Experts slam watchdog’s Big Four audit split

first_imgThe audit watchdog’s move to force the Big Four accountancy firms to ring-fence their audit units has been condemned as a “cosmetic exercise” by industry experts. “There are also questions about how far an operational split along these lines will be able to tackle conflicts of interest and whether it will go far enough to provide the tough, professional challenge and scepticism needed to deliver genuinely high-quality audits in the public interest,” Jones said. Show Comments ▼ The pressure to reform the auditing industry came after accounts were signed off for soon-to-collapse companies Carillion, Patisserie Valerie and Thomas Cook But Prem Sikka, an accounting expert and emeritus professor at Exeter Business School, told City A.M. the FRC’s plans were “utterly inadequate”. Auditors have come under sustained criticism in recent years for repeated failures to prevent company collapses, including Carillion and BHS, and for mixing audits and more lucrative non-audit work for the same clients. “What we need is a complete structural — not an organisational — split, where audit is the only thing that the accountancy firms must do and consultancy has to be in a legally separate organisation,” he said.  Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Darren Jones MP, chair of the business, energy and industrial strategy committee, said: “My committee has been clear in previous inquiries that reform of the audit sector is overdue”. Shah said that a break up of the Big Four was the only way to tackle what he described as “systemic professional failure” within the audit industry, with a “total split off between auditing and non-audit activities”. The pressure to reform the auditing industry came after accounts were signed off for soon-to-collapse companies Carillion, Patisserie Valerie and Thomas Cook Also Read: ‘Utterly inadequate’: Experts slam watchdog’s Big Four audit split PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY all released statements welcoming the regulator’s announcement. Maggie McGhee, executive director at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, said the FRC had “acted decisively in support of audit quality and the public interest”. The pressure to reform the auditing industry came after accounts were signed off for soon-to-collapse companies Carillion, Patisserie Valerie and Thomas Cook Also Read: ‘Utterly inadequate’: Experts slam watchdog’s Big Four audit split “The reality is that these firms are very big, very powerful and highly conflicted. So we not only need to break them up, but we need to downsize them as well to reduce their power and to actually enforce them much more rigorously and strongly in terms of audit quality,” he said.  Three government-backed reviews have called for shake-ups to the sector, but no legislation mandating change has yet been introduced. “It’s not the case that you can have both under one roof but separated by some imaginary Chinese walls,” Sikka continued. “There is absolutely nothing in this statement which would improve the accountability of auditing firms.” The FRC said today it was asking the Big Four to agree to operational separation based on a set of principles it has discussed extensively with them. center_img whatsapp “It is welcome the FRC have taken some further steps on the path to reform by coming forward with these plans. But when reform is so sorely needed, why are the Big Four firms allowed four years to enact these changes?” “I think this is just a cosmetic exercise [the FRC] are going through to appease public opinion. It is not really the reform which is needed and therefore it will fail,” he added.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workoutbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USADefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverst Sikka, who authored a report on the audit industry for the Labour Party in 2018 calling for a state-backed audit body, said more needed to be done to address the sector’s problems.  ‘Utterly inadequate’: Experts slam watchdog’s Big Four audit split Anna Menin Monday 6 July 2020 3:49 pm Sikka also criticised the FRC, which has previously been branded as “toothless” by MPs over its handling of the BHS scandal and is due to be replaced with “a more forceful regulator”, the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (Arga).  Of the Big Four, EY and KPMG called for changes to corporate governance such as improved director accountability. Share whatsapp The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) today announced that the Big Four — PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY — must separate their audit and non-audit businesses by 2024 to ensure audits “do not rely on persistent cross subsidy from the rest of the firm”. Atul Shah, an audit specialist and visiting lecturer at City University, criticised the FRC’s plans as “toothless”.last_img read more

Rep. Matt Gaetz denies relationship with 17-year-old and claims extortion attempt

