A 30-year old Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who had reportedly consumed some poisonous substance, died Sunday at a nursing home in Kanpur after battling for life for four days.Surendra Kumar Das, an officer of the 2014 batch, was posted as Superintendent of Police (East) in the city.A ‘suicide note’ was recovered from the scene of the incident; it mentioned “family issues” as the reason behind the extreme step.Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, a senior doctor at the nursing home where Mr. Das was undergoing treatment, had on Saturday said that many organs of the officer’s body had stopped functioning.Life supportHe was on life support in the intensive care unit. “He died during treatment on Sunday,” said an official spokesperson, adding that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed deep condolences to the family.A police official said: “The [suicide] letter stated that he was doing so [taking his life] because of family issues. The letter was addressed to his wife and further stated that he loved her a lot. The end of the letter stated that no one else was responsible for it.” At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, his wife, a doctor, noticed that his health had deteriorated suddenly.ADGP Kanpur zone Avinash Chandra said in Kanpur that Mr. Das consumed a rat poison that he had asked his domestic help to fetch for him from the market.
Warm water flowing into the Arctic Ocean may be speeding the melting of sea ice, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite images. In 2012, for example, a year in which Arctic sea ice reached a record low for the past 30 years, Canada’s Mackenzie River delta was fringed with a swath of ice during late spring (light blue stripe at lower center of top panel, image taken 14 June) and open waters offshore remained near freezing (dark blue). But 3 weeks later (image at bottom), river runoff had broken through the ice barrier, warming the surface waters of a Poland-sized area of open water by an average of 6.5°C, the researchers report in Geophysical Research Letters. A combination of factors has rendered Arctic sea ice vulnerable in recent years, the team contends: The overall volume of river runoff dumped into the Arctic Ocean has grown (by more than 7% between 1965 and 2000), that water has been increasingly warm (picking up heat from the sun-warmed land before it flows into the sea), and sea ice cover has become ever thinner and more fragmented (thus making it easier to melt). Presuming that the runoff from the 72 major rivers flowing into the Arctic Ocean has an average temperature of 5°C, the amount of energy transported to the sea each and every year is equivalent to the amount of electric power used by the entire state of California in 50 years at today’s usage rates, the researchers estimate.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Mighty Sports-Philippines hammered out a dominant 87-58 victory over American University in Dubai on Friday night in the Dubai International Basketball Championships at Al Ahli Club gymnasium here.In front of Filipino overseas workers who filled the arena and cheered their hearts out, Mighty Sports roared to a strong start despite the struggles of former LA Lakers star Lamar Odom.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ronda now an Olympic qualifier ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Odom made just two of his 10 attempts for the night but got a lot of support from his teammates in the victory.Justin Brownlee came off the bench and led the attack with 17 points highlighted by three triples. Big man Randolph Morris showcased uncanny playmaking ability with a game-high four assists aside from 14 points and six rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We played a good game, but I don’t think this is the real competition. This is probably the weakest team in the whole tournament,” said Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu, stressing that the opposing squad was made up of collegiate players.
