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first_imgCU, IISER Pune, Glasgow University get joint funding CU, IISER Pune, Glasgow University get joint fundingKolkata, Dec 6 (PTI) The Calcutta University, IISER Pune and the University of Glasgow have secured a joint funding of Rs 1.4 crore from an international credit mobility scheme for encouraging collaboration between the three institutes.The funding will allow bilateral exchange of staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students over a two-year period.The Erasmus+ international credit mobility funding will encourage knowledge and research collaboration and build on the strong existing links between the two Indian universities and the Glasgow University, the principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Prof Anton Muscatelli, said in a statement.The Erasmus+ programme is a funding scheme to support activities in education, training and sports and its international credit mobility is an opening for students and staff between EU countries and non-EU partner countries.Prof Naresh Sharma, head of the International Relations office at IISER Pune, also said in the statement, “The University of Glasgow understood the structure and value of our five-year degree programme and how it harmonised with their flagship M.Sci degrees.”This new award affords a fantastic opportunity for IISER students to work with leading scientists in Glasgow and the IISER is really looking forward to welcoming the group of Glasgow working in our research labs.”The Glasgow and Pune teams have already identified graduate students and staff in chemistry, physics, education and biology who will make research visits between the two cities over the next 24 months, the statement said.advertisementThe Glasgow University also has long-standing links with the University of Calcutta, Muscatelli said. PTI SUS MM MMlast_img read more

first_imgIndian air is dirty, and particularly so in cities like Delhi and Noida where there are days when you can taste and smell the pollution. And this pollution can wrack havoc with your health if you happen to live in an area where the air is bad? Solution? There aren’t any good solutions. But air purifiers can help. And good air purifiers can help more. The Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier, launched recently in India, is one of the good ones.That is, however, not much of the surprise. The Dyson Pure Cool is an expensive air purifier, so expensive that you know, even before you have used it, that it is going to be good. The key question then: Is it so good that it justifies its high price? And answer is not simple.Dyson is a British tech company. It known for its products that have a futuristic design and technologies. In July it launched the upgraded version of its Pure Cool air purifiers in India. While the tower variant of Pure Cool air purifier is available for Rs 43,900, its humble cousin ie the desk variant is available at a “modest” price of Rs 36,900.For this review, I used the ritzy variant of the two devices i.e. Pure Cool air purifier tower, which comes in a glamorous Electric Blue-Steel Grey colour. And after using it for nearly two weeks, I have just one thing to say: its amazing! Expensive, yes. But amazing.Due to growing concerns around the air pollution, air purifiers have become a fairly common contrivance these days. Many companies including Philips, Kent and Xiaomi are offering their own air purifiers under Rs 10,000. So what makes Dyson Pure Cool air purifier so special?advertisementWell, the Pure Cool air purifier brings Dyson’s design expertise to a seemingly ordinary looking device and transforms it into something that you won’t mind flaunting in your drawing room. That said, don’t be deceived by its looks as this beauty comes with a brain.DesignDyson is known for its futuristic designs. Be it a simple hair-dryer or an ordinary looking vacuum cleaner, the British brand is known for its outlandish designs that make a bold statement every time. And the Pure Cool air purifier is no exception to this rule. Its simple yet elegant design is hard to miss and is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Dyson Pure Cool comes with uni-body design, with the filters placed on the trunk of the air purifier. The trunk, which houses three separate filters including carbon filter, can be removed and replaced easily when the filter life degenerates. These filters suck in air from a 360-degree plane and project it from the top of the device, which is shaped like a futuristic loop. The uni-body of the air purifier is placed on a base, which allows the device to rotate up to 350-degrees to push out purified air.The upgraded design allows purified air to be projected from two directions. During the warmer months of the year, air can be projected from the front of the loop using the forward airflow mode, which in turn gives a cooling effect as the purified air is being projected. And during the cooler months of the year, the diffused airflow mode allows the purified air to flow through the sides of the annular loop.The latest version of the air purifier also sports an LCD display, which monitors the air quality in real time and gives information such as the level of various pollutants — PM2.5 and PM10 — and humidity among other things.The Pure Cool air purifier brings Dysons design expertise to a seemingly ordinary looking device and transforms it into something that you won’t mind flaunting in your drawing roomAnother interesting thing about the design is that besides being elegant, it comes with a mechanism that makes it “child proof”. The whole design is so good that you can put in your bedroom or your living room and the Pure Cool will also look like an item of decor.PerformanceAs far as the performance of this newly-launched air-purifier is concerned, the Pure Cool is truly a star. For starters, it is extremely easy to use. You can control various aspects of the device using the tiny remote, which the company ships along with the main device. However, if that is not in the vicinity, you can use the Dyson Link app on your Android smartphones or iPhones to control the air-purifier and get real-time update of the air quality index and indoor air quality.advertisement You can either use the air purifier in the auto mode. In this mode, it will automatically set the fan level after taking input from its sensor. Or you can put it on the manual settings. When using it on manual mode, you can even set a schedule for it to follow. For example, if you want the Pure Cool to turn off when you are off to work, you can schedule it to do so and it will obey your command without fail daily. Additionally, the controls also come with a special night mode. In this mode the speed of the fan slows down so that you can sleep in silence.The Cool Pure, as I mentioned before, gives details about the indoor air quality in an easy to understand manner. While this information is nice, the most important question here is how efficient the device really is?The ultimate test of its efficiency, during my two-week long tenure with Cool Pure air-purifier came when I went out of town for four days. Instead of turning the device off, I decided to let it work hoping that it would automatically tune into the power off mode and stop consuming electricity when the air would be clean (did I forget to mention that?). Upon my arrival, I was expecting to experience a mouldy smell in my room as all the doors and windows were locked shut and it’s rainy season in NCR nowadays. However, to my astonishment, the room seemed absolutely fresh with no trace of any residual odor. And that alone is a sufficient proof of its efficacy.Should you buy it?Well, the answer is yes. That is if you don’t mind spending big bucks on an air purifier that costs 2X or even 3X compared to regular purifiers in the market. But I think the money you will spent on it is justified. The Pure Cool Air Purifier is both stylish and efficient. It gives you real time information about the air quality both inside and outside your house and it is easy to control. It is particularly a good gizmo to have if you have toddlers in your home.ALSO READ: Dyson Supersonic hairdryer review: From the future but available now Yes, it is expensive. While it does offer value for money, I believe that it is indeed a bit pricey for the Indian market. However, if price is not an issue for you, the Pure Cool is best air purifier you can buy in India right now.Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier review8/10Good stuffElegant designEfficientEasy to useBad stuffExpensivelast_img read more

