Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company had shifted from production hell to delivery logistics hell. While Mike Jackson states that Musk should be free to run his business however he wants, he didn’t resist taking a jab at the electric carmaker and its recent growing pains.“For a boutique-y model, what he’s doing is fine,” Jackson said of Musk in an interview on Bloomberg Radio. “As soon as he wants to do volume, it’s gonna be an issue. Well, here we are, we’re now at the issue. It is hell.”For Elon Musk, the main problem with traditional dealerships is commitment and cost. After all, most of these dealerships have spent decades selling ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles. Nobody knows how committed they would be in selling fully electric vehicles. Furthermore, the cost of selling the car through your website and through company-owned stores is minimal when compared to franchise dealerships. The company, in the end, gets to keep a large chunk of change in its pocket by effectively cutting out the middleman.However, the decision to circumvent the franchise model has put Tesla on a collision course with dealer associations in several states, including Connecticut and Michigan, but also, it put the company in a bit of a bind in markets such as Canada as well. While Tesla managed to win several court cases elsewhere, Tesla and other carmakers face restrictive laws that prevent them from delivering or servicing vehicles.But ultimately, Mike Jackson may be right. These are still low production numbers (though 7,000 deliveries in 7 days is surely impressive) compared to legacy carmakers. If Tesla is to survive the upcoming onslaught from the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW or VW, it will need to address the rising concern regarding delivery capabilities.But, in the end, we’re sure that Musk is on the right path to solving this conundrum as well. Meanwhile, with the growing number of Tesla vehicles being delivered, it seems some future owners (Model 3, especially) will have to stay put, hold tight and wait a bit longer, which is likely not a concern, seeing as how dealing with dealerships can be among the most frustrating experiences.Source: Auto News See Loads Of Tesla Model 3 Vehicles Ready To Roll Out For Delivery Bay Area Bonanza: Tesla Insider Leaks Model 3 Delivery Extravaganza Tesla Model 3 Delivery Push In Full Ramp Mode This comes right in the middle of Tesla’s shift from production hell to delivery logistics hell.For those of you that have been hiding under the rock for the recent few years, Tesla doesn’t do dealerships. The automaker does Tesla Delivery Centers and Tesla Stores. However, it seems that just that might be hurting the company’s long-term success. Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation, America’s biggest auto dealership group, claims that if Tesla hadn’t insisted on handling its own retailing, the automaker could have avoided the recent delivery struggles the company is facing.More about Tesla deliveries Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 18, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Geely Auto Adds Geely New Energy To Automotive Lineup Geely Unveils GE11 Compact Electric Car: Will Be Sold Globally Following the “Xingyue” coupe SUV, which is named after a main-belt asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, Geely did a new naming creation by using a mathematical term. The new BEV model will go on sale on April 11 in Singapore and may be priced between RMB150,000 and RMB170,000, according to previous reports.From the official photos exposed before, we can see that the “Jihe A” adopts a “closed-off” front face, which features a new logo officially named “quantum silver shield”. The lack of a grille suggests that the GE11 is a pure electric vehicle that has no internal combustion engine under the hood.As to the side profile, smarter aerodynamics is characterized by sharp body lines and “hidden” door handles that helps reduce the air resistance—drag coefficient for the car is 0.2375Cd.The new vehicle measures 4,736mm long, 1,804mm wide and 1,503mm tall with a wheelbase that spans 2,700mm.Featuring a fastback design, the rear end adopts flat taillights that are connected by a chrome trim. Besides, there are two charging ports at the right-front wheel eyebrow and the left-rear wheel eyebrow respectively.With a minimalism design, the interior largely covered by gray materials. The dual-spoke flat bottom accentuates a sense of sports. In addition, many key presses are integrated in the auxiliary instrument panel and the center console that carries a large-sized touch screen. Under the 12.3-inch high-definition LCD is a 1.6-meter ambiance light bar that is available for 7 colors.The new vehicle is able to run at a top speed of 150km/h powered by a 177hp (130kW) electric motor and a lithium-ion power battery pack offered by CATL. It will provide users with two range options—410km and 500km.Source: Gasgoo More Details On The Geely GE11 Global Electric Car Source: Electric Vehicle News Singapore first, with other global markets to follow later.Geely is now set to test international waters with an all-new compact BEV model code-named GE11. Recently, the automaker announced the name of the GE11—“Jihe A”, meaning “Geometry A” in Chinese.More From Geely
This American all-electric car makes amazing strides in the UK over offerings from sought-after European legends.Source: Electric Vehicle News
