In 2012, Sgt. Joe Mille lost his right leg to a roadside bomb during the final month of his deployment to South Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was a rifleman and team leader for the Army. But he hasn't let the injury keep him down. After enduring a rigorous, 15-month stint of rehab, the Sitka, Alaska, native reenlisted for another six-year term.

Since his injury, Mille has already served as a competition shooter and instructor at the Fort Benning, Ga., Army base; served as a sniper team leader at Fort Drum, in New York; and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He's now an infantry squad leader at Fort Drum, and pursuing a degree in counterterrorism studies.

"I plan to make the best out of my time in the Army and look forward to a long and fruitful career," said the 25-year-old, who is married with two children.

On Saturday, April 15, Toyota and the New York International Auto Show joined forces to celebrate and honor Mille with the donation of a specially customized 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented Mille with his new keys during the auto show's opening ceremony at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

"Throughout his multiple tours of duty, and even after serious injury, Sgt. Mille has inspired Toyota with his commitment, courage and dignity," said Kevin Curran, assistant general manager for Toyota's New York sales region. "We thank him for his sacrifices and service for others."

The Bussani Mobility Team of Mamaroneck, N.Y., outfitted Mille's new ride with a gas pedal that can be used with a left foot.

"The New York Auto Show salutes Sgt. Mille for his years of unwavering service and dedication," said New York auto show chairman John LaSorsa. "We're proud to partner with our friends at Toyota who have generously donated this vehicle to honor Sgt. Mille."

The 2017 RAV4 Hybrid continues to build upon the model's 21-year reputation for comfort, style and performance while offering a bevy of standard-issue safety technologies. The 2017 model is equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), a new multi-feature advanced safety package that bundles Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function featuring forward collision warning and Automatic Emergency Braking; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function; Automatic High Beams; and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The most powerful and fuel-efficient RAV4 in the model's history, the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 34 mpg city/30 mpg highway/32 mpg combined and comes equipped with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i) as standard.

Around 90pc of services were back in action by early morning on Friday. However, restrictions remain in place on public transport today due to the Bank Holiday weekend. Here is everything you need to know:

Bus Eireann:

Most services are now running according to Bus Éireann as drivers return to work after 21 days on the picket line.

All services in the southwest, west and eastern region are running the company said, as are Athlone town services.

The 7.25am service from Doon was delayed this morning due to technical issues.

In Dublin the nightrider service will not run on Friday night.

Tomorrow normal Saturday services will be in place, while on Easrer Sunday a number of services will be cancelled. Details of which can be found here.

Irish Rail:

A number of upgrades on routes are underway this weekend which will affect the Northside DART and Northern Commuter which will run on a Saturday schedule from 7pm.

No Dart services will operate between Connolly and Malahide/Howth between 7pm Friday and close of business Sunday.

Northern Commuter services will operate between Skerries and Drogheda and Dundalk only.

Bus transfers will operate between Connolly and Skerries, serving Donabate.

Rush and Lusk station will remain closed for the duration of the works and Dublin Bus will honour tickets to and from Rush and Lusk.

Intercity services will also be hit by alterations.

Enterprise services after 7pm will operate between Drogheda and Belfast with a bus transfer between Connolly and Drogheda.

The Maynooth/M3 Parkway services will operate to a Saturday schedule with the addition of the 06.15 Longford-Pearse and 17.15 Connolly-Longford services. 

The Docklands Station is also closed today.

Portlaoise/Kildare/Newbridge Commuter services will operate to a Friday schedule with some alterations. 

There will also be a limited peak Newbridge/Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock service. 

Cork Commuter will operate to a Saturday schedule.

Dublin Bus:

A normal weekday service will operate on all routes with the exception of the routes listed below:

Routes 25x, 27x, 32x, 46e, 51x, 116, 118 and all Nitelink services will not operate according to the company.


Red and Green Line services will run on a Saturday schedule today.

Students can now use a mobile app to pay for bus fare on the Big Blue Bus.

Token Transit is a mobile application that allows users to purchase bus fare on their devices. The app partnered with Big Blue Bus, which has several stops in the Westwood area and runs throughout Los Angeles.

The app’s users can purchase a bus fare and show their phone screen, which displays their ticket, to the driver upon entering the bus. Users can also buy single-use passes or monthly passes through the app.

Sam Daly, co-founder of Token Transit, said he created the app with three other developers to help make public transportation more accessible.

“We believe public transit is really important to every city, and we want to make it easier for folks to use it,” he said.

The app is currently in a trial period with the Big Blue Bus.

“The trial just started, but we’ve been doing trials in other cities, which have been going really well,” Daly said.

