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More Canadians report high levels of happiness after age 55 survey

first_imgTORONTO – A new national survey suggests Canadians are happier after age 55 and when they earn a higher income, but also indicates most don’t consider money as a key factor affecting their happiness.The Happiness Index compiled by Leger, asked Canadians across the country to rate their level of happiness on a scale of one to 10 and note which factors they believe influence their happiness the most.The online survey, conducted between June 11 and 17, found about half of respondents ranked their happiness as at least eight out of 10, with almost no difference between rural and urban areas.Slightly more participants reported a high level of happiness in the East Coast and Quebec — 56 and 55 per cent respectively — with British Columbia coming in third at 52 per cent.Ontario participants were at the bottom of the list, with only 47 per cent reporting a high level of happiness.High happiness scores remained steady at 44 per cent for participants between the ages of 18 and 54, but spiked to 61 per cent after age 55.Participants with higher incomes were also more likely to have a high happiness score.Forty-four per cent of those making $40,000 or less per year reported a high level of happiness, but that number rose to 53 per cent for those earning up to $80,000 per year and to 58 per cent for those with even higher incomes.Yet only eight per cent said the state of their finances was a key driver of their happiness, on par with satisfaction with romantic relationships, the study indicates.The factors participants deemed most influential on happiness were a sense of freedom and the belief they were living the life they had imagined for themselves, with 24 and 19 per cent of respondents identifying those as key.Between five and seven per cent highlighted recognition from peers and family, health, how worried they are about the future and the courteousness of others as main factors affecting their happiness.“Maybe making more money means that you can do more things (and) that allows you to feel happy,” but money itself is not what people believe makes them happy, said Dave Scholz, Leger’s president of communications.“If you take away those first two — sense of freedom and living the life you’ve always dreamed — the next six are really all tied,” and close together in importance, he said.“I think if you don’t have a satisfying romantic relationship, if you don’t have your health, you may not be able to have a sense of freedom or live the life that you want.”Overall, there is a greater focus on happiness now, particularly in the workplace, a shift that appears largely driven by millennials, the first generation to come of age in this millennium, Scholz said.“Millennials are asking for more, and part of being happy is being happy with what you have,” he said. “But 55 and over is happiest because they’re in the place they want to be — retired.”Regional variations in happiness are likely linked to cultural differences relating to way of life, Scholz said.“One of the things that sets Quebec apart is their joie de vivre, their joy of life — that’s actually a well documented and discussed topic of what makes Quebecers different than the rest of us,” he said. “They’re more in the moment.”The East Coast is similar, he said.“It’s enjoy your family, enjoy the life you have, and enjoy the space you’re in now,” he said. “You move into Ontario, that had one of the lowest scores, we tend to be looking over our shoulder sometimes and maybe looking too far ahead sometimes.”The survey also showed more respondents reported high levels of happiness when they owned homes rather than renting (57 per cent compared with 40), and lived with others rather than alone (53 per cent compared with 43).“Especially in our current rental and buying environment, if you’re already owning where you’re at, you’re in pretty good shape,” Scholz said.The online survey polled 2,504 Canadians, though the sample was increased to 3,540 for the question involving rating their happiness — and all related demographic questions — to ensure a baseline number from each province participated.Polling industry experts say online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not generate a random sample of the population.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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‘We refuse to Relive Tangier’s Tragic Accident’: El Othmani

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, expressed his regret and dismay at the incident that ended the lives of six people and left 15 injured at a manned railway crossing near the Beni Makada district in Tangier,  last Saturday. El Othmani declared that the tragedy “brings the issue of traffic accidents to the surface and reminds us of the need to take necessary precautions and measures to reduce them and their victims.”In this regard, the Prime Minister highlighted the objectives of the National Road Safety Strategy, which extends from 2017 to 2026, and the subjects of the five-year integrated strategic road safety plan, which aims to reduce the number of victims and fatalities of traffic accidents by 25 percent by 2021 and 50 percent by 2026. The head of government invited all the concerned parties, both civil and professional, to be vigilant in order to ensure comprehensive contributions to save citizens’ lives. “This is our responsibility and I call everyone to cooperate so that we can progress in this endeavor. Through joint support cooperation, and hand in hand, we hope to progress and achieve positive results,” he said.El Othmani also praised King Mohammed VI’s dynamic response to this incident. After offering his condolences to the families of the victims and taking charge of the funeral and burial expenses, as well as medical care for those injured, King Mohammed VI ordered the Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Equipment and Transport to set up a joint commission to investigate the crash, in addition to the investigation launched by the general prosecutor. The results of these investigations will allegedly lead to the dismissal of several senior officials at the Moroccan National Railway Office (ONCF). A well-informed source told Akhbar Al Yaoum, “The arrangement of retributions will not stop at the weakest link in the list of duties, it will involve big heads from different positions.” read more

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MEBAA Airshow Set to Return to the Skies of Marrakech Next…

