Sussex Street drug bond visit?

first_imgDear Editor,It was an interesting turn of events last Thursday (December 8) in the National Assembly when the bond issue surfaced again. I would like to share a few thoughts.I commend Anil Nandlall for boldly speaking about this matter and I commend all his colleagues who have been standing bravely and strongly in a Parliament that is stacked against them.The Speaker, in my view, has turned out to be very disappointing and perhaps for the first time in history, we the citizens are witnessing a Speaker that is wearing his political cap openly in a position that requires him to have utmost fairness because he serves the interest of the entire country and not his political party.There is still time for the Speaker to redeem himself.  Guyanese are observing his actions. He now has a chance to show Guyanese he is fair and not partial and predisposed to his political party.Nandlall has dealt with the bond issue boldly and Guyanese can see that the APNU/AFC, through its Health Minister, Dr Norton, has misled this nation on the matter. Now we all saw that Nandlall was absolutely correct. Not even one tablet, let alone a box of tablets of any kind, not even one, was stored there. Not one was found.The nation is appalled that the taxpayers’ monies are used so prodigally to store condoms, among other things, at a price that is outrageously, foolishly high. This is what our taxes have gone to?I heard the tape of Nandlall’s presentation as it was replayed in the Parliament and it was very clear to all to hear that he spoke about the storage of medication, in his citation of one tablet. Furthermore, we saw the evidence – hard, undeniable, indisputable evidence – that Nandlall was absolutely correct. The nation is shocked at this brazen dishonesty and deception by the APNU/AFC Government and Dr Norton.And what is even more troubling is their move to now blame Nandlall. Why? He spoke the truth.I sincerely hope that the Speaker is seeing through what APNU/AFC is doing to this nation, how they are lying to the parliament, and what they are now trying to do to get out of the hot water they have found themselves. Let us hope that the Speaker understands that he will be judged by history, God and the citizenry for any unfairness in light of the evidence.We will await and see.Finally, I understand that the PPP MPs who visited the bond, that is Irfaan Ali and Bishop Juan Edghil, were threatened by a group of people who assembled at the bond when the MPs visited. The questions I ask myself are: how did this group of people know that the MPs were visiting the site? How did they know the precise time the MPs were there? This was an impromptu visit ordered by the Speaker in the Parliament. How could such commoners, so far away from the activities of the Parliament, possibly know that MPs were visiting the bond?Who alerted and had them mobilised on the site to threaten the PPP MPs?  Isn’t the answer within the questions?Ali raised his concern for their safety in the Parliament, so why didn’t Volda Lawrence show concern for her fellow MPs and tell the Parliament this part, but conveniently left it out?The answers should alert us to what kinds of people we are dealing with. And should also alert us that something sinister is going on with this bond deal and the APNU/AFC is doing all it can to hide it. This, they are doing by trying to turn the tables on the PPP MPs, as they are attempting to do with Nandlall, and by threatening them, as they did to Ali and Edghill.Yours faithfully,Daren Jaipaullast_img read more

What If An Electric Car Could Use Its Body As A Structural

first_imgCOULD AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE’S BODY ALSO BE ITS BATTERY?The question of where to put the heavy, bulky battery is central to electric vehicle design. Tesla pioneered the “skateboard” approach – mounting the battery at the bottom – and other EV-makers including BMW and Audi have followed the trend.Check Out These Stories: Above: Carbon Fiber (Image: Interesting Engineering via Texdata.com/Wikimedia Commons)The team has discovered that carbon fiber’s electrical and mechanical properties can be controlled by carefully rearranging its graphitic order and crystallite sites. Fibers with small, disorganized crystals have better electrical characteristics, and are slightly stiffer than steel. Large, highly-oriented crystals provide even better stiffness (over twice that of steel), but the electrochemical properties are not adequate for practical use as a battery. The team is now experimenting with ways to increase the composite thickness in order to overcome the mechanical challenges while boosting total energy storage capacity..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: Chalmers Professor Leif Asp describes his research findings (Youtube: Auto & Moto via Chalmers University of Technology)“The key is to optimize vehicles at system level – based on the weight, strength, stiffness and electrochemical properties,” says Chalmers Professor Leif Asp. “That is something of a new way of thinking for the automotive sector, which is more used to optimizing individual components. Structural batteries may perhaps not become as efficient as traditional batteries, but since they have a structural load-bearing capability, very large gains can be made at system level. In addition, the lower energy density of structural batteries would make them safer than standard batteries, especially as they would also not contain any volatile substances.”===Written by: Charles Morris; Sources: Chalmers University of Technology via Charged, Green Car Congress*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Above: A different outlook for implementation of an electric vehicle battery (Image: Charged via Chalmers University of Technology)But what if the body panels of a vehicle could form part of its battery? Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology have been exploring the possibility of using carbon fiber as a structural battery. The team has studied the relationship between carbon fiber’s microstructure and electrochemical capacity, and is working to develop a combination that is both mechanically sound and energy-dense. Source: Electric Vehicle News Did U Of M Come Up With Solid-State Battery Breakthrough? Caterpillar Invests In Fisker’s Solid-State Battery Tech It Seems Tesla Has Some Undisclosed Battery Breakthroughs *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more