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Tesla pins Shanghai fire on single battery module

first_img Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Enlarge ImageIt’s unclear if Tesla’s OTA update following the investigation was pushed to global Model S and Model X vehicles, or if it was limited to Chinese cars alone. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow In April, video surfaced of a Tesla Model S catching fire while parked in Shanghai, China. At the time, Tesla told Reuters it sent a team to investigate the conflagration and determine a cause. Now, a couple months later, Tesla put out a statement — and an update — to close the case of the mysterious blaze.Tesla on Friday posted a statement to its Chinese-language Weibo social media page. According to a translation, Tesla sent an investigative team comprising both Chinese and American technical experts to determine a cause and work with local government departments. The investigation determined that the fire was caused by a single battery module failure at the front of the vehicle. The statement points out that the battery system worked as intended, attempting to contain the fire to its initial location while expelling heat to protect the remainder of the battery pack. Tesla said anyone who had been in the vehicle when the fire started would have had time to leave the vehicle.Tesla said that it also pushed an over-the-air update to Model S and Model X vehicles in order to “protect the vehicle battery and improve battery life,” through updates to the charging and thermal management systems. It’s unclear exactly what has changed, and if this OTA update is limited to Chinese-market vehicles. Tesla did not immediately return a request for clarification on these fronts.All vehicles, electric or otherwise, are more than capable of catching fire. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has, in no veiled terms, been quite adamant that his vehicles are significantly safer from fire than your average gas-powered vehicle. It’s important to note, though, that there are major chemical differences between the two, which is why it wasn’t necessarily the scariest thing when the NTSB reported a Tesla battery catching fire twice after it was involved in a crash. Tesla explicitly recommends monitoring a post-crash battery with a thermal imaging camera to ensure that untouched stocks of lithium aren’t at risk of reigniting a subdued battery fire. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Arcade just made in-car gaming way more fun Comments 2:16 Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Electric Cars Car Industry 2019 Toyota RAV4 review: A lovable SUV, but rough around the edgescenter_img Tesla 45 Photos Share your voice Tesla Model S Long Range takes us back to the future 4 More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Blackbuck poaching case Jodhpur court warns to reject Salman Khans bail

first_imgSalman KhanInstagramSalman Khan is yet again in trouble as a Jodhpur court has warned the actor that his bail will be rejected if he does not appear in person in the next hearing of 1998 blackbuck poaching case.According to ANI, the court issued the warning after Salman failed to appear in the last hearing of the case. Salman was convicted in the case on April last year, following which the court had sentenced him five years of jail.However, he was granted bail after spending two nights at the Jodhpur jail. The case dated back during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. Salman and his co-stars including Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Tabu were accused of killing two endangered blackbucks.While, Salman was found guilty by the court, all the others were acquitted due to lack of evidence. But the Rajasthan government had later filed an appeal against the acquittal of the other actors, following which fresh notices were issued to them.last_img read more

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Sudan protestors step up calls for civilian rule

first_imgSudanese Christians from the Nuba Mountains gather at the protest sight near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on 14 April. Photo: AFPSudanese protestors vowed Friday to chase out the country’s new army rulers, as a military council appealed for foreign economic aid ahead of an “important announcement” by its chief.”We want your donations, as we have some economic issues,” the head of the military council’s political committee, lieutenant general Omar Zain al-Abdin, told Arab and African diplomats in a televised meeting.He denied that Thursday’s ousting of iron-fisted ruler Omar al-Bashir after months of protests was a military coup, vowing there would be a civilian government.”The role of the military council is to protect the security and stability of the country,” Abdin said.”This is not a military coup, but taking the side of the people.”Tens of thousands of people again swelled the crowds outside the army headquarters on Friday, demanding the military make way for a civilian government.Many were preparing to defy a night-time curfew for the second time.The head of Sudan’s new ruling military council, General Awad Ibn Ouf, sworn in late Thursday, was also to deliver a speech to the nation “soon”, state television said.The demonstrations against Bashir’s 30-year rule first erupted in December, triggered by a tripling of the bread prices in one of the world’s most impoverished countries.Thousands of men and women, dressed in white, again braved the searing Sudanese heat on Friday to offer prayers outside the sprawling army complex which has become a focus point of the protests since Saturday.The imam leading the prayers was draped in the Sudanese flag.Hussein Mohamed, an elderly man from Omdurman, said he was attending the protest for the first time in response to a call to hold Friday prayers there.”It is too, too hot but I’m impressed by what our young men and women are doing here,” he said. “I’ll surely come again.”Transition may be shorterBashir, who took charge in the northeast African country in a 1989 military coup, remained in custody Friday, but Abdin said the council would never extradite him or any other Sudanese citizen.The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued two arrest warrants against Bashir for suspected genocide and war crimes.The military council had announced a two-year transition period, but Sudan’s UN envoy told the Security Council in New York that this could be shortened “depending on developments on the ground and agreements between stakeholders”.Abdin said the council would “open dialogue with political parties” and that there “will be a civilian government and we will not intervene in its composition”.Protesters have defied repeated deadly attempts by riot police and the feared intelligence services to crush their movement.But when Bashir’s overthrow was finally announced on Thursday in an address to the nation by Ibn Ouf, it was met not with joy but anger.Protest leaders dismissed the transitional military council as the “same old faces” from a regime which led the country into multiple conflicts, worsening poverty and ever-widening social inequality.Thursday’s announcement meant “we have not achieved anything”, said one protester, who gave his name only as Adel.”We will not stop our revolution. We are calling for the regime to step down, not only Bashir.”Analysts said Bashir’s overthrow in a “palace coup” made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect.”Ironically, the prospects for democratic transition may be more remote than when Bashir was in power, as there’s no centre of power with which to negotiate,” said Alex de Waal, a Sudan specialist at Tufts University.”The power struggle within the security cabal that took power yesterday is just beginning,” de Waal said.”Bashir had kept their rivalries and ambitions in check; his removal brings in its wake an unregulated uncertainty.”Calls for restraintProtesters at the sit-in said their quarrel was with the commanders who had led the coup, not the rank and file.”This is now our square. We have taken it and won’t leave until victory is achieved,” said one protester who gave his name as Abu Obeida.”We broke the curfew. We will continue doing it until we have a civilian transitional government.”Multiple world powers have made calls for a peaceful transition.Washington urged the military council “to exercise restraint and to allow space for civilian participation within the government”.The European Union urged the army to carry out a “swift” handover to civilian rule.Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that a two-year transition overseen by the military “is not the answer.””We need to see a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership,” Hunt said.The African Union however decried Bashir’s military overthrow, saying it was “not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people”.last_img read more

