Source: Electric Vehicle News Ever wanted to know how we handle the plethora of EV sales? Why do other websites rely on our numbers?We’ve received an influx of emails, comments, and questions on social media pertaining to how InsideEVs handles electric car delivery reporting. Mostly, the questions are surrounding which automakers are estimated on a monthly basis, which are estimated quarterly or yearly, and how the estimates are gleaned. In the end, people want to know how accurate are IEV’s estimates? While we will never fully divulge the exact methods, we would love to provide some clarity to help everyone to better understand the situation. This is partly due to the fact that we have a plethora of new users that just don’t really understand the big picture. So, let’s break it all down for you.Related EV Sales Content: Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard Monthly Plug-In Report Card Archive Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 4, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News UPDATE #4: September 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card Though our new chart is much nicer and easier to read, and we’ve added the battery icons and asterisks to clarify data, we understand that there are still some loose ends. For instance, how does one know which automakers provide “official” numbers on a monthly or quarterly basis? That is to say – how do readers know which months are estimated versus reported by automakers? We wish we could color-code data or add a ton of disclaimers in every sales report, but that’s just not plausible. So, let’s take a close look.First off, our Plug-In Sales Scorecard is for U.S. Deliveries/Sales OnlyTesla does not break down monthly sales figures by country. So, they do not release delivery data for the U.S. at all. Instead, Tesla offers a global look at the end of each quarter. For this reason, our monthly Tesla delivery data is estimated. It’s impossible to be 100% accurate. We just want to have the best numbers possible.As a general rule, our monthly and quarterly estimates are within ~5% of actual. In recent months we have been within ~4% of actual on Model 3 sales for instance. At the end of each quarter, after Tesla releases final sales numbers and global data, we adjust our U.S. numbers as needed. We only make adjustments at the end of a quarter and after global registrations are in. We make a note of these adjustments in our monthly sales report.One primary source of data is VIN numbers and additional delivery information reported by Tesla buyers around the web, social media, and to InsideEVs directly. We also use global sales and registration data when available. We place less importance on rumored or “leaked” reports of weekly production, as they vary wildly, are often incorrect, and are not always representative of monthly deliveries. We do consider this information when it is from a source that we trust.GM stopped reporting monthly sales earlier this year. Now, much like Tesla, we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month. We also consider information from buyers that is posted online, or directly to InsideEVs. Fortunately, GM provides the numbers at the end of every quarter and we can reconcile if needed. Much like our Tesla numbers, we’ve found that our hard work is paying off and needed adjustments are very rare.BMW and Mercedes give us the total number of EVs sold each month. So, you can be confident to know that those numbers are also accurate. However, these automakers don’t break down the numbers sold for each model. The BMW i3 and i8, as well as the Mercedes B-Class, are reported. All other models are actually offered with other powertrains, and the automaker does not split out the specific EV sales. For instance, the BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 have multiple powertrain options, so BMW won’t give us the number of how many of the plug-in vehicles were delivered. Similar to GM we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month. We also consider information from buyers that is posted online, or directly to InsideEVs. We combine our estimates for monthly sales ratio between the models with official numbers released by BMW and Mercedes.Hyundai and Kia function in much the same way as BMW and Mercedes. The automakers don’t divulge any “splits” between electrified models and ICE models. The Hyundai Sonata, for instance, comes in a plug-in variant and the IONIQ comes with multiple powertrain options, but the automaker only reports total Sonata and IONIQ sales. Sadly, this is one place that our efforts cannot be validated, though we still believe that our estimates paint a pretty accurate picture. To be more clear, the Korean automakers – unlike BMW and Mercedes – don’t ever provide us with a total number of EV sales, so we’re on our own merits here. Similar to GM, we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month. We also consider information from buyers that is posted online, or directly to InsideEVs.Adding to this situation, Porsche, Audi, and Volvo don’t ever give any plug-in electric car numbers/splits. So, like the above, those are only ever estimated and not able to be reconciled. Again, since these automakers produce such a small number in the overall grand scheme of things, this doesn’t have a major impact on our overall data collection and final numbers, but it’s surely worth divulging.As we’ve clarified on numerous occasions, Honda reports total Clarity plug-in sales every month, so those are accurate. However, we have to provide you with an asterisk since the automaker doesn’t split out BEV, PHEV, and FCEV numbers. With that being said, much like our GM and Tesla numbers, Similar to GM we provide our best estimate of each month’s deliveries based on the movement of inventories throughout the month and information/registration data that is posted online or directly to InsideEVs. We combine our estimates for monthly sales ratio between the models with the combined BEV, PHEV and FCEV numbers.At this point, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota still provide monthly U.S. data for the general public.So, in summary, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, and Honda are always official, despite the Honda splits situation. Our GM data is accurate to the quarter and accurately estimated each month. Tesla data is accurately estimated each month, and adjusted as needed following the release of global sales and registration data. BMW and Mercedes are accurate on a monthly basis in terms of combined sales, and accurately estimated for the model breakdown. Hyundai/Kia/Porsche/Audi/Volvo is entirely estimated, although we’re very confident in our data collection and methodologies.In the grand scheme of this whole situation, we can tell you that our monthly plug-in electric vehicle sales scorecard is about as accurate as it can possibly be. We spend upwards of 80 hours every month to compile the most accurate plug-in data available on the web. With all of this said, we appreciate your continued support of IEVs and our undying efforts, regardless of the ever-changing situation.We honestly hope this helps everyone to better understand our situation and methods. Please feel free to submit questions in the comment section below and/or don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com. Thanks again for all of the awesome support!
