Defence sting the Scorpions in final

first_imgBy BEN HARRISA tremendous defensive effort from Queensland Stingrays ensured the men’s Elite Eight trophy remained in the northern state for another year.Playing their first men’s Elite Eight final, the Stingrays showed no sign of nerves to shut out the 2011 champions New South Wales Scorpions 5-2 in front of a huge crowd at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.The Scorpions were a shadow of the team that had played in the earlier days of the competition.Their attack was shut down by a superb Stingrays defensive outfit.“It was our basis of the whole campaign was to back our line D [defence]. And it worked,” Stingrays captain Nathan Jones said.Defence played a huge part in the first half as the score at the break was 1-nil to the Stingrays.The lone touchdown came from a great move, which saw Graeme Clancy pass to Kristopher McMurdy who then turned it inside to Michael Singh.The second half was a complete opposite to the first.Before the fans could return to their seats after half-time, the Stingrays extended their lead to three touchdowns thanks to Peter Norman and Tristan Wagg.Midway through the second half, James de Veer showed a great pair of hands to knock a Norman long ball in the air and then regathered to plant it down over the line.Two minutes later Jordan Watts made it 5-0 and it looked like the Scorpions could end the match with a doughnut next to their name.But they managed to score two consolation touchdowns to Jordan Horo and Cain Rangi.The Stingrays’ victory in the men’s and the Queensland Chiefs’ win in the women’s division meant Queensland won both Elite Eight divisions.“There is a bit of rivalry [with New South Wales] but we also play the Queensland boys all the time and we like beating them. We come down here and they’ve [Scorpions] got some good players. We just love winning.”Player of the final was Stingrays’ Adam Pryde and for the third time Sam Brisby was named player of the series.QUEENSLAND STINGRAYS 5 (Jordan Watts, Michael Singh, Peter Norman, Tristan Wagg, James de Veer touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES SCORPIONS 2 (Jordan Horo, Cain Rangi touchdowns).Related LinksMen’s Elite Eightlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kids

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kidsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to keep sticking with the kids.Solskjaer knows it’s a tough gap to bridge to the top two.The Norwegian said: “I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. “Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.”Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

