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Source: Charge Forward Tesla has made a pricing change to its Model 3 Performance vehicle by including the previously $5,000 Performance Upgrades Package for free.The move arguably devalues the brand new version of the Model 3 for thousands of early buyers who have been long-time reservation holders. more…The post Tesla reduces price of Model 3 Performance – punishing early adopters/reservation holders appeared first on Electrek.
Jaguar Offers 0% APR On I-Pace: How Does It Compare To Tesla? Jaguar Considers All-Electric Future Following I-Pace Success Source: Electric Vehicle News How does the I-Pace fare in the harsh Russian winter? Let’s test it to find out.In order to test how far modern electric vehicles are able to lead you away into the harsh reality of the Russian winter from megacities, we traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow in the new Jaguar I-Pace.What’s it like to take long trips in this electric car in Russia? Experience joy and sadness during a voyage between the two capitals in the new Jaguar I-Pace.More I-Pace Info Fast Charging Comparison: Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC, Jaguar I-PACE * *Editor’s note: This test drive comes our way via our fellow scribes over at Motor1.com Russia. It’s translated directly from Russian and we tried our best to leave the original character of the article and its wording intact.Just recently, our colleague from the Italian edition of Motor1.com, Fabio Gemelli, as part of its regular column “Real Fuel Consumption”, tested the first production electric car from Jaguar on the roads between Rome and Forli.Under the conditions of the subtropical Mediterranean climate of the upper part of the Apennine Peninsula, the I-Pace crossover showed a power reserve with a fully charged battery close to that stated by the manufacturer (480 km on the passport). Then it turned out that the biggest energy consumption of this SUV is achieved in the mode of movement on the highway. In this case, the trip distance is minimal – only 300 km. Really, buying a new Jaguar I-Pace, we are depriving ourselves of the opportunity to travel in their own car?In Italy, with its hundreds of charging stations across the country and a very small boot height of 1,170 km (from north to south) and a width of 230 km (from west to east in the middle part) – definitely not. But what about in Russia, where the electric crossover is officially sold from last year?After all, we have dozens (and not hundreds) of charges, except in large cities, the length of the country from north to south is about 4,000 km, and from west to east is about 10,000 km. Yes, and runs between megacities. And also winter with its fierce frosts … We decided to find out the real possibilities of the Jaguar I-Pace in Russia, having set off on a journey between the two capitals at the most unfavorable time for electric cars. We had to travel a length of almost 700 km from St. Petersburg to Moscow, surrounded by snow-covered forests and fields at sub-zero temperatures.What are we talking about?By his styling similar to any other Jaguar, the all-electric I-Pace looks more like a big hatchback than a crossover. The car with a conventional spring independent suspension (in versions S, SE and HSE by default) has a ground clearance of 165 mm, while for a top-end version of First Edition with air suspension (optional for the others), it varies in the range of 90 mm from 114 mm to 204 mm (standard height 154 mm). In terms of dimensions, the I-Pace is comparable to the F-Pace, but with a 5 cm smaller body length, the electric car has a 12 cm larger wheelbase – 3 m. True, in the cabin of the novelty, you really feel a lot of free space only in the front seats. The space for the knees, the space in width and above the head in F-Pace is still more.But the trunk of an electric car fits from 656 liters (up to 1,453 liters) versus at least 508 liters (up to 1,598 liters) in the F-Pace. Salon I-Pace, as well as its appearance, decorated in the spirit of most modern “Jaguars”. The version of First Edition that we had in the test can boast of optional Perfomance sports seats and white leather trim. Stuffing them stiff, but on a long trip discomfort it does not deliver. But the embrace of the lateral support at the front seats could be not so strong.How does it drive?Speaking about how I-Pace is on the move, the first thing I want to do is dispel the myth of the noiselessness of electric cars. Like the models of premium brands with their modern gasoline and diesel engines, often barely audible to the driver and passengers, there is a relative silence in the cabin of our Jaguar, diluted by the sounds of a working audio system, with a faint hum of electric components. At least when driving at speeds up to 60-80 km / h. With further acceleration, the rumble from the tires, as well as the aerodynamic whistles, bring the noise in the cabin to the level of cars with internal combustion engines. If desired, in the intricate menu of the onboard system, you can activate the “voice acting” as in a regular car through the speakers in the cabin. But it bothers after only 15 minutes, causing a desire to return to “almost silence” of electromobile.The strongest impression that gives I-Pace on the go is an amazing accelerating and dynamics, unwittingly forcing you to think about revising the laws of physics in the light of the arrival of powerful electric vehicles into our lives. Equipped with two electric motors (on the front and rear axles) with a combined power of 400 forces (696 Nm of torque), the Jaguar electric car shoots from zero to 100 km / h in just 4.8 s. From the moment the “gas” pedal is depressed and right up to the intersection of the specified frontier, the car instantly, without any delay, receives an incredible reproaching impulse, that does not fade with increasing speed. It is the same both at the start and at acceleration from 80 km / h, from 160 km / h. Therefore, I-Pace easily gains its maximum of 200 km / h. Remembering this and the need to expend energy wisely, on a long journey all the time you have to restrain yourself so as not to press the pedal harder.The rest of the I-Pace not only looks, but also feels like an ordinary, but very powerful and fast car. By the way, it’s controlled also as a typical Jaguar, remotely resembling F-Pace. Due to the almost perfect weight distribution on axles close to 50/50 (one electric motor weighing almost 80 kg on each axle and a 650-kilogram traction battery between them) and a low center of gravity, the electric SUV perfectly steers and keeps the road excellent despite the large mass (2133 kg versus 1861 kg of F-Pace). The body rolls are minimal, the growing effort in the sport mode on the sharp and sensitive steering wheel is pleasant and understandable. Air suspension does not smooth out all the irregularities of the road, but gives the car a comfortable gait, while depicting a sports car chassis.What about efficiency?In contrast to the previous groups of journalists, who also traveled 700-kilometer route, we traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow with an overnight stay in the middle of the road near Valdai. This did not allow us to break the record of our colleagues – a little less than 13 hours on the road. But otherwise we experienced the same feelings, emotions, as well as the possibilities of i-pace, both with a slight minus day (from -3 ° C to -5 ° C), and with a slight frost at night (from -6 ° C to -8 WITH). Both days, at the beginning of the journey with a 100% charged I-Pace battery, the power reserve was 289 km.During the interim stops at fast 50-kilowatt charging station of Shell, which there are four between St. Petersburg and Moscow now (distance between them is 140-170 km), in 1.5 hours we replenished the battery’s energy by 80% twice. That’s enough for about 240 km. If earlier in Russia such stations worked for free, now charging them costs 9 rubles per 1 kW • h. Thus, having spent about 2.5 full charges of the battery (225 kW • h) for the whole trip, we spent a total of 2025 rubles for electricity. That is, the road cost us 1.5 times cheaper than it would have required for fuel for some crossover with an internal combustion engine, which “drank” on average 10 l / 100 km.However, it is worth noting that the power reserve of any electric vehicle, like the Jaguar I-Pace, depends on a large number of factors. Among them: temperature overboard, air humidity, machine load, driving style, etc. Despite the fact that our electro-crossover will easily compete with any passing sports car, the most economical and reasonable for him on the track is still the pace of movement with a constant speed of 90-110 km / h without sharp acceleration. Adhering to this speed, we overcame the