California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diegos new attraction

first_img Posted: July 11, 2019 California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Coastal Commission on July 10th approved SeaWorld San Diego’s dive coaster planned to open in 2020.This new roller coaster, which was announced in January, will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state, according to SeaWorld.SeaWorld said they anticipate construction getting underway within the next few months. Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 11, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson last_img read more

VW might take deposits for the ID electric hatch in Europe

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 75 Photos Share your voice Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Volkswagen News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Comment 1 Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric cars: Juice up with all the EV news we’ve got.VW I.D. Buzz: We’ve already driven the future. The first of VW’s I.D. electric cars in Europe will be the Golf-ish-sized hatchback, and there have been more than a few comparisons to Tesla there. Now, VW looks to implement a preorder deposit system that also seems a little familiar.Volkswagen might allow interested parties to place a deposit for the upcoming I.D. hatchback, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann. The deposits will help determine who is ready to make a “serious commitment,” and while Stackmann told ANE it wouldn’t be a large amount of money, it’ll be big enough to attract serious buyers.According to ANE’s report, VW has already floated the idea of a deposit system in test markets, and apparently, customers in EV-friendly European countries are more than willing to try and get an early crack at the first in an onslaught of MEB-platform electric vehicles. Obviously, those putting down deposits would then get priority when the cars start leaving the assembly line, which in the case of the I.D. hatchback should happen in early 2020.Enlarge ImageThe hatchback is already being tested in camouflage, so a proper debut shouldn’t be too far away, especially since its market launch is slated for early 2020. Volkswagen “We have tested it several times in Norway and the customers want it. It’s surprising but people in Norway and Holland want to be a part of it. Germany is definitely not the pacemaker in Europe,” Stackmann said to ANE.The I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars in Europe. It’s about the same size as a Golf, and it’s expected to cost about as much as a fully loaded diesel model, which comes out to between $35,000 and $40,000 in the US. In the US, we’ll get the I.D. Crozz SUV as the first car in 2020, with the I.D. Buzz microbus following in 2022. Tesla first brought the idea of preordering a popular car to prominence with its Model 3 sedan. As ANE notes, critics believed it served the second purpose of helping Tesla stack its coffers as it expanded its manufacturing efforts. Nevertheless, the refundable deposits took off and Tesla ended up sitting on hundreds of thousands of them. VW’s car may not have the Model 3’s cult of personality, but it’ll be interesting to see just how many orders VW can drum up before the car heads to production.last_img read more

Pope to preach unity to North Macedonia

first_imgPope Francis (L) is welcomed by Macedonia`s president Gjorge Ivanov during a welcome ceremony in the courtyard of the presidential palace in Skopje on 7 May. Photo: AFPYellow billboards and buses with Pope Francis’s smiling face welcomed the pontiff as he landed in North Macedonia on Tuesday, in a visit delighting a small country whose capital is the proud birthplace of Mother Teresa.Pope Francis was received by the country’s president and prime minister on the airport’s tarmac, where he was offered bread and salt in a traditional greeting of hospitality.Catholics make up only a small sliver — less than one percent — of the country of 2.1 million, which is a patchwork of faiths and ethnicities.Like Bulgaria, the pope’s first stop on his three-day Balkan tour, North Macedonia is mainly Orthodox Christian, a church Francis is keen to improve relations with.But the country is also home to a large community of ethnic Albanian Muslims, who make up to a quarter of the population.People of all faiths have been scooping up the 15,000 tickets to attend the Pope’s mass in Skopje’s main square, which will be held just down the street from where Mother Teresa was baptised in 1910.It is not every day that the country gets to host a global celebrity.”Many of my friends are going, a lot of people want a selfie with the pope you know,” 25-year-old Stefanija Veselovska, who is Orthodox Christian, said with a smile.”Young people love the pope, no matter what their background is,” she added.Abedin Arajdini, a 26-year-old Albanian from a Muslim family, also has a ticket.”I really want to see this guy,” he told AFP, adding that he is inspired by how Francis “talks about poverty among young generations”.Landlocked North Macedonia is one of Europe’s poorest countries.Average wages are around 400 euros ($450) a month, while more than a third of young people are unemployed.Political dividesAhead of his visit, Francis praised the mix of cultures, religions and ethnicities in a country that sits at the crossroads of the East and West.He said he was coming to “sow these seeds” of solidarity.”Living together is not always easy, we know that,” he said in a video message.”But it’s worth struggling toward, because the most beautiful mosaics are the ones that are richest in colours.”Catholics from neighbouring countries like Croatia and Albania are also making the pilgrimage to see the mass.The pope’s unity message may also be an effort to soothe North Macedonia’s sharp political divides.The rancour has been festering over the centre-left government’s deal to officially change the country’s name from Macedonia to North Macedonia.The move ended a decades-old row with neighbouring Greece and helped clear Skopje’s path to join NATO and the European Union.But it upset critics who felt a piece of their national identity had been unjustly robbed.Ahead of Francis’ arrival, prime minister Zoran Zaev, a devout Orthodox believer, said the pope was “coming to the hometown of Holy Mother Teresa… who carries a special symbol of reconciliation and solidarity”.North Macedonia’s Catholic bishop, Kiro Stojanov, also called the pope’s visit a “strong impetus” for the country to continue “democratising society” and promote justice and equality.Daughter of your landBefore his mass on the one-day stop, Francis will address Zaev and president Gjorge Ivanov.Then he will meet with the poor and religious leaders at a memorial dedicated to Mother Teresa, who was born to an Albanian family in Skopje when the city was part of the Ottoman empire.She later left for Calcutta where her work with the poor saw her canonised as a saint by Pope Francis in 2016.Her legacy is visible in her birthplace in the form of statues, memorials and a highway christened in her name.Pope Francis said he “entrusted” his visit to the “great saint, daughter of your land”.”Through the grace of God, she became a courageous missionary of Christ’s charity in the world, giving comfort and dignity to the poorest of the poor,” he said.last_img

