Electrical cars EV Brexit: MPs heckled after vote

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Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove were among MPs heckled as they left Parliament following a vote on the Letwin amendment.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott was also filmed being jeered at by pro-Brexit demonstrators.

The planned vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was pre-empted by the Letwin amendment, which effectively requires the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK’s planned departure.

The primary aim of the amendment is to make sure that Britain can’t leave the EU on 31 October without legislation in place.

By law, Mr Johnson now has to ask the EU for another extension, but he insists he won’t do this.

He says he’ll introduce legislation to leave at the end of the month, giving MPs a choice of his deal or no deal.

Meanwhile, a supporters of a People’s Vote held a marched through central London.

Electrical cars EV Tottenham Hotspur: Everyone behind Mauricio Pochettino – Toby Alderweireld

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Defender Toby Alderweireld said Tottenham’s players are behind manager Mauricio Pochettino after their controversial draw with Watford.

Spurs looked set for a fifth defeat in six until Dele Alli’s late strike denied the Hornets a first league win.

The big screen mistakenly said ‘no goal’ despite the fact the video assistant referee had awarded it.

“There is a team on the pitch and you see us fighting,” Alderweireld told BBC Match of the Day.

“Everyone is behind the club and the manager otherwise we could not have put the effort we put in today.”

Spurs have struggled for form all season, seemingly failing to recover from their Champions League final defeat by Liverpool. Pochettino says it will take time for them to rebuild confidence.

Their recent run has included losing to Colchester on penalties in the Carabao Cup, a 7-2 defeat at home by Bayern Munich and a 3-0 reverse at Brighton before the international break.

They trailed for 80 minutes at home to Watford, who have not won a single league game this season.

Pochettino said: “It is good to have a Champions League game [at home to Red Star Belgrade] on Tuesday. It will be tough but hopefully we can start to be solid. This is what we need to build our confidence.

“This is my sixth season here. It is a situation that we need to fix but we need time.

“It is impossible to go from zero to 100. Confidence needs time. All together, for sure, I am confident we will recover very soon.”

The big screen said ‘no goal’ despite the fact it had been awarded – as shown by the scoreline on the left

Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead and they had a penalty appeal controversially turned down by the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen appeared to foul Gerard Deulofeu.

Alli equalised after controlling the ball with his shoulder and the goal stood despite the wrong message being displayed on the big screen.

The goalscorer said: “Of course it’s a relief. There were two times he [the referee] stopped it when he was making the decisions. We weren’t sure why.

“I was sure it didn’t hit my hand but then you start thinking, ‘did it?’ I tried to make sure it didn’t touch it so I could get the strike away.

“We know we have a World-class team so it’s about showing what we can do when things don’t go our way. It’s important we turn it around. We know how good we are, we just have to start showing it on the pitch.”

Electrical cars EV Daniel Sturridge scores first Trabzonspor goal as Turkish Super Lig club beat Gaziantep

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Sturridge scored 67 goals in 160 appearances during a six-year stay at Liverpool

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal for Trabzonspor as he helped his side to victory against Gaziantep.

He opened the scoring for the six-time Turkish champions, firing into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Five minutes later, the 30-year-old provided the assist for on-loan Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth to score their second.

Sturridge joined Trabzonspor in August having been released by the Reds.

The England international – who also played for Manchester City, Chelsea, Bolton and West Brom – won the Champions League with Liverpool last season.

Former Bayern Munich and AC Milan midfielder Jose Sosa and Yusuf Sari wrapped up the win for Trabzonspor after Jefferson Nogueira Junior had pulled a goal back for Gaziantep.

Trabzonspor are top of the Super Lig having picked up 15 points from their opening eight matches.

Electrical cars EV European Open: Andy Murray beats Ugo Humbert to set up Stan Wawrinka final

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Andy Murray had career-saving hip surgery in January

Britain’s Andy Murray produced a fine comeback to beat Ugo Humbert at the European Open and reach his first ATP final for two years.

Murray, who had career-saving hip surgery in January, showed his trademark stubbornness to win 3-6 7-5 6-2 in two hours 23 minutes.

He will face fellow three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in Sunday’s final.

“It’s been a big surprise to me. I’m happy to be into the final,” he said.

Speaking to Amazon Prime, he added: “It’s been a long road to get back to this point

“I certainly didn’t expect it to come so soon since I started playing again.”

It is 32-year-old Murray’s first final appearance since the Dubai Championships in March 2017, when he was then the World number one.

No player had ever returned from a hip resurfacing operation to play singles before Murray.

And he has managed to reach a final just two months after making his singles return, at Winston-Salem in August.

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The Scot has played four tournaments in just over four weeks and showed signs of fatigue and frustration in the opening set.

