Tesla Model 3 named New Car of the Year by Parkers – This is Money


Gongs for Elon: Musk’s £38,500 electric Tesla Model 3 beats petrol and diesel vehicles to FOUR awards and is named New Car of the Year by Parkers

  • It’s the first time an electric car has won Parkers’ Best New Car of the Year 
  • The Model 3 also collected awards for best electric model and best company car
  • Parkers also gave the car the Safety Award, with the Model 3 acing crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 has collected a raft of trophies at a leading car awards ceremony in the UK, winning four categories in total and beating petrol and diesel models to three.

The £38,500 (inclusive of the government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant) was named by Parkers as the New Car of the Year at its annual motoring awards events – the first time an electric vehicle has taken the crown. 

The Model 3 also bagged gongs for the best electric model, best company car and a safety award having aced the industry’s crash tests.

Winner: The Tesla Model 3 was named the best car in four categories at the Parkers Awards, including the Best New Car of the Year

Experts at Parkers said they were mightily impressed with the Tesla Model 3, calling it ‘capable, likeable and extremely good to drive’. 

Keith Adams, editor of the motoring title, said: ‘Although we’re a long way from the end of days for petrol and diesel, it’s good to know that the forward-thinking among us have a choice of some very talented alternatively-powered cars.

‘The Tesla Model 3 isn’t just a good electric car. It is a good car full stop.

‘Not only do attractive leases make it cheaper to run than you would think, it is environmentally-friendly and also very fast and fun to drive.

‘It is the first time an electric car has been named Parkers’ Car of the Year, but with all the big manufacturers spending billions on developing exciting EVs, it is unlikely to be the last.’

Tesla’s smallest and cheapest car is already proving popular among Britons.

It was the UK’s third best-selling model in August – the first time an electric vehicle has made the top 10 best sellers.

While this was a landmark achievement, it was predominantly the result of the mass arrival of the first batch of examples on UK soil, with some customers placing orders more than two years ago. 

Customers have been collecting the first batches of Model S models to arrive in the UK since mid-June. A huge arrival in August saw it become the third most-registered car that month

Prices have been fluctuating quite drastically for the Model 3 already this year. In August, Tesla increased prices by 6%

Parkers said the Tesla Model 3  isn’t just a good electric car, it’s  a ‘good car full stop’.  The minimalist interior, featuring a big touchscreen on the dash, might not be to all tastes, though

This is Money highlighted earlier this month that buyers face fluctuating prices when it comes to purchasing one of the plug-in models.

During August, prices across the Model 3 range increased by six per cent – increases of £2,000 and £3,000 depending on which of the three specifications drivers choose. 

However, Parkers says the Model 3 still represents relatively affordable driving. 

The cheapest Tesla Model 3 costs under £400 per month on finance and will travel 32 miles for every £1 of electricity – three times as far as a petrol or diesel equivalent.

The Model 3 also bagged gongs for the best electric model, best company car and a safety award

Parkers said this is the first time it has awarded the Best New Car of 2020 gong to an electric model

Other big winners at the Parkers New Car Awards 2020 included the Ford Focus, which scooped the Best Small Family Car prize, while the Best Large Family Car was awarded to the Skoda Superb Estate.

The Best First Car was the Renault Clio, while the ‘utterly charming’ Suzuki Jimny beat SUVs costing twice as much to the title of Best Off-Roader.

The Volkswagen Touareg picked up the title of Best Tow Car. 

Adams added: ‘The Parkers New Car Awards represent the best cars on sale today – for people in all walks of life, at all budget points.

‘We’re obsessive over recommending the best vehicles for the Great British public – and these are the finest cars you can buy in 2020.’

The Ford Focus (left) scooped the Best Small Family Car prize while the award for the Best Large Family Car was awarded to the Skoda Superb Estate (right)

The Best Off-Roader award went to the Suzuki Jimny. That’s some feat for a car that costs from just £15,000 and was going up against £100,000 Range Rovers, Bentleys and Porsches

Best for just-passed drivers and pullers: The Best First Car gong was given to the Renault Clio (left) while the VW Touareg (right) won Best Tow Car

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New Williamsburg dispensery is serious business: rep – Brooklyn Paper

October 21, 2019 / Brooklyn news / Williamsburg

Photo by Kevin Duggan

Brooklyn’s third medical marijuana dispensary Remedy opened in Williamsburg on Oct. 17.

By Kevin Duggan

Brooklyn Paper

They’re stoned-cold serious!

A new legal weed dealer opened its doors to sickly stoners down on N. Fourth Street in Williamsburg on Thursday, where the pot vendors will rub shoulders with other reputable storefronts in the hopes of improving refer’s reputation.

“Being on a block here with a CorePower [yoga studio] and a Whole Foods in the neighborhood where people are is really part of our goal of eliminating that stigma,” said Jason Erkes, a senior spokesman for Cresco Labs.

