Nikola Motor Company and Bosch to develop H2-electric truck

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A difference of emphasis

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Invest in aviation infrastructure

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UK right not to adopt EU justice measure, Lords committee says

first_imgEuropean Union laws setting minimum rights for defendants and victims are in the interests of British citizens, but the government was right not to sign up to a Lisbon treaty proposal guaranteeing suspects access to a lawyer, a committee of peers has said. The Lords Justice and Institutions EU sub-committee reported this week: ‘There are legitimate concerns that EU citizens who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system of another member state, either as defendants or victims of crime, are disadvantaged.’ British citizens, who are ‘accustomed to high standards of legal protection at home’, may find themselves with fewer rights than they would expect in their own country, the report says. The report follows the committee’s enquiry into the growing body of EU criminal justice legislation and its likely effect on British citizens, during which it heard evidence from the Law Society and the Bar Council. It found: ‘There is a widespread perception that the development of cross-border law enforcement measures has not been matched by balancing measures to ensure the rights of those defendants and victims involved.’ To date, it said, the EU legislative effort has prioritised law enforcement, with a focus on facilitating mutual recognition – so that decisions made by the judicial authorities of member states are given effect by the judicial authorities of another. The committee welcomed the 2009 Lisbon treaty, which put in place ‘road maps’ of planned legislation to secure defendants and victims rights, It says such road maps are the best way to protect British people from possible legal problems abroad and recommends that the government take a positive approach to opting in to such EU legislation. However, it accepts that there are problems in incorporating the rules into the UK’s criminal law systems and agrees with the government that the proposal for access to a lawyer in the current road map proposal would be ‘too disruptive for the UK criminal justice systems’, supporting its decision not to opt in. But the committee hopes the outcome of the negotiations on the directive would be legislation that the UK could opt in to. It concludes that the government should continue to look favourably in principle at opting in to further road map legislation, bearing in mind particularly the influence that the UK can have in raising standards across the EU. But it recommends that, before the European Commission expands its criminal justice policy, the road map legislation should be put in place and its impact assessed. Committee chair Lord Bowness said: ‘Significant EU law enforcement legislation such as the European arrest warrant now needs to be complemented by measures protecting European citizens. ‘By establishing minimum legal rights for both defendants and victims, regardless of which EU member state they are from, we can ensure that British citizens are guaranteed a high level of care and protection, regardless of where they might find themselves in trouble,’ he said. ‘However, we recognise that EU legislation could easily cause significant problems as member states have such diverse national laws. To protect against this, we recommend that the minimum rights set at EU level should be firmly grounded in the European Court of Human Rights and other international law norms.’ A Law Society spokeswoman said the Society supports the principle of improving procedural rights provision in criminal proceedings across the EU and supports the current initiative for a directive on the right of access to a lawyer. Head of policy at Fair Trials International Catherine Heard, said: ‘We are delighted that this report sees a clear need for safeguards to be built into EU law for basic rights like access to an interpreter and a lawyer, which are fundamental to a fair trial but are sadly under-protected in many EU countries. ‘This report echoes what Fair Trials International has been saying for years – prosecution measures like the European arrest warrant have been prioritised, at the expense of these crucial defence rights.’ She added ‘The UK must work with its EU partners to get these safeguards right, or more cases of injustice will follow.’last_img read more

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Don’t leave trainees hanging on, law firms told

first_imgLaw firms should tell trainee solicitors whether or not they intend to hire them at least two months before their expected qualification date, the Law Society has said, responding to concerns that some employers were waiting until the last moment before telling trainees of their fate.The guidance was published after the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), which represents around 70,000 trainees and junior solicitors, asked the Society to raise the issue with employers.’The JLD is aware that some employers are failing to let their trainees know whether they will be offered a newly qualified position until the last moment, resulting in a number of newly qualified solicitors finding themselves unemployed, without a sufficient notice period to enable them to secure a position elsewhere,’  the JLD said. ’Furthermore, some employers are even unwilling to let their trainees know when they will be in a position to make a decision when asked.’According to the guidance, published today, law firms should ‘as a matter of good practice’:Inform a trainee no later than 12 weeks prior to the expected admission date of a time at which they can expect to be told of their employer’s decision.Inform a trainee no later than eight weeks prior to their expected admission date what that decision is.The guidance adds that, if an employer is unable to provide the information, it should say so, providing reasonable information as to why it is not possible. Adele Edwin-Lamerton, JLDAdele Edwin-Lamerton, JLD chair, said the guidance would give trainees the opportunity to plan for the future. As it stands trainees could be a situation where they are unsure of their position and may look for other opportunities, only to be told they would not be taken on by their employer for a perceived lack of loyalty, she said.She added that firms would also be able to use the guidance to manage their upcoming trainee intakes for March. Last year, then JLD chair Bryan Scant said some firms were leaving trainees ‘in limbo’ by failing to tell them until the last minute whether or not they would be retained.last_img read more

