The vernal equinox occurred two weeks back, proclaiming the very first day of springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, despite continued freezing conditions in a few areas. As the sunlight comes to be much more prevalent, people, plants, and animals are beginning to arise from their winter months modes to step outside, blossom, and otherwise welcome the sunlight. These pictures reveal festivals and also looks of the brand-new season from around the globe, as we get rid of the winter and also welcome the springtime.
Next Sunday will be the vernal equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, despite continued wintry conditions in a few places. As the sunlight becomes more prevalent, people, plants, and animals are beginning to emerge from their winter modes to step outside, bloom, and otherwise welcome the sunshine. These photos show festivals and glimpses of the new season from around the world, as we shake off the winter and greet the spring.
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Things at SAAB seem to be picking up following a toss-up in various stages of bankruptcy through multiple ownerships.
At first, it seemed the company was rescued from being bust and liquidated from GM’s portfolio during the 2008 restructuring, since National Electric Vehicle Sweden acquired the battered automaker to try and resuscitate it back to life. But NEVS themselves couldn’t handle SAAB’s overwhelming debt and thus, teamed up with Chinese firm, Dongfeng, to build some new EVs, and ultimately, some new SAAB cars.
But first, SAAB needs to fulfill a massive order just placed by Panda New Energy Co., Ltd., to make 150,000 EV sedans based on the old, but last 9-3 sedan platform.
In an attempt to get SAAB back into making cars again, NEVS plan was to start making the last 9-3 sedan again, but again, NEVS went bankrupt just trying to do this by taking care of SAAB’s debt first.
Now, it seems the company can begin to fulfill this plan more or less by building these 150,000 9-3 EV sedans, for specific use by the company. The deal amounts to a total value of around 78 billion Chinese yuan, or $ 12 billion USD.
Nonetheless, it might be chump change for massive automakers, but it’ll at least help pay for some things. And we hope it kick-starts SAAB’s rebirth.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) and the Chinese company Panda New Energy Co., Ltd. have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. According to the agreement, Nevs will provide Panda with 150,000 9-3 sedan electric vehicles until the end of 2020. In addition, the agreement also includes 100 000 other EV products and services from companies associated to Nevs and its owners. The total value of the agreement is 78 billion RMB.
Panda New Energy is a new energy vehicle leasing company with focus on low emission mobility solutions. Cooperating with many chauffeured car service platforms in China, Panda aims to become one of the biggest EV leasing companies in the world.
“This is a strategic collaboration for Nevs not only in terms of the numbers of vehicles, but it is also an important step to implement our vision and new business plan. In the long term, we want to provide our customers with both sustainable products and mobility services,” said Stefan Tilk, Vice Chairman Nevs.
”We are very pleased to form a cooperation with Nevs, a company with a rich innovation heritage and the right ability to fulfil our demands. Being in an emerging market for new energy vehicles, we are happy to find a partner who shares our commitment to the environment,” said Ma Chao, Chairman Panda New Energy.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB’s (Nevs) vision is to shape mobility for a more sustainable future, and focuses on the development of electric vehicles and sustainable mobility services. Nevs acquired the main assets of the former Saab Automobile in 2012. Nevs is Co-owned by National Modern Energy Holdings, Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech industrial Development Area (THT), and the Beijing State Research Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SRIT).
– By: Chris Chin
Artist Michael Pederson leaves clever little works of art around the city that seem to carry on a conversation with whomever happens to find them. From mock gallery placards to solemn proclamations his works of art are little bites of humor that will brighten your day.
Pederson began his urban mischief in 2013, but not many of his works last more than a month. “I think we travel through urban space without really seeing it most of the time,” Pederson told CityLab. “I like the idea of interfering with the overly familiar background blur … Ideally with something a passerby might see out of the corner of an eye.”
With a background in painting, music and film, it seems like he’ll never run out of ideas. We look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
Park benches throughout the city of Chester in England were recently the object of a fun prank when pranksters attached brass plaques with funny (though perhaps slightly offensive) messages to the benches that looked like dedication plaques.
According to the Metro, the pieces were installed by anonymous artists to protest the Chester council’s plan to pass a Public Space Protection Order. Supporters believe it would help curb antisocial behavior in public spaces, while opponents believe it would be used to unfairly target the homeless and vulnerable.
Fearing that people might be offended, the Chester council has already removed the plaques. It’s also looking for the prankster responsible!
1. You will gladly pay $ 250 a week in rent, $ 10 for your beer and $ 4 for your morning coffee, but when Newtown Thai lunch specials went from $ 6.50 to $ 7 you vowed an eternal boycott – and no, you haven’t been back to Thai-la Ong since.
2. When you heard Justin Timberlake didn’t get into HIS OWN AFTERPARTY on Oxford Street you were strangely satisfied to learn that NO ONE gets past the 1:30am lock-outs.
