AMMAN — The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said it had found 165 violations committed by individuals who plan to run for the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for November 10.
"Since the announcement of the elections, the IEC has dealt with 165 violations, including 30 incidents related to financial irregularities, or what is termed as 'black money'," IEC Spokesperson Jihad Momani told The Jordan Times.
The financial irregularities, according to Momani, are practised mostly "by individuals planning to run in the elections who use money to buy votes".
"We have detected several incidents whereby some individuals are using social media or Facebook to publicise their intention to allegedly pay money in return for votes," Momani said.
As a result, the IEC official added, four individuals were referred to the prosecutor's office for questioning and indictment and two other individuals are currently being questioned.
"We have also sent the concerned authorities some photos and videos that we detected, or ones that were sent for further examination and authentication by the officials and experts," Momani noted.
The IEC had announced that elections for the 19th Parliament would be held on November 10, following a Royal decree in July directing the concerned authorities to hold parliamentary elections in accordance with the provisions of law. The Kingdom is divided into 23 constituencies.
The Elections Law stipulates that each list should include no fewer than three candidates and no more than the number of seats allocated for the constituency in which the list is competing.
Under the proportional electoral system, winning lists will be allocated seats according to the percentage of votes they had received. The seats will be distributed to the members with the most votes.
Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah has stressed, on several occasions, the government’s commitment to "secure the success of the upcoming parliamentary elections" by involving all citizens in the election process.
“We would like to emphasise that Parliament is the most important Constitutional body, whose role is to monitor the government’s performance and draft laws,” Maaytah had told The Jordan Times.
The IEC recently stressed that parliamentary elections will be held on time and all efforts are exerted to ensure the success of “this important democratic process in the smoothest and most transparent manner, while ensuring health safety and security of the citizens".
Some of the procedures adopted, according to the IEC, included ensuring that voters will register based on their residency rather than where their family was residing so that voters will be able to cast their ballots at the nearest polling station of their residency.
The IEC has also studied all scenarios related to the COVID-19 crisis and has adopted all the necessary health procedures that would ensure the safety of voters, candidates along with the officials and others who will be working at the polling stations.
The measures include testing all the officials and other individuals who will be stationed at the polling centres for COVID-19 ahead of the elections to ensure that no one is tested positive for the coronavirus, as well as, distributing pens to each voter for health and safety purposes.
The commission assigned October 6, 7, and 8 as the designated dates for individuals to officially register to run for the elections.
The IEC recently announced that accreditation for international agencies to monitor the November elections will be open between August 16 and October 20.Section: LocalJournalists: Rana HusseiniImage Position: Full Width
AMMAN — Home nurseries are “unqualified and unlicensed” to receive children in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, said Director of the Family Protection Department at the Ministry of Social Development Mahmoud Jbour.
Jbour stated that since nurseries are still allowed by the ministry to receive children, home nurseries are not included in that decision as they are not registered with the ministry and therefore the Family Protection Department has no control over them.
Even though nurseries are operating, there are set criteria for accepting children such as proof of the mother’s work and the child’s health status, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The ministry stated that the number of nurseries increased to 900 at the beginning of the school year, all of which were only allowed to reopen after they were granted the required work licences and checked for abiding by safety and health preventive measures.
Nurseries are not allowed to accept more than 75 per cent of their capacity, according to the ministry’s guide to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which is a condition that the ministry follows-up on through field visits.
“Home nurseries are places that you cannot monitor since they are not listed in our books. Normally, they are unlisted, but still allowed to operate, but in the presence of the virus, they are both unlicensed and dangerous,” said Jbour.
The government decided on June 4 to reopen nurseries after mandating each one to abide by a guide that lists the required safety and health measures.
Owners of home nurseries, however, contested Jbour’s statement by saying that they, just like any other nursery, are following this guide.
“First and foremost, we care about the health of our children, especially that most of them are babies in need of intense care,” said Bailasan Hudhud, an owner of a home nursery located in Jubeiha, told The Jordan Times over the phone.
