Cyclists are swapping their helmets for Hovding airbags – would you do the same?

first_imgOf course, much of the convincing happens when we see others in the street wearing Hovding collars. It’s the normalisation of this look which has really helped the company gather momentum since the product came to market in 2011.And it’s not just helmet-wearers who are being converted to Hovdings.Despite helmets being an obvious safety precaution, there is reluctance among some cyclists to wear them. Carling says the arguments are always the same: “It’s vanity and a sense that you lose some freedom by having headgear clogged on your head, or having to carry around a clumsy helmet.” “People often regard Sweden as a responsible and caring country, and I think that is the way we look at our business as well – it certainly influences the way we develop a product.”The Hovding boss also reckons that Sweden can be seen as a bit of an underdog in the global world of business – though it’s difficult to see why when disruptive giants like Ikea, Spotify, and Skype all root back to this country.“Even in Sweden alone, our business could be seen as an underdog, because we are based in the country’s third largest city.”And yet Malmo, where Hovding is headquartered, was recently ranked by the OECD as the fourth most inventive city in the world. As we know, the underdog can often take us by surprise.“We are no longer this niche thing, we are part of the game,” says Carling. “Maybe that comes from the Swedish thing of clenching your fists and motoring on to make things happen.”Head-startIt’s not just road safety where Sweden is making its mark – the country is also Europe’s biggest innovator when it comes to developing clean energy technologies (it came first place in the EU Eco-Innovation Index 2017).Getting people to make healthier choices – both for themselves and for the planet – usually starts with broadening the number of options available. And this is where Hovding comes in; simply by removing the relative inconvenience of a helmet, it encourages more people to cycle, which in turn cuts pollution levels in big cities like London.“If you look at a very macro level – the world is becoming increasingly urbanised, cities are becoming more congested, and people are also becoming more conscious about how they spend their money,” says Carling.But cyclists are ticking all of the boxes: contributing to a cleaner planet, while improving their own personal health and wealth in the process. “Those are values that really unite a lot of cyclists,” he adds. “Saving lives is a mission for us, but we want to simultaneously encourage more cycling. We are driven by both.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBridesBlushWhat The Harry Potter Stars Look Like Out Of CostumeBridesBlushDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic Mirrorzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.com It’s because of a new invention: an airbag for cyclists. Created in Sweden in 2005 by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, Hovding is the world’s first airbag bicycle helmet.Instead of sitting on top of your head, the Hovding is worn as a collar, and – when a sophisticated algorithm detects an accident – the airbag inflates into a hood around your head in a fraction of a second. Your hair doesn’t get dishevelled and you no longer need to lug around a bulky helmet (the Hovding is made of soft material, so it can squeeze inside a bag).But here’s the real game-changer: Hovding collars have been found to offer eight times more protection than a conventional helmet, almost completely eliminating the risk of fracturing your skull, according to research from Stanford University.Raising the (handle)bar“The traditional helmet industry has not changed for years – a cycle helmet from the 70s looks pretty much the same as now,” says Hovding chief executive Fredrik Carling.Carling might be a Swede, but his English rolls off the tongue. He’s also armed with facts and figures – he tells me that Hovding collars are now being sold in 16 different countries in Europe (plus Japan), with over 1,100 retailers stocking the product. Pedal to the medalWhen Carling joined Hovding in 2012, it was purely a team of engineers and designers, and – at the time – the business had been “born but not raised”, he says.As any entrepreneur will know, it’s the commercial execution which can make or break a great idea. So this commercially-minded chief exec – who spent the best part of a decade as managing director for the likes of Levi and Diesel – has largely focused on steering the business in the right direction. And in 2015, the firm listed on the Nasdaq First North index in Stockholm.He admits that he’s also picked up a lot from his team. “I now understand the basics of algorithms and airbag technology. You learn a lot, and bring in people who are in some ways better than you.” Sweden has a reputation for being one of the most sensible nations in the world. It might not sound glamorous, but Carling tells me that Sweden has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship within traffic safety – pointing to Volvo, which invented the three-point seatbelt in the 50s and is also the country’s largest manufacturer of airbags in cars. Cyclists are swapping their helmets for Hovding airbags – would you do the same? whatsapp whatsapp Katherine Denham center_img Share I believe that in 20 years the entire helmet industry will be based on airbag technology Monday 29 October 2018 6:15 am The concept of a cycling collar rather than an old-fashioned helmet changes the equation. The figures speak for themselves: a poll of 1,000 Hovding users found that a staggering 47 per cent had never worn any type of helmet before. So even with the Hovding’s £219 price tag, the company is managing to convert the helmet naysayers by encouraging people to protect their heads.Sensible Swede Some people have written letters thanking us for saving their lives Carling is hugely ambitious for the future of the company. “We’ve only scratched the surface. Now we are seeing some big numbers, but that’s only really a token of the potential.”That potential goes beyond the parameters of cycling. He envisages the technology being used in other situations where people need head protection.“I believe that in 20 years the entire helmet industry will be based on airbag technology. From Romans and Vikings to today’s construction workers – we have to remember that for over 2,000 years, we have always protected our heads by wearing helmets. We need to change that mindset.” Imagine a London where no one wears a cycle helmet – and not because vanity has hit the roof, or because the roads have been made so safe that helmets are redundant (though that would also be nice). Given that lives are literally at stake, one of the challenges, of course, is getting people to trust that the airbag will work when they need it to.When I ask Carling about this, he says more than 110,000 cyclists use Hovding, and of the 2,600 accidents registered since 2011, the airbag has activated and done its job every time.“Hovding is no longer just a concept – it’s a product that’s been proven to work. Some people have written letters thanking us for saving their lives, and those are proof statements if you like. A couple of years ago we didn’t have that volume of data.” Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after Congress talks break down

