Shimla: Tears have not stopped rolling from those eyes, which once spotted a bright young law student at Panjab university Sushma Sharma, later Sushma Swaraj in 1971-73.Whether it’s Kali Dass Batish, a former ABVP activist and student leader at Panjab university or Aruna Kapoor, a retired sessions’ judge – one of her close class-mate in the law in Chandigarh, everyone looked heart-broken in the demise of a leader, who shared a strong social bonding, much above the heights she had achieved in the politics. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As Batish, and his entire family remained glued to TV on Wednesday watching minute-to-minute coverage, and rich tributes being paid to India’s tallest leaders, Aruna Kapoor’s husband Dr Harbans Kapoor, turned emotional repeatedly recollecting his close families ties with the former foreign minister. “My wife and Sushma ji were prolific debaters of the college together. She was an extraordinary orator in Hindi and my wife Aruna used to team her-up in English. Travelling on cycle rickshaw together, and going around Chandigarh markets, are few good memories we shared,” says Dr Kapoor, a cancer specialist. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAruna Kapoor says there are so many fond memories about her in the college days and hostel life. “Once we went to Ferozepur for a debate on behalf of the college. All rival teams surrendered beforehand on seeing Sushma ji. She had earned a wide reputation as No 1 debater, and had been on a winning spree always,” she recalls. “Once we were listening Hindi news bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) and news-reader was Sushma Sharma. She jumped-up telling all of us, look girls –one day you will hear this. “Yeh Akashwani hai, abb samachar Sushma Sharma se! We had a big laugh and wished her good luck too. But never knew she will gain remarkable popularity as such a popular leader of the Indian Nation.” Batish, on the other hand, remembered how Sushma Swaraj once herself tweeted about him declaring that Kali Dass Batish inducted her into the ABVP 40 years back. “I never knew she used to call me her mentor and this she had told to Narendra Modi ji (then BJP general secretary in Himachal Pradesh) and former Chief Ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. It’s Modi ji who once shared this with me,” Batish told the Millennium Post. Batish recalls having met her in Chandigarh, where she was doing her law and he (Batish) studying his Post-graduation, was a student leader. “I shared the stage with her in a debate. She won the first prize. Thereafter, we became very good friends and remained in touch for a long time,” he recalls. Initially, she was not in the ABVP but gradually she got associated with the organisation. He recalls, “Once I went to Narnaul in Haryana for an ABVP event. She saw some posters about my visit. She made it a point to attend the event and met me also.” Batish shared on his Facebook a Twitter post of Sushma Swaraj to fresh his memories. In town, the BJP held a condolence meeting and paid floral tributes and remembered her connections with Shimla.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday instructed the North 24-Parganas district administration to conduct trust vote at Bongaon municipality within 12 days.The High Court has reportedly asked the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to hold the trust vote at her office within the stipulated time amidst adequate security arrangements. The district police superintendent has been asked to provide security to the councillors from Bongaon municipality who will turn up at the DM’s office during the trust vote. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTrinamool Congress had claimed in July that they had established control over Bongaon Municipality by defeating BJP in the no-confidence motion. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the district claimed that the BJP councillors did not turn up in time. They also alleged that BJP had tried to create trouble over the trust vote that took place last month. During the previous trust vote, unprecedented police arrangements were made in front of the municipality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn the other hand, BJP leaders claimed that they had 11 councillors in the municipality out of 22 in total. Both the rival parties claimed their control over the municipality board following the trust vote. BJP later moved to the Calcutta High Court in this regard. It has ordered a fresh trust vote within 12 days and the district administration will ensure that it happens without any trouble. Bongaon municipality in North 24-Parganas district has been in a legal tangle for some time following dispute over a confidence vote, as both the parties claimed majority. State Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick had earlier accused the saffron party of engineering the defections. It may be mentioned here that after the Lok Sabha elections, BJP allegedly continued its march to engineer defections from Trinamool Congress in various municipalities across the state.
TORONTO — The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project.The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation, more than 200 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., was shut down Thursday as the transmission lines to the provincial grid were energized.The work is part of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project launched in 2015, which will connect remote communities to the grid over an 1,800-kilometre transmission line.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler called the connection an “enormous achievement.“A reliable power source will finally end Pikangikum’s reliance on diesel generation and help the community advance plans for growth and development,” he said in a statement Thursday.The full project is expected to be completed by 2023, and will shift the communities from dependence on diesel fuel for power to the provincial electricity grid.“Connecting our remote communities to the provincial grid is better for the environment and will help improve the lives of our members,” Fiddler said.A 2014 study by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator determined there was a positive business case to extend the electricity grid to 21 of the 25 First Nations that depend on diesel.The federal government is covering the cost of the project.When the plan to build the line was announced, it was billed as the largest Indigenous-led and Indigenous-owned infrastructure project in the province’s history.Wataynikaneyap Power, which is heading up the project, is a licensed transmission company that is equally owned by 22 First Nation communities in partnership with power company Fortis.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said access to reliable and affordable electricity will help Pikangikum connect to greater economic opportunities.“This transformational project is expected to provide more than 14,000 people living in remote First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario with a reliable, clean supply of electricity,” he said in a statement.“It’s also bringing something even more significant — the promise of a brighter future.”The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Director Simon Curtis’s The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel. Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (War of the Planet of the Apes) have adapted the film, about a race car driver, his philosophical dog (yes, you read that correctly), and the growing family they both love. The film stars Milo Ventimiglia as Formula One race car driver Denny Swift, Amanda Seyfried as his wife, Eve, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and later Lily Dodsworth-Evans, as their daughter, Zoë. The film is narrated, however, by the family’s dog, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who loves racing as much as Denny. Enzo’s dream is to get to Mongolia, where, according to a documentary he watched, dogs get reincarnated into people.Denny’s life is seen through the eyes of Enzo, who is there with him through thick and thin. It turns out that life can be quite a bit like driving a Formula One race car; the conditions will change quickly and uncontrollably, and survival is as much about adaptation as it is about skill. Yet the analogies to race car driving can only take you so far. Enzo will be by Denny’s side for challenges that will seem to be, at first blush, insurmountable. The biggest is when Eve gets sick—what follows will test Denny in ways no track ever has. Advertisement Advertisement The Art of Racing in the Rain LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
OTTAWA – Former federal budget watchdog Kevin Page will deliver a blunt message to premiers this week about the costs of a future national pharmacare program: if Canadians want one, taxes will have to go up.Page, who now heads a University of Ottawa think tank, will walk through the numbers Friday when he gives a presentation to the provincial and territorial leaders on what lawmakers should know about creating a cross-country, publicly funded plan for prescription drugs.The federal Liberals have put together a group of advisers, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, to consult Canadians and explore options for a national program. The council is due to report back next year, when the topic of pharmacare is sure to become a major issue during the federal election campaign.But the burning question remains: who’s going to pay for it?Last fall, an analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated national pharmacare would carry a hefty cost in the neighbourhood of $20 billion a year. That’s about one percentage point of Canada’s gross domestic product and twice Ottawa’s annual deficit projections in each of the next few years.Page said there’s a solid argument to be made for national pharmacare because it would help Canadians save significantly on their out-of-pocket drug expenses and create more consistency in terms of health costs across the country. The 2017 parliamentary budget office study estimated such a plan would save Canadians more than $4 billion every year on prescriptions.But Page said Ottawa’s books are already facing a difficult fiscal situation and warned the federal balance sheet would become unsustainable if it assumed the full cost of such a program.The provinces, as a group, are in even rougher fiscal shape, he added.His presentation, which is based on a study by his Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy to be released Monday, recommends spending cuts and tax increases as ways to afford it.Page, however, believes there’s no way to avoid tax hikes if Canada is serious about pharmacare. One option would be to boost the GST by two points, back to seven per cent, he added.