. “Safe Haven,” Relativity Media, $387,754, 550 locations, $705 average, $69,811,436, seven weeks.17. “Quartet,” Weinstein Co., $382,271, 302 locations, $1,266 average, $16,599,664, 12 weeks.18. “21 and Over,” Relativity Media, $302,277, 344 locations, $879 average, $24,952,089, five weeks.19. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Focus, $279,457, 4 locations, $69,864 average, $279,457, one week.20. “Escape From Planet Earth,” Weinstein Co., $235,117, 977 locations, $241 average, $53,927,096, seven weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ earns $40.5M at weekend box office by The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2013 6:30 pm MDT
October 2, 2019
NORMAL, Ill. — Devin Watson pumped in 23 points and San Diego State won its first true road game of the season, knocking off Illinois State, 75-65 in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge on Saturday afternoon.The Aztecs (5-2) played three of their first six games on neutral sites.Wilson hit a 3 to give San Diego State a quick, 8-3 lead and the Aztecs pushed it to 16-7 after Jalen McDaniels dunked with 12:45 remaining in the half. The Redbirds got within three early in the second half, but Wilson answered with a jumper and McDaniels dunked again and the Aztecs maintained their distance the rest of the way.McDaniels finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds for San Diego State (5-2).Phil Fayne and Malik Yarbrough each added 16 points and Yarbrough grabbed 13 boards for Illinois State (6-3), which suffered its first loss in five home games.Former San Diego State coach Steve Fisher travelled with the team. The two-time national Coach of the Year earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State and he was 2-0 coaching against his alma mater.The Associated Press
September 22, 2019
A US ARMY Captain who was yesterday awarded the Medal of Honour has asked to be redeployed.Capt William D Swenson’s heroics in a gun battle against the Taliban in 2009 were caught on video. The fire fight near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.Swenson risked his life numerous times to save lives and recover bodies of fellow troops during the battle.Swenson was awarded the US military’s highest award last night, with President Barack Obama saying that Swenson “reminds us of what American can be at its best”. (GlobalLeaks/YouTube)In a rare move, Swenson has asked to be redeployed, two officials told The Associated Press.It is believed the US Army is working with Swenson to allow the return.Swenson, 34, left the military in February 2011 as a captain, but he could rise to the rank of major once he rejoins. In order to return to active duty, Swenson will have to pass a physical, a drug test and other routine reviews. Officials are optimistic it would all fall into place.US Defence officials have said that they are “unsure” if a Medal of Honour recipient as ever gone back on active duty.Swenson became just the eighth person to receive the Medal of Honour in the Afghanistan War. He had previously received a Purple Heart for having been wounded in action and a Bronze Star for “heroic achievement or service”.Read: What is it like to be a woman kidnapped by the Taliban? You’re an example to everyone in this city and to our whole country of the professionalism and patriotism that we should strive for, whether we wear a uniform or not, not just on particular occasions but all the time.
