Forest Service gives go ahead for Kuiu Island timber sale

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Community | Economy | Juneau | Southeast | TimberForest Service gives go ahead for Kuiu Island timber saleAugust 30, 2016 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Kuiu Island in 2014. At the time, the U.S. Forest Service was repairing streams on the island damaged by logging from the 1970s. Now, 23 million board feet could be harvested on the north part of the island. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)An old growth timber sale recently announced in a Ketchikan newspaper has one conservation group scratching its head. That’s because this type of harvest — near valuable salmon streams — won’t be allowed in the future. The U.S. forest service is working on a new timber plan in the Tongass National Forest, which is expected to be finalized by winter.  In the meantime, forest managers are moving ahead with timber sales under the old rules.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/08/30KUIU.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Recently, in the Ketchikan Daily News an ad appeared along with advertisements of cars for sale and apartments for rent. The forest service was looking for a buyer for 866 acres of old growth trees on north Kuiu Island.“You know, no one would know about it unless you’re reading the back pages of the Ketchikan paper,” Austin Williams said.He learned about it from a Trout Unlimited member in Ketchikan. Williams is the director of law and policy for the organization.What troubles Williams about the timber sale is where it’s slated to happen.“Right in the middle of some of the most valuable and important fish and wildlife habitat in the region,” he said.It’s one of a group of watersheds, known as the Tongass 77, that environmental groups want protected.Logging can cause erosion,  creating problems for spawning salmon, Williams said.Just a few years ago, the Forest Service repaired streams on Kuiu damaged by timber harvests from the 1970s, back when there were no regulated buffers along salmon streams.That’s changed and this particular sale went through an environmental assessment and a public comment period before becoming final eight years ago.“There’s been no opportunity for public involvement since the decision came out in 2008,” Williams said. “And you know, a lot has changed since then.”One major change: soon sales like this won’t be possible.The Forest Service is about to come out with an amended timber plan for the Tongass. Old growth logging in these watershed areas won’t be allowed.Jason Anderson, a deputy forest supervisor, said sales that have already been approved — like the one on Kuiu — can move forward.“We would not have necessarily crafted this sale under the new plan,” Anderson said. “But we’re also operating in that change-over period.”Anderson said the Kuiu sale is happening now because the “market conditions” are right.He’s not sure how many outstanding timber sales exist like this.He thinks — compared with the overall size of the Kuiu sale —  the trees in the watershed area represent a relatively “small percentage.”“While I can recognize the concerns that are out there. I think on the whole, the transition spells out how a lot of this will occur in terms of bringing forward more young growth over time,” Anderson said. “Being very deliberate about what old growth is offered. And again, considering and protecting those watersheds that have the highest fisheries value in the region.”The Forest Service approved the Kuiu timber for export, which means the trees aren’t likely to go to local mills.That’s OK with Owen Graham, the executive director of the Alaska Forest Association, a timber industry group.The Kuiu sale is made up of a lot hemlock, a low value timber, he said.“Those chips used to go to the pulp mills and now they have to be barged 800 miles south,” Graham said. “The economics of trying to harvest timber and manufacture on a remote island like Kuiu is pretty difficult.”There are no pulp mills left in Southeast Alaska. The Forest Service’s red tape doesn’t make it any more cost effective for domestic buyers, Graham said.Still, he thinks the Kuiu Island timber sale is significant for the logging jobs it does keep in the region.The public should have another say before old growth trees are cut down in a watershed, Williams said.“You know, one of the things about Southeast Alaska is that largely our fisheries are intact and our watersheds and streams are healthy,” Williams said. “But if we don’t take care of it, we risk losing those.”The objection period on the amended Tongass plan ends this week. The Forest Service is accepting bids for the Kuiu island timber sale until September 13.  Editor’s Note: We’ve updated the story to clarify the definition of the Tongass 77. Share this story:last_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 20 May 2015

