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  • 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility: Meet the new cruiser

    01/06/2019 3:22:59 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 83 replies
    AutoWeek ^ | 1/4/2019 | WESLEY WREN
    Ahead of the Detroit auto show, Ford showed off something you might not want to see in your rearview mirror -- the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility. We’ve seen growing rumblings and leaks about this upcoming cruiser, and it looks like our speculations aren’t too far off. The 2020 Police Interceptor Pursuit will come standard with a hybrid all-wheel-drive system and is more potent than the outgoing model. The standard powertrain for the 2020 Interceptor Utility is a 3.3-liter V6 mated to 10-speed automatic transmission. According to Ford, this combination bested the outgoing 3.7-liter powered model to 60 mph by 1.1...
  • Ford is basically giving up on US car business, and GM is not far behind

    04/26/2018 2:35:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 129 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04/26/2018 | Robert Ferris
    Ford's plan to reduce its passenger car lineup to just two models, and GM's difficulty selling passenger cars in the U.S. show how much tastes are drifting toward trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Ford will only update the Focus Active crossover and Mustang for the U.S. market, while GM called out a challenging passenger car environment. ====================================================================================================== So is it really the end of the American car on its home turf? From the way Detroit's major executives are talking, it would seem so. Ford said Wednesday it will only offer two new cars in North America over the coming years —...
  • (US) State Department China Travel Advisory

    01/04/2019 11:20:36 AM PST · by MeganC · 4 replies
    U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs ^ | January 3, 2019 | U.S. Department of State
    Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively: •to compel U.S. citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations, •to lure individuals back to China from abroad, and •to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favor of Chinese parties. In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of the exit ban when they attempt to depart...
  • Jean-Jacques Savin: Frenchman sets off to cross Atlantic in a barrel

    01/01/2019 12:56:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Dec 2018 | BBC
    A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months. His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage. He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents. Updates on the journey are being posted on a Facebook page and the latest message said the barrel was "behaving well". In a telephone interview with AFP news agency, he said: "The weather...
  • Will Emirates Continue Hiring Cabin Crew in 2019?

    12/15/2018 3:05:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Paddle Your Own Kanoo ^ | December 15, 2018 | Mateusz Maszczynski
    It’s been nearly an entire year since Emirates reopened recruitment for new cabin crew and since that time the airline has held hundreds of Open Day’s around the world. Emirates even trialled a brand new but short-lived recruitment process and partnered with a specialist aviation recruitment agency as it attempted to fill a massive hole in its cabin crew workforce. But as we fast approach 2019, has Emirates finally hired enough cabin crew? We ask that question because as many eager candidates will no doubt already have already noticed, the number of Open Day’s currently advertised on the official Emirates...
  • This summer My Wife and I are going to the NYC Area to see sights and Visit Family...

    12/15/2018 1:48:34 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 82 replies
    15 Dec 2018 | US Navy Vet
    Flying Southwest. What airport......Newark OR LaGuardia and why?
  • Thousands moved out for a new GM factory; now it's closing

    11/30/2018 5:59:21 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 26, 2018. | David Shepardson;
    General Motors Co on Monday pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant that builds it, both examples of a costly gamble that is not paying off. GM’s widely touted factory of the future, forced on a town desperate for jobs and hailed decades later by former resident Barack Obama, is set to wind down over the next few years, leaving beleaguered Hamtramck wondering what happened. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference Monday that he told GM chief executive Mary Barra Monday that “we moved thousands of people out of that neighborhood...
  • It was by Faith[Charismatic Caucus]

    11/29/2018 7:42:14 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Do you see my children it is as your faith becomes a sword as it did for the Centurion that I go before you, for truly as you abide in my faithfulness that it then manifests as a Truth and this is "The Domain of Zion" where wonders and miracles abound for Truly it is with your faith firmly grasped by your heart that I call you My Beloved Overcomer, as Abram became Abraham . Now take this finished faith to others for I AM your Yes and Amen Forevermore . . . Hebrews 11:17-31 17 It was by faith...
  • Living in Kiev: My First Three Months of Observations

    11/28/2018 8:40:32 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    I came to Kyiv from Italy to visit some friends living here last summer. My intention was to spend a few days in the city, and then go on a long trip back to Rome, through Eastern Europe, via trains and buses. During those two weeks, I never left a two-mile radius in the old city. While Rome and Italy felt stale, stuck in their ways, overly touristic, dying on the vine, and emotionally unstable, Kyiv showed signs of hope, strength and newness—like a strong flower poking through the hard dirt. There was a feeling of optimism in the youth—passionate...
  • Second man killed by train in Moorpark had been placing flowers for previous train victim

    11/28/2018 6:00:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    VC Star ^ | 11/26/2018 | Gretchen Wenner
    A man hit and killed by an Amtrak train Monday morning in Moorpark had been placing flowers on the tracks for another man fatally struck on Saturday by an Amtrak train, authorities said. Monday's fatality occurred around 11:33 a.m., when a northbound passenger train from Los Angeles was traveling through the city at about 70 mph, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, which provides police services in the city. The man, described as a 47-year-old Moorpark resident, was hit near Avenida Colonia and Nogales Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene. Tracks in the area pass underneath Highway...
  • How Your “Customer Lifetime Value” Affects How the Airline Treats You

    11/17/2018 11:38:41 AM PST · by Simon Green · 11 replies
    Flyer Talk ^ | 11/17/18 | Jackie Reddy
    Individual passengers may like to think that they are more than numbers to the airlines they patronize, but it turns out that this may not be the case, The Economist reports. As with many other businesses, carriers give individuals a “customer lifetime value” or CLV score. This metric is used to essentially predict how profitable a customer could be to an operator throughout the length of an individual’s relationship with a particular company. Airlines and carriers then utilize these scores to help inform their future interactions with their customers. “When it comes to flying, a CLV score takes into account...
  • Revealed: The top travel 'hot spots' for 2019 - including a 'hidden gem' island [tr]

    11/09/2018 10:28:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Emilia Mazza
    The top 10 travel destinations to add to your bucket list in 2019 have been revealed - taking in some of the most stunning spots on the globe. The new 'hot spots' for the bold traveller are identified by the team at travel site Booking.com. They include the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum in Jordan and the unspoiled paradise of Bacalar in Mexico.
  • Nations that an American Man could Travel and Relocate to (if need be)

    11/08/2018 4:02:54 PM PST · by vannrox · 67 replies
    metallicman ^ | 9nov18 | editorial staff
    What happens when you are given a five minute notice before your company lays you off? Then they hand you a NDR, and expect you to sign it, or else they will prevent you from getting food stamps and support. What then? What options do you have? Another stab at getting yet another American job, and America boss in an American corporate environment? Is that what your options are? As an American man, just what are your options? The world is yours once you have lost everything. That includes nations, food, culture and girls. You can go anywhere and be...
  • 'Trump Slump' doesn’t exist, says head of US tourism

    10/10/2018 10:49:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 10, 2018 | Hugh Morris, Travel News Editor
    The controversial presidency of Donald Trump is not having a negative impact on the American tourism industry, the man in charge of marketing the US to the world has told Telegraph Travel. A number of sources earlier this year and last reported that the number of international visitors to America was down as much as 5 per cent, losing the US economy up to Ł140million a week, according to the Global Business Travel Association. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said that arrivals fell by 4 per cent in the first six months of 2017, in the wake of...
  • Brightline Goes West, Plans LA-Las Vegas High Speed Rail

    09/22/2018 11:52:38 AM PDT · by Publius · 37 replies
    Railway Age ^ | 18 September 2018 | Stuart Chirls
    With its funding plans clearer, South Florida passenger start-up Brightline is looking west for its next venture into private high speed rail.Brightline on Tuesday said it had acquired XpressWest, a high-speed passenger rail project with rights to develop a federally approved corridor connecting Southern California and Las Vegas. he project would be only the second privately funded intercity passenger rail in the United States after Brightline. No terms were disclosed. “Brightline is changing transportation in our country by connecting heavily trafficked corridors that are too long to drive and too short to fly,” said Wes Edens, co-founder and co-chief executive...
  • April 2018: The World's 5 Most Dangerous Airlines

    09/22/2018 10:26:16 AM PDT · by rey · 39 replies
    Travel Awaits ^ | 19 Apri, 2018 | Anna Freyer
    Airline safety is measured by AirlineRatings.com, which uses a variety of metrics to award airlines as many as seven stars for safety and quality. The below airlines are the only ones in the world with only one star. 1. Air Koryo This may not be particularly surprising, but North Korea's national airline is rock bottom in the world rankings. Unlike most entries on this list, it is fatality-free and has an IOSA Certification, which is an internationally-recognized standard for the airline's operation and control systems. So, why the low star rating? For one, Air Koryo received an EU ban in...
  • Road Trip Redux: The Next Generation

    09/10/2018 1:05:29 PM PDT · by 60Gunner · 2 replies
    My Bad Old Self | 9/10/18 | 60Gunner
    Greetings fellow freepers of all stripes and shades! It's been a long long time since I last posted anything that was not fraught with frustration towards our "representatives" in congress or outright rage towards unelected government officials who have hijacked our constitutional republic. Well, it's time to come up for air. I am taking my oldest son (now 28) on a road trip that we had planned way back in 2009 but couldn't afford to because OBAMA. We are going to be attending the Reno International Air Races from the 12th to the 16th. We'll be driving down tomorrow at...
  • Leaving for Camino de Santiago tomorrow

    09/10/2018 1:55:34 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 27 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 9/10/2018 | Oshkalaboomboom
    Tomorrow morning I board a flight from Malaga to Santiago de Compostela then, 2 buses later, I arrive in Sarria and immediately start walking 20km to Portomarin. Most people who walk from Sarria to Santiago do it in 5 stages but I will be doing it in 6 so I have more time to sightsee along the way, plus I will have 1 full day in Santiago after I arrive and before my flight back. Weather looks good in the 10 day forecast so it should be a good walk.
  • From The Freepers, Far Far Away

    09/09/2018 2:30:05 PM PDT · by Eagles Field · 48 replies
    Curiosity | 9-9-18 | Eagles Field
    I find it fascinating, which I suppose points to my lack of sophistication ... when I read from a Freeper who’s living in Singapore or some other such place. A U.S. citizen born and raised that chose that. I’ve flirted with it, no further than fingers typing on a keyboard from time to time where the interest quickly fleets. Frankly, I would be scared. But if I could escape the constant drum beat of liberal psychosis it would seem a path worth consideration. From someone to turn 64 in a few months and the realization of days dwindling. My questions...
  • The Top Ten Misconceptions Chinese have about America

    09/07/2018 4:38:30 AM PDT · by vannrox · 39 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 7SEP18 | Editorial staff
    When the Chinese come and visit the United States, they are often spellbound in shock and amazement. They find that they LOVE, absolutely L-O-V-E the United States. I have many friends who have told me this. Another thing that they have told me is that it was not what they expected. Here are some of the misconceptions that Chinese have of America… 1. Donald Trump is despised and is going to prison if not executed outright. Well, this is what you would expect if all you watched was CNN and MSNBC. In fact, most “Western media” that the Chinese see...