Advertisement AdvertisementThe score may have been 1-1, but Liverpool and Chelsea put on a clinicThis weekend saw the second Chelsea vs Liverpool clash in a span of three days where Liverpool salvaged a draw in the 89th minute on a night where both Chelsea and Liverpool displayed an attacking masterclass.Image: Sarri and Klopp exchanging compliments. Source : GiveMeSportIt was a game both teams felt that they could have won. Offensive movements of both sets of players showed that both Sarri and Klopp’s style of play and dynamics are top drawer. This showpiece Premier League encounter was a treat for the neutrals. To put it simply, it was an end to end football.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah launched a handful of threats for around 20 minutes but it was Chelsea’s intricate build-up play that took the Blues 1-0 up. ‘Sarriball’ was in full-flight as Kovacic released the red-hot Hazard who went all the way to beat Allison and tuck it in the bottom corner with his left foot.Matters grew frustrating for the Merseyside club as they almost equalized on numerous occasions. Salah went around the keeper only to have his shot saved on the goal line by Rudiger. In the second half, the most expensive keeper in the world Kepa Arrizabalaga came alive to deny Liverpool and Salah by making a brilliant save.The last quarter of the game proved to be eventful. Shaqiri replaced Mo Salah only to have a disappointing performance rounded off by a missed tap-in right in front of an open Chelsea goal after a classy grounded cross by Robertson. However, emotions were turned around after Daniel Sturridge came on from the bench to score a 25-yard scorcher. He took a touch at the middle of the park, looked up and swept a nonchalant curling shot that flew over Kepa and into the far top corner.Catch the highlights here :
The warm chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, is seemingly set to blow in a job windfall for tens of thousands of skilled but unemployed Indians. Going by the buzz in top government circles, particularly in the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry, about one lakh Indian youths are set to board planes to Tokyo in phases to be part of the skilled workforce for the 2020 Olympic Games.Japan’s barriers to foreign labour are falling by the wayside as preparations for the mega sports event threaten to exacerbate the worst shortage of construction workers in almost 20 years. So, to start with, a group of 10,000 young workers from India will arrive in Tokyo soon under the Skill Development Ministry’s Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) with Japan’s International Training Cooperation Organisation (JITCO). Subsequently, more batches would be sent as per the demand raised by Japanese companies and receiving organisations in Tokyo, said a senior Skill Development Ministry official.WHAT’S IN STORE FOR INDIANSApart from the Olympics, many Indian youths may get a chance to work in the bullet train factories and on construction sites as well as management of high-speed corridors. The same workforce when back in India, can be accommodated on key Japanese projects here, assuring them a stable job and income based on their skills and exposure gained. With Japan largely having an ageing population, there is a huge requirement to handle jobs in key sectors in the run-up to the Olympics.Also read: Japan to set up skill development institutes in Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan advertisementAlso read: India to buy rescue aircraft from Japan for $1.5 billion JAPAN LOST PEOPLE DUE TO CALAMITIESPart of the problem relates to the workforce, which fell as Japan lost nearly a million people between its 2010 and 2015 national censuses. The population now stands at about 127 million people. China had to train its youth for three years to learn English and handle tourists and visitors for the 2008 Beijing Games.Japan wants to be prepared with its best skills at hand and on time, a characteristic of the country. Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy sees the joint initiative as a game-changer. “The Prime Minister’s dream to make India skilled at par with global standards is set to take wings with our youth getting the best of opportunities to convert their training into jobs in foreign land like that of Japan and enhance their skills to earn a modest living,” he said.THE PERFECTIONIST WORK CULTUREAlso read: Poor supervision behind rising Olympics 2020 costs: Tokyo panel head “It is a golden opportunity for our youth to enhance their skills and work in high-technology-enabled environments under this initiative between the two nations.” The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as a sending organisation is working closely with the ministry to facilitate and ensure the success of the programme to make India’s youth globally employable. Sources added the initiative has just begun and will be on for some years under the Indo-Japan sustained economic cooperation programme. Mail Today has learnt that Japan was not “happy with the workforce it was getting from SAARC countries and Southeast Asia”.India was sounded off about the demand and ministries like Skills, Labour and Commerce latched on to this opportunity to take the mission to a new level – training and jobs in a foreign country. Since Shinzo Abe came to power at the end of 2012, the number of foreigners living in Japan has risen by almost 10% to 2.2 million, with the number of “technical interns” rising 27% and the number of foreign students up 36%. However, the Skills Ministry has specifically directed to go for skilled and educated workforce to deliver on the Japanese “perfectionist work culture”‘ demands so that more and more workers continue to reach Tokyo over the next few years.
