The shadow continues to spread. VW also makes Skoda vehicles in the Czech Republic. This adds a further 1.2 million diesel vehicles to the diesel duping scheme.
Now that the International Council on Clean Transportation has cast its sight on three more brands of diesel vehicle.
"And the International Council on Clean Transportation, the same group that discovered the Volkswagen deception, said Renault, Hyundai and Volvo each have single diesel models that would not pass real-world emission tests" - CBC News
It’s not just money that’s at stake in this scandal. Air pollution caused by dirty engines kills people. The exhaust contains fine particles which may work their way into the lungs but there have been 40 toxic substances identified which are present in the vehicle exhaust. A few of them are benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde, nickel and nitrogen oxides.
These toxic substances are known cancer causing agents and the fine particulate matter may contribute to eye and lung irritation. As in many pollutants, the very young and the very old are most susceptible.
Opinion: Whoever is finally tagged with approving the writing of the software and its installation should be charged with a much more serious crime than swindling and defrauding the trusting customer.
Drug cheaters are an ongoing problem in the PRC. 2012 saw 77 million drug capsules seized because tainted industrial gelatine was used. Undeterred by the authorities’ arrests and prosecutions for the poisonous gelatin, an even larger batch of chromium laced gelatin capsules were produced and sold two years later. 90 million capsules have gone out to the public. Authorities have arrested some and seized a relatively small amount of product.
The illegal workshop’s owner, identified by his surname Pan had hired 10 people from the county who were involved in a tainted capsule scandal in 2012, the report said. South China Morning Post
Unfortunately for us in Western Europe and N.America the counterfeiting and poor quality controls are increasingly affecting pharmaceuticals. Many generic drugs or their precursors are produced in China. The situation is compounded when people seeking lower priced pharmaceuticals order from shifty online sites. The American FDA has extensive warnings and tips to distinguish reputable sellers from the cheaters – FDA BeSafeRx.
Buying fake drugs can kill you.
Counterfeit goods in Fake Britain
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China Real Time
South China Morning Post
The scientists point out that in much of the usual processing as much as 90% of the precious plant chemicals are lost. The way that the crop is grown, how it’s handled and how it’s processed make for a wide range in the finished product.
What they are looking for is a standardized process that would extract the phytochemicals in question so that they may be available in a pill form.
An effective treatment to help preserve cognitive functioning would mean massive savings to health care programmes. In the US health care planners are looking at 28 million citizens who are classed as baby boomers. By 2050 of those still alive, 50% will have Alzheimer’s. If predictions are accurate, by 2040 a full 25% of medicare funds will be consumed to care for cognitively impaired elderly.
Until some breakthroughs occur, the best advice the physicians give is the old advice – exercise, maintain a healthy weight, eat nutritious food and don’t smoke. But I think I’ll add some dark chocolate to that prescription.
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
She had been convicted of criminal activity in the US and jailed. Yan Jinjun was returned to the PRC on September 18 to face charges of economic crimes.
China does not have formal extradition treaties with many of the western countries, but a few people have been deported to that country.
Corruption and lavish lifestyles have come under increasing scrutiny in the PRC. One of the latest powerful functionaries to fall is the former deputy minister of sport. Xiao Tian has been expelled from the Communist Party. He was a powerful figure during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The charges against him include:
"He also accepted bribes, invitations for luxury services and VIP cards of golf clubs for seeking profits for others by taking advantage of his governmental post, which are suspected criminal offenses" - China Daily
The Oslo Times
South China Morning Post
The NHL has been aware of the growing evidence of brain damage in the sport and has limited full contact practice to once per week. They have made settlements to 4500 former players and/or their families for their injuries. Some colleges have also limited the full contact practises as have some of the secondary schools where they have programmes. Research is being done to develop helmets that will give a visual signal when they receive a blow strong enough to cause head trauma.
Other contact sports have had players suffer repeated head trauma. Hockey, pro-wrestling, mixed martial arts, Aussie rules football, rugby are a few sports where concussive blows to the head add up. Even soccer or football, “the beautiful game” can damage players who head the ball repeatedly.
Will things change soon in professional sports? Not likely. There is too much money to be made. Advertising, gambling, souvenirs all generate billions of dollars in addition to seat sales for one Super Bowl game. The men who aspire to play in these big-leagues are more like the old gladiators than they may realize.
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