4 Sep

Italian bond yields fall as Rome prepares to revise controversial budget amid EU pressure

first_img whatsapp Callum Keown The Italian government has been embroiled in an intense standoff with the EU for months over its controversial budget plan.Brussels rejected the proposals, which contained a deficit target of 2.4 per cent of GDP and a growth forecast at 1.5 per cent and opened disciplinary measures against Italy after officials refused to revise the figures last month.Italy’s 10-year government bond yield dropped below three per cent this morning from highs of 3.68 per cent in October.Reports also emerged that Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini was considering a snap election early next year.Salvini later denied the report in daily newspaper La Repubblica. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero Wars5minstory.comMost beautiful women in the world 2021 5minstory.comForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Are Above 30, this Strategy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameBridesBlushMeghan Markle’s Current Net Worth Is Causing The Queen To CringeBridesBlushFinancePursuit6 Most Successful Female SupermodelsFinancePursuit Share Tags: Trading Archive Italian bond yields fall as Rome prepares to revise controversial budget amid EU pressure “The prospects of an early general election that would be expected to lead to a more stable political situation is something that would get positive attention from BTP investors,” said DZ Bank strategist Andy Cossor, referring to Italian debt.Italy’s populist coalition government had come under substantial pressure to revise its budget – with disciplinary measures that could potentially lead to unprecedented fines against an EU member state.Yesterday Conte said he was working hard to bridge the gap with the EU over Rome’s expansionary budget, raising hopes of a resolution to the ongoing tussle. whatsapp Italy’s 10-year bond yield has fallen below three per cent for the first time since September on reports Rome was set to present the EU with a revised budget plan.Giuseppe Conte is expected to reveal the new budget figures to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker later today, sources told Reuters. Wednesday 12 December 2018 1:33 pm More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comlast_img read more

4 Sep

Reuters warned that paywall plan ‘breaches LSE-Refinitiv deal terms’

first_img“The foundation of our partnership is strong and we will continue to work together to deliver for all of our customers.” The LSE’s $27bn deal for data provider Refinitiv was struck in 2019 but took two years to complete (Getty Images) Also Read: LSE warns Reuters paywall plan breaches Refinitiv deal terms LSE warns Reuters paywall plan breaches Refinitiv deal terms The LSE’s $27bn deal for data provider Refinitiv was struck in 2019 but took two years to complete (Getty Images) Tags: London Stock Exchange Group About half of Reuters’ revenue comes from Refinitiv, making the financial data company its biggest client.  Such a move, wrote David Craig, chief executive of Refinitiv, and Andrea Stone, LSEG’s chief customer proposition officer, “would cause Refinitiv significant loss and material and irreparable harm.” A subscription to Reuters.com will cost $34.99 a month, the same as Bloomberg’s digital subscription, when it is introduced. Thursday 20 May 2021 11:49 am In a joint statement, LSE and Reuters said: “Just as with any commercial agreement, there are ongoing and private discussions about our business approach and products. As a result of the LSE’s $27bn deal for Refinitiv, which recently completed after extensive regulatory scrutiny, Reuters now owns 15 per cent of LSE. A letter from the LSE to the news provider, which was reported by Barron’s, says that the plan, which was announced in April, was “not permitted” under the 2018 deal. whatsapp Edward Thicknesse Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Reuters has reportedly been warned by the London Stock Exchange Group that its plan to instigate a paywall on its content is in breach of the London bourse’s purchase of data provider Refinitiv.last_img read more

