Chinese auto group invests millions in next-gen cars

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#Fiat#GAC Group#Honda#Internet of Things#IoT#Mitsubishi#toyota China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd, known as GAC Group, announced at their recent board of directors meeting that they plan to spend $88 million on a new subsidiary focused on electric vehicles.The new subsidiary will be known as Guangzhou Automobile New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. The first registered capital will be half of the total investment amount with the remaining $44.1m being available based on project requirements.GAC Group — founded in 1997 and was acquired by Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group in 2005 — said they plan on achieving a new energy vehicle production capacity of 200,000 before the end of 2020. It is clear that this goal is already being taken seriously by the company as one-third of all new models already or planning to be launched in 2017 will utilize new energy.See also: Baidu wants you to tour China by autonomous carChina is making large strides both from a consumer opinion and a technology stance not only for new energy vehicles but for connected cars as well. According to a survey conducted by PwC in October of last year, 40% of surveyed Chinese consumers stated they were willing to change automobile brands for better connectivity. But, the most astounding statistic from the PwC survey was 85% of respondents stated not only are they interested, but “eager” to own an autonomous car.In March of this year, Toyota, one of GAC Group’s most important partners, announced they would be partnering with NTT, one of the largest carriers in Japan, for research and development on connected car technology. GAC also partners with other European and Asian automakers, including Fiat, Mitsubishi, Honda, and Isuzu.Western automakers should pay heedIn a recent TechCrunch article, it was stated that part of the technology being collaborated on would include 5G networks. This is significant as China’s Huawei is leading the way for 5G standards. As a result of Huawei being located and starting their 5G network in China, it is likely that Toyota will utilize GAC Group to test whatever R&D technologies utilize the 5G network.Then with the creation of this new subsidiary with such significant initial funding, it is possible that we will see GAC Group create the first highly connected and fully electric car in the Chinese market.American auto manufacturers should be paying close attention to new strides made in China with connected car technology as well because it is possible that if the two were to be elegantly connected, it is possible the United States would witness the first Chinese-branded automobiles that have a massive advantage against the current American technology.With a potential like this available, it is likely that GAC Group, Toyota, and NTT will be pushing hard to make it a reality. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Related Posts Clayton Jacobs 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Braille-enabled signboards to be used during Maheshtala bypoll

first_imgFor the first time in West Bengal, the Election Commission (EC) will use Braille-enabled signboards carrying instructions for visually challenged voters. It will be introduced at all the polling stations in the Maheshtala Assembly by-election on Monday.“The decision to use Braille-enabled signboards is a State-specific measure and will be used for the first time in West Bengal to ensure hassle-free polling experience for visually impaired voters,” a senior EC official told The Hindu. He also said that the initiative was part of the drive to make elections more accessible to persons with disabilities (PWD).The Braille-enabled signboards will be put up at the entrance of all the 283 polling stations in the Maheshtala Assembly constituency in South 24 Paraganas district. Apart from the conventionally displayed instructions for voters on how to use the electronic voting machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, the signboards will also display such instructions in Braille.The official also said that the EC held consultations with officials of the State government departments such as Women, Child and Social Welfare, Youth Services and Sports to frame strategies on how to involve physically challenged voters in the polling process.Nearly 2.48 lakh voters will cast their votes in the Maheshtala Assembly by-election at 283 polling stations in 111 locations in the constituency. Several companies of Central forces have been deployed for the bypoll. Three-way contest The bypoll will witness a three-way contest between the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Congress has not fielded any candidate due to an informal understanding with the Left Front. The result will be declared on May 31.last_img read more

Interest of Global Tech Giants Revives in Indian Startup Space

first_imgApple’s recent acquisition of Indian machine-learning startup Tuplejump offers further evidence of a revival in the interest of global technology giants in the country’s startup space, especially in areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud infrastructure and automation. Related Itemslast_img

