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New rules may help small energy projects sell to the grid

first_imgEnergy & Mining | InteriorNew rules may help small energy projects sell to the gridNovember 25, 2015 by Rachel Waldholz, APRN Share:Alaska Environmental Power workers and contractors prepare to hoist the hub of a rotor and the three large blades to the hub to the left Sept. 3 for the Delta Wind Farm’s second 900-megawatt wind generator. (Photo by Tim Ellis/KUAC)New rules could make it possible to develop more renewable energy in Alaska, by making it easier for independent projects to sell their power to the grid.Mike Craft has been trying to expand his wind farm near Delta Junction since 2010. In his view, the project is a win-win.“(I want to) create some jobs for my kids and friends and family and neighbors,” Craft said. “I want to bring down the cost of power, and I want to do something about this air in Fairbanks.”But the local utility, the Golden Valley Electric Association, wouldn’t buy his power. They said it was too expensive — even though it was potentially cheaper than some of their existing sources.“I can compete with diesel,” Craft said. “I can compete with natural gas. I can compete with — coal’s pretty tough. Coal’s a bargain, no doubt about it. If you don’t mind the consequences of burning it, it’s a bargain.”But, Craft argued, he shouldn’t have to compete with the cheapest part of a utility’s portfolio. He should only have to beat the price of whatever power his project would displace. In 2013, he filed a petition with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), which oversees electric utilities.This month, after two years of hearings, the commission issued new rules — and Craft got his way. Under the old system, a wind farm or hydro project had to beat the “average” cost of a utility’s power — that included everything, from cheap coal to relatively expensive diesel.Under the new rules if, say, a wind project can produce electricity more cheaply than diesel, the utility has to buy that less expensive power. That brings Alaska into line with rules in the rest of the U.S. And Craft calls it a game changer.“Basically, the door’s open,” he said. “And independent power producers, entrepreneurs, developers, or just a guy that has a house, when he wants to put a wind turbine on his house — Alaska’s open for business now.”Ethan Schutt, of the Cook Inlet Region Inc., or CIRI, has a more measured response.“It definitely could help a little,” Schutt said. “And sometimes just a little is all it takes to get something from concept to construction.”CIRI developed the Fire Island Wind Project in Cook Inlet. With 11 turbines, it can produce up to 17 megawatts for Chugach Electric, one of the main utilities in South Central.But CIRI scrapped a project to double the number of turbines when they couldn’t find a buyer for the new power. Schutt said one big issue is integration. Sources like wind and solar are variable — when the wind isn’t blowing, no electricity is produced.That means it’s more complicated to integrate them into the grid than a traditional natural gas or coal plant.Utilities charge fees to cover that — and in the past, Schutt said, it wasn’t clear how they came up with those costs.“In the absence of regulatory guidance, each utility was able to address those issues in its own, self-serving way,” he said.The new rules include a set of criteria that utilities must use in making those decisions.That doesn’t mean the Fire Island expansion is coming back. For CIRI, there’s still another major hurdle: transmission costs. If they want to sell to, for instance, Golden Valley in Fairbanks, right now they have to pay every other utility along the way.That can double the price of their electricity. The new rules don’t solve that problem.But for Mike Craft, in Delta Junction — he says it’s full steam ahead.“I’m excited. I feel like I have my life back in a sense, and I have my state back,” Craft said. “I’m going to finish building this wind farm.”Share this story:last_img read more

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The End of Watch Premiere

first_imgUncategorizedThe End of Watch PremiereJake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena hit the red carpet for their gritty LAPD flickBy Kari Mozena – September 24, 2012528ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt “Arnold! Arnold! Arnold this way!!” the photogs along the carpet hollered at the prem of END OF WATCH when the former Gov hopped out of his SUV. One could almost forget HousekeeperGate. Almost. Councilman Eric Garcetti joined him in a pose or two, (he has a small speaking role in the film), with shoes that needed a little brush up. I kept staring at them. America Ferrera, 50 Cent, Anna Kendrick, Michael Pena and Jake G all followed suit before ducking into Regal LA Live Theaters for the show. It’s a compelling LAPD South Central story but the real story is the relationship between the two cops (played by Gyllenhaal and Pena), only one of whom (Pena) hit the afterparty across the street at the Ritz-Carlton’s WP24. I had to smile, there was a small Napoleon Dynamite reunion as I looked across the crowded restaurant and spotted Pedro and Lafawnduh chatting with one another (aka Efren Ramirez and Shondrella Avery). Who else did I spy? My favorite party hearty/True Blood werewolf – Joe Manganiello. Nice job, Open Road Films. Two interesting movies (still recommending your last flick – Hit & Run).    Jake Gyllenhall and Michael PenaNatalie Martinez and America FerreraCouncilman Eric Garcetti, writer-director David Ayer and Ah-noldSwimmer Conor Dwyer and 50 CentJoe Manganiello and Anna KendrickShondrella Avery and Efren Ramirez Photographs by Eric Charbonneau / Le Studio TAGSL.A Culture2012September 2012Previous articleWhere’s Chris? 9/24/12Next articleMusic Video Monday: Get Well Soon – “Roland, I Feel You”Kari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

