The mineral that makes up more than a third of our planet finally has a name, thanks to tiny samples found, ironically, in a meteorite that fell to Earth in Australia in 1879. Under the rules of the International Mineralogical Association, scientists can name a mineral (a solid material with a distinct chemical composition and crystalline structure) only once they’ve analyzed a natural sample. But because the newly named mineral typically is stable only at pressures found more than 660 kilometers below Earth’s surface, natural versions of the mineral remained stubbornly out of reach. So scientists looked for another source of incredibly high pressures: collisions between asteroids in space, such as the one that created the Australian meteorite hundreds of millions of years ago. Analyzing a slice of the meteorite (see image above), researchers discovered that the crash briefly subjected the rock to hellish temperatures of about 2100°C and pressures about 240,000 times sea-level air pressure, they report online today in Science. In dark veins within the once-shattered sample, the researchers also found tiny 20- to 30-micrometer-wide blobs of the mineral. The frigid cold of space locked the mineral’s atoms in place, and slightly elevated pressures due to stresses inside the meteorite also helped preserve its crystalline structure. The mineral is a silicate in the perovskite family. The mineral’s new name, bridgmanite, honors 1946 Nobel Prize winner Percy Bridgman, a physicist who pioneered the analyses of minerals and other materials under high pressure. Previous estimates suggest that 70% of Earth’s lower mantle—which falls between depths of 660 and 2900 kilometers—is bridgmanite, the researchers say. That means the new mineral accounts for a whopping 38% of Earth’s entire volume.*Correction, 30 November, 6:55 a.m.: The story was changed to include information about the family to which the mineral belongs.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Juventus Allegri hails Juve’s ‘unplayable’ match-winner Dybala Ben Spratt 06:32 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Serie A The Juve No. 10 has smashed an incredible eight goals in his side’s four games, leaving Allegri over the moon with his charge Massimiliano Allegri hailed Paulo Dybala’s “unplayable” display after the attacker scored a hat-trick to lead Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Sassuolo on Sunday.Juve have won their opening four Serie A games of the season, with Dybala scoring in each triumph and, in total, netting eight of his side’s 13 goals.After the Argentina international’s latest match-winning contribution, Allegri lauded the development of his star man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “He still has room for improvement, but at times he’s just unplayable,” the Juve coach said. “He’s turning into an extraordinary player.”Paulo Dybala marks games for Juventus in style:Scores hat-trickHits 50th goal for clubMoves onto 8 in 4 Serie A games #UCL pic.twitter.com/C75z94rVJh— #UCL (@ChampionsLeague) September 17, 2017Comparatively, Dybala’s strike partner Gonzalo Higuain has struggled in the early part of the season – but he retains Allegri’s backing, despite his 78th-minute withdrawal.”Higuain played well – he played for the team,” he said. “He needs time to recover when we’re playing every three days.”I have some great players up front and substitutions will be vital. When you’re at a big club, you have to use your quality to help the group get the win.”The league will be a very long battle.”more points! Get in there #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SassuoloJuve pic.twitter.com/vfz0h5bo6p— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 17, 2017Victory was huge for Allegri and Juve, who had been comfortably beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek.Although they collected the three points, Allegri identified the same flaws that had harmed their European performance.”We played well in Barcelona but only for one half,” he added. “We eased off on the pressure after that and lost our organisation.”That’s a flaw we showed [against Sassuolo] as well when we went 2-0 up – we gave them too many chances and that can’t happen.”
Manchester United Rojo comes through 45-minute return for Man Utd Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 04:35 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United U23 v Athletic Club U23 Manchester United U23 Athletic Club U23 Premier League International Cup The Argentine defender was back in competitive action for the first time in 209 days for United’s under-23s before being replaced at half-time Marcos Rojo has made his competitive return to action seven months on from ACL damage, playing 45 minutes for Manchester United’s Under-23s on Wednesday night.Man U 17/4 to beat Newcastle 2-0The Argentine defender played the first half of United’s Premier League International Cup clash with Athletic Bilbao in Leigh before being replaced at the break by Tyrell Warren. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rojo was playing for the first time since being stretchered off in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht on April 20, the same game in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic sustained an identical injury which has prohibited the striker from playing since.The centre-back moved freely throughout his 45-minute cameo at the Leigh Sports Village, and even came close to finding the net when heading just over from a set piece shortly before half-time.It is likely that Rojo will be play at least once more for the under-23s in the next couple of weeks, with the former Sporting Lisbon man expected to target the clash with CSKA Moscow on December 5 for his first-team return.Rojo was a regular pick last season before his injury, playing 41 times for United after cementing his spot at the heart of the defence in Jose Mourinho’s first campaign in charge. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barney Ronay Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email Hide Klopp was far less impressed with the playing surface at Cardiff, which he described as dry and dangerous. “The ball didn’t roll like normal. Everybody saw it,” he said, who explained that his players had trained on a “bone-hard” pitch for 70 minutes the day before in preparation for what they expected in Cardiff. “Dry pitches are dangerous for the players injury-wise and you know why people leave the pitch dry – the ball doesn’t roll that quick and it’s difficult for the fluency of the game.” Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Thank you for your feedback. Show Liverpool back at top after Georginio Wijnaldum inspires win at Cardiff Cardiff City Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Jürgen Klopp praised his players for showing the initiative to come up with the set-piece routine that paved the way for a 2-0 victory over Cardiff that took Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League table. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook news Was this helpful? Topics Liverpool and Manchester City are both deserving of title-winners’ confetti Read more Reuse this content The Liverpool manager revealed that a discussion among the players in the dressing room at half-time led to the short corner that Trent Alexander-Arnold cut back for Georginio Wijnaldum to convert the first of their two goals, with James Milner adding a late second from the penalty spot.Liverpool are now two points ahead of Manchester City, who play their game in hand against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. “We used a set-piece in a fantastic way, the boys were so smart, they used the experience from the first half from a corner,” said Klopp. “It’s not from the training ground; it’s from the dressing room at half-time, when the boys decided to do that. I love that. Share on Twitter “We put a lot of emphasis on set-pieces. We know Cardiff is outstandingly strong on offensive set-pieces, but from time to time they have some problems with defensive set-pieces. Some of the boys obviously found that out. And if you make all these runs on the pitch, no camera angle is as good as your own view. They decided to play that ball [short], Gini made the run with all the blocks [on the other players] – it’s man-marking – so he was free in that moment. But then you still have to hit that ball like this. A brilliant goal, I loved it.” Liverpool Share on WhatsApp Jürgen Klopp Read more
Liverpool striker Salah named Caf African Football Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named Caf African Football Player of the Year for the second time in a row.Salah saw off competition from Reds teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scoop the award yet again.Salah enjoyed a stellar 2018 as he led the goalscoring charts at home and in Europe.He netted 44 times in all competitions last season.And Salah’s fine form saw Liverpool end up in the Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.Salah also represented Egypt at their first-ever World Cup in Russia. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsVoters in the Mohawk territory of Kanesatake voted for change on the weekend.The old council was marred by infighting and little progress was made to improve life in the community, residents say.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.
Putrajaya: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power. The two leaders were speaking after annual talks Tuesday aimed at resolving disputes over maritime boundaries, airspace management and the price of water that had strained ties since Mahathir’s alliance swept to power in elections last May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLee said many countries including France, Germany and Australia have legislation to combat fake news. Singapore took nearly two years to deliberate on the issue before the government unveiled a bill in parliament last week to combat fake news, he said. The law allows the government to remove online content it deems as false and includes a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines. “This is the problem of fake news and deliberate false statement being proliferated online. It is a serious problem which confronts many countries,” Lee said at a joint news conference. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Singapore is not the only one which has taken legislation on this issue. The French has done so, the Germans have done so. The Australians have just done so, something similar and very draconian. The British are also thinking of doing this as well. So Singapore had to do this and we had a long process… finally we have this bill and it will be debated in the house and I hope eventually it will become legislation,” he said. Lee rejected criticisms from rights groups such as Reporters Without Borders which had voiced fear the law could further stifle free speech in Singapore, which already has stern laws on public protests and dissent. “They criticized many things about Singapore’s media management but what we have done have worked for Singapore. And it is our objective to continue to do things that will work for Singapore. And I think (the new law) will be a significant step forward in this regard,” he added. Mahathir, however, said his government will repeal Malaysia’s law against fake news as it promised. An earlier effort to do so was blocked by the opposition-led Senate but the government is expected to push it through again. “For us, we need to learn how to handle such fake news. When we have laws that prevent people from airing their views, then we are afraid the government may abuse the law as it has happened in the last government,” Mahathir said. “We do not want any government, whether this or succeeding governments, to make use of this law in order to tell and create fake news in order to sustain themselves. Of course it will be difficult to handle, but we believe we can accept the challenges and we can handle that.”
