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One of the best parts of attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is catching up with people whom you have known over the years—for me, one of those people is Dean Del Bene from Chicago, Illinois. When I met Del Bene many years ago, he was the owner and pilot of a 1937 Stinson SR-9C painted in the vintage colors of American Airlines. The words “ROUTE TRAINER” were emblazoned on the side as this aircraft was used to train pilots. 

According to Del Bene, the aircraft was used for instrument training and route qualification as simulators, as we know them today, were decades away from development. Airline pilots were required to get “route qualified,” which meant knowing every airport within 50 miles of their route.

Del Bene purchased the airplane in 1973 and with the help of friends, he restored it—and then spent the next 40 years caring for the aircraft. Vintage aircraft take a lot of care, he said, as you are always polishing them and wiping oil off their bellies—so it is a good idea to get help.

The aircraft is painted in the 1930s colors of American Airlines because it was used as a route trainer during the early days of aviation. [Photo: Meg Godlewski]

For Del Bene, that help came in the form of then 12-year-old Mark Riedel from Roanoke, Texas.

“He worked with me in the hangar on Saturdays,” says Del Bene, noting that it was Riedel’s father, Charles, who first got Del Bene interested in flying. “I’d pick up Mark and bring him to the hangar to work. He’d polish the airplane and sweep the hangar, and when we had a pigeon problem, I gave him a pellet gun with a rifle scope and sent him on pigeon detail.”

Mark wouldn’t accept money for his work, but would accept food, Del Bene says. “He’d always want two chicken sandwiches,” he recalls. “I’d say, ‘Two sandwiches! What are you going to do with two sandwiches?’ and he’d say, ‘I’m gonna eat ‘em!’”

Riedel and Del Bene both recall how Riedel would often take a break from his polishing,  look at Del Bene, and announce seriously, “I’m going to own this airplane someday.”

“And I’d reply, ‘shut up kid, and get back to polishing,’” Del Bene laughs.

Approximately three years ago, Riedel purchased the aircraft from Del Bene. Both men note that there is no such thing as aircraft ownership.

The cockpit is predominantly wood — even the control wheels. On the lower right corner of the panel is what looks like a glove box — it is actually a false panel to hide the modern avionics (notably the ADS-B) which is required in the airspace where the aircraft now lives in Texas. [Photo: Meg Godlewski]

“We are the caretakers of these aircraft,” Riedel explains. “And he warned me about how much work owning a vintage aircraft can be.”

Ironically, today, Riedel is an airline pilot—for American Airlines. He is quick to tell people that the paint scheme on his vintage aircraft goes back to 1983, well before he became a professional pilot.

The aircraft has been meticulously restored and has several awards to show for it. The details of these awards are engraved on a panel displayed on the left side of the cockpit. 

Del Bene and his best buddy Jim Leonard traveled all over the U.S. in the aircraft—sadly, Leonard flew west a few years ago. Del Bene says the airplane wouldn’t have been an award winner without Leonard’s help.

Riedel, who captains an Airbus for American Airlines, says it took a few years for Del Bene to warm up to the idea of him taking ownership of the airplane. When Riedel would bring it up, Del Bene would say he wasn’t ready to talk about it.

“Then one day, a man in California called Dean about wanting to buy the airplane and Dean called me and said, ‘We need to have that talk now,’” Riedel says.

The airplane was in good shape, but needed a few tweaks to make it better, Riedel says. For starters, it needed to have ADS-B installed. “We put that behind a false panel that looks like a glove box,” Riedel says, pointing to what looks like a glove box on the lower right side of the cockpit panel. “We joke that the panel hides our sins.”

On the edge of the doorframe on the left side of the cockpit are engravings detailing the restoration history of the aircraft. [Photo: Meg Godlewski]

Having modern avionics in a cockpit that is all polished wood and leather and chrome would be a mortal sin, Del Bene says.

Riedel also upgraded the aircraft engine to 300 hp and added new brakes and seat belt buckles, among other things.

The airplane does not fly like an Airbus, says Riedel with a laugh, and Del Bene nods sagely explaining, “It can be like a mean horse—always looking back to see if you are paying attention.”

Del Bene says he’s pleased that the Stinson now belongs to Riedel, saying it’s obvious that he cares for the aircraft.

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Killexams : Rewriting the Workplace Rules

Some of history’s greatest innovators were women and people of color. Grace Hopper pioneered computer programming. NASA’s Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan were integral to putting the first men in space. The list is long.

But sadly, decades later, barriers to advancement and growth still pervade in the workplace. And it may be getting worse.

Nearly three million U.S. women have left the workforce over the past year. And 40 percent of working women are concerned about equal opportunity in their fields in a post Covid-19 world, according to a new HP survey.*

This is a wakeup call for all of corporate America. While meaningful and lasting change will take time, here are three things everyone can commit to now to drive immediate progress.

Make Hybrid Work the New Equalizer

Flexibility is now the norm as the pandemic fundamentally changed the role of the office. We know that women bear a disproportionate burden of caregiving duties, so flexibility has always been important to help manage their dual responsibilities. Post Covid-19, we need to closely examine how an increased climate of flexibility can impact the playing field. For instance, when people have a choice to work from home completely, we anticipate more women than men will take it. That means men may more likely to be in the office where they will have more exposure to opportunities.

A parallelism is family leave. There are many reasons why men are less likely to take family leave than women, from cultural stigmas to company support. However, when men take as much time off as women to care for their children, it signals they have the same level of responsibility in the home, chipping away at the notion that mothers are the de facto caregivers.

The bottom line is that flexibility can be a great equalizer, as long as everyone has the same access to opportunity. Moving into a new era of work, organizations must be cognizant of this and create cultures where both women and men are supported as employees and caregivers.

Help Women Build a Personal Board of Directors

The pandemic presents an opportunity to shrink the gender network gap. Women are 28 percent less likely than men to have a strong network, but interestingly, men’s network has declined more than women’s network during Covid-19.

The data and our experiences indicate that the virtual environment can level the playing field because it’s easier to attend online events than physical events. Since The Female Quotient’s Equality Lounges and Global Pack Dinners went virtual, we see that female attendees network with more leaders from across the globe. This allows them to expand their network in a way that wasn’t possible before.

Society has made many women, especially women of color, feel they need to be an expert in a field or check off every qualification before they apply for a job or advocate for a promotion. However, it’s not about knowing everything — it’s about surrounding yourself with experts or have a personal board of directors that you can lean on. That’s why we intentionally created Catalyst @ HP, a sponsorship program for HP’s female employees that has helped nearly 40 percent of participants get promoted or moved to a new role.

We also see firsthand that in times of crisis, women are more likely to stay connected with others to seek advice. We must not lose that momentum. In the post Covid-19 world, leaders must further invest in helping female employees forge meaningful connections. It can no longer be a nice-to-have because as we have seen time and again, informal and formal support networks are vital to success.

Listen, Learn, and Act

Workplace practices and programs that build trust among teams will be key. When a workplace helps employees build trusted relationships with each other, it makes it easier to have candid and meaningful conversations around microaggressions, which often affect women of color. Trust is critical in empowering colleagues to learn from their mistakes and treat each experience as a moment of growth on their allyship journey.

