Devro sizzles on rising demand in Far East and North America

first_img whatsapp Express KCS whatsapp Devro sizzles on rising demand in Far East and North America Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrapcenter_img SAUSAGE casings maker Devro yesterday posted pre-tax profits of £9.6m for the six months to the end of June, up from £1.6m in the same period last year.Revenues rose to £112.7m from £109.7m and basic earnings per share increased to 4.4p from 1.4p. The interim dividend is main­tained at 2.70p per share. Operating profits, before exceptional items, increased 11 per cent to £15.6m.Chief executive Peter Page said the good result was driven by higher prices, but also by strong demand in China, Japan, South East Asia and North America, which helped to partially offset lower volumes in Russia and Latin America. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Funzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestly Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Thursday 6 August 2015 5:56 amlast_img read more

News / Expeditors adds to cash pile in Q3 – M&A the next delivery?

first_img“Solid interims, as expected,” commented Loadstar Premium editor Ale Pasetti. “Air was strong, CHB [customs house brokerage] ok, given the circumstances, and ocean in line.“From a pure capital allocation perspective, inevitably now the debate revolves around whether it is time to deploy a meaningful portion of its record cash pile or, possibly, pay the price for inaction on the stock market.“Other than that, there is no doubt they’ll keep doing the good job they have always done in Seattle,” he continued. His analysis will be published on Premium shortly.Expeditors CFO Bradley Powell said: “While we remain uncertain about the pace, strength, or evenness of an economic recovery, we will continue to use our strong financial position to make important strategic investments that are necessary for our future growth, while continuing our focus on controlling costs and improving operational efficiencies.”In Q3, Expeditors reported a 19% increase in revenue, to $2.46bn, and a 22% increase in operating income, to $252m.In terms of volumes, third-quarter air freight tonnage and sea freight teu were each down 5% year on year, although in September there was a partial recovery with 2% and 5% year-on-year growth respectively.“Volumes started to recover across most of our products during the quarter, even as the global effects of Covid-19 continued to impact our business worldwide,” said CEO Jeffrey Musser.“Similar to Q2, the pandemic caused an increase in demand for certain goods at the same time that air capacity remained tight due to travel restrictions and the limited schedule of domestic and international passenger flights. This caused continued imbalances between carrier capacity and demand, principally on exports out of North Asia, which was the only market in which air volumes increased during the third quarter.“To meet the urgent transport needs that could not be fulfilled with scheduled capacity, we utilised charter capacity for certain customers, resulting in higher average buy and sell rates. While these were generally lower in our third quarter than the extremes we experienced in the second quarter, they remained historically elevated and highly unpredictable, due to ongoing supply/demand imbalances.“We would expect air pricing to remain volatile until passenger traffic starts to return in a meaningful way.“While our ocean freight business has not been nearly as impacted by supply constraints, carriers remain disciplined and are carefully managing capacity even as volumes have increased from the lows we saw earlier in this pandemic.“Across most of our products in the third quarter, we experienced a steady recovery in demand as shippers adjusted to an altered marketplace and disrupted supply chains,” he said. By Gavin van Marle 04/11/2020 US freight forwarder Expeditors has reported third-quarter results which show continuing growth in profits as volumes began to recover, while capacity – especially in the air freight sector – remained tight.As a result, revenue in its air freight segment during the first nine months soared by over $1bn, year on year, to $3.24bn, compared with $2.17bn in 2019.It was also more than double the earnings from sea freight, which declined in comparison with the year before, from $1.7bn in 2019 to $1.6bn this year.The boost to its cash position (cash and cash equivalents: almost $1.5bn) has once more renewed questions as to whether Expeditors might embark on some sort of M&A strategy.last_img read more