New F1 owner Liberty Media looks to expand number of races

first_imgLiberty Media is looking to expand the number of Formula One races, hoping to cash in on the glamorous appeal of its newly acquired asset, chief executive Greg Maffei said on Wednesday.Formula One has a record-equalling 21 races this season and teams have historically been reluctant to go beyond that number, but Maffei told investors at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms conference that there was room for more.”There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point. The FIA (the International Automobile Federation, which governs the sport) makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money,” he said.Formula One faces a major shake-up after Liberty Media agreed to take control of the cash-generating sport. Liberty Media has acquired an initial 18.7 percent stake from controlling shareholder CVC Capital Partners [CVC.UL] and plans to complete a cash and shares deal by the first quarter of 2017.The deal, which has an enterprise value of $8 billion is expected to lead to a new push to develop the U.S. market and win fresh audiences around the world.Expanding the racing calendar may be a way to do this, Maffei said.”Obviously there is a limit on how much you can do. Just getting the cars around the world, but I think we can expect to grow the amount of races to a mild degree.”Maffei said there were opportunities to expand in Latin America, Asia and the United States.advertisement”I particularly like the idea of a night race in Las Vegas,” the CEO said, acknowledging that the heart of the Formula One sport is in Western Europe with famous circuits such as Monza and Monaco.”But new entrants tend to pay more,” the executive said.Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s commercial supremo who has remained at the helm after the takeover, recently appeared to pour cold water on the immediate prospect of adding races in the United States.The 86-year-old Briton has been talking to would-be promoters of a Las Vegas race for several months without any sign of progress. The future of South Americas only current grand prix in Brazil is also uncertain due to the countrys economic crisis.Liberty Media has interests in the Atlanta Braves baseball team, satellite radio service Sirius XM, entertainment group Live Nation and minority interests in Time Warner and Viacom.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat Kohli

first_imgHardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat KohliIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli was impressed with Hardik Pandya who made a strong comeback after returning from suspension. Pandya picked up crucial wickets and took a brilliant catch in India’s 8-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI on Monday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 17:32 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets and a catch on his comeback following the suspension over Kofffe With Karan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said it was good to have Hardik Pandya back in the Indian teamPandya returned after his suspension over Koffee with Karan was liftedPandya, who replaced Vijay Shankar, picked 2 for 45 in the 3rd ODI vs New Zeaand3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). (SCORECARD)Virat Kohli heaped praise on Hardik Pandya, who picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson in the third ODI on Monday. India, chasing 244, won with 8 wickets to spare and clinched the five-match ODI series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead.Hardik was suspended and ordered to return home from the tour of Australia along with KL Rahul after the duo made sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan. Soon after the episode aired on Indian television early in January, the Indian cricket community was left shocked. Pandya apologised but BCCI punished him and Rahul.After the Indian board lifted the suspensions pending the appointment of an ombudsman, Pandya flew back to New Zealand and replaced Vijay Shankar in the third ODI. And he made an immediate impact, picking up the crucial wickets of Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls off successive overs to derail the Black Caps. Despite a gutsy 93 by Ross Taylor, New Zealand managed only 243.Virat Kohli was naturally thrilled to have his star all-rounder back.”It’s very, very good to have Hardik back. He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team. And the way he bowled today showed he went back and practiced his skills.”He put his head down and focussed on what he needed to do and you could tell from the way he bowled with intensity straightaway.. picking two crucial wickets at that stage.advertisement”He’s someone who will give you those important contributions in all three departments and that’s something any team would want to have and when he comes in, the team looks a lot more balanced,” Kohli told the media after India’s comprehensive win.”It’s good to have him back in the right headspace and the right kind of mindset to perform for the team and I hope he can keep growing with this performance,” he said.Virat Kohli said he hoped Pandya would emerge as a stronger cricketer after the Koffee with Karan row. Pandya lost a major endorsement deal and his membership with an iconic Mumbai club.”You can either be broken by a situations or emerge stronger by focusing your energies on cricket. If you respect the game, the game respects you in return. We have seen players who have been able to change their careers historically after such situations.”We hope he emerges as a stronger cricketer and am sure he can do that,” Kohli said.Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar lauded Pandya for his efforts with the ball.”(It was a ) terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar told Star Sports. “He’s bowled a very good line, he has used the bouncers to very good effect. He has been like a live wire on the field.”That’s the plus that Hardik Pandya brings to the team. He is such an outstanding fielder. He will get you some impossible catches, get you some terrific run-outs and then with the bat and the ball, he does well.”He was very, very impressive. You know why this team management wants him in the side. He actually fills that little blank that was there. This allows the team to be balanced. He covers all the bases for the team,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Mohammed Shami your English bahut acha, Simon Doull tells India pacerAlso Read | India are teaching us a lesson: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after series defeatAlso Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Virat KohliFollow Koffee With KaranFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Health of BJP stalwart started deteriorating from last two weeks