“A small nursery like ours does not take more than five babies as we only have three caregivers, so that in itself is abiding by physical distancing measures. How are schools and other big nurseries who have more babies than us allowed to operate while we are deemed incompetent?” asked Hudhud.
Lama Ayasrah, an owner of a home nursery in Abu Nuseir, said she refrained from reopening in fear that any infection would be pinned on her nursery.
“Although I think that we are qualified enough to reopen, I would rather not place myself under legal liability, especially after the ministry doubted us,” she added.Section: LocalJournalists: Maram KayedImage Position: Full Width
AMMAN — Two specialised all-Jordanian teams have developed the prototypes of two “top-notch” ventilator models in line with the international standards, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Tareq Hammouri announced on Sunday.
The medical devices are of lower cost than imported ventilators, according to a ministry statement.
The ventilators, developed with direct support of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, the Royal Scientific Society, Jordan Chamber of Industry, “came in a time when the world is witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases, accompanied with an increase in the demand for ventilators”, the minister said during a small announcement ceremony which was attended by a limited number of officials, adhering to Defence Order No. 16.
Hammouri highlighted Jordan’s ability to “turn challenges into opportunities”, whereas the Kingdom produces large quantities of public safety and health protection supplies, particularly face masks, as local production currently exceeds six million masks per day.
“Facilitating the work of the two entrepreneurial teams, as well as coordinating with the concerned authorities, come within the framework of the ministry to empower and support innovation and pioneering ideas,” Ministry Spokesperson Yanal Barmawi told The Jordan Times over the phone on Monday.
“This unprecedented achievement is a translation of the directives and vision of His Majesty King Abdullah, who always calls for fostering creative and pioneering ideas and supporting entrepreneurs, and enhancing development efforts in various fields,” the Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted Hammouri as saying.
The preparatory version of the auto-lung apparatus operates via various systems such as the Synchronised Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation, the Assist-Control Ventilation, in addition to two other supporting modes, Nart Naghway who developed the auto-lung ventilator with Omran Bazadogh and Musa Abu Khalaf told The Jordan Times during a phone interview on Monday.
Naghway, a computer science graduate, added that given his experience in the area of project management and entrepreneurship, he was able to take part in the national initiative to produce breathing machines for COVID-19 patients in Jordan.
“Even though we are two teams, there is no competition between us. We are a strong and cohesive group that works towards benefitting the people,” Naghway said, noting that they have currently reached the functional prototype phase.
“This experience has definitely been challenging, yet it has been a fulfilling experience,” he noted.
Mohammad Kilani, a member of the “Breathe” initiative, said in a ministry statement made available to The Jordan Times that the initiative was voluntarily launched by several parties.
They brought together specialists in the field of design, manufacturing and medicine, in order to build prototypes that would eventually lead to producing local ventilators, Kilani added.
According to Hammouri, the “Breathe” initiative operates via the Continuous Mandatory Ventilation.
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ALGIERS — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has accused press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) of working to "destabilise" the country with its campaign against the jailing of its Algiers correspondent Khaled Drareni.
Rights groups have "targeted" Algeria "to sap the stability of the country", he said in a meeting with local media representatives late Sunday.
"States do not attack us head-on but put non-governmental organisations in charge of the task," said the president, who singled out the France-based RSF for criticism.
Drareni, Casbah Tribune news website editor and correspondent for French-language TV5 Monde as well as RSF, was on September 15 handed a two-year jail sentence.
The 40-year-old was convicted over his coverage of the mass protest movement that toppled Algeria's president Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year.
He was found guilty of "inciting an unarmed gathering" and "endangering national unity", a ruling that drew condemnation at home and abroad.
Tebboune insisted that "nobody is incarcerated [in Algeria] for an article they have written".
"We forbid insults and attacks on issues related to state security," the successor to Bouteflika said, without elaborating.
Tebboune said Drareni, whose name he avoided using in the encounter, had been sentenced for his "involvement in an affair that has nothing to do with the press".
The journalist, according to Communications Minister Ammar Belhimer, had been working without a professional press card and was allegedly in the pay of "foreign embassies".
'Absurd, unfair and violent'
After the verdict, RSF head Christophe Deloire said: "We are outraged by the blind stubbornness of the Algerian judges who have just condemned [Drareni].”
