Morocco, Key Partner for EU: Mogherini

Brussels  – Morocco is a strategic partner of the European Union (EU) on various issues, including counter-terrorism, migration and renewable energy, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said.”Morocco is a key partner in the southern neighborhood,” Mogherini added in response to the letter sent to her by a group of MEPs on the need for the EU to strengthen its relations with the Kingdom.”There are many challenges that we must face together. This is why it is important that we strengthen our efforts not only to continue our cooperation, but to strengthen it in all areas that we have successfully addressed in recent years,” the EU foreign policy head stressed. On March 17, Morocco’s government decided to resume contacts with the European Union.Following the decision of the kingdom to suspend contacts with European institutions, MEPs and high officials of the European Commission and the European Council underlined the need for both sides to resume relations, which are based on a long-standing partnership.With MAP read more

Past year a trying one for UN Annan says in annual report

The past year has been a “trying” one in terms of peace and security, with the war in Iraq severely testing the principle of collective security and the resilience of the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his annual report on the work of the UN released today.”Rarely in its fifty-eight-year history have such dire forecasts been made about the United Nations,” the Secretary-General writes in advance of the next session of the General Assembly, which opens tomorrow. “The United Nations will emerge strengthened if we make a measured appreciation of what happened, think about the sort of Organization we want in the future, and start making the necessary changes.”Recounting the various peace operations of the UN, the Secretary-General noted that peace agreements by themselves mark only the first step in brining lasting peace and prosperity to war-torn societies. “Countries emerging from civil strife must find their own paths to humane governance and national reconciliation, but international assistance will often be necessary,” he says.Mr. Annan also pays tribute to his Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who, along with 21 others, was killed in a bomb blast – “a cold-blooded and savage attack” – at the UN office in Baghdad on 19 August.”This was the most deliberate and vicious attack against the United Nations in its history,” he says. “Those extremists who killed our colleagues have committed a crime, not only against the United Nations, but against Iraq itself.”In addition to peace and security, several other issues command the attention of the international community, and the efforts to address those challenges – ranging from refugees to HIV/AIDS to sustainable development – require partnerships and alliances, the Secretary-General stresses.”The United Nations is not an end in itself,” the Secretary-General says. “Rather, it is an instrument for achieving common ends. The strength and effectiveness of the Organization depends on the active support of its Member States and their policies…In calculating their national interests, they should give due weight to the value and importance of a just and stable world order.” read more

