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BBC Business News Feed: Global markets fall amid slowdown fears

Business Now Mag - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:14
The FTSE 100 saw its worst day of trading this year, while US stock markets have also fallen sharply.
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Entrepreneur: How Open Financial Tools and Services on the Blockchain Are an Enormous Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Business Now Mag - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:00
The opportunity blockchain represents is just getting started.
Categories: Business

Archaeologists Find Bound Bodies Of Enslaved Africans In Portuguese Trash Dump

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:25
Skeletons from the Medieval period provide new information on the horrors of the early slave trade.
Categories: Business

GM Preps Michigan Plant for New Chevrolet EV

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:00

General Motors Co confirmed on Friday it will invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant, adding 400 jobs to build a new Chevrolet electric vehicle.

The largest U.S. automaker has come under heavy criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant earlier this month.

GM officials said the announcement was planned well before Trump’s series of angry GM tweets that started on Saturday. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to raise the decision to end production at the Ohio plant, which is in a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election. He again ripped the company in a speech in Ohio on Wednesday.

GM has shown no indication it will reverse course and reopen the Lordstown plant.

Reuters reported on Thursday on GM’s investment plans for the plant in Orion Township, outside Detroit.

Chevrolet Bolt and Sonic at GM Orion plant

Last year, GM said it would end production at five North American assembly plants and eliminate about 15,000 jobs, prompting outrage and a two-day visit by Barra to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the job cuts.

GM did not disclose the name or timing of the new GM EV but said it would be built on the same platform as the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV. GM did not disclose the name of the new EV or the timing of production.

The automaker said in total it is investing $1.8 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations this year, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

Additional product information and timing for the new Chevrolet EV will be released closer to production.

GM said producing the vehicle in a U.S. manufacturing plant supports the rules of origin provisions in the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement.

In February, GM disclosed that it had hired Ballard Partners, a lobbying firm run by Brian Ballard, a fundraiser for Trump’s presidential campaign. The company has been eager to try to smooth over relations with the White House after Trump first began harshly attacking GM last year.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Entrepreneur: Best Cannabis Software for Seed-to-Sale Tracking

Business Now Mag - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:00
The best cannabis software for following legal weed's complicated web of regulations.
Categories: Business

Entrepreneur: How to Attract the Kind of Positive 'Press' That Also Boosts Your Bottom Line

Business Now Mag - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 18:00
Donations. Green Initiatives. Even building wells in Africa can get your company the positive attention you crave.
Categories: Business

Pubs for Sale: Horse Pond Freehold Public House In Castle Cary For Sale

Business Now Mag - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:57
• Famous somerset town centre freehold public house • over £200,000 recently invested in upgrading and improving property • well decorated and presented throughout • main building comprises two bar
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New Toyota GT86 Is Coming, Report Says

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:43

There were some rumblings that the Toyota 86 may not return for a second generation, but a new report revives our hopes. Toyota’s European marketing boss has confirmed that the company will indeed build a new GT86, as it’s known in Europe.

Matt Harrison told Autocar that the GT86 has been a successful halo model for Toyota. He also reiterated that the new Supra was not intended to replace the GT86. “They are for different audiences and are different products,” he said. “We see a situation where they will sit alongside each other.”

Harrison said it was a “safe assumption” that the second-generation GT86 would keep its ties to Subaru. Originally co-developed with the Subaru BRZ, the GT86 features a Subaru-derived 2.0-liter flat-four Boxer engine. Making 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, a manual-equipped 86 we tested ran from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

The 86 is not a big seller here in the U.S. Last year, Toyota sold just 4,146 copies, down 39 percent from the previous year. We don’t know about Toyota’s plans for the 86 here, and a U.S. Toyota spokesman told us the company couldn’t confirm plans to introduce a new version on our shores when asked for comment. But Harrison makes it clear this car isn’t about sales.

“Its role is not one particularly about volume globally. It’s about adding excitement to the brand and emotional appeal,” he said, adding the GT86 has achieved this goal particularly in markets like the U.K.

Earlier this month, we learned that Toyota wants three sports cars in its lineup, but it’s unlikely to make one smaller than the current 86. Toyota Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada told Evo, “I believe most people are looking forward to the smallest of the ‘three brothers,’ And when people say the smallest, they expect it would be the most affordable. But in reality coming up with a compact small sports car is quite difficult.”

