Every Morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day — shortly before 9am.1. #CONTEST: Alex White is to throw his hat in the ring for the Labour leadership later this morning.2. #MEDICAL CARDS: The suspension of the review discretionary medical cards has been widely welcomed, but families say clarity is needed as to what the changes will mean.3. #STRIKE: The 24-hour work stoppage by cabin crew of Aer Lingus is underway with pickets outside Cork, Shannon and Dublin airports. Most of the airline’s flights are cancelled today.4. #GANG RAPE: Two teen sisters have been gang raped, killed and hung from a mango tree in India. Two of the men so far arrested are believed to be policemen.5. #EXPLOSION: A hotel in Derry has been badly damaged after a device was thrown into its reception area.6. #BLACK WIDOW: Catherine Nevin, who was jailed for life for murdering her husband, is to have her appeal heard in July, reports The Irish Times.7. #HPV: The HSE say they cannot contact home-schooled girls about getting the HPV vaccine due to data protection issues.8.#JOBS THREAT: Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the IDA Chief Executive Barry O’Leary urged workers at the Bausch + Lomb eye care facility in Waterford to consider carefully proposals put to them by management.9. #MH370: No debris of missing Malaysian Airlines flight has been found where an underwater acoustic transmissions were detected in early April.
2019 Altima Platinum is a giant leap for Nissan’s midsize… $30,125 Model $32,485 2019 MSRP 2019 Nissan Altima photo gallery: Better styling, a trick turbo engine and a ton of tech $24,995 2.5 S FWD $150 $100 $28,775 $150 2.5 SR AWD $350 More From Roadshow Review • 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech $30,985 2.5 SL FWD VC-Turbo SR FWD $150 Now playing: Watch this: $27,945 $350 $26,245 $26,245 $29,075 $32,335 2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang 6:42 $100 Nissan $150 Enlarge ImageThis is the 2019 model, but considering it’s unchanged visually, you can just pretend it’s a 2020. Jon Wong/Roadshow The 2019 Nissan Altima was a radical reimagining of Nissan’s bread-and-butter sedan, and after some time behind the wheel, it wasn’t hard for us to see just how much better the new model was. Now, one whole year later, it’s time for the latest generation of Altima to enter its second model year, but not without some mild tweaks.Nissan on Friday unveiled pricing for the 2020 Altima sedan. The changes are minimal, but there are some pretty notable updates in there. Perhaps most important is the addition of Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard equipment on the Altima SR, which adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic and automatic high beams. It’s not standard on the base S model, but there’s an optional package that adds it. Other small tweaks include having a memory function for mirrors on the Platinum trim, and there are some new piano-black interior trim bits on the SV, SL and Platinum models.Otherwise, it’s all the same car. The base engine is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I4 putting out 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 with variable compression (VC-Turbo, as Nissan calls it) bumps the output up to 248 hp and 273 lb-ft, but it’s only available on higher trims. A continuously variable transmission is standard across all trims with both engines. Front-wheel drive is standard, but AWD is available on 2.5-liter models for an extra $1,350.The prices aren’t much different than last year. The base S trim is up just $100, to $24,995, including the mandatory $895 destination fee. The top-tier Platinum trim comes out to $33,075 with FWD, $34,425 with AWD and $36,075 with the VC-Turbo engine. Most trims saw a $150 price hike, but SR trims went up $350. Perhaps the best news comes from the SV trim, which is $300 cheaper than it was last year.The 2020 Nissan Altima is already at dealers around the nation. You can check out a full breakdown of the Altima’s various prices (again, including destination) below. Sedans 2.5 SR FWD ($300) $30,425 ($300) $30,295 2.5 SL AWD 2.5 SV AWD $26,345 $26,595 75 Photos Net change Comments 2.5 Platinum AWD $30,645 2.5 S AWD Share your voice VC-Turbo Platinum FWD 3 $150 $34,275 Tags More about 2019 Nissan Altima $27,595 2.5 SV FWD 2020 MSRP 2.5 Platinum FWD $35,925 $33,075 $350 Preview • 2019 Nissan Altima: More compelling than ever $36,075 $24,895 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Nissan 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss $31,135 2020 Nissan Altima pricing $32,925 $34,425