Kashmiri separatist leaders received funds from abroad utilised for personal gains

first_imgNew Delhi: The NIA has alleged that its probe into terror financing in Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that hardline separatist leaders received funds from abroad and utilised them for personal gains — from amassing properties to paying for foreign education of their kin.The agency has interrogated several top leaders of Hurriyat Conference and other organisations and claimed that they had confessed to receiving funds from Pakistan to fuel separatist sentiments among the people of Kashmir Valley. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIn a statement issued Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the firebrand leader of Duktaran-e-Milat, Asiya Andrabi, was grilled by it about the educational expenses of her son in Malaysia incurred by Zahoor Watali, who was arrested in a terror funding case. “During interrogation, Asiya Andrabi admitted that she had been collecting funds and donations from foreign sources and Duktaran-e-Milat had been organising protests by Muslim women in the valley,” it claimed. The NIA has already approached the relevant authorities for providing evidence relating to certain bank accounts used by Asiya Andrabi’s son Mohammad bin Qasim while he was in the university, it said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahAnother hardline separatist leader, Shabbir Shah, had to face some tough time when he was confronted about his businesses, including a hotel in Pahalgam which is allegedly funded through foreign funds received by him from Pakistan, the statement said. “During the custodial interrogation, Shabir Shah was confronted with evidence relating to transfer of money by Pakistan-based agents and representatives of APHC (All Parties Hurriyat Conference) factions to parties affiliated to Hurriyat in J and K. He was also confronted about his investments in various hotels and businesses in Pahalgam, properties in Jammu, Srinagar and Anantnag,” the NIA said. The NIA had registered a case in May, 2017 against terrorists belonging to Jammat ud Dawah, Duktaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and other separatist leaders in the state for raising, receiving and collecting funds to fuel separatist and terrorist activities and entering into a larger conspiracy for causing disruption in Kashmir Valley and for waging war against India. The agency has so far charge-sheeted 13 accused, including leader of Jammat-ud Dawah Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of proscribed organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin, seven separatist leaders, two hawala conduits and some stone-pelters. Watali is one of the main hawala conduits who used to generate and receive funds from Pakistan, ISI, UAE and had floated various shell companies to disguise foreign remittances for further transfer to separatist leaders and stone pelters in the valley, it said. The agency said these funds were used to fuel unrest in the Kashmir valley and organise violent agitations and anti-India activities which resulted in large scale violence leading to numerous injuries and deaths of civilians and security forces. Evidence relating to funding of these separatist elements through Pakistan and UAE-based businessman, ISI, High Commission of Pakistan in Delhi has been collected and presented to the NIA Special Court in the charge sheets, it said. Watali’s bail was rejected by the Supreme Court, on a plea by the NIA, as the apex court observed that the Delhi High Court has not appreciated the material which found favour with the designated court to record its opinion that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the accusations are prima facie true.last_img read more

CISF nabs four passengers with fake passports

first_imgNew Delhi: The CISF on Tuesday said that they have nabbed four passengers with fake passports and handed over to immigration officials at IGI Airport.According to CISF on July 23, four persons were taken to the random checking point for thoroughly checking of their documents and bags. According to CISF on checking of their travelling documents and passports, it came to light that the serial number of their passports engraved on passport covers were different with the serial numbers mentioned in the passports. All were apprehended as the case was related to fake passports.last_img read more

Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits dismissal

first_imgCALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against Syncrude Canada claims the oilsands giant wrongfully denied him benefits and fired him after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job.Mike Swan is seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice, says a statement of claim filed Dec. 19 in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.The suit is also asking for “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” as well as punitive damages.Swan has also complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.The allegations against Syncrude have not been proven in court and the company has not yet filed a statement of defence.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its vast mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. In 2007, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.“I was really good at it and loved it,” Swan said in an interview, a black lab named Jack who he’s training to be a service dog, at his feet.Swan said his PTSD built up over time and there was no single event that triggered it. On the job he had to deal with anything from injuries and illnesses to an explosion on site, he said.He said his adrenaline would ramp up every time and it was like flipping on a light.“But if you flip that switch that many times, it gets stuck on and you’re always at that level of agitation or awareness.”Swan was on his day off in Kelowna, B.C., in May 2016 when he got a call from work telling him to get back to Fort McMurray, where a fierce wildfire was rapidly spreading.Unbeknownst to him at the time, his PTSD was in full force.Swan was assigned to watch over a pharmacist who stayed behind during the city-wide evacuation to fill prescriptions. Swan said he would have been better off keeping busy fighting the blaze.“I remember feeling like I was vibrating, like there was nothing worse to me than not actually fighting the fire, and sitting in that parking lot just breathing smoke in.”Swan said the tipping point was when his then-fiancee left him, telling him she never knew what would set him off. His captain found him crying by an ambulance at work and suggested he get help through a company program.“It was useless. They wanted me to eat a salad and get some sleep.”His own psychologist, saying he’d likely had it for years, diagnosed Swan with severe PTSD in March 2017.At first, Swan thought he’d be back on the job after a few weeks.But the following May, his psychologist recommended he get full-time treatment, so he went off work.The statement of claim says Swan received the proper benefits and compensation until October 2017, when a mix-up at the Workers’ Compensation Board led to him losing a week of benefits and top-up pay.Then, in February of 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, the lawsuit claims. The statement of claim alleges his benefits and top-up payments were again suspended and improper deductions were made from his paycheque.The suit is seeking a declaration that Syncrude’s actions amounted to constructive dismissal.Syncrude fired Swan on Sept. 20 in what the lawsuit claims was wrongful dismissal.Company spokesman Will Gibson declined to comment on Swan’s specific case, but said “Syncrude values and supports its employees.”Swan said his disputes with Syncrude have worsened his mental health at a time when he should have been focused on getting better.He said he’ll never work as a firefighter or paramedic again because of his condition and he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The ordeal has ruined him financially, he added. His sister, with whom he’s been living in Calgary, has set up a GoFundMe page to help with legal and medical bills.“Think about every mental-health campaign that’s going on right now. What are they telling us? Put your hand up. Ask for help,” he said.“I asked for help. I’m still asking for help.”last_img read more

Russell Simmons Wants Yoga Apparel Retailer To Stop Using Feathers

first_imgEarlier this week, hip-hop icon and yoga devotee Russell Simmons sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to lululemon asking the yoga apparel retailer to end all sales of down feathers.As Simmons notes in the letter, geese in the down industry are violently killed for their feathers and some even have their throats slit while fully conscious and able to feel pain — cruelty that goes directly against the yoga principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence, that Simmons and many other lululemon shoppers follow.“Since I’m an avid yoga practitioner, lululemon athletica is one of my favorite places to shop,” wrote Simmons. “I was disappointed, though, to learn that some of your brand’s outerwear contains down feathers. On behalf of my friends at PETA and your many compassionate customers, I encourage lululemon to switch to cruelty-free synthetics instead.“No matter how the feathers are obtained, gentle geese are violently killed (some even have their throats slit while still fully conscious), thereby going completely against the philosophy of ahimsa that I and many other lululemon customers embrace. When there are so many cruelty-free options, such as Thinsulate, Climashield, and PrimaLoft, which are all warm, cozy, and environmentally friendly, there is simply no excuse for selling down.“Switching to synthetics also makes good business sense: A study by Nielsen found that most global online consumers are willing to pay more for products that come from socially and environmentally responsible companies, and a study by the Brookings Institution found that 89 percent of millennials want to buy from companies that support solutions to specific social issues.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” — has already prompted outdoor outfitter Coleman and other ethical retailers to use exclusively high-tech synthetics such as Thinsulate, Climashield, PrimaLoft, or the Plumtech that animal-friendly company Save the Duck uses for its puffer coats.last_img read more

Barriere Lake demands traditions respected

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of Barriere Lake are in Ottawa once again.They’re demanding the federal government come to the table for solutions to long-standing leadership issues.Here’s APTN National News reporter Annette Francis with the story.last_img

After Amitabh Bachchan Ranbir Kapoor Kartik Aaryan shoots for Pulwama tribute video

first_imgNew Delhi: Kartik Aaryan is currently busy as a beaver shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s film. However, when the young lad was approached to be a part of a tribute song dedicated to the 40 slain CRPF jawans, who died in a terror attack in Pulwama in February, Kartik set aside everything and took time out from his busy schedule to shoot for this special video. As per sources, few days back Kartik shot for his part in the four-minute long video titled — Tu Desh Mera at a studio in Filmcity, which also includes other actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and others. The song is composed in the memory of the soldiers who were killed in the attack and is sung by Sonu Nigam and Sukhwinder. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The video, which shows the lives of jawans and has been shot at multiple locations across the country, is a collaboration between the Central Reserve Police (CRPF) and Happy Productions India. Abhishek Mishra, MD, Happy Productions India, said, “We are happy to receive support from several Bollywood stars for the Pulwama martyrs and our jawans. We have worked with Kartik multiple times, and it has been a wonderful experience working with him for this video.”last_img read more

UN paints grim picture of child abuse in Colombian conflict

“I am deeply concerned at the continued rape and other forms of sexual violence, in particular against girls, that is perpetrated mainly by illegal armed groups,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in Colombia, noting that child recruitment by these groups is widespread.Girl members are required to have sexual relations with adults at an early age and forced to abort if they become pregnant, he adds.He commends Government efforts to tackle such recruitment, but also calls on the authorities to ensure that the national army fully prohibits the use of children for military intelligence as well as the interrogation of those who have been separated from the illegal groups and involvement of children in civil-military activities that could put them at risk of retaliation by these groups. Voicing “grave concern” at the extrajudicial execution of children, he urges the Government “as a matter of priority” to take measures to eliminate the practice.The Government is also urged to enhance efforts “to combat impunity for grave violations committed against children.”Estimates of the number of children participating in illegal armed groups range from 8,000 in Government figures to 11,000 estimated by non-government sources, according to the report, which covers 2008.Enumerating reported killings of children by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), which has been fighting national governments for more than 45 years, Mr. Ban cites the case of a 14-year-old girl murdered in Antioquia department allegedly because of her association with a member of the national armed forces.“The girl was brutally tortured, with one of her hands cut off and one of her eyes gouged out before she was killed,” he writes. Children have also been killed for refusing to join the groups. “In January 2008, FARC-EP attempted to recruit two brothers, aged 13 and 15, in the department of Putumayo,” Mr. Ban notes. “Upon their refusal to join the group, the guerrillas killed one boy by dousing him with gasoline and shooting him. The second boy was recruited against his will.” Turning to extrajudicial killings, he cites figures from the Attorney-General’s office showing 51 child victims as of November 2008, and also mentions the case of 11 people, including a child who disappeared near Bogotá, the capital, and whose bodies were later displayed by the national army as members of illegal groups killed in combat in Norte de Santander department.Mr. Ban notes that Colombia has the second largest population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world, with nearly 3 million being displaced between 1997 and the end of 2008, and more than 1 million of them children. “Recognizing that the protection of children is best served by peace, all parties are called upon to strive for a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” he concludes, urging the international donor community to provide additional aid to programmes enhancing child protection. 8 September 2009Despite significant Government efforts, children in Colombia continue to be killed, maimed, tortured, raped, recruited and abducted in the long-running conflict, mainly by illegal armed groups, a new United Nations report warns, calling on all parties to abide by their international obligations. read more

Mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Sudan extended until independence date

27 April 2011Security Council members today agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission set up at the end of the north-south civil war in Sudan and establish a replacement operation once the south formally separates in July. In a unanimous resolution the 15-member Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) until 9 July, the date on which Southern Sudan will become an independent State and break away from the rest of Sudan.Millions of Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly in January in favour of separation in a referendum conducted as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the 2005 pact that ended the long-running civil war.In today’s resolution the Council said it plans to set up a successor mission to UNMIS and asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to submit a report by 16 May on the post-independence options for a UN presence.Senior UN officials have voiced concern in recent weeks about the violence and tensions within Southern Sudan ahead of independence, as well as ongoing disputes between the north and south over such issues as the status of the Abyei area and border demarcation.Hundreds of people have been reportedly killed since the start of the year in clashes in various states of the south, often involving Southern Sudanese forces and renegade militia groups.Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Atul Khare told the Council last week that key elements of the CPA may not be resolved before 9 July, and that these disputes threaten to pull the parties back into open conflict.UNMIS, which has been in place since 2005, currently has more than 10,000 uniformed personnel deployed, as well as more than 4,000 local and international civilian staff and volunteers. read more

Turnaround in Ontario sentiment lifts small business confidence

Small business confidence grew sharply in July, according to the latest monthly survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.The CFIB’s index rose nearly five points to 64.2, making up most of the ground lost in the previous four months. Measured on a scale of 0 and 100, an index above 50 means owners expecting their businesses’ performance to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting weaker performance.Small businesses in Saskatchewan were the most optimistic in Canada, with an index of 71.2, with post-flood Alberta not far behind at 66.8. Newfoundland and Labrador also scored high at 66.7, followed by Ontario at 66.5 and British Columbia at 64.9. New Brunswick (58.9), Manitoba (58.0), Nova Scotia (57.0), Quebec (56.4) and last-place Prince Edward Island (49.2) all registered below the national average.“Canada’s small and mid-size business owners are considerably more optimistic than they were just a month ago, and the current index reading is the best since February,” said CFIB vice-president and chief economist Ted Mallett.“Most of this turnaround is the result of much better numbers out of Ontario. Interestingly, the recent floods did not have a significant net impact on Alberta’s numbers, which would suggest the province is already getting back on track.”Mr. Mallett added that business confidence appears to be improving in most sectors, particularly construction and manufacturing, with retail the only sector notably on the downside.“A number of factors, including changes in pricing and hiring plans, new orders, capital spending, customer demand, and labour availability suggest an improvement in business performance,” he said.The findings are based on 1,135 responses, collected from CFIB members, to a controlled-access web survey from July 1 to 17. Results are considered statistically accurate to plus or minus 2.9% 19 times in 20. read more

Countries urged to fight poverty by increasing access to renewable energy

“You’ve heard so much talk about the need for information technology to help alleviate poverty, but information technology runs on electricity, and if there is no electricity, then [there is] no hope of getting information technology, of getting a computer and the Internet,” Mohamed El-Ashry, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), told a press conference today at the UN in New York.Mr. El-Ashry made a proposal yesterday to the Ministerial Segment of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development that invited donors – private and public – to join with GEF in bridging the gaps in access to both energy and information technology. “Everybody talks about the digital divide, but we also know about the ‘energy divide,'” he said. “The key really is to link these two. [We have made] a concrete proposal and hopefully it can help close the gap between rhetoric and action.”GEF helps spread the use of renewable energy technologies by contributing funds towards up-front costs and improving access to credit by sharing the risks with local financial institutions through the provision of guarantees. The Facility also acts as a reservoir of “best practices” for countries and organizations considering the implementation of renewable energy projects. “Using our resources as grant resources, not as loans, we are able to test to see how well [the projects] can work, then we share our lessons with others – multilateral and bilateral assistance institutions and the private sector,” Mr. El-Ashry said.Established in 1991 but revamped after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, GEF is the designated financial mechanism for the countries who signed the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 1994, it has committed $580 million in grants for renewable energy in developing countries and mobilized another $2.5 billion. read more

New car demand up 10 in first half of 2013 with private

9Qashqai4,507920820,815 JuneTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 2013214,957104,671107,1553,13196,931107,88310,143 2Focus9,1282Focus47,675 % change13.4%7.1%20.0%26.2%21.3%6.1%27.7% 81 Series4,67883 Series21,588 Mkt share ’1251.6%47.1%1.3%42.2%53.6%4.2% % change10.0%5.5%15.1%5.5%17.1%3.4%14.3% Best sellersJune 20121,057,680541,241501,81314,626476,273537,17344,234 New car registrations passed the one million mark in June, growing 10% in the first half of 2013 to 1,163,623 units.The UK new car market saw the 16th successive monthly rise in June, growing 13.4% to 214,957 units.Private, fleet and business sectors grew from January to June, but private demand increased the most over the first half of the year, up 17.1%, after a 21.3% rise in June.Motorists switching to more fuel-efficient cars have helped reduce average new car CO2 emissions to 129.1g/km in first half 2013, down 3.7% on a year ago.“Boosted by consistently strong private demand and further growth in June, half-year new car registrations have topped the one million mark,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “June secured the 16th month of consecutive growth, a clear indicator that manufacturers and dealers are delivering desirable new products with tangible cost savings from the latest fuel-efficient technology coupled to a wide variety of competitive finance offers. While there are still potential challenges ahead, recent robust growth suggests that the market is on course to perform well ahead of 2012 levels.” Video Analysis 5Golf5,8755Golf32,131 102083,649101 Series20,007 Mkt share ’1349.0%49.6%1.3%47.9%47.7%4.3% 2012189,51497,72289,3112,48179,900101,6747,940 Mkt share ’1251.2%47.4%1.4%45.0%50.8%4.2% 4Astra7,0744Astra33,731 7Polo4,7037Polo23,287 3Corsa8,8683Corsa46,147 Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 63 Series5,4326Qashqai27,112 20131,163,623570,743577,45315,427557,498555,56150,564 Mkt share ’1348.7%49.8%1.5%45.1%50.2%4.7% Year-to-date 1Fiesta11,3321Fiesta63,040 UK new car market continues to grow strongly in June, marking six successive quarters of growthUK new car registrations continued to rise across private, fleet and business sales types, although private demand has secured the most significant growth.Volumes in Q2 rose 13.0% this year, posting the strongest quarterly rise since Q3 2011.Registrations in June grew 13.4% securing a 16th successive month of growth and pushing half year volumes through the one million mark.The UK continues to buck new car market trends in some EU27 countries, with buyers returning to the market after a sustained hold-off from purchasing new vehicles, enticing finance deals and desire to switch to more fuel-efficient models driving market growth.Private new car registrations grew 17.1% during the first half of 2013, 24.4% in Q2 and 21.3% in June.Strong private demand has supported volume growth in the Supermini and Mini segments, although MPVs showed the largest growth in June, up by over a quarter.The Supermini Ford Fiesta remains the best selling model in both the month and year-to-date.The growth in the Supermini and Mini segments has contributed to the rise in petrol-powered car registrations, although in June alternatively-fuelled cars recorded a 26.2% rise.Average new car CO2 emissions continue to fall, down 3.7% to 129.1g/km in the first half of 2013.UK outperforming eurozone marketUK employment levels and more stable housing market supporting consumer confidence.Market specific factors helping boost new car volumes, eg return of buyers after period of postponement.The UK new car market is one of few growing in the eurozone. Employment growth in the UK and accommodating monetary policy has boosted consumer confidence and encouraged buyers to return to the new car market after a sustained period of purchasing hold-off post recession and three years on from the scrappage schemeGrowth in jobs supports buyer confidenceUK employment levels and housing market have supported buyer confidence.Attractive finance packages have encouraged motorists to buy new cars.Industry sources suggest consumers have been enabled to buy through low interest rates and manufacturer support on finance packages.Growth in Personal Contract Purchase schemes has given consumer access to new cars, especially for those with cash, collateral or use of PPI mis-selling windfall payments.Warranty and service packages also give peace of mind to motoring with new cars.Motorists switch to more efficient carsConsumers keen to reduce running costs.Growth in Mini and Supermini segments.Average new car CO2 emissions in first half at 129.1g/km, -3.7% on a year ago.More efficient vehicles in every segment, improved sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles and growth of the Mini and Supermini segments have helped to continue the impressive rate of reduction in average new car CO2 emissions.In Q2, average new car CO2 emissions were 128.7g/km, down 3.5% versus 2012, and on par with recent annual gains. 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Maple Leafs fans remind John Tavares why he chose Toronto

Tavares can steady a poker face at Negreanu levels, but even from the press box, you could see the athlete moved by the reception. His teammates drifted away from the blue line they were standing on, leaving their most consistent player alone in the spotlight.A moment of affirmation. Tavares saluted his thanks.“Ever since I’ve been here, the support’s been tremendous,” Tavares said.“Playing here and being a part of it, you really realize, especially from the support you get around the city and the type of fans we have, it’s a special place to play.”Knowing full well they needed a response to Thursday’s meltdown in Uniondale, the Leafs pressed early.Tavares struck first because of course he did, jamming in a loose puck behind Linus Ullmark for his league-leading 27th goal at even strength and celebrating with a more passionate fist thrust than usual.He’d later tack on a pair of assists for a three-point night.Sabres veteran Jason Pominville answered on the very next shift on a similar play, poking home a loose puck in tight. Then Conor Sheary gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead shooting the puck through Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev and Frederik Andersen.But the final minutes of the first and second periods made all the difference.With Patrick Marleau providing a hard-earned screen smack in front of Ullmark, Morgan Rielly tied the game with just 18 ticks left in the first.Deadline Day acquisition, Nic Petan, scored his first goal as a Leaf in his team debut, replacing winger Tyler Ennis on the fourth line.“If there’s a chance to make a play, I’m going to make a play,” Petan said after the morning skate. He also took Ennis’s shifts on the second power-play unit.Failing to crack the Winnipeg lineup, Petan had been sitting healthy and cold for 72 days heading into Saturday — something the 23-year-old had never experienced in his hockey life.“Our pro scouts saw something they wanted, so we’re putting him in and giving him an opportunity. [Ennis] played real well here, so it’s tough that way,” coach Mike Babcock said.Nikita Zaitsev scored off Buffalo D-man Brandon Montour’s skate with just 55 seconds remaining in the second period for some sweet insurance.Mitch Marner added an empty-netter late in the third.Granted, the solid effort was against a weaker and more tired opponent than the Islanders (Buffalo had just won an overtime thriller in Pittsburgh Friday night), but the Maple Leafs responded nicely in the wake of their greatest debacle of the season.Frederik Andersen stood tall in the face of several Grade-A scoring chances.Jake Muzzin threw a couple big-boy checks, Morgan Rielly hustled back to bust up a Jeff Skinner breakaway, and Kasperi Kapanen engaged in a rare fight with Evan Rodrigues.“It’s going to be a heated game,” Kapanen had predicted. “Everyone in this locker room is excited to forget about last game and have a good one.”He didn’t add the words “for Tavares.” He didn’t need to. They were understood.As time wound down, Toronto hollered, “J.T.! J.T.! J.T.!” Love, it turns out, is only a 90-minute flight away from hate.Feeling the need to reassure John Tavares that he made the right decision 48 hours after he’d been pilloried by scorn and embarrassed by the scoreboard during his Long Island homecoming, the city of Toronto welcomed back the salary cap era’s best free agent to change clothes and go with open arms.Prior to the Maple Leafs’ 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday, the fan-fuelled hashtag #TavaresDayTO began trending, and fellow J.T., mayor John Tory, gave it a push.Don’t let the haters get you down @91Tavares, you’re home now and we’re proud you’re here in Toronto! #TavaresDayTO pic.twitter.com/m4rKVkxSi6— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 1, 2019When Tavares’ name was announced during pre-game introductions, all 19,088 at Scotiabank Arena rose to their feet and roared for their local hero.One fan spoke for many when she held aloft a homemade sign that read: “Dear John, We do need you. We do care. Love, Toronto.” BROWSE John Tavares | nhl | toronto maple leafs read more

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Subaru teases allnew 2020 Legacy for Chicago with a big ol screen

first_img Review • 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport: A competent and feature-rich midsize sedan Enlarge ImageThat’s a whole lot o’ screen. Subaru Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system is set to get a major upgrade at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, as part of the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy.Subaru on Thursday released the first teaser for its new 2020 Legacy, which will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Feb. 7. Subaru only offered up a single teaser image and no additional information, but the teaser gives us a good idea about what to expect, tech-wise.The most obvious change in the teaser is the addition of a giant screen for the Starlink infotainment system. The screen is now in portrait orientation, similar to Volvo’s Sensus Connect system. Nearly all the physical buttons are gone, including the climate control, in favor of increased digitalization. There are still volume and tuning knobs, in addition to real buttons for the front and rear defrosters and the interior temperature.Underneath the screen, there’s at least one USB Type-A port, in addition to a button that swaps the infotainment screen to a camera view. There’s still a small display just above the telematics, but it’s not illuminated in the teaser, so perhaps it’s been swapped out for something else. We’ll find out when Subaru pulls back the veil next week in Chicago. 40 Photos More about 2018 Subaru Legacy reading • Subaru teases all-new 2020 Legacy for Chicago with a big ol’ screen Preview • 2018 Subaru Legacy: AWD family stalwart heads to Chicago with new cabin tech Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Chicago Auto Show 2019 Subaru Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Sedans Future Cars See All • Comment Subaru 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport: Rich in features, but not in style 1 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies More From Roadshow Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Hyundai Kia recall 500000 cars over fire concerns

first_imgHyundai and Kia have made news in recent months for recalls related to possible engine fires, and now, the sister automakers have two new recalls to announce along those lines.Hyundai and Kia have issued recalls covering approximately 500,000 vehicles. There are two separate causes at play here, and while they both might result in engine fires, the defects in question are different. Let’s take a look at each:Recall the first: Catalytic converter overheatingThe first recall affects only Kia vehicles. In this instance, Kia issued a recall for approximately 379,000 examples of the 2012-2016 Soul, all of which have 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engines. The problem in this case stems from the catalytic converter, which uses precious metals to help reduce pollutants in exhaust emissions. Excessive exhaust temperatures may damage the converter, allowing particles to enter the combustion chamber and create an abnormal combustion scenario. If this abnormal combustion continues, it might damage the piston’s connecting rods, causing them to fracture the engine block and cause an oil leak, which could turn into an engine fire. Kia technicians will inspect each recalled vehicle at the dealership. To prevent future converter overheating, technicians will upgrade the related ECU software. If the catalytic converter shows signs of damage, it’ll be replaced. If the engine itself shows signs of damage, it, too, might get replaced. Kia will also reimburse owners who had these remedies performed out-of-pocket prior to the recall announcement.Enlarge ImageYou can’t observe your catalytic converter breaking apart, so when it happens, you may not know until your connecting rods decide to make a break for it. Kia Recall the second: Oil pan leaksHyundai and Kia are both involved in this recall. This one affects approximately 32,000 examples of the 2011-2012 Kia Sportage and approximately 120,000 examples of the 2011-2013 Hyundai Tucson. The recall affects models equipped with a 2.4-liter gas I4.This time, the oil pan is to blame. According to recall documents, the oil pans in question might have received insufficient sealing during assembly, allowing them to leak oil. Unsuspecting owners may drive these leaky cars for extended periods of time without monitoring oil levels, and low oil levels can cause engine damage. Oil leaks can also increase the risk of an engine fire. Furthermore, if the engine conks out at speed, it could increase the risk of a crash.The automakers remedied the problem on the assembly line, but they’re still working on fixes for affected vehicles currently on the road. It’ll likely involve oil pan replacement or resealing. Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners who’ve paid for a remedy already, prior to the recall being announced.2013-hyundai-tucson-1Enlarge ImageOil leaks are pretty easy to spot, especially on taller vehicles. Hyundai Prior recalls and other engine fire concernsThe oil-pan recall actually came from an investigation into other Hyundai recalls. While NHTSA was investigating Hyundai’s “timeliness and scope” related to engine recalls for the Sonata and Santa Fe, it told Hyundai that it found a number of engine-stall and fire claims for Hyundai’s Tucson. Hyundai did some digging of its own, and it found a trend that eventually turned into this recall.Hyundai and Kia have been in the news for similar problems for months now. Last October, the Center for Auto Safety called out both automakers for not going far enough in remedying vehicle-fire concerns in some 3 million vehicles. It caught the attention of the US Senate, which invited the automakers to testify in front of a Senate committee, but that meeting was put on hold.In early January, Hyundai and Kia recalled an additional 168,000 vehicles over engine fire concerns. The vehicles in this recall had been previously recalled for problems that resulted in engine replacements, but that replacement may have caused part damage that could lead to another engine fire.  Car Industry Recalls Kia Hyundai Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Hit the road in the 2020 Kia Soul More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 48 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Review • 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 4 Comments Tags Preview • 2020 Kia Soul first drive: The best little box made better More about 2020 Kia Soul Hyundai Kialast_img read more

Apples holiday surprise Big sales not so big profits

first_imgApple Inc posted its third successive quarter of declining iPhone sales on Tuesday and forecast slimmer-than-expected profit margins over the upcoming holiday season even as it projected record sales, sending its shares down.The world’s most valuable publicly traded company said improved sales from China were around the corner, despite revenue falling almost 30 percent from the country in the latest quarter. It said sales so far to India have only scratched the surface.But a slight miss on fiscal fourth-quarter revenue and a projection of gross profit margins a touch behind analyst targets reflected broader concerns that Apple may have lost its tech superiority, even with the refreshed iPhone 7.”In essence, in China and elsewhere, while Apple’s products are still seen favourably, the distance between Apple and its competitors is nowhere near as great as it once was,” Neil Saunders, head of retail research firm Conlumino, wrote in a note.Apple shares fell 2.8 percent to $114.99 in after-hours trading.Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said in a phone interview with Reuters it was “impossible to know” if there was any effect yet from rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd halting production of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 phones earlier this month.He also said that Apple was “supply constrained” and selling all the smartphones it could make.”It’s clear that Apple is bullish about growth in the iPhone, but there’s little evidence of that growth in the actual results announced today,” said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.”Given that the iPhone 7 and especially the iPhone 7 Plus is in short supply, Apple is going to be a little constrained in its ability to take full advantage of the strong demand we’re seeing,” he added.NATURAL PAUSEApple said it sold 45.51 million iPhones in the three months ended September 24. That beat the average analysts’ estimate of 44.8 million, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount.Revenue fell nine percent to $46.85 billion, a touch behind Wall Street targets, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Apple forecast revenue of $76 billion to $78 billion for the current, holiday-dominated quarter, ahead of the consensus estimate of $75.08 billion.If it hits that estimate, this quarter would be Apple’s biggest on record by sales, ahead of the $75.9 billion revenue it posted in the year-ago period.However, Apple offered a conservative outlook on profit margins, 38 to 38.5 percent, versus expectations of nearly 39 percent, said Mariann Montagne, senior investment analyst and portfolio manager at Gradient Investments.”I think people were a bit surprised,” said Montagne, whose firm holds Apple shares.Apple shares have outperformed the market over the last three months, and Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher said the shares were taking a “natural pause” even though results were positive. The stock hit a 12-month low of $89.47 in May and has marched up since as investor confidence returned.HOPES FOR CHINAApple is still optimistic about its business in China, CFO Maestri said. While gross domestic product growth in the country has slowed, the economy is still growing, the middle class is expanding and smart phone ownership remains low, he said.Maestri said high demand for Apple’s newest iPhones made the company confident about results in the first quarter.The company’s net income fell to $9.01 billion, or $1.67 per share in the quarter from $11.12 billion, or $1.96 per share, a year earlier. That beat the average estimate of $1.66 per share.Apple’s fortunes are strongly tied to the success of the iPhone, which accounts for two-thirds of its revenue.Chief Executive Tim Cook also said on a call with analysts that India was poised to boom in smart phone sales as a more powerful 4G cellular network was put in place this year and next.He also hinted at potential future areas of business, commenting that media content creation and ownership was a great opportunity. Cook declined to say whether Apple was working on a car, as has been widely reported, but he called the industry “interesting.”last_img read more

Myanmars military finds crashed plane bodies

first_imgMap of Myanmar locating the area where the military on Thursday found the wreckage of a plane that went missing with more than 120 people on board. AFPMyanmar’s military said Thursday it has found the wreckage of a plane in the Andaman Sea that went missing with around 120 people on board, along with several bodies.“We have found the plane and some dead bodies this morning about 8.25 am (0155 GMT),” a spokesman from the military’s information team told AFP.The country’s Commander in Chief confirmed in a Facebook post that the wreckage had been found off the coast of Launglon, in southern Myanmar, by a navy search team on Thursday morning.Nine navy ships and three air force planes had been dispatched to search for the aircraft, which disappeared on Wednesday as it flew from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon.There was conflicting information on the number of people on board, but in the latest update the military said the plane was carrying a total of 122 people.More than half of the passengers were from military families, including 15 children, along with 35 soldiers and 14 crew members, the army chief’s office said in a statement.“Some were on their way for medical checkups and to attend school,” said a spokesman from the military’s information team.It is monsoon season in Myanmar but there were no reports of stormy weather in the area at the time.Sources told AFP that debris had been found in the sea off the coastal town of Dawei, which lies an hour’s flight southeast of Yangon.The commander-in-chief’s office said the plane lost contact with air traffic control at 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) on Wednesday, about half an hour after takeoff.The military named the captain of the Chinese-made Y-8F-200 four-engine turboprop as Lieutenant Colonel Nyein Chan, who it said had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience.The plane was bought in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours.Myanmar’s military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes.A five-strong crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.Three army officers were also killed in June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in south-central Bago.last_img read more

Attorney For Dennis RiveraSarmiento Asks HISD To Help His Client Avoid Deportation

first_imgICYMI, Hundreds of students from Austin HS in Houston walked out in protest of their classmate, Dennis, who because the school and police department failed him now finds himself in ICE Detention. #FreeDennisSign the petition: https://t.co/IbFsgkK7D5 https://t.co/ed7jdZ8jsm— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) February 15, 2018 Photo via Actionnetwork.orgThe immigration attorney for Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19 year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is currently at risk of deportation, asked Thursday for help from the Houston Independent School District.The immigration attorney for Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19 year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is currently at risk of deportation, asked Thursday for help from the Houston Independent School District (HISD).Brandon Roche, the immigration attorney who is representing Rivera-Sarmiento, said during a conference call organized by United We Dream his client was defending himself during a January 30th altercation near Austin High School after which he was arrested and subsequently turned to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Roche said HISD, whose police department originally arrested Rivera-Sarmiento, should investigate the incident and inform ICE.Angie Junck, supervising attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, agreed with Roche on what HISD can do and commented there are processes in which the school district can look into supporting Rivera-Sarmiento’s ability to even get legal relief from deportation “because he’s been a victim of a hate… hate crime or racial slurs as well.”HISD responded to a rally held Wednesday at Austin High School because of Rivera’s detention and said in a statement it is committed to educating every student regardless of their immigration status.After being bullied for being undocumented, Dennis was failed by his school system and police department and now finds himself in ICE Detention.Sign this petition and call ICE to demand he be released – he deserves to be back at school: https://t.co/IbFsgkK7D5 #FreeDennis pic.twitter.com/7T44ZhSx0D— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) February 15, 2018 ICYMI, Hundreds of students from Austin HS in Houston walked out in protest of their classmate, Dennis, who because the school and police department failed him now finds himself in ICE Detention. #FreeDennisSign the petition: https://t.co/IbFsgkK7D5 https://t.co/GAMUIochJ1— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) February 15, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed April 19

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIn the wake of the recent murder murder captured on Facebook live and the accidental suicide on Instagram, how do we protect our children from the burgeoning horrors of social media? We’ll talk to Kaye Wise Whitehead, author, public intellectual and professor at Loyola University of Maryland. Also, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on the death of Freddie Gray, two years ago today.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Nepal Opp to hold up constitution drafting via majority votes

first_imgA meeting of the 19-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist) on Sunday decided to strongly retaliate if the new constitution is bulldozed through majority votes without considering the rights of minorities including the Madhesis.The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-led alliance has accused the ruling parties, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN- UML, of conspiring to promulgate new constitution on January 22 by mobilising the army, police and government employees. It has also decided to oppose the promulgation of constitution through any such process. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenUCPN (M) Chairman Prachanda proposed the defiance accusing the ruling alliances of trying to adopt the procedural way to draft the constitution without forging consensus among political parties.The political parties have been trying to find common grounds on the key contentious issues such as federalism, judiciary, electoral process and forms of governance in the constitution.They have set January 22 deadline to draft the new constitution. Meanwhile, pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal has demanded to reconvert the country into a Hindu nation. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanNepal was declared a secular state through Parliament declaration in 2008 when monarchy was abolished after Maoists came to power.At a function organised here to mark the National Unity Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of late Prithvinarayan Shah, who unified smaller states into a bigger country two and half a century ago, party president Kamal Thapa ruled out the possibility of drafting a new constitution by the stipulated deadline. He said his party will organise protests if the country is not re-converted to a Hindu nation in the new constitution.Former Home Minister Thapa also claimed that national unity and sovereignty of the country have weakened and his party is launching a campaign to strengthen it. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, attended the function.last_img read more