Source: Autocar

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BBC Business News Feed: Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

Business Now Mag - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:37
Civil service chiefs are asking staff how working class they think they are to make recruitment fairer.
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Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

BBC Business News - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:37
Civil service chiefs are asking staff how working class they think they are to make recruitment fairer.
Categories: Business

Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:37
Civil service chiefs are asking staff how working class they think they are to make recruitment fairer.
Categories: Business

Sloppy Joes: The Satisfying Sweet and Savoury Combo

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:00
The all American classic hits the high notes when it comes to the ultimate family comfort food. Find out where it's from and how to make it.
Categories: Restaurants

Debenhams looks to raise £200m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:45
Debenhams’ share price plummeted 61% after it announced it is looking to raise £200m from its existing investors.
Categories: Property

Prince Charles Mixes Business With Pleasure on Royal Trip to the Caribbean

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:13
<p>Prince William and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/luxury-private-resorts-fiji" target="_blank">Prince Harry</a> may get all the attention now, but we’re here to remind you that 70-year-old Prince Charles is the original handsome British Prince of people’s dreams.</p><p>This week, Charles and his wife Camilla kicked off a 13-day tour of the Caribbean. As <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/g26850147/prince-charles-camilla-parker-bowles-royal-tour-caribbean-2019-photos/" target="_blank">Town &amp; Country</a></em> reported, the royal pair will make an appearance at a whopping 50 engagements on 10 islands during their stay.</p><img alt="Prince Charles in The Caribbean "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1553098933/prince-charles-caribbean-CHARLESTRIP0319.jpg?itok=r08znEY7"><p>But, even with this ridiculously packed schedule the duo still made time to relax on the beach in Barbados. Because — let’s be real — there’s no way you can go to Barbados and not dive into the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-caribbean-bermuda-bahamas-resorts" target="_blank">crystal blue Caribbean waters</a>. And, the paparazzi photos of Charles reminded everyone that he’s the OG of royal heartthrobs.</p><p>While the photos are dashing the couple is reportedly not all that pleased that their downtime became a part of the bigger story. <em>Town and Country reported that, </em>according to the British Press Association, "a source said the pictures were taken during a brief off-duty moment on a major international tour on behalf of the Government, in circumstances where the couple would have a reasonable expectation of privacy during private down time."</p><p>So, after their quick dip the duo quickly got back to their official royal duties, which are of much greater importance than their swim.</p><p>For example, on their first official stop in St. Lucia, Prince Charles gave a speech that called attention to the local sustainability efforts on the islands.</p><p>“Climate change,” he said, “poses nothing short of an existential threat to this island as it does to every part of this region.”</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-royals-caribbean/in-st-lucia-britains-prince-charles-touts-blue-economy-idUSKCN1QZ04R" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the Prince specifically called out a program that aims to map St. Lucia’s seabed, which is supported by the Commonwealth Marine Economies Program, as an effort that holds the “potential to help develop St. Lucia’s vital blue economy in significant and sustainable ways.”</p><img alt="Prince Charles in The Caribbean "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1553098933/prince-charles-and-wife-caribbean-CHARLESTRIP0319.jpg?itok=QKPzj5US"><p>The Prince and his wife are now on their way to other islands including <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/st-vincent-grenadines" target="_blank">St. Vincent and the Grenadines</a>, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada. Prince Charles will also be the first British royal to visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/cuba" target="_blank">Cuba</a>. That trip, Charles’ <a href="https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/press-release/prince-wales-and-duchess-cornwall-will-visit-st-lucia-barbados-st-vincent-and" target="_blank">website</a> explained, is meant "to highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries."</p>
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2019 Audi Q8 Drivers' Notes Review | Sharp dresser

Auto Blog News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:01

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This crossover doesn't sacrifice utility for style.

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Tame Impala Is Back With New Music After 4 Years - Listen to 'Patience'

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:00
Described as a 'psych-disco bop,' the song finds the singer showcasing his vocals over a bright piano groove and arpeggiated synths.
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Ethereal Review - Stay In Your Lane

Gamespot News Feed - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:00

By restricting traditional movement and thrusting you into carefully constructed 2D mazes, simply getting around Ethereal's levels presents challenging conundrums that are deeply satisfying to overcome. Despite some uneven pacing and technical issues marring the overall experience, Ethereal is a delightful game that contrasts a soothing ambiance with intricate and challenging puzzle designs.