For Prada black nylon is a safe haven in a storm

first_imgMILAN – With social and political crises unsettling the globe, Milan Fashion Week was all about slogans this season. “Time For Change” has been a particularly dominant catchphrase, one the fashion world can expect to see branded across sweatshirts, waistbands and accessories next fall and winter.The ubiquity of the expression does not necessarily denote consensus around the message it’s designed to convey. For some, it means back to roots. Others intend it as a call for respect.But the overall implication seems to be a rejection of the status quo, which really isn’t surprising in fashion.Naturally, Miuccia Prada is the outlier. Prada eschewed words because they have become empty. Where they appeared on prints in her new looks, words were meaningless.The second day of Milan Fashion Week of mostly menswear previews for Fall-Winter 2018-19 opened with youthful designers focused on urban street wear that tries to capture the zeitgeist of Millennial consumers.Here are some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Prada, Dirk Bikkembergs, MSGM and DSquared2:___PRADA’S STRANGE PACKAGESIn challenging times, it is not unusual to seek the familiar. For Miuccia Prada, there is comfort in black nylon.The designer generously employs her favoured material in her pieces for the next cold weather season, padding them and applying them in protective layers.The boxy shapes for men and women appear to conceal the wearer in a unisex vein, but it is all for naught: Identity badges suggested a form of surveillance in the runway scenario. That sense of excessive control transforms into a political statement once the garments are on the rack and available to consumers.“I think we are in a moment when these aspects of control are very relevant,” the designer said after the show.Despite the collection’s utilitarian nature creating a sort of uniform of anoraks, jackets, caps, straight trousers and skirts, Prada said she also wanted to convey elegance.Beyond the dystopian looks, she included tourist-grade short-sleeved knits, or wild print short-shirt combos for men, and slit-skirt suits in bright tones paired with open-toe heels and long leather gloves for women.Prada enlisted architects to design new accessories, including a padded front pack that could stand in as a form of body amour, and a utility tool apron. Artists came up with the prints, including burning bananas and meaningless strings of words.“Now they no longer represent concepts, but they are pure decoration,” she said.The runway show was in a newly repurposed industrial building near the Prada Foundation contemporary art space. Unusually shaped and labeled crates were stacked along the walls. Prada promised they concealed strange things “that are preparing for some strange transformation.”The narrow aisles created a sense of disorientation as the fashionistas struggled to find their seats. That seemed an apt metaphor for the state of the world.“We don’t know where we are going, which is of course scary, of course interesting. Because I feel big changes are happening,” the designer said. “Some people say beauty will save the world. I think the world will be saved by intelligence, humanity and generosity. And possibly love. But of course the esthetic can help, a little help, if you can afford it.”___MSGM GOES TO BACK TO BASICSMilan university students served as both models and inspiration for the new MSGM collection. Taking their cue, brand founder Massimo Giorgetti found himself making an unexpected turn toward the dapper with hints of classic Milanese styling.“I studied the attitude of these guys, and it is less street wear than usual without losing modernity,” Giorgetti said. “Some are very, very elegant. The concept of elegant Milan, Italy, needs to be restudied also by a brand like mine. There’s an evolution going on.”The silhouette veered toward the everyday, neither too slim nor oversized. Looks included snazzy suits with zip-up jackets in pink or red worn with ties, as well as plaid trousers paired with cardigans and jumpsuits. Giorgetti collaborated with Eastpak on a series of graphic printed backpacks and travel bags.The designer emblazoned the collection with phrases of graffiti he collected from the desks, tables and restrooms of Milan’s universities. They included “Tempo per cambiare,” Italian for “Time for Change,” along with the Italian phonetic rendering of “I love you” as “hailoveiu.”Here, “Time for Change” clearly meant honouring roots and not looking abroad for validation.“They are very serious, very clever and very positive,” the designer said of the Milan students he worked with. “And they love their country.”___DUTCH MUSINGS AT DIRK BIKKEMBERGSDutch style, painting and design were all reflected in Lee Wood’s latest collection for Belgian label Dirk Bikkembergs.And in keeping with the down-to-earth Dutch nature, the collection was full of necessary items. A rain-resistant technical down coat was worn with tailored pants for an urban look merging sportswear with sartorial tradition.“A man needs to be authentic,” Woods said backstage. “We have a thousand things to do and life goes on. They are not heavy garments. They are basics, things we need.”The dark palette of navy blue, black and grey was inspired by paintings in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and included contrasts of deep cerulean blue, vermillion red and saffron yellow. The mixing of materials, such as in a nylon parka with a wool back panel and knit waistband, drew from a Rotterdam architectural institute. Straps on pockets echoed the ones on leather footwear.Wood said he was drawn to the Netherlands by coincidence. The models he was selecting came from there and the music a DJ played at casting sessions was Dutch.“I said I think I have to go, and visit this world,” he said.___WESTERN DOINGS AT DSQUARED2Model Bella Hadid bookended the runway show for DSquared2, the label of Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, opening as a cowgirl in plaid over denim and closing as a chic hippie in a tiered handkerchief gown worn with a big fur coat.DSquared2 adhered to the recent Milan trend of combining the men’s and women’s shows, scheduling theirs during the less hectic January round focusing on menswear.Red plaid emerged as the prevailing print in the Western-themed collection. The mood ranged from a little bit country to a little bit rockabilly to a little bit hippie chic. Oversized knitwear served as tableaus for western scenes.Any classic cowboy would feel at ease in the suede coat with sheepskin linings, while leather vests layered over flowing white peasant shirts for men or dresses for women gave an edge to the usual boho styling.The accessories of the season: big Double-D belt buckles and sequin neck scarves for men, or shiny sequin cuffs for him or her.____MEDITATIVE DESIGNS AT SARTORIAL MONKSabato Russo isn’t your usual designer making his Milan runway debut, supported by the Italian Fashion Chamber. He has decades of experience behind him, first as a model, and then working in the fashion industry in Japan and New York.“I was tired of making money and making clothes,” Russo said backstage. After taking time off to reflect, he returned to the business with his own brand, Sartorial Monk. In keeping with the name, his Milan debut collection can aptly be described as meditative.The looks appear simple to the eye, but are full of detail like Middle Eastern draping, that belie a complexity. The pieces seemed to envelop the models.The show opened in silence, with a model, the actress Violeta Sanchez, walking deliberately in high heels clicking on the runway, wearing a long camel coat over a printed silk velvet dress. The models that followed walked barefoot, giving a Zen sense to the simple flowing pieces: a slate double-breasted jacket over wide, pleated cotton trousers for him, or cropped tailored jackets worn with long clinging skirts for her. While the first half of the collection was more sartorial, the second part was more relaxed and loungey, with long, cozy knitwear and soft velvets.“It is simple, but it is never simple,” Russo said. “I think somebody who has personality can wear this. I don’t try to embellish.”___AMERICAN GOTHIC AT PALM ANGELSThe fashion crowd is this trusting. They filed up a narrow staircase in an apparently abandoned building, then down several levels, past the sort of laser lighting that jewel thieves navigate to their booty, and into a dark barren basement.It was there that Francesco Ragazzi unveiled his latest looks for Palm Angels. And the fashionistas nary batted an eye at the first look: a red plaid shirt with jeans and parka made alarming by the black facemask with nails sticking out. The accessory was calmly described as “studded baclavas” in the notes, but if it is any comfort, they are more likely a runway gimmick than a commercial proposition.Tartan and spikes clashed with Western themes and prints of the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic,” as punk clashed with Middle American values.“Palm Angels takes iconic American tropes and puts them out of context, fertilizes them with unexpected insertions, lets them grow and calls the result Neo Classic America,” the brand said in notes.last_img read more

