Cadillac XT5 Sport Package gets dark for a limited time in Chicago

first_img See All SUVs Luxury cars 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 Review • 2019 Cadillac XT4: Style, but not enough substance More about 2019 Cadillac XT4 Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies 72 Photos Enlarge ImageBorrowing a little bit of the Escalade’s fancy chrome isn’t a bad idea. Cadillac Despite being relatively new, the Cadillac XT5 already has two newer crossover siblings, the XT4 and the forthcoming XT6. So to keep up appearances, Cadillac has introduced a new limited-edition aesthetic package for its midsize SUV.Cadillac unveiled the 2019 XT5 Sport Package upgrade at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Established as an optional package on top of either the Luxury or Premium Luxury trims, the XT5 Sport Package gives the SUV a little extra edge without breaking the bank.The most obvious change on the XT5 Sport Package is its grille, which is clad in gloss black and surrounded by Galvano chrome, a special kind of chrome with a unique luster that was first seen on the current-gen Escalade. The exterior changes are capped off with LED headlights, clear taillight lenses, side steps and 20-inch aluminum wheels in a gray finish.Buyers will choose from two interior color schemes — black with aluminum trim, or white and black two-tone with the same aluminum trim. There’s also a set of sport pedals on offer. Otherwise, it’s the same ol’ interior, including Cadillac’s 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Under the hood is the 310-horsepower V6 that powers every XT5.The XT5 Sport Package is a $2,995 upgrade on the $49,490 Luxury trim, which includes standard equipment such as leather seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging and a bevy of safety systems. Move up to the $55,190 Premium Luxury trim, and the package costs $1,995. Standard kit on the Premium Luxury trim includes a 14-speaker Bose sound system, embedded navigation, ventilated front seats and interior accent lighting. 2020 Cadillac XT6: Caddy’s new three-row crossover is heavy on tech •center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chicago Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Share your voice 0 More From Roadshow reading • Cadillac XT5 Sport Package gets dark for a limited time in Chicago Preview • 2019 Cadillac XT4: Late to the party, but worth your attention Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tagslast_img read more

GoT Arya Stark dies in spoiler episode Maisie Williams slip of tongue

first_imgReutersEverything was going as planned inside NBC’s Studio 6-B, the audience was having a great time, the cameras had enough juice in their batteries, even Maisie Williams and Jimmy Fallon were having a good chat.As Arya Stark went on talking about her experience and moments from the sets of Game of Thrones, Jimmy constantly kept on teasing her to reveal some spoilers from the upcoming season of the hit HBO show.Maisie Williams finally gave in to Jimmy Fallon’s persuasion and since the folks at HBO had already warned the actors not to divulge anything, Maisie recalled how everyone was emotional when the shooting ended. But out of nowhere, Maisie accidentally revealed that Arya Stark would be dying in the second episode.On hearing Maisie Williams say that loud, there was a pin-drop silence inside Studio 6-B. The audience was in shock, even Jimmy Fallon could not believe his ears that Maisie Williams, who has not, for the past 10 years, revealed anything about the previous seasons just let slip a spoiler for one of the most important characters on the show.Though Jimmy did try to manage the situation by assuring Maisie they will edit that part out, Maisie could not stay calm. Her hand was shaking, her finger could clearly be seen shivering with fear, as she said, “They are gonna tweet.” Jimmy tried his best and started to shoot again but, Maisie was already terrified by the trouble that she had caused.She left the interview in the middle, leaving Jimmy all by himself, stunned without any idea what to do next. The audience can be heard trying to assure Maisie, that they will not post any spoilers or updates but, all those efforts were in vain as Maisie could not be found. She had left but did she leave the building?Jimmy decided to go check on her, so he pulled the blue curtains that lead backstage and from there Maisie came out shouting, ‘April Fools’!Guess, for a time we were really disappointed that Maisie would reveal such an important plot, but thank God, she did not reveal anything.last_img read more