Matrix announces fund name changes

IE Staff Series T shares of the following funds — Matrix Canadian Balanced Fund (Corporate Class); Matrix Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class); Matrix Dow Jones Canada High Dividend 50 Fund (Corporate Class); and Matrix S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Fund (Corporate Class) — become Series T8 shares of the following funds — Matrix Canadian Balanced Fund (Corporate Class); Matrix Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class); Matrix Dow Jones Canada High Dividend 50 Fund (Corporate Class); and Matrix S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Fund (Corporate Class). Series T-F shares of Matrix Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class) become Series T-F8 shares of Matrix Monthly Pay Fund (Corporate Class). In connection with the Series T8 and Series T-F8 name changes, Matrix proposes that the distribution policy for the Series T8 and T-F8 shares be amended to provide for a monthly distribution of between 7% and 9% of the net asset value per share as of December 31 of the previous year. It is anticipated that the distribution policy will be effective on receipt for the Matrix Funds’ final 2012 prospectus and annual information form, which is expected to occur no later than July 10. Matrix notes there is no guarantee as to the amount of distributions that will be paid by the Matrix Funds, and there is no certainty that the distribution policy will be amended as proposed. Keywords Fund managersCompanies Matrix Asset Management Inc. Related news Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based Matrix Funds Management Monday announced new names for several of its funds and proposed changes to the distribution policies of certain fund shares. Matrix U.S. Equity Fund (Corporate Class) becomes Matrix American Dividend Growth Fund (Corporate Class). Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund read more

JIS Donates Heritage Items to Wilson’s Run Primary

first_imgJIS Donates Heritage Items to Wilson’s Run Primary CultureOctober 16, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Teachers and students of Wilson’s Run Primary School, Trelawny, had their spirits lifted after receiving gifts of Heritage materials from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) on Thursday (October 15).Wilson’s Run Primary was thrust into the media spotlight recently, when a local television station carried news of the concerns of residents about the Ministry of Education providing more teachers for the school.But Thursday’s was a more festive event, as parents, teachers and students celebrated the new JIS Heritage posters, featuring national heroes and national symbols, books, flags and other educational materials that were handed over to the school.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, presented the gifts to the school’s Acting Principal, Audley Smith, and challenged the students to hold onto their dreams.Students of Wilson’s Run Primary in Trelawny show their appreciation for the gift of National Heritage Week education materials from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna-Marie Rowe (left) at the school on Thursday (October 15). The Acting Principal, Audley Smith (centre), and teacher, Jeanette Hills (right), share the occasion. Wilson’s Run is the fourth institution to receive JIS new posters of the national heroes and national symbols which are now available on sale at the JIS Head Office, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston.“We thought we should come here this morning and meet with you, to let you know you are special children and we love you. I am going to hand over some of these new posters that feature our national heroes and your Principal, Mr. Smith, will put them up around your school,” Mrs. Rowe told them.“You all have big dreams and you must hold onto your dreams; don’t let them go and continue to believe in Jamaica,” she charged, as the audience of Grades 1 to 6 students listened attentively, during the handing over ceremony.The CEO also encouraged the Principal and teachers not to be discouraged in these difficult times.With 101 students enrolled and 4 teachers on staff, the school feted the JIS team with cultural presentations, including a song entitled ‘Six Heroes and a Heroine’, a popular dance and recitals about the national heroes.Resident of Wilson’s Run, Trelawny, Adrian Wilson (right) seems extremely pleased with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna-Marie Rowe, after she donated posters, books and other educational materials to the Wilson’s Run Primary School on Thursday (October 15), as part of the agency’s promotion of Jamaica’s heritage during National Heritage Week.Speaking with JIS News after the ceremony, Mr. Smith explained that the gifts will help to boost literacy in the school.“The JIS materials mean a lot. I know that all of these materials are informative, and we will use them to the best of our ability to improve the school’s literacy standard, and it will keep them (students) informed in the areas of social studies, geography and integrated studies,” he said.He also noted that Wilson’s Run was fourth in the parish of Trelawny in the Grade 4 Literacy Test, and the parish itself placed third. The National Average for this year’s Grade 4 Literacy Test is 67 per cent. Wilson’s Run surpassed that by attaining an average of 79 per cent.“So, we are very proud to know that we are a part of it,” he commented.Residents of the community, including Adrian Robinson, a 20-year-old past student, and Althia Lynch Plummer, mother of four students attending the institution, lauded the JIS for its contribution.“I think it’s great, and if we could have about 10 more JIS giving us things, then our intellectual ability will rise; so thanks,” Mr. Robinson said.“I feel very proud and I appreciate it very much. It will benefit them a lot and improve their learning,” Mrs. Plummer noted.Wilson’s Run Primary is the fourth institution to receive Heritage materials from the JIS. The others were John Austin All Age, Pennants, Clarendon and Wonder World Child Care Centre and Vaz Prep in Kingston.National Heritage Week is being celebrated under the theme ‘Believe in Jamaica, Embracing our Heritage.’ RelatedJIS Donates Heritage Items to Wilson’s Run Primary Advertisementscenter_img RelatedJIS Donates Heritage Items to Wilson’s Run Primary RelatedJIS Donates Heritage Items to Wilson’s Run Primarylast_img read more