Trudeau government looking at speeding up promised infrastructure spending

Trudeau government looking at speeding up promised infrastructure spending by Joan Bryden and Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 13, 2016 11:12 am MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is “actively considering” speeding up promised investments in infrastructure in a bid to stimulate Canada’s rapidly deteriorating economy.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during last fall’s election campaign to pump an additional $60 billion over 10 years into infrastructure projects. But less than half that money — $17.4 billion — was earmarked to flow during the Liberals’ first mandate.The platform committed to spending an extra $5 billion for each of the first two years and $3.45 billion in each of the next two years.However, The Canadian Press has learned the government is now looking at moving up the spending schedule, pushing the money out faster in response to worsening economic conditions.Commodity prices have continued to slide, the dollar has nosedived and already sluggish economic growth has slowed to a crawl in the three months since Trudeau won on a platform focused on stimulating the economy and improving the lot of middle-class Canadians.Asked repeatedly Wednesday if the government is considering spending more than the promised $5 billion extra on infrastructure in the coming year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not rule out the idea but said details will have to await his maiden budget, expected in mid to late March.“It will include significant infrastructure spending, but the exact details of the budget we haven’t completed yet so I can’t provide more information on the exact numbers,” he said during a visit to a Toronto refugee centre.The deteriorating economic situation has already forced the Liberals to rethink their pledge to run up deficits of no more than $10 billion in each of the first three years of their mandate. Trudeau has downgraded that promise to a “goal.”While they may yet have to scale back some of their other pricey campaign promises, Trudeau and Morneau have doubled down on the infrastructure spending, arguing that the worsening economic picture only reinforces the need to stimulate growth.During an event Wednesday with Toronto Mayor John Tory, Trudeau said his government has no plans to scale back its infrastructure spending.“The infrastructure investments that the mayor is counting on are not a problem — they are part of the solution to the challenges that Canada has been facing,” Trudeau said.“That’s exactly what we’re serious about tackling.”Last week, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz also weighed in, calling infrastructure spending an “important ingredient” in economic growth.Sources say the Liberals are looking at speeding up infrastructure spending — “actively considering” it, in the words of one insider — but they want to ensure additional money wouldn’t wind up paying for gazebos, park upgrades and other beautification projects of the sort that were funded in Ontario’s cottage country prior to the 2010 G8 summit.The Liberal platform talked about investing in more ambitious projects with long-term benefits: public transit, affordable housing, seniors’ facilities, child care, “climate resilient” infrastructure, flood mitigation and wastewater systems.Trudeau said Wednesday that his government wants to make sure it’s spending money “on the right things” to create jobs and spur the economy in the short term, but also in the long run.“We’re going to do this right, we’re going to do this responsibly.”Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said earlier Wednesday that the government is looking at expediting spending on projects already queued to receive federal cash through existing infrastructure funds.“We have billions of dollars that we have not spent over the last two years that we can expedite this year and next year, as well as going through the budget process to allocate the additional $60 billion.”Sohi has said funding will flow to shovel-ready projects that cities and provinces identify as priorities.He said the government is asking cities and provinces to finalize the list of priority projects so they can be quickly reviewed and green-lighted for funding. Those projects, he said, need not be new work, but revamping existing infrastructure.“If we can do things more quickly in those areas, those are the things that we are also going to be looking at,” he said.Some critics have already questioned how the Liberals will find enough worthwhile, shovel-ready projects on which to spend the $5 billion promised for infrastructure this year, much less any additional money. Still others have wondered whether the Liberals should loosen their restrictions to spread the new cash equally between transit, “green” project and “social” infrastructure.Those kind of details will be finalized after consultations with provinces and cities, Sohi said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in the rotunda at Toronto City Hall on Wednesday January 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

Urban Meyer Buckeyes taking time to enjoy title win

OSU players and coaches pose on the field at AT&T Stadium after the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorHaving now won three National Championships in his time as a head football coach, Urban Meyer’s ability to formulate a plan is almost unrivaled in the college football universe.And less than 24 hours after the confetti fell from the rafters and onto the Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium, Meyer showed up at his Tuesday morning press conference with what? A plan.“Elite warriors, when they accomplish their mission, they celebrate,” Meyer said. “The next thing they do is learn from it and then the final thing is they look forward to the next mission. Right now we’re in the celebration phase. Eventually, we’re going to get to the ‘learn from it’ phase, and then the next guys like this wait for the next mission.”The next mission for Meyer and the Buckeyes actually comes in multiple facets.First, Meyer wants to have conversations with certain players about their NFL prospects. Maybe the most intriguing of those will be with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones.While he doesn’t know what Jones’ next step is, Meyer said he does believe that Jones has what it takes to get to the next level.“It’s kind of cool to be sitting here using the word NFL next to Cardale’s name,” Meyer said. “I will tell you this: he could play in the NFL. He certainly has a talent.”Jones, on the other hand, seemed to be a bit skeptical of his ability to play at an NFL-caliber level with just three collegiate starts under his belt.“Guys play their whole career to have that build-up and have that motivation to play in the NFL,” Jones said. “In my personal opinion, I’m not ready for that level yet.”That conversation between Jones and Meyer is not likely to be the only conversation that will take place regarding OSU’s quarterbacks. With injured redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and senior Braxton Miller looking to bounce back for the Buckeyes, there might be a logjam at quarterback that would need to be cleared up heading into the 2015 season.And while he’s got a plan, Meyer said he isn’t ready to handle that quandary just yet.“At some point, I think I’ll be ready to comment on it and have that conversation,” Meyer said. “At some point, there will be some conversations, and I think you guys know by now we’re pretty transparent about everything we do, and at the appropriate time, we’ll have those conversations.”Although he might be trying to stay in the moment, Meyer did offer a glimpse into what he sees down the line for the team that will look to repeat as national champions.“Well, I think we’ll be very good,” Meyer said of next season. “I think we have to watch for complacency in the program and we’re going to watch that closely.”OSU’s 2015 season is set to begin on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.For now, however, as he explained numerous times throughout the press conference, the plan is to allow the things that can wait to wait, and for the 2015 National Champions to celebrate.“We’re still reveling in the win and no sleep, and I want these players to really appreciate it, because I am,” Meyer said. “It’s something I’ve learned over my journey is going to enjoy this darned thing.” read more

