An all-new Ford Focus is coming in June and it is going to be very different. The long-serving Volkswagen Golf might evolve but the Ford designers tend to favour a more radical departure with each new incarnation as far as the Focus is concerned. However, despite the overhaul the Ford engineers have pledged it will drive as well as ever. So, what’s different The Ford Focus will be bigger on the inside and better connected. It’s lighter and will be more fuel efficient. It is going to be safer - not only for accident protection but helping you avoid one thanks to onboard technology. What are the options Currently Ford has been showing off four ‘versions’ at its unveiling and they’re all different. Titanium (mid spec trim), Vignale (characterised by leather and chrome) Active (added drive height and a bit rugged) and ST Line (sporty). The look The new Focus is characterised by a long bonnet, its sleekness being accentuated by the pillars being further back. … [Read more...] about This is what the new Ford Focus will look like
The new radicals
As the excitement about its arrival nears physically dangerous levels of intensity, time for a reader’s competition. What should the new “third party” be called? If you can think up a cool name for an approaching centrist entity poised to redeem British politics from the decline into partisanship, you’re way ahead of the masterminds behind it. Whoever they might be. At this embryonic stage, mystery shrouds almost every aspect of the venture. All we know from a Sunday newspaper exclusive, is that a) a businessman called Simon Franks, who made his fortune renting out DVDs, has raised £50m to launch it; b) the company he set up in this cause is catchily titled Project One Movement for the UK; c) Corbynphobic Labour types and a few Brexit-disgruntled Tories may be involved; and d) the machinations have been going on for a year. For now, all else is as opaque as Franks, who despite his commercial success and massive political significance has somehow evaded a … [Read more...] about I have a suggested name for the new centrist party – The Entitlement Party In Democracy (TEPID)
PEOPLE Against Sugar Tax campaigns against what it says are government “food nannies”. Here is all you need to know about the group who opposed to radical new measures introduced to fight obesity. What is the People Against Sugar Tax group? The national campaign group is opposed to the sugar tax that has been imposed on Britain from April 6. They say they are on the side of ordinary people in standing up for people's food and soft drink choices. Brook Whelan first it up in August 2015 after deciding the debate about sugar in the media was becoming increasingly unbalanced and irrational. They are a grassroots campaign and not funded by industry. What have they said about the new tax on fizzy drinks? They are opposed to the sugar tax because they believe it's an unfair tax burden on lower-income households. At a time when UK wage growth is effectively zero, they argue it is wrong for the Government to impose another regressive tax. It is also viewed by them as an unwelcome … [Read more...] about What is the People Against Sugar Tax group and what have they said about the new tax on fizzy drinks?
International economics is also often guided by the same principles as physics 0SHARES Share Tweet Email The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and served as vice-president at the World Bank The challenge to the Trumpian case against globalisation has come from an unlikely source: China. Beijing, led by President Xi Jinping, has taken a radically different position from the one it had followed in earlier times. “In a world marked by great uncertainty and volatility, the international community is looking to China,” Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum that convenes every year in Switzerland’s Alpine resort of Davos, said at the 2017 gathering while introducing his guest, the Chinese president and secretary of China’s Communist Party, Xi Jinping. This was the first time a senior leader from China was attending Davos. The Chinese leader was not expected to offer such a stout defence of … [Read more...] about China: the new champion of globalisation
SCHOOLS need to prioritise teaching children how to write computer code according to leading academics who fear Scottish pupils could find themselves left behind unless they learn digital skills essential for success in the modern world. Despite positive moves that have seen the introduction of digital skills on the Scottish curriculum from a young age in the last year, experts say action needs to be taken to ensure that there are enough teachers available to deliver essential technology lessons such as coding. Others argue "patchy" provision of school technology needs addressed with girls, in particular, provided with additional support and encouragement to break down the worrying gender imbalance in technology subjects. Some educationalists say 'coding in the new alphabet' and children not equipped with coding skills will be at a huge disadvantage in their working lives. Loading article content Leading the charge to put coding at the top of the school agenda, is Aaron … [Read more...] about Coding is the new alphabet … but are your kids prepared?