Mercedes-AMG’s first Project One prototypes hit the streets

first_img After months of virtual tests and planning, a real road-going version of the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is finally getting some testing time on the pavement.Using a digital development process, Mercedes-AMG tested the Project One’s chassis and aerodynamics in a virtual world. At the same time, Mercedes’ High-Performance Powertrain division worked on making a road-going version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged F1 Engine used by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas’ Formula 1 team.The first prototype has been testing at a secret location somewhere in England, and photos show the camouflaged prototype looking almost exactly like the original concept shown several months ago. The photos show the wild shark-like fin in the centre of the car, deployable rear wing, roof-mounted intake snorkel, and huge single exhaust. Expect to see the first deliveries of the Project One no earlier than late 2019. ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles 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 | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Project One will feature more F1 technology than just its engine; heat and kinetic systems will work together to regenerate battery power from the heat of the engine and the energy of braking forces. Respectively, these systems are called MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit-Heat) and MGU-K (Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic).Mercedes says the test cars have been testing in plain sight for several months, and that the “characteristic F1 sound they produce” has been very difficult to conceal from the public. Over 1000 horsepower is expected to come out of the Project One — 748 of those come from the 11,000 RPM engine, and 272 will come from the electric motors sitting at each wheel. advertisementcenter_img Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Mercedes-AMG Project One Handout / Mercedes-Benz 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” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-AMG Project OneHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-AMG Project OneHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-AMG Project OneHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-AMG Project OneHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-AMG Project OneHandout, Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

School District looks to build ‘community’ with new program

first_imgHomeFeaturedSchool District looks to build ‘community’ with new program Jul. 31, 2019 at 5:10 amFeaturedNewsStudentsSchool District looks to build ‘community’ with new programAngel Carreras2 years agocommunity programMalibupatrich cadySamohismmusdStudents It takes a village to raise students within the school district and the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District continues to try and improve theirs.This week’s Thursday, August 1 SMMUSD board of education meeting will see an agenda with items ranging from facility improvement project updates, a community school initiative and honoring a beloved track coach and community member.Facility Improvement ProjectsAn update of current and upcoming bond-funded projects will be presented to the board. The presentation will include Measure BB and Measure ES-funded projects and some projects funded by Measure SMS and Measure M.The district’s Facility Improvement Project website shows updates including: installing new toilets, drinking fountains and water bottle fillers at Webster Elementary; fixing a water leak at Malibu Middle and High School’s upper playground; constructing new classrooms at Olympic and more.The presentation will also include schedule and budget updates for projects in the district.Coach Cady rememberedBeloved Samohi track coach Patrick Cady passed away in June of this year, a passing that left Samohi and the community with an irreplaceable void.Cady was a beloved Samohi teacher and coach who impacted the lives of students and staff, dedicating his life to enriching others in the Santa Monica and Malibu communities.He worked at Samohi for 34 years and to honor Coach Cady, the SMMUSD board will consider naming the Samohi track in his honor. If the renaming is agreed to, the item will be brought back for board approval on August 15.Community School InitiativeSMMUSD was one of 15 school districts selected by the Los Angeles County Office of Education to participate in their Community Schools Initiative, which would take place at Samohi.A presentation for the initiative says the purpose of Community Schools is to improve the lives of students through service, leadership and advocacy so that students are college-ready and civic-ready.The initiative would do this by making Samohi a hub of sorts for “uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities.”The initiative would see partnerships with LA Public Works, LA County Library, LA County Department of Mental Health and the probation and Parks and Rec departments.Highlighting areas of need for the initiative include increasing graduation rates, decreasing chronic absenteeism and dropout rates, reducing suspensions and increasing family [email protected] :community programMalibupatrich cadySamohismmusdStudentsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLack of votes undermines parking restrictionsZuni House, Bernie, Get It right!You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agolast_img read more

Vivendi makes 11th hour u-turn on TIM demand

first_img Vivendi withdrew from a bid to remove several members of Telecom Italia’s board and publicly backed the operator’s CEO, Financial Times reported, hours before its proposal was set to be voted on by the Italian operator’s shareholders.Sources at the meeting told the newspaper the France-based company requested its petition was revoked at the opening of the Telecom Italia meeting at 11am CET today (29 March). Its move comes two weeks after reports proxy advisers had warned shareholders against voting for the proposal.The about-turn is surprising given Vivendi has been aggressively pressing for an urgent vote on removal of the board members since December 2018. It also made a number of scathing comments about the performance and actions of the operator’s current executive team.After Vivendi was informed the issue would be discussed at the shareholder meeting in March, it accused the operator of “delaying tactics” which it said had a “greater negative impact on TIM’s financial results every day.”Long-standing disputeVivendi, which is operator’s largest single shareholder, has been waging a war of words since it lost control of Telecom Italia’s board in May 2018.Its campaign reached a new level of intensity when Telecom Italia CEO, and former Vivendi employee, Amos Genish was ousted and replaced by Luigi Gubitosi in November. In addition to the withdrawal of its request for a vote on the make-up of the board, Vivendi publicly backed Gubitosi. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Home Vivendi makes 11th hour u-turn on TIM demand Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Author Previous ArticleDocomo set for Hong Kong exitNext ArticleKenyan politicians eye tighter mobile money rules Related Tags center_img Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAR 2019 Español Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy Telecom ItaliaVivendilast_img read more

