Tehran: Iran’s state TV says 18 people were killed and 14 injured in two separate road accidents in the country. The report says both accidents happened on Tuesday. The TV says 11 died after a minibus plunged into a ravine in a valley in the central province of Isfahan. It says eight were injured and were taken to hospital. They were reported to be in serious condition. The second accident, which killed seven, involved a crash between a bus and a car in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province. A huge fire engulfed the two vehicles after the collision. With about 17,000 dying every year in accidents, Iran has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records, blamed on disregard of traffic laws, unsafe vehicles and inadequate emergency services.
New Delhi: Coffee Day Enterprises on Wednesday named independent director S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the company to replace its founder VG Siddhartha, who has been confirmed dead days after he went missing. The company board, wherein Siddhartha’s wife Malavika Hegde is also a director, met on Wednesday to put in place a working structure of the company. The board appointed “S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the board” and “Nitin Bagmane as an interim chief operating officer (COO) of the company,” Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs India’s biggest coffee chain CCD, said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It also constituted an executive committee comprising Ranganath, COO Nitin Bagmane and CFO R Ram Mohan “to exercise the powers previously vested with the Chief Executive Officer of the company and the Administrative Committee constituted by the Board in 2015,” it said. “The board will, in due course, prepare a detailed charter of authorities vested in the Executive Committee and approve the same,” the filing said. The Executive Committee will explore opportunities to deleverage the Coffee Day Group, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The body of Siddhartha, who had been missing since Monday evening, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said. Siddhartha purportedly wrote a letter indicating he was anxious about pressure from banks, investors and the tax authorities before he went missing. “The board took cognizance of statements in the purported letter from V G Siddhartha relating to financial transactions outside the knowledge of the senior management, auditors and the board. “While the authenticity of the letter is unverified and it is unclear whether these statements pertain to the company or the personal holdings of V G Siddhartha, the board took serious note of the same and resolved to thoroughly investigate this matter,” the filing said. The board expressed its condolences to Siddhartha’s family and resolved to lend its support and expressed full confidence in the company’s management team. “The board also took note of a message from Malavika Hegde expressing support and trust in the company’s professional team and the common effort to look after the interest of the employees and all other stakeholders,” it said. “The board remains deeply committed to safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers.” The company said the Audit Committee and Executive Committee will engage in discussions with the statutory auditors of the company and such other advisors as may be necessary with a view to recommend appropriate next steps to the board at its forthcoming meeting on August 8. The board has also appointed Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as its legal counsel to advise on these matters.
Upcoming events to celebrate Literacy include;September 7th, 2019, Retro Run, For more information; CLICK HERESeptember 8th, 2019, Purple Light up of the Cultural Centre and LibrarySeptember 25th, 2019, Financial Literacy WorkshopSocial Media involvement with #PutYourPurpleOn #Literacy #LiteracyisLife #lLD2019The Fort St. John Literacy Society is dedicated to delivering diverse community programming that promotes literacy and provides learning opportunities in a supportive setting.The Literacy Society shares that literacy impacts every area of modern life such as health care, education, employment and the economy. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – September has been proclaimed as Literacy month in Fort St. John and there are many great reasons to celebrate and support literacy programming in the community.This September’s Province-wide initiative called Literacy is life is a way to raise awareness of the importance of literacy for British Columbians, raise awareness about community-based resources and raise funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives with all funding staying in Fort St. John.
