WASHINGTON — A Canadian reader of U.S. news reports about last week’s trade talks with China could be forgiven for wondering: what the heck happened to Huawei?After all, the week began with the U.S. Department of Justice unsealing two damning indictments against the Chinese tech giant, including one that names chief financial officer and telecom scion Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest in Vancouver two months ago dragged Canada into an escalating battle of ideologies between the two largest economies in the world.And yet two days later, as President Donald Trump and Vice Premier Liu He sat across from each other in the Oval Office after two days of high-level, high-stakes trade talks, the eyebrow-raising U.S. allegations of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice against one of the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications firms elicited barely a mention.“We haven’t discussed that yet,” Trump said Thursday when asked if Huawei had come up during the talks. “It will be, but it hasn’t been discussed yet.“That, actually — as big as it might seem — is very small compared to the overall deal.”Geopolitical observers and trade analysts alike aren’t buying it.When Trump talks trade, America’s transactional, deal-hungry president tends to be less focused on bigger-picture issues than the messages he can sell to his supporters. Thursday’s Oval Office exercise, for instance, was all about radiating mutual goodwill — like when Liu disclosed, seemingly to the surprise of Trump’s aides, that China would buy five million tons of American soybeans.“Wow,” said Trump, visibly impressed. “That’s a lot of soybeans.”Not really; China used to buy six times that every year from the U.S., which produced about 138 million tons of soybeans in 2018. Tariffs changed all that. But the president is in dire need of a political win in short order on trade with China, which he won’t get by talking publicly about what’s really going on — a broader, multi-pronged, long-term American effort to blunt its economic, geopolitical and military might.“There’s a lot of tension within the U.S. administration about China policy,” said David Dollar, a senior fellow in foreign policy, global economy and development at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center in Washington.“One school of thought is, ‘This is a Communist dictatorship, it’s a potential threat to the U.S., we can’t get along with this country’ — ‘decouple’ is the word they use. To the extent they’re gaining ascendancy, then you don’t want a trade deal. You just want to slap on big tariffs, you want to penalize Chinese companies, Chinese citizens, and reduce the economic relationship.“Then there are other members of the administration who — I think correctly — understand there’s a lot of benefit in U.S.-China economic exchange, and they would like to improve the terms of that and in some sense deal with these security issues, but ringfence them so that other economic exchange can go on.”Canada shares that latter approach, a delicate high-wire act made all the more awkward by the swirling diplomatic updrafts of Meng’s Dec. 1 arrest and former ambassador John McCallum’s public assessments of her chances in court.It would be “naive in the extreme” to think that the Huawei controversy can be divorced from the U.S.-China trade discussion, said Wesley Wark, a University of Ottawa professor who specializes in matters of national security and foreign relations.“Huawei has been made exhibit No. 1 in a China-U.S. trade war and struggle for technological supremacy, and the criminal indictments are just kind of on the ground floor,” he said.China is determined to diminish U.S. influence and extend its own economic, political and military reach around the world with “a distinctly Chinese fusion of strongman autocracy and a form of Western-style capitalism,” Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence, warned last week in a briefing with the Senate intelligence committee.Trump’s trade and economic emissaries will resume talks in Beijing later this month, and the president himself will sit down with counterpart Xi Jinping before March 1, when U.S. tariffs on some $200-billion worth of Chinese goods are scheduled to jump to 25 per cent. It will be during those presidential talks where Huawei returns to the agenda, observers say.Trump used the all-caps word “comprehensive” in a string of tweets last week about his high hopes for a trade deal with China — a sentiment he repeated Sunday in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”“No two leaders of this country and China have ever been closer than I am with President Xi,” the president said. “We have a good chance to make a deal … and if there is a deal, it’s going to be a real deal. It’s not going to be a stopgap.”That means Huawei and help with North Korea more than it does more soybeans, said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and Canada-U.S. specialist with Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio. “Huawei is what it’s all about at the end of the day,” Ujczo said. “That’s what comprehensive means. The meeting between the two leaders — trade will just be one of the three major components, with Huawei being probably at the top of the list and North Korea right after.”Trade, Huawei and the world’s broader concerns about China’s at-all-costs global ambitions are closely intertwined components of the U.S. strategy, said Wark. Whether that strategy will work is another question. “I think it’s a very aggressive American policy that has to be rooted in an assumption that it’s possible to change Chinese behaviour through force. That critical assumption — that you can force, in a relatively short time frame, a change in Chinese behaviour through these tactics — that’s the critical thing that we should be speculating about: is this a good policy? “Many people would argue it doesn’t have a chance in hell. But lots of voices need to weigh in on that one.”James McCarten, The Canadian Press