We are at an inflection point. And it’s time to create a “new normal” that will help women thrive. Grace Hopper once famously said, “I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.” We can all draw inspiration from those words because although none of us can change the inequalities of the past, it’s within our power to create an equitable future.

Lesley Slaton Brown, chief diversity officer at HP Inc., provided editorial support to this piece.


*HP study was fielded by Morning Consult the week of March 15. It obtained responses from more than 1,000 women across the U.S.

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Killexams : Different, But Oh So Familiar: FN’s 21st Century High Power

There can be a tendency to think of the High Power as a platform more or less stuck in time, because its principal design remains relatively unchanged since 1934, and its evolution has been pretty static for the past few decades—and was seemingly outright dead there for a bit recently. Nonetheless, there are plenty of examples of Fabrique Nationale (FN) shaking up its nearly-90-year-old design every now and again (as FN has never really stopped tinkering with Dieudonné Saive’s brainchild behind the scenes), and the company apparently felt that not only was it that time again, but that we were due for a big one. Within just a few months of Springfield and EAA entering the market with their own clone renditions of the pistol that deviate in only minor ways from the long-established template, FN announced the launch of a new genuine-article High Power that differs from its legacy product in multiple, much more substantial respects.

FN 2022 High Power

FN’s 2022 High Power (far l.) has undergone so many changes—both internally and externally—that it shares no parts commonality with vintage specimens like this one from 1962 (l.).


This is no mere M1911A1-style tweak or subtle refinement. Despite largely retaining the classic High Power’s iconic aesthetic, the 2022 re-introduction departs so significantly, both externally and within, from its predecessor that they share no parts interchangeability or commonality at all. The new guns are longer, taller and heavier than their precursors (arguably enough so to bump them up into an entirely different weight class), feature a contemporary new action with a revamped and streamlined takedown procedure, employ different sights and higher-capacity magazines, and possess additional controls that represent the platform’s first real attempt to offer a left-hand-friendly control scheme. They embody a full-on re-interpretation and modernization of the High Power—think less paint job and more pushing out a few walls to create an open floorplan.

But, if well planned and executed, home renovations typically result in a functional improvement and/or an increase in value—can FN claim the same with its new-again High Powers? Having now had a chance to put several hundred rounds through two different examples of the 2022 pistols, my conclusion is this: It depends entirely on what you as the user want to get out of your High Power experience. Those looking for a trip down memory lane with a svelte, elegant gun may struggle with this new version on a conceptual level—but those who can divorce themselves from the nostalgia, who are simply looking for a heck of a sweet-shooting, all-steel 9 mm, will love it.

High Power disassembled

The new High Power’s recoil assembly has been changed somewhat compared to previous versions of the pistol, allowing it to make use of a modernized takedown procedure that doesn’t rely on the traditional platform’s removable slide stop.


Now before anyone tries to make the contention that FN’s newest variants are too large or too different to be “true” High Powers, let’s take a deep breath and remember that John Moses Browning’s original 1922 prototypes were not only behemoths that had to be shrunk down considerably to placate the French Ministry of War, but they were also striker-fired. Over the years, the manufacturer has also offered double-action/single-action High Powers (the HP-DA), Vigilante models with an aluminum frame as an option, the long-barreled GP Competition, models with decockers, and slightly beefed-up and modified .40 S&W-chambered High Powers—so the precedent for significant experimentation has long been established. And that’s not even taking into account the many prototypes that FN never brought to market (including a compact double-action variant) or the voluminous minor tweaks made to the platform in the early years of chasing individual military tenders.

I view the new pistols as FN’s attempt to create an updated 21st century High Power that better appeals to a whole new generation of shooters. This endeavor is both admirable and wise—as our community has added several million new members to the roster in exact years—and this massive influx of first-time shooters is unencumbered by the emotional attachment to the original High Power that many of the rest of us have. As we run down the new guns’ features and note the changes made to the platform, you’ll see that they mostly center around improving its ergonomics, increasing its reliability and versatility, and maximizing its ease of use—you know, the kinds of things that new shooters are much more interested in than fidelity to a design that made its debut a full four score and seven years ago.

The vintage High Power stands roughly 5" tall and 7¾" in length, with a 4 5⁄8" barrel, and weighs in at 32 ozs.—and has always been a closer analog, dimensionally, to the Commander-size M1911 than to the larger 5"-barreled guns. The new pistol measures 5 5⁄8" in height and 8" in length, with a 4 5⁄8" barrel (company literature says 4.75", but this is measured from the tip of the feed ramp and not the chamber), with an empty weight of 38 ozs., resulting in what is essentially a “Government Model” version of the High Power. Most of the pistol’s 6-oz. weight increase can be attributed to its larger size, but the addition of two new steel controls also plays a role. The 0.25" longer slide also affords the new pistol a 0.25" longer sight radius, a not-inconsiderable difference that translates into greater accuracy potential.

Six SKUs in total are being offered at launch, all of which make use of a stainless-steel slide and barrel (a rare quality within the High Power realm) over a cast alloy-steel frame, with a physical-vapor-deposition (PVD) finish applied to all three components for enhanced durability and lubricity. Customers have their choice of three presentations—a black slide/frame with matching black controls, matte-stainless-finished with matching stainless controls or flat dark earth-finished with contrasting black controls—as well as low-capacity versions of all three for those in freedom-impaired states. Each version ships from the factory with two sets of textured polymer stock panels with FN’s logo molded into them: the black pistol with black and orange/brown stocks, the stainless with black and gray, and the FDE with tan and green. Even more options are being offered aftermarket by FN, including wood and G10 stock sets, so customization options abound.

FN features

(r.) High Powers since the early 1960s have featured external extractors, and not only has FN moved this component to the interior of the slide with its 21st century re-launch, but it has beefed up the part (arrow) considerably for improved reliability. Also clearly visible at left is the pistol’s serpentine transfer bar. (l.) Rather than a pair of dorsal recoil lugs integral to the barrel that nest within mortises cut into the slide to effect lockup, the new pistol’s squared barrel hood instead locks into the slide’s ejection port.


Unlike late-model, FN-marked Browning Hi-Powers, which were made in Belgium and assembled in Portugal, the resurrected High Power is being manufactured entirely stateside at the company’s factory in Columbia, S.C. Despite its many changes, the pistol is still a single-action, recoil-operated, semi-automatic 9 mm Luger, even if the characteristic lock-up of the traditional High Power is now gone.

Rather than a pair of dorsal recoil lugs integral to the barrel that nest within two mortises cut into the interior of the slide to effect lockup, the new pistols instead utilize the now-prevalent SIG-style design whereby a squared barrel hood locks into the slide’s ejection port. As distinctive as the original High Power’s setup was, it has never been particularly robust—as it was developed around the 9 mm loadings of its day—which is why few previous iterations of the platform have been rated for use with +P ammunition, and this new one is.

FN sights

The new High Power’s solid-black sights are dovetailed atop its slide using the same pattern as FN’s 509 line of pistols. Material has also been added to the frame’s beavertail to prevent the gun’s rowel hammer from biting the web of the shooter’s hand.

