Can Tory mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey turn City Hall blue?

first_img “Andrew likes that, and he fights with him, and sees it as his job. I see my job as providing answers for London’s challenges.” Read more: Tory mayoral hopeful calls for ‘pause on HS2’ Khan’s record so far provides Bailey with rich pickings. The London mayor will find it hard to campaign on transport at next year’s election, as vital Tube upgrades have been shelved and Crossrail still fails to be delivered. Then there has been a surge in knife crime, an issue Bailey cares strongly about, an acute housing shortage and divisions over the UK’s upcoming exit from the EU. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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There have been rumblings from some Conservatives that the mayoral bid is part of a bigger strategy to build a profile and aim for a Westminster seat. Sunday 1 September 2019 7:27 pm He says he would crack on with building more homes and would lift what he says is an effective ban on building on London’s industrial land. He says this would remove the need to build on the green belt. Read more: Tory mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey pledged 10 per cent salary cut if he defeats Sadiq Khan in 2020 election According to a source close to Khan, this is not the case. “The Tories don’t need to do well in London to win a General Election, whereas Labour does.” “Andrew Boff is a very different character to me,” he says. “I am not a belligerent political operator. I’m a pragmatist. I am not interested in the Punch and Judy politics that Khan has been able to turn Mayor’s Question Time into. Share Can Tory mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey turn City Hall blue? Bailey is keen to move the conversation away from Brexit, saying it is not the greatest challenge facing ordinary Londoners or businesses. What are Bailey’s solutions to these challenges? “But when I speak to businesses, they don’t talk to me about Brexit. What they are most concerned about is the cost of living in London and the cost of rent. A Labour source suggests Boff, who lost out on the nomination, would “give Khan a run for his money” if he were up against him in next year’s mayoral poll. When asked whether this has blocked his campaign from receiving funding from CCHQ, a member of Bailey’s team says there is an election spending cap of £13m that is counted 12 months before a General Election. center_img “It will be the same for them [Labour] as well,” Bailey interjects. “I saw the [chief executive] of Citibank who said to me that his biggest challenge isn’t Brexit… but staff demanding bigger pay packets, and it’s not because they’re greedy, it’s because it’s so expensive to live here.” More recently, he suggested that all police leave should be cancelled to deal with the ongoing knife crime epidemic – an idea that his fellow Tories in the London Assembly would have advised him against, if they had been told about it, and that earned him a rebuke from the Met Police Federation. At Mayor’s Question Time, one of the few public arenas in which Bailey can take on Khan, it is his colleague Andrew Boff who leads the attacks. The problem Bailey has encountered is that his ideas rarely get aired. Another factor is that Conservative headquarters (CCHQ) is distracted by Brexit and the fact that a General Election is, more likely than not, right around the corner. Alexandra Rogers The current Prime Minister won City Hall – twice – in what is seen as Labour territory. Bailey would like to show that Boris Johnson isn’t the only Tory who can win in this town, but he faces a tough political battle to do so. But it’s Bailey on the ballot, and the former youth worker and adviser to ex-Prime Minister David Cameron confronts the accusation that he isn’t combative enough by admitting that it is “not in his nature” to go after the mayor. He claims he does not “move any part of London forward by doing so”. It is fair to say that Shaun Bailey’s bid to become the next mayor of London did not get off to a flying start. To ease the strain on businesses he says he would campaign to slash corporation tax to levels that “Boris can stomach” – perhaps to 15 per cent. He would also work with central government to either lower business rates or raise the threshold at which they apply. “It is not that they’ve stopped, but they’ve just become cautious,” they add. Main image credit: Getty whatsapp Tory candidate for mayor Shaun Bailey When asked if he is worried about a no-deal Brexit, he replies: “Yes. I’m not naive. This level of change will bring some change, so the smoother that change the better. “Khan’s biggest strength is his incumbency,” he says. “He is the mayor, you can’t get around that. If I issue a press release I have to beg you to pay attention, let’s be frank about that.” last_img read more

Walker: ‘Why is Juneau not the Switzerland of Alaska from a financial standpoint?’

first_imgEconomy | Juneau | Southeast | State GovernmentWalker: ‘Why is Juneau not the Switzerland of Alaska from a financial standpoint?’February 8, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Gov. Bill Walker speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. He said more Alaska Permanent Fund investment jobs should be in Juneau. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker said more of the people making investment decisions for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. should work in Juneau.Walker spoke to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Thursday.“Why is Juneau not the Switzerland of Alaska from a financial standpoint, as far as all of the financial opportunities, as far as the money managers here?” Walker said.Walker said more of roughly $140 million the state spends for fund management should be spent inside the state. He said the big Wall Street investment firms should have offices in Alaska, hiring Alaskans.Walker also updated the chamber on the state’s plans for a natural gas pipeline. He said it was important for him to meet oil and gas company executives in Juneau.Share this story:last_img read more

Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix

first_img Related: Privacy Policy By Jennifer Gunter Jan. 17, 2020 Reprints The first three episodes — “Healing Trip” (psychedelics), “Cold Comfort” (cold therapy), and “The Pleasure Is Ours” (the vulva and orgasm) — are approximately 35 minutes long. Each one begins with a disclaimer that the show is for entertainment only.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: The episode on vulvas and sex, “The Pleasure Is Ours,” is the only one I can recommend. It was informative because Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross did most of the talking and education. Vulvar anatomy was discussed, and I’m always pleased when a model of the clitoris is on display. We get a guided tour of the vulva with a real model (Ms. Ross I presume) and photos of others to show variation. Ross also masturbated on screen, although little is shown. This is all useful, both the images of the vulva and the orgasm, especially the latter, as many women believe false scripts of female orgasm that involve vocalizations and contortions — orgasms that look like Sally Albright’s fakery in the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”I laughed out loud at the look on Paltrow’s face when Dodson asked why she should care about wrinkles when she can orgasm. This would have been an amazing moment to explore. After all, Goop has loads of products geared towards the quest for the adaptogenic fountain of youth.I initially thought that “The Goop Lab” would simply be an infomercial for a nutraceutical and lifestyle company paid for by Netflix subscribers. While Goop products weren’t mentioned in the episodes I watched, discussing medical conditions is a tried-and-true strategy of big pharma: generating interest in a disease or problem generates interest in a solution to that problem, which in turn generates business. If you see a vibrator on the orgasm episode and then head to goop.com, might you buy one of its vibrators? I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point we are invited to shop the Netflix stories on Goop.But the series is more than an infomercial. Loehnen said she wanted to understand herself in the context of a bigger universe. The theme of seeking guidance and the need for quests runs through the episodes I watched. It is also a large part of the Goop experience.It’s no wonder that Goop has embraced mediums and mysticism. With spirits and the divine on board, Goop finally has the missing ingredients to cement lifestyle as the new religion with Paltrow as high priestess. I see “The Goop Lab” as televangelism, bringing the ministry to a larger audience and possibly opening more wallets.Whether the series gets them any new converts — and hurts anyone along the way — remains to be seen.Jen Gunter, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, author of “The Vagina Bible” (Kensington Books, 2019), and host of the CBC docuseries “Jensplaining.” Related: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Please enter a valid email address. If only.They were so boring I couldn’t manage to watch beyond episode three.“The Healing Trip” takes Goop employees to Jamaica to do mushrooms. I knew little about the medical use of psychedelics before watching this episode, and ended up knowing very little about it afterward. The episode is largely centered around the Goop troop revealing personal traumas, talking about using psychedelics, experiencing the effects of hallucinogens, and offering some revelations. It seemed to go on forever.There are also testimonials: anecdotes from three people who tried psychedelics in the United States — two in clinical trials and one who did microdosing on her own. Gwyneth Paltrow’s reaction to the description of the vulva in episode three of her new Netflix show, ironically titled “The Goop Lab,” suggests that she didn’t previously know that the vagina is inside the body and the vulva is outside, or that she didn’t know much about pelvic floor muscles.While this knowledge gap is common among women, I expected more from Paltrow, whose lifestyle business is partially built on monetizing the vagina. Her comment makes me wonder what body part she is really referencing with her “This smells like my vagina” candle.Those looking for a lot of Paltrow in the series, which airs next Friday, will be disappointed in the first three labisodes. She appears only briefly, offering largely forgettable commentary peppered with a swear word or two to remind us that Paltrow thinks of herself as the shock jock of natural health.advertisement @DrJenGunter Armed with science (and snark), a gynecologist takes on Trump, Goop, and all manner of bizarre health trends Trending Now: Jennifer Gunter Goop employees follow Hof’s method and, under his guidance, hyperventilate until they get tingling in their hands, muscle cramps, and euphoria. These changes are chalked up to be physical conditioning and some sort of mind-body revelation instead of what they really are: symptoms of respiratory alkalosis, a low level of carbon dioxide that increases the pH of the blood. This makes it harder for the body to deliver oxygen and reduces blood flow to the brain.This hyperventilation is followed by snowga — you got it, yoga in the snow — that culminates with jumping into a cold lake.This, apparently, is a lesson in how to treat a panic disorder, deal with stress, get in tune with your body, and heal trauma.Could people watch this episode and think that they should abandon proven therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy to follow Hof’s method? Could someone trying this at home hallucinate? Or have a seizure? We don’t get that information.The combination of training and genetic advantage can prompt people to push their bodies to extremes. That’s why the Guinness World Records exist. Hof holds several endurance records, although the last time I checked endurance was not synonymous with health or longevity. Despite his prowess for enduring the cold, if you left Hof outside in the winter in my home city of Winnipeg, Canada, he would eventually die of exposure, just like the rest of us mortals.Hof’s skill set seems similar in many ways to those of magician David Blaine, except that Blaine makes no health or spiritual claims about holding his breath for unimaginably long times — and actually emphasizes the risks — while explaining that this is all for the purpose of pushing himself to his limits.In this episode, Goop’s chief content officer Elise Loehnen muses about injecting toxins into Goop employees to see if Hof’s training can alter their immune systems, then bemoans the negative response from the Netflix lawyers. You worry about the lawyers over the safety of your employees?And while I’m on the subject of workplace safety, I wondered what the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration might think about subjecting employees to hyperventilation to the point of reducing cerebral blood flow.Hof’s method is offered as proof of the mind-body connection, something that those of us who practice medicine know exists. It is why many clinicians recommend biofeedback or talk about the impact of stress on the immune system. We also know that optimism and anxiety may influence antibody response to vaccination.The mind-body connection is not some secret known only to men who sit on ice. But an old biofeedback machine in a medical office has no shock value and isn’t Instagram-worthy high-resolution video of gorgeous Goopsters doing snowga. First OpinionGoop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix While the show and the adulation preceding it lead us to believe that Paltrow is forward thinking when it comes to health and wellness, she doesn’t personally take the risks she asks of others. She doesn’t take psychedelics, jump into cold water, have an orgasm on camera, or expose her fears or traumas. A scene from “The Goop Lab” on Netflix Netflix The two experts are Mark Haden, executive director of the Multidiscipinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Canada, and Dr. Will Siu, a Los Angeles psychiatrist trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy (MDMA is a drug also known as ecstasy). The information from the experts barely grazed the surface on psychedelics, emphasizing the positives and largely ignoring the risks. While it’s impossible to know what was said and then ended up on the cutting room floor, I found it disheartening to hear only negative things about antidepressants — “We all know they have terrible side effects” — from a psychiatrist with no mention of what those side effects might be, their frequency or, more importantly, how antidepressants have helped many people.This is classic Goop: stoke fear about conventional medical therapy and gloss over any risks of novel therapies while neglecting to mention that the lack of studies means we know far less about the risks. The risk-benefit ratio always favors the Goop message.The experts specifically mentioned that taking psychedelics for mental health reasons should be done only in a controlled setting with a trained provider, but we hear this only after the episode has been largely devoted to the Goop gang doing the exact the opposite. At that point the medical disclaimer was a distant memory.“The Cold Comfort” episode is largely about Wim Hof, a man who claims that the triad of exposure to cold, hyperventilating to the point of lowering the levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, and meditation can beneficially alter the immune system and heal trauma. He implies that he can use his mind to fight off the negative effects of bacteria in his blood.In 2003 I developed sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by my body’s response to an infection of E. coli. So I took particular umbrage to this assertion. The evidence supporting Hof’s claims is slim but emphasized in a science-ish fashion. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Tags women’s health ‘Microdosing’ is touted by ’shroomers and Reddit users. Science is starting to test their claims — and finding some truth About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Caribbean Needs To Get Busy Now To Take Advantage of EPA??Says PM Golding

first_imgRelatedCaribbean Needs To Get Busy Now To Take Advantage of EPA??Says PM Golding Caribbean Needs To Get Busy Now To Take Advantage of EPA??Says PM Golding UncategorizedMarch 10, 2008 RelatedCaribbean Needs To Get Busy Now To Take Advantage of EPA??Says PM Golding FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding says he wants to see Caribbean companies coming together in joint ventures because each country acting independently will not be able to penetrate the European markets nor be able to achieve the levels of efficiency that will allow each country to get into that market and to dominate it. He is of the view that the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) will provide a challenge to which the region must respond.Mr Golding was speaking at a press briefing this afternoon at the 19th intercessional meeting of Caricom Heads of Government in the Bahamas, following his presentation on the implications of the Cariforum/EU Economic Partnership Agreement and the appropriate strategy for future trade negotiations, Mr Golding said Caricom countries can now look at investors across the world and invite them to invest in their country in order to get into the European market-duty free, quota free.‘This is a great opportunity to attract foreign investment but the foreign investments won’t arrive in the region, we have to go into the investment markets. It is a commodity and it has to be marketed’, Mr Golding said.He said Caribbean countries need to find the right niches because there is a market out there of 450-million people and if the region could penetrate even a small part of that market, then thousands of jobs could be created for Caribbean peoples. He said Jamaica was playing its part in putting a lot of effort behind creating a brand which will be used to impact on the market. ‘If we sit around and wait on EPA to transform our lives, it will never happen. We need to get busy’, Mr Golding said.The Caricom heads will continue the discussions following the resumption of the sessions this afternoon.center_img RelatedCaribbean Needs To Get Busy Now To Take Advantage of EPA??Says PM Golding Advertisementslast_img read more