"Khaled's detention proves the regime locks itself into logic of absurd, unfair and violent repression," he tweeted.
On Monday, around 150 people, including lawyers, opposition politicians and journalists, held their fifth weekly protest outside the Maison de la Presse, headquarters of most of the country's newspapers, to demand Drareni's release.
Some held pictures of other political detainees, including journalist Abdelkrim Zeghileche.
"The ruling against Khaled Drareni is a condemnation of the press," said his lawyer Mustapha Bouchachi.
Deloire, contacted by AFP on Monday, dismissed the president's charges against his organisation as "lies".
They "aim to cover up his difficulty in defending violations of press freedom that are absolutely obvious to millions of Algerians", he said.
"We operate in Algeria like we operate elsewhere, on the basis of principles that we defend everywhere, including France."
Tebboune had on Sunday welcomed a "positive" sign from Emmanuel Macron, president of Algeria's former colonial power France, despite the "complex" outstanding issues between their countries.
Macron and some of his advisers had shown "readiness and good faith" towards resolving issues dating back to the colonial period and Algeria's war of independence.
Algeria on July 5 buried the remains of 24 resistance fighters returned by Paris. The North African state has also called for the handover of colonial archives.
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BEIRUT — Lebanon's President Michel Aoun warned Monday the country was headed to "hell" if competing political forces did not step up and back a speedy Cabinet formation to save the crisis-hit country.
Prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib is under pressure to form a fresh Cabinet as soon as possible, so it can launch reforms required to unlock billions of dollars in foreign aid.
Lebanon was mired in its worst economic crisis in decades and battling the novel coronavirus pandemic even before a monster explosion at the Beirut port last month.
Appearing stooped and frail during a televised speech, the country's president warned prospects were looking glum.
"With the entrenchment of positions, no solution seems imminent," the 85-year-old said, stumbling on several words in his speech.
Asked where the country was headed if no agreement was reached soon for a new line-up, Aoun replied: "To hell, of course".
Lebanon's Adib earlier on Monday urged the country's myriad of political parties to rally together to rescue the country.
"Any further delay will exacerbate and deepen the crisis," Adib said in a statement, after a French-imposed deadline to form the Cabinet passed last week.
"The Lebanese people's woes... require the cooperation of all sides," he said.
Adib's efforts to form a government have been effectively blocked by the two main Shiite groups in Lebanon's usual power-sharing arrangement — Amal and Hizbollah.
Observers have said their insistence to keep the finance ministry under their control is linked to recent US sanctions against a former minister from Amal, as well as Hizbollah-linked businesses.
The August 4 explosion of hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate at the Beirut port killed more than 190 people, wounded thousands, and ravaged large parts of the capital, prompting the previous Cabinet to step down.Image: Section: RegionDisplay Lead for: Home PageSectionAgency: AFPImage Position: Right
ATHENS/BERLIN — More than 240 asylum seekers at a new temporary camp on the Greek island of Lesbos are infected with the novel coronavirus, the public health agency said Monday.
"243 new infections have been discovered" among 7,000 asylum seekers tested, the Eody agency said in a statement.
It added that another tests on 120 police and 40 staff at the camp, which was hastily built last week after Europe's largest migrant camp of Moria was destroyed by fire, had come back negative.
Over 12,000 people including elderly and newborns were left sleeping alongside roads, parling lots and even at the local cemetery when the Moria camp burned down on September 8.
Six young Afghans face arson charges over the incident.
It took over a week for most of the asylum seekers to be rehoused in the new tent camp hurriedly built on a disused army firing range a few kilometres away.
Many migrants were wary of being locked up again after spending months at the notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary Moria camp, where ethnic gang crime was rife.
Since March, movement restrictions at Moria were even more stringent because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Several asylum seekers have now complained that the tents lack even basic bedding and that sanitation is rudimentary.
Another three migrant minors were arrested over a fire that broke out in the asylum seeker camp of Samos Island on Sunday, officials said.
Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi on Monday told parliament that those responsible for the fire would “serve their sentence in Greece and will then be deported”.
