Audi revises its flagship supercar R8

first_imgAudi has revised its flagship supercar, the R8, with a host of improvements plus the addition of a new top of the range R8 V10 plus model. According to Auto Express, the visual tweaks of the new car are minor, and include a redesigned bumpers front and rear, new LED headlights, a new rear diffuser, exhaust pipes and badging bearing a modified R8 logo.The new R8 comes in two solid colours, Ibis White and Brilliant Red, with four metallic and five pearl effect options. An additional matt effect colour is reportedly available exclusively for the R8 V10 plus. The side blades on the Coupe are offered in a choice of eight colours, while the Spyders soft top can be finished in either black, red or brown.The top model R8 V10 plus, which is available as a coupe only, gets a 542bhp version of the company’s 5.2-litre V10, making it 24bhp more powerful than the standard V10 model. The V10 plus features lightweight alloy wheels, reduced sound deadening and uprated suspension. Visually, the plus stands out from the standard V10 due to its carbonfibre front spoiler, carbon mirrors, air vents, a larger rear diffuser and black-finished exhaust pipes, while the interior comes with lightweight sports seats.Prices for the R8 V8 start at 91,575 for the coupe and 100,225 for the Spyder, while the V10 costs 112,675 and 121,325 respectively. The V10 Plus starts at 124,675 and the S Tronic box is a 2,900 option.The new car is likley to be showcased at the Paris Motor Show in September with UK sales starting before the end of this year.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

YouTube, WhatsApp, Robot 2.0, Priya Varrier: Things that were trending on Google Search in 2018

first_imgEvery year, Google releases a list of all the topics that were trending cross all genres. For 2018, the list of Google Search trends continues, consisting of all important as well as viral events that kept India searching on the world’s most popular search engine. The list goes on to reflect the most significant events in news, sports, events and other fields that were at the centre of everyone’s attention.To start with the most popular apps, Google has shared the list of all the apps that were trending high this year exclusively with India Today. As usual, YouTube and WhatsApp dominated the list as all-time favourite searches on Google. Instagram was the only social media app that kept gathering the interest of all users. Netflix went on to dominate the list in the online streaming space while Airtel TV did that for the conventional DTH platforms.And of course, when it comes to the most popular searches, how can the year’s most popular game – PUBG, be left behind? The online multiplayer game has been the most searched gaming title on Google , with the old-time champion Subway Surfers concluding the top 10 list. Other apps that were in the limelight included Club Factory, Social Add world and Drops.Coming to Google Search terms, football has gained a significant amount of attention this year, challenging India’s favourite sport Cricket. Search terms related to FIFA went up during the IPL season early this year. From children’s general entertainment channels sector, Baal Veer and Motu Patlu topped the search listings. Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth’s 2.0 also came up on top of the overall search list queries.advertisementIndia loves its celebrities and the trending search terms on Google demonstrated that well. Priya Prakash Varrier’s wink video went viral and has promoted her to the top of the lists for 2018. Priyanka Chopra’s wedding has been drawing lot of attention lately and her better half, Nick Jonas, secured a second place on the list of celebrities, while Priyanka herself settled for the fourth place, preceded by Sapna Choudhary’s third position. Since 2018 saw a host of celebrity weddings, Meghan Markle also featured amongst the top for the most searched celebrities.When it comes to movies, Robot 2.0 was the most trending name on Google Search, with other titles such as Tiger Zinda Hai, Baaghi 2 and Dhadak comprising of some of the most searched movies this year. From the Hollywood side, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther kept the hype going on. As for songs, Neha Kakkar’s Dilbar Dilbar and Arijit Singh’s Tera Fitoor remained in trends while 2017’s English hit Despacito led the chart for international tracks.Other topics that were trending highly on Google Search included the world’s largest statue, the Statue of Unity, unveiled in Gujarat earlier this year. Several news topics that shook the society out of its slumber such as case surrounding Section 377, the union budget, bitcoin and the Nipah virus, were some popular search trends on Google.Google is also the place to search for all the ‘How to..’, and ‘What is’ queries and for 2018, terms such as ‘What is the kiki challenge’ and ‘How to solve a Rubik’s cube’ were trending all time high throughout the year. The list of ‘Near me’ queries came up mostly for mobile stores, supermarkets, gas stations, and cash points. People also searched for jobs near them on Google considerably.ALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 vs Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Realme 2 Pro vs others: Specifications, Price and all you need to knowALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10+: Infinity-O display, six cameras and everything else we know so farALSO READ | OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition quick review: Some extra speed and a dash of orangelast_img read more

