Auto supplier Denso 1B investment in Tennessee plant

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.The investment is aimed at making the Maryville plant the Japanese company’s primary manufacturer in North American for electrification and safety systems, the company said.“This is an investment in the future of Denso, and also the future of transportation,” Kenichiro Ito, the chairman of Denso North America, said in a statement. “We are seeing dramatic shifts in the role of transportation in society, and this investment will help position us to meet those changing demands.”The company plans to expand several production lines to produce advanced components for hybrid and electric vehicles. The products are designed to improve fuel efficiency and preserve electric power by recovering and recycling energy. They also will boost efficiency for the entire vehicle by anticipating road conditions through data collected inside and outside the car.The expansion in Maryville comes atop a $400 million investment that the company announced in 2015 to consolidate its warehouse operations, a move intended at the time to add 500 jobs.Denso opened the plant in Maryville in 1988 with about 100 employees. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, then governor, has said the facility in his hometown was a sort of consolation prize after Tennessee lost out to Kentucky for a Toyota assembly plant. Today about 3,200 people work at the Maryville plant, besides another 1,400 employees at another Denso facility in nearby Athens, Tennessee.The announcement comes as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam prepares to embark on a trade mission to Asia that will include a pitch seeking to attract a new joint Toyota and Mazda assembly plant to his Southern state.The Japanese automakers announced in August that they plan to spend $1.6 billion on the new manufacturing plant, creating up to 4,000 jobs. The companies plan to work together on advanced auto technology, such as electric vehicles, safety features and connected cars, as well as products that they could supply each other.Tennessee is home to assembly plants by Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen, along with a slew of suppliers. The state has been prepping a sprawling site outside of Memphis in hopes of attracting another auto manufacturing plant.“We would love to get the Mazda-Toyota plant,” Haslam told reporters Thursday. “We think we have leg up in automobile manufacturing because we’re so strong in it now, and there is a sense in which there’s a real desire to locate near other suppliers.”last_img read more

EU proposes to ban plastic straws stirs and cotton buds

first_imgBRUSSELS – The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds.The European Commission said its proposal would seek to cut marine litter in half for the ten most prominent items and avoid environmental damage estimated at over $250 billion over the next dozen years.EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that utensils would not be banned completely, but steps would be taken to have them made out of sustainable materials when possible.“You can still organize a pick-nick, drink a cocktail and clean your ears just like before,” Timmermans said.He also made new proposals to ensure that it is the polluter that pays.The proposal will be assessed by the EU parliament and member states but Timmermans hopes to see results before May 2019.And unlike so many EU proposals that are immediately criticized by consumer and environmental groups as too little too late, the reaction was largely positive on Monday.“The only way to stop plastics pouring into our oceans is to turn off the flow at its source: production,” said Lasse Gustavsson, the European executive director of the environmental group Oceana, as he lauded the initiative.European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and added that “the scale of the problem means that we cannot rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response.”The European Parliament has said that plastics production is now 20 times higher than in 1960s. The EU has also been spurred into action by China’s decision to no longer import part of the bloc’s waste.last_img read more

Fishmongers Father My Sons Death Shouldnt Be Used to Cause Instability

Rabat – The father of the fishmonger who died after being crushed in a garbage truck compactor says that the death of his son is “a hideous crime,” but should not “cause instability in Morocco.”Amid the social media uproar Morocco following the tragic death of Mouhcine Fikri, the father of the victim made a statement calling on Moroccans to seek peaceful and efficient solutions.The statement came in an interview with the Arabic-language news source, Hespress, in front of the victim’s house in the city of Imzouren, 20 km away from Houceima where Mouhcine died. The father, Ali Fikri, stated that high-ranking officials guaranteed that those responsible for the incident will “be brought and get their punishment.”Ali Fikri also expressed worry that an innocent person might be punished by mistake, adding that the authorities have promised thorough investigations into the circumstances of his son’s death.According to the same source, the father clarified that contrary to what news sources claim, the fish was not thrown in the garbage truck but remained in the fishmonger’s truck. His son climbed the back of the garbage truck to protest the decision to confiscate the merchandise.Commenting on the protests in Morocco’s major cities following the incident, the father of Mohcine said the protests should not turn violent and spiral out of control.“I don’t want my son to be the cause of upheavals in Morocco, especially at this specific time,” adding that neither his son, nor Moroccans “want uprisings in the country.”Edited by Patrick Shaffer read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Crypto in courtThe Nova Scotia Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday regarding a stay order protecting QuadrigaCX from lawsuits. The widow of the failed cryptocurrency exchange’s CEO asked that a chief restructuring officer be appointed to oversee what remains of the company, saying her role as director has drawn “unwanted” online commentary suggesting she is trying to hide assets.Interest rate decisionThe Bank of Canada will make an announcement regarding its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday. Cooling economic growth and a slowing rate of inflation have analysts expecting the central bank to leave the interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent.Huawei dramaMeng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei Technologies, will appear in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, where Canada’s authority to proceed with extradition to the United States will be discussed. Huawei said in February that it won’t abandon Canadian consumers, telecommunications companies and universities, even if the country’s government bans its 5G technology.Jobs numbersStatistics Canada will release its labour force survey for February and industrial capacity utilization rates for the fourth quarter of 2018 on Friday. The country saw a rush of 66,800 net new jobs in January in a gain fuelled by a hiring surge in the private sector, surprising analysts and economists, who had expected a gain of 8,000 jobs for the month.Housing startsCanada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release preliminary housing start data for February on Friday. The federal housing agency previously reported that the annual pace of housing starts slowed in January, dropping less than was expected for the start of the year.The Canadian Press read more

