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first_img What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Share this storyTrump says ‘not nearly enough’ progress in talks with Mexico; tariffs to begin Monday if no deal Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Trump says ‘not nearly enough’ progress in talks with Mexico; tariffs to begin Monday if no deal The White House has so far been vague about what Trump expects Mexico to do to avoid the duties Featured Stories More Comment U.S President Donald TrumpReuters/Carlos Barria Bloomberg News ← Previous Next → Email 1 Comments Reddit advertisement Sponsored By: Twitter Join the conversation → Facebook Recommended For YouStocks slide as U.S.-China trade war takes toll on earningsHong Kong stocks end weaker as investors assess trade war impactJapan-South Korea gloom spurs worries of ‘never seen before’ chip price spikeStatkraft signs 5-year deal to buy output from Spanish solar park, Q2 risesUK retail sales jump in June in much-needed lift for economy Josh Wingrove, Justin Sink and Anna Edgerton President Donald Trump said “not nearly enough” progress was made in talks with Mexico to mitigate the flow of undocumented migrants and illegal drugs, raising the likelihood that the U.S. will follow through with tariffs next week.U.S. and Mexican officials wrapped up discussions on Wednesday at the White House and Trump said talks are set to resume Thursday.Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough! Border arrests for May are at 133,000 because of Mexico & the Democrats in Congress refusing to budge on immigration reform. Further…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019“If no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5 per cent level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “The higher the Tariffs go, the higher the number of companies that will move back to the USA!”The peso fell more than 1 per cent against the dollar as the currency reeled from the U.S. tariff threats and more pessimistic assessments from ratings companies. Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday cut Mexico’s outlook to negative from stable, and then Fitch lowered the nation’s sovereign rating to BBB from BBB+.A Mexican delegation, led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, met at the White House for about 90 minutes with U.S. officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. Trump, who’s traveling in Europe, wasn’t at the meeting.Related Stories:UPDATE 2-Mexican president thanks Trump for tariff comments as peso strengthensMexican peso will dance in July to rhythm of USMCA and TrumpU.S. steel tariffs on Mexico do not put USMCA ratification in danger – Mexican officialEbrard, in a press conference following the meeting, said they didn’t discuss the tariffs during the meeting but focused on migration. He added that he didn’t know how long negotiations would take.“We are optimistic because we had a good meeting with respectful positions from both parts,” Ebrard said. “We had an opportunity to explain our point of view.”Trump last month announced a 5 per cent tariff on all imports from Mexico unless the country takes “decisive measures” — as judged by his administration — to stem migrants entering the U.S. He said the tariffs would begin June 10 and scale up incrementally until they reach 25 per cent on Oct. 1. Mexico is the second largest source of U.S. imports after China.Trump said earlier in the day he thought Mexico wants to reach an agreement. “I think they want to make a deal and they sent their top people to try to do it,” he said Wednesday in Ireland.Ebrard highlighted some differences. While the U.S. is looking for measures to take effect “immediately,” Mexico wants to take steps that are longer term and “not just punitive.”The White House has so far been vague about what Trump, the self-avowed “Tariff Man,” expects Mexico to do to avoid the duties. But White House trade adviser Peter Navarro offered what appeared to be an opening salvo in negotiations earlier Wednesday, saying tariffs may not have to take effect if Mexico could meet three conditions, including keeping U.S. asylum seekers in that country.“The most important thing is for the Mexican government to take the asylum seekers,” Navarro said in an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg TV in Washington.The number of apprehensions and people denied entry along the U.S.-Mexico border has been rising steadily. More than 144,000 people were apprehended after illegally crossing the southern border in May or were refused entry to the U.S., Customs and Border Protection announced on Wednesday. That’s the the most in a single month in at least five years; the number has grown every month since January.Most of the apprehensions are families or children traveling alone, pressuring a U.S. immigration system that has struggled to humanely detain and care for them.The White House has said it’s an emergency and demanded that Mexico accept the asylum seekers, step up patrols of its own southern border and strengthen checkpoints along the route migrants travel.Republican lawmakers have warned against the Mexico tariffs and are pushing for a deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump should delay any tariffs until he can personally make his case to lawmakers.The tariff threat also cast doubt on the future of Trump’s update of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a key accomplishment of his first term. The new trade pact, called the U.S.-Canada-Mexico agreement, was already at risk of stalling in Congress. The Trump administration wants it passed by summer.Pence has previously failed to thread the needle when acting as the president’s surrogate in important negotiations. The vice president led talks with congressional Democrats earlier this year to end a government shutdown, only for Trump to tweet later that there was “not much headway made.” The government remained shuttered until Trump relented on his demand that Congress provide more money to build a border wall.Bloomberg.com June 6, 20197:21 AM EDT Filed under News Economy last_img read more

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Looking to take a bite out of its competitors market share Sobeys