Man stabs elderly father to death

first_imgKolkata: A 74-year-old man was stabbed to death by his son on Wednesday night at Solua near Chinar Park. The accused person, identified as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, was arrested by the officers of Airport police station.The deceased, Suniti Kumar Mukherjee, (74) used reside with his son Sabyasachi in a flat in Solua. On Wednesday, during late night, the building security guard heard someone crying in Room No. 105 of the building. He knocked on the door repeatedly but no one responded. He informed the security in charge who later informed police. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe police found Suniti lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room. He was rushed to a private hospital near Haldirams where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, police came to know that Sabyasachi had stabbed him with a knife over some dispute. Sources informed that relation between father and son was not heathy. Sabyasachi used to work as a teacher with a hotel management institute but was jobless at present. When police went to his flat he was found him in drunken state. He will be produced before the Barasat Court on Friday.last_img read more

Ggn bus route to be extended to Faridabad Delhi and Manesar

first_imgGurugram: In order to further strengthen the public transportation system the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMBCL) that operates Gurugraman is planning to extend the routes to areas South Delhi, Manesar and Faridabad. For this purpose, the public officials have already begun to draw plans of which routes can be more viable to operate on.According to sources if all goes according to plan they may begin the bus services in two to three months. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarLaunched last year there are already 85 buses that are at present plying in different parts of Gurugram. Some of the areas where the buses right now are plying include Palam Vihar, bus stand, MG road and Golf Course road. Not only in new Gurugram but the buses are also moving in older parts of the city. Grievances however have been shared by the citizens that even now Gurugram is not being able to completely meet the needs of last mile connectivity. Moreover, the choice of routes has also been questioned on a continuous basis by the aggrieved citizens. The officials in charge of running the Gurugram bus service however claim that new schemes are now being introduced to increase the awareness among the residents of using the newly launched bus service.last_img read more

Marrakech Ranks the Worlds 6th Tourist Destination

first_imgFez – According to the American website TripAvisor, Marrakech ranks the world’s sixth tourist destination.According to the reviews posted by millions of travelers, Istanbul is the world’s top destination followed by Rome, London, Beijing, Prague.The French capital ranks in 7th place after the Morocco’s top tourist destination. The Moroccan city comes ahead of other prestigious destinations, such as New York (12th), Barcelona (15th), Dubai (17th), Chicago (18th), Sydney (22nd), San Francisco (25th).The American website bases its sixth annual Traveler’s Choice Destination on users’ rankings for hotels, attractions, and restaurants at the destinations over a 12 month-period.Marrakech and Dubai are the only Arab cities include in the ranking.More stories about Marrakech:Marrakesh Ranks Fifth Worldwide for Best Price/Quality in Room Service for the year 2014.Marrakech Biennale attracts world’s best graffiti artists.Moroccan Palais Namaskar, Best Luxury Hotels in Africa for the year 2014.The Palais Namaskar in Marrakech was awarded the world’s Best New Luxury Hotel for the year 2013.Marrakech’s Djemma El-Fna, third most beautiful square in the world for the year 2013.Selman Marrakech awarded best hotel in Africa in 2013.Marrakech: Soon a World Capital Of Cinema.Marrakech Was Rated World’s Ninth Best Christmas Shopping Destination  for the year 2012.Marrakech was selected Best African Destination  for the year 2012.Marrakech was Ranked Fourth in the Top Ten Best Street Food Cities in the world for the year 2012.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Uniforms for Michigan game released

As part of its Rivalry uniform program, Nike has designed a special uniform with cutting-edge fabrics and technologies (37 percent lighter!) to be be worn by the Buckeyes when they play Michigan, November 21, 2009.  This new uniform, inspired by the 1954 National Championship team, are meant to honor Ohio State tradition and accomplishment.  They were officially unveiled Monday at the Newport Music Hall for the Beat Michigan pep rally.  The team will return to wearing their traditional uniforms after the game versus Michigan. read more

