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September 4, 2021

Scandal-hit Francois Fillon could gift Marine Le Pen the French presidency

Scandal-hit Francois Fillon could gift Marine Le Pen the French presidency by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeRecetas GetCheck 5 Cancer Warning SignsRecetas GetYahoo! SearchSearch For Best Home Water Delivery Service ScottsdaleYahoo! Searchfinguide.info10 smartest animalsfinguide.infoHigh TallyGerald McRaney Is Happily Married To This PersonHigh TallyibuzzsHidden Side Effects of the Most Popular DietsibuzzsFlower Delivery Near Me | Search AdsSummer Deals – Brighten Your Day With An Express Flowers Delivey.Flower Delivery Near Me | Search AdsHubcaps Unlimited LLC – WheelCovers.ComOriginal Wheel Covers, Hubcaps, and Hub Caps – New and UsedHubcaps Unlimited LLC – WheelCovers.Com10 Best Dog for Seniors10 Best Dog for Seniors – Carammello10 Best Dog for SeniorsVibrant Health NetworkWhy Doctors Prefer This Method Over MetforminVibrant Health Network whatsapp And just like the Donald, her rallies attract tens of thousands of people (the only other candidate who has that kind of pulling power is Macron).In fact, we’ve been focusing so much on why Trump became US President that we forgot to analyse why Hillary Clinton did not.I remember being in New York last September and a senior female politician I admire very much told me: “I just don’t like Hillary. I want to, but I don’t.” Sure she won the popular vote, but not enough people went to the polls for her in key states. Trump could rally. She could not.Read more: It’s time to face facts: Pandora’s Box is open and Europe is finishedMarine can rally. Fillon can not. And he’s now seen by many as deeply flawed. He was also Prime Minister of France for five years under Nicolas Sarkozy – who we now understand is under investigation for illegally exceeding his campaign spending limits. His campaign is in serious crisis, but Francois Fillon – candidate of the centre-right after a convincing victory in the primaries – said on Monday that he will continue to fight to become the next President of France despite a scandal engulfing him and his family.Trying to save his campaign, he apologised to the French people for his “errors” but denied that his wife and children were paid significant sums of public money for work in parliament they didn’t actually do. Share Le Pen has a stronger chance of becoming President of France (and what would that mean for the European Union?) if she’s up against Fillon in the second round of the presidential elections in May. This is not fanciful speculation, this is very much a possible scenario. Live with that, Monsieur Fillon.These views are not necessarily shared by Bloomberg. The polls currently don’t suggest that this scenario will arise, but, as we know, polls change, can be wrong and things can get ugly. Fillon’s Thatcherite approach to the French welfare state may not bring in the voters from the left. And this “damaged” candidate could give the French an excuse to vote for “not phoney” Le Pen.Le Pen may stand for ideals far removed from the French triumvirate of “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” but she keeps it real. She speaks in plain, concise French that appeals to citizens outside Paris. She wants to curb immigration, eradicate terrorism and get France out of the euro – and that’s the same nationalistic tone that got President Trump elected.Read more: Is the Francois Fillon scandal good news for Marine Le Pen?Using rhetoric which was so convincing to many in the US presidential campaign, she believes France is under threat from globalisation and Islamic fundamentalism.She re-branded her campaign as “Marine” in an attempt to be perceived as the person next door who looks after you. When our Paris correspondent interviewed her a couple of years ago, she made a point of putting on her make-up in the toilet of the National Front HQ, as if on a girls night out. whatsapp Well he didn’t deny that he had paid them significant sums of public money, but insisted that what he had done – jobs for the family, please! – was legal, even though he acknowledged that it was no longer seen as acceptable.Many French have taken objection to Fillon as a result of the saga, and his popularity has crashed. From a 60 per cent probability he would become President in January, that chance only stands at 22 per cent today. As I write, independent centre-left candidate Emmanuel Macron beats him in the polls.Read more: A French Presidentital hopeful has welcomed entrepreneurs mad at TrumpIf you look at the numbers, Fillon may actually not make it past the first round of the presidential elections.But here’s the rub which is alarming the markets: what if he makes it through to the second round and faces the leader of the far right Marine Le Pen in a face-off? Francine Lacqua Thursday 9 February 2017 4:15 am read more