“Raising taxes is never easy, politically, in this environment, but I think if we’re going to really do something like this, we’re going to have to do it,” he said in an interview.“I don’t see any other way of really moving this forward.”Page will address the premiers in St. Andrew’s, N.B., where they will gather this week for Council of the Federation meetings. Without tax increases, governments will see their shortfalls balloon well beyond existing levels, he said.“I think it would shock people,” Page said. “Deficits would literally double.”He supports the argument that, in certain cases, public servants have a responsibility to tell taxpayers that raising taxes is in their interests as a way to make life easier for politicians to take unpopular decisions.“I think the case for a national public pharmacare program is pretty strong, even from a fiscal perspective,” he said.“Just on the numbers, it’s pretty clear that these public systems… produce much lower costs. Canadians are paying a lot for drugs, a lot.”Health-care advocates have long urged Ottawa to work with provinces and territories to implement a universal public prescription drug program that covers all Canadians.Critics call the country’s current system an inefficient, expensive patchwork that has left 3.5 million Canadians unable to afford the medication they need.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
15 June 2009The head of the United Nations public health arm today urged senior government officials to place “fairness” at the core of decisions to protect the most vulnerable against major worldwide crises. Global warming, hikes in fuel and food prices, the economic meltdown and now the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic hit hardest in developing countries, said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan.There is growing recognition that “blind faith in economic growth and gain as the be-all, end-all, cure-for-all has been misplaced,” Dr. Chan told senior government officials and international experts attending the Secretary-General’s Forum on Advancing Global Health.“Fairness, I believe, is at the heart of our ambitions in global health,” said Dr. Chan. A failure to put equality at the centre of health-care policy decisions is “one reason why the world is in such a great big mess.”She characterized globalization as a rising tide that lifts “the big boats, but swamps or sinks many smaller ones,” adding that the financial crisis has “proved highly contagious and this contagion showed no mercy and made no exceptions on the basis of fair play.”Even the level of preparedness for and capacity to cope with the A(H1N1) influenza outbreak in recent months are strongly biased towards wealthy countries, Dr. Chan told the gathering at UN Headquarters in New York. “Differences in income, life expectancy, and opportunities are greater now than at any time in recent history. These extremes of privilege and misery,” Chan noted, are often “a precursor for social breakdown.”After addressing the Forum, she told reporters that “health investment will bring economic progress and more wealth.” In his opening address to the Forum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that healthy people have improved life expectancy, go to school, are more productive, take fewer days off work, have lower birth rates and thus invest more in fewer children.“Health is the tie that binds all the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] together,” he said, referring to the globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.Eradicating poverty, illiteracy and the other challenges the MDGs seek to tackle will not be met without reaching the health targets, said Mr. Ban. “That is why global health is a top priority for me.”Underscoring the need for strengthening efforts to improve maternal health, with an estimated global loss of $15 billion in productivity due to maternal and newborn deaths, Mr. Ban said that there is “no better investment than safe-guarding the lives of mothers.”He added that the international community should apply its experience of fighting AIDS and malaria to saving mothers’ lives. “We know that when governments, UN entities, businesses and civil society leaders join forces, we can have a powerful impact.”Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro told a gathering launching the 2009 Report of the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs that in too many parts of the world, when a “woman goes into labour, relatives and friends do not go so far as to say goodbye, but they are often thinking, is this the last time they will see her?”Highlighting the role women play at the “economic heart of the developing world,” Ms. Migiro noted that women in “Africa carry on their heads, or in their arms, two thirds of all the goods transported around the continent.” She added that women also produce 80 per cent of Africa’s food and grow 90 per cent of the rice in Southeast Asia. “And because they are raising children – all across the world – women are also the key to a sustainable future.”However, she said that some 1,400 women die each day in childbirth in the developing world and stressed that almost all of these deaths could be prevented.“Globally, we need an estimated one million extra health care workers to provide the services needed to reduce maternal and child mortality,” a goal that sounds daunting, but achievable if the world “pulls together,” said Ms. Migiro.