IMF Executive Board Reviews IMF Debt Sustainability Framework for Market Access Countries

first_imgIMF Executive Board Reviews IMF Debt Sustainability Framework for Market Access Countries Washington, DC: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reviewed on January 14, 2021 the IMF Debt sustainability Framework for Market Access Countries (MAC DSA). The review revealed scope to improve the MAC DSA framework’s ability to identify risk of sovereign stress and better align it with the IMF’s lending framework, to be achieved by replacing the current approach with a new methodology.The MAC DSA plays a key role in the Fund’s core functions of surveillance and lending. In surveillance, the framework helps identify a member’s vulnerability to sovereign stress to steer the member away from such stress. In Fund-supported programs, which often take place after the stress has already developed, the DSA helps determine if sovereign stress can be resolved via a combination of IMF financing and economic reforms, or if measures such as debt restructuring are needed to deliver medium-term debt sustainability. The framework is also used in developing IMF conditionality and informing the need for debt relief in debt restructuring operations undertaken in the context of Fund-supported programs.Since its introduction in 2002, this framework has been reviewed in 2003, 2005, and 2011–13. The 2011–13 review introduced key features, including a risk-based approach through distinction between high and low scrutiny countries, standardization of writeup and publication requirements, realism tools to guard against optimistic economic projections, a heatmap summarizing debt vulnerabilities, and debt fancharts to give a sense of the uncertainty around the projected path of the debt/GDP ratio.A careful review over the past two and a half years has revealed scope for further improvements, so as to predict sovereign stress with greater accuracy. The new framework includes a broader and more consistent debt coverage, a longer projection horizon, new tools at multiple horizons based on superior analytical methods that account for countries’ structural characteristics, and enhanced transparency in the bottom-line assessments, including the exercise of judgment. Furthermore, the new tools support probabilistic debt sustainability assessments, as required by the Fund’s lending framework.The framework is expected to be operationalized in the final quarter of 2021/first quarter of 2022. This will be preceded by the completion of the accompanying Guidance Note and template, and extensive engagement with country authorities and other external stakeholders. The transition between the old and the new framework will be carefully managed to ensure consistency.Executive Board Assessment[1]Executive Directors welcomed the wide-ranging and comprehensive review of the Debt Sustainability Framework for Market Access Countries (MAC DSA), to be renamed “Sovereign Risk and Debt Sustainability Framework for Market Access Countries” (MAC SRDSF) to capture the full range of its analysis. Against the backdrop of rising vulnerabilities related to the pandemic, they broadly supported the proposed reforms aimed at improving the framework’s capacity to predict sovereign stress, enhancing transparency and communication of its results, and aligning it with the three-zone sustainability assessment required under the exceptional access framework. Directors recognized that the framework would require some further technical fine-tuning in the run up to the preparation of the Staff Guidance Note and implementation.Directors supported the continued application of the existing definition of debt sustainability, and most concurred that General Government (GG) debt, defined per GFSM 2014 classification, should be the default institutional coverage. A few Directors suggested that the expansion of debt coverage to GG be implemented in a phased manner, as two-fifths of EMs currently report data for the central government only. Directors welcomed the incorporation of public sector liquid financial assets as a mitigating factor, and most Directors supported the risk‑based approach under which central bank liabilities and/or SOE contingent liabilities would need to be included in the debt perimeter. However, a few Directors advised the incorporation of a broader range of public sector assets and wider adoption of net public debt concepts in the framework. Directors stressed that capacity-development support would be needed to bring country data coverage to adequate levels. A few Directors preferred the continuation of the existing 5-year time horizon in certain cases in view of large uncertainties regarding public debt projections.Directors welcomed the expanded realism toolkit for baseline projections and tools to assess sovereign risks at three horizons: short, medium, and long term. They supported the use of the proposed new tools, with slight adjustments, to produce the probabilistic debt sustainability assessments required in Fund-supported programs and evaluate the consistency of restructuring targets with restoring sustainability in debt restructuring cases. A number of Directors emphasized the need to adequately account for the impact of climate change on sovereign risk and debt sustainability. A few Directors questioned the expansion of the existing realism toolkit to cover exchange rate analysis, especially for pegged regimes. A number of Directors expressed concern about the use of perceptions-based third-party indicators to build the institutional quality variable used in the short- and medium-term models. In addition, these Directors asked to leave adequate room for judgment and, as a cross-check, compare results using alternative indicators of institutional quality that are not perceptions-based.Directors agreed that a sovereign risk analysis should generally be prepared in both program and surveillance contexts. In a program context, staff reports should contain the full range of risk-of-sovereign-stress outputs for the medium and long term (but not for the near term), as well as an overall risk assessment. In surveillance and precautionary arrangement cases, most Directors endorsed full disclosure of sovereign risk analysis to the Board but limited disclosure (omitting the near-term risk signal and assessment) to the public for a 12-month period, at which time full disclosure to the public would be reconsidered based on the experience gained with the new framework. A number of Directors expressed concern about the unintended consequences from potential market sensitivities of full disclosure of sovereign risk. A number of other Directors favored moving to full disclosure of sovereign risk analysis to the public immediately. Directors noted that implementing the limited disclosure options would require a targeted modification to the Transparency Policy, which would be proposed on a lapse‑of-time basis.Directors agreed that sustainability assessments should be required for arrangements involving GRA resources (including precautionary arrangements) as well as for the PCI. While most Directors agreed that sustainability assessments should be optional in surveillance cases, a few Directors favored preparing a sustainability assessment in surveillance cases with high risk of sovereign stress, with the results disclosed to the Board but not to the public, although a few other Directors would favor public disclosure even for such cases. With respect to program cases, a range of view were expressed. Some Directors preferred maintaining the current practice by which a three-zone assessment is included in staff reports in exceptional access cases but not in normal access cases. A few Directors suggested full disclosure (to the Board and the public) of three-zone assessments in both normal and exceptional access cases. In the end, Directors could go along with disclosure to the Board of three-zone assessments in both normal and exceptional access cases, and to the public only in exceptional access cases, with experience assessed at the end of a 12-month period.In the context of precautionary arrangements, Directors agreed that sovereign risk assessments would be informed by the baseline scenario, while sustainability assessments would be informed both by the baseline and, when appropriate, by an adverse (full drawing) scenario. They agreed that the latter would be appropriate in exceptional access cases (excluding FCL cases), if shocks triggering a drawing are not adequately captured by the medium-term tools, or when review departments have doubts about the realism of the baseline that cannot be resolved through discussions with the country team, although a few Directors stressed that the appropriate use of the new realism tools should resolve any such doubts.While most Directors supported the proposed timeline, with a carefully planned roll-out expected for Q4 2021 or Q1 2022, some Directors favored a more accelerated schedule, and a few others considered the proposed timeline could be ambitious. In this context, the transition between the old and the new framework should be carefully managed to ensure consistency. Directors looked forward to the preparation of a guidance note and new templates underpinning the new framework, accompanied by early engagement with a subset of country teams to test the new tools in parallel with the current framework. They encouraged the provision of appropriate capacity development support and maintaining close engagement with the Board as the framework is implemented, as well as ensuring an effective communication strategy with member-country authorities and external stakeholders during this process.[1]At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country’s authorities. An explanation of any qualifiers used in summings up can be found here:https://www.IMF.org/external/np/sec/misc/qualifiers.htm. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate, climate change, communication, director, Disclosure, exercise, Government, IMF, Impact, market, pandemic, quality, resources, risk assessment, surveillance, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Video series helps book initiative make its mark