The FCPA Flash podcast was launched in February 2016 and quickly become a leading podcast devoted to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues. Published twice a month, FCPA Flash provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the FCPA and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.The strength of FCPA Flash includes its high-quality, sophisticated guests who offer informed and candid assessments about FCPA and related issues.Set forth below are the top ten most listened to FCPA Flash podcast episodes. If you are looking to elevate your FCPA knowledge and haven’t yet listened to these podcasts, you may want to check them out. (All FCPA Flash podcast episodes are available here).Paul PelletierIn this episode, Paul Pellletier (former Principal Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s fraud section) discusses the long time periods often associated with FCPA inquiries, FCPA investigative costs, and how the DOJ can best allocate its resources to fight bribery.Paul CalliIn this episode, Paul Calli (an FCPA practitioner who has successfully defended individuals in FCPA trials) discusses the DOJ’s rather dismal FCPA trial court record and what it says about the DOJ’s modern FCPA enforcement program and how the DOJ measures success.Colby SmithIn this episode, Colby Smith (the co-chair of the Securities Litigation Practice at Debevoise & Plimpton) discusses the prominence of disgorgement in SEC FCPA enforcement actions, the questionable use of disgorgement in FCPA enforcement actions that did not charge or find anti-bribery violations, and other notable issues in SEC FCPA enforcement actions.Jonathon PickworthIn this episode, Jonathan Pickworth (a lawyer in the London office of White & Case) discusses various aspects of the U.K. Bribery Act including the still lack of clarity regarding the so-called “failure to prevent bribery” offense as well as the “adequate procedures” defense.Billy JacobsonIn this episode, Billy Jacobson (Orrick and a former Assistant Chief in the DOJ’s FCPA Unit) discusses the DOJ’s FCPA “pilot program” announced in April 2016, his policy suggestions for more effective FCPA enforcement, an FCPA compliance defense and what the FCPA might look like if it was passed today (instead of 1977), and whether a business organization should put the DOJ to its burden of proof.Homer MoyerIn this episode Homer Moyer (Miller & Chevalier) discusses whether the FCPA has been “successful,” the pros and cons of recent FCPA enforcement trends, various aspects of the DOJ’s FCPA “pilot” program, the typical length of FCPA scrutiny, and the costs of investigating potential FCPA violations.Matt EllisIn this episode Matt Ellis (Miller & Chevalier and founder and editor of the FCPAmericas Blog) discusses anti-corruption developments in Brazil; common barriers and distortions in Latin America that often serve as the root cause of bribery; and other anti-corruption developments in Latin America.Anthony MirendaIn this episode, Anthony Mirenda (Foley Hoag) discusses international arbitration – a seldom explored corner of the general FCPA space. In addition to best practices in dealing with foreign third parties, Mirenda specifically discusses how a business organization, acting consistent with best practices in dealing with foreign third parties, can nevertheless expose itself to arbitration claims by the third party and thus find itself between a rock and a hard place.Thomas Gorman In this episode, Thomas Gorman (Dorsey & Whitney and a former SEC enforcement attorney who also runs the SEC Actions blog) talks about the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions, expansive SEC theories of liability thereunder, and whether the time has come for an issuer to put the SEC to its burden of proof in an FCPA enforcement action.David OgdenIn this episode, David Ogden (WilmerHale and a former DOJ Deputy Attorney General) elaborates on a speech (see herefor the prior post) in which he criticized the DOJ’s “leverage based” enforcement approach. Specifically, Ogden discusses a wide range of negative consequences which flow from the DOJ’s enforcement approach. FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. Learn More & Register
Source:https://wolterskluwer.com/ Jun 30 2018Routine assessment by an endocrinologist and laboratory tests to measure hormone levels aren’t necessary in most adolescent boys with gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), concludes a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).The cause of adolescent gynecomastia can usually be identified without endocrine testing, according to the study by Jugpal S. Arneja, MD, MBA, and colleagues of University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. They propose an “evidence-based rationale for evaluation and workup” for the distressing problem of breast enlargement in adolescent males – including referral for male breast reduction surgery if the problem persists beyond age 16.Lab Tests Contribute Little to Gynecomastia Diagnosis and Treatment in Teens The researchers analyzed 197 adolescents with gynecomastia seen at British Columbia Children’s Hospital from 1990 through 2015. Although adolescent gynecomastia is a common issue that usually resolves with time, it has been standard practice to send these teens for evaluation by an endocrinologist: a specialist in diseases of the glands and hormones.Median age was 11.5 years when the patients developed gynecomastia and 14.2 years at their first