Canadian Family Entertainment Mogul Michael Hirsh to be Honoured with 2016 Animation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Dubbed “the Father of the Canadian animation industry”, entertainment mogul Michael Hirsh today will be celebrated for his achievements and contributions to the global animation industry, receiving a 2016 Animation Hall of Fame Award at World Animation & VFX Summit Gala. He will be honoured on November 1, 2016 at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California.The Gala will bring together other distinguished recipients, Cartoon Network’s founding president Betty Cohen, ‘Fairly Odd Parents‘ creator Butch Hartman, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight, VFX visionary Ellen Poon, and Cyber Group Studios chairman & CEO Pierre Sissmann.“I am honoured to join Betty, Butch, Travis, Ellen and Pierre with this recognition who have contributed immensely to our industry. It’s with much gratitude I receive this award, and an honour to be part of this great rewarding and challenging industry which is now enjoying a new ‘Golden Age’ with more exciting things to come,” says Michael Hirsh, recipient, CEO of WOW! Unlimited. The award comes on the heels of the announcement that Michael Hirsh will be taking the role of CEO for the newly formed WOW! Unlimited Media Inc., which is positioned to become the definitive next generation global kids and youth entertainment media company. Michael is joined by a team of proven entertainment executives, Fred Seibert, Bob Ezrin and Neil Chakravarti, who have collaborated to create the next industry disruptor.“It is an absolute pleasure to present this award to an industry figure and long time friend that we hold in such high regard. We have witnessed Michael’s unwavering reputation as one of the most exceptional professionals in global animation and his career continues to exceed the expectations for an Animation Hall of Fame inductee,” noted Jean Thoren, President and Publisher of Animation Magazine.Michael’s award will be present by long time collaborator and colleague, Toper Taylor. Toper is the CEO of Media Disrupted Inc., and concurrently President of Network of One, a YouTube focused data science, technology and content aggregation business in Culver City, California.Taylor of Media Disrupted Inc. stated: “Michael Hirsh lifted the animation business to extraordinary heights in his 40 year career, building two evergreen businesses, Nelvana (Corus) and Cookie Jar (DHX) and now is ready to spring from the launch pad of his third endeavor, ‘Wow’.  His impact is global and positively affected the creative community, shareholders, broadcasters, publishers, licensors and tens of thousands of employees who can thank Michael for launching their careers and a long list of hit brands.  With great joy and deep respect, I am presenting this award to my long-time partner and close friend, Michael Hirsh.”Michael Hirsh is considered the Canadian product of mixing Warren Buffett with Walt Disney. An innovator in the realm of animated children’s entertainment, Michael’s illustrious career is a testament to his undeniable ability to foresee industry trends and create the best in animated programming.  Programming that includes Franklin, Rolie Polie Olie, The Care Bears, Babar, Rupert, Beyblade and The Adventures of Tintin. He is recognized industry wide as a leading business and brand builder and his achievements have shaped today’s era in animation production and distribution in Canada and internationally. Michael is the co-founder of Nelvana Limited,Cookie Jar Entertainment, TeleTOON Canada, and was Executive Chairman of DHX Media. He is currently Chairman of The Entertainment and Finance Group (TEAM), Chairman of CineCoup, and now CEO of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.The fifth annual summit and gala will bring together the most high profile creators and decision makers in the animation and VFX industry to celebrate the careers of these award winners, and participate in the innovative panel discussions and networking events that the summit offers. Michael presented a master class at last year’s World Animation & VFX Summit where he approached the animation industry from a business point of view, with considerations of the current period of disintermediation and disruption in the industry. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Exhusband on trial for killing PIO in arrow attack in Britain