first_imgVideo series helps book initiative make its mark Engaging online content produced at Edinburgh is supporting a literacy and numeracy initiative that strengthens links between home and school learning.Researchers in Moray House School of Education and Sport have created short films that encourage parents to get involved in the Scottish Book Trust’s Read, Write, Count programme.Each film highlights an activity that helps children get the best out of gift bags that are distributed to every Primary 2 and 3 pupil in Scotland as part of the project.The videos, produced by Moray House Read, Write, Count Collaborative group, complement the resources that accompany the P3 Read Write Count bags.The free book bags – a key element of the Scottish Government’s drive to raise attainment levels – contain books, counting games and writing materials.We know how hard it can be for families in lockdown so we hope these videos can inspire them make the most of this valuable resource.Gale MacleodMoray House School of Education and SportInspiring ideasLead researcher Gale Macleod said the films can inspire families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives. All of the films are created by family learning practitioner Barbara Middleton.Dr Macleod said the videos -aimed at parents of primary 3 pupils – will be welcomed by parents who have been doing great work in supporting their children’s learning at home.The films are inspired by the programme’s two P3 books – Wow! Animals by Jacqueline McCann and Emma Dods and Look Up! by Nathan Bryan and Dap Adeola.Welcome to the Bag Unpacked video serieskWidget.embed({‘targetId’: ‘uoe-sma-video-131754’,‘uiconf_id’: ‘32599141’,‘entry_id’: ‘1_bbjl9n2j’,‘wid’: ‘1_2v3yx970’,‘flashvars’: {‘autoPlay’: false,‘streamerType’: ‘auto’,‘leadWithHTML5’: true,‘sideBarContainer.plugin’: true,‘sideBarContainer.position’: ‘left’,‘sideBarContainer.clickToClose’: true,‘chapters.plugin’: true,‘chapters.layout’: ‘vertical’,‘chapters.thumbnailRotator’: false,‘streamSelector.plugin’: true,‘EmbedPlayer.SpinnerTarget’: ‘videoHolder’,‘dualScreen.plugin’: true},‘params’: {‘wmode’: ‘transparent’,‘allowFullScreen’: true}});jQuery(‘#uoe-sma-video-131754 > iframe’).attr(‘title’, ‘Media player’);Video: Welcome to the Primary 3 Bag Unpacked video seriesThis video introduces the Read Write Count Primary 3 Back Unpacked video seriesWhat’s in your bag?kWidget.embed({‘targetId’: ‘uoe-sma-video-131461’,‘uiconf_id’: ‘32599141’,‘entry_id’: ‘1_jctjxexi’,‘wid’: ‘1_p7yz0mpa’,‘flashvars’: {‘autoPlay’: false,‘streamerType’: ‘auto’,‘leadWithHTML5’: true,‘sideBarContainer.plugin’: true,‘sideBarContainer.position’: ‘left’,‘sideBarContainer.clickToClose’: true,‘chapters.plugin’: true,‘chapters.layout’: ‘vertical’,‘chapters.thumbnailRotator’: false,‘streamSelector.plugin’: true,‘EmbedPlayer.SpinnerTarget’: ‘videoHolder’,‘dualScreen.plugin’: true},‘params’: {‘wmode’: ‘transparent’,‘allowFullScreen’: true}});jQuery(‘#uoe-sma-video-131461 > iframe’).attr(‘title’, ‘Media player’);Video: What’s in the Bag? RWC P3 Bag UnpackedAn introduction to the contents in the P3 RWC BagFamily funThere are range of interactive ideas for families to try out together. These include making a potato paw print for animal tracking, a handy set of binoculars and a bottle rocket ship for launching into the sky.Where possible, all materials are everyday, inexpensive items that families might have around the house and the activities invite families to step outdoors for enjoyable play.Researchers originally secured Scottish Government funding to develop book bag activities with parents and pupils face to face, but Covid-19 has moved everything online. Activities can now be accessed through the School website.Parental involvement in children’s learning is one of the best ways to improve educational outcomes for all children.Barbara Middletonfamily learning practitioner /University of Edinburgh Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal, children, covid-19, education, Family, Government, lockdown, Middleton, outcomes, project, resources, rocket, school, Scotland, scottish, university, University of Edinburgh, websitelast_img read more

