The Disaster Management Department in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday marked the central part of the State safe after water from Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo river over-topped a landslide-induced barrier in the morning and started flowing downstream.Landslide in MilinA landslide in the Milin section of the river had created a 1.7 km barrier at 11 a.m. on October 29, temporarily blocking the flow of water towards Arunachal Pradesh. A landslide of bigger intensity in the same section on October 17 had created a 3.5 km barrier.The Yarlung Tsangpo becomes the Siang after entering India and flows through three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.Water over-topping“We received information from China via the Central Water Commission that the accumulated water began over-topping the Milin section barrier at 9.30 a.m. The water reached Tuting in Upper Siang at 5.55 p.m. and is likely to reach Pasighat (on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border) at 3 a.m. on Thursday,” said Bidol Tayeng, Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Department secretary.Second breach Mr. Tayeng said that the force and volume of the water were less than that on October 19 when the barrier formed on Yarlung Tsangpo 13 days ago had breached.However, the heads of the districts through which the Siang river meanders have been asked to ensure people do not venture out to the river for any purpose until the flow of water becomes normal.
Itanagar, Feb 24 (PTI) New Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today said youths of the state have immense potential which must be nurtured by empowering them. ?We have to make our youths realize their potential through inspirational and motivational exposures, career guidance and capacity building,? he said. Encouraging the youths to take up sports activities, the chief minister aid physical activity is vital to fostering of physical, social and emotional health to develop their employability skills. To harness the youths potential more employment and career opportunities for sports would be created through partnerships with all segments and institutions of the state, he added. Pul announced that sportspersons who have brought laurels to the state would be properly awarded. He congratulated weightlifter Umpe Dambi, who hails from the state, who won a gold at the 11th Youth (Boys & Girls) and 52nd Men & 28th Women Junior National Weightlifting Championships held at Patna recently. Dambi lifted 91 kg in the snatch section to win the gold medal, an official release informed. The chief minister also congratulated Gungte Yangfo, who won a bronze medal in the snatch section by lifting 80 kg and encouraged Ruba Tadu, who settled fifth in the championship for his future performance, it added. PTI UPL KK KK
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur is most likely to replace Shashank Manohar as president of the world’s richest cricket body, sources told India Today. Manohar, today, stepped down as BCCI president and as chairman of the International Cricket Council.Other reports claimed IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla was also in contention along with Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke.It is understood that Manohar wanted to quit the coveted BCCI post as he believed it was increasingly difficult to implement the recommendations made by the RM Lodha Panel in wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal that rocked Indian cricket back in 2013.Manohar, 59, believed that if all the Lodha suggestions were implemented, the BCCI president’s role would be largely ornamental. He had taken over as BCCI president for a second term in October 2015 after the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Manohar had served as BCCI top boss from 2008-11.According to BCCI rules, a Special General Meeting (SGM) will have to be convened by the secretary, who has to apprise members of the situation.
Deepak Shodhan, who was the first Indian to score a Test century in his debut innings, died at his Ahmedabad home on Monday.Shodhan, 87, was the country’s oldest surviving Test cricketer. He was suffering from lung cancer, which was detected in February this year.DREAM DEBUT Born on October 18, 1928, Shodhan made his Test debut at the age of 25 against Pakistan in 1952 at the Eden Gardens. Coming in to bat at No. 8 with India reeling at 179/6, Shodhan held on with the tail-enders and smashed a fine 110 to hand India the lead. The match ended in a draw and India won the series 2-1.Strangely, Shodhan did not play more than three Test matches. After his fine effort on debut, he was selected for the tour of West Indies and scored 45 and 11 in the first Test at Port-of-Spain. Injured for the next three Tests, Shodhan was taken ill on the first day of the final match but got up from his sick bed to score a determined 15 not out (at No.10) when India were facing certain defeat. Shodhan finished with 181 run from his three Tests.A stylist left-hand batsman and a left-arm fast bowler, Shodhan also played for Gujarat and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy and was a title-winner in 1957-58 season. In 43 first-class matches, he scored 1802 runs and took 73 wickets.