One of FN’s design priorities from the get-go on the new gun was that it feature a modern takedown procedure not reliant on the traditional platform’s removable slide stop in order to fieldstrip the pistol, and the recoil assembly has been changed somewhat to help facilitate this. The flat end of a plastic recoil spring guide is held against the front of the linkless barrel cam by the spring tension of an uncaptured, round-wire coil spring. This differs from the design of the traditional High Power, in which the metal guide ends in a hollow ring through which the transverse slide stop pin is inserted when the gun is assembled.

While it can be debated whether the original High Power’s procedure for disassembly was so onerous as to require replacement, it is inarguable that the new process is much faster and easier—with no potential for accidentally “idiot scratching” your frame with the slide stop. It is now as simple as showing the gun clear, locking the slide back, rotating the pistol’s added right-side takedown lever 90 degrees counterclockwise and holding it there, and then pulling back slightly on the slide to release it from the stop. At this point, the slide can be pressed forward off its rails without pulling the trigger.

The new High Power’s slide isn’t a drastic departure from previous designs, but there are numerous subtle differences. The general flat-sided and round-topped shape remains chiefly untouched, with the width of the slide tapering inward by about 1/4" near its front to both cut weight and aid in re-holstering, however, this transition now occurs much closer to the muzzle on the new guns—giving them more of a pug-nosed appearance. With the slide removed, we can see that the length of the downward-extending nose, where the recoil assembly is housed, has also been shortened internally (and the frame’s dustcover lengthened) by 1/2" as a result of this change.

Unlike the original’s slide, which featured a blind hole against which the recoil spring rebounded, the 2022 High Power’s top end is drilled with a through hole that allows the guide to protrude from the front of the slide when the action cycles. FN has also cut a slight relief into a small section of the slide’s right face, at the spot that corresponds with the frame-mounted takedown lever when the action is locked open, for the purpose of granting easier access to that control. One change that yields both more contemporary looks and improved ergonomics is the replacement of the 20th century High Power’s tightly packed cocking serrations with a set of deeper, more widely spaced grooves that make slide manipulation easy and comfortable.

FN features

New to the right side of the frame (l.) are a left-hand-friendly slide stop lever and a takedown lever. The pistol’s bilateral thumb safeties (r.) do not physically block the slide, allowing it to be racked, and the gun to be loaded/unloaded, while the safety is on.


Early High Powers employed an internal extractor that was moved to the exterior of the pistol in the late 1950s/early ’60s, and FN has now migrated it back inside the ejection port with the new design. This tweak simplifies the machining and assembly of the gun, and (in my opinion, at least) provides a cleaner look to the slide. The internal part’s large claw is also positively brawny compared to that of the external versions, which should be an asset to both reliability and ammunition compatibility. As a consequence of the revised action, the ejection port has been greatly enlarged compared to previous models and now wraps around to the top of the slide, significantly increasing clearance for exiting cases—which should likewise help promote reliable functioning.

Dovetailed atop the slide via the same pattern that FN uses on its 509 series of pistols are a set of drift-adjustable steel sights that provide a simple black-on-black sight picture. The U-notch rear has a tactical ledge that allows for one-handed charging of the gun on a solid surface, and the front blade is serrated to help reduce glare. The decision to use 509 sights is a fairly limiting choice, as aftermarket options are quite sparse, but I found the stock factory set to be functional enough for the range—although, if I were to press the gun into defensive service, I would want to upgrade to a set with a contrasting front sight.

After undergoing the changes necessary to make it compatible with the new action, the updated High Power’s barrel looks downright conventional. It is hammer-forged from stainless steel, and the chamber and feed ramp are polished at the factory to help ensure consistent feeding. Its six-groove, 1:10" right-handed rifling should serve it well across the gamut of common 9 mm Luger projectile weights, and a recessed target crown imparts a modicum of protection against accuracy-stealing damage to the muzzle. 

The most objectively beneficial byproduct of increasing the High Power’s height by more than 1/2" was that it made room for larger magazines holding 17 rounds—ironically finally getting the platform that popularized double-stack magazines up to the current industry standard for full-size 9 mms. FN is shipping two of the magazines with its pistols, and the steel bodies have witness holes along their rear faces and dual notches to accommodate a reversible magazine release. Magazines from previous iterations are not long enough to be used with the taller new guns, and the 17-rounders can’t even be fully inserted into older High Powers.

magazine-release button, frontstrap

Unlike previous FN-made High Powers, the new gun’s magazine-release button (l.) can be reversed for use by left-handed shooters. Texturing on both the back- and frontstrap Excellerate purchase on the pistol (r.).

Enhanced purchase is another benefit of the revamped handgun. Previous versions of the High Power have had smooth backstraps and frontstraps—relying solely on the patterning cut into the stock panels to help keep the gun in place under recoil. FN has now added sections of small raised pyramids to both the front and rear of the grip to supplement similar shapes molded into both stocks, and it all works together well to effectively anchor the new gun in place.

It is to the right side of the frame that FN has made the most changes. Mirroring the standard left-side control is now a right-side slide stop lever for left-handed use, and just forward of that is the new takedown lever. My short fingers found the slide lever to be a tad too far for me to easily reach without twisting the gun around in my hand, but shooters with longer fingers will likely have better mileage. However, in what was probably more of a happy accident than an intentional design choice, as a left-handed shooter, I found the takedown lever to be perfectly placed for use as a finger rest by my support-hand thumb when adopting a thumb-forward grip—something obviously not applicable to righties.

Holster

Holsters compatible with vintage High Powers will not work with the new guns, due to their different overall sizes and control schemes. However, companies such as ANR Design are already offering options, both IWB and OWB, built specifically to accommodate the new pistols.

Bilateral thumb safeties were first introduced to the High Power in 1982 with the launch of the Mark II, and the new FN features the largest and longest pair that I’ve ever encountered—which makes finding and flicking them on and off almost effortless. However, unlike previous variants—which employed a spur on the left-side paddle that engaged a notch in the slide to physically prevent its movement when activated—the new levers do not employ a mechanical stop. This allows the slide to be racked (and the gun to be loaded or unloaded) while the safety is engaged—something never possible before. In addition to its manual safeties, the gun also incorporates a pair of passive safeguards into its firing mechanism: a firing pin block and a trigger disconnect safety.

Although some clone versions of the High Power have incorporated reversible magazine-release buttons into their designs, this pistol marks the first time FN has included such a feature. With the assistance of a small screwdriver, the round, textured control can be removed from the frame in about five literal seconds and then re-installed in the opposite direction in another five. 

In the hand, the grip of the new High Power feels remarkable similar to that of the legacy guns, which is why I was quite surprised when my calipers revealed differences in both the length and width measurements. Whereas previous versions measure 2" from front to back and 1.3" from side to side, the 2022 introduction measures 2.1" long and 1.25" wide. The grip angle remains the same, and, despite my smallish hands, the new dimensions feel as good as or better than the old ones.

17-round detachable box magazines

Increasing the new High Power’s height by more than half an inch made plenty of room for the use of 17-round detachable box magazines—ironically finally getting the platform that popularized double-stack magazines up to the current industry standard for full-size 9 mms.

FN included a rowel hammer on the re-launched design, and while a true extended beavertail on a production High Power is now 87 years overdue, the company did add a bit of extra material back there to increase the clearance between the hammer and the softest part of your hand. I put approximately 600 rounds through the updated design and don’t recall being bitten a single time.

