first_img Trending Videos See More Videos advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS After the 675LT coupe came the Spider version, and then the 600LT, which was debuted at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.The quick teaser video from McLaren doesn’t show much, but we can see a trick upward-exiting exhaust; and as the camera slides around, it’s hard not to notice there clearly isn’t a roof on this car, looking at its shadow.The 600LT coupe currently makes 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8, and we expect that the same power figures will carry over.The top speed of 328 km/h could possibly change slightly, as will the weight. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSMcLarenLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehiclescenter_img The car will be officially shown on January 16th, and McLaren says the production run for the car will last only 12 months. So if the 500-car production run of the previous 675LT tells you anything, it’s that this car will be very exclusive. Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | McLaren is set to debut a fifth Longtail model in the form of the 600LT Spider, and early January shared a sneak peek of the upcoming supercar.The first ‘longtail’ was a McLaren F1 GTR built exclusively for competition with improved aerodynamics.The name was revived in 2015 for the 675LT, a limited-production model that quickly sold out. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

first_imgAirbnb CEO Brian Chesky (Getty)Airbnb is going even bigger for its IPO.The home-rental company wants to boost the proposed share price, which would give it a valuation of as much as $42 billion, according to Bloomberg.Airbnb now wants to set the share price range at between $56 to $60 according to the report. That’s up from $44 to $50, which gave it a target valuation of up to $33 billion.Airbnb’s stock market debut is scheduled for Thursday on Nasdaq.Last week, Airbnb executives started marketing its offering to mutual funds and hedge funds via the virtual investor roadshow. The company’s initial valuation target was already higher than expected, the Wall Street Journal reported.December is typically a quiet time in the IPO market. But not this year. Food-delivery company DoorDash, video game firm Roblox; and ContextLogic, which operates online retailer Wish, are also expected to jump on the initial public offering wagon this month. [WSJ] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreAirbnb targets as much as $33B valuation for IPOAirbnb is offering hosts company shares. But millions may miss outWhy Airbnb is going public in a pandemic This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

first_imgBut it seems his interest in the ailing enclave, which will be completely surrounded by Union territory after enlargement, could be motivated by more than simply political factors.Our Russian spies suggest a hidden female force is at work, urging the former KGB chief to make Kaliningrad a priority in Moscow’s dealings with Brussels. And now she can be unmasked – it is none other than Putin’s devoted wife Lyudmila.The former air hostess grew up in the enclave city and has always retained an affection for it. But don’t expect the Kremlin’s first lady to speak publicly on the subject; she had to pass stringent KGB vetting after her marriage and knows when to keep her lips firmly sealed.last_img read more

first_img Letters Legal Discrimination?In reading certain letters in the News over the last few months and considering this year’s Annual Florida Bar Convention’s theme of “Inclusion: The Path to Unity,” I cannot help but be amazed and appalled that legal discrimination is taking place in law offices throughout Florida in the year 2013.I am referring to the numerous divorce and family law firms in this state that promote themselves as “men only” firms that outright publicly advertise that they refuse to accept women as clients. How is it possible that in 2013 that a business, open to the public, can refuse services to a class of people simply because of gender — that someone’s mother, sister, or daughter could be refused legal help because she is female?Thinking to myself that surely this must be some sort of violation of federal or state statute, I did a bit of research and did not come up with much. Apparently, in Florida you can open a law office and decide to refuse to provide legal services to any class of people that you choose. You could have a whites-only law firm, a Christians-only law firm, a heterosexuals-only law firm; the possibilities to discriminate in any way you wish here in Florida are endless.OK, since lawyers can legally discriminate against women, should they? Can a lawyer refuse to provide services to an entire class of people and be in compliance with the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct? Lawyers throughout the state are doing just that and no one seems to mind. Not only do these “men only” law firms advertise on TV, on billboards, online, and everyplace else that they will not accept a client if she is female, but many firms go further and proclaim to focus on “men’s rights.”Perhaps there are family law statutes that I have not found yet, but when I read Chapter 61’s dissolution of marriage statutes, they appear to be gender neutral with regard to property, children, spousal support, and so on. Men have the same rights as women. Not only are women refused as clients by certain law firms, but they are led to believe that there are laws specific to men’s