Tesla Addresses Paint Shop Bottleneck By Ditching Two Color Options

Source: Bloomberg Love that red. We tried every possible way to make red look 3D without floating a special red tint in primary gloss layer, but no way. We have to stop whole paint shop for red & it looks like an episode of Dexter.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle News Both colors still will be available to order, but as a special request and will cost more. We believe that the time of delivery could be then increased a little bit (as in the case of most all special orders) if you choose either of these special colors.Elon Musk encourages that there will be no problem with spare parts in all colors, even those which were removed from the base pool.Moving 2 of 7 Tesla colors off menu on Wednesday to simplify manufacturing. Obsidian Black & Metallic Silver will still be available as special request, but at higher price.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2018 Watch As Tesla Model S Enters Paint Process Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Gets Paint Correction, Wrap, Tints & More – Video Watch As Tesla Paint Gets Put To The Test Tesla solves paint shop bottleneck by cutting two colors, which in turn should up production.Tesla produced more cars than ever of late and intends to increase the production pace even further, but the paint shop turns out to be a bottleneck.Elon Musk announced that Tesla needs to drop two out of seven possible colors – Obsidian Black and Metallic Silver – from the base offer, to simplify manufacturing.Tesla paint news Musk added a few more comments on paint via Twitter:No, service will stock all colors— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2018 read more

Porsche Expands Charging Service In Europe To 49000 Charging Points

first_imgThe Porsche Charging Service also is getting new features like:Rating function – This indicates when a vehicle was last charged at a charging station, and also lets users know how up-to-date and reliable the information is for the respective charging pointDaily capacity utilisation – In order to permit better planning of charging operations, the daily capacity utilisation of the charging station is also shown.Navigation to charging station – In addition, the user interface in the app and the navigation function have been improved: After selecting a charging point, it is now easier to switch to navigation via Google Maps, whether on a smartphone or via Apple CarPlay in the vehicle. See How Porsche’s New Charging Service Program Works “The Porsche Charging Service, the digital platform for all charging-related services, was launched in May 2018. The service searches for suitable charging stations and performs invoicing via centrally stored payment details. It is therefore not necessary to register with different providers. This takes place across the covered countries at a guaranteed unit price per market and independent of currency. The corresponding free app and the Porsche navigation system guide customers to the selected charging station.Information on the location and availability of charging stations and on the price for vehicle charging are available in real-time. At the charging station, user identification takes place either by QR code via the app or with the so-called “Porsche ID Card”, which users receive free of charge after registering for the service.”The user interface in the app and the navigation function have been improved Porsche Taycan Owners Get 3 Years Of Free Electrify America Charging Porsche Taycan Production Reportedly Set For 40,000 Annually Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img New features and markets included in Porsche Charging ServicePorsche is expanding its Porsche Charging Service – launched in May 2018 – to five new countries, which will enable access to more than 49,000 charging points under single contract, through Porsche ID card or smartphone app.The service was initially available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, and now also in Norway, France and Spain. Great Britain and Italy will follow shortly, which will bring total number to 12 countries.Porsche Charging Service cost €2.50 ($2.85) per month in Germany, plus fees for using the charging points, which depends on particular provider, charging station and amount of electricity.Porsche news .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Source: Electric Vehicle News “In Germany, the fee for using the Porsche Charging Service is €2.50 per month. The costs for actual charging come on top of this: these depend on the provider as well as the amount of power charged. The prices are shown in detail and also according to power class/charging speed if wished. The app can be used on all mobile devices with iOS or Android operating system. The service is generally available to all drivers of hybrid or electric vehicles. It is not limited to Porsche sports cars. Registration is possible via www.porsche.com/connect-store.”last_img read more

USPS Tests Ford E450 Based Electric Step Vans From Motiv

first_img Motiv Power Debuts All-Electric Chassis For Trucks, Buses USPS could purchase thousands of EVs, but will they?The United States Postal Service (USPS) starts a new pilot EV project in which it will test seven all-electric step vans, supplied by Motiv Power Systems. The first one was already delivered and now serves routes in Fresno.Motiv Power Systems builds its EVs using the Ford E-450 as a base and EPIC Chassis with 106 or 127 kWh battery packs for about 90 miles of range.Motiv Power Systems Motiv Power Systems To Use BMW i3 Batteries In EPIC Chassis Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 15, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News According to the press release, USPS will verify the vans capabilities, as well as fuel and maintenance savings over one year of the project. We guess that positive results could trigger some orders, but USPS seems reluctant so far, as various tests were already performed for several years.“The pilot program of seven Motiv-powered vans is slated for deployment in California’s Central Valley. The first vehicle now serves routes in Fresno with the balance of the vehicles to be deployed in Fresno and Stockton as part of a year-long program. Most of the immediate project benefits will accrue in the San Joaquin Valley, an economically disadvantaged area with some of the highest pollution burdens in the country, as evidenced by CalEnviroScreen scores within the worst five percent in the state.The USPS has a long history of testing electric vehicles for city delivery. In fact, the first known test of an electric vehicle for mail collection was in Buffalo, New York on July 2, 1899. Since 2001, the USPS has operated 30 electric two-ton vehicles on the streets of New York City, and these were later joined by a pair of two-ton hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island.“We’re proud to now be a part of USPS’ long tradition of implementing the latest technology to green their fleet,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “Our all-electric EPIC chassis have accumulated 500,000 real-world miles and are ideally suited to the USPS vehicle route characteristics. We’re thrilled that USPS has chosen Motiv to help meet their sustainability goals.”The USPS’ acquisition of the Motiv chassis-powered vans was developed as a partnership by CALSTART and the San Joaquin Clean Transportation Center and funded through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) award to the San Joaquin Air Quality Control. It represents a historic project. The funds are meant to provide an incentive to Californian fleets to adopt the cleanest emerging technologies and continue to advance California’s Air Quality and Climate goals.The USPS’ acquisition of the vans was made possible by the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. More information on this program can be found at  California Climate Investments.All parties involved in building, funding, and deploying this first wave of Motiv-powered USPS vans are excited about working together to bring this initial order to fruition.”Source: Motiv Power Systems, Green Car Congress Winnebago Reveals Electric Healthcare RV: Range Over 100 Miles Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Professional Test Driver Demos Tesla Model S Navigate On Autopilot

