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BBC Business News Feed: Government borrowing jumps to £6.8bn in August

Business Now Mag - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:43
Borrowing rose by more than expected following subdued tax receipts and an increase in spending.
Categories: Business

Emergency vehicles could go electric and autonomous

Auto Express News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:14
News 21 Sep, 2018

Health body says organisations should choose low-emission vehicles, while Motorola files patent for self-driving police cars-cum-courtroom

Categories: Cars

Google Honors Mister Rogers With Stop Motion Doodle

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:01
Right now is the right time to celebrate Fred Rogers and his iconic children's television show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Google does this with a sentimental, stop motion animated Google Doodle.
Categories: Business

This Quiet Neighborhood Is Possibly the Most Exciting Restaurant Destination in New York City

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:00
<p>Something is happening in Greenpoint, a quiet neighborhood at the northernmost tip of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>.</p><p>It may have started with <a href="https://www.chezmatantenyc.com/" target="_blank">Chez Ma Tante</a> <em>(</em><em>entrées $18-$29)</em>. After a quiet opening in the spring of 2017, the bistro — which draws culinary influences from all over Europe and Canada — started getting serious recognition earlier this year. The restaurant’s neighborhood energy and consistently good food have made it well worth a 20-minute walk from the L train.</p><p>Or perhaps it was <a href="http://www.restaurantnorman.com/" target="_blank">Norman</a> <em>(small plates $6-$20)</em>, another spring 2017 debut, that kicked it off. The long-awaited all-day restaurant from celebrated Danish restaurateur Claus Meyer and revolutionary Swedish chef <a href="https://www.departures.com/fashion/chef-fredrik-berselius-why-i-wear-what-i-wear" target="_blank">Fredrik Berselius</a> made its home at <a href="https://a-d-o.com/" target="_blank">A/D/O</a>, a massive co-working space on the corner of Norman Avenue and Banker Street, and successfully convinced diners from all boroughs to venture north of Williamsburg.</p><p>Though Greenpoint is adjacent to Williamsburg, the most famously gentrified part of Brooklyn, it has remained comparatively well-preserved. North of McCarren Park and right across the creek from Long Island City, the industrial district — once filled with factories — has limited subway access. Anyone coming from Manhattan would need to transfer lines at least once or commit to a long walk from the station. But with Williamsburg oversaturated with dining options, it seems a new wave of northern Brooklyn eateries has found a home in Greenpoint.</p><p>Whoever started it, one thing is clear: it suddenly feels like every new, notable NYC restaurant has a Greenpoint address. Now, Manhattanites are (for seemingly the first time ever) compelled to trek to this out-of-the-way corner — historically a Polish neighborhood, but with the recent addition of hipsters — in search of the goods. Chez Ma Tante and Norman were only the beginning; in the past year, the neighborhood has become an epicenter of innovative noodles, tacos, cocktails, and more.</p><p>Headed to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/noah-and-aisa-shelley-guide-to-nyc" target="_blank">New York</a>? Greenpoint is where you want to be eating in right now. Here’s why:</p><img alt="Di an Di, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536778944/di-an-di-greenpoint-brooklyn-new-york-GREENPOINT0918.jpg?itok=TBAiWWrG"><h2>Di An Di</h2><p>The hanging plants, blonde wood, and pale pink banquettes might make <a href="https://www.diandi.nyc/" target="_blank">Di An Di</a> the most Instagram-friendly Vietnamese restaurant in New York, but that isn’t why people are flocking to this spot on Greenpoint Avenue. Diners are packing into the loud, artfully-curated space for the six different types of pho on the menu, which are deeply flavorful — and, being neither strictly Hanoi style or Saigon style, unfamiliar to many New Yorkers. The Pho Thìn Hà Nôi is already a fan favorite, with tender brisket, a runny egg yolk, and a generous helping of scallions. <em>Entrées $11-$21.</em></p><h2>Annicka</h2><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s farm brewery license — a mandate that allows local brewers to sell beer by the glass without acquiring a liquor license, when it’s made from locally-grown farm products — is employed gracefully at <a href="https://www.annickanyc.com/" target="_blank">Annicka</a>, a restaurant and bar collaboration from <a href="https://greenpointbeer.com/" target="_blank">Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.