4 22 Photos 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper More From Roadshow Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Car Industry Electric Cars Diesel Cars Tags If something is directly contributing to pollution and public health problems, you’d probably want to cut it out entirely rather than simply reducing it. That’s the underlying idea behind Amsterdam’s impending vehicle and motorcycle ban.The city of Amsterdam will ban both gas and diesel variants of cars and motorcycles starting in 2030. The reason behind this is pretty simple: air quality. As Reuters notes in its report, the Netherlands’ air pollution is “worse than European rules permit,” much of which is due to the sheer quantity of cars and motorcycles in its cities. It’s not just some invisible specter, either. As air quality lessens, it can adversely affect people’s health, especially among children, the sick and the elderly. “Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said Sharon Dijksma, Amsterdam’s traffic councilor, when announcing the plans.Enlarge ImageClean air and water are occasionally nice things to have. ElOjoTorpe/Getty Images Like many other similar bans, it’ll happen in stages. The first is supposed to arrive next year, when Amsterdam will ban diesel cars that are more than 15 years old, preventing them from entering the area within the A10 ring road around the city center. In 2022, non-zero-emission buses will be banned, and in 2025, the ban will grow to include pleasure craft (Amsterdam has waterways, too) and mopeds. By 2030, if a vehicle emits anything from the tailpipe, it won’t be welcome.It will require a monumental effort to prepare Amsterdam on the current timeline. The Guardian notes that, in addition to encouraging city residents to buy new electric or hydrogen vehicles, Amsterdam will need to install between 13,000 and 20,000 charging stations by 2025 in order to ensure everybody has access to electricity.While it’s a noble cause, not everyone is on board with the idea. The Rai Association, lobbyists for the automotive industry, lambasted the plan in a statement to The Guardian, saying that requiring its citizens to spend money on expensive electric cars will make Amsterdam “a city of the rich.” Electric cars are slowly decreasing in price as time goes on, but they are still generally more expensive than internal-combustion counterparts.Cities and countries across Europe have flirted with the idea of certain kinds of vehicle bans in an effort to improve air quality. Back in 2017, both France and the UK said they hoped to eliminate gas and diesel vehicle sales by 2040. In 2018, a German court ruled that individual cities were allowed to implement these kinds of bans, and at least one city has signaled the intent to do exactly that. Share your voice 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) is planning to re-open all its 1,400 retail fuel outlets across the country by the end of this financial year.The company has already re-opened over 320 fuel outlets, Reuters said citing a report on the firm’s website.The Mukesh Ambani-controlled company closed the fuel stations in 2008 when global crude oil prices were at a peak of $150 a barrel.As the government’s subsidy to state-owned companies made petrol and diesel prices cheaper at their fuel outlets, privately-owned retailers such as Reliance found it unsustainable to run their outlets.RIL closed 1,400 outlets after incurring a loss of ₹800 crore in 2007-08 in its fuel retailing business. Another privately-held fuel retailer Essar Oil is also reported to increase its fuel stations as a result of cheap crude oil prices in the international markets.India’s state-owned oil marketing companies have cut retail prices for petrol and diesel twice in April due to favourable currency rates and falling crude oil prices in the global market.RIL, India’s second largest by market capitalization, earned a record net profit of ₹6,381 crore in the March quarter, mainly driven by a healthy increase in refining margins.Gross refining margin jumped to $10.1 a barrel during the quarter, from $9.3 during the fourth quarter last fiscal and $7.3 in the December quarter. “RIL was able to fully capitalise on market conditions, through its operational excellence, higher efficiency and well-executed strategies around crude sourcing and product placement,” the company said.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Photo: ReutersIran is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Saturday.Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran’s “probable” response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium-a key bomb-making ingredient.“America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment,” added the foreign minister, who is in the United States to attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace.US president Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to “fix” the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.Zarif’s comments marked a further escalation of rhetoric following a warning earlier this month from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that Washington would “regret” withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond within a week if it did.The fate of the Iran deal will be a key issue during French president Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Washington beginning Monday, followed by talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on Friday.Zarif said the European leaders must press Trump to stick to the deal if the United States “intends to maintain any credibility in the international community” and to abide by it, “rather than demand more.”The foreign minister warned against offering any concessions to Trump.“To try to appease the president, I think, would be an exercise in futility,” he said.European leaders are hoping to persuade Trump to save the deal if they, in turn, agree to press Iran to enter into agreement on missile tests and moderating its regional influence in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.If the United States buries the deal, Iran is unlikely to stick to the agreement alongside the other signatories-Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — said the foreign minister.“That’s highly unlikely,” he said. “It is important for Iran to receive the benefits of the agreement and there is no way that Iran would do a one-sided implementation of the agreement.”Zarif, who will attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace this week, warned of “drastic measures” under discussion in Iran.He declined to be more specific, pointing to “what certain members of our parliament are saying about Iran’s options.”
Randi Weingarten tries to deliver a teddy bear and other items for children to federal agents at the port-of-entry, Tuesday on 26 June 2018, in Fabens, Texas, along the international border where immigrant children are being held. The group tried to deliver items to the children housed in tents at the facility but were turned away. Photo: APA judge in California on Tuesday ordered US border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days, setting a hard deadline in a process that has so far yielded uncertainty about when children might again see their parents.If children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within 14 days of the order issued Tuesday by US district judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn’t want to be with the child. He also requires the government provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days.More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters – hundreds of miles away, in some cases – under a now-abandoned policy toward families caught illegally entering the USAmid an international outcry, Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together. A Department of Homeland Security statement over the weekend on reuniting families only seemed to sow more confusion.”The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance_responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making,” Sabraw wrote. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.”The ruling was a win for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in March involving a 7-year-old girl who was separated from her Congolese mother and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.”Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.The Justice and Homeland Security Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.It’s not clear how border authorities will meet the deadline. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. That is only six fewer children than the number in HHS custody as of last Wednesday. Democratic senators said that wasn’t nearly enough progress.Under questioning, Azar refused to be pinned down on how long it will take to reunite families. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents.Also challenging will be the requirement the judge set on phone contact.At a Texas detention facility, immigrant advocates complained that parents have gotten busy signals or no answers from a 1-800 number provided by federal authorities to get information about their children.Attorneys have spoken to about 200 immigrants at the Port Isabel detention facility near Los Fresnos, Texas, since last week, and only a few knew where their children were being held, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.”The US government never had any plan to reunite these families that were separated,” Sandoval-Moshenberg said, and now it is “scrambling to undo this terrible thing that they have done.”A message left for HHS, which runs the hotline, was not immediately returned.Many children in shelters in southern Texas have not had contact with their parents, though some have reported being allowed to speak with them in recent days, said Meghan Johnson Perez, director of the Children’s Project for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides free legal services to minors.”Things might be changing now. The agencies are trying to coordinate better,” she said. “But the kids we have been seeing have not been in contact with the parents. They don’t know where the parent is. They’re just distraught. Their urgent need is just trying to figure out, ‘Where is my parent?'”The decision comes as 17 states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite children and parents. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, DC, in filing the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, arguing that they are being forced to shoulder increased child welfare, education and social services costs. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the multistate lawsuit.”The administration’s practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. “Every day, it seems like the administration is issuing new, contradictory policies and relying on new, contradictory justifications. But we can’t forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance.”In a speech before the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration for taking a hardline stand on illegal immigration and said the voters elected President Donald Trump to do just that.”This is the Trump era,” he said. “We are enforcing our laws again. We know whose side we are on – so does this group – and we’re on the side of police, and we’re on the side of the public safety of the American people.”After expressing reluctance in May to get too deeply involved in immigration enforcement decisions, the judge who issued Tuesday’s ruling was clearly influenced by Trump’s reversal last week and the Homeland Security Department’s statement on its family reunification plan Saturday night, which, he said, left many questions unanswered.”This situation has reached a crisis level. The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. People are protesting. Elected officials are weighing in. Congress is threatening action,” he wrote.Outraged by the family separations, immigrant supporters have led protests in recent days in states such as Florida and Texas. In Los Angeles, police arrested 25 demonstrators at rally Tuesday ahead of Sessions’ address.Outside the U.S. attorney’s office, protesters carried signs reading, “Free the children!” and “Stop caging families.” Clergy members blocked the street by forming a human chain. Police handcuffed them and led them away.Later, protesters gathered outside the hotel where Sessions gave his speech. As the attorney general’s motorcade arrived, the crowd chanted, “Nazi, go home.”Weissert reported from Harlingen, Texas. Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington; Gene Johnson in Seattle; Robin McDowell in Austin, Texas; Amy Taxin in Santa Ana, California; and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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Kolkata: A fire audit has been conducted at 644 multi-storey buildings and places across the city and more buildings will soon be covered to check the incidents of fire, said state Fire minister Sujit Bose.While answering a question, Bose recently said in the Assembly that his department has been undertaking all preventive measures to curb incidents of fire in the state. To ensure that all the buildings adhere to the fire safety norms, particularly the high-rise ones, the Fire department has initiated the audit. Many more buildings have been identified, where fire audit would be undertaken soon, the minister said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFire audits have been initiated in marketplaces as well, which are vulnerable to incidents of fire. It has been found during investigation that the buildings which catch fire, lack fire safety mechanisms. It may be recalled that the city has recently witnessed a number of fire incidents in various places. The Fire minister also said that Rs 104.44 crore was spent in the last financial year for modernisation and buying new equipments. Around 11 new ladders have been procured at Rs 11 crore and Rs 35 crore was spent for buying new equipments. Many fire stations have been constructed in different places. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned here that the city’s Mayor Firhad Hakim had earlier requested Bose to complete the fire audit of the markets across the city soon, to crack the whip on those market authorities who are not following the guidelines of the fire brigade. Hakim also proposed certain rules and regulations after discussing with the fire brigade. Fire audit is necessary in marketplaces and multi-storeyed buildings because the firefighters often face problems while dousing the flames due to the hoardings and glow-signboards which remain fixed on the buildings. As a result of this, the firefighters have to pull down the hoardings to spray water. Meanwhile, Kolkata Municipal Corporation officials also held meetings with the Fire department to impose some restrictions on hawkers who put up their stalls in marketplaces.
Host of special offers available with Scenic’s 2019 river cruise season Posted by Friday, May 4, 2018 Tags: Scenic Tours VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has rolled out new EBBs and onboard experiences and excursions in hopes of getting clients to starting thinking about – and booking – its 2019 Europe River Cruise season.Exciting new offers for the season include:Free air on every cabin and selected 11+ day sailings such as the 11-day ‘Beautiful Bordeaux’ and 15-day ‘Romantic Rhine & Moselle’Fly for $295 on every cabin on the 11-day ‘Gems of the Danube with Prague’ or 8-day ‘Delightful Douro’ sailingsFly for $495 on every cabin on the 8-day ‘Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights’, 8-day ‘Rhine Highlights’, 11-day ‘Black Sea Explorer’ and 11-day ‘Normandy & Gems of the Seine’ sailingsPremium Economy upgrades and Business class upgrades are also availableUp to $500 savings per couple for full payment by Oct. 31, 201850% off single supplements when booking a suite on selected departures and decks throughout the 2019 seasonNew active focus on Bordeaux and South of France cruises with yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hikingInnovative Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience now available on all Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône river cruisesOnline and printed 2019 Scenic European River Cruise brochures will be available the end of MayMore news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsScenic is the only river cruise line to offer a river cruise guarantee. Backed by Chubb Insurance and at no cost to the guest, the guarantee automatically covers every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labour strikes. This includes high/low water issues that plague the industry every year.Also, approved claimants will receive direct monetary refunds, up to $1,000 per day with a maximum of seven days, or $7,000 per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits.The free air, fully payment discount and single supplement offers, which are capacity controlled, are available to early birds who book a 2019 Scenic European River Cruise by Sept. 30, 2018. Free flights revert to $495 per person, depending on itinerary and stateroom category, once capacity limits are met.Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or in Canada: scenic.ca; phone 866-689-8611; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share