first_imgLondon: A heavily pregnant Indian-origin woman was shot dead with an arrow allegedly by her jealous ex-husband in a “deliberate and calculated act of revenge” last November at her east London home, a UK court was told. According to prosecutors, 51-year-old Indian-origin Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, armed with two crossbows, burst out of the garden shed at a suburban home in Ilford area of east London, and shot arrows at his ex-wife Devi Unmathallegadoo as she tried to flee upstairs. The 35-year-old Devi, also known as Sana Muhammad after she converted to Islam to marry Imtiaz Muhammad, died of internal injuries after the attack. The arranged marriage of Devi and Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo ended in divorce in 2014, after which the woman went on to marry Imtiaz. She had three children, aged 18, 14 and 12, with Ramanodge and two young girls, aged five and two, with Muhammad. Her unborn baby was later rescued by doctors in an emergency Caesarean operation following the attack. Ramanodge, who had been arrested and charged soon after the attack, denies the murder and attempted destruction of the unborn child as his trial got underway at the Old Bailey court in London this week. “This was a quite deliberate and calculated act of revenge on his part intended to cause at the very least the death of Devi and the extinction of the child she carried,” Prosecutor Peter Wright told the jury on Tuesday. At the time of the attack in November last year, neighbours heard Imtiaz screaming for help outside the house and described seeing a 30-cm-long crossbow being carried out of the home by police officers as evidence. It emerged in court that the accused had gathered a cache of weapons and tools in preparation for the attack, including two new crossbows, bolts, a hammer, a knife in a homemade sheath, cable ties and duct tape. The prosecution claims that Ramanodge, a former hospital site manager, planned to restrain his ex-wife and her husband and then kill them and their unborn child. However, he was disturbed when Imtiaz took a box to store in the shed and discovered his hiding spot which ended in him running into the house, the jury was told. “Imtiaz saw the defendant, who was at the bottom of the stairs, shoot Devi who was halfway up the stairs. The effect on her was immediate and she fell to the floor, said Wright. The court heard that after the attacker was restrained and disarmed by two of his older children, he told them: “It would have been easier if you guys weren’t here, like I would have done it.” Ramanodge later claimed he had shot his former wife by accident and had intended to kill only Imtiaz. However, the prosecution claims that the evidence will show that that his ex-wife was the “principal target”. The trial is ongoing and expected to conclude in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Population issues key to fighting poverty other ills in Asia UNbacked forum

In the three-day review of progress since the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) held in Bangkok in 2002, experts concluded that its plan of Action on Population and Poverty is needed more than ever in light of the global economic crisis and its likely impact on the poor.Hundreds of millions have been left behind despite the progress made in the fight against poverty over the past few decades, with a quarter of a million women, mostly poor, dying each year in the region as a result of failing maternal health services.Without swift action, there is little hope of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to reduce extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015, according to a press release by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).“The strategies and actions planned to achieve the population goals are crucial for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Director of the UN Social Development Division, Thelma Kay, told the meeting.“The goals are too important and their implications too far-reaching for the well-being of humanity to be disputed or neglected – especially now that the global economic crisis threatens to unravel much of the progress accomplished,” Ms. Kay added.The expert meeting, convened by the ESCAP in collaboration with UNFPA, called for the integration of population concerns and women’s empowerment in the broader development agenda. Participants also stressed that health systems must be strengthened to ensure universal access to reproductive health services including family planning, with no discrimination against adolescents. In addition, they called for HIV prevention efforts that reach groups most at risk of infection, more resources and better data to address gender inequality and marginalized populations, as well as viable social security systems for the elderly. More regional reviews were proposed on the implementation of the 2002 Bangkok recommendations, which were based on the Programme of Action adopted by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.“Evidence-based advocacy and partnerships are essential in this process,” said G. Giridhar, Special Adviser in the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of UNFPA. 5 February 2009Population policy, reproductive health and gender equality remain central to reducing poverty in the Asia and the Pacific region despite recent economic growth, specialists agreed at a conference convened by United Nations agencies in Bangkok this week. read more

Ohio State running back Rod Smith dismissed from team

Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening.The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa.Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors.An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team.Smith did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Syria rebels fight for police academy near Aleppo

first_imgREBELS BACKED BY captured tanks launched a fresh offensive on a government complex housing a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo today, prompting the government to respond with airstrikes to try to protect the strategic installation.SetbackIf rebels capture the complex on the outskirts of Aleppo, it would mark another setback for President Bashar Assad’s regime. In recent weeks, the regime has lost control of key infrastructure in the northeast including a hydroelectric dam, a major oil field and two army bases along the road linking Aleppo with the airport to its east.Rebels also have been hitting the heart of Damascus with occasional mortars shells or bombings.Yesterday, opposition fighters in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour overran a site known as al-Kibar, which was home to what is believed to have been a partly built nuclear reactor that Israeli warplanes bombed in 2007.A year after the strike, the UN nuclear watchdog determined that the destroyed building’s size and structure fit specifications of a nuclear reactor. Syria never stated the purpose of the site.Rebels have been trying for months to storm the government complex west of Aleppo in the suburb of Khan al-Asal, according to Rami Abdul-Rahman, the director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The facility also includes several smaller army outposts charged with protecting the police academy inside the compound.Aleppo has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of Syria’s nearly 2-year-old conflict.Rebels have been trying for weeks to capture Aleppo’s International Airport. There were no reports of fighting for the airport today, but there have been battles around a section of the highway the army has been using to transport troops and supplies to a military base within the airport complex.Photographer deathAlso today, a French freelance photographer Olivier Voisin, who was wounded on Thursday in Syria and taken to Turkey for treatment, died of his wounds at an Istanbul hospital, the French Foreign Ministry said.Voisin is the second French journalist this year to be killed while reporting on Syria’s civil war, which has proven to be one of the most dangerous conflicts for reporters to cover.Read: Navan teenager killed in Syria after joining rebels>last_img read more

