North Korea Reacts Well to Joint Olympics Idea

first_img News North Korea’s representative on the International Olympic Committee has reacted positively to the suggestion that the two Koreas might be able to jointly host the Winter Olympics in 2018, an idea which Democratic Party leader Sohn Hak Kyu floated at a party meeting on Monday.Chang Ung made his comments at Narita Airport in Tokyo this morning, telling reporters, “Having the Winter Olympics in Asia is a good thing,” before adding of the joint hosting idea, “I want it to be like that.”“The political and military status between South and North is not good, and that must be improved,” he went on to explain. “If it is not, it could also have an effect on the Olympics.”Chang also commented on the arrival of the Winter Olympics in Asia for the third time, calling it another “good thing,” and on the presentation in support of the Pyeongchang bid made by South Korea’s biggest winter sports star, Kim Yu Na, saying she “did really well.” However, it remains difficult to imagine the joint hosting idea getting off the drawing board, with the IOC’s own rules stating that the events which comprise the Olympic Games should be held in the vicinity of the host city or, if circumstances deman, in a number of places in a single country. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea Reacts Well to Joint Olympics Idea SHARE News Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img By Yang Jung A – 2011.07.13 2:21pm News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarYang Jung A News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Advisors could learn from robo-advisors’ communication efforts

first_img BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Share this article and your comments with peers on social media National Bank using AI to reach out to clients Wealthsimple sells U.S. biz to Betterment Related news Keywords Robo-advisorsCompanies Wealthsimple Inc. Wealthsimple raising $750 million in latest financing deal, valuation hits $5 billion Robo-advisors may represent the bare bones of the financial services business, focusing on simplicity and automation, but full-service financial advisors could take a page from their competitors’ no-frills communications skills, Dave Nugent, chief investment officer with Toronto-based Wealthsimple Financial Inc., told attendees at the 2017 Canadian Funds Summit on Friday. Jade Hemeon “We talk to clients in the voice in which they want to be talked to,” said Nugent. “There’s no jargon, no acronyms and our communication is in a style that’s as simple as possible.” Since Wealthsimple’s launch in 2014, the robo-advisor firm has attracted $1 billion in assets under administration and 30,000 clients. However, 95% of WealthSimple’s client base, which leans toward millennials who have a facility in technology but also includes other age groups, don’t understand many of the principles the average advisor is espousing, Nugent said. Many advisors feel they need to “talk above the client” to impress clients, gain their confidence and win business, but this strategy often alienates them, Nugent said. “We’ve realized that’s not what clients want,” he said. “They want a true, genuine tone and information that is articulated in a simple way.” WealthSimple’s clients also respond best to communications in text format, Nugent pointed out. “Our No. 1 mode of communication is text,” he said. “They may or may not look at emails, but for whatever reason they’re most likely to respond immediately to a text.” It’s not only millennials who want electronic communication on their phone, he said. “Baby boomers don’t always have time to come in and meet in person either,” Nugent explained, “they’re just as happy to get a message and go about their day.” Wealthsimple has opened up its services to attract a new client base of advisors who want to delegate the investment management aspect of their practice to the robo-advisor while focusing on other complementary business components such as developing a financial plan for clients, estate planning and tax strategies. Wealthsimple can also take care of some of the paperwork, compliance and other back-office functions. “A robo-advisor can do some things more efficiently and at a lower cost,” he said. “Technology is allowing people to do things easily on their phone — such as order a cab, book a hotel room or order food. Why not financial services?” With regulatory initiatives such as the second phase of the client relationship model and more transparency on costs and returns, there’s pressure in the industry to lower fees — and this means advisors must work harder to receive the same compensation, Nugent said. Specifically, advisors may find it more efficient to delegate investment management in order to give them more time to recruit new clients and offer advice outside of investing. “The days of being a stock picker or mutual fund jockey are gone,” he said. “Platforms such as ours are commoditized businesses, and advisors must learn how to position themselves. It’s important to define your value proposition, and articulate that to clients in a humane way.” Nugent recommends that advisors should know what their advice is worth; charge fairly for their services; and have confidence in what they charge. If the client still can’t see the value advisors offer, this is not the client for them, he said. “The robo-advisor is a volume business and we aim for scale,” he said. “We’re not in it for one on-one relationships. That’s where an advisor can add value.” Photo copyright: georgejmclittle/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Lexus CT 200h hatchback discontinued in the U.S.