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments (CNN) — Rep. Matt Gaetz on Tuesday denied that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old after the New York Times reported that, according to its sources, the Justice Department was investigating a possible sexual relationship with the girl and whether he paid for her to travel with him.The Florida Republican said in a statement to CNN that “no part of the allegations against me are true” and that the claims were being pushed by people who are targets of an “ongoing extortion investigation.”“Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name. We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals,” Gaetz claimed.“The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation. No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation. I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations,” Gaetz added. AdvertisementTags: Matt Gaetz AdvertisementThe Department of Justice declined to comment, and the FBI in Florida did not respond to a request for comment.The statement came after the New York Times reported that three people briefed on the matter said that the US Department of Justice’s investigation is part of a broader investigation.The people told the Times that as part of this broader probe, investigators are looking at whether Gaetz, a high profile ally of former President Donald Trump, violated federal sex trafficking laws — something that could carry severe legal repercussions. No charges have been filed against Gaetz, the Times reported. House Ethics Committee opens investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz April 12, 2021 Two of the people told the newspaper the encounters investigators are looking at took place two years ago. The investigation had been opened by former Attorney General William Barr in the final months of the Trump administration, the people told the Times.Gaetz told the newspaper in an interview that his lawyers had been in contact with the Justice Department.“I only know that it has to do with women,” Gaetz told the Times. “I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward.”The investigation of Gaetz, the three people told the newspaper, is part of a larger probe of former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg who was indicted last year on a series of sex trafficking charges. The Times reported he pleaded not guilty.Elected in 2016, Gaetz rose to national prominence in recent years as one of Trump’s most vocal defenders.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Former Gaetz confidant pleads guilty to six federal charges May 18, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Lehigh Acres fire crews using foam to fight flames

first_imgLehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 Delgado said the foam helps prevent fire crews from responding to the same fire twice.“What happens is we’ll put a fire out and then an hour or two later there’s still some burning embers underneath that top layer of soil which will come out and start another brush fire,” he said.Delgado said that it is still dry season in SWFL, so be careful around dry grass and brush. It only takes a small spark to start a massive fire. Lehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021 AdvertisementFirefighting foam is a blanketing and cooling agent that not only extinguishes flames, but also minimizes chemical vapors that firefighters come in contact with while on the job.All six brush trucks at Station 104 are able to release the foam in a matter of seconds. “The foam helps penetrate as deep as it can into the fuel,” Lance Delgado, Battalion Chief at Lehigh FD, said. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: foamLehigh AcresLehigh Acres Fire Rescue Suspect breaks into Lehigh Acres Popeyes June 11, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Southwest Florida is no stranger to brush fires that pop up during the dry season.Firefighters in Lehigh Acres are tightening up on their skills to help keep you and your home safe. Recently, fire crews with the Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue and Control District have been brushing up on a skill to help them put out fires faster. Their secret weapon? Foam.NBC2 got an exclusive look at some of the training that happened at Station 104. Advertisement Child dies after drunk Texas man causes three-car crash in Lehigh Acres June 11, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

In Pictures: Cruinniú na nÓg festivities are a joyous hive of activity all over Laois

