Barclay family completes sale of Ritz hotel

Property Week News Feed - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:09
Aiden Barclay has struck a deal to sell the Ritz hotel to a Qatari investor despite uncertainty caused by the outbreak of Covid-19.
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How Automakers Are Pitching In to Fight Coronavirus

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 22:33

It may be a bit unorganized, even chaotic, but the Arsenal of Democracy is gearing up as the auto industry is scrambling to help health care workers fight a pandemic. Politics and confusion aside, carmakers and suppliers are forming partnerships and retooling idled plants to make masks, respirators, ventilators, and protective gear.

Despite the voluntary efforts underway, President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order requiring General Motors to produce ventilators to fight the coronavirus pandemic under the Defense Production Act, giving the government the authority to dictate how many ventilators GM must make. GM had already released a statement saying it has been working around the clock with partners for more than a week to get ventilator production underway as soon as possible.

Here are some of the auto industry’s efforts so far:

Ford Shipping Face Shields, Designing Respirators

Ford has a long history with aiding this country’s war efforts, so it is not surprising the automaker was quick to step up and help during this time of pandemic. Ford is 3D-printing face shields and helping get more respirators and ventilators into the hands of health care professionals.

The face shields are being printed to help meet the need for more personal protective gear for workers attending to patients infected by the coronavirus. The first 1,000 shields were sent to local Michigan hospitals and Ford’s goal was to complete 75,000 face shields by the end of this week (March 27) and further ramp up to a pace of 100,000 shields a week. They are being printed at the facilities of some Ford subsidiaries in Michigan. Ford also has gathered more than 200,000 masks from facilities around the world, which it is donating.

The other initiative is working with 3M and GE to design and manufacture air-purifying respirator masks and ventilators. Ford is helping 3M increase respirator capacity while setting its own engineers loose to use their creativity to come up with a respirator mask design built with existing and improvised Ford parts— portable battery packs, fans from the ventilated seats of an F-150 pickup truck, and 3D-printed parts—at a Ford facility.

The automaker said it could use its advanced manufacturing center in Redford, Michigan, which houses 3D printers to make up to 1,000 respirators per month initially, starting soon. Ford has also partnered with GE Healthcare on a ventilator design that could be built at a Ford or GE plant.

General Motors Preparing to Make Masks, Ventilators

The General is working with Ventec Life Systems to mass produce ventilators as well as surgical masks to help healthcare professionals. With Ventec’s help, GM will build critical care ventilators at the automaker’s plant in Kokomo, Indiana and GM will retool a former transmission plant in Warren, Michigan, to make surgical masks.

For ventilator production, the timeline is to start shipping FDA-approved ventilators as soon as next month. This extra production is in addition to Ventec ramping up existing ventilator production at its facility in Bothell, Washington.

“This unique partnership combines Ventec’s respiratory care expertise with GM’s manufacturing might to produce sophisticated and high-quality critical care ventilators,” said Chris Kiple, CEO of Ventec Life Systems, in a statement. “This pandemic is unprecedented and so is this response, with incredible support from GM and their suppliers. Healthcare professionals on the front lines deserve the best tools to treat patients and precision critical care ventilators like VOCSN are what is necessary to save lives.”

Employees have been working around the clock for more than a week to set up the tooling in Kokomo, where it was making electronic components until GM stopped all carmaking for the safety of employees. They are installing capacity to make more than 10,000 critical-care ventilators per month with the infrastructure and capability to scale further, which is likely given the global backorder of ventilators needed for patients fighting COVID-19. In addition to increasing capacity, GM brings the might of its supply chain and logistics to the effort; more than 700 individual parts are needed to build up to 200,000 ventilators.

GM is donating its resources at cost. About 1,000 GM employees in the U.S. are being immediately tapped for this work. They are being brought back from the Kokomo and Marion facilities. The United Auto Workers is in full support.