</a> and <a href="http://www.northbrooklynfarms.com/" target="_blank">North Brooklyn Farms</a>. New York-produced beer, wine, cider, and spirits are poured to pair with seasonal dishes; local produce is prepared by a dream team of one vegan chef, one omnivorous chef, and a butcher. The restaurant just reopened with a wider beverage selection and a new menu, focusing on vegetable bites like roasted cauliflower with harissa brown butter. <em>Small plates $10-$13.</em></p><img alt="Oxomoco, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536778944/oxomoco-greenpoint-brooklyn-new-york-GREENPOINT0918.jpg?itok=iFnus-8e"><h2>Oxomoco</h2><p>For a city that’s known for its food, New York is notoriously lacking in quantity and quality of Mexican restaurants. <a href="https://www.oxomoconyc.com/" target="_blank">Oxomoco</a> is one step towards changing that. It’s not your basic rice, beans, and cilantro operation, nor is it a place to grab a three dollar taco — but it is delicious. Noted pizza chef Justin Bazdarich is at the helm of a wood-fired grill that makes its mark on tacos, tostadas, meats, seafood and vegetable dishes. A smoked peach margarita, enjoyed on the restaurant’s tropical front patio, is a spectacular way to begin a meal that covers interpretations of dishes from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/mexico-destinations-2017" target="_blank">all corners of Mexico</a>. Also worth checking out: the new brunch menu, available until 3pm every day of the week, with tons of inventive breakfast burritos, masa pancakes, and bowls, like a horchata chia seed pudding. <em>Entrées $12-$42; brunch $12-$18; cocktails $12-$14.</em></p><img alt="Bernie's, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536778944/bernies-greenpoint-brooklyn-new-york-GREENPOINT0918.jpg?itok=ta2kZgXE"><h2>Bernie’s</h2><p>The team that brought <a href="https://frankelsdelicatessen.com/" target="_blank">Frankel’s</a>, Greenpoint’s favorite new-school Jewish deli, to life in 2016 has just opened their second project: <a href="https://www.berniesnyc.com/" target="_blank">Bernie’s</a>, a buzzy diner on Driggs Avenue. This time, they’ve gone old school, with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and a menu full of comfort food classics like shrimp cocktail, baked clams, and crispy-skinned vinegar chicken. The nostalgia factor and reasonable price point make it a keeper. <em>Entrées $15-$26.</em></p><h2>Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop</h2><p>Paulie Giannone has been luring in-the-know pizza lovers to Greenpoint for the past eight years with his wood-fired pies with thin, doughy crust, and creative topping combinations that have inspired countless imitators. Giannone just opened a second Brooklyn location, <a href="https://pauliegee.com/slice-shop/" target="_blank">Paulie Gee's Slice Shop</a> on Franklin Street, where he's serving pizza by the slice for the very first time — enjoy yours in one of the bright orange booths, or take it to go. While the menu is considerably smaller than the <a href="https://pauliegee.com/greenpoint/" target="_blank">Greenpoint Avenue restaurant</a>, Mike’s Hot Honey, a sweet and spicy staple topping from the original shop, is thankfully still on offer. <em>Slices $3.50-$4.50; pizzas $22-$30</em><em>.</em></p><img alt="Wanpaku, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1536778944/wanpaku-greenpoint-brooklyn-new-york-GREENPOINT0918.jpg?itok=f4KUgsO4"><h2>Wanpaku and The Hidden Pearl</h2><p><a href="https://www.wanpakubk.com/" target="_blank">Wanpaku</a>, a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/restaurants/nyc-cheap-delicious-japanese-chain-restaurants" target="_blank">ramen bar</a> on Manhattan Avenue, makes an easy-to-love addition to the neighborhood, with an extensive menu that includes Japanese "tapas," seven types of ramen, and a variety of curries. In the back, you’ll find <a href="https://www.hiddenpearlbk.com/" target="_blank">The Hidden Pearl</a>, a tropical speakeasy that takes cues from its culinary partner. Drawing inspiration from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/okinawa-japan-natural-beauty" target="_blank">the Japanese island of Okinawa</a>, the 20-seat bar mixes beachy drinks, a nod to the island’s famous white-sand shoreline, making excellent use of Japanese saké and whisky. Check out the section dedicated to highballs, a classic spirit-and-soda preparation that’s popular in Japan. <em>Tapas $4-$12; entrées $12-$20; cocktails $12-$16.</em></p><h2>The Springs</h2><p>Craving even more tropical cocktails? You’ll find another new favorite in <a href="https://www.thespringsbklyn.com/" target="_blank">The Springs</a>, a bar with a colorful backyard featuring a fountain of inflatable pink flamingos. Named for (and modeled after) <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/activities-in-palm-springs-away-from-pool" target="_blank">Palm Springs</a>, with its kitschy-meets-mid-century-modern aesthetic, the bar specializes in fruity cocktails and alcoholic slushies. A permanent food truck parked outside slings twists on classic comfort foods, like bit-sized eggplant rolantini and a martini-flavored grilled cheese with vermouth and cocktail onions. A wide selection of beers completes the offerings nicely. <em>Entrées $8-$15; cocktails $13.</em></p>
Categories: Travel

People Are Cooking Their Steak in Mayonnaise

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:00
We've seen some pretty unique techniques for cooking steak but steak slathered in Mayonnaise? That's a new one for us.
Categories: Restaurants

Markets surge; Sky drama; New iPhones hit stores

CNN News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:57
1. Markets surge: The Dow Jones industrial average surged 1% and closed at a record high on Thursday. It's the index's first new record since January.
Categories: Money

Deka buys the Verde in Victoria

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:45
Deka Immobilien, the investment arm of Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale, has bought the Verde office building in London Victoria.
Categories: Property

Moss Bros shares dive on profit warning

BBC Business News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:28
The men's tailoring company says the hot weather and World Cup hit sales over the summer.
Categories: Business

Moss Bros shares dive on profit warning

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:28
The men's tailoring company says the hot weather and World Cup hit sales over the summer.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Moss Bros shares dive on profit warning

Business Now Mag - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:28
The men's tailoring company says the hot weather and World Cup hit sales over the summer.
Categories: Business

CBRE GI wins mandate from world’s largest pension fund

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:15
Japan’s £1trn Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has awarded its first global real estate mandate to CBRE Global Investment Partners.
Categories: Property

A Decade’s Progress – Reference Mark

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:01

When Motor Trend started Best Driver’s Car back in 2007 (when it was known briefly as “Best Handling Car”), only one car in the field offered more than 500 horsepower—the 505-hp Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which we characterized as a “fire breather.”

Lord only knows what our 2007 staff would have made of an SUV showing up with just as many ponies under the hood, as we had this year with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Or that, in just over a decade, Chevy engineers would create a ’Vette with an apocalyptic 755 horsepower.

In fact, 500 horsepower has nearly become the cost of entry into BDC these days. Seven of our entrants this year blasted past that barrier, and we could have added a couple more to the field were it not for things like “the value equation” (Civic Type R), “the surprise quotient” (Kia Stinger GT), and “staying true to our handling roots” (Mazda Miata).

Even the midpack cars approaching the five-century horsepower number are tremendous. The Audi TT RS has a 2.5-liter inline-five that pours out a gargling, snarling 400 horsepower. Consider the circa 2007 Porsche GT3 (winner of our debut Best Handling Car contest) barely exceeded that number—and we called it “a race car for the street.”

How far we have come, indeed.

Of course, all that power means nothing if you can’t get it to the pavement. Advancements in transmission technology and durability, not to mention tire stickiness, mean quarter-mile times have plummeted.

This marks the eighth year that we have conducted the World’s Greatest Drag Race. The winner of WGDR No. 1 was the 2012 Nissan GT-R, which turned in an 11.2-second quarter mile at 121.8 mph. Pretty impressive, right? If we were to run that year’s Godzilla against the collective WGDR pack, it would finish 22nd.

How quick is progress? The top three WGDR finishers this year all smoked last year’s winning Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous. Just as we’d caught our collective breath thinking Elon had cracked the quick-acceleration code with batteries and motor-generators, the internal combustion boys have come roaring back.

But it’s more than just raw power. Suspension and traction technology improvements allow for handling performance that would have blown the minds of our 2007 judges.

Our 2007 winner of “max lateral g” was the Porsche Cayman S, which handled a respectable 1.001 g load that we described as “impeccably balanced.” Consider that this year a Ford Mustang and a Honda Civic Type R either matched or beat that skidpad number (granted, the testing was done on different surfaces, but still).