15 May 2008Afghan police and military forces, Taliban insurgents and foreign troops must step up efforts to prevent more civilian casualties, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Afghanistan still suffers from large numbers of avoidable killings. Speaking to the press in Kabul after wrapping up an official visit to Afghanistan, Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said that all too often, the perpetrators of such crimes go unpunished. “The fact that there is an armed conflict does not mean that large numbers of such killings can be tolerated,” he said. The Taliban and other anti-Government elements are responsible for the majority of the unlawful killings, he said, with their routine suicide attacks and targeted assassinations. “Real pressure must be put on the Taliban to cease these wanton and brutal killings of civilians. In addition to exposing and condemning these killings, this also means that those concerned with human rights should talk directly with the Taliban, and impress upon them the long-term consequences of committing human rights abuses.” Mr. Alston stressed that while some people believed that speaking with the Taliban would give the group more legitimacy, this was a mistake. “The Taliban exist, they are engaged in widespread killings; we have an obligation not to stand on formalities, but to seek to diminish civilian casualties and killings.”Mr. Alston – who visited Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunar, Nangarhar, Jowjzan and Parwan provinces on his trip – also said the clear message he received during his many meetings was that neither the Government nor the international community were fulfilling their responsibility to protect Afghans’ right to life. In particular, police members had carried out killings with impunity because the justice system did not hold them to account, with some observers suggesting that stability should take precedence over human rights. “The police are the face of the Government. If they serve and protect the people, the Government will have legitimacy. If they extort, intimidate and kill, the Government will have no legitimacy.” Although international military forces in Afghanistan have made real efforts to respect international human rights and humanitarian law, they had nevertheless reportedly killed as many as 200 civilians this year during joint operations with Afghan security forces. “For all their efforts to abide by international law, the international forces have so far not succeeded in establishing a system which is both transparent and accountable. The international forces need to rise above the maze of overlapping mandates and multiple national systems of military justice and focus on the larger picture.” He called for all the international forces in Afghanistan to make sure that ordinary people could go to military bases and get information on civilian casualties. “When ordinary people make huge efforts to find out who conducted the raid or air strike that killed their loved one, to discover whether an investigation ever took place, or to ascertain whether anyone was prosecuted, they often come away empty-handed, frustrated and bitter. This is counter-productive and must end.” Mr. Alston, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council, serves in an independent and unpaid capacity. During his visit to Afghanistan he spoke with senior Government officials, diplomats, international military commanders, community leaders, elders, victims, witnesses and members of civil society.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today’s appeal will complement national relief efforts and provide support for food, health, nutrition, agriculture and early recovery, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene projects for six months for some 680,000 people living in departments in the eastern section of the country, including the dry corridor – Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso and Baja Verapaz – and the neighbouring Izabal and Quiché.Global acute malnutrition among children under the age of five in the dry corridor and the two neighbouring provinces is at 11 per cent, and at 13 per cent among women of child-bearing age. Both figures are above the emergency threshold of 10 per cent. The dry corridor had faced annual food shortages before, but this year, the situation is exacerbated by a combination of bad weather and bad economics.El Niño-affected rainfall patterns in the country lead to high losses in hillside and subsistence agricultural production. Meanwhile, rising food prices brought on by the global economic crisis, a decrease in remittances, cost increases for agricultural inputs and a decrease in employment opportunities for unqualified labour has led poorer people suffering from decreased capacities to access food and basic services. The situation of Guatemala’s food shortages has received increased international attention. The World Food Programme (WFP) recently held a video competition about the 1 billion people hungry in the world and the two aspiring filmmakers who won the grand prize are heading to Guatemala to highlight the plight of the drought-ridden country’s people. 5 March 2010The United Nations, together with the Guatemalan Government and aid partners, today launched a $34 million appeal to counter food shortages affecting 2.7 million people living in the Central American country’s so-called ‘dry corridor,’ which even before last year’s drought had one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world.
Wickremesinghe said that 2017 was a crucial year for investments to come in and this would pave the way for Sri Lanka to strengthen itself in the Indian Ocean region.“We want to develop Sri Lanka, especially as an export oriented economy aiming at job creation and income increments,” Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister said many international investors were now looking at Sri Lanka as a ideal investment hub. He also said that the government will negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China and other countries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that Sri Lanka will go ahead with the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India.The Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka will first finalise the GSP plus deal with the European Union and then the ETCA agreement with India. He further said that with the Indian Ocean region becoming the fastest growing region in the word, Sri Lanka had to use its strategic location to become a communication center for shipping, airlines. business and expand its markets through FTAs.The Prime Minister also denied reports of any political uncertainty in the country and remained firm that the present National Government would continue to implement all the development projects in order to make Sri Lanka an international hub. (Colombo Gazette)
The course, which will offer successful graduates an academic diploma from the UN – the first of its kind – comprises 10 subjects and 250 hours of instruction.The course has been developed by a group of water experts over three years, with financial support from the UN Development Account, as a method of marking the conclusion of 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater.UNU, which is based in Tokyo, said the curriculum has been designed as an undergraduate course for adult professionals. It is expected that engineers, district managers, government administrators and others responsible for water management will take the course.UNU Rector Prof. Hans van Ginkel said this kind of educational programming is unique.”I can think of no more international issue more fundamentally important than water management to serve as the subject for the first-ever UN University Diploma Program,” he said.Initially the course, which has drawn on materials from more than 60 international sources, will be offered through affiliated institutions in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, with plans for a subsequent worldwide expansion.Students will access course material by CD-ROM, the Internet or mailed printouts, and will have to successfully complete independent work assignments and examinations. By the end of the course, the students should have completed their own integrated water resource management plan.
