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Liverpool FC perfume advert spoof – introducing ‘Disappointment For Men And Women’

first_imgLiverpool fans could smell the Premier League title with three games to go of the 2013/14 season… but so far the 2014/15 campaign just stinks if you’re a Kopite.And, as we approach Christmas – the time of year when ridiculously pretentious perfume adverts appear on the old tellybox – we’ve knocked up this little spoof video that sums up the atmosphere around Anfield right now.DISCLAIMER: Like Mario Balotelli’s attempts to fill Luis Suarez’s boots at Liverpool, this video isn’t to be taken seriously.last_img read more

Days numbered for Valley Indoor Swap Meet

first_imgEven when his shop closes, O’Donnell plans to stay connected. “I’m going to go to his house,” O’Donnell said with a straight face. “I will follow him in my car.” Last reprieve The meet would have shut down more than a year ago if Simms had not allowed vendors to stay while he got all the approvals necessary to develop the land, said Simms’ lawyer, Ben Reznik. Simms declined to be interviewed for this story. “The market conditions are now such that it made economic sense to redevelop it,” Reznik said. Despite a sluggish housing market, there is demand for apartments, he added. For almost three years, Simms has fought to bulldoze the meet and build 438 condos. In April, the Los Angeles City Council agreed he could set aside 42 apartments as lower-rent instead of the 109 the city wanted. Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area and voted for the compromise, said he wanted to preserve the space. “I didn’t have any choice,” Zine said. “We in government can’t restrict private transfer of land for development that fits the criteria.” Glenn Malkin, who leases the property to vendors on a month-to-month basis, is searching for a new location for the meet. But he and his partners – Ron Wolfe and Stuart Siegel, mayor of Hidden Hills – have so far been unsuccessful. “In the west San Fernando Valley, there is just not enough acreage for our use,” Malkin said. “We need a tremendous amount of parking.” The meet now occupies 6.5 acres. If lingerie seller Voorhees is disappointed in having to close her shop, jeweler Leigh is downright ticked off. “I hope they really need the 438 apartments,” Leigh said from behind a sparkling glass case. “They are putting 400 vendors out of business.” Priced to sell For 17 years, Leigh has sold diamond and gold jewelry as proprietor of Estate Jewelry Guild at booth J-18. He has two employees and a reputation for prices just above wholesale, according to one longtime customer. Leigh has two months to find a new space or risk losing his entire income. He is looking for a new store with two other jewelers at the meet and hopes to stay in Woodland Hills or Warner Center. But finding a new place with as much foot traffic – Leigh says 5,000 potential customers pass his booth each weekend – will be difficult outside of a mall. And Leigh cannot afford mall rents, which he estimates would run $20,000 for the same space. He now pays $1,000. Smaller booths rent for about $400 a month. Moving to an open-air meet is impossible for Leigh because of security reasons, he said. Relocating to a meet in Panorama City is not viable either, because he needs clients who can pay $3,300 for diamond-encrusted watches. Chance to relocate Leigh and all the other vendors were given a chance to relocate to meets in Panorama City or Pomona, said Aurelio Navarro, manager of the swap meet. But only about 20 have taken it. Maybe that’s because they, like Navarro, are still skeptical that the Valley swap meet is really closing down. After 15 years of working at the meet, he’s heard a lot rumors. “Everybody has their own theories,” Navarro said from his tiny office above the meet warehouse. Maria Vasquez and her husband, Augustine, can hardly believe it themselves. The couple from Sylmar, both in their 60s, have been shopping at the meet every month for longer than they can remember. “It’s one of the last places you can shop around for different things,” Augustine said. One time, the Vasquezes bought a lamp made of salt that was said to absorb odors and naturally purify the air. The other day, Maria said she found gem-studded hair clips that had been marked down from $4.50 each to $1. She said she plans to put them in her granddaughters’ Christmas stockings. “We don’t care for the mall,” Maria said. “It’s the same thing all the time.” 818-713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – For 23 years, Francine Voorhees has sold silk nighties and lingerie from booth N-13 at the Valley Indoor Swap Meet in Canoga Park. But the final days of her creme-color shop called Le Boudoir are numbered. After decades as a San Fernando Valley landmark, the property’s owner, Ronald Simms, has opted not to renew a 20-year lease on the site and instead is selling the land to a developer. Now, the last day in business for Voorhees and nearly 400 other vendors at the Variel Avenue swap meet will be Dec. 30. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m devastated,” said the 62-year-old Voorhees. “I absolutely love this job. You meet such wonderful people.” Voorhees is retired and has other sources of income, so she isn’t too worried about the financial impact of closing. But losing the meet – which is open Fridays through Sundays – means severing her connections with longtime customers and other vendors. Customers and vendors alike use words such as “community” and “family” to describe the connection between those who inhabit the meet, which has been around since 1983. It is the longest-running indoor swap meet in the city of Los Angeles. Ellen O’Donnell of Sherman Oaks has been going to jeweler Richard Leigh for seven years and has brought countless friends to him. She bought a six-carat diamond pav ring for $3,300 that would have retailed for $8,000 and a $4,000 diamond watch that would have sold for $11,000 elsewhere from him, she said. last_img read more

