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MG Motor has announced the arrival of the New MG GS 2019 in the Middle East. While the previous generation MG GS was the first SUV to be launched by the British-born car brand onto the global market, the new, improved model now takes a major step forward with its refreshed and practical interior, high levels of equipment and dynamic design.
The New MG GS is available across the region in two trim levels: 2.0T COM and 2.0T LUX AWD. With prices starting from just USD 17,200, depending on market, MG’s SUV offers fun family versatility in a highly affordable package.
The changes are immediately visible from the outside, with the New GS showing off a sportier, yet more aggressive look from the front. The newly designed bumper helps to improve aerodynamics and is nicely complemented by a larger grille and redesigned air intake.
The enhancements continue on the inside thanks to the noticeably higher quality finish, with many hard corners and plastic having been replaced. More than 80 percent of the surfaces are now covered in soft-touch material, an impressive 30 percent more than in the first-generation model. Making it as quiet as it is comfortable, MG has worked hard to reduce cabin noise.
The central console has been completely revamped to offer a more premium finish and greater functionality. It integrates new 360-degree air conditioning vents, while a revised compressor contributes to both enhance the system’s operation and reduce noise. New, sportier seats contribute to the heightened levels of comfort and style within the cabin.
The new console now also features a new 8-inch, quick response, high resolution touch screen, which allows users to manage multilanguage features such as POI Search, with Navigation and an offline GCC map with ease. The multi-functional steering wheel has also been redesigned with a smaller diameter and three spoke design, offering improved handling and control.
The New MG GS, in keeping with the brand’s reputation for delivering excellent value for money, is exceptionally well-equipped. Standard features on both models include electric folding mirrors, an electrically-operated sunroof, keyless entry, cruise control, a push-start button, auto-hold function, hill-descent control, reversing sensors and a parking camera. The infotainment system also supports Apple CarPlay.
There is ample room in the New MG GS, including 24 different storage spaces. The rear seats can be completely laid flat, expanding the trunk capacity from 434 litres to a whopping 1,336 litres and allowing easy storage of large items. And passengers also benefit from plenty of room in the smart cabin, thanks the new model’s dimensions – it is longer, wider and taller than its key competitors.
Equipped with a 2.0T powerful engine, mated to a smoother 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddleshift gearchange, the New MG GS delivers maximum power of 221hp and maximum torque of 350Nm. It is available with either 2-Wheel Drive or a new All-Wheel Drive, with the latter ensuring a smoother ride by adjusting the torque distribution faster than the previous model. Thanks to an overall improvement in the rigidity of the suspension set-up, the stability of the new model has been improved and cabin noise significantly reduced.
As befitting a family-focused car, safety is a key priority with the New MG GS, which has been awarded 5-star C-NCAP ratings. Standard safety features include ABS, EBD, ESP and six airbags.
Commenting on the New MG GS, Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director, SAIC Motor Middle East said: “The first-generation model helped to introduce our brand to customers in the Middle East. The New MG GS arrives at a time when we are experiencing significant growth in the number of MG cars being bought across the region. Crafted to high standards of design, technology, comfort and safety, it reinforces the quality of the MG line-up and we are confident will help to boost the growing popularity of the brand.”
Since its acquisition of MG Motor, SAIC MOTOR, as a Global Top 500 company, has opened a new chapter for this British-born brand. The introduction of the second-generation MG GS follows the launch of two SUV models earlier this year, the MG RX5 compact SUV and the MG ZS SUV. Together, these models join the existing MG 360 to complete the brand’s Middle East line-up.
MG is a British born automotive brand established in 1924, known for its historic models, awards and achievements throughout the past 93 years. MG was founded by William Morris and Cecil Kimbers and has the oldest car club in the automotive industry. Best known for its two-seat open sports cars, MG also produced saloons and coupes. Since its acquisition of MG, SAIC MOTOR, as a Global Top 500 company, has opened a new chapter for this British born brand. MG will explore new avenues in the future.