News / MSC lines up against Grimaldi as it enters deepsea ro-ro shipping sector

first_imgThe service will pitch MSC into direct competition with Italian ro-ro carrier Grimaldi, which runs four services between the two regions – Northern Express, Central Express, Southern Express and Eurocargo Express – with direct calls at 20 ports in West Africa.Grimaldi operates 22 multipurpose ro-ro vessels on the trade, each able to accommodate about 2,500 lane metres of rolling cargo, up to 2,500 cars and 850 containers on their weather deck.The line has sited its regional transhipment hub at Senegalese hub of Dakar, where it connects its services out of both North Europe and the Mediterranean into West Africa with its transatlantic services to South and North America. Photo: vesselfinder.com The world’s second largest container shipping line, MSC, has announced plans to enter the scheduled deepsea roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) sector.The Geneva-headquartered carrier will launch a fortnightly ro-ro service between North Europe and West Africa on 19 February, with a port rotation of Le Havre-Antwerp-Dakar-Conakry-Abidjan-Le Havre.The service will deploy two vessels, the MSC Immacolata and MSC Cristiana, two pure car- and truck-carrier (PCTC) sister ships built by STX in Dalian and delivered in 2012 and 2011 respectively, each with a capacity of 6,700 ceu [car equivalent units] and owned by Greek shipowner Nikki Shipping.MSC said: “In addition to rolling or wheeled cargo, this new service will have the flexibility to cover a range of out-of-gauge and breakbulk cargo, which will be typically large, heavy pieces or critical equipment for specific projects.”center_img By Gavin van Marle 23/01/2018last_img read more

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

first_img LinkedIn 0 Deadline: 1 October 2014, but deadlines vary by each countryOpen to: candidates worldwide with a bachelor’s degree and five years professional experience in their field, and limited or no experience in the United StatesFellowship: tuition and fees at U.S. institutions, living allowance, round-trip airfare, plus other benefitsDescriptionThe Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.During the year, fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the program encourages fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.The program fields include the following: Agricultural and Rural DevelopmentCommunications/JournalismEconomic DevelopmentEducational Administration, Planning and PolicyFinance and BankingHigher Education AdministrationHIV/AIDS Policy and PreventionHuman Resource ManagementLaw and Human RightsNatural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate ChangePublic Health Policy and ManagementPublic Policy Analysis and Public AdministrationSubstance Abuse Education, Treatment and PreventionTeaching of English as a Foreign LanguageTechnology Policy and ManagementTrafficking in Persons Policy and PreventionUrban and Regional PlanningFellowshipPayment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;Pre-academic English language training, if required;A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;Accident and sickness coverage;A book allowance;A one-time computer subsidy;Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.EligibilityAn undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree;A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience;Limited or no prior experience in the United States;Demonstrated leadership qualities;A record of public service in the community;English language ability.ApplicationEmbassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country. Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.Fellowships are announced in March the following year and Humphrey Fellows start their program in the U.S. between April and September of the same year, depending on the amount of English language training required. The program ends the following June. Fellows with inadequate TOEFL scores may be required to attend intensive English language training before the start of their fellowshipFor more information, please see the official website HERE. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Google PhD Fellowship Program for graduate students +1 ← Sushi Express Logo Design Contest August 6, 2014 Published by tatjana African Liberty Writing Fellowship 2021 for Young Writers Redditcenter_img ATLAS CORPS PROGRAMS Similar Stories Tweet Share 0 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Pocket International University Sports Federation’s Young Reporters Programme →last_img read more

