The Pajama Game’s creative team includes choreography by Stephen Mear, design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Paul Groothius and music direction by Gareth Valentine. Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Pajama Game, starring two-time Olivier winner Joanna Riding and Olivier nominee Michael Xavier, will transfer to the West End. Directed by five-time Olivier winner Sir Richard Eyre, performances are set to begin May 1, 2014. The show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through September 13 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. View Comments Featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross with a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, The Pajama Game deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory where workers’ demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise go ignored. Soon enough, love blossoms between Babe (Riding), the grievance committee head, and Sid (Xavier), the new factory superintendent. Riding is currently in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward in the West End. Other credits include Carousel , My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Oh! What A Lovely War. She will next be seen in the Into the Woods film. Xavier’s credits include Love Story, Into The Woods, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of The Opera, and The Sound of Music. The full cast will be announced in due course.
The nominations for the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards are here! The new musical SpongeBob SquarePants heads the list with 11 nominations, followed just behind by the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with 10 noms and the revival of My Fair Lady which was honored with nine nominations. Winners of the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on May 7.Please note: The off-Broadway production of The Band’s Visit was nominated for and received multiple awards from the Outer Critics Circle last season and therefore was not considered again for its Broadway run.Find the full list of nominees below.OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAYThe ChildrenFarinelli and the KingHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildJunkOUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICALEscape to MargaritavilleFrozenMean GirlsPrince of BroadwaySpongeBob SquarePantsOUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAYAdmissionsCost of LivingHangmenThe Low RoadMlima’s TaleOUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICALCruel IntentionsDesperate MeasuresJerry Springer — The OperaMiss You Like HellWoody SezOUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)Angels in AmericaJesus Hopped the ‘A’ TrainLobby HeroThree Tall WomenTravestiesOUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)CarouselMy Fair LadyOnce On This IslandPacific OverturesOUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)Tina Fey, Mean GirlsQuiara Alegría Hudes, Miss You Like HellKyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePantsPeter Kellogg, Desperate MeasuresOUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)SpongeBob SquarePants (Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie and Tom Kitt)Desperate Measures (David Friedman and Peter Kellogg)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Imogen Heap)Miss You Like Hell (Erin McKeown and Quiara Alegría Hudes)Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAYSean Carvajal, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ TrainAndrew Garfield, Angels in AmericaTom Hollander, TravestiesGregg Mozgala, Cost of LivingMichael Urie, The Government InspectorOUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAYMaameYaa Boafo, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls PlayJessica Hecht, AdmissionsGlenda Jackson, Three Tall WomenLauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser GodKaty Sullivan, Cost of LivingOUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICALHarry Hadden-Paton, My Fair LadyJoshua Henry, CarouselDavid M. Lutken, Woody SezConor Ryan, Desperate MeasuresEthan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePantsOUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICALLauren Ambrose, My Fair LadyErika Henningsen, Mean GirlsHailey Kilgore, Once On This IslandTaylor Louderman, Mean GirlsPatti Murin, FrozenOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAYAnthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildJohnny Flynn, HangmenNathan Lane, Angels in AmericaDavid Morse, The Iceman ComethPaul Sparks, At Home at the ZooOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAYJamie Brewer, Amy and the OrphansDenise Gough, Angels in AmericaHarriet Harris, The Low RoadLaurie Metcalf, Three Tall WomenMary Testa, The Government InspectorOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICALNorbert Leo Butz, My Fair LadyAlexander Gemignani, CarouselGavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePantsNick Wyman, Desperate MeasuresTony Yazbeck, Prince of BroadwayOUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICALKerry Butler, Mean GirlsLindsay Mendez, CarouselLauren Molina, Desperate MeasuresAshley Park, Mean GirlsEmily Skinner, Prince of BroadwayOUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCEBilly Crudup, Harry ClarkeEve Ensler, In the Body of the WorldAlison Fraser, SqueamishJohn Lithgow, Stories by HeartSharon Washington, Feeding the DragonOUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAYJo Bonney, Cost of LivingMarianne Elliott, Angels in AmericaPatrick Marber, TravestiesJoe Mantello, Three Tall WomenJohn Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildOUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICALMichael Arden, Once On This IslandBill Castellino, Desperate MeasuresTina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePantsCasey Nicholaw, Mean GirlsBartlett Sher, My Fair LadyOUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHERCamille A. Brown, Once On This IslandChristopher Gattelli, My Fair LadyChristopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePantsSteven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildJustin Peck, CarouselOUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)Miriam Buether, Three Tall WomenMyung Hee Cho, In the Body of the WorldChristine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildMichael Yeargan, My Fair LadyDavid Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePantsOUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildClint Ramos, Once On This IslandPaloma Young, Time and the ConwaysDavid Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePantsCatherine Zuber, My Fair LadyOUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePantsNeil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildPaule Constable, Angels in AmericaPaul Russell, Farinelli and the KingLap Chi Chu, Mlima’s TaleOUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical)Tim Reid, 1984Finn Ross, FrozenFinn Ross, In the Body of the WorldFinn Ross and Adam Young, Mean GirlsFinn Ross and Ash Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildOUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (Play or Musical)Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildKate Marvin, [Porto]Fitz Patton, Napoli, BrooklynMarc Salzberg, My Fair LadyDarron L. West, Mlima’s TaleOUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONSJason Robert Brown, Prince of BroadwayTom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePantsAnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin, Once On This IslandJonathan Tunick, CarouselClaire Van Kampen, Farinelli and the KingJOHN GASSNER AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)Kate Benson, [Porto]Jocelyn Bioh, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls PlayLindsey Ferrentino, Amy and the OrphansMeghan Kennedy, Napoli, BrooklynDominique Morisseau, PipelineNominations tally for three or more:SpongeBob SquarePants—11Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—10My Fair Lady—9Mean Girls—8Desperate Measures—7Angels in America—6Carousel—6Once On This Island—6Three Tall Women—5Cost of Living—4Frozen—4Prince of Broadway—4Farinelli and the King—3In the Body of the World—3Mlima’s Tale—3Miss You Like Hell—3Travesties—3 View Comments
ROKA has an impressive and growing team of coaches and champions in its roster including six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion and coach Mark Allen; current and 4x ITU World Champion & 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist Javier Gómez; ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen; 2x Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack; Siri Lindley and Team Sirius; Mat Steinmetz and 51 Speed Shop; 2x ITU World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist Emma Moffatt; 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt; 70.3 World Champion & 3x XTERRA World Champion Julie Dibens; 2013 Kona Runner-up & Challenge Roth winner Rachel Joyce and others.ROKA is a performance multisport brand that was founded in 2011 by two former All-American swimmers from Stanford University, who, after being frustrated by the wetsuit offerings on the market, set out to make ‘the fastest wetsuit on the planet’. After two years of product development, the ROKA team launched their patent-pending Maverick wetsuit, Viper swimskin and SIM short training line in March 2013.In its first season, ROKA saw widespread acceptance by elite and developing swimmers alike, and ROKA pro athletes finished first out of the water at the Ironman World Championship, the ITU WTS Grand Final, the Hy-Vee 5150 Elite Cup Championship, several Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races, and more. ROKA is based in Dallas, Texas with employees in California and Colorado.www.rokasports.comwww.qbp.com ROKA Sports has confirmed that, effective immediately, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the global distribution leader across the endurance sports market, will be distributing ROKA’s range of swim products.Nick Essma, Product Line Manager for QBP said, “We are thrilled to add ROKA to our multisport-focused offering. Rarely do we add such a young company to our catalog, but we have seen significant demand for ROKA’s innovative products, due in no small part to their overwhelmingly positive market acceptance and race results.“We have a high level of knowledge and passion for multisport here at QBP, with over 25 Ironman finishes amongst our Q-Multisport team, and our group manages over 40 top brands that cover swim, bike, run, transition and nutrition. ROKA will be an excellent addition to our offering.”ROKA Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Dolan said, “QBP is the gold standard in multisport specialty distribution, and we’re delighted to partner with them. QBP offers retailers top flight support on product selection, and their dedicated inside and outside sales force does an excellent job helping new retailers develop the right mix of products for their shops.“With over 5,000 accounts, QBP’s reach and expertise are a perfect fit for us as we seek to make our products available to more athletes.”With over 5,000 customers, QBP is a leading distributor to the cycling and outdoor industries. Dedicated to high performance and outstanding results, QBP is committed to being in the top 1% of all distributors. Carrying more than 36,000 products from 450 vendors, the company offers domestic and international retailers a wide array of products and services including a 1,700 page catalog; an online ordering system; a renowned custom wheel service; a specialty bike-building program, and more. The company owns five bike brands including All-City, Civia, Foundry, Salsa Cycles and Surly. QBP is also the exclusive distributor of Lazer Helmets. Additionally QBP owns 45 North, Whisky Parts Co, Dimension and Problem Solvers. QBP also distributes products to thousands of independent ski, run, and outdoor retailers. QBP operates LEED certified distribution centers in Minnesota, Utah and Pennsylvania, which allows the company to reach 95% of its customers in the US with ground shipping in one or two days. Related