entire route without incident.Is that on the first day at the entrance to the place of spending the night at the end of a long haul without refueling length of 240 km, having spent the battery almost “zero”, I had to be a little nervous about the fate of our trip. However, as we were assured by representatives of Jaguar, it is impossible to discharge the I-Pace battery completely. He always has up to 20% of the energy needed by the machine to maintain normal battery life and inaccessible to the driver. By reducing the battery charge used for the movement to 10%, the electric car warns the driver to go to the charging station.And in extreme cases, it goes into the “rescue” mode, turning off multimedia and off heating the cabin for the sake of additional kilometers of the way to the nearest charge. Of course, this did not reach us. But a few kilometers before the overnight stay, the climate control system turned off the heat supply, which, coupled with the cold snap that had begun towards the night, was felt by the decrease in the cabin air temperature and the misted rear and side windows, and with them the panoramic roof. The measures taken by the electronics were enough for everything to work out. We arrived.PricesUnlike the “Tesla”, the purchase of which you pay extra for horsepower and an extended power reserve, all versions of the I-Pace are equipped with the same power unit (400 hp) and identical traction battery (90 kW • h). That is, the distance of the trip, and the dynamics of the “Jaguar” does not depend on its price. The difference lies only in the finishing materials, as well as in the equipment. By the way, Jaguar adapted its electric car for us: heating of the steering wheel, front seats, windscreen and washer nozzles in the Russian specification are included in the list of standard equipment of the model, and the GLONASS.Therefore, even in the basic version S from 6,246,000 rubles, the new I-Pace is equipped very well. It has 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, Meridian multimedia with a 10-inch touchscreen, and Luxtec artificial leather upholstery. In SE and HSE versions for 6,711,000 rubles and 7,210,000 rubles, respectively, the finish is made of Grained leather and Windsor, and the following items are added: electric tailgate, other headlights (in HSE – matrix headlights), adaptive cruise control and cameras circular. In our I-Pace First Edition for 7 580 000 rubles, there is also a panoramic roof, air suspension and 4-zone climate control, optional for the rest of the complete sets.What about competitors? In Russia, I-Pace does not have them yet. At least officially. After all, Tesla Model X is sold at us only by “gray” dealers. Therefore, until Tesla has a network of authorized service centers in our country that solves questions of warranty and other repairs on site without sending the car to Finland, an overpayment of 3.5-5 million rubles for the Model X is unlikely to be reasonable and expedient. Even despite all the “chips” Tesla, as well as the additional claimed almost 100 km of power reserve and more power.Russian realityDespite the difficulties and peculiarities of the Russian reality, electric cars slowly but surely still roll into our lives. Today, the number of electric cars registered in our country is about 4,000 units, and the number of charging stations for them is about fifty in each of the two Russian capitals. Yes, and on the track those and others now also occur. We are less wary of advanced technologies and we are increasingly looking towards electromobility. Let them even do this not out of solidarity with the “greens”.And machines like I-Pace help us with that. Looking like an ordinary Jaguar inside and out, this crossover is great for driving. Even with a reserve of 289 km reduced due to subzero temperatures, I-Pace can take you far enough. It is only necessary to correctly route to fast charging stations. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
Geely GE11 Electric Car To Be Sold In Singapore Next Month Source: Electric Vehicle News Geely To Launch New Emgrand GSe BEV With More Range In China and on China’s testing scale, of course.The Geely Emgrand GSe, a BEV crossover SUV currently operated by Geely New Energy, has four variants available for sale with after-subsidy prices ranging from RMB119,800 to RMB145,800. In March, the automaker is going to launch the new Emgrand GSe with a driving range increased by 13% to 400km, said Zheng Zhuang, general manager of Geely New Energy sales company.More Geely News Mr. Zheng also revealed that consumers who place orders before March 31 will continue to enjoy the NEV subsidy policy for 2018.The NEDC-rate driving range of the existing Emgrand GSe is 353km, while the yet-to-be-sold new version will boast a range up to 400km, the same as that of the BYD Song EV500. The new Emgrand is expected to retain Jing-Jin Electric (JJE)’s second-generation permanent magnet synchronous generator that pumps out 120kW and 250 N·m of torque peak, enabling the vehicle to run at a top speed of 140km/h.As to the exterior, the new and the outgoing versions may be much alike. At the front face, the closed-off grille is flanked by LED headlights and the charging port is located on the front fender. Inside the new Emgrand GSe, the wrap-around center console still exists. Besides, a full liquid crystal dashboard and an 8-inch liquid crystal display will be offered as standard configurators.Source: Gasgoo Geely Auto Adds Geely New Energy To Automotive Lineup Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 24, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
Insider Says Tesla Semi Is Good For Whole Trucking Industry Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Study proves battery-electric trucks’ advantages over diesel, but tech expert is unimpressed.A recent study by Transport and Environment compares overall energy consumption of all-electric haulers like the Tesla Semi versus today’s diesel trucks. In addition, it works to compare the two powertrains in terms of their environmental impacts. All things considered, the study favors the all-electric option for many reasons. However, Chair of Automotive Engineering at the Technical University of Munich Markus Lienkamp strongly disagrees.Tesla Semi News: Source: Electric Vehicle News UPDATE: Perfect Way For Deliveries: Tesla Model 3 By Tesla Semi: Video The study used two different diesel trucks. One returns about 7 mpg while the other gets about 11. Teslarati writes:The results of Transport and Environment’s study found that diesel trucks consume between 2.2-3.3 kilowatt-hours per kilometer, far above the consumption of an average electric truck, which requires 1.44 kWh per km. Electric vehicles that are designed from the ground up for maximum efficiency such as the Tesla Semi require just 1.15 kWh per km. The study’s authors concluded that overall, using all-electric trucks reduces energy consumption by a factor of 1.5-2.9.Moreover, the study proves that battery-electric trucks are more efficient. The diesels range from 20 to 45 percent efficient for long trips and only 10 percent efficient in the city. Electric haulers like the Tesla Semi come in at 90 percent efficient on the long haul and 75 percent efficient in the city. This massive efficiency advantage in urban environments is positive news for Tesla since these short haul trips are what it’s semi is primarily designed for. More importantly, it’s extremely positive for the environment.Finally, the study asserts that battery-electric trucks cost less to repair than diesel trucks, and maintenance is cheaper as well. Electric vehicles simply have less moving parts, very little fluid to change out, and regenerative braking, which increases the longevity of the braking system.After coming across this data, Markus Lienkamp argues that the efficiency situation goes back to the energy’s source. He shared (via Teslarati):The efficiency of the electricity mix used for the truck battery is important. If the energy comes from a gas-fired power plant, for example, the overall efficiency quickly drops back to 40%. If, on the other hand, 80% to 90% of the electricity comes from renewable sources, as planned in the EU for 2040, long-distance trucks would be attractive from an ecological point of view.Lienkamp goes on to say that for longer distances (500km or more), battery-electric haulers will not be economically viable until 2030. He believes that it just costs too much money to attempt to reduce CO2 levels. Lienkamp said:The battery for a Tesla Semi must have a capacity of about 1000 kWh, per 100 kilometers about 130 kilowatt-hours. This is technically not easily feasible and it’s also pointless both economically and ecologically.Source: Teslarati What Does Daimler Trucks CEO Really Think About Tesla Semi?