first_imgTrending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS In 1961 it introduced the Sambar mini-truck, followed by a delivery van. To further cement its reputation as a serious automaker, the company installed a test track at its plant in 1964, and a year later became the first Japanese manufacturer to crash-test its cars both front and rear.For 1966, it produced the 1000, its first car with a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder “boxer” engine and front-wheel drive. The design would be developed into a compact model that would later reach the U.S. as the FF1, indicating front-engine and front-wheel drive.Enter Malcolm Bricklin, a Philadelphia-born entrepreneur who initially made his money with a chain of hardware stores in Florida. He noticed the growing popularity of scooters and mopeds, and after buying and selling a distributor’s unsold stock of Italian scooters, discovered and began importing Subaru’s Rabbit scooter. He was interested in its cars, but the company wasn’t yet ready to spend the time and money it would take to design a vehicle to meet U.S. crash standards. It was also unsure of this unfamiliar market, especially since Toyota and Datsun were still struggling to hit it big in America.Undeterred, Bricklin found a loophole. American crash standards only applied to cars, which the rules said were vehicles that weighed more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg). The featherweight 360 was just 960 lbs. In effect, it wasn’t a car, and so it didn’t have to meet car standards in order to be sold.Along with his friend Harvey Lamm, Bricklin founded Subaru of America on February 15, 1968 in Pennsylvania, later moving it to New Jersey. Lamm became its first president and CEO, and it’s the same company that exists today. Rather than dealerships, the pair sold distribution franchises, most of which Subaru would later buy out.RELATED 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 | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos See More Videos advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Subaru regularly wins safety awards in crash testing, but that wasn’t always the case. When first imported into the United States – through a loophole discovered by an American businessman who would later fleece New Brunswick out of $23 million – it was promptly named the “most unsafe car on the market.”Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, began as an aircraft manufacturer. It was incorporated in 1953 when five companies joined together, taking its name from a star constellation the Japanese call Subaru; they’re the stars on the grille badge today.The company’s first vehicle was a motor scooter called the Rabbit, introduced in 1956. But it had been working on a car as well, in keeping with the Japanese government’s directive for companies to build lightweight, inexpensive cars. Subaru used aerospace techniques to pare off the pounds, and in March 1958 introduced its first automobile, the 360. It was typical of Japanese microcars, with an air-cooled, two-cylinder, rear-mounted engine that made just 16 horsepower, along with a three-speed manual transmission. By the time it got to the U.S. a decade later, the 360 had been upgraded to 25 horsepower and four gears, but it took 37.5 seconds to reach 80 km/h. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 1958 Subaru 360 introduced the U.S. to the Japanese automakerSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Subaru’s 1973 wagon could be switched from FWD to 4WD by the driverSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The far superior Subaru FF1 replaced the 360, offering the company’s first “boxer” engine and front-wheel driveSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The GL Wagon was introduced for 1975Subaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Brat, introduced for 1978, was a combination of car and pickup truckSubaru Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Subaru XT, introduced for 1985, could be optioned with a turbocharged engineSubaru 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” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Subaru 360 In the 1990s he tried to build electric bicycles, and in 2005 he teamed up with Chinese automaker Chery to import its vehicles into the U.S., which ended in nasty lawsuits. Currently, he’s trying to interest dealers in a bizarre venture where they’ll sell both three-wheeled electric vehicles and expensive artwork. But if nothing else, he’ll be remembered for the loophole that ultimately gave us Subaru. First Drive: 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STiThe 360 went on sale in May 1968. Its $1,297 price tag was certainly attractive, given that the cheapest Chevrolet that year was $2,442, and even a Volkswagen Beetle was $400 more than the Subaru. But when Consumer Reports got its hands on one and declared its safety rating to be “unacceptable,” sales fell. Only 5,590 were sold in 1970, and Lamm dropped it in favour of the front-wheel FF1. On a trip to Japan he saw Subaru’s Leone, a station wagon that the driver could switch from front- to all-wheel drive. He brought it to the U.S. as the DL/GL Wagon, the country’s first all-wheel-drive passenger car.Subaru of America offered its first public stock in 1972, and by 1976, was in sixth place among all imports in the U.S. That year, the first Subaru vehicles were sold in Canada, and over the next decade, Canadians could buy such vehicles as the Brat mini-truck and Justy hatchback.By the late 1980s, the company was firmly part of the North American auto scene. In 1989 it built a manufacturing plant in Indiana, while Subaru Canada was formed for importation and distribution here. Parent company Fuji Heavy Industries owned about half of Subaru of America’s stock, and in 1990, bought it out entirely.And Malcolm Bricklin? He sold his share of Subaru and, in 1974, convinced the New Brunswick government to help underwrite a factory to build a futuristic, gull-winged fiberglass sports car that he named for himself. Production issues mounted and costs spiralled out of control, and only 2,875 were built before the province called a halt to it. Bricklin was back on the scene again in 1986, introducing the bargain-basement and problem-prone Yugo to North America. RELATED TAGSSubaruNewsAsiaAutomobile ManufacturingAutomotive ReviewsCanadaCars and Car DesignChery Inc.Consumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesConsumers Union of U.S. Inc.Culture and LifestyleEast AsiaFloridaFuji Heavy Industries Ltd.Harvey LammIndianaIndustriesJapanMalcolm BricklinManufacturing SectorMotor Vehicle ManufacturingNew BrunswickNew JerseyNorth AmericaPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaSubaru CanadaSubaru CorporationSubaru JustyToyota Motor CorporationUnited StatesVolkswagen BeetleWagonsZastava SAlast_img read more