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News / Time for (an inevitable) change – more women at the top in logistics

first_img It’s International Women’s Day (IWD), and The Loadstar’s inbox and social media channels are full of stories of women in logistics.“Let’s focus on one of ‘them’”, say companies excitedly, publishing an image of a female staff member in a hi-vis jacket, seeing a chance for marketing opportunities, a chance to jump on the bandwagon. (“We employ women! Even in the warehouse!”)A gender-washing, if you will (or ‘pink it and shrink it’, as ‘gender-diverse’ marketing is known in retail).But among all the noise and nonsense are several initiatives that will actually make a difference; and that’s the aim. IWD doesn’t exist to celebrate an industry that has managed to achieve paltry results on this score: just 13% of senior leadership roles are held by women in logistics. The day should be used instead to affect change.Such as this: this morning, consultancy Change Horizon and specialist logistics PR company Meantime Communications launched a platform to support the industry’s (inevitable) change and to promote gender equality.The platform will: provide a public database of highly qualified women who could become board members or speak at events (still a shameful area in this industry); provide help in setting up forums, both locally and globally; establish a knowledge centre; and push for progress in broader diversity and inclusion metrics across the industry.And the pair are appealing to businesses, associations and individuals of any gender to sign up to its Women in Aviation and Logistics Pledge.“We have been talking about this for far too long, it is time to take action,” said Emma Murray, founder and CEO of Meantime Communications. “We want the pledge to kick-start a movement for change, which will benefit us all, transforming air cargo into the diverse industry it should already be, and encouraging and attracting the next generation of air cargo leaders.”Emma Murray (left) and Celine Hourcade, along with Meantime’s Ebele Nwakude)Founder and MD of Change Horizon Céline Hourcade added: “There are still too few women in decision-making roles, speaking at, or even attending, industry events. We have outstanding female professionals in this industry and their distinct, expert voices must be elevated through gender parity.”The programme will launch via a webinar this month.Ms Hourcade noted: “The benefits of having gender-balanced teams span far beyond making a company more competitive, innovative and profitable.”Which brings us to our other honourable mention: Geodis.Geodis is not jumping on any bandwagons – it has a proper programme in place, with goals and actions to ensure it meets its commitment to having at least one quarter of its leadership roles filled by women by 2023.That journey has already begun: 13% of leadership positions were filled by women in 2017; it’s 18% today. And it has launched an employee mentor programme via its Geodis Women’s Network (GWN).It began the programme as a pilot in the US in 2018, and is now launching it in Latin America.“Based on feedback from those involved, we made significant changes last year,” explained Gerri Commodore, senior vice president new business and Geodis Women’s Network America’s chairperson.“Our mentors and mentees wanted more structure and tools to help them. So we partnered with Impacting Leaders, a leadership consulting company, and introduced the Style of Influence (SOI) assessment, which focuses on the natural way people would influence others.”Geodis also last year signed up to obtain the GEEIS (Gender Equality European & International Standard) designation, which means it must audit its practices over a three-month period across 12 countries. It begins this year.The schemes are more than marketing tools, explained Mario Ceccon, group HR director, adding: “Gender diversity is not only a social necessity but also a corporate responsibility and a sound business policy.“Empathetic leadership that balances the sensibilities of all genders brings greater understanding of all human interaction and, hence, value-creation for employees, customers, suppliers and business partners.”There are small signs of hope – but often they are masked. For every 10 corporate announcements of new leaders, the vast majority still reveal all-male boards or management team.One noticeable company has been Atlas Air, which has managed to get its boardroom diversity split to 70:30, a feat for which it was honoured. But the fact that its senior management team has just one woman out of six, shows how much work still needs to be done across the industry. (According to The Economist, the US average is 28% women on corporate boards, while 41% of management are women – meaning that logistics is lagging badly.) Tiaca’s board, as just one example among many, is all male.“There is no excuse for standing by, we can achieve this by working together,” said Ms Murray.Worth a read: Marie-Christine Lombard, chief executive of Geodis, on hostility, jealousy and risk. “It would have been different if I’d been a man. It’s not a glass ceiling, it’s the energy and effort you need to exert.” By Alex Lennane 08/03/2021last_img read more