One component removed from the reboot is its antediluvian magazine-disconnect safety, meaning that the hammer can be dropped and the gun fired with its magazine removed. As a result, you are no longer holding a brick should your magazine become accidentally dislodged or should you need to fire the pistol mid-reload. Also, because the High Power’s magazine disconnect interacts with the pistol’s internal trigger parts, it has always helped contribute to the platform’s comparatively unimpressive single-action break—so it makes sense that the new gun has the lightest and crispest trigger I’ve ever experienced in the platform. On my range sample, there’s roughly 1/8" of take-up before the wall, with the trigger breaking cleanly on average at 4 lbs., 9 ozs., of pressure.

I had the opportunity to run about 200 rounds through an FDE version of the new gun at a media event in March and then put an additional 400 rounds through a stainless model during subsequent function and accuracy testing once back at headquarters; neither gun experienced a single stoppage in that time. FN touts the new pistol’s compatibility with a broad spectrum of 9 mm ammunition, and I did my best to put that to the test, as I headed to the range with seven loads of differing weights, shapes and pressure ratings—from 65-grain NovX +P ARXs to 147-grain Hornady Subsonics. It digested them all without issue.

Three defensive loads from Remington, SIG and Winchester were also shot to help gauge the updated High Power’s accuracy, and the firearm managed a sub-3" average across all 15 five-shot groups at 25 yards—a fine result better than would be needed for competition, defensive use or casual plinking. Also, I am far from a superb handgun shooter, so I have no doubts that, in the hands of a true pistol marksman, these guns are capable of even more.

The vintage High Power is renowned for being a joy to shoot—the new gun’s extra weight, a good portion of which has been added to the nose of the slide, just dials that virtue up to 11. It is about as flat- and soft-shooting as a handgun capable of serious defensive work can be, without the firearm itself being too heavy to be comfortably employed for that purpose. While the fit of my test sample was excellent throughout, there were a few obvious casting blemishes visible on its frame, more so than should be expected on a firearm in this price range.

FN high power shooting results

So, in the final analysis, where does FN’s new pistol stand? Let me go ahead and get the southpaws out of the way, as this will be brief and unnuanced. For the needs of a left-handed shooter, this is the best High Power ever made by a sizable margin. Unlike anything offered during the previous 87 years, all the necessary controls are either bilateral or reversible—and the right-side takedown lever is arguably even better positioned for our use than it is for theirs. If you’re a leftie interested in a High Power, this is it. Just pick your favorite color and go.

And now for the rest of you: I’ve noticed that some High Power diehards have a knee-jerk dislike for this gun (including some professional gun writers) despite most never even touching one, because it is just too different for them. I’ve also now seen a single range session with the revamped pistol pull a full 180 on four such skeptics, as actually firing the thing removes all doubt as to its lineage. I personally think the new FN pretty effectively manages to pay homage to one of the company’s most successful and influential firearms without being slavishly bound to those aspects of its design that had not aged well.

Yes, FN has taken a bold risk by so thoroughly evolving its pistol, but what would the value to the gun community have been if it instead had chosen to stand pat with a firearm more or less identical to all that have come before it? Thanks to Springfield and EAA, shooters who want to go that route already have great options available to them—and the original design’s fan base is large enough that guns of that type will likely always have allure. But there is even more demand for accurate, controllable, high-capacity 9 mms that even newcomers to our ranks can use well—and, if absolutely nothing else, the 21st century High Power succeeds admirably in ticking each of those boxes.

And when has having options ever been a bad thing?

FN high power specs

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Price records that include history of low and high prices in the period of 52 weeks can tell a lot about the stock’s existing status and the future performance. Presently, HP Inc. shares are logging -22.96% during the 52-week period from high price, and 22.37% higher than the lowest price point for the same timeframe. The stock’s price range for the 52-week period managed to maintain the performance between $26.11 and $41.47.

The company’s shares, operating in the sector of Technology managed to top a trading volume set approximately around 5871918 for the day, which was evidently lower, when compared to the average daily volumes of the shares.

When it comes to the year-to-date metrics, the HP Inc. (HPQ) recorded performance in the market was -15.18%, having the revenues showcasing -13.65% on a quarterly basis in comparison with the same period year before. At the time of this writing, the total market value of the company is set at 34.05B, as it employees total of 51000 workers.

Analysts verdict on HP Inc. (HPQ)

During the last month, 3 analysts gave the HP Inc. a BUY rating, 0 of the polled analysts branded the stock as an OVERWEIGHT, 11 analysts were recommending to HOLD this stock, 2 of them gave the stock UNDERWEIGHT rating, and 2 of the polled analysts provided SELL rating.

According to the data provided on Barchart.com, the moving average of the company in the 100-day period was set at 35.93, with a change in the price was noted -4.36. In a similar fashion, HP Inc. posted a movement of -12.01% for the period of last 100 days, recording 13,472,022 in trading volumes.

HP Inc. (HPQ): Technical Analysis

Raw Stochastic average of HP Inc. in the period of last 50 days is set at 18.00%. The result represents downgrade in oppose to Raw Stochastic average for the period of the last 20 days, recording 34.09%. In the last 20 days, the company’s Stochastic %K was 40.69% and its Stochastic %D was recorded 47.13%.

Let’s take a glance in the erstwhile performances of HP Inc., multiple moving trends are noted. Year-to-date Price performance of the company’s stock appears to be encouraging, given the fact the metric is recording -15.18%. Additionally, trading for the stock in the period of the last six months notably deteriorated by -10.30%, alongside a boost of 12.18% for the period of the last 12 months. The shares increased approximately by -2.68% in the 7-day charts and went up by -9.31% in the period of the last 30 days. Common stock shares were lifted by -13.65% during last recorded quarter.

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Killexams : Do HP Inc. (HPQ) beta value of 0.94 signposts another twist?

HP Inc. (HPQ) is priced at $33.67 after the most exact trading session. At the very opening of the session, the stock price was $33.05 and reached a high price of $33.83, prior to closing the session it reached the value of $33.39. The stock touched a low price of $33.01.Recently in News on August 1, 2022, HP Announces Extension of the Expiration Date for Exchange Offer for Plantronics Notes. HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) (“HP” or the “Company”) announced today that it has extended the expiration date of the previously announced offer to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) any and all outstanding notes (the “Poly Notes”) of Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: POLY) (“Poly”) for up to $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued by the Company (the “HP Notes”). HP hereby extends such expiration date from 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on August 1, 2022, to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 15, 2022 (as the same may be further extended, the “Expiration Date”). You can read further details here

HP Inc. had a pretty favorable run when it comes to the market performance. The 1-year high price for the company’s stock is recorded $41.47 on 04/07/22, with the lowest value was $30.01 for the same time period, recorded on 07/05/22.

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HP Inc. (HPQ) full year performance was 16.63%

Price records that include history of low and high prices in the period of 52 weeks can tell a lot about the stock’s existing status and the future performance. Presently, HP Inc. shares are logging -18.81% during the 52-week period from high price, and 28.95% higher than the lowest price point for the same timeframe. The stock’s price range for the 52-week period managed to maintain the performance between $26.11 and $41.47.

