Canadian pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz A 220 is here

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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 Trending Videos CIAS runs from February 15 to 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and will also feature the Canadian premiere of MB’s first all-electric vehicle, the EQC SUV. ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos So, without further delay, here are the numbers: the A 220 Sedan will start at $34,990, while the A 220 4MATIC Sedan will run a minimum of $36,990. Little sibling to the CLA and officially the smallest four-door Mercedes-Benz sedan available in North America, the all-new 2019 A-Class sedans come in at $1,000 less than the A-Class hatchback – revealed last November to start at $35,990, here – making it the most affordable Benz this side of Stuttgart. But don’t let the price and size mislead you; this is every bit a Benz.The proverbial juice comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder making 188 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque and pushing the sedan to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Our first drive last fall revealed the Mexican-built sedan to be appropriately sporty and luxurious, living up to its family name, even if it won’t snap your head back when you step down on the accelerator. Inside the Both the front-drive A 220 and all-wheel A 220 4MATIC have been fitted with Mercedes’ new User Experience (MBUX) system, which replaces the COMAND system and marries car and driver and cell phone at an unprecedented level for the brand. RELATED TAGSA-ClassMercedes-BenzLuxuryCdn Int’l Auto ShowLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesToronto CIAS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan  Brian Harper / Driving The Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) isn’t exactly renowned for big, headline-making international reveals, but occasionally brands do use it to drop certain information like Canadian pricing.That’s just what Mercedes-Benz has done with their 2019 A-Class sedan. The entry-level Benz made its public debut last fall in sedan form – and hatchback form earlier in 2018 – but the brand waited until the Toronto-based automotive gathering to let the Canadian public in on the price point. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

The Link Between Income Inequality and Physical Pain

first_imgHarvard Business Review:The United States is in a pain crisis. The use of pain killers increased by 50% from 2006 to 2012 and one recent estimate put the cost of physical pain on the U.S. economy at $635 billion — a 1,000% increase from 20 years earlier. At the same time, a widening income gap, growing sense of financial desperation, and erosion of the middle class have elevated economic insecurity to the top of the political agenda in the United States.A growing body of evidence suggests that this fiscal pain and physical pain are linked and reinforce each other. Over numerous studies, both in the lab and in the field, we have found that the experience of economic insecurity leads people to experience physical pain. Analyses of household consumption data, surveys, and controlled experiments demonstrate a causal link between economic insecurity and pain.Read the whole story: Harvard Business Review More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Fuselier: Religion, Scapegoating, And Racism

