UN refugee agency appeals to Egypt to help secure release of abducted

7 December 2010The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern about a group of some 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by traffickers in the Sinai, and called on the Egyptian Government to intervene to help secure their release. While the agency has very limited information about the group, media reports say that the traffickers are demanding payments of $8,000 per person for their release, that people are being held in containers and are subject to abuses, and that some may have been held for months.“We are, at this time, in contact with the Egyptian Government over this matter,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news conference in Geneva.“Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has assured us that around the clock efforts are underway to locate the hostages and release them,” he added.According to UNHCR, thousands of people attempt to cross the border from Egypt into Israel every year. Often they turn to bedouin traffickers, who have little regard for their safety. While many are migrants, some originate from refugee-producing countries, including Eritrea. “UNHCR’s eligibility guidelines consider that most Eritreans fleeing their country should be considered as refugees,” said Mr. Edwards.“UNHCR has been advocating with the Egyptian authorities for access to people who are detained in the course of making this journey, with a view to being able to determine those among them who are refugees and in need of international protection,” he said. read more

Liberals give notice for law to end Canada Post strike as sides

OTTAWA — The federal government has given notice that they’re prepared to legislate Canada Post employees back to work as the postal service and union spar over the scale of the backlog the rotating strikes have created.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said that 48 hours notice is required before introducing back-to-work legislation, but insisted that having done so doesn’t mean the government will make the move to end rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.“We have complete flexibility about when we’ll introduce that legislation,” Hajdu told reporters before the Liberal caucus meeting Wednesday morning.‘Canada Post is dying before our eyes’: Strike exposes how postal service has changed in online eraOttawa ready to order end to Canada Post strike if no deal within ‘next few days’Month-long backlog of undelivered mail piles up with no settlement to Canada Post strikes in sightThe potential of forcing postal employees back to work comes in the fifth week of rotating strikes by thousands of unionized workers as the union and postal service remain divided in contract negotiations.Canada Post said Tuesday that Canadians can expect delays of parcel and mail delivery into 2019 as a result of the strikes, especially in southwestern Ontario because of a backlog of hundreds of transport trailers sitting idle at its main Toronto sorting facility.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has, however, challenged the claims of major backlogs, saying they have been highly exaggerated. The union said Wednesday that it counted about 70 trailers at the main Toronto facility, which could be cleared in a matter of days, along with a smattering of trailers elsewhere in Ontario and on the East Coast.“It would appear that they’re up to their same old game, which is to try to provoke back-to-work legislation,” said Mike Palecek, CUPW national president in an interview.“This is what Canada Post does again and again and again. They create a crisis, in this case a fictional one, and then wait for the government to bail them out. So we’re incredibly concerned that the government may be moving forward with legislation based on information that isn’t true.”Canada Post said it has made a dent in backlog that hit a record last week, but it is still well behind as it goes into the busiest three weeks of the year.“Normally at this time of year we would have about 100 trailers to work through across our facilities as we brace for the Black Friday rush,” said spokesman Jon Hamilton in an email.“With our operations impacted by the ongoing strikes, we are five times that, with additional trailers of mail and parcels being held by customers and by international posts waiting for us to clear space for them to send.”He said Canada Post has had to rent space off site to store trailers while they wait for processing, which the union may not be aware of.Disputes on the scale of the backlog come as the two sides sat down with special mediator Morton Mitchnick Wednesday, who was reappointed by the federal Liberals.Palecek said he was hopeful that Mitchnick could help with negotiations, but was concerned the federal Liberals had moved forward on back-to-work legislation at the same time.“Our negotiators will do their best to reach a negotiated settlement, but the government’s announcement pulls the rug out from under us,” he said.Hajdu said she’ll let Mitchnick take the time he needs to push forward the protracted negotiations.“We’ve given notice to the House, we are extremely serious, (but) I really don’t want to have to use back-to-work legislation,” said Hajdu. “But having said that, this is a really busy time of year, people are relying on Canada Post to deliver packages, small and medium-size businesses are relying on Canada Post to have a profitable season and our economy needs Canada Post to be able to function in a smooth way.”Hajdu said the parties have already had a very long time to work out a deal but she expects them to work hard over the next couple of days to reach an agreement.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers on Monday turned down an offer for a holiday cooling-off period and a possible $1,000 bonus for its 50,000 members, saying it would only mean postal employees continuing to work under the same conditions the union is trying to have changed.When asked if she worries about potential criticism from New Democrats for ending the strikes with a law, Hajdu said she has to do what’s right for the country. read more

