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Owner of forest landmark is packing it in

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – The heavily damaged mountain road that provides access to the Big Santa Anita Canyon north of Sierra Madre and Arcadia remains closed and may stay that way until next spring.Kim Kelley, owner of the Adams pack station near Chantry Flat picnic area, has had enough. With mixed feelings, she has decided to put the historic station up for sale.Kelley has owned the station since 2000 and says she simply cannot stay financially afloat with the business any longer. So she’s looking for someone to carry on the 1936 business, delivering supplies via donkey to the canyon cabins and Sturtevant Camp.“I’m devastated,” she said. “This is where I planned to spend the rest of my life. But for the last five and a half years the financial burden on me has just been tremendous … I can’t believe I have to leave.”Kelley has spent her life savings, at least $50,000, trying to keep the business open, caring for its horse and eight donkeys and maintaining the store, barn and home amid less than ideal situations.When Kelley bought the station in July 2000, she imagined turning the station into a regional attraction that would draw locals as a getaway destination. She wanted to expand the store and start an educational program to teach visitors about the area’s history and nature as well as arts and crafts. But owning the pack station has been different from what she expected. Three months after she took over, a Forest Service contract to haul trash out of the canyon and to maintain nearby campgrounds expired and was not renewed. Then in April 2004, Chantry Flat Road was closed for reconstruction and remained closed for work on the popular picnic sites. Extreme fire conditions caused the Forest Service to close the forest in September 2004. And then last winter’s heavy rains devastated the road, producing major landslides and erosion that keep it closed today.Back in May, Kelley said she would be “hopping mad” at herself if she had taken a buy-out offer and walked away from her dream. Now, she says she’s resigned to the fact that she has to move on and find someone to take over the business. But she won’t sell it to just anyone.“I’m going to be very, very choosy to who’s going to take it over,” she said. She won’t sell the station to someone looking to turn it into a bed and breakfast, for example. “They have to respect the history of the place,” she said. And she won’t sell it to a buyer without an outside source of income to support the station.Kelley has supported the station through substitute teaching and work as a message therapist. But it’s not enough, she said. “I just have to sell.”Meanwhile, Los Angeles County and the city of Monrovia still have their shares of Chantry Flat Road repairs to complete. 578-6300, Ext. 4451 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Suspect in hit-run deaths turns himself in to officers

first_imgVALENCIA – A Salinas man accused of causing a Thanksgiving Day crash near Gorman that killed a father and son turned himself in to the California Highway Patrol on Monday and was booked on suspicion of two felony hit-and-run counts and two manslaughter counts. Javier Barajas Zavala, 41, had contacted authorities Thursday through his attorney to express a desire to surrender, CHP officials said. He arrived Monday morning at the Newhall CHP office and was transported to the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station for booking. “We received a letter from his attorney instructing us not to question him,” Officer Wendy Hahn said. “When he arrived, we gave him his Miranda rights and asked him if he wanted to talk to us, and he said no.” Investigators believe Zavala was driving a 1999 Peterbilt big-rig that slammed into the back of a 1990 pickup truck stalled in traffic lanes of the northbound Interstate 5 near Gorman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The crash killed Jose Palomino and his 15-year-old son, Julio, both of Bell Gardens. The men were headed toward Bakersfield because Palomino was planning to move his family there. After the collision, Zavala allegedly drove farther to flee from authorities, turned off at the northbound state Route 138 off-ramp and ended up on Lancaster Road. The tractor-trailer’s fuel tank apparently ruptured in the collision, causing the cab to catch fire after the driver left the freeway. CHP Investigator Dave Pokorny said that witnesses who spoke to the driver when he stopped the burning truck were concerned that he was trying to get a ride out of the area while his truck was ablaze. The witnesses had no knowledge of the earlier fatal collision. About 20 minutes after the crash, police got a call from a man, possibly Zavala, who claimed his tractor-trailer had been stolen from a Pilot station in Castaic. When they arrived, the man was nowhere to be found. Pokorny said that Zavala evaded capture despite ground and air searches. “He would have been in a lot less trouble if he had waited at the scene,” Pokorny said. “This could have been just a horrible accident.” Each charge that Zavala faces carries a possible sentence of 30 years in state prison. Bail was set at $50,000. Pokorny said a bail bondsman arrived with Zavala when he turned himself in. Zavala has no prior criminal record. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgCllr Doherty in Killygordon this weekFINE Gael is facing a new crisis today – as its Donegal councillors called for a stop to the introduction of water charges.The leader of the party on Donegal County Council Cllr Barry O’Neill said the introduction of water charges was “a step too far”.Cllr Frank McBrearty had an emergency motion calling for Irish Water to be abolished with 33 of the 34 councillors voting in favour of it. Fine Gael’s Bernard McGuinness abstained. Cllr O’Neill said that he had made his views on Irish Water known within his party for months and as a taxpayer and as a father, he believed water charges should not be introduced.Earlier Cllr Gary Doherty – who spent the week opposing contractors in east Donegal – said the people of this country have had enough of taxes.“I spent this week attending and supporting residents’ protests against the installation of the hated water meters,” said Cllr Doherty.“I would urge an Taoiseach and any member of the government to attend one of those protests. Because it is hard to find the words to convey the depth of feeling that there is amongst the people of Ireland against these charges. “It is nothing short of a disgrace and a crime against this Republic that our people are having water charges forced upon them.“We live in a County that never felt the effects of the celtic tiger. We didnt see the boom that inflated the pockets of the bankers and profiteers in the east who we are still bailing out through water charges, property tax, universal social charge and countless other austerity measures. The people of Donegal cannot and will not take any more.“The message that we gave Irish Water and the Government in Castlefinn and Killygordon this week was simply this “we wont take any more, enough is enough.”“Irish Water is no different to any of the banks before the collapse. It is toxic. It is not fot for purpose. In its short existence it has done nothing but indulge itself in the bonus culture and grab all philosophy that has blighted our country for decades.“Our govrnment has only one option left open to it to my mind. Stop mesing around, stop playing politics and do right by the Irish people. Abolish water charges, abolish Irish Water. “I have here a motion under Section 140 of the Local Government Act signed by ten Councillors so far. It reads ” This Council resolves to direct Council management not to comply with a demand from Irish Water to pass over the personal information of Council tenants held by Donegal County Council.”Around 200 people opposed to water charges attended today’s council meeting.SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cllr Barry O’NeillDonegal County Councilmotionvotelast_img read more