LDK president & CEO resigns

first_imgLDK president & CEO resignsLDK has been in financial trouble for years, but has provided little information as to why President & CEO Xingxue Tong is departing. November 16, 2015 Christian Roselund Finance Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The resignation of the president and CEO of a major Chinese manufacturer for personal reasons is always suspicious. Doubly so if that company has not filed quarterly results in some time, and reported US$2.3 billion more in liabilities than assets in its most recent annual report.Within the solar industry, LDK has become a symbol of the unwillingness of the Chinese government to allow solar companies to fail outright. The company reported losses totalling $3.4 billion dollars in 2011, 2012 and 2013, making 2014 losses of only $267 million seem relatively minor.LDK is officially registered in the Cayman Islands, and both the parent company and offshore subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in 2014, while restructuring bond payments. In April 2014, the New York Stock Exchange de-listed LDK, and the company continued as a pink sheets stock.However, in China LDK has continued to manufacture wafers and PV modules, while restructuring and receiving financing from state-owned Chinese banks. And while the company’s market share has fallen substantially in recent years, LDK still produced 1.68 GW of wafers in 2014 alone.Outgoing President and CEO Xingxue Tong was appointed to these roles three years ago, to replace LDK Founder Xiaofeng Peng. His resignation is effective immediately, but he will remain with the company as a consultant “to ensure a smooth transition”.LDK Chairman Zhibin Liu will assume the role of president and CEO. Bloomberg New Energy Finance Head of Solar Analysis Jenny Chase says that this move may be related to the local Chinese government taking greater control of the company.“It’s possible that this shows the Xinyu government taking more control of the ongoing restructuring of LDK, since the new CEO, Mr Zhibin Liu, is also on the board of Xinyu State-owned Asset Management,” Chase told pv magazine. However, she also noted that this is “pure speculation”.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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Nuclear science supports sustainable development, says IAEA

first_imgNuclear and high voltage transmission: 123RF The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has emphasised that nuclear science and technology is essential in helping developing countries to support sustainable development.Amano said this while opening the agency’s international conference in Vienna, Austria, UN News Centre reported.Amano said: “Science and technology are critical for development. Transferring nuclear technology to developing countries is core IAEA business. Partnerships are an essential element of our work.”“The technical cooperation programme has improved the health and prosperity of millions of people. I have seen for myself in visits to developing countries all over the world that technical cooperation projects deliver huge benefits to individuals, families and entire communities,” he added.Nuclear science contributing to developmentAccording to the press statement, lifting people out of poverty to support sustainable development was among the central topics in the opening speech of the conference.Amano noted: “Energy is indispensable for development…huge increases in energy supply will be required in the coming decades to support economic development and lift some 2.6 billion people out of energy poverty.”He also stated that many member states believe nuclear power can help them to address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies, while curbing greenhouse gas emissions.“Nuclear power is one of the lowest-carbon technologies available to generate electricity” he said.“Nuclear power plants produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during their operation, and only very low emissions over their entire life cycle.”Technical assistance to develop nuclear in GhanaIn a separate statement, the agency has pledged its commitment to offering targeted technical assistance in key areas to Ghana, as the country has demonstrated interest in the exploration.The Deputy Director General, Mikhail Chudakov, said: “I’m encouraged that, even though Ghana is still in an early phase, it has already enacted a comprehensive nuclear law, established an independent Nuclear Regulatory Authority, and is currently reviewing existing and developing appropriate new regulations.”According to local media the Chronicle, Chudakov presented a report to energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, titled, ‘Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Report on Nuclear Energy’. Read more…Chudakov said the report highlights steps and processes, which have so far been taken by the country as far as nuclear power is concerned.Receiving the report, Agyarko said: “If we are to make significant gains in providing reliable energy, then all options, including nuclear energy, must be considered. With the current level of growth in the demand for energy, we can no longer rely solely on our traditional resources of generating power. ” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policycenter_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Featured image: 123rf Previous articleGlobal solar tracker market set to soarNext articleInternational solar cells standards receives quality evaluation Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generationlast_img read more

Updated: Bottles thrown at cops as street melee disperses in Jersey…

first_img Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Bayonne By John Heinis – August 15, 2015 12:46 pm 0 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter After Jersey City police responded to a fight inside a bar that spilled into the street, responding officers were pelted with bottles, prompting backup units and Hudson County Sheriff’s officers to arrive on the scene, according to a city official. Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne Previous articleWith DiVincent’s contract expiring, CFO named acting ED of Hoboken Housing AuthorityNext articleWhat does the future hold for West New York’s ex-Deputy Mayor Silvio Acosta? John Heinis By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewThe fight occurred at Phebe Night Club and Restaurant, located at 646 Newark Ave, where multiple people were involved in physical altercations, throwing beer bottles at police officers responding to the scene as the crowd dispersed, said Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill.No one was arrested at the scene since it was unclear who had thrown the bottles at the officers, but the owner of the establishment was issued a summons for maintaining a nuisance, Morrill said.Police radio transmissions said as many as a dozen people were involved in the initial street fight, also stating the incident took place around 3 a.m.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Updated: Bottles thrown at cops as street melee disperses in Jersey City CrimeJersey City TAGSbeer bottlesJersey City Policestreet fight SHARE CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Crime last_img read more

Dorset CC completes 31-strong Mellor order

first_img31 Mellor Orion minibuses have been delivered to Dorset County CouncilDorset County Council (DCC) has taken delivery of 31 Fiat Ducato-based Mellor Orion minibuses in just 18 months.They are configured to provide optimum functionality on DCC’s accessible transport routes and all are wheelchair accessible via both the front and rear doors. Reverse cameras are fitted to all 31 minibuses.last_img

In the bleak midwinter

first_imgThe choice of the darkest day of the year – 21 December – as the date for an EU-Russia summit is presumably purely a matter of scheduling, but it seems a fitting reflection of the mood. There is barely a bright spot in relations (though that bright spot is important: Russian gas continues to light European homes). Run down the list of topics on the agenda and there is little reason to expect anything constructive to emerge from the summit. The agenda of these summits makes the notion of déjà vu inadequate. Visa liberalisation, a partnership for modernisation, discussions about a long-term agreement to replace a partnership and co-operation agreement that is five years past its expiry date, an airing of concerns about trade and human rights…the list rolls on, and repeats itself every six months. This time, as is usually the case, progress is hard to spot. Apparently, there might be some on visa liberalisation. But that seems more like wishful thinking. Last December, there seemed to be some advance: a programme of ‘common steps’ was agreed. But what has happened since then? Russia has inserted a demand that holders of ‘service passports’ to be allowed visa-free access to the EU. The Russian media suggest 100,000 government employees have ‘service passports’; Kremlin material says there are 15,000 such passports. Even if the Kremlin is prepared to cap its demand (as EU officials say it is), it is trying to dictate in a visa-liberalisation process that is partly supposed to be about confidence-building – and trying to force down the EU’s throat a particularly unpalatable option: EU member states have security concerns about uncontrolled access for government officials. (In passing, the usual rationale for visa liberalisation is to make travel easier for ordinary people. In this, as in other matters, the Kremlin is saying that state officials matter more than citizens.) The Kremlin is also pushing a timeline for visas to be removed for everyone. It wants them lifted in time for the winter Olympics – and if not, as its visa negotiator, Anvar Azimov, said in November “the strike [back] will be adequate and asymmetric”. It makes one wonder whether Russia is prepared ‘to cut its nose off to spite its face’ – to ensure that the process of visiting Russia is kept annoyingly slow and complex even for visitors to the Olympics, with the result that attendance will be depressed. Then again, Russia shows little obvious desire to attract foreigners. It certainly does not want foreign organisations working in civil society (the United States Agency for International Development was forced out in September), and it does not want foreign money to support Russia’s small civil society (organisations that receive EU cash now need to state on their publications and websites that they are ‘foreign agents’). It is easy enough, then, to see why the Kremlin is trying to limit the amount of time spent talking with the EU about human rights. The EU has two ‘human-rights consultations’ a year with Russia; the Kremlin tried to cancel the second. (The consultation eventually went ahead on 7 December.)This time, conversation about human rights may be made additionally uncomfortable – for both sides – by the knowledge that pressure is mounting on the EU to follow the US Congress’s example and bar Russian officials implicated in the death, after 11 months in prison, of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian accountant whose crime was to have accused a group of officials of embezzling $230 million of state money. (Presumably some of the Russian officials on the ‘Magnitsky list’ have ‘service passports’, which would add spice to Russia’s visa demands.) But the Magnitsky case is becoming increasingly difficult to keep out of debate, in part because Magnitsky’s former employers are pushing Cyprus – arguably Russia’s best friend in the EU – to investigate whether its banks laundered the money that Magnitsky says was embezzled. In another sign of the bad climate of relations, a previously bilateral issue may force its way onto the agenda because of perceived Russian obstructionism. On 11 December, Poland’s foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, asked the EU to press Russia to return the wreckage of the plane in which Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski died in Smolensk in April 2010. “Poland is hoping that Russia will finally recognise the wreck is no longer needed for examination and can be handed over to Poland,” Sikorski said. And then, of course, there is the issue that may eventually produce the headlines of the summit: the EU is moving towards referring Russia to the World Trade Organization for, in its view, Russia’s failure to abide by the rules of the world trade club – a club that it only joined in August.It all makes one wonder why EU-Russia summits happen twice a year (and why Putin, who has barely travelled in recent months, did not skip this get-together). With other major partners, summits are an annual affair. And they are not entirely automatic: a few years ago, it seemed for a time that the US would not hold its annual summit with the EU, and this year there has been no annual summit with Japan because Tokyo was waiting for progress on a free-trade deal. Most leaders like to have something to show from a high-profile event. By those standards, there is no reason for one Russia summit a year, let alone two a year. But perhaps that logic does not apply to Putin: he may want, rather than dislike, a lack of progress. And where does that leave the EU? The abnormal frequency of summits becomes an awkward symbol – a symbol of its willingness to accede to Russia’s constant demands for special treatment, in the hope that this twice-yearly wrestle will one day turn into a warm embrace.last_img read more