Britain's economy minister Greg Clark said Thursday he was "reassured" by General Motors' plans for its European interests, including Britain's Vauxhall, amid talk of a takeover by France's PSA Group. "There is some way to go in discussions between GM and PSA but I was reassured by GM's intention, communicated to me, to build on the success of these operations rather than rationalise them," the minister said in a statement.
President Trump sparred with members of the press at the White House on Thursday, complaining about what he described as the media’s negative tone in its coverage of his administration — and, in particular, coverage of the recent leaks about the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia. “The leaks are absolutely real,” Trump said. Trump was asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta about the “disconnect” the president sees between the leaks and the news that comes out of them.
Regardless of where you live, you probably have a really good idea of what sections of your city, neighborhood, or rolling rural hills offer good cellular reception. Driving through a well-known "dead spot" is like venturing through an invisible barrier into a dangerous land, and unless your carrier upgrades their hardware in the area — which is often a rarity — a bad coverage area isn't going to suddenly become awesome overnight. AT&T just tested something that could change that, and it has four arms and propellers.
After first announcing its drone program in July of last year, AT&T has been working on building what it calls "flying COWs." COW stands for "cell on wings," and although the drone doesn't actually have any wings, what it does have is the power to reshape AT&T's network by enhancing coverage in any area it is deployed. The drone is packed with technology that you normally only find in an actual cellular tower, but unlike a stationary antenna it can be sent anywhere it's needed.
After months of work, the company performed its initial test flight outside Atlanta today. The massive drone started up, took off and hovered for a bit, and then landed. It might not look all that impressive at first, but what the drone is capable of is actually pretty awesome. According to AT&T, a single one of the flying cell towers can provide coverage for 40 square miles, and since it's tethered to a vehicle-based ground station it is continuously powered and never needs to land to be recharged.
However, before you go dreaming of a world where these fancy drones fill in all the patchy coverage anomalies in your neighborhood you should know that these powerful cell boosters are likely to be deployed in only the most crucial cases of network downtime. AT&T plans on using them to restore communications in areas affected by natural disasters and to provide extra coverage at popular venues like concerts and sporting events, where the sheer number of people can cause headaches.
NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a more assertive Russia, the alliance said Thursday. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the decision taken by alliance defence ministers in Brussels was not designed to be a provocation at a time of heightened tension with Russia, which annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. "We agreed on... an increased NATO naval presence in the Black Sea for enhanced training, exercises and situational awareness," Stoltenberg said at a press conference.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said his country will work with Russia if doing so benefits Americans, as Moscow pressed the Trump administration to live up to its promises of improving ties. The cautious statement came after Tillerson's first meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a G20 gathering in the German city of Bonn. "The United States will consider working with Russia when we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people," Tillerson told reporters.
New Zealand, the land of Hobbits, ridiculously beautiful landscapes and, uh, The Feebles, has just become a little bit more magical. An entire flipping continent might be hiding beneath New Zealand, geologists say. The area, named Zealandia, is massive. SEE ALSO: New 'world's longest flight' travellers endure 16 hours of just sitting there At 4.9-million square kilometers, or nearly 1.9-million square miles, it's bigger than all of India. Yet most of it — about 94 percent — is submerged in the ocean, according to a new study in the Geological Society of America's journal, GSA Today. A map of Earth's tectonic plates and continents, including Zealandia. Image: Mortimer et AL, GSA Today (2017) Geologists haven't officially declared Zealandia a new continent. Instead, the study's authors make the case that it should be in the continent club with Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Eurasia, North America and South America. Zealandia was once part of Gondwana, the ancient supercontinent that merged with Laurasia around 335 million years ago to form the singular supercontinent Pangea, the study states. So how did it go missing for so long? Researchers say that's because geologists are still improving their understanding of things like what defines the continent-ocean boundaries and how the breakup of supercontinents transformed the Earth's surface. The team, led by New Zealand-based geologist Nick Mortimer, argues that Zealandia is not merely a fragment of a continent, or a microcontinent left behind by Pangea, but a continent in its own right. Spatial limits of Zealandia. Image: Mortimer et al, gsa today (2017) Continents are generally considered to be large, identifiable areas that are underlain by continental crust. If you take away the ocean water surrounding New Zealand and New Caledonia, that's exactly what you'll find. These islands and others are connected by a submerged chunk of continental crust that runs across a large area of the Earth's surface, the researchers found. "The mostly underwater continent is geologically separate and distinct from Australia and Antarctica and... should be treated as such," Mortimer and his colleagues said in a press release. Just goes to show: New Zealand is just as magical as Peter Jackson always told us it was. BONUS: New Zealand police officers dance to improve relationship with community
Heavy rains have caused flooding across the Gaza Strip, overwhelming the territory’s beleaguered sewage system and forcing at least eight families to evacuate from their makeshift homes. Basma al-Bishawi said some residents used buckets to try to bail water from their homes “in vain” on Thursday, and that he pulled his own son from a river of sewage. The restrictions, and three wars between Israel and Hamas, have taken a heavy toll on Gaza’s infrastructure.
Despite support from New Hampshire's Republican Governor Chris Sununu, even advocates had acknowledged before the vote that it could fail, and the 200-177 margin showed significant numbers of Republicans voted against it. One was a Republican representative, firefighter and Iraq war veteran who told his colleagues at the statehouse in Concord that unions had been instrumental in helping his fellow soldiers find well-paying work after returning home from war. "The arguments used against passage of 'right to work' all have been heard before in other states," said Representative Laurie Sanborn, a Republican.
By John Irish BONN, Germany (Reuters) - France considers the U.S. position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "confused and worrying", its foreign minister said on Thursday, reacting to U.S. President Trump's dropping of the America's commitment to a two-state solution. Jean-Marc Ayrault met Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a G20 meeting of foreign ministers in Bonn where, he said, he got some reassurance about Washington's stance on Russia, but little on the Middle East. "I found that there was a bit more precision (on foreign policy) even if I found that on the Israeli-Palestinian dossier it was very confused and worrying," Ayrault said of his meeting.