QUEBEC GETS ITS FIRST NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM AMID TAX CULTURAL CONTENT CONCERNS

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Guillaume Laurin, Patrice Laliberté and Julie Groleau pose for a photo in Montreal on Monday, November 19, 2018. The three comprise the upstart filmmaking team selected to make the first Netflix original feature film out of Quebec. It’s the latest product of a pledge by the streaming service giant to spend $500 million over five years on Canadian productions. (Christopher Reynolds/Canadian Press) “It was a very desperate time. If this project didn’t work, I would have quit for good,” he said.Ten months later he found himself meeting with a Netflix representative in a downtown Toronto hotel lobby.Netflix is a particularly puzzling and difficult company in terms of adapting Canadian policy to actually capturing this new business model.– Rosalie Wyonch, C.D. Howe Institute“At some point we asked, ‘So, do we know when we might have a green light or not?’ And she just extended her hand,” Laliberté recalled, smiling.“She said, ‘If it wasn’t 11 a.m. we’d be popping champagne.”’Laliberté, an upstart director with no full-length credits to his name, is part of the small film-making team selected to make the first Netflix original feature film out of Quebec. It’s the latest development of a pledge by the global television powerhouse to spend $500 million over five years on Canadian productions, a number Netflix recently said it will exceed.Boon, or bust?Welcomed by some as a boon to a subsidy-dependent film industry, the announcement in September 2017 was not without controversy, particularly in Quebec.Then-federal heritage minister Melanie Joly drew criticism for opting not to require the California-based company to charge sales tax on its subscriptions, as its domestic competitors are required to do.Netflix also sidestepped the rules that apply to the country’s broadcasting companies, landing outside regulations to funnel a portion of their revenues to the creation of Canadian programming.It did agree to shell out $25 million on a strategy to develop the francophone and cultural minority market, but avoided any contractual obligations to do so.“Netflix is a particularly puzzling and difficult company in terms of adapting Canadian policy to actually capturing this new business mode,” said Rosalie Wyonch, a policy analyst at the C.D. Howe Institute.Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulations require broadcasters to air a certain percentage of Canadian content. Netflix, however, doesn’t control the amount of content that gets streamed — its subscribers determine that daily.Whether Netflix should pay into the Canadian Media Fund, as the country’s cable and satellite distributors are required to do, is similarly fuzzy, Wyonch said, since the company has claimed it would not have access to the fruits of that fund.Ottawa launched an expert panel last June to review broadcasting and telecommunications laws, with an eye to including Netflix in cultural funding requirements. An interim report is due in June 2019.Current rules also allow streaming services that do not maintain a physical presence in Canada to avoid collecting or remitting federal or provincial sales taxes.The European Union, Australia and Japan have all levelled the playing field among foreign and domestic digital service providers, taxing them similarly. Quebec is on track to do likewise in January, slapping a provincial sales tax on any purchases from Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other online services based abroad.“The key question is, would this movie have been made anyway, without the no-tax deal with Ottawa?” Wyonch said. “Netflix is a global company. French is not exactly a small language.”Netflix produces films and television shows in more than 20 countries, dubbing and subtitling them as part of a content budget of between $12 billion and $13 billion, Wyonch said. That beats HBO’s expenditures several times over.‘Refreshing’ alternativeHelene Messier, head of an association that represents 150 independent Quebec production companies in film, television and online, called the Quebec announcement “excellent news,” with a qualifier.“I hope it’s an indication of many more contributions. I think that we won’t know until a few years from now,” she said. “But I think that they understand our market and what our creative people have to offer.”For Laliberté and the six-year-old Couronne Nord — a Montreal production house whose name refers to the off-island suburbs where he and his two-colleagues grew up — the arrival of Netflix offers a “really refreshing” alternative to the go-to sources of funding in Quebec, primarily the SODEC funding agency and Telefilm Canada.“It’s a game-changer in Montreal,” said Guillaume Laurin, the film’s 28-year-old content producer.“Private funding doesn’t exist; it’s not in the cultural mindset. And the market is so small. It’s not like in the United States, where everything is privately funded.”The filmmakers aim to evoke the province’s “nordicite,” roughly translated as “northernness.”“We’re living six months a year in this, and it’s rarely appearing on screen,” Laliberté said. “For me, since college it was a dream to make films in a winter landscape.”Laliberté, creatively inspired by the nationalist rhetoric and “end-of-the-world” conspiracy theories mushrooming on social media, said he hopes to draw on work by directors from Terrence Malick to Stanley Kubrick to evoke the paranoid mindset and militaristic lifestyle of a survivalist camp.“With climate change or with economic situations, people start to have fear…fear of the other,” said Laliberté, who won the Toronto International Film Festival award for best Canadian short film with “Overpass” in 2015.“It’s not a chill, Netflix film,” he said, joking that the working title is just that: “Netflix film.”By Christopher Reynolds | The Canadian Press A year ago, Patrice Laliberté was on the verge of abandoning his film career and starting down a more stable path.“I was going to work in video games or something else, I didn’t know. I was thinking, ‘How am I going to even pay for Christmas presents?’”With a fistful of dollars from a commercial, the 32-year-old Montrealer decided to give film directing a final go, hunkering down to tweak a script about a group of survivalists in the frigid Quebec outback.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Odisha has become centre of unemployment: Rahul