Latest: Hull City 1 QPR 0 – Early setback for Rangers in crucial game

first_imgNikica Jelavic punished some all-too familiar half-hearted QPR defending by volleying Hull ahead in the 16th minute.Rangers failed to deal with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick and Jelavic pounced after Steven Caulker’s weak header to fire into the bottom corner.Full-back Darnell Furlong, making his senior debut, almost equalised with a header that was tipped away by keeper Allan McGregor.Furlong, son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, is playing because Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are both injured.Rangers are also without the likes of Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer, but Charlie Austin was passed fit to return following a foot problem. QPR: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Vargas, Zarate, Doughty. Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Brady, Jelavic, N’Doye. Subs: Davies, Hernández, Harper, Aluko, Ramírez, Robertson, Quinn. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Canada’s excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 7, 2019, Toronto Raptors fans cheers as they gather to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals series outside Scotiabank Arena at ‘Jurassic Park’ in Toronto, Canada. – An NBA crown for the Toronto Raptors would bring basketball’s legacy full circle for Canada, celebrating its deep roots as birthplace of the sport’s inventor, James Naismith, and site of the first NBA game in Toronto in 1946, with the New York Knicks beating the Toronto Huskies 68-66. (Photo by Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)With the Toronto Raptors on the brink of a historic NBA title, excitement is building across Canada ahead of Monday’s potentially decisive fifth game of the NBA Finals.Two road victories gave the Raptors a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series against the defending champion Golden State Warriors and they can become the first NBA champions from outside the United States with a triumph Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A team whose motto is “We The North” might need a change to “We The Champs” if the Raptors win the first crown in their 24-year history and dethrone a dynasty seeking a third consecutive crown and a fourth in five seasons.Some Raptors supporters have been lining up and camping out all weekend to get into the “Jurassic Park” outdoor watch party area over three blocks on the west side of Scotiabank Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’ve been embracing it this whole time,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said. “Just enjoying the support and the energy they’re bringing to the team.”Similar outdoor big screen viewing parties on the Atlantic Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the western plains in Regina, Saskatchewan, were featured on NBA telecasts. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Streets around the arena will be closed early Monday as security tightens around the event.Cheers of “Let’s Go Raptors” echoed across the course at the PGA Canadian Open, where winner Rory McIlroy could not even get to his trophy before a fan had thrown him a Raptors jersey.It’s the biggest sporting excitement for a Toronto team since the 1992 and 1993 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays.And while nothing will overtake the love of ice hockey as an iconic part of Canadian culture, there hasn’t been a Canadian winner of the Stanley Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.The passionate support for the Raptors, signs in windows and people in jerseys across Toronto, is a stark contrast to the level keel and matter-of-fact attitude the players have kept as they refuse to celebrate before reaching the goal of a title.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Locals to the rescue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We know it’s a big deal and we know that it means a lot to the country,” said Raptors forward Pascal Siakam of Cameroon. “What helped us is just staying together and understanding our goal and just focusing on the game. The rest, you can’t control that.“We got to focus on the game. We can’t think about the big picture of everything, so that’s what we’re going to try to do every time we’re out there on the floor.”Still, Raptors center Marc Gasol, a Spaniard, says the team is able to get a boost from the emotional energy supporters have been sending for months.“It’s a good feeling. That kind of excitement, it’s a positive energy,” Gasol said. “Everyone has bumps and bruises and has some active issue physically, so that encouragement and that passion makes you feel a little better.”‘Still got work to do’Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is thrilled the team can evoke such emotion and devotion, but it’s not something the Raptors can let themselves enjoy yet.“I understand where they’re coming from,” Lowry said. “We want them to be excited. We want them to be happy. We want them to be energetic. But we still got work to do.”Raptors guard Danny Green says a healthy respect for the Warriors, who are the first team in more than half a century to play in a fifth consecutive final, keeps players from losing their cool.“It comes with experience. It comes with IQ,” Green said. “It comes with knowing that we haven’t accomplished anything yet.“It comes with appropriate fear of knowing what that team is capable of.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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‘Conte to blame for Barkley’s Chelsea snub’

