“Worst forgery” seen by police was accepted as legal tender

first_imgThursday 8 January 2015 9:42 am Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share “Worst forgery” seen by police was accepted as legal tender center_img whatsapp whatsapp Could this be the worst counterfeit note in British history? Manchester police certainly seem to believe it is the worst attempt they’ve seen in the city.  In case the picture doesn’t make it clear, the forgery consists of two paper photocopies of a bank note that have been stapled together.  But that’s not the worst part: as the tweet below shows, police say it was accepted as legal tender.   Hard to believe that this was accepted as legal currency. Won’t name and shame establishment to avoid embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/9QCjTr71pH— GMP City Centre (@GMPCityCentre) January 7, 2015 City centre police Inspector Phil Spurgeon told the Manchester Evening News: “This is probably the worst forgery we have ever seen.” It was so bad, he added: “We want to make clear that we are not trying to embarrass anyone for accepting this as legal tender. “It is just a reminder that businesses must be vigilant and watch out for forgeries.”   Catherine Neilan last_img read more

News / Atlas Air blames trade tension and disputes with pilots for poor Q2 performance

first_img Atlas Air has blamed tariffs, trade tension and labour disputes as the key factors for a “poor” first-half performance.Profits (adjusted ebitda) fell 7% to $204m, despite revenue climbing 7% to $1.3bn.Chief executive William Flynn said: “[Our] second quarter was below expectations, as cargo volumes and yields were affected in the near term by the widely reported impact of tariffs and trade tensions.“In addition, our results during the period were impacted by labour-related service disruptions.” By Alexander Whiteman 02/08/2019 The disappointing performance was in marked contrast to a strong first quarter, in which solid momentum generated in 2018 brought the airline surging revenue and profits.And laying partial blame on Atlas’s well-known labour troubles brought a strong response from Robert Kirchner, executive council chairman of Teamsters Local 1224 .“Atlas Air executives blaming trade tensions and labour-related disruptions for their poor performance is an attempt to deflect the blame,” said Mr Kirchner.“The lack of pilots and overpromising to customers like Amazon is resulting in operational chaos, with our pilots constantly being asked to fly on their days off due to poor planning.“This disorganisation led to more than 400 flights without an assigned crew in July… it [Atlas] can only put on this charade for so long.”Last month, a court of appeal upheld an injunction by the carrier preventing pilots from engaging in walk-outs and other disruptive behaviour, but Mr Flynn told investors yesterday the airline was still experiencing issues.“That behaviour has improved, but we’re still seeing an increase in some disruptive behaviour, and we have notified the union informally about this,” he said.“And the impact really is a cost impact because when we have disruptive behaviour, it costs us more because we need to move crew around and may have a late departure. Any disruption, whether it’s weather, maintenance, or in this case labour, adds extra cost into operation.”Mr Kirchner reiterated the union’s call for the carrier to stop “stonewalling” negotiations and agree a fair contract for pilots.During the investor call, Mr Flynn said Atlas was committed to reaching an agreement with pilots and that recent negotiations had made “progress”.Chief operating officer John Dietrich added: “We’ve continued to negotiate and be at the table; in fact, the team is together as we speak, negotiating and making progress towards our next collective bargaining agreement.”Pressure on the carrier grew following its first-quarter results when Amazon threatened to switch airlines if the dispute went unsettled. Since then, Atlas has ramped up operations for the e-commerce giant, making a further three 737s available for it.last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, May 3, 2018

