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10 months agoRoma wing-back Florenzi: Champions League qualification our goal


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma wing-back Florenzi: Champions League qualification our goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma wing-back Alessandro Florenzi says their target is Champions League qualification.Florenzi admits trophies are on the agenda.He said, “The Coppa Italia could be a very important objective for Roma. We mustn’t take dreams out of our minds.“Even if we know Serie A is impossible, we have another objective, which is the Champions League.“I’m not saying it’s a utopia, but it would really be a dream to retrace what we did last season and improve on it, even if it won’t be easy.“I don’t think we lack malice. Sometimes we haven’t been clinical enough. I’m not just talking about the strikers but rather everyone, myself included.“We’re lacking a bit in this regard, similar to how we’re lacking in desire to not concede goals.“I’m not just talking about the defenders but rather the whole team. These are things that we had last season and we have to find them again.” last_img read more


Photo: Ohio State Fan Named His Incredibly Cute Puppy “Bosa”


first_imgA cute puppy named "Bosa" after the Ohio State stars.Ohio State sophomore Joey Bosa was a huge part of the Buckeyes’ national championship run this past year. He’s also one of the most popular players on the team – both in the locker room and with the fan base. The combination has apparently led to at least one Buckeyes supporter naming his new puppy after the defensive end.Kit Hartsfield, an Ohio State fan who actually played some ball at Austin Peay, tweeted out a photo of his incredibly cute new pet. He named him “Bosa”, and tweeted a photo at the player himself. Bosa retweeted the photo.Meet Bosa @jbbigbear pic.twitter.com/aDQSPQ0k3v— Kit Hartsfield (@khartsfield2) February 23, 2015This past June, we wrote an article about the baby name “Braxton” seeing a 300% increase from 2011 to 2013. Perhaps “Bosa” will the the equivalent when it comes to naming pets.last_img read more


October 1 2010Congratulations to the August 28 2


first_imgOctober 1, 2010Congratulations to the August 28. 2010 graduating workshop participants![back from left]Steffan Phillips, Matt Cornwell, Trine Christinsen from Denmark and Ruoyu “Raven” Chen from China.[front]Giuseppina Scuffi from Italy.last_img


Rep Bollin applauds House Republican Action Plan


first_img Categories: Bollin News,News 19Feb Rep. Bollin applauds House Republican Action Plan State Rep. Ann Bollin, of Brighton Township, joined colleagues today to unveil the 2019-20 Michigan House Republican Action Plan, titled “Leading the Way for an Even Better Michigan.”The policy plan highlights the key areas to focus on for the current legislative term and will build on recent successes to create an even better Michigan for our children and grandchildren.“Fixing our roads, lowering auto insurance rates, and protecting the most vulnerable will lead to an even brighter tomorrow,” said Bollin. “We will work hard to ensure Michigan taxpayers get the best possible return on their investments.“I look forward to working together with all of my House colleagues to prioritize policy that will build Michigan’s future and lead the way for future generations,” Bollin said.Rep. Bollin served as a member of the Policy Action Plan Committee to develop the plan.The 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan may be viewed at http://gophouse.org/leading-the-way/###last_img read more


Commercial TV viewing on television sets was up in


first_imgCommercial TV viewing on television sets was up in the in the UK in the first half of 2016 thanks in part to BBC Three’s move from linear to online, according to new research by Thinbox.The marketing body for commercial TV in the UK said that it is likely that the closure of BBC Three’s broadcast TV channel in February is “partly responsible for a dip in BBC TV viewing and commercial TV’s strong performance”.“According to March-May figures from the BBC, the BBC’s broadcast TV viewing has dropped by 8% compared with the same period last year. The drop is more pronounced among 16-34s – BBC Three’s core audience – for whom viewing dropped by 18%,” said Thinkbox.“With iPlayer viewing flat across the same period as reported in the latest iPlayer performance pack, it appears that the BBC has lost the viewing BBC Three previously provided. This underlines the continued importance of having a broadcast TV channel alongside an online VOD service.”The research claimed that commercial TV channels that cater for 16-34s have benefitted since BBC Three’s closure, with ITV2 experiencing an increase of 27% year-on-year in time spent viewing from March-June and E4 experiencing an increase of 4%.Between January-June 2016, overall TV viewing by 16-34 year olds dropped to an average of 2 hours, 20 minutes a day – a decrease of 3 minutes a day compared with 2015. However, Thinkbox said this was “entirely borne by BBC channels”, with commercial TV viewing experiencing an increase of 1 minute a day to an average of 1 hour, 49 minutes.The amount of time four-15 year-olds spent watching TV in the first half of the year declined by 7 minutes compared to the same period in 2015, with an average of 1 hour, 41 minutes of TV watched on a TV set during the first half of the year.Thinkbox said that commercial TV still accounts for 76.4% of children’s TV viewing at an average of 1 hour, 17 minutes a day – a decline of three minutes per day.“Any declines for this age group are exaggerated due to the fact that non TV set viewing, which skews heavily to younger people, is not yet included in the standard measurement figures,” according to the research.Overall TV viewing – including BBC channels – among all age groups, decreased slightly year on year to 3 hours, 34 minutes a day, a drop of 2 minutes a day.However, average commercial TV viewing on a TV set increased by 1 minute per day year-on-year to 2 hours, 24 minutes a day, and accounted for 67.4% of TV viewing, said Thinkbox.last_img read more


