HMRC fights firms for years in toughest tax cases

first_img whatsapp UK authorities have found themselves caught in several tax trench wars, as the average age of unresolved tax battles with the UK’s biggest businesses climbs.In the year to the end of March, HMRC’s open tax battles rose from an average duration of 34 months to 39 months, meaning many cases are taking over three years to reach a conclusion, according to research by Pinsent Masons. Louis Ashworth Monday 5 November 2018 7:28 pm Share Tags: Trading Archive center_img HMRC fights firms for years in toughest tax cases whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Heart Surgeon: This Simple Trick Helps Empty Your Bowels Every MorningGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsBigGlobalTravelCelebrity Marriages That Have Lasted More Than 15 YearsBigGlobalTravelAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorBridesBlushWhat The Harry Potter Stars Look Like Out Of CostumeBridesBlushLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search Ads Read This NextIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamour20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourRanking ideal landing spots for Golden Tate in free agencySportsnaut’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted ChildThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?Vegamour Although some 85 per cent of cases reach a conclusion within 18 months, some are dragging on longer as tax authorities battle through litigation to increase revenues from large firms.Steven Porter, a partner at Pinsent Masons, said: “Businesses face huge disruptions as HMRC continues to drag out even the most basic of tax disputes.”“Having investigations open for over three years leaves businesses in limbo,” he added. “It is not just the disruption, this also creates a sense of uncertainty over what the business’ liabilities might be and that uncertainty can negatively impact on decision making”Though the duration of investigations increased, the number of cases open at the end of the year fell to 3,302, down from 3,617 in 2016/17 – suggesting HMRC is caught remains caught in legal quagmires with several companies that have the resources to draw out tax battles.An HMRC spokesperson said: “The tax affairs of large businesses are incredibly complex, often spanning across many international borders. This complexity means that such investigations may take longer to resolve, but the tax at stake means it is right that we take this time to secure the monies due to the UK. Last year, we secured over £9 billion in additional tax revenue from the largest and most complex businesses.” last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: George Osborne at Davos

first_img More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black whatsapp Emma Haslett Share David Cameron might not have made it to Davos this year, but chancellor George Osborne has made it – and following yesterday’s decision by the European Central Bank to instigate a quantitative easing programme, he’ll have plenty to talk about. What is the UK’s position in the new Europe? And how much of a threat would a “Grexit” pose? And what fiscal and monetary options will strengthen the European Union while delivering employment and growth?Osborne appears alongside German finance minister Wolfgang Shaeuble, legendary fund manager George Soros, Bank of Italy governor Ignazio Visco and Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos.  Friday 23 January 2015 6:58 am Show Comments ▼ WATCH LIVE: George Osborne at Davos whatsapp Tags: Davos 2016 World Economic Forum George Osborne Peoplelast_img read more

Pharmalittle: Buttigieg releases sweeping drug pricing plan; opioid victims to play role in Purdue bankruptcy

first_img Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Oct. 7, 2019 Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT @Pharmalot Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalot What is it? Tags drug pricingopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+center_img Pharmalittle: Buttigieg releases sweeping drug pricing plan; opioid victims to play role in Purdue bankruptcy Log In | Learn More Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and invigorating, because that oh-so-predictable routine of deadlines, meetings, Skype calls, and whatever else you do to communicate has, of course, returned. To cope, yes, we are firing up the coffee kettle and quaffing cups of stimulation. After all, the neurons can use a little help. Our choice today is blueberry cobbler for those considering something adventurous. Meanwhile, here are some items of interest to help you on your own journey. Hope all goes well and, by all means, keep in touch. We enjoy hearings spilled secrets …The appointment of a former pharmaceutical lobbyist to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s top advisory body has outraged recovery advocates, who blame the industry for a nationwide overdose crisis that claimed more than 67,000 lives last year, BuzzFeed News writes. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, 43, heads the Brimley Group lobbying firm and the nonprofit Addiction Policy Forum. From 2014 to 2017, she was a registered lobbyist for Alkermes (ALKS), which makes the Vivitrol addiction treatment that sparked controversy over misleading marketing aimed at judges and jails. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] What’s included? GET STARTEDlast_img read more