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first_img About the Author Reprints Privacy Policy [email protected] Health‘We’re flying blind’: African Americans may be bearing the brunt of Covid-19, but access to data is limited A Covid-19 patient is transported to a hospital in Brooklyn. Braulio Jatar / SOPA Images/Sipa USA Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Please enter a valid email address. Elizabeth Cooney Leave this field empty if you’re human: Lisa Cooper, an internal medicine physician and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said she’d have to speculate, given the dearth of data, but she listed multiple reasons why as a group African Americans of lower income are more likely to become ill: People working for an hourly wage don’t have the luxury of being able to shelter at home or the means to buy two weeks’ worth of healthy food. They may work in jobs deemed essential, such as in public transportation, public safety, or health care. If they quit, they would lose their health insurance, if they have it, and access to health care. If they continue working, they risk exposure to the coronavirus. And they are more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma, chronic conditions that put them at higher risk for more serious Covid-19 illness.“African Americans in many large cities began to practice social distancing behavior much later than whites, largely due to the fact [whites] could stay at home to work,” Cooper told STAT.Like dominoes, one risk factor topples into another, said Brian Williams, a trauma surgeon, intensive care doctor, and associate professor at University of Chicago Medicine. He was shocked when he learned that in his city, 70% of the people who died from the virus were African American, according to data analyzed by WBEZ.“I’m disheartened because the disparity is so great and I wish I could do more, although I’m a doctor with a certain skill set that is useful right now,” he said in an interview. “I wish I could do a lot more.”If there were more complete information, more could be done to help people who are sick and stanch the spread of disease, he said. Tags CoronavirusHealth Disparitiesinfectious diseasepublic health CDC’s current posture has set off challenges from legal and medical professionals to release that data so resources can be better allocated to the people who need them the most.The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and nearly 400 medical professionals have demanded that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services release daily racial and ethnic demographic data on Covid-19 tests, cases, and outcomes. They cited both the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act, which prohibit discrimination in health care services. The absence of data amounts to denial of appropriate care, the group argues.advertisement By Elizabeth Cooney April 6, 2020 Reprints @cooney_liz Trending Now: “We are deeply concerned that African American communities are being hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and that racial bias may be impacting the access they receive to testing and healthcare,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the committee, said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.The grim reality reflected in those limited statistics fits with longstanding research on the social determinants of health as well as the very specific risk factors that come into play for the spread of the coronavirus. General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. Stark statistics are coming to light only now and only in piecemeal fashion showing that African Americans are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. The racial divide in who gets infected, who gets tested, and who dies from Covid-19 is emerging from the few cities and states whose data are public.African Americans in Illinois, for example, accounted for 29% of confirmed cases and 41% of deaths as of Monday morning, yet they make up only 15% of the state’s population, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, one of just a handful of government agencies sharing information on who is hardest hit by the virus. Michigan mirrors Illinois, with 34% of Covid-19 cases and 40% of deaths striking African Americans, even though only 14% of Michigan’s population is African American. The story is similar in Wisconsin, where ProPublica first reported that African Americans number nearly half of the 941 cases in Milwaukee County and 81% of its 27 deaths while the population is 26% African American.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributes data on age, gender, and location of Covid-19 patients but not their race or ethnicity. The CDC did not respond to a request for comment made on Monday, but on Tuesday CDC spokesman Scott Pauley pointed to information sent to the agency from public health departments around the country. “Unfortunately, case report forms are often missing important data, including race and ethnicity. To address this and other data gaps, supplementary surveillance systems are being stood up to better capture ethnicity and race data, as well as other key demographic or clinical information.”advertisement “We need to have a demographic breakdown of who will be impacted and how we as a health care system can deploy all our resources and personnel in the most efficient and effective manner to ensure the safety and well-being of the entire American public,” Williams said. “Now we’re flying blind because we don’t know.”That racial and ethnic demographic data are being collected — it’s just not being reported out to the public, said Uché Blackstock, an emergency physician in Brooklyn, N.Y.“I think it speaks to just how broken our system is,” she said. “We actually have the data in our city. All of the electronic medical records systems collect racial and ethnic demographic data. It’s a matter of getting our Department of Health to disclose what that data shows. ”Williams is looking beyond the current crisis, beyond the surge of patients he fears is still coming.“This affects all of us, either directly or indirectly,” he said before returning to the ICU. “And when the pandemic is over, our recovery plan should be one of unity in order to rebuild a better society that recognizes the shared humanity of everyone living within our borders.”This story has been updated to include a response from the CDC.last_img read more

