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Elevate Your Game with These Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

first_imgThis Super Bowl, we’ll be stuffing our faces to the New England Patriots returning for a third straight year in a row to take on the Los Angeles Rams, who haven’t taken the field of this event since 2000. Rams coach Sean McVay will be hoping to rewrite history since in 2000 the Rams lost the Lombardi to none other than the Pats (20-17 in the first Super Bowl Tom Brady won).Needless to say, we’re going to need a lot of snacks to mellow the nerves of this matchup. Which should be legendary, so brush up on your Super Bowl LIII facts (and why not the best commercials and halftime shows, while you’re at it).Back to the snacks.Brazi BitesAt a Super Bowl party, you need food and drink to satisfy the masses. Yes, chips, salsa, and cheap beer are fine and dandy, but this is the Super Bowl. Like Tom Brady in every fourth quarter ever, it’s time to elevate your game and become the GOAT with your Super Bowl dishes. Below, you’ll find truly Super Bowl-worthy snacks to serve up on February 3. But while we’re getting fancy, remember everyone wants to consume some iteration of booze, liquid cheese, and meat on the Super Bowl. So no caviar, please.Pigs in a BlanketHow is it puff pastry and Andouille Sausage taste so darn good together? Stefano Faita and Les Trois Petits Cochons show us how to turn what is theoretically a fancy mini-hot dog into an app worthy of the national anthem.Ingredients:7 sausages Andouille Sausage.75 cups Moutarde a l’Ancienne mustard2 pre-rolled puff pastry sheets (10-inch x 10-inch)3 tbsp liquid honey1 egg + 1 tbsp water, for egg washHandful poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds, for finishingSweet tomato ketchup (optional)Method:Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.Cut each sausage into 3 pieces and set aside. (You’ll have 21 pieces but you only need 20. The extra piece can be the cook’s treat or serve a pig without its blanket.)Combine the Dijon mustard and honey (this can be done with regular Dijon Mustard too).Transfer 1/4 cup of it to a small bowl for flavouring the pigs in blanket and then reserve the remaining amount for serving with the baked ones. Set aside.Beat egg with 1 tbsp. water for egg wash and set aside. Dust work surface lightly with flour.Cut each pastry sheet into 10 (5-inch x 2-inch) pieces. Brush a little honey mustard on each square of pastry.Add piece of sausage and roll. Brush pastry with egg wash. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds.Bake until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve with reserved honey mustard and Sweet tomato ketchup.Fresh Spinach and Sweet Garlic DipKite HillMake a lot of this dip. Pair it with Kettle Brand Potato Chips (oh yeah, the good stuff), or raw veggies. Honestly, you may find your friend eating the dip alone by the spoonful. What nobody will know is that the cheesy, rich goodness of the dip is actually dairy-free thanks to Kite Hill’s almond milk cream cheese.Ingredients:8 oz Kite Hill Plain cream cheese2 medium roasted garlic cloves6 oz blanched spinach2 tbsp extra virgin olive oilMethod:Pan-roast garlic cloves in olive oil until golden brown. Set the garlic cloves aside to cool.Blanch fresh spinach in boiling water and shock in cold water.Drain, squeeze and chop the spinach into medium-sized pieces.Put all the ingredients (roasted garlic, blanched spinach and cream cheese) in a food processor and blend for 2 min until smooth.Mac and Cheese BitesBrazi BitesHandheld macaroni and cheese? We’re in.Ingredients:6 oz macaroni2.5 oz whipped cream cheese1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese1 tbsp unsalted butter1 large egg.5 cup milk.5 cup sour cream3 oz bacon bits1-2 jalapeños dicedsalt and pepper24 pieces Cheddar & Parmesan Brazi BitesMethod:Make Brazi Bites based on packaging instructions. Turn down oven to 375 degrees F.Melt butter and use half to grease mini muffin pan.Press Brazi Bites to form the base of the cups.Make macaroni according to package instructions.Strain and immediately mix hot macaroni with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, milk, egg, remaining butter, bacon bites, diced jalapeños, and salt and pepper to taste.Spoon macaroni mix over the pressed Brazi Bites. Bake 12 – 14 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.Secret Sauce BurgerIngredients for the secret sauce:.5 cup Sir Kensington ketchup2 tbsp molasses.5 cup vegan mayo2 tbsp relishIngredients for the burger:1 cup chiffonade green leaf lettuce1 beefsteak tomato, sliced1 red onion, sliced thin1 slice American cheese (easily swap with your favorite vegan version)Handful of pickle slices2 (.25 lb.) The Beyond BurgersSalt and pepper2 Sesame seed buns2 tbsp butter melted or your favorite vegan spreadMethod:Make the sauce by combining all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.Heat up a griddle pan and brush the sesame bun with melted butter and place down into the griddle pan.Toast the bun until golden brown. Remove the bun and keep warm.Wipe the pan clean and add oil to the pan, place the seasoned patty in the pan and cook on both sides for 3 minutes each side.When the patty is almost cooked through, add the American cheese and melt. Spoon secret sauce on each side of the bun.Add lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. Place patty on top, serve.Ed’s Lobster Bar’s Dry WingsIf you’re concerned with your possibly-drunk guests getting things messy,  these dry rub wings from Ed’s Lobster Bar are a great option when you want a tasty handheld treat that isn’t saucy.Ingredients for the wings and rub:1 pound chicken wings1 tbsp Old Bay1 tbsp cayenne (for less spice use 1 tsp)1 tsp garlic powder.5 tsp ground pepperIngredients for the yogurt sauce:8 oz yogurt, strained1 tsp chopped garlic1 cucumber, seeded and grated or chopped in food processorSalt and pepper
 to tastePinch of chopped dillMethod:For the yogurt sauce, mix all ingredients together and serve cold.Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.Pat wings dry and place flat on sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure wings are not touching. Bake for 30 minutes then flip over and bake for 30 more minutes.Remove wings from sheet tray and dry with a paper towel. Then toss in dry rub.Clean sheet tray and place new parchment paper on it. Lay wings separated and flat.
Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes flip over and bake till fully crisp. About 20 more minutes.Remove from tray and serve with cut celery and carrots and yogurt sauce.Want regular old Buffalo wings instead (messy fingers be damned!)? You can get Duff’s Famous Wings on Goldbelly delivered to your door in time for the game. Duff’s has been a Buffalo Staple and is widely touted as the best buffalo wings in the world. Go ahead, pretend you made them.Now all you need is to get your beer and prop bets ready. The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Cook Steak in the Oven last_img read more