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was off to a tepid start to September trading Tuesday as investors wondered what steps central banks might take to support the economic recovery amid another dose of weak U.S. economic data.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,941.70 -7.56 -0.06%S&P 500 — 1,404.94 -1.64 -0.12%Dow — 13.035 -54.90 -0.42%Nasdaq — 3,075.06 +8.10 +0.26%The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 7.56 points to 11,941.7 while the TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 1.84 points to 1,242.58.The Canadian dollar also finished little changed, down 0.01 of a cent at 101.44 cents US. The loonie could be in for some volatility after Quebecers vote in a new government Tuesday while the Bank of Canada makes its next announcement on interest rates Wednesday.U.S. markets were mainly lower even as a disappointing reading of a key gauge of the manufacturing sector and lower construction spending raised expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will embark on another jolt of stimulus.The Dow Jones industrials fell 54.9 points to 13,035.94 after the Institute for Supply Management’s August index came in at 49.6, a bit weaker than July’s reading of 49.8 and below expectations of 50.2, which would have signalled expansion.Also, construction spending dropped by 0.9% in July against expectations for a slight increase.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 8.1 points at 3,075.06 and the S&P 500 index was off 1.64 points to 1,404.94.“Although today’s PMI report might not prove to be a tipping factor, it certainly runs counter to the substantial and sustainable improvement in economic activity many (Fed) members wanted to observe before pulling the trigger on more monetary stimulus,” said TD Bank senior economist Martin Schwerdtfeger.Investors also looked to employment data for clues as to whether the Fed thinks the U.S. economic recovery needs help in staying on the rails. Economists expect Friday’s non-farm payrolls report to show that the American economy created 127,000 jobs in August, on top of 163,000 in July. The Fed holds its next meeting Sept. 13.Canadian employment data is also being released Friday. It is believed that the economy cranked out 11,000 jobs last month.Traders also looked ahead to Thursday and an announcement from European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. He is expected to announce details of a new bond-buying program intended to bring down the borrowing costs of countries such as Spain and Italy.The plan is seen as a crucial step toward easing the European government debt crisis, which is increasingly hurting the continent’s economy.“For all intents and purposes, we will just wait until Thursday when we see something from the ECB, or not see something from them,” said Garey Aitken, director of equity research at Bissett Investment Management in Calgary, adding there is a danger that markets are expecting more than the bank can deliver.“So often we come to these events with so much anticipation and walk away disappointed and that could very well be the case again here on Thursday.”Ahead of Thursday’s announcement, Moody’s Investors Service lowered its rating outlook for the 17-country region that uses the euro currency, as uncertainty over the European debt crisis grows and the stronger countries in the group could be hard-pressed to provide support.Moody’s is revising its outlook to “Negative” from “Stable” for the European Union’s top Aaa credit rating. That means the rating could be downgraded, which would cost the EU more to borrow.Canada’s central bank will be in focus Wednesday as the Bank of Canada makes its next announcement on interest rates. The bank is expected to leave its key interest rate unchanged at 1%, but traders will look for hints as to when it might hike rates.There was also other negative economic news over the long Labour Day weekend.China’s HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell to 47.6 in August from 49.3 in July, which was the lowest reading since March 2009.However, there are signs that China’s central bank is resisting calls for more aggressive measures to boost the economy based on past experience. Huge stimulus enacted in response to the 2008 global crisis fuelled inflation and a wasteful spending boom.Meanwhile, the final read on the eurozone manufacturing PMI came in at 45.1 in August.The energy sector dipped 0.6% as oil prices backed off after the release of the U.S. data, with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.17 at US$95.30 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources lost 77 cents to C$29.22 while Suncor Energy gained 31 cents to $31.12.The December copper contract on the Nymex was up one cent at US$3.47 a pound but the base metals sector lost 0.4%. Teck Resources fell 66 cents to C$26.58 and Major Drilling Group Intl shed 36 cents to $8.98.The gold sector was down about 0.5% with bullion up $8.40 to US$1,696 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. lost 33 cents to C$37.68.Financial stocks also weakened with National Bank off $1.21 at $72.80 while Bank of Montreal gave back 52 cents to $57.10.The health-care segment led advancers as investors also took in major acquisition activity.Montreal-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is buying U.S. dermatology products maker Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. for about $2.6 billion in cash in a deal to strengthen its position in skin treatments and care.Valeant said Monday that it is paying $44 per share for Medicis, a 39% premium over Friday’s closing price of $31.87 for the Scottsdale, Ariz., company. Valeant stock ran up $7.47 or 14.8% to $57.94.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Natural resources drive 20% of Canada’s economy, Ottawa saysApple hints at iPhone 5 with September 12 event invitationOil prices enter the ‘danger zone’Record short interest in RIM reveals doubt in turnaroundON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA9 a.m.Bank of Canada announces interest rate decision. Economists expect the rate to stay unchanged at 1% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Productivity (Q2): Economists expect a 1.9% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADACouche-Tard Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 87¢ a share Harry Winston Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 20¢ Major Drilling Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 46¢ UNITED STATESH&R Block Q1 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 39¢ a share
The Government expects experts and top officers of prominent companies such as Facebook, Google, Social Capital and Infosys to participate in this event. Accordingly, a proposal made by Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to proceed with the activities related to this summit, has been approved by the cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to host a digital summit in March with the participation of top experts from Facebook and Google.The Government information department said that a Digital Summit will be hosted by Sri Lanka on 23rd and 24th March 2017 with the view of making Sri Lanka a global digital hub.
Brock expert Dan Malleck says it’s understandable that hot temperatures send more people to the pub.Yes, hot summer weather makes us drink more. But Dan Malleck says that’s not necessarily a bad thing.The associate professor in Community Health Sciences studies alcohol and drug regulation and prohibition. Recent media reports show hot and humid temperatures have sent people to bars and liquor stores.The Toronto Star reported Aug. 3 that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario sold 2.4 million more litres of beer and cider than the same period last summer, the equivalent of more than 1 million six packs. The St. Catharines Standard reported last week that local bars and restaurants are seeing double-digit increases in liquor sales.Malleck is not surprised. But alcohol may be getting a bad rap in this analysis, he said. Where there are people convening on patios, there is more likely to be drinking. And people could be drinking more diet cola too, said the professor, who appeared on CKTB last week to discuss the issue.“It’s interesting how we frame a problem,” he said.Is it true that there’s a correlation between warm weather and alcohol consumption?There seems to be. I don’t know whether it’s just with alcohol though. Maybe we drink more Coke as well. It could just be because it’s hot and we want fluids when it’s hot. People might be consuming more of those fluids on patios. Also, when it’s hot, we tend to work less. If we’re taking time off work and spending it with friends, chances are there’s going to be drinking. That’s a centuries-old practice.Is there a down side?People would probably make a lot of the societal and public order downsides, such as impaired driving. If you’re sitting on a patio in Port Dalhousie and you live in Thorold, you have to get home somehow. But if you’re doing that safely, mostly it’s just the downside of doing anything in excess.Why do we like to drink alcohol when it’s hot?I haven’t dug through the last few years of literature, but people drink more in the summer. People drink more on holidays. All of it is about people socializing. Our bodies need more fluids when it’s hot. If we looked at water consumption, there may be a correlation there too. It’s not necessarily something to be worried about. As long as people are drinking responsibly, not driving and not drinking to excess, they’re not really harming anyone.Link:• Dan Malleck — faculty profile“Hot Topics” is a new segment where Brock experts comment on current events in their areas of expertise. To suggest a Hot Topic item, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.With the NFL season set to begin tonight, the NFL Players Association has asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow players suspended in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation to rejoin their teams in time to play regular season openers.If you think the players are giving up on this thing, think again.The union, which filed the motion Tuesday on behalf of New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, argues the players will suffer irreparable harm if they are forced to miss games while their case against the league proceeds.An NFL investigation found the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system rewarding between 22 and 27 players for hard hits and injuring opposing players.Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma had already filed a similar motion when his full-season suspension began earlier. The other three players’ suspensions began this week.The players ultimately want their suspensions thrown out because they argue the disciplinary process was fundamentally flawed and unfair.U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who is hearing the case, has said she found the league’s handling of the bounty matter to be unfair to the players and their punishments excessive, but she has also said she is not yet comfortable that federal courts have jurisdiction to rule on a process that was collectively bargained between the union and the league.She has already indicated, in response to Vilma’s earlier request for a temporary restraining order, that she was inclined to wait until players had exhausted their remedies under the league’s collective bargaining agreement before she ruled.Still pending on that front is a decision by a three-member panel that last week heard arguments in the NFLPA’s appeal of a system arbitrator Stephen Burbank’s ruling that commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority both to punish the players and hear their appeal in the bounty matter.The union had argued that because actions alleged in the bounty matter happened on the field, the league’s labor agreement calls for someone other than the commissioner to hear players’ appeals of the commissioner’s disciplinary action.The three-member panel has indicated that it hoped to rule by this week. If it rules in favor of the players, Berrigan would have no reason to act.