Audi e-tron Battery TMS: How Does It Stack Up Against Tesla Model 3? Audi Aims For Max Production Of e-tron By End Of Year When asked about the future direction of Audi EVs, Dr. Widmann talked about improvements in battery chemistry. “We will increase energy storage without the size of the battery getting bigger,” he said. At the same time, Dr. Widmann said that Audi is also focused on battery safety, ensuring that the cooling fluid never interacts with the lithium-ion cells, even in a severe accident.Dr. Widmann acknowledged that Audi’s electric vehicles will be able to accommodate solid-state batteries, which he said should arrive by about 2025. Flexibility is the key. “The Audi E-Tron uses pouch cells, but the architecture also allows for prismatic cells,” he said. “The reason for this is to be technologically independent of worldwide suppliers because some prefer prismatic and others prefer a pouch design.”Dr. Widmann responded to questions about the overall green-ness of electric vehicles—not only while on the road but based on production. He said that Audi is planning to shift to using 100-percent renewables. “Through 2025, we will change all of our plants to use renewable energy,” he said. That includes the energy used by suppliers to product components. “We are speaking with our suppliers about their energy use, but it will take a little time before we have all the answers. This is a new thing.”We reported in May that Audi is working on a so-called premium platform electric architecture for the future. Nearly 600 engineers from Audi and 300 from Porsche are working on the project. It seeks to exploit all the advantages of a pure EV to make it scalable for a range of vehicles from sedans to SUVs. Both Audi and Porsche will produce vehicles based on the premium architecture.“Two big companies with a lot of experience developing cars are coming together,” he said. The goal of the new premium EV architecture is to improve charging times, introduce a new generation of connectivity, and to produce EVs at a faster pace. “All these things are designed so we can realize a lot of Audi vehicles, as well as some sporty versions for Porsche.” The first new models using the premium electric architecture are expected to arrive in less than three years. The company wants its EV production to be bigger, faster, and greener.Audi unveiled its new all-electric E-Tron crossover last month, claiming that its new crossover EV providing about 250 miles of driving range was a breakthrough for the company. “It’s game-changing today,” said Dr. Ulrich Widmann, chief operating officer for technical development, speaking with InsideEVs and a small group of reporters right before the unveiling. “But as you know, technology moves forward year by year. You are never at the end.” The first deliveries of the 2019 E-Tron are expected in Q2 2019.Read also Source: Electric Vehicle News See Lot Full Of Audi e-tron SUVs Outside Of Factory Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 23, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
At just $5,000, the Pickman is one of the cheapest electric utility vehicles on the market.But before you start planning to tow your RV with it, make sure you check the specs. This little guy’s 1,100 lb capacity and low top speed make it more of a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV). Even so, the Pickman is poised to fill an interesting niche in the US, and that could be the secret to its success. more…The post This $5,000 electric pickup truck is an impressive NEV in disguise appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 2, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Honda Unveils Adorable Urban EV-Like Electric Concept Honda E Prototype Revealed: Production-Bound Small, Sporty EV Source: Electric Vehicle News Honda e Prototype Video Roundup: Cute, Tiny, Probably Pricey The next model could be sporty two-seater Honda Sports EV Concept, which already attracted a lot of positive comments in 2017. With rear-wheel drive and decent power output, it could be fun to drive EV.“It can be any car. It can be a sporty car or a box-type car. Personally, I’d very much welcome a sporty car on that platform.”We’d welcome more electric Hondas. However, we’d like to see them come with range of 150 miles or more and to be sold here in the U.S.Source: Autocar More cute tiny EVs coming to us from Honda.The recently presented Honda e Prototype is just a preview of the production version of a small city electric car, scheduled for market launch by the end of 2019.It would be a waste to develop a new EV platform for A- and B-segment and to stop at a single model, so it’s only a matter of time before the Japanese manufacturer will introduce more small EVs. Honda e prototype project manager Kohei Hitomi confirmed that the platform could be used for a range of EVs.Honda news
Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Materialand Beam Technology IWS have developed a new battery cell production processthat coats electrodes with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. Thissimplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents. The Fraunhofer researchers,with colleagues from Samsung, describe their findings in a new paper, “Overcoming binderlimitations of sheet-type solid-state cathodes using a solvent-free dry-film approach,” publishedin Energy Storage Materials.Maxwell Technologies, now a subsidiary of Tesla, is also workingon adry electrode tech that eliminates the need for toxic solvents. Once Tesla andpartner Panasonic get Maxwell’s process up and running, it’s expected to saveloads of money, time and factory space.Reducing the costs of producing battery cells is a highlydesirable end in itslef, but the Fraunhofer engineers see the potential tochange the global energy storage market. For years, Asian companies havedominated the battery cell market. German (and US) automakers currently getmost of their cells from Korean and Japanese companies. As the proliferation ofEVs and stationary storage applications increases demand for cells, this isbecoming an increasingly intolerable situation. That’s why, last November, theGerman government announced that it would invest a billion euros to supportlocal battery cell production (as reported by Reutersvia Electrek).One reason the Asians dominate the cell market is a costadvantage – the current process for producing cells is very energy-intensive,and Germany has famously high electricity prices. A lower-cost productionmethod could change the equation.“Our dry transfer coating process aims to noticeably reducethe process costs in electrode coating,” said paper co-author Dr. BenjaminSchumm. “Manufacturers can eliminate toxic and expensive solvents and saveenergy costs during drying. Our technology also facilitates the use ofelectrode materials that are difficult or even impossible to processwet-chemically. For all these reasons, we think that our technology can help toachieve internationally competitive battery cell production in Germany andEurope.”The current wet-chemical process involves mixing the active batterymaterials with additives to create a paste, adding expensive organic solvents. Elaborateprecautions are necessary to protect workers and the environment from the toxicsolvents. Once the paste has been applied to thin metal foils, dozens of largeheating elements are used to dry the coated films – this drying procedure iswhat racks up the high electricity costs.The new film transfer technology eliminates these steps. TheIWS engineers mix their active material with binding polymers, then processthis dry mixture in a rolling mill, where shear forces tear molecular chainsout of the binder polymers. These fibrils join with the electrode particles toform a web that provides the electrode material with stability. The result is aflexible dry electrode material layer. In the next step, the rolling milllaminates the 100-micrometer-thick film onto an aluminum foil to form the finishedelectrode.The Finnish company BroadBit Batteries is working with Fraunhofer to commercialize the new process. The firm has commissioned a pilot plant in its Espoo factory, which will use the dry coating process to produce new types of sodium-ion batteries.Source: Fraunhofer Institute via Green Car Congress
