first_img 2019 VW Jetta Gallery Outside, the grille has grown, while the crease lines on the car are sharper and bolder. More chrome trim has been fitted, while LED lighting is standard. VW has given the new Jetta a fast-sloping roof line, to give the air of a coupe. Though the 2019 Jetta is – at 105.7-inches – just 1.3-inches longer in its wheelbase than its predecessor, by pushing the wheels further out and shortening the overhangs VW has managed to maximize that moderate growth. It’s wider and taller than before, too, which adds up to more spacious accommodations for the up to five people inside. As for those accommodations, they’ve been fully redesigned from the outgoing car, with greater use of soft-touch materials and a new, trapezoidal design theme to leave the cabin more modern. New fabric colors and designs have been introduced, and there’s the option of ambient lighting that can be changed between ten different colors. Leather seating surfaces are optional. Heated and ventilated front seats are also options, as is a power driver’s seat with position memory. Dual-zone automatic climate control can be added, while Driver Personalization for up to four individuals is standard. That controls – trim and specs depending – driver seat memory and assistance system preferences, temperature, ambient lighting color, radio presets, navigation view, and the customization of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. The latter, standard on Jetta SEL and SEL Premium trims, replaces the analog gages with a fully digital display. It’s technology that graduated down from Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, bringing navigation, multimedia, and vehicle information into a customizable layout. Other tech on offer includes Volkswagen Car-Net, which has a selection of connected vehicle services, along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.A storage cubby in the center console has grown to 5 liters, sufficient to fit an iPad, while a 400 watt BeatsAudio system is optional. The Jetta’s reversing camera is standard, while options include forward collision warnings with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic support, automatic high-beams, and lane departure warnings and assistance. Automatic post-collision braking is also available. Under the hood, there’s a 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged, direct-injection engine. That’s good for a class-leading 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, as is a six-speed transmission; an eight-speed automatic is optional on the base Jetta, but standard on higher-level trims.Also standard with the automatic is a stop/start system, which VW says contributes to fuel economy. Actual EPA figures will have to wait until closer to the sedan’s launch, however. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in Q2 2018, in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trims. A Jetta R-Line trim will be added at launch too, with sportier styling, trim-exclusive interior and exterior design elements, and an XDS electronic differential. Arguably most impressive, pricing will kick off at $18,545, undercutting the old model. center_img There’s a new Jetta in town, and Volkswagen’s compact sedan is growing up with bold new styling and an all-changed platform promising more fuel efficiency. Unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, the 2019 VW Jetta makes a switch to the automaker’s MQB architecture and grows in all directions as a result. That, VW promises, means more presence on the road and more cabin space inside, not to mention closing the gap between the new Jetta and Audi’s A3 sedan. last_img read more

first_imgMercedes had shown us its punchy little 2019 A-Class Hatchback, and now it’s the turn for the sedan version of the car, though this is no ordinary four-door. Making its debut at Auto China in Beijing this week, the A-Class L Sedan adds almost 2.4-inches more space to the wheelbase, contributing to extra room for those in the back seats. Am Vortag der Auto China 2018 präsentiert Mercedes-Benz die A-Klasse L Limousine, die in China für China produziert wird. On the eve of Auto China 2018, Mercedes-Benz have presented the A-Class L Sedan, made in China for China. Story TimelineMercedes’ Millennial-friendly A-Class sedan is coming to US2019 A-Class says “Hey Mercedes” to a new age of car techMercedes A-Class has built-in car sharing via Mercedes me app The automaker is saying it’s the only long wheelbase model in the “premium compact car” segment, in fact. It keeps the front of the hatchback version, with short overhangs and a drawn-out, long hood. The diamond radiator grille has a pared-back louver design, studded with chrome pins and centered around the Mercedes star. Sedan and Sport Sedan variants will be offered, the latter getting swollen powerdomes in the hood. Up to 19-inch wheels will be offered, while at the rear there are two-piece tail lamps that Mercedes says help emphasize the width of the car. A redesigned bumper puts the reflectors lower down, doubling-down on the car’s stance. Am Vortag der Auto China 2018 präsentiert Mercedes-Benz die A-Klasse L Limousine, die in China für China produziert wird. On the eve of Auto China 2018, Mercedes-Benz have presented the A-Class L Sedan, made in China for China. Am Vortag der Auto China 2018 präsentiert Mercedes-Benz die A-Klasse L Limousine, die in China für China produziert wird. On the eve of Auto China 2018, Mercedes-Benz have presented the A-Class L Sedan, made in China for China. Inside, meanwhile, the hatchback’s new design is carried over. The upper cockpit cowl has been dispensed with, leaving the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extending uninterrupted from one door to the other. Ambient lighting can switch between 64 different LED colors, while the free-standing display sits atop turbine-style air vents. Mercedes’ MBUX multimedia experience has been included, unsurprisingly, with support for multiple users to connect their smartphones simultaneously. The A-Class L Sedan’s voice control supports not only natural language recognition, rather than forcing drivers to memorize specific commands and instructions, but is now capable of handling multiple Chinese dialects, including Sichuanese and Cantonese. It also get augmented reality navigation. AdChoices广告Under the hood there’s be a single engine at launch, though with two levels of tuning. That’s a four-cylinder 1.33-liter, with a choice of 134 horsepower or 161 horsepower; either way it’s paired with a 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. Later on, Mercedes will add a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, tuned for 188 horsepower. As for technology, the A-Class L Sedan will borrow liberally from the S-Class and E-Class above it. That includes active driver assistance and Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Mercedes’ adaptive cruise control system which can adjust its speed depending on what bends and junctions are approaching in the road ahead. Active Lane Change Assist is also expected to be available, the car automatically switching lanes when you tap the indicator stalk. Now, it’s worth noting that the A-Class L Sedan will only be produced for China, where extra rear seat space is particularly prized in luxury vehicles. However there’ll be another version of the sedan – presumably with more typical proportions – for other markets globally, Mercedes says. That will be revealed in the second half of 2018, the same time as the 2019 A-Class L Sedan – pricing to be confirmed – arrives in Chinese dealerships. Am Vortag der Auto China 2018 präsentiert Mercedes-Benz die A-Klasse L Limousine, die in China für China produziert wird. On the eve of Auto China 2018, Mercedes-Benz have presented the A-Class L Sedan, made in China for China. Am Vortag der Auto China 2018 präsentiert Mercedes-Benz die A-Klasse L Limousine, die in China für China produziert wird. On the eve of Auto China 2018, Mercedes-Benz have presented the A-Class L Sedan, made in China for China.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to those sources, the Cruise cars still struggle identifying if objects on the road are moving or stationary. This inability to identify if something is moving or not leads to the vehicles hesitating or stopping when the Cruise cars attempt to pass a row of parked motorcycles or bicycles. These sources also claim that the software that runs the autonomous cars is failing to recognize pedestrians and has braked erratically at times because the car sees a bicycle that isn’t there.Erratic performance and the inability to identify objects correctly aren’t the only issues GM faces. Cruise has yet to enact the data-sharing collaboration with the San Francisco Fire department to prove the cars can respond to fire truck sirens; this is a necessary step to train the cars to react appropriately when on the roads.Another issue has to do with the open-source software robotics tools that Cruise is using to develop its tech, that software reportedly has delays that slow messages from the sensors of the car from reaching the car’s brain. Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt has claimed that the company’s next generation hardware and software will address these issues.AdChoices广告Vogt maintains that he is “sure” Cruise was building systems that didn’t meet requirements early in the testing and development process. Another potential roadblock for Cruise is that it must meet certain performance targets to get the money Softbank and Honda have promised to continue development and operations. Softbank has promised $2.25 billion in funding for Cruise.SOURCE: Reuters GM has been working on its Cruise driverless cars for a long time and back in March, the first grumblings began to surface that all wasn’t well with the Cruise project. In March, reports indicated that the Cruise cars frequently swerved and hesitated due to difficulty identifying objects on and near the roadway. A new report has surfaced that cites one current and three former Cruise employees who have witnessed issues with the project.last_img read more

first_imgSpecial versions of the CX-5 and CX-8 are heading to the show. The CX-5 has plastic body cladding with aluminum inserts and upgraded interior. The CX-8 Custom Style has fake skidplates and 20-inch wheels with some tweaks to the interior. The Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off January 11; perhaps we will learn if that hardtop can be purchased then. Mazda already offers a hard top for the MX-5, but that part is meant for racing and has odd looking proportions to clear the roll cage inside racing cars. Other than the hardtop, the MX-5 also has a new front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts, and 16-inch RAYS wheels.The MX-5 concept also packs tow hooks, Recaro seats, and aluminum pedals. Performance tidbits include a new flywheel, high-performance air filter, and a limited slip differential. It’s not clear if these MX-5 performance parts will go into production, but we can hope.Mazda also has a new version of its Mazda3 called the Mazda3 Custom Style based on the all-new model. It has a body kit with a front splitter, extended side skirts, and a gloss black rear bumper. Mazda also tweaked the interior a bit and fitted it with 18-inch BBS wheels.AdChoices广告 Mazda has offered up some images of a couple of the cars it will have on hand next month at the Tokyo Auto Salon. One of the rides is a new MX-5 that is fitted with carbon fiber hardtop called the Roadster Drop-Head Coupe. With the MX-5 being a car that many people buy for handling and driving enjoyment rather than open-air motoring, hard tops are popular.last_img read more

first_imgThis morning one of the most important features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was confirmed. Or rather, the fact that we’ve predicted its existence and specificity in feature details was confirmed, as was pretty much expected. We’re talking about the primary camera module, and the fact that it’ll almost certainly be more than just comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10. With the Samsung Galaxy S10, the company dropped some of their best work within the confines of the 1.4μm camera. This module was the S5K2L4, the same on the Galaxy S10+ and the S10 5G. This module, according to that one very alarmed cat known as Ice Universe, will be the last one in which Samsung uses the 1.4μm camera, and in 2020 Samsung’s camera “will be a new beginning.”That might seem like a disappointing bit of detail for those users aiming to make the Galaxy Note 10 their own this late August. But as it was with each previous major release from Samsung, each new half-year brings a new set of improvements over the previous most powerful smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy smartphone generally brings in the big step-up from the previous year, and the Galaxy Note generally gives those specifications a boost. This year, that idea seems to be getting a bit more on-the-nose than usual, as it’s been rumored that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 of the Galaxy S10 will be replaced in the Note 10 by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ (Plus!) AdChoices广告The suggestion, or all-but-confirmation (short of Samsung) of the main camera module by Ice Universe essentially tips off the existence of the rest of the conglomeration of camera units and sensors we’ve previously predicted. That means we’ll get something like what follows. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 cameras (likely):• 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS• 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom• 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)• TOF 3D camera• LED FlashThere’ll be some improvements over the launch-day abilities of the Galaxy S10 5G, but yes, you are right in thinking that these cameras are basically identical to those given to the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The relatively small number of Galaxy S10 5G units sold due to a lack of 5G coverage around the world meant Samsung was able to see how their TOF sensor would work on a limited scale.With the launch of the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung can point to the TOF sensor as a primary feature, and a major reason to choose the phone over its predecessors. The TOF sensor on the back of this phone should also serve to differentiate the phone from the various iPhones that’ll be launched in September of 2019. Whether this ONE feature will be enough to turn fans from one phone ecosystem to another is yet to be seen.Samsung’s filed for trademark on the term “Make & Play 3D” for their TOF-sensor smartphones with the EU earlier this year. This is more than just the LG Optimus or 3D MAX nonsense, this is a vast expansion of the abilities of the backside sensor array on the smartphone. We’re talking the sort of business you see in the video below. Cross your fingers this is all more than a gimmick!last_img read more

