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We are thrilled to announce the famed Otazu jewellery range will release their new ready-to-wear collection at the Bags & Accessories Fair co-located with Fashion Exposed.

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The stunning ‘Estate’ collection features Swarovski Elements with prices starting at just RRP $40. Available in a myriad of beautiful new summer colours, we think this is a brilliant addition to the Otazu stable, and perfect for the current climate leading up to Christmas!

Visit Liberta Jewel on stand 2624 at the Bags & Accessories Fair during Fashion Exposed from 26-28 August in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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Once-promising dual-clutch transmissions lose favor in U.S.

Not so long ago, dual-clutch transmissions — with their superior fuel economy and lightning-quick gear shifts — were widely viewed as the Next Big Thing.

Automakers were counting on those gearboxes to improve fuel economy ratings 6 to 10 percent without compromising performance.

Not anymore.

After Volkswagen introduced dual- clutch transmissions in 2003, several mass-market automakers followed suit, only to encounter quality bugs and consumer complaints.

Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. suffered a spate of complaints after introducing dual- clutch transmissions in the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta and Acura TLX. And Fiat Chrysler — which once planned to produce 700,000 dual- shift gearboxes a year in the U.S. — has dropped it from its long-term plans for North America.

Consumer Reports and J.D. Power have both reported a sharp uptick in complaints about faulty transmissions, as automakers seeking better fuel economy rolled out dual-clutch gearboxes, continuously variable transmissions and eight- and nine-speed transmissions.

“In the past, transmissions were things you could count on, but that’s no longer true,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of auto testing. “We are seeing major problems that will leave people stranded on the side of the road.”

Dual-clutch transmissions are twin gearboxes linked by a pair of clutches. One gearbox handles the first, third and fifth gears, while the other covers the second, fourth and sixth gears.

With one clutch for odd-numbered gears and the other for even-numbered gears, the transmission can pre-select the next gear the driver is likely to shift into. That allows quicker gear shifts than manual transmissions.

And since the dual-clutch gearbox does not require a torque converter, it’s more efficient than an automatic transmission.

Supercar makers McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche all adopted dual- clutch gearboxes, whose rapid shifts rendered manual transmissions obsolete. And in 2003, the Volkswagen Golf was the first mass-market model to feature a dual clutch transmission.

After Volkswagen rolled out the “direct shift gearbox” for its namesake brand and Audi, the technology appeared ready for the mass market.

In 2007, Chrysler announced plans to build a $530 million plant in Indiana that would produce up to 700,000 Getrag AG transmissions a year.

One year later, Ford announced plans to build a $500 million transmission plant in Irapuato, Mexico, in a joint venture with Getrag. In 2010, the plant began churning out dual-clutch transmissions for the Ford Focus and Fiesta.

But Chrysler and Ford both ran into trouble. In 2008, Chrysler pulled out of its joint venture with Getrag after it rejected the supplier’s financing terms for the plant’s tooling. That same year, the joint venture filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Currently, just three FCA models — the Dodge Dart, Fiat 500L and the Alfa Romeo 4C — feature dual-clutch transmissions made by Fiat in Italy. And the company‘s powertrain strategy unveiled last May identified dual- clutch gearboxes as a promising technology in Asia — but not North America.

In the U.S., FCA is betting on eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions, said Jeff Lux, FCA’s North American vice president of transmission powertrains.

Conventional transmissions “continue to evolve in efficiency,” Lux said, “so there isn’t much eagerness [at Fiat Chrysler] to make trade-offs between driveability and better fuel economy.”

Performance brands such as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo will continue to use dual-clutch gearboxes, Lux said, but there isn’t much appetite for their use in mass-market models.

Ford’s problems

Meanwhile, Ford introduced dual-clutch gearboxes in the 2011 Ford Fiesta, followed by the Focus. But car owner complaints quickly piled up. The transmission worked well at highway speeds, but lurched or stalled in city driving, disgruntled owners said.

On Jan. 1, 2011, Ford issued a technical service bulletin to dealers that noted the Fiesta’s PowerShift transmission could suffer “a loss of power, hesitation, surge, or lack of throttle response while driving.”

