first_imgDebutant Nico Schulz scored a scruffy 85th-minute winner as Germany claimed their first victory since their World Cup debacle by beating Peru 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.Schulz’s unconvincing attempt appeared to be heading wide of the target before Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese diverted the Hoffenheim man’s drive into the net.Schulz was one of those culpable for the Peruvians’ goal, failing to stop Luis Advincula breezing past him down Germany’s left before beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a tight angle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet Joachim Low’s men replied three minutes later through Julian Brandt’s chipped finish, and Schulz’s late winner ensured the Germans could start to look forward following their poor performances in Russia.Germany started brightly as Marco Reus was denied inside two minutes by Gallese, who then stood up to keep out Matthias Ginter’s free header from a corner, before Peru took a 22nd-minute lead.Advincula was afforded too much space and neither Schulz, Niklas Sule or Germany goalkeeper Ter Stegen could prevent his near-post effort sneaking in.Yet the hosts hit back quickly, Brandt cleverly lifting the ball over the advancing keeper after the Bayer Leverkusen winger was picked out by Toni Kroos’ pass.Both teams created chances in the second half – Timo Werner wasting Brandt’s good work by firing over before Jefferson Farfan fired wide of the target when picked out by Advincula.It appeared the game would finish level until Gallese’s error, Schulz’s weak side-footed shot squirming under him.We got there in the end Nico #Schulz ‘s debut strike wins it late on for Germany! #DieMannschaft #GERPER 2-1 pic.twitter.com/UNRDep4PWr — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 9, 2018 What does it mean: Germany can look to the future This was not a convincing German victory, but it was perhaps fitting it was delivered by a debutant. The memories of Russia will take some shifting and new blood like Schulz can help this team move on.Pat on the back: Brandt a bright spark Germany lacked creativity and flair at the World Cup and Brandt is seen as one of those who can change that. He offered a directness few in Low’s team possess and also showed a cool head to score in the first half.Boot up the backside: Goalkeepers find it tough Ter Stegen, brought in for Manuel Neuer, really failed to grasp his opportunity as he was beaten too easily for the opener. Yet that was not as bad as Gallese failing to keep out Schulz’s weak try.What’s next? Having drawn 0-0 in their opening Nations League match with world champions France, Germany face Netherlands in the competition in October. Peru, meanwhile, have another friendly against Chile at the start of next month. read morelast_img read more

