It’s never been a popular idea in Wild Rose Country, but a left-wing lobby group says introducing a sales tax could help generate the revenue needed in Alberta to maintain public services.Public Interest Alberta appeared with the United Nurses of Alberta, the Alberta Union of Provincial employees and others on Tuesday, to launch its Revenue Reno campaign, which calls for either PST or changes to personal income taxes.We are pleased to announce our latest campaign, Revenue Reno, calling for the provincial government to fix Alberta’s revenue shortage to protect and revitalize our public services. Read our media release: https://t.co/ZU7WNVTcGN #abpoli #ableg #abbudget pic.twitter.com/HXjN3xlbOz— Public Interest AB (@PIAlberta) March 13, 2018“Either way it’s the same people paying, so it’s a matter of how we want to structure that,” said executive director Joel French. “A sales tax has some advantages over personal income taxes in that it’s a tax that’s very hard for people to avoid. With personal income taxes, particularly for wealthy individuals, there are tax write-offs and ways to get around that.”According to the group, every one per cent in sales tax generates $1 to $1.5 billion a year.“HSAA’s members are health care experts who work on the frontlines and know better than anyone that there’s nothing left to cut. The healthcare cupboard is bare. If Alberta doesn’t find a way to create new revenue, frontline public care will have to be slashed and the effect on the work our members do, and on patients, will be devastating. We need revenue reform, and we need it now,” stated president Mike Parker of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.Public Interest Alberta is encouraging people to visit RevenueReno.ca and speak to their local MLAs about taxes.
Rabat – The prominent Islamic scholar and television commentator Tariq Ramadan, 56, surprised a Paris suburb municipal conference on “Combating Daily Violence against Women” when he showed up uninvited.Ramadan’s presence irritated attendees and organizers of the event. The municipality of Saint-Denis released a statement noting, “Neither the municipality nor the participants has invited Ramadan nor wished his presence.” The organizer of the event, Madjid Messaoudene, confirmed in a tweet that Ramadan had not been invited. French prosecutors indicted Tariq Ramadan on three charges of sexual assault of women in February 2018. Ramadan refused to leave the conference, even after being asked, according to the municipality. Ramadan’s refusal to leave was an “insult to the people shocked at his attendance,” the statement read.Attendees instead left in protest of the scholar’s “provocative” and “ignoble” presence.The municipality of Saint-Denis asserted, “The presence of Tariq Ramadan at the conference is unacceptable and indecent.” The municipality stressed that it was unjustifiable that a debate on such an important issue be “pestered” and “hijacked” by Ramadan’s provocative presence. Le Figaro journalist Fatiha Agag-Boudjahlat described Ramadan as a religious hypocrite, arguing that his presence was in itself violence against women.French authorities arrested Tariq Ramadan early in 2018 on allegations of sexual assault and rape. He was placed in solitary confinement and, according to his lawyers, denied medical care for his multiple sclerosis. Ramadan faces five rape charges. In October 2017, two women brought charges of rape against Ramadan over incidents in 2009 and 2012. A third women stepped forward and accused Ramadan of rape later. Ramadan acknowledged having relations with the woman but argued it was consensual. The case was dismissed.Ramadan served up to 10 months in jail during the investigation into the series of allegations against him. The French judiciary released Ramadan on a $340,000 bail in November 2018. Ramadan’s case drew a number of sympathizers globally. Thousands have signed a petition demanding Ramadan’s release, including American intellectual Noam Chomsky, Islamic scholar Amina Wadud, British journalist Peter Oborne, and Leila Ahmed of Harvard University. A French court denied Ramadan’s request for dismissal of the charges in July 2018.According to Ramadan’s supporters, the French justice system treated him differently from others with similar charges because he is Muslim.Read also: US Report Lists Violence on Women, Corruption As Concerns in Morocco
VANCOUVER — Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said.B.C. Trans Mountain protesters bent on stopping project, lawyer seeking injunction saysAlberta threatens to cut off oil exports to B.C. if Trans Mountain obstruction continuesPipeline shortage could choke North America’s oil supply with ‘serious implications for global markets’, IEA warnsTrans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of an interim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”Parker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, saying it’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Affleck said of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline.He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction.
Opening the University of Ottawa’s new School of Political Studies yesterday, she called for an international response to problems that transcend borders.”How can States protect themselves against international terrorism and stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction? And what is the responsibility of the international community confronted by massive violations of human rights within a State? What role should be assigned to military force and when is the use of force permissible? Who should decide and who should authorize?” she asked.Canada announced the formation of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty at the UN’s Millennium Summit in September 2000. The summit also worked out the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. To attain the MDGs, the international community needed effective measures to eliminate poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and communicable diseases and to provide safe drinking water. In the Millennium Declaration the rich countries had promised to help poor countries achieve these goals and they should honour those pledges, she said.”The cause of development and the cause of peace are one,” Ms. Fréchette said.She also called for reform of all principal UN organs to take into account relations in today’s world, giving developing countries a greater voice in international decision-making.”Nations that truly believe in collective solutions to common problems must not be scared off by the difficulties besetting multilateralism,” she said. “Nor must they allow themselves to believe that the best days of the UN are past. The UN is doing better than people think and it is changing with the times.”
“As planning begins for longer-term recovery and reconstruction, it is important to emphasize that humanitarian efforts must continue, particularly in locations hit by both the cyclone and subsequent flooding,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubrani.Urgent needs include the distribution of agricultural supplies, construction of shelter and toilets, mosquito control and surveillance measures to stop the spread of disease, and the provision of psychosocial support, she said.The recent flooding has eroded some of the gains made through early humanitarian action with many of the crops re-planted post-Winston now washed away.“Our work is far from over,” Ms Lubrani said. “There is an acute need for the distribution of more seeds and seedlings to kick-start food production in areas hit by the cyclone and floods. This is vital to reducing the risk of food insecurity over the months ahead.”Training to help people build back stronger, safer houses is also among the country’s most critical ongoing needs. In addition, there is continued demand for expert support to help the country cope with the psychosocial impacts of this traumatic event, especially among children, she said.Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, noted that emergency food, shelter, water, and medical supplies reached thousands of people in their hour of need.“It has been an enormous effort but there is still a long road ahead and we will continue to work with the support of our international partners to ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.The cyclone and a massive storm surge left a path of destruction across Fiji on 20 and 21 February, leaving more than 40 people dead, damaging or destroying more than 31,000 houses and wiping out life-sustaining food crops. Flooding over recent weeks has compounded the suffering of many who are still living without a permanent roof over their heads.