JAS to Raise the Bar at Denbigh 2009

first_imgRelatedJAS to Raise the Bar at Denbigh 2009 RelatedJAS to Raise the Bar at Denbigh 2009 Advertisements JAS to Raise the Bar at Denbigh 2009 AgricultureJune 5, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) says it will be raising the bar this year at the annual Denbigh Agricultural Show.According to JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, this year, “many new attractions will be showcased, agribusiness investment will be highlighted and youth in agriculture promoted.”Senator Grant was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Tuesday ( June 2).“Denbigh has grown into the region’s premier agricultural show and organisers are targeting 100,000 patrons overall, 40 000 of which are targeted from the Caribbean, North America and the United Kingdom.” He said.“Friday (July 31) has been selected as Youth Day. On that day, the Governor-General will be on hand to interact with the youth,” he explained.“Saturday (August 1) will see the main focus on agribusiness investment, with Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, as the main speaker, and Sunday (August 2) the main speaker will be Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding,” he added.Senator Grant explained that one of the objectives this year, is to show involvement in agriculture at the highest level, to help to change the perception that agriculture is solely a “grassroots” activity.For example, there will be a Vale Royal Booth, showing agricultural activities at the Cabinet level, and a Kings House Booth, showing similar activities at Kings House in which the Governor-General, His Excellency Dr. Patrick Allen and Mrs. Allen are involved.Celebrities will also put on show their relationship with the sector, cooking local foods in a Celebrity Cook Off.Other attractions include equestrian show jumping, which is being held for the first time, and a special overseas contingent of farmers’ groups and agricultural organisations from Barbados, St Vincent, St Lucia and other Caribbean islands have been invited to participate and foster information exchange.Patrons will also be able to enjoy “Jamaica Walk”, a traditional Jamaican village street with vendors selling local products.“Visitors to Denbigh can stroll along ‘Jamaica Walk’ and eat what we grow, as a range of traditional local foods will be on offer,” Senator Grant continued.There will also be Spa services, where patrons can get manicures, pedicures and related services.Senator Grant said the show will also be streamed live on the INTERNET, particularly for Jamaicans overseas. RelatedJAS to Raise the Bar at Denbigh 2009last_img read more

