2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Quick Spin Review | Behold, the relevant one!

When evaluating electrified vehicles like the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, it’s easy to become fixated on electric range. Oh,

When evaluating electrified vehicles like the
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, it's easy to become fixated on electric range. Oh, it's certainly one of the most important factors, but there are so many other things one must weigh when choosing one of these new-fangled eco-friendly cars. Things like comfort, quality, feature content, driving experience ... you know, the stuff we use to evaluate every other car out there.

This point is even more important to the
Honda Clarity, since it's a considerably different vehicle than the bulk of current
plug-in hybrid vehicles. The
Toyota Prius Prime, Hyundai Ioniq and
Chevrolet Volt all have dimensions similar to those of compact sedans. Interior quality and overall refinement are comparable to that gas-only segment, too.

The Clarity, however, is a midsize sedan. Its back seat is larger and more comfortable than all of the above, especially the Volt. It's considerably quieter and its ride quality is indicative of the bigger, heavier car that it is. If you own a
Honda Accord or other midsize sedan, the
Prius Prime will probably seem a bit cheap and unsubstantial. You'll feel right at home in the Clarity.

The interior is also a clear step up from other plug-in hybrids. With the Touring trim's leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel, it is genuinely luxurious, lining up with anything Acura sells. The open-pore wood trim on the center console and doors is lovely, while the rest of the cabin plastics are hard to fault. Given this premium vibe, I was stunned to find that the Clarity Touring ($37,490) actually costs less than a loaded Volt Premier ($38,445). Sure the Chevy has parking sensors, heated steering wheel and rear seats,
OnStar and wireless smartphone charging, but when you factor in size, refinement, interior quality and comparable efficiency (more on that later), it's hard to see how the Volt should cost more.

Like other Hondas, the Clarity's front center console impresses with its versatility. The unique cupholders have little tabs that flip up and down to equally accommodate large and small beverages (in this case a Yeti water bottle and a Starbucks tall). Brilliant. The raised “floating” console design also tapers inward to make it easier to access the bin below – in the
HR-V and other so-designed cars, it can be tricky to see and grab stuff in what becomes a forgotten cave. One note, though: that bin's bottom is hard plastic, allowing for your phone and whatever else to easily slide around. A rubbery pad would be helpful.

In terms of larger storage, the
Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has considerably more trunk space than its hydrogen-powered and all-electric siblings. (Amazing how much space you gain when you reduce battery count and take out a couple of
hydrogen tanks.) The resulting 15.5 cubic-feet of space is indicative of a mid-size sedan, and although there's a gradual rise in the aft portion, the trunk itself is quite tall and there's a covered well to store the portable charger and whatever else you'd like to squirrel away. No, it's not a hatchback like the
Prius or the Volt, but I'd wager it's just as useful as those for most items – if perhaps even more.

One area of disappointment is tech. Although on paper, the Clarity seems up-to-date for a Honda, it in fact utilizes previous-generation infotainment and safety tech. That means you get the same frustrating, knobless touchscreen found in the
Civic, and the same dimwitted, brake-happy adaptive cruise control found in Hondas prior to the current
CR-V. Both could be dealbreakers.

OK, so now, the electric nitty gritty. I managed to go 52.9 miles on a full charge during my 72-mile evaluation drive that consists of some city driving, twisty mountain roads, and rural highway. That beats the
EPA's estimate of 48 miles, and given that my driving route doesn't exactly cater to electric cars, color me impressed. I also was NOT using the Clarity's Eco mode, so I theoretically could've done even better. My only other plug-in hybrid data point – the
BMW 530e– went only 10.8 miles on electricity alone versus the EPA's estimate of 15.

Now, in terms of the EPA estimates of its more like-priced competitors, the Volt is closest at 53 miles with a 106 MPGe rating. The Ioniq is rated at 29 miles and 119 MPGe, the Prius Prime is 25 miles and 133 MPGe, and the
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is 26 miles and 105 MPGe. The Clarity gets 110 MPGe.

