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Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will fight for Westminster seat

first_img whatsapp Thursday 22 January 2015 8:01 am whatsapp Jim Murphy, Labour’s leader in Scotland, will seek re-election to the Westminster parliament, he confirmed today.Murphy said he will seek to retain his East Renfrewshire seat, rather than run for a place in the Scottish parliament. However, he will be Labour’s candidate for first minister in 2016. Murphy will not look to replicate Alex Salmond’s path of serving as both and MSP and MP. Previously, he has said that decision was “not something I’m attracted to”.Labour is facing a tough time in Scotland, with the latest poll putting the party 28 points behind the the SNP. On a uniform national swing, this would leave Labour with a paltry four seats in Scotland compared to its current 41. If the Lib Dems lose several seats too, the SNP could scoop 55 seats to become the third largest party in Westminster.Murphy succeeded Johann Lamont and was charged with reviving Labour’s fortunes north of the border. Since the failure of the Scottish independence referendum, far from suffering declining support, the SNP has surged to become Britain’s third-largest party.Murphy was elected to Westminster in 1997 and went on to serve in several ministerial posts, including secretary of state for Scotland. Jeff Misenti Share Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will fight for Westminster seat Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Cool chain firms can boost margins and reduce waste using the Internet of Things

first_img Companies will spend $434.9bn on Internet of Things (IoT) technology by 2023, more than double last year’s IoT expenditure of $186.1bn, according to Forrester Research.And the thinking on IOT solutions is bullish, especially in the logistics arena, claim its analysts.They expect IoT investment to advance on all fronts – from platform and application software, service provider connectivity and IoT-specific security software to hardware and professional services.Spend on software platforms will be in the vanguard. It is expected to surge 34.2% annually to reach $8.7bn in 2023.Forrester sees inventory and supply chain management as the largest arena for IoT expansion and projects a compound annual growth rate of 20.2% for the segment, which will amount to $113.5bn in five years.IoT spend on fleet management to improve fuel efficiency and drive preventive maintenance services will climb from $6.4bn last year to $10.4bn in 2023, according to Forrester. In a number of industries, compliance with safety and environmental requirements will be a significant driver for this.Expectations are particularly pronounced for perishables supply chains. According Zest Labs, an AgTech that specialises in post-harvest shelf life and freshness management, food wholesalers and retailers could boost their margins and reduce waste by as much as 50% through a strategic use of IoT sensors and real-time analytics.ORBCOMM, a provider of IoT and machine-to-machine solutions, launched next-generation technology for remote monitoring and control of reefer containers last month. Its CT 3000 series offering combines built-in and external IoT sensors with cellular connectivity and wireless technologies.The solution includes a cloud-based analytics platform and information management engine to optimise asset management and utilisation. It tracks shipment location and monitors ambient conditions in containers moving by land, rail or sea. It is connected directly to the reefer to allow real-time alerts and two-way control.Besides reducing spoilage and ensuring temperature compliance, the technology also helps reduce turn times, eliminate unnecessary routes and streamline delivery, ORBCOMM claimed.VersaCold, Canada’s largest reefer logistics operator, has embraced IoT. It deploys the technology both in its warehouses and its trailer fleet and reefer units to monitor temperature, humidity and movement in real time.In a blog on the use of technology posted during the summer, chief information officer Bala Puvitharan called IoT “our biggest technological advantage”.The data stream from the sensors is monitored through the company’s three linehaul dispatch offices.“It’s been a great resource. We’ve been able to plan more effectively, and we can identify issues before they create food loss,” said VersaCold president and chief executive Doug Harrison.The appeal of IoT for cold chain applications looks set to increase as sensors add new aspects to their range. Some trials have been going on using IoT sensors in food processing plants to monitor freshness based on perspiration rates. This can be used to separate fruits that show different rates and apply different kinds of packaging.Meanwhile, ORBCOMM is pushing into China, which has emerged as a huge and rapidly expanding market for perishables in recent years. In October the tech firm announced that a large Chinese telecom operator had obtained the authorisation to use its satellite system in the country.“ORBCOMM is pleased to be able to operate within China, which provides a unique competitive advantage to the company, and deliver the benefits of our robust satellite service to a much broader customer base,” said chief executive Marc Eisenberg.“The regulatory approval combined with the addition of an ORBCOMM GES in China will significantly improve service levels and coverage in the region as well as provide access to a new high-growth market for deployment of ORBCOMM’s industrial IoT solutions.” By Ian Putzger in Toronto 06/12/2018 ID 68561167 © Janfaukner | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