He struggled on his serve, producing three double faults in the first six games, which allowed 21-year-old Humbert to force the first break of the match.

By contrast, Humbert wrapped up the first set with an ace, and kept up his aggressive play with some deep hitting in the second set.

The two traded breaks in the second before Humbert, serving to force a tie-break, lost his rhythm, and handed Murray the set on a double fault.

Five games in a row went to Murray, allowing him to open up a 3-0 lead in the decider, and his serving grew stronger as the match progressed.

He appeared to have some trouble with his right elbow, which may have affected his serve, but he finished the match with six aces and won 77% of points on his first serve.

Murray holds an 11-8 head-to-head record over Switzerland’s Wawrinka, 34, and both players have struggled with injuries in recent years.

The Scot injured his hip in his 2017 French Open semi-final against Wawrinka, while the Swiss had a disrupted two years with a knee injury.

“Stan’s a brilliant player. We’ve played against each other in some big matches in the past in big tournaments,” Murray added.

“He’s had his injury troubles as well the last couple of years and done great to get back to the top of the game.”

Antwerp is likely to be Murray’s last tournament of the year, with the possible exception of the Davis Cup, for which Great Britain will announce their squad on Monday.

He could still leave early if his wife, Kim, goes into early labour with their third child.

Electrical cars EV Premier League: What happened in the English top flight on Saturday?

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Dele Alli’s late goal was eventually given after a period of confusion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Dele Alli salvaged a late point for Tottenham against Watford as VAR took centre stage in the Premier League on Saturday.

Abdoulaye Doucoure swept home Daryl Janmaat’s cross to open the scoring but when Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster flapped at a late cross, Alli controlled the ball with his shoulder before firing into the unguarded net.

The video assistant referee gave the goal following a review, but the big screen inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium indicated that Alli’s strike had been disallowed. After a period of confusion, the goal was eventually given and Watford were denied their first win of the season.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side also had a strong claim for a penalty turned down by the video assistant referee after Gerard Deulofeu was brought down by Jan Vertonghen in the first half.

Second-placed Manchester City narrowed the gap on leaders Liverpool with a routine 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in Saturday’s late game.

Wayne Hennessey produced fine saves to deny Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in the first half, but two goals in quick succession from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva gave Pep Guardiola’s side a comfortable lead at the break.

Christian Benteke powered a header against the crossbar in the second half, while Kevin de Bruyne struck the post with a header of his own as City moved to within five points of Jurgen Klopp’s charges in the standings.

At the King Power Stadium, Chris Wood’s late goal was ruled out by VAR as Leicester City marked the anniversary of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death with a 2-1 victory over Burnley.

Wood’s powerful header opened the scoring for the Clarets, but goals from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans either side of half-time put the Foxes in the driving seat.

The Burnley forward thought he had salvaged a draw for his side eight minutes from time, but the video assistant referee ruled that the 27-year-old had accidentally tripped Jonny Evans in the build-up.

Marcos Alonso scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Newcastle to claim their fifth successive league victory and move into the top four.

Frank Lampard’s side struggled to create clear-cut chances in an even first half at Stamford Bridge, but Alonso’s superb angled drive earned Frank Lampard’s team all three points with 17 minutes remaining.

In the day’s early game, Everton lifted the pressure on boss Marco Silva with a deserved 2-0 victory over a disappointing West Ham at Goodison Park.

Bernard finished a flowing Toffees move from a tight angle to open the scoring, before second-half substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the win with a marvellous drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Matt Targett also scored late on to earn Aston Villa a 2-1 win over 10-man Brighton at Villa Park. Adam Webster broke the deadlock for the Seagulls with a free header, but Aaron Mooy was dismissed for a second bookable offence late in the first half.

Conor Hourihane had a goal chalked off by VAR soon afterwards, but Jack Grealish fired home Frederic Guilbert’s cross before Targett clinched the win for the hosts with virtually the last kick of the game.

Raul Jimenez’s penalty cancelled out Danny Ings’ strike to earn Wolves a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton.

Ings found the bottom corner to give the Saints the lead eight minutes into the second half, but Jimenez – whose first-half strike was disallowed by VAR for an apparent handball – slotted home from the penalty spot after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had tripped Matt Doherty.

At the Vitality Stadium, Norwich City held Bournemouth to a goalless draw to claim their first away point since gaining promotion to the top flight.

Liverpool travel to Manchester United in Sunday’s only game (16: 30 BST), before Sheffield United welcome top-four hopefuls Arsenal to Bramall Lane on Monday evening (20: 00 BST).

Robots I spent a day at IBM’s mysterious research hub north of NYC, where I met some of the top AI leaders in the country. Here are 4 takeaways on where they think the tech is headed.

