London buses converted into temporary ambulances to ease Covid pressure

first_imgStarting the service in the next few days, NHS staff have been prepped and vaccinated to transport up to four patients in the makeshift ambulances which have been stripped of seats and adapted with medical equipment. London buses converted into temporary ambulances to ease Covid pressure The temporary ambulances will also be staffed by St John Ambulance volunteers. whatsapp The buses have also been fitted with infusion pumps and monitors to ensure patients are stable while being transferred to other hospitals, including the reopened Nightingale field hospital. Although not exclusively for Covid patients, the buses will have oxygen onboard to provide Covid patients who need it. Tags: Coronavirus NHS Transport for London Two London buses have been converted into temporary ambulances to alleviate the pressure of Covid-19 on the NHS across the capital. The makeshift ambulances were coordinated by Go-Ahead, Sprint and Transport for London. Initially, patients are most likely to be transferred to the Nightingale facility, but the buses also have dedicated stops at King’s College and Guy’s hospitals in south London. Bus company Go-Ahead loaned the electric vehicles to the NHS and provided four vaccinated drivers for the transfers. Millie Turner The makeshift ambulances were coordinated by Go-Ahead, Sprint and Transport for London. Also Read: London buses converted into temporary ambulances to ease Covid pressure Onboard NHS staff will be those from the Covid specific Sprint unit, also known as the Specialist Retrieval and Intensive Care Transfer Service, which was established in March of last year. whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comQuizscape8 Out Of 10 Men Fails This Car Engine Quiz. Can You Pass It?QuizscapeMoney PopThe Most Overpriced Vehicles On the Market Right NowMoney PopAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health Show Comments ▼ The makeshift ambulances were coordinated by Go-Ahead, Sprint and Transport for London. Also Read: London buses converted into temporary ambulances to ease Covid pressure Thursday 21 January 2021 11:12 amlast_img read more

They get to name genes ‘happyhour’ and ‘Pavarotti.’ Fly researchers have all the fun

first_img What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED They get to name genes ‘happyhour’ and ‘Pavarotti.’ Fly researchers have all the fun GET STARTED In the Lab Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? By Megha Satyanarayana Oct. 25, 2017 Reprints Tags researchSTAT+ “Do you know what unc-64 stands for?”This is actually a reasonable question, coming from a “fly person” to a “worm person.” Dominic Hart/NASAlast_img read more

Obesity surgery may lower risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetics

first_imgMore than 30 million Americans have diabetes, mostly Type 2 where the body loses the ability to produce or use insulin to turn food into energy. By Associated Press Oct. 16, 2018 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Obesity surgery can cost $20,000 to $25,000. Insurers are increasingly covering it, but some impose strict limits.The new findings suggest insurance coverage should be expanded for the right patients, Dr. Sayeed Ikramuddin of the University of Minnesota wrote in an accompanying editorial.Surgery is thought to help by affecting hormones, gut bacteria and other substances that affect how the body handles insulin and blood sugar. Weight loss without surgery also helps, but is difficult for many people to achieve.Most weight loss surgery today is done through small incisions. The dangers are similar to other surgeries, including a small chance of life-threatening complications, and some people need to have their surgeries repeated.— Carla K. Johnson HealthObesity surgery may lower risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetics Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Trending Now: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Other research has shown obesity surgery can reverse and even prevent diabetes. Taken together, it means doctors should discuss weight loss surgery more often, said study co-author Dr. David Arterburn of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.advertisementcenter_img Privacy Policy Doctors usually mention insulin and pills, “but it’s not always brought up that weight loss surgery is another available treatment option,” Arterburn said.Researchers analyzed records from four U.S. health care systems: HealthPartners in Minnesota and Kaiser Permanente in Washington state, Northern California and Southern California. Results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study can’t prove cause and effect because patients weren’t randomly assigned to get surgery. The researchers tried to match patients for gender, age, blood sugar levels and other factors. But other things they didn’t account for could have contributed to the surgery patients’ better results.Everyone in the study had a BMI, or body mass index, of at least 35. For instance, someone who is 5-foot-8-inches and weighs 230 pounds has a BMI of 35.Of the more than 5,300 who had surgery, most had gastric bypass, the most common type of stomach-shrinking operation. Some had gastric sleeve or gastric band procedures. The rest, nearly 15,000 people, had usual care. Associated Press About the Author Reprints SEATTLE  — Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss.The study tracked about 20,000 severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. Those who had weight loss surgery had a 40 percent lower chance of developing a heart attack or stroke in the five years following surgery compared to those who got usual care with diabetes medicines or insulin.For every 1,000 patients in the study who had surgery there were roughly 20 heart attacks or strokes compared to 40 such events per 1,000 who got regular care.advertisement Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/AP Tags diabetespatientsresearchlast_img read more

Inter-Korean Olympic Proposal Rejected

first_img Facebook Twitter News The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee has deemed a proposal by North Korea to jointly host the games as “realistically unfeasible.” The suggestion came from North Korea’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Representative Jang Ung on the 4th, when he proposed the use of the Masikryeong skiing facilities during the 2018 games. Pyeongchang’s organizing committee responded, “Unlike the World Cup, the International Olympic Committee requires all events to take place in the official host city. Furthermore, in July 2011, IOC President Jacques Rogge expressed his opposition to any joint hosting of these Olympics by the two Koreas.”“The Olympics aim to provide the highest quality conditions required to ensure events stay focused on the athletes and the competition itself. This would prove difficult should some events be hosted at the Masikryeong Ski Resort, located more than 300 kilometers away from Pyeongchang.”The committee also raised a number of problems it foresaw arising from a joint hosting. These included the construction of transport infrastructure, accommodation facilities, the Olympic Village, and a media center. The issue of safety guarantees was also raised. In an interview with Voice of America on September 3rd, Representative Jang Ung stated “When the Masikryeong ski field is finished, it will be capable of hosting international competitions, and, if possible, will be able to be used for the Olympic Games.” By Daily NK – 2013.09.04 3:58pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Inter-Korean Olympic Proposal Rejected Newscenter_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Identity theft presents onboarding challenges

first_img Keywords Identity theft Tessie Sanci Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A request to see a client’s government-issued identification (ID) or receive a scanned copy of that ID if the client is opening an account online, will not suffice, said Sujan Menezes, industry manager of financial services with Mississauga, Ont.-based Microsoft Canada Inc. “With technology today, it’s very easy to spoof those IDs,” Menezes said. “People make a livelihood of identity theft and collecting IDs and it’s just as easy to create a digital equivalent of those IDs.” The issue of “synthetic identities” or unverified identities has received attention in recent years. In 2014, Toronto Police Service estimated that there were 200,000 authentic driver’s licenses being used by people who had created synthetic identities, said Peter Warrack, director of risk intelligence at Toronto-based Bank of Montreal (BMO). The financial services sector is exploring the use of biometrics, which would include facial and voice recognition, in order to strengthen the process of identity verification. In the future, learning more about a potential client through social media profiles may also be considered as one part of a multi-pronged approach to identity authentication, Menezes said. “That doesn’t mean if you don’t have a Facebook profile, you can’t open an account,” he said. “But if you don’t have any identity outside of [what you are presenting to open an account], that should raise suspicions with institutions.” However, the use of social media as an identity authentication tool must be used carefully, according to Michael Perklin, head of investigative services and security service at Toronto-based Ledger Labs Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on the issue of blockchain. “Nothing stops [a person] from creating 100 different social media accounts,” he said. The sophistication that is inherent in the creation of fake identities suggests that the industry may want to consider a move toward validating the wealth of a new client and not simply his or her identity, said Joseph Mari, senior manager of major investigations in the anti-money laundering unit at BMO. “If a [new client has] documentation that is legitimate, it is very difficult to say they are not that person,” said Mari. “I would move to validating their wealth. If they’re bringing over a ton of money, ask where did they get that money. If [the funds are legitimate], they will have a track record for their wealth.” Validating wealth is especially important for a client who is proposing a transaction through the use of cryptocurrency (virtual currency that is encrypted for security). For example, Mari said, should someone go to a financial services firm and present $50,000 to $100,000 in cryptocurrency, which is an unusually high amount to possess, and ask the firm to convert those funds into traditional currency, it would be important for the firm to determine the true source of that money. Photo copyright: everythingpossible/123RF Related news The onboarding process and the methods of authenticating a client’s identity are likely to change as identity theft becomes more commonplace, according to members of a panel who spoke at the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists’ annual Canadian conference in Toronto on Wednesday. Police warn of rise in identity thefts Firms increasingly adopting electronic data feeds to track insurance policies Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Proposed class action against Scotiabank to proceed Canadians increasingly concerned about fraud, identity theftlast_img read more