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Kok puts Amsterdam on the HS map

first_imgNETHERLANDS Prime Minister Wim Kok revealed details on January 15 of the arrangements for funding and building the HSL Zuid high speed line between Amsterdam and the Belgian border. The public-private partnership formula developed by the government’s HSL Zuid planning agency will see the state procure the civil engineering works, while a private sector consortium will develop, build and maintain the line with responsibility for track, signalling and power supply. The private consortium will also manage paths and let them to train operators, who will pay fees to the government for use of the line. Ownership of the route will remain with the government, which is to rule by June on how operators will be given access.In return for initial investment of 1·5bn guilders, the consortium is expected to be granted a 30-year concession. Total investment in the project, which requires 100 route-km of new construction and substantial upgrading, will be around 8bn guilders.The funding formula was chosen after extensive consultations last year (RG 7.98 p441), with HSL Zuid’s plans attracting interest from more than 130 companies. The civil engineering works, to be completed in six lots, are now at the tender stage, and the next step will be to call international bids for the concession, with the associated mechanical and electrical works. A winner will be picked in 2000, which should allow opening in 2005, a date agreed contractually with Belgium. In that year 6·6 million passengers are expected to use HSL Zuid services, of which 1·7 million are likely to switch from the airlines.To put HSL Zuid in context, it will complete new high speed tracks most of the way from Paris to Amsterdam, allowing Thalys journey times to be cut to 3h 3min. Projected timing for through Eurostar services from London is 3h 39min.HLatest Dutch train operating company is Syntus, which has secured rights to run trains on two routes east of Arnhem: Zutphen – Winterswijk and Doetinchem – Winterswijk. Syntus aims to run half-hourly services throughout the day, and hoped to call tenders last month for 13 light diesel railcars to replace from 2001 the mixture of DMUs with which it started out. A disadvantage will be the end of through services between Arnhem and Winterswijk.last_img read more

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Zambia crackdown on sex dolls provokes fierce rights debate