More Nipah cases reported in India, death toll reaches 10The death toll for a Nipah virus outbreak in India’s Kerala state now stands at 10, after at least 12 more people have been diagnosed as having the deadly virus, according to a Reuters report today.Reuters said an additional nine people are being treated for infections with supportive care. Nipah virus is most commonly spread by fruit bats, and presents with severe, flu-like symptoms.Kerala’s health minister, K. K. Shailaja, said in a news conference that 12 of 18 people screened for the virus tested positive for the disease. Officials from India’s National Centre for Disease Control are investigating the outbreak.Nipah virus was first discovered in Malaysia in 1998, and India has seen two previous outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In past outbreaks, infections occurred after close contact with infected bats, pigs, and people.Yesterday, Indian health officials confirmed that the initial three fatalities were in two siblings who spent time on a bat-infested property, as well as in a nurse who took care of them. May 22 Reuters story UK government, Gates Foundation join CARB-X’s drug resistance effortsThe UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have joined the CARB-X partnership to support scientific research to develop new antibiotics, vaccines, diagnostics, and other measures against drug-resistant bacterial infections, CARB-X said in a news release today.The UK’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund is committing up to £20 million ($26.9 million), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $25 million to CARB-X over the next 3 years. CARB-X (Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator) is the world’s largest public-private partnership promoting research and development to combat the antimicrobial resistance crisis.Combined with existing funding commitments from Wellcome Trust and the US government, CARB-X now has more than $500 million to invest in antibacterial development. CARB-X has so far invested in 33 projects from seven countries.Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer said, “We must work together to tackle this problem, and that is why I’m delighted the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation are joining the CARB-X partnership. Through CARB-X, the UK Government’s Global AMR Innovation Fund will be supporting research into the development of new vaccines and other life-saving products to tackle drug-resistant infections in developing countries where the burden is greatest.”The expanded CARB-X partnership was announced at the launch of the Global Antimicrobial Resistance R&D Hub during the 71st World Health Assembly meeting this week in Geneva.May 22 CARB-X news release Cameroon reports first monkeypox outbreak in 3 decadesCameroon’s health ministry recently notified the WHO about a monkeypox outbreak involving seven suspected cases, one of them confirmed, marking the country’s first known appearance of the disease in three decades.So far two districts in northwestern Cameroon are affected, with the first two cases reported in Njikwa district, according to a weekly health emergencies report from the WHO’s African regional office. Samples were sent to the Pasteur Institute lab in Cameroon, where one of the specimens tested positive on May 14 for othropoxvirus, prompting a formal outbreak declaration from the health ministry the following day.Active case finding turned up five more suspected cases, including two in Akwaya district in Cameroon’s southeast region. A preliminary investigation suggests that the index case involves a guard at a game park who handled a gorilla 3 weeks before he got sick.The WHO said since 2016 there appears to be an increase in human monkeypox cases across Africa, where outbreaks have occurred in the Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Most of the patients are from rural areas and are involved in activities such as farming and hunting that increase the risk of animal-to-human transmission.May 18 WHO African regional office weekly report AAP says FluMist can be used as a ‘last resort’ in kidsThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said yesterday that this fall, it will recommend that families choose the inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot) for their children, but the live attenuated influenza vaccine spray (FluMist) may be used as a last resort in kids who wouldn’t otherwise get vaccinated.The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not recommend FluMist in the last two flu seasons after data showed it was not effective against the H1N1 strain and less effective than the injected vaccine against H3N2. But in February, ACIP said FluMist will be made available for the 2018-19 flu season after the manufacturer’s data showed improved efficacy.”We really want to immunize as many children as we can against the flu with what we think will be the most effective vaccine. That’s why we’re recommending the flu shot,” said Henry H. Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP, associate editor of the AAP Red Book Online. “Recent history has shown the injected form of the vaccine to be more consistent in protecting against most strains of flu virus.”The AAP board of directors will make an official statement on influenza vaccinations in September, but issued this advice as clinics begin placing orders for vaccines. May 21 AAP statement Study finds pneumococcal vaccine 73% effective in older adultsIn the first study to test real-world effectiveness of the 13-valent (13-strain) pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in US seniors, researchers with the vaccine’s maker found an unadjusted vaccine effectiveness (VE) of 72.8% against hospitalized cases of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), according to a study yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.Scientists from Pfizer Vaccines of Collegeville, Pa., and the University of Louisville in Kentucky employed a test-negative design to test VE in 2,034 patients 65 and older in Louisville who were hospitalized for CAP. Sixty-eight of them (3.3%) had PCV13 serotypes. Of the 68 cases, 3 (4.4%) had received PCV13, while 285 of 1,966 controls (14.5%) had not.The vaccine was added to universal recommendations for this age-group in September 2014, and the study was conducted throughout April 2015.The researchers determined an unadjusted VE of 72.8% and an adjusted VE of 71.1% to 73.3%.May 21 Clin Infect Dis study
But, as Colliers International’s head of regeneration Jonathan Manns witheringly puts it: “We turned up at the Last Night of the Proms expecting an evening of flag-waving, only to find the Albert Hall was empty.”The document lacks teeth in key areas, with action against Nimby councils a case in point. Experts were expecting the government to get tough on local authorities that oppose development and fail to allocate land for housing. But no punishment was forthcoming beyond the threat to introduce a new homes delivery test that will grant developers automatic planning permission if councils fail to deliver new homes.Moreover, local authorities will avoid any action at all if they deliver just 65% of the housing need identified in their area. The consensus is that this is far too low a threshold. Perhaps, as Cushman & Wakefield partner Ian Anderson suggests, communities secretary Sajid Javid and his team had one eye on “maintaining support in Tory heartlands” where people simply don’t want any development.Read the key takeaways from the housing white paper in our summary.Where the government has taken a punt, it is radical for all the wrong reasons. The controversial ‘use it or lose it’ policy reared its ugly head, with the government promising guidance to encourage councils to seize ‘stalled’ sites from developers using compulsory purchase orders. It has been mooted before and the holes in the policy remain as gaping as ever, not least because of the uncertainty and unnecessary risk piled onto developers, who in turn will bring forward fewer schemes. And besides, councils simply don’t have the resource, energy or knowledge to follow it through. No wonder AECOM senior director Philip Scott describes the policy as “unworkable”.There are, however, some faint glimmers of hope. The government is throwing its weight behind the modular construction sector and continues to row back on David Cameron’s home ownership obsession and controversial starter homes policy.It has also promised the most meaningful support for build-to-rent (BTR) to date, including the long-overdue step of creating a separate class of affordable housing for the sector – a move investors and developers have been quick to praise. But it’s worth remembering that, like most of the white paper, the BTR measures are subject to consultation and given how long the white paper took to produce it could be years before the initiatives are actually implemented.Call Off DutyAnother major disappointment is the government’s continued failure to acknowledge the terrible impact its stamp duty reforms have had on much-needed housing supply. If ministers are serious about solving the housing crisis, they need to rethink this punitive regime or we will still have a housing crisis on our hands even if the white paper measures are introduced.The good news is that there is still time to sign up to Property Week’s Call Off Duty campaign and have your say before we make representations to chancellor Philip Hammond. Back our Call Off Duty campaign
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Following last week’s reports that DORIS Engineering’s recently set up division, dedicated to renewable energy, is starting its operations with floating offshore wind projects in France, the company told Offshore WIND that the works DORIS Renewables has been in charge of have already been completed. Namely, DORIS Renewables had been involved in EDF EN’s Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind project back in 2016 and the company has already completed its work there.For EDF EN’s project, DORIS provided technical assistance for the evaluation of the technical offers from floater’s contractors, Jérôme Iacovella, Head of the DORIS Renewables Business Unit, explained. The work encompassed the review of all technical documents provided by the competitors with particular focus on the following items: design robustness and viability, naval architecture, constructability, mooring system and installation.For Quadran’s EolMed floating offshore wind project, DORIS Renewables has been assisting the developer in preparing the scope of work for geotechnical and geophysical surveys and ensuring that its content suits the specific needs of the project, Iacovella said. The work encompassed the proper definition of the following items: methodologies, equipment, number of tests, instrumentation required, calibration method, survey grid, precision, documentation to be provided, laboratory tests, etc.“After a period of Contractors consultation and the reception of the technical proposal, DORIS has participated in the technical evaluation of the bids by providing neutral and independent review of the Contractors documents. This project ended in February 2017,” Jérôme Iacovella said.The initial article can be accessed HERE.Please note that hyperlinks are disabled on Offshore WIND Mobile.
