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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

200 killed in gunfights in 84 days

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAt least 200 suspected drug peddlers were killed in alleged gunfights with the law enforcers in the country over the last 84 days. Among them, 103 were killed by police and 60 by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The law enforcers claimed the remaining 38 were killed in factional clashes of the drug traders.Following the prime minister’s directives at RAB’s founding anniversary programme on 3 May to take tough action against the drug traders, the elite force launched a countrywide anti-narcotics drive. Police and the detective branch also joined in the drive.Rights activists, however, have been criticising the drive, terming the incidents as extrajudicial killings.On 27 May, former Juba League leader and ward councillor of Cox’s Bazar district’s Teknaf upazila Ekramul Haque was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with RAB men. After the incident, there was a widespread outcry in the country. Though the elite force claimed Ekramul to be a drug trader, his family and the party leaders denied it. The deaths in reported gunfights then started to drop amid the criticism.According to a report of rights organisation Odhikar, some 341 incidents of extrajudicial killings happened between January and July of 2018.The report released on 1 August revealed that 151 people were killed in May alone. Rights activist Nur Khan said the killing is not a solution to the drug problem.“People are being killed in the name of gunfights or crossfire. The killing cannot be a solution to this problem. You can create a culture of fear through this kind of drive, but establishing a drug-free society is impossible in this way. A long-term plan engaging people is required,” said Nur Khan.Gunfights in 2 districtsAmidst the on-going controversies over ‘gunfights’, a suspected drug trader was killed in Gaibandha and another was shot in Rajshahi on Monday night.RAB officials said that a person named Abdus Salam alias Thosa Salam, 48, of Gaibandha’s Sundarganj upazila was killed in Satgiri Jamal area of the district.Assistant commander of RAB-13 Gaibandha camp, Habibur Rahman claimed that the elite force conducted a drive based on a tip-off that Salam and his associates were engaged in drug trading at the time. The RAB men were attacked by them and at one point they retaliated, injuring Salam and two other RAB members.Salam was taken to the upazila health complex, where he succumbed to his injuries.RAB recovered a pistol, 3 bullets, 20 bottles of phensidyl and 10 kg marijuana.Officer-in-charge of Sundarganj police station Abdus Subhan said, Salam was a top drug dealer and accused in 28 drug related cases. He served several jail terms.No member of Salam’s family was available for comment as they were not found at his village home. They could not be reached over mobile phone either.In Rajshahi’s Godagari area, suspected drug trader named Md Ibrahim, 35, was shot in a gunfight with police.Assistant superintendent of police of Rajshahi, Abdur Razzak Khan said, a gang of drug peddlers attacked police while they conducted an anti- narcotics drive in a brickfield in Sahabdipur area.  Ibrahim, accused in two drug related cases, was shot at his left leg while other members of the gang managed to flee.Ibrahim has been undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Police recovered 5 bullets, a pistol and 500 grams heroin from the scene.last_img read more

Remnants of the 1947 partition

first_imgSeven decades have passed since the Partition of 1947 and still remnants of it continue to linger only latently in public memories and histories. The exhibition at India International Centre (IIC), by The 1947 Partition Archive, will unravel the memories of people who witnessed the days of the Divide. This multimedia exhibit will highlight the socio–cultural ethnography and memory of the Partition by bringing forth those voices that have otherwise been unheard; the story of a woman still living in a refugee camp, separated from her daughter due to the man–made border, how two brothers converted to Islam to remain on their land while their sister made her way across to India, and how two brothers travelled from Travancore State to the North–West Frontier Province in search of work and were stranded there due to the Divide. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEach and every panel of this exhibit presents a unique first-hand experience and displays how the pivotal event that determined the subcontinent’s contemporary history continues to influence society even today. These narratives are from all around the globe, with a special focus on subversive narratives through the lens of class, caste, and gender. The choice of regional locations is diverse and also brings to light the narratives of Partition that are often never considered as part of popular imaginary. This exhibition invites, for the very first, public audiences to engage with exemplary oral histories collected by The 1947 Partition Archive, over the last eight years. Curated by Aanchal Malhotra, it is an exhibition that marries the notions of history, memoir, longing and belonging. ‘Remembering partition: unheard stories’ is on view till September 8, everyday from 11 am to 7 pm at the Art Gallery, Kamaldevi Complex, IIC.last_img read more