first_imgNew Delhi: On August 9 (Friday), former finance minister Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS. From the last two weeks, after being hospitalised, the health of BJP stalwart started deteriorating.Several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital in recent days to inquire about his health. President Ram Nath Kovind, Union home minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Jitendra Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress’ Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia visited him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderJaitley had been put on a life support system. A multidisciplinary team of doctors was monitoring him. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14, 2018 at AIIMS. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition. Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections presumably because of his ill-health. In May, Arun Jaitley wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he had cited health reasons for his decision.last_img read more

Toyota to keep selling diesel models in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is planning to continue to sell diesel models in the country even as prices of such vehicles are expected to go up significantly with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms from April 1 next year, a top company official has said. “We still see demand for diesel variants, and will continue to manufacture them till we have the future technology setting in,” TKM Vice-Chairman Shekar Viswanathan said. The company has even invested in a plant in India to make diesel engines which is capable of manufacturing diesel BS-VI engines with minimum investment, he added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis was done keeping in mind the ‘Make in India’ philosophy, Viswanathan said. TKM sells popular models such as Innova Crysta and Fortuner in the country and based on its total vehicle sales from January to July 2019, the current diesel-petrol ratio is 82:18. However, considering only the passenger car segment, the petrol-diesel ratio is close to 50:50. With diesel cars set to become costlier from next year with the implementation of stricter BS-VI emission norms, major automakers are contemplating about the future of such vehicles in their portfolios. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMarket leader Maruti Suzuki India has already announced phasing out of diesel cars from its portfolio with effect from next year. Similarly, Tata Motors is also contemplating phasing out small diesel cars. The company, which is a joint venture between the Japanese auto major and Kirloskar group, said it has the technologies in place for various kind of electric vehicles (EV) which it can introduce depending upon the market requirements. When asked if there is a possibility to see some of the company’s global EVs making their way into the Indian market, Viswanathan said Toyota has the core electrification technologies that enable it to develop and introduce various types of electrified vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles. “However, the speed of market launch differs greatly depending on the country, region, road environment, energy situation and other factors,” he added. The company is closely monitoring customer needs and regulation trends as well as continuing to devote all its efforts to the development of key technologies such as the batteries that power hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and electrified vehicles, Viswanathan said.last_img read more

Radhika Apte cast in Charlie Hunnams Shantaram series at Apple

first_imgLos Angeles: Bollywood star Radhika Apte is set to feature alongside actor Charlie Hunnam in Apple TV’s upcoming series “Shantaram”, based on Gregory David Roberts’ bestselling India-set novel of the same name. According to Deadline, Apte and actor Richard Roxburgh have been cast as series regular in the show, which hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. The story follows Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Apte, 34, who most recently featured in “The Wedding Guest” alongside Dev Patel, will portray Kavita, a driven Indian journalist looking for answers. Roxburgh, 57, best known for starring in films such as “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Moulin Rouge!”, will essay the role of Detective Sergeant Marty Nightingalem, who works for the Australian Federal Police and is part of a small, elite unit trained for the pursuit and capture of escaped convicts. Eric Warren Singer of “American Hustle” fame has penned the series. Justin Kurzel will direct the first two episodes. The duo will also executive produce the show along with Dave Erickson, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey. The project is expected to start production next month in Australia and India.last_img read more