Football Ryan Day secures head coaching job until Sept 16

Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne question was on everyone’s mind heading into Ohio State’s Sept. 1 season opener: Who will be the head coach running out of the tunnel alongside the Buckeyes against Oregon State?After a Board of Trustees meeting scheduled to share the findings of the investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer neared its 12th hour of deliberation, the answer arrived at Ryan Day — until Sept. 16. In the statement released announcing Meyer’s absence from the team on Aug. 1, Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation.As a former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both the college and the pro level, this is Day’s first opportunity as the head coach of any football program. However, he becomes the acting head coach of a coaching staff with two former head coaches as coordinators, associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.  Both coordinators bring more experience to the coaching staff than Day has, as they each ran Division I programs for several seasons. However, both coordinators have faced controversy in recent years. In November 2017, Schiano initially was set to become the next head coach at the University of Tennessee after helping the Ohio State defense allow an average of 19 points per game. However, with a history of being a graduate assistant and a secondary coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995, allegations resurfaced about Schiano and fellow assistant coach Jerry Sandusky regarding the latter’s sexual abuse. The Volunteers rescinded their offer, breaking a memorandum of understanding signed by both the university and Schiano. After recording a 26-47 record in six seasons, Wilson was fired as the head coach at Indiana with reports of alleged mistreatment, especially involving injured players. With the stories attached to both Schiano and Wilson, despite the head coaching experience, Day seemed the safer option for a university that was wrapped up in national scrutiny. However, Day’s level of responsibility, even without the change in title, was already increased heading into the 2018 season. After his promotion to the offensive coordinator position in January, Day will lead an offense in the midst of an identity shift: a changing of the guard at quarterback, with redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins taking over for quarterback J.T. Barrett and leading an offense with an established running game and veteran receiving corps. Instead of just the offense, Day has been in charge of Ohio State since the start of fall camp at the beginning of August. Despite the loss of Meyer heading into the season opener against Oregon State, the roster remains the same, with players like Associated Press preseason All-American junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins. For the short term, the team is the same, with the same expectations for the upcoming season: a Big Ten Championship with a significant chance at a College Football Playoff berth. Now, knowing what Meyer’s status is going into the regular season, Day and the rest of the Ohio State football program will now focus on the short term. read more

Benitez – Rondon is available for Southampton game

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Salomon Rondon is fit and available for their game against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.Rondon has been out injured since Newcastle’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace in September.Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just two points after nine matches and Benitez is happy to have nearly his full squad with the return of Rondon.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Rondón is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from (Florian) Lejeune and (Jamie) Sterry,” Benitez told NUFC website.“You can see that we signed (Rondón) as a main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”last_img read more

Klopp blames windy condition for Liverpool defeat

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team struggled with the wind in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Monday night.After seeing his side bow out of the FA Cup in a 2-1 defeat at Wolves, Klopp insisted the weather condition was to their advantage.“Everyone on the pitch struggled with the wind, with controlling the ball, and the first touch was very often not good,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“We lost a lot of balls, they lost a lot of balls. In the end, one of the balls we lost was a counter-attack and they scored the goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We wanted to start the second half with a positive approach, improve a few things, and we scored the goal. Then Neves, with the wind in his back, hit a nice little shot.“Then we hit the crossbar. That was the story of the game. So we brought on Mo [Salah] and Bobby [Firmino] and looked obviously a little bit different.“But the intensity of the last few games gave me the information that it was not possible to play with the front three.”last_img read more

Newspaper Magazines Get Nod as Best Launches

first_imgAmerican Profile was selected because of the breakthrough in marketing strategy that PGA used in introducing a magazine back then to the C and D counties, a market that was ignored for years by this genre of magazines… It became a big hit with the newspapers and in turn with the newspapers’ customers, the readers.  When Relish was launched, it was launched with 6 million circ. (now almost 15 million) and Spry with 9 million circ.  Who in their right mind nowadays launches a new magazine with millions of circ.?  It is for this gutsy move and the rebirth of old channel of distributing magazines that I honored all three titles. Innovation in print at its best.  On a side note, can you imagine the print budget for those magazines, where the majority of new magazines average 70,000 circ.? I was looking over Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni’s report this week on new magazine launches during the first half of 2010 (there were 56, he says) when I clicked through to another of his recent posts—his list of the 25 most notable launches over the last 25 years. Appropriately, 25 magazines made his list.Scrolling through it, Husni has included some of the obvious and most deserving launches, including Men’s Health (1986), Martha Stewart Living (1990), Wired (1993), O the Oprah Magazine (2000) and The Week (2001). With a list of only 25 titles spanning as many years, it’s easy to assume that the larger publishing companies would dominate Husni’s list. And they do. Time Inc. publishes five, Bauer has three, Conde Nast has two, etc.What was somewhat surprising, given the limited number of picks over so many years, was that Husni selected American Profile (launched in 2000), Relish (2006) and Spry (2008)—all three newspaper magazines produced by the Publishing Group of America. I shot Husni an e-mail to find out why more than 10 percent of his list is devoted to these publications. Here’s his response: last_img read more