first_imgUS President Donald Trump signed executive orders over the weekend that partially restored increased unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs during the pandemic. He said 25 per cent of the costs would be paid by states, whose budgets have been hard hit by the crisis. Show Comments ▼ The Democratic-majority House of Representatives passed a coronavirus support package in May which the Republican-led Senate ignored. Democratic rival Joe Biden said they were “a series of half-baked measures”, accusing Trump of putting social security “at grave risk” by delaying the collection of payroll taxes that pay for the programme. Trump signed the executive orders after his Republican party and opposition Democrats failed to reach agreement on a new stimulus package (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after Congress talks break down Emily Nicolle Some of the measures are likely to face legal challenges, however, as the US Constitution gives Congress authority over federal spending. “This is the money they need, this is the money they want, this gives them an incentive to go back to work,” the Republican president said of the lower payments. Trump said the orders would provide an extra $400 per week in unemployment payments, less than the $600 per week passed earlier in the crisis. Trump signed the executive orders after his Republican party and opposition Democrats failed to reach agreement on a new stimulus package (AFP via Getty Images) Trump’s suspension of collection of payroll taxes is an idea that he has repeatedly raised but has been rejected by both parties in Congress. Trump said the suspension would apply to people making less than $100,000 per year. Talks between White House officials and Congress broke down on Friday after two weeks of negotiations. whatsapp “Donald Trump is trying to distract from his failure to extend the $600 federal boost for 30m unemployed workers by issuing illegal executive orders,” said senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. Trump signed the executive orders after his Republican party and opposition Democrats failed to reach agreement on a new stimulus package (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after Congress talks break down “This scheme is a classic Donald Trump con: playacting at leadership while robbing people of the support they desperately need.” Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after Congress talks break down The US has now surpassed more than 5m cases and 160,000 deaths from Covid-19. Unemployment figures improved slightly in July, but failed to match the growth rates of May and June. Sunday 9 August 2020 3:18 pm Trump signed the executive orders after his Republican party and opposition Democrats failed to reach agreement on a new stimulus package (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after Congress talks break down Trump’s move to take relief measures out of the hands of Congress drew immediate criticism from some Democrats. Share whatsapp The executive orders come as Trump aims to detract from scrutiny of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as he and Biden prepare for the presidential election in November. More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Joggers beware: City of London Corporation warns runners to avoid summer smog hotspots

first_img More From Our Partners Fort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.com Tags: NULL Share The City of London Corporation has warned joggers to avoid key “summer smog” hotspots around the capital. The corporation has advised against running on streets including Upper and Lower Thames Street, the junction around Bank, Bishopsgate into Gracehurch Street and Farringdon Street into New Bridge Street during periods with high pollution, adding that those episodes are likely to become more frequent as we head into summer.  Jon Averns, public protection director at the City of London Corporation, said: “In London on most days the air quality is acceptable. But central London can be vulnerable to summer smog air pollution which occurs during hot weather in built-up urban areas. “This type of smog can cause high pollution episodes, which are bad for everyone, but particularly dangerous for people with existing respiratory, heart or lung problems. During very bad pollution episodes, even a normally fit and healthy person can experience issues.  “Strenuous exercise means deeper breathing and more particles inhaled into the lungs, so we are calling on Londoners to plan their travel routes and avoid jogging through pollution hot spots.” To help the capital’s runners the City of London has created a free “idiot’s guide” phone app that details low-pollution routes and alerts users to high pollution episodes. The CityAir app also has its own website, here. It also gives tips on lowing emissions.  And here are those key areas to avoid:  Joggers beware: City of London Corporation warns runners to avoid summer smog hotspots Catherine Neilan Friday 5 June 2015 8:18 am whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

News / Launch of Ocean Buying Group could be a boost for smaller shippers

first_img The buying power of small and medium-sized shippers is expected to be bolstered by Drewry’s new partnership with Chainalytics in the Ocean Buying Group (OBG).However, there are some doubts whether carriers will play ball.Last week’s launch of OBG was seen as another step towards handing greater bargaining powers to smaller players, who often pay over the odds for the same services as bigger shippers.The director of supply chain advisors at Drewry, Philip Damas, told The Loadstar that, during a six-month pilot, OBG managed to procure some 100,000 teu from small shippers.However, one industry source said today he “would be surprised” if OBG was able to secure the really low rates enjoyed by major BCOs and forwarders.“It is a good idea in theory,” he said, “but I wonder how it will work in practice. I can’t see the carriers running with this; they already have enough big boys trying to screw them down on rates.”He also said that shippers may have concerns over transparency and whether their boxes would be more likely to get rolled in favour of those of the larger players.However, Mr Damas refuted this, adding: “Total volume is what matters to the carriers and 100,000 teu – it doesn’t matter if it’s aggregated from various shippers.“And 100,000 teu undeniably counts as big volumes, so I do not think there will be any suggestion that shippers may find their goods stranded.”It has become common liner industry practice that, in times of tight capacity or overbooking, smaller shippers’ boxes are dumped in favour of larger parties.“Typically, Ocean Buying Group has been able to secure rates that are roughly $200 lower than an SME shipper could negotiate on their own,” said Mr Damas.“It is also important to remember this is not an ‘all or nothing’ venture, some shippers will already have agreements in place but for the lanes they don’t, this is where the group can help.”He said the system was a “completely innovative” way of procuring capacity and a boost for SMEs having a “tough time” negotiating as a lone entity.“We help existing members of the group buy capacity from the carriers using the leverage we have, in terms of shippers signed up to the OBG, and then any new shipper signs on as an additional party to benefit from fixed rates,” said Mr Damas.“After this, the shipper goes direct to the carrier, buys capacity and is invoiced for the space through them, without us taking a cut.”OBG offers additional services, based on ideas borrowed from some 3PLs and forwarders – such as benchmarking of rates, auditing of bills etc.Looking to the future, Mr Damas said the group had no target set, but it was certainly looking to both broaden its horizons and increase the number of shippers signed up.He denied that the consultancy and research organisation would have any conflicts of interests in getting involved with booking capacity, noting that Drewry already offered services such as benchmarking, and this would complement those.“We do have some research facilities, but our main interest is advising companies,” he said. © Nattanan726 By Alexander Whiteman 06/03/2018last_img read more