Marilyn I. Walker has always believed the arts play a vital role in any prosperous community.They are the lifeblood of a cultured, creative and collaborative city.Her love for St. Catharines and the arts inspired her to help make Brock University’s dream of a downtown arts facility a reality.The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts celebrated its grand opening Friday with hundreds from the community on hand to share the milestone.“I very much believe in helping our local area in order to facilitate people to not have to leave for education or work,” Walker said recently. “My real love is this area and seeing it become the best.”Brock University President Jack Lightstone said the school wouldn’t have been possible without vision and partnerships. It would not have happened as a standalone project, he said.“The University was clear that unless it was part of a total plan for the revitalization of downtown and its future, it wasn’t interested,” he said.When community partners came together to develop a plan that would see downtown become a hub of arts and culture, entertainment and digital media, he said the University was on board.He said so many people put their hearts and souls into making the school come to life.“This phenomenon happened because committed and generous people made it happen. As a result, we are all witnesses to a dramatic change that is like very few transitions we will ever again see in our lifetimes,” Lightstone said.The $45.5 million facility in downtown St. Catharines is the result of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment from hundreds of people. The building wouldn’t have been possible without a $26.1 million investment from the Government of Ontario, and numerous corporate and private donors.“This facility will only enhance the opportunity for those involved in the cultural scene to share their talents,” said MPP Jim Bradley.He said the transformation of the former Canada Hair Cloth factory pays homage to St. Catharines manufacturing history and is a testament to the renewal of the local economy.Designed by the renowned Toronto firm Diamond Schmitt Architects and built by Bird Construction, the MIWSFPA is a combination of new space along with the completely renovated Canada Hair Cloth building, parts of which date to the late 1800s. The project was a joint venture with the City of St. Catharines to create a multi-use arts complex to connect the talent of Brock students with the needs of the community. The result is a 95,000-square-foot education facility showcasing the history of the original space combined with modern architecture and learning technology.Creativity is in the air throughout the historic building with students filling the brightly lit hallways and state-of-the-art studios. It’s not uncommon to see students outside plein-air painting or in the halls rehearsing.St. Catharines downtown core is also benefiting with students visiting local cafes and restaurants before or after classes.“The MIWSFPA is an integral part of the transformation of our downtown,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, noting it has injected “a vibrant, creative energy within the heart of our community.”He gave credit to everyone involved in making the school a reality from Lightstone for his vision, former Dean of Humanities Rosemary Hale for her spark of an idea and Marilyn and Norris Walker for their gift to the arts.“Marilyn your gift has transformed a building and a community. It will never be forgotten,” he said.Norris Walker spoke during the opening ceremony, noting that from the moment his wife Marilyn committed to the project in 2008, she started working on a quilt for the facility.The Tree of Learning quilt created by Marilyn I. Walker.The nine-foot-tall quilt handmade by Marilyn is prominently displayed in the main corridor of the building. The Tree of Learning incorporates uncommon fabrics and techniques from textile and fibre art to depict a dream about learning that floats between reality and fantasy.MIWSFPA director Derek Knight called the opening transformative for Brock.“We have a facility that will vault us into the vanguard of fine and performing arts pedagogy,” he said. “The reaction of students to their new building has been enthusiastic. They are enjoying and relishing the fact that they are working and studying in a state-of-the-art environment.”It’s a place that inspires creativity.“Imagination is our single most important talent for without it one cannot be creative or innovative,” Walker said recently. “It’s not what the physical building means so much as the opportunities that it provides. Now it’s a challenge to your imagination to comprehend what all could be done within this building.”Below is an interactive image of the new MIWSFPA. Hover over the buttons to see video tours: BY THE NUMBERS:• $45.5 million – final pricetag for MIWSFPA• $26.1 million – Government of Ontario’s contribution to the facility• $15 million – Marilyn I. Walkers contribution to arts education• 95,000 – square footage of facility• 500 students attending classes• 75 staff and faculty members
You need not be concerned if you see gladiators and chariots in the Thistle hallways this week.Nearly 300 high school students are at Brock University for the annual Ontario Student Classics Conference, which runs until Saturday and wraps up with a chariot race.“We’re honoured to be hosting the conference again at Brock,” says department chair Professor Angus Smith. “It’s a great chance for the high school students to celebrate their interests in Classics and the ancient world.”The conference nurtures a deeper understanding of the classical world by bringing together students and teachers from across the province in social events and competitions.Students at the Ontario Students Classics Conference take part in a simulated archaeological dig behind DeCew residence.The OSCC is also an important recruiting opportunity for the Department of Classics.“It’s a great chance for us to show these students what a great place Brock would be to come pursue these interests,” Smith says.The conference aims to support mens sana in corpore sano — a healthy mind in a healthy body — through friendly competitions.Students compete across three categories: academic, athletic and creative. The academic competition includes contests in written Greek and Latin, vocabulary and derivatives, sight translations, mythology, Greek and Roman history and geography.Athletic competitions reflect the sports practised by the ancient Greeks and Romans including discus (frisbee), slinging, mini marathons, foot races and swimming.The highlight of the annual conference is the chariot race, scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., when each school races a chariot they’ve made around the Brock traffic circle.Creative competitions encompass visual arts, drama and fashion, with students displaying artwork, audiovisual projects and computer work and performing skits for their peers. Participating schools also create visual displays in Thistle hallways.Students also apply what they’ve learned about archaeology, working in teams to complete a simulated archaeological dig behind DeCew residence.The conference wraps up Saturday night with a traditional pompa (parade) and award ceremony.
The NBA is changing. For one, there is an imminent lockout. Owners want to find ways to make even more money. Players are quite happy with the current collective-bargaining agreement, and who can blame them for wanting to keep a system that can net Travis Outlaw a four-year, $28 million contract and Amir Johnson $34 million over five years? That’s highway robbery. But the association is also seeing a changing of the guard in terms of its upper echelon of teams. The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, who have combined to win 10 of the past 12 NBA titles, are officially in decline. Their championship dreams have been locked out. The No. 1-seeded Spurs were stunned by the upstart No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round. The wheels on their Tim-Duncan-Manu-Ginobili-Tony-Parker machine have significant wear and tear. Rarely are all three healthy at once, and their roster lacks young talent. The Lakers were embarrassed in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. Kobe Bryant, L.A.’s fading superstar, must find away to reinvigorate himself, his team and the organization, especially considering the Lakers’ legendary coach, Phil Jackson, appears to have paced the sidelines for the last time. Boston’s loss at home to the Heat in Game 4 sealed its fate, as this was its last legitimate shot at another ring. Its bench has been transformed into an infirmary and it, too, probably will lose its title-winning coach, Doc Rivers, after the season. Of course, everything is cyclical in the NBA. Magic’s Lakers and Bird’s Celtics gave way to Isiah’s Pistons, who were eventually topped by Jordan’s Bulls. The Spurs started their run the year after Jordan’s second retirement in 1998, ironically after a lockout shortened the regular season to 50 games. So, who are the teams next in line to carry the NBA’s mantle? I give you the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat, spearheaded by their 2 1/2 superstars, will continue to attract other talented teammates to South Beach. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are just hitting their peak years and should be even better in the future, after going through mutual struggles in year one of their grand experiment. Derrick Rose, the MVP, will continue his ascent to stardom and attempt to lead his defensive-minded Bulls back to their former glory, reached under His Airness. And finally, the Thunder, who not only play as if they love one another but perform in a town that loves them back. The parts are all there for a title run, but one question remains: Can Kevin Durant, the NBA’s scoring champ and the anti-LeBron, coexist with his headstrong, ultra-athletic point guard, Russell Westbrook? Fans may have to wait to see all of this unfold. It’s virtually certain there will be a lockout. Let’s hope it doesn’t last long enough to rob fans of seeing a new era of great basketball teams.