August 24, 2021

Gold Medal is more than a basketball tournament

first_imgJuneau | Southeast | SportsGold Medal is more than a basketball tournamentMarch 24, 2018 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Siblings Marie and Thomas Beierly enjoy a moment during the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, held March 18-24 in Juneau. Both are announcers during the games. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament began more than 70 years ago, which means many players and volunteers are following in their parents’ footsteps.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/03/23GoldMedal.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gold Medal has always been a family event for Walter Soboleff Jr.He remembers his parents helping those coming into town from smaller Southeast communities in the mid-1950s.“Our house would fill up with ballplayers in sleeping bags. We’d go down to the boat harbors and pick up ball teams,” he said. “They’d come in the seine boats. There were no ferries back in those days.”Soboleff was just a kid then, so it wasn’t all about the competition.He ran around with friends and played under the bleachers – until the stars came out.“Anytime Herbie Didrickson or Moses Johnson played, I had to be there,” he said. “They were to basketball what the Beatles were to rock ‘n’ roll.”He’s not a player, but he works the event. This year, he’s at the merchandise table.Mary Lekanof also remembers watching Didrickson and Johnson play in the 1950s.She said the stands were smaller then, but plenty of people packed in.“Oh my goodness! It used to be held in the Juneau High School gymnasium,” she said. “They had a lower level, then they had a balcony. They had hundreds of people.”Now, there can be more than 1,000 people for the final games.They all fit in the larger Juneau-Douglas High School gym, with lots of bleachers but no balconies.Mary Lekanof is a Juneau Lions Club member who volunteers before and during the Gold Medal games. Here she works at the merchandise table. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Lekanof, working the merchandise and ticket tables, has seen other changes over the years.Some descendants of those early players and fans moved south.“Today you see people that are from Washington State,” he said. “They save all year so they can come up here for the Gold Medal,” he said.Marie Beierly started working Gold Medal in the mid-1980s. Like Soboleff, she followed in her father’s footsteps.“I was just sweeping floors and my dad was sitting here at the announcers table and he asked me to help him. He said, ‘Just give me a name and how many fouls they have.’ I did that for him for a couple years until he just started passing over the mic and told me to announce this guy’s name. So I did,” she said.Her brother, Thomas Beierly, also announces games in the stands and on the radio.The former player said he’s enjoyed some loosening of the rules.“Back when I was growing up here at Gold Medal, it was fabulous,” he said. “But people were so strict of players coming in to Gold Medal. But now we have the door open for other people to come in that want to enjoy and play.”The tournament runs four brackets, with teams representing about a dozen Southeast Alaska communities. That brings many hundreds of people into Juneau, giving it an economic boost.Soboleff said that’s changed from the earlier years.“People have money now to spend and they didn’t. I don’t remember anyone having any money back in the old days,” he said. “Now, I go to Costco and Fred Meyer and I see everybody. All of Southeast is here.”Gold Medal includes 40 games during the week of March 18-24. It raises funds for the Juneau Lions Club, which supports scholarships, eyesight assistance and donations to other organizations in Southeast.Gold Medal sweatshirts are among tournament gear sold to offset costs and support scholarships and other programs in Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Share this story:last_img read more

