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Transport Hike, State of Emergency Restrict Movement, Depopulate Monrovia

first_imgThe sustained hike in transport fares and the recently imposed State of Emergency have dramatically restricted movement and depopulated Monrovia, according to statistics of a week-long survey by the Daily Observer.The State of Emergency has, for the past week across the country, also relatively restricted the movement of food, other commodities and services.Central Monrovia and its suburbs are classic examples of how greater Monrovia has depopulated dramatically for the past one and half weeks.On top of that serious situation, the booming commercial activities in three of Monrovia’s commercial districts of Red-light, Duala and Waterside have dramatically dropped and prices of most critically needed commodities have sky rocketed.Transport fares for many Monrovia and surrounding routes have dramatically increased despite Commerce Ministry prohibition, and commuters and businesspeople continue to bear the brunt of the socio-economic hardships.Regrettably, essential food commodities that should be coming from rural Liberia have become so scarce that the average low income earners in Monrovia are being stretched to the limit.Some unscrupulous small businesspeople are taking advantage of the grave situation and escalating locally produced food commodities on the Liberian market to the detriment of ordinary Liberians.A week’s tour of the three major commercial districts in Monrovia revealed that prices of food and other commodities have tripled. Prices of food commodities in the three highly populated markets are preventing low income earners from buying and this is making it difficult to afford decent meals for their families.“This has led to genuine socio-economic belt-tightening and unbearable hardships in Ebola- stressed Liberia,” a political and economic commentator told the Daily Observer.Commentator Jackson Smith Davis, 55, suggested that strategies intended to implement the current State of Emergency should consider the fact that critically needed food commodities must come to the urban markets.“I must state quite frankly that the overstretched population cannot bear to cope with scarcity of critically needed food commodities, and this could generate to a full blown political and economic crisis [fueled by] resentment,” Mr. Davis cautioned.“While the Liberian Government and partners are heavily preoccupied with fighting the deadly Ebola virus in the country, other problems, including starvation, continue to send some Liberians to their early graves,” Mr. Davis said.A house wife of the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville Tuesday told the Daily Observer that her every day  trip to the Red-light Market to buy food has become a nightmare, as the prices of food commodities are indeed beyond reach.Housewife Hawa Brown Washington also intimated that if the current trend continues unchecked by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, starvation may engulf many homes in Monrovia and its environs.“I have seen many households going to bed without food owing to the unbearable escalation of food prices at the Red-light Market,” Mrs. Washington lamented.“Even the measurement sizes of greens of all varieties have been reduced to the extent that LD$500 cannot prepare decent meal for a family of five in Monrovia,” Mrs. Washington asserted.Since the official statement by the Liberian Government for immediate reduction in the prices of critically needed commodities such as rice and petroleum products, there has been an upsurge of prices of the same commodities in Monrovia and other parts of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mithali, Harmanpreet in top-10 of ICC rankings,Mithali, Harmanpreet in top-10 of ICC rankings

first_imgFile photo of Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj (left) snapped along with teammate Harmanpreet Kaur.   –  The Hindu India’s one day captain Mithali Raj and top batter Harmanpreet Kaur were placed 2nd and 10th in the ICC batswomen’s rankings released after the World Cup qualifier that ended yesterday.Meg Lanning of Australia leads the charts with 804 points while Raj with 733 points is second in the list. Harmanpreet, known for her towering sixes has 574 points.In the women’s list, Jhulan Goswami, who did not play the Qualifiers due to injury, is placed 3rd in the bowler’s list behind Marizanne Kapp of South Africa and Stefanie Taylor of West Indies. Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht is eighth in the list.Jhulan is also seventh in the list of all-rounders while Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma are 19th and 20th in the list. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL File photo of Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj (left) snapped along with teammate Harmanpreet Kaur.   –  The Hindu February 22, 2017 SHAREcenter_img cricket 0 × COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

It Seems Rivian R1T Truck Houses A 2170 Double Stack Battery Pack

first_img See The Rivian R1T In More Detail Here Watch Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Do Some Proper Off-Roading Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla hasn’t talked a lot about stacking batteries but it is an unmistakable conclusion based on the information we have on the Tesla semi truck. There’s no way to squeeze that many kWh’s into the semi without stacking them and it looks like Rivian is doing the same thing.Here’s another interesting observation about the Rivian R1T made by Teslarati:“Separating the two levels of cells is Rivian’s cooling systems.”So it’s a double stack with cooling in between the two layers of 2170 battery cells. That’s nice but what kind of cooling system is it?Back to Tesla’s semi truck design. We estimated what the semi pack would look like in an article here. In order for Tesla to squeeze 900 kWh’s of battery cells in the semi we estimated 6 layers of Model 3, 2170 cells!!I wonder about the support structure Tesla would need to support such a stack of batteries. How do you do THAT? Surely something needs to support these multiple layers.Wouldn’t it be nice if the supporting structure also doubled as a cooling system!Perfect application for a flat cooling plate that also provides the structural element between the layers. There’s definitely some synergies here.Here’s our conceptualization: “it’s more energy dense by volume and weight.”Yes, that’s the other advantage of stacking batteries. Even using cells of the exact same energy density you end up with a more energy dense battery at the pack level. We already did an analysis of that (ref) and showed that a significant increase in energy density could be attained in the tesla semi battery.The Rivian battery pack appears to be an intelligent design indeed!We wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla has adopted a similar flat plate battery pack architecture in their semi truck as Rivian!!That’s how good it is!center_img With an interesting twist on the cooling scheme …That’s what it sounds like based on a previous Teslarati article:“Rivian’s battery module is made up of the same sized battery cells that Tesla uses in the Model 3, commonly referred to as 2170, but the physical configuration of the cells differs quite a bit. Though the module is significantly thicker than Tesla’s, with two cells stacked on top of each other, it’s more energy dense by volume and weight. Separating the two levels of cells is Rivian’s cooling systems.”Hmm…sounds like Tesla’s Semi and Roadster battery packs.Additional Rivian R1T Debut Coverage: Source: Electric Vehicle News Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Shocks World In LA Debutlast_img read more