Petit slams Ozil He has been a ghost for two years

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit accused Mesut Ozil of lacking any desire on the pitchThe former Real Madrid playmaker was brought off by manager Unai Emery at half-time in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.And Petit has been left far from impressed by Ozil’s mentality over the past two years for the Gunners.“Arsenal were magnificent against Brighton for 30 minutes,” Petit told Paddy Power.“They played good football but, just as they did at Southampton, disappeared all of a sudden.“The quality they had been showing vanished and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence. The goal they conceded was awful.“Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years.“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.”The French World Cup winner also believes Arsenal’s defence isn’t good enough ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.Petit added: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool.“You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”Petit played for Arsenal in midfield between 1997 to 2000, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup before joining Barcelona.The Frenchman also had spells with AS Monaco and Chelsea before announcing his retirement in January 2005.last_img read more

Torontos OVO Fest Drake Delivers Promises New Album

first_img Facebook Email News Drake and special guests triumph onstage at this year’s OVO Fest as the GRAMMY-winner teases upcoming releasesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2017 – 4:01 pm GRAMMY.comFor the city of Toronto, and Drake fans around the world, the Aug. 7 OVO Fest was hotly anticipated — tickets had sold out in minutes — and yesterday Drake and his lineup of special guests smashed it while fans set their sights on upcoming projects he teased on stage.Promo’s for the announced lineup from OVO Sound’s artist roster — dvsn (pronounced “division”), Majid Jordan, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Roy Wood$ — have been lighting up the Toronto skyline for weeks. Guest artists on stage last night included Cardi B, Tory Lanez, and fellow Canadian The Weeknd. Drake put The Weeknd on the spot on-stage — while apologizing, “I don’t want to do this to you on stage” — that even greater collaborations between these two Torontonians should get done. Their fans agree.As this year’s OVO Fest excitement became (another) one for the history books, Drake teased his forthcoming album, following up on March’s More Life success. With hometown pride, Drake declared, “I’m about to go back to making this new album in Toronto, just for you. I will see you next year! We’ll be bigger, we’ll be better. I go by the name of Drake, this is an OVO Sound thing for life!” On the map and steadily growing, Toronto’s cultural impact on the world music scene still feels like a newcomer. Not for long.More at Billboard, including video clips, on how Drake — having won two GRAMMYs earlier in the year — is managing this emerging sonic phenomenon that is bigger than himself.See Drake-Collaborator Rihanna’s Crop Over Fashion In Barbados Twitter Toronto’s OVO Fest: Drake Delivers, Promises New Album Drake’s OVO Fest Delivers torontos-ovo-fest-drake-delivers-promises-new-albumlast_img read more