Fugitive Friday: May 7

first_imgFugitive Friday: May 14 May 14, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Fugitive Friday Fugitive Friday: May 21 May 23, 2021center_img Fugitive Friday: May 28 May 28, 2021 AdvertisementBrandon BushAlso on the run this week is a guy who mistook Del Prado Boulevard on the Cape for a racetrack, swerving in and out of traffic at extremely high rates of speed. Brandon Bush has beenon the run for the last month after violating probation on the heels of an arrest for recklessdriving causing bodily injury, as well as the possession of cocaine. Cape cops initially spottedBush driving fast and erratically until he finally hit a concrete curb which stopped him in histracks. Officers said Bush was argumentative and combative and showed multiple signs ofimpairment. Even during his ride to the jail, Bush continued to be mouthy and kept kicking atthe car door. And while he was being booked downtown, officers found a baggie of cocainewhich Bush had been trying to conceal. Over the years, he’s been booked eight times before forDUI, grand theft, burglary, resisting, and being a deadbeat dad. He is 5’10”, 160 pounds, and waslast known to be living in North Fort Myers. He has several tattoos, including “never give up”and “what you give is what you get” on his chest.Paul WilliamsAnd finally, a couple of weekends ago, you may recall a chaotic scene in Alva at the CharlestonPark Day celebration, where gunfire rang out and at least one person was shot. Well, detectivesnow believe that Paul Williams, aka Paul Gee, was one of the gunmen responsible for theoutbreak of violence that night. They claim that Williams, who is a registered convicted felon,was on scene and fired at least five rounds, which were found adjacent to the playground.Williams is a repeat offender with a history of violent behavior, including evidence tampering,drugs, burglary, and criminal mischief. He’s also been jailed for illegally possessing an AR-15while taping a rap video in Lee County. US Marshals say Williams indicated through friends thathe was going to turn himself in on the new weapons charges, but a week later and he’s still outthere. This 28-year-old Lehigh felon is 6’1”, 190 pounds, with several tattoos, including “Mybrother’s keeper” and “only God can judge me” inked on his chest, “struggle” written on his leftarm, and “life of street justice” on his right arm. Every Friday, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers shares information on four fugitives authorities need help finding.Anyone with information on these four is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.Eric Armas – a 29-time repeat offender wanted on grand theft charges in Lee CountySamuel Burnham – wanted in Collier County for domestic violence-related crimeBrandon Bush – on the run after violating probation for reckless driving and drug possessionPaul Williams – accused of being the gunman behind a recent shooting in Charleston ParkEric ArmasWe’re starting off our list with a guy who’s been booked 29 times locally so far, and now he’sripe for a return trip to jail after raiding a storage closet at a local hospital. A new warrant forthe arrest of Eric Armas was issued two weeks ago after he violated terms of his probationfollowing an arrest for grand theft. While in the emergency room with a female friend, Armasdecided to sneak into a hallway supply shelf and remove a collection of unusual items, includinga headlamp, forceps, gauze wraps, and even urine specimen cups, which he stuffed down hispants and into a patient garment bag. A paramedic watched the whole thing unfold andreported it to officials, which led to a quick arrest before he could get away. This 36-year-oldoffender has been committing felony crimes since he was 16, with arrests for robbery, drugs,battery, resisting, and several counts of DUI. He’s also been sent to prison once for a violentoffense and is known to have gang affiliations. He is 5’10”, 195 pounds, with several tattoos,including the phrase “no pain” on his left arm, and his last name inked on his back.Samuel BurnhamNext up is a career criminal with an extensive history of violence towards women both in Leeand Collier Counties. Samuel Burnham is on the run in Naples for violating the terms of his stateprobation following an arrest for domestic violence. To date, Burnham has been busted 24times in Lee County and four times in Collier on a long list of crimes that include aggravatedstalking, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, fraud, contempt, burglary, fleeing and eludingand aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, to name just a few. This 41-year-old felon is aregistered convicted felon in the state of Florida, with known gang affiliations. He is 6’2”, 250pounds and has been known to move back and forth between the East Naples area, Lehigh andGolden Gate Estates. Burnham has several tattoos, including a rose with “Mom” on his rightarm, a panther on his left arm, and a cross on his left hand. Detectives say he may be using thealiases of Sid Burnham, Brian Tipton, or Outlaw Burnham in order to avoid arrest. Advertisement Fugitive Friday: June 4 June 6, 2021last_img read more