As relevant to the “revised FCPA corporate enforcement policy,” Rosentsein stated:“The incentive system set forth in the Department’s FCPA Pilot Program motivates and rewards companies that want to do the right thing and voluntarily disclose misconduct.In the first year of the Pilot Program, the FCPA Unit received 22 voluntary disclosures, compared to 13 during the previous year. In total, during the year and a half that the Pilot Program was in effect, the FCPA Unit received 30 voluntary disclosures, compared to 18 during the previous 18‑month period.We analyzed the Pilot Program and concluded that it proved to be a step forward in fighting corporate crime. We also determined that there were opportunities for improvement.So today, I am announcing a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.The new policy enables the Department to efficiently identify and punish criminal conduct, and it provides guidance and greater certainty for companies struggling with the question of whether to make voluntary disclosures of wrongdoing.Before I speak about the substance of the policy, let me digress for a moment to make a process point.I know that previous corporate fraud policies often were identified by the name of the Deputy Attorney General who wrote the memo. It is nice to be remembered. But one of my goals is not to be remembered for writing a memo.After spending nearly three decades trying to keep track of prolix memos, I want the Department to issue concise policy statements. Historical background and commentary should go in a cover memo or a press release. In most instances, the substance of a policy should be in the United States Attorneys’ Manual, and it should be readily understood and easily applied by busy prosecutors.So, the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy I am announcing today will be incorporated into the United States Attorneys’ Manual.We expect the new policy to reassure corporations that want to do the right thing. It will increase the volume of voluntary disclosures, and enhance our ability to identify and punish culpable individuals.The new policy, like the rest of the Department’s internal operating policies, creates no private rights and is not enforceable in court. But it does promote consistency by attorneys throughout the Department.Establishing internal policies helps guide our exercise of discretion and combat the perception that prosecutors act in an arbitrary manner.The new policy does not provide a guarantee. We cannot eliminate all uncertainty. Preserving a measure of prosecutorial discretion is central to ensuring the exercise of justice.But with this new policy, we strike the balance in favor of greater clarity about our decision-making process.The advantage of the policy for businesses is to provide transparency about the benefits available if they satisfy the requirements. We want corporate officers and board members to better understand the costs and benefits of cooperation. The policy therefore specifies what we mean by voluntary disclosure, full cooperation, and timely and appropriate remediation.Even if a company does not make a voluntary disclosure, benefits are still available for cooperation and remediation. Those steps assist the Department in running an efficient investigation that identifies culpable individuals. They also reduce the likelihood that crimes will be committed again.I want to highlight a few of the policy’s enhancements.First, the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy states that when a company satisfies the standards of voluntary self-disclosure, full cooperation, and timely and appropriate remediation, there will be a presumption that the Department will resolve the company’s case through a declination. That presumption may be overcome only if there are aggravating circumstances related to the nature and seriousness of the offense, or if the offender is a criminal recidivist.It makes sense to treat corporations differently than individuals, because corporate liability is vicarious; it is only derivative of individual liability.Second, if a company voluntarily discloses wrongdoing and satisfies all other requirements, but aggravating circumstances compel an enforcement action, the Department will recommend a 50% reduction off the low end of the Sentencing Guidelines fine range. Here again, criminal recidivists may not be eligible for such credit. We want to provide an incentive for good conduct. And scrutiny of repeat visitors.Third, the Policy provides details about how the Department evaluates an appropriate compliance program, which will vary depending on the size and resources of a business.The Policy therefore specifies some of the hallmarks of an effective compliance and ethics program. Examples include fostering a culture of compliance; dedicating sufficient resources to compliance activities; and ensuring that experienced compliance personnel have appropriate access to management and to the board.We expect that these adjustments, along with adding the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual, will incentivize responsible corporate behavior and reduce cynicism about enforcement.Of course, companies are free to choose not to comply with the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. A company needs to adhere to the policy only if it wants the Department’s prosecutors to follow the policy’s guidelines.Companies that violate the FCPA are always free to choose a different path. In those instances, if crimes come to our attention through whistleblowers or other means, the Department will take appropriate action consistent with the facts, the law, and the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations.Since 2016, the Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit has secured criminal resolutions in 17 FCPA-related corporate cases, resulting in penalties and forfeiture to the Department in excess of $1.6 billion. Of those 17 corporate criminal resolutions, only two were voluntary disclosures under the Pilot Program.Significantly, each of the two voluntary disclosure cases was resolved through a non-prosecution agreement, and in neither case did we impose a compliance monitor.Of the 15 corporate resolutions that were not voluntary disclosures, all