Mumbai, Apr 24 (PTI) Private sector non-life insurer Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has launched domestic travel insurance plan, Bharat Bhraman, for travels outside as well as within a city. The policy offers mandatory personal accident (PA) cover for all public as well as private modes of transport such as bus, train, flight, taxi, cab service by e-commerce aggregators, personal car, two-wheeler or even bicycle. The sum insured ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh. Minimum premium for an annual plan with mandatory PA cover of Rs 50,000 and all add-ons including adventure sports cover will cost Rs 2,078 while the maximum premium in case the customer opts for PA cover of Rs 10 lakh with all add-ons except adventure sports will be Rs 3,365. The premium for a per trip plan will cost less than Rs 5 while for a 1-2 day travel the premium will be in the range of Rs 20-Rs 50 depending on the add-on covers opted by customers. “Bharat Brahman offers customers a wide range of customisable covers at an extremely affordable price and covers every possible mode of transport,” Tapan Singhel, managing director and chief executive, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance said. An individual can take cover for a particular mode of transport or multiple modes of transport and can also choose the tenure which could be for a trip, for a single day or multiple number of days depending upon the length of travel. Alternatively frequent travellers can opt for an annual cover. Apart from the mandatory personal accident cover, the policy also offers 17 optional covers which includes adventure sports cover, home burglary cover, trip cancellation or curtailment cover. Besides, the policy also includes features like missed connection or loss of baggage. PTI KD KRKadvertisement
Manchester United held on for a goalless draw in a feisty derby with Manchester City after midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.The Belgian was dismissed when, moments after being booked for a foul on Sergio Aguero, he tripped the Argentine and then, in clear view of referee Martin Atkinson, confronted him by pushing his forehead towards the City forward who fell.City, who dominated most of the game, thought they had a late winner when Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, on as a late substitute for his first appearance since being injured in February, headed home from close range but was offside.The result leaves City in fourth place, still a point – and a place – ahead of their local rivals in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League qualifying spot, and extends United’s unbeaten run to 24 league games.It was a frantic end to what had been a disappointing derby with injury-ravaged United largely restricted to trying to limit City’s forward movement and Pep Guardiola’s team unable to turn dominance with the ball into clear-cut opportunities.The best chance for the home side came early. Striker Aguero, a pre-match injury doubt, should have opened the scoring in the ninth minute, missing a great chance when he turned a low Kevin De Bruyne cross against the post from close range.City were on top in midfield but defensive frailties, which have hampered them this season, were evident in the 25th when Claudio Bravo flapped at a cross, palming the ball into the path of Henrikh Mkhitaryan before keeping out the Armenian’s shot.advertisementHOME PRESSUREThe home pressure increased as the half progressed. De Bruyne’s low shot was pushed away by David De Gea at the near post, Aguero forced a fine save from the Spaniard and Raheem Sterling blasted hurriedly over from a promising position.United should, however, have reached halftime with the lead after City’s defence somehow left Ander Herrera unmarked as Marcus Rashford whipped in a free-kick from the left but the Spanish midfielder could not get his header on target.City remained on top after the break, attacking and shooting on sight, with the effervescent De Bruyne finding the side-netting with a low angled strike in the 58th minute.Guardiola was forced to change his goalkeeper in the 80th minute when Bravo pulled up with a calf injury and was carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Willy Caballero.Then came Fellaini’s minute of madness, as he lost his cool and left the referee with no alternative but to send him off.Sensing the chance of a late winner against 10-man United, Guardiola brought on Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who has not played since breaking a metatarsal in his foot against Bournemouth on Feb. 13.The move almost paid off when Jesus, who had been roared onto the field, superbly angled a header past De Gea from an Aguero cross and raced off in celebration.But the effort was rightly ruled out for offside, leaving City frustrated and United a little relieved.