first_imgKelley Blue Book test driver fills us in on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature.It’s important to note that Kelley Blue Book (KBB) didn’t publish this particular video. However, Micah Muzio test drives cars for KBB as part of his day job. He used some of his personal time to check out a Tesla Model S Performance (formerly P100D) and its Navigate on Autopilot feature. With that being said, Micah is clearly well-qualified to fill us in on the tech. Nonetheless, he still says this is more of a casual, real-world look at the technology rather than a comprehensive review.Additional Tesla Navigate on Autopilot Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Testing Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot In Heavy LA Traffic: Video The Model S performs as expected with the semiautonomous featured engaged. Micah’s demonstration reveals that it does a good job on the freeway and handles on- and off-ramps respectably. However, you have to stay engaged and aware, because there are occasional quirks. Tesla will continue incrementally updating its Autopilot and Navigate on Autopilot tech as it moves toward Full Self-Driving capability.As we recently shared, Musk says full-self-driving optioned Tesla vehicles will be feature-complete by the end of this year. However, he admits that it will likely be another year after that before you’ll be able to use the technology without human intervention. While timelines related to fully autonomous systems continue to get pushed back, we can’t really blame Tesla or any other automaker. Safety is key, and until it’s ready, frankly we don’t want it on public roads.Video Description via Micah Muzio on YouTube:Micah “Drives” a Tesla Model S using Navigate on AutopilotThanks to my day job at Kelley Blue Book, I drive a lot of cars. This round I’m behind the wheel of a 2019 Tesla Model S P100D (recently renamed the Tesla Model S Performance). And when I say, “sitting behind the wheel” I mean that quite literally. In this video I’m testing one of Tesla’s newest features, Navigate on Autopilot, an advanced feature recently added to Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot self-driving system. Full self-driving capabilities are still over the horizon but, as this video shows, Navigate on Autopilot can handle on-ramp to off-ramp freeway driving…albeit with constant human oversight and a few awkward moments. And just so the premise is ultra-clear, this is not a comprehensive review but rather a casual look at the Tesla Model S, while living my normal life. Simple. Fun! Watch Navigate On Autopilot At Night In Rain: Video Source: Electric Vehicle News Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot Versus Dreadful LA Trafficlast_img read more

Tesla Overwhelmed By Orders Pushes Back Price Increase

first_imgSource: Tesla on Twitter New Tesla Electric Pickup Render Is Bold, Reminds Us Of Ram Truck Tesla Says Model 3 & Model Y Will Both Be Equipped To Tow Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img A brief price reprieve.If you want the best deal on a new Tesla, buy before midnight Wednesday. After that, prices on the lineup — save for the base $35,000 Standard Range Model 3 — will rise by 3 percent. That price increase was supposed to happen Monday night, but according to a tweet from the automaker (embedded below), the company’s website has been hammered by customers trying to take full advantage of the opportunity. There are worse problems to have.More on the Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model 3 Review: It’s A Love This, Hate That Kind Of Car: Video Tesla prices have been confusing of late. When the California company recently announced the arrival (finally) of the long-awaited $35,000 version of its mid-size sedan, it also lowered the prices on its entire lineup. To accomplish this feat, it simultaneously said it would close most of its stores and make handle vehicle sales completely online. This turned out to be a shortlived decision.It walked back some of the closures and price drops and let customers know that the coming three-percent increase would be happening. As we noted, that change was to occur Monday at midnight but has now been pushed back until the clock strikes twelve tomorrow in California.So, if you wanted to order a new Tesla Model S, Model X, or Model 3, but couldn’t pull the trigger before the prices went up, now is your chance. And though the changes of late have been happening at a fast and furious pace, these price tags should remain fixed for at least some amount of time.Of course, that’s not to say any particular variant may not be added or subtracted. Witness, for example, the recent departure of the so-called “Lemur:” the Mid Range Model 3 variant. It had been produced only since October, providing a slightly less expensive way to get the popular electric into driveways. While we have no knowledge of any specific future changes, we do know that the only constant in the universe (outside of the speed of light in a vacuum and other physical constants) is change.Due to unusually high volume, Tesla was unable to process all orders by midnight on Monday, so the slight price rise on vehicles is postponed to midnight Wednesdayhttps://t.co/peahQBSRtd— Tesla (@Tesla) March 19, 2019last_img read more

The Great Personal Alarm Toss

first_imgby, Mary Hopfner-Thomas, The Green House Project BlogTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesWe’re all looking for better ways to impact the quality of life for our Elders and one home in Minnesota has decided to do something about environmental noise—more specifically personal alarms. About 20% of Episcopal Church Home’s Elders in St. Paul, Minnesota have a personal alarm.  Like many of us, those alarms are usually in… read more >>Related PostsTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: ChangingAging green house project surplus safetylast_img read more

Ketogenic diet may raise risk of diabetes finds study

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDAug 10 2018Ketogenic diet is a form of diet that consists of high fat and protein content and very low carbohydrate content. It has been known to promote weight loss and is considered to healthy. It has been adopted by many people globally. Image Credit: Kenary820 / Shutterstock Now a new study on laboratory animals shows that ketogenic diet can raise the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The study titled, “Short-term feeding of a ketogenic diet induces more severe hepatic insulin resistance than a obesogenic high-fat diet” appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of Physiology.The researchers at the ETH Zurich compared the effects of western-style high-fat diet (HFD) and ketogenic diet (KD) on laboratory mice and found that the animals fed on KD were initially metabolically healthy but soon showed symptoms of reduced glucose tolerance. Impaired glucose tolerance is a key feature of type 2 diabetes. The impaired glucose tolerance among the KD group of mice was greater than those in the HFD group, the researchers noted.Christian Wolfrum, Ph.D., co-corresponding author and associate professor of the Institute of Food Nutrition and Health at the ETH Zurich explained that diabetes is one of the largest public health issues at the present time. He said that although ketogenic diet is considered to be healthy, this study reveals that it may raise the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.The next step for the team is to find the underlying cause behind the diabetigenic effects of this type of diet. Dr. Wolfrum said that they are trying to discover if this glucose intolerance and insulin resistance that is seen due to ketogenic diet a form of physiological adaptation by the body.He explained that in persons or animals on a ketogenic diet the body utilizes energy after breaking down fatty acids rather than carbohydrates. The break dwon products of the fatty acids could be signalling the brain in altered manner, he said and that could be the underlying reason for impaired glucose tolerance.At present type 2 diabetes affects millions of people worldwide and till date the disease has been linked to unhealthy western style high fat and high carbohydrate diet along with a sedentary life with little or no exercise. There is a slow decline in insulin sensitivity in these patients. The blood glucose initially remains within control but the body requires more and more insulin to maintain the blood glucose. Eventually the insulin production from the beta cells of the pancreas fails to meet the demands of the body and glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes develops.Related StoriesObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantHealthy high-fiber diet could reduce preeclampsia riskDiabetes medications mask euglycemic ketoacidosis at the time of surgeryThe researchers write, “These early impairments of glucose homeostasis typically present as a failure of elevated glucose or insulin levels to suppress hepatic glucose output, leading to decreased glucose tolerance.” This is said of the animals fed on the high fat diet that also develop glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in the liver and brain after a few days. It may take longer for them to develop profound insulin resistance in the major organs.There have been studies that show that starving oneself or eating a diet very low on carbohydrate such as in ketogenic diets can result in glucose intolerance and this is called starvation diabetes. However this is the first study that shows the long term effects on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. It is well known that ketogenic diets help in weight loss but the effects on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity have been debated.The team looked at the effects on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity on HFD and KD using metabolic tests and saw the effects on glucose production in the liver and glucose uptake in the muscle along with the sensititivity to insulin. They noted that mice fed on a HFD for three days showed a slightly impaired insulin signalling but no real glucose intolerance.On the other hand mice fed on KD for three days had a little effect on insulin sensitivity. They were actually in a “healthy, glucose-tolerant state.” Now these KD and HFD  fed animals were given a glucose challenge after three days. Both sets of animals showed impaired glucose clearance and insulin tolerance.Results revealed that KD fed mice had developed hepatic insulin resistance. “The results of the present study demonstrate that, in the context of ad libitum feeding of both HFD or KD for a short period, the effect on systemic glucose tolerance is a result of the inability of insulin to suppress hepatic glucose output, whereas muscle and adipose tissue glucose uptake are completely unperturbed,” the authors wrote.They explain that starvation diabetes and insulin resistance developing from short term KD diets may be occurring due to different mechanisms. More detailed studies are necessary to understand both, they explain.last_img read more