What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine The Best American Gin For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best American Liqueur Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.The canoe has been around — in some shape or form — since the late Mesolithic Period, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily become any more eye-catching in the swath of time since. Most modern canoes still tout a design reminiscent of the early dugout canoes, though with upgraded components and a more refined set of features that bring them up to speed with today’s heightened expectations. The aptly-titled Sea Dart ($8,500), however, is in a league all its own, thanks to Escobedo Boat Works’ penchant for design and apparent knack for craftsmanship.Related: Pack it in and out with the lightweight, collapsible Oru KayakDesigned by home-builder David Escobedo and the oldest son of well-known troubadour Townes Van Zandt, the Dart serves as a sublime example of how to properly pair form and function. The 16-foot vessel is made of Joubert marine plywood that’s been imported from France and certified to meet British Standard 1088 specifications, meaning it passes a series of quality standards that help ensure it’s as apt for skirting coastal estuaries as tracking shallow creeks. The boat functions as canoe-kayak hybrid of sorts, and as such, it’s well suited for touring and fishing, especially the latter given how stable the boat’s platform is for casting or poling. The three available finish options — Oyster, Mist, and Moon Dust — only add to the Dart’s aesthetics.Looks are only part of the equation, though. The vessel’s hull capitalizes on a Viking-era construction process known as the lapstrake method, which relies on overlapping panels, high-test epoxy, and a fiberglass coating that’s been hand-sanded to perfection. The process adds to the boat’s durability, cuts back on complicated hardware, and keeps weight to an absolute minimum. In fact, the entire canoe weighs a mere 55 pounds, making it a viable solution for those who prefer to venture out on their own. Check out No. 4 St. James to place an order. Also, because each Sea Dart is built-to-order in Texas, keep in mind that build time can take as long as three months. Editors’ Recommendations
Mezcals have risen in popularity in the past few years as more producers are working to shed the stereotypical “here’s something like tequila with a worm in it” mindset that has dominated popular culture.Mezcals are a great introduction to agave spirits for those that are used to whiskies. And bartenders across the country (and the world) are working more and harder not only to bring the joy of sipping a premium mezcal to light, but also to create cocktails that speak to the intricacies of the smoky, clear, and complex spirit that is mezcal.With more mezcals available than ever before (there are currently well over a hundred commercially available), we’ve picked out a couple we think are some of the best mezcals you should try if you’re looking to find out what tequila’s older, smokier cousin is all about. (Also, make sure you check out our conversation with Jay Schroeder of Mezcaleria Las Flores in Chicago.)Del Maguey Vida de San Luis Del Rio Made by Ron Cooper, the man who created the term “Single Village Mezcal.” Vida is a great place to start if you’re unfamiliar with mezcals in general. It’s easy to sip and has a nice, fruity profile that makes it easily approachable. ($34)Sombra Mezcal The only agave spirit to be made by a Master Sommelier—Richard Betts— Sombra is made with made with Espadin agave (distilled 8,000 feet above sea level) and has spicy, fruity notes that blend pretty well with the smokiness that you’d expect in a mezcal. ($44)La Niña del Mezcal Espadin Started only a few years ago by Anaheim native Cecilia Rios Murrieta—the eponymous La Niña del Mezcal and one of the only female mezcal producers out there—La Niña has citrusy, spicy notes that come from the fact that the agave is aged in the fields before being picked and made into mezcal. ($60)El Silencio Joven Mezcal El Silencio is named after the bar from the movie Mulholland Drive, and has only been around since 2013. Joven is unaged and double distilled in copper stills from a blend of three different agaves. The mezcal is floral and spicy while maintaining a great touch of tobacco and smoke on the finish. ($70) Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Editors’ Recommendations
Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Bell’s Brewery/FacebookEvery year, hundreds of craft beer contests and surveys are held around the world. From homebrewing to international, awards are given out at every level, recognizing the best beers in a given place and time.One of the biggest (and most heavily-weighted) of these beer surveys is put out by Zymurgy magazine, the publication produced by the American Homebrewers Association. Now in its sixteenth year, the annual study asks the 46,000-members in the association to choose their five favorite commercially-available beers. For the second year in a row, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale earned the top spot.Russian River Brewing CompanyThe previous favorite, Russian River Brewings’s Pliny the Elder (which was the winner from 2009 to 2016), came in at No. 2. There are other easily-recognizable names in the top 10, including The Alchemist’s Heady Topper (third) and Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale (tied for fifth). Bell’s also took fourth for Hopslam. Founders Brewing snagged two fifth-place finishes for Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) and Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), a ninth-place finish for Breakfast Stout, and 10th place for All Day IPA, tying with WeldWerks‘ Juicy Bits.