Burning Kuga plug-in hybrid has serious consequences: Ford rides the CO2 targets

Technical problems with the new Kuga plug-in hybrid and the resulting mass recall plunge Ford into serious difficulties in Europe.

According to its own statements, the car manufacturer will therefore miss the EU’s CO2 fleet targets this year and will be forced to join a so-called open CO2 pool with another car manufacturer at the last minute.

Renault could become the pooling partner because the French will remain below the EU emission standards for this year due to the great sales success of their all-electric Zoe. Ford did not initially say who the partner would be.

Ford forms a pool in the light commercial vehicle sector

In a statement, Ford stated that the company has always met the EU’s emissions targets and will continue to do so. “However, the current problems with the Kuga PHEV and the necessary delivery stop have affected our plan, the EU emissions regulations for cars for 2020 alone Therefore, like many other OEMs in Europe, we now intend to join an open pool with other OEMs for passenger cars.

“The recent events with the Kuga PHEV have resulted in a freeze on deliveries and sales of this model. This has undermined our plan to meet the EU’s 2020 emission targets for cars on our own. So we now intend, as do many other vehicle manufacturers in Europe to form an open pool with other manufacturers in the passenger car sector.

In the area of ​​light commercial vehicles, on the other hand, Ford says it has no problems meeting the CO2 requirements. That is why Ford wants to create an open CO2 pool for this segment in order to give other commercial vehicle manufacturers with a poorer CO2 balance the opportunity to participate. Ford of Europe explicitly named the Volkswagen Group in this context.

Recall of 20,808 plug-in hybrids

At the beginning of September, Ford stopped selling other Kuga plug-in hybrid models in Europe after parts of the high-voltage technology caught fire in several vehicles. 20,808 Kuga plug-in hybrids that have already been delivered have been called back to the workshops.

However, Ford has not yet found the cause of the problem, which is why the recalled vehicles have to continue driving first – but Ford has urged the owners to only run the cars with the internal combustion engine and no longer charge the battery.

In order to appease the owners because of the considerable inconvenience, Ford has promised those affected a fuel voucher worth 500 euros and an extended guarantee period.

American escape is also affected

The problems with the Kuga plug-in hybrid also have an impact on the carmaker’s business in the USA. The sales start of the compact crossover Escape plug-in hybrid planned for this fall will now be postponed to the coming year because the electric drive train is based on the same components as the European Kuga.

“We are postponing production until next year and are first investigating what happened to the Kuga in Europe,” said a company spokesman in Dearborn. So far, no Escape plug-in hybrid has come onto the market in the USA.

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Refugee policy in Italy: Trial against Salvini begins

Allegation: deprivation of liberty. Because he did not let 131 refugees ashore for days, Italy’s ex-interior minister has to answer in court.

Pleased with the loud support of his followers: Matteo Salvini Photo: Reuters

ROM taz | The trial against Matteo Salvini began on the first day of the preliminary hearing on Saturday. The head of the right-wing populist Lega has to answer in Catania for deprivation of liberty in 131 cases. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

During his time as Minister of the Interior, Salvini prevented a ship belonging to the Italian coast guard with 131 refugees from entering a port for several days in July 2019. For almost a week, people were forced to stay on the deck of the ship in the mid-summer heat.

Salvini’s approach in the then coalition of the Five Star Movement and Lega was part of his policy of “closed ports”: During his term of office from June 2018 to August 2019, he rigorously refused to dock NGO rescue ships in Italy – twice even for the Italian coast guard. It was about stopping the “invasion” of refugees and the machinations of the smugglers, he explained at the time.

The ex-interior minister brought various preliminary investigations. Because the government at the time was defending his immunity, he has so far got away. Since September 2019, however, the five-star movement has no longer governed with the Lega, but with the moderately left Partito Democratico. In the case now negotiated, the parties jointly voted in favor of lifting Salvini’s immunity.

Salvini’s successor should also take the stand

On Saturday lunchtime, the judge in charge announced that the preliminary hearing would continue on two additional dates in November and December. The public prosecutor’s office had previously taken the position that Salvini had merely performed his official duties and, together with the defense, had demanded that the proceedings be terminated.

For the next two hearing days, interrogations of the then Deputy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, five-star boss Luigi Di Maio and the then ministers for transport and defense are planned.

Luciana Lamorgese, Salvini’s successor in the Ministry of the Interior, is also supposed to take the stand. The judge apparently wants to examine the extent to which the “policy of the closed ports” was continued from the first to the second Conte government without Salvini’s influence. In the past few months, the Italian government has repeatedly refused to assign a port to ships with rescued persons on board.

