BMW launches X1 sDrive20d M Sport SUV in India for Rs 41.50 lakh

first_imgBMW has introduced its latest variant of the X1 lineup. Called the sDrive20d M Sport, the SUV has bee priced at Rs 41.50 lakh, ex-showroom. The new SUV sits below the top-spec X1 xDrive20d M Sport which is priced at Rs 44.50 lakh in the Indian market.The latest variant sDrive20d is completely identical to the top-spec variant in terms of safety kit, visual cues on the interior and the exterior. However, as the name suggests, the sDrive does not get BMW’s all-wheel-drive (AWD) system which is available on the xDrive20d M Sport.The sDrive20d M Sport is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. The configuration is similar to the xLine and Expedition variants which sits on a lower-spec shelf on the X1 range.The sDrive other than the x-badge and the missing AWD system also gets a 6.5-inch infotainment screen as compared to the 8.8-inch unit on the xDrive. The sDrive also misses out on the head-up display system.In the Indian car market, the BMW X1 goes head-on with the Mercedes GLA (Rs 34.38-Rs 38.64 lakh), the Audi Q3 (Rs 34.73-Rs 42.88 lakh), and the recently launched Volvo XC40 (Rs 39.90-Rs 43.90 lakh). The Merc GLA and the Audi Q3 get AWD systems on the top-spec variant, like the X1. However, the XC40 gets all-wheel-drive as standard on all the variants.last_img read more

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1st T20I: Du Plessis stars with bat, Miller shines on field as South Africa edge Pakistan

first_imgSouth Africa won the first Twenty20 against Pakistan by six runs as captain Faf du Plessis led with the bat and David Miller produced a masterclass in the field on Friday.South Africa posted 192-6 batting first with du Plessis cracking 78 off 45 balls and opener Reeza Hendricks 74 off 41.The home team should have gone on to an even bigger total after it was well-set at 157-1 with five overs to go. South Africa still had enough to win as Miller took four catches in the outfield and pulled off two brilliant run outs with direct hits.Pakistan could manage only 186-9 in its 20 overs.Pakistan has won 11 straight T20 series dating to 2016 but South Africa has a good chance of ending that impressive streak in this three-match contest.South Africa also shrugged off the loss of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for the series with a groin injury, which was confirmed shortly before the game at Newlands in Cape Town.Du Plessis and Hendricks put on 131 for the second wicket off just 73 balls. Pakistan hit back with a flurry of late wickets to slow the Proteas down.Pakistan was on course early in its chase but Miller started to turn the game with an underhand flick to run out danger man Babar Azam for 38 at the non-striker’s end.He also ran out Mohammad Rizwan with a low throw from the outfield and took sharp catches to get rid of Asif Ali (13), Imad Wasim (4), Hasan Ali (11) and captain Shoaib Malik (49).Miller was man of the match just for his fielding – a rare feat.advertisementAlso Read | South Africa vs Pakistan 1st T20I in Cape Town: As it happenedlast_img read more

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Katsande targets league & cup double with Chiefs

first_imgKaizer Chiefs Willard Katsande eyes league and cup double with Kaizer Chiefs Ernest Makhaya 01:38 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kaizer Chiefs, Willard Katsande Backpagepix Kaizer Chiefs PSL The 31-year-old strongly believes that Chiefs will dust themselves up and claim a piece of silverware this season Midfielder Willard Katsande has set sights on winning a league and cup double with Kaizer Chiefs this season. Amakhosi have not won a major trophy since Stuart Baxter left the club in 2015, and they have struggled to compete for honours on all fronts under Steve Komphela. In 2015, the Glamour Boys reached two cup finals – the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cup – but lost both to Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I need to win the league for my team and a cup. I think that will make me happy,” Katsande told the media.”I think by doing that, I’ll have a wonderful off-season,” he said.  Katsande admitted that their current situation is not sitting well with the rest of the team, but he is confident that Chiefs will soon turn the corner. “Obviously it has been painful for the club because they used to be known for winning,” he continued. “We are worried about our situation, but everything happens for a reason and this is the time for us to turn the corner,” added Katsande. While the majority of football fans have criticised Chiefs for their lack of quality players, but Katsande feels there is enough quality and depth in the squad to win trophies. “I still believe we have the quality in the squad so that we can bring a smile to the fans faces,” said the Zimbabwean midfielder.last_img read more