England can practise moving through World Cup gears against Tonga

first_img Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Rugby World Cup tactics: Nick Evans on how the leading nations will play Read more Hide Share on Facebook Tearful, nervous, excited: Jones shows emotions on eve of England’s kick-off Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Before they can focus too much on that however, the first 20 minutes will be vital. They must be professional in their approach and not get caught up in the emotion that will come with the occasion. What Tonga want is confrontation. Put simply they want to hit men. So if you’ve got an England pack just aimlessly carrying, that will feed Tongan energy. England just need to be smart in what they do and perhaps not have the ball for a little while. The one thing everyone is going to want to do is carry, make a mark but they need to be really professional and clinical about what they do.Tonga will want a high tempo game and will thrive off unstructured turnover ball. It may be a quick kick-off down the middle, they will be so ferocious at the ruck, or the 13 flying out of the line. England will be thinking: “Hang on a minute, we’ve not seen this in any video anywhere.” That’s what they are going to have to deal with. They need to take hold of the game, it might be a bit boring, and I know the crowd will be desperate to see tries but it’s not a problem if it’s three, six, nine to take the wind out of Tonga’s sails and make them chase the game. England cannot fall into the trap of thinking: “We’re going to go out and score four tries in the first 30 minutes and then look after ourselves.” Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp That is not to say England will not get anything out of the match but it is an acknowledgment that this is a slow-burning tournament for Eddie Jones’s side. And that will suit them perfectly. Compare England’s schedule, where they can ease their way through the gears, to what New Zealand and South Africa are facing. Both of those sides are being asked to peak in their first match of the World Cup, then simmer for a few weeks and try to hit those heights again. Mentally that is a really tough ask. It’s not hard to peak for game one because you’ve been in camp for three months but you’ll get to the quarter-finals after “fallow weeks” for matches they are expected to win comfortably and have to do so again.For England though, it is perfect. They can move through the first couple of gears in their opening two matches and then they are fully into it against Argentina and France when the shackles come off and the full playbook comes out. Of course they will have bespoke plays for each team but we will get more of an insight into what this England team is about in those last two pool matches – before that the DNA doesn’t change but the detail will.I also expect England to put themselves under a bit of pressure. In Ireland’s first warm-up match against Italy over the summer, they chose to play out of their 22 from every ball they received from the restart. They were effectively practising new ways of doing things. Ordinarily, every time someone kicks long to Ireland they set up a ruck and Conor Murray box-kicks, either out on the halfway line or contestable for his runners. But against Italy they did not do it once because it was a live opportunity to try new things. England are not going to do that against Argentina or France but in the first two matches I would not be surprised if they do. Rugby World Cup 2019 Show Read more • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Topics Rugby World Cup Support The Guardiancenter_img England rugby union team Share via Email England’s defence has looked impregnable in recent matches so in terms of tactics, I would favour an aerial assault, plenty of high balls and kicking long. Effectively saying to Tonga: “Just come at us.” Tonga will not want to defend for 20 plus phases, they don’t have the discipline or the fitness to do it. England do, they’ve got the power, the physicality and the discipline. So I would like to see Owen Farrell and George Ford keep kicking deep the ball into the Tonga half. I honestly think England will be happy to sit there, force the turnover and then spring into action on the back of it.The one thing you cannot do in rugby is get your energy from your attack as much as you do in defence. Tonga get theirs in attack, not in defence. If they turn the ball over they will not have that same energy to get back or discipline to defend for the amount of phases necessary to keep England out. The tries will come, in the Sapporo Dome the pitch will be perfect but England must show patience at first to achieve all their goals. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Sportblog Share on Pinterest England’s priorities against Tonga are simple. Four tries, maximum points, a clean bill of health and move on to Kobe. It may be the start of a World Cup campaign after three months building up to it but in reality it is an extension of their pre-season. No disrespect to Tonga but England will win the match. They are not looking to peak now and if the playbook was restricted in the warm-up matches it still will be on Sunday. Share on Twitter Tonga rugby union team Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Rugby union comment Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The Rooms at Walker Inn: Sleep at the Bar

