London’s T-charge, which will affect up to 10,000 high pollution vehicles, will be introduced in October

Friday 17 February 2017 4:28 pm London’s T-charge, which will affect up to 10,000 high pollution vehicles, will be introduced in October The T-charge comes ahead of Khan’s plans to introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, which he hopes to roll out as early as 2019. The mayor has doubled funding for tackling air quality, setting aside £875m over the next five years.“It’s staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems. If we don’t make drastic changes now we won’t be protecting the health of our families in the future,” said Khan, who issued the first “very high” pollution alert in London last month.He added: “I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air. But now is the time for government to show real leadership and join me by introducing a diesel scrappage fund and bring in the new Clean Air Act we desperately need.”According to Khan’s announcement, more than 9,000 Londoners die prematurely each year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution and 438 schools in the capital are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Liketaffizz28-Day Keto ChallengetaffizzAtlantic MirrorStrange Secret Behind Alan Alda’s Enduring MarriageAtlantic MirrorHealth CareWhat Happens When You Eat Avocado Everyday For A Month?Health CareMovie JewelMorgan Freeman Ruined His Multi-Million Dollar Ranch To Protect The PlanetMovie Jeweltibgez.comWhat Happens If You Eat 4 Almonds A Daytibgez.comFoundation Repair | Search AdsLooking For Cheap Foundation Service? Scottsdale Residents Could Benefit From 2021 PricesFoundation Repair | Search AdscarammelloWhat are the top 10 most expensive cat breeds in the world ? – CarammellocarammelloAuto carLook: Top 5 best pick-up trucks 2021 | AutocarAuto carMagnetPalThe World’s Strongest Magnet Is HereMagnetPal Take a deep breath – or don’t… yet. There’s going to be a new emissions charge in the City starting 23 October.London mayor Sadiq Khan today confirmed his plans for a £10 emissions surcharge, or T-charge, on older polluting vehicles in the city centre. whatsapp Khan announced the news on the 14th anniversary of London’s congestion charge, calling it the the toughest emission standard of any major city.So, what is the T-charge? London’s new toxicity charge means cars, vans, minibuses and heavy vehicles that don’t meet the Euro 4/IV emission standard will be subject to a £10 fee to enter the congestion charge zone. This means driving an affected vehicle from Monday to Friday at 7am-6pm will cost £21.50 – the standard congestion charge plus the T-charge.It’s predominantly for vehicles registered in 2005 or before, but you can find out whether you’ll have to pay on Transport for London (TfL)’s website. Khan said Londoners “overwhelmingly” support his plans to charge up to 10,000 of the oldest, most polluting vehicles because “when it comes to battling pollution the time for action is now”. Share whatsapp Courtney Goldsmith read more

Opening Night: Marjorie Prime at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum

first_imgEntertainment IndustryMusicTheaterUncategorizedOpening Night: Marjorie Prime at the CTG/Mark Taper ForumA play about memory and turquoise shoes—with Courtney Love in the audienceBy Kari Mozena – September 24, 2014654ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt Cast members Lois Smith, Frank Wood, Jeff Ward, Lisa Emery and playwright Jordan HarrisonMark Subias, Courtney Love and playwright Jordan HarrisonCTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and director Les WatersCourtney Love, playwright Jordan Harrison, Lap Chi Chu and actress Rebecca WisockyCast members Lois Smith and Jeff WardActor Tom Irwin There is something very soothing about Jordan Harrison’s new play Marjorie Prime. Maybe it’s the beige set or the subdued costumes accented by terrific shoes (apparently we will all be wearing sculptural turquoise shoes in the future). Maybe it’s actress Lois Smith’s hypnotic voice (She earned a Tony Award noms for The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child and has appeared onscreen in True Blood and The Minority Report). Maybe it was the fact that Courtney Love was in the audience to support pal Harrison on opening night and wearing a very demure tweed skirt. Whatever it was, the first night crowd enjoyed a tale of memory and what it means to be human—and not human. Afterwards, everyone hit Kendalls (a new CTG tradition) with cast members Smith, Jeff Ward, Frank Wood (a Tony Award winner for Sideman), Lisa Emery, playwright Jordan Harrison, and director Les Waters. Love hung out near the bar and generally just looked fabulous (check out the pictures). I kind of wanted Smith to pull me out of the throng and say in a low voice, “Find the minority report,” but then that is another sci-fi story altogether. Marjorie Prime will be at The CTG/Mark Taper forum until October 19.Photographs by Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging TAGSCourtney LoveLois SmithMark TaperTony AwardPrevious articleThere’s No Hack for HomeworkNext articleCityDig: Down in the ValleyKari Mozena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORKurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s One-Time L.A. Abode Just SoldCurtain Call: Todd Almond Has Another Show at the Kirk Douglas, and This Time He Brought Along Courtney Love9 Ways to Have Fun in L.A. This Weekendlast_img read more

