First Drive: 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

first_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Cars used to be savage.Cars used to put hair on a man’s chest. They used to rip and roar about with much fury, with no consideration for comfort or polar bears. They used to be evocative and raw and unpredictable. They used to be things of passion.Now, though, cars are softer.They whiz about, not with crossness but with coherence, kissing the trees and protecting the ice caps. Cars no longer embolden men; they simply move them from place to place.Now, though, there’s come a car that harks back to that now-ancient era of masculine motoring. A car that not only tears at your soul but also brings tears to your eye just to look at it.And – luckily for us – it has a menacing chrome wildcat on the grille; it’s the 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe.LooksI am utterly in awe of the bodylines of the Jaguar F-TYPE, both the Convertible and the Coupe form.The Coupe, though, is my favorite. Not only does it protect my fair, English skin from the sun’s death rays, it also adds a third line to the car’s profile, which – to me – completes the design.Not to disrupt the swooping line that runs from the A-pillar down to the tail of the car, Jaguar used one single piece of aluminum, the cost of which to repair after a fender-bender must be staggering. The visual payoff, however, is priceless.The Coupe looks menacing and elegant. And, depending on how you configure the car, it can look either like an innovative design concept or like a classic Jag, inspired by its predecessors.Runway-worthy noiseTo experience the 2015 F-TYPE Coupe, Jaguar flew a few of us automotive journalists to Lleida, Spain.When we deplaned, and we journalists stumbled blurry-eyed toward the awaiting Jags, we were intercepted by several cheery Jaguar representatives. They paired us up, handed us a set of keys, and told us to follow the satellite navigation for 140 miles to the MotorLand Aragón racetrack.Thankfully, the F-TYPE Coupe’s looks aren’t its only selling point. There’s also the noise. And what a noise it is … The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe, just like the Convertible, makes a vicious, crackling, and insatiable growl from either of its supercharged engines.Recalling the sound of 15 of the cars firing and revving all at once, as they departed the rural airport still brings tears to my eyes.I feared that adding a proper roof to the British sports car would mute some of the Jag’s exuberant exhaust notes. Delightfully, it hasn’t. No, the 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is just as boisterous as before.On the way to the track, we journalists danced around the rural roadways, testing the limits of the V6S, both in terms of 0 to 60 time (4.8 seconds) but also top speed (171 mph), creating a chorus of crepitating carbons. Both – I’d say – are both dead-on.After just over 140 kilometers of hardline acceleration and exhaust exuberance, we arrived at the track. Once there, we traded our V6S keys for a set of V8R keys and told to meet on the starting line.MotorLand“More brake pressure! More brake pressure!” my British driving instructor hollered at me, stomping an invisible brake pedal in the passenger wheel well, as the car entered into a sharp right-hander a bit too fast.“Sorry! Sorry!” I yelled back, stomping harder on the brakes.In order to demonstrate the track capabilities of the F-TYPE, Jaguar let us journalists loose on the track in the top-of-the-line V8R, each with our own professional instructor riding shotgun.Jaguar assured us that these men were not riding along to slow us down, but to rather speed us up, giving us guidance on how to more quickly traverse the track. Mine, though, was obviously keen to keep me from pushing past my talent and into a wall.Each of the track-going Jags we were careening through MotorLand’s corners had been fitted with the optional carbon ceramic brake package, which, thanks to their heat-dissipating properties, always had the same feel, no matter the braking load. To the chagrin of my instructor, I found this out first-hand after some full force braking.Unlike the F-TYPE Convertible, the Coupe is far more composed on the track – and the ceramic brakes aren’t the only reason why.Firstly, the Coupe is a staggering 80 percent stiffer than the Convertible. And, secondly, the Coupe features a new system for Jaguar called Torque Vectoring by Braking system (TVBB), which will eventually make its way into all performance-oriented Jags.Taking into account steering angle, data from an onboard yaw sensor, and throttle position, TVBB will automatically brake the inside wheels in a corner to negate understeer.Imperceptible to the driver at track speeds, the result is a car that is much less prone to understeer and more tail-happy and controllable than before. Get on the throttle coming out of a corner, and the F-TYPE Coupe R loves to kick its rear end out.In most cars, this is a frightening prospect. In the R, though, it’s just a larf. The F-TYPE Coupe is quickly corrected and managed at high speed, especially considering the power. And what sensation power it is.The 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe R is powered by the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 as the V8S Convertible. In Coupe R form, it makes 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Conservative estimates by Jaguar peg the R’s 0 to 60 times at 4.0 seconds. Just from the seat of my pants, I’d wager it down around 3.5.Snap shifts“Too early! That shift was too early!” My racecar driver hollered at me over the V8’s roaring and popping exhaust note. Surprised, I look down and I’d only let the revs hit 4000 before tapping the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter of the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is truly one of the crispest, most confident automatic gearboxes on the planet.My excuse for the early shifts, though? The noise of the exhaust and acceleration overwhelmed my senses, which forfeited me a couple thousand more revs of torque before the 7500 rpm redline. This isn’t to say driving the F-TYPE Coupe is taxing; it’s not.Other 500+ horsepower European power coupes leave you feeling sweaty, with your adrenaline pumping, and head spinning at the end of a track session. That’s because these cars, while incredible to drive, require a lot of nerve and attention to operate properly on the edge. The F-TYPE Coupe doesn’t.Unlike the German competition, the F-TYPE still features hydraulic power steering, which is twitchy, weighted perfection. It might add to the Coupe’s near-4,000-pound curb weight, but it’s well worth the sacrifice.Road warriorEventually the Jaguar reps ripped the V8R keys from our hands and we journalists were sent back out onto the twisty open roads. While very impressive on the speedway, there’s something about the wild unknown of a rural road that fits in perfectly with the F-TYPE Coupe’s spirit.What few people there are on the roads of rural Spain are mostly farmers. These farmers, as it turns out, don’t obey the lane markers. Come into a 60-kph corner at 120 and you might well find tractor on your side of the road.Stomp on the brakes, call up a quick downshift, throw the car to the right, and the Jag crackles, and weaves but keeps on rushing. While unnerving, the Jag seems to lap up such drastic maneuvers.It’s not to say the F-TYPE Coupe is flawless. Like anything worth loving, it has its problems. F-TYPE models fitted with the standard suspension bob and float a bit too much over uneven road surfaces for my taste.I suspect, in order to counteract the stiffened body and avoid putting buyers into back braces, Jag engineers bolted up softer suspension than one might normally call for in such a coupe. While these cushier coils might soften the blow, it gives the F-TYPE a bit of an irregular feel, especially up against to its chief competitor, the Porsche Cayman S.I’m pleased to report, though, if you upgrade to the F-TYPE sport suspension, you’ll sort this problem altogether … without bruising your spleen.The coolest coupe aroundUnlike the Porsche Cayman or the 911, the chief competitors of the F-TYPE, the Jag is a complete cad. It’s gorgeous, loud, and enlivening; there’d never be a day when you’d saunter out to your garage and be disappointed to see it.The Porsches, though brilliant to drive feel a bit too much like an instrument of going fast. It’s a fine feeling but it’s not very engaging. The Porsches just don’t offer that day in, day out feeling of being remarkable. But the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe … it does. 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Moore & Giles Collab with Crosley for a Leather Turntable

