BUENOS AIRES — The Argentine capital is scheduled to host its third Eco Challenge car race this Sunday, with 82 "curious" cars demonstrating to the world that environmentally friendly rides aren't necessarily boring.
The cars are designed and built by students of technical colleges from across the country, and many may become prototypes of future cars driving around the city, Clarin reports.
The race is also being touted as a prelude to the Formula E grand prix for electric cars that the city would host in January 2015. "This race will be a great stimulus for training young people and developing their creativity," Mayor Mauricio Macri said during a presentation.
Participating colleges were all given kits to build the cars, including batteries, an electric engine, an electronic speed regulator, tires and wheels, and technical advice from the Argentine Automobile Club. The race is a city event by the Green Schools Program to promote research in and use of non-polluting transportation.
Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.
The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.
Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.
Khamenei, where's our gas?
Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"
Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.
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