VW might take deposits for the ID electric hatch in Europe

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 75 Photos Share your voice Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Volkswagen News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Comment 1 Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric cars: Juice up with all the EV news we’ve got.VW I.D. Buzz: We’ve already driven the future. The first of VW’s I.D. electric cars in Europe will be the Golf-ish-sized hatchback, and there have been more than a few comparisons to Tesla there. Now, VW looks to implement a preorder deposit system that also seems a little familiar.Volkswagen might allow interested parties to place a deposit for the upcoming I.D. hatchback, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann. The deposits will help determine who is ready to make a “serious commitment,” and while Stackmann told ANE it wouldn’t be a large amount of money, it’ll be big enough to attract serious buyers.According to ANE’s report, VW has already floated the idea of a deposit system in test markets, and apparently, customers in EV-friendly European countries are more than willing to try and get an early crack at the first in an onslaught of MEB-platform electric vehicles. Obviously, those putting down deposits would then get priority when the cars start leaving the assembly line, which in the case of the I.D. hatchback should happen in early 2020.Enlarge ImageThe hatchback is already being tested in camouflage, so a proper debut shouldn’t be too far away, especially since its market launch is slated for early 2020. Volkswagen “We have tested it several times in Norway and the customers want it. It’s surprising but people in Norway and Holland want to be a part of it. Germany is definitely not the pacemaker in Europe,” Stackmann said to ANE.The I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars in Europe. It’s about the same size as a Golf, and it’s expected to cost about as much as a fully loaded diesel model, which comes out to between $35,000 and $40,000 in the US. In the US, we’ll get the I.D. Crozz SUV as the first car in 2020, with the I.D. Buzz microbus following in 2022. Tesla first brought the idea of preordering a popular car to prominence with its Model 3 sedan. As ANE notes, critics believed it served the second purpose of helping Tesla stack its coffers as it expanded its manufacturing efforts. Nevertheless, the refundable deposits took off and Tesla ended up sitting on hundreds of thousands of them. VW’s car may not have the Model 3’s cult of personality, but it’ll be interesting to see just how many orders VW can drum up before the car heads to production.last_img read more

Pope to preach unity to North Macedonia

first_imgPope Francis (L) is welcomed by Macedonia`s president Gjorge Ivanov during a welcome ceremony in the courtyard of the presidential palace in Skopje on 7 May. Photo: AFPYellow billboards and buses with Pope Francis’s smiling face welcomed the pontiff as he landed in North Macedonia on Tuesday, in a visit delighting a small country whose capital is the proud birthplace of Mother Teresa.Pope Francis was received by the country’s president and prime minister on the airport’s tarmac, where he was offered bread and salt in a traditional greeting of hospitality.Catholics make up only a small sliver — less than one percent — of the country of 2.1 million, which is a patchwork of faiths and ethnicities.Like Bulgaria, the pope’s first stop on his three-day Balkan tour, North Macedonia is mainly Orthodox Christian, a church Francis is keen to improve relations with.But the country is also home to a large community of ethnic Albanian Muslims, who make up to a quarter of the population.People of all faiths have been scooping up the 15,000 tickets to attend the Pope’s mass in Skopje’s main square, which will be held just down the street from where Mother Teresa was baptised in 1910.It is not every day that the country gets to host a global celebrity.”Many of my friends are going, a lot of people want a selfie with the pope you know,” 25-year-old Stefanija Veselovska, who is Orthodox Christian, said with a smile.”Young people love the pope, no matter what their background is,” she added.Abedin Arajdini, a 26-year-old Albanian from a Muslim family, also has a ticket.”I really want to see this guy,” he told AFP, adding that he is inspired by how Francis “talks about poverty among young generations”.Landlocked North Macedonia is one of Europe’s poorest countries.Average wages are around 400 euros ($450) a month, while more than a third of young people are unemployed.Political dividesAhead of his visit, Francis praised the mix of cultures, religions and ethnicities in a country that sits at the crossroads of the East and West.He said he was coming to “sow these seeds” of solidarity.”Living together is not always easy, we know that,” he said in a video message.”But it’s worth struggling toward, because the most beautiful mosaics are the ones that are richest in colours.”Catholics from neighbouring countries like Croatia and Albania are also making the pilgrimage to see the mass.The pope’s unity message may also be an effort to soothe North Macedonia’s sharp political divides.The rancour has been festering over the centre-left government’s deal to officially change the country’s name from Macedonia to North Macedonia.The move ended a decades-old row with neighbouring Greece and helped clear Skopje’s path to join NATO and the European Union.But it upset critics who felt a piece of their national identity had been unjustly robbed.Ahead of Francis’ arrival, prime minister Zoran Zaev, a devout Orthodox believer, said the pope was “coming to the hometown of Holy Mother Teresa… who carries a special symbol of reconciliation and solidarity”.North Macedonia’s Catholic bishop, Kiro Stojanov, also called the pope’s visit a “strong impetus” for the country to continue “democratising society” and promote justice and equality.Daughter of your landBefore his mass on the one-day stop, Francis will address Zaev and president Gjorge Ivanov.Then he will meet with the poor and religious leaders at a memorial dedicated to Mother Teresa, who was born to an Albanian family in Skopje when the city was part of the Ottoman empire.She later left for Calcutta where her work with the poor saw her canonised as a saint by Pope Francis in 2016.Her legacy is visible in her birthplace in the form of statues, memorials and a highway christened in her name.Pope Francis said he “entrusted” his visit to the “great saint, daughter of your land”.”Through the grace of God, she became a courageous missionary of Christ’s charity in the world, giving comfort and dignity to the poorest of the poor,” he said.last_img