Glamourcom Sees SocialFocused Redesign

first_imgIn March, Condé Nast’s Glamour magazine reintroduced itself to the world with a redesigned publication. The idea for the redesign, editor-in-chief Cindi Levie told FOLIO: in an interview, came from a need to update the magazine to reflect the desires and personalities of contemporary women.Now in the digital space the brand is looking to do the same, rolling out its newly redesigned website this week with enhanced functionality and avenues for social engagement—a move the magazine says reflects the desires of its target millennial audience.“We’ve seen really rapid growth on social media, both on platforms and as referral traffic back to the site,” says Mike Hofman, digital managing director for the brand. “We started to learn things as we tracked more and more of the social media referrals about how completely obsessed with visuals and rich imagery our readers were. We started to get a sense that the way people browse the Web is changing—as we were going into the relaunch, we knew we wanted the site to be way more visual than it had been before.” Hofman says that Glamour.com has almost doubled its online traffic year-over-year, growing to about 5.5 million monthly unique visitors. The brand’s total social media footprint has also risen to a total 5 million across the major networking platforms.  Glamour tracks the most shared, commented on or liked pieces of content across their various social media sites and used this information during the planning of its site redesign. “We wanted everything to be super sharable so that a real sense of community could be fostered by the site,” says Hofman. “We see this year and this relaunch as a way to signify that we’re a site that competes not just in the magazine category but with digital-native competitors as well.”In addition to social widgets, every image that appears on Glamour.com can be instantly pinned to a Pinterest pin board. Additionally, the brand has begun commissioning original photos, illustrations and infographics specifically for the Web and designed for social media. The site publishes about 70 pieces of new content a day across its seven core channels. “Rich and luxurious images are so important for us and something the magazine has always done well,” says Hofman. “With the refreshing that happened, the visuals in print are so fantastic and dynamic. We wanted to capture that same energy while still being true as a digital product since there are nuances with the two audiences.”SEE ALSO: With Redesign, Glamour Ditches Fashion Title SamenessWhile making the website more social was important, Hofman says the digital infrastructure was also refreshed to support the new image-heavy, socially geared site and its growing mobile audience that now represents 25 percent of all website traffic.“Early on we decided we wanted to do responsive design because our mobile audience is incredibly important to us,” he says. “We wanted to focus on the responsive piece because in the past we felt that the mobile experience was not consistent brand wise or design wise with the desktop experience. From a behind the scenes work-flow perspective, if you made a change on the desktop site you had to go in and manually make those changes on our mobile site. Keeping the two in synch was difficult. As the desktop site became more complex the mobile site felt like a lot of mobile sites do—clean and simple with a string of headlines but not much more than that.”Providing a seamless experience between the desktop and mobile phone was one of Glamour’s biggest challenges, adds Hofman, who says the site was redesigned with HTML5 to provide a cohesive experience. Additionally, when redesigning the site the brand considered its advertisers—now some ads remain stationary on the site even though a user scrolls, giving partners more exposure. Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

Mazda CX9 under NHTSA investigation for randomly deploying airbags

first_img 3 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. 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. 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. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 69 Photos 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Mazda,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. Mazda 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. Tags 0 81 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 71 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Tags 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 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.  74 Photos Post a comment Car Industry 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? More about 2019 Mazda CX-9center_img 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Enlarge ImageAn airbag that deploys randomly can be quite the scary experience, as it’s super loud and shoots a bunch of particulate into the cabin, which is a big ol’ safety risk. Mazda Some recalls can happen after the government receives reports of a problem, investigates that problem and determines a recall is necessary. To that end, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating a potential problem in certain Mazda vehicles.NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2010-2013 Mazda CX-9. It’s unclear how many vehicles are potentially affected, because the vehicle population is listed as “confidential” in the Office of Defects Investigation document explaining the investigation.The side curtain airbags lie at the heart of the matter. According to two complaints and other field reports, both side curtain airbags deployed inadvertently and simultaneously without a crash being involved. One of the complaints alleges that injuries stemmed from the improper airbag deployment. NHTSA will continue to investigate the issue and, if deemed necessary, compel Mazda to issue a recall for every vehicle potentially affected by this alleged defect. If it just happens to be a freak occurrence, the investigation can end without a recall. Mazda can issue a voluntary recall on its own, as well. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 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. 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 RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 68 Photos More From Roadshow 18 Photos 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. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 12 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-9 is the supermodel among three-row, midsize crossover SUVs 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Car Industry SUVs 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. Review • 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Comments Share your voice 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. 49 Photoslast_img read more

