Day: November 22, 2020

Here’s how to turn your Triton into a wilderness-ready hotel

If you live in Germany and like driving utes but wish they were a little more accommodating for camping trips, this is for you.

Mitsubishi Germany has created a pair of highly modified Tritons to show off its range of aftermarket components. The first plonks a tent on the roof racks wth an extended awning and adds a full pull-out kitchen. This includes a gas cooker, folding washbasin, 12 litre water supply, 12-volt electrical connection, and a cutlery tray. It’s not exactly a cheap package, retailing for 3600 euros (NZ$6157) but it is very cool.

The whole package, as well as a table and folding chairs, fits into the tray of the ute and can be hidden under a lockable roll cover with a roll bar, though you’d add another 2989.68 euro (NZ$5113.73) for those.

Need ideas for Christmas? How about some camping accessories for your Triton?


Need ideas for Christmas? How about some camping accessories for your Triton?

Mitsubishi’s other ute puts an emphasis on space. It’s not nearly as bad as that one old episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson put a three-storey tower on the back of a Citroen though – this looks much more thought out.

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The GT Pick Up roof tent costs 3410.79 euro (NZ$5834) and expands from a small storage area into a two-levelled tent with a 140 centimetre by 220 centimetre sleeping area on the ute’s roof and a smaller living space on the tray. It can be set up in “just a few steps by one person” using the supplied 12-volt electrical pump.

You could also turn your ute into a two-storey pop-up hotel for the wilderness.


You could also turn your ute into a two-storey pop-up hotel for the wilderness.

For those wanting even more off-roadyness, Mitsubishi will convert your Triton into an expedition vehicle, which adds a “suitable” roof tent, its own water supply, a compact outdoor shower and, crucially, an all-terrain chassis. A 230-volt chilly bin ensures cool drinks even in hot areas, and the available solar panels ensure a self-sufficient power supply even in the most remote areas.

Mitsubishi also offers fender flares that add 30mm of width per side (965 euro/NZ$1650.59) and 20-inch light alloy wheels (2725.52 euro/NZ$4661.89).

Unfortunately, it looks like all of these are Germany-specific parts, at least at this stage. Though, with a little persuasion, maybe Mitsubishi NZ could be swayed into looking at importing a few…

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‘It’s really tough to get any kind of physical activity’: Hamilton seniors respond to recreation closures

Gabe Szvoboda was a regular at the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre before the pandemic.

The 71-year-old would play table tennis, badminton, and bridge, and take yoga and painting classes.

He went back when the centre reopened on Oct. 5 with limited numbers. One of the table tennis players made a weekly schedule so everyone knew which days they could play.

They had three tables set up across the gym with two players each, for a maximum of six at a time.

Edwin Chong, the 75-year-old who created the schedule, said people enjoyed playing again. “Especially for seniors, it’s really tough to get any kind of physical activity,” he said.

But when the city announced late Nov. 15 that many recreational programs would be cancelled once Hamilton entered the province’s “red zone,” some of the seniors were “disappointed.”

“It came very sudden, so there was no indication whatsoever this might come,” Szvoboda said. “We heard of the problem over the weekend and suddenly Monday we could not register anymore.”

The city cancelled all fall registered recreation programs, including swimming lessons, fitness programs, sports, and general interest programs. The city also cancelled gym, sport, and fitness drop-in programs including table tennis, pickleball, badminton, basketball, and other activities.

“I felt there was no reason to do it because private facilities are open,” Szvoboda said. “We adhere to the rules and regulations and the protocols that they set.”

The provincial measures for the red zone allow for gyms and fitness studios to have up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, with sports and recreational programs in multiplexes restricted to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors. Team sports are not allowed, except for training.

The results of a city survey released this week showed a drop in resident satisfaction for senior services.

Terry Quan, who’s 73 and another table tennis player, said the games were a way to stay active and connected.

“The wife and I are reluctant to go anywhere … We just end up staying home or I take the dog for a walk,” said Quan.



Maria Iqbal
Maria Iqbal’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories focused on aging issues. Reach her via email: [email protected]

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NSW calls for third of Covid-19 hotel spots to go to international students to boost economy | 1 NEWS

Senior federal cabinet minister Simon Birmingham is sympathetic to NSW’s call to be able to open up a third of the states’ hotel quarantine capability to international students to boost the economy.

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It’s the only Australian territory without restrictions on travellers from within the country and New Zealand.

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But he insists the priority has to remain on returning Australians.

“Getting those Australians, particularly those who might be in challenging or distressed circumstances home is a genuine priority,” he told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

“But if we can see fast enough movement in terms of the bringing down of that list of returning Australians then I would like nothing more than to see international students able to safely come through proven processes.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian understands the federal government’s position, but points out her state welcomes back 3000 Australians every week and more than all the other states combined.

“So all I’m suggesting is next year after Christmas and New Year’s, let’s consider … having a proportion out of that 3000 to international students,” she told reporters in Albury.

“A lot of our universities will actually have to axe jobs if we don’t, especially regional universities. I don’t want to see that happen.”

She said since the pandemic started, NSW has seen in excess of 100,000 Australians returned, whereas other states combined have only done a small fraction of that.

More broadly, Senator Birmingham says it’s “not impossible” that international travel could be back on the cards next year, but to do it in the first half of 2021 would be challenging.

Such travel will depend on the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines.

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South Australia virus cluster raises questions over allowing quarantine workers to have second jobs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been logging into the virtual G20 Leaders Summit while in isolation in The Lodge after his trip to Japan last week.

There was some optimism among the leaders of the world’s biggest economies about vaccines given the encouraging results of some candidates.

But the leaders also said a vaccine and treatment had to be safe, affordable and available to all, especially in developing countries, saying “no one is safe until we are all safe”.

Meanwhile, South Australians are enjoying easier restrictions earlier than initially envisaged after a pizza shop worker was found to have lied about how he contacted the virus.

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The police commissioner said the state wouldn’t have gone into lockdown if a pizza bar worker had been honest.
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Even so, SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said she had no regrets about ordering the the lockdown after modelling showed her state had a 99 per cent chance of enduring a “significant wave”.

In Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews announced compulsory face mask-wearing will come to an end for Melbourne along with a further easing of other restrictions.

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Covid-19 risk looms over families torn on holiday travel

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Traditionally the Thanksgiving holiday is heavily traveled, but climbing coronavirus case numbers have many rethinking their plans. CNN’s Natasha Chen reports the decision hasn’t come easily for all.

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nicolas&nicolas designs salmon pink boutique hotel in the heart of quito, ecuador

design studio nicolas&nicolas introduce the ‘republica rosa’ hotel situated in the historic center of quito, ecuador. responding to the client’s request, the design generates a distinct salmon pink structure that preserves elements of the regional architecture, but still stands out due to its unique appearance and identity. 

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the design by nicolas&nicolas restores some original elements of the pre-existing building (adobe walls, tile roofs, and wooden floors) while adding other new pieces (coatings and flooring) and reinterpreting others, such as its distinctive and unusual internal façade that overlooks the central courtyard. throughout its history and several transformations, several layers of paint, dirt, and stucco had been accumulated on the walls. when the interior restoration began, all these different textures and colors came to light. among them, a salmon pink tone that was selected as the main color of the new identity.

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the building features an internal central courtyard, a typical design element of local period architecture, which was restored and re-organized to serve as a common social area for all 11 rooms. the new mosaic installed on the floor gives a modern and fresh touch to the interior. the walls that surround the courtyard were covered with plasterboard to accommodate all the new installations without affecting the bearing adobe walls which were also restored to create exposed details of the original material of the house. the rest of the walls and ceilings were painted dark gray to create an opaque environment that contrasts the internal salmon-colored facade.

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respond to the current needs of hotels, the rooms were re-designed to be flexible and able to adapt according to demand. the relatively confined spaces of the pre-existing architecture resulted in the creation of custom-designed furniture, manufactured by local artisans, which transform a single into a double room in a few minutes. the original wooden floors and adobe walls were restored but also a new lighting design was implemented that creates a cozy atmosphere.