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You were the Chosen One! You were supposed to uphold the staples of smartphone design and be different, not join the madness. You were supposed to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness. Joking aside, we might as well get a couple of things out of the way straight off the bat – Yes, the OnePlus 6T has a notch and no, it no longer has a 3.5mm audio jack.
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Ready your shopping bags, people: Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, which means Black Friday isn’t far behind. Friday, November 23, marks the biggest shopping day of the year, and this season, we can expect tons of major sales on electronics, fashion, home goods, beauty, and more. Here’s all you need to know so that you can knock out all your holiday shopping before December rolls around.
When is it?
Many retailers have both in-store and online Black Friday sales starting on Thanksgiving Day and continuing through the weekend, with some stores opening their doors as early as 6 a.m. on the morning of. For a list of store hours at various retailers, click here.
Where are the sales?
Macy’s sale begins on Thanksgiving Day and is being held online, in stores, and on the Macy’s app. Mega stores like Target, Best Buy, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Home Depot will have major sales as well with deals on laptops, phones, tablets, big ticket appliances, and more. Walmart is expected to give away $300 store gift cards with purchases of iPhones and Samsung Galaxys, as well as discounts on iPads and other electronics.
But if you’re in a full-blown turkey coma on the couch and aren’t up to braving the crowds, you can shop these deals online. Plus, Amazon is predicted to offer some sweet online Black Friday deals, too, including discounts on Echos and Kindles.
If you’re looking to save on fashion and beauty, check in with these retailers and these beauty brands, all of which had great Black Friday deals last year and will likely have similar offerings this time around. Black Friday is also a great time to cash in on travel and hotel deals, and airlines like Wow Air, Delta, and Ryanair have offered majorly discounted flights in the past.
But if you miss out on the deals, have no fear: Cyber Monday, its strictly online counterpart, follows suit just three days later. There will be more than enough time to get your holiday shopping done — at a discount — before we even hit December 1.
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Becky and Mike’s relaxed and bohemian big day is essentially a massive party in the middle of the Welsh hills – there’s great food and gin aplenty! Exactly how we like our weddings. These two love going on adventures in their camper van, so it made total sense that the camper would play a big part in their wedding day. It makes the perfect place for cosy couple shots, and it took the pair and photographer Jo Greenfield into the rolling green countryside for even more gorgeous images.
Bride Becky rocks sandals and separates for style and comfort reasons – a bride after our own hearts. And Mike looks totally dapper in his military uniform, steering the colour palette towards rich burgundies which I LOVE.
Becky the Bride: Being an Interior Designer, my outfit was the last on my list. I was adamant I didn’t want to spend a lot on it, but being 6ft tall and leaving it to the last minute left me with very little options…so I took to Ebay! I managed to find an extra long skirt for £100 on Ebay and then (after a lot of online shopping and returning) I settled on a sequined crop top that I found in the sale in Zara! Being tall, I wanted to wear flats, so I finished my outfIt with a pair of sandals from ASOS.
I had a whopping seven bridesmaids, all of whom are very different shapes and sizes and one was pregnant at the time of the wedding so whatever I chose had to be flexible and suit everyone. My bridesmaids being comfortable and confident was my main priority, I didn’t mind what they wore (within reason), as long as they felt happy. We eventually settled on a skirt and top combo. The skirt (ASOS) had an elasticated waist and fit and flattered all of them. I then gave them free rein to buy whatever white top they wanted. I loved the idea of a relaxed, boho, mismatch vibe – I think it worked really well. My pregnant bridesmaid, Christie, wore a grey maternity dress from Boohoo, it matched the ASOS skirts perfectly. The girls all wore a selection of grey shoes and silver jewellery.
Mike is in the Army so he wore No1 Dress, as did the Guards of Honour. He also had two ushers, one in the Royal Marines and one the Army, they wore No2 Dress. This saved us a lot of money and they looked fantastic! The Army is a massive part of our lives, I’m very proud of Mike and it was important to me that he wore his uniform. I chose maroon and dusky pink flowers for my headdress and for the button holes to match Mikes maroon beret.