Budget 2021: Minister Fortier highlights Budget 2021 in Quebec City

first_imgBudget 2021: Minister Fortier highlights Budget 2021 in Quebec City From: Department of Finance CanadaToday, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, continued her cross-country virtual Budget 2021 tour by meeting with members of the Corporation des parcs industriels du Québec. She was joined by the President of the Treasury Board, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos.Today, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, continued her cross-country virtual Budget 2021 tour by meeting with members of the Corporation des parcs industriels du Québec. She was joined by the President of the Treasury Board, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos.Budget 2021 is an historic investment to address the pandemic, put people first, create jobs, grow the middle class, set businesses on a track for long-term growth, and ensure that Canada’s future will be healthier, more equitable, greener, and more prosperous.Skilled tradespeople, like those who work in industrial parks, are vital to our economy, and apprenticeships are the bridge that help skilled workers, especially young people starting their careers, connect with businesses and find well-paying jobs.Budget 2021 proposes to provide $470 million over three years to establish a new Apprenticeship Service. The Apprenticeship Service would help 55,000 first-year apprentices in construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades connect with opportunities at small- and medium-sized employers. Employers would be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for all first-year apprenticeship opportunities to pay for up-front costs such as salaries and training.In addition, to boost diversity in the trades, this incentive will be doubled to $10,000 for employers who hire those underrepresented, including women, racialized Canadians, and persons with disabilities.All together, this budget creates almost 500,000 new training and work experience opportunities for Canadians.Canada is on path to create one million jobs by the end of the year-ahead of the schedule predicted in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The plan outlined in Budget 2021 will continue to support a strong recovery and create more good jobs in the years to come.Quotes“Skilled trades people like those who work in Quebec’s industrial sector are key to our economy. Budget 2021 is our government’s plan to ensure Canadians have the support they need to get back to work and to ensure businesses are able to get to the other side of this pandemic. We will continue to have your back during this surging third wave.”Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona FortierQuick factsBudget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. Key measures include:Supporting small and medium-sized businesses through several transformative programs, such as a new Canada Digital Adoption Program that will assist over 160,000 businesses with the cost of new technology. And it will provide them with the advice they need to get the most of new technology with the help of 28,000 young Canadians who will be trained to work with them.Investing $721 million over the next two years to help connect youth and students with employers and provide them with quality job opportunities, to ensure they can access valuable job skills and experience.Providing $708 million over five years to Mitacs to create at least 85,000 work-integrated learning placements that provide on-the-job learning and provide businesses with support to develop talent and grow.Revitalizing Canada’s tourism sector through $1 billion to help tourism businesses recover and support festivals and cultural events that provide jobs and growth in many of our cities and communities.Establishing a $15 federal minimum wage. /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:apprenticeship, Canada, digital, Economy, finance, future, Government, Investment, minimum wage, Minister, pandemic, President, quality, students, technology, tourismlast_img read more

Transition to Practice program to attract and prepare nurses in aged care

first_imgTransition to Practice program to attract and prepare nurses in aged care Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport The Australian Government is helping nurses receive the extra training they need to care for older Australians.The University of Wollongong (UOW), the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) are being funded to establish Aged Care Transition to Practice (ACTTP) programs to attract and retain up to 740 new nurses to aged care.The programs will guide new nurses in their first year of clinical practice through mentorship, professional development and specialist clinical training.Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the aged care workforce was at the heart of quality care and supporting the growing workforce was a Government priority.“This program is designed to directly support and provide guidance for newly-graduated nurses to join this expanding sector,” Minister Hunt said.Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck said it was just the beginning of once-in-a-generation changes to aged care in Australia, with a particular focus on workforce.“It will allow graduates to see the benefit and contribution they can make to the lives of senior Australians, and ultimately choose aged care nursing as a rewarding career of choice,” Minister Colbeck said.Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan, said the training component would include infection prevention and control, nutrition, falls prevention and wound care, which will be critical for ensuring safe and high quality care for senior Australians.“Transition to practice programs are common in other parts of the health sector, and their introduction to aged care will go a long way to boosting the sector,” Prof. McMillan said.“Many graduates don’t realise aged care provides nurses with opportunities for rapid development and career advancement compared to other clinical settings.“The critical mentorship component of this program will ensure graduate nurses see these opportunities for growth and make aged care nursing a career of choice.”The ACTTP program was announced in the 2020-21 Budget and received a $1.1 million funding boost in this year’s historic aged care allocations in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s recommendations.The successful organisations, UOW, ACN and ACSA, will start work immediately, with all programs underway from July 2021. /Media 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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian College, Australian College of Nursing, Australian Government, community services, Department of Health, first year, Government, health, healthcare, infection prevention, prevention, professional development, royal commission, University of Wollongong, UOW, Wollongonglast_img read more