Rabat – The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) will be returning to Marrakech for its 2019 MEBAA Morocco airshow. The airshow will take place from September 17th to the 19th at Menara airport, and will feature products from top aviation companies around the world like Gulfstream and Boeing. MEBAA is a non-profit Emirati organization that acts as a “platform for members of the business aviation industry in the MENA region to gather, understand and communicate the needs and benefits of the industry,” according to MEBAA.Aviation has grown in Africa, keeping up with the increase in business and tourism. Swiss research company Air Transport Action Group says the aviation industry generated 55.8 billion USD in 2016 and supported about 6.2 million jobs. That is in addition to the 35.9 billion USD generated from tourism. As these figures grow, business and government leaders are seeking to profit immensely throughout the continent. The 2017 MEBAA Morocco also took place in Marrakech, at Menara airport. Minister of Tourism Mohammed Sajid led the delegation of government officials that attended the forum and took part in the opening ceremonies alongside the CEO of the Moroccan Airports Authority Zouhair El Aoufir. Menara airport alone contributes to  roughly 40 percent of air movements every year in the country, according to experts.Read Also: Marrakech Business Aviation Expo: Jordanian and American Companies Sign Agreement for Regional Service CenterMEBAA predicts this forum will be another success for both the organization as well as the Moroccan aviation industry. Ali Alnaqbi, the executive chairman of MEBAA said “We are pleased to be bringing the MEBAA Show Morocco and MEBAA Conference back to Marrakech for 2019,” according to news sources. The venue of MEBAA Morocco changed to Menara airport from Mohammed V in Casablanca, where the first MEBAA Morocco was held in 2015.The event has already brought positive growth to the country, with aviation companies Jetex Flight Support and Swissport Executive Aviation reaching agreements to operate in the country. In addition, nine additional Fixed-Base Operating(FBOs) in the process of setting up at Moroccan airports as well. These companies will be able to provide maintenance services, flight instruction, fueling, and other services at the airports.  As business investments and tourism begin to flood Africa, MEBAA predict that “Due to its strategic location between Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Africa,” the country will become a popular future hub for travelling throughout the region, and with the right investment, a prime source of capital for international businesses and the Moroccan government. read more

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Health Minister gags hospital officials from speaking to media

The Health Ministry also warned that any official attached to Government hospitals who violates the instructions will face disciplinary action. (Colombo Gazette) Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has issued instructions preventing officials who are part of the administration of Government hospitals from speaking to the media.In a notice issued today, the Health Ministry said that officials attached to Government hospitals need to obtain prior approval from the Ministry Secretary to speak to the media. read more

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Its absolutely crazy Charges laid after violent brawl at Lethbridge kids hockey

Assault charges have been laid against a second Alberta men after a referee and coach at a youth hockey tournament in Lethbridge were attacked on the ice.A cell phone video shot by a spectator at the Crossings Ice Centre captured the confrontation on Sunday in which five unidentified people without skates confront a referee at the three-on-three hockey tournament, the eighth annual Quest for the Cup.The game official is knocked to the ice and struck repeatedly.On Monday, Lethbridge Police said they’ve charged with assault Robert Farrell Creighton, 55, of Standoff, who was detained without incident at the arena.They say he’s a relative of the player involved in the incident.On Tuesday, police announced Todd William Cross Child, 36, of Lethbridge was charged with two counts of assault.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Both men were released from custody and are to appear in court Oct. 9 and police say there will be no further charges.Police say the incident began when a 10-year-old male player engaged in a verbal altercation with the referee and then slashed the official twice with his stick.The referee, say police, pushed the player to the ice, which prompted a group of adults, including coaches and a relative of the player, to take to the ice.In the video, the referee initially skates backwards before getting shoved by someone in the group.This just happened in #Lethbridge tonight. From what I’ve been told it was a 10 year old 3 on 3 tournament where a player slashed a ref. My source tells me the ref responded in a physical way (some are saying self defence) & this happened. Reaching out to organizer for more info pic.twitter.com/mlsZs8nNuE— Dean Millard (@DuckMillard) September 9, 2019The coach from the opposing team was pushed to the ice and the referee was punched several times by two men before the melee was halted, say Lethbridge police.Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries.Blair Spence said his 10-year-old son was participating in the same competition when the confrontation exploded but said the boy and his teammates were ushered off the ice before it escalated.“He saw the kid swinging his stick, it’s as much as he saw,” said Spence, who’s served as a minor hockey coach.“It’s absolutely crazy, it should never happen … having a disagreement about a call is one thing but I can’t fathom people taking it to that extent.”As a coach and hockey parent, Spence said he’s never seen an incident like Sunday’s, adding he’s rarely been the target of verbal abuse.But he said a “winning at all costs” mentality among some parents is an issue in local minor hockey that can lead to violence and intimidation.Spence said he’s also at a loss as to why such a young boy would strike a referee with his stick.“That kid will never be on another team,” he said.The skills development tournament involved boys and girls between the ages of seven and 12.A statement posted to the website of tournament organizer High Performance Hockey on Sunday evening confirmed the altercation occurred and says the organization is co-operating with the police investigation.The statement said the tussle “should serve as an example to all about the importance of ensuring the rink is a safe place for our children. Actions like this have no place in our game”It also said the tournament is an opportunity for players to enjoy the game of hockey with their friends.“For that reason, we are especially disappointed to see an act like this occur.”In a statement released Monday, the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) said it had nothing to do with the tournament which involved unsanctioned, uncertified activities and officials not up to its standards of discipline.“Any individual who was involved in this incident who wishes to join LMHA at a future date will be having to answer to their involvement prior to being accepted into our program,” wrote association General Manager Keith Hitchcock.“The safety of our children, our officials, our coaches is a very high priority in our program and any actions that impede a safe learning environment for all is not condoned and dealt with seriously and swiftly.”— With files from The Canadian Press.BKaufmann@postmedia.comon Twitter: @BillKaufmannjrn read more