The company’s shares, operating in the sector of Technology managed to top a trading volume set approximately around 6375510 for the day, which was evidently lower, when compared to the average daily volumes of the shares.

When it comes to the year-to-date metrics, the HP Inc. (HPQ) recorded performance in the market was -10.62%, having the revenues showcasing -8.08% on a quarterly basis in comparison with the same period year before. At the time of this writing, the total market value of the company is set at 34.02B, as it employees total of 51000 workers.

Market experts do have their say about HP Inc. (HPQ)

According to the data provided on Barchart.com, the moving average of the company in the 100-day period was set at 35.81, with a change in the price was noted -1.96. In a similar fashion, HP Inc. posted a movement of -5.50% for the period of last 100 days, recording 13,012,564 in trading volumes.

Technical breakdown of HP Inc. (HPQ)

Raw Stochastic average of HP Inc. in the period of last 50 days is set at 33.95%. The result represents downgrade in oppose to Raw Stochastic average for the period of the last 20 days, recording 95.81%. In the last 20 days, the company’s Stochastic %K was 90.55% and its Stochastic %D was recorded 75.80%.

Bearing in mind the latest performance of HP Inc., several moving trends are noted. Year-to-date Price performance of the company’s stock appears to be encouraging, given the fact the metric is recording -10.62%. Additionally, trading for the stock in the period of the last six months notably deteriorated by -7.25%, alongside a boost of 16.63% for the period of the last 12 months. The shares increased approximately by 3.28% in the 7-day charts and went up by 2.72% in the period of the last 30 days. Common stock shares were lifted by -8.08% during last recorded quarter.

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Killexams : Top speaker line-up announced for the Future of Education summit 2022

Leaders in business and academia will tackle The Pathway to Digital Transformation as they engage in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions at the 8th Annual Future of Education Summit, by CNBC AFRICA in partnership with FORBES AFRICA. This free-to-attend, virtually hosted event takes place on Friday, 29 July from 10.30am to 3.30pm, and is set to lead the dialogue on digital solutions in the tertiary education sector.

"We're very excited to welcome global leaders who have navigated digital platforms and are advancing the access and functionality of this space for the continent," said Dr Rakesh Wahi, Co-founder of the ABN Group and Founder of the Future of Education Summit. "The time for adopting digital solutions is now, but navigating a path that overcomes the challenges faced by the continent requires collaboration. That's why we're so looking forward to the solutions-driven approach of our speakers."

Dr Wahi, who will be welcoming this year's audience, is a visionary entrepreneur who has been involved with early-stage investments in emerging markets for the last 30 years. He is a well-respected member of the investment community and has distinguished himself in the field of IT, telecoms, media, technology and education investments. Alongside his role in the summit and with ABN Group, Dr Wahi is Chairman of CMA Investment Holdings that has representation through its portfolio companies in over 20 countries.

The 2022 Future of Education panellists

Bradley Pulford, Managing Director for HP, is one of the high-profile speakers joining the Future of Education Summit. In his role as Managing Director for HP Africa, Pulford is hurry to support and enhance the continent's rapidly accelerating economic growth and further HP's vision of diversity and inclusion.

Pulford is set to unpack the importance of digital equity in elevating the African education system during the Technology Challenges in Teaching and Learning panel discussion. exact research conducted by HP shows that, while educators are positive about the future of the profession, there is an urgent need to Excellerate their soft skills for future-proofing classrooms. During his discussion, Pulford will unpack how private-public partnerships contribute to elevating the education fraternity and providing long-term support for educators.

Pulford will be joined by Dan Adkins, Group CEO for Transnational Academic Group, responsible for teaching in the Foundation and Business programmes. With a solid grounding in the IT industry worldwide, and an MBA and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Research from Herriot-Watt University, Adkins is well-versed in the uses of technology in the tertiary sector. He has lectured at university level across a number of subjects, and has overseen the development of multiple foundation programmes while also providing seminars on education for TEDx.

Also speaking on the Topic is Prof Barry Dwolatzky, an Emeritus Professor and Director of Innovation Strategy at the University of Witwatersrand. Prof Dwolatzky, who has more than 30 years of experience leading students into the digital future, also serves as the Chief Visionary Officer for the Tshimologong Precinct, and is the Director and CEO of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering.

He will be joined by Suraj Shah, Lead for the Regional Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Mastercard Foundation (the Centre) who is responsible for the implementation of partnerships between the Centre and the various governments and ministries of education in Africa. He is currently aligning EdTech entrepreneurs with the governments of Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana, with the view to scale up technology innovations to Excellerate teaching and learning in secondary education at scale. He is passionate about women's empowerment and nurturing innovation and research among in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Topic of Digital Transformation in Education will be taken on by Prof Gary Martin, CEO and Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Management since 2012. He is tasked with leading all aspects of the business, focussed on building leadership, management and workplace capability in Australia and internationally, across the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sectors.

He is joined by Dr Kirti Menon, the Senior Director for the Division for Teaching Excellence at the University of Johannesburg who has served on national task teams with a research focus on access, exclusion and redress in higher education. As a Research Associate affiliated to the UJ Faculty of Education, Dr Menon is widely published in the fields of higher education, curriculum transformation, social exclusion and access.

Another expert addressing digital transformation is Prof Seth Kunin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Australia's seventh largest university – and one of the most international. Kunin's portfolio includes international relations; marketing, recruitment and admissions; transnational education through branch campuses and partnerships; study abroad and exchange; international scholarships; and quality.

Prof Mark Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor University of Southampton, brings in-depth knowledge to the panel having published more than 380 papers on advanced magnetic resonance techniques throughout his career. In his position at the university, he also holds a number of external appointments including membership of Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board; Senior Independent Member of UKRI EPSRC's Council; and board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, chairing their Research Wales Committee.

Unpacking Lessons from Covid & Developed World Transformation Strategies for African Education is another esteemed panel line-up, among them Prof Stan du Plessis, COO and Economics Professor and Stellenbosch University, a specialist in macroeconomics and monetary policy who has advised the South African Reserve Bank and National Treasury on macroeconomic policy.

Prof Kirk Semple, Director of International Engagement of Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University; will share his insights garnered over 30 years in academia, specialising in environmental microbiology. In his current role, he's been involved in international activities and partnerships for the university, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of the Witwatersrand, has been instrumental in establishing South Africa's first experimental high-energy physics research group at CERN, working on the Large Hadron Collider. He has fostered international collaborative research as Director of iThemba LABS where he initiated a flagship rare, isotope beam (RIB) project. He has also played a role in securing a place for African academic partners in the development of practical applications through access to the IBM Quantum Computing network.

They are joined by Adetomi Soyinka, Director of Programmes and Regional Portfolio Lead for the British Councils Higher Education Programme in Sub Saharan Africa, with more than 15 years' experience working in the commercial and international development sectors and a demonstrated track record of achievement in the design and delivery of multiple youth centred projects across education, skills for employability and enterprise.

The British Council is collaborating on the summit, showcasing its commitment to investing in education and opportunity in Africa. Commenting on this, Soyinka said: "Education and innovation are critical pathways to Excellerate economic well-being of Africa's future, and being part of this summit aligns with our vision of connecting international education communities, identifing mutually beneficial collaboration areas, removing learning barriers, and facilitating partnerships between various higher education sectors in Africa."