Millennial Millionaires and Their Prenups What They Need to Be Thinking About


first_img Add to Queue Millennial Millionaires and Their Prenups — What They Need to Be Thinking About Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 6 min read –shares Guest Writer Divorce Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article November 2, 2018 Bringing up the ‘P’ word before you marry may be awkward. But you can always tell your intended, ‘My lawyer made me do it.’ Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: fizkes | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 Copyrighter at Cross Marketing Kristen Gray There are those who say prenups (prenuptial agreements) kill the romance. But would you still think the same if you had a lot to lose should your marriage end in divorce?Related: How Will ‘Brangelina’ Divide Their Millions? And Who Gets the Winery?Over the past 20 years, the use of prenups has increased by a factor of five for millennials, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ( which defines millennials as those ages 18 to 34). From celebs like Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber — who just signed premarital agreements with their partners — to Travis Scott, and Hailey Baldwin, and the many, many young marrieds active in the startup world, premarital agreements are trending, and for all the right reasons.That’s the view of Bay Area celebrity divorce lawyers Anne Cochran Freeman and Monica Mazzei, who practice family law at Sideman & Bancroft LLP. The two lawyers say they believe that with prenups, today’s entrepreneurs can best protect what they have worked so hard for.“What we are seeing today is an influx of up-and-coming millennials and entrepreneurs,” Mazzei told me. “These people are waiting longer to say, ‘I do,’ which means they typically have more assets, accumulated wealth from a 401(k) and stock options and possibly real-estate ventures.”They could potentially have a lot to lose if a prenup is not put in place. Who is to know that their assets could increase tenfold?”What many people don’t realize is that they also need to protect their intellectual property, not just their tangible assets. After all, people can launch several businesses during the course of a marriage. And, to some founders, a business is something they believe should be solely theirs no matter what.In that case, the very idea of a business has to be protected. “One of our clients simply had a business concept, a company that had not come into fruition. Her fiancé agreed to any future property or assets from said company being hers. The company is now worth $300 million,” Freeman said.In the case of Kylie Jenner and her makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics, the reality star opted to protect what assets she has now and those she will accumulate throughout her marriage, ensuring that her business will not be communal property. Because there are no exceptions to this clause, Jenner is 100 percent protected.Related: 6 Guidelines for Helping Your Business Survive a DivorceHow your startup comes into the mixCompanies today are also opting more and more for agreements where the board comes to an arrangement to protect assets among the partners in case divorces among them occur. “Stock options are a company’s property until an employee leaves the firm or [the company goes] public,” Freeman said. “But what if this employee gets a divorce before leaving, or what if they IPO? Adopting another partner to split stock options is never ideal.”Think of it this way: Every married couple is granted a prenup. This means either an agreement that the partners decide together, or that your state decides for you. Sure, you can always create a postnuptial agreement, but that option tends to become a bit messy should things ever go south.“Its best to arrange for a prenup while you still like one another,” said Mazzei. With millennials’ love of customization, it should be a no-brainer to opt for formulating a prenup with their partners.“A marriage is a two-person team; therefore, a couple needs to carve out some partnership in their marriage,” said Freeman. “This is commonly the family home or the greater salary, while investment properties are best left undivided, but the decision is yours. That’s the beauty of it.”How to bring up the “P” wordConvinced, but not sure how to bring up the topic? The “P” word can be daunting. “Love is in the air and the subject can be awkward, but it doesn’t have to be. Many of our clients blame their parents or their estate planner. It’s better this than to say it’s something you want to have,” said Freeman.Should you decide a prenup is a wise choice for you and your soon-to-be spouse, here are the guidelines to take note of:Make sure you attorney has business knowledge. “They must be business savvy and understand how to best plan for future contingencies,” said Freeman.”Both parties also need to have their own separate attorney for a prenup to be valid.”Plan ahead with a prenup. “It is advised to not start arranging for a prenup less than one month before your marriage,” Mazzei said. “You should get the ball rolling at least three to four months out, especially if you have a lot of property and assets. Our longest prenuptial agreement took a year and a half to finalize because of corporate counsel, working with people outside of the country, an estate-planning attorney, a tax attorney and family business.Pay attention to the details. Does your  partner have offshore accounts? Where will you be living? These questions may require tax attorneys and estate attorneys to partner up on what will happen with your valuable assets. “Many of our clients are techies who are originally from China or India, and who now live in the Bay Area: Their agreements involve international attorneys, which increases the amount of time to draft an agreement,” Freeman said.Recognize that no two prenups are alike, because no two couples are alike. “Clients come to see us with examples of a friend’s ironclad contract, but agreements are not one size fits all,” Mazzei said. “There are many variables to consider, and they are unique to each relationship. Are there children involved, or will there ever be? How do children affect financial decisions? There are psychological aspects, and where you plan to live matters, too.”Prepare for the future. “Imagine,” said Freeman, “being divorced from your spouse, who took care of the children and home, and not having a nanny to come to the rescue. After a divorce, many of our Silicon Valley clients who once had their partner handle dinner arrangements, vacation planning and child-rearing while they were at the office, are left with the question, ‘Now, what?'”Related: Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Says Married Entrepreneurs Must Do This or Risk DivorceExperiencing a divorce is a trying time no matter how much or how little money you have, and a breakup causes a ripple effect. You can’t call your ex-wife or secretary, so you turn to someone you trust: your lawyer. If this professional is both a oncierge-level specialist and a personal counsel to you in all the meaning of that word, you just may get back to living your best life — in one piece.last_img read more


US Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card Swipe Fees Rules


first_img The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to controversial debit card “swipe fee” rules, dealing a blow to retailers, grocers and restaurant owners who argued the charges were unfairly high.Businesses pay the fees to banks when customers use debit cards to purchase goods or services. The fees reimburse banks for costs involved in offering debit cards.The high court’s refusal to hear the case keeps intact a March 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that found the fees set by the Federal Reserve at 21 cents per transaction were appropriate.The dispute between banks and merchants centers around swipe, or interchange, fees that are determined by Visa Inc (V.N), MasterCard Inc(MA.N) and other card networks.Before Congress intervened, retailers paid as much as 44 cents per transaction, which they said made it hard for small businesses to accept debit cards.In 2010, lawmakers ordered the Fed to cap the fees in hopes that would reduce prices for consumers. Banks said lower fees might not cover all of the costs in providing cards, such as monitoring for fraudulent purchases.”Consumers must come first in this process, not the bottom-line of retailers,” said Richard Hunt, president of the Consumer Bankers Association. “This drawn-out fight should put on notice those members of Congress who insist upon interfering with the free market.”The fee cap was included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law in a provision known as the “Durbin amendment,” after its chief supporter, Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. After the law passed, the Fed capped fees at 21 cents per transaction.The National Retail Federation, whose members include Wal-Mart (WMT.N) and JCPenney (JCP.N), the National Restaurant Association and other groups were expecting a much lower cap. They criticized the Fed’s interpretation of Dodd-Frank and, in 2011, sued the regulator.A U.S. district court in July 2013 agreed that lawmakers wanted much lower fees and overturned the Fed’s rule.But the appeals court disagreed, saying in 2014 that Dodd-Frank’s language was sufficiently ambiguous to give regulators leeway to set a higher fee cap.The high court’s decision not to hear the case “means retailers will keep paying billions of dollars more than they should, and that fee-hungry banks will continue to rake in unearned profits that ultimately come out of consumers’ pockets,” said the National Retail Federation’s general counsel, Mallory Duncan.Fed spokeswoman Susan Stawich declined to comment.The case is NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-200.(Editing by Will Dunham) –shares Next Article January 20, 2015 3 min read Register Now » Swipe Fees Add to Queue U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card ‘Swipe Fees’ Rules Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more


Iowas Massive Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Mexico to Ban Imported Poultry Eggs


first_img April 22, 2015 Reuters –shares Add to Queue Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Iowa’s Massive Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Mexico to Ban Imported Poultry, Eggs Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top U.S. egg-producing state Iowa.Iowa found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency.Bird flu, also called avian influenza or AI, is a viral disease that infects birds. Officials believe wild birds are spreading the virus but they do not know how it is entering barns.Shares of several leading meat companies’ in the United States fell on Tuesday on concerns over the Iowa outbreak.Mexico’s agriculture ministry said it and animal health body SENASICA had tightened controls and monitoring of migratory wild birds, and it said they were in constant contact with bird farms in Mexico to detect any suspicious cases domestically.The ministry emphasized that Mexico is self sufficient in the production of eggs for consumption, and that Mexican producers import fertilized eggs used for breeding.Iowa was already among 12 states that have detected bird flu in poultry since the beginning of the year. The other states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Next Article Food Image credit: threeboydad | Foap This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more


Law Firm Press – Video Press Release Solution Aimed At Revolutionizing How


first_imgAccording to Forbes, after 2018, more than 80% of consumer internet traffic will come from video contents. To address this growing trend, GVATE launched a custom-made video news wire services for large, medium and small scale law firms to enlarge their reach and increase ROI both locally and nationally. The name of the solution is Law Firm Press.Why is law firm press unique?CAN YOUR PRESS RELEASE MAKE THE HEADLINES TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOR THE NEXT 10+ years? What was once impossible is now a reality.More businesses are realizing the importance of PR distribution services. It’s beyond a newsflash or a database for journalists to cherry-pick news for their editorials. It is now an effective marketing tool deployed by informed business owners to promote news about their businesses and attract big investors or clients to their doorsteps.With a single optimized press release, you can reach hundreds of potential clients and millions of interested readers. With optimized video press releases, you wield the commercial power to continuously convert leads into long-term clients. In addition, SEO experts continuously optimize the video and your web page by building backlinks to your content every month. With every view comes an increase in authority and voice within your industry.Marketing Technology News: Captify and Publicis Media Release New Research Revealing Global Beauty Trends That Will Transform The Larger FMCG EcosystemWhat are some of the features of law firm press video press release?Many of the current crops of PR distribution services are generic in nature and do not offer premium services for law firms like Law Firm Press.Unlike some of the press release out there, law firm press aims to automate growth that is hard to find with standard press release without taking away the human touch of having a professional marketing expert available to address any of your creative needs.Marketing Technology News: iQIYI Launches World’s First Professional Interactive Video Guideline and Video Platform to Standardize Interactive Content CreationSome of the features that the solutions have to offer comprise of the following:Dedicated digital marketing managerVisual digital analytics dashboardMainstream and downstream national media coverageUnlimited word count for press releasesOngoing Search Engine Optimization (research, analysis, and audit)Priority video advertising5% discount off every additional within a 30 day periodOptimized video press releasesYouTube and Vimeo links embeddedPremium News NetworkSocial Media AdvertisingOngoing Backlinks generationIncreased ROIMarketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping Experience Law Firm Press – Video Press Release Solution Aimed At Revolutionizing How Law Firm Press Release Works PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 7:55 pmMay 15, 2019 custom-made videoForbesGVATELaw Firm PressMarketing TechnologyNewsvideo contents Previous ArticleSoulmates.AI’s new Social ROI Reporter Measures the Real Value of Social Media MarketingNext ArticleUberall Study: Over 20% Using Voice Search Every Weeklast_img read more


WeRecover Launches Addiction Treatment Search Engine App for iOS And Android


first_img AndroidB2B  admissions portalIoSMarketing TechnologyNewsSearch Engine AppWeRecover Previous ArticleTBWA\Media Arts Lab Appoints Ricardo Adolfo as Executive Creative Director for Japan and KoreaNext Article3 Things to Know About Creating a High-Yielding Marketing Department The WeRecover app supports two user types: prospective patients and treatment providers.Prospective patients (and their families) can:Build a search query based on their clinical needs, contact information, insurance information and budgetMatch with treatment centers where they are admissibleRefine their results by taking a clinical self-assessment (based on models developed by ASAM and the DSM-5) to gauge their acuity and treatment needsFilter their matches by modalities, clinical services, activities, amenities and locationConnect with providers either by SMS or phoneProviders (treatment centers) can:Establish match criteria based upon their capacity to treat different types of clientsManage and view matchesSet capacity requirements so as to not receive matches when they are fullSet hours of availabilityManage communications amongst large, multidisciplinary admissions teamsAdditionally, WeRecover has announced the launch of a new product, MAP (Mobile Admissions Portal), which is available to providers within the WeRecover app. MAP enables providers to:Leverage WeRecover’s CRM to simplify their admissions process and workflowsInstantly check insurance benefitsSecurely send & receive referrals on a HIPAA-compliant cloudMAP utilizes WeRecover’s existing insurance technology and payor integrations to deliver providers a robust set of tools that enable them to check a prospective patient’s insurance benefits in realtime and make an immediate admissions decision. When a patient is inadmissible to a particular treatment program for any reason, MAP simplifies the referral process. Providers, while in communication with patients, can securely identify an appropriate facility for the patient and transmit the patient data to that facility with the patient’s consent.The goal of the WeRecover app, which includes the MATCH and MAP products, is to reduce the time spent by both patients and providers navigating the admissions process, and distill it down to a simple experience that can be navigated in minutes.Marketing Technology News: Adobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the Future Addiction treatment search engine WeRecover announced the launch of the WeRecover app for both iOS and Android. WeRecover is a venture-backed technology company committed to  broadening access to care for addiction treatment. They have helped thousands of people find treatment through their website since they launched in 2018. Today, their B2C treatment search engine (MATCH), and new B2B admissions portal (MAP), are now available together via the WeRecover mobile app. WeRecover Launches Addiction Treatment Search Engine App for iOS And Android PRNewswire9 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 WeRecover COO Max Jaffe explained, “We took a deep dive analyzing how people are currently finding and getting into substance use disorder treatment.  The reality is: there are many antiquated workflows that have yet to modernize. We’re leveraging sophisticated technological innovation to streamline many of the inefficiencies in admissions workflows in order to simplify the process for people and help them make more informed decisions about their own care. This app helps plug the enormous leakage in case management and continues to progress the ideal of transparency in a vertical of healthcare that desperately needs it.”Marketing Technology News: OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschlandlast_img read more


With New LEAF ePlus Nissan Joins Desirable 200Mile Club


first_imgNissan also adds more power under the hoodAlong with more range, the Leaf Plus gets a more powerful 214 horsepower (hp, or 160 kW) electric motor with 250-pounds-feet (340 Nm) of torque vs. 147 hp (110 kW) and 236-pounds-feet (320 Nm) in the 40-kWh version. With this added power, we can expect the Leaf Plus to hit mid-six-second 0-60 times.With a bigger battery comes more demands for better fast charging. The Leaf Plus continues with the CHAdeMO system, but its power has increased from 50 kW to 70 kW (100-kW peak).Nissan’s 62-kWh battery exposedThere was a collective sigh of relief with the long overdue announcement of the Leaf Plus and its 62-kWh battery. More than three years ago this battery was first revealed by Nissan, but then disappeared from view. While Nissan has been silent on the details of the delay, the company’s efforts to sell its battery manufacturing subsidiary Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) to a Chinese investment group–and the subsequent collapse of that deal—may have been a factor in the delay. Nissan still owns AESC and manufactures both the 40-kWh and now the 62-kWh batteries for the U.S. market in its Smyrna, Tennessee, factory. Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF e+, Kona EV, or e-Niro: Video Buying Guide The motor-battery connectionThe new 62-kWh battery fits into the existing Leaf chassis with no modifications to the floor plan. The battery pack is slightly taller than the 40-kWh version and to accommodate the height, Nissan raised the suspension of the Leaf Plus .02 inches for clearance. The pack is slightly heavier, with the vehicle gaining about 300 pounds. A new flexible laser welding technology allows for more compact cell modules. The new pack has three different module shapes, each with a different number of cells (12, 21, 27 cells) where the previous battery has only one module size with eight cells. The new arrangement allows for 55 percent more battery capacity as the 40-kWh battery in the same space.The new pack’s cells are laminated, and there are 288 of them vs. 192 in the 40-kWh pack. The chemistry is more heat tolerant, with a nickel manganese cobalt cathode, a graphite anode and an improved lithium electrolyte. Nissan continues to stick with passively air cooling for the bigger battery. With the continued improvement and tweaking of the cell chemistry since 2013, they feel that the service life and durability of the battery and its ability to operate at higher temperatures will be sufficient, such that active cooling systems, along with their increased complexity, weight and cost, are not necessary. It appears that the multiyear development and testing of the 62-kWh design have given Nissan that confidence. To back that, Nissan continues to offer its eight-year/100,000-mile as standard on all Leaf models.Real Fast ChargingThe Leaf Plus is now capable of charging at around 70-kW with a peak of 100-kW and allows the 62-kWh Leaf Plus to achieve 80-percent charging times similar to the 40-kWh Leaf. This increased charging speed also helps the battery pack run cooler during charging sessions and increases its durability. The net effect mitigates performance and capacity loss over years and many charging cycles. Charging with the Leaf Plus is fasterA criticism of the 40-kWh Leaf was that it mimicked the Chevy Bolt with an aggressive charging slowdown to manage pack heat buildup. Nissan’s continued real-world testing found that such a conservative charging strategy was not necessary and has since updated the charging profiles on the 40-kWh Leaf so that the charging time is significantly less. That more aggressive charging profile along with the ability to use higher power charging stations should allow quicker charging turnarounds and cut time for long distance travel with the Leaf Plus.Last year, Clean Fleet Report took a 2018 40-kWh Leaf on a 500+-mile road trip in California from Monterey on the coast to the Sierras and Lake Tahoe and back. We found it to be a vehicle more than capable of freeway and mountain driving. While we only briefly experienced the charging slowdown that some have noted, we can hardly wait to drive the same route with a Leaf Plus and report what we found.L2 Autonomous Features StandardThe Leaf Plus now includes standard Pro-Pilot Assist semi-autonomous Level 2 driving support. Pro-Pilot Assist continues to be an option on the 40-kWh Leaf. Nissan Reveals LEAF e-Plus: 62 kWh Battery, 226-Mile Range The interior may look the same, but software updates are now OTAProPILOT is an advanced driving assistance technology that works on single-lane driving. A ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system, it allows the car to stop, restart and stay centered in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios. The technology is designed to reduce driving stress and fatigue, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel.Pro-Pilot Assist works with Leaf Plus’s other safety features including Intelligent Lane Intervention, lane departure warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.In the cockpit, the instruments and displays are updated with a new interface that includes a larger 8.0-inch display with better smartphone integration. Software updates are now over the air (OTA).Both the 40-kWh and 62-kWh cars are available in S, SV and SL trim levels. Pricing for the Plus has not been announced yet for the US market, but expect a $4-$6,000 premium for the Leaf Plus compared to the old Leaf. Nissan is all about value and maintaining its lead in the low-priced BEV market. The 40-kWh Leaf S will continue to lead that game with pricing under $30,000 and it would not be surprising if they deliver a 62-kWh Leaf S Plus for under $35,000 or less.The exterior and interior appointments of the Lear Plus carry over from the Leaf; the only indication that it is a Plus model is a small badge on the rear hatch.Leaf Plus will be a winnerClean Fleet Report thinks that there will be significant worldwide demand for the Leaf Plus despite the upcoming competition from Kia, Hyundai, VW, Tesla and others. The Leaf pioneered the affordable BEV market and had stayed relevant because of Nissan’s continued improvements over the last nine years. The Leaf’s quality is the standard for the industry. It’s not uncommon for owners to report never having an issue with their vehicles other than replacing tires and wipers. Early cars had problems with the traction battery degrading, but Nissan solved that issue and stepped up confidence with a battery warranty that became the industry standard. The fact that there is increasing competition in the BEV space is excellent news and shows the worldwide conversion from internal combustion to electromotive propulsion is irreversibly in motion and has reached the tipping point. If Nissan had not risked being first, would that have happened? New Battery Pack Puts Leaf in 200-mile ClubThe Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling BEV with almost 400,000 sold since 2010. But Nissan hasn’t been resting on their laurels, instead, continuously improving the Leaf, and has now released what is the best Leaf—as in the one with the ability to go the farthest—so far–the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus (also known as the Leaf e+ in other markets).More LEAF e-Plus Info *Editor’s Note: Our thanks go out to Gary Lieber and Clean Fleet Report for sharing this exclusive coverage with our readers. Check out Clean Fleet Report here. The only clue the new Leaf is in the 200+ clubSource: Clean Fleet Reports Here Is The Nissan LEAF e+ 62 kWh Battery: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 15, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Nissan is trying to leave the short-range EVs behindThe big news announced at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is that the Leaf Plus increases its battery capacity 55 percent to 62 kWh, and its EPA range on a single charge is now approximately 50 percent more than the 40-kWh Leaf at 226 miles (385 kilometers). This puts the Leaf in the 200+ mile club.The Leaf Plus will be hitting markets worldwide in the spring of 2019 and builds on the recent release of the second-generation 40-kilowatt-hour (kWh) Leaf introduced last year that will continue to be available.It is possible that the Leaf Plus EPA mileage rating might be lowballing its actual range. The 40-kWh Leaf has an EPA range of 151 miles, but owners routinely report achieving ranges of 165 to 175 miles. If this hidden range carries over to the Leaf Plus, potential ranges of 260 miles are possible.More Power Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more


UMass Amherst scientists new book explores the brave new world of science


first_imgIn “Future Foods: How Modern Science Is Transforming the Way We Eat” (Springer Nature, 2019), McClements poses and explores an array of science-meets-food questions, such as: What is food architecture? It’s the use of architectural and design principles to construct healthier, tastier and more sustainable foods. Will we all one day have 3-D food printers in our homes? Yes, and they are already available. Should nanotechnology and gene editing be used to enhance our foods? It’s a very complicated area, but McClements concludes we need to harness new technology to feed the world and sustain the planet. What’s the best way to customize your diet for better health? Hint: one size does not fit all.The book discusses efforts to create functional foods, which are fortified with nutraceuticals or probiotics to address malnutrition in developing countries and combat chronic disease, such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. While he stresses the need for consuming more fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods, McClements points out that this is not “practical” for everybody on Earth, not to mention in space. McClements and fellow food scientists at UMass Amherst are working with NASA to design functional foods for astronauts on a would-be mission to Mars. Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchThe book’s tone is conversational and lively, and McClements shares personal anecdotes of his and his family’s explorations with new foods. In Scotland, his nephew Jake conducted an informal taste-test of a bag of crunchy edible insects, illustrated with a photograph of him about to rip into a slice of pizza topped with barbecue-flavored crickets. In South Beach, McClements is seen biting into his first plant-based Impossible Burger and reflecting on its meat-like appearance, flavor and mouthfeel.A vegetarian for the past few years, McClements emphasizes the importance of creating a “more ethical and sustainable edible future” and provides historical context about the world’s food consumption, production and needs.Meat-alternative products like the Impossible Burger are becoming more available and even delicious, and McClements explains that “clean meat” and “bug meat” are not far behind. Clean meat, also called cultured meat, is created from the living cells of animals that are grown in test tubes or fermentation vats (like beer), using advanced biomedical technology. “You actually get meat,” McClements says, “without any animal being killed.”In “Future Foods,” McClements originally set out to answer a personal question and a global quandary: “What should my family and I eat? How should we feed the growing world population?” In the end, McClements discovered that the meat of the book “was really about complexity, uncertainty, and compromise.”He writes in the final chapter, “My journey through the future of foods has been both an enlightening and humbling experience.” There are so many exciting things going on in the food science area. We’re in the midst of an unprecedented era of rapid scientific and technological advances that are transforming the way our foods are produced and consumed.”David Julian McClements Source:University of Massachusetts at Amherstcenter_img What we really need are processed foods that are affordable and convenient but also healthy and tasty.”David Julian McClements Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 27 2019David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and among the world’s most highly cited researchers, has written a new book that explores the brave new world of science and food.For the first time, the acclaimed researcher and academic author has geared a book about food science toward a general audience, encouraged by his teenage daughter, who did research in his lab on plant-based foods as a high school student and is heading to Vassar College in the fall.last_img read more


Daily Hunt digital survey picks Narendra Modi as most popular leaderDaily Hunt


first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi   –  Reuters national politics COMMENTS About 63 per cent of respondents participated in a digital survey conducted by a content aggregator and a market research agency have said they have more or similar levels of trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s abilities to steer the country as compared to 2014 and half the participants felt a second term for him would be good for them.The survey was carried out by Daily Hunt and Nielsen India and they claimed that 5.4 million people who are frequent visitors to the former’s platforms in 10 different languages participated in the survey. The results of the survey conducted during last month were announced here on Thursday.Revealing the findings, Daily Hunt President Umang Bedi said the survey was not politically-motivated. “Our only motivation was to bring out the voice of real Bharat,” Bedi said adding that a large number of respondents were from tier 2 and tier 3 towns and cities. According to the survey, 60 per cent of the respondents felt Modi was a better leader to root out corruption followed by Arvind Kejriwal (15 per cent) and Rahul Gandhi (14 per cent). About 62 per cent of the participants said Modi was their pick for leading the nation during a national crisis. Rahul Gandhi came a poor second with 17 per cent rooting for him.Interestingly, most south Indian States, barring Karnataka, were circumspect about Modi’s leadership qualities, while half or more respondents from the States in other geographic regions gave him a thumbs-up, the firms claimed. COMMENT Published oncenter_img November 01, 2018 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Respondents from most southern States barring Karnataka were however circumspect about PM’s leadership qualitieslast_img read more


Thai man sentenced to death for tourist murder


first_img Thailand Related News World 10 Jul 2019 German court hands life sentence to Iraqi over teenager’s rape-murder Tags / Keywords: When she attempted to escape, he used a rock to repeatedly batter her head and face.This “caused severe wounds that led to her death,” the court said in a statement.Ronnakorn pleaded guilty to all charges – including rape, murder, concealment of the body and using methamphetamines.Last year, Thailand carried out its first execution since 2009, sentencing a 26-year-old murderer to death by lethal injection.Human rights groups condemned the “deplorable” decision to resume the practice after almost a decade with no executions.The country, which has some of the highest incarceration rates, has more than 500 people on death row.A popular tourist destination, Thailand is expected to receive upwards of 40 million visitors this year and is generally considered safe for travellers.But several high-profile incidents have tarnished its reputation in recent years.In 2014, the battered bodies of two British backpackers were found on the dive resort island of Koh Tao.The following year two Myanmar migrant workers – who remain behind bars today – were sentenced to death for the murders after a controversial investigation and trial that were criticised by observers. — AFP Related Newscenter_img Thailand 11 Jul 2019 Thailand keeps power of arbitrary detention Tech News 10 Jul 2019 Go-Jek snags investment from Thailand’s largest lender Bangkok: A Thai garbage collector has been sentenced to death for the grisly rape and murder of a German tourist holidaying on a beach island.Ronnakorn Romruen was arrested in April, hours after the bloodied body of a 27-year-old German woman was found buried under dried leaves and rocks on the picturesque island of Koh Sichang in the Gulf of Thailand.A Thai court announced the verdict and sentenced of the 24-year-old garbage collector to death on Wednesday.Ronnakorn was under the influence of methamphetamines when he raped the victim, the court said. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more


Auditing Muslim cemeteries in KL


first_imgThe new double-storey office for the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery. Nor Hisham signing a plaque to offically open the new office and surau at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery as Fawziah Holdings director Datuk Fawziah Abdul Karim looks on. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 11 Jul 2019 At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery Central Region Tags / Keywords: Over the past three years, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had hired contractors to upkeep some Muslim cemeteries. Improvements will range from facility and infrastructure upgrades such as new signage, walkways, gazebos and fencing. Related News Nation 30 Apr 2019 PBS denies slamming Wong’s clean-up of Muslim cemetery AN AUDIT committee will be set up soon to decide on much-needed upgrades of Muslim cemeteries in the city.Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the committee would identify cemeteries that need upgrading.The committee will comprise representatives from the Federal Territories Religious Department (Jawi) and Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council.Nor Hisham said some cemeteries under the supervision of mosques were in bad condition due to financial constraints. Related News Nation 22 Jun 2019 DBKL has planted 600,000 trees in Kuala Lumpur since 2010 “I will ensure DBKL takes action. By early next month, a minimum of two cemeteries will get new signage,” said Nor Hisham during the official opening of a new office and surau at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery.The cemetery is the first of 29 in Kuala Lumpur to be reconditioned with a new office, surau, workers’ rest room, toilets, rubbish collection room and repaved roads at a cost of RM900,000. The two-year project was completed in May.Nor Hisham also received contributions from Fawziah Holdings in the form of nine gazebos costing RM50,000. The gazebos were built in various parts of the cemetery to shelter visitors and workers.Meanwhile, DBKL Health and Environment Department assistant administrator Mohd Syamsul Qamar Sabaruddin said the cemetery only had 300 vacant burial plots.He added that the Jalan Kuari Cheras Muslim Cemetery had run out of burial plots.The cemeteries in Jalan Ampang and Jalan Kuari are the only ones under the responsibility of the Kuala Lumpur mayor’s office while six are managed by Jawi and another 21 by mosques supervised by Jawi.last_img read more