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Photos: The Fan Who Went Viral Last Saturday Is Back Today

first_imgA view of fans attending a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 2: University of Florida Gators fans watch the action during the game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 2, 2006 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Eagles 34-7. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A Florida fan went crazy viral in the stands during last week’s game. The Gators were taking on Dan Mullen’s former team, Mississippi State.A photo of the Florida fan – well, a photo of a couple of Florida fans – went crazy viral in the stands.Busted Coverage later identified the fan.Kelsie is the Florida Gators chomp fan who was being hit on by Crocodile Dundee during the Miss. State game https://t.co/aF0N3PESiu pic.twitter.com/RsTHpgM1LN— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 6, 2018Kelsie has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram and that’s a number that will likely be growing throughout the 2018 college football season.Kelsie is back rooting on the Gators today, too.She posted the following photo on her Instagram Story:Florida is on the verge of a major win today. The Gators are leading No. 5 LSU with 2 minutes to play. The game is on CBS.last_img read more

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Herschel Supply Co. X Champion: Awesome Every Day Bags

first_img1. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 2. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 3. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 4. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 5. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 6. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 7. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion 8. Herschel Supply Co. X Champion Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Carting your work paraphernalia and gadgets and gym kit from A to B on a daily basis requires a truly versatile bag. Fortunately, Manual favorite Herschel Supply Co. has teamed up with longstanding sportswear brand Champion to produce a seriously good collection of bags stylish and practical enough to whittle down your bag collection to one single option.The collection consists of Herschel’s classic Heritage and Sutton designs that have been injected with Champion’s old school athleticism. Design details including zip-front pockets created from Champion’s eponymous fleece and internal pockets made from sports mesh award this collection with a vintage sportswear charm that feels timeless and utterly versatile.Aside from their much-loved silhouettes, Herschel has contributed their colored pebbled leather zipper pulls and diamonds and internal red and white striped liner. The combination of the two brands signature elements just works.The best thing about the collection is the all-purpose potential. If you’re heading out of town for the weekend, the roomy duffle design will double-up as a great weekend bag. If you’re a master at travelling light, the rucksack will undoubtedly become your every day companion.The collection is available exclusively at selected Urban Outfitters stores and online. For more information visit www.urbanoutfitters.com It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt center_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breezelast_img read more

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Lupus Foundation Welcomes Subsidy for Medication

first_img “The expense sometimes causes patients to use other medications, which can increase the risk of a flare-up. For a Lupus patient, this could mean kidney failure, heart damage, lung damage, seizures, stroke, severe pain, fever, being hospitalised for months, and even death,” the Prime Minister said. Story Highlights During his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19, Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed that starting April 30, Lupus will be added to the list of illnesses covered by the National Health Fund (NHF). The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica has welcomed the Government’s decision to subsidise medication for persons living with the disease, at a cost of $340 million annually. The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica has welcomed the Government’s decision to subsidise medication for persons living with the disease, at a cost of $340 million annually.During his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19, Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed that starting April 30, Lupus will be added to the list of illnesses covered by the National Health Fund (NHF).“The expense sometimes causes patients to use other medications, which can increase the risk of a flare-up. For a Lupus patient, this could mean kidney failure, heart damage, lung damage, seizures, stroke, severe pain, fever, being hospitalised for months, and even death,” the Prime Minister said.He told the House that after dialogue with a family member of a 23-year-old university law student who is beset by the disease, he was moved to ensure that medication can be reasonable for the estimated 6,000 persons who are living with the illness.Meanwhile, President of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Desirée Tulloch-Reid, told JIS News that with kidney complications, it can cost a patient with Lupus up to $120,000 each month for medication, and the Government’s decision shows compassion.“We applaud this measure as an act of compassion, and an indication that there is greater awareness of the illness and persons it affects,” she said.Dr. Tulloch-Reid noted that the expense to treat the disease is distressing to many persons, and the organisation would like all the drugs used for the illness to be on the subsidised list.She said that while the disease affects predominately young women, both genders can be affected by the illness, including children.“So, the need to ensure that persons affected have access to affordable treatment, is really welcomed, and we thank the Government for it,” Dr. Tulloch-Reid said.last_img read more