first_img The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. As vinyl continues its resurgence, true record collectors are seeking out special turntables to match the magnitude of their collections. It gets even better when two American companies who have been plying their respective trades for decades team up to create a statement piece.Fresh off a collaboration with legendary designer Richard Haines, Moore & Giles have teamed up with turntable standards Crosley to create The Commonwealth Collection C10.The release continues Moore & Giles’ fondness for etching–the record player’s plinths are inlaid with one of two choices of leather, then laser engraved with the topography that separates the company’s two hometowns: Lynchburg, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky.Crosley has taken more than 70 years of turntable development and wrapped it all into this collaboration. High-end sound quality comes from an aluminum tonearm balanced with sapphire bearings and a low vibration synchronous motor. Specialized shock absorbing feet handle any disturbances from the gentle rotation of the platform.The Commonwealth Collection comes in two handsome finishes. Option one is a mahogany wood inlaid with calfskin in matte black. This hide is tanned in northern Italy by a family tannery specializing in the material. The second is a birch wood paired with a vegetable tanned leather called Modern Saddle. Produced near Pisa, Italy, each hide is tanned for two months, embracing the color and elevating the texture of the finished leather. With use, both of these finishes will evolve: the mahogany and black calf will actually polish to a finer finish, while the Modern Saddle luster will turn a darker brown. It’s a nod to the exceptional quality and care taken in the development of the pieces.And, it’s more than just a pretty face. Audiophiles will love the Ortofon OM5e cartridge (the head of the tonearm), which uses an elliptical-shaped stylus to generate near distortion-free playback. Also, it runs on a belt-driven mechanism that plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records.At $840, the record players were designed to seamlessly blend into a living room just as much as they’ll fill the room with rich, vibrant sound. There will only be 40 produced (20 of each finish), so grab yours here while you can. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked last_img read more

