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...
David Hopkin has emerged as one of the favourites for the Dundee United manager’s job. Courier Sport can reveal that the Livingston boss is on chairman Stephen Thompson’s radar and is in with a serious chance of replacing Ray McKinnon. Thompson couldn’t have failed to be impressed with the former Scotland international’s work with Livi, who are currently one place above the Tangerines in third place. After guiding them to the League One title last season, Hopkin’s side have become instant Championship promotion contenders on a budget more suited to fighting relegation. And Thompson was a spectator when United were well beaten by Livi just a couple of weeks ago. It is understood that Hopkin would be keen to make the switch and compensation would not be prohibitive. Hopkin will command dressing room respect on the back of his title win and the team he has put together at West Lothian, as well as his playing credentials, which included spells at Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leeds United. His reputation in the game is of a pragmatic, thorough manager. The big box that isn’t ticked is experience, which Thompson would ideally want given United’s need to secure promotion this season The likes of John Hughes and Jim McIntyre have that over him.
A senior care worker carried out a catalogue of verbal and physical abuse against residents at a Perthshire care home, a panel has found. Tracy Hopkins, who previously worked at the Robert Douglas Memorial Home in Scone, struck and pushed a resident who had dementia, diabetes and difficulties with his mobility and forced him to stand up and walk on November 17, 2015. The Scottish Social Services Council’s fitness to practise panel also established Ms Hopkins “aggressively grabbed” another resident - who was classed as vulnerable - on July 23, 2015. In addition, the panel also found the senior care worker, who had started working at Robert Douglas Memorial Home in January 1998, had provided care to two other residents between 2013 and 2015 when their care plans stated they did not require two carers to help them. The hearing had heard from a female care assistant at the home who had seen incidents relating to the resident with dementia. She had told the panel this man didn’t want to be in a care home, appeared depressed and had been refusing to eat. The hearing was told on a particular shift the male resident had been crying all day. The care assistant told the panel the man had refused to eat his dinner and Ms Hopkins had shouted at him and hit a plate against a table while “acting aggressively.” The witness told the panel Ms Hopkins demanded the man then walk to the toilet, had shouted at him and pulled him up from his chair. The hearing was told Ms Hopkin’s anger towards the man “escalated” when she noticed he had wet his trousers. The care assistant told panel members it looked like Ms Hopkins was “humiliating” the man who then lost his balance and fell. The female care assistant also gave evidence that Ms Hopkins took the man to his bedroom in a wheelchair and that she followed the pair to assist. However, when she entered the room the care assistant saw Ms Hopkins undressing the man “roughly” and in a “forceful” way. The witness told the panel Ms Hopkins shouted at the man in a threatening manner, stating she would be back at work the following day. She also claimed she had seen Ms Hopkins push the man on to a bed and deliberately struck him on the head with her right hand, and described the resident as being frightened afterwards. The panel concluded Ms Hopkins's fitness to practise is impaired. They decided to impose a removal order on Ms Hopkins registration to work as a carer with effect from October 12. A spokesperson for the Robert Douglas Memorial Home said: “The care home is under new management now and Ms Hopkins hasn’t worked here for two years.” Attempts were made to contact Ms Hopkins but she was unavailable for comment.
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
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.
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. email@example.com
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.
Manager Csaba Laszlo believes Dundee United will face the surprise package of the Championship when Livingston come calling. Laszlo was at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Tuesday night to see Livi only manage a goalless draw against struggling Falkirk. That result meant the Tangerines can stretch their advantage over David Hopkin’s men to 10 points by beating them at Tannadice tomorrow. Nevertheless, Laszlo is wary of a team that inflicted one of the most disappointing defeats of the season on United at Almondvale back in October in what proved to be his predecessor Ray McKinnon’s penultimate match in charge. “I saw Livingston play the other night and it was a tough game against a Falkirk side looking for points,” said Laszlo. “You never know where you are with them because they made a very good start but they have had a lot of games called off. “You never know how that can affect your confidence. “Sometimes it can be a help if you have a lot of injuries and need time to bring players back but, really, you want to be playing regularly. “Livingston are a very physical team and play simple but effective football. “Also, don’t forget that we lost 2-0 in Livingston the last time so now we have to fight back. “Livingston, traditionally, have always been a good club. “Previously, they also had a lot of time in the Premier League and have been a big club in the Championship too. “We can see that they have been in the top half of the table and doing very well. “The question for them is whether or not they can keep the run going. “Overall, I would conclude that, yes, they are the team that have been the surprise of this league.” United, who will have captain Willo Flood available again after his shoulder injury, will be assured of top spot going into the New Year if they can beat Livi then follow that up with an away win over St Mirren in a week’s time. Laszlo isn’t getting ahead of himself, though. He said: “That is important for us because if we do beat Livingston and then St Mirren that will be a big step forward for us. “However, what is more important than being top going into January is being there at the end of the season.” Meanwhile, the United boss wished striker Patrick N'Koyi well after he had his contract terminated by mutual consent. Laszlo said: "Patrick had been frustrated at not seeing much action and spoke to me about it. "It was in both our interests that he go elsewhere to find more onfield action. "This creates space within the squad for me to bolster our attacking options if the right quality becomes available.”
A Perth administration worker caught with indecent photos of children has had more restrictions imposed after increasing fears about his behaviour. Wayne Hopkins was dismissed from his job with Scottish and Southern Energy after being arrested in connection with a collection of 1,000 child and animal images. He walked free from court in November 2014 after a “conduct requirement” was imposed upon him, but he had caused concerns for social workers because of his continuing interest in illicit material. Hopkins, 31, of Ethel Moorhead Place, admitted that between February and April 2014 at an address in Sidey Place, he took or permitted to be taken or made indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children. Sheriff Fiona Tait said: “These were offences that had occurred shortly after the last offence but before the order commenced.” Hopkins was ordered to undergo supervision for three years, to attend the Tay Project and to complete 160 hours of unpaid work. He also has to follow a conduct requirement including a condition not to enter areas where children typically are.
When Libby Jones was invited by Bank Street Gallery owner Susie Clark to exhibit at her gallery in Kirriemuir, she became intrigued by the history of the town. As well as Kirriemuir’s most famous son and Peter Pan author JM Barrie, she discovered the town had also been home for a time to AC/DC singer Bon Scott, Victorian mountaineer Hugh Munro, and 19th century writer Violet Jacob. She found the town had been a hotbed of witchcraft in the 16th century and is also world famous for its gingerbread and decided to combine all these elements. Ms Jones went on to craft a boxed set of prints, which also doubles as a card game. She said: “This tongue-in-cheek edition of 10 boxes, of 20 cards per box, features Kirriemuir characters presented on a slice of gingerbread on a plate. I have also made a poster featuring all the 10 characters in the game.” Visitors can see images of Edinburgh Castle with fireworks, wildlife such as gannets, and artwork made after a visit to Antarctica. Londoner and master printmaker Ms Jones exhibited work from her sub-zero stay at a Discovery Point exhibition in Dundee last year. Children can see her work Cooking the Climate, a comment on global warming, which consists of a microwave oven and slideshow with rotating polar animals. There is also a fossilised mobile phone in a second installation, Fossils of the Anthropocene an exploration of the traces that might remain of civilisation in 50 million years’ time. She is also exhibiting a selection of her woodcuts, linocuts, collagraphs and screenprints at the gallery. The exhibition runs until November 8 and opening hours can be found on www.bankstreetgallery.org, or by telephoning 01575 570070.