Athy traders come together for novel late opening event this Thursday

first_img WhatsApp Home Sponsored Athy traders come together for novel late opening event this Thursday Sponsored By LaoisToday Reporter – 9th April 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Community Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad It’s the local town for many Laois people and this Thursday Red Balloons will line the main thoroughfare of Athy to celebrate Athy Traders Red Balloon event.In an effort to get people to come in and visit the fantastic shops and services available in Athy, traders have come together to organise this brilliant event.With over 30 businesses signed up to take part in this, many opening late until 9pm to allow those who work the opportunity to be a part of the action, it promises to be a great occasion for all.“Everybody wins when YOU support your local town,” say the organisers.Athy Traders are offering one lucky person the opportunity to win a €500 Athy Town voucher which ca be redeemed in any of the participating stores, and you can increase your chances of winning this by simply visiting as many of the participating stores as possible. No purchase necessary.There will be many other competitions and special offers by participating businesses, make sure to call to as many as possible to see what is on offer or visit their Facebook/Instagram pages for more information.There is no doubt but that Athy is home to many excellent locally owned businesses providing people with top quality products and services, and this event gives people a great opportunity to realise this.Keep an eye out for participating shops who have red balloons outside their store this Thursday, April 12, from 9.30am-9pm(selected stores) and drop in to see all that is on offer to get you ready for the New Spring season.SEE ALSO – Check out the jobs section on LaoisToday.ie Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council Rugby Athy traders come together for novel late opening event this Thursday Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCurtain comes down on Laois Athletics Road Race series as Sweeney and Hunter take goldNext articleWATCH: Well-known Laois physio shows farmers how to avoid injury in new video LaoisToday Reporter TAGSAthy last_img read more

SK Suggests Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Meeting

first_img SK Suggests Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Meeting North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Facebook Twitter By Kwon Eun Kyoung – 2011.01.11 3:39pm News center_img News News AvatarKwon Eun Kyoung News The South Korean Ministry of Unification has reacted to North Korea’s official overtures of the 10th with a counter-proposal of its own, suggesting an inter-Korean discussion on the Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong Island attacks. According to the Ministry of Unification, the communications, which were sent via the Kaesong Industrial Complex Management Committee, included both schedules and locations for: a working-level meeting and Red Cross meeting; measures lifting the freezing of the North-South Economic Cooperation Council Office and banishment of South Korean workers from the office which occurred in late May of last year; and the re-opening of the Red Cross channel at Panmunjom. Issuing a written response to the suggestions yesterday, the Ministry of Unification stated, “If a sincere dialogue between North and South is to be carried out, both; ① responsible measures to the Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong attack and promises to prevent further provocations; and ② confirmation of its sincerity on denuclearization are needed.” Therefore, “For these, we suggest a meeting between the North and South Korean authorities.” However, there was also a declaration of ongoing skepticism as to the North’s intentions, with the statement asserting, “Thus far, North Korea has shown this kind of attitude tens of times in order to change the game,” and calling it a “disguised charm offensive for the international community and one of the conventional tactics to fracture our society.” It went on, “The North’s authorities unilaterally suggest a dialogue only so as to receive economic aid and support without acknowledging its responsibility, even though it has made our people pay dearly via the Mt. Geumgang shooting incident, Cheonan sinking and Yeonpyeong Island attack.” Philip Crowley, the U.S. State Department’s spokesman agreed yesterday, saying, “We’re now in the charm stage. But the charm stage has to be followed up with a real demonstration that North Korea is prepared for sustained and constructive dialogue.” In addition, he reiterated, “It’s really what North Korea demonstrates in its day-to-day activities that will make the difference… First and foremost, if North Korea makes a public pledge not to attack South Korea… that would be a significant step to improve the environment and it would be one among many steps that North Korea could take that would convince South Korea that dialogue would be constructive.” In terms of details, the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which signed off on one of the communications, suggested that the working-level meeting be held on January 27th in Kaesong in order to discuss the date, location and level of the participants in a future meeting of the authorities of the two Koreas. Elsewhere, the chair of the Chosun Red Cross Society suggested to the president of the Korea National Red Cross the holding of an inter-Korean Red Cross meeting on February 1st in Munsan, South Korea, and reported that from the 12th the Red Cross channel at Panmunjom would be open. Finally, the North Korean side’s manager in the North-South Economic Cooperation Council Office reported that they would begin working in the office in Kaesong as of the 12th. Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported the delivery of the three notices to the South yesterday under the title, “Reporting practical measures for the implementation of the North’s significant suggestions to the South.” Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