Demba Ba victim of alleged racial abuse

first_imgDemba Ba was allegedly the victim of racial abuse in a Chinese Super League game on Saturday.The former Chelsea and Newcastle striker reacted furiously to comments made by Zhang Li in Shanghai Shenhua’s 1-1 draw with Changchun Yatai. gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more smart causal Demba Ba is offended by racism wordings from Changchun Yatai player Zhang Li. CFA should take serious disciplinary actions!! #saynotoracism— Shanghai Shenhua FC (@shanghaishenhua) August 4, 2018His club called for serious disciplinary actions against Li with growing pressure from fans to for a serious punishment.They tweeted: “Demba Ba is offended by racist words from Changchun Yatai player Zhang Li.“CFA should take serious disciplinary actions!! #saynotoracism.” You are not alone @dembabafoot #NoToRacism— Beşiktaş JK English (@BesiktasEnglish) August 5, 2018Besiktas, Ba’s former club, showed their support for the striker and added: “#NoToRacism, You’re not alone.” possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 who plays? ALTERED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? NEW ERA Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Ba grabbed his opponent and almost lifted him off the ground before explaining to officials and players what had happened.After the match, Shenhua manager Wu Jingui said of the incident: “The Chinese Super League has players of many different skin colours.“We should respect our opponents and there should be no discrimination.“I cannot calm down now. I feel great regret about the lack of respect to a player.”It is alleged that the player repeatedly shouted “you black” towards Ba. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings Ba reacted angrily highlights last_img read more


