India doesn’t want anything to do with self-driving vehicles. The highway and transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, told reporters that he wouldn’t let driverless cars take away jobs.“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs,” said Gadkari.See Also: Honeywell bets big on India’s smart city growthThe country already needs thousands more professional drivers on its roads, and the government is planning to open facilities to train thousands of new drivers.The confirmation will change little in the country, which Google and Uber have already wrote off as a prospective place for self-driving cars, due to its poor roads and chaotic traffic in cities. Some private tests have been carried out by developers, but there have been no public road tests.The Indian government, while encouraging more investment and development from outsiders, has been against interference with its transport industry. The Modi government announced a $59 billion infrastructure plan for airports, railways, and roads, the majority of which will be built and delivered by the government.Ola and Uber, the two major ride-sharing services in the country, are in a precarious spot, with the government debating whether to bring them under the Motor Vehicles Act. After the 2014 rape case, involving an Uber driver, calls were made to ban the taxi apps, but the government has reportedly decided to regulate the services.India has far the most aggressive stance against self-driving vehicles out of all the major economies, with the U.S., China, the U.K., Germany, France, and Australia all accepting the development of autonomous vehicles and some actively funding startups and established players.Despite the move away from self-driving cars, India has committed to making its entire new fleet of cars electric-powered. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Tags:#Autonomous#driverless#featured#India#Self-Driving#taxi#top#transport#Uber IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Lady Chiefs need to summon the talents of mainstays Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan, Regine Arocha and Mary Anne Esguerra in the 6:30 p.m. game against the Lady Engineers, who will be coming into the game with nothing much to lose.University of the Philippines will try to stay in contention when it clashes with another winless team St. Benilde in the 4 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Maroons, toting a 1-1 card, will be facing the Lady Blazers who are winless in two matches.St. Benilde will lean on do-it-all middle blocker Ranya Musa who has been the only bright spot in the previous two games. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:56Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Eagles prey on Tams; Maroons post win No. 2 MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But UP will have established open spikers Diane Carlos and Isa Molde working together with opposite hitters Roselyn Rosier and Justine Dorog. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano University tries to get back in contention when it takes on Technological Institute of the Philippines Monday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Shot down by Adamson in the previous game, 5-20, 25-22, 25-16, the reigning NCAA champion hopes to inch closer toward a semifinal seat against a TIP side that is still groping for form after suffering three successive defeats.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
They were the favourites for the World Cup title and both India and Sri Lanka have made it to the finals after eight matches. Here’s how the two teams progressed.IndiaDateMatchVenueResultSat 19 FebIND vs BANShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurIND won by 87 runs Scorecard | Match reportSun 27 FebIND vs ENGEden Gardens, KolkataMatch ends in tieScorecard | Match reportSun 06 MarIND vs IREM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore)IND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportWed 09 MarIND vs NEDFerozeshah Kotla, DelhiIND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 12 MarIND vs SAVidarbha Cricket Association Ground, NagpurSA won by 3 wktsScorecard | Match reportSun 20 MarIND vs WIMA Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiIND won by 80 runsScorecard | Match reportThu 24 MarIND vs AUS2nd Q-finalSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, MoteraIND won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match report Wed 30 Mar IND vs PAK 2nd Semifinal Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali IND won by 29 runsScorecard | Match reportSri LankaDate & TimeMatchVenueResultSun 20 FebSL vs CANMahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaSL won by 210 runs Scorecard | Match reportSat 26 FebPAK vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 11 runsScorecard | Match report Tue 01 MarSL vs KENR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 9 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 05 MarAUS vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboMatch abandonedScorecard | Match reportThu 10 MarSL vs ZIMPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandySL won by 139 runsScorecard | Match reportFri 18 Mar 02:30 PM ISTNZ vs SLWankhede Stadium, MumbaiSL won by 112 runsScorecard | Match reportSat 26 MarSL v ENG4th Quarterfinal (D)R.