Payless ShoeSource to close 248 Canadian stores saying it is illequipped for

TORONTO — Mounting debts and a challenging retail market are forcing Payless ShoeSource Canada Inc. to shutter all of its North American stores by May.The Kansas-based discount footwear retailer said Tuesday that it will soon file for creditor protection in Canada, making way for liquidation sales at the 248 locations it owns in the country.The move comes just after Payless filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and after Ohio-based shoe brand DSW Inc. shut down its Town Shoes Ltd. brand and the 38 stores it had in the country, saying the “competitive landscape for mid-luxury, mall-based footwear has dramatically changed, comparable sales have deteriorated consistently and generated significant operating losses.”Payless, which was founded in 1956 and previously filed for bankruptcy in 2017, has faced a similar market, revealed its chief restructuring officer Stephen Marotta in a press release, where he said the brand had tried to rejig its operations to no avail. North America is ‘over-stored’ and Payless ShoeSource is the latest victim Crabtree and Evelyn closing stores, seeks bankruptcy protection amid ‘significant losses’ David’s Bridal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but will stay in business amid reorganization “The challenges facing retailers today are well documented, and unfortunately Payless emerged from its prior reorganization ill-equipped to survive in today’s retail environment,” said Marotta, who joined the company in January.“The prior proceedings left the company with too much remaining debt, too large a store footprint and a yet-to-be realized systems and corporate overhead structure consolidation.”Documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court on Tuesday show the company’s Canadian operations, which employ about 2,400 workers, had an oversupply of inventory as recently as this winter and was forced to sell merchandise at steep markdowns.The documents said the company failed to pay February’s rent for 220 stores it owns in Canada and reported an operating loss of more than US$12 million last year.Marotta said in the filings that the company has been unable to integrate its physical stores with a digital offering. Only 200 stores are equipped with such a service, he said, leaving Payless “unable to keep up with the shift in customer demand.”As a result, he said Payless will begin closing its 2,500 North American stores at the end of March, though some will be open until the end of May while the company conducts liquidation sales.Retail expert Brynn Winegard said Payless has long had issues because its business model was built around not always keeping inventory in every size for every shoe they sold but also because of the size of its real estate.“Payless has had to decrease its footprint significantly, but they were over indexed in terms of how large and how much real estate they intended to maintain,” she said.“Competitive pricing online is so much easier with lower overhead. The big discount and big box stores have margins that are razor thin finding it very hard to compete with online retailers.”Payless, she said, also faced challenges from manufacturers increasingly circumventing traditional retailers by selling directly to consumers, often at lower costs.Winegard suspects discount footwear sellers including Walmart Inc., manufacturers with large online presences and e-commerce brands like Amazon Inc. and Asian-based e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited. will benefit from Payless’s demise.Payless has 420 stores in Latin America, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan, and 370 international franchisee stores across the Middle East, India, Indonesia, Indochina, Philippines and Africa. read more

Burundi SecretaryGeneral concerned about reports of coup attempt arrests

Citing reports of those arrests between 31 July and 3 August, as well as the imprisonment of former President Domitien Ndayizeye two days ago, Mr. Annan’s spokesman issued a statement yesterday in which the Secretary-General urged the Government of the small African country to “pursue due process and respect the rights of the detained individuals in addressing this delicate issue.” He also called on the people of Burundi, especially the political leaders and their parties, to “work together to preserve the hard won peace and consolidate the fragile democracy in the country.” He further called on the Government and the National Liberation Forces (FNL) to negotiate a comprehensive ceasefire agreement as soon as possible. The FNL, the last remaining major rebel hold-out from a four-year transition process, signed a preliminary agreement with the Government in June. Last month, citing “factors of instability,” the Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Operation in Burundi, known by its French acronym ONUB, through the end of the year. The mission was established in May 2004 as Burundi emerged from 12 years of civil war between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. read more