first_imgThierry Reverdi, owner of the Dreamdoll company, adjusts the sunglasses of a silicone dream doll at their workshop in Duppigheim near Strasbourg, December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerNo one sells them openly, no one admits to owning one, and no one has been arrested — but Zambia is waging a fierce campaign against sex dolls.The government launched the crackdown on the sex toys last month, threatening offenders with heavy jail terms over the dolls which, it says, are “very unnatural”.The action has propelled the issue of sex dolls to the top of the news agenda and made them a hot topic of conversation and debate on social media, dividing opinion in the largely conservative southern African country.“Being a Christian nation, obviously we are anchored in Christian principles and one of the values is morality and ethics,” Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili told AFP.Selling or using a sex doll is against Zambian law, she said, vowing to ensure they are not bought on the internet and imported.“The use of sex dolls is definitely in contradiction to our natural heritage and our principles,” Sumaili added.“The law actually forbids anybody to trade (in) and to use such objects — and so this is why we are saying for Zambians that this is a very unnatural thing.”‘A lifeless object’The minister said the ban was necessary after media reports emerged of sex dolls being imported into Zambia, apparently from Asia. Police are investigating, she added.In recent months, Zambia’s independent and semi-official press have devoted many column inches to reports of sex shops popping up around the capital Lusaka selling sex dolls, as well as chronicling the backlash.“God created man and woman for sexual satisfaction — but for a man or woman to use a lifeless object is immoral,” Sumaili said.“Let’s not import foreign beliefs and experiences. Let us just believe in what we are.”‘Help combat AIDS’The manufacture of sex dolls has become increasingly sophisticated, with China developing custom-made “smart” dolls that can talk, play music and turn on dishwashers.Sex dolls’ inventors say they can cure loneliness and help elderly men who lack female companionship.In Zambia, the dolls made of silicone were reportedly in a variety of shapes and shades, but an AFP reporter failed to find any shops selling them.The Patriots for Economic Progress (PEP) — a fringe liberal party in Zambia — claims the government’s attitude to sex dolls reflects its increasingly authoritarian tendencies under President Edgar Lungu.“The argument that the Bible does not allow the use of any objects is wrong,” said PEP party chief Sean Tembo.“The same Bible encourages free will and it will be wrong to send someone to prison for choosing to use sex dolls. Some men have low self-esteem and cannot propose love.”Tembo said sex dolls could even tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS — in a country with a 12.4 percent adult infection rate.“Men can use sex dolls and this will help reduce the cases of AIDS,” he said, contesting the minister’s claim they were illegal.“There is no law that bans the importation or use of sex dolls and there is no law that criminalises masturbation. The use of sex dolls will be in private, in one’s bedroom and not in a public place.”Privacy violation?Zambia is a largely conservative nation, where homosexuality is illegal and anyone in an intimate same-sex relationship faces up to 14 years in jail.Officials say that sex dolls fall under a constitutional law against making, owning, importing, selling or displaying “obscene matters or things” — punishable with a maximum prison term of five years.No shops openly sell them in Zambia, though they are available from international internet suppliers.The state-owned Zambia Daily Mail reported Sumaili’s campaign under the headline “No toying with sex dolls”, and later ran a feature on how the policy was a constant talking point on public minibuses.“I would order a sex doll without hesitation,” the newspaper quoted one unidentified male passenger as saying.“I am assured of a disease-free relationship because a sex doll will not cheat on me. They are not materialistic and will forever remain faithful.“Government is now violating our privacy as citizens,” he said.Lusaka resident, Jane Kaluba, 25, told AFP that sex dolls were a test of how best to balance morality with individual rights.“I don’t support the use of sex dolls but I still feel that one should be free to choose what one wants,” she said.last_img read more

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Charles Avenue to be rehabilitated

first_img Share Share LocalNews Charles Avenue to be rehabilitated by: Dominica Vibes News – February 7, 2017 Sharing is caring! 448 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Senator Miriam Blanchard (file photo)The tendering process for the rehabilitation of Charles Avenue, Goodwill will commence this week, the Minister for Public Works has announced.Senator Miriam Blanchard revealed on Friday 3 February 2017 that this is part of government’s efforts and commitment to the island’s development in order to improve the standard of living of all. Finance Minister, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced during a press conference in January that estimates and designs for the rehabilitation of Charles Avenue had been completed. Senator Blanchard, who was speaking during the contract signing ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Stockfarm Road, informed that following a further review of the estimates and designs, the Charles Avenue rehabilitation project will go out to tender on Monday 6 February.“We all recall that this project will be funded through funds or revenue collected from the Road Maintenance levy. We expect work on Charles Avenue to commence by the start of the second quarter of the year,” Blanchard indicated.Blanchard said the government is aware of the deteriorating road conditions in other parts of the island caused mainly by above average and extended wet season.Accordingly, government has embarked on the assessment of all roads with a view to begin an aggressive island-wide road rehabilitation programme.Meanwhile, some of the projects under construction include realignment of the Cabannis Road in the Roseau Valley. “We all recall on December 28th 2016, that a section of that road collapsed due to a road edge failure rendering the road unsafe for vehicular traffic and making it impassable. The government then moved swiftly within a matter of days to commence the realignment of this road. Work is progressing smoothly and this is a fact that visible to all,” Blanchard stated. She added that this government’s commitment to the safety and the welfare of its people “cannot be denied”.In addition, rehabilitation of three hundred meters of the Salisbury main road continues.“In fact I visited that project [Salisbury] on Wednesday [1 February 2017] afternoon and work is progressing as per schedule,” Minister Blanchard said.last_img read more