March 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman says the “SDSU West” initiative, sponsored by “Friends of San Diego State for Mission Valley,” may be illegal.Sherman said the initiative may have violated the education code. If so, the council’s vote to send it to voters may also have been illegal.Related Link: What’s in a name? Why SDSU West’s title may violate education codesWhy has this come up now? Sherman said it came up in a conversation with a friend who dealt with similar issues at UCSD. His job was to reign in people illegally using the UCSD name.The title of the initiative reads “SDSU West Campus Research Center, Stadium and River Park initiative.”Sherman said using the SDSU initials is a violation of the education code.” … which says nobody without permission shall use San Diego State, San Diego State University, SDSU for any political fundraising,” Sherman said.Kim Kilkenney is with the Friends of San Diego State, which sponsored the initiative. He had just come from an event where he and Sherman separately addressed the Lincoln Club.“The material that he passed out has San Diego State’s logo and San Diego State’s name on political material. Are we suggesting this is illegal? No, because it’s a silly issue,” Kilkenney said.Sherman also said the initiative sponsors are using the name to raise funds, and that may be a campaign violation. He sent a letter to the city attorney asking for a legal opinion.He said the city, those who circulated the petition, and those who donated funds may be subject to fines under government codes.Related Link: Former city attorney talks about SDSU West initiative“It says anybody who is guilty of this is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable up to a $1,000 fine, so does that mean everybody who signed is guilty of a misdemeanor anybody who has donated?” Sherman asked.“Our attorneys have looked at his letter and have concluded that it’s a non-issue. … Our attorneys are comfortable with the title and the name of our steering committee,” Kilkenney said. “It’s a distraction. He’d rather attack our campaign on silly issues than talk about the merits, and the merits are how best to use that site.”Sherman goes on to say using the SDSU initiatives is misleading to voters because it implies it’s a San Diego State initiative, not a citizens initiative.Kilkenney said this is of no concern to voters.“What they’re concerned about is how the city of San Diego disposes of one of its most valuable assets,” he said.Then why not simply remove the SDSU name from the title?“Our initiative is filed. It’s a done deal, so that’s not an option,” Kilkenney said. Is the SDSU West initiative illegal? Steve Bosh, Posted: March 26, 2018 Steve Bosh Updated: 7:02 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Posted: July 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO KUSI) – A young man is in critical condition this evening after being stabbed in the stomach in City Heights.The man was stabbed shorty after 3 p.m. off Wightman St. in the Cherokee point neighborhood.The victim’s name has not yet been released, and police are still looking for the two suspects of the stabbing.The victim is currently in surgery with life-threatening injuries. Stabbing in North Park leaves man in critical condition July 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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. 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Three youths were found dead in Sirajganj and Cox’s Bazar districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Sirajganj, police recovered the decomposed bodies of two young men from the Phuljor river in Ghatina Bridge area in Ullapara upazila.The deceased were Israfil, 18, the only son of Yousub Ali of Darikharbana in Rajshahi city, and Russel, 30, son of Insaf Ali of Barkatpur village in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi.Locals spotted the bodies under the bridge and informed it to police who recovered the bodies in the afternoon.Dewan Koushik Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Ullapara police station, said miscreants might have killed them in another place and dumped the bodies here 25/26 days ago.The bodies bore several injury marks, the OC said, adding that the bodies were handed over to the families following post-mortem at Sirajganj General Hospital on Friday noon.In Cox’s Bazar, Mohammad Helal, 18, son of Jalal Ahmed of Kachubunia village in Teknaf upazila, was found dead at Sabrang Hariakhali in the upazila on the same day.