‘Bidding to create rounders history’ – The Heath get ready for three All Ireland’s

first_img TAGSRoundersThe Heath rounders Pinterest The finals are sure to be a great spectacle where the finals will showcase how talented all these rounders players are.SEE ALSO – The Heath qualify for all three All-Ireland senior rounders finals Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Community ‘Bidding to create rounders history’ – The Heath get ready for three All Ireland’s Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Previous articleBreaking: €50,000 of cocaine seized near Laois townNext articleBid being prepared to bring the Fleadh to Laois Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Rugby By Sarah Cullen – 17th August 2018 Community The Heath senior rounders teams are bidding to create rounders history this weekend as they take part in three All-Ireland finals.The final takes place this Saturday in Baggotstown and starts at 12pm with the mixed team. Reigning All-Ireland champions The Heath face Glynn/Barntown of Wexford. The Heath are looking to retain their crown after last year’s win against Limekiln. Both teams have been in cracking form all year, they have gone through all the league stages unbeaten.This promises to be a brilliant final.The second match of the day is the ladies final at 2pm.Once again it’s the Heath vs Glynn/Barntown. After a five year absence from the game The Heath are looking to secure their second All-Ireland title. In the way of The Heath are the women from Wexford who themselves are going for their third All-Ireland title in a row. WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA ‘Bidding to create rounders history’ – The Heath get ready for three… SportGAA The last game of the day is the turn of the men at 4pm.The Heath play Erne Eagles of Cavan. This game has all the ingredients to be one of the best finals in recent years. Earlier in the year Erne Eagles came to The Heath which was a classic where Erne Eagles ran out winners on a scoreline 15-14.The Heath are looking to record a famous win and secure yet another All Ireland title which it will make it four in a row for the men Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, October 13, 2020

first_img Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Facebook Facebook Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois ‘Shebeen’ searched and items seized by GardaiNext articlePortlaoise rises up to fourth in latest anti-litter league rankings LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Deaths Pinterest Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Edward (Ned) PARKINSONCromogue, Kilbricken, Mountrath, LaoisEdward (Ned) Parkinson, Cromogue, Kilbricken, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Died 12th October 2020, predeceased by his mother Margaret, father Martin, and brother Fint, sadly missed by his sisters Mary, Nora, Nell and Kit, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law Aidan, cousins, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends.May Ned Rest In Peace.In keeping with current Government Guidelines on public gatherings, Ned’s funeral will take place privately.Patricia (Pat) WhelanBallycarroll, Portlaoise, Laois / Ballinteer, DublinWhelan, Balinteer Dublin and late of Ballycarroll, Portlaoise . Oct. 12th 2020, peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Our lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Patricia (Pat), deeply regretted by her loving brothers Denis, Eamon and Tony, sister-in-law Breda, Nephew Shane, NIece Aoife .Grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Rest in PeaceGiven the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew her, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place place in St John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer at 11 am on Thursday morning. Cremation will follow in Glasnevin Crematorium.Alice MartynBoley, Abbeyleix, Laois / DublinAlice Martyn, formerly of Boley, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, and Dublin, in her 89th year, passed away, (peacefully) on the 12th October 2020, predeceased by her sisters May, Georgina and Sadie, brother Joe. Deeply regretted by her daughter Joyce, her friend John, nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.Funeral arriving to St. Matthew’s Church, Roskelton, on Wednesday (14th October 2020) for burial at 3pm.Please adhere to HSE & Government guidelines in relation to social distancing. If you would like to leave a message of condolence for the family please do so on the link below. The family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support at this difficult time.“Safe in the arms of Jesus”Sr Michael RoePresentation Sisters, Mountmellick, Laois / Daingean, OffalyPresentation Sisters, Mountmellick, Co. Laois / Kilclonfert, Co OffalyRoe, Sr Michael, Presentation Sisters, Mountmellick, Co Laois and formerly Kilclonfert, Co. Offaly, October 11 th 2020, peacefully, in the tender care of the Sisters and staff of Shalom Nursing Home, Kilcock, Co. Kildare. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Teresa, herbrothers Michael Paul and Joe, her sisters Mary, Rose, Elizabeth, Bridget, Anna Teresa (Flo), Eileen and Una. Deeply regretted by her nieces and nephews, Presentation Community and extended family and friends.Rest in PeaceIn accordance with current Government guidelines on public gatherings a private Funeral for immediate family and Presentation Community only will take place. Sr Michael’s Requiem Mass can be viewed live on the Mountmellick Parish Webcam on Tuesday 13th October at11am. Burial will be in the Presentation Sisters plot in St Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington.Sally Ward (née Vahey)Broomville, Portlaoise, LaoisWard, Sally, Broomville, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Oct 10th 2020, peacefully, in the tender care of the staff of Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late Christy Ward and loving mother to Chris. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sisters Jane and Josephine, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew her, a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 2pm on Tuesday in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam Cremation will follow afterwards in Newlands.The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.Josephine (Jo) Cuddy (née Finlay)Clonfad, Castletown, LaoisJosephine (Jo) Cuddy, (née Finlay), Clonfad, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Died 9th October 2020, (peacefully) surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Mattie, and adored mother of Aisling, Sinéad and Michael, sister to Gerard, John and Thomas.Sadly missed by her husband, family, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and many friends.In an effort to follow Government and HSE guidelines, Jo’s Funeral will be for family and close friends. The family would like to thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time.Jo’s funeral cortège will arrive on Monday morning to St. Edmund’s Church Castletown, for Requiem Mass at 11.0’clock, which will be live streamed on the St. Edmund’s Church Castletown facebook page, followed by Burial in Churchtown Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, October 12, 2020 Twitter News WhatsApp TAGSDeaths in Laois By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th October 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