Scientists create a thermostat for blood pressure to help patients with spinal cord injuries

first_img Multimedia Producer HealthScientists create a thermostat for blood pressure to help patients with spinal cord injuries Phillips, who first came up with the idea for the device in 2016, is now working with his colleagues to plan clinical trials to further test safety and efficacy of the device, with the support of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Onward Healthcare. They hope to have the therapy available to patients within the next five years, though there are significant research and regulatory milestones to meet before such a device could make its way to the market.“When you know someone with an acute injury, you know that there are many things beyond walking function that are important to them that need to be addressed,” said Field-Fote. “And it’s very exciting to see a group addressing these other problems that don’t get as much attention, but can make a big difference to somebody’s life.” Paralysis or the loss of mobility are among the most pressing and clear consequences of a spinal cord injury. But many patients also face lesser-known complications that can disrupt their daily lives in other ways.One of the most common problems is orthostatic hypotension, or not being able to maintain a stable blood pressure when switching positions between sitting, standing, or lying down. In the short term, this can lead to dizziness or fainting. In the long term, it can increase risk of heart attack or stroke, which are both leading causes of death for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury.But researchers with the University of Calgary and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have devised a potential solution: a neuroprosthetic device that can replicate the natural physiological process to sustain blood pressure while changing positions. Just a few centimeters in length, the implanted device imitates the body’s baroreflex, stimulating the spine to trigger neural responses that affect blood pressure. Such devices are already used to treat several types of pain unrelated to spinal cord injuries, but this is the first time it’s been used to address orthostatic hypotension.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. [email protected] Adobe “Before our technology, there were practically no viable options,” said Aaron Phillips, a researcher at the University of Calgary and author of a new paper published Wednesday in Nature about the device. Tags neurologypatientsresearch Related: Related: Elective, but not optional: Orthopedic patients eagerly await surgeries delayed by Covid-19 center_img The device, a self-regulating closed loop system, was first tested successfully in rats and then in monkeys. In 2019, the researchers were able to implant the device in a patient with a chronic spinal cord injury and a debilitating case of orthostatic hypotension. The patient, a 38-year-old male, has been able to stop taking blood pressure medication and no longer uses compression bandages.Experts were impressed with the team’s ability to identify the specific neural circuits in the spinal cord that were needed to affect blood pressure.“There is beautiful physiological and neurobiological work,” said Patrice Guyenet of the University of Virginia, who peer-reviewed the paper and wrote an accompanying perspective piece. “It’s a tour de force.”If it proves safe and effective in further studies, the device could even provide hope for other symptoms. Field-Fote said that when used by patients with spinal cord injuries, similar devices already approved to treat pain have shown improvements in bladder function as secondary effects. For people with orthostatic hypotension, even moving between bed and one’s wheelchair, or sitting up to eat breakfast, can pose a risk. Episodes of dizziness or lost consciousness from a sudden drop in blood pressure are common, occurring up to 11 times per day for some. The degree of the problem likely depends on the severity and the location of the spinal injury, said Edelle Field-Fote, who leads spinal cord injury research at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and was not involved in the study.Patients who experience these blood pressure issues often have to manage the problem with compression bands wrapped around their muscles or medication. But Phillips argues those are largely ineffective and come with their own array of side effects. While his team’s device requires surgery for implantation, the existing use of similar devices means it is a minimally invasive and common procedure.Phillips likens the new device to a thermostat, with the body as its home. It regulates internal blood pressure and when it senses a drop, activates sensory neurons that can send signals to sympathetic neurons in order to keep the pressure steady. ‘But I never smoked’: A growing share of lung cancer cases is turning up in an unexpected population About the Author Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: When unencumbered, the body can regulate blood pressure on its own. Active muscles help to continue pumping blood to the heart and brain. But a spinal cord injury essentially severs the connection between the reflexive neurons that sense blood pressure and the sympathetic nervous system that adjusts accordingly.advertisement By Theresa Gaffney Jan. 27, 2021 Reprints Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Theresa Gaffney @_gaffknee last_img read more

