Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

first_imgZuckerberg announced the effort in a status on his Facebook page today, saying it is sending a team that will establish emergency telecommunications assistance to the island. In addition, the social network is providing Facebook ad space to convey information to individuals on the island.This information includes details on staying safe and also directs viewers on where to get assistance. Finally, Zuckerberg says that Facebook is giving $1.5 million in donations to World Food Program and NetHope in support of Puerto Rico. Further details on what exactly Facebook is establishing on the island weren’t provided, however.Facebook has previously detailed work it has put into developing technologies that are able to provide communication infrastructure in various environments, and also in places affected by natural disasters. To do that, the social network said back in April that it has developed a technology called Tether-tenna, which is a small helicopter that is tethered to a both a fiber line and power, creating what it calls a ‘virtual tower’ that is flying a few hundred feet over the ground.The technology was described as in its early stages back in April, though, so it is unclear whether it has progressed enough to be deployed in Puerto Rico, or whether Facebook is using a different method. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is sending teams to get Puerto Rico back online, a necessary step for helping emergency crews communicate and helping affected residents get in touch with loved ones. The move follows Hurricane Maria’s devastating blow to the island; during its passage, the storm took out more than 90-percent of the cellular towers on the island.last_img read more

iOS 12 could bring universal iPhone apps with Mac support

first_imgApple’s iOS 12 will focus on a few headline features, including apps that can run across both iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktop computers. The upcoming release is expected to be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, WWDC 2018, this summer, though not arrive on devices until the fall. Story TimelineHuge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today2018 Apple roadmap leak tips more custom Mac chipsFuture Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro While that might be the typical cadence for an iOS update, the Cupertino firm’s strategy for it has changed considerably, new reports today suggest. In previous years, WWDC has been a fountain of new features, with Apple filling multi-hour-long keynote sessions with new additions to iOS and macOS to a backdrop of developer whooping. The unfortunate footnote to that, though, is the increasing tendency for some of those features to miss their deadlines or arrive with glitches. A report from Bloomberg suggests Apple is taking a step back as a result, and will focus on refining a more manageable set of upgrades for iOS 12. However, that’s not to say that the list of new features will be disappointing. Indeed there are signs that one of the most hotly-anticipated – not to mention controversial – changes to iOS applications may almost be upon us. Apple reportedly plans to make it possible for a single, third-party app to be run on both iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, and on macOS devices like the MacBook Pro and iMac. It’ll obviously require macOS changes too, which are said to be part of macOS 10.14 codenamed “Liberty”. AdChoices广告The first such apps to run cross-platform are expected to include macOS compatibility for Home. That’s the iPhone interface for Apple’s HomeKit system, which pulls together smart home devices like connected lights, locks, outlets, and more, into a single location. The Apple TV and HomePod smart speaker can both act as HomeKit hubs, allowing multiple iOS devices to control them whether they’re at home or away. Apple won’t be the first to push for universal apps. Microsoft has been encouraging developers to do that for some time now, creating software that runs on phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop form-factors, as well as on Xbox games consoles. Meanwhile Google has been doing something similar with Android and Chrome OS. Other changes in iOS 12 – apparently internally codenamed “Peace” – will include more new Animojis, and expand support for the animated emojis to iPad. That’ll coincide with a new iPad model, too, which will have a Face ID camera on the front just like the iPhone X and thus be able to animate the characters. To further push the technology, Apple is apparently looking to integrate Animojis into its FaceTime video calling service, so that people could have real-time chats as the characters. iOS 12 is also expected to include a new version of Do Not Disturb, which will increase the flexibility of the system with new customizations. Siri will be more integrated into search, while augmented reality apps using ARKit will gain multiplayer support. All the same, what’s equally interesting is the list of features that Apple intended initially to include in iOS 12, but has apparently decided to delay. That includes a comprehensive home screen redesign for iPhone and iPad, along with a new interface for CarPlay, its automotive system for reducing distracted driving. A new Photos app has also been pushed back, while iPad owners will need to be a little more patient for tabbed interfaces within apps and split-screen support for two instances of the same app. The Apple Pencil was also initially intended for new features, but which now will wait. Apple is supposedly working on FaceTime video calling for multiple participants, though again that may not be ready for release in 2018.While the clamor for new features is always strong – and anticipation for the iOS and macOS previews high at WWDC – it’s not hard to see how Apple’s new strategy could work out better for the company. After all, many new additions to the two platforms generally get lost by the wayside, as just a small handful gain the most attention. If Apple can translate that into greater focus, then it should mean more stability for end-users as well as a more cohesive set of announcements ahead of new iPhone and iPad hardware later in 2018.last_img read more

Jaguar welcomes historic New York City leg of Formula E championship

first_imgAs our very own Benjamin Hunting covered just a few months ago, the Formula E shatters every preconceived notion of car racing you might have. It is much a novelty for racing fans as it is for technology fans. For in what world would you hear about Qualcomm’s wireless charging technologies playing a critical role in racing events, at least in safety cars. The relatively quieter hum of electronic motors, and even the rather odd “voting” system for “Fanboost” truly makes the FIA Formula E not your grandfather’s car race.The race is even more special for Jaguar, whose return to racing through the Formula E was announced last year, also making it the car maker’s first time to enter the all-electric racing event. Earlier this month, it named Panasonic as its sponsor with the announcement of the Jaguar I-Type 1 and the Panasonic Jaguar Racing. The third season of the FIA Formula E championship is set to start next month, but this 2016-17 already has a few historic and exciting firsts, particularly for the US. Although the last season did have a round in the US at Long Beach, this season is the first time a FIA-approved open-wheel, not to mention a fully-electric, race will take place within the five boroughs of New York City. And marking that momentous occasion will be Jaguar North America, whose return to the motorsports world will be witnessed first at this very Formula E season. Although the season kicks off on 9th October in Hong Kong, the New York City rounds won’t take place until July next year as the last two rounds of the season. The 1.21-mile track will bring drivers around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, with the lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty as backdrops for this historic leg of the Formula E racing series.AdChoices广告last_img read more