GWL acquires Financial Horizons Group

first_img Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest The deal adds a large, independent distribution channel, which includes 6,660 advisors across the country, to GWL’s already diverse distribution activities. “As part of our Canada transformation, we are committed to investing in new capabilities for our business,” says Stefan Kristjanson, GWL’s president and chief operating officer, Canada, in a statement. “This strategic acquisition gives our organization a strong presence in the growing, independent MGA sector of the Canadian market.” Financial Horizons, founded in 1990 by John Hamilton, president and CEO, operates 30 offices nationwide. Hamilton will continue to lead the business in his current capacity and the existing management team will remain in place, the companies said. The MGA will also maintain an independent board of directors without any representation from GWL. “Financial Horizons will remain independent as a true MGA. There is no move or intention to merge any of the companies,” said Hamilton during a conference call. The product selection available to Financial Horizons advisors will remain the same, Hamilton noted. Advisors will not have access to GWL products and there will be no change to Financial Horizons’ current relationship with GWL’s sister firm, Toronto-based Canada Life Assurance Co. “We will also not get preferential treatment from Canada Life any more than we do today, which we don’t, and we will not give them any preference,” Hamilton said. The one area in which Financial Horizons and GWL will combine resources is compliance. Said Hamilton: “The only thing we will share will be compliance, and that’s a good thing.” Indeed, one of the reasons GWL was considered a great fit for Financial Horizons is because GWL understands the regulatory changes happening in the industry, Hamilton said. The details as to how exactly the firms will share their compliance resources have not been finalized. San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital has been the majority owner of Financial Horizons for the past six years. Genstar owns 72% of the firm and Hamilton is the company’s second largest shareholder. GWL plans to continue to support Financial Horizons’ aggressive consolidation strategy, which has resulted in the acquisition of 30 MGAs over the past six years, Kristjanson says. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, and is expected to be completed on June 30. GWL said the transaction is expected to be earnings accretive; however, it’s not expected to be material to overall Canadian earnings. The announcement follows a string of recent changes at GWL, including the launch of the Advisory Network, its newly established individual distribution organization. In addition, the company revealed last week that it would eliminate two key distribution channels — its Gold Key network of advisors and the Wealth and Estate Planning Group at Freedom 55 Financial — and launch a new “prestigious” distribution network called Wealth and Insurance Solutions Enterprise. Read: GWL makes big changes to advisor distribution network With files from Fiona Collie Photo copyright: ltphoto/123RF Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager Related news CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIA Megan Harman Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Managing General AgenciesCompanies Great-West Lifeco Inc., Financial Horizons Group Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Winnipeg-based Great-West Lifeco Inc. (GWL) has entered into an agreement to acquire Kitchener, Ont.-based Financial Horizons Group, one of Canada’s largest managing general agencies (MGAs), the companies announced on Friday. Great-West CEO mulls bringing firm’s three units under one brand Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