Mushfiq visits ailing Muktamoni

first_imgBangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim visits 12-year-old ailing Muktamoni at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital on Saturday. Photo: Collected Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Saturday visited 12-year-old ailing Muktamoni at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital.Muktamoni who has been suffering from a rare skin disease is currently undergoing treatment at the Burn Unit of DMCH.“Don’t worry. You will get well soon. Everyone is with you and praying for you,” Mushfiqur said, boosting the morale of the ailing child. Mushfiqur assured Muktamoni’s father of all-out cooperation for her treatment.Muktamoni recognised Mushfiqur Rahman, exclaiming, “I saw Mushfiq many times on television. I am so happy to have him here with me!”The Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit’s chief coordinator Samanta Lal Sen was present when Mushfiqur visited Muktamoni.Bangladesh’s star cricketer Mushfiq told Samanta Lal that he wants to always stand by such ailing children and persons.Muktamoni, from Satkhira, has been afflicted by the disease mainly on her right arm, the condition leading to her hand swelling up almost like a bee hive.Samanta Lal Sen was optimistic that the girl’s condition could be cured.last_img read more

Google and Imaxs VR Camera Project Canceled EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Google and Imax won’t be building a virtual reality (VR) camera together after all: A joint camera project that the two companies embarked on in 2016 has quietly been canceled, Variety has learned.A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the partnership, but an Imax spokesperson acknowledged that work on the project has stopped, sending Variety the following statement via email.“We’ve currently paused the development of the Imax VR camera while we continue to review the viability of our pilot program,” they said.Imax launched a pilot program for location-based VR in early 2017, opening seven VR centers in big cities around the world. The company recently closed two of those centers, and plans to decide the future of the remaining five locations in the next few months, as Variety reported last week. However, the decision to discontinue the VR camera development was actually made by Google, a source close to the project told Variety. Google pulled the plug on the project late last year as part of an apparent shift of focus toward augmented reality, according to that source.Google and Imax first announced their VR camera partnership in May of 2016. At the time, the two companies said they would jointly develop a cinema-grade VR camera “to enable today’s leading filmmakers and content creators to deliver the highest-quality 3D 360-degree content experiences to audiences worldwide.”The two companies worked collaboratively on the development of the camera, with Imax bringing its experience in designing high-end cameras to the table, and Google contributing its cloud-based stitching solution for VR content dubbed Jump. A total of around 60 people, including contractors, worked on the project, according to our source.Google previously partnered with GoPro and the Chinese camera maker Yi on VR camera development. The most recent result of these collaborations was the Yi Halo, a $20,000 VR camera that captures 3D VR footage with the help of 17 individual action cameras.The Imax VR camera has been described to Variety as a lot more ambitious, capturing a more immersive 3D experience. Signs that the partnership may have ended first surfaced when Imax included a mention of a “final contractual payment owed to Imax related to the previously announced Imax VR camera” in its most recent earnings report.Google has in recent months been putting more of an emphasis on augmented reality apps and experiences available to tens of millions of Android users. However, the search giant hasn’t completely given up on next-generation filmmaking technologies. For instance, Google researchers demonstrated advanced light-field photo and video capture technologies at the Siggraph conference in Vancouver last week. Google also hired a number of staffers of the now-defunct light-field camera maker Lytro in March.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

RedHat contributes etcd a distributed keyvalue store project to the Cloud Native

first_imgYesterday, at the ongoing KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018, RedHat announced its contribution towards etcd, an open source project and its acceptance into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Red Hat is participating in developing etcd, as a part of the enterprise Kubernetes product, Red Hat OpenShift. etcd is an open source, distributed, consistent key-value store for service discovery, shared configuration, and scheduler coordination. It is a core component of software that comes with safer automatic updates and it also sets up overlay networking for containers. The CoreOS team created etcd in 2013 and the Red Hat engineers maintained it by working alongside a team of professionals from across the industry. The etcd project focuses on safely storing critical data of a distributed system and demonstrating its quality. It is also the primary data store for Kubernetes. It uses the Raft consensus algorithm for replicated logs. With etcd, applications can maintain more consistent uptime and work smoothly even when the individual servers are failing. Etcd is progressing and it already has 157 releases with etcd v3.3.10 being the latest one that got released just two month ago. etcd is designed as a consistency store across environments including public cloud, hybrid cloud and bare metal. Where is etcd used? Kubernetes clusters use etcd as their primary data store. Red Hat OpenShift customers and Kubernetes users benefit from the community work on the etcd project. It is also used by communities and users like Uber, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Red Hat. etcd will be under Linux Foundation and the domains and accounts will be managed by CNCF. The community of etcd maintainers, including Red Hat, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Amazon, etc, won’t be changed. The project will continue to focus on the communities that depend on it. Red Hat will continue extending etcd with the etcd Operator in order to bring more security and operational ease. It will enable users to easily configure and manage etcd by using a declarative configuration that creates, configures, and manages etcd clusters. Read more about this news on RedHat’s official blog. Read Next RedHat shares what to expect from next week’s first-ever DNSSEC root key rollover Google, IBM, RedHat and others launch Istio 1.0 service mesh for microservices What Google, RedHat, Oracle, and others announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018last_img read more

Interjet promo slashes fares by as much as 70

first_imgInterjet promo slashes fares by as much as 70% Share Tags: Interjet, Mexico City MEXICO CITY — Interjet Airlines is offering special limited-time autumn fares for flights between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, available for purchase until Oct. 21, 2018.The fares, valid for travel until March 31, 2019, offer discounts of up to 70% off regular ticket prices to most international and domestic destinations Interjet serves.“It’s autumn and leaves are falling. So we decided to offer ‘falling fares’ as a thank you to our customers for their loyalty and continued support,” said Julio Gamero, Interjet’s Commercial Executive Director. “These lower fares will also incentivize more leisure and business travellers to experience our unique brand of lower fares with free checked bags with certain fares, more legroom between seats, and our great service that has been embraced everywhere we fly.”Based in Mexico City, Interjet carries more than 12 million passengers annually within Mexico and between Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and South America. It was recently honoured at Skytrax’s World Airline Awards with ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in Mexico’ and ‘Best Cabin Crew in Mexico’.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor more information on this promotion go to interjet.com. Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterClick here to view the full infographicTo mark International Women’s Day 2019, Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold have released a new infographic showcasing the State of Women in Travel.The graphic shows that 57% of travellers with the companies are women, and they are at the core of everything the company does. Aiming to break tradition and pave the way for female empowerment, 70% of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold’s overall workforce are female, and nearly two-thirds hold leadership positions.“Our global executive team consists of outstanding professionals, more than half of which are women. We will always hire for talent and the right cultural fit to ensure we have the best possible team and I love seeing how over the last few years, more women are putting themselves forward for senior leadership positions and excelling in their roles,” says Insight Vacations/Luxury Gold CEO Ulla Hefel Bohler.Women in leadership positions have jumped from 17% only five years ago to now account for 64%, an increase of nearly 75%.Insight Vacations’ Travel Director for Spain and Portugal, Sara Tuppen Veloso explains how she ended up in her position today.If you were to speak with other Travel Directors, it would quickly become obvious that there is no direct path to this career. I grew up enchanted by their travel stories. In my teens, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany. Upon completion of my university degree, I attempted to follow a ‘normal’ path by securing a job translating and editing for a large international accounting firm. Within one year there, however, it became apparent that working in an office was not for me. During the job search that followed this revelation, a European coach holiday company, Contiki Holidays, was brought to my attention. I secured a job with Contiki Europe, which I thought would be a short stint to fill the gap between so-called serious career decisions but, nearly ten years later, I am still in this industry (working for Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold now). That spontaneous step into a new career in a new country is one of the best choices I have made. I love the work that I do.Insight Vacations’ Sara Tuppen Veloso leads a journeyIn brief, describe a day in your life on the job.Usually, from 7am to 9pm every day, my day is packed with activity, communication, preparation and paperwork. I meet the group at breakfast and am available to our guests all day, whether it is to answer questions, provide commentary on history or culture, offer assistance or simply chat. At the same time, I am continually busy with the organisational side of the trip, communicating with hotels, restaurants, drivers and local experts, preparing information for guests and managing the trip accounts.How do think Insight Vacations (IV) and Luxury Gold (LG) support women and their growth in the company?Being a Travel Director necessitates extended periods away from home, and IV & LG work with their Travel Directors to ensure a work-life balance. When my daughter was still very young, the company recognised my need to have a certain number of days at home between trips to care for my family, which meant that I could maintain my career and ensure the health and security of my home life. Ulla is an exceptional example for us, too: a woman with a family and successful career who is clearly attuned to the needs of her team.What makes working for IV or LG special to you?The heart of everything I do is providing the best service to our guests, and I know that IV and LG share this mindset. I love a challenge and hold myself to a very high standard. Working for IV and LG means that I am continually pushed to perform at an elevated level of excellence. I wouldn’t want to work for any lower expectations.How do you feel you directly contribute to travellers’ lives and experiences while travelling?Our guests are always the number-one priority. From grand gestures of providing the group with a local flourish to the smaller details of remembering everyone’s name, everything I do is with the guest in mind. Travel is an experience with life-changing potential, the effects of which carry on long after a trip has ended. Travelling isn’t easy, which is why I place importance on my organisation to reassure guests that they are cared for, and on my cheer; a smile or a chuckle can be the difference between a good and a great day, and my interactions are aimed at producing exactly that.Can you describe a defining moment in your career with IV and LG?I had a couple travelling with their daughter and grandson on a Country Roads of Portugal trip in 2016. The gentleman was a first-generation American of a Portuguese family and, after being diagnosed with cancer, he and his family decided to visit Portugal for the first time; this was to be a special trip for all. They expressed interest in travelling to their ancestors’ hometown, which did not feature on the official trip itinerary. Calling local contacts, I was able to help them hire a private guide who would drive them to the town and guide them through. Privately, I contacted the Archives Office of the town and enquired after the family line. As all the family had emigrated from Portugal, no living members were present in the town, so I asked about the family plot in the town’s cemetery. I was able to give to the family the exact location of all their ancestors from this town in the municipal cemetery. During their visit, the local guide brought them there. The family was able to stand among their ancestors and learn about hundreds of years of family history through this. The gratitude that they expressed remains with me, years after.What has been your favourite day on the job or your most memorable moment?My favourite experiences with guests are the Celebration Dinners that occur on the last night of the trip. No matter where we are, having this opportunity to celebrate our new friends and experiences is, for me, always a highlight. We reflect on the great times we have shared over the preceding days, speeches and toasts are made, and the restaurants Insight Vacations chooses for these meals often represent the culinary climax of the trip. As a Travel Director (TD), the Celebration Dinner is an evening when I can look around at a room full of smiling, satisfied faces, and feel truly fulfilled in my work.Why do you think more solo female travellers are choosing IV and LG journeys and what advice would you give female travellers when they’re travelling on their own?The level of comfort and ease with which they can travel when booking with IV and LG plays a significant role in their choice. In my experience, solo travellers tend to be interested in the social aspect of group travel. Smaller groups mean guests have a better opportunity to connect with their fellow travellers, and the Travel Director has more time to provide personalised service. With a good balance of included events and time at leisure, solo female travellers can get to know a city through the local experts and included activities before further exploring on their own or with new friends. With all the services IV & LG provide, our guests can have a worry-free, dynamic and fun travel experience, whether travelling solo or otherwise. My advice to solo female travellers engaging in group travel is to not hold back in interacting with fellow travellers and the travel director.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