Gordon Strachan will continue as the coach of Scotland’s national football team, the Scottish FA has announced after reviewing the team’s poor start to their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.The review follows Scotland’s loss to England at Wembley last week which saw them slump to fifth place in Group F.”Following the review, the decision has been taken to continue to support Gordon Strachan and his staff,” the Scottish FA said in a statement on their website (www.scottishfa.co.uk).”Gordon shared the disappointment of the Board and, of course, the fans. He is adamant, however, that we can recover the position and believes a play-off place still to be attainable,” Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan said.”The Board are convinced that he still has the hunger for this challenge and we have four home qualifiers in 2017 to rejuvenate our campaign.” (FIFA takes action against England, Scotland over poppies)Scotland beat bottom-placed Malta, but suffered 3-0 defeats against second-placed Slovakia and pool-toppers England. They were held 1-1 by fourth-placed Lithuania.”There are still 18 points to play for and the players, the staff and I will give everything we have to turn things around,” the 59-year-old Strachan said.
Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Editors’ Recommendations A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design This Desert Oasis Is a Stylish Update on Classic Adobe Homes When a young family needed a home with an open floor plan, Terry and Terry Architecture took up the challenge. Skyline House is a rebuild of a post-firestorm home from the early 1990s. It sits in the hills of the Eastbay mountains, overlooking Oakland and the bay beyond. The family wanted to create a connection between the garden at the front of the home and the vistas at the back. Through the use of a clever tube-shaped design, the architects were able to create that connection while still taking the extreme weather of the mountains into consideration.Using the sloped site and existing floor plan to its advantage, the home steps down rather than rising up, allowing it to better blend in with the natural surroundings and keep visual obstructions to a minimum. The goal of this project was to always be sure nature came first. Redwoods on either side of the property were preserved, while glass walls at the front and back of the home allow for clear views from the entryway garden.The main level of Skyline House includes the entryway, family room, dining area, kitchen, master suite, and a bedroom. Going downstairs reveals the lower level, which contains a projection room for watching movies, two more bedrooms, and an office. Simple, natural materials of hardwood, stone, and concrete reflect the surrounding landscape, keeping with the minimalist mantra of bringing the outdoors in. Mid-century modern furniture was used throughout the home. The low profile of these pieces make them ideal for this space while adding a touch of style to the design.The large family room features open floor plan, jaw dropping views, a suspended fireplace, and a dramatically curved, wood-covered ceiling designed to mimic the fog that rolls in over the hills. This unique shape allows for ventilation while also serving a much talked about focal point of the space. A set of sliding glass doors can be tucked away into the wall, allowing for the family room and deck to become one large, open space. Glass panel railings on deck look out over the city below, the bay, and the mountains beyond.Perhaps the best room in the home is the master suite. It is simplistic, again allowing the scenery to shine. What really makes it special is the private balcony and a large soaking tub in the bathroom — both are perfect for unwinding after a long day and taking in the view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
“It is my right to vote, and I need to select the candidate of my choice… . I’m a medical person… and I’m still working,” Ms. Hampton said, adding that that her vote is very important to the future of the country she lives in. After living in the United States of America for 52 years, Jamaican born 84-year-old nurse, Murlin Hampton, was determined to independently use her stroller to get to Clark County in Nevada, to cast her vote during the 2018 Midterm Elections on November 6. Story Highlights After living in the United States of America for 52 years, Jamaican born 84-year-old nurse, Murlin Hampton, was determined to independently use her stroller to get to Clark County in Nevada, to cast her vote during the 2018 Midterm Elections on November 6.“It is my right to vote, and I need to select the candidate of my choice… . I’m a medical person… and I’m still working,” Ms. Hampton said, adding that that her vote is very important to the future of the country she lives in.She was speaking to JIS News, which is visiting sections of the US as part of the Foreign Press Centers’ International Reporting Tour for the elections.Ms. Hampton emphasised that she wants to play her part in ensuring that the United States has good leaders, so that the future generation can have a better life.“I hope they’ll change some things for the better, so that’s why I came out [to vote],” she said.She told JIS News that she has been voting in the US for decades and will do so as long as her ability permits her to.“I’ve seen all the changes that have taken place. I’ve seen how people vote and I’ve seen how they’ve not voted,” she said.Another voter at Clark County, Julie McCrary, expressed similar sentiments as Ms. Hampton.“Why did I vote? [I voted] Because I’m an American… . If you don’t vote; then don’t say nothing about it,” she said.Meanwhile, Diondrea Hysaw said that as a young American, she believes their voices need to be heard, and for that to happen, the American youth have to vote.“I was not going to miss it… . Everyone should express their voice, and I particularly wanted my voice to be heard today, and that’s why I came to vote,” Ms. Hysaw told JIS News.The results from the midterm elections show that the Democrats won the House of Representatives, while the Republicans retained control of the Senate.The US Foreign Press Centers’ International Reporting Tour is taking place between November 1 and 8, and includes 25 journalists from different geographic regions around the world, including Jamaica.The tour includes presentations by American academics, pollsters and journalists covering their respective state’s midterm elections.