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project info:

name: republica rosa
design studio: nicolas&nicolas
location: quito, ecuador



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


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San Francisco Recreation and Parks holds soft opening for new aerial ropes course at McLaren Park

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — 10 eager residents took to the treetops Saturday at John McLaren Park in San Francisco, clambering through the soft opening of a new ropes course.

The course, led by trained Outward Bound educators, was open for the first of four free community days in November: this weekend, and next.

There are ground-level team challenges and loftier features like logs and bridges slung between poles several feet off the ground.

Bravery is definitely put the test through a variety of novel aerial challenges, including a “centipede ladder.”

The contraption is a ladder made of rope and wood suspended in the air, meant to be climbed as it sways in the wind.

There is also an “incomplete bridge” that challenges climbers with fortitude to cross a span of increasingly wide-spaced planks attached to steel cables slung between poles.

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Located in the Wilde Overlook area of the park, on the city’s southeastern edge, the course is the product of a partnership between the city’s recreation and park department and Outward Bound California.

City officials say the goal of the challenges, besides getting past that first glimpse of the ground below, is to provide a mix of leadership training, character development and recreation.

This course is intended to help in those areas especially for schools and nonprofits serving students from low-income communities.

In addition, elements of the course have been made accessible to students with disabilities, according to city officials.

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For those worried about the coronavirus, a maximum of 10 people are allowed on the course.

There are also helmets and harnesses for safety purposes.

To get on the waiting list for future free community programs or to bring a school group, Outward Bound can be contacted here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s former Sonu aka Nidhi Bhanushali’s photos from Goa vacation go viral

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Nidhi Bhanushali, who played the role of older Sonu in ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ once upon a time, has been making headlines for her photos. Images of Nidhi from her recent vacation in Goa, have been going viral.

Nidhi’s photos in a bikini in the middle of the sea, has caught the attention of the netizens. Sharing her images, she wrote, “Taking vitamin C and vitamin D so that Kovid should stay away from 19.”

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Another photo of her with a nose piercing has been going viral. Nidhi is also seen with a new hairstyle – colourful braided looks – in the photo.

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Nidhi had replaced Jheel Mehta, who played the original Sonu on the show, back in 2013. She quit the role in 2019 and was replaced by Palak Sindhwani.

More recently, Dilip Joshi, who plays the role of Jethalal in ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, said the quality of the show has suffered. While speaking to comedian Sorabh Pant in a special podcast, Dilip said that as the writers are pressured to deliver episodes every day, the quality of the content has suffered. 

He said, “Jab aap quantity dekhte hai, toh kahin na kahin quality suffer hoti hi hai. Pehle weekly hum karte the aur writers ke paas bohot time hota tha. Chaar episode likhe, doosre chaar episode agle mahine shoot karna hai (When you focus on quantity, the quality does suffer somewhere. Initially, it was a weekly show and the writers had a lot of time. With four episodes being shot per month, they had a gap of a month to write the next four episodes).” 

“Abhi yeh almost like a factory ho gaya hai (now it has become almost like a factory). Every day the writers have to find new subjects. After all, they are also human beings. I agree that all the episodes cannot be of that level when you are doing a daily show for such a long time. I do feel that certain episodes are not up to the mark as far as the humour is concerned,” he further added. 

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Millions of Americans set to ignore warnings against Thanksgiving travel

Experts urged Americans against traveling for family gatherings at Thanksgiving this week even though millions were set to defy the advice, as the US crossed the threshold of more than 12m cases of coronavirus.

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Ominous warnings came as Donald Trump appeared to admit that coronavirus is “running wild” across the US, in contrast with his statements throughout the election campaign that the virus would simply “go away” or “disappear” and, more recently, that the country was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic.

a group of people with luggage at an airport: JetBlue terminal at Logan Airport, on 20 November in Boston. Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday the country was in ‘a very, very difficult situation at all levels’.

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JetBlue terminal at Logan Airport, on 20 November in Boston. Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday the country was in ‘a very, very difficult situation at all levels’.

As new Covid-19 infections in the US approached 200,000 a day, Trump tweeted on Saturday night to insist things were bad outside the United States as well, posting: “The Fake News is not talking about the fact that ‘Covid’ is running wild all over the world, not just in the US.”

On Sunday, Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the US and top public health official on the White House coronavirus taskforce, said the country was in “a very, very difficult situation at all levels” with infections rising dramatically.

He followed up official government advice on Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Americans not to travel and gather with relatives and friends at the Thanksgiving holiday this coming Thursday.

Fauci said that, more than the risk of flying itself, it was busy airports that made him more concerned.

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“You are at a crowded airport, you are lining up, not everybody is wearing masks. That puts yourself at risk … that’s what’s going to get us into even more trouble,” he said.

Fauci warned of “seemingly innocent get-togethers” indoors with family and friends.

As many as 50 million people are expected to travel by various means this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, potentially producing a new surge in infections that will manifest a couple of weeks later and threaten the Christmas holidays, too, Fauci warned.

Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, said “we are pretty worried” about Americans planning to defy advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and travel for Thanksgiving and gather in unsafe circumstances.

“Family gathering is the number one transmission event,” he said, warning that people let their guard down at such events, failing to wear masks properly and breaking social distancing rules.

The US has recorded a million new cases of coronavirus a week for the past two weeks and now has 12.1m cases and a death toll of 256,000, the highest numbers in the world, as tracked by the Johns Hopkins coronavirus

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1 killed in early-morning shooting at east-side hotel

Indianapolis police are investigating after an early Sunday shooting at an east-side hotel left one man dead.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the incident shortly before 6 a.m. at the Budget 8 Inn in the 6800 block of East 21st Street.

Officers called to the scene on a report of shots fired were directed to a second-floor hotel room where they found one man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

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The victim was taken to Eskenazi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The name of the victim has not been released.

No other injuries were reported in connection to the shooting. Police said the details of the incident remain under investigation.

Anyone with information about the crashes should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to to submit a web tip.

Information given via Crime Stoppers should be considered anonymous.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.

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Maratha community to send one lakh petitions to Supreme Court for vacation of stay on reservation – cities

More than two months after a three-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench put an interim stay on the reservations for Marathas in government jobs and school admissions, the community members have started a movement to plead the top court for the vacation of the stay by sending 1 lakh postal petitions.

The community has been agitating after the bench stayed the implementation of the reservation and transferred the petition to a constitutional bench on September 9.

The Maratha community was granted 12% reservations in employment and 13% in admissions two years ago under the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018.

Owing to the stay by the Apex court on the implementation of the reservations, the junior college and medical course admissions in the state have been stalled. The Maharashtra government has requested the Chief Justice of India, through four applications in the past six weeks, to form a constitution bench to hear the reservation petition at the earliest.

The 18-page petition by the community members states that the SC bench set aside the Bombay high court decision (HC), permitting the implementation of the reservations, without going into the factual aspects of the matter.

“The reservation has been stayed without giving an opportunity of hearing to the members of the aggrieved SEBC category. The reservation to the Marathas has been stayed when there is 42% reservation given for 43% population, which excluding the reservation for SC (Scheduled Castes)/ST (Scheduled Tribes) and SEBC, is 62% reservation in the state. The 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019, has nullified the limit of 50% reservation and the existing reservations have been protected till the date of enactment. This means the reservation to Marathas, which was in existence by then, has been protected,” their petition stated.

It further read that the reservation to Marathas was given in an extraordinary and exceptional situation and the HC had justified it under three grounds.

“The situation arises because of an erroneous exclusion of Marathas for seven decades. Secondly, the reservation was given on the basis of the quantifiable data and recommendations by the state backward classes commission. The extraordinary situation has also arisen as 85% of the state population is backward,” the petition read, while quoting the HC order given last year.

Balasaheb Sarate, a community leader who is a part of the movement, said, “The petition covers all the factual aspects, legal points and substantial questions of law for the attention of all the judges. Till date, more than 5,000 applications have been sent through registered post and email and the number is expected to reach 25,000 in a week. More than 2,500 community members have signed the online petition. In the first phase, at least one lakh applications will be submitted under our ‘One family, One Application’ drive. The community had submitted about 2 lakh memorandums to the state backward classes commission in 2018 as part of the collection of the quantifiable data. This movement too will get similar support.”

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