first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Clockwise, the BMW M760Li xDrive, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S, the Infiniti Q60, the Genesis G80 Developing a new car takes years of designing and prototypes, and it’s such a big job it gets an internal name, usually a jumbled series of numbers and dashes reflecting the many stages it takes to birth a car. But once all the final details have been sussed, the company will christen the new vehicle a Corvette or Valiant and we’d all know what they were talking about.At least, that’s what the final step used to be.I long for those days. Instead, I’m stuck madly Googling the current differences between the BMW series one through seven, some X’s, a Z and the burgeoning “i”’s. Names used to be hinged on engine displacement, door count or chassis length; now all the letters and numbers go in a Yahtzee cup. Mercedes-Benz did a do-over a few years back, ditching a system we’d gotten used to in order to make it easier. It didn’t. They swapped GLK for GLC, and my inside-my-head memory trick (the word “gluck”) was useless. Infiniti did the same thing and I remember staring blankly as the product tech explained which combinations they’d shifted to make room for more combinations.  “It’ll be so much easier,” she enthused. It isn’t. See More Videos RELATED TAGSNews We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Automotive etymology round two: The story behind the names Trending in Canada advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever It’s not like I’m asking you to bring back the Gremlin. RELATED 18 of the most bizarre car names to ever existA colleague recently did a review of the Mini Countryman Cooper SE All4. They almost had to weld some more car onto it to fit the name. Some manufacturers get away with the laziest effort possible, like the Maserati Quattroporte; it may appear sexy, but calling a car “four doors” sounds like it was made by Sesame Street. Securing a name for a car is a time consuming, expensive proposition for car companies. Names have to be checked for existing trademarks, cross referenced into any language (including all possible slang) in markets it will be carried, and focus grouped to see if the masses will buy your Dodge Dolphin or your Honda Hobbit. In fact, it’s that increasingly difficult task of finding the perfect name that I believe has made manufacturers reluctant to venture into new fields. It’s why you see a Dart or an Impala or a Pacifica pass you on the road and wonder if you’ve done a bit of time travel.The problem with that, of course, is the badge of an old car slapped on a new one brings with it the detritus from the past incarnation. The latest Dodge Dart may have cute, but it’s nothing like the mean muscle cars of the early 1970s; the new Pacifica is a minivan, not the crossover it was over a decade ago before it was stifled out of production after just four model years. Bringing back either of those names means pounding out some negative connotations before presenting the new versions – or giving the new car an impossible level to live up to. Some things, of course, are never coming back. I’m quite sure we’ll never see a new version of the Cougar.You may never have owned a Gremlin, but you know what it was. Same with the Ramblers and the Cutlasses, the Pacers, the Omnis and the Fairlanes; even the Rabbits and the Beetles, before Volkswagen started calling cars things like Toureg and Tiguan, which sound more like Ikea bookcases than cars. That said, I’ll still take names I have to repeatedly spellcheck over a random string of numbers and letters.A group I follow on Facebook of new owners of a certain vehicle discuss how best to differentiate their rides. Apparently, the manufacturer doesn’t tag their rear ends enough to satisfy some customers who feel the need to declare to all in their wake that they spent top buck; some have had their own lettering made to adhere to their car. I have often contemplated removing logos from my cars, but never adding any.True aficionados and gearheads, of course, know the minute differences. You’ll know them instantly, when they discuss things like the 1964 ½ Mustang. I admire this knowledge; I also just call it a Mustang. The nationality of a car company needn’t factor into their naming game. If you only looked at the right side of many Hyundais, you’d swear you were in Arizona or New Mexico; the South Korean company claims other names from Latin to Greek sources. Hyundai is good at names.I want names. I know it’s time consuming and expensive, but I want names. And I don’t want recycled names, I want new ones. I always liked Chevrolet naming everything starting with a C, at least for a time; I find comfort in the Ford Escape – Explorer – Expedition – Excursion run. And you know a Subaru just from hearing the model name. The Merriam-Webster dictionary adds thousands of words every year, so there is little chance of running out.  COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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first_img Published: May 2, 1999 The numerous achievements and contributions of retiring University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Jane Bock will be recognized in a ceremony titled “Jane Bock: 30 Years of Service to CU and the West” on Wednesday, May 12.The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel and is free and open to the public. The department of environmental, population and organismic biology and the Center of the American West are co-sponsoring the event.Bock, a field biologist, has inspired generations of young botanists with her engaging classroom presence and deep knowledge of the field. Throughout her 30 years at CU-Boulder, she has remained selflessly dedicated to the university, her department and the Center of the American West.In 1997, Bock won CU-Boulder’s highest recognition, the Hazel Barnes Prize, for the integration of scientific research and excellent teaching. She also has used her expertise in forensic botany to assist police in criminal investigations.At the ceremony, three colleagues will interview Professor Bock, highlighting her distinguished career and devoted service to the community.A reception at the Old Main Heritage Center will immediately follow the ceremony. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

