In 2005, India made some remarkable amendments to the Indian Patents Act of 1970, to keep medicines affordable in the country. Since then we have faced a significant blowback not just from the global pharmaceutical industry but also from developed world including from the U.S. and the European Union.At the heart of the matter are the strong standards for patents which India introduced to promote genuine innovation across all fields of technology, in perfect compliance with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) norms. In contrast, developed countries have weaker standards as a result of incessant lobbying by corporate behemoths. Twelve years later, we now know what it means: India rejects bad patents in far greater number than developed countries.Read it at The Hindu Related Items
borussia dortmundBurnleyfootballracism First Published: August 30, 2019, 11:07 AM IST Nyon: UEFA has given Borussia Dortmund a share of European soccer’s annual award to fans for the club’s “tireless long-term work” tackling racism and supporting refugees.UEFA says Dortmund will share the Equal Game award with Burnley fan Scott Cunliffe as “role models highlighting diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football.” Dortmund is praised for “tackling far-right infiltration of their fan base, challenging everyday racism, and adopting a clear policy on the humanitarian rights of refugees and asylum seekers.”UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says Dortmund “set an important example for other clubs throughout Europe.”Cunliffe ran to each of Burnley’s away games in the Premier League last season, covering nearly 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) and raising more than 60,000 euros ($66,000) for charity.UEFA presented the awards on Thursday at the Champions League draw in Monaco. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Paul Pogba admits everybody connected with Manchester United “should be mad” at their performance against Brighton, with the Red Devils urged to “wake up”.Jose Mourinho’s side headed to the Amex Stadium on Sunday buoyed by a narrow victory over Leicester on the opening weekend.They never looked like building on that success, with an error-strewn display seeing them suffer a 3-2 defeat on the south coast – with Pogba’s late penalty adding some respectability to the scoreline. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A marked improvement is now being demanded, with United’s stand-in captain hoping to see the pain of a setback against the Seagulls spark a positive response against Tottenham next Monday.Pogba told MUTV: “We always play for the shirt and the fans, this is not the result we or they wanted.”They should be very mad. We should be mad. Everybody is mad. We are mad.”The next game we want to change this. We want to be happy at the end of the game, with smiles on their faces and give the fans a nice weekend afterwards.”We definitely don’t want to lose two games in a row, so we’re going to have to get ready and play much, much better than [on Sunday].”We’re not here just to play games and be in the Premier League, we are here to win, we are Manchester United, and that’s what we do.”We want to win trophies, that’s the mentality and the culture of the club. We didn’t do it and we are very disappointed.”There’s lots of games still and we have to stay positive, and by staying positive is how we will fight for a good result against Tottenham.”Pogba has questioned United’s attitude and preparation against Brighton, with there no excuse for such a disjointed showing having produced similar during a 1-0 defeat to the same opposition back in May.”That’s two times in a row we have lost against them here,” added the World Cup winner.”I think that shouldn’t happen. Last year we had almost maybe the same attitude [as Sunday], and it’s not right.”Myself first, should have done much better, less mistakes, control more the game.”This was a bad performance for all of us. It’s wrong we dropped points.”You have to wake up for the next game and definitely not play like we did [against Brighton].”