Toronto stocks rise

first_img Canadian Press Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors upclose stock market arrows green and red piren/123RF In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 399.28 points to 25,709.27. The S&P 500 index was up 32.30 points to 2,779.60 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 84.07 points to 7,421.46.“The domestic market, not to the upside that the U.S. equities are, is reflecting some of the upswing we’re seeing in commodities,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Oil’s having a decent day today. I think that’s providing some support. Gold’s also to the upside.”The April crude contract was up 36¢ to US$63.91 per barrel and the April gold contract was up US$2.50 to US$1,332.80 an ounce.U.S. Treasury yields pulled back on Monday from the four-year high they hit last week, likely accounting for some of the strength in stock indices south of the border. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.85% from 2.87% late Friday. Higher interest rates can hurt stock prices by making bonds look more attractive as investments.But other than the drop in rates, analysts saw few clear reasons to drive stocks much higher on Monday. Earnings reporting season is mostly done, and no big-ticket economic reports were on the calendar.“Today’s rally has been very surprising,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research. “There doesn’t seem to be a real obvious catalyst, yet we’re having a banner day. It might be good to be a little careful here.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of US78.83¢, down 0.11 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was up US3¢ at US$2.69 per mmBTU and the May copper contract was down US1¢ to US$3.22 a pound.With files from The Associated Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Canada’s main stock index moved higher in a broad-based advance on Monday, while the Dow Jones industrials posted a nearly 400 point increase.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 76.21 points to 15,714.66, led by gains in the industrials, metals and energy sectors. Keywords Marketwatch TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Related newslast_img read more

