£20 million fund fuels search for electric vehicle innovations £20 million competition launched for innovative electric vehicle (EV) projects during British Science Weekprevious winners include pop-up EV chargers and hydrogen-fuelled ambulancesfunding to help the UK transition towards all new cars and vans being zero emission by 2035, as the government builds back greenerInnovative ideas for zero-emission vehicles could benefit from a share of £20 million in funding announced today (10 March 2021).The government is launching a research and development competition, open to some of the most promising electric vehicle technology innovations. This could include zero emission emergency vehicles, charging technology or EV battery recycling.This investment will help ensure the UK remains a world leader in EV design and manufacture, which could create around 6,000 skilled jobs over the next decade, helping us to build back greener.The government has also today published its response to the consultation on ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans. This cements our commitment to phasing out new vehicles of this kind by 2030, and for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission at the tailpipe by 2035.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:Investing in innovation is crucial in decarbonising transport, which is why I’m delighted to see creative zero-emission projects across the UK come to life.The funding announced today will help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging businesses to become global leaders in EV innovation, creating jobs and accelerating us towards our net-zero ambitions.Among the previous winners is a zero emission ambulance prototype for London Ambulance Service. Designed by ULEMCo, the ambulance can reach speeds of 90 mph and travel an average of 200 miles a day with zero emissions.Another successful bidder was tech start-up Urban Foresight, which was given £3 million to develop pop-up chargers that rise up out of the pavement to provide a discreet, safe and low-cost EV charging solution to those without off-street parking.Simon Edmonds, Deputy Executive Chair and Chief Business Officer, Innovate UK said:Innovations to increase the uptake of zero-emission vehicles will make our air cleaner while supporting innovative UK businesses. Innovate UK has played a crucial role in helping businesses bring their innovations towards reality and we urge those innovators with bright ideas to apply for this vital funding.Khadir Meer, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of London Ambulance Service, said:London Ambulance Service has the largest and busiest ambulance fleet in the country. We want to play our part in making the capital a cleaner, better place to live, and our work with ULEMCo and Innovate UK is a big step towards doing that.Our ambition is for London to have the greenest, cleanest and safest ambulances that provide the best environment to deliver outstanding care to Londoners.Gary McRae, Head of Electric Mobility at Urban Foresight, said:We are delighted to see the next phase of funding announced through IUK, that will help accelerate the uptake of EVs in the UK and encourage businesses to get involved in this exciting and fast-moving industry.The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles funding has really supported Urban Foresight’s growth over the last few years, helping us to collaborate with likeminded organisations and public bodies to bring new and innovative products to market. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Courtesy Keith Smith(BALTIMORE) — The killing of a Baltimore woman took a stunning twist Sunday when her husband and stepdaughter were arrested on murder charges, two months after they claimed a black man panhandling with a woman and a baby stabbed her when she gave them money.Jacquelyn Smith, 54, was stabbed to death just after midnight on Dec. 1 in the Johnson Square neighborhood of East Baltimore, police said.Her husband, Keith Smith, called 911 and later told police that he and his wife, along with his daughter, Valeria Smith, were driving when they saw a woman standing on the side of the road, carrying what looked like a baby wrapped in a blanket. They said she was holding a sign that read, “Help me feed my baby, God Bless.”Keith Smith said they pulled over and his wife rolled down the window to hand the woman $10.He told ABC News that he noticed a man standing next to the panhandling woman. But it never crossed his mind that he and his wife were being set up, he said in an interview after the killing.“She was trying to help someone out,” Keith Smith told ABC News just days after he said his wife was stabbed in front of him and Valeria Smith, who were out with celebrating her 28th birthday when the tragedy unfolded.However, after a lengthy investigation, Baltimore Police allege it was Keith Smith, along with his daughter, who were responsible for Jacquelyn Smith’s murder.The pair was arrested near the U.S.-Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas, and now face charges of first-degree murder, police said at a news conference Sunday. Investigators learned Keith Smith was leaving Maryland and coordinated with the Texas State Police to take him into custody Sunday morning.“We’re looking forward to this cruel act being brought to justice,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said.Police would not comment on how they determined Keith and Valeria Smith were responsible for the death, citing an ongoing investigation.Officials would not comment on a possible motive.In an interview with ABC News shortly after his wife’s death, Keith Smith described what he told police happened that day and how saddened he was that his wife was taken over a few dollars.Jacquelyn Smith, her husband and daughter were driving home when Jacquelyn Smith spotted the woman standing in the drizzling, cold weather and the holding what she thought was a baby, according to Keith Smith.The family pulled over to help, Keith Smith said.“As she was handing her the money, the guy came to say ‘Thank you,’ and the woman was saying ‘God bless you. God bless you,’” Smith recalled. “While we’re looking at her saying ‘God bless you’ and my wife was handing her the money, he came over to the car and said ‘Thank you’ and then he started stabbing my wife and snatched her necklace off and ran.”He said the female panhandler reached into the car, grabbed his wife’s purse and scurried off into the darkness.“For most people, the last thing you’re going to think about is that this person is about to take your life for a few dollars,” Keith Smith said.“I think the reality is, we forget about the times that we’re living in,” he said. “You may have the best intentions on helping this person, but when you let a person get into your safe zone, you’re actually opening yourself up to whatever this person has intended for you.”Two days after the fatal stabbing, Keith Smith and his daughter returned to the scene of the killing with then Baltimore interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle for a news conference, in which Tuggle asked the public to help investigators identify the two suspect.At the time, Tuggle said it appeared the two panhandlers were working together.“They’re using this ruse as panhandlers to get the attention of their would-be victims,” Tuggle said at the time. “We also want to caution the public about engaging with panhandlers in recognizing the fact not all of them have honest intent. Not all of them are in real need.”Jacquelyn Smith worked as an electrical engineer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army facility in Aberdeen, Maryland, her husband said. He said he and his wife are members of the Helping Hands Ministries Church in the Baltimore suburb of Churchville, where Jacquelyn’s memorial service was held on Dec. 7.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
But some people in the highest tiers of the Sanders hierarchy have already signaled they aren’t up for another go-round. His longtime chief of staff, Michaeleen Earle Crowell, who gained some notoriety for playing Hillary Clinton in debate prep during the 2016 primary, left Sanders’ Senate office this past summer to work for a private lobbying firm, a move that caught some people in Sanders’ orbit off guard.“I hope Bernie does run for president again, and if he does, I plan to be as helpful as possible to him,” she wrote in an email.“There’s only one Bernie, there will not be another Bernie” — Former Sanders campaign aideSanders’ omnipresent communications director in 2016, Michael Briggs, said in a text message that it is “unlikely” he’d join a 2020 run.A common frustration among former staffers is that they feel Sanders and his tight circle of aides have taken their support for granted and failed to keep their 2016 team cohesive, which would have been an inherent advantage in a second run.Multiple former staffers said that the Clinton campaign alumni network is far more connected and active than Sanders’. “I’ve had a few people reach out and be like, ‘How do I reach out to Warren?’” said one former Sanders staffer. “Some of the Sanders stalwarts, not just staff but high-profile supporters, aren’t necessarily in the bag for 2020.”Democratic socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been discussed as a possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate | Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesIncluded in that group is fellow democratic socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was an organizer for Sanders in 2016. Sanders, however, did not endorse her successful primary challenge to powerful Representative Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).“She’ll see what the field looks like,” said Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director. “She’s focused on 2018, [Bernie’s] focused on 2018. We’re all focused on 2018.”Enough fervent supporters — from the 2016 campaign’s top officials to field organizers — are wary of a 2020 run that it could be difficult to reignite the 2016 movement. Jeff Weaver, who managed the 2016 race, has been talking about the idea of a “Draft Bernie PAC” of sorts after the midterms. But many supporters have been noncommittal, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.Weaver dismissed the notion that enthusiasm for a Sanders sequel has waned.“I’ve spoken with a number of people who are interested in a draft-Bernie movement,” Weaver said. “My email is full and my voicemail is full of former Bernie staffers who are eager to come back should he run.” “I think that if a younger candidate can pick up the mantle and have Bernie’s support, I think that would be a better option for 2020. I feel like 60 to 70 percent of former staffers are looking around for another Bernie-esque candidate this time around, even if it’s not him,” said Daniel Deriso, a field organizer for Sanders’ 2016 campaign who went on to help run a successful insurgent mayoral campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, last year. “But if Bernie called me to have me work on the campaign then I’d do it.”In many ways, Sanders is a victim of his own success. His lightning-in-a-bottle 2016 campaign helped move his ambitious proposals into the mainstream — ideas such as “Medicare for all,” a $15 minimum wage and debt-free college. The reluctance of former aides to embrace another campaign reflects what’s expected to be a sprawling field of Democrats stampeding left — unlike the binary Hillary or Bernie choice during most of the Democratic primary two years ago.Some people in the highest tiers of the Sanders hierarchy have already signaled they aren’t up for another go-round.Still, even Sanders supporters who are skeptical of a 2020 run say it’s unclear who, if anyone, could carry the torch. Elizabeth Warren is often discussed, but multiple former Sanders staffers are dubious about her potential campaign after watching her attempt to defuse President Donald Trump’s attacks on her past claims of Native American ancestry this week.“All the former staff I’ve talked to agree Bernie should focus on making sure the nominee is someone who continues what he started,” said Keegan Goudiss, Sanders’ digital advertising director in 2016 and the CEO of Revolution Messaging, the progressive digital consulting firm that became a home for former Sanders staffers. “It’s a sure thing that he will be able to influence 2020 from the outside. But if he decides to run, I doubt many former staffers will return unless directly asked to. Either way, he misses capturing energy if he doesn’t decide soon.”Goudiss is not alone in detecting that Sanders folks are looking around at other 2020 candidates. Bernie Sanders has a problem as he decides whether to run in 2020: Many of his former staffers are looking elsewhere.With the Vermont senator kicking off a nine-state tour on Friday with stops in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and California, a sizable contingent of the people who helped build his insurgent 2016 campaign is ambivalent about a second run, according to interviews with more than a dozen former staffers. Many of them are looking for a different progressive champion to finish what Sanders started.Sanders should just declare victory, they said, content in the knowledge that much of his 2016 platform has been adopted by other ambitious Democrats considering White House bids. Plus, he’s a white man who would turn 80 in his first year as president, who’d be trying to lead a diverse party fueled by the energy of young voters, women and people of color. Other former Sanders campaign workers — the “ride or die” cohort as one former aide dubbed them — say that no other Democrat has emerged who matches Bernie.The crowd at a rally for 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders | Andrew Burton/Getty Images“I’ll do whatever I can if he runs as would most people I think who backed Bernie in 2016,” said Claire Sandberg, a senior campaign aide for Sanders in 2016. “I’m sure Elizabeth Warren knows all the people she’d appoint to the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] and the Treasury Department, but I want to know what she’s going to do on climate change. We need a candidate who understands that that’s an existential threat, and frankly he’s the only candidate who has shown that level of vision.”Or as one former aide who’s still undecided about 2020 put it: “There’s only one Bernie, there will not be another Bernie.”Those unsure about Bernie 2020 don’t dispute that. But they say there are other considerations this time around.“He’s the grandpa of the movement,” said another campaign worker from 2016, “but that might not make him the best choice for 2020.” Also On POLITICO Bernie and his army are losing 2018 By David Siders Democrats’ 2020 presidential fight gets an early dress rehearsal By David Siders
The 5th Annual Winter String Fling provided two nights of all-star collaborations at Cervantes‘ Masterpiece Ballroom and Cervantes‘ The Other Side in Denver, CO on January 3rd-4th. The two-night event featured hours of music between two venues and six bands.The String Fling Allstars featuring Molly Tuttle, Jerry Douglas, Ronnie McCoury, Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Missy Raines, Billy Failing, and Lindsay Lou (Saturday only) headlined the event both nights in the Ballroom. On Friday, Julian Davis & The Situation provided support, whereas on Saturday Fireside Collective opened up.Related: Billy Strings Announces 2020 Spring Tour Dates With Molly Tuttle, Adds Third Show At The Capitol TheatreIn “The Other Side” portion of the venue, Ross James‘ Gotta Serve Somebody featuring Ross James, Grahame Lesh, Adam MacDougall, Todd Smallie, and Mark Levy headlined both nights. Jack Coonan Band and Armchair Boogie provided support on Friday and Saturday respectively.The String Fling Allstars super-jam provided fans with two sets of collaborations each night. Night one was highlighted by renditions of the traditional calypso tune “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)”, The Band‘s “Up on Cripple Creek”, and the bluegrass-traditional “First Whippoorwill”.Douglas led the band into a take on the Billy Roberts-penned “Hey Joe”, popularized by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, that contained a lengthy jam section. Failing, Tuttle, and Kral took solos while Raines kept the uptempo low-end moving on bass.Other notables from night one include a cover of Bill Monroe‘s “It’s Mighty Dark To Travel” and the Jerry Irby-penned “Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin”.Watch a playlist of fan-shot videos from night one of the 5th Annual Winter String Fling below.The String Fling Allstars – Winter String Fling – 1/3/20[Videos: Kyle Isaac]The string train kept rolling on night two. The String Fling Allstars returned to provide another night of bluegrass-inspired tunes, and in addition to Lindsay Lou, the Denver-native Anders Beck joined in on the fun for a few songs.Related: Paul Hoffman & Anders Beck Announce phAb4 Dates With Billy Strings, Todd HerringtonTheir two-set performance included renditions of the Grateful Dead‘s “Brown Eyed Women”, a duet performance of Tuttle’s “Take The Journey” by Tuttle and Douglas, and “The River Jordan” which featured Lindsay Lou on guitar and vocals.Anders Beck joined in for a take on the bluegrass traditional “East Virginia Blues”, a 6+ minute instrumental jam, another take on “Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin”, as well as Bill Monroe’s “Big Mon”.Watch a playlist of fan-shot videos from night two of the 5th Annual Winter String Fling below.The String Fling Allstars – Winter String Fling – 1/4/20[Videos: Kyle Isaac]Below, check out a gallery of photos from the 5th Annual Winter String Fling courtesy of photographer Elliot Siff.For more information on the event, visit its Facebook page.5th Annual Winter String Fling | Cervantes | Denver, CO | 1/3-4/20 | Photos: Elliot Siff Load remaining images