DD Motoring: Electric Leaf runs out of road!

first_imgOver this St. Patricks weekend while most were celebrating with our famous national Shamrock, our motoring columnist Brian McDaid was celebrating the success of a leaf of a different type, that of the all-electric car the Nissan Leaf and his unique journey.Survey Survey Survey I’m getting a bit fed up with surveys of what people think of electric cars that never have sat behind the wheel, so in roaming reporter mode, I went in search of real people that actually own and drive all-electric cars.To do this, Inishowen Motor kindly supplied us with the late 191 Nissan Leaf for the Bank Holiday weekend.The Nissan Leaf that I drove was the latest 40 KW version with a range of 280kms between recharges.And with that limited piece of info, a fully charged Nissan Leaf and an app installed from the ESB on my phone, I was on my way. Following footstepsI headed in the direction of Inishowen to start my journey. I did this to follow in my father’s footsteps as he was the first person to represent the ESB to put the pegs in the ground for the locations to place the poles that would carry electricity to this peninsula of Donegal for the first time in the mid-1950s.I wonder what he would think now if he was about a car was able to make a journey to Letterkenny and back on a single charge.Starting up in Malin Head and making my way over Glengad, I took advantage of the steep hill into Malin Town to harvest power through the different types braking on the car that recharges the batteries.My app let me know that a basic public charger was located in Carndonagh.And even though I didn’t need it, the knowledge that it was there help to build my confidence in these all-electric cars or (EVs as they are known). At the startThere is always someone visiting Malin Head no matter when you drive there, and that was the case the day that I arrived and because the car has signage in saying it was 100% Electric it wasn’t long before the sightseeing German tourists were overlooking around the Nissan.The Nissan Leaf down at the waters edge at Malin Head before departing on the journey at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.Donegal at the start of our journey from Malin Head to Mizen in the Electric Nissan Leaf. Photo Brian McDaid.After a few selfies, the journey proper began.Lily’s in Malin On my way through Malin, I stopped off at lily’s where my late father would have stayed in digs there when he was pegging out where the first electricity lines for the ESB and thought of stories he told about all the great people he got to know around that area.The White Paddy’s, Hudi Dykes, Harvey Stewart, Willie Joe McClean, Paddy Logue to name but a few and not forgetting the Henrys long before they were a household name as famous singers.Park up outside Lily’s in Malin on it electric journey from Malin Head to Mizen. Photo Brian McDaidToday its another member of the Henry family from, Seamus “Henry” Mc Laughlin from Malin who supplied us with this electric Leaf from his Nissan Agency based in Malin and in Drumkeen to embark on this journey.SnowPlanning the journey is a priority when considering an electric car.Armed with a great onboard navigation system on the Nissan I also downloaded an app from the ESB who are the providers of the public charging locations. What we didn’t plan for was snow which we were greeted by on the morning we set off.Snow in Donegal at the start of our journey from Malin Head to Mizen in the Electric Nissan Leaf. Photo Brian McDaid.If anything the snow just added to the adventure which the Nissan ploughed its way through with ease.A quick top-up of the battery at Tobin’s in Letterkenny on their quick charging unit to the same amount of time as it took for us to get something to eat in their deli.Range anxietyAt the start of this journey, I must admit that I did worry a little about running out of battery power so I found myself topping up the batteries a lot even when it was over 60% mainly because I wasn’t really trusting the navigation system or the app on my phone.The Nissan Leaf parked up at the charging point in Bantry Co. Cork with some fine local artwork keeping an eye on the environment Photo Brian McDaidThe Nissan at one of the Charging points in Letterkenny Photo Brian McDaid.A top up at Londas in Grange, Co. Sligo and a conversation with a fellow Nissan Leaf owner who was charging his 191 Leaf there put a lot of my worries to rest.ConfidenceWith the valuable first-hand knowledge passed on from this fellow electric motorist, I was on my journey proper and tested the range of the car as I travelled through Co Sligo, Mayo and Galway before topping up before I headed into Co. Clare.A view of the driving range and the locations of charging point on the onboard navigation system. Photo Brian McDaid.Darkness was falling as I joined the motorway to head for Limerick City and then passed under the river Shannon.By this time, I realised that the quick chargers were the best option to keep moving so now I was heading to Newcastle West for my next charging point.Elder LeafIn Newcastle West, I met another electric car owner at the charging point who had one of the earlier models which had a lower range.He told me that buying an electric car was one of the best decisions he ever made.He done a lot of research before his family car of choice was going to be electric and has never looked back.If you are prepared to be part of the team and make adjustments to planned things out electric cars are a brilliant idea both for a family and for the bigger picture.With more valuable advice including the fact that most of the electric charging points are available 24-hours, my talk with this man built my confidence for the road ahead.In Killarney, I decided to top up the batteries for this leg of the journey ahead where I had to make a change of plan and divert from heading up over Molls Gap because of the freezing temperatures that were flashing up on the dash of the Nissan.So, I headed inland a bit