UN envoy unveils recommendations on ensuring justice for children in conflict

12 September 2011The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today stressed that children are victims and not perpetrators of war and unveiled recommendations that address the needs and rights of minors as victims, witnesses or perpetrators of violence during warfare in an effort to ensure justice for them. “States are increasingly arresting and detaining children associated with armed groups, either because they are a threat to national security or because they have participated in hostilities,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, during a presentation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Children are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses when deprived of their liberty, Ms. Coomaraswamy told the Council.She unveiled a working paper entitled “Children and Justice During and in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict” in which she points out that children are often tried in national and military courts without legal representation or assistance, in the absence of their parents and often have no clear understanding of the charges brought against them.“Given the forced nature and the root causes of their association with armed groups, and, considering their age, children should be treated primarily as victims, not as perpetrators,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy, urging Member States to prosecute adult recruiters who force children to commit crimes. Youngsters are themselves abused, exploited, and beaten into submission by their commanders while associated with armed groups, she said.During her presentation to the Council, Ms. Coomaraswamy also spoke about the changing nature of warfare and its terrible impact on children.“Wherever aerial attacks occur, the technological potential to kill civilians including children, may result in devastating circumstances,” she said, urging all combatants to minimize civilian causalities and the use of girls and boys as suicide bombers, an action she described as “one of the most perverse developments in modern warfare.”In her working paper, Ms. Coomaraswamy recommends that child victims and witnesses of war be allowed to participate in the trials of those accused of perpetrating war crimes against them. However, for such participation to meaningful, prosecuting authorities and courts need to reconsider the way children’s evidence is taken and used.“In particular, courts and other bodies need to introduce provisions that will enable children to give evidence before a court, and at the same time ensure that children are protected from any adverse consequences as a result of giving evidence,” she writes in her recommendations.The Special Representative also urges national courts to enact legislation to make the best interest of the child victim or witness the primary concern. Such legislation should also contain special measures for the support and protection of children, such as the admission of pre-recorded testimony, voice and image distortion, anonymity or closed hearings.She points that the International Criminal Court (ICC) had introduced an innovative alternative mechanism through which children who are victims of international crimes can access justice. The mechanism allows children to participate in a trial without actually having to give evidence.“States are recommended to introduce this concept for children into their national legislation,” Ms. Coomaraswamy writes.However, she points out that since only a small proportion of children who have been harmed in armed conflict can participate in proceedings before national or international courts, non-judicial mechanisms may provide a larger number of children with an opportunity of accessing justice and have their voices heard.“States emerging from conflict should consider introducing non-judicial structures such as truth and reconciliation commissions and traditional justice to bring more immediate justice and reconciliation.” read more

In aftermath of terror attacks Annan cautions against jumping to conclusions

“The events of the last two days must have tested the faith in every one of us,” Mr. Annan told an interfaith service, which is traditionally held at the start of the UN General Assembly to express commitment to the world body. This year the service was dedicated to all the victims of Tuesday’s attacks.”At such times, it is all too tempting to jump to conclusions about the kind of people who must be behind such appalling acts, and to identify them with some faith or community different from our own,” Mr. Annan said.”We like to think of such acts as inhuman, but the truth is that human nature can sink to the depths of horror as well as rise to the heights of nobility,” he noted. “It is up to each of us to cultivate the best in his or her nature, and to struggle against the worst.” That was why, the Secretary-General stressed, he valued so highly the efforts of the Interfaith Centre “to find the common ground of mutual respect and love, which goes with true spirituality.” Later in the day, a spokesman for Mr. Annan was asked by a reporter whether the Secretary-General, in light of the attacks, would press further for peace in the Middle East. Spokesman Fred Eckhard replied that a direct link between events in the Middle East and the attack on the United States had not been precisely determined so far. He noted, however, that it was felt by many that progress in the Middle East would reduce tensions.In that regard, Mr. Eckhard recalled that the Secretary-General had called for “cool and reasoned judgment” following the Tuesday attack. Mr. Annan has been working hard behind the scenes, along with European diplomats, to bring about meetings between Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, the spokesman said. read more

Eritrea all children under 5 targeted in UNbacked measles vaccination campaign

“The campaign is targeting all children, including those who have missed out on routine vaccination and are therefore susceptible to the disease,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Pirkko Heinonen said. “We need to reach all children to pave the way towards the elimination of measles in Eritrea.” Routine measles coverage is just above 80 per cent, leaving almost one fifth of the country’s children without protection from the deadly childhood disease each year. UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are supporting the Eritrean Health Ministry in the campaign.UNICEF is providing supplies such as vaccines, syringes and Vitamin A capsules. In addition, support has been given to the development, production and dissemination of social mobilization materials, regional plans and logistics. The agency received timely emergency funding from the newly established UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Governments of the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden, which allowed the life-saving campaign to be undertaken at a time when many children are undernourished and vulnerable to health risks.Many areas of Eritrea have been affected by drought over the last few years and children have been weakened by malnutrition, with malnutrition rates reaching over 20 per cent in certain areas. Vitamin A supplements are included because they boost the immune system and prevent night blindness in children. A second round of Vitamin A supplementation will be conducted at the end of the year. read more

Barnes Noble 1stquarter loss more than doubles Riggio calls off bid for

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2013 8:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barnes & Noble 1st-quarter loss more than doubles; Riggio calls off bid for retail stores NEW YORK, N.Y. – Barnes & Noble says it plans to keep making its Nook electronic readers and will focus on offering content to its customers, even as its first-quarter net loss nearly doubled.The quarterly results came as the struggling bookseller’s chairman said he is abandoning his bid for the company’s retail stores. Shares tumbled nearly 16 per cent in midday trading.Barnes & Noble is reviewing its strategy in the wake of CEO William Lynch’s departure in June and continuing declines in Nook revenue, a unit the company has invested heavily in. In a call with investors, Barnes & Noble Michael Huseby, president of Barnes & Noble and CEO of its Nook business, said the 4-year-old Nook business has had some success, with 10 million devices sold and a 22 per cent share in the e-book market. But he said there have been missteps.“We have faced an increasingly challenging competitive landscape and, as it turned out, we were overly optimistic the past two holiday seasons, forecasting demand for our Nook devices falling far short of our expectations,” he said in a call with investors.In June, Barnes & Noble said it would explore making its colour Nook devices with a third-party manufacturer. On Tuesday Huseby elaborated, saying the company continues to design and develop both black-and-white and colour Nook devices, with at least one new Nook due out for the holiday season and more products in development. He said the company already works with third-party manufacturers for parts of the device such as screens and microchips, and there are opportunities to expand those relationships.He declined to give any specifics on a possible partner for the colour devices, however, saying “we will report our progress on these issues at the appropriate time.”The company’s top priority with Nook, he said, is to target existing Nook customers and increase how much they spend on content for the device.“We are working on innovative ways to sell content to our existing customers and are exploring new markets we can serve successfully,” he said.Barnes & Noble has been dealing with major changes in the book industry. It faces tough competition from discounters such as Amazon and a shift toward electronic readers.On Tuesday, former Chairman Leonard Riggio dealt the company another blow, saying he is ending a bid for the company’s bookstores.“While I reserve the right to pursue an offer in the future, I believe it is in the company’s best interests to focus on the business at hand,” he said in an SEC filing. He added that the company’s top priorities should be serving its 10 million Nook customers and accelerating sales of Nook products in stores and elsewhere.The company’s net loss for the three months ended July 27 totalled $87 million, or $1.56 per share. That compares with a loss of $39.8 million, or 76 cents per share, last year.Excluding a non-cash valuation allowance against some deferred tax assets, the loss totalled 86 cents per share. Analysts expected 81 cents per share, according to FactSet.Revenue fell nearly 9 per cent to $1.33 billion from $1.45 billion last year. Analysts expected $1.32 billion. Revenue fell 10 per cent to $1 billion at retail stores and rose 5 per cent to $226 million at college bookstores. Nook revenue fell 39 per cent to $143 million.Revenue at stores open at least one year fell 9.1 per cent. The measure is a key retail metric because it excludes volatility from stores that opened or closed during the year. Excluding the Nook, the measure fell 7.2 per cent.Barnes & Noble reaffirmed full-year guidance. It continues to expect revenue in stores open at least one year to fall in the high single digit percentage range at retail stores and the low single digits at college stores.Shares fell $2.62, or 15.8 per cent, to $14.04 in midday trading. The stock has traded between $11.17 and $23.71 over the past 52 weeks. read more