A Heavy Lift Religious Black Voters Weigh Buttigiegs Bid

first_imgBy MEG KINNARD Associated PressGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious Black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race’s only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj).The historically diverse field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is overflowing with options. But it is also forcing conversations about the roles that gender, race and, for the first time, sexuality should play in voters’ decisions.In this Friday, June 21, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a forum hosted by the Black Economic Alliance in Charleston, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in SouthCarolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are Black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)The South Bend, Indiana, mayor married his husband, Chasten, in 2018.In addition to his overt expressions of his Christian faith, Buttigieg also has offered a broad policy agenda for African Americans and has been outspoken on the issue of race. This month, he became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to hire a faith outreach director.last_img read more

Ariana Grande to Headline Amazon Music Prime Day Concert

first_imgToday, Amazon Music announced that Ariana Grande will headline the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Day concert in New York on July 11, streaming for fans globally on Amazon.com beginning at 8 p.m. ET.  The singer will perform a selection of hits and songs from her upcoming album, “Sweetener,” out August 17.Grande joins a previously announced lineup of artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Alessia Cara and Julia Michaels. And unlike the company’s one-time-only “Experiences” with U2 and Justin Timberlake, these performances will be available for replay a limited after the 11th; more details will be available in the coming days.Prime members and fans around the world will be able to stream the performance on www.amazon.com/primeday and at www.twitch.tv/amazonmusic July 11 beginning at 8 p.m. ET. More information is available at www.amazon.com/unboxingprimeday. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Prime Day begins on July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and run through July 17, offering more than 1 million deals for Amazon Prime members, along with select deals at all U.S. Whole Foods stores.In addition to the unboxing event, Amazon Music is now offering an exclusive deal for Prime Day: Prime members who haven’t yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get four months of the premium, on-demand service with access to tens of millions of songs and hands-free listening, for just $0.99. To learn more, visit:www.amazon.com/unlimited.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Thermodynamic analysis reveals large overlooked role of oil and other energy sources