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Pubs Shoulder of Mutton name gets the chop to attract more vegans

Vegan and vegetarian groups have praised the pub for creating a wider range of food available to all of its customers that include non-meat alternativesCredit:SWNS.com “We imagined that many brides may not want the invites for their big day to be at a place called the Shoulder of Mutton. We have taken into account the area’s and the building’s heritage and have consulted various conservation bodies in the area and received warm feedback and support for the new name.” After investing a lot of money into the pub -which was previously the venue of a teetotal methodist church- she is keen to attract new customers beyond the traditional regulars.She said: “As we are going to have a really keen focus on vegetarian and vegan cuisine, we think it is a tasteful, sympathetic and reasonable decision. We want to have an excellent vegetarian and vegan offering, so found the name slightly compromising of the idea. Matt Robinson,33, is the manager The Heworth Green located in York city centre Vegan and vegetarian groups have praised the pub for creating a wider range of food available to all of its customers that include non-meat alternatives Vegan and vegetarian groups have praised the pub for creating a wider range of food available to all of its customers that include non-meat alternatives.Dominika Piasecka, of The Vegan Society, claimed the change of the name signalled a “positive direction, as eating animals is increasingly becoming an outdated practice”.She added: “The number of vegans in Britain has quadrupled in the last four years and many businesses are taking catering for them seriously, with plant-based food being inclusive not just of vegans but everyone else as well.” Matt Robinson,33, is the manager The Heworth Green located in York city centreCredit:Dan Rowlands/SWNS.com A pub has scrapped its long standing name ‘Shoulder of Mutton’ in a bid to attract more vegans and vegetarians to dine there.The city centre pub in Heworth Green, York, has boasted the title for over half a century, but was recently renamed ‘Heworth Inn’ after a new landlady took over. Leah Stannard, the pub’s landlady,  has been criticised by locals for offering a new menu with a third of all dishes being suitable for vegans and vegetarians.One person said: “Shame something like the name of a traditional pub has to change just because somebody doesn’t agree with it. There are a lot of things I do not agree with but won’t get changed, so things like a name of a pub with a non-discriminatory name should be left alone.”Miss Stannard, 40, who hopes the site will become a licensed wedding venue next year,  defended her decision by saying the current name will not be popular with future brides. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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HC Fivers ready to fight for the double crown

HC Fivers WAT Margareten are on the way to win double crown in Austria. The reigning champions qualified for the Play-Off Final after two wins in semi-final against Sparkasse Schwaz Handball Tirol 35:32 and 24:25. After two tight clashes in semis, Fivers will have time to rest as Alpla Hard and SG Insignis WESTWIEN scheduled their third clash for May 20.First matches10.05.: HC FIVERS WAT Margareten – Sparkasse Schwaz HANDBALL TIROL 35:32 n. V. (27:27, 15:12)11.05.: ALPLA HC Hard – SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN 30:20 (15:13)Second matches13.05.: Sparkasse Schwaz HANDBALL TIROL – HC FIVERS WAT Margareten 24:25 (15:12)14.05.: SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN – ALPLA HC Hard 30:29 (14:14)Third match20.05., ??:??: ALPLA HC Hard – SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIENPHOTO: FIVERS, OEHB ← Previous Story THW Kiel save third place against Fuchse Berlin in direct encounter Next Story → CS Dinamo Bucharest win Romanian Cup 2017 read more

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Man charged in connection with death of Jason Saunders

first_imgRead: Man dies after being found seriously injured outside Dublin pub> GARDAÍ IN CABRA have charged a man in connection to the death 21-year-old Jason Saunders.Saunders was found outside the Cabra House Pub on Fassaugh Avenue at about 7:40 am yesterday after suffering what were described as serious injuries to his upper body.He was taken to Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.Gardaí recovered a golf club not far from where his body was found which has been taken away for analysis.A man, aged 22, was charged in connection with the incident.Earlier today, a 25-year-old man was released without charge.The man charged this evening will appear before Court number two at the Central Criminal Court  tomorrow at 10.30am.Related: Man released over death of Jason Saunders who was found beaten outside Dublin pub>last_img read more

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Wonder plastic gets stronger as you stretch it

first_imgMix 1 part corn-starch and 2 parts water water to create a so-called “non-Newtonian fluid,” a material with the odd property of thickening under sheer stress. This long-known concoction has led to many a YouTube video of supposedly transcendent people running over the surface of murky waters — the impacts of their feet stiffen the fluid enough to support their weight for just a second, long enough for them to get the next foot down. Yet this fluid, known as ooblek, is not the only sort of wacky material being studied these days, and the applications are much wider than just a new-world version of walking over coals.In a recent publication in Nature Chemistry, a similar but potentially far more useful property was discovered in a new material derived from synthetic rubber: rather than getting stronger under compression, it becomes stronger as it is stretched.On a molecular level, the property arises from a bromine group jutting off from the molecule’s core. That core skeleton of carbon provides the material’s physical properties most of the time — but when stretched with enough force it breaks and unravels, exposing the bromine groups to a second molecule in the material. This helper molecule cross-links the bromine groups between broken chains, creating stronger bonds than existed before the stretching.New materials are acquiring increasingly amazing properties.This longer chain of stretched out molecules essentially locks into place, making the material progressively harder to stretch as it is exposed to greater force. Once stretched past the limit of the carbon backbone, however, the material will not snap back like an elastic; while it may not break, it also will not return to its former conformation.The property seems fairly generalizable, as compression through an extruder and even agitation when dissolved had similar results. They used ultrasound to pulse a liquid solution of the plastic dissolved in water, finding that the liquid formed a thicker gel in response and built up on the sides of the container.This property is akin to that found in many biological tissues, as muscle fibers become progressively tougher as they stretch. They use a similar “locking in” mechanism, but one major difference is that biological tissues are extremely complex and interdependent, where this is a simple and homogenous plastic that is easy to work with.The big challenge, they say, in to create a material that can retain all of these properties while being able to return to its original relaxed state. Currently, the covalent bonds created by stretching are permanent, but a material that could have a sliding scale of stiffness, and retain is softness after extreme strain, would open a lot of doors in engineering and design.last_img read more