first_img Comment Sobeys opened its first discount grocery store in Western Canada on Thursday as it works to catch up to competitors in the chase for frugal shoppers.The FreshCo store in Mission, B.C., is the first of a dozen shops under that banner promised by Sobeys Inc. by the end of this year in an effort to grow market share in the west following a years-long fallout from its troubled acquisition of the Safeway chain.“Sobeys is far behind our competitors in terms of having a presence in discount,” said Mike Venton, general manager of the discount format at Sobeys, a subsidiary of Empire Co. Ltd.Sobeys operates more than 1,500 retail shops under a number of banners. Eighty-seven per cent of these are full-service stores, like Sobeys, Farm Boy or IGA locations, said Venton — only 95 shops fall under the FreshCo or other discount banner names and they’re all located in Ontario.By comparison, Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw Companies Ltd. operated about 488 discount food stores at the end of its 2018 financial year and more than 390 locations under a number of other banners in its market division, according to its most recent annual report. ‘We’ve never had a weapon like this’: Farm Boy is key for urban expansion, Sobeys parent says Loblaw looks to leverage loyalty data with online advertising business Metro reports profit and sales up from a year ago, boosted by Jean Coutu chain Metro Inc., which operates primarily in Ontario and Quebec, operated 228 discount food stores out of a total 947 food locations at the end of its 2018 financial year, according to financial filings.“If you look at Western Canada, we have zero presence,” Venton said.The company said growing that figure would be one of its strategic priorities for its 2019 financial year. Sobeys first announced plans to convert up to one quarter of its existing Safeway and Sobeys stores in the Western provinces to the FreshCo banner in 2017.Mission is the first of a dozen announced locations in B.C. and Manitoba. Two Winnipeg locations will open in early May, with two Richmond, B.C., ones to follow later that month.Those 12 stores will start to shift the company’s ratio of full-service to discount stores, though “it will be a long time before we move that number significantly,” Venton said.The company believes changing that ratio is strategically sound.“The key to us is to make a big splash when we go in and then compete and grow market share,” said Empire CEO Michael Medline during the company’s most recent quarterly call with analysts.Shoppers increasingly look for value, making Sobeys discount division the part of the national business that’s growing, Venton said.“I would expect this won’t change for quite some time either,” he said.Sobeys aims to avoid cannibalizing its business by choosing spots that had two or more full-service locations in a small region and converting one of those locations to the lower-priced FreshCo brand.Meanwhile, it believes it can lure shoppers away from its competitors’ through price guarantees and its ability to tailor its stores to individual communities, Venton said.“We feel real good about our ability to attract customers and delight them with what we’re going to put in those stores.”The plan to gain market share through discount offerings in Western Canada comes just as the company is starting to regain its footing after a period of losing ground to competitors following its acquisition of Safeway in 2013 for $5.8 billion.Empire upset Safeway shoppers after it cancelled a popular loyalty program, failed to keep certain items in stock and made other significant missteps. Same-store sales plunged as customers turned to other chains.Empire launched Project Sunrise, a three-year transformation plan, to help turn the company around and Medline said recently that it has gone from losing a lot of market share to stabilizing to starting to gain some back.The company seems confident it won’t slip again as it brings this new brand to the west.“We have a tried and tested model that we’re very successful within Ontario,” Venton said.The Canadian Press Email Aleksandra Sagan Facebook Sobeys manages 95 discount grocery stores in Canada, whereas Metro and Loblaw operate a combined total of about 716.Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS More 0 Comments Share this storyLooking to take a bite out of its competitors’ market share, Sobeys brings FreshCo to British Columbia Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Looking to take a bite out of its competitors’ market share, Sobeys brings FreshCo to British Columbia The company plans to open 11 more across the country, all of them in B.C. and Manitoba Twitter Reddit April 25, 20193:44 PM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing The Canadian Press Join the conversation →last_img read more

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Tesla And Elon Musk Inspired This Guy To Start An EV Company

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: CityFreighter Inc.During these LA trips, my regularly scheduled second stop was the Tesla store in Santa Monica. I was enamored with the store’s display of the open chassis frame of the Model S. I was fascinated by this perfectly engineered, large piece of technology, mostly made of aluminum. I loved it.I ordered my Model X two years ahead of launch. The first time I saw it was during one of my trips to the Hawthorne area on a Sunday morning behind the large glass entrance doors of the Tesla Design Center. That day I also asked Elon to connect on LinkedIn. And a couple hours later we were connected! The text I got from Elon was that I should contact him if I ever need any help in business… it made my day. HOW TESLA AND ELON MUSK INSPIRED ME TO START AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE COMPANYGuest Blog Post: Michael Schoening, President, CityFreighter Inc.I’ve followed Tesla for years. I like Elon, and I love SpaceX. Every time I traveled from Germany to Los Angeles my first destination was always a little industrial area in Hawthorne, 10 minutes from LAX. SpaceX is located there. It’s entirely different compared to my previous visits to the massive operations at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The Tesla Design Center and the Hyperloop test track are located there as well. I always come away inspired.Tesla-Related Content: Hurricane Florence: More On Tesla’s Response And Assistance Source: CityFreighter Inc.Since then a lot has happened. The team has been built, the concept has been detailed (perhaps you’ll recognize some inspiration from Tesla when seeing our interior design concepts), and here we are. CityFreighter Inc. with our corporate office in Santa Barbara, CA, was founded in June 2018.To finance our prototype, we’re currently running a public offering. Our exciting journey has just begun and now, you can be part of it as well.*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Source: Electric Vehicle News *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Posted by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Tesla Model S P100D Sets Laguna Lap Record See Tesla Model 3 Shake Its Stuff On Road Simulator Source: CityFreighter Inc.I don’t know why, but my focus immediately went to commercial trucks. I envisioned the possibilities surrounding the electrification of commercial trucks for last mile distribution.Last mile logistics are facing a myriad of future challenges ahead. One reason: eCommerce is exploding. And, by 2030, 70% of all people will live in bigger cities. Also, there’s an increasing shortage of drivers. The demand for sustainable, compact, pollution-free commercial vehicles is steadily growing. Furthermore, upcoming regulatory changes for inner-city traffic will lead to a rapid increase in the sale of commercial, electric trucks for urban deliveries. All of that is taking place against a backdrop of a market estimated globally at $729 billion by 2028 — 35% of that market will be generated from urban light-duty truck sales..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: CityFreighter Inc.After extensive market research, I decided it might make sense to form a joint venture with a sizable Chinese brand. One day, during multiple visits to truck factories, I was watching the assembly line at one of China’s leading truck manufacturers, Foton, and discovered, “There’s no magic recipe here.”Afterward, I developed a modular concept, a new brand, and decided to outsource production to reliable suppliers in order to concentrate on R&D and final assembly — a way to start an automotive manufacturing company with relatively low investment by leveraging the inherent advantages of e-mobility. Above: My Model X (Photo: Michael Schoening)My Model X (see above) was delivered in Germany in October 2016. I’ve experienced 65,000 trouble-free kilometers so far — I enjoy the driving it every day and I won’t be switching to another car anytime soon. My wife is waiting for her Model 3. We ordered it on its launch day at a Tesla store in the Netherlands.When I got my Model X and experienced the day-to-day life of an electric vehicle owner, recognizing its intrinsic advantages, I started thinking about entering the EV industry myself. Electro-mobility is a disruptive technology. It offers a lot of room to innovate and change the world. read more

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Swedish PlugIn Electric Car Market Share Soars To 12

Fortum Opens First HPC Fast Charger In Sweden After nine months of 2018, 20,316 plug-in cars were sold in Sweden (up 53%) at an average market share of 7%. In total, more than 70,000 plug-ins were sold in the past several years in Sweden.The Volkswagen Passat GTE is the top-selling plug-in model, followed by two plug-in hybrid Kias – Optima and Niro. The first BEV on the chart comes in at #7 and is the Nissan LEAF.Source: EV Sales Blog Sweden Looks To Make Conductive Charging Roads Reality Source: Electric Vehicle News Plug-In Electric Cars Capture 9.7% Market Share In Sweden In August Demand for plug-in electric cars remains strong in Sweden.In September, sales of plug-in cars in Sweden increased 20% year-over-year to 2,308 reaching a decent 12% market share.Most of the sales are plug-in hybrids, although after the most recent changes in incentives – favorable to BEVs – all-electric car sales are growing faster (up 37% compared to 14% for PHEVs).News from Sweden Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 3, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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San Diego Orders 40 New Flyer Electric Buses