Cos’è Quello? The Aznom Palladium is a Ram pickup truck in an Italian disguise

first_img Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever If you’ve been looking for a custom Italian machine based on one of Detroit’s snazziest pickup trucks with most of its utility deleted and a nose stuffed full of 700-hp twin-turbo Hemi, a company in Monza would like to set up a conference call with you.Billed as an “Italian hyper-limousine,” the Aznom Palladium actually begins life as a Ram 1500, believe it or not.Coachbuilders in Monza throw most of its original bodywork in the nearest pattumiera, making way for a grille in the image of Rolls-Royce and a rear fascia in the image of — well, we’re not sure. Italian design house aims to turn Tesla into convertible two-seater The same cannot be said for the rear space, where accommodations have been pushed aft into a domain once solely occupied by a 5.5-ft cargo box. This predictably jacks legroom to limo-like levels while introducing the finest of leathers and a champagne chiller.The rear of this machine is its most arresting feature, incorporating a sloping back window which covers a 22-cu-ft trunk and a set of taillights looking like something from Cyberpunk 2077. Not a hint of pickup truck remains, except perhaps in its dimensions: 78 inches tall, 82 inches wide, and 235 inches long. Price? If you have to ask— Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aznom Palladium COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTScenter_img See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | RELATED TAGSRamPickup TruckLuxuryLuxury CarsNew VehiclesPickup trucksAznom PalladiumcoachbuildingcustomitalianItalyPickup TruckPickup TrucksRam While all four doors look like they are stock units, and its nose is clearly a custom job, everything aft of the C-pillar is ripped straight from the pages of an alternate universe. The usual delineation between cab and box has vanished, replaced with a solid panel and strong haunches plus a horizontal opera window thrown in for good measure.Inside, its front seat area is recognizable to anyone who’s been in a top-flight Ram pickup truck over the last couple of years, with a 12-inch infotainment screen in the centre stack and controls for ancillary functions – from gear selection to air suspension controls – exactly as you’d find them in a copy of Ram’s finest. RELATED This 2,000 truck-SUV has the most decadent cabin of any pickup We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