Ethereal's opening is mysterious, but not in the best way. Starting in a monochrome world with harsh black and white streaks across the screen, it's difficult to make sense of your surroundings and options. It's an unnecessarily confusing introduction to Ethereal, which otherwise takes care to slowly introduce new mechanics before nudging you towards increasingly complex puzzles.

Outside of its central hub, Ethereal is wonderfully colorful. Your avatar leaves inky streaks of color behind them as they move, corresponding to a limited but carefully chosen palette that paints the walls around you with bright hues. A fish-eye style lens warps each world near the edges, making it feel like you're traversing a wrapped around globe rather than an endless 2D plane set on top of a harsh white background. Ethereal's stylings are subtle but work well together, producing a distinctive look that never wears thin.

Movement in Ethereal is central to its puzzles. You're restricted to sliding across 2D planes, with carefully placed walls blocking your progress. You overcome them by hopping through the closest wall either above or below you, shifting you into an entirely new row to move across. It's slightly confusing to wrap your head around at first, but getting the hang of seamlessly moving around each stage is satisfying to learn. Identifying patterns in level layouts lets you quickly zip around each of them, allowing you to reach your objectives with ease and comfortably map a route to your exit once you're done.

Each stage tasks you with obtaining a series of color-coded shapes in sequential order. It's easy to see where most are placed as soon as you enter a level, but reaching them in the order required is rarely straightforward. Although levels are small, they are labyrinthine. They are sometimes made overly complicated, with unnecessary routes and obstacles littering the peripheral of the main stage and baiting you into considering red-herring routes. Misdirection is a core principle of well-designed puzzles, but Ethereal doesn't make it easy enough to rectify a foolish misstep. You'll typically have to redo all your previous moves in reverse to get back on track, which is more confusing than it should be. It quickly becomes frustrating, making each error feel more like a waste of time than a constructive learning experience.

Thankfully, Ethereal's 24 unique puzzles don't struggle with variety. Early ones simply rely on the freshness of the game's movement to generate complexity, but it's not long before new interactions change how you think about moving through each level. One will rotate the level by 90-degrees, for example, turning previously insurmountable walls into new points for you to hop between. Another creates a black, negative space that offers a larger range of movement, which gives you the ability to move walls and alter a level's layout.

These mechanisms are introduced intelligently too, by first appearing in the hub world that precede levels designed around them. Their simple introduction whets your appetite while the larger puzzles they're used in build upon their numerous possibilities in inventive ways. At first, each stage is centered around only one of these mechanics at a time, but puzzles get increasingly challenging as Ethereal starts combining them. The difficulty curve can feel a little steep around the half-way point, and remains a little uneven up until the end, but Ethereal rarely feels unfair, only dipping into frustration when technical issues get in the way.

There were numerous instances where, after interacting with one of the aforementioned mechanisms, a bug inexplicably transported me to another end of the level--often in a position that made movement impossible. In these instances, the only solution is to restart the level entirely, which is frustrating given how long some stages can be. Having to tediously repeat numerous movements in order to return to the same spot you were before is frustrating enough, but occasionally encountering the same bug numerous times in the same level is infuriating.

Ethereal's soothing ambient soundtrack and delightfully catchy sound effects do alleviate the frustrations to a degree, while its ever-changing aesthetic is suitably elegant and effective at keeping you engaged with its puzzles and not distracted by unnecessary visual information. The soft water colors of each stage shift with each objective you reach, eventually being diluted into a simple monochromatic theme once you've finished. It's an effective way to measure your progress through a stage and help inform you of what color shape you've just cleared from the stage without the need for a HUD. Ethereal's visual simplicity echoes its ease of control but doesn't compromise its beauty in the process.

Ethereal's 24 puzzles shouldn't take that long to complete, only overstaying their welcome when technical issues force you to repeatedly restart them. Although there are also a few uneven spikes in difficulty, the game's inviting visuals and soothing sound effects dress puzzles that are intelligently designed around your limited mobility. Ethereal is a satisfyingly challenging and unique puzzle game that serves as a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

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