Police in Tangier Dismantle Irregular Migration Network

Rabat – Police in Tangier disrupted a human trafficking network on Friday evening. The network was organizing irregular migration. Police arrested four suspects between the ages of 24 and 44.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the police arrested three Moroccans and a fourth suspect of an unspecified nationality. Police also arrested 22 irregular migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.Read Also: Migration: Marrakech is a Gift to Europe’s Far-RightPolice placed the defendants in custody while  further investigation is underway. With the supervision of the public prosecutor, possible links with other criminal networks in Morocco and abroad are under investigation. Morocco has dismantled a dozen irregular migration networks throughout the year. The European Union has provided Morocco financial aid while the North African country tries to curb migration to Spain.Morocco has become not only a transit country for migrants but also sometimes a final destination, according to Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.Bourita said there are five million Moroccans living abroad, and Morocco wants African migrants in the country to enjoy rights and good quality of life as much as it wishes for Moroccans abroad to do so.Morocco also supported the global compact for migration signed by more than 160 countries in Marrakech earlier in December.The compact promises to ease the pressure on countries that welcome and host refugees.The compact also aims to address humanitarian concerns, human rights issues, and the developmental aspects of international migration.It also seeks to protect the dignity of all migrants, regardless of their status. read more

Norfolk budget talks continue next month

Norfolk residents will learn more next month about their 2019 tax bill.Day 2 of Norfolk County’s levy-supported budget deliberations ended Thursday with an agreement to resume talks Feb. 20.Between now and then, treasury staff will provide detailed documents for the general economic data contained in the main budget binder.A month from now, councillors will have a clearer idea of how the county’s assorted departments intend to spend the millions of dollars Norfolk residents and businesses pay each year in taxes.Mayor Kristal Chopp said she is tired of flying blind on what the main budget numbers mean.“I don’t know how we can go through this budget the way it is presented,” she said.“It’s not a knock on you guys (senior staff). I know this is how you were directed.”Chopp noted that there are headings in the main budget binder with titles such as “materials and supplies” and “engineering services” that are worth millions of dollars but contain little to no detail.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman said it is impossible for her to ask intelligent questions and propose useful changes if she doesn’t know what the general numbers mean. She looks forward to seeing department-by-department details of how county staff intend to spend the public’s money.“To wade through this process makes no sense to me,” Huffman said. “If we’re going to make a change that’s a change we need to make. I would prefer that council in the future see the drilled-down documents. This format just doesn’t work.”Council last week received some “drilled-down” documentation on some aspects of the 2019 operating budget.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin described the documents as “beyond helpful.”Martin added she is “baffled” to think that previous councils struggled through budget deliberations in the absence of this information.Chopp wants the new council to have the same access to the treasury department’s real-time financial software as senior staff.At Thursday’s meeting, county solicitor Nicholas Loeb said that could be a problem because there is privileged information in the system that even elected officials are not allowed to see.Examples include details about contracts with private-sector suppliers that contain trade secrets and proprietary information only available to staff on a need-to-know basis.Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act also prevents municipal politicians from learning details about individuals that have accounts or business with the municipality.Chopp replied that council members are privy to a great deal of information that they are required, by law, to keep confidential. She said council can be trusted to do the same with information contained within the accounting system.“This is meant to be an open and transparent corporation,” Chopp said. “It’s a public corporation. Give us the goods on numbers.”Before Thursday’s meeting adjourned, senior staff was advised to have cost-cutting and cost-saving ideas ready for the Feb. 20 meeting. Council also imposed a temporary moratorium on non-essential hiring.At the end of Thursday’s meeting, Norfolk homeowners were looking at a 4.1 per cent increase in their residential taxes.For someone with a home with an assessed value of $233,250, this would translate into a $110 tax increase over 2018, if the draft budget were approved as is. Total taxes on such as household at this point would amount to $2, read more

Comoros elections important step in consolidation of democracy – UN chief

“The elections are an important step in the consolidation of democracy in Comoros,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.According to the statement, following the announcement of the provisional results of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) today, Mr. Ban called on all stakeholders to maintain a democratic spirit and resolve any dispute that may arise from the elections through legal and peaceful means.“The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations, in coordination with the African Union and other international partners, to support the Comorian people in their efforts to further consolidate democracy, peace and the rule of law for the benefit of all sectors of society,” the statement concluded.