About 90 of 353 sites in Iraq containing dual-use equipment and materials that can be used for either peaceful ends or acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) have been looted or razed, according to the latest report of the United Nations commission that was in charge of disarming Iraq of such arms.The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), which withdrew from Iraq on the eve of the United States-led invasion two years ago, reached this conclusion based on continuing examination of imagery from sites that were subject to monitoring, it writes in its latest quarterly report to the Security Council.As part of its ongoing investigation into the removal of items, equipment and materials, mainly as scrap, that were subject to UNMOVIC monitoring, the Commission notes that four of Iraq’s neighbours – Jordan, Turkey, Kuwait and Syria – have replied to its queries on whether such materials found their way into or through their territory, the latest being Syria’s negative response. Iran and Saudi Arabia have yet to reply.The report also states that the question of the continued existence of “seed stock,” the reference strains of micro-organisms that can be used in the future production of biological weapons agents, remains “part of the residue of uncertainty.””Given its unresolvable nature, the issue could best be dealt with through monitoring to detect inter alia any possible future activity associated with biological weapon agent production or significant laboratory research work,” it says.
PARIS – A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded on Sunday. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.Lamya Bouyirdane told The Associated Press on Monday that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her four-year-old son to pass it over during a family gathering at her home. She said she threw the phone away when she realized it had “swollen up” and smoke was coming out.“I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away,” said Bouyirdane, a mother of three in the southwestern French city of Pau.The phone then caught fire and the back blew off. Her partner quickly extinguished it.Bouyirdane said she bought the phone new last June on a website offering discounts.The South Korean company recently recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones globally because of a problem that caused the batteries to overheat and catch fire.William Stofega, a mobile analyst for IDC, said the incident in France was most likely an isolated one, noting that the phone has been on the market for several months now and this is the first report of a battery fire that he’s aware of.“These reports tend to cluster,” he said.He added that problems involving lithium-ion batteries used in not just smartphones, but also laptop computers, have been around for years and there’s no easy fix for them. Manufacturing defects or even a small amount of damage can cause a short circuit, resulting in an overheated battery and potentially a fire.Samsung said in a statement that it cannot comment on the case yet because the company has not investigated it.“We are unable to comment on this specific incident until we obtain and thoroughly examine the device. Customer safety remains our highest priority and we want to work with any customer who has experienced an issue with a Samsung product in order to investigate the matter and support them,” it said in the statement. “The issues with the Galaxy Note7 are isolated to only that model.” FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, the corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. is seen at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. Nearly 3 million Samsung washing machines are being recalled in the U.S. following multiple injuries, including a broken jaw, due to “excessive vibration.” The recall Friday, Nov. 4, affects 34 models of washing machines manufactured between 2011 and this year. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2016 11:24 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report of different Samsung phone model exploding
James Bond star Naomie Harris has said there is “a very good chance” Daniel Craig will return as 007. Harris, who played Moneypenny in 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre, was speaking after she was appointed an OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Actress Naomie HarrisCredit:Getty Harris said she thought fans would be “very disappointed” if Craig did not return to the role, adding: “I think the fact that the last two Bonds – Spectre and Skyfall – have been the highest-grossing Bond movies of all time shows that people love him as Bond, and they desperately want him to return. Earlier this week – the week Craig became the second-longest serving 007 – James Norton and Michael Fassbender were said to be the frontrunners to become the next Bond. According to bookmakers Coral, betting surged on the likes of Norton and Fassbender taking over from Craig in the next film – but Harris is not convinced, telling the Press Association: “I don’t think that’s true. I