endocrinology visit. About 70 percent of patients had psychological distress due to their breast enlargement. The study focused on the “utility and diagnostic yield” of routine endocrinology assessment and hormone laboratory testing.Most patients had known risk factors for adolescent gynecomastia – especially obesity/overweight, present in about 50 percent of patients. Another 15 percent had a family history suggesting an increased risk of gynecomastia, such as the father having breast enlargement as an adolescent.In only eight percent of patients, some “secondary” cause of gynecomastia was diagnosed. Most of these involved drugs linked to male breast enlargement, including marijuana, the antidepressant drug fluoxetine, or anti-seizure drugs used to treat epilepsy. Some patients had medical causes of breast enlargement – most commonly (three patients) the inherited chromosomal disorder Klinefelter syndrome.Related StoriesLong term opioid medications impacts production of important hormonesCombination of radiotherapy and anti-hormone treatment can prevent recurrence of hormone-driven breast cancerHigher levels of sex hormones in older men related to lower biological ageMost patients underwent laboratory testing to measure levels of hormones, such as testosterone and estradiol (a form of estrogen). Importantly, these tests had abnormal results in just three patients: a rate of 1.7 percent. Dr. Arneja and colleagues write, “Endocrinological investigations did not yield new clinical information in 99.4 percent of cases.”Despite their low diagnostic value, these evaluations carried considerable costs. Based on ASPS data on breast reduction surgery for adolescent gynecomastia, a rough estimate of these costs was nearly $5 million for in 2016 alone. The authors note that unnecessary endocrinology referrals may carry an additional opportunity cost in Canada, where patients may face long waiting lists for specialist visits.Overall, 51 percent of patients received no medical treatment, other than “watchful waiting” or diet and exercise to lose weight. In this group, gynecomastia resolved over time (median age 14.6 years). Five percent of patients were treated with medications. The remaining patients, about 44 percent, underwent plastic surgery to treat their gynecomastia. Median age at surgery was 16.5 years.Since breast enlargement often resolves with time, “reassurance and monitoring is the mainstay of early management,” Dr. Arneja and coauthors write. They suggest that surgery be considered if gynecomastia has persisted for two years or beyond the age of 16, or for patients who are severely distressed.Dr. Arneja and colleagues discuss the implications for evaluation and management of adolescents with gynecomastia. They highlight the importance of obtaining a thorough medical history – especially since most cases of secondary gynecomastia are medication-related. They conclude, “We do not suggest routine endocrinology workup, as it adds little value.”
Jul 19 2018Pfizer Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company today announced that a 16-week Phase 3 study in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) pain evaluating subcutaneous administration of tanezumab, an investigational humanized monoclonal antibody, met all three co-primary endpoints. The study demonstrated that patients who received two doses of tanezumab separated by eight weeks experienced a statistically significant improvement in pain, physical function and the patients’ overall assessment of their OA, compared to those receiving placebo. Tanezumab is part of an investigational class of pain medications known as nerve growth factor (NGF) inhibitors and in addition to OA pain, is being evaluated for chronic low back pain (CLBP) and cancer pain (due to bone metastases).Related StoriesBioventus and MTF Biologics collaborate to develop placental tissue product for knee osteoarthritisCannabis users could be more tolerant to anesthesia agentsUsing gene therapy strategies to rejuvenate aging cells and treat osteoarthritis”There is a substantial need for innovative new treatment options for osteoarthritis, as many patients are unable to find relief with currently available medicines and continue to suffer,” said Ken Verburg, tanezumab development team leader, Pfizer Global Product Development. “We are encouraged by these results, which speak to the potential of tanezumab as a non-opioid treatment option for pain reduction and improvement in physical function in people living with osteoarthritis pain.”Preliminary safety data showed that tanezumab was generally well tolerated, with approximately 1% of patients discontinuing treatment due to adverse events. Rapidly progressive osteoarthritis was observed in tanezumab-treated patients at a frequency of less than 1.5%, and was not observed in the placebo arm. There were no events of osteonecrosis observed in the trial. No new safety signals were identified.”Worldwide, millions are living with osteoarthritis, a progressive disease that can significantly impact people’s everyday lives,” said Christi Shaw, senior vice president, Eli Lilly and Company and president, Lilly Bio-Medicines. “We look forward to continuing to advance tanezumab in our ongoing global Phase 3 development program, which includes six studies in approximately 7,000 patients with osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain and cancer pain.”In June 2017, Pfizer and Lilly announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation for tanezumab for the treatment of OA pain and CLBP. Tanezumab is the first NGF inhibitor to receive Fast Track designation, a process designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new therapies that treat serious conditions and fill unmet medical needs. Source:https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer_and_lilly_announce_positive_top_line_results_from_phase_3_trial_of_tanezumab_for_the_treatment_of_osteoarthritis_oa_pain