first_imgHarbhajan Singh was all praise for Virat Kohli after the India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings in one day internationals.Kohli on Wednesday smashed his 37th century and in the process became the fastest man to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs.Kohli struck 157 not out as India posted a challenging 321/6 against West Indies in the second ODI at Vizag. In reply, the Windies rode on Shai Hope’s inspiring 123 not out and Shemron Hetmyer’s 94 to tie the match with India as they reached 321/7 in their 50 overs.India continue to lead the series 1-0 thanks to their victory in the first ODI in Guwahati.READ – The single that wasn’t, leg byes and other factors in a thrilling tie”Virat must have been really, really pleased with the result. It could have gone either way. From the West Indies’ point of view they must have been happy with the result and at the same time it could have been disappointing as well because they were also very close to victory. But it was a great game of cricket.”But talking about Kohli…My salute to this guy. The way he goes about his business, every time he walks out on the field with all the expectations from him. He is just unbelievable. A run-machine I would say. It is not easy being Virat Kohli. He is one guys who takes the load on his shoulder. His performances are just too good. Undoubtedly, I would say he is the No.1 batsman what I have seen over the years now. I have played with lot of greats…with paaji [Sachin Tendulkar]…the respect for him will remain the same even if Virat Kohli goes past his records. Paaji gonna remain paaji [up top].advertisement”I have got lot of respect for Virat with what he has done. When he came he was a chubby guy and now if you see him with all the hard work he has done…look at his record. He is doing something special. He is setting a right example for all the young cricketers who are willing to play this game. He is a perfect role model,” Harbhajan told India Today.WATCH – Virat Kohli is making everyone proud: Harbhajan SinghRecords tumble every time Kohli walks out to bat. He became the 5th Indian batsmen to join the 10,000-run club.READ – 1 tie, 4 losses and 8 wins: How batsmen fared on reaching 10,000 runsKohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10143) but only 9969 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Not just that, Kohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in a calendar for the sixth time.READ – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000He became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.”I have never seen Virat getting tensed about situations, especially when he is there in the middle with the bat in his hand. While fielding maybe a little bit but when he’s ready for the challenge all the time when batting. I have never seen him tensed before the game, in the game or after the game. I don’t know how he does all this and it’s not that easy especially when you have expectations. Whenever he walks out to bat, people expect him to score hundred. The reason behind this what I feel is he prepares himself like match situation. I have seen people not taking practise so seriously but Kohli practises with dedication. When you practice so well, the game becomes easier and being Virat Kohli is difficult,” Harbhajan said.Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubIt is a known fact that Kohli is a passionate cricketer and plays the sport with 100 per cent commitment. But off the field, he is as relaxed and friendly with everyone.”He is very funny, very witty with his one liners. He does mimicry as well. He’s a fun-loving guy and enjoys being with friends. But on the field he’s a different person. He’s making everyone proud and setting the right examples,” Harbhajan said.The third ODI between India and the Windies will be played in Pune on Saturday.last_img read more

first_img Here’s a list of the top 10:AlabamaGeorgiaTexasTexas A&MLSUOklahomaOregonMichiganFloridaClemsonThe SEC showed why its consistently one of the deepest conferences in college football taking home five of the top 10 classes in the 2019 recruiting cycle.Kirby Smart continues to build a powerhouse at Georgia after leaving Nick Saban and the Tide. Meanwhile, Tom Herman landed his best class at Texas – thanks to a late transfer from five-star recruit Bru McCoy from USC.Jim Harbaugh and company finished with the top class in the Big Ten, though Penn State (No. 13) and Ohio State (No. 15) weren’t far behind. The Buckeyes finished with the No. 2 class in 2018.You can see the full class breakdown here. Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)College football’s National Signing Day kicked off early Wednesday morning.While most of the country’s top recruits took advantage of the Early Signing Period, there were several five-star recruits left on the table and plenty of others to round out the top recruiting classes.As the final hours of National Signing Day wind down, there are a few familiar teams at the top of the rankings.Alabama is the winner – returning to its dominance on the recruiting trail after missing out on the top class last year.last_img read more