Tesla Model 3, S, X March 2019 U.S. Sales Estimates: Final Tesla Sales Down For Q1 2019, But The Situation Is Far From Dire Tesla Model 3 Tops European Sales Chart For Premium Midsize Sedan Auto analyst firm Schwacke released a study in March that showed a three-year-old Model S would retain an average of 60 percent of its original value on the German used car market, compared to the average large luxury car’s 50.7 percent retained value. The next-highest resale value went to the Porsche Panamera at 57.4 percent, while the best-selling Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ was 51.9 percent. The likely rare Jaguar XJ’s was just 40.2 percent, although that’s still better than the 28.7 percent of its original value it retains on the British used car market.EVs in many markets suffer with resale value largely because of the incentives to buy new ones, rather than pick up used ones. In the U.S., a three-year-old Nissan Leaf can drop in value by as much as 70 percent, according to Consumer Reports, because it still qualifies for generous government incentives.Tesla is still more exclusive than most German brands in their home market, its sales having just caught up to Porsche last month mostly on the back of the Model 3. Other factors might include the cost of maintenance as the car ages. Large luxury cars tend to plummet in value as they age because of their high repair and running costs and if you can comfortably afford that, you can probably comfortably afford to just buy a new one. Factor that in with the continued allure of the Tesla name for some and the retained value of the Model S starts to make sense. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla may be dodging the depreciation doldrums facing most used EVs.Large luxury sedans are notorious for losing a lot of their value as soon as they become “used,” and electric vehicles may have an even greater reputation for that. But the Tesla Model S, now in its seventh year of production, might be changing that – at least in Germany.More Tesla News
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Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Semiconductor company Silicon Labs has introduced a familyof isolated analog amplifiers, voltage sensors and delta-sigma modulator (DSM)devices designed to provide accurate current and voltage measurement with verylow drift across temperature.The Texas-based company says the Si89xx family providesflexible voltage, current, and output options to help developers reduce BOMcost and shrink board space. The products are designed for industrial and greenenergy applications, including EV battery management and charging systems,DC-DC converters, and motor inverters.To maximize efficiency and respond quickly to faults orchanges in load, system controllers require current and voltage informationfrom high-voltage rails. Silicon Labs’ isolation technology keeps controllerssafe across wide temperature variations with 1,414 V working voltage and 13 kVbipolar surge.Silicon Labs says the Si89xx devices provide up to three times higher common-mode transient immunity than competing products. The company also says the devices’ 75 kV/µs immunity to fast transients ensures reliable and accurate current readings in industrial applications. The Si89xx family supports a fail-safe indication to the host controller if the high-side supply voltage is not detected.The devices provide typical offset error as low as ±40 µV and ±0.1% gain error, enabling precise measurements. Typical offset drift as low as ±0.15 µV/˚ C and typical gain drift as low as -6 ppm/˚ C ensure accuracy across temperature. The devices offer typical signal-to-noise ratio of up to 90 dB. A low-power mode automatically reduces current draw on one side of the isolation barrier to approximately 1 mA whenever voltage is removed from the other side, enabling a controller to manage power with a simple field-effect transistor.Silicon Labs VP Brian Mirkin said, “Our isolation products continue to replace traditional optocouplers and outperform competing digital isolators, enabling higher surge performance, reliability, integration and safety for system designs requiring protection from high voltages.”Source: Silicon Labs
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But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Comments 2 Esherhammer Share on Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Ayr 2.30 The promising Money Order, one of three runners on the card for Brendan Powell and Tony McCoy, faces a tough task on this ground on his comeback from a lengthy absence. He could be well handicapped, but Harmony Brig certainly is, rated 7lb lower than his chase mark. Fifth behind Mon Mome at Cheltenham, he has two ways of running but the first-time cheekpieces can keep him on his toes. Kempton 2.45 The return to two miles on Polytrack will suit Coda Agency, who, after looking held, was staying on again at the finish when fifth behind Amron Hill over a quarter-mile shorter trip at Southwell. Kempton 3.15 After a long spell in the wilderness, Pegasus Again came good at Lingfield last Saturday. Considering he was rated 95 at the start of last year, he may be capable of defying a 6lb rise to a mark of 76. Lingfield 3.20 Plenty of solid course and distance form is on show here, with Philatelist and Sgt Schultz old hands around the Surrey Polytrack. But at the weights they may not contain Art Man, who is a dual winner here and hinted at a return to form at Great Leighs last time. He has slipped to his last winning mark. Ayr 3.30 After a successful season on the Flat last year, when she won three times, Princess Flame disappointed on her return to hurdling at Fontwell in November. But, under a more positive ride, it was a different story at Leicester where she led at the fifth flight and ran on strongly. With Tony McCoy in the driving seat, the tough Princess Flame can overcome a 7lb rise.Kempton 3.45 Having taken up the running on the home bend, Lady Aspen looked all over the winner here on Tuesday but was caught in the last stride by Aphrodisia. She deserves another chance, with this furlong-shorter trip unlikely to inconvenience her. Ayr 4.00 Reported to have had problems with his breathing following an eye-catching run at Kelso in October, Pinewood Legend can fare better with a tongue strap applied here. He ran well on the Flat last month.Horses senseNew rider may get happy ending out of PsychoThe Tony Martin stable makes few mistakes when the money is down, but Psycho was a costly reverse in last season’s County Hurdle, when jockey Paul Carberry may have left it too late on the eventual runner-up. Davy Russell takes over in tomorrow’s Pierse Hurdle at Leopardstown and Psycho is said to be spot-on for this valuable prize. Willie Mullins, whose Pierse runner Imperial Hills is expected to be on the premises despite shouldering a 13lb penalty, has been mopping up bumper races during his excellent run of form. Mullins has a number of well-regarded newcomers waiting in the wings and we are told to look out for HammersmithRyde Back (3.50) is a useful sort for mares bumpers according to reports from the Nicky Henderson camp. She will be worth noting if the frost relents at Folkestone in time for Tuesday’s card. Optimus Maximus (12.50) would not be one of the stars in the Henderson juvenile hurdling team, but he jumps well and should make a bold bid in the opener at Newbury on Wednesday. The smart Zaynar, incidentally, is in superb form and on course to reappear at Ascot next weekend. Henderson has a strong hand in the 2m3f novice hurdle at Newbury, where his entries include Eradicate. Useful on the Flat when trained by Mark Johnston, the five-year-old has done everything right in preparation for his jumping debut. The mares novice chase on the Newbury card looks an ideal starting point for Oliver Sherwood’s Jaunty Flight (3.35)Even with Wichita Lineman up against him, Wind Instrument (1.05) will be worth following at Carlisle tomorrow. Carl Llewellyn’s raider turned in a bold round of jumping when successful on his chasing debut at Chepstow and has a bright future over fences.Sentry Duty was installed 10-1 favourite for the totesport Trophy on the publication of the entries earlier this week, not surprising given his recent record. But don’t discount the chance of stablemate Working Title in the Newbury race next month. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old failed to see out the trip when tried over 2m5f at Kempton, but he could be very interesting in the Trophy off a light weight. Our best news for the all-weather today concerns Coda-Agency (2.45) at Kempton.Seen and heardDevotees of Dunstall Park will be pleased to learn that Wolverhampton merits an entry in a recently published book by American writer Alan Shuback, entitled Global Racing, The Complete Guide to the Greatest Foreign Racecourses. But the reality check comes when Shuback, of Daily Racing Form, says: “The best Polytrack racing in England is at Lingfield and Kempton. All-weather racing is the bottom end in Britain, wintertime all-weather racing is the bottom of the bottom.” Shuback also lists Warwick, but it is the town, not the racecourse, he describes as “an awfully smart little place”. These are early days to be thinking about Classics, but we gather connections of Crowded House are favouring a crack at the 2,000 Guineas with the impressive Racing Post Trophy winner, as opposed to the Dante Stakes/Derby route. Brian Meehan’s colt showed dazzling speed at Doncaster and it is felt the ground at Newmarket on Guineas day could be more in his favour than that on York’s Knavesmire. Trainers and owners of middle-distance horses assembled in Dubai for the Carnival meeting, which starts next Thursday, may do well to consider a detour to Qatar on 25 February for the International Cup, worth $500,000 (£330,000). Conrad Allen, the former Newmarket trainer, now director of racing in Qatar, will be doing his best to attract big names to the 12-furlong race. The Racing Post are not alone in making cuts as the credit crunch bites. However, it was surprising to see Graham Cunningham’s Friday tipping column dropped, as, in contrast to some others, it was both eminently readable and often rewarding for followers.11.30am Why can’t we switch the big meetings?Tony Paley reports: Wetherby, not very surprisingly, became the latest casualty of the big freeze when called off at 7.30 this morning, a full hour and a half before the official inspection was due to have taken place.Punchestown over in Ireland went the same way fifteen minutes later but at least the very attractive card at Leopardstown tomorrow is set to go ahead. The Irish Turf Club’s Cliff Noone said: “Everything is fine at Leopardstown and they don’t have any worries whatsoever. It’s due to get milder and maybe a bit wet later on and it could be wild and windy tomorrow. It’s a completely different scenario from Punchestown with temperatures rising.”The meeting at Punchestown was swiftly rearranged for Monday by the Irish racing authorities. Looking at the pictures from Kempton earlier on The Morning Line I think there would have been little chance of them racing on the turf there in the very near future so it was prescient of the powers that be that an all-weather meeting was put in place of the quality jumps card originally scheduled for this afternoon.However, at Warwick, where they were due to stage their most important day’s racing of the year today there was always a chance, given the rise in temperatures, that they could have raced tomorrow.This is exactly the same situation as at Cheltenham last month where the big Saturday Boylesports Gold Cup meeting was lost to waterlogging. Twenty four hours later Cheltenham could have raced but the only money changing hands at the venue was at a massive car boot sale.At the time Edward Gillespie, the forward-looking managing director at Cheltenham, was quoted in The Times as saying the idea of restaging meetings should be investigated. He said “I’m sure we could have raced today but the logistics of horse racing in this country means it wasn’t even discussed. Perhaps it should have been. Maybe this is the opportunity to revisit the issue of having a Plan B to protect a very limited number of fixtures.”Paul Struthers, the British Horseracing Authority spokesman, didn’t dismiss the suggestion when asked about Gillespie’s comments but did pour cold water on the idea in the Guardian this week when the issue resurfaced. What a shame. Granted there are complications about TV coverage, sponsorship and day-to-day arrangements such as catering and staffing but surely these can be overcome if the sport is of a mind to. It seems utterly ludicrous that the quality races due to be run at Cheltehham last month and at Warwick today are lost when they could have been run just a day later.Where there’s a will there’s a way but British racing, it seems, is not willing even to consider investigating whether changes can be made for the long-term good of the game.4.30pm More weather woe for racingTomorrow’s meeting at Carlisle is the latest to be abandoned due to freezing temperatures. After an inspection at 2pm today clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch was left with no option but to call the meeting off. “I’m afraid we’ve abandoned,” said Tulloch. “Last night was one of the coldest we’ve had and even though it warmed up a bit, with the wind-chill factor it is just not coming out of the ground. It left us with no option really.”Conditions at Plumpton will have to improve dramatically if Monday’s meeting is to survive and they will inspect tomorrow at 8am. Temperatures touched minus nine on Friday night and after successive frosts, hopes are not high it will come out of the ground in time. “Last night’s frost was the most severe yet, it got down to minus nine,” said clerk of the course Mark Cornford today. “After seven nights of sub zero temperatures the frost has got into the ground really deep. It is still minus one now so it is not thawing. “It’s supposed to be minus two tonight overnight and some rain is forecast. I just think that the frost is in so deep it won’t have enough time to get out of the ground in time. If it does thaw a little we might have another look on Monday morning but we’ll try to keep everybody informed as early as we can.”Fakenham’s meeting on Monday is subject to a 1pm inspection on Sunday. Conditions eased sufficiently on Friday but temperatures dropped dramatically again in the evening leaving the course frozen once more. “It has been very cold today and we wouldn’t have been able to race,” said clerk of the course David Hunter. “We’d have been able to race on the hurdle track yesterday but it dropped to minus four last night and is only plus one today so it is not defrosting. “We are forecast only zero degrees tonight with it getting warmer and providing that is right and we have a frost free Sunday, along with winds and gusts of rain, we should be fine. If the forecast is right we shouldn’t have a problem but if it stays cold we might have.”4.40pm Cox’s 22-1 belterGuardian chief tipster Ron Cox found a big-priced winner at Ayr today in the 2.30 with Harmony Brig at 22-1 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Report Share newest Share on Facebook Talking Horses Horse racing tips Share Share on Facebook expanded Topics Share on LinkedIn View more comments Reason (optional) Sportblog 0 1 Share on Pinterest Report recommendations Sportblog Email (optional) Sat 10 Jan 2009 05.00 EST Horse racing comments (2)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share via Email unthreaded Threads collapsed collapsed Well done spotting Harmony Brig in the 2.30. Not sure anyone else flagged him up. Not that I was on. Reuse this content,View all comments > Since you’re here… mike65ie Share via Email Share on Twitter All | Pick Support The Guardian Facebook couldn;t be bothered to look at the RP on saturday – had a few £ on all of Ron’s TV selections..Many, many thanks for both Harmony Brig and Pinewood Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Close report comment form Show 25 blogposts Read more 10 Jan 2009 22:53 Twitter Reply Reply Share on Facebook 12 Jan 2009 5:56 First published on Sat 10 Jan 2009 05.00 EST 100 50 25 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other | Pick Order by oldest Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter 0 1 The one certainty about today’s card at Ayr, where jump racing looks set to resume after eight blank days of freezing weather, is that the going will be testing. Indeed, soft-to-heavy ground at this course can be like no other, so it is essential your selections are proven in the conditions. Gypsy George (3.00), who carries top weight in the £20,000 Blue Square Handicap Chase, has the necessary credentials. He won in bad ground here and at Kelso last season and it can pay to overlook his poor effort when pulled up in the Coral Welsh National last month. Chepstow was proof that Gypsy George is not ready for that sort of test, but Tim Walford’s stayer had looked to be progressing and it should be within his powers to give weight to these rivals. Malko De Beaumont and Jass look the ones to beat, particularly the latter, who could not muster the pace to get competitive over two-and-a-half miles at Sedgefield. Before that, he ran King Barry to a length over this course and distance, form which puts him in with a good chance. Ayr 2.00 This stamina test will hold no fears for Companero, who stayed on strongly to win a handicap hurdle by eight lengths at Hexham last time. A useful Irish point-to-point winner, he jumped well when beating Nine De Sivola over fences at Carlisle.Kempton 2.15 Like the majority of these, Arfinnit does not win very often, but he comes here in good form after chasing home Whiskey Creek at Lingfield on Monday. The visor he wore there, as opposed to the usual cheekpieces, sharpened him up and a repeat of that form will see him go close.
