Sexual assaults on Tube rise 42 per cent since 2015

first_imgThe number of reported sexual assaults on the London Underground has risen 42 per cent over the last four years, according to new data. She added: “We know that for too long these crimes have gone unreported, but as a result of the Report It to Stop It campaign, the number of people reporting these disgusting crimes with the confidence that action will be taken, has increased.” Read more: Bank Tube station upgrade hits major milestone TfL said it has had success running undercover patrols on the Tube, focusing on the Central Line, where it plans to install CCTV from next year. Detective inspector David Udomhiaye, of the British Transport Police (BTP), said the force expects a rise in sexual offences after launching its Report It To Stop It campaign in April 2015. Ben Millis A TfL spokesperson said: “We have met with the RMT to reiterate our commitment to ensuring the safety of our staff and outline the steps we have taken to address their feedback. We will continue to engage with them to ensure all staff feel safe and secure while performing their duties.” However, Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, accused TfL of contributing to the rise through staff cuts and a lack of investment in safety measures. “Though it is clearly a concern that so many people are affected by this type of crime, it is pleasing that previously reluctant victims of sexual offences now have the confidence to report this to us,” he told the Independent. Monday 23 September 2019 4:18 pm Attacks on the capital’s transport network have jumped from 844 in 2015-16 to 1,206 in 2018-19, the PA news agency’s analysis of figures found. A poster, aimed at EU citizens living in the UK, encourages EU nationals to apply to the Government’s post-Brexit EU settlement scheme, is pictured through a carriage of a London Underground tube train, at St James’s Park underground station in London on March 25, 2019. – The scheme will allow EU nationals and their family members who have lived in the UK for five years without a break, to obtain settled status — enabling them to continue to live and work in the UK indefinitely. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) center_img whatsapp “RMT will not be fobbed off and if Tube bosses think they can just kick the can down the road on violent assaults on the Tube network then they need to think again, and quickly,” Cash said. The RMT is planning now planning industrial action on the District Line over the issue of staff’s personal safety. Sexual assaults on Tube network have risen 42 per cent since 2015 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPost FunWoman Refuses To Tip Waiter But Didn’t Realize What She Left At The TablePost Funbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout Read more: Shaun Bailey confirms he would hike Tube fares as London mayor Saying TfL has given “a green light to those with criminal intent”, Cash added: “Both passengers and staff alike are being subjected to an unprecedented surge in crime and violence.” Share whatsapp Siwan Hayward, director of policing for Transport for London (TfL) said: “TfL and British Transport Police work tirelessly to combat unwanted sexual behaviour, with 3,000 police and police community support officers dedicated to catching offenders.  More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Koch-backed group launches new national ad push to advance ‘right to try’ legislation

first_img [email protected] GET STARTED By Erin Mershon April 26, 2018 Reprints Senior News Editor STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags Congresspatientspolicy What’s included? A screen capture from a new TV ad campaign from Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity @eemershon center_img About the Author Reprints Koch-backed group launches new national ad push to advance ‘right to try’ legislation WASHINGTON — The Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into a renewed push for federal “right-to-try” legislation that aims to give terminally ill patients a new way to access experimental therapies. The six-figure ad campaign will include both targeted digital ads and a new national television ad that pulls seemingly supportive sound bites from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as well as longtime proponent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and President Trump. The latter will air on both broadcast and cable channels. Politics Erin Mershon What is it? Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.last_img read more

It started as a ‘weird idea,’ but a new study shows the appendix can initiate Parkinson’s

