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National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter National Grid is facing an investigation by Ofgem over a major power cut earlier this month - as it blamed a lightning strike for the outage.The regulator - which has the power to fine firms up to 10% of UK turnover - said it was looking into whether the Grid and other electricity companies breached their licence conditions. Ofgem said it would focus on whether National Grid complied with requirements to hold sufficient backup power as well as how separate generation and distribution companies met their obligations.It announced the investigation at the same time as it published National Grid's interim report into the power failure on 9 August, which left more than a million homes without power ...

Officer in Mexico’s National Guard killed in shootout

World
Mexico's new National Guard force suffered its first casualty in the line of duty, when an officer was killed in a shootout with a gang. The National Guard was launched by President Andres Manuel López Obrador in late June and is an amalgam of military police and federal police. It is supposed to be Mexico's front-line force for fighting gangs. The federal Security Department said three suspects were killed in the confrontation Saturday in Yuriria township in the north-central state of Guanajuato. However, the Yuriria municipal government said five suspects were killed in the shootout, three wounded and seven detained. The town said the National Guard patrol was attacked when "they detected a safe house operated by a criminal gang. One member of the National Guard was killed." Guanajuato
NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab

Health
The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory to enhance care of patients and research.The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had "enormous power" to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients. He has announced £250m will be spent on boosting the role of AI within the health service. However, AI will pose new challenges including protecting patient data.What can AI do in health?The advanced computer software is already showing its potential to revolutionise medicine in fields ranging from diagnosing patients, gleaning new insights into diseases and improving how hospitals run.Artificial intelligences thrive when an algorithm can learn from huge amounts of data to spot patterns. Me
E-tolling mandatory across national highways from December this year

E-tolling mandatory across national highways from December this year

Finance
NEW DELHI: Toll collection across all national highways in the country will be done electronically starting December 1, as per the latest directions from the ministry of road transport and highways. In a letter sent to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the highways ministry has asked for conversion of all toll lanes at all national highways to 'FASTag lanes', a move that will make travel through toll plazas seamless and also remove congestion. The RFID-based FASTag affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle allows for direct payment of fee from the prepaid or savings account linked to it, and enables vehicles to drive through toll plazas without stopping for transactions. ET reported on July 9 the government's plan to make FASTags mandatory for payment of tolls across nationa...
Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Business
The Labour Party is unveiling plans to take the National Grid into public ownership.It wants to create a National Energy Agency to own and maintain transmission infrastructure.Labour said its nationalisation pledge would "usher in a Green Industrial Revolution" and tackle climate change.But National Grid - the largest transmitter of electricity and gas in Britain - said the proposal was the "last thing" that was needed.The firm, which does not operate in Northern Ireland, said the Labour plan would hinder the shift to green energy.Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes.Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, ...