I was brought up in the Brecon Beacons, moved to Cardiff (where I met Mike) to go to University and have been moving around with the Army ever since, so I was adamant that I wanted to get married back home in the beautiful hills of the Black Mountains. We found Caerhyn Farm, three adorable little barns, remotely nestled in the village of Llangadog – where I attended primary school many years ago and we fell in love. The Venue is a blank canvas, they allowed us to completely transform it into the bohemian, relaxed paradise that we had envisaged! The three barns sat in a way that created a perfect courtyard to accommodate our hay bales, Persian rugs, floor cushions and fire pit. One barn housed the bar and the band/dance floor, another was where we sat down for our wedding breakfast and the third was beautifully converted into accommod’tion for up to 10 guests!
Mike and I own a VW T3 Syncro adventure camper, it is a part of our family and we love nothing more than travelling Europe in it. Although we live quite a cosmopolitan lifestyle with real-life jobs, we’re hippies at heart. Our aim was to combine our bohemian, traveller lifestyle with the other side of our life which is heavily influenced by the military. Our main priority was to ensure our guests were relaxed and comfortable, we did this with floor cushions, Persian rugs, relaxed bench seating and hay bales all scattered around a fire pit with marshmallows to roast and buckets of ice full of bottles of beer at an arms reach.
Flowers were also quite a large part of the concept, I didn’t want any structured floral displays or anything too formal, so the random rustic containers full of wild flowers and greenery dotted around did the job perfectly! Our florist was actually a local gardener, 90% of our flowers were grown in her garden, at the foot of the mountain of Llyn y F’n – right next to our church. In the dining barn, it was kept very simple with greenery running down the long trestle tables, church candles dotted along throughout and a large feature macrame wall hanging behind the top table.
The Food & Music
Food and music were the two things that we really wanted to get right. We both love live music so a band was a must, it took us a long time to find a band that we both liked but we eventually settled on Rocked Up, a cover band from Swansea. They were absolutely amazing, well worth the money.
Choosing a caterer was more than just about the food, as we spend a lot of time on the road in the van so we cook most of our food on a BBQ! BBQing is one of Mike’s passions, not just for the food but the entire experience of alfresco cooking and eating, he spent a lot of his childhood in Cyprus where BBQing is the norm – so it has always been in his blood. This love of BBQ food and ‘cooking outside’ was the reason we chose Vudu Food as our caterers. They brought a huge and I mean HUGE smoker with them and smoked a couple of lambs from my parents small holding. The smoker took up a corner of the courtyard along with their quirkily branded ‘smoke shack’ where they laid out masses of Moroccan salads and crusty bread. We wanted to emphasise the informal feel of our wedding, so we chose disposable palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery to eat with and asked our guests to collect their meal from the smoke shack in a very festival/street food fashion.
This definitely ensured the atmosphere amongst our guests was really chilled and relaxed. Mike and I have a slight obsession with Mexican food – so Taco’s were always going to be on our menu somewhere! As an evening snack the tacos were entertainment in themselves as everyone queued up and helped themselves to the mountains of vegan four bean chilli, deep fried Cajun prawns, shredded Cajun chicken and ground beef before finishing it off with an array of toppings! The caterers were very much a part of the party, plonked amongst it all with their kitchen sizzling away and smoker wafting out delicious aroma’s of smoking meat though our dancing and chatting guests in the courtyard.
Mike is a keen photographer, so finding the perfect photographer was probably the biggest challenge of the wedding…we were beginning to give up hope until Jo came along! We were adamant that we wanted a creative, fun, story teller with impeccable camera skills to document our day. Jo ticked all of these boxes and didn’t fail to dis’ppoint – the photos turned out amazingly, she managed to capture so much emotion and the entire atmosphere of the day without us even knowing she was there most of the time. Jo has a natural eye for design and became my own personal stylist on the day – she made sure everything looked perfect, from flowers to hair, decor to bridesmaids, she was always on hand to ensure everything was always photo ready. I genuinely wouldn’t have made it through the day without her!