Nova Scotia Genealogy Website Available in French

first_imgThe website with nearly a million possibilities for people to search for their Nova Scotia roots is now available in French. The Historical Vital Statistics website, maintained by the Nova Scotia Archives, has a searchable database containing nearly one million personal names. Each is linked to a corresponding birth, death or marriage registration, digitized and available online. The earliest records date from the mid-1700s and the most recent from the 1960s. “One of the ways the province is making life better for Acadian and francophone families is by creating more access to bilingual services online,” said Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “The Historical Vital Statistics website is an invaluable genealogical tool for Nova Scotians to explore our family history and learn more about our culture and heritage.” The website is the only one of its kind in Canada that people can browse for records about their genealogy free of charge. The website is a popular destination for family history researchers and community historians from Nova Scotia and around the world. “Working in one of the Acadian regions in Nova Scotia, I can say that offering such a massively used resource as the Historical Vital Statistics website in both official languages will mean much to the community,” said Peter Crowell, municipal historian and archivist, Argyle Township Court House Archives. “We also tend to forget that there are researchers from other jurisdictions who use these records, and whose first language is French. “I commend the Nova Scotia Archives for their commitment to online professionalism and to making their resources accessible to the widest possible audience.” To search for records on the Historical Vital Statistics website go to www.novascotiagenealogy.com. People can also purchase electronic or paper copies of the documents by ordering online and paying via secure credit card transaction. The Historical Vital Statistics website includes records transferred from Vital Statistics after 100 years for births, 50 years for deaths and 75 years for marriages.last_img read more

Pearl Kelly v Nova Scotia Liquor Commission Decision

first_imgA decision by an independent human rights board of inquiry Commission has found that an employee of the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC) was discriminated against. Pearl Kelly worked with the NSLC from 1994 until she went off on long-term disability in 2009. In 2005, after years of positive performance appraisals, Ms. Kelly felt that her sex, pregnancy and mental disability played a role in differential treatment and discrimination. In her decision, board chair Lynn Connors describes evidence of a sexist attitude in a male dominated managerial work environment which included inappropriate comments, nicknames and allusions to preferential treatment due to her sex when in fact the opposite proved to be true. Ms. Connors has reserved her decision on damages and/or remedy so that the parties can provide submissions on what would be appropriate. More information on protected characteristics, protected areas, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and the full decision in this case can be found online at humanrights.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Jaishankar Nancy Pelosi to attend event to mark birth anniv of Gandhi

first_imgWashington: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi would attend an October 2 reception here to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 90th birth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.Top American lawmakers, eminent Indian-Americans, US government officials and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the October 2 reception to celebrate the legacies of these two great leaders that have shaped the destinies of India and the United States.Organised by the Indian Embassy here, the reception would be held at the premises of the historic building of the Library of Congress. Pelosi will be the featured speaker at the gathering.The Indian Embassy has organised a series of events throughout the year to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It had organised an exhibition on Gandhi on August 15.last_img read more

Skeleton crew Next weeks episode of US network show Bones set in

first_imgBones is a long-running program starring Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance (Bones) Brennan, a forensic anthropologist who works closely with FBI agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, to solve cases involving human remains.Wavelight general manager and producer Kelly Collins said the company became involved when she got a call from the show’s executive producer. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Newfoundland fans of forensic investigation thriller Bones may recognize the setting of next week’s episode.The Fox Television show hired Newfoundland and Labrador company Wavelight Productions to shoot footage in several locations around the Avalon Peninsula in September, for an episode that airs Feb. 21.The eighth episode of Season 12, “The Grief and the Girl,” will feature shots of Harbour Drive and Gower Street in St. John’s, Bay Bulls, Cape Broyle, Logy Bay, Middle Cove and Pouch Cove.Producer ‘did a ton of research’ on Newfoundland Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Flood fears fuel frustration in Manitoba

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe city of Brandon, Manitoba is facing a “flood of the century”. The city has declared a state of emergency, Canadian Forces soldiers have been called in to help out, and many of the Aboriginal people in and around Brandon are wondering what will happen to their homes.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has their stories.last_img