The best cars under 40000 in 2019

first_imgEarlier this month, we detailed our picks of the best cars, trucks and SUVs available under $30,000. But with the average new car transaction price in the US sitting around $35,000, buyers have a lot more choices for just a bit more cash than that $30K mark.To that end, we’re raising the price cap for this new list: the best cars under $40,000. That extra 10 grand opens the door for entry-level luxury cars, midsize SUVs and even long-range electric cars. Here are some of our favorites.(Note: While all of the vehicles listed here have base MSRPs under $40,000, some of them offer fully loaded trim levels that can exceed this price cap.)  2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 48 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Toyota AvalonI tend to like small, sporty cars. The 2019 Toyota Avalon is neither of those things, so why am I recommending it? Because it’s a fabulously well-done large sedan that’s an epic long-distance cruiser. Its looks may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying its buttery-smooth powertrain and class-above cabin that are among its many strong points.A 3.5-liter gas V6 comes standard with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, offering plenty of power. An optional hybrid model with an electrically augmented 2.5-liter four-cylinder is available for $1,000 more, but unless gas prices spike enough to make its mid-40s fuel efficiency act as a salve for its power deficit (176 horsepower, 163 pound-feet), I’d recommend sticking with the standard engine.Pricing starts at $36,480 (including destination) for a well-equipped base XLE, with top-shelf Limited models ringing up at just under $42K before options. At that end of the spectrum, you’re looking at an Avalon sufficiently luxurious enough to make you forget all about this car’s costlier Lexus ES twin. Oh, and if that’s not enough to keep you in the Toyota showroom, know this: The Avalon has an infinitely less annoying infotainment interface, plus you can fold the rear seats down.– Chris PaukertClick here to read our 2019 Toyota Avalon review.Get your local price 75 Photos 70 Photos More From Roadshow 35 Photos 2019 Genesis G70The compact sport sedan segment has long been my jam, and the most compelling entry in that field is the 2019 Genesis G70 — it even won Roadshow’s Shift Award for Vehicle of the Year. Any way you slice it, the smallest Genesis (so far) is a solid consideration with a starting price of $35,895 (including $995 for destination).The compact, rear-wheel-drive Genesis comes standard with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic or an optional six-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. A 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6 is available, but places the G70’s price north of $40,000. Besides, most Roadshow staffers prefer the 2.0T anyway.You still get heaps of tech and driver-assistance features with the base car, including an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beams. If you want that level of advanced driver assistance from BMW, Mercedes or Audi, you’ll have to pay closer to $50,000.– Manuel Carrillo IIIClick here to read our 2019 Genesis G70 review.Get your local price 2019 Toyota RAV4Toyota’s RAV4 has been one of the world’s best-selling small SUVs for a reason. It’s simple, stout, well-built and priced appropriately. Now, for 2019, it looks good, too.The drivetrain options on the 2019 RAV4 may not be the most exciting in the world, but they are efficient and shouldn’t give you many problems going forward. Optional hybrid power in a compact SUV is a great selling point, too.The new RAV4, particularly in Adventure trim, is a handsome SUV that begins to look a little like its more off-road capable siblings without forcing those vehicles’ compromises on its owner. It’s a great crossover, and is more appealing than ever before.– Kyle HyattClick here to read our 2019 Toyota RAV4 review.Get your local price 52 Photos 2019 Audi Q3 sets phasers to fun 56 Photos Comments 77 Photos 27 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 29 Photos 2019 Volvo V60: A stylish, comfortable hauler 2019 Genesis G70: Korea launches an assault on the BMW 3 Series 2020 Kia TellurideI’m going with a somewhat unusual choice for this roundup, because I’ve recently spent a fair bit of time in Kia’s new Telluride and I’ve been really, really impressed. It’s remarkably good. I think it looks remarkably good, too, though it has definitely split opinion. The ride is on the leisurely side of comfortable, but it really is refined, lulling my passengers to sleep on multiple occasions. Meanwhile, the 3.8-liter V6 provides better-than-adequate power and the eight-speed transmission is responsive and unobtrusive, which is really all you can ask for in an automatic in a rig like this.You can get in a front-wheel-drive Kia Telluride for $31,690, which is affordable given all it offers. Working within our $40,000 cap, I’d step up to the feature-packed EX trim, which starts at $37,090 and includes Kia’s comprehensive Highway Driving Assist system. Another $2,000 gets you AWD, then add on the $1,045 destination fee and you’re just $135 over the $40,000 mark for a big, comfortable SUV that’s as sophisticated to drive as it is to look at.– Tim StevensClick here to read our 2020 Kia Telluride review.Get your local price 2019 Volvo XC40Subcompact luxury crossovers are oftentimes hit-or-miss affairs. Some skimp on luxury and style, while others are duds behind the wheel. Neither is true about Volvo’s XC40. If I were shopping for a small, premium SUV, it’s absolutely the one I’d buy.The XC40 starts at $33,700, and I actually like its lowest Momentum trim the best (the same spec as Roadshow’s long-term XC40 test car). Opt for the more powerful T5 engine with all-wheel drive, choose a few option packages, and you’ve got a really nicely equipped crossover for right about $40,000. LED headlights, leather seats, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a ton of active safety equipment all come standard.The XC40 impresses with its easygoing, comfortable driving dynamics, spacious interior and high-quality materials. It’s everything I love about Volvo’s larger, more expensive vehicles, all in a pint-sized package.