China will use facial recognition smart locks to monitor 120000 tenants

first_imgBeijing shows no signs of slowing its adoption of facial recognition technology, which is already in use on everything from toilet paper dispensers to school entrances and police systems in the city. According to a new report out of the nation, China plans to install thousands of smart locks with facial recognition technology to monitor public housing and prevent illegal subletting. Story TimelineMicrosoft calls on government to regulate facial recognition techTSA roadmap reveals big airport facial recognition expansion plansSecret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House Beijing is home to massive public housing projects, which include tens of thousands of public housing units. By this summer, city officials plan to have deployed enough smart locks with facial recognition technology to monitor approximately 120,000 tenants, according to state news reports.Public housing units are intended for individuals who cannot afford traditional housing options. Chinese officials have stated that the use of facial recognition technology is intended to clamp down on system abuses while increasing overall housing security. The idea is that by monitoring for illegal subletting and renters, the system would ensure that public housing units only go to people in need.China has increasingly deployed a variety of technologies centered around facial recognition, which is used to monitor citizens across many aspects of life, including mundane ones like ensuring they don’t jaywalk. Recently a state newspaper revealed that schools in China are adopting “smart shirts” that feature built-in location trackers and alarms.The shirts are designed to monitor the location of students, including whether they’ve fallen asleep at school, left the school grounds without permission, or showed up late. The system works in conjunction with facial recognition technologies that link students to their own shirts, this ensuring that two students don’t swap shirts to get around the tracking.last_img read more

Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire

first_imgFor the door latch recall, Ford isn’t aware of any incidents that have happened from the problem (that is, injuries or wrecks). The issue revolves around potentially faulty door latches on the 2014 Ford Fiesta, the 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion, and the 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ. Some users have said, when speaking to the NHTSA about the problem, that they’ve had to resort to tying the doors closed with rope or tape.Meanwhile, the fire risk affects the 2013 to 2015 Ford Escape, the Ford Fiesta ST, the Ford Fusion, and the Ford Transit Connect with a 1.6L GTDI engine. This is a double whammy for the Ford Fusion of the ’13 and ’14 model years, as they are covered by both recalls.The cause of the fire risk, according to Ford, is some issue that, if coolant stops circulating, could cause the engine to get too hot, cause the cylinder head to crack, and pressurized oil to leak out, potentially leading to a fire. These recalls will ultimately cost Ford about $295 million.SOURCE: Reuters Ford has announced a pair of recalls that collectively span 440,000 vehicles in North America. Of the two recalls, one affects 211,000 cars and concerns possibly faulty side door latches; the other recall covers about 230,000 vehicles that are at risk of fires under the hood. Though the automaker has had more than two dozen reports of such fires, there aren’t any known injuries resulting from these incidents. Story TimelineFord GT Competition Series puts supercar on a dietFord ‘Autolivery’ concept: an autonomous van with a delivery droneThis crazy 2018 Mustang detail proves just how obsessed Ford islast_img read more

Galaxy A9 Pro 2019 is the global version of Galaxy A8s outside

first_imgSamsung was slow to accept the inevitable and embrace the notch but when it finally did, it did so in a way few probably wished it did. It introduced the Infinity-O type screen that exchanged the notch for a circular cutout, a.k.a. the punch hole (or hole punch) camera. First to debut in the Galaxy A8s last month, the same eccentric design has now landed in Korea in the form of the Galaxy A9 Pro (2019). Samsung calls the Galaxy A9 Pro the first Infinity-O phone, but didn’t it already announce that in China last December? The answer is that they’re both first. Or rather, they’re pretty much the same phone anyway, with the Galaxy A8s being the China-only model and the Galaxy A9 making its way to other countries, starting with Korea.That means all the specs you’ve probably read before apply here as well. That includes the 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 3,400 mAh battery and, presumably, the same Snapdragon 710 processor. Samsung also notes that the Galaxy A9 Pro has a triple camera setup with a 24 megapixel main sensor, 10 megapixel telephoto camera with 2x zoom, and a 5 megapixel depth sensor.The real star, however, is the 24 megapixel front camera hiding beneath that Infinity-O cutout. Samsung provides a ring light animation to indicate the camera’s use. It probably also has the same swipe down gesture revealed recently to activate the camera app in selfie mode instantly.Together with the quadruple-camera Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A9 Pro cements the image of the Galaxy A series as Samsung’s testing ground for “innovative”, a.k.a. experimental, features. Korean buyers who can spare 599,500 KRW ($533) can probably get a foretaste of what the upcoming Galaxy S10 will feel like. Story TimelineGalaxy A8s details: Like a phantom Galaxy S10Galaxy S10 could have “swipe to selfie” featurelast_img read more

Oculus Rift S beefs up tracking and resolution for sleeker VR

first_imgDetails on the Rift S are still fairly slim. For this initial announcement, Oculus seems to only be describing the Rift S is broad strokes, which means that we’ll be waiting a little while for precise specifications. Still, the company is sharing enough information today to pique our interest, so let’s dive into what we know. Story TimelineOculus Rift rolls out public Homes and Facebook livestreamingPalmer Luckey offers free Oculus Rift repair kit for audio problemsOculus Quest nabs Beat Saber as a launch title Oculus starts off its announcement by confirming that the Rift S will use the Oculus platform – hardly a surprise, but it does mean that it’ll have an extensive library of games and apps on launch day. The company also says that the headset utilizes “improved optics and display technology” – presumably over both competitors and predecessor Oculus headsets – to offer higher pixel density. “Games on Rift have never looked better,” the company boasts, again without getting too specific about what to expect.Oculus also says that it has teamed up with Lenovo to co-design the headset, which results in a more comfortable headstrap, better light blocking, and better weight distribution. Perhaps the biggest announcement of the day, however, is that the Rift S will also use the inside-out tracking technology created for the Quest. That, importantly, means no external sensors to track movement. Inside-out tracking has also been built into the revamped Oculus Touch controllers, which should mean more precise hand tracking.AdChoices广告Finally, the Rift S will feature a “stereo-correct passthrough feature” called Passthrough+. “It utilizes core Oculus runtime advancements, including ASW, to produce a comfortable experience with minimal depth disparity or performance impact,” Oculus wrote. “It’s especially helpful any time you need to step or see outside of your play space.”That’s all we’re getting for now, though Oculus did confirm that the Rift S will cost $399 – the same price as the Oculus Quest – when it arrives this spring. Oculus says that it’ll be sharing more details on the Rift S in the coming weeks, so we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for those. While we wait, head down to the comments section and give us your early thoughts about the Oculus Rift S.center_img Apparently, launching one VR headset this spring isn’t enough for the folks at Oculus. In addition to the standalone Oculus Quest, the company announced today that it’ll also be launching the Oculus Rift S. The Rift S brings back the tether, meaning you’ll need a relatively beefy gaming PC to use it, but in return Oculus promises “access to the most immersive content that VR has to offer.”last_img read more