“We are happy to work with GM during this pandemic for the health and safety and good of our Nation as we collaborate towards the production of ventilators,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW GM Department. “The UAW has a proud history of stepping up in times of national emergency. General Motors should be commended for stepping up at a crucial moment in our history. At the UAW we are all in to find ways to partner together to flatten this curve and save lives.”

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, in a statement, said the two companies have moved mountains to find solutions. “We are proud to stand with other American companies and our skilled employees to meet the needs of this global pandemic. This partnership has rallied the GM enterprise and our global supply base to support Ventec, and the teams are working together with incredible passion and commitment. I am proud of this partnership as we work together to address urgent and life-saving needs.”

The other swivel is retooling GM’s plant in Warren, Michigan, to temporarily manufacture surgical masks. Masks are less complicated to make making it possible to begin production next week. GM says within two weeks it will be capable of making up to 50,000 masks per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day. The necessary machinery was to be delivered Friday. This employee-led initiative was created, planned and approved in about 48 hours.

FCA Making Facemasks in China

FCA will make masks in China and will donate them to emergency and health care workers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. More than 1 million masks a month will arrive from China once production is ramped up in a couple weeks. Other countries will be helped in the future.

“Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been more important,” said FCA CEO Mike Manley. “In addition to the support we are giving to increase the production of ventilators, we canvassed our contacts across the healthcare industry and it was very clear that there is an urgent and critical need for face masks. We’ve marshaled the resources of the FCA Group to focus immediately on installing production capacity for making masks and supporting those most in need on the front line of this pandemic.”

FCA determined that the fastest way to help first responders and health care workers was to convert an operational plant in China. Plants in North American are not currently running.

Distribution of the masks will be done in consultation with national, regional and city officials who can identify the areas of greatest need.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ferrari previously said they were exploring making ventilators in Italy.

Toyota Wants to Do More

Toyota Motor North America said it will use some of its facilities to make face shields and is working with medical device suppliers to speed production of ventilators, respirators and other vital devices for hospitals.

The automaker will use 3D printing to make face shields with mass production to begin early next week. The first batch will go to hospitals in Texas, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

“With our plants idled and our dealers focused on servicing customers, we are eager to contribute our expertise and know-how in order to help quickly bring to market the medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the COVID crisis,” said Ted Ogawa, incoming CEO of TMNA. “Our message to the medical equipment community is we are here to help, please utilize our expertise.”

Toyota says it is ready to make masks and is seeking partners for filters and the automaker is finalizing agreements with at least two companies to help increase their capacity of ventilators and respirators.

The automaker is offering engineering and manufacturing support to medical supply companies looking to increase capacity.

Tesla Plans to Donate

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted offers to help, and on Friday New York City Mayor Bill be Blasio said the electric car maker has agreed to donate hundreds of ventilators to hospital intensive care units in New York City and the state of New York.

Musk said Tesla is working to locate and deliver existing ventilators and he has purchased and donated more than 1,200 so far in California, as well as donating masks.

It is unclear whether Tesla will also make ventilators, although Musk has suggested that Medtronic is a potential partner. The Tesla plant in Fremont, California, shut down as of March 23 to comply with a shelter-in-place order.

Magna’s Sanitizing Device

Supplier Magna International says it is ready to ramp up production of a sanitization device developed to eliminate odor and bacteria in hockey gear that can be in hospitals to kill the coronavirus on personal protective equipment being used by staff. The Canadian supplier needs a testing partner to validate it first.


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President Trump Invokes Defense Production Act, Requiring General Motors to Make Ventilators

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:51

On Friday, after hinting that he may do so previously, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) compelling General Motors to make ventilators. This action is specific to General Motors, but confusingly comes several hours after that company announced plans to build ventilators at its Kokomo, Indiana, plant with partner Ventec Life Systems, which is a medical supplier of respiratory-care products.

Let’s back up and discuss what General Motors announced prior to the invocation of the DPA. First, after pointed criticism from President Trump on Twitter Friday morning, GM announced that the company would build ventilators at the Kokomo plant.