Ill destroy your perfect little life Toyboy builder convicted for blackmailing woman

first_img 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. Tell it to the judge: Braithwaite, 25, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence  The father of one was hired to carry out building and decorating work at the woman’s home in Canary Wharf, Docklands, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.She gave Braithwaite “expensive and lavish gifts”, including a new mobile phone.He then told the woman “he owed money to others, that he had come about some drugs that he had lost and wanted £2,000 from [the victim] in order to repay that debt,” said prosecutor Satya Chotalia.Despite initially denying the claims, Braithwaite pleaded guilty to a single charge of blackmail on what would have been the first day of his trial.”The defendant had been doing some building and renovation work for the complainant and they began to have an affair,” said Thea Viney, prosecuting.”The victim was married and her husband was unwell at the time.”Mr Braithwaite sent a number of threatening text messages to her stating that if she did not pay him £2,000, which he urgently needed, he would reveal the fact that they had been having an affair to her husband and to her son.”Braithwaite was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and given a five-year restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim.He is also required to complete a 60-day rehabilitation activity and 100 hours unpaid work, as well as pay £1,500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.Braithwaite, wearing a denim jacket and white tracksuit bottoms, laughed as he walked free from of the dock and shook hands with his barrister.Irfan Arif, defending, said: “The amount asked for was a relatively small amount in relation to what the earnings of the complainant were.”It was over a short period of time and there was no actual violence, it was only threats of violence.”Mr Braithwaite is extremely ashamed of himself. He understands he has acted extremely stupidly and foolishly in making these demands. He understands the pain that he’s caused the complainant.”Passing sentence the judge, Mr Recorder Mark West said: “Blackmail is a despicable crime. You, out of sheer greed, threatened to disclose your affair to the family members of your victim.”The extent of the distress that must have caused can only be imagined, given the family circumstances of the person concerned, which you knew only too well.”It is quite plain to me that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”Recorder West noted that Braithwaite had “no need at the time” for the £2,000 demanded, adding: “It was pure greed.” Tell it to the judge: Braithwaite, 25, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence Credit:Central News A woman who had a two-week fling with a builder more than 20 years her junior who fixed her Canary Wharf flat was blackmailed in an attempt to keep it secret from her cancer-stricken husband.Liam Braithwaite, 25, demanded £2,000 from the 57-year-old woman to stop him revealing their affair to her husband, a court heard.He sent text messages and left voicemails threatening to “destroy your perfect little life” after his job at the flat and their two-week affair ended.One message read: “I promise, if you don’t help me out I’m going to destroy your family like mine has been destroyed.”Another read: “I don’t care if you go to the police, I’m still coming.”last_img read more

Dont say good girl to women in labour because it is disrespectful

first_imgWriting in the BMJ, they said: “Language matters as a way of respecting women’s views and ensuring that they are empowered to make decisions.“The use of insensitive language can be indicative of an underlying malaise, which reveals underlying attitudes and prejudices.“It is essential that we achieve respectful practice, ensuring that women have complete understanding and control of their own care.”The authors said recent efforts to improve communication in the NHS, with new guidelines, were welcome.“Although eyes may roll at the thought of “political correctness gone mad,” the change is well founded,” they said.  If a medical procedure doesn’t work, midwives should describe the attempt as “unsuccessful”, rather than ‘”failed”. And it also says plain English should be used instead of medical jargon.The guide also asks midwives to avoid discouraging or insensitive language, such as the phrase “terminate pregnancy”. Instead, women  should be told it is a “compassionate induction”. The new advice from the BMJ  Instead of using the term “good girl,” medics are asked to say, “you’re doing really well” to encourage a women during labour.They are also asked to avoid  the use of the phrase “big baby” in case it makes women anxious, and not to talk about “foetal distress”.Instead larger infants should be described as “healthy” while foetal distress should be described as “changes in the baby’s heart rate pattern,” they state.The advice says midwives and obstetricians should never address the pregnant woman as a “she” when they are discussing the situation at hand. The advice includes avoiding discouraging language Credit:BMJ Instead, they should always refer to her by her first name, the guide says.Professor Andrew Weeks, from the International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool, Natalie Mobbs, a medical student at Liverpool, and Catherine Williams, a committee member of National Maternity Voices, drew up the new tips. Tips from the BMJcenter_img Edward Morris, vice president of RCOG, said the guide “highlights the importance of creating a culture of respect for women during pregnancy, labour and after birth.” Midwives should not say “good girl” to women in labour because it is disrespectful, according to new advice.Other words to avoid include describing a baby as big or referring to a woman in labour as “she” in the guide published in the BMJ.In the advice, the authors admitted some might think such caution was “political correctness gone mad” but said changes were needed to “instill a culture of respect” for mothers-to-be.The advice drawn up by maternity experts, has been backed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  Its authors said using the right language could reduce anxiety in women in labour, cutting the rates of complications. 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. The tips encourage midwives to say “you’re doing really well” rather than “good girl”Credit:BMJ last_img read more