first_img Tags neurologyresearch About the Author Reprints The first evidence comes from large databases. One, with medical and demographic information on 1.6 million Swedes going back to 1964, showed that people who’d had an appendectomy were 19.3 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s. When the scientists analyzed urban and rural residents separately, however, they found no such protective effect in the former. Another data set, of 849 Parkinson’s patients, showed that in those who had an appendectomy, the disease appeared an average of 3.6 years later than in patients who still had their appendix — but again, only for rural residents.The second line of evidence comes from scrutiny of dozens of appendixes. Parkinson’s patients’ had clumps of alpha-synuclein virtually identical to those in Parkinson’s brains. So did healthy people, but Parkinson’s patients had 4.5 times as much of the short form of alpha-synuclein, which is more prone to clumping into the neurotoxic aggregates than the long form.“The appendix is a hub for the accumulation of clumped forms of alpha-synuclein proteins,” the exact same aggregates found in Parkinson’s brains, said Bryan Killinger, the study’s first author and a postdoctoral fellow in Labrie’s lab.Clumps of alpha-synuclein don’t seem to harm the appendix. But “the protein doesn’t like to stay put,” said Labrie. “It travels from neuron to neuron, including into the vagus nerve” from the appendix up to the brainstem. As it happens, where the vagus enters the brainstem is one of the first brain regions to contain alpha-synuclein. And it’s probably no coincidence that cutting the vagus, as was once done to cure ulcers (it didn’t), reduced the risk of Parkinson’s, according to previous studies. “That was an aha moment,” Beck said. “It added weight to the gut-brain hypothesis of Parkinson’s.”The presence of pathogenic forms of alpha-synuclein in the appendixes of people both with and without Parkinson’s shows that a “second hit” — which Labrie has started to look for — is necessary for the disease to develop: More than 99 percent of people manage to avoid Parkinson’s, appendix or not. Sharon Begley Related: By Sharon Begley Oct. 31, 2018 Reprints Although the appendix is often described as useless or vestigial, it plays a role in the immune system, including by affecting the composition of the gut microbiome and detecting and removing pathogens.The findings do not mean that everyone worried about Parkinson’s should have an appendectomy, cautioned the study’s senior author, Viviane Labrie of the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich. Nor does it mean that everyone with an appendix is likely to develop the disease. It is “a” site of origin for the disease, she said, “but it likely has many sites of origin, including the brain.”The research does, however, suggest new, appendix-centered approaches to preventing or treating Parkinson’s, which destroys dopamine-making cells in the brain’s substantia nigra. Today’s drugs can replace the lost dopamine but not the destroyed neurons, so although they partly (and temporarily) alleviate symptoms such as tremor and stiffness, they do nothing to stop disease progression.The new study marshals two lines of evidence for an appendix-Parkinson’s connection, which started off as what Beck calls “a weird idea” in 2003. “It’s a really nice study, and all of their ideas are biologically plausible,” said James Beck, chief scientific officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation, which was not involved in the research. “It connects the epidemiology, about appendectomy reducing the risk of Parkinson’s, with the basic science.”advertisement Privacy Policy Trending Now: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Rather than weakening the study, however, those qualifications might actually support its explanation of how the appendix (which is attached to the large intestine) can trigger Parkinson’s. That explanation is based on appendectomy data as well as molecular evidence, in particular that the appendixes of Parkinson’s patients contain clumps of a protein called alpha-synuclein very similar to those in Parkinson’s-affected brains.center_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Neurons of the appendix contain alpha-synuclein (red), a protein that is also found in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. Courtesy of Van Andel Research Institute Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: It’s anyone’s guess what the second hit is. One hint, though, comes from the urban-rural divide in the protective effect of appendectomy, as well as the finding that it’s protective only in people with a non-genetic family history of the disease. A non-genetic cause with a family history suggests shared environments, not shared DNA.Those facts suggest that alpha-synuclein in the appendix becomes more abundant, more pathogenic, or more upwardly mobile in the presence of something found in the countryside more than cities. Pesticides, well water, and farming, for instance, have been linked to a higher risk of Parkinson’s since 1998.For new drug possibilities, the Van Andel team suggests compounds that cut alpha-synuclein in the gut. Alpha-synuclein-targeted drugs to treat Parkinson’s have been in development for years, but almost always with the idea of delivering them to the brain. It would almost certainly be easier and safer to target the gut.As it happens, compounds called metalloproteases, which have been tested against cancer (unsuccessfully), might be repurposed to inhibit enzymes that cut alpha-synuclein into the short, clumping, disease-causing form. It might “be an effective strategy for the treatment or even prevention” of Parkinson’s, the scientists wrote.A more karmic argument for the appendix-Parkinson’s link: Dr. James Parkinson (1755 to 1824), for whom the disease is named, was the first English physician to describe a case of appendicitis. A squishy, 4-inch gut organ whose function has baffled anatomists for centuries is about to have its moment of fame: The lowly appendix, scientists reported in a study on Wednesday, can initiate Parkinson’s disease.It does so, they suspect, by serving as a reservoir of misfolded, clumping, neurotoxic proteins that travel to the brainstem via the vagus nerve, which runs from the gut all the way up to the brain. People who had their appendix removed have an almost 20 percent lower risk of Parkinson’s, according to the study in Science Translational Medicine, or a risk of 1.6 per 10,000 people over a decade compared to 1.98 in the general population.The discovery that appendectomy might reduce but doesn’t eliminate the risk of Parkinson’s shows there are other causes of the disease, a usually-crippling brain disorder that strikes about 60,000 people in the U.S. every year. In addition, appendectomy reduced the risk only in people living in rural areas, not urban ones; not among those who inherited any of three common Parkinson’s-causing mutations, which account for about 10 percent of cases; and only if the surgery occurred early in life, well before Parkinson’s started.advertisement @sxbegle Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. 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Laois football, Riverdale and the Royal Wedding – it’s all in our Tweets of the Week