CU-Boulder alum and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson heading for space station

first_imgUniversity of Colorado Boulder alumnus and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson will blast off with two Russian crewmates for the International Space Station March 25, his third mission to the orbiting facility.But this time he will not be riding in the familiar confines of a NASA space shuttle — the fleet was retired in 2011 — but in a capsule atop a Soyuz TMA-12 rocket launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Not only will he blast off from there, he is slated to land in the capsule, which is somewhat similar to a NASA Apollo capsule, on the steppe of Kazakhstan in September after spending roughly six months in space.Swanson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from CU-Boulder in 1983, will serve as flight engineer for Expedition 39, which already will be underway on the ISS when he arrives. In late May, Swanson, who considers Steamboat Springs, Colo., his hometown, will become space station commander as Expedition 40 begins.Swanson will be launched to the ISS along with cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency.  “We’ve trained extensively and I’m confident I can do all of the tasks assigned to me on the space station,” Swanson said. “The difficult part is being away from my family and friends for a long period. I’ll miss them, but at the same time we will be very busy up there, which makes the time pass quickly.”The astronaut crew will be involved in dozens of research experiments in the low gravity of the ISS, including efforts related to protein crystal growth, capillary blood flow, gravity sensing by plants and muscle and bone loss changes in space.As part of his duties, Swanson will operate hardware developed by BioServe Space Technologies located in CU-Boulder’s aerospace engineering department to conduct two experiments on the space station, both being launched later this year. One led by Dr. Timothy Hammond of the Department of Veterans Affairs will use a yeast-based assay system to evaluate known and novel anti-cancer drug therapies in the low gravity of space. A second led by Professor Cheryl Nickerson of Arizona State University will evaluate host-pathogen interactions to better understand the risk of in-flight infections by space explorers during long-term missions.Swanson previously flew on the STS-17 mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis to the ISS in June 2007, then flew again on the STS-19 mission aboard Discovery in March 2009. Swanson spacewalked for more than 26 hours during the two missions and is tentatively slated for two more spacewalks during Expedition 39 and Expedition 40.What does Swanson, whose two shuttle landings were on a smooth NASA runway in Florida, think about drifting by parachute in the Soyuz space capsule on the way from the space station back to Earth, eventually banging onto the ground in Kazakhstan?  “I know this landing will be much more wild and exciting than a shuttle landing,” he said. “It is going to be a very different experience, and I’m looking forward to it.”Swanson will be packing several CU mementos, including a T-shirt, a flag and a small piece of sandstone from the engineering center that has been engraved with a picture of Ralphie the Buffalo and an image of the International Space Station.What does he recall about his time at CU-Boulder? “I remember waking up and seeing the mountains right there,” he said. “It was a beautiful thing, and helped me get going every day. I really liked CU-Boulder — it is a good school, with good professors — and I love to ski, I love to hike. I like the culture.”His favorite times on the space station? “One of the best things is when you have a moment to yourself where you can just look out the window,” he said. Swanson also said he will spend what little free time he has emailing with family and friends back on Earth, blogging about his space station experiences and hopefully participating in a Google Hangout, sharing messages and photos and video-chatting with CU-Boulder students.Eighteen CU-Boulder astronaut-affiliates have flown 47 NASA space missions beginning with Scott Carpenter in 1962.Former NASA astronaut Jim Voss, who received his master’s degree in aerospace engineering sciences from CU-Boulder in 1974, currently is a CU-Boulder Scholar in Residence. Former NASA astronaut Joe Tanner currently is a senior instructor in aerospace engineering.To watch a video of Swanson talking about his NASA experiences and his passion for Colorado’s outdoors visit Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Published: March 19, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Steve Swanson (photo by Bill Stafford/NASA) Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyEducation & OutreachSpaceCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more