One dead, five wounded in Texas workplace mass shooting

first_imgAdvertisementThe gunman used a handgun and acted alone, the Chief said.A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety was shot while pursuing the suspect, the department tweeted. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments 13 hurt in Austin, Texas mass shooting June 14, 2021 Advertisement Four rescued from boat hanging over dam in Texas reservoir June 14, 2021 LCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021 BRYAN, Tx. / CNN — A gunman killed one person and wounded at least five others — four of them critically — at an office park in Bryan, Texas, on Thursday, police said.An employee of Kent Moore Cabinets is believed to be the shooter, Bryan Police said. He left the scene before police arrived but was later found and arrested.According to a press release from BPD, Larry Bollin, 27, was taken into custody by the Texas Department of Public Safety and had been charged with murder. He was booked into the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske said earlier that it was not known how long the suspect had been working at the company, located inside an industrial park, or what the motive was for the shooting. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentscenter_img AdvertisementTags: mass shootingTexas RELATEDTOPICS Gulf Coast High School student accused of threatening mass shooting June 2, 2021 She said she thought, “Oh, the machine got messed up again,” and began walking toward it to fix it.“I started walking and someone grabbed me and said, “No, we need to run.’”She feels lucky to be alive, Rodriguez said.“I think I’m very lucky and blessed to be talking to you this very moment,” Rodriguez said. “I’m still in shock because we live in a very peaceful community.”The company said in a statement to KBTX that it was “devastated” by the shooting.“We want to thank the many members of our law enforcement teams and other emergency personnel who responded so quickly,” the statement read. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation of this horrible crime.”Following the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement the “state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Survivors of the shootingAmelia Rodriguez, a Kent Moore Cabinets employee, was painting with a coworker when she heard multiple booms. Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois Councillor questions the need for 62 new houses in Stradbally

first_img Facebook GAA Previous articleOur guide to what’s on this August Bank Holiday weekendNext articleSadness following passing of former Laois hurling manager Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. GAA GAA Twitter Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 1st August 2019 Home News Laois Councillor questions the need for 62 new houses in Stradbally News A Laois County Councillor has questioned if there is a need for 62 new local authority houses in Stradbally.Under the rebuilding Ireland Construction Programme, it is planned to construct 62 local houses in Carrigglass in Stradbally.Fine Gael Cllr Tom Mulhall believes there is not a housing need for 62 local authority houses in Stradbally because he says at present there are 29 people on the housing list with addresses in Stradbally.He said: “In the meantime there are 16 houses under construction for the over 55s and people with slight disabilities at Court view and Laois County Council recently purchased six houses in the Orchid“There is also permission granted for a private development of 73 houses at the rear of church Avenue with a part 5 which means the council will own 7 of these units.“The land at Carrig Glass was purchased by Laois County Council for housing in 2006 for a price of over €1 million. The money was borrowed from the housing finance agency with agreement that it all be used for housing”Cllr Mulhall says this was in the time of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ and he is am pleading with the Council to reconsider this housing development.He said: “Stradbally has no Community center, a very out dated health center and a number of vacant residential and business units.“The site at Corrig Glass would be very suitable for an amenity area which already has Children’s play ground and had a very success full allotments.“There could be the Community Center and all weather pitch on this site.“I feel this could be very doable with collaboration between the people of Stradbally the local Cllrs and Laois County Council.”SEE ALSO – Our first football Team of The Week of 2019 following opening round of championship Laois Councillor questions the need for 62 new houses in Stradbally WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSCllr Tom MulhallStradbally last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 29, 2020

first_img Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.John (Jack) BehanLate of Bellegrove, Ballybrittas, LaoisPeacefully in the loving and tender care of the staff of Oghill Nursing Home Monasterevin. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Nora, daughter Denise, sons John and Mark, brothers, sisters, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and large circle of friends.Rest In Peace.Reposing at Maher’s Chapel of Rest Portarlington on Tuesday from 9pm with Rosary at 10pm. Reposing on Wednesday from 4pm with Removal at 6:45pm arriving The Sacred Heart Church, Rath at 7:30pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium.Family Flowers Only Please. Donations If Desired To a Charity of your Choice.Paul CreaghRosenallis, LaoisPaul Creagh, Rosenallis, Co. Laois. Died January 28th 2020 peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Drormnin Nursing Home, Stradbally. Predeceased by his father Billy, mother Pearl and son Dillon. Survived by his wife Mary, his children Shannen, Devin and Mason and brother David. Will be missed greatly by his family and friends.Rest In Peace.Reposing in Droimnín Nursing Home from 6pm Wednesday, 29th January, Rosary at 8pm. Funeral arriving to St. Brigid’s Church, Rosenallis on Thursday morning for Requiem Mass at 12pm. Burial afterwards in St. Brigid’s Cemetery.Teresa (Patty) Humphries (née Tierney)Drumcondra, Dublin / Abbeyleix, LaoisHumphries, (née Tierney) Drumcondra, Dublin and late of Abbeyleix, Co. Laois on 27th January 2020 (peacefully) after a short illness at the Mater Hospital, Teresa (Patty) beloved wife of the late Christy and loving mother of Jean, Christopher and Seamus. Very deeply regretted by her loving family, brother Christy, sister Breda, daughter-in-law Linda, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceReposing in the Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand on Thursday evening (Jan. 30th) from 5pm until 7pm with family in attendance. Removal on Friday morning (Jan. 31st) to Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Marino for Requiem Mass at 10am followed by funeral to Dardistown Cemetery.Thomas (Tommy) O’RourkeBallycormack, Mountrath, LaoisThomas (Tommy) O’Rourke, Ballycormack, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Died 25th January 2020, after a short illness, at Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home, peacefully surrounded by his loving daughters. Predeceased by his daughter Maria, his parents Bridget & Laurence, and his siblings. Deeply regretted by his daughters Lillian and Elaine, sister Bridget O’ Rourke-Smith (London), his adored grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sons-in-law Daragh (Moore), Tadhg (Kirwan), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, extended family, neighbours and friends.Reposing at Burke’s Funeral Home, Mountrath (eircode R32 Y661) on Tuesday evening from 6.0’clock, with Rosary at 8.0’clock. Removal on Wednesday morning to St. Fintan’s Church Ballyfin (eircode R32 TD61), arriving for Requiem Mass at 11.0’clock, followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal”Patrick Conlan2 Snugboro, Daingean, Offaly / Wolfhill, LaoisFormerly Kellystown, Wolfhill, Co. Laois. Pre-deceased by his sisters Kathleen and Frances. Deeply regretted by his loving daughters Jenny (Conlan) and Breege (Clarke), brother Maurice, sisters Mary and Lill, son-in-law Shane, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren John, Le, Noel and Kevin, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceReposing at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy from 4.30pm on Monday evening. Removal on Monday evening at 7pm to arrive at St. Mary’s Church, Wolfhill for 7.30pm. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday followed by burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ballyadams. Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Twitter Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Deaths Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By LaoisToday Reporter – 29th January 2020 WhatsApp Facebook TAGSDeaths in Laois RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCllr Mark Wall – working for you, your family and your community in Laois, Kildare and OffalyNext articleLaois lecturer releases new computer science textbook for Leaving Cert LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

China and North Korea align efforts to check the US

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Seulkee Jang – 2019.09.04 11:00am News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) TAGSdenuclearizationSino-North Korean relations SHARE News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Facebook Twittercenter_img News AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] News China and North Korea align efforts to check the US The August 26 edition of the Rodong Sinmun announced that North Korea had successfully launched a new kind of rocket. / Image: Rodong SinmunWhile negotiations with the US have been in deadlock, North Korea and China have grown closer. In addition to official visits including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent arrival in North Korea, the Sino-North Korean relationship is growing in both the military and economic spheres, according to several Daily NK sources. “The background to North Korea’s recent testing of several new weapons is an active working-level relationship between the two countries’ militaries,” said a Daily NK source with knowledge of the Sino-North Korean relationship. “China has accepted North Korea’s missile and rocket tests and is using North Korea as leverage in its relationship with the US.” “There’s a high likelihood that a massive amount of economic aid will flow into North Korea from China soon,” the source continued. “China has no qualms sending in food or other commodities into North Korea and is providing this economic aid in exchange for military cooperation.” The source also added that China is using North Korea as a ‘disruptor’ in its relationship with the US. The two countries’ interests are currently well-aligned. China’s use of North Korea in the trade war is mirrored by North Korea using China to gain economic aid and improve its negotiating position with the US on denuclearization. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be in North Korea for two nights and three days from September 2 to 4. “The upcoming visit by State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is an important follow-up step to implement consensus at the highest level between our two parties and countries and to advance bilateral relations,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang was reported as saying.Wang is expected to put forth China’s stance on issues concerning the Sino-North Korean relationship, including US-North Korean denuclearization negotiations, through a high-level meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho. Wang may also meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss a future visit to China by Kim.“There are many rumors circulating in North Korea that the Supreme Leader Comrade (Kim Jong Un) will visit China in October,” another high-level Daily NK source said. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Postreported on August 30 that Kim could visit China again this year to “discuss economic and security matters with Xi Jinping”, but whether a meeting will take place and its exact nature “would depend on the security issues surrounding the Korean peninsula, progress on US-North Korea relations and the outcome of Wang’s upcoming visit.”Glimpses of closer ties between the Sino-North Korean military and economic leaders have been observed over the past month. Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureauof the North’s Korean People’s Army, visited China on August 16 to participate in high-level military talks with Chinese officials. During a speech at a forum in late August between Chinese and Northeast Asian officials in Changchun, Jillin Province, External Economic Affairs Minister Kim Yong-jae remarked that “(We) are making active efforts to expand and advance economic cooperation by creating around 20 economic development zones and improving the legal environment.” North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

Canada’s banks to face increased challenges in 2016: Moody’s

first_img High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch With Canadian banks likely facing declining asset quality and diminishing government support, the credit outlook for the sector is negative heading into 2016, says a new report from Moody’s Investors Services. Although Canada’s banks remain among the most highly rated in the Moody’s rated universe, the credit rating agency expects them to face increased challenges in 2016, “as asset quality risks increase and governmental support remains uncertain and will likely decrease,” the Moody’s report says. Keywords Banking industry Bank profits are expected to be stable despite low oil prices and low interest rates, the Moody’s report says, but “mounting financial strain on the country’s households” could lead to declines in asset quality. See: Slideshow: 2015 bank profits See: Earnings: Banks defy sluggish economy “Canadian households continue to take on higher levels of debt and this has implications for Canadian banks,” says David Beattie, senior vice president at Moody’s, in a statement. “High household debt makes non-mortgage consumer loans, like credit cards and auto loans, vulnerable to rapid deterioration in the event of an economic shock and this could lead to higher losses for the banks.” That said, Moody’s report notes that the Canadian banks have solid capital positions, stable earnings, and relatively few problem loans, which should help them mitigate any increase in credit costs and withstand stress in 2016. Along with concerns about asset quality, the banks are also facing uncertainty about the likelihood of government support in the event that one of them runs into solvency trouble, the Moody’s report notes. The prospect of government support is likely to diminish as Canadian policymakers continue to work to adopt measures designed to prevent future taxpayer bailouts, the Moody’s report says, adding that this trend is also a factor putting downward pressure on support assumptions for Canadian banks. “Ambiguity regarding bank resolution and recovery continues to weigh on the Canadian banking system outlook,” says Beattie. “The proposed framework for a bail-in regime for domestic systemically important banks suggests lower likelihood of government support once finalized.” The negative outlook for the Canadian banking system reflects this global trend to reducing government support, along with the increasing asset risk, the Moody’s report says. G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’slast_img read more