first_imgzoomllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Oil tanker company Frontline reported a net income of USD 2.2 million for the third quarter of 2018, bouncing back from a loss of USD 22.9 million in the previous quarter and USD 34.3 million loss from last year.Frontline added that during the quarter net loss attributable to the company adjusted for certain non-cash items was USD 8.4 million.According to Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, tanker markets are beginning to rebalance following 18 months of extremely challenging conditions.“We are optimistic that the market has now exited the cycle trough. Oil inventory draws, fleet growth and production cuts have been against us, but these important factors are now turning in our favor. The most important factor, oil demand, remains strong,” he said.“We have a large fleet of modern and fuel-efficient vessels, with an average age of 4.1 years and our cash breakeven levels are among the most competitive in the industry. We expects that our positioning for IMO 2020, with our equity investment in FMSI and the planned installation of scrubbers on a number of our vessels, will result in a significant increase in cash generation should our market view unfold.”According to Frontline, although there is current talk of OPEC cutting back on production, volumes are expected to remain healthy heading in to 2019. Another factor positively impacting tankers are rising U.S. oil export volumes, which are generally long-haul trades, boosting ton-mile demand.“Sanctions on crude oil imports from Iran, notwithstanding any short-term waivers, have the potential to create significant dislocation in the crude oil markets, leading to periods of strong volatility as the market adapts to new trading patterns. We have already seen imports of Iranian crude oil into India and China decrease and replaced with crude from other markets,” Frontline said.With regard to supply-demand balance, the net effect is expected to be zero regarding the VLCC fleet growth in 2018.For the next year, the company expects vessel recycling to continue, despite the stronger spot market, but at a slower pace than seen in 2018.64 VLCCs are scheduled for delivery in 2019, and the current VLCC order book equals approximately 14.5% of the global VLCC fleet. The tanker company believes that the seemingly large figure is counter-balanced by approximately 20% of the existing global VLCC fleet which is in excess of 15 years of age, making them likely candidates for scrapping.last_img read more

first_imgTaylor Swift visited sick kids at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital yesterday.Taylor Swift Visits Patients At Lady Cilento Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookTaylor, who has been spending time on the Gold Coast as boyfriend Tom Hiddleston works on his film Thor: Ragnarok, visited patients and staff at the hospital, which provides family-centred health care for every child and young person in Queensland.Find out more about the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital here.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Here is a timeline of key events that sparked the 14-month renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, leading to Sunday’s historic breakthrough with the creation of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA:June 28, 2016 — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declares his antipathy for the North American Free Trade Agreement in a campaign speech in Pittsburgh, in the heart of a Rust Belt state that he would eventually win to secure the presidency. “NAFTA was the worst trade deal in history,” says Trump, pledging to renegotiate the pact “to get a better deal for our workers.” He promises to leave the agreement if Canada and Mexico refuse to bargain with him.Aug. 16, 2017 — Canada, Mexico and the United States commence the renegotiation of the NAFTA in earnest. The Trump administration opens with a lecture, upping the ante from earlier remarks that it simply wants to “tweak” the deal. Trump’s trade czar Robert Lighthizer declares: “We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.”October 2017 — The U.S. introduces so-called “poison pills” that Canada says it simply can’t accept. The U.S. wanted to increase American content in automobiles, get rid of Canada’s supply management system for agriculture, establish a five-year sunset clause, do away with a dispute settlement mechanism and reduce Mexican and Canadian access to bidding on U.S. procurement projects. The three countries would eventually reach a new deal on autos, while the U.S. backed away from the other demands.March 14, 2018 — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t be “bowled over” at the NAFTA talks by Trump. Trudeau makes the remarks while visiting steelworkers in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. “We’re standing up for ourselves. But we know there’s a win-win-win we can get to,” Trudeau says. “We’re pushing back on some things that we think might not be the right suggestions, which is what people would expect from Canada.”June 7, 2018 — Trump hurls a series of personal insults at Trudeau from Air Force One after the G7 summit in Quebec. The president calls Canada’s prime minister “dishonest” and “weak” after Trudeau repeats his objections to massive steel and aluminum tariffs Trump imposed the previous week — tariffs that remain today. The incident marks a new low in prime ministerial-presidential politics across the 49th parallel at a time when NAFTA negotiations remain deadlocked.Aug. 27, 2018 — Mexico and the United States announce their own bilateral trade deal after weeks of negotiations that were simply supposed to be about autos. Instead they negotiated a sweeping text covering the full scope of the trading relationship. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is forced to blow up a trip to Europe and diverts to Washington, starting a month of intense negotiations to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.Sept. 30, 2018 — Staring down a midnight deadline to provide a text of an agreement to Congress, Trump’s and Trudeau’s team work of the last minute details that brings Canada into a renewed continental trade pact. Trudeau leaves the Prime Minister’s Office after a late night cabinet meeting and says six words: “It’s a good day for Canada.”last_img read more

first_imgNairobi: A total of 4,700 heads of state, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives, who are gathering in this Kenyan city for a five-day meeting of the world’s top body on the environment, will take bold decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path. The fourth UN Environment Assembly began on Monday under the theme “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping It is the biggest gathering in the Assembly’s short history, with attendance almost double the last event in December 2017. Prominent world leaders attending the Assembly will include French President Emmanuel Macron and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta along with CEOs from major corporations. “Everyone can contribute to solutions to pollution. Policy direction from the government, like the single-use plastic ban helps set the tone for businesses and encourages them to develop sustainable solutions,” UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya told IANS. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang On her expectations from individuals, governments, civil societies and businesses globally, she said: “Upwards pressure from individuals changing their habits and civil society campaigns force business to provide the non-polluting products that consumers demand.” Bold decisions and outcomes are expected as the delegates will negotiate late into the night for five days, says the UN Environment. Resolutions are on the table to push harder for sustainable consumption and production patterns, commit to the protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution, reduce food waste, and advance technological innovation that combats climate change, and reduces resource use and bio-diversity loss. This Assembly’s status as the only UN body outside the General Assembly where all member states convene, and its power to bring together all sectors, means that the global environmental agenda is defined here. Decisions have a profound impact on the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as paving the way towards the UN Climate Change Summit 2019 and impacting the overall UN agenda. Ahead of the meeting, Msuya appealed to nations to step up and start delivering real change. “Time is running short. We are past pledging and politicking. We are past commitments with little accountability. What’s at stake is life, and society, as the majority of us know it and enjoy it today,” she wrote in a policy letter. As delegates assemble in Nairobi, the UN Environment expressed grief over the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday, killing all 157 people onboard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected. We are following developments closely,” it said in a statement. A UN Environment background report for the Assembly, which serves as a basis for defining problems and laying out new action areas, makes a strong case for urgent action. The report puts the value of lost ecosystem services between 1995 and 2011 at $4 trillion to $20 trillion; shows how agricultural practices are putting increasing pressure on the environment, costing an estimated $3 trillion per year, and estimates pollution-related costs at $4.6 trillion annually. “As never before, the time to act is now,” said President of the UN Environment Assembly and Minister of Environment of Estonia Siim Kiisler. The Assembly will also see new research launched by the UN Environment, including the latest edition of the world’s only comprehensive global scan of the environment: Global Environment Outlook 6, which was produced by 252 scientists and experts from over 70 countries. The International Resource Panel’s Global Resources Outlook, meanwhile, takes stock of material extraction, including the future outlook and recommendations on how to use natural resources more sustainably. The Assembly is not just about the resolutions and science. Side events and exhibits provide the opportunity for attendees to form partnerships and make deals that benefit people and the environment. The Sustainable Innovation Expo acts as an innovation hub, with over 40 environmental technologies and innovations on display. The One Planet Summit — co-organised by the governments of France and Kenya, and the World Bank — is also being held around the edges of the Assembly, focusing on Africa’s environmental challenges.last_img read more

He said the President will spell out the plans to the country on Monday. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is to announce a three year plan of the Government on Monday.Speaking at an event in Malabe today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the next three years will focus on the development of the country.

OTTAWA — Canadians dodged paying Ottawa somewhere between $800 million and $3 billion worth of taxes on foreign personal income in 2014, says a new federal estimate released Thursday.The study by the Canada Revenue Agency says the missing funds represented between 0.6 per cent and 2.2 per cent of the total income tax revenue Ottawa collected that year from individuals.So far, the federal government has collected up to $14.6 billion less than it would have in 2014, had all tax obligations been fully met — and that number is expected to grow as the agency’s research continues.Big banks vs CRA: The $2.8-billion tax battle that’s been decades in the makingEverything you need to know about paying taxes by instalments, and why ignoring the CRA’s reminders is a bad idea‘Blind faith’ in your tax preparer no excuse for a faulty returnIn previous reports, the agency has already released other estimates on the so-called tax gap — the difference between what is owed to the government and what was collected — for personal income tax and the federal portion of the GST and HST.The agency’s next study will focus on domestic and international businesses, a report it says will provide CRA with its first estimate of Canada’s overall tax gap.The latest numbers come as Ottawa invests more resources in analyzing and cracking down on tax evasion.“Most Canadians pay their fair share of taxes,” National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said in a statement. “They expect their government to pursue people and businesses that try to avoid doing the same.”The agency said Thursday that international audits it conducted between 2014-15 and 2016-17 uncovered close to $1 billion in income — and identified $284 million in additional taxes. In the process, it assessed 370 individuals, 200 corporations and a small number of trusts.The CRA analysis also found that in 2014, Canadians earned $9 billion in foreign income and held a total of $429 billion worth of assets outside the country — with most of it reported in the United States and the United Kingdom. read more

“Through this project, UNDP intends to support countries in their efforts to mobilize resources from private capital markets, which are required to secure accelerated rates of economic growth and reduce poverty,” said UNDP Associate Administrator Zéphirin Diabré.Sovereign credit ratings place countries on the investor map and allow them access to international capital markets.“We hope that better access to financing would help Benin and other developing countries to tackle a broad range of poverty alleviation issues and provide an incentive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Diabre said.Among the eight Millennium Development Goals, which UN Member States committed themselves to in 2000, is the reduction of extreme poverty by 2015.Benin, a West African country of 6.6 million people with a debt the World Bank estimated at $840 million for 2001, received a ‘B+’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereign credit rating, with a ‘stable’ outlook. read more

