Historic win by Ecuador’s Waorani could re-shape extraction activities

first_imgAmazon Conservation, Amazon Mining, Amazon Rainforest, Endangered Environmentalists, Forests, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img The Waorani indigenous community in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest filed a lawsuit against three government bodies earlier this year for conducting a faulty consultation process in 2012 that resulted in putting their territory up for an international oil auction.A regional court tribunal ruled in favor of the community, saying the 2012 consultation process violated the community’s rights.The ruling is historic, as it gives communities an extra legal tool to demand their right to self-determination and opens the door to reshape the country’s free, prior and informed consent laws. QUITO, Ecuador — The indigenous Waorani community in Ecuador won a historic lawsuit against the government late last month, when a three-judge panel ruled that a consultation process conducted with the community in 2012 was inadequate and violated the community’s rights.The ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community’s territory for the sake of oil extraction. The lawsuit represents 16 Waorani communities who live deep in Ecuador’s southern Amazon rainforest, in an area that has long been part of the government’s oil development plans.“Today, we have protected our forest from oil drilling, we have protected our water from contamination, we have protected our children from sickness,” said Oswando Nenquimo, spokesperson for the Waorani of the province of Pastaza, in an April 26 press release.But April’s ruling is more than just a win for the Waorani. It also sets an important precedent for other indigenous communities in the Amazon fighting against extraction activities in their territory, and opens the door to reshape the country’s controversial free, prior and informed consent process.The trial against free, prior and informed consentIndigenous Waorani marching to the judicial office Friday April 26 to hear the ruling for their lawsuit against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.The Waorani community co-filed the lawsuit earlier this year with the Ecuadoran Human Rights Ombudsman against three government bodies — the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, the Secretary of Hydrocarbons, and the Ministry of Environment — for conducting a faulty consultation process with the communities in 2012.The state then proceeded to divide the southern Amazon into 13 blocks and put them up for sale in an international oil auction, called the Southeast Oil round. This includes Block 22, which overlaps almost entirely with Waorani territory. Last year, the government significantly reduced the auction down to two blocks and removed Block 22; but it emphasized that the region is not exempt from future drilling plans.According to both national and international law, governments must undergo a free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process with communities before undergoing extraction activities on or near their territory.Waorani celebrate their win in the court room after the judge read a verdict for nearly 6 hours, and ruled in favor of the community. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.During the three-day trial in April, the Waorani presented a wide range of evidence to show how the consultation process undertaken in 2012 was deceitful and not in accordance with legal standards in many ways. The evidence they presented included government documents, testimonies from experts as well as witnesses from the community.There were more than 50 testimonies by Waorani community members who said officials used the consultation process to promote the economic benefits of oil, but never explained the repercussions or environmental impacts of oil extraction in their territories. Others said they simply did not understand the consultation process or its implications, either from lack of translation into Waorani or a general lack of information.The ruling went on for almost six hours, as the judges went through each piece of evidence and explained how the consultation process in 2012 was inadequate, not conducted in good faith, and did not take into account the Waorani’s cultural differences and communication needs. It also said the consultation process violated the community’s right to self-determination.The regional court then ordered the state to undergo capacity training and apply internationally approved standards to all consultation processes, and redo the 2012 consultation process before trying to sell Waorani territory.“We are really satisfied with the court’s decision, especially because the court recognized that what happened in 2012, and what the state calls a ‘consultation’ never was,” said Lina Maria Espinosa, the community’s lawyer with the local nongovernmental organization Amazon Frontlines.She added that her side would immediately begin demanding that the state comply with the judges’ ruling before any extraction activities in Waorani territory can advance.Apart from the immediate victory for the Waorani community, this ruling effectively stops drilling plans in the territory of the seven other nationalities who were consulted during the 2012 process, before the Amazon was divided into oil blocks, says Espinosa. These communities live in the other 12 oil blocks.This temporarily saves almost 32,300 square kilometers (12,500 square miles) of Amazon rainforest and indigenous land from oil drilling in the southeast of the Ecuador. Experts say drilling in the rainforest could lead to contamination of the rainforest due to oil leaks, spills, and waste dumping. The creation of roads to access the remote area could also pave the way for other industries, such as agriculture, and lead to massive deforestation.Historic opportunityWaorani throw their spears in the air outside the judicial office, celebrating their legal victory against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.One of the more important outcomes was the tribunal’s decision that the 2012 consultation process also violated the community’s right to self-determination. Relating these two issues is “very important,” says Espinosa, as it could override a controversial decree in the Ecuadoran constitution.Under Decree 1247, officials do not have to reach a consensus with communities when they consult with them about extraction projects on their territory. This means the government is allowed to continue with these projects on indigenous land even if those communities say no, thus limiting their territorial autonomy.But April’s ruling reinstates the indigenous right to self-determination. They can now say no to extraction projects, and have stronger legal backing to exercise this autonomy.“Relating consultation with self-determination becomes a powerful lock, because now it has to be understood that the Waorani have a right to governance over their territory. And with that governance, this capacity to own and make decisions on their territory, the state capacity is removed,” says Espinosa.The ruling also presents an opportunity to reshape the free, prior and informed consent process in and of itself, which has long been problematic for communities across Ecuador.A powerful allyWaorani women, waiting for the ruling in their case against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.Last year, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, denounced Ecuador’s consultation process after visiting the country and speaking with various indigenous groups there. In her end-of-mission statement, she called for the consultation process to be “reviewed and amended or appealed.”“Communities here are not being consulted in any adequate way,” she told Mongabay in an interview in December. The consultation process often divides these communities, she added, “and in the end the government will do anything they want anyway … that’s one of the weaknesses of the constitution.”The regional court judiciary acknowledged in the ruling for the first time that the consultation process in 2012 was inadequate. By defending its actions, the court said the state had already shown it doesn’t know how that process should be done, says Espinosa.Waorani women pose for photo outside of the judicial office after their legal victory against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.“This is a historic opportunity,” Espinosa said. “Let’s sit down with the state, as well as indigenous peoples and nationalities and finally build that standard of prior, free and informed consultation for Ecuador, which will serve the Waoranis and any other people and nationality.”Espinosa emphasized the importance of taking into account the cultural differences between communities, and says it’s important to avoid creating a homogenous standard to apply to all nationalities.The Ministry of Energy and Non-renewable Natural Resources did not respond to Mongabay’s request for comment by the time of publication, but it announced via social media that it will file for appeal with the Pastaza provincial court.Oil has always been an important part of Ecuador‘s economy. According to the World Bank, it contributed to much of the country’s growth from 2006 to 2014, while the income derived from oil and invested in education, health care and social programs helped lower the poverty rate by 15 percent.But this economy has also come at a cost. Communities across the Amazon have protested against extraction activities in their territories, saying it causes contamination and community displacements.This is the second historic victory for Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest over the past year. Last year, the indigenous Kofan community from the north of Ecuador won a landmark case against the Ecuadoran government for allowing mining operations to continue in their territory that had not undergone a consultation process. Judges in both the regional court and the provincial court of Sucumbíos ruled in favor of the community, and 52 mining concessions along the Aguarico River were canceled.Banner image: Indigenous Waorani march through the streets of Puyo after their legal victory against the government, during a strong downpour. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines. About the reporter: Kimberley A. Brown is a Quito, Ecuador-based freelance multimedia journalist who regularly covers the intersection of indigenous land rights and effective conservation. You can find her on Twitter at @KimberleyJBrown. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Faulty Ball Distribution Dooms LISCR