first_img Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 JUN 2018 Italy’s 5G spectrum auction plans were cast into doubt as reports emerged broadcasters had launched a legal appeal against rules for vacating the 700MHz band, while separately the country’s mobile operators were tipped to boycott the whole process.Within hours of each other, separate news reports emerged on Reuters and Bloomberg suggesting the auction – tipped to raise €2.5 billion for the government – would not be as straightforward as suggested when communications regulator Agcom unveiled plans in May.Sources quoted by Reuters revealed broadcasters Mediaset and Claro Communication lodged a joint appeal to an Italian court against the rules set out for the upcoming auction, which require them to clear frequencies in the 700MHz band currently used for broadcast services by 2022.Although vacating the frequencies is subject to EU legislation, any legal action on timelines or other issues would still likely delay the auction while the process is underway, potentially risking a “leading position” in European 5G Italian politicians were extremely vocal about in late 2017.ShunnedAs revelations of legal action came to light, separate reports in Bloomberg suggested the country’s mobile operators were mulling boycotting the auction altogether.Its sources said operators believed the starting price was too high and bidding rules too rigid for them to take part as it is currently structured.Complaints were also raised that mobile operators would be unable to use the 700MHz band – which is said to offer higher grade 5G services – until 2022.Italy’s planned 5G auction will be organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and will cover the sale of frequencies in 694MHz to 790MHz; 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz; and 26.5GHz to 27.5GHz bands.It planned to offer two blocks of 80MHz and two of 20MHz in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz bands, while five lots of 200MHz will be available in the 26.5GHz to 27.5GHz bands. Home Italian authorities face double blow over 5G auction 5G auction700MHz auctionItaly Tags Google dismisses Italy claims of market position abuse Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot Previous ArticleSamsung start-up unit sets up AI venture fundNext ArticleZTE pursues $11B credit line in US comeback bid Author Related Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – January 16, 2021 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications An intensive care consultant at University Hospital Limerick says hundreds of staff are out due to Covid-19 reasons.There are 141 patients with the virus in UHL – making it the second worst hit hospital in the country – and there’s only two critical care beds available in the facility.Cork University Hospital has the highest number of patients on site with the virus at 152, with only 1 critical care bed available. While there are 96 Covid patients at Letterkenny University Hospital.In total, there are 1,846 people with Covid-19 in hospital nationwide.Dr Catherine Motherway says staff absences are significantly impacting services across the University of Limerick Hospitals group:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 96 Covid-19 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleGardai investigate an Inishowen Hairdressers operating during Level 5Next articleGovernment to confirm when special needs children can return to school News Highland Google+ Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

first_img View Comments Star Files Sutton Foster is hitting the road! Fresh from a one-night stint in Violet at Encores! and the unfortunate cancelation of her ABC Family TV series Bunheads, the two-time Tony winner will tour the country, making stops in Santa Monica, CA, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Syracuse University in upstate NY. The tour will kick off in Sonoma, CA, on August 1 before stopping in New York City for her previously announced engagement at Cafe Carlyle.Foster won Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, and additional nominations for Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Women. The Audience Choice Award winner’s additional credits include Young Frankenstein, Annie, Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease. She made her television debut as dance teacher Michelle Simms on Bunheads. Foster released her debut solo album, Wish, in 2009. Check out the complete lineup for her concert tour below:August 1: Broadway Under the Stars, Sonoma, CASeptember 10-28: Cafe Carlyle, New York, NYOctober 5: The Palladium, Carmel, INOctober 12: Performance Space TBA, Bethesda, MDOctober 19: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NYNovember 23-24: Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.February 15, 2014: Penn State University, State College, PAFebruary 22: Performance Space TBA, Santa Monica, CAApril 5: Kean University, Union, NJCan’t wait to see Foster in your hometown? Click below to see her performing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” at Cafe Carlyle!center_img Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

first_imgThere is nobody on the green in division 1 today for nearest the pins but in division 2 Bruce Gardner on C4 and Ger Lodge on B6 are the winners. There are no two’s in either division so rollovers to the Emerald next Monday.The front nine greens here on the C course were very slow and bumpy but the back nine were a lot faster and more true. But there were no complaints.Friday, June 17 Eastern Star StablefordHeavy rain overnight here in Jomtien and the forecast for the Baan Chang coastline today is unpredictable. On the way to the course the skyline is still a 50/50 prediction but as we pull into course it looks promising.Terry Madsen.There are two divisions out today with the equal cut at 7 – 16.9 and 17.1 + with 10 players in each division. Willy Van Heetvelde returns the best score of the day winning division 2 with 34 points. In his last game with us Bruce Gardner is second on 31, and now fighting fit and back to golf Don Head is third with 28 points.Bill Bertram wins division 1 with 33, with the two arch rivals fighting for second and third position – Mikael Andersson beats the South African boy Jerry Sweetnam 16/13 on the back nine after they both come in with 31 points. There were cheers all round.Nearest the pins: Div 1 Mikael Andersson, Bill Bertram and Chris Voller. Div 2 Bruce Gardner and Tony Thorne.In the two’s Mikael Andersson birdied the 3rd in division 1 and a rollover in division 2 to next Friday here.As the last group came off the eighteenth green the heavens opened and this lasts for forty minutes. Looking from the clubhouse the ninth fairway was totally flooded after 10 minutes which was really needed. Jomtien Golf with the IPGCMonday, June 13 Rayong C. Club StablefordOur first visit here for some considerable time owing to the green fee, caddy and buggie package we have been offered at Jomtien Golf and the I.P.G.C. and the general census after the round, we would come back soon for another round here.Miss Nut and Don Head.Only one division out today and Jerry Sweetnam wins it with 37 points. Bruce Gardner is second beating Chris Voller 14/12 on a back six countback after they both score 19 points on the back nine with 34 points overall.David Taylor.Nearest the pins today only on two holes for each division. Chris Voller in division 1 and no winners in division 2. In the two’s Chris Voller and Ton Yahnke both birdie the 12th in division 1 to split the pot with two rollovers and in division 2 another rollover to Crystal Bay on Wednesday. The tees here today were in terrible condition which we reported to the management and the greens very slow but it is a brilliant layout and good value for money.Wednesday, June 15 Crystal Bay StablefordThe A course is still under renovation here so we are playing C and B nines today with yet again only one division out. Aussie boy Bruce Gardner takes a podium position winning with 37 points, Chris Voller is second on 33 and a warm welcome return to Terry Madsen who comes in third with 32 points.last_img read more