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Midengine Corvette new Toyotas prototype tests and more Roadshows week in review

first_img4:54 More From Roadshow 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator 2020 Toyota Tacoma gets a new face, tech Top newsLittle red Corvette: Chevy’s new, mid-engine C8 Corvette is finally, finally here. It’s a bargain, too: Even more amazing than the new Corvette’s performance is the fact that it’ll start around $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year.Solar Sonata: Hyundai’s swoopy new sedan gets a hybrid version complete with solar panels on its roof.Electric ‘Slade: New reports suggest Cadillac’s next Escalade SUV could be offered with a electric powertrain.Super-efficient Silverado: Chevy confirms its diesel-powered Silverado 1500 is the most fuel-efficient fullsize pickup in the US.Lotus flowers: Say hello to the 2020 Evora GT, the company’s latest US offering.Kia wants a truck: A report out of Australia suggests Korean automaker Kia might launch a small pickup in 2022 or 2023. 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe PrototypeBMW’s new 2 Series sedan — or Gran Coupe, in the company’s parlance — will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ahead of that premiere, we take a spin in a colorful, camouflaged prototype in Germany to see if the 2GC’s front-wheel-drive platform hinders its performance. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.Click here to read our 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prototype first-drive review. Post a comment 0 The best trucks for towing 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 73 Photos 6:29 2019 Honda CR-VHonda’s new CR-V is a couple years old, but it’s still a top contender in the compact SUV class. It offers solid driving dynamics, great infotainment tech, and a usable and refined interior.Click here to read our 2019 Honda CR-V in-depth review. 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport goes to Death Valley Tags 2:24 2020 Toyota TacomaOK, so maybe the Toyota Tacoma isn’t the freshest truck on the block. We still love it for its rugged capability and handsome good looks. For 2020, Toyota gives the Tacoma a big infotainment and driver assistance tech upgrade, and we test the truck’s off-road prowess on the trails of Colorado and Utah. We even take the updated 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV for a spin, as well.Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive review.center_img NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on Corvettes, manual transmissions… 55 Photos 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport in the desertVolkswagen will introduce a five-passenger version of its Atlas SUV next year. Ahead of that, we tag along while VW engineers complete hot-weather testing of the new SUV in California’s Death Valley. Click here to read the full story. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Top videos Share your voice Astronaut Scott Kelly talks CorvettesIs there really any comparison to launching a car and launching a rocket? Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says yes, and he sat down with editor-in-chief Tim Stevens to explain.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 SportbackThe Audi RS5 Sportback is an amazing car. In fact, its only flaw might be that it doesn’t have any. Is this four-door sports car too good for its own good? Associate editor Andrew Krok explains.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes 22 Photos Roadshow 2019 Honda CR-V: A can’t-miss small SUV option The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe hides in plain sight 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 33 Photos Enlarge ImageAll eyes are on Chevy’s mid-engine C8 Corvette. Steve Fecht/Chevrolet Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. While Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette technically debuted last week, we’ve had plenty of followup information to report, and it’s proved to be one of the hottest items from the past seven days. Toyota’s new Tacoma and 4Runner kicked off a week of hot reviews, and we drove a pair of prototypes previewing some soon-to-be-revealed new cars.Here’s a look at our most important stories from July 21 to 27, 2019.Top reviews Now playing: Watch this: BMW Cadillac Chevrolet Honda Toyotalast_img read more

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ALs polls phobia leads to Gazipur election postponement BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government has got the Gazipur City Corporation election stayed by the court resorting to tricks sensing the sure defeat of the ruling party mayoral candidate.He came up with the observation at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.”The government could realise the defeat of its candidate. That’s why they’ve got a writ filed by their party man, and stayed the Gazipur city polls,” the BNP leader said.Fakhrul said Savar upazila Awami League labour and manpower affairs secretary ABM Azharul Islam filed the writ with the High Court “at the behest of the government. This incident has once again exposed that the government has got totally isolated from people.”Earlier in the day, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election scheduled to be held on 15 May.An HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a hearing on the writ petition.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.Fakhrul said BNP considers the stay order on the Gazipur polls as a victory of the party. “The government was forced to stop the polls to avoid its sure defeat.”He strongly condemned and protested the arrest of party vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and other party leaders and activists at Tongi, Gazipur.The BNP secretary general demanded the government immediately release those were arrested, including Noman.He said the government is getting the election stayed as it suffers from an ‘election phobia’.Fakhrul also criticised the election commission, saying it is not playing an impartial role. “Our senior leader Moudud Ahmed has already demanded that the commission be reconstituted.”He said the EC has failed to take proper steps for holding fair and credible polls. “So, we’re also worried about the national election.”BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present.last_img read more

