EU opens new mission in Kuwait

first_imgKuwait City: The EU’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday the bloc is increasing its engagement in the Middle East, as she opened a new mission in Kuwait City. The office in Kuwait’s tallest skyscraper is the third such EU mission in the Gulf, after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. “This also sends a message to the whole region; the European Union is increasing its presence and engagement in the Middle East,” Mogherini said at the opening ceremony. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “What happens to the Gulf matters to Europe and what happens to Europe matters to the Gulf,” she added. The ceremony in the Al Hamra Tower, which is also home to the French embassy, was attended by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah. The opening, decided several months ago, comes amid a tense standoff between the United States and Iran which has affected the Gulf. “In a moment of regional and global tensions, Kuwait is a voice of wisdom and force of peace and this is what made us natural partners,” Mogherini said. Kuwait has strong relations with Brussels and Washington and, unlike Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, it maintains good ties with Tehran.last_img read more

Maha Moderate intensity earthquake hits Palghar

first_imgPalghar: An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 shook parts of Palghar district in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning, an official said. No loss of life or damage to property was reported, regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. The quake, having its epicenter at a depth of 10 km in Dundalwadi village of Dahanu taluka, was felt around 5.38 am, he said. The district’s Dahanu area has been experiencing such tremors since November last year, with most of them centered around Dundalwadi village.last_img

Winnipeg shelter partners with Fringe Festival to raise cash for programs

first_imgAPTN National NewsA play by a Winnipeg homeless shelter is being featured at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.The Siloam Mission hopes that by showcasing its theatrical skills, it can raise cash for programs.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.mthordarson@aptn.calast_img

Minister Rabbah Morocco Earmarks 14 Billion for Energy Projects

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development Aziz Rabbah said that Morocco has earmarked $14 billion of investment for the energy sector between 2017 and 2023.The projects are underway and concern mainly renewable energy, Rabbah said at the ninth General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Friday in Abu Dhabi.Major companies from Asia, Europe, the US, and the Arab world, in addition to Moroccan companies are carrying out the energy projects, which indicates the attractiveness of the Moroccan market, Rabbah added. Rabbah also emphasized that Morocco’s renewable energy strategy was launched by King Mohammed VI to meet national needs and commitment to global efforts to combat climate change and promote the use of clean energy.The strategy, continued the minister, aims to enhance security in the energy sector in Morocco and to respond to the increasing demand for energy.“We have an annual energy demand increase of 2 to 4 percent, and more than 93 percent of Morocco’s energy needs are imported, compared to 98 percent in 2008,” he added.Speaking to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the minister said: “Our energy strategy targets increasing use of renewable energy to 52 percent by 2030, while reducing consumption of conventional energy sources by 15 percent.”Read Also: Energy Minister: Morocco to Invest $30 Billion in Renewable Energy by 2030The energy minister also recognized the UAE’s support of the Moroccan renewable energy sector.  Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar “had successfully installed an off-grid solar power project that extends energy access to 19,438 homes in more than 1,000 villages in Morocco,” he told WAM.The three-day IRENA assembly brought together heads of state and over 120 ministers and government representatives from 160 countries around the world.IRENA was created on January 26, 2009, in Bonn, Germany, after 75 countries signed the organization’s statutes.The UAE became a permanent headquarters during IRENA’s first General Assembly in 2011. read more