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 28 2018St. Bernard Parish Hospital is enhancing patient safety and reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections with a Xenex LightStrike™ room disinfection robot. SBPH is the only healthcare facility in Louisiana east of New Orleans with this germ-fighting technology, which has been proven to quickly destroy the most common as well as the most dangerous pathogens that can cause infections.LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots™ help hospitals reduce their infection rates by killing microscopic germs and superbugs through use of pulsed xenon, an environmentally friendly noble gas, to create intense ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV light quickly destroys harmful germs in less than five minutes. The device is being used in addition to existing routine cleaning procedures as an extra level of protection against the microorganisms that can cause infections.Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryStudy looks at impact of hospital readmissions penalties on targeted surgical conditionsSBPH is inviting patients, employees and community members to submit name ideas for the robot via email at SBPHrobotcontest@ochsner.org. Visitors to the hospital can also submit names at the information desk. The naming contest ends on September 20; the winning name will be announced on September 21.”The safety of our patients is top priority. Parish residents deserve, and will be provided, an experience that is worry-free in a safe environment at St. Bernard Parish Hospital,” said Kim Keene, CEO of St. Bernard Parish Hospital. “The Xenex robot is just one example of many best practices happening at the facility right now to bring a higher level of quality to this community.”Hospitals using Xenex devices have published outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals showing 50-100 percent decreases in Clostridium difficile (C.diff), MRSA and Surgical Site Infection rates after the robots were used for room disinfection. In addition to the new LightStrike robot at St. Bernard Parish Hospital, Ochsner currently has 18 robots at its Jefferson Highway campus, where it saw a 49 percent decrease in infection rates in the first four months after adding LightStrike room disinfection to its cleaning protocol.”We are always looking for opportunities to enhance the quality of care we provide patients,” said Sandra Kemmerly, MD, System Medical Director of Hospital Quality, Ochsner Health System. “Adding LightStrike Robots to our room disinfection process improves our ability to destroy dangerous pathogens and reduce the risk of infections. It creates a safer environment, for our patients, our employees, and the communities we serve.”St. Bernard Parish Hospital is owned by the Hospital Service District of the Parish of St. Bernard, State of Louisiana, a political subdivision of the State, and managed by Ochsner Health System. For more information about St. Bernard Hospital or to schedule an appointment, visit www.ochsner.org/sbph or call 866.624.7636. Source:https://www.xenex.com/
Source:http://agencia.fapesp.br/28572 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 30 2018A new device that combines low-intensity laser light and therapeutic ultrasound considerably reduces the pain experienced by patients with fibromyalgia.A scientific study has shown that application to the palms instead of to tender points on different parts of the body has better analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. As a result of pain reduction, patients also sleep better and are able to perform daily tasks with less discomfort. Their overall quality of life also improves.In an article published in the Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, researchers at the Optics and Photonics Research Center (CEPOF), one of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP, describe the concomitant application of low-intensity laser light and therapeutic ultrasound for three minutes to the palms of the hands of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The treatment consisted of ten twice-weekly sessions.”The study describes two innovations: the device and the treatment protocol. By emitting laser light and ultrasound simultaneously, we succeeded in normalizing the patient’s pain threshold. Application to the palms differs from the focus on tender points found practically everywhere today in fibromyalgia care,” said Antônio Eduardo de Aquino Junior, a researcher at the University of São Paulo’s São Carlos Physics Institute (IFSC-USP) in Brazil and a coauthor of the article.The research was also funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP).The principal investigator for the project was Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato, Full Professor and Director of IFSC-USP.In the study, 48 women aged 40-65 and diagnosed with fibromyalgia were divided into six groups of eight at the Clinical Research Unit run by IFSC-USP in partnership with