Blind British man in worlds first operation to deliver modified DNA to

first_imgRetinitis pigmentosa affects 1 in 4000 people, with symptoms that typically appear between age 10 and 30. Night vision and peripheral vision go first, as the photoreceptors active in low light – the ‘rods’ – start to degenerate.Eventually the condition affects the ‘cones’ – the photoreceptors responsible for central, detailed, colour vision, causing complete sight loss.Doctors want to enroll at least 24 more patients in the trial to find out if the technique is safe and effective. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of OxfordCredit:University of Oxford “Changing the genetic code is always undertaken with great caution, but the new sequence we are using has proven to be highly effective in our laboratory studies.“The genetic code for all life on Earth is made up of four letters – G, T, A and C. In retinitis pigmentosa, however, half of the RPGR gene comprises only two letters – A and G.“This makes the gene very unstable and prone to mutations, making it a lead cause of blindness in patients with retinitis pigmentosa. RPGR is vital for the light sensitive cells at the back of the eye.” The combined NHS, University of Oxford and Nightstar gene therapy teamCredit:University of Oxford  The combined NHS, University of Oxford and Nightstar gene therapy team Thousands of people born with a faulty gene which makes them go blind have been offered new hope after a British man underwent the world’s first operation to deliver new DNA to his eyes and restore his sight.Around 15,000 people in Britain suffer from x-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a deteriorating condition which brings a slow and irreversible loss of vision, and which is the leading cause of blindness in young people.Loss of sight occurs because a gene responsible for maintaining the light sensitive cells at the back of the eye is missing half of its DNA code.But scientists can now replace the code using a groundbreaking technique which reprogrammes the gene in the lab, then delivers the healthy DNA into the eye, via a harmless virus. Scientists used a harmless virus to transport the modified DNA to the man's eyes  Scientists used a harmless virus to transport the modified DNA to the man’s eyes Credit:University of Oxford Last Thursday, a 29-year-old man became the first person in the world to undergo the procedure at Oxford Eye Hospital and is now recovering.Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, who is leading the trial said: “He is doing well and now at home, but we will have to wait a few years to know if it has stopped his retina from degenerating. “The effect of disease on families with retinitis pigmentosa is devastating and we have spent many years working out how to develop this gene therapy. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

European telecoms recycle a false argument Google and Facebook are using our

first_imgOn December 21st, the Federal Communications Commission is finally slated to decide the issue of domestic net neutrality once and for all, but a similar war for net neutrality is just getting underway over in Europe, as mobile carriers begin complaining that the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google should be paying fees to telecoms for using up a larger-than-normal volume of their data pipes.The voices complaining about rising data use include many of Europe’s largest telecoms companies, including France Telecom, Telefonica and Vodafone. They are raising a familiar argument first brought to the table by AT&T CEO Ed Whiteacre back in 2005, who famously asked why companies like Google should “be allowed” to use “his” pipes “for free.”The Internet can’t be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts! Of course, that investment is already being paid for by AT&T’s customers, so what Ed Whiteacre really wanted was to start double-dipping for the same data… which is what makes it so distressing that Europe’s telecoms are about to embrace the same false argument. The FCC’s decision on December 21st may set a precedent for net neutrality not just domestically, but internationally as well.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Hybrid Firefox with Metro mode coming to Windows 8 this year

first_imgA few weeks ago, Mozilla updated their wiki and announced a rough timeline for a Metro version of Firefox for Windows 8. More recently, Microsoft released developer documentation which clarified that other browsers would be able to utilize both the traditional win32 APIs and the newer winRT APIs as IE10 does.That’s good news for Mozilla, since it means that Microsoft is offering a level playing field for their competitors — “system-level parity,” as Asa Dotzler calls it. They had assumed this would be the case when Microsoft first began discussing how Internet Explorer 10 operates in Windows 8 last year.Now that they’ve seen a developer doc, they’re ready to forge ahead on a version of Firefox that fully embraces both the traditional and Metro faces of Windows 8. There is one small snag, however.In his post, Dotzler figures that the Foundation will be able to build a single Windows app that will run under both the Windows Desktop and in Metro mode and serve it up from their own servers as they always have. That’s probably not going to happen.Microsoft has previously stated that the only place you’ll be installing Metro apps from is the Windows Store. That would leave Mozilla with two options. The first would be to build two separate versions and offer Firefox for Metro from the Windows Store and the standard Windows version from getfirefox.com.The other option would be to deliver the desktop Firefox with the Metro app when a user downloads it from the store, assuming Microsoft allows that to happen. Regular desktop app downloads won’t be offered from the Store, however — you’ll be offered an external link so that you can download them directly from developers.As of right now, it seems probable that you’ll have to download two versions of Firefox for Windows 8 if you want the dual-interface experience. There’s plenty of time for things to change before either Windows 8 or Firefox for Metro arrives later this year, though, so Dotzler’s vision of a single, hybrid Firefox may still be a possibility.More at Asa Dotzler’s Bloglast_img read more