HIV/AIDS has already erupted in Papua, New Guinea, and the threat that it could expand in New Zealand and in neighbouring Pacific regions is bigger than ever before said the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) just days before the first international conference on the disease opens in New Zealand.”The global HIV epidemic has no boundaries,” UNAIDS Regional Director, Prasada Rao said. “Pacific Island countries face an urgent challenge to prevent new infections and reinforce HIV and AIDS education programmes” in the region, he added.In New Zealand, there are more people living with HIV than ever before, and if the trend continues it is estimated that 2005 could be a record year in infections, said the agency.More than 450 people are expected to attend the 25 to 28 October joint programme by UNAIDS and the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) being held in Auckland, where key themes will include challenging the silence around AIDS, finding ways to reduce homophobia, encouraging churches to take a leadership role, and working with the realities of the sexual practices in the society, the agency said.”This is the first time that an international HIV and AIDS conference has concentrated on the Pacific region,” NZAF Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier said. “It could not have come at a better time,” she added, and should be “a clarion call to political, community, traditional, and church leaders throughout the Pacific to unite in the fight against this most deadly epidemic.”The conference will feature a strong indigenous voice and will provide a safe forum for many Pacific people living with HIV/AIDS to speak about how the epidemic is affecting them, their families and their countries, UNAIDS said.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks lose early momentum amid RIM profit-taking, positive Caterpillar earnings TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday, held back by a wave of profit-taking on Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares while mining and energy stocks failed to benefit from rising commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 0.71 of a point to 12,815.91, while the TSX Venture Exchange was off 9.36 points at 1,217.88.The Canadian dollar was unchanged at 99.35 cents US. It had earlier flirted with a six-month low around the 99-cent mark.Still, the dollar has tumbled 1.39 cents US since the Bank of Canada indicated last Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness.The dollar has been supported in recent months partly on sentiment that the central bank might hike rates later this year. Data released Friday showing low inflation in Canada at the end of 2012 further suggested that investors will have to wait longer for the central bank to move. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.U.S. indexes lost early momentum as a disappointing housing sector report competed with a well received earnings report from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and data showing higher than expected durable goods orders in December.The Dow Jones industrials gave back 14.05 point to 13,881.93 as the National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales dropped 4.3 per cent to 101.7 in December. That’s still 6.9 per cent higher than it was a year ago. Sales were held back by a limited supply of available homes.The Nasdaq gained 4.59 points to 3,154.3 and the S&P 500 index was 2.78 points lower at 1,500.18.U.S. durable goods orders rose by a greater than expected 4.6 per cent in December. That was more than double the consensus forecast for a two per cent gain.Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter profit fell 55 per cent to US$697 million, or $1.04 a share. Revenue dropped seven per cent to US$16.08 billion but still beating estimates of $16 billion. Ex-items earnings were $1.91 per share versus expectations of $1.69, and its shares were up 1.96 per cent to US$97.45 in New York.The lacklustre performance on North American markets on Monday followed solid gains through most of January, pushed along by a stronger than expected string of U.S. fourth-quarter earnings reports. The TSX gained 0.7 per cent last week while the Dow industrials ran ahead 1.8 per cent.“The markets are probably a little ahead of themselves, capturing the relief that we didn’t have great protracted political battles in the U.S.,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates, referring to the so-called fiscal cliff and raising the U.S. debt ceiling.“All the while, we know that the U.S. economy is improving (and) China is turning around. And what is most encouraging, we’re seeing fund flows back into equities like we haven’t seen going back more than a decade.”The Canadian corporate earning season kicks into gear this week with some of Canada’s biggest companies reporting.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) and grocer Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU.A) report earnings results on Tuesday while Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) and Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) hand in numbers on Thursday.