first_imgTransfers Conte to blame for Barkley’s Chelsea snub… for turning phone off Last updated 2 years ago 17:41 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Antonio Conte, Chelsea Getty Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The midfielder’s representatives were said to be unable to get hold of the Blues boss and in turn decided to pull the plug on the transfer Ross Barkley’s £35 million transfer to Chelsea collapsed because Antonio Conte had turned his phone off on deadline day, according to Joey Barton.Everton had accepted a bid for the 23-year-old before the midfielder travelled to London to complete a medical in the late stages of the window.Conte’s men 4/5 to beat Leicester Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A deal fell through, however, and Barton believes the reason is because of the Blues boss.”I heard a really interesting thing about what happened with the Ross Barkley transfer. Conte turned his phone off and Barkley’s representatives were trying to contact him,” Barton said on TalkSport.”He wanted to say ‘look, where am I going to play’, and Conte turned his phone off. That is why Barkley got cold feet and never signed.”He thought, ‘well, if the manager isn’t answering the phone to me he clearly doesn’t want me’, and that is why he went back to Everton.”Barkley’s current Everton deal expires at the end of the 2017-18 campaign and a January exit from Goodison Park for a cheaper amount remains a possibility.The England international had also been linked with Tottenham in the off season with reports Everton boss Ronald Koeman didn’t have him in his first-team plans.last_img read more

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Melbourne Cup 2017: an idiot’s guide to picking a winner

first_img None features Pink Share on Twitter Submit answers Share via Email You got… Which is the most common silk colour of a Melbourne Cup winner? 19 & 20 When was the last time a horse with a name like a proper person won? Titles (like Prince of Penzance) or one word names do not count. This is strictly first and last names only. Who is more successful – favourites or outsiders? 2009 Outsiders, of course Pre-race favourites have only won the Cup 34 times out of 156, a rate of 21%. The last favourite to win was 2013’s Fiorente. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Back an outsider and avoid the quince-flavoured Marmelo, or the returning champ Almadin. Challenge your friends 1976 $4 million 30 32 Share on Twitter Share via Email 7 Green 10 Water! The last fire-related winner was Red Handed (1967) and even then that’s a stretch. Before that we only have Rimfire (1948) and Lantern (1864). Water-based names are much more successful, with six wins from horses like Subzero (1992), Rain Lover (1968-69) and Poseidon (1906). WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Back the watery winners, like Ventura Storm, Bondi Beach and Humidor. Avoid Wall of Fire, Rekindling and Red Cardinal. $10 million Bay Bay (i.e: reddish-brown) horses have won the Cup 68 times, vastly more than brown horses on 37. Black horses have only won three times. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Every horse running is a bay, except Libran who can be classed “bay or brown”, and Single Gaze, who is chestnut. Pick any others. Australia sport Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Grey What’s better? A fire-related name, or water? How many horses named after adjectives have won? Red Fire! Rogan Josh center_img Four Only four horses have won the Melbourne Cup in consecutive years: Makybe Diva (2003-5), Think Big (1974-5), Rain Lover (1968-9) and Archer (1861-2). WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Steer clear of last year’s returning champion, Almandin, as history suggests he is unlikely to repeat the trick. $14.5 million This was of course, three-time winner Makybe Diva. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Hartnell is the richest horse running, having earned $4.4m. Share on Pinterest How many horses have won the Melbourne Cup back-to-back? Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Kiwi 1 & 3 11 Nouns and noun phrases (ie: Green Moon) have dominated the Melbourne Cup’s history. The last adjectival winner was 2014’s Protectionist. But let us not forget the mid-2000s hat-trick of adjectival winners between 2007 and 2009: Efficient, Viewed and Shocking. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: There’s only one adjectival horse running this year. So steer clear of Tiberian. Double Brie Rogan Josh (1999), Brew (2000) and Kiwi (1983) are all winners. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Marmelo is named after the Portuguese word for quince. Share on LinkedIn Brew Which is the most common coat colour of a Melbourne Cup winner? 50 Black 1932 Real names fare poorly in horse racing. Peter Pan in 1932 was the earliest winner that could qualify for this category (just). WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Avoid Max Dynamite, Thomas Hobson and the weirdly specific Johannes Vermeer. Since you’re here… Brown Blue Blue dominates, both among past winners and in most horses generally. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: The field is full of blue. Pick from Hartnell, Almandin, Johannes Vermeer, Bondi Beach, US Army Ranger, Gallante, Single Gaze and Rekindling. Which of these food or drink-based horses has NOT won the Melbourne Cup? Which saddlecloth number(s) have won the most Melbourne Cups? Horse racing 22 A horse with a name like a person has never won, for that would be absurd 4 & 12 These two numbers have 11 wins each. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Tiberian (4) and Wicklow Brave (12) have the lucky(ish) numbers. How much career prizemoney has the richest Cup-winning horse won? Topics $32.5 million Melbourne Cup Favourites, duh Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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ICC rules out complacency on World Cup security after Christchurch mosque shootings

first_img Reuters WellingtonMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 18:36 IST CEO Dave Richardson says security at the World Cup in England and Wales will be the ICC’s top priority (AP Photo)There is no question of being complacent with security at this year’s World Cup in England and Wales following a mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.Members of the Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided being caught up in the shooting, which killed 49 people, by a suspected white supremacist last Friday.Their third Test against New Zealand that had been scheduled to start on Saturday at nearby Hagley Oval was subsequently cancelled and it also prompted calls from Asian cricket officials and politicians to step up security for touring teams.ICC chief executive David Richardson said security was always an issue for his organisation and ensuring the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales was safe would be a priority.”It has always been the case that we’ve had to make sure that we keep security absolutely priority, not only for the players but also for the visiting media, fans, spectators and everyone who attends the event,” Richardson was quoted as saying by cricket website Cricinfo.”Something happening in New Zealand probably took a lot of people by surprise and it emphasised the need not to be complacent, especially going into the World Cup.”I know the work done already by the security director together with all the security agencies in the UK, they are leaving no stone unturned, and if the threat level should rise in any way we will (further upgrade) the plans in place.”Cricket teams have previously abandoned tours because of security fears but most had been in South Asia, including Bangladesh which Australia decided against touring in 2015.advertisementSri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore during their tour of Pakistan in 2009. Six members of the team were wounded, while six security personnel and two civilians were killed.Pakistan still host nearly all of their international matches in the United Arab Emirates due to ongoing security concerns.New Zealand abandoned their 1987 tour of Sri Lanka following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo in which more than 100 people were killed.They also abandoned a tour of Pakistan in May 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow ICCFollow Dave RichardsonFollow christchurch mosque shootingsFollow New Zealand mosque shooting ICC rules out complacency on World Cup security after Christchurch mosque shootingsICC chief executive David Richardson said security was always an issue for his organisation and ensuring the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales was safe would be a priority.advertisementlast_img read more

