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Smokes seized on Alberta FN had federal stamp commission

first_img(Photo: Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson.  Photo courtesy of Steve Bonspiel, The Eastern Door)By Noemi LoPinto APTN National News EDMONTON-The millions of cigarettes seized by Alberta authorities last week on the Montana First Nation reserve had the proper federal registration, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said.The cigarettes displayed the proper “Canada Duty-Paid” stamp, according to a spokeswoman. The commission, however, is still investigating the matter because the 75,000 cartons of cigarettes were not legal for sale in Alberta under provincial law, said Christine Wronko.The 14 million cigarettes were being stored on Montana First Nation to be distributed to reserves throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.The cigarettes were manufactured and shipped to the reserve by Rainbow Tobacco, a federally licensed manufacturer based in Kahnawake, Que.Rainbow Tobacco claims it wasn’t necessary for the Mohawk company to obtain provincial paperwork because the cigarettes were for sale only on First Nations reserves which fall under federal jurisdiction.RCMP investigators also found that the cigarettes appeared to have the proper federal stamp, but continued to investigate to ensure everything was in order.If police investigators believe everything checks out, it may limit the RCMP’s involvement, leaving the Alberta agency to pursue the case.Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission agents seized the 14 million cigarettes Jan. 5 in a raid conducted with the RCMP.Authorities were tipped to the cigarette’s existence after police were called on Jan. 3 following a break-in and theft of over two dozen cases from the Quonset holding the product.The raid also triggered major political upheaval on the First Nation, which sits about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton and is one of four First Nations in Hobbema, Alta.The fate of band Chief Carolyn Buffalo and Coun. Len Standinontheroad, who were involved in the arrangement to bring the cigarettes to the community, remains unclear.Another heated band meeting was held Friday in the community to again discuss the future of the two band politicians.Buffalo and Standingontheroad were initially suspended after the raid. During a press conference Thursday, Buffalo claimed she was still the chief.Coun. Brad Rabbit, who said he was the acting chief, told APTN National News Friday that Buffalo and Standingontheroad were still suspended.He said Buffalo was not authorized by the band council to hold the press conference, which was also attended by the president of Rainbow Tobacco Robbie Dickson.New details have since emerged of the ambitious scope of Rainbow Tobacco’s plan to corner the on-reserve tobacco market in three Western provinces with Montana First Nation acting as the main distribution point.Kahnawake newspaper, The Eastern Door, reported Friday that Rainbow Tobacco had managed to finalize a deal two years in the making to replace all other tobacco brands on the shelves of on-reserve stores across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.“The Montana First Nation would have been the distribution centre for Rainbow Tobacco to all of the reserves out West. The stores on those reserves were ready to take all other cigarettes off their shelves and only sell Rainbow products,” Dickson told the newspaper.Rainbow Tobacco chief financial officer Chad Rice told APTN National News that the company would go to court to get its seized cigarette’s back.Rainbow Tobacco believes provinces have no jurisdiction to interfere in nation to nation trade between First Nations communities, said Rice.Dickson told The Eastern Door that the Montana First Nation deal would have created 18 jobs in Kahnawake, which counts tobacco as its economic lifeblood.nlopinto@aptn.calast_img read more

Vancouver police investigating warriors who dumped dirt in Justice Minister WilsonRayboulds office