but three were resolved through guilty pleas, deferred prosecution agreements, or some combination of the two. In ten of those cases, the company was required to engage an independent compliance monitor.Over that same time period, seven additional matters that came to our attention through voluntary disclosures were resolved under the Pilot Program through declinations with the payment of disgorgement. Clearly, this is not immunity.Allow me to conclude with the observation that corrupt government officials and criminals who bribe them learn from the cases we bring and the investigative techniques we use.Criminals try to evade law enforcement. But they also need to evade internal controls and compliance programs, if those internal controls and programs exist. Honest companies pose a meaningful deterrent to corruption.Companies can protect themselves by exercising caution in choosing their business associates and by ensuring appropriate oversight of their activities.There is an ancient proverb that counsels, “If you want to know a person’s character, consider his friends.”My advice is to make sure that you can stand proudly with the company you keep.” FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. One of the best things ever written about the FCPA was penned nearly 35 years ago by Robert Primoff who stated: “The government has the option of deciding whether or not to prosecute. For practitioners, however, the situation is intolerable. We must be able to advise our clients as to whether their conduct violates the law, not whether this year’s crop of administrators is likely to enforce a particular alleged violation. That would produce, in effect, a government of men and women rather than a government of law.”Earlier today, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act space once again witnessed a government of individuals rather than law as the DOJ announced yet another non-binding FCPA enforcement policy document.Several forthcoming posts will examine in greater detail the “revised FCPA corporate enforcement policy”, but for now set forth below are the relevant portions of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s speech. (See here for the actual new policy in the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual. Note: the new policy is 9-47.120, the other FCPA portions in the USAM have been there for years).Below is the preamble to Rosenstein’s speech.“So today, I am announcing a revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy enables the Department to efficiently identify and punish criminal conduct, and it provides guidance and greater certainty for companies struggling with the question of whether to make voluntary disclosures of wrongdoing……We expect the new policy to reassure corporations that want to do the right thing. It will increase the volume of voluntary disclosures, and enhance our ability to identify and punish culpable individuals. The new policy, like the rest of the Department’s internal operating policies, creates no private rights and is not enforceable in court. But it does promote consistency by attorneys throughout the Department.Establishing internal policies helps guide our exercise of discretion and combat the perception that prosecutors act in an arbitrary manner.” Learn More & Register
A man was shot in Bridgeport Friday night and admitted to a Brewster hospital. Douglas County Sheriffs Deputies are investigating the case. They say the incident occurred on the 800 block of Fairview and the victim was an adult male. The victim was flown to Confluence Hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriffs office.
Source:http://www.medfak.umu.se/english/about-the-faculty/news/newsdetailpage/snorers-suffer-from-nerve-and-brmuscle-damage-in-the-palate-.cid291647 May 14 2018People who snore may have extensive tissue damage in the nerves and muscles of the soft palate. This can in turn create problems with swallowing and contribute to development of sleep apnea. Treatment strategies aimed at early intervention to stop snoring might have beneficial effects in healing or preventing development of sleep apnea. These findings are explained in a new dissertation at Umeå University, Sweden.The reason why some develop sleep apnea is still unclear. Factors that are considered important are obesity, a small throat, neurological diseases and hormonal disorders. But even those without that background can suffer. The thesis shows that tissue damage in the soft palate also is an important factor that contributes to the development of sleep apnea and disturbances in swallowing function.”The nerve and muscles injuries seem to contribute to the collapse of the upper airway during sleep. Most likely, the damage results from the recurrent snoring vibrations the tissues are exposed to, says Farhan Shah,” PhD student at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology at Umeå University.In his dissertation, Farhan Shah reports a study where his research team has examined eight patients who have been snoring for many years and 14 patients with snoring and sleep apnea. These have been compared to a control group of 18 non-snoring people. The subjects in the study were examined with overnight sleep registrations to detect sleep apnea. Disorders of the swallowing function were investigated with a video radiographic technique.Tissue samples from the participants’ soft palate were analyzed to detect muscle and nerve lesions. The results showed that snorers and sleep apnea patients had extensive damage in both nerves and muscles. The damage was related to the degree of swallowing disorders and the severity of sleep apnea.Related StoriesMuscle loss in space travelers could be reduced finds studyEndogenous retrovirus type W found to be a major contributor to nerve damage in MSIntegrator complex proteins are crucial for healthy brain development in fruit flies, study findsThe nerves in the soft palate of snorers and sleep apnea patients showed fewer nerve fibers and supporting cells that help the nerve fibers survive and regenerate. The nerves also had increased connective tissue. In muscle analysis, one could see that a large number of muscle fibers in the soft palate showed changes reflecting loss of innervation due to nerve damage.It was also possible to see changes in the protein structures in the muscle fibers’ cell membrane and cell skeleton of snorers and sleep apnea patients. Such changes give muscle weakness and have been previously found only in genetic muscle diseases.”Continued research is needed to see if treatment that prevents damage to nerves and muscles could cure or at least prevent further deterioration in snores and sleep apnea patients. It would be a big win because sleep apnea is a major public illness,” says Farhan Shah.More than 400,000 Swedes suffer from sleep apnea. The condition is characterized by snoring and recurrent respiratory arrest during sleep. It creates a stress for the body and a proven risk increases for high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and premature death.Sleep apnea is estimated to cost one billion Swedish kronor a year. In addition, there is an unknown cost to society in the form of increased accident risks and reduced day time productivity due to disturbed sleep.