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Genetic Barcodes Trace Lineage of Cell Division

first_img Scientists at the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School (HMS) developed a new method for tracing cell division back to its origin.Developmental biologists have long struggled to track how and when the 26 billion cells that make up a newborn arise from one zygote (a fertilized ovum).Now they can, using genetic barcodes that record the process of cell division.The system requires a special type of DNA sequence that encodes a modified homing guide RNA (hgRNA) molecule. These molecules are engineered to guide the enzyme Cas9 (of CRISPR-Cas9 fame)—if present—to its own hgRNA sequence, which Cas9 cuts.When the cell repairs the laceration, it can introduce genetic mutations in the hgRNA sequence, which accumulate over time to create a unique barcode.Researchers tested their theory in developing mice. A “founder mouse,” its genome chock full of 60 different hgRNA sequences, was crossed with rodents that expressed the Cas9 protein.Those critters then produced zygotes—the union of the sperm cell and egg cell—whose hgRNA sequences started being cut and mutated shortly after fertilization.“Starting with the zygote and continuing through all of its pregnancy, every time a cell divides there’s a chance that its daughter cells’ hgRNAs will mutate,” first author Reza Kalhor, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wyss Institute and HMS, explained.By comparing the pattern of mutations between cells, scientists can determine when those parts developed (via Wyss Institute at Harvard University)“In each generation, all the cells acquire their own unique mutations in addition to the ones they inherit from their mother cell,” he said in a statement. “So we can trace how closely related different cells are by comparing which mutations they have.”Each hgRNA can produce hundreds of mutant alleles (for non-CSI watchers: a variant form of a given gene). Together, they generate a unique barcode that contains the full developmental lineage of each of the approximately 10 billion cells in an adult mouse.“Current lineage-tracking methods can only show snapshots in time, because you have to physically stop the development process to see how the cells look at each stage, almost like looking at individual frames of a motion picture,” according to senior study author George Church, professor of genetics at HMS. “This barcode recording method allows us to reconstruct the complete history of every mature cell’s development,” he continued, “which is like playing the full motion picture backwards in real time.”Moving forward, the team is focused on improving readout techniques, in an effort to analyze barcodes of individual cells and reconstruct the lineage tree.So what does this “huge milestone,” as described by Wyss Institute director Donald Ingber, mean for you?First of all, a better understanding of the process by which a single cell grows to form an adult animal is just absolutely rad. But when applied to disease models, it could provide “entirely new insights into how diseases, such as cancer, emerge,” Ingber said.The research was published this week as a First Release article in the journal Science.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target These Meat-Eating Pitcher Plants Also Munch on Baby SalamandersResearchers Produce Record-Shattering Underwater Sound last_img read more

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Local online flower shop donates old arrangements to charity

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A local online flower shop is working to make a difference by donating old flower arrangements to charity.Spruce is a website where people can donate their flower arrangements to charity after a big event.Spruce picks up the flowers and revamps them before delivering them to the non-profit of the donor’s choosing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Man accused of shooting at ducks with air rifle will not face

first_imgPINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Pinecrest man accused of shooting at ducks will not face any charges.A neighbor had alerted police, Monday, after she saw the man across her backyard canal shooting at Muscovy ducks in the water.Related: Video shows Pinecrest man shooting at ducks with air rifleThe neighbor recorded video of the man as he was using what she said was an airsoft gun.Police determined that what he did is not considered animal cruelty, as the ducks the man targeted are not a protected animal species.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Source Cygnus Deal Will Get Done in 08

first_imgWhile the U.S. economy saw some relief Monday with the Dow Jones up more than 900 points, the tightening credit markets have put the brakes on a number of big media deals, one being Wasserstein and Co.’s acquisition of Cygnus Business Media—which was said to have been set to close at the end of August.According to a knowledgeable source, the acquisition talks are still alive but Wasserstein no longer is the only active bidder. While the source declined to say what other private equity players are now in the mix, he said he is “confident something will get done by the end of the year.”Another source, who is knowledgeable in magazine M&A, says he isn’t surprised. “If their [Wasserstein’s] exclusivity ran out … then the bankers would try to bring in other players,” the source said. “Normally, the bankers go back to other bidders that expressed interest but dropped out at higher prices.”A Cygnus spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more