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Vancouver police is trying to identify a group of masked warriors who dumped dirt inside the constituency office of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over her refusal to call a public inquiry into the 1995 Gustafson Lake armed standoff.A spokesperson for the Vancouver police said an investigation is currently ongoing into the March 3 incident, but detectives have yet to identify the warriors who executed the protest.“It is unknown at this time which group was responsible and there have been no arrests made in this case,” said police spokesperson Randy Fincham, in an emailed statement. “Our investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to share at this time.”The group of four warriors entered Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office in Vancouver at about 2 p.m. and “poured dirt on the counter and floor,” said Fincham.An official with Wilson-Raybould’s office in Ottawa told APTN National News that the Vancouver office contacted the police after the incident. The official said the constituency office is currently closed for “cleaning.”Christine Chan, manager of operations for Wilson-Raybould’s Vancouver office, refused to provide a statement on the incident.“We decline to comment,” said Chan, in an email.A video of the incident was posted online by subMedia.tv, an online multimedia “collaboration” which produces “anarchist films” and “radical videos.”The video shows the four warriors, carrying a bullhorn, drum and bags of soil, walk into Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office.An official from Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office tries to unmask a warrior during March 3 protest. Still image from subMedia.tv video.A warrior with the bullhorn then says they have a “special delivery” for Wilson-Raybould.“Two months after Wolverine has called for the Gustafson Lake inquiry,” said the warrior. “This is a delivery from the warriors….This is our message: Our land is not for sale.”The warrior also refers to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was in Vancouver that week for climate change talks with provincial and territorial premiers along with Indigenous leaders.At one point, a man, who appears to work for Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office, tries to unmask the warriors, but is forced out onto the sidewalk.Wilson-Raybould was confronted about the issue earlier this year when the minister said she wanted to first focus on the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women. Wilson-Rabyould is one of three cabinet ministers laying the groundwork for that inquiry which is expected to get underway by this summer.Ailing Secwepemc Elder William “Wolverine” Jones Ignace wrote Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould earlier this year requesting a public inquiry into the Gustafsen Lake standoff.The standoff centred on land leased by the province to a rancher near 100 Mile House, B.C., that was used for Sundance ceremonies. The land, which was never surrendered, was reclaimed by the Ts’Peten Defenders in 1995 who refused to leave despite attempts by the rancher to evict them.The standoff saw the RCMP, backed by the Canadian Forces, and warriors exchange tens of thousands of rounds of gunfire, more than during the 1990 Oka crisis. The RCMP also used an IED against a warrior in a pickup truck.Two RCMP officers visited Wolverine on Feb. 26 following protests against a modern day treaty vote by four Secwepemc communities that are part of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw tribal council.RCMP Sgt. Frank Paul stated the reason for his visit was to discuss a letter Wolverine sent to the Mounties alleging officers were violating Secwepemc sovereignty by intervening in protests against the modern day treaty, according to a statement released on Feb. 27 by the Ts’Peten Defenders.The Ts’Peten Defenders sent a statement to APTN saying they had also seen the video of the warriors dumping dirt at Wilson-Raybould’s office, but provided no further comment. The video was posted on the Defenders’ Facebook page.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

SC lifts Sreesanths life ban its BCCIs call now

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled life ban on India cricketer S. Sreesanth and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider his punishment. Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In a relief for the pace bowler, the apex court set aside the life ban imposed on him as a bench headed by Ashok Bhushan asked the BCCI to consider the quantum of punishment on Sreesanth. The top court though maintained that he is guilty of betting/match-fixing. Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth from his friend’s house while Chandila and Chavan had been picked up from the team hotel as the three were plying their trade for Rajasthan Royals in the T20 league.last_img read more