first_imgThere’s a bar in Los Angeles’ Koreatown that is now encouraging you to spend the night. The Walker Inn used to be the cool bar behind The Normandie Club with the secret door, but now it’s the cool bar behind the The Normandie Club with a secret door that has guest rooms with epic mini-bars. The bar was already awesome before this addition. The Walker Inn only serves 26 people at a time, and while they’re pretty great about accommodating walk-ins, this is a reservation kind of place. They have two cocktail menus, one is full of the classics and the other is a tasting menu that rotates every six weeks, taking inspiration from seasonal ingredients or even pop culture. Did we mention the secret door?Conventionally situated in a hotel, Proprietors, LLC and 213 Hospitality, the group behind The Walker Inn bar, realized this location provided the perfect opportunity to give patrons a boozy, retro, unique place to sleep it off. Or, more aptly, keep drinking. These companies are full of people who love and respect good booze, so they’ve taken the concept of the mini-bar and elevated it.Each of the ten rooms has a different theme, some are more 1970s-retro with a turntable and records for your auditory pleasure, while others have that 1950s grandfather’s office look, complete with typewriter (feel free to commit your brilliant, drunken thoughts to paper). The rooms will seamlessly transport you back in time to different eras, but the magnificent in-room bar unites them all.All the liquor is top-shelf, selected by the knowledgeable bartenders, but you also have any tool you’d need: glasses, shaker, bar spoon, strainers, complementary citrus, and the option of fresh juices and syrups are available for purchase. Actually, all of it, including their tools and glasses, are available for purchase. You are also provided with pre-made cocktails, Elyx Spritz and the Normandie’s Bloody Mary. The Miller Hi-Life pony and ibuprofen are on the house.These are rooms made by cocktail lovers for cocktail lovers. You’re going to be hard pressed to find a cooler, more unique experience than a night at The Walker Inn.Rates for The Walker Inn range from $195-$265 and you can make a reservation here. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagslast_img read more

Klok Watches Are the Travel/Formal Combo You’ve Been Waiting For

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic You could say Rob Balukiewicz has had the entrepreneurial spirit his whole life.At age 6, he was employing his friends to sell toys his parents gave him. In high school, he bought almost-expired candy, then resold them to his peers. He also had a hand in a sports nutrition ventures in his early 20s that didn’t quite pan out.In June 2015, his next business found him.“After following a number of crowdsourcing projects, I pledged to a watch and it fell apart very quickly. I started looking into it and realized I was really just sucked into its marketing hype,” he says.The next 12 months were filled with research and cold calls as he sought to build a $500 watch at half the price. He ended up with Klok – a brand representative of his desire for “realistic quality” and a life spent embracing the outdoors.Throughout his childhood in the UK, Balukiewicz’s parents would take him on 5-6 week jaunts through Europe. He’d tackle all sorts of challenges including hiking the Tour de Mont Blanc through the Alps and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his father.“Adventure has always been intertwined with our lives,” he says.He finalized two distinct watch styles combining the needed style for everyday wear, while being built to withstand the rigors of trekking.They’re simply named “Klok I” and “Klok II.” I is more formal for a night out and II is minimalistic with two dial options.They each share the same set of components, something Balukiewicz spent a great deal of time sourcing. Swiss Rhonda quartz movements are hidden underneath sapphire crystal dials with mineral glass. It’s all wrapped in a package that has a 5 atm water resistance rating.The culmination of his work launches back where his original idea began: Kickstarter. The initial round of pledges will offer a watch at half price ($110 for a $220 timepiece). The discount will decrease as time goes on, but he expects to appeal to a variety of buyers.“I worked to price it so this could be the first quality watch someone buys,” he says. “I didn’t want to exclude anyone”.With an approachable design and ethos, it could be his first of many.You can back the project here.last_img read more