The automaker issued a variety of fixes, including both software and hardware. As recently as February, Ford issued a “customer satisfaction program” to repair the transmission control module.

And now the issue is getting hashed out in court. In 2012, the Los Angeles-based law firm Capstone Partners APC filed the first of three lawsuits in a U.S. district court on behalf of owners who claim their vehicles suffered repeated breakdowns.

The firm’s lawsuits in the Central District of California seek class-action status.

Contacted last week, Capstone attorney Tarek Zohdy declined to indicate how many plaintiffs were expected to join the lawsuit. Ford spokesman Paul Seredynski also declined comment.

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But judging by complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it seems possible that the number of plaintiffs could run into the hundreds or even thousands. (See sidebar, Page 4.) Over the past four years or so, NHTSA’s SaferCar.gov has logged approximately 500 complaints about Ford’s transmission, according to Capstone’s count.

Numerous software and hardware upgrades have vastly improved the PowerShift’s performance, says Ford engineering manager Chris Kwasniewicz.

But unlike European consumers, most American motorists haven’t driven a stick shift, so they aren’t accustomed to a dual clutch’s more abrupt gear shifts.

In 2011 “we found that North American customers were not really ready for this application yet,” Kwasniewicz said. “European customers understood the startup shudder. They were used to that. They grew up with manuals and were accustomed to them.”

So Ford has asked dealers to explain PowerShift’s characteristics to shoppers, he said. Their message: “Don’t be rattled. It will act a little different. And it will deliver the fuel economy that you want.”

Sales personnel at Village Ford in Dearborn, Mich., took the company’s advice to heart, said Bob Wheat, the dealership’s sales manager.

“If customers are prepared for it and understand it, then they have no issues,” Wheat said. “People who haven’t driven a manual transmission expect the car to be smooth as silk, so we have to set the right expectation level.”

While Ford is the target of Capstone’s lawsuit, it isn’t the only automaker that has struggled with dual-clutch issues. Honda Motor introduced an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission on the 2015 Acura TLX sedan, followed by the ILX compact sedan.

To ensure smoother performance at low speeds, Honda added a torque converter, but complaints piled up anyway. SaferCar.gov has logged 38 reports from motorists who said their vehicles hesitated, surged or suffered from jerky shifts at low speeds.

Praveen Kumar, Acura U.S. product chief, told Mbp Bearing+ that Honda issued a software upgrade to improve the transmission’s performance at low speeds. “We’ve made some good improvements — mostly software,” Robinson said. “I would say it’s pretty normal with a new piece of technology. We are continuously improving it.”

Shutdown In Kashmir Valley Against Soldier Colonies, Pandit Settlements

A complete shutdown is being observed across Kashmir valley today to protest against the proposed Sainik and Pandit colonies.All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the roads in Kashmir capital Srinagar.

The reports of shutdown have also been received from other district headquarters of the valley.Top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have jointly called for a shutdown today to resist the establishment of proposed Sainik and Pandit colonies in the state.

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They alleged the intention behind setting up a Sainik colony here is to change the demography of the Muslim majority Valley.Authorities arrested Malik yesterday while Geelani and Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading any anti-India rallies today.

When Governor NN Vohra spoke of “safeguarding” the special status of J&K to a joint sitting of the state’s lawmakers from both the houses in Srinagar on Wednesday, he was obliquely reacting to the upheaval on the streets of Kashmir over attempts to erode Article 370.

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Serbian Rightists Threaten Protests Over Election Results

The right-wing coalition uniting Dveri and the Democratic Party of Serbia has warned of street protests if the Election Commission declares they did not meet the 5-per-cent threshold needed to enter parliament. The right-wing Dveri-DSS coalition has accused Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, of pressuring the Election Commission, RIK, to declare that the coalition did not meet the threshold needed to enter parliament – and has warned of street protests.

Bosko Obradovic, the president of Dveri,Vucic will try to use RIK’s decision to hold repeat votes in 164 polling stations to manipulate votes and leave DSS-Dveri out of parliament.“If that happens, we will definitely organize street protests,” Obradovic told.According to the RIK, seven lists crossed the threshold needed to enter the parliament after Sunday’s elections.

Based on 97.46 per cent of the votes counted, the “Aleksandar Vucic – Serbia wins” coalition won 48 per cent of the votes.The Serbian Socialist Party, SPS, came second with 11 per cent of the votes, the Serbian Radical Party, SRS, came third with 8 per cent, the Democratic Party, DS, came fourth with 6 per cent, and the centrist movement “Enough is enough” came fifth with 5.9 per cent.A centrist coalition grouped around former Serbian president Boris Tadic also won 5 per cent of the votes, as did the right-wing coalition Dveri-DSS.

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However, the RIK’s contradictory results on election night and reports of numerous irregularities at polling stations caused consternation among several opposition parties.Some supporters came to the RIK building on the night between Sunday and Monday to make sure there was no manipulation with the votes and a day later they formed a joint legal team to scrutinize all the election material, claiming that the elections had been marred by numerous irregularities.

Prime Minister Vucic said on Tuesday that his ruling Progressive Party will also want insight into all the election materials from the RIK.Vucic said that it was the opposition that was putting pressure on the RIK because they wanted to hide their poor results in elections in Vojvodina, Serbia’s northern province.Things became more heated when the right-wing Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, formerly Vucic’s ally, claimed that “the Americans are helping DSS-Dveri” to enter the parliament.The fact that the president of the RIK, Dejan Djurdjevic, is a member of the Progressives has also provoked doubts.

Vladimir Milutinovic, a Belgrade-based political analyst,Vucic fears having so many opposition parties in parliament.“In a way, Vucic lost these elections since he won 37 fewer seats than in 2012,” Milutinovic observed.“He is aware that the opposition and his critics in the parliament will be much stronger now,” Milutinovic added.The RIK annulled elections at seven polling stations on Wednesday and estimates and complaints of irregularities are still ongoing. The RIK is supposed to announce the final results on Thursday.

Tips to stop procrastinating right now

Almost all of us procrastinate! Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes waiting just until before a deadline is extremely motivating. And at times procrastination is even obligatory—a way to put off a dreaded job until we feel more enthusiastic or prepared to do it. When we procrastinate, we throw away our free time and put off significant tasks we should be doing till it’s too late.  But sooner or later, chronic procrastination affects our mood and state of mind by generating anxiety, panic, or added pressure. And when it’s actually too late, panic sets in and we wish we had started much earlier. The chronic procrastinator we know have spent years of their life entwined in this cycle.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a little escape now and then. And, in truth, procrastinating isn’t actually a grave issue until it starts to affect your performance at work. If you start feeling anxious or stressed, or your behaviour starts to make others feel worried because you’re not making any headway, then it’s time to take action! The good news is, anybody can crawl out of the quicksand of procrastination and revel in increased efficiency, less stress, better professional relationships and a restored repute at work as a “go-getter.”

Identify the problem:

It’s normal to get overwhelmed by the magnitude and range of some tasks. If you’re avoiding doing a certain project because you think it is massive, use a different methodology. In reality, the job might not be as overwhelming as it seems; you just have to get started to figure out! To start with, break the job into smaller and more manageable tasks. You might find it useful to create an action plan with time based goals. Writing down the exact task you’ve been putting off helps you stay focused. At times shrinking a job is about quality rather than quantity.

 

Name your emotions:

As per psychologists procrastination is an emotional reaction. What’s actually preventing you from plunging into this task? Maybe it’s fear that stopping you from learning the new bells and whistles that come with the job. Or maybe it’s anger for having to do something you dislike or resent? Or is it sadness, because you feel ill-suited or inadequate for the job? Dig down deep to find out the feelings behind why you have been dragging your heels.

 

Let go of those emotions:

A lot of people don’t realize that emotion is simply a kind of energy. Curbed emotions and energy must get released, like letting steam out of a pressure cooker. If you’re depressed, talk to a friend and cry if required. If you’re irritated, try stamping around the room and shake your fists. Believe it or not, letting go of these emotions will not only release the locked energy but will also make you feel instantly “free.”