Women primary victims of violence in northern Mali says UN rights official

“Women are the primary victims of the current crisis and have been disproportionately affected by the situation in the north,” Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic said in a news release. “Their human rights to employment, education and access to basic social services have been seriously curtailed.” Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali in January. The instability and insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March, have led over 250,000 Malians to flee to neighbouring countries, with 174,000 Malians estimated to be internally displaced. Mr. Šimonovic said Islamic groups are now in control following power shifts since the March coup. One displaced woman he interviewed in the northern town of Mopti said she could no longer return to her hometown of Gao, where she had been a merchant, because women under the strict application of Islamic Sharia law cannot work. But “most disturbing,” according to the news release, were reports that Islamist groups were compiling lists of women who have had children out of wedlock, or who were unmarried and pregnant. “This could indicate that these women are at imminent risk of being subjected to cruel and inhuman[e] punishment,” Mr. Šimonovic said. He said that, at the beginning of the conflict, there were reports of summary executions of members of the military, rapes, looting, forced displacement and forced child recruitment with the advance of the Tuareg rebel group Azawad National Liberation Movement, known by the French acronym MNLA. “These were appalling violations of human rights,” said Mr. Šimonovic. “But they were largely ad hoc in nature.” Since Islamic groups such as Ansar Dine, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA), and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) had taken control, the region was witnessing human rights abuses of a “different character,” he noted. “Civil and political rights are being severely restricted as a result of the imposition of a strict interpretation of Sharia law, and systemic cruel and inhuman[e] punishments are being implemented, including executions, mutilations and stonings,” Mr. Šimonovic said. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says children have been deprived of their rights to education in the north because many teachers had fled, leading to the closure of schools. More ominously, extreme poverty, lack of employment and education is “making it easy for young people to fall prey to armed extreme Islamist groups, who continue to lure youth and children to join their cause.” In a “particularly grave” case, one witness told Mr. Šimonovic of three children who were reportedly maimed while being trained on how to use improvised explosive devices. In the Government-controlled south, Mr. Šimonovic pointed to reports of continuing torture and inhumane prison conditions. He noted that at least 30 participants of an April counter-coup remained in detention, and many had allegedly not had charges brought against them. Also, the whereabouts of 20 soldiers involved in the counter-coup had yet to be confirmed. “It is essential that the authorities investigate these cases of disappearances in accordance with international human rights standards,” said Mr. Šimonovic, who received assurances from Mali’s Minister of Justice that thorough investigations would be promptly completed. “Current violations are to a great degree symptoms of the chronic disrespect for human rights that already existed in Mali in the past,” Mr. Šimonovic said. “There is a need to address these root causes, including widespread corruption, mismanagement of public funds, inequality between the elite and general population, and nepotism, amongst others.” Mr. Šimonovic emphasized the need for investigations into the recent human rights violations in both the north and the south, and said it was essential the perpetrators be held to account as a precondition for reconciliation and social cohesion. He noted that any UN support to Malian security forces “must” conform to the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, which prohibits the UN from supporting security forces involved in grave human rights violations. To advance women’s human rights and empower them, it was essential that measures be taken to promote their participation in public life. Mr. Šimonovic said he was encouraged by the Prime Minister’s recognition that women have an important role to play in building peace and reconciliation as well as the economic prosperity of the country. “One concrete way would be to introduce a 30 per cent quota for women in Parliament ahead of the next legislative elections,” Mr. Šimonovic said, adding that OHCHR was ready to support the Malian authorities in this regard, including through appointing a Human Rights Adviser to the UN Country Team in the capital, Bamako. read more

With new leadership committed to reforms Somalis must make 2018 year of

“Like many new governments, his has been through a steep learning curve,” Michael Keating, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, told a Security Council briefing, referring to Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo.’ Mr. Keating said the Somali leader has crafted a commendable national agenda embracing financial reform, job creation, inclusive politics, conflict resolution and reform of the security sector. In implementing this multi-pronged agenda, the Federal Government faces several major challenges, including the mobilization of adequate technical and financial capacity, ensuring coherent and coordinated approaches by both national and international actors, and managing the powerful constituencies that need to be on side, such as federal member states, parliamentarians, clan power brokers, the private sector and international partners.“I strongly encourage Somali stakeholders to unite to tackle these priorities and to make 2018 a year of implementation,” Mr. Keating said.On the political front, he said that, in December, tensions were sharply raised in Mogadishu by the violent arrest of a prominent opposition politician by the national intelligence and security agency and the raid on the house of a leading parliamentarian. The recent replacement of the Mayor has also created waves.VIDEO: UN envoy for Somalia, Michael Keating, outlines multi-faceted approach to helping the country get back on its feet.These incidents have highlighted basic problems that need to be addressed, such as inadequate rules and safeguards governing the conduct of politics, including impeachment procedures; blurred roles and lines of accountability of the many security actors; and the perpetuation of corrupt practices and of untraceable money in the political marketplace. Turning to the humanitarian situation, he said that the risk of famine still looms after four consecutive failed rainy seasons, and the 2018 relief aid plan calls for $1.6 billion. “Chronic poverty and persistent humanitarian needs cast an ominous shadow over Somalia,” he warned, noting that an estimated 6.2 million people are in need of assistance. Continued support will be needed to help Somalia break the cycle of recurrent crises that cause so much suffering and undermine the peacebuilding and state-building process“Continued support will be needed to help Somalia break the cycle of recurrent crises that cause so much suffering and undermine the peacebuilding and state-building process,” he stressed.Central to that process is gaining political agreement as to how power will be exercised, shared and accounted for. This requires progress in three key areas: review of the provisional federal constitution; preparation for elections in 2020-21; and conflict resolution and reconciliation, he said. Regarding conflict resolution and reconciliation, the Federal Government plans to launch a national strategy in the coming months, recognising the multifaceted nature of the many disputes and grievances in the country. A serious danger exists that long-standing disputes between Puntland and Somaliland, and in particular an armed stand-off in Sool, could erupt into violence in the coming days.“With the support of international partners including many on this Council, I have urged the leaders of Puntland and Somaliland to declare a cessation of hostilities, withdraw their forces, restore the status quo ante, and open channels of communication,” he said.Al-Shabaab remains a potent threat, despite or perhaps because it is on the back foot as a result of financial pressures, counter terrorism operations and air strikes, Mr. Keating said, noting that on 14 October, Mogadishu suffered the deadliest attack using improvised explosive devices, with an estimated 512 people killed, nearly all civilians. Use of ‘sticks and carrots’ to defeat Al-Shabaab“Defeating Al Shabaab requires both a military and political strategy, the use of both sticks and carrots, as well as sustained efforts to address deficits that lend extremists a degree of credibility,” he said.These deficits include corruption, lack of education and job opportunities for young people, weak national justice and corrections capacity, and grievances arising from unresolved disputes.The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) remains fundamental for security in the country, but this year will require dedicated effort by the Somali leadership, the African Union and international partners to build political acceptability and operational capability of the Somali security sector, which should enable AMISOM gradually to hand over responsibility to Somali security forces. AUDIO: UN Special Representative Michael Keating outlines how the UN is working with the government and National Independent Electoral Commission to prepare a roadmap towards elections in 2020.To that end, on 4 December, the Federal Government of Somalia and the federal member States, agreed to develop a transition plan in the first quarter of this year, working closely with international partners, most importantly the African Union, troop and police contributing countries and major international investors in Somalia’s security, including the European Union. “Premature drawdown of AMISOM forces will be a gift to Al Shabaab and risks undermining the gains that have been made, at great human and financial cost, over the last decade,” he said. Somalia is making definite progress, but continued progress is dependent not only on the strong political will and skill of the federal government, but also cooperation and partnership with federal member states, parliament, clan elders, business and international partners. “When all of these constituencies cooperate, huge strides can be made,” he said.Security Council Press Statement on Somalia here read more