first_imgUSA Today reports this optimisitic view is offered by some industry analysts and health insurance officials. Meanwhile, Politico does a status check on the legal challenges to the health law’s birth control mandate. News reports also track the latest regarding the Internal Revenue Service controversy and the overhaul.USA Today: Market, Insurers Will Keep Premiums Low, Analysts SayMarket forces and an impetus to attract younger, healthier people into the insurance market will help keep health insurance premiums lower as the 2010 health care law takes effect on Jan. 1, industry analysts and insurance officials say. “If they price too high, young people won’t buy insurance, and that’s going to hurt the companies,” said Jay Angoff, who led initial implementation of the law for HHS. “They need these people to come in. It’s an industry problem” (Kennedy, 5/21).Here’s an on-the-ground look at premium filings –Oregonian: Oregon’s 2014 Health Premium Filings Spark Relief, QuestionsMassive health insurance premium hikes predicted as the inevitable result of federal reforms haven’t materialized in Oregon. The lower-than-expected preliminary rates come as much-needed good news for the Affordable Care Act. The law, passed in 2010, has been plagued by resistance in Congress and complaints of snafus as the Jan. 1 startup for expanded coverage draws closer (Budnick, 5/21).Also, the latest on the birth control mandate —  Politico: Courts To Hear Birth Control Mandate LawsuitsObamacare’s birth control mandate will go before four different appeals courts over the next three weeks as private businesses that object to the policy on religious liberty grounds bring a barrage of lawsuits that opponents hope to get before the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this fall. On Wednesday, two for-profit companies will ask the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike the requirement that they provide employees with insurance coverage that includes birth control and other drugs that they say can cause abortion. Three other companies will present oral arguments in different appeals courts by early June (Smith and Haberkorn, 5/22).Bloomberg: Contraception Mandate Challenge Faces Appeal Court JudgesThe U.S. law requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for birth control is set to come before an appeals court in cases brought by two businesses whose owners say they operate according to Catholic doctrine. The businesses, a construction firm from southwestern Illinois and an auto-parts maker in southeastern Indiana, are scheduled today to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago for an order barring enforcement of the measure while they challenge its constitutionality in lawsuits (Harris, 5/22).In addition, tea party groups see the Internal Revenue Service scandal as a potential means to gin up health law opposition – The New York Times: For Tea Party Groups, Shades Of 2010Leaders of the Tea Party movement hope outrage over the I.R.S. inquiry will rekindle grass-roots activism that in many places went dormant after big Republican electoral defeats of November 2012. They aim to link the current scandal to other government programs they consider overweening — principally the rollout of the health care overhaul law — and generate a Republican wave in the 2014 midterm elections reminiscent of 2010’s (Gabriel, 5/21).In other related news –The Hill: GOP Sen. Thune Urges IRS To Stop ObamaCare WorkRepublican Sen. John Thune (S.D.) is demanding that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) refrain from implementing ObamaCare while investigators probe the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Thune, who leads the Senate Republican Conference, wrote to the Obama administration Tuesday connecting the scandal to Sarah Hall Ingram, an IRS official who once had oversight of tax-exempt groups (Viebeck, 5/21). Market Pressures May Keep Premiums Low As Health Law Kicks In This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets are beginning to focus on the next set of implementation chores, as well as the ways in which the law will impact the health care marketplace.  The New York Times: What’s Next For Health CareThe first open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has just ended, and consumers, insurers and federal officials now face many immediate chores and challenges that will help determine if the law works as intended. Many questions about the law’s potential impact on the health care system remain, and here are some preliminary answers (Pear, 4/2).The Associated Press: Nonprofit Insurers Struggle In New MarketplacesA smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation’s health insurance industry, predicting Americans would see “competition in ways we haven’t seen before.” Companies were even started as a way to encourage innovation and competition, namely 23 consumer-run, co-op insurers created with the help of $2 billion in federal loans. But rather than promote competition, the co-ops and smaller nonprofits in some states have languished behind major insurers, attracting in some cases minuscule shares of the market (4/2).The Fiscal Times: Obamacare Spikes Costs For Employers Who Insure Over 170 MillionThe health care benefits provided by large employers for over 170  million Americans may be in jeopardy because of costs related to the Affordable Care Act. Large employers with 10,000 or more employees who provide health care insurance to the majority of Americans including employees, retirees and dependents, will see their total costs over ten years increase from $151 billion to $186 billion, or 5.9 percent more than what they would otherwise be spending. Put another way, the ACA will cost large U.S. employers between $4,800 and $5,900 per employee (Leo, 4/2).  CQ HealthBeat: Working-Age Military Retirees Could Face Higher Health CostsActive duty personnel and veterans won’t be shifted into the new health law marketplaces or Medicaid, a top Defense Department health official told House appropriators Wednesday. But the official said that some military beneficiaries may face higher out-of-pocket costs in the future (Adams, 4/3).Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports on this development related to a Supreme Court challenge to the overhaul’s birth control mandate  – The Associated Press: Hobby Lobby 401(k) Invests In Birth Control MakersThe company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine birth control devices, emergency contraceptive pills and drugs used in abortion procedures, according to Labor Department documents and a review of fund portfolios (Hananel, 4/2). Open Enrollment Is Over — What’s Ahead For The Health Law Now?last_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today Is The Deadline For Thousands To Provide Information To Keep Subsidies The administration has notified more than 300,000 people that they need to provide documentation to keep their health insurance subsidies. Also in news on the health law, supporters are weighing a new focus on the individual mandate, and the administration promises changes to the ACO rules.The Wall Street Journal: Hundreds Of Thousands Face Health Law Subsidy DeadlineHundreds of thousands of Americans face a Tuesday deadline to verify their income and are at risk of losing or having to pay back their federal health-insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The need for people to pay back the government could become a headache during next year’s tax season, when Americans are expected to pay back any subsidies they weren’t eligible for. The Obama administration has told more than 300,000 individuals who obtained coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov site that they may lose some or all of the subsidies if they don’t provide additional income information that jibes with Internal Revenue Service data. That information includes tax returns, wages and tax statements, pay stubs and letters from employers (Armour, 9/29).Politico: Obamacare: New Messaging Hurdles AheadThe second Obamacare enrollment season could go negative — but not because of the health care law’s critics. Obama administration allies are weighing a focus on the loathsome individual mandate and the penalties that millions of Americans could face if they don’t get covered. It would be a calculated approach to prompt sign-ups, a task that the law’s supporters expect to be more difficult, or at least more complex, than in its coverage’s inaugural year (Haberkorn, 9/29).Politico: Obamacare’s SurprisesMost of the debate over