Save Money With FCPA Connect Keep it simple. Not all FCPA issues warrant a team of lawyers or other professional advisers. Achieve client and business objectives in a more efficient manner through FCPA Connect. Candid, Comprehensive, and Cost-Effective. Former SEC FCPA Unit Chief Kara Brockmeyer on declinations and voluntary disclosure, Wal-Mart’s global chief ethics and compliance officer on increased standardization in global anti-corruption efforts, scrutiny updates, French first, and for the reading stack.It’s all here in the Friday Roundup.Former SEC FCPA Unit Chief Kara Brockmeyer On Declinations and Voluntary DisclosureBrockmeyer is profiled in this recent Corporate Crime Report Q&A. (See here for a recent FCPA Flash podcast with Brockmeyer).“What is the case load of the unit?“The unit doesn’t officially report the number of investigations. There are public sources out there that say that at any one time, there are probably one hundred open investigations.”Is there a dollar cut off for the SEC FCPA unit to take a case?“There is not a dollar cut off per se. But just like any other enforcement action, there does have to be a triage. You have a limited amount of resources that you can bring to bear. Historically, small dollar limited conduct are the types of things where the unit is not going to open an investigation. That being said, it’s possible that a lot of small low level bribes does indicate there is an internal controls problem. And you may very well see an investigation and even an enforcement action.”Let’s take a snapshot of those 100 investigations. Can you give me a sense as to percentage wise how they are being resolved?“It’s difficult to say because the SEC does not announce the number of declinations. These are public companies. But companies will announce when the SEC has declined a matter. But that number will undercount the true number of companies that were involved in an investigation that was closed.”“There are cases where a company reports a minor matter, the SEC opens an investigation to look into it, and then at the end of that process, the SEC concludes that the company acted appropriately and there was not evidence of a violation and the investigation was closed without action.”Of those 100 investigations, what would be your guess as to how many are closed without action?“It could be anywhere from ten to fifteen, even twenty percent of allegations brought to the SEC’s attention that they decline to go further on.”Does the SEC announce declinations?“No, the SEC does not announce declinations. Declinations can be made public by the company or the individual who receives one. Often, if a company has disclosed that it is under investigation, it will of course want to announce that it has received a declination. But the SEC itself does not announce declinations.”When there is no evidence of FCPA violations, this is not a “declination” this is what the law demands. Consider the following analogy. Let’s say law enforcement sets up a sobriety checkpoint on the highway. A sober driver successfully passes through it. Would we call this an instance of law enforcement “declining” to prosecute the driver for drunk driver? Of course not, and the same logic should apply in the FCPA context as well.Back to the Brockmeyer Q&A.“[H]ow many [FCPA inquiries] are triggered by self-reports by the company?“When I was at the SEC, on average, about 25 percent to 35 percent of the cases brought in any given year were the result of self-reporting. That means that on average about two-thirds of the cases brought were sourced through some other mechanism.”“I can’t give you direct numbers but I can tell you anecdotally that the percentage of self-reports among investigations is higher. There are a significant number of self-reports involving conduct that is limited in scope, time and size. And those are cases that generally would end in a declination. But I don’t know that for sure. And I haven’t looked at that data.”Overall is self-reporting decreasing?“With the government, we don’t actually know how many cases are out there that we don’t hear about. When I was with the government, the number of self-reports over five years stayed relatively constant. But I do hear as well from defense counsel that there are fewer self reports.”I question the 25-35% figure referenced. As highlighted in this prior post (with aggregated information for several years), based on information in SEC FCPA resolution documents.Of the 24 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions from 2016, 8 enforcement actions (33%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures; of the 9 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions from 2015, 3 enforcement actions (33%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures; of the 7 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions from 2014, 4 enforcement actions (57%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures; of the 8 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions in 2013, 3 enforcement actions (38%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures; in 2012 of the 8 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions 4 (50%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures; and in 2011 of the 13 corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions 11 (85%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures.Wal-Mart’s Global Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer on Increased Standardization Around Global Anti-Corruption EffortsA very thoughtful and well-written article by Jay Jorgensen (Global Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Wal-Mart) about increased standardization around global anti-corruption efforts.“I believe Walmart has already implemented the recommendations embodied in the ISO  standard. But the fact that Walmart has already implemented an effective program doesn’t make the ISO standard irrelevant. To the contrary, promoting increased standardization of corporate anti-corruption efforts would benefit everyone who is working against the plague of corruption.”For a recent FCPA Professor post by Jorgensen on Wal-Mart’s enhanced ethics and compliance program, see here.Scrutiny UpdatesSinovac BiotechThis previous post highlighted how Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech, a company with shares traded on NASDAQ, could become the first China-based issuer to resolve a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action. Recently the company disclosed:“The Beijing People’s Court issued five judgements in 2016 and 2017. These judgments were related to corrupt conduct allegedly engaged in by a former official of the Center for Drug Evaluation in CFDA, his wife and his son. These judgments found that the official and his wife had engaged in a practice of improperly soliciting and accepting payments from various individuals involved in the vaccine products industry. According to the judgments, one of the individuals solicited by the official was Mr. Weidong Yin, our chairman, president and chief executive officer. It was asserted in the judgments that Mr. Yin made three payments, and arranged for a loan, to the official and his wife, in the total amount of RMB550,000 ($77,000) between 2002 and 2011. Mr. Yin was not charged with any offense or improper conduct and he cooperated as a witness with the procuratorate. To our knowledge, no legal proceedings or government inquiries have been made against Mr. Yin. In December 2016, our audit committee authorized the commencement of an internal investigation into the allegations made in the judgements. The audit committee engaged Latham & Watkins as independent counsel to assist with the investigation.In June 2017, we became aware of certain judgments based on bribery charges issued by Chinese courts in four provinces against various officials of the Chinese Center for Disease Control (the “CDC”). While these judgments appear to reflect an industry-wide investigation focused on CDC officials, they also referenced eight of the Company’s former and current salespersons, together with sales personnel from several other Chinese vaccine companies and distributors. These judgments did not name, and no charges were brought against, the Company or any of its directors, officers or employees as defendants. The eight referenced employees cooperated with the procuratorate. The procuratorate did not contact the Company for cooperation. Upon becoming aware of these judgments, our Audit Committee expanded its internal investigation to review matters related to these judgments and the Company’s sales practices and policies, and further engaged Latham & Watkins to continue the independent investigation with the expanded scope.After we publicly announced the internal investigation arising from the allegations in a research report in December 2016, we were notified by the SEC in February of an enforcement inquiry related to the matters discussed in the report, and in April 2017 we received a subpoena from the SEC requesting documents. Also in February 2017, we received an inquiry from NASDAQ related to the same matter. We are cooperating with NASDAQ and the SEC investigations into these matters. In September 2017, we received an inquiry from the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and we have been cooperating with the DOJ.We take these matters very seriously and are committed to conducting business in compliance with all applicable laws. However, at this time, we are unable to predict, what, if any, action may be taken by NASDAQ, the SEC and the DOJ or any penalties or remedial measures these agencies may seek, but intend to continue to cooperate with these agencies. Any determination that our