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Luxury Tesla used by Prince Charles goes on sale for £82,000

One careful owner: Luxury Tesla used by Prince Charles with 7,000 miles on the clock goes on sale… but it’ll cost you a king’s ransom at £82,000

  • Six-month Tesla Model S is on the market for £82,500 despite Royal pedigree
  • It was loaned by Tesla to Charles’ household to try out green mode of transport
  • Charles who has green views was seen being chauffeured around several times 
  • He loved it so much that he got the loan period extended before handing it back 

It is believed that Charles loved the car so much that he got the loan period extended before handing it back to Tesla

It is believed that Charles loved the car so much that he got the loan period extended before handing it back to Tesla

A top-of-the range electric-powered Tesla that was used by Prince Charles has gone on the market.

The six-month-old Tesla Model S with just 7,000 miles on the clock is on the market for £82,500 with no special premium added for its Royal pedigree.

It is believed that it was loaned by Tesla to Charles’ household to try out as an environmentally form of transport in addition to his electric Jaguar I-Pace.

Charles who has long been known for his green views was seen being chauffeured around several times in the midnight silver coloured motor which has a top speed of 155mph.

It is believed that he loved the car so much that he got the loan period extended before handing it back to Tesla.

The car which has a range of 405 miles, and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds was recently bought by webuysupercars.com.

It is now being sold by luxury car dealers Castle Motors who only refer in the small print on their website to it having been used by Charles.

The car is expected to be snapped up soon because anyone ordering a new Tesla Model S in the UK today is not expected to get delivery until the end of next year.

It has come on the market less than two months after a Ford Escort Ghia 1.6 saloon bought by Charles as an engagement present for Princess Diana was sold at auction for £52,640

It has come on the market less than two months after a Ford Escort Ghia 1.6 saloon bought by Charles as an engagement present for Princess Diana was sold at auction for £52,640

Phil Corker, the head of purchasing at webuysupercars.com, said: ¿We bought the Tesla that Prince Charles had been using for the last few months through a tip off from a contact at Tesla'

Phil Corker, the head of purchasing at webuysupercars.com, said: ‘We bought the Tesla that Prince Charles had been using for the last few months through a tip off from a contact at Tesla’

Charles who has championed environmental concerns for decades reportedly first had a test drive in a Tesla in 2016 on his Scottish estate in Ayrshire

Charles who has championed environmental concerns for decades reportedly first had a test drive in a Tesla in 2016 on his Scottish estate in Ayrshire

The six-month-old Tesla Model S with just 7,000 miles on the clock is on the market for £82,500 with no special premium added for its Royal pedigree

The six-month-old Tesla Model S with just 7,000 miles on the clock is on the market for £82,500 with no special premium added for its Royal pedigree

Charles who has long been known for his green views was seen being chauffeured around several times

Charles who has long been known for his green views was seen being chauffeured around several times

Charles was first spotted in the Tesla Model S in February this year when he was visiting his father Prince Philip at the King Edward VII Hospital in London

Charles was first spotted in the Tesla Model S in February this year when he was visiting his father Prince Philip at the King Edward VII Hospital in London

It has come on the market less than two months after a Ford Escort Ghia 1.6 saloon bought by Charles as an engagement present for Princess Diana was sold at auction for £52,640.

A Range Rover used by Prince William and wife Kate was also auctioned in May for £50,625 – more than £10,000 over its pre-sale estimate and double its value without a Royal link.

Dale Flood, a director of Castle Motors based in Liskeard, Cornwall, described the Tesla Model S as ‘a phenomenal piece of kit.’

He added: ‘We have sold quite a few cars belonging to celebrities in the past, but not so many which have been used by the Royal family.

‘I have been told that Prince Charles used it from new. It has an exceptionally long range for an electric vehicle. We are a family business that has been going for 48 years and we are always keen to sell interesting cars.

‘We have not increased the price because of its Royal connections. In fact, we didn’t even mention that it had a Royal link when we first put it on our website, but then we decided to mention it very briefly.’

Phil Corker, the head of purchasing at webuysupercars.com, said: ‘We bought the Tesla that Prince Charles had been using for the last few months through a tip off from a contact at Tesla.

