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Peter Tarnoff, a seasoned diplomat whose work behind the scenes for presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton included establishing a secret channel to Fidel Castro and helping arrange the escape of six U.S. Embassy officials from Iran, an escapade later depicted in the 2012 movie “Argo,” died on Nov. 1 at his home in San Francisco. His wife, Mathea Falco, said the cause of death was complications of Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Tarnoff was part of a cohort of Foreign Service officers who, inspired by the words of President John F. Kennedy, joined the American diplomatic corps in the early 1960s. Many of them cut their teeth on assignment in South Vietnam, and several — among them Mr. Tarnoff, Anthony Lake, Frank Wisner II and Richard Holbrooke — went on to play leading roles in the U.S. foreign policy establishment. But while outsize personalities like Mr. Holbrooke, a frequent contender for secretary of state, and Mr. Lake, a national security adviser under Bill Clinton, became famous, Mr. Tarnoff preferred to wield his influence out of the public eye.
Persons: Peter Tarnoff, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, , Mathea Falco, Tarnoff, John F, Kennedy, Anthony Lake, Frank Wisner, Richard Holbrooke —, Mr, Holbrooke Organizations: Embassy, Foreign Service Locations: Iran, San Francisco, South Vietnam, U.S
Robotaxis are autonomous self-driving cabs which require no human interaction to operate the vehicle. When did driverless cabs become a reality? Cruise followed with its first driverless ride service last year in San Francisco, and slowly expanded to include Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin, Texas. The use of driverless cabs also raises the prospect of job losses and could attract pushback from unions. Regulatory hurdles facing robotaxisCommercializing fully autonomous vehicles, especially robotaxis, has been harder than expected with tough regulations, complicated technology and heavy investments forcing some to cut jobs.
Persons: Elijah Nouvelage, Cruise, Here's, Waymo, Nathan Gomes, Devika Organizations: San, GM Bolt, REUTERS, General Motors, Companies, Technologies,, Ford, Volkswagen, Argo, Thomson Locations: San Francisco, San Francisco , California, U.S, United States, Phoenix , Arizona, Austin , Texas, Bengaluru
SINGAPORE — Sips in Barcelona, Spain is the best bar in the world, according to this year's ranking by the 50 Best organization. The World's 50 Best Bars were announced at an awards ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday evening — the first time the ceremony was held in Asia. The annual ranking is published by William Reed Business Media, a U.K.-based company that also publishes "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list — and in a first, "The World's 50 Best Hotels," published in September. The 50 Best organization has published an annual ranking of "The World's 50 Best Bars" since 2009, with London and New York dominating the lists ever since. Courtesy of The World's 50 Best Bars
Persons: William Reed, Sips, Marc Álvarez, Frida Calho, Sydney –, Madrid, Rome Hanky, Kitten, Scotland Mimi Kakushi, Renato, Simone Caporale, Röda, Apoorva Kohli Organizations: Sips, Mexico City, William, William Reed Business Media, CNBC, South America, United Arab Emirates, Barcelona Connaught Bar, South America Himkok, Greece BKK Social, Salmon Guru, Hong, Buenos Aires Röda Huset, SG Club, Cambridge Public House, Sons, Africa Scarfes Bar, Milan Carnaval, Bar, Athens Atlas, American, Asia Locations: SINGAPORE, Barcelona, Spain, Singapore, Asia, New York, Mexico, U.K, London, Sips, Europe, North, South, Australia, Dubai, United Arab, South America, Oslo, Norway, Seoul, North America, Paradiso, Paris, Limantour, London Alquímico, Cartagena, Columbia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Athens, Greece, Bangkok, Pony, Salmon, , New York, Hong Kong, Rome, Rome Hanky Panky, Melbourne, Trova, Miami Baba, Rum, Athens CoChinChina, Berlin, Stockholm, Tokyo, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Middle East, Milan, Lima, Peru L'Antiquario, Naples, Italy, Mexico City, Firenze, Florence, , New Orleans, Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Röda Huset, New Delhi, Alquímico
In the midst of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, the C.I.A. began what came to be noted as one of the spy agency’s most successful publicly known operations: the rescue of six American diplomats who had escaped the overrun U.S. Embassy — using a fake movie as the cover story. “Argo,” the real-life 2012 movie about the C.I.A.’s fake movie, portrayed a single C.I.A. officer, Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck, sneaking into Tehran to rescue the American diplomats in a daring operation. For the first time on Thursday, the C.I.A.