Are safer cars making drivers more dangerous?

first_img “The seatbelt law went into effect 40 years ago. This is not a generation who has ever known anything else,” he says. While Alberta has a more rural component to take into consideration, Stacey echoes the overrepresentation of males in the mix, both urban and rural.“Of greater concern right now is the rising rates of fatalities due to distraction,” says Stacey. “We’re seeing increases in the U.S. and the U.K. and we’re trying to stop it, but it’s a tough battle. One of our members was hit while on a motorcycle; the motorist’s response? ‘But my lane departure light didn’t go off.’ We’re seeing a decrease in things like shoulder checking.”RELATED advertisement ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesAlbertaAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologyCanadaFord F-150Ford Motor CompanyKerry SchmidtOntario Provincial PolicePaul StaceyScience and TechnologyTechnologyTransport CanadaUnited KingdomUnited StatesWestern Europe See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Even seat belts require maintenance and cleaning.  Supplied / iStock.com via Getty Images Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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 center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Why texting behind the wheel is as bad as drunk drivingvolvo-seatbelt-comp.jpg?w=400&h=260′);”>A not-so-brief history of the seatbeltBoth officers make note of distracted driving as being a huge, and growing, concern, with the cocoon-like comfort of our cars, and the levels of distraction and entertainment too often removing the focus from the task at hand: driving. And as cars take over more and more of a driver’s duties, prepare for that skillset to fade, and for people to assume that the car will take care of things. We’re at that time of year when we start to notice people who cruise around with only their daytime running lights on at night. I do fault manufacturers for not rectifying this deadly situation (DRLs in front, no lighting in the back; please pull on your full lighting harness if you’re not set in auto), but add things like lane departure warning systems that are falsely allowing drivers to think they no longer have to shoulder check. And it’s going to get worse. Backup cameras are great, but you still have to check behind you; front collision avoidance is handy, but you still can’t text. If drivers think their cars can do more and more, then drivers are going to do less and less. Fatalities and injuries are falling because cars are becoming so much safer, not because drivers are acquiring more skill.Seatbelts are part of those technological advancements that are making some drivers take their safety for granted. Seatbelts aren’t just straps that bolt you in; ongoing research has made them engineering marvels that work in conjunction with your airbags to minimize injury to the occupants. The belt holds you a very precise and predictable position throughout the crash so the airbag can be effective without being deadly while the crumple zone absorbs the hit. Remove that restraint, and risk being flung clear of all those safety features that would otherwise greatly reduce injury and probably safe your life.In Ontario, there are times when it is legal not to buckle up. If you have a medical certificate saying you can’t; your work means you’re getting in and out of the vehicle at frequent intervals, route not going over 40 km/h; rural Canada Posties; ambulance and firefighters while responding or working; cab drivers with a passenger, though they have to wear it when alone in the car (this differentiation makes no sense to me); someone in police custody, as well as the officers transporting them; and, when you’re going in reverse.Those are your workable excuses. Schmidt has heard everything, including the classic, “My friend only escaped a fiery death because they were not buckled in and could crawl to safety.” I’ve been hearing that my whole life, one more urban legend that seems to have endless legs.“There’s nothing worse than being a first responder and finding someone has been ejected,” continues Schmidt. “The safety cage is intact, the car did its job, all those safety features someone probably bought that car for, fatally negated.”I’ve seen people slip the shoulder harness behind them. Please don’t do this. If you’re too big or too small for the factory installed belt, you can purchase extenders and resizers that will safely augment it to protect you. Some manufacturers will even let you order them when you buy the car.Another journo related to me once that the 2015 Ford F-150 manual tells you how to disconnect the seatbelt chime. If you don’t have this Ford, don’t worry. The internet is teeming with workarounds to get rid of that annoying lifesaving chime in almost any vehicle.  Darwin for the win. Trending in Canada 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” The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently concluded a seatbelt blitz; they do it every fall. Between September 21st and October 7th they laid 4,252 charges. According to OPP spokesperson Sergeant Kerry Schmidt, that was down from last year by 1,243 charges. Fatalities to date are at 45, down slightly from 49 last year at this time. The same trend is holding true in Alberta, where Staff Sergeant Paul Stacey reports a 20 per cent drop in charges from last year in that province. The true mind boggle is why they are still laying any charges at all. How stupid are people?Schmidt says there is a consistent representation of who refuses to buckle up: overwhelmingly (three-quarters) male, between the ages of 24–35. last_img read more