July 4, 2021

News / Russian carriers win reprieve from EU ban after Kremlin snubs new security rule

first_img Carriers which, through no fault of their own, have been unable to comply with the forthcoming ACC3 European security requirements, can apply for an extension of up to six months, it has been agreed.At an aviation security meeting in Dakar, Senegal, last week the European Commission, following talks with the African Air Transport Association, decided that carriers hampered by their governments, or by other reasons beyond their control, will have up until January 1 2015 to comply.The EU has sorted countries into ‘red’ or ‘green’. Countries on the ‘red’ list can still apply for ‘green’ status, which exempts them from the need to validate.The news will be welcomed by carriers in several countries whose governments have complained about ACC3 validation requirements. It is thought that South Africa had reservations, but possibly the most vocal opponent has been Russia, which is said to have forbidden its carriers from becoming validated. By Alex Lennane 15/04/2014 One source close to the process told The Loadstar: “Russia says it is not willing to comply with the EU Commission’s ACC3 requirements and insists that it should be considered a ‘green’ country because it has very stringent security requirements (for example, 100% screening of all cargo). In addition, the EU and Russia mutually recognise each other’s programmes.”A European Commission spokesman told The Loadstar this month: “Russia did not formally request an exemption, and we have not received any direct information to that effect, but we have received indirect reports from industry confirming that Russia has declared its intention to refuse aviation security validations.”This is a position that would threaten the ability of carriers such as AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Volga Dnepr to carry cargo to or from Europe after July.“An air carrier may not fly cargo or mail to the EU on the routes for which it does not have ACC3 status,” added the EC spokesman.Green list status is given to countries which pass a risk-based assessment which takes into account issues such as whether current security standards comply with ICAO rules.While he could not comment on Russia’s ACC3 status, Mike Woodall, IATA’s project leader cargo security independent validation, said that Russia was a signatory to ICAO standards and all IATA members had high security standards.“There are a lot of countries not on the ‘green’ list. Some are more bothered than others. Some believe they have a strong security policy. And there are two countries that are very vocal in that category.“Some states are upping the ante by suggesting in ICAO circles that they are unhappy with ACC3, and in light of the EU measures will adopt tit-for-tat measures.“IATA’s position is that members don’t want tit-for-tat regulations. It’s better to work on it bilaterally. Carriers shouldn’t be punchbags in the middle. There are some very high level negotiations going on to resolve outstanding issues.”While Russia is believed now to have applied for green status, it is unclear whether, in current circumstances, the EU would allow it.“Clearly, some states have issues that may be beyond aviation,” said Mr Woodall. “There are politics at play. It is a difficult area to second-guess, given the current political climate.”Russian carriers will no doubt be applying for the extension if the country doesn’t make the ‘green’ list, but this could trigger other problems, said one well-placed source.“Some of the non-Russian carriers, which have already done their ACC3 validations for technical or other stops in Russia, may not be too happy about that.”For reasons of confidentiality and security, it has been difficult to ascertain which companies and countries are ready for ACC3, added Mr Woodall.“Visibility is limited. But the extension is an option that IATA welcomes. The Senegal meeting has unblocked some African issues, but did cause delay.“Anecdotal evidence suggests that most agents are passing the process and demand for validators has gone up. We are reasonably confident now, especially given the extension for those carriers which were unable to comply.”Volga Dnepr and AirBridgeCargo Airlines declined to comment.last_img read more

July 4, 2021

Hapag-Lloyd launches remote reefer monitoring system

first_img Hapag-Lloyd has become the latest container carrier to outfit its fleet of reefer containers with real-time monitoring technology.The German carrier announced at the Transport Logistic exhibition, which began opened today in Munich, that it was to begin equipping its fleet of 100,000 reefer units with its Hapag-Lloyd LIVE system that employs IoT technology.It added that as he programme is rolled out across its reefer fleet, shippers using dry contaienrs may also request the technology. By Gavin van Marle 04/06/2019 “With our corporate ‘Strategy 2023’, we have set ourselves the goal of becoming number one for quality. Customers expect more reliable supply chains, so the industry needs to change and invest sufficiently. It is imperative that we understand and fulfil our customers’ needs faster than our competitors,” said Juan Carlos Duk, managing director of global commercial development at Hapag-Lloyd.“Inviting our customers to further shape our real-time monitoring products right from the beginning will give them an opportunity to receive products that are tailor-made for their needs – while giving us a chance to deliver the best-possible service at the same time,” he added.The reefer technology has been provided by transport technology company Globe Tracker, which has developed an end-to-end remote reefer monitoring technology.“We are honoured to have been chosen by Hapag-Lloyd because of our innovative strength and ability to provide a world-class cold chain visibility solution. We are extremely impressed with the rigorous detail, focus, diligence and high quality of their selection process, and could not be more pleased with the result,” said Jákup Lamhauge, CEO of Globe Tracker.Meanwhile, the connectivity between vessels, inland distribution modes, terminals and the carrier’s headquarters and shippers has been provided by Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson – the latter was a key partner in the development of Maersk’s remote container management programme.Hapag-Lloyd said the commercial features of the system would be “gradually released for use as the entire reefer fleet is being outfitted”.last_img read more