September 21, 2019
Gartner has finished collecting data on mobile phone sales and market share for the first quarter of 2011, and while no one expected Android to slow down, few people expected the platform to pick up as much steam as it has.Android devices now make up over 36 percent of the mobile phone market worldwide, with 36.27 million devices shipping in Q1 alone. The only other company to enjoy significant growth was Apple. The iPhone moved up to 16.8 percent of all mobile phones worldwide, nearly double its market share from a year ago.The rest of the numbers look bad for their respective companies. Sales of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 flagged, topping only 1.6 million devices of the total 3.66 million mobile phones that run a Microsoft operating system. That 3.66 million is a big number, but it actually represents a sharp decline from a year ago, from 6.8 percent of overall global mobile share to 3.6 percent.Most analysts point to a lack of manufacturer interest in Windows Phone 7 as the root of Microsoft’s dropping market share in the mobile space: developers are interested in the platform, and many customers are too, but the handset manufacturers simply haven’t lined up.This may be one reason why Murtazin calculated that only 674,000 Windows Phones had been sold, adding fuel to the rumor mill that Microsoft may want to pick up a mobile manufacturer of its own, like Nokia. Microsoft already has a partnership with Nokia to start producing Windows Phones, but that partnership likely won’t bear fruit until 2012 at the earliest. Neither company has officially said when their first Windows Phones will reach the market.Research in Motion (RIM,) makers of the BlackBerry, also took a heavy tumble, largely due to Android’s rise. RIM fell behind Android, Symbian, and iOS as the fourth major mobile OS worldwide. To put the drop in perspective, it was number two a year ago, second only to Symbian. Speaking of Symbian, Nokia’s now discarded mobile OS completely choked in the past year, shedding close to half its market share and tumbling from the top spot. It’s still second globally, but the trend doesn’t look good.What’s certain, however, is that the global market for mobile phones is looking more and more like the US market, when just over a year ago the two were almost incomparable. Android and iOS have enjoyed major gains both in the United States and abroad over the past year, and the old guard – Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile, have all suffered because of it.Read more at Gartner, via Electronista and Boy Genius Report
September 20, 2019
Panne des BlackBerry : le PDG de RIM présente ses excusesPendant plusieurs jours cette semaine, les utilisateurs du BlackBerry ont été victimes de pannes qui ont fortement perturbé leurs communications. Alors que les problèmes sont aujourd’hui en partie réglés, le PDG et fondateur de RIM, Mike Lazaridis, a tenu à présenter ses excuses.Mike Lazaridis, le PDG de RIM, vient de publier sur YouTube une vidéo dans laquelle il s’excuse auprès des utilisateurs du BlackBerry. Ces derniers ont été victimes cette semaine de plusieurs pannes. Des millions de personnes à travers le monde se sont vus privées de leur accès à leur messagerie, ou même à Internet. À lire aussiBlackBerry 10 : le smartphone de développement en image ?”Depuis que nous avons sorti le BlackBerry en 1999, mon objectif a été de fournir des services de communications fiables et instantanés partout sur le planète. Nous n’avons pas atteint cet objectif cette semaine, loin de là. Je m’excuse pour toutes ces pannes cette semaine” déclare le fondateur de RIM dans son message vidéo. Des excuses qui n’ont pas convaincu toutes les victimes de cette vaste panne. Sur YouTube, les commentaires d’internautes furieux le prouvent.Aujourd’hui, les problèmes techniques qu’a rencontrés la firme ont été réglés en Europe, au Moyen-Orient, en Inde et en Afrique. Mais aux Etats-Unis, en Chine comme en Amérique latine, les utilisateurs de BlackBerry rencontrent entre autres des difficultés pour accéder à leur messagerie.Le 14 octobre 2011 à 17:41 • Maxime Lambert
September 17, 2019
