November 30, 2016 admin 0Comment

Volkswagen will not offer new diesel models in the US, the company’s brand chief has announced this week, ahead of more stringent regulations that will come into effect by the end of the decade. German newspaper Handelblatt reports that the automotive giant has made the decision to withdraw its diesel offerings, contrary to previous reports that Volkswagen executives indicated TDI models may come back to the States for the one or two years leading up to the new, stricter diesel laws. Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s brand chief, told the German publication: “We are working under the assumption that we will no longer…

November 29, 2016 admin 0Comment

  It’s only Week 13, but the Cowboys can already punch their ticket to the playoffs this weekend. With a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football, the Cowboys need either a Buccaneers loss or tie to the San Diego Chargers or a Washington Redskins loss to the Cardinals in order to secure their place in this year’s tournament. The Cowboys have only made the playoffs eight times since winning their last Super Bowl in the 1995 season. They’re just 3-8 in those trips, never advancing past the divisional round. Dallas clinches a playoff berth 1) DAL win…

November 26, 2016 admin 0Comment

Pricing and specifications have been announced for the 2017 Alpina B4 BiTurbo range, the first model in the tuning company’s local line-up. Based on the BMW 435i, the Alpina B4 BiTurbo has been extensively reworked to deliver better performance while also featuring numerous styling enhancements and unique interior elements. The main change between the Alpina B4 and the 435i, apart from the obvious cosmetic tweaks, is to the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine under the bonnet. With an additional turbocharger, new cooling system and a forged steel crankshaft, the B4 BiTurbo produces a meaty 300kW of power and 600Nm of torque, 75kW…

November 26, 2016 admin 0Comment

I am loath to take part in the narrative trope that conveys, “Young women who have sex, in doing so, are embarking on a wacky, embarrassing, ill-thought-out comedy of errors,” without some recognition of how cool and worthwhile casual sex can be. Sexual autonomy is often presented as “confessional”—either overly comic or overly melodramatic, and when a female sexual youth is described as a series of “misadventures,” it rankles me. Upon taking in movies, magazines, and the anecdotes of others about the so-called bad behavior of a wayward woman they know, I so often feel like screaming, “She didn’t lampoon…

November 24, 2016 admin 0Comment

Ah, the holiday are upon us, and so too, are forced family gatherings. Movies often show extreme examples of how the ties that bind sometimes strangle. The best family comedies put the fun in dysfunctional as characters have their patience tested — often by the folks who can push their buttons best. Here are ten memorable and darkly funny flicks. 1. “Pieces of April” Poor April (Katie Holmes) is the black sheep of her clan, a tattooed hipster living in downtown New York. She wants to make what may be the last Thanksgiving dinner for her dysfunctional family — long-suffering…

November 23, 2016 admin 0Comment

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love set an NBA record for points in a first quarter by scoring 34 on Wednesday against Portland. Love fell three points shy of the league record for points in any quarter, set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015. Love, who set a team record for points in a period, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers. He made his first six shots, including five 3-pointers. He missed his only shot of the second quarter, playing about the final 6 minutes…

November 21, 2016 admin 0Comment

When Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo stepped to the podium Tuesday and delivered his memorable soliloquy in handing control of the offense over to Dak Prescott, the team’s brass wasn’t sure exactly what he was going to say. They were in constant conversations with him, so they knew it wouldn’t be adversarial. But Romo didn’t run it by the team’s public relations staff. He didn’t go over his speech with owner Jerry Jones. He simply wrote a letter, read it and solidified his legacy in the organization. As one member of the Cowboys’ organization said, a lot of people preach being…

November 12, 2016 admin 0Comment

You know what the best wake-up call in the world is? It’s not your favorite radio station, nor is it the tender embrace of family or even a puppy licking your face until you stir. It is, in fact, a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with 612 horsepower singing the song of its people. I know this, because to get to the new Mercedes-AMG E63, I flew from London to Portugal on two hours’ sleep. When I plonked myself into the car, I was barely awake, but when I fired it up, brain caffeine happened. Tech Talks Before we get to the…

November 11, 2016 admin 0Comment

You learn a lot about people when they’re down, President Barack Obama declared Thursday, and he wasn’t talking about an election. Obama saluted the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers for rallying from behind to defeat the Golden State Warriors and end a Cleveland pro sports title drought stretching back to 1964. Obama honored the Cavs on the South Lawn of the White House, squeezing in another sports champion before he leaves office. He opened with: “That’s right. I said world champion and Cleveland in the same sentence.” The Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship against a Warriors…