first_img Deaths in Laois – Thursday, May 3, 2018 Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, May 3, 2018 Deaths WhatsApp Council Twitter Facebook Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Stanley (Sammy) WhiteCrannagh, Mountrath, LaoisStanley (Sammy) White, Crannagh, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Sammy has died peacefully in the loving care of all the staff at Ballard Nursing Home, Portlaoise. He will be remembered with much love and happy memories by his sister Doris, his nieces Moira and Oonagh and his nephew Denis as well as his great nephews and great niece and especially by his many wonderful close friends and neighbours.Reposing at his home in Crannagh, Mountrath on Thursday, 3rd May 2018 from 7pm until 9pm. His funeral will take place on Friday, 4th May at 11am at Portlaoise Methodist Church. Burial in St. John The Baptist Church Grounds, Ballyfin.Michael ByrneSpringfield, Ballacolla, LaoisByrne, Springfield, Ballacolla, Co. Laois. April 30th 2018. Peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Michael predeceased by his wife Mary and his grandchild Jason. Deeply regretted by his family Mary, Michael, Martina, Kay and Donal, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law and his beloved grandchildren Amanda, Johnathan, Mary, Yvonne, Darren, Ciarán, Colin, Cormac, Connor, Emma, Alan, Jack and Tom, his sisters Sheila and Kathleen, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at his daughter Kay’s residence (Springfield) on Thursday from 4pm with rosary at 9pm. Funeral mass in St. Canice’s Church, Clough on Friday at 12 noon followed by burial in Clough cemetery. Donations can be made at Michael’s funeral to Laois Hospice. May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.James GannonMount Merrion, Dublin / Portlaoise, LaoisPeacefully in the devoted care of Dr Eoin Tiernan, the nurses and the Staff of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. Beloved and dearly loved husband of Maeve and the late Anne. He will be deeply missed by his sons Paul, Jimmy, and Bill, daughters Mary, Sarah and Carina, sons and daughters-in-law, brothers, Anthony and Ignatius, sisters Gabe and Gertie, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, his cherished grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family and a wide circle of friends.Jim will repose in Fanagans Funeral Home, Dundrum, Dublin 14 on Wednesday evening, May 2nd. From 5pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion on Thursday morning, May 3rd at 10am followed by burial at Deans Grange Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the Fr McVerry Trust. House private.Br. Thomas SheehyCastletown, Laois / Ballingarry, Limerick / Ballyvourney, CorkBr. Thomas Sheehy, La Salle Community, Victory Park, Johannesburg, South Africa and late of P.O. Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. April 22. 2018. Deeply regretted by his sisters Bridie and Miriam, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, friends and confreres.Funeral Mass in St. Charles Borromeo Parish Church, in Victory Park on Friday 4th. May at 10.30 am. Mass in Miguel House, De La Salle Monastery, Castletown, Portlaoise, on Friday 4th. May at 11.00 am for Br. Thomas. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.Michael (Mick) AylwardPatrick St, Durrow, Laois / Ballingarry (NR), TipperaryPeacefully at Abbeyleix Community Hospital, husband of the late Nancy; deeply regretted by his loving children Michael, Bridget, P.J., Helen, Anne and Sean, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at his son P.J.’s residence (Rath, Durrow) from 2.00pm on Tuesday with Rosary at 8.00pm. Removal to Holy Trinity Church, Durrow, on Wednesday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Mary Delaney (née Daly)New Inn House, Emo, LaoisMary Delaney (nee Daly) New Inn House, Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Died 29th April 2018, peacefully at her residence, in her 93rd year. Wife of the Late Thomas. Deeply regretted by her loving son Gerard, daughters Brid (McDermott), Poilin (Hooban), Claire (O’Connor), Angela (Chuk), Olive (McNeill), brothers, Andrew (Timahoe) and Sean (New Zealand), grandchildren, great-grandchild, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends. Reposing at her son’s residence, New Inn House, Emo from 6pm today, Monday, with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing tomorrow, Tuesday, from 3pm with removal at 6.50pm arriving at St. Paul’s Church, Emo for 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 2pm and burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Emo.Margaret Nash (née O’Sullivan)Artane, Dublin/Ballinakill, LaoisNash (née O’Sullivan), (Artane formerly of Ballinakill, County Laois), 29th April 2018, peacefully, in the care of St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown. Rita, dearly loved wife of the late James and loving mother to Shay and Martine. Sadly missed by her loving son, daughter, daughter-in-law Carol, son-in-law Peter, grandchildren Róisín, Gearóid, Eve, Conor and his wife Julie, great-grandsons Asa and Seán, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Reposing at the Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview on Tuesday, May 1, with family in attendance from 5 – 7pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to the Church of St. John Vianney, Ardlea Road, arriving at 9.50am for 10am Requiem Mass. Funeral thereafter to Dardistown Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to St. Francis Hospice.Margaret (Rita) ScullySt Brigid`s Place, Portlaoise, LaoisScully (nee Hogan), St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, April 29th 2018. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Margaret (Rita), beloved wife of the late Roch. Dearly loved mother to John, Patrick, Teresa, Peter, Jacinta, Roch, Margaret, and Kathleen. Deeply regretted by her loving family, brothers Billy, Mick and Tony, sisters, Sarah, Mary, and Kathleen, brothers in law, sisters in law, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Reposing at her residence from 3 pm on Monday with rosary at 8 pm. Requiem Mass at 12 noon Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, on Tuesday followed by interment in Ss Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Tom MulhallRoskelton, Mountrath, LaoisMulhall, Roskelton, Mountrath, April 28th 2018. Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff of The Maryborough Centre, St Fintan’s Hospital, Dublin Road, Portlaoise. Tom, loving son of the late Richard and Mary Muhlhall. Deeply regretted by his loving family, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass in the Oratory at St Fintan’s Hospital at 12 noon on Monday morning, followed by interment in St Fintan’s Cemetery, Raheen.Alan LenihanBallydavis, Portlaoise, LaoisPeacefully surrounded by his loving family. After a long illness bravely borne. Alan, beloved husband of Maeve and dearly loved dad to Julieanne, Michael and Rachel. Deeply regretted by his loving father Séan, brothers Barry, Karl, Declan, Raymond, sisters Deirdre, Colette, Laura, and Blanaid. Loving granddad to Harry, Lily and Eoghan. Sadly missed by his loving family, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegans Funeral Home, Portlaoise on Sunday from 6pm with rosary at 8pm. Funeral arriving at The Church of the Assumption, The Heath for 11am Mass on Monday. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Cuisle Centre.Michael MoorheadRossbeg, Kilbeggan, Westmeath/Mountmellick, LaoisLate of 55 Cullenbeg Park, Mountmellick. Peacefully at the Regional Hospital, Mullinagar. Sadly missed by his loving sons Edward, Justin and Michael, daughter Sarah, their mother Loretto, Justin’s partner Karina, Sarah’s partner Peter, grandaughter Théida, brother Eamon, sisters Marita, Ann and Olive, brothers in law Aidan and William, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at O’Reily’s Funeral Home, Harbour Street, Tullamore on Saturday evening from 6pm until Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Sunday morning to St Hugh’s Church, Rahugh, arriving for Funeral Mass at 12 noon. Burial after Mass in the Relic Cemetery, Kilbeggan.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Community WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter TAGSlaois deaths Previous articlePortlaoise AFC win again and all of Wednesday evening’s Laois GAA resultsNext articleDeath occurs of long-serving and well-known Portlaoise pharmacist LaoisToday Reporter Rugby Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 3rd May 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad last_img

