Aston Martin will design a home just for your car collection

first_img Tags Aston Martin will design your car a home — seriously Driving the Aston Martin Valkyrie on the Red Bull F1… 12:41 Post a comment 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 8 Photos More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode Enlarge ImageIs this where James Bond villains hang out? Aston Martin Those who can afford Aston Martins likely have no issue splurging on the finer things in life. To that end, we bet many of the company’s customers will jump onboard to design homes specifically for their cars.That’s correct. Aston Martin will now design homes specifically for a car. The brand made the announcement as Monterey Car Week kicks off in California on Thursday and dubbed the new service the Aston Martin Automotive Galleries and Lairs division. The service ranges from mild to wild, though if I’m being honest, all of this is wild.The Galleries and Lairs service will design anything from a custom garage for a luxury vehicle or collection to a full-blown “luxury retreat.” The photos look like something out of a James Bond villain’s secret hideaway and it’s equal parts mesmerizing and awesome.The latest service will be part of Q by Aston Martin, the automaker’s bespoke division, and those who opt to take part in the luxury garage building will work with the brand’s designers and renowned architects. Wherever the customer wants their dream car home, Aston Martin will tap local architects that know the lay of the land best — and you better believe they’re good at what they do.The company explained that no matter what the owner wants, the car will take center stage in the build. We see some more restrained examples in the photos of a few Aston Martins on display in what looks like something of an art gallery. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we see what appears to be a Valhalla concept car inside of an aquarium. Around the car is space for entertaining a group of guests. I told you this stuff got really wild.Whatever the wishes or desires, they’ll have an Aston Martin touch. Believe it or not, Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have already done interior design work for a new 66-story residential tower going up in Miami, Florida. Whether it’s a supercar sunken around the water or a vintage DB5 with the sky as its spotlight, it sounds like the Galleries and Lairs service puts everything on the table.Suddenly, my pinned-up supercars calendar in the garage feels like subpar decor. 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Luxury cars Car Industry Monterey Car Week 2019 Aston Martin Aston Martinlast_img read more

Canadian minister due Tuesday to visit Rohingyas

first_imgMarie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development. AFP file photoMarie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will travel to Bangladesh from 21 to 23 November to witness first-hand the devastating impact of the Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.The Canadian minister will assess the best ways for Canada to assist the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from Myanmar.Minister Bibeau will also meet with the government of Bangladesh to discuss its efforts to address the Rohingya crisis.Since 25 August, more than 620,000 Rohingya, mainly women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.This is in addition to an estimated 300,000 Rohingyas who had previously sought refuge in Bangladesh.The country has opened its borders and is providing life-saving assistance in camps and informal settlements in the Cox’s Bazar area located in the south of the country along the border with Myanmar.During her visit, minister Bibeau will visit refugee settlements and host communities to engage with beneficiaries, including Rohingya women, children and local Bangladeshi, to gain a deeper understanding of the needs on the ground.She will also meet with humanitarian partners and representatives of local civil society to discuss the response and coordination of efforts to assist the most vulnerable.Canada has had a long-standing development programme in Bangladesh, which includes support to health and education.On the last day of her visit, minister Bibeau will meet with senior Bangladeshi government officials, local women’s organisations and other partners to discuss development needs in Bangladesh, particularly as they relate to the empowerment of women and girls.“The unprecedented scale of the current Rohingya crisis and its dire impact on women and children requires us all to take urgent action,” said the minister.That is why, the minister said, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, which matches dollar for dollar every eligible donation that Canadians make to an organisation providing life-saving assistance to the Rohingya people.“Canadians can be proud of our country’s experienced humanitarian partners that are providing vital assistance to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable, especially women and girls,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau.The Rohingya refugee situation has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee and humanitarian crisis.Thus far in 2017, Canada has committed over $25 million in humanitarian assistance funding in Bangladesh and Myanmar.On 31 October, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between 25 August and 28 November 2017, the government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.On 23 October, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau named the Honourable Bob Rae as his special envoy to Myanmar.As special envoy, Rae will reinforce the urgent need to resolve the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar and to address the situation affecting these vulnerable people.Rae visited the refugee settlements in Bangladesh on November 4 and subsequently briefed Minister Bibeau as she prepared for her own visit.last_img read more