first_imgBhubaneswar: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Odisha has become the centre of unemployment while attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for failing to provide jobs to youth in the state. “Odisha has become the centre of unemployment as most of its youths are migrating to other states in search of jobs,” Gandhi said while addressing party workers in Bargarh district. He said that there were 1.5 lakh government posts, 30,000 school teacher posts and 5,000 medical staff posts vacant in the state. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Gandhi assured that the Congress will fill up the vacancies once the party comes to power in the state. The Congress President also raised the chit fund and mining scam issues to target the state’s Biju Janata Dal government. “Rs 5,000 crore was looted from the people by the chit fund companies and Naveen Patnaik handed over Rs 50,000 crore to his friends through the mining scam. I want to assure you that whoever looted public money, we will take action and provide justice.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Citing examples of loan waiver and raising minimum support prices (MSP) on paddy in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said his party not only made promises but also kept them. “The Chief Minister had promised to set up cold storages and provide irrigation facilities but farmers here continue to commit suicide. Similarly, the Prime Minister also raised farmers’ issues in all his speeches but unconcerned about waiving off farm loans,” he said. Terming the Goods and Service Tax (GST) as “Gabbar Singh Tax”, Gnadhi said it will be a simple tax after Congress forms the government at the Centre.last_img read more

UN official calls for calm in southern Sudan after outbreak of violence

12 December 2008The top United Nation official in Sudan today called for calm following yesterday’s fatal incident involving Sudanese military battalions and police units in the Abyei area, which was beset by conflict earlier this year. Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, asked all parties and residents of the area to offer their full support to the Abyei administration in restoring law and order after the incident, which led to one death and several injuries among the units that integrate members of the Sudanese military and the former southern rebels known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).The so-called joint integrated units (JIUs) and joint integrated police unit (JIPUs) were established under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the country’s decades-long civil war.Deadly fighting broke out in May in Abyei, an oil-rich area in central Sudan whose status was not fully resolved under the CPA, leading to a peace agreement the following month aimed at restoring stability to the region and spurring civilians who had fled as a result of the violence to start to return.Mr. Qazi strongly urged the parties to take all necessary measures to avoid any further outbreaks of violence, and to ensure that the incident does not impede the peaceful implementation of the Abyei road map, according to a press release from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). read more

Canadian Tire signs deal to buy sportswear maker Helly Hansen for 985

TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. has signed a deal to buy Helly Hansen, a maker of sportswear and workwear based in Norway, for $985 million.Under the deal for the company controlled by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canadian Tire also assume $50 million in debt.The retailer said outdoor and workwear are core products in its stores and it has had a long history with Helly Hansen as one of its largest customers.“For more than 10 years, Helly Hansen has been an exceptional fit with CTC and this acquisition will strengthen our assortment across all of our banners,” Canadian Tire chief executive Stephen Wetmore said in a statement.“With our capabilities and Helly Hansen’s trusted global brand and management team, we see tremendous opportunity for CTC and Helly Hansen, in Canada and internationally.”Helly Hansen CEO Paul Stoneham and the management team, based in Norway, are expected to continue to lead the business.“CTC provides us with the ideal platform to further accelerate our growth trajectory and also strengthen our Canadian presence. This is a great opportunity for Helly Hansen and our team,” Stoneham said.“As a Canadian, I am particularly proud to say that Canadian Tire is the new home for Helly Hansen.”The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, was announced as Canadian Tire reported its first-quarter profit slipped compared with a year ago due to one-time accelerated depreciation charge.Canadian Tire reported a profit attributable to shareholders of $78 million or $1.18 per share for the quarter, down from $87.5 million or $1.24 per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.81 billion, up from $2.72 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated same store sales were up 5.2 per cent in the quarter as Canadian Tire gained 5.8 per cent, Mark’s added 3.4 per cent and FGL, which includes the Sport Chek banner, gained 3.9 per cent. read more