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First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S

first_imgStanding in the courtyard of the hotel in Málaga, Spain, leaning against the fastest car I’ve ever driven, I glance over at my co-pilot.Slightly out of breath, he looks hypnotized by the orange supercar sitting before us. His eyes slowly wander from the car and onto my face.“Was I really going 275 kilometers per hour?” he asks.“It was actually 273 … but who’s counting?” I reply with a chuckle.“You could’ve slowed me down,” he says. “We could’ve been arrested. Then again, that would’ve been such good press for both of us. We would’ve looked so cool …”“I know, Patrick, I know.” I reply, with a slow nod, tapping on carbon fiber wing.As an automotive journalist, wild adventures in far-off places are commonplace for me. Except this one is different.Today my driving partner is renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart and the car that left us speechless is the 2015 McLaren 650S.Before we climb behind the wheel with Sir Stewart, let me tell you a bit about McLaren’s latest supercar.Hyperbole“Better than the 12C,” said the McLaren representative during our briefing.That’s hard to imagine, considering that just three years ago McLaren Automotive relaunched itself into the world of street-legal supercars. Although it hadn’t launched a car in 19 years, the brand was immediately accepted amongst the likes of Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Ferrari.However, the folks at McLaren didn’t accept a one-hit wonder and call it a day, as they had with the F1. Instead, they sought to calibrate and recalibrate the tuning on the MP4-12C.Accordingly, they’ll tell you that the 2014 and 2011 models drive completely differently, all thanks to software adjustments. And the best part? Owners of early models need only visit the dealer to have their cars modernized with a quick update to the ECU.McLaren is a brand focused on space-aged technology – speed through science – above all else, and it shows.At its core, the 650S borrows nearly 70 percent of its components from the 12C, and the rest comes from lessons learned in developing McLaren’s P1 hypercar.From a visual standpoint, the nose of the 650 is shared with the P1, while the rest of the car is mostly 12C. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine has been tuned up to 641 horsepower (650 PS, hence its name), and 500 pound-feet of torque. The suspension has been stiffened. The sport and track modes adjusted. And the aero work produces more downforce, front and rear.Hell, it’ll even crack 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.Equal parts road and trackOur hotel overlooked the Mediterranean, about an hour and a half from Ascari Race Resort in Ronda. The drive to and around the track zigzagged upward into the mountains, into the rolling farmlands of Andalusia.After a quick breakfast on the terrace, I walked out to the courtyard to meet my Tarocco Orange 650S.The doors get you, every time. They don’t open directly forward like a Ferrari, or upward like a Mercedes SLS, but rather like an open-armed sun salutation in yoga – stretching up and out to welcome the day. Open both and take a photo; it’s dramatic from every angle.Swing open the doors and pop inside and you’ll find a customizable cabin. You can have the interior in nearly any color you’d like, with choices between the sportier Alcantara finish with carbon fiber sport seats sourced from the P1 or leather seats that feel little more relaxed and significantly more luxurious.For the driving we’d do on this trip, I preferred the sports seats. However, the car feels more upscale with the full leather dash. Ladies in skirts will prefer entry and exit with the width of the traditional – and adjustable – bucket seats.A word to the wise: You may want to build your car according to how you’ll spend most of the time in your 650S. But, the car is more comfortable for long hauls than the comparable 458 Italia, regardless of your seating preference, so there’s no way to lose. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Where there isn’t Alcantara or leather on the interior, you’ll only find carbon fiber – and plenty of it. The car is made almost entirely of the lightweight woven element, with exception to a bit of magnesium behind the dash and the aluminum extrusions that mount the front and rear bumpers.Sitting in the 650S feels like sitting in something from the future, as if we’ve utilized some alien technology to build a rocket with tires. Even the infotainment system’s interface looks like it was pulled right out of Tron, with its portrait orientation and simple black and white screens. It’s gorgeous, it’s responsive, and it’s easy to use. The only downside is that you can’t skip audio tracks unless you’re using the media screen, which requires backing out of the phone and navigation features first.AscariOn the Ascari track, Euan Hankey – one of McLaren’s factory GT drivers – guided me through the Normal, Sport and Track modes, pushing me harder and harder with each lap.We sped through each of Ascari’s three loops, faster and faster with each consecutive lap. I was blown away by the car’s traction and power delivery. Honestly, there was no way that I could push the car to the edge of its limits; the 650S is built to appease even a professional racer.Pumped full of adrenaline and eager for more, I asked Euan to show me what the car could really do with a racer behind the wheel. I’ll freely admit that he’s the first driver to ever legitimately scare me. Between the 650S’ mind-boggling handing and his tremendous driving, I walked away a little shaky, but completely impressed.Until this day, my personal favorite car has been the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black, an exotic muscle car with a completely different kind of personality, but similar levels of power and performance. Even other cars, like the Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA have absolutely dazzled me, but my time in the McLaren casts a long shadow over each of these cars.Maybe it’s the novelty of a brand many people don’t know. Maybe it’s the glove-like fit of the cabin. Maybe it’s just the doors. Either way, a dozen laps around Ascari with a professional racer have changed my tune, and I’m not sure what I could possibly drive – save maybe the P1 – that I’d enjoy even more.Crème de la CrèmeThe next morning, after a full nights’ rest full of track-day dreams, I went down to the hotel café for breakfast in the garden.As I settled in and sipped my cappuccino in silence, I glanced around the patio. As I surveyed the place and the other patrons, I suddenly did a double take.Sitting at the adjacent table was Sir Patrick Stewart, captain of the Enterprise, leader of the X-Men, and my childhood hero.Maybe I’m the obnoxious American that Europeans curse. But I don’t really care. But without hesitation, I walked over to Sir Stewart’s table, squatted down next to him and asked the question that no one can refuse: “How would you feel about taking a spin in a McLaren?”Eyebrows rise. A smile is cracked. Waivers are signed. A friend made.Warp speedI told Sir Patrick that I would take us out of the town we were staying in, to warm up the engine. Then the keys were his to bring us home again.As I sped through the Spanish countryside, we talked about the McLaren’s active aerodynamics system, which functions as an air brake when you slow down quickly enough. We talked about his adventures with Stirling Moss and Jeremy Clarkson, too.Eventually, I pulled off to swap seats. That’s when I realized that Sir Patrick’s story about “only liking to drive up to a certain speed … a comfortable one,” and his long list of driving practice didn’t necessarily sync.Sir Patrick is more adept behind the wheel than he lead on. In fact, he took us all the way to 170 mph – through a tunnel – before lifting off the accelerator. There’s a warp speed joke in there somewhere, but I’ll let it rest.We could’ve been killed. We could’ve been arrested. Instead, we were left rolling in laughter and excitement.We returned back to the hotel and took a selfie in the main drive, which he tweeted out to his followers. That gave the folks at McLaren the chance to tell him everything that I hadn’t already, as well as plan a visit to the factory to see where the magic happens in Woking, England.ConclusionThe 2015 McLaren 650S is priced from $265,000, just north of the MP4-12C it replaces. It’s an aesthetic masterpiece, and a brilliant work of machinery and science-fiction/fact, absolutely worthy of its position in the realm of supercars.Better, though, is that while it may offer similar levels of thrill found by some of its competitors, it does so more comfortably than most. Ipso facto, it’s one of the best ultra-performance daily drivers available on the market today.It’s fast – very fast – with a top speed of 207 mph, and that’s not even the fastest car McLaren builds. 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Ex LTTE cadres arrested over ATM fraud