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Related: A SOPA About-Face for Members of CongressACTA, TPP and other SOPA-style legislation: Both the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) also have the potential to impact intellectual property law and, consequently, the way in which disputes over the usage of copyrighted content might be handled.ACTA is a multi-nation agreement that could, among many things, force internet service providers worldwide to act as internet police. Negotiations on ACTA started in 2007. While it has not yet been ratified, countries including the U.S., Australia, Japan and more than 20 European Union member states have signed the agreement.TPP is another multi-nation trade agreement that aims to extend restrictive IP laws worldwide.Related: NY Tech Entrepreneurs: Stop the SOPA and PIPA Anti-Piracy BillsInternet surveillance: Both the U.S. Patriot Act and its 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendment give the U.S. Government surprisingly widespread powers when it comes to internet surveillance. Not only do these measures allow the FBI to gather telecommunication, financial and credit records without a court order, they also enable the government to “wiretap” internet communications without providing a written record of this activity.For small-business owners who conduct financial transactions and exchange confidential information online, the threat of this increased surveillance isn’t just whether sensitive information is being unknowingly rifled through by third parties. It’s also how securely this data is being stored by end users, who can be threatened by hackers.Related: For Net Neutrality Advocates, the Fight Continues Net Neutrality: The concept of “net neutrality” stems from the concern that internet service providers could enforce restrictions on consumer web access based on the type of content being retrieved or the activities being conducted online.Proponents of net neutrality worry that if web access is controlled by private interests, these corporations could either censor the types of information shared online or force users into an environment of tiered data packages that are priced according to usage.On top of all that, industry experts consider it likely that revised SOPA- and PIPA-style bills will reemerge at the behest of media titans once the current interest has died down. Given the potential impact of these concerns on online and offline business owners, it can be more important than ever to stay informed on these issues.What do you think are the most important issues affecting piracy and the free flow of information online? Let us know in the comments section below. Enroll Now for Free February 8, 2012 Even though a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills were recently sidelined in Congress, online businesses’ battle against restrictive legislation is far from over. Current incarnations of other proposed bills still exist and pose equal threats to the free flow of information online.Effectively tabled late last month, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) both aimed to punish “rogue” websites that publish or sell pirated content. But internet companies and some members of Congress argued that the bills could negatively affect the flow of information online.That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The following are a few issues entrepreneurs should be aware of that could influence the way online business is conducted in the future:
Monday, June 18, 2018 Share Tags: Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines file for joint venture KAILUA-KONA — Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii.The airlines have recently filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Japanese government requesting immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture, West Hawaii Today reported Saturday.The partnership would allow the companies to co-ordinate flight schedules and share certain costs and revenues as well as work together on marketing and advertising, the airlines said in the filings.The venture would “dramatically increase seamless service options for the travelling public,” allowing the airlines to link operations in the region, they said.The partnership would open up 34 destinations to Hawaiian Airlines passengers, including service to 28 locations in Japan and six other sites, such as Guam and Hong Kong. Passengers of Japan Airlines would have access to six additional locations in Hawaii.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Hawaiian, a relatively small carrier, has encountered difficulties trying to break into international markets as a new entrant,” the airline stated in the application. “The Department’s grant of (antitrust immunization) in this proceeding would allow Hawaiian to overcome these obstacles, leading to increased competition and more choices for consumers.”The companies estimate the partnership would bring an additional 162,000 to 350,000 passengers to Hawaii and generate between 1,855 and 4,049 jobs in the U.S. The U.S. economy could see annual contribution of up to $402.3 million, according to the airlines.The airlines are hoping to launch the joint venture next year if they are granted approval this year. By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>