Whos To Blame For The Nationals Implosion

Yunel Escobar2.320.3 Ian Desmond1.52.8-1.3 How Takedown on the Nationals’ collapseSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes. We also can’t dismiss the impact of chemistry, even if it can’t yet be measured in any rigorous way. Sabermetricians are normally hesitant to entertain such explanations, but there’s some evidence that things were getting tense in the Nationals’ clubhouse. There was a midseason trade for a notorious veteran (closer Jonathan Papelbon), which preceded a stretch of poor performance. Over and above correlation, however, Papelbon has blown several saves and literally tried to choke the team’s best player in the dugout.A similarly undetermined factor is the team’s coaching, in particular manager Matt Williams. Anecdotally, Williams has seen a number of poor strategic decisions cost his team wins, but we lack a definitive stat to measure managerial performance, even at a basic level.Even in a worst-case scenario, the Nationals should have had enough talent to qualify for a wild card spot. Instead, they’ll be watching the Mets compete for the World Series, and they don’t have any one person to blame. Whether by bad luck, injuries, mismanagement or poor chemistry, the Nationals let a chance at contention slip through their fingers in an unparalleled breakdown. NAMEWARPROJECTED WARDIFFERENCE Where to begin with the Washington Nationals? How does a team that was projected to win 95 games finish so far from the playoffs? How does a team with Max Scherzer and two of the best young players in baseball, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, muddle their way through the second half of the season? How does a team allow an inside-the-park grand slam? How does a team watch its imported closer attack its best player and then send the closer back onto the field to finish the game?The Nationals were a consensus pick to win the National League East, both by experts and by statistical analysis. Only 27 other teams since 2003 have had a better win-total projection than the Nationals’ 90.8 this year, according to my calculations.1To calculate this, I used a measure of preseason team strength that my FiveThirtyEight colleague Neil Paine built from a combination of Vegas odds, regressed Pythagorean records from the two prior years, and PECOTA projections. The Dodgers were the only team with a better projected win total than the Nats this season. When you consider that baseball currently lives in an era of unprecedented parity,2In an earlier article, Neil and I found that the spread in team strengths was growing smaller over time, possibly related to the change in playoff structure. the Nationals’ dominance becomes even more pronounced: The Nationals, who were projected to be 1.81 standard deviations better than average, were supposed to be a juggernaut at a time when such teams have become extinct.And yet on Saturday, the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention. If you examine only teams with preseason win projections as high as the Nationals’ since 2003, just two teams have imploded as much: the 2009 Chicago Cubs and the 2004 New York Mets.3Since this season has not concluded yet, I used the FanGraphs projected full season standings for the actual win totals for the 2015 Nationals and Dodgers. The Nationals are forecast to win 83 games. After adjusting for the smaller spread in team talent in recent years, no team has been projected so high and fallen so far as these 2015 Nationals. But we don’t know exactly why it happened. The breakdown came in a weak division,4All the teams in the NL East combined scored two fewer runs than their opponent per game, easily the worst of any division in the game. and over the second half of the season, the Nationals had the second-easiest schedule in baseball and still managed to run a sub-.500 record.Don’t blame the pitchers, though. The Nationals built a formidable rotation and an adequate bullpen that tallied 20.0 wins above replacement, good for sixth in all of baseball. (All WAR stats in this piece were current as of Monday.) One could argue that even this excellent performance is underwhelming, given preseason hopes. But at least for the starting rotation, the pitching has matched the projections almost exactly.5Using the projection system Steamer, the top five starters were predicted to achieve 15.7 WAR and have managed to get 16.4. Wilson Ramos0.52.8-2.3 Danny Espinosa2.20.31.9 Jayson Werth02.8-2.8 Michael Taylor1-0.11.1 Clint Robinson0.100.1 Anthony Rendon0.93.9-3 Bryce Harper9.74.15.6 Ryan Zimmerman0.63-2.4 Blame the hitters instead. The Nationals’ position players have accrued 19.0 WAR, placing them 15th in MLB, sandwiched between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Of this total, more than half has been provided by likely-MVP Harper alone. Arguably the most disappointing years belong to second baseman Anthony Rendon (0.9 WAR), shortstop Ian Desmond (1.5), and outfielder Jayson Werth (0). The trio was predicted to produce almost one Bryce Harper’s worth of value (9.5 WAR) but have thus far combined for only 2.4 wins. Close the deficit between their projections and actual production, and it would be like adding another MVP candidate to the team. read more