July 4, 2021

News / Indonesia’s Kertajati Airport has lofty cargo ambitions: ‘bringing in the big boys’

first_img By Sam Whelan 20/11/2019 Indonesia’s Kertajati Airport could become South-east Asia’s next major air cargo hub.Located 170km from Jakarta, near Bandung in West Java, the country’s second largest airport opened in May 2018 at cost of US$153m.Kertajati was built to handle passenger flights, but, according to local media, passengers have largely stayed away, leaving the airport’s utilisation at just 20%.Now, according to Indonesian logistics advisor Valkyn Dmello, the airport has a “golden opportunity” to become a major national and regional air cargo hub. Kementerian Perhubungan Republik Indonesia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commonscenter_img “The airports in Jakarta are very congested,” he told The Loadstar. “But with 1,200 ha of land and a 3km runway that can be extended, Kertajati has the capacity for 50 years of growth.”Fuelled by Indonesia’s insatiable appetite for e-commerce, its air cargo volumes have grown rapidly in recent years, jumping double-digits in 2018 to reach 1.12m tons. Similar growth is expected this year.The resulting congestion at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which handles the vast majority of cargo volumes, prompted plans for a new 148,000sq metre air cargo village at the airport.The project’s progress has been slow, however, Mr Dmello said, and suggested Kertajati could be a perfect solution, given the airport has the space and is already operational. He is working with the local government and multiple stakeholders to set up a task force to get the project off the ground.“There’s a lot of excitement because of the space available and the fact that the airport is already operating but only managing around 60 flights a week,” he explained.“Kertajati is under-used because they built it before access roads for passengers were good enough. So passengers complain. But cargo doesn’t complain – as long as it’s efficient.”The plans for Kertajati are ambitious and extend beyond simply handling spillover cargo from Soekarno-Hatta. For example, Mr Dmello highlighted the success of Hyderabad Airport in India as a possible model for Kertajati and its air cargo potential.“Hyderabad is a small city in India, but right now it’s number-one in its category for 10 million passengers and it’s a cargo hub with all the major carriers there. It’s also home to the largest Amazon distribution centre outside the US. So if they can do it, we can,” he said.Since Kertajati is in Indonesia’s most populated province, it’s ideally located for e-commerce cargo, Mr Dmello noted.“One of Indonesia’s big e-commerce firms has large activity there due to high percentage of small enterprise activity around West Java, and says there’s a lot of small and medium sellers on its platform that would find Kertajati a better export hub than Jakarta.”He believes Kertajati could become a regional hub for large integrators such as UPS and FedEx, too. The airport could “approach these ‘big boys and offer economic parking and landing rights so they can use it for long-haul flights and cheaper refuelling from a regional perspective, and not just for Indonesian cargo.”“It’s such an important project, because at the moment we’re not able to bring any of the big boys into the country – we don’t have Amazon, FedEx or UPS using a hub or DC here, even though it’s the largest economy in South-east Asia,” he explained.The large consumer market surrounding Kertajati also means it could attract some of the big electronics and smartphone manufacturers. Mr Dmello said the likes of Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi were all exploring their options in Indonesia.“Some of them are looking at Batam, but Kertajati is better because it’s nearer Jakarta. So we can go out to these guys once we have support from the government and offer land and a free trade zone.”Kertajati could also target the aviation industry’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market. According to a recent report by Indonesia’s Aircraft Maintenance Services Association, only half of the country’s $1bn MRO market is handled domestically, due to issues with land availability, and so Indonesia is losing out to regional rivals.“We’ve heard Airbus is looking at setting up an MRO for helicopters at one of the smaller private airports in Jakarta,” Mr Dmello said. “So it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for them to use Kertajati for larger projects as a strategic ASEAN base.”last_img read more

June 19, 2021

Stealing From Dead Prisoners

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Kang Chul HwanMr. Kang Chul Hwan, a former child prisoner in a North Korean primary detention settlement, was born in 1968 in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea. He was only nine years old when his grandfather disappeared one day and he was arrested and detained in the Yodok primary detention settlement together with his grandmother, father, uncle and a sister in 1977. They were released after ten years in 1987. In 1992 he and Mr. Ahn Hyok, also a former prisoner in the same settlement, defected to South Korea. He studied business administration at Hanyang University, Seoul, and he is a journalist of the Chosun Daily. He is co-founder of Democracy Network against North Korea Gulag, an NGO organized by North Korean defectors. The lack of clothing was such a serious problem in the detention settlement. Every prisoner tried hard to find anything for clothing. Once when a prisoner froze to death in his shed because of the lack of firewood and poor nutrition, I heard the quick sound of frantic footsteps. When I followed one of them and arrived at the footstep of the victim, there were already several prisoners there who were about to carry away the corpse on a stretcher. I saw a couple of prisoners rushing into the dead man’s shed to steal anything that was left.When they dug up the frozen ground and were ready to bury him, the corpse was immediately stripped by the prisoners. They buried a naked man! I could not watch any more. I was confused and about to faint. I ran home.Then, I remembered the security officer who gave each of us a piece of blanket when we first arrived here and said, “You will not receive another blanket supply while you are here. You better watch your blanket carefully.” Somebody stole a blanket from us the next day. A piece of blanket is one of the most important winter provisions. All my clothes were worn out and had holes here and there. It was very difficult to survive winter with these worn-out clothes.Therefore, a gunny bag was considered a fortune. Everybody tried very hard to steal one. However, if a prisoner was caught stealing gunny bags, he was severely beaten. The beating was such that the victim hardly survived many days. My grandmother often told us, “my children, never and never, never try to steal a gunny bag.” If you find a bag, you cut it into many small pieces to patch-up worn-out clothes and also to conceal that it was a stolen gunny bag. SHARE By Daily NK – 2005.10.19 9:48am AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Stealing From Dead Prisoners There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