“As brewers, the members of American Homebrewers Association can discern the subtle differences between a good beer and an outstanding beer.,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association. “Zymurgy’s Best Beers in America survey showcases which commercial beers are truly the best of the best out there, and all the breweries who made the list should be proud.”Best Beers in AmericaBell’s Brewery/Facebook1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale*2. Russian River Pliny the Elder*3. The Alchemist Heady Topper*4. Bell’s Hopslam*T5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale*T5. Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)T5. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust*9. Founders Breakfast StoutT10. WeldWerks Juicy Bits*T10. Founders All Day IPABest Breweries in AmericaFounder Brewing Co./Facebook1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, Michigan)*2. Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan)3. Russian River Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa, California)*4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California, and Mills River, North Carolina)*5. Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California)*T6. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon)*T6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)*8. Stone Brewing (Escondido, California)*9. The Alchemist (Stowe, Vermont)*10. Three Floyds Brewing Company (Munster, Indiana)*Top-Ranked Beer PortfoliosStone Brewing/FacebookOn the portfolio end of things, anyone who has sipped a craft beer in the last decade should not be surprised by this list.1. Stone Brewing (33 beers)*2. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (29 beers)*T3. New Belgium Brewing (24 beers)*T3. Founders Brewing Co. (24 beers)5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (23 beers)*T6. Avery Brewing Co. (22 beers)T6. Hill Farmstead Brewery (22 beers)*T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (20 beers)*T7. Trillium Brewing Co. (20 beers)*T9. Bell’s Brewery (19 beers)*T9. Deschutes Brewery (19 beers)*T9. Odell Brewing (19 beers)*T9. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (19 beers)*T9. The Bruery (19 beers)*T9. Three Floyds Brewing (19 beers)For more information, the complete list can be found at the American Homebrewers Association website.T indicates tie; *indicates small and independent craft brewers. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer
Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is encouraging Caribbean leaders to collaborate on ways to collectively strengthen tourism across the region. The Minister was speaking at the 26th World Travel Awards (WTA) Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony at Sandals Montego Bay on Monday, January 28. He contends that while there is high demand for the product, collaboration will further boost its allure and competitiveness. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is encouraging Caribbean leaders to collaborate on ways to collectively strengthen tourism across the region.He contends that while there is high demand for the product, collaboration will further boost its allure and competitiveness.The Minister was speaking at the 26th World Travel Awards (WTA) Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony at Sandals Montego Bay on Monday, January 28.Mr. Bartlett, who noted that 30 million tourists visited the region in 2018, said Caribbean countries remain highly dependent on tourism to drive economic growth.He said, in this regard, it is imperative that regional tourism leaders “work together as a team… to build the strength of tourism and make [it] work for the people of these countries”.The Minister pointed out that an average 1.4 billion visitors travel annually, spending approximately US$1.3 trillion.Noting that about 30 million of those tourists visit the region, Mr. Bartlett argued that “we are using that as a means of building the Caribbean and we can only do it if we collaborate… if we understand the importance of the economic logic that says to collaborate is better than to compete”.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett continues to emphasis the linkages network as “the pathway to prosperity for recipient destinations of tourism”, noting that it generates and retains more foreign exchange earnings locally.Against this background, he said Jamaica, through the Linkage Council, will “lead the world in having a better appreciation of how to increase the retention capacity within recipient destinations”.This, the Minister added, “so that tourism can remove this aura of enclave definition that it has had for years and truly become an inclusive industry providing growth and prosperity for all.”Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett expressed appreciation to WTA founder, Graham Cooke, for bringing the awards to Jamaica for a sixth time.“The world of tourism owes you a debt of gratitude because when you are inspired to bring the Oscars of tourism to countries like Jamaica, it [gives] us a feeling that we could indeed shine so that the world could see the lustre of our destinations,” he added.Jamaica and several local tourism and hospitality companies emerged big WTA winners, sweeping 23 coveted awards.Jamaica received the award for Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Ship Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Destination.The island’s ports of entry were also big winners, with Ocho Rios copping the award for Leading Cruise Port.The award for Caribbean’s Leading Home Port went to Montego Bay, while Sangster International Airport landed the Leading Caribbean Airport award.The award for Caribbean’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre was picked up by the Montego Bay Convention Centre, with the Jamaica Tourist Board being named the region’s Leading Tourist Board.Other winners were Dolphin Cove – Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction; and Half Moon Hotel – Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel.