first_imgThe 2011 Donegal Sports Star overall winner is international ‘Clay Pigeon Shooting’ champion Jim Doherty.The Newtowncunningham man held off stiff competition from a handful of other top stars of last year to receive the top honour in Donegal sport from the guest of honour Tony O’Donoghue at last night’s glittering 36th awards ceremony in the Silver Tassie Hotel.County Council Information Systems employee Doherty raked up a remarkable round of successes on the international circuit that gave him the edge when the judging panel made their final decision. He won three ‘British Majors’ and captained Ireland to only their second ever European title as well as leading his country to ‘Home International’ success in 2011.There were over 500 guests in attendance for a hugely entertaining night where among the other winners were the Donegal GAA side (Team Award); Tony Gorman (Appreciation) and Danny McDaid (Hall of Fame). Among the special guests at the Donegal County Council sponsored event were the Manager of the local authority Seamus Neely and the Mayor Cllr Noel McBride.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on  SHOOTER JIM IS DONEGAL SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has strongly criticised the proposal by Minister Phil Hogan to tender out Local Community Development Programmes for 2015.Cllr Gerry McMonagleUp until now the programme has been delivered on a not for profit basis by local development companies.Cllr Mc Monagle said that if the LCDP is put out to tender, the fear is that it will lead to a race to the bottom with private companies seeking to undermine pay and conditions with a view to winning tenders and boosting profits. “It will also impact upon the effective delivery of the local services currently run by local development companies.“Donegal has already been heavily hit by cutbacks to Community Development Projects. We have lost a number of Community Development Projects this past three years due to funding cutbacks.“Those that are still operating are working on shoe string budgets and are only keeping their doors open due to the fantastic effort of volunteers and FÁS workers,” he said.He added that privatisation is not the way forward, it will only lead to a further erosion of Community Development. “I have no doubt it will harm the spirit of Community Development and lead to a decrease in services currently being provided by Local Community Development Projects across the County.“I have raised this issue with Sinn Feins Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD, I have requested that he raise this issue in the Dáil next week. It is vital that this move is stopped in the interests of both community workers and those who benefit from the services which they currently deliver.” McMONAGLE CRITICISES PROPOSED PRIVATISATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME was last modified: April 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mulroy College to get Autism Unit extension

first_imgA Donegal school has been given the go-ahead to construct an Autism Unit.The specialist ASD Unit at Mulroy College in Milford will be 263 metres squared when completed, Government Minister Joe McHugh has announced.“I was delighted to be able to give this news to the principal at Mulroy today,” said Minister McHugh. “I know how important the establishment of this unit is for Mulroy. I want to thank Education Minister Richard Bruton for agreeing to give the go-ahead for this extension today.”No details are given of the amount of funding approved by the School Building Unit, as the publication of the amount of grant aid sanctioned could prejudice the tendering process for an individual project.The School Building Unit will issue detailed letters on the relevant projects directly to the school authorities and these letters will inform the school authorities of the amount of grant aid sanctioned by the Department.Mulroy College to get Autism Unit extension was last modified: January 12th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:autism unitMulroy Collegelast_img read more

Dulux Pierneef wins Sasol prize