Source:http://www.cmaj.ca/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 10 2018Acute critical illness in people without previous renal disease puts them at risk of kidney complications as well as death, according to a study in published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).”Patients with acute critical illness without apparent underlying renal disease — a group traditionally considered to be at low risk of renal diseases — have clinically relevant long-term renal risks,” write Dr. Shih-Ting Huang and Dr. Chia-Hung Kao, Taichung Veterans General Hospital and China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, with coauthors.Related StoriesOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsScientists develop new class of drugs to treat hereditary kidney diseaseMetabolomics may be key to identifying diabetes-related kidney diseaseMost studies have looked at patients with pre-existing kidney disease, while this study looked at data on 33 613 Taiwanese patients with critical acute illness and no pre-existing kidney disease compared with 63 148 controls for medium-term renal outcome. More than half the patients (53%) were over age 65 and two-thirds (67%) had high blood pressure. Patients who had experienced acute kidney illness were at increased risk of renal complications, developing chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, with septicemia and septic shock being the strongest risk factors. Of the critically ill patients in the study, 335 developed end-stage renal disease, with a rate of 21 per 10 000 person-years compared with 4.9 per 10 000 person-years in the control group.Patients who developed chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease were at a higher risk of death.The authors suggest clinicians monitor kidney function at 30-90 days in patients with acute critical illness without preexisting renal disease and then at least yearly afterwards.”Renal complications and subsequent mortality in acute critically ill patients without pre-existing renal disease” is published September 10, 2018.
Cowbirds are some of nature’s shrewdest freeloaders: Instead of caring for their young, they lay their eggs in the nests of unsuspecting songbirds, who rear the foster chicks as their own. Now, scientists have found another way the wily birds may be harming their hosts—their extrathick eggshells can crack the hosts’ own eggs when they plop into the nest.For years, the particularly thick shells of cowbird eggs and those of other parasitic birds puzzled scientists. Some researchers suggested they provided the orphaned embryos with added calcium or protected the eggs from the pointy beaks of their surrogate parents. Suspecting something else was going on, one team of scientists launched an egg-dropping experiment.They gathered 157 freshly laid cowbird eggs and dropped them onto host eggs from a height of 6 centimeters. The scientists also reversed the scenario, dropping host eggs from wrens, mockingbirds, and blackbirds onto cowbird eggs. Cowbird eggs were almost immune to cracking in either scenario, with a mere 3.6% chance of getting damaged, the researchers reported last month in Behavioral Ecology. But the cowbird eggs managed to crack their hosts’ eggs about 10 times as often. In the wild, laying these deadly, thick-shelled eggs cunningly eliminates would-be food competitors from the nest before they even hatch. Cowbird eggshells could double as deadly weapons By Erica TennenhouseMay. 8, 2018 , 9:00 AM
UPDATED 2:35 p.m. EDT — Candace Owens was happily casting herself as a voice for social media users silenced by the wicked forces of Facebook but didn’t have the means to fight back. It was a brilliant spin as Facebook apparently restored her ability to post her hatred with impunity after a desperate appeal to the president. WOW! Update!@facebook has restored my page! While I am grateful that I have a large enough platform to make noise and force reconsideration— what about the millions of people who do not? What about the millions of conservatives who are forever silenced on social media? pic.twitter.com/Eq8psDy4bi— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 17, 2019 “While I am grateful that I have a large enough platform to make noise and force reconsideration— what about the millions of people who do not?” Owens wanted the masses to believe she was asking in earnest.The same person who recently had flattering words for Adolf Hitler complained on Twitter Friday morning about how Facebook “suspended” her account. A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Dear @realDonaldTrump,My @facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are.I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes. pic.twitter.com/Yh9DSW6DPk— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 17, 2019She also said, “Facebook has allowed every post that has falsely and horribly accused @realDonaldTrump of white supremacy to remain on its platform. But when a black woman begins discussing the TRUTH—which is that liberal policies have systematically ruined black homes—they censor. Unfair!” Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist In her defense, supporting terrorists in the Middle East seems to me to be the next logical step for a party that defends MS-13, demands open borders, and hates Jewish people and babies. Separately, how funny if Trump just deported her? https://t.co/v0GDNB2Evq— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 6, 2019Saying that Omar hates Jewish people was bizarre considering Owens said Hitler just wanted “make Germany great again.”“When we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler. He was a national socialist. If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay, fine,” Owens said Feb. 9 at a London event to launch the British chapter of Turning Point USA.She continued, “The problem is he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize, he wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German, everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism. So in thinking about how it could go bad down the line, I don’t really have an issue with nationalism, I really don’t.” Here is video of Candace Owens’ full answer on nationalism and Hitler pic.twitter.com/NfBvoH8vQg— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) February 8, 2019 Facebook has allowed every post that has falsely and horribly accused @realDonaldTrump of white supremacy to remain on its platform. But when a black woman begins discussing the TRUTH—which is that liberal policies have systematically ruined black homes—they censor.Unfair!— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 17, 2019That said, even though the college dropout who constantly tells Black people who don’t think like her that they are on a “Democratic plantation” claims she has been suspended — her Facebook page had activity as recently as days ago.If she is really suspended, here is a reminder of her recent hate. Earlier this month, she said she would get a kick out of seeing Rep. Ilhan Omar get deported. “How funny if Trump just deported her?” Owens tweeted. More By NewsOne Staff Bill Cosby Gets Sentenced For His Sexual Assault Conviction Candace Owens , Facebook , Hitler , Turning Point USA Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family Dear @realDonaldTrump,My @facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are.I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes. pic.twitter.com/Yh9DSW6DPk— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 17, 2019That wouldn’t have been a surprise to anybody if it was actually true, but a quick look at Owens’ Facebook page hours after she first whined about an apparent phantom Facebook status showed she had just posted the day before.Original story:Candace Owens has been spitting out hate ever since she introduced her tomfoolery to the world by saying the NRA was a civil rights group to designed to protect Black people from the KKK. Well, Facebook has finally had enough. Her hateful account has reportedly been suspended.SEE ALSO: ‘Young Black Conservatives’ Chant ‘Build That Wall’ At Deplorable Sunken Place SummitOwens whined to Trump on Twitter Friday morning.“My @facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are. I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes,” she tweeted. Owens also “resigned” from Turning Point USA, after calls for her to be fired.Who knows if Owens was actually suspended? It’s already very clear she will do and say anything for attention.SEE ALSO:All The Ways Cops Are Still Trying To Cover Up LaQuan McDonald’s ExecutionOutrageous! Figurines Of White Cherub Crushing Head Of Black Angel Removed From Dollar StoreMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s Clothes
But one family member who hasn’t been heard from in a while is the first Black president’s older half-brother, Malik Obama, who has been on his grind lately making sure people remember his name in this election cycle, for better or for worse. And after making himself available to right-wing sympathizing media in recent months, that grind has seemingly culminated in a single tweet that left nothing up to chance when it came to his political affiliations and who the 61-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen would like to see in the White House next year.Malik Obama tweeted a photo of a $20 bill on Wednesday with the word “Trump” written on the back of a $20 bill and between two arrows that each pointed the 20 on the bottom corners. The only text that accompanied the tweet was the number, “2020.” The Blackest Reactions To The First Democratic Debate 2020 pic.twitter.com/STqC0JrXUj— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) June 26, 2019Setting aside the fact that Malik Obama seemingly broke the law by defacing American currency, the point was clear: He is firmly back on the Trump Train that he so proudly rode during the 2016 election.The tweet may have also been a swipe at his half-brother, whose Treasury Department announced in his final months in office in 2016 that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. With Trump consequently announced the following year that change would not be happening on his watch — and recently doubling down on that — Malik Obama’s tweet could be construed as yet another way to snub his nose at his younger sibling. 2020 Election , Barack Obama , Malik Obama To anyone who was not paying attention, Malik Obama and his younger half-brother don’t have the warmest or closest relationship. The fact that Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic nominee, was Barack’s vice president probably didn’t help matters any.“It wasn’t always this way,” the Washington Post wrote weeks before the 2016 election. “Malik Obama was his half brother’s best man when Barack Obama married Michelle. Barack Obama performed the same role at one of Malik’s weddings.”The two fell out somewhere between 2013 and Trump’s candidacy in 2016. That’s when Malik’s pro-Trump rhetoric — allegedly because Barack wouldn’t help him in his endeavors as much as he wanted — began growing louder, going so far as to tell the New York Post that “Make America Great Again is a great slogan.”Trump, in turn, invited Malik Obama to be his guest at the third and final presidential debate against Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas one month before the election.While Malik Obama has made his famous sibling the primary focus of his media rounds, it should be noted that there has not been a single word of slander from the former president against his older half-brother. It would seem that the disdain is only one-sided, even though Malik Obama in April had some not-so-nice words to say about the former first lady, his sister-in-law, in an interview with a media outlet in Utah.It was unclear what kind of political capital Malik Obama’s repeat endorsement of Trump carries. But chances are that the president will use Malik Obama’s tweet to fuel further disparaging remarks about Barack Obama, who Trump has repeatedly spread “birther” lies about much like that time Malik Obama circulated a fake photo that purportedly showed Barack Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate. Source: ROBYN BECK / GettyWhen it comes to the family of former President Barack Obama, there are seemingly no secrets to be kept. Everyone knows about Michelle, Malia and Sasha being the model of grace and class. We know about Michelle’s mom, who the former first lady credited with teaching her how to be an effective parent. We know Malia is in college and has a boyfriend. We know Sasha is all grown up now, too. SEE ALSO:Black Man Who Wore MAGA Hat And Nearly Killed A Mexican Man Is ConvictedFamily Of Black Man Killed By South Bend Cops Sue As Mayor Pete Takes Debate Stage AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmail
ShareTweetSharePinSawana FabienAthlete Commission Representative of the Dominica Basketball Amateur Association (DABA), Sawana Fabien has said that women are not forgotten in Dominica’s basketball and is committed to have an exclusive approach in developing basketball on island. She spoke at a DABA press conference to highlight their 100 days mark as an executive body on July 6th 2019.“In approaching 100 days, we are saying that women are not forgotten, DABA is committed to an exclusive approach to develop basketball in Dominica. Agreeably, we would say that women basketball has not been on the front burner for quite some time. However, we see the need to… include women’s basketball; not just as a buzz but something that embodies a women empowerment movement,” Fabian statedShe said the DABA also wants to engender holistic development in women basketballers.“We want to empower female athletes fostering confidence, leadership and mental toughness at every level which is something we see fit as an executive. We want to place an emphasis on team building through workshop, cinemas, games, exercise…and community mobilizing,” Fabien saidShe added, “We want to ensure that the basketball sport is not just about your physical ability but a holistic development for women. We have a strong role to play in society and there should be equal opportunities for both men and women in sports.”Fabian said bringing back women in the programme will also bring back a sense of community and through team building, basketball can thrive in Dominica.Ian WilliamsMeantime, General Secretary of DABA, Jerry Williams stated that 35 young players are training in the national youth basketball programme.“One of the key things is our national youth basketball programme which we have commenced, we’ve had young players up to 35 in training. What we are doing is from time to time, we select the top 15 (players), the DABA official said. “There is a tournament this weekend in Martinique and so we would take that 15 players to that tournament to expose them… and put a measure in regards to their performance. This is a one-year tournament.”He said for there will also be a basketball development pathway for the youth and coaches.“In regards to the national youth programme, we have reached out to Mr. Terry Bertram who is based in Canada. He is willing to come down to put a youth basketball development path way, growing and developing basketball for three months [which starts] in September. The objective is to develop, plan, implement and monitor island wide basketball for children and young adults, age 11-30,” Williams said.He went on to say, “Persons can attest that most of the time the coach’s main objective is to challenge the calls of the officials and not necessarily coach the game of basketball and so…for our young players to develop we need to coach our coaches. We cannot get away from it and one of the things we want to implement is at the leagues each team must have a certified coach. “Other objectives of DABA programme includes increased participation, development of athletes and proactive building, among others. Williams further stated that the Mackeson National Cup Playoff will run from July 10th to July 12th at the St. Joseph Basketball Court and the business league will commence during the first week in September.
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Kerala Nirmal Lottery NR-126 Today Results: The live results will be announced at 3 pm.Kerala Win Win Lottery Today Results: The Kerala state lottery department today will announce the results of Kerala Win Win Lottery W-519. The first prize is worth Rs 65 lakh, while the second and third are of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively. The consolation prize is Rs 8,000. Kerala Lottery Today Results: First prize worth Rs 60 lakh! By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: July 2, 2019 12:45:57 pm With seven daily and multiple bumper draws, the lottery is one of the biggest cash flows in Kerala. The state government organises four festival bumper draws — Onam, Vishu, Christmas and Pooja/Dussehra.There are two seasonal jackpots, the monsoon and summer bumper. Advertising Kerala Lottery Today Results: Winners announced, First prize is worth Rs 70 lakh! Advertising The live results will be announced at 3 pm. Official results would be available at 4 pm onwards on http://www.keralalotteries.com. The price of a single ticket is Rs 30, while the entire book costs Rs 750.If the prize money is less than Rs 5,000, the winners can claim the money from any lottery shop in Kerala.If the amount won is above Rs 5,000, the winners will have to surrender their tickets before a bank or government lottery office with id proofs.Kerala Sthree Sakthi SS-164 Lottery Today Results 0 Comment(s) Kerala Lottery Today Results: first prize is worth Rs 60 lakh! Related News
Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud (Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has a daunting task as she prepares to take up her role as the kingdom’s ambassador to Washington with relations at their lowest point since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.The murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the long-running war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the detention of Saudi female activists have all shattered the kingdom’s relations with much of the Washington establishment. The princess, expected to arrive in the U.S. capital within weeks, will try to begin reversing all of that. More Explained One killed, several wounded in Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia airport Best Of Express Instead, Saudi Arabia has become a pariah in Washington outside the Trump administration. Senior lawmakers in both parties who struggle to get any legislation passed remain unified on the issue of punishing the kingdom, and the crown prince in particular, for the killing of Khashoggi and the war in Yemen, which the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.For supporters of a strong U.S.