La Province accepte actuellement les demandes de personnes intéressées à être nommées aux commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels. Les conseils juridictionnels sont des commissions, des agences et des conseils qui exercent des fonctions quasi-judiciaires. Ces conseils examinent la preuve, formulent des conclusions de fait et de droit, et prennent des décisions qui ont une incidence sur la liberté, la sécurité ou les garanties juridiques d’une personne. Pour obtenir une liste complète des postes à pourvoir actuellement et dans le futur, ou pour en apprendre davantage au sujet du processus de nomination, consultez le site Web du bureau du Conseil exécutif à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council ou composez le 424-4877 dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax ou le numéro sans frais 1-800-206-6844. La date limite pour la présentation des demandes est le 10 novembre. La Province s’engage à faire preuve d’action positive pour promouvoir la participation équitable des personnes autochtones, des femmes, des personnes handicapées et des membres des groupes raciaux visibles.
Nova Scotia companies will learn ways to increase sales and revenues at the Export Rally in Cape Breton. Led by the organizations that make up Trade Team Nova Scotia, the Export Rally is a two-day event that provides information on exporting products or services for companies in all sectors, markets and stages of business. “Continual growth of a company relies on finding new markets,” said Denise VanWychen, secretariat of Trade Team Nova Scotia. “The Export Rally is the place to learn what market opportunities exists and to meet the members and partners that can help companies pursue those markets.” The rally will be held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Malliard St., Membertou, on Sept. 21 and 22. Export Rally participants can choose from workshops and activities including e-commerce, on-the-spot market research, and networking. Experts will also share advice and information on hot markets, including the Caribbean, the U.S. and Latin America. The Export Rally is not a new initiative — the last rally was held ten years ago with much success. Trade Team Nova Scotia decided to revive the rallies, keeping a similar format, but adding sessions that are relevant to companies in today’s economy. Port Hood-based Galloping Cows Fine Foods participated in the first rally in 1999, and is looking forward to the rally this year. “The first Export Rally helped us think about growing our business in new ways,” said Joanne Schmidt, owner of Galloping Cows. “After the rally, we began exporting to Europe, and even found new opportunities across the Atlantic provinces.” An evening reception will be held Sept. 21 featuring keynote speaker Birgit Matthiesen, senior advisor, U.S. government relations to the president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association. Matthiesen will speak about U.S. trade issues. The second Export Rally will be held at Acadia University, Wolfville, on Nov. 4 and 5. For more information or to register, visit www.exportrally.ca . Trade Team Nova Scotia is a federal, provincial, and private-sector partnership dedicated to helping Nova Scotia companies export goods and services globally. Trade Team Nova Scotia ensures easy access for potential and active exporters to the wide range of services offered by its members.
Le site Web Collectivités en chiffres, une ressource en ligne populaire qui illustre la nature unique des collectivités de la province, est maintenant disponible en français. Collectivités en chiffres offre un accès centralisé à des renseignements complets en français au sujet des collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le nouveau site Web peut être consulté au www.gov.ns.ca/finance/communitycounts/fr. « Collectivités en chiffres est une importante ressource pour les entreprises, le gouvernement, les étudiants et les particuliers, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Finances et ministre des Affaires acadiennes. Je suis ravi que ce site soit maintenant disponible en français. En améliorant les services en français, nous améliorons aussi la vie des néo-écossais acadiens et francophones. » Collectivités en chiffres est un programme du ministère des Finances qui permet au public d’accéder à des renseignements socioéconomiques sur la Nouvelle-Écosse, notamment des données démographiques et des données sur la main-d’œuvre, le revenu et la santé. Les sections principales du site, y compris la page d’accueil, les profils des communautés, la brochure et la foire aux questions, ont été traduites. « Nous sommes très heureux d’avoir contribué à la création de ce site Web en français, a dit Ronald Robichaud, président de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Nos organismes membres et la communauté en général pourront bénéficier de l’accès à des renseignements pertinents sur différents sujets, ce qui les aidera dans leur travail. » « Il est important pour les Acadiens et les francophones de pouvoir trouver des renseignements sur leurs collectivités et sur la province, a dit Julie Oliver, directrice générale du Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Cette initiative du gouvernement permettra à la communauté acadienne d’avoir accès à des statistiques à son sujet, dans sa propre langue. » Le ministère des Finances collaborera avec les Affaires acadiennes, la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse et le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour élaborer une formation en français sur l’utilisation du site Collectivités en chiffres.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit shrank in April, but the politically sensitive deficit with China moved higher.The Commerce Department says the gap between the goods and services the U.S. buys and what it sells abroad fell 2.1% to $50.8 billion in April from March. Exports fell 2.2% to $206.8 billion. Imports dropped 2.2% to $257.6 billion.The deficit in the trade of goods with China rose 29.7% to $26.9 billion.President Donald Trump has sought to reduce America’s persistent trade deficit, which he sees as a sign of economic weakness. He has slapped tariffs on foreign steel, aluminum, dishwashers, solar panels and on thousands of Chinese goods.The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services is running at $205.4 billion this year, up 2% from $201.3 billion in January-April 2018.