I didnt do anything wrong Meath man protests auction of family business

first_imgTom O’Reilly outside the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin where the distressed property auction was taking place (© Michelle Hennessy/ FATHER OF five from Navan, Co Meath, staged a protest in Dublin today against the sale of his family business which he set up over 20 years ago.Tom O’Reilly’s engineering business property was taken from him by receivers around two years ago after he built up €600,000 in bad debt. Speaking to at the protest, which was staged outside an auction Shelbourne Hotel, O’Reilly said he struggled to get clients to pay the business for services and eventually the debt became overwhelming.The property was due to be auctioned at a distressed property sale by Allsop today but it was delayed at the last minute.“We only had one business, that’s all we have, and I started it from scratch 20 years ago,” he said. “I’ve been left in a lot of trouble, the bank is on our backs now and I didn’t do anything wrong.”( the height of the boom, the property was worth €1.4 million and it will now be auctioned off for around €50,000.“I spent €70,000 on the wiring alone in that place and pumped a lot of money into it, everything I had,” O’Reilly said. (Image: Paul Hyland)At the protest of around 12 people today, O’Reilly was supported by people from his community who praised him for his efforts in fundraising and organising events for his local area. The engineering business employed around 50 people from the the area and protesters said the loss has impacted on the entire community.His sister and two of his daughters were also at the protest and spoke of the stress that losing the business has put on the entire family.“It’s had a huge effect on my dad, he built that business up for over 20 years,” Emma Mangon said. “He started in a recession and has finished in a recession and he’s normally a very positive, upbeat person but he’s fed up with us just lying down and taking it.Tom pictured with his two daughters Melissa (left) and Emma (right) (© Michelle Hennessy/ O’Reilly, who worked with her father in the business for the last six years and has had to move back home since it collapsed, said her father always planned to pass on the business to the next generation in the family.“We’re trying to be as positive as well can but it’s not easy when you have the government, the bankers, builders, developers and contractors, each and every one of them taking their turn and taking a little piece from you and we’re left with very, very little.”O’Reilly said his protest was not just about himself or his own family and that he wanted to “start a movement for ordinary people to stand up for themselves”.He called on the government to introduce legislation to protect small business people instead of laws “in favour of big businesses”.last_img read more

State budget deal relies on massive education cuts

first_imgBudget deal already faces legal threatLocal lawmakers split on workers’ comp dealProbst education bills receive some fundingOLYMPIA — A tentative agreement to fill Washington state’s $5 billion budget shortfall relies largely on massive cuts to education, including reductions in teacher pay and dramatic increases in university tuition.Negotiators announced the plan Tuesday in a somber news conference, saying they sought to make the painful reductions as responsibly as they could. With new taxes essentially off the table due to an initiative voters approved last year, the $32 billion plan for the next two years includes $4.6 billion in spending cutbacks.“There were sacrifices made in every single part of services provided by state government,” said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle.Education suffered the most, accounting for roughly half of all cuts.Teachers, who have already had salaries trimmed when lawmakers decreased paid training days, face another 1.9 percent decrease while other K-12 employees could get a 3 percent reduction. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years and come even though the pay for legislators will remain steady.Repeating savings from the last budget, the Legislature is looking to suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, which would save another $300 million. They’ve also barred any provisions to catch up on delayed adjustments in future years.The biggest budget shift, totaling more than $1 billion, comes from suspending programs designed to keep class sizes low.Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association, said she was disappointed by the spending plan and argued that the state needs to identify a new source of revenue to sustain schools. She had feared such cuts after voters approved I-1053 in November, requiring the Legislature to have a two-thirds majority to pass tax increases.last_img read more

Richard Branson buys Hard Rock Hotel Casino Las Vegas

first_img Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors RelatedPosts The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be renovated and rebranded Virgin Hotels Las Vegas after it was purchased by billionaire Richard Branson last week.A partnership with Los Angeles-based investment firm Juniper Capital Partners and others, Branson has promised to completely reimagine the 1,500-room property which will retain the Hard Rock name until renovations are complete in late 2019. Load More It will then assume the Virgin Hotels name as one of a number of Virgin hotels planned for launch across the country in cities including New York, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville, Washington DC, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and more.Explaining his vision for Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Branson told Associated Press that, “Virgin is all about fun, entertainment, not taking ourselves too seriously.“Virgin Atlantic has had a lot of fun flying tons of people to Las Vegas from Britain for many years. Virgin America has done the same and we wouldn’t have just come to Las Vegas unless we could’ve found the property that was very Virgin, and I think that’s what we’ve achieved.”He added that Hard Rock’s iconic guitar “may not survive … but we have a giant ‘V’, which is sort of guitar-shaped, which may take over.”The Hard Rock casino will be retained and managed by a partner with Branson promising to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” into the property. It is not yet known which non-gaming features will be retained.last_img read more

Epicurious Slate Win ASMEs General Excellence Digital Ellie Awards

first_imgThe American Society of Magazine editors today unveiled the winners of its second-ever Digital Ellies awards. Conde Nast’s Epicurious took the General Excellence award for the Digital Media, Service and Lifestyle category as well as top honors in the category of Interactive Tool. Slate took the General Excellence award in the Digital Media, News and Opinion category. The awards were handed out in conjunction with the Magazine Publisher’s of America’s “MPA: Digital E-Reading” conference.Ten other magazines took Digital Ellies, including Esquire for Best Mobile Edition, The New York Times Magazine for Best Design, Digital Media and for Best Photography.Some smaller brands also received top honors, including Poetry magazine for Podcasting, The Oxford American for Video and Virginia Quarterly Review for Multimedia Package. Thirty-nine titles were nominated for the 2011 Digital Ellies, including nine online-only titles such as Chow, CNET, The Daily Beast,,, Salon, Slate, Tablet magazine and Yale Environment 360. Click here for a complete list of winnerslast_img read more

Congress Moves on Spending Bills – in Different Directions

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Senate is planning votes on two competing spending plans Thursday. One would fund the FY 2018 spending bills and reopen the government; the second would also include funding President Trump wants for a border wall, along with other provisions he outlined in a Saturday address.Neither plan is expected to get the 60 votes needed for passage.The House, meanwhile, plans to once again pass clean versions of the fiscal year 2018 spending bills that have not been approved. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said Democrats will not negotiate on immigration until those are passed and the government is re-opened.The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four Game

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Wildcat Band Parents and Friends Association are raffling off a Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four Game.Hand crafted by WHS Band Parent Doug Moore, this game would make a great addition to your game room, a family fun night, or a backyard barbecue.Raffle tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10. To purchase tickets, visit the Band Parents Table at WHS home football games or email the Band Parents at raffle drawing will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019.Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameA Wildcat Connect Four PieceLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off Limbo Game KitIn “Community”Wilmington Band Parents Raffling Off Pair Of Great Red Sox TicketsIn “Community”WHS Band Parents Raffling Off A Custom Wilmington Wildcat Cornhole SetIn “Community”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. 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 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 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