Consumer safety group unveils its worst toys list

first_imgBOSTON – Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, unveiled the top 10 list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. The non-profit organization has been releasing the lists for more than four decades.WATCH claims fidget spinners contain small parts that can be a choking hazard, Mattel’s Wonder Woman sword has the potential to cause blunt-force injuries and Marvel’s Spider-Man drone has multiple rotating blades that can lead to eye and other bodily injuries.The Toy Association, an industry trade group, dismissed the list as “needlessly frightening” to parents because all toys sold in the U.S. meet “rigorous” safety standards. It also criticized the organization for not testing the toys it focuses on.National toy safety standards are “inadequate,” as can been seen by the high number of recalls each year, WATCH President Joan Siff said.The non-profit says there have been at least 15 recalls representing nearly 2 million units of dangerous toys since December.Siff stressed the toys named each year have common hazards that the group sees year after year. She pointed to the “Pull Along Pony” by Tolo Toys that’s marketed for children over age 1 but has a 19-inch cord.“We don’t need a testing lab to know that’s a strangulation and entanglement hazard,” she said.With consumers increasingly doing their holiday shopping online, it’s more important than ever to have the most current information about the safety of a toy online, Siff said.For example, Hallmark’s Disney-themed “Itty Bittys” plush stacking toy for babies was recalled over the summer due to fabric pieces that posed a choking hazard. But the toy still is readily available online because many web sales are rarely monitored for recalls, Siff noted.Among the other toys that made this year’s list is Nerf’s “Zombie Strike” crossbow, which the organization says poses the risk of eye and face injuries because it uses a pressurized, pull back lever to shoot soft projectiles.Razor’s “Heel Wheels” are strapped onto children’s shoes to turn them into improvised roller skates but pose a burn risk because they include “real sparking action.”And “Slackline” is a tightrope-like device by Brand 44 meant to be anchored between two trees that WATCH says can lead to severe injury and death.last_img read more

Ban saddened by death of Corazon Aquino former Filipino President

Mr. Ban paid tribute to the former President for her “exceptional courage and pivotal role in the restoration and consolidation of democracy in the Philippines,” which she governed from 1986 to 1992.“Mrs. Aquino will be remembered as a beacon of democracy not only in the Philippines but also around the world,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.According to media reports, Mrs. Aquino, 76, had been diagnosed with advanced stage colon cancer last year and confined to hospital for over a month.The Secretary-General extended his “sincere condolences to the bereaved family of the late President and to the Government and people of the Philippines.” 1 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sadness today over the news of the passing of former Filipino President, Corazon Aquino, the first woman to lead her country. read more

New Zealand approves new elephant despite Sri Lankan court case

New Zealand has approves a new $1.6m elephant despite a Sri Lankan court hold up, stuff.co.nz reported.In May 2011 Auckland Council approved $3.2m to transport two gifted elephants from Sri Lanka to New Zealand. During the 2017/2018 Annual Plan process council allocated only $1.1m for the relocation of the second elephant instead of the $1.6m required, due to an oversight.At Auckland Council’s finance and performance committee meeting on Tuesday, 15 councillors approved a correction of $549,000 to the $1.6 million needed to move Nandi to New Zealand. Councillors Cathy Casey, Efeso Collins, Mike Lee, Wayne Walker and John Watson voted against the decision. Anjalee joined veteran elephant Burma at Auckland Zoo in 2015 But protests from animal rights activists and cultural and religious groups in Sri Lanka stopped second elephant Nandi from leaving Sri Lanka for New Zealand. Collins said he was voting against the correction because $549,000 could be used to double council’s commitment to homelessness.“We would pay the Christmas parades in Ōtara, Papatoetoe, Otahuhu and Māngere for 15 years with half a million dollars,” Collins said.“We could fly around civil servants of this council business class with half a million dollars.”Regional facilities Auckland board external relations director Paul Brewer said it was delighted at the correction of $549,000.“There was good robust debate,” Brewer said.If the court in Sri Lanka ruled in its favour, getting Nandi to New Zealand would be quickly underway, he said.A spokeswoman for Auckland Zoo said it was confident it could give Nandi an excellent home and life but her arrival was ultimately up to the Sri Lankan courts.“If we subsequently hear definitively that she will have to stay at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then we will then explore what other options are for our elephant programme,” the spokeswoman said.SAFE campaign director Mandy Carter said Nandi had established her own family at the orphanage and an “artificial group” at Auckland Zoo could cause issues, she said.Alongside the one-off cost of $3.2m for Anjalee and Nandi, there would be high ongoing costs of $100,000 each to look after three elephants at the zoo, Carter said.Instead she thought the money could go to looking after native animals, she said.Residents commented on community website Neighbourly about Auckland Council spending $1.6m on an elephant.Remuera resident Zoe Spinks said having another elephant at the zoo would attract more visitors.“I see this as an investment to bring more interest and funding toward conservation, including our own native species,” Spinks said.Grey Lynn resident Jo Ryan said she wondered what Auckland Council’s perspective was on spending money on an elephant rather than safe and affordable housing.“$1.6m could change the lives of many of those who are homeless,” Ryan said. (Colombo Gazette) A hearing about whether Nandi can be moved to New Zealand is underway after campaigners in Sri Lanka petitioned the Sri Lankan Court of Appeal.At the committee meeting, Auckland Zoo deputy director Kevin Burley said the court case in Sri Lanka was not about Nandi specifically, but rather the gifting of elephants as a whole.Anjalee had thrived under the zoo’s care and he thought Nandi would thrive also, Burley said. “It’s a lot of money to transport an exotic, endangered animal from one part of the world to this part of the world,” Casey said.“Two elephants are enough.”$1.6m could go a long way for community groups and the council’s homelessness programme, she said. read more

Executives spend night on the street to raise money for homeless kids

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2014 4:14 am MDT TORONTO – Seventy-one business and community leaders in Toronto braved a wind chill of minus-18 overnight to sleep on the street to raise money for homeless kids.The third annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out raised more than $900,000 for the facility, about $100,000 over the original goal.Participants bedded down with just a sleeping bag and piece of cardboard.They included Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, and Tim Leiweke, the president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.Others included police Chief Bill Blair, Purolator president Patrick Nangle, CIBC vice-president Steve Geist and Diane Brisebois, head of the Retail Council of Canada.Covenant House provides shelter and a variety of programs for homeless youth with a budget of $21.8 million, of which 80 per cent is provided by donors.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Covenant House. Executives spend night on the street to raise money for homeless kids AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The future of automotive in the next parliament party conference roundup

As party conference season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on what politicians’ plans are for the automotive industry ahead of next year’s General Election.SMMT hosted roundtable events for all three major parties, to discuss how they would tackle the key issues facing the industry, and to address SMMT’s five manifesto priorities for the 2015 election:Commitment to long-term industrial strategy.Creating the right conditions for investment.Positioning the UK as a global leader on innovation.Supporting ultra-low emission vehicles and a strong, sustainable vehicle market.Maintaining a strong UK voice in Europe.One thing common to all three key parties was recognition that continued support and long-term strategy are essential for continued success. Each party stated its intentions to continue current automotive policies and initiatives, for instance partnerships with government such as the Automotive Council. In fact all three parties praised the success of the automotive industry’s collaboration with government, and stressed the importance of this continuing in the future.Similarly, there was cross-party commitment to ensuring that the UK business environment remained competitive and attractive to investors. Iain Wright, Shadow Industry Minister, discussed that a more streamlined landscape could help achieve this, whereas John Hayes, Conservative Transport Minister, suggested the necessity to keep business costs low. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats) explained that a reform of business rates would encourage higher levels of investment to the sector.There was consensus amongst ministers that the main challenges facing the automotive sector are improving and growing the UK supply chain, as well as ensuring a sustainable supply of skilled workers is available. However, fixed plans on how this could be achieved are yet to be announced.With the industry in a period of growth, ensuring stability in terms of policy and support are essential in order to continue this trend. As the Prime Minister said himself, “the car industry is booming”, and following this year’s party conferences we can be optimistic that politicians are eager to keep it that way.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Speak Greek in March returns