The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has teamed up with volunteering charity Raleigh International to develop a unique annual public service project in Borneo. Junior lawyers from the UK will work with a local community in the south-east Asian island of Borneo on infrastructure projects to build local amenities. They will also take part in a series of workshops with junior lawyers from the local law society in Sabah discussing the rule of law, legal ethics and the promotion of human rights. The project gives lawyers the opportunity to gain CPD points while developing their leadership and project management skills. A team of volunteers from the JLD’s executive and national committees will go on the first 16-day pilot expedition in October. JLD chairwoman Kat Gibson said: ‘The project will enable junior lawyers to participate in a never-seen before project, which will not only give them the opportunity to make a difference to a less fortunate local community in Borneo, but also enable them to reach out to junior lawyers in Borneo and spend time with them discussing the future of the legal profession and, most importantly, the crucial issue of the rule of law.’
Mercer: ‘Complete work of fiction’‘My problem is that you come here and make these allegations, that the British went into Basra and all hell broke loose and suddenly no-one cared about human rights and everyone was very disappointed, and it is a complete work of fiction.’Later in the session, Day explained that his firm had sued the MoD rather than individual soldiers. He pointed out that around 330 claims against the government in relation to Iraq had been successful, with more than 600 still being processed.Mercer continued his cross-examination by asking Day if he felt remorse or regret about the situation faced by soldiers accused of wrongdoing.Day said: ‘I am proud of the system that we represent and the rule of law, and the rule of law means that at times soldiers will have to come and give evidence. That is tough for them as it is for anybody else.’Mercer responded: ‘It was entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility. You are deluded Martyn, you are absolutely deluded.’The MP accused Day of exploiting the English justice system and the difficult scenarios that arise during warfare, adding: ‘I don’t blame you for it because you are making money out of it. The reason you don’t go after individual soldiers I would suggest is simply because there is no money in it for you.’Day confirmed that his firm had received £11m in fees and disbursements from the government in relation to claims generated from the Iraq conflict. He said neither he nor any member of his firm (except for one individual) had been to Iraq to monitor first-hand the activities of third parties on the ground who were paid a referral fee for each claim they brought in. Asked if he would apologise for the lives Mercer said had been ‘ruined’ by litigation, Day said: ‘I am not going to apologise for the rule of law.’Pressed on whether Leigh Day had an agenda against the armed forces, Day replied: ‘No, not at all. I totally support the British Army… that is why it is so important we learn the lessons to make sure they do not make the big mistakes that they made this time round… I am clear that rather than us being able to have a proper debate about the rights and wrongs of what has happened in Iraq, one is surrounded by so much murkiness that it is so hard to get at the actual truth.’ The senior partner of human rights firm Leigh Day has been directly accused of dishonesty over his handling of claims against the Ministry of Defence by an MP enjoying parliamentary privilege. Martyn Day was cleared of misconduct in 2017 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in relation to the Al-Sweady claims. He prevailed in the High Court when the Solicitors Regulation Authority tried to appeal the tribunal’s decision last year.But the issue reignited today during an evidence session of the House of Commons defence committee, where Day appeared as a witness to speak about the statute of limitation for forces veterans.The discussion turned to Day’s role in gathering and issuing claims against the MoD on behalf of individuals who purported to be civilians but turned out to be members of an Iraqi militia army.During a fraught and often tense interchange with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, who served in the British Army, Mercer said Day had been ‘dishonest throughout this process’.Dishonesty was never alleged by the SRA before the tribunal during the seven-week hearing in 2017.Asked by Day if he would repeat the accusation outside parliament, Mercer said: ‘No problem whatsoever. You have known for a long time that the individuals in the Al-Sweady case were part of the Mahdi Army, that documentation [which showed it] was found in your possession.