Tackling the Transformation of Higher Education Leadership is Prof Malcolm McIver, CEO and Provost of Lancaster University in Ghana. He's an experienced academic and education manager with a successful history of working in the higher education industry, international education, and transnational education.

Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director of Henley Business School in Africa – the first school to be accredited by The Association of Africa Business schools (AABS) - will also lend his expertise to the panel. Henley forms part of the Henley Business School UK, a leading global business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and Africa. He boasts 45 years of international working experience as a professor of innovation, MBA director, director of executive education, designer and director of numerous executive education programmes, and lecturer in strategy, innovation and executive learning. His interests are economic and educational transformation, sustainability and business evolution.

Jaye Richards-Hill, Director of Education Industry for Middle East and Africa, Microsoft Corp, will also provide her unique perspective on the Topic when she joins the panel. She has more than 30 years of international experience in teaching and training in the education and corporate sectors. Richards-Hill has also worked on government-level projects, including the exact Operation Phakisa Education Lab for the Office of the President in South Africa; and the Scottish Qualifications Authority Future Models of Assessment group; and was a member of the ICT in Education Excellence Group - a collective of education experts which advised the Scottish Secretary of State for Education on reforms to the national eLearning project and technology-driven transformation.

For the panel discussion on The Schools Business: Digital Transformation in Formal K-12 Schooling and Supplementary Tutoring, audiences can look forward to hearing from Edward Mosuwe, Head of Gauteng Department of Education, responsible for the overall leadership and management of the department, as well as serving as the accounting officer. Mosuwe has extensive experience in education having served as an academic at the then Technikon Witwatersrand (now the University of Johannesburg) and as a policy developer and a bureaucrat within the public service at national level.

Joining Mosuwe on the panel is Stacey Brewer, Co-founder and CEO of Spark Schools, an independent private school network which provides high quality, affordable education to previously underserved communities. Dean McCoubrey, Founder of the multi-award-winning EdTech Digital Citizenship Program and MySociaLife - teaching pupils media literacy and online safety – also joins the panel. He brings valuable insight into online learning, currently training Child Psychiatry Units on the latest online challenges to child development. Dean has also spoken at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar (2019), The World Education Conference in Mumbai (2020) and World Mental Health Congress (June 2021), alongside many local education and mind health events.

Yandiswa Xhakaza, Director and Principal of UCT Online High School – one of the event sponsors -will join the discussion, bringing her expertise as an educationalist with significant experience in South Africa's basic education sector.

"I'm delighted to be joining the Future of Education Summit this year as a key speaker on behalf of UCT Online High School, our extended team of teachers, learning designers and support coaches," said Xhakaza. "I will be discussing UCT Online High School's successes to date, market impact, learning technology advancements and unpacking the issue of the digital divide. Along with Valenture Institute, we're committed to accelerating access to world-class high school education, so that we can unleash South Africa's potential."

The 2022 Future of Education individual speakers

This year's keynote address will be given by Prof Andy Schofield, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University and an award-winning theoretical physicist working in the area of condensed matter physics specialising in correlated electrons. He studied Natural Sciences followed by a PhD at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he was appointed to a Research Fellowship in 1992. He moved to the USA in 1994 working at Rutgers for two years before returning to Cambridge.

During a one-on-one session, Bello Tongo the CEO of Tongston Entrepreneurship will discuss the Topic Incorporating Entrepreneurship Thinking in Education from Primary to Tertiary Levels. Tongo has extensive experience as a multi- multi-award-winning entrepreneur, educator and industry leader whose company is one of the top 50 global education organisations according to the Global Forum for Education & Learning.

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and recently appointed Deputy Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution will also engage in a one-one-one interview focusing on Transformation in the Education Sector. As an accomplished scholar with multi-disciplinary research interests – artificial intelligence in engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine – Prof Marwala will bring unique insights into this topic.

Included in this year's one-one-one interview is Robert Paddock, the CEO and Founder of Valenture Institute, a social enterprise turning physical limitations into digital opportunities by enabling students to choose an aspirational school regardless of their circumstances.

Don't miss out on these dynamic discussions that unlock technological potential for the tertiary education space! To book your place at the free-to-attend Future of Education webinar, register here https://hopin.com/events/future-of-education-summit-29-july-2022.

CNBC AFRICA in partnership with FORBES AFRICA extended thanks to the sponsors, The British Council, HP and the Transnational Academic Group, and UCT Online High School.

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Killexams : Bradford fans’ pie song, Iker Casillas gesture, Tim Krul controversy, Suarez-like bite: Paper Talk

BRADFORD fans have produced possibly the greatest chant in football history about a man and his pie, Iker Casillas shows his class with a beautiful gesture to a young fan and Tim Krul sparks controversy by being nice in a derby.

It’s all in Paper Talk.

FANS’ EPIC PIE SONG

We challenge you to watch a funnier video today than the one at the top of this page.

Eating a good old meat pie and chanting are two aspects of life in English football’s terraces, but they’re rarely combined, at least until now.

During a exact game at Doncaster, seemingly the entire Bradford away bay noticed a man digging into a pie and decided the sing about it, a chorus of “he’s eating his pie” echoing around Keepmoat Stadium.

A Bradford pie-eating fan is serenaded in the away section.Source: YouTube

Rather than be perturbed, the hungry individual joined in, but a problem was soon discovered, the protagonist was without sauce.

A second verse of “Does he want some sauce?” rung out, prompting a fellow supporter to hand the pie-eater some HP sauce as more fans joined in on the fun.

That prompted yet another verse, as “he’s got some brown” was bellowed out by hundreds of jubilant, probably well lubricated fans.

Just brilliant.

TAKE A BOW, IKER CASILLAS

His place in Real Madrid’s starting XI has come under question in exact months, but there’s no doubting Iker Casillas is a classy individual.

The Los Blancos legend comforted a young fan who had been hit by a wayward shot during Real’s 9-1 win over Granada.

The 33-year-old checked on the boy and alerted stewards when the incident happened during the first half, before returning at the interval to provide him his famed No.1 jersey.

The young fan with Casillas’s No.1 jersey.Source: Supplied

EAT YOUR HEART OUT, SUAREZ

Mexican league footballer Juan Arango conjured memories of Luis Suarez, but it was unfortunately with his teeth, not his feet.

The Club Tijuana star, who has 121 caps for Venezuela, sank his teeth into the shoulder of Monterrey’s of Jesus Zavela, prompting tempers to flare during his team’s 4-3 loss.

Arango was not booked by the referee but could face a heavy retrospective ban, capping off a miserable day that started so well when he curled in a stunning free kick.

KRUL CONGRATULATIONS SPARKS CRITICISM

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has come under fire for congratulating Jermain Defoe during Newcastle’s Wear-Tyne derby loss to arch rivals Sunderland.

English veteran Defoe smashed home a scintillating free kick, prompting Dutchman Krul to congratulate him as the players walked through the tunnel at half time.

Liverpool legend and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said the gloveman “made a mistake” by doing it in a high stakes game.