first_img480 kWh battery for long-range service.The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System ordered six 40-foot (12.2 m), zero-emission, battery-electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses.The agency opts for the long-range versions with 480 kWh batteries (New Flyer offers up to 600 kWh), so the buses will be able to replace diesel counterparts. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019.New Flyer EVs “The purchase, supported by competitive state grants, California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, continues San Diego’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions as part of a zero-emission pilot program that supports overarching California Climate Action goals. Buses are expected to arrive in 2019 and will be tested along various existing routes.The buses are equipped with 480-kilowatt batteries, and will also feature the latest onboard video surveillance systems, enhanced wheelchair restraint systems with forward-facing safety barriers for improved safety, and electric air conditioning, and accessory systems.”“The SDMTS Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase, which includes nine depot chargers from New Flyer. Plans are in place to install six depot chargers at the Imperial Avenue Division as the primary operating facility for the zero-emissions buses, with the remaining three to be installed at other fixed-route operating facilities to expand the route-testing area and provide service continuity.” Together with buses, New Flyer will supply nine depot chargers (six at the primary operating facility and three in other fixed-route operating facilities). New Flyer Joins OppCharge: Overhead Bus Charging Source: Electric Vehicle News New Flyer Unveils New Xcelsior CHARGE Electric Bus With Up To 600 kWh Battery New Flyer Wins Canada’s Largest Contract For 40 Xcelsior CHARGE Buses Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America said:“New Flyer is proud to offer zero-emission solutions for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. We are thrilled to continue partnering with California transit agencies in pursuit of cleaner air and environmental preservation, and we commend MTS on its climate leadership through continued commitment to delivering emission-free solutions to San Diego and the surrounding community.”Paul Jablonksi, Chief Executive Officer, MTS said:“We’re pleased to introduce New Flyer’s zero-emission technology to the San Diego region and to compare its performance, capabilities, and charging infrastructure with our existing low-emissions fleet,”. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 31, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Siemens acquires electrical systems and wire harness software specialist COMSA

first_imgSource: Siemens Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Siemens has acquired Munich-based COMSA Computer und Software, the maker of LDorado, an automotive harness design and engineering software suite that’s quite popular in Germany.The COMSA team will join the Mentor business, part of the Siemens PLM Software business unit.As anyone who’s ever tried to track down an elusive electrical problem knows, the wiring harness is an extremely complex (and expensive) component of a modern automobile.According to Cowen Research, “The wiring harness today is the third highest-cost component in a car (behind the engine and chassis). Harnesses are built one at a time and can comprise about 50 percent of the cost of labor for the entire car. The wiring harness is also the third-heaviest component (behind the chassis and engine). Any technology that reduces this weight directly contributes to fuel economy.”Bishop and Associates estimates that the worldwide cable assembly market generated revenue of $155 billion in 2017, some 30% of that from the automotive industry.COMSA’s technology will add key harness engineering and design data analytics capabilities to the Siemens product range. Through this acquisition, Siemens hopes to address disruption in the automotive harness industry caused by megatrends such as autonomous driving and EVs.last_img read more

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BYD Sold Record 37000 Electric Cars In December 2018

first_imgComparison of BEV and PHEV sales: Boat Full Of Electric BYD Buses Arrives In Chile BYD Plans To Launch Battery Business IPO By 2022 BYD plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2018The total, sales of BYD cars in China increased this year to 227,152 (up 109% year-over-year), and far exceeded the goal of 200,000.It’s not enough to stay the best-selling plug-in car manufacturer in the world (Tesla delivered around 245,240 all-electric cars), even if we would assume a minor number of BYD sales outside China.However, BYD said that the total plug-in electric vehicle sales amounted 247,811 (more than Tesa), when taking into consideration 20,659 commercial vehicle (buses, trucks). We are however sceptical of such a comparison.December 2018 brings big numbers for particular models – BYD offers six plug-in models and two of those models are available in both BEV and PHEV versions.Four cars noted all-time records, with e5 and Yuan BEVs exceeding 8,000 in a single month! The plug-in hybrid Tang is approaching  7,000.BYD sales breakdown:Qin PHEV – 4,654 (new record)and 47,425 YTDe5 – 8,234 (3rd straight new record) and 46,213 YTDSong PHEV – 4,544 and 39,318 YTDTang PHEV – 6,807 (4th straight new record) and 37,146 YTDYuan BEV – 8,021 (7th straight new record) and 35,699 YTDQin BEV – 1,345 and 10,527 YTDe6 – 2,096 and 6,508 YTDSong BEV – 1,309 and 4,316 YTD China Expected To Slash EV Subsidies By 30% Next Yearcenter_img BYD shows real potential. Will it sell 500,000 plug-in cars in 2019?BYD did its best in December showing stunning sales performance. The Chinese company sold 37,010 passenger plug-in electric cars, which surprises even those who expected an unprecedented month! It’s 133% more than a year ago and the 7th straight record! December’s result was also 8,271 higher thathe n previous record in November.Plug-in car sales stands for 81% of overall car sales for the brand. If only BYD would be able to keep suca h rate for 12 months, annual sales would be close to 450,000.See Also Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 14, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Road Test 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell

first_imgSource: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicles The Only Hydrogen Fuel Cell SUVWhile automakers focus a lot ofattention on battery electric vehicles as their future products, hydrogenfuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology has been with us for a while, too. There currently are three options in theU.S. market, but the all-new Hyundai Nexo is the only one that’s an SUV.Something new on the fuel cell frontHyundai has offered an FCEV for several years based on its compact Tucson crossover, but you’ve likely never seen it. The Nexo is its successor, on a dedicated platform, and has improved on the Tucson in every way. It’s great looking, too, inside and out. Upgrades All OverThe 2019 Hyundai Nexo stretches 10.3 inches longer than the Tucson, on a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase. It spreads an inch wider but sits an inch lower. That, along with numerous wind-cheating design features, gives it an impressive 0.32 coefficiency of drag (cd). The Nexo bumps up the fuel cell’s electric motorThe new 161-horsepower/120-kilowatt(kW) motor replaces the 100 kW one in the Tucson, for 25 percent higher peakacceleration and a 0-60 time of just 9.5 seconds vs. the Tucson’s 12.5. The motor’s291 pounds-feet of torque is 70 more than the Tucson. The new lithium-ion 40-kilowatt-hour(kWh) battery is way ahead of the Tucson’s 24 kWh, giving the standard modelNexo a range of 380 miles–a 115-mile boost. The entire powertrain is lighterand more efficient. The EPA numbers are 65 city/58 highway/61combined for miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe). I averaged 57.7 MPGe during mytest week. The Science Behind the CarThe science of hydrogen fuel-cellvehicles is simple to explain, but very complicated to do. Here, we’ll acceptthat H1—half of the H2 in H2O (water) iscombined with O (oxygen) to form only water as a byproduct. By passing thecompressed hydrogen fuel through the 95-kW fuel cell’s membrane, the fuel cell generateselectricity to charge the battery that powers the Nexo’s motor. Hydrogen isn’t found as H1in nature—it likes to combine with things—so it needs to be split off to createa transportation fuel. That takes energy, so how the fuel is made (andtransported) contributes in varying degrees to carbon dioxide production. Refueling is easy–if you can find an open stationThe other complexity is that the existinghydrogen fuel distribution network is tiny. The current FCEV fleet is small andmostly confined to California (which has programs to support it), so if youlive in a major urban area, fuel is available—but not elsewhere. [ed. note: Therefueling situation was complicated further when soon after Steve tested hisNexo, a facility that was the chief hydrogen supplier for the region experiencedan explosion that resulted in most of the stations running out of hydrogen.) There currently are 11 hydrogen stationsin the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live (and 40 in the state). I went down tothe closest one and found a line of four Honda Claritys and Toyota Mirais aheadof me. I was happy to see the cars’ popularity, but this could become a problemif more people take on ownership of one of these high-tech rides and therearen’t enough stations built to fill them. Beyond the FuelThe 2019 Hyundai Nexo absolutely hits the mark in styling. It looks like a nice crossover, while the Honda and Toyota models are both oddly rendered sedans. My test car, in handsome Dusk Blue hue, was the Blue trim level. It comes with loads of safety and convenience features, while the Limited model above it grows the wheels from 17s to 19s and adds a sunroof, power liftgate and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA). RSPA lets you park in either a parallel or perpendicular parking space without being inside the car!Eco beyond the tankDr. Woong-chul Yang, Hyundai’s ViceChairman, called the new Nexo an “earth-saving effort.” Besides the cleanerpowertrain, it uses various ecological materials, including soybean-oil-basedpolyurethane paint, bamboo-thread-based bio fabric, and bio-plastic andbio-carpet extracted from sugar cane. These materials are employed in 47different parts, reducing CO2 by 26 pounds during manufacturing.My test Nexo provided a splendiddriving experience, with an attractive light-gray interior. Its dramaticcenter-console bridge reminded me of Volvo interior design. The 12.3-inchcenter screen is well laid out, and as in other new Hyundais, everything iseasy to find and use. Both trim levels are filled with premium features, so are premium-priced as well. My Blue tester started at $58,300 plus shipping. The Limited starts at $61,800. Currently, for a limited time, you can choose 1.9 percent APR financing for up to 60 months with $7,500 off or a $399/month lease for 36 months with $2,999 down. Either way, of course, you have to live in California.A step up–and the only fuel cell SUV (for now)So, how adventurous are you? Whileplug-in electric vehicles are great, they can have issues with charging andrange. Hydrogen fuel-cell electric cars let you pull into a station (as long asyou can find one) and fill up in five minutes (as long as there’s not a bigline). However, you can’t go far out of California with one, which is another formof range anxiety. Regardless, Hyundai’s new Nexo FCEV is a huge step forward.Makesure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to benotified of all new stories and vehicle reviews.RelatedStories You Might Enjoy—Fuel Cell contendersRoad Test: 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell CUV (Gary’s view)Road Test: 2017 Hyundai Tucson Hydrogen Fuel CellFirst Drive: 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell ElectricRoad Test: 2019 Toyota Mirai Fuel CellNews: Toyota Mirai Sales MarkFlash Drive: 2017 Toyota Mirai FCEVNews: Mercedes GLC F-Cell ComingIn order to give you the best perspective onthe many vehicles available, Clean Fleet Report has a variety of contributors. When possible,we will offer you multiple perspectives on a given vehicle. This comes underSRO-Second Road Test Opinion. We hope you’ll enjoy these diverse views–some arejust below—and let us know what you think in comments below or at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.Disclosure:Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehiclesfrom automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests arebased on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t addressissues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition,we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles ortechnology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation,lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations ofvehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy intheir class, which leads us to emphasize electric cars, plug-in hybrids,hybrids and diesels. We also feature those efficient gas-powered vehicles thatare among the top mpg vehicles in their class. In addition, we aim to offerreviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehiclemarket. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated toproviding a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.last_img read more

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Emphasis Patrols Planned for 420Leavenworth Brush Burning Continues WednesdayNew Financial Investment Opportunity

first_imgChelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan County Sheriff’s Departments will have extra patrols this Saturday, April 20th, looking for drunk and other impaired drivers. Chelan County Sheriff’s Chief of Operations Jason Reinfeld says multiple law enforcement agencies statewide anticipate more marijuana usage that day.  April 20th (4/20) is considered a day of celebration of cannabis culture.Reinfeld said in a press release, the extra patrols will increase the likelihood that someone driving impaired will be arrested and prosecuted, but the main goal is to prevent people from driving impaired in the first place.Washington Traffic Safety Commission grants are helping local agencies put about 175 extra officers on patrol for the campaign.The warmer weather brings increased travel for vacations, parties, and other gatherings with family and friends.  These gatherings often involve alcohol and/or other drugs.  As a result, the season also brings an increased number of drivers who are impaired by alcohol and other drugs on our road.Whether you smoke, eat, vape or dab marijuana this may lead you to becoming impaired and therefore not able to operate a motor vehicle safely.  A person may experience more impairment when they mix marijuana with any other drug including alcohol.last_img read more

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College Debt

first_imgby, Virgil Thomas, ChangingAging.orgTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesOne of my college professors told me I was working for a “million dollar degree.” The idea being that college graduates make on average $1 million more in their lifetime than non-college graduates.Obviously high school dropouts like Bill Gates throw the curve a little but the idea makes sense. In my Grandfather’s day a high school diploma was overkill. Most people didn’t need one because they could get a job at the local plant, work hard, and have a good life, without ever needing higher education. Circumstances have not been so kind to my generation. Increasingly, a better job requires more education, and more education means more debt.Students are afflicted by the trifecta: rising tuition, falling state and local funding, and stagnant or falling house hold incomes mean students are adopting more and more debt. While this is not yet a “crisis” according to Charles Blow at The New York Times, “The student debt crisis may become a dangerous ‘new normal’” :Many can’t find jobs that pay well enough to quickly pay off the debt. This has long-term implications for our society and our economy, as that debt begins to affect when and if young people start families or enter the housing market.In fact, student debt is rivaled only by mortgage debt and is set to break a trillion dollars in a few years. The broader implications of this situation are varied but I will leave you with this thought. Retirement has a price tag, one that you save up for your entire life. What is going to happen when my generation gets there after paying the equivalent of two mortgages?Related PostsWhat Cost for a Future?The Millennial generation is coming of age as the most stressed generation. Little wonder considering college graduates are entering a contracting economy crushing debt.Applying to CollegeI read an interesting piece in the New York Times that looks at application inflation in today’s collegate world. It seems that on top of all the anxiety of raising tuition rates, SAT prep and writing the perfect admissions essay, prospective students also need to worry about an escalating arms…Running Out of Money Running Out of TimeDebt is an intergenerational issue. We live in a time when the easy availability of credit allows us to enjoy an enhanced standard of living even as it undermines personal and social economic security. There is a new kind indentured servitude taking root in our culture and its bonds are…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: college debtlast_img read more