GM Quader for forming ministry or commission for minorities

first_imgJatiya Party chief GM Quader speaks at a discussion marking the Janmashtami at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday. Photo: UNBJatiya Party chairman GM Quader on Saturday laid emphasis on constituting either a ministry or a commission for protecting the interests of minority communities in the country, reports UNB.“Either a minority ministry or a minority commission can be there in the country to protect the interests of them. It’ll also help them move forward,” he said.The JaPa chief came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Sri Krishna Seba Sangha at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna.He said their party will always remain beside the minority communities as they were in the past, and play an effective role both in parliament and on the streets in realising their justified demands.Quader said there should not be any conflict and division among communities of different religions as the goal of all religions is to build a society based on justice and fairness.He said only five per cent people intend to abuse religion and create anarchy in society to make their personal gains, but people never accept them.The JaPa chief said the religious harmony will remain intact in Bangladesh as major parties here believe in communal harmony.Quader recalled that their party’s late chairman and his elder brother HM Ershad took various steps during his rule in the interest of the Hindu community.He said Ershad announced a public holiday on the occasion of Janmashtami and formed a Hindu Kalyan Trust to secure their rights and interests.last_img read more

Greenfield University Bill to be tabled in Assembly today

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling district is all set to get a new state university. “The Greenfield University Bill, 2018″ is all set to be tabled in the state Assembly on Tuesday, which willpave the way for the new university.”A university has been a long standing demand of the Hills. Since we took charge of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, we have been constantly corresponding with the government for a separate university. The state government has conceded and a Bill to this effect will be tabled in the state Assembly on Tuesday,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTamang stated that even the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Union government, state government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that paved the way for the GTA, mentions the formation of a central university in Darjeeling.”With the NDA coming to power in the Centre, we have been constantly demanding that the central university be constituted as per the agreement. However, the BJP government only raises this issue during elections and the matter has not progressed an inch,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe new university will come up at Yogighat in Mongpu in Darjeeling district. “The District Magistrate, Darjeeling and the GTA have already identified 100 acres of land for the university at Yogighat. The details have been sent to the Land and Land Reforms department of the state government,” added Tamang.The GTA chairman expressed hope that Hill colleges will be affiliated to this university in the next few years. “Darjeeling is known for her educational institutions. There are very good schools and colleges here. We hope that by the year 2020, all these colleges will be affiliated to the Greenfield University,” stated Tamang. Incidentally, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stressed on the need for the revival of Darjeeling as an education hub. The new university is part of the state government’s plans in this direction.”The Greenfield University Bill 2018″ is aimed at constituting and incorporating a state-aided affiliating university in the district of Darjeeling, along with aiding it to function as a teaching, training and research centre in various branches, including Humanities, Social and basic sciences, Management studies on tea, Forestry, Mountaineering and earth studies.In the initial stages the university will impart undergraduate and post graduate courses. It has also been proposed that all colleges and institutions imparting courses within the district of Darjeeling will be affiliated to this university in due course.last_img read more

Qatar Airways sees manageable decline in flights to US

first_imgQatar Airways sees ‘manageable’ decline in flights to U.S. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The CEO of one of the Middle East’s largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a “very good businessman.”Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said uncertainty about travel to the United States is “affecting the business, but to a very small extent.”“We didn’t have massive decline like other carriers so we still have robust loads to the United States and we will continue our commitment to our passengers in the United States,” al-Baker said.Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20% last week.Dubai, where Emirates is based, and Doha, Qatar Airways’ main hub, were among the 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Qatar Airways does not plan and will not reduce frequencies to in the United States,” he said. “I am sure that these uncertainties that passengers have soon could be resolved by statements from the United States’ government.”Al-Baker also expressed hope that Trump would resist pressure from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to block aggressive expansion into the U.S. market by Gulf-based carriers.“I have repeatedly mentioned that President Trump is a very wise individual and a very good businessman, and I don’t think that he will buy into bullying by the three American carriers,” he said.Speaking to reporters at the Arabian Travel Market convention in Dubai, al-Baker said Qatar Airways is planning to launch a new route to Las Vegas possibly as early as next year. The airline currently flies to more than a dozen U.S. cities.He said Qatar Airways has plans to expand to 26 new global destinations, adding: “The United States is not the entire world.” Monday, April 24, 2017 Share Tags: America, Donald Trump, Qatar Airways Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

BENS BLOG So what did you learn from the General Election

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or ages, it all looked a bit of a non-event, and then kicked-off, to be a Trump/Clinton thriller on election-night, didn’t it, Blog?I believe that one lesson comes from the whole event: You MUST talk to and connect with people, whoever you are and whatever your position is. It is in both David’s and Goliath’s favour.We live in a world, dominated by impersonal corporations, who lay down the laws, and you play by them. Ever tried talking to your bank or mobile-phone operator? Mrs May thought that she could treat voters like Orange but was sorely mistaken. The Public won’t have their vote treated like that. They need to believe in, connect with, and really, like their selection.Are you a bit too special to listen to others? Have you got too much money to bother communicating? Do you think it’s all about just being a clever-cloggs? Wrong! GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU TALK.Over and out, B xlast_img read more