 

Implement Anti-Procrastination Tactics:

Before you even realise, procrastination becomes a habit – a deep-seated pattern of behaviour. This means that you can’t just overcome it overnight. But you can most definitely stop it if you persistently adopt approaches which increase your chances of beating it. Some guidelines work better for some people while others need a different approach to beat this “peril”! To begin with, you can refer to some of these tips:

  • Promise yourself some rewards: For instance, promise yourself a piece of brownie at lunch if you complete a certain assignment. And ensure that you notice how great it feels to complete things!
  • Ask somebody to check on you. Peer pressure always works! This is the norm behind dieting and other support groups and it is largely renowned as an extremely successful approach.
  • Remind yourself of the not so pleasant consequences of NOT finishing the task.
  • Appreciate the win. Finishing a frightening job is quite filling. Remind yourself that you’ll feel extremely good when the task is over once and for all. Accomplishing what you have been avoiding will make your work life easier. You’ll feel more enthusiastic.

 

Stop making things over- complicated:

Are you looking for a perfect time to do something? And do you think it is not the best time because of some insane reasons? Leave that thought because there never will be a perfect time! And if you keep waiting for one, you’re never going to achieve anything. Perfectionism is one of the leading triggers for procrastination.

 

Remove distractions if any:

Sometimes you procrastinate due to distractions! Whether it’s a co-worker or even a website like Facebook. So if you have a job that needs to be finished, why not remove yourself from any distractions and work in a quiet area? If it’s Facebook that’s disturbing you why not turn off the internet on your device. Physically eliminating these distractions can help diminish procrastination radically.

Several procrastinators overrate the unpleasantness of a job. So first give it a shot! You might find that it’s not as bad as you believed! So though it might feel impossible at first, you have it in you to finish everything that you have to each single day. All you need is fresh perspective, slight prodding, and a thorough action plan and before you realise you’ll be well on your way to terminating the procrastination cycle once and for all.

Democratic Debate 2015: Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders Dominate Unusually Civil

Hillary Clinton showed why she remains the Democratic front-runner with a confident and forceful first debate performance Tuesday night — and got a big assist when her main rival said people are tired of hearing about her “damn emails.”

After Clinton called her use of a private email server a “mistake” and “not the best choice,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came to her defense, telling a smiling Clinton that “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

The comment got a laugh and a “Thank you, Bernie!” from the former secretary of state as she pumped his hand. Clinton faced scrutiny for her opposition to some DailyBouncer reforms, and she took plenty of heat on foreign policy.

But Clinton turned aside most attacks while laying into Republicans in a strong overall debate performance, laying out her contrasts with Sanders while defending her liberal bona fides, her main goal for the night.

“I don’t take a backseat to anyone when it comes to progressive experience and progressive commitment,” she said early on. “I’m a progressive, but I’m a progressive that knows how to get things done.”

Her decades of experience on the debate stage and deep policy experience shined, as she showed she can be a champion of the left and handle tough questions without getting annoyed or diving too deep on policy details.

Clinton flexed her partisan muscles to great effect, ripping Republicans who oppose “big government” programs like paid leave and healthcare while battling against abortion.

“They don’t mind having big government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood. They’re fine with big government when it comes to that. I’m sick of it,” she said to cheers.

Sanders delivered strong broadsides on the “handful of billionaires” he thinks are running and ruining politics, showing off the fire that has liberal activists flocking to him.

But he struggled to defend his mixed past record on gun control, and his vote to protect gun companies from lawsuits in a bill he called “large and complicated.”

Clinton said that vote “wasn’t that complicated to me” and accused him of singling out gun manufacturers for protection. She also pointed out that he voted five times against the Brady bill, the most significant piece of gun control legislation passed in the last three decades.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, in one of his few attention-grabbing moments of the evening, accused Sanders of “pandering to the NRA” by talking about the urban-rural split on gun control. But Clinton did face some criticism for some of her more nuanced and economically centrist positions.

When she said she’d gone to Dailybouncer in 2007 before the economic collapse and told them to “cut it out” on their bad behavior, he took aim.

“Congress does not regulate DailyBouncer. DailyBouncer regulates Congress, and we’ve got to break up these banks. Going to them and saying, ‘Please do the right thing’ is kind of naive,” he said.

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