General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!! FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!! @GeneralMotors @Ford

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020

The Kokomo plant produces electronic components and sensors for the company at its 2.6-million-square-foot facility. The Kokomo Tribune reports the company would deploy 1,000 workers for the ventilator production effort, including some employees from its Marion, Indiana, stamping plant. 

GM committed to ramping up to 10,000 ventilators per month, with the first deliveries happening in April, although there’s no specific date at which the company expects to hit the 10,000 unit/month target. Per the same statement, GM also will produce surgical masks at its Warren, Michigan, factory. The company says production on these items will start next week, and ramp up to 50,000 units per day within two weeks. Eventually production could top 100,000 units per day. 

Despite GM’s published plans, Trump went forward and signed the DPA later that day to require the company to produce ventilators. In a statement accompanying the act, the administration said:

Today, I signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators.  Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course. GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.

In a statement provided to CNBC, a GM spokesperson said that the invocation wouldn’t change the company’s plans or schedule.

The DPA dates back to the era of the Korean War, and by using it the President can compel a company to alter normal production plans and schedules in order to produce vital goods during a major crisis. Prior to this announcement, the President and his advisors had been reluctant to invoke the law, arguing the threat is sufficient on its own to compel companies to act. In addition, the President and some of his advisors have hinted it would be unsavory to direct the market in this way. The President, specifically, compared invoking the DPA to Venezuela nationalizing certain companies, NPR reported two days ago.

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Does a School Bus Make a Good Camper Van? Yes, a Big One

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:23

We’ve seen all kinds of “tiny homes,” but this incredibly, wood-lined one doesn’t feel so small thanks to its clever use of space and materials. Also, it’s actually a school bus—so it’s not really that tiny, and combined with its excellent execution, it has just about everything a camper could need for you to live on the road.

The man behind the bus is Danny, who left his apartment in New York City and moved into a 2001 Thomas Freightliner he had spent around two years designing into new digs. He’s been living in the bus for six months, enjoying the natural wood walls that cover the entire interior. The 38-foot-long bus provides space for multiple rooms—more rooms than many New York apartments have. The living room features a bookshelf, table, and an 8-foot long couch that folds out into a spare bed (the main bed can be found deeper inside the vehicle).

The kitchen may be the most impressive part of the bus, with its spacious red oak countertops, water filter, oven, and refrigerator. There also is a wood stove that keeps the whole apartment warm in the winter. In the bedroom, a secret hatch opens up to the roof deck, where there are solar panels providing power to the bus and plenty of space to do yoga or relax out in the sun. Open the Freightliner’s rear door, and you’ll find a decent-sized storage garage.

Being hunkered down at home has us dreaming of roaming more than ever before. When this is all over, of course. Watch the YouTube video above and see if it gives you some inspiration.

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Wonder How a Land-Speed Record Car Stacks Up Against Other Fast Cars?

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:20

The Bloodhound LSR team, caretakers of the long-gestating effort to eclipse the 763-mph land-speed record using a jet-powered wheeled missile of the same name, released a really cool video that shows how its car stacks up against representations of a Formula 1 racer, a Bugatti Chiron, and a regular road car in regards to acceleration and top speed.

Ever wondered just how Bloodhound LSR stacks up against other fast cars? ????????️????

For fun we crunched the numbers and pitted them side by side on the desert ????#BloodhoundLSR

— Bloodhound LSR (@Bloodhound_LSR) March 27, 2020

As the footage starts (4.4 seconds after the “race” begins, owing to drone stabilization), the Bloodhound LSR sits in last place, just behind the regular road car. Blame its jet engine, which needs a few moments to overcome inertia. Already, the Chiron and F1 car are both rocketing past 100 mph, illustrating just how staggeringly quick they are—and remember, the Chiron is street-legal.