24 Aug

‘An appalling and detestable lie’: 5 highlights from Sessions’ Senate testimony

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | NPR News‘An appalling and detestable lie’: 5 highlights from Sessions’ Senate testimonyJune 13, 2017 by Miles Parks, NPR Share:Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, fiercely maintaining he did nothing wrong in meeting twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during President Trump’s 2016 campaign and also infuriating Democrats by refusing to detail any conversations he has had with the president.The hearing lasted about 2 1/2 hours and included a number of testy exchanges. Here are the highlights:1. “An appalling and detestable lie”Similar to former FBI Director James Comey, who testified before the same committee last week, Sessions came out ready to defend himself.After his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions was skewered for saying, “I did not have communications with the Russians.” He later amended the record by revealing he had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, twice over the course of the 2016 campaign.On Tuesday, Sessions argued that he was caught off guard by the question at the hearing and thought he was answering whether he was involved in any election collusion with the Russians, not whether he had any communication with Russian officials as he normally would as a member of the Senate:“Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.“I was your colleague in this body for 20 years, and the suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie.”He added that any assertion that he did not honestly answer the question at the confirmation hearing is “false.”2. Sessions gets testyThe first real fireworks flew almost 90 minutes into the testimony. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pressed Sessions on why the attorney general actually recused himself from the Russia investigation.Sessions originally said that he disaffiliated himself simply because he was an adviser to Trump during the campaign, but doubt was cast on that explanation when Comey testified last week and said he had thought Sessions would recuse himself earlier than he did for “problematic” reasons that needed to be discussed in a closed session.Sessions raised his voice in protest when asked what those reasons were.“Why don’t you tell me? There are none, Sen. Wyden. There are none!” he said. “I can tell you that with absolute certainty. This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don’t appreciate it.”3. Democrats push for Trump conversation detailsWhile no new bombshell details emerged from the Sessions testimony Tuesday, there were a number of threads and themes that are sure to crop up again as hearings continue on Russian election meddling. Maybe most prominent is the Democrats’ insistence that those testifying share conversations they’ve had with President Trump. Sessions wasn’t having any of that.At one point, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked whether Trump had expressed any frustration with Sessions about his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.“Sen. Heinrich, I’m not able to share with this committee private communications — ” Sessions said, before Heinrich cut him off.“Because you’re invoking executive privilege,” Heinrich interjected.“I’m not able to invoke executive privilege, that’s the president’s prerogative,” Sessions said.But the attorney general added that he needed to not discuss his conversations with Trump, to preserve the president’s ability to theoretically invoke executive privilege in the future.Sessions was talked into a corner a few times when it came to the actual legal basis for the argument, by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Maine’s Angus King, I-Maine, but no real damage was done.It it appeared as though Sessions had consulted with a legal team — at the Department of Justice or the White House Counsel’s Office — and burning that much time at the hearing without revealing any private conversations with the president had to be viewed as a victory.4. Tom Cotton goes deep into the spy novel canonIn general, as with most of the Russia-related hearings conducted by Congress, it was a tale of two parties. Republicans were mostly noncombative, if not friendly to Sessions Tuesday, maybe none more so than Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.“Do you like spy fiction? John le Carre? Daniel Silva? Jason Matthews?” Cotton asked at one point in his questioning.Sessions caught on quick.“Yeah, Alan Furst, David Ignatius,” he said. “I just finished Ignatius’ book.”“Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?” asked Cotton.“No,” said Sessions, followed by a giggle and laughter in the audience. “Yes, I do.”“Have you ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plotline so ridiculous that a sitting United States senator and an ambassador of a foreign government colluded at an open setting, with hundreds of other people, to pull off the greatest caper in the history of espionage?” Cotton asked rhetorically.“Thank you for saying that, Sen. Cotton,” Sessions said.5. In writing a letter, did Sessions break his recusal?Sessions continued to insist that he could both recuse himself from the FBI’s Russia investigation and support the dismissal of Comey as the FBI director. Sessions recused himself from the Department of Justice Russia investigation in March, but then signed a letter endorsing Comey’s firing in May.He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had begun discussing replacing Comey before either of them was confirmed in their jobs.“I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations,” he said.Comey was overseeing thousands of investigations at the time of his firing, Sessions argued, so the fact that he was recused from just one of them shouldn’t mean he couldn’t make a judgment call on Comey’s leadership abilities.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

13 Jul

This tiny alpine Swiss village wants to build Europe’s tallest skyscraper – 230ft taller than The Shard

first_imgThe 80-storey skyscraper will tower over the Swiss village of Vals (Source: Morphosis)It’s the kind of audacious move that would leave the UK’s nimbys in a cold sweat: the tiny Swiss village of Vals, situated in the heart of the Alps and with a population of less than 1,000, has unveiled plans to build a glass-and-steel skyscraper 230ft taller than the Shard. In fact, once completed, it would be Europe’s tallest tower. Not surprisingly given the high-end location adjacent to the world-famous Therme Vals spa, by architect Peter Zumthor, the 80-storey tower will house a luxury hotel, complete with 107 guest rooms, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, spas, a ballroom, restaurants, a cafe, a bar and a gallery.Developer 7132 said it had chosen the design for its “minimalist approach” that will “help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape”. Rooms will have “panoramic views” over the Alps (Source: Morphosis)The hotel will stand beside the Therme Vals spa (Source: Morphosis)The ultra-thin tower, designed by US architect Morphosis, is due to be completed in 2017, while the hotel will be opened in 2019.However, it has already been subject to controversy: in February, the jury tasked with selecting the winner of a competition to design a hotel for the resort “dissociated” itself from the project, saying the decision to appoint Morphosis left “important questions unanswered”. Morphosis beat off competition from London-based studio 6A Architects (Source: Morphosis) Share Tags: NULL whatsapp Emma Haslett More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapp This tiny alpine Swiss village wants to build Europe’s tallest skyscraper – 230ft taller than The Shard Friday 27 March 2015 5:50 amlast_img read more

18 Jun

Ontario budget: Corporate tax rate cuts delayed

Romina Maurino Keywords Budgets,  Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news It’s a move Finance Minister Dwight Duncan called necessary, and one he said will put $1.5 billion in government coffers over three years. The budget also promised to save $250 million by merging many business support programs into a Jobs and Prosperity Fund, as well as freeze scheduled decreases in business education taxes, again until the budget is balanced, for an additional $300 million in savings. Duncan said he spoke with various business leaders and they “recognize that the business community has to make its contribution.” “We have made Ontario a more attractive place for businesses to invest and create new jobs,” Duncan told the legislature while delivering his budget. “So we are asking business to do its part to help Ontario balance its budget.” The minority Liberals, grappling with a $15.3-billion shortfall this year, intend to erase the deficit by 2017-18. The corporate income tax and business education tax freezes are “tough pills to swallow,” said Plamen Petkov, Ontario Director for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “All these measures come with a hefty price, and businesses will pay their fair share.” Ian Howcroft, vice-president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, said he didn’t support the delay. “We do recognize that the manufacturing tax rate is already at 10%, so we’re pleased that we had that delivered for our members,” he said. “But the importance is to have a general tax rate that’s down there as well to realize full benefits for all businesses.” The government also plans to limit the 10% rebates on electricity bills to 3,000 kilowatt-hours a month, to save $470 million. The move will affect small businesses but not most homeowners, since the average energy use for a family of four is between 800 and 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month. Certain business fees, including the environmental fee for hazardous waste disposal, will see an increase that will have to be paid by the larger generators of the waste. The changes come as the minority Liberals walk a political and fiscal tightrope, charged with creating a budget that must appease credit agencies and the wider business community. The province pays about $10 billion a year to make interest payments on its $237.6-billion debt, which is expected to reach $260 billion next year. That will bring Ontario’s net debt-to-GDP ratio to 39.5%, second only to Quebec. Ontario may wind up shelling out hundreds of millions more in interest if it gets hit with a credit downgrade or interest rates go up. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak immediately said he wouldn’t support the budget, adding the government is wrong to backtrack on its tax-cut plan. “Capital is mobile, it won’t go places that have high debt and it won’t go to places that have high taxes,” Hudak said. “When you have a job crisis, the worse thing you can do is increase taxes on job creators.” The corporate tax delay, along with an extension to a pay freeze on executive compensation across the public sector for another two years, are the two key measures that could garner the support needed from the New Democrats to prop up the budget. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wouldn’t say whether her party would defeat the government on its budget bill, noting that while the corporate tax rate freeze was a good start, the plan didn’t say enough about the revenue side. The extended salary freeze would apply to the presidents and vice-presidents of hospitals, provosts and deans of universities and colleges, directors and superintendents of school boards and the top executives at the province’s Hydro companies, who regularly made the list of the highest-paid public sector CEOs in Ontario. “We need to be clear, there’s no offer to freeze executive pay in this budget,” Horwath said, noting the freeze would only apply to base salaries, not bonuses. “There is no commitment.” Regulations will also be brought in to deal with agencies like Ornge, the troubled ambulance service whose top managers were exempted from public salary disclosure this year, the government said. The budget does promise to maintain the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to help businesses in the north, as well as regional programs for eastern and southwestern Ontario. When it comes to the Ring of Fire mining project, which provides the most promising job opportunities in the north, the Liberals are proposing legislation to ease the implementation of a land claim agreement by ensuring that certain lands held in trust for the Nipissing First Nation be deemed tax exempt. B.C. budget forecasts three years of billion-dollar deficits Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Ontario to deliver its second pandemic budget on March 24 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A delay of the planned corporate tax rate cut in Ontario was a near certainty, but the added caveat Tuesday of the freeze staying in place until the cash-strapped province balances its books proved a hard pill to swallow for some business groups. The rate was scheduled to come down to 10% by July 2013 — a vow reaffirmed during last fall’s election campaign. But Ontario’s austerity budget, tabled Tuesday, signalled that the rate will stay at 11.5% for the next five years. read more

