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Continentals CES 2019 booth is all about letting the car do the

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value  Auto tech: Stay up to date on the tech that drives today’s and tomorrow’s cars.Self-driving cars: Dig autonomy? Check out our one-stop AV shop. More From Roadshow Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 37 Photoscenter_img Auto Tech Future Cars CES 2019 Continental is an automotive supplier that generally arrives at CES with a whole wealth of future technologies to preview. Guess what? The story stays the same at CES 2019.At CES 2019, Continental will show off a variety of future vehicle technologies based on making life easier for the driver. The tech spans different arenas, whether it’s parking or even something as simple as opening a door. Some of it is new, some of it might build upon existing tech, but odds are most of what’s seen at CES will, one day, end up in a car you can buy.Autonomy is, of course, still a very hot topic, and Continental will have some automated tech on display at CES. Its “trained parking” system is especially neat: The vehicle will record and store inputs for a parking maneuver, such as a tricky corner, and the car can then act out those maneuvers autonomously later on using an app to activate. Enlarge ImageTricky garage location? All of a sudden, it’s not your problem anymore! Continental Continental’s “smart autonomous door” is another tech that steps in and takes pressure off the occupants. The door is capable of determining when it’s going to strike an object, and it can warn the cabin or stop the door from contacting anything else. This kind of tech actually already exists in the real world — the Tesla Model X’s doors have sensors that stop the hinges when opening into an object. Sensors are a big part of next-gen vehicle tech, whether in doors or monitoring the road itself. Continental will showcase its whole portfolio of sensors, including cameras that are capable of reading splash patterns on the road and determining whether or not a vehicle is about to hydroplane. There’s plenty of other stuff Continental has in store for CES, too. Keep your eyes peeled to Roadshow in January, because we’ll be live on the show floor at CES, bringing you all the interesting automotive tech we can get our hands on. Tags All the cool new car stuff at CES 2018 0last_img read more

Opels modified Zafira Life pays homage to The ATeams GMC Vandura

first_img The A-Team lives on in Opel’s ‘O-Team’ Zafira Life The Opel Manta 400 was a Group B rally legend 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Vans Car Culture Enlarge ImageThe O-Team sounds like a crack group of detectives who donate blood on the regular. Opel Opel is bringing a bunch of its biggest fans together to celebrate the automaker, and at the event in Oschersleben, Germany, it will unveil one of the strangest vans we’ve seen in some time.Opel on Friday unveiled its “O-Team” Zafira Life van. If the name and the general aesthetics don’t give it away, the van is a tribute to the A-Team’s GMC Vandura from the 1980s A-Team television show. While there won’t be any cigar-chomping action going on, it’s been a hot minute since an automaker has trotted out a custom van, so that alone is worth celebrating.The van carries a similar paint job to the A-Team’s Vandura, with the exception of a changed-up color scheme that uses Opel’s favorite hues, and that bright-green strip really pops in pictures. A 20-inch BBS alloy wheel hangs out at each corner, wrapped in aggressive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and behind the front wheels is a set of 15-inch brake rotors. The van itself is lower than usual, too, but it can raise and lower as needed, thanks to an adjustable air suspension.The interior is largely the same as usual, save for the same color scheme as the exterior. There’s a set of sport seats from the Opel Insignia GSi up front, while the second and third rows get rotating captain’s chairs wrapped in leather and Alcantara suede. The weirdest part about being inside the van, though, is that the speakers will deceive you into believing there’s a V8 under the hood (there isn’t — it’s just a 2.0-liter diesel I4).This isn’t a one-off creation, either. Opel noted that every modification made to the van carries TUV approval, so the parts are all road-legal installations that anyone in Europe can make. Thus, there might be more than a few “O-Team” vans rolling around Germany in the near future. I pity the fool who doesn’t dig that idea. More From Roadshow null 7:41 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 11 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