the Santa Casa de Misericórdia hospital in São Carlos, São Paulo State.Three groups received applications of laser or ultrasound separately or combined in the region of the trapezius muscle. The other three groups received applications only to the palms.The results showed that treatment involving application to the palms was more effective regardless of the technique, but the laser-ultrasound combination significantly improved the patients’ condition. Assessments were performed using the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and the Visual Analogue Scale for Pain (VASP).A comparison of the groups showed a difference of 57.72% in functionality improvement and of 63.31% in pain reduction for the ultrasound-laser group in the case of application to the trapezius. Ultrasound-laser application to the palms produced a 73.37% difference in pain reduction compared with application to the trapezius.Related StoriesVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseBritish boys to receive HPV jabsCreating a physical and genetic map of Cannabis sativaTender pointsThe idea of testing the effects of the new device in application to the palms of the hands arose from a review of the scientific literature.”Previous studies showed that patients with fibromyalgia had larger numbers of neuroreceptors near blood vessels in the hands. Some patients even had red points in this region. We therefore changed focus to test the direct action of the technique on these sensory cells in the hands rather than just so-called pain trigger points, such as the trapezius, which is typically very painful in fibromyalgia patients,” said Juliana da Silva Amaral Bruno, a physical therapist and first author of the study.The study showed that application to the hands affects all pain points in the patient’s body. The same FAPESP-funded center group had previously published an article in the Journal of Novel Physiotherapies describing a case study in applying the device to pain points. Although the results of this first study were satisfactory, global pain reduction proved impossible.”Combined application of ultrasound and laser to pain points such as the trapezius was highly effective but did not succeed in reaching the other main innervations affected by the disorder,” Bruno said. “Application to the palms of the hands had a global result, restoring the patient’s quality of life and eliminating her pain.”According to the study, the optimization of peripheral and brain blood flow via the activation of sensitive areas of the hands during the sessions normalized the patient’s pain threshold.”It’s important to bear in mind that this isn’t a cure but a form of treatment that doesn’t require the use of drugs,” Aquino said.Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that involves widespread nonarticular high-intensity pain lasting longer than three months. It affects 3% to 10% of the adult population, with a higher prevalence in women. Although patients experience pain in practically the entire body, they do not present with injuries, inflammation or tissue degeneration. Two other mysteries are associated with fibromyalgia: its cause is unknown, and no cure has been found so far.The standard treatment comprises physical exercise, anti-inflammatory and analgesic medication, and psychotherapy, as patients typically complain of extreme fatigue, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, depression and anxiety.According to Aquino, the new device that combines ultrasound and laser therapy should come to market in early 2019. It is currently being tested for other pathologies by researchers at the FAPESP RIDC.”We’re testing it for osteoarthritis, knees, hands and feet, and the results have been interesting. Other projects are being designed for other diseases,” Aquino said.
If the cruise industry had existed between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago, ships headed in and out of Miami would have had to dodge icebergs. As the last ice age waned and climate warmed, immense lakes of glacial meltwater that accumulated behind natural ice dams occasionally burst forth from the mouth of Canada’s Hudson Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. When those iceberg-laden outburst floods—some of them carrying more than 1 million cubic meters of water per second and lasting several months—reached the open sea, they took a right turn and flowed south along the coast as far as the Florida Keys, a new study suggests. The torrent-driven icebergs, some of them hundreds of meters thick, plowed troughs in the sea floor all along the continental shelf (like those found in 170- to 380-meter-deep waters off the coast of South Carolina; one such berm-edged trough extends from lower left to top center of the image). Sea levels have risen more than 100 meters since most of these troughs were formed, which has helped preserve them from surface waves that could roil and smooth seafloor sediments. Whereas the troughs off South Carolina measure up to 100 meters across and 20 meters deep, those off the central Florida Keys (now found in waters between 215 and 280 meters deep) typically are no more than 50 meters wide and 5 meters deep—as expected, because the bergs would have melted to smaller size as they drifted south, the researchers report online today in Nature Geoscience. Some of the iceberg scours off Miami Beach, probably created by icebergs the size of those setting sail from Greenland today, lie less than 12 kilometers offshore.