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) unveils its new BlackBerry 10 product line in New York on Wednesday. Its stock has been on a tear lately amid optimism about the new lineup, rising 50 per cent in January and 12 per cent last week alone. However, its stock fell 7.61 per cent to $16.27 Monday on profit-taking.The financial sector was up 0.5 per cent even as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the long-term senior debt ratings of six big Canadian financial institutions — Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), CIBC (TSX:CM), TD Bank (TSX:TD), Caisse centrale Desjardins, and National Bank (TSX:NA)— by one notch.Moody’s says the downgrade reflects ongoing concerns about the banks’ exposure to the “increasingly indebted Canadian consumer,” while elevated housing prices have left the banks “more vulnerable to unpredictable downside risks facing the Canadian economy than in the past.”The telecom sector gained 0.82 per cent with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) ahead 76 cents to $47.02 while Telus Corp. (TSX:T) rose 66 cents to $65.69.The gold sector was down about one per cent as February bullion stepped back $3.70 to US$1, an ounce. Au Rico Gold Corp. (TSX:AUQ) shed 16 cents to C$6.96 while Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 22 cents to $8.36.The mining sector also helped depress the TSX, down 0.58 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose one cent to US$3.66 a pound. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) dropped nine cents to C$4.10 and Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) declined 15 cents to $8.25.The energy sector was slightly lower even as oil prices advanced, with the March crude contract ahead 56 cents to US$96.44 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) lost 17 cents to C$11.87 while EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) dropped 17 cents to $19.54.Economic news will also hopefully provide some direction for traders.In the U.S., the Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day meeting on interest rates Wednesday. No one expects the central bank to move on rates but traders will look for clues as to when the Fed might end its latest round of economic stimulus.The key piece of data for the week comes out Friday. Economists generally expect the U.S. non-farm payrolls report to show that the economy created 153,000 jobs in January, slightly below December’s 155,000 reading.Traders will also take in the latest readings on economic growth in Canada and the U.S. during the week.
FIANNA FÁIL IS to propose a minimum jail term of five years for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an emergency worker on duty.The legislation – the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012 – will be tabled in the Dáil for debate this morning as the first Friday sitting of the new term gets under way.Friday sittings allow opposition parties and backbench TDs to table legislation for debate and today’s bill is being tabled by the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on enterprise Dara Calleary who held the justice portfolio until July.“I believe that anyone who threatens, assaults or causes harm to an on-duty garda, fireman, ambulance worker, nurse or prison officer should feel the full rigour of the law,” the Mayo TD said in a statement.Calleary pointed to figures from the Garda Representative Association which show that there are 800 assaults every year on members of the gardaí alone and he said that they were not the only ones at risk.He continued: “Nurses, members of the fire service and ambulance workers are also at high risk of attack.“We need tougher legislation to crack down on criminals who lash out at the very people who put their own personal safety on the line every day to serve others.”“This is a constructive piece of legislation with minimal cost, but will act as a deterrent against senseless attacks on our frontline emergency workers.”The debate gets under way in the Dáil at 10.30am and you can watch it live here.TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?
Adding a sandbox to Adobe Reader was easily one of the best security moves the company ever made, but it wasn’t the silver bullet that ended all its woes. For example, just days after Adobe issued an out-of-band patch to address critical flaws a new exploit has been discovered — and it’s already being put to bad use by criminals in targeted phishing attacks. That free McAfee Security Scan download Adobe offered you probably isn’t going to offer any real protection here.Security researchers at FireEye spotted the new attack in the wild. After successfully exploiting a vulnerable version of Adobe Reader, the malicious PDF drops its payload: two DLLs that work in tandem. The first causes a bogus error message to be displayed and acts as a misdirect while the other embeds itself on the compromised system and begins phoning home to remote servers. FireEye swiftly reported the exploit to Adobe, which quickly updated its Security Incident Response blog with an acknowledgement.Adobe’s post says that the zero-day is being investigated and that the most recent version of Reader (11.0.1) is indeed vulnerable. The company is moving on to risk assessment and will update the public on its findings.It’s possible FireEye happened upon an isolated incident, but that’s not generally the case with Reader exploits. Once exploits like these prove successful, they tend to spread rapidly. PDF exploits can be particularly nasty since they’re typically linked to intricate social engineering schemes and spearphishing campaigns — like the one that saw RSA compromised last year. Typical these attacks are launched against people with sensitive information to protect, like defense contractors, government agencies, and activists.It’s always best to avoid opening unsolicited and sketchy-sounding PDF files (like waybills from UPS or invoices for things you don’t recall buying), but that’s especially true right now. Until Adobe has taken care of this latest flaw, it’s probably best to preview PDF files with Google’s web-based tool or a free app like Sumatra PDF that isn’t vulnerable.
Image: Shutterstock/RTimages Feb 23rd 2017, 12:07 PM Share167 Tweet Email3 By Gráinne Ní Aodha EATING TEN FRUIT or vegetables a day will give you the greatest chance of reducing your rate of getting a heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake.The team found that although the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions – one portion of fruit or vegetables if defined as 80g).The study, which was a meta-analysis of all available research in populations worldwide, included up to two million people, and assessed up to 43,000 cases of heart disease, 47,000 cases of stroke, 81,000 cases of cardiovascular disease, 112,000 cancer cases and 94,000 deaths.In the research, which is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the team estimate approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be potentially prevented every year if people ate 10 portions, or 800g, of fruit and vegetables a day.Read: The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread)Read: ‘It’s the future’: Restaurants and cafés are cracking down on smoking outside You need to eat 10 fruit and veg a day to avoid serious illnesses, study says The previous five-a-day still reduces risk, but the number to aim for is actually double that amount. 17,567 Views http://jrnl.ie/3254383 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/RTimages Short URL Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 12:07 PM 53 Comments
Following the senate resignations of Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and the forced departure of cabinet minister Matt Canavan, it seems that the political careers of over 40 MPs could be affected, as could the government’s majority. While the dual citizenship saga widens, publications looking into the heritage of more than 20 members of the House of Representatives who have spoken of their migrant heritage are fuelling concerns.There are 23 other Australian MPs and senators who were born overseas, all of whom have stated to the press that they comply with the constitution’s citizenship requirements and nearly half of them went as far as to make public clarifications regarding having denounced their country of birth. These include Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Trade Minister Steven Ciobo, Liberal MP Julia Banks, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Labor MP Steve Georganas, and most recently Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou. When asked by Neos Kosmos, the Labor Party MPs referred us to their party’s official response while Julia Banks declared that she is “a true blue Australian”.Canberra is now questioning even ethnic lineage and steps taken by MPs to renounce even countries of ancestral origin as in some cases, politicians state ignorance of their rights to second citizenship which could have been claimed by their parents. The government is currently directing responsibility to state divisions of both major parties, while also quietly encouraging its members to ensure their citizenship rights pertain exclusively to Australia.Labor had already issued reassurances saying it worked “closely with all our candidates to ensure that their nomination is sound and compliant with the constitution,” which clearly states that no person can be capable of election to parliament who is a foreign citizen “or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power,” according to acting national secretary, Paul Erickson. “This is a critical part of our nomination processes,” he said, adding: “We are confident that every member of the Labor caucus has been properly elected.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Clark County’s economy showed continued strength in September, adding 400 jobs over the month in seasonally adjusted numbers and bringing total growth for the past 12 months to 5,900 jobs.The official job growth rate of 4.2 percent is likely a low estimate, said Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department. An unofficial tally shows an increase of 6,400 jobs over 12 months, for a 4.6 percent growth rate. That compares to 1.9 percent job growth for the U.S., 2.5 percent for Washington; 2.2 percent for Oregon; and 2.4 percent for the Portland metro area.Jobs increased in every employment sector, led by trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,400 jobs; professional and business services and construction, both with 1,000 new jobs; and education and health services, which showed an increase of 900 jobs.The preliminary August unemployment rate of 7 percent was revised upward to 7.5 percent. The preliminary September rate of 5.9 percent also is likely to rise by a half-percent, Bailey said, while noting in his monthly report the significance of even a fleeting rate that starts with the number “5.”“We haven’t had one of those since April 2008,” Bailey wrote. “Unemployment hit double-digits in December of that year, and didn’t drop down to single digits for another three years.”While initial unemployment claims increased slightly for the month, they remained low, Bailey noted. “Continued unemployment claims continued their long decline from recession highs,” he wrote.
Share your voice The 2020 Toyota Corolla wears a striking new face More From Roadshow 18 Photos Car Industry Auto Tech General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 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. 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 Car Industry Share your voice 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Toyota Satellite radio,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. 49 Photos 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. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 10 Photos Enlarge ImageToyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment system offers far more capability and responsiveness than previous versions. Toyota Usually you have to pay a little extra money to get satellite radio installed in a new car, especially on lower trims, where it’s rarely standard. If you buy a 2020-model-year Toyota in the near future, however, you won’t have to worry about it.SiriusXM announced on Wednesday that it reached an agreement with Toyota that will see SXM satellite radio installed in every model and trim of Toyota in the continental US. This partnership will start with 2020-model-year vehicles being produced from fall 2019 onward. Just as before, everyone with SXM in their Toyotas will receive a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM All Access, the company’s most expansive (and most expensive) package, which includes access via both the radio and the SiriusXM app. After that, it’s up to the buyer to pay for a subscription, which can run upwards of $200 per year — unless you call each year to gripe about the price and get the $100 annual promo rate to stay on as a customer. Ask me how I know.Most automakers either hide SiriusXM behind more expensive trim levels or individual options. The last vehicle I reviewed, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300, charges $460 for satellite radio as a standalone option, but instead of three months of free radio, it gives you six. Having it free with every new Toyota sounds pretty swell.There are some solid 2020 models coming down the pipeline from Toyota. The most notable of them is the 2020 Toyota Corolla, which enters its 12th generation with a fresh face modeled after the 2019 Corolla Hatchback. There’ll even be a hybrid variant on offer. Toyota also has a refreshed Tacoma on the books for 2020, and we’ll learn more about that model at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show next week. 2 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Tags 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. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 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. 81 Photos Comments Toyota 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. Comments 39 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 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 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 71 Photos More about 2019 Toyota Tacoma 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Tags 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 68 Photos 26 Photos More From Roadshow Review • 2019 Toyota Tacoma: Not an ideal daily driver 52 Photos 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. 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. 4 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. 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 12 Photos
Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar 55 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: More about 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 4 1:55 Enlarge ImageLow-11-second quarter-mile times out of the box? Sign us up. Tim Stevens/Roadshow It’s one of the biggest, most braggadocious figures owners cite: quarter-mile times. How quickly a car dusts off 1,320 feet can quickly become a big benchmark in this industry. The 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray may be one of those benchmarks.Per a photo posted to CorvetteForum, the mid-engine Corvette will supposedly knock the quarter mile out in just 11.3 seconds at 121 mph. We have to underscore the photo hasn’t been confirmed as legitimate and was apparently taken during the Corvettes at Carlisle event. Per the forum user, he snapped the photo from a booklet that detailed many 2020 Corvette Stingray specs. It’s unclear if this figure is possibly for the base Corvette or for the sports car’s optional Z51 package. That adds 5 additional horsepower and a few other performance goodies.Roadshow reached out to Chevy for comment on the photo, but the company did not immediately return our request for comment.If we take the 11.3-second time at face value, that’s about a full second quicker than the C7-generation Corvette with its Z51 package. The previous Corvette Z06 clocked a 10.95-second quarter-mile time at 127 mph. The 11.3-second time is well within striking distance of the outgoing Z06, however, and let’s not kid ourselves — Chevy has plenty in store for the C8 Corvette. Expect more power and aero tricks to come from future performance derivatives. In turn, the quarter-mile times will almost certainly best those from the front-engined C7 Corvette.With a base price of $59,995 to start (shockingly, that includes destination), the latest Corvette is shaping up as a capable machine to carry the Corvette ethos: supercar abilities on a budget. Chevrolet Tags Preview • 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1: Compliant brutality Performance Cars Sports Cars More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 2020 Chevy Corvette: First look at the mid-engined wonder Comments Chevrolet
7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies This is it: The episode we’ve been waiting for since the beginning. We pick up right where last week’s episode left off. Angela is understandably pissed that Father Marcus didn’t tell her they’d found Casey. The entire family comes in, and the demon torments each one of them. First, it reveals that it was responsible for Kat’s car accident, saying that Kat killed the most talented member of her dance group because she was too busy ogling her. Then, it makes fun of Henry’s stutter before telekinetically throwing them around the room. Angela tells the demon to “get the hell out” of her daughter. The demon replies that Casey is already in Hell, and there’s room for Angela.The Rance family waits out in the hall, listening to the chanting and banging of the exorcism through the door. Angela tells Henry and Kat to go home and pack up the house. She knows that after Casey is better, the police and press won’t leave her alone. Inside the exorcism room, tension flares up between Fathers Marcus and Tomas. They begin to fight, but Marcus notices the demon smiling and stops. They decide that they’re only hope is to give the demon what it wants and bring in Angela, as she knows the demon better than anyone else.Marcus tells Angela to keep the demon talking. The demon knows they’re trying to keep it distracted, but can’t resist the chance to torment Angela. As she tells the story of how Casey broke her foot as a child and walked home on it. The demon’s taunts get more vulgar, and it tells the priests that Angela aborted her first pregnancy. The distraction works. The priests and nuns tell the demon it is forgiven, hurting it. Angela begins reading from The Bible, and the demon begins speaking to her telepathically. It tells her they are going to play a game. Angela blinks and is suddenly in a basement, watching her younger self-play with an Ouija board.The Salesman (Robert Emmet Lunney) and Angela/Regan (Geena Davis) visit Regan’s childhood (Sophie Thatcher). (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)We see The Salesman manipulating the pointer, unseen by young Regan. He addresses the adult Regan, saying he brought her back here because this is his favorite moment. He refers to her as the one that got away. She demands that he leave her family alone and he says she doesn’t get to walk away. He tells her he misses her taste before licking her in one of the show’s most unsettling moments.Angela is pulled out of her vision and finds the priests standing over Casey, reading the last rites. The demon chastises them for giving up, but they say the rites aren’t for Casey, they’re for it. The demon begins to turn Casey’s head all the way around (“giving the people what they want,” it says), but Casey can fight the demon off for a moment. The priests intensify their prayers and Casey’s body rises into the air and contorts grotesquely as the demon leaves her body. She falls back to the bed, herself again.Meanwhile, Father Bennett has contacted the police, who investigate the landscaping companies warehouse he investigated last week. They find the pile of bodies in the boiler room. They’re investigation leads them to an apartment where they find a room full of inverted crosses hung from the ceiling. A man sits in the corner with a gun. He reveals himself to be possessed before blowing his brains out. They also discover evidence of a plot to assassinate the pope. Father Bennett tries to warn a French cardinal of the plot. The cardinal appears to be on his side at first until Bennett assures him that although the Friars of the Ascension are evil, there are still those who are loyal to the church. The cardinal asks for their names. When that sets off alarm bells in Bennett’s head, the cardinal’s associates put a plastic bag over Bennet’s head.Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) should really know not to trust anyone at this point. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Father Tomas returns to church where he finds Jessica and her husband Jim waiting for him. Jessica apologizes, saying Jim was waiting for her when she got to her apartment. Jim asks how many times Tomas slept with his wife. Tomas takes off his collar and waits for Jim to hit him. Jim says that instead, he’ll call Tomas’s boss and tell him about the affair. Jessica apologizes again and says that she’ll take care of the situation.Father Marcus sees the details of the assassination plot discovered by the police and recognizes the man who killed himself. He was homeless, living under a tarp just a few weeks ago. Since a man like that couldn’t afford the cache of military-grade hardware found in the apartment, he realizes the assassination plot is far from foiled.Back at the Rance home, Chris and Angela are finishing packing up when Angela begins acting strange. The demon, it turns out, isn’t gone. It just moved and now possesses Angela. She grabs her mother’s head and twists it backward, letting her body crumple and fall down the stairs. As the episode ends, we see that Angela now has a second, red iris on one of her eyes.It’s happening again. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)This was the episode we’ve been waiting for all season long. When they first announced they were making an Exorcist TV series, this is what came to mind. It was tense and scary all the way through, there was tons of grotesque body horror, and we finally got to see a full exorcism play out. The twist at the end was completely unexpected, eliciting an audible gasp. I desperately want to see what happens next, but we’ll all have to wait a while. The show doesn’t come back until December 9. Stay on target
Capcom has just announced three new game modes will be coming to Resident Evil 6 as timed DLC, exclusively for the Xbox 360. It’s not clear how long PS3 and PC owners will have to wait for the DLC as no release date for either console has been announced and won’t be until after the game sees a release. However, Capcom has given some details as to what the new game modes are.The three modes will be for the multiplayer section of the game and are called Siege, Predator and Survivors. Siege involves two teams, one team will have to protect a single NPC while the other tries to take them out. Predator mode sees one player become the huge B.O.W Ustanak (the monster that chases Jake and Sherry in the Resi 6 demo) while everyone else either tries to kill Ustanak or simply survive him. Lastly, Survivors has players who die turn into zombies, the zombies can turn back into humans by killing two other players, and the last person or team with humans remaining wins.These new modes sound like great fun and the new control mechanics mean they will actually work well as apposed to Resident Evil 5’s multiplayer versus modes. It is also great to see some brand new types of multiplayer available rather than the usual “shoot the other team to death” modes as seen in other games on the market.Resident Evil 6 %displayPrice% at %seller% comes out October 2nd, but there’s no telling how long we’ll have to wait for this DLC on PS3 or PC, or how much it will cost.via Eurogamer
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