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If you are actively involved in a business or just created your own, you’ll understand the need to create stunning, eye-catching designs for your products and services.
Let’s say you just put up an online course and you want to let all your contacts know about it; the next step is to design an attractive visual you will use to communicate what your course is about to your audience.
This step is a crucial one because the message you will send through your design will be the first thing people will see and associate your online course.
This is why you need to make sure that your designs look neat, choose the right pictures if you want to use any, and get your message across right.
Most online business owners and entrepreneurs rely on professional graphic designers through freelance platforms such as Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, to name but a few.
However, if you cannot afford the services of a graphic designer, there are a few tips and tricks that could help you to come up with a stunning design for your product without going bankrupt before its launch!
In this post, I’ll share with you awesome resources that’ll help you to create original designs online with little or no knowledge of graphic design.
For anyone trying to get into designing for the first time, Canva is the tool for you.
It’s easy to use and will help those with no knowledge of graphic design to create designs ranging from blog graphics, social media posts, eBooks, infographics, posters, flyers, presentations, etc.
You can do all these in only a few easy steps, and mostly for free.
The best way to use this tool is to start with checking out the templates offered for the kind of design you want to create and customize it to suit your needs and make it unique for your business.
If you’ve never used this awesome tool before, I strongly advise you to try it for free today.
2. Hello Print:
When starting a business, whether it is online or offline, customized goods are always a good way to be remembered.
Let’s say the main target group of your business are millennials, mostly college students.
To make your business known to your target group, why not offer them customized goods they need every day with your name and logo on it? Talk of caps, pens, notepads, only to name a few.
HelloPrint offers you the ability to design your business’ identity either based on templates or from scratch and getting it printed on goods such as banners, flyers, posters, t-shirts, business cards, letterheads, wallpaper, etc.
Who doesn’t love videos? In the digital era, to stand out as a business, you need to be visual.
And that is where CloudApp comes in handy; this snipping tool with help you make video screenshots to use for communication purposes.
This online software is already available on a wide range of OS such as Mac, Windows, Linux, and makes it easy to use every day, on any device, be it a computer or phone.
Plus, you can store your videos on a cloud and get a link to them whenever you want, anywhere you are!
Piktochart is a great resource to use to create various designs such as infographics, posters, flyers, presentations, and reports, all with only three steps:
First, pick from a wide range of over 600 templates specially designed by professionals.
Second, make it yours by editing fonts, colors, adding interactive charts, etc.
Third, share it with the world, or with your team!
Piktochart is a great tool for external communication as well as internal communication, as it can help you create professional visuals within a few minutes because visuals speak louder than words!
As the saying goes “Men of few words are the best men.” The same goes for a business!
Recite helps you to embed quotes as designed and eye-catching images, such as postcards.
All you need to do is type your text, choose a background, a writing style, and create your quote.
More and more businesses are embracing infographics as a viable way to share facts, statistics, figures, and so on.
However, this usually requires the help of a graphic designer and takes time.
With this free tool, you’ll be able to create a beautiful and engaging infographic that’ll not bore your audience anymore in only a few steps.
Whether you are launching your business or a new product, these few resources will sure come in handy and help you save a lot of time!
With them, you’ll be able to create stunning images online even without any prior graphic or image design skills.
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As members of Generation Z enter the workforce, there is likely to a culture clash with older coworkers over disagreements in politics and hypersensitivity. Pictured: Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Photo credit; Jayne Riew
From elite college campuses like Brown and Yale, professors are shunned by Generation Z students, born after 1995, for speech code violations they find offensive. Now, those students are entering the workforce.
The problem with today’s generation is that working with people who might disagree with your politics is defined as being part of a diverse community. Unless we find a way to harmonize our beliefs, the likelihood is that college unrest will spread to the workplace.
