Volvos next step in car safety Intervening in dangerous driving

first_img Volvo More From Roadshow 0 That said, Volvo doesn’t want to accept too much responsibility in these cases. “We will not guarantee you are sober just because [our systems] say you are,” said Samuelsson.Those cameras will also watch the driver’s eyes to ensure he or she is paying attention to the road rather than Instagram. With distracted driving on the rise globally, Volvo sees reducing driver distraction as an important way to reduce crashes.”Our overall aim is to reduce accidents altogether, rather than just limit the impact of accidents,” said Ivarsson. “We all know that life can get you distracted … It’s called life. It happens.”So, how far along is Volvo in its progress toward Vision 2020? Well, first of all, the company emphasizes the “Vision” was just that: a vision that by 2020 it might be feasible to eliminate deaths and injuries. As to specific data on the target, the company will offer only vague answers.”I would say we’re pretty close to the Vision 2020 by now,” said Samuelsson in a prepared statement. “Sure, accidents still happen, but the consequences are much milder now.” 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Meet Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 Volvo 50 Photos Post a comment 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Car Industry Share your voice Twelve years ago, Volvo senior technical advisor for safety Jan Ivarsson announced Vision 2020. The bold plan dreamed of a world where, by 2020, nobody would be killed or seriously hurt in a new Volvo. Where do things stand today, with 2020 less than 12 months away?At a presentation in Gothenberg, Sweden, on Wednesday, Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson said the limiting factor in any car maker reaching that ambitious dream is bad human behavior.”We have done a lot with technical means, passive and active [safety] features in the car,” he said. “But really to come down to zero [deaths] you have to tackle some issues that are much more human-related.”Enlarge ImageVolvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson announces plans to improve vehicle safety. Volvo In other words, all the safety tech in the world can’t save you from your own bad habits. Specifically, Volvo says that speeding drivers, distracted drivers and intoxicated drivers still make roads dangerous — and that tackling those issues requires much more advanced moves than today’s safety features.Samuelsson sees the issue as a moral imperative to improve road safety. “Do we have the right to intervene, let the car intervene, depending on the ability of the driver? Maybe we even have the obligation to do so,” he said.volvo-care-key-promoEnlarge ImageThe Volvo Care Key will allow parents to set limits on their teen driver’s behavior. Volvo The first plan of attack is speed. Volvo already announced its intention to limit all cars to 118 miles per hour and to allow parents to limit how fast their kids can drive. The idea is to send a signal to drivers that they need to keep to appropriate speeds — especially, for instance, when in school zones or urban areas.”The difference between 30 and 40 kilometers per hour [18 and 25 mph] can be the difference between an accident not happening and a tragedy,” said Volvo senior technical advisor for safety Jan Ivarsson. “Those small infractions seem so trivial… [but] those speed limits are in place for a reason: to protect the most vulnerable people in society.”Eventually, of course, Volvo imagines that cars would automatically limit your speed in those types of areas. “Long-term, with new technology we’ll probably have smarter speed limiters,” said Samuelsson.volvo-in-car-cameras-promoEnlarge ImageCameras in the cabin of Volvo’s next-gen cars will monitor the driver’s eyes to see if they’re drunk or distracted. Volvo Reducing drunk driving deaths is another pole of Volvo’s safety initiative, which it plans to tackle with cameras that automatically monitor if the driver is inebriated and potentially slow down the car. Again, Volvo sees it as a moral issue. “If we can stop someone driving when drunk, then I think we have a responsibility to,” Samuelsson told journalists in a roundtable interview.Volvo representatives declined to entertain the possibility of equipping future models with breathalyser interlocks. Instead, they noted that the camera-based system could detect many types of intoxication aside from just alcohol: drugs, legal or not, as well as medical emergencies.”We’re talking about intoxication generally,” said Armin Kesedzic, Volvo product owner for vision sensors. “It doesn’t have to be alcohol.”last_img read more

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LGs new sound bar range for 2019 includes Dolby Atmos and Google

first_img LG SK10Y CES 2018 Tags See All Jan 4 • Samsung’s Space monitors bring its minimalist TV aesthetic to your desk The SL9 sound bar incorporates a gyroscope that configures sound when wall-mounted. LG LG has announced its complete sound bar range for 2019, which includes three high-end models with support for both Google Assistant and Dolby Atmos onboard, plus three more only with Bluetooth. The high-end models will also include support for Atmos competitor DTS:X. 3.1.2-channel SL8YG ($799)4.1.2-channel SL9YG ($999)5.1.2-channel SL10YG ($1299)Meanwhile, the entry- to mid-level models lack Wi-Fi connectivity and only offer DTS Virtual:X processing.2.1-channel SL5Y ($279)3.1-channel SL6Y ($399) 3.1-channel SL7Y ($499)With built-in Google Assistant, the high-end sound bars should double as full-on Google smart speakers, allowing people to request songs or ask about the weather with their voice.The sound bars shouldn’t be lacking for audio quality, either: The three high-end models lean into LG’s previously announced collaboration with high-end brand Meridian, which will contribute sound-enhancing technologies including Bass & Space, Image Elevation and Meridian Upmix for converting stereo content to multichannel. All of the sound bars include the front channels only, but you can purchase an add-on Wireless Rear Speaker Kit for more immersive surround. Meanwhile all of the sound bars include wireless subwoofers.The models follow the SK10Y from 2018, which was a decent Atmos sound bar, but cheaper models such as the Vizio SB36512 offer great competition. Samsung also announced two new sound bars this morning, though like the SL6Y and SL7Y they lack any kind of “smart” features like voice assistants or Wi-Fi music.All sound bars except one are expected on April 14, while the SL9YG will come on May 27. Mar 15 • LG 2019 OLED TVs start at $2,500, ship in April, just like last year CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Assistant LG See it 0 CES 2018 Post a comment Feb 8 • For Valentine’s Day, the Lovebox is a better gift than flowers reading • LG’s new sound bar range for 2019 includes Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant Mentioned Above LG SK10Y Review • LG SK10Y review: Atmos sound bar reaches for the sky $996 • Share your voice Audiolast_img read more

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Samsung TV sale at Walmart Save big on a big TV

first_imgOriginally published April 28. Updated to reflect stock changes. Samsung 82-inch QLED TV QN82Q70R: $4,000 (save $500) Walmart Best Buy Samsung This 75-inch model is the 2019 update to last year’s Samsung Q8 series, which CNET Reviews called a “compelling alternative for high-end shoppers who don’t want an OLED,” thanks to its strong image quality, sleek design and cool extras like Ambient mode. Samsung 75-inch QLED TV QN75Q80R: $3,500 (save $500) See at Walmart This 42.5-inch LED TV serves up a 4K picture and HDR. Best Buy knocks $400 off the price of this 55-inch QLED TV, but it’s already sold out there. Until it comes back into stock, it’s available for $200 off at Walmart. With a bezel that looks like a picture frame and displaying images from an extensive art library (when you aren’t watching TV, that is), Samsung’s Frame TVs attempt to mimic art. The added artistry adds to the bill, but this 49-inch, 4K frame model is a bit more approachable at its sale price. (The photo above is the 2017 model.) Now playing: Watch this: Comments Samsung 43-inch UN43RU7100: $380 (save $50.00) See at Walmart See at Walmart See at Walmart Share your voice Tags 1:46 This huge, 82-inch model from Samsung’s Q7 series delivers a 4K picture along with modern styling and an “invisible” wiring system and breakout box make installation superclean. Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.  Samsung 49-inch Frame TV QN49LS03R: $1,500 (save $200) Samsung’s Frame TVs disguise themselves as art. Samsung Walmart is slashing prices on Samsung TVs. The retailer is running a sale on Samsung TVs that starts on Sunday, April 28 and ends Sunday, May 5. You’ll find all sizes of Samsung TVs at discount, from 43 inches to 82 inches — and best of all, these are mostly new-for-2019 models.Here are five of the best deals, starting with the smallest and working our way to the largest. Don’t need the Samsung label? Check out the 65-inch TCL 4-series for just $498. Read more: Best TVs you can buy right now 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. See at Walmart 2 Samsung 55-inch QLED TV QN55Q70R: $1,300 (save $200) Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Samsung Q9 TV goes against OLED with LCD’s best picture…last_img read more

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Lyft and Aptiv have completed 50000 selfdriving car rides in Las Vegas

first_img 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 1:06 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.  2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 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. 9 Photos Autonomous Vehicles Car Games and Apps General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Take a spin in Aptiv and Lyft’s self-driving BMW 18 Photos 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. 12 Photos Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Lyft BMW,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. 26 Photos 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. Here’s the self-driving car you can take around Las Vegas during CES 81 Photos 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. 52 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 69 Photos 49 Photos 71 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 68 Photos 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. 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. Enlarge ImageThe Lyft and Aptiv BMW self-driving cars have been busy, completing 50,000 rides in Las Vegas.For the last couple of years at CES, Lyft and Aptiv have made a big deal about offering rides in their self-driving BMWs. We’ve done it a few times, and the cars seemed perfectly competent. What we kind of forgot is that Lyft keeps these cars running in Sin City all the time and now, the company has announced on Friday that it’s just completed its 50,000th driverless ride.The interesting thing about the Lyft/Aptiv program is that, being located in a tourist town such as Las Vegas, means that for many people, their ride in the BMW is their first ride in a self-driving car. Interestingly, according to Lyft, 92% of riders said that it was their first self-driving experience, and the self-driving BMW has a Lyft driver rating of 4.97 stars.Frankly, I’d give the car five stars so long as it doesn’t smell like air fresheners and the infotainment system doesn’t start a political conversation, but I guess I’m easily impressed.Lyft has made no mention of plans to expand its Aptiv program beyond Vegas, but it is partnering with Waymo in Phoenix, Arizona to offer rides in driverless Waymo One shuttles. That’s probably a smart move, considering the cost of further developing its own self-driving vehicles, and the fact that Waymo is currently at the top of the heap when it comes to autonomous car development. 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. 10 Photos 3 Tags Self-driving cars 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. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comments 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. Car Industry 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punchlast_img read more

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Cookbooks for newlyweds who want to eat happily ever after

first_img Tags 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. 0 Arno Images / Cultura / Getty Images What’s the best part about getting hitched? Well, spending the rest of eternity with the love of your life is (hopefully) at the top of that list, but not far behind are the gifts, especially those that will help breathe new life into your kitchen. Goodbye, “collectors” McDonald’s plastic cups and college-era Foreman grill — hello, fancy stuff!Once you have the appliances, flatware and other bright, shiny cooking accessories in your cupboards, it’s time to start taking full advantage of them.Read more: How to use everything on your wedding registry Below you’ll find an assortment of cookbooks tailored for the married life, covering everything from quick and easy weeknight meals to do-it-yourself catering for your next big bash. They’ll lead you and your spouse on the path toward exciting new food adventures at home with recipes that are sure to become staples of your family’s gastronomic repertoire for years to come. And if you’re shopping for a last-minute wedding gift, these are also great options to wrap up for the soon-to-be newlyweds.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking by Julia Childjulias-kitchen-wisdom-cookbook-amazon Amazon Though you can’t go wrong with any of Julia Child’s legendary cookbooks, Kitchen Wisdom has a particular emphasis on developing your culinary skills and instincts. (Just because you now own all the right tools for preparing that perfect meal, it doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to use them.) Not only does it serve as an easy-to-follow guide on the fundamentals of cooking, the book also includes plenty of tried-and-true recipes for you and your loved one to show off what you’ve learned from the late, great food Yoda. $28 at AmazonHow to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman”What are we cooking?” is a question spouses constantly find themselves asking each other and Mark Bittman’s indispensable encyclopedia of easy-to-master recipes thankfully offers plenty of answers. If you have conflicting cravings or simply no idea where to start, How to Cook Everything will set you down the right path. $20 at AmazonBarefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun by Ina Gartenbarefoot-contessa-party-cookbook-amazon.jpg Amazon Now that the Herculean task of putting together a wedding is done, the last thing you probably want to think about is organizing another get-together. But when the time comes to host your next soiree, let Ina Garten be your guide. The all-knowing Barefoot Contessa covers all aspects of party planning from decor to drinks — and, of course, the food for events throughout the year big and small. The emphasis is on easy ideas (remember, “Store bought is fine.”) that still add up to a lot of fun. $16 at AmazonThanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam SiftonThere’s hosting a party, and then there’s Thanksgiving. Whether you’re tired of your uncle’s leathery turkey or are ready to take the reins on Friendsgiving, New York Times Food Editor Sam Sifton offers the ins and outs of tackling the year’s most notoriously ambitious meal. $15 at AmazonThe Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchenbest-newlywed-cookbooks-wedding-gift Amazmon You’ve found that killer, mouth-watering recipe, but it serves eight and there’s only the two of you. Ugh, math. The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook alleviates the number crunching, focusing on smaller scale meals that also include traditionally large format dishes like stews and lasagna, pared down to feed a couple. If you eventually add more mouths to feed to your family, hang on to it for date nights (and that challenging period when your kids refuse to eat what you’re having for dinner).$22 at AmazonDinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker and Instant Pot by Melissa ClarkChances are if you didn’t already own one, an Instant Pot or one of its relatives will end up in your cooking arsenal by the time your wedding is over. New York Times food columnist and cookbook vet Melissa Clark will help you put them to good use. Dinner In an Instant offers a diverse collection of 75 recipes for that quick, pressure-cooked meal or a slow-cooked feast when you have hours to spare. $17 at AmazonMilk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimballmilk-street-cookbook-amazon Amazon It’s been a long day at the office and the last thing either of you want to think about is getting back to work in the kitchen. But before going the takeout route, consider this newly-minted James Beard Award winner that will help make weeknight cooking a cinch. While quick meal cookbooks tend to focus on tired, familiar eats, Milk Street distinguishes itself from the pack with an array of eclectic, internationally themed recipes (think Vietnamese meatball lettuce wraps and chocolate-tahini pudding) prepared in as little as 30 minutes. $31 at AmazonPatisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of French Pastry by Christophe FelderBid adieu to that wedding diet with the help of renowned pastry master Christophe Felder. Containing 3,200 photographs and 210 recipes, Patisserie is a deep dive into the world of croissants, eclairs, tarte tatins and other French favorites. In no time you’ll be able to prepare a delectable spread of sweets with (or for) your sweetheart. $42 at AmazonNoma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepirene-redzepi-noma-cookbook-amazon Amazon You’ve just moved on to a new, exciting phase in your life and ambitions are high. If one of your goals happens to include replicating the dishes from one of the most acclaimed restaurants on earth, here’s an opportunity to live the dream. Noma provides an all-access pass into the mind of Michelin-starred Danish chef René Redzepi offering blueprints to his groundbreaking culinary creations. Best of all, if you find that mastering the art of molecular gastronomy is more effort than it’s worth, the book will prove to be a worthy investment as a centerpiece on your coffee table. $48 at Amazon Post a comment Share your voice Applianceslast_img read more

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Bristol Bay Native Corporation plans to acquire Katmailand

first_imgThe Bristol Bay Native Corporation announced plans to acquire Katmailand, Inc., a long running sport fishing and bear viewing operation in and around Katmai National Park.Download AudioBrooks Lodge (Photo courtesy of Katmailand)Katmailand, Inc. is a major sport fishing and bear viewing lodge operation, built and founded by Ray Petersen in 1950 … which predates Katmai National Park by 30 years. Today it is the largest operator within the park, taking tourists from around the world to iconic Brooks Falls. Sonny Petersen is Ray’s son, and is the owner and president of Katmailand:“You know I’ve been working out there pretty much my whole life, but I’m getting to be older,” said Petersen. “I’ll be 64 this year, and I’m looking towards retirement, eventually. BBNC is a local company, it’s owned by people who live out in Bristol Bay. I think it’s a good fit, and I’m proud to be selling to them.”Petersen says Katmailand probably runs five to six thousand people a year through the National Park and a thousand or so more through the sport fishing lodges. Business has been good, and Petersen doesn’t expect new owner BBNC to change much.“That’s their plan. I’m still going to manage it for at least two years, perhaps longer. And they’re keeping all the staff and managers at our lodges, and Katmai Air,” Petersen said . “They basically feel like they’re buying a going concern, and they don’t want to mess it up. If anything, they’ll be able to maybe help us improve it.”Those sentiments were echoed by BBNC president and CEO Jason Metrokin Tuesday.“Our track record is to look at and target businesses that are success stories,” said Metrokin. “We’re not necessarily in the business of buying fixer-uppers, if you will.”Four years ago, BBNC bought the Mission Lodge on Lake Aleknagik, its first major investment in Bristol Bay since it sold Peter Pan Seafoods in 1979. Last year it purchased Bristol Alliance Fuels in Dillingham. Katmailand, Inc. is the third. Besides turning a profit for shareholders, Metrokin said there are the non-financial components of these investments:“This is an opportunity for added diversification, not just within BBNC’s investment mix, but within the region itself,” Metrokin said. “There are employment opportunities, training opportunities, and particularly in the case with Katmailand, this is a direct tie for BBNC with our culture and our lands, and to expand our relationship with the Park Service.”Of course, the multi-million dollar question will go unanswered for now; neither side was willing to disclose terms of the sale. But considering Katmailand’s many assets, it no doubt carried a hefty price tag.The sale won’t be finalized until the end of May, but was announced this week to give BBNC time to work with the staff and with Katmai National Park ahead of the busy summer.last_img read more

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Employees allege financial misconduct Alaska blood bank

first_imgSeveral Blood Bank of Alaska employees have filed a federal complaint accusing the blood bank’s leadership of mismanagement and financial impropriety since the organization moved into its $45 million facility in Anchorage earlier this year.Listen nowThe Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the Aug. 28 complaint filed with the Food and Drug Administration alleges the blood bank’s missteps have resulted in dangerous donor conditions and shortages.Blood Bank of Alaska entered into an agreement with California blood center Lifestream to export 100 units of blood per week after moving into its new building in May.The blood bank’s former development manager, Linda Soriano, alleges the organization has been struggling with shortages since the move while trying to meet the needs of Alaska and California.Blood bank representatives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.last_img read more

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State studies how to clean up 4000gallon fuel spill

first_imgAn estimated 4,329 gallons of diesel fuel leaked out of the forward compartment of a 10,000-gallon fuel tank that overturned when the driver wrecked on Jan. 10 around milepost 164.4 of the Richardson Highway, about 20 miles south of Paxson. No fuel leaked from a 5,000-gallon secondary “pup trailer” that the double-tanker truck was also pulling.(Photo: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a Fairbanks-based trucking company are still assessing the extent of a recent fuel spill along the Richardson Highway south of Paxson. Officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said it looks like diesel from a Colville Transport tanker crash has seeped into the road bed.Listen nowDEC officials say workers with Colville Transport and its cleanup contractor have removed less than 500 gallons of diesel fuel from an area along the Richardson Highway near Meiers Lake, where the Colville tanker truck crashed Jan. 10, spilling 4,329 gallons of diesel.The contractor also removed about 120 cubic yards – or about 10 dump-truck loads – of diesel-contaminated snow, vegetation and soil from the area. But DEC officials believe most of the diesel soaked into the roadbed and the ground below. So they say not much more can be done until Colville brings in equipment to drill samples around the area to find out how far the diesel spread underground.“Right now, we’re just figuring out the complete impact area,” Ashley Adamczak said. Adamczak is an environmental program specialist with the DEC’s Fairbanks office. “Once we have a better understanding of the subsurface, then we can start to make a lot of those decisions.”Colville responders cleaned up as much free-standing diesel fuel as possible – less than 500 gallons – around the spill site by using absorbent pads and lined containment enclosures. (Photo: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)Adamczak said the federal Bureau of Land Management has approved the state’s request to excavate contaminated material from land the BLM administers alongside that stretch of the highway. And she said the state Department of Transportation has OK’d a request to remove tainted material from its right-of-way. But she said DEC wants more information before giving the go-ahead for either operation.“Once we get that information, then we have some options on how to move forward, Adamczak said. “One of which is to do removal outside the right-of-way, to remove any contamination in the BLM land.”DEC officials say it’s been tough to get much done over the past couple of weeks due to a lack of space to operate around that narrow, hilly stretch of the highway, and because of heavy snow, cold weather and traffic related to the Copper Basin 300 sled-dog race. Adamczak said any excavation of the roadway itself probably won’t be done until warmer weather arrives.“We would not do any excavation within the DOT right-of-way until the summer, when we don’t have to worry about causing a hazard along the road,” Adamczak said.DEC officials say that kind of an operation will require closing both lanes of the highway to allow equipment to excavate contaminated material. The officials say the agency will submit a plan to control traffic during the operation. But a Transportation Department spokesperson said the agency doesn’t yet have enough information on the proposal.The Transportation Department’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement office is investigating the wreck. And Adamczak said Colville will have to pay all costs associated with the cleanup.last_img read more

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2018 World Ice Art Championships canceled

first_imgThe World Ice Art Championships will not happen in 2018. Ice Alaska, the Fairbanks non-profit which has organized the annual March event since 1989, released a statement over the weekend, saying the 2018 championships have been canceled.Listen nowIce Alaska’s main building burned last December, and the 2017 event was held using alternate buildings and tents. The release says the 2017 championships were not up to the standard of artists and volunteers.It says reorganizing and rebuilding occurred over this summer, but the recent loss of two major donors and diminished support from its title sponsor, resulted in the board’s decision to cancel for 2018. The releases does not mention BP, but the oil company has long been the World Ice Art Championships title sponsor.Ice Alaska Organizers say they’ll work toward the 2019 championships by seeking new sponsors and investigating alternate venues. 2018 event supporters are being offered return of their contributionslast_img read more

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Housing expert says many Sitkans struggle to make rent

first_imgBrian Wilson, Executive Director of Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, addresses one of two town hall meetings he held in Sitka this week. About 55 people total attended. (Photo by Rachel Cassandra/KCAW)In Sitka, like many towns in Southeast Alaska, geographic isolation creates unique problems of affordable housing and homelessness. This week, Sitka held a pair of town hall meetings with a visiting expert to canvas ideas for solutions.Listen nowAffordable housing has long been a concern in Sitka, and so has the connected issue of homelessness. Recently, a national report called “Out of Reach” quantified the gap in Sitka between a liveable wage and the average wage.Brian Wilson, Executive Director of the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, says almost half of Sitkans may be struggling to make rent.“If you look at the Alaska numbers, they calculated that an individual would have to make $24.80 an hour in order to afford a fair-market, two-bedroom rental,” Wilson said. “And this is problematic because they also calculate down to the community level how much an average renter is currently making per hour, so in Sitka, 44% of our households here are rentals and the average renter is only making $13.96 an hour.”Wilson says this wide gap means Sitkans may not be able to afford other necessities besides rent and utilities. But the problem is not unique to Sitka: Out of Reach identifies no county in the U.S. where the local minimum wage affordably covers rent for a two-bedroom apartment.About 55 Sitkans total attended the town hall meetings at the Sitka Public Library. Participants brainstormed homelessness actions. They included creating camping shelters and weaving sleeping bags and mats out of plastic bags.Carly Collins, who spent the past five years homeless, says it’s important to live independently in a home, even if it’s very small and mobile.“A couple of good ideas that I heard was the tiny house on wheels,” Collins said. “There’s not a lot of, I would say, land availability to park a house on wheels, the campgrounds in town, you can only stay for a few months. Somebody did just bring up an idea of taking abandoned boats and double checking, making sure they’re all right, and then having that as an accessible way for people who are homeless to have some kind of shelter, an independent shelter of their own.”Sitkan Gayle Young is active in the struggle against homelessness. She is part of the Sitka Homeless Coalition, which hopes to build an overnight winter shelter. Last year, the coalition partnered with the First Presbyterian church, but those plans came to a halt when the church announced it was closing. Now the group is continuing its search elsewhere.“We are looking now for a space. We are ready for a space,” Young said. “We would love to get these guys under cover this fall, if they choose, it’s just an option.”Wilson warns, however, that shelters are a last-chance resort to address homelessness. He says that the issues need to be addressed on a systemic level, and that preventing homelessness is better than providing shelters.Tina Bachmeier contributed to this story.last_img read more

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Nushagak District reopens to commercial fishing

first_imgF/V Pacific Knight (Photo courtesy of Bruce Ilutsik)Commercial fishing in the Nushagak District reopened at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.Listen nowThe district was closed to salmon fishing for nearly a week. The wreckage of the F/V Pacific Knight, which sank near Clark’s Point last Wednesday, was leaking fuel. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was concerned diesel floating in the tide rips could contaminate fish and nets.Area management biologist Tim Sands has been monitoring the situation by air. He flew an aerial survey Tuesday morning.“We basically flew down to the wreck sight and we saw no fuel coming out, no sign of any sheen anywhere,” Sands said.Sands added that fishermen on the district’s beaches reported they also did not see or smell fuel on the water.Even though the district’s sockeye run is tailing off, Sands said there is still significant interest in fishing for pink, coho and the remaining red salmon. At least three major processors are still buying.Additionally, Sands said that there is “not much threat anymore” of contaminated fish for subsistence users on Dillingham beaches.The owner of the wrecked vessel is contracting with the private company Resolve Marine on salvage efforts for the 58-foot vessel.“Right now we are actually in a fuel removal process, so we have divers that are working on the vessel,” Todd Duke, Resolve Marine’s Alaska area manager, said. “They’re doing a couple of things. They’re pumping the remaining fuel off the vessel. They’re also sealing vents. They’re utilizing different techniques to keep any residual fuel from leaking out.”Duke said the salvage team is also conducting surveys to better understand how the vessel is situated on the riverbed. He said that low visibility and strong tidal current have slowed diver’s efforts.When the Pacific Knight sank, over a thousand gallons of fuel were on board. Duke said that some remains on the vessel and that divers have removed a “substantial amount,” but could not provide a specific figures.After the remaining fuel is pumped off, the owner and insurance company will decide whether or not to remove the sunken boat.last_img read more

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Showcasing your work Eagle River art teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of

first_imgJacob Bera is a nominee for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year. He’s the visual arts teacher and fine arts chair at Eagle River High School. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The State Department of Education will pick Alaska’s teacher of the year next month.This week we’ll have profiles of each of the five finalists, from across the state.Jacob Bera is the fine arts chair at Eagle River high school. He has students at all levels, from kids who’ve never considered art as a hobby, to those who are just as passionate as he was in his AP Studio Art class.Listen nowGrowing up in Wisconsin, Bera’s grandfather was his biggest inspiration. Not only did he inspire him to serve in the military, but he instilled a lifelong passion for art.“My grandpa was an artist, and he was a poet, and he was very creative. When I was growing up, my parents split, so I was always kinda grandpa’s shadow,” Bera said. “And watching him work in the woodshop and watching him create really started to instill a passion for art. And then as I moved through school, I had inspiring teachers that kept that passion going.”After eight years in the marines, Bera went to college to study art. During his summers, he worked at a camp in Wisconsin that inspired him to become a teacher.“We worked with kids with disabilities, so hearing impairments, visual impairments cognitive disabilities,” Bera said. “It was a really life-changing experience, and so that’s where I really figured out that I wanted to take art and use it as a way of teaching.Bera loved paging through Alaska magazine as a kid and always had plans to come to the 49th state. He and his wife, also a teacher, moved here in 2003.Bera taught at a few schools in Anchorage before Eagle River High opened in 2005. He was hired as the visual arts teacher and fine arts chair. In selecting Bera as a teacher of the year nominee, the department of education highlighted that Bera grew a comprehensive arts program from the ground up, teaching everything from drawing to ceramics — Bera’s specialty.Bera was also highlighted for helping start the annual Fine Arts Cabaret, an event that brings together students from art and music programs to showcase their work to the community.“You know, when the audience comes in, and they walk around and they see the work, it’s fun just to sort of step back and watch my students interact with the community and speak about their work,” Bera said. “To me, that’s the best advocacy, is having a student speak about their passion for the art and what they’re doing in schools.”Bera is happy to instill a passion for art in his students, but he also finds he’s inspired by the work of his students.“I will bring in some of my work and set it out, talk about how I made it, and all of a sudden, you’ll look in the back room where pots are drying out, and you’ll see five or six little mugs that look like mine,” Bera said. “But I’ll be honest and say that sometimes there’s a teapot or a vase that a student makes that I get back into my studio and say, ‘that was pretty cool how they did that.’ And so it’s definitely reciprocal in terms of the learning and teaching.”Bera says seeing students progress from freshmen to seniors, not only in their art, but also in their aspirations, is what keeps him driven to teach,last_img read more

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Congress leader Jeevan Reddy approaches HC to stall demolition

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress Leader Jeevan Reddy on Monday approached the Telangana High Court seeking interim direction to the State government against demolition of Secretariat buildings. Jeevan Reddy, in his petition, alleged that the reason cited for demolition of buildings was “Vaastu” and it was not a valid ground. The petitioner prayed the court for immediat intervention to stall the government’s plan to demolish Secretariat buildings. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The petitioner first approached the court in the year 2016 against the demolition of Secretariat buildings and the then Advocate General submitted to the court that the government was not contemplating any such move. Jeevan Reddy knocked on the doors of the High Court once again as news about the State government deciding to demolish the Secretariat buildings was doing rounds. Advocate Satyam Reddy filed the petition on behalf of Jeevan Reddy. The court posted the matter to next Friday for hearing.last_img read more

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Officials role very critical to realising Bangaru Telangana

first_imgKhairatabad: The Minister for Agriculture, Co-operation, Marketing, Food & Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, S Niranjan Reddy, inaugurated the Second Foundation Course (FC) for Group-I officers of Telangana State, being conducted by Dr MCR HRD Institute on Tuesday. The FC is being attended by 59 Group-I Officers, including Probationary Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendents of Police, District Panchayat Officers, Mandal Parishad Development Officers and Assistant Audit Officers. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Niranjan Reddy, in his Inaugural Address, noted that merely a high-level of intelligence quotient (IQ) and a long list of academic degrees would not suffice for people to become good officers. Instead, the real pre-requisites for emerging as successful leaders are high emotional intelligence, learning continuously from their day-to-day experiences of life, understanding root causes of problems of people, and finding enduring solutions to them. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us The Minister said that even though the employees in the government sector constitute a tiny percentage, they, through continuous learning from multifarious sources and dedication to bring about a positive change, can transform the face of the Telangana State and thereby create multifarious developmental opportunities for people, including the weaker sections. Advertise With Us Niranjan Reddy said that while the movement for getting separate Telangana State was important in its own right, it was not the end in itself. “The struggle should continue unabated, with the same zeal, till the ultimate objectives of this movement, namely, “Neellu, Nidhulu, and Niyamakalu,” are achieved and the dream of “Bangaru Telanga” is fully realised. In this context, he stated that with a sense of pride that unlike other States, Telangana is extremely rich in terms of its human and physical resources and the government, through an array of innovative schemes in the domains of agriculture, services, and business, has been ensuring their optimum utilisation. He cited the example of Kaleshwaram Project which would not only give a big boost to agriculture but would also have great multiplier effect in terms of development of poultry, dairy, fisheries, etc. which will result in multifaceted development of the State. B P Acharya, Special Chief Secretary & Director-General of Dr MCR HRD Institute, explained how the knowledge gained in the FC would be of great help to the Group-I probationary officers in performing their duties in an effective fashion by going beyond their job charts. He stated that the FC would also expose them to the unique challenges of the new State of Telangana and their role in making it a model to be emulated by other States across the county. “While inputs will be provided in different subjects, the focus will be on enriching the people-related skills and Emotional Quotient of the Group–I Officers, which will go a long way in determining their ultimate success both on professional and personal fronts.” On the occasion, Niranjan Reddy released a ‘Handbook on RTI Act’ and also the ‘Course Manual for the FC.’ He presented mementos to eight Assistant Collectors under training allotted to Telangana State. Earlier, B Venkateswara Rao, the Additional DG of the HRD Institute, welcomed the gathering. Dr S M Nabi, the Course Director & Director (Training), proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Ravalapati Madhavi, the Couse Coordinator, conducted the proceedings of the inaugural function.last_img read more

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50000 illegal structures dot Vijayawada

first_imgAmaravati: Will the state government take up demolition of all illegal structures and give a new look to the city of Vijayawada? This is the issue that has become a major topic of debate everywhere whether it is social gatherings or political meetings. The firm affirmation by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at the collectors’ conference that his government was committed to demolish all illegal structures and set an example for future generations has raised this issue. Also Read – Students told to make Swatch Bharat a success: Collector Mohammad Imtiaz Advertise With Us The way the government pulled down Praja Vedika constructed by the previous government and the speed with which the authorities served notices to illegal constructions along the riverbed, including the rented house where the former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is staying has raised the curiosity among the people. According to estimates, there are nearly 50,000 illegal structures including houses, shops and business establishments in Vijayawada city and outskirts. While some are on canal bunds others are on hills and have been constructed decades back. It is said that two lakh people are living in these structures. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us In the past also the earlier governments had identified the structures as illegal and served notices. The Irrigation Department had issued notices to nearly 25,000 structures which were constructed on canal bunds. The rampant illegal structures are on the bunds of three canals Bandar canal, Eluru canal and Ryvas canal in the city limits. The encroachments are located on canal bunds from Vijayawada one town to Kankipadu, Ramavarapupadu and city outskirts. -P Nagasrinivaslast_img read more

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Congress is scoring selfgoals ex AICC legal cell head

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Congress’ decision to ask Sonia Gandhi to take over as interim president shows the “political leadership bankruptcy” in the party, said a former head of the AICC legal cell. Lalit Bhasin, President, The Bar Association of India, and former Chairman-AICC Legal Cell, in a statement said that Sonia Gandhi ought not to have accepted the request and instead should have “paved the way for someone else as committed and competent as herself to take over as the Congress President”. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us He termed the action of re-nominating Sonia Gandhi as Congress President a retrograde step. “No one doubts the competence, qualities and commitment of Sonia Gandhi who has led the party in the past with good results. However, the party, having taken the conscious decision to handover the presidentship to Rahul Gandhi two years ago, should not have re-appointed Sonia. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “After Rahul decided to step down and resign from the presidentship of the party, efforts ought to have been made to select a new face (there are many in the party). The new face could have been a veteran or a young leader,” he said. At Saturday’s Congress Working Committee meeting, Rahul Gandhi stuck to his decision to quit, after which the party asked Sonia Gandhi to take over as interim president.last_img read more

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Strong stench at the Taj Mahals toilets forces ASI to work out

first_imgAgra: Alarmed over a spate of complaints from tourists regarding stinking toilets in the Taj Mahal, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials on Wednesday worked out a truce with the sanitation workers on strike who returned to work to clean up the mess. After Tuesday’s downpour, the Taj Mahal looked dazzling white and the lawns were fresh with lush green grass cover. Visitors expressed satisfaction at the level of cleanliness. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us On Tuesday, around 30 ‘safari karamcharis’ hired by the Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) had gone on strike to demand disbursement of their salaries. Within a few hours, the whole area was filled with the stench causing uneasiness among the visitors who started complaining about this. The ASI deployed its own staff to help clean the toilets and clear the mess left unattended by the striking workers of the Bharat Vikas Group. BVG has been contracted by the ASI to clean and maintain public toilets in the Mughal monuments in Agra. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The employees of BVG on strike alleged they had not been paid their salaries for the past six months, and even after repeated reminders, no action had been initiated by the ASI. ASI officials said they had informed the headquarters in New Delhi and “some action was likely to happen soon.” The workers who were on strike levelled serious charges against the ASI and blamed the officials for dragging their case for long, showing hardly any sensitivity to their plight. Advertise With Us They alleged that the wife of one of the worker’s had died in hospital as her treatment was delayed for want of money. Meanwhile, Ved Gautam, a tourist guide at the Taj Mahal said: “The ASI should have made alternative arrangements or ensured the workers were paid. How can they take this problem so lightly? The holiday crowds are already here. It is, therefore, necessary that the basic infrastructural facilities be maintained in top condition. The ASI should also provide protection to visitors from stray animals, monkeys, dogs and buffaloes, seen going berserk so often,” Gautam added. Meanwhile, security arrangements were beefed up ahead of the Independence Day, both in the monuments and in the city, following intelligence inputs of violence. Senior officials, including the District Magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar, inspected the central jail where Kashmiri detainees had been shifted. The constant vigil was being kept at known flashpoints in the city, police officials said.last_img read more

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Meghan Markles scheme to separate herself from the Royal Family stopped by

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle’s schemes have been put to an end by the Queen. Reportedly The soon-to-be parents wanted to create their own “Sussex brand” that was completely independent from the Royal Family, according to online gossip magazine Page Six. A royal source told the Sunday Times: “They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no’. “They can’t just go off and do their own thing.”However, instead, the Sussexes’ will have their own separate offices away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but will still be under the Royal Family.It seems that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are trying to get out of the shadow of Kate Middleton and Prince William. It seems that the couple Sussex want to stand on their own two feet and not be tied to the Royal Family at all. But that seems like a ridiculous idea as their entire identity is crafted around the fact that they are part of the Royal Family. However, it doesn’t seem to be stoopping Meghan from trying.Apparently, the couple are planning to focus on their own causes and initiatives, seeking to diverge from the path of William and Kate. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt is being reported that the former Suits actress may turn to close friend Victoria Beckham for tips on how to make her philanthropy appealing for a wide audience. Apparently Meghan has also been seen sporting clothes from Victoria’s fashion line.Reportedly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also hired Hillary Clinton’s former campaign advisor Sara Latham to help the couple with their future initiatives. They sure do seem serious about splitting from the Royal Family.last_img read more

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