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10 of the World’s Most Expensive Cars

first_imgPrices range from $750,000 to $2.1 million! #3 Pagani Cinque RoadsterThe final Pagani manufactured vehicle and the last one under 2 million dollars is the Cinque Roadster. Similar to its Coupe cousin, the vehicle is priced at $1,882,920. The car has the same standard engine, but otherwise is very different with a removable roof that can be stored in the front trunk. It also has five different drive modes and an adjustable suspension that make the car specialized for both the track and the road.#2 Bugatti Veyron Grand SportThe Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is a more luxurious version of the standard Veyron and is priced just over 2 million at $2,027,760. It is one of the top 3 fastest cars coming in at a top speed of 254 mph with an 8-liter, 16-cylinder with a 7 gear, twin-clutch gearbox transmission. The grand sport reserves around 700 horsepower for a quick burst of speed when needed while the cruise control helps maintain a consistent high speed. Like the standard Veyron, the car stops fast, coming to a full stop in just 32 meters with the help of its rear spoiler.#1 Koenigsegg CCXRThe rarely seen and heard Koenigsess CCXR is not only one of the fastest vehicles on the market, but also is the most expensive at $2,173,950. Like the Bugatti cars, the CCXR has just over 1000 horsepower coming from a 4.7 L aluminum v8 engine. It also has many of the most desirable accessories in vehicles with a standard storable hardtop glass roof, rear wing, carbon ceramic brakes, hydraulic lifting system, navigation, rear view cameras, DVD, CD, iPod, satellite radio, climate control, leather carpers, car cover, and a tire monitoring system. Other things like leather interior and color options are available to buyers, but you need to know someone in order to get one of these as production plans went from six cars to four. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSExpensive Cars Previous articleBe careful what you pray for…Next articleOn this day: Martin Luther King Jr. born Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear When most people think of expensive cars, they may think about Porsche, Lamborghini, or Lotus, but many of the most expensive cars are made by lesser known manufacturers such as Maybach, Pagani, Bugatti, and several others. Part of the recognition of the manufacturers that people do know about comes from their solidified place in music such as the “lambo” and the Bugatti. The rest of the manufacturers are just a little harder to fit into a rhyme or even a rhythm. Here are the most expensive cars.#10 SSC Ultimate AeroThe SSC Ultimate Aero isn’t known as much for its luxury as it is known for its speed. The twin-turbocharged SSC billet aluminum block V8 engine puts out nearly 1300 horsepower with a top speed of 270 mph and reaches 0-60 in a very impressive 2.7 seconds. The car is even more unique as the Guinness titled world’s fastest car and has only 50 models from 2007 to 2010. It is priced at $740,000 base price with an optional addition of carbon ceramic brakes for another $31,200.#9 Leblanc MirabeauThe Leblanc Mirabeau comes in at a whopping $861,798 with an optional $76,000 semi-automatic shifting option. Slightly slower than the Aero, it comes with a 4.7 liter V8 supercharged engine that puts out 700 horsepower and a top speed of 230 mph. It also reaches 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. What makes this car particularly unique is that the car is actually street legal as most cars of the same caliber are track only. However, the interior is rather sparse.#8 Pagani Zonda F CoupeThe first car to break a million dollars and the cheapest of four Pagani manufactured cars on the top ten list, the Pagani Zonda F Coupe is priced at $1,375,980. All of the Pagani cars come with a standard Mercedes Benz AMG v12 engine; this one is paired with a mechanical 6-speed transmission and twin plate clutch that puts out over 600 horsepower and reaches 0-60 in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 230 mph. The body of the car is largely constructed with carbon fibre parts for extra safety. Now sold out, it originally was dedicated to Formula One driver Juan Manuel Fangio by Pagani.#7 Maybach LandauletAt the slightly more expensive $1,380,000, the Maybach Landaulet once again is based off of luxury rather than speed. The key features of the vehicles include a roof that fully opens at the rear while the chauffeur’s compartment remains enclosed. The process of opening and closing the roof takes 16 seconds with individual armchairs enclosed in white leather. It also has a partition screen that is clear glass with curtains, reclining rear seats with footrests, and a Dunhill umbrella.#6 Pagani Zonda F RoadsterAlso from the Pagani Zonda line is their F Roadster. The car which nearly mimics the coupe comes with the same engine, transmission, and similar speeds. Priced at $1,448,000, it is also largely of carbon fibre and titanium. There are only 25 roadster models available.