17 Jun

Cummings Calls for the Teaching of African History and Civilization in Schools

first_imgCummings Calls for the Teaching of African History and Civilization in Schools UncategorizedFebruary 8, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for Agriculture and Lands, Victor Cummings has called for the teaching of African history and civilisation in the school system, as this would help to break the bonds of mental slavery.“We need to get rid of mental slavery as a lot of what is happening within our country has to do with that mental slavery. We find it hard to work together as a people because it is entrenched in our psyche from long ago,” Mr. Cummings stated in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Feb. 6).He was responding to a motion brought to the House by Member of Parliament for Clarendon Central, Mike Henry, calling for the House to develop a common position on the impact of slavery and the matter of “reparation for the countries of the displaced descendants of slavery”.According to the State Minister, the bonds of slavery have left with us the inability to communicate effectively and “the first thing we do when we have a disagreement is reach for guns and we start yelling at each other. The difference between the house slave and the field slave, it is still there”.Mr. Cummings argued however that “just passing a resolution alone even if you have full support, will not go far in achieving what needs to be achieved. We need to be out in the schools and us as leaders of our country need to lead by example”.He noted further that, “we need to get ourselves together and we need to work together in order to achieve things in the best interest of not just our race, but also our country”.Mr. Henry, in his motion, acknowledged that there have been apologises for slavery from heads of states, monarchs and presidents, and while he had no problem accepting apologies, “it is not good enough and it must carry with it compensation equal to the act”.He said that “whether reparations come in the form of payments tied to infrastructure or education, I ask that we as a Parliament decide what we feel is just. Let us clearly state our position on slavery and the impact on our lives.” RelatedCummings Calls for the Teaching of African History and Civilization in Schools RelatedCummings Calls for the Teaching of African History and Civilization in Schoolscenter_img RelatedCummings Calls for the Teaching of African History and Civilization in Schools Advertisementslast_img read more

16 Jun

Appointment of Supreme Court Justice Freeburn

first_imgAppointment of Supreme Court Justice Freeburn Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon FentimanAttorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman today announced the appointment of the newest Justice to the Queensland Supreme Court Trial Division, Paul Freeburn QC.Minister Fentiman said Justice Freeburn had established himself as a professional across both state and federal jurisdictions and brought a wealth of experience to the Supreme Court bench.“Justice Freeburn QC has dedicated almost four decades of service to the legal sector and is a highly respected Queensland barrister with chambers in Brisbane,” Minister Fentiman said.“He has led a distinguished career, appearing in a variety of complex and high-profile cases, including commercial litigation and arbitrations, matters of professional and medical negligence, proceeds of crime litigation, fraud, construction and civil penalty prosecutions.“The newest member of the judiciary has also displayed a strong appetite for appellate matters, highlighting the breadth of his dedication to the legal system in Queensland.”He has previously worked as a solicitor and a senior associate with Queensland law firms and appeared as Senior Counsel assisting the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry – providing recommendations for the delivery of state-wide adolescent mental health services.“The incoming Justice has also displayed a passion for assisting the vulnerable in our community, serving as a board member for the community legal service Basic Rights Queensland.“And he has played a leading role in mentoring and educating up and coming junior barristers in our State, as a member of the Bar Association of Queensland.”Justice Freeburn began his career in 1983, was called to the Bar in 1990 and was recognised for his work and received Silk in 2003.“I would like to congratulate him on his appointment to the Bench and wish him every success in the role.”The appointment was made in accordance with the Judicial Appointment Advisory Protocol.Justice Freeburn’s appointment begins formally from 20 May 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:adolescent, Australia, Brisbane, career, civil penalty, Commission, community, Government, health services, justice, mental, mental health, Minister, penalty, proceeds of crime, QLD, Queensland, Shannon, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

15 Jun

Clark County Sheriff’s Office seeking help locating missing Clark County man

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s Office seeking help locating missing Clark County manPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, November 15, 2019in: Community Newsshare 0 Ryan Berg has been reported missing since Oct. 24 VANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking for anyone who knows the whereabouts of Ryan Berg or who may have seen him in the Hockinson area during the week of Oct. 24, 2019. blankThere are currently no suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance and his family is requesting privacy at this time. Please call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at (564) 397-2120 with any information.Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : City of Battle Ground employees donate over 2,000 diapers after learning of need Next : VPS collaborates with community partners on disciplineAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website guestLabel guestLabelcenter_img Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

15 Jun

First Look: Volvo’s 360c concept is more than just a car without a steering wheel

first_img RELATED TAGSVolvoLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Volvo’s futuristic 360c stands apart from the dozens of thinly veiled concept cars unveiled annually on the auto show circuit — it most likely won’t ever see the inside of a showroom.That’s because it’s a conversation starter, a life-sized idea on wheels that demonstrates what could be, not an accurate preview of an upcoming production model. And, in the off-chance that it one day reaches production, you won’t be able to buy one unless you’re interested in running a fleet of them.The 360c is a fully electric, autonomous, and connected machine envisioned as the central component of future ride-sharing programs. Don’t turn in your driver’s license quite yet; our crystal ball tells us autonomous cars won’t arrive in the immediate future but they’ll likely hit the roads before the end of the next decade. One of the brightest minds inside Volvo argues we’re at a pivotal point in the development and deployment of self-driving shuttles like the 360c. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada “We always try to look at the past to understand the future. When we invented the car, everyone thought ‘it’s a horse and a carriage with a faster horse. You don’t need to fill it with oats but you can fill it up with gasoline.’ They could not understand that our cities would be completely redesigned due to the invention of the car,” Mårten Levenstam, Volvo’s chief of product strategy, told Driving. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volvo 360c conceptRonan Glon, Driving “Things will change. I think it’s a mistake not to discuss what those changes are and not to steer them,” Levenstam concluded. Trending Videos See More Videos Motor Mouth: WTF will we do with all the time in autonomous cars?“You need to have power for the computer, which you could do with a plug-in hybrid powertrain,” Green noted. “We are using a plug-in hybrid powertrain [in the XC90] for our collaboration with Uber. What we’re seeing is that we don’t perceive there will be market for a car with a combustion engine in a ride-hailing program,” Green noted. This conveniently falls in line with Volvo’s gradual shift towards electrification.Though a car like the 360c could offer travelers an attractive alternative to short-haul flying, Levenstam hinted it might not make sense for Volvo to operate its own ride-sharing program.“We sell a lot of cars to taxi companies but we have never considered starting our own taxi company,” he told us. Nothing is off the table yet, but Volvo’s smartest move may be to continue doing what it does best — building solid cars — and letting another company (like Uber or Lyft) worry about making money by filling them with passengers. ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The same applies to autonomous cars. They’re more than a car without a steering wheel; they’re the next big evolution that will shape every city’s infrastructure. Levenstam pointed out Volvo can’t push the technology forward on its own, however. It wants to work hand-in-hand with rival automakers marching towards the same goal, technology companies with vast software expertise, lawmakers around the world, and — significantly — users to ensure a smooth roll-out that meets every group’s expectations.“We need to work together in society to make it happen. There are tons of benefits,” he opined. “[Self-driving cars] will never be 100 per cent safe, that’s very naïve, but they have the potential to be much safer than a human driver.”The SPA2 platform, that Volvo will launch under the skin of the next-generation XC90 in 2021, will be ready for autonomous driving from the get-go. Henrik Green, the vice president of Volvo’s research and development department, explained the automaker is committed to building a fully autonomous car on the SPA2 platform during the first half of the next decade.It’s too early to say whether it will borrow styling cues from the 360c, and we don’t even know if Volvo will develop it in-house; it could form a partnership with another company to spread development costs. What’s certain is that it will be electric.RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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12 Jun

Tortello Advocates Children Discuss their Own Rights

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Senior Advisor to Jamaica’s Ministry of Education, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, says it is “vital” that decision makers involve children in discussions on their rights.Dr. Tortello was representing Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, at the Caribbean Child Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, Wednesday (October 20).She said the conference was one of the most “visible and realistic” ways of involving children in national discussions, as it not only looks at research into their issues, but provides a platform for them to share their own research on various topics.Dr. Tortello said that, as part of the thrust to have the country pay attention to what children have to say, the Ministry would be compiling research papers presented by students for dissemination to its regional offices, schools and for posting to its website.The theme for this year’s conference, spearheaded by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), is ‘Five years before 2015: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Child Rights in the Caribbean’.Over the course of the two-day event, discussions will be held on the way forward in relation to the MDGs; children and violence; children and HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour; children in need of care and protection; and children and poverty.Dr. Tortello said the conference was a “good wake up call as to how far Jamaica has come in relation to the achievement of the MDGs, how far the country still has to go as well as in providing guidance on how to get there.Regional Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen, said considerable progress has been made in improving the situation of children in need. However, he commented that there is concern about the “tyranny of averages” as, according to him, national averages sometime conceal broad and widening disparities in poverty and children’s development within countries. He noted that the widest and most glaring disparities exist in the Caribbean and Latin America, considered the most unequal region in the world.Mr. Aasen said a serious side effect of poverty and disparity was violence and, consistent with this, Latin American and Caribbean has been found to be one of the most violent regions in the world, with about six million children and adolescents suffering abuse each year.He disclosed that a lot of the gains made in ensuring child survival are often wiped out during adolescence due to violence, and underscored the importance of an equity-focused approach to development.“Achieving the MDGs with equity is a crucial step in making the rights of children a reality for all. We can achieve this through policies and programmes which have children’s best interest in mind, with a focus on the most vulnerable, on the hardest to reach and where the needs are the greatest,” he stated.To accelerate progress towards achieving the MDGs, Mr. Aasen suggested strengthening accountability in public policy, and ensuring that social investments make a positive impact on the lives of children and adolescents. He also suggested advocacy for specific measures against child poverty and malnutrition in national strategies and increased investment in education. RelatedTortello Advocates Children Discuss their Own Rights RelatedTortello Advocates Children Discuss their Own Rights Tortello Advocates Children Discuss their Own Rights EducationOctober 22, 2010center_img RelatedTortello Advocates Children Discuss their Own Rights Advertisementslast_img read more