3. You have your mum for financial problems, friends for breakups, and for everything else – your barista.
4. You can’t drive past/through/by a sign that reads “Darlinghurst” without whispering “Razorhurst” under your breath. Thanks Underbelly.
5. The 2000 Sydney Olympics were the best Olympics there ever was, and ever will be. Rest of the world, please stop trying.
6. Breakfast on the North Shore isn’t complete unless you see at least one blonde Princess chuck a tantrum because her soy latte wasn’t soy enough and her kale was just too wilted.
7. Some people would think of Victoria Road traffic as one of the worst commutes in the world. You like to think of it as your extra hour of sleep in the morning.
8. Like every Sydney-sider, you’ve never actually stayed in Sydney for New Years Eve, but when someone from out of town disses it, the words, “Largest and most technologically advance fire works display” are out of you mouth before they can say, “hyped-up, soul crushing extravaganza”.
9. You know that mybus tickets come in different sections. You also know that a concession section 1- 2 will get you from Burwood to Town Hall 99% of the time with no problems.
10. 1% of the time ALL TRANSPORT OFFICERS ARE OUT TO GET YOU.
11. You know that Melbourne people think you’re completely shallow, flashy and pretentious and don’t have a cultural bone in your body, let alone your city. But you couldn’t hear their whinging over the sound of Kim Kardashian oiling her booty up to a backdrop of the Sydney Most-Freaking-Beautiful-Harbour-In-The-World Bridge #wehavetheprettycity
12. You were eating Adriana Zumbos macaroons BEFORE Masterchef.
13. You know that KFC actually stands for Korean Fried Chicken – nothing wins multiculturalism like finger lickin’ chicken.
14. When Sydney won 5th place in most expensive city in the world rankings you were a bit disappointed it didn’t come first. But still happy it beat Melbourne. Suck it Melbourne.
15. You can draw the fine lines between the inner city suburbs with your eyes closed. And no, Redfern isn’t “Basically Surry Hills”.
16. You don’t blink an eye at spending half your week’s wages on 2 hours of parking at Bondi Beach, even though when you get there, you end up sharing your beach blanket with a bunch of Irish backpackers and a small indan family. #worthitforthehashtag
17. You boast about the old days of going to watch a rock band at “The Sando”, when people appreciated “real music”, while secretly stockpiling tickets and steroids for this years Stereosonic.
18. You can’t help automatically stereotyping people based on where they live: Cronulla equals bogan; Mossman equals millionaire; Mount Druitt equals checking the room for exits.
19. You’re pretty sure that the only reason they’re allowed to still use glass in Potts Points bars is in case Redfoo ever rocks up again.
20. You’ve definitely been heard to utter the worlds, “I went to the Shire on the weekend, and it wasn’t that bad!” In a tone of complete and utter surprise.
21. Like everyone else in Sydney, you stay in your clique and keep yourself busy hating the other clique. Until State of Origin when you all band together to hate Queensland.
22. When you go overseas you regal foreigners with tales of man-eating crocodiles and deathly spiders, even though the most menacing animal you’ve every seen was a cockroach (but damn it was a big one!).
23. You know that thongs are only appropriate footwear north-east of Kensington. Everywhere else, it’s bogan.
24. You rank your friends length of attendance at parties by how far out they live, eg. ‘The last train to Turamurra leaves at 11.30, so Lucy will make it to dinner but not karaoke.
25. Waiting in line to buy your weekly train ticket is the low point of you week. But if you want to eat at Jamie’s Italian on a Saturday night, you will wait in that goddamn line for however long it takes.
26. You know that all the good bars are the ones with absurd directions – turn off Pitt street and walk through the Avery laneway, swerve right at the pot plant and whistle three times, picturing a pint of Four Pines pale ale in your head while leaning slightly left.
27. Traffic lights aren’t road laws, they’re suggestions. And the only time you indicate is when you’re stealing someone’s parking spot.
28. A night out on Oxford Street doesn’t count unless you’re forced to question the sexuality and/or gender of at least 3 of the people who hit on you.
29. You’ve been yelled at by taxi drivers more times then you’ve changed your underwear. And you’ve definitely changed your underwear in a taxi.
30. You know the Backpackers Express isn’t a hostel or an East Coast bus, but you’re sick of explaining it to every single tourist – have they not watched Bondi Rescue?
31. Whenever you leave and travel to other places in Australia you tell EVERYONE where you’re from. It is, after all, the best city on Earth. When these people fail to concur with this assumption, you don’t take it personally. You know they think it’s a junky riddled place with jacked up house prices full of pretentious people who wouldn’t stop to pull their own son out from under a car. What they don’t realize is, despite all these things, it’s worth it.
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