Special Meeting of the Cabinet Underway

first_imgThe three day Special Meeting of the Cabinet got underway at 11 o’clock this morning at Jamaica House. In attendance is the full complement of Cabinet Ministers along with several Technical Advisors as well as the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica and the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica. Among the matters before this Special Meeting are issues pertaining to the economy, preparations for the 2013/14 Budget and the negotiations currently underway with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for an Extended Fund Facility for Jamaica. The meeting continues tomorrow and Saturday.last_img read more

Large Containership Towing Capabilities Tested in San …

first_imgzoom The U.S Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel working in collaboration with CMA CGM, the third-largest shipping group, San Francisco Bar Pilots, Starlight Marine Services, Foss Maritime and AmNav, tested the Bay Area’s capability to tow ultra-large container ship during a drill Wednesday, May 21.The ship used for this drill was CMA CGM’s Centaurus, an 11400 TEU container ship measuring 365 meters, or approximately 1,200 feet.Centaurus is among the largest ships calling on California ports. The tugs that successfully took the ship under tow were Ahbra Franco of Starlight Marine, and Marshall Foss of Foss Maritime. They were assisted with control of the ship by Revolution, of AmNav.The towing drill tested the capability of the tugs which normally operate within San Francisco Bay to connect to and tow an ultra-large container ship in case of an emergency either in the Bay or in the approaches to San Francisco.The Coast Guard said that “by all accounts, the drill was a success which reinforced the maritime community’s confidence in its ability to avert disaster in a break-down scenario for a large ship.”The drill marks the first attempt to simulate emergency towing of a ship of this size in the United States. This collaborative effort was a learning experience for all of the entities involved, and builds on the knowledge gained during discussion-based exercises and planning over the past year.Coast Guard Sector San Francisco was involved in the drill throughout the planning stages, and provided the security necessary to ensure the tow could be conducted safely within the Bay.“The Coast Guard is excited to be a part of this successful groundbreaking drill,” said Capt. Gregory Stump, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco and Captain of The Port of San Francisco. “Ships calling on California ports continue to get larger, and we are working with our port partners to ensure we are ready to respond to an emergency.”USCG, May 23, 2014last_img read more

Scorpio Pens Loan to Finance Capesize Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Bulk transporter Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ABN Amro Bank N.V. and the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan facility of up to USD 234.9 million.Scorpio said that the loan will be used to finance up to 60% of the contract price of seven Capesize vessels currently under construction at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, China slated for delivery between Q1 2015 and Q2 2016.The terms and conditions of the loan facility, including covenants, will be similar to those in the Scorpio’s existing credit facilities and customary for financings of this type.Scorpio Bulkers currently owns two Kamsarmax vessels, time charters-in 22 dry bulk vessels and has contracted for 78 dry bulk vessels.The newbuilds comprise of 29 Ultramax, 21 Kamsarmax and 28 Capesize vessels and have been ordered from shipyards in Japan, South Korea, China and Romania.According to Scorpio, upon final delivery of all of the vessels, the owned fleet is expected to have a total carrying capacity of approximately 8.7 million deadweight tonnes.Press Releaselast_img read more

White Dog First Nation man on dialysis strike until band changes

first_imgAPTN National NewsA man on the White Dog First Nation in Ontario is on what he is calling a “dialysis strike” until his band changes the way it operates.Ricky MacDonald hasn’t eaten in more than a week either.MacDonald alleges his band is corrupt and is mismanaging the community.And he won’t go back on the life saving treatment until something changes.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson now with more.last_img

BC Government announces changes to hunting regulations

first_imgTaxidermists and tanners may still work on legally possessed grizzly bear parts that were harvested or collected before hunting of grizzly bear was closed or grizzly bear parts that were harvested or collected outside of British Columbia.The requirement for a hunter to collect edible portions will include taking neck and rib meat, in addition to the four quarters and loins.Also, the requirement to remove the edible portions will apply to the cougar, in addition to mule (black-tailed) deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer, moose, elk, mountain sheep, mountain goat, caribou, bison and black bear.While hunting, hunters will be required to carry the species’ licences obtained or held for the current licence year, including cancelled and uncancelled licences, and produce these licences upon request of a conservation officer. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is amending Wildlife Act regulations to enforce the closure on the grizzly bear hunt, increase the amount of meat a hunter retrieves from big game species and require hunters to carry all their species licences during a hunting trip.The changes come into effect April 1, 2018.To help enforce the ban on all grizzly bear hunting, taxidermists and tanners will be required to report information about any grizzly bears or grizzly bear parts brought to them. Mandatory components of the report include evidence establishing legal possession, such as a licence or permit. Failure of a taxidermist or tanner to submit a report within 10 days of acquiring any grizzly bear parts will result in a violation ticket of $230.last_img read more

Nepal top UN official urges restraint following prepoll killings

In a statement issued today in Kathmandu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Nepal, Ian Martin, said he was “deeply shocked” by the deaths.At least six members of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) were killed and several others injured as a result of firing by security personnel in Dang district. The second incident involved the shooting death of Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) candidate Rishi Prasad Sharma.“All parties should exercise restraint and avoid provocations of one another, including detention of party workers,” said Mr. Martin.Voicing his deep concern about the violence ahead of Thursday’s polls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties “to remain calm while cooperating to allow this election to take place in a peaceful atmosphere.“The Nepalese have worked hard to reach this historic moment and deserve a credible ballot to cement democracy in Nepal,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.A team from the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) is already on the scene investigating the events in Dang, while another is travelling to the site of Mr. Sharma’s killing. The Mission is coordinating its probe with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and with the newly-formed Peace and Conflict Management Committee. Once elected, Assembly members are tasked with drafting a new constitution in Nepal, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Governments and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. 9 April 2008The top United Nations official in Nepal has called on all parties to exercise restraint after at least seven people died in two separate incidents on the eve of Constituent Assembly elections in the South Asian nation. read more

Japan to take in Myanmar refugees under pilot resettlement project – UN

19 December 2008The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Japan’s decision to introduce a pilot resettlement programme to accept Myanmar refugees in Thailand starting in 2010, making it the first country in the region to launch such an initiative. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, who just wrapped up a two-day visit to Japan, welcomed the announcement as a historic step that reaffirms the country’s leadership role in the humanitarian arena.“Quality comes before quantity. Success is essential,” he said of the pilot programme. “I am glad that Japan is starting with a small programme. As such, I am confident that the pilot project will develop and expand into a regular and large programme.” While in Tokyo, Mr. Guterres thanked the Japanese Government for its many years of support and continued commitment to UNHCR. In 2008, Japan contributed more than $110 million to the agency’s programmes worldwide. read more