Greater Focus on Science and Technology – Minister Paulwell

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says that Government will be placing greater focus on developing those skills that will foster job creation and grow the economy.As such, he said, young people will be encouraged to move towards subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as “this is our bread and butter”.Minister Paulwell was speaking on the topic: ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, for Innovation and Economic Prosperity’ at a forum staged by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) School of Education on Tuesday, February 5, on the Mona campus.He told the audience of students and faculty members that the Government recently finalized a strategic road map for science, technology and innovation (STI), which provides a framework for the general support of research, development and innovation. It will seek to generate greater interest in the sciences by young people, advance research and development, especially by tertiary institutions, and accelerate product development and effective commercialization.“In the road map, they have looked at five national priority areas where they believe we do have advantages, where we should focus on development so that we can achieve growth. These are health and wellness, the creative industries, resource use efficiency, resource value adding, and small and medium sized enterprises,” the Minister said.He said that the Government will be looking to cultivate partners in the various training institutions such as the universities that can develop the STI systems that will add value to the productive base.Turning to the rare earth elements project that was recently launched, Minister Paulwell said the Government will ensure that the initiative benefits Jamaica “to its fullest”.“We are looking beyond the refining of the oxides to where those oxides are going to be used for manufacturing and the approach that we are taking is that we intend to be ‘part and parcel’ of all the various stages of the use of our rare earth towards the development of so many products,” he stated.He also assured that the “issue of the environment is uppermost” as the Government proceeds with the project.Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI, Mona campus, Professor Gordon Shirley, said that there is a growing recognition that one of the key requirements for growth in Jamaica is through innovation and that at the heart of this, is doing subjects in the sciences.He informed that efforts by the physics and mathematics departments at the UWI, aimed at reversing the trend of declining enrollments in these areas are reaping results.He noted that the pass rate and demand for places in areas such as physics, mathematics and actuarial sciences have increased.last_img read more

Premiers Support Halifax 2014

first_imgThe Halifax bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games has the full support of all 13 Canadian premiers. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I’m pleased we have the full support from all provinces and territories,” said Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald. “The games are more than an event, they are part of our overall effort to expand our province and region economically and culturally with healthy and active citizens –now and for years to come.” During the Council of the Federation meeting in Newfoundland, the premiers discussed, among many topics, the promotion of Canada through sport and the need to support healthy living across the country. From these discussions the premiers announced their full support for Canada’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Halifax. “Clearly, our leaders recognize the importance of sport in building a strong future for Canada,” said Scott Logan, Halifax 2014 CEO. “The Halifax 2014 Games will not only create an opportunity to showcase our athletes, but also provide a foundation for sport development and healthy living in our communities.” The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Indian mens archery team bags Olympic quota women misfire

first_imgDen Bosch (The Netherlands): Indian men’s recurve archery team secured the Olympic quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games by storming into the quarterfinals of the World Championships but there was heartbreak in store for the fancied women’s side here Wednesday. The men’s team of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav put up a superlative show, posting a 5-3 win over Canada to secure three-athlete quota for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open At the 2016 Rio Olympics, India had an individual entry in Das, who had made a prequarterfinal exit. “We finally made it. We are gelling well as a team and looking forward to Tokyo now. This is the moment to keep going for 2020,” two-time Olympian Rai, a member of the London Olympics, said. “I’m sure the opponents were feeling exactly the same pressure. So the key was to keep calm and it worked well for us,” the 35-year-old Army archer said. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series But it turned out to be a day of contrasting fortunes for the women’s recurve team as senior archer Laishram Bombayla Devi misfired once, while Komalika Bari exposed her inexperience costing them the match 2-6 against lower-seeded Belarus. The women’s team will have a last chance in 2020 World Cup Stage III in Berlin where top three in the secondary tournament will grab the final Olympic quotas. Blaming luck, the three-time Olympian Bombayla said: “In practice, I was shooting well but there was misfortune and something happened during the competition and I misfired. It could have been an easy win. We will try our best next time.” Bombayla’s misfire meant India shot a poor 43 against Belarus’ 52 in the first set. In the second set, Bombayla and Komalika shot 3 and 5 and it proved too much for Deepika Kumari, as they lost 44-52 to trail 0-4. The trio finally came good in the third set winning it 53-51 to make it 4-2 but Karyna Kazlouskaya, Karyna Dziominskaya, Hanna Marusava sealed the issue 6-2 with a 53-51 win in the fourth set. Indian team in the women’s compound section, which is a non-Olympic category, entered the quarterfinals with a commanding 236-226 win over France. Led by Muskan Kirar’s outstanding display, India women’s compound team (2099 points) finished third in the ranking round behind Colombia (2111) and Korea (2101) and advanced directly into the pre-quarters. The 19-year-old from Jabalpur shot 54 perfect arrows which included 24 times X (closest to the centre) for an overall score of 701 points over the 72-arrow 50-metre ranking round. Having finished in the top-eight, Muskan Kirar got a bye into the round of 32 in the individual section. 29th seed Abhishek Verma, Bhagwan Das (35th) and Rajat Chauhan (88th) of men’s, and Jyothi Surekha Vennam (17th) of women’s advanced to the round three in the compound section. India also remained in the medal fray in the compound mixed pair event where Verma and Muskan entered directly into last-16 with a top eight finish in the ranking round. India face Germany in the compound mixed pair pre-quarterfinals. Compound men’s team, who got a 14th place in the ranking, defeated their Spanish opponents 235-229 in the first round but only to end their campaign after losing to third seeded Turkey 234-238. Up against a team who secured a bye into the last-16 after finishing sixth in the ranking round, the Indian trio of Rai, Das and Jadhav started off with three perfect shots including one X to take the first set with a one-point (56-55) lead in the men’s recurve round two. They held on to their momentum and scored one-point more than the first set with another perfect start in the second set where the trio hit two Xs and one 10 to edge out their opponents once again by one point (57-56) and race to a 4-0 lead. Eric Peters, Crispin Duenas and Brian Maxwell, however, bounced back to grab the third set (58-54) hitting four perfect shots with two X to take the match to the decider. Needing a tie, the Indians held their nerves and levelled the scores 57-all to seal the issue 5-3 and secure an Olympic berth. Das, who was India’s lone entry in the men’s section, also sounded ecstatic and credited their strong start. “We started off very well. I think this the best team we ever made. We worked so hard to get this point. We did not qualify in the last Olympics. So this is going to be a turning point for Indian archery,” Das said. The Indian team’s preparation earlier this year was marred by infighting in the national federation which is staring at suspension from World Archery for electing two parallel bodies. Internal wrangling by two faction groups had led the archers to pull out of the World Cup Stage I in Medellin under bizarre circumstances of missing their connecting flight. To make up for the loss, the BVP Rao-led group had organised the acclimatisation camp for the recurve archers in Breda, The Netherlands. The eight quarterfinalists win full three-athlete quotas. And the top four individual athletes from nations not qualified in the team event collect a single berth for their respective countries.last_img read more

Retired Hab Steve Begin graduates high school 22 years after dropping out

first_imgMONTREAL – Former NHL left-winger Steve Begin made nearly $7 million during his career and started an engineering company after retiring from the game, but he always felt he was missing something.It took 22 years, but on Thursday Begin finally got that missing piece in his life when he received his high school diploma.Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge personally gave the Habs’ former number 22 and six other students his certificate at a ceremony at the Bell Centre, home of the National Hockey League’s Canadiens.“I have been lucky despite my less-than-intelligent decision to drop school,” Begin acknowledged at the ceremony. “I fulfilled my dreams. I succeeded in life. I have a super family. I have a company. Everything is going well — but I always knew something was missing.”Begin, 40, said it was his friend, UFC champion and fellow Quebecer Georges St-Pierre, who challenged him to finish his studies.St-Pierre is the spokesman for an online teaching platform that Begin used to complete his studies.“I studied early in the morning and late at night,” Begin said. “I wanted to be ready. I was nervous like during a playoff game. I put in maximum effort, because I really wanted to be ready and not to fail.”Begin studied online for free on the education platform ChallengeU, which is supervised by seven participating school boards.Roberge told reporters that the fact Begin studied online for free doesn’t make his diploma any less official.“Every graduate (today) passed the ministerial exam,” Roberge said. “They met the standards and acquired all the necessary knowledge in order to receive a diploma that is valid and recognized.”When Begin was asked what was harder, scoring a goal in the NHL or finishing high school, he said he wasn’t known for his touch around the net.“If you count the number of goals I scored — it has to be scoring!” he said.Begin played 524 games in the NHL between 1997-2013 and scored 56 goals and 108 total points.He played for Calgary, Montreal, Dallas, Boston and Nashville.last_img read more

Netflix accused of using footage of LacMegantic disaster in second drama

first_imgMONTREAL — A day after learning that a science-fiction show on Netflix used actual footage of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster, the mayor of the Quebec town said she believes images of the tragedy were used in a second Netflix production, “Bird Box.”Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin wants the streaming service to take a look at its movie and TV catalogue to make sure no other production is using images of the tragedy as entertainment.“I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that … they are going to remove them,” Morin said in an interview. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”High school ethics teacher Guillaume Bouchard was watching the most recent season of “Travelers” on Netflix over the holidays when he noticed something oddly familiar on his screen.In the science-fiction series, a nuclear device had just exploded on the streets of London, but instead of seeing fires ravaging locations in the U.K. capital, Bouchard was looking at orange flames towering over a small town. At the end of the street, a black oil tanker burned in the background.“I thought: No way. No way did they do that,” Bouchard said in an interview. He paused the show and after a quick internet search had his suspicions confirmed. The brief images on Netflix were taken from real-life footage of one of the deadliest disasters in recent Canadian history, when a train carrying crude oil derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic in 2013.“I don’t know anyone who died in Lac-Megantic,” Bouchard said. “But if I was someone who lost someone close and I was home and I saw this, I don’t know how I would react. It wouldn’t be good.”“Travelers,” created by Canadian Brad Wright, was shot in Vancouver and produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., originally in association with Netflix and Showcase. Netflix picked up the show as the exclusive distributor for the latest season, the third.Carrie Mudd, president of Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment, said her company acquired the footage from a stock image vendor called Pond 5, which is based in New York City, and they “weren’t aware of its specific source.” A request for comment from Pond 5 was not returned.“We sincerely apologize and had no intention to dishonour the tragic events of 2013,” Mudd said in an email. “We are already working to replace the footage in the show.” As of Tuesday evening, the images were still part of the “Travelers” episode available for viewing on Netflix Canada.A spokesman for Netflix did not want to be interviewed, but said the company has contacted Peacock Alley Entertainment, and confirmed the images would be removed. When asked by email to confirm “Bird Box” also used real-life footage from the disaster, the company said it needed time to look into it.Morin said she first heard of the images used on “Travelers” Monday.“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” she said. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news. Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”On Tuesday, a Lac-Megantic citizen posted images on social media of the movie “Bird Box,” where in the early moments of the movie, a television newscast used the images for a few seconds to illustrate a town being under attack.Morin said she viewed the footage posted by the citizen. “We see the images (of Lac-Megantic) clearly,” she said. The Canadian Press viewed the footage in “Bird Box”, which is identical to amateur video shot immediately after the derailment. The amateur video can be easily found online.Bouchard said he felt it was his “duty as a citizen” to go public after identifying the Lac-Megantic content. He said he knows what happened was a mistake, but “it needed to be talked about.”He said he also considers it a teachable moment he can use in his ethics class. “Naturally, I will talk about it one day (in school),” he said.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Valpak Goes Pink With Susan G Komen And Chef Sandra Lee

first_imgValpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, announces the launch of a powerful collaboration that puts a spotlight on the fight to save lives and end breast cancer.In partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and renowned television chef and breast cancer survivor Sandra Lee, Valpak will turn its monthly iconic blue envelope pink in support of the 1 in 8 women in the U.S. who will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime and the countless loved ones affected by the disease.Valpak’s pink envelope will highlight celebrity chef Sandra Lee, a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women’s health, as a “More Than Pink Hero.” The pink envelope will introduce a related sweepstakes, inviting consumers to nominate a hero who has taken action in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Valpak will share the submitted stories and ultimately 25 lucky winners will each receive a set of pink KitchenAid appliances in support of Cook for the Cure. The set includes a stand mixer, blender, 2-speed hand blender and a 5-speed hand mixer with a total retail value of over $800.The nationwide October Valpak envelope will also feature a special surprise for 500 lucky recipients, who will instantly win an immersion blender courtesy of KitchenAid by looking through their pink Valpak envelopes and finding a die-cut certificate shaped like an immersion blender.“Valpak is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen and Sandra Lee for this powerful initiative as we inspire others to join us in the fight against breast cancer,” explains Mike Davis, CEO for Valpak. “This initiative is personal for Valpak as many employees are affected by the disease in some way and we are determined to stand up and help find a cure. This cause month envelope is hopefully the first of many, as we are determined to make a big impact on a nationwide cause at least once per year.”The striking color of the pink envelope and its call to action to donate are only the beginning of Valpak’s commitment to helping raise funds and inspiring others to join the fight. In 2018, Valpak corporate will donate $50,000 to Komen regardless of sales. In addition, the company’s nationwide salesforce of over 600 hit the streets over the past few months to encourage local advertisers to join the fight by making donations. In turn, Valpak is recognizing the local allies online and in the Valpak envelope with a special pink-bordered ad. Valpak’s Media Sales Consultants reached over 3,000 local advertisers and together they raised over $135,000 in donations in the fight to save lives.For more information on Valpak’s campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to nominate a hero, please visit, or view Valpak YouTube channel here.last_img read more

Guitar makers hit hard by new regulations on prized rosewood

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. – An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound.Since new trade rules took effect in 2017, guitar makers have complained about long delays in getting permits to import rosewood and export finished instruments that contain it. Warehouses have filled with unsold instruments, and a bagpipe maker in New Hampshire went so far as to ask the governor to intervene after a permit application was lost.“I’m so annoyed. I’m so distraught by this,” said Chris Martin, chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin and Co., which uses rosewood in 200 models of acoustic guitar, some played by Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran, Sting and other stars. The company’s logistics staff estimates it spends 40 per cent of its time dealing with the new regulations.Fearful that Africa and Asia were losing rosewood forests, governments adopted the rules to stem the flow of smuggled rosewood to China’s luxury furniture manufacturers. But the restrictions have also hurt companies that use relatively tiny amounts of the wood in guitars, clarinets and oboes.Months after the regulations were adopted, acoustic guitar exports from the U.S. fell by about 28 per cent, and electric guitar exports declined 23 per cent, according to the Music Trades magazine, an industry publication. Music retailers reported losing $60 million.At Martin’s Pennsylvania-based company, many transactions are stalled: “We have orders for the guitars. We have customers. The customers have the money to pay for them, and we can’t ship them because the paperwork is stuck somewhere,” he said.The guitar industry’s frustration is focused on the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES , which is responsible for combating wildlife smuggling. The agency has tangled in the past with instrument makers, mostly over restrictions on ivory, tortoiseshell and whale bone.Agency officials previously placed trade limits on only a few rosewood species, such as Brazilian rosewood, which is especially precious. But the 2016 trade rules covered up to 300 species of the rosewood family known as Dalbergia. The new regulations also required permits for products made from the wood, including guitars, violins, bagpipes and xylophones. Many companies that had never needed permits had only three months to comply.“It was a steep learning curve for these companies,” said Timothy Van Norman, chief of the permit-granting branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , which saw its permit applications double to 40,000 in 2017 mostly from rosewood. Bigger guitar companies with more sophisticated distribution systems were probably quicker to adapt than smaller companies or individuals making a limited number of instruments. “For them, it probably came out of the blue.”Taylor Guitars , based in El Cajon, California, reported losing tens of thousands of dollars from months-long delays and confusion surrounding its shipments to some 30 countries in the world.“Each country was suddenly responsible for interpreting what this new rule meant,” said Scott Paul, Taylor’s director of natural resource sustainability.Governments in Africa and Latin America proposed the regulations to combat increased rosewood smuggling over the past decade that they said had endangered the species, which is also known for its fragrance, a sweet floral aroma that gives the wood its name.Much of the smuggling was orchestrated by criminal gangs that took advantage of lax rules and widespread corruption to strip away forest in Southeast Asia, Central America and West Africa. The illegal logging also sparked regional conflicts, contributed to desertification and destroyed a key food source for bees, butterflies and other insects.The United Nations describes the rosewood trade as the world’s costliest wildlife crime, with seizures totalling more than almost all other species combined. Between 2005 and 2015, 10,000 metric tons of protected rosewood was seized.Most of that wood was headed to China, where rosewood imports jumped 2,000 per cent from 2005 to 2014, according to the conservation group Forest Trends . Much of the material went into the making of reproduction hongmu furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, a style popular with affluent Chinese.“These countries didn’t want to wait until their tree species are on the verge of extinction before acting to control the trade. They saw what happened in Asia. There is almost nothing left,” said Susanne Breitkopf, forest campaign policy manager of the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency .A spokesman for China’s forest administration did not respond to repeated emails and phone calls from The Associated Press.Jiang Hengfu, secretary general of Traditional Furniture Specialty Committee, which is part of the China National Furniture Association, said he did not know much about the industry’s role in the destruction of rosewood forests or the use of illegal wood in furniture. But he acknowledged that trade restrictions and increased environmental awareness in China had increased rosewood prices and would force furniture companies to become more innovative.Meanwhile, guitar makers find themselves defending the crackdown and highlighting their sustainability efforts while also lobbying to exclude musical instruments from the regulations — a debate to take place when CITES meets in 2019.Instrument makers such as Martin argue that they use a fraction as much rosewood as Chinese furniture makers — about 50 cubic meters each a year compared with nearly 2 million cubic meters. And, the instrument makers say, they get most of it from sustainable plantations in India.CITES officials say they are open to considering exemptions for certain types of instruments but fear broad exemptions would let smugglers game the system.“It is something that needs to be revisited and how far do we need to go with the regulation to make sure there are not loopholes,” the outgoing CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon told the AP.The cost and hassle of the new regulations have caused some guitar makers to shift away from rosewood. Martin stopped using it on most guitars produced in Mexico and the models made in the U.S. that cost less than $3,000. Taylor has rolled out several models without rosewood for overseas customers.But the companies have no plans to abandon rosewood altogether.“There are other woods that work,” Martin said. But guitar builders and players know there is “something very special” about rosewood’s depth and richness of sound. “No one has found … a wood that works better.”___Associated Press researcher Shanshan Wang in Beijing contributed to this report.last_img read more

South Delhi manifesto: AAP promises steps against pollution

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday continued its first kind of initiative to present constituency wise manifesto where AAP’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha and North West candidate Gugan Singh presented their manifestos. Chadha promised eradication of the “gundaraj” by working on law and order situation of south Delhi. He also promised to work on pollution and traffic congestion.”These gundas (goons) have been given a free hand by the BJP to misbehave with women, Dalits. This gundaraj would be eradicated if I am elected and I want to tell these gundas that only a few days are left for their gundaraj,” he said. Chadha, who is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri (57) and Congress’ celebrity candidate boxer Vijender Singh (33), also feels he will appeal to the youth as he is the youngest candidate. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”This election is to defeat the BJP. It is between the people of Delhi and the BJP and its candidate Bhiduri,” he said. He said the manifesto has been prepared after months of research and focuses on a range of issues plaguing the South Delhi constituency. “We have been preparing it for months and it has been made after understanding the needs of the people of my constituency. I have met 4.5 lakh families in last one year. It has policy experts’ involvement in it,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe 34-page AAP manifesto for South Delhi, titled ‘It’s Time For Change’, promises that the AAP MP from South Delhi will use the resources at his disposal to combat pollution caused by crop-burning in other states and arrive at an inter-state solution to the pan-North India air pollution problem; push for an automated and systematic water wastage monitoring system, among others. He said the BJP and the Congress had said they would fight and win elections in the name of providing water but did nothing once elected. “In total contrast, the AAP government under Kejriwal in the last four years gave water through pipelines to 90 per cent of the areas of South Delhi and vowed the remaining 10 per cent areas would have piped water over the next one year,” AAP candidate said.last_img read more

Nutrien in talks with Australian company Ruralco regarding potential deal

The Canadian Press SASKATOON — Nutrien Ltd. says it is in talks with Australian company Ruralco Holdings Ltd. regarding a possible deal.Trading in Ruralco securities were halted on the Australian Stock Exchange.Nutrien says its Landmark subsidiary in Australia is engaged in discussions with Ruralco regarding a potential transaction.Ruralco provides a wide range of services for Australian farmers.The Canadian company says no decision has been made and would not comment further with respect to any potential transaction.It says any potential deal would be subject to the negotiation of a definitive agreement. Companies in this story: (TSX:NTR) read more

Judge rejects conservatorship for Casey Kasem urges his family to allow visits

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge rejects conservatorship for Casey Kasem, urges his family to allow visits from his kids by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 12:27 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Casey Kasem is receiving good medical care and a conservatorship is unnecessary for the ailing radio personality, a judge ruled Tuesday.Superior Court Judge Lesley Green urged lawyers to reach an agreement that would allow three of Kasem’s adult children to visit their father, who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease.Kasem’s children have said they are being blocked from seeing their father by his wife of more than 30 years, Jean. But her lawyer Marshall Grossman said the children have rejected a proposal to allow them to visit their father each month and on major holidays.Green acknowledged there is “bad blood” in the family, but noted a doctor who has evaluated Kasem reported he wants to see his children.Kasem’s daughter Julie was seeking a temporary conservatorship for her father, but Green rejected that effort Tuesday. She cited reports by investigators and doctors who said Kasem was receiving by all accounts good medical treatment in his home.The judge told lawyers to try to work out an agreement for visitation by Kasem’s children and set another court hearing for Dec. 20.Attorneys for both sides planned to try to negotiate a visitation agreement Tuesday.Julie Kasem’s attorney, Andrew Katzenstein, said his clients were pleased to learn that their father was being well cared for and hoped that a visitation arrangement could be worked out. He said the effort to have a conservatorship established was all about making sure Kasem was being properly looked after and to allow his children to see their father.Grossman said he wants an accord that will end any further court action. “We’re looking to bring peace, not piecemeal,” he told Green.Casey Kasem, 81, gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40,” and also was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby Doo.”___Anthony McCartney can be reached at read more

Household debt climbs to record levels driven partly by hot real estate

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 7:25 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Household debt climbs to record levels, driven partly by hot real estate markets Credit cards are displayed in Montreal, Wednesday, December 12, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz OTTAWA – The amount Canadians owe compared with how much they earn hit a new record in the second quarter, driven in part by the country’s hot housing markets.TD Bank senior economist Leslie Preston said low interest rates have made borrowing more attractive, especially for homebuyers, and predicted the debt ratio could continue to trend a little higher in the next few quarters.“We think there’s still a fair bit of momentum in Toronto’s housing market and Toronto is just such a huge share of Canada’s overall housing market that we do think this ratio could tick up,” she said Thursday.The ratio of household credit market debt to disposable income climbed to 167.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with 165.2 per cent in the first quarter. The increase means households owe about $1.68 in credit market debt for every dollar of disposable income.The growth came as household credit market debt climbed two per cent, while disposable income increased 0.5 per cent in the quarter.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes said the increase in the debt ratio was consistent with a usual seasonal trend — with the second quarter the strongest period for housing markets and thus mortgage debt growth.“While it looks as though the Vancouver housing market is cooling after the foreign buyers’ tax was implemented, the Toronto market remains very strong, and others are showing signs of improving as well,” Reitzes said.The Bank of Canada has identified household debt as a key risk to the economy.In its latest interest rate announcement, the central bank said “financial vulnerabilities associated with household imbalances remain elevated and continue to rise.”Scott Hannah, chief executive of the Credit Counselling Society, said when interest rates are low it’s tempting to buy things on credit, but interest rates will rise eventually.“If we’re already struggling to manage our debts now, things are only going to get more challenging when the cost of borrowing rises,” Hannah said.A recent report by credit reporting agency TransUnion suggested up to one million Canadian borrowers, including some of the highest rated consumers, could face problems paying their debts if interest rates rise.TransUnion said that while the majority of Canadians will not be materially impacted in the near term by an interest rate increase, there is a “material subset.”Total household credit market debt — which includes consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans — was $1.973 trillion at the end of the second quarter, including $585.8 billion in consumer credit and $1.293 trillion in mortgage debt.Reitzes noted that Canadian household debt rose above 100 per cent of nominal gross domestic product for the first time.Total household net worth increased 1.9 per cent in the second quarter to $9.837 trillion, boosted by a gain in real estate. Household net worth on a per capita basis was $271,300.The ratio of household debt to assets was 16.9 per cent, relatively unchanged from the previous quarter, suggesting Canadian households had $5.92 of assets for every dollar of debt. read more

Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level – UN

Figure 1: Table 1: Figure 2: Source: Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017 report A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said Wednesday in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017. “It is high time for the international community and Afghanistan to reprioritize drug control, and to acknowledge that every nation has a shared responsibility for this global problem,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. According to the latest figures released by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC, in addition to an 87 per cent jump to a record level of 9,000 metric tonnes in 2017, the area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to a record 328,000 hectares in 2017, up 63 per cent compared with 201,000 hectares in 2016. “For both Afghanistan, and the world, we are heading towards uncharted territoryAdditionally, the number of poppy-free provinces in the country decreased from 13 to 10 – and after more than a decade, Ghazni, Samangan and Nuristan lost their poppy-free status. The number of provinces affected by cultivation increased accordingly from 21 to 24. “These frightening figures should give considerable pause for reflection on whether the calculus on the illicit drugs flowing from Afghanistan adds up to a workable and achievable solution,” he continued, again urging the international community to revisit its engagement with Afghanistan, and to acknowledge that fresh assessments and policy revisions may be necessary. Pointing to the multiple challenges the increase would pose for the country, Mr. Fedotov stressed, that Afghanistan, “already suffering from the opium produced within its borders, the increases will drive drug abuse, an increased dependency on the illicit economy, and rising levels of corruption.” Source: Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017 report Source: Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017 report Gains on governance and transparency in Afghanistan and surrounding countries will also be challenged by more instability, insecurity, and increased funding to terrorist groups. “New actors and markets are likely to emerge; some of these new actors may be terrorist groups attempting to use the drug trade to finance their global operations,” Mr. Fedotov explained. Far greater amounts of opium in the world’s consumer markets would increase health and social problems – also placing added burdens on already stretched Afghan public health services. The Executive Director called opium cultivation and production “a complex development issue and bound to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development,” for which partnership and coordination is also needed. “UNODC has created initiatives-including the Triangular Initiative, the Paris Pact and the networking the networks activity-to assist, but engagement must be stepped up to increase effectiveness,” he stated. read more

Dragline crosses New Mexico in historic trek to Peabody Energys El Segundo

first_imgPeabody Energy’s 3,628 t dragline has completed a historic journey from the company’s Lee Ranch mine northwest of Grants, New Mexico, more than 32 km to its new home at El Segundo. The 1570-W dragline crossed the high desert, carried by a specialised 600-wheel vehicle. NASA uses a similar transportation method to haul space shuttles. Transporting a machine of this size required precision and planning, said Brad Brown, Peabody Energy Senior Vice President of Southwest Operations. “This was certainly a road trip to remember. These machines are the size of a ship on dry land. They can walk but typically very slowly with the help of electric generators. This time, Peabody used a different, more efficient method involving a carrier. We owe a huge amount of thanks to all team members who made this engineering accomplishment possible.”The 1570-W dragline carries an 65 m3 bucket and has a 98 m boom capable of swinging the length of a football field. Draglines traditionally move to new areas by “walking” about 160 m in an hour using shoes that lift and advance the machine. This requires generators, and road and power line construction support 24 hours a day for a month or more.Peabody adopted a new dragline transportation method that shortened the move and eliminated the need for electric power. Working with heavy equipment manufacturer Joy Global, Peabody loaded the massive machine on a specialised carrier assembled by Mammoet USA South, the world’s leader in solutions for heavy lifting transportation. The carrier featured 150 axle lines, each consisting of four heavy-duty truck tires coupled together to form a self-propelled transport vehicle. The assembly moved at speeds of up to some 3 km/h, enabling the dragline to reach El Segundo mine in 12 days. One of the most productive mines in the US Southwest, El Segundo shipped 8.4 Mt of coal in 2012.last_img read more

Poll Will you call into a neighbour today

first_img B – Not today but on another day over the season (614) C – Yes, I’ll be checking in on someone (371) Poll Results: D – I would like someone to call to me (343) A – No, I won’t get a chance (144) CHRISTMAS DAY IS thought of as a chaotic family day. Some people, however, have no-one to visit them – like this elderly man who advertised in the Irish Post to find someone to spend the day with.Do you think you’ll be visiting someone today – to drop in a dinner, or just call in – who isn’t a relative or close loved one?We’d like to hear your stories – or indeed if you will be the recipient of such a visit. A – No, I won’t get a chanceB – Not today but on another day over the seasonC – Yes, I’ll be checking in on someoneD – I would like someone to call to meVotelast_img read more

The Irish healthcare system is in desperate need of new ideas and

first_img Jun 24th 2018, 3:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Principal Investigator Health Innovation Hub Ireland Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 3:00 PM Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> By Prof John R Higginscenter_img 57 Comments 29,798 Views Share45 Tweet Email5 ‘The Irish healthcare system is in desperate need of new ideas and new solutions’ Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) works across the health sector with Irish businesses to creatively solve problems and improve patient care, writes Prof John R Higgins. Prof John R Higgins THE IRISH HEALTHCARE system is in desperate need of new ideas and new solutions to deeply embedded problems.Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) works across the health sector with Irish businesses to creatively solve problems and improve patient care. Harnessing this innovation, through development of new healthcare technologies, products and services, will help to establish Ireland as a leading location for start-ups and will help to create Irish jobs.The opportunity to innovate is something that we provide at HIHI. For companies, we connect products with people qualified to test them. For healthcare professionals we provide the support structures to develop ideas that will improve patient care.HIHI will further support this innovation out with dedicated education programmes available to all HSE staff.Positive agingThis week HIHI launched a double national call for businesses with new healthcare products. There is a focused call for innovations that address a specific HSE priority theme  – Enabling Positive Aging – and an open call for innovations that address any healthcare need.The best applicants will be brought together for a Dragon’s Den style pitch in September, with the winning products fast tracked into Ireland’s health service for study. HIHI offers a powerful quid pro quo. For companies it is the opportunity for pilot and clinical validation studies and for the health service it is early access to innovative products and devices.The total spend on healthcare in Ireland is among the highest in the OECD. Our healthcare outcomes don’t seem to reflect this level of investment. Something has to change.Investment isn’t a panaceaOf course extra investment would help, but it’s not a panacea. The move worldwide is towards personalised healthcare that empowers the patient. For instance, TickerFit, a previous HIHI company, with a product used in cardiac rehab enables clinical teams to prescribe, educate and monitor a patient’s recovery from a distance through a wearable device.Broadly speaking, treatments such as this could mean there are less patients attending hospital and more care takes place in the community. This is the direction that we should be taking our health service in and HIHI can help with that.The HSE faces many pressures including a rapidly ageing population, rising incidence of long-term conditions, increased costs and budget limitations. The HSE recognises that collaboration with enterprise through HIHI can benefit patient care, patient pathways and outcomes. This is why the HSE is directly involved.An open door The national call is only one of several ways in which HIHI can help reform and improve the Irish healthcare system. HIHI provides an open door for staff from all parts of the health service that have ideas and solutions to problems they encounter in their work.Anybody can contact us; our door is open in Cork, Galway and Dublin. We assess ideas and concepts for healthcare innovation from all staff – clinical and non-clinical. We act as mentors, and advise on taking an idea and developing it into a service or product.The most worthwhile innovation in healthcare will come from the frontline. These busy people just need the opportunity and the encouragement to tap into their own expertise.Losing our entrepreneursFor many years now Ireland has been losing some of its most creative healthcare entrepreneurs. Places like the Mayo Clinic in the US can offer integrated clinical practice, education and research and embrace new ideas easily. They recognise the value of Irish creativity.HIHI will do everything possible to keep these innovators and their innovations here in Ireland. We want to drive the HIHI process across the length and breadth of this country. Irish companies should be able to develop successfully within a system that nurtures and grows indigenous enterprise.HIHI will ensure that the Irish healthcare system will test their products and services and then leverage these new products and services to the benefit of our patients. HIHI has already made significant progress. We have worked with inspiring Irish entrepreneurs in companies such as ViClarity, TickerFit, Critical Care, FastForm, Complete GP – the list goes on.When you consider the HIHI national call, just take a moment to reflect on the possibilities that an initiative like HIHI brings. Here is an Irish grown, government backed, good news story in health with potential for change that is boundless.Prof John R Higgins is Principal Investigator Health Innovation Hub Ireland, UCC Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Clinical Director Maternity Directorate South/Southwest Hospital Group.last_img read more

Assembly bill would add incentives to build more affordable housing

first_imgAssembly bill would add incentives to build more affordable housing 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Assemblymember Todd Gloria is introducing legislation that would give developers more incentives to build affordable housing.The lawmaker representing the 78th District announced some of the key provisions in AB 2372, which is known as California’s Sustainable and Affordable (CASA) Housing Act.Gloria’s bill would change state regulations to allow developers to build more units in high transit areas or within one-half mile of a public transit stop. Instead of calculating the density of a project on the basis of units per acre, the developer could use a different formula based on the floor area in square feet.Proponents of the bill argue this more flexible standard would encourage the construction of smaller, and therefore, less expensive housing units. Gloria said that much of the state’s housing crisis comes from the pressure it imposes on the working middle-class families.He said his bill will increase the number of affordable housing units while creating “naturally affordable, workforce units for working families and low-income individuals.”Mayor Kevin Faulconer who attended a news conference announcing the bill said the legislation provides the necessary incentives to build more affordable housing.“We want to get these projects out of the ground quicker. It’s the key to a healthy economy. It’s the key to stronger neighborhoods so San Diegans have homes that are affordable, that they can call their own,” Faulconer said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo center_img Updated: 11:03 PM Posted: February 14, 2018 February 14, 2018last_img read more

New Legislation to Allow Biodiesel Use in Clean Air Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds new pro-biodiesel legislation introduced by Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Karen McCarthy (D-MO) during the final hours before the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on August 6. Shimkus and McCarthy introduced H.R. 2788 to allow biodiesel to compete for funds in the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program. ASA supports the legislation to amend CMAQ because biodiesel is being unfairly excluded.The CMAQ program funds transportation-related projects that are targeted to improve air quality. The federal government supports states and metropolitan agency efforts to make transportation more efficient while improving air quality. Shimkus and McCarthy’s bill expands the CMAQ program’s authority to allow funding of alternative fuel projects that include purchases of biodiesel, which is a proven, cleaner burning fuel made from natural, renewable sources, such as soybean oil.”We are pleased to see the House recognize biodiesel’s value to Clean Air programs,” said ASA President Marc Curtis. “Representatives Shimkus and McCarthy’s leadership on biodiesel brings good news for the environment and soybean producers since it will create additional uses of soybean oil, which is often in surplus. We urge the House and Senate to approve this provision as soon as they return to Washington, D.C., in September.”Additional co-sponsors of H.R. 2788 are Thomas Ewing (R-IL), Ray LaHood (R-IL), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Jerry Weller (R-IL), Lane Evans (D-IL), David Phelps (D-IL) and Gil Gutknecht (R-MN).According to USDA, a modest, nationwide market for biodiesel of 50 million gallons a year could increase farm income by $160 million annually.On October 15, 1998, Congress approved legislation to allow public vehicle fleets to earn credits under the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 1992 by using a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, commonly called B20. Representatives Shimkus and McCarthy also were champions of that legislation.ASA made passage of that legislation one of its top priorities because it can add up to 11 cents per bushel to the price of soybeans as well as reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and encourage use of a cleaner burning fuel. It also gave vehicle fleet managers greater flexibility to meet their current alternative fuel use requirements under EPACT. Federal, state and other public vehicle fleet managers using B20 or higher blends can earn one EPACT credit for each 450 gallons of biodiesel used by medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.Since ASA gained congressional approval of biodiesel use under EPACT, the National Biodiesel Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of Energy and state soybean boards have conducted numerous biodiesel educational programs for fuel buyers.last_img read more

Crews extinguish brush fire in Plantation neighborhood no homes threatened

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters have put out a fast-moving brush fire that sparked in a wooded area near some homes in the Plantation Acres neighborhood, Monday afternoon.Crews responded to the scene of the blaze near the intersection of Hiatus Road and West Sunrise Boulevard.Officials said flames spread quickly from the east to the west. Crews set up a command post and sprayed water on the fire from different locations.The Florida Forest Service brought in a bombardier to put out smaller spot fires. Just after 5 p.m., officials said the fire was under control.Authorities temporarily shut down Sunrise Boulevard west of Hiatus Road for about two blocks, as firefighters ran hoses across the roadway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Brush fire out at Sunrise Blvd and Hiatus Rd. Approx 100 x 100 ft area involved. No homes threatened, no injuries. Special thanks to Sunrise Fire Rescue, Broward Canteen, #SFREST, Div. Of Forestry.Special thanks to WSVN Sky Force for the aerial recon.— Plantation Fire (@PlantationFire) March 5, 2018The thick vegetation in the area made it difficult for crews to reach the source of the fire. On the north side, crews had to go through backyards of nearby homes, but none of the structures were threatened. last_img read more

Every Volvo new or old now gets free towing for life

first_img Tags 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  More From Roadshow 3 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 53 Photos Comments Share your voice Car Industry Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 71 Photos Enlarge ImageVolvo’s free towing service applies to every one of the company’s cars. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow If you drive a Volvo — any Volvo — this news applies to you. The Swedish automaker announced its new Tow for Life program on Tuesday, which offers free towing to any and all Volvo vehicles in the United States.Whether you blow a tire in your brand-new XC40 or if your old 240 just won’t start, Volvo has you covered. It doesn’t matter if your car is still covered under its factory warranty period or if you’re driving a decades-old wagon, the Tow for Life service is available free of charge.For new Volvos, customers can access the Tow for Life service through the On-Call roadside assistance system or app. Owners of older cars can call Volvo Customer Care at 1-800-550-5658. A tow truck will then take the car to a local Volvo retailer.”Tow for Life ensures that in the event of a breakdown, help is on hand no matter the age of the vehicle,” Scott Doering, head of customer service for Volvo Car USA, said in a statement. “This will get the customer back on the road faster and provide assurance that the repair was done right.” Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 52 Photos 18 Photos Share your voice Volvo Volvo,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offeringcenter_img 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 10 Photos 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 81 Photos Tags Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 12 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 68 Photos 69 Photos Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months 49 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 26 Photos 3 Car Industry Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roaderlast_img read more