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Don’t want to buy a car? Subscribe to one!



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Some big automakers, such as BMW, Porsche, Volvo, General Motors and Ford offer a new level of car ownership to their clients. You don’t have to buy a car for a few years, you can just use it for a month or two and then change it for another vehicle. This is a great option for those who don’t want to own anything, take care of car maintenance or insurance. Subscription to a car already includes these costs.

Various manufacturers offer slightly different options for car subscribing. Let’s review some of them.

Ford offers subscription services in some of the cities in California. The company provides the models that are a couple of years old, and thus they are able to keep the cost of such service down. For example, you can subscribe to a Mustang of 2015 just for $400. And Ford Fusion sedan will cost you about $389 per month.

Care by Volvo, a Volvo’s subscription program, operates around the country. Here, you can get a Volvo XC40 SUV for $600 a month. This is also quite a low fee comparing to other automakers.

Porsche has a subscription program called Porsche Passport. It is currently working in Atlanta. For $2000 you can choose a vehicle from a limited selection of cars. And for $3000 you can choose any Porsche model.

General Motors’ Cadillac division pioneered a car subscription trend in New York in 2017. They service is called BOOK By Cadillac. Any Cadillac model can be picked for $1800 a month.

Mercedes doesn’t want to fall behind competitors and they are planning to start a vehicle subscription program in Philadelphia and Nashville soon. The prices for the service are unknown yet.

Carma and FlexDrive companies offer the same service, but they are not affiliated with any automaker. They offer cars by several manufactures.

Naturally, subscription program is more expensive than buying a car. Another interesting fact is that those who use cars in this way are younger than most Cadillac owners (about 41 years old) and wealthier.



9-year-old genius to graduate university




Laurent Simons

(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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