Lower gas prices fuel SUV pickup sales for a strong October for

by Tom Krisher And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2014 7:02 am MDT Lower gas prices fuel SUV, pickup sales for a strong October for the US auto industry AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Falling gas prices improved buyers’ moods and boosted sales of SUVs and trucks in October.GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda all reported sales gains last month. Only Ford’s sales fell 2 per cent as it cut back on F-Series pickup sales ahead of the launch of a new F-150 later this year.Analysts expected industry sales to rise 6 per cent over last October.The national average price of gasoline fell 33 cents to end October at $3 a gallon, according to AAA. Gasoline is now the cheapest it has been in four years, and the decline accelerated a trend toward SUVs and trucks that has been going on all year.“Gas prices coming down added a little bit of fuel to the fire, but that fire was already roaring,” said Alec Gutierrez, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book.Small SUVs have been the fastest growing segment in the U.S. this year, and now make up one out of every four vehicles sold, says Jesse Toprak, the chief sales analyst for the car buying site gas prices fueled sales of bigger SUVs. Kelley Blue Book saw renewed interested in the mammoth Hummer H1 last month, for example. Sales of the recently redesigned Lincoln Navigator eight-passenger SUV jumped 38 per cent, while Chevrolet Tahoe sales rose 6 per cent.Gas prices also convinced small business owners to go ahead and buy pickup trucks, Toprak said. GMC Sierra sales jumped 12.5 per cent in October. Ram pickup sales were up 33 per cent.Fuel economy is no longer top of mind for most buyers, according to annual survey taken by J.D. Power and Associates in June. Last year it ranked No. 3 on the list of reasons why people buy cars. This year it dropped to No. 6 behind reliability, styling, brand preference, ride and handling, reputation and price.As a result, hybrid sales are suffering. Sales of Ford’s C-Max hybrid dropped 22.5 per cent in October, while Toyota Prius sales were down 13.5 per cent.But sales of some small cars rose. Lower gas prices can help first-time buyers and others feel comfortable enough to buy a new car. Sales of the newly redesigned Honda Fit subcompact were up 83 per cent in October, for example, while sales of the Nissan Sentra small car rose 56 per cent.“Lower gas prices are actually a tide that floats all ships,” said Jessica Caldwell, a senior analyst with the car buying site Motors’ overall U.S. sales rose just 0.2 per cent to 226,819. Chevy Cruze compact car sales were up 51 per cent, largely due to increases in fleet sales to governments and rental car companies.Ford’s car sales declined 11.5 per cent to 188,654, but Escape SUV sales rose 12 per cent. Chrysler said its U.S. sales rose 22 per cent to 170,480 for its best October since 2001. The red-hot Jeep brand led the way with a 52 per cent increase over a year ago.Toyota said it set an SUV sales record in October thanks to a 22-per cent gain for its RAV4 small SUV, and a 30-per cent jump in sales of the Highlander mid-size SUV. Toyota’s sales were up 7 per cent overall.Nissan, Honda and Subaru all reported their best October sales ever, fueled by demand for their small SUVs. Nissan sales were up 13 per cent to 103,000, with the Frontier small pickup chalking up a 25-per cent gain. Honda’s sales rose nearly 6 per cent to 121,172, with a 30-per cent gain for the CR-V small SUV. Subaru’s sales jumped 25 per cent to 43,012. Sales of the Outback small SUV rose 55 per cent.Hyundai’s sales dropped 6.5 per cent. While sales of its Tucson SUV rose 44 per cent, that wasn’t enough to offset sagging sales of its Sonata and Elantra sedans.Sales should remain strong through November and December and close out the year at 16.5 million, up 6 per cent from 2013, Toprak says. He says buyers should look for big discounts in small cars as well as full-size trucks and SUVs for the remainder of the year.“At the moment, the picture is rosy. Sales are doing well, incentive levels appear to be higher but still in check,” Toprak said. “Things are in a pretty healthy balance in the industry.” read more

South Sudan Bureaucratic obstacles hindering relief work must stop says senior UN

“Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan are striving every day to save lives and alleviate suffering across this country,” said Eugene Owusu, Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan in a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Yet, they continue to face obstacles and challenges which hamper their efforts. This must stop.” According to OCHA, some 91 humanitarian access incidents were recorded from 1 to 28 November. Of these, 64 incidents (little more than 70 per cent) involved violence against humanitarian personnel or assets. Another 18 incidents (about 20 per cent) involved interference in humanitarian action, including interference in administrative matters, illegal or arbitrary taxation, and expulsion of staff.Humanitarian organizations are striving every day to save lives and alleviate suffering across South Sudan but they continue to face obstacles and challenges which hamper their efforts. Also in November, relief workers were denied access to areas outside of Yei in Central Equatoria and Wau in Western Bahr El Ghazal, where tens of thousands of people are in need of assistance and protection. The UN humanitarian arm further reported that needs in the country continue to rise due to the conflict and economic decline. It is estimated that about three million people have been displaced, of which more than 1.1 million people have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees, since fighting first broke out in December 2013. Further in the release, Mr. Owusu also noted steps taken by the Government to address the access challenges, including the establishment of a high-level humanitarian oversight committee. He, however, added that the recent incidents were a “major challenge” and that the commitments needed to be translated into “real, tangible and immediate improvements in the operating environment for aid workers on the front-lines of humanitarian action.” read more