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses a lawsuit against Volkswagen, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in New York. He is joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right. The states are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing. In response, the company said, “The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ALBANY, N.Y. – New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that numerous employees and executives at Volkswagen knew that diesel vehicles had been equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing, and that after regulators began investigating several employees tried to cover it up by eliminating data about the software.“The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law or the protection of public health and the environment,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law — and seek the stiffest possible sanctions — to protect our citizens.”In a statement, Volkswagen said it is already in talks with authorities regarding “a comprehensive national resolution of all remaining environmental issues arising from the diesel matter.” The company also noted that it has agreed to buy back or modify affected vehicles, create a $2.7 billion environmental trust and invest $2 billion on infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles.“The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities,” the company said. “It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now, notwithstanding their prior support of this ongoing federal-state collaborative process.”The legal action seeks “substantial penalties” that would be based on a calculation of the duration of the alleged violations.While news of the rigged emissions tests first erupted a year ago, the new legal action makes several new allegations — most notably about the involvement of Volkswagen engineers and executives. The suit alleges that Volkswagen submitted false emissions data to regulators and sought to eliminate evidence when an investigation began.“This ‘clean diesel’ was nothing more than a dirty cover up,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “… Volkswagen acted as if it was above the law.”Volkswagen also issued “sham” recall notices to some car owners and dealers in an effort to “turn down” the software, according to the New York lawsuit. Instead, some owners were told the recalls were needed for upgrades and “optimize” emissions.At one point, when California regulators announced plans for emissions tests that threatened to expose the devices, the company’s top engineer emailed colleagues seeking help, according to the lawsuit, writing. “Come up with the story please!”Additionally, just before the scandal broke, in August 2015, eight employees in the engineering department “promptly deleted or removed incriminating data about the devices from the company’s record” after being advised of the likelihood of legal action by a senior company attorney, according to the lawsuit.The suit also claims that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and a top executive at Audi knew of the devices by spring 2014. The two leaders, the suit alleges, “had ample notice of the existence of unlawful illegal devices and did nothing to prevent both Audi and Volkswagen from repeatedly deceiving regulators, and the American public, for another 17 months.”Schneiderman and Healey detailed the case at a Tuesday news conference in New York City. The two Democrats are the top law enforcement officials in their respective states, and each state will file its own lawsuit.Last month, the German automaker agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer and government lawsuits over the emissions cheating, first disclosed in 2015.Schneiderman and Healey say that settlement did not resolve claims regarding violating state environmental laws and did not cover all the affected vehicles.Maryland officials announced their lawsuit separately.“Their disregard for the health of our citizens and their disregard for our environment must be punished,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement.Some 25,000 affected vehicles were sold in New York state and 15,000 in Massachusetts, according to the lawsuits. As of October, about 13,000 such vehicles were registered in Maryland, officials said. An estimated 600,000 were sold across the country.The prosecutors say consumers who purchased one of the vehicles believed they were buying a “green diesel” car, even though the vehicles illegally emitted pollutants linked to respiratory disease, elevated ozone levels and smog. by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lawsuits: VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 7:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil industry will continue to lose money this year: Conference Board of Canada CALGARY – The Conference Board of Canada says the oil industry will continue to lose money for much of this year despite stronger financial conditions and the promise of new pipeline capacity.Economist Carlos Murillo says the sector has narrowed losses since hitting rock bottom with an $11-billion overall loss in the first quarter of 2016, but it won’t post positive numbers until the fourth quarter of this year.He says he expects the industry to recover to match its 2010 profit of around $13 billion by 2021.The board says in a report released Monday that capital investment this year is expected to fall to $22 billion from $27 billion last year as big construction projects in the Alberta oilsands and offshore Newfoundland are completed.The peak investment level was $62 billion in 2014.The board says benchmark light crude will average US$55 per barrel this year and rise to US$71 by 2021.Murillo predicts Canadian industry costs will jump by an average of 13 per cent per year between 2017 and 2021, in part because of pipeline transportation constraints that could force more producers to switch to crude-by-rail options.“The way we kind of look at it is, because the losses have been so large over the last couple of years, it takes a bit of time to get up there to the point that you actually are starting to make money again,” said Murillo.“Of course, improving revenues will help, but there are already cost pressures.”