Election 2020: 49th Legislative District House of Representatives, Position 2

first_imgElection 2020: 49th Legislative District House of Representatives, Position 2Posted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Saturday, October 3, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Rep. Monica Stonier challenged by Republican Park Llafet in race for state senate seatCLARK COUNTY — The Nov. 3 general election is almost upon us, and the League of Women Voters Clark County (LWV) organized several candidate forums for residents to watch through a Zoom call format streamed on Clark/Vancouver Television. On Thursday (Oct.1), the 49th Legislative District faced off; including the candidates for Washington House of Representatives, Position 2. Incumbent Democrat Monica Stonier is running against Republican challenger Park Llafet. In the Aug. 4 primary election, the aforementioned candidates were joined on the ballot by Independent Troy Potter who received about 7 percent of votes, with Stonier receiving 60.43 percent and Llafet receiving 32.38 percent. This report focuses on three key questions and candidate responses from the forum, but to view the responses to all eight questions, visit CVTV.org.Opening statementsMonica StonierMonica Stonier Stonier began:“I’m a mom of two kids who are here in our public schools,” Stonier said. “They’re high schoolers now, and my husband and I have chosen to raise our family here in Southwest Washington, for all of the reasons that many of our community members are here. We have strong schools here, we have a strong economy. It is not without challenges, but our strong leadership from the legislature that has bound together in a bipartisan way in the last several years I think is a demonstration of how things can get done here in Southwest Washington.”Stonier also thanked and praised the League of Women Voters for putting on their various forums for residents. “I’m running again, because I want to make good on the commitments I’ve made to voters and be sure to be an ear for them across the county,” Stonier added. “When we’re looking at what challenges the state will be facing here in this tough session coming up; recovering from the COVID economy.”Park LlafetPark LlafetLlafet followed:“I’ve been involved with my community for the last 20 some years,” Llafet said. “Serving in various roles as volunteer, starting with my neighborhood association, PTA president at my children’s Elementary School. Also with the Evergreen school district Foundation Board, raising funds for teachers and children, as well as serving on the Vancouver Symphony board.”Llafet said he believes his varied and personal community experiences have prepared him through understanding how people are working. “I would like to further my efforts with our community by running in this next level of leadership,” Llafet added. “I believe that I will be a good person, bringing both listening, bringing a sense of working together and getting the job done and in getting goals accomplished.”Question: What are your top two priorities for the 49th Legislative District that should be addressed in the legislature in the next two year session? How would you promote these priorities?Llafet began:“I see that the two main goals that I’d like to see is the economy and education,” Llafet said. “Number one in this in regards to the economy, we are facing 340,000 unemployed people, as this number just came out in August … I think even more importantly, Southwest Washington needs to be strong so that we’re not encumbered by some of these other issues in the state. I also believe in education, we ranked in the lower part of our country in literacy of meeting adequate yearly progress. I believe that more parents are looking to other choices of education.”Llafet also spoke to the effects of the pandemic on the state economy, saying he believes the longer the state is suspended in a Phase-2-like approach, the longer it could take to see a return to healthy commerce.  Stonier followed:“I think opening our businesses and our economy and also our schools is an incredibly important goal,” Stonier said. “But we have a different tact to it, just thinking about how to do it in a way that is safe for the community.”The incumbent representative explained that she sees reopening the entirety of the state sooner rather than later as potentially devastating to the restaurants, small businesses and needy families who need it most, since it could cause another total shutdown. “We have seen in states across the country where regulations are loose, and people are walking around without any regard for the safety that is needed wearing masks and distancing,” Stonier added. “That increases the number of cases and increases the number of deaths related to COVID. So if our schools and our small businesses are going to open, as my opponent and I agree is a priority, we have to pay close attention to the public health regulations that are in place.”Question: Do you think there needs to be any reform of policing in Washington? If so, what legislation would you propose? If not, please give your reasons.Llafet began:“I believe that we cannot defund our police,” Llafet said. “A large majority of our African American community also agree we cannot defund our police. In fact, we must give more resources to our police. Yes, we