Medical nutrition therapy provided by RDNs benefits patients with chronic kidney disease

first_img Source:https://www.eatright.org/ Aug 13 2018According to a new review, approximately 30 million Americans – about 15 percent of adults – have chronic kidney disease, a number that is expected to increase in the next 20 years due to rising obesity rates and longer lifespans, but the majority of chronic kidney disease patients aren’t receiving potentially lifesaving treatment.”Medical Nutrition Therapy for Patients with Non-Dialysis-Dependent Chronic Kidney Disease: Barriers and Solutions” was compiled by a multidisciplinary team that included registered dietitian nutritionists, patient advocates and physicians from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the National Kidney Foundation, Loyola University Chicago and the University of New Mexico. It will be published in the October issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is available online.Related StoriesChronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trialsResearchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donorsCommunity-residing older adults benefit from food and nutrition programsNearly 90 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease never meet with a registered dietitian nutritionist, according to the review. Some physicians may lack confidence in MNT’s effectiveness; others may be unaware that MNT is covered by Medicare Part B for patients who are not on dialysis. Patients may be reluctant to invest the time and money in the therapy if it is not covered by their insurance.”Most patients don’t understand how big a role their diet plays in the management of their kidney disease,” said co-author Marsha Schofield, a registered dietitian and the Academy’s senior director of governance. “Medical nutrition therapy helps patients with chronic kidney disease improve their blood sugar and blood pressure, which will slow the progression of the disease and even delay or prevent them from needing to have dialysis or a transplant.””The Academy and the National Kidney Foundation have a long history of collaborating to advance the science and clinical practice around kidney disease,” Schofield said. “Both of our organizations recommend MNT for all people with CKD.”The authors say more research is needed to study and remove barriers to obtaining MNT.last_img read more

What makes a lasso spin

first_imgFinally, physicists are catching up to cowboys—at least in the lasso department. With the help of a trick roper who works at Disneyland Paris, a custom built “robo-cowboy,” and a researcher who spent hours practicing with a lasso, a team of physicists has mathematically mastered a trick called the flat loop, in which the loop in the lasso rotates horizontally near the roper’s legs. By analyzing high-speed video of both the professional roper and the robo-cowboy (essentially a couple of motorized, rotating joints that mimic the motion of a human arm and wrist) performing the flat loop, the scientists isolated the specific forces that govern the lasso’s movement and wrote the first equations that accurately describe the behavior of the rope during the trick. The key to performing the flat loop like a true cowboy? Making sure you have the right amount of loop in your lasso. About 75% of the total length of the lasso needs to be in the loop for the trick to work properly, the team reports today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. Any less and the system will collapse, with the loop shrinking down to a point—a common problem for beginners who tend to make their loops too small. Similar mechanics are seen in industrial yarn processing, the researchers say, although for now they plan to concentrate future work on mathematically describing more complex cowboy tricks.last_img read more

Europes trees have been warming the planet

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Trees do wonders when it comes to cooling Earth. They suck planet-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, locking it into their trunks, leaves, and roots to the tune of about 2.4 billion metric tons of carbon each year. But a new study has found, somewhat counterintuitively, that more trees might not always mean a cooler planet. In fact, researchers examining 260 years of changes in European forest management found that—despite a 10% increase in wooded land—the continent’s forests have actually caused a slight increase in regional temperatures since 1750.The new findings show that simply planting trees—at least in temperate areas—isn’t enough to stave off global warming, says Vivek Arora, a research scientist at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and analysis in Victoria, who was not involved in the research. “[This] is not the silver bullet that will save us from climate change.”But how did more forest coverage lead to warming? Researchers from the Laboratory of Climate Science and Environment in Gif-sur-Yvette, France, came to this conclusion by building a model that uses 260 years of forestry data in Europe, from the distribution of tree species to the methods people have used to harvest wood. From 1750 to 2010, the continent added almost 200,000 square kilometers of forest, and created a 0.12°C rise in temperature. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrycenter_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe The researchers pin most of the temperature increase on a shift from broad-leaved tree species like oak to more economically valuable conifer species like spruce and pine, they write this week in Science. “By changing the forest, we also make changes to the amount of radiation, water, and energy that the forest releases,” says lead author and environmental scientist Kim Naudts. The conifers are worse for the climate because they absorb more light with their dark color, trapping heat that would otherwise be reflected back into space. They also release less cooling water into the atmosphere through evaporation. Together, these two factors were to blame for 0.08°C of the region’s warming. Foresters removing trees for wood products contributed another 0.02°C by releasing carbon that would otherwise be stored in forest debris and soil.Previously, most models focused on big changes between different land types, like farmland and forests. The model created by Naudts and her colleagues drills deeper, and examines how the forests were actually used. For example, the new model includes a historic 3D representation of the forest canopy, allowing researchers to see differences in how various tree species interact with the atmosphere. Naudts’ team also included the removal of trees for wood products or fuel. “The model tries to look at how management, which would thin the forest but not change it entirely, would affect the climate,” Arora says. “That’s new.”But there is already an understanding among researchers that carbon sinks—areas that sequester carbon—interact with the atmosphere in complex ways, not all of them positive for climate change. “The fact that not all land-use and land-cover change policies may contribute to climate change mitigation is not something new,” says Giorgio Matteucci, a forest ecologist at the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean in Ercolano, Italy, who was not involved with the study. For instance, a study published in Nature more than 20 years ago showed that expanding forests in colder areas could actually increase the temperature of snow-covered regions, because snow reflects much more light than dark trees.Other researchers caution that we shouldn’t read too much into the 0.12°C measurement. “The paper makes sense and these results are consistent with what I would expect,” Arora says. But he adds that this is only one of many possible models. “If a different model were to use the same [parameters], it might find different results”.It’s also tempting to extend these results to other regions. But Europe’s temperature increase was in large part due to the continent’s specific history of forestry, its location, and the kind of tree species that are present there. The tropics, especially, play by different rules—there, slowing deforestation is almost certain to contribute to cooling, because trees in the tropics release comparatively more water into the atmosphere, seeding clouds that reflect light. The European model does indicate, however, that we should be cautious about the promise of forests to solve our climate woes.last_img read more