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2020 Ford Explorer How it stacks up to the Chevy Traverse Honda

first_img Toyota Highlander 40.5 263 73 32.2 Kia Sorento 31.9 See All 47.9 Transmission 6- or 9-speed automatic 38.4 Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 178 Chevrolet Traverse High Country 10-speed automatic May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 6-speed automatic Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum 44.2 13.8 More From Roadshow $49,065 255 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 Power (hp) 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Toyota Highlander 3rd-row headroom Engine, transmission and towing comparison 3rd-row legroom 295 SUVs Crossovers 8-speed automatic 38 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 295 38.4 40.2 Ford Explorer 2.3 EcoBoost 38.9 According to this tale of the tape, the new Explorer should have little difficulty defending its sales crown. What remains to be seen is what it will be like to drive, so keep your internet dials locked here for a forthcoming first-drive impression as soon as we can get our mitts on a sixth-gen Explorer. 27.7 40.9 $27,335 $54,395 Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 40.7 43 1,500 Ford Explorer 39.9 5,000 Vehicle Chevrolet Traverse V6 Chevrolet Traverse 9-speed automatic 47 87.8 $47,535 15 185 185 Torque (lb-ft) 2020 Ford Explorer is better in almost every way Detroit Auto Show 2019 Vehicle 39.4 Seats up 5,600 Tags 44.1 18.2 290 42.3 31.7 266 $56,000 (est) 2.3-liter turbo I4 Engine Chevrolet Traverse 3rd row folded 2.4-liter I4 38.9 Kia Sorento SX Limited AWD Kia Sorento 41.3 $32,425 6-speed automatic $33,760 2nd-row legroom Headroom and legroomIf you have a big head — hopefully not in the personality sense — and you’re a passenger in the 2020 Explorer, you’re in luck, as the new Ford offers best-in-class second- and third-row headroom. In every other measurement delineated below, the new Explorer remains competitive. If you gave into temptation a little too much this past holiday season, the Explorer has your back(side), too, by offering best-in-class first- and second-row hip room.Being the space king that it is, it’s no surprise the Chevy boasts some top measurements on this chart, namely with front headroom and third-row legroom. Surprisingly, the Sorento can claim a a victory here, as well. It tops the chart with its second-row legroom. The Honda Pilot ties the Explorer with best-in-class third-row headroom, while the Highlander is the benchmark for front legroom, but offers significantly less third-row legroom than the others. Headroom/legroom comparison (inches) 8-speed automatic 280 Front legroom 262 33.5 39.3 1,500 310 3,500 83.7 Honda Pilot 5,300 38.4 98.2 57.8 41 Vehicle Ford Explorer 3.0 EcoBoost 3.6-liter V6 35.9 39.5 Towing (lbs.) 38.2 40.7 The Ford Explorer gets a complete overhaul for the 2020 model year, with big improvements in terms of tech, safety and styling. This all-new Explorer looks to not only maintain the crossover’s popularity, but expand its appeal even further.That’s important, since the three-row crossover segment is one of the most competitive in the automotive space. When the new Explorer goes on sale this summer, it’ll face fierce competition from the likes of the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander, among others.Let’s take a look at how the 2020 Explorer is positioned against these well-known rivals. 184 $32,495 Comments 2.0-liter turbo I4 2nd-row headroom 11.3 Honda Pilot reading • 2020 Ford Explorer vs. the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander 57 Photos 23 PricingFord says the 2020 Explorer’s base price will end up being $400 more than the 2019 model’s $32,365 figure. Including an estimated destination charge of $995, that amounts to at least $33,760, which will place the Explorer at the more expensive end of the segment. That’s nothing new for the Ford, but understandable considering the Explorer’s level of standard horsepower, tech and safety features. 2020 pricing for most models in the auto industry is expected to be an average of several hundred dollars more than their 2019 counterparts, so keep that in mind when referring to the pricing of the Explorer’s 2019-model-year competitors below.Ford is yet to release prices for its higher-trim Explorers, but the top-spec Platinum trim level for 2019 starts at $54,165, so the 2020 model shouldn’t be much more than that. 2020-ford-explorer-platinum-3Enlarge ImageSince 1990, Ford has sold nearly 8 million Explorers, making it the best-selling SUV in history. Ford On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Kia Sorento’s low base price is due largely to its unimpressive base engine and a lack of standard driver-assistance features. Like the Sorento, the Highlander comes with a low-cost base engine, as well, but a healthy suite of standard driver-assistance systems put it mid-pack among starting prices.The Honda Pilot LX also offers a stout list of standard driver aids but bundles that with a V6 engine. The Pilot offers less standard tech, though, which explains why it commands only $70 more than the Toyota. The Chevrolet Traverse takes a different approach to landing mid-pack. It offers a standard V6 but a dearth of standard driver-assistance features.On the upper end, you’ll notice most of these crossovers come in at under $50,000 in their top trims. Attribute that to the fact