To get some idea of how business leaders should address this divisive issue, I interviewed one of the nation’s leading moral psychologists, Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Jeff Cunningham: Your new book is called “The Coddling of the American Mind,” and you make the point we have set up an entire generation for failure. Who did the coddling?
Jonathan Haidt: The word coddling means overprotection, and the parents and then the teachers did it all the way from preschool through college. The critical piece of data is right around 2012, (rates of depression) start going up and up and up, especially for girls. They go up steadily to the present time, if you look at how many people are going to the hospital because they’ve cut themselves deliberately, or if you look at suicide, the same pattern (emerges). The conclusion is Generation Z is much more anxious and they seem to be more easily harmed by words and ideas around them. When they go into the work world, they behave differently.
Cunningham: The big complaint seems to be saying something another person disagrees with?
Haidt: The best example is the words of a freshman student at Smith College: “During my first days at Smith I witnessed countless conversations that consisted of one person telling the other that their opinion was wrong. The word offensive is always included in the reasoning. Within a few short weeks, members of my freshman class had quickly assimilated to this new way of non-thinking. I began to voice my opinion less often, to avoid being berated and judged by a community that claims to represent the free expression of ideas.”
Cunningham: We used to call this shaming behavior. Is it meant to make oneself feel superior?
Haidt: Not really. You see, it’s not about your internal feeling. It’s about gaining currency in a prestige economy. Social media suddenly gave us all an attitude in which, if you call someone out publicly, your call-out gets likes, and that’s good. It’s not about how you feel inside; it’s about what does it take to gain prestige in an economy of outrage.
Cunningham: What is the downside?
Haidt: If you’re going to assemble a diverse class, with people from all over the world, different races, different sexual orientations, the last thing you should be doing is teaching people to play up their identities and then to moralize those identities. That’s a guarantee of eternal conflict.
Cunningham: What are the takeaways for the business community?
Haidt: Leaders in the business world see problems like hypersensitivity and the constant conflict over small things. A reader of mine wrote an Amazon review, for example: “this explains why my new bright hires go running to HR, every time there’s a conflict, and then, they won’t show up at the meeting with the person who supposedly offended them.”
Cunningham: How should a business handle Generation Z without ‘coddling’ them even more?
Haidt: It’s going to take leadership and norm-setting. If you don’t set the norms, you’re going to end up with all the problems we have on campus like constant conflict, constant charges, with demands for you to: “settle this thing I heard him say to her, and it hurt me, so I want you to punish him.
Cunningham: What would you say to your people if you were the chief executive?
Haidt: If you don’t want that to be your future, I suggest you give speeches to your people that establish norms that goes something like this: “We have lots of ambitions as to how we can grow this company if we all work together. We’re doing this at a time of rising hatred. We see it all around us. Politics is tearing companies apart. America is torn apart. If we bring our politics to work, we will be torn apart.
“If we want to stay together as a team, we have to put the company first, and that might mean you leave important parts of you at the door. That’s not to say they’re not important to you, but, when we’re together, we have to give each other the benefit of the doubt. We have to hang together as a team.”
Cunningham: Should chief executives feel pressured to make political statements to support their Generation Z employees?
Haidt: Imagine our culture war seeping into all of our schools, so that, when you pick a preschool for your kids, you’ve got to know, “Are you a Red preschool, or Blue preschool?” Imagine picking a restaurant? “Are you a Red restaurant, or a Blue restaurant?” Of course, in the Blue restaurants, we accost people who are Red, and vice versa.
It’s going to fall on business, and business leaders to establish norms. It’s going be hard for any one company to do it on its own, if other companies are behaving differently, but my hope is that just as schools, or, I think, universities have an absolute—even a fiduciary duty to focus on what they’re supposed to do, and not to let politics flood in. I’m hopeful that such a norm will spread through business, as well. It’ll certainly make the lives of leaders a lot easier.
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