Persons: , Tony Mendez, Ben Affleck, Ed Johnson, Mr, Johnson, Mendez Organizations: Embassy Locations: Iran, U.S, Tehran, cajole
A small toy figure and mineral imitation are seen in front of the BHP logo in this illustration taken November 19, 2021. Western demand for commodities on the other hand has been seen hurt by the lagging impact of interest rate hikes. “You can’t deny that commodity prices have come off a fair bit from where they were, (but) they are still pretty healthy, the iron ore price in particular,” Forster said. Inflation is also expected to raise the floor for commodities prices, including copper and iron ore, BHP said, seeing prices for the latter trade around $80-$100 a ton. BHP produces iron ore in Western Australia for $17.79 a ton.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Mike Henry, BHP, Andy Forster, ” Forster, “ Capex, That’s, Jansen, Henry Organizations: MELBOURNE, BHP Group, BHP, REUTERS, Macquarie, Argo Investments, Oz Minerals Locations: China, India, Australia, Canada, Western Australia
IMPORTED ASSEMBLY KITSAfter a chaotic decade following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia encouraged Western carmakers to build factories. "Undoubtedly, the expansion of Chinese carmakers on the Russian market will continue," said Andrey Olkhovsky, the head of dealership chain Avtodom. It is a radical change of fortunes for Chinese carmakers in Russia. Production of Chinese vehicles only began in Russia in 2019 with the arrival of Chinese automotive company Great Wall Motor (601633.SS). LESS LOCAL INPUTUnder the partnership with Chinese firms, less of the production at former Western factories is currently conducted in Russia, the sources said.
Persons: Jetour, Maxim Shemetov, Moscow's, Sergei Sobyanin, French carmaker, JAC, Sehol, Moskvich, capitalising, Vladimir Bespalov, Vladimir Putin, Andrey Olkhovsky, Olkhovsky, Wall, Sollers, Avtovaz, Denis Manturov, Gleb Stolyarov, Alexander Marrow, Zhang Yan, Daniel Flynn Organizations: REUTERS, French, French carmaker Renault, Moscow Automobile Factory, JAC Motors, Reuters, Renault, Nissan, Russia's Industry, Trade Ministry, Wall, Chery, Geely, HK, Argo, Ford Transit, Nissan's St, Lada, China's FAW Group's, FAW, Western, Trade, Thomson Locations: Lyubertsy, Moscow Region, Russia, Soviet, Moscow, Anhui, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Western, Tula, Autostat, Tatarstan, Nissan's, Nissan's St Petersburg, St Petersburg, Leningrad, Japan, Europe, China, Shanghai
Asia’s best bars for 2023 announced
  + stars: | 2023-07-19 | by ( Lilit Marcus | )   time to read: +4 min
Hong Kong CNN —Asia comprises about 30% of the world’s land mass. In addition to ranking the top 50, the 50 Best organization – which also rates restaurants and, soon, hotels – acknowledged “best in destination” prizes for bars that were the highest rated from their country, city or region. It was his first-ever visit to Hong Kong. 50 Best/William ReedAsia’s 50 Best Bars 20231. COA (Hong Kong)2.
Persons: Jay Khan, Ernest Hemingway, Beckaly Franks, Hong Kong's, William Reed, Hong Konger, , Franks, , Rohan Matmary, Trigona’s, Matmary, Singapore’s, Khan, Ajit Gurung, “ We’re, William Reed Asia’s, Aubrey Organizations: Hong Kong CNN —, Pontiac, Native American, CNN Travel, Bars Academy, BKK Social, Tropic, Sago, Cham, SG, Analogue Initiative, Chamber, Employees, Southside, Hope, Sesame, House Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong CNN — Asia, Asia, Hong, American, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul, Tropic City, Taipei, Vesper, Republic, Delhi, Jakarta, Manhattan, Pantja, Manila, Mumbai, Copitas, Bengaluru, Guangzhou, Vender, Taichung, Kyoto
SAN FRANCISCO, July 6 (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said on Thursday that it plans to launch autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles for ride hailing and goods delivery services in Austin, Texas by 2026. The company took over nearly 100 people from Argo, as well as its hub in Austin where Argo was testing autonomous vehicles. "The big aim is that we bring fully autonomous vehicles to the market as a commercial, scalable product," said Christian Senger, a Volkswagen board member who oversees development of autonomous driving. Volkswagen joins GM's Cruise and Alphabet's Waymo in testing autonomous vehicles in Austin, Texas, known for the least restrictive regulations on self-driving cars. But Tesla, Cruise and Waymo and other firms have missed their targets to launch self-driving cars and their vehicles have had difficulty in handling rare and unforeseen driving situations.
