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2023 Ford Ranger pick-up truck revealed: price, specs and release date

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The emphasis on SUV-like touches continues inside, where more soft-touch plastics and an electronic parking brake have been introduced.

Infotainment will be provided by a portrait-oriented touchscreen – measuring either 10.0in or 12.0in depending on which trim you choose – running Ford’s Sync 4 software, which we found to be responsive and intuitive in the Mustang Mach-E. The screen will also display a 360-degree camera view around the Ranger, which should prove helpful in tight spaces.

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Manually-activated four-wheel drive will come as standard, but higher trim levels will have an automated electronic system that should enhance off-road capabilities.

Power will be provided by the existing range of 2.0-litre diesel engines, which produce 128bhp, 168bhp or 210bhp in the current Ranger. However, its gearbox options have been updated to include a new five and six-speed manual, as well as a revised version of the current 10-speed automatic. 

A new 3.0-litre engine will also be offered for those who require more flexibility. That’s likely to be offered in the high-performance Raptor model.

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Ford hasn’t yet detailed the Ranger’s maximum payload, but expect it to exceed 1000kg on most versions, so buyers can take advantage of the low company car tax rate for commercial vehicles.

Pricing is likely to start at £25,000 (excluding VAT), which is almost £1,000 more than the current version due to the increased level of standard equipment. That’s more than you’d pay for rivals including the Ssangyong Musso but is competitive with the Toyota Hilux – the winner of the Best Commercial Pick-up Award in the 2022 What Car? Van and Commercial Awards.


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Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl review – a tyrant’s last stand | History books

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A statue in the US Capitol honours Clio, the marmoreal muse of history. Floating above the political fray, she rides in a winged chariot that allegorically represents time and has a clock for its wheel. Looking over her shoulder as she writes in a stony ledger, she tracks events in serene retrospect. The journalists who nowadays report on happenings in Washington work at a more frantic, flustered tempo, racing to catch up with the chaos of breaking news. Jonathan Karl, a correspondent for ABC News, seems to be permanently breathless. In Betrayal, he runs for cover during an emergency lockdown at the White House, with grenades detonating in the distance. He is roused after midnight by the announcement of Trump’s Covid diagnosis; later, he has to rush to the hospital, ditch his car and scramble into place before the presidential helicopter lands on a strip of road that is suddenly “the centre of the broadcast universe”. And on 6 January Karl keeps up a live commentary as the Capitol is invaded by a mob determined to lynch Vice-President Mike Pence – reviled as a “pussy” by Trump because he refused to overturn Biden’s victory – on a makeshift gallows.

The Capitol was designed as a classical temple consecrated to democracy, which is why Clio is at home there: picture the Parthenon on steroids, topped by the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica. In Betrayal, however, it is the set for a mock-heroic battle between thugs in horned helmets wielding fire extinguishers as weapons and politicians who prepare to fight back with ceremonial hammers torn from display cases and a sword left over from the civil war. Aghast and incredulous, Karl exhausts his supply of synonyms; this final act of the expiring Trump regime is nuts, weird, crazy, kooky and bonkers.

Worse follows when crackpot conspiracy theorists gather to explain to Trump how the election was rigged. One sleuth contends that wireless thermostats made in China for Google reprogrammed voting machines in Georgia. A shadowy figure called Carlo Goria blames an Italian company and its “advanced military encryption capabilities”; Trump had two government departments investigate this claim, although the picture in Goria’s Facebook profile identifies him as the deranged scientist played by Peter Sellers in Dr Strangelove. Numerous high-level functionaries shiftily justify themselves by telling Karl that the main concern of the administration was to control or at least frustrate its chief executive. During the Black Lives Matter unrest, Trump ordered out the troops to impose martial law on Washington. His wily secretary of defence, Mark Esper, deployed an army unit, but confined it to a fort outside the city. The ruse was a pacifier; rather than calming the streets, Esper’s aim was “to quell the dangerous and dictatorial urgings of his commander in chief”. Our prime minister may be a clown, but for four years the US had an outright lunatic as its president.