Mitarachi said a “modern, safe and respectable” new camp will be constructed on Lesbos — even though local officials strongly oppose the move, demanding the immediate removal of most asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, thousands of people demonstrated Sunday in Berlin and other German cities, urging the European Union to take in migrants left without shelter after a fire destroyed their biggest camp in Greece.
The mask-clad protesters brandishing posters reading “Leave No One Behind” were joined in the German capital by the aunt of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy whose image became a tragic symbol of the 2015 refugee crisis after his body washed up on a Turkish beach.
“I decided to speak up and speak for those who can’t speak for themselves... If I can’t save my own family, then let’s save the others”, said Tima Kurdi, urging people to write to politicians to push for action.
“We can’t close our eyes and turn our backs and walk away from them. People are people, no matter where we come from,” she added.
Sonya Bobrik of the activist group Seebruecke also stressed that “we have space” to take in more than the 1,500 refugees now in Greece that Germany has so far promised to welcome.
Police said around 5,000 people turned up at the Berlin rally.
Similar gatherings were seen in Cologne, Munich and Leipzig.
In Paris, around 40 people carrying posters with slogans such as “No One Is Illegal” or “Asylum Is a Human Right” gathered to demand action.
“The situation in the camps is dire”, said protester Nikolai Posner, adding that France is not doing enough to welcome migrants.Image: Section: WorldDisplay Lead for: SectionAgency: AFPImage Position: Right
MADRID — A million people in and around the Spanish capital on Monday were under a new lockdown to contain another coronavirus surge, as the US death toll neared 200,000.
Top British advisors, meanwhile, warned that England was on course for about 50,000 coronavirus cases a day by mid-October and a rising death toll unless the public got serious about preventive action.
The global death toll stood at 961,531 at 1100 GMT on Monday, according to an AFP tally based on official statistics, with more than 31 million infections.
The restrictions in Madrid will last for two weeks, affecting people living mainly in densely populated, low-income neighbourhoods who will be allowed only to travel for essential reasons such as work, medical care or taking children to school.
Police cars stopped vehicles at random on a main avenue in Puente de Vallecas, a working class neighbourhood in southern Madrid, to check if people had a valid reason to leave the area.
Most accepted the measures with resignation but some complained that the restrictions were not imposed across the affected region.
“You can’t close one part of a neighbourhood and not another one, one street yes, and one street no. So, either you close everything, which will be catastrophic, or you close nothing,” said Alejandro Campos, a 30-year-old travel agent.
“But first, I think that we should do something with the metro, for example. Here in Puente de Vallecas we have one of the most crowded stations in Madrid,” he said.
But Gustavo Ojeda, 56, said “something had to be done” because of the new oubtreaks.
Authorities in Spain — among the worst-hit nations in the world — have insisted the step is necessary because virus cases in those districts were much higher than the national average.
African migrants were meanwhile still arriving en masse in Spain’s Canary Islands.
‘Things are not so bad’
Since January, more than 5,100 migrants have made the perilous crossing from the African coast, an increase of 500 per cent from the same period in 2019.
In India, infections are surging with tens of thousands of new cases being reported every day.
Yet, with the economy reeling, the government has gradually eased what was once among the world’s strictest lockdowns and reopened the iconic Taj Mahal — despite warnings from some experts about the virus spreading across the vast nation of 1.3 billion people.
“So many people lost their job during the lockdown. People have suffered a lot and it is time the country opens up fully,” said bank official Ayub Sheikh, 35, who was visiting the Taj Mahal with his wife and baby daughter.
Only 5,000 visitors are allowed daily at the monument — a quarter of usual capacity — and all have their temperature taken by staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves.
“We have all the safety measures in place,” said Vasant Swarnkar from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which oversees the UNESCO world heritage site in Agra south of New Delhi.
“We want to send out the message that things are not so bad and you will be safe if you follow the instructions.”
In poorer, crisis-hit parts of the world, the pandemic has piled on even more suffering.
In Iraq tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims participated in the annual mourning ceremonies of Ashura despite the government urging citizens to not attend large gatherings.
The United States remains the hardest-hit nation in the world, with more than 6.8 million cases and deaths approaching 200,000 people.
The pandemic has badly damaged the world’s biggest economy, with millions left jobless, and President Donald Trump facing intense criticism of his handling of the virus.
The biggest TV awards show in America — the Emmys ceremony — was held in a mostly empty venue in Los Angeles on Sunday — with host Jimmy Kimmel dubbing them “the pand-Emmys”.
The theatre was filled with cardboard cutouts of A-list celebrities, and around 130 nominees joined via video link. The awards were handed to the winners by presenters dressed in hazmat suits styled as tuxedos.
The economic jitters over a feared second wave in Europe saw the top equity markets tumble 3.0 percent on Monday, following Asian bourses.
Meanwhile, the head of Air France-KLM said that an over 10-billion-euro bailout provided by the French and Dutch governments would only keep the airline flying for less than a year.
“This support will permit us to hold on less than 12 months,” CEO Benjamin Smith said.
On a brighter note, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved most of the country to its lowest virus alert setting on Monday, saying it was edging towards eliminating Covid-19.
The Pacific nation has recorded just 25 deaths in a population of five million and has been widely praised for its virus response.Image: Section: WorldDisplay Lead for: SectionAgency: AFPImage Position: Right
WASHINGTON — Software giant Microsoft on Monday said it will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, marking a major expansion into video gaming that will give it ownership of several best-selling franchises.
ZeniMax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises, and “Bethesda brings an impressive portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track record of blockbuster commercial success,” Microsoft said in statement.
The company will pay for the acquisition in cash with the deal expected to close by the second half of fiscal year 2021.
The deal comes as Microsoft prepares to release its Xbox Series X in mid-November, its first update to the gaming console since 2013 that includes a slew of upgrades, even as analysts predict a shift away from physical consoles amid an increasing reliance on games hosted on the cloud.
“Generations of gamers have been captivated by the renowned franchises in the Bethesda portfolio and will continue to be so for years to come as part of Xbox,” Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer said in announcing the deal.
In addition to Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax also owns Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios, employing more than 2,300 people worldwide.
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A mild hybrid version of what is perhaps Jordan’s most popularly aspirational car, the Mercedes-Benz E350 is a powerful, comfortable, classy and somewhat conservative executive saloon that seems to thankfully and deliberately downplay its limited electrified capacity.
Looking and driving like a regular E-Class saloon with virtually none of the drawbacks of traditional hybrids, the E350 is in fact very much a petrol-powered car, with a prodigiously powerful yet compact internal combustion engine, subtly assisted by a little intrusive background hybrid system.
Seemingly available for specific high tax or import duty markets with its moderate capacity high output engine, the E350 is in some ways a hybrid car for more traditional drivers who don’t particularly like hybrids for their driving and packaging compromises. Identical to a garden variety E-Class externally, and with none of the attention-seeking telltale virtue-signalling badges, details, colour schemes or design changes often associated with hybrid and EV version models, the E350 is even more discretely conservative than the full plug-in hybrid E350e.
Elegant and muscular
Somewhat of a bridge model with a new engine and hybrid system but nevertheless the fifth generation E-Class model’s original design, the E350 was first introduced in 2019. But despite an imminent face-lifted E-class in the works with more horizontally-oriented rear lights, the current E350 remains a particularly interesting version given its abilities. That said, the E350’s elegantly arcing lines, long snouty bonnet and grille, tapered rear, and subtle, flowing creases remain fresh and contemporary, especially with the sportier and more muscular AMG appearance package.
Located behind its twin-slat grille and large tri-star emblem, the E350’s new turbocharged direct injection 2-litre 4-cylinder engine develops previous generation V6-like output. Much reworked over the previous generation with higher compression and twin-scroll turbocharger, the E350’s engine develops a mighty 295BHP at 5,800-6,100rpm and a muscular 295lb/ft torque at 3,000-4,000rpm. Driving the rear wheels through a smooth shifting 9-speed gearbox and with a weight roughly estimated at 1.7-tonnes, the E350 scrambles through 0-100km/h in just 5.9-seconds and onto an electronically-limited 250km/h top speed.
With a slightly more peaky character and narrower maximum torque band than previous or less powerful 2-litre Mercedes turbo engines, the E350’s delivery wells up quickly and at mid-range in a punchy and powerful manner, right until its redline. Effortlessly quick and responsive in mid-range, the E350 also benefits from short small supplementary bursts of power from its 14BHP and 110lb/ft electric starter/generator 48V mild hybrid system at up to 2,500rpm, and seemingly at full throttle high rev acceleration, as evidenced during test drive.
A mild hybrid system that little interferes with the driving experience and little distorts power delivery, the E350’s mild hybrid system recovers kinetic energy and mostly powers ancillary systems to reduce fuel consumption to a combined 6.7l/100km on the combined cycle, and allows the E350 to automatically coast during driving for further efficiency. This, however, seems more apparent in more sympathetic conditions than experienced during recent heatwave conditions, where the test drive involved plenty of heavy traffic, constant A/C, little use of “Economy’ diving mode and a shorter “sportier” segment.
Smooth and settled
As stable, settled, refined and quiet on highways as expected of quality German executive saloons and with Mercedes’ almost trademark “planted” ride quality, the E350 is a smooth and relaxing high speed long distance express. Additionally, it is as adept in urban environments, and is comfortable and spacious inside — if not with quite as much headroom as its direct predecessor — and benefits from the tight turning circle and easy manoeuvrability that traditionally made the E-Class a favourite of both wealthy executives and taxi drivers, at least in base specification.
Like all Mercedes saloons, the E-Class’ handling abilities have greatly improved in recent years to compete with traditionally sportier rivals. The E-Class has developed a quick and tidily crisp turn-in, and terrific balance and body control. The E350 is also lighter and better weighted than the full hybrid E350e, with lighter, more compact batteries and electric components slung out behind the rear axle. It also loses only half its spare wheel well to hybrid components compared to the more rear-heavy E350e, which loses more boot volume.
Rear grip is similarly good when loaded and leaning into a corner, with wide staggered low profile 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tyres providing good steering and braking properties. The E-Class, however, now has a more “drifty” disposition on low traction tarmac. With its more surging and higher torque output, coupled with its immediate electric bursts of torque, the E350 — like most rivals — thus tends to rely more on electronic traction and stability controls to manage its power when driven hard through fast but narrow snaking roads than less powerful E-classes.
With intuitive, well-weighted steering, settled re-bound control and a reassuring ride quality, the E350’s great looking optional low profile tyres are ride slightly firm over sudden, jagged textures and imperfections. Inside, front space, driving position, adjustability and comfort are in its favour, as is its classy design, materials and textures, which well match conservative tones with high tech equipment like its huge tablet-like twin screen instrument and infotainment panel. Extensively well-equipped, the E350’s long list of creature comforts, infotainment, safety and driver assistance features, include blind spot detection and reversing camera.
Engine: 2-litre, turbocharged, in-line 4-cylinders
Bore x stroke: 83 x 92mm
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Valve-train: 16-valve, DOHC, variable timing, direct injection
Gearbox: 9-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
Ratios: 1st 5.35; 2nd 3.24; 3rd 2.25; 4th 1.64; 5th 1.21; 6th 1.0; 7th 0.86; 8th 0.72; 9th 0.6
Power, BHP (PS) [kW]: 295 (299)  @5,800-6,100rpm
Specific power: 148.1BHP/litre
Torque, lb/ft (Nm): 295 (400) @3,000-4,000rpm
Specific torque: 200.9Nm/litre
Hybrid system: 48V starter/alternator
Electric power, BHP (PS) [kW]: 14 (14) 
Electric torque, lb/ft (Nm): 110 (150)
Top speed: 250km/h (electronically limited)
Fuel economy, urban/extra-urban/combined: 9.1-/5.4-/6.7-litres/100km
CO2 emissions, combined: 153g/km
Fuel capacity: 66-litres
Overhang, F/R: 841/1,143mm
Headroom, F/R: 1,051/971mm
Shoulder room, F/R: 1,467/1,450mm
Track, F/R: 1,616/1,619mm
Aerodynamic drag co-efficient: 0.26
Boot capacity: 540-litres
Unladen weight: under 1,700kg (estimate)
Steering: Electric-assisted rack & pinion
Turning circle: 11.6-metres
Brakes: Ventilated discs
Tyres, F/R: 245/40R19/275/35R19
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LONDON — Sadio Mane tormented Chelsea as the Liverpool forward struck twice after sparking Andreas Christensen’s dismissal in the champions’ 2-0 win, while Son Heung-min scored four as Tottenham crushed Southampton 5-2 on Sunday.