#5 Lamborghini ReventonThe only Lamborghini to make the list, the Reventon is priced at $1,454,500. It also is one of the faster cars on the list coming in at a maximum speed of 211 mph. Inspired by the f-22 Raptor fighter jet and named after one of history’s most famous fighting bulls, the body of the vehicle is encased in carbon fibre and combined with luxury accessories inside and out. The model of the vehicle was introduced in 2007 with just 20 of them made.#4 Pagani Zonda Cinue Coupe & Bugatti VeyronPagani and Bugatti tie for the position. From Pagani, the more recent Zonda Cinque Coupe only sold five in 2009 before being sold out and is priced at $1,738,080. With the standard Mercedes-Benz engine, the Cinque borrows from their track supercar leaving the roll cage out and bringing in the upholstered interior. On the other hand, the Bugatti Veyron, also priced for $1,738,080 is likely the second fastest car in the world with a 16-cylinder engine that puts out over 1000 horsepower and a top speed of 255 mph. The 4-wheel drive car has three driving modes to conserve power even when driving at the highest speeds. The really unique thing about the Bugatti vehicle is that the car actually stops faster than it accelerates—2.3 seconds to go from 60-0 mph versus the 2.5 seconds going from 0-60 mph. Part of the expensive cost comes from the expensive materials the car is made from like titanium, carbon, magnesium, and aluminum. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

first_imgTopics : Threat of sexual violence In Romania, an EU member state, a forest ranger working in one of Europe’s largest primeval forests was shot dead for trying to protect trees against organized criminal gangs harvesting them for profit.A month earlier, one of her colleagues was murdered with an axe to the back of the head.”At a time when we most need people to protect the planet against destructive, carbon-intensive industries, we are seeing the highest number of killings of land and environmental defenders” since Global Witness started tracking the issue in 2012, the report concluded.Outright murders occur against a generalized backdrop of intimidation and harassment.”Women defenders face specific threats,” such as personal smear campaigns, the report said. “Sexual violence is used as a tactic to silence women defenders, much of it underreported.”Efforts by local and indigenous communities to assert land rights also provoke violent ripostes.”In many countries, peoples’ rights to their land and natural resources are either unprotected, undocumented or not recognized,” Global Witness said.  At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling  the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.Colombia and the Philippines combined accounted for just over half of the confirmed deaths — 64 and 43, respectively — followed by Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.The real number is likely higher due to unreported or misrepresented cases, especially in Africa, the NGO said in its annual review. About 40 percent of victims were indigenous people, and over two-thirds died in Latin America. One in ten were women.For decades, native communities in the forests of Central and South America, Asia and Africa have seen ancestral lands degraded and destroyed, sometimes with the blessing of corrupt local or national governments.Of the 141 murders last year that could be linked a specific economic sectors, more than a third involved campaigners protesting mining operations, some legal most not. Thirty-four killings related to agribusiness were overwhelmingly in Asia, especially the Philippines. center_img ‘Draconian laws’ “Agribusiness and oil, gas and mining have consistently been the biggest drivers of attacks against land and environmental defenders,” said Global Witness campaigner Rachel Cox.”They are also the industries pushing us further into runaway climate change through deforestation and increased carbon emissions.”Burning forests not only robs the planet of greenhouse gas absorbing vegetation, it also releases stored CO2 into the atmosphere.Logging operations were directly linked to 24 deaths, with another 14 related to illegal crop substitution, 11 to land reform, and six to water management or dam construction.In the Philippines, a Manobo tribal chieftain was killed during a military  bombardment while protesting rogue mining operations near Kitaotao, in northern Mindanao.”The Philippines’ remaining virgin forests — like those protected by the Manobo — are being felled for mineral extraction and profit,” the report noted.”This is ‘business as usual’ for President Rodrigo Duterte and his government who are forging ahead with policies that prioritize fossil fuels and have passed draconian laws that can be used to silence those trying to stand in their way.”The number of killings in Colombia more than doubled last year, while in Honduras they rose from four to 14.The tropics and developing countries are not the only hotspots for violent attacks against those protecting natural resources. Two Indonesian activists were stabbed to death in October near a palm oil plantation in northern Sumatra. In the Philippines, police and counter-insurgency operations led to the massacre of 14 sugar plantation farmers on Negros island in March, only months after nine others had been killed in similar circumstances. last_img read more

