Jack JohnsonWhen he beat Tommy Burns for the world heavyweight championship in 1908, Johnson became the first Black man to hold the title that Mike Tyson decades later accurately called the “baddest man on the planet.” After Johnson came many other Black champs in the weight class once considered the most exciting in the sport.
It’s still hard to tell much about the car’s design, but it’ll definitely have an exotic shape. Aston Martin Aston Martin on Tuesday gave us a better look at Project 003, its next hypercar that is due to launch in late 2021. While we’ll still have to wait some time for more details, the latest teaser photo is a fair bit more revealing than the line-drawing sketch Aston released in September 2018.The codename Project 003 signals that it’s the company’s third hypercar project, following the Valkyrie (which was 001) and the Valkyrie AMR Pro (codenamed 002). Aston wants Project 003 to superlative performance, with the company promising it will “possess class-leading dynamics on both road and track.”Project 003 is set to use a turbocharged gasoline engine and a hybrid powertrain, and it’ll have active aerodynamics and active suspension to further improve its handling performance. But don’t think that means this is a track-only special: Aston promises the car will be homologated for road use worldwide, with both left- and right-hand-drive variants. Also in the cards: “space for luggage” and other “practical concessions to road use.””It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a lifetime project,” Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive Andy Palmer said in a statement. “However, it was also vital to us that Valkyrie would create a legacy: A direct descendent that would also set new standards within its own area of the hypercar market, creating a bloodline of highly specialised, limited production machines that can exist in parallel with Aston Martin’s series production models.”While Project 003 will definitely be a rare car, it’s still going to be built in much greater volumes than its predecessors. Aston Martin built only 150 Valkyrie road cars and 25 Valkyrie AMR Pro track cars. Stay tuned over the coming months as Aston gradually trickles out more information on its next hypercar. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Review • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: Beauty is a beast More From Roadshow Share your voice More about 2019 Aston Martin Vantage 25 Photos Aston Martin 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 Preview • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: A fresh take on a modern classic 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style Exotic Cars Performance Cars Post a comment Aston Martin
Philips, India’s leading lighting company, has announced Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor as its brand ambassador. The “Besharam” star will endorse Philips’ range of LED Lighting solutions.The 31-year-old was at his stylish best in a black leather jacket, dark pants and trendy sneakers at the Philips press meet. He went down on his right knee with a Phillips product as if he was about to propose to his girlfriend.Philips Lighting is reviving the iconic song “Saara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana” through a contemporary music video featuring Ranbir in a dynamic suit adorned with LED lights. The video and the television commercials based on “Philips LED – See What Light Can Do” slogan will be aired from Friday onwards.”Endorsing India’s No.1 Lighting brand Philips is a great opportunity, and I am privileged to be associated with this power house of innovation. Philips is a brand that delivers innovation that matters to you and me. I am thrilled to be associated with LED Lighting technology which is not only NextGen but is also environment friendly. I personally believe in LED lighting, which is clearly the future of lighting,” said Ranbir at the press meet.”Given that LED Lighting technology is relatively new, consumer awareness of the benefits associated with it is low. As industry leaders, we need to drive the conversion from conventional lighting to LED Lighting, which is clearly the future of Lighting. We aim to achieve this by building mass appeal through an impactful campaign that makes people sit up and take notice,” said Nirupam Sahay, President, Philips Lighting India.”Having Ranbir as the brand ambassador allows us to communicate the benefits through a medium that resonates most with Indian consumers, and he is best suited to bring the dynamic nature of the category to life,” he added. Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla Sumit Joshi, Head -Marketing, Philips Lighting India, Brand ambassador Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla Sumit Joshi, Head -Marketing, Philips Lighting India, Brand ambassador Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla
Prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe delivers a speech to the General Assembly at the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo: AFPJapanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, a longtime hardliner on North Korea, said Tuesday he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un after the once reclusive leader’s historic summit with US president Donald Trump.Abe, who one year ago warned at the United Nations that the window for diplomacy with North Korea was closing, took a more open but still cautious tone in his latest address to the world body.But he said that any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea’s abductions of Japanese civilians—a deeply emotive issue for much of the Japanese public on which Abe built his political career.“In order to resolve the abduction issue, I am also ready to break the shell of mutual distrust with North Korea, get off to a new start and meet face to face with Chairman Kim Jong Un,” Abe said in his UN address.“But if we are to have one, then I am determined that it must contribute to the resolution of the abduction issue.”He stressed that no summit was yet in the works—and appealed to Kim to show his own readiness.“North Korea is now at a crossroads at which it will either seize or fail to seize the historic opportunity it was afforded,” Abe said.• Fast-changing diplomacy on NorthNorth Korea kidnapped scores of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train the regime’s spies in Japanese language and culture.Japan’s then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi traveled to Pyongyang in 2002 and 2004 to seek a new relationship with the current leader’s father Kim Jong Il and was told by North Korea that remaining abduction victims were dead—a stance adamantly rejected by Japanese family members and campaigners.Speculation has been rising that Abe could meet with Kim, who reportedly told Trump during their summit in June in Singapore that he was willing to talk to arch-enemy Japan.With South Korea’s dovish President Moon Jae-in also courting Kim, fears have risen in Japan that it could be shut out of any ultimate resolution on North Korea if it refuses dialogue.Trump in his own UN address earlier Tuesday pointed to his “bold and new push for peace” and saluted Kim’s courage.It was a far cry from a year ago, when Trump stunned assembled leaders by threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea and belittling “rocket man” Kim.Despite Trump’s upbeat assessment of his own diplomacy, many analysts are skeptical on how much North Korea has changed, saying the regime has already conducted the tests it needed to build its nuclear and missile programs.North Korea would be sure to press its own demand in any summit with Japan—an apology for Tokyo’s harsh 1910-1945 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.Beyond any moral dimension to an apology, North Korea would be hoping to secure badly needed cash. Japan paid South Korea some $800 million in loans, grants and credits when it established relations in 1965.• Hoping to avoid trade frictionAbe will meet Wednesday with Trump, with whom he quickly formed a bond after the tycoon’s shock election victory. But Japan fears growing friction with Trump over trade.While Trump has directed his fury on China, he has frequently complained about a deficit with Japan. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi have been meeting to address US complaints about trade barriers.Abe devoted much of his address to trade, saying that Japan supported 856,000 jobs in the United States—more than any country except Britain.Noting Japan’s limited natural resources, Abe said: “The very first country to prove through its own experience the principle that exists between trade and growth—a principle that has now become common sense—was Japan.”
*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. Principal Siraj Ud Daula. File photoNusrat Jahan Rafi was posing a threat to all and she must be dealt with ‘all the strength’, Feni Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa principal Siraj Ud Daula told his students who went to visit him in jail on 3 April.The students also agreed to the decision, Siraj Ud Daula said in his 19-page confessional statement recorded under the act 164 before the court of the senior judicial magistrate Md Zakir Hossain in Feni 7 April.Siraj was arrested from the madrasa on 27 March in a sexual assault case. He was showed arrested in another case on 9 April over setting Nusrat on fire.Several students, including Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Abdul Quader and Jabed Hossain, went to meet him at jail on 3 April and they said he would not be granted bail soon, Siraj told the court.He tried to know what steps were taken regarding Nusrat’s family. He talked to Shahadat and Nur Uddin alone and asked them to create pressure on her family. If they did not succumb to this, Nusrat should be killed in a manner that would seem as a suicide. Awami League (AL) leaders Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam were to help, according to the statement.”Shahadat and Nur Uddin agreed with my plan and then left. I informed the students as she posed a threat to our combined interest,” Siraj told the court.Siraj built liaison with the local AL leaders and the administration after he joined in the Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa in 2001. He formed a strong relationship with Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam. He could execute any decision regarding the madrasa due to this liaison, he told the court.Madrasa unit BCL president Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Hafez Abdul Quader, Zabed, Zubayer were among the students Siraj built an intimate relationship with. They were given concessions and other benefits and were used to intimidate the teachers and students of the madrasa.”In the morning on that day, I called in Nusrat through my office assistant Nurul Amin. Nusrat came with three more girl students. I had information that she had a relationship with another boy. So I created pressure on her. We exchanged a few words. When she fell down, I grabbed her from behind. She kept sitting on the floor. Then she left,” Siraj told the court.”Nusrat’s mother tried to kill me in the afternoon. I threatened her. Nur Uddin was present there. Later, Shahadat came in. I called Ruhul Amin and he sent sub-inspector Iqbal from the police station. Then I was taken to the police station,” he added.