the Affordable Care Act has focused on its coverage provisions: the health-care exchanges where Americans can shop for insurance, the controversial mandates for employers and individuals and the expansion of Medicaid in the states. But in a 900-plus-page landmark bill, there are bound to be a few surprises. Here are some of Obamacare’s hidden corners (Kenen and Wheaton, 9/29).CQ Healthbeat: Medicare Officials Prepare To Issue Proposed Changes To ACOsThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will soon release a rule updating the main program that pays groups of hospitals and doctors that coordinate patients’ care through accountable care organizations, a top agency official said Monday. CMS Deputy Administrator Sean Cavanaugh told insurance industry executives gathered at a conference sponsored by the America’s Health Insurance Plans trade group that the so-called “shared savings” program will be modified through a proposed regulation. When asked for more information after the briefing, he did not elaborate (Adams, 9/29).Connecticut Mirror: CT Hospitals Say Obamacare Hasn’t Cut Uncompensated CareA recent federal report says hospitals saw a major decrease in uncompensated care after the rollout of key provisions of the federal health law this year. But so far, that’s not what Connecticut hospitals are experiencing, according to their association. From January to June of this year, after the major coverage expansion provisions of Obamacare took effect, uncompensated care provided by Connecticut hospitals represented 2.4 percent of total patient revenue, according to the Connecticut Hospital Association (Levin Becker, 9/29).last_img read more

first_img CBS Dallas / Fort Worth: Researchers Study Brains Of People Who Donate Their Kidneys To Strangers Trump Administration To Take Steps To Shift More Kidney Treatment To At-Home Care And Away From Stand-Alone Dialysis Clinics HHS will announce an agency-wide initiative to encourage home dialysis and also to ramp up better prevention and screening for kidney disease, Politico reports. The plan could upend the kidney care market, and face serious pushback from big dialysis chains that are eager to protect $24 billion a year in revenue. Politico: Trump Aims To Shake Up Kidney Care Market The Trump administration this week will announce a series of initiatives to encourage more kidney transplants and treatment at home, the start of a process intended to overhaul a market in which the federal government spends more than $100 billion per year. President Donald Trump is slated to unveil the strategy in a speech Wednesday morning and is eyeing additional actions like a possible executive order, according to four individuals with knowledge of the upcoming announcement. (Diamond and Roubein, 7/8) And in other kidney health news — Researchers are studying the brains of altruistic kidney donors, i.e., people who donate one of their kidneys to a complete stranger. CBS News got a look at the science and were introduced to two women connected by the ultimate gift. As a mother, firefighter and paramedic… putting others first is a way of life for Jo Kummerle. So, it wasn’t a difficult choice when she decided to donate one of her kidneys to a total stranger. (7/8) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi has finally declared the release date of the reversible-camera CC9 and the CC9e, two budget phones looking to compete with Motorola. The Xiaomi CC9 and CC9e will apparently be released on July 2 in Beijing, China — that’s according to self-professed insider @Xiaomishka on Twitter. There’s no release date announced yet for the UK, so we’ll keep you posted as we hear more news. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. #xiaomi #XiaomiCC #xiaomiMiCC9 #xiaomiMiCC9e It is 9 am in China now. New official information about Xiaomi CC.Launch date 02.07.19 pic.twitter.com/lg4DZFoIXb— Xiaomishka (@xiaomishka) June 24, 2019Related: Best PhonesSeparately, promotional images for the devices were also leaked on Twitter by Mukul Sharma; adjectives such as ‘Chic & Cool’ or ‘Charming & Cute’ lie across posed portraits, giving the impression of an insecure Tinder bio rather than a smartphone advert. It looks likely that the focus of this range will be on the camera. pic.twitter.com/IQiljCDAjf— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) June 24, 2019Related: Best Camera PhonesAs far as specifications go, we expect the CC9 to have a Snapdragon 730 chip and a 48-megapixel main camera. The CC9e is likely to feature a Snapdragon 712 chip, a 4000mAh battery, a 32-megapixel selfie camera and the same 48-megapixel main sensor. These are promising specs but by no means guarantee a great smartphone — you’ll have to wait for the verdict of our full review to see if it’s really worth buying one. That’s if this new series comes to the UK – we’ll update this article if we learn more about this phone coming to these shores.Related: Best Mid-Range PhonesThe last handset we reviewed from this brand was the Xiaomi Mi 9, which received five out of five stars in our review. It’s a highly capable device, which greatly impressed us with its screen, camera, and performance. But the most impressive aspect by far was the price, at £499, which bags you a flagship-worthy handset for half the going rate. If the CC9 series can pack similar bang for buck, the likes of Motorola and its excellent G7 line should be worried about their share of the mid-range market. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think.last_img read more

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Apple fans were pleading for the company to switch to OLED displays, years before we finally got one with the iPhone X back in 2017.Now, the company is reportedly planning to leave the tech behind in favour of a MicroLED solution according to a report from China. MacRumors has spied a report from the Chinese Economic News claiming Foxconn is investing in the display tech in order to win orders from Apple to sit within future iPhones handsets.The switch to the thinner MicroLED tech could help Apple create an even slimmer iPhone, while also offering brighter and more energy efficient screens than OLED-based devices. MicroLED tech is also longer lasting and less susceptible to screen burn in.Apple currently uses OLED tech for its flagship phones like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, while an LCD display lives on the second tier iPhone XR device. MacRumors suggests it may still be a few years before the company makes the switch to MicroLED.Related: iPhone 2019 rumorsThe company has long thought to be considering the technology for its Apple Watch wearable, while many other companies have been linked with the production of these displays on behalf of Apple.Given rumours are afoot that Apple considers this the next step for its display technology, today’s report would tie in. However, those “Chinese supply chain sources” aren’t always the most reliable in the world, so we can take this information with a pinch of salt for now.We definitely wouldn’t expect the MicroLED tech to sit within the 2019 iPhone handsets coming in late 2019. The company is expected to launch two OLED iPhones and one with theLCD technology spied on the iPhone XR.Are you planning on an iPhone purchase this year? When was the last time you updated your device? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgFeatured Stories U.S. stocks remained lower and Treasuries held gains, after the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes reinforced the message that there wasn’t a strong case to move in either direction.Reuters What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Bloomberg News Sponsored By: Email ← Previous Next → More 0 Comments Fed signals patience on rate moves ‘for some time’ No strong case to move in either direction advertisement Reddit Recommended For YouNations going to pot: Where cannabis is legal around the world, and where it isn’tRyder Introduces RyderGyde™, the Mobile Commercial Fleet Management App, to Customers in CanadaDr. Amanda Boag, President of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Addresses Graduates of Ross University School of Veterinary MedicineCuba the most affordable overseas destination for CanadiansThe biggest-known uranium deposit in America, worth billions of dollars, will remain underground Federal Reserve officials judged at their latest meeting that their patient approach to interest-rate change would be appropriate “for some time,” and many sided with Chairman Jerome Powell’s view that the recent dip in inflation was probably temporary.“Members observed that a patient approach to determining future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate would likely remain appropriate for some time,” according to minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee’s April 30-May 1 meeting released Wednesday in Washington.U.S. stocks remained lower and Treasuries held gains, as the minutes reinforced the message from Powell’s post-meeting press conference, at which he said the level of interest rates was appropriate for now and there wasn’t a strong case to move in either direction. The record also showed officials becoming more optimistic about the U.S. 2019 economic outlook before President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on Chinese imports. They also had a debate about the future composition of the bond portfolio.Many participants viewed the recent easing in inflation “as likely to be transitory, and participants generally anticipated that a patient approach to policy adjustments was likely to be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the committee’s symmetric 2 per cent objective,” the minutes said.The Fed’s preferred gauge of price pressures, excluding food and energy, slowed to a 1.6 per cent increase in the 12 months through March despite solid economic growth and a tight labour market.The FOMC at the meeting left its benchmark policy rate unchanged in a 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent target range and reiterated its pledge to be “patient” in weighing future moves. The committee next gathers on June 18-19.Related Stories:CORRECTED-WRAPUP 3-Fed officials face weak inflation, but split over what it meansFederal Reserve officials lay out case for aggressive rate cutsFed’s Williams argues for vaccinating economy when rates are lowFed officials received a staff presentation on two approaches to adjusting the maturity composition of the central bank’s portfolio. One approach would return the portfolio to a composition similar to outstanding Treasury securities, while another would result in a shorter-term maturity structure of three years or less.Portfolio DiscussionThe staff analysis showed that a move to the shorter-term portfolio “would put significant upward pressure on term premiums and imply that the path of the federal funds rate would need to be correspondingly lower to achieve the same macroeconomic outcomes as in the baseline outlook,” the minutes said.In their discussion of a portfolio proportional to the Treasury market, “participants observed that moving to this target” of portfolio composition “would not be expected to have much effect on current staff estimates of term premiums and thus would likely not reduce the scope for lowering the target range for the federal funds rate target in response to adverse economic shocks.”Several participants judged that the proportional approach would be “well aligned with the committee’s previous statements that changes in the target range for the federal funds rate are the primary means by which the committee adjusts the stance of monetary policy.” At the same time, some of the debate focused on how much capacity each strategy would allow for adding economic stimulus through a maturity extension program.Investors have been betting the Fed will cut interest rates later this year partly on concern over inflation running persistently below its 2 per cent target, which prices have done for most of the last seven years.On the economic outlook, “many participants suggested that their own concerns from earlier in the year about downside risks from slowing global economic growth and the deterioration in financial conditions or similar concerns expressed by their business contacts had abated,” according to the minutes.GDP expanded at a 3.2 per cent annual pace in the first quarter,surpassing expectations, and unemployment hit a 49-year low in April. The U.S. expansion is on track to become the longest on record in July.With assistance from Jordan Yadoo.Bloomberg.com May 22, 20192:29 PM EDT Filed under News Economy Join the conversation → Twitter Facebook Comment Share this storyFed signals patience on rate moves ‘for some time’ Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Craig Torres last_img read more

first_imgNext year the first autonomous Volkswagens will be tested in IsraelVolkswagen, Mobileye (acquired by Intel) and Champion Motors announced plans to develop and launch in Israel the first self-driving ride-hailing service, called also Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).The joint venture will be started in early 2019 and roll out in phases (from several dozen to hundreds of self-driving electric vehicles) through 2022 when full commercialization should be possible.Volkswagen Group will be responsible for electric cars and its in-depth knowledge and competency about design and deployment of user-centered mobility services, while Mobileye will provide its level-4 AV Kit – a turn-key, driverless solution comprised of hardware, driving policy, safety software and map data. The third partner – Champion Motors – will run the fleet operations and control center.Autonomous driving Intel To Buy Tesla’s Former Autopilot Partner For $15.3 Billion Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 3, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News “Together, the three companies will add the mobility platform and services, content and other Mobility-as-a-Service tools, ensuring a seamless rider experience in the deployment of a full-stack Mobility-as-a-Service offering.The government of Israel has committed to support the project in three main areas: furnishing legal and regulatory support, sharing the required infrastructure and traffic data, and providing access to infrastructure as needed. While “New Mobility in Israel” will be Israel’s first commercial Mobility-as-a-Service with self-driving vehicles, all facilitations and rulings will be applied to all other ventures that wish to operate a Mobility-as-a-Service in Israel.Volkswagen, Mobileye and Champion Motors will use “New Mobility in Israel” to serve as a global beta site for testing and introducing the Mobility-as-a-Service model using autonomous electric vehicles. The project will start in early 2019 and scale to commercialization by 2022.“New Mobility in Israel” will roll out in phases and grow quickly from several dozen to hundreds of self-driving electric vehicles.This initiative harnesses the disruptive power of several trends in the automotive industry:autonomous vehicle platforms changing the way we control vehicles, electric vehicles changing how we power vehicles, and Mobility-as-a-Service changing how we access mobility.” Tesla Calls On Employees To Test Full Self-Driving Autonomous Chevy Bolt Program Gets Billions In Backing Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group said: “We firmly believe that self-driving electric vehicles will offer Israel and cities around the world safe, clean and emission-free mobility, which is accessible and convenient. We are looking forward to this partnership with our local partners Mobileye and Champion Motors from Israel,”Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and senior vice president at Intel said:“We are delighted to embark on a joint venture with a world-leading automotive OEM, aimed at delivering a transformational mobility service. Our service aims to intelligently and dynamically adapt to the urban mobility needs of the 21st Century, catering to the mobility-mileage demands within the city while minimizing the direct/indirect incurred societal costs – air/noise pollution, congestion and safety.”Professor Itzhak Swary, chairman of the board of directors at Champion Motors said:“Champion Motors is investing in autotech and smart mobility in order to continue providing the Israeli customers with the best and most advanced products and services in this area. We are proud to partner with Volkswagen and strengthen our collaboration through this pioneering project, which positions Israel at the spearhead of innovation.”last_img read more

