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first_imgAlthough some recent reports suggested Anthony Martial won’t prolong his adventure with Manchester United, Jose Mourinho seems to be keen on keeping his hands on the FrenchmanThe 22-year-old forward has had numerous problems under the Portuguese manager last season having often struggled for the regular game time.Due to his alleged problems with Mourinho, it was expected the ex-Monaco star won’t be considering a new deal with the Red Devils.However, this year, the prosperous youngster has established himself as one of the most reliable attacking options, as he recorded a total of 11 encounters across all competitions, scoring five goals in the process.Widely recognized as one of the most talented wingers in top five Europe leagues, Martial has attracted interest from several notable clubs, including Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.But, as things stand, the relationship between the former Real Madrid boss and the player is improving, with Mourinho ‘hoping to help’ Martial become a top player.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…According to the ESPN, the famous tactician has expressed his desire to work with Martial and influence his development.“I hope they will agree,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. “Obviously I hope. One thing is that he’s a talented player that everybody knows he is. Everybody knows since he was in Monaco that he is a talented player.“Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality.“When you reach that level, or when you are almost reaching that level, that is when you become a top player.“One thing is a top talent, another is a top player. He is now much closer to being a top player. Obviously, I would like him to stay. I know the club wants him very much to stay. Hopefully, he is going to stay.”last_img read more

first_img See All Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4:18 Tags Comments The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD gets a new look to match its capability Chevrolet Preview • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD: Low on tow, electronic helpers Chicago Auto Show 2019 reading • 2020 Chevy Silverado HD tows up to 35,500 pounds, has up to 910 lb-ft More about 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD More From Roadshow Share your voice Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and morecenter_img 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is a 35,500-pound-towing brute Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 21 Photos Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors General Motors first showed us the look of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup truck in December, and now, we finally have all the important details. The biggest number concerns towing, which, at up to 35,500 pounds, has increased a whopping 52 percent over the last Silverado HD. That’s slightly more than the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty (35,100 pounds) and also bests the outgoing 2019 Ford Super Duty (35,000 pounds), though Ford’s figure is likely to climb for 2020 very soon. The Silverado HD’s maximum payload ratings are also up to 7,466 pounds. The new truck can tow up to 52 percent more than its predecessor. Chevrolet Towing capability is, of course, closely related to the beefy powertrains under the hood of the new Silverado HD. The base engine is a new, 6.6-liter, direct-injected Vortec V8 rated for 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. That beats the outgoing truck’s base 6.0-liter V8, which was good for 360 hp and 380 lb-ft. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade option is a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which continues to be rated at 445 hp and 910 lb-ft. That’s a bit behind the curve now that the Ram HD is offering a whopping 1,000 lb-ft with its diesel engine. Still, the Duramax is now mated to a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, which helps it bolster the aforementioned towing ratings. In fact, Chevy engineers beefed up all the critical components needed for the Duramax to tow 35,500 pounds. Compared with last year’s HD trucks, the new models’ boxed ladder frame is tougher, the axles are larger, the prop shafts are enlarged and even the Duramax’s cooling fan has increased by 2.5 inches in diameter. Advanced tech makes towing easier Chevrolet’s data show that 90 percent of its heavy-duty truck buyers use their vehicles for towing, so it’s no surprise the automaker has included lots of high technology to make that simpler — and safer — bundled under the brand name Advanced Trailering System. For starters, the Silverado HD can be equipped with cameras that provide up to 15 different camera views, including an accessory camera mounted to a trailer that allows drivers to “see through” what they’re towing. The feature will also be offered on the Chevy’s sibling, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. It’s worth noting, however, that the Silverado HD does not offer adaptive cruise control, offered by both Ford and Ram’s HD trucks, or lane-keep assist. Chevrolet told Roadshow that adaptive cruise is “coming,” but it’ll likely debut on the Silverado 1500 first. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDThe truck’s many variants include this 2500 HD Custom. Chevrolet The Silverado HD also is compatible with a Trailer App you can use to verify lights, tire pressures and other critical check-ins before setting off with a trailer. Each truck also has a customized Trailering Information Label, which reveals that specific model’s curb weight, gross vehicle weight rating, gross combined weight rating, maximum payload, maximum tongue weight and gross axle weight ratings — in other words, all the stats you’d want to know before hitching up your wagon. Other tech features include Park Grade Hold Assist, which can use all four of the truck’s service brakes (rather than just the parking brakes) to keep truck and trailer in place on a slope. The truck will stay in Tow/Haul mode if it was driven in that mode within the prior four hours. And a new after-run feature helps automatically cool down the Duramax diesel when necessary. If the engine is hot after heavy hauling, a message in the instrument cluster will advise the driver to leave the engine running. If he or she ignores it and exists the truck, the remote-start system will activate for up to 15 minutes so the Duramax can cool itself down properly. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDEnlarged steps are now able to fit a size-12 boot and can support up to 500 pounds of weight. Chevrolet Bigger all round To go along with the beefed-up towing abilities, Chevy also supersized the Silverado HD everywhere else. Take the bed, for instance, which for the first time in Silverado HD history does not share its box with the 1500 models. The standard box has 6.7 inches more “usable width” and is 3 inches longer, while the long box (8-foot) is now 0.5 inch longer. At the same time, Chevy took steps to make using those boxes easier. The liftover height is now almost an inch lower than before, and the box sides have been lowered for easier fifth-wheel trailer towing. The CornerSteps that help users clamber up to the bed are larger, too, now able to accommodate a size-12 boot and tough enough to support 500 pounds of weight. So too has the truck’s cab itself grown. Silverado HD Crew Cab models now ride on a 5.2-inch longer wheelbase and boast a 10.4-inch longer length with a 1.4-inch wider width. That affords about 3 inches more cab length, Chevy says, contributing to more interior room. 2020 Chevy Silverado HDUp to 15 different camera angles are available to make towing easier and safer. Chevrolet As we saw in earlier releases, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD also has a brand-new design on the outside — one that has been a little polarizing. Regardless of what you think of the look, it’s worth noting that this Silverado HD has more differentiation from the 1500 model than ever before, with only the roof panel shared between the trucks. That massive front grille can optionally be equipped with active shutters, too, to help reduce drag and thus boost fuel efficiency. There will be five different trim levels, starting with the basic Work Truck and moving up through Custom, LT, LTZ and the flashy High Country. Chevy also says the truck is offered in a total of 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline combinations. Other engineering tweaks focused on improving usability for truck owners. The diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) filling port has been relocated, next to the diesel fuel filler, and there’s now a DEF level readout offered in the Chevy’s instrument cluster. A head-up display, a heavy-duty truck exclusive, provides more driving info at a glance. A redesigned block-heater plug, integrated into the bumper, is easier to reach and doesn’t require owners to pop the hood or leave cords dangling out of the truck’s grille. And Chevy says a redesigned snow-plow prep package is easier to install, without the need to drill holes in the truck. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD goes on sale this summer, with pricing set to be confirmed closer to that time. Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chevrolet • 2 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Trucks 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

first_imgIn this 4 June 2008 file photo, a Palestinian carries a box of vegetable oil as he walks past bags of flour, both donated by the United States Agency for International Development, at a depot in the West Bank village of Anin near Jenin. Photo: APTens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, US-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities.The Trump administration’s decision last year to cut more than $200 million in development aid to the Palestinians is forcing NGOs to slash programs and lay off staff as the effects ripple through a community that has spent more than two decades promoting peace in the Middle East.The US government’s development agency, USAID, has provided more than $5.5 billion to the Palestinians since 1994 for infrastructure, health, education, governance and humanitarian aid programs, all intended to underpin the eventual creation of an independent state.Much of that aid is channeled through international NGOs, which were abruptly informed of the cuts last summer and have been scrambling to keep their programs alive.President Donald Trump says the USAID cuts are aimed at pressuring the Palestinians to return to peace talks, but Palestinian officials say the move has further poisoned relations after the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year. The aid groups, many of which have little or no connection to the Palestinian Authority, say the cuts hurt the most vulnerable Palestinians and those most committed to peace with Israel.”If you want to maintain the idea of the peace process, you have to maintain the people who would be part of the peace process,” said Lana Abu Hijleh, the local director for Global Communities, an international NGO active in the Palestinian territories since 1995.Before the aid cuts were announced, it provided food aid — branded as a gift from the American people — to more than 180,000 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza on behalf of the World Food Program. USAID had planned to contribute $19 million a year for the next five years to continue the project but pulled out in August.Global Communities can now only provide aid to 90,000 people through March, and Abu Hijleh had to lay off around 30 staff, including in Gaza, where unemployment exceeds 50 per cent.”It really hurts, because you’re talking about the most basic level of assistance,” she said. The average family receives a monthly voucher worth around $130.Sadeqa Nasser, a woman living in Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp, used her voucher to support her disabled husband, their six children and four grandchildren.She says her sons each bring in less than $5 a day from odd jobs. “They cannot afford to buy food for their families, so I help them out,” she said.Since the aid was cut off, she’s been able to qualify for welfare payments from the Palestinian Authority, which itself relies heavily on foreign aid. “Without it we would go hungry,” she said.Funding has also been cut for a five-year, $50 million program run by a coalition of NGOs to provide health services, including clinical breast cancer treatment for some 16,000 women and treatment for some 700 children suffering from chronic diseases.Infrastructure projects, including desperately needed water treatment facilities in the blockaded Gaza Strip, have also been put on hold.Anera, which has carried out development projects in the Middle East for more than 50 years, said it was forced to halt five infrastructure projects in the West Bank and Gaza before completion and cancel three more in Gaza that were pending funding approval. It says the projects would have benefited more than 100,000 people.The NGOs are reaching out to other donors, but USAID is one of the biggest sources of funding for a global aid community overwhelmed by conflicts in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.The Trump administration has also cut off funding for peace-building initiatives involving Palestinians — even residents of east Jerusalem, which Israel considers to be part of its capital. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally, to be the capital of their future state.Kids4Peace, a group founded by Israeli and Palestinian families in Jerusalem in 2002, brings Jewish, Christian and Muslim teenagers together for seminars and summer camps where they can share their experiences and learn more about one another.The group’s organizers acknowledge the longstanding criticism of such initiatives — that campfires and singalongs won’t bring peace to the Middle East, especially after a decade of diplomatic paralysis and little hope for resuming meaningful negotiations.But they say that with a $1.5 million USAID grant in 2016 they tripled the number of annual participants to around 70 and revamped programs. USAID takes a hands-on approach, requiring regular audits and demanding concrete accomplishments.Participants now take part in a Youth Action Program in which they plan and execute projects in their communities. One group is campaigning for Arabic subtitles in Jerusalem cinemas. Another set up a community garden in a tense neighborhood where Jews and Arabs had rarely interacted.Kids4Peace was a finalist for another $1.5 million grant this year, but that has been indefinitely postponed because of the funding cuts. It will continue to run programs with the help of private donors, but its growth prospects are in doubt.”We see the trend lines moving in a negative direction, in terms of more hostile attitudes toward the other, less interaction between Israelis and Palestinians, more resistance to peace negotiations,” said Josh Thomas, executive director of Kids4Peace International. “We see that as a need for greater investment rather than less.”Trump also halted aid to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which provides basic services to more than 5 million Palestinians across the Middle East, but UNRWA was able to narrow the funding gap with aid pledges from other countries.Palestinian officials say they won’t bow to pressure.”We don’t want their money, we don’t want anything to do with America,” said Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “If (Trump) thinks he can put pressure on us through his money, it won’t work.”Critics of the policy fear that cutting off aid will further diminish Washington’s ability to manage a conflict that remains highly combustible.”When America vacates the Middle East space, we do so at our own risk and we do it to the benefit of our adversaries,” said Dave Harden, a former USAID mission director in the West Bank and Gaza.last_img read more

first_imgBlack and silver experimental vehicles parked facing south in Sacramento, California on July 17, 2010. Keeping cool using the summer heat More information: eetd.lbl.gov/news-archives/news-cool-cars.htmleetd.lbl.gov/newsletter/nl19/eetd-nl19-1-cool.htmlPaper reference: “Potential benefits of solar reflective car shells: Cooler cabins, fuel savings and emission reductions.” Ronnen Levinson, Heng Pan, George Ban-Weiss, Pablo Rosado, Riccardo Paolini, and Hashem Akbari, was recently published in the journal Applied Energy (Volume 88, pp. 4343–4357). Citation: Silver and white cars are cooler, says study (2011, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-silver-white-cars-cooler.html Comparison of roof surface temperatures measured during soaking and cooling trials. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com The numbers continue to take on special significance when extended nationwide. An improvement of 2 to 2 percent in fuel economy, scaled to the fleet of light-duty vehicles in the United States, represents savings of gallons of gas in the billions, if these design changes are adopted by the automotive industry.White, silver, and other light colors are coolest, reflecting about 60 percent of sunlight but there are dark “cool” colors that can also stay cooler than traditional dark colors. When dark surfaces are needed for aesthetics or to reduce brightness, one can use special “cool-colored” materials that stay moderately cool by reflecting only the invisible component of sunlight. Solar reflective paints can decrease the ‘soak’ temperature of the air in a car that has been parked in the sun.Manufacturing designers looking more closely into recipes for pigmented coatings that maximize solar reflectance colors would find plenty of interesting research into cool colors at the Berkeley Lab. Its researchers have been looking into roofs and cool colors for some years. They have been measuring the solar spectral reflectance (reflectance versus wavelength over the solar spectrum) of commercially available pigments. The research team has developed a pigment database describing a variety of colors, including browns, blues, purples, greens, and reds, that are cool, in that they are highly reflective to near-infrared radiation. Ronnen Levinson, scientist in the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is lead author of the study. The research was published in Applied Energy.The researchers had two cars in the sun for an hour, one black and the other silver, parked facing south, in Sacramento, California. The silver Honda Civic (shell SR 0.57) had a cabin air temperature of about 5-6°C (9-11°F) lower than an identical black car (shell SR 0.05). A silver (or white) shell would allow for a lower-capacity air conditioner as well. The cars were run through five identical cycles of soaking in the sun. Each cycle consisted of an hour with the air conditioners off, followed by a half hour of cooling with the air conditioners running at maximum. The researchers measured the roof, ceiling, dashboard, windshield, seat, door, vent air and cabin air temperatures in each car along with weather conditions in the lot.Overall, the numbers compiled in this car-color exercise found that using white or silver paint instead of black paint would raise fuel economy by 0.44 mpg (2.0 percent); would decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1.9 percent, and reduce other automotive emissions by about 1 percent. Air conditioning in cars not only decreases fuel economy but also increases tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. In this sense, cool-color cars influence both the driver and the planet. (PhysOrg.com) — From an environment standpoint, silver and white cars are cool; black cars are not. Researchers at the Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) say that the color of your car affects your car’s fuel economy and how seriously you contribute to pollution. A light-colored shell reflects more sunlight than a dark car shell. The cooler the color, the cooler the cabin air, and the less of a need to run your air conditioner. 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

first_imgCouverture chocolate, which is cocoa butter from the purest and the richest cocoa beans from around the world, has various health benefits. Cocoa butter helps in anti-aging, and improved skin health. Vibhu Mahajan, Chief Operating Officer at Choko la, the manufacturing company talks about some benefits of couverture chocolate: Cocoa is one of the highest known natural sources of anti-oxidants in the world. It is rich in Flavan-3-ol, anti-oxidant compounds which can improve cognition, lower blood pressure and increase circulations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCocoa butter used in couverture has lower melting point. This increases ‘friendly cholesterol’ HDL levels and maintains total cholesterol level.Cocoa butter which is one of the main ingredients in the preparation of couverture chocolates, helps in combating kidney problems and also prevents cardiac diseases.Real couverture dark chocolate is said to reduce risk of arteriosclerosis (thickening of walls of arteries in a person’s body which hampers the blood flow). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe phenethylamine present in chocolate uplifts one’s mood instantaneously.Due to low glycemic index of chocolate, one can be carefree about surge in blood sugar levels.Theobromine present in couverture chocolate hardens tooth enamel and cures cough.Flavonoids present in cocoa can help one in getting glowing and healthier skin.last_img read more