VIDEOAUDIO When handball commentators go crazy

Behind us is another phenomenal season of the VELUX EHF Champions League and ahead the most prestigious handball weekend – VELUX EHF CL Final4 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne! Before the biggest handball event in club’s at the end of the season.How handball commentators go crazy when they were witnessing the best goals of the season.Take a look and enjoy… ← Previous Story VRANJES MISSION WITHOUT TITLE: RNL win in Flensburg! Next Story → Sporting Lisbon are EHF Challenge Cup winners 2017

Minister No More

first_imgYanis Varoufakis has resigned from his post following the historic referendum that voted against accepting creditors’ terms for a bailout. A few minutes ago the former Finance Minister tweeted:“The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.We of the Left know how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of office. I shall support fully Prime Minister Tsipras, the new Minister of Finance, and our government.The superhuman effort to honour the brave people of Greece, and the famous OXI (NO) that they granted to democrats the world over, is just beginning.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Revolutionary Treatment Provides Almost Full Skin Transplant

first_img Scientists have pioneered a breakthrough technique that is, in essence, a full-body skin transplant using genetically engineered tissue. Mouthful though it may be, it’s also an exciting new front for medical technology.This week, a team in Italy was able to grow and then transplant specially modified skin to a seven-year old. The child had a rare skin disease that causes blisters all over, making the skin weak and prone to infection. It is very often fatal, and is about as horrifying as it sounds.In the journal Nature, the team laid out their technique. First, they gathered healthy cells from the child, then used a retrovirus to “infect” the cells with new DNA that corrected the mutation that causes the disease. Then, they grew out new cultures of skin with the repaired gene and grafted them onto the kid. The whole process took almost two years to regrow and secure a full 80% of the child’s skin. All-told, though, the new grafts have taken and are now working just as they should — as a healthy, self-regenerating barrier between the body and the outside world.“This report is a major biomedical triumph, combining gene therapy and stem cells,” geneticist Eric Topol told Gizmodo. “While only a case report, the seven-year-old boy was in a life-threatening condition and this intervention can be credited [with] saving his life.”This represents one of the first cases of such dramatic and extensive gene therapy saving a person’s life so directly, but it could well be the norm in short order. Skin is easy to get to and very thin relative to other organs. That make it easier to get into and modify directly as well as a lot simpler to access, treat, and monitor in general.Plus, we’ve already grown quite good at culturing and grafting skin as needed for all kinds of other treatments — particularly burns, which routinely affect large sections of tissue.This isn’t the first time the technique has been used, but it is the first time it’s been used so extensively on someone with so little healthy skin. The child, originally from Syria, is now doing well — even playing soccer with his father when the opportunity arises.Other children have received treatments that target bone marrow, with some even receiving bone marrow transplants, but, according the to the New York Times, those procedures aren’t often successful, with some dying from complications and those who survive struggling with persistent health problems resulting from the procedure.“We had a lot of trouble keeping this kid alive,” Dr. Tobias Rothoeft of the Children’s Hospital at Ruhr University in Germany told the Times. “After two months, we were sure we could nothing for [him] and he would die.”But the parents begged the physicians to keep trying and, after consulting the latest medical journals, the group contacted Michele De Luca, who led the team in Italy based out of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.“He promised he could give us enough skin to heal this kid, which we then tried, and we were in the end successful,” Rothoeft said.“It was spectacular,” Dr. De Luca added. “It was great. We removed the gauze, and saw the epidermis underneath. Everybody was pretty happy. We got the feeling that the body of the kid was recovering, was responding. That was the time where we thought, maybe we can make it.”The boy was kept in a medically induced coma for several months as well, to spare him the incredible pain and help with the healing process. He woke up with new skin a bit before Christmas in 2016. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