Canada and FCM invest in asset management in Alberta communities

first_imgCanada and FCM invest in asset management in Alberta communities From: Infrastructure CanadaThis is why the Government of Canada is investing $985,500 in 21 new projects in Alberta communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) on behalf of the federal government. The program helps municipalities strengthen local infrastructure planning and decision-making by increasing local asset management capacity through investments in activities such as asset management training, technology and software enhancements, and information sharing.This is why the Government of Canada is investing $985,500 in 21 new projects in Alberta communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) on behalf of the federal government. The program helps municipalities strengthen local infrastructure planning and decision-making by increasing local asset management capacity through investments in activities such as asset management training, technology and software enhancements, and information sharing.With funding from MAMP:The Town of Whitecourt will create and implement specific, measurable, deliverable goals along with a strategy to provide a clear direction and approach to implement asset management for the community. Its Asset Management Implementation Plan will ensure that infrastructure decisions will align with the town’s Strategic Plan and organizational goals and objectives, ensuring a sustainable and resilient community.The Town of Legal will inspect and analyze the condition of its sanitary sewer systems through closed-circuit television as well as undertake water network assessment and modeling. This roadmap will allow the town to use solid management practices for current and future capital improvements and prioritize spending in the right areas.The Village of Donnelly and its neighbours will implement asset management practices in a sustainable manner for the foreseeable future. Key achievements will include an achievable breakdown of future tasks through the creation of an asset management roadmap, a consolidated basic asset inventory to inform future investment decisions, and increased knowledge sharing with neighbouring municipalities and the public.Details of all 21 projects are included in the backgrounder.Quotes“The 21 projects announced today ensure Alberta municipalities have the tools and technology necessary to make well-informed decisions for the long term. We’re proud to invest in infrastructure asset management projects that will help communities grow their local economy and improve residents’ quality of life.”The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Rural communities are the backbone of the Canadian economy and among the best places in Canada to call home. Smart investments in infrastructure help smaller communities to grow, strengthen their economies and improve quality of life for their residents. Through projects like those announced today, our government is helping to ensure that local leaders, especially those in rural areas, have the tools they need to plan for the long-term and creating stronger rural communities now and for generations to come.”The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development“Through the Municipal Asset Management Program, FCM continues to help municipalities of all sizes, especially small and rural, manage municipal infrastructure and make stronger investment decisions based on reliable data. FCM supports communities from coast to coast to coast by providing funding, training, and resources to develop sustainable solutions that work and improve the quality of life for residents.”Joanne Vanderheyden, President, Federation of Canadian MunicipalitiesQuick factsThe $110-million Municipal Asset Management Program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, has invested in more than 962 municipal asset management projects.MAMP offers funding, training, and resources to help municipalities strengthen their asset management practices thereby enabling them to make informed infrastructure investment decisions.To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.The COVID-19 Resilience Stream will help other orders of governments whose finances have been significantly impacted by the pandemic by increasing the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects in a variety of areas including disaster mitigation and adaptation projects and pandemic-resilient infrastructure.Furthermore, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services in response to immediate and ongoing coronavirus-related needs over the next two years.As part of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada has invested over $5 billion in more than 430 infrastructure projects in Alberta.Since 2016, the federal government has invested $28 billion in over 18,000 infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000. More than 6,100 kilometres of highways and roads, and 103 bridges have been built, repaired or upgraded in rural communities, and more than 3,134 projects are providing rural communities with access to cleaner, more sustainable sources of drinking water.The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) is designed to provide municipalities with a stable and predictable source of funding. In 2020-21, Alberta has received $244 million through the federal GTF to fund its most pressing infrastructure needs. /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). 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A welcome from the Senior Class Council president

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 27, 2021 Hello everyone, my name is Allie Reuter, and I am the Senior Class Council (SCC) president.As some of you may know, SCC is a group of students dedicated to creating a community for the graduating class of 2021. We are currently focusing on all things commencement in order to make the ceremony memorable and impactful for everyone despite the circumstances.Furthermore, on behalf of SCC, I would like to thank the Chancellor’s Office, the Commencement Committee and the CU Boulder Alumni Association for all the time and effort they have already put into the commencement celebration.Recently, CU announced commencement will be held virtually this year. I know some of you may be saddened by this news, but I can assure you SCC is working to capitalize on this unique commencement experience while prioritizing the safety of all those involved.Additionally, SCC is planning several events to engage seniors and bring everyone together over the coming months. Right now, we are planning a senior day of service, a virtual cooking night, as well as several other exciting events. For updates on these events and others, please follow @cuboulderscc on Instagram.Lastly, please continue to stay safe during the transition back to school. While things are starting to look up, we as CU Boulder students still have a duty to protect one another and our greater Boulder community. We have several ideas in mind that will only be possible if everyone continues to abide by all of the COVID-19 guidelines.We are officially in the home stretch. Each of you has done a tremendous job adapting to our new way of life. I am incredibly proud to be part of such a resilient community, and I implore you to make the most of the time we have left.Sincerely,Allie Reuter Senior Class Council Presidentlast_img read more