Governor lauds Bien-Aime & Integrity Commission at anti-corruption meeting TCI’s Community College’s Dismercy Lugo wins Integrity Commission’s College Speak Off Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp MPs say they know nothing about pay raise Related Items:electoral commission, integrity commission, peter boyle, richard been Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Deputy Director of the Integrity Commission, Mr Richard Been, returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands on 1 September following a Governor’s Office-funded attachment to the UK’s Electoral Commission.The one-week training and development visit, which also included a visit to the UK’s Committee on Standards in Public Life, sought to build working relationships between UK and TCI bodies and to familiarise the Deputy Director with the processes the UK employs to govern and monitor the financing of political parties. Mr Been’s programme, which was split between London and Edinburgh, included numerous meetings with officials that focused on how the Electoral Commission could assist the Integrity Commission in carrying out its mandate. He also had the opportunity to observe the live monitoring and checking of proposed political expenditure carried out by the Electoral Commission, and met with both the Electoral Commissioner for Scotland and the Head of Election Team for the Scottish Government.‘It was fascinating to be able to spend time with the Electoral Commission’s officials in the run-up to the Scottish referendum on independence on 18 September,’ commented Mr Been on his return. ‘I will be looking to apply what I learned during my visit to my work for the Integrity Commission as we strive towards ensuring TCI is a regional model of political transparency and accountability.’Deputy Head of Mission at the Governor’s Office, Mr. Patrick Boyle, commented: ‘I’m very pleased that we have once again been able to fund capacity building activities that will be of real benefit to the TCI. The UK’s commitment to good governance in the Islands continues, and the Integrity Commission plays a key role in achieving this locally. I hope Mr Been’s visit will herald the beginning of a strong working relationship with the UK’s Electoral Commission.’The Integrity Commission of the TCI is, among other things, charged with oversight of the Political Activities Ordinance of the Islands. This governs the activities (financing, campaigning etcetera) of political parties and independent candidates during the four-year cycle of elections, and particularly the twelve month period prior to a General Election. The Ordinance draws in fair measure from its counterpart legislation in the UK, and specifies donation and spending limits as well as who can or cannot donate to a political party. The Ordinance also defines the enforcement powers and sanctions which can be implemented if there is a breach by any of the political parties.END
September 17, 2019
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Man arrested after fatal beating near Old Town Updated: 10:34 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 24, 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The man known for jumping on stage at a Taylor Swift concert in San Diego a few years ago is behind bars on Christmas Eve.Investigators say Christian Ewing attacked Gregory Freeman in the Midway area and beat him in Old Town earlier this month. Freeman died three days later.Three years ago, Ewing sneaked into Taylor Swift’s concert at Petco Park and jumped onstage while she was performing.Security guards tackled him, one broke a rib and Ewing got two years probation for assault. December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
September 16, 2019
The Leadership At It’s Best Class, sponsored by Syngenta, met Washington D.C. during the ASA board meeting this week. Photo Credit: Michelle HummelThe 2013-14 ASA Leadership At Its Best Class graduated this week in Washington, D.C., after spending two days of in-depth advocacy training and Hill visits. The Leadership At Its Best program is sponsored by Syngenta and develops leadership, communications and advocacy skills in farmers who have already shown potential to be strong leaders through positions held on their state soybean association boards. This select group of farmer-leaders participated in the first part of their training this past summer at Syngenta’s offices in Minnesota. This week, their training focused primarily on how to advocate for issues important to soybean farmers in Washington. Their visit to the nation’s Capitol concluded with a day of Hill visits with their state associations.ASA congratulates this year’s Leadership At Its Best Class on successful completion of this valuable program. Click here to see the complete list of participants. ASA will begin collecting nominations for next year’s class soon. For more information, contact Michelle Hummel in the ASA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 13, 2019
The city of Monterey, Calif., will hold a cultural festival this weekend to highlight the community’s close relationship with its two military installations — the Presidio of Monterey, home of the Defense Language Institute, and the Naval Postgraduate School.With a BRAC round looming, the inaugural Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival will provide an opportunity for Monterey to demonstrate its support for the two installations, according to Mayor Clyde Roberson.“We can provide the [Defense Department’s] mission here better than anywhere else,” Roberson said last week. “This is just one of the many steps we are taking.”Last year, Monterey County trademarked the slogan, the “Language Capital of the World,” as part of an effort to raise the profile of the Defense Language Institute.Military activity in Monterey contributes $1.4 billion to the local economy annually, reported the Monterey Herald. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