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Judge blocks Kentucky Medicaid work requirement

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Jun 29 2018A federal judge on Friday struck down a Trump administration decision allowing states to force low-income adults to work to qualify for Medicaid.The 60-page ruling, which is likely to be appealed, was hailed by advocates for the poor. But it could limit the number of states expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.“At minimum, the Secretary failed to ‘adequately analyze’ coverage,” wrote Judge James Boasberg. “There are two basic elements to that problem: First, whether the project would cause recipients to lose coverage. Second, whether the project would help promote coverage. The Secretary, however, neglected both.”Boasberg also noted that “the Secretary never provided a bottom-line estimate of how many people would lose Medicaid with Kentucky HEALTH in place. This oversight is glaring, especially given that the risk of lost coverage was “factually substantiated in the record.”The case has been closely watched because work has never been a condition for receiving health coverage through Medicaid.The ruling by the U.S. District Court immediately blocks Kentucky from moving ahead with implementing its work requirement, which was scheduled to begin its rollout Sunday.“Even a temporary implementation of Kentucky HEALTH could cause serious harm,” Boasberg wrote in his decision.Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, had threatened to scale back the health program if the courts rejected the mandate, a move that could leave hundreds of thousands of low-income adults without coverage.Kentucky was the first of four states that won federal approval this year to advance a work requirement, a historic change in the federal-state program’s 53-year history. The others are Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire. It’s unclear if this federal court ruling invalidates the other states’ work requirement plans.Seven more states have applications pending with the federal government: Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.Kentucky’s program would have required nondisabled adults each month to participate in 80 hours of work, job training, education or other volunteer service to remain covered. Those failing to meet the requirement can regain coverage the month after they complete 80 hours of community engagement in a 30-day period or by taking a state-approved health literacy or financial literacy course.Those exempted include pregnant women, full-time students, primary caregivers of a dependent and beneficiaries who are considered medically frail or have an acute medical condition that would prevent them from complying.State officials estimate about 200,000 adults would have to comply with the new work requirements by year’s end.Critics say the work requirement would lead many low-income people to lose their health coverage, and with it their access to care. They note Kentucky’s own projections show that 95,000 Medicaid enrollees would fall from the rolls within five years. They fear such a directive could have a chilling effect on people signing up for Medicaid or make it harder for people to qualify.About 500,000 adults were added to Medicaid in Kentucky after the state in 2014 expanded coverage to everyone with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,700 for a single adult.Adding a work requirement has been seen in some states as a way to give political cover to Republicans, who after initially resisting the expansion decided to pursue it.Related StoriesInternational Menstrual hygiene day observed on 28th May 2019Gender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsHuman contact plays major role in the spread of some hospital-acquired infectionsThe Republican-controlled Virginia legislature in May approved expanding Medicaid contingent on such a policy. Trump administration officials said the work requirement gives low-income adults an incentive to enter the workforce. Proponents argue that working or doing community service would improve enrollees’ health.States that are implementing the policy have exempted large swaths of people, such as those who are pregnant, going to school, getting treatment for opioid addiction, taking care of a sick relative or suffering from a medical condition that prevents them from working.Critics argue that people need Medicaid to get healthy so they can work. The work requirement, they add, was unnecessary because the large majority of Medicaid enrollees already work or go to school or care for a relative.A Kaiser Family Foundation report estimated just 6 percent of adult Medicaid enrollees would be affected because they either already work or meet one of many exemptions. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)But the idea has strong public backing. About 70 percent of Americans said they support states imposing a work requirement on nondisabled adults, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll last year.Advocacy groups filed the lawsuit against the federal government and Bevin on behalf of 16 Kentucky Medicaid recipients. They claim the work requirement violates the 1965 law establishing Medicaid because it would reduce low-income people’s access to health care.The decision also overturned the entire Kentucky Medicaid waiver approved by the Trump administration in January, saying that “preserving the status quo — including plaintiffs’ continuity of coverage — is appropriate.”Under Kentucky’s plan, premiums would range from $1 a month for people with little or no income and up to $37.50 a month.Those above the poverty line who fail to pay would be locked out of coverage for six months and must pay past-due premiums to regain coverage.Those below the poverty line who don’t pay would have their reward accounts for receiving vision and dental benefits docked.Gov. Bevin filed a countersuit against those same 16 Medicaid recipients in a federal court in Frankfort, Ky., to uphold the work requirements and other provisions.The Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Association of Health Plans filed briefs supporting Bevin in Frankfort while dozens of scholars representing some of the nation’s most prestigious schools of public health are backing the Medicaid recipients in the Washington case.A decision is pending in the Frankfort lawsuit. Phil Galewitz: pgalewitz@kff.org, @philgalewitzlast_img read more

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Research investigates why medical errors occur in emergency department

first_img Source:https://www.wisc.edu/ Jul 27 2018Medical errors are estimated to cause 250,000 deaths per year in the US. Previously, research on admitted patients suggested that errors are due to the way doctors process the data they have about patients – in other words, doctors have the right information, but might not act on it in the best way.The emergency department is a very different clinical environment from the inpatient wards, with frequent interruptions and often incomplete or unreliable information. Despite this, a new study published in De Gruyter’s Journal Diagnosis shows that doctors in an emergency department with trainees make similar types of errors to those made in admitted patients – more information processing errors are made than errors of inadequate knowledge or inadequate information.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchResearchers looked at patients who came back to emergency departments a second time within 72 hours and were admitted to the hospital on their second visit – an indicator that care could have been improved during the first visit. A trained team of physicians looked at each case to determine whether the team during the patient’s first visit might have made a mistake, and if one was found, determined the type of mistake that was made.The most frequently identified type of error (45% of cases) was problems with information processing, followed by problems with verifying information that was gathered (31%). Inadequate knowledge problems (6%) and inadequate information gathering (18%) occurred relatively infrequently. Misjudging how significant a finding was and prematurely deciding on an incorrect diagnosis were the individual errors that occurred most frequently (13% each).The study also found that patients with abdominal complaints may be particularly vulnerable to these errors.Study author Benjamin Schnapp of the University of Wisconsin said, “It’s critical that we understand how and why these errors happen so that we can start to work to prevent them, and this is one small step towards that.”last_img read more