UN official urges African countries to stop turning blind eye to suspected

The meeting represents “an unprecedented opportunity for member States to advance the fight against impunity in this violence-stricken region,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said of the Fifth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). Noting that the goal of the Summit is to promote peace, security, stability and development in the region, Ms. Pillay noted that it will only be achieved “if those responsible for violence and illegal economic exploitation are held to account.” She noted that Rwanda and Uganda are currently hosting senior military officers of the M23 rebel group who are alleged to be among the worst perpetrators of human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “If they continue to elude justice in neighbouring States, they remain a security threat, hampering efforts for sustainable peace and development in the region,” the High Commissioner said, noting that they are accused of mass killings, rape and recruitment and use of children. These countries are among the 11 who signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region back in February 2013, and who made formal commitments to neither harbour nor protect any person accused of international crimes or who falls under the United Nations sanctions regime. Dubbed a “framework of hope” by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, who is among the UN officials attending the Summit in Luanda, the UN has said the accord remains the best chance to achieve sustainable peace, security, cooperation and development in the Great Lakes Region. In addition to former M23 combatants, Ms. Pillay noted that people suspected of active participation in the 1994 Rwanda genocide are still sheltering from justice in the DRC two decades later. “I urge States to stop turning a blind eye to the presence of people on their territory who are suspected of committing very serious crimes, and take the opportunity of the summit to address the question of judicial cooperation and ensure accountability for international crimes and serious human rights violations committed throughout the region,” Ms. Pillay said in a news release from the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR). Senior representatives of the High Commissioner have been making positive progress in recent months with Congolese authorities on impunity-related issues, including follow-up of the United Nations 2010 ‘Mapping Report’ on the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed in the DRC between 1993 and 2003. “I am encouraged by recent efforts of the Congolese authorities to hold accountable high-ranking perpetrators of serious human rights violations including sexual violence,” she said. “This trend must continue and include cross-border cooperation. The fight against impunity requires an active and real commitment by all States in the sub-region.” Ms. Pillay also noted that the Special Rapporteur on transitional justice has requested invitations for country visits to a number of Members States of the ICGLR, including the DRC and Rwanda. Extending an invitation to the Special Rapporteur would be one step towards living up to the commitment to fight impunity, she said. read more

Arizona institutions to research mine safety under new grant

first_imgTo aid in improving mining safety, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources have been awarded more than $1.3 million in funding to conduct two research projects related to mining safety. The funding was granted by the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, which supports projects across the nation that are designed to improve mine health and safety. The UA funding includes a $669,208 grant to identify effective risk management interventions and a $663,817 grant to improve the effectiveness of mine safety training.Despite marked improvement over the years, mining remains a dangerous profession in the US, with 36 fatalities in 2012 and at least 20 fatalities in 2013. Some mines are safer than others, due in part to differences in their safety and health programs and training effectiveness.“Every day, mine operators across the US are challenged to ensure their employees, contractors, and vendors are highly competent with regards to safety,” said Eric Lutz, a UA Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Chair of the Health and Safety Committee for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.“These research projects will result in pragmatic tools that safety personnel and trainers can use to evaluate and improve their program effectiveness,” Lutz said.The risk management grant will be administered by lead researchers Lutz, Jeff Burgess, a UA College of Public Health Professor, and Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor in the Eller College of Management.Risk management programs are required in other countries but only a limited number of US mining companies follow established programs. The risk management project will evaluate the effectiveness of recent mining industry safety and health interventions in reducing injuries and injury-related costs.The training effectiveness grant will be administered by Lutz and Mary Poulton, who directs the Lowell Institute for Minerals Resources and is Head of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering.The training research will bring together an inter-collegiate team at the UA to work with mining industry partners to provide guidance to mine safety trainers in a manner that meets US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requirements.Lutz said the study will allow managers to evaluate their trainers and provide mine companies and regulatory agencies with a powerful tool to assess the quality of contractor or vendor-led training courses.last_img read more

One old lady with handbag takes on jewelry thieves wielding sledgehammers

first_imgIn Northampton, UK earlier this week a well-known jewelry store was attacked by thieves. Instead of entering the store and threatening the staff they instead brought sledgehammers on scooters and smashed the windows in order to get to the valuable goods inside.While all this was going on no one passing by intervened and the staff just panicked and tried to bring down the security barriers on the shop. But one old lady wasn’t going to let them get away with it and decided to attack.About 8 seconds into the video you will see the red coat of a woman appear on the right of the shot. She runs across the road and starts swinging her handbag at the thieves, even grabbing one and pulling him away from the window. She’s physically exhausted by that point, but it’s enough to scare them off. As they escape one thief falls from his scooter and finally other members of the public intervene, holding him down until the police arrive.We commend the 70+ lady for her bravery and quick thinking, it probably saved the shop a small fortune. We only wish other people passing by on the busy road would have been so brave.via YouTubelast_img read more

