EU and China cannot do without each other but still cannot trust each other. The paradox of their relationship was clear on Monday (23 April), when the European Parliament international trade committee exchanged views with Beijing's new EU ambassador. "We should really look to stabilise our relations," said the committee's chair, German social democrat MEP Bernd Lange, referring to the global context where protectionism seems to be on the rise and the rules-based trading system under threat. But in a draft opinion that is part of a wider upcoming parliament report on EU-China relations, the trade committee has already pointed out issues that hamper smooth economic relations between the pair. MEPs have called on China to "further open up the Chinese market to foreign investors, strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights and level the playing field by making China's market more transparent and better regulated." They also expressed "concern about industrial overcapacity … [Read more...] about [Focus] MEPs tell Chinese ambassador of concerns on trade
Update 8.40pm: Driver in custody after van hits at least eight people in TorontoA van has apparently jumped a kerb at a busy road junction in Toronto and struck eight to 10 people and fled the scene before it was found and the driver taken into custody, police said.Video from Yonge and Finch at Toronto pic.twitter.com/YvS8GcJ8pg— Vince (@vce7) April 23, 2018 It was not immediately clear what caused the van to strike the pedestrians in the north-central part of the Canadian city. Police did not immediately identify the driver."At this point it's too early to tell what, if any, motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured," Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.'On the sidewalk and crumbling down people': Van strikes pedestrians in Toronto https://t.co/6wyCTK4ujU— Francisco Correa (@franciscoc64) April 23, 2018 A witness," Phil Zullo, told Canadian Press that he saw police arresting a man who had been driving a … [Read more...] about Latest: ‘Too early to tell motive’ as van hits up to 10 pedestrians in Toronto
With the House of Lords having reported in the opportunities and threats posed by artificial intelligence (AI), I have asked what my sector – the PR industry – is doing in anticipation of AI’s rise. Are the machines really coming for our jobs or will AI free us up from our time-consuming tasks so we can focus on our core strength: creativity. On 16 April, the House of Lords released its Select Committee report on the impact of AI on British life. For context, the definition of AI that it followed was; “Technologies with the ability to perform tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition and language translation.” The impact of AI on jobs, in particular, is something that has caused much discussion in recent years. One estimate says 900,000 London jobs are at risk from automation and globalisation by 2030, but on the upside, the capital is well-placed to draw on the new jobs this technology will bring. … [Read more...] about How is the PR industry adapting to the march of artificial intelligence?
PUBLISHED: 12:04 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 22 April 2018 The Lydia Eva steams past South Quay, which is included on the walks Archant © 2018 A season of guided walks, focusing on the rich cultural heritage of the Great Yarmouth borough, is getting underway this month. Every year between April and October, Great Yarmouth Borough Council runs a programme of Guided Heritage Walks, and each is led by an official heritage guide. Regularly walks: Sun, Sea Stars and Circus: celebrating the 250th anniversary of the circus is new, focusing on the role the holiday and entertainment industry. Quayside and Seaside at Gorleston-on-Sea: explores the stories and local history of the historic seafront, including the demise of the turreted Victorian hotel, how the pier came to be. Medieval Town Wall: explore this Scheduled Ancient Monument, which dates from the 14th century. Rows, Fishwives and Red Herrings: the tale of the historic alleyways, and the people who lived and worked in … [Read more...] about Walks focus on heritage and history, industry and murders!
Radio Sputnik discussed this with Steven Griffiths, a member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Sputnik: What are the prospects for renewable energy in the world’s oil producing heartland, the Middle East, in your opinion? Steven Griffiths: I think the current trends right now are showing that renewable energy is having a pretty good uptake. And what’s good about renewable energy is it’s focused on the power sector predominately, thus we see solar and wind having a big impact. So oil-producing countries, they’re very worried about the exportability of their oil product and so this is more on the transportation side of things. But as far as diversifying the power sector, they are very interested in trying to forgo the use of natural gas and … [Read more...] about Expert Explains What Future Holds for Modern Energy Industry