Britains supply chain companies look to India for businesses growth as sector

UK supply chain and aftermarket companies were out in force at the Auto Expo 2016 Component Show in New Delhi, India this week, as part of a joint SMMT and UKTI delegation comprising 15 firms – the biggest British automotive trade outing to India of all time. UK exporters are seeking opportunities to expand their businesses in the rapidly growing Indian market, with increasing demand for both high-quality components and UK-built premium vehicles.Speaking at the unveiling of the UK’s SMMT and UKTI pavilion at the show, Lawrence Davies MBE, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Investment Organisation, said Britain had cemented itself as the fastest growing automotive manufacturer in Europe and that meant plenty of growth potential for inward investors.“Britain is uniquely placed to return itself as a global leader in car manufacturing and we are accelerating that position with the quality of our products and our R + D into the sector,” said Mr Davies.“Indian companies and manufacturers are critical to our journey. Take for example Jaguar Land Rover, owned by Tata, which recently became the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain.”United Kingdom’s Acting High Commissioner to India, Dr Alexander Evans, said that Britain said such partnerships between British and Indian companies, like that of Tata, is a true example of the power of collaboration.“Such partnerships celebrate the essence of GREAT for Collaboration, an exciting campaign launched by our two Prime Ministers to inspire new partnerships between the UK and India, and encourage greater awareness of the scale of the UK’s commitment to India,” said Dr Evans.“We will continue to boost automotive production in the UK. That means we are looking for more companies to partner with us to satisfy the demand for our cars, and India is well placed to take advantage of this growth,” he said.Nine British automotive manufacturers are participating in this year’s Auto Expo, the biggest delegation to India of all time.Tamzen Isacsson, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Association, said the delegation was a collection of some of Britain’s most cutting-edge supply chain and aftermarket companies.“SMMT is proud to be hosting a delegation for the sixth edition in a row. The Indian and UK automotive sectors have a lot in common – putting engineering creativity, ingenuity and innovation at the forefront of everything we do,” Ms Isacsson said.“With exports of British-built cars to India up three-fold since 2010, and demand increasing in line with the country’s growing economic prosperity, we expect our already close trading relationship to strengthen further right across the industry spectrum as we work together to take advantage of mutually beneficial investment opportunities.”Dr Alexander Evans joined Mr Davies and and Tamzen Isacsson, at an official photocall today announcing a number of  business partnership opportunities between the UK and India, as well as officially opening the UK Pavilion at the Auto Expo event. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Xbox 360 copies of Lego Lord of the Rings ship with a

first_imgThere’s been more than one shipping error announced today, first of all, PC gamers complained that one of their Black Ops II discs came with Mass Effect 2 on it instead. Now, it seems Xbox 360 gamers are suffering, as copies of the new Lego Lord of the Rings game have shipped with just the demo, instead of the full game.The issue was discovered when a writer from GameInformer bought a copy of the game, only to find the disc’s label said: Demo disc not for sale. When he took the game back to the shop, the clerk said the game had been recalled. He then visited a different shop to buy the game but that copy also had a demo disc inside so the clerk opened the whole shipment of Lego LOTR to discover that they all contained demo disc. However, Warner Bros. says only certain shipments contain the demo instead of the full game.It’s likely those certain shipments will have to be recalled but, in the meantime, if you’ve bought the game it’s best to open the box inside the store to check the full game is inside. Lego Lord of the Rings was released today on PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii but this problem seems to have only affected Xbox 360 versions of the game.It would be interesting to find out if this shipping error was caused in the same factory as the Black Ops II catastrophe.  It certainly seems that someone, in a factory somewhere wasn’t paying attention when they should have been.More at GameInformerlast_img read more