Hello, summer! These July professional development offerings are hot

first_img Crucial ConversationsDates: August 4, 6, 11, 13 ​Time: 9:00 am -11:00 am AND 1:00 – 3:00 pm, each day Virtual SessionCrucial Conversations is a two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics – at all levels of the organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.Cost: $250Register to Attend Crucial ConversationsFacilitator(s): Lauren Harris, MS, CPTM, Training Manager and Alyssa Willet, Training and Development SpecialistCategories:HR NewsTags:DevelopmentOpportunities & ResourcesVirtual Learning FranklinCovey: The 4 Essential Roles of LeadershipDates: July 22, 29, August 5, 12 ​Time: 8:30 am-12:30 pm, each day Virtual SessionEvery day leaders are making countless decisions and facing problems they’ve never encountered before. What worked yesterday can change overnight. The rewards are great for those who can lead a team to consistently achieve extraordinary results. So how can leaders stay ahead of the curve and differentiate themselves and their teams when so much is changing so quickly? The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership develops the roles leaders play that are highly predictive of success.Cost: If this is your first FranklinCovey course since September 1, 2019: $110 (Cost includes All Access Pass)If you have attended one or more FranklinCovey courses since September 1, 2019: No CostRegister for 4 Essential RolesFacilitator(s): Lauren Harris, MS, CPTM, Training Manager and Lisa Nelson, JD, Senior Training and Development Specialist Change Management for ManagersDates: July 14, 15 & 16 ​Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm, each day Virtual SessionProsci Change Management for Managers provides managers and supervisors with tools and skills to understand change theory, facilitate change processes, and successfully lead teams through change. This workshop is critical for managers whose departments are planning change or in the process of change. Participants receive a comprehensive toolkit and materials.Cost: $350Register for Change Management Facilitator: Mike Murray, MLIR, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives Published: June 15, 2020 FranklinCovey: The 6 Critical Practices of Leading a TeamDates: July 7 & 9 Time: 8:30 am-12:30 pm, each day Virtual SessionSupervisors and managers make a significant impact on employee productivity and engagement, innovation, and performance. They are the creators and carriers of culture for their teams and directly influence whether top talent stays or leaves. Their role has always been tough and today’s realities make the role even tougher. Both new and experienced supervisors and managers can struggle when it comes to excelling at leading teams in today’s workplace. In this course, participants will learn six practices that, when consistently applied, will increase the ability to lead others.CostIf this is your first FranklinCovey course since September 1, 2019: $110 (Cost includes All Access Pass)If you have attended one or more FranklinCovey courses since September 1, 2019: No CostRegister to Attend 6 Critical PracticesFacilitator(s): Lisa Nelson, JD, Senior Training and Development Specialist and Alyssa Willet, Training and Development Specialist Emotional IntelligenceDates: July 13 & 20 Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, each day Virtual SessionEmotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. EI has been shown to increase job performance, productivity, and personal excellence.Cost: There is no cost for this course. Register for Emotional IntelligenceFacilitator(s): Lisa Nelson, JD, Senior Training and Development Specialist and Alyssa Willet, Training and Development Specialistlast_img read more

Florida Supreme Court JNC seeks applicants for to fill two justice vacancies

first_imgFlorida Supreme Court JNC seeks applicants for to fill two justice vacancies Nov 26, 2019 Announcements The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill the vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court created by the resignations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert Luck to assume federal judicial office.Based on the Florida Supreme Court’s current composition, at least one of the justices appointed to fill these two vacancies must be a resident of Florida’s Third Appellate District at the time of appointment.The judicial application may be obtained from the Governor’s Judicial Nominations website at: Applicants must submit: (1) an original electronic copy of the application (including all attachments) in pdf format; and (2) a redacted electronic copy of the application (including all attachments), which excludes all material that is exempt or confidential under applicable public records laws, also in pdf format. Both the original and redacted electronic applications must be submitted electronically to all commission members at their email addresses below before 6 p.m. on December 24. The commission strongly prefers the submission of applications in a searchable (i.e., non-scanned) pdf format.After the deadline for submitting applications, the commission will determine which applicants to interview. Applicants who are selected by the commission for interviews will be contacted to confirm the date, time, and location.The members currently serving on the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission include:Daniel Nordby, Chair, Tallahassee, [email protected] Karlinsky, Vice Chair, Weston, [email protected] G. Angelos, Port St. Lucie, [email protected] M. Panuccio, Palm Beach Gardens, [email protected] U. Reyes, Coral Gables, [email protected] A. Sandridge, Tampa, [email protected] Stearns, Tallahassee, [email protected] T. Tate, Tampa, [email protected] Samra, Coral Gables, [email protected]last_img read more