Japans science ministry seeks large budget increase prioritizing massive neutrino detector

first_img Japan’s science ministry seeks large budget increase, prioritizing massive neutrino detector © Hyper-Kamiokande Collaboration By Dennis NormileSep. 3, 2018 , 6:05 PM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Japan’s government is facing serious fiscal challenges, but its main science ministry appears hopeful that the nation is ready to once again back basic research in a big way. The Ministry of Education (MEXT) on 31 August announced an ambitious budget request that would allow Japan to compete for the world’s fastest supercomputer, build a replacement x-ray space observatory, and push ahead with a massive new particle detector.MEXT’s proposal represents a 21% increase for its fiscal 2019 budget, to 1.17 trillion yen ($10.54 billion). That target, however, is certain to be scaled back during reviews by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, the country’s top science advisory panel, and negotiations with the Cabinet office and finance ministry. The talks may be particularly tough as the Cabinet set in July a target of reducing discretionary spending by 10%.That austerity push comes as Japan’s population shrinks and ages, leading to declining tax revenues even while spending on social programs increases. Overall, Japan’s economic growth has been lackluster since the early 1990s. Yet the government has maintained spending on science and technology in the belief that the investment would benefit the economy. And even after being essentially flat for a decade, spending on R&D turned up this year—but not as much as MEXT is shooting for in next year’s budget.center_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Japan’s new science budget proposal includes a feasibility study for Hyper-Kamiokande, which would use massive amounts of ultapure water to detect neutrionos. Email Based on its proposal, MEXT’s funding for research grants to academic groups and individuals would rise 8% to 247 billion yen. Reflecting pressure to make university research payoff economically, the budget includes 2.4 billion yen to support turning academic biomedical findings into marketable pharmaceuticals.Big-ticket items are slated to get the most generous increases. Funding for Japan’s next-generation supercomputer, the Post-K Computer, would more than triple to 21 billion yen as the project moves from the design phase to hardware production and application refinement. The system will be built at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe and should become available to users in 2021. Post K will be the successor to Japan’s K Computer, which was the world’s fastest in 2011 and 2012. The Post K developers, Riken and Fujitsu, are aiming for a speed in the exascale range, or a billion billion floating point operations a second. They are in the thick of a race with China and the United States to deploy exascale computers.MEXT is seeking to boost support for space-related R&D as well, with 28% increase in funding to 199 billion yen. The sum covers new rocket and aircraft development but also includes 3.9 billion yen in support for work on the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission that partly replaces the ASTRO-H satellite that broke apart in space shortly after its February 2016 launch. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science plans to launch the new spacecraft in 2021. The requested budget also provides 2 billion yen in development funding for a mission that will attempt to return to Earth samples from the martian moon Phobos. Target launch is 2024.In a budget category covering Japan’s participation in large international projects, the ministry is seeking 43 billion yen to support the nation’s contribution to the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed for Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Additional funding in that category will also cover a feasibility study for the proposed Hyper-Kamiokande detector, a giant water-filled tank lined with sensors that would pick up the flashes generated when neutrinos collide with electrons or nuclei of water molecules. Observations of the ghostly particles using the original Kamiokande detector and its successor, Super-Kamiokande, snared two physics Nobel Prizes for Japanese scientists. At 60 meters tall and 74 meters in diameter, Hyper-Kamiokande will hold 10 times as much ultrapure water as its predecessor and gather data that much faster. It would study the possible differences between neutrinos and antineutrinos and collect neutrinos from the sun and stars and supernova explosions for clues to understanding their driving mechanisms. Researchers from 75 institutes in 15 countries have participated in design work.”The coming year is critical for this project,” says Masato Shiozawa, a neutrino physicist at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, which is leading the project. He explains that if all goes well with the feasibility study, Hyper-Kamiokande could get construction funding starting in 2020. Japan is expected to shoulder $700 million of the construction cost, with another $100 million coming from the international partners, Shiozawa says. Hyper-Kamiokande could begin operations as soon as 2027.Other project managers and policymakers declined to comment on the budget because it is still a request that faces certain scrutiny and squeezing. For the current year, government-wide science spending rose only 7%. The budget must be finalized and submitted to the legislature in time to take effect with the start of the fiscal year in April.last_img read more