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  • IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, may be nondescript, but it houses some of the brightest minds working on artificial intelligence today. I spent a day there speaking with several top executives on IBM’s AI ambitions. 
  • The company is serious about the technology and thinking in decades, not years. A major challenge, however, will be the move from narrow to broad AI.
  • IBM has produced some of the most high-profile AI machines of the past decade, like one that can go head-to-head with the World’s best debaters.
  • It’s continuing to build upon that legacy, including a new program in development that can automatically provide play-by-play commentary for soccer matches. 
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Tucked in a luscious forest in Yorktown Heights, New York, a hamlet about an hour outside New York City by train, is IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center.  

It’s a rather nondescript croissant-shaped building that may surprise those who were expecting a modern-looking facility where legions of robots roam down bright white hallways and regularly interact with employees.

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But it houses some of the brightest minds working on artificial intelligence, who are doing the early-stage work on what will become commercial applications that change how we watch sports, debate one another, or even judge whether an algorithm is biased.  

After spending a day at the center and meeting with several executives, I left with four main takeaways of where IBM is at on AI, where it’s heading, and the challenges it faces to get there.

Robots IBM is thinking about AI in decades, not years

From machines that go head-to-head with the greatest debaters or pinpoint the most exciting moments of a sporting event to a slew of offerings that ensure algorithms are fair and explainable, IBM is serious about artificial intelligence. 

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The company is mapping its AI journey in decades, not years, and pursuing revolutionary technology that could redefine how companies operate. Among the other notable milestones, it launched a joint research laboratory with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017 and had 175 papers published at eight AI conferences in the past year alone. And with $2.58 billion in revenue in 2018, IBM again ranked as a market leader in AI product. 

Aside from the machines themselves, the company is also trying to position itself as a leader in ethical AI to help overcome escalating concerns with the technology. Part of that effort is trying to change the negative connotations that surround the term “artificial intelligence.” 

“AI is a loaded term,” Dario Gil, the director of IBM Research, told Business Insider. “If only we could just start adding a little bit more precision around language, that would be helpful.” 

Robots The journey from narrow to broad AI will be difficult 

Many AI-based applications in use try to solve a specific problem, like figuring out when to restock a shelf or trying to eliminate bias in hiring decisions.

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While the platforms are transforming operations, Sriram Raghavan, the vice president of IBM Research AI, argues that ultimately, it’s an inefficient system. With so many models, organizations are unlikely to “spend six months and a few hundred million dollars” to implement each one of them, he said.

So instead of a bespoke application that requires a large amount of data, IBM is focused on developing what they refer to as “broad AI,” or models that can manage a wide variety of tasks simultaneously with much less information. That effort, however, will take decades, according to Raghavan. 

“We are making progress on it significantly,” he told Business Insider. But “it’s going to be a journey. We’re talking about inventing brand-new techniques.” 

Robots Trust in AI remains a key problem

Companies are rushing to adopt artificial intelligence, but trust in the platforms is still a major problem. 

Mass amounts of data are fed into systems that can guide life-changing decisions for people, like whether you get brought in for an interview for your dream job. A rush of negative headlines has also raised concerns over how fair some of the algorithms are, an indicator in many cases of the lack of diverse data being used to power the AI tools.

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IBM is trying to demystify the questions around the technology in a number of ways. But one problem remains in defining what a fair model is. To solve that issue, IBM introduced “AI Fairness 360,” a library of algorithms that can be used to check whether a data set is biased. 

“You actually grow this culture of understanding AI biases. And as we all evolve, then eventually, maybe one day, it’s not going to be a problem,” Saska Mojsilovic, who heads the Foundations of Trusted AI group at IBM, told Business Insider. 

Read more:  Accenture’s head of artificial intelligence shares the 4-step plan every company should consider before investing in AI

Explaining the AI is also a challenge. Say a financial institution uses an algorithm to determine whether someone qualifies for a loan. If the application is denied, that company needs to be able to outline to the customer the reasoning behind the decision.

IBM recently introduced a tool kit known as “AI Explainability 360” that consists of algorithms, demos, and other resources, and provides insight into how models come to a final conclusion, including one that outlines which information was used to come to the decision. It also shows which features that, if they were present, would have reversed the choice. So if a loan application is denied, the algorithm could provide a route for a customer to improve their chances the next time.  

Robots If you want to see IBM’s AI capabilities, watch a major sporting event 

One technology in use is an AI-based program that automatically analyzes the sound of the crowd, the reaction of a player or players, and other factors to determine the most exciting moments of events like the Masters Tournament and the US Open

Even in sports, however, IBM thinks about how to make the model more fair.

