Toyota teases new TRD Pro offroader for Chicago Auto Show

first_img Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy More From Roadshow More about 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR Access Cab 6′ Bed I4 4×2 AT Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Chicago Auto Show 2019 Share your voice Enlarge ImageToyota’s TRD Pro line also took center stage at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. I smell a trend. Toyota Toyota’s TRD Pro line is more than just an aesthetic package, offering upgrades that truly do increase a vehicle’s off-road capability. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota will introduce a new member of that family.Toyota announced on Tuesday that it plans to unveil a new TRD Pro vehicle at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show later this week. The automaker says that, in addition to this new TRD Pro vehicle, the whole line will receive some updates for the 2020 model year.It’s not too hard to narrow down the possibilities. Both the Tacoma and Tundra have TRD Pro trims already, and while there’s a new Tacoma coming to the show, I wouldn’t call a 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro “new,” necessarily. There’s also a 4Runner TRD Pro already, leaving the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander, Sequoia and Land Cruiser as possible candidates. Since all TRD Pro vehicles right now are body-on-frame, I think it’s safe to say the mystery car in the teaser above is either a Sequoia or a Land Cruiser. Given that Toyota already announced a new Land Cruiser variant for Chicago, I assume it will be the Sequoia, but we won’t know for sure until the Chicago Auto Show kicks off on Thursday. A Land Cruiser TRD Pro would be gnarly. See All Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyotacenter_img reading • Toyota teases new TRD Pro off-roader for Chicago Auto Show 2 • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Future Cars Tags Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Toyotalast_img read more

Africa cyclone death toll surges past 600

first_imgA man cleans up a destroyed house on 19 March 2019 in Chimanimani, as a hundred houses were damaged by the Cyclone Idai. More than a thousand people are feared to have died in Mozambique alone while scores have been killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe following the deadliest cyclone to hit southern Africa. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors.At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe.Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction.Relief and rescue efforts entered a second week in the central parts of the impoverished coountry.The UN, warning of more suffering, stepped up calls for help in Mozambique as aid agencies struggle to assist tens of thousands of people battered by one of southern Africa’s most powerful cyclones.’Situation will get worse’ A week after the storm lashed Mozambique with winds of nearly 200 kilometres (120 miles) per hour, survivors are struggling in desperate conditions — some still trapped on roof tops and those saved needing food and facing the risk of outbreaks of disease such as cholera.”The situation will get worse before it gets better,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said Saturday.”Aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage,” she adding that “entire villages have been submerged, buildings have been flattened, and schools and health care centers have been destroyed”.The storm wreaked an area about 3,000 square kilometres of land.The World Food Programme late Friday night declared the flood crisis a level three emergency, putting it on a par with crises in Yemen, Syria and South Sudan.”The designation will accelerate the massive operational scale-up now underway to assist victims of last week’s Category 4 cyclone and subsequent large-scale flooding that claimed countless lives and displaced at least 600,000 people,” said WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel.”Now that the world is beginning to grasp the scale of devastation and despair,” he said.More than two million people have been affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and in Malawi where the storm started as a tropical depression causing flooding which killed 60 and displaced nearly a million people.Hundreds are still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.’Like Yemen, Syria’ Humanitarian agencies are racing against the clock to help people, many of whom have not had a meal in days.Poor sanitary conditions mean disease is now a real concern.”Already, some cholera cases have been reported in (the port city of) Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding,” the International Federation of the Red Cross said in a statement.Even some of those rescued and in shelters are in overcrowded conditions and poor hygiene places them at risk. UNICEF estimates at least a million children have been affected by the storm.Aid group Doctors Without Borders said people were also at risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia.In Buzi, a small town that has reportedly “disappeared” under water, an AFP photographer saw people sleeping outside, under the rain and many coughing.”There are lot of dead (people). We can’t even count,” said Otelea Jose, arriving by boat in Beira.”We are living an unprecedented natural disaster. A disaster that only matches major disasters,” said lands and environment minister Celso Correia.Districts west of Beira resemble an inland lake, and thousands of people are still trapped on roof tops.’Unprecedented natural disaster’ Although water levels are slowly going down, according to the government,the UN humanitarian agency warned of fresh flooding if more rains fall.”The Zambezi (river) is essentially in flood currently, it’s very high .. there is lot of rain in the highlands, the more that flows down to the Zambezi the more likely that is going to break its banks and we will have a second flooding emergency,” said Sebastian Stampa, an OCHA coordinator.Nearly 90,000 people are already in shelters in central Mozambique.In Beira, businessman Ibraimo Masquine counted his blessings. “I can’t believe I’m here. I was scared for my life,” he said clearing debris from his factory, but he also said there was “no clean water to drink, no food”.last_img read more