Le tribunal condamne le docteur Dukan pour avoir prescrit du Mediator

first_imgLe tribunal condamne le docteur Dukan pour avoir prescrit du MediatorMardi, le Tribunal de grand instance de Toulon a condamné le docteur Pierre Dukan à fournir le dossier de la patiente qu’il refusait jusqu’ici de donner. Celle-ci accuse le médecin de lui avoir prescrit du Mediator en guise de coupe-faim et de ne pas l’avoir averti lors de l’alerte.  C’est une condamnation inédite dans l’affaire du scandale du Médiator. Mardi, le Tribunal de grande instance a décidé de condamner un médecin qui avait prescrit le médicament en guise de coupe-faim. Une décision retentissante alors que le médecin n’est autre que le docteur Pierre Dukan, le spécialiste du régime. En effet, c’est en juillet dernier que l’une des patientes que le nutritionniste suivait depuis 40 ans, a décidé de le poursuivre en justice. Elle lui reproche de lui avoir prescrit du Mediator en guise de coupe-faim sans la prévenir des risques que pouvait comporter un usage hors de l’autorisation de mise sur le marché, autrement dit, pour une prescription autre que celle à laquelle le médicament a été autorisé. À lire aussiMise en examen de Jacques Servier et de cinq sociétés de son groupePlus sérieux encore, elle affirme n’avoir pas été contactée par le médecin lorsque l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé a lancé son alerte au sujet du Mediator en novembre 2009. C’est une lettre de l’Afssaps qui l’a prévenue des dangers du médicament et lorsqu’elle a réclamé son dossier médical au docteur Dukan, celui-ci a tout simplement fait le mort, raconte le Nouvel Obs. Le quotidien rapporte également : quand elle l’a appelé pour le prévenir qu’on lui avait détecté, à l’échographie, une double valvulopathie, il a minimisé les faits : “Moi aussi j’en ai une, et l’on vit très bien avec”, lui aurait soufflé le médecin.Condamné à répondre de ses actes”Nous avons tenté durant des mois de nouer le dialogue afin de récupérer le dossier médical de ma cliente. Faute de réponse, nous avons dû faire appel à la justice”, indique Me Christine Ravaz, qui défend plus d’une cinquantaine de victimes du Mediator. Aujourd’hui, le TGI a donc décidé d’obliger le docteur Dukan à fournir le dossier médical de la patiente, mais aussi à assister à l’expertise, afin de répondre de ses actes, alors que le médecin ne s’est pas présenté à l’audience et n’avait envoyé aucun avocat.Par ailleurs, une plainte a également été déposée au pénal à l’encontre de Pierre Dukan pour mise en danger de la vie d’autrui, administration de substances nuisibles, et non déclaration d’effets indésirables, note le Nouvel Obs. Le 20 septembre 2011 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le zinc une arme efficace contre le venin mortel de la méduse

first_imgLe zinc, une arme efficace contre le venin mortel de la méduse australiennePubliant leurs travaux le 12 décembre sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs d’Hawaï ont montré expérimentalement, sur des souris, l’efficacité du gluconate de zinc pour ralentir l’effet hémolytique du venin – mortel pour l’homme – d’une redoutable méduse australienne.   “Depuis plus de 60 ans, les scientifiques ont cherché à comprendre la vitesse et la puissance terrifiantes du venin de la cuboméduse d’Australie (Chironex fleckeri), sans doute l’animal le plus venimeux au monde”, commence Angel Yanagihara, de l’Université de Hawaï. En effet, les piqûres des cuboméduses, présentes tout le long de la moitié nord de la côte australienne, sont extrêmement douloureuses et leur venin est capable de tuer un humain en quelques minutes.Avec ses collègues, ce chercheur a ainsi tenté de développer des méthodes pour extraire le venin de la méduse, et tester ses effets sur du sang humain ainsi que sur des souris. “Nous avons constaté qu’une hémolysine précédemment ignorée peut causer une avalanche de réactions dans les cellules, dont une libération massive et quasi-instantanée de potassium, qui peut entraîner un collapsus cardiovasculaire aigu et la mort”, explique Yanagihara. Les hémolysines sont des substances qui provoquent l’hémolyse, autrement dit la destruction des globules du sang.Pour mieux comprendre le mécanisme, les chercheurs ont alors traité des cellules, expérimentalement envenimées, avec du gluconate de zinc. Un produit qui a montré une certaine efficacité contre le venin. En effet, il a semblé inhiber le processus en ralentissant la formation de pores dans les globules, et donc le lâcher accidentel de potassium, cause principale de l’intoxication. Une augmentation des temps de survie a ainsi été observée chez les souris traitées avec ce composé de zinc. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des résultats qu’il faudra confirmer avec des recherches supplémentaires mais qui représente un nouvel espoir pour secourir les victimes humaines de la terrible méduse.(crédits photo : Guido Gautsch) Le 16 décembre 2012 à 11:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Kirby