first_imgTo appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] at Numis cited below-forecast half year results and a weak balance sheet as reasons for their “Sell” rating on Paragon. They said, of its peers, Paragon is “by far the most at risk of a recovery that sees interest rates increase.” The stock’s target price of 297p is well below yesterday’s close of 445p.RENEW HOLDINGSWH Ireland reiterated it’s “Buy” rating on Renew and increased the target price by 25 per cent to 400p on the back of solid results yesterday. Analysts said the engineering services firm’s shares had “recovered from the doldrums” and the order book going forward was up “healthy 28 per cent”. Best of the Brokers for 20 May 2015 Tuesday 19 May 2015 8:29 pm whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Express KCS Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, July 29, 2018

first_imgHome Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, July 29, 2018 Deaths Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 29th July 2018 Community Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Laura Hayes (née Moriarty)Johnstown Road, Rathdowney, Laois / Durrow, Laois / Johnstown, KilkennyHayes (nèe Moriarty), Durrow and Rathdowney, Co. Laois and Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny. July 27th 2018, Laura, unexpectedly. Sadly mourned by her family, Dominic, Shannon, Aaron, Leon and Brooke, her parents Johnny and Vera, her sister Lisa and her brothers Mel and Darren, her partner Ali, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and her many friends. Funeral arrangements will be announced on Monday evening. Family flowers only by request. House strictly private.Olive Ann ConroyMullaghanard, Rosenallis, Laois / Navan, MeathDied in the loving care of the staff at Drormnin Nursing Home, Stradbally. Beloved wife of the late Denis. Deeply regretted by her loving family Pat, Ann, Marie and Gerry, grandchildren and great-grandchild Liam, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Reposing in the home of her daughter Ann and her husband Liam Fitzpatrick, Killone, Stradbally (The Heath) on Saturday from 3.30pm untill Removal at 5.30pm to St. Brigid’s Church arriving at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 1pm (One o’clock). Burial after in St. Brigid’s Cemetery.Bill MooreSt. Fiacc`s Terrace, Graiguecullen, CarlowBill Moore of Sale, Manchester and formerly of 2 St. Fiaccs Terrace, Graiguecullen, Carlow passed away peacefully on 24th July 2018, in Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, aged 78 years. Pre-deceased by his partner Jenny, mother Maisie, father Michael, brothers Tom and Tim and sister Cathy. Sadly missed by his sister Margaret Delaney and brother-in-law Liam Delaney, 21 Roncalli Place, Carlow, and relatives in Manchester and Carlow including cousins Madge (Manchester) and Eddie Brennan and Billy Piggott (Carlow) and all of his nephews, nieces and friends in Carlow and his great friends in Manchester especially his best friend Des.Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Sale, Manchester, on Thursday 2nd August at 12 noon followed by committal at Altrincham Crematorium. Family flowers only please, but donations, if desired, for Macmillan Cancer. Support may be sent to Arthur Gresty Funeral Homes, 305 Manchester Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. WA14 5PH Tel: 0161 973 151515.Ellen McGrath (née O’Reilly)Borris Road, Portlaoise, LaoisMcGrath (nee O`Reilly) Borris Road Potlaoise July 26th 2018, Peacefully surrounded by her loving family. In the tender care of Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home; Ellen (Ella) beloved wife of the late Michael and dearly loved mam to David and Alison. Deeply regretted by her loving sister Margaret, brothers John and Fr Tom, daughter-in-law Aisling, son-in-law Stuart, sister-in-law Geraldine, grandchildren Will, Molly, Emmy Ben, Ava, Adam, Aaron, Caoimhe and Abbie, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.Reposing at her residence from 4 pm on Friday with rosary at 8pm. Requiem Mass at 1 pm on Saturday in SS Peter and Paul’s Church. Interment will follow afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portaoise.John BoweErkina View, Mooreville, Rathdowney, LaoisBowe, Erkina View, Mooreville, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. July 25th 2018. Peacefully at his residence following a long illness bravely borne. John (Johnny) deeply regretted by his loving wife Pearl and his family John, Angela, Anthony, Barry, Bernie, Mary and Ray, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, his brothers Paddy, Peter and his sisters Lizzy, Nancy, Maggie, Bridgie, Catsy, Teresa, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest In Peace.Reposing at his home today, Thursday, with rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am in The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney followed by private cremation. No flowers by request. Donations to The Oncology Unit, Tullamore.Michael DunneBallymacrory, Clonaslee, LaoisMichael Dunne, Ballymacrory, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, died on the 24th of July 2018 suddenly but peacefully at his residence. He will be sadly missed by his sorrowing brother Pat, sister Anne Rickards (Robinstown, Navan, Co. Meath), niece Pauline, nephews Brian and Padraic, grand-nephews, grand-niece, cousins, neighbours, relatives and a large circle of friends. ​May He Rest in Peace.​​Reposing at his residence on Wednesday evening from 7pm with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing at his residence all day Thursday ​with removal at 7pm, arriving to St. Manman’s Church for 7:30pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 12 noon followed by burial afterwards in St. Manman’s Cemetery, Clonaslee.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, July 28, 2018 Pinterest Twitter Community WhatsApp Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’center_img Previous articleCourtwood bring winning streak into the championshipNext articlePreviews of Sunday’s Laois club football championship action Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Deaths in Laois – Sunday, July 29, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

Controlled explosion carried out at local secondary school this evening

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook The Army Explosives team were in a local secondary school this evening to carry out a controlled explosion.Members of the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were called to Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington along with members of the Gardaí to remove old chemicals.A loud bang was heard coming from the school at around 8pm with a number of army and garda personnel on site at the time.However, while a Garda spokesperson confirmed that the area had to be closed off as per protocol, there was nothing untoward.“The army EOD team had been organised to facilitate the removal of some on site chemicals in the school this evening,” said the spokesperson.“(It was) more than likely part of the science department. No bomb scare or offence in it.”All secondary schools are now on summer holidays – though Leaving and Junior Cert exams are underway.Students sat exams on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will return again on Monday.SEE ALSO – Awful eyesore in Laois town to be converted into apartments Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Pinterest TAGSColáiste ÍosagáinPortarlington Home News Community Controlled explosion carried out at local secondary school this evening NewsCommunity GAA Previous articleLaois clubs make great start to Feile and Friday’s Laois GAA resultsNext articleEnd of an era in the Heritage Hotel as long-serving staff member calls time LaoisToday Reporter GAA WhatsApp Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th June 2019 Controlled explosion carried out at local secondary school this evening 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Twitter WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory last_img read more

President Park Enters Office in Seoul

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter News By Daily NK – 2013.02.25 6:15pm President Park Enters Office in Seoul News [imText1][imText2] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

Foreign media consumption invites new historical views

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2016.07.29 5:23pm North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For over 20 years, Pyongyang has celebrated July 27 as the “Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War,” known to the rest of the world as the day on which an armistice for the Korean War was signed. The North rolls out propaganda to amp up celebrations to mark the occasion annually but, according to sources inside the country, such efforts are met by an increasingly dismissive population.“Yesterday, state factories halted production and schools suspended class; instead, workers and students attended V-Day commemorative lectures, meetings with elderly veterans, and art performances by small troupes,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on July 28 a day after the event. “But a lot of residents and university students were questioning why the state was making such a fuss about July 27, which they knew to be the day the war was suspended.”Sources in North Hamgyong Province and North Pyongan Province reported corresponding developments in those regions.As the covert consumer base of illicit media–including South Korean TV dramas and foreign radio broadcasts–grows, so does the percentage of the population shifting its perception of historical events. According to the source, in addition to the newfound knowledge about the armistice, a sizable number of people now believe that Pyongyang sparked off the Korean War by first invading Seoul, not the inverse narrative promulgated by the state.Pyongyang first designated July 27 as Victory Day in 1996 and continues to celebrate it annually. In fact, in the Kim Jong Un era, the reinforced propaganda base underpinning the occasion has elevated it nearly that of a national holiday. These efforts, the source explained, are to shape Kim Jong Un’s image as a “great military leader.”They typically have the opposite effect, he added. In addition to the ongoing “200-Day Battle,” North Koreans must attend a series of events scattered throughout June and July–designated as the months to “fight against anti-US. imperialism”–regardless of the stifling heat. “This leaves less, or some days no, time and opportunity for market endeavors, thereby driving the wedge between the general public and the state even deeper,” he concluded. Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy News News center_img AvatarChoi Song Min News Foreign media consumption invites new historical views SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Sinuiju sees a commodity price and exchange rate spike

first_imgNewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Mun Dong Hui – 2020.02.05 2:55pm AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] From a vantage point in China, apartments can be seen being built in Sinuiju’s Ponbu District. / Image: Daily NK Commodity prices and exchange rates in Sinuiju, a major hub for Sino-North Korean trade in North Korea’s North Pyongyan Province, have recently spiked following the shutdown of the country’s borders with China, Daily NK has learned.“Prices of commodities have risen dramatically over the past couple of days since trade with China was suspended,” a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on Jan. 4.“The prices of manufactured goods and fruit that had entered China [before the suspension of trade] have already gone up, and now North Korean products are feeling the impact,” he added.According to sources in the region, flour prices have risen by 47% to least KPW 6,175 from KWP 4,200 in early January. Soybean oil, which cost around KWP 9,350 in early January, is now KWP 15,570, a spike of 68%. Sugar has risen in price by 22% to KWP 6,400 compared to the KWP 5,250 it cost early last month.Daily NK sources also reported that currency rates in Sinuju have risen precipitously.The currency exchange rate between the KWP and USD increased by around 6% and is now KWP 8,800: 1 USD, an increase of KWP 500. The currency rate between the KWP and Chinese yuan, meanwhile, rose 14% to become KWP 1,380: 1 yuan, an increase of KWP 170.While the KWP’s exchange rate with the dollar and yuan have continued to gradually rise since the start of the new year, the shutdown of North Korea’s border has almost certainly led to this recent spike.“Merchants want to raise their prices but are unable to because they’re waiting for others to do it first,” the Sinuiju source told Daily NK. “If even one merchant decides to raise prices under the assumption that the current situation [lack of imports] will continue, everyone will start raising prices.”“The government is likely to take action in regards to the sudden increase in commodity prices at the local markets,” the source continued. “There’s a high chance that state officials will soon start to set up price controls.”North Korean law allows for the government to adjust market prices appropriately when need. Section 86 of North Korea’s “Socialist Commerce Act” states that markets are not allowed to sell products forbidden by law or that “exceed” price limits.The prices of some foodstuffs in Pyongyang have also increased significantly, according to Daily NK sources.Flour, which cost around KPW 4,200 in early January is now selling for KPW 6,250 – an increase of 49%. Soybean oil now costs KPW 15,500, a 63% jump from the KPW 9,500 it was selling for in early January. Finally, the price of sugar has jumped 29% to cost KPW 6,500, up from KPW 5,050 in early January.Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected]d in Korean News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store center_img News TAGSMarketsmarket priceseconomycurrency exchange ratescommodity pricesmerchants SHARE Facebook Twitter News Sinuiju sees a commodity price and exchange rate spike Daily NK sources speculate that North Korean authorities may soon intervene to establish price controls RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Traffic congestion heading for Hills thanks to new diamond interchange

first_imgTraffic congestion heading for Hills thanks to new diamond interchange Minister for Transport and Main Roads The Honourable Mark BaileyConstruction has started on the $30 million upgrade to the Gympie Arterial Road and Strathpine Road interchange at Bald Hills.Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the start of works is welcome news for local motorists.“These works will transform the current interchange into a diverging diamond interchange to help bust congestion, improve travel times and bolster safety through the area,” Mr Fletcher said.“Our $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure plan is continuing to deliver safer, more efficient journeys for Queenslanders – indeed for all Australians – while laying the foundations for the nation’s ongoing recovery from COVID-19.”Once complete, the interchange will see traffic on Strathpine Road switched to the other side of the road, removing the need to cross the path of oncoming cars or wait for a green light to turn right to get onto Gympie Arterial Road.Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the upgrade is an innovative solution to a notorious traffic bottleneck in the area.“Congestion busting projects like this not only mean less time spent in the car, but they create local jobs and work for businesses through the supply chain to support Queensland’s economic recovery,” Mr Bailey said.“Diverging diamond interchanges are an innovative design that have been used with great success internationally, and recently here in Queensland at the Caloundra Road interchange.“Diverging diamond interchanges are not only cheaper to construct, but they reduce residential impacts, as they require a smaller footprint compared to a traditional interchange design.”Federal Member for Petrie, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, said this is an example of both governments working together to create jobs and economic stimulus while delivering the road infrastructure Queenslanders need to get home sooner and safer.“This project is expected to support around 65 direct jobs over the life of the project – fantastic news at a time when maintaining jobs has never been more critical,” Mr Howarth said.“This is just the latest example of the pipeline of works we are delivering for Queenslanders.“Late last year we saw works get underway on a nearby upgrade to the jointly funded $163.3 million Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade project, as part of the game-changing $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.”State Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said the interchange upgrade was one of several projects being delivered on the northside thanks to the partnership between the State and Federal governments.“This interchange upgrade will mean traffic relief for the 20,000 people who use this road daily,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“We’ve got funding locked in for the Beams Road level crossing upgrade and planning on the jointly funded $125 million Linkfield Road interchange upgrade is also continuing.“There is plenty of work happening now and planned for the future, which means less congested roads for our communities and more jobs for our economy.”“This is a great project for the local area, particularly for Bald Hills locals who have to battle this intersection twice a day,” Member for Aspley Bart Mellish said.“It will mean locals can get home quicker and safer.”The upgrade is being delivered by Fulton Hogan, with construction expected to be completed in mid-2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.The Australian and Queensland governments have committed to jointly fund this project on a 50:50 basis to bust congestion and improve motorist safety. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Bald Hills, Bruce, Caloundra, communications, economic stimulus, Federal, federal government, Government, Gympie, infrastructure, Minister, pipeline, QLD, Queensland, Stirling, supply chain, Transportlast_img read more

First Look: Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The basic architecture of Direct4 doesn’t sound groundbreaking — indeed, electric motors on both axles is hardly news, nor is the claim each can direct torque to each wheel separately. Electric vehicles already feature high-tech torque vectoring that provides customizable power distribution. But, as with most things Lexus, it’s what’s less obvious that matters. For one thing, by 2025, the company seems to think not only will most of its cars be electrified, they’ll also be steered by electrons as well.That’s right — steer-by wire. As in there will be no direct connection between the steering wheel and the wheels, sensors in the “steering column” determining the driver’s input and using a computer to figure how much the wheels should turn. Though details are sketchy, Lexus promises that far less steering “angle” will be required to make turns.LISTEN: How EV battery performance is all about the algorithmsSubscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.That, according to Lexus, will change according to the driver’s demands, the speed of the cars and, of course, the urgency of the situation. Think of it as an infinitely adjustable steering ratio that is also completely variable for steering effort. Married to a system that can provide the “appropriate” drive system — front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive — at the drop of a hat we’re talking about the ultimate in vehicular dynamics customization. Even hybrids will benefit from Direct4, its greater control allowing for larger, more powerful electric motors being added to the rear axle to take advantage of the greater control of torque distribution. That said, Lexus claims that the high-torque, instant response electric motor typical of high-performance luxury vehicles need quicker and more finely tuned control.As for the LF-Z “Electrified” itself, it remains very much a concept. That means some pretty outrageous styling cues with some fairly grandiose claims of originality. One thing, however, is for sure; Lexus’ trademark “spindle” grille will survive the transition to battery power. The obvious question is whether the LF-Z’s slinky side profile will also make it to production. Lexus hasn’t come up with a name for the shape, though it looks like a high-performance European “shooting brake” given the jacked-up crossover treatment. Could it represent a whole new segment? Lexus officials equivocate, but we’ve seen other examples of this shape — Mitsubishi’s e-Evolution comes to mind — so don’t be surprised if something wearing some form of Lexus “Z” badging appears in showrooms in 2025. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Less likely to make the grade is the “Tazuna” interior. Inspired by the relationship between horse and rider —  tazuna is Japanese for “rein” — it seems the majority of driving functions (the navigation system, audio system, and driving mode selection) will be incorporated into the steering wheel. Combined with minimal movement of the steering wheel needed to negotiate changes in direction, Lexus says there’s little need for the driver to be distracted from their optimal line of sight.It’s all part of the Toyota Motor Corp.’s desire to make human drivers “superhuman” through the use of technology. More dramatically, the rest of the interior looks a little too barren to make production; one can take the whole spartan motif too far.As for more pedestrian information regarding the concept’s abilities, few details are available, Lexus only willing to say it’s able to boast a range of 600 kilometres using a 90-kilowatt-hour battery. Now, even when one considers that Lexus is quoting the rather forgiving European WLTP system for its range rating, that speaks to impressive efficiency. The company will not give any details of cell chemistry other than to say its BEVs introduced by 2025 will not be powered by solid-state batteries. The company is, however, looking into reducing electric component loss, paying particular attention to the interior heating systems that drain so much energy in extreme climates. In the end, the LF-Z is but a harbinger of the 20 new models Lexus expects to introduce by 2025, and the 10 electrified powertrains — both battery-powered and hybridized — that will drive them. Most importantly, Lexus promises every model in its lineup will have some kind of “Electrified” option in fewer than five years. Whether they all have steered-by-wire Direct4 drive is less obvious. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos See More Videos No surprise, its Lexus luxury brand will lead the way with Toyota’s highest-tech BEVs. And though I’m not sure how much of the LF-Z “Electrified” styling is going to make its way into production — though I’d bet the new grille, which looks like a traditional Lexus spindle made opaque, will make the grade — it’s absolutely certain the Direct4 drive technology will. center_img RELATED TAGSLexusSUVLuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesDirect4Electric VehiclesLexusLF-ZToyota advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Some will say Toyota Motor Corporation is late to the party. The even more cynical will point out it’s a delay made doubly egregious since the Japanese giant’s Prius fairly invented the modern electric car more than 20 years ago. Still others will wonder why the world’s largest automaker bothers producing fuel-cell-powered cars — dubbed “fool’s cells” by you-know-who — like the Mirai when the entire world seems to have coalesced on battery power as the planet-changing technology of future.The world’s largest automaker would counter that it’s never stopped championing electrification; that its hybrids reduce CO2 tailpipe emissions more quickly than the few electric cars being sold; and that different countries, different drivers, and even different power grids should determine what propulsion system optimizes the need to get as many people as possible to reduce their carbon footprint as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, it is more than past time that it introduces a fully electrified lineup, its competitors — the Volkswagen Group and Ford being standouts, not to mention the ever-present Tesla — further down the battery-powered road. 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New sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs

first_img Share By EH News Bureau on August 21, 2019 Sandy 2 years WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha News Add Comment There will be one common specified health warning for both smoking, smokeless forms of tobacco productsThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008 vide GSR 331(E) dated April 3, 2018 “Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Second Amendment Rules, 2018.” The amended Rules are applicable w.e.f. September 1, 2018.Two images were notified vide the above notification with a clause that date of coming into effect of the second image (image 2) of specified health warning, shall be for all tobacco products manufactured or imported after the completion of twelve months from the date of commencement of first image (image 1).Image-1 of the said notification came into effect from September 1, 2018 and as such all tobacco products manufactured or packaged or imported on or after September 1, 2019 shall display Image-2.Telephone Quit-line number “QUIT TODAY CALL 1800-11-2356” is also the part of the health warning. This helps in creating awareness among tobacco users, and gives them access to counselling services to effect behaviour change. There shall be one common specified health warning for both smoking and smokeless forms of tobacco products.The toll free Tobacco Quit-line Services [1800-11-2356] provides counselling and strategies for quitting tobacco use. As per the recent second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey [GATS -2, 2016-17] conducted in the age group 15 years and above, 61.9 per cent of current cigarette smokers, 53.8 per cent of current bidi smokers and 46.2 per cent of current smokeless tobacco users thought about quitting because of warning label on packets of cigarette, bidi and smokeless tobacco.The said notification along with printable version of warning, is already available on the Ministry’s website i.e. https://mohfw.gov.in and https://ntcp.nhp.gov.in and has already been shared in all regional languages vide e-mail as requested by the stakeholders. The open files of the image in all regional languages may also be obtained from the Ministry through making a request at [email protected] and/or 011-23062868. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app We run NGOs to help people who are dependent on drug and tobacco. We helped many people in the past. Interestingly, Image 1 and image 2 are same here. Image 1 was a photo of a female which is already in use on packets. I found only one article with more clarity on this here thehealth.today/tobacco-causes-painful-death-a-new-health-warning-for-tobacco-products Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (1) Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” bidicigarettesMinistry of Health and Family WelfareQUIT TODAY CALL 1800-11-2356smokelesssmokingTobacco New sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs last_img read more