first_imgI’d rather pick nettles with no gloves for a week than go to or even look at the royal wedding— Paddy Critchley (@PaCritch) May 16, 2018The Royal wedding – either you obsess fanatically over, or you most definitely don’t. We’ll have a guess on what side one of our Top Tweeters Paddy is on.SEE ALSO – Wide range of sectors represented at Clonaslee College careers night Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Delighted to meet up with Laois Rose ? Grainne Hogan. Grainne has an exciting summer ahead leading to Tralee in September. Wishing Grainne all the best. #Roseoftralee— Charlie Flanagan (@CharlieFlanagan) May 13, 2018 By Siun Lennon – 19th May 2018 Rugby Twitter Laois Twitter was back keeping up with all the local and international affairs this week, from Laois footballers remarkable comeback against Wexford, to the Royal Wedding and James Kavanagh after wine.We also looked to answering the important questions in life this week – like do they even have to do exams in Rvierdale?Here’s our Top Tweets of the Week. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Riverdale – the most unrelatable secondary school experience ever. But so watchable. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Facebook Cmon Laois, and up The Heath. Yahooo!! @CLGLaois— Murdoc (@mulhareseamus) May 12, 2018The greatest comeback of this year so far. Home We Are Laois Laois football, Riverdale and the Royal Wedding – it’s all in our… We Are Laois Funny to say but I wouldn’t rule Laois out even though they’re 10 down — Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) May 12, 2018Woolly said, “Now, put that on your Tweets of the Week!” last Saturday, and we’re following orders. Do the teenagers on riverdale ever actually go to class or do they just do musicals and get murdered— Bronagh? (@bronagh_scully) May 17, 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Previous articlePortlaoise Prison wing ‘on lockdown’Next article14-man Laois defeat Antrim to throw Joe McDonagh Cup hopes a lifeline Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Laois football, Riverdale and the Royal Wedding – it’s all in our Tweets of the Week WhatsApp Twitter Community TAGSJames KavanaghLaois FootballRoyal Wedding Me: I’m not drinking tonightMe 11 minutes later when the wine kicks in:(A @JamesKavanagh_ masterpiece)— Aedín (@_Aedin) May 17, 2018Aedín taking inspiration from the master of Twitter himself, James Kavanagh. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

