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Nextgeneration Audi RS6 Avant teased ahead of September debut

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first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow 0 Post a comment Audi 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is sharp but not shouty 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark More about 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Enlarge ImageHey Audi? We want this. Audi Audi treats Americans to a rather wide variety of RS models, but there’s piece of forbidden fruit we’ve yet to taste. That’s the Audi RS6 Avant.While we don’t have confirmation the hot wagon will be heading our way, Audi is nearly ready to reveal it and teased the model on its German Facebook page this past Friday. According to the post, the brand plans to debut the wagon at its Audi City Berlin showroom locally this September. To be clear, Audi didn’t explicitly say this teaser shows the RS6 Avant, but there’s no denying the rear end and long roof on display here. Although cloaked in darkness and a sheet, Audi’s latest corporate taillight peeks through with a signature LED design. Compared to the current-generation RS6, the design should be rather evolutionary overall, but who are we kidding? It’s going to look gorgeous because it’s a sleek wagon. Preview • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Performance without compromise 6:29 If the new RS6 Avant follows suit with the current car, it’ll pack a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with around 650 horsepower. Should Audi Sport feel frisky, an electric motor part of a mild-hybrid system could push that figure even higher.Will Audi finally bring it to North America? All signs have pointed to that being the case. Audi previously told Motor Authority in February that the company is actively looking at bringing the RS6 Avant and standard A6 Avant to these shores with the next-generation models. The company has also previously encouraged fans to continue speaking out in favor of bringing the model to North America. Say it loud, say it proud: we want the RS6 Avant, Audi. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Review • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes Wagons Performance Cars 69 Photos Audilast_img read more

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Bigg Boss Tamil 3 Prasanna Powerstar Srinivasan Rachita Mahalakshmi and who else

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first_imgThese celebrities are expected to enter the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house. FacebookThe guessing games around the contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil 3 have started after the first promo of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show was out online, recently. In the first list of names, a few celebrities confirmed that they were not taking part in the show. Now, the second set of names has now cropped up online claiming that they would be participating in Vijay TV’s show.So far, Chandini Tamilarasan, Laila Mehdin, Premji, Radha Ravi, Priya Anand and T Rajendar have rubbished the rumours of their participation in Bigg Boss Tamil 3. Sudha Chandran and Sakshi Agarwal have maintained silence, while Kasthuri and VJ Siddhu have given an indication of receiving offers, while still unsure of entering the house.The latest buzz is that actors Prasanna, Powerstar Srinivasan, Sanjana Singh, Alya Manasa, Rachita Mahalakshmi and YouTuber Hari R Baskar have been approached and some of them have accepted the offers to be part of the Vijay TV’s reality show.Sources say that Prasanna’s wife and actress Sneha was approached last season, but she did not accept for some reasons. Her husband has agreed to be part of the show upon receiving the offer, this year.Powerstar Srinivasan is a controversial actor, who was in the news for all the wrong reasons in the recent years. Yet his comedies and mannerisms have earned him huge fan following. His presence is expected to be a surprise element in the show. Hence, he has been approached.Sanjana Singh is an actress, who has worked in the films like Thani Oruvan, Sakka Podu Podu Raja and Anjaan among many others. She has got the ticket from the film actor’s quota.Alya Manasa is well-known face among TV audience. She shot to fame with Raja Rani serial and her dubsmash videos are popular too. Rachitha Mahalakshmi was approached earlier seasons, but she could not take up due to her other commitments.Indeed, she had expressed her desire to enter the Bigg Boss Tamil house last year. Being part of Vijay TV family, the actress, who became a household name with Saravanan Meenatchi, is finally entering the house.Last but not the least, Hari R Baskar, known for his hilarious YouTube videos, too is said to be part of Kamal Haasan-hosted show.last_img read more

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ONGC Videsh to raise 11 billion to fund stake purchase in Russian

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first_imgONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) seeks to raise $500 million to $1.1 billion through issuance of dollar bonds to finance its equity purchase of Russian Vankor oilfield.A fully owned subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), OVL acquired 15 percent of the oilfield for $1.26 billion and will reportedly use the proceeds from the bond to refinance bridge loans taken during the acquisition.Global rating agencies Moody’s and S&P assigned long term issue rating of Baa2 and BBB-, indicating OVL’s relatively low risk investment and capacity to meet debt obligation, respectively.Press Trust of India highlighted that both rating agencies were optimistic about OVL’s credentials. They said that the Indian state-owned ONGC, one of Asia’s largest oil exploration and production company, was robustly placed with consistent production, profitability and strong reserve positions. It added that the oil major “unconditionally and irrevocably guarantee the notes.”ONGC has restricted its guarantee amount to 109 percent of the principal amount of the bonds outstanding, said Vikas Halan, Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer to PTI. He added that the guarantee was adequate to secure the amounts due to bond holders.The news agency noted that ONGC was sitting on a pile of cash and cash equivalents of Rs. 25,800 crore with debt amounting to one third of it with one year maturity. It added the company’s balance sheet reflects other liquidity sources.last_img read more

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Sources deny LufthansaEtihad stake deal Report

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first_imgGerman carrier Lufthansa is not in talks with Etihad Airways for a stake sale, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, denying rumoured media reports that stated otherwise.”A financial stake is out of question for the moment,” a source, who was familiar with the airliner’s plans was quoted as saying by Reuters. Another source said the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will not be willing to pay for a stake in the German carrier.Also read: Lufthansa pilots resume strike; more than 800 flights cancelledAn Italian media report had earlier said that managers from the two airlines were reportedly holding talks and vetting the possibility of Etihad acquiring 30-40 percent stake in Lufthansa as a pre-cursor to a merger. Following the news, shares of Lufthansa went up by six percent on Tuesday. In December 2016, Lufthansa and Etihad had inked a code-sharing agreement to link their route networks. The two airlines said they would look at further cooperation. The first source quoted by the agency said Lufthansa was indeed in talks with Etihad over code-sharing and catering cooperation, but not merger. However, analysts quoted by the agency questioned the benefits of the deal. They also cited foreign ownership rules with regard to international traffic lights and called the rumoured deal as “implausible.”69 percent of the German-based carrier is owned by German investors, 13 percent by US investors and 9 percent by other nationalities.last_img read more

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Families Opting Out Of STAAR Find Alternative School

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first_imgLaura IsenseeTeacher Sam Brower leads a class at an alternative learning environment for students who are not taking the state standardized exams this week. Brower said that his lesson tries to teach about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.This week thousands of Texas students are taking state standardized exams, called the STAAR. But in Houston about 80 kids have signed up to do something totally different.Tuesday morning, a bunch of them were playing with a swing outside a community center in North Houston. Third grader Lucia Zuniga explained the game.“We’re playing with the rope and whoever catches it gets to swing on it,” she said.This is not what she normally does at school. “This school is a school for no testing,” Lucia said.It’s called the Opt Out Academy. It’s a temporary, alternative school this week that the advocacy group Community Voices for Public Education organized for students who boycott state exams. The group estimates that as many as 500 families in Greater Houston have opted their child out of at least one standardized exam this year.Lucia’s mom Julia Kramp signed her up because she believes high stakes tests hurt her daughter’s education.“It takes away from the time that she could be learning,” Kramp said. “So they spend a lot of time every year doing practice exams, learning how to take the STAAR, learning how to bubble in correctly.”At this alternative school, Lucia loves having lots of recess. And her mom likes the creative lessons. In the first one Lucia learns about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.Kramp and other parents hope their boycott changes the way tests are used in school.“For us it’s about kind of changing a system that’s in place,” said Sam Brower, a parent and also a teacher at the alternative academy. “Because it’s not just the week of STAAR tests, but it’s all the test prep and all the practice exams and the mock exams that take place leading up to the STAAR. And then this week there’s the added stress, there’s the added pressure.”Results factor into teacher evaluations and, in certain grades, they may determine if a child moves on to the next level.But this year the Houston Independent School District approved a new policy saying students won’t be punished for not taking the STAAR. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:35 X Sharelast_img read more

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Apple Sued Over Alleged iTunes Privacy Violations

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first_img Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Related Popular on Variety Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis) As evidence for this claim, the lawsuit lists the existence of direct marketing lists that identify consumers as “iTunes and Pandora music purchasers.” However, there doesn’t seem to be any acknowledgement in the filing that data brokers could have gained access to that type of purchasing data through other means, including for instance third-party loyalty programs.The second claim made in the lawsuit could potentially be more explosive: Plaintiffs allege that the company has given developers of iOS apps access to a range of data about media stored on iPhones, iPads and iPods. This data includes songs and albums purchased from Apple’s iTunes store, according to the lawsuit.Combined with data consumers provide when they sign up for an app, developers could use this data to build out their own profiles on the music purchasing behavior of countless of consumers, the lawsuit alleges. Developers could then turn around and resell that type of data to data brokers, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit’s allegations run counter to Apple’s official narrative, which has long been that the company is a lot more privacy-focused than its industry competitors. In fact, the lawsuit also includes a picture of an Apple billboard proclaiming that “what happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”However, the challenge for plaintiffs will be to prove that they actually were harmed by Apple’s alleged behavior. In the past, similar lawsuits against the company have been thrown out because plaintiffs and their lawyers ultimately couldn’t prove such harm. Apple has been sued by three consumers who allege that the company violated their privacy by sharing information about their music listening habits with third parties. The lawsuit, which was filed late last week in California, alleges that Apple has been selling this type of data directly, while also giving iOS app developers access to a treasure trove of related data.The plaintiffs, who live in Rhode Island and Michigan, are seeking class-action status for their lawsuit. If found guilty, Apple could be forced to pay damages to residents of the two states who had their music listening habits disclosed due to the company’s actions. Apple spokespeople didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.One of the allegations is that Apple directly sold data about consumers who purchased music from the company to data brokers, who in turn have been connecting this type of data to other publicly available information and then reselling it to marketers. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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