0 Comments Don Anderson: Ian Paisley toyed with idea of united Ireland - this is what happened next BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Yet again, a prominent unionist - in this case Mike Nesbitt - is seeming to backtrack after merely discussing the idea of a united Ireland. Some unionist leaders have compromised, which, many forget, is what politics is for. Of course, subsequently their political stage began collapsing, but this state of affairs in unionism may not last for ever. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/don-anderson-ian-paisley-toyed-with-idea-of-united-ireland-this-is-what-happened-next-36821215.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article36821214.ece/0492b/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-04-19_opi_40235619_I2.JPG Email Yet again, a prominent unionist - in this case Mike Nesbitt - is seeming to backtrack after merely discussing the idea of a united Ireland. Some unionist leaders have compromised, which, many forget, is what politics is for. Of … [Read more...] about Don Anderson: Ian Paisley toyed with idea of united Ireland
Elon Musk is not using one of those tarps that cover coils of aluminum delivered to the Tesla stamping facility as his blanket. Nor is he resting his head on a pillow made from absorbent mats used to deal with factory spills. At least it is unlikely. He told Oprah's best friend, Gayle King, that he is sleeping in the Tesla factory. Factories, even the most advanced, tend to be noisy places. So now he has stopped production. Which undoubtedly makes sleep easier. Musk is snuggling up at the factory because he has taken direct control over production of the Model 3 sedan, which has missed a series of goals. Musk was once all about increasing throughput in the Fremont factory through the implementation of industrial robots. After all, robots can swing their arms faster than Nolan Ryan could at his best, and they can do it all day. Robots don't get hurt (another recent knock on Tesla claims that it is under-reporting workplace injuries). And robots don't complain about having their boss … [Read more...] about Does Elon dream of electric robots?
0 Comments Eilis O'Hanlon: The beneficiaries of Patrick Kielty's monumental generosity don't feel the need to return it however BelfastTelegraph.co.uk There's a lot of poppycock talked about reconciliation. Michael Longley may be Northern Ireland's greatest living poet but even he was guilty of adding to it with his 1994 poem Ceasefire. In those famous lines he borrows the voice of Priam, legendary King of Troy, whose son Hector was killed by Achilles, and has him speak on behalf of grieving victims of the Troubles. "I get down on my knees and do what must be done," Priam declares, "and kiss Achilles' hand, the killer of my son." https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/eilis-ohanlon-the-beneficiaries-of-patrick-kieltys-monumental-generosity-dont-feel-the-need-to-return-it-however-36775719.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article36775716.ece/07d82/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-04-05_opi_39852010_I1.JPG Email There's a lot of poppycock talked … [Read more...] about Eilis O’Hanlon: The beneficiaries of Patrick Kielty’s monumental generosity don’t feel the need to return it however
SIR – I quite agree with the RAC about the danger posed by modern headlights (report, March 24). However, the fault does not lie with the headlights themselves, but with the drivers misusing them. They are too often left undipped and are seldom correctly adjusted for height. John Huth SIR – It isn’t necessarily the brightness of LED bulbs that is responsible for a rise in accidents. I’ve lost count of the number of “cyclops” vehicles on the roads, with only one functioning bulb. Too often nothing gets done to fix a faulty headlight until the inevitable MOT failure. Rather than focusing on modern headlights that are too bright, perhaps it would be better to sort out... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Letters: Thoughtless drivers, not modern headlights, are the real road hazard
NEW YORK – Volkswagen is taking a hard look at a pickup truck, the Lincoln Aviator is back, and you love old Subarus (we'll explain). The New York Auto Show returned last week with flair and a wide range of promising reveals. Let's break down some of the big news, plus a few things you might have missed. News: Ford is fortifying Lincoln with the Aviator SUV Views: Doing a mid-size SUV is obvious. Calling it the Aviator wasn't. I like it. Using Navigator design cues, this thing looks the part and should give Lincoln some energy and sales volume. Not playing in the midsize SUV segment has been a mistake for Ford's luxury brand, and the Aviator should fill a much-needed hole. Props to Lincoln for dusting off the Aviator name, most recently used on a rebadged Ford Explorer built in 2003-2005. It sounds classy and historic, like something from 1930s, even though it only dates to the tail end of the "Friends" era. Speaking of names, when the MKC gets a new one, Lincoln should dust off … [Read more...] about Lincoln Aviator returns, VW ponders pickups, and Subaru Forester endures
Our contributor Dan Trent lives in that far-off island across the pond where Jaguars rove the land. In this column, he reconsiders his opinions about the American relationship to manual transmissions. In my snooty European way, I used to assume American drivers couldn't cope with anything more sophisticated than a three-speed slushbox, while we more sophisticated types on the Continent were the true masters of heel-toe heroism and other traditional driving skills. Then automatic transmissions got better, supercar manufacturers became fixated with the motorsport associations of paddle-shifted gearboxes and, within a generation, stick-shift performance cars had seemingly vanished off the automotive map. BMW is a perfect example: In Europe, the E60 M5 was only ever sold with the jerky SMG gearbox, its F10 successor with a more efficient and reliable dual clutch. Both were sufficiently fast, talented and desirable that we never really protested. And then we heard you could still buy … [Read more...] about A letter to America: Thanks for saving the manual sports car
When it was first introduced in 2007, there was nothing like the original Ford Sync system, since it allowed car owners to connect and use a portable device better than anything that came before it. And because it was a brought-in/tethered and software-based system, Sync leveraged a device's connectivity and was easily updated. It took competitors awhile to catch up: Toyota Entune wasn't available until 2011, and Chevy MyLink didn't roll out until 2012. But now Ford is the one playing catchup since it stuck with the brought-in strategy while most other automakers were quicker to add connectivity via an embedded cellular modem. Ford initially installed 2G/3G modems in its small fleet of electric and plug-in electric vehicles starting in 2012 so that owners could keep tabs on charging. Embedded connectivity came to Lincoln in 2014, and Ford began adding onboard 4G LTE via Sync Connect to select cars starting with the Escape in 2015. To get more cars connected more quickly, last week … [Read more...] about Would you pay $17 a month to give your older Ford connectivity?
Economists and stock pickers have their supercomputers humming to try to determine when the next recession and market swoon will happen.I don’t need all that fancy software. Nor do I need to analyze reams of political or trade-trend white papers. My quarter-mile-long measuring stick for economic calamity: Japanese sports cars.That’s because the past three recessions can all be connected to when Japan’s automakers launched a new generation of hair-pinning acceleration monsters. I’m not sure if it’s correlation, causation, or coincidence. All I know is that it happens.According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the last three measurable U.S. recessions happened July 1990–March 1991, March 2001–November 2001, and December 2007–June 2009.Let’s walk through what happened in each of them.1990: The Japanese bubble economy bursts, triggering a global economic crisis, including here in America. What else was happening then? The … [Read more...] about Supra-Heated Economy – Reference Mark
Ford's announcement that it would give the new Ranger small pickup truck the hardcore, high-speed off-road Raptor treatment of its big F-150 sibling was received with unanimous excitement from the automotive world. It looks just as brawny and capable as the big one, but in a more manageable package. I, too, was excited. But it's not the performance pickup truck I really want. There was once a time when automakers were rolling out tricked-out trucks made for the street. They had better handling, and were way faster than the normal trucks, especially the old SVT Lightning Ford F-150s and the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10. Those have all but disappeared, but I think the Ranger would be perfect to bring the segment back, ideally with a version called the Ranger ST, and here's how.One of the things that makes the Ranger perfect as a potential street performance truck is under the hood. All the American-market Rangers get a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It's a variant of the same … [Read more...] about Sure, the Ranger Raptor is cool, but what I really want is a Ranger ST
Winter is upon us, which means the inevitable glut of driving ‘experts’ offering tips for staying safe on the road when it starts to snow. These tips all offer the most grinding of variations on the same theme: dress up warm, leave plenty of time to get to work, give yourself more space to brake, lose the racing slicks. Top Gear is of the opinion that if you look out the window, witness icy conditions and think, “Boardshorts? Check. Flip-flips? Check. Time to go tailgating lorries,” you frankly shouldn’t be in possession of a driving licence. But since everyone else is doing winter driving tips, we thought we’d give it a shot. So here, with our hi-vis jackets donned, are Top Gear’s Top Tips For Top Winter Driving… 1. Stay at home Really. If all outside is all snow and ice, don’t bother driving. Crank the heating up. Put the kettle on. Break out the Homes Under The Hammer box-set. Your job really isn’t … [Read more...] about Top Gear’s Very Sensible And Practical Winter Driving Tips