Krul and Defoe.Source: Twitter

“I wouldn’t do it or want to see one of my own team doing it,” said Carragher.

“Someone who doesn’t care about football might say it is good sportsmanship, but when I played in Everton v Liverpool games I would certainly not be shaking an Everton player’s hand if he scored a goal.

Fellow Sky pundit Thierry Henry agreed, claiming his former Gunners goalkeeper teammate Jens Lehmann wouldn’t have stood for it.

“I didn’t like to lose but you can appreciate, you look and say ‘well done’ and then you leave,” he said.

“But to do it there? I go back to goalkeepers… Jens Lehmann would’ve been in the dressing room waiting for us and he would’ve took us and pinned us on the wall ‘what are we doing?’

“That’s how mad goalkeepers are. Even in training if you score, the goalkeeper will tell you ‘you are lucky’.”

COSTA SET FOR SPELL ON SIDELINES

Jose Mourinho’s decision to bring Diego Costa off the bench against Stoke looks to have backfired, with the striker set to be sidelined for at least two weeks after sustaining another hamstring injury in the 2-1 win.

Costa — who has 19 goals in his first season in England - is likely to miss Chelsea’s upcoming league matches against Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United, lasting just 10 minutes after coming on.

Mourinho said after the game: “In football we have to take risks and as a manager if we have a tough result then I have to make decisions such as bring Costa on in the game.

“All the scans they did two days ago said the muscle was clean, the image was clean and he trained 100 per cent for two days. He did more in those training sessions then he did in the game, he took lots of shots.

“The player was convinced he was ready, not for 90 minutes, but he was ready to play and to help the team.”

FENERBACHE WANT TURKISH LEAGUE SUSPENDED

Turkish club Fenerbahce have called for the suspension of the country’s football league following the shocking gun attack on their team bus on the weekend.

The bus was fired at, injuring the driver, on the way back from an away match at Caykur Rizespor.

A statement on the club’s official website on Sunday said: ‘We consider that as long as this attack is not solved in a way that satisfies Fenerbahce and public opinion, a suspension of the championship is inevitable.

‘Blood ran and football was silenced. Finding and punishing the culprits is of vital importance for Fenerbahce.’

Following the incident, Fenerbahce Mehmet Topal told Sky News: “We cheated death. God protect us. I hope our driver will be all right. Words fail me. It’s unbelievable.”

HENDO SAYS TOP FOUR STILL POSSIBLE

Brendan Rodgers publicly dismissed Liverpool’s Champions League qualification hopes, but vice-captain Jordan Henderson says the Reds won’t provide up after falling seven points behind the top four with Saturday’s 4-1 loss at the Emirates.

“We knew it was going to be difficult, even before Saturday, but it makes it even more difficult,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean we’ll just provide up. We’ve got seven games left now and we need to try to win every one. If we do that, then you never know.

“Blackburn is another big game for us straight away. We’ve got to recover well, learn from this one and move on and try to get a big win on Wednesday.”

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Killexams : 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door Sport-Tech Review: Simple, effective, affordable

Unassuming as it is, the Subaru Impreza is one of those models etched into the history of automotive sport, and of course it benefits from the renown of the brand and all the good baggage that brings.

If today the little Subaru is reaching new sales heights, it’s not just because of its performance in terms of energy efficiency, safety and all-weather excellence. The fact is this sedan has very few direct competitors on the market. For the price, it’s simply impossible to find an AWD car on the market that rivals the Impreza. In fact, check out our latest ranking of the Top 10 most affordable vehicles with all-wheel drive in Canada, and see where the Impreza ranks!

For 2019 the Impreza comes in four distinct flavours: Convenience, Touring, Sport and Sport-Tech; we were given the latter of those versions to romp around in in the snow, equipped with the excellent EyeSight package.

Quality design and surprising comfort, at a budget price
While there’s no denying the Impreza of today is considerably different from the model’s first generations, Subaru’s qualification of its 2019 edition as “daring” is stretching things just a bit. There’s no radical departure from its styling past here, but the new Impreza’s look is pleasant and well-proportioned; you can even call it elegant.

The Sport-Tech version of the 2019 Impreza comes shod in 18-inch wheels, which does alter the appearance a little bit, adding a bit of muscle and ground clearance. The Convenience and Touring versions get 16-inch wheels, while the Sport gets 17-inch wheels. There’s also a welcome power sunroof to add a bit more flair.

A vibrant new colour has been added to the menu for 2019, Island Blue Pearl. The Sport-Tech version can also be had in Crimson Red Pearl for those who want to draw more attention to themselves.

The ivory-coloured interior (available on all trims save the Convenience) brings another level of pseudo-luxury to the car; other choices are black or beige cloth seating and accents. Overall, you have to salute the level of finishing throughout the interior of the 2019 Impreza. You could argue that the superposition of the screens makes for a busy space between the front seats, but I rather like that top horizontal screen that provides most of the data I want to access periodically, so that I don’t have to wade into the menu of the bigger screen below.

Otherwise, various little details like the stitching on the seats do their part to beautify the interior space. The Sport-Tech version, by the way, makes the readouts on the instrument cluster in front of the driver appear in fiery red, a nice little touch if you just go with the slight kitschiness of it.

The seats are comfortable and adapt well to different passengers. Surprisingly, the rather compact exterior of the Impreza doesn’t translate into a cramped interior. The car can look rather puny when standing next to any other Subaru, even the Legacy, but the cabin is spacious and the rear offers sufficient room for its occupants to be comfortable, while the trunk can handle a decent combination of luggage, hockey and golf bags and what-not. The back seats, moreover, fold down flat to provide a large cargo area, easily accessible via the hatch opening and low sill point.

There a few minor exceptions to the generally high quality of materials overall, a reminder that some compromises were unavoidable in order to keep down the selling price of this AWD sedan. There's some iffy plastic placed here and there and the carpeting seems a little bargain-basement, for example, and seems more appropriate for the trunk than for the passenger space.

The EyeSight package, an excellent choice
The straightforward simplicity of the Impreza’s commands inside is commendable; big buttons and a large 8-inch touchscreen make for easy and practical navigating. (Take note that the Convenience and Touring versions make do with a 6.5-inch screen). The integrated GPS provides real-time info on traffic conditions.

For 2019, Subaru has fitted its Impreza with an improved infotainment interface, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility is included across the product range. There’s also a premium harmon/kardon audio system with 8 speakers.

Now for that EyeSight package. It includes a suite of safety functions, and the system is designed to intervene intelligently when needed. The system has been proven to reduce the risk of accident – take note that the NHTSA gave the 2019 Impreza its highest-possible Tops Safety Pick+ rating.

The package includes features like a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic braking in emergency situations, including when in reverse.

You also get a smart key with push-button start. In my view the total of features included is on a par with what you’d generally find in costlier models. The EyeSight package is therefore a high-value proposition.

The powertrain
The 2019 Impreza Sport-Tech comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with direct injection and an output of 152 hp. The first three trims of the model can be had with a 5-speed manual transmission, which is unusual these days. Alternatively the Sport-Tech comes by default with a 7-speed CVT.