Persons: Argo, Christian Senger, Cruise, We're, Katrin Lohmann, Hyunjoo Jin, Rashmi Organizations: FRANCISCO, Mobileye, Volkswagen, Argo, Volkswagen ADMT, Companies, Thomson Locations: Austin , Texas, Austin
CNN —Ten self-driving electric Volkswagen buses will soon cruise the streets of Austin, Texas, testing autonomous driving technology. Buzz electric vans will test technology VW is working on with Mobileye, an Israeli company once owned by Intel that also works with BMW, General Motors and Ford. VW won’t operate it’s own taxi service, though, as some other autonomous driving companies have planned, the company said in its announcement. VW joins joins companies such General Motors’ Cruise, which is also operating self-driving vehicles in Austin, and Waymo, the autonomous driving subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet. Both automakers said at the time they would hire Argo AI staffers to support their own autonomous driving efforts.
Persons: Ford, Vokswagen, Motors ’, Mobileye, van Organizations: CNN, Argo, VW, Intel, BMW, General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Motors, Austin, Miami, automaker’s, Vehicles Locations: Austin , Texas, Austin, United States, Germany, California, Arizona, New York City, Washington , DC, Pittsburgh
Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) starting its first autonomous vehicle test program in Austin beginning in July 2023. Volkswagen said Thursday that it will begin testing self-driving electric vehicles in Austin, Texas, later this month. The first two of those vans are already in the U.S. and will begin testing before the end of July, it said. The self-driving ID Buzz vans are equipped with lidar, radar and camera systems. For now, all of its self-driving vehicles will have human safety drivers on board while testing.
Persons: Austin, Katrin Lohmann, Lohmann Organizations: Volkswagen Group of America, Volkswagen, Mobileye Locations: Austin, Austin , Texas, U.S
Alan Arkin, Oscar-winning actor, dead at 89
  + stars: | 2023-06-30 | by ( Lisa Respers France | )   time to read: +2 min
CNN —Alan Arkin, the Oscar-winning star of “Little Miss Sunshine,” has died, his family announced Friday. Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, in "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006. Alan Arkin and director Ben Affleck on set for "Argo" in 2012. Alan Arkin, Johnny Depp in 1990 in "Edward Scissorhands." May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”“Did ANYONE have the range Alan Arkin had?,” Oswalt tweeted.
Persons: CNN — Alan Arkin, Oscar, , , Adam, Matthew, Anthony Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Arkin, Ben Affleck, Claire Folger, Neil Simon’s “, Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands, Hunter ”, Argo ”, Viola Davis, Patton Oswalt, ” Davis, ” Oswalt, ” Arkin, Suzanne, Anthony, Molly, Emmet, Atticus, Abigail, Elliott Organizations: CNN, Fox Searchlight, Everett, Bennington College, Warner Bros ., Broadway, Sunshine, Fox, Golden Globe, Netflix Locations: Brooklyn, Russian, Los Angeles
[1/3] Actor Alan Arkin poses during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada April 23, 2015. Alan Arkin was honored with the CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award. His first major movie role also earned him an Oscar nomination - best actor for playing a Soviet sailor in the 1966 Cold War comedy "The Russians Are Coming! He appeared as a deaf-mute in the adaptation of Carson McCullers' novel "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" in 1968, drawing his second Academy Award nomination for best actor. "Did ANYONE have the range Alan Arkin had?
