Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 AM EST Nov 16, 2018 Josh Wakely considers it one of the great memories at life. He was an 8-year-old boy living in a working-class Australian town when his mother won tickets on the radio to see Stevie Wonder in Sydney. "We caught the train down to Sydney, which is about three hours away and went to a Stevie Wonder concert," says Wakely, who's now 37. "I just remember thinking it was electric and celestial and extraordinary. At one point, Stevie Wonder asked everyone to close their eyes. I remember my mind being filled with color." Those vivid hues are now part of "Motown Magic," an animated children's series debuting Tuesday on Netflix. Created and produced by Wakely, it's inspired by the songs from Detroit that captivated the world in the 1960s — hits that he calls "about the best melodies ever written." The stories center on an 8-year-old African-American boy named Ben, … [Read more...] about Motown songs are the star in new Netflix cartoon for kids
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Rob Gillies, Gene Johnson and Tracey Lindeman Associated Press Published 6:54 AM EDT Oct 18, 2018 Montreal – Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada’s biggest marijuana companies, but he isn’t sticking around to savor the country’s historic pot legalization. He’s off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week – a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the global pot industry, and of the reverberations its decision to legalize could have internationally. “It’s a special moment, not just for Canada, but for the world because my strong conviction is that the rest of the world will follow suit,” said Battley, chief corporate officer at Aurora Cannabis. “We’re not known as wild and crazy. We’re known for good public policy and I think they will follow our lead.” Battley will attend an investor conference in Germany and then head to Australia, which legalized medical marijuana in 2016. … [Read more...] about After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of world
Carlos Sainz 5. Carlos Sainz The Spaniard’s sophomore year in Formula 1 was desperately impressive. Consider for a moment that he and Toro Rosso entered the season with few expectations, running as they were a year-old Ferrari Power Unit which would receive no updates between lights out in Australia and chequered flag in Abu Dhabi. As such it was the early races of the season in which the team hoped to make its biggest push for points and yet Sainz consistently put his car in places it had no right to be, putting in performances that promoted his team to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, just 11 points shy of McLaren Honda. Factor in also the emotional gut punch that the promotion of Max Verstappen to Red Bull Racing created, and the realisation that a seat at the top team now could not be his for the foreseeable future, and the youngster’s ability to compose himself and carry on in the manner he did is all the more impressive. He had nine Q3 appearances in … [Read more...] about My Top 10 F1 Drivers of 2016. Part Two.
The digital thermometer within the instrument binnacle is showing –21deg C. Factor in the stiff north-westerly wind blowing in off the Arctic Ocean and it is scarily, painfully, life-threateningly cold.But from where I’m sitting, life couldn’t be any more pleasant. Perched high on a heated quilted leather seat with a warming current of air being directed to the footwells of our Mercedes-AMG GLE 43, we’re driving along what, at certain times of year, is the only road that connects the towns of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in northern Canada.Except that it is not a road at all – not in the traditional sense, anyway. In the later spring, summer and early autumn, it is a huge river delta whose vast waterways draw in tourists for kayaking and boating adventures in one of the most remote parts of the North American continent.During the winter months, though, the river freezes to form a layer of ice that is then prepared like a huge meandering skating rink, creating a … [Read more...] about Arctic Ice Road: driving this treacherous route in Mercedes-AMG GLE 43
Jim Lentz has been Toyota’s top American executive for more than a decade, calmly guiding the Toyota, Lexus, and Scion brands through the recession and into the current boom. Lentz spoke to Motor Trend at the Detroit auto show in January. Toyota and Mazda just announced a shared plant in Alabama that will build Corollas and a small Mazda SUV. What happens to the plants already building Corollas?A few years ago, we were trying to find more capacity for RAV4. We decided to move all K-platform vehicles toward the northern part of the U.S., the C-platform vehicles to the south, and trucks in the southwest. We moved Corolla out of Canada to Guanajuato, Mexico, to make room for more RAVs. And we used our Baja plant for more Tacomas, which we were building at a 60,000-unit annual rate in December. The pickup market continues to grow, so we needed more pickup capacity. At the same time, there was an opportunity with Mazda. The quickest way to make this happen was to move Tacoma … [Read more...] about Toyota’s Jim Lentz Talks Off-Road SUV, Apple CarPlay, and More