Cristiano Ronaldo recently surprised everyone after he joined the Italian club Juventus after nine successful years at Real Madrid.The deal was finalised after Juventus agreed to pay £99 million transfer fee to the reigning European Champions. Ronaldo will also earn £500,000-a-week wages while playing for the Serie A winners.According to reports, the deal between Ronaldo and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli was worked out at the Costa Navarino resort in the Pelopnnese region of Greece. It was where Ronaldo went to holiday after Portugal crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Before leaving for his unveiling in Italy, Ronaldo left a tip of £17,850 (Rs 1601680.5) for the staff, according to The Sun.Lovely moments! pic.twitter.com/oliOiB2xWeCristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 12, 2018The former Manchester United player, who was clearly quite impressed with the staff’s service, also asked the hotel management to share the tip equally among all the workers.Meanwhile, Ronaldo has said that he’s ready for a new chapter in his life after leaving Real Madrid. He won three consecutive Champions League title with the Spanish club.”My story at Real was brilliant and I thank the fans. But now I want to dedicate myself to this new phase of my life. I can’t wait to play. I am very motivated and I want to show that I am a player of the highest level. I want to leave my mark on Juve’s history. I am very happy for this challenge,” Ronaldo said.”Juventus is one of the best clubs in the world, it was a long-thought out move, but it was an easy decision to join the best club in Italy and a very important step for my career. “I’ve already met Allegri and I’ll start training on the 30th. I want to play on the first matchday of Serie A,” Ronaldo saidRonaldo scored 451 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid and also won two La Liga titles with them.
Share on Pinterest Pinterest Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn There has been a lot of talk about high tackles this tournament. I’ve also talked incessantly over the past few years about the abhorrence the breakdown has become. Scotland lost one of their own, Hamish Watson, as a result of one of those careless and illegal clear‑outs in the pool matches and he was missed last weekend.In Yokohama there were hardly any high shots and very few horizontal Japanese players off their feet at rucks. Why? Because of their alignment in their structures and their application to working hard at their basics. If you are collectively quick of thought, and clearly know your roles, you can react quicker, better and more skilfully. Watch the Japanese first phase – they were so good that they didn’t need to use blunt force to clear a defender because they got to the ruck so quickly and the ball was gone so rapidly.This Japan team show us the blueprint of what is possible and that the laws do not need to be ignored to play the modern game. Alain Rolland and World Rugby take note. Stop allowing sloppy technique. You’ve clamped down on the high tackle; now, after this World Cup, do the same for the breakdown. It will lead to smarter training across the game as technique and speed is honed, not heavy weights harnessed and hits heightened.The question now is can the first Asian side to make the knockout stage go any further when they face the very good South Africans, who beat them in Tokyo 41-7 in their last warm-up game, and are a team many class as one of the favourites to win the whole thing.It was hard to gauge real form from those pre-tournament match‑ups but the Boks were direct and uncompromising against Japan. For the home heroes to get into the final four they will have to pump that accelerator a little more and for a little longer. Japan rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Rugby World Cup 2019 South Africa pulled apart the Japanese lineout last time and also went to the sky to pepper the back three and test their aerial and kicking skills. They didn’t pass those tests with flying colours and it is very likely Rassie Erasmus’s men will play to a similar tune this weekend.Carries around the edges, a kicking game to suffocate and turn, a set piece to try to crumble the Japanese ability to generate that first-phase foothold to move the Springboks around. The key sounds obvious, but possession will be everything. The top teams do not always need parity of possession to win and it has often been better for them to play without the ball than with it at certain times this tournament.But Japan will need the ball for whacking great periods to win this quarter-final. It’s possible – their penalty count needs to be tiny, and accuracy and adherence to their alignment in attack needs brilliance. They have already shown that twice – against Ireland and Scotland – and I’d love to see it again this Sunday in Tokyo.The other quarter-finals also all provide intrigue and interest. They are the best eight sides and each will have done their homework pre‑tournament on their likely knockout opponents. Those electronic folders will be reopened now and any recent action will have been integrated into their thinking before the final game plan is settled on. Each team’s core won’t be changed but the nuances the opposition (and the officials) bring will mean some tweaking is required. This will come in strategy and in selection. • 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 Share via Email Share on Messenger Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan Twitter Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. France, say, may well decide to play narrower and stop the Welsh line speed and interceptions. Or Australia could try to coax England into a less controlled game through changes in lineout formations, midfield kicks and perhaps targeting George Ford in defence.Selection plays its part too. Injuries permitting, no rotation here, with the best players suited to the opposition being picked.Come the semi-finals, and the mood might be more around pragmatism as the difference in the teams gets even slimmer, but this weekend I think they will all be bold and brave to make the next round.My hope alongside this is that no more red cards will be dished out to tilt the tussles too much. The odds on that aren’t great based on recent results, but for once I hope history holds firm as no quarter-final in a Rugby World Cup has ever featured a red card. Tackles low and drama high. Yes please. Show Share on Facebook South Africa rugby team Topics Share on Twitter Hide Reuse this content Facebook Rugby union comment … 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. South Africa’s Handre Pollard wins the ball from Japan’s Yu Tamura in their friendly last month, a match in which the Springboks dominated the lineout. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Read more Support The Guardian Rugby World Cup The breathtaking match between the hosts Japan and Gregor Townsend’s Scotland was effectively a knockout game with a little bit more bite. Held in the wake of a devastating typhoon, it brought a brief respite as Japan’s fans cheered and cried and coerced their beloved Brave Blossoms to a victory borne on raw emotion and bottled-up energy.The speed of ball and movement generated in attack by Jamie Joseph’s side was a joy to behold. It negated any need to throw bodies at breakdowns and kept players on their feet and in the game.With speed sometimes comes a lack in accuracy. Not with this Japan team. Their play was as precise as it was pacy. Passes went to hand, the players ran into space, the point of attack was changed to slow any momentum Scotland’s defensive line speed could generate. The fundamentals were sturdy and were respected. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 01: Minnesota Golden Gophers fans celebrate a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)Minnesota may have flown under the radar on National Signing Day, but one player they managed to land was a three-star wide receiver with a celebrity relative the team would love to add as a fan.Mike Brown-Stephens, a wideout from the state of Ohio, is the nephew of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning recording artist John Legend.Though the Minnesota Twitter page did not include that little tidbit when they announced Brown-Stephens’ letter of intent signing on Wednesday, Legend was more than willing to express his congratulations on his own account.Legend also noted the impending dilemma of who to root for when Brown-Stephens’ team takes on his alma mater, Ohio State.So proud of my nephew @MikeBStephens7! This will present a dilemma for me during Ohio St – Minnesota games, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there https://t.co/zxDtlLLo6y— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 20, 2018Legend also pointed out that Brown-Stephens was the one who famously broke one of his Grammy trophies back in 2010.Fun fact: same nephew that broke my Grammy haha @MikeBStephens7 https://t.co/AL5qLTOyaH— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 20, 2018Per 247Sports, Brown-Stephens is the No. 132 WR in the country, and the No. 50 prospect from the state of Ohio.Minnesota’s Class of 2019 includes two 4-star recruits and 19 3-star recruits.
Editors’ Recommendations The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected 1. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 2. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 3. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 4. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 5. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 6. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 7. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 8. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 9. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 10. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 11. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 12. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 13. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 14. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 15. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 16. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 17. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S 18. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S The last C63 was a beautiful but brutal thing. It would just as soon deafen nearby wildlife, orphan your children, and turn the sky black, as it would embarrass a BMW M3 on the local raceway. While it was a mental motoring machine, and downright scary in many situations, it was also captivating.Though I loved it, I steered people to its competitors, like the Audi RS 4 and the BMW M3, because while not as enlivening, they were much more manageable. Now, though, there’s a new C63. And I am delighted to report it’s just as mental as before … but a whole lot more livable.LightnessOf all the remarkable things about new C63, of which there are many, perhaps the standout is the sensation of lightness. So many modern performance cars, from the Jaguar F-TYPE to the ALPINA B6, feel cosmically heavy. They still drive remarkably well, but they feel weighed down.It seemed there would be no way to escape this sensation of remarkable heft, as cars are literally getting heavier and heavier with each iteration. Amazingly, though, without carving out essentials like airbags, navigation, or sound deadening, AMG has created a high-performance, V8-powered super sedan that feels featherweight.