News Roundup: Fiat Chrysler blocks Jeep copycat in court, Top Gear crashes a Lambo Diablo and more

first_img Trending Videos See More Videos The fate of the Oakville, Ontario, Ford plant is up in the air as the Blue Oval is rumoured to be dropping the axe on one of its midsize crossovers. The Edge is on the edge and certain of a fall, says Automotive News Canada, which reports its demise along with that of the current-gen Nautilus. AutoForecast Solutions spoke with experts within Ford to learn that the Edge cancellation could spell the end of the Oakville plant, writing “Unless Ford decides on a different program to replace the Edge, there’s no future for Oakville.” However, not so fast, says our very own Motor Mouth, who suspects it more likely is the opening gambit “in the game of high-stakes contract poker” with Unifor as they begin preparation to sit down at the bargaining table. 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 ever Handout / Nissan Handout / Mahindra Is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 the most track-ready ‘Stang ever?The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 The Mustang Mach 1 is back. Originating in 1969 and smashing a slew of records that year, the Mach 1 hibernated until 2003 when it was brought back to sit between the GT and SVT Cobra. For the 2021 rebirth, it will once again fill the gap between the two performance models – GT and Shelby GT 350 – this time with a 5.0L V8 making 480 hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. It’s got new, large air inlets at the front to increase downforce and keep the important bits cool, and according to Ford, make it the most “track-ready” Mustang in history. We’ll be corroborating that statement just as soon as we’re able.Top Gear host smashes a Lamborghini DiabloIt’s a risky job, driving vintage Lamborghinis at speed, but somebody’s gotta do it. One of those somebodys is Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness, who was recently handed the keys to a 1990 Lambo Diablo during the filming of an episode. Apparently, while out testing the car, McGuinness “skidded on some oil” like a nameless Bond villain and wound up off the asphalt. Drive much? Technically, yes, he does, and he’s paid to do it, but that doesn’t exactly make him a “pro.” More of a “Hammond,” in fact. Police were on hand to assess the crash, and McGuinness was uninjured.Check out the brand new 2021 Nissan Rogue2021 Nissan Rogue RELATED TAGSEdgeFordJeepLamborghiniMustangNissanRogueWranglerCoupeSUVFlexNew VehiclesFlex Welcome to our weekly roundup of the biggest breaking stories on from this past week. Above you’ll find our video roundup highlighting the top news stories selected by our news editors, and below are our most popular stories overall.Here’s what you missed while you were away.Fiat Chrysler blocks US-import of alleged Jeep copycat in courtVintage and new Mahindra Roxor trucks. 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 | Ford Edge purportedly on the chopping block, raising concerns over fate of Oakville, Ontario plantFord Edge production line If it looks like a Jeep and moves like a Jeep, but it isn’t a Jeep, then Fiat Chrysler is gonna come for it because it’s not legal, mkay? Mahindra & Mahindra’s Roxor off-road vehicle has been blocked from entering the U.S. by the International Trade Commission after Fiat Chrysler took the Indian SUV giant to court. Of course the vehicle’s makers say it’s just a basic “boxy, open-topped, military-style vehicle,” but, well, just look at it! It really does do quite an accurate Jeep impression. The latest sport ute to shake off its “cutesy” reputation and don a more aggressive fit is the Rogue, Nissan’s Canadian top seller since 2012. With leaner fenders, more angled body lines and a leer of a front splitter, the Rogue has what its makers call a “commanding presence.” That’s backed up inside by a power boost to the tune of 11 horsepower (181 total) and additional interior luxury features including the new tri-zone climate control and heated seats/wheel that are now standard. Review the changes for the 2021 model year and scope the photos here. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Chris Young / The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, April 28

