Comments 70 Photos Long-term 2018 Ford Mustang GT: Wrapping up two wild months 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Ford Enlarge ImageThe Ford Mustang EcoBoost is the best entry-level Mustang in years, but Ford might be about to make it better.For a long time, the words, “entry-level Mustang” gave any driving enthusiast a severe case of the willies. Whether it was a straight-six model in the 1960s or ’70s or the V6 models of the ’90s and 2000s, they were never that interesting to drive. That started to change when Ford introduced the EcoBoost Mustang a few years ago, and all of a sudden you had almost unprecedented ease of tuning, thanks to a turbo and modern electronics, coupled with the best Mustang chassis ever.That’s why when we heard rumors that Ford was prepping some kind of entry-level cost but not entry-level performance Mustang to be shown at the New York Auto Show, we were pretty floored. Could this be the reborn Mustang SVO that we have been dreaming of? Well, based on the invite we received Friday to a mysterious background event that Ford is holding for the Mustang soon, that seems like it could be the case. Fingers crossed.Just for some perspective, the current EcoBoost Mustang makes a respectable 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, but the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been proven time and again to be plenty stout enough for much more power. We’d love to see this new flavor of Mustang make around 340-360 hp, 400 lb-ft of torque and add most of the features from the EcoBoost performance pack as standard, like the upgraded differential for somewhere around $33,000.Ford verified to Roadshow that there would indeed be a new Mustang variant on the stand during the New York Auto Show in a couple of weeks, but haven’t given us any more information than that. Performance Cars Car Industry 2 Tags Share your voice Ford 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV
Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) or jet fuel prices have increased 3 percent to Rs 46,826 per kilolitre, which came into effect from October 1. This is the first month the jet fuel prices rose after two consecutive months of decreasing costs.Last month, the prices fell by 3.8 percent. In a statement, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said the price for international carriers has been fixed at $494 for October. It was $480.31 in September after the prices fell.ATF prices account for nearly 30-35 per cent of operating costs for airlines and directly impacts profit margins. The prices differ in different cities.The jet fuel price rise also seems to have impacted the share price of domestic carriers. Following the news, the SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs 60.25 at around 10:25 am on Monday, up 2.99 percent from its previous close. Similarly, the InterGlobe Aviation shares were trading at Rs 934.75 apiece, up 2.04 percent from its previous close around the same time. Jet Airways shares rose 3.95 percent and were trading at Rs 495 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The Indian Oil stock was trading at Rs 601.45 at around 10:30 am on Monday, up 3.21 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The revised ATF prices, new and Old (per kilolitre) are:CitiesCitiesNew Price (Oct 1)New Price (Oct 1)Old price (Sept 1)Old price (Sept 1)CitiesDelhiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 46, 826Old price (Sept 1)Rs 45, 411CitiesKolkataNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 51, 562Old price (Sept 1)Rs 50, 265CitiesMumbaiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 45, 743Old price (Sept 1)Rs 44, 418CitiesChennaiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 49, 474Old price (Sept 1)Rs 48, 108 MumbaiRs 45, 743Rs 44, 418 KolkataRs 51, 562Rs 50, 265 ChennaiRs 49, 474Rs 48, 108 DelhiRs 46, 826Rs 45, 411 CitiesNew Price (Oct 1)Old price (Sept 1)
Myanmar BGP shoots Rohingya child along border. Photo: UNBA Rohingya child suffered bullet wounds in firing by Border Guard Police (BGP) in Myanmar along the Tumbru border of Naikkhonchhari upazila in Bandarban on Thursday, reports UNB.The injured is Ansar Ullah, 13, son of Zamir Hossain of Raymonkhali village in Maungdaw township of Rakhine state. He was currently residing at Konapara Rohingya camp along the Zero Point.Commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion-25 lieutenant colonel Noman Hossain said the incident took place inside the Myanmar territory near pillar No 34/1 of Naikkhongchhari border around 5:00pm when the child entered Myanmar to collect firewood.Later, other inmates of the Rohingya camp rescued the child and took him to MSF Hospital of Kutupalong camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar, he said, adding that BGB members remain on high alert in the bordering areas.Naikkhonchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sadia Afrin Kochi said the administration was informed about the matter.Meanwhile, Rohingya leader at the Konapara Rohingya camp Dil Mohammad claimed that the incident of firing took place at the Zero Point when the child went near the barbed-wire fence.After the incident, panic spread among 4,000 Rohingya who were staying at the camp. Many of them entered Bangladesh out of fear, he said.Ansar Ullah along with his family members fled to Bangladesh during the military crackdown in Rakhine in December last year, Dil Mohammad added.