first_img Kirby Blows Over!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Kirby. Who Are They?Kirby is a lovable pink puffball and maybe the most famous Nintendo character to originate from the original Game Boy. Since then he’s floated his way onto pretty much all Nintendo consoles with his gentle yet surprising combat-centric and formally experimental platforming games. But don’t let the cuteness confuse you. Despite taking place in idyllic Dream Land, many Kirby games descend into straight-up nightmare territory.Smash HistoryKirby will always be near and dear to the heart of Smash Bros. not just because he’s one of the original eight characters but because Kirby’s creator, Masahiro Sakurai, is also the mastermind behind the Smash series. You could even argue that Smash’s unique fighting game controls are an extension of Kirby’s platforming mechanics. Kirby’s isn’t going anywhere as long as Sakurai is in control.What Looks New in Ultimate?Kirby’s moveset is pretty similar to past games. His dash attack even reverted to its fiery Melee incarnation. But Kirby’s defining move is his ability to suck up opponents and use their powers, as well as gain a cute hat. So new characters means new potential moves and hats. Imagine fire-breathing Ridley Kirby, ink-spewing Inkling Kirby, vampire-killing Simon Belmont Kirby, and whatever monstrosity King K. Rool Kirby would be.Our Hopes?Kirby was arguably the best character in Smash 64 but in terms of competitive potential he has only gone down since. Maybe Sakurai is just being tough on his son? But besides the adorable joy of just seeing Kirby with new hats, we want to see Kirby become a stronger fighter. Some Kirby’s Epic Yarn love would be great, too.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

TT Cabinet minister fired 48hrs after being hired

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago, July 6th 2017 – Port of Spain – A female member of parliament in Trinidad and Tobago has now made history as the shortest-serving minister in the country’s history, and possibly the region. Just 48 hours after being sworn in as Public Utilities Minister, Marlene McDonald was fired – again.Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley had re-awarded McDonald a seat in his cabinet last week. However, two days later Rowley advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment, allegedly over the guest Mrs. McDonald invited to her swearing-in ceremony.In March 2016, Mrs. McDonald, the then Minister of Housing and Urban Development was placed under investigation by the integrity commission and later fired, after allegedly giving her husband and brother positions in her constituency office, breach in Parliament rules and suspicions of mismanagement of her ministry’s finances. After 15 months without any evidence to charge or any basis to say that she had breached any laws, the Prime Minister announced a reshuffling of cabinet and appointed McDonald a position in cabinet once more.However, the public was shocked when photos from the swearing-in ceremony surfaced, showing Mrs. McDonald’s guest, an ex-gang leader standing in the company of national dignitaries. As a result of the negative backlash, Mrs. McDonald was fired last Friday.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Anti-Gang law passed in Trinidad and Tobago Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TrinidadandTobago Bahamians robbed in Trinidad, Carnival festival plagued by terror plot and armed robberies Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Pep urges Mendy to learn from Fernandinho

first_imgPep Guardiola has adviced Benjamin Mendy to learn from fellow teammate Fernandinho in the bid to overcome his injury setbacks.The France international missed eight months last season and is partway through a three-month injury lay-off with a knee injury.“He needs to know what it is to be strong, that has to be his target – to play every three days – like Fernandinho who is so strong and is never injured,” Pep told the club’s media.“I think Mendy is a good professional. When he is there on pitch and locker room, he does what he has to do.“I can’t deny that last season he had a big injury and this season he has another… Mendy’s potential is so good, but it’s a pity for him and us that he hasn’t played much because of those injuries.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Pep equally praised the team’s defensive effort but urged his players not to rest on their laurels and says they can always be better.“They are good stats but when people say: ‘we are so good’, the next game it is going to happen!“That’s good so far, five goals conceded so far which is good.“The last game against Lyon, we conceded chances and need to look what happened there.”last_img read more

Cast of Bridget Joness Baby talks about reunion

first_imgSometimes the better the first movie, the worse the sequel, but “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” a sequel to two films with a massive following, is not planning to be on the “Sequels that Bombed” list.Renée Zellweger is back after 12 long years, and it seems like nothings changed! And that’s a good thing.Renée Zellweger (as Bridget): “Dear diary, it’s sort of a funny story.”They say, when it rains, it pours. Just ask Bridget Jones.Renée Zellweger (as Bridget): “A few months ago, I met Jack … and then the next week, Mark, my ex and I had similar relations.”Bridget is back — and she’s in quite a pickle.Renée Zellweger (as Bridget): “I’m pregnant! Renée reunited with Colin Firth, who plays Bridget’s ex, Mr. Darcy.Colin Firth: “There was the trepidation you’re talking about. Obviously there’s pressure, but once we saw everybody and we started to hear the words spoken out loud, it just started to, you know — I never embrace optimism very quickly.”Renée Zellweger: “He’s protecting himself from disappointment, yeah.”Colin Firth: “It suddenly started to feel right.”As for our leading lady — trepidation didn’t stop Renée from having a good time on set.Renée Zellweger: “It was fun. It was exciting from the minute I got the script, and just so happy to get back in her world. There’s her parents and these guys and her friends.”Besides all the comebacks, the cast embraced a cute newbie. Bridget Jones’s Baby hits theaters Sept. 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patrick Dempsey plays Jack, Bridget’s latest love interest.Patrick Dempsey: “For me, Jack was the least defined. ‘Who is he’ and ‘why is he here?’ ‘How does he add value?’ Some questions you could answer, and some you just sort of go, ‘She’s Bridget, you go with it.’”Colin Firth: “I think you helped develop him a lot.”Renée Zellweger: “I was gonna say the same thing.”Colin Firth: “I think there was something not quite fully formed until you showed up.”Aww, can you feel the love? We totally do.Colin Firth: “Good.” Colin Firth (as Mark): “So you have no idea which of us is the father?It’s been 12 years since we’ve seen Renée Zellweger play Bridget, so we were kind of worried about this sequel. And turns out, so was she.Renée Zellweger: “Yes, I’m laughing hearing you say it, because –”Patrick Dempsey: “It’s nice to hear you say that.”Renée Zellweger: “We’ve all shared that trepidation.”Colin Firth: “That’s why it’s taken 12 years to make one, I think.”Renée Zellweger: “Yeah, I think so.” last_img read more

Robert Mueller questioned exCambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

first_img The best PCs for privacy-minded people Brittany Kaiser attends the premiere of The Great Hack, a Netflix documentary that revealed she’d been subpoenaed by US special counsel Robert Mueller. David Becker/Getty Images for Netflix A former director of Cambridge Analytica was questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into potential links between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia’s government.Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for the defunct political consulting firm, cooperated fully with the investigation after being subpoenaed, The Guardian reported Sunday. Kaiser turned over documents and data as she assisted in other US Congressional and legal investigations into Cambridge Analytica, The Guardian reported, attributing the details to a spokesman for Kaiser. The subpoena was revealed by an upcoming Netflix documentary, The Great Hack, which premiered at the Sundance film festival last month. It is expected to be released in the coming months. Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 22 Photos Share your voice Cambridge Analytica Netflix Donald Trump Cambridge Analytica is just the tip of the iceberg for… Tags 0 1:40 Security Politics Jim Walden, an attorney representing Kaiser, acknowledged she had been subpoenaed but said her participation had been finished for some time.”As the reporter knows, the Mueller subpoena was issued long ago, and Brittany has already discharged her obligations,” Walden said in an emailed statement. “Whatever interest there was in Brittany seems past.”The Guardian said Kaiser’s subpoena is “clearly newsworthy.”Cambridge Analytica, which was linked to the Trump campaign, found itself at the center of a scandal last March after it was found to have improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users. Last April, in the wake of the scandal, Kaiser testified before a UK Parliament committee and positioned herself as a data privacy advocate. Kaiser worked for Cambridge Analytica from 2014 to January 2018, and left before the scandal broke.Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017 to investigate the scope of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, much of which was carried out on Twitter and Facebook, and designed to sow discord among Americans.First published at 7:18 a.m. PT.Updated at 10:40 a.m. PT: Adds Walden and Guardian comment.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday March 12 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowHouse passes fast-track bill to fund Medicaid, ferriesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House today passed an extra funding bill to allow the state to make Medicaid payments to hospitals and the Alaska Marine Highway System to operate through the spring.Tariffs already boosting Alaska aluminum pricesEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauHow will President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs affect Alaska? In at least one sector, the impacts are real.To disrupt land in Upper Kuskokwim, Donlin Gold may preserve land by Cook InletAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe Alaska Mental Health Trust is considering handing over control of nearly 2,000 acres of Cook Inlet land to Donlin Gold.Weather hampers ongoing search for missing Mendenhall climbersAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauThe search continues for two missing climbers who did not return from their ascent of the Mendenhall Towers last week. Winter weather has made it difficult for rescuers to search for Ryan Johnson of Juneau and Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia on the Mendenhall Ice Field.Petit lead disappears as Ulsom overtakes on coastZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThere’s been a shakeup along the Iditarod trail. Bad weather along the coast earlier today hampered the race’s front runners.Alaskan skier wins gold, silver medals at Paralympic GamesEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAndrew Kurka’s first place finish in the men’s downhill race on Friday was the first medal ever for an Alaskan athlete at the Winter Paralympic Games.Governor Walker asks feds to declare Pacific cod disasterKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakGovernor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott signed a letter last week asking the federal government to declare the 2018 Pacific Cod Fishery in the Gulf of Alaska a disaster.Ferry reform effort gets a legislative boostEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System took a step forward Thursday. The House Transportation Committee voted to instruct staff to draft legislation that would establish a public corporation to take over the system. But it’s a long way from a done deal.Cama-i 2018 honors its rootsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelIn the 1980s, a gathering of a few traditional village dance groups in Bethel started what may now be the world’s largest gathering of Alaska Native dancers: the Cama-i Dance Festival.Ask a Climatologist: A winter of warm temps and decent snowAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFor climatological winter, Alaska was about seven degrees above normal.last_img read more