Autonomous vehicles are one of the most exciting things in the world of technology right now. What was once a staple of science fiction movies is fast becoming a reality and it is sure to change the way that we drive forever. The technology is still in the early stages and there are a lot of kinks to iron out before they become widespread. There have already been stories of fatal crashes as people have ignored rules that state you must always have two hands on the wheel, regardless of whether the car is driving itself or not. Safety issues are amongst the primary concerns when it comes to driverless cars and governments are moving fast to try to catch up with the technology and put laws in place to prepare us for a time when driving your own car is a thing of the past.But once all of those problems are resolved and we can be sure that the technology is reliable, it won’t be long until autonomous vehicles are everywhere. Conservative estimates predict that they will be widespread in the next few decades, but it could be even sooner than that. So, what does that mean for driving? These are some of the biggest changes that autonomous cars are likely to bring about.Car OwnershipThe issue of whether people will own their own cars or not is still unclear, but a lot of people predict that car ownership will be a thing of the past. Currently, our cars spend the majority of the time sitting in a parking spot, not being used. You use them to drive to work, then they sit all day until you drive home. Then they sit all night until you need it the next morning. You might use it more often at weekends but it is still only a small portion of the time. But an autonomous vehicle doesn’t need to wait for you to come back and operate it. It can drive away and pick somebody else up right away. That’s why people are predicting that car ownership will change and instead of having your own car, you will just order one to pick you up as and when you need it, in the same way that you might use an Uber. There is also potential for a subscription service so you pay a yearly fee for the use of a car. This will mean that there are fewer cars on the road, which is good news in environmental terms. However, not everybody agrees with this and there is an argument that driverless cars will actually increase car ownership for a number of reasons, like instant accessibility, holding personal items in the car, and lower maintenance costs.Car CustomizationCredit: PixabayCar customization is a big industry right now and it’s been growing steadily. People have more access to custom parts online, and access to more information on how to install them. People are also keeping their cars for longer so they’re more likely to apply cosmetic changes like personalised number plates, custom paint jobs, and new body kits, as well as performance upgrades to the engine. But how will that industry be affected when people no longer own their own cars? There is a case to argue that it will die completely because nobody owns a car that they can customize, but that is less than likely. What people are forgetting is that owning and customizing a car is a hobby for a lot of people and, while they might use an autonomous car for their daily driving, those people are likely to own cars still. What is most likely to happen is that car customization will become a more specialist industry and, as parts become more scarce, they will increase in value.It’s also important to consider what will happen if predictions about an increase in car ownership come true. In that case, the car customization industry will boom because there will be more options for upgrading cars, especially when it comes to entertainment systems. When you no longer have to handle the driving, you have a block of time in which you can do other things, and that means that entertainment is likely to become a big part of the driving experience. Nissan has already announced a concept for an augmented reality driving system. In a manually controlled car, this system is focused on safety. It can take data from the sensors on the car and surrounding vehicles and translate them into an augmented reality display, in order to give you more information about the road around you and hopefully, make your driving experience safer. But they also teased some features for autonomous cars as well, like projecting images inside the car. Only time will tell what kind of technology will be implemented in autonomous cars but it is clear that the driving experience will be focused on entertainment and working, as people do on a commute using public transport, and that will mean more customization, not less.InsuranceCredit: PixabayInsurance is another big question that people have about driverless cars and there are two main issues here. Firstly, if the drivers don’t own the cars, are they going to be liable for insurance? If the cars are owned by a company that rents them out, it’s likely that they will be the ones that cover the insurance, so that’s one thing that you won’t have to worry about anymore. The other major issue is, who is liable in the event of a crash? Currently, you can usually find somebody that was to blame for the crash, but if both cars are operated by a computer, how do you decide who is to blame and do the passengers hold any responsibility. This remains one of the biggest question marks around autonomous vehicles.Ethical IssuesThe question of who is liable for the crash is one of the ethical issues surrounding driverless cars, but there are some more serious ones to be dealt with. What happens if a car runs a person down and injures them? Can the passenger in the car be held accountable or will it be the company that owns the car? There is also the question of decision making, and this is the biggest problem that manufacturers face. If the car is faced with the choice of protecting the driver or a pedestrian, will it always choose the driver? How can a piece of software make these difficult ethical decisions?At the moment, we can only speculate about how autonomous vehicles will change the way that we drive, but it is clear that there are a lot of ethical and safety issues to deal with before we find out.