first_img Hyundai Kona Electric Charging Rates Compared: 39-kWh vs 64-kWh The further Jonny Smith drove the new Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV, the more often he liked it and the less often he charged it.The prices Jonny quoted in this episode were correct at time of recording (September 2018) so for more up to date information check the link below.More info on the KonaHyundai  Kona ElectricShort-range Battery / Motor spec:39.2 kWh battery – 300 km (186 miles) range (WLTP)99 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 9.3 seconds104 mph (167 km/h) top speed7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capabilityLong-range Battery / Motor spec:64 kWh battery – 470 km (292 miles) range (WLTP)150 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 7.6 seconds104 mph (167 km/h) top speed7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability 81 photos Hyundai Sold Record Number Of Plug-In Electric Cars In October 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 1, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Edmunds Compares Hyundai Kona Electric To Chevy Bolt Fully Charged asks is Hyundai Kona Electric a game changer?Fully Charged‘s team was impressed by the Hyundai Kona Electric after an extended test drive over several days and 1,018 miles (1,638 km) in September.Jonny Smith was blown away by the fully equipped 64 kWh and 150 kW version that turned out to be comfortable, with superb range, tech, interior and is competitively priced.The biggest problem is whether Hyundai will be able to produce enough Kona Electric to fulfill demand.Hyundai Kona Electric newslast_img read more

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 24, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Ever Wonder Why Musk Considered The Original Tesla Roadster A Failure? Source: Electric Vehicle News While two-seat convertible roadsters like the Tesla generally offer respectable accommodations for the driver, this is not necessarily the case once a passenger steps in. As you can see from the video, 6-foot-5-inch tall Detroit Lions offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby and Dan both tower over the car. However, its Crosby’s girth that makes getting into the car difficult. Once he’s seated inside next to Dan, the two are quite cozy due to the car’s slim width. Crosby is able to successfully pilot the Roadster, but it’s a cramped situation.Later in the video, another professional athlete steps into the vehicle. He’s 6’8″ tall, but very slim. Watch the video to see how that goes.Have you been inside an original Tesla Roadster? Share your stories with us in the comment section below.Video Description via What’s Inside Family on YouTube:Will an NFL Lineman Fit Inside a Tesla Roadster?It’s sleek, powerful and fast – but can an original Tesla Roadster fit someone who is 6’5″ and 315 lbs? Thank to our friend Tyrell Crosby for helping us with this experiment. Be sure to check him out with the Detroit Lions!Thanks to Ben from Teslanomics and Zack from JerryRigEverything for helping us with the video. See The Tesla Roadster In Space From All Angles Our Tesla Roadster Was Finally Delivered: Video This Detroit Lion gets acquainted with the original Tesla Roadster.We recently shared What’s Inside Family’s delivery of its used, 2010 Tesla Roadster. Channel host Dan test drove the upcoming Roadster and put a deposit down. Then, he won a Roadster via the Tesla Referral Program, which now happens to be going away in about a week. So, he decided to purchase an original Roadster to add to his growing Tesla collection. Dan is reasonably tall (6’2″), yet he fits comfortably in the tiny, Lotus Elise-based, all-electric two-seater. How about an NFL lineman?More Original Tesla Roadster Content:last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to save €5.9 billion and raise their operating margin to 6%, VW will cut 5,000-7,000 jobs by 2023.  These job cuts will mostly be a result of offering early retirement to longtime employees, rather than layoffs.  The comments on this change in strategy were made at VW’s annual media conference in Wolfsburg.As part of this announcement, VW laid out a plan for its future.  The company will boost their software engineering department significantly in the coming years, hiring 2,000 new employees in software and electronics. more…The post VW to cut 7,000 jobs, drastically increase software development by 2030 appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

first_imgThe Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb competition is a chance for manufacturers to show off their latest machines – and put them through the grueling gauntlet. This year Zero Motorcycles will be competing with their new 2019 Zero SR/F electric motorcycle. But can an air-cooled electric motorcycle be competitive in such a high power race? Zero thinks so, and here’s why. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe the podcast. https://youtu.be/a80dwn_R-mcThe post Zero SR/F electric motorcycle to tackle Pike’s Peak – but can it stand the heat? appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

first_img Facebook County Championship Division One Share 2 Sep 2008 20:48 Share 0 1 Report Dead right Allout: overseas players used to be synonymous with one county. Mushy is one of the few these days who is in the same bracket. I seem to recall they wanted to name a bus after Mushy in Brighton, but such an award can only be bestowed posthumously.As for winning the Championship on his own: he clearly didn’t, but then I doubt that Sussex would have won it three times without him either. 0 1 HarryHeller Comments 31 “Mushtaq Ahmed, the finest Sussex player ever”I’d say he was, if the yard-stick is matches and trophies won. Snow had the better action and Ranji was the greater stylist, but no one (esp. Moores and Adams) can deny that Mushy won 3 Championships on his own. MouthoftheMersey 0 1 Report | Pick … 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. First published on Mon 1 Sep 2008 19.01 EDT 100 Reply Sportblog Share on Facebook Share on Facebook comment Share on Facebook Share on Twitter I’ve always found Mr Henderson to be a trifle negative since his unashamed Hick bashing of the 90s. As a devout Worcestershire fan, I would therefore like to throw Hick’s name into the ‘great overseas players’ category. While he was still a young Zimbabwean he helped Worcester to two back to back Championship titles and two Sunday League titles in three years. With a top score of 405* and equalling Turner’s county record of 10 centuries in a season, a bucket full of catches and a few wickets to boot. Not too shabby.With regards Mushy, the man has consistently destroyed batting line-ups, almost single-handedly, for years in an era of two divisions. His name should, quite rightly, be placed among the greats of our domestic game. Mushy, I take my hat off to you! Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Reply Share PaulLinford – good article about Doshi here http://content-www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/245284.html by the excellent Gideon Haigh. County Championship 2008 Division One 2 Sep 2008 17:00 | Pick View more comments Reply As a Middxman, may I nominate Vince van de Bijl? He was only at Middx for a season, but took more than 80 wickets on unresponsive pitches. Also a very popular bloke with the members and fellow players, by all accounts. Share on Twitter Twitter DanCon unthreaded Reply Reply Share on Facebook | Pick whathappenednext Azharuddin @ Derbyshire? Not the best overall, and disgraced of course, but on his day (with the late summer sun beating down), uttery enchanting. 0 1 Not Garry Sobers, who arrived at Nottinghamshire in his pomp, and never really set the Trent on fire. High talent by itself will not win the case. At various times county cricket has welcomed some of the greatest players to have played the game, yet few would argue that Javed Miandad, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram or Anil Kumble, among a dozen others, are worthy of the unofficial title. They were magnificent players who left wonderful memories but we have to look elsewhere for our man.Certain names are impossible to overlook. Clive Lloyd in his bespectacled, six-hitting youth made Old Trafford look a small ground. Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh gave superb service to Hampshire and Gloucestershire, bowling their guts out, never coasting. Warwickshire saw the best of Allan Donald, and, one remarkable summer, of Brian Lara. Down the road at Worcester, Glenn Turner will not be forgotten. Those who saw Zaheer Abbas in his purest form at Cheltenham will feel blessed.But it isn’t just the marquee names who demand consideration. Wayne Daniel was a Middlesex stalwart. John Shepherd became part of the club fabric at Canterbury. More recently Darren Lehmann made a huge impact at Yorkshire, not least on the emerging Michael Vaughan. Then there were the galvanisers: Clive Rice at Nottingham, Eddie Barlow at Derby, and Mike Procter at Bristol.Procter is one of the five men I submit for consideration. He gets in because English spectators saw him at his best over a decade, and best in his case means being one of the most supremely gifted – and watchable – all-round cricketers the world has known. He also became wedded to the club, which is the important thing. “Procky” was magnificent with bat and ball, and carried his men with him.A second choice must be Vivian Richards, who also matured to greatness in England, with Somerset. How lucky we were to watch the coronation of King Viv! A third choice is Richard Hadlee, for reasons that should require no special pleading. Here was another champion cricketer playing flat out for Nottinghamshire. A bowler supreme.The list is completed by two men separated by half a century. Ted McDonald, a ferocious fast bowler from Tasmania, was directly involved in the three successive championships that Lancashire won, starting in 1926, and a fourth they added in 1930. Ken McEwan of South Africa was a batting anchor for Essex when they broke their championship duck in 1979, and he stayed to win two more titles, as well as five one-day trophies, before he left in 1985. All were fine players and terrific servants, who forged bonds of steel with their clubs.Mushie did jolly well. But it’s time to reset that bar.· Frank Keating returns next month Facebook NimrodTroyte Reply 2 Sep 2008 8:24 Waterhot Waterhot Share on Facebook 2 1 Sportblog Report | Pick newest You neglected to mention the original “Mushie” – Mushtaq Mohammed, a great overseas player for Northants in the 70s.Minor counties cricket also has its overseas heroes – for instance D.R. Doshi, who took four wickets for Herts against Essex in their 1976 Gillette Cup triumph at Hitchin. Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? Twitter Share Report jno50 Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on LinkedIn qualitystreet Report Share on Twitter Reply Reply Twitter Share Report gaivota Yevaru: Moores, Adams and the whole Sussex membership (including me) would deny Mushy won 3 titles on his own. That’s just silly, tabloid level understanding. But you’re welcome to it of course. 0 1 Twitter Mon 1 Sep 2008 19.01 EDT | Pick Reply Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook As Big Clive’s biography makes clear – http://nestaquin.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/supercat-a-literary-review/ – it was quite a shock to the system when he turned up at Old Trafford. Cricket was adjusting to television’s growing influence on life and reviving itself with limited overs cricket. Not only did Big Clive galvanise cricket’s first TV team, he played with a genial ferocity for his club and brought thousands of youngish kids like me to the game. I’m grateful. 0 1 Share on Facebook E10Rifles 2 Sep 2008 20:16 @hendersonA gentle, positive piece – makes a change from last year’s bile on Pietersen.Anyway – overseas players so far missed out to make the hugest impact i.e made it into county folklore and/or won things that might not have been won;Somerset – Joel GarnerWorcs – Tom MoodyEssex – Stuart LawMiddlesex – Dessie HaynesHonourable mentions to Gordon Greenidge, Sarfraz Nawaz & Sylvester Clarke Share via Email Share on Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Facebook Share on Twitter @ mouthofthefmerseyThanks for that link to cricketarchive.com; what a great site that is! I could spend all day on it going through scorecards. | Pick Share on Twitter 2 Sep 2008 21:13 Share 2 Sep 2008 16:40 ………and of course Alvin Kallicharran Share Facebook Report Facebook Share County Championship Division One Report 2 Sep 2008 20:38 Share on Facebook 2 Sep 2008 15:23 0 1 0 1 Twitter Report It”l either be taken as being annoyinglic pendantic or me being stupid but, technically, Graeme Hick’s an overseas player. As a Sussex fan, I think Mushy is the best we’ve had, other may have one more but I can’t think of another player who has turned the tide of so many games single handedly. His wickets dragged us kicking and screaming to the title last year & you can see the difference in performance this year when he’s been missing. Plus, theres the always enteratining chant:Mushy, Mushy, Mushy!! Peas, Peas, Peas!!!!!!! keaton Report Share on Facebook Report Reply RegretTheHorsePlayer Reuse this content,View all comments > Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up How can you suggest Warne as being worthy of the title but Mushy not?Mushy has comprenhensively outbowled Warne every year. He may not be the greatest overseas player but he’s undoubtedly one of the oversees player who’s played the best cricket?But if belitting Mushy makes up for us having our back-to-back titles i’ll take it Report Share Facebook KP at Notts? Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Reply 2 Sep 2008 15:41 Email (optional) Report 2 Sep 2008 17:25 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick comments (31)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Toast Mushie but raise a glass to the true greats Order by oldest 2 Sep 2008 16:07 0 1 Twitter Share on Twitter PaulLinford Share via Email 2 Sep 2008 20:07 Share on Twitter All Share on Facebook Report Bois 2 Sep 2008 11:57 MouthoftheMersey Reply Reply Share on Twitter Report Twitter Report 2 Sep 2008 16:17 0 1 Share 2 Sep 2008 8:50 25 0 1 0 1 Share Share on Facebook Share If Mushie had been playing for Pakistan he would not have been half as effective. And I think thats the point. There are hardly any great overseas players in country cricket anymore as there is too much international cricket for them to be concentrating on.Thats why someone like Mushie in todays era is deemed the best. He probably is. The best ever? No chance. For all the reasons given. Report Share on Twitter 0 1 Twitter 50 Allout Reply | Pick Reply Share Yevaru Facebook Share on Twitter 0 1 timthemonkey Reply Share on Facebook Reply Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp One other thing about Big Clive.As a twelve-year-old, I watched the telly, as bewitched as John Arlott was, as Big Clive played one of the all-time great innings – http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/35/35256.html.Less than two months later, I was getting the bus to Aigburth to sit on the boundary rope to watch him make another ton, this time in real life – http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/35/35479.htmlAt the end of each day’s play, we all ran on just to walk along next to the already stooping black man in the glasses as he made his way to the Pavilion and wonder if he was really human or made of altogether more glamorous stuff. (Some handy overseas players in that match!) Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share | Pick 0 1 NimrodTroyte | Pick Share Twitter Reply Samuelle Reply By Jove, they lowered the bar for old Mushie, didn’t they? No sooner had the Pakistan wrist spinner announced his retirement from English cricket last week than the tributes poured like vintage hock. “Mushtaq Ahmed, the finest Sussex player ever” it was said, followed by another toast to “the finest of all overseas players”. The hock must have been flowing like the Rhine.It’s a matter of opinion, granted, but it may be wise to cock an ear towards those who recalled John Snow with his tail up and Ted Dexter in midsummer prime. Nor should we ignore the memories of previous generations who witnessed the Langridge brothers, John and James, Maurice Tate and the great Ranji, whose batsmanship (glimpsed in the mind’s eye, through the filter of contemporary accounts) will always define the Golden Age for those who were born too late.Then there was Ranji’s captain, Charles Burgess Fry, the greatest of British all-round sportsmen. That is not really an opinion: Fry’s achievements remain carved in oak. He was also, so he assured everybody, the man who was offered the throne of Albania when he attended the League of Nations deliberations in 1920, and turned it down because “it seemed a damn bore”.Anyway, well done, Mushie. You were indeed a wonderful player for Sussex, helping them to win the county championship in 2003, for the first time in the club’s history, and helping them to win it again in 2006 and 2007, but not everybody thinks that your light shines brightest in Hove.As for the finest of all overseas players, that is such a mighty bow to draw that the string must snap. Mushtaq played a notable part in the Sussex story but he was not the greatest overseas player. So who was? Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share Twitter your whole article revolves around the phrase “the finest of all overseas players”. But who actually said it? Quotes should be attributed and a quick lazy google found nothing. Why bother comparing chalk with cheese? How good was Sir Viv, but what did Somerset win? As a Sussex man I’m pleased and proud of what he did for us. I accuse you sir of lazy journalism and sour grapes! 2 Sep 2008 18:34 0 1 Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook | Pick 2 Sep 2008 20:44 A pleasant piece from Michael Henderson! I even don’t mind that he started it with the words “by jove”.That said, MH has missed the salient point. In the days of yore there wasn’t the packed touring schedules for internationals, so top overseas players could concentrate on playing for their designated counties between April and September. These days, overseas players are here for a month or two and then off to their next set of international duties.What therefore sets Mushie apart is not the comparison to his forerunners but the comparison to his contemporaries. Yes, I know a lot of this is to do with age but the fact remains that he has been a stand-out in overseas players of the last decade or so. An attempt at an all-time comparison which takes no account of these changing circumstances is doomed to fail before it even gets going. Michael Henderson Facebook 2 Sep 2008 15:27 Facebook fmac Hadlee didn’t pay much attention to his batting at test level (though he did take a century off the Windies in their pomp, as I recall) but he was an all-rounder of the highest class in county play – the top bowler in the averages most years, but also routinely in the top five of the batting averages as well. Has anyone – overseas or not – equalled that all-round performance? (A non-rhetorical question.) Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Twitter 2 Report | Pick Close report comment form 0 1 As an Essex supporter who as a youngster once received a signed Duncan Fearnley Polyplastic from Ken McEwan as a birthday present (my Dad worked for one of the sponsors at the time), I’ll second the vote for him. He never got the chance to play Test cricket, but in the time he was at Essex, the county won 8 titles. I’d also like to give a mention to another Essex player of that era – Keith Boyce. On his day, he was the best fast bowler I’ve ever seen, and he had an arm like a bullet. I can’t believe Essex would have won half as many trophies without him – certainly not in the one-day game, anywayI must say there’s a name I’m surprised hasn’t cropped up yet. Whenever Hampshire came to play Essex, or whenever they were on the television, I would get a tingle of anticipation at the prospect of watching Gordon Greenidge bat. But more exciting still was the prospect of seeing his opening partner, Barry Richards. And my grandad, the proudest of Yorkshireman, recounting to me the 155 not out he took off Yorkshire in a JPL match in Hull in 1970 (if I remember rightly, Yorks scored fewer than 100 in reply) was one of the key factors in my developing a lifelong passion for cricket. Share on Facebook | Pick MouthoftheMersey Report Report | Pick Facebook 2 Sep 2008 22:41 Cricket 0 1 0 1 Twitter Facebook | Pick Facebook oldest 0 1 2 Sep 2008 8:12 Reply Bois 1 2 Sep 2008 12:01 Reason (optional) Waterhot: I was there for this match – http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/38/38393.html. Since even I could swing it at Southport, I reckon it was doing a bit in the air, if not off the pitch. I’m pretty sure Ken McEwan got his ton before lunch. I feel Mike Hussey plays a bit like McEwan – very handy indeed! Share on Twitter Share Facebook As for overseas players at Yorkshire:Tendulkar was hopeless.Richie Richardson’s lasting legacy – in my mind – is coming to a deal with the Yorkshire Chairman whereby Richie would wear a Yorkshire cap on the field in exchange for the Chairman wearing one of Richie’s trademark wide brimmed sunhats.Darren Lehmann: bundles of runs. Proves Hendo’s point, really. Share 0 1 Twitter Reply 0 1 Share on Facebook 2 Sep 2008 8:34 recommendations Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook 2 Sep 2008 18:37 Facebook | Pick Twitter | Pick Read more Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Twitter Topics 0 1 Share on Twitter Show 25 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Asif Iqbal did very well at Kent. Majid Khan was great to watch at Cambridge University. Clive Rice was magnificent for Notts.Gordon Greenige and Glen Turner not a bad opening pair for Hampshire, also Barry Richards. Report Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share 2 Sep 2008 21:05 Report collapsed Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share expanded Facebook Share Twitter Twitter | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Twitter Share Report Report Shares00 Share on Facebook | Pick Report 2 Sep 2008 20:18 qualitystreet Twitter Reply 0 1 And now of course I realise I’m ageing. My mind playing tricks. Poor old Keith retired before we won a thing. Still one hell of a player, though. Share on Facebook Threads collapsed Sharelast_img read more