Senate Passes Pipeline Bill After Hold Dropped

first_imgWASHINGTON – A bill to toughen federal safety regulation of oil and gas pipelines passed the Senate late Monday only a few hours after a Republican senator opposed to government regulation dropped his opposition to the measure.The bill is an attempt to close gaps in federal safety regulations exposed by a deadly gas pipeline rupture near San Francisco last year, as well as a spate of other recent gas explosions and oil pipeline spills. It would authorize more federal safety inspectors, increase penalties for violations and require pipeline companies verify their records on pipelines’ physical and operational characteristics and establish maximum operating pressures based on the verified information.Under the bill, federal regulators could order that automatic shutoff valves be installed on new pipelines so leaks can be halted sooner. And it directs regulators to determine whether mandatory inspections of aging pipelines in densely populated areas should be expanded to include lines in rural areas. It would be paid for by industry fees.Federal accident investigators found that officials for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. didn’t know that a large transmission line under a subdivision in San Bruno, Calif., was made with short pieces of inferior pipe welded together until after the line ruptured, igniting a pillar of fire and killing eight people. The company’s records for the half century old line were inaccurate and the strength of the pipe hadn’t been adequately tested.People “shouldn’t have to worry about streets exploding under their feet because of lax safety regulations,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement. “Aging infrastructure demands proper regulation to save lives, and that’s the path on which this bill sets us.”The bill was approved under unanimous consent procedures with no roll call vote or debate after Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky abruptly dropped his hold on the measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., simply read the bill’s title, asked that it be accepted and it was done.The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the bill in May without opposition. The bill is supported by the industry’s major trade associations — the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the American Gas Association and the Association of Oil Pipelines — as well as the Pipeline Safety Trust, a safety advocacy group.Paul had been holding up passage of the bill for months. The lone senator opposed to the measure, he told the bill’s supporters in private meetings that his opposition was based on a philosophical objection to new regulation rather than any particular concern with the provisions of the bill.On Monday, Paul said in a statement that he had dropped his opposition because the bill’s sponsors had agreed to incorporate an amendment regarding safety testing of older pipelines. A spokeswoman for Paul, Moira Bagley, said she was unable to provide a copy of the amendment, but an aide to Reid confirmed it was added to the bill.“I have found a way to address the problems more thoroughly through these regulations, while limiting their scope and unnecessary red tape,” Paul said in a statement. “My proposal will be unanimously passed and accepted by both sides, further proving that my actions have enriched this legislation.”Paul, a tea party ally and anti-tax activist, was elected to the Senate last year in part on the strength of his opposition to new federal regulations.Two House committees have unanimously approved separate pipeline safety bills that are similar to the Senate bill. Differences between those measures are expected to be worked out in the coming weeks, with a single bill brought to the House floor before the end of the year. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Temperatures to Plummet Over Weekend as Storm Arrives in Northwest Montana

first_imgThe National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Flathead and Mission valleys and West Glacier region on Friday morning, after accumulating snow in valleys and mountains caused slick road conditions and car accidents as skiers and snowboarders rushed up to Whitefish Mountain Resort (WMR) for a 5-inch powder day.A multi-vehicle accident occurred at 7 a.m. on Big Mountain Road, Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino said, causing backed-up traffic, which delayed the mountain’s opening.“It sounds like traffic was backed up to Highway 40 at one point,” Heino said.“That was a pretty unique case for us with the crashes on the mountain early this morning,” WMR Public Relations Manager Maren McKay said. “We typically don’t see that level of traffic.”A winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning, and the National Weather Service reported one to three inches of new snow in the Flathead Valley and three to 10 inches elsewhere. Forecasters expect a total of six to eight inches in the valley and six to 12 inches elsewhere, with up to 16 inches in the high country. Areas to watch include Bad Rock Canyon, Essex, U.S. Highway 83 to Bigfork to Swan Lake, Marias Pass, Polebridge, Flathead Lake, Polson and the Flathead and Mission valleys.An arctic airmass is expected to “slide over” central Montana with arctic air expected around Glacier National Park and as far west as Kalispell by Saturday morning. Temperatures are expected to drop 30 degrees below zero in some areas of Northwest Montana, with temperatures in Kalispell dropping to negative 8 on Monday night.Additionally, the Flathead Avalanche Center issued a backcountry avalanche warning in the Swan and Flathead mountain ranges and Lake McDonald and Marias Pass areas of Glacier National Park on Friday morning.Avalanche forecasters rated the Whitefish Range as “considerable” on the avalanche danger scale on Friday with six to eight inches of snow expected through Saturday. The Flathead and Swan ranges were rated as “high” on Friday morning.The Flathead Range and Glacier Park are expected to see 13 to 18 inches through Saturday while the Swan Range is expected to see 20 to 23 inches.“The forecast region has seen a spate of large and very large natural, human and remotely triggered avalanches in the past week,” Forecaster Clancy Nelson wrote in the Feb. 5 forecast discussion. “People have reported near misses and at least one person was caught, carried and slightly injured. These slides have occurred nearly every day, not just during storms … This hazard is growing even more serious as a potent storm lashes our area.”For more weather information, visit For the latest avalanche forecast, visit Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Laureus award a measure of Boks’ impact

