Skype Preview is a desktop-based version of Skype that allows users to see what’s coming up next from Microsoft. This version of Skype is akin to a Beta, sort of, and comes with all the bells and whistles generally associated with a Beta. This is Microsoft showing users features before they’re ready for prime-time.ALSO SEE: Windows 10 Preview with eye control (new this week!)Users will want to be aware that this version of Skype may not be as reliable as the standard version. The most important thing Microsoft told us about this version of Skype is this: “It’s not yet complete and we need your feedback.” It’s not for everyone.Skype Preview brings in features previously developed for the service’s mobile app. This version includes new features “that improve your connection with friends and family.” This includes @mentions and a new notifications panel in-app. This update also has a new set of message reactions that’ve not been part of the desktop version of this app before. Chats also have a new media gallery to assist in finding shared content. Microsoft said today that this version of Skype adds functionality to group calls, including photo sharing and real-time screen sharing. In-call reactions are added here, complete with a heaping helping of the newest emoji.Mac and non-Windows 10 users can head to Skype Insider and tap the links to download. This includes an early version of Skype for Android, too, if you do so please. There’s an iPhone version too, but it requires an invitation and TestFlight and all sorts of junk that makes the process less-than-worth the effort.For fully-updated Windows 10 users, you’ll already have many of the features arriving on this Preview for Skype detailed above. Several features coming to Skype Preview will also be coming to the standard Skype app for Windows 10, too. In other words: if you’re on Windows 10, Skype is developed with you in mind first and foremost. Story TimelineSkype preview adds Slack integrationSkype Preview now lets you stick emoticons on video callsThis iPhone 8 “preview” will give you goosebumpsWindows 10 preview gets Eye Control: here’s what it can doThis mind-controlled game previews VR’s unbelievable futureXbox Insider Program opens previews to everyone: Here’s how to join The next generation in Skype functionality is coming to Apple and non-Windows 10 computers. Yes, you read that correctly, non-Windows 10, as in every version of Windows before Windows 10 version 1511 (OS Build 10586). For everyone who has the newest version of Windows 10, there’s also good news to be had.
The folks at Moleskine have created a planner to write in – but it’s not like any other planner in the world today. This is the Moleskine Smart Planner, and each page inside contains a near-invisible grid. Each grid allows the Moleskine Pen+ to pick up and digitize every pen-stroke that comes with the pen’s flowing ink. This notebook works with the Moleskine Smart Writing Set – which comes with a paper tablet. The Smart Planner is the Moleskine that’s missing from the Moleskine-made Smart Writing Set. This notebook’s pages are specially made to work with the Moleskine Pen+, but can be used with any other pen, pencil, or other writing utensil.To be extra clear here – the notebook itself is made of paper products. It does not do anything super special without the Pen+, also made by Moleskine. Once the pen is in play, the user can write notes and record them to the pen, then to a smartphone or tablet connected with Moleskine Timepage, iCal, Microsoft Outlook, and others with a Google Account – Google Calendar too, of course.The pen might look familiar to those smart pen aficionados out there – it looks somewhat like a the Livescribe pen from a couple years ago. But it’s NOT.* The Livescribe 3 looked a lot like what we see here, and in fact was made a Moleskine edition, too, but it’s a different piece of equipment. *UPDATE: Moleskine wishes to make clear the following: “The pen that is used with the planner is called a Neo smartpen.”Another dead-ringer is the NeoLAB Convergence N2 smartpen. The Smart Planner is priced at €29.90 / $29.90 / £25.99 and will be in stores immediately if not soon. The Smart Writing Set is already in stores and costs right around €229/ $199 / £199, depending on where you look. Story TimelineEvernote takes Moleskine into the notebook cloudEvernote announces new Moleskine Business NotebookMoleskine adds Livescribe digital pen supportMoleskine partners with Adobe to digitize sketchesLivescribe 3 Smartpen Moleskine Edition goes up for preorderMoleskine Smart Writing Set bridges analog and digital notes
It’s no Surface Pro 5 but, given the changes Microsoft has made, it could have very well be called one. But perhaps one of the most significant changes made to Redmond’s premium 2-in-1 device is the addition of built-in LTE connectivity. That, however, was four months ago and, save for a premature preorder listing, there was nary a word about it. At Ignite 2017 this week, a company spokesperson semi-officially confirmed at least a launch date, which will take place right at the start of December. What’s so special about a Surface Pro LTE anyway? The question itself hints at the answer. Users these days have almost come to expect tablets and even laptops to at least offer a variant with built-in LTE support. In fact, there are already a few Windows 10 tablets, laptops, and everything in between that do.The Surface Pro line, however, has never included such a feature. That was only available in the ARM-based, and long forgotten Surface Windows RT models. So these new Surface Pro models would be the first of their kind to have LTE support without the need for dongles, offering true mobile productivity at long last.It’s not all good news, though. Based on the listing from a UK retailer, the LTE models will be limited to the Core i5 configurations only. That means you will be limited to 4 or 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of SSD storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU. The highest configuration available for the new Surface Pro goes up to an Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB storage.According to the spokesperson, the Surface Pro LTE will launch on December 1. Details are not yet final, however, and there might be more coming next month at an event in London.VIA: Neowin
There are two things about that iPhone X that will never stop to be controversial: its notch and its removal of any fingerprint scanner in favor of Face ID. The former was by necessity but the latter, no matter how much Apple denies it, was due to the unavailability of in-display fingerprint scanners at that time. What if Apple had waited a year longer? What would the iPhone X have been like? Now you longer have to wonder because the Vivo X21 UD has just answered it for you. This combination of a bezel-less screen (with a notch) and an in-display fingerprint scanner is what the iPhone X could have put on the table had the technology been available at the time of its launch. Of course, Apple insists that 3D face recognition has always been what was planned for the 10th anniversary edition, despite rumors saying contrary. The Vivo X21 and X21 UD both have face recognition features but, considering the narrow bezel, it unlikely has the same 3D sensors that would improve the feature’s accuracy and security.Of course, the Vivo X21 is an Android phone and it’s pretty much a high-end one except for one odd thing. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, which is paired with 6 GB of RAM. The 6.28 bezel-less screen has a resolution of 2280×1080, more than 18:9 for the notch, and has dual 12 megapixel rear cameras and a 12 megapixel front camera, assisted by an IR camera for face recognition. It runs the latest Android 8.1 but with Vivo’s Funtouch OS customization. The Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD are the latest to join the growing number of Android phones with notches. In that sense, they are hardly remarkable. But the X21 UD specifically has one feature none of these other notched phones, including the Vivo X21, has: an in-display fingerprint scanner. Most likely the exact same one on the Vivo X20 UD, namely the Synaptics Clear ID FS9500. The Vivo X21 comes in black, white, and red color options, depending on which configuration you aim for. There’s a plain Vivo X21 with 64 GB of storage and a conventional rear fingerprint scanner going for 2,898 RMB ($460) while a 128 GB option sits at 3,198 RMB ($505). The Vivo X21 UD with in-display fingerprint scanner only comes in a 128 GB storage model for 3,598 RMB ($570).
Some OEMs are scrambling to be the first to claim the foldable phone title. Samsung and Huawei are reportedly neck-to-neck in that race while others are taking their time. They are, however, preparing by amassing patents to cover their legal bases. Fortunately, those patents are subject to public scrutiny, giving us an idea of what they might have in mind.Admittedly, it’s not called the RAZR but if Motorola manages to pull this design off, it might as well be RAZR 2.0 (technically 3 or 4 by now). We’ve seen our fill of foldable phone patents but, admittedly, this one is odd, though not entirely in a good way. It does feature a clamshell design with a single screen that folds in the middle. However, there are actual laptop-like hinges that connect what is two halves of a whole.The hinge might solve one of the design and engineering problems with screens that fold in, like a book or a clamshell. They can’t fold flat and you’ll need to have some open space where the screen folds. That patent unearthed by Mobielkopen does hint at that, though it will leave a gaping hole at one end of the folded device.Of course, these are just patents, and only a fraction of patents ever get used in actual products. However, Motorola’s parent company Lenovo was one of the first to demonstrate an actual working foldable tablet, which it at least suggests Motorola is just as close to making it real as Samsung or Huawei. Motorola has gone through numerous changes and even numerous owners, but throughout its history, perhaps only one phone has remained an icon and an example of its glory days: the RAZR. Even Motorola was acutely aware of this to the point that it attempted to ride on that nostalgia for the slim clamshell to no avail. It doesn’t seem to have given up on the dream of resurrecting the beloved phone and, at least based on a new patent, it might introduce a certain twist. Or rather, a fold.
This week the Google Pixel 3’s Live Wallpaper collection leaked, and one shows the Mololo Barrier Reef. When the wallpaper is loaded to an Android smartphone properly, a tiny white boat can be seen. In the Live Wallpaper version of this image, this little boat drives around the screen, moving in and out of the reef, all cute-like. Having sought out the sources of the images used for this wallpaper (for an article written earlier this week,) I can safely suggest that Google took some inspiration from real life for their boat placement and sizing. In the image we attained this week from Google Earth from the year 2017, a couple of boats can be seen. One is a wide, rectangular-shaped boat, and the other is a speed boat, much like the one seen in the live wallpaper. The live wallpaper does not use the same image of the boat as seen in the photograph for Google Earth. However, the two are of extremely similar size, and the similarities cannot be ignored. It’s very, very likely that Google saw one and created the other. AdChoices广告The rest of the live wallpapers in the collection are similarly awesome. In a “Bird’s Eye View” of Zion National Park, Google uses a series of images of a cliffside. In the images we see a near overhead view moved down to closer to a 45-degree angle. At that angle, we see some animated birds fly by every so often – very subtle, very fun. There’s also a bunch of other live wallpapers from other locations. Have a peek at our original Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers feature to see more information on the locations chosen for the lot. Also head over to Android File Host to download the APK yourself. You’ll need one version if you have Android 6-7.1, or a different version if you have Android 8 or 8.1, or yet another different version if you have Android 9 Pie. You’ll also need the Google Wallpapers app from Google Play.
Similarly, give a driver a car that has the front wheels aiding the rears by doing some of the driving, and they’ll probably feel braver on a track’s more harrowing features. The difference is, a boxer won’t walk away from a victory with a sense that using gloves is sort of cheating. You’ll hear many a track session tale end with someone mentioning that the all-wheel drive car “did all the work” for those who escaped a circuit unscathed. It’s for these folks that Audi now offers the R8 RWS, the first rear-wheel drive version of its famous sports car. Four rings, two wheels?The Audi R8 RWS – or Rear Wheel Series – comes to us from Audi Sport, the automaker’s performance division analogous with Mercedes AMG or BMW M. Formerly called “Quattro” to be in line with Audi’s all-wheel drive speciality, the name was dropped in 2016. Free of the specificity that its former moniker beheld them to, Audi Sport was now able to satisfy the demand by some for a “pure” version of the R8. Like the standard R8, the RWS is saddled with a mid-mounted 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine that churns out 540 and 398 pound-feet of torque. This is married to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Power now goes right to the back end for the duration of your enthusiastic ride. The attentive will pick up on the whispers that speak to the differences between the RWS and the standard R8. Matte black design elements like the single frame grille and air apertures on either end of the car will be your first clue. More pronounced indicators include the R8’s signature side blade matching the body color and the “1 of 999” badge found on the dashboard. If the whispers aren’t getting the message across enough for your liking, your RWS can shout it out loudly with an optional off-set graphic stripes that streak across the shiny side.You’re all individualsInside, the R8 RWS retains the two-passenger leather-and-Alcantara-wrapped interior of its sister models. The “1 of 999” badge sadly doesn’t change depending on the car; you’ll have one of 999, you just won’t know which one. Behind the wheel is the Audi virtual cockpit, the 12.3-inch TFT monitor that is the sole interface for Audi’s MMI infotainment system. It’s a driver focused car, after all. The fully digital display is brilliant in both color and functionality, displaying all the necessary gauges, but can also be expanded to display whichever relevant menu you wish to view in full screen mode. The best example of this is when navigation is used, displaying a fullscreen map and directions of the road ahead within a simple glance downward. It’s amazingly useful when out tackling unfamiliar backroads allowing the driver an easy way to plan for upcoming bends. The virtual cockpit can also be quite handy on the track, either as an impromptu Google Earth-powered track map, or in Performance view. This setting places the tachometer front and center, coupled with colored shift indicators in manual mode that are easy to see in your periphery as your attention is focused on the circuit ahead. If you need a break from the song of the V10 sitting behind your head, a Bang & Olufsen sound system surrounds the cabin to facilitate your auditory desires. A 550-watt amplifier controls 13 speakers – two of which are in the head restraints – and are matched with a subwoofer in the front bulkhead. The rain in Spain tries in vain to make us hydroplaneBy this point, the SlashGear crew is intimately familiar with the Audi R8, and climbing in the car feels like slipping into a trusty pair of running shoes. We were curious as to just how drastic the difference between the RWS and the quattro-fied R8 were. As it turns out, it’s not particularly drastic. The RWS is all about subtracting more than adding, nixing the driveshaft and differentials that would normally send power to the front wheels. Audi then re-tuned the suspension to better accommodate the pure rear-drive performance of the car and sent it out the door. This amounts to about 110 lbs in weight savings from the standard R8 V10 coupe, giving the RWS coupe an unladen weight of 3,505.3 lbs.Our testing grounds were the rainy mountain roads north of Madrid, Spain, and our R8s were shod in 20-inch winter tires. 19-inch wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zeros are the standard sets, but semi-snowy conditions required our testers to be set up to favor their odds of being returned intact, so the optional 20-inch wheels got the cold rubber treatment. Soggy as the roads were, the R8 performed with the poise we’ve come to know from its other incarnations. You’d be unsurprised to know that the R8, all-wheel or rear-wheel, is a fairly well composed car, and the removal of quattro doesn’t catastrophically skew the formula. On the road, the car delivers its 540 horsepower with clinical smoothness, and its electromechanical power steering responds to inputs with an equal crispness. In fact, the experience is rather tame, as much as barreling on soaked mountain roads in a 540 horsepower sports car can be, anyway. Audi’s stellar coupe is the opposite of unruly and, even in the worst conditions, it takes a lot of abuse to provoke it into biting back. We concluded our road drive with mixed feelings. On one hand, the RWS is still a great R8 and is in no way “broken” or “ruined” by a layout heretical to the core of Audi’s performance. Of course, why would it be? After all, it shares 60-percent of its components with the R8 LMS GT4 race car. If it’s good enough for Daytona, it should be good enough for the likes of you and me. That aside, those expecting the car to feel more “raw” or “pure” will probably be disappointed to hear that the RWS isn’t the head-bashing Mr. Hyde to the R8 V10’s Dr. Jekyll. Would the story be different on the track? We’ll have to wait to find out. In a perfect world, we’d have an R8 V10 and an RWS at a track and drive them back-to-back where we suspect the differences would be far more palpable, though probably not staggeringly different. In lieu of this, an open area of a nearby military vehicle testing facility had a course of cones arranged for us to use the Audi in a manner unconventional for an R8: Drifting. Bullish behaviorHere it is, the one thing 999 R8 owners get to say they can do better in their precision sports car. Like its cousin, the Lamborghini Huracán RWD coupe, the Audi RWS allows enthusiasts fun with an electronic safety net. In “Dynamic” mode, the R8 can freely kick the back end out, but go too far, and the ESC will step in and try to right your wrongs. In practice, it feels like answering the call to join a pickup football game while still in business attire, but after the tie is metaphorically loosened, all reservations quickly fade. Each corner quickly felt like a part of our own personal Miami Vice-style chase scene, with the R8 free to fly around a corner and fan out in perpetuity before targeted for the next set of cones. This, it seemed, was the raw experience some R8 shoppers were looking for. With that said, the limited nature of the RWD’s production began to make sense. 999 will hit the roads globally, with 320 coming to the United States. That feels about enough to satisfy anyone who thinks the R8 is too well behaved, though they’ll find that quattro isn’t the gatekeeper of shenanigans they presume it to be. Could you drift an R8 V10 as we did in the RWS? Probably, but the RWS certainly made it easier. Appearing stateside as early as this summer, Audi have pleasantly avoided charging more for less functionality. Though official pricing has yet to be announced, anyone looking to be one of 320 can be assured to know that the RWS is expected to come in below the standard price of the R8 V10, which starts at $164,900. Those who have the means to purchase an R8 and yet haven’t done so by now have little reason to overlook what the four rings has to offer. We’d still recommend the standard R8 V10 for its extra performance capability, but for those looking for an R8 strictly for road use, the price and the unique nature of the RWS can’t be beat. All-wheel drive systems in sports cars like the Audi R8 are a little like boxing gloves, in that the added safeguards give the people behind them the confidence to attack past their usual means. A bare-knuckle pugilist is less likely to put hand-bones vs face-bones to the test with a full force skull punch, but shod them with a padded mitt, and they’ll have no issue ringing the other guy’s bell all night long.