Perth Mint joins push to promote heart of gold

first_imgAustralia’s oldest gold refinery has united with the gold industry’s newest association to promote the critical role the precious metal sector plays in the Western Australian economy. Perth Mint Chief Operating Officer David Woodford said The Perth Mint is proud to partner with the Gold Industry Group representing the interests of gold producers, explorers, prospectors and suppliers to the trade. “We welcome this opportunity to partner with the Gold Industry Group to further the understanding of the broader gold industry, the drivers of demand for physical gold, and the forces shaping the current market.“Refining gold since 1899, The Perth Mint is one of the world’s leading precious metals businesses and is a reminder of the State’s golden beginnings and the continuing importance of gold,” Woodford said.Gold Industry Group Chairman Norman Moore said he was delighted to welcome The Perth Mint as a major partner. “We are looking forward to working with The Perth Mint to strengthen our efforts to build a united voice for the gold industry in Western Australia. Together, we can really make a difference to promote the significant social and economic contribution the sector makes and ensure the long term sustainability of the industry.”The Perth Mint will be presenting on behalf of the Gold Industry Group at the 2015 Precious Metals Symposium in Sydney on Tuesday, October 27 at 12.15 pm (EST).WA’s gold mines produce more than 70% of Australia’s gold, and the industry directly employs more than 20,000 Western Australians. In 2014 gold was the second most valuable mineral in Western Australia with production sales of A$8.7 billion accounting for 85% of all mineral sales. Gold is our third largest export industry, totalling A$13 billion in exports last year.More than 70% of Australian gold royalties are paid to the Government of Western Australia and in 2014 more than A$300 million in state royalties and taxes were paid.The Gold Industry Group is a single commodity, member-based, independent industry body governed by a Board of Directors. It represents the interests of gold producers, explorers, prospectors and suppliers in Australia to achieve a united voice for the gold industry.The focus is on promoting gold’s importance and its significant contribution to the community and economy; championing gold-related educational and community initiatives; and promoting gold as an investment and asset class.Members of the Gold Industry Group include Gold Fields, Doray Minerals, Norton Gold Fields, Ramelius Resources, Gold Road Resources, ABC Refinery and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry. www.goldindustrygroup.com.aulast_img read more

New GAA championship proposals wont be voted on until after 2014 Congress

first_imgTHE FRC’S INNOVATIVE proposals to restructure the GAA’s provincial championships will not be voted on until after the 2014 Congress.GAA President Liam O’Neill confirmed yesterday that the proposals will be discussed at January’s Central Council meeting but they will not be on the agenda for next year’s Congress – which takes place in February.“We have a Central Council meeting in January and decide what the process is from there. An Coiste Bainistí will be made aware of it immediately, our meeting is next Friday.“We’ll decide, depending on what the initial reaction to it is where it’ll go. But it won’t be going to Congress 2014. I’m not saying when but it’ll be after Congress 2014.“If we decide to go with a Special Congress and that is the feeling we’ll do that but they’re only the possibilities. It certainly won’t be discussed at Congress 2014.”ProvincesFRC chairman Eugene McGee believes the proposals are dependent on the support of the provincial councils. Yet citing the example of his native county Longford, he does not think it would be ‘a seismic change’ for them to move to Connacht.“A lot will depend on the provinces, if all the provinces don’t buy into it then it is going to be very difficult.“For Longford or Westmeath to play in Connacht isn’t a seismic change. They never played there but that’s not the point. The Shannon divides Longford and Roscommon. Athlone is part a Connacht town – you only have to look at the influence of Buccaneers Rugby Club, they are more influential in Connacht terms.“We don’t know how the Connacht counties will look on this. They may say ‘we are grand the way we are, we don’t want more competition’ so there are a lot of hurdles to be passed. But, in my view, it would certainly leave the Connacht championship much more interesting.”9 things we learned from today’s Football Review Committee reportFootball review committee proposes each province starts with eight teams in championshiplast_img read more