Love them or hate them, the Los Angeles Lakers long represented the closest thing the NBA had to a proverbial land of milk and honey. For the better part of three decades, the club often had a surplus of star players, a robust record, and the occasional championship trophy.Then they were hit with what equates to a biblical drought for their fans: a five-season stretch without a playoff berth.But on Sunday night, the sky opened up and watered the thirsting Laker franchise, as LeBron James, the world’s best basketball player, chose to join the Los Angeles club as a free agent, agreeing to a four-year, $154 million deal, according to Klutch Sports, the sports management agency that represents James.James’s choice will change the NBA landscape for obvious reasons. LeBron reached eight straight NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, and his departure from his hometown Cleveland club almost certainly figures to put the Cavaliers back in the cellar, while also giving other teams in the badly diminished East — like Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto — a clearer path to the Finals.But the more pressing issue for the 33-year-old James is how quickly he and the young Lakers can become title contenders while Golden State essentially has a stranglehold on the league.The answer obviously hinges on the route Los Angeles takes next: either a more patient approach that lets the talented yet unseasoned Lakers develop around James, or a more aggressive one that involves trading some of that talent for a proven star like Kawhi Leonard.Regardless of which path the Lakers take, they will be considerably improved if LeBron can stay healthy the way he always has.According to CARMELO, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA player projection system, the current club with James would be projected to win 52 games, with an 11 percent probability of winning it all next season.1This assumes the Lakers would be keeping Julius Randle, who is currently a restricted free agent — one Los Angeles can exceed the salary cap to keep if it wishes. The projected win total would jump considerably, to nearly 60 victories with a 22 percent probability of a title, if the Lakers were to land Leonard in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Luol Deng and a first-round pick or two. Such a deal would sting — Ingram has incredible potential, and Kuzma’s an impressive young scorer — and you can bet on the Lakers doing all they can to resist surrendering this sort of haul. Yet Leonard’s stature as a top-five talent when healthy is impossible to deny, and he would quicken any timeline for contention. (The late-Sunday-night addition of Lance Stephenson didn’t figure to help the team much, per our projections, which essentially label the ex-Pacer as a replacement-level player at this point.)The first scenario, in which LeBron plays with the homegrown Lakers, would be a pretty far cry from 2014, when he started his second stint with Cleveland by playing alongside two other established scorers in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and thrived in a wide-open offense that catered to James’s unique ability to drive and kick. The Lakers ranked near the bottom of the NBA in 3-point shooting and may need to scour the free-agent market for perimeter marksmen.And while Los Angeles boasts a much better defense than the Cavs had last year, the Lakers were similar to Cleveland in that they lacked a true rim-protecting presence on last season’s club. More than 30 percent of Lakers’ opponents shots came from within 3 feet of the basket, tied for the third-highest rate in the NBA last season, according to Basketball-Reference. (The Lakers also agreed to terms Sunday with JaVale McGee, who isn’t the most reliable on D. But he had his moments against James in the Finals and his wingspan helps him around the rim.)There would be at least one clear upside: After a year where James had to dominate the ball in Irving’s absence, he can now share that responsibility with second-year point guard Lonzo Ball. The two could connect quite frequently in transition, given that Ball is known for his uptempo style and long outlet passes, and James — looking to get a breather after some offensive possessions — will occasionally hang back and cherry-pick layups and dunks.Ball figures to be a part of the core going forward, even if the Lakers do push for Leonard. The Spurs — long seen as the league’s most straitlaced team — are rumored to lack interest in Ball, likely due to some of the off-court distractions that surround him. But having Leonard would carry obvious benefits. James — who hasn’t played on a roster without a prime-age All-Star-caliber teammate since the 2009-10 season2The 2015-16 season was the only one in that stretch where none of his teammates made the All-Star team, but Kyrie Irving only failed to make the roster because he was injured that year; his performance on his return was up to his usual standard. — wouldn’t have to shoulder nearly as much of the clutch-scoring burden. Perhaps more important: In a potential matchup with the Warriors, James wouldn’t necessarily have to defend Kevin Durant, as Leonard would be more than capable of handling that task.By no stretch of the imagination are the Lakers a force to be reckoned with yet. But after these last five years, the roughest dry spell in franchise history, this is a welcome shift. Depending on how aggressively Magic Johnson and the team’s front office handles the trade market, they could creep into Golden State’s rear-view mirror more quickly than many suspected. Nabbing LeBron James, even at damn-near 34 years old, will speed up just about any team’s process.— Neil Paine contributed to this story.CORRECTION (July 2, 2018, 12:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that LeBron James had not been on a team without at least one other prime-age All-Star since the 2009-10 season. In 2015-16, he was the only All-Star for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
First choice for left back in Serbian national team, Sanja Damnjanovic (24) is very close to signing contract with Hungarian vice-champion and EHF Champions League competitor, DVSC Korvex. Team from Debrecen had bad season in EHF CL, where they finished last in the Preliminary Group with just single win over Hypo and five defeats. In Hungarian championship, DVSC Korvex is still in the battle for the Play-Off Final, where wait a favorite, Gyor.Last two seasons, Damnjanovic is playing in Zaječar, with whom won two Championships title and become the best player of Serbian Super Liga. A year before, she spent in Krim Mercator. She played for Serbian NT at EURO 2006, 2008 and 2010. All of this competitions, Serbia finished after Preliminary Round. Sanja Damnjanovic ← Previous Story BSV Silkeborg wants Dragicevic back Next Story → Ales Pajovic two years in SC Magdeburg
Electric Picnic was approached about its artist payment format, but said it would not be commenting.It’s clear that the payment of bands differs depending on the size of the festival, whether it has a commercial sponsor, and the size of the band. It seems that what musicians really want is acknowledgement they’re doing a job, that it might be costing them to play the festival, and that transparency about money should be there from the get-go.What are your thoughts on this issue? Tell us in the comments.Read: Headliners, hot tubs, births & rebirths: 12 hours in the life of a music festival> WITH THE SUMMER upon us, it’s music festival season in Ireland. Around the country there’s a wealth of events taking place, in the grounds of castles, big houses, and by the seas.If you thought, though, that all the bands playing at these festivals were being paid for their time, you’d be wrong.But the subject isn’t a cut-and-dried one, as TheJournal.ie found out when we talked to the people on both sides of the issue.The musicians’ unionDiscussion and debate about financial payment for any form of art is certainly not new. But amongst some Irish musicians, it has taken on new life with the formation of a Facebook group aimed at creating a union of live performers that advocates for better treatment.The closed group has seen musicians pitch in with their experiences – positive and negative – “without fear of backlash/blacklisting by promoters”.‘Artists have been feeling pressure’One of the pivotal people involved in this group is Laura Sheeran, cousin of musician Ed Sheeran.“A lot of artists have been feeling a lot of pressure over this sort of thing for a good while and are unhappy with different situations in different festivals,” she told TheJournal.ie.She said that she feels many artists would be happy to play a gig with no fee if they felt it was going to be a good gig for them, or if it was a charity or non-profit gig.Other times, they are happy to receive pay in the form of petrol money, expenses, food, or other ‘benefits in kind’.With avenues for revenue “getting tightened and tightened”, Sheeran said that musicians should not be made feel that they’re “privileged to get to play”.There are very few other careers where it is completely acceptable and the norm to not get paid for your work.She has also experienced the different treatment sometimes afforded to artists at different levels:When you play with a band that’s more high profile, and then you play in smaller upcoming bands [at a festival] over the course of the weekend, the treatment and the way people talk to you and what you are entitled to and not entitled to changes depending on what band you’re associated with.“There should be a basic level of general respect,” said Sheeran.By this, she doesn’t mean a large rider or over-the-top treatment, but:basic things like having a toilet – or the crew campsite [not] being 3kms away from the stage so you have to walk 6km every time you have to get to the van.There are “loads of festivals that are really well run”, she said, adding that above all, there needs to be more communication between bands and festival organisers, as well as transparency about pay and conditions.The growth of festivals in IrelandSteve Ryan is the frontman of Choice Music Prize-nominated band Windings, and formerly of Giveamanakick. He has seen the festival landscape change from two big Irish events – Electric Picnic and Oxegen – to a whole plethora of fests of different sizes.“To play one of [the big name festivals] was a huge thing and you got paid no matter how low down [on the bill] you were,” he said of years past. However, he continued that this has changed, with bands not always getting paid for playing at festivals.The cost of playing a festival is not cheap, particularly given that quite a few are located in the countryside and so the bands need to drive there. “To get a band of five people – if you’re bringing equipment it will take two vehicles and will cost at least €100,” said Ryan.The reason we have to get paid for every festival or every gig we do is because it costs us to do it and we want to do it and we can’t be losing money for it.Ryan understands why some bands do choose to play festivals where they aren’t paid, and doesn’t judge them for this. But it’s not always tenable – particularly for bands like Windings, for whom music is primarily a career.“Festivals cost thousands and thousands to put on – but maybe some of the headline acts are getting paid ridiculous amounts of money,” he suggested, whilst also acknowledging that touring is primarily the only way for many musicians to make revenue.But he suggested that if bigger bands are charging large amounts to keep themselves going, “there probably isn’t much left in the [festival] budget” to pay smaller Irish bands.The bottom line for Ryan is that it shouldn’t cost a band to play a festival.What the promoters say Source: Sasko lazarov/Photocall IrelandAoife Flynn was one of the people curating the acts who played the Wonderlust stage at the Body & Soul festival this year.Smaller stages like Wonderlust are given a budget by Body & Soul and use that for expenses such as paying staff or performers.Flynn said that it is really important to her in everything she does that payment is involved, even it if is not substantial.It’s crucial to us on that stage when it comes to the music that everybody gets something and we’re as equitable as we can be, with the budget that we’re given.The key for Flynn is transparency. “It is almost always the first thing I put in the email at point of contact,” she said of payment. “It’s a very open conversation from the beginning.”