He said he thinks carrying exact change for bus fare may be a burden and unappealing for riders.

“We need to eliminate barriers to entry,” he said. “One barrier is paying for transit fare.”

Daly said public transit ridership had been growing for 25 years, but has recently declined. He added he believes Token Transit will help change that.

“Tech is one of the major controllable factors to get to reverse that trend,” he said. “Consumers are starting to demand paying for almost everything with their mobile devices.”

Suja Lowenthal, the transit planning and community engagement manager for the Big Blue Bus, said customers have been successfully downloading and using the app.

“More than three-fourths of our customers own a smartphone,” Lowenthal said. “Leveraging the smartphone as a way to make riding transit easier is the obvious thing to do.”

Typical boarding times with cash payments take about 23 seconds, but just two to three seconds with mobile payments. Lowenthal said the Big Blue Bus would like to see a decrease in cash users.

Lowenthal said the integration of technology may be particularly appealing to students.

“Our hope is that Token Transit will allow students to experience or consume our service in a manner that’s very familiar to them,” Lowenthal said.

Kristi Hoi, a graduate film directing/production student, said she likes the idea of the app.

“I don’t use the bus often, but I possibly would use it more if it was more convenient,” Hoi said.

Kim Nguyen, a graduate animation student, said she used the bus more often during her first year at UCLA, but stopped using it as regularly because it became inconvenient.

Nguyen said she thinks the app will make the bus more accessible.

“I never have coins on me,” she said. “I had the TAP card, but when I wanted to add money I had to go to the shop or the station, and I think you could make an online account but it was too much effort.”

Nguyen said she has been thinking about getting a car, but she does not want to worry about gas and other expenses.

“The bus is cheaper, so I would rather use it than get a car or use Uber or Lyft,” Nguyen said.

The Probation Department took almost 22,000 traffic violators in hand last year, with about one in every three of them taken on visits to morgues.

With the traffic safety campaign underway for the Songkran festival this week, Narat Sawetanant, director-general of the Probation Department, revealed on Monday the agency disciplined 21,944 traffic offenders last year.

Of these, 6,750 were sent to visit morgues and accident wards, 4,325 were assigned to help inpatients at hospitals, and 3,422 served as traffic volunteers who, for example, painted road signs and helped improve landscapes.

In addition, 4,615 people were put through a course on traffic rules, 1,510 on religion, and 791 on the dangers of alcoholic beverages.

Blood donations were required from 277 offending drivers while 243 others were tasked with cleaning hospitals and some with cleaning at the Poh Teck Tung rescue foundation.

The Probation Department was participating in the government’s road safety campaign, and was proposing longer hours of community service and other social contributions for traffic violators, Mr Narat said.

Men are far more dangerous drivers than women, according to statistics compiled by Dubai Police.

Numerical data from last year shows that the number of dangerous traffic accidents caused by men was 10 times higher than women and that there were far more fatalities as a result of accidents caused by men as well.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the Traffic Department in Dubai Police, said female drivers caused 126 dangerous traffic accidents, which led to the death of eight people last year.

That compares to 1,299 accidents caused by men that caused 186 deaths and caused severe injuries to 155 people

“Women caused four per cent of the total number of deaths [in accidents] last year. They injured 180 people including eight with serious injuries,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.

While men are more dangerous drivers due to a tendency for speeding, recklessness or stunt driving, women generally fall foul of the law because they tend to get distracted while driving thus endangering themselves and others on the road around them, police said.

According to the new traffic law by the UAE Ministry of Interior, female drivers who are caught applying makeup or brushing their hair while driving will be fined Dh800 with four black points against their driving licence.

General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, director of the UAE Federal Traffic Council, said that women putting on makeup while driving is no minor offence.


“This violation would be considered as serious one as driving in a dangerous manner.

“Applying makeup or combing hair while driving is more dangerous than using mobile phones,” he said.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce a series of nine remarkable Wraith ‘Inspired by British Music’ cars, created in collaboration with, and celebrating the legacy of, some of British music’s most revered rock and vocal artists.

The first four of these Bespoke cars have been unveiled for the first time today at the Sanderson Hotel in London by the artists who created them in partnership with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks, and Giles Martin, son of world-renowned songwriter and producer Sir George Martin.

The British music legends worked in close partnership with Rolls-Royce’s design experts at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England to create ultimate one-of-a-kind collectors’ pieces for the most ardent fans of each artist. These highly Bespoke Wraith motor cars will be sold later in 2017, with Rolls-Royce donating a proportion of the value of each to charities selected by each artist.