In light of the latest arrest and interrogation of a former Finance Minister under the People’s Progressive Party Administration, Sasenarine Kowlessar, the Opposition is convinced more than ever that Government’s aim is to target former President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.Former Finance Minister Saisnarine KowlessarWhile being a former President, Jagdeo- from 1999 to 2006- has immunity from being prosecuted, as a former Finance Minister, he does not.This was confirmed by former Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall, who in a post on social media expressed his belief that Government is using the criminal legal process to persecute political opponents.Kowlessar served as Minister of Finance from 1999 – 2006. Some of the transactions about which he was questioned took place over 20 years ago, said Nandlall.“It is clear beyond any doubt that these investigations are driven by a political and vindictive motive. Ultimately, they are designed to get to the period when Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, was the Minister of Finance. Constitutional immunities prevent them from charging him for acts done while he was President. Recognising this, they intend to go back to two decades to persecute him for transactions done while he was Minister of Finance,” he explained.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoAccording to Nandlall, Jagdeo served as a Minister under the tenures where Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan were Presidents.The former AG further questioned whether the coalition Government will stop at Jagdeo’s tenure as Minister of Finance or if they intend go all the way back to the first Finance Minister in the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Asgar Ally.However, he expressed certainty that the APNU-AFC Administration will stop at October 5, 1992- People’s National Congress/Reform’s tenure.“What I do know is that they will stop at October 5, 1992. So they will not investigate the sale of Guyana Telecommunications Corporation to ATN; they will not investigate the sale of Demerara Timbers Limited, or the sale of over 7 state-owned rice mills, or the sale of the National Paint Company or the sale to Carl Greenidge, while he was Minister of Finance, of a property at Bel-Air Gardens by NICIL – none of which was the subject of any form of tender and none of which were sold pursuant to any valuation certificates, or even at market value,” he posited.Yesterday, former Minister of Finance of the PPP Sasenarine Kowlessar, was arrested by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and interrogated.He was subsequently released on bail and requested to return next Monday.Attorney by profession, Nandlall explained that there is a principle of law which prevents investigations of certain transactions that took place several years ago, on the grounds that it is unfair and against public policy to do so because of the lapse of time.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall“The rationale is that if persons were to be charged as a result of those investigations, it would amount to an abuse of process to subject those persons to a trial because of the lapse of memory, absence of evidence and absence of witnesses, etc. – all of which will militate against an accused person having a fair trial which is guaranteed as a constitutional right because the law recognises that such a person may be unable to adequately defend himself in the circumstances. Our justice system protects against such eventuality in preservation of the doctrine of presumption of innocence,” he said.Moreover, the former AG noted that it is unfortunate that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) “does not see it as part of its constitutional mandate to protect the citizenry from these types of investigations, which are widely regarded as abusive and oppressive, but rather is part of the design that is promoting it.”Prior to this incident, Kowlessar’s successor as Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL were both arrested and dragged before the courts on a charge of “misconduct in public office; contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale of three plots of state lands.On Monday a High Court Judge ordered that a stay be placed on the proceedings at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, following the ruling by the Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire on the validity of the charges.The hearing for this challenge is expected to commence on May 25. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer AG representing Ashni Singh in SOCU probeJune 29, 2017In “latest news”Sale of Sanata Complex: Case against Singh, Brassington adjournedJune 29, 2018In “Court”Stay granted in misconduct charge against Singh, BrassingtonJuly 17, 2018In “Court”
Andre RussellKolkata Knight Riders chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has hailed Windies all-rounder Andre Russell for an extraordinary innings in a 25-run eliminator win over Rajastan Royals on Wednesday.With KKR wobbling at 106 for 5 Russell stood firm at the crease where he smoked a blistering 49 from 25 balls to put the team firmly in control. In the end, the Knight Riders made 169 for 7 before restricting the Royals to 144 for 4. Russell blasted three 4s and fives 6s, which saw KKR score 54 runs in the last five overs with the batsman getting 41. He took 19 runs in the 17th over bowled by Jaydev Unadkat. Yadav, who had an economical 4.50 and took one for 18, hailed the West Indian for his tenacity at the strike.“He (Russell) played an extraordinary innings of 49. We were looking at a total of 140-145 runs but ended up with a good score of 169 thanks to the way he batted. He truly deserves the man-of-the-match,” Yadav, who had an economical 4.50 and took one wicket for 18 runs, said.“Generally with nine wickets in hand after 10 overs you end up winning. The plan was to bat deep and I was playing positively. The credit goes to the KKR bowlers the way they bowled in the last three-four overs.” (SportsMax) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: KKR to fight Sunrisers for spot in IPL finalMay 23, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Kuldeep, Russell push KKR closer to playoffsMay 15, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Gayle, Rahul launch Kings XI to the topApril 21, 2018In “Sports”
17 Comments Martin Scorsese has arrived! He is in @tcddublin to receive the @tcdphil Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage pic.twitter.com/AlaXZovOXk— TCD Alumni (@tcdalumni) February 24, 2017 Finally he’s here. The man, the myth, the legend. Martin Scorsese now addressing us. pic.twitter.com/e4wMF9CD64— 𝐍𝐣𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐨 (@N_jayMaz) February 24, 2017 Read: The Charleton Tribunal has an official (different) name, and its opening statement is due next MondayRead: “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name”: Trump attacks media Share Tweet Email3 Source: Brian Hutton/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,102 Views Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieHe joins illustrious company with the likes of Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Brian Cox in receiving an Honorary Patron award.Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony this evening, Scorsese said: “When I received the news that I had been selected as an Honorary Patron by the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, I was both surprised and moved.Trinity College is one of the world’s greatest and most venerable institutions of learning, and the University Philosophical Society has welcomed an illustrious list of Honorary Patrons and former members. I accept the honour with gratitude.The award was presented by the president of the University Philosophical Society, Matthew Nuding, who said: “This award is given to exceptional individuals who have excelled in their given fields. In this case, for Mr Scorsese’s outstanding contribution to film.In a career that spans over 50 years, his influence over the film industry cannot be overstated. He is without a doubt one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history.The video below shows the crowd waiting in anticipation for the director to arrive, and the rapturous reception he got when he did (in the last minute or so of the video). MULTI OSCAR AWARD-winning director Martin Scorsese said he was both “surprised and moved” as he attended a ceremony in Trinity College today where he was made an Honorary Patron by the University Philosophical Society.The 74-year-old, who has directed films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York and Wolf of Wall Street, attended a ceremony in Dublin today to accept the gold medal award.He spoke at a Q&A session afterwards in the Debating Chamber of the Graduate Memorial Building where crowds packed in to ask the legendary director questions.There were large queues to try and get into the venue, and Scorsese received a rousing reception when he entered. Source: TCD Alumni/Twitter By Sean Murray Short URL Martin Scorsese says “it’s a real honour” arriving at Trinity College Dublin to accept an award from Philosophical Society. @PA pic.twitter.com/Hk9p2Ycr4M— Brian Hutton (@magicbathtub) February 24, 2017 Friday 24 Feb 2017, 7:04 PM ‘The man, the myth’: Martin Scorsese got a rapturous reception at Trinity College tonight Scorsese joins the likes of Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in receiving the Honorary Patron award. http://jrnl.ie/3257800 Source: Njabulo/Twitter Feb 24th 2017, 7:04 PM
There has been a direct link between fiscal austerity and a sharp rise in male suicides in Greece, according to research carried out by academics at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.The research by Nikos Antonakakis, a senior lecturer in economics and finance, and co-author Alan Collins, an economics professor, was published in the Social Science and Medicine journal and was highlighted by a report this week in The Guardian newspaper.According to the research, every 1 per cent fall in government spending in Greece led to a 0.43 per cent rise in suicides among men – after controlling for other characteristics that might lead to suicide, 551 men killed themselves “solely because of fiscal austerity” between 2009 and 2010, said the paper’s co-author Nikolaos Antonakakis.According to the authors of the report, there was a clear gender divide in the effects of austerity, with no obvious rise in female suicide rates. Men aged 45-89 faced the highest suicide risk in response to austerity because they were most likely to suffer cuts to their salaries and pensions, the research said.Antonakakis and Collins are considering work on the link between austerity and suicide rates in other countries most affected by the eurozone crisis, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland.“These findings have strong implications for policymakers and for health agencies,” said Antonakakis. “We often talk about the fiscal multiplier effect of austerity, such as what it does to GDP. But what is the health multiplier?We have to consider the health multipliers of any fiscal consolidation and austerity. The fact we find gender specificity and age specificity can help health agencies target their help.”There were 508 suicides in Greece in 2012, according to figures published last month by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). This represented a rise of 36 per cent since 2008, before the country’s economic crisis began. Source: The Guardian Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Alaska : des chèvres sauvages d’origine mystérieuse Menant une étude génétique sur la chèvre de montagne, des chercheurs canadiens et américains ont découvert que cet animal avait déjà colonisé une île de l’Alaska, bien avant que des chasseurs, ignorant la présence de cette population sauvage, n’y introduisent d’autres spécimens, importés du continent.En 1923, 18 chèvres de montagne, capturées à Tracy Arm, en Alaska, sont introduites (pour la chasse) 300 kilomètres plus à l’ouest, sur l’île Baranof, dans le Pacifique nord. Les 1.300 individus y vivant aujourd’hui devraient donc être génétiquement identiques à ceux de la région où furent attrapés leurs aïeux. Or, Steeve Côté, professeur au Département de biologie et chercheur au Centre d’études nordiques, et ses collègues de l’Université de l’Alberta et du Département de la chasse de l’Alaska, menant une étude génétique à grande échelle sur l’ensemble de l’espèce, ont constaté que ce n’était pas le cas…À lire aussiUne chèvre monte sur un âne pour… attraper des fruitsLes chèvres de l’île Baranof possèdent une forme de gène totalement absente chez celles de Tracy Arm, présente en revanche chez les spécimens d’une autre région continentale, située au nord-est de l’île. Les chercheurs reconstituent le scénario ainsi : lors des dernières glaciations, des chèvres du continent trouvèrent refuge sur l’île, isolat génétique, y évoluant à part des populations continentales. Lorsque, en 1923, des nord-américains, ignorant la présence de ces animaux sur l’île (de 169 km sur 48 km), y introduisent d’autres spécimens, les deux populations se mélangent évidemment. Par la suite, quelques individus auraient regagné le continent à la nage, pour former un autre noyau au nord-est de l’île Baranof, selon l’étude publiée dans Evolution et Conservation Genetics.Les chercheurs ont en tout cas trouvé un indice allant dans le sens de la première partie de leur hypothèse : des documents russes du XIXe siècle, évoquant la présence sur l’île (possession russe, à l’époque) d’un mammifère à long pelage blanc appelé iaman (‘chèvre sauvage ou ‘mouton sauvage’).Le 3 décembre 2011 à 13:28 • Maxime Lambert
Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… I’m not going to lie, readers. It was a pretty quiet week on the science-fiction front. While there were slim pickings on the ground, that doesn’t mean the books, essays, and news that dropped this week are any less interesting. If anything, now they get a bigger platform so, ha!RECOMMENDED READINGThis week we have a novelette about the last days of Earth, a story about battle mechs, an homage to Shadowrun, and a tale of street-racing in the neon-lit world of future Tokyo.NINE LAST DAYS ON PLANET EARTH A short thirty-two paged read from author Daryl Gregory, Nine Last Days on Planet Earth is exactly what it says on the tin. When alien seeds rain down across the planet, evolution goes haywire. An apocalypse blossoms across the planet with every living creature down to the small microbe either dying out completely or suffering from biological upheaval. Can one person solve the mystery before it’s too late?MECHA SAMURAI EMPIRE From the mind of Peter Tieryas comes this piece of military science-fiction. Set in an alternate reality where the Axis Powers won World War II, Mecha Samurai Empire is the story of Californian Makoto Fujimoto. Makoto is a young man who dreams of graduating from Imperial high school and becoming a mech pilot. The only problem? His grades are terrible. When his attempt to cheat the test goes awry, Makoto is thrust into a wider world of political tension. The publisher describes the novel as The Man in the Castle meets Pacific Rim, which is honestly the only pitch you should need.NECROTECH K.C. Alexander’s new SINless series starts out with a bang. Both Necrotech and the second book Nanoshock dropped at the same time, giving fans of cyberpunk hours of enjoyment. Necrotech follows Riko, a memory-wiped woman on a mission: to help her girlfriend who’s been turned into a tech-fueled zombie. Even if that means she’ll have to dive into a corporate conspiracy that could forever alter what it means to be human. Fans of Mass Effect might recognize Alexander’s name: she’s the co-author of Bioware’s novel Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising.WILDCARDEarlier this year, author New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu began a new YA series with Warcross. Set in a world where a game called Warcross has taken over the public imagination, it followed Emika Chen, a teenage hacker turned bounty hunter who ends up getting caught and cutting a deal to work with Warcross’ billionaire creator to keep the game say. Wildcard picks up in the aftermath. Armed with dangerous information about the NeuroLink algorithm, Emika is on the run from billionaire corporate goons who want her dead.NEWSAuthor Mary Robinette Kowal (who was recently highlighted in this column for her novel The Fated Sky) revealed that she has new more books in the works set in the same universe. The Relentless Moon will be released in 2020, which The Derivative Base following in 2022. ENTERTAINMENT BUZZDark Horse’s comic Resident Alien is coming to SYFY in the near future and they’ve just cast their lead: Alan Tudyk. SYFY Wire announced Tudyk has come aboard to play Harry Vanderspeigle, an alien who crash lands on Earth and must attempt to fit in. He does this by taking over the body and identity of said Harry, a Colorado doctor. FURTHER READING Head over to Tor.com and read Todd McAulty’s ode to droids with “The Greatest Science Fiction Robots Of All Time.” In no particular order, McAulty lovingly ranks robots both well-known and obscure that have captured his imagination over the years. Check it out and see if your favorite made the list. Stay on target Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from a niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. Try some of the 11 Sci-Fi Recipes you can make right now. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. We also have a list of the Best Sci-Fi On Netflix. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 19, 2018 – Nassau – The Government signed a new Industrial Agreement with the Bahamas Customs, Immigration & Allied Workers Union at the Ministry of the Public Service, Thursday, January 18, 2018. Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance the Hon. Brensil Rolle thanked the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes who he said was instrumental and extremely focused on ensuring that the negotiations concluded in the shortest possible time.He also thanked the negotiators from the Public Service, who assisted and worked tirelessly to ensure that the agreement was reached and signed in a reasonable time.“As always we believe it is the Government’s duty to come to some agreements with the unions that are in the best interests of the people of The Bahamas and the workers. So today, I am very pleased that we are all here to witness this historical event.”Minister Rolle explained that negotiations began in 2012 with the Bahamas Customs, Immigration & Allied Workers Union. “The negotiations themselves progressed to June 2013 when the Union filed an action against the Government claiming that the wages of its members were unilaterally reduced and overtime was a part of their wages.“This matter was resolved in the courts and negotiations again resumed in June 17, 2016. In the interim however, on December 2014, the Government in good faith signed an agreement with the Union, which paid the uniformed members of the bargaining unit on a number of benefits.”He noted, however, that after several meetings in 2016, an agreement was reached on the majority of these issues including an increase in salaries and allowances. However, talks stalled again once again because of a general union concern.Minister Rolle said, “The former Government sort to in our view divide the workers by inviting members of the Customs, Immigration & Allied Union to write into the Government if they wanted their salary advances.“The result of this was devastating to some degree to the public service because the Ministry of the Public Service then had to create two salary parts for individuals who had accepted the advance and those who were complying with the general views of the union.”He said, “To some degree, some refer to this as a strategic attack by the Government to bust the union by encouraging and causing some members to receive benefits before the negotiations were fully addressed. As a result of that when we came to office in May, the Government through the Minister of Labour re-opened these negotiations and successfully in this very short period concluded the results.”For his part, Minister Foulkes said the Minister of Labour played the role of negotiator/conciliator to ensure that the talks went well and that there was respect on both sides of the table, which happened. He said upon being appointed as the Minister of Labour in May 2016, one of the first meetings he had was with Mr. Obie Ferguson and his executive team from the Trade Union Congress which had as number one on its list of concerns, Customs and Immigration.Minister Foulkes also noted that number one on the issue for the Customs and Immigration Officers was keeping the insurance coverage for which they have become accustomed, and the new agreement will allow that to continue.President of the Customs, Immigration & Allied Workers Union Sloan Smith said the Agreement also includes the opening of salary scales that will help some individuals who were stuck at their bar, and an increase in uniform allowance among other benefits. The contract will expire June 30, 2018.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo Caption:The Government signed an Industrial Agreement with the Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union at the Ministry of the Public Service, Thursday, January 18, 2018. Pictured seated from left: Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest; Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance the Hon. Brensil Rolle; Trade Union Congress President, Obie Ferguson and President of the Customs, Immigration & Allied Workers Union, Sloan Smith. Standing second from right, Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items:
China’s Shanghai Jucheng Supply Management group says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to build a new US$100 million casino resort in the northern Philippines province.According to reports, Jucheng is keen to build a leisure tourism resort in an Asian destination similar to Jeju in Korea. A theme park element would also form part of the property. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts In an announcement on its own website, Jucheng stated that it “intends to invest at least US$100 million in comprehensive holiday development projects in the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and the Free Trade Port Area of the Philippines, including township establishment and infrastructure, logistics, port and airport operations, duty-free shops, hotels and finance.”It also pointed to an interest in technology solutions and other areas such as exchange, trade and production processing.Jucheng’s plan is made possible by the Philippines’ Republic Act 7922, which grants CEZA authority to promote tourism in the region as part of the establishment of the special economic zone – despite recent declarations by President Duterte that no new casinos would be built under his watch.Duterte’s anti-casino stance looks set to quash planned IR projects by Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group in Boracay and Landing International Development Ltd in Manila.
Get ready to race in Toyota’s GR Supra GT4 concept 2 Audi Q4 E-Tron ConceptAudi’s E-Tron electric-car lineup will expand with a Q4 model, as shown by this Q4 E-Tron concept. It’s based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular EV platform and has an 82-kilowatt-hour battery that enables a claimed 280 miles of driving range on a single charge. Show-car touches include aerodynamically designed wheels and a new interior design with a floating center console and a big touchscreen atop the dashboard. A production version of this model is set to debut in 2020 as a 2021 model. VW T-Roc R debuts hopped-up style ahead of Geneva VW Cityskater and Streetmate ConceptsVolkswagen is thinking small at the 2019 Geneva auto show, exploring zero-emissions, “micromobility” with a pair of concept scooters. The Volkswagen Streetmate is an fully electric scooter for urban dwellers, while the Cityskater envisions “last mile” transportation for commuters who might carry the three-wheeler on a bus or car. And yeah, they’re super weird. 1:43 Mitsubishi ASX (Outlander Sport)It might be called the ASX in Europe, but Mitsubishi has a new Outlander Sport up its sleeve for Geneva. The 2020 ASX debuts a sharper design first seen on the big-boy Outlander, with a bit of Eclipse Cross thrown into the mix for good measure. Inside, there’s a new infotainment system that can play videos stored on USB drives while the car is stationary. Expect it to arrive in the US either later in 2019 or early in 2020. Mercedes-Benz Concept EQVThe Three-Pointed Star has unveiled its first pure-electric people carrier, the Concept EQV. This minivan is a thinly veiled look a production EV which is expected to bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. Assuming the show car’s powertrain details hold true for the series electric V-Class model, expect a front-wheel drive chassis powered by a 201-hp motor backed by a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery. So equipped, the EQV will travel up to 249 miles per charge, and it’s capable of driving up to 99 mph. Volkswagen Streetmate, Cityskater concepts scoot into the 2019 Geneva Motor Show 50 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV looks prepped for production 52 Photos Skoda Vision iV ConceptSkoda will use the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform to build its own all-electric models, and the Vision iV is a first glimpse at how those cars might be styled. A coupe-style crossover, the Vision iV concept boasts up to 310 miles of driving range and 306 hp from its twin electric motors. A minimalist interior takes advantage of the fact the MEB platform lacks a transmission tunnel to provide impressive interior space. The outside dispenses with side-view mirrors and door handles, allowing you to unlock the car with your phone and simply touch the door to pop it open.Enlarge Image Skoda Smart Forease+ ConceptBuilding on the Forease concept that debuted last year, the Smart Forease+ concept packs a removable hard fabric roof, adding some versatility to its chopped-top appeal. It’s pretty much the same concept as before, otherwise, although it adds a healthy dose of Nappa leather now that there’s a roof to keep the rain out. It’s fully electric, hinting at Smart’s desire to move to battery-electric propulsion alone by 2020. Audi TT RSThe latest iteration of Audi’s compact hot hatch packs even sharper looks than before, part of a wide-reaching refresh that covers the whole TT lineup. The RS in particular keeps its 2.5-liter I5, which puts out 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. But now, it has angrier bumpers and some mild changes to the interior. Audi plug-in hybridsAudi is bringing an electrified posse to Switzerland. The automaker will introduce plug-in hybrid variants of the A6, A7, A8 and Q5. Using lithium-ion batteries, each is expected to have an all-electric range of 25 miles by European WLTP standards. The electric motor is tucked away in the transmission, while the battery is hidden under the body. The Nissan IMQ concept hints at the company’s future designs VW’s I.D. Buggy is the EV concept worth stealing at the… Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Grand EditionThe Mercedes-Benz SL-Class soldiers on year after year, and now there’s a new special edition to keep this one fresh a little longer. Mercedes-Benz has added a Grand Edition trim to both the SL450 and the SL550. Only offered in gray, the trim level adds chrome and matte-aluminum metals, unique wheels and a whole lot of badges. The interior rocks brown leather and, as expected, more badges. Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-AMG GLE53Mercedes-Benz’s venerable GLE-Class finally joins the straight-six club. Its 3.0-liter turbo I6 will put out an ample 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system capable of further boosting those numbers for brief periods of time. It also has some fat fender flares, because who doesn’t like fat fender flares? 1:50 The 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e doesn’t scrimp on sportiness 48 Photos Smart Forease+ concept shows some modesty 35 Photos 82 Photos Honda E Prototype is a too-cute EV for Europe BMW X3 xDrive30eBMW’s X3 compact crossover SUV is among the brand’s most important models, so it should come as no surprise that the Bavarians have imbued it with their latest plug-in hybrid tech. The new 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30e shares its powertrain with the new 330e sedan, meaning a 2.0-liter turbo four is found under hood, along with an 8-speed automatic that integrates a small electric motor. With 252 total horsepower, the X3 xDrive30e will hit 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, and it offers around 28 to 31 miles of electric-only range on Europe’s less strenuous test cycle. Our road tester says the new model drives well, feeling more like a six-cylinder than a four. 51 Photos Kia Imagine ConceptConcept cars often contain Easter Eggs, but seldom do they openly lampoon industry trends. The Kia Imagine EV turns this notion on its head by including no fewer than 21 screens fanned out on the dashboard, a commentary with today’s obsession with displays. This new large, C-segment car has a high-riding crossover stance riding atop 22-inch wheels. Kia isn’t offering any power train details, other than to say the car is powered by an induction-charged battery pack. Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Comments BMW 330eBMW’s latest 3 Series is already a compelling sport sedan, but if you’re looking for heightened efficiency, you’re going to want to focus on a new alphanumeric: 330e. This plug-in hybrid features a 2.0-liter turbo four backed by an 83-kW electric motor integrated into the 8-speed transmission housing. A 12-kWh lithium-ion pack under the seats provides enough juice for around 37 miles of all-electric running on the European test cycle. Our man Jake Holmes has already had an early go in the production car, and you can read about it here. Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-AMG GT R RoadsterLike what you see with the Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe? Well, imagine that with no roof above your head, and you’ve got the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. There’s a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 underhood producing 577 horsepower, and all the go-fast goodies you could ask for to help put that power to the ground with perfect poise. Better act fast if you want one, though — only 750 will be sold worldwide. 71 Photos Audi Q4 E-Tron concept: A small EV that’s big on range Mercedes’ new GLE gets the AMG 53 treatment Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 The Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition wants to put the SL back on top BMW X5 xDrive45eIn contrast to its horribly convoluted alphanumeric name, the 2019 BMW xDrive45e is a model of smoothness. This plug-in hybrid crossover SUV borrows most of its powertrain from the 745e sedan, including its 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder and an electric motor for a total system output of 394 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque. A 24-kWh lithium-ion pack provides up to 50 miles of emissions-free electric running (admittedly on Europe’s more lenient test cycle). 0-62 mph happens in just 5.6 seconds, and top speed is limited to 146 mph. Best of all, according to our editor, who just drove it, the xDrive45e doesn’t trade away the new X5’s intrinsic family-minded goodness in exchange for its added efficiency. Aston Martin’s AM-RB 003 is the entry-level Valkyrie we’ve been dreaming of 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 gets a much-needed tech overhaul BMW X3 M and X4 MBMW has finally seen fit to give its smaller crossovers the full M treatment. The X3 M and X4 M, in base trim, sport a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 good for 473 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. That said, folks can opt for a 503-hp output, if 473 isn’t enough for whatever reason. They look cool, they sound cool and they’ll probably hustle like no other. 