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Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 7 August

Posté le 7/8/2020 à 10:07 - 0 Commentaires - poster un commentaire - Lien

Six years since it went out of production, theLand Rover Freelanderhas become a popular used buy, with prices for the second-gen version starting from just £2500.
Admittedly, you'll be getting a very well used example for that, potentially with a patchy service history and a few knocks and scrapes.
We would suggest stretching your budget to look at a post-2010 facelift car (there was another nip and tuck in 2012 to the interior and tail-lights), because that introduced the more powerful (187bhp) SD4 diesel engine.
We found one for £10,000, and that sort of money also allows you to pick up a handsomely equipped XS, with leather seats that are electrically adjustable and heated in the front, an Alpine hi-fi and parking sensors. AD: scan tool.
The SD4 comes exclusively with a smooth six-speed automatic gearbox that suits the Freelander to a T. This isn't a car that enjoys being hustled, rather revelling at a measured canter.
It's also a competent cross-county tool; every version aside from the eD4 has four-wheel drive. A simplified version ofLand Rover'sTerrain Response system cleverly controls the brakes, traction control and throttle to get you out of the mud. It may not have quite the off-road chops ofthe Range Rover , but it is far from your regular soft-roader.
The Freelander certainly isn't trouble-free and can suffer badly if scheduled fluid changes are missed. It's understandable that some are, especially the 10-year service that costs more than £1000 at the dealer.
But find a Freelander that's been cherished and you'll enjoy a cosseting and capable SUV with lasting kerbside appeal.
Porsche Cayenne , £25,995:The Cayenne is an enormously capable SUV both on and off road. Particularly this 71,000-mile V8 diesel example with air suspension and central and rear differential locks. It is described as being in superb condition and has a full dealer service history.
BMW Z4 , £9440:The previous Z4 was no out-and-out sports car, even with its bigger engines. We therefore suggest you go for a pre-2011 sDrive23i, similar to the 68,000-miler found here. That way, you get a sonorous straight six without the massive running costs.
Skoda Yeti Outdoor , £12,890:The Yeti remains a subject of interest among used buyers despite being slain in 2017. We prefer the pre-facelift look, but the 148bhp 1.4 turbo petrol engine is so great that we'll take this later, 48,000-mile Outdoor model (in posh Laurin & Klement trim).
Mercedes-AMG C63 Performance Pack , £17,490:For around half the price of a new regularC-Class , you can have thisAMG6.2-litre V8 from 2009. The 63,000-miler has the Performance Pack, so subtle mechanical upgrades and a limited-slip diff to better deal with 487bhp of tyre-melting grunt.
Land Rover Series 2 109 :As if there weren't enoughLand Rovercontent in this section, we spied a refurbished 1959 Series 2 109in that sold at auction for £19,440. Said to be one of the earliest examples of a barrel-sided Series 2, it has had a full bare-metal respray in its original colour, while most of the (admittedly few) interior trimmings are apparently original. Vehicles like this were bought to perform a duty, so coming across one that hasn't been literally driven into the ground is to be celebrated. Period goodies such as a sunshade for the windscreen and the safari roof (designed to keep the interior cool during hot weather) are all present and correct, too.
Land Rover Discovery 3 , £7995:The third-generation Discovery has all the makings of a classic. Geoff Upex and his Land Rover design team knocked it out of the park, and people bought the car in their droves. They loved the square-jawed styling, shown off best as here in Zermatt Silver with privacy glass and pre-facelift black plastic body trim. If you don't cover many miles, the rare 4.4-litre petrol V8 is the best engine.
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Mark Pearson:James is looking for a sound alternative to the now-defunctVolkswagen Golf Cabriolet , and I think I've found the perfect car. The Maserati Spyder has a wonderful,Ferrari -built 4.2-litre V8 and can hit 176mph. It looks a million dollars but costs rather a lot less. I think ...

In Phase 2, Migrant Workers Battle Financial Fears And A Mental Health Crisis

Posté le 6/8/2020 à 05:49 - 0 Commentaires - poster un commentaire - Lien

All photos in this piece were taken before the circuit breaker.
The last time Feroz* set foot outside his dormitory was in early April. For nearly four months, he has not been to Little India, the shipyard where he works, or even the other end of his dormitory compound.
After the circuit breaker kicked in on April 7, Feroz, a Bangladeshi migrant worker, watched as chaos descended on his Tuas dormitory and the place went into lockdown. With cases climbing day by day, he was moved to a room in another block in mid-April, meant for residents who had been exposed to the virus.
He has been there ever since.
For the last four months, he and his roommates have left their room only to collect their meals and use the bathroom. From his window, they can see barricades lining the compound; the blocks have been separated into red, green, and yellow zones depending on residents' status. Optimism is in short supply.
"Still we don't know what going on, and next day where we will be," he tells me.
After Covid-19 hit the dormitories, early response efforts might be best characterised as disaster relief, focused on testing, controlling the outbreak, and keeping everyone fed and provided for. These initial challenges have been gradually resolved, only to be replaced by a different set of problems-some deadlier and harder to tackle than the virus itself.
Getting back to work
On July 25, it was reported that all dormitories are finally expected to be cleared of Covid-19 by August 7, apart from 17 blocks in several purpose-built facilities still serving as isolation quarters.
An MOM representative confirmed that this covers all migrant workers in purpose-built dormitories (PBDs), factory-converted dormitories (FCDs), and temporary living quarters. Due to the size of the PBDs, the biggest of which house tens of thousands of workers, clearance is done on a block-by-block basis to avoid holding the whole dorm up.
Although the process is nearly finished, and more men are expected to go back to work soon, being ‘cleared' simply refers to a dormitory (or block) being declared free of Covid. It does not mean that men can immediately start work.
Nazmul*, who lives in a cleared PBD in Woodlands, estimated that around 30-40% of his dorm's residents' had returned to work at the time of our conversation. (He was not among them.) Being stuck in limbo has been agonizing for men like him and Feroz, who tested negative some time ago, but still don't know when they can resume work.
The agencies involved have been working on a mammoth task under several constraints, and with extensive testing efforts, things have improved in the last few weeks. Nonetheless, migrant workers, employers, and community advocates I spoke to alike, while acknowledging the immense scale of the clearance process, expressed deep frustration over how it was managed.
By their accounts, the last few months have been a confusing mess, hampered by multiple communication failures and information gaps.
Several sources brought up inconsistencies and delays in how swab test results were communicated, particularly between the May-July period. (Accounts of administrative errors and delays with test results have also been reported elsewhere.)
Men were not always promptly informed that they had tested negative, adding to the chaos. They assumed this only because they had not been sent for treatment or heard otherwise, sometimes for as long as a few weeks, until their Covid status was confirmed. (Migrant workers can currently check this in an app, FWMOMCare, which allows them to check their health status and request teleconsultations.)
Even then, positive test results were not always promptly communicated. An owner of an engineering construction company, who asked to be known only as Ms Lee, claimed that her workers did not know they were Covid-positive for nearly 3-4 weeks after their swab tests.
They only learned this in mid-July, when they received letters from MOH explaining that they had in fact tested positive, but were no longer infectious because the isolation period had ended. The company had not known either, and...
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