4 22 Photos 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper More From Roadshow Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Car Industry Electric Cars Diesel Cars Tags If something is directly contributing to pollution and public health problems, you’d probably want to cut it out entirely rather than simply reducing it. That’s the underlying idea behind Amsterdam’s impending vehicle and motorcycle ban.The city of Amsterdam will ban both gas and diesel variants of cars and motorcycles starting in 2030. The reason behind this is pretty simple: air quality. As Reuters notes in its report, the Netherlands’ air pollution is “worse than European rules permit,” much of which is due to the sheer quantity of cars and motorcycles in its cities. It’s not just some invisible specter, either. As air quality lessens, it can adversely affect people’s health, especially among children, the sick and the elderly. “Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said Sharon Dijksma, Amsterdam’s traffic councilor, when announcing the plans.Enlarge ImageClean air and water are occasionally nice things to have. ElOjoTorpe/Getty Images Like many other similar bans, it’ll happen in stages. The first is supposed to arrive next year, when Amsterdam will ban diesel cars that are more than 15 years old, preventing them from entering the area within the A10 ring road around the city center. In 2022, non-zero-emission buses will be banned, and in 2025, the ban will grow to include pleasure craft (Amsterdam has waterways, too) and mopeds. By 2030, if a vehicle emits anything from the tailpipe, it won’t be welcome.It will require a monumental effort to prepare Amsterdam on the current timeline. The Guardian notes that, in addition to encouraging city residents to buy new electric or hydrogen vehicles, Amsterdam will need to install between 13,000 and 20,000 charging stations by 2025 in order to ensure everybody has access to electricity.While it’s a noble cause, not everyone is on board with the idea. The Rai Association, lobbyists for the automotive industry, lambasted the plan in a statement to The Guardian, saying that requiring its citizens to spend money on expensive electric cars will make Amsterdam “a city of the rich.” Electric cars are slowly decreasing in price as time goes on, but they are still generally more expensive than internal-combustion counterparts.Cities and countries across Europe have flirted with the idea of certain kinds of vehicle bans in an effort to improve air quality. Back in 2017, both France and the UK said they hoped to eliminate gas and diesel vehicle sales by 2040. In 2018, a German court ruled that individual cities were allowed to implement these kinds of bans, and at least one city has signaled the intent to do exactly that. Share your voice 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday alleged that chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has been staging a mockery in the name of dialogue ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.Speaking at a milad mahfil-cum-commemorating meeting, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi urged the election commission (EC) to work for the restoration of people’s voting rights to gain public confidence instead of making any mockery.”People will consider it as a mockery what’re you [CEC] doing now in the name of dialogue. Stop it, and work for restoring people’s voting rights which will help you gain public trust,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The CEC said they’ll only consider the suggestions of civil society members which are made in the light of the existing law and the constitution. If this is the case, why did you make a mockery in the name of talks? You shouldn’t have staged such a drama.”Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal organised the programme at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, marking the fourth death anniversary of its ex-office secretary Munshi Jamaluddin Ahmed.As part of the roadmap prepared by it, the EC sat with civil society members on 31 July, commencing its around two-month-long talks with different stakeholders about the next general election.Most of the participants suggested the commission earn people’s trust through making their activities visible as an independent body. They also recommended defining army as law enforcers so that they can be engaged in the next polls for holding it in a free and fair manner.Rizvi asked the CEC whether they invited the intellectuals to insult them by ignoring 90 percent of their suggestions. “The election won’t be free and fair, if it is held under the current law and constitution. In fact, you [CEC] don’t have any commitment to holding a fair and impartial election.”He came down hard on the CEC saying Huda is not sincere about holding a credible election as he is a pro-ruling party man. “Your activities give us an impression that you’re plotting to hold a lopsided election to prolong one-party Baksal rule.”The BNP leader alleged that their party has not been allowed to hold any programme in the current month as the ruling party is set to observe the national Mourning Day on 15 August commemorating the brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on that day in 1975.”Did you make one of the 12 months disappeared from calendar that no other political party can arrange any programme in the month?” he asked the ruling Bangladesh Awami League.Rizvi said ruling party men and law enforcers are obstructing their party’s member collection programmes and attacking their party leaders and activists at different parts of the country.Describing 15 August a tragic incident, he said, “We also say a shocking incident took place in the month of August, and this is also justified that Awami League should observe a mourning day. But obstructing others from holding any programme in the month is an exposure of the party’s Baksal attitude.”
This combination of pictures created on 17 March shows a 13 March file photo of US president Donald Trump (L) at the White House in Washington, DC; and a 13 December 2017 file photo of US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo AFPUS president Donald Trump faced a new challenge to his authority Friday after US media reported that his deputy attorney general had discussed ways to force him from office on grounds of incompetence, just months into his presidency.In the latest bombshell to rock the troubled administration, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 had suggested secretly recording Trump for evidence of White House dysfunction—and using that to formally remove him from power.Coming on the heels of an explosive book by respected White House chronicler Bob Woodward, the reports added to mounting evidence indicating that numerous people in Trump’s own government have serious doubts about his fitness for office—and have actively worked to undermine him.As the number two Justice Department official, Rosenstein oversees the probe into whether Trump’s 2016 election campaign colluded with Russians in defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.The Time and Post reports were both based on secret memos by a former FBI director—which some speculated may have been leaked in order to undermine Rosenstein, and in turn the Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller.Rosenstein branded the reports “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”“I never pursued or authorized recording the president and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false,” he added.And the Justice Department released a statement by a former senior official—who would not be identified—saying that he was “in the room” at the time and that Rosenstein was only joking.“The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president,” said the former official.Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr held up the reports as evidence of disloyalty among the president’s entourage.“Who are we kidding at this point?” he tweeted, above a link to the Times article. “No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realdonaldtrump.”Trump’s Republican ally Mike Huckabee meanwhile urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Rosenstein—or for Trump to fire them both if he refuses.Washington was convulsed this month by the release of Woodward’s book on the inner workings of the White House—which he described as mired in a perpetual “nervous breakdown” with staff battling to control an unstable president.Compounding Woodward’s account, The New York Times went on to publish an op-ed by an anonymous senior official—whose identity remains a mystery—claiming that select administration staff members are so alarmed by the president’s “erratic” and “amoral” behavior that they actively sabotage his most extreme policy efforts.“We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the writer said.Mueller probe threatened?The latest reports were based on private memos written by then-interim FBI director Andrew McCabe, summarizing discussions with Rosenstein.Because Rosenstein oversees the Russia probe, there was immediate speculation that the memos may have been leaked in order to damage Rosenstein, and by extension Mueller—more than to hurt Trump.Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017 as the special counsel for the Russia investigation.After securing convictions of seven people associated with Trump, Mueller’s probe increasingly threatens the White House and the president himself.Trump has repeatedly pressured Rosenstein and Sessions to shut down what he calls an illegal “witch hunt.”The president did not respond specifically to the shock news reports, but at a political rally in Missouri late Friday he referred to “what’s being exposed at the Department of Justice and the FBI.”“You have some real bad ones. You see what’s happening at the FBI – they’re all gone, they’re all gone,” he said.“There’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too,” Trump finished.Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, immediately sought to pre-empt any attempt to fire Rosenstein.“This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order (to) install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation,” Schumer said.The Times said Rosenstein made the comments in a particularly chaotic period, in the weeks right after he was appointed deputy attorney general.Rosenstein’s alleged allusion to the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for removing a president if they are judged unfit for office, came just after Trump fired FBI director James Comey—invoking a memo written by Rosenstein.According to the Times, Rosenstein was unhappy about being “used” by Trump in the firing of Comey, as well as concerned about other turmoil in the White House under the new president.
The District’s missing person problem gained widespread attention when a misleading Instagram post went viral, prompting a national search for D.C.’s missing girls. But, left out of that were the missing boys.D.C. police report there are almost as many missing young men as there are missing young women. As of April 20 there have been reports of 550 missing young women and 534 missing young men this year, according to Aquita Brown, a spokesperson for the department.Jakeem Tariq Pope, 16, has been missing since April 17. (Courtesy Photo)Brown told the AFRO that statistics between missing young men and women are very similar, and are close to the same numbers from this time last year, “the numbers for the first quarter of 2017 are comparable to the first quarter of 2016.”The initial reports of an increase in missing people in D.C. was inaccurate. Brown said there hasn’t been a spike in cases in the last five years. “Men aren’t really identified as being victims. That’s the perception of it,” Henderson Long, founder of Missing and Exploited East of the River Ward 7 and 8, told the AFRO April 18.As a certified investigator of disappearing people, he said he represents all missing persons both women and men. However, society has a “soft part” for women and wants to help those who appear to be more vulnerable, Long, 48, said.“We should be more outraged for those who are more vulnerable,” Long continued. “For most women, [if they are] dealing with a 260-pound man, physically you would think that they are at a disadvantage.”Runaways can also be victims of sex trafficking, but officials said gender can be a barrier in identifying victims. “Trafficking victim identification is a challenge across the board; however, to the degree authorities are trained to identify human trafficking at all, far too many look primarily for female victims and often miss male victims they encounter,” according to a 2013 U.S. Department of State report on Human trafficking.D.C. police said the majority of cases involve people who leave home voluntarily and are located within two days, and there is no indication that these missing people are involved in human trafficking.Currently, law enforcement is working to locate Jakeem Tariq Pope, a 16-year-old boy who was last seen on April 17 in Northwest. According to police reports Pope is a repeat runaway and voluntarily left his family while at a store in the 5900 Block of Georgia Avenue, NW around 10 p.m.Pope is a Black male, with a medium brown complexion, 5’0” in height, 90 pounds, with dark brown eyes and black hair. Police said he was last spotted wearing a blue shirt, red shorts and Nike flip flops.Anyone with information of Pope’s whereabouts should contact police at 202-576-6768.
Journal information: Animal Cognition Citation: Study suggests virgin male mice prefer watching violence to watching sex (2016, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-virgin-male-mice-violence-sex.html To better understand why humans behave the way they do, scientists sometimes study the behavior of other animals—in this case, the researchers set up experiments with common house mice to learn more about what drives them to make behavioral decisions.The researchers conducted two main types of experiments. In the first, test mice were shown a loop of video on an iPhone that randomly depicted mice sniffing, fighting or having sex with one another. Those mice were then transferred to a cage that had side pockets that mice could enter and stay for as long as they liked—the attraction was video playing on an iPod. Two such trials were conducted, one where mice could watch either sniffing or sex, the other where they could watch either fighting or sex. The team found that on average, the mice spent 41 percent of their time watching sex compared to 34 percent sniffing in the first exercise and 40 percent of their time watching fighting versus 35 percent watching sex in the second—this indicates, the team claims, that the mice prefer to watch fighting most, then sex, then sniffing. Subsequent trials involved showing different clips of the same types of activities and offering rewards to the mice when they learned to recognize the difference between behaviors, to prove that they were responding to specific activities and not just the images in one video.In the second series of exercises, the researchers once again allowed the mice to choose the same type of videos, but this time the mice got an injection of morphine as they entered their miniature theater. Not surprisingly, the researchers found that the mice tended to come back to that theater no matter what was playing. © 2016 Phys.org Serotonin plays active role in the sexual preference of mice Credit: martha sexton/public domain More information: Shigeru Watanabe et al. Preference for and discrimination of videos of conspecific social behavior in mice, Animal Cognition (2016). DOI: 10.1007/s10071-016-0953-xAbstractWe showed mice videos of three conspecific social behaviors, namely sniffing, copulation, and fighting, in pairwise combinations using iPods and evaluated preference as determined by time spent in front of each iPod. Mice preferred the copulation video to the sniffing video, the fighting video to the sniffing video, and the fighting video to the copulation video. In Experiment 1a, we used a single video clip for each social behavior but used multiple video clips for each social behavior in Experiment 2a. Next, we trained mice to discriminate between the fighting and copulation videos using a conditioned-place-preference-like task in which one video was associated with injection of morphine and the other was not. For half of the subjects, the fighting video was associated with morphine injection, and for the other half, the copulation video was associated with morphine injection. After conditioning, the mice stayed longer in the compartment with the morphine-associated video. When tested with still images obtained from the videos, mice stayed longer in the compartment with still images from the video associated with morphine injection (Experiment 1b). When we trained mice with multiple exemplars, the subjects showed generalization of preference for new video clips never shown during conditioning (Experiment 2b). These results demonstrate that mice had a preference among videos of particular behavior patterns and that they could discriminate these videos as visual category. Although relationship between real social behaviors and their videos is still open question, the preference tests suggest that the mice perceived the videos as meaningful stimuli. 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. Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers working in Japan has found via experiments they conducted, that male virgin mice prefer to watch videos of other mice fighting with one another, than videos of mice having sex. In their paper published in the journal Animal Cognition, Shigeru Watanabe with Keio University, Kazutaka Shinozuka with the RIKEN Brain Science Institute and Takefumi Kikusui with Azabu University, all in Japan, report on behavioral experiments they conducted with house mice and what they believe their findings suggest about mouse behavior.