A parking app wants to solve the electric vehicle charger shortage by renting out people’s driveways

Summary List Placement A British company that started out as an “Airbnb for parking” wants homeowners to rent out their parking spaces to help alleviate a widespread shortage of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. London-based JustPark, which allows motorists to book a parking space through an app, aims to offer more than 50,000 charging points across the UK by the end of 2022. In 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson forced the UK’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars forward to 2030 in a bid to accelerate the country’s adoption of electric vehicles. But the accompanying infrastructure has not kept up. To date there are around 23,000 public… Read More

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The US ambassador to Russia has left the country, state media reports, after the Kremlin told him to go home

Summary List Placement US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan has left Moscow to return home, state media outlets reported, after the Kremlin urged the White House to bring him home for “consultations.” Sullivan departed from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday morning to London, where he is to take a connecting flight back to the US, the Tass and Interfax news agencies reported. On Tuesday, the US Embassy in Moscow said Sullivan was returning to the US this week for “consultations,” but did not give a specific time of departure. Sullivan’s departure comes amid high tensions between the Kremlin and President Joe Biden’s administration. Russia had urged Washington to bring Sullivan… Read More

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Reigning Mrs World resigns weeks after pageant controversy

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, has resigned her title, the organisation running the pageant said late on Tuesday, weeks after she was involved in a controversy at the Mrs Sri Lanka event.  Jurie was arrested and released on bail this month after a fracas at the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant in Colombo, where Jurie forcibly removed the winner’s crown, claiming the other woman was a divorcee and not qualified to win the title.  “Her voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself,” Mrs World Inc said late on Tuesday, in a news release on social media.  Jurie was not immediately reachable for comment.  Kate Schneider… Read More

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Walmart is reportedly removing its giant robotic towers for online order collection as its curbside option booms

Summary List Placement Walmart’s futuristic, giant pickup towers in its stores could soon be a thing of the past.  The retailer has reportedly removed and turned off many of these machines, which customers can collect online orders from. Curbside delivery has taken off during the pandemic, making the robots redundant, according to a Wall Street Journal report.  The towers, which are 16-foot tall and 8-foot wide, were rolled out in 2017 to great fanfare. At the time, customers praised them as a speedier collection option: they could get their groceries from the robots at the front of the store rather than heading to the back and lining up.  To use… Read More

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Global stocks stabilize ahead of European Central Bank meeting despite steep rise in COVID-19 cases in Asia

Summary List Placement Global stocks held steady on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy update and despite COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Europe being extended and cases rising globally.  As COVID-19 cases and deaths have continued to surge after last week saw the highest number of cases so far through the pandemic, lockdown restrictions have been tightened or extended in a number of countries.  India recorded the highest amount of daily cases by any country during the pandemic on Wednesday.  This has mostly impacted oil prices, with Brent crude down 0.9% and WTI down 0.8%  on Thursday. This is the third consecutive day oil prices have fallen, as… Read More

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Time is running out for the 53 crew members on a missing Indonesian submarine. Authorities say the vessel has less than 36 hours of oxygen left.

Summary List Placement The Indonesian navy is racing against time to find and save the 53 crew members on board the missing KRI Nanggala-402 submarine, as the vessel only contains enough oxygen to last them till Saturday. In a televised press conference on Thursday afternoon broadcast on Indonesian news outlet Kompas TV, Indonesian officials said that the submarine is only equipped with 72 hours of oxygen. Over 36 hours have elapsed since the submarine disappeared in the waves off Bali’s coast at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, local time. It was participating in a torpedo drill along the Bali Strait, a 37-mile long stretch of water between the islands of Java… Read More

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10 Things in Politics: Chuck Schumer’s legacy is at stake

Summary List Placement Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics, your weekday look at the biggest stories in DC and beyond. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. The House will vote on DC statehood later today: The measure is expected to stall in the Senate. Send tips to bgriffiths@insider.com or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths. With Jordan Erb Here’s what we’re talking about: Chuck Schumer loves his flip-phone, but it’s how navigates wonky DC procedure that will determine his legacy Biden is set to officially recognize the Armenian genocide A newly confirmed DOJ official will serve as a bridge between progressives and the White House 1. INSIDE THE… Read More

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Israel says a Syrian missile struck near its top-secret nuclear reactor, so it attacked Syria back

Summary List Placement Israel and Syria exchanged missile attacks early Thursday, with Israel’s military saying that a Syrian surface-to-missile exploded near its top-secret nuclear reactor. The Israeli military said a missile landed in the country’s southern Negev region, and that sirens went off in a village near Dimona, where the nuclear reactor is located. An Israeli military spokesman said the missile landed around 30 kilometers from the missile, Reuters reported. Reuters reported that there were no reports of any injuries or damage. Israel said that it attacked missile batteries in Syria in response, including the one that launched the missile that struck near Dimona, Reuters reported. And Syria’s state news… Read More

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Tesla’s solar panels will soon only be sold in bundles with Powerwall

Tesla’s solar roof. | Image: Tesla Tesla’s solar products will soon only be sold together with the company’s Powerwall battery, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter. Integrating them into a single product will making installations easier and home backup more seamless during outages, according to Musk. The change will affect both Tesla’s Solar Panels (which sit on top of an existing roof), and Solar Roof (which replaces a home’s existing roof slats). The new policy was announced just hours after Musk responded to a tweet from Ark Investment Management’s director of research Brett Winton, who had complained that his Tesla solar panels hadn’t generated any electricity since installation because he… Read More

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Fujifilm is releasing a Nintendo-themed Instax printer

Fujifilm and Nintendo have announced a new collaboration. The camera company is releasing a new Switch-themed version of its Instax Mini Link photo printer, as well as a new app that’s designed to let you edit Switch screenshots and print them out onto Fujifilm’s Polaroid-style Instax film, or add Nintendo characters to your photos. You can transfer screenshots from your Switch to the new “instax mini Link for Nintendo Switch” app with a QR code. The app contains filters and 59 new frames from games like Super Mario, Animal Crossing, and appropriately enough the upcoming New Pokémon Snap. Here’s how some of the frames look: The actual printer hardware itself… Read More

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