need to do reform. Yes, we need to hold them accountable, but we cannot defund them. What is more important is the safety of our cities that we have seen in Seattle and Portland, that have gone with amazing, reckless destruction, and mayors have not been able to make those cities safe. Those small businesses have been suffering also as a result of the lawlessness in those cities.”Llafet also spoke to systemic racism in relation to the issue of policing, saying he believes systemic racism does exist in the form of some legislation, but is not rampant. He said he sees raising up minority leadership as more important.Stonier followed: “I believe there needs to be reform in policing,” Stonier said. “But I think we’re fortunate here in Southwest Washington, the policy requests that have been put forward, are actually in place here in Vancouver, by our police department. We know that our police department here has a standard for training and accountability that’s higher than many others in the state. I think the rest of the state can look to the Vancouver Police Department for some guidance on not only on what to do right, and how to do it well, but also on how to come to the community about what they know they can improve on. In my conversations with law enforcement, I’ve been incredibly thankful for the leadership that we’ve seen here.”Stonier went on to say she believes institutional racism does exist in policing, but she also believes in empowering law enforcement officers who are “heroes in the field,’’ and want to see change in their agencies.Question: What can and should the state do to decrease the number of families and individuals who are homeless?Llafet began:“I think one of the main things of homelessness is what is the cost of housing?” Llafet said. “Clark County Today recently reported that the average cost of a brand new home is right around $375,000. What that means, essentially, is that a family wage earner must make around $92,000. Well, the fact is most wage earners here in Clark County are making $74,000. So we see this huge gap.”Llafet explained that he sees increased regulations and reduced construction workers as pertinent causes for housing shortages.“We need to work on deregulating some of the building industry,” Llafet added. “Folks in the BIA would say legislators need to take the lead on this.”Stonier followed:“Affordability is not only impacted by the cost of housing, it’s also impacted by a person’s ability to afford that housing,” Stonier said. “That is directly related to the income inequality in this country. That is exacerbated in this state by a regressive tax structure that says in Washington state, if you happen to be really wealthy, you’re going to pay a far less percentage of taxes for our state than those who are middle and lower income, and I think that’s wrong. That’s having a direct impact on people’s ability to afford homes.”Stonier elaborated on her concerns with single family zoning. “In addition to that, I would say that the single family zoning that is in place needs to be reevaluated so that we can see some mixed use and increase some of the capacity,” Stonier added. “So that we can provide some of the services that would also be accessible in some of those urban areas.” Closing statementsLlafet began:“I really do believe that the time is now to move our state in a different direction. For the last many years, we have continually used taxes, and then we call it progressive tax. But I believe it’s a regressive tax: income, the B&O, the capital gains tax. We cannot just simply tax our citizens. For Southwest Washington, we need to look to get the new bridge built and get that done. We just recently about a week ago, we’re dealing with the bridge being hampered. And thirdly, I really do believe in parent choice. Parents have the ultimate choice in educating their children in the curriculum that they see fit.”Stonier followed:“As I said in my introduction, it’s clear to me that Southwest Washington expects to see legislators who are working together on their behalf. I think that the Washington state delegation has made considerable gains, there’s a little bit of room for improvement. I’m grateful that I was endorsed by the Columbian that recognized that my bipartisan work is important and that I have a record of doing that. I also appreciate that I’ve had the opportunity to deliver on values that I know I share with many of my supporters. Like doing what we can in Washington state about balancing the income inequality that we see, not just in the country, but what we can do here in Washington state. Acknowledging that racial injustice does exist in our institutions, and that we personally have a role in fixing that. Standing up for women’s rights to make decisions about their own health, and recognizing that, including all people in our policies, is really important, including our LGBTQ community that’s been left out of many of those. So I’m asking to return.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyElection 2020LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Election 2020: 49th Legislative District House of Representatives, Position 1 Next : Domestic violence incident results in officer-involved shootingAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Some used electric vehicles have stopped depreciating in value