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Tübingen University Hospital introduces its new Elekta Unity cancer treatment system

first_imgElekta Unity open house at Tübingen “Elekta Unity ushers in a new level of personalized patient care in radiation therapy,” said Richard Hausmann, Elekta’s President and CEO. “We are pleased to celebrate with Tübingen University Hospital as they prepare to bring our shared vision of transformative cancer therapy to their patients. Elekta is committed to improving, prolonging and saving lives and to supporting our customers as they work with patients every day to achieve these critical goals.”“Elekta Unity will give our clinicians the ability to see crystal-clear, high-field MR images while the radiation is being delivered. Tumors and surrounding tissues can be located and their movement monitored with accuracy at the time of treatment. This allows treatment plans to be adapted while the patient is on the table in response to changes in tumor position, shape, biology and the relationship to sensitive organs over time,” says Daniel Zips, MD, Chair, Professor Radiation Oncology at Tübingen University Hospital. “We expect that this enhanced real-time visualization of cancer targets will allow us to avoid healthy tissue as much as possible during the delivery of therapeutic radiation, leading to improved outcomes for cancer patients and positioning Unity as a truly unique way to treat cancer.”  Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThe hospital imaged the first patients with the 1.5 T MR imaging system and calculated the first MR-based treatment plans on June 19 when the Unity CE mark was issued. Tübingen University Hospital expects to use Elekta Unity to treat a wide range of cancers and potentially enable new therapeutic options for hard-to-treat cancers with anatomies that require high-field imaging to effectively distinguish the tumor from nearby healthy tissues and organs-at-risk. This allows anatomical structures that previously were deemed unsuitable for radiotherapy to be considered for treatment and gives the care team greater flexibility in their approach to radiation therapy. It also ensures each patient receives optimal care based on individual tumor characteristics every time treatment happens.“It was exciting to showcase Elekta Unity during the open house,” added Dr. Dr. Daniela Thorwarth, Chair Research Section Biomedical Physics at Tübingen University Hospital. “We are especially proud to serve this community, and beyond, with the newest, advanced technology that will potentially transform how we treat individuals with cancer.”Elekta Unity has CE mark but is not available for commercial distribution or sale in the U.S. Jul 27 2018Elekta Unity combines advanced diagnostic standard MR imaging and precision radiotherapy technologies, giving doctors the “vision” to zero in on tumors and avoid healthy tissuesOn July 25, the radiation oncology department at Tübingen University Hospital introduced its new Elekta Unity MR-linac, a groundbreaking cancer treatment system that integrates two critical but distinct technologies in a single platform: a state-of-the-art, high field wide bore 1.5 Tesla MR imaging system and a next-generation linear accelerator. This new technology enables clinicians to confidently see and track the target during treatment and respond accordingly, personalizing therapy for each patient every time they are treated.center_img Source:https://www.elekta.comlast_img read more

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Lab incidents lead to safety crackdown at CDC

Email 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has closed two labs and halted some biological shipments in the wake of several recent incidents in which highly pathogenic microbes were mishandled by federal laboratories. The cases include an accidental shipment of live anthrax; the discovery of forgotten, live smallpox samples; and a newly revealed incident in which a dangerous influenza strain was accidentally shipped from CDC to another lab.The two cases involving CDC mistakes reveal “totally unacceptable behavior” by staff, said CDC chief Thomas Frieden at a press conference today at CDC headquarters in Atlanta. He announced several actions that CDC is taking to step up safety and security, including a moratorium on shipping highly risky pathogens. “I’m disappointed by what happened and frankly I’m angry about it,” he added.Frieden also revealed that two of six vials of smallpox discovered last week in a cold storage room in a Food and Drug Administration lab at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, have tested positive for live virus when grown in culture. Some smallpox experts had predicted that the 1950s-era samples would no longer be viable. Four samples have yet to be tested; all will then be destroyed, Frieden said. 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 (*) CDC’s actions follow an incident last month in which up to 75 CDC workers were potentially exposed to anthrax when samples thought to be dead proved to be live. A CDC internal report released today describes how scientists failed to follow proper procedures to ensure samples were inactivated before they left the lab. The investigation also found “multiple other problems” with operating procedures in the anthrax lab, Frieden said. The report also describes a second incident that occurred 6 weeks ago but came to Frieden’s attention “less than 48 hours ago,” he said. In mid-March, a CDC influenza laboratory sent a shipment of a low-pathogenic strain of H9N2 avian influenza to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) poultry lab. Tests there revealed it was contaminated with the highly virulent H5N1 avian influenza strain, which can infect and sicken humans. Although USDA notified the CDC lab on 23 May, senior leadership at CDC was not informed until 7 July, Frieden said. His concerns are that the lab’s “superb laboratory” could make such a mistake and that higher-ups weren’t notified sooner. “That kind of delay is very troubling,” he said.Meanwhile, FDA and NIH are “scouring” their labs to make sure they have no more forgotten smallpox samples, Frieden said.In response to the incidents, which so far have resulted in no known exposures to workers or the public, CDC has temporarily closed both the anthrax lab and the influenza lab that shipped the H5N1 samples. The agency is also the halting all shipments of pathogens from its highest security laboratories (known as biosafety level 3 and biosafety level 4) until safety procedures have been improved.Frieden has appointed Michael Bell, a CDC deputy director, to oversee all lab safety at CDC and asked him to report on ways to improve procedures in consultation with an internal working group and outside advisers. In addition, personnel who violated protocols or reporting rules will be disciplined, Frieden said.The lapses at the world-renowned infectious disease research agency are sure to raise questions about safety at other labs studying highly pathogenic agents, including university labs that are modifying influenza strains to make them more virulent. Frieden said that “whatever you think about” such so-called gain-of-function studies, “I think it’s clearly the case that these incidents indicate that we need to really ensure that whatever work is done needs to be done safely and securely.”*Update, 13 July, 10:26 a.m.: The item was updated to clarify that H5N1 is an avian virus and to correct a typographic error. read more