The pot shop near Bedford Avenue has an array of cannabis-derived products featuring varying levels of the psychoactive compound Tetrahydro­cannabinol, or THC, which range in prices from $75 to $130 — including vape pens and cartridges, capsules, creams, powders, and tablets.

Patients can buy up to a 30-day supply — if they can get their hands on a state-issued medical weed card, which is available to New Yorkers suffering from a short list of illnesses, such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic-stress disorder, inflammatory-bowel disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

Because federal law still considers the sticky-green substance illegal, credit card transactions are a no-go — meaning Brooklynites looking for a dose need to carry cash.

The dispensary — which boasts a minimalist design, keeping in line with the Cresco’s ‘health and wellness’ mantra — is the third legal-pot-shop in the borough.

The first Kings County dealer, Citiva, opened across the street from Barclay’s Center in late 2018, and the second, Columbia Care, opened in Downtown Brooklyn on April 20 — offering locals a high they’ll never forget with weed suppositories!

And while Remedy doesn’t have refer for your butt, Erkes said they could always get some if patients demands it.

Patrons also won’t find weed-infused munchies, which are also banned under state law.

Instead, Remedy will have products with the non-psychoactive cannabis compound cannabidiol — commonly known as CBD — which can help with pain, anxiety, and sleep troubles.

To help skeptical Brooklynites with their shopping experience, the new outlet will aim to help and educate patients who might be new to using weed for medical reasons, said Erkes.

“We recognize there’s a lot of people haven’t used cannabis as medicine before and we want to help educate them on all the different forms of delivery, different strains, and the different symptoms it can help with,” he said.

Get your legal weed at “Remedy” [178 N. Fourth Street, at Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, www.remed y-ny.com, (917) 793–1107]. Open everyday 10 am-7 pm.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kdugg an@sc hneps media.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

Posted 12:00 am, October 21, 2019

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Computers have an unlikely origin story: the 1890 census – Fast Company

The U.S. Constitution requires that a population count be conducted at the beginning of every decade.

This census has always been charged with political significance and continues to be. That’s clear from the controversy over the conduct of the upcoming 2020 census.

But it’s less widely known how important the census has been in developing the U.S. computer industry, a story that I tell in my new book, Republic of Numbers: Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans Through History.

Population growth

The only use of the census clearly specified in the Constitution is to allocate seats in the House of Representatives. More populous states get more seats.

A minimalist interpretation of the census mission would require reporting only the overall population of each state. But the census has never confined itself to this.

A complicating factor emerged right at the beginning, with the Constitution’s distinction between “free persons” and “three-fifths of all other persons.” This was the Founding Fathers’ infamous mealy-mouthed compromise between those states with a large number of enslaved persons and those states where relatively few lived.

The first census, in 1790, also made nonconstitutionally mandated distinctions by age and sex. In subsequent decades, many other personal attributes were probed as well: occupational status, marital status, educational status, place of birth, and so on.

An employee creates punch cards using information from a filled-in 1950 Census Population Form. [Photo:

As the country grew, each new census required greater effort than the last, not merely to collect the data but also to compile it into usable form. The processing of the 1880 census was not completed until 1888.

It had become a mind-numbingly boring, error-prone, clerical exercise of a magnitude rarely seen.

Since the population was evidently continuing to grow at a rapid pace, those with sufficient imagination could foresee that processing the 1890 census would be gruesome indeed without some change in procedure.

A new invention

John Shaw Billings, a physician assigned to assist the Census Office with compiling health statistics, had closely observed the immense tabulation efforts required to deal with the raw data of 1880. He expressed his concerns to a young mechanical engineer assisting with the census, Herman Hollerith, a recent graduate of the Columbia School of Mines.

On September 23, 1884, the U.S. Patent Office recorded a submission from the 24-year-old Hollerith, titled “Art of Compiling Statistics.”

By progressively improving the ideas of this initial submission, Hollerith would decisively win an 1889 competition to improve the processing of the 1890 census.

The technological solutions devised by Hollerith involved a suite of mechanical and electrical devices. The first crucial innovation was to translate data on handwritten census tally sheets to patterns of holes punched in cards. As Hollerith phrased it, in the 1889 revision of his patent application,

“A hole is thus punched corresponding to person, then a hole according as person is a male or female, another recording whether native or foreign born, another either white or colored, &c.”

This process required developing special machinery to ensure that holes could be punched with accuracy and efficiency.

This “mechanical punch card sorter” was used for the 1950 census. [Photo: ]

Hollerith then devised a machine to “read” the card, by probing the card with pins, so that only where there was a hole would the pin pass through the card to make an electrical connection, resulting in an advance of the appropriate counter.

For example, if a card for a white male farmer passed through the machine, a counter for each of these categories would be increased by one. The card was made sturdy enough to allow passage through the card reading machine multiple times, for counting different categories or checking results.