Porsche Mission E charger plan has Tesla in its sights

first_imgPorsche plans to turn every one of its US dealerships into a super-fast electric charging point, as it paves the way for its Tesla-fighting Mission E electric car. The automaker’s first all-electric production vehicle may be trailing cars like the Model S to market by several years, but Porsche is counting on fast charging stations several times more powerful than Tesla’s Superchargers to help close the gap. “Charging infrastructure is an extremely important part of the EV experience as a whole,” Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche USA, said today. ” And while the average commute today is less than 50 miles,” he points out, “our Mission E will have a range of over 300 miles.” Although Volkswagen Group, Porsche’s parent, is working on a Level 2 charging network within the US, Mission E drivers will get extra-special treatment at the 189 Porsche dealerships across the country. That’s where Porsche plans to install 800 volt, 320 kW DC fast chargers. After around twenty minutes plugged in, the automaker says, the Mission E would have sufficient power for around 250 miles of range. In comparison, Tesla’s Supercharger network currently delivers around 120 kW to each car, depending on overall load. Tesla’s Elon Musk has previously suggested that “Supercharger V3” stations could increase that to 350 kW, though so far those chargers are yet to be deployed. Exactly how much a Porsche driver might expect to pay for that is unclear at this stage. Indeed, the automaker says that it’s still working out those details, which could range from a flat-rate fee through to more complex arrangements. All the same, Porsche is still expecting the majority of charging to take place at Mission E owners’ homes. AdChoices广告The car itself will mark a distinct shift away from Porsche mainstays like the 911, and not attempt to fool drivers into thinking it’s anything other than electric. While the engine soundtrack of a Porsche flat-six might be part of the core allure of a 911, the Mission E will embrace its electrification. Expect whatever audio it creates to be “a clear reference” to the EV powertrain, according to Stefan Weckbach, Head of Battery Electric Vehicles at the automaker. It’ll also be fairly practical, at least in Porsche terms. The front trunk – or “frunk” – will add cargo space to what’s available in the rear, and the Mission E’s battery has been shaped so that it still allows for rear seat legroom. While Porsche’s designers will have to tone down some of the concept car’s more outlandish features such as the rear-hinged back doors, and add regulatory-required elements like actual side mirrors rather than fared-in cameras, the overall intention is to translate as much of the show-car to the road as possible.What Porsche won’t compromise on is driving ability. Although it doesn’t look as though – initially, at least – the Mission E will necessarily compete in straight-line speed with the fastest Model S, the goal is something repeatable each and every time you bury your right foot on the accelerator. Combined with the low center of gravity and the lashings of instantaneous torque we’re familiar with from EVs, that should make for a thoroughly modern interpretation of a Porsche when the car hits dealerships in 2019. Story TimelinePorsche CEO details Mission E pricing, release datePorsche Mission E in production body spiedPorsche Mission E specs spill as Tesla rival formslast_img read more