North Korean high school students declining to take exams due to…

first_imgNewsEconomy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News SHARE Facebook Twitter News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2017.07.18 3:02pm North Korean high school students declining to take exams due to dim future US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News North Korean students are increasingly giving up on their final exams due to disillusionment with the Kim family regime, the country’s failing education system, and a lack of future prospects.“Students at middle and high schools have been preparing for the final exams, but more than half of the students have lost motivation. Some students have had no choice but to withdraw from further education due to financial difficulties, but most of the male students find studying pointless as they serve in the army for 10 years after graduation,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on July 11.“In North Korea, those students who can enter university are mostly assigned to senior middle school (high school) No.1 and all others are sent to ‘ordinary high schools,’ so the ‘ordinary students’ lose their enthusiasm for studying.”Since the introduction of national mandatory military service in 2002, students from ordinary high schools have been prohibited from entering university immediately after graduation. Only a few students who are from families of privileged cadres, or those who graduated from the No. 1 Senior-Middle School or foreign language schools can enter university after graduation.In addition, the teaching methods used in North Korea also impact the enthusiasm of students. North Korean schools hold classes on the revolutionary history of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Suk (Kim Jong Il’s birth mother) on a daily basis and force students to memorize records by giving out the test questions ahead of the exams. Special lectures on Kim Jong Un’s history of revolution are also a frequent staple of North Korean middle and high schools, but the subject is not covered in exams.“In schools, revolutionary history is regarded as more important than core subjects like Korean language, English, and mathematics. Teachers greatly emphasize the importance of memorization before the test, so the students are busy memorizing the test questions and answers even for subjects like mathematics, technology, physics, and chemistry,” said a source in North Pyongan Province.In addition, the fact that students can receive excellent grades even if they don’t take the exams is being noted as a reason for the trend. North Korean teachers generally award excellent grades to their students to avoid criticism during the evaluation period for teachers and because they know the students lack the funds further study. last_img read more

P.M. Golding Congratulates Barbados on Election Victory

first_imgRelatedP.M. Golding Congratulates Barbados on Election Victory RelatedP.M. Golding Congratulates Barbados on Election Victory P.M. Golding Congratulates Barbados on Election Victory UncategorizedJanuary 16, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has congratulated Mr. David Thompson and the Barbados Democratic Labour Party, on the convincing victory in the Barbados general elections held yesterday.Mr. Golding’s congratulations were expressed in a telephone conversation today with the DLP leader. In his telephone call, Mr. Golding expressed confidence that under Mr. Thompson’s leadership, Barbados will continue to play a significant role in advancing the welfare of the Caribbean peoples.He assured the Prime Minister-designate that the government and people of Barbados will continue to enjoy the support and goodwill of the Jamaican people.Mr. Golding said he looked forward to working with Mr. Thompson in facing the many challenges that confront the Caribbean regionThe Prime Minister extended best wishes for a successful term of office for Barbados which he said is an important member of the Caribbean community.center_img RelatedP.M. Golding Congratulates Barbados on Election Victory Advertisementslast_img read more

Montague Says Success of Any National Initiative Must Begin With the Community

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail It is becoming increasingly clear that the success of any national initiative, whether for economic growth, the inclusion of positive values and attitudes, or the enforcement of public order, must begin with the community.This was stated by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government Reform, Robert Montague, at a community awards function in Toronto, Canada, recently.“In Jamaica, under my stewardship as Minister with responsibility for Local Government in the Office of the Prime Minister, we are working assiduously to expand the participatory process at the community level,” he told the gathering of community workers, many with Jamaican roots.“Through the Local Government reform process,” he continued, “new ways have been devised to involve citizens in the local decision-making process. The Parish Development Committees are examples. The committees have been established in all parishes and are proving to be ideal mechanisms for involving civil society and the private sector at the parish level in the twin processes of governance and development.”Mr. Montague told the gathering that the committees, as announced in his Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament on June 24, would be called on to assist local Parish Councils to be more responsive, transparent and accountable.“They (the committees) will also be the vehicles to address equity, equality and issues of the marginalized in a more substantial manner,” he said.The State Minister spoke of the achievements expected of the committees, and the contributions they could make to national development.“My experience as a Member of Parliament shows that when committees like these come alive and take charge of their own development, they achieve more for their respective communities, than any arm of Central Government could possibly achieve, were it left entirely up to such a central body,” he said. RelatedMontague Says Success of Any National Initiative Must Begin With the Community RelatedMontague Says Success of Any National Initiative Must Begin With the Community RelatedMontague Says Success of Any National Initiative Must Begin With the Communitycenter_img Montague Says Success of Any National Initiative Must Begin With the Community UncategorizedAugust 13, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Roundtable to discuss climate change in Ashgabat

first_imgRoundtable to discuss climate change in Ashgabat 17 March 2021. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan (MFA) jointly with the British Embassy in Turkmenistan organised roundtable dedicated to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Ashgabat.The event was one of the its kind in Ashgabat on the run up to the COP26 conference, which will take place in Glasgow, UK in November 2021. Looking forward to the high-level conference in Glasgow, this roundtable with local and international climate change experts provided a good platform to discuss the global significance of COP26 and gave an opportunity to highlight the international expertise and initiatives, existing areas of technical support and new green/climate finance opportunities available to Turkmenistan.In addition to providing a platform for generating new ideas and areas for international cooperation, especially in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and transition towards low-carbon and renewable energy sources, the roundtable discussion at expert level also helped to demonstrate Turkmenistan’s efforts to tackle climate change and commitment to fulfil its obligations under global climate agreements showing current work that is taking place in the country as well as future plans.The MFA moderated the roundtable and it was attended by representatives of, relevant ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, UK Government, foreign diplomatic missions, international organisations, research institutions, development partners and donors.At the roundtable, the UK side was represented online by Ms Janet Rogan, COP26 Regional Ambassador Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, COP26 Unit. Ms Rogan spoke about the UK government’s efforts tackling global climate change and UK’s priorities for COP26.She also described what more ambitious and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) mean and why it is important to come forward with enhancing and raising ambition in NDCs ahead of COP26.Following the COP26 Regional Ambassador’s remarks, speeches from:former UK Minister of Energy & Climate Change and Former Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to TurkmenistanHead of the Department of International Environmental Cooperation and Projects of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of TurkmenistanUNDP Project Manager, Group Manager for the preparation of Turkmenistan’s Fourth National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)Country Heads of Multinational Development Banks such as ADB and EBRDHeads of Departments of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Energy Agency (IEA)renowned Oxford University and Turkmen State Institute of Electrical Energy professorsShell International Ltd.’s Chief Climate Change Adviserexperts from the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP), NDC Partnership and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) gave special impetus to the eventAs a result of the productive discussions, joint priorities of the Turkmen colleagues with international partners and donors were identified to activate new forms of cooperation to jointly combat climate change, taking into account the coincidence of priorities in the main areas of work.Given the importance of the subject matter and the fact that climate change affects negatively many people and countries around the world, experts agreed it was important to learn from each other and to continue the productive dialogue and exchange of professional experience in this important area.At the end of the roundtable, experts thanked the organisers of the roundtable and expressed hope for a brighter and greener future for all. /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. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, Asia, British, Central, Eastern, Europe, Government, greenhouse gas emissions, Middle East, Oxford, Turkmenistan, UK, UK Government, UN, UNDP, United Nationslast_img read more

Rearview Mirror: The surprising rise of Subaru

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Subaru regularly wins safety awards in crash testing, but that wasn’t always the case. When first imported into the United States – through a loophole discovered by an American businessman who would later fleece New Brunswick out of $23 million – it was promptly named the “most unsafe car on the market.”Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, began as an aircraft manufacturer. It was incorporated in 1953 when five companies joined together, taking its name from a star constellation the Japanese call Subaru; they’re the stars on the grille badge today.The company’s first vehicle was a motor scooter called the Rabbit, introduced in 1956. But it had been working on a car as well, in keeping with the Japanese government’s directive for companies to build lightweight, inexpensive cars. Subaru used aerospace techniques to pare off the pounds, and in March 1958 introduced its first automobile, the 360. First Drive: 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STiThe 360 went on sale in May 1968. Its $1,297 price tag was certainly attractive, given that the cheapest Chevrolet that year was $2,442, and even a Volkswagen Beetle was $400 more than the Subaru. But when Consumer Reports got its hands on one and declared its safety rating to be “unacceptable,” sales fell. Only 5,590 were sold in 1970, and Lamm dropped it in favour of the front-wheel FF1. On a trip to Japan he saw Subaru’s Leone, a station wagon that the driver could switch from front- to all-wheel drive. He brought it to the U.S. as the DL/GL Wagon, the country’s first all-wheel-drive passenger car.Subaru of America offered its first public stock in 1972, and by 1976, was in sixth place among all imports in the U.S. That year, the first Subaru vehicles were sold in Canada, and over the next decade, Canadians could buy such vehicles as the Brat mini-truck and Justy hatchback.By the late 1980s, the company was firmly part of the North American auto scene. In 1989 it built a manufacturing plant in Indiana, while Subaru Canada was formed for importation and distribution here. Parent company Fuji Heavy Industries owned about half of Subaru of America’s stock, and in 1990, bought it out entirely.And Malcolm Bricklin? He sold his share of Subaru and, in 1974, convinced the New Brunswick government to help underwrite a factory to build a futuristic, gull-winged fiberglass sports car that he named for himself. Production issues mounted and costs spiralled out of control, and only 2,875 were built before the province called a halt to it. Bricklin was back on the scene again in 1986, introducing the bargain-basement and problem-prone Yugo to North America. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever In 1961 it introduced the Sambar mini-truck, followed by a delivery van. To further cement its reputation as a serious automaker, the company installed a test track at its plant in 1964, and a year later became the first Japanese manufacturer to crash-test its cars both front and rear.For 1966, it produced the 1000, its first car with a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder “boxer” engine and front-wheel drive. The design would be developed into a compact model that would later reach the U.S. as the FF1, indicating front-engine and front-wheel drive.Enter Malcolm Bricklin, a Philadelphia-born entrepreneur who initially made his money with a chain of hardware stores in Florida. He noticed the growing popularity of scooters and mopeds, and after buying and selling a distributor’s unsold stock of Italian scooters, discovered and began importing Subaru’s Rabbit scooter. He was interested in its cars, but the company wasn’t yet ready to spend the time and money it would take to design a vehicle to meet U.S. crash standards. It was also unsure of this unfamiliar market, especially since Toyota and Datsun were still struggling to hit it big in America.Undeterred, Bricklin found a loophole. American crash standards only applied to cars, which the rules said were vehicles that weighed more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg). The featherweight 360 was just 960 lbs. In effect, it wasn’t a car, and so it didn’t have to meet car standards in order to be sold.Along with his friend Harvey Lamm, Bricklin founded Subaru of America on February 15, 1968 in Pennsylvania, later moving it to New Jersey. Lamm became its first president and CEO, and it’s the same company that exists today. Rather than dealerships, the pair sold distribution franchises, most of which Subaru would later buy out.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Subaru 360 It was typical of Japanese microcars, with an air-cooled, two-cylinder, rear-mounted engine that made just 16 horsepower, along with a three-speed manual transmission. By the time it got to the U.S. a decade later, the 360 had been upgraded to 25 horsepower and four gears, but it took 37.5 seconds to reach 80 km/h. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 1958 Subaru 360 introduced the U.S. to the Japanese automakerSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Subaru’s 1973 wagon could be switched from FWD to 4WD by the driverSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The far superior Subaru FF1 replaced the 360, offering the company’s first “boxer” engine and front-wheel driveSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The GL Wagon was introduced for 1975Subaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Brat, introduced for 1978, was a combination of car and pickup truckSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Subaru XT, introduced for 1985, could be optioned with a turbocharged engineSubaru Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” See More Videos Trending Videos In the 1990s he tried to build electric bicycles, and in 2005 he teamed up with Chinese automaker Chery to import its vehicles into the U.S., which ended in nasty lawsuits. Currently, he’s trying to interest dealers in a bizarre venture where they’ll sell both three-wheeled electric vehicles and expensive artwork. But if nothing else, he’ll be remembered for the loophole that ultimately gave us Subaru. 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