LISBON – A delegation of Brazilian indigenous leaders is seeking to recruit European political support against incursions by loggers and cattle ranchers in the Amazon and the destruction of rainforest. Sonia Guajajara, a former Brazilian vice presidential candidate, is a prominent voice in efforts to protect the Amazon. She tells The Associated Press her group is visiting a dozen European countries in a 35-day tour. She said Tuesday that the delegation is meeting with political and religious leaders, companies and activists. The group wants the European Union to scrap a planned trade deal with Latin America that they say would bring further clearing of Amazon land.
Google says it rejects European Union antitrust charges. SAN FRANCISCO -- Google formally rejected European Union antitrust charges that its business practices stifle competition and restrict consumer choices, setting the stage for regulators to decide next year if they will levy hefty fines against the Internet giant. "We can't agree with a case that lacks evidence and would limit our ability to serve our users," Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president and general counsel, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Europe's top antitrust official Margrethe Vestager has accused Google of unfairly promoting its shopping service and undercutting competitors by limiting their ability to place search ads on third party websites. "We will carefully consider Google's response before taking any decision on how to proceed and cannot at this stage prejudge the final outcome of the investigation," the European Commission said in an emailed statement.
European Robotics Forum, the most influential meeting of the robotics and AI community, held its 10th anniversary edition in Romania. The event was organized Under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and Under the Patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The most advanced prototypes, high end technology projects, financed under Horizon 2020, were exhibited to be admired and analysed at JW Marriott between 20 and 22 March. Among the robots that were displayed one could find: the famous REEM-C – the humanoid robot that speaks 9 languages and that costs 1 million euro, QT – the robot especially created to help children who suffer from autism, Trimbot – the gardening robot that will help cut the roses and the bushes, as well as other prototypes that take innovation to the next level. Among the exhibitors we could also find Romanian companies developing advanced software solutions for international robotics companies.
England's Richard McEvoy won his first European Tour title after a dramatic finish to the European Open in Hamburg. The 39-year-old carded a one-over-par 73, which included a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole, to finish one shot ahead of Renato Paratore, Christofer Blomstrand and Allen John. American Bryson DeChambeau began the final round as joint-leader but fell to tied-13th after a six-over 78. "It was a roller coaster ride, but I fought hard," McEvoy told Sky Sports. "I've tried to enjoy my golf that little bit more and it's come up trumps," he added.