New Škoda Superb makes an entrance at DMG Motors Donegal

first_imgThe curtain has been raised on Škoda’s flagship – the new Škoda Superb – which is arriving at DMG Motors in Donegal Town this October.The Superb was first launched back in Ireland in 2001 and has become one of the brand’s bestselling models with over 18,000 Superb vehicles currently on Irish roads. This is the third and most successful version that has been extensively revised both inside and out.The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBAvailable in a Combi (Estate) and Saloon (Lift back) versions, Škoda has slightly modified the exterior of the Superb and has carefully refined the front section. The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by 8 mm to 4,869 mm in the Škoda Superb, and by 6 mm to 4,862 mm in the Škoda Superb Combi. The typical Škoda grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. From the entry-level version, the narrower headlights come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim connects the full LED tail lights whilst the new ‘Škoda’ block lettering define the new Škoda design language.The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBThe Superb continues to set spaciousness benchmarks in the segment with 625 and 660 litres of luggage capacity in the Lift back and Combi respectively.The engine line-up features 1.5 TSI petrol units producing 150bhp, offered with 6 speed manual or 7 speed DSG automatic transmissions. The diesel offering includes a heavily revised 2.0 TDI 150bhp with new turbo charger and intercooler configuration combined with new crankshaft and injector arrangement. A 1.6 TDI 120bhp 7-speed DSG also features as well as a more powerful 2.0 TDI 190bhp unit with 4×4. The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBThe Superb update includes new technologies and an even more sophisticated interior. Full LED Matrix headlights are available for the first time in a Škoda production model and feature as standard on SportLine and L&K models. Several new assistance systems are also making their debut, such as Predictive Cruise Control.Škoda Ireland confirmed that only 3% of Superbs sold are the entry “Active” version with the majority of customers opting for more heavily specified models such as the Style, SportLine and L&K.The Superb SportLine in particular differentiates itself from its siblings using striking black features including a remodelled radiator grille and 18-inch alloy wheels – both of which come in black. The radiator grille frame and the trim between the full LED tail lights are also gloss black.The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBFull LED Matrix headlights and a sports chassis, which has been lowered by 10 mm, are included as standard. The black interior sets itself apart with sport seats featuring Alcantara®/leather materials.The top trim level, L&K, offers identical dimensions but the grille, side sills and rear bumper set themselves apart with new chrome details. It can also be identified by the ‘Laurin & Klement’ lettering on the front wings. Speaking at the launch of the new Škoda Superb; Ray Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product said “The Superb has been such an important model in our brand’s evolution in Ireland. The current and third incarnation of the Superb has been a contender for the number 1 position in the segment with the Superb overtaking many of the traditional bestsellers. Thanks to its reliability and excellent residual values the Superb has been a major success with business and fleet customers, with 23% of Superb sales being attributed to this channel. We see used imported premium German cars from 12-48 months as the Superb’s biggest competitor.”The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBThe Superb goes on sale from 12th October with 1.5 TSI, 150bhp Active prices from €30,750 and PCP finance available from 0% up to the 31st October.Call DMG Motors now on 074 9721396 to book your test drive and find out more about the Superb today. Visit: dmgskoda.ieNew Škoda Superb makes an entrance at DMG Motors Donegal was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carsDMG MOTORSmotoringnew carsŠkoda Superblast_img read more