The police said they seized a total of 162 electronic cards and 18,000 baht cash.Pol Maj Gen Phisit said the suspects confessed that they obtained blank electronic cards in Malaysia. The blanks were then encoded with information, obtained by using skimmers, off cards of people from countries such as Canada, the UK and Germany. A gang of foreigners, four Malaysians and two Sri Lankans, have been arrested and charged with the fraudulent use of over 100 ATM cards to withdraw around 10 million baht cash in Thailand, the Economic and Cyber Crime Division announced on Wednesday.According to the Bangkok Post, police division chief Pol Maj Gen Phisit Pao-in said the police were informed by Siam Commercial Bank that the bank has been requested to investigate theft of users’ information and fraudulent use of electronic cards to withdraw cash in Thailand. They would go separately to withdraw up to  60,000 baht each time from ATMs in Pratunam and Sukhumvit areas, and later hand the money over to an Indian they knew only as Asok. They were paid 10% of the money.The suspects said they had been withdrawing the money for over a month, with the total combined value  approximately 10 million baht.Police said the two Sri Lankan suspects are former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who fled to Thailand. They were investigating whether terrorism funding is involved or not. The other gang members are Suthsrsan Nadarajah, 34, from Sri Lanka,  and four Malaysians, Dasikumar Anthonisamy, 32, Eswarn Kumarn, 20, Jothi Shanhar S Thiagu, 19 and Pravin M.Dorasamy, 19. The investigators found out that the cards were used in the Pratunam area. Police sent to patrol the area discovered S.Saseelan, 43, withdrawing cash at an ATM. They asked to search hm and found 10 fake ATM  cards. The police searched his accommodation and later apprehend the five other suspects. The six suspects have been charged with illegal access to a computer system, holding and using fake electronic cards and illegal entry to Thailand. Asok is still at large. read more

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