Trumps AntiMuslim Attacks On Omar Are Backfiring

first_img The Duality Of The Role Fear Plays In ‘The Talk’ ‘The Talk’ 101 Twitter Defends Ilhan Omar Against Trump’s Hypocritical Call For Her To Resign That cha-ching sound you hear is one of the unintended consequences of President Donald Trump‘s blatant attempts to fire up his base through Islamophobic attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar. The newly elected Minnesota Democrat is just one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, and she just so happens to be Black, two of the president’s main targets.See Also: Meghan McCain Sheds White Tears Over Ilhan Omar And The Jewish Community, And No One Is Here For ItBut his racist, fear-mongering attacks on Omar have apparently backfired for the xenophobe in chief.Many of Omar’s supporters have responded to Trump’s anti-Muslim, white nationalist propaganda by pouring donations into the congresswoman’s campaign fund, Politico reported Monday. In the first quarter of this year, she was one of the top House Democrat fundraisers, raking in $832,000. About half of that money came from people who contributed less than $200. News of Omar’s successful fundraising came as Trump escalated his rhetoric against Omar on Monday—just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she called on the U.S. Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms to protect Omar, her family and staff.Death threats against the congresswoman increased after Trump exploited Omar’s comment about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which was taken out of context by the president. He tweeted an edited video on Friday of Omar superimposed over images of the devastating attack on America. Immigration Rally anti-semitism , Donald Trump , Ilhan Omar , Nancy Pelosi More By NewsOne Staff How The News Cycle Dictates ‘The Talk’ Parents Have With Their Kids Double Standard Alert: Politicians were silent when Beto O’Rourke called Israel’s prime minister a racist. But they dragged Rep. Ilhan Omar.https://t.co/pVtxmVKWah— NewsOne (@newsone) April 8, 2019The freshman congresswoman has been the target of attacks by people who have interpreted a couple of her remarks involving Israel as anti-Semitic.Omar first found herself in the middle of a firestorm on Feb. 12 after there was outrage over her comment to a tweet about how she and Michigan’s Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib—the other Muslim woman member of Congress—could face consequences for criticizing Israel.“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted in reference to a slang term for $100 bills coined by rapper Notorious B.I.G. When asked whom she thought was paying lawmakers, Omar replied: “AIPAC!” a pro-Israel lobby group. The congresswoman was ultimately forced to apologize, saying that her intention was never to offend “my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. . . . This is why I unequivocally apologize.”That, however, failed to quiet the storm. Some Democrats and Republicans were still angry, as they demanded her resignation. Trump described Omar’s apology as “lame.”After the first incident, some Democrats have reportedly been looking for a candidate to run against Omar in the next primary election.The second round of outrage against Omar erupted from comments she made at a “progressive town hall” event in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27.“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said at the event, supposedly referring to Israel.That remark was met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders drafting a resolution clearly directed at and prompted by Omar though not naming her specifically. The House passed the resolution that broadly condemned hate and intolerance.As attacks on Omar increase, it appears that her political war chest will also grow too, enabling her to better defend her congressional seat.SEE ALSO:Ilhan Omar Reacts To Meghan McCain’s Insincere White Tears Over The Jewish CommunityObama Hammers Trump Again For Islamophobia, Calls It A “Dangerous Mind-Set”last_img read more

Chinas ambitious telescopes rise in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau

first_img Reaching for the stars Four observatories under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are taking advantage of the thin, dry air of the Tibetan Plateau. INDIA Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Pools of water inside a gamma ray observatory’s central building detect particles from air showers. By Dennis NormileApr. 25, 2019 , 2:00 PM KAZAKHSTAN CHINA Shanghai Astana Click to view the privacy policy. 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Many of his colleagues at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing take a day to acclimate before resuming work on the Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO), an ambitious new observatory here on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.Although troublesome for humans, the thin air is exactly what makes Tibet good for observing the staggeringly energetic photons that crash into Earth from unidentified objects across the universe. After 3 years of construction, LHAASO is nearly finished and begins observations on 26 April.LHAASO is just the first in a batch of observatories taking shape across the Tibetan Plateau, which might one day rival the high, dry, Atacama Desert in Chile as a home for premier observatories. IHEP’s Ali CMB Polarization Telescope (AliCPT), under construction in the plateau’s west, will start its hunt for signs of primordial gravitational waves next year. This year, the National Space Science Center will begin to build the Daocheng Solar Radio Telescope (DSRT), which will study the sun’s violent outbursts. And the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) in Beijing is studying sites on the northwestern rim of the plateau for a 12-meter Large Optical-Infrared Telescope (LOT), larger than any existing telescope. Mumbai Hong Kong Taipei Km 0 Astronomers have long recognized the potential of the Tibetan Plateau, which has the highest average elevation of any region on Earth. In 1990, IHEP established a small cosmic ray observatory near Lhasa at 4300 meters. Since 2010, NAOC’s Ali Observatory, at 5100 meters, has hosted several small telescopes. But the scientific building boom accelerated after the four new observatories won funding under China’s latest Five-Year Plan, covering 2016 to 2020, as part of the nation’s efforts to boost basic research. New roads and airports, built as part of China’s controversial effort to tie Tibet more closely to the nation, are also encouraging astronomers to come.Now, the country’s biggest optical telescope is a 4-meter facility near Beijing that has not lived up to expectations. The LOT, in contrast, would be one of the most powerful telescopes on Earth. A dispute over its design has delayed progress, but once NAOC settles on a site it hopes to move forward, says NAOC Vice President Xue Suijian. Such an instrument would allow China’s astronomers to join the hunt for exoplanets, study the evolution of galaxies, and watch for optical counterparts to gravitational waves, he says.center_img 2000 N. DESAI/SCIENCE TibetanPlateau Beijing Ulaanbaatar 4 LHAASO will join a worldwide search for the highest energy photons in the universe: gamma rays that, in rare cases, can exceed the energy of Earth’s most powerful particle accelerators. When gamma rays strike the atmosphere, they create a cascade of secondary particles spreading in a cone until they hit the ground. Higher energy photons create more secondary particles, which shower across a wider footprint. To catch particles from lower energy photons, LHAASO will use three 5-meter-deep pools of water covering an area larger than 14 U.S. football fields. When the particles hit the water, they will spark faint flashes of blue Cherenkov light spotted by detectors at the bottom of the pools. Thousands of cheaper detectors spaced out across the 1.3-kilometer site will watch for higher energy gamma rays. An additional 1170 buried detectors will look for particles called muons, which can help discriminate between gamma ray showers and showers caused by cosmic rays, charged particles that can also reach extraordinary energies.Unlike cosmic rays, the paths of gamma rays are unaffected by magnetic fields, making it possible to trace them back to their distant sources. Cao Zhen, LHAASO’s chief scientist, says the facility’s size gives it a shot at nabbing about 10 of the highest energy gamma rays a year, which could help unravel where they come from—perhaps supernovae, neutron stars, or black holes—and how they are generated. “That’s been a mystery for 100 years,” Cao says.”LHAASO starting to take data opens some very exciting prospects,” says Peter Mészáros, a theoretical astrophysicist at Pennsylvania State University in State College. LHAASO should also detect photons from gamma ray bursts (GRBs), brilliant outbursts that appear out of nowhere and fade within days. Searchlight beams of radiation jetting out from certain supernovae or neutron star mergers are thought to cause the bursts, but the precise mechanism is a mystery. “Knowing the maximum energy of gamma ray photons from a GRB [could provide] important clues,” Mészáros says.By creating infrastructure and astronomical know-how, the observatories in Tibet could pave the way for successors. Local governments here and in Ali are moving to preserve radio-quiet zones and minimize light pollution in hopes of attracting future projects. And the facilities themselves will show whether Tibet’s rarefied air lives up to its astronomical promise. NameLocationElevation (Meters)BudgetSchedule NameLarge High Altitude Air Shower ObservatoryLocationDoachengElevation (Meters)4410Budget$200 millionScheduleFacility complete in 2020 NameDaocheng Solar Radio TelescopeLocationDoachengElevation (Meters)3800Budget$18 millionScheduleObservations begin in 2022 NameAli CMB Polarization TelescopeLocationAliElevation (Meters)5250BudgetTens of millionsSchedule2020 completion NameLarge Optical-Infrared TelescopeLocationMuztagh AtaElevation (Meters)To be determinedBudget$300 millionScheduleTo be determined 2 3 1 Email In contrast to that versatile giant, the DSRT has a singular focus: to study solar flares and coronal mass ejections, outbursts that hurl waves of charged particles toward Earth. To capture radio waves emitted during those eruptions, the DSRT’s 401 4.5-meter parabolic radio antennas are spaced in a 1-kilometer-wide circle—the best arrangement for imaging the sun, says Yan Jingye, chief engineer of the project. Traveling at light speed, the radio waves outrace the particles, which means the DSRT could help forecast the havoc the outbursts can wreak when they crash into Earth’s magnetic field 2 to 3 days later. Yan says the ultimate aim is “real-time analysis and real-time prediction”—which could help spacecraft operators shut down electronics until a storm passes.AliCPT is the highest of the observatories, perched at 5250 meters to elude the atmospheric water vapor that can block microwaves from the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the afterglow of the big bang. Its antenna will funnel CMB photons to thousands of sensors to search for a telltale pattern in the light’s polarization. That pattern would be evidence for the gravitational waves generated by a hypothesized growth spurt in the newborn universe, known as inflation. Although international teams are searching for this signal in the Southern Hemisphere, AliCPT would be the first in the north. “Ideally, you’d want to map the entire CMB sky and from what I know the Tibetan Plateau looks quite promising,” says Peter Timbie, a cosmologist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. China’s ambitious telescopes rise in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau MONGOLIA Seoul INSTITUTE OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS/CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES last_img read more

