Great Wall Motor bets big on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu

siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.

The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve

hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20

22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.

“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna

tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.

He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene

rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.

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The Chinese government has set a goal to have 5,000 such

 vehicles on its roads by 2020, 50,000 by 2025 and 1 million by 2030.

Great Wall Motor’s hydrogen energy technology center in Baoding started operation in the first half of 2018. It is cap

able of manufacturing fuel cell vehicles’ core components, as well as vehicle integration and testing.

The center has the country‘s first 104 MPa high-pressure hydrogen

cycle test laboratory, first liquid-based hydrogen storage and hydrogen refueling station wi

th 70 MPa refueling capability, and first fuel cell vehicle power system testing laboratory.

The first-phase investment of the project involved an investment of about 470 million yuan.

LONDON – Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Monday it would back calls for a sec

ond referendum on Brexit if parliament rejects its alternative plan for leaving the European Union.

With just over a month until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, Prime Minis

ter Theresa May is seeking changes to her exit deal in order to break an impasse in parliament.

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Dianne Feinstein’s climate change discussion with schoolchild

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac

cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

  The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea

r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

  In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch

ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d

eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.

  ”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”

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He got immediate and huge applause, of the type Pence

  can only have wished for.Biden’s antidote to Trump’s two years was to promise change.

  ”And I promise you, I promise you. As my mother would say, ‘this too shall pass.’ We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that.”

  Right on cue more applause fell about him.

  No need to guess whom the Munich crowd would put in the White House given the chance.

  Two years of Trump has had an impact.

  In the hotel this weekend the view is that he is not a safe pair of hands for today’s security challenges.

  At a presentation titled “NATO at 70: An Alliance in Crisis,” two for

mer US representatives to the organization, Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns, shared insi

ghts from its 55 pages. Those insights were garnered, they said, from 60 past and present ambassadors and cabinet sec

retaries. They concluded that Trump, and his inability to lead, is the biggest of the 10 imminent threats to NATO.

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On Thursday, the pontiff opened the summit by urging he b

  nd other church leaders to commit to taking concrete actions.

  ”The holy people of God are looking at us and expect from us not simple condemnat

ions,” Francis said, “but concrete and effective measures to put in place. We need to be concrete.”

  The Pope then said he had made a list of 21 “reflection points” that were handed out to the assembly of church leaders, wh

ich included preparing a “practical handbook” of guidelines for handling abuse cases when accusations emerge.

  Also included are instructions to inform civil authorities and church officials whenever an accusation is made, esta

blishing provisions to include non-clergy experts in investigations, as well as formulating “mandatory codes of c

onduct” for all church clergy, personnel and volunteers “to outline appropriate boundaries in personal relationships.”

  More controversially, the Pope proposed that dioceses and Catholic organizations around the world not publish

lists of clergy accused of abuse before a preliminary investigation and “definitive” condemnation have occurred.

  ”The principle of natural and canon law of presumption of innocence must be also be saf

eguarded until the guilt of the accused is proven,” the Pope said in the “reflection points.”

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He (Guaido) will be coming to the other side of the bridge

  with maybe a million of his supporters, and I suspect both of us,

both sides, will be handing flowers to the military and the

people guarding the bridge, and seeing whether they can be persuaded to do what they must realize is the right thing,” Branson said.

  Maduro is planning to stage a rival concert on the other side of the Tienditas Bridge in Tachira, Venezuela.

  Read More: Aid is piling up on Venezuela’s border. Here’s why it’s not getting in

  Photos showed workers setting up scaffolding and stages some 1,000 feet from each oth

er, separated only by the containers that the Venezuelan government has installed to block access to the country.

  ”We just want peace and tranquility,” Maduro said during a televised speech on Thursday.

  Guaido left Caracas on Thursday with a group of lawmakers headed to the border to “welcome the humanitarian aid,” his spokesman, Edward Rodriguez, told CNN.

  A convoy of buses carrying members of Venezuela’s National Assembly, who were traveling separately from Guaido, was blocked briefly en route to the border.