Solidarity from the far right

Salvini should have been pleased with the solidarity of his supporters and right-wing alliance partners. Sympathizers demonstrated in front of the court with slogans such as “Bring us all to trial!” And “Stop the invasion!”.

Giorgia Meloni, head of the right-wing extremist “Fratelli d’Italia” (“Brothers of Italy”), traveled to Catania especially, as did Antonio Tajani from the Berlusconi party Forza Italia. The procedure was “monstrous”, Meloni found, and Italy threatened the establishment of a “regime”.

Salvini himself is of the opinion that the judges, only the voters, could decide on his actions. Furthermore, according to his line of defense, he did not act in isolation, but in agreement with the Prime Minister and the other cabinet members.


Another trek of migrants in Honduras started north (neue-deutschland.de)

Migrants from Honduras wait in Guatemala for help on their way to the USA. Several thousand people left Honduras on foot for the USA.

Photo: dpa / AP / Moises Castillo

Entre Rios. A trek of around 3,000 Central American migrants who want to get to the United States has crossed the border between Honduras and Guatemala. They broke through rows of Guatemalan soldiers at the Entre Ríos border crossing on Thursday, according to journalists from the AFP news agency. The majority of the people from Honduras also ignored the entry restrictions due to the corona pandemic.

According to Guatemalan immigration officials, people get into the country without taking the coronavirus test required for foreigners to enter the country. Also, many of the majority of the people from Honduras did not wear respirators.

Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei ordered the arrest and deportation of migrants who had illegally crossed the border. At the same time he appealed to them to voluntarily return to their home countries.

The trek started on Wednesday evening from the second largest Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. People had followed calls on the online networks.

“We don’t think about the pandemic, that’s the last thing we think about. We want our family out of here, ”said 20-year-old Jefrey Amaya, who was traveling with seven other teenagers. The majority of migrants are young men. Women with children were hardly to be seen in the trek. According to the Honduran Red Cross, the convoy consists of a total of 3,200 people in two large groups.

Another migrant, 27-year-old Miguel Artiga, said: “We’re going to find the American dream, nobody will stop us. Here we either die of Covid-19 or of starvation. The governments do nothing to create jobs. “

In the past few years, thousands of people from Central American countries fleeing poverty and violence had moved in large convoys to Mexico in order to continue on to the USA. Because US President Donald Trump threatened retaliation, Mexico has now sent around 26,000 soldiers to its borders.

Before the current trek, the last call for refugee caravans in the direction of the USA was published on the online networks in January. At that time around 2000 people followed the call. In view of the corona pandemic and the resulting restrictions, there had been no new such call for months since then. AFP / nd


Rumor over Starfield: footage from the leaked Bethesda game

After a few small leaks, Bethesda formalized during theE3 2018 Starfield, an adventure game that will take us into space, but which is still very mysterious today. The title is talked about again this week after the discovery on the Web of two images that seem to be taken from the game of Bethesda :

Starfield Leak 2018 Starfield Leak 2018 2

As pointed out Household appliances, the interface typography is the same as the Starfield logo, and the logo on the astronaut’s suit is very similar to the one briefly visible in the teaser, through a reflection. However, these images would date from 2018, the title has undoubtedly changed a lot since, and will undoubtedly still undergo some modifications before its launch.

Bethesda, which comes to be bought by Microsoft, obviously did not comment on this rumor, we will have to wait a long time before officially reviewing Starfield, expected at an unknown date on undetermined platforms. You can buy The Skyrim Library – Volumes I, II & III to € 62.34 on Amazon.fr.

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Demonstration on family reunification from Eritrea: increase the pressure

Eritrean refugees wait years in Germany for their families to be allowed to come. That’s why they want to demonstrate on Saturday.

Demonstration for family reunification from Eritrea in June in Berlin Foto: Florian Boillot

BERLIN taz | For the second time within a few months, Eritrean refugees want to demonstrate on Saturday in Berlin’s government district for their right to family reunification. After the first demonstration in July with more than 1,000 participants, the Federal Foreign Office had neither answered the demonstrators’ letter nor changed its practice, says one of those affected, Mehari Tsegay of the taz. The motto of the demo at the time was “I miss my family”.

Tsegay has lived in Germany since 2014 and has been waiting for his wife and two children who are in Ethiopia ever since. He says, “We have to increase the pressure. The unrest in Ethiopia, where many families are waiting, has worsened in recent months. Our families are badly affected and had to leave their homes. “

According to the initiators, 1,200 refugees from Eritrea are currently waiting for their families to join them. The escape from the Horn of Africa to Europe via the Sahara, the civil war state of Libya and the Mediterranean Sea is so dangerous that often only men feel comfortable going. Meanwhile, the women and children wait in Ethiopia or Sudan, i.e. in politically and economically unstable countries. According to official statistics, a good 80 percent of the Eritrean refugees living in Germany are men. If they are granted asylum – the rule given the catastrophic situation in Eritrea – they have the right to family reunification.