Petersburg inmate caught by police

first_imgPetersburg Police have apprehended an inmate who escaped from the Petersburg jail Friday morning.Jacob Sturgeon (Photo courtesy of the Petersburg Police Department)Police chief Kelly Swihart says officers arrested 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon of Petersburg just before 4 p.m. Friday in a shed behind a home on Lumber Street near downtown Petersburg. Swihart says Sturgeon was on the second floor of that shed and officers used pepper spray to get him to come out and give himself up. Swihart says Sturgeon was carrying a knife but gave himself up without incident.“Yeah I wanted to say that I really appreciate the public being involved and calling in their information, ultimately helped us out and lead to his arrest. It was a pretty challenging situation at times but I do think it turned out as well as it could. We were able to take him into custody without too much of a disturbance. None of the good guys were hurt. Sturgeon was not hurt. And we were able to maintain all our equipment and not have any breakages there, so overall pretty challenging but I think it turned out as well as it could.”Sturgeon escaped from the jail building after a bail hearing Friday morning. He attended that hearing on the telephone from the Petersburg jail. Police say he escaped out the back door of the jail when an officer was moving him back into his primary cell after that hearing. The officer chased Sturgeon into the Hammer Slough area where he disappeared. KFSK heard reports of Sturgeon coming up Hammer Slough and running past the borough’s public works shop, shedding his prison shirt and shoes.Petersburg schools and other public buildings were locked down Friday. Students did not have classes at the middle and high school today but did at the elementary school and that building went into a lockdown Friday morning. School superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter was in Wrangell with high school basketball teams Friday but was checking in with the schools principals in Petersburg throughout the day.“There was no specific information that he was coming towards the school and actually I don’t believe anybody ever had any sighting near the school. But we just felt it was best because it was such an unpredictable situation that it was just best to just kind of take some extra precaution here. The kids all know how to do that, staff does, everybody just went into that mode and just stayed calm and continued on with the day.”The elementary school also cancelled bussing in the afternoon and had parents pick up their children as an additional precaution.  A middle school wrestling tournament involving kids from several other Southeast towns was still going forward Friday afternoon.Petersburg’s hospital building and community gym were also locked down.Police initially attempted to arrest Sturgeon on Friday, February 5th at a residence on Lumber Street following a report of an assault. Sturgeon allegedly pushed down an officer and ran into the wooded area behind Lumber Street.Officers found a handgun on the trail where they were chasing him. They believe Sturgeon dropped the gun but have been unable to confirm that yet. Sturgeon was later arrested on two counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest. Sturgeon’s bail was set at $500 in that case, despite an unsuccessful request  by his attorney to reduce the bail amount Friday morning.Sturgeon is likely facing additional charges and a higher bail amount with the latest escape.last_img read more

Gottlieb Coach Cal not getting it done with oneanddones

first_imgThe Giants hold the key to the draft with the 2nd pickThe Browns seem destined to take USC’s Sam Darnold, and Doug thinks the Giants will dictate the draft based on what they do with the second pick.The Giants can either take a quarterback to replace Eli Manning, trade out and accumulate picks, or take non QB like Saquon Barkley. Whatever they do will create a domino effect for the rest of the first round plays out. Doug Gottlieb in for Colin:Coach Cal not getting it done with one-and-donesJohn Calipari was heralded as a college basketball revolutionary for fully embracing the one-and-done era and turning Kentucky into the glamour destination for top high school prospects, but after getting bounced in the Sweet 16 by Kansas State, the shine is wearing off.For all their talent, Kentucky has now only made one Final Four since 2012. Doug thinks Calipari has a problem. Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talks the Kawhi Leonard/San Antonio drama; if Kyrie’s knee injury will cost him the season; and why the Raptors won’t win without a true superstar.Aaron Torres – College Basketball Writer for The Athletic is in-studio talking Kentucky’s loss to K-State; why traditional college basketball powers are struggling; and why Marvin Bagley should go #1 in the draft.T.J Houshmandzadeh – Former Bengals Pro Bowl Wide Receiver is in-studio to explain why every team needs a balance of different personalities in the locker room.center_img Also:– The Grizzlies ‘Process’ is embarrasinglast_img read more

How to Keep Your Tax Returns Safe from Hackers

first_imgMore than 27 million taxpayers already have filed their taxes for 2013 from home computers, a process known as e-filing. As of this week, that’s up 6 percent from 2012.But the convenience of electronic filing also allows cybercriminals to file fraudulent tax returns–undetected–to the tune of $3.6 billion for tax year 2011, according to the most recent review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.Here’s how to protect yourself when electronically filing taxes, according tocybersecurity experts CNBC interviewed.Is that email really from the IRS?A key strategy for fraudsters is to contact individuals via email, and to pretend to be the Internal Revenue Service, said Roel Schouwenberg, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, which provides Internet security products and services. This is known as phishing. Unsuspecting users then click on links that allow malware to be downloaded on to computers.Mustafa Rassiwala, a cybersecurity expert, said the suspicious emails can appear like legitimate requests for information.” ‘We have some problems with your account and I need to get access to your Social Security number, and your address’ … a lot of consumers unknowingly hand over this information,” said Rassiwala, senior director of product management at cybersecurity company ThreatMetrix, which specializes is user authentication.To clarify, the IRS will never send you any electronic communication, including emails and text messages, which ask for personal information. The IRS also advises if you get a suspicious email, you should not reply, click on links or open attachments. Instead, report suspicious emails to the IRS by forwarding them to your personal informationBeyond diving into suspicious-looking emails, there are additional steps you can take to protect personal information and prevent fraud.For example, taxpayers should use a different password for tax filing than passwords to access other online accounts, Rassiwala said.Don’t file your taxes at public places including Starbucks. While many cafes offer free Wi-Fi, the connection could be intercepted by cybercriminals, according to Rassiwala. Instead, only file taxes from your home network, said Kaspersky Lab’s Schouwenberg.Also beware of social networking sites, where cybercriminals also lurk. “Now it’s all about cybercriminals sitting in the comforts of their home and collecting this information that’s freely available on social media sites,” Rassiwala said. For example, if a cybercriminal sees children in your profile picture, they know to file for dependents if they’re purporting to be you.Watch out for cyberbreachesFraudulent e-filing is part of a broader problem of identity theft, which is growing. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, more than 624 million records of personal information have been stolen since it began keeping track in 2005. This includes recent, high-profile breaches at Target, Sony and Living Social, an online deal site. Cybercriminals collect personal information–Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of birth–to file fraudulent tax returns.Compounding the problem of data breaches, the IRS may have trouble authenticating users, Rassiwala said.But in an email to CNBC, the IRS said processing improvements have been implemented for the current filing season.The silver liningE-filing taxes isn’t all bad news. Unlike traditional paper filing, cyberthieves can leave behind digital clues for investigators when filing online. Digital records, for example, can telegraph Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses associated with computers and other devices.Said Rassiwala, “If you have a user who is filing with the home address supposedly based in Florida and your IP address is coming from somewhere outside the United States, especially from countries that have been known to have fraudulent activities in the past, that should raise a red flag.”If you believe you are the victim of identity theft contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490, extension 245. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on CNBC March 20, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min readlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A rookie class may not always immediately impact an NFL team, but drafting well can often plug a few holes.In the case of the Arizona Cardinals, selecting defensive players with their first two picks will act as a patchwork for a defense that notably lost veterans Calais Campbell, Tony Jefferson, Marcus Cooper, D.J. Swearinger and Kevin Minter. While that’s a lot of production for two rookies — linebacker Haason Reddick and safety Budda Baker — to replace, their presence at least quells some concerns about the defense dropping off from 2016. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Where does Arizona stand in terms of its roster makeup heading into 2017?For ESPN, Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz released his post-draft projection for the upcoming season and predicts the Cardinals will finish 9-7, second in the NFC West and in the playoffs as the top NFC Wild Card squad.We’ve tempered our offensive projection for Arizona since our April forecast after comparing Carson Palmer’s recent history to other quarterbacks who had one big season in their 30s. Nevertheless, Arizona should have a top defense and the offense should rebound a little bit and be at least average.Schatz says history shows draft picks on the defensive side of the ball generally make a greater impact than offensive rookies. On that note, the Cardinals’ Reddick and Baker certainly played a positive part in Football Outsiders’ projections if they believe the Arizona defense can remain a team strength despite it losing the most defensive snaps in free agency of any NFL team.Elsewhere in the Cardinals’ division, the projections have the Seattle Seahawks running away with the NFC West with an 11-5 record and the Los Angeles Rams improving to close the year just behind Arizona at 8-8. Arizona Cardinals’ first-round draft pick Haason Reddick waits to speak while being introduced at the teams’ training facility, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Reddick was the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The San Francisco 49ers finish dead last in the NFC with a 5-11 record, the analysis predicts.last_img read more

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Burglary nets €70000 in cash and valuables

first_imgPolice are investigating the theft of some €70,000 from a residence in the village of Kouklia, Paphos district.Authorities were alerted to the theft by a British national, who is the friend of the person whose residence was apparently burgled.The theft is believed to have taken place between April 9 and 12.Police arriving on the scene discovered that a small safety deposit box had been breached, and that around €70,000 in cash and various items of value had been stolen.The owner of the house is currently abroad.You May LikeOnline MBA | Search AdsOnline MBA: Get a Quick Online QuoteOnline MBA | Search AdsUndoTop Womens MagThe Normal Life Of Game Of Thrones StarsTop Womens MagUndoUniversityFoxLow Budget Movies That Made MillionsUniversityFoxUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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