But let’s look at the extremes, too. If the Cayman’s winning 1.00 g was considered impressive in 2007, consider that five cars easily bested that score this year, topped by the Porsche GT2 RS’ face-warping 1.17 lateral g rating. If 1.00 g pulls hard at your innards, 1.17 flings them into next week.

To think, 2007 wasn’t that long ago. Sure, the intervening recession has made it harder to recall that era, but remember the average car on the road today was made in that year. It’s not like we’re showing grainy black-and-white movies here.

So does that make the 2018 field light-years better than what was around a decade ago? To some technically minded folks, the answer is a definitive yes. But there also exist many drivers for whom a particular generation of 911 delights them—be it a 1973 RS 2.7, a 1987 911 Carrera with a G50 manual, or that 10-year-old GT3 whose 415 horsepower is “just right.” Is the current GT2 RS’ outrageous 691 hp too much? Ask me in another decade.

More by Mark Rechtin:

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Categories: Property

Doubling and Tripling Down on Best Driver’s Car – The Lohdown

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:00

What an amazing week this has been. Absolutely epic. I’m proud to say it is by far the most ambitious Best Driver’s Car program—and Best Driver’s Car Week—we’ve ever attempted. We really poured our hearts into this one and pulled together the most ridiculous set of supercars and superstars—from our test drivers and editors to our visual creatives and special guests. I hope you agree this is automotive storytelling at its finest—both within the pages of Motor Trend and at MotorTrend.com, MotorTrendOnDemand.com, and on TV’s new Motor Trend Network, formerly known as Velocity.

There is so much to stir the soul in this year’s BDC, I don’t want to lose sight of a few of the special moments. First, study the photos above. That, my friends, is the business end of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. I wasn’t there for this shot, but I nearly throttled the guys lucky enough to see it in person. The only reason I didn’t is that nobody knew our crew would end up at this particular hangar located at a far edge of the stunning Vandenberg Air Force Base—or that the massive bay doors would slide back to reveal more than 1.4 million pounds of total thrust.

So I have to give a shout-out to Colonel Michael Hough and his exceptional crew of airmen at the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing. For the second year in a row, we were hosted by the Air Force’s finest team of professionals for two very special editions of our World’s Greatest Drag Race. We didn’t think we could do better than our first visit to Vandenberg, but as you’ll see in this year’s drag race videos (yes, plural), we doubled down in more ways than one.

That goes for the entire BDC program; we doubled down with video coverage of our Route 198 hill climb to make sure we got the best footage without shortchanging driver evaluations. We added a third day at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the same reason and dropped in two additional production days to finish off the 60-minute Best Driver’s Car selection video. That video is hosted by Jonny, staff pro racer Randy Pobst, and, new for this year, drift king Jethro Bovingdon (on loan from Automobile and Head 2 Head), not to mention two other special guests we added to the video mix. Heck, we even tripled down on the finest tacos in Central California.

Enough bragging. Ready for liftoff? Head to MotorTrend.com/bdc to watch it with your kids and please enjoy the ride.

Tacos y quesadillas y Mike Finnegan? More from Ed Loh:

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Categories: Property

Ripple (XRP) Is Up Almost 50% In 24 Hours On Exciting New Feature

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:58
Ripple (XRP), a cryptocurrency developed by Ripple Labs, has surged by almost 50% in the last 24 hours as investors pile into the digital token...
Categories: Business

State of local roads top motorists’ concerns

Auto Express News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:57
News 21 Sep, 2018

Condition of local roads rated most significant issue for drivers, as motoring organisation calls for “sustained long-term investment”

Categories: Cars

China just blocked Amazon's streaming service Twitch

CNN News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:56
The world's most popular service for live-streaming video games may have just lost a big potential market.
Categories: Money

NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank hit by online banking glitch

BBC Money News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:37
Customers of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank are unable to access their accounts online.
Categories: Money

NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank hit by online banking glitch

BBC Business News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:37
Customers of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank are unable to access their accounts online.
Categories: Business

NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank hit by online banking glitch

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:37
Customers of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank are unable to access their accounts online.
Categories: Business

Commercial Property REIT sees share price fall

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:25
Share in Commercial Property REIT nudged down 0.11% on Thursday after the newly formed REIT reported a net asset value total return of 3.9% in its half year results.
Categories: Property