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31 января, 20:00

Continental And Urban Software Institute Partner To Leverage Vehicle Data To Improve Traffic Flow

Continental's eHorizon technology that turns vehicles into recipients and senders of anonymous traffic data will be tied into the UrbanPulse platform, enabling drivers and vehicle electronics to benefit directly from real-time traffic and traffic light data.

31 января, 15:30

EU's Tusk calls on Europe to rally against Trump threat

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump has joined Russia, China and radical Islam among threats to Europe and called on Europeans to stick together to avoid domination by three other continental powers.

31 января, 00:09

African Union Leader Condemns U.S. For Taking Its People 'As Slaves’ But Blocking Refugees

The head of the African Union called out President Donald Trump on Monday for the ultimate American hypocrisy. South African politician and chairperson of the AU commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addressed representatives of the continental union’s 54 member states during a summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday. In her comments, Dlamini-Zuma referenced Trump’s recent executive order halting the U.S. refugee resettlement program and blocking entry of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, three of which are AU members. “The very country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the transatlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries,” Dlamini-Zuma said, according to The Independent. Trump’s order did not name the countries that would be affected, but reporters quickly confirmed that individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia would be blocked from entering the country. The three African countries ― Libya, Somalia and Sudan ― are all members of the African Union. “What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity,” said Dlamini-Zuma, who is stepping down from the AU this summer and is expected to run for South Africa’s presidency. The U.S.’s role in the transatlantic slave trade constitutes one of the grossest abuses of human rights in the country’s history. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database estimates that more than 300,000 Africans were forcibly taken to the U.S. over the 360 years of the trade’s operation. Today, the administration’s treatment of Muslims has elicited comparisons to the 1942 executive order President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed authorizing the internment of Japanese Americans. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Trump signed Friday’s executive order on live television, claiming the move would keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the country. There have been no fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries. Nonetheless, the president asserted the order did not target Muslims. Within hours of Trump signing the order, travelers from the implicated countries were being turned away at airports and even detained. The Department of Homeland Security told Reuters on Sunday that roughly 375 travelers had been affected by the order ― 109 who were denied entry to the U.S. while in transit, as well as another 173 who were stopped by airlines before boarding flights. Thousands of religious leaders and organizations, as well as dozens of U.S. diplomats and world leaders criticized the order as protests erupted at airports around the country over the weekend. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also addressed the AU summit on Monday and praised the African countries for their peacekeeping efforts. Without mentioning Trump or his executive order, Guterres said: “African nations are also among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees. African borders remain open for those in need of protection, when so many borders are being closed, even in the most developed countries in the world.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 января, 23:00

African Union Admits Morocco to Bloc

The African Union admitted Morocco as its 55th member, a decision that adds a powerful economy and a Western ally to the continental bloc and could stir one of the world’s frozen conflicts.

30 января, 22:14

Morocco rejoins the African Union after 32 years

Western Sahara and African Union sources have told the Associated Press that Morocco has officially been admitted back in to the continental body after 32 years of isolation.

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30 января, 21:44

Detroit Taps Its Roots With Throwback Names For Brand-New Vehicles

Everything old is new again in the car business, with nameplates like Continental, Bronco, and even Grand Wagoneer returning to showrooms.

30 января, 09:00

5 surprises for 2017

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In today’s article we consider 5 surprises for 2017, covering: macro shocks, Asian LNG demand, asset transactions, capacity markets and gas supply flexibility.

28 января, 09:30

9 ways to explain Brexit to kids – using Minecraft, sausages and cake

Britain doesn’t want to see so much of its EU friends and doesn’t want them to come for sleepovers. It will, though, remain between France and IrelandIt’s all over the front pages and the television and all anyone can talk about. For Guardian readers, your children have doubtless observed you rocking in a foetal ball, clutching a fistful of continental cheese as you mutter about article 50, but do they understand what Brexit is? Probably not. It’s time to tackle your kids’ Brex education, the birds directive and the bee mortality and surveillance report. But how?Explain the basics. “When 28 countries love each other very much …” No. In the past, European countries settled their differences by having wars. After the last war, some of them decided that a better way to handle their disagreements was through selling each other coal and steel, and later, through the medium of exchanging enormous boring documents. They did this by forming the European Union. The EU is basically a way for the countries of Europe to channel their bad feelings about each other into arguing about stuff like what you can put in a sausage. Arguing (even about sausages) is bad, but war is much worse. Continue reading...

27 января, 22:38

A Twitter Tribute to Holocaust Victims

A new social-media project commemorates refugees turned away by the United States in 1939.

27 января, 17:30

Why Warren Buffett Is Back in Airline Stocks

Warren Buffett has traditionally been hesitant to invest in airline stocks. But in recent months, he’s changed his mind. Learn why in this video.