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KMC making documentary to create awareness on dengue

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is making a comprehensive documentary to create awareness against Dengue. This comes in a time when Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has asked all the civic bodies in the state to carry out anti-dengue drives in their areas regularly.KMC is deploying drones to keep vigil in inaccessible areas. The civic authorities have identified 20 vulnerable wards and anti-dengue drives are being carried out in those areas. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt may be recalled that on February 2, rallies to create awareness were taken out in 144 wards. The main rally was taken out from the KMC headquarters on S N Banerjee Road, which was led by Mayor Firhad Hakim. It has been decided that the civic authorities will carry out drives against dengue in three phases. The first phase, which started in February, will continue till June. The second phase will start from July and continue till October, while the third phase will be the follow-up phase that will be carried out in November and December. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe KMC teams are visiting individual houses, housing complexes and institutional buildings and are examining the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. They are also checking whether garbage has been cleaned properly or not. Recently, a high-level meeting was held in Bhopal where civic officials who attended the meeting had been lauded for taking up comprehensive schemes to eradicate dengue. Most of the anti-dengue drives are led by Atin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor in charge of the Health department. The department is holding meetings in every borough, which are attended by the senior officials of different departments. These departments include Solid Waste Management, Building, Drainage and Sewerage. The teams visit institutional buildings like hospitals, schools, both Central and state government offices and housing complexes owned by the state and Central governments. KMC has also opened 15 dengue detection centres in Kolkata, where blood tests are done free of cost. There are specialised doctors in every ward to treat the residents.last_img read more

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Former Lok Sabha MP A K Roy passes away

first_imgDhanbad (Jharkhand): Former Lok Sabha MP and founder of Marxist Coordination Committee (MCC), A K Roy passed away at a hospital here on Sunday.Roy, a bachelor, was 90, party sources said. The veteran Left leader and chief patron of CITU Jharkhand state committee was admitted to the Central Hospital here on July 8 following age-related problems and he died of multi-organ failure, doctors said. He was one of the founders of the Jharkhand movement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The three-time MP from Dhanbad was also founder of Jharkhand’s regional party Marxist Coordination Committee (MCC). Roy won the Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat in 1977, 1980 and 1989, besides representing Sindri seat in Bihar Assembly in 1967, 1969 and 1972. Along with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren and former MP late Binod Bihari Mahto, Roy began Jharkhand movement demanding a separate state from Bihar in 1971. Jharkhand became a separate state on November 15, 2000. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KRoy was born in Sapura village, now in Bangladesh. His father Shivendra Chandra Roy was an advocate. He completed MSc in Chemistry from Calcutta University in 1959 and worked for two years in a private firm. Later, he joined PDIL Sindri In 1961. He actively participated in Bihar Band agitation on August 9, 1966 and was arrested and sent to Jail. As he opposed the then government, the Projects and Development India Limited (PDIL) management dismissed him from job. Roy entered trade union and started agitation in Sindri Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCI) and against private colliery owners. In 1967 he contested on CPI (M) ticket from Sindri Assembly seat of Bihar and won. But he resigned from CPI(M) and formed his Marxist Coordination Committee. Roy was called a ‘political saint’ by his associates and followers as his bank account always showed ‘zero balance’ till he breathed his last. Roy lived in the house of a party worker at Pathaldih area, 17 km away from Dhanbad, for the past one decade.last_img read more