The car which has a range of 405 miles, and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds was recently bought by webuysupercars.com

The car which has a range of 405 miles, and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds was recently bought by webuysupercars.com

‘We visited Windsor Castle to get some photos of the car and to promote the backstory of the its previous usage. We didn’t collect from Prince Charles himself.

‘We did speak to the staff and security personnel there who allowed us to take some photos of the car in the grounds.

‘Of course the previous usage makes the car more interesting and so being allowed to take photos of it at Windsor was important to us.

‘The key element of this in my mind is to highlight the positive move to electric car usage, and maybe make a point that politicians making the policy that’s driving the uptake should be seen to be using them themselves.

‘We’re guessing Prince Charles will get a full electric Range Rover as and when that’s available as that’s the manufacturer they have the strongest association with and of course it’s seen as a British brand and made in Britain.’

Charles was first spotted in the Tesla Model S in February this year when he was visiting his father Prince Philip at the King Edward VII Hospital in London.

The prince has long been a fan of green energy and took delivery of his £60,000 Jaguar I-Pace in 2018.

He also had his gas guzzling convertible 51-year-old Aston Martin DB6 Volante sports car converted in 2008 to run on an alternative bioethanol ‘green’ fuel made from English wine and whey from cheese making.

The Prince was said to have personally hosted Mr Musk and his fiancée over several days at Dumfries House

The Prince was said to have personally hosted Mr Musk and his fiancée over several days at Dumfries House

The high octane blended fuel known as E85 and containing just 15% unleaded petrol is said to actually have improved the performance of the classic car, making it even more powerful.

Prince William and Kate drove the car – decorated with ribbons and balloons – from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House on their wedding day in 2011 after they married in Westminster Abbey.

Charles who has championed environmental concerns for decades reportedly first had a test drive in a Tesla in 2016 on his Scottish estate in Ayrshire.

He was shown around the car by Kimbal Musk, the brother of Tesla chief executive and Silicon Valley magnate Elon Musk, who sits on the board of the American car company.

The Prince was said to have personally hosted Mr Musk and his fiancée over several days at Dumfries House.

Princess Diana was often seen at the wheel of her old Ford Escort which she was given by Charles in May 1981, two months before they married

It became well known when she took it to watch Charles play polo, but she sold it soon after giving birth to Prince William in 1982 and it was later bought for £6,000 by an antiques dealer.

It later belonged to a royal fan for around 20 years, who drove it only sparingly without disclosing its history to her friends.

The car with its original registration, paint and upholstery was bought by a museum in South America in an online auction by Reeman Dansie Auctions, of Colchester, Essex.

The former President used his speech to focus on a single subject: The 2020 election he lost eight months ago. He won’t stop lying that he won.