operations or activities are not in compliance with existing laws or regulations could result in the imposition of fines, civil and criminal penalties, and equitable remedies, including disgorgement or injunctive relief. We cannot reasonably estimate the potential liability, if any, related to these matters resulting from any proceedings that may be commenced by the SEC or any other governmental authorities.”SAPAs highlighted in this previous post, in February 2016 SAP (a German company with American Depository Shares registered with the SEC) resolved an FCPA enforcement action based on conduct in Panama. Without admitting or denying the SEC’s finding’s in an administrative order the company agreed to pay approximately $3.9 million and the SEC ordered the company to cease and desist from committing or causing any violations and any future violations of the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls case.Fresh off this 2016 FCPA enforcement action, SAP again became the subject of FCPA scrutiny. As highlighted here, SAP is under scrutiny for contracts with South African state rail company Transet and state utility Eskom including its relationship with “the Indian-born Gupta brothers—Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh—[who] are, together with [South Africa] president Jacob Zuma, at the center of numerous allegations of corruption in South Africa.” As noted in this report: “the Guptas are extremely close to Zuma, to the extent that they reportedly have influence over who occupies senior cabinet positions, and there have been numerous allegations of Gupta-linked enterprises demanding kickbacks for arranging deals with state-owned companies.”Reuters reports:“[SAP] has launched an investigation into its business practices in the Gulf region […] The company also said one of its executives in the Gulf region had resigned and another was on administrative leave, without giving further details. […] A source familiar with the matter said the individuals referred to by SAP were Tayfun Topkoc, the company’s country manager for the United Arab Emirates, and Oman country manager Przemek Oledzki – whose LinkedIn profile identifies him as chief of staff for the UAE, Iran and Oman region. The source added SAP’s investigations related to the company’s dealings with Iran, which are overseen by its Gulf States offices in Dubai. Topkoc and Oledzki did not immediately respond to requests for comment via their email and social media profiles. “We are currently investigating business activities in the region,” SAP told Reuters in a statement, without specifying whether the matter concerned Iran. “SAP is committed to the highest standards of business ethics and we always strive to operate with transparency and integrity. Please understand that we cannot say more while the investigation is ongoing,” it said.”French FirstAs highlighted in this recent FCPA Flash podcast, France has adopted a deferred prosecution regime. The resolution vehicle was recently used for the first time in an enforcement action (outside the bribery/corruption context) against HSBC.What does a French DPA look like? See here for the English translation.As stated in the DPA:“[The relevant entity], which neither voluntarily disclosed the facts to the French criminal authorities, nor acknowledged its criminal liability during the course of the investigation, only offered minimal cooperation in the investigation.”For the Reading StackThe always informative Debevoise & Plimpton FCPA Update is here with a lead article about the DOJ’s recent individual enforcement actions. As highlighted several times on these pages in terms of the “clustering phenomenon,” the alert rightly notes that there is a “feast or famine” aspect to individual enforcement. Cases tend to either have many individuals (PDVSA, Haiti Teleco, Rolls-Royce) or none …”.Miller & Chevalier’s FCPA Autumn Review is here. Connect
by, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweetShare42Share18Email60 SharesNext week Ashton Applewhite will be joining Bill Thomas & team onstage in Columbus to kick off the Midwest Swing as the Second Wind Tour’s anti-ageism Agitator in Chief!So far the Second Wind Tour’s five-hour “nonfiction theater” experience has has centered largely around personal growth and reimagining aging. But starting now we’re taking advantage of Ashton’s razor wit and advocacy to make ending ageism a central focus of the Second Wind Tour.Make sure you visit the Second Wind Tour Blog and especially the Tour Tumblr, where we will publish a series of graphics for the Second Wind Tour #EndAgeism Campaign.What is the root of ageism in our society? Dr. Bill Thomas argues that our society venerates and idealizes youth while ignoring elders with real lived experience, making them invisible. It is perpetuated in the mass media by what he calls “the doctrine of youth perfection”.Last weekend Nashville Public Television debuted an outstanding documentary “Aging Matters“, exploring the changing face of aging and what our community faces as the baby boomer generation grows the over 65 population to unprecedented numbers. Watch Bill and other experts talk about ageism in the excerpt below.Watch the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr1_7kIfhlA#t=678 Related PostsDeclaring Independence From AgeismThis Fourth of July lets declare independence from ageism! It won’t be an easy revolution. Like the colonial British Empire, ageism won’t roll over without a fight.Happy New Year From ChangingAging!On this New Year’s Eve we’d like to raise a toast to our readers and thank everyone who supported our efforts to change aging for the better!From Ageism to Age PrideAshton Applewhite stands before a room of dozens of people expecting to hear the same ‘ol spiel. Instead, she poses a question: “What is every person in this room going to become?” When no one offers an answer she continues. “Older. The prospect has an awful lot of us scared…TweetShare42Share18Email60 SharesTags: Ageism ageist Ashton Applewhite ThisChairRocks
Jun 27 2018Inflammation plays a key role in improving the ability to relearn motor skills lost as a result of spinal cord injuries, such as grasping objects, new University of Alberta research shows.U of A spinal cord researchers Karim Fouad, a Canada Research Chair in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Abel Torres Espín studied inflammation and rehabilitation training in rodents and discovered that creating a mild inflammatory response improved a rat’s ability to relearn how to pick up pellets months following a spinal cord injury.”Time is of the essence,” explained Fouad. “It’s usually impossible at the early stages to train at a high enough intensity to regain motor functions. If patients can’t work on recovering those skills effectively, those skills are lost forever and cannot be regained.”Related StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophyChronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brainFouad’s findings could have significant impact on how nervous system injuries are treated in the future, to improve patient recovery.”If we can elicit similar responses in patients, this has huge potential to improve recovery,” explained Fouad.Loss of hand function is a leading cause of adult disability in Canada and can be devastating to patients and their families.Fouad’s team also ran studies to explore training intensity, and found the amount of reaching and the intensity matters to increased recovery. For the rats that were training more frequently, recovery was markedly improved, as mapping of stained nerve cells showed an increase in connectivity.”After an injury, there are thousands of axons that are all trying to reconnect,” said Fouad. “Rebuilding tends to be random, but with training it can be more deliberate and successful.”In order to develop a clinically relevant approach to modulate inflammation, Fouad’s group is currently exploring which specific aspect of inflammation is key to nervous system rewiring.Source: https://www.ualberta.ca
About 420 million years ago, near the end of the so-called Silurian period, the last of a series of mass extinctions struck the world’s oceans. Some scientists have suggested these die-offs were caused by worldwide cold spells. But a new study hints that the extinctions—which mostly affected corals, colonymaking creatures called graptolites, and eel-like creatures called conodonts—may have instead been caused by changes in ocean chemistry, including reduced oxygen and elevated concentrations of toxic metals dissolved in the seawater. The evidence, the researchers say, includes 100-micrometer-wide, beaker-shaped fossils called chitinozoans, which haven’t been clearly linked to any particular species but are presumed to be the egg cases of marine creatures at the base of the ocean’s food chain. Analyses show that the proportions of malformed chitinozoans (abnormal fossil at left, typical fossil at right) in seafloor sediments that accumulated just before the die-off 420 million years ago were as many as 100 times higher than normal, the researchers report online today in Nature Communications. Those defects, including riotous growth of tissue, are very similar to those caused in modern-day aquatic creatures living in metal-polluted waters, the team notes. Toxic metals, including iron, copper, arsenic, and lead, were likely pulled from sediments into the water when low oxygen conditions rendered the elements more soluble. The one-two punch of low oxygen and toxic metals may have been a major contributor to this and other die-offs, the researchers propose. They also suggest that malformed fossils of chitinozoans could one day serve as keen markers for ancient changes in ocean chemistry.