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Families unsure whether to take part in missing indigenous women inquiry

first_imgWINNIPEG – Some families of missing and murdered indigenous women remain uncertain if they should take part in a national inquiry aimed at examining the violence in their communities, according to a group representing them.Representatives of the Manitoba Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Coalition said a meeting Saturday to talk over the responses from inquiry staff to major questions have failed to produce clear answers.The group has raised concerns about the inquiry process and how traumatized families and survivors will be treated.Coalition co-chair Hilda Anderson-Pyrz said these people need to be confident that it will be worthwhile for them to get involved.“They need to give reassurance their voices will be heard in a good way and a meaningful way,” Anderson-Pyrz said following the four-hour-long, closed-door meeting in Winnipeg’s North End.A major worry among the families is that the inquiry, announced by the federal government in December 2015, will be conducted within a framework that doesn’t account for indigenous ways and traditions, said Sandra DeLaronde, also a coalition co-chair.“If we let the inquiry go on its own, it will completely be in a legal tradition,” said DeLaronde. “It’s the only chance we’re going to get, and if it’s not done right, we’ve lost the opportunity.”More than 30 people attended the meeting, according to attendee Sue Caribou, who has seen several of her relatives murdered and others go missing.“We’re still in the dark,” Caribou said.The coalition sent 43 questions to inquiry officials after an earlier meeting with the inquiry’s commissioners in Winnipeg.That meeting came a few weeks after the inquiry postponed a series of regional advisory meetings supposed to help determine what issues should be covered when formal hearings get underway.A copy of the questions and responses was supplied to The Canadian Press by people who attended Saturday’s meeting.One question was whether the inquiry’s five commissioners and staff will receive “trauma informed” training. No one from the inquiry’s “health team” at the May 4 meeting assisted a family member who broke down and left, the coalition said in the document.The coalition also asked how the inquiry will reach families and survivors in Canada’s isolated or northern communities and those who don’t use social media.Inquiry officials responded that commissioners, directors and most of the staff will be trained in June 2017. They responded the inquiry is still working on an outreach strategy which may include “posters, podcasts on local radio stations.”The inquiry is to complete its work and wrap up by December 2018, and the document says it is planning to do its work within the existing timeframe and budget.Sheila North Wilson, the grand chief of an organization advocating for northern Manitoba First Nations, said it may not be enough time to get the job done in a meaningful way.“The biggest need, immediately, that I see is we need to provide better resources and opportunities for our women and girls and families because ultimately that’s what leads to what happens,” she said.“Women become vulnerable, people that take advantage of vulnerability have their way and then become victims of this issue.”last_img read more

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Analyst warns British Columbia gas prices could soon hit a record high

first_imgVANCOUVER – Drivers in British Columbia should brace for record high gasoline prices this summer and the financial pain has the potential to spread across the country, says a petroleum industry analyst.Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy predicts that beginning in April and continuing to September, gasoline prices across much of B.C.’s south coast will hover around $1.60 a litre.He blames the hike on high demand and chronically short supply, made even worse by Friday’s announcement that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gasoline throughout Washington and Oregon will be taken off-line for four or five days of maintenance.Prices across Vancouver hit about $1.55 over the weekend, while Victoria remained around $1.40, but McTeague warns southern Vancouver Island could see an eight-cent-a-litre leap as the ripple from short supplies and climbing local taxes spreads.The high for a litre of gasoline in Metro Vancouver was set on June 22, 2014, when the price was just under $1.56.McTeague said some analysts fear higher prices will spread east.“People are shaking their heads,” he said. “It’s become quite the story, with some national overtones.”McTeague said other parts of the country are not looking at the same prices for gas, particularly because of B.C.’s taxes on gas.“It’s not quite the same thing, you are not dealing with 50-cent-a-litre taxes and you are not dealing with a shortage in the same way Vancouver is experiencing,” he said. “But it does suggest, I think, the likelihood of breaking the all-time record in Vancouver will likely happen this week.”In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline supplies about 50 per cent of the gasoline for B.C.’s south coast, but McTeague says it is already congested and can’t meet the region’s demand.The expected lengthy maintenance shutdown of the Parkland refinery, which McTeague said carries 25 per cent of the Vancouver-area’s gasoline, has further crimped supply, while the low dollar adds to the expense of topping up from Washington state refineries.“By any stretch or by any measure, the price you are paying in Vancouver is, for most people, prohibitive,” said McTeague.Los Angeles is the other city in North America where gas prices are unusually high, selling at $3.50 a gallon. But McTeague said even when the exchange rate and other factors are calculated, B.C. drivers would pay about $5.00 for a gallon.last_img read more