[tm-video id=”elkItgVq” vendor=”jwplayer”]And that goes for more than just its cornering capabilities. Every part of the car has a feeling of airy effortlessness. The electronic steering, for example, is lighter than many cars in the category, but far more responsive and nimble.The driver doesn’t need to mash the brakes or the throttle either, to get an immediate response. Just like Muhammad Ali, the 2015 C63 truly floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. While your passenger is digging grooves into the dashboard with their fingernails as you fling the AMG through the bends, you feel perfectly in control.This is something that both my driving partner and I experienced. From the passenger seat, it felt like the C63 could go off at any second at full-tilt. From behind the wheel, though, the driver never breaks a sweat while testing the boundaries of friction and grip.Indeed, though the straight-line speed is awe-inspiring and grin inducing, it’s the cornering where the C63 shines. Thanks to the perfectly rigid chassis, solid suspension, and featherweight feel, the thing just glides through the bends. And when the driver stomps the pedal in a corner, while it will happily drift a bit, the electronics keep the car from spinning off into the trees and the driver to his early grave.Delightfully, the C63 does this without simply cutting throttle, as previous cars have, which oft made the driver feel impotent, as he or she fruitlessly hammers the throttle with nothing happening at the wheels. In the new C63, during slippage, the engine still churns out all its torques, but the car keeps grip and plows through the turn. How does this happen? In actuality, most of it is thanks to the new mechanical locking rear differential. But, anecdotally, I suspect much German magic is involved.Another wonderful thing about the C63 is its exhaust note. AMG has done wonders keeping the cabin free of roadway white noise but also allowing the V8’s crackling barks to permeate the interior. Delightfully, they’ve done this without artificially piping in sound by way of speakers or other auditory tricks. It’s the perfect blend between loud enough to enjoy while stamping the throttle, but not so loud that the driver feels embarrassed driving through their own neighborhood.The specsThe 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 comes in two flavors: C63 and C63 S-Model. Both are powered by the new AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and mated to AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sport transmission, which routes power to the rear wheels through the mechanical locking rear differential.The “standard” C63 produces 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while the S-Model creates 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. 0 to 60 is conquered in 4.0 and 3.9 seconds respectively. The C63 will top out at 155 mph, while the S will hit 180 mph.The aforementioned 4.0 is related to – but not exactly — the 4.0 found under the hood of the new Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Each engine is hand-built by a single worker, and an unusual “inside hot V” design means the turbos are mounted inside the V of the engine, rather than on the outside. This and other innovations mean the C63 and C63 S are both faster and more efficient – consuming 32 percent less fuel — than their predecessors’ 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8.S-ModelThe C63 is the best-selling model of Mercedes’ performance arm. Accordingly, it is a bit of a legend. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending how you look at it, it is easily outshined by the C63 S.Yes, the 2015 C63 is mental and tremendous fun. It just isn’t quite as rollicking or riotous as the S. The S is more boisterous thanks to the dynamic exhaust, smoother thanks to the dynamic engine mounts, and all-round more rip-roaring thanks to its extra ponies.At same time, while more bonkers than the C63, it’s not as unhinged as the outgoing C63 507 Edition, which is to say, you can drive on the edge while still having the time of your life … without fear of ending it altogether.And if you’re looking for something that’s not as crazy, and more daily-driver-y, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC is effectively 80 percent of the C63 — for a lot less money.ConclusionThe comparisons aren’t simply restrained to the AMG family; there are several outside competitors as well. Chief among them is the all-new BMW M3. At the time this review is written, Mercedes hasn’t announced official product pricing. They have hinted, though, that the C63 will start in the low $60,000s and the C63 S will fetch an asking price somewhere in the low $70,000s. Considering that, for my money, I’d have the C63 every day of the week over the Bimmer.The AMG’s interior is far more plush and premium. The V8 sound is far superior to that of the M3’s industrial fridge-sounding inline six. And the suspension is far more forgiving in the Comfort mode. All-round, though, by comparison, the M3 feels far more like a machine than the C63. The AMG instead is an accessory to your sporting nature; it reaches deep inside and inspires fierce and frothing motoring greatness. The M3 is for lap times, but the C63 is for good times.That isn’t to say the C63 and the C63 S are perfect. If I have to nitpick, and I do because it’s my job, I’d say the Sport seats are a bit too stiff for long trips, the interior still doesn’t feel as premium as it should for the price, and the COMAND infotainment system is still woefully overly complicated.Those things aside, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S stagger me. They’re youthful, vibrant, and manageably mental. And I can’t wait to spend more time with them both.HighsFeatherweight on-road feelExuberant and barking V8 exhaust noteRear-wheel drive dynamicsBreak-neck accelerationLowsExceptionally hard sports seatsWoefully complicated COMAND infotainment system A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH
Lincoln For the better part of a decade, it seemed Lincoln’s time had passed. The company’s aging, dowdy rides appeared fated for the automotive history books with the likes of Saturn and Pontiac. To put it technically, the once iconic American brand had lost its mojo. However, new releases like the flagship 2019 Lincoln Navigator are injecting boldness and sophistication back into the automaker. That swagger is moving straight down the line to every model in the brand’s stable, up to and including the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Lincoln’s mid-size crossover is like the Navigator’s little brother with much of the same panache and design at a fraction of the price.Read About Other SUV’sAston Martin Tries Off-Roading with the First-Ever DBX SUVBMW Goes Big With the First-Ever X7 SUVMaserati Debuts the Levante GTS, the Super SUV It Should’ve Built From the Beginning Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Black Label owners receive plenty of out-of-car