The pay TV industry is due to face a period of un

first_imgThe pay TV industry is due to face a period of “unprecedented global change”, according to Nagra’s latest Pay TV Innovation Forum report.The study, produced in partnership with research consultancy MTM, found that 82% of polled industry executives agreed that competition in the pay TV industry is set to increase over the next five years.Some 71% said they believe that service providers will struggle to grow their businesses during the same period.Three “key disruptive challenges” that were identified by the report were: the rise of cheaper OTT services; changing consumer behaviour and demand; and the rise of content piracy.Two thirds of executives agreed that competition from SVOD services will have a negative impact on pay TV, with the same proportion predicting a new wave of mobile-first services to cater to evolving viewing habits.At 85%, the vast majority of executives agreed that, in order to grow, pay TV service providers will have to “innovate strongly” over the next five years – up from 78% in 2016.Some 74% considered innovation to be a top strategic priority, while 64% said they believed delivering standalone OTT services to be a commercially attractive area and opportunity.“This research shows that while external pressures are intensifying, the pay TV industry still has a strong competitive edge in delivering   video entertainment services,” said Jon Watts, managing partner at MTM.“In this period of change and disruption, those service providers that are prepared and willing to innovate by deploying new pricing models, technology partnerships and improved user experience will be successful in meeting quickly evolving consumer demand.”Nagra’s Pay TV Innovation Forum covers 42 countries across four regions – Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.The study ran from March to September 2017 and the report was put together from analysis of pay TV service provider product and service portfolios, and interviews and surveys with leading industry participants.Access the full report by clicking here.last_img read more