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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

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…

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

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

Dundee

VIDEO: NHS Tayside’s STAR people honoured for their amazing dedication

May 19 2017

Health and care professionals who have gone the extra mile for their job were recognised at the STAR Awards in Dundee. Winners of the NHS Tayside Staff Appreciation and Recognition Awards were announced during a reception at the Invercarse Hotel. The awards offered staff and the public a chance to nominate an individual, service or team in one of six categories for delivering outstanding patient care. Finalists in each category were invited to the ceremony at which gold, silver and bronze awards were presented. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Welcome to #nhstaysidestarawards 2017!🌟🌟🌟 Posted by NHS Tayside on Thursday, 18 May 2017 Hosting the event was Professor Jason Leitch, who is the Scottish Government’s national clinical director for healthcare quality and strategy. He said: “One of the great privileges of this job is to see the great work around the country done by health and care staff. “Awards ceremonies are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the individuals and teams responsible for going the extra mile for their communities and I love them. “Tayside is no exception. Great work from great people.” NHS Tayside chairman Professor John Connell said: “Today has been a fantastic occasion where we have recognised some of the outstanding people and teams that work with NHS Tayside.” The body’s chief executive, Lesley McLay, offered her congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners. She said: “This is the first year we have held the STAR Awards and they have proved hugely popular with both our staff and the public. “The overwhelming number of nominations we received reflects the incredible dedication and professionalism of our staff that I see every day in our services across Tayside and I am delighted to recognise that with these awards.” The awards are delivered in partnership with the Tayside Health Fund, the Academic Health Science Partnership, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison, the Tayside branch of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, and the Invercarse Hotel. The winners Outstanding individual (clinical) • Gold: Dr Antony Nicoll, Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ninewells. • Silver: Andrew McKean, Staff Nurse, Short Stay Medicine, Ninewells. • Bronze: Mr Kismet Hossain-Ibrahim, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Ninewells. Outstanding individual (non-clinical) • Gold: Les Cargill, Ward Clerk, Ward 4, PRI. • Silver: Alison Collins, Secretary, Ophthalmology, Ninewells. • Bronze: Alex Warner, PA, Ninewells. Outstanding team • Gold: Ward 3 Team, Ninewells. • Silver: Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation. • Bronze: Domestic Services Team, Cornhill Macmillan Centre, Perth. Innovation in practice • Gold: Vestibular Audiology, Kings Cross. • Silver: Kirsteen Hill, HIV and Antimicrobial Pharmacist. • Bronze: Lisa Young, Midwife, Ninewells. Quality/service improvement • Gold: Julie Findlay, Secretary, Speech & Language Therapy, PRI. • Silver: Eileen Ramsay, Recreation Officer, Learning Disabilities. • Bronze: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Intensive Outreach Team MACX. Inspiring educator • Gold: Dr Stephanie Sammut, Consultant Oral Surgeon, Dundee Dental Hospital. • Silver: Lorraine Blair, Orthopaedic Support Service Nurse Practitioner, Arbroath MIIU. • Bronze: Sue Packham, Interim Head of Nursing, Children Young People & Families, Perth & Kinross.

UK & World

Harry and Meghan to attend Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony

January 24 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to attend a glittering awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Harry and his bride-to-be will be guests at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards next week, which will recognise those who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the past year. Ms Markle, who will wed her prince on May 19, has attended a number of official royal events with her fiance. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will attend the annual @EndeavourFund Awards on 1st February. The Awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges. pic.twitter.com/RkARuGY34r— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 24, 2018 She was introduced to the best of Welsh culture during a recent trip to Cardiff Castle, visited Brixton in south London to tour an innovative community radio station, and was first introduced to the British public during a series of engagements in Nottingham. The Endeavour Fund is a body set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to finance sporting and adventure challenges aiding the recovery of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. During the awards ceremony, to be held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, Harry and Meghan will first attend a pre-ceremony reception where they will meet the nominees, endeavour participants and key supporters of the Endeavour Fund. The awards were launched last year when Harry and his brother William helped present the honours and it is likely the prince and his fiancee will perform the same role. Nominees are vying for three awards – Recognising Achievement, Celebrating Excellence and the Henry Worsley honour, named after the adventurer who died following an Antarctic expedition which was raising money for the Endeavour Fund. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Tony Jones, Press Association Court Correspondent'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '8cd8002b-44f6-43e8-a394-e1d0978b3bc8'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Harry and Meghan to attend Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony'});

UK & World

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

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.