iPad 3 could have retina display bigger iPod touch rumored

first_imgIt’s quite remarkable, but not surprising, that in this modern day and age even before one model gets released talks of another are plastered all over the web. For example, we have not even got the iPad 2 in our hands, yet more Apple news has been uncovered relating to Apple’s next installment: the iPad 3 and a bigger iPod touch.According to AppleInsider, Apple is looking to expand its tablet range by offering an iPad 3 with Retina Display technology and possibly a new device that will be either a smaller iPad or an iPod Touch with a larger screen.We don’t have the full specs of the iPad 3, but it is said to feature a 9.7″ 2048×1536 IPS panel with FFS technology (fringe-field switching). The latter will enable wider viewing angles and benefit users in terms of its visual quality in direct sunlight, something which has stopped the iPad from being a useful alternative to Amazon’s Kindle.The rumored iPod Touch upgrade could feature a screen size that sits between the current iPhone 4 and iPad, so something between a 4 to 8″ screen we expect. If Apple opted for a 5″ screen, and kept its standard resolution of 960×640, this would offer a 230ppi screen density, or if it was stretched to 7” this would be 164ppi which is still higher than the existing iPad’s 132ppi.We are not sure how the above will pan out, but if the larger iPod Touch does appear later this year, this would allow Apple to compete better with offerings from Android-enabled devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak.Read more at AppleInsiderlast_img read more

GM Wants IBMs Watson AI To Sell You Stuff While You Drive

first_imgIBM’s Watson does some pretty important work. Now, in addition to making life-saving medical diagnoses and helping California conserve water, Watson is going to help GM advertise stuff to you while you drive.Not exactly the most noble of pursuits, but IBM has never wanted to place limits on Watson. Quite the contrary, in fact. They’re always looking for new applications that can put their groundbreaking AI to good use. And yes, there are people out there who think that advertising in your car is a good use. GM executives, for example.It’s called OnStar Go and it’s pitched as a convenience for drivers. Here’s how it will work. Say you typically stop and grab a cup of coffee on your way to work, but you’re running a little behind and your usual route is clogged with traffic. Not only will OnStar suggest an alternate route, but Watson could chime in with a suitable stand-in for your morning java.Low on gas? Your GM vehicle lets Watson know, and Watson responds by automatically popping up an alert and directing you to a nearby gas station. I’m not sure that I want to see ads on my dashboard yet, but this is one scenario where I don’t think I’d be bothered — especially if I happened to be driving somewhere unfamiliar, which, presumably my car and Watson would also know.As long as GM keeps these “suggestions” fairly tame, OnStar Go seems innocuous enough. It does seem, however, like they’re paving the way for our cars to bombard us with with targeted location-based ads once they go autonomous… but we all knew that was inevitable, didn’t we?last_img read more

Protest held for man shot by Broward Deputies

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A passionate protest was held, Sunday, for a South Florida man killed by police.Family and friends of 55-year-old Greg Frazier were out marching for justice and were seen lining up along Northwest 14th Street, the same street Frazier was fatally shot.On Sept. 9, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said they were forced to fire after finding Frazier with a knife during a domestic disturbance at a home.The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

GHMC plans facelift to Mir Alam Tank

first_imgRajendranagar : The GHMC (Irrigation) Department will be giving a complete facelift to the Mir Alam Lake by coming up with a walkway and cycle track, besides a 6.5 km long sewerage diversion canal. The ongoing project with an outlay of several crore rupees, the officials say that it would protect the historic water body from getting polluted.The project is funded through Mission Kakatiya and would materialise in a year. With the successful completion of the project, the water body will embrace a new look with facilities like walkway, cycle track and small parks and would give a serene environment to the visitors. Meanwhile, the GHMC will also take along fencing works to protect the water body, from the encroachers. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The project is in process at various locations and it is said that the works have been allotted to different contractors through the tender process. At the initial stage a 6.5 km long diversion canal around the lake is being constructed with an outlay of about Rs 7 crore that would help to redirect the sewerage inflow coming from the surrounding areas to Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) located at Mir Alam Filter. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us According to officials, the diversion canal is aimed to protect the water body from getting polluted with sewerage, chemically induced industrial effluents and filth that is flowing directly into the lake from surrounding areas. “The works have already started from Indranagar (Hassan Nagar) which would move along the embankment of lake before ending at the STP located at Mir Alam Filter. First phase of work would turn the canal into pavement and in later stages the walkway and cycle track would take shape on the same route,” said an official. Advertise With Us However, to undermine these efforts, a slab culvert is also being constructed at Mir Alam Filter by R&B Department. The GHMC has already sent two letters to the R&B Department explaining the project in length, but no appropriate reply was made by the later yet. “The ongoing works at Mir Alam Filter are detrimental for the project since this will allow the sewerage from upward areas of Teegal Kunta and Chashma to enter directly into the lake. There is already a line there but the R&B officials are converting it into a slab culvert with augmented capacity that will allow the huge inflow of filth to pass through it directly into the lake,” lamented, the official on the request of anonymity.last_img read more