India’s overseas challenge begins when they take on South Africa in the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town from Friday.After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and this will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli since he became the captain of the Test team in 2015.A green and supposedly fast bowler-friendly pitch lurking under the covers at Newlands shouldn’t surprise India ahead of the first Test in South Africa starting on Friday.India’s batsmen will already know they are set to face a typically South African challenge of pace and seam movement, likely through all three Tests of the tour, as the top two teams in five-day cricket meet at the start of 2018.”You’ve got to be prepared for it,” India opening batsman Murali Vijay said.Top-ranked India’s preference for playing series at home means that the last time the Indians faced these kinds of conditions was probably when they toured Australia in 2014-15. India lost that series 2-0 and since then has played nine of their last 10 series in Asia.In South Africa, India’s vaunted batting lineup of Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who has been declared fit for the series-opener in Cape Town, also haven’t had any warmup games to acclimatize to the greener, faster surfaces, preferring to work in the nets in the buildup to Newlands.advertisement”We are well prepared, very confident and we are here to win this series,” Pujara said. “We are not bothered about the kind of pitch they will prepare. We will just try and focus on our processes. We have a clear game plan.”India will also be emboldened by their own pace attack, which has far more bite than previous Indian touring teams. Slow-bowling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is a doubt for the first Test, though, with a viral illness.South Africa, the closest challenger to India at the top of the Test rankings, is tempted to play four fast bowlers and a spinner at Newlands, coach Ottis Gibson said, fearing that while the Newlands pitch is green now, hot weather forecast for Cape Town over the next few days could quickly dry it out and an extra bowler might be needed.Fast bowler Dale Steyn, fit again from a series of right shoulder injuries and recent illness, could return to Test cricket for the first time since November 2016, joining quicks Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. Captain Faf du Plessis is also healthy after illness ruled him out of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and batsman AB de Villiers has returned to the Test team after a sabbatical.That gives Gibson, in his first true Test as coach of South Africa after easy victories over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, options.”It’s a selection headache but it’s a good headache to have, to have all the best players in the country fit and available to play,” Gibson said.Specifically on Steyn’s long-awaited return – he was meant to play against Zimbabwe on Dec. 26 but was withdrawn with a virus on the morning of that game – Gibson said: “We don’t know just yet whether we will see him this week. But, depending on the make-up of the team, he might well play. We’ll pick the team that we think is best to win the Test.”India, the top-ranked team in Test cricket by some way after nine straight series wins, has been the subject of the same analysis it always is when it travels abroad: Can the Indians transfer their dominance at home – they’ve won seven straight series in India, and eight in Asia – to something close to that level in unfamiliar conditions.India lost on the greener tops of South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia on all their most recent tours there.Coach Ravi Shastri said this Indian team is different.”All I can say is the team is up for the challenge,” Shastri said. “In fact, if you had asked me four years ago, I would have said no. But this team has gained experience … The beauty of this team is it doesn’t matter which opposition it is playing. We respect all oppositions. We look at the pitch and adapt to those conditions.”advertisementSquads:India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul.South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris, Vernon Philander, Theunis de Bruyn.(Courtesy: AP)
Olympiakos failed to find a way past Turkish outfit Osmanlispor as the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 clash ended goalless at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus.It was a frustrating night for Paulo Bento’s side, who made all the running and wasted several decent chances which had they been converted would have set the Erythrolefki up nicely for next week’s return leg.As it is, however, it is the Turks who have the advantage after a below-par Olympiakos struggled to break down their opponents and also had defender Bruno Viana sent-off in the second half for kicking out at an opponent.The home side had the upper hand in an otherwise low key first half which was characterized by niggly fouls with the visitors seemingly trying to waste time at every opportunity, much to the frustration of the home players and fans.Bento’s men did up the tempo towards the end of the half and they were unlucky not to score after Osmanlispor goalkeeper Zydunas Karcemarskas made two smart saves in the space of a minute just before time.Olympiakos’ Spanish defender Alberto Botia came up for a corner and saw his shot from an acute angle saved by Karcemarskas, who then thwarted home striker Oscar Cardozo with a low save after the latter had been gifted possession on the edge of the penalty area.The second half saw more of the same, with Karcemarskas once again proving equal to Seba’s long range strike and a dipping volley from Andre Martins.Olympiakos still pushed hard for a goal, but tempers flared in the 74th minute when Viana kicked out in frustration at Vaclav Prochazka, and was promptly given his marching orders by the French referee Ruddy Buquet.Despite the disappointment of not taking the win, the result saw Olympiacos stretch their unbeaten run to 15 matches, and based on tonight’s display will feel they still have a very good chance of seeing off Osmanlispor in Turkey.Source: AGONAsport.com (http://bit.ly/2lcwes8), Facebook, Instagram, TwitterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Newlyweds Harry and Meghan were seen smiling and laughing as they attended the wedding of Celia McCorquodale to George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rockford, Lincolnshire.Celia, the younger