Sentiment shifts toward precious metals, cools on cannabis

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Maddie Johnson How remote work is changing the industry and advisors Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth Related news Businessman balancing bear bull financial managing stock market illustration lightwise/123RF Survey finds 10% of Canadians plan to leave their advisor After a downward spiral in Q2, optimism has resurfaced among advisors for investing in Canadian equities, with indexes hosting stronger average returns than their U.S. counterparts in Q3. The survey found advisors registered an 8% increase on bullishness toward the S&P/TSX 60 index, alongside a 3% increase on Canada’s banks. Confidence among investors also increased, jumping to 60% from 4% bullishness toward S&P/TSX global gold index.Sentiment shifted south of the border for both advisors and investors after the two major U.S. indexes slowed, with Q3 returns for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 a modest 1.70% and 1.29%, respectively. Steve Hawkins, president and CEO of Horizons ETFs, says despite the shift in sentiment, advisors and investors are still skeptical of the growth of Canadian equities, especially when compared with U.S. equities.“U.S. equities are on pace to finish the year with impressive double-digit returns, which likely explains why these stocks remain somewhat favourable with advisors despite the decline in sentiment,” Hawkins said. While investors’ reliance on gold and silver has remained steady throughout 2019, advisors’ preference for the precious metals has improved, jumping 23% for gold and 17% for silver. “Gold is and will remain a defensive standard for investors,” Hawkins said. Additionally, outlook for fixed-income has increased after outright bearish lows, represented by the Solactive US 7-10 year treasury bond index’s growth of 2.73% in Q3. Advisors have increased their bullish confidence to 29% from 16%, positioning it alongside bearish skeptics. In contrast, investors’ faith dwindled, revealing a -5% pullback on an already bearish sentiment. As we enter natural gas’s traditionally strong season, advisors are becoming bulls, awarding the commodity a 10% increase in confidence, followed closely by investors with a heightened 9%. Alternatively, both advisors and investors withdrew support for crude oil by -9% and -4%, respectively. Despite the decrease, the sentiment still remains outright bullish. Sentiment for cannabis equities continues to decline among both advisors and investors, as represented by the North American marijuana index. The sector saw the largest decrease of all asset classes after a pitiful -36.07% performance in Q3. Bearish sentiment increased to 42% from 3% for advisors.Investors dropped -15% in bullishness toward pot stocks as well, but the bulls still edge out the bears at 43% to 39%.“There is a silver lining to these significant sector declines, and that is valuations are now more aligned with fundamentals, establishing a more balanced entry point for investing in cannabis,” Hawkins said.Every quarter, Horizons ETFs polls advisors and investors for their outlooks on expected returns for 14 asset classes. Expectations are expressed in terms of bullish, bearish or neutral sentiment. The Q4 survey covers the period beginning Sept. 30, 2019 and ending Dec. 31, 2019.For full results, view the Advisor and Investor Sentiment Survey here. Keywords Surveys,  Advisor sentiment,  Investor sentimentCompanies Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. As the year comes to a close, advisors and investors are taking a more defensive approach to investing in the final quarter of 2019. The latest Advisor and Investor Sentiment Survey from Horizons ETFs Management Inc., published on Tuesday, finds that as cannabis stocks cool, a greater emphasis is placed on traditionally defensive asset classes, such as precious metals.  last_img read more

Everything is in Place for GSAT 2009

first_imgRelatedEverything is in Place for GSAT 2009 Advertisements Everything is in Place for GSAT 2009 EducationMarch 26, 2009 RelatedEverything is in Place for GSAT 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Everything is in place for the 2009 sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on Thursday March 26 and Friday March 27.Forty nine thousand seven hundred students are registered for the examination.GSAT materials have been dispatched and are to be collected by the principals of schools in time for the examination.Presiding examiners and invigilators have been identified and trained to ensure that examination conditions are maintained during the sitting of the GSAT.Ministry of Education officers will be out today and Friday monitoring the administration of the examination in a sample of schools.Candidates have been provided with timetables indicating the day and time of each test paper. They should be at the examination centre at least fifteen minutes before the GSAT begins. The examination starts at 9:00 each morning.Students sitting the examination are to ensure that they-:have an adequate supply of pencils, an eraser and a sharpener.follow the instructions of the presiding examiner/invigilator.complete each test paper independently.get a good night’s rest before the examination. RelatedEverything is in Place for GSAT 2009last_img read more