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Pipeline protesters practise resisting police at Camp Cloud outside tank farm

first_imgVANCOUVER – Pipeline protesters who were ordered to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby, B.C., are instead preparing to tie themselves to its structures in anticipation of police intervention.Spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel said Monday that some of the camp’s protesters have offered to protect a sacred fire that has been burning around the clock at the settlement known as Camp Cloud.“There have been exercises that Camp Cloud has applied in order to reject police brutality by tying ourselves down to the sacred fire and some of our structures,” she said in a phone interview Monday. “Bodies have been offered up to protect the sacred fire as of (Sunday.)”The camp has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.On Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted the City of Burnaby an injunction ordering protesters to remove all structures, shelters and vehicles from the site outside a Kinder Morgan tank farm within 48 hours — a time window that passed on Sunday.In his judgment, Justice Geoffrey Gomery also ordered that the fire be extinguished due to very dry conditions and its proximity to an aviation fuel site.Several protesters remain on site, but Tatel said she left the camp at the request of her children after someone sped along the road near the camp and then threatened to strangle her.She said the campers are exercising their Aboriginal rights to remain on the land and are making the stand to protect the water from a pipeline spill.Since the court order was issued, protesters have moved some trailers away from a street corner that the city had expressed concerns about, she said.Acting city manger Dipak Dattani said Monday that the city’s concerns extend beyond both the fire and the trailers on the corner. The court order was posted and distributed to defendants Friday afternoon, after months of unproductive dialogue, he said.“We were hoping that they would dismantle and peacefully leave the site and that has not been the case. So right now, in accordance with the plan, we’re working in consultation with the RCMP to look at enforcement of the order,” Dattani said.Mounties have discretion in terms of the timing and manner in which the order will be enforced, he said.In March, a different Supreme Court judge allowed Camp Cloud and a separate protest structure known as the Watch House to remain in place in response to a court injunction application from Kinder Morgan.While Tatel has argued that order should still protect Camp Cloud, Dattani said the makeshift settlement has grown significantly since then, creating hazards.Tatel said she has written a letter to the Queen of England, the Governor General of Canada and a Coast Salish chief asking them to intervene.On Friday, Gomery said he was concerned about “vigilantes” who had begun threatening to deal with the camp themselves. Protesters have also expressed violence, he said, noting one threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a city official.last_img read more

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Lankan among 45 wanted individuals arrested in the US

Pothuvilage Ushan Bernard Karunaratne, 38, of Sri Lanka was arrested on June 21 in Fort Worth, Texas. An Interpol red notice has been issued on him from Sri Lanka for fraud. The 45 individuals arrested during Project Red II were wanted for crimes in 22 different countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Sixteen were wanted on various fraud charges, seven were wanted for homicide and four for illegal gang activity. Other alleged crimes included drug trafficking, rape, embezzlement, extortion and kidnapping.Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed 1,789 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, Interpol and Europol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States. “Project Red II” targeted individuals with Interpol red notices and others wanted for serious crimes within Interpol member countries. A red notice serves as an international wanted notice and provides information on the identification of fugitives charged with or convicted of serious crimes who have fled prosecution or the serving of their sentence. ERO coordinates the removal of criminals, foreign fugitives and others ordered deported. Last year alone, ERO removed 235,413 individuals from the United States. (Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan is among 45 foreign fugitives – all subjects of active Interpol notices for individuals wanted in connection with criminal activity – who were arrested across the United States this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the U.S. Marshals Service.Arrests occurred nationwide during the three-day enforcement operation June 21 to 23, the US Department of Homeland Security said today. read more

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UK used car sales fall in Q3 but 2017 market holding steady