really don’t think that they’ve moved on from Daniel. “And I don’t think Daniel is immune to that as well, I think he’s very aware of that, so I think that adds an extra level of pressure. But he has to ultimately do what feels right to him. “But I know that we, as a cast, collectively want him back. I know that Barbara and Michael – our producers – desperately want him back, so I think the only person that needs persuading is Daniel.” Harris received her honour for services to dramaCredit:AFP/Getty Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in SkyfallCredit:Francois Duhamel Harris will attend the Oscars on Sunday The Hollywood actress’s royal encounter comes just days before the Academy Awards, where she is up for an Oscar for her role as a drug addict in Moonlight. Harris, who is synonymous with the character of Moneypenny, has previously spoken of her desire to see Craig return as Bond following speculation he may leave the role – and now says that if she was a betting woman she would put her money on him to return. The actress met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on ThursdayCredit:PA Shortly after the release of Spectre, Craig said he would rather “slash my wrists” than appear in another film as the secret service agent. But Harris said that comment was “just a joke” and that it can be difficult to translate jokes in print. Harris has previously said she wants to continue appearing in Bond films “for as long as they’ll have me”. In a week that will see her go from the Palace to Los Angeles for the glittering Oscars ceremony on Sunday, Harris said: “I’m not going to forget this week.” She is nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in Moonlight as Paula, the drug-addicted mother of a young black gay man growing up in Miami. “I don’t think I have a chance of winning at all,” she said, adding that it is “incredible” to be nominated. She said the experience of collecting her award from the Queen was “lovely”, and said the monarch asked her what she was working on at the moment. Harris was wearing a dress by Mary Katrantzou and teamed it with a clutch by Bottega Veneta. Actress Naomie Harris is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth IICredit:PA “I think there’s a very good chance that Daniel will come back. I think it’s way too early to be thinking about other people at this stage.” The 40-year-old star, who received her OBE for services to drama, added: “If I was going to bet, that’s the way I would bet.”
2.Tatran Prešov320182 : 776 3.Celje Piv. Laško320175 : 766 6.Nexe210152 : 553 1.Vardar330095 : 659 8.Metalurg210148 : 523 seha gazprom league Two interesting matches have been seen at the start of SEHA GAZPROM League Round 3. After two great performances against Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb, Tatran Presov lost their first home match against RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 25:26 (13:12). Urban Lesjak had 14 saves, Ziga Mlakar netted nine goals for the winners, while 10 netted young Croatian right back Bruno Butorac for the home team.RK Vardar had no troubles to easily put behind Meshkov Brest 31:23 (17:14). Ivan Cupic scored five goals for the winners, as Rastko Stojkovic and Siarhei Shylovich for Belarussian champions.STANDINGS: 4.PPD Zagreb210155 : 523 7.Meshkov Brest310275 : 793 9.Vojvodina200252 : 620 5.Dinamo Pančevo210149 : 493 10.Gorenje Velenje200241 : 570 ← Previous Story Veszprem’s powerful start – Pick Szeged beat Tatabanya Next Story → DEFEATED AGAIN: MT Melsungen beat THW Kiel!
Burnley Manager Sean Dyche is facing an uphill battle in Turkey as his team prepares to face Istanbul Basaksehir with just 17 players in their UEFA Europa League qualifier clash.After overcoming Scottish side Aberdeen in the last qualifying round, Burnley will be hoping to continue their first European adventure in 52 years when they come against Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.The Turkish team finished third in the Super Lig last season and could provide a sterner test for Burnley on Thursday in the first leg with a number of players injured for the English side.“We’re a little bit limited in terms of our playing personnel,” Dyche told reporters ahead of the game on Thursday, according to Sky Sports.“Chris Woods is suffering from an infection, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady still remain out with injury. So at the moment we’re down to just 17 players.”Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We’ve included Ben Gibson and Joe Hart in the squad and they could feature if needed.”Burnley are currently in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope out injured and Hart could feature for the Clarets after completing a surprise move to the club from Manchester City.“He’s in good shape and clear minded. He knows he’ll have to work for his place in the team and I believe he’s up to the challenge.” Dyche said.Burnley will also be without new signing Matej Vydra who joined the club from Derby this week.The striker is still working on his fitness due to a lack of preseason with his former club.