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26 января, 11:30

Выпущены первые «умные» часы Breitling for Bentley

Модель посвящена самому скоростному автомобилю Bentley — Continental Supersports.

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25 января, 23:31

London Bankers May Dodge One-Way Trip to Frankfurt

London bankers may have a way out of a no-return ticket to the continent: befriending their counterparts on the other side of the English Channel. UK-based capital markets practitioners could

25 января, 18:24

Magellan Midstream Partners Increases Q4 Cash Distribution

Pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP) recently received an approval from its board of directors to hike cash distribution for fourth-quarter 2016.

25 января, 14:54

Whirlpool Revamps European Dryer Units, Plans 500 Job Cuts

Whirlpool Corporation (WHR) has put forward a proposal seeking the reorganization of its dryer manufacturing operations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

25 января, 02:46

Meet Anne Schuchat, The Pro-Vaccine Researcher Who Just Took Over The CDC

Dr. Tom Frieden, one of the longest-serving directors of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, turned in his resignation Friday at the beginning of President Donald Trump’s new administration.  In his place, Dr. Anne Schuchat has begun to serve as interim director of the CDC until Dr. Tom Price, a Republican congressman from Georgia and Trump’s pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, is confirmed and appoints a new CDC director. Interim directors are not usually appointed CDC directors, according to a spokesman from the agency. But in 2002, Dr. Julie Gerberding, who was part of an interim management team after the retirement of CDC Director Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, was appointed to the main role. Schuchat is popular and highly respected in her field, according to interviews with colleagues. Her long career as a civil servant has given her the chance to gain experience in the health issues that will continue to affect the country and the world.  “In all my interactions with her, I’ve been exceedingly impressed,” said Dr. Walter Orenstein, who previously served as the director of the U.S. immunization program at the CDC and has worked with Schuchat personally in the past. “I think she would make an outstanding permanent CDC director.” Koplan, who served as CDC director from 1998 to 2002 and has also worked with Schuchat, praised her wide range of experience with recurring health threats that are high on the U.S.’s global health priority list: flu, bioterrorism and the eradication of polio.  “She’s a highly skilled, talented public health professional who does superb work,” said Koplan, who is now vice president for global health at Emory University. “She has the highest integrity, makes wise decisions based on carefully reviewing the evidence and the data, and has worked on a wide range of difficult infectious disease issues.”  The CDC director is charged with leading America’s domestic and global public health efforts, from large disease outbreaks around the world to local flare-ups. It is a political appointment in that the secretary of Health and Human Services gets to nominate someone for the role, but the position is also one that doesn’t need confirmation from the Senate. Whoever eventually becomes CDC director will also be inheriting some inherently political problems, such as the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and with it, funding for more than a tenth of the CDC budget. If Schuchat were to be permanently appointed, here’s what we could expect:  Her research bona fides are top-notch. Schuchat began at the CDC in 1988 and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer — a “disease detective” that helps investigate outbreaks in the field. Throughout her career, she has authored or co-authored more than 230 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters, the CDC notes. Orenstein was so impressed with her body of work that he nominated Schuchat for a spot at the National Academy of Medicine, which she won in 2008. The academy, which awards positions based on achievements in original research, is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that provides scientific advice to the nation, and a position there is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.  She’s an advocate for immunizations.  Before taking over as acting director, Schuchat was principal deputy director of the CDC, a position she held since 2015. But her longest role was leading the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases division from 2006 to 2015. Schuchat led the agency in its polio eradication efforts during this time, and rates of the disease worldwide went from 1,979 in 2005 to 74 in 2015. Schuchat is also vocal against anti-vaccine voices. She’s not afraid to blame the anti-vaccine movement for recent outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and writes studies showing how childhood vaccinations make disease rates plummet. Popular Science magazine dubbed her “America’s anti-anti-science crusader” for her unequivocal stance in support of vaccines and against “fraudulent” and “totally discredited” medical claims about vaccine dangers. “She’s provided leadership in the immunization community, which is what I’m most familiar with, and has gained tremendous respect in that community,” Orenstein said. Her experience with Zika virus is just one of many global epidemics she’s faced.  In January 2016, Schuchat warned the country that small pockets of Zika virus outbreaks were likely in certain areas of the U.S. that both harbored the Aedes aegypti mosquito and had a history of other mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in the past. This prediction turned out to be true, as the disease spread locally in Miami and Brownsville, Texas.  She was also frank about the “devastating” cost of caring for an infant born with congenital Zika syndrome, which the CDC estimated could be between $1 million and $10 million per child. Previously, Schuchat has also served as CDC’s chief health officer for its 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza campaign, led the CDC’s response to SARS in Beijing in 2003, and was part of the 2001 response to the anthrax bioterrorism threat.  Schuchat advocates for emergency funds to help the CDC react faster to global health emergencies. Alongside her predecessor Frieden, Schuchat has been vocal about the need for the CDC to have some kind of emergency fund to help it hit the ground running at the first sign of a global health emergency. During both the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and the Zika virus outbreak in South America, Frieden expressed frustration at having to wait for Congress to appropriate funds to combat the illnesses, even as they were becoming threats to the continental U.S. population. For instance, it took nine months for government agencies to win funding to combat mosquitoes and begin research, while Congress appropriated emergency funds for the Ebola response in December 2014 — six months after transmission rates peaked in West Africa. She’s been the face of some of the CDC’s most controversial reports and recommendations.  Back in February 2016, Schuchat defended the CDC’s controversial advice to women of reproductive age to consider avoiding alcohol if they weren’t on birth control, to avoid the harmful effects that alcohol can have on developing embryos. Media outlets slammed the advice as outdated and condescending, and she admitted that the CDC’s messaging missed the mark. However, she defended the basic point of the study behind the advice, which found that as many as 3.3 million women are at risk of inadvertently exposing their growing embryos to alcohol, and that 3 in 4 women who are trying to conceive are also still drinking alcohol.  She has also led the charge to increase HPV vaccines among children, pushing back against physician and parent fears that the injections may somehow encourage early sexual activity, and stood up for the importance of childhood vaccines in the midst of growing anti-vaccination sentiments in some parts of the country. While it isn’t likely that Schuchat will assume the role of permanent CDC director, Koplan said Schuchat was an ideal candidate for the job, and that any administration, regardless of party, would do well to appoint someone with a strong public health background like hers — not just someone with a background in medicine or health promotion.   “Sooner or later in the course of the four-year period, there will be a new, more lethal flu bug, a potential bioterrorist event, issues of antibiotic resistance, new vaccines to be employed, and then diseases like Ebola and SARS,” Koplan said. “Having a real public health professional in the role serves the appointers and the American people best.” This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. 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24 января, 17:33

Trump signs executive actions to advance Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines

Keystone XL has been at the center of one of the largest opposition campaigns in the history of the environmental movement.

24 января, 14:39

Kremlin sees no threat in China’s missiles near Russian border

Moscow does not regard China’s deployment of inter-continental ballistic missiles near the Russian border as a threat, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. "We do not regard China’s efforts to develop its armed forces as a threat, and even if this information (about the deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles near the Russian borders) is true, we see no risks for our country," Peskov told the media. He recalled that "China is our strategic ally and our partner in political, trading and economic terms." "We appreciate our relations," Peskov said. Earlier, the daily Global Times said China had deployed its most advanced inter-continental ballistic missiles DF-41 in Heilongjiang Province bordering Russia. The daily said images of China’s newest weapon system were made public in the Chinese segment of the Internet on Monday. Some media speculated the publication of the photos might have been timed for the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. The three-stage solid propellant ICBM DF-41 (Dongfeng-41, also known by its NATO reporting name CSS-X-10), was designed by China’s Academy of Rocket Motor Technology. It is presumably armed with a multiple warhead consisting of ten to twelve independently targetable reentry vehicles. According to various estimates its maximum range is about 14,000 kilometers.  Source: TASS

24 января, 11:05

BT shares plunge 19% as Italian accounting scandal deepens – business live

Telecoms firm suspends staff over ‘extremely serious’ improper behaviour at its Italian arm, and admits UK business is also slowingDETAILS: BT Italian accounting scandal much worse than thought.£7bn wiped off BT’s value... Instant reaction Executives suspended over “improper accounting practices”UK public finances released 11.23am GMT Here’s Nick Fletcher’s news story on BT’s Italian problems: Related: BT loses £7bn in value as Italian accounting scandal deepens 11.15am GMT The BBC’s Simon Jack is reporting that the head of BT’s Continental Europe division, Corrado Sciolla, will resign today.Head of BT Europe, Corrado Sciolla will resign this pm over 530m accounting scandal at BT Italy. Serious internal & ext auditing errorsCorrado is responsible for making sure we grow quickly and profitably across Europe - where we serve big brands like Fiat, ENI, Syngenta and The European Parliament. Corrado’s career started as a McKinsey consultant, then he had various directorships at Stream (an Italian pay-TV firm), Syntek Capital, and Wind Telecomunicazioni (Italy’s second-biggest fixed and mobile telecoms operator).Exclusive. Head of BT Europe to go. Corrado Sciolla most senior head to roll over BT accounting scandal. full story https://t.co/8Ts9Ig84hh Continue reading...