first_imgBy BOB FUSELIERLos AlamosAn essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).It is commonplace today to see people claim to be a victim, but it is a rare event to see someone claim to be a victimizer. We avoid it all cost, for we seem to know that a victimizer who stands alone can easily become the victim. Yet, none of us is free of the pull of the victimizing role. When we feel threatened, we can quickly feel the urge to rally as many as we can around us in opposition to someone we feel is vulnerable.One of the most common examples of scapegoating is something we all have tried. It carries an innocent name, gossip, but it can deliver a deadly blow of half-truths and innuendoes thrown in a victim’s direction. These stones of words can even be true, but they are never meant to offer truth. Their only purpose is to demonize someone to a level below contempt so that others feel no shame joining up with our lynch mob. Racism is just an extreme level of the scapegoating potential that is part of our human nature.As someone raised in a Christian tradition, I view the Bible as a collection of literary forms that tell the story of a people as they struggle with their collective choice between a God of vengeful anger who demands their devotion and sacrifice and, in return, deals out judgment and a God who sides with and becomes the sacrificial victim in order to reveal the answer to our thirst for sacrificial violence; that answer being a transcendent and incomprehensible love that is offered to all as Grace.The final act of this work of literature that was composed over centuries depicts a story of a divine being that takes on the human form of a Jewish laborer by the name of Jesus. This Jew takes comfort in living with the oppressed and marginalized, rebukes the sacrificial-loving ideology of his time, accepts the role of the victim himself, and dies the death of an innocent scapegoat.Whether you view the stories of Jesus through a Christian lens or not, a reading of the Gospels will show that Jesus preached an ideology that was counter to that of the religious-political powers that controlled his society. Yet he lived within their laws, breaking them on the rare occasion to make a point of their hypocrisy.Jesus spoke out often in defense of the marginalized and against scapegoating. Most all know of the parable of the good Samaritan. His defense of the adulterous women brought to him for condemnation speaks volumes against the scapegoating mechanism. His parable of the beam and the splinter and his directive to love our enemies points towards the cause and cure of our tendency to scapegoat.And then he gives us this warning: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill, and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…”Most of us in Western society, whether Christian or not, have heard of this directive in one form or another. But, until recently, I knew of no one who could explain the continuation of the last verse quoted above, “… and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa’, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.”Raqa? I knew it was Aramaic, the language spoken in the area of Israel 2000 years ago, but what is its significance? That question was answered for me a few years ago when my wife and I attended a conference on violence in Holland, Michigan.The conference was held at Hope College, which was founded by members of the Dutch Reformed Church in the mid 1800’s. The presentation was given by an Irishman, whose name I’ve forgotten but who was very involved in the Northern Ireland conflict known as The Troubles, and an ex-Catholic priest by the name of James Alison. Although I’m aware that these labels may evoke emotional responses in some, I’ve included them to highlight the diversity within the religious communities of those who brought this conference together.The Irishman, a Catholic, told the story of how he became aware of his role in the scapegoating mechanism when a minister from the Dutch Reformed Church visited him in Ireland during the conflict. As the Irishman explained to the minister his view of the conflict, an explanation that was not kind to the Protestants, the minister approached him, gave him a hug, and said, “You are part of the problem.” The Irishman talked at length of how difficult that was to hear, let alone process. But, because the message was delivered with kindness through love, his heart was opened to the Truth. He was eventually able to help bring peace to Northern Ireland.James Alison then presented Rene Girard’s concept of the scapegoating mechanism with a twist that included the passage about raqa quoted above. He began by explaining that it’s critical to recognize the importance of the inclusion of just one Aramaic word in the Greek translation of the original Aramaic text. The word raqa was then kept in its original Aramaic form when the Greek was later translated into English.Raqa carries a very dismissive meaning, something akin to you useless, valueless thing. Alison offered that the Aramaic word raqa was not translated because its original use was meant to signify an insult to a local person. He then noted that the Greek term for “you fool” was translated as “you fool”, suggesting that the original term for “you fool” was not translated as an Aramaic word because it was not originally meant to be directed to someone who spoke Aramaic. It was a foreign word in the original text and would have been used as an insult to a foreigner.The last piece of context that must be understood is the use of various terms denoting a concept of judgment: “liable to judgment”, “answerable to the Sanhedrin” and “liable to fiery Gehenna”.  Allison pointed out that these variations are equally critical in understanding the full message of the passage.According to Alison, “liable to judgment” is used to equate the severity of the consequences of murder and anger; the Hebrew God views them as equally harmful, which said a lot about the consequences of anger to the Jewish people of that time.The level of judgment bestowed upon he who uses “raqa” as an insult seems to come down a bit. The Sanhedrin was the high court of the Jewish people – think of the it as the Supreme Court for us Americans. Using raqa was bad; it was a major local offense, but not the same as murder.Then we’re back at a very high level of judgment signified by “fiery Gehenna”. Gehenna was more than just a nod towards the threat of eternal damnation. It was the valley in which the early Hebrew people offered their sons in a fiery sacrifice to appease their gods. Using the term for “you fool”, i.e., condemning someone from another culture, would not only lead the offender to experience a living hell, but could also lead the community to experience the violent consequences of the scapegoating, sacrificial system of the early Hebrew people.With that context understood, let me retranslate the passage.“You already know that murder is bad. But I tell you that anger is equally bad. It leads to labeling and cursing of others. When you curse and scapegoat your neighbor (using raqa), that’s bad. You’ll be taken to the highest court in our land in hopes that the damage can be mitigated. However, when you curse and scapegoat someone of another culture, all hell may break out for there is no human court that can mitigate the damage, and you will take us all back to the times of human sacrifice.”Alison’s interpretation of this passage will likely be challenged by those who disagree with its meaning. But I’ve heard of none better. The good news about having a 2000yr old passage warning of the dire consequences of racism is that we can rest assured that we didn’t invent it. But it’s here and growing in our society today, and I, for one, don’t want to return to the violent sacrificial systems that governed our earlier societies. I’ll be heeding the 2000yr old warning and doing my best to check any anger.last_img read more

London Plan goes for growth

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Slick Roads Send Many to Hospital

first_imgPedestrians and motor vehicles found it difficult to gain traction on the sleek surfaces, but so far no serious injuries have been reported. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ambulances were kept on a constant rotation last night as emergency calls relating to icy roads kept coming. Just before noon, Troopers and Central Emergency Services extricated a 31-year-old Soldotna woman from a vehicle which slid off the road at the intersection of National Avenue and Mackey Lake Road. Kate Sutton escaped with minor injuries, a 10-month-old baby in the car was uninjured.center_img Drivers are encouraged to slow down, brake slowly, and take some time to examine current road conditions.last_img read more

