Formula 1: Pirelli to continue with plans for new 2021 tyre design despite driver criticism

Ferrari and McLaren test the Pirelli 2021 tyre design in Bahrain
Drivers were critical of the 2021 Pirelli tyre design after Friday’s practice sessions in Bahrain

Pirelli says it will press ahead with plans to introduce a new tyre design for 2021, despite criticism from Formula 1 drivers.

Mario Isola, Pirelli’s motorsport boss, told BBC Sport introducing the tyre was “the right decision” for next season.

Drivers complained the new tyres were slower, heavier and had worse handling than the 2020 tyres after testing them in practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Isola said they were needed to reduce the risk of stress-induced failures.

A number of drivers have suffered tyre failures in races this year.

Some have been traced to external factors, while others have been caused by the extreme loads generated by F1 cars, particularly the incident in which world champion Lewis Hamilton finished the British Grand Prix on three wheels after a front tyre collapsed on the final

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Dashed Mill Race Inn development plans leave future of Geneva site in question

For four years, the former Mill Race Inn site in Geneva has sat empty except for the remnants of a historic stone structure protected by a tarp.

It’ll stay that way — at least for now — after the city council rejected the latest development proposal for the prime parcel of land on the Fox River at Geneva’s eastern gateway.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

At a meeting Monday, Geneva’s 10 aldermen voted unanimously to reject the proposal presented by the Shodeen Family Foundation, signaling the end of a $38 million project introduced nearly 18 months ago.

The proposed project called for 116 rental apartments, eight townhouses, 2,000 square feet of commercial space, 155 covered parking spaces, deconstruction and reinterpretation of the original historic structure to adhere to its landmark status, and riverfront amenities.

The decision will cost the city $273,000 — to come from tax increment financing funds — to cover all the expenses

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Japan’s Docomo Embarks on Aggressive Cuts to Wireless Plans

(Bloomberg) — NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled a deeply discounted mobile plan for voice and data services, undercutting many of its rivals in response to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s push to lower phone tariffs.



a man standing in front of a store: A pedestrian holding an umbrella walks past an NTT Docomo Inc. store in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Docomo this month cut prices on its mobile phone data plans, some by as much as 40 percent, responding to government pressure to reduce prices that it says are among the world's highest.


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A pedestrian holding an umbrella walks past an NTT Docomo Inc. store in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Docomo this month cut prices on its mobile phone data plans, some by as much as 40 percent, responding to government pressure to reduce prices that it says are among the world’s highest.

Docomo, which is being acquired by parent Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. in a deal worth about 4.25 trillion yen ($40.7 billion), will offer 20 gigabytes of data for 2,980 yen for customers using 4G and 5G starting in March, the carrier said in a statement Thursday.

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Japan’s three big wireless carriers, Docomo, SoftBank Corp. and KDDI Corp., have seen

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Space balloon company plans stratospheric mission in early 2021

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts is pictured approaching the International Space Station for docking on November 16, 2020. The trip from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida took 27 and a half hours. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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Netflix Plans to Double Spending on Original Content in Asia

(Bloomberg) — Netflix Inc. is planning to double its spending on original content in Asia next year to help stay ahead in a crowded streaming market, where billionaires including China’s Pony Ma and Hong Kong’s Richard Li are seeking to expand their presence.



a screen shot of an open laptop computer sitting on top of a desk: Netflix Inc. signage is displayed on an Apple Inc. laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Netflix Inc. dominated Golden Globe nominations with 34 total, including four films up for best picture and four series nominated for the top television awards, the Associated Press reported.


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Netflix Inc. signage is displayed on an Apple Inc. laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Netflix Inc. dominated Golden Globe nominations with 34 total, including four films up for best picture and four series nominated for the top television awards, the Associated Press reported.

After producing widely watched Asia shows such as the Korean zombie period thriller “Kingdom” and reality series “Indian Matchmaking,” the world’s largest streaming platform is seeking to cement its stronghold in a region that’s seen the fastest growth in subscribers, said Minyoung Kim, Netflix’s vice president of

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Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico collapses before plans to demolish

The famous Arecibo Observatory had been in service for 57 years.

The telescope collapsed Tuesday morning after showing signs of extreme weakness, according to scientists. The radio-telescope suffered major damage after a cable that helped support the 900-ton platform hanging 450 feet above the ground broke in August. Weeks later, a second cable gave in putting the telescope at greater risk.

According to the National Science Foundation, no injuries were reported. NSF

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Here are the latest Charlotte development plans

Amid a citywide affordable housing shortage, developers filed plans this month to build hundreds of income-restricted and senior homes across Charlotte.

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The proposals, released last week by the Charlotte Planning, Design and Development department, range from an expansion of retirement facility Aldersgate in east Charlotte to several projects along West Boulevard.

Here are some of the biggest projects planned. The Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on each of the rezoning requests. The earliest a hearing could take place is at the council’s February zoning meeting, according to John Kinley, with the city’s planning department.

Aldersgate expansion

Retirement community Aldersgate filed a petition with the city to redevelop its 70-acre east Charlotte campus.

The expansion calls for up to 262 new senior homes, up to 380 residential units and a maximum of three group homes, according to the site plan.

The plan also includes

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Canada Plans Digital Tax in 2022 on Global Tech Giants Such as Facebook, Google | Technology News

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada plans to impose a tax on corporations providing digital services from 2022 that will stay in place until major nations come up with a coordinated approach on taxation, the Finance Department said on Monday.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is working on a common approach to ensure digital behemoths, such as Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc, pay their share of taxes as the coronavirus hammers budgets.

Canada said it was concerned about a delay in reaching agreement. The threat of digital services taxes has prompted threats of trade retaliation from outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

The new tax would come into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and remain in place until a common approach is agreed upon. The measure would raise federal revenues by C$3.4 billion ($2.6 billion) over five years, starting in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

“Canadians want a tax system

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More plans revealed for 3,500-home development in Lincolnshire

Further plans have been revealed for a new 3,500 home development near Lincoln.

Improvements to public transport, walking, cycling, climate change and biodiversity will be key components of the development if new rules and design guides are approved next week.

The South East Quadrant is a development planned for land between Canwick and Bracebridge Heath around the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

It would include new schools, a new district centre, a local centre and seven hectares of commercial land.

It’s expected to take up to 2036 to complete and is part of a much larger plan for 6,000 homes in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan — though there is no deadline for this higher number.

New plans have been revealed

North Kesteven District Council’s executive members will examine feedback to the Lincoln South East Quadrant Concept Plan and Design Codes on Thursday.

The document before councillors next

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