More EuroNCAP stars – in a reasonably priced car

More new models also come with the latest electronic stability and traction control systems. Figures from Bosch, supplier of ESP, suggest that 29 per cent of new cars sold in the UK are now fitted with its system, up from 20 per cent in 2003. 5-star occupant rating 6 41 1 39 3-star pedestrian rating Zero (19 models 4-star rated) On greater consumer awareness of active safety systems, director of road safety charity, RoadSafe, Adrian Walsh said, ‘Those involved in road safety recognise the significant benefits of active safety in reducing road casualties, so we welcome moves by EuroNCAP to raise awareness of these crash avoidance technologies. It is a simple fact that, whether investment is made in better roads, driver education or vehicle design, an accident prevented is the best form of protection for all road users.’ As well as limiting the effect of an impact on occupants and pedestrians, manufacturers are increasingly investing in accident prevention technologies. For example, from July 2004 all new volume production cars have been fitted with ABS as standard, a voluntary move by car makers. He added, ‘Given that up to a quarter of all crashes involve someone at work, RoadSafe calls on company directors to take a lead and ensure they supply modern cars fitted with active safety systems for their employees.’ 23 (12 models 4-star rated) Latest EuroNCAP crash tests show huge improvements in new car safety, in just five years. Independent tests revealed better scores on occupant and pedestrian protection measures, despite the introduction of more stringent tests in 2002. Improved safety has not come at a price though, as the average new car is now around 10 per cent cheaper than it was in 1998*. EuroNCAP scores – 2004/2005 crash test scores 1. RoadSafe is a road safety partnership of leading companies in the motor and transport industries in Britain, government and road safety professionals. It aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by road accidents and promote safer driving. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘Better crash test scores demonstrate our commitment to safety and should give new car buyers greater peace of mind. However, it is in accident avoidance technology – sometimes called active safety systems – where the industry is moving forward quietly but with determined resolve to drive down deaths and injuries on UK roads.’ No of models tested 1999/2000 crash test scores Notes: * On 22 June 2005 What Car? revealed that, on average, new car prices have fallen by 10 per cent in seven years, based on the What Car? Price Index. The magazine suggested that ‘sharp competition and keen discounts have slashed the cost of a typical new car by a 10th – despite inflation rising by 17.5 per cent between June 1998 and June 2005′. read more

Clark College faculty pushing for pay bump

first_imgBargaining over Clark College faculty members’ next work contract is off to a rocky start.Union leaders say top administrators have given instructors the cold shoulder; officials say the union must face cold, hard reality.The faculty union, about 300 members strong, has pressed for what it calls a modest Clark contribution to allow the first salary-grid step increase in three years.In that time, Washington hasn’t funded cost-of-living-adjustments for Clark’s teachers.President Bob Knight and his cabinet, wary of new budget cuts as lawmakers wrestle with a soaring, multibillion-dollar state deficit, say there’s no sustainable cash flow to afford the step increase, however. A new labor agreement would cover all the approximate 900 instructors employed by Clark, nearly 700 of whom are part-time, or adjunct, instructors.It’s a familiar skirmish — one that drew more than 40 faculty members to Clark’s most recent board of trustees meeting, with some holding placards to voice frustration. Their complaint: “$0 for faculty” pay sweeteners — the administration’s stance so far — is unjust.But, what makes this squabble different is that, unlike struggling private firms and revenue-starved local or state agencies, business has boomed for Clark College during the recession.Clark’s student head count has surged about 50 percent to more than 16,000 just since 2007.While officials note the state chronically underpays the college’s per-student share, a heap of “excess tuition” dollars has come Clark’s way as tuition rates were raised 14.4 percent since 2008, a change approved by legislators.last_img read more