2020 BMW X3 and X4 get the full M treatment Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept is a midengined stunner The 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e has a big battery pack for improved efficiency Bugatti La Voiture Noire is ‘the most expensive new car of all time’ The 2020 BMW 330e is a sporty plug-in hybrid Ferrari F8 TributoThe 488 GTB is dead and gone, and in its place is this — the F8 Tributo. Borrowing its hardcore aero-focused looks from the 812 Superfast and other new Ferraris, the F8 packs a 710-hp V8 engine just behind the driver, which is good for a 2.9-second sprint to 62 mph. It’s more aerodynamically efficient, but it’s also some 88 pounds lighter than before. 10 Photos 2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 edition relives 1930s Le Mans glory GFG Style KangarooItalian company GFG Style calls this thing a “hyper SUV,” and it’s kind of a weird take on a high-riding supercar. Motivation comes from two electric motors, both rated at 241 horsepower. Rear-wheel steering helps the car handle better, and a 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack is said to give the car a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge. Oh, and did we mention it’s called the Kangaroo? Weird. 47 Photos 82 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ginetta’s Akula supercar has race-inspired aerodynamics 16 Photos 48 Photos Tags Italdesign DaVinci ConceptItaldesign’s latest concept car, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, is called the DaVinci. The 51-year-old design studio says the car pays homage to Leonardo da Vinci — in part because 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance polymath’s death. The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class gets an updated look for 2020 Share your voice Piëch Automotive Mark ZeroThis startup borrows its family name from former VW chairman Ferdinand Piëch, but this electric car is entirely the creation of this new company. Looking like a mix of an Aston Martin and a Porsche, the Mark Zero promises (according to reports) decent range and a low-ish curb weight. If it does make it to production, it should be a hoot.Enlarge ImageThe Swiss company shared this teaser image of its forthcoming electric car. Piëch Automotive Pininfarina BattistaItalian coachbuilder Pininfarina how has its own production car, and it’s the $2 million Battista EV. It produces a staggering 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque from a 120-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Pininfarina says the Battista can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 217 mph. Holy moly. Only 150 will be made, destined for several global markets. Now playing: Watch this: Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Seat Minimó concept is all about urban mobility 1:45 29 Photos Peugeot 208The Peugeot 208 is one of history’s great hatches, and there’s plenty to love about the new one. Not only is it utterly adorable, it now has an electric variant that can run up to 211 miles on a single charge (by European WLTP measurements). While Peugeot may be coming back to the US, it won’t be doing so for a while, so if the 208 comes to the US, it’ll likely be the generation after this one. Bugatti La Voiture NoireBugatti unveiled La Voiture Noire (the black car, translated from French), a one-of-one creation that is meant to incorporate the idea of grand touring into a car with immense amounts of power and equal amounts of luxury. It also costs an immense amount of money, with the final price tag from Bugatti coming in at a cool 11 million euros ($12.4 million) — before tax. That’s how you make an appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 17:40 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better This is the $2 million Automobili Pininfarina Battista Lamborghini Huracan Evo SpyderI doubt anyone was surprised when Lamborghini gave the Evo treatment to the Huracan’s drop-top variant. After introducing the Huracan Evo coupe earlier, here’s the convertible, offering the same 640-hp experience, but with more wind in your hair. Oh, and it’ll hit 202 mph, too. They’re expensive, though, starting at $287,400 in the US. Get a taste of Nissan’s future design with the IMQ concept… The Bentley Bentayga gets a 626-horsepower Speed variant Peugeot’s new 208 is just too darn cute Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Final EditionThe Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster is finally disappearing back into the dust of the earth. The Final Edition model will make its debut in Geneva, signaling the end of this two-door compact sports car’s run. We won’t get them in the US until 2020, so there’s plenty of time to lament the loss. 80 Photos Open-top Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder drops into Geneva 11 Photos Mercedes-Benz EQV concept electrifies the humble van 62 Photos 53 Photos 16 Photos 52 Photos Jaguar XEIt’s finally time for Jaguar’s littlest sedan to get a refresh. The 2020 XE doesn’t look too different on the outside, with major changes coming by way of in-car tech. The two-screen InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is now available, as is wireless device charging and a camera-based rearview mirror. The rotary shifter is gone, too, and I don’t think anybody’s going to miss it. 86 Photos Mazda CX-30Mazda’s new crossover might be called CX-30, but think of it more as a CX-4. That is to say, it slots perfectly between the CX-3 and CX-5, and it’ll go on sale in Europe this summer before launching in other global markets. Car Industry Aston Martin VanquishAston is bringing back the Vanquish name, but this time for a midengined supercar. The car, previewed in Geneva as the Vanquish Vision concept, will use a turbocharged V6 engine and bonded-aluminum constructions. It’s intended to take on the best Italian high-end supercars, a mission that Aston says will push the company into an arena in which it hasn’t yet competed. Production is slated for 2022. 53 Photos The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder is a 640-horsepower convertible Volkswagen’s I.D. Buggy is the electric dune buggy of our dreams Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition is a 621-horsepower swan song 2019 Audi TT RS cops a more aggressive look for Geneva Motor Show 66 Photos Lamborghini Aventador SVJ RoadsterLamborghini’s newest convertible is the Aventador SVJ Roadster, which follows in the footsteps of the SVJ coupe with a heady 770 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V12, giving a top speed of 217 mph and a 0-62-mph sprint of just 2.9 seconds. Redesigned bodywork gives the SVJ 40 percent more downforce than the previous Aventador SV Roadster, while the adaptive dampers, anti-roll bars and traction control have all been retuned for improved performance. Starting at a whopping $573,966 in the US, the SVJ Roadster will be a rare beast, as just 800 copies will be built. The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 1:38 63 Photos The Polestar 2 EV is gorgeous in Geneva McLaren ‘Grand Tourer’While it didn’t unveil a new car at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, McLaren did use its press conference to announce a new “Grand Tourer” model, showing this heavily camouflaged teaser photo to whet our appetites. This is the fourth car under the company’s Track25 business plan, and it’s expected to be another in the company’s line of high-performance mid-engined sports cars, albeit one designed with a bit more long-distance comfort and space in mind. According to the company, the new “Grand Tourer” model will “share its DNA with the 250-mph McLaren Speedtail.”Enlarge Image McLaren Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting BrakeWhat do you get when you take away the versatility of a hatchback, only to add it back in later on with a different roofline? You get the CLA Shooting Brake. It takes the style of the CLA-Class and gives it a dose of wagon friendliness. Think of it as the stylish choice versus the standard A-Class Hatchback. When it goes on sale in Europe in September, it’ll be offered with a variety of gas and diesel engines, with the buyer’s choice of front- or all-wheel drive. 1:46 Bentley Continental GT Number 9Bentley will only sell 100 examples of its new Continental GT Number 9 edition, a car built as part of the company’s centennial celebration. All 100 will have a glass-encapsulated wooden insert from the seat of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin’s Le Mans race car, and 18-karat gold-plated organ stops, among other niceties. It’s a special car for a special milestone. Porsche 911 Carrera S CabrioletThe 2020 Porsche 911 coupe — the first of the 992 generation — has already been unveiled, and we’ve seen it in person. But Porsche’s only shown off the drop-top variant online. The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will make its first appearance in Geneva, sporting a turbocharged flat-six that puts out 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. It’ll be available with either rear- or all-wheel drive, the latter of which is a 10th of a second faster to 60 mph, arriving in 3.6 seconds versus the RWD’s 3.7. 14 Photos Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer ConceptMitsubishi’s Engelberg Tourer concept is a rugged-looking, active-lifestyle crossover with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. There aren’t a whole lot of details so far, but Mitsubishi says we can expect an all-electric driving range of 43 miles, twin electric motors and a 2.4-liter engine. With three rows of seats, it appears to be a plenty spacious offering, too.Enlarge ImageThe concept has a plug-in-hybrid powertrain good for 43 miles of all-electric driving. Mitsubishi Nissan IMQ ConceptNissan’s futuristic IMQ Concept signals “what our design direction may be for Nissan’s third generation of crossovers in Europe,” according to the company’s design VP, Alfonso Albaisa. It doesn’t necessarily signal a new model, but with an edgy front fascia and lots of tech inside, it certainly gives us a glimpse at what to look for in the coming years. 