The iPhone X Cant Have My Memoji Face

first_imgStay on target At WWDC 2018 Apple revealed iOS 12 to its trusted developers and the rest of the world. And it sounds pretty promising. Instead of wowing us with gimmicky new features, iOS 12 is meant to improve overall performance of the operating system on a variety of devices. The new features are more expected and welcome than mind-blowing. There’s better photo organization, Siri shortcuts, stats for app usage, upgraded augmented reality, and 32-person rooms for FaceTime.But the most striking new iOS 12 feature is Memoji. Building on last year’s Animoji animated animal emoji, Memoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of your own face you can then animate using the iPhone X’s advanced face-tracking. I’m sure there’s a lot of cute and ironic fun to be had here, but Apple Memoji is asking me to give it a digital version of my face, and as I’ve said before, the iPhone X can’t have my face.Haunted by the ghost of the company’s founder in a theater named after him, Apple revealed not only the marginally improved iPhone 8 and 8 Plus but also the brand new iPhone X, the tech giant’s vision for what a true next-generation iPhone looks like one decade later. I don’t want one.No, it’s not just because the iPhone X costs $1,000, although that wealth would be put to better use redistributed to the poor. No, it’s not just because it doesn’t have a headphone jack, although that’s still unacceptable. And it’s not just because Apple pulled a Windows and skipped from 8 to 10. If anything that’s the coolest thing about the smartphone.The biggest reason I’m immediately turned off by the iPhone X is the feature that, aside from the bezel-free screen, Apple spent the most time boasting about: FaceID facial recognition technology. I’ve enjoyed plenty of Apple products, including my current properly sized iPhone SE. I’ve given a lot to my iPhone including my money, my time, and responsibility for my relationships. But no, Apple, the iPhone X can’t have my face.Granted, the tech behind FaceID is certainly impressive. As suggested by rumors we’ve previously reported, the upgraded front-facing cameras on iPhone X create and store a 3D map of your facial geometry. Despite some on-stage blunders, Apple promises the camera works accurately in a variety of lighting conditions and isn’t stumped by things like hats and scarves and the natural physical ravages of age. With your face data, you can then securely perform a variety of actions like making a payment or unlocking your phone just by staring into its abyss.I don’t ever want to do that. As a tech journalist, I spend a lot of time worrying about my own dependence on technology. So one of the hard lines I draw is refusing to let technology on me or in me. It’s why I’m not a huge fan of wearables like the new Apple Watch also revealed at this press conference. I don’t want to quantify my own body. It weirds me out.However, that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the appeal of other, non-face related ways in which Apple products turn your physical being into hard data. If the commercial shown at the press conference was any clue, lots of folks are benefiting from the Apple Watch’s health-tracking features. Meanwhile, despite my fingerprint paranoia, TouchID (now removed along with the physical home button in favor of FaceID) was a really secure way for you and only you to unlock your device.But even for folks who don’t mind handing over their mugs, is FaceID a truly better option? Apple claims FaceID is exponentially more secure for anyone without an identical twin, able to withstand tricks like face pictures and detailed masks. But will that just make it tougher for legitimate users? And what about different skin tones or people who sustained serious facial injuries? What if I’m wearing an antifa mask? I bet some organizations would love to crack those hidden identities. I can’t think of anything more dystopian than a fight over the right to privacy over a person’s actual unique face. But at least it’s more empathetic than Anomolisa.And if FaceID does work perfectly, that might honestly be the creepier scenario. Along with the security functionality, Apple spent a long time dragging us to Hell with another use of face data called Animoji. Clearly developed during a time when people thought The Emoji Movie would be a big deal, Animoji analyses your face muscles and uses your expressions to puppeteer some 3D versions of classic emojis like the chicken and the poop. Eat your motion-captured chimp heart out, Andy Serkis. Now you can send your friends annoying voice messages spoken through an animated cartoon fox head like a cyber furry or something out of The Futurological Congress. Nope!I don’t mean to sound like a Luddite. I love technology. At the show Apple also demonstrated its advanced smartphone augmented reality ARKit tools, which are a slightly less invasive and much more entertaining way of harvesting real-world visual data around you for virtual fun. And I thought it was just as cool here as it was back on the Nintendo 3DS or HoloLens.But scanning a room for AR isn’t the same as scanning my face for data mining. It’s hard to think of anything more personal to me and my sense of self than literally my specific recognizable handsome Black face. And in the wake of things like the Equifax breach, I just don’t want increasingly granular details of my face available to huge interconnected companies. They already have enough.If you buy one 4K-capable X-branded super-computer this fall, save your face, skip the iPhone X and honestly get an Xbox One X for half the price instead. Or pick up a copy of XXX for your ex. With tech like this, the iPhone X makes me want to take my Face/Off.Buy iPhone XVerizonT-MobileAT&TSprintLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

Chinese carmaker NIO stops traffic for over an hour in Beijing

first_img 49 Photos Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 12 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle (Hat tip to Autoblog for finding the SCMP story.) Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Nio Eve concept previews an attractive autonomous future Post a comment 52 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos Comments 0 69 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  81 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Enlarge ImageNIO’s been on a roll lately, but this spot of bad press won’t do it any favors in downtown Beijing. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Having your car break down in traffic is always a serious bummer, but if you’re an automaker it has to be way worse, and yet that’s what reportedly happened to Chinese EV startup NIO during a recent test drive in Beijing.According to a report published last week by the South China Morning Post, an unspecified NIO concept car was doing a development drive in downtown Beijing when the car’s driver managed to initiate an over-the-air software update that made the vehicle essentially undrivable until it completed.It’s not clear what made the driver confirm the update, which he presumably did as NIO has stated that the update wouldn’t have happened automatically, but the car was stalled for over an hour while the update downloaded and installed itself. This was in the middle of one of the busiest districts in China’s capital city.Representatives from NIO attempted to explain what happened on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, but mostly just threw the driver under the proverbial bus and reminded us that you should be parked when you initiate an update.Still, despite this minor setback, NIO seems to be powering forward in its drive its drive to become one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturers, having already launched several production models in China and given an excellent showing at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.NIO didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Share your voice Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Concept Cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 12 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 4 26 Photos 18 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 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House Passes Bill About Municipal Role In Marijuana Regs