Maximum torque for this Impreza is 145 lb-ft at 4,000 RPM, and official fuel consumption is 9.0L/100 km, which is fairly attractive. That said, my test week took place during a cold, snowy spell, and I did not better than 11.6L/100 km. To be fair, I drove it primarily in the city, but still, those consumers who are looking to minimize what they spend on gas may find this is not the ideal choice for them. All-wheel drive is great and all, but it requires accepting a more fuel-hungry daily-driving experience.

The engine itself is on the drone-ish side, and there’s no denying that those bigger wheels and the sport suspension of the SportTech model makes for a slightly less serene driving experience, although the Impreza does manage to temper the agitation somewhat. It could be worse…

Given those sporty accoutrements, I did expect a slightly more lively time behind the wheel of this high-end Impreza. Acceleration is simply ordinary, no matter how much I played with the gas pedal to try to coddle the CVT. This powertrain could use more torque. On the other hand, nothing much to fault about the steering, it’s light in the hand without being jumpy in reacting to commands. The suspension is also quite accomplished, despite the extra firmness it imposes on the butts in the seats. It’s more than able to handle the challenges thrown at it by our wintry Canadian roads.

It’s worth noting that the new Impreza benefits from a stiffer body than before, and it shows. The car is quite adept on corners and in those situations, it truly is rather sporty.

Pricing and the competition
As mentioned, there are few direct rivals the Impreza can be compared with on an apples-to-apples basis. This is a smallish sedan that’s well adapted to the urban environment thanks to its size and handling agility, but is generous with its interior space. Meanwhile the all-wheel-drive system is excellent and you can get it here for quite a bit less than just about anywhere else.

You could consider the Volkswagen Jetta, which delivers livelier driving dynamics. But in addition to that AWD, the Impreza actually has more basic power at its disposal.

The starting price for the 4-door Convenience version of the Impreza is a an attractive $19,995, and it climbs from there to $31,095 for the 5-door Sport Tech with EyeSight package.

The 2019 edition of the Impreza is a model at maturity, with self-confident, no-flash looks,  and it’s very good at what it does best. It’s come a long way in the last dozen years, although you could argue that the driving sensations offered by those earlier Imprezas were more stirring than today’s model. The lack of engine power, especially in the base models, could dissuade some potential buyers. But if you’re looking for a solid all-wheel-drive vehicle at an affordable price, the Impreza’s for you.

Pluses

- EyeSight package provides improved safety and excellent value
- Spacious interior
- Comfortable seating
- Adequate cargo space with easy entry in the 5-door version
- Nimble in corners
- AWD for a truly reasonable price
- Self-confident design with no need to get flashy

Minuses

- Anemic powertrain
- Ordinary in accelerations
- Ride comfort falls short of what you could hope for

Article by Auto123.com

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Killexams : Polestar 2 ‘BST edition 270’ embodies Polestar’s performance DNA

Polestar is expanding its tuning-based Polestar Engineered product offering with the introduction of the Polestar 2 BST edition 270. The new version leverages decades of tuning experience to deliver Polestar’s most dynamic electric driver’s car yet. As implied in the name, only 270 units will be built, exclusively for Europe, North America and China.

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Polestar 2 BST edition 270 in Snow with optional matte black stripe at Gotland Ring, Sweden (Photo: Business Wire)

Polestar 2 BST edition 270 in Snow with optional matte black stripe at Gotland Ring, Sweden (Photo: Business Wire)

“We had a great reaction to the specially modified Polestar 2 we showed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2021 and the response made it clear – we should create a version like that for production,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.

The production car includes mechanical modifications along with key design enhancements to elevate itself above standard Polestar 2 models. The result is a car that delivers a superior dynamic experience behind the wheel.

The two electric motors and 78 kWh battery have been enhanced for a maximum power output of 476 hp (350 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque, along with heightened responsiveness to go with the sportier dynamics.

Chassis modifications include lowered ride height (-25 mm), specially developed and unique Öhlins 2-way adjustable dampers with auxiliary adjustment chambers mounted under the bonnet, a front strut bar, 20% stiffer springs and unique new matte black 21-inch alloy wheels that are inspired by those of Polestar 1. Tires are 245/35R21 Pirelli P Zero, developed specifically for this car. The standard 4-piston Brembo brakes remain.

The limited-edition model is available in either Thunder or Snow exterior colors with a Charcoal WeaveTech interior. The body features a more substantial expression thanks to fully painted bumpers and side skirts. A matte black body stripe is available as an option, as well as a full-body Battleship Gray satin wrap. Side mirrors are finished in glossy black. The signature ‘Swedish gold’ details remain, including on the brake calipers, damper elements, valve caps and seatbelts.

Interested customers in applicable markets are invited to express their interest at Polestar.com, after which Polestar specialists will coordinate a personalized sales process. Production is planned to begin in mid-2022, with deliveries expected from the fourth quarter.

Polestar intends to list on the Nasdaq in a proposed business combination with Gores Guggenheim, Inc. (Nasdaq: GGPI, GGPIW, and GGPIU), which is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

About Polestar

Polestar was established as a new, standalone Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer in 2017. Founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result.

Polestar is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its vehicles are currently available and on the road in markets across Europe, North America, China and Asia Pacific. By 2023, the company plans that its cars will be available in an aggregate of 30 markets. Polestar cars are currently manufactured in two facilities in China, with additional future manufacturing planned in the USA.

In September 2021, Polestar announced its intention to list as a public company on the Nasdaq in a business combination agreement with Gores Guggenheim, Inc. Full information on this definitive agreement can be found here.

Polestar has produced two electric performance cars. The Polestar 1 was built between 2019 and 2021 as a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.

The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. The Polestar 2 model range includes three variants with a combination of long- and standard range batteries as large as 78 kWh, and dual- and single-motor powertrains with as much as 300 kW / 408 hp and 660 Nm.

From 2022, Polestar plans to launch one new electric vehicle per year, starting with Polestar 3 – the company’s first electric performance SUV. Polestar 4 is expected to follow in 2023, a smaller electric performance SUV coupe.

In 2024, the Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT is planned to be launched as the production evolution of Polestar Precept – the manifesto concept car that Polestar released in 2020 that showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of design, technology, and sustainability. As the company seeks to reduce its climate impact with every new model, Polestar aims to produce a truly climate-neutral car by 2030.

In early March 2022, Polestar revealed its second concept car, the Polestar O electric performance roadster. Polestar Obuilds on the design, technology and sustainability ambitions laid out by Precept and showcases the brand’s vision for future sports cars. The hard-top convertible presents an evolution of the unique design language first shown by Precept and emphasises a dynamic driving experience. The concept further develops the focus on sustainability and technology, aiming towards greater circularity.

About Gores Guggenheim, Inc.

Gores Guggenheim, Inc. (Nasdaq: GGPI, GGPIW, and GGPIU) is a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, LLC, founded by Alec Gores, and by an affiliate of Guggenheim Capital, LLC. Gores Guggenheim completed its initial public offering in April 2021, raising approximately USD 800 million in cash proceeds for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Gores Guggenheim's strategy is to identify and complete business combinations with market leading companies with strong equity stories that will benefit from the growth capital of the public equity markets and be enhanced by the experience and expertise of Gores' and Guggenheim’s long history and track record of investing in and operating businesses.

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