The Holbrook Summer Dancers

first_imgPhotos by John Gerald JimenezThe Holbrook Summer Dancers present traditional dances featuring Mexican and Native American performers wearing the traditional clothing of their ancestors. Dances are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at Gillespie Park. RelatedSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad June 28, 2018center_img The Holbrook Summer Dancerslast_img

WUSD employees and volunteers recognized

first_imgPhoto by L. ParsonsWinslow School District Superintendent Cyndie Mattox (left) presented awards to outstanding staff members Larissa Richards (center) and Carol Gillam. November 7, 2018 WUSD employees and volunteers recognizedcenter_img By L. Parsons Winslow Unified School District Superintendent Cyndie Mattox recognized outstanding employees last week. Larissa Richards, an academic coach at Winslow High School was named certified employee for the month of September and CarolSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adlast_img read more

I am drained Teen rape survivor opts for euthanasia in the Netherlands

first_img Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 Related News 'I am drained': Teen rape survivor opts for euthanasia in the Netherlands Noa Pothoven, from her Instagram account; she has nearly 11,000 followers. (Souce: Euro News)A 17-year-old rape survivor in the Netherlands has reportedly died after opting to be euthanised. Days before her death, Noa Pothoven had written in an Instagram post that her suffering is “unbearable” and she is “drained” after years of battling and fighting. She added that she “breaths but no longer lives”. Under the law — Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act — a patient must make a clear and unambiguous request to die. After the death, a review panel comprising a doctor, a jurist, and an ethics expert must confirm that all requirements were met.In 2017, over 6,500 people died of euthanasia in the country. The leading cause for choosing this method voluntarily was reportedly untreatable cancer. Dutch teen was not euthanised, stopped eating, drinking: report Best Of Express Advertising Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 22 at 2.43 pm: ISRO She is also the author of an award-winning biography Winning or Learning, in which she details her struggle with sexual assault, depression, and anorexia. At the time of its release, her mother Lisette had appealed to social workers and those responsible for adolescent psychological care to read her book. According to Daily Beast, Lisette also criticised the state’s mental-health system, describing it as “maddening”.According to a report in Daily Beast, Noa was allegedly sexually assaulted at a school party when she was 11 years old. She was allegedly raped by two men three years later.On visiting Noa before her death, Dutch MP Lisa Westerveld had said she was impressed by her strength. “I will never forget her. We will continue her struggle,” Westerveld was quoted as saying by Euro News.Dutch law on EuthanasiaEuthanasia, or the termination of life by a physician at a patient’s request, was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002. A patient can be euthanised if they are enduring “unbearable suffering” with no prospect of improvement. Those who are 16 and 17 years old do not need parental consent in principle, but their parents must be involved in the decision-making process. 0 Comment(s) The Netherlands legalised euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide, in 2002, which is incidentally the same year Noa was born.“It’s finished. I have not really been alive for so long, I survive, and not even that… I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die,” Pothoven wrote in Dutch on Saturday, reported Euro News. “After years of battling and fighting, I am drained. I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.”“I breathe but no longer live,” she added. Noa’s account on Instagram is private, and she has nearly 11,000 followers. In her bio, she described herself as a “mental illness warrior”. By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2019 1:20:47 pm UEFA Nations League: Star factor gives UEFA dream final for their inaugural competition Advertising Facing 19 million tourists, the Dutch urge visitors to try somewhere new P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies last_img read more