94% Each month, Motor Codes publishes the monthly performance figures of its garage network, based on direct customer feedback, and satisfaction levels remain consistently high.  Motor Codes customer survey results – February 2011 95% The Motor Codes network has expanded to over 6,500 garages, with its activity overseen by the Independent Compliance and Assessment Panel, chaired by Ron Gainsford OBE, Chief Executive at Trading Standards Institute. Since the inception of the Service and Repair Code in 2008, the number of complaints received by government stabilised, with the last set of Consumer Direct figures showing only a 1% rise. Overall satisfaction Recommend to friends/family Looking beneath the surface of these headline figures, Motor Codes points to the effectiveness of its free advice line and conciliation service as a significant driver in keeping complaint levels down and satisfaction levels high, as Chris Mason, Managing Director, explains why, “In the absence of Consumer Direct figures this year, in which car service and repair have traditionally featured, Motor Codes looked to its own customer surveys to establish the level of complaints to garages within the network. Within the last 12 months, only 5% of survey respondents had cause to make a complaint to a garage. This equates to only 500 or so motorists from over 11,000 surveyed* – something that subscribing garages should be proud of. The Motor Codes advice line plays a big part in this, with motorists and garages able to discuss situations independently without getting embroiled in formal complaints.” 95% 93% 94% “This is a trend we aim to build on, working closely with Trading Standards and DfT”, Chris added. Quality of information provided Customer survey winner – February 2011Motor Codes encourages subscribing garages to participate in its Code Survey and gather meaningful feedback from customers, with the aim of developing a network of ‘safe haven’ garages that the public can call upon through an online Garage Finder tool – http://www.motorcodes.co.uk/garagefinder/. Industry self-regulator opens its books to show low complaint levels Level of customer service Quality of service or repair Data source: 1,627 service or repair customers that completed surveys between1 and 28 February 2011. To help generate this useful feedback, motorists are incentivised to complete the survey by drawing one customer each month who wins back the cost of their service or repair. The garage of the winning customer receives £250 of Snap-On Tools vouchers. Booking process 93% This week, Motor Codes informed Jeremy Gibbs of Cambridge that he had won the February prize draw and he is looking forward to receiving a cheque for £167.40 to cover the full cost of his service at Marshall Chrysler, Cambridge.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team almost has an embarrassment of riches on the offensive side of the ball. Seemingly each week, anyone can step up in a pivotal role and provide a spark on the attack. Such was the case again Friday in Ohio Stadium.Sophomore attacker Colin Chell scored the Buckeyes’ first three goals and added an assist, while junior attacker Austin Shanks scored two goals and assisted on two more to lead the Scarlet and Gray to a 12-7 win over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.OSU coach Nick Myers had high words of praise for his sophomore attacker.“(Chell) is a special player,” Myers said. “He had a great week of practice … and did a great job at the attack position tonight.”Although the Buckeyes, who were coming off their first loss of the season to Massachusetts last week, were in control for most of the game, it took them some time to get there.The first quarter was relatively even between the two teams. UMBC opened up the scoring at the 13:40 mark when freshman midfielder Billy Nolan threw a strike to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead. A pair of goals by Chell and one more by UMBC leveled the game at 2-2 to end the quarter.Chell kept it rolling to open the second quarter with his third goal of the game, giving him six on the year. After the win, he tipped his hat to defense for allowing him to make an offensive impact early in the game.“You got to credit (redshirt junior goalie) Tom Carey in cage and the defense for making some quality stops down there and being able to get us the ball on offense,” Chell said.OSU’s defense clamped down on the UMBC offense for the next two quarters after allowing the pair of goals in the first quarter. The Retrievers were only able to attempt four shots in the second and third quarters combined. For the game, they had just 16, whereas OSU attempted 41. Myers said the key to this was being able to work together.“I think the biggest thing we stressed defensively in practice this week was just playing with seven (and) getting more guys on the same page,” Myers said. “Anytime you hold a team scoreless for 25-to-30 minutes in a row is a positive.” This staunch defensive effort allowed the Scarlet and Gray to hold a 9-3 lead as the fourth quarter began. It was a lead that proved to be insurmountable, as the game finished by a score of 12-7.Junior midfielder John Kelly said this game was a step in the right direction, especially with the Buckeyes coming off a loss in their previous game.“We feel great, a complete turnaround from last week,” Kelly said. “Overall, we had a fantastic performance and feel really good about the way that we played.”Junior faceoff specialist Jake Withers continued his stellar play at the position. Withers won nine of 11 faceoffs in the first half and 14 of 22 total, continuing his streak of advantage in faceoffs through the first four games of the year.“(Withers is) an amazing faceoff guy,” Kelly said. “He fights for ground balls, and I love the way he plays. He’s very important to our time of possession and allowing us to keep the ball on the offensive end of the field.”The win means the Buckeyes are off to a 1-0 start in games played at the ‘Shoe. Chell said it gives the Buckeyes an extra edge to play home games in the historic stadium.“Everybody was amped up to play in the ‘Shoe tonight,” Chell said. “It’s a great atmosphere — a night game — and we brought the juice.”While noting it is still early in the season, Myers said he likes how the team is looking.“It’s still February. We’ve got a long way to go,” Myers said. “But being at home in the ‘Shoe, it’s important that we came out and played with the urgency that we needed to, and I thought that the men did that tonight.”The Buckeyes will stay at home next weekend, as they are set to host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. They are scheduled to play Marquette on Friday at 6 p.m. and Bellarmine on March 6 at 3 p.m. read more

Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoMoments after Finance Minister, Winston Jordan took a breath from presenting an almost five hours long 2019 budget speech, Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo took the opportunity to blast the coalition Government for failing to address key matters, such as the management of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), which is intended to safeguard  proceeds from the oil and gas sector.Jagdeo explained on Monday evening following the presentation of the budget at Parliament Building that the incumbent Administration has failed to address and put measures in place for the proper management of the SWF, as he believes it should be managed by a non-political body, rather than government.He explained, “We argued for a non-political, an apolitical type of model that insulates the management of the funds from politicians (and) the politicians get involved only when based on a formula that is in enshrined in our laws and an independent verification that the conditions of that formula are met, is presented, then that comes to the National Assembly and a release of funds is made to the budget to spend based on the budgeting prerogatives of whoever is in power, the Minister of Finance in this case would have a full  prerogative to program those funds”.Jagdeo argued that Jordan did not at any point in time address those issues but in fact comforted the nation by saying that a Department of Energy has been set up to manage the sector and experts would be hired to “talk”.According to the Leader of the Opposition, the Government has made the very promise a long time back and the budget failed to bring new ideas to the forefront for the benefit of the country at large.Jagdeo was keen to point out quite a number of avenues in which the administration failed, and pointed to job provision as a major area. He argued, “He (Jordan) has not moved the conversation forward on any count whatsoever, not on transparency issues, not on the model enshrined in the Green Paper, not on the oversight issues, not on the terms of reference between the petroleum commission and the Energy Department, the overlap there, not on the issue of bidding for new contracts, none of the those issues were elucidated”.Nonetheless, Executive Director of the Guyana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Richard Rambarran gave his take on the matter of the SWF, saying that the Industry believes a lot more is yet to be done to the Green Paper.Rambarran pointed out that he believes there are at least 10 areas of the Green Paper which ought to be sorted out before the document actually becomes legislation.“I found that there were a number of areas where… a lot more work could have been done…I think that as a Green Paper we need to look at it a little bit more and understand the dynamics and the workings and how we are going to integrate oil into this economy and utilize the Sovereign Wealth Fund for the maintenance of a stable macroeconomic environment,” the Director shared.He noted that among the 10 areas that deserve urgent attention by the Government are, “The composition of the macroeconomic committee, the nature of the Sovereign Investment Committee (and) we have a couple of others in that it conflicts with laws in terms of the constitution”.The representative who spoke with this publication after the budget presentation also alluded to the fact that monies that are to be expended from the SWF depends on the mechanisms of the government, which leaves little room for reform or improvement to the current institutions in Financial Management.Rambarran questioned, “Do we have things on fiscal deficit rules, do we have things on the rate of revenue expenditure, do we have rules concerning the rate of expenditure growth, do we have balanced budget rules? Those are some of the areas in the public financial management framework where the Sovereign Wealth Fund is so critical (and) those things are critically lacking”.Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram had also raised concerns over Finance Minister, Winston Jordan’s position as a spender and saver of Guyana’s wealth, given that he will be in charge of the SWF. Ram noted that under the previous administration the very matter would have drawn the attention of the serving Coalition Government.In a subsequent interview with this publication, Ram sought to point out the need for transparency in the sector.He recommended the SWF be entirely isolated from the “spending Ministry” as it could have an impact on everyone.Ram also pointed to the need for an “entrenched article” in the constitution so that no one, including Ministers, would be able to access those funds, as he described it as a generational fund for the future. 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first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #PENALTY POINTS: Although a report into garda practices on terminating penalty points found no evidence of corruption or criminal conduct, three “possible breaches” were identified by assistant commissioner John O’Mahoney.2. #SCATHING: In a swinging attack less than an hour after the penalty report was published, Minister Alan Shatter criticised TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan for his “incorrect” and “self-serving” public statements about the affair.3. #SHOOTING: Gardaí investigating the shooting of a man at a gym in Glasnevin this morning are searching for a silver Mini with a Northern Ireland registration plate. The victim is in a critical condition in the Mater Hospital.4. #THE CORRS: Jim Corr appeared before the Commercial Court today in relation to an unpaid loan worth over three-quarters of a million euro. The musician’s barrister acknowledged that the musician’s financial affairs were “chaotic” and the court heard that he currently spends most of his time at a house owned by his German friend Florian Karrer.5. #BUS ÉIREANN: Good news for commuters as Bus Éireann workers will operate services as normal tomorrow despite no agreement being reached during intensive talks today. It is thought that negotiations looking for a compromise between management and unions could go on for some time.last_img read more

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. SORRY to interrupt your lunch with this grim news but murder, theft and drug offences rose in the 12 months up to March 2014, according to newly-released crime figures. Source: hooded via Shutterstock2. WRITER Dermot Healy – who wrote an extraordinary memoir of his Cavan childhood in The Bend for Home – has died at the age of 66. Source: Garry Keane/Vimeo3. THE breakaway group ISIS has formally declared a new Islamic state in Iraq. They announced this on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. This picture, taken yesterday, shows an Iraqi family leave their hometown of Mosul after ISIS formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state. Source: STR/AP/Press Association Images4. HURRAH for Cork company Southwestern which is announcing more than 250 new jobs as it opens new offices in Littleisland today. And then everyone sang happy birthday to a tram: Source: @oconnellhugh via VineBut the even better news for public transport users today was Varadkar insisting that the Government WON’T get rid of the Free Travel Scheme.Read all of today’s breaking news here> #CarriageEquality RT @oconnellhugh: Let them eat cake pic.twitter.com/HFhFZCicv2— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) June 30, 2014 Source: ow-direction.tumblr.com5. THE median asking price for property is up nationally for the first time since the peak of the boom – but there is still a huge gap between Dublin prices and everywhere else. Source: MyHome.ie6. ONE of the most high-profile international murder cases is back in court after a month break, during which time it was concluded that sprinter Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his South African home. Source: AP/Press Association Images/Themba Hadebe7. THE Luas in Dublin is 10 years old. So this happened for Transport department ministers Alan Kelly and Leo Varadkar: Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 21st 2019, 2:02 PM Members of Saoradh march in Dublin city Centre to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Rising https://jrnl.ie/4601544 No Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 55,650 Views center_img Ministers condemn march by republican group in Dublin as ‘sickening’ and ‘disturbing’ The group was criticised for marching down O’Connell Street on Saturday. Short URL Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 2:02 PM Members of Saoradh march in Dublin city Centre to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Rising Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie GOVERNMENT MINISTERS HAVE hit out at a march by a republican group associated with dissidents in Dublin yesterday as “sickening” and “pathetic”.The group, known as Saoradh, held a march in front of the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street yesterday afternoon, when it’s understood several hundred people took part.During the demonstration, individuals marched down the street in green military-style jumpers and reflective sunglasses.A number carried tricolour flags and a banner which read: “Unfinished Revolution – Unfinished Business”. It came less than 48 hours after the fatal shooting of 29 year-old journalist Lyra McKee in Derry, an incident which Saoradh claimed was the accidental result of a “republican volunteer” attempting to “defend people” from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.The march was condemned by a number of political figures yesterday, and in statement this afternoon, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan labelled it as “very disturbing”.“I know that all right-thinking members of the public are sickened at the sight of a small number of people in paramilitary uniforms, particularly after the horrific killing of a young journalist, Lyra McKee, in Derry on Thursday night,” he said.“These demonstrators do not represent the views of the Irish people who have been united for many decades in rejecting paramilitarism and are rightly revulsed at this display.” A member of Saoradh marching on O’Connell Street yesterday Source: Sam BoalFlanagan added that he was informed that the event was policed correctly by gardaí, who had no right to disperse the protest as there is no statutory licence required for groups to assemble in public places.Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe also criticised the group and said they should disband.“These individuals have no support, no legitimacy and no place in our tolerant society,” he said. “They should disband and lay down their arms.”Minister for Health Simon Harris also hit out at marchers yesterday, calling them “pathetic cowards” who had “no place in our democracy”. McKee’s death on Thursday night has been blamed on the so-called new IRA, and her killing has been widely condemned across the political spectrum. The PSNI are conducting a murder inquiry, and arrested two men aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act in connection with her killing yesterday. Comments have been closed for legal reasons. By Stephen McDermottlast_img read more

