This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 SAO PAULO (AP) — In Rio de Janeiro, bold swimmers have been discouraged from diving into the cold ocean, while Sao Paulo authorities had to open up subway stations to accommodate homeless people as Brazil's south experienced unusually low temperatures on Friday. Temperatures on Friday morning dropped below 23 Fahrenheit (-5 Celsius) in Santa Catarina state, covering several municipalities with a thin layer of snow. Earlier this week a fierce hailstorm scared residents of Rio's west zone. For many Brazilians, accustomed to more clement weather in the tropical South American country, such events are considered extreme. Earlier this week, authorities in Rio Grande do Sul, canceled soccer matches, closed public buildings early and suspended classes in schools and universities due to fears of major disruptions. There, nearly 182,000 homes were left without … [Read more...] about Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo hit by cold wave
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A new congressional map drawn by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' staff that could diminish the state's Black representation in Washington was reinstated by an appeals court Friday, a week after a lower court judge said the map was unconstitutional. The 1st District Court of appeals ruled Judge Layne Smith erred when he ordered a replacement map be used for the 2022 election. The latest order means the governor's map is reinstated pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the map. While the appeals court didn't address the constitutionality of the map, it did cite “the need for certainty and continuity as election season approaches.” The ruling comes as the state gets closer to the June 13 to 17 qualifying period for federal office. The DeSantis map would likely boost the number of Florida seats held by Republicans, while also making it difficult for Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson to maintain his seat in a north Florida … [Read more...] about Florida appeals court reinstates DeSantis congressional map
Indian auto parts maker Sona BLW Precision Forgings expects two-thirds of its revenues to come from electric vehicle (EV) components over the next few years, as automakers rush to build more clean cars, its chairman told Reuters. Sona BLW, which produces drivetrain components such motors and gears, will invest about $130 million over the next three years towards its electrification push, Sunjay Kapur said in a recent interview. With carmakers investing billions of dollars to build EVs, auto part suppliers are also diversifying their business towards new and clean technologies and moving away from gasoline-reliant supply chains. "All our new investments will go towards electrification," Kapur said, adding that the bulk of Sona's order book of $2.4 billion over the next few years is for EV components. Sona BLW started investing in EV parts in 2015 and mainly supplies them to carmakers in North America, Europe and China. It has entered into partnerships with global companies to … [Read more...] about Indian Auto Parts Supplier Sona BLW Bets On Global EV Push
The "Refuge" in Anvil Bar & Refuge has branched out into its own bar. After a second go at his sexy, old-world bar Tongue Cut Sparrow, which moved from downtown to Montrose during the pandemic, Houston cocktail pro Bobby Heugel nixed the concept altogether to make room for an entirely new one. Refuge, a distinct and unique cocktail den that opened this week, joins Anvil on the lower Westheimer curve, situated discreetly around the corner. The Refuge space—also once home to Heugel’s Penny Quarter, which closed during the pandemic—has been completely transformed, allowing him to build out the bar on the second floor of the building where he first launched Anvil in 2009. "Anvil was built for Houston," said Heugel, recounting how the more than a decade-old concept served as a pioneer for cocktail bars of its style in the city. "Refuge feels like a bar you might find in a different city." From the impressive glassware collection sourced by Heugel himself over the last two … [Read more...] about How is Bobby Heugel’s new bar Refuge different than Anvil? We investigate.
(BPT) - Dealing with a spinal cord injury is devastating. Facing isolation and lack of information makes an already difficult situation even more challenging. Fortunately, one organization is striving to make a difference by providing free resources to help individuals and their families navigate living with paralysis. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) was conceived by the late Dana Reeve after she faced a black hole of information when her husband, actor Christopher Reeve, sustained a spinal cord injury after an equestrian accident. "When Chris was first injured, there was very little out there that we could turn to," Dana said in 2005. "It didn't seem like there was one place where we could call and ask five different questions that seemingly had nothing to do with one another." The NPRC is the only national program that directly serves the 5.4 million Americans living with multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral … [Read more...] about The National Paralysis Resource Center celebrates 20 years of providing life-changing resources