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AWR Announces Agenda of Activities for IMS 2013

first_imgThis year at the IMS 2013 – International Microwave Symposium in Seattle, AWR in Booth #330, will showcase software demonstrations of key features in its current product release, V10, as well as a sneak-peek preview of features within its pending V11 release.  Demonstrations will Include: –          Microwave Office® design environment showcasing a Cree Class F power amplifier design –          Microwave Office design environment showcasing Marki Microwave’s new Microlithic mixer design –          Analyst™ 3D FEM EM simulation featuring a preview of V11 custom PCell generation for microwave connectors as well as antennas from Antenna Magus –          Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) featuring an enhanced radar library and novel radio frequency planning wizard, RFP™ –          AWR Connected™ to National Instruments: –          LabVIEW co-simulation for PA design including DPD, characterization, and test –          Multisim/Ultiboard layout compatibility enabling a complete circuit board design flow from DC to microwave frequencies –          802.11ac communication standard library IP sharing for design and test compatibility In addition to the many new features, technologies, and solutions featured in and around AWR’s booth, company technology experts will also be presenting nine MicroApps at the MicroApps Theater that provide additional insight into novel applications and technologies within AWR’s software.  AWR/NI Appreciation Party Last but certainly not least, AWR will hold its 9th annual Appreciation Party, AWR Games, on Wednesday night, June 5, at 7:00 pm at GameWorks in downtown Seattle. The event is being co-hosted by National Instruments and media sponsored by MicroWaves & RF Magazine. To register for this not-to-be-missed event, visit awrcorp.com/awr-ims-2013/9th-annual-appreciation-party or stop by AWR booth #330 for an invitation. More information is available at awrcorp.com/awr-ims-2013last_img read more

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Rigol Introduces Low Cost, Real-Time 3 GHz Spectrum Analyzer

first_imgRIGOL Technologies has announced a new low-cost Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer (RSA3000E) to its RF Test Portfolio. The New RSA3000E Spectrum Analyzers bring the power of UltraReal real-time analysis to a new class of customers who previously had no access to this advanced capability. The RSA3000E combines the power of a high performance Swept Spectrum Analyzer with the analysis capability of a Real-Time Analyzer at an unprecedented entry-level price point of $1,799.The RSA3000E is available in 1.5GHz and 3GHz models with available tracking generators. The instruments come standard with 10 MHz of Real-time analysis bandwidth with seamless capture and a 9.3 microsecond 100%POI. The RSA3000E provides the same 7 rich visualization modes and powerful triggering capability as RIGOL’s other UltraReal products, only at a lower entry price. The RSA3000E also can function as a traditional swept spectrum analyzer with class-leading specifications. Resolution Bandwidth (RBW) is standard at 1Hz, noise floor as low as -161dBm, phase noise of -102dBc/Hz, and a full span sweep as fast as 1ms provides a powerful analyzer for the entry-level customer.RIGOL helped create the market for entry-level spectrum analysis years ago with the DSA815 analyzer. By making it affordable and reliable the company is making spectrum analyzers accessible to an entirely new class of customers and has helped put analyzers on every test bench. This combination of performance, quality and price helped make the DSA815 the most popular spectrum analyzer on the planet. The RSA3000E is enabled with advanced analysis capabilities, which make it a perfect choice for embedded IOT engineers integrating RF technologies and those customers doing EMI pre-compliance testing.The integrated EMI pre-compliance option (RSA3000E-EMI) provides a complete EMI Pre-Compliance Solution allowing engineers to measure, compare, analyze, and report on EMI issues throughout their design process. Features like integrated CISPR Bandwidths and Detectors, simple limit line construction, automated multi-segment scan, and up to three simultaneous detectors make it simple to get initial scans and measurements. Advanced capabilities like real-time detector measurements, automated peak/limit searches, and simple correction table integration make configuring more complex test environments and analyzing results easier than ever before. Lastly, comprehensive setup, storage and report generation capabilities make it easy to document, share, and repeat your tests.The integrated ASK/FSK Demodulation Option (RSA3000E-ASK/FSK) allows RF engineers to characterize today’s ubiquitous ASK and FSK modulation schemes. The Demodulation Application gives engineers the ability to utilize up to 13 integrated measurement functions including I/Q waveform and RF Envelope, Constellation and Vector Diagrams, Symbol Level Decode, Time and Frequency, and Bit Error Analysis against known sequences providing quick insight into signal behaviors.While the RSA3000E is priced to make it accessible to HAMs, hobbyists, and educators, the advanced performance and capabilities make it an attractive option for IoT device integration, EMI and other commercial applications. The RSA3000E is available and shipping now. Click here to know more about the RSA3000E.last_img read more

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