and eventually ended up in Bantry at 2am in the morning.Slow FoxtrotIn Bantry, all that was available was a slower charger so I plugged in and took a much-needed rest.Early on Sunday morning, I headed out of Bantry in search of the final part of the journey, which didn’t have an electric charging point on its peninsula.The road looped back and forth along with the most southern part of Ireland and I was lucky enough to see the sunrise shortly after 7am.Then another couple of kilometres down the way and the road came to a complete end at the visitors’ centre at Mizen Head.We had made it from Malin Head, the most Northerly Point in Ireland to Mizen Head the most southern point.The Leaf never failed us or did the charging points along the journey and I never ran out of electricity – we just run out of road!CelebrationsA couple of photos of the Nissan leaf beside the the big reg Buoy and the centre and a couple of photos of the the car on the finishing line and beside the propeller of the 1909 steamship that went aground in heavy seas and the event was celebrated with a makeshift breakfast which consisted of a half carton of Centra’s own milk and a few hot cross buns.The Nissan Leaf pictured at Mizen Head at the weekend after completing the journey from Malin Head in Co Donegal. Photo Brian McDaid.The Nissan did well on its journey.Starting all over againIt wasn’t long to the car was turned around in the carpark on the visitor centre and the same journey had to be repeated again in order to get the Nissan Leaf back to Donegal.The journey down from Donegal had learned us a lot about electric cars and the network of charging points in Ireland.Then on the way down the car was driven very easy and the E-braking was used most of the time to harvest as much energy back into the batteries.The Nissan making it way through Molls Gap on the return journey at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.One the way home we pushed the car on a bit were able to gauge the charging points better sometimes even missing every second one.We managed to include a trip through the beautiful Molls Gap on the way home and were soon through Killarney and Newcastle West an on to the motorway through Limerick and under the river Shannon again.Back to the futureWhen we arrived at our charging point in Ennis a beautiful 4×4 Tesla was charging in the bay where I stopped and soon I got chatting to the owner of this beautiful piece of engineering as we waited for power to charge both our batteries.I didn’t want to ask him how much his Tesla cost but I Google the price of it when I was sitting in my own wee Nissan Leaf.The futuristic-looking Tesla 4×4 sitting at the electric charging point in Ennis at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.OMG- €200,000 for the top of the range of this model Tesla which was beautiful and completely silent as it sat in the charging bay with it back to the future looking gull wing doors popped up to the opening position.GasAs I made my way up through the middle of Ireland, a stop off in Ballindine had a funny experience from someone who seemed to be enjoying the St. Patricks Day celebrations but was trying to make out they were a lot soberer than they actually were.Standing out in the carpark of the filling station away from all harm and enjoying a smoke they spotted me plugging the car in above the front bumper.Heading out of Bantry before sunrise to get to the end of the road in Mizen Head. Photo Brian McDaid.Stepping over and giving me a friendly wave they proceeded to the charging point to have a closer look at it.They carefully held their lite cigarette at arms length away from the unit thinking I was filling the car with gas or something other than petrol.HomecomingBefore I knew it I was crossing the border from Leitrim back into Co Donegal on St Patrick’s Day eve, less than 24 hrs the day before.We were now on the home straight and our journey would end in Letterkenny.1,200 km on free light!Summing up our Journey over the St Patricks Day weekend from Malin to Mizen by electric car.This was both exciting and very enjoyable and possibly will never be done again the way we did it.Our Journey from the tip-top of Ireland in the North of Co Donegal to the most southerly point of Ireland, Mizen Head in Co Cork, which is 599 Kms one way and then back, cost us zero euros and zeros cents.This is because from the start of the introduction of electric cars in Ireland the network of public charging points were free of charge.Catching the sun rise in Mizen Head after a drive from the other end of Ireland Photo Brian McDaid.This may change in the future but even charging the car from a power point at home cost a lot less than the cost to run an engine powered car of any type.The Nissan Leaf has been the bench for electric car and did not disappoint us on our journey over the weekend.At some stages of the journey, I have to remind myself that I was still driving an electric car as it is so quick away from a set of traffic lights especially when you are in the wrong lane and want to change over while the driver beside you is struggling for gears.The drivers that I met were all a wealth of information on the cars. some of them said they could do with more quick charging points in their area.One off the bucket listMizen to Malin has been on my bucket list for the longest time since the day. My father and the four of us boys joined his fellow ESB workmate, Michael Casey for a couple on miles on his walk from Malin Head to Mizen Head back in the 1970s.Journeys end in Mizen Head after driving the Nissan Leaf from the top of Ireland to the bottom to Mizen Head on St Patrick’s weekend.Last weekend I got my chance to drive from one end of Ireland to the other in the latest type of motoring electric cars in what may become the future in motoring for everyone.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Electric Leaf runs out of road! was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out with right hip tightness vs. Toronto

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, marking the second consecutive game he missed because what the team called “right hip tightness.”The Warriors do not consider the injury to be serious, but they often handle the 34-year-old Iguodala conservatively so that he can remain as his most healthy and effective during …last_img read more

RR Donnelley Splitting into Three Public Companies

first_img Like most other printers over the last five years, RR Donnelley had been aggressively diversifying its services into other markets to bolster its more traditional print business.  The spinoffs are expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and existing RR Donnelley shareholders will end up owning shares in all three companies. Management teams and branding are still being developed, the company says. The custom marketing communications company will be the largest, which under RR Donnelley’s current structure accounted for 12-month net sales of $7 billion. The traditional printing services operation made $3.5 million in revenue and the financial communications business brought in $1 billion in the last year.  The theory goes that by separating the three units, they’ll be able to focus on their own unique strategies and independently execute on them.  RR Donnelley plans to separate into a financial communications services business, a custom marketing communications operation and a printing services company. RR Donnelley announced this week that it intends to split itself into three publicly traded companies—a process that has gained steam in the media market as companies that previously combined ancillary businesses with their core “traditional” media have started to spin off the components to try and unlock more value.  Not all of RR Donnelley’s acquisitions were from new markets—the company spent $620 million on Chicago-based printer Consolidated Graphics in late 2013 and beat out Quad/Graphics to acquire book manufacturer Courier Corp. earlier this year. Among RR Donnelley’s more recent acquisitions were digital replica producer LibreDigital and paywall provider Press+ in 2011. The company bought Bowne Financial in 2010 and EDGAR Online in 2012. Those two formed the foundation for the financial communications business.  “We see significant opportunity to unlock value by allowing these three businesses to pursue their own strategies and invest according to the unique dynamics of their respective industries,” says RR Donnelley president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III in a statement. “Each company will have the strategic focus, management resources and capital structure to enable it to strengthen its market position and pursue its growth opportunities, enhancing long-term value for stakeholders.” Crain’s Chicago Business reports that RR Donnelley may be separating the units for an easier path to divestment. Of particular interest would be the financial and marketing communication segments. Decoupling the higher growth businesses from the traditional printing operation makes them more convenient targets, says the report. Printers have already gone through significant consolidation and have been buying up or partnering with ancillary services, like digital magazine producers, e-commerce solutions and the like, to drive top-line growth.last_img read more