Fast friends and faster cars on BMW’s M European Tour

first_imgAll it took was three stoplights. Three ill-timed stoplights to lose the entire group of cars we were following, in a strange city in a different country on another continent, and on the first day of a six-day drive. So far, this BMW M European Tour is not boding well for us.But it’s difficult to complain when you’re behind the wheel of the M760Li xDrive, BMW’s largest and most luxurious car. Oh, this isn’t our car, but six other BMW M cars we’re travelling with are already spoken for – and that’s the point of this whole 1,100-kilometre drive through five European countries, over some of the most thrilling and picturesque roads on the Old Continent.Buying a new car is already an exciting experience; the thrill of getting the keys, sitting inside for the first time, sniffing in that ‘new car smell’ and realizing that, yes, this baby is yours. But this adventure is for those who decide that taking delivery of their cars in Canada is just a little boring. The company already offers the option of picking up any new BMW at its showcase delivery centre, BMW Welt, in Munich, right across the street from its factory and museum, but this M Tour adds an extra layer of adventure on to your new-car experience. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Canadian M owners getting to see their new cars for the first time at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Each lucky buyer gets a full tour of their new BMW from a trained specialist.Clayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The cars are artfully displayed and ready for pickup from their eager buyers.Clayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Canadian M owners getting to see their new cars for the first time at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2At the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, just about to start the 2017 BMW M European Tour.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Entering the Austrian Alps on day one of the 2017 BMW M European Tour.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The weather in the Swiss Alps was damp but gorgeous.Clayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The grand, drive-in lobby of the Interalpen-Hotel in Tyrol, Austria, the first stop on the 2017 BMW M European Tour.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2An unexpected sight on the roads from Austria to Switzerland: a very rare BMW Z1.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Interalpen-Hotel in Tyrol, Austria, the first stop on the 2017 BMW M European.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A field in Austria, at the base of the Alps.Clayton Seams, Driving “I assumed I might be the youngest person here, but at the end of the day, we’re sharing a common love of cars with these people, it doesn’t matter the age.” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS But again, we’re off on the final leg, and the tight hillside roads lead us again down to the Mediterranean Sea to the lavish, over-the-top setting of Monte Carlo and the Fairmont, right at the tip of the hairpin curve famous in the Monaco Grand Prix. The tour is finally over, save for a jovial celebration dinner that evening complete with a tongue-in-cheek ‘awards show’. The conversation is friendly and light, and there is more than the end of the tour for us to celebrate: one is an unexpected marriage proposal that happened along the trip, while the other is Haupt’s upcoming retirement from his engineering job – so he can now focus on driver training, “the fun things,” as he puts it. Overall, it’s a relaxed atmosphere. It’s here that Alan Chan, a Vancouverite in the software industry – who had picked up his brand new M2 in Long Beach Blue Metallic – looks back on his time here, which will also extend beyond the official tour as he and his partner Janelle spend a few more days roaming around Europe. One thing he likes about the trip is the unexpected destinations.“You get to see a whole bunch of things you would never normally experience,” he says. “Andermatt was amazing, and I never would have thought of that. Lake Maggiore, I never heard of it, I never would have discovered it on my own.“This is my annual vacation, so I got to see a lot, meet some amazing people and share stories with car people. It’s the whole package.”Wesley Mah, a lawyer based in Calgary, had also picked up his M2 (again in Long Beach blue) at the Welt. He was on the trip with his father, and describes his drive as “supremely awesome, a fantastic experience. “It’s always been a dream of mine to drive in Europe, to experience the weather, different locales, the food, it’s really an ideal experience,” says the junior Mah. “I’ve seen this trip advertised for a few years, and I’ve always thought ‘one day’. And now, it’s in my own car!”Around the tables, email addresses are exchanged and Facebook friends made, and Chan, 28, sums up the draw of coming together on such an epic trip with these other M car fans.“It gives you a whole lot to talk about. I was chatting with someone about watches, a lot of car guys tend to like watches. Another one is in the software business, like myself, so we had a lot to talk about. Talking with Walter about car stuff; I plan to go to the Nürburging later and he’s a huge source of knowledge there.  We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSBMWMLifestyleNew VehiclesPeopleAndermattAustriaBMW AGBMW M SeriesBMW WeltCalgaryCanadaCentral EuropeChevrolet Monte CarloCulture and LifestyleDomenico DolceEuropeFairmontGiorgio Armani SpAGrand Hotel Des Iles BorromeesGrand Hotel MiramareHotelsItalyLake MaggioreLong BeachMarcello MastroianniMediterranean SeaMichael FerreiraMonacoMunichPortofinoSouthern EuropeStefano GabbanaSwitzerlandTravel and TourismTravel DestinationsTyrolWalter HauptWesley MahWestern Europe This is the fifth annual M European Tour, a driving holiday available only to Canadian M buyers. The tour adds about $8,000 for two people on top of the cost of the car, but it includes BMW support vehicles, the planned route, decadent meals in high-end restaurants and some very luxurious hotel stays. The cars get shipped to Canada after the tour is finished.On this trip, six cars were being delivered to Canadians – five M2s and one M6 Coupe. Here at the Welt, BMW officials spend time with new owners with a presentation on their car, its features and highlights, before walking them down a grand concrete staircase where they see their car for the first time, on display in the huge glass-and-steel showroom. More direction and features, then they get behind the wheel and drive a short loop through the building before getting outside.Presentations over and a lineup outside for an obligatory photo, you can feel the anticipation among this group of 12 customers to get going. And from the drive out of the city towards our first destination of Tyrol, Austria, that’s right where we got lost; we haven’t even hit the Autobahn yet.No worries; with a destination set in our navigation for the Interalpen-Hotel, we meander our way to meet up with the group again after a few hours. And once there, parked, unpacked and in the lounge with everyone else, you find the appeal of this trip isn’t just confined to the drive itself. “At the start of the tour,” says Michael Ferreira, “I told everyone that one of my biggest hopes is not just that they enjoy their cars, but that they’ve made 12 new friends.” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Driving through the Alps on day two of the 2017 BMW M European Tour.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A lunch stop at the Albula Pass.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Albula Pass in Switzerland offers some very challenging driving.Lucas Scarfone, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Driving in the Swiss Alps on the 2017 BMW M European Tour.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Restaurant Piz Calmat in Switzerland.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Chedi Andermatt.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Walter Haupt, left, and Driving’s online editor Clayton Seams chat at the Chedi Andermatt.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Chedi Andermatt was a pleasant and luxurious surprise for the M Tour group.Lucas Scarfone, BMW See More Videos Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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We’ve had return customers, we’ve had people – so they’ve told me – buy cars just to come on this trip.”The drive continues the next day through the mountains and the exciting Albula Pass; travel is, let’s say, spirited, considering the high-horsepower performance of these cars and the twisty, switchback roads. The tour is led by Walter Haupt, a BMW engineer who has worked on many an M vehicle in the 35 years he’s been with the company. But we soon aren’t fooled by Haupt’s laid-back, casual demeanour; his quirky and witty humour belies a real driving skill, honed as a Nürburgring ‘taxi’ driver and a professional racer for BMW decades ago, and who is now also a BMW driving instructor. Many in the group are determined to stay on the bumper of his X6 M through the mountains, just as much for fun as for the challenge.We arrive in the small ski-tourist town of Andermatt, Switzerland, and the surprise of the modern and opulent Chedi Andermatt hotel. But we’re here for only for one night; each day is a different destination, and the next morning we’re off down the Alps to Italy for the old-school luxury of the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees in Lake Maggiore for a night’s stay. From here, the roads get flatter on towards Santa Margherita and the Grand Hotel Miramare, where the group enjoys a boat ride on the Mediterranean into the nearby port of Portofino, full of towering luxury yachts and smaller power speedboats. Giorgio Armani, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have holiday homes here, not a surprising fact considering the perfectly sheltered seaside setting with both quaint shops and grand hillside stone houses. It’s like a setting from a Marcello Mastroianni movie. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Driving’s Clayton Seams, left, and Neil Vorano in the BMW 760Li xDrive in the Swiss Alps, headed towards Italy.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Roads in these small and ancient Italian towns can be a little tight, even for the smaller BMW M2.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The old-world luxury of the Grand Hotel Des Iles Barromees at Lake Maggiore, Italy.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The BMW M2 in Long Beach Blue Metallic parked outside the Grand Hotel Des Iles Barromees in Italy.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Passing by cyclists on the tight roads around Italy’s Santa Margherita.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Santa Margherita in Italy.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita, Italy.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Some of the smaller sailboats docked at Portofino.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The BMW M6 Coupe on the way to Monte Carlo.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Finally, driving through the streets of Monte Carlo on the final day of the BMW M European Tour.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Part of the Fairmont Monte Carlo.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Michael Ferreira, national sales director for BMW Canada, speaks to the M European Tour travellers at the farewell dinner in Monte Carlo.Lucas Scarfone, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2At the farewell dinner for the BMW M Tour in Monte Carlo, hearty well wishes from the group for the upcoming retirement of Walter Haupt, right – at least, from his BMW engineering job. He’ll continue as a driving instructor.Lucas Scarfone, BMW The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

Jaguar’s 60th anniversary F-Type is a hand-finished Sherwood Green AWD R

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Jaguar released a special edition F-Type early December to commemorate the 60th birthday of the brand’s most famous car, the E-Type.The E-Type was unveiled at the Geneva auto show in 1961, and was an immediate hit. The Heritage 60 Edition starts off as an all-wheel-drive F-Type R model, but is hand-finished by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. The vehicle will be available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles, with Gloss Black and Chrome accents, as well as Diamond Turned Gloss Black 20-inch forged alloy wheels. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Every vehicle will be finished in Sherwood Green, as an homage to the first E-Type Convertible ever built — the car Norman Dewess drove through the night to deliver to the Geneva auto show. Jaguar hasn’t offered this colour on a factory vehicle since the E-Type was still in production in the 1960s. Just 60 units will be made at a cost of £122,500 each. The vehicle features a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 575 horsepower, which helps it get to 96 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, then on to a top speed electronically limited to 300 km/h.Other bespoke touches include commemorative sill plates, an SV Bespoke plaque, and a two-tone Caraway and Ebony Windsor leather interior. Trending Videos RELATED TAGSJaguarConvertibleCoupeLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles See More Videos SHARE STORYlast_img read more

CU-Boulder officials unveil $170 million athletic facilities upgrade proposal for CU’s Board of Regents

first_img Published: Feb. 20, 2013 Categories:AthleticsCampus Community University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Athletic Director Mike Bohn and new head football coach Mike MacIntyre today unveiled a $170 million, multi-year proposal to upgrade CU-Boulder’s football facilities before the Intercollegiate Athletics subcommittee of the CU Board of Regents at the board’s monthly meeting in Colorado Springs.CU will rely on $50 million in private support to execute the project, and a significant effort to raise funds from donors will now begin to support it. In addition, other athletic revenue sources will be used to finance this major initiative. “This plan represents a carefully conceived, strategic investment in our future in the Pac-12 Conference,” said Bohn. “It will position us to attract the best student-athletes in the nation. It will improve the performance of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom, and it will enhance our fan experience.”The first element will consist of a new academic center that will boost student-athletes’ already substantial progress in the classroom. The new facility will provide focus for student-athletes by moving study areas to a new complex beneath the east stands, away from the distractions of the Dal Ward Athletic Center. Additionally, as part of the project’s first element, the north side of Folsom Field’s east stands will be supported against the shifting ground beneath it, improving safety for fans and visitors.The second element will significantly expand Dal Ward to consolidate football operations, bring coaches and student-athletes from a number of sports together, and provide more physical resources for all in one unified space.The third element of the plan establishes a permanent indoor practice facility adjacent to outdoor practice fields north of Boulder Creek, creating a year-round practice complex, easing traffic congestion off of Arapahoe Avenue with new streets and transportation enhancements, and forming a new plaza-like entrance to campus from the north. The plan also includes a study to redevelop family housing that now sits west of Folsom Street and south of Arapahoe. The university has for several years been re-envisioning the possibilities of a more modern family housing complex with greater appeal for residents and greater density to make more efficient use of space. The final element of the football athletics redevelopment project includes redevelopment of the Folsom Field west-side stands.Future enhancements not included in the initial cost estimate are planned at the Coors Events Center to further improve the student-athlete and fan experience there.DiStefano heralded the plan, saying it “balances equally our commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes, the comfort and safety of our fans and the long-term success of our combined coaching staffs.”“This affirms our institutional values, and positions us well as we move ahead in the finest conference in the country,” DiStefano added.CU President Bruce Benson said the project marks a bold new era of partnership with donors, alumni, fans and stakeholders.“Intercollegiate athletics is the front porch of the university,” said Benson. “This plan will help bring people from across Colorado and around the country together in support of CU, and it will challenge all of us as donors, alumni and fans to work together to make this vision a reality.”MacIntyre said the support from every level of the university – from fans and donors to the athletic director, the chancellor and the president – was gratifying to him and to CU’s other coaches and players. “This is a strong commitment to success by the president, the chancellor and the university as a whole,” said MacIntyre. “These facilities will represent to our current and future players the dual commitments to excellence, and to be successful year-in and year-out, at the University of Colorado.  The entire university community wants to sustain excellence in everything we do, and at the same time, keep moving forward. This commitment represents both of these desires.”Contact:Bronson Hilliard, CU-Boulder spokesperson, 303-818-7496Dave Plati, CU-Boulder sports information director, 303-492-5626center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more