Stradbally native Delaney named new Barrowhouse manager

first_imgHome Sport GAA Stradbally native Delaney named new Barrowhouse manager SportGAAGaelic Football Stradbally native Delaney named new Barrowhouse manager TAGSBarrowhouseBilly Delaney Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year By Alan Hartnett – 21st January 2019 Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Billy Delaney, the new Barrowhouse manager, pictured with Maeve and Aisling Delaney at the Laois GAA Sports Star Awards in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel in 2008 – Picture Alf Harvey The Barrowhouse footballers have a new manager.Stradbally native Billy Delaney will take the reigns for 2019 at the Kildare border club.Delaney is also a selector with the Laois U-20 footballers and will combine his duties to fulfill this role.He previously managed Monasterevin and Castlemitchell in Kildare while also had a spell in charge of Clonbullogue in Offaly.Billy was a selector with Stradbally last year and he takes over as Barrowhouse manager from another Stradbally man – John Larkin.He had been at the helm at Barrowhouse for the last four years and won the JFC title in 2015.After winning two successive IFC relegation battles in 2016 and 2017, Barrowhouse eventually slipped down to the junior ranks again in 2018 after losing out to St Joseph’s in the relegation final.Barrowhouse will be hoping to do what Annanough did last year and make an immediate return to the second tier of Laois football. Council Twitter Facebook Facebookcenter_img SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: From the green fields of Killenard to Bondi Beach WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, January 21, 2019Next articleLaois footballer details recovery from surgery on Twitter Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Community Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more

Park Opts for Diplomat as New NIS Chief

first_img News News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest President Park Geun Hye today nominated her currentambassador to Tokyo, Lee Byung Kee, to become the new head of the NationalIntelligence Service (NIS).Blue House spokesperson Min Kyung Wook revealed thedecision earlier today, telling reporters that Lee’s resume, which includes a spell as deputyhead of a forerunner to the NIS as well a number of other national security-relatedpostings, gives him a “deep understanding of domestic and internationalintelligence conditions.”“In the midst of the current difficult inter-Korean relations and Korean Peninsula situation, we judge that he will carry out the distinct role of the intelligenceauthorities and stably accomplish their reform,” Min explained.Lee is a Seoul native and graduate of Seoul National Universitywho served in the governments of both Roh Tae Woo in the 80s and Kim Young Samin the 90s. He is known as a moderate within the pro-Park Geun Hye political sphere, and, as such, attention is now likely to focus on whether hefollows a conciliatory line on North Korea, different to that of hispredecessor, career military man Nam Jae Jun. News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinacenter_img SHARE Park Opts for Diplomat as New NIS Chief AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2014.06.11 4:46am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

U.S. regulators issue guidance for bank stress testing

Related news OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience James Langton How should banks allocate capital for crypto? U.S. banking regulators have issued final guidance for stress testing by big banks, which they see as a critical component of risk management. The Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Monday issued final supervisory guidance today regarding stress-testing practices at large banks (defined as banks with total consolidated assets of more than US$10 billion), which highlights the importance of stress testing as an ongoing risk management practice. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work Keywords Banking industryCompanies Federal Reserve Board The regulators point out that stress testing supports forward-looking assessments of a bank’s risks, and better equips them to address a range of adverse outcomes. The guidance outlines general principles for a satisfactory stress testing framework, describes various stress testing approaches, and how stress testing should be used at various levels within an organization, the regulators note. The guidance also discusses the importance of stress testing in capital and liquidity planning and the importance of strong internal governance and controls as part of an effective stress-testing framework. The recent financial crisis underscored the need for banks to incorporate stress testing into their risk management practices, the regulators say, as it revealed that banks that are unprepared for particularly adverse events, “can suffer acute threats to their financial condition and viability”. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

New Waterloo Road Bridge Opens

first_imgRelatedNew Waterloo Road Bridge Opens FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The new Waterloo Road Bridge, in St. Andrew, was officially opened today (September 20), by Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry.This is the first phase of the construction of a four-lane bridge at the site. This should alleviate traffic problems in the area, as during construction, traffic was restricted to one-way. The bridge is now open to two-way traffic.Mr. Henry said that the other two lanes should be finished by the end of the year. He also pointed out that the road leading north from the bridge towards Shortwood Road would be made into four lanes for some distance, while the same would be done for the road going south on to Lower Waterloo Road.Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry (second left), looks on as a motorist crosses the new Waterloo Road Bridge in St. Andrew, which he officially opened today (September 20). To the Minister’s right is Mr. Brian Joosse, of the construction firm, R.A. Murray International Limited, which built the bridge. This is the first phase of the construction of a four-lane bridge at the site.Construction of the bridge is being carried out by R. A. Murray International Limited.Before opening the bridge, Mr. Henry and officials from the National Works Agency (NWA), including Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Patrick Wong, toured sections of the Havendale community in St. Andrew, where the first road repair works under funding from the cess on fuel sales, were done recently.Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, points to a section of Morningside Drive, in Havendale, St. Andrew, which has been repaired from the cess on fuel sales.Mr. Henry pointed out that five roads in the community have been patched, and another two would be done soon. The Minister explained that the patched roads would be micro- surfaced, which would give them a life span of seven years.He said that $60 million has been allocated from the cess as an initial Starter Fund, to begin repairing community roads islandwide. RelatedNew Waterloo Road Bridge Opens RelatedNew Waterloo Road Bridge Openscenter_img New Waterloo Road Bridge Opens TransportSeptember 20, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