Dundee

THIS Festival action kicks off with Games Design Awards

September 7 2017

An award ceremony celebrating some of the best and brightest names in games design will be held in Dundee this evening. The first ever Games Design Awards are to take place at Duke’s Corner. The awards, which will be hosted by social media star Arron Crascall, kick off a weekend-long celebration of Dundee innovation at various venues under the banner of THIS Festival. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); I Can't Take Him Anywhere!!!! 🐲😂 Posted by Arron Crascall on Sunday, 27 August 2017   The evening begins with a VIP drinks reception hosted by Henderson Loggie, before a general reception with snacks at 7.30pm. Click here to book Games Design Awards tickets Guests, who include teams from Abertay and other Dundee and Scottish games design studios, will then take their seats before a presentation of awards in fields including best character design, best experimental game, best sound design and player’s choice award. Dayna Galloway, one of the competition judges and the head of games and arts at Abertay University, said the awards show Dundee is no longer the plucky young upstart it once was, but an industry leader. He said: “As a member of the judging panel, what struck me most during the judging process was firstly the sheer quality of the games, but also the internationality of the submissions. “The fact these entries are coming in from all over the world shows just how far Dundee has come as a city renowned for digital design. “And what’s great is we are no longer surprised by this. “To me Dundee is not the plucky young upstart any more but a city there on merit, mixing it up with the global cultural heavyweights and packing a mighty punch when it comes to fostering creativity, nurturing forward thinking and embracing the unknown.” Tomorrow THIS Festival will take the reins, with the former DC Thomson printing facility, West Ward Works, hosting a preview event for selected guests and school pupils, before the open public event launches on Saturday. Leading lights in comic design will lead talks, and there will be a second Deecon event. See more at the THIS Festival event website.

Motoring news

Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit – a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk

Fife

TaxPayers’ Alliance says public don’t thank councils for spending on ‘back-patting award ceremonies’

September 30 2011

Criticism has been levelled at Fife Council after thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money was lavished on award ceremonies in the last financial year. The local authority is one of many pinpointed by the TaxPayers’ Alliance for its expenditure on tickets, accommodation, travel and catering for events aimed at rewarding council employees. While some councils across the UK spent nothing, Glasgow City Council spent an incredible £83,000 hosting and attending award ceremonies the most in the country. Even though Fife’s awards spending did not hit those heights, it emerged Fife Council attended and hosted the most ceremonies across the UK, racking up 34 for 2010/11. That cost taxpayers in the region over £20,000, according to statistics gathered through freedom of information requests. The TaxPayers’ Alliance suggests the actual figure is likely to be higher still. Despite pressure continuing to mount on local budgets, Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said UK councils spent at least £1.2 million on awards ceremonies last year, although he said this was almost certainly an underestimate as many councils were unable to divulge spending on certain events. “Taxpayers will be staggered that councils facing significant pressure on their finances are spending thousands of pounds on back-patting award ceremonies,” he said. “Recognising staff who have done well doesn’t require this kind of extravagant spending. “Some authorities have shown that they understand award ceremonies aren’t the right priority for money that is supposed to be spent on frontline services, but others need a reality check.” The TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals that among the ceremonies attended by local councils were the Everything Happens Somewhere Awards 2010; Loo of the Year; the Sports Turf and Landscaping Awards; the British Parking Awards; the Magic Of Motown and the Structural Steelwork Awards, although it is understood Fife was not present at any of those more ‘unusual’ ceremonies. It did, however, spend almost £2,400 to be represented at the Enterprise Final 2010, and £2,350 to be at the Scottish Transport Awards, with the latter expenditure made up of £325 travel costs and 16 tickets at £158 each. Eighteen councils spent more than £12,000 in total to attend the Association of Public Sector Excellence awards in Manchester in 2010, and Fife spent almost £1,000 to be there with accommodation costing £587.84 and two tickets at £199 each. At the other end of the scale, Fife spent £219 to be represented at the Green Apple Awards, which aim to reward councils who demonstrate environmental best practice, and £60 for a ticket for the Fife Excellence Awards in Glenrothes, while a number of other events had no cost attached. Fife Council chief executive Ronnie Hinds told The Courier it is important to recognise good service, to help motivate staff and identify good practice. “Fife Council’s staff work very hard to provide the best services we can for the people of Fife,” he said. “Many of the events listed were at no cost to us or held in Fife, although officers travelled to 11 award ceremonies where Fife was short-listed for best practice. “We are monitoring the costs and will consider limiting them further. However, sometimes it’s important to pay more than lip service to a thank you. “For example, we spent £5,000 on a number of receptions throughout the year for council employees who had reached 40 years in public service, and to congratulate firefighters with long service, commendations and bravery awards.”

Motoring news

Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

News

Relative attends ceremony for pioneering trade unionist Caroline Martyn

July 27 2010

A leading 19th century female trade unionist who died on a visit to Dundee has been commemorated at a ceremony attended by one of her relatives. Caroline Martyn died in July 1896, aged 29, after a short illness. She had been visiting the city to recruit female jute workers into the Dundee Textile Workers’ Union. Her great niece Vivienne Flowers travelled from England to speak at the ceremony. It was held in Balgay Cemetery, where Caroline Martyn is buried. She said she was overwhelmed by the support and love from the Scottish community, and by how much her ancestor is appreciated. Ms Martyn’s grave was rediscovered last year after inquiries by an English historian. A monument at the burial site has been restored, with its missing column reattached, after detective work by Dundee TUC secretary Mike Arnott. Mrs Flowers was alerted to the rediscovery after reading an online article in The Courier. She said, “I did a lot of reading about her and we’re terribly proud. We’re still quite amazed we didn’t know anything about her.” The ceremony, which was attended by around 25 people, was addressed by Lord Provost John Letford. It closed with a rendition of Mary Brookbank’s Jute Mill Song.

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