Clinical Tyrone too strong for young Laois Ladies football side

first_imgHome Sport GAA Clinical Tyrone too strong for young Laois Ladies football side SportGAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football Team Aine Haberlin made a return to the Laois jersey today. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile Laois 0-9 Tyrone 2-11National Football League division 2 round 22018’s intermediate champions would have been a tough challenge for any side in bad conditions in Omagh, and David Gibson’s side fell just short in their round 2 meeting against them today.Two goals for Tyrone and three missed chances for Laois meant a huge mountain to climb in the second half. Although Laois battled well in the last 15 minutes of the game, the deficit was too deep to pull back from.Tyrone led from the off, before sharpshooter Emma Lawlor and Erone Fitzpatrick hit back for Laois inside the 10 minute mark.Tyrone goalkeeper Shanon Lynch made a fine save on a shot at goals by co-captain Jane Moore before the Red Hand county tucked away a goal and two points.Fitzpatrick and Mo Nerney raised the white flag for Laois before Tyrone added another goal to make it 2-6 to 0-5.Laois kept the goals at bay during the second half, and made six substitutions during that time.Some stand-out performances included those of Ellen Healy, Caoimhe Simms and Anna Healy. Emma Lawlor battled well but as Tyrone dropped players back playing deep, it was arduous work for the St Paul’s attacker.Tyrone racked up three points to make it 2-9 before Laois hit back through the boots of Lawlor, Laura Nerney and Grainne Moran.A tough day out but another learning curve for David Gibson’s young charges. They have a two week break before facing Kerry at home on Sunday, February 24.SCORERS – Laois: Emma Lawlor 0-3,Erone Fitzpatrick 0-2, Mo Nerney 0-2, Laura Nerney 0-1, Grainne Moran 0-1LAOIS: Fiona Kelly (Park-Ratheniska); Aimee Kelly (St Conleth’s), Maureen Young (Timahoe), Shauna Quirke (St Conleth’s); Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Clodagh Dunne (Ballyroan), Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska); Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s); Alannah Havill (St Conleth’s), Emma Lawlor (St Paul’s), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska); Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Caoimhe Simms (St Brigid’s), Mo Nerney (Timahoe) Subs: Eva Galvin (St Conleth’s) for M Young, Shannon Costello (St Paul’s) for A Havill, Mary Cotter (St Conleth’s) for S Quirke, Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields) for M Nerney, Grainne Moran (Portlaoise) for L Nerney, Aine Haberlin (St Conleth’s) for J MooreReferee: Declan Carolan (Down)SEE ALSO – Laois footballers return to winning ways with league win over Sligo Council WhatsApp Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Community By Siun Lennon – 10th February 2019 Community Previous articleLaois footballers return to winning ways with league win over SligoNext articleJobs in Laois: All the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Clinical Tyrone too strong for young Laois Ladies football side TAGSLaois Ladies FootballLaois v TyroneLidl Ladies National Football League Division 2 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Twitter Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver advisor fined $48,000

first_img Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada The Toronto-based Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has ordered a Vancouver advisor to pay $48,000 for recommending unsuitable investments and unauthorized discretionary trading. In 2009 and 2010, as a Vancouver-based investment advisor with Leede Financial Markets Inc., Catherine Jones failed to properly ensure a margin account was appropriate for a client, engaged in discretionary trading, according to IIROC documents. As well, Jones misrepresented unsolicited trades as solicited and used a personal email to contact the client. (See Investment Executive, Vancouver rep made unsuitable recommendations: IIROC, January 22, 2014.) Fiona Collie Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In addition to the fine, IIROC also ordered a three-month suspension for Jones followed by one year of strict supervision. Jones must also pay $15,000 in costs. Jones is currently a registered representative with Global Securities Corp. in Vancouver.center_img BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Mouth mechanic turned market manipulatorlast_img read more