Walmart and Amazon say Tesla solar panels caused fires at their properties Now

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Sarah Wilder, director of curriculum development and instruction at Solar Energy International, a nonprofit focusing on technical training, said a shortage of under-qualified workers can lead to a decline in system quality. Faulty components, shoddy workmanship or wiring, or a combination, can cause fires, Wilder said. So can poor maintenance.“There’s a lot of emphasis by solar companies on getting that installation but insufficient emphasis on making sure that the system is rigorously operated and maintained,” said Joe Osha, an equity analyst at JMP Securities, a San Francisco investment-banking firm, who wasn’t speaking specifically about Tesla. “These are not install-and-forget assets.”Now, the fires are sparking finger-pointing and lawsuits. Last week, Amazon said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Southern California also involved a Tesla system. Tesla called it “an isolated incident” that it addressed and that all 11 of its Amazon solar sites are generating energy.We believe these lawsuits are without merit and will vigorously defend ourselves against them One evening last year, David Burek noticed charred wood and a burning smell in his attic, near his young sons’ bedroom. He climbed a ladder and saw a melted connector wire from the solar panels installed on the roof of his North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, home. Firefighters rushed over and discovered that flames had burned through the shingles, the roof and a support beam. Luckily, a recent rain had doused it.A month later, a fire broke out on the roof of Ken Tomasello’s home in Waldorf, Maryland, sending a section of the ceiling crashing onto a bed. It ultimately caused so much fire, smoke and water damage that Tomasello and his wife lived in a hotel for more than a year.The two homes had something in common: SolarCity, now a unit of Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc., had installed their rooftop panels. While these are just a pair of relatively small incidents at a company with some 400,000 solar customers — one of the biggest such portfolios in the U.S. — they add to the growing concern about the safety of Tesla’s solar systems. Tesla owner wanted to control her Model 3, so she implanted a valet key in her arm Tesla cut the starting price of its Model 3 — and it’s making investors nervous Tesla rolls out insurance in California In the past couple weeks, both Walmart Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. have said that Tesla systems caused roof fires at their stores or warehouses. Those were commercial installations. The Burek and Tomasello episodes show there are potentially also problems with residential systems, a much bigger part of the company’s sputtering business.Further underscoring those worries, Tesla has reached out to homeowners across the U.S. to tell them they need preventive maintenance. The company says the remediation effort is designed to ensure that systems last 10 to 20 years. (Business Insider previously reported this program, known internally as Project Titan.)In an interview, Burek said he heard from Tesla in October 2018 — about five months after his panels had been removed. “When I called Tesla back, they said our system had been flagged for bad connectors,” Burek said. “I told them there was no system to maintain because they’d already caused a fire on my roof.”Though they aren’t tracked nationally, rooftop solar fires are rare. Tesla said its customers’ risk of fire is seven times lower than they face from home wiring and lighting. “In the past year, less than 1% of 1% of sites have experienced any type of thermal event necessitating any form of emergency response, and there have been no injuries,” Tesla said in a statement. “While we strive for zero risks across all of our products, this rate of risk presents less of a household danger than a home washer or dryer.”News about fires threatens to deepen the woes at Tesla’s solar unit, which in turn would only add to the recent struggles for the automaker. Tesla’s main electric car business faces a host of challenges. Musk’s tweeting has drawn scrutiny from federal securities regulators, the company has yet to report an annual profit, and Tesla’s stock is down about 35 percent this year.Tesla bought SolarCity in 2016. It is losing market share, reporting only 29 megawatts worth of  installations in the second quarter, down from a high of more than 200 in 2016. Much of the reason: strategic shifts, including an end of door-to-door sales and marketing through Home Depot Inc. Its shortcomings are all the more evident as solar is taking off in the U.S. and around the world.Customers unplug a Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric vehicle charging beneath a solar panel canopy at the Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City, California. Earlier this month, Walmart sued Tesla, claiming that the company failed to meet industry standards in the installation of solar systems atop hundreds of its stores and caused fires in at least seven of them, including two in May 2018. The companies have issued a statement saying they “look forward to addressing all issues” and “re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores.”After the Massachusetts and Maryland fires, two homeowners insurers, Citation Insurance Co. and Allstate Corp., accused Tesla of negligence and breach of contract over the fires. They each sued both Tesla and Wallingford, Connecticut-based Amphenol Corp., which makes electrical connectors, including those used in Tesla installations.“We believe these lawsuits are without merit and will vigorously defend ourselves against them,” Amphenol said. While Tesla declined to comment on the complaints, it denied the allegations in a court filing in the Citation case.In its January suit in Charles County, Maryland, Circuit Court, Ken Tomasello’s  insurer, Allstate, said it was seeking to recover at least $300,000 it paid to make up for his fire-related losses.“When I heard about the Walmart fires, I wasn’t surprised at all,” Tomasello said in an interview. “I’m sure there are other homes that have had experiences similar to ours.”In its April lawsuit in New Bedford District Court in Massachusetts, David and Stephanie Burek’s insurer, Citation, said it was suing to recover about $12,000 it paid to the couple because of losses in the fire.A year after the fire, Burek posted photographs of the damage on Facebook, along with a long note of warning to friends and family: “I caution you on using Tesla or any solar company for that matter as while it can certainly save you money it may potentially cost you much much more. To us our family is way more valuable than any amount of money we would ever save.”Bloomberg.com read more

Committee on UN treaty requesting account of human rights compliance from Sudan

Sudan’s deadline would be the end of this year, French lawyer Christine Chanet told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, as the 18-member Human Rights Committee wrapped up the first of its three meetings this year on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. The committee previously asked the United States for a special report on its detention policies and on aspects of the Patriot Act approved after the attacks of 11 September 2001, she said, and that report was expected before the panel met again in July. The 1966 Covenant came into force in 1976 and binds its States Parties, numbering 154 so far, to recognize that “in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights, as well as his economic, social and cultural rights.” Under one Optional Protocol to the Covenant, 104 States parties allow the Committee to consider communications from individuals alleging treaty-based rights violations. The second Optional Protocol, to which 54 States are party, seeks to abolish the death penalty. During this session, the committee considered reports submitted by the Governments of Greece, Iceland, Kenya, Mauritius and Uzbekistan, as well as testimony on those countries from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations, she said. The Geneva-based committee meets twice a year at the UN complex there and once in New York, Ms. Chanet said. read more

UN refugee agency starts last season of repatriation of Angolans from Zambia

“This is a very happy day for all of us,” Ahmed Said Farah of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said at yesterday’s farewell ceremony for a 75-person convoy leaving the Meheba refugee settlement in north-western Solwezi district for Angola’s Moxico province.”It is of particular significance as we come to say our happy and last goodbyes to our colleagues. Happy goodbyes because our friends are going back home to restart their lives and gladly resurrect their once shattered dreams in their country of origin.”He commended the Angolan refugees for contributing significantly to Zambia’s economy, mainly through agriculture, but added, “You know that there is nothing better than going back home, after long years in exile, to join your brothers and sisters and help in the reconstruction process in your home country.”Most of the refugees were still harvesting their crops in the agricultural settlement, but the repatriation momentum was expected to pick up when the harvest ended. The simultaneous convoy movements from all the camps and settlements would greatly increase the number of refugees repatriating in weekly convoys and airlifts, UNHCR said.The refugee agency said it plans to assist some 53,000 Angolan returnees by the time the repatriation movement is completed at the end of this year.More than 1,500 Angolan refugees have gone home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Namibia, it said. About 310,000 people have returned to Angola since 2002, some 175,000 of them with UNHCR help. read more

Worlds 6 top central banks to continue arrangements to provide each other

FRANKFURT – Six of the world’s leading central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, say they will provide each other with ready supplies of their currencies on a standing basis, extending arrangements set up to steady the global financial system during post-2007 turbulence.The decision announced Thursday extends currency swap arrangements that until now had been considered temporary measures.The central banks are: the Fed, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, the Bank of Canada and the Swiss National Bank.The so-called swap lines enable those central banks to make sure banks in their home countries can always borrow ready cash from them in any of the currencies involved, should they need it.The ECB said the arrangements “have helped to ease strains in financial markets” and “will continue to serve as a prudent liquidity backstop.”The Fed and the ECB started their first dollar-euro swap arrangement in December, 2007 as the losses on mortgage-backed bonds began to shake the banking system. Subsequent bilateral deals between the different banks were added during the financial turbulence that followed, which included the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, plunges on stock markets, the subsequent recession, and Europe’s crisis over too much government debt in several countries.Central banks serve as custodians of their countries’ currencies and play an important role in supporting the stability of banks so companies can do business and the economy can function properly.They typically provide liquidity — ready cash to meet the demands of everyday business — to their banks, even when banks may be having trouble borrowing elsewhere due to market trouble. With the currency arrangements, they can do it in currencies other than their own.For example, the European Central Bank holds credit offerings in U.S. dollars for periods of seven days and three months, offering as much in dollars as European banks may want in return for collateral such as bonds or other securities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2013 12:37 am MDT World’s 6 top central banks to continue arrangements to provide each other with currency read more

Qtec sees benefits of MA with BMR environmental logging order

first_imgQteq is making the most of its recent acquisition of subsurface data logging company Surtech Systems, securing what it believes is the first of many expected contracts to provide borehole data using new measurement sensors and systems.The contract for environmental logging in the Northern Territory, Australia, will use Qteq’s patented Borehole Magnetic Resonance (BMR) technology to provide real-time accurate measurement of the aquifer.BMR technology, which has been used in the oil and gas industries since the early 1990s, is sensitive to both the fluid volumes present in a rock, and the geometry of the pores containing these fluids. It, thus, provides information on both storage and flow potential.Not only does BMR provide fluid volume and porosity, independent of any lithology effects, it can also differentiate the volume fraction of mobile fluid that can be produced from the fluid volume fraction bound in place in the rock. The pore geometry information obtained directly from BMR measurements also allows permeability and hydraulic conductivity to be derived, providing an understanding of how effectively the fluids will produce.Tools developed for BMR application (Qtec’s own, pictured above) have typically been too large, too complex and too costly for use in other georesource sectors, however Qtec has developed fit-for-purpose tools that meet both the environmental and commercial requirements of a number of sectors.Qteq said its recent acquisitions made its exploration analysis offering that much more complete.“The addition of Surtech Systems and directional drilling and measurement while drilling company WellServ, means Qteq clients now have access to industry-leading systems to collect accurate data on the composition and behaviour of subsurface rocks.”Qteq Chief Technology Officer Dr Tim Hopper said the two acquisitions, which will be re-branded as Qteq Measurement Systems, expanded the company’s operational footprint and market adoption of BMR, spectroscopy and logging while drilling services that are currently being developed.“We now have a platform for commercialising a range of new technologies in our R&D pipeline,” Dr Hopper said.Earlier this month, Qtec was one of eight recipients of government funding through the METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds.last_img read more

Trade Mission from Thessaloniki to convene in Australia

first_imgThe Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) is working with the Australian government, the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Hellenic Australian Business Council in Greece to bring an important Trade Mission to Australia on 12 to 15 November 2012. HACCI will be welcoming delegates from Thessaloniki and participants will include companies from Greece interested in developing business with the Australian marketplace. Further details on the Trade Mission Program including participating companies, B2B meetings, presentations and guest visits will be available soon. Contact the HACCI office on (03) 9602 2977 for more information. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Glissement de terrain au Costa Rica 20 morts et 12 disparus

first_imgGlissement de terrain au Costa Rica : 20 morts et 12 disparusSelon un porte-parole des autorités costaricaines, un glissement de terrain, provoqué hier par de fortes pluies, a fait 20 victimes. Des recherches sont en cours pour retrouver 12 autres personnes, portées disparues.Minée par des pluies torrentielles, une colline s’est effondrée sur 27 habitations d’Escazu, localité située à 7 kilomètres au sud-ouest du centre-ville de San José, capitale du Costa Rica. Tuant 20 personnes, boue et roches ont provoqué l’effondrement de nombreuses maisons, emporté des voitures et déraciné des arbres. Encadrés par la Commission nationale des situations d’urgence (CNEC), les secouristes tentent de retrouver 12 autres personnes toujours portées disparues.C’est la partie haute d’Escazu, essentiellement peuplée de familles modestes, qui a été touchée par la catastrophe, laquelle a épargné la partie basse, résidentielle. Les écoles sont restées fermées sur tout le territoire de San José. Aggravée par le phénomène climatique La Niña, la saison des pluies (de mai à novembre), particulièrement violente cette année en Amérique centrale, a déjà fait 400 victimes dans cette région du monde.  Le 5 novembre 2010 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Herrera Beutler votes against GOP’s health bill

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler bucked her party on Thursday and voted against the GOP-backed health care bill, which would replace much of the Affordable Care Act.The measure passed the U.S. House on a 217-213 vote.Herrera Beutler — who has long called for a repeal of “Obamacare” — said she worked with her party’s leadership to push for changes to legislation called the American Health Care Act, but that the changes didn’t go far enough.“The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children still need to be addressed. For the last several weeks, I fought to include my amendment to strengthen the Medicaid safety net for the kids who depend on it for their health care,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program, and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely. I could not vote to let those kids fall through the cracks.”Gov. Jay Inslee praised the eight members of Washington’s House delegation, including two Republicans, Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, who voted against the bill.Inslee called Thursday “a shameful day in American history,” adding that the Republican-backed health care bill would strip coverage from 700,000 Washingtonians. The state would lose billions of dollars if it were to become law, he added.last_img read more

Aston Villa confirms signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper

first_imgAston Villa have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Andre Moreira on a season-long loan deal.Moreira has become the latest Aston Villa signing of the summer after the club was rocked with financial challenges. Moreira who has represented Portugal at under-21 level.The 22-year-old hasn’t made any La Liga appearance yet since joining Atleti in 2014. He, however, has had loan spells with Moreirense, Uniao da Madeira, Belenenses and Braga. ICYMI: Love Island might be over but we’re delighted to announce that a new boy has entered the Villa…#AVFC pic.twitter.com/I2rwt6RnDK— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 1, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“I am very excited. It’s such a big opportunity at such a big club.“It’s the perfect opportunity at the right moment. It’s a big move for me.“Aston Villa is a great football club – a famous football club.“The training facilities are great. I know the stadium is famous and historic. I just can’t wait to get started now,” he told the club website.According to BBC, Villa has secured new investment from billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, who have reportedly shortlisted super-agent Jorge Mendes to assist in their recruitment.last_img read more

World Aids Day March in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 -World Aids Day will be commemorated with walk-a- thons nationwide.In Grand Turk the walk begins from the Grand Turk Clock Tower to the Lester Williams park; in Provo from Scotiabank to the Youth Center;  in North Caicos from Texaco to the Horse Stable Beach; in Salt Cay from the Community Center; from the Airport to the Regatta Village in South Caicos and in Middle Caicos from the Conch Bar Community Center to Mudjin Harbour; all walks begin at 6am.World Aids Day was marked on December 1, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianewscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Honda Acura recall 11M cars over Takata airbags for a second time

2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Tags If at first you don’t succeed, recall ’em again.Honda has issued a recall for approximately 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles. The list is positively huge, spanning a wide variety of cars both new and old, in varying body styles. The full list can be seen at the bottom of this article.The issue stems from the airbags. All the vehicles mentioned in this recall were part of an earlier wave of Takata airbag inflator replacements. These vehicles were repaired with desiccated Takata inflators that were not subject to recall. Those replacements, however, were eventually deemed faulty as well, after Honda received a report of a person being injured by shrapnel from a replacement inflator. Enlarge ImageIf you’re not sure if your call falls under the recall or not, give your dealer a ring — they can help you out. Honda Thankfully, a remedy can be had quickly. Honda has replacement parts at the ready — this time, from alternative sources — so owners need only head to the dealership, where technicians will swap out the faulty parts. To give you an idea of the Takata scandal’s scope, Honda alone has had to deal with 21 million recalled Takata inflators across 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles.The desiccant, or moisture-absorbing material, is central to understanding this deadly defect. The first batch of airbag inflators that spurred the recall used ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag but lacked a desiccant. Over time, exposure to humidity could cause the inflator to fail, shooting out shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as intended. There have been both deaths and injuries linked to these parts, which Takata sold to a significant number of automakers. Takata offered replacement parts with desiccants, but that clearly did not resolve the issue in its entirety. Thankfully, these new replacement parts come from different suppliers altogether.Here’s the full list of vehicles included in this latest recall:2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL2003 Acura 3.2CL2004-2006, 2009-2014 Acura TL2013-2016 Acura ILX2003-2006 Acura MDX2007-2016 Acura RDX2010-2013 Acura ZDX2001-2007, 2009 Honda Accord2001-2005 Honda Civic2002-2007, 2010-2011 Honda CR-V2003-2011 Honda Element2007 Honda Fit2002-2004 Honda Odyssey2003-2008 Honda Pilot2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline Originally published March 12 at 7:42 a.m. PT.Update, at 1:54 p.m. PT: Clarified the underlying issue with Takata’s airbag inflators. Recalls Honda Acura Honda Acura 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Review • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: The efficient sedan that does it all, and well Comment 20 Photos 2019 Honda Accord: The midsize champ returns with minimal updates 1 More about 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Industry Trucks SUVs Coupes Sedans 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy read more

Avengers Endgame hurtles past Avatar in US now No 2 movie of

first_img Share your voice Tags Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future TV and Movies This means Endgame is sailing past Avatar’s $761 million in domestic ticket sales and taking the No. 2 spot here, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still No. 1 domestically with $937 million in the box office sales.Worldwide, Endgame has now sold an estimated $2.6 billion in tickets, including $76.2 million this weekend. But Avatar still reigns at No. 1 with $2.79 billion in ticket sales globally.Disney, by the way, owns all three franchises, so we know who the real winner is. 26 Photos Watch out, Avatar. Here they come. Marvel Studios Fans are still waiting for Avengers: Endgame to inevitably snap Avatar’s record as the No. 1 movie of all time worldwide. But this weekend, Endgame has taken another step toward that milestone, racing past Avatar’s ticket sales domestically.According to box office estimates and Disney, Endgame will take in $29.4 million domestically — as in the US and Canada — at the end of its fourth weekend for a total of $770.8 million in domestic ticket sales.center_img 0 Post a comment 2:58 Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right orderlast_img read more

Seward prepares for emergency declaration as flooding continues

first_imgExcavators and other heavy machinery are being used around Seward to clear gravel and debris washed down from the mountains by heavy rains. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough)The city of Seward is prepared to make an emergency declaration following several days of heavy rainfall and flooding. The city council will meet Friday to vote on the formal declaration.Listen nowIn the meantime, city and borough crews along with local contractors have been working overtime to give all of that rainwater somewhere to go. As the borough’s emergency manager Dan Nelson told the assembly during a special meeting Wednesday, the problem isn’t too much water, it’s all the debris the water washes toward Resurrection Bay.“In the Seward area, when we have these high velocity flood waters, when we have these things coming down from the mountains, that is also carrying gravel and debris,” Nelson said. “What that does in Seward is that tends to fill that existing channel with debris. We still have a water channel that has to move somewhere, so that causes those streams to meander and of course, typically those streams start meandering into areas where we have our roads, bridges and resident’s homes.”The city and the borough have deployed a lot of heavy machinery around stream beds near roads and bridges to clear out accumulated debris and give the water a more clear path to the bay. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved releasing half a million dollars in emergency funds to help protect its assets outside the city. In a memo to the borough, Seward’s interim city manager Jeff Bridges said their declaration will remain open as the current weather system moves through. Crews have been at work since Friday. Nearly five inches of rain have fallen since Monday with more expected into the weekend.last_img read more

District Mourns the Loss of Ward 4 Candidate AJ Cooper

first_imgDistrict leaders are somber about the surprise death of A.J. Cooper, a young political aspirant who was looking to run for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council this spring.Cooper, the nephew of former D.C. Board of Education President Peggy Cooper Cafritz, was 34 when he died on Dec. 3. It has been reported that he died of a heart attack.Funeral arrangements have not been announced.A native Washingtonian, Cooper was the host of BET’s Teen Summit and served in the Marine Corps. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and had worked as the policy director for the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.In 2012, he ran for the D.C. Council as an independent. In the past year, he founded Freedom Farms, an initiative to support urban farming by training low-income residents about growing food and agriculture.Soon after D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) was elected mayor on Nov. 4, Cooper announced his candidacy for her seat. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) said that Cooper “was a positive force and touched the lives of many.”D.C. Council member-elect Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), whom Cooper supported in the Nov. 4 general election, tweeted that Cooper “was a great progressive ally, activist and friend.” D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said that Cooper was “a joy to be around.”“This is another very difficult loss for our city,” Wells said.D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) talked about Cooper on a more personal basis.“I lost a friend and the District of Columbia lost a young activist, social entrepreneur, and above all, a public servant,” McDuffie said. “I will always remember A.J. Cooper for his selfless service to his neighborhood, his community, the District of Columbia and our country. I will miss him deeply.”last_img read more

Air France hails crew passengers as it closes A330 investigations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Crew “were committed to carrying out their task of piloting the aircraft to the very end”, Air France said as it put to bed investigations into the 2009 AF 477 accident this week. Receiving the final French Accident Investigation Bureau report on the Airbus A330 that went down over the Atlantic in less than four minutes on 1 June up to three years ago en route from Rio to Paris, Air France revealed staff were “properly trained and qualified” while aircraft system were “functioning in accordance with design and met” proper certification standards.The airline explained the analysis found that the incident that saw up to 228 passengers and crew perish with the aircraft was a result of “several factors”, with staff unable to “apply the appropriate action” once systems began to malfunction.“The BEA report describes a crew who acted in line with the information provided by the cockpit instruments and systems, and the aircraft behaviour as it was perceptible in the cockpit: instrument indications, triggering and stoppage of the alarms, aerodynamic noise, aircraft vibrations,” a statement from the airline read.“In this deteriorated aircraft cockpit environment, the crew, with the skills of one flight captain and two first officers, were committed to carrying out their task of piloting the aircraft to the very end.”Paying respect to the memory of passengers and crew members who lost their lives in the accident, Air France added that it would focus on improving flight safety procedures and hopes aeronautical and air transport players will adhere to safety recommendations included in the final report.Recommendations include:organization of back-up and improvement of communication systems, instrumentation, alarm systems and operational logic and aircraft protection laws, crew training and information programmes and resources to be provided by the manufacturers, authorities and airlines, particularly in specific situations with an element of surprise, the stall recovery procedures having been modified since the accident,  analysis and sharing of feedback within the aeronautical industry.last_img read more

After dramatic mountain rescue Scouts defend procedures

first_imgScouts, whose members had to be rescued from the snowy peaks of Troodos, said on Monday that all procedures provided for by their regulations had been followed amid calls for regulating such pursuits.A large rescue operation had to be mounted on Saturday afternoon when authorities were informed that a group of 17 scouts, aged 12 to 15, with four leaders had started at 2 pm to walk the nature trail from Troodos called ‘Scouts Monuments,’ which leads to Kakopetria but lost their bearings due to snow in the area.The group was extracted from the area safely late on Saturday night and none of the scouts had been hurt during the incident though a police officer and a volunteer were slightly injured.In a statement, the scouts organisation said the four guides who took part in the hike had all the necessary qualifications and training.“The fact that both the children and the officers were exposed to harsh conditions and below zero temperatures for more than 12 hours and managed to cope without a frostbite or a panic incident, shows the high level of training and preparedness to tackle these conditions,” the statement said. “They all worked as a team and achieved the respective results.”The guides, according to the statement, had walked the particular trail 15 days before and also did a recce as recently as Wednesday, January 30.The point where landslides blocked the way was located at the final stages, long after the snowed path. The scouts said the landslides appeared to have taken place a couple of days ago.The huge search operation included members of the police force from Limassol and Morrphou, members of the disaster response unit (Emak), police helicopters, Civil Defence, the National Guard and the forestry department in addition to volunteers.The Scouts were found at around 9.45pm in a gorge in a remote area and were taken to safety by police helicopter to waiting ambulances in Troodos and at Larnaca airport, from where they were taken to Larnaca and Kyperounta hospitals for check ups before being released.The incident immediately sparked a debate regarding the abilities of people hiking the Troodos trails, especially in winter.Fire service chief Marcos Trangolas warned that such expeditions should be regulated before it was too late.The fire chief said it was not the first time a rescue operation was launched to find people lost on the Troodos trails, as he raised the issues of fitness, knowledge, survival training and so on, especially of guides.“This kind of activity must be legally regulated … otherwise the time will come when unpleasant events will happen.”The police officer injured in the operation was taken to Nicosia general before being released while a volunteer had to be rescued after he fell into the gorge injuring both legs. The 45-year-old was kept in Nicosia general hospital for further care. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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