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Duterte Is Turning Philippines Into A More Corrupt And Less Democratic State

Forbes News Feed - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 01:13
The Philippines is getting a more corrupt and less democratic state under President Rodrigo Duterte.
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2020 Bentley Flying Spur Interior: Every Mind-Blowing Stat Behind How It’s Made

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 00:39

If you’re an assembly worker at Bentley, you must have a lot of patience. That’s particularly so if you’re handcrafting the new 2020 Flying Spur, which Bentley says is the most advanced car it has ever put on sale. Every Flying Spur goes through 84 different assembly stages at the company’s factory in Crewe, England, requiring nearly 200 workers. But what goes into making the most important part of the experience, the interior? A lot of time, and an even greater amount of jaw-dropping fun facts and statistics.

You’ll likely notice, even from photos, that the Bentley Flying Spur’s interior is awash in rich leather. (We loved being assaulted by the leather’s scent during our recent review of the luxury sedan.) Bentley says the leather hides used inside the cabin come from Northern European bulls, sourced sustainably as by-products of the meat industry. Since these future hamburgers with legs live in temperate climates, they encounter fewer parasites, leaving their leather hides free of blemishes. Still, it takes an enormous amount of work to create a finished product from these hides.

Each interior is comprised of 350 individual leather pieces that need to be stitched to or for 60 different components throughout the cabin. To accomplish this task, Bentley needs more than three kilometers (that’s 1.86 miles) of thread per interior. Assembly requires 141 craftspeople working with the more than 14 interior leather hide colors and 13 different colors of thread customers may select. If buyers opt for embroidery on the headrests, that’s another 5,103 stitches those workers have to make.

It takes 12 hours to hand-assemble just the Flying Spur’s four seats. A craftsperson will spend a painstaking three and a half hours on the steering wheel’s stitching alone. This is why craftspeople undergo at least five months of training before being set loose building Bentley interiors.

Among the Flying Spur’s interior goodies are massaging seats, crown-cut walnut veneer trim, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and unique three-dimensional diamond-quilted leather door inserts. But in our recent review, we noted the Bentley Flying Spur is not just about the comfortable interior. Despite its large size, the Flying Spur offers true sport sedan performance, aided by a 626-hp twin-turbo W-12 engine with 646 lb-ft of torque on tap, as well. Top speed is an exceptional 207 mph. If a six-figure SUV is more your speed, the Bentley Bentayga also offers top-notch craftsmanship and customization. It competes in a rapidly expanding super-luxury-SUV segment that also includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Aston Martin DBX.

Check out the gallery below for more Bentley Flying Spur interior images.

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Categories: Property

Taylor Swift's Father Feared for Her Safety After She Criticized GOP Senator

Ace show biz movies - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 00:30
In her Netflix documentary 'Miss Americana', the 'Lover' hitmaker was adamant to make her political stance clear despite being warned not to due to possible backlash.
Categories: Movies

Lizzo Says She Writes Music for Black Trans Women

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 00:00
The 'Juice' hitmaker denies claims that she makes music for white audience and says her music is for 'black women, big black women, and black trans women.'
Categories: Music

Rapper A Boogie Seen Cozying Up to Another Woman While Girlfriend Is Pregnant

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 23:01
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is accused of cheating on his pregnant girlfriend/baby mama Ella as he was spotted getting cozy with another woman during a night out.
Categories: Celebrity

Porsche’s First Super Bowl Ad in More Than Two Decades Is Epic

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 23:00

Porsche’s first Super Bowl commercial since 1997 is seemingly just the beginning of something bigger—a statement that applies not only to the short version of the ad below, but also the brand as a whole. 

Dubbed “The Heist,” the 60-second spot starts in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, where a bevy of security guards mull about the premises unaware that a Porsche Taycan is silently moving about. While the Taycan’s electric powertrain allows it to slip through the halls of the museum undetected, the modern powertrain is unable to do anything about the car tripping the building’s alarm. 

In short order, security is on alert and the crew of guards quickly slip into some of Porsche’s most vaunted vehicles in search of the elusive Taycan. Engines spin to redline, tires howl into the night, and then … it’s over. Or is it? 

It turns out the shorter Super Bowl spot merely serves as a sort of opening sequence to a longer version available to watch on Porsche’s YouTube channel and video site, NewsTV—or as embedded below. If the 60-second spot feels like a Mission Impossible film, the longer clip’s second half plays like Bad Boys, as more than a half dozen Porsches race through the German town of Heidelberg in pursuit of the stolen Taycan. Epic oversteer and various sight gags lighten the mood, which ultimately concludes with a twist.

As mentioned, the entire commercial is analogous to the Taycan’s impact on Porsche’s future as it moves from the maker of some of history’s most legendary fossil-fuel-burning machines to a more electrified future. Indeed, as the first mass-produced electric vehicle by the German automaker, the Taycan previews a Porsche era that promises driving engagement and environmental conscientiousness. And if “The Heist” is anything to go by, then we have no doubt Porsche’s electric future will be as exciting as its gas-driven past.

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Categories: Property

Stocks Plunge After U.S. Confirms Second Case Of Coronavirus

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:09
All three major indexes fell to their first weekly loss of 2020.
Categories: Business

Davos 2020: Quarrels, but little consensus

BBC Business News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:02
The World Economic Forum at Davos produced rows over climate change and trade, but little consensus.
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BBC Business News Feed: Davos 2020: Quarrels, but little consensus

Business Now Mag - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:02
The World Economic Forum at Davos produced rows over climate change and trade, but little consensus.
Categories: Business

Davos 2020: Quarrels, but little consensus

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:02
The World Economic Forum at Davos produced rows over climate change and trade, but little consensus.
Categories: Business

'Beales failure would be disaster for my business'

BBC Business News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:02
Ian Siddall says the troubled department store owes him £25,000 for thousands of handbags.
Categories: Business

'Beales failure would be disaster for my business'

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:02
Ian Siddall says the troubled department store owes him £25,000 for thousands of handbags.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: 'Beales failure would be disaster for my business'

Business Now Mag - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:02
Ian Siddall says the troubled department store owes him £25,000 for thousands of handbags.
Categories: Business

Kimora Lee Simmons Completes Adoption of 10-Year-Old Boy

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:01
The former wife of Russell Simmons has adopted a boy with her current husband Tim Leissner to join her two daughters and two sons, officially making her the mother of five.
Categories: Celebrity

Kelly Sildaru: The 17-Year-Old Queen Of Freestyle Skiing—From A Mountainless Country

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 21:58
17-year-old Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru is looking to make history at X Games Aspen 2019.
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