ELECTION UPDATE Mark Maselli Pulls Papers To Run For Selectman

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple has learned that resident Mark Maselli pulled nomination papers to run for the Board of Selectmen on Monday afternoon.Maselli and his wife have been small business owners since 2002. He has three children, all of which attend Wilmington Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration and a minor in Economics from St. Thomas University in Miami. He was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and moved to the state in 1996. He has lived in Wilmington for the past 16 years.Maselli is seeking one of the two 3-year seats currently occupied by incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, both of whom are seeking re-election. Additional challengers include former Selectwoman Suzanne Sullivan, last year’s runner-up Rob Fasulo, and Daniel Murphy.Jomarie O’Mahony and Daryn Marsh are seeking the final year remaining on Selectman Ed Loud’s term. Loud is expected to resign from the Board at the end of the Monday, February 11 meeting after accepting a new job that requires significant out-of-state travel.To get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8. As of last Friday, Bendel and Murphy were the only Selectmen candidates to have returned their nomination papers.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine, Transparent & RealIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Appointments To Town’s New Economic Development Committee Gets ComplicatedIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter In Support Of Mark Maselli From The Person Who Knows Him BestIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Alita Battle Angel​s cuttingedge effects cant save its bland story

first_img36:12 2019 movies to geek out over More Alita Movie reviews 21st Century Fox The digitally captured Alita, played by Rosa Salazar as a wide-eyed ingenue with an amusing taste for kicking people’s limbs off, is a charming guide to this cybernetics-obsessed future. But her story doesn’t hang together. One minute she wants to be a bounty hunter, the next she wants to be a rollerball-style future-sport champion. The storylines are simultaneously too intertwined and frustratingly disjointed.James Cameron and Robert RodriguezEnlarge ImageJames Cameron and Robert Rodriguez on the set of Alita: Battle Angel. 20th Century Fox And of course, of course, half the story is setup for a sequel.  Where we’d like to see Alita tested and challenged to learn about herself and the strange world she wakes up in, everything is endlessly explained to her instead. Most of the exposition falls to Christoph Waltz as Ido, the cybernetic expert who finds and rebuilds Alita. The relationship between jaded father-figure and cyborg surrogate daughter is easily the best thing in the movie. But Waltz ends up explaining every little thing. At first, he guides Alita — and us — through the sci-fi world and later spills important information that would be far more intriguing if she discovered it herself.Waltz is given a chance to catch his breath by Keean Johnson as Alita’s love interest Hugo. His burgeoning relationship with Alita is also blunted by endless explanation. Over an hour in, Hugo is still leading Alita around and telling her stuff. The secret to Alita’s past is unlocked by Hugo taking her somewhere, where she just walks in.Instead of discovering things or causing things to happen, everything just happens to Alita. In the opening shot, Ido wanders over a scrapheap and finds her. He doesn’t dig her out, or risk his life saving her from rival scavengers, or anything that would turn this moment into a story. He just sees her lying there in full view. It’s a bland, low-stakes way for the two main characters to meet, and sadly sets the pattern for the rest of the movie.  Now playing: Watch this: Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… The story of how James Cameron almost directed Alita: Battle Angel Skin or CGI? Alita: Battle Angel takes manga to photorealistic levels Alita’s Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters TV and Movies Share your voice Alita is forever just bumping into the right people at the right time, and just walking into wherever she wants to go without much resistance. There’s rarely a sense she works for or earns anything, making it hard to get behind her struggle. Even the fights, as pretty as they are, fail to be engaging because Alita’s high-flying skills make them low-stakes affairs. Contrast that, for example, with The Matrix, in which the hero’s awakening skills are undercut by doubt and fear that makes us root for him. Even at two hours, it feels like Alita has been substantially edited down. The first act hinges on a murder subplot that’s dropped 15 minutes in. Characters are introduced and then disappear. And we don’t get much sense of the bad guys actually being bad. Mahershala Ali is particularly wasted as a suave villain whose villainy is almost entirely signalled by his black gloves and shades rather than by actually doing anything nasty. And he’s sidelined by a main antagonist who’s talked about rather than seen.There are things to like about the Alita: Battle Angel. The hints of a dark side to the paternal Ido and the lovelorn Hugo are intriguing, although the film wavers in its commitment to those ideas. The star is charming, the body modifications are interesting and the effects are spectacular. But overall, who knew cyborgs could be so boring? Correction, Feb. 1, 10:39 a.m. PT: This story initially misspelled the first name of the actor who plays Alita. She is Rosa Salazar.center_img Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos CNET UK Podcast 550: Robert Rodriguez reveals the secrets… Comments 10 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Tags 3:46 With two powerhouse directors involved, Alita: Battle Angel should be a heavenly sci-fi blockbuster. Instead, it’s a bland meander, an unengaging story that all the high-tech digital effects in the world can’t save. Alita is an angelic cyborg who’s tumbled from a heavenly floating city in Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s adaptation of the ’90s manga and anime. Little more than a head and a pair of oversized doe eyes, Alita is lucky enough to be found by a cybernetics expert who pops her neatly onto a new robotic body. She quickly attracts the attention of various villains in a teeming futuristic metropolis, but her luck holds out in a story that struggles to test or challenge our cybernetic star.Enlarge ImageRosa Salazar is doe-eyed cyborg Alita.   Twentieth Century Fox James Cameron wrote the script with Altered Carbon showrunner Laeta Kalogridis, then Rodriguez stepped in to direct so Cameron could focus on the four Avatar sequels currently in the pipeline. Alita feels like something of a placeholder for the long-delayed Avatar follow-ups, showcasing cutting-edge visual effects and 3D technology from Cameron’s company Lightstorm. But on this evidence, we may not need more Avatar after all.Alita: Battle Angel, in cinemas now, is certainly glossy to look at, filled with gravity-defying fights and punky cyborgs stretching the limits of the human body. Yet the world lacks the visual identity of dystopias like Blade Runner or The Fifth Element or even 2017’s disappointing Ghost in the Shell. Even the similarly themed Elysium does a better job of conjuring a trash-heap of cybernetic haves and have-nots.last_img read more