IIROC issues new guidance on dealers’ proxy voting conflicts

first_imgmature couple with young financial advisor kzenon/123RF Keywords Proxy votingCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Among other things, the guidance indicated that the conflict created when a dealer is paid to solicit votes in a director election — where the firm is paid only for votes in favour of one side, or paid only if a particular side is successful — is unmanageable.“In these cases, it is unlikely that the dealer would be able to provide objective advice in light of the fee arrangement and the nature of the information made available in a contested director situation,” IIROC said in its guidance, which noted that these kinds of conflicts must, therefore, be avoided.Other sorts of shareholder votes, such as a vote on a proposed merger deal, are different, the guidance noted. In the case of competing M&A proposals, there’s more objective information available to investors to help make their decision.While paying dealers to solicit votes in other situations may give rise to conflicts that can be managed, the guidance suggested that this will be very specific to the details of each case.And, IIROC indicated that disclosure won’t be enough to manage the conflict.“Where a dealer determines that it is appropriate to address the conflicts… rather than avoid it, disclosure alone is in our view a generally inadequate mechanism because of its limited, and sometimes contradictory, impact on the client’s decision-making process,” it said.In these cases, dealers must also identify how to address the conflict “in the best interest of the client,” it said.The new guidance follows consultations by both IIROC and the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) involving their concerns about conflicts created by these kinds of “soliciting dealer arrangements.”IIROC’s guidance noted that dealers must also be aware of complying with CSA rules in this area, such as the proxy solicitation rules.“Today’s guidance provides our dealers with greater clarity about the circumstances where conflicts of interest associated with soliciting dealer arrangements can be managed or should be avoided,” said Irene Winel, senior vice-president, member regulation and strategy at IIROC.“We welcome IIROC’s guidance,” added Louis Morisset, chair of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). “We’re pleased with the collaborative work carried out by IIROC and the CSA under this initiative.” Investment dealers must avoid taking sides in contested director elections, and must do more than simply provide disclosure about their involvement in other sorts of proxy contests, securities regulators say.The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published new guidance on Thursday that focuses on the conflicts of interest that arise when brokerage firms are paid to solicit shareholder votes. SEC calls for input on climate-risk disclosure Banks, insurers plan virtual AGMs SEC seeks to toughen proxy rules Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton last_img read more