rights that these “men’s rights” law firms are particularly skilled in, and no such distinction exists. A woman cannot even schedule a consultation to ask what an attorney means when they say they focus on “men’s rights,” because, by being female, she is refused as a client.Being female, I would certainly like the phrase explained to me so that I am not just presuming that the phrase “men’s rights” and the discrimination against me is simply an amazing marketing technique that preys on the stereotype that men will lose everything in a divorce, when that stereotype is completely contrary to statute and how family law judges decide cases. Surely a phrase that makes people think that the courts treat men and women differently in family law cases, coupled with discrimination against women, cannot be just an effortless way to make a ton of money from men who do not know the law.I was not able to attend the Bar Annual Convention, but the convention materials claim that there was to be a focus on equal access and equal opportunity for all within the legal profession. When lawyers can open law firms and refuse to provide legal services to the public based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and so on, clearly the profession in this state has a very, very long way to go to achieve inclusion.Kellie A. Cameron Baker Jacksonville E-filing I find it funny that if you go the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority website ( ), the only way to “contact” the authority is by sending a letter to its P.O. box in Tallahassee.    The E-Filing Authority needs to advertise its email address!Jeffrey M. Hearne Miami ( Editor’s Note: On the Florida Courts eFiling Portal page, there is a “Request E-Filing Support” link, which provides the email address [email protected] .) Admissions In addition to Florida’s Samperio case, I have recently read a number of similar cases from other states. Apparently, in all of them, the United States has appeared to argue that bar admission of illegal aliens is prohibited by federal law.Under the Younger v. Harris line of abstention cases, it has been settled law for some time that, even if a lawyer-regulating agency is mercilessly violating the constitutional rights of a lawyer, federal courts will not intervene because the sovereign interest of the states in bar matters is sacrosanct.States rights, comity, and federalism, don’t you know. Foolish consistency is certainly one of my hobgoblins. Bob Hustead Robbinsville, North Carolina Citizenship Is the Issue   Every member of The Florida Bar must take the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar.  One section requires members to swear: “I will support the Constitution of the United Sates and the Constitution of the State of Florida.” How can a noncitizen take such an oath when he already swears allegiance to another country? At the very least, he has not been invited yet to swear allegiance to ours since he has not followed the law to do so.  We need to stop making exceptions and administratively bypassing our own laws to suit personal agendas. Are we a nation of laws? More importantly, as lawyers, are we suppose to be the stewards of the law?John P. Joseph St. Petersburg Two Bar Solution? The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., has come and gone in these pages, with little more than a letter exchange between two New Yorkers about whether The Florida Bar should take pride in the racial and ethnic identification of its president as an African-American.Attorneys of color do not seem to be weighing in on that issue, or any other with The Florida Bar. What should be clear by now is that the Bar has not and will never be an integrated Bar in the traditional sense of that word.The time may be at hand to start over. Perhaps there could be a two-Bar solution — two separate but equal organizations. Each would be an arm of the Florida Supreme Court. Each would get half of the fees, instead of the current arrangement. Under a new system, an attorney could choose to be monitored by The Florida Bar or the Alternative Bar.The Bar previously has been willing to recognize organizations for minority lawyers, to some extent. The Bar gave a whoop and a holler for Evett Simmons, one of its members, when she was elected president of the National Bar Association. Of course, neither Ms. Simmons nor any other African-American woman has headed The Florida Bar, and none is in sight to do so. And the Bar did show equal enthusiasm when Daryl Parks, a black male, headed the NBA a few years ago. But that is all the more reason to set up a separate but equal bar.On September 1, the News ran a photo of The Young Lawyers Division’s Board of Governors. I counted more than 40 faces. Several were African-American women. I did not see a single African-American male. Beneath that photo was a separate one of 11 male and female members of the Florida Muslim Bar Association.Elsewhere in the edition, among the 32 faces peering out from the News and Notes section were two African-American women — one of them had been selected as president, the other president-elect of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association. That’s the kind of organization which would benefit from a different dues arrangement.In News and Notes, there also were two black men — one is the ubiquitous Joseph Hatchett, the first black Florida Supreme Court justice. He was being honored by being given the annual NAACP’s William Robert Ming Advocacy Award. Another black male appeared because he served on a panel about “Voter’s Rights Act—Where Do We Go from Here?”Where this organization should go is back to the drawing board to take into account that the Bar continues to be separate and always unequal in favor of whites compared to others.Perhaps this time around, both The Florida Bar and the Alternative Bar can acknowledge that Brown v. Board of Education and its progeny are the law of the land, including in Florida. That U.S. Supreme Court decision was made a few years after The Florida Bar started the clock going on its history. Surely some Bar members were present and voting when the Florida House and Senate approved an Interposition Resolution in 1957:“Legislature of Florida denies that the Supreme Court of the United States had the right which it asserted in the school cases decided by it on May 17, 1954, the labor union case decided on May 21, 1956, the cases relating to criminal proceedings decided on April 23, 1956, and January 16, 1956, the anti-sedition case decided on April 2, 1956, and the case relating to teacher requirements decided on April 9, 1956, to enlarge the language and meaning of the compact by the states in an effort to withdraw from the states powers reserved to them and as daily exercised by them for almost a century.”Not only did the 1957 state Legislature disavow the U.S. Supreme Court, a majority of The Florida Bar’s own Supreme Court likewise condemned the opinions of the high court, and refused to follow Brown in . Today African-Americans are required to pay hundreds of dollars of dues each year, in part so that the Bar can investigate and discipline members regardless of race. The fact that a disproportionate number of those disciplined might be blacks does not seem to have crossed anyone’s mind.Perhaps some feared such tracking would reveal that a disproportionate number of African-Americans are subjected to discipline more often, and receive harsher sentences. Among the prominent black males I have known personally or by reputation, that would seem to be the case.What would be the outcome if they were disciplined by their peers, rather than the historically white disciplinarians?How would the Alternative Bar be structured? Local African-American, minority, and women chapters could merge into one statewide creation — at least for purposes of dues gathering. Then fees could be paid equally between The Florida Bar and, say, the Thurgood Marshall Bar for the state of Florida. The latter could maintain disciplinary function over attorneys who contributed to the Alternative Bar. This, of course, is only one suggestion. Other arrangements should be proposed and considered. Whatever will emerge has to be better and fairer than what exists now.Gabe Kaimowitz Gainesville Bradley Manning I became a lawyer because I wanted to stand up before a jury in a righteous cause. Well, there have been damn few of them, mostly becaue I am too much of a coward to find any.This is why I found David F. Petrano`s “Bradley Manning” letter of last month so troubling. What kind of lawyer defends a deluded, despised, disgraced peacemaker? All Manning did was expose our drone program and other of our ill-fated attempts at nation- building and swashbuckling.The court martial board didn’t find his leaks were disastrous, just unlawful.Manning most likely merits his 25 years; however, how about the guy a notch above Manning who will stand with him? Not “We the People,” “the trial professionals,” or even cowards like me. It will be guys like David F. Petrano who on judgement day will be standing there with John Peter Zenger, Eugene Debs, and Sir Thomas More.Charles B. Tiffany Kissimmee October 1, 2013 Letters October 1, 2013 Letterslast_img

first_imgWhen cities face complex land use and real estate issues amidst a multitude of opinions and interests, ULI Arizona helps make experts in the industry available to provide strategic advice. Amy Malloy, senior development manager at Macerich, joined ULI Arizona’s Technical Assistance Panel (AzTAP) committee eight years ago after receiving AzTAP assistance for downtown redevelopment while working in Apache Junction.Now, she’s on the other side of the program as the ULI Arizona AzTAP committee vice-chair and, along with other AzTAP committee members, works closely with different sponsor communities to coordinate one- to two-day panel programs that provide objective, nonpartisan guidance to local jurisdictions on specific development challenges. Interdisciplinary panel teams are chosen for their specific knowledge and the holistic examination that they provide to help resolve local issues.“This is a rewarding program to be involved in giving back to Arizona municipalities,” Malloy says, adding, “I think ULI is just such a valuable organization to look critically and intuitively at smart land use.”For the past four years, the Union Pacific Building America Foundation has helped underwrite AzTAP costs enabling smaller communities to benefit for this resource. Interest for this program is souring statewide, ranging from rural counties dealing with open space preservation issues to small town central business districts and main street revitalization.Malloy says it takes several months to prepare for an AzTAP, from developing briefing materials to picking the right panel of industry experts and working with local officials and stakeholders to define the scope of questions that will frame the panel discussion. The sponsor community prepares a briefing book of local economic and demographic information and often arranges a site tour to provide panelists on-the-ground perspective into local conditions.