iOS 13s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contact

first_img • Apple’s FaceTime video chats might feel more real soon. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s third iOS 13 developer beta adds a FaceTime feature that’ll fake eye contact during video calls, according to app designer Mike Rundle. Toggling the FaceTime Attention Correction setting makes it look like you’re looking directly into the camera, even though you’re really looking at the screen and the person you’re talking to.Rundle apparently tested the feature with podcaster Will Sigmon, who noted that it’s only working on the iPhone XS, XS Max and “maybe” the cheaper XR. The 2017 iPhone X apparently doesn’t support the feature. You’ve probably been unnerved by the fact that the person you’re talking to during FaceTime video calls always seems to be looking down slightly, since they’re looking at the image of you on screen rather than at their camera. We don’t know what trickery Apple is using for the Attention Correction feature, but it sounds pretty impressive.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.If you’re looking for iOS 13 features to try right now, Apple added some nice Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts too.First published at 4:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:48 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Now playing: Watch this: iOS 13 beta: Install at your own risk iOS 13 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Apple Tags Mobile Internet Services Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Guys – “FaceTime Attention Correction” in iOS 13 beta 3 is wild.Here are some comparison photos featuring @flyosity:— Will Sigmon (@WSig) July 2, 2019 3:53 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • iOS 13’s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contactlast_img read more

BC women lay siege to Samkshema Bhavan

first_imgMasab Tank: A large number of BC women laid siege to Telugu Samkshema Bhavan condemning delay in sanctioning of BC subsidy loans on Friday. The protest was organised by BC Welfare Association.Speaking to media during the protest, R Krishnaiah, president of BC Welfare Association, alleged that 5.77 lakh BCs have applied for BC subsidy loans for last three years, but government has failed to sanction loan to single applicant. Denouncing the government apathy, he said that while the state government has crores of rupees for spending on constructing new assembly and secretariat buildings, it is not coming forward to give subsidy loans to poor BCs. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Most of the loan applicants have applied loans under self-employment schemes for starting small businesses such as xerox centres, beauty parlours, cloth stores, kiran stores and vegetable stores, he said. While Rs 5,000 crore were allocated to 12 BC caste federations, only Rs 210 crore have been spent so far, Krishnaiah said. He demanded the government to call a meeting with bankers and instruct them to give loans to BCs. BC leaders Gujja Krishna, Jayanthi, Nanda Gopal, Narsimha Naik, Satish, Naresh, Kumar, Mahender Goud and others participated in the protest.last_img read more

Donald Trump Enters Indian Real Estate Market

first_imgAmerica’s real estate mogul Donald Trump announced the entry of his company into the Indian market.Trump Towers Pune will be a pair of 22 storeyed luxurious residential towers located in an up-scale locality of Pune. The structure will be built by Panchshil Realty developer.”We are thrilled to announce Trump Towers Pune. It will be an amazing building in one of the hottest locations in India. The developers, Panchshil Realty, are a great team of professionals who plan to deliver a product unlike anything else in the region,” said Donald Trump. Trump Towers PuneTwin Towers Pune is a pair of sleek modern towers that ‘redefine the Pune skyline’. It is spread on a 2.5-acre site with 44 luxurious condominiums across two towers of 22 storeys each. Each floor houses one apartment of approximately 6000 sqft with five bedrooms. With approvals ready and construction already underway, Trump Towers Pune is expected to be completed by 2015. The project was first talked about in August last year, when Panchshil Realty announced the news.The project will mark the entry of the Trump brand in India. Trump announced the news on the micro-blogging website Twitter yesterday.Trump Organization’s first project in India, Trump Towers Pune, will epitomize inspired living and timeless elegance Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2013The companies have not announced the cost of each condominium yet. Trump Towers Pune will also have an exclusive fitness center by Bollywood actor and model John Abraham.There will also be an art gallery which will exclusively showcase contemporary art, private collections of various artists and an exquisite jewellery collection to epitomise luxury for the residents.last_img read more