All-electric Audi Q6 e-tron SUV to make its Debut by 2022

Audi Q6 e-tron

Audi confirms the launch of its electric SUV Q6 e-tron by 2022 and promises 20 other fully-electric models by 2025.

Markus Duesmann, the Board Chairman of Audi, has confirmed the Audi Q6 e-tron electric SUV launch in 2022 that the company is co-developing with Porsche. He confirmed this during his speech at Audi’s Annual Press Conference. Duesmann also revealed that the company plans on modifying its existing internal combustion power plants to meet the new Euro 7 emission norms.

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The Audi Q6 e-tron will be the first-ever Audi based on the Volkswagen Group’s new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture and is expected to share many of its components with the electric Porsche Macan.

Though Duesmann did not reveal the car’s features and specifications, we can expect the Audi Q6 e-tron to be similar in size to that of the Audi Q5. However, we all know that the car is based on the PPE platform that will use 800-volt architecture, allowing the car to charge at speeds of up to 350kW.  PPE-based vehicles are designed for the premium and luxury segments and estimated to offer a range of 480 km.

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Porsche also plans to build a badge-engineered electric SUV by using the Audi Q6 e-tron, which will later be introduced as a Macan. Audi strongly believes that the company’s battery-powered models will contribute to 1/3 of its overall sales by then.

With the increase in popularity of electric SUVs, the 2022 Audi Q6 e-tron will play a huge role in achieving Audi’s sales goal. By the middle of this decade, we can expect 20 all-electric models from Audi.

Introducing the 2022 Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, the Perfect BMW M8 Alternative 

Alpina is a performance tuning company that can turn a station wagon into a terrific 700hp supercar slayer with BMW’s partnership. After the grand success of the BMW Alpina B7 Sedan and the XB7 Sports Activity Vehicle, Alpina, in partnership with BMW, is all set to offer an M8 rival super sedan with magnificent luxury finishes.

Powerful Performance

The 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe has a 4.4 liter V8 engine with bi-turbo charging that produces an output of 612 hp, while the torque checks in at 590 pound-feet. This car’s sport exhaust system reduces back pressure and features the natural sound of a powerful V8 engine. The driver can always choose to switch between comfort and sport mode to influence the engine’s sound. The shift dynamics are much better, based upon the selected drive mode. That’s without giving up on the shift comfort which Alpina is famous for.

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The BMW Alpina B8 can hit o-60mph in just 3.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 201 mph and can cover ¼ mile in 11.5 seconds flat. This Gran Coupe’s performance is certainly sharper than the M8 and features performance upgrades over M8.

B8 Gran Coupe’s Appearance

One cannot prefer Alpina for just the speed and handling, but also for the style and luxury the car offers. Visually speaking, this car’s exterior is enhanced with a distinctive front spoiler along with the tuner’s name. It has subtle side skirts, a modest trunk spoiler, new air intakes, an aggressive rear bumper, and a redesigned diffuser.

The all-new Alpina B8 Gran Coupe comes with unique front and rear bumpers and a set of the BMW’s brand signature multispoke wheels that are wrapped in high-performance tires.

The car’s interior epitomizes the prestigious standard of exquisite luxury and excellent craftsmanship that the current BMW 8 series carry. The cabin boasts an exclusive iDrive controller, the standard Alpina Walnut Anthracite interior trim, Alcantara headliner, exclusively designed Alpina gauge cluster, and the Lavalina leather steering wheel tuned with Integral Active Steering system for a tactile driving experience.

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The Alpina B8 Gran Coupe includes ventilated front seats, multi-functional seats, steering wheel heating, and a panoramic glass sunroof. Unlike the conventional light sources, the icon adaptive LED headlights with laser light in this car offer high intensity.

The all-new 2022 B8 Gran Coupe has a striking appearance and aerodynamically optimized exterior components. Alpina’s Green Metallic and Blue Metallic finishes are your choices for color. However, you can choose from a wide range of BMW individual paint finishes as well. This car is equipped with BMW navigation, infotainment, communication, and driver assistance systems as well.