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Laois company aiming for national success at enterprise awards

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Laois company aiming for national success at enterprise awards Previous articleDoyle and O’Shea guide Abbeyleix to Roinn 5B Camogie triumphNext articleScoil Mhuire Abbeyleix win back-to-back titles after claiming Roinn 1 camogie shield Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. GAA Home News Business Laois company aiming for national success at enterprise awards NewsBusiness 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest By Steven Miller – 28th May 2019 Twitter The Local Enterprise Office Laois’s representative, Hanlon Woodcraft Limited was founded by Danny Hanlon – who is welin 2003.The company manufactures bespoke kitchen and bedroom furniture. Strategically located off the M7 and M8 motorways in Ballacolla, makes their showrooms and factory accessible from all locations.Their skilled staff can guide you through design, manufacturing and installation of all the products they have on offer.  In 2018, the Innovation Award at the National Finals was won by Laois company, Cyc-Lok Ltd, from Graiguecullen.Hanlon Kitchens won the Laois award a number of weeks back and are now in a regional category alongside the Kildare, Offaly and Westmeath winners as well as being in the running for various cash prizes in the overall categories.Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards include Irish Yoghurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Simtech Aviation (2008), Digiweb (2004) and Design Pro (2013).Last year’s winners, Terra NutriTech, are an AgTech company, backed by Local Enterprise Office Kildare.Local Enterprise Offices Representative, Evelyn Reddin said; “The National Enterprise Awards are very much a benchmark for excellence for small businesses across the country. It is much more than just awards. “The businesses involved avail of mentoring and guidance as the process develops and generate connections and leads from other businesses along the way. “They also receive signposting for their business helping them to move their company forward, irrespective of whether they win an award. “Those who do take part always see the benefit, our winners are now employing over 830 people and are exporting across the world with annual revenues in excess of €130million. The class of 2019 looks to be well prepared to follow in their path.”The National Enterprise Awards are one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run, to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the Student Enterprise Programme, National Women’s Enterprise Day and Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE). The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise IrelandEstablished in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow.Since their inception five years ago, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 18,000 jobs across the country.The LEOs work with over 7,000 client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see www.LocalEnterprise.ie Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp GAA One of Laois’s best small businesses, Hanlon Woodcraft Ltd will represent the Local Enterprise Office Laois at the National Enterprise Awards tomorrow in the Mansion House in Dublin.Run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in the local authorities nationwide, the National Enterprise Awards are now in their 21st year and offer an investment prize fund of €40,000.The Awards – a black-tie event hosted by Bryan Dobson – take place tomorrow in the Mansion House in Dublin and feature businesses from a variety of sectors. WhatsApp GAA Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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A View from the Other Side