The UK’s used car market declined for a second consecutive quarter in Q3, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) but overall 2017 remains level. 2,102,078 second hand cars changed hands from July to September, representing a fall of -2.1%.Year-to-date, the market remained at record levels after a bumper first quarter, with more than 6.3 million buyers opting for a used car in the first nine months of 2017 – a 0.1% increase.In the latest quarter, superminis extended their reign as the most popular vehicle segment, taking a third of the market (33.6%). However, SUVs and minis were the only segments to show growth – up 11.2% and 1.3% respectively, reflecting new car market trends.Meanwhile, silver continued to be Britain’s number one used car colour, closely followed by black, which – following new car buying patterns – grew its appeal by 0.8%. Blue, grey and white made up the rest of the top five used car colours.In Q3 more motorists also took advantage of the wide range of alternatively fuelled hybrid and electric cars now entering the second hand market, with registrations rising 17.0% to 25,196 units. Pure electric vehicles, in particular, proved increasingly popular, with sales up 66.4%. And while petrol sales fell 6.5%, demand for diesels remained healthy, rising 4.2%. In the year to date, more than 2.5 million used diesel cars have changed hands.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The used car sector remains in good health as motorists take advantage of some great deals on cars – including some of the latest low emission diesel and alternatively fuelled vehicles. However, as demand in the new car market cools, used car sales normally follow suit unless there are significant tax changes affecting the new car market. Fleet renewal is the fastest way to improve air quality, however, so we need economic and political certainty to boost buyer confidence and keep both markets moving.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Used car sales fall in Q3, down -2.1% to 2.1 million transactions.More buyers opt for electric and diesel cars, with demand up 66.4% and 4.2% respectively.Overall year-to-date sales steady, up 0.1% to more than 6.3 million units. read more

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Brock well represented at Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Brock University is well represented at the Winter Olympic Games in Russia.Six alumni are in Sochi, working behind the scenes in women’s hockey, television, opening and closing ceremonies and with the Canadian Olympic Committee.“I have embraced every moment I’ve spent in Russia,” Stephanie Garant-Jones told the Tennessee Today last week. “No matter the challenges, I would never trade this experience.“While the Olympics are about sporting prowess and defining moments, they are, in a larger sense, about the world coming together.”Garant-Jones spent two years at Brock in the Sport Management program followed by a student exchange completing credits at the University of Tennessee on Letter of Permission.The Quebec native is working her third Olympics. She worked in the Olympic Village in Vancouver 2010 and managed four competition venues two years ago at the Summer Games in London.This year, she is part of the group that ensures communication between the cast and producers in the opening and closing ceremonies.“When I was offered the chance to be involved in the opening and closing ceremonies in Sochi, I jumped at the opportunity.”Brock grads Colin Freeman, Dana Tomiscek, Jordanna Phillips and Adel Mansurov are part of the Canadian Olympic Committee contingent in Sochi.Kristopher Young, a film studies graduate, is the video coach with Canada’s women’s hockey team. The defending Olympic champions are 2-0 after a 3-0 win over Finland Monday.Oakville native Jamie Arnold, who graduated from Brock in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in the Communications, Media Culture and Society stream, is part of the Olympic Broadcasting Services’ world feed production team for men’s hockey.Check back with the Brock News for more stories on Brock alumni at the Winter Games. read more

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Britains new F35 fighter jets fitted with superboosted ejector seats because RAF

MPs last night defended the RAF’s “tip… It comes after an RAF survey last year found 4,272 airmen and women classed as clinically obese, the highest level ever recorded. Each F-35 plane has been equipped with a seat capable of ejecting a person weighing nearly eighteen stone, documents show. In 2014, the air force ordered overweight crew to adopt healthier lifestyles amid fears that too many were not “fighting fit”. Defence sources said the seats had been designed to cope with the “increasingly diverse physical profile” of modern aircrew. Britain’s new fighter jets have been fitted with super-boosted ejector seats because RAF pilots have grown heavier in recent years, the Telegraph has learned. read more

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Spanish man who used skateboard to try to defend woman from London