‘His favourite destination’ – Much wanted player eyeing move to Liverpool,…

first_imgThe report at the time said the player would cost around €10m, and he would rather move to the Reds than the Rossoneri.The rumour was later backed up by the Catalan media, who also added West Ham and Borussia Dortmund to the competition. They said that Olmo’s price had been raised to €25m.Now Calcio Mercato is back with an update, only mentioning Liverpool and Milan, saying the Italian side are really keen on the player.Embed from Getty ImagesMilan, however, only want to spend up to €20m on the midfielder. They’ve opened talks with Dinamo, but don’t seem to be keen on matching the price.Maybe this is a sign for Liverpool to move quick in case they’re really interested in the player. Because it’s now two stories from Calcio Mercato favouring the Reds in the race.To make it clear, they again state Liverpool is ‘his favourite destination’.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo Three months ago, we covered a story from Calcio Mercato saying Liverpool were in a race with Milan for the Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo.last_img read more

“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 7-0 loss to Yankees

first_imgWhat went wrong in the Orioles’ 7-0 defeat to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night?In trying to identify the top three losing factors with the addition of home plate for any not-so-honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 26th game of the 2016 season.1st — The late Prince’s “1999” was played at one point between innings of Wednesday’s game at Camden Yards, but Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitched like it was 2009 with seven shutout innings. Watching Sabathia at this point is not unlike what we saw from Peyton Manning at the end of his career as the burly lefty struggles to reach the high 80s with his fastball after once being a power pitcher. However, he got vintage results to halt his club’s six-game losing streak by inducing nine grounders and striking out six over the course of the evening. Sabathia moved the ball around and out of the zone effectively — Orioles hitters obliged in expanding the zone — and ended his evening with 14 swinging strikes.2nd — Though he tossed five scoreless innings to begin the night, the third time through the order proved to be the death knell for Tyler Wilson’s outing. The right-hander allowed only one hit and two walks through the first five frames, but Jacoby Ellsbury reached base for a third time with one out in the sixth and Wilson never really recovered from there as five of the next six Yankees hitters reached base, including Starlin Castro on a throwing error by Wilson that brought Mark Teixeira home with the third run of the inning. Two earned runs in six innings was a perfectly acceptable outing if he’d received even modest run support, but Wilson must find more success the third time through the order if he wants to stick in the rotation in the long run.3rd — Sabathia deserves plenty of credit, but the Orioles left eight men on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position over the course of the night. The New York starter didn’t record a single 1-2-3 inning, showing that Baltimore had its chances to give Wilson a lead long before he ran into trouble in the sixth. Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, and Mark Trumbo each grounded into double plays while Manny Machado and Chris Davis each went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. In comparison to Yankee hitters going 3-for-5 with a walk and a sacrifice fly in their third plate appearances against Wilson, the Orioles went 0-for-7 with a walk in their third looks at the veteran Sabathia.Home — After pitching a scoreless seventh, T.J. McFarland didn’t retire a batter in the eighth and allowed three runs, putting the game out of reach. … Jones went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout to drop his season average to .205. … The Orioles were shut out for the second time this season. … Machado doubled twice to elevate his average to .355. … Kevin Gausman takes the hill seeking a series win on Thursday while New York will turn to Masahiro Tanaka.last_img read more

New Mexico Bowl ends sponsorship agreement with film company that apparently does not exist