Volleyball: Highly-touted recruit Tionna Williams makes difference in middle

first_imgFreshmen usually learn the hard way what it takes to compete at highest level of collegiate athletics, but one new face on the Wisconsin volleyball team has stepped onto campus and taken the conference by storm.Standing at 6-foot-2, freshman sensation Tionna Williams is an imposing threat that strikes fear into the eyes of her opponents. Those that have attempted to challenge her this season have seen little success, and she is one of the major reasons why Wisconsin is looking to make another deep NCAA tournament run.With two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards already under her belt, Williams ranks third in the conference in blocks, averaging 1.4 per set, and is the focal point of a Wisconsin freshman class looking to set the foundation of the program over the next four seasons.Coming in as a top-ten recruit, Williams is aware of the hope the Badger nation has thrust upon her shoulders.“There is definitely some pressure [on being the highest ranked recruit] but there is pressure on everyone here,” Williams said. “I don’t necessarily view it that way because we all have important roles on the team.”If the pressure is mounting, no one has noticed, and that pressure may be turning her into a diamond that the Badgers will look upon come tournament time.“I wouldn’t say I expected to have success, it was definitely a process though,” Williams said. “I knew it came with hard work and competing every day on the court so I wasn’t really expecting it.”And that work has paid dividends.As most freshmen seem to hit the proverbial “wall” this time of year, Williams is only getting stronger as the season moves along. She has recorded five or more blocks in ten of her last eleven matches and has improved to 1.52 blocks per set during conference play. During that time, she has also recorded a career-high seven blocks, four separate times.Head coach Kelly Sheffield has noticed her sustained performance.“She is getting better as the second half of the season is coming along,” Sheffield said. “She is getting stronger when a lot of people her age start wearing down at this time and I don’t see that at all from her.”Her increased productivity on the defensive end has also opened opportunities for her to become more of a force on the offensive side of the ball. Williams has averaged 2.11 kills per set.The Badgers have increasingly been looking to attack through the middle as conference play wears on, Williams said.“We have been emphasizing a lot on our defense and we are taking care of the ball really well and passing it really well,” Williams said. “Because of that, we are able to run the middles more often and that opens up all of the hitters along the net too.”Williams was a highly-touted recruit out of Concordia Lutheran in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Sheffield began recruiting her back when he was the coach at Dayton, a process that started during Williams’ freshman year of high school.Expectations were high, and despite the slow start, her partner in the middle, junior Haleigh Nelson, never wavered in her confidence of the young freshman.“Tionna got off to a rough start,” Nelson said. “But I always knew she had the confidence and competitiveness to grow into a powerful hitter. I never really worried about her.”This relationship between the pair of middle blockers has instilled a sense of confidence amongst the Wisconsin front line and has opened a variety of options for the offense to flex its muscle.But Williams knows she shines brightest sending balls back from where they came from.“It’s definitely important [leading the conference in blocks], it’s not my main goal…but individually it is my goal to lead in that because I take a lot of pride in blocking,” Williams said.Whether or not she becomes one of the only freshman in history to lead the conference in blocking, Sheffield knows that the freshman will be a gem on the court for years to come.“She has the ability to lead the league in blocking as a freshman,” Sheffield said. “That is pretty cool in this league and she is not too far off of it. The exciting thing with her is that she is capable of having a bigger impact, even this year. The middle position is really hard in this league. The offenses are really fast and you have so many things coming at you.”last_img read more