CEC pledges to ensure level playing field in polls

first_img.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday urged all political parties to take part in the upcoming elections for continuity of the country’s democratic polity and development as he announced the polls schedule pledging to ensure level playing field for all.“Strict directives will be issued to the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the voters, political leaders, workers, candidates, their (candidates) supporters and polling agents are not subjected to harassment and do not face cases without any reason,” he said.Huda said the primary procedure to employ around 700,000 officials of different categories was completed by now for conducting the elections.“Executive and judicial magistrates have been appointed for every constituency. Around 600,000 members of law enforcement agencies, including police, BGB, RAB, Coast Guard, Ansar and Village Defence Party, will be deployed centering the ensuing polls,” he said.Nurul Huda said armed forces would also be deployed “In Aide of Civil Power” to maintain order during the polls.The CEC said the commission was constitutionally obligated to hold the 11th parliamentary elections within 28 January 2019.“The countdown of the national election has already begun and the works of buying polls materials and printing have been completed,” Huda said.He said election related issues were discussed at the inter-ministerial meetings and the officials of the election commission have devoted themselves to the electoral duties.The CEC said the political parties began their preparations ahead of the general elections while the civil society members and political commentators were expressing their opinions as well.“Different media are publishing different articles, opinions and recommendations on election while TV channels are arranging talk shows centering the polls,” he added.Huda said senior political leaders held dialogues with the prime minister for holding a participatory and fair election while many organisations from home and abroad are expressing their interests to observe the polls.“Congenial atmosphere has been created across the country for holding the upcoming parliamentary elections,” he said.The election commission chief expected the candidates and their supporters to comply with electoral laws and code of conduct and “every voter will cast vote in favour of their chosen candidate freely”.“The executive and judicial magistrates will ensure the enforcement of law and the law enforcers will ensure the security of the voting centers, voters, candidates, polling officials and agents,” he said.Huda hoped that the observers will perform their duties by maintaining the rules of the election commission. The election commission secretariat will monitor overall situation.Urging the political parties to reduce conflicts and complexities of diverse opinions politically, Huda said the parliament election creates the opportunities for establishing the ownership rights of the common people and creating room for forming a new government.He expressed the hope that the election would be held in a contesting mode and a participatory manner with participation of all political parties.The CEC said the commission is giving importance on using technology in election management. The candidates can submit their nomination forms by hand or through online, he added.He said an initiative has been taken to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) on a limited scale along with old system in the national elections.“We believe that the use of EVMs will bring about a qualitative change in elections and it will save time, money and reduce works,” said Nurul Huda.last_img read more

18m Dreamers may be US citizens

first_imgUS president Donald Trump waves as he arrives in Zurich, Switzerland on 25 January 2018. ReutersUS president Donald Trump is offering a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young illegal immigrants but insists on measures that would curb some legal immigration programs and provide a border wall with Mexico, senior White House officials said on Thursday.The White House offered to more than double the number of “Dreamers” – people brought to the country illegally as children – who would be protected from deportation, describing it as a major concession aimed at attracting enough votes for an immigration deal from Democrats.But the plan comes with significant strings attached to appeal to Republicans, including requirements to slash family sponsorship of immigrants, tighten border security and provide billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump made one of his major campaign promises.The package was immediately panned by pro-immigration groups, which said the plan was a bad trade-off. It was also slammed by some conservative groups, which decried the expansion of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, said the Trump plan used Dreamers as “bargaining chips for sweeping anti-immigrant policies.”Early reaction from Republicans in the Senate – where the plan may receive a vote in early February – was positive. Conservative Republican Senator Tom Cotton called the plan “generous and humane, while also being responsible.” Republicans narrowly control the chamber by 51-49 and need Democratic votes to pass legislation.The fight over protections for Dreamers, which are set to expire in March, was part of the standoff between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate that resulted in a three-day government shutdown that ended on Monday.They agreed to extend funding until 8 February, leaving a small window to come to a deal on immigration. Trump’s plan will help provide guidance for those talks, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.Negotiations will be tough. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who has championed the cause of the Dreamers, said the plan put Trump’s “entire hardline immigration agenda – including massive cuts to legal immigration – on the backs of these young people.”‘HORRENDOUS TRADE-OFF’Trump, whose tough immigration stance was a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign, said in September he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program for Dreamers that was created by Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.The DACA protections apply to about 700,000 people, but White House officials said there were at least that many illegal immigrants who qualified for the program but did not sign up for it.Officials said the 1.8 million people could apply to become citizens in 10 to 12 years providing they had jobs and did not commit crimes.Trump’s plan would require Congress to set up a $25 billion “trust fund” to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and invest in better protections at the northern border with Canada.Congress would have to allocate additional money to border guards and immigration judges, a figure that the Republican president pegged at $5 billion on Wednesday, but which White House officials said was up for further discussion.The White House also wants Congress to change rules to allow for the rapid deportation of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada who arrive at the US border, the officials said.White House officials made clear that a deal could not only address DACA and the border wall but must also end a visa lottery program for certain countries and limit family sponsorship of immigrants to spouses and minor children – ending sponsorship for parents, older children and siblings.Stephen Legomsky, who was chief counsel at US Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, called the plan a “horrendous tradeoff” and predicted Democrats would reject it.“It offers a one-time citizenship path to innocent Dreamers and expects in return a massive permanent cut to family immigration, the permanent elimination of the entire diversity program, and a huge expenditure for a border wall,” said Legomsky, now at Washington University Law School in St. Louis.A group of immigrant youth called United We Dream said the deal was “pitting us against our own parents, Black immigrants and our communities.”Groups that oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States also voiced criticism, and urged Congress to take its time.“While it includes a number of tough immigration enforcement provisions, it includes an amnesty that is more than twice the size of the DACA population,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Centre for Immigration Studies, which favours restrictions.HOUSE PATH UNCLEARTo become law, the measures would also need to pass the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a bigger majority. A senior White House official declined to speculate on whether the plan would pass the chamber.“I think the House will have an independent vehicle,” the second official said. “We’re not trying to force something on the House.”Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican Cuban-American from Miami and longtime advocate of immigration reform, praised Trump for putting forward a “serious proposal.”Democratic Representative Luis Gutiérrez said, however, that the plan ”doesn’t pass the laugh test.“It would be far cheaper to erect a 50-foot concrete statue of a middle finger and point it towards Latin America, because both a wall and the statue would be equally offensive and equally ineffective,” the Illinois lawmaker said on Twitter.last_img read more