Student loans taking a bite out of housing

first_imgStudent loans taking a bite out of housing1.2K viewsStudent loans taking a bite out of housing1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Student loans taking a bite out of housing1.2K viewsBusinessThe housing market has not been stellar. Housing starts fell two percent in a report on Wednesday a day after a decline in builder sentiment. One reason for housing’s lackluster performance: risingVentuno Web Player 4.50The housing market has not been stellar. Housing starts fell two percent in a report on Wednesday a day after a decline in builder sentiment. One reason for housing’s lackluster performance: risinglast_img

100 new psychoactive substances detected in Europe in 2014

first_imgClose The production of psychoactive substances is on the rise is Europe with cannabis still being the most used drug in the European Union, the blocs drug agency said in its yearly report published on Thursday (4 June).The annual report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) showed that over a hundred new psychoactive substances were detected in Europe in 2014 and risk assessments were conducted on six new drugs, marking record highs.The market for illicit drugs is the most dynamic of all criminal markets. It is a globalised and a rapidly changing market. The production of new psychoactive substances is increasingly taking place in the European Union moving closer to consumer markets. This growing criminal activity requires a clear, strong and coherent answer at European level, EU commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in Lisbon at the presentation of the annual report.Avramopoulos said that migration should not be linked to the drug trade, even if it has been confirmed that smugglers use migrants to traffic drugs.We must not link migration with drugs but, but as far as smugglers activities are concerned, yes it has been confirmed, they use this tool in order to conduct their operations. So, as we said recently in Brussels, we have declared war against smugglers and the ways they have adopted to exploit these desperate people, he said.Cannabis, the annual European Drug Report said, is still the most used drug in the EU and has been tried by an estimated 79 million Europeans over the course of their lives.Cannabis remains Europes most widely consumed illicit drug with some 20 million adults using it in the last year. About 1% of European adults are daily cannabis users, EMCDDA director Wolfgang Gotz said.The report stresses the major role played by cannabis in drug-related crime statistics and says it accounts for 80% of the number of seizures. Cannabis use or possession for personal consumption accounts for over 60% of all reported drug law offences in Europe, the report said.Gotz said there were no plans in Europe to go down the route of regulated sale of cannabis adopted in some parts of the Americas.In Europe I do not know any government or parliamentary majority backing a government that is currently seriously discussing cannabis legalisation or regulation in a different way, he said.The report stressed that in the EU the main concern remains the potential health costs of cannabis use, despite debate sparked by regulation of cannabis in parts of North and South America.Gotz also said there was no discussion in the bloc regarding the criminalisation of drug consumers.The other discussion which is, I think, in Europe quite accepted everywhere is that a drug consumer, a cannabis consumer in particular, should not be criminalised, and I think that is very much where we are in Europe, I dont see a discussion for the moment coming up, as it is, at the level of the Americas, he said.In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana, a pioneering social experiment aimed at wresting the business from criminals that will be closely watched by others debating drug liberalisation.last_img read more

Over 150 inmates escape in Philippine jailbreak

first_imgMap locating Kidapawan city in the Philippines where gun men broke 132 people out of prison on Wednesday. Photo: AFPMore than 150 inmates of a southern Philippine jail escaped when suspected Muslim rebels stormed the dilapidated facility in a pre-dawn raid on Wednesday, killing one guard, authorities said.The attack added to a long history of daring jailbreaks in the strife-torn south, home to a decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency as well as extremist gangs that have recently declared allegiance to the Islamic State group.A two-hour long firefight broke out when more than 100 armed men believed to have been led by a local Muslim rebel commander attacked the jail in Kidapawan city at about 1:00am, jail authorities said.“It’s to rescue their comrades under our custody. It is a rescue operation,” jail warden Peter John Bonggat told local ABS-CBN television.Bonggat said the attackers were believed to be a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation’s largest Muslim rebel organisation that is in peace talks with the government.At least 158 prisoners had escaped, Bonggat told AFP, although it was unclear how many of those were linked to the attackers or were just other inmates who took advantage of the chaos.“The (inmates) took chances because of the volume of fire… they used their bedding, piled them on top of each other to escape,” Bonggat said.Bonggat said the jail, which housed 1,511 inmates, lacked guards and was a dilapidated former school building located in a forested, secluded area.Three inmates facing charges of illegal possession of explosives and drugs escaped from the jail last year.Kidapawan, 950 kilometres (590 miles) south of Manila, is home to various Muslim rebel groups, criminal gangs and communist insurgents.“We have many Muslim personalities (in the jail) that are members of various organised, syndicated groups,” Bonggat told AFP.Security forces pursued the assailants and the escapees throughout Wednesday morning, with local authorities reporting up to six had been killed in the hunt.MILF spokesman Von al-Haq told AFP the group did not know who the attackers were and was contacting its members to get more information.The MILF has about 10,000 armed followers, but they have been observing a ceasefire with the government as part of the peace efforts.The southern region of Mindanao is the ancestral homeland of the Muslim minority in the largely Catholic Philippines.More than 120,000 people have been killed in the rebellion.While the MILF is aiming for peace, there are various breakaway groups that are determined to continue fighting and have declared allegiance to the IS group.The Maute group, regarded as one of the most dangerous extremist organisations, freed 23 inmates in a jailbreak last year in a nearby city.last_img read more