The count proceeded so rapidly that the state-by-state numbers needed for congressional apportionment were certified before the end of November 1890.

Rise of the punched card

After his census success, Hollerith went into business selling this technology. The company he founded would, after he retired, become International Business Machines—IBM. IBM led the way in perfecting card technology for recording and tabulating large sets of data for a variety of purposes.

A blue IBM punch card [Photo: /Wikimedia Commons]

By the 1930s, many businesses were using cards for record-keeping procedures, such as payroll and inventory. Some data-intensive scientists, especially astronomers, were also finding the cards convenient. IBM had by then standardized an 80-column card and had developed keypunch machines that would change little for decades.

Card processing became one leg of the mighty computer industry that blossomed after World War II, and IBM for a time would be the third-largest corporation in the world. Card processing served as a scaffolding for vastly more rapid and space-efficient purely electronic computers that now dominate, with little evidence remaining of the old regime.

Those who have grown up knowing computers only as easily portable devices, to be communicated with by the touch of a finger or even by voice, may be unfamiliar with the room-size computers of the 1950s and ’60s, where the primary means of loading data and instructions was by creating a deck of cards at a keypunch machine and then feeding that deck into a card reader. This persisted as the default procedure for many computers well into the 1980s.

As computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper recalled about her early career, “Back in those days, everybody was using punched cards, and they thought they’d use punched cards forever.”

Hopper had been an important member of the team that created the first commercially viable general-purpose computer, the Universal Automatic Computer, or UNIVAC, one of the card-reading behemoths. Appropriately enough the first UNIVAC delivered, in 1951, went to the U.S. Census Bureau, still hungry to improve its data-processing capabilities.

No, computer users would not use punched cards forever, but they used them through the Apollo Moon-landing program and the height of the Cold War. Hollerith would likely have recognized the direct descendants of his 1890s census machinery almost 100 years later.

David Lindsay Roberts is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Prince George’s Community College.  He is the author of Republic of Numbers: Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans Through History, from Johns Hopkins University Press, which provides funding as a member of The Conversation US. This article is republished from The Conversation.

Rina Lovko Studio creates austere interiors for Kiev’s Dicentra flower shop – Dezeen

Polished terrazzo fixtures and mirrored surfaces offset the exposed pipework and crumbling walls inside this minimal florist in Kiev designed by Rina Lovko Studio.

Located in a Soviet-era warehouse on the left bank of the Dneiper river that runs through the Ukrainian capital, the 300-square-metre Dicentra store was previously used as a workshop.

Locally based Rina Lovko Studio was tasked with transforming it into a retail space for the wholesale flower supplier on a tight budget.

The linear space now includes a reception area, a workbench for florists, utility rooms with a kitchen and a shared toilet for guests and staff.

Textured walls and floors that run throughout have been made to appear unfinished. The original asphalt floor was covered with concrete, while white and green paint was stripped from the walls along with the plaster. They were finished with a glazed coating.

“The idea was to make everything look untouched,” said the studio, “as if we had come, put down furniture and the store started working.”

Simple LED tube lights illuminate the space, their wires visible and stored in cable trays.

A private office for managers takes the form of a mirror-clad cube that sits at the far end of the room, its sides not quite reaching the walls to make the surrounding space appear larger and even longer.

Bespoke stainless-steel workstations dotted across the office are lined with grey terrazzo and finished with corners cut at 45 degrees.

“We previously developed a table for the Dicentra store in Lviv,” explained the studio. “It was made to the same design, but in different materials.”

The table is double-sided to allow for integrated drawers and bins. It’s also mounted on wheels so it can be easily moved around.

“Above the table is a lamp with a diffuser for comfortable work and on the other side a mirror so that florists, in the process of working, can see bouquets from the side,” said the studio.

White-wire outdoor tables and chairs have otherwise been used to furnish the space, along with potted plants. The studio also developed mobile shelving-units made from perforated stainless-steel which can transport batches of flowers.

“Flowers are always different, so the shelves were made with special milling, which allows you to quickly change the height of the mount,” the studio added.

A timber-panelled wall at the periphery of the store is inset with two refrigerators – one is fronted by glass to showcase flowers to customers, while the other is used to store cut plants for wholesale clients.

Both are made of special thermal materials and equipped with sliding doors and motion sensors.

“Aluminum was chosen so that the refrigerator would fulfil its task – to keep the flowers cold,” said the studio.

“Inside, the refrigerators are painted in a graphite colour. This decision is due to the product: flowers on a black background look bright and in contrast, which is good for sales. We supported this with lighting that made the flowers looked even brighter.”

The store’s angled entrance door has been made from red mesh and completed with neon signage, helping it stand out against the neighbouring industrial buildings and draw customers in.

Other minimal florists featured on Dezeen include a store in Japan that features a curved black climbing frame for plants and another in Russia that boasts a sci-fi ceiling inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Photography is by Alexey Yanchenkov.