UNMAS says that mine action entails more than removing landmines from the ground; it includes five types of actions:Clearance: Removing and destroying landmines and marking/fencing off contaminated areasEducation: Helping people understand risks they face, learn how to stay out of harm’s wayVictim Assistance: Providing medical assistance and rehabilitation services to victimsAdvocacy: Advocating for a world free from the threat of landminesStockpile destruction: Helping countries destroy their stockpiles‘Equal opportunity killers’Most places affected by armed conflicts are contaminated by a variety of explosive hazards, said Daniel Craig, the UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.Whether landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), artillery shells or cluster bombs, he said in his message on the Day: “They are equal opportunity killers.”“When triggered, they kill indiscriminately. Soldier or civilian. Male or female. Old or young,” he continued, explaining that over time they can more and more easily be detonated to the point when “they can easily be triggered by a child jumping a rope.”Mr. Craig, best known for his role as ‘007’ in the James Bond films, outlined how mines curtail freedom – the freedom to play, collect food and water, farm and even vote.“We the peoples of the United Nations must join forces to defeat these deadly devices and win the fight against fear and inhumane suffering.”“Join me. Join us. Let’s win,” said Mr. Craig. “An unprecedented volume of landmines and unexploded weapons contaminates rural and urban war zones, maiming and killing innocent civilians long after conflict has ended,” Mr. Guterres said in his message on International Mine Awareness Day, marked annually on 4 April.Noting that roads cleared of explosive devices enable peacekeepers to patrol and protect civilians, he said: “Mine action is vital.”“And when fields are cleared and schools and hospitals are made safe, normal life can resume,” he added.According to the UN Mine Action Service, or UNMAS, after nearly two decades of steadily diminishing casualty rates, the total number of people killed or injured by landmines and other explosive hazards in recent and current intense conflicts has leapt to its highest since 1999; the human suffering caused by mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards, including roadside bombs or booby traps, is devastating.Mine action, including clearance, risk education and assistance to victims is critical for advancing protection, peace and development.“In our turbulent world, mine action is a concrete step towards peace,” stated the Secretary-General. Mine action: protection, peace and developmentA series of events marking the Day began on Tuesday with documentarians who have filmed in Iraq and Afghanistan for UNMAS participating in a Facebook Live under the headline: “UNMAS Through the Lens.”On Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York,Germany and UNMAS will host an event based on the theme of this year’s International Day, ‘Mine Action: Advancing Protection, Peace and Development.’A live demonstration and discussion on the technical aspects and impacts of IEDs will wrap up the commemoration on Thursday, 5 April.
Teenagers who undertake the technical training, such as courses to become an engineer or builder, will spend 50 per cent longer learning than they do now, equalling 900 hours of teaching a year.The new qualifications, which will see the courses dubbed “T-levels” – the technical version of A-levels, are due to be piloted from 2020.Mr Hinds said that he welcomes the huge rise in university applications, particularly among students from deprived backgrounds.But he added that this may not be the best choice for all school leavers, and that teachers need to make students aware of the other options.”I want young people to be aware of the range of opportunities and to be able to make an active choice,” Mr Hinds said. “For many of them the right choice will be to go to university – but for some it might not be. “We all understand what A-levels are, we have got to make sure everyone understands what T-levels are in the same way, that they are on a par with A levels.” Philip Hammond unveiled his “radical” plans to put technical education on an equal footing with academic studies in his Budget last March.The current system, where students have to pick from 13,000 different qualifications, will be replaced with just 15 standalone courses. The prime minister has previously said the notion that vocational education was for “other people’s children” needed to change.Theresa May urged people to “throw away” the old-fashioned attitude that university is the only desirable route for young people. Middle class parents have “snobbish” and “outdated” attitudes towards vocational studies, the Education Secretary has said. Damian Hinds urged schools to do more to promote technical training as an option for 18-year-olds, rather than only encouraging them to apply for university. He said that vocational courses and apprenticeships need to be presented in a more positive light to youngsters, so that bright and ambitious school-leavers do not see a degree as the only option.Asked whether middle class parents are opposed to their children taking technical courses, Mr Hinds said: “I think we’ve all come across examples of snobbery towards vocational routes.”He added: “There are still some outdated attitudes – partly because people aren’t necessarily aware of how some industries have evolved and therefore how technical training and education and certification has evolved.” –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Hinds, who is on a fact finding mission to Germany and the Netherlands this week to learn about their technical qualifications, added that people in the UK are now starting to see that non-academic pathways are “equally valid”.Last year the Government announced that it would be launching the biggest overhaul of post-16 education in 70 years, as part of a multi-billion pound drive to improve technical training. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning flew a 1000bhp jet suit around the Royal Marines’ infamous bottom field assault course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.Credit:Ministry of Defence A British man who designed and built an ‘Iron-man’ style jet suit has held talks with military forces in the UK and across the world about employing his device in warfare.Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning says that he has been on a training day with US Navy Seals, met with a South East Asian special forces group, and has most recently demonstrated his contraption to the British Royal Marines.Mr Browning’s jet suit uses five engines to generate 1000bhp and can cruise at speeds of more than 50mph.Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, he said: “It’s clear to see how you could move a special forces soldier in a very nimble and fast way onto a target.”Last week, he flew around the Royal Marines’ infamous bottom field assault course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon – breaking the speed record for doing so.A group of fellow commandos watched the 39-year-old effortlessly overcome obstacles which are typically used to drill fitness into civilians as they are transformed into elite troops. “Royal Marines are sometimes called ‘supermen’ for their achievements, but even we stop short at the ability to fly,” said Royal Marines Captain Oliver Mason. “Watching Richard float, fly and hover around the assault course was a very impressive, surreal experience. “Imagine what we could do with these suits on the battlefield – although Royal Marines pride themselves on being stealthy and one thing the jet pack isn’t is quiet.”Mr Browning said that his priority with the suit, was not with the military, but that he had held encouraging conversations with various military groups around the world.“I spent time in the US with their Navy Seals, for some experimental training purposes and then with some South East Asian special forces too,” he said.“I was honoured to go back to the Royal Marines. Being there 12 years ago taught me a lot about the limits of the human body and how you can re-programme your brain to see what is possible.”A Ministry of Defence Spokesperson said: “We are always working with the brightest minds in Britain and across the world to see how emerging technology might support our military to keep them safe and give them the edge in the future.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
With a population of only 800, Vatican City is the world’s least populated sovereign state, as well as the nation with the highest Pope-to-citizen ratio. And now, the Holy See’s hometown can add one more title: world’s most carbon-neutral state.The city-state’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano recently trumpeted the installation of giant solar panels on top of the Paul VI Conference Hall two years ago, which have since saved the Vatican nearly 90 tons of fossil fuel equivalent. The report goes on to state that the installation has:“reached a small record in solar energy power productionper capita: 200 watts at peak times… per inhabitant, compared to 80 inGermany, the world leader in this field.” For his push towards renewable energy, Pope Benedict has been dubbed the “green pope” by parts of the Italian press. The Pontiff has also made recent public statements that he would like to retrofit his iconic “Popemobile” with solar-powered technology.