first_imgLISCR FC president Mustapha Raji could not believe what was happening. His boys had begun their 2-2 encounter against Wataga FC last Saturday on an impressive note.Striker Chris Jackson scored the first goal for his side in the 10th minute and everything looked good for LISCR FC.They kept the pressure on Watanga and earned three successive corner kicks that kept Watanga FC’s defense working overtime.And truly the first 30 minutes seemed to have gone how LISCR FC decided it to go. But when an unmarked Watanga FC attacker headed a ball inside the 6-yard box directly into the goal, goalkeeper Tommy Songo was caught unawares.He just stood there like an ordinary spectator, as the ball hit the back of his net.He was flatfooted. With the game at 1-1 LISCR FC, unperturbed, resumed their attack as Watanga struggled to rise above their game.Though LISCR FC increased the tally 2-1, goalkeeper Tommy Songo made a bad ball distribution that caused the goal against him.Watanta FC had launched an offensive and goalkeeper Songo rushed out to bring the ball under control.In the process, he sadly punched the ball onto the path of an opposing player who had the easy job of tapping the ball beyond his reach.Songo, according to Coach Kasumu Silla, committed a similar poor ball distribution several months ago when LISCR FC played against a Diaspora Team in a friendly match.Commenting on the game, Coach Silla, former national team goalkeeper, said it is time attention on goalkeeping becomes a concern to coaches and sports administrators.He wants to help teams’ goalkeepers to get over “foolish mistakes.”CAF Education Officer Francis Tamba admitted it is necessary to help goalkeepers.He revealed that the LFA has applied to CAF for a training course for Liberian goalkeepers.Meanwhile on Saturday, Pro Sisters drew 1-1 with NASKIDs and World Sisters defeated Island Queens 3-0.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is a confidentiality provision in an employee settlement agreement worth the paper it’s printed on?