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UK budget includes new money for innovation

first_img£20 million for analysis of health data £60 million for a new “Energy Research Accelerator” £40 million for R&D on the Internet of Things One of the old traditions when the annual government budget is released in the United Kingdom is for the chancellor of the exchequer to carry his speech to the House of Commons in a red briefcase. This year’s budget, announced yesterday, contained few surprises for researchers—the core science budget is planned over 5 years—but did yield more than £240 million of additional funding and some details about previously announced commitments.“It is great to see the chancellor putting additional money into innovation and recognizing the value of science,” says Naomi Weir, acting director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), an advocacy group in the United Kingdom, which remains concerned about the effects of inflation on the flat budget for core funding. The new money will be spent mostly on technology-related research, according to a statement from CaSE. Specifically:£100 million for R&D on driverless car technologycenter_img £11 million for technology incubators in Manchester, Leeds, and SheffieldThe 2015 budget also spells out how £538 million of previously announced funds will be spent. Of this, $400 million is intended for competitive awards for scientific infrastructure in 2020 and 2021. The remaining £138 million goes to research hubs on infrastructure and cities. £12 million for a new Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Sustainability Metricslast_img read more

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Podcast Frozen human eggs empathetic rats and a shady way to lose

first_imgWhat’s the best age for women to freeze their eggs? Do rats feel empathy? And can a dark room help you lose weight? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Susanne Bard. Plus, Richard Stone discusses science in Cuba.last_img

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Border clampdown could disrupt web of collaborations

first_img 0 1 10 100 1000 10,000 100,000 Turkmenistan Yemen Migratory 6675 Homes away from homeWhere do researchers from the seven banned nations go? For most of the countries, the United States and United Kingdom are top draws. (Graphics)G. Grullón/Science; (Data)Elsevier’s SciVal and Scopus database Out of Iran Went to U.S. Somalia Israel Iran Bahamas Bahamas Syria Syria Made with the USATwo scientific powerhouses—China and the United Kingdom—co-authored the largest numbers of publications with the United States, but Iran ranks highly, considering how heavily the country has been sanctioned in recent years. Weighting citations by field revealed that Iran-U.S. collaborations in medicine and computer science had the highest impact, on average. Sudan’s high citation count is due largely to papers on humanitarian crises in Darfur and South Sudan. Libya Bahrain 1516 Other Canada Based mainlyelsewhere 500,000 3888 U.S.KenyaEgypt 500 EU countries Iran-affiliated active researchers who migrated Turkey U.K. Sam AntonioPhotography/iStockphoto UgandaSouth Africa(Graphics)G. Grullón/Science; (Data)ORCID 5000 1000 0 1 10 100 1000 10,000 100,000 From U.S. 6886 4061 2545 Went elsewhere Asia 429 Sudan Syria Transits to Iran 6790 50,000 Citations 10,000 Into Iran 2614 FranceIndiaCanada 2902center_img 5000 Ireland Data median To U.S. 5000 Iran Malta Germany 50 Middle Eastern countries 5 million 2185 0 Travel ban target countries 5278 10 From elsewhere U.K. 5 1 Africa North America President Donald Trump’s executive order banning U.S. entry of citizens from seven nations is on hold, but perhaps not for long. The travel ban, meant to last for 90 days as visa vetting procedures were overhauled, roiled students and researchers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. A court last month overturned it, but Trump has vowed to issue a streamlined order.Just how many scientists from each country might be hit? Iran, with its large academic community, seemed likely to top the list, an impression borne out by new analyses of publications and mobility data from Elsevier’s SciVal and Scopus databases (below) and Science’s own analysis of data from ORCID, a nonprofit with rich data about scientists’ professional affiliations (below). Iran’s collaborations with U.S. scientists are nearly on par with Ireland’s and “are quite diverse,” notes Elsevier’s Martin Edling Andersson in Amsterdam, who helped compile the data. Transits out of Iran U.K.MalaysiaOther China 5 million To elsewhere Cuba Maldives Martinique By Jia You, John Bohannon, Richard StoneMar. 2, 2017 , 2:00 PM Based mainly in U.S. A potent Persian diasporaSince 1996, scholars who list Iranian affiliations on publications have flocked to the United States and other countries. For this analysis, overseas stints are classified as “transitory”—shorter than 2 years—or as longer, “migratory” stays. Iraq 5 million South Africa EU 1608 Transitory 13,676 (Graphics)G. Grullón/Science; (Data)Elsevier’s Scopus database 100,000 Border clampdown could disrupt web of collaborations Somalia Yemen Libya Sudan Iraq Iran Japan 20,351 of 59,870(1996–Present) 100last_img read more

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Highpressure spray delivers vaccines directly into cheek

first_img High-pressure spray delivers vaccines directly into cheek Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Kiana Aran Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country In proof-of-concept experiments with pig tissue and live rabbits, Aran and her colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated that seven times more ovalbumin penetrated the cheek—known as the buccal tissue—when delivered by the capsule than when it was simply deposited on the cheek with a dropper. The result was an antibody response to the ovalbumin that was three times higher, the team reports today in Science Translational Medicine. The spray elicited antibodies specific to the mucosal immune system. The researchers contend that this vaccine strategy has “tremendous potential” in mass vaccination campaigns as it’s so much simpler to deliver than injections.Jiri Mestecky, a mucosal immunologist based at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, says the MucoJet “looks attractive.” But Mestecky, who’s a leading proponent of mucosal vaccines, isn’t sure it will work for vaccinating people. The buccal tissue in rabbits and humans may differ substantially, he says, noting that people have fewer immune cells there that can be trained by a vaccine. “Buccal immunization has not been very effective in human studies,” he says.What’s more, unlike injections, each person may absorb a buccal spray differently, which makes it difficult to deliver a uniform dose of a vaccine. He also points out that ovalbumin is soluble and may travel through the mucosa far more easily than the particulate proteins most vaccines contain.Aran says her team can compensate for differences in protein solubility by adjusting the solvent, nozzle diameter, and spray pressure. As for the animal model, the researchers hope to now conduct experiments in monkeys or other species that more closely resemble humans.A final consideration is the practical matter of aiming the spray. For the rabbit experiment, the researchers had to hold the MucoJet with the spray nozzle facing the animals’ inner cheeks, a step that would be cumbersome when vaccinating people. “For a human I’d envision this as a lollipop that you hold against the tissue,” Aran says. That would give new meaning to a spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down.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 Collapsing the MucoJet device triggers a chemical reaction that leads it to spray vaccine into the cheek. As good chefs stress, presentation matters. The same holds true for vaccinemakers, who know that how you deliver the ingredients powerfully affects potency. Now, researchers have devised a gel pill that can painlessly spray vaccine into the cheek and reach cells in the underlying tissue, potentially triggering what’s known as a mucosal immune response. This, in turn, might help thwart infections with pathogens like HIV, human papillomavirus, influenza, and gonococci that enter the body through the mouth, nose, or genitals.Unlike injected vaccines, administering this “microjet vaccination” requires no particular skill. The researchers also contend that the capsule-shaped device, which they call MucoJet, triggers unique immune responses that neither oral nor injected vaccines can produce. “We can actually reach immune cells in the oral cavity,” says team member Kiana Aran, a bioengineer at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California.The MucoJet capsule holds about five drops of water in an outer compartment. An interior compartment has two reservoirs separated by a membrane. One contains the vaccine—for their tests, the researchers used a liquid version of ovalbumin, a constituent of egg whites. The other contains powdered citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. When a person clicks the exterior and interior compartments together before putting the MucoJet in the mouth, water penetrates the reservoir holding the citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, creating carbon dioxide—a familiar high school chemistry experiment. One minute later, the bubbly gas buildup busts the membrane and propels a piston into the chamber that holds the protein, which then sprays out a nozzle at one end of the capsule. (FluMist, an influenza vaccine delivered by a squirt into the nose, does not rely on the force of the spray to penetrate tissue.) By Jon CohenMar. 8, 2017 , 2:00 PMlast_img read more