Jamaican American Lawmaker Introduces Census Bill

first_imgRelatedJamaican American Lawmaker Introduces Census Bill Jamaican American Lawmaker Introduces Census Bill Foreign AffairsMay 7, 2009 RelatedJamaican American Lawmaker Introduces Census Bill RelatedJamaican American Lawmaker Introduces Census Billcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Bill calling for Caribbean nationals to have their own ancestry category on the United States (US) Census Form for 2010, was recently introduced by Jamaican American Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke, of New York’s 11th Congressional District, in the House of Representatives.The Bill calls for all questionnaires “used in the taking of any decennial census of the US population, to include a checkbox or other similar option, so that respondents may indicate Caribbean extraction or descent.”It was lobbied for by publisher and founder of Carib ID, Felicia Persaud, and Board members, Chuck Mohan and Irwine Clare. The objective is to get Caribbean nationals accurately counted under a more sharply defined ‘ethnic’ category on all census forms.The new HR 2071 Bill states: “In conducting the 2010 decennial census and every decennial census thereafter, the Secretary of Commerce shall include, in any questionnaire distributed or otherwise used for the purpose of determining the total population by states, a checkbox or other similar option by which respondents may indicate Caribbean extraction or descent.”Ms. Persaud praised the Congresswoman and her staff for the bold and momentous move, noting that the Bill does not call for a race category, so it is not a move to divide any ethnic group, but simply to ensure that Caribbean nationals and those whose ancestry is in the Caribbean, can be accurately counted.Congresswoman Clarke, who is the daughter of Caribbean immigrants, said that she was especially proud of the measure and saw it as a great accomplishment. “We examined the (current) form and found it to be lacking. Being specific on the Census Form, will allow the Federal Government to be able to allocate resources to communities of Caribbean nationals and their descendants,” she said.The Bill has since been referred to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees such changes. The committee is headed by Brooklyn Congressman, Ed Towns. Advertisementslast_img read more