first_img Pinterest Twitter By Siun Lennon – 30th June 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp There were two screenings of Into the West, in the adjoining Church of Ireland hall with hundreds attending both. The local youth club ran a sweet shop and helped with the set up for the event.Many volunteers assisted with all aspects, making it a very successful day.  Representing the council on the day was Councillor Tom Mulhall and the event was presided over by Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator.The guest of honour was Ruaidhrí Conroy who played Tito (Tayto)the older brother in the film. He received a great welcome and he posed for photos and chatted with the public about the happy days spent filming in Portarlington.Sadie Ainsworth who played the Cleaner in the film launched the mural and Ruaidhrí Conroy was on hand to present her with a bunch of flowers.There was a magical appearance of the beautiful white horse, Tír na nÓg, ridden by Tito and Ossie.Heritage House Abbeyleix was a hive of activity with a range of creative activities on offer; including papercraft, quilling with artist Pat Byrne, chocolate lollipop making with Catherine, from Mountmellick’s Cocoa Couture.Added to the mix of activities there was Shield Painting with Abbeyleix’s resident Viking, Richard Reid as well as Angelina’s Art Ventures mobile screen printing station and local musician Ray O’Sullivan’s instrument clinic and mini concerts added to the festive atmosphere.Vicarstown came alive on Saturday with “Vikings in the Village”  at the old school.  Organised jointly by the Integration Service in Laois Partnership Company and the Vicarstown Youth Club.Children from the Montague Hotel joined local children for workshops in Viking Shields & Weapons making and hair braiding and then dressed up in costumes before entering the tents in the “Viking Village” where they sang some great Viking themed songs and listened to some wonderfully exciting Viking stories.To end the afternoon they enjoyed a picnic outdoors and a wonderful Circus Skills workshop. Lots of fun was had at the Dunamaise Arts Centre also with a “Try an Instrument” workshop hosted by Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music.A large crowd of young people got to meet and chat to the music teachers and try out an instrument of their choice in the theatre space while upstairs children enjoyed the wonderful world of puppetry with Julie Rose McCormick.The sun shone last Saturday as Mountrath Development Association and Mountrath Youth Theatre proudly hosted one of the Cruinniú na nÓg events.A fantastic creative day for all of the young people who came from far and wide to experience new skills such as wood carving, slate etching, Basket weaving and much more.Laois Libraries also hosted a puppet workshop, with puppeteer Julie Rose McCormick as part of Cruinniú na nóg, will take place in Portlaoise Library.A huge thank you must go to all the volunteers that assisted in all the five venues to make this day a real celebration of fun and creativity.Cruinniú na nÓg is a creative festival for children in local communities across the country supported by Local Authorities and funded by Creative Ireland. Twitter Pinterest GAA Facebook In Pictures: Cruinniú na nÓg festivities are a joyous hive of activity all over Laois Facebook GAA center_img The Cruinniú na nÓg festivities were a joyous hive of activity all over Co Laois.From Mountrath to Abbeyleix; Vicarstown to Portlaoise and onto Portarlington, the happy sounds of children and young people creating lots of fun things, not to mention  great memories.Learning new circus skills, trying musical instruments, creating pottery, making a painting, dressing -up, Viking enactments, lolly pop making, furniture making and watching movies, it was a great day for all, with a huge variety of activities. TAGSCruinniú na nÓg Portarlington celebrated the new Into the West mural, created by Adam and Darren Warren and  devised over the last few weeks.It can be viewed in the Square, outside the old cinema which was the location used in the much loved family movie. The mural has become a talking point for young and old. Previous articleIn Pictures: Summer Stars Reading Challenge gets off to a blistering start at Portlaoise libraryNext articlePROFILED: The Laois senior hurling panel vying for Joe McDonagh Cup glory Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. GAA Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Cruinniú na nÓg festivities are a joyous hive of activity… LifestyleOut and About Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois man supports international star Lana Del Ray at Malahide Castle Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results last_img read more

Coronavirus: 17 additional deaths and 7,836 new cases – 107 in Laois – as Moderna vaccine approved

first_img Electric Picnic Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 6th January 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest TAGSCoronavirus Coronavirus: 17 additional deaths and 7,836 new cases – 107 in Laois – as Moderna vaccine approved WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGovernment announce new additional Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surgeNext articleSadness in Courtwood and Belgrove communities at death of Clare Dunne Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home News Community Coronavirus: 17 additional deaths and 7,836 new cases – 107 in Laois… NewsCommunity There have been a further 17 Coronavirus-related deaths and a massive 7,836 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening.Of the new cases announced today, 107 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate goes to 606.9, up from 493.5 yesterday.There are now 514 confirmed active cases in the county compared to 418 yesterday.The national incidence rate is now at 819.1, compared to 674 yesterday.Of the cases notified today:3,740 are men / 4,078 are women63% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 36 years old2,263 in Dublin, 1,373 in Cork, 496 in Louth, 345 in Limerick, 340 in Meath and the remaining 3,019 cases are spread across all other counties.As of 2pm today, 954 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 88 are in ICU. 105 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The country is in a serious phase of this surge of COVID-19. There is evidence of an increasing presence of the UK variant in Ireland.“All counties have an upward trajectory of the disease. There is concerning escalation of admissions to hospital and ICU. We are very likely to see escalating mortality and ICU admissions in the coming days and weeks.“It has never been more important, throughout our experience of this pandemic, to stay home and only meet people outside of your household for essential purposes, always adhering to public health advice; physical distance, hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, wearing a face covering.”New Cases in LaoisJanuary 5 – 107January 4 – 12January 3 – 80January 2 – 40January 1 – 104December 31 – 12December 30 – 50December 29 – 23December 28 – 38December 27 – 5December 26 – 2December 24 and 25 – 45December 23 – 12December 22 – 1014-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationJanuary 5 – 606.9January 4 – 493.5January 3 – 494.7January 2 – 406.2January 1 – 381.4December 31 – 271.6December 30 – 269.2December 29 – 237.3December 28 – 225.6December 27 – 186.5December 26 – 190.6December 24 and 25 – UnknownDecember 23 – 207.8December 22 – 194.8New cases in Laois during past 14 daysJanuary 5 – 514January 4 – 418January 3 – 419January 2 – 344January 1 – 323December 31 – 230December 30 – 228December 29 – 201December 28 – 191December 27 – 158December 26 – 161December 24 and 25 – UnknownDecember 23 – 176December 22 – 165Moderna vaccine approvedThe European Commission has given approval for the use of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in the European Union, the final step required to allow its use across the continent.The news has been welcomed by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar who said the vaccine would allow 10,000 more people in Ireland to be vaccinated a week.Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, posting a video on Twitter, said Ireland had pre-ordered 875,000 of Moderna vaccine and 3.3 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Electric Picnic last_img read more

Jobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways

first_imgJobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways A joint Government and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project will invest $4.2 million to protect local waterways, enhance biodiversity and employ local people, Environment Minister David Parker announced today.Over two years, the Hāpara Takatū Jobs for Nature project will fence 195km of private land to exclude stock from vulnerable slopes, riparian plantings, and local waterways. The project is expected to create 31 jobs over its lifetime.Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and central Government are contributing $2.1 million each towards the project.“It’s great to see the willingness of landowners, local and central government to work together, led by the guiding principle of Te Mana o Te Wai that prioritises the health and wellbeing of our freshwater,” David Parker said.Te Mana o Te Wai is the guiding principle of the Essential Freshwater package, announced by the Government earlier this year. That package includes stock exclusion requirements.Preventing stock from entering waterways is one of the simplest and most direct ways to reduce pollution, prevent fragile banks eroding, reduce sedimentation, and allow riparian plants to grow.About 50 landowners have come forward to be part of the project and fence their land.“We know how important the health of our waterways is to all New Zealanders. Our Essential Freshwater regulations aim to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and restore our waterways to health within a generation,” David Parker said.“This project is a great example of people coming together to implement Essential Freshwater, create jobs and restore and protect the environment.”The funding is part of the Government’s $1.3 billion Jobs for Nature programme, which is creating jobs to benefit the environment and support and speed up the economic recovery from COVID-19. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biodiversity, coronavirus, council, covid-19, environment, Freshwater, Government, jobs, Minister, New Zealand, pollution, project, wellbeinglast_img read more

Mouse plague hits Parliament House

first_imgMouse plague hits Parliament House “The smell is horrific. You can pick up all the mice you see but there is always more.I did 38 loads of washing in three days. My house is pretty much packed up in boxes,” Lisa Minogue, Farmer, BarmedmanNSW Farmers and the CWA have joined forces in calling for the State Government to implement a mouse plague financial support package, providing up to $25,000 per farm business to assist with baiting costs.The two organisations held a parliamentary briefing today to outline the significant financial and health impacts of the relentless mouse plague that continues to spread across the state.“Farmers and rural communities are still in the midst of combatting a ceaseless mouse plague that is continuing to impact the northern and central west regions and rapidly spreading and growing through the south,” said NSW Farmers Grains Committee Chair Matthew Madden.Mr Madden said loss of stored grain and fodder is having the greatest financial impact, with a third of respondents to a NSW Farmer survey reporting estimating losses between $50,000 and $150,000.“The survey results also showed that the costs of baiting so far for some exceeds $150,000, with 30% having spent between $20,000 and $150,000 already.”“More than 80% of respondents also reported damage to agricultural machinery and infrastructure, with around a third saying the damage bill was between $20,000 and $150,000.”Availability of mouse bait is also an escalating issue, with 75% of farmers reporting an inability to access bait when needed.“The government can have a role to play in supporting the establishment of and streamlining approvals for regional grain treatment stations, allowing farmers to treat their own grain, reducing the cost and biosecurity risks associated with baiting.”CWA CEO Danica Leys said the social and mental health impacts on farmers, their families and rural communities are also rising sharply.“A staggering 97% of the survey respondents felt the influx of mice is affecting their stress levels making farm business decisions,” Mrs Leys said.“People are having issues with sleeping, which we all know as a significant impact on mental and physical health.”“There are plenty of reports of people being bitten and mice also make their way into rain water tanks causing contamination of domestic water storages with different bacteria such as salmonella.”“And it’s not just farm businesses. Regional hotels, retail and food businesses, bakeries, supermarkets, child care centres and aged care homes have also felt the impact of this mouse plague.”“All of these financial and health impacts follow unprecedented drought, catastrophic bushfires and most recently floods across large regions. It is time for the state government to act.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, Agriculture, bacteria, Barmedman, biosecurity, bushfires, business, contamination, drought, Farming, Government, infrastructure, mental health, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Farmers, parliament, treatment, water storagelast_img read more

Mercedes-Maybach Ultra Luxury concept lives up to the name

first_img RELATED TAGSMaybachMercedes-BenzBeijingLuxury CarsBeijing Auto ShowLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Should you buy it? With the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Range Rover Autobiography LWB and upcoming Roll-Royce Cullinan making serious inroads on the sales of uber-luxury sedans, the addition of a Maybach crossover would seem to make eminent sense. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada 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” When will Canada get it? No word on if the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury will ever make it to production, but rumours suggest Mercedes will introduce a Maybach SUV based on the reworked GLS, due out in 2020. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS What is it? Given the popularity of the S-Class-based Maybach, Mercedes-Benz sees the potential for a luxurious crossover. The Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept looks like an S-Class that’s been on a serious steroid program and jacked up so it can sit atop P285/40R24 tires. It also gets pushed way upmarket with an elaborate exterior and a significantly more luxurious interior. It is opulent up front and overblown in the back. The rear riders get the works, up to an including a fine china tea set.Why does it matter? Officially known as the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, it’s an electric ride with four compact electric motors offering a fully variable all-wheel drive extension. The powertrain is rated at 750 horsepower and it gets it juice from an 80 kWh battery that lies flat beneath the floor. The range is said to be 500 kilometers and it has a top speed of 250 km/h. advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury conceptGraeme Fletcher, Drivinglast_img read more

Researchers To Take Hubble Images Of Mars In Preparation For July 4 Pathfinder Landing

Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail A team of scientists that includes two Colorado researchers will take images of Mars June 27 with the Hubble Space Telescope to check the weather conditions in preparation for the July 4 landing of NASA’s unmanned Pathfinder spacecraft. The team includes Steve Lee of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Todd Clancy of Boulder’s Space Science Institute, Phillip James of the University of Toledo, Mike Wolff of the Space Science Institute and Jim Bell of Cornell University. The researchers will take high-resolution color images of the side of Mars harboring the landing site in the early morning, mid-morning and early afternoon to see how cloudy the region will be on July 4. HST and microwave observations taken by the team in March, April and May indicated the planet was cold and cloudy, said Lee. Those climate conditions are in stark contrast to the relatively warm and dusty conditions that existed when NASA’s unmanned Viking and Mariner 9 spacecraft visited Mars in the 1970s. The team anticipates having the images processed and ready for release just prior to Pathfinder’s landing, said Lee. The team will continue to monitor Mars with HST for several months following the landing. Pathfinder, which consists of a stationary lander and a tricycle-sized surface rover, will descend on the planet with the aid of parachutes, rockets and airbags. Both the lander and rover will carry a variety of scientific equipment and cameras and beam images back to Earth beginning July 4. The lander will touch down in an ancient floodplain known as Ares Vallis, some 500 miles southeast of where the Viking 1 spacecraft landed in 1976. Published: June 23, 1996 read more

Statement Regarding The Churchill Investigative Committee

first_imgRobert A. Williams, professor of law and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona, and Bruce E. Johansen, professor of communication and Native American studies at the University of Nebraska/Omaha, have resigned from the investigative committee recently named to investigate research misconduct allegations against CU-Boulder Professor Ward Churchill. We appreciate their initial agreement to serve on the committee reviewing this very difficult issue and we regret that they felt it necessary to resign. We also deeply appreciate the willingness of the remaining members to serve the university in this important capacity. As part of an established process, the investigative panel was named by the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct, which is charged with overseeing the investigation. We have confidence in the university’s procedures for investigating allegations of research misconduct and in the ability of the Standing Committee to form a fair and impartial investigative panel. Under our policies and procedures, the Standing Committee will determine the next steps in finalizing membership of the investigative committee. Because the Standing Committee operates under rules of confidentiality, we are limited in our ability to discuss details of the investigative committee’s work. Published: Nov. 10, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more