September 10, 2019
Ford More From Roadshow Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 Tags More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWD 2019 Toyota Highlander review: Still competitive, but showing its age 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: A new way to haul 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive: Sweet, sweet overkill Ford Share your voice 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: Beautiful in blue 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 5:17 Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 38 Photos Enlarge ImagePretty frugal for a big SUV that can tow, we’d say. Emme Hall/Roadshow For those on the hunt for frugality and function, Ford believes it may have just the SUV to fit the bill. That is the 2020 Explorer Hybrid, which the EPA has finally provided fuel economy estimates for.Forbes first reported on the fuel economy estimates on Wednesday and the government said the 2020 Explorer Hybrid will muster 27 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. That’s for rear-wheel drive models, mind you. Across large portions of the US where winter is a thing, the Explorer Hybrid with all-wheel drive will return an estimated 23/26/25 mpg.For some comparison, the RWD model boasts a 4 mpg better rating compared to the Explorer’s standard 2.3-liter turbo-4 engine. For AWD models, the Hybrid manages to be 2 mpg more frugal. While that may not sound like a huge difference, Ford did tell us during our first drive of the Explorer Hybrid that the SUV should go about 500 miles between fill-ups. That’s a stat many families will likely love to hear.Power for the hybrid model comes from a 3.3-liter V6 married to a 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery and 35-kilowatt electric motor. There’s no pure electric mode, rather, the Explorer Hybrid simply operates in the most efficient setting at all times. Drivers won’t hear a peep or hum when crawling around parking lots, but the engine will fire up when the driver gets up to speed. When needed, 318 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque are on tap. Those are slightly higher figures than the turbocharged 2.3-liter’s 300 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque.While the Explorer Hybrid is the more efficient of the SUV’s portfolio, it falls short of the standard bearer: the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The current model will return an estimated 28 mpg combined with standard AWD. The next model is expected to be even more efficient as it moves from V6 power to an inline-4 engine.So, where does Ford see a play for hybrid sales? Towing. The Explorer Hybrid is rated to tow 5,000 pounds. Toyota’s electrified Highlander will do just 3,500 pounds. SUVs Hybrids
September 3, 2019
BNP vice-chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP vice-chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain on Friday urged their party leaders and activists to heat up the streets to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail, reports UNB.”It would be very tough to free Khaleda Zia through a normal legal process as the government has destroyed all the institutions, including the judiciary. I personally don’t believe we’ll be able to have her released from jail depending on the rule of law,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “The only way to free her is to heat up the street. Until we do it, we won’t be able to have Khaleda Zia released from jail. So, let’s get united and wage a movement to free her.”Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of all political prisoners, including Khaleda Zia.Khaleda has been in jail since 8 February last year as she was convicted in two graft cases.Mahbub, also one of the counsels of Khaleda, said the BNP chairperson was arrested out of government’s political vengeance with a political motive. “So, it is not possible to have her freed without the government’s goodwill.”He called upon the leaders of BNP and the Jatiya Oikya Front to launch a movement on a single issue of Khaleda’s release.Mahbub also questioned the justification of BNP’s decision to join the 11th parliamentary elections keeping Khaleda in jail.”We took part in the election depending on democracy-loving people without freeing Khaleda Zia. History will judge and our leaders will have to say one day whether it was a justified decision to join that election,” Mahbub said.