“Sometimes you can’t afford to give everyone the same amount of money,” she acknowledged, saying this depends on the act, budget, and event.“Sometimes part of budget is giving a platform if they’re new. You have to be upfront if this is the value for them and give them the chance to say no. We’d always make sure we’d cover things like petrol.”The event where all artists are paidPayment for bands is so important to promoter and label head Martin Mackie that he put on a festival this weekend where every band got paid – and he hopes it will start a precedent. He’s even keeping the events accounts open to be viewed by the public.The event is a fundraiser for MART, an art space in Rathmines, Dublin. “The central idea of the fest was everybody should get paid, because I worked with various bands over the years. I know very often these bands are stocking fillers for the bigger festivals,” said Mackie.He saw bands not being paid at some festivals, paying their own way, or “the way they are treated is like second-class citizens”.“We understand there are stars and people who are on their way up,” he said. “We don’t want special treatment, we just don’t want to be treated with disdain.”He described it as a “minimum requirement to be given money at least to cover petrol and at least to cover food”.Of commercial festivals, Mackie said:If these companies have so much money to advertise and spending huge amounts on headline acts, it’s got to peter down and they should treat bands well.Mackie described the idea of playing a gig for free to get exposure as “an utter lie” given the percentage of people who listen to alternative music in Ireland.“Everyone has power to say no, and challenge the status quo,” said Mackie.Knockanstockan festival’s approachBettine McMahon is one of the managing directors of the Knockanstockan festival, which has a team of eight people who pick the line-up.“We don’t pick bands solely on presence online or how well they’re doing – it’s ‘are they working hard’ and ‘are they a good live band to see’,” she said.She described Knockanstockan as a festival run “by musicians for musicians” and its mission statement is to support a community of musicians, not just at the festival but throughout the year.All of the organisers are volunteers who don’t get paid, and the bands don’t either, although the festival will give travel expenses if acts ask for them.It’s very small, it doesn’t make money, so when it comes to bands being paid, they offer to play for free 99% of time.If bands come from abroad, they are helped with putting on gigs while in Ireland to make more money.Knockanstockan say that if they make money on a festival – they have yet to – they will put it into an artist development fund. They have applied to the Arts Council for grants over the past six years, but been unsuccessful.McMahon said the Knockanstockan organisers would love to be able to pay the bands.They rely on ticket sales to get the festival financially over the line, and McMahon said festivals who have commercial sponsors “have more of a luxury and breathing space”.In the musicians’ wordsHere’s what some other people involved in the Irish music told us about their experiences playing at festivals.Fia RuaI have had so many chats with other artists over the years about payment and treatment at some festivals and some venues and I’ve heard a lot of horror stories.I have performed at big festivals for free many times, and I was aware I was not getting paid. When you’re given the opportunity of playing a gig at a festival, money is not enough reason to say no.But after a few years of dragging equipment across fields, sending begging letters looking for €20 petrol money and being put on stages with unprofessional (and possibly unpaid) sound engineers, it began to lose its appeal.One year I performed six shows at a major festival, and got nothing, money wasn’t mentioned, that’s the culture.This subject has been whispered about for too long, the only way to progress is to liberate the area so a solution, if there is one, can be found. This practice of not paying musicians is quite widespread: it doesn’t happen at every festival or gig of course but it does happen across the country and a lot of festival-goers may find it surprising which festivals are guilty of not offering any payment to the people who perform for them.The problem is a lot of musicians are caught in a bind: they can’t be seen to publicly bite the hand that feeds them (promoters and bookers) – even if that hand isn’t really feeding them.The music industry in Ireland is so small that upstarts and rebels are found out quickly and ostracised (ie ignored). And besides, there are plenty of bands out there who will play for free and the (often empty) promise of exposure. Yet at the same time they can’t pay their rent because they aren’t being paid for their work or their time.In a lot of cases festivals won’t even cover travel expenses (let alone provide accommodation or a bite to eat) and if you don’t like that as an artist, there are plenty of other acts out there who are only too eager to take your place. So there is no discernable togetherness amongst musicians to make any changes: and no standards when it comes to the practice of paying performers.There is an argument which says that as a band starting out, some exposure is good – whether you get paid or not. This can be argued from many sides – but the fact remains: if you are selling tickets (and presumable making profit) off the back of a free performance, you should at the very least be covering the artists’ costs.So where do musicians go from here? At the very least, musicians should expect that their rights as creators are respected – especially when they are being exploited for commercial gain: that they are treated fairly and paid for their work. Eoghan Holland, manager of Captain A and The Commercial MonstersSome festivals are just a few people with an idea and no sponsorship, and it really is up to the punters to pay for what they see. Once a festival breaks into having corporate sponsorship there isn’t really an excuse.The culture that supports the idea that you can book bands for nothing tracks right back to the street level venues who are operating pay-to-play structures and zero pay structures.Mark from Bluestack Records
Présidentielles américaines: les Républicains plus que jamais climato-sceptiques A l’heure où la course des candidats à la présidentielle américaine de 2012 s’accélère, le réchauffement climatique alimente les discours empreints de climato-scepticisme des candidats républicains déclarés. Parmi eux, le gouverneur texan, Rick Perry, accuse les climatologues de manipulation de données par appât du gain.Un des candidats républicains déclarés et gouverneur texan, Rick Perry, a franchi une nouvelle étape dans ses propos climato-sceptiques vendredi dernier, en affirmant devant un parterre d’entreprises dans l’état du New Hampshire que les scientifiques ont trafiqué les données concernant le réchauffement global et ce, par cupidité.Perry a mentionné qu’un “nombre considérable de scientifiques a manipulé des données afin de rouler sur l’or”, avant d’ajouter : “nous constatons chaque semaine, voire même au quotidien, que les scientifiques reviennent en arrière et remettent en question l’idée de base qui consiste en un réchauffement global causé par l’homme provoquant le changement climatique”.L’éléphant de la farce climatiqueCe n’est pas la première fois que Rick Perry et les républicains accusent les climatologues de mensonges. Brad Johnson de ThinkProgress a rapporté le 8 août dernier le contenu du livre du gouverneur texan, Fed Up!, dans lequel le gouverneur définit la climatologie comme “une pagaille artificielle et bidon”. Mais parmi ses compères et concurrents du parti républicain, Rick Perry n’est pas le seul à faire monter les enchères dans les discours sabotant la climatologie. Par exemple, Herman Cain, un de ses adversaires, a qualifié les tous premiers signes du réchauffement climatique “d’arnaque”. En 2009 déjà, une autre candidate républicaine déclarée, Michele Bachmann, soutenait devant la chambre des représentants des Etats-Unis que le concept du réchauffement global est faux car “le dioxyde de carbone est naturellement produit par la nature”. Un de ses semblables, Ron Paul lui aussi dans la course à la présidentielle et ardent climato-sceptique, déclarait en 2009 toujours, lors d’une interview avec Fox News, que “le plus grand canular depuis de nombreuses et nombreuses années si ce n’est des centaines d’années est bien cette farce sur l’environnement et le réchauffement global”Deux candidats sortent du lotL’ancien gouverneur du Massachussets, Mitt Rommey a rompu avec l’orthodoxie républicaine au début de l’été, affirmant devant une foule de 200 personnes à Manchester, dans l’état du New Hampshire, que les humains ont un minimum de responsabilité dans le changement climatique. “Je pense que la planète est en train de se réchauffer et je pense que les humains ont contribué à cela”, a t-il dit au mois de juin à l’hôtel de ville avant d’affirmer qu’il “est important pour nous de réduire nos émissions de polluants et de gaz à effets de serre qui peuvent y contribuer de manière significative”. Mais, le plus grand espoir des écologistes repose peut-être sur les épaules de l’ancien gouverneur de l’Utah et candidat déclaré à la présidentielle, Jon Huntsman. Celui-ci est un partisan absolu de la nécessité d’une action en faveur du climat, allant même jusqu’à mettre en place une bourse du carbone lorsqu’il était en poste. En 2009, il appela, sans succès, les Républicains à élever le changement climatique au rang des priorités nationales. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Aujourd’hui, la situation est donc toujours problématique avec une “arnaque climatique” qui coûte trop cher selon les républicains. Vendredi dernier encore, Rick Perry affirmait que “la question du réchauffement global est politisée. Oui, nos climats changent, ils ont toujours changé, ils changent depuis que la Terre s’est formée. Mais, je ne mise pas dans ce qu’un groupe de scientifiques a manipulé […] Et je ne pense pas, de mon point de vue, vouloir que l’Amérique s’engage à dépenser autant d’argent pour des théories scientifiques encore à l’étude et qui n’ont pas été prouvées”. L’iceberg Huntsman va t-il fondre au milieu de cet océan de climato-sceptiques ?Source : Huffingtonpost.comLe 20 août 2011 à 14:43 • Maxime Lambert
Leicester city defender Harry Maguire believes Leicester City were the better team at Crystal Palace after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to the hosts.The central defender who has been sidelined for six weeks due to a knee injury made his return on Saturday against Crystal Palace and admitted his side started slowly at Selhurst ParkMaguire says the result would have been different if Jamie Vardy’s effort on goal was not pushed onto the post by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita who was also lucky to get to the rebound first.“Everyone is disappointed,” Maguire told LCFC TV.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have worked tirelessly all week trying to put on a good performance this week and the first 20 minutes we started pretty slow.“There was not really any tempo from either team. They probably edged the first 20 minutes, but apart from the first 20 minutes I would say we were the better team and in control of the game.“They then scored when we were playing our best football and in our first spell of pressure. To be fair to the lad it is a great strike, a great finish. We’ll look back and we will work hard.”