So, how come the Hyundai and Toyota get better mile-per-gallon-equivalent ratings, yet don't go as far on electricity? The answer, most simply, is that they are more efficient when the all-electric range is exhausted. Theoretically, then, if the Clarity (and Volt's) longer electric range allow you to more frequently drive using electricity alone, you'll spend less money on gas.

Of course, you'll also spend more at the dealer, but as far as the Clarity is concerned, you'll also be getting a car that
should cost more. It is bigger, quieter and more refined. When the all-electric range is exhausted, its operation in hybrid mode is impressively not that different. Since the electric motor continues to power the car – the gas engine works as a motor generator, much as it does in the
Honda Accord Hybrid– it still
feels like an electric car to drive. And, thanks to ample acoustic materials, that engine isn't as noisy and noticeable as those in its competitors. Unless you really gun it, you may not even notice the change-over.

If there is one dynamic beef with this plug-in hybrid it's the lack of one-pedal driving capability, or rather, a heavy regenerative braking setting. Pulling the “shift” paddles activates more aggressive regenerative braking for use on grades, but it immediately shuts off when you apply the throttle. One-pedal driving is one of the best attributes of electrified cars, and it seems like an oversight for the Clarity.

Nevertheless, I'm still quite impressed by the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and really, of all the Clarities, it's the most relevant. The Electric version taps out at a pathetic 89 miles and the hydrogen Fuel Cell version might as well be powered by dilithium crystals or unicorn dust for the vast majority of people in this country. Therefore, not only is this the strongest Clarity, but it's also one of the strongest and most appealing plug-in hybrids – especially if you care about more than just electric range.

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F.G. Committed To Fighting Terrorism, Says Adeosun

File photo   The Federal Government has said that it is committed to the global fight against terrorism and its

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The Federal Government has said that it is committed to the global fight against terrorism and its financing.

This was revealed on Monday by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, at an International Conference in Paris, France.

She said, “Nigerian Government is very committed to the fight against terrorism and cutting off funding for terrorists’ activities”.

The Conference, which had as theme “No money for terror”, was hosted by the French President, Emmanuel Macron and was attended by the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; President of the World Bank Group, Jim Kim; US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin as well as UK Chancellor, Phillip Hammond.

Adeosun, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the Conference, said the country was reinvigorating efforts to tackle the financing of terrorism.

“The Government, in addition to monitoring of the formal channels of finance via the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and other bodies, is also monitoring ‘non-formal cash-based structures’, which can often be used for illicit purposes.”

Adeosun emphasised the need to address the root cause of terrorism and not the symptoms.

She disclosed that the men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service were working to effectively track physical cash movements and transactions at the various borders, including Niger, Benin Republic and Cameroon.

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JOHESU Strike Continues As FG Rejects Demand Of Group

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has declared that the demand of officials of

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has declared that the demand of officials of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to be at par with doctors in terms of salary is neither practicable nor acceptable.

Disclosing this in a statement on Monday, Adewole revealed that the current administration has offered to adjust the salaries and wages of the health workers.

“As a responsible government, we will do everything within our power to bring the ongoing strike action to an end as quickly as possible,” a statement by Olajide Oshundun, Assistant Director of Information, Health Ministry, issued on Adewole’s behalf.

“Indeed, the federal government has put machinery in place to ensure that the strike is called off by meeting with JOHESU officials on several occasions.

“But what JOHESU is asking for is parity with medical doctors which is neither practicable nor acceptable to the federal government.”

The minister also denied that there was an agreement between the federal government and JOHESU prior to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said what the union brandished as a 2014 agreement with the federal government were minutes of meetings they had with some organs of government.

“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not renege on any agreement entered into with any labour organisation including JOHESU,” he said.

The minister, therefore, appealed to the unions to immediately call off the strike and allow for the conclusion of the assignment given to a panel regarding the 2017 agreement.

Buhari, Trump To Address Joint Press Conference Monday Evening

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari and the United States’ President Donald Trump will address a joint

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari and the United States’ President Donald Trump will address a joint press conference on Monday after their meeting at the White House.

The press conference is scheduled to hold at 6.30pm Nigerian time at the Rose Garden in the White House.

The meeting of the two leaders is expected to centre on the fight against terrorism and economic development among others.

Lagos Marks 149 Distressed Buildings For Demolition

Lagos State Government on Monday said it has identified 149 distressed buildings at different locations out of which 40 have

Lagos State Government on Monday said it has identified 149 distressed buildings at different locations out of which 40 have so far been demolished in the last one year.

The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye who revealed this at the annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration held in Lagos said another 38 distressed buildings have equally been earmarked for removal in the next phase, while others would follow suit.

Ogunleye, who reiterated the commitment of the present administration to go all out against any form of illegal developments and contraventions, said in the last one year, removal was effected on structures illegally built on setbacks, drainage channels and incompatible uses which resulted in public complaint and disaffection.

“It gives me satisfaction to report that during the year under review, the State recorded a significant reduction in building collapse. This was achieved through collaboration with stakeholders as well as intensive Post-Construction Audit of buildings by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

“In a systematic approach to curtail occurrences of building collapse, 149 distressed buildings were identified at different locations out of which 40 of such have been removed, while the next phase of 38 of the structurally defective structures have been earmarked for removal. Others would follow suit to safeguard lives and property,” Ogunleye said.

Giving details on how the distressed buildings were discovered, the Commissioner said the Ministry embarked on intensive audit through the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory, and in the process, visited the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State to inspect both on-going construction sites and completed buildings suspected to be distressed.

“Consequently, 1,842 sites were visited; 1,392 Test Advice Notices were served and information on buildings identified as distressed were forwarded to LASBCA,” Ogunleye said.

 

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Nigeria’s RedViolet wants to be Nigeria’s top online store with quality furniture & furnishing accessories

  Nigeria’s RedViolet has launched its online store to be the go-to platform providing everyday Nigerians with quality furniture and furnishing

 

Nigeria’s RedViolet has launched its online store to be the go-to platform providing everyday Nigerians with quality furniture and furnishing accessories crafted to accentuate the beauty of their homes and offices as well as guarantee their comfort.

Established in 2010 as a traditional interior design company, offering various customized services ranging from home makeovers, furniture procurement, styling and arrangement and  soft furnishing amongst others.

According to Mofoluke Ayoola, the founder, the growing need for shopping convenience and simple design solutions for our customers necessitated the firm to launch an online store primarily focused  at providing access to furniture, furnishing accessories and design solutions to Nigerians.

“Our goal is simple. To help you achieve decent living and work environments,” said Ayoola. “To deliver on our promise of comfort and customer satisfaction and nurture our vision of becoming the leading e-commerce store specialising in interior design products and services in Nigeria and West Africa, RedViolet now leverages innovative online tools to deliver on its promise.”

During the 2016 Nigeria’s economic crisis, the company had struggled with high running costs, therefore creating the necessity of  relocating the company from the traditional design showroom to an online virtual showroom. During this period Ayoola said the firm was able to make tremendous amount of savings in its running cost which enabled it to keep the company afloat till date.

By the end of 2016, the firm launched a new product called Shop the Look by RedViolet to enable its customers access styled spaces in the shortest time possible. RedViolet is not the only online furniture store though, there are several such platforms in Nigeria such as Hogfurniture, Furnish, Homewox, and Domestico among others.


RedViolet wants to be Nigeria’s top online store with quality furniture & furnishing accessories

  Nigeria’s RedViolet has launched its online store to be the go-to platform providing everyday Nigerians with quality furniture and furnishing

 

Nigeria’s RedViolet has launched its online store to be the go-to platform providing everyday Nigerians with quality furniture and furnishing accessories crafted to accentuate the beauty of their homes and offices as well as guarantee their comfort.

Established in 2010 as a traditional interior design company, offering various customized services ranging from home makeovers, furniture procurement, styling and arrangement and  soft furnishing amongst others.

According to Mofoluke Ayoola, the founder, the growing need for shopping convenience and simple design solutions for our customers necessitated the firm to launch an online store primarily focused  at providing access to furniture, furnishing accessories and design solutions to Nigerians.

“Our goal is simple. To help you achieve decent living and work environments,” said Ayoola. “To deliver on our promise of comfort and customer satisfaction and nurture our vision of becoming the leading e-commerce store specialising in interior design products and services in Nigeria and West Africa, RedViolet now leverages innovative online tools to deliver on its promise.”

During the 2016 Nigeria’s economic crisis, the company had struggled with high running costs, therefore creating the necessity of  relocating the company from the traditional design showroom to an online virtual showroom. During this period Ayoola said the firm was able to make tremendous amount of savings in its running cost which enabled it to keep the company afloat till date.

By the end of 2016, the firm launched a new product called Shop the Look by RedViolet to enable its customers access styled spaces in the shortest time possible. RedViolet is not the only online furniture store though, there are several such platforms in Nigeria such as Hogfurniture, Furnish, Homewox, and Domestico among others.


PHOTOS: Trump Hosts Buhari In White House

President Muhammadu Buhari with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C. on April 30, 2018.  

President Muhammadu Buhari with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C. on April 30, 2018.

 

United States President, Donald Trump, has received President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in Washington D.C.

Both leaders held bilateral talks when they met on Monday evening while President Buhari briefed reporters about the security situation in Nigeria.

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He noted that Nigerian herders do not carry anything more than a stick and occasionally a matchet to cut down foliage to feed their livestock.

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FG responsible for collapse of national security – Governor Wike

Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has stated that the collapse national security is a fallout of

Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has stated that the collapse national security is a fallout of the political interference of the Federal Government in the running of security agencies in the country.

Governor Wike spoke Monday during a courtesy visit by the participants of Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 Study Group Three, from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He said that political actions of the Federal Government have compromised the security architecture of the states.

“What we have seen in most cases is that security lapses are a result of political interference,” Governor Wike said.

The Governor cited Rivers State’s experience with such political interferences in security operations, mentioning the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Akin Fakorede, who is alleged to have carried out electoral malpractices during the state rerun elections.

He drew the attention of the course participants to the indictment of ACP Fakorede as contained on page 66 of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) report into Rivers rerun elections, where he (Fakorede) was indicted for alleged electoral fraud, violence and ballot box snatching, as well abduction of INEC officials.

“The man was given special promotion as a reward for the job he did for the Police in Rivers State during the rerun. He has been been transferred back to the state in preparation for their planned manipulation of the 2019 general election. They brought him back because of his expertise in ballot box snatching and election violence,” the Governor said.

“The Federal Government has laid the foundation for crisis and violence in 2019. They are the ones who perpetrate crisis. We are peacemakers; that is why we are drawing the attention of the international community to these actions,” he said.

Commenting on the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Governor Wike said that the agency was established to complement the work of Federal security agencies.

The organisation, according to him, was fashioned in line with an existing model in Lagos State under the leadership of respected retired military, police and paramilitary senior officers.

The governor said that while the Federal Government allowed the Neighbourhood Safety Corps to thrive in Lagos, Nasarawa and Kaduna States for political expediency, it opposed it in Rivers.

“The Federal Government security agencies lack the personnel and equipment to provide security for all communities. The Neighbourhood Safety Corps will complement their efforts. Apart from payment of salaries, the State Government funds the logistics and operations of the security agencies,” he said.

In his remarks, leader of the Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 Study Group Three from the Institute, Rear Admiral Ahamefule Eluwa, said that the group was working on how to proffer solutions for the security challenges facing the country.

He said the theme of this year’s course as approved by the President is: “Strengthening internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria: Models, Policy Options and Strategies.”

He said that the NIPSS Study Group would study the Neighbourhood Safety Corps established by the State Government for the security of the state.

According to him, “as everyone is seeking for effective security models, Rivers State has already taken bold steps to secure the state.

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Court Orders EFCC To Release Cars To Oil Marketer

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to immediately release two exotic cars in its custody, to an oil marketer, Anthony Adejugbe.

Justice Oguntoyinbo granted the order after entertaining an application filed by Adejugbe and his company, Tonique Oil Services Limited, seeking a court order directing EFCC to release the cars; a Toyota RAV4 with registration number JW 383 AAA, and a Lexus Jeep LX 570 marked TE 389 KJA in the custody of EFCC.

The anti-graft agency had taken possession of the two cars following an interim order of forfeiture obtained from the Federal High Court on July 23, 2013.

The court had earlier granted the order of interim forfeiture on the ground that the applicants, were facing a charge at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.

But November 13, 2017, Justice Lateefat Okunnu discharged and acquitted Adejugbe and his company, Tonique Oil Services Limited, of the charge N272.5 million fraud, thus, removing the basis for the continued seizure of the two cars.

While delivering ruling on the application, Justice Oguntoyinbo held that though, the court recognized the power of the EFCC to temporary forfeit any property under investigation, in order to preserve it from being dissipated, but that such interim order of forfeiture should not last for ever adding that once that owner or owners of such properties are cleared of any guilt, their properties be released to them by lifting such order of forfeiture.

The trial judge held that since the Lagos state High court has discharge and acquit the applicants of any crime, there is no basis for the Commission to hold on to the two vehicles, more so, it did not file any application for stay of execution, nor appeal the judgment of the court discharging the applicants.

Consequently, Justice Oguntoyinbo ordered the EFCC to forthwith release the two cars to the applicants, Adejugbe and Tonique Oil Services Limited.

The EFCC had sometimes in 2012, charged Adejugbe and his firm, Tonique Oil Services Limited, before Justice Lateefat Okunnu, of Ikeja High Court of Lagos, on a two count-charge of alleged N272.5 million fraud, in a charge marked ID/198C/2012.

However, justice Okunnu in her judgment delivered on November 2017, discharged and acquitted Adejugbe and his firm of the said crime.

Freeing Adejugbe and his firm of the said charge, Justice Okunnu held that the prosecution did not bring up substantial evidence to prove its case against them.

The judge ruled that: “There is, therefore, reasonable doubt regarding the case of prosecution that the payment in question was intended by the defendants for use in paying off part of the second defendant’s loan.

”In the event, and by reason of all the foregoing, it is my findings that this is neither a case of stealing, nor one of obtaining by false pretence”.

Reviewing the facts of the case as presented by both parties before the court, Justice Okunnu said the prosecution failed to bring strong evidence enough to show that there was such known fact or even, a whiff of rumour to back their case of alleged fraud against the defendants, she declared.

“I had earlier explained that the missing link necessary for the prosecution to slot in as to prove that charge was for them to establish the requisite ‘mens rea’ on the part of the defendants.

”Given the inability of the prosecution to prove the requisite standard, its assertion that the money the defendants paid to Sterling Bank Plc was for the purpose of settling the second defendant’s liability to the bank cannot be firmly established.

Justice Okunnu further held that she did not see or find anything that suggests, talk less of prove, that the defendants intended to use the money as a pledge or some other form of security. ”That is not the case before the court. The case, rather, is that they intended to use it to pay off a debt.’

“In the event, and by the reasons of the foregoing, it is my finding that it is neither a case of stealing nor one of obtaining by false pretence.

“The evidence adduced by the prosecution in legal proof of the ‘mens rea’ for the offences charged (the intention behind the actions of the defendants) was not sufficient,  so the little that exists from the prosecution came to be eroded by what the defendants have said, the prosecution, as a result, was unable to sustain its case. And so, without further ado, I hereby dismiss the case against both defendants.

“Each of them, therefore, stand acquitted and discharged on each of the two counts charge”, Justice Okunnu ordered.

 

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