first_imgA reader emailed me yesterday.“Hey Eric, Clients are wondering about value of settlement NDAs after ex-Fox News HWE victims go public despite contracts. Your reaction?”Wait! You mean employees actually violate confidentiality provisions?I know, right?By way of brief background, in late July, New York ran a story by Gabriel Sherman, suggesting a recent high-profile example. That is, two female Fox employees were allegedly sexually harassed by former Fox News boss, Roger Ailes. The Sherman story includes details of a 2011 settlement agreement between the women and Fox. An agreement that supposedly included “extensive nondisclosure provisions.”Now, before I react to the reader question, I remind everyone of the standard disclaimer.My initial reaction was shock. Specifically, I was shocked to learn that: (a) someone other than my father reads this blog; and (b) someone other than my father would take the time to email me about the blog. [Ok, before I really react, I’m going to ignore the National Labor Relations Act and other EEO/anti-retaliation considerations here. I’m assuming that they do not exist. I’m also assuming that most employees do abide by non-disclosure provisions. I’m not that cynical. Not on Thursdays, at least.]For me, the answer is easy: if you want a non-disclosure provision to have value, then assign it some value. I’m not talking about that boilerplate language about how confidentiality is a material term of the agreement. It doesn’t hurt to have that language, but, it’s not going to dissuade someone who wants to share the terms of the agreement from actually sharing them.No, you need something with real teeth. I’m a believer that the mere specter of financial loss is enough to deter someone from talking.But, ok. How much loss? And will it be enforceable?One option is to provide that an employee who breaches confidentiality must pay actual damages to the employer, including the attorney’s fees and costs incurred in enforcing the settlement agreement. Courts regularly enforce these “actual damages” provisions. But, good luck demonstrating actual damages. Most times, the juice won’t be worth the squeeze. But, I’ve never sought enforcement of one of these.Another option is a liquidated damages provision. Here in Pennsylvania, you can assess liquidated damages where actual loss is hard to calculate and the liquidated damages amount is a reasonable estimate of damages. From my ERISA days, twenty percent of the settlement amount sounds about right. And, the nice thing about twenty percent is that, rarely, does the employee balk at the provision. But, I’ve never sought enforcement of one of these.Yet another option I’ve seen (and used from time to time) is a more draconian provision requiring repayment of the entire settlement sum (including any share paid to the employee’s lawyer) less $500. This provision is all about flexing enough muscle to discourage an employee from testing it. Of course, it comes with enforcement risks (it screams “unreasonable.”) Thus, this is not a provision I’d employ with a large settlement sum. However, in a smaller settlement, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it knowing the opportunity cost to the employee, which would include paying an attorney to defend. But, I’ve never sought enforcement of one of these.Ultimately, my evidence here is all anecdotal. That is, rarely am I presented with hard facts to support a non-disclosure breach. And, then, there’s the prospect of throwing good money after bad to enforce. Plus, I’ve never sought enforcement.I’d like to hear from you.Since I don’t really have a great answer, email me and let me know how you have navigated confidentiality provisions in employment-related settlement agreements.Originally posted on the Employer Handbook Blog.last_img read more

Paul Pogba still has a lot to prove yet warns Ian

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright feels that Paul Pogba still has a long way to go yet to prove himself in the Premier LeaguePogba’s Manchester United future has been cast into doubt amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona for next summer.Former club Juventus have also been reportedly linked with a move for Pogba.But Wright feels that Pogba is yet to prove himself in English football suggested that his World Cup win with France could have given him a sense of false security.“Who knows what will happen in the near future,” Wright told Sky Sports.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner. He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’ We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on. #pogfeelings pic.twitter.com/naT9hLHomG— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018The former England striker added that Pogba’s dispute with United boss Jose Mourinho would be resolved if the Frenchman consistently produced the kind performance that warrants his £89m price tag.“I think what’s happening is two massive egos, and [neither] of them are backing down right now,” said Wright.“I think Paul Pogba is the person who could just really blast this out of the water by playing well.“But if he continues to play like he is playing, where we’ve seen a little bit of it, not enough of it, and we’re not seeing it consistently enough, Mourinho would be well within his rights to say: ‘We’re not getting enough!’“But then you have Ed Woodward saying: He’s our man, he’s our talisman, you have got to play him!”Pogba featured in France’s goalless draw with Germany on Thursday night.last_img read more

Supervisors say farewell to outgoing board members Horn Roberts

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 12, 2018 Supervisors say farewell to outgoing board members Horn, Roberts December 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday saluted two termed-out colleagues, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts, for their decades of leadership in local government.Horn and Roberts offered brief reflections on their public service and received a standing ovation from their colleagues during a meeting of the board at the County Administration Center.A former Marine and business owner who served on the Escondido Union High School District board in the early 1990s, Horn was first elected as a county supervisor in 1994 for District 5, an area that spans roughly 1,800 square miles from the Pacific Ocean to Imperial County.Roberts, an architect and former San Diego councilman, was elected to the board in 1994 to represent District 4, which encompasses dozens of neighborhoods, mostly within that city’s boundaries.Former San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond won Horn’s seat last month, while former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher was elected to replace Roberts.During his time on the board, Horn told his colleagues that he “tried to be a champion for North County,” adding that he hoped “the voters look at it that way.”Horn said the county is in good financial shape because board members had managed to agree on major issues and served their constituents well.When he and Roberts joined the legislative body, Horn recalled, they were told the county needed to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Instead, its leaders froze budgets, paid down bonds and sold off trash service.Along with his staff and other county departments, Horn thanked first responders for their efforts, especially during major wildfires.Roberts, for his part, said he would not trade his 31 years in government for anything. He credited numerous staff members for putting the county on a stable course.“I thank all of you collectively for your friendship, support and camaraderie,” Roberts said.He also praised citizens and community groups for their efforts on numerous projects, asserting that “they’re why we do this work.”Roberts cited Veterans’ Village on Pacific Highway, the county operations center in Kearny Mesa, several sporting facilities, and Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive as major achievements in which he took part. He called the latter civic amenity “a landmark in San Diego — you can travel all over and won’t find anything like it.”Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar described the two termed-out politicos’ final remarks as “a long goodbye.”Supervisor Greg Cox called the departure of Horn and Roberts the end of an era. He credited Roberts for being a fierce advocate of foster children who “never stopped thinking about ways to make San Diego a better place to live.”“Without Ron, there would have been no Waterfront Park,” Cox said. “Ron (also) was the driving force behind the county operations center.”As for Horn, whose tenure at times could be controversial, Cox said the ex-Marine deserves credit for strong support of veterans and, outside the county purview, humanitarian work in Uganda.“There’s a side of Bill that most people aren’t aware of,” Cox said. “His gruff exterior hides the fact that he cares about people.”Supervisor Dianne Jacob opined that Horn and Roberts would leave lasting legacies.“There are times we have fought in public, but in the end, we’re like family,” she said.Jacob lauded the two men’s efforts to improve public safety and secure better pay for law enforcement personnel. She added that they were instrumental in transformed the county from near-insolvency in the 1990s to a regional government that boasts a “triple A” credit rating.County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer said Horn and Roberts “always treated staff as if it’s one team working together.” As a parting gift, she presented them with a book documenting their successes on county programs and projects. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Xiaomi posts 1 billion first quarter loss ahead of IPO

first_imgA Xiaomi company’s logo is pictured during a presentation to celebrate the entry of the company into the Mexican market, in Mexico City, Mexico, May 9, 2017. [ representational image]REUTERS/Edgard GarridoChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi recorded a first-quarter net loss of 7 billion yuan ($1.09 billion) ahead of its blockbuster initial public offering, according to a filing.That compares with a net loss of 43.89 billion yuan for the whole of 2017, according to its draft prospectus for what is expected to be the first Chinese depository receipts (CDR) offering.Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Edwina GibbsOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Source- Reuterslast_img

SSC candidate gangraped in Khulna 3 detained in the capital

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Thursday arrested three people from the capital’s Badda area over the incident of a secondary school certificate (SSC) candidate being brutally gang-raped in Khulna on 28 January, reports UNB.The detainees are Md Sagar Ali, 26, son of late Amjad Sikdar of Khan Jahan Ali, Md Billal, 30, son of late Renu Mia of Mosiali area of the port city and Md Shafik, 26, son of late Tokon Ali of same area.Officer-in-charge of Khan Jahan Ali police station Md Kabir Hossain said a team of police using different sources and information technology arrested the trio from Kuril Bishwa Road in Badda early Thursday.On Monday, the detainee gang-raped the victim at an abandoned building in Alimgate Kalabagan area in Khulna and fled.Later, locals rescued the bloodstained girl and admitted her to Khulna Medical College Hospital.The victim’s father filed a case with Khan Jahan Ali police station in this regard.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 6 Sanctuary

first_img 00:00 /14:53  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, cohosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in Texas political news:Joaquín Castro won’t seek Ted Cruz’s Senate seat, clearing the way for Beto O’Rourke.RIP Franchise Tax (i.e., to a major source of funding for Texas education).The Texas redistricting trial starts.Anti-Israel = Anti-Texas, according to Governor Greg Abbott.Then the guys dig into the “Sanctuary Cities” bill and the fact that it cleared the House: What happens now? What are the political implications? Is this the spark that will unleash the Hispanic voter bomb? By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. Listen last_img read more

Juiced roads Volvo explores electric power for trucks buses

first_img(Phys.org) —How are engineers doing in solving the problem of large-sized all electric transport vehicles traveling long distances without the burden of large batteries? One workaround that has been the topic of much discussion is the use of power lines that are built into the surface of the road. The Volvo Group has issued its state of progress and says it has come a long way in its research but that there’s still work and planning decisions ahead. The goal is to find a cost-efficient way to supply electricity to vehicles in long-distance traffic. Work continues on technical development of the collector, electric motor and control systems, not to mention issues of road construction, road maintenance, electricity supply along the roads and payment models. Translation: You won’t see long-distance buses using this method any time soon. Citation: Juiced roads: Volvo explores electric power for trucks, buses (2013, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-juiced-roads-volvo-explores-electric.html More information: via Volvo Explore further The Volvo Group nonetheless cannot stop its research momentum for a sustainable transport solution to a problem of a long distance vehicle obtaining its energy supply while on the road.A plug-in bus equipped with battery is all well and good if it can be charged quickly when the buses are at bus stops but that is not the scenario for long-distance hauls where stops are not frequent. To cope with the task, say experts, they would need so many batteries that there would be no room for any passengers. The Volvo Group is engaged in a Swedish research project to find solutions for this, with the support of the Swedish Energy Agency. The project includes the Swedish Transport Administration, Vattenfall, several universities, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.They are working on a method where power is continuously supplied to the vehicle from an external source—in the form of power lines built into the surface of the road. Along with a power and transport firm, Alstom, the company built a 400 meter-long track at a facility in Hällered near Gothenburg. They are testing a special collector fitted to a truck. The collector draws power from the rails installed into the road surface.Specifically, two power lines are built into the surface of the road along the entire length of the road. The power line is designed in sections; live current is delivered to a collector under or at the rear of the truck if an appropriate signal is detected.According to Richard Sebestyen, project manager at Volvo Group Trucks Technology, the electricity flows into a water-cooled heating element, with similar power requirement as an electricity-driven truck.center_img © 2013 Phys.org New bus system tops off batteries in just 15 seconds This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more