APTN National newsThis week, APTN National News brings a Perspectives On series on social media.The series will explore how sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube impacts life.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean brings the first part of this series and begins with a man who changed his life and is using social media in hopes of changing the lives of others.
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. accused the Trump administration of overreach by siding with Boeing in its bid to shut the CSeries commercial jet from the world’s largest airline market by effectively quadrupling the price of any of the planes sold in the United States.“It represents an egregious overreach and misapplication of the U.S. trade laws in an apparent attempt to block the CSeries aircraft from entering the U.S. market,” the Montreal-based transportation manufacturer (TSX:BBD.B) said in response to an additional 80 per cent anti-dumping duty.Bombardier said the Commerce Department has ignored aerospace industry realities, noting that Boeing’s own practice of selling aircraft below production costs for years after launch would fail the test used against the CSeries“This hypocrisy is appalling, and it should be deeply troubling to any importer of large, complex, and highly engineered products,” it said.The decision intensifies political pressure on NAFTA negotiators ahead of next week’s resumption of talks among Canada, Mexico and the U.S.The U.S. Commerce Department added 79.82 per cent to 219.63 per cent in preliminary countervailing tariffs it announced last week, once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.“The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada, but this is not our idea of a properly functioning trading relationship,” stated Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“We will continue to verify the accuracy of this decision, while (doing) everything in our power to stand up for American companies and their workers.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was extremely disappointed, but not surprised given the “baseless and absurdly high” duties last week.“Boeing is manipulating the U.S. trade remedy system to prevent Bombardier’s aircraft, the CSeries, from entering the U.S. market despite Boeing’s admission that it does not compete with the C Series,” she said in a statement.“Our government will continue to vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian aerospace industry and our aerospace workers against irresponsible and protectionist trade measures.”Several U.S. senators and House members also expressed their unhappiness, calling the decision “shortsighted” because it threatens thousands of jobs across the country supported by Bombardier and its suppliers.The latest duty matches the amount originally proposed by Boeing, before it revised its request to 143 per cent because of Bombardier’s refusal to provide certain information to the Commerce Department.The Chicago-based aircraft giant said it welcomes the decision affirming its view that Bombardier sold the CSeries to Delta at prices below production cost to illegally grab market share in the single-aisle airplane market.“This determination confirms that, as Boeing alleged in its petition, Bombardier dumped its aircraft into the U.S. market at absurdly low prices,” it said in a news release.Countervailing duties target what the U.S. considers unfair subsidies, while anti-dumping tariffs go after the alleged selling of imported products below market value.U.S. aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia said the high duties will hurt CSeries sales efforts to leasing companies and shut the plane out of the U.S. unless the U.S. International Trade Commission effectively ends the challenge in February.“If the ITC doesn’t find that this damaged Boeing then this whole thing vanishes like a bad dream,” he said in an interview.Aboulafia says the process appears to have been politicized, which requires authorities to detail their reasonings to avoid further damage to the international jetline sector.A Bombardier union said it wasn’t surprised by the new duty given the 48 per cent increase in the number of dumping allegations since the Trump administration took office.“These tribunals are like the right arm of the large corporations of Boeing,” said Dave Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.He said workers will fight even harder to get the duty reversed.“We will stand up and we will fight.”Boeing petitioned the government in April after its smaller rival secured a deal for up to 125 of its CS100s with Delta in 2016. The firm order for 75 aircraft had a list price of US$5.6 billion, although large orders typically secure steep discounts.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the 100- to 150-seat CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.Boeing’s complaint has prompted a heavy political reaction from the Canadian government and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who fears job losses at Bombardier’s wing assembly facility in Northern Ireland.Canada has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.
