This week Donegal Daily’s motoring expert Brian McDaid takes you on an adventure in the Dacia Sandero.The brochure says you will get €10 change from twelve grand for a brand new car.A double check to see what year this information booklet was printed followed up by a second opinion, through Google and the news, was still good that you can still buy a new small family car going into the year 2020 for just €11,990. Advertisement The brand is Dacia and the model is entry their range in the Sandero.A view of the Sandero that we tested this week courtesy of Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaid.I feel as I have been here before and I can trace the DNA of this car back to an ancestor of its past.The Sandero may look nothing like the car I’m thinking of but this small engined family car reminds me a lot of principals the Renault 4.The first of the Renaults had a 747cc engine in it. Advertisement We had on in the late 1960s which was very quirky at the time compared to the normal family cars in Letterkenny.The first of the Renault 4’s which we one owned many years ago.The giant European car maker Renault are making the Sandero and distributing the range in Ireland. The Dacia Duster made a great name for itself as an SUV extremely well priced starting at under the €20k.Back when we had our Renault 4L, which was the base model in the range, it had sliding windows and a gearstick in the middle of the dash.This car was the first front-wheel drive family car that Renault ever built, it had three studs on every wheel compared to four on other cars, and as my father said it would run on a sniff of ‘regular’ petrol back in those days.The Sandero parked along the same roads that we travelled along years ago in our old Renault 4. Photo Brian McDaid.That was important to us as a family not because of the developing oil crises but because times were very tight in our house and an easy run car served our immediate day to day budget rather than any bigger environment worry back then. This week we were out on the roads in Donegal in the Dacia Sandero. There is three engines to pick from the 1.5 diesel a 900cc turbo petrol and the 1000cc petrol model that we tested.Our Sandero was the entry model. The first thing that you realise once you sit in the Sandero is the amount of room available for a car that looks quite compact from the outside.The Sandero at Muckish along the same roads that we travelled along years ago our old Renault 4. Photo Brian McDaid.Every so often you can hear the offbeat sound of the three-cylinder petrol engine. It’s progressive to drive and is very comfortable and not laboured when drove at or below the national speed limit.At motorway speed, the three-cylinder engine sound becomes more pronounced. That familiar remote control on the steering column which Renault owners would be very familiar is straight forward and simple to us to adjust the volume and change the radio stations.You couldn’t have enough charging points on a car these days and this Dacia Sandero has a 12v charge for both the front and back passengers and also has a USB point on the radio.On the roadDriving this Dacia, the suspension is a bit softer than normal, which is great to absorb the ever-changing road surface in Donegal.The Sandero has a very functional theme and feel to it.A view of the Sandero that we tested this week courtesy of Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaid.It simply gets on very well with the job of transporting someone from A to B with the least amount of fuss.The secrets in the pricingThe road forward, from an environment point of view, is aimed towards low emission petrol engines or electric power.It’s not that long ago that diesel was the signpost that we were supposed to follow for a lower carbon footprint.Diesel engines were easier to run but were more expensive to buy than the petrol equivalent, and at the moment all-electric cars are still more expensive to buy than petrol even with a rebate back.Even though the Sandero will still have a big slice of its price going to the tax man, it will have a slice of pie half the size of a car, that is twice its price respectively, to hand over in taxes.If its the future of the environment that is the reason you are considering buying this very full efficient 1000cc Sandero, or it simply down to your budget, the Sandero gets you on the road with a good warranty without the worries and pressures of spending the same amount on an equivalently priced second-hand car.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Less is more in the family friendly Dacia Sandero was last modified: April 18th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd motoring
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably encountered those wacky apps that ask, “What model car are you?” or “What flavor of jelly bean are you?” (Just as all green building questions have the same answer—”It depends”—so the answer to all of these quizzes is the same—”Who cares?!” And no, I’ve never actually taken one of those quizzes. Who has time??)But—even though I can’t stand those Facebook gimmicks—here’s a quiz for you: Which type of worker are you?Edminster’s Theory of WorkOnce upon a time, I conceived of this “Theory of Work.” The basic premise is that there are only four types of work. Everyone— everyone—falls into one of these four classifications.Type 1: Dream JobThese people love their work. The job is all they ever hoped for. It is fun, stimulating, creative, and rewarding. There’s little not to like about it. Few people have these jobs. They tend to be rock stars, sports stars; in fact stars of any kind. Also those few artists who don’t need a day job.Type 2: Professional JobMany people I know have this kind of job. They are respected in their communities. Their jobs have many rewards. . .but also a good measure of aggravation. These jobs come home with you at night, haunt you in your dreams, dog you at all hours. They are responsible jobs; other people count on you, and little of your time is ultimately your own.Type 3: Compartmentalized JobI also know a bunch of people with this type of job. My mailman, Lou. Steve, the grocery checker at Safeway who I went to high school with. My hairdresser. My massage therapist. The artist who does have a day job—as a teamster. Now here’s the interesting thing. Many folks in Type 2 jobs worked and/or studied hard to ensure that they didn’t get this type of job, but a lot of my Type 3 friends seem happier than my Type 2 friends. Odd? Not really. Their jobs don’t come home with them; their work lives and home lives are compartmentalized. This means that Type 3s have psychic energy left at the end of the day. They have hobbies! They have social lives! These are good things!Type 4: Scut JobBy definition, this is the kind of work you do only if you are out of options: sewer cleaner, telemarketer, soldier. (Of course, you could be in one of those jobs and like it, but then it wouldn’t be a Type 4; it would be one of the other types. My examples reveal my own biases—these are things I most emphatically would not want to do!)The PostulateWhat, you may be wondering, does this have to do with green building? I admit, I am most assuredly stretching the boundaries of my charge to contribute to the “Design Matters” blog here, but bear with me.I propose that merely by being involved in the field of green building, the vast majority of jobs are elevated from whatever other type they might be (OK, perhaps not Type 4), to Type 1 jobs. My bias is showing again. I do love my work. I am constantly challenged and constantly learning new things. My clients and colleagues are phenomenally smart and committed people who are also way fun to be with. And I feel that my contributions, however small, are helping to move the world in the right direction. I do occasionally encounter annoyances, frustrations, and nincompoops. But all in all, I can hardly imagine something I could enjoy more. How lucky is that?!So … which one are you?Are you involved in green building already, or just thinking about it? If you’re just thinking about it, I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity. C’mon in! The water’s warm!! Sure … just the big toe. The rest will follow.If you’re already involved in green building, I want to know: What number are you??
Over 1.5 kg ornaments and coins were removed from the stomach of a mentally unstable woman at a government hospital in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, a doctor said.Ninety coins in the denomination of ₹ 5 and ₹10 and ornaments such as chains, nose rings, earrings, bangles, anklets, wrist bands and watches were found in the stomach of the 26-year-old, said Siddharatha Biswas, head of surgery department at Rampurhat Government Medical College and Hospital.“The ornaments were mostly made of copper and brass but some golden jewelleries were also there,” Biswas said after the surgery on Wednesday. The woman’s mother said she noticed ornaments disappearing from their home in Margram village but whenever the family questioned her, she used to start crying. “For past few days she was throwing up after having every meal,” the mother said. She said her daughter got the coins from her brother’s shop. “We used to keep a watch on her. Somehow she managed to swallow all these. She was not well for two months. We had taken her to various private doctors and she was on medication without any improvement in her health,” the mother said.Later, the woman was taken to the government hospital where doctors operated on her after conducting tests for a week.
Where will the players drafted by the NFL over the past few days do the bulk of their professional work? If trends in the past two decades continue, the answer is with the team that drafted them.For the piece I wrote last week on comparing consecutive years of the NFL draft, I downloaded year-by-year draft data from Pro-Football-Reference. The site includes, for each player in each year, his weighted career Approximate Value, a modified form of the site’s Approximate Value metric. It also includes the amount of the player’s weighted career value accrued for the team that drafted him.For each draft from 1970 to 2013, I summed the career value accrued for drafting teams by the first 222 players selected — 222, because that’s the lowest number of draft picks during the period, in 1994. Then I divided that by the overall career value of the year’s drafted players.From the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to 1981, drafting teams’ share of value kept climbing, to a high of 88 percent in 1981. Then the share started to fall, precipitously as the effects of free agency in 1993 started to kick in in players’ later years. Teams’ share of their drafted players’ career value was just 56 percent for those picked in the first offseason of free agency.At the dawn of free agency, some analysts feared this trend would continue unabated. “Say goodbye to dynasties and continuity,” Alan Greenberg wrote in the Hartford Courant 20 years ago this month. “Now everyone’s a raider. If the salary cap won’t let you pay ’em, you’ll lose ’em. If they’re no good, dump ’em and steal somebody else’s guys. What uniforms should players wear on their trading cards? How about blank?”And some have perceived that the trend has continued unabated. “Fans are increasingly rooting for the decals on their team’s helmets and against the decals on the other teams’ helmets,” Elliot Harrison wrote on NFL.com last year. “The truest loyalty in the player-fan relationship is of the fantasy football variety. You can thank free agency for that.”But the reality has been different. Right after that nadir in 1993, teams’ share of their drafted players’ career value rose sharply, to 64 percent the next year and 69 percent in 1995. It remained in the high 60s nearly every year afterward. The results are similar when looking at all of a draft’s picks, not just its first 222.The downside to this approach is it can’t be updated all the way to the present. Drafted players are more likely to play for their drafting team in their first seasons in the league, before becoming eligible for free agency. So while teams’ share climbed to 86 percent in 2009 and 98 percent last year, those percentages are sure to fall.To approximate the trend in recent years, I isolated the analysis only to players who were no longer active last season. And among that group, teams kept getting a higher share of their drafted players’ value — above 70 percent every year until 2005, when retired players’ share of drafts’ value starts getting so low that the results aren’t meaningful. Here’s one piece of anecdotal evidence: Many of the most valuable players drafted since then remain with their drafting team, such as Aaron Rodgers, Frank Gore, Jahri Evans, Haloti Ngata, Patrick Willis and Adrian Peterson.What this all means is up for further analysis and debate. Maybe teams have gotten better at identifying their drafted talent before rookie contracts are up. Maybe they’ve come to value continuity in their rosters, for on-field benefits and for fan support. Perhaps players value continuity for the same reasons. Maybe the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement has changed things for some of the more-recent draft classes.Whatever the explanation, it’s clear that free agency has had a far bigger impact on players’ freedom to change teams than it has on the uniforms shown on trading cards.
Paul Pogba should no longer be considered a young player and he must now step up and become a leader for France, says Hugo LlorisThe Manchester United midfielder has had difficult second season back at the club with Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho having become strained after the Portuguese coach benched him towards the end of the season amid rumours of a falling out between the pair.The 25-year-old hasn’t fared much better on the international stage, but is still considered an important member of the France squad.But France captain Lloris believes that Pogba has been unfairly judged this season and has challenged the former Juventus star to become the leader their team need ahead of the World Cup.“Paul is no longer a young player,” said the 31-year-old, according to the Evening Standard.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“He has collected experience with his club and with the national team.“He has a lot of talent and that label has stuck with him since the beginning. He has had a very good season, although people still debate it. As a football player and as a football fan, I think he had a very good season.“He has this desire to shine with the French national team. Will he be the ‘boss’? That’s a strong word but a ‘leader’ is what is expected of him on and off the field.“He is reaching maturity and he wants to do well. But it’s also important that he focuses on his individual performance. This is the best way, to lead by example.”Pogba scored six goals and added 12 assists in 37 games for United this season.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 25, 2017 – Nassau – CLICO Policyholders began receiving their long overdue payments yesterday. The payments come less than three weeks before Bahamians go to the polls to vote for its new government and a few months after the government was slammed for reneaging on its original plan to reimburse policy holders and staff of collapsed CLICO.The Christie Administration had promised payments in January and in a statement issued, assures that qualified policyholders would receive tranches of payments in April, July and November this year. Payment’s come from a $45 million bond, with monies expected to compensate former Executive Flexible Premium Annuity (EFPA) and surrendered pension policies.Payments of $5000, per policy holder will account for 70 percent or One Thousand, Five hundred and ninety-five (1,595) claims from surrendered policyholders. The remaining 30 percent of policyholders will receive bonds carrying 4.25 percent interest rate which will distribute the owed balance over a four year period.It had previously been told to bigger policy holders that they would receive double that $5,0000 amount up front. Still the payouts from the Perry Christie administration is said to be much welcomed, and comes when the government is said to be facing fiscal limitations.#MagneticMediaNews#CLICOpayingout#CLICOpolicyholdersgettingpaid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CLICOpayingout, #CLICOpolicyholdersgettingpaid, #magneticmedianews