The hot new thing in pharma — “biosimilar” drugs — is getting so crowded that soon nobody will want to go there any more. Biosimilars are a relatively new wave of generic-like drugs that substitute for biologic drugs, which are made with living cells rather than chemicals. Many big pharma companies have jumped into the market with both feet. (Max Nisen, 2/24) The pharmaceutical industry in the United States is impressive. It is producing new drugs that can radically improve or even save people’s lives. But as these companies produce amazing advances, why does it appear that some are taking advantage of the very people the drugs are meant to help? Without painting the industry too broadly, if we are serious about controlling health care costs, we must look at the problems in the system. (Eric H. Shultz, 2/27) Having a child who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal muscle-wasting disease that affects about 12,000 boys in the United States, is tragic enough. But watching drugmaker Marathon Pharmaceuticals seek a 70-fold increase in the price of a drug that can extend those patients’ lives — that’s beyond the pale. In fact, it’s outrageous enough that it should persuade California lawmakers finally to shine a light on how drug companies set their prices. (2/28) Getting the FDA to approve drugs faster is seen as one way to get the access that many patients and their families want. Vice President Pence and many other legislators seem to have been persuaded that the FDA is the roadblock. It isn’t. The real barrier is payers of prescription drug benefits, such as health insurance companies and self-insured employers. The premise that the FDA needs to speed things up worked in the late 1980s when AIDS activists and cancer groups successfully pressured the FDA to make the drug approval process faster. But this won’t work today because payers, which weren’t nearly as influential 30 years ago, now regulate access to drugs. To speed access to new treatments, then, groups need to incorporate payers into their strategies. (Russell Teagarden and Arthur L. Caplan, 2/28) Bloomberg: “New Valeant” Looks Suspiciously Like The Old One Stat: The FDA Isn’t The Only Roadblock To Accessing To New Therapies Boston Globe: Trip To Caymans Could Show How Out Of Whack Drug Pricing Is In US Emulating a questionable re-branding role model, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. referred to itself as “New Valeant” in its quarterly earnings slides on Tuesday. Don’t expect New Valeant to be much more successful than New Coke. The perma-troubled specialty pharmaceutical company has taken some positive steps under its new leadership team and CEO, including meeting its own reduced full-year revenue guidance for once and setting relatively conservative future goals. But there’s not much that’s new about the New Valeant. (Max Nisen, 2/28) Scranton Times-Tribune: Import Bill Solid This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bloomberg: Allergan’s Biosimilar Pullback Won’t Be The Last Perspectives: Gouging Patients Has Never Been Industry’s Goal — But Everyone Still Ends Up Suffering Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. The American health care system, in many ways, is an outlier among the world’s economically advanced countries. One of the principal differences, and among the most expensive, is that the U.S. government takes a hands-off approach to the price of medicine. Pharmaceutical companies, which face price controls on drugs in most other countries, in effect, make up the difference with the exponentially higher prices they charge in the United States. American consumers, in effect, subsidize the rest of the world’s prescriptions. (3/1) Los Angeles Times: Are Pharmaceutical Companies Gouging Taxpayers? Lawmakers Need To Find Out
Next Article Nintendo As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite.As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad.No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires Joy-Con motion input, for example, 1-2 Switch or Pokemon Let’s Go, you’ll need to purchase a set of Joy-Cons separately to use with the Lite. The kickstand is also gone, which nobody will complain about, right?As it’s a handheld-only model, the Switch Lite can’t be hooked up to a TV, which also means it will only work with games that support handheld mode. Currently all games support handheld mode and now all future games will need to.So the Switch Lite is smaller, less versatile, and is missing some key features of the original Switch ($299.00 at Amazon). However, that does come with some positives. For one, the Switch Lite is $100 cheaper at $199. It’s noticeably lighter than the Switch and battery life is expected to be slightly better. There’s also going to be three color options at launch on Sept. 20, with the choices being yellow, grey, and turquoise. A Pokemon Sword and Shield edition is also planned.The price alone should make the Switch Lite a very popular choice and we could see the original Switch left on stores shelves. Isn’t this also the clearest sign yet that Nintendo has no intention of replacing the 3DS? It’s a smaller, handheld-only version of the Switch with a 5.5-inch touch screen. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Matthew Humphries Senior Editor Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: via PC Mag Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for $199 July 10, 2019 36shares Enroll Now for $5
Join the conversation → December 21, 20184:22 PM ESTLast UpdatedDecember 27, 20188:12 AM EST Filed under News Economy Facebook Share this storyThings could go terribly wrong for Canada’s economy in 2019 — but there’s reason for hope Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Things could go terribly wrong for Canada’s economy in 2019 — but there’s reason for hope Kevin Carmichael: Amid weak oil prices and high debt, business leaders are moving forward and that could be enough to avoid stagnation, or worse Twitter Reddit Email More Merry Christmas Canada — It will be 22 years before Ottawa balances the budget, finance department reveals Comment Related Stories The best economic news heading into 2019 might be that we’re poorer than we thought a few weeks ago. Statistics Canada changed history last month, revising economic growth in 2015 to a mere 0.7 per cent, compared with its original calculation of 1 per cent. The 2016 expansion was also cut by three-tenths of a percentage point, to 1.1 per cent. Merry Christmas. Now the central bank must do some recalculating of its own. Policy makers have a rough idea of how many goods and services the economy can produce without causing inflation. Before StatCan’s revisions, they thought we had reached that point. A smaller gross domestic product suggests the pressure to raise interest rates vanished, along with the billions of dollars in economic output that only ever happened on paper.Higher interest rates pushing more Canadians to seek debt relief as business booms for insolvency trusteesInstead of an honest debate about fiscal policy, we get filter bubble papOur trade with China is bigger than you think — and exporters are getting worriedIt’s weird to cheer the disappearance of so much wealth, but Governor Stephen Poloz and his deputies will benefit from some breathing room. At this point in 2017, virtually every major economy was growing. Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was nudging her institution’s members to fix their roofs while the sun was still shining. The clouds rolled in faster than most expected. President Donald Trump’s trade wars are slowing global commerce and upsetting financial markets. The tumult could be temporary, or it could be the beginning of something terrible; it’s hard to tell. The jobless rate in the United States is 3.7 per cent, which must count for something. Yet the S&P500 index was on track for its worst year since the financial crisis a decade ago.Earlier this autumn, DHL Express announced it was adding a new flight to Vancouver from its North American distribution hub in Cincinnati to keep up with a double-digit increase in demand. “Absolutely, there is strength in the global economy,” Andrew Williams, chief executive of the company’s unit, said in an interview. But not enough strength to keep one of DHL’s rivals out of trouble. FedEx Corp. cut its earnings outlook this week, after raising it just three months ago, according to Bloomberg News. The company’s stock price plunged the most in a decade. “When you have a change that comes on you as fast as this did, it’s hard to react to it,” Fred Smith, the chief executive, said on a conference call with analysts. “Most of the issues that we’re dealing with today are induced by bad political choices,” Smith said, citing Trump’s import tariffs and the retaliatory measures they provoked. BlackRock Inc., the New York-based asset manager with a portfolio of more than $6 trillion, says the U.S. could tip into recession as soon as 2020. That’s disconcerting because America is currently the only major economy that still is performing well.Most of the issues that we’re dealing with today are induced by bad political choicesFred Smith, FedEx chief executive HSBC Bank Canada boss sees opportunity in trade even as economy cools The verdict is in: Canada’s 2015 downturn amid shock oil collapse wasn’t a recession Canada may avoid a downturn, although at the price of being condemned to muddling along, much like Japan and some of the bigger European economies. Weak oil prices and excessive private and public debt could stall the engines that powered the economy clear of the Great Recession. If the trade wars persist, exports also will suffer, threatening stagnation. “Growth will be shallow and corrections will be shallow,” Aubrey Badeo, BlackRock’s Toronto-based head of Canadian fixed income, said in an interview. “A Japan situation could be something we gravitate towards here.” We’re not there yet. Most forecasts predict the economy will grow by around 1.5 per cent next year, roughly equivalent to the Bank of Canada’s non-inflationary speed limit. “Plans to increase investment and employment, often supported by sales expectations, are widespread, especially in the services sector,” the central bank says in its latest quarterly Business Outlook Survey (BOS), released Friday. Companies added about 220,000 jobs over the 12 months through November, around the annual average since 2010, and the unemployment rate has been no higher than six per cent since October 2017, by far the most impressive stretch in data that dates to 1976. Hiring is a lagging indicator, but one that says a lot about an economy’s underlying strength. By that measure, Canada is fine: There is a reason the Bank of Canada felt the need to raise its benchmark interest rate five times from July 2017 to October 2018.“The Canadian economy begins this new year in a pretty good place,” Poloz said in an interview with CTV News this week. Still, the central bank paused earlier this month, and most economists and market watchers predict that it will opt to leave its interest-rate target unchanged at 1.75 per cent again in January, and probably even at its policy meeting in March. That’s a shift; the consensus until a couple of weeks ago was that policy makers would move borrowing costs higher first thing in the new year. Some analysts now predict an increase in the spring; Basdeo said “we’d be lucky” to get one hike in 2019, and definitely not before the second half. Central banks raise interest rates when the economy is strong. Canada’s prospects are mediocre, at least until the trade wars subside and oil prices rise. Wage growth remains lacklustre, and personal consumption grew only 1.9 per cent in the third quarter, the weakest since 2013. The household savings rate was 0.8 per cent, near an historic low. Monthly retail sales have been roughly flat since posting an outsized 2.1-per-cent gain in May. Hope for Canada’s economy in 2019 rests with the country’s entrepreneurs and business leaders. “We expect to see quite a good improvement in investment,” Poloz said. He’s been saying that for years, but the story came true in 2018, despite the uncertainty created by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There’s reason to think that will continue. NAFTA is sorted, mostly. The BOS, which ranks among the central bank’s favourite indicators, shows investment intentions over the next 12 months are depressed on the Prairies, but “solid” everywhere else. The Trudeau government’s promise to cut taxes on new capital, including intangibles such as intellectual property, and to prune regulations should be good for animal spirits, according to Michael McCain, chief executive of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Basdeo of BlackRock acknowledged that the shift to a digital economy, which is driving rapid investment in talent, software, and advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), could offset the many negatives. Bold companies will see the chaos as a chance to make money, or get a jump on their rivals. “No doubt, there is a level of concern,” Tasso Lagios, managing partner at Richter LLP, the Montreal-based provider of financial services for wealthy entrepreneurs, said in an interview. “But I find my clients are moving quicker and quicker to take advantage of opportunities. A lot of opportunities are being taken, but always with a worry.” Things could go terribly wrong in 2019. That’s why so many equity investors are cashing out. But executives are moving forward, emboldened by high profits, full order books, and the need to retool their businesses for an economy based on data and AI. That could be enough to avoid stagnation, or worse. Expect low interest rates for a little longer as a hedge, but also to give the boldest executives another reason to seize the moment. • Email: email@example.com | Twitter: 0 Comments Kevin Carmichael
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Jaguar Proves I-Pace Range With Channel Tunnel Drive Jaguar I-Pace Range Test – Video + Images 46 photos Jaguar I-Pace Range Test Yields Disappointing Results Source: Electric Vehicle News Source: YouTube Nyland conducted his test in Norway, carefully filling up the battery for an extended period. Apparently, if you want an absolutely full-to-the-brim battery, it takes such a considerable amount of time we recommend only attempting that overnight at home rather than at a charging station. Here, Nyland waited about an hour and a half after it indicated it was a 100 percent full, and still only seemed to begin with 81.5 kWh, a little less than the 84.7 kWh Jaguar claims it will take.Nyland also does us the courtesy of weighing his test vehicle, and we find it tips the scales at 2,320 kg (5,110 pounds). As he starts out, the temperature is about 15 degrees Celcius (59 F), though as the sun goes down, it drops down to about 8 C (46.4 F). He only turns on the heated steering wheel and seats to combat the chill and keep energy losses to a minimum.Unlike the Autocar test, Nyland runs the I-Pace battery down until there’s just a couple percent left of its full capacity. Perhaps this helped achieve a more accurate result. In any case, the range distance he calculates at the end of the trip, during which he traveled at an average speed of about 90 kph (45 MPH), is 373 km (232 miles), with an efficiency of 214 Wh/km (344.4 Wh/mile).If you can spare 21 minutes, we recommend watching the entire video, as Nyland gives interesting insights all the way through. We especially enjoyed the segment that shows how the trick climate control knobs work and how you can choose to heat either the back of the individual front seats, their bottoms, or both. Enjoy!Video description:Expected range at 90 km/h, 56 mph: 350 km, 217 mi with HVAC on Estimated available energy from 100-0 %: 81.5 kWhJAGUAR I-PACE Maybe the best range test yet.A lot has been made of the range of the Jaguar I-Pace, or more appropriately, the lack thereof. We feel a lot of the negativity has to do with early expectations — original figures given offered what turns out to be an unrealistic 292 miles under the WLTP cycle. Now, Jaguar websites cite both 220 miles or 234 miles on different pages (previously, it had also cited 240 miles). However, a recent test by Autocar seemed to indicate the all-electric crossover might only get about 195 miles on a charge. Luckily, electric vehicle YouTuber Bjorn Nyland has conducted his own test and come up with a more comforting (and, hopefully, more realistic) range figure of 232 miles.More Jaguar I-Pace range tests
Source: Charge Forward Lyft, normally known for their ride-sharing service, has been trying to break into the personal mobility market with electric bicycles and scooters. Now the company has reportedly hired Liam O’Connor to help build their personal electric vehicle portfolio. more…The post Lyft hires former Apple/Tesla executive to build e-bikes and e-scooters for sharing programs appeared first on Electrek.
Visualization makes is super simple to understand.When Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current motor in 1887, he paved the way for the invention of the electric vehicle more than a century later. Electric vehicles could make gas- and diesel-powered vehicles obsolete by the year 2025, effectively ending the reign of the internal combustion engine. The acceptance of electric vehicles into car culture has already begun, with the Tesla Model S winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 2013.EVs Compared EV Comparison: Tesla Model 3 Versus Chevy Bolt Source: Electric Vehicle News Understanding how an electric vehicle works is actually much simpler than understanding how a gas- or diesel-powered car works. That’s why The Zebra created the below infographic — to help readers understand the basics of electric vehicles and how they are instrumental in changing our environment for the better.Electric vehicles are more efficient in just about every way compared to our standard gas and diesel-powered engines. We highlighted some of the main reasons why electric vehicles are better below:High performance – Electric vehicles have instant acceleration, allowing them to reach incredible speeds in seconds. The Tesla Model S is the second fastest production vehicle with a 0–to-60 mph time of 2.28 seconds.No noise – With no internal combustion engine, electric vehicles are significantly quieter than gas or diesel powered vehicles.No pollution – According to the EPA, motor vehicles collectively cause 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S. Electric vehicles produce no pollution at the vehicle level.Lower maintenance and driving cost – With fewer mechanical parts and an overall simpler design, electric vehicles don’t risk the same mechanical issues that gas and diesel-powered vehicles do.Electric vehicles are helping us pave the wave for real environmental change, but if you don’t have the resources to buy a new Tesla there are still many things you can do to help improve the world we live in. Consider using natural cleaners and reducing your plastic waste. When driving, stay calm and alert and make sure your vehicle’s maintenance and insurance are up-to-date.Source: The Zebra EV Comparison: Chevy Bolt Versus Hyundai Kona Electric Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Comparison: Tesla Model S Versus Tesla Model 3
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is becoming big business and ChargePoint is a big part of that as it raises $240 million from Daimler, BMW and others to accelerate their charging station deployment. more…The post ChargePoint raises $240 million from Daimler, BMW, and others to accelerate EV charging infrastructure appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
Don’t look now. But Mazda, Jeep, and Subaru have EVs in the works.We know which companies are leading the electric car revolution. Yadda, yadda. But if you want to know when the EV tipping point is approaching, keep your eyes on the EV laggards. It’ll indeed be a new day for vehicle emissions when every single dealership showroom in America has a pure EV model for sale.News from EV Laggards Fiat Chrysler Readies For Production Of Renegade PHEV: Launch In 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Debuts At LA Auto Show: Videos With that in mind, ponder a future in which even Mazda, Jeep, and Subaru offer electric vehicles. These lively automotive brands are mostly quiet these days about EVs. But based on recent evidence, that’s changing slowly but surely.An All-Electric MazdaMazda’s European chief Jeff Guyton told Automotive News in December that “a battery-electric vehicle will come in 2020 and a plug-in hybrid will arrive in 2021.”He explained that the EV launching in 2020 would use Mazda’s own technology. Mazda also has a partnership with Toyota to develop electric platforms. That tie-up will result in additional Mazda EVs “a couple of years later,” according to Guyton.At the recent 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s design chief, said that the upcoming all-electric model would have a unique aesthetic. In other words, it won’t be based on an existing model.Thankfully, Maeda said it would not be geeky or weird. “I hate that direction, and I won’t aim for that.” Other reports suggest the model would be a crossover and not a sports car. (Sorry, no electric Miata derivative.) Regardless, there’s something in the works at Mazda, despite disparaging remarks from Mazda president Akira Marumoto. At the LA show, he said, “I prefer the smell of gasoline.”Four Electric Jeeps on the WayIt’s known that Jeep is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for 2020—and a Renegade plug-in hybrid by about 2022.But Mike Manley, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, let this line slip at the 2018 LA Auto Show: “In addition to the all-new mild hybrid Wrangler, a full plug-in electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020.”Manley’s statement left if vague if the Wrangler would be a pure EV or the previously announced plug-in hybrid. But it’s clear that Manley, who replaced the late Sergio Marchionne as CEO last July, is more open to EVs than his predecessor.Manley’s veiled EV announcement is backed by Jeep’s five-year electrification plan, which was unveiled in June 2018. The planned roadmap includes 10 plug-in hybrids and four battery-electric cars. Maserati, another Fiat Chrysler brand, similarly said it plans to make four pure EVs by about 2022. And the 2020 all-electric Fiat 500e is due for a redesign and a much bigger battery.Mr. Manley, how about a fun and funky off-road EV?A Crunchy Subaru EV, Eventually2019 Subaru Crosstrek HybridSubaru unveiled the 2019 Crosstrek SUV plug-in hybrid in Los Angeles. It will offer a modest 17 miles of all-electric range.Okay, so the outdoorsy auto brand is only dipping its toes in the water. But that doesn’t mean it’s not working on pure EVs. Last year, Colin Christie, Subaru Australia’s managing director explained, “We’re not talking 10 years, and we’re not talking two years. But in somewhere around five years we’ll potentially have fully-electric vehicles.” He suggested that the first EV would use an existing SUV platform.That statement from down under is timid, but sources in Japan have been reporting since 2016 that a Subaru all-wheel-drive electric crossover is due in the US by 2021. Moreover, those same reports indicate that Subaru’s new global platform will accommodate gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric drivetrains. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Will Mazda’s First Electric Car Ride On Dedicated Platform? Source: Electric Vehicle News
Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Road Trip In Bitter Cold & 2 Feet Of Snow: Video Tesla Model 3 Snow Driving Explored By Engineering Explained: Video Rear-wheel drive … stock tires … Midwest winter. Not necessarily the best recipe, unless it’s an EV like the Tesla Model 3.It sure has been an interesting winter in the Midwest. In fact, the last several winters have been strange. If anyone still had doubts, it has become increasingly clear the climate change is taking hold. This year, we were fortunate to have mild weather and little precipitation in November and December. Even much of January was pretty tolerable. Then the flood gates opened, and we’ve had snow storms, ice storms, and bitter temps leaving children out of school for nearly a week at a time.While dealing with this cold snap and tough road conditions is far from fun, we’re fortunate that the last month or so has been the perfect storm for winter weather vehicle testing. So, how does the Tesla Model 3 deal with a winter storm in Chicago? We’re talking about four to five inches of fresh snow and unplowed suburban streets.Related Tesla Model 3 Winter Weather Content: Tesla Model 3 Winter Fixes Video: Frozen Door Handle & Charge Port Latch This particular Model 3 happens to be of the Long Range variety, meaning it’s rear-wheel drive. It’s also wearing stock 18-inch all-season rubber. Rear-wheel drive and all-seasons would not be our first recommendation for Midwest winter driving. However, we know that many of you have commented that the Model 3 is likely much the same as any other compact/midsize sedan when it comes to driving in snow and ice.It’s important to note, however, the many electric cars utilize a skateboard design, which means the very heavy battery pack sits beneath the floor. This creates a low center of gravity and provides the extra weight necessary to keep those rear tires firmly planted. Not to mention the magic of all-electric instant torque and the highly advanced traction control technology that comes with such a setup.Check out the video and let us know your thoughts and experiences related to winter driving in an electric car.Video Description via Pure Tesla on YouTube:Tesla Model 3 vs Midwestern WinterI took the Model 3 (LR AWD with stock 18” all-season tires) out right after our latest winter storm – some partially plowed streets, some not plowed at all. Check out how the Tesla handled! Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 11, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 28, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Porsche Releases Latest Taycan Design Sketches Ahead Of Reveal 2020 Porsche Taycan Teased Wearing Silly Stripes More Taycan news Source: Electric Vehicle News Porsche does a very good job of hiding the camouflage on the body.Some new spy shots from Danish site Pro-Street catch the Porsche Taycan testing on the roads around Copenhagen. While the electric sedan doesn’t appear to be camouflaged at first glance, Porsche still keeps some sections of this test mule under wraps. Porsche Taycan Electric Car Racks Up Over 20,000 Orders Porsche likes to use black test mules and then cover them with matching pieces of concealment. Unlike the swirling camouflage that other automakers use, this method makes the job of spotting what’s hidden much difficult. On this Taycan, the engineers also employ fake coverings over the headlights, but with the lamps on, these images reveal their true shape. At the back, the fake exhaust pipes might fool most drivers into thinking this is a combustion-powered Porsche.The production Taycan will make its big debut in September, and customers in some markets will be able to buy the electric sedan before the end of the year. According to Porsche’s preliminary specs, the Taycan will have an electric motor powering each axle, and they’ll offer over 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts). The battery pack should offer over 310 miles (500 kilometers) of driving range.Porsche also touts having over 20,000 pre-orders for the Taycan, which is a figure equal to the automaker’s production capacity for the sedan in a year. To cope, the company is already boosting assembly plans.In 2020, the Taycan lineup will grow with the introduction of the Sport Turismo wagon. It’ll be mechanically identical to the sedan but will offer the advantage of carrying more cargo. In 2021, an electric Macan will join the range, and the crossover will ride on a different platform than the combustion-powered model.Source: Pro-Street.dk
Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Share Report Share on Facebook Report Share via Email Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share Share on Facebook Principe, I get where you’re coming from, but there are two things that bother me about not selecting someone who wasn’t born in your country:1) Mike Catt, and2) Mike Catt.While I appreciate that he would never have made the Springboks if he had stayed in South Africa, the man is as patriotic an Englishman as any in the World Cup squad of 2003 and fully deserved his place.Where’s the difference?English patriotism is a sublime subject. If you’re not English born, you probably have a set of feelings about the country depending on where in the world you hail from; if you’re English born but with a different ethnic background, you probably maintain two nationalities in conflict with each other; if you’re English born and English bred, you’re probably too cynical to be labelled patriotic, and if you display patriotism, you’re accused of being some Empire-fetishist blimp who is borderline racist, or at least stereotypically arrogant.England these days is a mini-America with a non-Hallmark dream. It’s a diverse culture, and that’s a good thing. It’s robust enough to handle first generation Jamaican immigrants playing cricket for its national team, or Nigerians competing as athletes under the GB badge, or even adopted Kiwis in its rugby team. Report Read more Reply Share on Facebook Topics Twitter Report England rugby union team Sportblog 2 0 1 31 Oct 2008 15:45 5 Report blogposts Share via Email 50 Share on Pinterest 31 Oct 2008 17:23 Share on Messenger Reply Facebook 0 1 | Pick jonnyboy71 | Pick Show 25 Share on Facebook | Pick 0 1 All Report Reply Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Reply 31 Oct 2008 17:26 | Pick 0 1 I have absolutely no doubt that Riki can make the step up. He’s the perfect professional in his preparation, a leader who is thoughtful in analysis of the opposition – often found poring over his laptop and coming up with ideas about where and how to attack – and vocal on the field when tactics have to be changed.A year ago he and Danny Cipriani were making magic, and their empathy has returned as Danny gets back to full match fitness. Put Danny Care, the form scrum-half, inside them and you get a trio of all-court decision-makers who kick and distribute but who are all prepared to run the ball and thus command the constant attention of opposition back rows and midfields.When you have three guys who can hurt in centre field it often creates the space wide out for the runners and, although Johnson may not have intended a back three of Paul Sackey, Delon Armitage and Ugo Monye, injuries have dictated that England will be playing a pretty rapid trio, at least against the Pacific Islands.The sick list also looks likely to provide a further club link between scrum-half and No8, where Nick Easter has been drafted in as cover for Luke Narraway, the Gloucester back-row struggling with a hamstring problem.Narraway was one of the few to return from New Zealand in the summer with his reputation enhanced, but there has been a temptation to undervalue his understudy. Easter had a good World Cup, where his strength in contact was both a cornerstone for the pack and a target for the backs – much as his Harlequins coach, Dean Richards, used to be. However, the muscle tends to distract from Easter’s more skilful side. This season he appears to have slimmed down, making him a bit quicker, but he’s still a deft distributor, making those sympathetic little offloads that keep an attack moving and defences on the back foot.So a line can be drawn through 8, 9, 10 and 12, but there are likely partnerships to be exploited elsewhere. James Haskell, back at blind-side flanker, has a near telepathic understanding with the open-side Tom Rees, and Bath’s mobile hooker Lee Mears should figure, at least for the first game, after years throwing in to Steve Borthwick. He might not be in place when scrummaging becomes more of an issue – something I’d like to return to – but it’s another platform and one on which Johnson can build. Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? 0 1 Report Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share Share on Facebook @carnie: If permanent residency isn’t a fair criterion and you feel that someone’s ‘Englishness’ should be judged otherwise, write to the IRB. But be prepared to address questions of race, birthright and other questions only resolvable by recourse to DNA analysis. It’s important that England play by the rules, which also involves playing to the rules. But let the rules be the same for everyone. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick I’ve got no problem personally with players qualifying through residency, as long as they’ve never played under a different flag at senior level. It’s perfectly possible for someone to feel as patriotic about an adopted country as a native – and how do you measure that, anyway?More to the point, it doesn’t stop countries like Oz signing up players like Willie O and Clyde Rathbone.Moon, that offering doesn’t scan. Are you getting into prose or something?Good piece from a newly-humble Shaun. If Care, Cipriani and Flutey can gel, it’s definitely a proactive and tactically astute 9-10-12 axis. Stacking up against the southern hemisphere, I think Care is as good as Jimmy Cowan and Luke Burgess but du Preez remains a class apart; Cipriani is virtually untested but Giteau and Carter are simply class, Ruan Pienaar needs an extended spell at 10 – he’s an Austin Healey right now. At inside centre, if Flutey gets back to last season’s form and translates that to international level, you have a very effective second five-eight with the range of skills, not a pure bosher or stepper. No one else comes close at 12 for England currently, Geraghty is just too lightweight to survive in ELVland and down under.England are just a spare parts team currently. Shaun’s right to ask for patience – but it’s international rugby, and the public’s resolve changes every 40 minutes, never mind every game. Witness Cipriani’s debuts in the 5N last year: everyone is so keen to deify or damn, it’s ridiculous.3 years to build from scratch something to get to the semis and then take it further. This