2021 BMW i4 – the all new BMW Electric Sedan to Challenge Tesla Model 3

BMW has taken the wraps off BMW i4, its first fully-electric sedan challenging Tesla Model 3 and the latest Polestar 2.

BMW has eventually dropped hints about the BMW i4, which is based on a modified version of the CLAR platform that underpins the current BMW 3 series and 4 series.

This sporty car will offer a range of 590 km/charge and is a high-performance M variant. Power-driven by a 530hp electric motor, BMW i4 will undoubtedly be the first M Division car.

BMW i4 Design

If you are an ardent fan of the BMW 4 series but prefer to have an EV, this car is for you. The all-electric BMW sedan – BMW i4 looks similar to the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with its vast two-piece grille. However, this car is expected to have greater aerodynamic efficiency on its side, flush door handles, extended rear diffuser, and a blocked off grille.

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Despite the similar design, BMW has taken steps to ensure that you don’t mistake this royal car for a petrol or diesel-powered BMW. The electric blue trim around the car ensures that.

BMW i4 Performance

This aggressive-looking four door Gran Coupe’s driving range is anticipated at 600 km, with 150kw charging capabilities to restore 100km of driving range in six minutes flat.

Likewise, the BMW i4 can hit 0 – 62mph in just four seconds, thus challenging its rivals Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2. BMW has reportedly hired prominent musician Hans Zimmer to create distinct soundtracks for different drive modes. So we can expect to have a soft soundtrack in the efficient mode and a much more intense soundtrack in the sport mode.

BMW i4 Interior

Though BMW has not unveiled much about the BMW i4’s interior yet, we can expect it to be pretty spacious inside because its design is similar to the BMW 3 series. We can also expect the BMW i4’s interior to feature a larger screen for infotainment.

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With its sporty looks, zero local emissions, and classy driving dynamics, the BMW i4 Gran Coupe is expected to hit the showroom by 2021.

Apple Stock Price Gets a Big Boost from Tim Cook’s Email Response on Reassuring Sales in China

After Tim Cook, Apple CEO, responded to CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’ host, Jim Cramer’s email, that Apple has been witnessing reassuring sales growth in China, the stock prices got a big boost. Apple is said to have traded at 5% higher on the back of this reassuring mail from the CEO.

According to nytimes.com, the ‘Mad Money’ host was inspired by a comment made by Skyworks Solutions on his show. The company, which supplies chips to Apple, said that despite strong sales in China, its stock plummeted driven by the fall in the global markets. This supposedly gave Mr. Cramer an idea and he shot off an email asking for Timothy D Cook’s comment and clarification on Apple sales in China, which was an important geography in terms of sales and exposure for the company.

Considering that Apple is one of the most exposed US companies in China and that the Yuan devaluation could spell trouble for the company, Tim Cook responded very quickly with a very positive note, ‘I get daily updates about the company’s sales performance in China and although I cannot predict the future, the growth in business in July and August continues to be strong and reassuring.’ This sent the stock prices soaring with a gain of over 5%. Cook also added that iPhone activations in the country have seen strong growth in the last month despite the economic issues there.

In response to this, forbes.com reported that this encouraging message was a good sign and although it is not possible for the Apple CEO to come out to reassure investors every time the market falls, such mid-quarter updates are quite common and which many companies are happy to provide. However forbes.com cautioned investors that this comment does not mean that Apple stocks can be bought with gay abandon. It only means the downslides in Apple stock price does not reflect on the fundamentals of the company and is related to the market downfall. So, if the market witnesses another selling bout, Apple stocks can also be affected, the website warned.

Goldman Sachs’s Michael Evans Appointed as the New President of Alibaba

Michael Evans is a veteran in the industry who has served for twenty years at Goldman Sachs. He is an extremely valuable asset to Alibaba during a crucial time.

The company has appointed him as their new President and Evans will be responsible for all business decisions and expansions from now.

With this announcement, Alibaba, a leading retailer in China has confirmed that they are not going to bask in the laurels earned in their home country. Most retailers in the country would prefer enjoying their success as long as it lasts because being world’s largest populated region has its own advantages. They have one of the biggest consumer base in the world and it is much easier to cater to a specific group of audience than risk selling products to an international audience.

Alibaba dared to be different and has confirmed that they are going to find ways to change the way the e-commerce industry is around the globe. Michael Evans served as the Vice Chairman at Goldman Sachs. He was the Chairman of Asia and led the Global Growth Marketing team before he signed up to be a board member with Alibaba in 2014.

After serving for a year in the board, he has been given the prestigious position of being the president of the company. A press statement confirmed that he will continue to be in the board, besides taking care of his new responsibilities. Alibaba is aiming to become a solo platform that will facilitate cross border e-commerce transactions.

Manufacturers and retailers in different continents hesitate to sell their products to other countries because a lot of hurdles populate the path. What with taxes, Customs to freight and delivery, it is difficult to execute on a foreign land, which the mediator aims to get rid of. When the expansion takes place, Alibaba confirms that anyone will have the freedom to sell goods in and out of China. They can also use the platform to export goods to any part of the world without investment risks.

Alibaba already owns a bunch of firms in different sectors including T-Mall, Tao Bao, Juhuasuan and Alitrip. With a 1.3 billion Chinese population, companies would seldom venture outside because they have all the user base they need. But, Alibaba wants to go global in the next few years. Their new president Evans will be in charge of executing the international growth strategy in a successful manner.

General Motors Co. Planning to Invest $877 Million to Revamp Truck Plants

General Motors is busy in setting up some of their truck plants so that they are future proof and ready to manufacture the revamped editions of their trucks in 2018.

The company, in an official statement, confirmed that they are planning to invest a sum of $877 million. The investment will be split between two different manufacturing plants, one in Flint and the other in Michigan. A significant change in terms of body, design and features is expected to embrace the large pickup trucks and the sport utility vehicles in the next two years. GM wants to ensure that their plants are equipped so as to handle the production process and are capable of integrating the proposed new features in the vehicle models.

After the initial revamp in the Flint plant, the manufacturing unit will have improvised assembly lines, better paint job units and body welding equipments. The unit will be assigned with the task of manufacturing some of the most popular SUVs in the market, including the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Cadillac Escalade, besides the Silverado pickup trucks.

With changing times, it is mandatory to offer innovative products that create a lasting impression among the consumers. General Motors Co. is quite aware of this fact, which is why they are going to significantly decrease the weight of their pickup trucks so that they are more fuel efficient than the current models. The weight reduction will be made possible with the help of new variants of lightweight steel combined with aluminum material. An imminent change embraces the truck plants because the tools and machinery used at the moment are not designed to produce these new vehicles.

Conventionally, the company has a tradition of closing down its factory until the renovation is complete. However, Flint, in association with four other venues including Texas, produces 60,000 trucks every month and generates more than $10,000 in revenue. In order to avoid any losses, the renovation process will be split which will allow the unit to continue the production of old trucks while the other half of the plant will be modified.

General Motors Co. has considerably increased its investment in the United States to honor the labor agreements and provide more jobs. The company has invested about $5.4 billion till now and plans to expand its horizons to new plants where they can produce small cars. Once the new plants are ready, the units will be able to produce larger vehicles with more color choices and varied specifications.

Average Lifespan of Cars in the U.S. Increased Since Recession

A decade ago, people craved for new technology and newer products, but the recession has brought about a change like never before.

According to a study conducted by the IHS automotive, the average lifespan of cars in the United States has seen a significant increase when compared to the data collected in 2006. People are no longer interested in going for a new vehicle every five years or so. Instead, they opt to keep their old, classic vehicles and use them on a daily basis.

The surprising fact is that the statistics don’t talk about car collectors or those who love classic vehicles. It is all about the average consumer who is now reluctant to get rid of the vehicle and buy a new one. A lot of solid facts are being advanced for this significant change.

Till 2006, owners preferred to replace a new vehicle on an average time span of 4.3 years. They used to get bored of their existing cars within four years or less. Similarly, in 2007, the total average lifespan of cars in the U.S. was at 10 years.

The number has shot up by one and half years in 2015. A major share of the vehicles used by consumers was manufactured before the year 2000. The average lifespan, is at 11 ½ years, which is much higher than it has ever been in history.

Experts predict that the average cost of new models have become significantly higher, which constrains people from changing their cars every five years or so. The drastic increase in the price has also prompted them to go for auto loans that last much longer than before. It allows buyers to keep their monthly expenses and payments under control so that they don’t go bankrupt again. The recession has definitely taken its toll on the citizens, who are now showing a new found interest in saving money for the future and probably another recession, if it should happen.

Despite these claims, the statistical study conducted by the IHS automotive confirmed that things are about to change in the next two or three years. Car technology has witnessed significant boost in the last few years and it will soon be impossible to stick onto old models that hardly have any feature to offer.

A similar trend has also been witnessed in the world of smartphones and tablets. The manufacturers have saturated the market with devices and people no longer show an interest to buy something new unless it offers a significant improvement over their existing device.

Apple Watch Will Fly Off the Shelves this Holiday Season: Tim Cook

After a disappointing sales call, analysts predicted that a major share of the loss should be subjected to the poor sales of Apple Watch.

However, statistics has an entirely different story to reveal. According to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, the smartwatch has exceeded internal expectations but he didn’t reveal the actual number of units sold since its launch. However, based on the fiscal report submitted by the company and subtracting the revenue made through other products, a leading Apple news website suggests that at least 3 million Apple watches have been sold so far.

Cook added that the company still has a lot of headroom to explore in the coming months. Apple Watch is yet to be launched in major markets including China, India among other countries. The product has witnessed enormous support from customers in every region where it has been launched so far.

Reports confirm that 75% of the smartwatch market share is now owned by Apple. People who never wanted to purchase the product were convinced when Apple launched it and they invested irrespective of its high price tag. Cook believes that in the holiday season of 2015, which is hardly months away, the Apple Watch will fly off the shelves like never before. It will also acquire a major portion of the market share. According to analyst reports, it will dominate the industry and will have 85% of the market share before the end of the year.

Apple’s expectations have been met in Greater China, where the company witnessed 112% increase in sales and made a total revenue of $13 billion. They have sold about 10.9 million iPads and 4.7 million Macs in the country. The company has acquired $202.8 billion in profit from worldwide sales which is a mammoth sum to achieve in such a short period of six months.

Before the Apple Watch was launched, Samsung had the largest market share. The company had 73% market share which plunged to an abysmal 7.5% as soon as Apple announced their product. Rumors claim that the company is also planning to integrate Android apps into the iOS operating system used in the watch, so as to bring in more users on board.

If they manage to do it, they will probably dominate the market by a huge number that might become an impossible target to beat for other watch companies including Samsung and Motorola.

Samsung JS7000 4KTV Supports Great Upscaling, More Codecs at Just $1300

One of the main reasons why customers refrain from buying a 4K television is that they aren’t the ideal choices for viewing HD or SD content apart from the fact that the pricing is too high to invest in.

Samsung’s JS7000 aims to break both these myths and could probably be the first 4KTV that could change the game. For many years now, the company has strongly focused on launching luxury curved models that will easily cost you an arm and a leg. It comes as a surprise to see that the company now wants to make budget buyers happy with a television that is worth investing.

Surprising Upscaling Capabilities

Even though it has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the Samsung JS7000 is more than capable of upscaling lower resolution images including 720p HD content and even 480p SD content which is the first of its kind in a 4KTV.

This is possible because it is powered by their proprietary Tizen operating system that makes it a smart television with internet browsing functionalities, apps to watch your favorite content and much more. It even comes with a function that lets you stream, connect from your smartphones and tablets but supports only a selective list of devices. We assume that it could probably only be Samsung products, at least for the time being.

Solving Lack of 4K Content

This newly announced Samsung 4KTV could finally solve the widespread issue where customers hardly have enough 4K content to browse through. There is a dearth of 4K media content because the market doesn’t have enough affordable televisions for customers to purchase. When several people who own a 4KTV, there will obviously be television channels, websites and movies that will be catered to this community of people.

By announcing a product that begins with a price tag of $1300 for the 50-inch model, Samsung has finally broken the barrier. Now people can finally purchase a high resolution television during special occasions which will eventually lead to more viewable 4K content hitting the market. Besides, they will also inspire big brands including LG and Sony to come up with their own affordable versions.

Samsung has made this possible by removing the curved design which leads to excessive costs and also some luxury lighting technologies which an everyday consumer would hardly mind. An official release date for the JS7000 4KTV is yet to be announced but rumors indicate that it might hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

BMW Ready to Unveil a Sports Concept Car at Pebble Beach

The upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance meet has already stirred enough interest because BMW has promised to reveal two new concept cars, one of them definitely a sporty high performance model.

While the company has been focusing on family friendly models and SUVs, it’s a rarity to see a car focused purely for sports lovers. BMW has teased the avid car lovers by revealing the picture of a steering wheel that resembles the racy cars that professionals drive on a track.

It looks simply amazing and has about 6 intriguing functional buttons placed on it with words like ‘Flash’, ‘Cool’, ‘Radio’ and ‘PSL’. We can hardly figure out the other buttons but it’s going to be a short wait before the event takes place in the month of August.

The top executives from the company will be taking part in the meet and they are the brains behind the company’s M models. Their presence indirectly confirms that a possible M2 or the M4 GTS launch could take place. The German auto manufacturer has been repeatedly testing these models in various forms and if this steering wheel belongs to one of the cars, it’s going to be a pleasant surprise for the auto lovers. Based on another rumor, the steering wheel could even belong to the BMW i8.

At the moment, with hardly any information to ponder upon, we can’t confirm which one of these models the company plans to unveil during this grand event at the Pebble Beach.

The official press release added that BMW is all set to celebrate its 40th anniversary in a grand manner which will be commemorated with these concept cars. It has been scheduled to take place at the BMW Villa after which it will be shown to the public at five different venues including the Motorsport Gathering, Rolex Monterey Reunion, and the Quail, among others. These car models will also be on public display at some of the biggest auto expos scheduled to take place in both United States and Europe in the following months.

Based on the associations that BMW has with Rolls Royce, the car manufacturer may base one of the proposed concept models on a hybrid vehicle integrated with the best of technology from both the companies. The cars are expected to sport a six speed manual transmission or may also come in an automatic variant with an eight speed gear box and record breaking top-speed numbers.

FDA Delays Calorie Count Rule For Chain Restaurants

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will be delaying the implementation of a rule that would have chain restaurants displaying the calorie counts of their foods on their menus. The rule was created as part of the Affordable Care Act to help consumers get difficult to find nutritional information about the foods they purchase from chain restaurants. Studies have shown that consumers consistently underestimate the number of calories in fast food and chain restaurant meals by a considerable amount.

Some of the chain restaurant and fast food meals intended for a single customer have more than the recommended daily amount of calories in them. Theoretically, a person that eats one of these meals would not need to eat anything else for the entire day. However, taking this route would deprive the person of many of the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy body development.

The FDA first proposed the rules for posting calorie counts back in 2011. The implementation of the rules have been stalled by disagreements between regulators and businesses that would be affected by the rules. The rule is mandated by law for businesses that have more than 20 locations. Under the rules as currently written, businesses that do not comply with the rules by 2016 could be subject to a variety of penalties.

The prepared foods section in grocery stores would be subject to the same rules as the chain restaurants. The major grocery store chains estimate that it will cost them nearly $1 billion in additional costs to label their prepared foods in compliance with the law. The effect of readily available calorie counts on consumer behaviors is questionable. A Stanford study conducted in 2010 researching the habits of Starbucks customers found that patrons consumed six percent fewer calories on average when presented with calorie count information.

Opponents of the rule say that there are already numerous ways for consumers to find the information if they really want it. Many chain restaurants have posted nutritional information about its meals on their corporate websites. There are also numerous apps for smartphones that provide this type of information. Opponents of the rule say that this access to the information makes it unnecessary for the restaurants to post the information on their menus.

Scientists Studying Link Between Smoking, Schizophrenia

Scientists have discovered that there may be a link between smoking and the development of psychological conditions such as schizophrenia. A new study recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry showed that there appeared to be an association between smoking and the development of schizophrenia. It remains to be seen whether the link is casual or not. Researchers will continue to study the link between the two to glean more information.

The link between smoking and schizophrenia was discovered a while ago, but many researchers chalked up the link to people with schizophrenia simply self-medicating their symptoms by using nicotine for stress relief. However, the authors of the new study decided to carry out a meta-analysis to see whether there might be a link in which smoking actually increases the odds of the development of schizophrenia.

The team reviewed more than sixty previous studies that included nearly 290,000 participants, including almost 15,000 tobacco users and 273,000 non-users. Using this data, they ran statistical analyses to determine connections between the likelihood of having or developing schizophrenia and smoking. The researchers discovered that daily smokers were twice as likely to develop schizophrenia than non-smokers. They also found that daily smokers would develop psychosis about a year earlier than non-smokers.

For some, the finding is not surprising. Researchers have long known that nicotine affects the brain in a variety of negative ways. It has been said that quitting smoking is one of the hardest addictions to kick. The effects of nicotine on the dopamine in the brain may explain the link. According to study author Sir Robin Murray, “Excess dopamine is the best biological explanation we have for psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. It is possible that nicotine exposure, by increasing the release of dopamine, causes psychosis to develop.”

This offers opponents of smoking yet another reason to encourage smokers to quit. Schizophrenia is a severe psychiatric disorder that affects around one in 100 people. The condition typically begins in early adulthood and sufferers generally experience disruptions in thinking and perception as well as psychotic experiences. More studies will be needed to understand how nicotine affects the risk of various brain diseases.

San Francisco Shooting Increases Criticism Of Sanctuary Cities

The shooting of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times has increased the focus on “sanctuary cities” and what they mean to legal residents of the United States. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez allegedly shot 32-year-old Kathryn “Kate” Steinle in the back on July 1. She was walking with her father along San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront when she was shot. Lopez-Sanchez has been charged with murder in the case.

People arrested by local law enforcement generally have their fingerprints sent to the FBI to investigate whether they are wanted for crimes in other jurisdictions. Another federal program also forwards those fingerprints to the Department of Homeland Security to check for immigration violations. If immigration violations are found on their record, ICE agents can request that the person be held for up to 48 hours after they have been cleared of local charges. Some authorities in “sanctuary cities” say that the program was being abused by ICE to round up undocumented immigrants with little to no criminal record and that the cost of holding immigrants for ICE was prohibitive.

Federal immigration authorities said that local police ignored a request to hold Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented Mexican felon, for deportation. San Francisco’s sheriff has publicly defended the release of the Mexican immigrant. The sheriff’s department said that federal authorities failed to provide legal basis to continue holding him prior to his release.

More than 200 cities around the country have passed laws to make them “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants. In these cities, law enforcement officers are prohibited from detaining suspects based solely on requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Several of these cities have announced that they would be examining their policies in the wake of the July 1 shooting. While the outcry has been vocal, none of the “sanctuary cities” are saying that they will change their immigrant detention polices.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Escapes Maximum-Security Mexico Prison

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico by tunneling out of the facility. The former leader of the Sinaloa cartel had been incarcerated inside the Altiplano prison facility for the past eighteen months. Guzman apparently escaped the prison by sneaking through a passage in the shower area of his cell that connected to a nearly mile-long tunnel running underneath the prison.

The escape set off a massive manhunt for Guzman, the world’s most famous drug lord, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The Altiplano prison was put on lockdown after Guzman’s escape and police were deployed to the surrounding areas to search for the drug lord. The nearby Toluca airport had all flights grounded to prevent Guzman from flying out of the range of the authorities.

According to Mexico’s national security commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido, Guzman was last seen inside the prison around 8 p.m. while being given medication. The discovery of the tunnel indicates that Guzman’s escape was well planned and probably financed by cartel members. The tunnel was illuminated, had PVC piping for ventilation, and was equipped with an adapted motorcycle-on-rails to aid the escape. There are also indications that the escape may have occurred with the complicity of officials inside the prison.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has focused on arresting and incarcerating top drug bosses from all the major cartels during his tenure. The Altiplano federal facility has been called the country’s most impenetrable prison and has held a number of top cartel members over the past few years. However, the failure to hold the country’s most important drug trafficker is a staggering blow for the president’s administration.

This is the second time Guzman has escaped from prison in his drug-running career. He escaped from another Mexican maximum-security prison in 2001. After evading capture for years, Guzman was captured by a team of Mexican commandos in February 2014 while sleeping in a condominium in the beach town of Mazatlan. It is believed that he may be hiding out in the cartel’s hideouts, safe houses and drug ranches in the northern Sierra Madre Mountains.

Serbian PM Chased At Srebrenica Ceremony

The Prime Minister of Serbia was chased by angry memorial visitors during a ceremony for victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. World dignitaries and thousands of others gathered in Bosnia-Herzegovina to remember the victims. Outrage erupted at the solemn event attended by thousands as Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic walked to the Srebrenica graveyard where other politicians were paying their respects.

It has been 20 years since the Bosnian Serb army killed 7,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. For three days starting on July 11, 1995, ethnic Serb forces gunned down Muslim boys and men in and around Srebrenica in an ethnic cleansing effort. Their bodies were dumped into a mass grave. The slaughter of civilians toward the end of the Bosnian war eventually claimed around 100,000 Muslim lives, including children, women and old men. The event has been called the largest single atrocity in Europe since World War II.

People hissed and yelled as Vucic walked to the site, angered by the appearance of an official from a country that once directed the Bosnian Serbs militants. Members of the shouting crowd then began to throw bottles and rocks at him, forcing him to flee the event. As the crowd got louder and more angry, his dark-suited security staff rushed him up the graveyard’s hill and ushered him into his car. A driver hurriedly spirited him away as the objects continued to fly.

Vucic reported that he was hit in the mouth by a stone, but other than that, he was okay. He said to reporters in Belgrade, “I regret that some people haven’t recognized my sincere intention to build friendship between Serbian and Bosniak people.” He continued, “I still give my hand to the Bosniak people. I will continue with that … and always be ready to work together to overcome problems.”

The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina released a statement on the matter that said, “Many of the mourners were horrified by the violence and disheartened that it disrupted the solemnity of the anniversary. The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo shares that sentiment, and urges all to focus once again on the victims of the Srebrenica genocide and their families.” Russia, a Serbia ally, recently vetoed a U.N. Security Council measure that would have labeled the massacre as genocide, inflaming tensions in the region.

Serena Williams Gets Sixth Wimbledon Win

Serena Williams has defeated Garbine Muguruza to clinch the sixth Wimbledon win of her career. The hugely entertaining 123-minute match ended 6-4, 6-4. After her women’s singles final victory, Williams held the winner’s trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, high overhead as she beamed at her cheering fans.

As Williams clasped her hands to a face alternating between relief and delight, her opponent, the 21-year-old Muguruza, dissolved into tears. Williams told her, “Don’t be sad. You’ll be holding this trophy soon.” Later, Muguruza elaborated on her emotions at the end of the match, saying, “I couldn’t stop crying. So many people are clapping. I made all these people feel like this, in a tennis court? I feel special.”

It was Muguruza’s first-ever Grand Slam final. Muguruza commented, “It’s hard to concentrate on a final because you have Serena in front of you. You’re thinking, she won five times this. You’re like, okay, every point, every point, don’t lose this point. But. I just learned that all the people are nervous, even Serena, in a final, because I saw it.” Muguruza beat Williams at the French Open 14 months ago.

Williams said afterwards of her opponent, “She really stepped up to the plate today. She came out there to win. She wasn’t out there just to play a final. That says a lot about her and her future. She never gave up, literally, ever.” When asked about her nerves during the match, Williams said she copes with the tension by singing a song in her head. She said, “If I stop singing it, I usually start losing, then I go back to singing.”

The 33-year-old Williams is now in possession of all the major titles simultaneously: Wimbledon, Australian, French and U.S. Open. She has won 21 major tennis titles to date. Many are now looking towards Williams surpassing Steffi Graf’s seven Wimbledon titles and Martina Navratilova’s nine. When asked about the future, Williams said, “Oh gosh, I’m just living for the moment. Obviously I’ll be here next year, God willing, to try to defend my title. But we’ll see.”