first_imgLe stock annuel de pêche française vient d’être consomméLe 18 mai, les français ont consommé l’équivalent de toute leur pêche et leur pisciculture annuelle. Tout le reste, 62% de la consommation de poissons, provient d’importations. L’ONG Ocean 2012 et New Economics Foundation tirent le signal d’alarme. Si vous avez un poisson dans votre assiette ou un bon sushi attention, c’est peut-être le dernier de l’année. Enfin, ce serait le cas si la France n’importait pas autant de produits de la mer. L’ONG Ocean 2012 calcule chaque année avec la New Economics Foundation quand tombe le jour de dépendance de chaque pays européen. Ce samedi la France a donc consommé l’équivalent de tout ce que sa flotte de pêche et l’aquaculture produisent dans l’année.Avec 62% de notre poisson importé, ce jour de dépendance arrive de plus en plus tôt. Comme le rappelle le Monde, il est tombé le 6 septembre en 1990, le 13 juin en 2011 et, cette année donc, le 18 mai en 2013.37,3 kilos de poissons par français par anA l’échelle européenne, seuls trois pays n’ont que peu besoin d’importations : l’Estonie, l’Irlande et les Pays-Bas. Le jour de dépendance de l’Union Européenne tombera cette année le 8 juillet, contre le 10 l’an dernier. Les ONG craignent que la situation pousse les pays européen à pêcher de plus en plus dans les eaux des pays du Sud, avec lesquels ils ont signé divers accords.Le cas de la France est particulièrement marquant car le pays est un grand consommateur de poissons. En moyenne les Français s’engloutissent 37,3 kilos de poiscailles chaque année, seulement battus par les Espagnols qui pointent eux à 42 kilos par an. En 2010, la moyenne mondiale était de 17 kilos par personne et par an.Un rendement maximal durableNew Economics Foundation estime que les stocks de 43 espèces victimes de surpêche pourraient se reconstituer en cinq ans si les poissons n’étaient plus du tout pêchés. Hélas avec le jour de dépendance qui avance de plus en plus, la tendance n’est pas à la modération. Les ONG plaident pour le respect d’un rendement maximal durable, en dessous duquel les populations de poissons continueraient à être exploitables sans péricliter. En dehors de l’impact environnemental, le déclin des stocks finirait aussi par toucher gravement l’industrie de la pêche et laisser de nombreux chômeurs sur le carreau. Le 18 mai 2013 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE signs three new international talents will begin training at the WWE

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Twitter I’ve seen some of “Crazy” Mary Dobson’s matches. That character could help her stand out in the Women’s Division. Now Playing Up Next Mike October 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm Roman Reigns is in Remission 4 COMMENTS Gerald Bocook Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? October 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm Pinterestcenter_img unknown Holy crap, Big Damo got signed by WWE? That explains why he left WCPW! Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems October 20, 2016 at 2:14 am Google+ October 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm Finn Bálor WWE officially announces that NXT will move to the USA Network starting September 18 WWE.com issued the following on Wednesday.Tommy End, Big Damo and “Crazy” Mary Dobson join WWE Performance Center Three internationally acclaimed Superstars have arrived at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., to begin training.Tom Budgen, Damian Mackle and Sarah Bridges — known around the world as Tommy End, Big Damo and “Crazy” Mary Dobson, respectively — are among the newest signees to WWE developmental contracts. Their official start in Orlando comes after months of speculation that all three were on their way to WWE and NXT.Tom Budgen is a 14-year veteran from Amsterdam who boasts an extensive background in kickboxing and pencak silat, a class of Indonesian martial arts that involves grappling, striking and weapon fighting. Trained by the likes of Chris Hero, Nigel McGuinness and MMA pioneer Bob Schrijber, “The Anti-Hero” has emerged as one of wrestling’s most prolific and dangerous strikers, a tatted, black-metal mutilator whose kicks, elbows and knees threaten to cave in skulls. Budgen competed across Europe, Japan and the U.S., including with EVOLVE Wrestling, London’s PROGRESS Wrestling, Germany’s Westside Xtreme Wrestling and California’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.Damian Mackle comes to the Performance Center from Northern Ireland, where the barrel-chested brute is called “The Beast of Belfast.” Inspired by local hero and legendary tough man Fit Finlay, Mackle made his ring debut in 2005, and has studied under former WWE Universal and NXT Champion Finn Bálor and current NXT coach Robbie Brookside. At 6-foot-3 and more than 300 pounds, Mackle was a premier super-heavyweight on the independent scene, having wrestled under the banners of U.K.-based Insane Championship Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and New England-based Beyond Wrestling, among other organizations. He has also locked horns with Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in the past.Indiana native Sarah Bridges, meanwhile, brings nearly brings nearly five years’ experience to the WWE Performance Center. Only 23 years old, Bridges has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, as well as Japan, where she also lived and trained under former WWE Superstar Taka Michinoku. Initially carving her niche in the hardcore-wrestling circuit, Bridges has competed in Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling and Ring of Honor. She is often recognized for her war paint and for entering the ring in an eerie hockey mask straight out of “Friday the 13th.” Outside of wrestling, Bridges trains in Olympic weightlifting and has won several competitions.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It If you get a chance, look up the Three Way match she had in ICW against Jimmy Havoc and Jack Jester. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins tops the 2019 Annual PWI 500 list Comments are closed. unknown Now Playing Up Next I just did, she can the big bumps. Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE last_img read more