“AzTAP panels are able to look critically at community problems,” she says. “Sometimes a panel offers back to basics strategies which can be a wake-up call, because we offer external perspectives that aren’t mired in local politics, the guidance can be particularly effective.”This was evident in the Town of Carefree. The day after the panel, the town formed a steering committee to begin implementing suggested changes.“People sitting separately at the beginning of the day were now sitting together,” says Malloy. “The town manager was the unsung hero in all of this. He was trying his hardest to get these divergent interests in one direction. Fortunately, the AzTAP was the tool that helped bring people in line. The light bulb had gone off.”Carefree Mayor David Schwan agrees. “The AzTAP program created energy in both the town staff and the economic stakeholders in Carefree,” says Schwan. “Building owners, landlords, merchants and restaurant operators were all enthusiastic about the process of the AzTAP. The recommendations of the meeting are being used in a full-scale economic study of Carefree possibilities. In my view, the AzTAP was a critical first step to move forward with a sound plan for economic development in Carefree.”last_img read more

first_img Scharff’s enhanced-model estimates for costs linked to two major foodborne pathogens differ considerably from those offered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in May 2010. The USDA estimated that Salmonella infections from all sources cost the country about $2.65 billion a year, versus $11.39 billion in the new report. For E coli O157:H7, the USDA estimate was $478.4 million, compared with Scharff’s estimate of $635 million. On a per-case basis, the most costly foodborne disease by far is Vibrio vulnificus infection, at $2.79 million, according to the enhanced model. Other highly expensive ones are Clostridium botulinum (botulism), $1.68 million, and L monocytogenes, $1.28 million. May 2010 story about USDA estimate of E coli and Salmonella costs In an earlier study, Scharff used the CDC’s 1999 figures to estimate that foodborne illness cost the nation up to $152 billion a year. He revised his estimate to reflect the newer, lower numbers from the CDC. When it released the lower estimates, the CDC said the decreases were mainly due to better data and new estimation methods. Mar 3, 2010, CIDRAP News story on earlier cost-estimate study In the basic model, the overall cost burden for foodborne diseases is estimated at $51.0 billion (90% credible interval [CI], $31.2 billion to $76.1 billion), well below the enhanced-model estimate of $77.7 billion (90% CI, $28.6 billion to $144.6 billion). The overall average cost per case of illness is $1,068 in the basic model and $1,626 in the enhanced model. Jan 3, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – Although the estimated annual toll of foodborne illnesses and deaths in the United States was revised sharply downward by federal officials in 2010, foodborne disease still costs the nation up to $77.7 billion a year, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Protection. Scharff puts the overall burden from Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections at $635 million a year. Non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin–producing E coli , which have been the focus of increased concern in recent years, cost the nation an estimated $154 million, which is higher than Scharff’s previous estimate, according to the report. Dec 15, 2010, CIDRAP News story on revised CDC estimates of foodborne illness burden Scharff’s new study presents two different sets of cost estimates based on two different models. His “basic” model includes medical costs, productivity losses, and deaths, whereas his “enhanced” cost-of-illness model assigns costs for pain, suffering, and functional disability as well as the other factors. But neither model includes costs to the food industry or to public health agencies, nor costs due to certain long-term sequelae, such as post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome, the author notes. He estimated costs associated with 30 classes of pathogens, including 20 types of bacteria, 5 parasites, and 5 viruses. See also: In his report, Scharff offers a note of caution on the use of his numbers: “Total cost figures are useful as measures of the scope of the problem, but the numbers do not by themselves provide economic justification for any particular program aimed at reducing foodborne illness.” According to the enhanced model, the most expensive foodborne diseases are associated with Salmonella, at $11.39 billion per year; Campylobcter, $6.88 billion; norovirus, $3.68 billion; Toxoplasma gondii, $3.46 billion; and Listeria monocytogenes, $2.04 billion. The study, by Robert L. Scharff of Ohio State University, is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) December 2010 estimate that the nation has 48 million cases of foodborne illness with 3,000 deaths annually. Those numbers replaced an often-cited 1999 CDC estimate of 76 million cases with 5,000 deaths each year. Scharff RL. Economic burden from health losses due to foodborne illness in the United States. J Food Protect 2012;75(1):123-31 [Abstract]last_img read more

