Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
An under-threat cat rescue charity is looking to a brighter future after people from across Tayside rallied to help. The Courier previously told how inspirational Angela Smith had set up the bedroom enterprise with her own money and had cared for hundreds of unwanted cats. Angela looks after up to 30 sick and injured cats at a time and has helped re-home more than 400. The sole operator of the self-funded group, Angela pays for the cats’ vet bills and food and drink, before rehoming animals which are well enough to be adopted. While fundraising helps cover some of these costs, a four-figure vet bill and several bouts of illness have combined to cast serious doubt over the future viability of her charitable efforts. However, in response to The Courier's rallying call, people across Tayside have come together to give up their time and money to boost Angela's efforts. Volunteer, Janet Wilson, has set up a new website where visitors can find out about the cats available to adopt and where to make donations. Since going live on Sunday night, more than £100 has already been pledged. Dozens have also promised to help fundraise and provide supplies for the cats. Commenting on the community reaction, a delighted Angela said: "Things are definitely looking brighter. "Janet has set us up with a website and that will help us greatly. "The website will help us get the right cats to the right homes. "It can all only be a good thing. It (the article) has given us publicity of how bad things do get. "Do you give a cat a chance or do you give up on it? The way I look at it is that if it were my cat, I would always give it the effort. "We all just want what's best for the cats and kittens. "It's onwards and upwards now." To view Angela's website visit info1338299.wixsite.com/anguscr
Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.
Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km
An Arbroath woman who is fighting against deportation must wait up to three weeks for a Home Office decision following a hearing in Glasgow. Angela Smith, who first came to Angus from America in the late 1980s and has lived in Arbroath since 2007, applied to renew her residency visa on the basis that she is her daughter’s primary carer. The application was refused in April as the Home Office said there was no reason why Ceilidh Smith could not remain in the UK with Angela’s ex-husband. The 46-year-old went to Glasgow in June to fight her case but was dismissed after five hours due to the Home Office solicitor stating the agency was “not prepared”. However, the mum-of-one, her daughter, and her partner Matthew Tribble were heard in front of a judge this week during a gruelling four-hour cross-examination by a Home Office solicitor. “It was long and each of our testimonies took nearly an hour plus a very long closing statement,” she said. “The judge was very good and allowed us each to speak freely now we wait because no judgment has yet been given. We must wait between 10 days and three weeks for the judgment to arrive in the post.” Angela was planning to buy a house and get married to Mr Tribble before the Home Office turned their world upside down. The Home Office considered Angela’s application under European law, with reference to the 2009 case of Gerardo Ruiz Zambrano versus the Belgian citizenship bureau. Two Colombian national parents of Belgian children successfully challenged the administrative decision to reject their continued right of residence in Belgium. Their departure from Belgium would have meant that, in practice, their Belgian children would also have been obliged to leave the EU. However, the Court of Appeal in the UK has previously decided the Zambrano principle only applies where the EU citizen would be forced to leave the EU, and not merely where quality of life would be diminished. The Home Office were approached to comment on the case but did not do so.
A woman living illegally in Arbroath has been granted a stay of execution as she fights her case. Angela Faye Smith has been allowed to return to work at Angus Council until December 24 by the Home Office with no restrictions. Angela went to Glasgow in June to fight her case but was dismissed after five hours due to the Home Office solicitor stating the case was “not prepared”. The hearing will now take place in August and Angela said her spirits are much higher now she has got back to work with Angus Council. Angela, who first came to Angus in the late 1980s and has lived in Arbroath since 2007, applied for residency on the basis that she is her daughter Ceilidh’s primary carer. The application was refused in April as the Home Office said there was no reason why Ceilidh could not remain in the UK with Angela’s ex-husband, who still lives locally. Angela was planning to buy a house and get married to partner Matthew Tribble before the Home Office turned their world upside down. Angela has been left overwhelmed by the public support since her latest visa application was refused. However, she has also been contacted by people in a similar situation and has vowed to help others facing the same fate.
The Home Office has revealed why it has refused an Angus woman’s visa application and told her to leave the UK. Angela Faye Smith, 46, is now living illegally in Arbroath after her latest visa application was denied by the Home Office. The Angus Council worker, originally from America, would have to leave her 13-year-old daughter Ceilidh, a fully-fledged UK citizen, behind. Angela, who first came to Angus in the late 1980s and has lived in Arbroath since 2007, applied for residency on the basis that she is Ceilidh’s primary carer. The application was refused as the Home Office said there was no reason why Ceilidh could not remain in the UK with Angela’s ex-husband, who still lives locally. A Home Office spokesperson said: “All applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.” The Home Office considered Angela’s application under European law, with reference to the 2009 case of Gerardo Ruiz Zambrano versus the Belgian citizenship bureau. Two Colombian national parents of Belgian children successfully challenged the administrative decision to reject their continued right of residence in Belgium. Their departure from Belgium would have meant that, in practice, their Belgian children would also have been obliged to leave the EU. However, the Court of Appeal in the UK has previously decided the Ruiz Zambrano principle only applies where the EU citizen would be forced to leave the EU, and not merely where quality of life would be diminished. Angela said she is not prepared to leave and admits she cannot imagine a life outwith the town she’s grown to love. She said: “She (Ceilidh) can’t come with me because we’d have a fight from her father because he has visitation rights. “She is also a British citizen and she doesn’t have an American passport. I can’t take her away from everything she knows. “Neither of us has a life in America but we have a life here in Arbroath. I love Arbroath. I’m a community-based person. It is who I am,” continued Angela. “But that’s got nothing to do with it. I’m her sole provider and they are telling me to leave her? “I will not do it. I am her mother.”
An official appeal has been lodged against a decision by the Home Office to deport an Angus woman. Angela Smith, 46, who is living illegally in Arbroath, is fighting to stay in the UK after her latest visa application was refused. Jamie Kerr, of Tayside solicitors Thorntons, has now formally lodged an appeal to the tribunal on Ms Smith’s behalf against the decision of the Home Office. Mr Kerr, who specialises in immigration and human rights law, told The Courier: “This is an appalling and cold decision from the Home Office. “I am now appealing to the court for the family and will use strong human rights law arguments to show why it is unlawful to force Angela away from her young daughter and partner. “Hopefully common sense will prevail.” The Angus Council worker, originally from America, has lived in Arbroath since 2007 but has faced an ongoing battle to stay since separating from her husband. Angela is the primary carer for her 13-year-old daughter Ceilidh, who is a fully-fledged UK citizen, but would have to leave her behind and go back to America. The application was refused as the Home Office said there was no reason why Ceilidh could not remain in the UK with Angela’s ex-husband, who still lives locally. Angela was planning to buy a house and get married to partner Matthew Tribble, 40, before the Home Office letter turned their world upside down. Angela has also sent a letter to the Home Office along with 15 pages of messages in support of her application from family and friends. Her letter read: “My daughter and I have made a life for ourselves in Arbroath. I work diligently to support us and with any energy I have left I volunteer in my community and help anytime help is asked of me. “My daughter is settled in school and does not even want to move to a different town let alone a different country. “If she leaves Scotland, you will also be violating the rights of her father and brother who she would like to visit at weekends. “I have adequately given all the details you require and am fed up beyond the point of reason at the moment. If you knew me, you would realise what a peaceful patient woman I am but not at the moment.”
An animal lover who launched a bedroom start-up to care for dozens of sick and injured cats says without funding she will have to close her door to ailing animals. Angela Smith launched Angus Cat Rescue to help look after a few stray cats, but quickly found herself homing up to 30 animals a week. The sole operator of the self-funded group, Angela pays for the cats’ vet bills and food and drink, before rehoming animals which are well enough to be adopted. While fundraising helps cover some of these costs, a four figure vet bill and several bouts of illness have combined to cast serious doubt over the future viability of Angela’s charitable efforts. Angela explained: "We've had quite a large bout of illnesses and cats needing a lot of vet care. There was a cat who had vet bills of a few thousands pounds as well. "We can work with 30 cats at one time, some who are kept in pens and some who are fostered in other homes. "We're at the stage where I am turning cats away because we can't help any others, we have enough in at the moment. "If things continue like this then we need to seriously look at who we can help. It's hard." Angela is concerned that should the fundraising picture not improve, more and more ailing cats will be left to suffer. She said: "We home cats from Angus, Dundee, Perth and Fife. "Everywhere else, the SSPCA and Cats Protection, are all full as well. "I go out every weekend and car boot and we do have a few things coming up. "I started up the rescue with my own money and it's all self funded, but we can be contacted about 10 cats a week who need help, and we are already full. "Everything we do is for the sake of the cats."
A ‘gagging order’ has been imposed by a judge on the fate of an Angus woman’s appeal to stay in the UK. It is the latest twist in Angela Faye Smith’s ongoing battle to stay in the UK since separating from her husband. Mrs Smith, who is originally from America, has lived in Arbroath since 2007 but her latest visa application was refused at the beginning of the year. Her solicitor, Jamie Kerr, formally lodged an appeal against the decision and the first-tier tribunal was heard in Glasgow last month. Although a judgment was given following the hearing, the judge granted an anonymity order on the case which means the outcome cannot be reported. Mr Kerr told The Courier: “For legal reasons, I am not permitted to comment on the outcome of Mrs Smith’s appeal. “That is unfortunate, but I am afraid that I cannot say any more.” A first-tier tribunal is an independent tribunal dealing with appeals against decisions made by the Home Secretary and her officials in immigration, asylum and nationality matters. Appeals are heard by one or more judges, who are sometimes accompanied by non-legal members of the tribunal. The Angus Council worker, 47, is the primary carer for her 13-year-old daughter Ceilidh, who is a UK citizen. Her visa application was refused as the Home Office said there was no reason why Ceilidh could not remain in the UK with her father, Angela’s ex-husband. Angela said: “I’m very frustrated and I’m hoping the anonymity order can be overturned. I’ve received fantastic support from the local community and I’d desperately love to let people know what’s happening. “What the public don’t realise is that these things are happening to thousands of people across the UK. “I’m lucky that my partner is paying for me to stay and fight but so many people simply run out of money and have to leave.” Angela first came to the country in the late 1980s as the wife of a member of the US military. She married her second husband, who is from Arbroath, in 1997 but left him in 2008. She was planning to buy a house and marry partner Matthew Tribble before the Home Office turned their world upside down. The Home Office would not comment on the case. A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service said: “An anonymity order was granted by the judge.”