first_imgNow playing: Watch this: Of all the cars it’s produced in recent years, McLaren says the 570GT has been one of its biggest successes. The car is outperforming the company’s initial sales projections, and customers have been asking for a followup that offers more space and more comfort in a package that’s more distinct.Enter the new McLaren GT — the simply and succinctly named grand tourer that slots somewhere between the 570GT and 720S in the company’s supercar lineup. As you can see in the accompanying photos and video, this isn’t just some GT-ified derivative of McLaren’s 570-, 600- or 720-badged models. And that’s why, much like the Speedtail hypercar, it does without numerals in its name.”We didn’t want a derivative of something that already existed,” Ian Digman, McLaren’s global head of product management, told me during a backgrounder for the new GT in Los Angeles, California, last month. And while you can certainly find links to McLaren’s other cars in the GT, dig a bit deeper and you’ll see how different it really is. Compared to the angular 570S and GT, and the almost alien-like 720S, the GT’s design is a huge step in a more conservative direction. Speedtail influence is apparent in the small headlight housings and slim, horizontal LED taillamps. It’s definitely a more sedate approach to supercar design, and one I actually find quite beautiful in person.The GT’s body wraps around a new version of McLaren’s carbon fiber tub, called MonoCell II-T, that latter “T” for “Touring.” This variation incorporates a rear upper structure that sits above the engine, and forms the basis for the luggage area. Unlike the 570GT, which uses a side-hinged glass over for its boot, the new GT has a top-hinged tailgate that can be optioned with a power open/close function. Once open, you’ll find 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough to house a full set of golf clubs — albeit snugly. An additional 5.3 cubic feet of space is available in the front trunk.Because of this relatively generous cargo hold, the GT’s engine is positioned 4.7 inches lower to the ground than it is in a 720S, supported by a lower, wider muffler. Unlike a 720S, the GT’s exhaust tips exit below the taillights, and McLaren says it redesigned the airflow mechanicals to ensure the cargo are above the powerplant wouldn’t be subjected to the engine’s heat.Enlarge ImageThe 4.0-liter V8 sits low enough in the chassis to allow for a 14.8-cubic-foot cargo hold above. McLaren The engine in question is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, producing a healthy 612 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels, and like McLaren’s other cars, the powertrain has Comfort, Sport and Track drive settings. Obviously, that kind of power in a 3,384-pound coupe like the GT will result in some blistering speeds, and to that end, McLaren says the GT can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 3.1 seconds. Hitting 124 mph takes 9 seconds flat, and all told, the GT will top out at 203 mph, should you have an extra airport runway at your disposal.The suspension utilizes four-corner adaptive dampers with McLaren’s Proactive Damping Control that can sense road conditions ahead and adjust spring rates accordingly. Staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels are standard, wrapped in 225/35R20 and 295/30R21 Pirelli P-Zero tires. McLaren also fits the GT with a hydraulic steering setup, which has been heavily retuned for this car, and uses a single software tune across all driving modes. The company says the steering and braking have specifically been tuned to make the GT easier to drive at low speeds, without any loss of performance when things get more interesting. I’ll be eager to see if this single steering tune will be able to strike a great balance between comfort and sport… say, on the roads near my home in Los Angeles.Also helping the GT’s city prowess is its increased ground clearance compared to other McLarens — 4.3 inches as standard, increased to 5.1 with the nose lift activated. McLaren says this raised height is “the equal of mainstream sedans.” Screw you, speed bumps.Inside, the GT’s cabin isn’t too drastic of a departure from what you get in the 720S. There’s a fixed, 12.3-inch digital display nestled behind the steering wheel that houses pertinent driving information, as well as navigation or multimedia data. The center stack gets a slight redesign, as does the console between the seats.McLaren GTEnlarge ImageMcLaren will offer the GT with super-soft cashmere upholstery. McLaren Interestingly, McLaren says the GT uses an all-new touchscreen infotainment system, housed on a vertically oriented digital display in the center of the cabin. The company is shy on specific details, but officials tell me the system will be “five times faster” than the current Iris setup, thanks to a much better processor, with standard Here navigation maps and real-time traffic information. McLaren says the new tech “operates in a similar way to a smartphone,” and I’ll be curious to see it in action — especially since Iris doesn’t exactly set a high bar for modern infotainment interfaces.Every GT comes standard with Nappa leather interior trim, though buyers can opt for “softgrain” hides or Alcantara fabric if they wish. McLaren will even offer a cashmere interior option “towards the end of 2019,” according to a statement, and this represents the first application of this super-soft material in a production car. If freaking cashmere doesn’t scream grand touring, I don’t know what does.As you’d expect, none of this comes cheaply. The McLaren GT will be priced from $210,000 when it goes on sale in the US later this year. But considering the competitive set includes the $217,000 Aston Martin DB11 and $191,000 Porsche 911 Turbo S, it’s not exactly a tall order.Moreover, the GT’s asking price only represents a roughly $10,000 price hike over the 570GT, which for well-heeled McLaren-owning types is basically chump change. In fact, that seems like a relatively minor increase when you consider this car appears to offer so much more.McLaren GTEnlarge ImageThe McLaren GT will cost $210,000 when it goes on sale in the US later this year. McLaren 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self McLaren Aston Martin Porsche 24 Photos Post a comment 0 The McLaren GT adds comfort and refinement to raw power 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkerscenter_img Superluxury Cars 12:28 Share your voice More From Roadshow 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar Tags McLaren McLaren GT: The understated supercarlast_img read more