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2 Suspects Arrested for Murder of 10YearOld Makiyah Wilson

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comThe last few days have been major in the investigation of the July 16 shooting rampage that killed 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson and injured several others in the Clay Terrace area of Northeast, D.C., as two suspects were arrested.Over the weekend, Qujuan Thomas, 20 of Southeast, D.C., was arrested on a first-degree-murder charge in relation to Wilson’s death.  About 5 a.m. on Monday morning, 21-year-old Quentin Michals turned himself in, and faces charges of first-degree-murder while armed. Both Thomas and Michals are expected in court Monday, according to Fox 5 DC.Quentin Michals turned himself into to police on Monday morning in relation to the murder of 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson. (Courtesy photo)Court documents showed that Thomas has a violent past, as he took a plea deal for an armed robbery last summer and receiving a suspended a two-year sentence.On August 14, Kevin Eugene Jones, 21, was arrested for carjacking the same getaway car used in the shooting that killed Wilson.Now D.C. police and leaders are still urging residents to offer any further information in order to arrest three other residents.“There are at least three other men responsible for Makiyah’s death- if you know something please call (202) 727-9099 or text 50411-they all need to be held responsible for what they did,” wrote D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham on Twitter.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking for the shooters to turn themselves in.“To the others involved in the Makiyah Wilson shooting, turn yourselves in now because we will find you,” Bowser wrote on Twitter Monday morning.last_img read more

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Benefits of essential oils for hair body

first_imgDitch synthetic chemicals-induced skincare products and opt for safe, clean and natural products like essential oils which are full of antioxidants and vitamins vital for skin and hair. Invest in lavender oil for moisturising and ylang ylang to treat a dry scalp, suggest experts. Here are few benefits of different essential oils:Lavender essential oil: Known for its cooling and calming effect, it is suitable for all skin types and its anti-inflammatory properties fight acne causing bacteria and inflammations. It moisturises, relieves itching, irritation, lightens scars, marks and soothes insect bites. It also relaxes muscles and boosts blood circulation. Lavender essential oil also strengthens hair roots by improving blood circulation and helps get rid of dry scalp and split ends. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfYlang ylang essential oil: Suitable for all skin types and is great for treating oily or acne-prone skin while stimulating cell growth in order to fight the effects of ageing. It majorly helps in regeneration of skin cells, smoothening of fine lines and also improving skin elasticity. It works well in rejuvenating dry scalp, controlling hair fall, strengthening hair roots, balancing sebum secretion and boosting hair growth for a healthier scalp and hair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTea tree essential oil: This oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties which are the foremost benefits of using it. It helps ward off acne-causing bacteria and lightens blemishes, pimples and makes the skin soft, supple and glowing.Tea tree as an ingredient also helps in cleansing clogged hair follicles and in giving deep nourishment to both the scalp and strands. Rosemary essential oil: Astringent properties of rosemary essential oil cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin by making it firm and gorgeous. It helps with reducing wrinkles and under-eye bags; conditions damaged skin, lightens scars. It also stimulates hair follicles and makes them strong, healthy and long. Peppermint essential oil: The refreshing smell of peppermint has the quintessential smell of freshness to it. It is used as a massage oil for aching muscles. Peppermint essential oil works to exfoliate, brighten dull skin, controls excess oil secretion, and cleanses pores. It helps with its astringent properties and has a very soothing and refreshing aroma.Lemongrass essential oil: It works great for toning the skin and in removing body odour by fighting the odour creating bacteria. It is rich in antioxidant properties and helps clear all toxins from the body. It provides deep hydration with greasiness, helps with acne inflammation and other skin irritations while relaxing mind and body.last_img read more

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