In practice it looks different. According to official information from the federal government and international organizations, one first waits six to twelve months for registration with the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Eritrea’s neighboring countries and then another 12 months for an appointment at the German embassy in order to even be able to apply for family reunification. During this time, their husbands in Germany are responsible for the livelihood of the women and children, who often run into high debts. Because they are poorly trained and often only precariously employed here.

Eritrea takes a lot of money for official documents

“Then many more months pass before the applications are processed,” says the call for the demonstration. “Family reunification often fails because of the unreasonable and unfulfillable demands that the German embassies place on the evidence of family ties and the identity of relatives”.

This is due to the fact that in Eritrea births and weddings are usually not registered by the state but only by the church. Applicants can only submit church birth and marriage certificates. But the Foreign Office does not recognize this because the consular officers are not qualified to do so, as the federal government announced in its response to a parliamentary question from the left.

If you want to apply for a certificate for a marriage or a birth from abroad at a later date from the Eritrean state, you have to pay two percent of your income as a so-called “disaspor tax” for the time after leaving Eritrea. Without this tax there are no documents. Refugees call it unreasonable to also finance their persecuting state. They demand that the German Foreign Office should move and also recognize non-state documents. In addition, the refugees believe that applications for family reunification should be given priority.


Balkan route in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 12,000 people in a dead end

The overcrowded Bira camp on the border with Croatia is tight, but the alternative camp is already full again. Many persevere in the woods.

New people come to Bosnia and Herzegovina every day in the hope of entering the EU Photo: Jana Cavojska / ZUMA / imago

SPLIT taz | While everyone is looking at Lesbos, the situation of migrants on the Balkan route has become quiet. Thereby, 12,000 people who want to go to Europe accumulate in the Bosnian northwestern canton of Una-Sana. As on the Greek islands, they too vegetate under unspeakable circumstances: there is little food and, despite the corona pandemic, hardly any medical care.

The completely overcrowded Bira camp in Bihać was closed on September 7th. The inmates, mainly from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria, were to be transferred to other camps. But many ended up in forests and meadows in the surrounding area. As on the Greek islands, the local population is overwhelmed and has adopted a hostile attitude even after initial helpfulness.

Whereas a year ago the migrants could have hoped to get from Bihać over the mountain border to Croatia, this route is now denied to them. The Croatian police have refined their methods of picking up the migrants and pushing them back to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The brutally carried out illegal push-backs have been documented and proven hundreds of times by NGOs such as Amnesty International and journalists.

But this has not changed anything. Brussels and Berlin are silent about the illegal push-backs. The IOM (International Organization for Migration) is trying to set up alternative refugee camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 30 kilometers from Bira, the Lipa camp, which can accommodate 3,000 people. But even this is already hopelessly overcrowded.

Winter is coming

And more people arrive every day who have made it from Greece via North Macedonia, Serbia or Montenegro to Bosnia and Herzegovina and still hope to get to the EU from there. The border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has so far proven to be porous. Because most of the border runs between Serbia and the Serbian-dominated state in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the so-called Republika Srpska.

The Serb leader in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, leaves no doubt that Muslim migrants will not be tolerated in his sphere of rule. They are taken by bus to the border with the Muslim-dominated Bosniak-Croatian Federation. So in August the absurd situation arose that the police in Bihać confronted the Bosnian Serb police and tried to prevent people from being deported to their territory.

The poor small towns of Bihać and Velika Kladusa, which had only recovered from the war of the 1990s, are now having to pay for the EU migration policy. The cold winter in the region is coming soon. The situation will become even more dramatic, warns Peter Van der Auweraert, head of the IOM in Bosnia.


Information leakage: how to avoid putting company assets at risk with teleworking | Innovation

The crisis generated by covid-19 has forced the almost complete implementation of teleworking throughout the business fabric. This new system, in which employees have moved their office home, has brought many benefits, but it also carries some other vital risks for companies. One of them is undoubtedly the greatest possibility of information leaks and losses, one of the greatest assets for any corporation. Data, knowledge and design or patents represent an incalculable value for companies, presenting themselves as the basis of the business and the main weapon to gain and maintain competitiveness in the market. Only a minimal leak of this information can mean losses of millions of euros and put the future and the credibility of a company on hold, as well as placing all its clients in a situation of risk and vulnerability, as has happened in the recent case of EasyJet airline. In some cases, it has even led to bankruptcy and closure.