that none offer the level of horsepower that the Explorer Platinum has on tap. Ford Explorer 83.9 3.5-liter V6 Kia Sorento V6 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 310 5,000 Three-row crossover SUV pricing 40.1 Price (incl. destination) Ford Explorer Cargo volume comparison (cubic feet) 16 Honda Pilot Elite Toyota Highlander LE 5,000 Ford Explorer Platinum Engine, transmission and towingAt launch, the 2020 Explorer will come standard with a 2.3-liter, turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s not the most powerful standard engine in the segment — the Traverse’s V6 beats it by a mere 10 horsepower — but the Explorer offers substantial power compared to its rivals. The standard four-cylinder engines in the Highlander and Sorento look downright anemic by comparison.For those wanting more oomph, the Explorer’s optional 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 leads the class in horsepower and torque. The V6 boasts a 5,600-pound tow rating, which is slightly better than most other entrants in this segment. Only the Dodge Durango and Nissan Pathfinder do better with towing, the former able to tow as much as 8,700 pounds thanks to its optional V8 engine. Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse StylingThe front fascia is the area that’s undergone the most transformation, but it’s arguably the blandest-looking bit of the whole package. The new crossover’s flanks are more sculpted than the current Explorer’s, which is a nice touch, but the rear looks pretty much identical to the 2019 model.When it comes to the competition, there’s not a rotten-looking apple in this bunch, but they have their quirks. Winning the award for most minivan-looking of the group is the Highlander, but the Sorento is a close runner-up. The Traverse is blocky-looking, especially in its base trim riddled with black plastic and small wheels. The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, looks the most windswept and unique. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s perfectly fine if your design interpretations are the inverse of what’s written above.Enlarge ImageFord took an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary approach to its sixth-gen Explorer’s styling. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Tech and safetyThe 2020 Ford Explorer represents a major upgrade in compulsory tech compared with the current Explorer. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Waze navigation integrated into an 8-inch touchscreen now come standard. The 2019 model only comes with a 4.2-inch screen and no phone mirroring unless you’re willing to shell out extra dough. The 2020 Explorer also comes standard with four USB ports (two of which are USB-C), as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.More in line with the current Explorer, the Toyota Highlander is pretty stingy with its standard tech, offering just a 6.1-inch touchscreen. The Honda Pilot is a shade more stingy, offering just a 5-inch LCD screen. The Chevrolet Traverse is much more accommodating with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 7-inch touchscreen, plus 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to seven devices.Despite having the lowest price in this comparison, the Kia Sorento brings its tech essentials to the party. Those essentials include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 7-inch touchscreen.2020-ford-explorer-platinum-5Enlarge ImageThat iPad-looking thing atop the center stack is the Explorer’s optional 10.1-inch infotainment display. Ford In concert with stepping up its standard tech game, the 2020 Explorer now offers a belly-full of standard safety systems, which is in stark contrast to the 2019 Explorer which offers no standard driver-assistance systems. The new Explorer comes with pedestrian-detecting collision-mitigation braking, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and a rearview camera that can wash itself if things get murky out on the trail.Those standard safety features make the base Explorer much more competitive with the well-equipped Highlander and Pilot, which both come with compulsory collision-mitigation braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beams. The Traverse mirrors the current Explorer by offering no standard driver-assistance systems. The same goes for the Sorento.Cargo spaceWith 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows of seats folded, the Explorer offers respectable cargo room, beating most of its competitors except for the Chevy, which is huge inside. In fact, its 98.2 cubic-foot max falls between the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition, both of which are one vehicle class larger. The Pilot and Highlander, with their middle-of-the-road pricing, also offer middle-of-the-road storage volume, while the value-positioned Sorento is certifiably cargo-cramped. In fact, the Honda CR-V, one size class down, offers more maximum volume than the Sorento. $31,125 Chevrolet Traverse L $48,500 10-speed automatic 252 Share your voice Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Vehicle 380 2nd and 3rd rows folded 3.5-liter V6 Toyota Highlander V6 39 365 9-speed automatic 40 • Kia Sorento 36.3 300 2,000 Front headroom Honda Pilot 3.3-liter V6 Toyota Highlander Kia Sorento L Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ford 2.7-liter I4 4G LTE Chevrolet Ford Honda Kia Nissan Toyota Dodgelast_img read more