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Defence of allies key US condition for Syria exit

first_imgSyrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria on 4 November, 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday set out conditions for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, saying the defence of allies must first be assured.The comments by John Bolton during a visit to Israel signalled a far more gradual US withdrawal than initially set out by Trump, whose 19 December announcement concerned allies and led to the resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis.Trump himself has more recently spoken of “slowly” sending troops home “over a period of time”, and Bolton laid out some of the conditions required before it takes place.”We’re going to be discussing the president’s decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again,” Bolton said when meeting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.”And to make sure that the defence of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured, and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups.”Israel is especially worried over whether the withdrawal will allow its main enemy Iran to expand its presence in the neighbouring country.Netanyahu has pledged to continue to act against Iran in Syria.Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, a Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Tehran.Earlier in the day, Bolton told journalists travelling with him that conditions such as guarantees on the safety of Kurdish allies must be met before American troops are withdrawn, NBC News reported.Bolton also said all 2,000 US forces may not be pulled out, according to the report.He said the withdrawal would take place in northeastern Syria, while some forces could remain to the south at the al-Tanf garrison as part of efforts to counter Iran’s presence.Condition the withdrawal”There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” said Bolton, according to NBC.”Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfilment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see. And once that’s done, then you talk about a timetable.”Kurdish-led forces control a large swathe of Syria’s north and northeast, some of it seized from the Islamic State group.Despite backing from the US-led coalition and success in pushing back IS, Kurdish-led forces have at times incurred heavy losses.A US withdrawal could leave them exposed to an attack by neighbouring Turkey — where Bolton travels on Monday — and its Syrian proxies.The Kurds have invited Damascus to send troops into some of the territory it controls, to act as a bulwark against pro-Turkish forces.Bolton’s visit was part of a US effort to reassure allies after Trump’s announcement.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also met Netanyahu last week, leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.Netanyahu used Sunday’s meeting to again push for the United States and other countries to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed.He said he planned to take Bolton to visit the Golan before he leaves for Turkey on Monday if weather permits.”The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security and I think that when you’re there you’ll be able to understand perfectly why we’ll never leave the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said alongside Bolton.”And why it’s important that all countries recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. I’ve discussed this with the president.”last_img read more

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A Mission Control Officer Remembers Apollo 8

first_img 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Fatal error: Theme CSS could not load after 20 sec. Please download the latest theme at http://galleria.io/customer/.Next week, NOVA will air a documentary on Apollo 8, humankind’s first flight to the moon, which launched 50 years ago tomorrow, on December 21, 1968.Originally, Apollo 8 was scheduled to test out the lunar module in Earth orbit. But when it became clear, in August 1968, that the module wouldn’t be ready in time, NASA had to make a decision: was it ready to fly a manned rocket to lunar orbit?“My first reaction was, ‘That’s the craziest idea I’ve ever heard,’” said Jerry Bostick, then chief of flight dynamics and retrofire officer at NASA’s Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston. “We hadn’t planned to do that until the first quarter of ′69.”It had been less than two years since the tragic Apollo 1 fire, which killed astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee. NASA’s first manned spaceflight after that, Apollo 7, was set for that October. But the setback with the lunar module threatened the goal set by President John F. Kennedy of putting a man on the Moon by the end of the decade.“George Low [then manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office, later NASA deputy administrator] came up with the bold idea of, ‘Okay, if Apollo 7 is successful, then let’s go to the Moon on Apollo 8 without the lunar module, and that will allow us to get the program back on schedule.”Christopher Kraft, then NASA’s director of flight operations, met with Bostick and three of his colleagues on a Friday afternoon to ask whether it was possible. He told them he wanted an answer by Monday.“We all went back on Monday and said, ‘There is no reason why we can’t. We won’t have everything that we want in the control center as far as displays go, but we can make do,’” Bostick said.Four months later, Frank Borman, James “Jim” Lovell, and William “Bill” Anders became the first humans to travel to the Moon. One of the most striking moments of the mission came as a complete surprise to Bostick and his colleagues at Mission Control.“What could be better than having Americans circling the Moon on Christmas Eve and reading from Genesis about the creation of the universe? It brought tears to everybody’s eye,” Bostick says.The flight set the stage for Apollo 11 to land on the Moon the following July.NOVA’s documentary, “Apollo’s Daring Mission,” premieres next Wednesday, December 26, at 8 p.m. on TV 8. X Share Listenlast_img read more

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