June 18, 2021

New Financial Horizons and Pinnacle alliance to benefit advisors at both firms

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Megan Harman Financial Horizons acquires Estate Financial Private placement platform debuts new features Kitchener, Ont.-based Financial Horizons Group, one of Canada’s largest managing general agencies (MGAs), has formed a new alliance with Calgary-based exempt-market dealer (EMD) Pinnacle Wealth Brokers Inc. that will enable advisors at both firms to enhance their product offerings. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The new reciprocal referral relationship will enable Financial Horizons’ insurance brokers to help their clients access private capital market opportunities through Pinnacle. Meanwhile, Pinnacle advisors who are licensed in life insurance will be able to conduct their insurance business through Financial Horizons, gaining access to the tools and support offered by that firm. The alliance helps Financial Horizons expand its scope of financial offerings, says David Stewart, its executive vice president of sales. “With increasing consumer demands and sophistication, we want to make sure that we’ve got a good range of quality products on the shelf to help meet the needs of all Canadians,” he says. Financial Horizons expanded from insurance into investments in 2015 with its acquisitions of two mutual fund dealers: Perth, Ont.-based Certika Investments Ltd. and Sherbrooke, Que.-based Excel Private Wealth. Excel operates as an EMD as well, but only in Quebec. The new alliance with Pinnacle enables Financial Horizons advisors throughout the rest of Canada to cater to clients who are interested in private market investments by referring them to a Pinnacle advisor with the appropriate licensing. “This will be a way for us to help fulfill those clients’ needs internally, without [them] having to go to another institution,” says Stewart. For Pinnacle — an EMD with 130 advisors — the alliance with Financial Horizons’ network of more than 9,000 advisors brings significant growth potential, according to Darvin Zurfluh, Pinnacle’s CEO, who says there’s growing interest in private market investments among both insurance and mutual fund advisors. “The potential is huge,” Zurfluh says. “For us to double our business in one or two years, the potential is there.” More than half of Pinnacle’s advisors are licensed in life insurance and they can conduct their insurance business through any MGA of their choice. Pinnacle operates an associated general agency, Pinnacle Wealth Planning, which, under the new alliance, will now channel all of its business through Financial Horizons. As a result, insurance advisors who choose to conduct their business under the new alliance will still operate under the Pinnacle Wealth Planning brand. However they’ll have access to the resources and support available through Financial Horizons. Those who opt to do their insurance business through Pinnacle Wealth Planning will benefit from running their business under one brand, Zurfluh notes, and large producers will be eligible for equity in the company. Pinnacle had been seeking an MGA to partner with for some time, Zurfluh says. “The bottom line for Pinnacle is that it allows us to stay focused on the private market,” he says, “and it will let [Financial Horizons] do what they’re good at on the insurance side.” Pinnacle plans to grow its insurance arm considerably under the new alliance with Financial Horizons; its goal is to have 300 insurance advisors operating under Pinnacle Wealth Planning in the next three years. Photo copyright: rawpixel/123RF Empire Life becomes minority shareholder in Ontario MGA Keywords Managing General Agencies,  Exempt marketCompanies Pinnacle Wealth Brokers Inc., Financial Horizons Group Inc. Two-year streak without compensation refusal ends for OBSI Related newslast_img read more

June 16, 2021

‘Unpredictable security’ in Tigray, hindering aid delivery

first_img‘Unpredictable security’ in Tigray, hindering aid delivery The United NationsA “complex and unpredictable security situation” in Tigray continues to impede the delivery of life-saving assistance to Ethiopia’s northern region, the Deputy UN Spokesperson told journalists on Thursday.Nearly six months since the conflict between Ethiopian Government security forces and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began in early November, most rural areas have remained cut off from communications and electricity, impacting access to health services, water supply and vital assistance, said Farhan Haq.Meanwhile, he cited the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in saying that the UN and its humanitarian partners “continue to scale up their response, including identification and support to gender-based violence survivors”.From Tigray to Sudan Violence and conflict in Tigray have continued unabated since the Prime Minister ordered a military offensive following a rebel attack on a federal army base, while militias from the neighbouring Amhara region joined the fighting.After returning last week from a visit to the conflict zone in northern Ethiopia, James Elder, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said that more than a million people have been displaced.According to news reports, over 62,000 have fled across the border into Sudan, with humanitarian agencies continually looking to expand assistance to meet the increasing needs for the internally displaced and refugees in both Ethiopia and Sudan.Awash in need At the same time, “food insecurity remains dire with an estimated 4.5 million people need food assistance across Tigray”, said Mr. Haq.Since the end of March, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed nearly 9,000 metric tonnes of food, reaching nearly 529,000 people in the North Western and Southern Zones, he said.WFP have also distributed food to nearly 34,000 people in the towns of Edgahamus and Atsibi and “more than 700,000 people were reached with water trucking services last week”, he continued. “So far, UN partners have reached 285,000 displaced people with shelter and non-food items – only 10 per cent of the targeted population”.Meanwhile, the preparation of a displacement site in Mekelle with capacity for more than 19,000 people is ongoing, including building shelters, access roads and latrines.However, the UN Deputy Spokesperson echoed OCHA’s warning that “the response remains inadequate to the needs”.“Additional capacity, funds, as well as unimpeded and safe access, are needed to scale up to the level needed to respond across Tigray”, he stated. /UN News 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:communications, conflict, electricity, Ethiopia, Government, health services, Humanitarian, military, offensive, Prime Minister, refugees, security, southern, Sudan, UN, WFPlast_img read more