– Steven EwingClick here to read our 2019 Volvo XC40 review.Get your local price 2019 Acura RDX is a price-conscious luxury buyer’s delight 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-ClassThe A-Class is a great entry point into the Mercedes-Benz brand. This little sedan punches way above its weight with premium materials, a peppy turbocharged engine and plenty of technology.Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system comes on an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen, and brings natural voice recognition to the table. Plus, I love the augmented reality overlay that’s available on the navigation. It displays navigation directions directly on top of the real-time video display from the front camera, ensuring you’ll never miss a turn. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine puts out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which is more than adequate in the A220 sedan. A Sport mode can dial up the transmission and throttle response, while Comfort is great for daily driving. Power goes down to the front wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, although all-wheel drive is available for those in colder climates.Overall, the new A-Class is a truly premium car — far more so than the last-generation CLA250 ever was.– Emme HallClick here to read our 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class review.Get your local price 2019 Hyundai Kona ElectricEarmarking $40K opens buyers to a new generation of entry-level EVs, and one of our favorites is Hyundai’s new Kona Electric. The subcompact SUV combines generous safety and cabin tech with reasonable spaciousness, all wrapped into a city-friendly footprint and wallet-friendly budget. It starts at $37,495, but with available electric vehicle incentives, even the feature-rich Limited trim can squeeze in under $40,000.The Kona’s electric motor sends 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque to its front wheels. That’s more get-up-and-go than the turbocharged gasoline Kona, but the heavier EV is a bit slower overall. Without gear changes or revs to build, however, the nearly silent electric SUV should feel more responsive off the line and around town. Of course, the most important number is the Kona Electric’s 258-mile EPA-estimated range — that should quell most range anxiety concerns. At a DC Fast Charger, the EV can boost its battery to an 80% charge in about an hour. More common, 240-volt, Level 2 home and public stations can juice the battery with a 9.5-hour charge.– Antuan GoodwinClick here to read our 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review.Get your local price 2019 Volvo V60I didn’t only pick the V60 because wagons are such a great blend of car-like driving pleasure and SUV-like utility. Rather, it’s because the Volvo V60 is such a wonderfully well-designed and well-packaged machine for any type of driving. It’s the perfect everyday, everything vehicle.The V60 is beautifully designed, is packed with the latest and greatest active-safety tech (albeit sometimes as paid options) and it drives with poise and maturity. With either the base, thrifty 2.0-liter turbo engine or the optional, surprisingly powerful turbo- and supercharged T6 version, the Volvo offers a nice balance of workaday civility and easy power.The Volvo V60 does sneak in under our $40,000 cap, starting at $39,895 with destination for the T5 Momentum model. But I’ll concede that it’s very, very easy to blow the budget once you start adding more features or upgrading to all-wheel drive. Still, at any price the V60 represents one of the most well-rounded entry-premium cars you can buy today.– Jake HolmesClick here to read our 2019 Volvo V60 review.Get your local price 37 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the best it’s been in years 2019 Toyota Avalon puts a bold face forward Share your voice 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric rocks a familiar form 2019 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX landed for the 2019 model year, offering a number of improvements over its already solid predecessor. More appealing styling, a new turbocharged engine and Acura’s excellent SH-AWD system work together to make the RDX really interesting. Things are nicer inside, too, with a great layout of controls, some of the most comfortable seats in the business and a healthy list of tech offerings. With a base price of $38,395, including $995 for destination, it’s not a bad value for a sporty, entry-luxury crossover.A 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder powers the RDX, producing a respectable 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The latter is available from just 1,600 rpm on up to 4,500 rpm for peppy acceleration from stops and out of corners, and works with a well-calibrated 10-speed automatic. Spring for the optional adaptive dampers and you’ll have a small crossover that can be entertaining to toss around, or comfortable for normal driving at the push of a button. Acura’s new True Touchpad Interface with a 10.2-inch center screen is in charge of infotainment, and it’s intuitive to use after a short get-to-know period. It’s offered with navigation, a 16-speaker ELS audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay capabilities. For safety, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise, lane keep assist and a multiangle rearview camera come standard.– Jon WongClick here to read our 2019 Acura RDX review.Get your local price 2020 Kia Telluride hits all the high points 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design has black exterior accents and lava on the floor 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level 13 Tags 2019 Audi Q3The 2019 Audi Q3 will land in the US later this year (summer, we’re told) packing some major improvements, and I believe that’ll give this diminutive German the edge over its competitors, many of which are very compelling.Having already sampled the Euro-spec Q3 late last year, I can attest to its prowess in the handling department. Wielding the same 228-horsepower turbo I4 as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it should also provide enough hustle to back up an on-road demeanor that begs you to have a little fun behind the wheel.The Q3’s starting price of $35,695 including destination nets you some solid standard equipment, including a 10.25-inch gauge cluster display, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, two rows of USB ports and automatic emergency braking.– Andrew KrokClick here to read our 2019 Audi Q3 review.Get your local price Car Industrylast_img read more