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek language is the oldest, with 4,000 years of continued use, while more than 40,000 words in the English dictionary have Greek origins. The Speak Greek in March (SGM) campaign is back for 2017, more determined than ever to stimulate the Hellenic community, the school system and government to give greater priority to the speaking, learning and teaching of the Greek language.This initiative was started in 2015 by individuals and representatives of literary and cultural organisations within the Greek community. The organising committee’s policy is to encourage the various stakeholders to initiate, develop and implement activities appropriate to their own fields of endeavour, which promote the Greek language. For example, schools which teach Greek may organise during March − but also throughout the year − competitions, celebrations, debates lectures and special projects. “People say why only Speak Greek in March, shouldn’t we be speaking Greek all the time?” SGM secretary Christina Despoteris tells Neos Kosmos.“The answer is yes … our goal is for people to be speaking Greek all the time, but first we must put into place strategies, making it easier for everyone to learn and practise the language. “SGM is in its third year and it’s become a very identifiable brand name,” she emphasises. “It has spread internationally and has been reported about on every continent.”The committee chose March for the campaign for a number of reasons, and the branding worked as March incorporates a plethora of Greek cultural activities, being the beginning of the school year. It also includes the celebration of the Greek National Day and the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival. As the committee further explains, choosing this one month for the campaign is only a marketing technique, as the objective of the organising committee is to encourage and promote the speaking of Greek throughout the year.Furthermore, to tackle the decreasing number of students who have been learning Greek in recent years, the SGM committee wanted to raise awareness of learning a second language as it enhances one’s competence in his/her primary language. The next step for the committee will be to create apps for learning Greek and develop games and other applications for students, children and adults to use, all relating to the Greek language.“As language and culture are interrelated, retaining our mother tongue will strengthen our ability to maintain our cultural identity in multicultural Australia. It will also benefit Australia, as multilingualism in our globalised world is acknowledged to have cultural, educational and trade advantages,” Mike Zafiropoulos AM, the convener of the SGM committee, says. “Our school system needs new ideas and the ongoing support of the community in order to make the Greek language attractive to our youth.” “With globalisation, mixed marriages and other such influences, children are opting to speak in English rather than Greek,” Mrs Despoteris continues. “Meanwhile, the way we teach Greek may also contribute to this. We are using text books and workbooks which use a particular style of the language which is not conducive to our way of life nor the vocabulary we use here. Also times have changed … children prefer to use the computer, the iPad or smartphone for learning.”Following the Northcote High School incident in 2016, the Greek Community had to lobby long and hard to retain Greek as a language at the school. While the campaign originated in Melbourne, it is quickly spreading to other parts of Australia and overseas.“This year we will be visiting 31 countries, one for each day of the month, and liaising with the local Greeks to see what they are up to in relation to the teaching of the language, what they do, how they do it,” Mrs Despoteris emphasises, touching on the overwhelming success of last year’s program. “We started with Italy on 1 March and we hope it is even more effective than our 2016 campaign.“Our purpose is to make a broad assessment of the extent to which the Greek language has survived in the Hellenic diaspora and to establish a network of the 31 communities and a movement of collaboration with the aim of promoting the Greek language globally. In future, additional countries of the Hellenic diaspora will be invited to join the network.”The commitee invites people to visit its website www.speakgreekinmarch.com and subscribe to the word of the day. Also like their Facebook page to win prizes at the end of the month.last_img read more

Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said administration officials were working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question even though the government has begun the process of printing the questionnaire without it.“So important for our Country that the very simple and basic ‘Are you a Citizen of the United States?’ question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census,” Trump said in his first tweet of the holiday.Trump’s administration has faced numerous roadblocks to adding the question, including last week’s Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily. The Justice Department had insisted to the Supreme Court that it needed the matter resolved by the end of June because of a deadline to begin printing census forms and other materials.But on Wednesday, department officials told a federal judge in Maryland they believed there could be a way to meet Trump’s demands.“There may be a legally available path,” Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt told U.S. District Judge George Hazel during a conference call with parties to one of three census lawsuits. The call was closed to reporters; a transcript was made available soon after.A department spokeswoman had confirmed on Tuesday that there would be “no citizenship question on the 2020 census” amid signs that the administration was ending the legal fight. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement that day that the “Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question.”last_img read more

Sergio Aguero is a major doubt for Liverpools clash

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero is facing a race in time to recover for Manchester City’s top of the table’s clash against Liverpool.The Argentina international grabbed his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton before leaving for Gabriel Jesus.However, Guardiola disclosed Aguero has been nursing the injury he initially suffered against Newcastle at the start of the month.“Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his foot,” says Guardiola to Evening Standard. Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He is not 100 percent. He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle, and we spoke about playing 60 minutes, and we were lucky he scored at the right moment.”The Spanish manager further explained that Aguero is a major doubt for City’s upcoming fixtures including next Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool.“It is a problem, but he needs time. Now we have two games left before the international break, and hopefully, he can do those two and then make a final recovery.“But he is not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot.”last_img read more

Man receives 30year sentence for 2010 shooting

first_imgA man involved in a shooting at an Orchards apartment complex in 2010 was sentenced Wednesday to about 30 years in prison. The day after the shooting, Adam S. Berndt, 24, fired at Portland police officers who pursued him.Berndt pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder relating to the Aug. 25, 2010, shooting of 29-year-old Steven Mc-Knight. The confrontation occurred in the parking lot of Prairie View Apartments, 12611 N.E. 99th St., during a drug transaction.Berndt admitted to Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier that he shot McKnight “multiple times.” Prosecutors said he fired four shots, which they allege showed he had intent to kill. Mc-Knight, who was shot in the hip, shoulders and both arms, recovered from the shooting.Berndt fled and the day after the shooting, he was found hiding in a northeast Portland home. Federal authorities came to serve warrants, including one for a parole violation, police said following the incident. He fired shots at a deputy U.S. marshal. Multiple shots were fired at Berndt in response and he was seriously injured.No police officers were injured.On Wednesday, he showed no visible signs of injury. His attorney, Tom Phelan, said in court that Berndt had trouble hearing out of one ear.Berndt has already pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder charges in Multnomah County relating to the shootout, said Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey. Berndt will be sentenced later this month and is expected to receive a 30-year sentence there, as well, Harvey told the judge.last_img read more

SBI Card launches Simply Click

first_imgOur Correspondent SBI Card, one of India’s leading credit card issuers, announced a strategic partnership with seven of India’s biggest e-commerce players for its newest offering, the Simply Click SBI Card. The collaboration is with the leading players in the e-commerce industry – Amazon India, BookMyShow, Cleartrip, FabFurnish, Food Panda, LensKart and Ola Cabs – all front runners in their respective categories.  Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsThis latest offering from SBI Card is a tailor made credit card for the generation that is always online, and comes with many features to ensure the best and most productive online shopping experience for the consumers. The Simply Click SBI Card is the country’s 1st ever credit card that focuses on online shopping across diverse categories. “We wanted to launch a card with special benefit meant for online purchases. In this card, whatever the spending be, we will offer a five times more reward than in case of normal cards,” Vijay Jasuja, CEO SBI Card said after the launch of the new product.“And for the seven online partners, spending on those platform will attract ten times more reward. So the consumers will get 15 times more reward (points),” he added.With this new product, SBI Card is poised to leverage the popularity of online shopping and e-commerce in India.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo This time of year always fills me with anticipation, fascination and speculation, but I put my trust in no man. The NFL Scouting Combine in still underway in Indianapolis and reports are starting to trickle into the matrix and hysteria is mounting.I love the combine but I hate the fact that it kicks off the most volatile dispensation of the league year. Information is the currency of talk radio. We sell, barter and trade information and listeners purchase that information by listening. But when it comes to sources — whether anonymous or those close to the situation — and other reports, I believe very few of them. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Like the report that says Matt Barkley blew away the Arizona Cardinals during the interview process. I believe it’s misinformation; somebody got the report wrong or talked to a minion that was blown away but didn’t hear it from the man’s mouth. Why would a person in authority tell anybody what he’s thinking? Why should I work so hard at evaluating a player, spend so much time and money and resources to determine the value of a prospect, and then tell you what I believe about that kid one way or the other? I can use it as a smokescreen, where the other team doesn’t know whether I’m being sincere or not. And this is why the NFL Combine and the weeks leading up to the draft is the most unsettling time of the league year. The great Dance of Deception has begun in earnest. – / 14 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Central Bank staff donate hospital equipment worth over €4600

first_imgThe Central bank of Cyprus (CBC) delivered equipment worth more than €4,600 to the Nicosia general hospital it was announced on Thursday.The equipment – television sets and furniture – was delivered on Wednesday by the CBC’s governor, Chrystalla Georghadji, who said that the hospital has a special place in the hearts of Cypriots as it maintains a high level of healthcare services.The money to buy the equipment was collected from a fundraiser organised last Christmas among the CBC’s staff.Georghadji said that the donation was a small contribution to assist in the task of the hospital staff, and aims at making the stay of patients but also of visitors a bit more comfortable.The hospital’s executive director, Christodoulos Kaisis, thanked Georghadji and the CBC staff for their donation.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsAging Cat? Help Them Thrive By Doing This One ThingUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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