Co-Evolution Theory Challenged

first_imgA classic case of co-evolution has been called into question.  EurekAlert reported that a “paradigm change” is needed regarding plant-eating beetles and their angiosperm hosts.  Dr. Jes�s G�mez-Zurita and collaborators in the Natural History Museum in London have challenged the view that the two groups co-evolved, diversifying rapidly in response to one another.  Neither the fossil record nor molecular phylogeny support this view, they said.  “Hence, the coevolution hypothesis can be rejected in this case, demonstrating a different, perhaps more sophisticated principle of speciation in such diverse groups: phytophagous chrysomelid beetles radiated on a pre-existing diverse resource.”What kind of sophistication is that?  If a diverse resource pre-existed, that’s not evolution.  Why wouldn’t all the beetles pick the plants they liked and stay the same, uniform and unchanging?  Saying that beetles radiated on a pre-existing diverse resource provides no cause or effect; it assumes what they need to prove.  Their explanation is reduced to little more than, “stuff happens.”    The short article does not elaborate on the impact this “paradigm change” would have on other examples of co-evolution, but if the textbook example is flawed, what are we supposed to think the next time someone uses the term?  This removes another mystical arrow from the Darwinian quiver.  Now they can’t say that the plants are forcing the beetles to evolve and vice versa.    At the rate that studies are eroding evolutionary paradigms, it may soon be possible to predict the date the Charlie idol topplies over.  Wisdom would prescribe keeping one’s distance.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa steps up Ebola precautions

first_img14 August 2014South Africa’s Department of Health has put in place extensive measures for early detection and treatment of Ebola, in case the need arises, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.Motsoaledi met with Parliament’s portfolio committee on health in Cape Town on Tuesday to briefed the members on South Africa’s state of preparedness, should the virus enter the country.A total of 1 848 cases and 1 013 deaths have been confirmed since the Ebola outbreak was reported in West Africa in March. On 8 August, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Ebola an international public health emergency that required international support for affected countries.The WHO recommended that countries which are not affected, but have the potential for transmission, strengthen their level of epidemic preparedness and response. It also recommended the strengthening of capacity for diagnostic laboratories for Ebola, and the training of community health workers on case management and infection prevention and control.Motsoaledi told the committee members that no cases of Ebola had so far been reported in South Africa. “We [are not] at the level of panic,” he said.“Risk of infection for travellers is low, since Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is not transmitted through casual contact,” Motsoaledi said. “However, preparedness and response measures are needed due to the spread of EVD cases to capital cities.”Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have been identified as the provinces at the highest risk of importing Ebola, the priority ports of entry being the OR Tambo International, Lanseria, Cape Town International and King Shaka International airports.Surveillance for viral haemorrhagic fevers, in particular Ebola, has been strengthened at all South African ports of entry, and thermal scanners have been installed at OR Tambo and Lanseria.The National Health Laboratory Service and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases have also intensified laboratory surveillance, and the port health services, including public and private health care practitioners, are on alert for any ill persons that have travelled to high-risk areas.All provinces have trained outbreak response teams, and regular meetings are convened at national level to monitor the Ebola outbreak and preparedness measures.Eleven hospitals have been designated to manage Ebola cases, and supplied with personal protective equipment comprising special overalls, over-shoes, masks, gloves, aprons and goggles.The 11 hospitals are: Polokwane Hospital in Limpopo province; Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mpumalanga; the Charlotte Maxeke and Steve Biko hospitals in Guateng; Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal; Klerksdorp Hospital in North West; Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State; Kimberley Hospital in the Northern Cape; the Frere and Livingstone hospitals in the Eastern Cape; and Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape.Approximately 100 nurses from the South African Military Health Service have been trained in special isolation techniques, as have aeromedical evacuation teams who are on standby to fetch and transport Ebola patients using transport isolator and intensive care equipment.Meanwhile, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) has urged people using social media to stop spreading rumours about Ebola cases in South Africa.“Rumours such as these are causing panic and confusion,” SAMA president Phophi Ramathuba said in a statement on Wednesday. “We call upon the nation and especially health professionals not to make light of a disease that has claimed over 1 000 victims already.”Source: read more