But former President Donald Trump’s current dishonesty is overwhelmingly focused on a single subject: the 2020 election he lost eight months ago but won’t stop lying that he won.
In a rambling Sunday address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Trump returned again and again to election-related lies — some of them detailed and wrong, most of them vague and wrong.
What can you even say about claims so disconnected from reality? Here’s a brief fact check of eight of them.
Trump: “And we were doing so well until the rigged election happened to come along. We were doing really well.”
The election was not rigged. Trump lost fair and square.
Trump: “Unfortunately, this was an election where the person that counts the votes was far more important than the candidate, no matter how many votes that candidate got — and we got record numbers of votes.”
Joe Biden was the candidate who earned a record number of votes: more than 81 million. Trump earned more than 74 million votes — a record for a sitting president, but that’s not what Trump said here.
Trump: “You know, the New York Times asked me a question: ‘What happened in 2020 — that was different from 2016.’ I said, ‘Well I’ll tell you: we did much better in 2020 and we got 12 million more votes. We won by a much bigger margin.”
Trump lost. Biden beat him by 74 votes in the Electoral College, 306 to 232, and by more than 7 million votes in the national popular vote.
Trump did receive about 11.2 million more votes than he did in 2016 — side note: that doesn’t round to “12 million” — but Biden received about 15.4 million more votes than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got in 2016.
Trump: “Every time the media references the election hoax. they say the fraud is: ‘Unproven! And while there is no evidence…’ No evidence? No evidence? There’s so much evidence.”
There was no election hoax. And while there were some scattered cases of fraud, including some by Trump supporters, there is indeed no evidence of widespread fraud or outcome-altering fraud — as Republican elections officials in various states, Trump-appointed former Attorney General William Barr, and numerous others have pointed out.
Trump: “…the Justice Department, they failed to call out a late-night ballot stuffing that took place in Georgia, remember that? Where they made up a story of a water main break in order to get people and security to leave the premises. And then they went into a rampage of stuffing, essentially, the ballots.”
There was no ballot “stuffing” at an elections facility in Georgia. While initial reports of a burst pipe or broken water main at State Farm Arena did turn out to be inaccurate — the reality was that a urinal had overflowed — Trump’s claim that local elections workers proceeded to stuff the ballot box has been debunked by the office of Georgia’s Republican elections chief, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Trump: “They deleted, Georgia, over 100,000 votes.”
Didn’t happen. Rather, Raffensperger announced in June that more than 100,000 names would be deleted from Georgia’s voter registration rolls to keep the state’s voter files “up to date,” saying “there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls.” That is not even close to the same thing as deleting actual votes.
Trump: “The drop boxes were off very late. ‘Where are they? Where are they? What happened?’ They’re supposed to be — they’re not. I could tell you what happened. Sometimes late by days in showing up to the vote-counting areas.”
There is no evidence that ballot drop boxes were delivered improperly late. There is no evidence for Trump’s suggestion that something nefarious happened with ballot drop boxes.
Trump: “Detroit was so corrupt.”
There is no evidence that Detroit was “corrupt” in the 2020 election. In fact, a Republican-led investigation debunked some of Trump allies’ false claims about what happened in Detroit, such as their inaccurate assertion that large numbers of ballots were cast in the names of deceased Detroit residents.

Using bullets like fingerprints: How South Carolina is using tech to ID guns used in crimes

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Houston Galleria crime: Woman accused of renting luxury cars used in violent robberies, murder

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police have charged a Baytown woman in connection to several violent crimes that targeted people shopping and eating in the Galleria area.

Sarah Seay, 30, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. She is accused of conspiring to commit aggravated robbery. During one robbery, one man was killed.

“These are egregious allegations in this warrant,” a hearing officer told Seay, who is 7-months pregnant, in court Friday night.

Her bond was set at $ 50,000.

According to court documents, Seay used the Turo app to rent cars that two brothers – one of whom is the father of her children – used to rob people of hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry, cash and other items.

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Seay rented Cadillacs, an Audi and a Mercedes so that they would blend in when following victims home, according to investigators.

Court records tie those rentals to at least four armed robberies dating back to May 7 and one fatal shooting along Lester Street on May 27. Josh Sandoval, 28, was the victim.

“You’re speaking to a family that is in shock,” said Ashley Prince, Sandoval’s cousin.

His family gathered by video conference Friday night to talk about the loss and also what police call “jugging crimes” that have disrupted so many people’s lives.

READ ALSO: Suspects believed to have followed woman from Galleria Mall before taking $ 5,000 purse

“He wasn’t a stranger to no one. That was the type of person he was. He just enjoyed life,” said his mother, Glinda Martin.

His family gathered by video conference Friday night to talk about the loss and also what police call “jugging crimes” that have disrupted so many people’s lives. Houston police have been chipping away at the violent robbery crews with undercover operations and surveillance.

In Seay’s case, the detective reviewed rental agreements and vehicle tracking to learn that the cars that were used were at both her apartment and the victims’ locations, court records stated.

“This just a bigger part of what’s going on in Houston,” said Omar Sandoval, Josh’s brother. “So many deaths in Houston. It is ridiculous. My brother is a statistic.”

Investigators tell ABC13 they are focused on catching these violent robbers.

Seay is part of the puzzle and more people are expected to be charged.

“If these girls are helping these guys, they need to go to jail, just like they do,” said Queena Simmons, a family friend.

Josh’s family await a murder charge.

“I held his hand in the hospital and I told him we’re going to find justice,” his sister, Aimee Castillo said.