Infanticide—the killing of offspring—is generally rare among birds. And when it happens, it’s usually because of outsiders that want the nesting site or territory. But what happens among birds, such as the greater ani (Crotophaga major, pictured), which have a more socialist approach to nesting? Two to four pairs of the Central and South American cuckoos (which are usually unrelated) build a single nest, and then work together to raise their chicks, which generally hatch at the same time. Intriguingly, the adults cannot recognize either their own eggs or chicks, so they care for all of them. To find out why—and if the simultaneous hatching protects the chicks from infanticide—a scientist analyzed data on nestling mortality gathered at 104 communal greater ani nests from 2006 to 2015. Of the 741 nestlings, 321 (43%) fledged and 420 (57%) died. Most of the deaths (78.5%) were due to predation. But another 13.8%, or 58 nestlings, died from infanticide, the scientist reports online today in Evolution. The remaining 32 (7.7%) died from starvation. At most of the nests, the chicks hatched within 1 day of each other. Those that first emerged from their eggs were the most likely to be dispatched by one of the nest founders, not an outsider. Chicks that hatched last were also unlucky; weaker than their older and larger nest-mates, they weren’t able to compete for food and starved. Those two pressures—infanticide and food competition—end up favoring the chicks in the middle and those that hatch on the same day, the researcher reports.
In the lead up analysis on right now for the #DemDebate, @MSNBC keeps reiterating how no presidential candidate can win without #BlackWomen. So then @MSNBC why don’t you have any black women commentators on discussing the race? pic.twitter.com/9RjxorgJNf— Rep. Renitta Shannon (@RenittaShannon) June 27, 2019Once that smoke cleared, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro made sure the country knew that many of his proposed presidential platforms were drawn up with Black women in mind, inspired by them, or both. He also made a clear distinction between the terms “reproductive freedom” and “reproductive justice.” I’ll be watching the #PresidentialDebate tonight without a SINGLE Black woman moderator or commentator. PS- Black women are an important voting bloc. Maybe they didn’t know?? Nah, that’s not it. Whew! I’m Beat! https://t.co/TlF4PRFLYc— Tiffany Cross (@TiffanyDCross) June 26, 2019That void was notable for a handful of important reasons, but maybe none as pressing as the across-the-board consensus that Black women have been the backbone of the Democratic Party for so long, especially in recent months. And with more than half of Black voters being women, it would seem like a no-brainer to have the first debate of this presidential election season include at least one Black women in somewhat of a prominent role. READ MORE: 5 Things Cory Booker Must Do At First Democratic DebateWith that said, there were still a handful of moments that were actually 100 percent about Black women whether viewers knew it or not. While nothing makes up for the real thing, those moments — featuring New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — made the coveted voting bloc’s presence still felt despite their physical absence from the debate. We do not talk enough about trans Americans, especially trans African Americans and the especially high rates of murder right now. It’s not enough just to be on the Equality Act, we need to have a president who will fight to protect LGBTQ Americans every day. #DemDebate— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 27, 2019The topic of the wage gap came up, as well, which is a nod to the financial divide along racial and gender lines that shows “it takes the typical black woman 19 months to be paid what the average white man takes home in 12 months.”Candidates also continued to tout their plans for free college, which is part of a larger ambitious strategy by some who hope to eliminate student loan debt as a whole. And since “Black women are earning more college degrees,” it could be argued that these proposals surrounding college and debt would heavily benefit Black women college students and graduates. ‘I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice.’ — Julián Castro defended the right of low-income and transgender Americans to have an abortion #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/S1bUx6cvCX— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 27, 2019 But it was Castro again who put things in their proper perspective for Black women when he said the names of Sandra Bland and Pamela Turner as examples of the need for “racial social justice.” The glaring absence of Black women at the first of two Democratic presidential debates was impossible to ignore, a fact that was substantiated by what seemed like hundreds of tweets that were dominating NewsOne’s Twitter timeline Wednesday night. Not only was the lone Black woman running for president scheduled to take the debate stage in Miami on Thursday night, but there was also a low-key controversy over how NBC did not have a Black woman as one of the five moderators who worked the first debate. SEE ALSO:Terry Crews Says He Is Off The Hollywood Plantation: ‘I’m A Slave Who Ran Away’Trump’s Third Child Claims He Was Spit On By An Employee At A Chicago Restaurant Many wondered why Joy-Ann Reid, a Black woman who regularly makes politics the focus of her very popular NBC-owned show, wasn’t part of the lineup of moderators. Others simply took to Twitter to express the missed moment that Democrats were probably kicking themselves over after learning of the backlash on social media, which seemingly offers a more accurate snapshot of how people truly feel instead of relying on polling. On a presidential debate stage, @JulianCastro is making the names of black and brown folks killed by police violence. On a presidential debate stage. Politics aside, this just matters. https://t.co/0N4oeVKzas— Maya Rupert (@MayaRupert) June 27, 2019The second debate features Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Pete Buttigieg, Biden, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Rep. Eric Swalwell and Marianne Williamson. It starts at 9 p.m. EDT and will be televised live on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo Thursday night. “What about Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, LaQuan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Pamela Turner, Antonio Arce.”Julian Castro has been loudest voice on Police Terror. Notice how he flipped the question which was about ‘Latino voters’. This is not new. #DemocraticDebates #DemDebates pic.twitter.com/ahUvFso9uj— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 27, 2019Castro made a concerted effort to keep Black women as part of the debate, which probably explains why the sense was that he came away as the winner Wednesday night. Where All The Presidential Candidates Stand On Reparations, In Their Own Words Black Women , Black Women Voters , Democratic Debate While both terms apply to the larger restrictive abortion laws being enacted across the country, the former has often been used in the context of trans lives as Black trans women, in particular, have been under increasingly violent siege in recent months. The latter is a term that was coined by a group of Black women 25 years ago who “recognized that the women’s rights movement, led by and representing middle class and wealthy white women, could not defend the needs of women of color and other marginalized women and trans* people.”New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker spoke about Black trans lives, too.