first_imgTwo more Ebola cases, 1 death recorded in DRC; total stands at 421Today the ministry of health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported two more Ebola cases in the ongoing outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The outbreak total now stands at 421 cases (374 confirmed and 47 probable), including 241 deaths.The two new cases are from Kyondo and Kalunguta, and one additional death was recorded in Beni. Seventy-four cases are still under investigation.A ring vaccination campaign is still under way throughout the region. A total of 36,612 people have been vaccinated with Merck’s unlicensed Ebola vaccine, including 17,465 in Beni.If the outbreak reaches 426 Ebola cases—which is highly likely soon—it will become the second-largest in history, behind Uganda’s 2000 outbreak (425 cases) and the massive 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa (28,652 cases). Nov 27 DRC update  CDC confirms 10 new acute flaccid myelitis cases, 116 totalIn an update yesterday on the ongoing accuse flaccid myelitis (AFM) outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 10 more cases, raising the outbreak total to 116 confirmed cases in 31 states.The 116 confirmed cases are part of 286 reports CDC has received of patients under investigation in 2018. Colorado has reported the most confirmed cases, with 15, followed by Texas (14).There is still no consensus on the cause of AFM. Though some cases have been linked to enteroviruses, the CDC said that virus is common in children and most often does not lead to AFM.AFM is a rare, polio-like illness that affects the nervous system and causes muscles and limbs to weaken. Since 2014, the CDC has tracked AFM, which seems to operate on a cyclical seasonal schedule, with most outbreaks occurring every 2 years in the early fall.In 2016, there were 149 confirmed cases of AFM in 39 states and Washington, D.C., the most of any year. Nov 26 CDC update  New polio vaccine candidate requires no refrigerationScientists from the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a freeze-dried polio vaccine that could one day prove a useful tool in the endgame of the virus.The thermostable lyophilized Sabin inactivated poliovirus vaccine (sIPV) is an injected vaccine that can be stored without refrigeration and reconstituted at the time of use. According to a study in mBio, the vaccine performed well in mice.”The feasibility of the use of current IPV formulations in developing countries is limited, because IPV is insufficiently stable to be purified, transported, and stored under unrefrigerated conditions,” the authors wrote. “We successfully designed the sIPV for use in the dry state that maintains the full vaccine potency in animal models after incubation at ambient temperature.”In the study, the freeze-dried sIPV was kept at 37°C (98.6°F) for 4 weeks before being reconstituted and injected into mice, where it induced an antipoliovirus immune response.A temperature-stable vaccine could be useful in countries where refrigeration is unreliable. In recent weeks, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Papua New Guinea have all reported new polio cases. Nov 27 mBio study Report urges vigilance for Zika spread from India’s outbreak hot spotIndia is currently experiencing its largest Zika virus outbreak, with most cases reported from the Rajasthan state capital of Jaipur, and Indian cities and countries with close connections to the city should prepare for possible imported cases, a Canadian-led research team recently reported in a letter to the Journal of Travel Medicine.By the end of October, 147 cases had been reported in Jaipur, a popular tourist destination, and as of Nov 2, neighboring Gujarat state reported 1 case and Madhya Pradesh state reported 3 infections.To look at potential spread of the virus, the group analyzed the timing and volume of airline connections to Jaipur, along with the environmental suitability of populations of mosquitoes that can carry the virus in destinations cities within and outside of India. Based on airline data from November 2016 through January 2017, the investigators found there were 326 cities near areas that can support Zika transmission. Of passengers traveling out of Rajasthan, 94% traveled to Indian cities, mostly Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. International cities in the top 20 destinations included Bangkok, Muscat, and Singapore.The authors concluded that because there are so many regions that can support Zika transmission that have large populations with limited exposure and immunity to the virus, Indian cities and international locations with close travel ties to Jaipur should prepare for possible cases in upcoming months. They added that the risk of domestic spread is greater, especially in the city of Chennai, with its close ties to the outbreak hot spot, large population, and environment that could support year-round transmission by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.Nov 22 J Travel Med abstractlast_img read more

first_imgJackson Bell performs with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comElisa Ovaska performing with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comScene from the Hilltoppers Marching Band performing Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comKeith Bridge performing with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comScene from the Hilltoppers Marching Band performing Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ The Los Alamos Hilltoppers Marching Band performing to the delight of fans in attendance of the football game played Friday night at Sullivan Field. The 100+ member band is under the direction of Zane Meek. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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