perks to boot. Lincoln promises its flagship owners things like comprehensive car detailing every year, free car washes, a 12-month membership to the Clear expedited air travel service, and membership in an exclusive restaurant club known as the Culinary Collection. Ask nicely and you can probably even crash on Matthew McConaughey’s couch (kidding).We’re betting the Base ($41,335) and Select ($45,540) trim levels of the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus won’t convert too many non-Lincoln drivers. Stepping up to the Reserve trim ($49,870), however, is where things start to get much more interesting. Most drivers looking to score a legit luxury crossover with all the state-of-the-art bells and whistles will likely opt for the Nautilus Black Label 2.7T AWD. For under $68,000, the fully loaded version feels like the Navigator’s self-assured younger brother — one who finally started hitting the gym and dressing like a debonair man with a fashion sense. Lincoln Navigator and Continental might be the “household” names of Lincoln’s lineup, but the Lincoln MKX is the company’s best-selling model. For 2019, the crossover gets a new engine, an updated look, and a rebranding as the Lincoln Nautilus. While it’s not a complete, top-down reboot, it’s a serious makeover that includes a new fascia, a new hood and grill, redesigned LED headlamps, and a host of other retweaked design elements. The ties to its reserved (some might argue boring) predecessor are clear, but the retooled version feels more confident and fashion-forward.For 2019, the crossover gets a new engine, an updated look, and a rebranding as the Lincoln Nautilus. Lincoln Editors’ Recommendations Lincoln Lincoln The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Lincoln Lincoln Next 1 of 21 Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Previous Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The most notable upgrades, however, are what you don’t see. Under the hood, the Nautilus ditches the previous base engine (a 3.7L V6) for a turbocharged 2L inline-four. This translates to a 53-point drop in horsepower to 250, but a slight torque boost to 280 lb-ft. In every trim level, the standard eight-speed transmission is an ideal mate. It’s a peppy — though not quite “sporty” — setup with a smooth, linear throttle response that makes for an easy and precise drive. Fully outfitted with the Nautilus’ best engine, the flagship Black Label 2.7T AWD boasts a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 pushing a robust 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. By the numbers (in both the quarter-mile and 0-60 times), it lags well behind the class-leading BMW X3 M40i, but no one buys a Lincoln mistaking it for a hot rod. The setup is still enough to best its closest competition — the Cadillac XT5 and Lexus RX350 — and it does so with aplomb.Also standard in the latest Nautilus is a wealth of comfort- and techno-centric whirlygigs. The 22-way driver and passenger seats feel like cruising in a private jet. Plus, the standard Revel Ultima sound system is the best we’ve ever tested in a Lincoln, and built-in 4G Wi-Fi and Tidal streaming allow for easy listening through your smartphone. Other mobile integration features include Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Both work seamlessly with WAZE and Amazon Alexa, so you can navigate around traffic without taking your eyes off the road.LincolnOn the safety front, notable additions include lane-centering assist which provides gentle nudges when you’ve veered too far toward (or over) marked lane lines. It’s a mostly unobtrusive system that, when coupled with adaptive cruise control, allows for occasional moments of hands-free driving. This system, along with several other techno-driven features like lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitoring, and evasive steering, assist makeup Lincoln’s new Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assist technologies.While most Nautilus models stay true to the conservative interior design ethos of the previous generation MKX, Black Label varieties seriously up the ante. As with the Navigator, the real draw for potential Lincoln converts is in the flagship Black Label trim. Buyers in this stratum receive a host of in-car upgrades. For starters, Black Label rides offer selectable drive modes. On the Nautilus, that means access to Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes. all of which tinker with the steering weight and damping to provide greater control over the drive feel. Both Comfort and Normal are well-balanced and predictable, while Sport delivers a slightly stiffer suspension and steering. While we didn’t find Sport mode to be quite sporty enough for our liking, it’s a welcome upgrade for a historically “safe” brand.While most Nautilus models stay true to the conservative interior design ethos of the previous generation MKX, Black Label varieties seriously up the ante. The series offers three beautifully designed themes: Gala (a rich maroon leather with aluminum trim and black accents), Chalet (creamy leather with silver wooden trim and rich brown accents), and Thoroughbred (jet black leather with Chilean maple trim and brown accents). 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zoom Greece-based GasLog Partners has closed the public offering of 5 million of its 8.625% series A preference units, collecting some USD 138.61 million of net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts and other offering expenses.The partnership plans to use the net proceeds from the public offering for general partnership purposes, which may include future acquisitions, debt repayment, capital expenditures and additions to working capital.“We currently expect that this will include future acquisitions from GasLog Ltd., our parent,” the company informed.The sale was undertaken at a price to the public of USD 25 per unit, including 750,000 units issued upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional units.Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup and Stifel acted as joint book-runners for the offering and ABN AMRO and BNP PARIBAS acted as co-managers for the offering.
