Aston Martin’s turnaround plan moves up a gear with Vantage model

Luxury British carmaker Aston Martin unveiled its new Vantage model on Tuesday, as it pursues a turnaround plan designed to return it to profitability and set up a possible stock market flotation.

The central England-based firm, famed for making the sports car driven by fictional secret agent James Bond, is on course this year for its first pretax profit since 2010, spurred by sales of its new DB11 model.

With the Vantage, Aston Martin hopes to reach full capacity of 7,000 sports cars at its Gaydon plant in 2019, which would be the most cars it has produced for a decade.

“It’s important fiscally because it is the car that really moves us into that positive free cash flow territory, but I think it was also important industrially because you are now talking about a plant that is full,” Chief Executive Andy Palmer told Reuters during an interview at the firm’s headquarters.

The sleek two-seater model, which the firm says will stand out from rivals partly due to its simplistic design, will cost just over 120,000 pounds in Britain and $150,000 in the United States.

Aston is also building a new factory in Wales, where its first sports utility vehicle, known as the DBX, will roll off the production line from late 2019.

As Aston grows, Palmer has said that its owners, mainly Kuwaiti and Italian private equity firms, could sell the company to a larger car group, other private equity firms or launch an initial public offering,

“Another year of demonstrating what we are doing and then I think beyond that it’s going to depend on what the market’s doing.” he said.

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Honor WaterPlay Tablet With IP67 Rating, 6660mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

Honor WaterPlay Tablet With IP67 Rating, 6660mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Honor WaterPlay price starts at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000)
  • It comes with water-resistant body
  • It packs a 10.1-inch full-HD display

Huawei brand Honor brand unveiled the new Honor WaterPlay tablet alongside the Honor 7X smartphone in China on Wednesday. The new Honor WaterPlay tablet supports IP67 certification, which means it is dust resistant and capable of withstanding immersion in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes. The new WaterPlay tablet from Honor joins some of the other water-resistant tablets from Sony. Apart from water resistance, the new Honor WaterPlay tablet comes with other highlights such as a large 6660mAh battery.

The new Honor WaterPlay tablet will be available in three variants: Wi-Fi only model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000), Wi-Fi only model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage priced at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 24,000), and LTE model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 26,500). The new tablet from Honor will go on sale later this month but interested consumers can now pre-order in China. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the new Honor tablet will make its way to other markets outside China.

For specifications, the Honor WaterPlay features a 10.1-inch full-HD display and is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor (four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz). It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB). The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1. It supports fast charging and comes with USB Type-C. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The tablet also comes with fingerprint sensor located at the front. The WaterPlay comes with speakers tuned by Harman Kardon audio. It measures 248x173x7.8mm and weighs 465 grams. It will be available in Silver and Champagne Gold colours.

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Huawei Honor WaterPlay

Huawei Honor WaterPlay

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

10.10-inch

Processor

2.36GHz octa-core

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

1200×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

6660mAh

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    Rs.7,850
Huawei Honor WaterPlay LTE

Huawei Honor WaterPlay LTE

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

10.10-inch

Processor

2.36GHz octa-core

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

1200×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

6660mAh

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    Rs.7,850

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Gear up to deal with gout

Changing dietary habits can help in treatment. Photo: iStockphoto

Changing dietary habits can help in treatment. Photo: iStockphoto

The pain in his right ankle was so intense, he couldn’t rest his foot on the floor. Yet there was no swelling or inflammation. This is what Alex Anthony, 56, a retired naval captain and a maritime lawyer in Kochi, recalls vividly about his first attack of gout 11 years ago. “It felt like thousands of needles were piercing my ankle,” he says. When Ayurvedic massage offered no relief, he decided to consult a rheumatologist, who ordered an X-ray and a blood test.
“At first, we thought it was a particularly painful sprain,” he says. “However, the X-ray showed no signs of injury or trauma. A blood test revealed high levels of uric acid which led to a condition called gout.”

“Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis,” says Shrikant Yeshwant Wagh, consultant rheumatologist at Apollo Jehangir Hospital, Pune, and founder-president of Know Your Arthritis, a charitable trust that works to raise awareness about arthritic ailments. “The condition arises because of the build-up of uric acid crystals—an excess of which is called hyperuricemia—in the blood. It is possible to have elevated levels of uric acid (higher than 6mg/dl, which is the norm) without developing gout, but when this excessive uric acid is deposited in a single joint, it results in gout pain.” Uric acid is a waste product that should be excreted by the kidneys. If it isn’t, it can lead to a build-up in the bloodstream.

“And though it can affect any joint, the common sites where excess uric acid is deposited are the big toe, the finger joints, the ankles or the knees—the result is intense and chronic pain,” says Dr Wagh.

Affecting younger people

According to a study published in 2015, in the medical journal Nature Reviews Rheumatology, the incidence of gout has been increasing worldwide over the past 50 years. In India, the disease is affecting a growing number of younger people too. “In some cases, gout is genetic, but a diet high in protein, frequent abuse of alcohol and a high intake of fast foods can increase your uric acid levels and put you at greater risk of developing it, especially if you’re already predisposed to it,” says J.V. Srinivas, director of orthopaedics, Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru. “We are seeing a lot of cases of people in their early 30s and 40s, though it can affect anyone at any age.”

As in Anthony’s case, the pain occurs without warning and keeps escalating. During an attack, your physician will prescribe painkillers and, depending on the intensity, even steroids that offer some measure of relief. Prevention, however, is most essential.

Lifestyle changes

Since uric acid is a waste product formed when the body breaks down purines—a type of protein that is found in many foods and even occurs naturally in our cells—changing dietary habits has long been linked to the treatment of gout.

“Dietary restrictions depend on how high your uric acid levels are and the frequency and intensity of your attacks,” says Saman Zaman, nutritionist at Philips Healthcare, New Delhi. “For non-vegetarians with chronically high levels of uric acid, it is best to avoid red meat, and consuming meat from organs such as brain, liver and kidney,” she says. “If your attacks aren’t as frequent, you can have limited intake of meats such as lamb, fish (tuna, salmon, trout) and poultry as these have moderate levels of purine. Portion sizes shouldn’t exceed 100-150g daily,” she says. “Chronic gout sufferers who are vegetarians may have been asked to avoid certain pulses and legumes such as beans, chickpeas and rajma, but recent studies show that moderate intake of purine-rich vegetables like these don’t aggravate symptoms of gout. A balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables and dairy is recommended.”

In a study published in November in the Journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, it was established that the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, originally formulated to help patients with high blood pressure, could also greatly help in controlling gout attacks.

“The DASH diet is a simple plant-rich diet. It’s high in fibre, low in sodium and red meat. Salt is restricted to around 1,500mg per day (2-3 tsp). It requires you to eat a lot of vegetables, fruits and whole- grain foods which increase your fibre intake. You can include fish and poultry and nuts, but must eliminate red meat. It also requires you to cut the simple carbs like sugars, sugary drinks, canned and tinned foods, Indian sweets, and junk food that contain trans fats and cholesterol,” says Payal Banka, a dietitian based in Bengaluru.

Associated health risks

A study of 409 obese patients, published in the June 2012 journal of Obesity Surgery, found that 47% of them had hypertension or high blood pressure. The group that had hypertension was more likely to develop hyperuricemia as well. Researchers found that though abdominal fat doesn’t directly cause the condition, gout patients had a propensity to become obese and develop diabetes.

Controlling gout, then, is essential to good health. Frequent monitoring is required, says Dr Wagh. “Keeping uric acid levels below 6 is critical to prevent the occurrence of other health issues,” he says. People who suffer from gout do have a tendency to develop kidney stones too, another excruciatingly painful condition to deal with. “Drink plenty of water to excrete the excess uric acid so that kidney stones don’t form and keep a strict eye on your blood sugar levels,” says Dr Wagh. “Ideally, patients should take a blood test once every month (for four-six months) to constantly monitor their uric acid levels.”

Understanding your body and its needs is critical in living and coping with gout and staying free of pain.

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