Mane was involved in the turning point at Stamford Bridge as the first clash between Premier League title contenders this season swung Liverpool’s way.
In first half stoppage-time, Jordan Henderson picked out Mane’s run behind Christensen and the Denmark defender responded by rugby-tackling the Senegal star to the ground.
Referee Paul Tierney initially booked Christensen, but VAR told him to consult the pitchside monitor and he changed his decision to a red card.
Mane grabbed his first goal of the season in the 50th minute as he met Roberto Firmino’s cross with a thumping header after eluding Reece James’ slack marking.
Mane was gifted his second goal as Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made a hash of trying to play out from the back, allowing the Liverpool forward to intercept and slot into the empty net.
It was the latest costly blunder from Kepa, who was dropped twice by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard last season despite his status as the world’s most expensive keeper.
Lampard will be relieved that Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Rennes’ Senegal international Edouard Mendy as he looks to replace Kepa.
“It was a clear mistake and Kepa accepted that,” Lampard said.
Thiago Alcantara made his Liverpool debut at half-time after his move from Bayern Munich, but the Spain midfielder conceded a 74th-minute penalty with a foul on Timo Werner.
Alisson Becker came to Thiago’s rescue as he saved Jorginho’s spot-kick.
After their chaotic 4-3 win over Leeds on the opening weekend, this was a return to the kind of dominant display Liverpool produced so often en route to their first English title for 30 years last season.
“After the red card, the second half is a different game,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. “We kept the ball rolling, let them run, scored the goals. Everybody had a hand in the result.”
While Chelsea have spent £200 million ($258 million) on new signings in a bid to close the gap on the champions, Liverpool remain streets ahead of the Blues at present.
“Every team that’s been successful has had time, has had a process and our process starts here,” said Lampard.
At St Mary’s, Jose Mourinho hailed Son and Harry Kane after the pair destroyed Southampton.
Just 24 hours after Tottenham signed Gareth Bale, Son delivered a virtuoso display that showed Mourinho’s side already have plenty of firepower.
Bale has returned to Tottenham on a season-long loan from Real Madrid seven years after he left the north London club.
Danny Ings put Southampton ahead in the first half, but Son equalised before the break and scored three more in the second half, with each of his goals coming from Kane assists.
Kane, who hit the back of the net twice in the first half only to have them ruled out for offside, capped a swaggering display with his second goal of the season.
“Son was on fire and for me Harry Kane was the man of the match, what he did for the team,” said Mourinho, whose side had lost their league opener against Everton.
“With him dropping back and connecting the game between the lines for Sonny to attack, the space they created was a problem they couldn’t resolve.”
Leicester moved to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Arsenal, Everton, Crystal Palace and Liverpool after they came from behind to beat Burnley 4-2.
After a disappointing end to last season to miss out on Champions League football, Brendan Rodgers’ side have responded well with two convincing wins to start the new campaign.
Chris Wood fired the visitors into a 10th-minute lead at the King Power, but Harvey Barnes sparked the fightback before Erik Pieters’ own goal, James Justin and Dennis Praet’s blistering finish handed the Foxes all three points.
Neal Maupay’s quick-fire double inspired Brighton’s 3-0 win against Newcastle as the Seagulls claimed their first Premier League victory of the season.
Graham Potter’s side raced into a two-goal lead after just seven minutes at St James’ Park thanks to the brace from French striker Maupay.
Aaron Connolly grabbed the third for Brighton, who had Yves Bissouma sent off after his raised boot caught Jamal Lewis in the face.
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