Persons: Alan Arkin, CinemaCon, Steve, Oscar, Adam, Matthew, Anthony, Arkin, Carl Reiner's, Sunshine, Audrey Hepburn, terrorizes Hepburn, Carson McCullers, Joseph Heller's, Ben Affleck's, Michael Douglas, Patton Oswalt, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen, Alan Wolf Arkin, Harry Belafonte, Suzanne, Will Dunham, Danielle Broadway, Bill Trott, Diane Craft, Nick Zieminski, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Caesars, National Association of Theatre Owners, REUTERS, Little, Oscar, Variety, The New York Times, CIA, New, Thomson Locations: Las Vegas , Nevada, Carlsbad , California, Soviet, Iran, Glengarry Glen Ross, Beverly Hills, New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles
OpenAI's buzz has a lot of tech workers eager to join the generative AI company. "Other than them I can't think of any other prominent company adopting this model at this scale," Musa said. Signing bonuses are very rare; there is no target performance bonus; and there is also little to no room for negotiation on compensation, Musa and another person familiar with the company said. All of those things are standard with other tech companies, from startups to Big Tech firms like Meta, Google, and Microsoft. Over the course of four years, the vesting period for the PPU grants, most OpenAI workers can expect to take home at least $2 million in equity pay alone.
Persons: Sam Altman, OpenAI, Zuhayeer Musa, Musa, Altman, Kali Hays Organizations: Big Tech, Meta, Google, Microsoft, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Twitter Locations: Silicon Valley, PPUs, khays
FILE PHOTO: The assembly line for Zoox, a self-driving vehicle owned by Amazon, is seen at the company's factory in Fremont, California, U.S. July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria(Reuters) - Inc’s self-driving vehicle unit, Zoox, is hiring more employees to expand its testing in Las Vegas at a time when the regulatory implications have taken a front seat in the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Levinson said that Zoox autonomous vehicle will not be driving on the Vegas strip yet but is being tested for handling traffic lights, intersections and drive at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG last fall announced that they would shut down their Argo AI self-driving unit and focus on driver-assistance technology that provided more immediate returns. Alphabet’s self-driving technology project Waymo laid off 137 employees in a second round of job cuts this year.
Persons: Carlos Barria, Zoox, Zoox’s headcount, Jesse Levinson, Levinson, ” Levinson Organizations: Amazon, REUTERS, Reuters, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen AG, Argo Locations: Fremont , California, U.S, Las Vegas, California
CNN —A crucial deal aimed at averting a global food crisis following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been extended for two months. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday an agreement has been reached with Russia and Ukraine to extend the Black Sea grain deal. Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesWhat is the Black Sea grain deal and why is it important? The Black Sea grain deal was first reached in July 2022. The Black Sea grain deal was an agreement made between Russia and Ukraine – however, it was not a direct agreement.
But for “Air,” the director Ben Affleck had the idea to shoot both sides of the conversation simultaneously. He set up Damon and Messina in offices down the hall from each other, and had two sets of cameras rolling at the same time. I had to use Matt laughing because there wasn’t a take of him playing it straight. He tried to play it straight, and he just couldn’t.”Damon explained that “it was already really funny on the page.” But when Messina came up with threats, “it dictated how I had to play the scene,” Damon said. Every time he’s had the opportunity, he’s always done more than I envisioned or imagined.”
BERLIN, May 9 (Reuters) - Porsche (P911_p.DE) will incorporate automated assistance and navigation functions from Mobileye's (MBLY.O) so-called "SuperVision" technology platform in future models, Mobileye said on Tuesday. The agreement is the technology provider's second large signing for the platform with a major automotive group after China's Geely (GEELY.UL). Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which was previously going to use technology from Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup, Argo AI for self-driving shuttles and vans, will also partner with Mobileye, a spokesperson said. Volkswagen pulled out of its planned investment in Argo AI last October and said at the time its commercial vehicles unit would seek a new partnership. Together with Mobileye, the unit will seek to implement so-called "Level 4" autonomous driving - considered fully autonomous, though humans can still request control - in its ID.
BERLIN, May 9 (Reuters) - Porsche (P911_p.DE) will incorporate automated assistance and navigation functions from Mobileye's (MBLY.O) so-called "SuperVision" technology platform in future models, Mobileye said on Tuesday. The agreement is the technology provider's second large signing for the platform with a large automotive group after China's Geely [RIC:RIC:GEELY.UL]. Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has been planning to expand its cooperation with Mobileye since late last year when it decided to stop investing in self-driving start-up Argo AI, Reuters reported at the time. The Israel-based firm, which went public last October, already cooperates with Volkswagen's software unit Cariad. Reporting by Victoria Waldersee and Jan Schwartz, Editing by Rachel MoreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Research firm Guidehouse Insights regularly ranks companies developing automated driving tech. Tesla didn't make this year's top 10, and ranked last of 16 companies assessed. Moreover, of the 16 companies recently ranked by research and consulting firm Guidehouse Insights (which ranks some of the biggest names working on automated-driving technology each year), Tesla came in last. Tesla ranked last in similar lists in 2021 and 2020. To come up with the list, Guidehouse weighs factors such as a company's vision, go-to-market and production strategies, partners, tech, commercial readiness, and more.