June 15, 2021

Motor Mouth: Waymo testing both self-driving cars and civil law

first_img 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” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSMotor MouthMotor MouthNew VehiclesAmir EfratiApple Inc.Apple iPhoneArizonaArs Technica LLCAudi AGDetroitGoogle Inc.IndustriesNorth AmericaOntarioPhoenix (Arizona)Silicon ValleyTechnology SectorTimothy LeeToyota Motor CorporationUnited StatesWynne Liberals advertisement Trending Videos As simplistic as it sounds, then, Waymo’s leadership in automotive autonomy may be the result of never having faced the wrath of a self-righteous lawyer armed with the death of an innocent six-year-old as exhibit Number One. Google may indeed be the leader in self-driving technology but methinks that Detroit could teach Silicon Valley a little something about the dangers of the American tort system. See More Videos 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 | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img RELATEDvolvo-self-drive-3.jpg?w=400&h=260′);”>Driving debate: Will autonomous cars help or hinder traffic? Well, that didn’t take nearly as long as we thought it would, now did it?Waymo has just announced it will be rolling out a yet another fleet of self-driving cars, this time in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. In itself, that is not big news; there are fleets of autonomous automobiles being tested all through the United States (and, thanks to recent changes by the Wynne Liberals, Ontario).What makes this latest Google car unique — indeed, extraordinary — is that there’s absolutely no one behind the wheel. Yes, Waymo’s experimental Chryslers are the very first autonomous automobiles to be tested on public streets without having their computers backed up with a human co-pilot. It’s almost impossible to overstate the significance of this experiment, not only as a cultural phenomenon but also as indication that Waymo — progeny of Alphabet-nee-Google — is seemingly technologically ahead of traditional automakers. Who will clean the puke in self-driving taxis?Even more pioneering/courageous/mad-as-a-hatter, Waymo is not restricting access to these new, now truly driverless vehicles to its engineers and employees, but is instead offering up its computerized Pacificas — FCA’s hybrid minivans — as public-facing taxicabs. Yes, the Chandler experiment would appear to be the thin edge of the long-promised, self-driving taxi that Silicon Valley has been promising for the last few years.If you’re thinking this sounds awfully early to be putting such trust in completely computerized cars, you’re not alone. Most of the industry has been predicting 2020 was the earliest anyone would dare send a car onto public streets without human backup. Now, three years ahead of time, the good folks of Chandler find themselves as guinea pigs to see if the driverless revolution we’ve all been awaiting is really possible.Why now, why in Arizona and, perhaps more specifically, why such a small portion — reportedly, the test will be conducted in a tightly-constrained, 10-square-mile area — of suburban Phoenix?Well, as for why Arizona, the weather is perfect, the roads are wide and Chandler, like much of Phoenix, is not plagued with the pesky pedestrians that render computerized cars crazy. Oh, and the local politicians, eager for business, have instituted some of the most lax restrictions for autonomous automobiles in North America.As to why now, that’s a more difficult question to answer. According to Timothy B. Lee of ARS Technica, it may be a question of what is the right way to gradually phase in automotive autonomy. Traditional automakers, says Lee, have taken the conservative approach, preferring to roll out many partially self-driving cars — i.e., those with safety drivers behind the wheel — to test their computers’ abilities in many different locales.Lee says that Google initially adopted the same approach, but quickly realized it was having trouble getting its safety drivers to remain attentive, comprehending that “employees who got to test early prototypes started trusting the technology way too quickly and started looking at their smartphones, putting on makeup and even napping in the driver’s seat.” So Waymo decided that it made more sense — indeed, it would be safer — to test 100 per cent driverless vehicles in a very restricted area and then build out the service from there.Amir Efrati, writing for The Information, seemingly begs to differ. In his recent article, Waymo’s Foes: Left Turns and the Mean Streets of Phoenix, Efrati points out the many failings Waymo’s self-drivers have had, even in those familiar confines of sunny, spacious Arizona. One of the biggest issues, say Efrati’s sources, is plain old left turns. Yes, just like we humans (the U.S .Department of Transportation lists improper left turns across intersections as the most common cause of collisions), computers seem to have problems crossing divided highways. So much so, says Efrati, that Waymo is considering restricting its autonomous Pacificas from making left turns at intersections without green arrow traffic signals. He mentions unmapped roads into malls as being another potential hazard and claims that cul-de-sacs also flummox the self-driving bits and bytes.So, if Efrati’s assertions hold any water, why would Waymo go ahead with such a risky program? Well, one side of the argument would be the dangers are being exaggerated and the self-driving Pacificas will be as proficient as promised. Also, at least initially, there will be a Waymo employee in the back seat who can, if not take over control of the car, at least shut it down.A cynic — who, moi? — might counter that Waymo’s leadership has more to do with corporate philosophy/experience, Silicon Valley having a long history of taking fliers with newfound technology and using its customers as guinea pigs. America’s tech giants are so used to foisting “beta” technologies on the consuming public that it’s not really surprising Google tries the same thing with self-driving cars.On the road to autonomous cars, it’s the middle ground that’s the most dangerousOf course, the problem with this concept is that when Apple’s IOS burps, your iPhone just freezes. If, on the other hand, a self-driving car has a brain fart, the consequences could be infinitely direr. Indeed, perhaps the biggest reason Google seems so far ahead of traditional car companies in developing autonomous automobiles may have less to do with its technological prowess as the fact it’s never been on the wrong end of an automotive wrongful death suit. Having lived through those debacles — Audi and Toyota’s unintended acceleration, Ford’s exploding tires, etc. — automakers are understandably reluctant to send a completely unmonitored car onto public streets. Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Chrysler Pacifica minivan equipped with Waymo’s self-driving car technology, being tested with the company’s employees as a biker and a pedestrian at Waymo’s facility in Atwater, Calif. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