APTN National NewsA Vancouver newspaper is standing by its claims that John Furlong the former head of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee abused Aboriginal students during his time working as a teacher in northern British Columbia.APTN National News has spoke to some of those who have put their accusations into affidavits.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,225.65, up 77.15 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 13 cents, or 2.04 per cent, to $6.25 on 11.48 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $1.52, or 3.6 per cent, to $40.68 on 8.58 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 2.06 per cent, to $7.42 on 6.23 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down six cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $4.58 on 5.56 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $11.60 on 4.94 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) Healthcare. Down 12 cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $10.39 on 4.82 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada Inc. (TSX:AC). Airlines. Up 47 cents, or $2.01, to $23.87 on 1.16 million shares. The company said its chief operating officer Ben Smith will leave the airline to take the role of chief executive at Air France-KLM. The longtime No. 2 at Air Canada will be the first non-French national to helm the Franco-Dutch airline.
New Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO Thursday launched its year long initiative, OYO partner engagement network (OPEN), to help its over 8,700 asset owner partners in India reach their business goals. OPEN is founded on four key pillars — promises to partners, supporting growth, engagement, and recognition of asset partners, OYO CEO India and South Asia Aditya Ghosh told reporters here. Commitment to partners constitute six core promises including transparent payment protocols, financial support, multiple touch points to connect, marketing excellence, tech innovation and regulatory compliance assistance, he added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Commenting on the launch, Ghosh said: “With the launch of OPEN, we are laying the foundations of a structured way of exchanging ideas, providing support and most importantly, building a relationship of trust on which we hope to build the next several decades to come.” This is a industry-first initiative in the hospitality space, he added. As part of the promise of regulatory compliance assistance, OYO will also help asset owners navigate regulatory and compliance requirements for business continuity and provide access to pan-India list of local legal and accounting firms that specialise in industry requirements, Ghosh said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost As for the transparent payment protocols promise, the asset owners will receive 18 per cent interest on delayed payments and resolution for exceptions will be done before the due date, he added. The company has also launched Co-OYO app which will transparently provide business metrics, Ghosh said. Through the Co-OYO app, asset owners can have complete visibility on cash flows, business performance, pricing, customer reviews and recommendations, he added. “At OYO, we are on a mission to create quality living spaces and make it accessible and affordable for millions of our customers and we cannot do this without the active support and encouragement of our asset owner partners,” Ghosh said. OYO Hotels and Homes currently has over 8,700 asset owners in India, across over 259 cities with a room count of around 176,000 rooms. The company had recently announced an investment commitment of Rs 1,400 crore for the current fiscal in India and South Asia.
BEND, Ore. — A Blockbuster Video in Bend, Oregon, is the last one on the planet after the only other Blockbuster, in Australia, announced it’s closing on March 31.Running the dated franchise has its challenges.The computers must be rebooted using floppy disks, and employees write membership cards by hand because the dot-matrix printer broke.But the store is now booming with business from long-time locals as well as tourists from as far away as Taiwan who snap selfies and buy souvenirs.The store manager has ordered T-shirts and other souvenirs that say “The Last Blockbuster on the Planet,” and orders are already streaming in.General manager Sandi Harding says the location has several years left on its lease and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press
GENEVA — Switzerland has become the latest country to say it will stop adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2050.The Swiss government said Wednesday that it’s setting the target “based on new scientific findings” published last year by the U.N.’s panel of climate experts.The government said that by mid-century “Switzerland should not emit more greenhouse gases than can be absorbed naturally or by technical means.”Other countries, including Britain, France and Sweden have already enshrined the goal into law, while Germany is expected to do so this year.Scientists say that while achieving net zero emissions requires significant changes to nations’ economies and the almost total end to burning fossil fuels, it’s the only way to stop global warming going beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this century.The Associated Press
“The consolidation of peace is not just a matter of disarmament and de-mining, truth commissions and reconciliation, reconstruction and the repatriation of refugees,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by his Special Adviser on Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, to a conference on the consolidation of peace in Africa.”It also means strengthening democracy further, so that people have a vote and a voice in the decisions affecting their lives,” Mr. Annan said. “It means good governance – transparent, and accountable. It means respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and it means coming to grips with the AIDS epidemic.”Mr. Annan noted that African leaders have indeed “taken important steps towards helping the continent to consolidate peace and realize its full potential. They have joined their destinies in an African Union. They have agreed on a far-reaching New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).”The Secretary-General also pointed to the progress made to resolve conflict in Africa. “Angola is now consolidating peace after three decades of war,” he said. “In Burundi, Sierra Leone, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africans are showing real determination to settle their conflicts, with tangible results.”However, “such progress merely sets the stage for the hard work ahead,” he said, noting that the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire has “provoked tragic rifts along ethnic and religious lines, and caused hundreds of deaths and large-scale displacements of people.”Mr. Annan stressed the importance of international support to the continent’s peacekeeping and peacemaking mechanisms and institutions, adding that, “Africa cannot afford further turmoil – but if it erupts, Africa must have the capacity to respond.”The conference entitled, “In Search of Consolidation of Peace in Africa,” was co-hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Paying tribute to the memory of four United Nations Military Observers who lost their lives during an Israeli bombardment last week at Patrol Base Khiyam in Southern Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said questions still surrounding their deaths must be answered.“The men we lost last Tuesday came from different nations, but worked together to carry out the difficult mission entrusted to them by the United Nations,” he said in a message to a memorial service held at the Headquarters of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in Jerusalem. “The United Nations will be forever in their debt.”The ceremony was held to honour the memory of Du Zhaoyu, Paeta Hess-Von Kruedener, Hans-Peter Lang and Jarno Makinen.“Many questions surround the tragic deaths of these unarmed peacekeepers, and these must be answered,” Mr. Annan said in the message, which was delivered by Alvaro de Soto, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.“That will not bring them back to their loved ones, but it will help us to better ensure the safety of other peacekeepers, now and in the future. Meanwhile, we must honour their work by ensuring that the death and destruction come to an end as soon as possible, and by bringing help to all those whose lives are being torn apart,” he said.“May these brave men rest in peace. May their bereaved families find solace in the noble cause for which they died. May the nations who sent them here be proud of their men and women in uniform. And may their colleagues find, in their supreme sacrifice, the courage and determination to continue serving the cause of peace in the Middle East, and around the world.”He noted that the four join 44 of their predecessors who gave their lives serving in UNTSO, together with 259 men and women who have died serving in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) – “including, I fear, the civilian staff member and his spouse who remain officially unaccounted for in Tyre since 17 July” – and 42 men and women who have died serving in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.“This list is a reminder of the supreme sacrifice made by people from many nations who have laid down their lives in the Middle East serving the cause of peace, under the blue flag of the United Nations.”
The wardrobe department of Strictly Come Dancing is already a thing of sequinned wonder. He has already warned his dance skills leave a little to be desired, admitting: “God does not always endow us with gifts equally”. The Rev Richard Cole who is to be a contestant on Strictly Although he will continue with his day job throughout training, he may miss out on the hotly-anticipated live tour because it “does rather clash with epiphany”. The BBC show has signed up the first vicar to take to its dance floor, as Reverend Richard Coles swaps sermons for samba. The BBC, which last year promised to do more to put religion on air, has announced Rev Coles… It will have a fresh challenge on its hands this series, it seems, in the shape of a diamante dog collar.
Now is not the time to buy a MacBook Air. I say that not because there is an update imminent, but because Apple has quietly started moving to include a faster SSD storage solution in existing models.When the Air first launched it used a new, as yet unavailable to anyone else, SSD solution offered by Toshiba that is called Blade X-gale. The Blades were different as they discarded the typical casing found on 2.5″ SSD units and looked more like RAM modules. The advantage to doing this was they required less space while offering the same level of storage.The Blades are comfortably quick and offer 220MB/s read speeds and 180MB/s write speeds. But a faster SSD does show a noticeable improvement in real-world usage, and some users are now reporting newly purchased Airs no longer carry Toshiba Blade sticks. Instead, Apple seems to be sourcing an SSD from Samsung, possibly due to stock issues brought on by the problems in Japan where Toshiba is based.The move to Samsung parts is no bad thing, however. The new SSD is clocked at around 260MB/s reads and 210MB/s writes–a significant speed boost on both counts. A further bonus comes in the form of Native Command Queuing support on the Samsung SSD. This allows the SSD to boost its performance further under certain circumstances.Unfortunately, not all MacBook Airs are shipping with the Samsung drives, and you can’t tell which you are getting until you open up the case. The Toshiba Blade X-gale has the model number TS128C while the Samsung storage is SM128C.For the moment it seems to be a game of luck which drive you get in your Air. However, if this is a gradual shift to Samsung parts then in a couple of months all Airs may be shipping with the faster storage. Getting a MacBook Air with a Blade X-gale solution is no bad thing, but lucking out and getting the Samsung SSD should offer up some better performance.Read more at Anandtech, via Engadget