first_imgPierneef goes Dulux, Maryke van Velden’sR60 000 first prize-winning artwork in the2009 Sasol New Signatures competition. Amita Makan’s hand-embroidered silkwork, Loose Ends: A Story About MyMother, which took second prize.MEDIA CONTACTS• Pretoria Arts AssociationNandi HilliardPieter van Heerden+27 12 346• Sasol New SignaturesBrenda Jacobs+27 11 441 3246brenda.jacobs@sasol.comTeresa Lizamore+27 11 441 3244/46teresa.lizamore@sasol.comMary AlexanderTake a colour-by-numbers landscape, the Dulux wall paint range, public participation and a jigsaw and what do you get? Pierneef goes Dulux, Maryke van Velden’s R60 000 first prize-winning artwork in the 2009 Sasol New Signatures competition.Van Velden, a student from Stellenbosch, created her work using a paint-by-numbers drawing of South African master JH Pierneef’s 1925 landscape Scene and a list of Dulux paint-names she considered to be “most arbitrary” to the colours they represented.She then asked others to select specific colours at random. The drawing was transferred onto 12mm sheets of supawood and systematically carved up with a jigsaw and then individually painted according to the chosen colours.“This three-dimensional landscape painting is a system-based work made according to a predetermined work-plan, exploring the arbitrary relationship between colour and language,” Van Velden said of her piece.Now in its 20th year, the Sasol New Signatures competition is open to artists aged 18 and older, giving them an opportunity to exhibit their work and get an entry into the professional art world. It is both the longest running and most prestigious competition for emerging South African artists.The runner-up prize of R15 000 went to Amita Makan from Pretoria for her hand-embroidered silk work, Loose Ends: A Story About My Mother. Makan’s mother Vasanti is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease.“This hand-embroidered work is Bollywoodish, somewhat kitsch, with its vibrant colours, beads, brocade and crystals. On inspection, the disintegrating halo and hanging threads intimate a sombre reality,” Makam says.“It explores the impact of the disease on our psychic landscapes since the diagnosis was made 12 years ago. Alzheimer’s disease is insidious and nearly impossible to diagnose. It manifests in plaques and tangles in the brain, causing progressive dementia as it gradually ravages the body and mind. There is no cure.”According to Franci Cronje, chair of the New Signatures competition, selecting the winners from the 122 finalists was a task both difficult and subjective.“We faced a tough choice deciding on the final seven winners,” Cronje said. “One of the judges, in fact, commented that art is so subjective that we would have made completely different choices if we were judging another day or time.”The 2008 New Signatures competition sparked controversy when first prize went to Richardt Strydom for his Familieportret 2 (Family Portrait 2), a photograph of a banally semi-naked couple, the woman holding a baby, standing next to a forlorn washing line in a back garden.The controversy didn’t only come from the nudity. It later emerged that the photograph had been taken eight years before, and that the man in it – touching the breast of the woman and with his genitals showing – had not given his permission for it to be publicly displayed.Nonetheless, Cronje said this year’s competition had seen an increase in both the quality and quantity of works submitted.“This year’s high standard became obvious as soon as the regional selectors started reviewing the entries.”“All finalists were selected according to three strict critique guidelines: conceptuality, excellence of execution, and the emotional value of the specific piece of art.”This year, Cronje said, the judges “noticed a significant increase in entry standards”. The number of entries also rose, from 519 works in 2008 to 794 in 2009.The five merit awards, with prize money of R5 000, went to Poorvi Bhana, Peter Mikael Campbell, Angela Vieira de Jesus Abri Stephanus de Swardt and Jeanine Visser.The Sasol New Signatures exhibition runs from 27 August to 20 September 2009 at the Pretoria Art Museum.last_img read more

Home Emergency Preparedness

first_imgBy Kristyn Jackson, LMFT and Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceFires, flooding, severe storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes affect families every year. Failure to adequately prepare for these emergencies can result in a number of consequences. However, in the event that you and your family experience one of these emergencies, proper planning and preparation will help you to weather the storm.The most important element in preparing your home for an emergency situation isLearn more about disaster preparedness from EDEN: Everyone in your home must be involved and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Additionally, you will want to consider involving your neighbors. In times of crisis, your neighbors will most likely be the first responders to the situation.A home emergency plan is the best way to plan and prepare for an emergency. This plan should be clearly communicated to all members of your household and practiced at least once a year. Also, if your family moves around frequently, tweak your emergency plan for the home that you are living in. There are four steps that you can take with your family to prepare your home for an emergency:Know what types of emergencies can affect your home. Certain types of emergencies are more likely to occur in specific geographic areas. For example, you may not know it but you may be living in an area that is prone to flash flooding. Regardless of where you live, the number one home emergency is fire. Contact Jennifer at Create an emergency plan. Hold a household meeting to discuss how you will respond to a home emergency. It should be clear that all household members should share responsibilities when an emergency occurs. Be mindful of which tasks are age appropriate for each household member. The following topics should be discussed:How to deal with different emergencies (e.g., fire, flood, severe storm)Create an evacuation plan. Identify two meeting places outside of your home – one should be right outside and the other should be outside of your neighborhood in case you are not able to meet at your home.Establishing a “safe room” in your home that will protect you and your family from emergencies such as a severe stormIdentifying an out-of-area safety contact person who will be able to assist you. Additionally, consider discussing your emergency plan with a trusted neighbor who can help you in the event of an emergency. Practice your plan! Review your plan every 6 months, conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills, test fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, and keep your emergency supplies well stocked. Make sure that every member of your household is familiar with your plan and feels comfortable asking questions. Be mindful that a good plan is one that is easily understood and can be adjusted as needed.The preceding is a general plan for action on how to prepare your home for emergencies. There are multiple resources available that will provide more specific details. For example, consider conducting a quick internet search to determine what should be in your disaster supplies kit. While creating your home emergency plan, you may also think of other steps that you need to take to ensure that your home is prepared for an emergency.Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that commonly accompany home emergencies. Communicating with your family can potentially clear up any confusion and ensure that everyone survives an emergency situation. This is one of those discussions that should not be put off! Take emergency precautions. Taking the following safety precautions will help you and your family to deal with emergency situations:Post emergency telephone numbers in central locationsTeach children how and when to call 911 for emergency assistanceInstall multiple fire extinguishers (one on each level of your home)Install smoke detectors, being sure that smoke detectors are located near all bedroomsStock up on emergency supplies such as food, water, flashlights, matches, etc.Take a first aid and CPR classlast_img read more