is going to be interesting… carnie Twitter Facebook Report Report Shaun Edwards 0 1 Reuse this content,View all comments > “It’s perfectly possible for someone to feel as patriotic about an adopted country as a native”…. couldn’t agree more, jonnyboy, but that’s the question, has he actually adopted the country, or just the jersey? The lowest possible test of patriotism, you’d think, would be taking citizenship – it doesn’t matter at all how deep his Kiwi roots go if he’d rather be a Brit’. But I can find no mention of him even planning to take a UK passport, even if he’s not eligible yet.He told the Times in July that “I didn’t make it as an All Black but I want to see how I’d perform at international level.” Like I say, nothing personal, that’s a noble ambition, but surely you can see that this is bad for rugby? Principe | Pick Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Reply 0 1 0 1 31 Oct 2008 14:29 Share on Twitter 5 | Pick Reply 0 1 Twitter Report 0 1 Share on Twitter Sherb Metatone Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Sherb Share on Facebook 31 Oct 2008 17:18 0 1 Twitter A message to the Twickenham boo boys: patience please. Martin Johnson is setting off on a journey that ends in New Zealand in 2011. It’s not a sprint. Building a winning side takes time. Ask Sir Clive Woodward – his 2003 World Cup winners weren’t exactly overnight successes. So cut the new man a little slack this autumn.Instead of exercising the larynx in the manner of an irritable Wembley crowd, seemingly a thing of the past, bring the grey cells into play. Eschew short-termism, try looking to the future, even if it’s sometimes difficult to see beyond the immediate demands.On successive Saturdays, starting next week, Johnson’s men play the Pacific Islands, Australia, South Africa and finally New Zealand – matches that will dictate England’s place in the world standings and consequently their World Cup seeding. Two wins is probably par for the course, three would be good. So far not a lot has gone Johnson’s way bar the order of play.Given the opposing quartet, getting the Pacific Islands first up is about the best that could hoped for when victories are an immediate concern but bedding in a new team is the overriding priority. However, in spite of the injuries which always seem to dog England and the need to rotate players – no one should play four consecutive Test Saturdays – I’m pretty hopeful that the next month will provide an outline, possibly even the skeleton, of a side capable of long-term success.We’ll know the England starting line-up next Tuesday, but I already expect it to be littered with partnerships on which Johnson will build – the most obvious of them being the midfield and its link to the forwards. When Johnson sent Olly Barkley and Dan Hipkiss back to their clubs this week, it signalled that England were preparing to give Riki Flutey his international debut outside Danny Cipriani, a logical inside-centre/fly-half pairing considering their club partnership and the way England’s attack coach, Brian Smith, says he intends to play. 31 Oct 2008 16:38 Reply jonnyboy71 31 Oct 2008 18:25 Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Report Facebook Burly 0 1 Twitter Sherb Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply unthreaded Report Principe, taking on citizenship is no measure of nationality, as you can be a British citizen and still hold citizenship in another country. There are no such stipulations as having a parent born here. You do your time, you pass your tests, and you get the badge, as it were.The residency period might be deemed too short, but them’s the rules.If Barkley and Flood are a bit peeved, maybe they should work harder to become better players? If the fallout from this means standards are driven up, that’s great.If Flutely plays, then good luck to him. Share 31 Oct 2008 17:21 4 Share Close report comment form Share on Twitter Share Report Burly CloudyBay Share on Twitter Facebook Share 31 Oct 2008 18:00 jonnyboy71 Comments 113 Share on Twitter 31 Oct 2008 18:37 Share Share on Facebook 31 Oct 2008 18:29 Share on Twitter | Pick recommendations Share on Facebook Share Share 3 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. | Pick 31 Oct 2008 17:34 Reply Facebook Principe More importantly, who’s going to play 13? I think Hipkiss should be in there, little cannonball bugger, picks some great outside lines and knows when to straighten it up. Tindall’s having a stinker this year and Noon has been tried, tested, did fine but nothing exceptional. Great defensive performances eg. against France last year excepted. Order by oldest 31 Oct 2008 18:17 thecruiseboy oooh , I’m so excitedyes, two wins would be acceptable but even that ain’t gonna be easy.. I expect the pacific islands side to be full of fire and running rugby and pinching a win against one of the big three is no mean feat even at twickersI am excited by the possible combinations too.. I am not sure who we go with a at outside centre if it’s cips and flutey.. tindall or noon? for some beef – I’d prefer to have another flyer who flutey and cips can put into space – Tait? now that would be sexy midfield (in the rugby sense that is!)briiiiiiing it!!! Report Twitter Principe Twitter Facebook Facebook Report Twitter | Pick Hodgson wasn’t dropped for one missed tackle, but for years of not being able to cut it. He’s had more chances to claim the shirt than anyone, but has never been able to do so.For what it’s worth, I’d rather see Geraghty at 12, surely if he had more games under his belt he’d be first choice for the game plan Brian Smith will presumably want to employ.I’d agree with Hipkiss at 13 too, but failing that, why not Lewsey? Wasps have been playing him there, and we know his defence is equal, if not better than, any of the standard bosh merchants.Does anyone know, other than being injury prone, blonde, and a bit flash, why Strettle isn’t in contention? I know two of those are good enough reasons in their own right, but he’s a seriously good winger. Is Monye really any better? Riki Flutey never really did it for the Hurricanes. Rarely did he start, he usually ran on with 20 mins remaining. Though he made the NZ age grade teams and played for NZ Maori. And that my friends is the key. Erwin Rommel wrote that the Maori were fearsome opponents.It is doubtful whether Flutey would have made the All Blacks. So why not play for England. I will enjoy watching the battle between Flutey and his old mate Ma Nonu. Oh yes, I will put my money on the Maori boy, not the Samoan. 0 1 Facebook Reply Share on Facebook I think a basic requirement should be that they hold a British passport. Either they qualify for one through family or they get one through residence – which, I think, would involve relinquishing any prior citizenship (I THINK you can only get dual nationality through parentage). It seems a pretty obvious bar to set – but someone might pop up and tell me Flutey has a UK passport.It’s definitely too easy right now to qualify through residence – essentially rewarding countries whose clubs pay the highest wages with a stream of international players, and, surely, sending out the wrong message to junior clubs and young players in England. I know Flutey’s just a bloke trying to earn a living and play the best level of rugby he possibly can, but Rugby Union’s great strength it the continuity between the elite sport and the grassroots – the creation of a super-national elite pool of players weakens that bond, and I think that road leads, eventually, to empty seats. Report Riki Flutey trains with the England squad at Pennyhill Park ahead of their clash with the Pacific Islands. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images 31 Oct 2008 17:34 nasjaq Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Burley just a quick comment on Flood. He has been playing 10 not 12 at Tigers, which is why he moved. He wants to play 10 not 12 so i don’t see the point picking him at 12. Plus he has been found wanting defensively missing a number of tackles which were it not for those around him would have cost leicester dear. Bearing in mind Hodgsons casting into the wilderness based on 1 missed tackle. Albeit a shocker this smacks of a double standards and B not knowing what you are about or where you want to go.(Maybe why Newcastle conceeded so many) Plus, in my humble opinion he isn’t as good as Barclay or Gheratey or even Hipkiss. (plus if we weren’t picking Flutey id actually rather see someone like Turner Hall from Harlequins given a go.) Share on Twitter StewartM Reply | Pick Share carnie… I’m not sure I agree with you about the funeral… I don’t think you can demand that in principle someone move their parents when they move countries.Overall, I do believe in residency based qualification. It’s a mobile world and if someone wants to make a life a new country, they should have some sort of chance of representing that country.Having said that…. 