first_imgHome Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, April 28Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, April 28By Editor – April 28, 2015 42 0 Email Twitter Facebook Trending Story:Roche chardonnay named ‘Best of the Best’ at North Coast Wine ChallengeThe 24 judges who swirled and sipped through the Press Democrat’s 2015 North Coast Wine Challenge in mid-April chose a classic white varietal, Roche 2013 Carneros Chardonnay French Oak Reserve, as its Best of the Best winner…Today’s News:Global wine consumption fell in 2014, but shows signs of stabilizationGlobal wine consumption has dropped slightly in the last year, according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, but overall there are signs of stabilization…Parker Wine and Dine Date Goes for $100KAn auction lot of lunch for 11 with Parker, including 24 wines from his cellar, sold for $100,000 Friday at the Heart’s Delight charity event in Washington, D.C. The winning bidder had to go that high because he had a lot of competition…Wine Spectator and Vinexpo Assemble Industry Leaders for ‘Inside the U.S. Wine Market’ PanelWine Spectator magazine, the premier media brand for the wine industry and Vinexpo, which hosts the world’s preeminent wine and spirits exhibitions, have teamed up to host a high-profile panel of experts on Tuesday, June 16 at Vinexpo 2015 in Bordeaux…Reality check: China did NOT overtake France as a wine-growing regionNapa ag protection committee looks at winery parcel sizeMonterey Wine Country’s 23rd Annual Winemakers’ CelebrationNational focus on California drought has its benefitsMap: Red vs. White Wine Preferences by StatePort slowdown impacts California agricultureBrides Wear White but Drink Pink Provence Rosé During the 2015 Bridal SeasonDirect to Consumer Shipments of Pinot Noir Increase in PopularityAuction Napa Valley comes to you onlineCalifornia’s Central Valley Sinking Faster Than Ever Before As Farmers Drill For Water During DroughtSecond French organic wine grower faces court over refusal to use pesticidesWIN Jobs:Vivelys ConsultantVivelys USA (Northern California)Pina Napa Valley Harvest InternPina Napa Valley (Northern California)Head of Fulfillment and Warehouse OperationsWinestyr (Northern California)More wine industry jobs…People:Swanson Vineyards Strengthen Winemaking TeamPhil Coturri: The Wizard of GreenSelf-professed workaholic Jancis Robinson talks wine, women and the webMike Benziger named Green Personality of the YearLaura Paul Selected As Northeast Regional Manager For Hess Family Wine EstatesThe new Languedoc with Jean-Claude MasAlsace Sparkling Legend DiesBob Oatley: The Millionaire Who Put Aussie Wine on the MapBacchus Wineworks Appoints Brian Fowler Central Region Sales ManagerLast survivor of Mouton Rothschild first growth jury diesAn interview with Sun Jian from ChangyuQ&A: Champagne Ruinart’s Master BlenderThe man who brings science to the modern art of winemakingWine in Mind: Meet the ‘flying winemaker’Silverado Pickups: Q&A with Shane Soldinger, vintner and guitarist Linkedin Share Advertisementcenter_img Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Pinterest Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief ReddIt TAGSAuction Napa ValleyBenziger WineryBordeauxCentral ValleyChampagneChinaDroughtFranceHess Family Wine EstatesJancis RobinsonLanguedocMontereyNapa PlannersNorth Coast Wine ChallengePesticidesProvenceRobert ParkerSwanson VineyardsUS Port StrikeVinexpoWine Spectator Previous articleCK Mondavi Devotes 2015 to the American FarmerNext articleEast Bay Vintners Alliance Awards Lifetime Achievement to Kent Rosenblum Editorlast_img read more

Students Must Know the Importance of the Sea – A.J. Nicholson

first_imgRelatedStudents Must Know the Importance of the Sea – A.J. Nicholson Students Must Know the Importance of the Sea – A.J. Nicholson EducationOctober 13, 2012 RelatedStudents Must Know the Importance of the Sea – A.J. Nicholson RelatedStudents Must Know the Importance of the Sea – A.J. Nicholsoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, has expressed the need for students to be educated about the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and Jamaica’s role in the framing of the treaty. He said his Ministry is willing to partner with the Education Ministry on an initiative, which will raise awareness among students in schools and at teachers’ colleges, and pledged to have discussions with portfolio Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, on the matter. “We are willing to partner with you but really, you have to carry that ball,” Senator Nicholson told officials of the Ministry of Education attending yesterday’s (Oct.11) launch of a schools’ essay competition on the Convention, held at the Foreign Ministry’s New Kingston offices. “The persons, who are being trained to be our teachers, have to be exposed to this. They are the persons, who are going to carry the message of Jamaica’s reliance on what surrounds us, the Caribbean Sea,” he argued. He said that young people must also be aware of the role played by several eminent Jamaicans in crafting the Convention, including late former Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority(ISA), Dr. the Hon Kenneth Rattray; and President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Judge Patrick Robinson. “Our students must know. We are not going to be able to take the message to them, so those who are being trained to be teachers …we have to target them,” Senator Nicholson added. The essay competition, which targets secondary level students, is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education under the theme: ‘Oceans for all: the world’s common heritage.’ It is part of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the historic Opening for Signature of UNCLOS in December 1982 in Montego Bay. The convention defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans.  It represents a landmark addition to international law, as it seeks to balance the interests of developed and developing countries. One significant aspect of the treaty is the provision for the utilisation of deep seabed mineral resources for the common heritage of mankind. These resources have to be protected and utilised for the benefit of all countries, regardless of size, location, geographical characteristics or level of development Senator Nicholson praised the work of the UNCLOS 30th anniversary planning committee under the leadership of its Chairman, Coy Roache. Mr. Roache, will be conferred with the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the mining industry and Jamaica’s membership of UNCLOS, at the National Honours and Awards ceremony on Monday (Oct. 15) at King’s House. “He has been a part of this venture from the very beginning. We want to thank you for the work you have been doing in bringing this forward, but your work is not finished yet,” Senator Nicholson told him. Sponsors of the essay competition are: the ISA, Caribbean Airlines; Walkerswood Caribbean Foods Limited; W.B. Trophies Ltd; Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard; and members of the Jamaican diaspora in New York. Advertisementslast_img read more