MTA FOR A FAST ROUTE TO ARTSCAPE FESTIVAL

first_imgThe Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) encourages everyone to ride MTA to the 33rd Annual Artscape Festival, spanning Baltimore’s Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods of Mt. Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill and Station North. The free three-day event will be held 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., July 18 and 19; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 20.Public transit is the best option to get to Artscape while avoiding area traffic modifications, street closures and parking hassles:Steps away from Artscape is the State Center Metro Station, open until midnight, seven days a week.The Light Rail stop at University of Baltimore and Mount Royal Avenue is at the center of Artscape. Light Rail service runs from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11a.m. Sunday until one hour after the festival ends. Some stops may have earlier service so check the timetable at your boarding location for actual times.New for 2014! MARC Train Weekend Service on the Penn Line will carry you directly to the center of Artscape.The closest MTA Local Bus Lines to Artscape are Numbers 3, 11, 13, 19, 21, 27, 64 and 91.Mobility service will operate on its regular schedule.last_img read more

Believe none of what you hear

first_imgAll Western names! Irony being we Indians have a richer folklore than the West. But I’m wrong. Faraz Kazi is here with The Other Side who quenched the thirst of many readers of this genre.After writing a love story he has attempted horror. He says,‘I seriously don’t think changing genres proves anything. I write for myself and not for the market and I’m comfortable writing in any genre under various themes of tragedy, comedy, fear. I would rather prefer not being tagged as a genre-specific writer.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the stories have an Indian connect. Kazi tells us ‘the book is a tribute to the culture and folklore of my land.’ Two are a must read: Dream Girl and Possession. He believes any ghost story collection is incomplete without touching upon the idea of possession, the merging of a secondary spirit with a human soul. Kazi wanted to retain  a strain of innocence in the story, hence the protagonist is a child and through her we see the world of the unknown and soon see her family also getting involved. Perhaps there is a hidden story of possession in every neighbourhood and readers can make the connection, irrespective of  their believers or sceptics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs he elaborates  on Dream Girl, Kazi quips, ‘It was a strong subject and it is easily the most graphic story of the lot. Thank god, books don’t have much censorship issues because I wanted this story to come out in its crude form and shock the readers. Simply through the psyche and thought process of one single man who vows to ‘create’ his dream girl by cutting and stitching together the body parts of other girls, I tried to understand our deepest recesses.’He’s also a genre-hopper, evidently. After writing a love story and a horror fiction, now he is working on his dream project,  another collection of stories that involves the coming of age story of a woman! We aren’t scared.last_img read more

RStudio 12 releases with improved testing and support for Python chunks R

first_imgLast week, the team behind RStudio released RStudio 1.2 that includes dozens of new productivity enhancements and capabilities. RStudio 1.2 is compatible with projects in SQL, Stan, Python, and D3. With this release, testing R code integrations for shinytest and testthat is easier. Users can create,  test, and publish APIs in R with Plumber and run R scripts. What’s new in RStudio 1.2? Python sessions This release uses a shared Python session for executing Python chunks. It comes with simple bindings to access R objects from Python chunks and vice versa. Keyring In RStudio 1.2, passwords and secrets are stored securely with keyring by calling rstudioapi::askForSecret(). Users can install keyring directly from dialog prompt. Run R scripts Users can now run any R script as a background job in a clean R session and can also have a look at the script output in real time. Testing with RStudio 1.2 Users can opt for Run Tests command in testthat R scripts for directly running their projects. The testthat output in the Build pane now comes with navigable issue list. PowerPoint Users can now create PowerPoint presentations with R Markdown Package management With RStudio 1.2, users can now Specify a primary CRAN URL and secondary CRAN repos from the package preferences pane. Users can link to a package’s primary CRAN page from the packages pane. The CRAN repos can be configured with a repos.conf configuration file and the r-cran-repos-file option. Plumber Users can now easily create Plumber APIs in RStudio 1.2 and execute them within RStudio to view Swagger documentation and make test calls to the APIs Bug fixes in RStudio 1.2 In this release, the issue regarding “invalid byte sequence” has been fixed. Incorrect Git status has been rectified. Issues with low/no-contrast colors with HTML widgets has been fixed. It seems most users are excited about this release and they think that this way, Python will be more accessible to R users. A user commented on HackerNews, “I’m personally an Emacs Speaks Statistics fan myself, but RStudio has been huge boon to the R community. I expect that this will go a long ways towards making Python more accessible to R users.” Some are not much happy with this release as they think it has less options for graphics. Another comment reads, “I wish rstudio would render markdown in-line. It also tends to forget graphics in output after many open and closes of rmd. I’m intrigued by .org mode but as far as I can tell, there are not options for graphical output while editing.” To know more about this news, check out the post by RStudio. Read Next How to create your own R package with RStudio [Tutorial] The new RStudio Package Manager is now generally available Getting Started with RStudiolast_img read more

An impressive 13 Canadian agents among Jamaicas 50 topselling retailers

first_imgTags: Jamaica Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in bringing greetings, lauded the group for their significant contribution to the island’s tourist industry. He noted that as a group, they helped the destination achieve what has been a record-breaking year, noting that total room nights booked by the Top 50 agents was nearly 115,000, which earned the island in the region of US$25 million. An impressive 13 Canadian agents qualified for the reward, with 12 attending this year’s event.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesJamaica’s One Love Rewards Program serves as a dedicated training platform for the travel agent community to become certified experts on the destination. The program guides agents through online pages that provide insider knowledge about the island. It also takes the travel agent community into the heart of the destination showcasing the island’s rich history. In addition to learning about the island, travel agents earn valuable rewards points when they record their bookings at oneloverewards.com.Since the program’s inception more than 18,000 agents have completed the training program. To register for Jamaica’s A One Love Rewards Program, visit oneloverewards.com. Travelweek Group Posted by An impressive 13 Canadian agents among Jamaica’s 50 top-selling retailers MONTEGO BAY — Rewarding top-selling Jamaica Travel Agent Specialists from Canada, the U.S. and the UK for all their hard work, the Jamaica Tourist Board gave 50 agents the royal treatment at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay as part of a three-night reward getaway that included tours, world-class dining and shopping. The agents were flown to Jamaica and honoured in style as part of the JTB’s One Love Rewards program.The vacation concluded with an ‘All White Affair’ gala where the top selling agents were presented with artwork specially designed by Jamaican artist Everald Powell. Friday, December 16, 2016 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more