The current situation, with millions of workers operating from home and immersed in enormous job uncertainty, translates into an unsafe behavior of a user outside the comfort environment of the company, trying to adapt to the new telematic means with which they now carry out their work .

An open field for new cyberattacks targeting this new condition. The most effective strategy is to protect the data and information, in the different states in which it may be found, wherever it resides, it is handled in any way and by the most diverse means. This point, in addition, is mandatory, as it is required by both the Organic Law on Protection of Personal Data (LOPD) and the new European regulation RDGP, which raises penalties of up to 4% of turnover for companies that violate the regulations.

Three types of users based on intentionality

The protection of information requires that companies assign a budget aligned with the risks, which are currently triggered, and identify the users. It is necessary to be aware that there are different profiles depending on the intentionality. The most common practice is that data loss is caused by what are known as users accidental, they are usually assigned 68% of the Security budget in control measures. In these cases, there is no bad intention on the part of the workers, but due to bad configuration, ignorance or malpractice, they usually carry out activities that are not allowed by the company. There are also committed users, which are usually the most mature scenarios in terms of measures implemented and, therefore, where less budget is dedicated, only 10%, since, in addition, it is very common for solutions deployed in the network to cover almost all of the threats.

Here, ignorance can lead employees to be in a position to cause an incident by having been compromised by an external attack. Finally, there are malicious users, those who will try to take advantage of the knowledge of the environment and the existing controls to carry out illegal activities with the resources and information of the company. They can affect the core of the corporation and the most critical assets and are the most difficult cases to identify, especially if there is no prior analysis of the worker’s behavior and actions. The companies dedicate 22% of the budget to security matters, but the effectiveness of the measures are seriously lacking.

The present scenario means that the measures implemented are no longer sufficient. None of them prevent the dissemination of the information that we can access or that, by mistake, falls into the wrong hands. For this reason, IECISA is committed to the implementation of Forcepoint, a technological solution that allows companies to protect the entire life cycle of said information and data and whose portfolio offers a set of market-leading security solutions. The vision of this tool is the risk management resulting from the analysis of user behavior and the availability of technological solutions that dynamically adapt the security policy to the reality of the risk posed by the worker at all times.

Control of channels and documents

Forcepoint DLP allows you to control all the channels through which a user has the ability to exfiltrate information to a safe or unwanted medium. “We protect email, browsing, messaging applications, that certain information can be printed or not, that activities can be carried out in the cloud application such as: uploading, downloading, sharing sensitive information with external addresses, etc. among many other activities. Furthermore, we apply visibility and control when sensitive information stored in our cloud application is accessed, even when it is an unmanaged or non-corporate team ”, they explain from IECISA.

The native integration of Forcepoint DLP and Forcepoint CASB solutions allows you to control that each document that is uploaded or downloaded from Office 365 does not violate the corporate data loss prevention policy. It is managed and administered from a single centralized console, through which you can access reports and reports of incidents related to information leakage. “What incidents have happened, the action taken, in which transmission channel it has been identified, what type of incidents pose a greater risk in my organization, and from the same platform, take the necessary mitigation actions. Of course, keeping all records and forensic evidence that each incident may require ”, they state from IECISA, where they guarantee that the information is discovered and protected in its three possible states: at rest, in motion and in use.

To close the circle of Data Protection, it is necessary to identify three phases: before, during and after. Forcepoint Dynamic Data Protection allows us to monitor user activities and associated risk at all times, understand what they were doing before the incident and what is the usual behavior profile; In the meantime, Forcepoint DLP and Forcepoint CASB provide information discovery, protection and governance in all its phases; and, for later, Forcepoint integrates with the solutions most demanded by clients such as Microsoft Azure IP, Boldon James, Sealpath, etc. that classify and protect files with a series of permissions that travel with the document, even when you leave the company, allowing you to have control of the document even when it is in the possession of an external recipient outside the business.


China: more than 3,000 patients after a bacteria leak from a lab

Brucellosis is a disease transmitted by livestock or animal products. It is generally not contagious between humans. But it can cause fevers, joint pain, and headaches.

PMore than 3,000 people have contracted an illness in northwestern China after bacteria leaked in 2019 from a biopharmaceutical plant producing animal vaccines, authorities said.

Brucellosis is a disease transmitted by livestock or animal products. It is generally not contagious between humans. But it can cause fevers, joint pain, and headaches.

A total of 3,245 people have tested positive for the bacteria, a figure established following tests carried out since the incident, according to health authorities in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. They specified that no case of human-to-human transmission has been observed.