WWE Smackdown on Syfy moving to Thursdays on 115

first_img Dwayne Johnson Leaves Honeymoon Early to Appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Facebook Dwayne Johnson gives health update on Kevin Hart Pinterest Videos Articles WWE issued the following press release today, confirming long-standing rumors that Smackdown on Syfy will be moving from Friday nights to Thursday nights beginning on January 15, 2015:SMACKDOWN® MOVES TO THURSDAY NIGHT ON SYFYBEGINNING JANUARY 15 AT 8PMNEW YORK – November 6, 2014 – The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to Thursday nights on Syfy beginning January 15th at 8pm ET. With nearly 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night Raw®.“Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays,” said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy. “Among Men 18-49, PUTS are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown. Since the majority of broadcast programming skews female, we’re also using Thursday nights to counter program.”“WWE’s sizable and passionate fan base make SmackDown the #1 entertainment show on Syfy and the most-watched, regularly-scheduled program among key demographics on the network,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, WWE. “We look forward to bringing the WWE audience to Thursday nights on Syfy.”Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. The name SmackDown came from WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson’s popular catchphrase, “Lay the Smackdown®.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 51.26%0:06Remaining Time -1:52 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker O. T. Fagbenle Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Lindsay Lohan Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pre-game show for NJPW Wrestlekingdom 12, Okada vs. Naito full match from 2014 Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollinslast_img read more

Justice Census to be printed without citizenship question

first_imgThe Justice Department says the 2020 Census is moving ahead without a question about citizenship.Kristen Clarke, an attorney for a civil rights group that helped fight the addition of the question, says Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts would be starting soon.Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco has confirmed there would be “no citizenship question on 2020 census.”The White House didn’t immediately comment on the decision. President Donald Trump has decried last week’s Supreme Court ruling saying the question was sought under a false pretext.Spokespeople for the U.S. Census Bureau have not responded to emails or phone calls seeking comment.last_img read more

NYC train derailment kills 4 hurts more than 60

first_imgNEW YORK — A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60 in a crash that threw passengers from the toppling cars and left a snaking chain of twisted wreckage just inches from the water.Some of the roughly 150 passengers on the early morning Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Manhattan were jolted from sleep around 7:20 a.m. to screams and the frightening sensation of their compartment rolling over on a bend in the Bronx where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet. When the motion stopped, four or five of the seven cars had lurched off the rails. It was the latest accident in a troubled year for the nation’s second-biggest commuter railroad, which had never experienced a passenger death in an accident in its 31-year-history.“Four people lost their lives today in the holiday season, right after Thanksgiving,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference. Eleven of the injured were believed to be critically injured and another six seriously hurt, according to the Fire Department.The train operator was among the injured, Cuomo said.The governor said the track did not appear to be faulty, leaving speed as a possible culprit for the crash. But he noted that the National Transportation Safety Board would determine what happened.The agency planned a news briefing later Sunday. The Federal Railroad Administration was also sending 10 investigators to the scene.Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said investigators would look at numerous factors, including the train, the track and signal system, the operators and speed.last_img read more

Watch Patient dies after explosion in mouth at UP hospital bonechilling details

first_imgHere is the video footage of the incident.In a spine-chilling incident, an explosion occurred in the mouth of a woman while she was getting treated in a hospital. The incident happened on Wednesday (May 15) evening in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district.The woman was rushed to the J N Medical college in Aligarh after she allegedly consumed poison. The explosion took place as the doctors placed a suction pipe in her mouth. The incident was recorded in the CCTV cameras. The team of doctors said that the woman, in all probability, had consumed sulphuric acid which after coming in contact with oxygen through the suction pipe exploded, reports news agency IANS.Watch the nerve-racking video here:#video clip : A 40-year-old Sheela Devi #dies after #explosion in her #mouth during treatment at #MedicalCollege. @aligarhpolice @RMLDelhi @AIIMSRDA @pra0902— Anuja Jaiswal (@anujajTOI) May 16, 2019In a statement, the hospital spokesman said that deeper research into the incident will reveal the actual cause.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Quota protests postponed till early May Quader

first_imgA 20-member delegation representing students and jobseeking youth joins a talks with minister Obaidul Quader in the afternoon.Protesters of quota system have reportedly postponed their demonstration till the first week of May following assurance of scrutiny of the system by the government.The protesters agreed to postpone their programme at a meeting with road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Monday afternoon.The minister called them to the meeting after the overnight protests in Dhaka that left more than 100 injured and spread to all major campuses across the country.”The protesters have agreed to keep their programme suspended until 7 May. By this time, the government will scrutinise the quota system,” Quader told newsmen after the meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat.A 20-member delegation representing students and jobseeking youth earlier joined the talks with the minister in the afternoon.Hasan Al Mamun, convener of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad also disclosed their decision before the reporters after the meeting.The meeting also decided to release the arrestees unconditionally, he said.last_img read more

More Blacks Impacted on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

first_imgThis year’s annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2 was a day to examine the long-term effects of deaths, injuries, trauma, grief, and incarcerations associated with gun violence in Black communities.Several events in D.C. commemorated the day, including one on the roof of the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center, in Southeast’s Diamond Teague Park. The park was named after a 2003 Southeast victim of gun violence.Danyia Bell and Artureana Terrell read a program after the funeral service for 15-year-old victim of gun violence. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Violence Policy Center recently released the 10th edition of an annual study: Black Homicide Victimization in the United States, documenting that Blacks represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet account for 50 percent of all homicide victims. Community activists, including The American Psychological Association’s Federal Action Network, discussed how misconceptions about gun violence sometimes keeps adequate solutions from being found.For instance, within communities of color, there often exist false assertions that homicides with Black victims are uniformly “gang-related” or connected to other criminal activity. However, the study found that when the circumstances could be identified, 68 percent of the homicides with Black victims were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 51 percent involved arguments between the victim and the offender. The study also found that when the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 72 percent of Black victims were killed not by strangers, but by someone they knew.“Black people are getting into nonsensical arguments with each other and things seem to quickly escalate into shootings; it’s senseless,” Omar Johnson, a Congress Heights youth worker, told the AFRO following the Diamond Teague Park event. “We need to teach conflict resolution to both parents and young people because the kids see what the adults do and since the adults are arguing and fussing, cursing and shooting, the kids do the same things.”Mayor Muriel Bowser and volunteers installed a nest made of dismantled gun parts on the roof of the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The nest was created by young people in the “Guns to Roses” Program, which uses parts from illegal guns taken by Metropolitan Police and turns them into artwork, according to a release.“This year alone, 896 guns have been taken off the streets by the Metropolitan Police Department, but there is still much more work to do,” Bowser said. “In order to build a safer, stronger, D.C., we must work together to get illegal firearms out of our communities.”The goal of the Guns and Roses program is to provide at-risk District youth with the fundamental metalworking skills necessary for entry-level employment in the construction industry, while also encouraging positive youth development.last_img read more

VIDEO Clemsons new athletic facility has a giant slide and it looks

first_imgThe college football recruiting arms race never ends. Clemson recently finished construction on their new state-of-the-art athletic facility, and it’s sure to grab a few recruits.It’s not all weights and film rooms. The national champs also added an industrial sized slide for the players to use.Clemson wide receiver’s coach Jeff Smith posted a video to Twitter of the Tiger players getting their slide on, and it looks like fun. Millennials.Hopefully they don’t slide too far in the rankings this year after losing Deshaun Watson.Feeling in Clemson right now ?— Coach Jeff Scott (@coach_jeffscott) April 8, 2017last_img read more