September 1, 2019
By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROWakanda forever has been taken to a new level at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). On October 24, Chadwick Boseman’s “Black Panther” costume was on display for the first time as a part of the inaugural African American Film Festival at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.Released, in February of 2018, Marvel Studio’s “Black Panther” became the highest grossing Marvel film to present day and the ninth highest grossing film of all time. While making its way to the top of the box office chart, “Black Panther” re-emerged since it’s debut as a comic book character in 1966, remaining a cultural symbol of representation in the Marvel universe that lacks representation of Black characters.The Black Panther costume was revealed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on October 24. (Photo by Brianna McAdoo)The “Black Panther” costume worn by Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/The Black Panther) was constructed of 3-D printed flexible materials. Rhea Combs, curator of Film and Photography and head of the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts both at NMAAHC, shared her knowledge about the construction of the costume.“I do know the mask is 3-D printed nylon…It has some velcro on it, it has some nylon, it has some various types of plastic. It’s about an eight piece suit when you think about the shoes, the gloves, the double body suit, that’s like the pants and the top so you have a variety of different elements that make up the Black Panther.”The iconic “Black Panther” suit was conceptualized by comic book artist and illustrator Andy Park. The design itself was executed by the award winning costume designer, Judianna Makovsky.The African American museum hosted over 80 films at their debut African American Film Fest which took place from October 24 through October 28. As part of the film festival’s mission to, “showcase historical and contemporary time-based media works highlighting African American and African diasporic experiences”, the “Black Panther” costume made a one night appearance on Thursday October 24.Have no fear, Curator Rhea Combs shared that the costume would be apart of the museum’s permanent collection, but did not have further details about when it would be exhibited as the museum is currently figuring out methods to preserve the costume. Combs went on to highlight the significance of the costume being featured in the film festival, “we think that it’s important to have on display during the film festival because the film festival is really about showcasing black excellence in all its variety of ways.”When asked, why “Black Panth”er is just as worthy of celebration as other celebrated Marvel films like Spiderman and Batman, Combs told the AFRO, “When you think about the history of superheroes and comics, African Americans have really not been sort of the main… This one is different in the fact that its unapologetic about the fact that the superhero, the protagonist, the main character is African, is unapologetically Black and I think that…you can’t deny that as a significant moment in a history when people have been erased,” she said.For more information about the African American Museum of History & Culture and their upcoming events, exhibits, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu.
August 30, 2019
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read May 11, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Back when I taught high school, I was able to reach just 150 kids a day. But today at our education company, Learn Capital, I’m now seeing our portfolio reach 150 million viewers. That’s a million times more reach through connected technology.Related: 3 Tech Startups That Are Reinventing K-12 EducationIndeed, there has never been a better time to be a pioneer in education technology: In 2014 U.S. edtech venture funding was nearly $2 billion; and while some investors fear we may be entering an edtech bubble, I’m not as worried. Of course there is inherent risk when a market sees a sharp rise in investment dollars; and not everyone will make money. However, disruption in the education and learning market is in its infancy and cries out for further innovation. Following are a few key reasons why entrepreneurs should focus their efforts on disrupting the education market and getting a piece of the proverbial $4.6 trillion pie.1. Demand for learning is exploding.The demand for learning is insatiable and compounding. It is commonly known that society’s most educated people are also its most rigorous learners. So, it should come as no surprise that the most literate societies are the ones who learn the most. That’s why tertiary education is being sought out by greater numbers here in the United States and the world’s more educated nations. Advanced education has become more commonplace and affordable; and companies are offering more rigorous training to meet their needs for an innovative and technology-driven workforce.Additionally, there is growing sophistication among parents, who in turn are positively reinforcing their children’s education. This trend is fueling a life-long demand for continued education — so much so that educational supply does not meet demand; and that gap is growing. 