It is the most important industry in the world. Energy. We need it. Without it, nothing works. Without the oil producers and refiners, there’s no petrol to fuel our cars. Without power plans and the supporting infrastructure, there’s no electricity to keep the lights on. Without natural gas pipelines, there’s nothing to heat our homes with. Never been to TNW Conference? You. Are. Missing. Out. Get tickets Put simply, energy is foundational to our entire economy. It’s for that reason, and that reason alone, why it presents such a tempting target for hackers. And troublingly, according to a damning report from F-Secure, The State of the Station, companies working in the energy industry are failing to properly protect themselves from attackers. Two certainties in life, geopolitics and taxes The report points out that when it comes to security in the energy industry, there’s no smoke without fire. Incidents tend to coincide with external factors, be they … [Read more...] about F-Secure report highlights the woeful state of insecurity in the energy industry
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Updated 6:03 am CST, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Visitors look at veiled Renalut cars during the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 05, 2019. The 'Geneva International Motor Show' takes place in Switzerland from March 7 until March 17, 2019. Automakers are rolling out new electric and hybrid models at the show as they get ready to meet tougher emissions requirements in Europe - while not forgetting the profitable and popular SUVs and SUV-like crossovers. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) less Visitors look at veiled Renalut cars during the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 05, 2019. The 'Geneva International Motor Show' takes place in ... more Photo: Martial Trezzini, AP Photo: … [Read more...] about The Latest: VW gives dune buggy an electric makeover
Audi has unveiled its charging programs for the E-Tron SUV, its first full-production modern EV, but they're not exactly straightforward, and while its fast chargers are pricey, it still appears cheaper than filling up with gas.There are two tiers of plan available -- City Tariff and Transit Tariff. City Tariff is aimed at shorter-distance commuters, costing a base 4.95 euro (about $6) per month. It offers flat-rate charging for 22-kW AC charging and 50-kW DC charging, with the former costing 7.95 euro (about $9) per charging session and the latter costing 9.95 euro (about $11) per charging session. Transit Tariff offers the same flat charging rate for AC and DC, but its 17.95-euro (about $21) monthly base price also offers access to Ionity's network of 150-kW fast chargers scattered about Europe. At the start of the program, E-Tron owners will only have to pay 8 euro (about $9) per charging session, but eventually it will switch to a rate of 0.33 euro (about 40 cents) per kWh. Thus, a … [Read more...] about Audi E-Tron charging plans in Europe are a little convoluted
Will Martin, provided by Published 3:40 am PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Germany probably fell into recession at the end of 2018 as the country's dominant manufacturing sector faltered. That was likely down, in part at least, to an unusual negative factor: a shockingly low water level in the River Rhine. The Rhine is crucial for German industry because it not only provides an avenue for the distribution of raw materials to German manufacturers, but also a means of transporting finished goods to Europe's largest port, Rotterdam. Low water levels prevent certain boats navigating the river, starving factories of materials and preventing the distribution of goods, according to research house Pantheon Macroeconomics. An unusual factor may have contributed to the German economy's likely fall into a shallow recession at the tail end of 2018, a new report from research house Pantheon Macroeconomics suggests. Writing on Tuesday, Pantheon's eurozone economics team reports that … [Read more...] about Europe’s mightiest river is drying up, causing a recession in Germany. Yes, really.
It's official France is the most taxed country in the EU. According to the latest Eurostat report that looks at the percentage of a country's GDP that comes from tax receipts France is top of the European league. Some 47.7% of the country's GDP is from tax revenues in 2017. That's enough to put it ahead of Belgium where the tax-to-GDP ratio is 47.3 percent, Denmark (46.5 percent) and Sweden on 44.9 percent. At the bottom of the table came Ireland where tax receipts only make up 23.5 percent of GDP. The tax-to-GDP ratio stood at 35.4 percent for the UK. Part of the reason France topped the table was because it had the highest ratio of social security contributions (cotisations sociales) to GDP. Some 18.8 percent of France's GDP comes from social security contributions which unlike income tax are automatically deducted from incomes for salaried workers in France. The next in line was Germany where the ratio of social contributions was 16.7 percent. When it came to basic income … [Read more...] about France holds on to crown of Europe’s most-taxed country