Intel ends its bitcoin mining chip series
  + stars: | 2023-04-18 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
April 18 (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Tuesday it has discontinued production of its bitcoin mining chip series, just a year after its introduction. A rout in the cryptocurrency market hurt some chip companies including Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O), whose high-end graphics chips became popular for crypto mining. Intel expects to stop taking orders for the series, called Blockscale, by October 20 this year and end shipping by April 20 next year, according to a document on the company's website. "As we prioritize our investments in IDM 2.0, we have end-of-lifed the Intel Blockscale 1000 Series ASIC while we continue to support our Blockscale customers," a company spokesperson said. Argo Blockchain (ARB.L), Block Inc (SQ.N), Hive Blockchain Technologies(HIVE.V) and GRIID Infrastructure were Intel's first customers for the chips.
If successful, the deal would lift Newmont's gold output to nearly double its nearest rival Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO). Newcrest said on Tuesday it had given U.S.-based Newmont access to its books following the sweetened all-share bid that has received some support from shareholders. The latest bid is 16% higher than Newmont's initial proposal, and represents around a 46% premium to Newcrest's share price on Feb. 3 before Newmont's first bid was announced. Reuters had reported that Newmont was open to raising its offer price for Newcrest. Barrick and miner Sibanye Stillwater Ltd (SSWJ.J) have told Reuters they are not interested in bidding for Newcrest.
Newcrest said on Tuesday it had given U.S.-based Newmont access to its books following the sweetened all-share bid. "Newmont has indicated that the revised proposal represents its best and final price in the absence of a competing proposal," Newcrest said in a statement. The latest bid is 16% higher than Newmont's initial proposal, and represents a 46% premium to Newcrest's share price on Feb. 3 before Newmont's bid was announced. Reuters had reported that Newmont was open to raising its offer price for Newcrest. Rival miners Barrick and Sibanye Stillwater Ltd (SSWJ.J) have told Reuters they are not interested in bidding for Newcrest.
Under the revised offer, Newcrest shareholders would receive 0.400 Newmont share for each share held, with an implied value of A$32.87 a share, up from a previous exchange ratio of 0.380 that Newcrest's board unanimously rejected in February. Newcrest shares rose by as much as 7% to A$30.28 but still traded below the implied offer price. The latest bid is 16% higher than Newmont's initial proposal, and represents a 46% premium to Newcrest's share price on Feb. 3 before Newmont's bid was announced, Newcrest said. Reuters had reported that Newmont was open to raising its offer price for Newcrest. The revised deal is just shy of Glencore's $22.5 billion takeover offer for Canada's Teck Resources Ltd's (TECKb.TO) that was announced earlier this month.
WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) has withdrawn a petition seeking U.S. regulatory approval to deploy up to 2,500 self-driving vehicles annually without required human controls like steering wheels, according to a letter made public Thursday. Ford had said it intended to deploy a self-driving ride-hailing and package delivery vehicle early in this decade. Ford had sought permission not to include human controls "such as a steering wheel, brake pedal (and) gear state controls." The automaker told the NHTSA in its petition that self-driving vehicles "having active driving controls and communications would introduce an unacceptable risk to safety." Efforts in Congress to make it easier to deploy vehicles on U.S. roads without human controls have been stymied for years.
Origin, Australia's top energy retailer, on Monday agreed to the long-running takeover offer from the consortium, nearing the conclusion of one of the country's biggest private equity-backed buyouts. Once the deal is completed, EIG's MidOcean Energy will take control of Origin's integrated gas business. Thomas said government policy swings world over are a by-product of the volatility associated with the tension between energy security and the transition to cleaner energy. Origin, Australia's No. Brookfield said it plans to invest a further A$20 billion of capital to fully replace Origin's power generation and its power purchases with green power over a decade.
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