When compressed, most fibers sag if they are soft and buckle if they are hard. But the silken webs of some spiders do neither: They remain taut no matter how far they are stretched or compressed. Now, scientists say they have figured out just how these webs maintain their tension. Using a microscope and a nanoscale positioning system, a team of scientists artificially stretched and compressed a single-capture thread from a golden orb weaving spider. They found that the capture thread—used to build the sticky spirals of the web—behaves like an elastic solid when stretched. But when compressed, droplets of liquid silk that dot the fiber cause the solid silk to spool like a liquid (see video above). This keeps the silk taut even when it is compressed up to 95%, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using this new insight, the team decided to build their own “liquid wire”: a hybrid material made from droplets of silicone oil on a polyurethane thread. The synthetic fiber displays the same properties as spiders’ capture silk, switching from liquidlike to solidlike behavior as tension across the thread changes. Any sufficiently thin fiber surrounded by a droplet should show these properties, the researchers say, which could one day be applied to robotics, artificial muscles, and even flexible, stretchable electronics.(Video Credit: Science/AAAS)
Just about everyone has heard of the San Andreas Fault running through California. Scientists have been studying the fault line for years, trying to predict the next major earthquake. In 1970, another major fault line running for 700 miles, just 40 to 80 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. and Canada was discovered with the potential to cause an earthquake much more powerful than the San Andreas could, along with a tsunami that could travel as far as Japan and Southeast Asia.Aerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain. Photo by Ikluft CC BY-SA 4.0The Cascadia Subduction Zone covers the area between Northern Vancouver Island and Cape Mendocino in California.It is part of the Ring of Fire, a seismic belt that runs in a horseshoe-shape from the south of Australia up through the Philippines to the easternmost part of Russia, then directly east to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, and down the west coast of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and west back toward Australia.According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, most of the world’s strongest earthquakes and about seventy-five percent of the volcanoes on Earth are located in the Ring of Fire.Area of the Cascadia subduction zone, including the Cascade Volcanic Arc (red triangles) Ring of Fire.The Cascadia Subduction Zone is where the Pacific tectonic plate meets the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate which is moving westward and being pushed under the Pacific plate, and can eventually cause an earthquake which in turn can cause a tsunami. The larger the earthquake, the larger the tsunami.In January 1700, that scenario actually took place when an earthquake believed to have reached from 8.7 to 9.2 on the Richter scale ripped through the entire Cascadia Zone. The resulting tsunami created ten-foot waves in Japan that, according to ScienceDaily lasted eighteen hours.Cascadia earthquake sources.Written and oral history refer to a major earthquake on the west coast of the US and a tsunami in Japan, but no one knows exactly when the event occurred. During the 1980s and 1990s, scientists tested the “ghost forests” along the coast of Washington and Oregon.These are stumps of western red cedar trees and other plant life that were destroyed all at one time as told by carbon dating and dendrochronology, the study of tree rings. All evidence shows the plant life stopped growing about the end of 1699. Soil samples from the ocean floor also attest to a major ecological event at this time.Neskowin Ghost Forest in August 2017. Photo by Chrahp CC BY-SA 4.0Scientists like Chris Goldfinger, a paleoseismologist at Oregon State University, and his colleagues predict that the chance of a major earthquake along the Cascadia Zone within the next fifty years is one in three.According to an article in The New Yorker written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Kathryn Schulz in 2015, Goldfinger predicts that the next earthquake will begin with compressional waves, fast-moving, high-frequency waves that are audible only to dogs and some other animals.Grjotagja fault, Iceland.If such a scenario were to take place, the intensity of the quake would cause open chasms in the ground and walls of ocean water to flood in from the sea. Coastal towns and cities from southern Canada to southern California would be in danger. Many theories already exist that the next “Big One” could actually cut off California from the rest of the country. According to USA Today California is overdue for the next big earthquake. “There is a 99.9% chance that there will be a damaging quake (magnitude greater than or equal to 6.7) somewhere in California in the next 30 years,” said Peggy Hellweg, a seismologist at the University of California, Berkeley.Read another story from us: Sea Serpent – Can the Giant Oarfish Predict Earthquakes?The Ring of Fire covers some of the most populated places on Earth. The Pacific coast of the Americas are frequently rocked by earthquakes, open fissures in the heavily populated Hawaiian Islands are belching out lava, hurricanes plague the Gulf of Mexico, thousands live near Mt. St. Helens and over two million people live in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Humans seem to have a habit of being attracted to dangerous locations.
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Related News Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), left, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (The New York Times)Written by Nicholas Fandos The House Judiciary Committee reached a deal with a key source of information for Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation that will allow her to delay public testimony that had been scheduled for Monday but require her to answer written questions as the committee waits.Democrats who control the committee said they were willing to take those steps because the witness, Annie Donaldson, is in her third trimester of pregnancy and lives in Alabama. They said she would still be required to testify in person in the coming months before the committee, which is investigating whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he tried to thwart the special counsel’s examination of his campaign’s ties to Russia.The White House is expected to intervene to try to block Donaldson, a former White House lawyer, from answering any questions about her government service. The White House will most likely cite a Justice Department opinion that close aides to the president have “absolute immunity” from congressional subpoenas. Planned Parenthood, seeking more political tack, removes its president Leana Wen Post Comment(s) After heated exchanges, US House condemns tweets by Donald Trump as racist Republicans offer little criticism of Trump’s comments on Democratic Congresswomen By New York Times |Washington | Updated: June 25, 2019 9:47:03 am Advertising The House, in turn, is preparing to file a lawsuit as early as next week to try to get the federal courts to strike down the administration’s immunity theory, which has been advanced by presidents of both parties but has never been fully tested in court. Even though the suit will probably take aim at Donaldson’s former boss, one-time White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II, a ruling in the Democrats’ favour could effectively force Donaldson and other witnesses who have defied the Judiciary Committee to take the witness stand.Donaldson, as chief of staff to McGahn, witnessed or was privy to some of the most explosive moments detailed by Mueller’s investigators, including the firing of James Comey as FBI director and attempts by Trump to gain control of the investigation. Donaldson kept detailed notes of those episodes and others, which are referenced frequently in Mueller’s 448-page report.A lawyer for Donaldson, Sandra Moser, said she was pleased with the accommodation.Under the terms of her accord with the Judiciary Committee, Donaldson agreed to appear in person to testify sometime after Nov. 1 and will provide written answers to lawmakers’ questions in the meantime. The committee will most likely deliver those questions this week, a committee aide said. The White House, which declined to comment Monday, could intervene thereafter. Advertising
Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Best Of Express After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Retired teacher Natha Barjod at the primary school in Kalia Valunda village, Dahod. (Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)UNTIL LAST year, Surya Bhabhor had the odds stacked against him. His parents were away, working as migrant workers, and he was with his grandmother in Gujarat’s Dahod, struggling to cope at school, finding it “difficult to read and write English”. Today, the 11-year-old breezes through the alphabet, and is happy to write his name in English and read out from a Class 5 textbook at the primary school in Vadela village. Advertising Written by Aishwarya Mohanty | Vadodara | Published: July 15, 2019 12:43:42 am After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Advertising District Development Officer, R K Patel, says migration is “one of the key” factors that has led to lower learning outcomes in Dahod, a tribal district. Labour records show that over 30,000 people migrate every year on an average in search of work, mostly from February to July. Of them, about 15,000 return during the monsoon but leave again by August-end.“We realised that once students go home, they don’t get help because their parents are mostly out for work. With the experience and expertise of retired teachers, they get extra attention in school itself,” he says.Vinod Rao, Secretary, Education Department, Gujarat, says the “major challenge” in the district is attendance. “Against the state performance of 57% students with attendance above 80%, Dahod has only 17%. All these initiatives are directed towards reviving attendance,” he says. Until last year, all that 59-year-old retired teacher Lakshman Chauhan wanted to do was spend time at his “small farm” near his home in Vadela. Today, he is back in front of the blackboard at the school, happy to be conducting remedial sessions for students in need.What has brought Bhabhor and Chauhan together is Project Second Innings, launched by the Dahod administration under the NITI Aayog’s Transformation of Aspirational Districts programme. Dahod is among 117 districts identified by NITI Aayog, with education as one of the core areas of focus.The project was launched in 2018 to help improve learning outcomes in primary and upper primary classes, specifically in reading, writing and Maths. And Chauhan is among 517 retired teachers who have voluntarily signed up, so far.“I still believe in the traditional system — read, write, practise and learn. If they can learn the language well, they can read and understand other subjects, too. I continuously conduct dictations and sessions where students read out from their textbooks,” says Chauhan. Top News Then, there’s 78-year-old Natha Barjod, the “Master ji” at the primary school in Kalia Valunda village. “I retired as a school principal in 1999, and was approached by the district last year to volunteer as a tutor in my village. I get about Rs 20,000 in pension, and both my sons are working, so I don’t have anything else to worry about. I help the students here with Gujarati and Maths,” he says.The results are showing. At last year’s Gunotsav, an annual evaluation in government primary schools, 58,639 students from classes 6 to 8 in Dahod were graded below 5 on a scale of 1-10 in reading, 66,133 in writing and 67,666 in Maths. Of these students, 27,598 improved their grades this year to above 6 in reading, 28,664 in writing and 32,827 in Maths.Dahod has also climbed one rung from the bottom among 33 districts in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC ) results — from last in pass percentage (37.35%) in 2018 to one step higher (49.18%) this year.According to District Collector, Vijay Kharadi, 285 more retired teachers are being drafted, with a target of 1,000 by the year-end. “We are also looking at retired government officials based in their villages who can devote time for the project,” he says.Nodal Education Officer (Aspirational District), Janak Patel, says they pick volunteers from an updated database. “As soon as teachers retire, we approach them to teach in their own villages. If they agree, we organise classes for an hour before or after normal school hours,” says Patel. Post Comment(s)