Self-driving systems need better standards and indicators

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Slowly but surely, autonomous car technology is creeping into new cars. But don’t get too comfortable just yet…  Handout The Many-Headed HydraWe can all agree that, when it comes to self-driving cars – even those that only offer a limited digital hand on the tiller – it’s incredibly important to know when their autonomous systems are active, and when they have switched themselves off. In fact, one could argue that this is the single most crucial point of communication between flesh-and-blood driver and computerized pilot, and as a result should not be left up to the vagaries of designers and engineers.And yet, that’s exactly what has happened. Volvo chooses to place the icon for its Pilot Assist II self-driving feature at the bottom left of the gauge cluster inside the analog speedometer readout. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist combines cruise control and steering assistance indicators (like Volvo, a steering wheel icon) in the middle of the cluster. Mercedes-Benz shoves an icon even further down and to the left than Volvo, while BMW carves out a similar chunk of digital real estate to Nissan for its Traffic Jam Assistant. The most obvious of the group? Cadillac’s Super Cruise, which combines gauge icons and alerts with an enormous illuminated bar at the very top of the steering wheel.RELATEDThis is what Tesla’s Artificial Intelligence ‘sees’ when it’s on the roadMercedes-Benz pioneers pedestrian-autonomous car communication patternsWhat’s Actually Happening?Not only are the icons in different places – and sporting their own proprietary look depending on which brand of vehicle you are driving, but they also communicate in entirely non-standardized ways.For instance, Volvo’s Pilot Assist II – like most of the features found here – combines the sensors used to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you (adaptive cruise) with those that keep an eye on the lines on the road (self-steering lane keeping assistance). In a perfect world, activating the Volvo system puts a green icon in the speedo. Unfortunately, here’s where things get confusing.Pilot Assist II has both ‘Active’ and ‘Stand-by’ modes after it has been ‘Activated.’ Stay with me here. ‘Activated’ means you’ve asked the car to turn on the system. ‘Active’ – indicated by a green steering wheel – refers to the system when working perfectly, steering, accelerating, and braking the car.‘Stand-by’ is everything else. What does that mean? Well, suppose the lane detection sensors get covered in snow, or can’t see the shoulder or centre lines. That puts Pilot Assist II in ‘Stand-by’ and requires that the driver take over the steering, but the only way you’d know that is if you were intently staring at the icon in the gauge cluster, because even though the self-steer feature has shut down, the adaptive cruise control remains completely active, maintaining your current speed. From a notification standpoint, you’re now in a situation where the icon is grey, but half of the car’s self-driving feature is charging forward, full-steam ahead.There’s more. If you’re in slow-moving traffic with Pilot Assist ‘Active,’ and the vehicle stops for more than a few seconds, it will also grey the icon and go into ‘Stand-by.’ This time, however, it’s the adaptive cruise that has shut itself down, requiring you to tap the gas or the cruise-plus button on the steering wheel to get going again.Two very different states of operation, yet identical communication to the driver via the dash icon system, which is clearly inadequate at describing the complexities of Pilot Assist II. What’s worse is that as the vehicle moves down a winter road that goes from clear to covered asphalt, the feature can turn itself on and off and then on again, all without adequately alerting the driver to what’s happening. This is because it remains in ‘Activated’ mode until the driver turns it off, instead of requiring that it be manually turned on again – sort of a ‘ghost autopilot’ setting that is easy to forget about.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cadillac Super Cruise. Trending in Canada Trending Videos RELATED TAGSCadillacCT6VolvoNew Vehicles PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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If you don’t pay attention in time, the light continues to flash, only this time in red, and eventually you’ll hear beeping and the driver’s seat will vibrate. Finally, the system turns itself off, and the vehicle will start to slow before coming to a complete stop.Sounds great, right? Super Cruise is clear, and in your face, when it comes to alerting you as to what’s going on with the system. On top of all that, there’s even an indicator for when you manually take over steering while in active mode: the light turns blue to let you know Super Cruise is still there in the background. There’s very little ambiguity about what state it’s operating in.Still, even as good as Cadillac’s implementation of limited self-driving is at signalling its status, there are still communication issues associated with activating Super Cruise that are frustratingly opaque to the driver. Unlike any other system on the market, Super Cruise relies on highly accurate maps of limited-access highways, combined with its various speed and distance sensors, in order to function properly. This means it can only operate on specific roads that are programmed into its memory.It’s a large selection of routes, to be sure – but there’s no way to know whether you’re currently on one of them until you either memorize the entire road network or hit the Super Cruise activation button. If you’re on the right highway, a white icon appears on the gauge display and you can let the car take over, but if you’re not, then you get the puzzling message that Super Cruise is not available.The worst part of this is that as the driver, you aren’t told why you can’t access Super Cruise. Is it because a sensor is dirty? You don’t know. Is it because there’s construction on your route, which Super Cruise prefers not to deal with and can cause it to disable itself? It’s not clear. Are you simply not on a road found in the mapping database? Again, it’s a mystery.Figure It Out, QuickContinuing to implement self-driving systems that go their own way when it comes to keeping human beings in the loop out on the road is only going to make driving more dangerous, rather than relieve us of the burden of dealing with heavy traffic or long-distance travel. Even the best systems currently on the market have their blind spots when it comes to getting the message across – and the worst offenders are borderline hazardous.Communication is important in every relationship, and when it comes down to safe driving using semi-autonomous technology, the communication you have with your car might be the most important of all. There’s no reason why the automotive industry can’t come together and find a set of icons, sounds, and procedures that are universal in telling drivers what’s going on out on the road with their self-driving technology. See More Videos Standards are a good thing – especially when it comes to an activity as potentially hazardous as driving a car. It’s comforting, for example, to know that even in countries where they drive on the opposite side of the road than we do here the gas pedal is always located at the far right, the (increasingly uncommon) clutch on the left, and the brake right in the middle. Universally adopted practices like these streamline the most important aspects of the driving experience and give everyone a solid foundation for understanding whatever car or truck they happen to be driving.In our brave new world of advanced safety features and semi-autonomous vehicles, however, things are a little more wild west. Rather than agree on a set of shared indicators that would guide drivers through the various stages of assistance these systems are supposed to provide, OEMs have instead elected to go it alone. 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