first_img 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Datemyage.comOver 40 And Single?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFrom the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoSenior Dental Implants | Sponsored AdsHere is what dental implants might cost you in 2021Senior Dental Implants | Sponsored Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Jon Cardinelli ‘ Published on February 19, 2020 ‘ The World Cup-winning Springboks continue to embrace their responsibility as agents of change, writes JON CARDINELLI.Siya Kolisi was greeted warmly by the global media contingent when he entered the media conference room after the World Cup final in Yokohama. The applause level spiked appreciably after he placed the Webb Ellis Cup at the centre of the top table and then paused for effect.Hundreds of reporters quietened down, though, when Rassie Erasmus delivered a rousing speech about unity and what the team’s achievement could mean for South Africa as a whole.‘It’s not the Springboks’ responsibility to bring the people of South Africa hope. It is our privilege,’ he said.Erasmus choked up when he spoke about Kolisi’s incredible journey from a township in Zwide to the World Cup-winners podium in Yokohama. He gave the impression that the 2019 season marked the start of a new and prosperous chapter for South African rugby.Thousands of South African fans took to the streets when the Boks toured Gauteng, Durban, the Eastern Cape and Cape Town the following week. Speaking outside Cape Town City Hall, Kolisi instructed those in the crowd to look around and acknowledge how people from different races and backgrounds can be united in a common purpose.SIYA KOLISI: ‘With one main goal, we came together’Former president Nelson Mandela said that sport has the power to unite in a way that little else does. Last November, we saw Mandela’s words in action. We saw people from all walks of life coming together to celebrate the Boks – or rather the most diverse South African team in history – and ultimately a unique World Cup victory.On Monday, we saw Kolisi standing in front of the sporting world and explaining how a diverse group of players managed to triumph against the odds.After Kolisi accepted the prestigious Laureus Team of the Year award, he spoke about inspiring the next generation of South African players – whether they are from the townships in the Eastern Cape or from the farms on the platteland or even from the more affluent suburbs in the big cities – to work together and give this troubled nation a reason to smile.Erasmus, Kolisi and the entire class of 2019 have left an indelible mark on the South African game. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if people around the world drew inspiration from this Springbok story in years to come.WATCH: ‘We really touch lives the way governments cannot’The Japanese embraced the Boks wholeheartedly over the course of the 2019 World Cup tournament. Even in the lead-up to the quarter-final showdown between the hosts and the Boks – a first playoff appearance for the tier-two rugby nation – there was a healthy respect for the South Africans.The fans waited patiently outside the team’s training venues and hotels for autographs. The local reporters addressed the coach as ‘Rassie-san’ when they attended media conferences in their droves.The media from Europe was also taken by what the Boks had achieved under Erasmus and the nation’s first black captain. By the time the final against England rolled around, many were drawing comparisons between the class of 2019 and the trailblazers of 1995.Who could have predicted that a team ranked seventh on the World Rugby ladder would claim the sport’s biggest prize only two years later? It will go down as one of the great comeback stories.The real story of course – and the one that’s most relevant in the South African context – is how players and coaches from different walks of life embraced their differences and united to pursue a common goal.Kolisi reminded the world again on Monday. It’s a lesson that should never ever be forgotten.Photo: Getty Images The Boks celebrate after winning Team of the Year Laureus award a measure of Boks’ impact ‘center_img AirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysio|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Posted in Jon Cardinelli, Top headlines Tagged Laureus World Sports Awards, Siya Kolisi, Springboks Loans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  98  37 Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored ListingsTsuen Wan: Here’s What Full Mouth Dental Implants Should CostDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored Listings|SponsoredSponsoredUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comThe Best Place To Meet Guys Your Own Age in Tsuen|SponsoredSponsoredUndoForge of Empires – Free Online Game#StayAtHome and Play this City-Building Game. 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