Like all reality TV, what Karl calls “the Trump show” is the product of fantasy and fakery; its star is an existential fraud who admits his unease by referring to himself in the third person. “You must hate Trump,” says Trump when Bill Barr, his previously compliant attorney general, rebuffs his lies about a stolen election. He then says: “You must hate Trump” a second time, making it an exhortation as much as an accusation. He can’t command love and suspects that he doesn’t deserve it: will hatred do as a second best? Elsewhere, Trump re-enacts for Karl an exchange with his sullen adolescent son. “Do you love your dad?” he wheedles, as needy as a black hole. “Uh, I don’t know,” grunts Barron. “Too cool,” remarks the paterfamilias, frozen out.

Karl’s anecdotes offer some sharp insights into Trump’s compulsions. He fawns over autocratic thugs such as Putin because he is himself a weakling. While demanding “total domination” of demonstrators outside the White House, he is hustled to safety in a fortified basement, which prompts an internet wit to nickname him “bunker bitch”. As a populist, he cares only about popularity and purchases it with tacky giveaways; while in hospital with Covid, he sends lackeys to distribute “cartons of M&M’s emblazoned with his signature” to the fans outside. When Karl prods him to denounce the riot at the Capitol, he fondly recalls that “magnificently beautiful day” and grumbles that the fake news didn’t give him “credit” for attracting such a large crowd. Negotiating with Karl over his attendance at the White House correspondents’ dinner, where the president usually delivers a jocular speech, Trump asks: “What is the concept? Am I supposed to be funny up there?” Yes, the psychotic shtick of this would-be dictator is dictated by whatever audience he is playing to.

Donald Trump supporters inside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021
Donald Trump supporters inside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When the counting of electoral votes resumed late at night on 6 January, Karl notes that the senators picked their way into the chamber through splintered wood, shattered glass and a surf of ransacked documents, with the stink of pepper spray lingering in the air; the bust of President Zachary Taylor had been smeared “with a red substance that appeared to be blood”. In a poem about the statue of Clio written in 1851, President John Adams regretted that she had to listen to “the conflicting jar/ Of ranting, raving parties”. Adams didn’t know the half of it. Perhaps Clio’s marble pallor reflects her state of mind: she must be appalled by what she has recently had to record in her open book.

Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl is published by Dutton Books

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China study warns of ‘colossal’ Covid-19 outbreak if it adopts ‘open-up’ strategies like US, UK | India News

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BEIJING: Warning about a “colossal” Covid-19 outbreak, a new study by the Chinese mathematicians has advised against dropping the country’s zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs.
China could not afford to lift travel restrictions without more efficient vaccinations or specific treatments, said Peking University mathematicians, in the report published in China CDC Weekly by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
Making use of data provided by the United States, Britain, Spain, France and Israel, the researchers assessed the possible outcomes if China adopted the same pandemic control strategies.
“The estimates revealed the real possibility of a colossal outbreak which would almost certainly induce an unaffordable burden to the medical system. Our findings have raised a clear warning that, for the time being, we are not ready to embrace “open-up” strategies resting solely on the hypothesis of herd immunity induced by vaccination advocated by certain western countries,” the study said.
More efficient vaccinations or more specific treatment, preferably the combination of both, are needed before entry-exit quarantine measures and other Covid-19 response strategies in China can be safely lifted, it added.
The study refuted the arguments that a higher infection size is more tolerable provided that severe cases of Covid-19 have been substantially reduced under the large-scale vaccination campaign.
“While vaccination has been proved to significantly reduce the development of severe symptoms after infection from the original and mutated strain of the virus, the emergence of new mutated strains would potentially disrupt such protection,” the study said.
Amid rising global vaccination rates in several parts of the world, China is doubling down on its zero-tolerance policy.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan last year, China has taken the approach of strict lockdowns, multiple rounds of mass testing, and centralized quarantine. Even after purportedly vaccinating 77 per cent of its 1.4 billion people and giving booster shots, Beijing has continued with the same policy despite major consequences.

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