2. Educational demands for flexibility are not yet being met.As the average person becomes more sophisticated in his or her educational endeavors, the demand for continued learning has outpaced supply. Until recently, when the internet really started to work its magic, those who wanted to learn had to:1. Go to a school.2. Go to a school near their parents’ or own home.3. Consider campus options — especially if they had top-notch academic skills and were financially well off.Related: 4 Ways Technology Is Making Education More Affordable and AvailableAll such forms of learning involved an instructor and a library, and that was pretty much it. Today, more than ever before, learners demand more availability and lower costs.3. Capital is readily available.A flood of “interested” capital is now available. Our company receives several emails a week from investors seeking a first investment opportunity or a further investment into the education space. Not all companies will receive funding, of course, but there are a huge number of investors looking for new opportunities. Additionally, investable companies will see great terms and have an ever-increasing choice of investors to choose from. 4. It has never been cheaper to start a company.In an interesting experiment, TheNextWeb asked software development firms how much it would cost to build the products currently driving billions of dollars in the education space. Surprisingly, the finding was that companies like Twitter could be built in less than a full working day, with initial costs as low as hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s not bad considering that entrepreneurs in the ed space are receiving $10 million-plus dollar valuations in Seed and Series A rounds. 5. The processes for starting a company have become widely known.The knowledge behind lean startups, customer development and the how-to’s of raising rounds of capital has become easily accessible. There was a point in time where such knowledge was a combination of industry secrets. Now, though, the tools to start a business are a popular commodity and widely available in popular books by authors such as Eric Reis, Steve Blank and Brad Feld, as well as on various blogs and websites. In fact, entrepreneurship is now a global trend. 6. It has never been easier to reach a wide audience.Education platforms are paving the way for companies to launch and create strong user bases quickly and affordably. For example, Edmodo has an app store that has helped launch dozens of companies and build strong user bases. Clever now allows users to integrate with school data and drive school adoption.Standing on the shoulders of the internet and mobile technologies, today’s startups can reach anyone who’s connected, with just a click. Oh, how things have changed since I stood in a classroom, teaching those high school kids. And, rest assured: As we move forward, more and more companies will show hyper-scale growth curves like those from WhatsApp, SnapChat and WeChat. You should consider joining them.Related: Will You Be the Next Great Education-Tech Entrepreneur?
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This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Tech entrepreneurs like to create cool technological solutions. Then, they often only want to provide their solutions to customers or clients that are equally cool — favoring the few buzzy opportunities over many other unexciting ones.I know this sounds crazy. Who turns down business? But it’s true. Many tech startups have focused on splashy, slick apps of consumer convenience, rather than attending to the less visible infrastructure necessary to keep all this running. According to CB Insights, the number one reason cited by startups in postmortems was “lack of a market need” for their product. Hmm.So what are they missing? First, let’s consider the disconnect.Related: How to Get Your First Big Win in BusinessSure, it’s exciting to see yourself helping someone disrupt an entire industry. But most technology solutions get applied to mundane things in everyday businesses — the kind of clients that may “merely” want to reinvigorate a supply chain, find a more efficient way to root out product defects, or improve a routine customer experience. Or maybe they want to pump new life into old lines of business or ignite new growth in a mature business. For technology solutions, no matter how cool, that is where much of the market lies. And the market will only grow larger. More and more companies are realizing that technology can revive old businesses and can create new opportunities in existing businesses.My colleagues and I studied over 1,300 companies in major industries and found that the most successful of these — roughly 100 — are actively doing this. They’re applying technology-led innovation to both their mature and current businesses, as well as their new ventures. Still, most of the 1,300 fail to identify all the mundane, bland, but potentially profitable ways to apply new technologies. For tech companies that are willing to support this boring stuff, a valuable cycle awaits: They can help established brands today, fueling the innovations that become the brands’ core business tomorrow.Related: What It Takes to Grow a Little Company Founded on a Big VisionConsider a potential tech client like Uniqlo, the global fast fashion retailer. Management experts have been telling retailers to shed stores, inventory, and where possible, employees in order to compete with e-commerce competitors. But Uniqlo is determined to make the most of a very old business — selling clothes in shopping malls. Instead of abandoning its core retail assets, the company is redesigning them to accommodate the latest in digital technology and digitally savvy customers. At the same time, they are making major technology investments in automated factories that lower inventory costs and allow more relevant products. The company is positioning itself for the future while making existing assets more valuable — and providing exciting challenges to their providers of technology solutions. If you’re a tech entrepreneur, the lesson from companies like Uniqlo and the hundreds like them in other industries is clear. Make your cool solutions applicable in every phase of a customer’s business, as it continually evolves.Related: Could These Companies Be the Next $1 Billion Unicorns?How? Start by asking yourself how much you really know about product production, or how familiar you are with processes in various service industries. Learn these businesses. Engage. Seek to innovate. You’d be surprised how cool it can be. This story appears in the June 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 4, 2019 Enroll Now for Free