Alana Cutland Body found in search for Cambridge student who jumped out

Miss Cutland, who was in her second year at the University of Cambridge studying natural sciences, had been due to spend six weeks on the trip, but cut it short after eight days after speaking to her parents,  Alison, an executive at Cranfield University School of Management, and Neil, an energy consultant.Mr and Mrs Cutland are understood to have rented the light plane intended to take their daughter and Ms Johnson from a lodge on the north of the island to Madagascar’s Ivato Antananarivo international airport, from where they would have flown to Paris and on to London.The flight took off just after 9am last Thursday and it is thought Miss Cutland managed to open the door of the aircraft around five minutes later, as the Cessna reached an altitude of 5,000 ft.In a statement released through the Foreign Office last week, Ms Cutland’s family said they were heartbroken at the death of “a bright, independent young woman”.”She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in her having a very special connection with a wide network of people from all walks of her life, who we know will miss her dearly,” her family said. Alanna Cutland (right) pictured with her father Neil and mother Alison Dr David Woodman, from Robinson College, said he was “deeply shocked by the news of Alana’s death”.”In her two years here, she made a huge contribution to many different aspects of life in the college – she will be sorely missed by us all,” he said. The body of a Cambridge student who jumped out of a plane whilst visiting Madagascar is believed to have been found, nearly two weeks after the incident. The police chief who has been leading the search said local villagers found the body of Alana Cutland, 19, and it has been provisionally identified as the teenager by her hair colour, shoes and clothing.Around 400 local people and 15 police have been searching for the Cambridge University student since July 25 when she reportedly opened the door of the Cessna 182 which she was flying in and fell to her almost certain death.The body was found in a remote area 12 days after she fell on the first leg of her journey home following an eight day spell studying crabs on a conservation project.Local police chief Sinola Nomenjahary who has been co-ordinating the search for Alana said: “The body was found on the ground. It was recognised as being Alana from her clothes, hair and shoes.”The body has been wrapped in a plastic sheet and will be flown to Antananarivo tomorrow by helicopter. We have already informed the British embassy of the discovery. “The villagers have been searching for two weeks for her and they are happy that they have done their obligations and they have recovered the body.” Alanna Cutland (right) pictured with her father Neil and mother Alison 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. read more

Despite criticisms Govt adequately preparing for oil gas sector Trotman

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident not “mouthing off” committed to 100% renewable energy by 2025, despite oil find- TrotmanMay 30, 2017In “latest news”Guyana hoping to access WB loan to help build capacity in oil and gas sectorMay 15, 2018In “latest news”UG integral to capacity building of oil, gas sector- TrotmanDecember 31, 2016In “Business” Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman is adamant that contrary to the prevailing criticisms that Government is being ill-advised and is, in fact, not adequately preparing Guyana for an oil and gas sector – the Government is watching and learning from other nations.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThe Minister was at the time speaking during the opening of a geosciences technology workshop, organised by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), on Monday. According to Trotman, the Government is pursuing technical cooperation engagements like these, which can provide information with a nexus between the technical and the straightforward.He acknowledged the importance of not only considering geological developments, but economic and commercial trends. Given the size of investment needed, Trotman said that understanding the geological occurrences in other oil-producing nations was especially important.“Owing to the dynamic nature of the earth’s surface and the continental crust that we reside on, many structural changes have occurred that have allowed us to draw parallels with other onshore and offshore (oil) basins and to observe the successes and failures as we continue on this journey.”He told the gathering at the Marriott Hotel that just recently a local team attended an oil producers’ conference in Trinidad, where the importance of learning from locations with similar geology and its role in successful exploration were greatly highlighted. “When there is a thorough understanding of geology and how it affects production, we can ensure optimal resource planning, efficient utilisation, and maximum recovery and successes.” ExxonMobil’s Stena Carron harsh environment drill shipTrotman noted that Guyana would have the task of not only preparing legislative and institutional frameworks to efficiently manage the oil and gas sector in Guyana, but to also mentally prepare for the changes that petroleum production would bring. He was also adamant that Government remained committed to its green state development, alongside the oil sector.There has been a flurry of activities in the Stabroek Block, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on the Payara well began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (Exxon’s subsidiary) is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.The lesser-known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and British company Tullow, after they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting Licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government last year. read more

EIN BERLINER Petar Nenadic joins Fuchse

← Previous Story BM Atletico Valladolid with 350,000 EUR budget in the new season Next Story → “HERCULES” GOES HOME: Milutin Dragicevic is back to RK Metaloplastika Šabac! Serbian playmaker, Petar Nenadic, will join Fuchse Berlin as already wrote yesterday. Serbian star will after Spain, Hungary, Denmark and Poland, join the team from the German capital in order to replace injured Bartolomej Jaszka, who has to miss the first part of the season due shoulder injury… Fuchse BerlinPetar Nenadic

Reporters Grammy Speech Flub Not a Stroke

first_imgWhen L.A. TV reporter Serene Branson launched into a string of unintelligible gibberish during the Grammys on Sunday night, viewers quickly leapt into action, uploading the thing all over the Web and tweeting about the bizarre spectacle. The video went viral at a mind-spinning rate. And then people began to worry. Perhaps the odd flub was something more than just a tongue-tied reporter. People started bandying about the term “stroke” a lot.After several days of speculation, Branson addressed the video on her station, KCBS. The reporter had been checked out by doctors at the UCLA  Medical Center, earlier in the week. They did a brain scan and blood work, ruling out the possibility of a stroke.During the interview, Branson revealed that she had started to get a headache prior to event. “At around 10:00 that night I was sitting in the live truck with my field producer and the photographer and I was starting to look at some of my notes,” Branson explained. “I started to think, the words on the page are blurry and I could notice that my thoughts were not forming the way they normally do.”And then she went on air. “As soon as I opened my mouth I knew something was wrong,” she continued.The incident, it turns out, was actually the result of a migraine. Branson has suffered from them since she was a child, but, she told doctors, this is the first time she had one of this magnitude.last_img read more

In unusual move Trump summons entire Senate to White House for North

first_img By Daragh Brophy Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:15 AM Share9 Tweet Email Short URL IN AN UNUSUAL step, Donald Trump has summoned the entire US Senate to the White House for a briefing on North Korea.The move has prompted questions from politicians and left some of their staff mystified, according to reports in the US.Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed in his daily briefing that all 100 senators were being asked to a briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and other officials. Trump with US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Source: Sachs Ron/CNP/ABACACongressional aides said the briefing was originally scheduled for the Capitol, but that the President suggested a change, according to Reuters. It’s unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, and more typical for administration officials to go to Capitol Hill.Staffers suggested to the Washington Post that the briefing’s proximity to the President might make it easy for him to “drop by”.The administration has scheduled a week of high-profile events in the run up to his 100th day in office on Saturday – and a photo of the President meeting with senators would help burnish his image on national security issues.Firing drill Separately, North Korea marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill today, according to reports, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a US aircraft carrier.Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.But no such event – which usually happens in the morning – had taken place by noon, and Seoul’s defence ministry said “no unusual development had been detected”.Instead the South’s Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed government source saying Pyongyang marked the anniversary with its “largest ever firing drill”, carried out in the eastern port city of Wonsan and presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un.North Korea has ambitions to build a missile capable of reaching the US mainland and tensions have soared in recent months as it carried out a string of missile tests that sparked tit-for-tat sabre-rattling between it and Washington.Pyongyang’s rhetoric always intensifies in the spring, when Seoul and Washington hold joint military drills it sees as rehearsals for an invasion.The North’s Rodong Sinmun – the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea – warned today of dire consequences in the event of a US-led pre-emptive strike.It promised “the most brutal punishment… in the sky and land as well as at sea and from underwater without any warning or prior notice”.North Korea launched two missile tests this month while US President Donald Trump and his senior aides have warned that “all options are on the table”. The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan. Source: Jo Jung-hoUN Security Council Trump yesterday urged the UN Security Council to consider stronger sanctions against Pyongyang.Washington has sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula, where it is expected to arrive – after a derision-provoking delay – later this week.The vessel will take part in joint naval drills with the South’s forces to “demonstrate Seoul and Washington’s strong determination to punish North Korean provocations”, the South Korean Navy said in a statement.They will take place in the East Sea, the South’s name for the Sea of Japan, it said, and the two allies will also begin joint naval exercises in the West Sea on today “in relation to the current security situation”.The nuclear-powered US submarine USS Michigan also made a port call to the South’s Busan today in another show of force.Trump has said the US was sending an “armada” to the Korean peninsula, including submarines.The USS Michigan is built to carry submarine-launched ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles capable of making precision strikes against the North’s nuclear facilities, Yonhap said.But the South Korean Navy called the vessel’s visit “routine”, adding it would not take part in any joint exercises.Includes reporting from © AFP 2017Read: Elton John recovering from ‘potentially deadly’ infection >Read: Could a row over Trump’s wall cause a government shutdown? How likely is it? > 38 Comments In unusual move, Trump summons entire Senate to White House for North Korea meeting Staffers have suggested the location would make it easy for the President to “drop by”. 19,319 Views Apr 25th 2017, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Theresa May to visit Northern Ireland at the request of the DUP

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Theresa May to visit Northern Ireland ‘at the request of the DUP’ May said that she would visit the region in the next few weeks. It will be an opportunity to reinforce the message that Northern Ireland’s place as part of the United Kingdom remains a core value of the PM. That is more important than ever given the decision by republicans to try to use Brexit to break up the UK.The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has thrown the future of Northern Ireland into doubt. If the UK leaves customs union and the single market, and doesn’t strike a deal with the EU that would confirm similar customs regulation, then a border could go up on the island of Ireland to check products and goods.If there is no deal struck between the UK and the EU (and remember that they need agreement on every issue to get a final deal) then the UK would go “crashing out” of the EU and a hard border would automatically go up.The UK government has been criticised for repeatedly saying that it would leave the customs union and the single market, and also asserting that there would be no return ro a hard border, but without putting forward any proposals on how this could be achieved.Today, Dodds said: By Gráinne Ní Aodha 10,333 Views 24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 27th 2018, 4:19 PM center_img UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May is to visit Northern Ireland in the next few weeks, she told the House of Commons today.During Prime Minister’s Questions today, the Tory leader said that the visit was related to Brexit and the collapse of the Stormont government.“We are considering a number of issues in relation to Northern Ireland at the moment, in the context of both Brexit and the devolved administration,” she told MPs.“We hope that the administration and the assembly will get back up and running.”The Stormont Assembly collapsed 18 months ago after Sinn Féin withdrew its support for the Executive over the cash-for-ash scandal. After this, a series of negotiations and talks got underway to try and get a devolved government back up and running in Northern Ireland, but to no avail.Civil servants are now making decisions to keep services in the North running – some of which are being questioned and reviewed. The absence of an Assembly means that no legislation has been put forward or debated.Westminster has already passed a budget for Northern Ireland, but there’s talk of direct rule being implemented if the current political stalemate between Sinn Féin and the DUP, the two power-sharing parties in the north, continues.The DUP is also supporting Theresa May’s minority government after a snap election in June last year.BrexitReacting to the news of the British premier’s visit, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said that May’s visit was in response to a request from his party.“The DUP invited the Prime Minister to visit Northern Ireland once again and I welcome the confirmation today that she will be taking up that invitation in the next few weeks,” Dodds said. Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 4:19 PM The Prime Minister has been fully engaged on the issues impacting Northern Ireland, both in terms of our exit from the European Union and the block placed on a restoration of devolution by one party namely Sinn Fein.“Northern Ireland cannot continue in a vacuum. The Prime Minister’s visit will be a chance to reinforce the message that decisions must be taken in relation to our hospitals, schools and infrastructure. The imposition of red-lines on the return of devolution is impacting upon everyone who lives here.” Share42 Tweet Email Short URL last_img read more