The former big game guide was convicted of illegally shooting wolves in 2004, a fact he doesn’t dispute, but he says the state lied about what he did and where he did it. According to court documents further hearings, including any evidentiary hearings, will be held in Anchorage rather than in Homer or Kenai, because of the need for additional security. The event will be held on April 21, from 10-2 p.m., at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. On Saturday, April 21, Alaska, State of Corruption will be hosting a community event at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for residents to look at, listen to, and weigh in on the evidence of Haeg’s post conviction efforts. During that hearing Southwell was unable to disclose his evidence and reasons to the other jurors. The group believes this is a clear violation of Alaska law and constitution, according to the event page. According to details for the event, on March 21, 2018, Kenai Grand Juror Ray Southwell tried to disclose, to the other Kenai Grand Jurors, his evidence and reasons to believe crimes triable by the court were committed by a Kenai District Attorney, State Troopers, and judges from Kenai, Homer, Anchorage, and elsewhere. Haeg: “After fourteen years of studying the law one of your basic rights is to have your trial held in your community, and my community is the Kenai Peninsula.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For fourteen years, David Haeg, of Kenai has continued to fight against what he describes as state and judicial corruption.
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Luxury cars Sedans More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Not so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively. Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 0 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever More From Roadshow 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth Mercedes-Benz 6:01 Mercedes-Benz
Race Judge Deedee Jonrowe is easily recognizable at the starting line in her bright pink parka. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNAsafety reasons. Jonrowe is a well-known advocate for dog safety and care, and has won multiple awards for her treatment of dogs during her career. She believes races like the Knik 200 are good learning opportunities, especially for less experienced mushers. Jonrowe said, “It’s important to get these qualifier races available so the drivers can learn thing.” She added, “You really only learn by doing.” Mushers in the Knik 200 got a taste of long-distance mushing, including a mandatory rest that included camping, and caring for their teams. Anja Radano at the starting line of the 2018 Knik 200. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNAKing was close to breaking into the top ten with her run.Further ahead in the pack, Nicolas Petit won the Knik 200. Petit could figure to be a major competitor in this year’s Iditarod after finishing third last year. Other notable names included Ray Redington, Lance Mackey, and Scott Janssen, all of whom turned in top-ten finishes. The start/finish line of the 2018 Joe Redington Sr. Knik 200 in Willow. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNAThe 2018 running of the Joe Redington, Sr. Knik 200 (results) began on Saturday morning at Deshka Landing in Willow. In temperatures hovering around zero, twenty-eight mushers were poised to set off on their first race of the season.Listen nowAccording to Robert Sexton, race manager for the Knik 200, the race began in Willow as opposed to Knik due to poor trail conditions due to last month’s warm temperatures. Sexton said, “Down in the Knik area, they were still on four-wheelers until about three weeks ago.”While much of Southcentral saw significant snowfall last week, including Knik, Sexton says the decision had already been made to run from Deshka Landing.Race Judge DeeDee Jonrowe approved of the race committee’s decision to move the race for Ellen King gets suited up for the 2018 Knik 200. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNAOne musher hoping to gain valuable experience in the Knik 200 was Ellen King, daughter of four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King. She was running the Knik 200 as part of her own bid to qualify for a future Iditarod. King said racing with her father’s dogs, “is like driving a Cadillac.” Saturday’s race start was also Ellen King’s twenty-sixth birthday, and her goal for the race was simply to finish with “ten fingers and ten toes for me, and get everyone around happy and healthy.”Talkeetna musher Anja Radano’s team was next to Ellen King’s in the preparation area. Radano already qualified for this year’s Iditarod, and her goal was to train her team and work on deciding which dogs will accompany her as she attempts the run to Nome in March. Some of her dogs had yet to run a competitive race. Radano said, “This is just to introduce them to the craziness of a race start…other dog teams, camping, stuff like that.”Both King and Radano finished the race, and Anja says she’s very pleased with her team. Ellen