first_imgNorth Korean players face the misfortune of having to passover all the credit to Kim Jong Eun, even if they score. If they lose, theycould be criticized for not having been loyal enough to the leader. Thisexplains why their smiles are not without a trace of hidden anxiety. The woman sitting next to seemed to be in her 30s, and waswith her three, or maybe four-year-old son. They followed every single move theNorth Korean players made, at times screaming with excitement, and at others,groaning with disappointment. It made me actually want to say, “Thank you forcheering for these players.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE By Daily NK – 2014.09.20 12:39am News I never imagined as a defector from North Korea that I wouldbe able to go watch a soccer match in the South with players from my homecountry. But it wasn’t a dream. I was at the first group match for NorthKorea’s women’s team playing against Vietnam for the Incheon Asian Games onTuesday. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korean players were in general a head taller thantheir Vietnamese counterparts. The players were young but had obviously hitpuberty due to their noticeable physical developments. I could tell conditionswere much better compared to when I lived there by the state of their growth,and in some ways, it provided me with a sense of relief.In terms of appearance though, unlike the Vietnamese playerswho all had different hairstyles, everyone on the North Korean team sported thesame short hair typical of female athletes in the North. The thought that itwas probably a unilateral decision handed down by the Party left me slightlydisturbed. Not only that, although their five goals did come with somecelebration, shouting with joy and excitement did not play a part in it. I hadhoped for something grand, but all I saw were trained, routine smiles.Although, I do recognize my bias could be playing into this perception. I watched the game from behind the North Korean bench.Whenever the players were swapped out, I had to fight the urge of running up tothem and giving them a hug. I wanted to tell them, “Don’t go [back to NorthKorea]. If you stay here, you can play soccer in a good environment and have areal career.” You might think I’m single-minded, but I can’t help it.These players are from my home, North Korea, and they’re like my sisters, orchildren. I couldn’t help feeling this way as I sat  through the match. center_img I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who I should be rooting for.I wasn’t sure if cheering for the North Korean team would get me in troublewith the National Security Law [a controversial South Korean law banning activitiesdeemed communist or ‘anti-state’] but it’s not like it made any sense to cheerfor the Vietnamese players. News The North drove the game with its relentless offense. Justin the first half, Kim Yun Mi put in two goals, taking the lead 4:0. In thesecond half, the North scored again, bringing the final score to 5:0 for aneasy win. The team boasted strong offense and defense skills with tight overallcoordination, putting on full display its potential as a gold medal candidate. These concerns only lasted momentarily though. From thebleachers came cheers for North Korea: “Go North Korea!,” “Good job number 11,”“Keep it up number 9,” the crowds cheered. All the anxiety washed away, and Ijoined in on cheering for the North at the top of my lungs. Facebook Twitter Back in October 1990, when the South and North Korean nationalteams held a “unification soccer match” in Pyongyang, would it have been likethis? All that the residents of Pyongyang could do was cheer for the NorthKorean players in the face of extreme scrutiny and monitoring. If the South wasplaying against Vietnam in that same stadium in Pyongyang, would the peoplethere have been able to root for the South? It’s an unfathomable scene. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News I send a big round of applause to the North Korean team fornabbing their first victory with no one injured. I’d like to tell them, “I’mproud of you, my sisters. I hope you win and return home with a gold medal.” News A View from the Other Sidelast_img read more

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SEC proposes new mutual fund reporting rules

first_img The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules Wednesday that would modernize the reporting and disclosure of information by mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and other registered investment companies. The proposed rules aim to enhance the quality of information available to investors, and would also allow the SEC to more effectively collect and use data provided by these firms. Companies Securities and Exchange Commission Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img James Langton The information would be reported in a structured data format, which the SEC says would allow both the commission and the public to better analyze it. The proposals would also require enhanced and standardized disclosures in financial statements, and would permit mutual funds and other investment companies to provide shareholder reports by making them accessible on a website. For investment advisors, the proposed amendments would require them to provide additional information to enable the SEC and investors to better understand the risk profile of individual advisers and the industry. “These recommendations will vastly improve the type and format of the information that funds provide to the commission and to investors,” said SEC chair, Mary Jo White. “Investors will have better quality and greater access to information about their fund investments and investment advisors, and the SEC will have more and better information to monitor risks in the asset management industry.” The proposals will go out for a 60-day comment period.last_img read more

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TSX ends lower despite morning lift

first_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March In Canada, the focus was Huawei’s legal case and China’s detention of a former Canadian diplomat.“These kinds of headlines do give people pause and so there’s a lot of focus going on thinking about what companies have exposure to China and are they at risk,” says Catharine Sterritt, portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day off by 60.45 points to 14,667.83 despite enjoying a morning lift to an intraday high of 14,957.81.The January crude contract was up US65¢ at US$51.65 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down US13.8¢ at US$4.41 per mmBTU.However, the influential energy sector was down 1.5% as several large names, including Suncor Energy Inc., saw their shares fall. The consumer discretionary sector, financials and materials were also down. The cannabis heavy health-care sector closed up 2.9%, followed by consumer staples.The recent moves by the Alberta government to cut oil production and request help from Ottawa were reminiscent of Canada’s mortgage situation a couple years ago that saw bank executives seek federal intervention to cool down the housing market, Sterritt said.“What we’re seeing in the Canadian western basin is very similar, where the market actions weren’t functioning properly,” she said in an interview.Investors have consolidated their positions and are moving towards defensiveness and industries with less global exposure in the wake of uncertainties, Sterritt added.“So there’s a move away from the commodity exposed people and the global industrials to things like rail which is very local economies or financials which is local economies.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.02 points at 24,380.24. The S&P 500 index was down 0.94 points at 2,636.78, while the Nasdaq composite was up 11.31 points at 7,031.83.U.S. markets sank to their lows of the day in the early afternoon after U.S. President Donald Trump had a televised Oval Office fight with the top Democratic party leaders. Trump threatened to shut down the government if more money isn’t provided for his wall along the Mexican border.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US74.62¢ compared with an average of US74.74¢ on Monday.The February gold contract was down US$2.20 at US$1,247.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up US4.7¢ at US$2.77 a pound. Ross Marowits Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Related news Canada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday despite a rise in oil prices as mixed geopolitical messages over trade fostered uncertainty about the future.The Toronto Stock Exchange and U.S. markets got a morning boost on signals of China extending an olive branch on auto tariffs for imported U.S. vehicles and reported high-level talks between the two countries. The mood soured, however, after the Washington Post reported the U.S. was considering condemning China for economic espionage. Keywords Marketwatch S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Stock market quotes holyhikaru/123RFlast_img read more