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According to the researchers, SRT proteins have “remarkable

  properties” and materials made from them are elastic, flexible and strong. They also have therm

al, self-healing and electrical conducting capabilities, which gives the potential for some new applications.

  The massive floating device created to clean up plastic in the ocean has broken

  One could be to create a self-healing, recyclable fabric by making a coati

ng that is resistant to damage caused by washing machines. That could reduce the number of

clothing microfibers that end up being washed into the oceans, which contributes to microplastic pollution.

  SRT proteins could also be used to make protective clothing for chemical and biological warfare agents, say the researchers.

  As well as polluting our oceans, plastics have been found to emit greenhouse gases when they degrade.

  Cigarette filters are the No.1 plastic pollutant … and don’t prevent cancer

  ”I am a polymer scientist and want to minimize plastic pollution and create environmental sustainability,” explains Demirel.

  Demirel acknowledges that more work is needed to scale up production of the materials. Synthetic SRT p

roteins currently cost at least $100 a kg to produce, but he hopes to bring the price down to a tenth of that.

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Within Japan, every professional person I speak to is bemused

  by Brexit,” said Paul Bacon, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University who specializes in Japan’s relations with Europe. “It

is obvious here how economically damaging it will be, and also that it creates serious difficulties for Japan

ese industry.”Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to

secure parliamentary backing for her plan for what happens next, heightening fears of a disorderly departure.

  That’s infuriating for Japanese businesses and government officials, who have been aski

ng for years for reassurances that British leaders would limit the harmful effects of Brexit.

  The “trust has evaporated” between Japanese companies and the UK government, s

aid Seijiro Takeshita, a professor at the University of Shizuoka’s School of Management and Information.

  apan Inc has poured billions into the UK economy. More than 1,000 Japanese companies do bus

iness in the country, supporting more than 140,000 jobs, according to the most recent Japanese government figures.

  Many of them used the United Kingdom as a launchpad into Europe. But if the country

exits the EU’s unified market, “it makes no sense for Japanese industries to base themselves in the UK,” Bacon said.

  Around 60% of Japanese firms in the United Kingdom surveyed by the Japan External Trade Or

ganization in the fall of 2018 said they expected Brexit to have a negative impact on their future business.

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Even leaving the bloc under the agreement Prime Min

  ster Theresa May has negotiated with the European Union would mean continued uncertainty over future terms of trade.

  More uncertainty is the last thing needed by a car industry that has already been slammed by a

collapse in diesel sales in Europe and dramatically weaker demand in China.

  Japan’s Nissan (NSANF) earlier this month scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV at its fact

ory in the English city of Sunderland. It cited uncertainty over Brexit as one reason for the decision.

  Britain’s biggest car maker, Jaguar Land Rover, announced plans last month to reduce its gl

obal workforce by 4,500. That’s in addition to 1,500 people who left the company last year.

  The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors (TTM), has also warned that crashing out of the

European Union would wipe out more than £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) of its annual profit.

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A jet lag cure. Such is the promise of the hotel spa’s exclu

  sive coladh samh massage (the name, pronounced “culla sauv,” is an Irish phrase meaning sound sleep) — a 50 or 80-minute trea

tment specifically designed to help with sleep issues, ranging from insomnia to epic jet lag battles.

  The experience begins with a mixture of pressure and Swedish techniques, followed

by a cooling ceramic stone treatment designed to lull the body into a state of relaxation. This author can speak fro

m firsthand experience: My whole body felt like a happy, sleepy puddle by the end of the service.

  And spa junkies rejoice: Adare’s spa is one of only 11 in the world (a

nd the only one in Ireland) to offer La Mer-branded treatments. For true luxury, boo

k the La Mer Miracle Broth Experience, a 180-minute service that includes a body polish with pure dia

mond powder, a circulation enhancing massage and the signature Miracle Broth facial.

  Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland; +353 61 605 200. Rates start at $370, including breakfast

  Juliet Izon is a veteran lifestyle writer, covering fo

od, travel, interior design and entertainment. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

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