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 10 wktsScorecard | Match reportTue 29 MarSL vs NZ 1st SemifinalR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match reportadvertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez could force Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave the Emirates.The Armenian international, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, has failed to impress since joining from Manchester United last January. And The Sun claims the Gunners are ready to sell Mkhitaryan in order to make room for Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be on the verge of joining the north London club, having previously worked with manager Unai Emery at Sevilla.Suarez, who started his career at Manchester City, has played 17 minutes of league football this season.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Twitter/@StephDEpifanioSports Illustrated dropped a late news bomb on the college football world earlier, with the news that Braxton Miller will be moving to wide recevier/h-back for the coming season. The move has been met with praise from Buckeye fans, and members of the team. One key member of the program isn’t ready to fully commit to the move, however: head coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion told The Columbus Dispatch that reports of the official position change are a bit premature.“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told The Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”Considering Pete Thamel’s SI report was based on a conversation with Miller, we have to imagine the move is, in fact, happening. Meyer is probably not thrilled that it was announced in July, giving Virginia Tech and others more than a month to prep for a J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones-led offense, as well as figure out how to defend Miller as a skill guy. Otherwise, this would be a pretty crazy redirection by members of the Buckeye program.[Columbus Dispatch]
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Marriott International plans to more than double the size of its portfolio within the Asia-Pacific region, with an additional 123 properties in Asia by 2016.Adding an extra 80,000 rooms in up to 16 countries, new properties include a Bulgari hotel in Shanghai, a Marriott resort in Dali, a Marriott in Hengyang and a Renaissance hotel in Xuzhou.The hotel group also expects to operate in an additional 13 provinces within China by 2016 including; Hunan, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Anhui and Macau. Marriott Asia managing director Simon Cooper said the group intends to “grow dynamically” within the region through “a strategically targeted brand portfolio” and products that resonate with the public.“While China and India are the driving forces for our business in Asia, we are also seeing growth with new signings and openings in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and elsewhere in the region,” he said. The additional properties will open an extra 36,000 new jobs within Asia including 40,000 in China alone. Marriott International currently operates eight brands in Asia Pacific including; Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments and the recently launched Autograph Collection.
The Mobile Video Alliance (MVA), an organisation set up set up last year to tackle issues like video quality over mobile networks, has officially launched today with support from UK industry body the Digital TV Group (DTG).UK culture minister Ed Vaizey launched the MVA at the DTG summit in London at what the alliance’s backers said was “a critical time for both the broadcast and mobile industries.”The MVA was established last year by interconnection and data centre firm Equinix and mobile operator EE to tackle technical issues such as the evolution of caching and adaptive bitrates and value chain fragmentation.It also comes at a time of rising mobile data traffic and increasing demand for video content from consumers, thanks to next generation WiFi and 4G mobile data networks.With the formal launch of the MVA, Equinix said it will make its recently launched solution validation centre available to MVA members to test new standards and configurations.“This makes us a vital interconnection platform for mobile video delivery and we are committed to encouraging and enabling the mobile video ecosystem,” said Michael Winterson, vice president of sales and marketing, Equinix EMEA.
The 4K set-top box market will quadruple this year, despite an overall decline in the STB space, according to ABI Research.The new forecast claims that the 4K STB market will grow from less than 2 million units in 2015 to more than 7 million in 2016 and will then grow by 46% annually through 2021.At the same time, ABI predicts that the overall set-top box market will drop by about 9% in 2016 to less than US$16 billion in revenue, with both pay TV and free-to-air boxes losing value.“Digital transitions are taking longer than initially planned and the market is experiencing significant downward pressure on set-top box pricing,” said ABI Research managing director and vice-president, Sam Rosen.“Hardware revenues will fall, but value through software and services remains an opportunity. Providers should be looking to take on logistics and lifecycle challenges, in addition to testing and integration, to help the overall market flourish as well as focusing on 4K and HDR colour set-top boxes will in the years ahead.”Regionally, China remains the largest set-top box market by units, having overtaken the US in 2010. However, India will continue to grow its set-top box shipments and is likely surpass China as shipment leader in 2018 or 2019, according to the research.
Tele Columbus HQGerman cable operator Tele Columbus’s management confirmed their full-year financial guidance on the back of respectable Q3 results, despite a delay in the launch of the group’s new unified brand, PŸUR.Tele Columbus’s revenues grew by 4.3% to €123.3 million in Q3, while normalised EBITDA rose by 7.2% to €68.3 million.The company added 15,000 internet and 17,000 telephony revenue-generating units in the quarter taking its internet and telephony totals to 564,000 and 545,000 respectively, and blended ARPU rose by 5.5% to €17.20. The number of TV customers has declined by 2.3% year-on-year to 2.38 million, but the number of premium TV customers rose by 2.4% to 432,000.The group commercially launched the PŸUR brand on October 4, providing a unified identity for its constituent offerings. Tele Columbus said it had made progress integrating the former Primacom and Pepcom networks. The company recently struck an agreement with Vodafone to acquire its stake in Munich-based service provider Kabelfernsehen München Servicenter (KMS).Ronny Verhelst, outgoing CEO, said: “We have had an ambitious plan for 2017, and the company is responding well to the challenge.Clearly, projects remain to be finished but we are making very good progress.”His replacement, Timm Degenhardt, said: “The company is preparing the platform for sustained organic growth; all important elements are there, or are being prepared, and I look forward to bringing it all together with the team.”
Some of the shine came off Netflix this week, with the streaming giant’s subscriber growth falling a million short of expectations.Netflix’s addition of 5.2 million new members in Q2 led to an immediate dip in its share price. The SVOD company has also forecast a year-on-year decline in net additions for the quarter to September.Some 4.5 million of Netflix’s new subscribers were in international markets, indicating the extent to which domestic US growth has leveled off.CEO Reed Hastings remained bullish on the earnings call that followed the results, saying that the company’s fundamentals “have never been stronger” and making the point that paid net additions were up compared with the previous year.Hastings did admit that Netflix is facing “a lot of new competition”, citing Disney’s entry into the streaming market, new investment for HBO and plans by French broadcasters to launch their own OTT TV service.However, Disney has yet to make its play and France’s plans for the Salto joint venture between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial players TF1 and M6 are still at a very early stage, and have already attracted sceptical comments.HBO, meanwhile, is forecasting a “tough year” ahead as it pushes to increase its subscriber base and up its content line-up. Netflix also this week beat HBO for the number of Emmy nominations received for the first time.Hastings’ recipe for taking on this putative competition is essentially more of the same – combining “the best content we’ve ever done” with “the best user interface” and “the best recommendations” and marketing.It’s a formula that has served the company well to date. It is worth noting that the shareholder retreat following the poor Q2 showing came immediately after a first quarter in which Netflix delivered phenomenal growth, beating expectations for by close to the same amount that it undershot in Q2. However, the slowdown in the US in particular may have spooked investors, amid an underlying wariness about the company’s level of debt.Subscriber growth – particularly international growth, given the relatively saturated status of the US market – is a must for Netflix and the share price movement this week indicated how sensitive investors are to any sign of a wobble from the company.Despite Hastings’ claim that Netflix has a tried and trusted formula, some things have been changing. Investors – and Netflix’s management – are aware that Disney and Fox – and potentially other suppliers – will increasingly retain the rights to their own content for their own direct-to-consumer initiatives, meaning that Netflix will become more and more dependent on its own originals rather than licensed shows. That means it needs to keep up and even increase its already massive investment in original content. Uncertainty about the future impact of competition from studios – and unknowns such as whether Apple can and will break into content or whether Amazon’s growth trajectory, based on a broader and more sustainable business model, will accelerate – are probably also beginning to weigh on investors minds more than before.Netflix’s original content mix is meanwhile changing to reflect its need to attract new categories of subscribers that have not yet been tempted by a line-up of high-end, predominantly US drama. Although the streamer has shied away from the path followed by Amazon into live sports and channels, it is branching out more into unscripted content, original movies and also into commissioning more local content from non-English-language markets, a trend observed this week by analyst group IHS Markit.The growing emphasis on international content reflects the predominance of international subscriptions in fuelling the company’s growth.On the Q2 earnings call, Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters highlighted the growing importance of Asia and in particular of India, where he said the SVOD outfit was “getting some nice momentum” with series such as Sacred Games and the forthcoming Ghoul.Doing deals with cable and telecom operators is also a key strategic focus, bringing Netflix into a big-screen environment where consumers are used to paying monthly subscriptions for a multi-play bundle of which content is a part. An increase in cord-cutting is no longer in Netflix’s interest as it becomes more reliant on distribution via third-party set-top boxes, and becomes more like a pay TV partner rather than a disruptor in the pay TV market. Increasingly, the groups that regard Netflix as a competitor rather than a partner are the studios, such as Disney, and free-to-air broadcasters.