3 years does seem too short for residency qualification. In principle a young player could play one World Cup with one country and the next with another? Or is it different if they’ve played at top level? I forget. Share Share on Twitter Reply HenryLloydMoon Twitter Share on Twitter Report 0 1 | Pick Email (optional) Facebook Reply Facebook Share 31 Oct 2008 16:45 | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Support The Guardian Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other | Pick Report The partnership of Riki Flutey and Danny Cipriani could be explosive for England, but fans must exercise patience Share on Facebook Flutey himself has said itAnd it’s greatly to his creditThat he is an English man. 25 0 1 newest First published on Thu 30 Oct 2008 20.02 EDT | Pick Share Rugby union Reply Facebook Share | Pick Share on Twitter Share Share Share on Facebook Report Thu 30 Oct 2008 20.02 EDT 0 1 Flippant response is “if he’s good enough, he’s English enough.”Three years is short, but they are the rules. I’d feel pretty peeved were I an Olly Barkley or Toby Flood, but how do you exclude someone who wants to play international rugby and is qualified?He lives in UK, contributes well to the English Premiership, pays UK taxes. I don’t think players can switch countries once they’ve played at senior level, which would be wrong, but if they make the choice who are we to question there motives, financial or ortherwise. Wasps Facebook England rugby union team does anyone else feel as uneasy as me about someone (Flutey) who has simply resided and worked here for 3 years then being able to play for England. I think it takes the proverbial mickey when we all know that when he finishes playing he will more than likely return “home” to NZ, thus proving the point. A similar case was with Vainakola last year needing to return “home” for a funeral. Surely if home is NZ then that’s who they should be trying to represent. I think the 3 year residency rule needs to be reassessed. We don’t want to loook like the rugby league world cup Reply Twitter Reply Share on Twitter 0 1 HenryLloydMoon 31 Oct 2008 18:23 Facebook nasjaq Autumn internationals Share expanded Twitter toniburtoni Share | Pick | Pick 31 Oct 2008 17:48 Threads collapsed Since you’re here… Sportblog Facebook 31 Oct 2008 18:27 England have struggled for a decent and settled centre partnership so if the IRB rules allow Flutey to pledge his alliegance to England then I see no reason not to pick him. Other countries use the rules to their advantage so why not England?As for the tests themselves I think 2 wins should be OK though assuming we can gel and beat the islanders I’m not sure which of the others we will beat. The backs look very exciting and certainly pacey; I haven’t seen much of Monye recently except the highlights on TV so not sure how his defence is (they tend only to show his tries which definitley looks good). All in all looking forward to it. 0 1 Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Share on LinkedIn Facebook Report 0 1 Fair enough, those are you standards Principe. I just don’t have enough time or interest to get into 1/2s, 1/4s, 1/8s etc. when it comes to nationality. Take your point about the passport though, you’ve sold me. Flutey! Get yourself a damn passport! Reply Share Facebook Reply Flutey played for the Canes when? And in what position?He only made his breakthrough when he moved from London Irish to Wasps. Hardly the first player to require a certain team to reach the top of his ability.Still, I don’t like the selection for 2 reasons:1) He’s not even remotely English2) His form was half a season last year, and this season he’s been as bad as the rest of the Wasps team. Share 1to15, you’re right, he’s not English born and bred. But by the grace of God, he’s managed to get it right eventually.Re: how good he is… to give it the reverse Digger (vis a vis Luke McAlister): he got better since he came to England. I know this is virtually sacrilegeous in Kiwi terms, but if you consider the difference between playing for the Canes (perenial underachievers with a 7s team for a back line) in the S14/ Air NZ and then for Wasps in the Heineken and GP, then he’s proved himself as a consistent and influential player in an intense, high level environment – abroad – where there are no central contracts and poor results mean financial meltdown. People can change, they can improve, and the Canes aren’t a benchmark of excellence.And Martin Johnson played for NZ universities or U21 – and he maintains that he was made an offer to stay in NZ rugby. Everyone does it. Report Twitter 31 Oct 2008 18:28 | Pick I’m afraid for England that the more pressing point is this one: he’s not very good. Couldn’t make the Wellington first team, and was at best an average SH player. That he’s your best pick is, frankly, embarrassing, leaving aside the fact that he ain’t English – for chrissakes, he played NZ Schoolboys and Under 21s, and was born in NZ to NZ parents. I don’t know how you appropriately define being ‘English’ for these purposes to cover all cases, but I think we can all agree that this guy isn’t. Flood would be right to feel upset – he’s bedded in nicely for Tigers and his form eclipses Flutey’s by some way this season. He’s also got some international experience.Barkley, however, has been rubbish. Twitter oldest 31 Oct 2008 17:43 Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook CarnieI’ve always felt the same about the three year residency rule, bottom line is he’s no more English than Jonah Lomu so why would you want to pick him. Reason (optional) | Pick Report 0 1 Mike Catt’s mum was from Kent, he was eligible for a UK passport from Day One. And Big Lesley V. has, apparently, started his application for a UK passport, which I think is greatly to his credit, even if he won’t wear white again. If Flutey came out and said, yup, I’m taking a passport as soon as I’m eligible, then he’s welcome on my team bus. For me, it really is all about the little plum-coloured book. You switch teams, you switch countries. Reply Reply DaiDawes Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Facebook 31 Oct 2008 18:32 Share on Twitter Comments to 1 to 15You say he’s not very good and yet he’s been the stand out centre in the guiness premiership and Heineken cup for the last 2-3 years. (Which is a long way ahead of the Super 14 in terms of quality) You say he wasn’t good enough to play for his country, well looking at other sports apparently so was Kevin Peterson and we all know where he is now rated in terms of his status in world cricket….No.1. So i don’t buy the he wasn’t good enough. He may not have been then, but he is now. People mature at different levels and abrring Luke McAllister he is the best 12 in the world.As put by another knowledgable commentator Johnson himself played for NZ under 21’s and was asked about staying on to become an All Black. More to the point, what about all the tongolese, samoans, and fijians player who wear the All Black or Wallabee jersey’s? I don’t see New Zealanders or Wallabies coming out and saying they weren’t born here they can’t play for us. Ultimately if they want to represent a country that has asked them to play, and they are eligible, then fair play to them. You can’t have your cake and eat it. If flutey wants to play for England that should be the beginning and the end of any discussion on the issue. Facebook jonnyboy71 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 31 Oct 2008 18:45 jonnyboy71 0 1 Twitter Share on Facebook 100 Twitter Reply 0 1 View more comments Share one2fifteen Twitter Share on Twitter Report Facebook 31 Oct 2008 18:40 Reply The Thriteen debate is a good one.Noon is either injured or at the least hasn’t played recently through injury and i believe the same is true for Tindall. WAtching teh Rugby club on sky last night there seeded to be 2 options. Either Tait or Delon Armitage with whichever one not at 13 at 15. Personally in that dilema id rather go Tait at 13 Armitage at 15, but i think thats much of a muchness but id be interested in what other people are thinking. 4 Report Vocal Flutey can help inexperienced England call the tune Share on Twitter Twitter 31 Oct 2008 16:52 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Report Share Share on Facebook collapsed | Pick 3 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter 31 Oct 2008 17:04 comments (113)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 1 | Pick Shares00 | Pick 0 1 Twitter Share on Facebook 2 | Pick Share on Facebook 1 0 1 Share
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