Stay on target Instagram also unveiled a few other new features: make videos that play in reverse (look for the “Rewind” camera format), add hashtag stickers to stories (viewers can tap to explore related posts), and use the eraser brush as a drawing tool (fill the screen with color, then creatively reveal what lies beneath).The updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.21 for iOS in the iTunes App Store, and for Android in Google Play. The social media wars are heating up with this week’s introduction of Instagram face filters—a blatant rip-off of Snapchat.An initial set of eight filters are available in the most up-to-date version of the mobile app.Just open the stories camera (swipe left) and look for the new face icon in the bottom right corner. As Snapchat users are accustomed to, tap any filter to “try it on,” then snap a photo and record a video using the front- or back-facing shooter.“From math equations swirling around your head to furry koala ears that move and twitch, you can transform into a variety of characters that make you smile or laugh,” a company blog post said.Look familiar? (via Instagram)As a non-Snapchatter, I can’t personally compare the two features. But according to TechCrunch, Instagram’s copycat is “easier to use and [doesn’t] distort your face as much.”The filters are flawed, though: TC’s Josh Constine complained that the clone does not “track your movements and stay properly positioned on your face as well as Snapchat’s.”No one should be surprised by Instagram’s latest theft. Since Snapchat launched Stories more than three years ago, social networks have been scrambling to integrate similar functions into their platforms. Facebook even launched its own version in March.Instagram Vice President of Product Kevin Weil, however, has no qualms about appropriating someone else’s inventions.“If we’re being honest with ourselves, this is the way the tech industry works and frankly it’s how all industries work,” Weil said during this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY, by way of explanation (but not apology).“Good ideas start in one place, and they spread across the entire industry,” he continued. “Kudos to Snapchat for being the first to Stories, but it’s a format, and it’s going to be adopted widely across a lot of different platforms.”Add hashtag stickers to Stories (via Instagram) Adorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on InstagramFree Area 51 Aliens ‘Training’ Video Takes Over Instagram
Kolkata: Uttara Chowdhury (19), a college student from the city, committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her house after failing to bear the shock of her mother being declared brain dead.The incident took place on Friday night after her mother, who was admitted to a private hospital in Central Kolkata with kidney-related ailments on Thursday, was declared brain dead on Friday night. The girl’s father died in 2014. As she came to know that her mother was declared brain dead by the doctors and there was no possibility for her to recover, the girl took this drastic step. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOn Friday night, she told her cousin sisters that she was going to her room and would join them in a few minutes. As the victim did not return, one of her cousin sisters went to her room and found that the door was locked from inside. As she did not open the door, despite repeated knocks, the relatives reported the matter to the police. Police reached the spot and broke open the door to find the victim hanging from the ceiling fan. She was immediately taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPA resident of Tiljala, the victim was a student of BCom first year at Heramba Chandra College. Her father also died of kidney-related problems in 2014. The girl’s mother donated one of her kidneys to her husband but efforts went in vain. Her mother Juli Chowdhury had been suffering since she donated her kidney. Following some kidney-related ailments, she was taken to a private nursing home in the city and announced brain dead on Friday evening. The victim girl could not bear the shock that she had gone through. She went into her room and committed suicide. According to a preliminary investigation, police have found this to be a case of suicide. No suicide note was, however, recovered from her room. Police suspect that she might have committed suicide out of fear of being alone after losing her mother.
Confusion about a recently disclosed vulnerability in VLC Media Player by Martin Brinkmann on July 24, 2019 in Security – Last Update: July 24, 2019 – 28 commentsReports started to emerge on the Internet about a critical security vulnerability in the popular multimedia player VLC Media Player.Update: VideoLAN confirmed that the issue was not a security issue in VLC Media Player. The engineers detected that the issue was caused by an older version of the third-party library called libebml that was included in older versions of Ubuntu. The researcher used that older version of Ubuntu apparently. EndGizmodo’s Sam Rutherford suggested that users uninstall VLC immediately and the tenor of other tech magazines and sites was identical for the most part. Sensationalist headlines and stories generate lots of pageviews and clicks, and that is likely the main reason why sites like to make use of those instead of focusing on headlines and articles that are not as sensationalist.The bug report, filed under CVE-2019-13615, rates the issue as critical and states that it affects VLC Media Player 220.127.116.11 and previous versions of the media player.All desktop versions of VLC Media Player, available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, are affected by the issue according to the description. An attacker could execute code remotely on affected devices if the vulnerability is exploited successfully according to the bug report.The description of the issue is technical, but it provides valuable information about the vulnerability nevertheless:VideoLAN VLC media player 18.104.22.168 has a heap-based buffer over-read in mkv::demux_sys_t::FreeUnused() in modules/demux/mkv/demux.cpp when called from mkv::Open in modules/demux/mkv/mkv.cpp.The vulnerability can only be exploited if users open specifically prepared files using VLC Media Player. A sample media file that uses the mp4 format is attached to the bug track listing which appears to confirm this.VLC engineers have ad difficulties reproducing the issue that was filed on the official bug tracking site four weeks ago.Project lead Jean-Baptiste Kempf posted yesterday that he could not reproduce the bug as it did not crash VLC at all. Others, e.g. Rafael Rivera, could not reproduce the issue on several VLC Media Player builds as well.VideoLAN went to Twitter to to shame the reporting organizations MITRE and CVE.Hey @MITREcorp and @CVEnew , the fact that you NEVER ever contact us for VLC vulnerabilities for years before publishing is really not cool; but at least you could check your info or check yourself before sending 9.8 CVSS vulnerability publicly…Oh, btw, this is not a VLC vulnerability…The organizations did not inform VideoLAN about the vulnerability in advanced according to VideoLAN’s post on Twitter. What VLC Media Player users can doThe problems that engineers and researchers have to replicate the issue makes it quite the puzzling affair for users of the media player. Is VLC Media Player safe to use in the meantime because the issue is not as severe as initially suggested or not a vulnerability at all?It may take a while before things get sorted out. Users could use a different media player in the meantime or trust VideoLAN’s assessment of the issue. It is always a good idea to be careful when it comes to the execution of files on systems, especially when they come from the Internet and there from sources that cannot be trusted 100%.Now You: What is your take on the whole issue? (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameConfusion about a recently disclosed vulnerability in VLC Media PlayerDescriptionSome tech sites suggested to uninstall VLC Media Player because of a critical vulnerability but VideoLAN could not even reproduce the issue.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The mayor of Playa del Carmen says another 70 million peso has been discovered missing, through what she explains were approximately a dozen ghost companies created from the past administration.As a result of continued audits into the 2016 administration, mayor Cristina Torres Gómez says a deviation of more than 70 million peso has been detected in 10 or 12 ghost companies.She says they are in the process of verifying if any of these companies appear on the list of the Tax Administration System (SAT) explaining that the companies also involve 146 taxpayers who issued receipts without the capacity to provide the products or services to cover the vouchers.Cristina Torres said that “We are filtering the list. We have some presumptions about those that are the product of the investigation.” She explained that if one of these companies appears on the SAT list, “It will be another reinforcement for the next complaint we are going to present.”“There are 10, 12 companies. Among them, they have carried out those actions, the main one for 70 million peso and there are extensions of contracts that would exceed 100 million,” explained the mayor.“We believe that the damages between nonexistent operations, lack of payments and others would exceed one billion, but we only have access to the last stage of the last administration,” she added.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)