first_img See More Videos RELATED TAGSBMWSedanElectricElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesPreviewSustainabilityTechnology & InnovationElectric VehiclesEVsSustainabilitySustainable Design Rolls-Royce’s all-new ‘Silent Shadow’ model sure sounds electric The i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 are 2022 models that are expected to arrive in Canada early next year. No pricing has been released, and BMW Canada plans to open up pre-ordering on the ‘gran coupes’ next month. In terms of the chassis design, the i4 comes standard with lift-related shock absorbers, rear air suspension, electromechanical steering with Servotronic function, integrated braking system, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and near-actuator wheel slip limitation. The
BMW i4 M50 adds adaptive M suspension with individually configured springs and shocks, specially designed anti-roll bars and an additional spring strut tower brace in the front end, along with variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and M light-alloy wheels up to 20 inches in diameter with mixed-size tires.The M model also comes with a sport boost function, that can be activated on demand by the driver is available whenever Sport mode is engaged and is used to tap the maximum output of both motors for quickest acceleration. The Sport Boost function increases the system’s combined drive power by 67 hp to its maximum of 536 hp for over 10 seconds. At the same time, combined torque is upped by 48 lbs.-ft to 586 lbs.-ft.FOR IN-DEPTH EV NEWS & ANALYSIS TUNE IN TO OUR PLUGGED-IN PODCASTThere is also a launch control function, standard on both models. Activating it allows the driver to accelerate with optimum traction with the accelerator pressed to the floor. Torque oscillations when stationary indicate that the drive system is ready for ‘launch’, at which point the full combined output is instantly made available.The i4 eDrive40 comes with standard 18-inch light-alloy wheels while 19-inch wheels are optional. The i4 M50 includes 19-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tires. Additional 19-inch and 20-inch wheels are optional.The M also gets specific design features. These include a front bumper with the signature U-shaped design of BMW M models; additional side air intakes to optimize brake cooling; the BMW kidney grille surround and the vertical trim around the air curtains come in Cerium Grey as do the exterior mirror caps and the inlays in the outer edges of the rear bumper, while the air breathers, the side sill trim strips and rear bumper trim are painted in high-gloss black. An optional M-specific spoiler on the tailgate rounds off the distinctive, performance-oriented appearance. 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Here’s what we found out today about these silky, silent machines.The i4 eDrive40 is rear-wheel-drive EV with a power output of 335 horsepower and an estimated full-charge range up to 475 kilometres. The all-wheel-drive i4 M50, the first EV to wear the coveted M badge, boasts 536 ponies and an estimated range of 385 km.The gran coupes’ prodigious power comes from the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive technology, with the electric motor, power electronics and one-speed transmission all together in one housing. The new generation of lithium-ion batteries feature a maximum DC fast charging capacity of up to 200 kW and AC Level 2 charging of up to 11 kW. The battery packs are located in the floor, resulting in the i4’s centre of gravity being 33 mm (BMW i4 M50) and 53 mm (BMW i4 eDrive40) lower than on a 3 Series sedan.The high-voltage 83.9-kWh (81.5 kWh net) battery features four modules with 72 cells each and three 12-cell modules.The i4 comes standard with a Combined Charging Unit (CCU) that allows for a Level 2 zero to 100 per cent charge in less than eight hours, according to BMW. Using a DC fast-charger, the i4 can take on 145 kilometres of range in 10 minutes. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Using a DC fast-charger, the i4 can take on 145 kilometres of range in 10 minutesBMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The rear-wheel-drive 2022 i4 eDrive40 has 335 hp and an estimated range of 483 kilometres.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW i4 eDrive40.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW i4 eDrive40.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW i4 eDrive40.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The battery and powertrain systems on theBMW i4.BMW Xb_je464″>PlayBMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stablePlay2022 McLaren Artura | First Look | Driving.caPlay2021 Ford Explorer Timberline | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Honda Civic | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Hyundai Kona N | First Look | Driving.caPlayShanghai 2021 auto show sees raft of new EVsPlayAudi A6 e-tron | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Santa Cruz | First Look | Driving.caPlayFirst Look | 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS | DrivingPlay2021 Genesis GV70 | First Look | Driving.ca As much as the i4’s exterior exudes BMW style and grace, the interior is possibly the best design feature of the entire vehicle. As with all BMWs, it’s a driver-focused cockpit with a very slim and low instrument panel. The real centrepiece is the all-new curved display, a frameless, single-piece glass surface angled towards the driver. The 12.3-inch information display and 14.9-inch control display merge into a single driver- focused unit.BMW went to great lengths during today’s reveal to note the sustainable aspect of not just the vehicles themselves, but the process in making them. These include commitments from all battery cell suppliers to only use electricity from renewable sources; the aluminum electric motor cases are manufactured from purely green energy; and only locally-generated hydroelectric power is used for the i4’s Munich production facility.And then there are the raw materials used in the vehicle, always a talking point in EV production. According to BMW, the high-voltage batteries contain less than 10 per cent cobalt content. and the BMW Group procures the required cobalt for its battery cell production itself and then makes it available to the battery cell suppliers. The lithium is also sourced under transparent conditions that are monitored by the BMW Group, coming from hard-rock deposits in Australia. BMW engineers just couldn’t help themselves. And who can blame them?Not only did they reveal to the world today their much-anticipated all-electric sedans – along with the iX crossover — but they doubled down on that charge into the EV segment with a mighty M version. RELATED The Rimac Nevera EV hypercar can nail 96 km/h from zero in under 2.0 seconds Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stablelast_img read more

CU-Boulder College Of Engineering Names New Assistant Dean For Students

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 8, 2006 The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder has named Mary Steiner to the position of assistant dean for students. Steiner, who will join the college Aug. 15, has more than 10 years of experience working in engineering libraries at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Since 2004, she has led a project to create an online archive highlighting the scholarship of faculty and students at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in information and library studies from Rutgers University. “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone with Mary’s qualifications to this position,” said John Bennett, associate dean of engineering for education at CU-Boulder. “She has made innovative and substantial contributions at two other outstanding engineering schools; we all look forward to working with her here.” Steiner’s responsibilities as assistant dean for students include coordinating the admissions process for undergraduate engineering students, overseeing the awarding of scholarships, managing student records, monitoring students’ progress and advising students on college rules and policies. She will replace Jim Sherman, who will retire from the university Sept. 1 after 35 years of service.last_img read more