first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Prom for Lara Jean & Peter?To All the Boys 3 — Always and Forever, Lara Jean — Production started in New York City but has returned to Vancouver to begin filming this week. The third in the Netflix movies starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo is on location at Vancouver’s Point Grey High School from Monday through Thursday this week.Point Grey High School as Alder High for To All the Boys 2.Vancouver filming dates: July 15th to August 31st. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook To All the Boys Twitterlast_img read more

Former sex trade worker says Carolyn Sinclair was a very beautiful person

first_imgAPTN National NewsCarolyn Sinclair’s body was found wrapped in plastic and left in a back lane in Winnipeg last week. Police are attributing her death to her high-risk lifestyle. It’s a grim reminder of the dangers faced by Aboriginal women who live and work on the streets.Two other women living high-risk lifestyles have gone missing from the same street as Sinclair, and now rumours on the street suggest that a serial killer may be at work.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler speaks with a woman who left the streets last year and knew Sinclair before she died.last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis plans to list on new exchange in near future

first_imgAurora Cannabis Inc. is the latest Canadian licensed marijuana producer planning to list on an international exchange.The Edmonton-base company has been looking at listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the New York Stock Exchange or the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, an international market for smaller, growing companies, for some time now, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer.Aurora, which already trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ACB,” hopes to execute on those plans fairly soon, he said, but doesn’t have an immediate timeline.The company hs consistently taken steps to increase its shareholder audience, Battley said, so it makes perfect sense for it to look at additional international listings as it and the shareholder base expand rapidly around the world.As for whether the company could eventually list on multiple international exchanges, Battley said “let’s wait and see.”Late last month, Cronos Group Inc. became the first Canadian cannabis company to have its shares listed on the Nasdaq.It trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRON” and remains on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “MJN.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)last_img read more

Three MCD mayors present achievements of corporations

first_imgNEW DELHI: Three MCD mayors along with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari presented the achievements of the MCDs at the BJP headquarters.”90 per cent of the people of Delhi have been given great relief and now they may get the layout plans of their houses approved without visiting the corporate offices. All the Corporations are going to start the facility of approval of the layout plans of residential buildings under Fast Track Approval Scheme through authorized architect-engineers,” Manoj Tiwari said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHe added that according to the provisions of UBBL 2016 the architects/engineers have been authorized to get the layout plans for residential plots from 105 to 500 meters approved. “The people will have an option to get such approval in this category through the authorized architects or the engineers of Municipal Corporations. The people of Delhi may be able to get the layout plan for their houses approved without visiting the Offices of Municipal Corporations,” Manoj Tiwari added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”People of Delhi after the sale/purchase of property used to apply for mutation to the House Tax Department. Now, the Corporations are going to give them the facility of mutation without visiting the corporate offices. All the three Municipal Corporations will after getting the documents from the office of the sub-registrar about the sale purchase of property, get online ad hoc mutation done immediately which will be a great relief for the people,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari further said.last_img read more

Two Naveen Kasana gang members held

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday said that Crime Branch officers from Shakarpur arrested two members of the notorious Naveen Kasana gang on April 1, thus recovering two pistols and several live cartridges.Identifying the arrested as Ravinder (28) and Anil Kumar (23), DCP Crime Ram Gopal Naik said that the two gang members were involved in several cases of robbing jewellers and business-people at gunpoint with their accomplices, Police said that they received a tip-off about Ravinder arranging a meeting with one of his accomplices near Preet Vihar metro station and laid a trap for him on April 1. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRavinder was apprehended from Preet Vihar metro station following a short chase. Police claimed that upon sustained interrogation, he disclosed the location of one of his accomplices and another member of the gang, Anil Kumar, who was also arrested on the same day. According to police, during sustained interrogation, both the accused confessed to their involvement in robbing a Karol Bagh jeweller off Rs 2 crore and a cloth merchant off Rs 15 lakh near Shalimar Bagh area. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDuring police questioning, the two finally gave up the location of one of their hideouts in New Govindpura, where one semi-automatic pistol with two live rounds and one country-made pistol with two live cartridges were found. Addressing a press conference, DCP Naik said that the Naveen Kasana gang has been operating in the Trans-Yamuna region since 2010 and efforts were being made to apprehend members since then. Sources familiar with developments said that with the arrests of Ravinder and Kumar, only two members of the gang are left to be apprehended.last_img read more