Judith Veresuk, executive director of the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, stands in Victoria Park. A view of the customer window in the new Downtown Regina Visitor Service Pavilion on City Square Plaza. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Mayor Michael Fougere speaks with reporters about the new Downtown Regina Visitor Service Pavilion on City Square Plaza. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post The Downtown Regina Visitor Service Pavilion officially opened in City Square Plaza on Tuesday, a project 10 years in the making.“It’s been a long road, but well worth it,” Judith Veresuk, executive director of the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID), said at the launch event.The 526-square-foot visitor centre has two walk-up windows where tourists or residents can get information on programs, events, festivals and activities going on downtown and across the city.Located at the southeast corner of City Square Plaza, it also has a small lending library of sports equipment, a wifi hot spot and a water bottle filling station, and will serve as a meeting point for guided tours.“This is really good news,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It’s another element of animation to bring more activities downtown.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. The pavilion is one of two that were envisioned for the plaza back in 2009. The second pavilion, which will be located on the east side of the plaza, was originally intended to be a food service pavilion similar to a Milky Way or a coffee stand.Ten years later, Veresuk said that vision has shifted.“We’re finding more demand for public washrooms,” she said. “We’re working very closely with the city on what the future of that pavilion is.”Veresuk said city administration is currently doing research to inform the design of the second pavilion, and she expects a report to go before council by the end of the year. Once that happens, RDBID will work with the city to make that vision a reality as well.“There’s lots of discussion between RDBID and the city, and certainly as mayor I want to see that,” said Fougere. In addition to providing information to tourists and passersby, the pavilion will also help support the summer programming going on in and around the plaza, and will be available to event organizers to use as a green room or headquarters, something Nuit Blanche organizers already have plans to do, according to RDBID.“This gives us a lot of opportunity to program the plaza during cold weather events,” said Veresuk, adding they’d like to make use of it in some way during the NHL Heritage Classic, Grey Cup 2020 and possibly have other event organizers like the Regina Folk Festival take advantage of the space.Originally planned for during the design phase of the City Square Plaza in 2010, a $428,000 price tag saw the welcome services pavilion shelved.The project was resurrected in the summer of 2017 when the construction estimate for the pavilion came down to $300,000 and city council agreed to contribute 50 per cent of the funding up to $150,000 with RDBID paying the other 50 per cent.But bids received in December 2018 after a tender for the project was released were higher than the estimated construction cost, with the lowest of the five bids received coming in at $350,500.In March, the city approved an additional $25,000 for the project, bringing its total contribution to $175,000.The pavilion will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays between Victoria Day and Labour Day and on key dates during the fall and winter firstname.lastname@example.org
Emphasizing that the disease harms all countries, Benjamin William Mkapa, the President of Tanzania, observed that ” in a globalizing world, in which distances are shrinking and contacts are multiplying exponentially, the impact on rich developed countries is inescapable; and their prosperity is bound to be affected by the economic decline and pervasive poverty that HIV/AIDS, if unchecked, will unleash.” He quoted, in this context, a proverb from East Africa which states that, “If a dead tree falls, it carries with it a live one.” Afflicted countries, he said, “are here to appeal for greater partnership and more help, with new resources – not repackaged existing aid programmes.”Bertie Ahern, the Prime Minister of Ireland, drew links between the spread of HIV/AIDS and poverty and global inequality. “The fight against HIV/AIDS will never be won without improved international terms of trade, an end to