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US Senate Confirms Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

first_imgThe U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Download AudioBoth Alaska senators voted against her, saying she has not shown she has the independence to stand up to the Obama White House. As Sen. Lisa Murkowski put it, the A.G. should serve as a “firewall against executive overreach, not an apologist for the President’s prerogatives.” Lynch was confirmed by a vote of 56 to 43.last_img

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Sitka Tribe of Alaska sues state claiming mismanagement of herring fishery

first_imgJeff Feldpausch stands in front of bags of hemlock branches, ready for distribution to elders. He noted the bare spots on the branches, illustrating the annual need for subsistence coming up short. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)A tribal government is filing suit against the state of Alaska, alleging mismanagement of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has retained a major Anchorage law firm that specializes in tribal advocacy and subsistence issues.For 20 years, tribal leaders have been worried about the health of Sitka’s herring. The silvery fish return every spring to spawn and are pursued by commercial fisherman, subsistence harvesters and marine mammals alike. As a forage fish, they’re a cornerstone of the ecosystem.Jessie Johnnie told the story of Herring Rock to the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 1997 — one of a young Tlingit woman sitting on the rock and lowering her hair into the ocean for the herring to lay their eggs.“All the herring would come to the rock and swim around,” Johnnie said, “and she would sing lullabies to them.”Herring have cultural, ecological and economic significance for Sitka. But the message to the Board of Fisheries back then was that the herring weren’t spawning the same way in the same places, and subsistence harvesters were struggling to gather enough roe.Herman Kitka, testifying at that 1997 meeting, feared for the worst.“If nothing is done,” Kitka said, “we will lose the herring stock that is left in Sitka Sound.”In 2018, his son Harvey Kitka went before the Board of Fisheries to say the same thing: Act now, or potentially lose our herring. STA proposed capping the commercial harvest of herring at 10 percent. But the board took no action, maintaining a formula that calculates a sliding scale of 12-to-20 percent depending on the size of the biomass.KCAW’s Emily Kwong spoke with Kitka afterwards. He said he wasn’t surprised by the board’s decision, but he wondered if his father’s forecast was coming true.“It’s happening right now, what we were concerned about back then,” Kitka said back in January.In March, the herring fishery opened and ran into trouble. Because the commercial herring fishery is driven by processors, they need fish of a certain quality to market their product, largely to Japan and other Asian countries.Eric Coonradt, the Sitka area management biologist for the state, said the fish this year  — most of which were four-year-olds — were simply too small.“The quality with which processors needed to market these fish was 125 grams or better and 11 percent roe or better, and if you look at our forecast, 92 percent of the fish didn’t meet that demand,” Coonradt said.In other words, they were looking for the biggest and best fish out there but didn’t find enough. The fleet fell over 8,000 tons short of their quota, and the commercial fishery closed early for the fourth time in six years. The fishery is driven by the formula, and Coonradt noted it’s up to the Board of Fisheries to change it.“Unless we had a biological concern, we couldn’t close this fishery ourselves. What they’d have to do is bring it to the Board of Fish as an emergency petition. That’s their option,” Coonradt said.Subsistence harvesters didn’t have much luck either.Jeff Feldpausch is the resource protection director for STA. While his team bagged hemlock branches covered with herring eggs for distribution to elders, he pointed to bare spots on the branches.“People don’t want trees in their freezer. It’s all about putting eggs in their freezers, not branches,” Feldpausch said. “This is looking grim. This is really grim.”Although the harvest was insufficient for both commercial and subsistence purposes, the state is preparing for next season’s fishery under the same model. In December, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced they anticipate a spawning mass of 64,000 tons of herring in Sitka Sound, around 9,000 more pounds than was originally predicted — and set a commercial quota at 20 percent of that forecast.This infuriates the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. On Dec. 11, STA filed a lawsuit against Fish and Game and the Board of Fisheries in Superior Court. They’re not calling for an all-out closure of the fishery; they’re asking for an injunction against Fish and Game, requiring them to develop a new management plan for the fishery prior to the start of the season next March. STA also wants the court to find that the actions of the Board of Fisheries and the Department of Fish and Game are illegal under Alaska law.In a press release on Friday, STA chair Kathy Hope Erickson called for protection of the subsistence way of life.“The time is now,” Erickson said, “to ensure our people have the chance to fulfill their cultural responsibilities which have been interwoven with the herring since time immemorial, and to fill their freezers. We cannot sit by while the State of Alaska shirks its statutory and constitutional duties to citizens. We demand action by the state.”STA has retained the Anchorage law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as legal counsel. The state of Alaska has 30 days to reply to the suit.Editor’s note: Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP is an underwriter for Alaska Public Media.last_img read more

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Couple arrested in Madhya Pradesh for involvement in Maoist

first_imgBhopal: The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a couple in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal for their suspected involvement in Maoist activities, police said on Tuesday. The couple identified as Manish Shrivastava and Anita Shrivastava, residents of Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district, were residing in Bhopal since the last five years with changed names. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us An Uttar Pradesh ATS team raided a house in Vikas Kunj colony in Shahpura area late on Monday night and arrested the couple for their involvement in Maoist activities. Maoist literature was also found from their residence, police sources said. Director General of Police V.K. Singh told the media about the arrest and said that several Maoist sympathizers have been arrested in various cities in the past. He refused to give more details. The couple, who were wanted in a case in Uttar Pradesh, will be taken back to their state.last_img read more

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7 historical facts you should know about PoK

first_img1. During the colonisation of the Indian subcontinent, Jammu and Kashmir remained under the rule of Maharaja Hari Singh and never came directly under the British rule. 2. On August 15, 1947, India had celebrated its independence, Maharaja Hari Singh agreed to accede to the Indian Union only on October 26, 1947. 3. Accession Day is a holiday which is celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir, commemorating October 26, 1947, when Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession at Amar Palace in Jammu, India. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us 4. Kashmiri separatists observe Accession Day as a Black Day. 5. it is claimed by Azad Kashmir, the self-governing legislative assembly though it is a known fact that it is under the control of Pakistan. The current President of the state is Sardar Masood Khan and Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan is its current Prime Minister. 6. Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK) also has its own Supreme Court and the High Court. 7. In 1963 Pakistan had handed over a part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Hunza-Gilgit, the Shaksgam Valley region of Raksam and Baltistan to China. This area is known as the ceded area or Trans-Karakoram Tract.last_img read more

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Tata Sons nominates Ishaat Hussain as interim TCS chairman to replace Cyrus

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Wednesday said it had received a notice from Tata Sons (its parent firm) nominating Ishaat Hussain as the interim chairman of the company. Hussain would replace Cyrus Mistry with immediate effect. “The Company has received a letter dated November 09, 2016 from Tata Sons Limited nominating Mr Ishaat Hussain as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company in place of Mr Cyrus P. Mistry with immediate effect. In view of this, Mr Mistry has ceased to be the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and Mr. Hussain is the new Chairman of the Company. The Company has been further informed that Mr Hussain shall hold office as Chairman of the Company until a new Chairman is appointed in his place,” TCS said in its regulatory filing. Additionally, Tata Sons also issued a separate notice saying it would hold a special general body meeting to remove Mistry as the director of the company. The meeting will have to held in 45 days.The latest move by the parent company is going to further escalate the Ratan Tata-Cyrus Mistry row. Last week, the independent directors of the Tata-company held Indian Hotels company backed Mistry and said they supported him as their chairman further complicating the task of him being replaced as chairman from several company boards. “Taking into account board assessments and performance evaluations carried out over the years, the independent directors unanimously expressed their full confidence in the chairman, Cyrus Mistry, and praised the steps taken by him in providing strategic direction and leadership to the company,” it said.Following the news, the TCS stock was trading at Rs 2,202 at around 10:10 am on Thursday, up 1.43 percent from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