That’s a Wrap! 5 Ways the Building Networks for Resilience Learning Experience Has Potential for Lasting Impact

first_imgI am extremely visual so I just printed this visual and added “How have you stepped on the treadmill today?” to hang it up right next to my desk and on my fridge. 5 – Helping Military Families and Other ClientsOnce participants learned how to build their own resilience through the network-building principles of Working Out Loud, they shared how they might use WOL with their clients. We have shared a few of their ideas here:The Touching the Treadmill notion is something I can see being helpful for some of my clients. Just getting started can sometimes feel overwhelming and this might help some of them to overcome the inertia.I would definitely encourage my clients to amplify who they are and what they do…I have found that a lot of them are constantly engaging in negative self-talk, saying they don’t do anything positive.  So I tend to discuss with them that even the smallest success, like getting out of bed, or brushing their teeth that day, is a success and an accomplishment. Once they start to recognize small goals as successful and positive, it begins to amplify what they want to accomplish with their day, then their week, and so on.  So starting with small , accomplish-able goals can help clients amplify that success in their work and their personal livesI would encourage my clients and staff to use (the element of) “Generosity.” We never know what a person is going through , so Just be nice! Volunteering in the community is a great way to thank others, and to also help build our networks and FEEL better ourselves because we’re helping others.I want to focus on Altruism- being selfless. By helping others, we help ourselves. But also be mindful that sometimes we need to take care of ourselves before taking care of others.Consider how this approach can be applied in my community work…maybe with or without the circle guides.Where to go from hereThe Building Your Networks for Resilience Learning Experience may have officially wrapped up on April 10, but the participants expressed a desire to continue practicing the Working Out Loud process. The Network Literacy team intends to support this continued learning and will be sharing more details about that within the next week. Thank you to everyone that participated in this experience – it has been a pleasure and an honor to put it together!If you did not get the chance to participate, you can still do that by accessing the webinars and podcast episodes. The Building Networks For Resilience Learning Experience was a partnership of the Network Literacy and Family Transitions teams of the Military Families Learning Network.What questions do YOU have of the Working Out Loud process and how you can use it to build your resilience or the resilience of your clients? Please share in the comments section. The final installment of the Building Networks for Resilience Learning Experience wrapped up on April 10, 2018 with a lively conversation, connecting participants through meaningful sense-making and sharing. The agenda was co-created by participants, and everyone that signed up for the podcasts and webinars was able to take advantage of sharing their thoughts and insights before, during, and after the learning experience through email, voicemail, social media, and BoardThing. Using John Stepper’s Working Out Loud process, we learned to apply network building principles aimed at building personal and professional resilience.Sketchnote by Tanmay Vora, CC BY-NC-SAPeople from across the United States and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba joined us in learning and teaching each other about their experiences with building their own networks. They discussed successes, barriers, what they’d like to practice more, how they will use elements of the Working Out Loud (WOL) process with their clients and military families, and how to best continue to engage with each other to support their network-building efforts.The result of this discussion highlighted 5 ways this kind of practice can impact our lives and our work:1 – Making Connections and Cultivating CuriosityMany of the successes participants shared centered on the connections they were able to make, as well as focusing on growth and curiosity:WOL reminded me how important it is to connect with others and build relationships when embarking on a new learning adventure. (I) Also learned that resilience is related to the health of one’s networks.In the last couple of weeks I have started a new teaching opportunity that has pushed my growth mindset like nothing ever has professionally. I am grateful for this framework as I continue to embark on this teaching!Through networking and speaking with other (military) spouses, I have met so many people that work for various military and veteran organizations that I know will help me in my new position. Developing an open curious approach to work and life has also allowed me to remember that I don’t have to have all the answers. (This) Definitely takes the pressure off and reduces anxiety and stress.  2 – Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Network BuildingParticipants shared the barriers they noticed as they practiced the Working Out Loud principles. Being aware of barriers is essential to overcoming them:Ironically, working as service providers to military families, we often forget to practice what we teach … what we share.Looking back, I think I came up being encouraged to compete – to be competitive. And that for me translated into a general attitude that to be vulnerable wasn’t an adaptive risk.Making assumptions is a big challenge. We assume people “KNOW.”I’ve had a lot of internal barriers… I’ve found that I am most definitely my own worst enemy when it comes to overthinking networking, in regards to what will I have to offer to others, whether it be in sessions or with building those working relationships.  Some want you to have a leadership presence and others a stewardship presence.Maybe some external barriers are actually internal barriers.3 – Establishment of New Habits Through Regular PracticeParticipants shared which elements of the Working Out Loud process they’d like to place their time and attention on via practice:I’d like to get to a place where I’m more comfortable being “out there.”I think the greatest barrier I have is time to keep this at the top of my list. I want to practice (all of the elements of WOL) more, but as busy as we all are, it’s hard to stop and find the time to keep up this mindset. It’s truly a mindset and I need to post this graphic up in several place to continue to frame it continuously.I’d like to develop a more open approach to work, and I have started doing that in the last few months.  I’d also like to develop a much more open approach to life.  I find myself being very quiet and “closed off” in my regular life, but the exact opposite with my work.  Purposeful discovery can be a motivator in itself.  It can fill voids. It can make one feel empowered and focused, and creative, flexible, etc.4 – Community-building through Co-creation, Co-learning, Co-teachingParticipants co-created the agenda, and were encouraged to learn and teach together. Following are a few of the insights and questions that came up during the April 10 event:I’m curious to know if the first 3 questions (from webinar 1) were helpful for framing the experience? The questions were: What lights you up? What do you care most about? What are you an advocate for?  I was curious if these questions helped frame the experience for others — or which questions might be most helpful.I would like to hear about strategies others use to make this ‘way of being/working’ a priority in their work …I seem to get ‘stuck’ in my to-do list How can you add some of these ideas to your list? Also – add things to your planner as appointments – like calling or texting someone orsending them an email. Or schedule some time for you to become an internet detective on a topic of interest.last_img read more