first_imgAlaska lawmakers took a step toward clarifying who will regulate the budding marijuana industry.Download AudioThe House passed a bill on Thursday that would help define a municipality’s role in regulating marijuana businesses, add marijuana clubs to the list of regulated marijuana businesses, and allow a municipality to develop some criminal penalties for marijuana.The bill would also enable established villages to prohibit marijuana businesses through an election or ordinance.The bill also clarifies some components of personal use: it would reiterate the ban on public consumption, and set a maximum household limit of 24 marijuana plants if there are three or more residents.An amendment proposed by Rep. Bob Lynn that would have lowered the household limit failed.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Maharashtra Woman poisons her two children commits suicide

first_imgPalghar: A 30-year-old woman allegedly poisoned her two minor daughters before committing suicide in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said Monday. While one of the daughters died, the other one was battling for life at a hospital following the incident that took place at Kharonda village on Saturday, an official at Jawahar police station said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Ruksana Dandva, a widow, had four daughters and was apparently suffering from depression after her husband committed suicide by hanging himself a month back, he said. On Saturday, when two of her elder daughters went to school, the woman gave some poison-laced food to the other two children and then herself consumed it, he said. While the woman and her three-year-old daughter Deepali died, the other child, aged eight months, survived and was undergoing treatment at a local hospital where her condition was reported to be critical, the official said. The two other children were kept under the care of their grandparents, he said. A case was registered in connection with the incident, he added.last_img read more

Salman Khans next film will be Sher Khan Is Kapil Sharma part

first_imgSalman Khan and Kapil Sharma.InstagramLast year around the same time there was a buzz that Salman Khan will be doing his brother Sohail Khan’s film titled Sher Khan, and that he will be casting comedian Kapil Sharma in it. Now, the news is that Salman Khan will begin shooting for Sher Khan as soon as he is done with Dabangg 3. But will Kapil Sharma be a part of it?Salman Khan has stood rock solid behind Kapil Sharma, producing his comeback vehicle The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony Entertainment Television. Kapil Sharma was down and out after several controversies, bad behaviour with colleagues like Sunil Grover and Chandan Prabhakar, and alcoholism.After stints of rehab and some flop movies, Kapil again tried to make a comeback but it didn’t work. Meanwhile, he got married to girlfriend Ginni Chathrath (who is now expecting). But Salman Khan chose to be the man behind The Kapil Sharma Show and even appeared on the show twice as a guest – recently to promote his film Bharat with Katrina Kaif. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif promote Bharat on The Kapil Sharma Show.InstagramBharat also starred Sunil Grover but he did not appear on The Kapil Sharma Show. It seems Sunil is still not ready to forgive Kapil Sharma, but Salman is watching his back. Considering his fondness for Kapil Sharma, it looks like the comedian will be a part of Sher Khan. We’re awaiting a formal announcement for the film.With the success of Bharat, Salman Khan is in a happy mood. On June 12, he tweeted, “To all the journalists who have interviewed me during #Bharat … a big thank u to all…” Today, he posted a video with Katrina Kaif, where they are watching audience reactions to Bharat. Salman said, “Thank you so much for all the love and support you have shown towards ‘Bharat'”. He also held a special screening of Bharat for the people who had lost their kin post India’s Partition in 1947.Thank you so much for all the love and support you have shown towards ‘Bharat’ #BharatAudienceReactions@Bharat_TheFilm @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife @itsBhushanKumar #KatrinaKaif #Tabu @bindasbhidu @DishPatani @WhoSunilGrover @nikhilnamit @reellifeprodn @SKFilmsOfficial @TSeries pic.twitter.com/40vSiCeq0C— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) 13 June 2019 Special screening of #Bharat for the real families who experienced the events of 1947 and the partition. Honoured to meet all of them! Salute to the real #Bharat families pic.twitter.com/sThayWsMZr— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) 12 June 2019 Salman Khan is also prepping for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s big film Inshallah in which he will star opposite young actress Alia Bhatt for the first time.last_img read more

