Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments To Your Health by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. Email the author April 25 at 7:04 AM Email the author As 4-year-0ld Elianna Grace sat in the back seat of the SUV, battling her second fever in three days, her mom flashed back to the coughing and vomiting fit the preschooler had the previous weekend — and to a niggling fear about the girl's sudden illness. Elianna had spent April 14 playing in her … [Read more...] about She read about a 4-year-old’s mysterious death. A year later, it saved her own daughter’s life.
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PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:58 20 April 2018 Emily Banks Hornsey Town Hall. Picture: Dave Winskill Archant A judicial review against Haringey Council’s sell off of historic Hornsey Town Hall to oversease developers is poised to go full steam ahead after getting the thumbs up from a top planning barrister. Hornsey Town Hall protestersat the beginning of the campaign in 2016. Picture: Dave Winskill Campaigners against the £3.5million scheme to turn the town hall into flats now have a race against time to raise enough money to lodge the legal action by Tuesday. As reported in the Ham&High a crowdfunding drive raised £2,000 to pay for legal advice about their chances of success. The protesters consulted a top planning lawyer who has confirmed they do have a case. THe QC believes a judicial review of Haringey Council’s approval in December of the scheme from the Far Eastern Consortium (FEC) to redevelop the Grade II*-listed building has a … [Read more...] about Urgent bid to raise £20,000 by Tuesday as barrister gives Hornsey Town Hall Judicial Review the thumbs up
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 April 2018 Sarah Robinson The Weston Crusaders. Submitted A junior football club in Weston-super-Mare has launched a fundraising campaign for a defibrillator to increase the chances of survival if someone has a cardiac arrest at the ground. The Weston Crusaders in action. Weston Crusaders Junior Football Club is hoping to raise £1,500-1,800 for the equipment, which will be based at Baytree Recreation Ground. Club chairman Mark Neal said: “Even young children playing football can suffer cardiac arrest because of a heart problem no-one knew about. “I hope, while we get one, we never have to use it, but it is there in the event. “When someone goes into cardiac arrest, people panic and don’t know what to do. Baytree Rec. “The defibrillator talks you through it.” The club’s aim is to make it available for anyone to use in an emergency, although because there is no CCTV at Baytree Rec and the defibrillator may … [Read more...] about Can you help junior football team raise money for life-saving defibrillator?
Myers Motors was taking pre-orders for what was supposed to be a hyper-efficient, two-seat, three-wheeled vehicle, the NMG2. Then things went quiet. Real quiet. But, hey, whaddya know, there's been some activity. Thanks to tipster Sean, who was one of the original reservation holders, we have learned about Myers' new crowdfunding strategy to bring a new lower-priced EV to market. The effort will work like this:Unlike the usual crowdfunding event, where a company raises like a bajillion dollars (or just tries to) and then creates the funded product for the people who forked over money, Myers Motors says that making its electric car will take more effort. To that end, the company is setting up milestones that, once reached, will allow the company to collect the pledged money and move forward. Right now, Myers is looking for people to pay/donate $500 or $1,000 to get in on the ground floor. Should the EV ever be built, this will be money well spent, since Myers if offering a 200-percent … [Read more...] about Myers Motors goes the crowdfunding route with updated NMG2 EV
Navigation is a problem if you need to take your eyes off the road ahead or make frequent stops to check for directions on your phone. Furthermore, navigation apps don't always take into account the separate set of challenges and hazards cyclists face when planning their routes. Blubel aims to fix that.A smart solution in a simple package, Blubel is an unassuming Bluetooth device that mounts to your handlebars, serving as both a bike bell and crowdsourced navigation system specifically for cyclists. It pairs with your smartphone (which, once you enter your destination, you stow safely away until your ride is over) to provide you with directions on the go. If you make a wrong turn, like any good navigation system, it'll recalculate your route. Once you get to your destination, Blubel even remembers where you parked your bike.The crowdsourcing comes into play whenever you ring your bell. It's a bit like Waze, but in way different packaging and designed specifically for the benefit of … [Read more...] about Blubel smart bike bell crowdsources better routes for cyclists