The cars…

Roger Daltrey CBE – The Who

The Who’s lead singer and frontman, Roger Daltrey CBE, committed to creating two cars for the project. The first is inspired by his own personal music legacy and The Who’s history. The second has been created in collaboration with Mike McInnerney, the artist responsible for the famous album artwork of The Who’s seminal 1969 album ‘Tommy’.

Sir Ray Davies – The Kinks

Sir Ray Davies has created a tribute to The Kinks, one of the most influential British rock bands of all time, inspired by his personal legacy and that of the band.

Sir George Martin – ‘the fifth Beatle’

Songwriter and producer Giles Martin has created a tribute to his father, Sir George Martin, the famous record producer who was dubbed ‘the fifth Beatle’ by Sir Paul McCartney.

Dame Shirley Bassey

Dame Shirley Bassey celebrates a musical legacy as one of the most popular female vocalists of all time, with a Wraith ‘Inspired by British Music’, marking her glittering career over six decades.

Status Quo

Created in collaboration with Francis Rossi OBE – lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo – the Status Quo Wraith celebrates five decades of music from the revered British rock band.

Ronnie Wood

Renowned as much for his career with The Rolling Stones as his role with Faces, Ronnie Wood has commissioned a Wraith ‘Inspired by British Music’ to celebrate his solo career.

The long-awaited Civic Type R finally comes stateside with an appearance at a hub of automotive performance and tuning.

After its global reveal in Geneva earlier this month, the first production Civic Type R coming to America will make its U.S. debut at the 2017 AutoCon automotive performance and tuning convention in Los Angeles on March 26 with an on-stage presentation scheduled for 4:00 PM PDT. With 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque1 on tap from its 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC® in-line 4-cylinder engine, the 2017 Civic Type R is the fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America. Featuring aggressive styling to match its performance, the Civic Type R is the "hot hatch" that U.S. compact enthusiasts have been dreaming about.

For East Coast enthusiasts, the Type R will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show on Apr. 12. The first Type R-badged Honda will go on sale nationwide in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30,000 range.


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Oceanco unveils 120-meter “resort” yacht

Amara, Oceanco’s newly designed and engineered 120-meter private yacht concept, designed in collaboration with Sam Sorgiovanni Designs was unveiled by His Excellency Saeed Harib, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Vice President and Chairman of Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi, and Senior Advisor to the Dubai International Boat Show.

Oceanco revealed the lifestyle philosophy of creating a yacht designed for extended families and friends. Amara provides unparalleled living and entertainment facilities for up to 20 guests. The contemporary interior with natural timber, stone and textural carpets and fabrics blend to create an inviting and natural environment.

“In designing the exterior lines of Amara, I wanted to portray a very strong and muscular form that was progressive in design but with a timeless appeal,” says Sorgiovanni. Its long bow accentuates the vessel’s generous proportions. Most importantly, the interior and exterior design work in harmony to create a holistic feeling of a relaxed well-appointed resort.

The lower level deck opens up to reveal an expansive beach club resort that offers 3-way access to the sea; port starboard and aft. Also on this deck is a comprehensive wellness area with banya, hammam, beauty treatment lounge and a cinema experience for 16 persons.

A waterfall from the upper deck cascades down into the main deck swimming pool. And the main deck is party central, featuring a stunning pool bar, opening balconies and large entertainment areas. The upper deck has an outstanding owner’s apartment with a private plunge pool and open-air aft deck dining for 20+ people.

The gym with a capital view is located on the bridge deck. For intimate gatherings there are two Majilis-style areas aboard. In addition to the cinema on the lower deck, there is a quixotic cabana style open-air cinema on the sun deck. For young guests and those young at heart, there are accommodations for fun sports equipment such as a climbing wall and water slides.

Amara reflects Oceanco’s applied evolutionary thinking, allowing clients to shape their way of life onboard. Amara will take you from the crystal waters of the Maldives to the iconic Caribbean islands, from the ancient marvels of the Mediterranean to the golden sands of Sri Lanka, in privacy, safety, and tranquility.

Europcar UK is demonstrating its commitment to sustainable mobility solutions with the opening of a new branch at Milton Keynes Central railway station.

Making all forms of vehicle rental - from hybrid and electric vehicles to hourly hire and long term rental - available from the heart of the railway station, the new location sets the benchmark for connected mobility.

Marking the launch, Europcar UK is offering Milton Keynes residents and businesses the opportunity to rent its range of electric vehicles at discounted rates for the month of March.

Gary Smith, managing director, Europcar UK Group, welcomed local MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart to the new branch.

“Milton Keynes has an international reputation for adopting sustainable green technologies and recently secured the award of Go Ultra Low City status”, he said.

“We believe it is, therefore, the right location in which to open our newest branch, which demonstrates our commitment to creating sustainable mobility solutions and integrating car rental into the public transport infrastructure.”

The new Milton Keynes location is a showcase for Europcar’s latest mobility technologies including hourly car hire and chauffeur drive as well as electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Lancaster: “Milton Keynes was built 50 years ago, with the car as the principle mode of transport in mind, therefore, when it comes to innovation projects, particularly in the field of transport, Milton Keynes is clearly leading the way.

“Europcar have recognised that this is the place to be and we welcome them in joining the diverse businesses, both national and international who have made their home here.”

Europcar UK recently added the Toyota Mirai, hydrogen powered car to its fleet and the company committed in 2015 to moving its fleet to five per cent electric vehicles by 2020.

Stewart: “I am delighted that travellers now have another option to choose from when they arrive at Central Milton Keynes station, Europcar’s commitment to make electric and ultra-low emission vehicles available, thereby exposing more people to these types of vehicle, is highly commendable.”

Automakers from around the globe are gearing up for the grand opening of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public 10 am. Saturday, Feb. 11, at McCormick Place.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to be on hand Saturday, Feb. 11 for the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will officially open the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. With more than one million sq. ft. of exhibit space, the show is the largest in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.

Taking center stage at the 109th edition of the Chicago Auto Show are more than 20 vehicles that made their world debut during this week’s Media Preview, including Dodge Durango SRT; Ford Expedition; Hyundai Elantra GT; Mitsubishi Outlander Sport; Nissan TITAN King Cab and Midnight Editions; TRD Sport editions of the Toyota Tundra and Sequoia; Subaru Legacy; and Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition Concept.

The show is open to the public daily at 10 a.m. beginning Saturday, Feb. 11 and runs through Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. As always, the show features nearly 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs, appearances from celebrities and sports icons and interactive exhibits for the whole family.

“There is nothing that compares to the magnitude of the Chicago Auto Show,” said Mike McGrath, 2017 Chicago Auto Show chairman. “This year promises visitors a first look at some of the newest and most exciting automobiles, from family-haulers to pickup trucks to supercars. We’ve also expanded a fan-favorite, test tracks, including five indoor and four outdoor test drives. There is truly something for everyone at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.”

Chicago show attendees will be among the first in the world to see the latest cars, trucks and SUVs including:

• Nissan “Midnight Edition” lineup
• Ram 1500 Copper Sport and Ram 2500 and 3500 Night
• Toyota Tundra TRD Sport and Sequoia TRD Sport
• Toyota RAV4 Adventure
• Hyundai Elantra GT
• Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition
• Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD King Cab
• Dodge Durango SRT
• Ford Expedition
• BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica
• Chevrolet Redline Special Editions
• Subaru Legacy
• Volkswagen Tiguan LWB

The Chicago Auto Show wouldn’t be complete without its impressive lineup of luxury and supercars. Visitors will once again have a front-row seat to the most luxurious vehicles, including:

• Acura NSX
• Aston Martin Vantage
• Audi R8
• Bentley Bentayga
• BMW i8
• Chevrolet Corvette
• Dodge Viper
• Lexus LC
• Ford GT
• Lamborghini Aventador
• Lotus Exige
• Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
• Porsche 911
• Rolls-Royce Dawn

New this year, show organizers are enhancing and streamlining the attendee experience with a new program called epass. Attendees who visit the show can activate their ticket (both mobile and box office tickets) to scan at kiosks located throughout the show floor to request vehicle information on-demand, sign up for test drives and even enter contests.

The show’s official app, now in its third year, is the perfect virtual companion for attendees. The app is available for Android and Apple iOS devices and contains a complete schedule, virtual show floor map and complete listing of vehicles on display. People who download the app can register to win a two-year lease on a Buick Envision or GMC Acadia. The app also acts as an epass for attendees.

As in previous years, the Chicago Auto Show will host an array of special events throughout the show, including:

• Women’s Day: Wednesday, Feb. 15. Women are admitted for $7. Manufacturers present special women-oriented programs on the purchase, lease and maintenance of vehicles.

• Chicago Auto Show Food Drive: Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 15-17. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for a $7 adult admission. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation.

• Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day: Friday, Feb. 17. Manufacturers develop and host Hispanic celebration events throughout the show.

• Family Day: Monday, Feb. 20. The Chicago Auto Show will host family-friendly events on Presidents Day.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Feb. 11-20, with the exception of Monday, Feb. 20, when the doors close at 8:00 p.m.

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