2020 Mitsubishi ASX debuts sharper style for Geneva Mercedes-AMG S65 Final EditionMercedes’ lovely, twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter V12 engine isn’t long for this world. And to say goodbye in properly badass fashion, Mercedes is giving us the Final Edition of its AMG S65 sedan. It’s a big, black Benz with bronze exterior accents, and a fully loaded interior spec. It’ll surely be expensive, and will be equally exclusive: Only 130 will be offered globally. VW PassatVolkswagen will show off wagon variants of its new Passat in Geneva. It’ll pack a new “Travel Assist” semiautomated driving system, in addition to a new infotainment suite and other cool tech that we don’t get on US-spec Passat sedans. If forbidden fruit is your favorite, you won’t want to miss this one.Enlarge ImageMore wagons? I don’t see a problem. Volkswagen VW T-Roc RIt’s a hot hatch, just taller. The T-Roc R wields a 2.0-liter gas I4 good for 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’ll hit 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds, and 17-inch brakes should bring it to a stop in a hurry. When it reaches production, it’ll be the top variant for the diminutive T-Roc, a small crossover that we don’t get in the US. Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition is a 621-horsepower swan song Now playing: Watch this: 8 Photos The Italdesign DaVinci is a striking coupe concept in Geneva 6 Photos 2021 Polestar 2 is Sweden’s sleek Tesla rival 70 Photos 56 Photos Ginetta AkulaGinetta’s new supercar, the Akula, is a pretty crazy machine. I mean, just look at its spec sheet — its 6.0-liter V8 puts out 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to shove the thing to a 200-mph top speed. The thing looks like it was conceived, designed and built in a wind tunnel with all that aerodynamic trickery going on. It’s wild. 1:29 Mazda CX-30 hits the stands at the Geneva Motor Show Mercedes-Benz GLC-ClassMercedes-Benz’s compact GLC receives a midcycle refresh that updates its look to align with other modern Mercs like the GLE. The GLC300’s I4 gas engine is more powerful than before, while the interior gets treated with MBUX, the automaker’s latest (and greatest) infotainment system. Expect this to arrive in the US later this year. 7 Photos 44 Photos 1:32 10 Photos 13 Photos Polestar 2One of the most hotly anticipated cars of the show is the Polestar 2, the first dedicated EV from Volvo’s spun-off performance arm. It promises about 275 miles of range by EPA measurements, a 408-hp electric motor and an interior that (unlike the Tesla Model 3) doesn’t appear to be made by Fisher-Price. There’s even an optional performance package. 56 Photos 67 Photos 1:30 1:30 Alfa Romeo TonaleAlfa Romeo’s next crossover will be called the Tonale. And while it’s still only a concept, it shows how the Italian brand will flesh out its product lineup. The compact model has all the design cues we’ve come to expect of modern Alfas, with rounded shapes, a triangular grille and ultra-skinny lighting elements, as well as a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is in the cards, too, though Alfa has no details or specs just yet. Expect more details in the coming months.Enlarge Image Alfa Romeo Aston Martin AM-RB 003The AM-RB 003 is a high-performance car aimed at the likes of McLaren, with a new Aston Martin-built turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain. Wild aerodynamic elements include a so-called FlexFoil, which allows for seamless changes in a wing’s design, and a special new Nexcel sealed oil system for the engine. We’re looking forward to finding out some performance figures and horsepower numbers later. Now playing: Watch this: 35 Photos Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Honda Jaguar Kia Mazda Mercedes-Benz Mitsubishi Nissan Porsche Ferrari Subaru Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is a 577-hp, limited-run ragtop Hispano Suiza CarmenYou can be forgiven for not being familiar with the name Hispano Suiza, as the long-dormant Spanish automaker has a lengthy and somewhat tortured history. That chronology will get an appropriately convoluted new chapter at the show, when not one, but two Hispano Suiza-badged models debut in Geneva. The convoluted part? They’re being presented by two different manufacturers both claiming they have the right to exhume the long-dead marque. This company’s Carmen electric supercar is arguably the more ambitious of the two. The product of the founder’s great-grandson, it’s an all-electric, carbon-fiber-chassis’d grand tourer promising 1,006 hp and a sub-3-second sprint to 62 mph. Based on the teaser photo, the $1.7 million coupe also looks like it could be quite a retrofuturistic showstopper.Enlarge ImageWhat, no hat with fruit on it? Oh, wait, wrong Carmen. Hispano Suiza Honda E PrototypeThe Honda E Prototype is a near-production version of the Urban EV Concept that debuted in Frankfurt in 2017. Built on a dedicated rear-wheel-drive EV platform, the E Prototype promises seating for at least four, screens for at least a dozen and cuteness that cannot be measured. As a kick in the pants, though, this is likely to stay as a Europe-only vehicle when it reaches production. 50 Photos Ferrari F8 Tributo is a 710-hp replacement for the 488 The Aston Martin 003 is the son of Valkyrie 42 Photos 59 Photos Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard The Geneva Motor Show is an absolute blowout of an auto show. From pie-in-the-sky concepts to one-off, coach-built creations to mainstream, mass-market offerings, this show has it all.As you can see in our roundup below, the 2019 show was no exception.Alpina B7The BMW 7 Series is the automaker’s flagship sedan, but the Alpina B7 takes everything about the standard one and turns the knobs up to 11. The 2020 Alpina B7 promises to absolutely punish the pavement beneath it, with its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 putting out 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, enough to shove this sedan to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. The inside is absolutely loaded with both plush accommodations and tech, making it feel worth the lofty $142,695 price tag. 1:22 Toyota Supra GT4 Concept could be for future privateers 39 Photos Aston Martin Lagonda All-TerrainAston Martin is going electric with the Lagonda All-Terrain concept, an EV crossover with striking styling and an elevated ride height. Though there are no details just yet, we know that Aston will start building electric vehicles at a new plant in Wales by 2022. The Lagonda All-Terrain gives us a good idea of what those EVs might look like. 50 Photos 15 Photos VW I.D. Buggy ConceptMost of VW’s Geneva presence will be rooted in reality, but there’s always room for a fun concept. Case in point, VW’s electric dune buggy concept, which looks like a modern take on a Meyers Manx. It’s further proof that VW’s upcoming MEB electric platform will be able to accommodate whatever wild idea VW throws at it. And hey, it might even make it to production someday. Now playing: Watch this: The GFG Style Kangaroo is part-supercar, part SUV 2020 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid makes for efficient performance ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept: part design study, part parody Aston Martin’s Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is a hyper-luxe electric SUV Bentley Bentayga SpeedSay hello to the fastest SUV ever made. Just as it’s done with its sedans in the past, Bentley gave its SUV some more hustle and slapped a Speed badge on there. The Bentayga Speed makes 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, it’ll hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and it won’t stop until it hits 190 mph. Of course, it’s also a Bentley, so it’s adorned with some of the fanciest kit you’ll find anywhere in the industry. And because eventually one may need to stop, Bentley included what it says are the largest production brakes fitted to a vehicle. Yowza. 