First Edition October 30 2013

first_imgToday’s headlines include reports about how health law complications are quickly moving beyond problems with the healthcare.gov website to include other issues.  Kaiser Health News: Health On The Hill: Medicare Head Tavenner Apologizes For Healthcare.gov ProblemsKaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey talks with Politico Pro’s Jennifer Haberkorn about events on Capitol Hill, including the Tuesday testimony of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in which she said that some website subcontractors hadn’t met expectations, but  offered few other details on the problems (10/29). Listen to the audio or read the transcript.Kaiser Health News: Wellness Apps And Websites Go For New Clients: Insurance CompaniesKaiser Health News staff writer Ankita Rao reports: “Consumers like Kuecker aren’t the only ones noticing the benefits of programs like MyFitnessPal, which also functions as a smartphone app. Last month, the insurance company Cigna announced it will offer services from MyFitnessPal, which has reported more than 40 million users, to the insurer’s customers” (Rao, 10/30). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Minnesota Marketplace’s Latino Outreach Events Get Off To A Slow StartMinnesota Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stawicki, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure has been open for four weeks. But efforts to inform hard-to-reach populations about how they can sign up for health care coverage are only now getting underway. That’s what brought employees of Southside Community Health Services on Saturday to Karina’s Beauty Salon in the heart of the city’s Latino community. The organization has received part of a $4 million federal grant to help explain what MNsure is about and help people sign up for coverage, and the Latino community is an important target for MNsure outreach efforts” (Stawicki, 10/29). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Letters To The Editor: Nurse Practitioners In Primary Care; The Future Of Bare-Bones Health PlansLetters to the Editor is a periodic KHN feature in which readers can comment on our recent stories (10/29). See what our readers had to say.NPR: Insurance Cancellations Elbow Out Website Woes At Health HearingWhen the head of the agency responsible for the troubled Healthcare.gov went before Congress for the first time since its foibles became apparent Oct. 1, she probably didn’t expect that many questions would be on something else altogether. But the website turned out not to be the focus of questions for Marilyn Tavenner by Republicans at the Ways and Means Committee hearing Tuesday. They were more interested in asking about cancellation notices being received by people who purchase their own insurance (Rovner, 10/29).Politico: Obamacare Woes Move Beyond WebsiteWasn’t this hearing supposed to be about a broken website? Tuesday’s hearing about the fumbled Obamacare roll-out was all the proof we needed that the Republicans are serious about their talking point that the law’s problems go beyond the website. They’ve moved on to other things — cancelled individual insurance policies, privacy concerns, and possible nasty surprises for young adults who may not know they can’t get subsidies (Nather, 10/29).The New York Times: Health Site Chief Expects Low Initial Enrollment NumberMs. Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said that “nearly 700,000 applications have been submitted to the federal and state marketplaces” in the last four weeks. But she repeatedly refused to say how many of those people had actually enrolled in health insurance plans since the federal and state marketplaces, or exchanges, opened on Oct. 1 (Pear, 10/29).Los Angeles Times: Top Official Apologizes For Obamacare Website GlitchesThe official charged with overseeing the online health marketplaces apologized Tuesday to a congressional panel for issues that have plagued the rollout of President Obama’s signature health law, but said she was confident the website problems would be fixed by the end of November (Memoli, 10/29).The Washington Post: Administration Official Marilyn Tavenner Apologizes For Healthcare.gov ProblemsMarilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, also defended her agency’s management of the project and blamed some of the setbacks on the main contractor, Fairfax-based CGI Federal (Somashekhar, 10/29).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Official Blames Insurers For Wave Of Policy Cancellations, Apologized For Website WoesMove over, website woes. Lawmakers confronted the Obama administration Tuesday with a difficult new health care problem — a wave of cancellation notices hitting individuals and small businesses who buy their own insurance. At the same time, the federal official closest to the website apologized for its dysfunction in new sign-ups and asserted things are getting better by the day (10/29).Politico: White House Playing Defense On ObamacareFor every positive statistic about the law, there’s a horror story that calls into question the broad promises of Obamacare and gives Republicans something else to criticize. It’s forced the White House into yet another frustrating round of Whac-A-Mole, beating back one negative development only to find several more right behind it (Budoff Brown, 10/29).The Wall Street Journal: White House Races To Quell Health UproarThe White House is racing to rebuild confidence in a new health-care system that has so far fallen short of President Barack Obama’s promises, as the mounting uproar threatens to overwhelm his second-term agenda. Just two weeks ago, Mr. Obama seemed to prevail in a face-off with congressional Republicans over the federal shutdown and was seeking to shift the public focus to an immigration overhaul, one of his top priorities (Nelson and Nicholas, 10/29).The Washington Post: Obama Accused Of Breaking Promise To Consumers As Health Plans Cancel PoliciesA new controversy over the president’s health-care law is threatening to overshadow the messy launch of its Web site: Notices are going out to hundreds of thousands of Americans informing them that their health insurance policies are being canceled as of Dec. 31. The notices appear to contradict President Obama’s promise that despite the changes resulting from the law, Americans can keep their health insurance if they like it. Republicans have seized on the cancellations as evidence that the law is flawed and the president has been less than forthright in describing its impact (Sun and Somashekhar,  10/29).The New York Times: Cancellation of Health Care Plans Replaces Website Problems As Prime TargetThe rising concern about canceled health coverage has provided Republicans a more tangible line of attack on the law and its most appealing promise for the vast majority of Americans who have insurance: that it would lower their costs, or at least hold them harmless. Baffled consumers are producing real letters from insurance companies that directly contradict Mr. Obama’s oft-repeated reassurances that if people like the insurance they have, they will be able to keep it (Weisman and Pear, 10/29).The Wall Street Journal: Canceled Policies Heat Up Health FightHighlighting a growing number of such notices, Republicans trained their fire on President Barack Obama, who said in 2009, “If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The president repeated that message numerous times before the law passed in 2010, and some Democrats said he had left them ill-prepared to respond to the latest charge, which follows the botched launch of the website intended to help Americans sign up for new policies (Radnofsky and Martin, 10/29).Los Angeles Times: Obama’s Healthcare Promises Return To Haunt HimAs the pitchman for his landmark healthcare law, President Obama promised to make buying insurance as easy as buying a plane ticket online or a “TV on Amazon.” It would be simple, he said. … With the federal website hobbled by bad design and thousands of policyholders receiving cancellation notices, Obama’s promises are not being met — prompting charges of deception from some Republicans and concessions from some allies that elements of the law were oversold (Hennessey and Parsons, 10/29).The New York Times: People Who Buy Own Health Policies Face Big ChangesAs Washington and much of the rest of the nation debate whether President Obama misled Americans when he said that people who like their health plans may keep them, tens of millions of people are finding that their insurance is largely unchanged by the new health care law. … Insurers are informing many of those people that their old plans have been discontinued and that they must choose new plans at new prices (Abelson, 10/29).The Wall Street Journal: Some Consumers Face Jump In Prices As Old Policies EndMany consumers, particularly those who are healthy and don’t qualify for government subsidies, will have to pay more—sometimes double their current rates. Peter Fritzinger, a retired 55-year-old business executive who lives in Denver with his wife and three children, got notice in late August that his Humana Inc. plan would be canceled at the end of the year (Martin and Weaver, 10/29).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Obama’s Pledge That ‘No One Will Take Away’ Your Health PlanMany readers have asked us to step back into time and review these statements by the president now that it appears that as many as 2 million people may need to get a new insurance plan as the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, goes into effect in 2014. As we were considering those requests, one of the president’s most senior advisers then tweeted a statement on the same issue that cried out for fact checking (Kessler, 10/30).The Washington Post: CGI Warned Of Healthcare.gov Problems A Month Before Launch, Documents ShowThe House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released documents Tuesday night showing one of the primary contractors for HealthCare.gov, CGI Federal, warned administration officials the Web site faced problems just weeks before its Oct. 1 launch. In a monthly report sent to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Sept. 6, CGI officials wrote there were “open risks” and “open issues” that needed to be resolved (Eilperin, 10/29).Politico: CMS Mantra: It’ll Work By DecemberNovember’s shaping up to be a major test of Obamacare functionality. That’s when new features of the health law’s enrollment system — some of which have been put off repeatedly because of insufficient testing — are slated to go online. Among them: online enrollment in the marketplace for small businesses, a Spanish-language enrollment website and the transfer of Medicaid applications from the feds to the states (Cheney, 10/30).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Sebelius Heads To Hill To Defend Health Law And Her Job As Problems Plague Website’s RolloutEager to cast blame, lawmakers are preparing to grill President Barack Obama’s top health official over problems with the rollout of the government’s health care website. A growing number of Republicans in Congress are calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down or be fired because of problems consumers are having signing up for insurance coverage on the government’s new website (10/30).The Wall Street Journal: Sebelius To Testify Before House PanelThe testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism over the HealthCare.gov website, comes a day after Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Tavenner apologized on Tuesday, saying the site “can and will be fixed” (Schatz and Radnofsky, 10/30).Politico: As Turmoil Swirls, Kathleen Sebelius Takes Hot SeatNot so long ago, Kathleen Sebelius was a popular two-term governor with bipartisan appeal, a possible Democratic vice presidential prospect, a woman whom President Barack Obama could entrust with overhauling the nation’s health insurance system. Even Bob Dole volunteered to introduce her at her confirmation (Dovere and Haberkorn, 10/30).The Washington Post: Kathleen Sebelius, Welcome To An Unwelcome Washington Tradition: The Deathwatch.It’s Kathleen Sebelius’s turn now. On the Hill, they’re calling for her resignation and tossing around words like “subpoena.” Pundits are merrily debating her future. (She’s toast! Or is Obama too loyal to fire her so soon?) Her interviews, more closely parsed than usual, seem wobbly. Though never a colorful presence on the political scene, she’s suddenly a late-night TV punch line. And on Wednesday morning, the embattled secretary of health and human services will submit to a quintessential station of the Washington deathwatch — testifying before a congressional committee — to discuss her agency’s failings in the botched rollout of the federal health-insurance Web site (Argetsinger, 10/29).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama To Cite Massachusetts Health Care Law’s Slow Start To Keep Expectations Low For His OwnPresident Barack Obama is citing the Massachusetts health care system’s slow start to keep expectations low for early sign-ups for his own overhaul. And he’s pointing to the bipartisan effort to get the program launched in Massachusetts to encourage his opponents to stop rooting for his law’s failure (10/30).Politico: Romneycare ReturnsPresident Barack Obama wants Americans to believe this about his health care law: It’s just like Mitt’s. After all, the White House used the 2006 Massachusetts health program signed into law by Republican Mitt Romney as its blueprint for the national model. And in case anyone missed the message last year during the presidential campaign, Obama will repeat it again Wednesday (Cheney and Allen, 10/30).USA Today/Des Moines Register: IRS Hamstrung On Collecting Health Law Penalties The Internal Revenue Service probably will bark at you if you fail to obtain health insurance next year, but the agency won’t have much bite. On this issue, Congress pulled the watchdog’s teeth (Leys, 10/29).Los Angeles Times: Q&A: Don’t Confuse California Obamacare Exchange With U.S. One, Exec SaysDespite fixing many of its own technical glitches, California’s health insurance exchange is worried that consumers may still be confused by high-profile enrollment problems through a federal website. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the state exchange is adjusting its marketing to address this concern and to ensure that people know it’s open for business (Terhune, 10/29).The New York Times: Errors Rife In New York State’s List Of Health Insurance Assistance SitesComputer issues are not the only problem plaguing the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. A 228-page list of navigators — businesses and organizations that help people sign up for coverage — on New York State’s health exchange website has turned out to be littered with places whose owners and employees have no clue how to offer health insurance advice (Hartocollis, 10/29).The Associated Press/Washington Post: GOP Outside Groups Airing Health Care Ads Challenging Senate IncumbentsA Republican outside political group says it will spend more than $2 million in advertising in the coming weeks to tie Senate Democrats Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to the health care overhaul. Americans for Prosperity says it will spend $1.7 million in North Carolina and $500,000 in Louisiana during the next three weeks on television ads critical of the two Democrats facing re-election next year, with an additional amount on radio and web ads. Republicans have several candidates competing in the primary in both states (10/29).The Wall Street Journal: Aetna Profit Rises As Membership, Revenue ImproveAetna Inc. said its third-quarter earnings increased 4% as the health insurer’s revenue and membership rolls were boosted by its acquisition of Coventry Health Care Inc., though the company also posted lower underwriting margins. Health insurers have been broadly rewarded this year by signs Americans are continuing to use health services lightly, which means fewer bills to cover (Tadena, 10/29).The Associated Press/Washington Post: GOP, Democratic Lawmakers Meeting In Hopes Of Limited Budget Deal, But Divisive Issues RemainThe idea of a “grand bargain” blending tax increases with politically difficult savings from popular benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare seems to be off the table. Lawmakers generally are trying to put together a smaller-scale deal that would ease across-the-board cuts known as sequestration that are hitting federal agencies (10/30).Los Angeles Times: Oklahoma Abortion Law Clarified, Headed Back To Supreme CourtOklahoma’s high court on Tuesday set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether states can restrict doctors from prescribing two drugs used to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The case could be the first test of whether the court’s conservative majority will uphold a string of new state laws across the country that seek to strictly regulate legal abortions (Savage, 10/29). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: October 30, 2013last_img read more

State Highlights Fight Over New Ga Trauma Center San Francisco Premiums Expected

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from New York, Georgia, California, Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina.The Associated Press: N.Y. Awards $462M To Help Hospitals Keep ServicesNew York health officials have awarded $462 million to help 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide continue key services. The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care (7/9). Georgia Health News: Plan For New Trauma Center Not Welcomed By AllHospital chain HCA’s push to have its Augusta hospital designated as a trauma center has unsettled leaders in the state’s hospital industry. A trauma center is a medical facility that’s specially equipped and staffed to treat seriously injured people. Georgia authorizes four levels of such centers, depending on their capabilities. The critics of the HCA effort point to the trauma center growth in the Florida market. Such centers in the Sunshine State are charging a “response fee” – essentially an entry fee into the hospital – for each trauma case that averages more than $10,000 per patient, according to a Tampa Bay Times investigation in March (Miller, 7/9).The San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Health Care Premiums Expected To DropA year ago, dozens of angry city workers packed a City Hall hearing where San Francisco supervisors threatened to reject proposed 2014 health premiums for city employees, saying that Kaiser Permanente had failed to justify a 5.25 percent rate increase and that they were fed up with the provider’s lack of transparency. On Wednesday, in nearly empty chambers, the same budget committee easily approved the city’s proposed rates for 2015 — a package that will slash Kaiser premiums by 2 percent, a rate the insurer has agreed to hold steady through 2016. “It’s quite remarkable that you were able to negotiate these rates,” Supervisor John Avalos – who last year led the opposition to the rates – told Health Service System Director Catherine Dodd (Lagos, 7/9).Los Angeles Times: Anthem Blue Cross Faces Another Suit Over Obamacare Doctor NetworksAmid growing scrutiny statewide, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross faces another consumer lawsuit over its use of narrow networks in Obamacare coverage. A group of Anthem policyholders sued California’s largest for-profit health insurer Tuesday in state court, accusing the company of misrepresenting the size of its physician networks and the insurance benefits provided (Terhune, 7/9).Des Moines Register: Feds Give Iowa Hospitals $10M To Improve Rural CareTwenty-five small Iowa hospitals will soon join efforts to track and coordinate care of chronically ill patients, thanks to a $10 million federal grant to the Mercy hospital system, hospital leaders said Wednesday. The three-year grant was part of $26 million in new Iowa grants made under the Affordable Care Act (Leys, 7/9).Denver Post: Colorado Food Bank Gets Grant For Staff Helping Clients With MedicaidWhen Arvada Community Food Bank director Sandy Martin wrote a grant proposal seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to expand services, she knew there was a pent-up need for her organization to provide more than just food. What she didn’t anticipate was just how great that need was. The food bank got the three-year grant of $187,500 for Bridges to Opportunity. It’s one of several nationwide pilot programs supporting food bank clients as they move toward self-sufficiency. Instead of just providing food, the Arvada Food Bank has now hired a full-time staff member to help clients tie into assistance programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (Briggs, 7/10).The Associated Press: One Year Later, No New Abortion Rules In NCAbortion rights advocates in North Carolina say they are in the dark about new rules required by a year-old law that they fear could effectively shut down many of the state’s clinics. Broadly speaking, the law requires that clinics be regulated in the same way as outpatient surgical centers. But exactly how those rules will take shape and what the state’s 15 abortion clinics will need to do to comply remain unknown. The state’s health department says it is committed to maintaining access to the procedure and is still drafting the rules. There is no deadline for drafting the rules (Ferral, 7/9). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Fight Over New Ga. Trauma Center; San Francisco Premiums Expected To Droplast_img read more

Canadian meat giant Maple Leaf debuts its new plantbased burger

first_imgRobyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Related Stories Comment He’s no chicken: Michael McCain bets some $700M on his company’s future, but he’s one of few More Join the conversation → Email January 23, 201911:11 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing ← Previous Next → Facebook Deena Shanker Sponsored By: Share this storyCanadian meat giant Maple Leaf debuts its new plant-based burger Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Watch out, Impossible. Beware, Beyond. A new competitor is entering the plant-based burger market.Lightlife Foods, the brand behind Gimme Lean meatless “beef,” Tofu Pups hot dogs, Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips and other vegetarian staples, is joining the looks-like, cooks-like, smells-like, tastes-like-the-real-thing veggie burger fray. The new patties are expected to reach food service clients in February and will begin shipping to U.S. and Canadian retailers by the end of March, the company said.Like its well-publicized competitors, the new burger is meant to be more like beef than its hockey puck-esque forebears. Unlike Impossible Foods Inc. and Beyond Meat Inc., which mostly rely on venture capital, Lightlife has the resources of a giant meat producer to help sell it. In 2017 the brand became a fully owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., the US$2.6-billion Canadian meat conglomerate, which later placed Lightlife under the control of a newly created plant-based division, Greenleaf Foods SPC. Food Guide out of touch with Canadians, ‘unfairly vilifies’ processed foods, industry groups say Big price spikes ahead for vegetables as average family pays $400 more for groceries next year, report predicts Going meatless: Prairies shoot for ‘total world domination’ in growing field of plant-based proteins That in-house expertise allowed the burger to go from concept to production in just six months, said Dan Curtin, president of Greenleaf. The company will also take advantage of the relationships it already has to help land the product in stores and restaurants, he said.Lightlife is hoping to expand the audience beyond its core consumer base of traditional vegans and vegetarians for its new product, targeting so-called flexitarians and anyone looking to reduce their meat intake. The marketing budget is the largest in the company’s history, Curtin said.Impossible Foods Inc.’s plant-based Impossible Burger.center_img Nearly one-third of consumers see plant-based burgers as healthier than their meat counterparts, according to research from Mintel, and 29 per cent say they’re acceptable fare for meat eaters. Only 15 per cent say they taste as good as real burgers, however, and just 5 per cent say they’d go to a casual dining restaurant to order one.“Consumers may realize the product is healthier for them and their family, but when it boils down to it they’re probably going to go with the thing that tastes better or they’re more familiar with,” said Billy Roberts, senior food and drink analyst at Mintel. But manufacturers such as Lightlife are targeting younger consumers, he said, who are more likely to try new products they see as healthier.Supermarkets may prove a more successful selling environment. “It’s easier to eat healthy at home,” said Meagan Nelson, associate director of fresh growth and strategy at Nielsen. As plant-based burgers shift into the meat section, she said, more consumers will likely reach for them.In supermarkets, sales of meat alternatives are up 19.2 per cent, reaching US$878 million for the year ended Jan. 5, 2019, according to data from Nielsen. Meat alternative patties — known colloquially as veggie burgers — represent about 24 per cent of that market.In most conventional grocery stores, consumers will find Lightlife Burgers within arm’s reach of standard beef patties. Impossible Foods is still awaiting final Food and Drug Administration approval before it hits the grocery aisle.At Maple Leaf the expectations are high, even as meat-mimicking burgers become more widely available. “It has the potential to become a crowded field for a period of time,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael McCain. “But we have a superior product offering on taste, mouthfeel and nutritional profile.”The burger itself is pink in raw form, is juicy when cooked and chars to a darker pink rather than the brown of real meat. “The ambition is to achieve a taste and a mouthfeel experience for consumers that replicates largely, if not fully, what they would experience on a burger,” McCain said.The Lightlife Burger will have 270 calories — the same as the Beyond Burger and slightly more than the new Impossible Burger, which has 240 — but a shorter ingredient list than both. Like Beyond it’s made with a pea protein, an increasingly popular ingredient in the world of meat and dairy substitutes. The simpler ingredients and its non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free pedigree may give it a leg up on its competitors.“Plant-based proteins are kind of complicated to produce,” said Mintel’s Roberts. “Consumers can be a little concerned when they see a complicated ingredient legend.”There’s another way it’s different, too, one that underscores Lightlife’s key consumer base of vegans and vegetarians.“We stay away from the word ‘bleeding,’” Curtin said.Bloomberg.com Maple Leaf Foods has high expectations for its new plant-based burger.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Twitter Featured Stories Reddit 0 Comments Bloomberg News Maple Leaf Foods to build new $660 million London plant, shutter 3 others in Ontario advertisement Canadian meat giant Maple Leaf debuts its new plant-based burger Maple Leaf-subsidiary Lightlife Foods is joining the looks-like, cooks-like, smells-like, tastes-like-the-real-thing veggie burger fray What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Maple Leaf Foods goes all-natural in entire line of processed meatslast_img read more

Tech Forum Gets Busted For Speeding In Tesla Model 3

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 16, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Review: After 6 Months And 10,000 Miles: Base $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Production To Start In 8 Months Matt explains that he was going about 50 mph in 45 mph zone. As he was heading down a hill, he took his foot off the accelerator pedal to coast. When he got to the bottom of the hill, he was going 47 mph as the speed limit changed to a 30 mph zone. Needless to say, Matt was going 17 mph over the speed limit. Fortunately, the police officer was very interested in his Model 3 and only issued him a warning.You don’t really have to watch the whole video (it tends to go on and on after the video of the officer) to get the moral of the story here. It’s not, “If you own a Tesla you will get away with it.” But rather, Tesla vehicles accelerate quickly, are very quiet, and provide a smooth ride. Going over the speed limit in these cars is very easy. We’ve seen many terrible accidents due to people driving the cars too fast. If you drive a Tesla, it’s critical to remain well aware of its power and make safe choices.Video Description via Tech Forum on YouTube:Today I got pulled over for speeding in my Tesla Model 3. Kind of funny situation.TESLA MODEL 3 Tech Forum Takes Us Inside Every Tesla Model 3 Nook & Cranny It was only a matter of time …As many of you likely already know, YouTuber Matt Shumaker of Tech Forum took delivery of his Tesla Model 3 not long ago. He’s put out some pretty nice videos with an impressive amount of detail about the Model 3. This latest video is not quite the same, however, as Matt was pulled over for speeding in his Tesla.Tesla Model 3 News: 33 photos read more

RenaultNissan invests in battery startup claiming 5minute fast charging and high energy

first_imgSource: Charge Forward The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance announced today that it invested in Enevate, a battery startup that is claiming breakthroughs including “5-minute fast charging” and “high energy density”. more…The post Renault-Nissan invests in battery startup claiming ‘5-minute fast charging’ and high energy density appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Michigan study seeks to identify ideal locations for public charging stations

first_imgSource: Michigan Agency for Energy Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine A study funded by the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) aims to determine the ideal locations and number of public chargers to facilitate highway travel for Michigan EV drivers.Conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, the soon-to-be-released study looks at the feasibility of a road trip, the distance between charging stations, charging speed, time needed for charging, wait time for chargers, and detour times added to a trip.The study looked at three scenarios. A low-tech model would have 598 charging outlets with an investment of roughly $28 million. The high-tech model calls for 128 charging outlets with an investment of just over $14 million. A mixed scenario, which assumes a battery pack capacity of 70 kWh and charging power of 150 kW, while recognizing that vehicles with smaller batteries will also be on the road, foresees 193 charger outlets, with an investment of about $21.5 million.The MEO will use the results of the study to allocate $9.9 million over the next three years to create a public charging network across the state, said MEO Director Robert Jackson. Funding comes from the 2016 Volkswagen diesel settlement, and additional resources are expected to become available from other stakeholders, including utilities. Private entities are also expected to invest in EV chargers.The preliminary findings of the first phase of the study examine the optimal locations of EV chargers for cross-state highway driving. The second phase of the study will focus on the placement of urban EV chargers.“The uniqueness of this study will put Michigan on the map when it comes to locating a public network of charging stations,” said Anne Armstrong Cusack, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy, which oversees the MEO.last_img read more

What Is Teslas Greatest Liability In 2019 And How To Fix It

first_img Musk Notes And Will Fix Oversight For Gaps In Tesla Service Coverage The Toughest Tesla Question: What Is The Company’s Biggest Asset? Tesla Critic Changes Stance On CEO Elon Musk Perhaps this suggestion can help Tesla become even more successful?Not long ago, we shared an article and video about Tesla’s biggest asset. While there are many assets that people will call the company’s greatest (the Supercharger Network, Model 3, Elon Musk, Autopilot, etc.), our friend Sean Mitchell concluded that the company’s supportive customer base tops the list. He presented that information in part one of a two part series, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting the sequel. So, what is Tesla’s greatest liability? Moreover, how can the company fix it and surge forward even more successfully?Related Content: Like the asset question, people will have mixed responses pertaining to Tesla’s top liability (Elon Musk, financial situation, low gas prices in some areas, vehicle quality, haters and short sellers, etc.). According to Sean, the company’s biggest issue comes down to customer response time. Now that the Silicon Valley automaker has grown exponentially, it seems it just can’t keep up with a multitude of its responsibilities. Fortunately, Sean has a viable solution and presents it as an open letter to Elon Musk. Check out the video for more details.Do you agree with Sean? If not, what do you think Tesla’s greatest liability is? Additionally, how can the automaker work to fix it? Finally, leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.Video Description via Sean Mitchell (AllThingsEV.info) on YouTube:***I have no financial interest or tie to ZenDesk***Part 1: What is Tesla’s most valuable asset (also embedded below)Open letter to Elon Musk: Tesla’s largest liability in 2019Customer response time-Phone support wait times-Delivery reps-ServiceTwo solutions:Hire Owner Happiness ExecImplement Zendesk-This allows for an omnichannel approach to servicing owner’s questions and issues: email, chat, social, knowledge base, and AI bot. Owners can in most cases find answers to their own issues with a Tesla run knowledge base. Every correspondence is automatically logged and an open support ticket is created. Ticket volumepen tickets and can be integrated with Tesla’s CRM, Salesforce.Cost: ~$2m-$4m and could save the company hundreds of millions of dollars in make-goods, billions of dollars in brand damage, and increase owner satisfaction score (or CSAT score).embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 7, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

You Should Really Watch This Movie Because Elon Musk Says So

first_imgELON MUSK RECOMMENDS YOU WATCH THIS MOVIETesla’s Elon Musk recently tweeted, “Great electric car documentary about early days of Tesla, GM Volt, Nissan Leaf & Gadget. So much has happened since then.” Indeed. With the spotlight shining so brightly on Elon and Tesla, it’s hard to remember how far the man (and the company) have come since the early days. Many of the early struggles surrounding Tesla were captured in this fascinating flick, Revenge of the Electric Car.Check Out These Stories: Star Trek Discovery Pays Tribute To Tesla, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Again Source: Revenge of the Electric CarLooking back, there’s plenty of déjà vu watching Elon tackle Tesla’s production challenges. Of all those profiled in the film, Elon (and Tesla) have clearly prevailed. But, many of the obstacles that tested Elon in the film: fast-growth, naysayers, and keeping up with an impatient customer base are still issues the company faces today. Now older and battle-tested, Elon is far more seasoned to navigate the roadblocks that lay ahead. Nevertheless, the movie is a refreshing look at how far Tesla has come in such a short time.===Source: Revenge of the Electric Car (via Youtube: QualityIsNumber1)*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. CNET Says Tesla CEO Elon Musk Was “Disruptor Of The Year” Source: Electric Vehicle News Source: Revenge of the Electric CarDirector Chris Paine had originally profiled the shocking story of GM’s EV1 in Who Killed the Electric Car. What was portrayed in that film had a profound impact on Elon Musk. As luck would have it, Elon starred in Paine’s follow-up film. Released back in 2011, Revenge of the Electric Car chronicled the high stakes race to build the auto industry’s next generation electric vehicle.In Revenge of the Electric Car, Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, Tesla, and an independent electric car conversion enthusiast (Gadget) in order to uncover the early stages of a global EV resurgence. Without having to pump a drop of gas (or diesel), this new generation of cars showed the promise of an exciting future — fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.While Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn has suffered some (to say the least) setbacks of late, there’s another intriguing executive face-off in the movie. Elon went up against Bob Lutz, the larger than life GM exec, who inspired the Chevy Volt. Nowadays, Lutz remains a regular guest on CNBC trolling Tesla. Sadly, Chevy Volt’s production will officially come to an end this year in March. That said, it’s worth recalling that Tesla’s Roadster was actually a key catalyst for GM — inspiring Lutz to green light the Chevy Volt.Newsweek profiled Lutz back in 2007 and reported, “GM engineers didn’t want to switch gears to a plug-in electric, which they insisted couldn’t be run on lithium-ion batteries. The turning point came when tiny Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley start-up, announced… it would produce a speedy electric sports car powered by those same laptop batteries. ‘That tore it for me,’ says Lutz. ‘If some Silicon Valley start-up can solve this equation, no one is going to tell me anymore that it’s unfeasible.’” *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. BMW Exec Suggests Automaker Should Work With Elon Musk Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 3, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Formula E Eyes Race In Shanghai For Next Season

