20 SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locking down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 4. In Latin America and Asia, where the omicron variant is making its latest appearance, some countries are imposing such restrictions while others are loath to place new limits on populations already exhausted by previous constraints. Omicron quickly swept through the places it first hit, such as South Africa, the U.K. and the United States, pushing daily cases far higher than at any time during the pandemic. The Americas reported nearly 7.2 million new COVID infections and more than 15,000 COVID-related deaths over the past week, the Pan … [Read more...] about Latin America, Asia, latest to get hit with omicron surge
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We know the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is fast, and not just in a straight line. For a few glorious months it held the Nürburgring production car record , lapping the Nordschleife in 6 minutes, 43.6 seconds. It's still the second-fastest production car at the Green Hell behind the Manthey-tuned Porsche 911 GT2 RS , though that run isn't without controversy. In any case, the Merc's 720-horsepower (537-kilowatt) twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 certainly has something to do with that performance. In fact, it could have more to do with it than previously thought. Shmee150 recently took his Black Series to the dyno for a baseline power pull ahead of some modifications, and the results are, in a word, shocking. Instead of 720 ponies at the crankshaft, his car pumped out no less than 776 hp – 56 more hp than what Mercedes advertises. However, before getting too excited, there are some caveats worth mentioning. Back In Black: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series First Drive … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Dyno Run Reveals Surprising Horsepower
We don’t know much about the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V . Rumors have circulated for years, but it’s only now becoming a reality. Details remain super thin, but Cadillac is providing our first official look at the new high-performance SUV today. What new information does Cadillac provide alongside our first set of official photos? Not much, actually. There is a full reveal scheduled for this spring. That’s when we’ll get more information about the performance SUV , including a full rundown of its specs. Gallery: 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V 5 Photos Cadillac has done a remarkable job keeping details about the Escalade V-Series a well-guarded secret. We have no idea what powertrain will power the SUV, but rumors suggest that Cadillac will use the supercharged V8 that powers the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevy Camaro ZL1 . The Escalade already has a V8 – a 420-horsepower (313-kilowatt) … [Read more...] about 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V Reveals New Design, Full Debut This Spring
3 John Beck has always considered himself a "solid B-plus" when it comes to trivia, so he was absolutely thrilled when he won $117,099 over five consecutive games of "Jeopardy!" in 2003. The show had a five-win limit at the time, and it felt like the ultimate victory. But as he sat in the studio audience and watched the next trio of contestants play, he couldn't help but think: "I'm pretty sure I would have won that game, too." Of course, the concept was a non-starter. Until a few months later, when it suddenly wasn't. The show kicked off its 20th season by instituting a new "sky's the limit" rule - "a deliberate ploy by the show to beef up ratings," Claire McNear wrote in her "Jeopardy!" history book "Answers in the Form of Questions" - allowing contestants to win as many games as possible. Soon, a mild-mannered computer engineer named Ken Jennings arrived on the scene and stayed put, steamrolling contestants week after week after week, causing some to … [Read more...] about Amy Schneider rules the ‘Jeopardy!’ super-champ era. Some former 5-day winners are jealous they never got the chance.
For a decade, Atif Mahr mentored young people, preaching the virtues of anti-violence even as the streets of his north St. Louis neighborhood echoed ever more often with the crack of gunfire. Then one day last October, those bullets tore a jagged hole in Mahr's own family. His daughter Isis was dropping off a friend when a gunman unloaded on her car. The soccer standout, who had been saving money to pay her way through nursing school, was 19. "I always feared it," Mahr said. "I never imagined it." Isis's death filled him with hurt. The reaction from the community, however, gave him hope. The past two years have been dreadful for public safety in U.S. cities as homicide numbers soared - in some cases to record levels. Experts say a constellation of factors is to blame, including the pandemic's scars and a breakdown in trust between police and the communities they serve during the social unrest of 2020. But as 2022 kicks off, city leaders from coast to coast say the stars may … [Read more...] about Homicide rates have soared nationwide, but mayors see a chance for a turnaround in 2022
Naomi Osaka waves as she walks off the court after losing to Amanda Anisimova of the United States (seated) in their women’s singles match on day five of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday. (Reuters Photo) MELBOURNE: Naomi Osaka was at peace with herself after yet another failed attempt at defending a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The former world number one was especially proud of the way she has managed to mould her mindset to deal with tough losses. Osaka crashed out from Melbourne Park after a third round loss in the deciding set tiebreaker to American Amanda Anisimova. The four-time major winner exited the US Open in the third round just four months ago. Following her Flushing Meadows defeat, a tearful Osaka told a news conference that she was taking a break from the sport, raising more concern about her mental health struggles that forced her to miss parts of the tennis season. The soft-spoken and self-confessed introvert declared at the start of the … [Read more...] about Osaka makes early exit in Melbourne
Thailand captain Silawan Intamee and the Philippines’ Eva Madarang vie for the ball in their AFC Women’s Asia Cup match on Friday in Mumbai. (AFC Photo) MUMBAI: The Thai women’s football team face an uphill climb after a 1-0 loss to the Philippines in their opening match of the AFC Women’s Asia Cup 2022 on Friday in Mumbai. Chandler McDaniel scored the winner late in the second half as the Philippines boosted their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals, while Thailand were left to rue their missed chances. The Chaba Kaew dominated the match in terms of possession, 64% to 36%, and each side had plenty of opportunities, but it took 81 minutes before anyone found the back of the net. McDaniel collected a headed pass from Ryley Bugay and buried a right-footed shot from outside the box. The Philippines, who came into the tie having not beaten Thailand in 12 previous attempts, started on the front foot but soon found themselves defending as the match progressed at the DY Patil … [Read more...] about Thai women fall 1-0 to Philippines
JAF Grand Prix, Super GT – Fuji Sprint Cup 2012 Nestled at the foot of Mount Fuji, the Fuji Speedway this weekend hosted the spectacular finale to the Super GT500 2012 season, the JAF Grand Prix Fuji Sprint Cup. The race format comprises two 22-lap races held over the weekend, the first run on Saturday, the second today (Sunday). Fifteen of the world’s fastest GT cars took to the grid on Friday morning for a single one-hour practice session - it being the only opportunity available to Marino prior to taking on the daunting task of having to qualify the Bandoh Racing team’s WedsSport Advan SC430 500bhp Toyota Lexus around the 16-turn 4.563km Fuji Speedway circuit. Marino Franchitti Photo by: Eric Gilbert It was also to be a baptism of fire, mastering a car he had never driven before on a circuit he had never seen before, but it was a challenge Marino was reveling in and had grasped with both hands. Seiji Ara, a regular driver with Team Bandoh, who had also … [Read more...] about Marino Franchitti fulfills dream by racing in Sprint Cup at Fuji
Through hurricanes and flooding, Jerry Mohn has waited a long time for the federal government to build the kind of protective barrier that could shield Galveston’s coastline from devastating storm surges triggered by massive weather events. In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the island town with head-high floodwaters and 110-mile-per-hour winds that caused billions of dollars of damage and killed dozens of people. “Look what happened with Ike — the same thing could happen again,” said Mohn, a longtime Galveston resident and beach preservation advocate. “It devastated Galveston Island completely, the downtown flooded, all the beaches were destroyed — it was just really bad.” Protecting Galveston isn’t the only goal of a massive series of infrastructure projects meant to limit the devastation from extreme weather. Scientists have modeled worst-case scenario storms that also make clear the potential for devastation in nearby Houston . Given that the state’s largest city is … [Read more...] about Texas may get a coastal storm barrier, but will it be too late?