Alerte météo orange : 29 nouveaux départements concernés par la neige et le verglas52 départements sont actuellement sous alerte orange pour cause de neige et de verglas. La situation ne devrait pas s’améliorer avant lundi très tôt le matin. Entre 3 et 10 centimètres de neige sont attendus en moyenne.La situation est telle que le Finistère est le seul département de France métropolitaine et de Corse à ne pas être sous le coup d’une alerte ou d’une vigilance météo samedi 19 janvier. La neige et les pluies verglaçantes font que Météo France a maintenu son alerte orange sur toutes les zones déjà concernées et ajouté 29 nouveaux départements à sa liste. La situation devrait perdurer au minimum jusqu’au matin du lundi 21 janvier.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeL’ensemble des régions Alsace, Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine, Limousin, Nord-Pas-De-Calais et Picardie sont concernées. Il faut y ajouter les départements suivants : Aube (10), Aveyron (12), Charente (16), Cher (18), Dordogne (24), Eure-et-Loir (28), Haute-Garonne (31), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loire-Atlantique (44), Lot (46), Loiret (45), Maine-et-Loire (49), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52), Sarthe (72), Paris et petite couronne (75-92-93-94), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Deux-Sèvres (79), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82), Vendée (85), Vienne (86), Essonne (91) et Val-d’Oise (95). Au total, 52 départements sont touchés par l’alerte orange.Une perturbation remonte en effet vers le nord-est de la France et va provoquer des pluies verglaçantes lorsqu’elle rencontrera des masses d’air plus froides. Ces précipitations vont évoluer en des chutes de neiges qui laisseront une couche d’entre 3 et 10 centimètres, jusqu’à 20 cm sur certains secteurs.Météo France conseille aux automobilistes la plus grande prudence lors de leurs déplacements et de bien se renseigner sur les conditions locales de circulation. Il leur faut également prévoir de l’équipement au cas où ils se retrouveraient coincés dans leur véhicule pendant plusieurs heures. Face au froid dans les habitations, Météo France déconseille aux gens d’utiliser des sources de chauffage alternatives telles que des cuisinières ou des braseros à cause de risques d’incendies et de problèmes électriques.Le 19 janvier 2013 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambert
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Springs Police has given the all clear after the Broward Sheriff’s Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious item found in Coral Springs, Thursday.According to officials, the suspicious item was found near 2800 University Drive. Coral Springs Police evacuated the area while BSO Bomb Squad began their investigation.Just before 2 p.m., police gave the all clear after finding no threat.Traffic was temporarily shut down on University Drive while the authorities worked the scene. However, traffic has since returned to normal. Suspicious item was recovered. No threat was found. All traffic will resume as normal. Thank you for your patience— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) December 21, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
If you have any information on this carjacking, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The thieves took off in her 2015 Toyota Corolla, but not before nearly hitting her as they pulled out of the parking lot.The victim’s car was later found by deputies abandoned. It was later impounded.Deputies are now searching for the trio. “Clearly they had a plan. They knew what they were doing,” said BSO spokesperson Gina Carter. “They had a weapon, which is extremely unusual for a teenager to have, so we need to find these guys right away. They’re really dangerous.”No injuries were reported.“They’re targeting the most vulnerable — elderly citizens, an elderly woman shopping alone,” said Carter. “Lastly, they have a weapon. They have a gun they have no problem brandishing.”“All bad things come from stupidity. Get an education, get a good job, and you don’t need to rob someone like me,” said the victim.BSO believes the carjacking was planned in advance and said the subjects had visited the Walmart earlier that day as well as previous days. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released surveillance footage after an elderly woman was carjacked outside of a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.Surveillance video from Jan. 15 shows three teens in knit caps walking behind the victim inside the Walmart, located at 3001 N. State Road 7.“The subjects are really young. They’re teenagers,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Representative Gina Carter. “l know only that it was short young kids.”Broward Sheriff Office deputies said they followed her into the store.The victim later went outside and was approaching her parked car when she was attacked by the teens, who weren’t far behind.They pointed a gun at the elderly woman who complied with their demands. “‘Give me the key!’” she said.She said the carjackers were so young, she initially thought their demands were a joke.