Egypt troops kill suspect in deadly Sinai attacks

first_imgCAIRO – Egyptian troops killed a key suspect Tuesday wanted over attacks on the army in the Sinai this year and deadly 2004 and 2006 bombings of tourist resorts, security officials said.Troops killed Mohamed Hussein Mohareb al-Shahir, his son and a third suspected militant in an operation south of the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed, the officials said.Another four suspected militants were captured in the operation, part of an intensifying campaign by the army in the restive peninsula which borders both Israel and the Gaza Strip. Shahir was suspected of involvement in a spate of attacks on the security forces in the Sinai in recent months, including an August 19 ambush that killed 25 policemen in the deadliest attack of its kind in years.Security sources said he was also implicated in bombings of tourist resorts in the south of the peninsula that killed dozens of people, among them Israeli and Western holidaymakers, in 2004 and 2006.They said he had issued a fatwa, or religious decree, justifying attacks on the security forces.Jihadist militants have stepped up attacks on security personnel in the Sinai since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.The army has since poured troops and armour into the Sinai, in an operation which Israel says has its blessing, despite provisions in their 1979 peace treaty setting strict limits on military deployments to the peninsula.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Aryas got skillz

WASHINGTON — What does it take to kill the Night King?Definitely not a pair of fire-exhaling dragons. The Night King turns out to be flame retardant.Nor does the ability to loop through time and assume control of ravens’ brains help much. Bran Stark pretty much sat helpless beneath the Weirwood tree, waiting to be rescued in a way that was no different than a damsel tied to train tracks in a silent film.Past experience dueling the Night King provided to be of little help. Jon Snow — after multiple showdowns with the blue-ish personification of cold death — was pinned down far away from the action by the Night King’s own “ice” dragon.In the Associated Press’ weekly “Wealth of Westeros” series, we’re following the HBO fantasy show’s latest plot twists and analyzing the economic and business forces driving the story. This week, Arya’s triumphant assassination of the king ice zombie has prompted an appreciation among us for the role of skills, in economics as well as medieval Westeros.Because — SPOILER ALERT — it took skills to kill the Night King.Arya Stark stabbed the Night King into a shattered death. As he held her aloft in a choke hold, Arya deftly dropped a Valyrian steel knife into her free hand and plunged the blade into the Night King’s surprisingly brittle chest.Arya trained for this precise moment for almost the entire duration of the HBO series. It was the kind of outcome that few fans of the show foresaw, unless they internalized the lessons of the 18th Century philosopher Adam Smith, who is known as the “father of economics.”In his 1776 book “The Wealth of Nations,” Smith theorized that the ability to specialize in a distinct set of skills will lead to stronger economic growth. Skilled blacksmiths, tailors, lawyers, doctors, bankers and software programmers not only work more quickly, but they produce a better product. Getting skills requires a combination of time, training and teachers.This was Arya’s advantage.She took fencing lessons in King’s Landing with Syrio Forel (RIP). Orphaned and alone after Ned Stark’s death in the first season, she mastered the art of hiding in plain sight.Arya then sailed east to study how to become an assassin under the tutelage of the faceless men at the House of Black and White. She trained on the long-staff against the cruel waif, learning how to fight while blind-folded.Just before the battle of Winterfell, she commissioned a special staff with a detachable blade in order to compete against the Night King’s army. And careful viewers saw her dagger move against the Night King before, when Arya was mock-fighting Brienne of Tarth in the seventh season.Arya’s time spent learning closely resembles what economists see as one of the best job training methods available: an apprenticeship. The benefits of apprenticeships — in which companies pay workers, typically younger ones, to learn highly-specific skills — have been touted by both the Trump and Obama administrations, a rare area of bipartisan agreement.Roughly 90% of apprentices have jobs after completing their apprenticeships, with average starting pay of more than $50,000, according to a 2015 report by the Obama White House.Naturally, the unemployment rate is lower for workers who are perceived as having more skills. Just 2% of college graduates are unemployed, almost half the rate of people with only a high school diploma.But the United States isn’t investing sufficiently in skills training, even though such a move is touted as conventional wisdom by business and political leaders. A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that, out of 29 developed countries, the United States spent the second-least amount on training programs, as a percentage of its economy, ahead of only Mexico.It wasn’t always that way.History also shows that, like Arya Stark, skills can help when circumstances get terrible. During the depths of the Great Depression, productivity increased and laid the foundation for an economy that could meet the demands of World War II and then boom afterward.“The resilience of (productivity) growth in the 1930s reflected U.S. success in creating a strong ‘national innovation system’ based on world-leading investments in human capital and R&D,” the economists Gerben Bakker, Nicholas Crafts and Pieter Woltjer concluded in a 2016 paper.It’s the unique skills possessed by Arya and others that might make the difference in the battle to come over control with Westeros. Queen Cersei may have 20,000 mercenaries serving as fresh troops against the battered survivors of the Battle of Winterfell. But … can any of them be stealth assassins?___Follow Josh Boak on Twitter at Paul Wiseman on Twitter at Christopher Rugaber on Twitter at more Wealth of Westeros: Boak, Christopher Rugaber And Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9848Brazil real 0.3960China renminbi 0.1901Euro 1.4788Hong Kong dollar 0.160470India rupee 0.01936Indonesia rupiah 0.0000930Japan yen 0.01120Malaysia ringgit 0.2971Mexico peso 0.06572N.Z. dollar 0.8996Norway krone 0.1588Peruvian new sol 0.3859Russia rouble 0.02187Saudi riyal 0.3341Singapore dollar 0.9268South Africa rand 0.09419South Korean won 0.001110Sweden krona 0.1545Switzerland franc 1.2849Taiwanese dollar 0.04157Thailand baht 0.03790Turkey lira 0.3439U.K. pound 1.6627U.S. dollar 1.2529Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

UN Rights Council appoints final member on panel to investigate purported Gaza

In a statement released today, the Council’s President, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced that Mary McGowan Davis (United States) will join William Schabas (Canada) and Doudou Diène (Senegal) whose appointments were announced on 11 August. The previously appointed Amal Alamuddin (United Kingdom) was unable to serve due to prior commitments.Ms. Davis is from the United States and has served as a Justice for the State of New York and as a federal prosecutor during the course of a 24-year career. She also has extensive experience in the fields of international human rights law and has served as Chair on a UN Committee tasked with following up on the findings of the Gaza conflict that occurred between December 2008 and January 2009.The Independent International Commission of Inquiry – launched by the Human Rights Council on 23 July – is charged with investigating human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular the occupied Gaza Strip. It plans to investigate all violations of human rights and humanitarian law since the current military operations began in mid-June.As it stands now, the cumulative death toll among Palestinians stands at 2,076. Some 1,454 – 70 per cent – are believed to be civilians, including 491 children and 253 women, according to the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Out of the 2,076 killed, 253 are believed to be militants, and the status of a further 369 killed Palestinians is still to be determined.Meanwhile, UNRWA said today that its schools along with Government-run schools are not ready for the new school year in Gaza, which was set to begin yesterday. More than 200 schools which were affected by shelling need to be repaired, including 22 which have been completely destroyed. In the meantime, UNRWA said its TV station will run education programs at emergency shelters and will expand psychosocial work with humanitarian organizations. read more

MediumTerm Coal Market Report 2014

first_imgThis report from the IEA contains market analysis and forecasts to 2019 (132 pages, ISBN 978-92-64-22188-8, paper €100, PDF €80 from IEA). The Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2014 provides IEA forecasts on coal markets for the coming five years as well as an in-depth analysis of recent developments in global coal demand, supply and trade. The fourth annual report shows that, while China will continue to dominate global coal markets between now and the end of the decade, India and Southeast Asia will also drive coal demand growth, although on a smaller scale.  The map (source IEA) shows incremental coal demand during the outlook period.Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the (IEA) says in the report. It notes that despite China’s efforts to moderate its coal consumption, it will still account for three-fifths of demand growth during the outlook period. Moreover, China will be joined by India, ASEAN countries and other countries in Asia as the main engines of growth in coal consumption, offsetting declines in Europe and the US.“We have heard many pledges and policies aimed at mitigating climate change, but over the next five years they will mostly fail to arrest the growth in coal demand,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said at the launch of the book. “Although the contribution that coal makes to energy security and access to energy is undeniable, I must emphasise once again that coal use in its current form is simply unsustainable. For this to change, we need to radically accelerate deployment of carbon capture and sequestration.”The Executive Director also called for more investment in high-efficiency coal-fired power plants, especially in emerging economies. “New plants are being built, in an arc running from South Africa to Southeast Asia, but too many of these are based on decades-old technology,” she said. “Regrettably, they will be burning coal inefficiently for many years to come.”Global coal demand growth has been slowing in recent years, and the report sees that trend continuing. Coal demand will grow at an average rate of 2.1% per year through 2019, the report said. This compares to the 2013 report’s forecast of 2.3% for the five years through 2018 and the actual growth rate of 3.3% per year between 2010 and 2013.As has been the case for more than a decade, the fate of the global coal market will be determined by China. The world’s biggest coal user, producer and importer has embarked on a campaign to diversify its energy supply and reduce its energy intensity, and the resulting increase in gas, nuclear and renewables will be staggering. However, the IEA report shows that despite these efforts, and under normal macroeconomic circumstances, Chinese coal consumption will not peak during the five-year outlook period.The report’s forecasts come with considerable uncertainties, especially regarding the prospect of new policies affecting coal. Authorities in China as well as in key markets like Indonesia, Korea, Germany and India, have announced policy changes that could sharply affect coal market fundamentals. The possibility of these policy changes becoming reality is compounding uncertainty resulting from the current economic climate.The issue of low prices remains a hot topic among coal market participants. Last year’s report emphasised that many coal producers were running at losses, largely driven by take-or-pay infrastructure contracts or financial liabilities. Coal prices have declined even more since last year, but several factors have helped producers withstand further economic pain.“Our analysis shows that the price floor provided by production costs has decreased significantly, not only because producers reduced costs by gaining economies of scale, better management and budget discipline, but also due to external factors,” said Keisuke Sadamori, Director for Energy Markets and Security. “Depreciation of local currencies in the main exporting countries has been significant and low oil prices also help, as oil represents a significant share of coal costs, especially in open-pit operations.”Coal use in OECD member countries is projected to decline in the outlook period, as growth in Turkey, Korea and Japan fails to offset declines in Europe and America. In the US, retirement of coal capacity and competition from shale gas will lead to a 1.7% decline per year on average during the forecast period. Australia is set to account for the largest growth in exports as Indonesia, driven by higher domestic demand and government policies, slows shipments abroad.Despite coal’s reputation as an old-fashioned, 19th-century fuel, coal markets today are very dynamic: a variety of qualities are traded, new price indexes have been created for different qualities in different regions and an increasing amount of paper trading is taking place. Meanwhile, physical flows of coal are quite sensitive to demand and price developments – not to mention policy changes throughout the world.This report examines whether and when China’s efforts to diversify its energy mix – the so-called ABC (anything but coal) policy – will lead to peak demand for coal in the world’s biggest coal market. It also analyses how the current environment of low prices for coal will affect not just demand and investments but also the ability of coal producers to stay in business, and how new regulations in the main importing and exporting countries may affect international trade.last_img read more

Before Mars was red Render gives us a glimpse of a blue

first_imgWe’re used to Mars being the red planet, but it probably looked much different in the distant past. What might have a younger, wetter Mars looked like? Software engineer Kevin Gill decided to find out by creating a virtual model of the Mars that was.The image above could be called an “artists conception” of ancient Mars. Gill had worked with similar renders of Earth, so he felt comfortable taking a swing at Mars using images and elevation data collected by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The image incorporates the real features of Mars, along with some guess work guided by recent discoveries.Gill’s render shows the formerly red planet with a giant ocean dominating one whole side. The water extends into the Valles Marineris, a massive valley over 4,000 km long. Also visible is the Tharsis Bulge, a volcanic plateau that is home to Pavonis Mons, Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, and the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons. You can see that peeking above the atmosphere off to the left.Recent surveys of Mars have shown what appear to be dry riverbeds, former coastlines, and evidence of complex weather patterns. Gill used these findings to inform the final product seen above.The atmosphere is shown much thicker in Gill’s render, but scientists believe this is accurate. That thin CO2 atmosphere that caused such trouble for NASA’s Curiosity landing used to be much thicker. The lack of a magnetic field on Mars allowed the solar wind to slowly strip away most of the upper atmosphere over the eons.You have probably noticed the splash of green in the render. There is no evidence at this time that Mars ever supported life, but Gill took some liberties there to make the image look more Earth-like. You have to admit, it’s a striking vision of a planet that we were just too late to see.via Mashablelast_img read more

GOCMV offering new summer course on Hellenism

first_imgTransterritorial Hellenism is the next course being offered this summer at the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture.Run in association with the School of Languages and Linguistics of La Trobe University, the course will explore issues in the modern construction of ethno national, civic, multiple and other identities. The concept of Hellenism specifically is said to have evolved through various parts of the modern world, including Istanbul, Izmir, Thessaloniki, London, Nicosia, New York, and Melbourne. The course will also explore the life of Greeks under Ottoman rule, and as students and scholars, victims of genocide, political exiles, guest workers, Europeans, and citizens of multi-cultural states, while also dissecting the influence of the Greek Orthodox Church, Greek irredentism, political conflict and modernisation on the formation of Greek identity. Set to be an interesting six weeks, Transterrirtorial Hellenism will involve six hours of classes per week and is open to all. Transterritorial Hellenism commences on 12 January, 2016 and ends 11 February, 2016 at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC. For more information, contact Dimitris Gonis via email Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le plus grand prématuré au monde est rentré chez lui après 9

first_imgLe plus grand prématuré au monde est rentré chez lui après 9 mois d’hospitalisationAllemagne – Un bébé né à seulement vingt-cinq semaines de grossesse et pesant 275 grammes est rentré chez lui après 9 mois d’hospitalisation. Cela fait de lui le plus jeune enfant né prématurément à avoir survécu.Le bébé, né à l’hôpital de l’université de Göttingen en Allemagne, pesait un peu plus de 250 grammes à la naissance. Les chances de survie avec un poids si faible sont très minces, et il est pour l’instant le premier prématuré au monde à avoir survécu à une telle naissance.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?L’enfant est né par césarienne en juin 2009, quinze semaines avant terme. Il mesurait alors un peu plus de 25 cm. Il a dû être placé dans un incubateur, relié à des sondes d’alimentation, des appareils respiratoires, un moniteur cardiaque…Les médecins craignaient qu’il ne fasse une hémorragie cérébrale ou au niveau d’un autre de ses organes. Cependant, en décembre, six mois après sa naissance, ils ont considéré son état “stable”. Il pesait alors 3,7 kilogrammes, un poids correct.En mars 2010, soit neuf mois après sa naissance, il a été jugé assez fort pour quitter l’hôpital et rejoindre enfin le domicile de ses parents.Le 14 mars 2010 à 12:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Trump wont rule out military action against Venezuela

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he wouldn’t rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country’s descent into political chaos following President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab.Speaking to reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump bemoaned the country’s growing humanitarian crisis and declared that all options remain on the table — including a potential military intervention.“We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Trump volunteered, adding, “A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue.”Trump’s comment mark a serious escalation in rhetoric for the U.S., which has up until now stressed a regional approach that encourages Latin American allies to escalate pressure on the Maduro regime. Hours before Trump’s comments, a senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity stressed that approach while briefing reporters on Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming trip to the region later this week.The Trump administration has slapped a series of sanctions against Maduro and more than two dozen current and former Venezuelan officials in response to a crackdown on opposition leaders and the recent election of a constitutional assembly charged with rewriting the country’s constitution.last_img read more

Wrongway crash on I205 bridge jams the county with video

first_imgState highway 14, here approaching the Interstate 5 bridge east of Columbia House Boulevard, was a parking lot to nearly Camas on Monday morning. Earlier coverage, including observations by the public.A wrong-way semi-tractor-trailer collided with a passenger car on the Interstate 205 bridge before dawn Monday, triggering a countywide traffic jam that persisted throughout the morning. Tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Clark County motorists were affected, with at least one veteran commuter ranking the traffic as about the worst she’s ever seen.The incident began long before most commuters were on the road. Someone first observed the tractor-trailer heading west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 at 4:20 a.m., according to a Portland Police Bureau bulletin.With law enforcement in pursuit on the proper side of the freeway, the driver of the rig veered off, then headed northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 205, police said. The pursuit ended when the tractor-trailer collided with the car on the Glenn Jackson Bridge, showering debris into both northbound and southbound lanes.The trucker, Kenneth Eugene Burgess, 49, of Medical Lake, west of Spokane, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief. A records check found he has no criminal history in Washington.He drives for Cheney-based TWT Refrigerated Services.Katherine Emerson, 24, of Vancouver, was the driver of the sedan that collided with the truck. She suffered only minor injuries and was treated and released at a Vancouver hospital.last_img read more

Ford and University of Michigan want to know just how efficient flying

first_img Car Culture Auto Tech Tags Enlarge ImageJeremy Clarkson,when presented with an image of a flying car on The Grand Tour, said, “That’s not a flying car, that’s a picture of something that won’t get built.” Aston Martin Ford and the University of Michigan undertook a study recently to see just how efficient vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles would be when compared to both internal combustion cars and electric cars. The results, published in part on Tuesday by the Detroit News, are a little surprising.First, we should clarify what exactly this study means when it talks about VTOLs. Specifically, it looked at the theoretical efficiency of electrically powered VTOL craft as opposed to something like, say, a Harrier jet. That makes a huge difference.In any case, the Ford and U of M study found that for shorter trips of 22 miles and under, a car — especially an electric — one would be more efficient in terms of energy consumption. This is mostly down to the fact that getting a vehicle airborne takes massive amounts of energy. While getting a car up to road speed isn’t that big of a deal.Over 22 miles, though, and the aircraft starts to pull ahead. This is because once in the air, maintaining a cruising speed isn’t especially taxing. Aircraft are, by their very nature designed to slip through the air with minimal resistance, so the motors aren’t having to work very hard to maintain speed. This works out to flying cars being 52% more efficient than a gasoline-powered car and 6% more efficient than an electric car on trips of over 62 miles. A 6% increase in energy efficiency isn’t anything to write home about, particularly when you compare the likely cost disparity between an EV and a VTOL aircraft.Still, it’s interesting, right? But how did Ford and U of M get those numbers? Well, of course, we don’t have any widely available flying cars in use by the public, so to get its data for the study, U of M had to go to several manufacturers of flying car prototypes and ask for access to their numbers. The small sample size and the experimental nature of this data aren’t ideal.Furthermore, this study doesn’t take into account flying car efficiency versus other forms of transportation like light rail or buses. Nor does it make mention of potential costs to operators and consumers. The idea of flying cars is fun, but ultimately how likely is it that we’ll see them in widespread use in our lifetime?”As we focus on our commitment to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world, our teams will continue to investigate all innovation avenues that can deliver freedom of movement and drive human progress,” said Ford representatives in a statement. “The work with U-M on the sustainability impacts of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOLs) is a terrific example of our relentless drive for innovation.”Based on Ford’s statement, my guess is that flying cars becoming commonplace is not very likely at all, at least not with help from the Blue Oval. 21 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Pal-V Liberty flying car is defined by what it isn’t 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img Ford Share your voice 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2 Comments Fordlast_img read more

Walker plans to meet House nominees before making pick

first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives entrance in the Capitol in Juneau in February 2015. Gov. Bill Walker is choosing between three nominees to fill former Rep. Dean Westlake’s position. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Bill Walker will pick one of three finalists to fill the Alaska House seat left vacant by Dean Westlake, who resigned after he was accused of harassing female aides.Listen nowUtkiagvik resident Leanna Mack, Kotzebue City Councilwoman Sandy Shroyer-Beaver and Kotzebue Councilman Eugene Smith were nominated by the District 40 Democratic Party.A majority of the 16 Democrats in the House must approve Westlake’s replacement.Walker spokesman Austin Baird said the governor’s team is vetting each candidate’s background.“He’s working to line up their travel schedules with his and he does plan on meeting each of the finalists before he does make a decision,” Baird said.Walker has until Jan. 24 to make a pick.“The governor is motivated to make a selection quickly because of the legislative session starting up next week,” Baird said. “But the key in this process is picking someone whose values and beliefs are actually in line with the residents of House District 40, so if it does take up to the deadline, then that is the reason why.”The session begins Tuesday.last_img read more