3000 cancellations 1 million minutes of delays Europes ATC strikes unacceptable

first_img Thursday, September 15, 2016 Share Travelweek Group 3,000 cancellations, 1 million minutes of delays: Europe’s ATC strikes “unacceptable” << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img MADRID — Europe’s air traffic controller strikes have hit a new high, and at the same time, a new low: according to IATA, Europe’s ATC strikes have caused one million minutes of delays across the continent this year (and it’s only September). The news comes as France ATCs begin yet another strike, their 14th so far this year.IATA is calling for governments to take steps to ensure service continuity in the face of industrial action. “The current frequency of disputes is totally unacceptable,” said IATA’s European Regional Vice President, Rafael Schvartzman. “European air travellers have suffered an incredible one million minutes of delay and over 3,000 cancelled flights as a result of strikes this year. And today is yet another day of French strikes. Every hour wasted impacts European productivity as businesses are disrupted. And it hurts holiday-makers when plans need to be altered. The time has come for European governments to work together to ensure the essential service of air traffic control is able to continue even during strikes.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Controller strikes in France today are expected to lead to the cancellations of at least 15% of flights out of Paris, according to IATA. “Air Traffic Controllers are highly-compensated professionals in a dynamic industry. They should be embracing reforms that are critical to delivering the safety, capacity, cost and environmental improvements European air travellers deserve,” said Schvartzman.He called on governments to ensure service continuity for air traffic management services. “The European economy needs reliable air connectivity. It cannot afford to have its airspace closed like this. A starting point to keeping Europe’s skies open would be for each country to develop its own national airspace strategy, in consultation with airlines, which contains provisions for ensuring service continuity during periods of industrial action or equipment failure.”Airspace strategies should set out how individual European states will modernize and reform their air navigation systems in order to deliver improvements which will benefit passengers and the European economy, he addded. Central to these aims are the goals of the Single European Sky (SES) project, which aims to improve safety and reduce costs, delays and emissions. Due to a lack of political will at state level, the SES has languished without significant progress for many years, said Schvartzman. Tags: IATA Posted bylast_img read more

Canadians enjoy up to 45 off accommodations activities in the Caymans

first_img Thursday, April 6, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Cayman Islands, Promotions TORONTO — Canadian sun-seekers won’t be able to resist the call of the Cayman Islands this summer, with incredible savings of up to 45% off accommodations and experiences, and nonstop flights from Toronto.The ‘Summer Only In Cayman’ promotion runs until June 30 for travel between June 1 and Sept. 4. Accommodation partners include some of the destination’s finest hotels, condominium properties and guesthouses with lodging deals such as resort credits, dive packages and reduced rates up to 45% off.Participating properties include:HOTELSKimpton Seafire Resort + SpaThe Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanGrand Cayman Marriott Beach ResortThe Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort + SpaGrand Caymanian ResortWyndham Reef ResortSunshine Suites ResortSunset HouseHoliday Inn ResortPACKAGESWestJet Vacations – Wyndham Reef ResortCONDOMINIUMS / GUEST HOUSES:Aqua Bay ClubThe Grandview CondominiumsThe Anchorage CondominiumsLacovia Grand CaymanCayman CondosThe RenaissanceHarbour HeightsOcean ParadiseShangri-La Bed + BreakfastHammock MoonMore news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsLand-based operators that are also offering reduced rates and deals include Sealand Adventure Tours (20% off its 7-Mile Beach WaveRunner & Snorkel Experience), Leisure Boat Club (membership packages starting at $2,500), Capt. Marvin’s Watersports Ltd. (20% cash discount on three-stop stingray/snorkel tours on adult fares), and Cayman Islands Boat Rentals (10% discount on all full day reservation).A number of restaurants and attractions are also participating in the promotion, including Cayman Cabana Restaurant, Cimboco, Cayman Islands National Museum, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, and Nature Cayman.Air Canada offers four-hour, year-round service with nonstop flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, with up to five flights a week in April. WestJet also offers four-hour, nonstop flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, with two flights a week in April and Sunday departures in May and June.For more information on ‘Summer Only In Cayman’, go to visitcaymanislands.ca/onlyincayman/summer2017.aspx. Canadians enjoy up to 45% off accommodations & activities in the Caymanslast_img read more