Asia stocks advance dollar struggles on signs of more cautious Fed

first_imgA trader reacts as he watches screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Feb 5, 2018.Reuters file [Representational Image]Asian stocks advanced on Thursday, tracking a surge on Wall Street, after the chairman of the US Federal Reserve suggested it may nearing an end to its three-year rate tightening cycle, boosting interest in riskier assets.The dollar struggled and U.S. Treasury yields dipped after Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that US policy rates were “just below” neutral, less than two months after saying rates were probably “a long way” from that point.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.8 percent.The Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.2 percent, Australian stocks gained 0.5 percent and Japan’s Nikkei climbed 0.9 percent.However, gains in Asia were tempered by investor jitters ahead of high-stakes trade talks between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.Economists at ANZ pointed out that policy hawks in the Trump administration who want Washington to take a tough stance against Beijing appear to be in the ascendancy.”They will want some concessions from China, not least of all on what they perceive is theft of intellectual property and forced technology transfer,” wrote the ANZ economists.”Thus, it would seem the prospect of the Trump-Xi meeting ending without a sustainable resolution to their differences is relatively high.”Analysts believe any signs of a thaw in U.S.-China tensions could trigger a knee-jerk rally but say the move would likely be short-lived unless there are substantive compromise from both sides — most notably if Xi can persuade Trump to postpone a sharp tariff hike on Chinese goods due to take effect Jan. 1.The Dow meanwhile rallied 2.5 percent and Nasdaq surged nearly 3 percent on Wednesday as Powell’s comments eased fears of a faster pace of rate hikes in 2019. “Equities gained as Powell hinted of implementing fewer rate hikes when the economy is still doing well,” said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief forex strategist at Mizuho Securities in Tokyo.”The likelihood of slower U.S. monetary tightening caused the dollar to slump against currencies, particularly the euro, which could soon benefit from an ECB rate hike.”The euro was a shade higher at $1.1374 after advancing 0.7 percent the previous day.The dollar dipped 0.2 percent to 113.46 yen after being knocked down from a two-week high above 114.00 scaled overnight.The Australian dollar, sensitive to shifts in broader risk sentiment, jumped more than 1 percent on Wednesday and last stood little changed at 0.7302.The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was effectively flat at 96.805 following an overnight loss of 0.6 percent.The U.S. two-year Treasury yield extended a modest decline from the previous day following Powell’s comments. The yield was down about 1 basis point at 2.796 percent.Oil prices clawed back some ground from losses in the previous session, but an increase in U.S. crude inventories and uncertainty in the run to an OPEC meeting next week kept markets under pressure. US crude futures were up 0.8 percent at $50.66 per barrel after sliding 2.5 percent the previous day.Brent crude rose 0.6 percent to $59.13. It has slumped 21 percent this month, during which it fell to a 13-month trough of $58.41.last_img read more

Breakthrough in bringing back Bangabandhu murder convicts

first_imgDhaka has made certain breakthroughs in the process of bringing back death-row convicts of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case, law minister Anisul Huq has indicated.Diplomats in Washington said on Monday that the United States government has ‘some interest’ in extraditing AM Rashed Chowdhury, one of such convicts who is now living there under political asylum.The government of Bangladesh has started the communication process to bring back two more convicts after being certain that Shariful Haque Dalim is staying in Spain and Moslem Uddin in Germany.However, Canada, a country which opposes death penalty, refuses to hand over another convict in the Bangabandhu murder case – Noor Chowdhury.Dhaka does not know where two others – Khandaker Abdur Rashid and Abdul Mazed – are currently living, foreign ministry officials admit.The law minister told Prothom Alo earlier on 2 August that, “Death penalty has not been abolished in the US. So, the US has no point why AM Rashed Chowdhury shall not be extradited… What I can say is that there has been certain breakthroughs in the process.”On extradition of Noor Chowdhury from Canada, Anisul Huq, a lawyer by profession, said that they have continued discussions with Canada.Anisul Huq is the head of the taskforce the government earlier formed to bring back the convicts of the murder case of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was killed on 15 August 1975 in a coup d’etat.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, during his visit to US in February of 2015, requested Washington to extradite Rashed Chowdhury. Three months later, a US legal consultancy firm named Skadden LLP was hired to expedite the process of extradition of Rashed Chowdhury.Former president Barack Obama’s law consultant Gregory Craig, now representing the firm, is monitoring the case. He and his colleagues had held a series of meetings with the officials of US departments including the state department and the homeland security. The matter was brought to the attention of the then US attorney general Stuart Bruce.Following foreign minister Mahmood Ali’s request to the US law office last year for extraditing Rashed Chowdhury, Skadden LLP informed Dhaka that the US is positive about extraditing Rashed Chowdhury.In June 2007, the US government sent back another convict in the case KM Mohiuddin, who failed to get political asylum, and who had already been executed.When asked about progress in bringing back Moslem Uddin, Bangladesh ambassador to Berlin Imtiaz Ahmed declined to make any comment.Also, Bangladesh ambassador to Madrid, Hasan Mahmud Khandaker did not make any comment on Dalim’s stay in Spain.Both Germany and Spain have already abolished the death penalty as punitive measure for serious offence.Foreign ministry officials in Dhaka said  Canada has not yet completed the pre-risk removal assessment of possible extradition of Noor Chowdhury although the Canadian high court rejected his appeal for political asylum.A three-member Bangladesh delegation held discussion with Canadian authorities in April about forming a taskforce for bringing him back. The two sides may hold talks again in December.Abdur Rashid, a key convict, is believed to have been staying in Islamabad. Dhaka has sought information from Islamabad about his stay in Pakistan. No reply came in this regard till date.The government is yet to trace the whereabouts of Abdul Mazed.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency over attacks