Government Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson

first_imgRelatedGovernment Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson RelatedGovernment Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson RelatedGovernment Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, has said that the Government cannot afford the wage bill which it will be saddled with in 2009/2010.“The Government cannot pay a wage bill of $149 billion,” Senator Nelson said Friday(April 3).He explained that the Government is grappling with an increasing wage bill. For this month, the wage bill was tabled at $149 billion, while at the close of 2008 the payout was $111 billion. He said that he has been negotiating with all the public sector entities, persuading them to support the Government’s efforts, because of the declining revenues.Chair of the Public Relations Office and Publications Committee at West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT), Dr. Anna Perkins, (left); Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, (second left); Vice President of Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, Danny Roberts, (second right); and President of Jamaica Chapter of Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA), Beverly Hunter, (right), in discussion at ACHEA in collaboration with WIGUT discussion forum on: ‘The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Job Security in Higher Education’ that was held at the University of the West Indies, Mona on Friday, April 3.He said that the administration is considering some “harsh and hard” decisions, as means of tightening budgetary spending. Among these were possible job cuts in the public sector or salary reductions by state workers. He noted that there were 60,000 posts within the public entities, but some 100,000 employees.“The public sector in Jamaica is not spared from the threat of job losses,” said the Minister.Mr. Nelson was speaking at the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) discussion forum on: “The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Job Security in High Education”, at the University of West Indies(UWI), Mona. The forum was staged in collaboration with the West Indies Group of University Teachers(WIGUT).Senator Nelson said that the global financial meltdown has significantly impacted on Jamaica’s trade industry, and the collapse of the local bauxite sector was proof.Locally, West Indies Alumina Company(WINDALCO) has sent home 500 workers, with 800 employees remaining but earning 40 percent of their salary. ALPART laid-off 1,176 people to shut-down in April.Job security beset other bauxite companies, as St. Ann Bauxite released 150 people, with 600 left behind receiving 80 percent of regular salary, he told the audience.The Minister said that the impact of the unfavourable global financial situation on the economy, has resulted in a reduction in production, decrease in remittances, lower than planned revenue inflows, unstable foreign exchange markets and loss of jobs.In terms of jobs, some 17,000 posts were made redundant, excluding in the sugar industry.Senator Nelson also provided statistics on the impact of remittances. He said that, according to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), inflows declined by 18.3 percent in February, down from $163 million to $133 million.Additionally, the February issue of BOJ’s Balance of Payments Remittance Update stated that Jamaica had a total intake of US$1.8 billion, between April 2008 and February 2009. This year, for the first time since 2000, there was a decline in remittance inflows into Jamaica.“Remittances to a large extent address consumer needs of our people, purchases of goods and services, sending children to school, health, construction,” he noted.“Decline in remittance can also lead to greater demand on social safety net amenities provided by the state,” he added.Senator Nelson said that the Government faced an uphill battle, amid the crisis, in sustaining productive development and growth.He said that for these reasons, the administration implemented a stimulus package, late last year, which resulted in a loss of revenue for the Government of $862 million, January to March 2009. The stimulus package included an increase access to credit, removal of custom user fees on capital goods and raw material, reduction in general consumption tax and an increase in the tax threshold.President of Jamaica’s Chapter of ACHEA, Beverly Hunter, said that though the country was experiencing the effects of the financial crisis, investments in training and education should not falter, as an economy fosters with skilled personnel.“Our greatest single challenge is a shortage of a highly educated skilled and intellectually motivated labour force,” said Mrs. Hunter.She said small developing states, should follow the route of Barbados, who responded to the financial crisis by investing in higher education, training and research.Professionals in the field of business, education and finance participated in the discussion forum hosted by the nine-year-old Caribbean organisation. 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Boeing’s First Japan KC-46 Tanker Takes Flight

first_imgBoeing’s First Japan KC-46 Tanker Takes Flight The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46 tanker destined for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) took to the skies on its maiden flight yesterday. This successful flight highlights an important milestone as the aircraft now transitions into the certification phase of development.“This is an exciting milestone for the JASDF and Boeing,” said Jamie Burgess, KC-46 program manager. “Japan is getting closer to receiving the most advanced air refueling tanker in the world.”Japan is the KC-46 program’s first international customer and is scheduled to receive its first jet this year.“Boeing’s KC-46 and its robust defensive systems will play an invaluable role in the security alliance between our two countries,” said Will Shaffer, president of Boeing Japan. “This tanker’s ability to carry cargo and passengers also makes it a critical tool to support humanitarian relief efforts across the Pacific region and beyond.”The KC-46 refueling certification encompasses U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and JASDF aircraft.The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $279 million contract for the JASDF’s first KC-46A tanker in December 2017. The agreement was completed through the Foreign Military Sale process between the U.S. government and Japan. Japan is now on contract for a total of four KC-46 tankers.Boeing is assembling KC-46A aircraft for both the U.S. Air Force and Japan on its 767 production line in Everett, Washington. Boeing’s Japanese partners produce 16% of the KC-46 airframe structure. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aerospace, agreement, air force, aircraft, Boeing, Government, Humanitarian, Japan, Japanese, military, pacific, President, production, sale, security, self-defense, Washingtonlast_img read more