New AirPods are 19 off at Amazon but they wont ship for

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET Apple’s AirPods traditionally haven’t been discounted by much, if at all, but Amazon has had the second-generation AirPods with the standard charging case on sale for $140 for the last few weeks. The list price for the 2019 AirPods with the non wireless charging case is $159.The only rub is that it’s unclear when you’ll get them. Amazon lists the discounted AirPods as “temporarily out of stock” but it encourages you to “order now and we’ll deliver when available.” If the delay is too long, you can cancel your order — or purchase the AirPods with the wireless charging case ($199), which aren’t on sale but ship in “1-2 days,” according to Amazon. $140 at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.  If $140 is still too steep for you, check out the Anker Soundcore LIberty Air ($80 at Amazon) or the Taotronics TWS TT-BH053 ($38 at Amazon).Read CNET’s AirPods 2 review if you want to know more, and then check out these 16 tips and tricks for new AirPods owners.Bonus read: Beats Powerbeats Pro are bulkier than AirPods but have better sound (review) $144 3:55 Amazon Apple Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) 17 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Apple AirPods 2019 See It AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • $159 reading • New AirPods are $19 off at Amazon — but they won’t ship for a while Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements $144 $144 Now playing: Watch this: This story was originally published on April 25. Apple Mobile Accessories Headphones Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags See it See All Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. AirPods (second generation) from all angles Apple 4 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy See It Amazonlast_img read more

Madhya Pradesh amends law to punish cow vigilantes 5year jail fine for

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:04Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BJP, RSS are encouraging lynching in the country: Mallikarjun Khargecenter_img The existing law in the state, that completely prohibits the killing of cattle and keeping and transporting cow meat, does not mention violence or mob lynching in the name of cow.Human Rights WatchThe Madhya Pradesh government approved an amendment to the anti-cow slaughter law in the state on Wednesday (June 26) to make cow vigilantism punishable. The state cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Kamal Nath, cleared an amendment to the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, 2004, to include a fine of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and jail term between a year and five years for those who engage in violence in the name of cow protection.The existing law in the state, that completely prohibits the killing of cattle and keeping and transporting cow meat, does not mention violence or lynching in the name of cow. Cases related to cow vigilantism are currently dealt with under Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure.”The amendment has been made keeping in mind the Supreme Court order…telling states to act tough on cow vigilantism,” Additional Chief Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Manoj Shrivastava was quoted as saying in a Hindustan Times report.Shrivastava said that to ensure safety for cow transporters, the law has made it mandatory for them to take a sub-divisional magistrate’s permission. “The magistrate’s permission will be a legal paper that should satisfy the gau rakshaks,” said Animal Husbandry Minister Lakhan Singh Yadav.Yadav also said that most cattle transporters do not carry documents to ascertain whether the cow is being transported for sale or slaughter, and often end up being harassed or beaten by the cow vigilantes. In July 2018, a Supreme Court bench had said “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and directed Parliament to enact stern laws so as to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with cow vigilantism and mob lynching.The recent move comes in the light of an incident in the state’s Seoni district when five people thrashed three persons, including a Muslim man and woman, on suspicion of carrying beef on May 22. All the five accused including their leader Shubham Singh Baghel – who identified himself as the Seoni district president of Hindutva organisation Shri Ram Sena – were arrested after two days. last_img read more

Senator Graham urges Trump to end shutdown temporarily

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks while Chester County, Pennsylvania sheriff Bunny Welsh listens as the president hosts a `roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities` with state, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, US on 11 January. Photo: ReutersA Republican senator close to president Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump’s border security demands.Democrats in Congress rejected Trump’s request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the US border with Mexico. They have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened after being partially shut down since 22 December.Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.If no progress is made, he said, then Trump should declare a national emergency as a way to get money to build his wall, a plan not popular with some fellow Republicans.”Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are almost there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”He said Trump told him, “Let’s make a deal, then open up the government.”The record shutdown has furloughed 800,000 federal employees and cut government services across the United States. They missed their first paychecks on Friday, heightening concerns about mounting financial pressures on employees, including air traffic controllers and airport security officials who are working without pay.Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse. “I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!” Trump said Sunday on Twitter.Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, responded on Twitter that, “Speaker Pelosi has been in DC all weekend working from the Capitol.”In a meeting last month with Pelosi and top senate democrat Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would be “proud” to shut down the government over wall funding. Recent polls show most Americans think the president is to blame.Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others “experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand.””The shutdown is real. The wall is hypothetical. And at some point soon, the Republicans are going to remember that it’s real people in their districts who aren’t getting paid, real people who aren’t able to access government services, and real people who vote,” she said.A concourse at Miami International Airport was shut down for part of the weekend because not enough Transportation Security Administration agents were present to staff all of the airport’s the security checkpoints.The airport said it would reopen the concourse on Monday and “continue to monitor checkpoint staffing levels and make adjustments as necessary.”Working without pay, TSA employees have been calling in sick in increasing numbers since the shutdown began. On Sunday, TSA said it had a 7.7 per cent national rate in unscheduled absences, compared with 5.6 per cent on Saturday and 3.2 per cent a year ago.Democrats hammered away at their demand that Trump reopen the government. Senator Tim Kaine called the wall, which could cost an estimated $23 billion, a “vanity project” that Trump promised Mexico – not US taxpayers – would pay for.”Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table,” Dick Durbin, the No 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC’s “This Week” show.Trump campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016 and said a wall is necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country.last_img

Does Texas Really Need More Medical Schools

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Several proposed new medical schools around Texas are moving closer to fruition as of late. Last week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board signed off on opening programs at the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. And Sam Houston State University in Huntsville is also in the approval and accreditation process for its proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school has set a groundbreaking date for its new campus in Conroe for November 16.But, with numerous institutions already in existence across the state – including in the Texas Medical Center in Houston – do we really need more medical schools?Those behind those institutions say yes – mainly in order to meet specific medical needs of underserved populations in the state. For Sam Houston State, the goal is to improve access to primary care in rural East Texas.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Dr. Charles Henley, the new dean of Sam Houston’s proposed college, to find out how it will meet that need.Henley says the university’s hope is that, once the medical school is established and it works with clinical partners, it “will be able to change the workforce eventually, after we put students out” and “(the students) go into good residencies in the area.”“We hope to be able to recruit from those areas,” Henley explains referring to East Texas, “so students will be comfortable going back to where they came from to practice.” “It’s gonna take a while, but we will eventually sort of repopulate that area with the kinds of people that we would hope to see in terms of providing more access to primary care, to some specialty care and mental health,” he adds.In that regard, Henley also underlined that “statistics show that, if you graduate from a medical school in Texas and you stay in Texas for residency, then we have a better chance of retaining you for practice.”Henley also talked about the fact the medical school will form its students in osteopathic medicine.One of the characteristics of osteopathic medicine is factoring in homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to heal itself.Henley underscores the versatility of forming medical students in osteopathic medicine because “you can graduate from an osteopathic medical school and you can go and do anything you want.” “We have neurosurgeons, dermatologists, psychiatrists, everything.”Additionally, osteopathic medicine tends to graduate more students into primary care and rural practice, and that is one of the main reasons the university is going in that direction. Johnson Development Corp.An artist’s rendering of the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University, which will be located in Conroe. Xcenter_img Listen 00:00 /13:13 Sharelast_img read more

Texas AM Water Researchers Find Waxy Residue Near Deer Park Disaster

first_imgCourtesy of Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons/Texas A&M GeosciencesThe Houston Shipping Channel near Alexander Island. Texas A&M researchers say they’ve spotted abnormal water conditions near last week’s Deer Park chemical disaster. The team has been collecting water and air quality samples in Galveston Bay quarterly since June 2017. They won’t have lab results from their March 23 samples for another two weeks, but Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons said the residue suggests chemical compounds, likely from the ITC runoff. “When we put our hands in the water and our hands came up and dried, it wasn’t a feeling that you normally get when sea water dries on your hands,” she said. “Instead we had a waxy feeling on our hands that was an indicator that there is something different in the waters, even in greater Galveston Bay — in the northwest corner of greater Galveston Bay.”According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, their water sampling hasn’t found any cause for concern. “I think my surprise came from the fact that we didn’t expect this to have come quite as far south as it did, if we can assume what we saw came from Deer Park, which is our current assumption,” Fitzsimmons said.Intercontinental Terminals Company said sensitive marsh areas near their facility haven’t been impacted.ITC clean-up continuesITC said in a news release that, as of Wednesday morning, responders had removed approximately 696,990 gallons of oily water from the waterways impacted by the incident, which includes the Houston Ship Channel and several regional bayous such as Buffalo and Tucker.In addition, approximately 1.5 million gallons of product mixed with water and firefighting foam had been removed.Response personnel are still foaming the tank farm as needed to maintain at least a 2-foot level of foam, by pumping a mix of firefighting foam, water and remaining product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses.ITC executive Brent Weber said at a news conference Thursday the focus was to finish emptying tanks that contain gasoline blend stocks and base oil. Naphtha, which is highly flammable, is the base component in the gas blend stock. He also noted that all the Pygas had been transferred out of the tank farm.“Progress continues to be steady,” said Weber, while adding his company is also repairing ditches and assisting the EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard with cleaning the waterways.Both Harris County and ITC said in news releases that there are currently no known or suspected impacts to drinking water.The Texas Department of State Health Services has updated its fish consumption advisory for the upper Houston Ship Channel and recommends not eating any fish or crab from the ship channel or San Jacinto River north of the State Highway 146 Fred Hartman Bridge.The Houston Ship Channel is currently open to traffic between Tucker Bayou and HSC Light 116 through coordinated vessel movement by the Coast Guard.The San Jacinto River also remains open for vessel traffic during daylight hours only, and there are specific sites set up to observe transiting vessels that may require decontamination. Coast Guard Captain Kevin Oditt said at the news conference he didn’t have a timeframe on full reopening of the Channel.ITC also posted a video statement from CEO Bernt Netland on YouTube in which he addresses the incident and apologizes. 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X Listen last_img read more