Grenelle un bilan carbone allégé pour les entreprises

first_imgGrenelle : un bilan carbone allégé pour les entreprises Conformément au Grenelle de l’Environnement, les collectivités et les grandes entreprises françaises devront prochainement réaliser leur bilan carbone, en recensant leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Mais le projet de décret d’application de cette mesure, en cours de validation au Conseil d’Etat, est bien loin du projet initial du Grenelle.Voté en juin 2010 par le Parlement, le texte relatif au bilan carbone des entreprises prévoyait que l’Etat, les communes de plus de 50.000 habitants, et les entreprises de plus de 500 employés réalisent un bilan de leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici au 31 décembre 2012. Un inventaire qui devait être rendu public avant que les entreprises ne mettent en place des actions visant à réduire leurs émissions. À lire aussiLes Français émettent chacun 2,5 tonnes de CO² par anMais un peu moins d’un an plus tard, le décret d’application de ce texte, l’article 75 du Grenelle II, a été “vidé de son esprit”, déplore Eric Parent, fondateur de Climat Mundi cité par 20 minutes. Le texte n’évoque plus que “l’énergie consommée” par les entreprises, à savoir l’électricité et le chauffage. Mais “l’énergie utilisée pour fabriquer les produits vendus”, par exemple, n’est quant à elle pas concernée, explique Jean-Marc Jancovici, le co-fondateur de la société Carbone 4 spécialisée dans la réalisation de bilans carbone.Or pour le secteur du commerce par exemple, “80% de l’énergie fossile et des émissions de gaz à effet de serre concernent la fabrication des produits qui sont vendus. 10% viennent de la chaîne amont, c’est-à-dire la logistique, et 10% de la chaîne aval, les gens qui prennent leur voiture pour faire leurs courses”, souligne M. Jancovici. “Moins de 1% des émissions vient de l’électricité et de la chaudière”, explique-t-il.Pour Eric Parent, “c’est une vraie occasion manquée”. Ce décret traduit selon lui la victoire des entreprises dont le jeu “est plutôt de limiter les obligations qui pèsent sur leurs épaules”.Le 16 mai 2011 à 10:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE Smackdown Live Ratings Viewers down on September 25 WWE wins the

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ WWE Smackdown Live Ratings are in for September 25, 2018.This week’s episode from Denver drew an average of 2.19 million viewers on Tuesday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.28 million viewers. Despite the drop in ratings, WWE won the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics.Demographic Ratings for Smackdown LiveSmackdown, headlined by a contract signing segment with WWE Champion AJ Styles and Samoa Joe to hype the Super Show-Down event, averaged a 0.72 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s show that drew a 0.78 rating.center_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twitterlast_img read more

Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for role in two immigrant

first_img Posted: July 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Tijuana man has been sentenced in San Diego to more than eight years in federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation that led to two undocumented immigrants being struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 5.Jorge Luis Martinez-Hernandez, 33, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of bringing in certain aliens resulting in death and six counts of bringing in certain aliens for financial gain. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff on Monday to 97 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Martinez-Hernandez last September guided eight people through a hole in the wall near the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Mexico into the U.S., according to federal prosecutors. He got behind the wheel of a waiting vehicle and proceeded to drive away with the immigrants, eventually traveling in the wrong direction on the 5 Freeway.As Border Patrol officers pursued the vehicle, Martinez-Hernandez stopped on the side of the freeway, got out of the vehicle and guided the migrants across the interstate and over the fence separating the northbound and southbound sides.Two people were struck and killed after crossing the fence.Martinez-Hernandez and the six remaining migrants were found hiding near the scene of the accident and taken into custody.He told investigators that the eight people paid between $7,000 and $13,000 to be smuggled into the U.S. He was set to receive $1,000 per person for his services, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.“Smugglers see customers as dollar signs and have no concern for their safety and well-being,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “This office is committed to prosecuting smugglers who exploit immigrants for financial gain.” July 18, 2018 Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for role in two immigrant smuggling deaths Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Joe Driskill Selected New ADC President New Board Members Elected

first_imgA new ADC president and several members won election to serve new terms on the association’s board of directors at the 2019 Defense Communities National Summit last week in Washington, D.C.New ADC President Joe Driskill was elected to serve a two-year term. Driskill, military advocate for the state of Missouri, also served as the founding executive director of the Leonard Wood Institute and its Sustainable Ozarks Partnership.“I look forward to increasing ADC’s impact in areas that affect the quality of life our defense communities provide for our military families, including critical issues like spousal employment and military-related education issues,” Driskill said. “To do this, ADC will be undergoing a long-term planning process to define how the organization can best achieve its mission and ensure it continues to evolve to meet the military’s future needs.”New ADC Vice President Maurice “Mo” McDonald, executive vice president for aerospace and defense with the Dayton Development Coalition in Ohio, was also elected to a two-year term.Rocky Chávez, chairman of the Governor’s Military Council of California, and Keith Klaehn, chairman of the Defense Mission Task Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. were elected to their first three-year terms on the board.Susan Morris, principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, was re-elected as a board member and to serve as Treasurer for a second two-year term.Winning re-election to their second three year-terms are Kathleen Ferguson, senior advisor at The Roosevelt Group, and John Walker, a Deloitte consulting specialist leader, real estate service line.Harry Kleiser, president of SIA Solutions, was elected to serve the remainder of an open seat on the board.Photo by Will Noonan/ADC ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Fish Game Revising Wildlife Habitat Management Plans

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is revising management plans for some of the most exceptional areas of wildlife habitat in the state. But critics say that even after an outcry about what’s been called a massive erosion in environmental protection by both the public and the Legislature, little to nothing has been fixed.The Habitat Division within ADF&G oversees the 32 so-called “special areas.”  They’re state lands like McNeil River Game Sanctuary and Izembek refuge supporting wildlife from brown bears to sandhill cranes.Randy Bates is the head of the Habitat Division, and is to release the first batch of eight revised management plans in the near future.“We don’t have a target date yet, but in the relatively near future– I would hope in the next month or two,” Bates explained. “At the end of the day what we want is a plan that protects and preserves the area–the natural habitat, the populations of fish and game–for the reasons these areas were designated.”Once those drafts are finished by ADF&G employees they’ll be made available for public review lasting about 45 days.“That’ll give the public an opportunity to review that informally, see the changes that we’re proposing, and we’ll have the opportunity for public meetings in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks,” Bates added.The informal review process is a way for Bates and his staff to hear concerns or recommendations for specific plans, but in a way that is less constrained by protocol than under the Administrative Procedures Act.But Rick Sinnot, who retired from ADF&G after 28 years, said that during his time within Habitat the division would spend an entire year working on each plan, identifying every stakeholder–from birders to oil companies.“And all year long those people would be involved in the process,” he recalled. “You didn’t just say ‘Well we’re gonna do this plan,’ and then go into hiding for a year, and then come out with a plan and go ‘Well you’ve got 30 days to review it.’ And that’s what’s happening now.”Sinnot is also concerned that the “informal” commenting and review process is not legally binding, and so lacks a meaningful mechanism for public involvement in deciding who will use the special areas, and for what.“The conventional wisdom is that these things are going to be changed so much that they’re gonna be unrecognizable from the earlier plans,” Sinnot worried.  “The pressure is to make them as unrestrictive as possible, so that pretty much anyone who comes in with a permit to do pretty much anything will be given the permit and told to go out there and do whatever they want to do.”Sinnot’s concerns draw on what happened last year at Dude Creek: the Habitat Division released revised plans for the area covered in red ink, cut in half, with environmental regulations and scientific sections totally scrapped.At the time, Bates explained to APRN the cuts were the result of a miscommunication with his staff.But Bob Shavelson, director of Cook Inlet Keeper, a conservation group, believes the process fits with a trend coming out of Governor Sean Parnell’s administration.“Here we have our special areas–these are our critical habitat areas our refuges our sanctuaries–and the administration is making broad-brush changes behind closed doors without public participation,” he explained. “So there’s a real concern about the erosion of democracy here and the behind-the-scenes process that’s taking place.”Shavelson is circulating a petition that he says has picked up about 800 signatures. It asks the administration to reconsider the state’s criteria for managing the Special Areas. Shavelson also worries that even stakeholders with specific concerns about individual areas will have a hard time reviewing all the information set to be released in just 45 days.“When all these plans come out at one time it’s gonna be like drinking from a fire-house. There’s gonna be no way for local people to respond meaningfully.”When it comes to the upcoming management plans, there is no way to get a preview of how they will look, or what changes to expect. The biologists within ADF&G working directly on revisions are not cleared to speak with the public–or even employees in different divisions within the department. That’s according to a year-old memo sent by Bates to Habitat staff.Bates denies that this amounts to a gag order, the term offered by both Shavelson and Sinnot.Asked for a response, Bates gave a light laugh and replied, “Not much need to respond to that. I do look forward to the open public process that we intend to have on these planned revisions.”While ADF&G does not have a set date for releasing its revised management plans– and thus kicking off the 45 days of public review–Bates said the department will publicize the information as soon as possible on both the department website and the state’s public notice system.last_img read more