the impossible debt burden on poor countries, more development aid and the achievement of the international development targets,” he said. Stressing the need for strong leadership of prevention efforts, he called on political leaders to help people face the “often uncomfortable facts” about the spread of the disease. “They have to overcome the forces of denial, prejudice and fear.” National leadership must be matched by a global partnership, he said, voicing support for the creation of a Global Fund for Health and HIV/AIDS. Bruno Amoussou, the Prime Minister of Benin, said Africa was giving the pandemic the high degree of attention which it warranted, but resources were needed to implement the continent’s programmes to fight HIV/AIDS. He expressed support for Kofi Annan’s initiative in creating a Global Fund to fight the scourge, which affected all regions of the world, particularly the poorest. “The people of Africa expect much of this special session,” he said. “It is up to us to ensure that the end of this gathering should not mark the end of hope to live for millions of human beings.”Nagoum Yamassoum, the Prime Minister of Chad, joined others in highlighting the importance of both leadership and funding in the battle against AIDS. He said the presence of so many national leaders demonstrated that “this fight is not only the concern of specialists.” HIV did not respect national borders. While an international partnership was building, much work lay ahead. A large mobilization of resources would be needed to break out of the vicious circle in which AIDS contributed to poverty, and poverty contributed to AIDS. As such, Chad supported the proposed Global Fund for AIDS and Health. “Bringing together all of our resources and all of our forces, we will win this war,” he said.Peter Mafany Musonge, the Prime Minister of Cameroon, said that with AIDS threatening to plunge Africa “into misery and utter despair,” the time had come for rapid action. Cameroon welcomed the proposed Global Fund and paid tribute to all countries which had already announced contributions to it. In addition, the Government supported all efforts to achieve a significant drop in the prices of medicines to treat AIDS, especially anti-retroviral drugs. He expressed hope that the international community would rise to the current challenge, “which we must absolutely overcome for the harmonious development of the world.” The morning and afternoon plenary meetings of the Assembly, were followed by another session stretching into the evening and involving the participation of high-level representatives from over 70 nations. Addressing the evening meeting last night, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Paramanga Errest Yonli, said that many good intentions had been expressed, and many promises made, but “the words and intentions have not been followed by concrete actions.” He appealed for a new international effort to provide access to all those who were sick with AIDS – with no discrimination – to treatment by antiretroviral drugs and other appropriate forms of care. In addition, he called for debt cancellation for the poorest AIDS-afflicted countries and expressed support for the creation of the Global Fund.Owen Arthur, the Prime Minister of Barbados, underscored the toll taken by HIV/AIDS on the Caribbean, where prevalence rates were second only to sub-Saharan Africa. “Even more ominous,” he said, “HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among young people in the Caribbean.” The pandemic, however, was above all a global problem which required a global emergency response in support of regional and national programmes to fight HIV/AIDS. That response should involve information campaigns to educate people on how to avoid infection, improved treatment and care for those living with HIV/AIDS, and an intensified search for a cure and vaccine, he said. Guinea-Bissau’s President, Kumba Yala, said countries like his own, which had limited means, required international solidarity in order to fight the epidemic. All people — rich or poor, male or female — were affected by the disease, he said. Poverty and underdevelopment provided favourable conditions for the epidemic’s spread, which was further complicated by conditions of conflict or internal crises. Guinea-Bissau, which had an AIDS prevalence rate of 8-10 per cent of its adult population, found itself unable to provide antiretroviral medicines to those in need. He called for a response on the national, regional and global scale to stop the scourge of AIDS.
Estate agents are including the details of a property’s past to add interest to historic buildings amid a surge in public curiosity about the provenance of their homes. Now sellers keen for a good price are hiring historians to discover interesting facts about their properties in order to sell them for a higher price. Many homeowners bake bread, brew coffee, prepare flowers and cut the lawn to entice potential buyers into purchasing their house. Details such as the plan form of a historic house and the materials used in its construction can raise… Specialists are adding value to homes by discovering how their occupancy, architecture and purpose have changed over time through archival research.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of stealing motorcycle granted bailJuly 18, 2019In “Court”Taxi driver accused on stealing $6M granted bailNovember 19, 2016In “Court”Miner accused of stealing raw gold granted bailJune 28, 2017In “Court” Accused: Sherwin La RoseA Guyhoc Garden resident who allegedly set his dog (a pit bull) on Police ranks who swooped down at his property to arrest him in relation to an offence was on Wednesday before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to the allegations.The two charges slapped against 37-year-old Sherwin La Rose were denied by him.Magistrate Fabayo Azore read the first charge which alleged that he on May 28, 2018 at Guyhoc Garden, La Rose assaulted Jamal Watson, a Police Officer, who was at the time executing his duties.It is being further alleged that La Rose willfully attempted to obstruct the course of justice by losing his dog in his bid to escape from the Police.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne who disclosed that the case file is still incomplete did not read the facts of the matter.She however, had no objection to bail and same was granted in the sum of $75,000.La Rose is schedule to make his second Court appearance on June 27, 2018.
Atlas Copco has agreed to acquire the underground business of GIA Industri from Vätterledens Verkstad AB. With the acquisition, Atlas Copco broadens its offering with products including electric mine trucks, utility vehicles and ventilation systems. GIA Industri was founded in 1884 and has been owned by Vätterledens Verkstad since 1994. The GIA headquarter and production facility is located in Grängesberg, Sweden. The acquired business has 113 employees and annual revenues of about SEK 230 million. The seller will retain the operations of GIA that are not related to mining.“The acquisition of GIA is a good strategic fit for Atlas Copco. We are entering new market segments and will be able to serve customers with an even broader product portfolio,” said Bob Fassl, Business Area President for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. “We especially look forward to offering our customers the Kiruna electric haulage truck with its strong environmental profile, and see great opportunities in leveraging Atlas Copco’s global sales network for this and GIA’s other products.” GIA’s products also include locomotives and shuttle car systems for underground transportation, charging and service trucks, scaling and cable bolting equipment, digging arm loaders (Häggloader) and complete ventilation systems. GIA is mainly represented through distributors.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For most Greek Orthodox Christians, the most popular time to be in Church is on the night of Holy Saturday, when the Easter Divine Liturgy culminates in celebratory chanting and fireworks.But for the parishioners of the Church of Panagia Evangelistria in Chios, nothing beats the Holy Saturday morning liturgy, when the ‘first announcement’ of the Holy Resurrection is celebrated, with the customary tossing of laurels to the parishioners. This is largely due to the colourful personality of local vicar, Father Christophoros Gourlis, who is known for his enthusiastic performance of the custom.This time round, a crew from Australia flew in to document the event, and Father Christoforos did not disappoint. After the reading of the Epistle, he stormed out of the Holy Sanctuary, leaping towards the congregation and throwing around bunches of laurels, while the other members of the church were shaking the chandeliers and making loud banging noises to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.Smart phones in hand, churchgoers made sure to record the performance and share it through social media, making it viral in no time.But the event was not all flash and joy. Father Christoforos took time to remind the congregation of the two soldiers who remain in captivity in Turkey and asked all present to join him in a solemn prayer.THROWING CLAY JUGS IN CORFUThe crew filming Father Christoforos in Chios was not the only Australian media outlet focusing in Greek Easter customs.The ABC website run a feature story on one of the country’s most iconic traditions – the throwing of water-filled clay jugs in Corfu.The event takes place on Holy Saturday, after the first announcement of the Holy Resurrection, in the centre of Corfu town, where families gather in their balconies and throw red clay jugs, filled with water down to the streets, which are roaring with the thunderous sound of collective clay-breaking.Thousands of tourists gather each year to observe this tradition and get sprayed with water and shards of broken clay. Some even take home pieces of the broken jugs, as they are considered to bring good luck.The exact origin of the custom is not known. Some think it dates back to Ancient Greece, though most believe that it hails from the days of Venetian occupation and stems from the Venetian custom of throwing away old things on New Year’s eve.
Edwin van der Sar admits he was expecting an Ajax vs. Juventus pairing in the last 16 of the Champions League and further explained he had good memories in TurinVan der Sar spent two seasons as Juve’s No 1 but did not truly convince between the sticks and was replaced in the summer of 2001 by Gianluigi Buffon, who arrived from Parma in a then-world record deal for a goalkeeper.“It’s always a pleasure to come back to Turin,” he told Football Italia after Ajax drew Real Madrid on Monday.What a draw @AFCAjax playing against @realmadrid in the next round @ChampionsLeague. Brings back memories to our match in November 1994 when we won 0-2 in Santiago Bernabéu. #UCL #ajarea ❌❌❌ pic.twitter.com/auGKYhM69R— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) December 17, 2018David de Gea is replaceable at Man United, says Van der Sar Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar insists the club’s current number one David de Gea isn’t irreplaceable amid doubts over his future.“I had a good time at Juventus, before my transfer to Fulham and then Manchester United.“Matthijs de Ligt is an important player, who came through our youth system. He’s our captain today and we’re happy with him.“All the teams are great in the last 16. It’s a shame that we didn’t get Juventus as I’d have liked to face them as my former club.”
Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Concept Cars Electric Cars Crossovers Sedans Nissan IMs blends sedan, SUV virtues into a Detroit Show star 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Detroit Auto Show 2019 Nissan 0 See All 87 Photos On some level, even humble economy cars are industrial works of art. Perhaps because of that fact, it’s not surprising that when we think of new car designs — especially concept cars — we envision their appearance as being the result of someone who set pen to paper, hand to clay or pixel to screen. And while all of those processes still happen, nearly all of today’s car designs have their genesis in a very different process: customer research. Take this Nissan IMs Concept that just debuted at Monday’s 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Its sexy fastback form, its 22-inch wheels and its clever lighting all look sufficiently organic that it seems as if it were born of a single mind. The truth is, the Nissan IMs electric show car is the result of exhaustive research. The Japanese automaker surveyed thousands of people to see the way automobiles are being used, how their habits are changing and where technology will enable car design to go in the future. The IMs Concept isn’t just an artistic vision, in other words. It’s rolling thesis. In this case, that thesis is a Level Four autonomous sedan with a raised ride height and seating position, the latter realized in a novel reconfigurable cabin that’s loaded with futuristic tech.So, how does one get from reams of questionnaires and discussions about marketplace “white space” to a sleek, pillarless four-door sedan with 483 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque and a 115-kWh battery good for 380 miles of range? Back in late September, I got the chance to find out: Nissan gave me a deep dive into the genesis of this concept car, including the chance to sit in on a number of presentations and have an early look at a full-scale mockup in Nissan’s design studio in Atsugi, Japan. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Certainly, there’s an agenda at work here: Nissan’s Leaf was the first modern EV to hit the market, and the company has been pushing its Intelligent Mobility platform, which has put ProPilot Assist Level 2 partial automation driving tech in the hands of more drivers than perhaps any other brand. It’s no coincidence that the IMs’ buildout hinges upon both electric drive and even higher levels of automation promised for the not-too-distant future.To that end, the automaker started by surveying motorists and owners of other Nissan products about unmet needs, and it looked at how car preferences are evolving over time, in part by examining the company’s back catalog of research. That same sort of research previously led to the creation of the Leaf EV itself, along with left-of-center models like the love-it-or-hate-it Juke, a model that was massively successful worldwide.In this case, an ideal customer profile was created, and that help set the framework for the IMs Concept. That theoretical ideal customer, known as the “Sharp Optimist,” is a fictional man named Hugo, about 50 years old, who is a successful and well-read person keen to discreetly show off his status. Hugo buys a lot of new technology, trusts autonomous products and wants to minimize his environmental footprint. Nissan posits that Hugo may presently own something like an Audi A7, but to my ears, Hugo also sounds an awful lot like a typical Tesla customer.Enlarge ImageThe IMs features dynamic pulsing exterior lights that glow blue while the car is in self-driving mode. Nissan No matter how closely you hew to Nissan’s theoretical ideal customer’s age, hobbies or income level, to my eyes, I’m betting many of you will find the IMs Concept attractive. The company calls the IMs an “elevated sport sedan,” with the idea that Hugo and friends enjoy the commanding view afforded by an SUV, but they don’t necessarily want that vehicular genre’s typically boxy (and now common) form.Some automakers have tried lifted sedans before, including Volvo’s short-lived S60 Cross Country and Subaru’s lumbering Legacy SUS and Outback Sedan, but whereas those production models felt like regular sedans with some SUV costume jewelry tacked on, the IMs looks more holistically executed. Though to my eyes, it also doesn’t feel as brand-new an idea as Nissan seems to think it is.If the idea that this so-called “neo sedan” was born out of market research comes across as cold, know that it doesn’t feel that way in person, nor does this seem like a rote exercise on behalf of the designers. Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for global design, calls the IMs a “sleek bullet space capsule, and indeed, throughout its gestation, the IMs was internally codenamed “Moonraker” in honor of the 1979 James Bond film, and the aim was to capture some of that film’s interstellar feel and general 007 suaveness.The IMs spans 190 inches long — about 2 inches shorter than a 2019 Maxima — yet it rides on a much longer 114-inch wheelbase (nearly half a foot longer than the Max). That, along with an adaptive air suspension, helps provide a cushier ride and more interior space.Enlarge ImagePiilarless doors reveal a reconfigurable interior including a rear “Emperor’s chair.” Nissan While the exterior is sharp, it’s the IMs’ inside that feels the most futuristic. Drawing inspiration from Japan’s avant-garde hotels, there are show car touches everywhere you look, including a dashboard that features a latticework-like visible substructure produced by 3D printing. The geometric supports (which surely would be a royal pain to keep clean in the real world) are echoed in patterns found on the glass roof, yoke-style steering wheel and pedals, among other places.The cabin theme was said to be inspired by Kumiko, a traditional Japanese art form that uses wood slats to create intricate designs without nails. Nissan’s chief designer, Alfonso Albaisa, tells me that these elements, along with the entire interior’s aesthetic, is informed by the Japanese concept of ‘Ma’ (間) which roughly translates to “the space between things” — basically, negative space. In this case, the gaps in the geometric forms help define how we feel about the cabin as much as the structures themselves.Enlarge ImageA deployable wheel emerges for manual driving. Note the 3D-printed lattice-like dashboard endcaps. Nissan The IMs’ interior’s configuration is also dictated by the car’s Level Four hardware. There’s a standard manual mode wherein the driver can use the aforementioned wheel and pedals, as well as a novel dual-layer gauge cluster, to pilot the car. When the vehicle is set in fully autonomous mode, the steering wheel goes flush to the dashboard, and the cabin can be reconfigured in a delta-like pattern, with the front seats turning inward to encourage communication.In this setup, the second row center seat becomes the best in the house, with the center “Premier Seat” or the “Emperor’s Chair” turning into something of a lounge chair, complete with a fold-out ottoman for relaxation. The seats themselves aren’t stitched in the usual leather, they’re covered in a futuristic — dare I say, ’70s spacey — fabric with gold threads.In a bit of flight-of-fantasy tech, Nissan says the IMs also includes an augmented reality avatar to assist with things like navigation directions, and it features some of the “Invisible to Visible” technology that Nissan recently highlighted at CES.Enlarge ImageThe IMs may be a sedan, but it’s mixed with an SUV-like ride height and seating position. Steven Pham/Roadshow For the moment, Nissan isn’t saying that the IMs has any sort of production future, and officials demurred when I asked if an execution like this could form the basis for a future Maxima replacement (after all, traditional sedan sales have been cratering as buyers flock to crossovers). That said, Albaisa did confirm plans to offer a production version of the IMX electric SUV concept, which was shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The production IMX will be one of eight new EVs that Nissan will debut by 2022.If anything, the IMs Concept’s size and upscale ambition may hew a little too closely to that of Nissan’s Infiniti brand, but that doesn’t seem to bother Albaisa and Company. Perhaps there’s enough “Ma” between Nissan’s current range and the company’s premium division in order to bring something like this to showrooms, but sadly, doing so feels like a bit of a moonshot to me. 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