Texas GOP Rep Lamar Smith says he wont be seeking reelection

first_imgNASA/Aubrey Gemignani via FlickrRep. Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement “this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.”Rep. Lamar Smith, a climate change skeptic who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, announced Thursday he won’t run for re-election, making his 16th term in office his last.Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement “this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.”Smith completes his term as chairman of the science committee at the end of 2018. The committee has jurisdiction over federal agencies that have a major focus on research and development, such as NASA and the Department of Energy.As chairman, he’s voiced skepticism that climate change is caused by human behavior, saying that the Obama administration engaged in alarmism to promote an extreme climate agenda. Smith said at a hearing earlier this year that “much of climate science today appears to be based more on exaggerations, personal agendas and questionable predictions than on the scientific method.”The American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have both said that the overwhelming scientific evidence is clear that global warming is primarily caused by humans.Smith, who was first elected in 1986, also has encouraged Americans to get their news from President Donald Trump and not the news media.Smith said it’s humbling to live in a small Washington apartment four nights a week. But traveling back to Texas most weekends “recharges the batteries,” according to his statement. He said he hopes to find other ways to stay involved in politics.Smith’s announcement comes just two days after Rep. Jeb Hensarling, also a Texas conservative and chairman of the Financial Services Committee, said he would retire at the end of the current term of Congress.Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Smith’s leadership of the committee “established him as a leading policy mind” in the GOP conference. Stivers predicted voters in Texas would “select another conservative Republican like Chairman Smith who shares their values.”Meredith Kelly, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, blamed the GOP agenda for driving Republicans into retirement. She said the GOP health care bill and tax overhaul plan make clear Republicans “are on the side of the very rich and the largest corporations.”“These retiring Republicans have seen the writing on the wall, and they’re not waiting around for the midterms,” Kelly said. Sharelast_img read more

Why Texas Might Turn Blue in 2018 – For Real This Time

first_img Share X Listen 00:00 /15:07center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marjorie Kamys Cotera – Texas Tribune Texas is going to turn blue in the next election. We’ve been hearing that prediction for a while now, but it never happens.However, Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder says there’s reason to think it could happen in 2018. It might not – but it could.She recently wrote a column explaining her reasons, and she joins Houston Matters to explain.last_img read more

Zuckerberg to Emphasize Positives Admit Shortcomings in Congressional Testimony

first_img Popular on Variety “As Facebook has grown, people everywhere have gotten a powerful new tool to stay connected to the people they love, make their voices heard, and build communities and businesses,” the testimony has Zuckerberg saying in an apparent attempt to remind lawmakers that not all is bad about the social network.However, Zuckerberg is also set to acknowledge that Facebook fell short on a number of fronts. “We didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” the testimony reads. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry.”The testimony rehashes some of the history behind the Cambridge Analytica data leak, detailing how the Trump campaign-linked company was able to get personal data on tens of millions of Americans. Interestingly, it doesn’t include a concrete number of how many users were affected by this. Early reports suggested that Cambridge Analytica could have gotten data on 50 million U.S. Americans, but Facebook itself recently acknowledged that it could have been as many as 87 million.Zuckerberg is also set to once again talk about the way groups linked to the Russian government used the platform to target U.S. Americans with false news and rally them around partisan issues. Finally, Zuckerberg is going to reiterate some of the steps that the company previously announced, including more transparency for political ads and hiring of additional staffers to review content. “I’ve directed our teams to invest so much in security — on top of the other investments we’re making — that it will significantly impact our profitability going forward,” Zuckerberg will say.Ultimately, Zuckerberg wants to end on a positive note, and paint Facebook as a company that can be a force for good. “I believe deeply in what we’re doing,” the testimony reads. “And when we address these challenges, I know we’ll look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force in the world.”We’ll soon learn whether lawmakers share this positive outlook. In addition to Wednesday’s House Committee testimony, Zuckerberg is set to appear before the Senate on Tuesday as well. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to emphasize some of the good things Facebook has contributed to when he appears in front of lawmakers this week, but will also admit shortcomings and reiterate steps that the company is undertaking to prevent future abuse of its tools.The House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify Wednesday, released his prepared remarks Monday. In it, he called Facebook an “idealistic and optimistic company.” “For most of our existence, we focused on all the good that connecting people can bring,” the remarks read.Some of the positive examples cited by Zuckerberg include the empowerment of social movements like #metoo and the recent gun control demonstrations, as well as donations made in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.last_img read more