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Christians lend an anthem and a pacifist spirit to protests in Hong

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Protesters cover their right eye in solidarity with a woman who suffered a severe eye injury during clashes with the police on Aug. 11. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,HONG KONG (RNS) — Since protests began more than 12 weeks ago over an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trial, the city’s Christian community has taken an active role.Groups of Christians regularly participate in the marches that have coursed through Hong Kong’s streets every weekend since June, and their pleas for peaceful protests and their hymns and prayers are often heard along with protest chants. One hymn, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord,” written in 1974, has caught on as an anthem of the protests, sung by believers and nonbelievers alike.The Christian hymn not only inspires: It grants the protesters some protection under a technicality in Hong Kong law of public assembly that exempts religious gatherings.The bill that brought the protesters out into the streets has since been suspended, but the demonstrations have continued, turning into a larger campaign for democracy and for maintaining the “one country, two systems” model agreed upon when the former British colony returned to China in 1997. Share This! Catholicism Hong Kong police watch people participate in the “Hong Kong Way” on Aug. 23, 2019, the last peaceful protest in almost two weeks of rallies without violence, before clashes between the protesters and riot police occurred again on Aug. 24 and 25. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Alexandra Radu TagsChina homepage featured Hong Kong protests,You may also like Share This! Share This! Christians took part in a 35-kilometer (21.7-mile) human chain across various areas of Hong Kong, exhibiting “the Hong Kong Way,” a peaceful protest initiative modeled on “the Baltic Way,” one of the biggest anti-Soviet protests. The Baltic Way had its 30th anniversary on Aug. 23, 2019. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduThe protests have provided Christians with an opportunity to voice their concerns about religious freedom. If China ends the “one country, two systems” status quo, they fear, the persecution of religious denominations in mainland China may spread to Hong Kong.On Friday (Aug. 23), tens of thousands of people gathered in Chater Garden for the first large-scale political rally specifically for Christians. With the motto “Salt and light, for justice we walk together,” the rally aimed to “provide all Christians a platform to express themselves outside the church, hoping people would safeguard Hong Kong by singing, praying, worshipping God and at the same time speaking up for justice and standing together with all the Hongkongers in difficult times,” said a press release from the rally organizer.Thousands of participants filling Chater Garden use their cellphones for light during a Christian rally on Aug. 23, 2019, in Hong Kong. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 A group from a small Hong Kong church at a protest on Aug. 25, 2019. “We came to pray for the people, bless them and use our power of belief to help them. Our city is going in an extreme direction, but we hope we can bring some peace to the Hong Kong people,” said one of the participants. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu News • Photos of the Week Share This! Volunteers distribute water, food and face masks at the front line of a protest on Aug. 24, 2019. “We know they don’t have enough of these things, so we help as we can,” one participant said. RNS photo by Alexandra Raducenter_img By: Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Christian protesters pray during a rally on Aug. 23, 2019, in Hong Kong. More than 15,000 people attended the event, the first large-scale political rally for Christians since the democracy movement started in June. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu By: Alexandra Radu The protests have sometimes turned violent. While some Hong Kong residents see violence as the only way to obtain their demands, many, including most Christians, choose to support the protests through peaceful means. The city’s Christians number about 900,000, or 12% of Hong Kong’s population of roughly 7.5 million.Protesters sing “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord,” a hymn that has become the anthem of the pro-democracy protests, during a Christian rally on Aug. 23, 2019, in Hong Kong. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Vicky, 36, covers her right eye while holding her 2-year-old son, along with other protesters at the Christian rally on Aug. 23, 2019. Covering an eye is a sign of solidarity with a protester who suffered a severe eye injury during clashes with the police on Aug. 11. “It is the first time I come to the protests,” said Vicky. “I am here for my son. If we don’t have freedom and justice his future is gone.” First names are being used to protect individuals. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Participants lay hands on one another in prayer during the Christian rally at Chater Garden on Aug. 23, 2019, in Hong Kong. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Howard, a 26-year-old seminary student, addresses the Christian service held at Hong Kong’s Chater Garden on Aug. 23, 2019, in Hong Kong. “Since the beginning of June, I have gone to the protests to provide young people with a positive mindset,” he said. “As Christians, we have to know how to stand in front of the authorities and walk in the truth of God so we can have justice. In the Bible it says Jesus loves everyone, including the police, but the people from the front lines don’t love the police. I tell them God sees everyone, including the police, and he will judge in the end.” First names are being used to protect individuals. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu A Durham, NC, church sees the arts as its North Star Several Christian organizations have officially voiced their concerns over the extradition bill, including the Hong Kong Christian Council, the Catholic Diocese, the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong and the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union of Hong Kong. They have also urged the protesters to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.Tens of thousands of people march in the rain in Hong Kong on Aug. 25, 2019. At the end of the day of marching some of the most violent clashes between the protesters and the riot police to date took place. Protesters threw bricks and petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Alexandra Radu,Load Comments,Some Pittsburgh Jews upset by decision to seek death penalty in synagogue attack last_img read more

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