World War I, or “the war to end all wars” as it was commonly termed at the time, was ignited by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand — the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire — in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The assassins were part of a secret society called the Black Hand, who wanted Bosnia-Herzegovina to gain independence from Austro-Hungarian control, so that they could form their own union with Serbia.When it was made public that the Archduke and his wife would be making a visit to Sarajevo, members of the Black Hand went to the city with the intention of killing Ferdinand.Franz Ferdinand, ca. 1914.The Archduke and his wife, Countess Sophie, had been invited to the opening of a hospital on Sunday June 28, 1914. Six Black Hand conspirators took up positions along the route they would be following from the train station to the hospital.As described by contemporary Spanish magazine El Mundo Gráfico: “The moment when the Austrian archdukes, following the first attempt against their lifes, arrived at the City Council (of Sarajevo), where they were received by the mayor and the municipal corporation.”One conspirator threw a hand grenade at the dignitary’s car, but the driver saw it, and managed to evade it. The grenade went off under the car behind them, injuring several of the occupants, and costing four other conspirators opportunities to make another attempt.Later that day, the Archduke decided to go visit the injured members of his party at the hospital. His driver took a wrong turn, which allowed another conspirator to have a chance. That man, Gavrilo Princip, shot and killed both the Archduke and his wife. This was the critical incident which finally lit the touchpaper on the July Crisis, tipping the unstable balance of alliances and counter-alliances into WWI.Gavrilo Princip, cell, headshot Photo by Unknown photographer – ap998281903921. media.npr.org. CC BY-SA 4.0According to We Are the Mighty, it’s somewhat surprising that the assassination succeeded at all. First of all, Captain Dragutin Dimitrijević, also known as Apis, was the leader of the Black Hand. He gave the go-ahead for an attempt on the life of the Austrian Heir, and assigned the mission to a sub-group of the main organization, called Young Bosnia.He did this without agreement from the full Executive Committee and then left for Sarajevo to meet with the conspirators. When everyone had gathered in Sarajevo, they spent a month idle, as they were having trouble obtaining weapons, suicide pills, explosives, or cash. Eventually, they managed to scrape together six grenades and four FN Model 1910 pistols. They would use most of the ammunition they had to practice, and they did it in a city park.Franz Ferdinand’s blood-stained uniformThe second issue was that Franz Ferdinand was not the original intended target. The intended target was the Bosnian governor, Oskar Potiorek. The plan for Potiorek’s assassination was put aside when the conspirators couldn’t get the weapons they needed, and they decided instead to kill the Archduke. As a side note, Potiorek rode in the same car as the visiting dignitary that day, and was completely untouched.The group of conspirators consisted of six young men, several of whom were dying of tuberculosis and weren’t afraid of losing their lives if the attempt was uncovered. One of the young men, Nedeljko Čabrinović, was considered to be unreliable by his peers, according to History in an Hour.The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, June 1914On the way to execute the plan, he reportedly met a friend, had his photo taken, and stopped to flirt with some girls. All of the would-be assassins were very young men, dedicated to their ideals, and stirred up by Apis — who remained in the shadows and away from the action.When Ferdinand’s car was finally driving along the route, five of the six conspirators lost their nerve. Čabrinović, however, threw his grenade at the car. The grenade had a ten-second delay, and the driver managed to evade it. It detonated under the wheel of the car behind them in the cavalcade, wounding a couple of passengers.Čabrinović fled the scene, taking a cyanide pill and jumping into the river below. He didn’t die, as the cyanide pill was too old to still be lethal, and the river into which he jumped was only a few inches deep. Instead of being a hero martyr, he was apprehended by the police.The 1911 Gräf & Stift Bois de Boulogne phaeton automobile in which Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated. It is now displayed in the Museum of Military History in Vienna. Photo by Alexf CC BY SA 3.0When the Archduke decided to go to the hospital before leaving Sarajevo, to visit the people who were injured when the grenade went off, Governor Potiorek urged them to take a different route for safety.But no one told the driver. On the way, Ferdinand’s vehicle stopped, coincidentally, just feet away from Gavrilo Princip, who fatally shot the Archduke.Sarajevo trial (1914). Members of the secret organization accused of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Front row, from left: 1. Trifko Grabež, 2. Nedeljko Čabrinović, 3. Gavrilo Princip, 4. Danilo Ilić, 5. Miško JovanovićHe tried to shoot the governor as well, but missed, instead fatally wounding Ferdinand’s pregnant wife. Princip, like Čabrinović, tried to commit suicide, but his cyanide capsule failed, too, and police got his gun away from him before he could shoot himself. He was also apprehended.Both men were too young to be executed by law, as they were still in their teens. Instead, they died of tuberculosis, in prison.It’s astounding how many places the assassination could have gone awry. The Young Bosnia group could have never found any weapons at all. Ferdinand could have left Sarajevo without deciding to make the hospital visit. His driver could have chosen a different route. The assassins’ suicides could have been successful and the plot remain unknown.Read another story from us: A Descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte Founded the FBIAny of these events might have meant a very different course of history. Despite it all, though, Archduke Ferdinand was killed, kicking off a war like the world had never seen.
ShareTweetSharePin(From left) Winners Leanna Fontaine, Annel Laville. Grade 6 teacher Leah Fontaine and Dr. Theodore ThomasThe Atkinson Primary School won the 1st ever Kalinago Territory Grade 6 Inter-school Competition.The competition was sponsored by Dr Theodor Thomas and was held at the Salybia primary school, on May 8th,2019.Coordinator of the competition, Maureen Valmond, said five schools took part in the competition and were quizzed in five different categories.“Children were quizzed on the four core subjects; math, English, Social studies and Science and we had a special segment of Kalinago history. So, in all, we had 5 rounds. There were five participating schools: Sineku Primary School, Salybia Primary School, Atkinson Primary School, Concord Primary School and Light House Christian Academy,” she said.Valmond added, “We want to make this an annual event and the objective of the interschool competition was to actually get the children of the primary schools prepared for the national grade six competition, so the students were only grade six students.”Each team consisted of two students. The winners received $EC600 each and their school received $EC1000. The Concord Primary School came in second. Each member of the Concord team received $300. The theme of the competition was “OUR KALINAGO, OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE”.
Motorists to be assessed a new Public Safety Fee December 3, 2018 Beginning this week, Arizona motorists expecting vehicle registration renewals will see a new Public Safety Fee. Most motorists will pay $32 per vehicle, per year. Street-legal golf carts and primarily off-highway vehicles will pay $5.Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad