Report: Saudi cleric under fire after saying a woman’s risk of ovarian pain, if they drive

In Saudi Arabia, where only men can get a driver’s license, a conservative cleric is drawing criticism by saying that the woman’s risk of damage their ovaries and the procreation of children with clinical problems, if they drive, The Guardian reports.

Cleric, Sheikh Saad bin Saleh al-Lohaidan, comments in an interview after the last campaign by opposition ban on female drivers. Lohaidan reportedly says women involved in the campaign, in which the site has been blocked in the Kingdom, “the reason for their hearts, emotions and passions,” and not the drive.

The campaign of the opposition called for women drivers to defy the ban and drive cars in a protest on 26 October. According to a report by the ban on women drivers is not actually law, but only men have the possibility of obtaining a driving licence. The country is preparing to lift a ban on five years ago, but the plan did not pan out.

Justification explains Lohaidan prohibition as such: “If a woman driving a car, not necessarily clean, which may have negative physiological effects as functional and physiological medical research has shown that automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis up,” The Guardian reports. No detailed medical studies were cited for explaining. source: the guardian

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First drive: 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Although the outgoing type 997 Turbo is still a formidable street car, Porsche engineers knew they would be able to raise the bar with the brand new type-991, as his platform is far superior. In addition to fresh chassis with an aluminum-steel composite construction that is stiffer and 13 per cent lighter than its predecessor, the new Turbo models feature a slew of significant upgrades in addition to the already can Carrera and Carrera s. These include all-wheel steering, Adaptive aerodynamics, a Redesigned all-wheel-drive system and a powerful engine. Flagship Turbo S model is pushing the envelope further, with standard active Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), ceramic brakes (PCCB), wider forged wheels, LED lights and unique badging.

The new Turbo models are much broader than even fat bodied Carrera 4 models.

The transformation from the standard Carrera to Turbo means more than the addition of two variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers. It is a comprehensive process that affects almost all mechanical aspects of the vehicle, and most of the improvements are still buried beneath the car’s new bodywork.

Speaking of looks, in the late 70s and early 80s, passersby had no trouble distinguishing the early 930 Turbo from its smaller brethren — its wildly flared rear quarters and distinctive ‘ whale tail ‘ spoiler was a dead giveaway from a quarter-mile down the road. While many lament the fact that this aggressive styling had been lost with the newer models, Porsche trend with this latest iteration. The new Turbo models are much broader than even fat bodied Carrera 4 models (with a full 1.1 inches) and their rear flanks have a flat surface “of more than one hand width” on each side to drive home the point. Seen from a distance, particularly from the back, is the new fender sculpture aggressive and purposeful.

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