first_imgA newer model of economic growth includes not only capital and labor, but also energy and creativity as production factors. Energy is placed on equal footing as capital and labor. Credit: R. Kümmel. The Second Law of Economics: Energy, Entropy, and the Origins of Wealth Citation: Thermodynamic analysis reveals large overlooked role of oil and other energy sources in the economy (2014, December 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-thermodynamic-analysis-reveals-large-overlooked.html (Phys.org)—The laws of thermodynamics are best known for dealing with energy in the context of physics, but a new study suggests the same concepts could help improve economic growth models by accounting for energy in the economic sphere. Polluting China for the sake of economic growth In neoclassical growth models, there are two main contributing factors to economic growth: labor and capital. However, these models are far from perfect, accounting for less than half of actual economic growth. The rest of the growth is accounted for by the Solow residual, which is thought to be attributed to the difficult-to-quantify factor of “technological progress.”Although neoclassical growth models help economists understand economic growth, the fact that they leave so much economic growth unexplained is a little unsettling. Even Robert A. Solow, the founder of neoclassical growth theory, stated that the neoclassical model “is a theory of growth that leaves the main factor in economic growth unexplained.” Energy, a powerful factor of production In a new study published in the New Journal of Physics, Professor Reiner Kümmel at the University of Würzburg and Dr. Dietmar Lindenberger at the University of Cologne argue that the missing ingredient represented by the Solow residual consists primarily of energy. They show that, for thermodynamic reasons, energy should be taken into account as a third production factor, on an equal footing with the traditional factors capital and labor. (By definition, labor represents the number of work hours per year. Capital refers to the capital stock that is listed in the national accounts, which consists of all energy-converting devices, information processors, and the buildings and installations necessary for their protection and operation. Energy includes fossil and nuclear fuels, as well as alternative energy sources.)The new proposal lies in stark contrast to neoclassical growth models, in which the production factors have very different economic weights, representing their productive powers. In neoclassical growth models, these economic weights or “output elasticities” are set equal to each production factor’s cost share: Labor’s cost share is 70%, capital’s is 25%, and energy’s is just 5%. Real-world implicationsTo test their model on reality, Kümmel and Lindenberger applied it to reproduce the economic growth of Germany, Japan, and the US from the 1960s to 2000, paying particular attention to the two oil crises. In neoclassical models, reductions of energy inputs by 7%, as observed during the first energy crisis in 1973-1975, should have caused total economic output reductions of only 0.35%, whereas observed reductions were up to an order of magnitude larger. By using the larger weight of energy, the new model can explain a much larger portion of the total output reductions during this time. If correct, their findings have major implications. First, the new model doesn’t require the Solow residual at all; this residual disappears from the graphs that show the empirical and the theoretical growth curves. Energy, along with the addition of a smaller “human creativity” factor, accounts for all of the growth that neoclassical models attribute to technological progress.Second, and somewhat unsettling, is the impact that the findings may have in the real world. In 2012, the International Monetary Fund stated in its World Economic Outlook that “…if the contribution of oil to output proved to be much larger than its cost share, the effects could be dramatic, suggesting a need for urgent policy action.” According to the authors’ analysis, the high productive power of cheap energy and the low productive power of expensive labor has implications that we can easily observe. On one hand, the average citizens of highly industrialized countries enjoy a material wealth that is unprecedented in history. On the other hand, cheap, powerful energy-capital combinations are increasingly replacing expensive, weak labor in the course of increasing automation. This combination kills jobs for the less skilled part of the labor force. It is also why far fewer people work in agriculture and manufacturing today than in the past, and more people work in the service sector—although even here, computers and software are replacing labor or causing job outsourcing to low-wage countries. This well-known trend can be understood by the new model’s message that energy is cheaper and more powerful than labor. Where is equilibrium?At the heart of Kümmel and Lindenberger’s model is the concept of thermodynamic equilibrium. As the researchers explain, economies are supposed to operate in an equilibrium where an objective, such as profit or overall welfare, has a maximum. To maximize these objectives, neoclassical economics assumes that there are no constraints on the combinations of capital, labor, and energy. With no constraints, economic equilibrium is characterized by the equality of output elasticities and cost shares, which is one of the assumptions of neoclassical growth models as described above.In their new model, Kümmel and Lindenberger apply the same optimization principles, but also take into account technological constraints on production factor combinations. In reality, a production system cannot operate at more than full capacity, and its degree of automation at a given time is limited by the quantities of energy-conversion devices and information processors that the system can accommodate at that time. Further, legal and social obligations may place “soft” constraints on the production factors, particularly labor.In the new model, these technological constraints on the production factors prevent modern industrial economies from reaching the neoclassical equilibrium where the output elasticities of capital, labor and energy are equal to these factors´ cost shares. Rather, the equilibrium of real-life economies, which are limited by technological constraints, is far from the neoclassical equilibrium.While the model provides a new perspective of economic growth, the ultimate question still remains: what kinds of strategies will stimulate economic growth and reduce unemployment and emissions? Whatever the answer, the results here suggest that it must account for the pivotal role of energy in economic production.”Within the present legal framework of the market, one needs economic growth to ban the specter of unemployment,” the researchers explain. “Energy-driven economic growth, in turn, may lead to increasing environmental perturbations, because, according to the first and second law of thermodynamics, nothing happens in the world without energy conversion and entropy production. And entropy production is associated with the emissions of heat and particles, notably carbon dioxide as long the world uses fossil fuels at the present rate.”Kümmel is also the author of a book on the subject called The Second Law of Economics: Energy, Entropy, and the Origins of Wealth. Explore further More information: Reiner Kümmel and Dietmar Lindenberger. “How energy conversion drives economic growth far from the equilibrium of neoclassical economics.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/12/125008 (Left) Economic growth and (right) contributions of the three main production factors to economic growth in Germany in the late 20th century. Credit: R. Kümmel. The Second Law of Economics: Energy, Entropy, and the Origins of Wealth In their analysis, the researchers found that, unlike in neoclassical models, the economic weights of energy and labor are not equal to their cost shares. While the economic weight of energy is much larger than its cost share, that of labor is much smaller. This means that energy has a much higher productive power than labor, which is mainly because energy is relatively cheap while labor is expensive. © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: New Journal of Physics 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

Kuchipudi dancer set to dazzle Delhiites

first_imgNaureen Mehra, a dynamic and promising disciple of Dr(s) Raja, Radha and Kaushalya Reddy will be having her ‘Rangapravesham’ on November 21 at Kamani Auditorium.In the event tilted ‘Rangapravesham: A solo Kuchipudi dance recital’, she will enthrall the audience with her graceful and intricate dance moves during her first solo performance. The evening will start with an invocation of Lord Venkateshwara in the form of ‘Shree Venkateshwara Stothram’. This will be followed by ‘Dashavtara’ – a dance item which depicts the ten different avatars of Vishnu, the god of preservation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening will preceed with ‘Tarana’, a Hindustani musical item, and a composition of the sitar maestro Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar. Raja and Radha Reddy have choreographed this item in Kuchipudi classical dance style. The dancer is depicted as a sculpture that comes to life and dances merrily at the temple’s celebration and in the end, feeling sad again freezes back into sculpture. The dancer’s ‘abhinaya’ skills will come to the fore in her performance on the popular sufi song ‘Chaap Tilak’ – a poem composed by Amir Khusro, a 14th century Sufi mystic. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveComing towards the end, the dancer will give a vibrant performnce of ‘Tarangam’, one of the most popular items from the Kuchipudi repertoire. In this performance, she will showcase her rhythmic footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate, depicting famous stories from Lord Krishna’s childhood. Naureen has been training under her world renowned gurus since the tender age of seven years. The contributions of the legendary Kuchipudi dancing couple Padmabhushan Dr Raja Radha Reddy and Dr Kaushalya Reddy to the rich and vibrant cultural landscape of Delhi are immense. They are credited with training hundreds of students under their watchful eyes, so that they carry forward the rich heritage of Kuchipudi and one such student is Naureen Mehra.last_img read more

British Airways invites first class flyers to trial VR headsets

first_img Google Analytics settings What are the efficacy data for meningitis vaccine? Find out on AllMedx.com. AllMedX I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Are meningitis vaccines necessary for college students? Find the evidence on AllMedx.com AllMedX AllMedX Are you up to date on meningitis? Get research updates on AllMedx.com. Vaccination for meningitis is important for public health. Search for studies on AllMedx.com. AllMedX Powered by AllMedX University-based meningitis outbreaks are public health emergencies. Get more info on AllMedx.com. AllMedX Long-haul flights can be pretty boring, and though in-flight movies are available on many airlines, sometimes you just want to escape the confines of a packed cabin. British Airways has started a trial where first class passengers on select flights will be able to completely immerse themselves in movies, documentaries and travel shows by popping on a VR headset.The VR entertainment trial is being offered until the end of this year on certain flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK, and will make use of headsets from SkyLights. Content will be fed to the VR headsets in 2D, 3D or 360° formats, and will offer an all-around immersive experience whether the passenger is upright or lying down.The AlloSky headset offers Full HD resolution for each eye, offers dioptric correction, tips the scales at 250 g (8.8 oz) and is ready for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. As well as entertainment packages, passengers will be offered the chance to relax by opting for VR therapeutic programs such as guided meditation and sound therapy, which could prove beneficial for nervous flyers.British Airways (BA) and SkyLights began testing the technology at the check-in desks at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 late last year, where passengers were offered a virtual tour of the Club World cabin.”We are always looking at the latest technology to enhance our customers’ experience on the ground and in the air,” said BA’s Sajida Ismail. “Virtual reality has the power to revolutionize in-flight entertainment and we’re really excited to trial these new glasses as they should create a unique and memorable journey for our First customers.”BA is not the first airline to trial VR entertainment for first class passengers, Qantas teamed up with Samsung back in 2015 to offer a virtual reality experience in its lounges and aircraft. But the airline is claiming the trial as a UK first.Source: BA Search group B meningococcal disease vaccination information on AllMedx.com. Privacy policy We recommend Yes Nolast_img read more