For the latest updates on this case, follow ABC13 reporter Jessica Willey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Author: Jessica Willey

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Elon Musk impressed by 300-year-old Chinese ‘smartwatch’ used by Qing Dynasty

Dubbed “the oldest wearable technology by analysts,” the abacus ring was created in the 17th century to help traders. It features a 1.2cm long, 0.7cm wide counting frame that sits on the finger and seven rods with seven beads on each rod which allowed traders to make quick calculations. While the abacus ring may not be able to make phone calls, it proves that wearable technology might not be as radical a concept as some people think.

And Mr Musk appeared impressed.

Replying to a photo of the ring on Twitter, he branded it “the original smartwatch”.

The origins of the ring are unknown but, the beads are far too small to be moved using fingers, according to Chinaculture.org – a site run under the guidance of the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

They said: “It seems that the beads can only be moved by small tools such as pins.

“However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user — the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins.”

The original idea is thought to have been created by famous mathematician Cheng Dawei of the Ming Dynasty.

A typical elementary abacus has 10 parallel wires strung between two boards on a frame, with nine beads on each wire.

Each bead has a value of 10, a multiple or sub-multiple of 10.

For example, all of the beads on a particular wire can have a value of one.

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One of the first calculator watches was the Calcron in 1975, which had a nine-digit display.

But one of the earliest true “smartwatches” was the Microsoft SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology), introduced in 2004.

The SPOT received information such as weather, news, and stock updates through FM radio.

It also received e-mail and instant messages, but users could not reply.

With the rise of the smartphone, smartwatches such as the Sony Ericsson LiveView (2010), the Pebble (2013), and the Apple Watch (2015) emerged that received data from a phone.

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State pension forecast tool can be used to find out how to increase payment

The full new state pension is currently £179.60 per week. Meanwhile, the full basic state pension is £137.60 per week, at this moment in time.
GOV.UK hosts a ‘Check you State pension forecast’ tool on its website.

This can be used to find out how much state pension a person could get.

This is in addition to finding out when the person can get it, as well as how to increase it, if they can.

However, it’s important to be aware that the service can’t be used if the person is already getting the state pension or they’ve delayed “deferred” claiming it.

DON’T MISS

While the online tool is the quickest way to get a forecast, there are other avenues.

If people reach state pension age in more than 30 days, they can apply by post.

This can be done by:

  • Filling in the BR19 application form and sending it by post
  • Calling the Future Pension Centre who will post the forecast to the person.
The ‘Check your State Pension age’ tool is available on the Government website.

As well as checking when a person will reach state pension age, it can be used to find out Pension Credit qualifying age.

People using the service can also find out when they will be eligible for free bus travel.

It’s important to remember that state pension age isn’t a forced retirement age – known as “default retirement age”.

Rather, it’s possible to keep working after reaching state pension age, should a person want or need to.

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Former WilCo deputy of Live PD fame charged with assault for force used against domestic violence victim

Lorenzo Hernandez booking photo (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A former Williamson County deputy has been charged with assault and official oppression stemming from the level of force he used against a domestic violence victim in September 2019.

Former Deputy Lorenzo Hernandez, 37, of Cedar Park, was booked in the Williamson County Jail.

KXAN reported on the 2019 incident significantly. Body camera video obtained by KXAN last year shows Williamson County deputies responding to a domestic violence call at an Austin apartment complex.

The video shows a female deputy speaking with the victim. The woman did not appear to cooperate with the investigation, telling WCSO she did not trust the agency.

The victim eventually walks back inside her apartment. Hernandez later showed up to the scene and knocked on the victim’s door. The woman walked out of her apartment blocked the door.

Details of the 2019 domestic violence response that led to the deputy’s arrest

The woman, who asked not to be identified in this report, wouldn’t tell deputies where the man reported in the call went. Deputies called the woman “uncooperative,” and the video shows her trying to hold her door closed as Hernandez pushed his way inside to search the apartment. The woman told deputies the man wasn’t inside.

“Let go of the door, or you’re going to be tased,” the deputies told her.  

The woman continued screaming and holding onto the door handle, while deputies tried to handcuff her. Deputies told the woman they were going inside her home to search for an unidentified man involved in the original 911 call.