International Tiger Day: We need new age Tiger champions The study found animals displaying “peculiar behavioural patterns” that could help in devising mitigation measures required to be undertaken in other similar projects. For instance, between March and May, the study undertaken with the help of 74 trap cameras showed that T1 used Animal Under Pass (AUP) 9 at least twice. In another case, the study showed, a sloth bear took two months to decide that it would use the underpass.The study found that while some animals passed through the underpasses, some used them for playing or resting. Most animals used the underpasses during night, it showed. The study showed 27 events involving 11 individual tigers using AUPs 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 — they used AUP 8 the most, frequenting it on 20 occasions.“These are the first-ever wildlife mitigation measures in the country and the world’s biggest. Our study has found that 17 species have started using them… Tigers have been preferring the AUPs, which is very reassuring,” says Habib.Other animals found using the AUPs were: leopard (1), chital (237), gaur (20), hare (30), jungle cat (50), mongoose (16), bluebull (15), palm civet (15), porcupine (1), sambhar (6), small Indian civet (2), sloth bear (1), wild dog (five) and wild pig (41). Langurs (6,255) and rhesus macaques (2,315) were found to have used the AUPs. London Zoo: First date for 2 rare tigers ends in death In their long legal battle demanding adequate mitigation measures, in the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, activists accused the WII of succumbing to pressure from the NHAI and allowing smaller underpasses than originally suggested.After the recent video of T1, the High Court directed the litigants and their lawyers to visit the underpasses along with officials from the Forest Department and NHAI to assess the situation. The team visited the spot Saturday.On T1 using the underpass and the road above, Habib says: “That’s a question of behaviour. Maybe, he found crossing the road on that occasion possible due to no traffic in sight. Every animal has its own calculation and response to a situation.”Habib says the WII team has “suggested raising fencing on the road in stretches between AUPs” to deter animals from crossing. “Over the next few years, traffic will be much higher, increasing animal mortality on the road,” he says.Udayan Patil, a member of Srushti Paryavaran Mandal, which first opposed the four-laning in court and pressed for mitigation measures, says: “There are some issues, like stacking of construction material and accumulation of water inside the AUPs. The guiding walls, too, have to be of appropriate height. As for the validity of the WII’s claims on the utility of the structures, we need to have other independent agencies cross-check with their own data.” More Explained Advertising Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Updated: July 16, 2019 11:27:22 am Best Of Express Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Related News Taking stock of monsoon rain Madhya Pradesh loses 17 tigers in 2017: NTCA T1 spotted using an underpass at night. (Image Courtesy: WII)LAST WEEK, travellers on the newly four-laned NH-44 in Maharashtra recorded a startling video. It showed T1, a tiger from the Pench reserve, crossing the highway in daylight. Pench officials said T1, a male of about 11 years, had already been hit once by a vehicle in February. Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) Field Director Ravikiran Govekar says that “overall, the mitigation measures have started bearing fruit”. But he is quick to add that it’s too early to arrive at a conclusion. “The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) has also been asked to do their own assessment. We will have to do a study for about a year to be able to fully understand the pluses and minuses of the mitigation measures,” he says. Post Comment(s) Advertising Two days after that video was shot, two people died on the highway after their car hit a truck while swerving to avoid a wild boar.Last week, travellers on the newly four-laned NH-44 in Maharashtra recorded a startling video. It showed T1, a tiger from the Pench reserve, crossing the highway in daylight.Read full story here | https://t.co/YqD5u3E7qJ pic.twitter.com/hwOgSZCvwB— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) July 16, 2019Wildlife activists have cited these incidents to underscore the inadequacy of the nine underpasses built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), on the directions of the Bombay High Court, for animals to avoid the highway.However, a report by Wildlife Institute of India (WWI) scientist Bilal Habib and his team shows that over March, April and May, 17 different species of animals started using these underpasses along the 16-km patch of forest on the Maharashtra side of the highway — including T1.Tigers have been among the most frequent users of at least one of these underpasses, says the report that is part of a study titled ‘Ecological impact assessment of existing and proposed road infrastructure in important wildlife corridors in India’. Advertising However, 10,493 people and 264 livestock also used the AUPs during the same period. “We need to restrict non-wildlife movement to exploit the full potential of these structures,” says Habib.According to Habib, two specific developments have been encouraging:-11 individual tigers have started using these underpasses. “This could well be the entire tiger population residing in the vicinity of NH 44 that needs to cross the road,” says Habib.-Around 10 am last Sunday, AUP 8 witnessed a first-of-its-kind event: a pack of 5-6 wild dogs killing a chital (spotted deer). “This is very exciting since it means the dogs have started treating the AUPs as part of their habitat and are feeling at home there,” says Habib.The underpasses, which are essentially the space beneath elevated portions of the highway, are 50-750m wide — AUPs 7 and 8 are the largest at 750m. They were constructed about a year ago, at sites most frequently used as crossing points by animals in a survey conducted by Habib in 2015, and were ready for use early this year. Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence