THE NEW PORSCHE Taycan illustrates why internal-combustion is doomed. I mean, even setting aside the fact

THE NEW PORSCHE Taycan illustrates why internal-combustion is doomed. I mean, even setting aside the fact that the rest of the world and most of the major car makers are committed to electrification by about 2030 in an effort to fight climate change—they agree on that, too. And ignoring the $91 billion commitment by Volkswagen Group announced in 2018, including billions for charging infrastructure in the U.S. And absolutely turning a blind eye to China’s air-quality emergency, which has prompted the world’s most populous nation and largest car market to mandate vehicle electrification. Ditto for many of the Earth’s largest cities. Don’t even look at those market forces. Internal-combustion is doomed because electric vehicles are better vehicles—superior mechanisms, richer and more desirable consumer experiences. And here they come: Meet Porsche’s first all-electric car, the 2020 Taycan (rhymes with “icon” and is a neologism derived from the Turkik language, denoting the soul of a spirited young horse. People ask). Built on a Porsche-designed premium electric architecture, the Taycan is one of more than a dozen new electrics from Volkswagen Group reaching the market in the next f...

Want to know about the new SUVs launching in New Zealand this year? That’s a really

Want to know about the new SUVs launching in New Zealand this year? That’s a really long story… there’s a lot happening. This famous Italian brand now has its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio. It initially arrived here in 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel forms, both the Q4 all-wheel drive. Now there’s one of the fastest SUVs ever – the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, powered by a 375kW600Nm biturbo six and capable of blasting to 100kmh in just 3.8 seconds. Some SUV! READ MORE: * Cars we’re most looking forward to driving * Brands we never thought would make SUVs (but did)  * SUVs that are also convertibles Next month the new Audi SQ2 is scheduled to arrive and will take its place as one of the performance models in the compact SUV class. That will be followed by a significantly updated Q3 in June. This SUV, which is regularly one of the most popular Audis, hasn’t been fully facelifted for some years, and insiders say the new version looks very much like a mini version of the new Q8 that arrived late last year. The brand’s first-ever fully electric vehicle, the e-tron, will also join the SUV fleet in June, and shortly afte...

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance relocates fall retail buying show to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO. (December 4, 2019 ) – Grassroots Connect, the twice-annual retail buying show of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, is moving its fall event to the Kansas City Convention Center beginning in November, 2020. The upcoming calendar for Grassroots Connect now includes Knoxville, Tenn. (June 12-15, 2020); Kansas City, Mo. (Nov. 9-12, 2020); Knoxville, Tenn. (June 7-10, 2021); and Kansas City, Mo. (Nov. 8-11, 2021). “We knew Kansas City was going to deliver a combination of walkability, ease of location, and low cost. But what surprised us was how modern, cool and engaging it was. Kansas City is a fantastic venue for Grassroots Connect as it truly mirrors the qualities of our most successful events,” said Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. “Kansas City also has tons of awesome restaurants, plenty of great hotels and the ability to scale for future growth.” The Grassroots Connect announcement follows an expedited site selection process which began earlier this fall, immediately following Outdoor Retailer’s unexpected cancellation of its November show in Denver. That departure also cancelled future Grassroots Connect contracts in Denver, as the buying show w...

Global Solid State Relay Market 2019-2025 Analysis and Forecast By Product Type, Sales Channel, End User and By Region

A recent market study throws light on some of the leading factors that are likely to influence the growth of the Solid State Relay market in the upcoming decade. The well-researched market study touches upon the growth potential of various budding market players(Panasonic, Siemens, CELDUC, Crydom, Carlo gavazzi, OMRON, TE, OPTO22, Sharp, IXYS, AVAGO Tech, COSMO, Rockwell Automation, Bright Toward, FOTEK, Jinxinrong, CLION, GUTE, Kangyu, JC-SZ, Suzhou No.1 Radio Componen, Qunli, Tianhao, Wuxi Solid, SANYOU RELAY, Schneider, CHANSIN) in the current Solid State Relay market landscape. Moreover, established players, stakeholders, and investors can leverage the data in the report to formulate effective growth strategies. The report thoroughly describes and maps the Solid State Relay Market with a flawless discernment on the existing situation of competition in the market. This will ultimately be helping investors as well as manufacturers if the industry, in better understanding the current and future directions, the Solid State Relay Market will be headed in. This report also presents product specification, manufacturing process, and product cost structure, etc. Production is separat...

KORTRIJK, Belgium — May 9, 2019 — Superba, a Vandewiele company, will introduce the latest version

KORTRIJK, Belgium — May 9, 2019 — Superba, a Vandewiele company, will introduce the latest version of its MCD/3 space dyeing machine for carpets at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona from June 20-26, along with further new developments in heat-setting, texturizing and winding technologies. Suberba leads the field in heat-setting machines, having installed more than 350 of its TVP3 lines for all types of carpet yarns, whether polyester, polypropylene, polyamide PAN, wool or blends. A further 80 LV3 models for acrylic yarns are also now successfully running at carpet plants around the world. The latest MCD/3 space dyeing machine is meanwhile capable of handling a layer of 72 ends with an unequalled range of spot length – especially for the ultra-short spots of below 25mm.thus enabling “one-pile/one-color” process on the carpet. In combination with a TVP3 heat-setting line, it can space dye polyester or polyamide yarns with up to six colours and also allow special dyeing effects such as bi-colour printing to be achieved. For acrylic yarns, the MCD/3 can similarly be combined with Superba’s new high capacity DL/5 setting line. Further synergies are possible with Vandwiele weaving or tufting ma...

Stainless Steel Pipe For Water Is Twice The Price Of PPR Pipe, Why It Is More Popular?

Currently, the water supply pipes on the market include ppr pipes, copper pipes, and stainless steel water pipes. Due to the high price of copper pipes and stainless steel pipes, people generally choose ppr pipes as the main water supply and delivery pipes. In recent years, the stainless steel pipe supplier market has been hot, not only hotels, schools, hospitals, municipal projects, etc. have begun to use stainless steel pipes, the home decoration has begun to use stainless steel pipes for water as well. In fact, compared with the ppr pipes, the price of the stainless steel pipe does not have any advantage. It is still several times higher. How many people know that there is such a cause of disease in the plastic pipes we use. Because plasticizers, antioxidants, etc. must be added in the production of plastic pipes, because our daily drinking water is still in the pipeline for a long time, the time is not only easy to breed bacteria, but also prone to “smelly water phenomenon”. The plastic pipe is a hot-melt connection, and this connection method does not easily control its temperature. When the temperature is too low, the connection will not be tight and water will...

Elgin emergency shelter looking for volunteers ahead of single-digits temps

  Lucy and Pedro Gomez operate House of Restoration, which runs the emergency winter shelter in the basement of First United Methodist Church in Elgin. Photo by Elena Ferrarin | Staff Photographer Nadia Miranda said she volunteers with her three teenage children at an emergency winter shelter in downtown Elgin because she wants to teach them about the realities of life. “I really think it’s important for them to see how blessed we are and how hard life can be,” she said. “You always think you have it bad, but somebody else always has it worse. So be grateful for the little things.” Miranda said she hopes others will follow suit and volunteer at the shelter, which is open when it’s 15 degrees or below in the basement of First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The shelter is run by House of Restoration Community Outreach, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit operated by Lucy Gomez and husband Pedro Gomez, who recently became a chaplain for the Elgin Police Department. The shelter opened twice last month, with 48 clients the first night and 68 clients the second night. Single-digit temperatures are expected overnight Tuesday. Volunteers are especiall...

The Houston area gets several hard freezes a year, and as winter approaches, you don’t want

The Houston area gets several hard freezes a year, and as winter approaches, you don’t want to be caught off-guard by biting wind chill. But it’s not as simple as dressing in more layers — you need to prepare for the impact of cold weather on your home. Even though Houston is unlikely to end up as cold as our friends in New England, it doesn’t take much to wreak havoc on Southeast Texas. “Texans should gear up for the winter weather,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas. “You don’t want to be caught off-guard and don’t want to be out of town when a freak cold snap comes through.” While northern transplants might snort at the idea of folks freaking out when temperatures hover around 32 degrees, Houstonians aren’t accustomed to regular bouts of temperatures in the low 30s, a forecast we’re facing this week. Get ready for the worst of the winter season by protecting your home and loved ones from cold weather. Water turns to ice when temperatures dip below 32 degrees for a lengthy period of time, typically 24 hours — although it can happen faster if it gets much colder. Expanding liquid puts a lot of pressure on pipes, according to the American Red Cross....

Lumafusion 2 adds 6-track video and external monitor support

LumaFusion is probably the best video-editing app on the iPad. It’s so capable that you can use it to edit movies at a professional level, and plenty of people do. And now you can buy LumaFusion 2, an updated version with more power, and some great new features, including support for working on an external screen, and six tracks of 4K video. iMovie is fine for most of us, but if you want a desktop-class video editing app on the iPad, you want LumaFusion. The new version lets you edit up to 12 tracks. That is, you can have six video tracks (with their own audio), plus an additional six audio tracks (music, voiceover, etc.). If you have a speedy new iPad Pro, all those video tracks can be 4K video. There’s also a whole new UI, with a bigger preview for the video panel, and a simplified layout that also works better on small screens. Speaking of screen size, you can now hook up your iPad to an external display, and use that as the main viewing window. The iPad then displays the timeline and the library, making use of the extra space allowed by putting the video on a bigger screen. This alone will be worth the update for many people. And according to LumaFusion’s video, it should ev...

Scalar Energy Pendant Hoax – Is It a Hoax? – Tech Featured

So have you read that the Scalar Energy Pendant is a hoax? Well I’m here to tell you right now that those same people claiming it’s a hoax are only stating their un-educated opinions. Yes its true that the majority of these people who say they’re a scam or a hoax have never tried them themselves. I’m not going to lie and say it’s some miracle cure or try to light my arm on fire and claim it makes you fire proof as some extreme retailers of these quantum pendants try to say. In fact I personally believe its because you have these extremists on both ends of the spectrum that the average person out there who simply wants the truth is not getting it. Here’s what you need to consider, these same people who claim scalar pendants are a hoax, also claim reiki is a hoax, alternative medicine is a hoax, organic food is a hoax etc, etc, etc. Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s these same closed minded people who reject absolutely anything and everything they can not comprehend who also slander these pendants. So the question I have to you then is, do you tend to agree with closed minded people? I would sincerely hope not, they often do...

Last month, we caught ABC dubiously reporting the use of an “automatic rifle” in a Philadelphia

Last month, we caught ABC dubiously reporting the use of an “automatic rifle” in a Philadelphia crime. In that case, the police may have made that original claim. (I have a Pennsylvania Right To Know Law request pending on that.) Indiana teen driver fatally shot by backseat passenger holding AR-15 style assault rifle: Police A 19-year-old Indiana woman — described by her pastor as a “bubbly young lady who had a bright future” — was fatally shot when a 22-year-old friend riding in the backseat of her car accidentally discharged an AR-15 style assault rifle, according to police. Mainstream news reporting of “assault rifles” and the like irks me. You might think it a minor point, but it has definitely caused more people to support gun control proposals, because they were — as intended — confused about the firearms being targeted. My own mother got tricked by the assault weapon/assault rifle line. She was shocked when I didn’t support a ban on “machine guns,” and even more shocked when I explained the proposals had nothing to to do with those. And they’re still at it. I found it doubtful that the firearm in this shooting was an assault rifle as ABC’s Bill Hutchinson claimed, attribu...

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s total. Yet it’s also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, and it manufactures about two-thirds of solar cells installed worldwide. “We are witnessing many contradictions in China’s energy development,” said Kevin Tu, a Beijing-based fellow with the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. “It’s the largest coal market and the largest clean energy market in the world.” But as China’s economy slows to the lowest level in a quarter century — around 6% growth, according to government statistics — policymakers are doubling down on support for coal and other heavy industries, the traditional backbones of China’s energy system and economy. At the same time, the country is reducing subsidies for renewable energy. At the annual United Nations climate summit, this year in Madrid, government representativ...

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