Auto giants BMW and Jaguar Land Rover collaborate to develop electric vehicles

first_img Close Top GearTwo automobile giants BMW and Jaguar Land Rover are merging their technology wings to build a new generation of electric drive units (EDUs). The companies together will be developing components for the manufacturing of a well equipped electric beamed engine, transmissions, and power electronics.The collaboration of engineers from both the companies will bring in advanced components by the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and expertise in electrification. The later stages of the fully-equipped automobile will be built in their respective warehouses in the UK and Germany.The technological integration will lower down the cost of research and development and will help in the production of a large volume of the electric auto. Munich-based BMW with its I-series and Tata-owned Jaguar with its I-Pace had created electric vehicles that had brought a massive advancement in technology and was widely acclaimed by the public. Representational Image: BMW I SeriesBoth the companies have collaborated to bring in better power and efficiency in their engines and transmissions. The prime companies have been putting forth the effort in the collaboration to create an Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared mobility (ACES), which is said to be the future of transportation looking at the growing environmental degradations by the extensive use of diesel and petrol in automobiles.The revolution and technological insightsThe cross-industry initiative will be helpful in bringing about a revolution in technology that can be renewable and eco-friendly. The companies are scaling their technologies to bring in a newer and better revolution in Automobile Engineering.Looking into the new reforms by the countries based on emission rules, there have been specific choices in terms of grandeur and usability for the users. The success of the merger will help the consumers avail both the choices at a singular price.Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that its engine manufacturing centre in Wolverhampton, which employs 1600 people, will be manufacturing the company’s global production. It also has announced a battery assembly centre at Hams Hall in the UK.The Bavarian motors have not yet confirmed about their manufacturing unit. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:36Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Elon Musk releases affordable Tesla Model 3 electric carlast_img read more

Why Instagram Wont Be the Last Startup Facebook Buys Before Its IPO

first_img min read April 16, 2012  Related: How Instagram Went From Idea to $1 Billion in Less Than Two Years“Image-based sharing is exploding, and Instagram is leading the charge in mobile,” says Amir Akhavan, a director of New York City investment bank The Jordan, Edmiston Group, overseeing the group’s social media practice. The deal, he says, highlights Facebook’s need to “defend its franchise long term.”While Akhavan and Saha are reluctant to discuss specific startups Facebook might be kicking the tires on, both agree on the types of services are highest on its priority list: ad optimization, data analytics and ecommerce.“They need to acquire companies that provide analytics for advertisers along with insights on users to help advertisers justify spending more and for them to charge more for ads,” Akhavan says. “It will continue adding companies that … increase its ability to monetize in mobile and get them into commerce.”Related: Facebook’s Instagram Buy to Kick Off Venture Capital Feeding FrenzyFacebook is said to be eying mid to late May for its blockbuster IPO. Until then, Facebook still has “plenty” of cash handy to make additional acquisitions as a private company, Akhavan says. UPDATE: Facebook acquired customer-loyalty application Tagtile April 13 for an undisclosed amount.Which startups do you think Facebook should be looking to acquire? Let us know in the comments below.  Listen Now Photo-sharing app Instagram might not be the last technology startup social networking giant Facebook buys this summer. Where Instagram fills a need in Facebook’s efforts to improve photo sharing, the company is expected to buy up other small companies that compliment or improve its hold on the market — especially before its IPO.“As Facebook opens its kimono, so to speak, the company will no longer have the privilege of internal metrics, but will have to report to its shareholders and the public,” says Kushal Saha, a managing director of Cascadia Capital, a Seattle investment bank. “Facebook will need to acquire companies in addition to growing organically.”Last week, Facebook agreed to buy Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock — or about 1 percent of Facebook’s presumed $100 billion valuation. While Instagram has yet to generate any revenue, the young company has developed an app that makes photo sharing fun and easy — has more than 30 million users. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

College Entrepreneur Creates App to Sync Music With Running Speed

first_imgSeptember 7, 2013 Enroll Now for Free 3 min read Runners of any ability can relate to the feeling Josh Leider had during a summer workout last year. “‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem came up on my iPod, and it was the perfect beat for the pace I was running,” says the recent Michigan State University grad. “Running never felt better than it did at that moment; it was amazing. But next, a song came up that was a totally different pace. It completely threw off my stride. It also made me wonder why I couldn’t match all of my music to my running pace.”Leider ran his question by fellow MSU student Benny Ebert-Zavos, a marathon runner. The two found that there were apps on the market that adjust song tempos as a runner’s pace changes, but none that categorized music according to tempo. With that, TempoRun was born.The iOS app, which sells on iTunes for $2.99, helps users run at their ideal pace by categorizing the music in their libraries from level 1 (walking) to 10 (sprinting). Runners select a level, which can be changed with arrows on the simple interface. The app also keeps track of distance, times and calories burned, and even incorporates a streaming service, TempoRun Radio, which provides music at each numbered pace. The app saw 2,000 downloads the first day of launch.Leider and Ebert-Zavos took advantage of MSU resources to launch their product. A computer science professor hooked them up with student developers; they worked together on the coding, collaborating through online project-hosting site GitHub.TempoRun won a 2012 MSU pitch competition, earning the team $5,000 and access to The Hatch, a student business accelerator in partnership with MSU’s Entrepreneurship Network. There they found more pro bono resources, such as interns who designed a logo and worked on marketing and legal efforts.The pair used the prize money and a grant from MSU Hillel’s Jewish Business Association to buy computers, trademark their idea and create an LLC. At the professor’s suggestion, they entered TempoRun in the 2013 Student Startup Madness, a competition for college digital projects at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. MSU funded the trip, and the app took first place. “We were going up against teams from Stanford and Harvard. At first we looked at it as a joke, thinking there was no way we could compete,” Ebert-Zavos says. “But when we kept advancing to more rounds, we started taking it very seriously.”The win netted them $5,000 in Google Cloud Platform credit and access to the judging panel of execs from Google, Square, BrandYourself.com and TechStars. “We were able to meet some extremely influential people in the tech business, and we know we can turn to them now for support,” Ebert-Zavos says.Members of the TempoRun team–which also includes Phil Getzen, Adam Proschek and Ryan Tempas–hope to build careers around the app. They’re now researching a cycling version. “There’s a lot of testing, with things like pedal stroke turnover, that will need to be done,” Leider says. “Everyone wants to find a way to make their workouts more enjoyable. We want to help people do that.” This story appears in the August 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Colombias Duque takes office with full agenda of thorny issues

first_imgColombia’s new President Ivan Duque has his work cut out for him as he takes office Tuesday amid heightened tensions with neighboring Venezuela and the lingering difficulties of peace-building with the nation’s rebel groups.The right-wing Duque, who is just 42 years old, succeeds Juan Manuel Santos — and could work to undo the deal his predecessor reached with leftist FARC guerrillas to end a half-century of conflict.The former lawyer and senator also must face an ongoing battle against drug traffickers, a shocking spate of murders of rights activists and a promise to implement agrarian reform.And Colombia’s political left, soundly defeated in the June elections, will protest on Tuesday as Duque is sworn into office in the presence of several regional leaders including Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto and Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno.Duque’s success will depend in large part on his connection to popular former president Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010), who handpicked the political novice to help the right — which opposed the deal with the FARC — to regain power.“His mentor’s situation and relations with Venezuela are the keys” to Duque’s presidency, political scientist Diana Avellaneda from Javeriana University told AFP.Tense ties with CaracasRelations with Caracas took a dive at the weekend when Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro claimed to have been the victim of an “assassination” attempt — and put the blame on Santos, “ultra right-wing” domestic opponents and the United States. Maduro says he escaped drone ‘assassination’ attempt, blames Colombia Bogota called the accusation “absurd.”Duque looks set to stand up to Colombia’s neighbor to the east, demanding “free elections” following a May poll that saw Maduro re-elected, which was boycotted by Venezuela’s opposition.The neighbors share a 2,200-kilometer (1,400 miles) long border that is hard to police.Bogota has accused Caracas of harboring Marxist rebels, while hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border to escape food and medicine shortages, failing public services and hyperinflation in their homeland.If Duque “starts answering everything Maduro says… he will add fuel to the propaganda and political fire to keep ratcheting up the tension,” said international relations expert Jairo Velasquez.The analyst added that the new Colombian leader could become Venezuela’s “enemy, real or imagined.”Peace with rebels? Not so fastAt home, Duque’s firebrand rhetoric has increased tension and rocked already fragile relations with rebels, both former and current.Upon his election in June, he vowed to make “corrections” to the peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which he criticized for being too lenient in allowing former rebels accused of atrocities to serve as lawmakers. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and the head of FARC guerrillas, Timoleón Jiménez, aka Timochenko, right, shake hands as Cuban President Raúl Castro, center, holds their hands during a meeting in Havana, on Sept. 23, 2015. Luis Acosta/AFPEnding 50 years of conflict that has cost the lives of 260,000 people and left more than seven million displaced is no easy undertaking. But Duque — with Uribe’s backing — has made it clear he thinks the deal is deeply flawed.Meanwhile, Santos admitted defeat in his bid to negotiate a ceasefire with the Marxist ELN rebel group and its 1,500 armed members despite making “significant progress.”Under Duque, who certainly has a tougher approach to the ELN, those talks will likely stall.Political wrangling at homeWhile his tough stance on peace may give Duque headaches upon taking office, he could also suffer from the rug supporting his political ambitions being wrenched out from under him.As the hand-picked choice of Uribe, president from 2002-2010, he enjoys considerable support from the powerful Democratic Center party his mentor launched.But the 66-year-old Uribe, now a senator, is accused of witness interference and faces a Supreme Court investigation, and an uncertain political future.At least Duque can call on strong regional ties amidst a recent upsurge in the fortunes of the political right on the continent, notably Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Brazil may follow suit in October.But in addition to woes with Venezuela to the east, all is not serene on Colombia’s southern border, where Ecuador has been angered over the drug-trafficking violence spilling across its frontier.In Colombia, some 209,000 hectares (516,500 acres) of land are used to grow coca, the principal ingredient used to manufacture cocaine. Colombia is the largest cocaine producer in the world.Ecuador had agreed to host peace talks with the ELN but rescinded that offer back in May in protest at border violence. In this file photo taken on November 19, 2017 a member of the “Omar Gomez” Western War Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla carries his machine gun in a camp on the banks of the San Juan River, Choco department, Colombia. 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US Navy 2 dead from Oman helicopter crash