daughter of the late Princess Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, sported the tiara that Diana wore for her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. Celia wore Princess Diana’s tiara. Photo: InstagramThe new Duchess of Sussex stunned in a long-sleeved blue-and-white paisley shirt dress and white fascinator at the wedding.Harry was dressed in a Prince Harry was dressed in a morning suit, with a Royal blue tie to match Meghan’s dress. The colour of Harry’s tie matched the colour of Meghan’s dress. Photo: InstagramMeghan and Harry looked delighted to be attending the wedding as they arrived at the picturesque country church, holding hands and smiling and laughing with other guests.This came just 48 hours after the Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen in Cheshire for her first joint public engagement with the monarch, but without her new husband.ALSO READ | Queen Elizabeth gifted Meghan diamond earrings. But have you seen Kate’s gifts?ALSO WATCH | The Royal wedding; Meghan Markle before meeting Prince Harry; more
Two truckloads of Prairie Fresh pork from Sioux City are on the way to hurricane victims in Panama City, Florida.The trucks departed the Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant at 6:30am this (Tuesday) morning.The effort is to support Operation BBQ Relief in providing hot barbecue meals to those affected by Hurricane Michael.O-B-R expects to serve nearly 40,000 meals a day this week at its two deployment sites located in Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida.The two truckloads will supply about 220,000 hot barbecue meals when cooked.Photo courtesy Seaboard Triumph
HYAS, Sask. – A reeve in eastern Saskatchewan says no geotechnical investigation was performed on a riverbed where a newly built bridge collapsed only hours after opening.The Dyck Memorial Bridge in the Rural Municipality of Clayton opened to traffic on the morning of Sept. 14. But later that same day, part of the deck collapsed into the Swan River below. No one was injured.David Elwood, a University of Saskatchewan professor specializing in geotechnical engineering, said he thinks it’s strange tests weren’t done before the bridge was built to determine what sub-surface conditions were like.Conducting boreholes tests would have given an indication of where the foundation should stop, how deep a contractor needs to drill and how much steel should be used for the piles.“It’s very odd to me that one would not want to know where their piles are being pounded into,” Elwood said.But Reeve Duane Hicks said he has checked with as many as five other engineering companies and they said they don’t do geotech investigations on these types of projects.Hicks said he was told by the other companies that bid on the project that they wouldn’t have done anything differently than the contractor who built the bridge.“They would have done exactly what these guys did,” Hicks said Monday. “So they probably would have had the very same problem.”The builder, Can-Struct Systems Inc., has hired an independent firm to perform tests. Greg Anderson, a bridge inspector with Can-Struct, did not respond to requests for comment.The municipality has been told it won’t be on the hook for the cost of repairs. Clayton paid about $340,000 for the project.Elwood estimates that a geotechnical investigation would have cost an additional $20,000 to $30,000. He said it’s possible to get away without drilling boreholes, but there may be additional costs with driving piles until they stop.He’s not sure whether the soil was strong enough to hold the steel in place and it needed to be dug deeper.“As a practising engineer, I would never design an in-water bridge pier without having a borehole,” Elwood said.Bob MacDonald, executive director with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, wouldn’t confirm whether an investigation is underway.Most of the debris has been pulled from the river and the piles have started to be put up again, Hicks said.He said both he and Can-Struct still don’t know what went wrong.“I don’t care what they do as long as they make it right,” Hicks said.“I want to be able to drive over that bridge and not have to worry about it.”— By Ryan McKenna in Regina. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter
Roger Fraser, known as the Stitchin’ Gwich’in”, is hard at work on one of his machines. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN News SundayThe needle darts up and down with polished precision, but the reverse on the machine glitches.Luckily for these avid sewers and quilters of the Northwest Territories, the “Stitichin’ Gwich’in,” is but a phone call away.Roger Fraser of Yellowknife, better known as the “Stitchin’ Gwich’in” is the only one in the territory that repairs broken sewing machines.After spending years sending his wife Karen Fraser, a talented seamstress and traditional wear maker’s machine down south for service, they decided to get their certification as technicians.The two travelled down to Austin, Texas to take the course.The Stitchin’ Gwich’in is only a year-and-a-half into his repairs, but already business is booming.Fraser prides himself on being thorough when it comes to repairs, especially when he is without a manual for a machine.“To do a good jobs you have to do a good two hours. Other technicians could repair in an hour but I am still learning,” he said.When the winter roads are open, Fraser has serviced upwards of four machines in a day.His most valued tool of the trade – a cotton swab.“The most common problems are with the needle and the hook. If that’s out of whack you are going to skip stitches or it won’t sew at all.”For machines that are routinely used, Fraser recommends having them serviced once a year as most machines need to have a deep-clean from fabric particles and dust and a top-up on grease.For the next project, a 1930’s Swinger from Inuvik is placed on the workbench. It’s older machines such as this that give him some grief, but not because of the fix.“Waiting for parts and finding parts for the older hand crank machines is difficult,” he says. “I go on eBay and have a sewing supplier located in Toronto they give me parts but you have to order $150 worth of parts so I either have to wait until I need parts or guess what I will need in the future.”The parts are inexpensive, and before the business opened for northerners to ship their machines down south was greater than the cost to have the machines serviced.Stitchin’ Gwich’in says he has received nothing but positive feedback from customers.Like Marilyn McGurran, who co-owns a quilting company in Yellowknife.McGurran relies on her long-arm machine to sew up quilts from N.W.T. communities, saving clients a few hundred dollars by staying in the north.She stresses the importance of sewing in the territory.“You have six months of winter and sewing is big up here. There are a lot of talented people up here who like to create.”Marilyn McGurran works away on a quilt. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNBut when a spring on her $10,000 machine broke she turned to the Stitchin’ Gwich’in.“He said I don’t know how to fix that machine. I have never touched one or worked on one. I said that’s okay I know you can fix it.”Fraser told APTN he hopes to work with local governments to set up public repair workshops in all five N.W.T. communities.Until then the Stitchin’ Gwich’in will keep the thread a’ twitchin’.email@example.com@aptncharlotte