As the race continues, the Bloodhound picks up steam, passing the regular car at the 5.4-second mark. The Bugatti, meanwhile, more or less keeps the Formula 1 car in its sights until the racer hits its 203-mph top speed. The Bloodhound, though, surges into the lead while traveling 283 mph just before the 19-second mark clicks by, ultimately rocketing into the distance and leaving the other cars in its literal dust. For its part, the Bugatti finally erases the F1 car’s lead at roughly the 29.1-second mark before topping out at 248 mph. That speed seems blistering until you realize that, by this point, the Bloodhound is going 625 mph.

The Bloodhound project has suffered a number of setbacks—most of them financial—as it pursues the land-speed record and, eventually, a possible run to 1,000 mph. The entire effort was founded way back in 2008 as Bloodhound SSC before running out of money. It was eventually sold to a new investor in 2018, who seemingly has put Bloodhound back on the scent for good.

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Property Stocks Daily Performance: Friday 27th March

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:51
We look at the performance of the top property company stocks.
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Mid-Engine 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Reimagined as Front-Engined

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:47

Is it just us, or does it seem like every last morsel of scandale and rumor about the new Chevrolet Corvette has cropped up in the internet’s every nook and cranny? GM employees have been arrested while driving it. One poor example had its wheels stolen while parked in Detroit, Michigan. There are aftermarket parts for it already, and one modded example even lunched its axle at the drag strip. The C8 being the first mid-engined Corvette makes all of these unfortunate events—which in some form or another likely befell previous front-engine Vettes—grab everyone’s attention. But, what if the C8 wasn’t mid-engined, but simply an evolution of the front-engined C7?

Other than erasing the relevance of those C8 maladies we described above, a front-engine eighth-generation Corvette would probably look weird. Or would it? A YouTuber by the name of “TheSketchMonkey” decided to answer that question, and designed his take on the 2020 Corvette with its engine up front. You can see it in the photo above, as well as his detailed explanation for his moves in the video below.

To be honest, most of us at MotorTrend find the looks of the C8 to be more evolution than revolution. Ironically, that means it already resembles a C7 albeit with, well, mid-engine proportions. Instead of the C7’s long hood and a stubby tail, it has a stubby tail and a short hood separated by a long wheelbase, plus a windshield hits at the front axle line and lays back, giving the car a wedge-like appearance. TheSketchMonkey’s rendering of the C8 as a front-engine sports car undoes those advances, bringing the C8’s greenhouse more upright while cleaning up the hood design and lending the whole front end a more grand tourer vibe.

We’re not sure TheSketchMonkey’s rendering is an improvement on the mid-engine C8, nor is it particularly surprising that it resembles a C7 with the C8’s headlights and detailing. But, it sure is food for thought. And that’s where that meal will stay—your thoughts—because Chevrolet is insistent that it’s never going back to the front-engine design. The automaker’s engineers say the C7 took the front-engine format as far as it could go, dynamically, and that the switch to the new mid-engine platform will break through that ceiling and unlock further performance. So, take a good long look at this idea of what the new Vette with the old layout might look like, because you’ll never see it in reality.

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Temporary mortuary being built at Birmingham Airport

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:07
A temporary mortuary is being built at Birmingham Airport in order to cope with the expected rise of Covid-19 deaths.
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Mini Takes a Walk on the Wild Side With the 2021 Sidewalk Edition Convertible

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:50

Mini is bringing back a stylish special edition that launched way back in 2007. Arriving in dealerships this April, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition receives special wheels, colors, and interior features.

The Sidewalk Edition offers two paint color options: Deep Laguna Metallic and Enigmatic Black Metallic. Both hues are complemented by a special Anthracite soft-top roof. Custom designed two-tone 17-inch wheels finish off the exterior’s look.

Inside, there’s a custom steering wheel and floor mats. Cabin surfaces also feature unique illumination. Sidewalk badging is also strewn about the cabin, including the small convertibles aluminum door sill trim.

Since it’s based off the Cooper S, the Sidewalk Edition receives motivation from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the Sidewalk Edition, but an extra $1,500 adds a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the mix.