Through it all, Woodland stands tall, just like he always has

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Gary Woodland has always been one tough hombre. There was the time in high school basketball when he took a charge, absorbed a knee to the throat and suffered a collapsed trachea. He was stretched out and taken to the hospital. Three days later, unfazed, he dropped 20 points on his next opponent. And there was the time in college when, before his team’s big game against No. 1-ranked Kansas, he broke a finger in practice. Rather than sit out against his dream school, Woodland instead taped two fingers together, continued to scrap for loose balls and tried to give future NBA player Kirk Hinrich hell. “He’s played through every injury ever,” said his mother, Linda. “He never quits.” But there were real-world examples, too, the kind that tested his mettle and shook his foundation and eventually shaped him as a man. Like the time in March 2017, when Woodland revealed that his wife, Gabby, who was carrying twins, had lost one of the babies, a girl, because of complications. His son, Jaxson, arrived 10 weeks premature and, weighing just three pounds, required a 40-day stay in the intensive-care unit before he could go home. Healthy and happy, Jaxson turns 2 next Sunday. “They had to be strong for him,” Linda said, “and they were.” Toughness has long defined Woodland’s life and professional career, and so after all of the contenders and the shots and the adversity he faced here Sunday at the 119th United States Open, of course he stood tall. Because he always has. He dusted his U.S. Open-winning playing partner, Justin Rose. He denied Brooks Koepka’s historic pursuit of a three-peat. And on a cool, raw day here at Pebble Beach, Woodland accessed that trademark grit and struck the clutch shots: hacking out the cabbage to save par on the 11th hole; hammering a 264-yard 3-wood over the front bunker on 14; and on the 71st hole, with a narrow lead, perfectly nipping a 64-degree wedge off the tight Poa annua green with Stillwater Cove looming. When it was all over, when Woodland won by three and broke through for his first major, one of the first to congratulate him was his father, Dan, who had helped guide him through the pain of the past two years. “Happy Father’s Day,” Woodland said, going in for a hug. “I love you,” Dan replied. “You earned it.” Keeping tabs at home in Delray Beach, Florida, was Gabby, now 29 weeks pregnant with identical twin girls. (She’s due the first week of August.) Shortly before 11 p.m. ET, in a police escort on his way to the winner’s news conference, Woodland FaceTimed his wife. She usually heads to bed by 8 but stayed up until the end, all the way until Woodland rolled in his closing 30-footer for birdie and raised his arms in triumph. “I told her it was more surprising that she was awake than it was that I won,” he said with a laugh. At lunch on Sunday, Linda had noticed a newfound calmness. Sure, Woodland, 35, had always had a presence about him – his thick shoulders and square jaw and jock swagger making him a sort of kinder, gentler, less cutthroat Koepka – but there was something different in the last few hours before the final round. “He just seemed so mature all of a sudden,” she said. “I just think he’s at that point in his life that he’s ready to be at the top and be a dad. He’s just a good man.” A good man whose family has been challenged in ways that only those who have gone through a miscarriage can relate. In the weeks and months after the heartbreaking announcement, Woodland received dozens of texts and emails from people sharing their condolences and support and experiences. It made him feel like he wasn’t alone.  “They really spiraled for a little while,” Linda said, “but their love and devotion together, they pulled through it.” The golf course wasn’t much of a refuge that year, as Woodland grappled with the emotions of not only losing his firstborn child but also the guilt of playing on the PGA Tour while Jaxson stayed in the ICU for more than two months.  Professionally, too, Woodland had reached a crossroads. For years he was viewed as an extravagantly talented tease, as an athlete who had all of the raw power but none of the finesse required to win golf’s biggest events. To wit: He failed to record a top-10 in his first 27 major starts. “It’s not something that you’re proud of,” he said. Your browser does not support iframes. U.S. Open: Full-field scores | Full coverage But the late bloomer’s work progressed with swing coach Butch Harmon. He sharpened his short game with coach-to-the-European-stars Pete Cowen. He hooked up with putting guru Phil Kenyon. Then came the drought-busting win at the 2018 Phoenix Open, where after tapping in Woodland pointed to the sky – a tribute to Gabby and the daughter they lost – and then held Jaxson during the interview on the 18th green. “He’s a miracle,” he said then. “It puts it all in perspective.” Much of last year, they tried unsuccessfully to add to their family. “We lost a couple last year, as well,” he said Sunday night. “It was tough. We thought we were done.” And then the surprise news, late last fall: They were expecting identical twin girls. Again. “And when these two little girls get here,” Dan said, grinning, “he’s not gonna have a clue.” Woodland’s parents have already seen how fatherhood has changed him. “I think he matured 10 years when he had a child,” Linda said. He’s more focused. Able to prioritize his life. “For so many years it was just about golf with him.” Now it’s about tossing Jaxson in the air and wrestling with him on the ground and watching Disney movies with him until they both crash. When he’s on the road, Woodland watches and re-watches the videos Gabby sends from home. On Sunday, they received a clip of Jaxson terrorizing the house, taking every pot and pan out of the cabinet. “We call him F-5,” Linda said. “The little F-5 tornado.” Woodland, of course, left his own path of destruction here at Pebble Beach, winning with the second lowest score (13-under 271) in U.S. Open history. It’ll be years before Jaxson fully understands the magnitude of this moment. Dan Woodland needed no reminding. He stood off to the side of the 18th green, wearing a white Wilson hat and a dazed look. Sure, it was a thrill for Pops to watch Woodland conquer the toughest test in golf. But it was also rewarding to see the man his boy had become. “He handled it a lot better than I probably would have,” Dan said, blinking back tears as Gary posed for pictures with the U.S. Open trophy. “I struggle with it. But I think that right now, that little girl is up there in the sky, looking down, saying, ‘Hey, that’s my Daddy.’”last_img read more

News / Booming e-commerce in Asia Pacific driving demand for larger trucks

first_img E-commerce is helping fuel a surge in demand for HGVs, the sector expecting global growth of more than 4% over the next eight years.A survey by Fact MR found the logistics market represented the highest market share for HGVs.A spokesperson said: “Booming economic growth with gradual growth in the urbanisation profoundly impacted the transportation sector. This propels the heavy-duty trucks market globally… with an upsurge in construction and logistics sector expected to augment the market further.”The report found that Europe and Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) would account for almost half (45%) of HGV revenue, with a 5.5% increase in trucks on roads. By Alexander Whiteman 28/01/2019 © Sheng Zhang center_img North America represented the next biggest region of forecasted growth for the years 2019-2027, up 4.6%.“Increasing demand for trucks in Asia Pacific is driving prominent manufacturers to enter this market to target the opportunities in the region,” said the spokesperson. “The heavy-duty trucks market in North America and Europe region has matured, hence companies are targeting emerging markets.”By 2027, the survey expects the AP/EJ region’s share of the global truck market to have risen to 25%, up from 20% last year. It also pointed to the potential for “remarkable” growth in the use of hybrid electrical vehicles in the region.“The rapid economic growth in this highly populous continent is leading to increased demand in the e-commerce sector in India and South Korea,” continued the spokesperson.“And manufacturers and suppliers in these countries will continue to demand the maximum heavy-duty trucks.”last_img read more