first_imgESPN and the New Mexico Bowl severed ties with a new sponsor for the 2019 bowl game just weeks after agreeing to a multiyear contract.Film production company DreamHouse partnered with the New Mexico Bowl on Oct. 1, inking a four-year deal with ESPN for naming rights to the bowl game. The questioned legitimacy of DreamHouse and its company leadership, however, led to termination of the agreement on Thursday. “We notified DreamHouse today that we have terminated its title sponsorship agreement with the New Mexico Bowl,” ESPN Events spokeswoman Anna Negron. “We remain focused on ensuring a quality experience for fans.”WEEK 9 PRIMER: Heisman Watch, upset picks, predictions and moreThe statement did not elaborate on a reason for the termination.At the time of the sponsorship announcement, ESPN said DreamHouse had a 25,000-square-foot office in Albuquerque, though its company website does not list a phone number, address or show images of the office.“I think you know what the film industry is doing for our state,” New Mexico Bowl executive director Jeff Siembieda said during the sponsorship announcement. “It’s a hub for our economy and DreamHouse is a big part of that. This partnership is right.”DreamHouse was registered with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office earlier this year, according to the Albuquerque Journal. However, its CEO, Eric Martinez, reportedly does not have a business license in Albuquerque, which is the apparent location of the office. And the Albuquerque Journal report noted DreamHouse’s address is “listed as a residence.”The problem is, it appears, that DreamHouse is not yet up and running at all. Although there is a DreamHouse Post Production LLC registered with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office and Martinez is listed as its CEO and registered agent, there is not a business license registered with the city of Albuquerque.ESPN Events had said DreamHouse had a post-production studio at the Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol. More specifically, Martinez said in a recent television interview that it was located next to the Netflix production hub at Mesa del Sol. Asked about DreamHouse at the Netflix gate this week, a security guard there said he didn’t know of the firm, adding, “That’s a new one to me.”Martinez, meanwhile, has faced “multiple judgments for unpaid debts,” according to the Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque’s KOB4 4 News also reported Martinez pleaded guilty to domestic violence in 2017.Enchantment Sports, which first raised questions about DreamHouse’s legitimacy, described Martinez as a “shameless self-promoter who bills himself as a millionaire and one of the top actors, entertainers and directors in New Mexico.” Martinez is a known figure in New Mexico for his work in the film and television scene.The bowl game is still scheduled to be played Dec. 21 at Albuquerque’s Dreamstyle Stadium, which is not affiliated with DreamHouse. The New Mexico Bowl dates back to 2006 and currently has tie-ins with the Mountain West and Conference USA. From 2011 to 2017, it was sponsored by clothing manufacturer Gildan.According to DreamHouse’s web site, the company was founded in 2018 and is set for a grand opening in 2020. As for now, the game will remain without a sponsor.New Mexico Bowl’s sponsorship agreement with DreamHouse went from a dream to a nightmare.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL•    Yes, I am at my spot . . . at Heinz Field . . . when the game is serious, I am serious.  None of that perimeter stuff man.  I am in the trenches.•    This can’t be an I told ya so moment cause I didn’t tell ya so, but I did tell ya this . . . after the first touchdown pass all the haters will love ’em.  Michael Vick stepped up . . . PITTSBURGH – HOW – YA – LIKE – ME – NOW!?!?•    Speaking of “Vick,” I hope you noticed and heard that it was the radio broadcasters keeping “the stuff” stirred about Vick and his past, not the callers.  Pay attention people . . . pay attention!!!•    One more time and just for the record, Straight Outta Compton is all that with “Salt on the Popcorn.”  I gave it 4 basketballs   If you’re late to the dance like me, do yourself a favor, catch it on the big screen before it’s gone!  Ice Cube, Easy E, and Dr. Dre were genius.•    What do Big Ben, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Drew Breeze all have in common?  Yes, they’re all injured, but no coincidence that they’re all over 30 years old.  Father Time wins all bets.•    Here’s to the greatness of the late great Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.  Father of Steeler Cam Heyward.  He would have been 49 years old last week.  A great, great guy I had the pleasure of knowing during my days at Pitt.  That apple fell right next to that tree.•    Hip – Hip – Hooray to “The Bus.”  Got his Hall of Fame ring tonight.  Well deserved and earned the hard way.•    City League both here and afar, your time is at hand.  The 2nd Annual Pittsburgh City League High School All-Sports Hall of Fame Awards upcoming on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Reception 6:00 p.m.; show time at 7:00 p.m., the Wyndham Hotel (Oakland, not Downtown); limited tickets left, 3/4 sold out as we speak.  If you need a reason to come home City League graduates, this is it.  Call 412-628-4856 for more information.  Leave or text your e-mail address and we’ll get it to ya.  Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at the door, but don’t count on any being available at the door.  This is a sell-out people.  And here’s what ya get . . . elaborate hors d’oeuvres spread – celebrity gala featuring Steeler legends Dwayne Woodruff and Robin Cole, World Karate legend and Hall of Famer Master Jacquet Bazemore, NBA Skywalker Myron Brown, door prizes, vendors, autographs, photographs – AND – THE – AFTER – PARTY – AT – THE – SAVOY.  You can’t beat all that with a James Harrison stick!!!  Don’t miss the most historic event in Pittsburgh City League sports history.  City League, it’s your time . . . It’s your turn!!!•    < You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >OH, HOLD UP, ONE MORE THING . . .STEELERS DEFENSE RIGHT HERERIGHT NOW!!!I’M OUTlast_img read more

$9000 heist at rifle club

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS GUN offenders scaled the roof of the Lang Lang Rifle Club, breaking in and stealing close to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img