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3431201 Share155 Tweet Email3 Sara ZelenakMetropolitan Police detectives confirmed her identity earlier today.“We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter and sister of Harrison and Scott,” the family statement read.“We would like to thank our friends and family who are helping up through this very difficult time.”Earlier today, London police who have been searching for the body of a French national missing since Saturday’s terror attack recovered a body from the river Thames.Detectives were appealing for information about Xavier Thomas, aged 45, a French national who had not been seen since the night of the terrorist attack on London Bridge.Last night at around 7.45pm, the body of a man was recovered from the river, near Limehouse, by specialist officers from the Marine Police Unit.Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Thomas’ next of kin have been informed of this development.This discovery has risen the death toll of the attack to eight.Australian staff nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, was killed as she ran to try to help the wounded in the attack on London Bridge, her family said in a statement.“She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person,” her family said.“We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was.”Sara Zelenak was the second Australian killed during the attack.Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian, died in her fiance Tyler Ferguson’s arms after the attackers’ van mowed her down on London Bridge.“My baby brother lost the love of his life,” Cassie Ferguson Rowe wrote on Facebook.In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him. Hearing his painful sobs on the phone while he’s alone trying to deal with this tears me apart.Her family said in a statement that she worked in a homeless shelter before moving to Europe to be with her fiance.“She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death,” they said.Frenchman Alexandre Pigeard, 26, was working as a waiter at Boro Bistro in Borough Market, when he was stabbed.His father Philippe Pigeard said his son’s death was “an incredible injustice”.He was a “wonderful son, a perfect big brother,” a “shining young man,” Pigeard told AFP.Identified by bank card James McMullan, a 32-year-old from Hackney, east London, was identified by a bank card found on his body, according to his sister.He had been out with friends and had stepped outside for a smoke at a pub next to where the attackers crashed their van.“While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals,” Melissa McMullan told Sky News.Off-duty police officers and a business editor were also among the 48 people who were injured in the attack.With reporting from Hayley Halpin, Gráinne Ní Aodha, Órla Ryan, Cliódhna Russell and Cormac Fitzgerald.Read: Man arrested over London attack as police search houseRead: May says she will change human rights laws to fight terrorism Jun 7th 2017, 10:56 PM 67,608 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 102 Comments Short URL Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 10:56 PM By AFP Updated at 11pmTHE FAMILY OF a Spanish man who used his skateboard to try to defend woman from one of the assailants during the London attack have confirmed that he had died, ending an excruciating four-day wait.“Ignacio didn’t survive the attacks,” Ignacio Echeverria’s sister Ana wrote on her Facebook page.“My brother Ignacio tried to stop terrorists and lost his life trying to save others. Igna we love you and will never forget you,” his other sister Isabel wrote on Facebook.Friends of Echeverria, who lived in London, were quoted in Spanish media as saying that they were walking in the area when they saw what they thought was an ordinary fight.On closer look, it appeared that a man was beating a woman.Echeverria rushed over to help and tried to defend her with a skateboard he had with him, prompting British media to dub him the “skateboard hero”.Spain has criticised the sluggish pace of the British victim identification process, which led to an excruciating wait for Echeverria’s two sisters, two brothers and parents.Earlier, police confirmed that French national Sebastien Belanger was another victim of the London Bridge terror attack to be identified. The French national has been identified as one of the eight people who were killed during the incident.The 36-year-old was living and working in the capital.Met Police have said that a specially trained family liaison officers are supporting his family.Two Australians The family of Australian national Sara Zelenak, aged 21, who died during Saturday’s terror attack on London Bridge, have paid tribute to her. Spanish man who used skateboard to try to defend woman from London attacker confirmed dead The Spanish national was one of eight people killed in the incident.last_img read more

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Battle Ground police seeking man who groped people in WalMart

first_imgThe Battle Ground Police Department shared surveillance images Tuesday of a man wanted for questioning after a report of inappropriate touching of two females inside the town’s Wal-Mart last week.Police said the incident took place around 5 p.m. March 15. The man was last seen driving away in a small black pickup shown in one of the photos taken from the store’s surveillance video.The department asked anyone with helpful information in the case, or who can identify the man, to contact Detective Rick Kelly at 360-342-5242 or rick.kelly@cityofbg.org. People can also leave anonymous tips online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.last_img read more