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Few US animal inspections are being posted

first_img By Meredith WadmanMar. 31, 2017 , 1:30 PM Animal labs like this Wisconsin center are subject to periodic, unannounced U.S. government inspections. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The Donald Trump administration appears to have reversed its decision to remove from public sight the results of past government inspections of animal research facilities. But getting hold of new inspection reports is proving to be another matter. An animal welfare researcher has found that only four reports have been posted during the first quarter of 2017. During the first quarter of 2016, 406 inspections of research facilities were conducted; animal activists say those reports were generally posted in a timely manner.The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for inspecting animal research facilities and other animal enterprises to ensure their compliance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Its website declares that it “make[s] inspection reports [publicly] available 28 days after the inspection is finalized.”  Typically, the agency has posted reports on scores of research facilities on a frequent, rolling basis: It needs to do so to keep current with regular inspections of some 1000 research labs that are under its oversight.However, an interested citizen looking for new reports from 2017 would find four in the public database maintained by APHIS: Conducted on 10, 12, and 17 January, the reports cover inspections of animal facilities at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and at three small colleges in California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. No new reports have been posted since President Trump’s 20 January inauguration. The data on new inspections were provided to ScienceInsider by Eric Kleiman, a researcher with the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C. He reviewed the more than 7000 pages of inspection reports for research facilities in 49 states and the District of Columbia that are currently available  in the APHIS database. (Data for Oklahoma are missing; they are still being reviewed, according to USDA.)Asked whether the lack of new reports indicates that the agency has stopped inspecting research labs, or has simply stopped posting the reports for the public, USDA/APHIS spokesperson Tanya Espinosa wrote in an email: “APHIS inspections are still occurring. And they are still available 28 days after they are finalized—they can be requested via [Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)] request.” This reporter was also told to use FOIA to learn how many inspections have been conducted in the calendar year 2017. (In 2016, the average time for APHIS to respond to a simple FOIA request was 94 days; complex requests took an average of 234 days.)The agency removed all public records of AWA enforcement from its database on 3 February, saying that citizens could request them using the FOIA process. This new policy generated an outcry from animal research defenders as well as animal rights activists. In response, the agency began reposting the data piecemeal.  For instance, since 3 March the agency has reposted inspection reports for 2014–16 for the vast majority of research facilities that it regulates. Asked today whether and when the agency will begin posting new inspection reports in its public database, Espinosa wrote: “The agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting.”Kleiman believes that the “vast majority” of past inspection reports have been restored, based on his analysis of the currently listed research facilities, compared with a list of registered research facilities that he downloaded from the agency website last fall, before the data were scrubbed. But that does not satisfy him. “Why post the inspections online at all if they are going to remain static, like dinosaurs in the tar pits?” he asks. “This is misleading, pure and simple.” Kleiman also takes issues with USDA’s explanation in February that it was scrubbing data from the website in part “based on our commitment to being transparent.” The new policy, he says, is “the opposite of ’transparent.’” The lack of timely posting of new reports also concerns defenders of the use of animals in research. “The USDA should ensure it puts up as much information as possible for the public,” says Tom Holder, the director of Speaking of Research, an international group that argues for the importance of animals in medical research and testing. “Because if it’s too difficult to get at, people start to suspect that something is being hidden from them.”Also today, a group of animal welfare organizations took another step in its lawsuit demanding that USDA restore to full public access the two user-friendly databases that formerly cataloged all of the agency’s AWA documents, from annual reports of registered facilities to inspection reports and enforcement actions. The Animal Legal Defense Fund in San Francisco, California, and three other groups asked Judge William H. Orrick of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California to issue a preliminary injunction requiring USDA to immediately return all the records to public view. A hearing on the motion is set for 10 May.*Update, 30 March, 11:07 a.m.: This article has been modified to reflect that 406 inspections of animal research facilities were conducted by APHIS in the first quarter of 2016. It cannot be verified that all the reports were posted within 28 days of their being finalized.*Update, 31 March, 12:57 p.m.: Today USDA told ScienceInsider that officers of its Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service have inspected about 300 animal research facilities between 1 January and 30 March.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 Few U.S. animal inspections are being posted Email © Kevin J. 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In just 12 days the world gets half of its annual rainfall

first_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 also used 36 different climate models to assess how rainfall trends might change in the future. In particular, they looked at estimates for daily rainfall for the years 2085 through 2100 for a scenario in which the atmospheric concentration of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) rises to 936 parts per million (ppm) in the year 2100. (Today, CO2 levels are about 408 ppm.) In that warmer world, the air can hold more water vapor, and thus extreme rainfall will become even more extreme. In the last 16 years of this century, any particular locale can expect half a year’s rainfall to occur in just 11 days. Get those umbrellas while you can. In just 12 days, the world gets half of its annual rainfall Some days are dry, and others are wet. And some are really wet. A new study reveals that any particular place on the globe gets half its annual rainfall—on average—in just 12 days.For their analysis, the researchers looked at daily rainfall data gathered at 185 sites worldwide from 1999 through 2014. That 16-year period was long enough to capture year-to-year variations in rainfall caused by El Niño and other short-term climate cycles. They also focused on weather stations located within 50° of the equator, which allowed them to use satellite data both to validate their data and to extrapolate their findings to broader regions.On average, the wettest day at each site received a full month’s worth of rain. Also, half of a site’s annual precipitation falls over the course of just 12 days, the researchers report this month in Geophysical Research Letters. Which specific days are the wettest varies from place to place and season to season, of course, but the pattern holds worldwide. By Sid PerkinsNov. 15, 2018 , 3:10 PM Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Chetan Vlad/ Pexels Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more

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