Battle Ground City Council letter urges governor for more local control

first_imgBattle Ground City Council letter urges governor for more local controlPosted by Chris BrownDate: Thursday, May 7, 2020in: Newsshare 0 The letter, approved at an emergency meeting on Thursday, says the city needs to open sooner to prevent businesses from going underBATTLE GROUND — During an emergency virtual meeting held Thursday afternoon, members of the Battle Ground City Council unanimously agreed to send a letter, written by Mayor Adrian Cortes, to the office of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.Battle Ground City Council holds an emergency meeting via Zoom Thursday evening to approve a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee asking for more local control over reopening businesses. Photo by Chris BrownBattle Ground City Council holds an emergency meeting via Zoom Thursday evening to approve a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee asking for more local control over reopening businesses. Photo by Chris BrownThe 398-word letter urges the governor to consider the economic fallout of the ongoing stay-at-home order, which has been extended through May 31.“We appreciate your efforts and leadership in dealing with the pandemic, but I fear that the efforts are not sufficient to deal with the fallout,” the letter reads. “Our local economy is suffering. Businesses are closing for good, and those that are attempting to remain open are faced with escalating debt and no clear idea when things will return to ‘normal.’”During the emergency meeting, Councilor Mike Dalesandro expressed his support for an effort to urge the governor to cede more control to local governments in moving through the phases of reopening.“The one-size-fits-all approach, it’s just not practical for our state and for our community,” Dalesandro said, noting that Clark County currently doesn’t meet the governor’s requirements to apply for a waiver to move to the next phase more quickly. “You do everything right and it really won’t matter in the grand scheme of things.”While supporting the sending of the letter, Councilor Brian Munson wondered if it would be enough to get the governor’s attention.Quoting from a story in Clark County Today, Munson noted the frustration of Vancouver Republican Rep. Brandon Vick, who joined three other lawmakers this week in taking legal action against the governor’s order.“Really, at the end of the day, if a legislator can’t even get a response, and he’s up there, why is a small city of 21,000 gonna even get a consideration?” Munson asked.Councilor Shane Bowman said he’s hopeful the letter might encourage other elected officials throughout the state to follow suit, urging the governor to cede more local control.“Enough of us start saying that, maybe we can get some change,” Bowman said, “or maybe we can get him to sit down.”Battle Ground Mayor Adrian Cortes speaks during an emergency Battle Ground City Council meeting over Zoom on Thursday. Cortes received approval to send a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging more local control amid the ongoing stay-at-home order. Photo by Chris Brown Battle Ground Mayor Adrian Cortes speaks during an emergency Battle Ground City Council meeting over Zoom on Thursday. Cortes received approval to send a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging more local control amid the ongoing stay-at-home order. Photo by Chris Brown“It’s a first salvo, if you will, to the governor,” added Cortes. “My hope is that, like Council Member Bowman said, this is a first that creates the momentum for other jurisdictions to follow in the footsteps of, and creates a momentum to start to begin those discussions.”Cortes said he has had numerous discussions with local business owners worried they will be unable to stay open past the next week or two, let alone several months.“We recognize the significant public health concerns around COVID-19 and we continue to advocate for sensible measures to help mitigate those health impacts on our community,” the letter reads. “However, staying the course will cause more Washingtonians to lose jobs, lose their ability to pay for basic needs to support their families, and will undoubtedly create irreversible impacts that will far out live the pandemic.”This sign on a truck in Battle Ground captures the feelings of many business owners facing closure amid the ongoing stay-at-home order from Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo courtesy Troy McCoyThis sign on a truck in Battle Ground captures the feelings of many business owners facing closure amid the ongoing stay-at-home order from Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo courtesy Troy McCoyMunson suggested City Manager Erin Erdman look into creating a framework for how businesses in the city could reopen, ahead of the governor’s current schedule.“Your letter’s there, but we’re not telling him ‘this is who we are, this is how we get back on our feet sooner than later,’” Munson said. “We have businesses that need to be open weeks ago, there’s no reason they shouldn’t have been up and running.”The council agreed to bring the topic back up for discussion at their next meeting, currently scheduled for May 18, to include details on what an accelerated reopening schedule would look like. In the meantime, they hope other cities and counties will follow their lead in taking action to urge the governor to sit down and consider their plight.“I want to be clear, I’m not advocating for breaking the current rules. I think that we have to be real clear about that,” added Dalesandro. “We want to follow the orders, but what we’re asking the governor for is a policy change, and to give local jurisdictions more control.”blankClick to open PDF.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyCovid-19Latestshare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Thursday, May 7, 2020 Next : ‘Heroes work here’ — The signmaker on nurses weekAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ram introduces 1500 Sport at the Toronto auto show – and it’s just for Canada