RAMBLING ROSE Happy Happy Mommys Day

first_imgBy Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROHello everyone! Happy Mother’s Day to you! To all the mommy’s out there or in the sound of my words, have yourself a wonderful weekend. I am going to help you out a little bit. This is such a special weekend. I want the mothers, grand-mothers, and the great-grand-mothers to go out and have a fantastic time. I would like for the children and grand-children remember this beautiful lady who brought you into the world; the forester-mothers and the grand-mothers who raised you. This is the weekend you want to say thank you by doing something real special for her. Many of you who appreciate such dedication would have done this every week or every month and not wait for a special day.Eric and Nestley Duppins, owners of the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore will host their 11th annual Mother’s Day Show on May 12 from 4-8 p.m. Live entertainment featuring the Panama Band and a hot & cold dinner buffet. For more information, call 410- 644-3434.I am going to give you some suggestions, just in case you have not made any plans for this special occasion. Check this out! First check out the pictures on my page with the captures, that will get you started.Time to celebrate these cherished women in our lives by taking them to a “Mother’s Day fabulous feast at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue. Along with dancing music for your feet, they are serving for your stomach; garden salad, fried chicken, baked chicken, roast beef w/gravy, baked salmon, mashed potatoes, Mac & cheese, sweet-potatoes, green beans, collard greens, desert, beverages and cash bar. Give Nikita a call at 410-358-1101 and reserve your seat.Baltimore/DC One Caribbean will host a Carnival Launch on May 11 9 p.m. at the Montego Bar & Grille, 1818 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. All band leaders and masqueraders are invited to showcase your 2019 contributions. For more information, call 443-691-2006Maryland Beverage Association Community Development Corporation with Dr. Louise Johnson is hosting Baltimore’s Best Beer, Wine and Liquor Expo on May 11 from 3-8 p.m. at the 5th Regiment Armory on Preston & Howard Streets in Baltimore, with free alcohol tasting, cash bar, vendors, food, jewelry and live entertainment by “Septimius the Great”. For more information, call 410-925-4056.You might want to take Mommy to a gospel event. Gospel entertainer, Hezekiah Walker is performing at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W. Virginia on May 10 at 9 p.m. For more information, go to: www.lovefellowship.com/Robert Shahid, radio personality at WEAA 88.9 FM and renowned musician and drummer is the Master of Ceremonies for Moon-Man’s Mother’s Day Show & Dance on May 11 at the Patapsco Arena 3301 Annapolis Road. The concert features the Stylistics Review, Philly Intruders, The Ebony’s, BADD, Ten Karat Gold and much more. Show time 6 p.m.La Fontaine Bleue Banquet Room is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Dinner in their Lanham location with live jazz entertainment and a wide unbelievable menu on, May 12 from 12:30 -4:30 p.m., call 301-731-4333 or if you are closer to the La Fontaine Bleue in the Glen Burnie location, they are having a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12th from 1-5 p.m. serving a delicious buffet and cash bar. Call 410-760-4115 to reserve your seat.Race to Preakness Baltimore Celebration takes place May 13-17 starting with “Happy Hours in Center Plaza, Pee Wee Preakness for youngsters, Downtown Lunchtime and Inner Harbor Party with a fireworks finale. The lineup looks like this; Happy Hour at Center Plaza on May 13- May 17th 5-8 p.m. at Center Plaza at 110 W. Fayette Street; May 13 is “Game Night”; May 14 is June Star Americana featuring Hospitality Industry Night; May 15 is Jah Works, Reggae featuring Lexington Market Crab Derby Race; May 16 is DJ Impulse featuring the Night Brunch, Baltimore’s Top Roving Brunch Event. For more information call 410-752-8632 and tell them “Rambling Rose” told you. Ask for Tracy.Eric and Nestley Duppins, owners of the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore will host their 11th annual Mother’s Day Show on May 12 from 4-8 p.m. Live entertainment featuring the Panama Band and a hot & cold dinner buffet. For more information, call 410- 644-3434.Well my friends, I got to go. I will spend my Mother’s Day icing my “Boo-Boo” knee from his knee replacement and enjoying every moment of it while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Enjoy your weekend and remember if no one else loves you “Rambling Rose” loves you. Also remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosepryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more

Researchers devise method to create efficient indium phosphate nanowire photovoltaics

first_img This shows a computer simulation of the absorption in five nanowires. The sunlight comes in from the top. The dark red areas, near the top, have the strongest absorption, while the dark blue areas have the weakest absorption. The simulation was done in three dimensions, but the figure shows a cross-section. Credit: Wallentin et al. Researchers the world over are on a quest to create a cheaper alternative to silicon based solar cells, some of which have been focused on using indium phosphate because it is more efficient at turning sunlight into electricity – unfortunately, it’s not very good at absorbing sunlight. In this new research, the team turned to nanowire technology to help it do a better job. This shows the photovoltaic efficiency of millimeter square InP single band gap nanowire solar cells as a function of time measured within the FP7 financed AMON-RA project. About four million InP NWs contribute to the signal. The line is a guideline for the eye. This figure gives an overview of the development of NWPV within AMON-RA. A comparison with the record efficiency development of other types of solar cells can be made using this plot by NREL: nrel.gov/ncpv/images/efficiency_chart.jpg. Credit: Wallentin et al. This is a SEM image of indium phosphide (InP) nanowires after growth, shown at a 30-degree angle. The nanowires are about 1.5 microns long and 0.18 microns in diameter, with a center to center distance of 0.47 microns (1 micron (µm) is equal to 1/1000 of a millimeter, that is, one millionth of a meter). This can be compared with the sunlight, which has most of its energy in a wavelength range from 0.5 to a few microns. The nanowires cover 12% of the surface as seen from top, that is, from the sun’s point of view. On top of the nanowire is the gold particle which is used as a seed for the crystal growth. Credit: Wallentin et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. USC team develops promising polymer for solar cells In addition to being nearly as efficient as traditional silicon based solar cells, this new type of cell can also be bent to allow for shaping into flexible panels that allow for more options when mounting. It also allows for a smaller overall surface area. The team suggests that solar cells made using this approach might be best used in concentrated systems using lenses, though it’s not clear as yet whether they would stand up to the intense heat. There’s also the problem of creating the cells on a scale large enough for them to be sold commercially at a reasonable cost. More information: 1. InP Nanowire Array Solar Cells Achieving 13.8% Efficiency by Exceeding the Ray Optics Limit, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1230969ABSTRACTPhotovoltaics based on nanowire arrays could reduce cost and materials consumption compared to planar devices, but have exhibited low efficiency of light absorption and carrier collection. We fabricated a variety of millimeter-sized arrays of p-i-n doped InP nanowires and found that the nanowire diameter and the length of the top n-segment were critical for cell performance. Efficiencies up to 13.8% (comparable to the record planar InP cell) were achieved using resonant light trapping in 180-nanometer-diameter nanowires that only covered 12% of the surface. The share of sunlight converted into photocurrent (71%) was six times the limit in a simple ray optics description. Furthermore, the highest open circuit voltage of 0.906 volt exceeds that of its planar counterpart, despite about 30 times higher surface-to-volume ratio of the nanowire cell.2. Performance of Nanowire Solar Cells on the Rise, DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6117.263 . www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6117/263.summaryPress release This shows an optical microscope image of four nanowire solar cells. Each cell is a slightly lighter shade of purple in color, while the darker areas in between are inactive. The yellow areas are gold metal pads, which are used for connecting the solar cells to an external load. Each cell contains about 4.5 million nanowires. Credit: Wallentin et al. This shows an optical microscope image of four nanowire solar cells. Each cell is a slightly lighter shade of purple in color, while the darker areas in between are inactive. The yellow areas are gold metal pads, which are used for connecting the solar cells to an external load. Each cell contains about 4.5 million nanowires. Credit: Wallentin et al.center_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further The idea is to create a small forest of wires standing on end atop a platform, with each wire just 1.5 micrometers tall and with a diameter of 180 nanometers. The bottom part of each wire is doped to cause an excess positive charge, the top doped to give it an excess negative charge with the middle remaining neutral – all standing on a bed of silicon dioxide. The team caused such a setup to come about by dropping gold flakes on a silicon bed and adding silicon phosphate to cause wires to grow which were kept clean and straight via etching using hydrochloric acid. The result is a photovoltaic cell capable of converting 13.8 percent of incoming sunlight into electricity while absorbing 71 percent of the light above the band gap. This scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image shows a side-view of nanowires which have been coated with a transparent and conductive oxide. The sunlight comes in from top, which is why the top contact must be transparent for light. The substrate is used for the bottom contact. Credit: Wallentin et al. (Phys.org)—Robert F. Service has published a News & Analysis piece in the journal Science describing the progress being made in nanowire photovoltaics. One of those innovations is described in another paper published in the same journal by a team working on indium phosphate nanowire technology. In their paper, they describe how in creating micrometer sized wires they have managed to build a non-silicon based solar cell that is capable of converting almost 14 percent of incoming sunlight into electric current. Citation: Researchers devise method to create efficient indium phosphate nanowire photovoltaics (2013, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-method-efficient-indium-phosphate-nanowire.html This shows a computer simulation of the absorption in five nanowires. The sunlight comes in from the top. The dark red areas, near the top, have the strongest absorption, while the dark blue areas have the weakest absorption. The simulation was done in three dimensions, but the figure shows a cross-section. Credit: Wallentin et al. Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Researchers find a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions

first_img More information: R. John Wallace et al. A heritable subset of the core rumen microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav8391 Explore further As the planet continues to warm due to human-related activities, scientists continue to look for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if it might not be possible to reduce the amount of methane released by cattle. Livestock have been found to contribute up to 14.5 percent of such gases worldwide. Far less methane is released into the atmosphere each year than carbon dioxide, but methane is better at trapping heat.The researchers note that prior research has shown that the primary generator of methane in cows is the rumen—the first stomach. When a cow eats grass, it goes into the rumen, where a host of microbes reside along with other digestive materials. The host microbes work together to break down the carbohydrates via a fermentation process. As part of that process, hydrogen is produced by certain types of bacteria, and then archaea combine carbon dioxide with the hydrogen to produce methane. Contrary to common belief, most of the methane is belched out of the cow’s mouth.To find out if cows could be coaxed into producing and belching less methane, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of the microbes that exist in the rumen of several types of cows from several sites across Europe. In all the team collected samples from more than 1000 cows. Study of their rumen microbiome showed that half of all of the microbes in them had 512 species in common. They also found that 39 of the microbes made up a core that plays a major role in determining not just how much methane is produced, but also how much milk. The researchers are now looking into the possibility of manipulating the cow rumen biota to see if it is possible to bring about changes that will result in less methane production. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows Citation: Researchers find a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions (2019, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-core-cow-microbiome-dictates-dairy.htmlcenter_img An international team of researchers has found that a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and methane emissions. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes DNA testing they did on rumen microbes in cattle in several European countries and what they found. Journal information: Science Advances © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Tourism then and now

first_imgThe program started with Ganesh Vandana and was followed by lighting of the inaugural lamp by Ramesh Tiwari, MD and CEO, DTTDC along with Ravi Dadhich, GM, DTTDC. In the year 1975, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) was brought into being and now it has turned 39. All these years have been full of activities, events and ambitious projects to transform Delhi into a spectacular tourist friendly destination.Delhi Tourism has always been striving to make Delhi a city of never-ending delights, and all efforts have paid in terms of endowing it a unique identity at local as well as international platforms. Winning various accolades as a favourite destination for travelers, Delhi is a vibrant place for an animated and comfortable travel experience. In a bid to celebrate the 39 memorable years of sublime achievement, various cultural programs were organised to entertain the employees of the organisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These presentations included special bhangra performance, mind boggling magic show, Tanura dance, patriotic songs along with other captivating events. Tanura, an Egyptians folk dance, not only dazzled the audience but the bright outfits of the performers was a major attraction. A special time slot was also kept for the employees of DTTDC to showcase their skills and nearly 6 of them presented melodious compositions along with lively dance acts. Chakradhari, a special wheel balancing act was also performed which held everyone’s attention. Kids of Boogie Woogie fame took part in the occasion and showcased their unique dance acts.Since its inception, Delhi Tourism has been instrumental in promoting tourism in and around Delhi through various activities and projects.last_img read more

Human trafficking rears ugly head in IndoNepal border

first_imgDarjeeling: An open border, coupled with the Indo-Nepal Friendship treaty of 1950, is making the Indo-Nepal border highly vulnerable to human trafficking. Repatriation and rehabilitation of trafficked victims, especially children, back to Nepal is emerging as a major challenge.A “Consultation of cross-border repatriation of children from Nepal” was organised in Siliguri, attended by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) top brass and NGOs.The main aim of the consultation was to formulate a Standard Operation Process (SOP) to repatriate victims back to Nepal. An SOP already exists with Bangladesh, which is followed when a cross-border trafficking victim is repatriated to Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Whenever we intercept any person from the porous and open Indo-Nepal border trying to indulge in human trafficking, the perpetrator immediately seeks refuge in the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty and claims that the they have come to India for education (in case of children) or for job (in case of youths and adults), with the consent of parents and relatives. In most cases they are forced into prostitution or cheap labour,” stated Srikumar Bandopadhyay, IG, North Bengal, SSB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe only way to prevent this is to create a strong intelligence network and to create awareness. “SSB is the lead agency working in this sector. We keep a close tab on the borders and also the airport,” stated the IG.The SSB has also come up with a short film which cautions people, especially children, not to fall into the trap of traffickers who usually lure their victims with promises of lucrative jobs and money. “We are screening this movie in all border areas, targeting students of Classes 8 to 12, the vulnerable group,” the IG said.last_img read more

Tips to keep in mind while Renting house

first_imgPrioritise your list of features and amenities, avoid fly-by night brokers and checkout the condition of the apartment and who will pay for the major repairs and maintenance before you rent a house or a flat are a few points to be taken in consideration while renting a house or flat. Experts have listed a few more tips to make your search easier and efficient: Check property pictures: Always insist on checking property pictures carefully to shortlist the ones you want to visit physically. Home-seekers who do not shortlist are likely to end up in wild goose chase and end up visiting a bunch of irrelevant options which do not suit their profile but are hard sold by the brokers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFix your priorities and areas of negotiation: It is almost impossible to find a house that ticks all the boxes according to your needs, tastes, preferences and budget. Therefore, it is important to prioritise your list of features and amenities. Deal with a professional agent: Moonlighting agents or fly-by night brokers should be avoided completely as their behaviour changes drastically once a deal has been locked. Opt for a professional agent who you trust will keep their commitments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is best to deal with professional companies that value your experience. Alternatively, at least independently investigate about the dealer’s credentials by consulting people nearby or ask for references of previous clients handled.Sell your profile to homeowners: Homeowners are usually sensitive to who they rent their house to, in order to avoid any complications later. So, every homeowner seeks a tenant with a regular source of income and benevolent credentials. Easy accessibility: Probably the first thing that someone looks for while leasing a home is its ease of accessibility. The connectivity from home to work and the different public transport modes and accessibility to nearby markets, schools, colleges and hospitals are also very important should be available.Understanding of lease terms: Checking and understanding the lease tenure, the percentage increase in rentals at the end of tenure, security deposit and the standard deductions on vacating the property, is important. These may vary as per property location and landlord’s personal preferences.The condition of the apartment and who will pay for the major repairs and maintenance is necessary. While you can take care of the minor repairs, the major repairs might move your budget adversely. It is important asking if these major overhauls shall be paid by the landlord. One should know the maintenance policy and monthly maintenance charges.Mode of paying rent: You might like to transfer the monthly rentals online, but your landlord might prefer to receive a cheque or cash at the end of every month. Clarify the mode of payment and see that it is convenient. 4Alteration in existing decor: Some landlords may or may not like you to alter the existing decor of the home. In any case, it is always better to know beforehand. It is important to know the amenities or the facilities available in case of a group housing society and respective charges.last_img read more