ASALH Black History Luncheon Honors Scholars

first_imgSylvia Cyrus, ASALH executive director; Ronald A. Stroman, deputy postmaster general, USPS; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, president of ASALH and Jon Jarvis, National Park Service director unveiled Feb. 20 the commemorative stamp of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the A.M.E. Church. (Photo by Rob Roberts )Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Negro History Week – later to become Black History Month – noted that providing Black youth with access to historical information and education would diminish the “false and belittling propaganda type of history which had been handed to them by Whites, and would build up the Black child’s self and race knowledge as well as his self-respect.”It was through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s annual luncheon on Feb 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Northwest D.C. that the mission of casting-off stereotypical Black representations was reinvigorated.Now entering its second century of existence, ASALH continues to document the accomplishments of Black Americans in building the nation, as well as recording, protecting, and disseminating the everyday narratives that capture Black life. “Since I was a child ASALH was a part of my life since my father worked with Dr. Woodson and helped edit the Journal (of Negro History) after his death,” Higginbotham told the AFRO. “Naturally, I feel a certain amount of pride to continue that great work, in addition to a sense of responsibility I feel to lead this organization well.”For Higginbotham, who received the 2014 National Humanities Medal from President Obama, ASALH’s mission of making and keeping history relevant in the lives of Black youth is even more necessary today. “It is crucial for young people today to understand their place in the community and the world by having a clear understanding of what their legacies are and how important their forefathers and foremothers were to the building of this great nation,” Higginbotham said.  “Their roles in society today are directly connected to those their ancestors played in the past.”ASALH’s 2016 honorees included Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Levering Lewis, who received the Woodson Scholars Medallion; National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Chair Ingrid Saunders Jones, who received the Living Legacy Award; and Louis Hicks, who received the Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award.Keynote speaker Karsonya Wise Whitehead, associate professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University, said ASALH had a great responsibility in sharing the past, however tumultuous, with young people to equip and arm them for a new generation of struggle. “We are living in a time when Black people are being shot for simply living and breathing, and moving while being Black,” she said. “This is a crisis point and we have a great responsibility because if you know the history, or you’ve lived the history, or you’ve studied the history of this country, you are a keeper of our historical record.”last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ ESPN NFL insider John Clayton appeared on Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio Tuesday morning and painted a pretty unflattering picture of what the Cardinals are facing at the QB position.“What Whisenhunt has said is that he’s going to see how they practice…well, I mean is that going to be any different than what we’ve seen so far,” Clayton said. “I’m sure that he’d love to be able to go to the team and say we want to have Kevin Kolb as a starter, try to go a little bit more no-huddle, try to do some different things, but the situation is so bad.”So how will things shake out, according to Clayton?“I think it’ll still end up being John Skelton,” he said. “Kevin Kolb has really regressed as opposed to progressed, and even though Skelton hasn’t ‘wowed it’ or done anything great, he’s played a little bit better and I think he has a little bit more of the locker room than Kevin Kolb.”There has been speculation by some that if Kolb fails to secure the starting spot, the Cardinals could explore waiving him. Clayton doesn’t think that will happen, for financial reasons.“There’s just too much guaranteed in this year’s contract and also if you’re going to let a guy go and eat up some of that guaranteed money, you have to pay somebody too, and it doesn’t make good financial sense,” he said. “In the end, you just have to sit through this year and then make a move maybe after this season.”center_img Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Arizona Cardinals are just two days away from their final preseason game against the Denver Broncos, and still no decision has been made by head coach Ken Whisenhunt on whom the starting quarterback will be for the 2012 season.Possibly complicating matters is the fact that Whisenhunt has also stated neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton will see any playing time Thursday against the Broncos. Instead we’ll see a steady diet of rookie Ryan Lindley and veteran journeyman Rich Bartel calling the signals for the Cardinals.last_img read more