first_img FCA is keeping pricing and availability details close to its chest, but full details will be announced in the next few weeks.RELATED RELATED TAGS1500TorontoNew VehiclesToronto & GTAToronto CIAS Of all the available models and trims available with the outgoing Ram 1500 pickup, Canadians loved the Sport the most. That’s why, when the freshly redesigned 2019 truck officially launches later this year, we’ll see another Ram 1500 Sport – and it’s just for us.Unique to the Ram 1500 Sport is monochromatic paintwork – no two-tone or chrome bumpers here – plus blacked-out headlight bezels, grille and, of course, badges. Twenty-inch wheels are standard, but 22s are optional. Also optional is a more aggressively styled hood. Inside, the Ram Sport gets unique seats exclusive to Canada; a cloth-and-leather combination is standard, though full-leather seating is available. Essentially, this is a cosmetic package – but a handsome one, at that.2018 Ram 1500 Sport at the Canadian International Auto Show We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Highlights from the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show Under the hood, you can only have the Sport one way, and one way only – the 5.7L Hemi V8 is good for 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, and hooked up to an eight-speed automatic. Interestingly, you can have the Sport with four- or two-wheel-drive, and either as a quad- or crew-cab layout. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

Faculty in Focus: Startup serves the bee and the bottom line

first_imgKimberly Drennan, CU instructor Entrepreneurs are coming out of the woodwork at CU Boulder. It’s no accident.  Superfood Will Americans eat insects? Dave Baugh and twin brother Lars are betting on it. Read more ReForm’s Madalyn Kern Madalyn Kern’s company, ReForm, is developing a low-cost, adjustable prosthetic socket for amputees. Read more Related Articles Share Share via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via TwitterShare via E-mailShare via Google Plus By Eric Gershon • Published: Sept. 1, 2017 Kimberly Drennan had two goals in late summer 2014, and neither involved starting a business.The CU instructor, an architect, was honing an idea for an upcoming sophomore design studio and aiming to aid America’s long-suffering honeybees.Yet three years later she’s CEO of HiveTech Solutions, LLC, a Boulder-based start-up firm developing technology and data services for commercial beekeepers to monitor hive health remotely, enabling timely, efficient interventions.“All of this was new to me,” Drennan said of start-up life.At root, HiveTech is the product of an idea, an attitude and an increasingly robust CU Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem that encourages students, faculty and staff to see themselves as enterprise builders — and helps bring enterprises to life.CU hasn’t always been an easy place for would-be entrepreneurs. That began to change after local investors and business leaders convened with CU professors and executives in 2007 to tackle two big questions: What is an entrepreneurial university, and how could CU Boulder become one? Among the first initiatives to emerge from the 35-member group’s discussion was the New Venture Challenge (NVC), a nine-month, incubator-like program culminating in a spring championship with real money at stake.In 2016 HiveTech won NVC’s grand prize, walking away with nearly $25,000 in all. The most recent top five finishers netted almost $100,000 in prizes and private investment. Greater sums will be on the line in 2017-18, NVC’s 10th anniversary.Since NVC’s founding, CU Boulder has vastly expanded support for entrepreneurs across campus. There’s broader access to relevant academic courses, new co-working and maker spaces, a selective business accelerator program, intensifying interaction with Boulder’s start-up community — and a growing appreciation that entrepreneurship isn’t just for MBAs and software developers.“Now it’s really the opposite of 10 years ago,” said the law school’s Brad Bernthal, who oversaw NVC until this year and teaches a popular venture capital course. “It’s a different university.”NVC now falls under the purview of CU’s Research & Innovation Office, home of a burgeoning cross-campus innovation and entrepreneurship initiative.Ideas to ActionAmid all this, in 2014, Kim Drennan was exploring projects for her environmental design students.Scouting a potential site on CU’s East Campus one summer day, she spied a cluster of beehives along Boulder Creek. Aware of the dramatic decline of the honeybee population in recent decades, she wondered if there might be a way to help them through architectural design. Maybe her class could dream up better hives.Drennan tracked down the hives’ owner, a doctoral student named Chelsea Cook (PhD’16), who was studying how bees regulate hive temperature. They then met with Drennan’s faculty colleague Justin Bellucci (EnvDes’08; MCivEngr’12), an expert in sensors. “We sat down over martinis and just started talking,” Drennan said.The idea began to evolve beyond the project her students would ultimately take on. Maybe Drennan, Cook