TxDOT Abandons Roadmap For Tollways

first_img Share Cars back up during afternoon weekday traffic on southbound Interstate 45 in Houston north of downtown.State transportation leaders aren’t going to consider using an accounting maneuver to get around a constitutional ban on using tax dollars for some toll projects after all. The Texas Tribune reported Thursday that the Texas Department of Transportation was considering tax dollars banned from funding toll projects to pay for other construction projects that would also feature toll lanes. By that evening, the agency had heard from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on the matter and announced it was scrapping those ideas due to public response. last_img

Microsoft will not support Windows registry backup by default to reduce disk

first_imgAfter the release of Windows 10 in October 2018, it was speculated that Windows 10 might have a bug which is preventing the successful execution of the registry backup task, usually enabled by default on PCs running the operating system. After eight months, Microsoft has now come back with an answer to this speculation, by stating that it was not a bug but a change in “design” that prevented the execution of registry backups. All along these eight months, users were not notified about this change in feature by Microsoft. Around 800M Windows 10 users would have lost their data, if by any chance, the Windows System Restore point would have failed. Last week, Microsoft released a support document stating Windows 10 version 1803 onwards, Windows will no longer back the system registry to the RegBack folder, by default. Also it has been said that this change is “intended to help reduce the overall disk footprint size of Windows.” If browsed through the Windows\System32\config\RegBack folder, all registry hives are still present, however with each having 0kb file size. Registry backups are extremely important for users as they are the only option available, if the Windows System Restore point fails. How to manually switch back automatic registry backups Though Windows will not support registry backups by default, Microsoft has not entirely  removed the feature. Users can still create registry backups automatically by using a system restore point. Windows 10 users can change the new default behavior using the following steps: First configure a new  REG_DWORD registry entry at HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Configuration Manager\EnablePeriodicBackup. Assign it to value 1. After restarting the system, Windows will back up the registry to the RegBack folder. A RegIdleBackup task will be created to manage subsequent backups. Windows will store the task information in the Scheduled Task Library, in Microsoft\Windows\Registry folder. The task has the following properties: Image Source: Microsoft Document Users are skeptical that Microsoft has removed registry backups, for saving disk footprint space. A user on Hacker News comments that, “50-100MB seems like a miniscule amount of space to warrant something like this. My WinSxS folder alone is almost 10GB. If they wanted to save space, even a modest improvement in managing updates would yield space saving results orders of magnitude greater than this.” Another user adds, “Of all the stuff crammed automatically on Windows 10 install .. they can’t be serious about saving space.” Another user wrote that, “This sort of thinking might have been understandable back during the ’90’s. However, today, people have plenty of free space on their hard disk. The track record of Windows 10 has been so poor lately that it’s surprising that MS got so overconfident that they decided that they didn’t need safeguards like this any longer.” Read the Microsoft support document for more details. Read Next Microsoft is seeking membership to Linux-distros mailing list for early access to security vulnerabilities Docker and Microsoft collaborate over WSL 2, future of Docker Desktop for Windows is near Microsoft finally makes Hyper-V Server 2019 available, after a delay of more than six monthslast_img read more