With a sticker price of $39,250, the Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition costs a significant chunk of change. Fortunately, it boasts a long list of standard features, including LED headlights and foglights, a head-up display system, a Harman/Kardon premium sound system, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an in-dash navigation system, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Mini says the new model is for customers who want “top-down, sun-drenched driving this summer.” Let’s hope we can get to those carefree beach days soon.

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Pi Labs launches its first remote business accelerator cohort

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:41
Proptech fund Pi Labs is hosting the first remote working cohort of its business accelerator.
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Indianapolis 500 Postponed Until August Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:38

The NTT IndyCar Series on March 26 announced that its biggest race, the Indianapolis 500, is postponed until August 23. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause organizers of major events—sporting and otherwise—to search for alternative dates in the hope they can salvage their seasons if spread of the virus is brought under control in time to make something of 2020.

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 was scheduled originally for May 24, its traditional slot on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

As part of the announcement, IndyCar said the GMR Grand Prix, scheduled to be held on May 9—also at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but on the facility’s road course rather than the famed Superspeedway used for the Indianapolis 500—will move to Saturday, July 4. That means it would be part of an unprecedented, cross-series double-header event alongside the NASCAR Cup Series, on the same track on the same day. NBC plans to televise all three races.

IndyCar’s latest move is no surprise, as every major American sports league, as well as others around the world, has been forced to scramble in the face of the COVID-19 situation. In addition to IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500, various other racing series and events, including Formula 1, NASCAR, IMSA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the NHRA have previously announced race postponements and/or cancelations. Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee confirmed the 2020 Olympic Games planned for Tokyo will now take place in 2021.

IndyCar said tickets already purchased for the Indianapolis 500, GMR Grand Prix, and associated on-track days such as Miller Lite Carb Day and Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying Weekend, will be valid on the rescheduled dates. Individuals already in possession of those tickets should use them for entry. To learn more about the adjusted on-track schedule, review customer FAQs, and submit questions, fans should visit the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway COVID-19 page.

“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” said new IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”

As a result of the schedule changes at Indianapolis, IndyCar races scheduled for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 are also rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is now scheduled for Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, just east of St. Louis, is now scheduled for Aug. 30.

Updated 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Schedule:

Saturday, May 30:Streets of Detroit Race 1

Sunday, May 31: Streets of Detroit Race 2

Saturday, June 6: Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday, June 21: Road America

Saturday, June 27: Richmond Raceway

Saturday, July 4: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Sunday, July 12: Streets of Toronto

Saturday, July 18: Iowa Speedway

Sunday, Aug. 9: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Sunday, Aug. 23: Indianapolis 500

Sunday, Aug. 30: World Wide Technology Raceway

Sunday, Sept. 13: Portland International Raceway

Sunday, Sept. 20: WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca

TBD Expected Finale: Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida

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Small crossovers compared, factories slated to restart, 2021 BMW 330e preview: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:17
2020 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Compare Crossovers Little ‘utes like the 2020 Honda HR-V and 2020 Subaru Crosstrek have low prices but big value. Both flex on versatile interiors and a tall ride height, with some change to spare in the cupholders. Car shoppers cash in on deals during coronavirus pandemic Automakers' incentives...
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Tesco reoccupies 620,000 sq ft unit in Milton Keynes to meet coronavirus demand

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:02
Tesco has re-taken possession of a vacant warehouse in Milton Keynes to deal with a surge in demand caused by the Covid-19 lockdown.
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2020 Toyota Highlander crossover earns Top Safety Pick award

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:00
The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander is a Top Safety Pick even with tougher criteria for the latest model year, the IIHS announced Thursday. The three-row crossover SUV aced all six crash tests, and its ability to avoid forward collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians was rated "Superior." The only thing keeping it from the highest TSP+...
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The City Pub Group seeks £22m through new shares placing

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:54
The City Pub Group is looking to raise up to £22m to strengthen its balance sheet with a placement of new shares after the business was hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
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Housebuilder shares drop as housing market comes to a halt

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:28
Housebuilders and estate agents’ share prices have crashed as the latest government advice was for buyers and sellers to hold off on housing transactions.
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France Moves COVID-19 Patients Using Famous High-Speed TGV Trains

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:25

You have to love the Train à Grande Vitesse, the TGV, France’s iconic high-speed train, the pride of a nation of vehicular pioneers. And in the midst of an absolutely horrible disease outbreak (the coronavirus pandemic and the illness), the French have put the TGV to a novel use: carrying severely ill patients to less-impacted areas.