Trump is confident Mexico will enforce new immigration deal

first_img Best Of Express P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies donald trump, us president, us president donald trump, trump mexico tariffs, us mexico border issue, us mexico border wall issue, us mexico tariffs, us tariffs on mexico, express explained, world news, Indian Express US President Donald Trump. (The New York Times)US President Donald Trump predicted Mexico would strongly enforce a new deal under which it agreed to expand a controversial asylum program and boost security on its southern border to stem Central American migrants trying to reach the United States. Taking stock of monsoon rain LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 Under the deal, Mexico agreed to the immediate expansion along the entire border of a program under which the United States returns asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico to await adjudication of their cases. The program, commonly known as Remain in Mexico, has been operating since January in the border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez.The American Civil Liberties Union and other rights groups are pursuing a legal challenge to the program, which has returned to Mexico more than 10,390 people, mostly Central Americans.Former director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, said it was understandable that Mexico had sought to extricate itself from the tariff bind, but said Mexico ran the risk of more threats from Trump in the future.Lamy said he believed there was “absolutely no doubt” that the WTO would have found in favor of Mexico if Lopez Obrador had asked the trade body to arbitrate the tariff dispute with Trump, a process he said would have taken around two years for a definitive ruling. “The notion that you put a tariff because there are too many people crossing the border is just miles away from any letter and spirit of the WTO agreement,” Lamy told Reuters. Advertising Post Comment(s) More Explained Advertising The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comments about Lamy’s comments or the lack of mention of expanded purchases of U.S. agricultural goods by Mexico in the joint declaration. In his speech on Saturday, Lopez Obrador did not cite any new commitment to buy more American farm products.His government also agreed to take stronger measures to curb the flow of migrants, including deploying National Guard forces on its southern border beginning on Monday.The agreement built on previous U.S.-Mexico talks held in March in which Mexico agreed to deploy National Guard forces, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the talks. U.S. border officers detained more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest level since 2006.Trump threatened to keep raising import duties on Mexican goods up to 25% unless Mexico acted to stem what he has called an “invasion.” U.S. business groups and some of Trump’s Republican allies warned that a trade fight with Mexico would hurt the U.S. economy and lobbied the administration to back down. By Reuters |Washington | Published: June 9, 2019 10:24:17 am Related News Advertising The deal announced on Friday did not include a U.S. demand that Mexico accepts a “safe third country” designation that would have forced it to permanently take in most Central American asylum seekers. Israeli DJ shot dead in club in central Mexico El Chapo’s life sentence ‘pyrrhic victory’ for Mexico as violence soars It was not immediately clear whether Mexico made such a pledge. There was no mention of expanded Mexican purchases of U.S. agricultural products in the joint U.S.-Mexican declaration outlining the immigration deal. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador praised the deal with Trump later on Saturday in the border city of Tijuana at a unity rally dedicated to maintaining friendly U.S. ties. But while he said that on a personal level he rejects retaliation, he appeared to suggest that he might be forced to take a tougher line in the event of a future conflict.“I can’t allow anyone to go against our country’s economy and even less so if it establishes an unjust asymmetry, unworthy of our government and humiliating for our nation,” said Lopez Obrador to big applause from a crowd of several thousand that spilled across several blocks.TARIFFS ‘MILES AWAY’ FROM WTO PACTTrump, a Republican, has made stemming illegal immigration a signature issue of his presidency, vowing to build a wall on the border, although Congress has refused to fund that measure. He has been frustrated by a surge through Mexico of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States, and has repeatedly blamed migrants who have entered the country through Mexico for crime and illegal drugs.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reacted with sarcasm about the agreement late on Friday. “This is a historic night!” Schumer wrote on Twitter. “Now that the problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.” The deal, announced on Friday after three days of negotiations in Washington, averted Trump’s threatened imposition of 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday. “Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement between the United States and Mexico,” Trump wrote in a tweet on Saturday morning.The Trump administration believed the deal would “fix the immigration issue,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday in a Reuters interview on the sidelines of a G20 finance meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. Mnuchin warned, however, that Trump retained the authority to impose tariffs if Mexico failed to enforce the new agreement.Trump also tweeted on Saturday that Mexico would immediately begin buying “large quantities” of agricultural goods from U.S. farmers, who have been hit hard by his trade war with China and risked a new blow from Mexican retaliation if Trump had imposed tariffs. ‘I told him not to go’: Mother of drowned Salvadoran migrant laments last_img read more

California plans to act tough on illegal marijuana market

first_imgBy AP |Los Angeles | Published: June 22, 2019 9:11:37 am Related News Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Google bans apps that facilitate sale of marijuana More Explained Democratic state Senator Steven Bradford of Compton said the marketplace needs more diversity. “If the industry does not look like California, it will never succeed,” Bradford said. Advertising The state has been under pressure by the legal industry to do more to stop the illicit pot economy, which in Los Angeles and other cities often operates in plain sight. According to some estimates, up to 80 per cent of sales in the state remain under the table, snatching profits from legal storefronts.“We are going to start having a more aggressive enforcement stance to come after the illegal market,” Lori Ajax, the state’s top cannabis regulator, said at an industry forum.The state announced it was kicking off a public information campaign – Get (hash)weedwise – that encourages consumers to verify that their purchases are tested and legal. Ads will be hitting social media sites and billboards promoting a state website where shoppers can quickly check if a shop is licensed – CApotcheck.com.The campaign makes a simple argument: You don’t know what you’re getting if you buy illegal products.One ad says, “What’s in your weed shouldn’t be a mystery. Shop licensed cannabis retailers only.”The campaign “will directly impact consumer safety by clarifying that only cannabis purchased from licensed retailers has met the state’s safety standard,” Ajax said in an earlier statement. Gujarat Confidential: Medicinal marijuana Nicole Elliott, senior adviser on cannabis to Governor Gavin Newsom, said state funds for enforcement would nearly double in the fiscal year than begins July 1, to $113 million.California plans to act tough on illegal marijuana market This undated artist rendering provided by the Bureau of Cannabis Control shows a proposed billboard urging consumers to purchase cannabis from only licensed retailers. California is kicking off a public information campaign, Get #weedwise, encouraging consumers to verify that the product they are about to buy is tested and legal. (Bureau of Cannabis Control, via AP)California kicked off broad legal sales Jan. 1, 2018. But the illegal market has continued a bustling business, in part because consumers can avoid steep tax rates by buying in unlicensed dispensaries.But there’s a trade-off for saving a buck. Illegal products have not met strict state testing standards and could be tainted by mold, pesticides, heavy metals – even human waste.“Do you know what’s hiding in your counterfeit edibles?” one ad asks.Agency spokesman Alex Traverso said the ads are part of a three-pronged campaign intended to eventually corral illegal sales – the others are enforcement, including shutting down illegal shops and farms, and quickly licensing businesses that want to enter the legal economy.The state is spending an initial $1.7 million on the campaign and hopes to “get it in front of as many eyeballs as possible”, Traverso said.No one is predicting the campaign will bring illicit sales to a halt. But it’s being seen as another step to aid legal businesses as the state transitions from what was once a largely illegal economy into a multibillion-dollar, regulated marketplace.Industry officials highlighted ongoing struggles for the nation’s largest pot market, including tax rates that can approach 50 percent in some communities, a maze of regulatory hurdles that discourage operators from entering the legal market and the challenge of establishing a California brand in the rapidly developing global market. Best Of Express California plans to act tough on illegal marijuana market A vendor with Talking Trees Farms a Northern Humboldt County sustainable cannabis farm, offers a taste of their latest crop of crafted marijuana flower to an attendee in the farmers market during a business to business networking event, WeedCon West 2019 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)California is planning to intensify its enforcement against the state’s thriving illegal marijuana market, including launching an ad campaign Friday that urges consumers to seek out licensed shops with safe products. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan The ads are also intended to telegraph a warning to illicit shops and underground growers: Get licensed to operate in the legal market, or shut down.The need for tougher enforcement came up repeatedly at the forum, which was organised by the United Cannabis Business Association, a trade group.State Assemblyman Tom Lackey, a Republican from Palmdale, called the problem the “biggest failure right now in the system”.“Regulations are merely suggestions without an enforcement arm,” he said, adding that the state and local governments are failing to work together. 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Watch Germanys Merkel seen shaking for second time this month but heads