Nissan e-NV200 with a full kitchenette and many more bizarre features hidden inside. The company calls it the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle.More than just a rather bizarre video, a crowdfunding site is hosting a project to actually hold parties around Japan with this Nissan. The goal is to raise 1 million yen (about $8,500 at current rates), and it has about 180,000 yen ($1,500), as of this writing. A pledge of at least 30,000 yen ($250) gets you and a friend invited to one of these events. However, if you really need the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle, then 25 million yen ($208,500) buys it outright.This van is designed to be an emissions-free party machine. Sliding out of the rear is a 1,500-watt electric grill complete with a rotisserie, and there's even a sink for washing dishes. A full disposal system even helps with cleanup afterwards. Beyond just a place to do some outdoor cooking, this e-NV200 is outfitted with practically everything necessary to host some festivities. An ultrasonic … [Read more...] about Nissan’s Ultimate Smart BBQ e-NV200 is crowd-funded fun in Japan
Most of the big news at the 2015 New York International Auto Show took place on the first day of the media preview, with the introduction of the Cadillac CT6, production bound Lincoln Continental and Honda Civic concepts and an all-new Chevy Malibu, as well as the Porsche 911 fighting McLaren 570S. With that in mind it’s easy to understand why the press conferences for Elio Motors and Lyons Motors were relatively sparsely attended, being held on the second press day, though the two startups faced different obstacles in getting attention. Elio’s stand at the show was with the trucks on the lower level of the Javits Center, away from most of the cars, and reporters, upstairs. Lyons Motors’ head Kevin Lyons held his press conference in the concourse on the main level, but it was easy to miss as they had no car on display, just an empty piece of carpet and a lectern.Both startups have gotten at least their share of skepticism but the two press conferences … [Read more...] about A Tale of Two Automotive Startups in the City: Elio Motors and Lyons Motor Car
Businesses aren’t the only groups of people who try to influence what we publish here. TTAC has been getting emails from a number of people who put deposits down on the yet-to-be-produced Elio trike, only to become disillusioned after production has been pushed back a number of times.There are at least a couple of Facebook pages devoted to disaffected Elio enthusiasts that accuse Elio Motors and Paul Elio of misleading people. In addition to the delays, most of the complaints seem to center around the fact that the company is promoting and taking deposits for a $6,800 vehicle when Elio hasn’t yet raised enough money to start production of a car that Paul Elio admits doesn’t yet meet their advertised price point.The company has been using social media to promote the enterprise and its critics have seized on Elio Motors’ Facebook page as a venue to express their displeasure. Words like “liars” and “scam ” have been tossed around. … [Read more...] about Elio Unbans Facebook Critics, Has $17 Million Pledged From Small Investors
Last year, Storm Sondors, a Malibu-based entrepreneur, used an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to launch a very basic $499 electric bicycle. He’s since sold 15,000 of his Asian-made electric bikes.Buoyed by that success, Mr. Sondors has announced the creation of the Sondors Electric Car Company, which he says will sell an electric-powered, aluminum-bodied, three-passenger, enclosed reverse trike with a variety of battery pack options that offer 50 to 200 miles of range.The Sondors electric trike is supposed to have a starting price of $10,000 and will be called the Model Sondors, more likely a nod to Tesla than to Henry Ford.The folks over at Gas2.org think the Model Sondors is everything the proposed Elio is not. I agree with that statement, though not in the same way as Gas2go’s Steve Hanley.Hanley’s colleague at Gas2.org, former TTAC contributor Jo Borras, has been one of Elio’s most vocal critics. Hanley echoes Borras, saying, … [Read more...] about I Agree, Sondors Electric Autocycle is Everything Elio Is Not
It makes sense that since the dawn of motion pictures, filmmakers have been drawn to the motive action of automobiles. There have been so many theatrical movies made that have had cars as part of the plot that Hod Rod magazine was able to poll readers on the 40 best car movies ever produced. Another perennial favorite, even more popular than car movies are horror/monster/sci-fi (yeah, I know it’s kind of broad) movies. Both genres have spawned movies from cheesy exploitation flicks to high art. I suspect that the artistic sensibilities of the producers of a proposed independent film lean more towards the former than the latter because they have decided to join monsters and motors in Road Kill, a movie they describe as “The Exorcist meets American Graffitti on the Highway to Hell complicated by a three way romance.” They need $150,000 to start filming and you can get in on the ground floor by participating in their Indiegogo … [Read more...] about Horror and Hot Rods: You Can Fund A Movie Made in Hell,