9 Subaru LegacyIf there’s one model that’s generally overlooked in the Subaru lineup, it’s the company’s Legacy sedan. That’s a bit of a shame, because there’s nothing really wrong with this midsize family four-door, and there’s quite a lot that’s right about it. For starters, the Legacy has standard all-wheel drive, a feature that’s still in short supply among midsize non-premium sedans. It’s also available with six-cylinder power, which is also becoming something of a rarity in a class where most car companies are downsizing power offerings to four-cylinder engines. The entire range also features a good amount of active safety features.The Legacy has been around since 1989, and it’s now in its 6th generation in its final year. The new 7th-generation model (shown below) arrives this fall for the 2020 model year, and it shows signs of being worth waiting for. However, Subaru hasn’t made the new model available for test drives, and it won’t be in showrooms until later this year, so for now, your only choice is the 2019 model. 13 Photos The 2019 Subaru Outback is ideal whether you’re on paved roads or not Today, Subaru is best known as the automaker that builds popular models like the Forester and Outback crossover SUVs, along with cars like the Legacy and Impreza. Well-regarded for their offbeat combination of boxer engines and all-wheel drive, the Japanese brand’s popularity has been on the rise for many years. As the 22nd-largest producer of new automobiles globally, Subaru is still something of a small company in the car business, but thanks in part to a longstanding partnership with Toyota, Subaru has been thriving in a consolidating and evolving industry where volume is king.Subaru has become best-known for crossover SUVs like this Forester. Subaru Subaru through the yearsLike many other car companies, Subaru didn’t actually start out building automobiles. The brand’s parent, formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries (now known as Subaru Corporation), was actually born in 1915 as the Nakajima Aircraft Company, a company best-known for building airplanes during World War II. After the conflict ended, the company transitioned into a new entity, Fuji Sangyo Co., which produced gas-powered scooters, among other things.It wasn’t until the Subaru 1500 of 1954 that the company began building passenger cars. Only a very small number of 1500s were built, but early Subaru would go on to build a number of much more successful small cars and trucks, including the oddball rear-engined 360 (which would become the first Subaru model sold in the US) and the Sambar utility vehicle.Subaru’s first US model was this tiny, rear-engined 360. The brand has come come a long way. Subaru Fast-forward to today, and Subaru is well regarded as a builder of dependable sedans, sporty cars, and particularly, crossover sport utility vehicles. As one of the very first automakers to enthusiastically incorporate all-wheel drive into its passenger cars and embrace car-based SUV body styles, Subaru’s offerings have both defined the modern automotive market and been well served by where it has headed. As a brand, Subaru is also well known for its rally racing heritage and for the broad and inclusive nature of its advertising and marketing efforts, with a particular emphasis on speaking to the LGBTQ community, as well as outdoor enthusiasts and pet owners. The company’s offerings are also well regarded for their practicality, durability and resale value.If Subaru has a major blind spot, it’s been its reluctance to embrace alternative fuels. In an industry hurtling headlong toward electrification, the automaker offers just one such model, the Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in model with limited range and appeal. So far, though, that softness hasn’t hurt the brand’s growth.So, which Subaru is right for you? Check out our buying guide below: Subaru AscentThe Ascent is Subaru’s newest model line, and it’s also the biggest vehicle the company has ever sold. This three-row crossover SUV takes everything that people love about the Forester and super-sizes it for bigger families.This new model even looks like an overgrown Forester, fitting right in with Subaru’s rugged-yet-conservative aesthetic. With seating for up to eight people and standard all-wheel drive, the 2020 Subaru Ascent starts at $31,995, with MSRPs ratcheting up to the top-shelf $45,045 Ascent Touring (before options and $1,010 destination fee). That pricing range places this Indiana-built SUV in the heart of the burgeoning upper mid-size crossover market, where it competes against segment stalwarts like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, as well as newcomers like the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride and Volkswagen Atlas. New for 2018, the Ascent is based on the same Subaru Global Architecture that underpins the current Impreza and Forester models. Powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine, the Ascent delivers 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque. As with other Subarus, all-wheel drive and a Lineartronic CVT are mandatory. Most other vehicles in this class offer V6 power, but the forced-induction engine of the Subaru is in the hunt when it comes to overall power, and fuel-efficiency ratings (up to 21 mpg city, 27 highway) are class competitive, too.Enlarge ImageThe Subaru Ascent is built in Indiana. Subaru Best for larger families or those who have regular towing needs (the Ascent can lug up to 5,000 pounds), this Subaru also offers above-average cargo space — up to 86.5 cubic feet (47.5 of which is behind the second row). The Ascent also offers plenty of tech features, including a wealth of standard active safety gear and Starlink infotainment with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional features include a larger 8.0-inch infotainment system, 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio, a panoramic moonroof and a WiFi hotspot. Overall, the Ascent is a well-rounded three-row SUV that doesn’t really stand out in any particular area. 31 Photos 56 Photos Subaru ImprezaThe 2019 Impreza is Subaru’s entry-level offering, a compact range available in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. Competing against popular rivals like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla, the Impreza is most noteworthy for its standard AWD, strong safety equipment and an easy-to-use infotainment system.The current fifth-generation Impreza has been on sale since the 2017 model year, and North-American-market vehicles are built in Lafayette, Indiana. The Impreza is notable for its solid handling and large cabin, but the model’s biggest claim to fame is actually that it forms the basis for the high-performance WRX sport sedan, as well as the Crosstrek compact SUV, both of which are covered elsewhere in this guide.Subaru’s most-affordable model, the Impreza starts from just $18,595 plus $885 delivery for the base 2.0i sedan. The five-door 2.0i hatchback commands slightly more, ringing up at $19,095, but its added utility seems worth the premium. Mid-level Premium models ($21,595 sedan/$22,095 hatch) give way to the 2.0i Sport ($22,195 sedan/$22,695 hatch) and finally to the high-end 2.0i Limited ($25,190 sedan/$25,690 hatch).Enlarge ImageThe 2019 Subaru Impreza is available in five-door hatchback as well as four-door sedan formats. Subaru All 2019 Impreza models feature a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine delivering a modest 152 hp and 145 pound-feet of torque. Most models receive Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT, but the base 2.0i sedan and Sport models receive a notchy five-speed manual transmission that isn’t as much fun as it should be. (Importantly, Subaru’s EyeSight suite of ADAS features is unavailable on stick-shift models).Fuel economy figures range from a high of 28 mpg city and 38 highway for CVT-equipped models to a frankly disappointing low of 22 mpg city and 30 highway for the manual-transmission Sport.Enlarge ImageThe Impreza’s interior is much more stylish than before, but still pretty ordinary. Subaru Recommended ConfigurationWhile I typically celebrate the availability of manuals, I’d pass on Impreza models with three pedals, because the DIY gearbox isn’t particularly rewarding in this car, and the transmission’s fuel economy hit is substantial.My pick of the litter is the 2019 Impreza 2.0i Premium 5-Door, which starts at a reasonable $22,095. I’d pony up $1,395 for the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package, which incorporates blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and steering-responsive fog lights. I’d also pay the extra $499 for the upgraded Rockford Fosgate audio system, because the standard system’s sound is underwhelming. All-in, my recommended-spec 2019 Impreza rings up at $24,874 delivered, a reasonable sum for a low-frills, utility-rich AWD hatchback.ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan2.0-liter flat four, 152 hp and 145 lb-ft; all-wheel driveManual: Up to 24 city / 32 hwy / 27 combined; CVT: Up to 28 city / 38 hwy /32 combinedN/A$18,595Subaru Impreza 2.0i 5-Door2.0-liter flat four, 152 hp and 145 lb-ft; all-wheel driveManual: Up to 24 city / 31 hwy / 26 combined; CVT: Up to 28 city / 36 hwy / 31 combinedN/A$19,095Buy the Subaru Impreza if:You need a safe, inexpensive economy car, and you need it to be all-wheel driveDon’t buy the Subaru Impreza if:You are looking for the most stylish or premium-feeling small carGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru Impreza 2019 Subaru Ascent is a well-rounded family hauler Recommended configurationBecause all Ascent models feature the same powertrains, speccing out your dream three-row Subaru is is really a question of how much you want to spend on cabin conveniences and the stray additional safety feature.As this is a family vehicle and not a luxury car, I’m inclined to keep things simple and relatively low cost. This model range ascends (ahem) from base Ascent to Premium, Limited and Touring. I’d recommend starting with the $34,395 Premium trim. On the outside, that means nicer 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color trim and a windshield-wiper deicer. ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru Ascent family2.4-liter turbo flat four, 260 hp and 277 lb-ft; all-wheel driveup to 21 city / 27 hwy /23 combined5,000 lbs.