and Bellucci could develop a sensor technology system that would generate data for commercial beekeepers — data about hive temperature and humidity, perhaps, or weight and acoustics. This would add a more scientific dimension to beekeeping, minimize reliance on time-consuming visual inspections and benefit both bees and hive operators’ bottom line.When Drennan filed an invention disclosure with CU’s tech transfer office, she learned about the NVC and dove in headfirst. “We wanted to test if our idea could be a business,” she said. “We really didn’t know.”NVC has deliberately minimal entry requirements. Teams need one person with a valid CU ID — faculty, student or staff — an idea they can articulate and the chutzpah to present it to a live audience in 60 seconds at an annual fall “quick pitch night.” Last year 30 teams showed up, including NVC 9 overall winner Give & Go, which has developed an automated film-editing process for sports teams.Give & Go ultimately walked away with $64,000 in seed money. Second place finisher ReForm, which is working on self-adjusting prosthetic limb sockets, netted $21,500.A year earlier, Cook (now a postdoc at Arizona State University) had made HiveTech’s opening pitch, taking home the award for best idea, the first in a series of successes.“It was a real shot of energy,” Drennan said — and yet not HiveTech’s biggest score that October night.Sue Heilbronner, CEO of MergeLane, a firm that cultivates and invests in women-led start-ups, was among the judges. Peggy Tautz (MBA’17), then a CU MBA student with an engineering background, was in the audience.“Sue actually grabbed Peggy’s hand, grabbed me and said ‘Y’all need to talk,’” Drennan said.Heilbronner went on to mentor HiveTech. Tautz helped the team explain the technical aspects of their evolving project in terms businesspeople could appreciate.CU Boulder’s start-up infrastructure is paying off.At a later mentor-matching event, the HiveTech founders met other local businesspeople who would help them test their ideas, asking tough questions and unearthing “all the pieces we didn’t have in place,” Drennan said.“Every time we went to one of those events, some other little golden nugget showed up,” she said.The HiveTech trio found a name, won midway NVC contests and gradually came to see the firm as both a technology and data services provider. The founders also polished a five-minute pitch for NVC’s championship round.In the spring, Drennan, Cook and Bellucci delivered it jointly before a standing-room-only campus crowd.Before the night was out, NVC 8’s four-judge panel declared HiveTech the year’s overall winner. @Last: How Google Came to Boulder It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when there was no Google in Boulder. Read more As a CU doctoral student, bee expert Chelsea Cook and two CU instructors co-founded a Boulder firm that aims to help large-scale commercial beehive operators maximize hive health and business efficency.Acceleration Fresh off the NVC victory, HiveTech won a spot in another campus program for entrepreneurs, Catalyze CU. Where NVC is a highly-inclusive shaper and filter of ideas, Catalyze CU is a selective business accelerator that hastens the formation of actual companies.Founded in 2014 by the College of Engineering, Catalyze CU offers entrepreneurs of all backgrounds an intensive eight-week summer boot camp: Weekly lectures on business fundamentals plus opportunities to rub elbows with other start-up teams while refining their ideas with mentors and beginning to build businesses. Each team gets a $4,000 stipend.Drennan learned about raising capital, business plans, budgeting and types of corporate structures. She and her co-founders labored over their technology, began talking with potential customers and expanded their idea of what the company could be. Was it just a hardware maker, or a data services and analytics firm, too?By the end, the HiveTech team better understood their aims and potential and were convinced that an architect, a civil engineer and a biologist could also be entrepreneurs.That’s the mentality CU wants to foster, said Sarabeth Berk, assistant director of the innovation and entrepreneurship initiative — one that “pushes people beyond what they thought was possible for themselves.”HiveTech is still in its early stages. The firm is perfecting its technology and fine-tuning its focus to address the needs of large-scale growing operations in particular. But there’s momentum. The company has grown to six people with diverse expertise. It’s testing its latest prototype on dozens of hives while courting customers and investors. And it’s winning notice outside Boulder: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recently awarded HiveTech $100,000 to forge ahead.“The training wheels are off,” said Drennan. “We are in full-scale execution mode.”Without NVC and Catalyze CU, HiveTech might be a good idea, she said — but not a business. “It wouldn’t be anywhere but back in the classroom,” she said.Photos courtesy HiveTech Solutions; © iStock/Antagain Issue: Fall 2017Categories:BusinessScience & HealthTags:EntrepreneurProstheticslast_img read more