first_imgAgag explained that officials from the electric series are “discussing some possibilities” about a new race in Shanghai, as well as having ongoing talks with the Hong Kong government about the future of that race.Motorsport.com reported earlier this month that the Hong Kong event’s ongoing position on the FE calendar is currently uncertain due to construction works being planned for near the track, and the circuit length needing to be increased at the request of the FIA.“We are discussing some possibilities in Shanghai, yes,” Agag told Motorsport.com.“For next year. And we are discussing possibilities to stay in Hong Kong.“I met representatives of the Hong Kong government and we had some representatives [at the Sanya race].“We’re looking at those two very strongly. Those are options but there are also more options. We are now just choosing.”When asked if a Shanghai race would be in addition to a return to Sanya, Agag said: “Could be both.”FE representatives also spoke with Hong Kong officials following the recent race in the Special Administrative Region.Agag explained that FE still “don’t know yet” how the talks will conclude, but said he expected to know the outcome in “maybe a month”.“There is definitely very strong ambition from both sides to keep the race in Hong Kong,” Agag continued.“The track has limitations, in terms of space and distance and length, so we have to address that. There are still a number of question marks around it.“I would say it’s 50-50 right now. Everything [Shanghai and Sanya] is 50/50.”The inaugural Sanya race took place on a 1.3-mile track on Hainan Island’s Haitang Bay coast, over 15 miles outside of the city of Sanya.Agag explained that this was because “there was no way to find a loop for the roads and space for the paddock [in Sanya]”.“Once we decide a city, then we do a feasibility study and the feasibility study in this city didn’t show any potential space suitable for a track,” he added.“Haitang Bay had these wide avenues, and is also very easy for hotels, so we decided to come here.” ABB FIA Formula E is looking to host a race in Shanghai in the 2019/20 season, although all possibilities regarding events in the China region are currently “50/50”, says series boss Alejandro Agag. Formula E Should Make Radical Attack Mode Changes Formula E Sanya E-Prix Race Results: SPOILER ALERT Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Piquet Jr. Splits With Jaguar Formula E Team FE made its return to mainland China with last weekend’s Sanya race, which took place three and half years after the second Beijing E-Prix.More Formula E News Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

How much power does an electric bicycle need Heres a helpful guide

first_imgElectric bicycles are available in a wide range of power levels. From cute little 250 W e-bikes to massively overpowered 10+ kW motorbike-level e-bikes. But how much power is right for you? Read on to learn more! more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post How much power does an electric bicycle need? Here’s a helpful guide appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

Douglas proves a loan star for Sturrock as City ambitions stall

first_imgShare on Facebook First published on Sun 16 Mar 2008 21.34 EDT Mark Tallentire at Ashton Gate Douglas proves a loan star for Sturrock as City ambitions stall Share on Twitter Shares00 Bristol City Share on LinkedIn Sun 16 Mar 2008 21.34 EDT Plymouth Argyle Reuse this content Championship 2007-08 Topics Championship Soccer Share via Email Share via Email match reports Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Soccer Rab Douglas, the emergency-loan goalkeeper Plymouth Argyle hired from Leicester City only last Friday, headed for the car park and his east Midlands home 40 minutes after the final whistle, suit carrier slung over his shoulder and an unlikely win bonus in his pocket having played his part in a win that lifted his temporary team-mates into sixth place and set them up for a visit from third-placed Watford on Saturday.Plymouth’s first choice, Luke McCormick, is free from suspension for that one and Douglas’s services are no longer required, but the 35-year-old former Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper’s performance in a high-pressure game did his prospects of finding a club for next season no harm at all and he left with a glowing endorsement from the man who entrusted his team’s play-off prospects to him.”Our season was hingeing on today; we had really put ourselves in a predicament after losing the last two games,” said the manager, Paul Sturrock. “I could probably have picked up one of a couple of young Premier League goalkeepers but this is a cauldron, a place where you don’t bring that type of player, and Rab’s played at a high standard all his career.”He was beaten once, by a Lee Trundle penalty when City were chasing the game, but apart from a sharp save from Darren Byfield and a couple from Dele Adebola it was one of Douglas’s easier outings even though the stakes were so high, with City’s second full house in a week and incessant rain producing a sodden surface.”I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said the Scot, who has not featured for Leicester this season although he has completed loan spells at Millwall and Wycombe. “I didn’t think I would get another game this season so it’s a bonus for me.” So it was for Sturrock, who after the calamitous defeat at Scunthorpe on Tuesday, in which a red card for McCormick had led to Douglas’s arrival, made five more changes to the side as he sought to stay in the race for a top-six finish. “In the last couple of games we’ve tried to pass the ball and be pretty, but we’re not that type of side,” said Sturrock. “When we play with a game plan we are very effective.”That much was evident as Bristol City carved out a couple of half-chances for Byfield, the first of which was blocked and the second smartly saved low by Douglas. Argyle were always alert for the break, however, and they took the lead in injury- time when an overhit cross from the left was picked up by Gary Teale, whose neat low ball found Rory Fallon, who sidefooted in.Fallon got his second after the interval when a Teale corner was headed back into the centre and the ball flew in off his knee. It forced City to chase the game, and they won a penalty when Jermaine Easter tried to charge down a free-kick from Michael McIndoe and the ball hit his hand. Trundle, a substitute, converted the penalty.But despite City’s switch to 3-4-3 they could not salvage the point which would have kept them above Stoke and in first place. “We’ve got to do a little more if we are to stay in this position” admitted their manager, Gary Johnson, whose side visit the FA Cup semi-finalists Cardiff on Saturday.”There was too much standing still in the area, which allowed them to stand in there and clear it. The way we were controlling the ball and crossing it in the last quarter of an hour, it may as well have been the kitchen sink.”Man of the match Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle) Share on WhatsApplast_img read more