first_imgSecurity personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony`s Shrine in Colombo on 23 April two days after the church was hit in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPSri Lanka on Tuesday imposed a state of emergency hours after the government blamed a local Islamist group for a series of suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 290 people, including dozens of foreigners.Twenty-four people have been arrested over the coordinated Easter Sunday assault on multiple churches and hotels in the capital Colombo and beyond, authorities said.The carnage — which also left some 500 people injured — was the worst atrocity since the South Asian country’s civil war ended a decade ago.The attacks were also the worst ever against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of the country’s population of 21 million.Investigators are now hunting for clues on whether the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) group received “international support”, said cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.The spokesman added that it was not possible for such “a small organisation” to carry out such well coordinated suicide strikes.The state of emergency, which gave police and the military special powers to counter militant strikes, came into force at midnight (1830 GMT Monday). Suspects can be detained without a court order.The country was already observing a second straight night-time curfew since the attacks.Officials are also investigating why more precautions were not taken after an April 11 warning from Sri Lanka’s police that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported the NTJ planned suicide attacks on churches.Senaratne said that warning was not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or other top ministers.”Intelligence sections have reported that there are international terror groups which are behind local terrorists,” President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said in a statement.Sirisena was due to meet with foreign diplomats on Tuesday “to seek international assistance to combat terrorism”, his office said.- Toll mounts, tensions high -Tensions remained high, with a bomb detonating as police prepared to defuse it near one of the targeted churches. Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.Police also found 87 bomb detonators at a Colombo bus station.The toll rose dramatically Monday to at least 290 dead.A police source told AFP that at least 37 foreigners were killed, while the tourism minister put that figure at 39 and the foreign ministry said there were 31 foreigners among the fatalities.That number was likely to shift again, as the United States reported at least four Americans killed — including a young student — and the Netherlands raised their toll to three.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.The death toll also included eight Britons, eight Indians and nationals from Turkey, Australia, France, Japan and Portugal, according to Sri Lankan officials and foreign governments.Several of those killed were dual nationals.The suicide bombers hit three Colombo luxury hotels popular with foreign tourists — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury — and three churches: two in the Colombo region and one in the eastern city of Batticaloa.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.Interpol said it was deploying investigators and specialists to Sri Lanka, and the US State Department warned of possible further attacks in a travel advisory.”This is America’s fight, too,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington.- Memories of civil war -Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.A memorial service and funeral were to be held Tuesday at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of Colombo, where more than 100 people were killed Sunday.Among the dead were friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church, there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies.”At a government morgue in Colombo, relatives endured the gruesome task of identifying their loved ones.Janaka Shaktivel, 28, father of an 18-month-old son, sat in shock outside the building waiting for the body of his wife to be handed over.He said he escaped the blast at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo because the baby had started crying and he had to go outside.”I recognised her body from the wedding ring that she always wore,” he said. “I have no words to explain my feelings.”Two leading Muslim groups issued statements condemning the attacks, with the All Ceylon Jamiyaathuul Ulama, a council of Muslim theologians, urging the “maximum punishment for everyone involved in these dastardly acts.”The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.last_img

Baltimore Bus Terminal Dedicated to Cummings

first_imgA new Greyhound bus terminal located at 2110 Haines St. in Baltimore was dedicated to Maryland’s 7th District Representative, Congressman Elijah Cummings, on May 9.The station, in downtown Baltimore, now bears Cummings name on the side of the building.“I am deeply humbled by this tremendous honor,” Congressman Cummings said at the ceremony. “This new bus terminal is a vital investment in Baltimore’s future and will serve our city’s residents and visitors for years to come. Baltimore’s federal, state and local officials must continue working in partnership with our business community to ensure that Baltimore residents will have reliable and affordable transit options.”Mayor Catherine Pugh and Bill Blankenship, Greyhound chief operating officer, were among those in attendance.last_img read more