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One concern, for example, was how to adequately measure audience reaction on holes or courts where the crowd may not be as large as others. The team employed Watson OpenScale, a product that takes real-time feedback and adjusts AI models to make them more trustworthy. In golf, for example, the platform monitors the estimated crowd size and automatically reweights that category when considering the overall output. 

“It’s a nice illustration of what it really means to have to monitor your models once they are in deployment,” said John Smith, who heads the development of vision, speech, and language AI tools at IBM Research.  

IBM is experimenting with automated sports play-by-play commentary. The company is testing the product on past soccer matches because it “wanted a challenge,” according to Smith. 

Once the model is successfully trained, the hope is it will able to ingest the raw footage and transform the raw pixels into language. It’s a huge evolution from AI-based applications that can scan still images to determine the object and come up with a caption.

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Electrical cars EV Wedding caterers fined for salmonella-infected hog roast

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A total of 58 people fell ill after attending Vicki and Phil Kemp’s wedding in October 2017

A catering firm which “spoiled” a couple’s wedding day with a salmonella-ridden hog roast has been fined.

In total, 58 guests fell ill after tucking into the meaty centrepiece at Vicki and Phil Kemp’s reception.

The pair of Burntwood, Lichfield, were so ill they had to cancel their Dominican Republic honeymoon, Cannock Magistrates’ Court heard.

Galloping Gourmet Ltd admitted two food safety offences, was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £49,936 in costs.

Symptoms experienced by guests, three of whom needed hospital treatment, included nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, and fatigue, it said.

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Lichfield District Council, which identified the salmonella outbreak, described the contaminated meat as “dangerously undercooked”.

It added that the firm had not taken customers’ health and safety seriously enough.

IT technician Mr Kemp, 35, said in a statement: “My illness lasted around 10 days all in all, but the symptoms were so bad that we had no option but to cancel our honeymoon. I was totally devastated.

“No one should have to go through what we have, especially in relation to their wedding day – it is just not acceptable.

“Sadly a lot of the memories about what should have been the happiest day of mine and Vikki’s lives are spoilt by what happened.”

The company admitted placing unsafe food on the market and failing to ensure safety procedures were adequately implemented.

Jatinder Paul, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, said the case was “particularly devastating for those involved…on what was meant to be a memorable and very special day”.

Venue Packington Moor, which hosted the October 2017 event, was not at fault, the council said.

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Electrical cars EV The News Quiz ep8 – Fri 18th Oct 2019

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A satirical review of the week’s news with guest host Nish Kumar

A satirical review of the week’s news with guest host Nish Kumar

Nish is joined by Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind, Sindhu Vee and US stand-up, Sara Barron.

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Electrical cars EV Bonmarché appoints administrators

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Women’s fashion chain Bonmarché has appointed administrators, putting the future of the business in doubt.

The chain’s 318 shops will remain open while a buyer is sought for the chain.

Bonmarché chief executive Helen Connolly said she had made the decision with “deep regret and sadness”, and blamed tough High Street trading conditions for the move.

The Yorkshire-based chain, which specialises in clothing for the over-50s, employs 2,887 people.

“We have spent a number of months examining our business model and looking for alternatives. But we have been sadly forced to conclude that under the present terms of business, our model simply does not work,” she added.

Ms Connolly said the firm had considered a refinancing or a rescue deal, known as a company voluntary agreement (CVA) with its landlords and lenders.

This is an insolvency process that allows a business to reach an agreement with its creditors to pay off all or part of its debts and is often used as an opportunity to renegotiate rents.

However, she said the firm had concluded that neither option would “fundamentally change the core challenges facing the business”.

“We are sadly no longer in a position to demonstrate to our shareholders that the business can continue as a going concern,” she added.

The struggling retailer warned earlier this year that trading had deteriorated.

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Philip Day started his career at clothing manufacturers Coats Viyella and Wensum

UK billionaire and Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group owner Philip Day is the majority owner of the chain, with a 95% stake via his Dubai-based investment vehicle Spectre.

Spectre said: “We are disappointed with the result of our investment in Bonmarche, but our primary thought at this time is with the business’ employees and families.”

Administrator FRP Advisory said it had been appointed because the business was no longer able to meet its financial obligations.

It emphasised that trading would continue and no redundancies had been made.

“There is every sign that we can continue trading while we market Bonmarché for sale and believe that there will be interest to take on the business,” it said.

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Bonmarché is the latest retailer to be hit by tough conditions amid growing competition from online retailers and higher operating costs, such as a rising minimum wage and business rates.

It has led to big names such as Toys R Us going into administration, while others such as Topshop-owner Arcadia, Debenhams and New Look have announced large-scale closures.