As NPR reports, eastern France is hard-hit by the virus and hospitals there are overwhelmed. With too few beds for sick patients, the country decided to turn one of its TGV trains into something we don’t quite have a word for–part ambulance, part rolling hospital, and part high-speed train.

France 24 provides some further detail on the composition of the train and its staff in this medical configuration. In total, other than train operators and patients, 50 medical staff are on board. Each car, the report states, carries a doctor, an anesthetist, and three nurses. NPR reports that the rail cars each contain ventilators, oxygen, and other supplies to support up to four patients. The Telegraph writes that the train’s dining car was transformed into an operations center for the journey.

The TGV supplements some other novel transportation that Europeans are using to carry COVID-19 patients between facilities. France is also using an Airbus plane to move patients, and Germany is using helicopters, reports France 24.

The idea is to continue to rotate patients away from highly affected areas to prevent hospitals and doctors from becoming overwhelmed. The doctor in charge of the operation, Lionel Lamhaut, told France 24 that he expects this rotation to continue as needed.

Why a train instead of an aircraft? The TGV is smoother and roomier, Lamhaut said. The Telegraph adds that the idea was originally conceived to quickly move those injured in a potential terrorist attack, and was tested last year. Take a look at the powerful images below of the TGV being used to transport patients.

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CBRE GI completes Eagle House sale

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:45
CBRE GI has completed the sale of West End office building Eagle House to Mactaggart Family & Partners (MF&P).
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Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition Marks The End of an Era

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:43

Morgan managed to squeeze out only four copies of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition before shutting down its U.K. factory over mounting coronavirus concerns. A total of 20 vehicles will eventually be made, all featuring special badges, a gold-painted chassis, and slick Platinum metallic paint—a nod to the 70-years-young Plus 4 nameplate’s platinum anniversary.

The special edition marks the end of Plus 4 production, and thus the end of the line for Morgan’s steel chassis. That chassis has been in production for a very long time, since the Morgan 4-4 first came out in 1936. When our sister publication Automobile drove the Morgan Plus 4 earlier this year, they praised its 154-hp 2.0-liter Ford Duratec four-cylinder. The engine, usually relegated to basic-transportation cars like the Ford Focus, feels rev-happy and energetic in the lightweight Morgan. Adding to the car’s character is its tactile handling, its smooth-shifting five-speed manual borrowed from an early-gen Miata, and the inevitable squeaks and rattles it exhibits when pushed to perform.

Morgan made its 70th Anniversary Edition models more potent. Engine output is raised to 180 horsepower, dropping the car’s zero-to-62 mph time to under seven seconds, according to the automaker. A sports exhaust helps enhance the engine note. Other enhancements? The Platinum paint job complements several black-painted exterior accents, satin dark-grey wheels, and motorsports-inspired front valance. In true Morgan tradition, expect elegance in the cabin. Here, plush leather mixes with a Ravenwood veneer on the dashboard and dark gray box-weave carpets on the floor. Each car car gets an individually numbered gold plaque to the left of the steering wheel. Other features include heated seats, footwell lighting, and a mohair hood cover.

Morgan launched the new Plus Four, with its new bonded-aluminum (not steel) platform and more powerful turbocharged BMW-sourced engine, in March. While it retains the charm of the original, steel-chassis purists will have to turn to the 70th Anniversary edition or a used Morgan for that old-timey feel.

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Next closes operations and stops taking orders

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:38
High street retailer Next has temporarily closed its online, warehousing and distributions operations, and has stopped taking online orders.
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