Its tricky but at the same time who would want

first_img“It’s tricky, but at the same time, who would want to leave Arizona, especially after we’re a game away from the Super Bowl? It’s not like I’m looking to get out, but at the same time, there’s a business aspect.”Ah, the “business side.” It’s one of those terms that pops up every offseason in the NFL — whether related to roster cuts, free agent signings or perceived low-ball offers.Jefferson isn’t a fan of that side of the sport.“I hate it, I hate that aspect of it,” he said. “I play football, that’s what I like to do. That’s what I’m good at and I just wish it wasn’t so much business, but it is, so you’ve got to buy in according to that.”While there is disappointment in the restricted free agent process, Jefferson is keeping a positive attitude through it all.“You’ve got to stay positive, because this league can tear you down,” he said. “At the same time, I beat the odds. I was undrafted. I’m going into my fourth year and I just turned 24, so there’s still time on the clock.“Like I said, I like to play football. The money side of it is great, obviously. But at the same time, I’m playing football as my job, and I can’t really complain. I’m just blessed and I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to play this game.” Top Stories LISTEN: Tony Jefferson, Cardinals free agent safety The case of safety Tony Jefferson is a little more curious. The former undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma just completed his third year in the league, and it was his best. Jefferson had 78 total tackles and two impactful interceptions. The first he returned for a touchdown in a Week 2 win over the Chicago Bears. The second came in the closing seconds of a Week 7 Monday night win over the Baltimore Ravens.Despite an excellent year, the Cardinals gave Jefferson the low restricted free agent tender, meaning his salary would be $1.67 million for 2016 and he could become an unrestricted free agent after the season.Another team can make an offer to Jefferson, and the Cardinals would have the opportunity to match it and wouldn’t receive any draft compensation if they don’t.No offer has come, leading Jefferson to believe he’ll be back in the desert for another year.“I wouldn’t think so,” Jefferson responded when asked by Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf if they should be worried he’ll be playing somewhere else next year. “You don’t want to get yourself locked into long-term deals where you don’t even like your salary, and you’re unrestricted next year, so you have a chance to make more money. The Arizona Cardinals secondary will look a little different in 2016.Veteran leader Rashad Johnson has moved on, signing a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans after the Cardinals, according to him, made no attempt to bring him back.Another veteran, Jerraud Powers, is an unrestricted free agent and though he has received little interest in the open market, it appears he won’t be back in Arizona for a fourth season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Jefferson has until April 22 to sign the Cardinals’ tender offer that would keep him in Arizona for the 2016 campaign. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

As the cold months hit the Northern Hemisphere co

first_imgAs the cold months hit the Northern Hemisphere, cosy up by the fireplace within The Living Room of The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown in Washington, DC and experience an ambience of both glamour and history.For the first time this fall, The Living Room will feature a custom designed bar that blends with the industrial chic décor of the hotel adorned in flame inspired artwork. The bar will serve a variety of coffee selections in the mornings so that guests can start the day by the fireplace, catch up on world events and smell the bubbling of hot cappuccinos, chocolate espressos and coffee mocktails. In the evenings, order from the cocktail menu, which features local ingredients and liquors inspired by Georgetown’s history as a centre for trade.As the most historic boutique hotel in the area, guests may also choose to have a private dining experience in the Chimney Stack Room, an exclusive space set inside the chimney stack, the same structure as when it was built in 1932. Whether celebrating an anniversary, birthday or any special occasion, Tyler Thaxton, the Hotel’s Executive Chef, specialises in customising the guest experience for such occasions through artisanal dishes that are inspired by the history that surrounds the hotel.last_img read more

Its a world first and a technological and artisti

first_imgIt’s a world first and a technological and artistic achievement. The dream of combining key Hublot concepts—invisible visibility, all-black design, fine watch-making tradition and state-of-the-art technology—has become reality thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of the creators of the new One Million $ Black Caviar Bang.This unique piece, which houses a tourbillon, symbolises the fusion between Watch making and jewelry, between tradition and technology, and between glittering vision and invisibility. As Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver says: “When each element is crafted individually and in coherence with the one right next to it, this is invisible from the outside but creates a vibration of harmony which is visible and gives rise to emotion in those who perceive it.”Creating this exceptional watch demanded over 2,000 hours of meticulous work, from design to final adjustment, without forgetting the research and development, programming of the machines, choice of tools, diamond cutting, optical checking of each part, and setting and casing. 544 baguette diamonds adorn the watch’s case, dial, crown and deployant clasp.www.hublot.comlast_img read more

FILE In this Feb 15 2017 file photo Artie La

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, Artie Lange attends the LA Premiere of “Crashing” in Los Angeles. Lange was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, for missing a court appearance. Authorities said Lange failed to appear in Essex County Superior Court for charges stemming from a drug arrest earlier this year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Comedian Artie Lange arrested for skipping court by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2017 5:58 am PDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img HOBOKEN, N.J. – Comedian Artie Lange has been arrested for skipping a court appearance.NJ.com reports Lange was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Hoboken. Authorities say Lange failed to appear in Superior Court in Essex County for charges stemming from a drug arrest earlier this year.Police said they found Lange with a bag of heroin during a traffic stop in May. Lange faces charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia in the case.Lange’s arrest follows a strange incident over the weekend in which the comedian tweeted a picture of himself with a swollen nose. Hoboken police responded to Lange’s home and he later apologized.Lange wrote in a tweet that he missed court because of a “bad communication” with his lawyer.___Information from: NJ Advance Media.last_img read more