first_imgAaj Tak is coming up with the 6th Edition of the award winning annual event ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’.The two-day conclave is scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of December in New Delhi and will feature the most powerful voices debating issues that dominate the Hindi heartland’s mindspace.The distinguished list of speakers includes political personalities such as Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mohammed Salim, Sachin Pilot, and Farooq Abdullah, among others.Apart from politics, discussions will also be held on cinema and sports, with guests including Dharmendra, Badshah, Vidya Balan, Anuradha Paudwal, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, V V S Laxman and others set to grace the Agenda Aaj Tak stage.This year, Agenda Aaj Tak will tap into the most burning questions facing this nation and will dissect complicated issues on the national agenda.  In the light of the excitement around the Gujarat elections, Agenda Aaj Tak will have a stage in Ahmedabad. Prominent political leaders such as BJP chief Amit Shah will go live from Ahmedabad and interact with audiences in New Delhi.And, for the first time ever readers will be able to set the agenda for this year’s event. Readers can call 8550900030 to share their views on India’s development and future.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston during their infamous 1965 rematch and a rare century-old signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson fetched over $1.1 million total at an auction Feb. 21.Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine — won by Ali with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a “phantom punch” — were seized by George Russo, the boxing commissioner for Maine.The gloves remained in the Russo family until a California collector purchased them several years ago before putting them up for auction.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale in New York City, said the gloves were purchased for $956,000 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous.The photo of Jackson, who is mostly remembered for being banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 World Series scandal and later being depicted in the movie Field of Dreams, brought in $179,000. It sold to an anonymous collector.Jackson was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autograph among the rarest in sports.Footage of the Ali-Liston fight does not make it clear whether Ali’s quick right hand actually connected, and many fans booed.Even the most famous photos of the fight show an enraged Ali standing over Liston as he lay on the canvas; Ali is gesturing and yelling at Liston to get up and fight.The Lewiston rematch was the first bout in which Ali stepped into the ring as Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.He was still Cassius Clay a year earlier when he won the championship from Liston in Miami. His glove from that bout sold last year at Heritage Auctions for $836,500.Ali signed both pairs of gloves when he came to Lewiston in 1995 to celebrate the fight’s 30th anniversary. Liston died in 1970.How many of Jackson’s signatures are in existence today isn’t clear, but most experts agree the number is probably less than 100.Autograph experts from two different authentication companies closely examined the signature on the photo of Jackson and determined it was the real thing, said Heritage Auctions said.A baseball bearing Jackson’s shaky signature brought $78,000 in 2011. Even a scrap of paper with his autograph sold for $23,100 nearly 25 years ago.The photo of Jackson that sold was unknown in the sports memorabilia world until last year.It had been kept in a scrapbook filled with black and white photos of ballplayers from the early 1900s.The collection originated with Frank W. Smith, a photographer with The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, according to Heritage. Smith shot the photo of Jackson along with those of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Napoleon Lajoie during spring training in 1911.Also sold at the auction was the ring hockey great Herb Brooks received for coaching Team USA’s gold medal victory over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. It fetched $113,525.Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi’s sweater from his days at West Point was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $43,020, according to Heritage Auctions. The sweater had been found at a Goodwill outlet for just 58 cents.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Anticipating 2019’s game-changing technologiesNext SYSGO: PikeOS certified according to Common Criteria EAL3+ world-wide Keysight Technologies announced a comprehensive transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) testing solution providing the speed and margins needed to meet the Peripheral Component Interconnect or PCI Express 5.0 Technology (PCIe® Gen5) standard.With many 5G wireless devices reported to launch in 2019, the computer/server industry is actively working to upgrade and enhance network speed with advanced technologies such as 400G Ethernet.  PCI Express 5.0 technology is required for computer servers to support the bandwidth of 400G networks, as it is the only significant input/output (I/O) interconnect that has the throughput necessary to support the 400G interface.Designing integrated circuits and systems utilizing this version of the PCIe standard presents significant engineering challenges for developers.  Keysight’s comprehensive PCIe 5.0 transmitter and receiver solution enables engineers with the tools necessary to achieve the speed and margins required to meet the standard, with upgradability for future investment protection.The Keysight PCIe 5.0 receiver test solution enables the design and validation of circuits capable of tolerating significantly attenuated signals at 32 GT/s.  PCIe 5.0 utilizes aggressive equalization techniques helping the receiver restore the quality of the transmitted signal, allowing for error-free recovery of the digital information from the PCIe Tx signal.  Due to these high data transfer rates, PCIe 5.0 receivers must accept a heavily degraded signal resulting from the channel’s high-frequency loss characteristics, resulting in unacceptable bit error ratios (BERs).  To address this, Keysight has developed the M8040A High Performance 64Gbaud BERT, enabling physical layer characterization and compliance testing, to characterize receiver performance margins on the physical layer.In addition, the increase in digital transmission speed and throughput introduce significant signal integrity challenges such as issues with connector crosstalk and receiver jitter sensitivity, driving the need for an accurate oscilloscope and receiver test solution.  Keysight’s Infiniium UXR-Series oscilloscope provides industry leading bandwidth and noise floor performance to maximize margins and meet the challenges presented by the PCIe 5.0 standard, with upgradeability to 110 GHz.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img 8 Best Backpacking and Camping Flasks for the Trail and Beyond Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather Based on land mass alone, Canada is the second largest country in the world — but leave it to Canadians to devise an interconnected network of trails to explore the totality of that massive area on foot. Just in time to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial (the country’s 150th anniversary), The Great Trail has been completed and is now officially the longest continuous recreational trail system in the world. On August 26, authorities announced that the last piece of The Great Trail was finally in place. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean — a span of 24,000 kilometers (about 15,000 miles) across 13 provinces and territories. Outdoor lovers can now walk, hike, bike, ski, or ride a horse from coast to coast to coast. Officials point out that about one-quarter of the trail’s length follows waterways, so hikers will need to prepare for canoeing and kayaking at various spots along the trail. But, for outdoor lovers, that’s certainly not a bad thing.Interactive Map/The Great TrailThe Great Trail was 25 years in the making and represents an astounding feat of engineering that dwarfs other long-distance trails (the Appalachian Trail comes to mind). To create this impressive network, existing trails were stitched together with newly cleared and developed land. Individual segments will be governed by hundreds of different authorities and government organizations, all working in concert.Most noteworthy is how the trail affects the country on a cultural level. The Great Trail’s completion connects a staggering 15,000 Canadian communities. It’s the perfect way for resident lovers of the outdoors to easily venture farther from their hometown. In addition to touching the country’s most famous natural highlights, like the world record-setting tides of the Bay of Fundy and the stunning Gulf Islands in the west, it also affords travelers a more straightforward way to explore Canada’s more remote reaches. The trail, for example, touches dozens of First Nation Inuvik communities in the vast Arctic tundra.The Great Trail is free for all to explore. Before setting out, we’d highly recommend making advanced preparations via this interactive map.center_img Canada Officially Completes the World’s Longest Continuous Trail System, The Great Trail Close If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019last_img read more