Alton ThompsonAlton Thompson, a leading expert on rural sociology and the former chief academic officer at Delaware State University, has been named the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).Thompson assumed the position March 7 following the resignation of Patrick R. Liverpool for health reasons at the end of February. He will hold the position while the university conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.As UMES’ chief academic policymaker, Thompson will oversee all aspects of the HBCU’s operations related to academic planning and budgeting; program evaluation, assessment and accreditation; educational policies and procedures; professional development; promotion and tenure of faculties and related responsibilities.“Dr. Thompson brings to this assignment a wealth of experience and a broad understanding of the role of provost at an 1890 land-grant university in the 21st century,” said UMES President Juliette B. Bell in a statement. “I am pleased to welcome him as part of my senior leadership team.”Before accepting the new position at the Princess Anne, Md. Institution, Thompson actually worked at two schools where Liverpool, his successor, also worked—though that may have had no influence on his being given the position.Thompson had been Delaware State’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs since July 2010. (Liverpool once worked there as the dean of the business school). Before that, he spent 25 years at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro as a professor, researcher and administrator, serving as chair of its Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and as interim provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs from 2008 to 2010. (Prior to his stint at UMES, Liverpool also served as interim dean of the business school at North Carolina A&T).Thompson has also been a faculty member at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Norfolk State University.Bell praised Thompson for his distinguished reputation as a researcher, grant-maker and author.Backed by about $10 million in grants, Thompson has specialized in studying the interfacing of statistics, research methodology, demography and rural sociology. The focus of his research has been agro-medicine, rural poverty/development, labor economics and the structure of agriculture. His research has been featured in over 25 journal articles, seven book chapters and a book, “Quality of Life among Rural Residents in North Carolina: Community and Life Satisfaction.”Thompson was inducted into the USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2010 and he has also served in leadership roles on the Board of Agriculture Assembly for the Association of Public and State Universities, the Ford Foundation’s Rural Economic Policy Program, Census of Agriculture Advisory Panel of the National Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Southern Governors’ Southern Growth Policies Board, the Board of Directors of Carolina Farm Credit and the Rural Advancement Fund International.He earned his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina Central University and his master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University.“I am delighted to be a member of the senior leadership team at UMES as we work collaboratively with a talented faculty to operationalize and execute the vision for the University, centered on a standard of academic excellence.” Thompson said. “As an 1890 land grant university with a rich heritage, I look forward to engaging the faculty and staff in advancing collaborative learning, discovery and engagement in strategic and transformative ways.”
Adarsh Shastri, an Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Dwarka is now the Parliamentary Secretary (Information Technology) in Arvind Kejriwal’s team in Delhi. The former Sales Head of Apple India, Shastri has been entrusted to bring in Information Technology in various departments of Delhi government and convert the national Capital into a “Smart City”. He is also looking after the wi-fi project, one of the flagship
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Kolkata: The state Self-Help Group and Self-Employment (SHG & SE) department has collaborated with the department of Correctional Services for a massive education drive through the process of vocational training programme for the inmates of the correctional homes across the state.”Our sole objective is to prevent recidivism and with this objective we have adopted the policy to train inmates of correctional homes in various trades to develop their skill & expertise, so that they get employment after their release,” said Ujjal Biswas, minister for Correctional Services department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation Ltd (WBSCL), an undertaking of the state SHG & SE department that imparts skill-based job oriented training to unemployed people will launch this programme in the correctional homes “Our main target group for the training will be those inmates who are slated to complete their prison term within a period of six months to one year. We will train them in a way so that they become self-reliant. Inmates, who will be trained under this programme, will get financial assistance after their release from correctional homes,” a senior official of WBSCL said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe inmates after their release will be linked with the flagship scheme — Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasanasthan Prakalpa — to support them for self employment. Around 30 inmates from each of correctional home will receive training and will be awarded certificates after successful completion of the training. The superintendents of central and district correctional homes as well as the social welfare offices in the correctional homes has made a study on the vocation, depending upon the interest of the inmates. The WBSCL has already prepared a training calendar and have designated agencies for each of the 20 correctional homes which will come under the aegis of the training in the first phase. The agencies under the WBSCL who will impart the training will provide the necessary infrastructure and equipment of the programme. It may be mentioned that there are as many as 78 vocations in which the WBSCL provides training. The total cost for the project is around Rs 2 crore and for the first year it will involve Rs 1 crore. The WBSCL has sanctioned Rs 50 lakhs and deposited the same as advance to the West Bengal Prisoners Welfare Fund.
Kolkata: A 36-year-old man who was injured in an explosion at Nagerbazar area succumbed to his wounds at a state-run hospital here, an official of the medical establishment said Monday. With this, the death toll in the explosion has risen to three. The man identified as Sharat Sethi, a washerman, was sitting at a nearby tea stall when the low-intensity blast took place on October 2 morning. Sethi died at the RG Kar Hospital here Sunday night, the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Another victim of the blast, Ajit Halder, had passed away at the hospital on Saturday night. West Bengal CID, which is investigating the blast, said the death of fruitseller Ajit Halder on Saturday night would slow up their probe. “He (Halder) was giving us important information on what had happened on that day,” a senior officer of the CID said. A seven-year-old boy was killed and nine people, including his mother, were injured in the low-intensity explosion in front of a fruit stall in the northern suburb of the metropolis. The boy’s mother is undergoing treatment at the SSKM hospital, an official of the state-run facility said.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) is slapping a notice on Kolkata Metro Rail for putting up advertisements on several pillars, particularly in Rajarhat-New Town area. The state government has been developing vertical gardens on the Metro pillars in an effort to increase greenery in the city.”We have waived Rs 257 crore as fees against the land that we had developed and later handed it over for construction of pillars for the Metro project. The Union Railway minister had written to the state government seeking a waiver. The matter was taken up at the state Cabinet and then we decided not to take charges, considering the fact that the project will benefit the people of the state. But now, they are using the pillars for commercial purposes and have put up advertisements on some of them,” state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, who is also the chairman of KMDA, said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO), KMDA, had written a letter to the Metro authority on February 15 but later when they were called in for a meeting in this connection, they did not turn up. “KMDA CEO has slapped a notice that the advertisements should be pulled down. I have personally requested the General Manager of Metro Railways that in an effort to curb pollution, we will be using these pillars for the purpose of developing vertical gardens,” Hakim said. A large number of vehicles ply daily along the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and use Biswa Bangla Sarani to commute to the airport resulting in severe pollution. “Hence, increasing the green cover through vertical gardens will reduce the impact of pollution,” a senior KMDA official maintained.
Posted by WASHINGTON, DC — CLIA says its Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate Program, now available online, will help travel professionals become experts in booking events onboard cruise ships.The certificate program, designed in partnership with Meetings Professional International (MPI), explores the advantages of hosting groups and events on cruise ships as opposed to traditional venues.Agents can get insight into incentive trips and examine logistics and variables to consider when hosting an event at sea, from the comfort of their own computers, says CLIA. The program also explores the types of meetings or events that should be conducted onboard, in addition to offering valuable cost comparisons.“At CLIA, we are always looking for ways to make our training more accessible for our travel agents across North America,” said Stephani McDow, Director, Membership & Professional Development. “We’ve already had great success delivering this certificate program at our live training events and we are excited to be able to offer agents the opportunity to take this course online, and at their own pace.”More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThis is the first certificate program to be offered as an online course for CLIA Travel Agent Members, and has been previously offered as live-training. CLIA members receive US$100 member savings on the online version, which is available at $199 for non-members and $99 for members.CLIA Certificate programs supplement CLIA’s existing Certification Programs to help travel professionals expand their knowledge of travel and cruise specific topics to grow their clientele and sales.For more information about CLIA Certificate and Certification Programs visit cruising.org/careerseascape. Friday, May 19, 2017 Share Agents get online access to CLIA’s Meetings & Events at Sea program Travelweek Group Tags: CLIA << Previous PostNext Post >>
20Jun Microgrid legislation receives diverse support at House Energy Committee Categories: Steven Johnson News LANSING – At a House Energy Committee meeting on Wednesday, a broad, bipartisan lineup of organizations– including engineers, officials from the City of Grand Rapids, former military officials and energy experts–expressed support for House Bill 4477. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) would allow for the use of microgrids for critical facilities, which would enable energy users with standalone energy systems to disconnect from the main electric grid during outages to continue powering their facilities.“Allowing microgrids for critical facilities is a commonsense solution to ensuring essential services, like schools, hospitals, water treatment plants and shelters keep the lights on when the main electric grid fails,” said Johnson. “This legislation is a step toward greater energy independence, adaptability and resiliency for Michigan energy users, and we are encouraged by the broad, bipartisan support we have received.”Under current law, these facilities are unable to generate electricity through their own independent energy systems during outages on the main grid. The legislation would diminish outage risk for facilities like schools, hospitals, water treatment plants and other essential services. It also would implement a study on the use of microgrids for residential customers.Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais (Retired) testified in support of the legislation pointing to increased security in the event of cyber attacks on the electric grid. In his testimony he referenced how access to independent power could have provided help for relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.Karyn Ferrick, government and legislative affairs manager for the city of Grand Rapids testified in support on behalf of the city. She applauded members of the House Energy Committee for considering legislation to promote sustainability and public safety during emergencies.Grand Rapids Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Johnson also testified in support of the legislation providing the example of critical care facilities going offline during the Feb. 7 ice storm, in which more than 42,000 city residents were without power. HB 4477 would allow for microgrids to be established so these critical facilities could stay online in the event of power outages and blackouts like the Feb. 7 storm.John Hodge, industrial and institutional markets manager for engineering at Black & Veatch, an engineering firm specializing in energy and the electric grid, also spoke in favor of the legislation because it would ensure increased reliability of the energy supply.###
US public service broadcaster PBS has selected Channel 4 to manage ad sales for its soon-to-launch UK channel.The channel will debut on BSkyB’s DTH platform on November 1, with Channel 4 acting as the sales house. Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s sales director said: “PBS and Channel 4 have a natural synergy – in becoming their sales house we’re helping bring the best public service programming from the US to a UK audience. The deal reinforces Channel 4 Sales’ position as the premium sales house for high quality public service content.”PBS UK is a joint venture between Canadian-born oil entrepreneur David Lyons, the chairman and CEO of Orca Exploration Group, and PBS Distribution, which holds the rights to most PBS output. It will air the UK premiere of Prohibition, a five part film by Ken Burns, and Special When Lit, a film on the history of pinball, alongside established PBS programming including Nova, American Experience and Frontline, which will broadcast every weeknight.