TESLA to unveil first electric battery powered truck

TESLA to unveil first electric battery powered truck

Nov 21, 2017

Tesla has unveiled its first electric articulated lorry, designed to challenge diesel trucks as king of the road. The long-anticipated Tesla Semi has a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Tesla says the vehicle – known in the US as a semi-trailer truck – will go into production in 2019. Photo Credits: © Tesla The Tesla Semi will achieve 0-60mph in 20 seconds when pulling 36,287kgs (80,000lbs), the maximum allowed on US roads. Speaking on stage at Tesla’s facility in Los Angeles, chief executive Elon Musk said: “It’s not like any truck that you’ve ever driven.” With Tesla Semi, Mr Musk enters a competitive, demanding market. There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the US, the vast majority of whom drive diesel-powered engines. Tesla will not be able to compete on diesel’s range, and battery specialists doubt Tesla can produce a powerful enough battery at a reasonable price. Photo Credits: © Tesla A Carnegie Mellon study concluded that a 300-mile-capable battery pack costs about $200,000,which is much higher than a diesel-powered semi-truck, which costs about $120,000, on average, for the entire vehicle. As well as coming up against diesel incumbents, Tesla also faces other electric rivals. Concept electric big rigs have been unveiled by Daimler, Volkswagen and Cummins – though all fall short on range, and none are currently on the roads. Photo Credits: © Tesla Where Tesla believes it can bring an added advantage is with on-board safety and comfort. A statement from Tesla boasted that jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi’s onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes. Source: Mexico News...

CDMX joins Global Urban Regeneration competition

CDMX joins Global Urban Regeneration competition

Nov 20, 2017

On Thursday November 16, 2017, fifteen of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 46 under-utilized spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and an abandoned incinerator and landfill. Through this competition, C40 and these cities invite architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, start-upers, neighbourhood collectives, innovators and artists to collaborate and compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency. Reinventing Cities launched today in Auckland, Cape Town, Chicago, Houston, Lima, Madrid, Milan, Mexico City, Oslo, Paris, Quito, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and San Francisco. New cities are expected to join the competition in the coming weeks. The competition will serve as a model for cities around the world, demonstrating how the alliance between cities and business can shape the future delivering healthier, greener and economically viable urban development. The competition’s criteria will favour bids from creative teams that deliver innovative climate solutions in combination with striking architecture and tangible benefits for the local community. More information on the Reinventing Cities competition, eligibility criteria and the project sites in each city can be found at c40reinventingcities.org. The deadline for applications is April 20th 12 am UTC. Reinventing Cities is made possible thanks to the support of Climate KIC and ofo. The initiative is inspired by the successful Reinventing Paris scheme, launched by Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair Anne Hidalgo in 2015. Today 22 public spaces, covering 250,000 square metres are being transformed across the French capital. “Think local, act global, is the 21st century state of mind. By launching this global competition, we make this philosophy very concrete celebrating the most vibrant innovative solutions to environmental challenges,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40. “Reinventing Cities will set new standards of sustainability in cities and who better than our citizens to imagine the future of their cities? I am convinced that the winning projects will surprise us all and present innovations we are unable to imagine today. As Mayor, I look forward to receiving the...

27 psychiatrists and mental health professionals claim Trump is mentally ill

27 psychiatrists and mental health professionals claim Trump is mentally ill

Nov 16, 2017

Donald Trump is “dangerously mentally ill”, a group of experts and commentators has claimed. Led by Yale psychiatrist Dr Bandy Lee, 27 writers hold forth in a new book that also claims “his madness is catching”. The Trump presidency, the authors assert, “has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond”. But not all of the 27 are psychiatric or psychological professionals; the roster includes linguist and media analyst Noam Chomsky, and journalist Gail Sheehy. A Persistent Loss of Reality — Dr. Lance Dodes Because Donald Trump has been a very public figure for many years, we are in an excellent position to know his behaviors—his speech and actions—which are precisely the basis for making an assessment of his dangerousness. Lack of Empathy for Others; Lack of Remorse; Lying and Cheating Trump’s mocking the disability of a handicapped reporter, unconcern for the safety of protesters at a rally (“Get rid of them!”), sexually assaulting women, threatening physical harm to his opponent in the election (alluding to gun owners eliminating her), repeatedly verbally attacking a family who lost their son fighting for the US. Loss of Reality Trump’s insistence on the truth of matters proved to be untrue (“alternative facts”) is well known, even when such denial is not in his interest. Rage Reactions and Impulsivity Trump’s rages have been reported on multiple occasions, leading to sudden decisions and actions. While there have surely been American presidents who could be said to be narcissistic, none have shown sociopathic qualities to the degree seen in Trump.    Click here for full article on Newsweek Other sources: https://www.msn.com https://www.salon.com...

Former intelligence officials say Trump is being manipulated by Putin

Former intelligence officials say Trump is being manipulated by Putin

Nov 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two former top U.S. intelligence officials said on Sunday they fear President Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Trump said he believed Putin was sincere in denying Russian meddling in the 2016 election. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they take part in a family photo at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS Former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both said Trump was mishandling Moscow ties even as a special counsel investigates possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russia.     “I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do, or what might come out as a result of these investigations… It’s either naiveté, ignorance or fear in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-à-vis the Russians,” Brennan said in an appearance with Clapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”     Clapper added that foreign leaders who roll out the red carpet for Trump are able to manipulate Trump. “I do think both the Chinese and the Russians think they can play him,” Clapper said. Their comments came after Trump told reporters over the weekend that he had spoken with Putin again over allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election and that the Russian president again denied any involvement. “I really believe that, when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump told reporters. “I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on the same show that the criticism leveled against Trump’s management of relations with Russia and China was “ridiculous.” “President Trump is not getting played by anybody,” Mnuchin said. Trump also took a swipe at Obama-era intelligence officials Brennan, Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey, calling them “political hacks” and questioning the findings of a U.S. intelligence report that concluded that Russians sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor. Facing sharp criticism, Trump walked back from some of those comments on Sunday, saying he has faith in the...

More Americans viewing Mexico favorably

More Americans viewing Mexico favorably

Nov 11, 2017

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11-11 Chinese Singles’ Day: online shopping madness goes global

11-11 Chinese Singles’ Day: online shopping madness goes global

Nov 11, 2017

HANGZHOU — Eight years after the first Singles’ Day promotion, the Chinese shopping festival has become a global retail event. Buyers and retailers are getting ready for this year’s shopping extravaganza which falls on Saturday. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said over 15 million types of goods from 140,000 brands will be available through its Tmall shopping platform. The company said luxury brands, retail giants from the United States and Australia, and millions of Chinese retailers will join the promotion this year. Stadium Goods, a New York City-based marketplace that sells footwear and other apparel, said it began preparations for the promotion one month in advance. Its Singles’ Day sales target is 2 million U.S. dollars, said John McPheters, founder of the company. In 2016, Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales totalled 120 billion yuan (about 18 billion U.S. dollars). A third of the sales come from global brands and retailers, the company said. November 11 has been celebrated as Single’s Day since the 1990s. The date was chosen because 11-11 resembles four “bare sticks,” the Chinese term for bachelor. Alibaba introduced the Single’s Day shopping event in 2009 and it has grown to become known as the Chinese version of the U.S.’s Black Friday sales. Chinese buyers have started to add their chosen goods to shopping carts in the countdown to midnight when promotions begin. Overseas buyers are also participating in the world’s biggest retail event. According to figures from AliExpress, the company’s outbound platform, it has 60 million active buyers in 220 countries and regions in 2017. On a daily basis, over 20 million people use AliExpress to make purchases online. In Russia alone, there are about 22 million online buyers, the company said. Russian buyer Anastasia Igumnova bought her smart-phone and kitchenware through AliExpress. “It is quite convenient to use the website. I bought a nail clipper, and was surprised that I did not have to pay postage fees,” she said. “E-commerce platforms have become an important way for trade on a global scale. An increasing number of buyers, not only in China, but also around the world, are making purchases online,” said Shen Difan, general manager of AliExpress. Another Chinese e-commerce giant, JD.com,...