first_img Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) takes part in the presentation of the appointment and dismissal certificate as Federal Minister of Justice to Katarina Barley (SPD) and the new Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Bellevue Castle in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, her second such bout within two weeks, but her spokesman said she was fine and she headed off to Japan for this weekend’s G20 summit. Merkel has loomed large on the European stage since 2005, helping guide the EU through the euro zone crisis and opening Germany’s doors to migrants fleeing war in the Middle East in 2015 – a move that still divides the bloc and her country.The chancellor faces a gruelling schedule in the coming days.After the G20, she heads to Brussels for an EU summit on Sunday at which she will play a key role in trying to seal a deal on the distribution of the bloc’s top jobs for the next five years.Asked about Merkel’s latest shaking episode, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters: “I won’t comment on this. I have never taken part in remote diagnoses because for years I was too often the subject of remote diagnoses.”Appeals to her right for privacy were not enough for some newspapers. “On her health rides the effectiveness of her government and the stability of her country,” wrote the conservative Die Welt in a commentary. Her health, it said, is “not purely a private matter.”Merkel began a stage-managed gradual exit from politics in October, when she said her fourth term as chancellor would be her last and that she would not seek re-election in 2021, when the next federal election is due.In December, she handed over the chair of her Christian Democratic Union to her protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, though the latter’s unconvincing start in the role has set back the CDU’s plans for a smooth leadership transition. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan More Explained Merkel was seen shaking when she met visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on June 18 but later said she felt better after drinking some water.Were Merkel to be incapacitated, Steinmeier would appoint a cabinet minister as acting chancellor until parliament elects a new chancellor. This need not be Scholz, a member of the Social Democrats, junior partner in Merkel’s ruling grand coalition.WORK ETHICMerkel, in power for 14 years, is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at European Union summits with her ability to focus on the details of complex discussions deep into the night.In the past, she has joked that she is a “sleep camel” who can go days with just a few hours of sleep as long as she gets a full night of shut-eye at the weekend. She is due to go on holiday later in the summer. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Advertising Advertising After the ceremony with Steinmeier, Merkel went on to the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) for the swearing-in of the new justice minister. She showed no signs of shaking and looked relaxed, chatting and laughing with Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz.Asked if the chancellor would take part in this weekend’s G20 meeting in Japan, the spokesman said: “Everything is taking place as planned. The chancellor is well.” Merkel later left on a flight to Osaka for the G20 meeting.Another government official told Reuters that while Merkel attributed the tremors on June 18 to drinking too little water and too much coffee on a hot day, Thursday’s episode was more a psychological issue as she tried desperately to avoid a repeat.“The memory of the incident last week led to the situation today – so (it was) a psychologically driven process,” the official said. “There is nothing to worry about.” Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Merkel, 64, has no history of serious health issues. She was attending a farewell ceremony for Justice Minister Katarina Barley, who is leaving to become a lawmaker in the European Parliament, when the incident occurred.Standing next to Steinmeier as he addressed the gathering, Merkel started shaking visibly in her upper body, then crossed her arms as if to brace herself. She was offered a glass of water but declined to drink it while Steinmeier spoke.Berlin is in the throes of a heatwave. Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Top News Taking stock of monsoon rain Best Of Express 1 Comment(s) Advertising When Merkel came into office in 2005, George W. Bush was U.S. president, Jacques Chirac was in the Elysee Palace in Paris and Tony Blair was British prime minister. By Reuters |Berlin | Updated: June 28, 2019 7:11:34 pmlast_img read more

Excessive use of erectiledysfunction medication could lead to longterm vision problems

first_img Source:http://www.mountsinai.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 1 2018In a first-of-its-kind study, Mount Sinai researchers have shown that color vision problems caused by retinal damage on a cellular level can result from a high dose of sildenafil citrate, the popular erectile-dysfunction medication sold under the brand name Viagra. The results demonstrate that excessive use of the drug could lead to long-term vision problems, including possible irreversible damage. The findings have been published in the fall issue of Retinal Cases.”People live by the philosophy that if a little bit is good, a lot is better. This study shows how dangerous a large dose of a commonly used medication can be,” said lead investigator Richard Rosen, MD, Director of Retina Services at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). “People who depend on colored vision for their livelihood need to realize there could be a long-lasting impact of overindulging on this drug.”Related Stories’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryRosen and a team of investigators from NYEE based their study on a 31-year-old patient who arrived at an urgent care clinic complaining of red-tinted vision in both eyes that hadn’t gone away in two days. He reported that his symptoms began shortly after taking a dose of liquid sildenafil citrate that he purchased over the internet (sildenafil citrate can cause visual disturbances with normal dosage, but symptoms typically resolve within 24 hours). The patient told doctors he had consumed much more than the recommended 50mg dose, and that symptoms began shortly after ingestion. The patient was then diagnosed with persistent retinal toxicity linked to the high dose of medication damaging the outer retina. His tinted vision has not improved more than a year after his initial diagnosis, despite various treatments.Mount Sinai researchers used state-of-the-art technology, including adaptive optics (AO) and optimal coherence tomography (OCT), to examine his retina for evidence of structural damage at the cellular level, something that had never been done before. AO is a sophisticated technology that allows clinicians to examine microscopic structures of the eye in living patients with extreme detail in real time. OCT is an advanced imaging system that reveals the cross-sectional details of the retina layer by layer.The high-tech imaging allowed investigators to see microscopic injury to the cones of the retina, the cells which are responsible for color vision. The damage was similar to that seen in animal models of hereditary retinal disease such as retinitis pigmentosa or cone-rod dystrophy.”To actually see these types of structural changes was unexpected, but it explained the symptoms that the patient suffered from. While we know colored vision disturbance is a well-described side effect of this medication, we have never been able to visualize the structural effect of the drug on the retina until now,” said Dr. Rosen. “Our findings should help doctors become aware of potential cellular changes in patients who might use the drug excessively, so they can better educate patients about the risks of using too much.”last_img read more