Tough road to safe autonomous vehicles

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Automotive Continue Reading Previous AI accelerator architecture boosts performance, slashes power consumptionNext Cervoz: flash disk monitoring software predicts real-time SSD health SHENZHEN, China — Experts in autonomous driving from many of the leading automotive OEMs gathered at the SAE China’s Automated Vehicle Security & Safety Technology Conference here this week to report on their progress with autonomous vehicle (AV) safety standards. Several years into the development of AVs, the experts detailed how to conform to various safety standards. A few also questioned if China’s new EV startups have had enough time to digest standards, let alone putting a fundamental safety-by-design process in place.The road to safe autonomous vehicles (AVs) has proven much tougher, and now looks a lot longer, than anyone in the AV industry anticipated just a few years ago.On one hand, some car OEMs have cleared a hurdle by making AVs that conform to functional safety and security standards. On the other, developers’ desire to win the AV race is so fierce that most are now competing on safety claims — and that’s an issue too.At the conference, speakers offered presentations focused on automotive safety/security standards that range from functional safety (ISO 26262) to Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF, or ISO/PAS 21448) and cybersecurity (ISO/SAE 21434). Many speakers also spent time connecting the dots among various standards, emphasizing that they are not isolated.(Source: NXP Semiconductors)Click here for larger image(Source: NXP Semiconductors) Pang Sung-Hoon, a specialist at the China FAW Group, discussed the significance of harmonizing ISO 26262 and SOTIF in his team’s first L3 Autonomous Vehicle design, which he said is near completion.Matt Thrasher of Ford Autonomous Vehicles spoke about leveraging Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) for SOTIF and how best to use a model-based approach to facilitate early verification via simulation.Timo van Roermund, director of automotive security at NXP Semiconductors, stressed that no carmakers can achieve safety without security. He said safety and security must be addressed at all levels from IC level to domain architecture and mobility services.China today reportedly has close to fifty car OEMs, only ten classified as traditional automakers. Most are new EV startups. Many, including the newcomers to the automotive industry, appear to be cramming hard on the nuances and advancements of functional safety and security standards.Nailing down functional standards is the first phase. AV developers in China are pushing toward phase two, as they engage in simulations, in test courses and on public roads — just like their peers in the United States.During the SAE China conference, I moderated an AV system safety panel that included some of Asia’s most experienced automotive industry pros. One of the first questions I asked: “Of all the things you are learning from AV testing, which data or lessons are you willing to share with other automotive companies?”The question induced a long pregnant pause. My panelists looked at one another uncomfortably. Finally, a few murmured that data sharing wouldn’t make financial sense. They explained that with each company investing so much in its own AV testing, why should they share the fruits of their research?My perception was that each company believes that if it does enough testing, it can be the first to roll out commercial AVs. I asked a follow-up: “How do you know when you’re done testing? How will you know your AVs are safe enough for commercial launch?”In other words, when is enough testing enough?Again, panelists strenuously avoided eye contact and kept mum. The audience also fell silent.Click here for larger imageAV System Safety Panel sponsored by SAE China (Photo: SAE China)AV System Safety Panel sponsored by SAE China (Photo: SAE China) ‘Safety shouldn’t be a competitive advantage’ Michael Krutz, president of Wind River’s Japanese subsidiary finally spoke up. He said, “Actually, you’re never done with testing. Testing is a continuous process.”Further, Krutz declared: “Every car should be safe. Safety shouldn’t be a competitive advantage.”Panelist Chengliang Yin, vice dean of Institute of Automotive Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, explained that China recently began issuing licenses to AV testing vehicles. Citing a glut of AV developers who want to do public road testing, he explained the importance of requiring permits before certain AV testing vehicles can hit the road. Yin acknowledged his role in designing the licensing system.Will AVs then need to get licenses before commercial launch in China? Yin said no, that’s not part of the plan. “We are talking about test vehicles.”Ted Haung, CTO of Jiangling Motors, acknowledged that some information exchange is happening among members of an automotive alliance to which his company belongs. But in general, data sharing is sparse, he said, because data collection costs so much.Krutz’s suggestion that carmakers shouldn’t compete on AV safety resonated with both the panel and the audience.A global problem Jiangling Motors’ Huang noted that even SOTIF offers nothing like “standard sensor suites.” He acknowledged, “We are moving into uncharted territory in the AV business, with no bible, no guidelines for safety.”Having no yardstick to assure themselves when their AVs are ready to go commercial isn’t a uniquely Chinese problem. It’s universal.Phil Magney, founder and principal advisor at VSI Labs, told us, “There is no official standard or benchmark for certifying the safety of a highly automated vehicle.” A robo-taxi developer, for example, must determine unilaterally its vehicle is safe enough to deploy. “At the moment this is up to them.”Put more bluntly, this is a classic model of the corporate “Trust Us” ethos, noted Phil Koopman, co-founder and CTO of Edge Case Research.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more