Man arrested for raping physicallychallenged girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice in a drive arrested a person on charges of raping a physically-challenged teenage girl Shahrasti upazila of Chandpur on Monday morning, reports UNB. The arrestee was Aminul Haque, 45, son of late Sobhan of the village.According to the case statement, Aminul as a matchmaker started communication with the victim’s family members, promising to bring a decent boy for their girl’s marriage.Taking advantage of an empty house on last 28, 29 and 30 August, he raped the girl forcibly and threated her not to disclose the matter to anyone.Later the girl conceived and filed a rape case with Shahrasti police station on 3 November.Acting on secret information, a police team conducted a drive in the area and arrested the accused around 11:00am, said Md Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti police station.Later Aminul confessed his offense in this connection.Meanwhile, he was sent to jail in the afternoon, the OC added.last_img read more

Movies Anywhere Hits 6 Million Users Over 150 Million Movies Stored in

first_img“We somewhat exceeded our expectations for Year One,” she said. “Our users are among the most passionate and engaged movie fans, so it’s been incredibly rewarding to see them embrace and value our product in such a positive way.”Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, from five major studios: Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Notably absent from the roster for now are Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures. The most-watched movie in the first year was Disney-Pixar’s “Coco.”Consumers can store eligible movies purchased from six retail partners — Apple’s iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Walmart’s Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, and NBCU’s FandangoNow — in their Movies Anywhere account, and then access them via the service’s apps for mobile and TV-connected devices. They also can redeem digital codes included in eligible Blu-ray Disc and DVD packages from participating studios and access them on Movies Anywhere.Confusingly, Disney previously operated its own similarly named service, called Disney Movies Anywhere, which it debuted in 2014. The company sunset that service in February 2018, and instructed users to migrate their collections to Movies Anywhere — which obviously contributed to overall usage of the newer service.Movies Anywhere is similar to UltraViolet, an older digital-locker entertainment system that launched in 2011. After one year in operation, UV had between 5 million-6 million user accounts. According to the most recent stats available, as of July 2017 UltraViolet had signed up more than 30 million users, who had registered 260 million movies and TV shows.But UltraViolet has suffered from the absence of major players, including Disney, Apple, Google and Amazon — and it has continued to lose ground. This year, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Universal each discontinued support for UltraViolet with new releases (and as of Sept. 18, Universal’s catalog titles were no longer eligible for UltraViolet). According to Gilford, one of the big differences between UltraViolet and Movies Anywhere is that the latter is an app-based, consumer-facing destination where users can see and stream their movie collections. She added that there are multiple examples of services serving the same function that can coexist, like Visa and MasterCard.“The notion [with Movies Anywhere] was to have a complete solution for the entire ecosystem – with multiple retailers, multiple studios, and a consumer destination,” Gilford said.As Movies Anywhere heads into its second year of existence, Gilford and her team are focused on continuing to improve the user experience for movie fans. Features on the Movies Anywhere road map include new tools to manage film collections. The music industry “has nailed that,” Gilford said. “We think there are interesting ways we can let users elevate their collection, to organize and segment them.”While Movies Anywhere is owned by the Walt Disney Co., it operates independently from offices in Burbank, Calif., with a dedicated staff of about 100 employees (mostly engineers). “It still feels really like a startup,” said Gilford. As GM, she reports to an advisory board with representatives from the five studio partners.The five studios each providing funding to Movies Anywhere, but there’s no fee for retailers to participate. “The notion is that all boats rise,” said Gilford.The exec joined Movies Anywhere in January 2017. Prior to that, she was SVP of digital media for Disney-ABC Television Group. Gilford also worked for Comcast Interactive Media and was formerly GM of entertainment at Yahoo.To spur more signups, Movies Anywhere this week launched a limited-time offer timed for its one-year anniversary that will provide a free copy of Warner Bros.’ “Happy Feet” to new users who sync for the first time with one digital retailer. Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also will receive 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian” and Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety One year after its debut, Movies Anywhere, the free-to-download app and service for digital movies owned and run by Disney in partnership with four other studios, has garnered nearly 6 million users who have added more than 150 million purchased movies to their collections.All told, Movies Anywhere users have streamed more than 1 billion minutes of over 35 million movies, across 100-plus different device types. The service currently has around 5.8 million user accounts and has topped 6 million app downloads to date.To be sure, those numbers — which translate into more than 16 million hours in its first 12 months — are absolutely dwarfed by, say, Netflix, which at the start of this year said it pumped out over 140 million hours of video every day. But Movies Anywhere general manager Karin Gilford said the service’s growth since the October 2017 launch reflects not only increased traction but also its impact on driving digital movie sales.last_img read more