Air Conditioner Performance In Extreme Heat

first_imgDuring the last week of June, many major U.S. news outlets sent reporters to Arizona to issue updates on the area’s extreme heat wave. Outdoor temperatures hit 119°F in Phoenix. Some airplanes were grounded because the hot air was too thin for small jets to take off. Car steering wheels were so hot that some drivers wore oven mitts. Vinyl records delivered by mail arrived warped. Emergency room physicians reported an increase in burn cases: hands were burned when people touched their cars, and children’s feet were burned when they went barefoot outdoors.The reports from Arizona conjured apocalyptic images of a science-fiction future — one in which rising outdoor temperatures make it difficult for humans to leave the safety of an air-conditioned building.The question arises: Can typical split-system air conditioners handle these conditions? Or will extended heat waves require air conditioner manufacturers to design new types of equipment? The compressors will still work To get answers to my questions, I turned to John Proctor, the president of Proctor Engineering Group in San Rafael, California. Proctor is a professional engineer and a nationally recognized expert in residential air conditioning systems.The short answer to my question is that the outdoor units (the condensers) of split-system air conditioners should have no problems handling a heat wave in Arizona. If homeowners feel hot during a heat wave, the problem is rarely due to a condenser or compressor that can’t handle high outdoor temperatures. Instead, problems typically arise from installation problems (for example, restricted air flow to the outdoor unit or poorly designed duct systems).“If you have an old compressor that is unhappy — one that is getting ready to go out — what happens is that at high temperatures, the head pressure… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Video Tutorial: Harness the Power of Presets in Adobe After Effects

first_imgStop wasting your time recreating assets in Adobe After Effects. In this video tutorial, we’ll cover some tips for working with presets.Animation presets allow After Effects users to quickly bring an element to life with a simple double-click. They’re especially useful when you need to create many similar-looking graphics. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to apply existing animation presets, customize them, and then save out your own. I’ll use this method to quickly create custom lower thirds.  Apply Existing PresetsOpening up the Window > Effects & Presets panel will reveal a number of tools, with the Animation Presets folder right at the top. After Effects has presets to help you create backgrounds, behaviors, transitions, shapes, sound effects, and a host of other options. As I mentioned before, in this example, I’m going to create a few simple lower third graphics promoting social media handles. Each graphic will consist of a text layer and a logo. For the first step, I’ll position a Twitter logo and a text element in the lower third of the screen. Once it’s in position, I’ll go to Animation Presets > Text > Animate In and apply the Fade Up Character preset to the text layer. It’s important to understand that animations will begin wherever your playhead is when you apply the preset. For the logo, I’ll go to Animation Presets > Transitions – Wipes and select the Linear Wipe preset.Customize the AnimationsThe animations are now in place, but I’m not entirely happy with how they look. With both layers selected, I’ll press the U shortcut key to view all of the properties with a keyframe applied. The text layer is using an animator to bring the transition to life, while the logo is using an effect. To smooth out the transitions I’ll add some Easy Ease and then adjust the corresponding speed graph of each layer using the Graph Editor. Finally I’ll retime the animations by speeding them up to around one second. To make both layers animate out just how they animated in, I’ll copy the intro keyframes and then paste them at the end. I can quickly flip the keyframes around by grabbing each set and selecting Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Time-Reverse Keyframes. Now each layer will animate out just as it animated in. Once I’m happy with the animations, it’s time to create some presets of my own.Save New PresetsCreating a preset will allow me to save all of the property configurations and animations of a specific layer to reuse it later. For the Twitter logo, I’ll select both the Effects and Transform property groups and go to Animation > Save Animation Preset. For the the text, I’ll grab both the Text and Transform property groups and then repeat the same step as before. Once saved, both presets will now show up in a new User Presets folder. Now I can quickly create another lower third using these new presets. I’ll create a new comp and bring in a YouTube logo icon. Applying the new preset will automatically resize the logo, situate it in the lower third of the screen, and apply both the fade-in and -out animations. It’s important to note that the transform properties are working perfectly on the YouTube logo because it’s the exact same size as the Twitter logo. For the text graphic, all I need to do is simply double-click the preset. This will automatically create a new text layer and apply the corresponding attributes, including the font and character properties.As you can see, animation presets can not only kickstart your creative process, they can also drastically speed up your workflow.Cover image via guteksk7.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Creativity and Innovation” by Ulas Pakkan“Chillhop Tripping” by Mattijs Muller“Mellow Mallets” by Origami Pigeon“Lo Fi Waves” by Origami Pigeon“Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G (1st Movement)” by Wilfred Symphony OrchestraLooking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Create Karaoke Graphics in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After Effectslast_img read more