3 August 2009A senior United Nations envoy has deplored Israel’s “unacceptable” evictions of Palestinian refugee families from the homes in East Jerusalem, stressing that the move only serves to amplify already high tensions and block progress towards the peace process. Dozens of people registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) were forced out by Israeli security forces over the weekend from the Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, with Israeli settlers moving into their homes.“These actions are contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions related to the occupied territory,” Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement issued yesterday in Jerusalem.The evictions, he said, flout the united calls by the international community, including those by the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia.In a joint communiqué issued after a June meeting, the Quartet called on Israel “to refrain from provocative actions in East Jerusalem, including home demolition and evictions.”According to UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness, the evicted families’ belongings were loaded onto trucks and dumped at the edge of a busy Jerusalem road.Today, the UN agency helped the refugees – who lived in their houses for over half a century – recover their possessions, he said.“Of the 53 people evicted, 20 are children and are reported to be particularly traumatized,” Mr. Gunness said.Mr. Serry said in his statement that the UN rejects Israeli claims that the evictions are a matter for municipal and domestic courts, urging Israel to abide by international law and its obligations under the Roadmap plan for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace.Last week, he condemned the Israeli security forces’ takeover of a house in Sheikh Jarrah, noting that the recent “upsurge in orders for house demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem is contrary to the Roadmap. Any settlement activity in East Jerusalem is contrary to international law and cannot prejudice the outcome of negotiations.”
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Tuesday was 79.69 cents US, down 0.12 of a cent from Monday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2548, up 0.19 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6538, down 0.89 of a cent, and US$1.3180, down 0.91 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4752, down 0.36 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
The relationship between China and Sri Lanka has returned to healthy and stable development after the change of Sri Lankan government, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.Wang told the media that his visit is aimed at expeditiously implementing the consensus reached by top leaders and fully reviewing cooperation between the two countries, the Xinhua news agency reported. China and Sri Lanka could take the opportunity to give full play to the complementarity in their economies and improve infrastructure and port industrial development with mega projects such as Port City and Hambantota Port, with a view to enhancing the independent development capacity of Sri Lanka. Both countries will hold celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 65th anniversary of the historic Rubber-Rica Pact next year, he said.Since Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road initiative, the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt has been booming. The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road should develop at an equal pace, Wang said. Both sides have agreed to inherit traditional friendship, consolidate political trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation, he said. China hoped Sri Lanka could be an important cooperation partner for jointly building the Maritime Silk Road with its unique geographic advantage.Through the maritime Silk Road, China will support Sri Lanka in becoming a shipping, logistics and even financial hub in the Indian Ocean. (Colombo Gazette)
The National Food Security Act, which was signed into law in September, is designed to provide staple foods at highly subsidised prices for more than 800 million people across the country, making it the largest food safety net in the world. “Given the Government’s commitment towards the most vulnerable, we are confident that with innovative solutions, together we will be able to reach India’s poorest with better nutrition,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. The agency is working to strengthen Government capacity to improve the nutritional impact and effectiveness of food-based social safety net programmes. Although India grows enough food for its people, pockets of hunger remain, WFP noted. While in the capital city of New Delhi, Ms. Cousin met with the Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. She noted that India has the knowledge and expertise to guide other countries dealing with hunger and malnutrition. She also thanked the Government for its support for WFP food assistance worldwide. Just yesterday, WFP welcomed a $1.8 million contribution from India that will support 121,300 of the most vulnerable people in Yemen for the next six months. The agency used the funds to purchase around 2,600 metric tons of wheat that will be distributed to those suffering from food insecurity, including internally displaced people, children under five, and pregnant women and nursing mothers. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. Last year, the Rome-based agency reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance.
A Friday evening fire at a Fourth Plain convenience store caused heavy damage to a back storage room and spread to the store’s roof.The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. at Vick’s Market, 4903 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., near the Dairy Queen and former Golden Skate in the Meadow Homes neighborhood.A market employee, Saneel George, 35, said he was assisting a customer when other customers alerted him to smoke at the back of the building and called 911. Everyone made it outside safely.The fire, which was at the southeast corner of the building, was growing rapidly when firefighters arrived just a few minutes later.Vancouver Fire Department Capt. David James said crews pulled hose lines off of an engine to attack the blaze. Another crew went on the roof, where the fire had burned through the attic of the single-story building, which is attached at the rear to a small strip mall.At one point a venting propane tank was reported in the back room. Firefighters quickly removed it, James said.It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control, James said. Fire personnel remained on scene for a couple of hours, making sure there were no hot spots or potential for the fire to rekindle.
10 Photos The Nissan Ultimate Parks Titan is ready for the great outdoors 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 18 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Nissan Comment Tags 3 Share your voice Share your voice 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 1 Trucks 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. 49 Photos 5 Photos 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. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 69 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. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 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. 71 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda 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 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 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. 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel first drive: More capability for an already solid fullsize truck 26 Photos Nissan,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. Enlarge ImageThis is the third custom Nissan Titan that was created for a service organization under the company’s “Calling All Titans” project. Nissan Nissan on Thursday revealed a project truck that will be donated to the Grand Canyon Conservancy. The Ultimate Parks Titan, based on a 2019 Nissan Titan XD, will be used by the Canyon Field School, an organization that helps young people visit and explore Grand Canyon National Park. It follows on the earlier Ultimate Service Titan and Ultimate Work Titan, which were built for the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, respectively.With that use in mind, the Ultimate Parks Titan needed to be able to travel long distances over varied terrain. The project started with a 2019 Titan XD Pro-4X powered by the truck’s 5.6-liter gasoline V8 engine. To build on that base, Nissan added an Icon 3-inch lift kit and Hellwig air suspension, as well as 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler off-road tires.Aft of the cab, the Titan XD’s frame was extended and its traditional bed removed. In its place is a custom bed from CM Truck Beds, with a variety of locking compartments, storage bins and equipment racks. There’s also a 55-gallon fuel tank and fuel cell, as Nissan notes the truck might spend long periods of time away from a fueling station.Included accessories range from a Warn Industries Wrench and Baja Designs lighting, to a welder, air compressors and generator. 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Journal information: Icarus (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Purdue University has found evidence from lunar-mapping spacecraft that the moon may have large lava tubes that could conceivably be used to house astronauts and supplies. In their paper published in the journal Icarus, the team describes their study of data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) twin spacecraft and outline the evidence for large lava tubes. Theoretical study suggests huge lava tubes could exist on moon © 2016 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Prior research here on Earth has shown that lava flowing across a surface can form a shell of sorts as it cools, and when the shell collapses, a hollowed-out underground space remains—geologists call them lava tubes. Examples have been found in Hawaii and Iceland. Now, the researchers at Purdue believe they have found evidence that such structures might exist just below the surface of the moon in some places as well.The evidence from GRAIL consists of very small variations in the moon’s gravitational pull, suggesting differences in density below the surface. There is also some evidence of skylights in photographs taken of the moon near the areas of the gravitational variations. Skylights are areas on the surface that occur when part of a lava tube collapses creating a window of sorts into the tube below. The team built a geology-based computer model using the data they had gathered from GRAIL and the photographs, along with other known information about lava tubes here on Earth and other features unique to the moon. The model then offered predictions regarding the possible existence of lava tubes below the surface of the moon and how big and stable they might be—the researchers reasoned that they could be much larger than those found on Earth due to less pressure from gravity.The model indicated that lava tubes were likely present and that they could be as wide as three miles across and still remain stable. Such a wide, long tube, the researchers note, might be an ideal form of shelter for future astronauts—they could live in the tubes along with all their gear free from the fear of being struck by space debris and the constant barrage of solar radiation. It would likely be easier to manage temperature control as well, making life less dangerous for future moon residents. More information: David M. Blair et al, The structural stability of lunar lava tubes, Icarus (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.10.008AbstractMounting evidence from the SELENE, LRO, and GRAIL spacecraft suggests the presence of vacant lava tubes under the surface of the Moon. GRAIL evidence, in particular, suggests that some may be more than a kilometer in width. Such large sublunarean structures would be of great benefit to future human exploration of the Moon, providing shelter from the harsh environment at the surface—but could empty lava tubes of this size be stable under lunar conditions? And what is the largest size at which they could remain structurally sound? We address these questions by creating elasto-plastic finite element models of lava tubes using the Abaqus modeling software and examining where there is local material failure in the tube’s roof. We assess the strength of the rock body using the Geological Strength Index method with values appropriate to the Moon, assign it a basaltic density derived from a modern re-analysis of lunar samples, and assume a 3:1 width-to-height ratio for the lava tube. Our results show that the stability of a lava tube depends on its width, its roof thickness, and whether the rock comprising the structure begins in a lithostatic or Poisson stress state. With a roof 2 m thick, lava tubes a kilometer or more in width can remain stable, supporting inferences from GRAIL observations. The theoretical maximum size of a lunar lava tube depends on a variety of factors, but given sufficient burial depth (500 m) and an initial lithostatic stress state, our results show that lava tubes up to 5 km wide may be able to remain structurally stable. Citation: Data from GRAIL spacecraft suggest moon may have large lava tubes (2016, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-grail-spacecraft-moon-large-lava.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain
ATHENS – Gale-fanned wildfires raged through holiday resorts near Greece’s capital, killing at least 20 people by early Tuesday and injuring more than 104, including 11 in serious condition, in the deadliest blaze to hit the country in more than a decade.Greece sought international help through the European Union as the fires on either side of Athens left lines of cars torched, charred farms and forests, and sent hundreds of people racing to beaches to be evacuated by navy vessels, yachts and fishing boats.Winds reached 80 kph (50 mph) as authorities deployed the country’s entire fleet of water-dropping planes and helicopters to give vacationers time to escape. Military drones remained in the air in the high winds to help officials direct more than 600 firefighters below.“We were unlucky. The wind changed and it came at us with such force that it razed the coastal area in minutes,” said Evangelos Bournous, mayor of the port town of Rafina, a sleepy mainland port that serves Greek holiday islands.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe dock area became a makeshift hospital as paramedics checked survivors when they came off coast guard vessels and private boats. The operation continued through the night.The fire posed no immediate threat to Greece’s famed ancient monuments, but as it raged inland children’s’ summer camps and holiday homes were hastily abandoned. Fleeing drivers clogged highways into Athens, hampering the firefighting effort.It was the deadliest fire season to hit Greece in more than a decade. More than 60 people were killed in 2007 when huge fires swept across the southern Peloponnese region.“It’s a difficult night for Greece,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after flying back to Athens from a trip to Bosnia that was cut short.Authorities said Cyprus and Spain offered assistance after the request for EU help was made.Greek Fire Service officials issued public pleas for residents in fire-affected areas to comply with evacuation orders and not stay on in an effort trying to save their homes.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaRafina’s mayor said he believed about 100 houses in that area had burned. The fire service was not able to confirm the figure.Showers that passed over the Greek capital Monday missed the two big fires _ one at Rafina, 30 kilometres (18 miles) to the east, and the other at Kineta, 55 kilometres (35 miles) to the west. Heavy rain is forecast across southern Greece on Wednesday. Tags: Athens, Fire, Greece Twin wildfires near Athens kill 20, gut vacation resorts By: The Associated Press Share Tuesday, July 24, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
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claimed by al-Shabaab After each major attack claimed by the group a spokesman invariably states that the assaults are revenge for that countrys military adventures in Somalia The Garissa attacks are unlikely to be any different Contact us at editors@timecomPlanning to fly from Nanjing or Changsha to Los Angeles Or Beijing to San Jose Or Wuhan to San Francisco If so a Chinese airline has a flight for you and chances are youll be traveling in a spiffy new Boeing 777 or 787 This year for the first time ever more Chinese airlines will be flying to the US than American carriers will be heading to China according to CAPA-Center for Aviation During this year’s peak July 1 to Sept 20 time period CAPA calculates that four major Chinese carriers Air China China Eastern China Southern and Hainan will send 2028 flights to the US per week compared to 1853 a week from US airlines Just four years ago American carriers offered almost twice as many flights on US-China routes as their Chinese 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