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Man City can win Champions League – Gundogan

first_imgManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his team can win the Champions League this season thanks to the team’s maturity.Pep Guardiola’s men were eliminated by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite their dominance in the League.Gundogan, who has been instrumental to City’s campaign so far, feels the English giants are ready to challenge for the European crown.“I dream of winning the Champions League title with Manchester City and a title with Germany,” he told WAZ.“In Manchester last season we had the feeling that we are ready for it. It was not enough. This year nothing has changed in this feeling.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I believe that we are even a bit more mature. We have the potential to become Champions League winners.”Gundogan joined City in mid-2016, but a knee injury saw him sidelined for most of his first season before making his return in 2017-18.The Germany international, 27, said he was grateful for the support he received through his injury.“I enjoy playing at Manchester City. I’m satisfied right now and well on the way to getting back into shape,” Gundogan said.“The leaders of the club were always behind me in the difficult phase and I had complete support. I do not forget something like that.”last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Minister Dames Lauds Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames speaks at the Official Launching of the Angel Tree Programme, on December 1, 2017, at Town Centre Mall.   Prison Fellowship Bahamas sponsors the fundraising and volunteer-driven programme; and it is a way for the children of prisoners to receive Christmas presents on behalf of their parents.As long as they are allowed access to their children, prisoners are given the opportunity to apply for a gift to be sent to them.   Each gift is sent as though it is from the parent and is accompanied by a personal message written from the parent for their child.(BIS Photo / Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Heroin Meth Seized In Kodiak Arrests

first_imgThree Kodiak residents are behind bars and more heroin is off the streets after their arrest Monday afternoon.Charged with robbery, theft, assault, kidnapping and drug misconduct are 39-year-old Jami Gibson, 38-year-old Phil Gibson and 27-year old Julian Valdez. The three were arrested after allegedly tying up three men living in a tent and beating one of them with a wooden rod.Sergeant Eric Olsen is with the Alaska State troopers and said the unidentified victims, aged 17, 21 and 23, told troopers they were awakened early Monday morning by someone cutting open their tent. He said they were then tied together with a phone cord and the 21-year-old was beaten repeatedly with what was described as a large wooden dowel. At some point the men were able to escape their captors and seek medical treatment in the emergency room and the troopers were contacted to come investigate.“At that point additional resources were obtained,” Olsen said. “Both the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Kodiak Police Department conducted a joint operation in which two search warrants were served at a residence here in Kodiak within the city limits area.”The home belonged to the Gibsons, and during the search officers found about 15 grams of black and brown heroin, 1 gram of methamphetamine, prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The drugs have an approximate street value of $14,000.Jami and Phil Gibson were arrested and Olsen said further investigation led to the arrest of a third accomplice, Valdez, later Monday afternoon.Olsen said the attack of the three men in the tent was provoked after one of the men reportedly stole a large sum of money from the Gibsons.“This is not a random event. The citizens of Kodiak are not in danger of anything else like that,” Olsen said. “So at this point the case has been presented to the district attorneys office. We’re still conducting follow-up investigation.”The three men that were arrested were held at the Kodiak jail until their arraignment Tuesday afternoon. Both Phil Gibson and Valdez were held on $250,000 bail as well as a court-appointed third part and Jami Gibson was held on $50,000 bail plus a court-appointed third party.Olsen said these recent arrests reaffirm that Kodiak does indeed have a drug problem and it is most likely contributing to other crimes in town.“The town of Kodiak, we have an epidemic of drug problems here in this town. It’s out of control and we’re doing the best we can to follow up on every action and report of narcotics that we receive,” Olsen said. “It’s a team effort by our agency as well as other local agencies here in Kodiak. And we’re doing the best we can. We realize there’s a problem and we’re doing everything we can to make sure the citizens of Kodiak are safe and that it’s not a continuing problem. But right now meth and heroin is our number one problem and it’s a catalyst for all kinds of different problems. And any help we can get from the public is truly appreciated.”Olsen said folks can always report tips to Crime Stoppers anonymously. That phone number is 486-3113.last_img read more

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