Ford shutters its Chariot shuttle bus service

first_img“In today’s mobility landscape, the wants and needs of customers and cities are changing rapidly. As those changes continue, it has become clear that the mobility services delivered by Chariot over the past five years will not be a sustainable solution going forward. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause Chariot’s riders and our enterprise customers. We are committed to ensuring our customers are aware of the decision and have time to make alternative transportation arrangements.” Along with San Francisco, Chariot services were available in cities including Austin, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. The company’s fate follows that of Bridj, an on-demand shuttle service owned by Ford that operated in Boston and Kansas City. It also allowed users to request rides and schedule pick-up locations via app, often serving neighborhoods with poor coverage from existing public transportation, but was shut down in 2017. Chariot began operation back in 2014. Limited to San Francisco, the service charged users $4 a trip, and they could use a mobile app to schedule a ride. Bus routes were based on a combination of algorithms and rider demand in an effort to provide a cheaper, yet still useful, alternative to Uber and Lyft. Ford then acquired the startup in 2016, and expanded it to other cities.Chariot will officially end its operations on February 1st, according to the San Francisco Examiner. In a statement from CEO Dan Grossman, the company explains that the last five years have not shown sustainable growth in business, and apologizes to customers for any inconvenience. Story TimelineFord challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus serviceFord acquires Chariot as part of smart city transportation plansFord Chariot commuter shuttle service temporarily suspended in San Francisco The last few years saw Ford invest heavily in its Smart Mobility initiative, an effort by the carmaker to meet the transportation needs of customers, especially in larger cities, and be competitive with ride-hailing service like Uber and Lyft. One of its acquisitions in this business was Chariot, an on-demand shuttle bus service that operated in a handful of cities across the US. Ford has now announced that it’s shutting down Chariot due to poor sustainability.last_img read more

Nissan Altimate AWD has massively flared fenders over tanklike tracks

first_imgThe vehicle is based on the production 2019 Altima all-wheel-drive sedan. Nissan notes that in Canada AWD is standard on the 2019 Altima. Nissan says that this is the first sedan in North America to offer all-wheel drive. Subaru has offered its all-wheel-drive Impreza and Legacy sedans in North America for many years now. Nissan says that the Altima-te AWD can conquer the harshest of winter weather thanks to its treads. The Altima-te comes on the heels of the Rogue Warrior that was introduced in Montreal in 2016. The total body width of the car is 14-inches wider than normal. The tracks are manufactured by Dominator and the widebody kit used on the car is bespoke. Nissan used high-density foam and epoxy resin construction for the fenders, the same materials are used in boats. The bodywork took 150 hours alone, the total Altima-te project took 250 hours to complete. Nissan says that the car is 3-inches higher than normal. The tracks used on the Altima are 48-inches long, 30-inches tall, and 15-inches wide. Nissan notes that creating the Altima-te required more exterior modification than the Rogue Warrior required. The front and rear fenders are flared out 7-inches on each side for the tracks to fit. AdChoices广告center_img Nissan has announced a new member of the “warrior” family of vehicles that replaces wheels for tank-like treads to get around in the snow and on just about any other surface. The new ride is called the Altima-te AWD, and it will make the rounds at Canadian auto shows starting with its debut in Montreal. The most noticeable feature of the car is the massively flared fenders that are 7-inches wide in the front and rear to cover the treads. last_img read more

Health Reporter Sets Up Crowdsourcing Site For Medical Care

first_img NPR: Vitamin D Tests Aren’t Needed For Everyone, Federal Panel Says Should you get a blood test to see if you’re deficient in vitamin D? It sounds like such a good idea, seeing as how most people don’t get enough sunshine to make vitamin D themselves. And the tests are becoming increasingly popular. But there are problems with making vitamin D tests a standard part of preventive medicine, a federal panel said. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Monday there’s not enough evidence of benefits or harms to recommend vitamin D testing for all. (Shute, 11/24) Trying to shop around for the best deal on health care services can be maddening. So Lisa Aliferis, a health care reporter for KQED News in San Francisco, came up with a simple idea: ask people what charges they’re actually seeing on their bills and try to make sense of the madness. … insurers and patients rarely pay the listed price. Aliferis — in a partnership with KPCC, a public radio station in Los Angeles, and, a health transparency startup — tried to capture information of actual prices that people, who reported the information anonymously, were seeing on their medical bills — breaking down what the insurers were charged and what people actually paid. She found big price differences within the same state, based on facility and insurance status. (Millman, 11/24) Health Reporter Sets Up Crowdsourcing Site For Medical Care KQED’s Lisa Aliferis finds price differences within the same state, based on facility and insurance status. In other consumer news, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says that Vitamin D tests may not be necessary, even though they are growing in popularity.center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Washington Post: One Reporter Is Crowdsourcing The Price Of Health Care last_img read more

Steel tariff dispute between US and Canada Mexico could get resolved as

first_img What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Reddit ← Previous Next → Email 5 Comments More Recommended For YouU.S. FDA approves Karyopharm Therapeutics’ blood cancer drugOntario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probeUPDATE 2-FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi’s DupixentTrump pick for Fed seat says doesn’t want to pull rug from under market -CNBCAP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt? Facebook Sponsored By: Reuters Share this storySteel tariff dispute between U.S. and Canada, Mexico could get resolved as early as today, official says Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn center_img Steel tariff dispute between U.S. and Canada, Mexico could get resolved as early as today, official says Lighthizer will make proposal during meeting with Foreign Minister Freeland Twitter May 15, 201911:58 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Join the conversation → WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said the United States is close to resolving steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is scheduled to meet with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, will propose a process for removing steel and aluminum tariffs, CNBC reported separately citing an unnamed senior official.© Thomson Reuters 2019Related Stories:Europe should brace for U.S. tariffs on several fronts -German officialUnited States adds India to steel tariff dispute at WTOU.S. steel tariffs on Mexico do not put USMCA ratification in danger – Mexican official advertisement Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrives at the office of the U.S. trade Representative in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Featured Stories Commentlast_img read more

Canada Goose to open new factory in Quebec as profit beats expectations

first_img Facebook Canada Goose to open new factory in Quebec as profit beats expectations 650 new jobs by the end of 2020 The Canadian Press ← Previous Next → Comment advertisement Sponsored By: Share this storyCanada Goose to open new factory in Quebec as profit beats expectations Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Employees work on Canada Goose jackets at the factory in Toronto. The parka maker is opening a new factory in Quebec.Canadian Press Reddit February 14, 20197:18 AM ESTLast UpdatedFebruary 14, 20197:28 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing center_img Email What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation MONTREAL — Canada Goose Holdings Inc. says it will open a new factory in Quebec, its second in the province.The production facility will be located in Montreal and is expected to employ more than 100 people by the end of March, and grow to 650 new positions at full capacity by the end of 2020.The announcement came as the luxury parka maker reported a profit of $103.4 million or 93 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from a profit of $63 million or 56 cents per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $399.3 million, up from $265.9 million.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 81 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Canada Goose also raised its guidance for revenue and profit for its 2019 financial year.It now expects revenue growth in the mid-to-high 30s on a percentage basis, compared with earlier expectations for at least 30 per cent.Annual growth in adjusted net income per diluted share is also now expected to grow in the mid-to-high 40s on a percentage basis, compared with earlier expectations for at least 40 per cent. Join the conversation → Twitter Featured Stories Recommended For You’We were experiencing headwinds’ — Canopy Growth stock heads south on poor sales ramp-upDefining the future of Canadian competitiveness: How partnerships between industry and educational institutions can help lead the way forwardTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016 1 Comments Morelast_img read more

Nordson Sealant Equipment improves battery production at every stage

first_imgSponsored by Nordson Sealant EquipmentCustomers rely on Nordson Sealant Equipment to deliver improvements, efficiencies, and solutions for a wide range of dispensing applications in their battery manufacturing processes. Nordson Sealant Equipment provides an industry-leading, field-proven range of automated dispensing solutions for one- and two-part materials used in battery cell bonding, battery cell power distribution, and battery pack assembly. Battery Cell Bonding Battery cells are manufactured in many sizes to fit the end product, the most common shapes being cylindrical and rectangular. While the use of either shape is dependent on the battery pack design, securing the cells into their larger battery modules takes different dispensing approaches and comes with common challenges.Cylindrical battery cells are often challenged by production speed and location accuracy; Nordson’s application and material knowledge, coupled with extensive robotic automation experience, allows it to design engineered solutions that provide the correct number of dispense heads at the flow rate and robotic speed necessary for the application needs.Square battery cells often experience air becoming wrapped around battery cells during a fill or pour. Nordson’s programmable dispense speeds allow for mid-shot adjustments in material flow rate, which allow air to escape from the fill. Speed can be adjusted back to full speed once the material is past the point of concern, allowing necessary production speeds to be achieved.Battery Cell Power DistributionNordson specializes in bonding thermal interface materials between the current circuit and the battery cell module. Applying the exact bead size can be challenging; for long bead requirements of various patterns, the length may exceed the volume of the meter and require reload, resulting in a gap or overlap in the bead. Nordson uses continuous flow meters and can also optimally size the meter to ensure reloads are not necessary before the end of the bead. Intricate bead paths can result in sharp turns where the robot slows down, causing the meter to deposit too much material. Nordson’s servo-driven meters have an auto-flow mode where the flow rate can be adjusted at the same time as the robot, allowing for even material placement along the battery cell or module.Battery Pack Assembly Ensuring a battery cell module provides enough power with the correct form and fit for the end product is no simple task. Typically, numerous modules are placed together to create a larger assembly of modules, also known as a pack. The shape of these packs varies greatly depending on the vehicle or the storage battery’s overall shape and are usually bonded together to reduce vibration problems or sealed to prevent corrosion issues due to moisture.Battery packs are bonded in one of two ways: bead bonding utilizes robotics to apply a precise amount of material to the face of each module; flood methodology simplifies robotic needs by applying material to the base of the entire battery pack to bond each module in place. A large meter needs to be mounted to the robot for both methods. Nordson’s range of continuous flow meters can be used for dispense of one- or two-component epoxies.Battery modules are sealed with a bead that encapsulates the battery pack module or by a bead placed between a top and bottom cell module. Both sealing methods require accurate bead placement to ensure assembly compression does not overflow into battery cells or outside of the pack. Nordson’s variety of nozzles are specifically designed for precision application in difficult-to-access channels or locations. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Industry partnershipsNordson Sealant Equipment works alongside adhesive manufacturers and automation/robot suppliers to ensure our solution is uniquely engineered to the customer’s application. Our volume displacement rod metering technology permits dispensing thermal gels, or other heavily filled materials, without packing out or wearing the equipment over time. Additionally, a wide range of wetted components and seal offerings allows our dispense equipment to be compatible with battery assembly materials across the globe, with many material suppliers incorporating our technology in their own test laboratories.As the global leaders in metering, mixing, and dispensing solutions for battery cell manufacturing applications, Nordson encourages early involvement in projects.Please reach out to Nordson’s team of experts to improve your production capabilities and performance.center_img Sponsored by Nordson Sealant Equipmentlast_img read more

MA Round Up AKK VE Find Plenty of Deal Work

first_imgThe week after Labor Day signified the return to work for a lot of Texas deal lawyers, despite the residual damage in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. Herewith are some highlights of recent deals that portend a busy fall, at least in the energy sector . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Username Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.center_img Lost your password? Passwordlast_img

Lawyer Discipline State Bar of Texas

first_img Lost your password? Password The State Bar of Texas has announced its most recent disciplinary actions. According to the state bar, five judges were disciplined, including one judicial suspension. In addition, seven Texas lawyers were suspended and two more received public reprimands . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Remember mecenter_img Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

Ageism and Oprah Winfrey

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 Sharescategory_bug_ageism.gif Clearly, I have not been paying attention. I had thought Oprah Winfrey made a big deal a few years ago about retiring from television. I was greatly relieved then because throughout the 25 or 30 years of her TV show, Oprah spent countless hours foisting useless anti-aging remedies on her viewers.I assumed all that was finally finished until a couple of weeks ago when I began seeing promos for Oprah. It took me awhile to figure out that she’s got another network now and is doing it all over again.I had been making notes for an update to past posts here about her decades of extolling the virtues of eternal youth at any cost but I then ran across a post I could have written word-for-word. Kavan Peterson, a friend who is the editor at geriatrician Bill Thomas’s website, ChangingAging, beat me to it:”Let’s leave aside the fact that Oprah is arguably one of the most powerful promoters of anti-aging products in the industry,” writes Kavan.“Let’s forget about the dozens of episodes of her talk show focused on extreme and even dangerous anti-aging quackery, featuring anti-aging wingnuts like Suzanne Somers. And let’s not even mention the anti-aging guru she created, Dr. Oz.”Took the words right out of my mouth, Kavan. He was reacting to this recent video from Oprah in which she tries to pivot toward embracing aging:  But as Kavan points out, Winfrey does not have the slightest clue that the word “still” – as in, she is STILL active and vibrant – is condescending and demeaning.“Translation,” writes Kavan, “you need to still be able to do stuff to matter when you’re old.”If you can’t do stuff anymore, Oprah apparently does not see your or anyone else’s worth.Now that she’s getting up there in years (57), Oprah may eventually make some progress in understanding growing old and with the appropriate attitude could even undo some of the damage she has done to elders promoting the likes of Somers and Oz. We will have to wait and see.Meanwhile, Kavan pretty much nailed what I would have written so you should go read his piece.At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Lyn Burnstine – May Sarton: A Personal Remembrance Related PostsReader Comment: Give Oprah CreditI am writing because I read your recent ChangingAging blog post about Oprah Winfrey, and I have to say I believe you are being too hard on her.Better Late Than Never Oprah, I GuessOprah is trying to change her tune on aging but she’s a day late and an apology short. In a much-touted video on Huffington Post Oprah extols the “blessings” of aging, but if you listen and look carefully her monologue is laced with anti-aging bias.Oh No Oprah!For those who wondered why I was never invited to discuss pro-aging with television host Oprah Winfrey, here is your answer…. The anti-aging issue of O, The Oprah Magazine is on newsstands now.  O Magazine unveils The NEW Science of Aging for our minds and bodies, along with tips from…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Ageism ChangingAging oprahlast_img read more

New tool predicts the lifetime risk of Alzheimers

first_imgBy Sally Robertson, B.Sc.May 22 2018A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health has shown that the lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease significantly varies depending on age, gender and the presence of any signs or symptoms of dementia.Image Credit: Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.comThe study authors say this is the first time that lifetime risk estimates have taken into consideration the biological changes that occur in the brain up to 20 years before the actual symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease dementia develop.These early changes are referred to as preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, a designation that is currently only used by researchers until further evidence is produced to determine whether it can be used to predict whether dementia symptoms will develop.After assessing the existing scientific literature, which included some of the largest longitudinal studies available, Ron Brookmeyer (UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles) and colleagues developed a computerized mathematical model that could determine the likelihood of people progressing in the continuum of the disease.The results were recently published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.One example from the study showed that a man aged 70 years who has amyloid plaques, but no signs of neurodegeneration or memory loss, is at a 19.9% lifetime risk of developing clinical symptoms of the disease.However, if he also has neurodegeneration, the risk rises to 31.3% and if mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is also present, the risk is increased to 86%. He adds that the high mortality rates in elderly populations are also an important factor, since these individuals are likely to die of other causes.For example, a 90-year-old female who has amyloid plaques has an 8.4% lifetime risk of developing clinical symptoms, whereas a 65-year-old female with the plaques has a lifetime risk of 29.3%. The lower risk for the female aged 90 is explained by her shorter life expectancy.For the same 65-year-old female with amyloid plaques, the 10-year risk of disease symptoms is 2.5%. Females tend to have higher lifetime risk compared with men because they live for longer.Brookmeyer says the lifetime and 10-year risks serve as indicators of the likelihood a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease dementia based on their age and screenings for amyloid deposits, neurodegeneration and the presence or absence of MCI or any combination of those three.Among both men and women, a combination of all three is associated with the greatest risk of developing symptoms. What we found in this research is that people with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease dementia may never experience any clinical symptoms during their lifetimes because of its long and variable preclinical period.”Ron Brookmeyer, UCLA School of Public Health Just as there are risk predictors for whether you might have a heart attack, it will be important in the future to measure the likelihood that someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease. For example, those people with the highest 10-year risk of getting Alzheimer’s dementia would be high priority to volunteer for clinical trials evaluating Alzheimer’s medications or other therapies.”Mario Carrillo, Chief Scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Association Source: read more