first_imgThe United States has fired the opening shot in the latest softwood-lumber war against Canada, with the Trump administration announcing its first batch of duties on imported wood in the neighbourhood of 20 per cent.The move was expected: the deep-rooted dispute over lumber pricing between the two countries has led to once-a-decade trade skirmishes over the issue, resulting in American duties, then the inevitable court battles, and ultimately negotiated settlements.What wasn’t expected Monday was the enthusiasm with which the new American administration flung itself into the lumber hostilities, touting its incoming countervailing duties as an example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough, America-first trade posture.Trump underscored the impending move by announcing it to a gathering of conservative media on the eve of the expected announcement. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also highlighted it in an interview.Then came a statement that said U.S. Customs will begin collecting cash deposits from Canadian logging companies because they receive a range of subsidies — most of them around 20 per cent.What comes after the countervailing duties is a study of possible anti-dumping duties, followed by a final determination by the U.S. Commerce Department as early as Sept. 7, and one of three possible outcomes: an agreement, a surprise retreat from the U.S. government or potential years-long court battles.It will all play out amid the backdrop of a bigger trade file: the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.America’s lumber lobby applauded the announcement.“We are pleased with this initial outcome and are looking forward to the (next, anti-dumping) duties expected to be announced June 23,” said Zoltan van Heyningen of the U.S. Lumber Coalition.“Since this is an ongoing matter, we are limiting our comments to our press release.”A late-evening statement from the U.S. administration accused companies of benefiting subsidies ranging from three per cent by J.D. Irving Ltd., to 12.82 per cent for Resolute FP Canada, Ltd., to 20.26 per cent for Canfor Corp., to a high of 24.12 per cent for West Fraser Mills, with most others coming in at 19.88 per cent.Duties will be collected retroactively, too — the U.S. says it will gather them for the previous 90 days. Industry analysts expect the combined duties, Monday’s and the upcoming ones, to range between 30 and 40 per cent.In Canada, pressure will mount on the federal government.The government has adopted an a understated, under-the-radar approach to dealing with Trump. But now as it responds to the U.S. move, it must juggle ongoing softwood negotiations, upcoming NAFTA renegotiations, and a frustrated industry at home.There are already requests for it to provide financial help for Canada’s forestry sector. A government source said conversations are underway, but there won’t be an immediate announcement on that front.The Canadian government will wait to see the details of various punitive measures before calculating the aid amount. It took the federal government more than a year to announce the first of two aid packages after duties were imposed in 2001.It first gave more than $300 million in late 2002 and then $1.5 billion in November 2005, with $900 million for loan insurance to help financially strapped exporters that had more than $5 billion tied up in duties.“(The aid determination) really can’t be made until we’ve seen what the rate and penalty will be,” said an official who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly.Quebec Economic Development Minister Dominique Anglade urged Ottawa to help forest companies, but said Monday the province will act immediately: “Day 1, we will be there to support the industry,” she said in an interview.Meanwhile, Ontario named former federal trade minister Jim Peterson as its chief softwood lumber negotiator on Monday. He joins former federal cabinet minister David Emerson who represents B.C. and former U.S. ambassador Raymond Chretien who is Quebec’s negotiator.Unifor president Jerry Dias called on Ottawa to respond to the duties to avoid a repeat of the situation when 15,000 were laid off within months of a combined duty of 27 per cent being imposed in the early 2000s.“It’s hard to exaggerate the impact tariffs will have on hundreds of small communities. The federal government needs to have a plan in place and act swiftly,” he said in a news release.However, provinces aren’t in total agreement about financial support.British Columbia has said it is cautious out of fear that assistance will be construed by the Americans as unfairly helping the Canadian industry. B.C. producers such as West Fraser Timber and Canfor are in a stronger position to weather a U.S. trade battle because they have purchased sawmills in the U.S. and expanded exports to China.In Central Canada, sawmills tend to be smaller, don’t have as much cash flow to pay duties and are therefore more at risk of closing, experts say. That’s why Ontario and Quebec producers have been pushing Ottawa to provide loan guarantees to help them pay duties and stay in business.last_img read more

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the prime minister damaged the integrity of Canada’s immigration system when he tweeted two years ago that Canadians will welcome all those fleeing persecution, terror and war.Scheer was asked about illegal immigration today at a town hall in suburban Vancouver held by the Surrey Board of Trade, where audience members applauded his response.He says people crossing the U.S. border into Canada outside regular checkpoints are “jumping the queue” and causing longer wait times for refugees and immigrants going through traditional channels.The federal government says 34,854 refugee claims were made by irregular border crossers between February 2017 and September 2018 and of those 3,142 — or nine per cent — have been accepted.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently warned people to be wary of fear-mongering about immigration, suggesting the issue will be a hot-button topic during the federal election campaign this fall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

17 October 2009The United Nations today marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring that the fight against a scourge that afflicts over a billion people around the world is at a critical juncture. “At a time of multiple global crises, the poorest and most vulnerable have a special claim on our attention,” he said in a message. “We know that, in any recession, those hurt first – and worst- are the poor.” He noted that according to recent estimates, the global economic crisis has claimed at least 50 million jobs this year and up to 100 million more people are expected to fall below the poverty line in 2009. Climate change further compounds the problem. “Now is the time to amplify the voices of the vulnerable and ensure that the world follows up on its pledges,” he said. “With the right investments and concrete action, we can build upon the gains, fulfil our commitments, and ensure that every man, woman and child has the opportunity to make the most of their potential.” The Day’s theme this year is “Children and Families Speak Out against Poverty,” and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman highlighted the harm that poverty and its concomitant ills of malnutrition and lack of education inflict on the young. “Early childhood, in particular, lays the foundation for a lifetime. Children who are chronically undernourished before their second birthday are likely to have diminished cognitive and physical development for the rest of their lives,” she said in a message. “Investing in better nutrition for children helps improve their lives and contributes to the development of their communities. Research shows that every dollar spent on vitamin A and zinc supplementation for children creates benefits that exceed $17. Noting the importance of investment in education, she cited experts’ estimate that one dollar invested in girls’ education provided a ten-fold return in increased productivity. “Studies also show that educated adolescents are more likely to wait until they are out of their high-risk teenage years before starting a family and have healthier babies,” she said. The UN Independent Expert on human rights and extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, stressed that 2009 has been one of record job losses, with malnutrition expected to reach a historic peak of over 1 billion people and tightening budget constraints threatening investment in education and health care. “The crisis is not over,” she said in a statement. “In fact, its full impact, particularly on the most vulnerable, is still unfolding. From a human rights perspective, we are far from a recovery on the contrary, poverty and hunger are still increasing.” Echoing those comments, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay noted that although economists are now seeing signs of recovery, it is likely to have little if any impact on the daily lives of many millions of the world’s poorest people for a long time to come. “The prosperity of our society tomorrow depends to a considerable degree on the situation of our children today,” she said. “Children of poor families are amongst the hardest hit in times of economic crisis, and the lack of social protection measures will have lifelong consequences for them, and for the societies in which they live.”Meanwhile, Helen Clark, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), used her message for the Day to call for action to tackle the impoverishment associated with climate disasters in the developing world.“Efforts to eradicate poverty and to tackle climate change cannot be separated,” she stated, noting that the effects of climate change weigh disproportionately on the poorest, and on women and children. She called on countries to reach a climate change deal this December in Copenhagen that is “positive for our climate and for poverty reduction and development.”As this year’s Day falls on a weekend, the UN will be holding a full programme of activities at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, coinciding with the observance of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. These will include testimonies from children and families living in poverty and an interactive panel discussion on the theme “Children: the future and present – participation in poverty reduction and the accountability for rights.” Yesterday Mr. Ban used a visit to the UN International School (UNIS) in New York to rally children in the battle against extreme poverty, inviting his youthful listeners to first crouch and then rise in a symbolic gesture of the UN’s “Stand Up Against Poverty” campaign. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Talisman sells 49% stake in UK assets to Sinopec for $1.5 billion by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2012 6:22 pm MDT CALGARY – Talisman Energy is selling a 49 per cent interest in its U.K. division — a source of much volatility for the Canadian company in recent years — to Chinese firm Sinopec Corp. for $1.5 billion.Calgary-based Talisman (TSX:TLM) said Monday it will continue to handle operations, while Sinopec will be able to appoint staff to key positions.“Collectively, we will invest more in the UK than Talisman would have on its own, leading to a stronger, more sustainable business,” said Talisman president and CEO John Manzoni.“We are reducing our working interest and capital spend in the U.K. business by approximately half, allowing us to focus on and fund growth areas within our portfolio. This brings our total divestment proceeds to approximately $2.5 billion so far this year.”Manzoni said the company plans to use about $500 million from the proceeds to buy back shares.Talisman UK, based in Aberdeen, Scotland, has 564 full-time employees and about 1,950 contractors.The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year, once the companies receive regulatory and government approval.Talisman has been looking to better focus its far-flung assets and scale down its presence in the North Sea, where operators were recently surprised by a big tax increase by the U.K. government. It’s also a tough environment to operate in, which has caused Talisman and other companies to run into production problems.“The North Sea business has been the business that has caused the most volatility within earnings and has really caused them to miss production guidance quite a few times,” said Lanny Pendill, an energy analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“That has really caused investors to pretty much lose confidence in the story, and that’s why Talisman looks so cheap right now.”He said Edward Jones has a “buy” rating on Talisman based on the “belief that management and management’s strategy will address the weaknesses in the business and as they regain confidence from investors, over time the huge discount in the stock should evaporate or at least become less and less, and that should equate to pretty good share performance.”However, Moody’s Canada Inc. called the deal “credit negative” for Talisman, believing the company would use little of the cash toward debt reduction.“While Talisman will receive $1.5 billion in cash, it will use $500 million of the proceeds to buy back shares and we expect relatively little debt reduction even though retained cash flow will drop by 15 per cent,” it said in a note.Talisman was not the only Canadian company to announce a major deal with a Chinese firm on Monday.Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) agreed to be taken over by another state-owned Chinese outfit, China National Offshore Oil Co., for $15.1 billion in cash.Nexen and Talisman are both among the smaller of Canada’s big energy players, and have been perennial subjects of takeover speculation in recent years.“(Talisman’s) got assets out there that would appeal to other larger firms. They’ve got the big Asian business. Of course they’ve got the North Sea. They’ve got a great position within North American shale gas so that could very well be appealing to other energy companies,” said Pendill.A takeover of Talisman is “possible, but it’s certainly something that you can’t count on from an investor perspective.”Talisman shares soared more than six per cent or 75 cents to close at $11.80 Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Building boom blankets Vancouver with multimillion dollar projects VANCOUVER – The number of building permits issued by the City of Vancouver has reached an all-time record.City officials say permits issued in 2015 soared 14.6 per cent over the year earlier and was up 105 per cent compared with 2008.Value of the permits issued last year has been pegged at $3.2-billion.According to the city, 10 major construction projects valued at more than $50-million were approved in 2015, including a 52-storey downtown highrise valued at $279-million.More than 300 permits were issued with a value greater than $1-million.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is upbeat about the construction boom saying the record-setting pace provides optimism about the future of the city’s economy. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 13, 2016 12:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“The index appears to have bottomed out with higher probabilities for a rise in its value in coming months” said Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at FAO, in a press release on the monthly survey .Last month, the Index averaged 192.6 points, meaning it now stands 13 points – or 6.4 per cent – below its level a year ago. The trade-weighted index, which tracks prices of cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils, and sugar on international markets, is now around its level of August 2010.The inching up of vegetable oil and grain prices offset ongoing declines in dairy prices. Dairy prices declined 3.4 percent from October and 29 percent from a year earlier to average 178.1 points.Cereal prices rose significantly for the first time since March, as growing conditions for the just-sown wheat crop in the Northern hemisphere, appear less than ideal. However, rice prices weakened as newly-harvested supplies arrived to market. The Cereal Price Index averaged 183 points in November, up 2.6 percent from October, but down 5.8 percent from a year earlier.The Vegetable Oil Price Index also rose, increasing 0.7 percent to 164.9 points – still almost 17 percent below its level a year earlier – due to lower-than-anticipated global production of sunflower oil and some slowdown of palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia. However, soy oil prices were weak, dampening the sub-index’s rise.Sugar prices were down 3.2 percent from October, reflecting an 8 per cent decline over the year, and meat prices remained stable at historically high levels. read more

“This is a great day in the continuing effort to build sustainable fisheries that can help feed the world,” said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva in a press release.The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA) – adopted as an FAO Agreement in 2009 after a years-long diplomatic effort – is the first ever binding international treaty that focuses specifically on illicit fishing. The threshold to activation of the treaty – which called for at least 25 countries to adhere to it – was surpassed last month, triggering a 30-day countdown to today’s entry-into-force. “We hail those countries that have already signed on to the agreement and who will begin implementing it as of today. We invite governments who have yet to do so, to join the collective push to stamp out illegal fishing and safeguard the future of our ocean resources,” Mr. Graziano da Silva added. Currently, the parties to the PSMA are: Australia, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, the European Union (as a member organization), Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Iceland, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tonga, the United States of America, Uruguay, and Vanuatu. The Organization has been informed that additional formal instruments of acceptance of the Agreement should be received shortly. Hardening ports against pirate fishersAccording to FAO, parties to the Agreement are obliged to implement a number of measures while managing ports under their control, with the goals of detecting illegal fishing, stopping ill-caught fish from being offloaded and sold, and ensuring information on unscrupulous vessels is shared globally. These include requiring foreign fishing vessels wishing to enter ports to request permission in advance, transmitting detailed information on their identities, activities, and the fish they have onboard. Landings can only happen at specially designated ports equipped for effective inspections. Ships suspected of being involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing can be denied entry into port outright – or permitted to enter for inspection purposes only and refused permission to offload fish, refuel, or resupply. Vessels that are allowed into ports may be subject to inspections conducted according to a common set of standards. They will be required to prove that they are licensed to fish by the country whose flag they fly, and that they have the necessary permissions from the countries in whose waters they operate. If not, or if inspections turn up evidence of IUU fishing activity, vessels will be denied any further use of ports and reported as violators. Once a ship is denied access or inspections reveal problems, parties must communicate that information to the country under whose flag the vessel is registered and inform other treaty participants as well as portmasters in neighboring countries. A first of its kindOperating without proper authorization, catching protected species, using outlawed types of gear or disregarding catch quotas are among the most common IUU fishing activities. Such practices undermine efforts to responsibly manage marine fisheries, damaging their productivity and in some cases precipitating their collapseWhile there are options for combating IUU fishing at sea, they are often expensive and -especially for developing countries – can be difficult to implement, given the large ocean spaces that need to be monitored and the costs of the required technology. Accordingly, port state measures are one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to fight IUU fishing. The now-active port state measures agreement provides the international community with valuable tool for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a stand-alone goal on the conservation of and sustainable use of oceans and a specific sub-target on IUU fishing. read more

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today (Thursday 16 January) announced plans that would require all new London taxis to be zero emission capable from January 2018.The new vehicles will need to be able to run on battery power alone in some areas of the capital in order to improve air quality in readiness for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone planned for central London by 2020.Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said, “The London taxi is iconic in so many ways – not least in terms of its eye-catching looks and the way it is piloted by wily experts who know the capital like the back of their hand. To date its one Achilles heel, particularly of older models, has been the pollution generated by chugging diesel engines. As part of my mission to improve our air quality and drive innovation, I’m making a firm pledge to Londoners that from 2018 all taxis presented for licensing should be zero emission capable.”Garrett Emmerson, TfL Surface Transport Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are working with the wider industry and the Green Investment Bank to provide assistance to cab drivers who want to be among the first to get behind the wheel of these cutting edge vehicles that will significantly contribute to improving air quality in the capital as well as delivering benefits to cabbies themselves, in terms of reduced running costs.”Five vehicle manufacturers presented plans to develop zero emission capable taxis including Frazer-Nash, Nissan, Karsan, London Taxi Company and Mercedes-Benz.Through Source London the capital already has one of the most developed public charging networks in the world with almost 1,400 charge points. The scheme will be managed by IER from the summer and they have ambitious plans to increase the number of charge points across the capital to 6,000 by 2018, with targeted services for taxi drivers.The Mayor has already delivered on a number of measures to address emissions from taxis and to retire the oldest vehicles in the London taxi fleet. In January 2012, a 15 year age limit was introduced for taxis along with a requirement that all newly licensed taxis must meet, as a minimum, the Euro-5 emissions standard. Around 3,000 of the most polluting taxis have also been removed from the London fleet. TfL has also undertaken a campaign to educate drivers on the fuel savings and reduced environmental impact that can be achieved by not leaving their engines idling at taxi ranks.Plans to green the taxi fleet are part of the Mayor and TfL’s programme of measures to improve air quality in London, including tighter Low Emission Zone standards; growing Europe’s largest fleet of hybrid buses; accelerating the introduction of ultra-low emission Euro-6 buses; retrofitting 900 older buses to reduce their NOx emissions and introducing pure electric buses.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The dramatic progress in car safety, emissions, efficiency and in-car tech since 1979 was revealed today by a special vehicle display at the 40th Society of Motor Manufacturers  and Traders (SMMT) Test Day. In a celebration of the evolution of the car, 40 models spanning 22 brands and five decades were brought together, underlining the rich heritage and neverending innovation of the automotive industry.From the driver’s airbag, introduced in 1981, to electronic stability control in 1995 and reversing cameras in the 2000’s, the advances in systems designed to protect drivers, passengers and other road users have been extraordinary. Safety is the number one priority for car manufacturers, and the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems such as Advanced Emergency Braking and Collison Warning are now available on the majority of new cars, helping to prevent accidents and save lives.1Emissions performance has also improved dramatically over the years – it would take 50 new cars to produce the same amount of pollutant emissions as one vehicle built in 1970.2 From catalytic converters, widely introduced to reduce carbon monoxide in 1993, to diesel particulate filters, which capture 99% of soot particles, in 2011, and selective catalytic reduction systems, which convert NOx into nitrogen and water in 2015, progress has been astounding. This is evidenced by the ability of the industry to meet the toughest ever emissions standard, including the world’s first on-road test.Enormous strides have also been made in reducing carbon emissions, with average new car CO2 down by -31.2% since 2000. Lightweight materials, including aluminium and carbon fibre, aerodynamic designs, turbocharging, engine downsizing and technologies such as direct fuel injection and stop-start – which cuts the engine when the vehicle is stationary and is now fitted to four out of every five cars sold – have all helped deliver huge fuel efficiency gains.3 A new car gets you almost 50% further on a litre of fuel than it did in 2000, helping consumers save money and reduce their environmental impact.4Furthermore, where once there was a limited choice of powertrains and transmissions, today there is something to suit every driving need, with a range of manual and automatic gearboxes on everything from low emission petrols and diesels, to ultra low emission hybrids and plug-ins, zero tailpipe emission pure electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.Radical changes have also happened inside the car, with today’s cabins almost unrecognisable from those 40 years ago. From the first cassette players in the seventies and in-dash CD players and centre console carphones in the mid-eighties, to GPS satnav and Bluetooth, the driver experience has improved immeasurably. Today, the smartphone revolution and internet connectivity has led to the introduction of integrated systems such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing drivers to safely access music, maps and services via their phones.Innovation continues apace. Over the next decade, the rollout of a new generation of connected and autonomous cars will revolutionise our roads and society. Starting with technology such as Traffic Jam and Highway Pilot, where, in the right conditions, the car can take over the task of driving in slow moving traffic or at higher motorway speeds, and followed by cars that will drop you off and park themselves, the benefits are immense. By 2030, it’s estimated that 47,000 accidents will be prevented and 3,900 lives saved, helping to deliver an annual £62 billion boost to the UK’s bottom line.5Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Back in 1979, cars featured the ground-breaking technology of the time – ABS, catalytic converters and cassette players. Fast forward to 2019 and we see even more sophisticated tech: autonomous emergency braking and automatic parking; connected in-car services; advanced petrol; diesel, hybrid, plug-in, battery electric, and even hydrogen powertrains. With such a diverse market, coupled with attractive finance options and competitive prices there has never been a better time to buy a new car. The future is even more exciting and, while George Jetson’s flying car might still be some way off, the next 40 years will see a seismic shift in automotive innovation.Notes to editorsList of vehicles in 40th SMMT Test Day Heritage Display1. Alfa Romeo 156 Twin Spark (2002)2. Audi 100 GLS (1978)3. Audi quattro turbo 20v (1990)4. BMW i8 Coupe (2019)5. BMW M1 (1981)6. Citroen BX 16valve Phase 2 (1989)7. Citroen GS Pallas (1979)8. Fiat Panda Cross (4×4) TwinAir (2016)9. Ford 280 Capri (1986)10. Ford Cortina Crusader (1982)11. Honda NSX (1990)12. Honda Prelude (1989)13. Hyundai Nexo (2018)14. Jeep CJ-7 (1982)15. Kia e-Niro (2019)16. Kia ProCeed GT (2019)17. Lexus RC F (2018)18. Maserati GranTurismo MC (2017)19. Mercedes-Benz G 350d 4MATIC (2016)20. MINI 60 Years Edition (2019)21. Mitsubishi Colt Lancer (1974)22. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Limited Edition (2001)23. Mitsubishi Shogun MK1 (1987)24. Nissan Bluebird LX 5dr (1986)25. Nissan Juke (2012)26. Nissan Qashqai 1.6 Visia 2WD Manual Petrol (2008)27. Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec (Victory Specification) (1999)28. Peugeot 205 GTi Mi16 Conversion (1992)29. Porsche 911 (1986)30. Renault ZOE (2018)31. Suzuki SC100 Whizzkid (1982)32. Toyota Carina E (1993)33. Toyota Prius (2000)34. Vauxhall Astra MK1 GTE (1984)35. Vauxhall Cavalier MK1 (1980)36. Vauxhall Cavalier MK3 (1994)37. Vauxhall Lotus Carlton (1993)38. Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1 (1983)39. Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance 2.0 TSI 245PS DSG (2019)40. Volvo XC40 (2019) Dramatic advances in car safety, fuel efficiency and comfort on show today as 40th SMMT Test Day celebrates evolution of the car.Unique display of 40 vehicles demonstrates vast range and diversity of cars on sale since 1979.Milestones include rollout of airbags, GPS satnav, reversing cameras, ABS, ESC, hybrid powertrains and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Available as either as standard fitment or option extraDEFRAJATO dynamics47.5% improvement in fuel economy based on average new car MPG figures of 58.4 MPG in 2018 vs 39.6 MPG in 2000SMMT Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The Global Race to Market*: comparing full year figures and information for 1979 and 2018 based on SMMT data and publically available informationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Alabama rolled over the Notre Dame Monday night, 42-14, to easily claim its second straight national championship and third in four years and reinforce its position as the top program in the nation.From beginning to end, the Crimson Tide dominated and sent the resounding message that the SEC reigns above all conferences. To wit: ‘Bama’s title is the seventh straight for the SEC.Led by quarterback AJ McCarron and running back Eddie Lacy, the Tide alternately bruised and picked apart the Irish defense, making star linebacker Manti Te’o, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and his cohorts look like Alabama roadkill.“They just did what Alabama does,” Te’o said after the game.Notre Dame was undefeated and No. 1 in the country coming into the game, but it had not faced a team like Alabama. The Crimson Tide used a lethal combination of power and finesse to overwhelmed the Irish on both sides of the ball. Lacy ran right through the Irish defense on a 20-yard touchdown in the game’s opening minutes, capping  an 82-yard drive, which was the longest given up on the season by the Irish.It was a harbinger of dominance to come.McCarron led his team down the field on their second possession for 61 yards, climaxed by a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Williams, who was standing in the back of the end zone unattended. The Tide went up 14-0, and they were just beginning to roll.Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon put the Tide up 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter on a 1-yard run. The Crimson Tide got to that point on the strength two long McCarron completions: one to  receiver Kevin Norwood for 25 yards and the second to freshman extraordinaire Amari Cooper for a 27-yard gain.Once Yeldon scored, all Irish hopes of winning their first national championship since 1988 vanished into the warm Miami night air. Irish fans were hushed and their players were in awe.”We’ve got to get physically stronger, continue close the gap there,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. ”Just overall, we need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like now – a championship football team. That’s back-to-back national champions. That’s what it looks like. That’s what you measure yourself against there. It’s pretty clear across the board what we have to do.”Already up 28-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide opened the third quarter with the similar control, making it 35-0 on a 34-yard hook up from McCarron to Cooper. If it was not already over, it was then.And so, Tide coach Nick Saban sits atop the college coaching mountain with four national championships, three at Alabama.“We’ve had a lot of really great football players who’ve worked really hard,” Saban said. “Because we’ve had a great team, we’ve been able to have a significant amount of success.”Kelly took the hard lesson from the defeat: His team still has a ways to go.“We made incredible strides to get to this point,” he said. “Now it’s pretty clear what we’ve got to do to get over the top.”Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries and was voted the game’s offensive MVP. McCarron, who was last year’s MVP, threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 20 of 28 passing.The stoic Saban said: “Whether I look it or not, I’m happy as hell.”But he said he gets back to work in two days. No extended rest for champions. read more

first_imgThe threat of charges against Mr Osborn-Brooks had caused a furore. Vincent was stabbed with a screwdriver he had taken with him on the burglary.  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. The Metropolitan Police force has released a mugshot of Billy Jeeves, who is believed to have been involved in the burglary during which the homeowner, a pensioner, stabbed one of the intruders to death with a screwdriver.It is believed Jeeves, 28, was the accomplice who fled the scene in Hither Green in a white van after career criminal Henry Vincent was stabbed with a screwdriver by 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks.Vincent later died of his injuries, but last week police said that Mr Osborn-Brooks faces no further action over the stabbing at his home in south-east London.The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Billy Jeeves, 28, is being sought by police following the burglary, committed at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green SE6 at around 00:45hrs on Wednesday, 4 April.”Jeeves has links to Orpington and Swanley in Kent, and Cambridge.”Police also want to hear from anybody who may have seen his vehicle, a white Vauxhall Astra van with registration GU52 AXT – in the days and hours before and after the burglary.”The van was found burnt out and destroyed on the evening of Saturday, 7 April in Star Lane, near Hockingdon Lane in Orpington, Kent.”last_img read more

first_imgIncreased reliability and safety despite simplified application is promised  by the new adhesive Conti Secur PREMIUM, which  is used for a variety of different cold bondings on conveyor belts. As it only has a single component instead of the usual two, it is ready for immediate use and “guarantees a long service life” according to the manufacturers, ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group.“In heavy industry applications, we normally use two-component adhesives. Conti Secur PREMIUM is an innovative new product that requires just one component” explains Wolfgang Kerwel, application engineer at the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group in Northeim. He was the one who originally had the idea for the single-component adhesive, and has worked together with adhesive specialist HB Fuller Company to develop a marketable product that is now manufactured exclusively for ContiTech. Conti Secur PREMIUM has been available since October 15 in 0.8 litre containers. It can be used universally in the same way as Conti Secur BFA.For users, the one-component adhesive based on polychloroprene offers two main advantages – firstly in terms of metering, secondly in terms of application and handling. As there is no need for a reinforcement solution, there is no risk of mistakes being made during metering. Furthermore, every last drop of Conti Secur PREMIUM can be used, without the adhesive vulcanising in the container within a short space of time, which makes the adhesive particularly cost-effective. Conti Secur PREMIUM can be used in a range of different applications, including rubber-to-rubber bonds and rubber-to-metal bondings, as well as for cold splicing of fabric ply belts. Another advantage over two-component adhesives is the reduced packaging volume thanks to the omission of reinforcement solution. This reduces costs both during dispatch and in storage, not to mention during waste disposal.last_img read more

first_imgMichelle O’Neill: ‘Martin and Gerry asked if I was up for the role. I said I was’ Should Sinn Fein win sufficient seats in the Northern assembly, O’Neill will become Deputy First Minister. Jan 31st 2017, 12:27 PM Newly appointed Sinn Fein leader for Stormont Michelle O’Neill (centre) with Martin McGuiness (left), and Gerry Adams (right) at Stormont Buildings. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesWhile O’Neill said her past is steeped in republicanism, she added she did not think it should define her or the future.I would prefer the focus would be on the future.So what will the future look like under her leadership in the North – and will she share power with Arlene Foster?O’Neill said Sinn Féin won’t be returning to power-sharing with the DUP under the same terms that were decided upon after the last election.You can’t share power with people whose only interest is looking after the elite in society or certain sections in society Image: PA Wire/PA Images O’Neill was announced as the new party leader for the North after Martin McGuinness stood down over the ‘cash-for-ash’ scandal. He resigned because the DUP leader Arlene Foster did not bow to repeated calls for her to step down over the allegations.After McGuinness stepped down in protest, fresh elections were called for the north in March.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?>Describing herself as coming from a “strong republican family” (her father is a former Sinn Féin councillor in Dungannon who was imprisoned for IRA membership, while her uncle, Paul Doris, is president of Noraid, a republican fundraising group) O’Neill was appointed leader without election.Deputy party leader Mary Lou McDonald has previously said the nomination for the role of leader in the North is made by the party leader.When asked about how she was chosen as leader, O’Neill explained:I was chosen by the Ard Comhairle  – that is the decision-making body of the party… it was put to the Ard Comhairle and it was unanimously decided that I should be leader. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 12:27 PM SINN FÉIN’S NEW leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has said there will be no return to the “status quo” in the Stormont institutions.Should Sinn Fein win sufficient seats in the Northern assembly, O’Neill will become Deputy First Minister.While she said she “can work with anybody” O’Neill said things will have to change if Sinn Féin are going to work with the DUP again.“We can’t return to the same sort of antics displayed by the DUP,” said O’Neill on RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke programme today. We can’t return to that style of government.However, O’Neill said she she is very much open-minded and determined to find a way forward.She said any future power-sharing arrangement has to be based on mutual respect and a determination of delivering for all citizens.Yesterday, ahead of her meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May met with O’Neill in Cardiff.The new Sinn Féin leader said she made the case to May that Ireland should have special designated status in terms of Brexit.O’Neill said Brexit will be damaging to the Good Friday Agreement, adding that she does not believe Prime Minister May is listening to her party’s concerns.Yesterday, Enda Kenny and May both said they wanted the border between the Republic and the North to be “seamless” and “frictionless”.“I fail to see how that will be the case,” said O’Neill, who added that it was “all words, all talk – we need to see the detail”.Next in line: Mary Lou talks McGuinness, great women and ‘cutting the crap’ in the North>Mary Lou on Trump: ‘I deplore and detest that politics. It makes my skin crawl’> Share49 Tweet Email1 By Christina Finn Michelle O’Neill, the new Sinn Fein leader at Stormont. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL We couldn’t tolerate that kind of approach in government… enough was enough. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Michelle O’Neill, the new Sinn Fein leader at Stormont. 14,826 Views Martin and Gerry obviously spoke to me about taking on the role, was I up to it. I said I was. Gerry then put it to the Ard Comhairle and there was a full discussion in relation to it and people were able to give their opinion and voice their views on it and the decision was taken unanimously that I should take on the position  – a position in which I have said I am absolutely proud to take on. 93 Comments last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Back in April, we learned that Donald Trump has a button installed in the Oval Office. Not to record conversations or anything like that, of course. No, Trump’s button summons a butler with an ice-cold Diet Coke.But you, you enjoy a nice beer every now and then. And by now and then I mean often enough that you think that going out to pick up beer again is getting to be a real drag. Why can’t someone bring it to you? Follow-up: why can’t someone bring it to you whenever you press a button?Amazon used to be an online bookstore. Isn’t living in the future wonderful?Amazon hears you, and they’re ready to help. This is one of their newest Dash buttons… and yes, pressing it will indeed result in someone showing up at your door with 24 cans of Heineken (or Heineken Alcohol-Free if that’s how you roll).Sound too good to be true? Well, it is if you live anywhere other than the U.K. That’s the only place you can get your hands on the Heineken Dash button. You can still order up plenty of other beverages like a nice Blue Sky soda or some fancy Norwegian bottled water if you’re keen to try out the whole push-button refreshment delivery thing.Folks in Seattle, of course, have an alternative. While they can’t use a Dash button, they can use an Echo or Echo Dot to get their good pal Alexa to arrange a beer run.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgRatha Yatra, the chariot festival of Sri Jagannath Dev and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, will begin tomorrow.The festival will come to an end with Ulto Ratha Yatra (reverse journey) on 3 July.In observance of the festival, different religious bodies and temple committees have drawn up various programmes. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) has chalked out a nine-day programme in Dhaka.The country’s largest Ratha Yatra festival will be held at Dhamrai in Manikganj district.The programmes of the festival begins in the morning with rendering of Harisangkirtan, holding of Agnihotra Jagna seeking world peace and people’s welfare, recitation of verses from Srimat Bhagabat Geeta, distribution of mohaprosad, discussion, rendition of padaboli kirtan and arati, cultural function, staging of religious drama and screening of religious films.The programmes of the ISKON at Swamibag in Dhaka starts with holding of Agnihotra Jagna seeking divine blessings for world peace and people’s welfare. At noon, a discussion will be organised on its premises.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon will attend the discussion as the chief guest.Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla will formally inaugurate the festival there by lighting “Mongol Pradeep” (lamp of welfare) after the discussion.Later in the afternoon, a colourful procession will be brought out from Swamibagh setting images of Sri Jagannath Dev, his brother Sri Balaram and sister Srimati Subhadra on three largely build Rathas (chariots).Then the devotees will pull the ropes of the chariots through Tikatuli, Ittefak intersection, Shapla Chattar, Dainik Bangla, Purana Paltan intersection, National Press Club, High Court crossing, Doel Square, Dhaka University TSC, Jagannath Hall, Palashi Crossing and rounded up the Ratha Yatra on the premises of the Dhakeswari National Temple.Besides, the Rathjatra festival will also be celebrated at Ramseeta Mandir at Joikali Mandir Road, at Shankharibazar and Jagannath Jeo Mandir at Tantibazar in old city and other places across the country.The Traffic Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) requested the vehicle drivers to use diversion roads for the sake of smooth and peaceful holding of Ratha Yatra.last_img read more

first_imgAP Photo/John RaouxOrange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, left, answers questions at a news conference near the scene of a shooting where there were multiple fatalities in an industrial area near Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 5, 2017. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on its official Twitter account that the situation has been contained.ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A disgruntled former employee opened fire Monday inside a Florida awning factory, killing five workers before killing himself, authorities said.Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings described the shooter as a 45-year-old man who had been fired in April and had been previously accused of assaulting a co-worker. The attacker was not believed to be a member of any type of subversive or terrorist organization, he said.The man was not charged when he was accused of battering the co-worker in June 2014, and his previous criminal record was otherwise minor — marijuana possession and driving under the influence, the sheriff said. The co-worker he allegedly beat up three years ago was not among the victims Monday, the sheriff added.Shelley Adams said her sister, Sheila McIntyre, called her from the company’s bathroom during the shooting and kept repeating, “My boss is dead. My boss is dead.”Fiamma Inc. calls itself one of the largest manufacturers of awnings for camper vans, motor coaches and sport utility vehicles.State and federal law enforcement officers converged on the awning business in an industrial park in Orlando shortly after 8 a.m. after a woman ran out and called 911 from a tile business across the street, said Yamaris Gomez, that store’s owner.“All she kept saying was he was holding a gun and told her to get out,” Gomez said.Officers were dispatched within 45 seconds and arrived two minutes later, the sheriff said. The FBI also responded, said Ron Hopper, who runs the FBI’s Orlando office. And while five people were killed, “seven others’ lives were saved due to the quick actions of the officers who arrived on the scene today,” said Special Agent Danny Banks of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Authorities had no reports of any specific threats the gunman made to people at the company or anyone else, Banks said.The attack shows why people need to alert authorities whenever they learn of anything that could lead to violence, Banks said.“If people see something that seems abnormal, they need to say something,” Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs added.Sen. Bill Nelson called for more action to address mental health issues. He noted that next Monday will mark a year since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The attack at the Pulse club killed 49 people and wounded dozens more.“The city of Orlando, which is still healing from the Pulse massacre, has seen too much violence this past year,” the Florida Democrat said in a statement.Republican Gov. Rick Scott asked “all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence.”___Associated Press Writer Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed to this report.___The story has been edited to correct spelling of last name of sheriff to Demings, not Demmings. Sharelast_img read more

first_img How ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Traumatized a Genera…AdamTots Presents: Spooky Adult Fiction Stay on target It’s plain to see that 90s kid lit is enjoying a renaissance right now, and the king of the paperbacks back in the day was R. L. Stine. Writing at a breakneck pace, he churned out sixty-two mainline Goosebumps books as well as dozens of spin-offs and other titles. Stine’s series made horror accessible to audiences too young for R-rated fare, taking a variety of terror tropes and giving them young adult twists.With the second Jack Black-starring Goosebumps movie set to hit theaters, we pulled out the library card and reacquainted ourselves with the freaks and beasts of the original book series. Here are definitive picks for the eleven absolute best.AdChoices广告Dark Falls ZombiesThe very first Goosebumps book, Welcome To Dead House, came roaring out of the gate with a high-end group of monsters. The entire population of the quaint little city of Dark Falls are actually undead zombies who need to feed on fresh blood. One house in town is rented out to newcomers — in the book it’s the Bensons, who move in to a creepy house in the neighborhood. The kids quickly make friends, only to discover that they’re all dead — the murdered residents of that very same house, who now need to kill and devour someone new every year to maintain their eldritch existence. The fear of moving to a new town is something kids are very familiar with, and giving it a supernatural twist was a stroke of genius.Monster BloodAmorphous foes are always terrifying, and the green ooze known as Monster Blood is a great example. Debuting in the third Goosebumps book, Monster Blood is a gelatinous substance found by Evan Ross and his buddy Andy in an old toy store. But this is no Silly Putty – anything the slime engulfs, it eats, and when it eats it grows. When his dog Trigger eats some, we learn the second fact about Monster Blood: if other creatures ate it they’d grow to massive size. A number of sequels followed with different permutations of the stuff being eaten by classroom hamsters and growing fangs. The sheer weirdness of Monster Blood made it an irresistible Goosebumps foe.DellaGoosebumps went to summer camp multiple times — it’s a classic location for scary stories, as Jason Voorhees will happily tell you. In “The Curse Of Camp Cold Lake,” Sarah Maas is a fairly unwilling camper who makes a new friend — a mysterious girl named Della who is a little transparent. You see, Della is a ghost who perished at the camp years ago and haunts the place every summer, trying to lure other girls to their death so they’ll be friends forever. Let’s just get this out of the way right now: if you murder me, I will not be your friend. Sarah manages to get away from Della but the book has a particularly nasty twist ending.The MummyTraditionally mummies are… not all that scary. They’re slow, stupid and susceptible to open flame. But Stine managed to wring a copious amount of terror out of The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb. When young Gabe and his family travel to Egypt on an archaeological expedition, they disturb the tomb of the princess Khala (even stealing her hand!) Needless to say, the mummy maiden isn’t happy from beyond the grave and she deploys a host of staggering, indestructible bandage-wearers to get it back. Throw in a duplicitous member of the excavation team and you’ve got serious danger indeed. The mummies are used sparingly in the story, making them that much more threatening.The HorrorsWhen the Morris family gets lost on their way to Zoo Gardens, they take a wrong turn and wind up at a very different kind of theme park. HorrorLand is completely deserted with the exception of the employees — all of whom are bizarre monsters. They have to contend with deadly rides, malignant games and eventually the threat of being tortured to death on live TV. Like many of the best Goosebumps monsters, the Horrors have a ridiculous weakness — being pinched makes them immediately deflate into nothingness — but they’d show up time and again in the series.The SnowmanR.L. Stine loved to play bait and switch with his young readers, and “Beware The Snowman” is a textbook example. From the cover, you’re thinking that a bunch of kids are going to have to face off against a sentient ice creature, but the truth is far stranger. When Jaclyn moves in with her aunt Greta in a small Arctic village, she remembers a nursery rhyme about a cave-dwelling snowman. Surprise! It’s real and it also claims to be Jaclyn’s father. When the snowy coating melts, the beast is actually revealed as a bizarre demonic lizard-beast that thirsts for blood. He’s stopped by the timely intervention of a real snowman army, but things got pretty hairy there for a minute.SlappyOne of the most iconic monsters in the Goosebumps franchise, Slappy is also one of the few who has anchored more than one book. Unsurprisingly, he’s also the antagonist in both movies. Carved out of coffin wood, Slappy seems like an ordinary puppet. When a poor sucker reads the words “Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molanu Karrano,” it brings Slappy to life and sets him on a path of horrific revenge. Once animated, Slappy has the power to control the minds of his owners, letting him get them into all sorts of trouble. His cinematic incarnation is responsible for releasing all of the other Goosebumps monsters into the world as well. Despite being destroyed multiple times, Slappy continues to return to bedevil unsuspecting children.The ScarecrowR.L. Stine had a definite formula for many of the Goosebumps books, where he’d hold off on anything supernatural until the final act and let his main characters twist in the wind as they wondered if they were losing their minds. The Scarecrow Walks At Midnight does just that, with city slickers Jodie and Mark coming to their grandparents’ farm for the summer and meeting farmhand Stanley, who at first seems slow but actually worked dark magic to animate the farm’s terrifying scarecrows. Of course, once you’re walking around you might as well murder people, and the book’s climax is tense and thrilling.The Haunted MaskIn a particularly gory detail for this age group, the titular Haunted Mask in the book of the same name is actually made from human skin. When scaredy-cat Carly Beth Caldwell shops at a mysterious costume store, she comes away with a grotesquely deformed full-face mask that causes her to go on a rampage, strangling a classmate and terrorizing little kids. When she gets home, she finds the mask has fused itself to her face forever, and when she returns to the store owner he tells her the backstory of the cursed thing. She manages to remove it, but Stine would bring the mask back in multiple sequels.The Werewolf Of Fever SwampStine tackled lycanthropy a number of times in the books, but never as well as in Fever Swamp. When Grady Tucker moves to Florida, he makes friends with a nice fellow named Will, adopts a big dog named Wolf and clashes with a strange hermit in the swamp. When a mysterious beast starts slaughtering deer and causing mayhem, naturally Grady suspects the hillbilly but the truth is far stranger. The werewolf in this book is brutal, violent and merciless, and the ending — where Grady gets bit, put under the lycanthrope’s curse and runs into the swamp to live the rest of his days — is a serious downer.KeithYes, Keith. The antagonist of I Live In Your Basement is a spectacularly weird monster, coming fairly late in the series’ run. When young Marco gets clocked in the head with a baseball bat, it starts him on a post-concussion journey of wild hallucinations and memory lapses. It also introduces him to Keith, a little boy who lives in his basement that nobody else can see. Keith just wants to be Marco’s friend, but when Marco starts to question him things get really weird, with the story climaxing as Keith essentially turns himself inside out and spills all his guts on the basement floor. Yuck city.More Goosebumps on Goosebumps to Scare You Into FallAll Goosebumps Books Ranked from Best to WorstAdamTots Presents: Spooky Adult Fictionlast_img read more

first_imgA Christian group in Beijing, China warned ‘unhappy’ and ‘unhealthy’ home environments turn people gay. Beijing-based Christian group Zhuyutongxing think a healthy home life prevents gayness. | Photo: Zhuyutongxing eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The group took known only as Zhuyutongxing posted its musings on the instant messaging service, WeChat.‘Family must be put first to prevent juvenile homosexuality. Both gay support and anti-gay studies show that homosexuality reflects unhealthy and unhappy parent-child relationships,’ it wrote on Monday.The Christian group said it plans to hold church services for people ‘burdened with gay issues’.Zhuyutongxing released the statement to ‘let people know that juvenile homosexuality can be prevented and early intervention is required when the child is young’.‘Many young people attracted to the gay lifestyle are seeking an identity… Many young people who struggle with the homosexuality issue and questions about self-image start from their family,’ the statement read.China’s conversion problemChina decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, but the LGBTI community still faces discrimination.Many LGBTI people still marry members of the opposite sex due to family pressures. Specific apps designed to match gay men and lesbian women together in matrimony are big business in China. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- The government banned ‘homosexual content’ on most media platforms, including online. On the same day Zhuyutongxing released its statement, the LGBTI won a historic victory after microblogging site Sina Weibo agreed to reverse its decision to ban homosexual content on its site.Conversion therapy is big business in China. A recent report revealed people are given electric shocks, forced or put into solitary confinement to try and convert them.But that might all change after one man successfully sued a psychiatric facility where he was forced to undergo conversion therapy. It was the second successful legal lawsuit against conversion therapy with advocates hoping it establishes a precedence away from the practice.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . This Christian group that ‘loves’ LGBTI people may have ulterior motivesProtesters at cancelled gay ‘cure’ screening call homosexuality ‘unnatural, abnormal and sinful’Man murdered for adding another man to a LGBTI WhatsApp groupRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Jay-Z ‘really cried’ when his mom came out to him last yearCara Delevingne refuses to go to Coachella because of anti-LGBT ownerJay-Z reveals his mom is a lesbian on new album 4:44Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Beyoncé and Jay-Z are continuing their On the Run II tour and they had some pretty big fans in the audience on Saturday (28 July) night — the Obamas. Just a couple weeks ago, Michelle also attended a stop on the couple’s tour in Paris. At that show, she was partying it up with Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson.A friendship through thick and thinThe Obamas’ relationship to Beyoncé and Jay-Z goes back several years. The singers supported Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign, and once more in 2012.At the 2009 Inaugural Ball, Beyoncé sang At Last for the President and First Lady’s first dance.[embedded content]When Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012, Beyoncé sang the national anthem at his inauguration.[embedded content]It really is the little things, sometimes, especially to start the week off with a smile.More from Gay Star NewsJay-Z ‘really cried’ when his mom came out to him last yearBeyoncé confirmed to voice a main role in The Lion King remakeWe are blessed: Beyoncé introduces twins in stunning Instagram postGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Obamas dancing at their Inaugural Ball | Photo: YouTube/Danielle Costacenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Other fans in the audience caught sight of the former President and First Lady dancing in a private box. They looked like they were having the time of their life in the nation’s capitol..@BarackObama & @MichelleObama attending Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s show in Washington, D.C. tonight. #OTRII #Round2— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) July 29, 2018It’s also not the first Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert Michelle Obama has been seen living her life best. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The State Attorney’s Office has confirmed that the criminal complaints filed against former Playa del Carmen mayor, Mauricio Góngora Escalante, have been connected which has resulted in preventative detention.Efforts through the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption have succeeded in obtaining a trial against the former mayor who will be tried for irregular performance of the public function.The initial hearing began at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and lasted for more than nine hours, which resulted in the judge issuing preventative detention for precautionary measures. The judge also issued the seizure of five properties and six vehicles in possession of the former mayor.The Attorney General’s Office says they will continue its fight against all those who have damaged the heritage of Quintana Roo and with full respect for the guidelines of the criminal justice system and human rights.Guillermo Pasquel, defense lawyer of Góngora Escalante, says that his client is calm and happy, confident that there will be an end verdict in his favor.“There are elements that will end up destroying these accusations,” said the defence lawyer.Guillermo Pasquel said that they were surprised when studying the investigation files, since they found several points that, he assured, will allow a favorable verdict for Góngora Escalante.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more