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Dr. Tufton Outlines Steps to Reduce Post Harvest Losses

first_imgRelatedDr. Tufton Outlines Steps to Reduce Post Harvest Losses FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has outlined a number of steps to improve food packaging and reduce post harvest loss to farmers.“We have established a range of post harvest infrastructure across the country. This one, at Hounslow, being the most ambitious of the packing houses,” he said.Dr Tufton was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hounslow Packing and Post Harvest Facility, Thursday (October 22) at Hounslow, St. Elizabeth.He said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has looked at a number of post harvest facilities, and a number of projects are being worked on to improve food packaging in Jamaica.“We are working on establishing banana ripening houses in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland and St. James. We are currently upgrading the Kingston packaging facilities, including restoring the storage house, and that is to be launched soon,” he said.Dr. Tufton said that three pepper mash facilities will be established over the next year, and this is to facilitate the growing market for value added products in the hot pepper industry.“We are going to be establishing, over the next year or so, three pepper mash facilities. We are looking at Clarendon, St. Mary and St. Elizabeth, because we are making a big thrust in the development of the hot pepper market for value added products, hot pepper sauces and so on,” he said.He added that a yam packing house will soon be launched. One was initially opened in Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny.“These are just some parts of the puzzle of infrastructure development that will help our farmers,” he explained.The post harvest packing house facility being established at Hounslow, St. Elizabeth is part of the Improving Jamaica’s Agricultural Productivity (IJAP) project and is one of two facilities that will be in operation to facilitate post harvest in cluster locations.IJAP is funded by grant of CDN $4.9 million from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), with counterpart funding from the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to the tune of CDN$1.5 million. The Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) is donating CDN$134,956.The packing facilities, to be built under the IJAP project, will facilitate the marketing of crops grown in open fields and greenhouses, with the aim of reducing spoilage, over and under supply and seasonal availability of some crops.The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, through its agencies including the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Fisheries Division, is the implementing agency for the project, while IICA is the executing agency on behalf of CIDA. RelatedDr. Tufton Outlines Steps to Reduce Post Harvest Losses Advertisementscenter_img Dr. Tufton Outlines Steps to Reduce Post Harvest Losses AgricultureOctober 25, 2009 RelatedDr. Tufton Outlines Steps to Reduce Post Harvest Losseslast_img read more

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Alfa Romeo unveils first new F1 car in 33 years

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Alfa-Romeo-Sauber C37Supplied, Alfa-Romeo-Sauber Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Alfa-Romeo-Sauber C37Supplied, Alfa-Romeo-Sauber Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Alfa-Romeo-Sauber C37Supplied, Alfa-Romeo-Sauber COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Alfa Romeo hasn’t had a Formula One car in 33 years and it hasn’t won a driver’s championship since 1951. The last F1 car to wear the Alfa Romeo badge was the 185T, a machine Riccardo Patrese dubbed “the worst car I ever drove.” But here to break the 33-year absence is the striking Alfa Romeo-Sauber C37. Though it wears the proud badge and rosso corsa colours, the C37 is actually designed by a Swiss operation and only became an “Alfa” after a branding deal late last year. Nevertheless, we’re happy to see Alfa back on the world stage of racing. Like all 2018 F1 cars, the C37 features a driver-protecting “halo” above the cockpit and a cut-back and a more subtle “shark fin” coming off of the engine air intake.  advertisement See More Videos RELATED TAGSAlfa RomeoPerformanceNew VehiclesPerformance Vehicles We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The C37 will be powered by the latest Ferrari F1 engines and will make its racing debut during testing in Barcelona on February 26th.  center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos 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 | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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