Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Ready Second Acts
The Nissan Leaf electric car and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid went on sale within days of each other back in December 2010. Now, we're expecting second-generation versions of both cars for 2016--and each will have significant upgrades. The most significant upgrade to the Nissan Leaf will be a choice of battery-pack sizes, meaning more range than the car's current 84 miles.
Motorway Screens Bid To Stop Rubbernecking By Motorists
More than 3,000 screens have been bought by the Highways Agency to stop drivers in England rubbernecking when passing motorway accidents. The partitions will be put up to deter drivers who slow down to look at crashes on the opposite carriageway and therefore slow down the traffic behind. The government said the screens would "keep the motorways flowing". As part of this scheme, 105 sets of incident screens will be made available for use by the Highways Agency next year.
Scottish Independence: How Would 'Yes' Vote Affect Northern Ireland?
Scotland and Northern Ireland have a long history of cultural ties and economic links. But if Scotland votes "Yes" to independence in September, how would people in Northern Ireland feel and how might it affect politics? In a place where politics is dominated by beliefs in unionism and nationalism, and those beliefs are broadly subscribed to along Protestant and Catholic lines respectively, it would be easy to think that Catholics would support a "Yes" vote and Protestants would push for a "No". But there are strong links with Scotland in both Protestant and Catholic communities. According to Graham Walker, professor of political history at Belfast's Queen's University, Unionists could go through a whole process of self-examination - an identity crisis even - if Scotland votes for independence, because the nation is such an important part of the union to which they belong.
Johnny Depp's Daughter Lily-Rose Lands Her First Leading Role
On Tuesday it was revealed that Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, landed a starring role playing opposite her father. While the actor has largely kept his 15-year-olds daughter out of the public eye, the budding actress is now set on stardom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lily-Rose has been cast in the lead role of cult director Kevin Smith's new film Yoga Hosers. And she is not the only celebrity spawn to be starring in the so-called 'comic book movie'. Kevin, who is most well-known for his iconic Nineties slacker movies including Clerks and Mallrats, has cast his own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, also 15, who will play Lily-Rose's co-lead. The two teenagers are reportedly friends from school and on-screen will play Canadian yoga enthusiasts who work together in an after-school job at a convenience store and are both called Colleen.
Nicky Hilton Shares First Glimpse Of Her Massive Diamond Engagement Ring
Nicky Hilton has already confirmed what we previously suspected: her engagement ring is absolutely blinding, even from a distance. The Hilton Hotels heiress took to Instagram on Saturday to share a picturesque photo of herself fishing in France at the Château Lafite Rothschild wine estate, where she flashed the first glance of her impressive diamond engagement sparkler. While the shot is clearly taken from afar, Hilton's accessory simply can't be missed as the newly engaged celeb enjoys a quiet afternoon outdoors while sporting a patterned dress and flat boots. Despite the blingtastic pic, Hilton doesn't seem too keen to show off her sparkler to the world just yet, opting to hide her impressive accessory while out and about in NYC on Monday.
UN Ebola Czar Heads To West Africa
The UN's new pointman on Ebola said Tuesday he will travel to West Africa this week to shore up health services in the four countries hit by the worst-ever outbreak of the virus. British physician and public health expert David Nabarro also told reporters that he will be holding talks with the UN mission in Liberia on ways peacekeepers could help deal with the impact of the disease. Nabarro was appointed last week by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to coordinate the global response to the outbreak that has left 1,229 dead in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Calvin Harris Crowned Highest-Paid DJ For Second Year In A Row, Celebrates By Taking Ice Bucket Challenge
Calvin Harris is once again the king of the party! According to Forbes' annual list of highest-paid DJs, the 30-year-old hitmaker managed to jam his way to the top for the second year in a row. Thanks to a two-year deal at Las Vegas' megaclub Hakkasan and addition songwriting and producing gigs with talented artists like Rihanna and Kesha, Harris earned a respectable $66 million in the past 12 months. So how did the "Summer" DJ react to the good news? He took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, of course.
Don Pardo: A Link To TV's Birth, Says 'SNL' Boss
Don Pardo was a timeless classic, and in selecting him as the announcer for the brand-new "Saturday Night Live," Lorne Michaels must have known it. Michaels, who remains "SNL" executive producer, recalled on Tuesday, "When they gave me a list of NBC staff announcers and I saw his name, there was no hesitation." On Monday, Pardo died at age 96, having served as an "SNL" mainstay and through-line from its debut in October 1975 up through the close of its 39th season in May. Michaels said, "He became our link to the beginnings of television on NBC." Generation after generation, "SNL" players have come and gone, replaced by the next wave. Pardo, certifying each of them by declaring their names on the air, stayed put. But now, with the 40th season bearing down in September, Prado has left a void. Who could ever replace him? Michaels said, "It's a question I've asked myself for maybe the last 10 years. I don't have an answer. I'm still kind of dealing with this. Fortunately, I have a month."
Ferguson Arrests Include At Least 10 Journalists
A photographer for the Getty agency and two German reporters were among the latest journalists arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. At least 10 journalists have been arrested or detained since Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson. Reporters for CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets say they have been harassed or physically threatened. Capt.
Trading Probes On Brazil's Batista Due In 2015: Regulator
The results of more than a dozen investigations into market manipulation by Brazilian entrepreneur Eike Batista and current or former executives of his EBX Group, will likely be made public next year, a top regulator said. Pereira could not go into detail as the cases were ongoing. The CVM wants to determine whether Batista withheld information that was unfavorable to some of his businesses, while encouraging investors to buy more stock in his companies. In the aftermath of the fall of Brazil's richest man and Latin America's largest ever bankruptcy, 11 cases are being processed.