June 14, 2021

Arctic sea ice reaches maximum extent for 2019

first_imgMedia Advisory20 March 2019Arctic sea ice at maximum extent for 2019This NASA Blue Marble image shows Arctic sea ice on March 13, 2019, when sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year. Sea ice extent for March 13 averaged 14.78 million square kilometers (5.71 million square miles), the seventh-lowest in the satellite record, tied with 2007. Image credit: NSIDC / NASA Earth Observatory. High-resolution imageArctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.78 million square kilometers (5.71 million square miles) on March 13, 2019, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2019 maximum is effectively tied with the 2007 maximum at seventh lowest in the 40-year satellite record.“While this is not a record low year for the Arctic sea ice maximum extent, the last four years have been the lowest in our record, reflecting a downward trend in winter sea ice extent,” said NSIDC senior research scientist Walt Meier. “This is just another indicator of the rapid changes that are occurring in the Arctic due to climate change.”Please note that the Arctic sea ice extent number is preliminary—continued winter conditions could still push the ice extent higher. NSIDC will issue a formal announcement at the beginning of April with full analysis of the possible causes behind this year’s ice conditions, interesting aspects of the ice growth season and graphics comparing this year to the long-term record. For example, this year has been marked by particularly low extent in the Bering Sea, including substantial ice loss during the month of February.NSIDC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The NSIDC Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis is supported in part by NASA.To read the full analysis of this year’s ice conditions, visit NSIDC’s Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis page. Download the NASA animation of the 2019 Arctic sea ice melt season here.Read the online version of this news advisory. Scientists collect sea ice data in the Beaufort Sea northeast of Barrow, Alaska. Image credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen. High-resolution image Learn About NSIDCThe National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.About NSIDCField WorkScientistsEventsContactsMembers of the press: Contact [email protected] or+1 303.492.1497General public and data users:Contact User Services or+1 303.492.6199last_img read more