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GM moves towards IPO

20 August- General Motors has taken the first step to paying back the billions it was given in a controversial taxpayer-funded bailout.

The carmaker – which is currently more than 60 percent owned by the US government – is to sell shares on the New York and Toronto stock markets to raise as much as 15.5 billion euros

The initial public offering of shares comes amid a still-weak global market for cars that is vulnerable to a further downturn

GM has so far not said how many shares would be sold or the expected price range.

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EU Project for Safer Roads:

20 August- When it comes to making driving safer, much has been done over the past decades but there is still much work to do.

The European Union is currently backing a scheme to analyze drivers’ habits in order to reduce the number of road accidents.

Aria Etemad is the project coordinator. Talking about the developments in the industry, he told us:

“In the last 50, 60 years, there has been a lot of work for car safety. Over the last decades an important thing was the introduction of safety belts in vehicles. Then there is the crumple zone. And of course Airbags.”
“Normal drivers, they don’t do what we expect them to do, they do whatever they want. They eat hamburgers, they talk on the phone, they do anything,” he says.

Getting inside the head of the person behind the wheel is one of the priorities of the research team.

Drivers in Sweden are among the 1,000 people taking part in the euroFOT project.
The aim is to test out the latest generation of ‘active safety systems’ or hi-tech devices to help drivers avoid accidents before they even happen.

Trent’s team will be looking for moments when the active safety systems are triggered, to see if they helped the driver stay out of trouble.

In 2008 over 30,000 people were killed in road accidents in the European Union.

That number is slowly coming down.
As Aria Etemad explains, the aim of this project is to demonstrate in scientific terms that active safety systems make a difference for real drivers on real roads.
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17 August- Lena Gebrane presented a Road Safety Conference in Beit-Chabeb for Scouts of Lebanon on Tuesday morning.

50 scouts attended the event.

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