This Sept. 21, 2019 body camera video shows Williamson County Deputy Lorenzo Hernandez attempting to get inside a victim’s home to search for a suspect in a domestic violence call at an apartment complex. (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office video)

The video shows the woman yelling as Hernandez placed a hand around her chin and then pushed her head down against a wall. Deputies then attempted to pull the woman’s arm behind her back and put her in handcuffs.

Hernandez and another deputy searched each room, as deputies detained the woman outside.

“We don’t get your cooperation, that is what happens. All this screaming and all this [expletive] does not make us stop,” Hernandez told the woman as he stood in her living room near the end of the video.

A Williamson County deputy’s body camera captured this image of Deputy Lorenzo Hernandez from a September 2019 domestic violence call where Hernandez used force against the victim. The woman did not give permission to Hernandez to search her home and blocked the door and the video shows Hernandez take the woman to the ground. Hernandez was suspended and removed from the Field Training program after this call. (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office video)

Another deputy was uncuffing the woman as Hernandez lectured her.

In the arrest affidavit, a Williamson County detective wrote that the woman Hernandez is accused of assaulting “did not pose a threat.”

“Defendant Hernandez escalates the event through an intentional, unreasonable use of force against [the victim] by placing his hand on her throat directly below her chin,” the affidavit said, adding that Hernandez then squeezed her throat and pushed her back into the apartment wall.

“The intentional use of force by Defendant Hernandez by placing his hand on the throat of [the victim] is unlawful, as no exception provides Defendant Hernandez the justification for the use of said force.”

KXAN has tried to identify and reach out to Hernandez’s attorney about his arrest but so far have been unable to find that information. If we get a comment from Hernandez in the future, we will update this story with that information.

Hernandez has been a peace officer for more than a decade and did complete training in de-escalation techniques. The affidavit states because of this Hernandez should have known what he was doing was against the law.

Hernandez was ultimately disciplined in this case for “sustained violation of the Sheriff’s Office Conduct and Behavior policy,” according to WCSO Chief Deputy Tim Ryle.

Hernandez also a responding deputy in case featured on Live PD that prompted lawsuit

Hernandez was also one of five deputies involved in a June 14, 2019 “Live PD” broadcast on A&E that showed the use-of-force arrest of Ramsey Mitchell.

Deputies pulled Mitchell over for not having a front license plate and told him to turn his car off and stay seated, according to a lawsuit filed against the sheriff’s office. The lawsuit states the deputies then called for “Live PD” camera crews to come to the scene.

The “Live PD” broadcast then shows deputies ask Mitchell to get out of his car. When he did, Mitchell turned to run. During the arrest, Mitchell was kneed, punched, choked, wrestled and stunned with a stun gun by four deputies. Mitchell went limp.

Then Hernandez joined the other four deputies. He could be seen jumping and landing on Mitchell with a knee before punching him several times in the back. At this point, Mitchell appeared to be unconscious, lying face-down in a pool of blood.

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Iceland is bringing back 80s favourite and shoppers are delighted – ‘Used to love these!’

The supermarket giant is taking shoppers back to the 80s with the return of Wall’s Funny Feet Ice Creams. They will be available in Iceland stores from tomorrow (Friday, May 14) and online from Tuesday, May 18.
The summery treats will cost £3 for a pack of six and it will be the first time shoppers have been able to get their hands on them since the 00s.

The ice creams were spotted on the NewFoodsUK Facebook page, where a post read: “Funny Feet Ice Cream Sticks are back and are exclusive to Iceland! These will be officially out next week, but have been spotted in store already!”

Excited shoppers were quick to reminisce about the summer lollies, one said: “Yes! I used to get this when I was wee from the ice cream van. This or a green frog ice lolly thing. Loved a funny feet!”

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Another asked: “Where has the swirls and chocolate big toe gone?” And a third replied: “They are much smaller than they were years ago.”

Last month Iceland released another range of retro ice creams- and they are currently on sale for £2 a pack. 

The flavours include childhood favourites such as Sherbert Fountain, Foam Banana, Nougat, Cola Bottle, Milk Bottle, Wham Bars, Strawberry Milkshake and Anglo Bubbly.

A Barratts range of lollies are dropping back in-store too. The original range of Flump, Fruit Salad, Black Jack and Dip Dab lollies sold out repeatedly in Summer 2020, and now the range is back, bigger and better than ever.

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