-Saudi alliance, the constant flow of bad news hasn’t let up. Last week, a UN expert assigned to investigate the October killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul released grim new details about his murder and dismemberment, recommending a probe into the possible role of Prince Mohammed in the incident.The official, Agnes Callamard, said she found no “smoking gun” and that “no conclusion is made as to guilt,” but in a 100-page report she said there was “credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the crown prince’s.”Saudi officials rejected her findings and have repeatedly said the crown prince wasn’t involved in the killing. The kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, said that Callamard’s report “presented many unfounded accusations, including the violation of a number of international conventions, and is totally unacceptable to the leadership of the Kingdom,” according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach By Bloomberg | Published: June 26, 2019 9:08:31 am “It will take substantially more to soften the kingdom’s critics in Congress and beyond,” Dorsey said. “To achieve that, Reema would have to be backed by some real changes.” Donald Trump shrugs off killing of Khashoggi by Saudi agents “With the exception of the Trump administration, political attitudes in Washington toward Saudi Arabia are toxic these days,” said Fawaz A. Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics. “She will have to actively engage members of Congress and the foreign policy elite and reassure them that Saudi Arabia hears their concerns. Her mission is very daunting.”The crisis in relations is undermining what could have been a golden era in Saudi-U.S. ties. President Donald Trump arrived at the White House as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was consolidating his power as the kingdom’s de facto ruler, promising sweeping economic and social changes for a country long criticized for its record on women’s rights and adherence to a strict 18th century interpretation of Islam.Trump made Saudi Arabia the centerpiece of his Middle East strategy of isolating Iran, hosting Prince Mohammed in the Oval Office months after his inauguration, promising hundreds of billions of dollars in weapons sales to the kingdom and making his first trip abroad as president to Riyadh, where he took part in a ceremonial sword dance. Taking stock of monsoon rain Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan The same week as the UN report, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to block $8 billion in arms sales to a handful of countries led by Saudi Arabia. It was a rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump after he used an emergency declaration to move forward on the deal despite congressional objections.Enter the PrincessEnter Princess Reema. The daughter of former Ambassador to the U.S. Bandar bin Sultan — renowned as one of the most influential Saudi envoys during his 22 years in Washington — the princess arrives with a deep knowledge of U.S. politics and culture and a reputation as an advocate for women’s rights. She’s the first woman to represent her country in Washington.While some others in the extended royal family have been stripped of influence and wealth, the princess remains well-connected: Her grandfather was the brother of King Salman.Her influence was underscored as the only woman in a photo of Saudi officials who met with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Monday in Jeddah. Post Comment(s) Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive. A year on, it’s still complicated Saudi officials say she knows the challenges she’ll have to confront in Washington.Princess Reema “realizes that bilateral relations have been tested in the past but that the two countries have always managed to overcome their differences,” Fahad Nazer, the spokesman at the Saudi embassy in Washington, said in response to emailed questions. “Princess Reema will do all she can to make sure that this strong partnership not only endures but that it continues to strengthen well into the future.”She will arrive in Washington amid heightened concerns about a military clash between the U.S. and Saudi rival Iran. Saudi officials, who have long pressed for tougher U.S. measures against Tehran, arguably haven’t had as strong a relationship with the White House since the days when Princess Reema’s father, who was nicknamed Bandar Bush for his close relationship with President George H.W. Bush, operated out of the kingdom’s embassy.“Saudi Arabia greatly values its strategically vital bilateral relations with the United States,” Nazer said. “Princess Reema is committed to ensuring that the relationship continues to strengthen and broaden on the political, military, economic and cultural fronts.”Davos, UberPrincess Reema emerged as a key player in the kingdom’s efforts to revamp its relations with the U.S. before being appointed ambassador. In January of last year, she went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where she defended Saudi Arabia: “There is a determination to not allow us to create a new narrative,” she said. “And my question is: Why?”A graduate of George Washington University in Washington, the princess, who is believed to be in her 40s, has spoken out on issues of gender discrimination in the kingdom and has argued that it can’t afford leaving women out of full participation in its workforce. She traveled to the U.S. last year, speaking at the Atlantic Council on Prince Mohammed’s economic agenda. She also has worked with the Saudi Education Ministry to include sports education for girls in schools.In the U.S., Uber Technologies Inc. added Princess Reema to its global policy advisory board in May 2016. The same year, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund completed a strategic investment in Uber, and took a seat on the ride-hailing company’s board.She’ll find a receptive audience in the Trump administration, which continues to defend the U.S.-Saudi partnership, backing the kingdom-led military alliance fighting in Yemen and saying it supports justice for Khashoggi without pointing blame at Prince Mohammed. Saudi Arabia would be a linchpin of Jared Kushner’s long-promised Middle East peace plan. The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who’s leading a conference in Bahrain this week on potential economic aid to Palestinians, forged a partnership with the crown prince early in Trump’s administration.In a recent interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Prince Mohammed said that “strategic relations with the U.S. will not be affected” by what he described as “media campaigns or arbitrary stances.”Princess Reema’s challenge will be to try to refocus the image of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince as the harbingers of a moderate form of Islam that breaks with kingdom’s past, according to James M. Dorsey, senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and its Middle East Institute. It ’s likely to be a long-term project. Advertising Related News Advertising