GM, Honda seek North American alliance to share car platforms

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Mark Reuss, General Motors president speaks at their Detroit- Hamtramck assembly plant on January 27, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.  Jeff Kowalsky / Getty Carmakers around the world have been battered as the coronavirus pandemic hit a market that was already showing signs of slowing down. While sales have started to recover as economies exit lockdowns, the tough conditions are forcing many to cut costs in order to deliver profits amid sluggish sales and overcapacity.RELATED PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos The tie-up will “help both companies accelerate investment in future mobility innovation by freeing up additional resources,” Mark Reuss, president of General Motors, said in the statement. Trending Videos Honda and General Motors plan to forge an alliance in North America to explore developing cars together, seeking to pool resources and achieve scale in an increasingly tough global automobile market.The two automakers have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to establish a “North American automotive alliance,” they said in a statement Thursday.While each manufacturer will sell vehicles under its own brands, the companies will cooperate in purchasing, research and connected services. RELATED TAGSChevroletGeneral MotorsHondaFlexElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesFlex Trending in Canada Nikola wants to work with Hyundai on hydrogen, keeps getting shot downThe other major global auto alliance is the one that ties together Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, but it’s showing signs of strain as all three companies struggle to cut costs.GM and Honda intend to share vehicle platforms for combustion as well as electric cars, they said. GM will supply batteries, help develop two new all-electric Honda vehicles First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – July 17 to 23, 2016

first_imgHollywood Studios8 9 5 7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6 Magic Kingdom saw its third and final crowd level ’10’ of the week on Wednesday while Epcot and Hollywood Studios were slightly less busy. Great Movie Ride did hit a crowd level ‘1’0 however with an average wait of 32 minutes between 10am and 5pm. Saturday was the least crowded day of the week, a feat that would be surprising if not during summer. Toy Story Midway Mania averaged only 37 minutes and Star Tours averaged 19. Space Mountain had the longest average wait at the Magic Kingdom at 70 minutes. Animal Kingdom7 Animal Kingdom7 8 Hollywood Studios7 Animal Kingdom8 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, July 17, 2016 8 7 7 Monday’s crowds hit a level ’10’ at Magic Kingdom while Epcot was the least crowded park at a level ‘6’. At Magic Kingdom only Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40 minutes) and Pirates of the Caribbean (34 minutes) hit crowd levels lower than ’10’ on the attraction levels scales. Meanwhile, Test Track averaged 63 minutes at Epcot, a level ‘6’ for that attraction. Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown Share This!How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?Crowds at Walt Disney World held steady last week with levels hitting the mark most days. Weekend crowds ended up a little lower than expected thanks mostly to Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom continues to be the busiest park this summer.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Touringplans.com Disney World Crowd Calendar Report: (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, July 21, 2016 8 10 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Magic Kingdom8 7 7 7 Animal Kingdom8 10 Hollywood Studios8 9 Animal Kingdom9 Hollywood Studios8 Hollywood Studios7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 10 3 5 7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, July 22, 2016center_img 6 Epcot7 Animal Kingdom7 8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Epcot7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 9 7 Epcot8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Hollywood Studios8 Magic Kingdom8 What to Expect This Week This week we expect to see the busy summer crowds continue at all four parks although the Disney World Crowd Calendar is not predicting any ’10’s for Magic Kingdom. One day tickets are priced as “Regular” unlike last week when they were priced as “Peak”, an indication that crowds will likely be a little less severe next week.To see Walt Disney World Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin. July 24 to 30, 2016 Animal Kingdom8 Epcot6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, July 18, 2016 Friday was the first day of the week where crowds hit levels a few points lower than expected, especially at Epcot and Animal Kingdom. There we saw average wait times like 51 minutes at Soarin’ and 26 minutes at Kilimanjaro Safaris. WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Magic Kingdom6 8 7 4 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, July 23, 2016 Epcot9 Crowds were moderately busy on Sunday with all four parks within one index level of each other. Space Mountain hit an average wait time of 62 minutes, the highest in the Magic Kingdom while Pirates of the Caribbean averaged only 19 minutes. Magic Kingdom8 Epcot8 Epcot5 Magic Kingdom7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Magic Kingdom hit the top level on our scale again on Tuesday with average wait times like 98 minutes at Space Mountain and 78 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight. The other three parks were very busy as well with averages like 115 minutes at Test Track, 85 at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and 66 at Kilimanjaro Safaris. 6 Magic Kingdom8 Magic Kingdom8 Thursday continued the stretch of very crowded days last week with average waits like 83 minutes at Splash Mountain, 68 at Soarin’, 65 at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and 53 at Kali River Rapids. Predictions continued to perform well with none missing by more than one index level. Hollywood Studios8last_img read more

South Africa beat Pakistan 4-1 in ODIs

first_img12 November 2013 South Africa wrapped up a 4-1 one-day international series victory over Pakistan with an emphatic 117-run win in in Sharjah on Monday. There were encouraging signs during the series that the Proteas have put their sub-standard one-day form of earlier this year behind them. Refreshingly, the series was played on wickets that offered the bowlers something, unlike so much of the limited overs fare nowadays that heavily favours batsmen and results in slog fests. There were no totals during the series that challenged the 300-run mark, but good batting was rewarded, and AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 115 in the fifth ODI was a wonderful example of this. De Villiers’ knock took him past 6 000 runs in ODIs, the fastest South African to achieve the mark and the third fastest to the milestone of all time, behind only Sir Viv Richards and Sourav Ganguly.Needed application His innings demonstrated the application needed in the 50 overs a side game. It was neatly split into two halves, with De Villiers circumspect and cautious in the first half of his innings, followed by a stunning array of shots and innovation in the second half, once he had played himself in. De Villiers was one of only two batsmen to score centuries in the series. Quinton de Kock scored the other, an impressive knock of 112 at the top of the order in South Africa’s 28-run victory in the fourth ODI. It also made him, at the age of 20 years and 326 days, the youngest South African to score an ODI century. Some concerns still remain about the consistency of the South African batting, but the team’s totals were consistent and between 259 and 268 in the last three ODIs on challenging surfaces.Outstanding bowling While the Proteas displayed some batting frailties, the bowlers adjusted admirably to the pitches in the United Arab Emirates and were outstanding. This is best underlined by the fact that they bowled Pakistan out in all five matches. What the bowlers also proved is that the transition from world class test bowler to world class ODI bowler is not a big jump. World class remains world class, no matter the format. Dale Steyn played in only two of the five matches, but he played a decisive role in both. In the third ODI, despite taking only 1 for 31 in his eight overs, he wrested the initiative away from Pakistan, slowing down their scoring and putting the batsmen under pressure, which ultimately led to a convincing 68-run victory. In the next match, a 28-run win, he delivered a career-best return of 5 for 25 as Pakistan fell from 228 for 5 to 238 all out.Vernon Philander Vernon Philander, a man considered as a test bowler only by the selectors for so long, came into the team for the fifth and final ODI and asked tough questions of the Pakistanis. He removed two of the top three batsmen in order, caught the other, and finished with figures of 2 for 23 in eight overs. While the recognised test stars showed their worth to the team, all-rounder Ryan McLaren continued to enhance his status in the limited overs side. He played a number of useful innings lower down the batting order and removed nine batsmen with his bowling to match Imran Tahir as the top wicket-taker in the South African line-up. Leg-spinner Tahir, with his return to form, reminded South African supporters of the fantastic weapon he can be with his varied bowling in limited overs matches. He was superb in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India and in similar conditions he was again very good. South Africa showed a huge improvement over their performances in Sri Lanka in July, when they went down to the hosts by four matches to one and were, frankly, poor, suffering some big losses. Top test players The Pakistan series also made clear the importance of the Proteas’ top test performers as one-day players. Without some of the team’s leading players, they flopped in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June and followed that up with the tepid showing in Sri Lanka. On that subject, Jacques Kallis, who has made himself available for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, needs to see more action. For the first time in a very long time, he looked out of sorts in the Pakistan test series, and he did not play in the ODI series. The great man needs to play himself back into form because Kallis in form is a weapon that is hard to match. For the Proteas to excel in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and to win it for the first time, there is going to have to be greater use made of the team’s top test players, like Kallis and Steyn, in the ODI game. They’re match winners and they produce the kind of performances that make the difference in the 50-over game.last_img read more

Plurk: Unique or Just Another Twitter Clone?

first_imgPlurk, the latest lifestreaming service to make the rounds, certainly has one thing going for it – a sense of humor, albeit an odd one. The site is currently riding a wave of new registrations due to a mention from Leo Laporte, but is it worth your time or is it just another Twitter clone with a prettier UI?This is a guest post by Muhammad Saleem, a social media consultant and a top-ranked community member on multiple social news sites.If there is one thing to love about the site even before you try it is that the service’s name, which at first glance sounds stupidly web 2.0, makes perfect sense once you know what it stands for (one of the very few web 2.0 names that do). In fact, when I first heard the name I was ready to hate it, but after reading their explanation I couldn’t help but love it. Related Posts To add to the comprehensive user experience, Plurk allows you to customize your “Plurksperience” by adding a custom lifestream title and theme, post links, photos, and videos, has a mobile version of their site (not as pretty, but it works), and an embeddable lifestream widget. The service also carries over a (perhaps outdated) concept of karma. The more active you and your friends are on the site, the more karma you accumulate. As you build karma, exclusive features become available to you. Plurk’s use of the horizontally scrolling time-line to manage lifestreams (versus virtually every other service’s vertical layout) is so smart that it feels like second nature and will make it difficult to go back to other less intuitive layouts. Furthermore, anyone who frequently lament Twitter’s lack of threading and has found some comfort in FriendFeed, is going to love the threading mechanism on Plurk. You can look at any Plurk and immediately see how many replies it has gotten, thanks to a number at the end of each message. You can see all these replies and add your own (threaded chronologically) simply by clicking on that number. You can also scroll to the bottom of the floating message window and click the Plurk page link, which takes you to the full conversation page for that message and allows you to add your reply. ConclusionWhen I first heard about Plurk I was ready to hate it. But after using the site and comprehensively going over the feature set and its implementation I am thoroughly impressed. Ultimately, I think Plurk is an amazing evolution over the previous generation of lifestreaming services that does almost everything you’d expect to find and does it better, while adding unique and interesting features of its own. Perhaps the only quibble I have with the service right now is that when I reply to someone else’s Plurk that reply is restricted to that person’s Plurk and doesn’t show up in my lifestream otherwise.You can friend me on Twitter, Friendfeed, and now Plurk. “Plurk as stalkerati central: People + Lurk = PlurkPlurk as an amalgam of Play + Work: Play-Work. Plurk is what scientists do. It is the enthusiastic, energetic application of oneself to the task at hand as a child excitedly plays; it is the intense arduous, meticulous work of an artist on their life-long masterpiece; it is joyful work. (credit)Plurk as acronym: Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, KarmaVerb potential: “Oh I googled this -> Oh I plurked it” Easy enough to wrap around in any form. Plurked, plurking, plurkers, plurks. Little p, big P, it’s catchy, snippy and sweet.”How can you not love it?As far as essentials are concerned, Plurk has all the bases covered. The service allows you to display ‘events’ in your life and follow other people’s events by sending and receiving messages called Plurks. Other Interesting TwistsOne of the things that is severely lacking on the social web is genuine appreciation of the communities that help the products or services succeed. While Plurk doesn’t do anything significant in that department, it does give its users various levels of stars depending on how many friends they have recruited. This potentially serves as both a way for Plurk to show their appreciation, and give you an incentive to recruit more people (so that you can be seen with a star around your avatar). Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img muhammad saleem 1 Lifestream Networking and Network ManagementThe networking options on Plurk are enough to accommodate most people (in theory… in practice I couldn’t import a friend list using any of the mechanisms, but it appeared to be a local problem). You can use email contact lists as well as instant messaging contact lists to import or invite friends. Once imported and after they have accepted your requests, you (and they) can determine different levels of access to your lifestream using the simple Plurk versus advanced Plurk options. Simple Plurks can be shared with everyone, your friends, friends of friends, or kept private (only you can see them) and advanced Plurks allow you to segment your friend list into different groups and Plurk by clique. These Plurks are almost identical in nature to Tweets (on Twitter). They are limited to 140 characters, they cover what is going on in your life (lifestreaming) and can be shared with others using a web or mobile interface or SMS (text-messaging). The difference, however, is the approach to sharing. While Twitter asks “What are you doing?”, Plurk gives you some preset qualifiers to plurk with. These qualifiers include: loves, likes, shares, gives, hates, wants, wishes, has, will, ask, was, feels, thinks, says, is, and in addition to that you can free-style plurk (i.e., use it identically to Twitter, without qualifiers). These qualifiers are both a good thing and a bad thing. First, they are good because you are able to sort by qualifiers if you’re looking for only one type of expressions from your network (for example, what have your friends liked in the past week, what have they hated, what are they doing right now?), but they are bad because they force you to write in third person, which I personally find quite annoying — reminiscent of the old Facebook status format.The User Interface and ExperienceSigning up and using Plurk literally takes less than a minute (including registration and the starting guide). And once you start using it, some very interesting differences compare to other lifestreaming services start to become apparent. Right off the bat, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that the UI is very pretty. In fact, the UI is absolutely brilliant, and you can’t appreciate how great it is compared to other competing services until you add a dozen or so active friends and see how easily and quickly you can absorb all their activity (something that is rather clunky on other sites). Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Lifestreaming#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more