Volkswagen under its new selfdriving vehicle alliance with Ford invests 26 billion

first_imgAfter ending its ties with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday disclosed that it is now investing $2.6 billion in Ford’s autonomous-car partner, Argo AI. This deal, that values the operation at more than $7 billion, is part of a broader alliance between Volkswagen and Ford that covers autonomous and electric vehicles. “While Ford and Volkswagen remain independent and fiercely competitive in the marketplace, teaming up and working with Argo AI on this important technology allows us to deliver unmatched capability, scale, and geographic reach,” Ford Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett said. Under this alliance, Ford and Volkswagen joining forces to take advantage of each other’s strengths. While Ford is ahead of Volkswagen in the autonomous driving field, Volkswagen is more advanced than Ford in electric cars. Volkswagen plans to merge its Munich-based subsidiary, Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) including its 200 employees and the intellectual property they’ve developed into Argo. Argo AI, that was founded in 2016, boasts of 500 employees and with this merge, it will increase to 700. Before coming to Argo AI, Bryan Salesky, its chief executive worked for Google. He believes that this deal will help his company scale. He, in a Reuters interview, said, “We have two great customers and investors who are going to help us really scale and are committed to us for the long term.” He further said that Argo is open to additional strategic or financial investors to help share the costs of bringing self-driving vehicles to market. “We all realize this is a time-, talent- and capital-intensive business,” he said. Ford and VW, Argo’s two investors will hold equal, minority stake in the startup that together make up a majority. Like its employee count, Argo’s board will also expand from five to seven members. This investment looks promising for Volkswagen, as it opens an opportunity to catch up with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, and General Motors Co.’s Cruise unit. Given that this field is so resource-intensive it makes sense to make alliances to achieve the goal. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, a professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, said in an email to the New York Times, “Autonomous driving is a very, very expensive technology. One has to invest today in order to make the first sales in 2030, maybe. Therefore it makes a lot of sense for Ford and VW to work together.” Read Next Alphabet’s Waymo to launch the world’s first commercial self driving cars next month Apple gets into chip development and self-driving autonomous tech business Tesla Autonomy Day takeaways: Full Self-Driving computer, Robotaxis launching next year, and morelast_img read more

PHOTO STORY Costa Ricas Slut Walk 20

first_imgAccessibility Without Exclusion Party (PASE) presidential candidate Óscar López recentlysaid in a radio interview that there was a “thin line between consent and rape.”Those statements prompted outrage across the country, and the response was Slut Walk 2.0. Protesters last Friday night rallied to denounce López’s comments, as well as to speak out against Costa Rica’s ban on abortion, the Catholic Church’s position on social issues and violence against women, among other issues.The march began at 8 p.m. in Parque Central, in downtown San José, and then headed east on Avenida 4, past the National Theater, and then west on Central Avenue to Parque Central. Here are some photo highlights. Share your reactions with other Tico Times readers on our Facebook here. No related posts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Viciously beaten by partygoers

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A family get-together at a neighbour’s house turned into a bloody attack on Mr Rishi Sukoo on Saturday night.At about 9.30pm, 59-year old Mr Sukoo was at home relaxing and attempting to watch television with his daughter Yateesha and grandson Yasthil. However, the sound of loud music and an engine being revved, accompanied by the smell of tyres burning, made this impossible.Concerned for her son and father’s health, Yateesha decided to go out and ask the neighbours to please “turn it down a notch” as the music was causing a disturbance and the burning rubber was affecting her son, as he is an asthmatic. The “party people” happen to be newcomers to the neighbourhood, having moved in less than a week ago. They also happen to be relatives of the Sukoo family.Yateesha’s request for her neighbours to quieten down was the turning point in the evening and everything turned very nasty.Mr Sukoo, who was standing outside, was caught by surprise when a 30-year-old man (who was a guest at the neighbour’s home) jumped into his property and punched him in the forehead, knocking him off his feet. Mr Sukoo lost consciousness and says that all he recalls is being carried and thrown into the prayer area made up of bricks in the front yard.Leaving the elderly man in a pool of blood, his attacker walked away and returned to the party house.By then, Yateesha had come to her dad’s aid. Her son, Yasthil, had pressed the emergency panic button. Police and Chubb responded to the call and found the elderly man with blood all over his face.Minutes later, ambulance services arrived and treated Mr Sukoo for his injuries before transporting him to hospital.The 59-year old sustained a gash to his head and elbow, and injuries to his upper body. He was hospitalised for at least two days before being discharged.Police are investigating a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (assault GBH).A suspect was arrested and appeared in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court on Monday.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more