first_imgzoom Becker Marine Systems revealed plans to offer the LNG Hybrid Barge’s technology, which has been successfully tested at the Port of Hamburg, to provide low-emission power to cruise ships operating in Norwegian fjords and ports.Cruises through the fjords of Norway are said to enjoy immense popularity. However, since supplying power to ships is associated with a particularly high environmental impact due to the special climatic conditions, Becker Marine Systems is working with the LNG Hybrid Barge on a more environmentally-friendly solution that meets the strict legal requirements in Norway.“We would like to offer the barge technology, which has successfully been operated at the Port of Hamburg in the last three years, in a larger design for use in cruise ships anchored in fjords and are already in discussions about this with Norwegian port and cruise ship operators,” Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems, said at Nor-Shipping, a maritime trade fair being held in Oslo from May 30 to June 2.The use of LNG enables an alternative and clean external supply of power to cruise ships, as explained by the company. “The implementation of another barge employing flexible LNG technology has also attracted interest from China and Spain, where cruise ship can be operated year round,” Lehmann further said.At Nor-Shipping, the company is featuring its maneuvering systems and energy-saving solutions for ships.last_img read more

first_imgThe province awarded more than $285,000 in Age-Friendly Community Grants to 32 groups across Nova Scotia that create opportunities to support, engage and include older adults in the community. About $109,000 of that provincial funding will support older adults across the Halifax Regional Municipality. One of 11 Halifax-area groups that received funding was the Chebucto Connections 55+ Hub. Its grant of $7,500 was announced today, March 14, by MLA Brendan Maguire, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors. “Older adults are the cornerstone of their communities,” said Mr. Maguire. “The 55+ Hub will be a place for them to get together, socialize, identify needs or access services, or help others by using their own expertise.” “We believe strongly in the leadership capacities of our 55+ population in Spryfield and we are thrilled that this Age-Friendly Communities grant will permit us to work with this community more meaningfully,” said Bonnie Ste-Croix, executive director of Chebucto Connections. “We are looking forward to all the possibilities this opens up for this group and the community we all share.” Support from government helps more older adults access these programs and enables them to participate more fully in their communities.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook In this promotional image from Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, CBSA staff search though luggage containing suspect packages. (natgeotv.com) Advertisement A controversial reality television show that was cancelled for privacy reasons continues to be a key source of information for Canadians on the border, according to a recent report put together for the Canada Border Services Agency.The CBSA asked the research firm EKOS to assess Canadians’ views on its services and border management in general for internal use. The firm conducted a telephone survey in late 2017 and ran a series of 12 focus groups in early 2018.When it came to awareness, the March report noted that Canadians often mentioned the show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line. Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSoutherly winds are pushing in warmer air from the south, and places such as Prince George and Vanderhoof have risen above freezing. Precipitation falling to the north along Highway 97, north of Prince George to Mackenzie as well as Communities near Fort St. James is likely falling as freezing rain.The warm air will push further north through the night and the freezing rain will transition to rain showers.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains. For current road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caSee the full warning belowIssued at 2019-01-11 06:51 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.Areas of freezing rain tonight.Precipitation falling through a relatively warm layer of air aloft and into sub-zero air near the surface is leading to patchy freezing rain through the area tonight. CHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada is calling for freezing rain Friday night in the Pine Pass.A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Pine Pass as strong southerly winds will bring warm air into the region.  The warning says Prince George, Vanderhoof, the Pine Pass, Fort St. James and MacKenzie could see the freezing rain.The warm air will push further north through the night and the freezing rain will transition to rain showers.center_img Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

Rabat – The 2nd International Conference on Human Resources will be held from November 27 to 28 in Tangier under the theme “Changing business: what new skills for the emerging Morocco?”The event will bring together top human resources experts who will be debating the skills needed to support Morocco’s development, according to the Association of Managers and Trainers of Human Resources (AGEF) in a communiqué.Organized by AGEF in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the event will bring together top experts in human resources, who will address the needed skills to support Morocco’s development and address the problems related to training and skills development in a changing business. Experts will also highlight Morocco’s progress in industry, especially after the launch of the industrial Acceleration Plan (IAP) 2014-2020, which aims to turn Moroccan industry into an economic leverage. read more

Rabat – The library of the al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez will reopen for public use this May, after the completion of major renovations led by Canadian-Moroccan architect Aziza Chaouni.After receiving a grant for the project from Kuwait’s Arab Bank, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture asked Chaouni to rehabilitate the library – the oldest in the world – to safeguard its contents and make it suitable for public use, according to TED, an educational non-profit organization.The al-Qarawiyyin complex, which includes a mosque, library, and university, was founded in 859 AD by Fatima El-Fihriya, the daughter of a rich business who immigranted to Fez from modern-day Tunisia. Well educated and devout, she vowed to invest her entire inheritance on a mosque and knowledge center for her new home. Due to unmitigated wear and tear and previously uncoordinated restoration efforts, the library had fallen into disrepair in the past centuries. Though academics have always had access to the historical documents housed in the library, the building’s deteriorating condition meant it had long been unfit for public use.“When I first visited, I was shocked at the state of the place,” Chaouni told TED. “In rooms containing precious manuscripts dating back to the 7th century, the temperature and moisture were uncontrolled, and there were cracks in the ceiling.”Chaouni said her team took special care to revive and imitate the building’s original features, such as the fountains and the intricate “zaleej” tilework. The rebuilt library will also use sustainable technologies – such as solar panels and rainwater collection systems – to prepare it for the future.When the library reopens later this year, guests will be able to experience a complex that includes “a reading room, book stacks, a conference room, a manuscript restoration laboratory, and a rare books collection — along with new administrative offices and a café,” TED reported. read more

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) begins a three-day visit to the Philippines tomorrow to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods that have affected more than seven million people.The country was battered by tropical storm Ketsana (also known as Ondoy), which made landfall on 26 September, and then by typhoon Parma, which struck a week later. The storms led to more than 500 deaths and displaced scores of thousands of others, and caused crop damage estimated at over $160 million.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran will travel with President Gloria Arroyo, and the agency’s National Ambassador, KC Concepcion, to some of the worst-affected areas, according to a news release issued by the agency.They will see how food assistance is being provided to families whose homes have been destroyed, or made uninhabitable by the flooding.“WFP has a long history of providing food for the hungry in the Philippines, and when the floods hit people knew they could rely on our resources and expertise to get them food when they needed it,” Ms. Sheeran said.As well as visiting the flood-affected areas, the Executive Director will meet senior Government officials, WFP staff, and representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups that have been involved in relief efforts. The UN has appealed for $74 million to help one million people affected by the storms in the Philippines for the next six months. It has so far received $20 million. 20 October 2009The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) begins a three-day visit to the Philippines tomorrow to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods that have affected more than seven million people. read more

“Long-term stabilization and sustainable development require renewed commitment from the country’s regional and international partners,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level event at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of a summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).For the past two years CAR, which has seen significant ethnic conflict in its north as well as an overflow of violence from neighbouring Chad and Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, has been on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, an intergovernmental advisory body of UN entities and Member States, international financial institutions and others set up in 2006 to coordinate the world community’s aid in post-conflict countries.CAR has been “a kind of forgotten country,” Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Sahle-Work Zewde told reporters.“So this kind of event will definitely bring the CAR on the radar screen. It’s a post-conflict country with daunting challenges,” she said, citing delayed elections, now scheduled for next year, and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) progress that seeks to consolidate peace in a country that has been torn by civil war, ethnic fighting and political crises. “At this juncture it’s very important to have a renewed international interest.” Mr. Ban stressed that in particular the reintegration component of the DDR programme needed to be developed fully as soon as possible to consolidate the peace accords between the Government and former rebels. “Both demobilized fighters and host communities affected by conflict need incentives and positive prospects for life after disarmament,” he said.He noted that while in some parts of the country, the northwest in particular, DDR was under way and completion of the verification process there was an encouraging sign, there were still considerable security and political obstacles in the north and east.CAR has already received tens of millions of dollars from the Commission’s Peacebuilding Fund to support security sector reform, economic revitalization and the rule of law.“I think it has the potential of becoming a good story,” Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, head of the Commission’s efforts for CAR, told reporters. “Up to a couple of years ago, nobody talked about the CAR, it is as if it had been erased from the map. It had become a kind of forgotten emergency.” But then peace accords were signed between the warring parties. “The Central African Republic deserves to be looked at with other eyes,” he said. “It’s not the Central African Republic any more [that] it used to be, that’s in our memories, but it’s changing and it’s changing for the better, and it deserves the support of the international community.” If the elections and the DDR are completed successfully, a donors’ conference will be held next spring, he added.Those attending today’s event included CAR President François Bozizé, and high-level representatives of the World Bank, existing and potential donor countries, and regional organizations. 20 September 2010The United Nations today called on the international community to provide critical additional aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) to prevent a resumption of conflict in an impoverished country that is a prime target of UN efforts to consolidate peace in once violence-torn nations. read more

A press statement by the Council President for July, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, praised the parties for their efforts. It also commended Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and his special envoy Lieutenant General Lazarus Sumbeiyo, who coordinated the negotiations that led to the signing on behalf of the regional organization, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).The Machakos protocol, named after the city in Kenya where it was signed, is a major step towards realizing a just and lasting peace in Sudan, the statement said. Security Council members appealed to the parties to continue to work for the successful conclusion of a global and definitive agreement during the course of 2002. On Monday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the protocol and expressed the hope that a definitive accord ending the long-standing conflict could be reached in the next round of negotiations, which are set for August. read more

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) convoys brought over 1,300 refugees to five camps throughout the vast region, including the first camp established in the southern section of the affected border zone, giving those living along a 300-kilometre stretch their first opportunity to move to a safer location. In all, 15,428 refugees have been transferred to the five camps opened to date, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told a news briefing in Geneva today. The agency estimates that more than 110,000 Sudanese have fled across the border in the past year to escape conflict in the western Darfur region. Fighting continues between the Sudanese Government and rebel groups such as the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and militias. Another 700,000 people are thought to be internally displaced. Overall, Sudan has the world’s largest population of displaced persons, with some 3 million to 4 million across the vast territory of Africa’s largest country, following two decades on conflict, mainly in the south. read more

by Bob Christie And Josh Hoffner, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2017 7:26 am MDT Last Updated Mar 28, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHOENIX – A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation.Friday night’s crash was blamed on the driver of an oncoming SUV that turned left in front of the Uber vehicle carrying two test drivers and no passengers. There were no serious injuries and the driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation. But images of Uber’s Volvo SUV rolled onto its side reverberated heavily on social media.Uber responded by briefly suspending its self-driving cars in its three testing locations — Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh — as it investigated the accident.Uber’s self-driving car program is rolling out amid questions about how much government regulation it should endure on issues such as accidents, insurance and reporting instances in which the person behind the wheel in test cars needs to take control of the vehicle.The San Francisco-based startup endured a shaky December rollout in California — including running red lights — that culminated in a standoff between Uber and state regulators who wanted more transparency and reporting.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey seized the opportunity and used lax regulations to entice Uber, which decided to ship more than a dozen SUVs to metro Phoenix.“California may not want you, but Arizona does,” said Ducey, who took the first ride as a passenger in Uber’s self-driving cars last month.Uber spokeswoman Taylor Patterson said the company is operating more than a dozen of the 21 vehicles it has registered in Arizona. Some pick up passengers.In Arizona, companies such as Uber only need to carry minimum liability insurance policies to operate self-driving cars. They are not required to track crashes like the one that occurred in Tempe on Friday or report any information to the state.That means that self-driving test cars are essentially treated like all other cars on the road.Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said in a March 3 interview that the cars are safe and there is sufficient oversight under existing automobile rules.“There’s a driver in the car,” he said. “The state oversight is: There are not cars without drivers in them.”John Simpson of the California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog said Ducey has abandoned his responsibility to protect the public by buying into the hype surrounding Uber.“It’s a fundamental responsibility of a governor of a state to make sure that when companies are using the state’s public highways as their own private laboratories, that there is some obligation to protect public safety,” Simpson said. “There are no rules in Arizona.”In March, Uber obtained permits for two of its Volvo SUVS to again hit the streets in San Francisco.California’s rules for autonomous vehicles require a $5 million insurance policy, and the companies must reports accidents to the state within 10 days and release an annual tally documenting how many times test drivers had to take over.Also, unlike in Arizona and Pennsylvania, passengers are not allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles in California.Ducey doesn’t believe self-driving car testing needs extra regulations because drivers can take over if something goes wrong, but his office said Monday after the accident that “public safety remains our top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.”Kevin Biesty, deputy director for policy for the Arizona Department of Transportation, said the state could set up a system to monitor local police accident reports involving self-driving cars but chose not to do so.“At this point we don’t see an issue if the vehicles are being operated safely — they’ll be responsible for whatever issues arise, just like any driver,” Biesty said.Uber’s SUVs have been tooling around Phoenix and Tempe for more than three months, and police in both cities said they knew of no accidents before Friday.Other companies testing self-driving cars in Arizona include Waymo, a Google spinoff company, and General Motors. Intel has a fleet of self-driving cars that are being tested, although they are not used in autonomous mode on city streets, company spokeswoman Danielle Mann said.There’s no Arizona state data showing how many accidents the cars may have been involved in or caused.Police in suburban Chandler said the Google cars have been in at least four wrecks over the past three years. None of the GM cars have been involved in accidents, said Kevin Kelly, the company’s spokesman for advanced technology projects.Uber’s recent crash comes amid a series of public-relations woes at the company, including an upheaval of its executive ranks and allegations that it routinely ignores sexual harassment.The New York Times also revealed the company’s use of the “Greyball” program that helped Uber identify law enforcement agents who may be trying to catch it operating illegally in some places. The company’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, subsequently promised Uber would no longer use the program. FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, photo, a group of self-driving Uber vehicles position themselves to take journalists on rides during a media preview at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. On Monday, March 27, 2017, Uber said it is resuming its self-driving car program in Arizona and Pittsburgh after it was suspended following a crash over the weekend. The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but they resumed operating earlier on Monday. The company said that it paused the operations over the weekend to better understand what happened in Arizona, but feels confident in returning the cars to the road. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Self-driving car crash comes amid debate about regulations read more

The C.I.O. of Auspice Capital is blasting the B.C. government for joining various legal proceedings against the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.Tim Pickering tells 660 NEWS the growing regulatory burden facing the energy sector is why investors are not even looking at Canada.“Just given the policy federally, provincially in Alberta, and historically in B.C., people are staying away from Canada in terms of resource capital investment,” Pickering said.Pickering said ongoing anti-business messages from the various levels of governments and the environmental movement are stifling oil and gas development, one of the most important economic sectors in the country. (File Photo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Investors aren’t looking at Canada due to energy sector policies by Posted Aug 11, 2017 7:06 am MDT read more

first_imgAmpcontrol will replicate a working longwall mine, fitted out with its specialist electrical and electronics mining technology, on Stand 916 during AIMEX, to be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, September 6-9. It specialises in the design and manufacture of total longwall packages incorporating power distribution, monitoring and control, communications, electrical systems and lighting. Headlining the company’s AIMEX stand will be its award-winning (Institution of Engineers Australia’s National Engineering Excellence Award) monitoring and control system, iMAC.This uses patented communication protocols with highly engineered fault-finding mechanisms to reduce downtime and has been used in conveyor belts more than 50 km long.Ampcontrol’s IS LED longwall lighting system, which can be configured to suit the unique requirements of individual longwalls, will be another highlight of the stand. “This system is installed in many Australian longwall mines and features a modular, low-profile design and magnet mounting for quick and flexible placement,” Ampcontrol Chief Operating Officer, Rod Henderson said.Ampcontrol’s longwall replica will also feature the company’s Gasguard range of gas sensing equipment. Gasguard has proven extremely reliable in monitoring the presence of methane, oxygen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide,” Henderson said. Designed to tolerate the arduous conditions synonymous with mining environments, Gasguard has been supplied to all major Australian mining regions as well as mines in China and South Africa.Ampcontrol’s AIMEX stand would give visitors a close-up look at its products in their working environment, he said. “Across Australia, our high voltage electrical equipment and mining electronics products are the primary choice for major mining companies. Internationally, our equipment can be found in mines in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the US. Turnkey, fully integrated and customised systems are our areas of expertise,” Henderson said.last_img read more

first_imgOriginally published 12.00BOD back for Leinster’s Heineken Cup clash7 of the best Heineken Cup back-to-back battles of the past 5 years Munster (v Perpignan): F Jones; K Earls, C Laulala, J Downey, J Murphy; I Keatley, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, D Varley, S Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; P O’Mahony (Capt.), S Dougall, J Coughlan.Replacements: D Casey, J Cronin, BJ Botha, B Holland, CJ Stander, C Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, D Hurley Updated 13.00UTILITY BACK JARED Payne has passed a late assessment on a groin problem and has been named in Ulster’s starting line-up to for the Heineken Cup visit of Treviso tomorrow.The returning Kiwi takes up his familiar role at fullback, pushing rising star Michael Allen to the replacements bench as Craig Gilroy is preferred on the left wing.Up front, John Afoa lines out at tight-head prop in the week he confirmed a move to the English Premiership next season.Rob Herring comes into the front row in place of Rory Best while there is a definite second-choice feel about the back row of Robbie Diack, Sean Doyle and Roger Wilson with Iain Henderson, Nick Williams and Chris Henry all out injured. Ian Madigan and Eoin Reddan will hold the reins when Leinster travel to face Northampton in Franklin’s Gardens tomorrow.The Ireland out-half, who along with Reddan was expected to be held in reserve for away trips like this, has been preferred to Jimmy Gopperth as coach Matt O’Connor selects an all-Irish starting line-up.One of those is not captain Leo Cullen who will hope to have a lead to protect when he comes off the bench in place of either Devin Toner or Mike McCarthy.As expected, Brian O’Driscoll has recovered from the concussion suffered against New Zealand and will start alongside Gordon D’Arcy in midfield. Connacht (v Toulouse): R Henshaw, F Carr, E Griffin, D McSharry, M Healy, D Parks, K Marmion, B Wilkinson, S Henry, N White, M Kearney, C Clarke (capt), J Muldoon, J Heenan, G Naoupu,Replacements: J Harris Wright, D Buckley, R Ah You, M Swift, E McKeon, F Murphy, C Ronaldson, G Duffy. Munster coach Rob Penney has been able to call upon number eight James Coughlan to face Perpignan in the Heineken Cup this Sunday despite an initial doubt early this week.Coughlan sustained an eye injury during last week’s win away to Dragons, but has been cleared to line up with captain Peter O’Mahony and Sean Dougall in the back row.The only other change in the pack is the expected enforced selection of Damien Varley with Mike Sherry injured. Sherry’s misfortune hands an opportunity to Shannon hooker Duncan Casey who is almost certain to make his competitive debut from the bench.Behind the scrum, Conor Murray is another of the expected returnees, while Casey Laulala’s selection has pushed Keith Earls back out to a berth on the wing opposite Johne Murphy. Leinster (v Northampton): R Kearney; D Kearney, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald; I Madigan, E Reddan; C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross; D Toner, M McCarthy; R Ruddock, S O’Brien, J Heaslip (Capt.).Replacements: A Dundon, J McGrath, M Moore, L Cullen, S Jennings, I Boss, J Gopperth, Z Kirchner. John Muldoon will start Connacht’s tough task in Toulouse this Sunday afternoon.The blindside made his return from injury as a replacement in last week’s 43 – 10 hammering away to Edinburgh. The only other change made by Pat Lam is at loose-head prop where Brett Wilkinson replaces Ronan Loughney.Kiwi second row Craig Clarke captains the side despite Muldoon’s presence as Michael Swift and Gavin Duffy will hope to make an impact from the bench. Ulster ( v Treviso): J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar: T Court, R Herring, J Afoa, J Muller (Capt.), D Tuohy, R Diack, S Doyle, R Wilson;Replacements: N Annett, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, N McComb, M McComish, P Marshall, M Allen, D McIlwaine.last_img read more