8 Photos 30 Photos VW Touareg V8 TDINeither TDI engines nor Touaregs exist in VW’s US lineup anymore, which is why we came to Geneva to get our fill. The new VW Touareg V8 TDI uses an eight-cylinder oil-burner that produces a monstrous 664 lb-ft of torque. This two-row big boy can hit 62 miles an hour in just 4.9 seconds, which is impressive. It’s also loaded with tech, if you can get your mind past that torque output.Enlarge ImageDon’t worry — you only have to wait 25 years until they’re eligible for import to the US. Volkswagen Geneva Motor Show 2019 reading • 2019 Geneva Motor Show recap: Debuts from Audi, Kia, VW and more Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake adds function to form Mazda CX-30 splits the difference at the Geneva Motor Show Now playing: Watch this: Imagine by Kia Concept brings 21 screens to the Geneva Motor Show • See All More From Roadshow The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster packs 770 hp and extra downforce 2020 Porsche 911 S and 4S Cabriolet boast 443 horsepower Geneva Motor Show 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Subaru E-Boxer mild hybridsThere’s always room for hybrids in a lineup. Subaru will prove this with its new E-Boxer lineup, which will feature mild hybrids that offer a bit more efficiency than a gas engine alone. We’ve already seen the Forester E-Boxer, but we’re not sure what other models Subaru will also bring to Geneva.Enlarge ImageSweet badge. Subaru Subaru Viziv Adrenaline ConceptLooking like a Crosstrek from the near future, Subaru unveiled its Viziv Adrenaline Concept in Geneva. Despite looking fairly similar to today’s Subarus, the Adrenaline shows off the company’s new design language, Bolder. Whatever you call it, it’s more aggressive than the current Crosstrek, what with its more prominent matte-black cladding and wheel arches. Sadly, Subaru hasn’t detailed any powertrain elements on this latest Viziv-series show car, so for now at least, consider this to be a pure design study.Enlarge Image Subaru Toyota Corolla GR Sport and TrekToyota has two new variants of the Corolla available in Europe. The GR Sport is an aggressive appearance package that only seeks to zhush up the hatchback and Touring Sports wagon variants of Toyota’s best-selling passenger car. The Trek, on the other hand, takes the Touring Sports wagon and adds a little height mixed with a bit of body cladding, a la VW Alltrack, to great effect.Enlarge ImageThis might be the best iteration of Toyota’s new design language yet. It just… works. Toyota Toyota Supra GT4 ConceptThe Supra may already have footholds in racing series such as Japan’s Super GT and America’s NASCAR, but it’s considering breaking into privateering with the GT4 Concept. It’s not confirmed yet, but if it were, it’d be one of the more affordable ways to take Toyota’s latest sports car to the track in an official manner. 1:31 8 Photos Puritalia BerlinettaRandom supercars are one of Geneva’s staples. The Puritalia Berlinetta might not be a car you’ve heard of, but it’s still pretty impressive — or it should be. It’s said to pack a V8 hybrid powertrain good for 965 hp, wrapped in full carbon-fiber bodywork. Only 150 will be made, so yes, it’ll probably be quite expensive.Enlarge ImageOur first look at the limited-run, custom-made supercar. Puritalia Automobili Ruf GTRuf Automobile is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and at the Geneva show that means the introduction of a new model called the Ruf GT. Based on the outgoing, 991.2-generation Porsche 911, the car’s twin-turbo flat-six engine has been cranked up to 515 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, so the 0-62-mph sprint falls to just 3.4 seconds and top speed rises to a healthy 199 mph. Other tweaks include new wheels and exterior aerodynamic parts.Enlarge ImageThe 991.2-based Ruf GT alongside the Ruf CTR Anniversary. Ruf Automobile Seat Minimo ConceptEven though it debuted at the phone show MWC in Barcelona, Seat’s Minimo concept will also make an appearance in Geneva. This “quadricycle” promises tight urban handling, while a hot-swappable battery system means downtime is kept to a minimum. This is how Seat envisions the future of urban mobility. What do you think? The Audi A7 plug-in hybrid has 25 miles of EV range 2020 Alpina B7 makes BMW’s flagship sedan even better
US and allies target encryption backdoors, Twitter speaks… Preview • Apple iPhone 5C Computers Security Review • $200 Tags 1:25 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it The government wants access to encrypted messages. James Martin/CNET As tech companies double down on promises to better protect users’ privacy, the US government may have other ideas. Senior Trump officials reportedly met Wednesday to discuss asking Congress to pass legislation that would stop tech companies from using encryption that law enforcement can’t break, according to a report from Politico. The National Security Council meeting to deliberate the encryption issue — which the government reportedly calls “going dark” — consisted of the second-in-commands from several agencies, according to Politico, but no decision was made in the meeting. End-to-end encryption, used in apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, only allows the sender and recipient access to the information sent. Law enforcement and tech companies butted heads multiple times over encryption on devices in recent years. Most notably in 2015 after the shooting in San Bernardino, California, Apple refused to unlock an iPhone 5C used by the shooter. Eventually, law enforcement officials gained access to the phone thanks to a third party. In December, Australia passed a law requiring tech companies to provide law enforcement access to encrypted messages, citing national security and terrorism as the reason for its passage. Google, Twitter, Facebook and other tech companies opposed the legislation saying it would undermine current security efforts and make an opening for hackers to abuse. Encryption Legislation Mentioned Above Apple iPhone 5C (32GB White) 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Post a comment The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tk 9.2 million found inside a shopping bag. Photo: CollectedThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recovered some Tk 9.2 million of embezzled money from the residence of auditor of accounts office at Kishoreganj district.A special team led by ACC Dhaka division office director Nasim Anwar recovered the money on Tuesday midnight, an ACC official said.Earlier, senior govt official Setaful Islam fled after embezzling about Tk 140 million meant for compensation of land acquisition purposes. In two consecutive days, he drew about Tk 50 million from Sonali Bank of Kishoreganj branch.ACC deputy director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said the ACC officials conducted a raid at the residence of auditor Syeduzzaman of accounts office at Kishoreganj district on Tuesday midnight.Recovered money of Tk 9.2 million. Photo: CollectedThe officials found Tk 9.2 million in a bag. Executive magistrate, police and family members of Syeduzzaman were present there.The seized money was kept at the Kishoreganj model police station. Later, the money will be deposited to the government treasury. Syeduzzaman and Setaful Islam are now in jail.Senior admin cadre officer Setaful Islam was posted at Kishoreganj district as land acquisition officer. He in collusion with officials at the accounts office and the bank embezzled the money through irregularities, corruption and fake bill vouchers. The ACC started investigation on 16 January. Ram Prasad Mandol, ACC district coordination office assistant director, filed a case against Setaful Islam with Kishoreganj model police station. After the case was filed, Setaful Islam was arrested from Pirojpur Circuit House area on 17 January.
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Florida) Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, Alabama) SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas, Texas)In all, the ACC will annually have 10 guaranteed bowl berths in 2020-25. Print Friendly Version Belk Bowl (Charlotte, North Carolina) Camping World Bowl (Orlando, Florida) Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas) Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Annapolis, Maryland) New Era Pinstripe Bowl (New York City) Outback Bowl (Tampa, Florida) – if the ACC’s opponent in the Capital One Orange Bowl is from the Big Ten San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (San Diego, California) TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Florida) Bowl game (Boston, Massachusetts) – managed by ESPN Events and Fenway Sports ManagementESPN Events and the following bowls will collaborate on the selection of one ACC team. GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday announced a new six-year bowl lineup, beginning in 2020, which includes the addition of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl and the newly created bowl game in Boston. The lineup features bowl games across the country with outstanding matchups in Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Texas.The bowl agreements are in addition to the College Football Playoff, which has featured an ACC team every year since it began in 2014. An ACC team will also compete annually in the Capital One Orange Bowl in years it is not hosting a CFP semifinal game. The Capital One Orange Bowl has been ‘Home of the ACC’ since 2007.The ACC has reached agreements through 2025 with the Belk Bowl, Camping World Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl, Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and the new game in Boston, which will be named later this fall. The league will also send a team to either the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Birmingham Bowl or SERVPRO First Responder Bowl on an annual basis. Additionally, the ACC will send a team to the Outback Bowl if the opponent in the Orange Bowl is from the Big Ten. “We are proud to partner with this exceptional collection of bowls for the 2020-25 seasons,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We have enjoyed the long-standing relationships and look forward to working with those that are new to our lineup. The partnerships provide our 15-member league premier matchups, enhanced financials and attractive destinations.”ACC Bowl Games, 2020-25 Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, Florida)The ACC and its bowl partners will make team selections based on several factors, including geographic proximity, avoiding repeat appearances and matchups, and regular-season won-loss records. Story Links