Two ways to motivate: Packers’ McCarthy used flea bag hotels; 49ers’ DeBartolo was partial to DC-10s

first_imgOn second thought, it is kind of a laughing matter. After Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, former Packers defensive back Will Blackmon took to Twitter to reminisce about the team’s four-game road losing streak in 2008 and … The Green Bay Packers play their home games in Titletown. As we speak, they play their road games in Loserville.Sunday night the Pack lost its eighth consecutive away game, imperiling its microscopic chances for a playoff berth. As you can imagine, it’s no laughing matter.last_img read more

Saving Energy by Recycling

first_imgWhile our homes and cars get most of the attention relative to energy savings, our materials stream also has a huge impact on energy use. Nationally, the U.S. generates about 236 million tons of municipal solid waste each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That works out to about 4 pounds of waste for every American every day.Recycling our waste saves a lot of energy. Just how much depends on the material. With very energy-intensive materials, like aluminum, carpeting, and copper, a phenomenal amount of energy is saved because the new materials take so much energy to produce. Recycling just one ton of aluminum cans saves 209 million British Thermal Units (Btu), according to EPA; with 5.8 million Btu in a barrel of crude oil, that’s equivalent to 36 barrels of oil.Here’s how much energy is conserved from recycling one ton of various other materials according to the same 2005 EPA report: carpeting–106 million Btu (18 barrels of crude oil); copper wire–83.1 million Btu (14 barrels); high-density polyethylene milk jugs–51.4 million Btu (8.9 barrels); steel cans–20.5 million Btu (3.5 barrels); newspaper–16.9 million Btu (2.9 barrels); and glass–2.7 million Btu (0.47 barrels).Nationally, our recycling rate is 30.6% (it’s about 17% in Brattleboro, Vermont), and that recycling saves the country roughly 1.5 quads of energy per year, according to the report (one quad is equal to one quadrillion or thousand-trillion Btus), or about 1.5% of our nation’s total annual energy consumption. Boosting the national recycling rate to 35% would increase the total savings by another 0.23 quads–an amount equivalent to nearly 41 million barrels of crude oil. That’s over ten times the highest estimate of the amount of oil that has entered the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill during the last two months–not an insignificant amount of energy savings!Recycling not only saves energy, it also preserves natural resources and reduces pollution. A ton of virgin paper requires about 20 trees, and Americans use, on average, 730 pounds of paper (about a third of a ton) per year. Virgin aluminum is made from bauxite, much of which is mined in ecologically fragile regions, such as Brazil’s rainforests. Copper is produced from deep, open-pit mines around the world that create some of the worst water pollution anywhere. The processing of all these materials generates huge quantities of air pollution.The easiest way to encourage recycling is to make it economically attractive to do so, and the easiest way to do that is to charge people for throwing away trash. That’s the intent of pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) municipal waste programs, such as the program being considered for Brattleboro. When we pay a flat fee for trash collection, we don’t have an incentive to generate less trash and recycle more.Paying a flat fee for trash pick-up (whether that fee is hidden in property taxes, like in Brattleboro, or paid directly) is sort of like paying a flat fee for heat. Think about it. If I didn’t pay more when I use more heating oil, I wouldn’t have a financial incentive to tighten up my house or use a setback thermostat at night. That’s the fundamental flaw with standard trash collection; we don’t have any incentive to produce less.Putting market forces to work with PAYT would not only increase recycling rates, but it might also encourage us to buy stuff with less packaging and to avoid throw-away paper plates and plastic utensils. It’s great when people want to save energy because it’s the right thing to do (helping the environment, reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, etc.), but to change the habits of a lot of people we need to make it economically attractive to do so. That’s why PAYT makes so much sense. Establish a price for waste generation, and let market forces change our habits.I invite you to share comments on this blog. Any experience to share on how PAYT works in your community?Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more

BJP, Congress finalise list of star campaigners for Tripura

first_imgThe Bhratiya Janata Party and the Congress have finalised their lists of star campaigners to woo voters in the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. The lists include top leaders of the parties and celebrities who will throw their weight behind the candidates during campaigning.BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to arrive in the State tomorrow (Thursday) to campaign for his party candidates. He is expected to host a road show in Agartala.“We are finalising the programme for the road show which will be joined by party supporters,” said a local BJP leader.Preparations are also in full swing for the election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6 at Udaipur, headquarters of Gomati district in south Tripura. Mr. Modi might tag a few other northeastern States during the visit.The Congress announced a list of 18 star campaigners for Tripura. The list includes names like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mukul Sangma and cinestar-turned-politician Nagma.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already held a public rally at Khumulwng, near Agartala, on March 18. The schedule for the visit of star campaigners will be announced soon, PCC general secretary Baptu Chakraborty said on Wednesday. Tripura will have two-phased Lok Sabha election. The West Tripura constituency will go to the poll on April 11 and East Tripura (ST) constituency on April 18.Both the constituencies are witnessing multi-cornered contest. All major parties are in the fray.last_img read more

Emiliano Sala: season’s saddest saga shines light on game’s dark places

first_imgBut then questions of belonging and ownership have become a genuine issue in the last few weeks. Nantes are currently progressing their formal request to Fifa for full payment of Sala’s transfer fee. They maintain, understandably, he was a Cardiff player when he died.Sala was born in Santa Fe, Lionel Messi’s home state. He became a professional footballer at Bordeaux. He became a player of substance at Nantes. He became Cardiff’s record signing in January. And now he has become this. Free on board. Free at origin. In death Sala has become a shipping dispute.To look into this is to be machine-gunned with toxic details. Here’s another one. Cardiff’s lawyers call their files on the wrangle with Nantes “The Onion”. It’s a gallows-humour joke. There is so much information here, so many interested parties, so many layers. Plus of course the more you peel it, the more it stinks. Zoom in a little and the Sala affair is a story of wrong turns, bad calls, bad luck. But it also spreads itself wider, digging a finger into so many corners of this darkly baroque industry: from a wild-west transfer system, to the shark-pool of interests and middlemen, to the basic commodification of the human product. Twitter Read more The best response would have been for the clubs to get together and talk, split the costs a little, look after the family Facebook Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal? Neil Warnock Emiliano Sala flourished at Nantes, attracting Cardiff’s interest as they sought a forward to help them avoid relegation. Photograph: Stéphane Mahé/Reuters Share on Messenger Cardiff City Facebook We are all in this to some degree. From the money-lust culture of the English Premier League to the startling way the story itself was covered at the time in rolling news media, as though this search for a body was just another development in a breaking transfer story, another detail of the club medical, a dramatic change of heart from the in-demand Ligue 1 forward.Blame has hovered like a mist without ever quite touching anyone. Nobody did this exactly. Nobody is responsible. But there are shades of grey, odd practices, sharp edges. At times football looks like something bound in mud and fog, a place where things get lost, where it is just accepted that if the world goes wrong, it was, in some off-hand manner, never meant to go right.Later in the day Warnock will speak well about Sala’s absence, but not until he has also described a season that pivoted around his brutal and untimely death as “the best I’ve ever had in management”.Warnock has seemed genuinely moved through all this, has handled his public duties with tact. But in the post-relegation debrief Sala’s death is couched in the same terms you might use to describe an untimely injury to a key squad member.“We have missed a striker. Someone asked me about Emiliano … we spent two months trying to get a player,” Warnock shrugs. “I wish we would have had Emiliano with us. I think he’d have scored 10 goals, you saw the chances we had out there today.” Share on Twitter Bankruptcy in 2015 disqualified him from registering as an agent, and the Football Association seems to have decided McKay was acting for Nantes and is not in its jurisdiction. McKay says he was helping his son Mark “get to the top”. Why get registered, he has asked, when his son is? The McKays stand to make £1.5m from Nantes over the deal.It is McKay’s email to Sala, released to L’Équipe in an attempt to exonerate himself, that should perhaps be preserved as a historic document, a snapshot of an industry. It is unintentionally chilling. McKay keeps on telling Sala the truth.“Emiliano, My name is Willie McKay …. We are not interested in looking after your personal interests.” A good time, you’d think, to stop reading. McKay tells Sala that agents such as himself “only care about money” and encourages the player to cut his current agent Meïssa N’Diaye out of any deal, while dangling a £1m payment to Sala’s mother under his nose.He admits to misleading the media about transfer interest from West Ham and Everton. In a horrible little touch he seems obsessed with planes generally: “We take our plane get clubs in it … they will fly you over in their jet … Cardiff can have a jet for you tonight or tomorrow.” Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook The live TV crew on the touchline chatter around their lighted table, willing some urgency into the day. In front of a vaguely curious pre-match crowd Martin Keown rasps his lines about doing well to survive this long and just lacking a bit in front of goal, speaking as ever with the lapel-grabbing urgency of a morally compromised chief inspector giving his maverick DI one last chance or he’s off the force.This, the broadcasters have agreed, is the story of Cardiff’s season: resilience in the face of likely relegation; and admiration for the way under Neil Warnock they have managed to “take it this far”.Except, of course, this isn’t quite right. No one wants to talk about it. But the biggest story in Cardiff, and indeed the single most startling event of the season in English football, is something so tangled and strange it is still hard to look it square in the eye.The desecration of Emiliano Sala by English football has continued in the last weeks. It is now nearly four months since Sala was killed in a plane crash south of Jersey. He was flying to Cardiff on a single-engine Piper Malibu hired by the intermediary Willie McKay and his son, Mark, to take up a move to the Premier League he had initially resisted.It is a death that continues to burn with its own dark light. At the end of April Sala’s father, Horacio, died of heart problems aged 58. Friends say he never recovered from the shock.Things keep unravelling. How far can we get with this? A few days before the Palace game pictures had appeared on UK social media of Sala’s corpse. The suggestion is thieves had broken into the morgue where his body was being kept.By the time the Palace game comes around the Cardiff fans’ shrine to Sala has been cleared away, the flowers and flags removed from the statue of Fred Keenor. No one seems to know why. It was a touching thing, created by and for the same fans who have reacted with grace and warmth. Read more Share via Email Read more Facebook center_img Share on WhatsApp Emiliano Sala: police investigate reports of online pictures of footballer’s body Emiliano Sala Pinterest Cardiff to tell Fifa that Emiliano Sala’s transfer from Nantes was invalid European club football Pinterest Pinterest Nantes Share on LinkedIn features Reuse this content More detail on the Sala case has emerged in the last few weeks. A preliminary Air Accidents Investigation Branch report has been published, to be followed by a longer one, perhaps as late as next year. Its chief effect is to bring into focus the terror of those final moments.“Anyway guys, I’m up in this plane that feels like it’s falling to pieces, and I’m going to Cardiff,” Sala told a group of friends on WhatsApp as he took his seat. The sun had set in Nantes at 5.50pm. Sala went through security 40 minutes later and took his seat with the pilot David Ibbotson. They took off as scheduled at 7.15, Ibbotson navigating via an app on his tablet. The Piper Malibu cruised at 6,000ft. Thirteen miles south of Guernsey Ibbotson descended to just over 5,000, telling air traffic controllers “just avoided a patch there”. The journey was run under visual flight rules: or in other words keep your eyes open and don’t fly through clouds.The last radio contact came at 8.12pm. And three minutes later the flight became a nightmare. The Malibu dropped from 3,900ft to 1,600ft in 20 seconds while veering wildly to the right. It climbed rapidly again. Then: blackout.The remains of the plane were found two weeks later below this last recorded location. It had been torn about by the plunge straight down. Most of the wings and the tail were gone. Sala died from head and chest injuries. The AAIB report says his corpse was “held in place by the wreckage”. To this day Ibbotson’s body is still out there. Full fathom five he lies. Vale, Mr Ibbotson and rest in peace.Back on land the news of Sala’s disappearance seemed to have reached Cardiff straight away. The club had a player liaison officer waiting at the airport. The plane didn’t arrive. Warnock was notified. He called McKay.Here’s a good question: why was McKay involved in this at all? Not that it should be a surprise. At least five intermediaries are due a cut from this deal. And McKay is in his own way a frontiersman, present at the first rush of money into the Premier League in the early 1990s. The game has a sleepy opening. Cardiff start on the attack. A few minutes in Víctor Camarasa pulls up injured and is applauded warmly as he limps off. Camarasa, on loan from Real Betis, has been a fine player for Cardiff. This could be the last they see of him.Aron Gunnarsson is also playing his last game after eight years at the club, already engaged to join Heimir Hallgrímsson’s Al-Arabi in Qatar. Cardiff have been a vigorous, jerry-built Premier League team. These players have been operating at the edge of their capacities.Midway through the first half the home crowd rouses itself to boo their former loanee Wilfried Zaha as he snipes inside and shoots wide. Two minutes later Zaha responds by scoring the goal that might just send them down, jinking left, then right, before shooting low into the corner.Cardiff equalise shortly after, but Palace’s front four look irresistible. With 40 minutes gone Michy Batshuayi finds the space to spank a shot into the top corner. The goal seems to draw a shared sigh around the stands as Cardiff’s supporters head for the aisles at half-time. Twitter Twitter With an hour to go before kick-off on a lovely soft spring day, the Cardiff City Stadium is still a low-fi kind of place. Cardiff need to win their final home game against Crystal Palace to have any hope of extending their stay in the world’s richest league beyond a single, spirited season. But there is, if anything, an absence of tension in the air.The Cardiff fans stroll in familial groups around the concrete walkways of this handsome, out-of-town retail park of a stadium. From the stands the pitch is half in sunshine, shadowed now and then by fluffy coastal clouds. Willie McKay’s leaked email to L’Equipe revealed much about the way his industry works. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA McKay’s method, self-described here, is pretty clear: identify a form player and acquire permission to hawk them around until he gets a bite; all the while putting rumours about to make that more likely, then trying to cut the players’ actual agent out of the picture.The worst thing about this is that it is possibly half-true. This is how McKay makes his business work. Premier League clubs at a certain level really are that understocked with specialist knowledge. And yet there are holes in what McKay did here. At the very least the plane is on the McKays. They hired and paid for it. There is still a note of uncertainty around its real ownership, but it was well-serviced. The licensing status of the plane to carry commercial flights – with all its added regulations – has been questioned. What is certain is that Ibbotson was a stand-in for a regular pilot, Dave Henderson. It has been suggested Ibbotson was colour-blind, and thus not qualified to fly at night, although this is also unconfirmed. One thing is certain. Flying wasn’t Ibbotson’s main job. The man flying Sala to Cardiff was also a gas engineer.What next then? Cardiff received the first formal demand for Sala’s transfer fee on 6 February, the same day Sala’s body was identified by Dorset police. Cardiff are stalling on paying, asking questions to do with the flight, to do with third-party ownership. It seems strange. Presumably some legal advice has told them this is a possible escape route from liability. But why turn this into a saga?The best response to all this would have been for the clubs to simply get together and talk, split the costs a little, look after the family, staunch the bleeding. It is Vincent Tan who will now drive how it plays out in practice. And Cardiff’s owner is the hardest of hard-nosed operators. Sala has been buried. His inquest will return at some stage later this year. But some part of him is still out there, suspended between two places.Back at the Cardiff City Stadium Warnock spends large parts of the second half angrily bearding the fourth official, Graham Scott. Scott shrugs and looks nonplussed each time Warnock comes marching over in his blue padded tracksuit, the neighbour from hell with another gripe about tennis balls over the fence.Andros Townsend scores Palace’s third, after a powerful right-angled dribble from halfway. “City till I die,” the Cardiff fans sing in response. Several rounds of “One Neil Warnock” follow as the game winds down. It is a nice moment, possibly even Warnock’s own farewell. Again no one really knows for sure. The final whistle brings a warm round of shared applause, and an ambling lap of the pitch from the Cardiff squad. Relegation is not a surprise but it still hurts.Outside the walkways are empty two hours after the final whistle, with the feeling of a stadium already turning toward its summer hibernation. Something has changed though. The Fred Keenor statue has an addition. Someone has left a small damp bunch of flowers on its highest ledge. Gone, but remembered by the right people: Sala’s story is one that has, you feel, still got plenty of distance left to run.• This article was amended on 17 May 2019. An earlier version incorrectly described the crashed plane as a “Piper Alpha”. It was a Piper Malibu. Neil Warnock with his Cardiff players after relegation is confirmed, a jerry-built top-flight team playing at the edge of their capacities. 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Senate confirms Trumps science adviser after twoyear vacancy

first_img Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Tags Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon Sci-Tech Tech Industry Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Cheapskate $59 at eBay Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Boost Mobile $60 at Best Buy $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Sprint 7 Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $210 at Best Buy See it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It $155 at Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $6 at Tidal See It Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET Donald Trump,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 0 Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president of research and professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, has been confirmed as Trump’s top science adviser. OU School Meterology via YouTube The US Senate late Wednesday confirmed extreme-weather specialist Kelvin Droegemeier as President Donald Trump’s top science and technology adviser, after a lengthy vacancy.Droegemeier will be the head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising the president on science matters that affect the country’s economy, national security, environment, health and foreign relations. The role had been vacant for nearly two years, the office’s longest stretch without a leader.The OSTP staffing level has plummeted under the Trump administration, which has alienated many scientists, in particular over the issue of global climate change. Former OSTP director John Holdren, who served during the presidency of Barack Obama, told the journal Science in 2017 that the office had peaked at 135 employees but dropped to 35. Droegemeier previously served as vice president of research and professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. A meteorologist by training, Droegemeier has also been active in government, serving as Oklahoma’s secretary of science and technology. He was also appointed to the National Science Board in 2004 and 2011. Droegemeier didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Rylo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 See It Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89)last_img read more

Larger Buick Encore GX crossover reportedly a possibility for the US

first_img null 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. 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. More about 2018 Buick Encore 49 Photos Car Industry More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 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. 68 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Post a comment Tags 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 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 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 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. 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. 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. 71 Photos 52 Photos 0 Buick,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. Cars.com 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 you.Cars.com 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 business.Cars.com 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. 10 Photos 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatnesscenter_img Share your voice Crossovers Luxury cars 2018 Buick Encore Premium: A subcompact SUV with a touch of luxury Review • 2018 Buick Encore: A plush subcompact crossover Tags General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 69 Photos Enlarge ImageThe Encore GX was introduced in Shanghai but could also be offered in the US. Buick A new crossover called the Buick Encore GX might be sold in the US, according to a report Monday by Automotive News. The Chinese model made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show last week and could reportedly go on sale in the US by the end of 2019, though so far there’s no confirmation as to the car’s immigration plans to the States.A Buick spokesman in the US declined to comment further and told Roadshow via email, “The reveals in Shanghai were for the Chinese market only.”The GX has a longer wheelbase than the existing Buick Encore crossover. That will put the Encore GX in the compact-crossover segment, whereas today’s Encore is a subcompact model. Few details are available as to the Encore GX’s technical specifications so far, though Buick said that the car would be offered with both a nine-speed automatic and a continuously variable transmission as options.The Encore remains the best-selling model in the Buick lineup in the US, with sales in the first quarter of 2019 nearly double those of the next-best seller, the Enclave crossover. So adding a slightly larger model alongside the popular Encore seems like a safe bet to gain sales. And Buick needs the help: As a whole, the brand’s US sales were down 8.7 percent year-over-year in the first quarter — with the Chinese-built Envision crossover, the brand’s third-best seller, down 21.4 percent.At the Shanghai show, Buick also showed a refreshed Encore, but Automotive News reports that model will not make it to the US. The report also says that China is now slated to get a smaller version of the three-row Enclave crossover. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 47 Photos 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. 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. 12 Photos 81 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 26 Photos Share your voice Buick 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 0 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 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 Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for familieslast_img read more

The best meat alternatives you can grill this summer

first_img $4 at Target FieldBurger Testing gas grills at the CNET Smart Home Beyond Meat Field Roast Frankfurters Target $4 at Walmart Tofurky Jumbo Hot Dogs 0 $3 at Target Alas, since the Impossible Burger is not available at grocery stores until later this year, it can’t be included in our list of recommendations. That said, the Beyond Burger is our top option for meatlike taste and texture. Touted as “the world’s first plant-based burger patty that looks, cooks and satisfies like fresh ground beef,” the Beyond Burger goes from refrigerator to plate with just a few minutes of grilling per side. Pea protein, coconut oil and beets create a patty with 20 grams of protein plus a texture and look not too far from that of a beef burger (though it may have a somewhat coconut-y aftertaste). $4 at Target $9 at Instacart Dogs and frankfurters Post a comment $3 at Target Field Roast Lightlife Smart Dogs Gardein $4 at Instacart Lightlife Plant-Based Burger $3 at Target Wellness Appliances Culture MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger $3 at Target These products and services are independently chosen by our editors.   Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Burgers MorningStar Farms Meat Lovers Vegan Burger $5 at Target For many vegetarians, “tastes like meat” isn’t even a priority. And some meat-eaters certainly enjoy a good black bean burger on occasion (is it the gateway patty?). For this crowd, a package of frozen bean or veggie patties will do the trick. MorningStar Farms and Gardein are there for us, again, with their respective takes on black bean burgers. The MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers add green chiles to a black bean and brown rice base to create a grillable patty with a kick. If you’re looking for a happy medium, MorningStar also offers the larger Meat Lovers Vegan Burgers. At 113 grams, these are heftier like Beyond and Lightlife, but come out a bit cheaper (they’re about $2 per patty in a sample search). They also aim for the meatlike flavor of a traditional burger more than the aforementioned MorningStar and Gardein options, but with similar ingredients. These are best purchased when a true hot dog-like option is called for — perhaps when everyone else is eating hot dogs and you don’t want to leave out the vegetarians and vegans. Maybe you don’t want to broach the subject of a meat-free lifestyle with that one uncle at your family party, and you’d like a product that looks unremarkable on the grill. For these scenarios, Tofurky’s Jumbo Hot Dogs are the way to go. Gardein Not to be outdone, Gardein’s Chipotle Black Bean Burgers take similar starting ingredients and add a sweet-and-smoky spice combination to achieve a flavorful patty suitable for a few minutes of grilling. MorningStar’s black bean patty is slightly cheaper at Target, but Gardein’s is still close in price at around $1 per patty. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue and looking to include a few meatless options for wellness, or you’re en route to a BYO-meat grill party and need to pick up some vegetarian grill fare for your vegetarian self, you’ve got a lot of meat-free options to barbecue this summer! Read more: The best gas grills of 2019 | The best coolers you can buy this summerThe kicker is, some brands of meatless protein are better for the grill than others — and sure, most products can work at a barbecue, but don’t you want to go for the best? Here’s our roundup of the most excellent meat-free grilling patties, sausages and ‘dogs. $6 at Instacart This concoction is no longer unique, though, as Lightlife recently launched its own contender with similar ingredients, appearance, mouthfeel and grill-ability. The new Lightlife Plant-Based Burger includes pea protein, coconut oil and beets as well, and lists BBQ instructions on its packaging as the top prep method. Whichever product you choose, you’ll have a patty to please the vegan or vegetarian crowd, and it might just entice some carnivores too! Serve it as you would a beef burger on a bun with your preferred condiments, or get inspired by some of Beyond Meat’s recipes. MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burger, and Garden Veggie Burger See at Lightlife Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $5 at Instacart Not only are there plentiful patty options, but yes, we live in a world with some excellent vegan sausages, too! The best of these are the Beyond Sausages, by the makers of the Beyond Burger. With a hefty dose of vegetable fat (mostly from coconut oil) and a plant-based casing, this is the brand of sausage that just might fool some meat-loving friends. Grab the Original Brat variety and top with mustard and sauerkraut, or the Sweet Italian or Hot Italian options and add grilled onions and peppers. Lightlife Gardein Chipotle Black Bean Burger $12 at Walmart Now playing: Watch this: The slightly smaller FieldBurger by Field Roast is at home on the grill as well, and begins our shift toward patties that focus more on vegetable ingredients. And, this one is soy-free for those with soy sensitivities. So many options, and we’ve barely gotten to these more veggie-forward patties! Field Roast Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger See at Tofurky Field Roast has three of its own veggie-forward sausages, to add to the mind-boggling array of vegetarian sausages. Smoked Apple Sage and Mexican Chipotle bring you two completely new flavor profiles (and the standard but still delicious Italian variety like we also saw with Beyond and Tofurky). Unlike Tofurky, these contain no soy, making them a good choice for guests with soy allergies. Tofurky Tofurky Sausages Field Roast Sausages 2:07 Lightlife Field Roast Tags Beyond Burger The MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers and the Garden Veggie Burgers are two more (of many other) varieties that may be grilled with careful monitoring. The key with these, and any other veggie patties you’re considering at the grocery store, is to read the prep instructions and look for instructions that specify grilling. If these are absent, likely the patties are best prepared via skillet or oven, and they might not be the best choice for bringing to a barbecue. Field Roast Frankfurters offer a bit more in the way of taste, but won’t be fooling anyone without a lot of help from condiments. With all of these, you need only to provide a brief visit to the grill for light heating and grill-mark purposes. Like many of the products on this list, they’re not gluten-free, but Field Roast uses all natural ingredients you know and can pronounce. Beyond Meat Not every grocery store will carry each of these products, but with our lowdown on everything meat-free and grillable, you should be able to find something to suit your occasion. And, the options are not only expanding but growing more and more delicious with every passing summer! Read More: The best gas grills for 2019 | Grilling Tips, Techniques, Tricks, and Tools: Everything You Need to Know About BBQ This story was written by Emily Murawski. MorningStar Farms Grillers Prime Burger Share your voice Lightlife’s Smart Dogs are another unobtrusive choice. Prepare with a healthy dose of mustard, ketchup, relish or whatever you typically add to hot dogs, as these are not packing a flavor punch like their faux-sausage counterparts. Vegetarian hot dogs may sound like an oxymoron but if the crowds demand them, these are a great choice! Other “meaty” frozen patty options include the likes of MorningStar Farms’ products. Made from soy and wheat gluten, the MorningStar Farms Grillers Prime Burger is smaller, weighing in at 71 grams per patty compared with the beefier 113-gram Beyond and Lightlife patties. It is also generally less expensive — prices vary store to store, but a sample search online at Target yields about a dollar per patty for MorningStar and $3 per patty for Beyond Meat. Beyond Sausage Not to be outdone, Tofurky offers five different varieties of meat-free sausage: Spinach Pesto, Andouille, Italian, Kielbasa and Beer Brat. These need only a light heating on your grill grates, and then they’re ready for whichever bun-and-topping combinations you can think up. Readily available at grocery stores, these are a solid choice for grilling guests who might appreciate the sheer variety of flavor options. Gardein offers a meat-free burger of a similar size, price and base ingredients. The 71-gram Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger is made of both soy and vital wheat gluten, but adds ancient grain flour for a slightly different texture. Both MorningStar and Gardein likely won’t fool meat-accustomed taste buds in the way Beyond and Lightlife aim to, but they will provide savory, condiment-toppable options for those looking for an alternative to meat. If your grill party is more casual, and you don’t want to have to worry about budgeting out a certain number of patties per person, it might serve you best to just grab a bunch of MorningStar or Gardein burgers and grill ’em as you need ’em.last_img read more

Verizon CEO says his carrier delivers real 5G not hype

first_img0:57 Mobile Verizon 5G speed test vs. 4G Tags Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Some on Wall Street speculate that Verizon, by comparison, may be spectrum-constrained, given that much of its lower-frequency and midband spectrum is already being used for 3G and 4G LTE service.  Vestberg tried to allay these concerns, stating he’s confident that Verizon has what it needs to compete in 5G.”We are not disadvantaged,” he said. Vestberg emphasized that 5G is still in its early days, noting that the standards for the next-generation networks haven’t been finalized yet and that there are only a few phones on the market that can even tap into 5G. He added that it’s more important for Verizon’s customers to feel a real difference in performance when they access the 5G network rather than rebranding a service as 5G with only incremental benefits in terms of speed. 5G is not only about 100 times faster than 4G, but it also allows the new networks to be more responsive, ushering in new applications in areas such as VR, AR and self-driving cars.  He conceded that, in the long term, the company will repurpose its existing low-band and midband spectrum serving its 3G and 4G LTE networks to 5G. But he said, right now the company’s coverage map is well-positioned relative to the size of today’s 5G market and given the number of 5G-capable phones available.   “I inherited fantastic DNA in this company,” he said. “First, we do things, and then we start marketing it.” He added, “There will be a lot of messaging in the market, but I’m confident we will execute on real 5G and give the right sort of performance to our customers in the right moment.”In an interview Thursday with CNBC, Vestberg said he expects Verizon’s 5G service to cover 50% of the US population next year. But he noted that it won’t be until 2024 that at least half the US population will actually own a 5G phone. Also on Thursday, Verizon announced that it added more wireless customers than analysts expected in the second quarter of 2019. The largest US wireless carrier added a total of 245,000 phone subscribers during the second quarter of 2019. Analysts had expected it to add about 163,000 new phone customers, Reuters reported. Verizon plans to have 5G service in more than 30 cities by the end of the year, including Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Houston, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, San Diego, and Salt Lake City.”Verizon made history this quarter by becoming the first carrier in the world to launch 5G mobility,” Vestberg said in a statement. “We are focused on optimizing our next-generation networks and enhancing the customer experience while we head into the second half of the year with great momentum.”Originally published at 4:53 a.m. PT.Updated at 8:08 a.m. PT: Added information from Verizon’s quarterly conference call.  13 Photos 5G Verizon Ray’s criticism of the Verizon network is based on Verizon focusing its early deployments on very high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum, or mmWave. This spectrum can transmit vast amounts of data, but the range of the signal is very short, requiring a lot more small cell towers to be deployed to cover a given area. Over a year ago, Ray called Verizon’s plan to use mmWave “unrealistic” because it would be way too expensive for the company to blanket the US with 5G using this spectrum.Ray reiterated the point in a tweet Wednesday evening: “What is Verizon’s ‘secret’ 5G plan to expand 5G coverage beyond the limits of mmWave?!” He added: “Verizon says they will have a ‘multi-spectrum strategy.’ So they don’t have one now… when will they have one? Tomorrow?!” By contrast, T-Mobile plans to use a wide variety of spectrum in its 5G deployment, including low-band 600MHz spectrum as well as midband spectrum it plans to acquire from Sprint. The Justice Department gave some momentum to that plan last week in its thumbs-up for the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. (That deal would also divest assets to satellite TV provider Dish in the hope it could replace Sprint as a fourth national wireless provider.) AT&T has a similar strategy that includes using a mix of spectrum for 5G. Both AT&T and T-Mobile say they will cover the US with 5G by the end of next year. The benefit of the combination spectrum strategy is that it will allow for a lot more coverage, but the lower-frequency spectrum also means slower speeds. Verizon beats expectations for new subscriptions. James Martin/CNET Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg threw a few punches of his own Thursday in the 5G marketing wars. Responding to jabs from T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, Vestberg told investors on the company’s quarterly conference call that his company will have “real 5G” that gives “the right sort of performance” that customers expect from Verizon in the “right moment.” The comments come a day after Ray, in a tweet, expressed skepticism about Verizon’s plans to add more cities to its 5G network. Ray said he wanted to see the coverage map in those cities, implying that the airwaves Verizon is using in its 5G deployment won’t offer the kind of coverage that T-Mobile says it plans to offer itself. Verizon announced Wednesday that it’s added Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Washington, DC to its list of cities with 5G. The company already offered 5G in parts of Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Providence.T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T also have 5G service available in some parts of the US.  Post a commentlast_img read more

ISIS enlarges footprint in Kashmir

first_imgKashmir is concerned about the rise of indigenous militancy following the beliefs of Islamic State.IANSAs door 1 with Pakistan proxies supported by local hawks Hurriyat closes, door 2 with Islamic Caliphate written on it opens in what is a brutal cage match which has more or less eviscerated the lives of the Kashmiris in the Valley.Door 2 is only slightly ajar, but it is being kicked open by the powerful imagery of the Pulwama bombing by a local youth Adil Ahmad Dar. Dar has emerged as the latest poster child in the long line of local militants and ideologues beginning with Afzal Guru, Burhan Wani and then Zakir Musa. All young militants born out of the ‘azadi’ generation, birthed by the social media redefinition of freedom. Political Islam morphing itself into a puritanical strain of religious Islam.The Indian deep state is concerned about the rise of indigenous militancy following the beliefs of IS, something that was stamped out by J&K super cop and former IGP S.M. Sahai, Kashmir Range, in the past.As communities worldwide close themselves and become more insular, shutting the door to the interloper who is seen as an Islamist jihadi, the clash of civilisations is now a grim reality. It could be Islam versus Christianity or Islam versus Hinduism or even pure Islam versus impure Islam playing out in different parts of the world.What this shut down and battening down of hatches does is that people within those walls become impervious to Intel. Access gets more difficult as walls emerge from within the closed user group. The world then is divided between the believers and the non-believers. Kashmir, the epicentre of Pakistan’s Bleed India to Death stratagem, remains a hot button as far as Indian intelligence and security mainframe is concerned.Fear stalks one and all after the Sri Lanka bombings. The Islamist fundamentalist has TAKFIR ingrained in his psyche which asks him to target the apostate. So, there are three degrees of separation in TAKFIR, for it targets allegedly ‘impure’ Muslims too. Ergo, the targets could be Ahmediyas, Shias and Sufis which is how the sequencing around the world has been.The Hefazat-e-Islam in Bangladesh, for instance, targeted Ahmediyas to draw attention to itself. The Shapla Square protests or Motijheel massacre in May 2013 also called Operation Shapla or Operation Flash Out were part of this process. Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamist pressure group, organised a mass demonstration in Dhaka’s financial district demanding the enactment of the blasphemy law to stop Islamophobic content in media. As a deterrent, the government used the Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard to quell the protesters. This resulted in protests across the country in which estimates are of any number between 20 and 61 people died.In Kashmir Valley, Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani in his first video in August 2015 vowed to establish the Caliphate, urging the youth to take up arms in south Kashmir. The six-minute video was a seminal moment for it was circulated via mobile messenger and other social media networks. The video showed Wani in an orchard with an assault rifle and a copy of the Holy Koran with two militants standing guard by his side. The emergence of this terror neophyte stunned the security apparatus for it went beyond the pale of merely espousing anti-India rhetoric to a broader pan Islamist agenda of establishing the Caliphate in the Valley.This was followed by his deputy Zakir Musa openly distancing himself from the Hurriyat and challenging them. The underpinning of Ansar Ghazwa e Hind was visible for the first time. In May 2017, Musa called for chopping off the heads of those standing in the way of Sharia roll out in Kashmir. He also parted ways with Hizbul and spoke of action against those propounding a secular state, read Hurriyat.Husain Haqqani has explained this phenomenon succinctly in ‘Prophecy and Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent’ — Radical Islamists invoke the Hadith (the oral traditions attributed to the Prophet Muhammad) to prophesize a great battle in India between true believers and unbelievers before the end-times.These references in the Hadith to the Ghazwa-e-Hind (Battle of India) infuse South Asia with importance as a battleground in the efforts to create an Islamic Caliphate resembling the social order that existed at the time of the Prophet Muhammad and the Rightly Guided Caliphs (632-661 AD)…Just as the prophecies of Khurasan became popular during the wars in Afghanistan, the Ghazwa-e-Hind divinations became a staple of the Islamist discourse after the launch of jihad in Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir in 1989.Throughout the 1990s, Pakistani official media also encouraged discussion of the Ghazwa-e-Hind Hadith to motivate jihadists. In fact, every major Pakistan-based jihadi group that launched terrorist attacks across the border claimed that their operations were part of the Battle for India promised by the Prophet. For these Pakistani groups, supported by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the target of jihad should be the modern state of India and its “occupation” of Kashmir.For example, Lashkar-e-Taiba has often spoken of Ghazwa-e-Hind as a means of liberating Kashmir from Indian control. The group’s founder, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has declared repeatedly that “[i]f freedom is not given to the Kashmiris, then we will occupy the whole of India including Kashmir. We will launch Ghazwa-e-Hind. Our homework is complete to get Kashmir.” Pakistani propagandist Zaid Hamid has also repeatedly invoked Ghazwa-e-Hind as a battle against Hindu India led from Muslim Pakistan. According to Hamid, “Allah has destined the people of Pakistan” with victory and “Allah is the aid and helper of Pakistan.”Several Islamic scholars, especially from India, have questioned the veracity of the Ghazwa-e-Hind Hadith and reject its repeated contemporary citation as “Pakistani terrorists’ anti-India propaganda.”According to Maulana Waris Mazhari of the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary in Uttar Pradesh, India, the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir was not jihad; the dream of establishing “Muslim hegemony throughout the entire world” was fanciful. “The term ghalba-e Islam, the establishment of the supremacy of Islam, used in the context of the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet (Hadith), refers not to any political project of Muslim domination,” Mazhari wrote, “but, rather, to the establishment of the superiority of Islam’s ideological and spiritual message.”The evolution from Kashmiri nationalism to Islamic Caliphate has been a calibrated move. Exterminating the non-believer or the impure Muslim was the strategy. The defining moment is the assassination of Maulana Shaukat Ahmed in 2011.Maulana Shaukat Ahmed, the soft-spoken 55-year-old chief of the Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadees (JAH), became yet another victim of terrorist violence in strife-torn Kashmir Valley. The Maulana had been heading the JAH since 2004 when he was first elected President of the organisation, followed by three more tenures in this responsible position. His last election came in 2010. The Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadees grew under his leadership and had about 15 lakh followers and more than 800 mosques spread across the valley.The cleric was a man of conviction who did not hesitate in speaking his mind. His organisation advocated a puritanical concept of Islam which is at variance with the more moderate Sufi Islam that is predominant in the valley. The ritualistic practitioner of Islam began to think in terms of a loose mirror image of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kashmir.The most recent unsettling news came earlier this month — On May 10 the Amaq news agency of ISIS claimed that the group has established the ‘Wilayah of Hind’. Amaq, however, did not elaborate on the geographical limits of the so-called province. Interestingly, the proclamation coincided with the elimination of Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi, a suspected operative of ISIS in India, by the security forces in an encounter in Shopian in south Kashmir on the same day. Uddipan Mukherjee, PhD, Joint Director, Government of India, Ministry of Defence at Ordnance Factory Board writing for IDSA explained the new phenomenon — It is interesting to note that, in the context of the ISIS’s recent proclamation on Kashmir, analysts were also of the opinion that global jihadist groups have failed to exploit the Kashmir conflict, unlike conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.The fundamental reason, as put forward by Mohammed Sinan Siyech, in a paper in Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses published in May 2018 was that the Kashmir issue is primarily a territorial and political dispute as opposed to a purely religious/Islamist conflict. Furthermore, cross-border terrorist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are in opposition to the concept of a pan-global Islamic Caliphate. Consequently, ISIS has failed to establish its footprints in the Kashmir Valley.However, recent events are worrisome for the Indian defence establishment.last_img read more

Debtladen Jet Airways defaults on loan repayment

first_img[Representational image]Wikimedia CommonsThe outlook for Jet Airways worsened on Wednesday with the cash-strapped carrier defaulting on loan repayments to banks.”Payment of interest and principal installment due to the consortium of Indian Banks (led by State Bank of IndiaNSE 0.10 %) on December 31, 2018 has been delayed due to temporary cashflow mismatch,” Jet Airways said in a regulatory filing, PTI reported.The report came hours after Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube said in an earnings conference call that the airline is on the path of recovery.”… we remain focused on our airlines business turnaround, which we are happy to report is on track,” Dubey had said on Tuesday during the Q2 FY2019 conference call with analysts.Dubey had, however, drawn attention to the hostile market dynamics that had run the airline down. “Compared to the same quarter last year, the Indian rupee has depreciated by about 10%, and Brent is higher by almost $25 per barrel or 50%. However, instead of witnessing an increase in fares, to recover these cost increases, the industry fares and yields are in fact down. Such a low fare environment is not sustainable for the industry nor good for the consumer in the medium term, and it is imperative that fares rise in the short term,” the CEO said.Jet Airways, once a success story in Indian aviation, has been alternating between attempts to raise cash in the market and find a new buyer.On Monday, the company’s shares saw a spurt after reports said the management was in talks with the State Bank of India (SBI) for a Rs 1,500 crore interim loan. The bump-up in share prices came as the report said that Etihad Airways, which holds 24 percent equity stake in Jet, would offer guarantee for the loan.Seeking suitorsIndia’s biggest full service carrier, which posted three consecutive quarters of losses since March, has been looking for a suitor for some time. Etihad itself had emerged as a possible buyer earlier but Chairman Naresh Goyal’s unwillingness to cede control had spoiled the merger prospects.Jet Airways, which Goyal founded in 1993, is reeling under a debt pile of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion). Bloated costs, surging fuel prices and a weaker rupee are hurting Jet Airways. Peers such as SpiceJet and Indigo had reported impressive profits during the same period.An erosion in market share in recent years and the inability to expand into other markets also caused Jet’s downfall. The rise of Indigo and the launch of Air Asia ate into Jet’s formidable market share.last_img read more

One dead in US school shooting near Columbine

first_imgCassanda Sadusky, survivor of the attack, looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, US on 20 April. Reuters File PhotoA teenaged student was fatally shot and multiple others were wounded Tuesday in a school shooting by fellow pupils in the US state of Colorado, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country’s modern history.”It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter, putting the deceased victim’s age at 18.Sheriff Tony Spurlock had earlier said several of the wounded students — of whom there were a total of eight — were in critical condition, including some in surgery. No staff or teachers were known to be hurt. The youngest injured student was 15.Two suspects were in custody — an adult man and a male youth. Both attended the school. There were no further suspects.The two individuals “walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” the sheriff added, noting the shooting took place at the high school, where students spend the last four years before college.”We have no information about anyone being targeted.”A handgun was recovered at the scene.Spurlock said the school notified first responders “almost immediately” and deputies arrived to the scene about two minutes later.Quick response”I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives,” the sheriff said.The STEM School Highlands Ranch, a kindergarten through 12th grade institution in central Colorado with a student population of around 1,800, is located around five miles (eight kilometers) by road from Columbine High School.The school was closed for several hours as a large police contingent was deployed at the site. The lockdown was lifted around 3:00 pm (2100 GMT).Security measures were taken at several area schools and parents of STEM students were asked to pick up their children at a site near the school.”I’m just trying not to vomit or cry,” one mother told The Denver Post.Brian Jones, whose son is in second grade (about age seven or eight) said: “It’s nerve-wracking… There were lots of parents and lots of kids crying.”Two heavily armed teens killed 12 students and one teacher at Columbine in 1999 — at the time the deadliest such attack in US history.Spurlock said that the two suspects in the latest shooting had not been on the radar of law enforcement.”This is a terrible event,” he said.”We’re going to investigate that and we will get to the bottom of it to figure out how and what has occurred.”Fierce debate, more killingsThe Columbine shooting sparked a fierce national debate over gun rights and violence. Yet 20 years later, it seems no closer to resolution.School shootings have since become a frequent occurrence in the US, where firearms killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.Since Columbine, an estimated 226,000 children in 233 schools have been exposed to the sight or sound of gunfire, according to a Washington Post investigation.The worst shootings to date were those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 (20 young children and six adults were killed) and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year (17 dead).The number of firearms in circulation has continued to grow (now at 393 million in a nation of 326 million people), and mass shootings have become a disturbingly regular part of American life.Despite the scale of gun violence across the nation, efforts to address it legislatively have long been largely deadlocked at the federal levellast_img read more