Dodge’s latest Special Edition celebrates 50 years of Challenger

first_imgCould Dodge be building a track-capable Challenger ACR? 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 Check Out All Our Auto Show CoverageThat Shaker hood puts the “fun” in “functional,” by the way, and comes with a Mopar cold-air intake that deploys a conical air filter and matching air box for improved airflow. Be sure to make like Brian O’Connor and pop the hood, as you’ll also find a “SHAKER” underhood decal that’s reminiscent of the original 1970 Challenger’s.RELATED Elsewhere in the FCA-in-LA booth, the Fiat brand showed off a refreshed 500X Sport, a machine that will need to take up much sales slack now the 500 has gone to the great scrap heap in the sky. The cousins of Giulia and Stelvio also got some tweaks for 2020, including a revised interior and some flashy new trim. See More Videos advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 50th Anniversary Edition Challenger celebrates golden anniversary with new exterior paint color, body-color Shaker hood on HEMI® V-8 models, unique badging and heritage style available on four Challenger models. Never one to turn down a chance to market yet another special edition of its wares, Dodge pulled the wraps off a 50th Anniversary Edition Challenger today at the L.A. Auto Show this week.Available in Canada on the Scat Pack 392 Shaker trim, this rear-drive brute earns a body-colour Shaker hood in addition to a raft of unique badging.On this side of the border, 70 numbered units of Scat Pack 392 Shakers painted in eye-popping Go Mango will mark Challenger’s original 1970 model-year introduction. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img RELATED TAGSChallengerDodgeCoupeNon-LuxuryNew Vehicles392ChallengerDodgeNon-Luxuryshaker Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody will start at 59,945 dollars in CanadaEach 50th Anniversary Edition car will also wear a Satin Black painted hood and black-wrapped roof and decklid. It’s interesting to your author that Dodge paints one panel but wraps the others.Challenger 50th Anniversary logo badges will show up on the grille and spoiler in a new “Gold School” finish (Dodge’s retro marketing team strikes again). Fender badges are also finished in this colour, while the standard Satin Black fuel-filler door with jumbo “FUEL” lettering adds a touch of nostalgia.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2From the steering wheel to the instrument panel, startup screens, gauge faces, seat backs, door bolsters and floor mats, the 50th Anniversary theme extends into the Challenger’s athletic interior. Trending Videos 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” Future bidders at Barrett-Jackson, take note: All 2020 model-year Challenger SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye models will feature the 50th Anniversary badge. Don’t let ‘em fake you out in Scottsdale in twenty years’ time. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder Researchers Show Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on ‘Clicker’ Questions

first_img Published: Jan. 1, 2009 Across the University of Colorado at Boulder campus students are sharing answers, checking their responses to questions against those of their neighbors and making adjustments to those answers in hopes of earning a better grade.Not surprisingly, the students are getting more answers right. But what may be startling is that professors are encouraging the whole thing.The students aren’t cheating, they are learning from each other in a meaningful way, according to Tin Tin Su, an associate professor in the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department. Su is one of a group of CU-Boulder researchers that also includes Michelle Smith, William Wood, Wendy Adams, Carl Wieman (also of the University of British Columbia), Jennifer Knight and Nancy Guild, who authored a paper in the Jan. 2 issue of the journal Science showing how peer discussion during “clicker” questions helps students learn in a way that simple lecturing does not.Clickers are simple audience response devices, similar to a TV remote control, that allow students to record their answers to thought-provoking, multiple-choice questions in class. After students answer a question individually, the instructor often asks them to discuss the question and then vote again before revealing the answer. After discussion, they usually do better on the question – but why?”I was skeptical about whether in-class discussion really led to students’ learning,” said Su. “The clickers are a good way to get instant feedback, but do the students really learn from discussion or are they just changing their answers because of peer pressure?” Since no study had ever been done to determine which of these possibilities was true, Su and a number of other researchers decided to find out.”We came up with a method for testing whether the students are actually learning or just being influenced by other students who they think know the right answer,” said Michelle Smith, a science teaching fellow with CU’s Science Education Initiative and a research associate in MCD biology.The researchers used pairs of similar clicker questions in lectures during the semester and evaluated student responses. Each time, the students answered the first question of the pair individually, then talked to their neighbors about their answers.Then they were asked to answer a second, similar question individually. About 50 percent got the question right on the first try. After talking to neighbors, the number jumped to 68 percent. And when they individually answered a follow-up question about the same concept, the number jumped again to over 70 percent, much better than the 50 percent of individual correct answers on the first question.”There was no influence from the instructor during the clicker question series,” said Smith. “We were just giving students the opportunity to talk to each other.”Su said the improvement on the first question after discussion didn’t surprise her. She said it’s possible the students were not learning but just copying answers. But by adding the element of a follow-up question, the truth became clear.”The important point is that none of the students were told what the right answer was,” said Su. “Even when students in a discussion group all got the initial answer wrong, after talking to each other they were able to figure out the correct response, to learn. That was unexpected, and I think that’s dramatic.”Instructors at CU-Boulder began using a simple colored card system for student voting — a precursor to clickers — during lectures in 1996. Mike Dubson, senior instructor and associate chair in the physics department, got the first wave of clickers in 2000 when a system known as H-ITT became cheap enough for students to afford. At the height of their popularity, H-ITT clickers were used by about 6,000 CU-Boulder students in astronomy, atmospheric sciences, geology, engineering and MCD biology, according to Dubson.But Dubson said the H-ITT clickers had their drawbacks. They required a lot of maintenance, infrastructure and training of instructors and students. By spring of 2006 the problems were solved by the introduction of the current generation of iClickers, a cheaper, simpler design than the H-ITT clicker that requires no wiring. The iClicker has only one small base receiver that attaches to an instructor’s laptop.Dubson said the most important advance in clicker usage at CU-Boulder came in the spring of 2007 when the university’s Information Technology Services began supporting the iClicker and maintaining a clicker registration site. “The centralized clicker registration system really lowered the barrier for a lot of students and made the logistics of using clickers in your classroom easier,” said Dubson.The iClicker costs $40 and requires a one-time registration. The best part, said Dubson, is that a freshman can use his or her clicker for the entire four years at CU-Boulder.”A physics major is going to use the iClicker in 15 courses in their career,” said Dubson. “That’s not much of a financial burden.”Today 17,000 CU-Boulder students own a clicker and 135 classes require them, according to Dubson. Clickers also are used by professors in the social sciences and humanities. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlineslast_img read more

Sesame Street Music and Movement Story Time

HomeBriefsSesame Street Music and Movement Story Time Nov. 11, 2019 at 5:40 amBriefsEntertainmentEventsNewsSesame Street Music and Movement Story TimeGuest Author2 years agofairview librarySesame StreetStory Time Join organizers for a special musical story time celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street at the Fairview Library on Friday, November 22 at 3:30 pm. In this free, 60 minute program children ages 18 months to 5 years old will enjoy stories, puppets, singing, and dancing as well as a free Sesame Street prize for the first 50 kids.  The Fairview Library is located at 2101 Ocean Park Blvd.The Fairview Library is wheelchair-accessible. For special disabled services, call (310) 458-8681 at least one week prior to event. The Fairview Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 8,16, and 44. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.Submitted by Christa Muscatine, Youth Services LibrarianTags :fairview librarySesame StreetStory Timeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUCLA Health partners with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on health and wellness initiativeCrime Watch – Monday, November 11, 2019You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author11 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours ago read more