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, based in Norfolk, Va. It crashed 58 miles (93 kilometers) southwest of the Omani capital Muscat. No hostile activity was suspected.The Navy says it is investigating.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The U.S. Navy says the death toll from a helicopter crash last week in the Arabian peninsula nation of Oman is two.It says three other crewmembers aboard the downed MH-53E Sea Dragon survived Thursday’s crash.The Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet identified the deceased sailors late Saturday as Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, La. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati is usually fairly reserved, not one who is anxious to talk to the media.But he held court Thursday, speaking for the first time since leaving Sunday’s 39-32 win over the Seattle Seahawks with what appeared to be a devastating neck injury.“It was scary,” he said of the moment the injury occurred. “When your neck hurts and both of your arms go numb, it’s a scary feeling.” “Excited to have him back out there, he’s alright. He’s still goofy Mike, so I’m good.”Though nothing is set in stone, Iupati is confident he will be ready to go against the Bengals.“I should be OK, you know, just practice and make sure everything is good,” he said “You’ve got to be smart.”Part of that is not being afraid to get back out there. Iupati said he gets paid to play, so that’s what he’ll do. Upon returning, he will just try to eliminate the mistake that led to his injury in the first place.“My angle was wrong and it’s just one of those things,” he said. “Anything can happen, you’ve just got to be smart with it. It’s football.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A backboard is brought in to take injured Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati off the field, during the first half of the Cardinals’ NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Iupati said he was waiting for feeling to return, which it did before he left the field in an ambulance. He joked that, at the time, it was frustrating because the doctors told him not to move his neck but he couldn’t tell if he was OK without moving his neck.“How do you know if it’s OK or not, you can’t move it,” he said with a chuckle.That Iupati can joke about the situation is a great sign. He said he has suffered stingers in the past, though this was the first time it affected both sides of his body.The 28-year-old praised the team’s trainers for getting word of his condition to his wife, who was understandably scared by the scene.But as concerned as everyone was Sunday, there is plenty of optimism over his prospects going forward.Earlier this week, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Iupati was day-to-day, and Thursday, after returning to the practice field in a limited capacity, the three-time Pro Bowler said he was just a little sore, which is normal in football.“He looked fine, he looked fine,” Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said Thursday of Iupati. “Got some work in today, but we’ll see what happens going in tomorrow and to Saturday to see whether he makes it or not on Sunday. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgApril 8, 2003POUR: Each batch of concrete is tested for consistency and elasticity with a slump test. Planning intern Emily Clark and planning coordinator Ania Gorka. [Photo & Text: sa] This pour in Unit 7 will finish the third floor of the second part in the East Crescent complex. [Photo & Text: sa] Furious activity. [Photo & Text: sa] Eli Michaels pulls out the wires that kept the screed guides in place. [Photo & Text: sa] Michael Teslow and Tomiaki Tamura work the bull floats. [Photo & Text: sa] The floor is finished. [Photo & Text: sa] The next pour will be the precast silt panels to roof the light scoops. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img

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