A public laboratory in the city used an expired disinfectant in July-August 2019 in the production of anti-brucellosis vaccines for animals, authorities said on Tuesday.

Consequence: The sterilization was incomplete and the bacteria were still present in the gas emissions of the company – the Lanzhou Biopharmaceutical Plant for breeding animals.

This contaminated gas spread through the air to the nearby Veterinary Research Institute, where it had infected nearly 200 people last December.

The Lanzhou Health Bureau said on Friday that the bacteria usually come from sheep, cattle or pigs.

The laboratory had apologized this year and had its authorization to produce vaccines against brucellosis withdrawn.

The patients will receive financial compensation from October, according to the authorities in Lanzhou.


Distribution of refugees from Moria: the problem is called camp

Germany wants to take in more people from Moria. But Greece won’t let them leave the country. The calculation behind it: deterrence.

Former residents of the destroyed Moria camp in a newly built camp today on Lesbos Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis / reuters

For months there has been an argument about whether Germany should take in more refugees from Greece. Now the federal government wants to accept 1,500 more people than the previously promised 1,000. And then that: Greece does not want to let the people from Moria leave the country. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made it clear that only recognized refugees should be allowed to travel to other EU countries. But that is only a minority of the inmates of Moria. For many in this country this refusal sounded infamous and incomprehensible. It is infamous, but it can be explained.

Up until now, Greece always wanted as many refugees as possible to be accepted by other EU countries. Basically, that has not changed. After the fire in Moria, however, the government fears that the inmates of other EU “hotspots” on the Aegean Islands – these are also completely overcrowded and sometimes plagued by corona outbreaks – also set fire to their camps in order to be allowed to leave.

There could be something to this fear. However, this is by no means due to the fact that the inmates are “criminals” who want to blackmail the state, as has often been read in recent days. Rather, it is because these camps should not even exist. What happens there violates practically all the basic rights of the people housed there.

Greece is by no means innocent of this: the country has received enormous sums from the EU since 2015 in order to adequately care for the refugees on its territory. For strategic reasons, however, it did not call up a considerable portion of this money in order to force a different EU asylum policy and to deter other refugees with images of the misery in the camps.

The paradox that Athens of all places is now applying the redistribution brake shows that the problem is not Moria, it is the camp. As long as people are systematically disenfranchised in order to deter others, punctual actions cannot produce justice.


Mendacity on the refugee issue: Undignified haggling

Germany’s refugee policy is shameful: You name a number, you are sympathetic – and you know that Interior Minister Seehofer will say no anyway.

Stick to his tough stance: Interior Minister Horst Seehofer Photo: Britta Pedersen / dpa

Germany and the EU are stuck in a never-ending marmot day when it comes to refugees and asylum. Because a common policy that really addresses the problems does not come about due to national egoisms, the haggling over the admission of people in need always starts all over again. So it was after the refugee summer 2015, when Horst Seehofer, at that time still CSU head, absolutely wanted an “upper limit” of 200,000 refugees for Germany. As if the granting of (human) rights could be quantified.

This is how it is after every successful sea rescue in the Mediterranean: As a rule, days and weeks pass before people are allowed to go ashore, because first a few countries have to graciously agree to accept them.

Now the bazaar has reopened: Federal Interior Minister Seehofer believes he will be able to take in 100 to 150 refugees after the destruction of the Moria refugee camp – of course only if other EU countries join in. “Shameful,” said Berlin’s Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), quite correctly on the number – but Berlin’s planned state admission program, which Seehofer continues to refuse to approve, has only offered up to 300 places so far. In the capital, around 2,000 places in refugee homes have been vacant for months because the European isolation works so well.

Much more impressive is the bid from the candidate for CDU chairmanship, Norbert Röttgen, who would take 5,000 refugees from Moria. “It is our Christian-democratic claim to politics that we help now,” he said at the weekend. What is “Christian-democratic” about 5,000, when the acute issue is more than 13,000 homeless people, remains his secret.

But it doesn’t matter – the main thing is to name a number and be compassionate. Since you know that Seehofer will say no anyway, you can get cheap applause in this way from all voters, who have long and increasingly been causing stomach pains at the EU’s external borders.

The same applies to the lying crocodile tears that some politicians are squeezing out of their eyes. For example, SPD leader Saskia Esken, who announced on Twitter: “The refugees’ desperation can’t take waiting any longer. We want to act now. ”On the same day, on Friday, her parliamentary group in the Bundestag voted against the request of the left-wing parliamentary group to accept the 13,000 refugees from Moria in Germany. So much for humanity.