Boring machine excites makers
A tunnel boring machine tailormade for the Anget water supply project in the Philippines, has come off the assembly line in Qingdao, in Shandong province. It was designed and manufactured by Qingdao Rail Transportation Facilities Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. It is the first time the unit is exporting a self-developed and manufacturing tunnel excavator. The machine will play an important role for Anget, a large-scale water supply project in Manila, capital of the Philippines. atic airbags. It will recall Mazda 6 vehicles manufactured between Sept 18, 2008 and Mar 31, 2016, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. The recall begins on Mar 19, 2018, as the model may have a faulty airbag system with a gas generator prone to rupture. All faulty parts will be replaced free of charge. Global and Chinese automakers recalled 4.49 million defective vehicles in the first five months of the year, compared with 8.8 million in the first half of 2016. neering company, UTC Engenharia SA, one of the country’s largest, will pay 574 million reais ($175 million) as a fine for its role in the Petrobras corruption ring. Brazil’s comptroller general announced on Monday that UTC had signed a leniency agreement, in which it admitted the damages it had caused through its corrupt acts and committed itself to repairing these damages. The money will be used to pay back damages caused to Petrobras, electrical utility Eletrobras, and federal rail company Valec. In exchange for the fine, UTC will be allowed to compete in Brazil’s public tenders again. we have around 7.5 billion people on the planet and by 2100 we can expect about 11.2 billion,” Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, told the 22nd World Petroleum Congress that kicked off in Istanbul. Recent projections suggest that the population in Asia alone would increase by 750 million by the middle of the century, with its energy demand increasing by around half, noted Van Beurden. “But more than anything, this is a story about Africa,” he stressed. “We can expect 3.6 billion extra people to be living on this planet by the end of the century and 3.2 billion of them will be in Africa, with the vast majority in sub-Saharan Africa.” the globe. The commission said broadband can address basic needs, such as healthcare and food production, helping lift people out of poverty through e-commerce opportunities and job growth, monitoring climate change and planetary processes, and bridging the digital gender divide. It added that information and communication technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence, as well as broadbandbased technologies, could be harnessed as “a uniquely powerful tool” to drive global development and accelerate the progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals.