2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster 62 Photos Bugatti spent the lead-up to the Geneva Motor Show talking about its Type 57 SC Atlantic, a car that’s been captivating people for the better part of 80 years. Bugatti is not reviving the Atlantic, but it did lean on that design to create a wild one-off. Bugatti revealed La Voiture Noire (which literally translates to the black car) on Tuesday, a one-of-one creation that is meant to incorporate the idea of grand touring into a car with immense amounts of power and equal amounts of luxury. It also costs an immense amount of money, with the final price tag from Bugatti coming in at a cool 11 million euros ($12.5 million) — before tax. That’s how you make an appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.It’s not exactly hard to tell who built La Voiture Noire. The car is still quintessentially Bugatti, with a front end that’s closer to the aerodynamic Divo than the O.G. Chiron on which it’s based. However, the nose eschews the hardcore aero of the Divo in favor of some different vent arrangements, more pronounced front lights and dimples (or something) on the hood. Some folks were expecting some sort of wild Atlantic recreation, but it’s clear that Bugatti stayed rooted in modern design for La Voiture Noire.Enlarge ImageTake a good look now, because unless you happen to be the owner, you’ll probably never see this thing in the wild. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow The dorsal fin, which is a staple of the original Atlantic’s design, lives on here. It starts just above the grille and makes its way to the roof through a centrally-located windshield wiper, continuing down the car’s long body and terminating just ahead of the Bugatti badge. The rear end marks a serious departure from both the Divo and Chiron, with a single lighting element going from side to side. Everything beneath that light is a continuation of the front end’s grille design. There are six tailpipes and, in true 2019 fashion, the Bugatti script out back illuminates.Even though it has more tailpipes than the regular Chiron, the powertrain appears to be the same. Bugatti says that La Voiture Noire sports an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine that’s good for a shade under 1,500 horsepower and about 1,180 pound-feet of torque, the same as the Chiron. The car is already sold and is rumored to be going to Ferdinand Piech, Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson and the chairman of VW Group from 1993 to 2002. Bugatti wouldn’t say who the lucky person is, naturally, saying only that the person in question is a “Bugatti enthusiast.” No duh. Will it carry the same cachet in 80 years’ time that the Atlantic does today, though? That’s perhaps the most interesting question of all.Originally published March 5 at 12:10 a.m. PT.Update, at 2:41 a.m. PT: Corrected the pre-tax price, which fell prey to a rounding error. Geneva Motor Show 2019 reading • Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M one-off inspired by the Atlantic Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M hypercar Preview • 2017 Bugatti Chiron: A velvet rocketship Now playing: Watch this: Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Bugatti La Voiture Noire is ‘the most expensive new car of all time’ Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard More about 2017 Bugatti Chiron • See All Exotic Cars Superluxury Cars Performance Cars Coupes Geneva Motor Show 2019 2020 BMW Alpina B7 first drive: Big, bad, Bavarian ‘bahn-burner Comment 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell 1 Share your voice 2:14 Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Bugatti
A devastating fire breaks out at a building at Chawkbazar in the capital on Wednesday night. Fire fighters try to douse as fire spreads to nearby buildings. Photo: Focus BanglaThe home affairs ministry has formed a 5-member committee to investigate into the Chawkbazar fire incident that left nearly 80 people dead.Headed by additional secretary of security service division of the home ministry the committee was asked to submit its report with recommendations within seven working days after proper investigation, said an official release, reports UNB.Around 41 people injured in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night.
Congress ChhattisgarhThe Congress appeared to be heading for a landslide victory on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh, dealing a major blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Election Commission officials said.After the first round of voting, Congress candidates were ahead of their rivals in 61 of the 90 seats in the battle for an Assembly where the half-way mark is 46.BJP candidates were ahead in 21 constituencies. While Chief Minister Raman Singh managed to reverse the trend after initially trailing to the Congress, all his cabinet Ministers were way behind their rivals.The alliance of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and the Bahujan Samaj Party were leading in seven constituencies.In the outgoing Assembly, the BJP had 49 members and the Congress 39. The BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh since 2003.
Theresa May File PhotoMPs on Monday once again failed to find a majority on any alternative Brexit plan before them, leaving Britain’s chaotic path towards leaving the EU mired in uncertainty less than two weeks before its departure date.Brussels has set Britain an 12 April deadline to agree to the divorce terms Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative or crash out of the European Union.MPs have already rejected the Brexit divorce deal three times, shredding May’s authority.Parliament’s lower House of Commons seized the initiative last week by holding a first round of votes on eight alternative Brexit options but failed to find a majority on any of them.Refining them down to four, backbenchers voted again on Monday, hoping to find one solution that most of them could agree on.All four failed to find a majority although the result was close for proposals to hold a second referendum and negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU.Brexit secretary Steve Barclay hinted the government could now bring its deal back for a fourth vote this week and avoid a longer delay to Brexit that would mean holding European Parliament elections in May.He warned that otherwise “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal — an option that experts have warned could cause huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.”Cabinet will meet in the morning to consider the results of tonight’s vote and how we should proceed,” Barclay said.The EU has called an emergency summit for 10 April and warned that without a plan, Britain risks abruptly ending ties with its largest trading partner two days later, causing huge economic disruption.”With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian television channel Rai 1.Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s Brexit committee, said: “A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable”.When MPs meet again on Wednesday “the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” Verhofstadt said.Elusive majorityBritain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The political chaos forced May to postpone Britain’s exit from the original date of 29 March, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections on 23-26 May.Frustrated with her approach, MPs last week gave themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding so-called “indicative votes” on a range of different Brexit options.They brought them back on Monday but once again, nothing produced a majority, even with May’s cabinet abstaining.The first motion, calling for the government to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, was defeated by 276 votes to 273.The second option, dubbed “Common Market 2.0″, would accept May’s divorce terms but require her to negotiate a new EU customs arrangement and membership of the EU single market. It was beaten by 282 votes to 261.A vote on plans for a second referendum went down by 292 to 280.The final option, which would have instructed government to revoke the legislation to leave the EU a day before Britain is due to crash out, was rejected by 292 to 191.Nick Boles, a Conservative MP who had proposed the Common Market 2.0 plan, announced he was leaving the party after the vote.”I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise,” an emotional Boles told parliament.”I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” he said.Cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the outcome of the ballots, and could still decide to hold a fourth vote on May’s deal on Wednesday or Thursday.The votes by MPs were are not legally binding but would have been politically hard to ignore if a majority was found.
Students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in S.W. D.C. perform a selection at the Everybody Wins! Gala.On April 22, the D.C. branch of the Everybody Wins! Children and literacy mentoring organization hosted its 20th annual gala celebration. The event, which was hosted at the Capital Hilton in N.W. D.C., was emceed by CNN political correspondent Brianna Keilar. Additionally, Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBA delivered the keynote address.At the event, the organization highlighted its many students and recognized its sponsors.Over the past 20 years, EW!DC has become the largest children’s literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 1995, EW!DC has served more than 60,000 low-income students and distributed nearly 200,000 new books for students to take home.
Around 1979-1980, as the Reagan era was being ushered in, I remember the Baltimore Sun beginning a series on the paper’s front page on the rise of hate groups in America, complete with a photo of a burning cross and a hooded Klansman. I remember as a young Black boy, despite the protection and love my family provided, feeling really unsafe.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)To be clear, Black people, people of African ancestry in America, have never been safe in this country. From “Black Wall Street,” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Bronzeville in Chicago, to the golden age of Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore, no community, no matter how magnificently self-reliant has been impervious to structural racism. To be Black in America is to be generally imperiled in some measure, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.The specter of a Donald Trump presidency gives few of us in Black communities comfort that our plight shall be improved, and for good reason. In Trump’s America, new dangers seem to be revealed everyday (and I argue all Americans are imperiled for various reasons, whether they realize it or not).So, what now?I’ve been suggesting publicly (on First Edition) and privately for a while now, our battles may be waged more effectively in our cities and local principalities, as opposed to a national campaign of some sort. Especially given the seemingly intractable legislative gridlock and dysfunction in Washington (although that could magically loosen given a Republican House and Senate and the nation’s first Black president moving out of the White House). As well as the fact our challenges our legion and vary by region among other circumstances; housing, public safety, health, public school education, environmental justice, just to name a few.But, on even a basic level, is there a discernible Black agenda for Baltimore City? And when I say a Black agenda, I mean an agenda inclusive of people of color, the marginalized and the poor.Recently, outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake suggested in media interviews she is leaving Baltimore in better condition than she found it. I suspect many in the communities named previously would disagree.However, on Dec. 6, Catherine Pugh will be sworn in as the next mayor. Has she been presented with an agenda representative of and specifically crafted for the majority population in the city? If such a document exists and has been presented to the new mayor, I don’t know about it and nobody I know, knows about it. What I do know is, in Baltimore, if you don’t ask, you don’t eat and if you ask for too much you’ll probably get ignored.Here’s a suggestion; perhaps we should be focused on the pursuit of equal protection under the law and law enforcement reform (especially in wake of the devastating DOJ report outlining routine civil rights violations of Blacks in Baltimore).The process of completing and implementing the “consent decree,” between the city, the Baltimore Police Department and the DOJ has been delayed. Given we almost assuredly are going to be confronted with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, that process should be expedited, not sat upon.We should initiate a “truth and reparation commission,” focused on justice for the myriad victims of the zero tolerance policing policy implemented (officially) from 1999 to 2007.We should also begin exploration of a path towards the rehabilitation and repair of the city’s egregiously broken bail bond system.Perhaps, this can serve as the beginning of a series of conversations between communities and the city’s public servants that will lead to action and policies to help protect and relieve some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents in fundamental and sustainable ways. It’s a start.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9.
Despite efforts across the region to remove both vestiges of Confederate history and polarizing U.S. figures memorialized in public spaces, the District remains home to several, including a highly controversial statue of Brig. Gen. Albert Pike situated at Judiciary Square – between D.C. Courthouses and the Labor Department. And while hidden in plain view, even “conscious” Blacks seem largely unfazed by the towering figure as they enjoy meals and lunch-time strolls around the grounds.The statue of Brigadier General Albert Pike, a Confederate and Klansman, sits near the Judiciary Square metro station, and remains overlooked by many Blacks in the area.(Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)The six-foot, 300-pound Pike, according to his Smithsonian Associates biography, not only gained notoriety as a teacher, journalist, Brig. Gen. during the Confederacy, and U.S.-Native American treaty negotiator, but also as a Klansman, who has been credited with creating the rituals of the Ku Klux Klan for its founder Nathan Bedford Forest.“It’s ironic that in a city that was once majority African-American and which is still home to some of the most justice-minded residents, a constant stream of people of all races sit around this statue and eat, talk, and socialize,” Edith Grey-Scott, a Ward 7 resident and long-time Judiciary Square vendor told the AFRO. “There have been protests in the past to have the monument to Pike removed, but the passion for the fight waned.”While Pike is the only Confederate Civil War general memorialized in D.C., calls for its removal began in 1991 – with the D.C. Council unable to reach a decision about its razing. Weekly protests by Lyndon LaRouche, a political activist, continued through 1992, but eventually ended.The statue was erected in 1901, some 10 years following Pike’s death, by fellow Freemasons, who considered his efforts on behalf of their organization both significant and valiant.Congress Heights resident Carlos Payton, who walks the path surrounding Pike’s statue during his lunch breaks, said he never paid much attention to the figure – assuming it honored someone of importance to the history of the District or the courthouses. Upon learning of Pike’s connections to the Confederacy and the Klan, Payton was taken aback.“That’s unreal. All these Black people around here and this racist guy is peering down at us as we go about our day… I guess we need to get the statue removed, but also learn a lot more about the history of these parks and monuments surrounding us,” Payton told the AFRO. “We’ve got our children fighting in the streets for Black Lives Matter, and the whole time, as parents, we’re working around monuments to people who initiated some of these plans to oppress us.”In addition to Pike’s statue, the National Statuary Hall Collection housed on U.S.Capitol grounds, contain 13 statues of Confederate figures, including Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Edmund Kirby Smith.
In Iraq’s western province of Anbar, hundreds of soldiers, police officers, Shia and Sunni militias launched an operation in the militant-seized town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.They retook control of part of the town, including its main police headquarters, after heavy clashes with the IS militants, Xinhua cited a provincial security source as saying. The clashes left more than 20 militants killed, the source said without giving details about the casualties of the security members. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe security forces repelled an IS attack on a neighbourhood adjacent to al-Baghdadi, which was the scene of fierce clashes two days ago, leaving at least four IS fighters killed, including two suicide bombers, the source added.On Saturday, the security forces broke the siege of the neighbourhood which is housing some 1,000 families of security personnel and government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members. They have been trapped for about 10 days and the families have suffered from acute shortage in food and drinking water. Separately, US and partner-nation warplanes conducted air strikes on IS positions near a bridge outside the militant-seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, killing at least five militants and wounding seven others. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanElsewhere, warplanes of the US-led coalition on late Sunday night hit an IS convoy outside a village near the town of Daqouq, some 40 km south of Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, destroying two vehicles and killing some 18 militants aboard, a security source said.In Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin, heavy clashes erupted near the town of Is’haqi, some 90 km north of Baghdad, between the security forces and dozens of IS militants who attacked a military base, leaving at least five extremist militants killed.The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 10 last year, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and the IS, an Al Qaeda offshoot.
09May Rep. Lower plan eliminates duplicate layers of government red tape Categories: Lower News,News Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Jim Lower reduces the burden on employees and businesses through new occupational licensing parameters.Under Lower’s plan, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to have licensing requirements for occupations that already are regulated at the state level.“We want to attract professionals to our state. We want businesses to grow and flourish while being job providers in the midst of Michigan’s comeback,” said Lower, of Cedar Lake. “We don’t want businesses to be bogged down through licensing at multiple levels with different agencies or entities. This plan updates and simplifies licensing with what will be a cleaner model.”“The current setup creates a hassle for employers who rely heavily or exclusively on licensed occupational professionals for their business,” Lower said. “They have to worry about multiple forms of licensing in a hiring process instead of putting people to work and serving consumers.”House Bill 5955 creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act and is part of a multi-bill package ensuring cities, villages, townships and counties are in accordance with the new legislation. The bill package has been referred to the House Local Government Committee.
KPN will not proceed with its planned acquisition of cable service provider Caiway.The Dutch telco said the country’s competition authority, NMa, has too many objections against the transaction.Caiway provides television, broadband and telephony services in several municipalities in the Netherlands through the cable and fibre infrastructures of CIF and a number of regional cable operators. The acquisition was first announced last May, with KPN set to acquire Caiway’s activities and network lease contracts but leaving the passive infrastructure assets. KPN planned to provide open access to other operators and service providers.The completion of the acquisition was subject to approval by the NMa, which has expressed concern that KPN would get a dominant position in the areas that Caiway operates in.
Portuguese media company Media Capital has reported a 23% fall in operating revenues as a result of falling advertising revenues for its television division. The company, which operates commercial broadcaster TVI as well as news channel TVI 24 and radio stations and a television production arm, saw operating revenues fall to €90.9 million in its latest financial quarter with overall advertising revenues of €57.6 million, an 18% drop in the comparable period last year.“In terms of financial performance, and given the difficult economic environment, the TV segment saw its operating revenues falling 11% (down 5% year-on-year in Q2). Advertising revenues came 21% lower than in 2011 (down 19.2% excluding the elections effect in the first half of 2011). Media Capital estimates the free-to-air advertising market to have fallen by approximately 22% year-on-year. In the quarter, advertising revenues also stood 21% below last year’s figure (down 19% excluding the elections), also on a year-on-year basis. In the same period, the Group estimates the free-to-air market to have decreased by 18%,” it noted in its results.Separately, the company has seen an increase in subscribers for its international networks. The company launched TVI Internacional in 2010, which airs content from its TVI and TV24 stations, and it airs across Africa and in certain territories across Europe including Andorra, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland. During the first six months of the year, it increased the number of subscribers to 250,000.
HBO’s Game of ThronesRussian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has launched local producer and channel provider Amedia’s premium channel and subscription video-on-demand service, Amedia Premium HD.The Amedia service will be available for RUB299 a month (€6.25), enabling viewers to watch their favourite shows and movies an unlimited number of times.The addition of Amedia Premium HD will bring content including HBO shows Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire to Beeline viewers. Amedia has said it plans to expand the range of content available on the service, including the introduction of home produced Russian series.