Watch: Massive ‘car takeover’ rally in Ontario shuts down small town

first_img See More Videos More than a thousand car enthusiasts flocked to Ontario’s Wasaga Beach this weekend for an unsanctioned car event that ended in police seizing dozens of cars and laying a multitude of charges against participants.The rally was apparently inspired by the well-known H20i meet that happens annually in Ocean City, Maryland, and which frequently sees thousands of participants from out-of-state show up basically to cause trouble and see how many tickets they can get.The Wasaga Beach “takeover” was similarly patronized from car enthusiasts from outside the town, population 20,000, and even from out-of-province, with the closed border keeping many would-be rallyers from attending the U.S. event. According to one of the event participants, the plan is to have the show again next year. “They just weren’t ready for a big crowd like us. But I mean, at least they’ll be prepared for next year,” said the attendee from Montreal. “Nobody can stop us.” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlexInstagramOntarioWasaga Beach The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement According to Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dan Hunter, enforcing physical distancing among the massive crowd was “not even a possibility.” Instead, the OPP had to temporarily shut down the town, turning away visitors.Additional officers were already on the scene from York and Peel regions to help them control the crowds, and there were even extra speed bumps installed in parking lots to deter drivers.“We’re seeing many videos pop up on the Internet of people doing donuts at intersections with others trying to film it at very close proximity, others hanging out of windows. It will end up in a fatality here at some point, and we’re trying to limit that in the interest of public safety,” OPP Sergeant Jason Folz said. center_img Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpenedlast_img read more

Colorado second-quarter business confidence remains positive, says CU-Boulder index

first_imgThe confidence of Colorado business leaders remains optimistic, increasing slightly going into the second quarter of 2015, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index (LBCI) released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.For the past eight quarters, confidence has been more stable than ever in the index’s 11-year history.  “People are not only evaluating the economy and saying, ‘things look good,’ but they’re very confident quarter after quarter that their beliefs are very solid,” said economist Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Leeds School’s Business Research Division, which conducts the LBCI. “They’re on firm ground. This really bodes well for not only just the next quarter or two, but for the longer term.”Just before the second quarter of 2015, the LBCI posted an overall reading of 61.7, up from 60.8 at the top of the first quarter.Expectations measured positive — at 50 or higher — for all of the metrics within the index, which include the national economy, state economy, industry sales, industry profits, capital expenditures and hiring plans. The favorable standings represent 14 consecutive quarters of positive expectations, according to the LBCI.Underscoring stability, the standard deviation of the LBCI — or variation from the average reading — has been a mere 0.8 over the past eight quarters compared with 7.9 each previous quarter in the report’s historyOverall, optimism in sales expectations is the highest metric in the index at 64.3, up from 61.8 last quarter.The reading on hiring expectations, which was the least bullish last quarter, represents the biggest boost this quarter. It’s at 62.1 heading into the second quarter of 2015, up by 3.9 points from 58.2 last quarter.Metrics on capital expenditures are the least bullish and decreased very slightly to 59.3, down from 59.4 last quarter.Profits expectations are at 60.7 just before the second quarter, up from 59 last quarter.At its lowest rate since January 2008, Colorado’s unemployment level held steady year-over-year at 4.2 percent in February 2015. This compares with a national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in February 2015.Year-over-year employment growth was recorded in every Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of the state with Greeley (+8.2 percent) seeing the biggest increase. Greeley is followed by the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield (+4.2 percent) and Pueblo (+3.9 percent) MSAs.Employment growth also was recorded in the Fort Collins-Loveland (+2.2 percent), Boulder (+1.9 percent), Colorado Springs (+1.8 percent) and Grand Junction (+1.8 percent) MSAs.Statewide, the biggest employment gains in February compared with the same month in 2014 were in the construction, mining and logging, and education and health services sectors.For more information about the Leeds School’s Business Research Division and the second quarter report visit Richard Wobbekind, Leeds School of Business, [email protected] Brian Lewandowski, Leeds School of Business, [email protected] Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 1, 2015 center_img Categories:AcademicsBusiness & EntrepreneurshipCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more