Secret issues plagued Ubers selfdriving car program before fatal crash report

first_imgUber’s self-driving car program has insider headaches, not just because of the fatal crash in Arizona.Image: uberBy Sasha Lekach2018-03-24 01:08:49 UTC Uber’s self-driving car program faced a major setback when one of its cars hit and killed a pedestrian Sunday night — but the program was struggling before the deadly accident.It appears Uber rushed to launch new programs, modified its safety operations, and didn’t hit goals, according to 100 pages of internal company documents the New York Times obtained and sources familiar with Uber’s self-driving efforts in Phoenix who spoke to the publisher. An Uber spokesperson didn’t directly deny the Times report in a statement to Mashable, but they did tout the company’s commitment to safety and noted the emotional toll of the crash. “We believe that technology has the power to make transportation safer than ever before and recognize our responsibility to contribute to safety in our communities. So as we develop self-driving technology, safety is our primary concern every step of the way. We’re heartbroken by what happened this week…”The fatal accident on Sunday night happened while a sole Uber operator was testing a self-driving Volvo in Tempe, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. Elaine Herzberg, 49, crossed in the middle of the road while walking a bicycle and was hit. The vehicle did not appear to sense her presence or make an attempt to stop. The driver also did not intervene. The woman later died at the hospital. The crash is under investigation.To be clear, the Times does not connect any company shortcomings to the fatal crash.Uber’s autonomous car program was running in Toronto, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and the Phoenix area up until Monday and was ramping up mileage testing in Phoenix where lax regulations made for a prime testing ground. An Uber spokesperson confirmed Friday all testing is still paused following the crash.Frenzied improvementsUber’s self-driving program was putting in a lot of self-driving miles: It hit 1 million miles after its first year, then 2 million total miles in September, which was only 100 days after announcing the first million. It hit 3 million miles in an even shorter amount of time more recently.Part of the rush appeared to be for a visit from new-ish CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, planned for next month — especially after he had once expressed doubts about supporting the autonomous car program, according to the Times report. The visit was scraped before the crash.Additionally, Uber was gunning for a December approval for a self-driving car service available to the public in Arizona. Lousy miles per intervention ratesA year ago Uber’s miles per intervention rate, or MPI, as in how many miles the autonomous vehicle can go before human intervention, was hovering around 1 mile. In Arizona in recent months, the Times reports, the number was closer to 13 miles.But that pales in comparison to Uber’s main competitor. Google’s Waymo clocks in almost 5,600 miles until human intervention in California. GM’s Cruise went 1,200 miles per intervention also in California.Uber counters that MPI is not a safety measurement and can be used out of context. For a car testing in a urban, snowy environment intervention rates will differ compared to a sunny drive on a straight stretch of highway. There’s no standard definition of “intervention” throughout the autonomous car industry.Too much too quickly? At the end of last year, Uber switched to one operator from two per vehicle. Previously, a second operator had sat on the passenger side collecting feedback into a laptop. The driver seat operator was always the main person in charge of safety. Now the solo operator takes on all duties during testing.The Times also found that two test driver groups in Arizona had merged into one mostly focused on driving more miles and picking up more data for the system. A separate group that faded away had been about customer experience and smaller details of the ride, such as hard braking.Uber said the decision to pare down to one operator came after more than a year of review and that the company worked with operators in the transition. In some situations two operators are still used.With Uber hitting the brakes hard on any testing as authorities investigate the crash, its self-driving future is even more in peril.[embedded content]last_img read more

List of sentences in exEgyptian leaders trial

first_imgGAMAL MUBARAK _ Acquitted of corruption charges, but still faces separate trial on charges of insider trading.HABIB EL-ADLY, former interior minister _ Life in prison for complicity in murder and attempted murder of protesters. He was convicted and sentenced in two other corruption cases.HUSSEIN SALEM, ex-army and intelligence officer closely linked to Mubarak _ Acquitted in absentia of corruption charges.Six aides to el-Adly were acquitted on charges of complicity in murder and attempted murder of protesters.Gen. Ismail el-Shair, former Cairo police chief.Gen. Adly Fayed, former head of General Security.Gen. Omar el-Faramawi, former 6th of October police chief.Gen. Hassan Abdel-Rahman, former head of State Security apparatus.Gen. Osama el-Marasi, former of Giza police chief.Gen. Ahmed Ramzi, former head of Central Security.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   center_img (AP) – A list of sentences handed down in trial of Egypt’s ex-leader Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and former regime members:HOSNI MUBARAK _ Life in prison for complicity in murder and attempted murder of protesters during last year’s uprising. Acquittal on corruption charges as the statute of limitations had lapsed.ALAA MUBARAK _ Acquitted of corruption charges, but still faces separate trial on charges of insider trading. Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories last_img read more

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