$31,995Enlarge ImageThe Subaru Ascent features a straight-forward dashboard with easy-to-use controls. Subaru On the inside, that means the larger 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment head unit, heated front seats (with power articulation for the driver) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter for the adults. Perhaps more importantly for a kid-friendly vehicle, Premium spec also includes second-row climate controls, stain-resistant upholstery, dual front- and rear USB ports and 4G LTE WiFi capability to keep everyone’s tablets and phones humming.Finally, Premium also includes blind-spot detection with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.Starting with the standard $34,395 Premium model, I’d spend the $1,460 to upgrade to the 8-Passenger Convenience Package, which includes all-important features like keyless access and a power rear liftgate. This option cluster also includes reverse automatic braking and an auto-dim mirror with HomeLink buttons. Enlarge ImageThe three-row Ascent is Subaru’s largest-ever vehicle. Steven Ewing/Roadshow While I like features like second-row captain’s chairs or embedded navigation, things get very pricey very quickly. The latter is only available as part of the 8 Passenger Sporty Package, and that has a prohibitively high $4,260 cost. That’s because it also includes features like a panoramic roof and 20-inch wheels, which look sharp but don’t help ride quality. Pass.All-in, my smart-money 2020 Subaru Ascent Premium rings up at a reasonable $36,865 delivered — before hitting the dealer-installed accessories list. Buy the Subaru Ascent if:You’ve got a big family, you tow frequently, or you want to be a carpool all-starDon’t buy the Subaru Ascent if:You want a large SUV that’s particularly luxurious or fun to driveGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru Ascent Ah, yes, I did say “non-hybrid” earlier. There’s one model in this family that stands apart from the others, and that’s the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in gas-electric that leverages technological partner Toyota’s expertise. Sounds great, right? Regrettably, it isn’t. It’s the only Crosstrek we can’t recommend, on account of its deeply compromised utility, high pricing, weird symphony of powertrain noises and underwhelming real-world efficiency. This limited-availability model starts at $34,995 and delivers 90 miles-per-gallon equivalent, at least until this SUV’s modest electric-only range of 17 miles expires. After that, you’re left toting around 500 pounds of extra weight from the two motors and 8.8-kWh battery, plus you’ve got about 25-percent less cargo room thanks to intrusion from said pack. The Hybrid is built atop the 2.0i Limited’s spec levels, but costs $35,970 delivered before options and any applicable tax breaks. Just say “no.”Enlarge ImageWe love that the Crosstrek is available in a number of non-traditional paint colors. Subaru Recommended ConfigurationCall me crazy, but if I’m shopping the Crosstrek, I’m stepping up all the way to the $27,195 2.0i Limited trim. Yes, the 2.0i Premium trim is the better value, but if I’m going to spend the extra money over a regular Impreza 5-Door, I want my Crosstrek to feel as special as possible — plus the Limited comes standard with a bunch of features I’d otherwise recommend optioning up to.The Crosstrek Limited includes cabin enhancements like the upsized 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment system with six speakers and 4G LTE WiFi, heated leather upholstery with orange contrast stitching, a power driver’s seat, auto climate control, paddle shifters, a 4.2-inch color multi-function in-cluster LCD and keyless access with push-button start.Other changes for the Limited include steerable LED headlamps with high-beam assist, blind-spot detection, reverse auto-brake, turn-signal side mirrors and larger 18-inch alloys. Overall, the Limited gives buyers a good amount of bang for the buck.ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase PriceSubaru Crosstrek 2.0i family2.0-liter flat four, 152 hp, 145 lb-ft of torque; all-wheel drive23 city / 29 hwy / 25 combined (Manual and automatic)1,500 lbs$21,895Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid2.0-liter flat four + 2 electric motors; 148 total system hp; all-wheel drive90 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); 35 mpg combined1,000 lbs$34,995Enlarge ImageThe Crosstrek’s compact dimensions belie its roominess inside. Subaru Options include a $1,000 moonroof or a $2,350 package that includes the aforementioned roof, eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio and embedded navigation. However, since even the base Crosstrek features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, I’m leaving these option boxes unchecked. As-delivered price? $28,170.Buy the Subaru Crosstrek if:The fire road to your favorite surf spot or hiking trail is too gnarly for an ImprezaDon’t buy the Subaru Crosstrek if:You want a competent hybridGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru CrosstrekSubaru Crosstrek Hybrid Subaru ForesterDespite having only come on the scene in 1997, in just 20 years or so, the Forester has come to be regarded as the definitive Subaru in the eyes of many. Smaller than the Outback, this compact crossover is immensely popular, competing with models like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan in the heart of today’s car market.For 2019, the Forester range starts at $24,295 plus $975 delivery. All Forester-family models are powered by the company’s 2.5-liter boxer four engine delivering 182 hp and 176 pound-feet of torque through Subaru’s standard Lineartronic CVT and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is solid, with EPA ratings coming in at 26 mpg city and 33 on the highway. Maximum towing capacity is limited to just 1,500 pounds regardless of trim. The top-of-the-line Forester Touring model starts at $34,295 before options and destination fee.You might not immediately recognize it because it’s so similar looking to its predecessor, but today’s fifth-generation Subaru Forester is all-new for the 2019 model year. This model rides atop the Subaru Global Platform, a chassis architecture set to underpin most of the company’s future models. Enlarge ImageAvailable contrasting colors really help liven up the Forester’s cabin. Greg Jarem/Subaru Whereas past-generation models offered a higher-performance model, this time out, Subaru has simplified the Forester range greatly. There’s more standard features and there’s still plenty of off-road ability, with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. There’s even a new Sport model with blacked-out trim and wheels and racy red accents. However, if you’re looking for actual better performance, you’re going to need to splurge for an Outback with the 3.6-liter engine, or at least seek out some aftermarket solutions — the Sport is just a visuals package.Overall, the Forester is a competent jack-of-all-trades that offers above-average off-road ability, but its acceleration is pokey and its ride and handling balance is a bit roly-poly. Enlarge ImageMost crossovers aren’t much good when it comes to off-roading, but the Forester isn’t most crossovers. Greg Jarem/Subaru Recommended configurationSince all 2019 Subaru Foresters feature the same powertrains, the only reason to move up the trim ladder is down to added features — primarily creature comforts like leather seating and nicer audio systems, although there are a few safety features are optional.Because there’s no performance benefits for spending more money, I’m inclined to recommend speccing out a more basic Forester, an idea that’s in keeping with the model’s rugged, outdoorsy ethos.For 2019, the Forester starts at $24,295 before options and $975 destination charge. The family tops out with the high-end Touring model, which runs $34,295 for starters. I’d start with the $26,695 Premium spec, one rung from the bottom. ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru Forester family2.5-liter flat four, 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque; all-wheel drive26 city / 33 highway / 29 combined1,500 lbs.$26,695Enlarge ImageThe Forester is long on honest practicality. Greg Jarem/Subaru On the outside, that modest $2,400 price walk gets you alloy wheels, a power moonroof, body-color mirrors, roof rails and a rear spoiler. On the inside, you get 4G LTE WiFi capability, a rear armrest with cup holders, and a six-speaker audio system with 6.5-inch Starlink infotainment (a larger 8.0-inch screen is optional on Sport and standard on Limited models). On the safety front, the Forester Premium also gets Subaru’s Starlink Safety and Security telematics suite, which includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, remote engine start with climate control and various other services.Starting with that $26,695 Premium model, I’d add the $1,295 option grouping that bundles the blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless access with push-button start, and the All-Weather Package that includes heated front seats, side mirrors and a windshield wiper deicer. All-in, my recommended 2019 Subaru Forester Premium rings up at a wholly reasonable $28,965 delivered.Buy the Subaru Forester if:You seek a compact SUV with above-average off-road chops and strong resale valueDon’t buy the Subaru Forester if:You want above-average acceleration and handling, or if you prefer to not see yourself coming and goingGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru Forester 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport: Rich in features, but not in style Subaru OutbackThe Subaru Outback is something of an outlier in the car business — a hot-selling station wagon. It is the Pleiades brand’s best-selling model. In truth, the automaker markets the Outback as an SUV, but the model has its roots firmly in the station wagon version of the brand’s Legacy midsize sedan. Ironically, while the Legacy wagon is still popular in other markets, it’s no longer sold in the US or Canada owing to slow sales.In any case, in the transition from ground-bound wagon to crossover SUV, the roomy five-seat Outback does pick up real utility chops, thanks mostly to a suspension lift that gives it a substantial 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It also receives a more rough-and-ready appearance thanks to blacked-out lower trim, a chunky roof rack and other features.Enlarge ImageSubaru’s well-regarded Outback is a favorite among outdoorsy types. Subaru The 2019 Outback starts at $26,345 plus $975 delivery for the base 2.5i model, which includes a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine paired with a standard Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and AWD. A pricer 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine is available on high-end Limited and Touring trims. It offers 256 hp and 247 pound-feet for improved acceleration, albeit at the expense of fuel economy. The price of entry for the larger-engined models starts at $34,995 before options and destination fee, but it does include more standard equipment.Regardless of powerplant, all Outback models are rated to tow 2,700 pounds.All Outback family models include EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a suite of active safety features including adaptive cruise control, pre-collision auto brake and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist. All trims are also outfitted with standard Starlink Multimedia, which includes popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with apps for iHeartRadio, Yelp!, and so on. An embedded TomTom-based navigation system is optional.The Outback competes against conventional crossover SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Edge, as well as niche wagon-based rivals like the Buick Regal TourX and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.Enlarge ImageApple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard regardless of which Starlink infotainment system you get. Subaru Recommended configurationIt’s hard to go wrong with the Outback — it offers ample space in an extremely versatile package with solid, car-like handling. While there’s nothing wrong with the base 2.5i model, I’d be inclined to at least step up to the 2.5i Premium model, which starts at $28,445. For that extra two-thousand dollars or so, you get a brace of life-improving features, including dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and fog lamps. Not to be discounted, the 2.5i Premium also gets a larger 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment system with six speakers (base 2.5i models receive a 6.5-inch display and only four speakers).The 2.5-liter four-cylinder has enough power to get around town, and it delivers strong fuel economy, with EPA ratings at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway.ModelEngineDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru Outback 2.5i family2.5-liter flat four, 175 hp and 174 lb-ftAll-wheel drive25 city / 32 hwy / 28 combined2,700 lbs.$28,445Subaru Outback 3.6R family3.6-liter flat six, 256 hp and 247 lb-ftAll-wheel drive20 city / 27 hwy / 22 combined2,700 lbs.$34,995Enlarge ImageThe Subaru Outback comes standard with this 2.5-liter boxer four, but a six-cylinder is optional. Subaru However, if you plan to tow frequently, if you live in the mountains or even if you just tend to haul around a lot of kids and clutter, it might be advisable to step up all the way up to the 3.6R Limited, which starts at $34,995. Yes, fuel economy is substantially worse at 20 mpg city and 27 highway, but you get a lot more power — 256 hp and 247 pound-feet for easier passing and acceleration. You also get more creature comforts, including heated leather seats (front and rear), a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, plus standard blind-spot detection and bigger 18-inch wheels.Assuming you’re up for the 3.6R, there aren’t many options to choose from. There’s a $2,150 option pack that includes embedded navigation, a power moonroof, reverse automatic braking, and LED cornering headlights with high-beam assist. I think good headlamps are among the most important safety features you can buy, so I’d splurge for this option group. That brings my as-specced price to $38,120 delivered. That’s not inexpensive, but the Outback 3.6R is a lot of vehicle for the dollar, and it’s got excellent residual values when you get down the road a few years and want to buy something newer.Speaking of newer, an all-new, sixth-generation 2020 Subaru Outback is due this fall. With better power and efficiency and a new look, it might be worth waiting for.Buy the Subaru Outback if:You want a roomy, hard-wearing all-weather wagon without the me-too SUV looksDon’t buy the Subaru Outback if:You want the sharpest on-road handling or the lowest noise levelsGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru Outback2020 Subaru Outback preview Subaru BRZAnd now for something completely different. While the BRZ probably would’ve never existed without the WRX paving the brand’s way with driving enthusiasts, this sports coupe is something of an outsider in the Subaru clan. That’s by design. After all, the BRZ lacks Subaru’s calling-card feature: all-wheel drive. The BRZ is a rear-wheel-drive proposition, and it’s all the better for it.Jointly developed and produced with partner Toyota, the Subaru BRZ is a mechanical twin to the Toyota 86 (formerly the Scion FR-S). This lightweight sports car, known by some enthusiasts as “Toyobaru,” puts a premium on driver engagement over outright performance numbers. Philosophically, it’s a bit like a somewhat larger Mazda MX-5 Miata, albeit without a convertible top.Subaru did handle most of the engine and chassis development for the BRZ and 86, meaning there’s still a flat-four engine under the hood. That’s good news, because boxer-style “pancake” engines are inherently flatter and can be mounted lower in a car’s chassis, a combination that makes for excellent handling.Enlarge ImageThe BRZ’s cabin is one of the chief areas where this car shows its age. Subaru Starting at $25,795 (plus $885 destination) for the base Premium model, this 2+2 coupe is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the market at any price, thanks to its keen steering, firm brakes and playful disposition. However, with only 205 hp and 156 pound-feet from its 2.0-liter engine, the BRZ is hardly a quick car in a straight line — you’ll have to lose any pursuers in the corners. A fun six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a paddle-shift automatic with as many speeds is a cost option. We highly, highly recommend going with the former transmission, even if there’s a fuel economy penalty (the manual gets 21 mpg city and 29 highway; the automatic checks in at 24/33).Enlarge ImageThe BRZ’s unadorned shape is at least aging quite gracefully. Subaru One other note: the BRZ is getting on in years. It’s received a number of incremental special edition models over the years, and there’s been one subtle mid-cycle refresh, but this car has been on the market since 2012. Even when it was new, the BRZ’s cabin didn’t feel particularly premium or modern, and time hasn’t done it any favors. The BRZ is also unavailable without the advanced driver assist technologies that many cars have as standard-fit today, including auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.Aside from the aforementioned Miata and its Toyota twin, the Subaru BRZ doesn’t really have any other natural competitors — few people will shop this car against something like a four-cylinder Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro.Enlarge ImageIf your BRZ is adopting this slip angle, you’re doing it right. Subaru Recommended ConfigurationThe 2019 Subaru BRZ comes in two basic trims, entry-level Premium ($25,795) and the $28,645 Limited. If you want to spec the optional automatic transmission ($1,100), you’ll have to go with the pricier Limited, as it’s not offered on the base model. In fact, there are basically no options on the low-end Premium model, just a brace of accessories like a subwoofer or STI wheels and springs. I’d start with the Limited, which gets you basic convenience features like keyless access with push-button start, plus dual-zone HVAC and a slightly larger infotainment display with dual USB ports. This being a performance car, I’d also spec the optional performance package, which is a reasonable $1,195 for Brembo brakes, uprated Sachs dampers and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. All-in, including delivery, my recommended BRZ spec rings up at $30,725.ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru BRZ family2.0-liter flat four, 205 hp and 156 lb-ft; rear-wheel driveManual: 21 city / 29 hwy / 24 combined; Automatic: 24 city / 33 hwy / 27 combinedN/A$25,795Buy the Subaru BRZ if:You prioritize great handling over high horsepowerDon’t buy the Subaru BRZ if:You’re a drag-racing junkie, or if your top priorities include a luxurious interior or active safety featuresGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru BRZ tS The 2019 Subaru Impreza is stable and efficient Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is a big, comfy family-hauler The 2019 Subaru Legacy family starts at $22,545 (plus $885 delivery) for the base 2.5i, which comes with the brand’s ubiquitous 2.5-liter boxer four putting out a modest-but-usable 175 hp and 174 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy estimates are 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The optional 3.6-liter horizontally opposed flat six-cylinder engine develops 256 hp and 247 pound-feet, a substantial increase, albeit with an equally substantial fuel penalty: the bigger engine only gets 20 mpg city and 28 mpg freeway.The four-cylinder Legacy trim walk runs from base 2.5i to 2.5i Premium to 2.5i Sport to 2.5i Limited. The range-topping 3.6R Limited starts at $31,545 before options and delivery.(The Legacy used to be available in a handsome and utilitarian station wagon model, but that body style has been supplanted by the Subaru Outback, a lifted quasi-SUV you can read about elsewhere in this buyer’s guide. These days, if you want a Legacy, it’s four-door sedan or nothing.)Enlarge ImageAfter struggling with infotainment for a long time, Subaru’s Starlink systems are pretty solid. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Recommended configurationFirst things first: Unless you’re in a big hurry, I’d recommend waiting until this fall to see how the new 2020 Subaru Legacy shapes up — early photos and details suggest the new model is a significant upgrade, and even though today’s family sedan sales are slipping, the segment is a murderer’s row of talented models, especially cars like the Honda Accord and new Nissan Altima (which now offers AWD).Having said that, I’d recommend stepping up to the middle 2.5i Sport trim, which looks a bit racier and feels modestly more special inside thanks to features like larger 18-inch wheels, LED fogs and a rear spoiler. This $26,795 model also includes important safety features like blind-spot detection and nice-to-have amenities like electroluminescent gauges and heated front seats (including power articulation for the driver). There’s one major option group available, a $2,145 option package that includes 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment, a power moonroof, automatic high beams and reverse automatic braking. Those are all nice features, but since the standard infotainment system features Apple CarPlay for easy Waze or Google Maps integration, I’m saving my money. All-in, my recommended 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport spec rings up at $27,680 delivered.ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru Legacy 2.5i family2.5-liter flat four, 175 hp and 174 lb-ft; all-wheel drive25 city / 34 hwy / 29 combinedN/A$22,545Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited3.6-liter flat six, 256 hp and 247 lb-ft; all-wheel drive20 city / 28 hwy / 23 combinedN/A$31,545Enlarge ImageFor better or worse, the 2019 Subaru Legacy’s interior is straight-forward and surprise free. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Buy the Subaru Legacy if:You want Subaru’s legendary all-wheel drive, but don’t want a me-too crossover SUVDon’t buy the Subaru Legacy if:You seek class-leading luxury, efficiency or edgy designGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru Legacy Crossovers Hybrids SUVs Sports Cars Performance Cars Coupes Hatchbacks Sedans 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in with real compromises 43 Photos 45 Photos The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is rugged, practical and affordable 49 Photos Share your voice 35 Photos 14 Photos Tags 17 Photos More From Roadshow Subaru WRX / WRX STIFrom a product perspective, over the last 20 years, three models really burnished Subaru’s public perception, turning the company from a niche brand to a hot seller with far broader appeal: The Outback and Forester put Subie on the shopping lists of mainstream consumers, and the WRX put the marque on the map with driving enthusiasts. Originally coveted by the video-game generation that grew up on simulators like Gran Turismo, the Impreza-based Subaru WRX became a high-performance legend long before it reached North American shores. When it finally did reach US and Canadian dealers nearly a decade later in 2002, the turbocharged, rally-bred compact sedan became a sensation among driving enthusiasts, offering all-wheel-drive performance that far outstripped anything in its price class. A hero was born.Today’s WRX is actually based on the last-generation Impreza, having last been redone in 2014. As such, it’s aging a bit, but it’s still a very entertaining and potent performer in either standard WRX formula or extra-strength WRX STI tune. Powered by a 2.0-liter boxer in standard WRX trim, the four-cylinder turbo delivers a healthy 268 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. The STI’s 2.5-liter forced-induction mill churns up 310 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque.Enlarge ImageSubaru periodically offers up special edition WRX models like this Series.Gray. Nick Miotke/Roadshow While the original US WRX was a manual-transmission-only proposition, these days a six-speed stick is standard and Subaru’s ubiquitous Lineartronic CVT is optional, albeit not on the STI. For maximum engagement, go with the three-pedal setup.Standard AWD and that kind of performance means you shouldn’t expect much in the way of fuel efficiency, and that’s precisely what you get: The WRX nets 21 mpg city and 27 highway with the manual gearbox, and 18/24 with the CVT. The WRX STI nets out at 17 mpg city and 22 highway, and it recommends running 93 octane fuel (both models require at least 91 octane).Today, the Subaru WRX is an aging legend, and it no longer has its arch rival, the Mitsubishi Evo, to battle against. Instead, primary WRX competitors include the Volkswagen GTI and Honda Civic Si, while the hotter STI variant goes up against the VW Golf R, as well as being a tempting cut-rate alternative to cars like the Audi S3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, both of which are far costlier.For 2019, the base WRX carries a $27,195 MSRP before options. A higher-content Premium trim starts at $29,495, and the top-spec WRX Limited starts at $31,795 (all prices plus $885 delivery). The higher-performance WRX STI starts at $36,595 plus destination charge, with the WRX STI Limited asking $41,395 plus delivery before hitting the options list.You can spot an STI on the street by its subtle rear wing. Subaru Recommended ConfigurationWhile the WRX STI is thrilling, I’d recommend going with the standard 2.0-liter WRX, because it’s plenty quick and a better value. That said, I’d splurge on the costlier Limited trim. Why? A number of reasons: First off, the base WRX looks a bit ordinary and dowdy these days. If the ‘sleeper look’ is what you’re after, that’s great. But if not, you’re probably going to want the larger 18-inch wheels found on the Premium and Limited models. Given how quick the WRX is, you’re also going to want all the candlepower you can get, especially if you’re prone to high-speed night runs. As such, the $31,795 (plus delivery) Limited is your best bet, as it comes with auto-on cornering LED headlamps and LED fogs. The WRX’s interior is dated and rendered in ho-hum materials, so heated leather sport seats help elevate the cabin feel a bit, and the Limited’s standard keyless entry with push-button start keeps the experience feeling somewhat modern. A seven-inch Starlink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is no great shakes, but it is easy to use. Standard active safety gear is in short supply on the WRX, but Subie’s EyeSight suite of advanced driver assist features is optional on Premium and Limited trims, albeit only on CVT-equipped models. If you want blind-spot monitoring, it’s optional on the Limited and not available on any other trim, let alone the STI. (You can forget about ADAS features altogether if you want an STI).ModelDrivelineFuel economy (miles per gallon)Tow ratingBase priceSubaru WRX family2.0-liter turbo flat four, 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque; all-wheel driveManual: 21 city / 27 hwy / 23 combined; CVT: 18 city / 24 hwy /21 combinedN/A$27,195Subaru WRX STI family2.5-liter turbo flat four; 310 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque; all-wheel drive17 city / 22 hwy / 19 combinedN/A$36,595Enlarge ImageThe heart of every WRX is its turbocharged flat-four engine. Nick Miotke/Roadshow As mentioned earlier, I’d stick with the six-speed manual for maximum fun — the CVT is better tuned than you might expect, but it’s still something of a buzzkill. Plus at $1,900, it’s expensive. Save that coin, and instead put it toward the $2,100 Optional Package that includes embedded navigation, Harman Kardon audio and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert. If you’ve still got a little cash sloshing around, Subaru also offers a freer-flowing STI exhaust for $1,170, but I’d probably pass, as the aftermarket can accommodate you less expensively, too. All-in, my recommended 2019 Subaru WRX Limited retails for $34,780 delivered. Given this model’s age, it’s likely possible to wheel and deal to get a more attractive price. Any discounts will likely only get more plentiful as the WRX’s expected replacement draws near for 2020.Buy the Subaru WRX if:You love rally racing or just want an extremely quick point-to-point sport sedanDon’t buy the Subaru WRX if:You want luxury and refinement with your tire shreddingGet your local priceOur in-depth reviews:Subaru WRXSubaru WRX STI Type RA 12 Photos Subaru CrosstrekIt’s amazing what a lift kit can do for a fellah. How else to explain the wildly successful Subaru Crosstrek, which outsells its Impreza cousin by around two-to-one? The Crosstrek, a model formerly known as the XV Crosstrek (and previously the Impreza Outback) has definitely come into its own over the last few years. America’s SUV-crazy consumers have found that they greatly prefer the Crosstrek over the Impreza, even though they’re almost exactly the same vehicle. The Crosstrek adds a generous amount of ground clearance (8.7 inches versus the Impreza’s 5.1 inches), matte-black wheel arches, funkier alloy wheels and some more aggressive lower cladding, and… voilà! Instant SUV, complete with a price tag that’s thousands of dollars more.Enlarge ImageIf you’ve seen the cabin of the Impreza, you’ve seen the cabin of the Crosstrek. Subaru If that sounds a bit cynical, well, that’s because it somewhat is. However, that doesn’t mean that the Subaru Crosstrek isn’t a good vehicle. In fact, the Crosstrek is downright likable as a compact crossover, and indeed, it has substantially more off-road capability than most other vehicles in its class, which includes vehicles like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Compass and Nissan Rogue Sport. Of all the vehicles in this very crowded class, only the Jeep can keep up off pavement.The gas-only 2019 Crosstrek family starts at $21,895 for the base 2.0i model, and ranges to $27,195 for the 2.0i Limited trim (plus $975 delivery). All non-hybrid models are powered by a 2.0-liter flat four delivering 152 hp and 145 pound-feet of torque. In five-speed-manual trim, EPA fuel economy estimates check in at an unimpressive 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, but CVT-equipped models do much better: 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. 2019 Subaru BRZ is still a riot 4G LTE Audi Buick Chevrolet Ford Honda Jeep Kia Mazda Mitsubishi Nissan Scion Subaru Toyota Volkswagen 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better 2020 Subaru Legacy: A new platform and turbo perk up Subaru’s midsize sedan 40 Photos 2019 Subaru Forester Touring: Granola never looked so good The 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray is a hugely fun performance sedan Comments Subaru 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts
Shahjahan ChowdhuryPlainclothes police arrested former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury and six other leaders and activists from a house in Wireless Murgi Farm area of the port city of Chattogram on Friday noon on sabotage charge, reports UNB.Local leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami claimed that a team of DB police raided the house around 12:00pm and arrested Shahjahan along with the party activists.They said Shahjahan went to the house of former ward councillor and Jamaat leader Mahfuzur Rahman at his invitation.Amena Begum, additional Commissioner (Crime and Drive) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) said Shahjahan is an accused in several sabotage cases.