‘Technical issues’ delay Iowa caucuses results in opening US primary

first_imgRepublicans greeted the delay with glee, with Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, describing events as “a Democratic party meltdown” on Twitter.  Sanders’ campaign released internal numbers from 40 per cent of caucus sites which showed the left-wing candidate out in first place, trailed by Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Several of the Democratic candidates, including Biden and Warren, have already left for New Hampshire, where the first primary will be held on 11 February.    ‘Technical issues’ delay Iowa caucuses results in opening US primary (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: ‘Technical issues’ delay Iowa caucuses results in opening US primary The winner of yesterday’s Iowa caucuses, the traditional curtain raiser in the race to appoint a Democratic candidate for the US presidential election, is yet to be announced after “technical issues” held up the results. However, party officials at a county level disagreed, saying that the app created for poll organisers to report votes had broken. Mandy McClure, the party’s spokesman for the state, sought to reassure voters that the party was simply faced with a “reporting issue”: Several candidates, including Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and former mayor of Indiana’s South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, have claimed victory. Tuesday 4 February 2020 9:00 am (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: ‘Technical issues’ delay Iowa caucuses results in opening US primary In 2012 the GOP also came unstuck in Iowa, where eventual nominee Mitt Romney was initially declared the winner, only have the result turned over in favour of Rick Santorum two weeks later.center_img He told supporters: “I have a strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced, and when those results are announced I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very very well here in Iowa”. Yesterday voters cast their ballots at more than 1,600 schools, churches and libraries around state to decide which of the eleven Democratic nominees would take an early victory in the five month contest to see who will face President Donald Trump in November.  Share whatsapp He added: “They can’t even run the caucus and they want to run the government. No thank you.” Edward Thicknesse Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime The campaign manager for Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren said that “every second that passes undermines the process a little bit”. This year was the first in which Iowa Democrats are required to report three counts to the party’s central headquarters.  “The app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion”, she added. Iowa democratic party chairman Troy Price told the media to expect the results sometime today after the party reported “inconsistencies” in the reporting of data from polling sites. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

News / Rising low-sulphur fuel costs begin to bite shipping lines in Asia

first_img By Mike Wackett 08/01/2020 Although the 1 January switch to maximum 0.5% low-sulphur fuel for shipping appears to have passed without major disruption, liner consultancy Alphaliner has reported instances of idle containerships waiting for compliant fuel.The consultant said it had recorded “several cases of laden ships at anchor, apparently waiting for LSFO [low-sulphur fuel oil] bunkers”.It said the carrier most affected was Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL), which apparently has had at least six vessels anchored off of its home port since late last month, awaiting bunker supplies – all panamax ships deployed on Asia-West Africa tradelanes.As the main bunkering hub in Asia, Singapore has seen high demand for LSFO push the price for the compliant fuel to over $700 per ton, from around $550 at the beginning of December.Intra-Asia carriers will be particularly badly hit by this massive hike, given that HFO (heavy fuel oil) industry bunkers were available at below $300 per ton. Indeed, even regional carriers that have been able to secure low-sulphur fuel surcharges from customers will now find them inadequate to cover their additional operating costs.And given already slim margins for intra-Asia carriers, some operators could be forced to rationalise networks and cull services in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Europe’s main bunker hub of Rotterdam is showing a wide disparity with Singapore, with LSFO currently at $580 per ton.However, several of the larger vessels bunkering at Rotterdam have exhaust gas cleaning scrubbers installed and are therefore able to continue to bunker with HFO, only taking on limited LSFO for ports where the use of scrubbers is banned.“It has gone quite seamlessly really,” one carrier source told The Loadstar this week. “It looks like all the planning and forward ordering has paid off and I haven’t heard of one of our ships suffering any delays since 1 January.“A number of our vessels have scrubbers fitted and there are several more coming out of the yards in the next few weeks, so if the spread remains the same we will have a significant unit cost advantage over some of our anti-scrubber competitors,” he added.Notwithstanding the number of vessels carriers operate that are fitted with scrubbers, several container lines are looking to hike their low-sulphur surcharges for spot and short-term contract business. CMA CGM announced last week it was increasing its LSS20 (low-sulphur surcharge) on 1 February.The French carrier, which operates a number of scrubber-fitted vessels and is currently taking delivery of LNG-powered ULCVs, said it had reset its LSS20 at $275 per ton, following the $200 per ton value set on 1 December.To calculate the amount to be paid by shippers, the surcharge is multiplied by a trade coefficient representing the fuel consumption per container. ID 158887365 © Klodien | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

Webinar: Is the new Congress ready to lower drug costs?

first_img [email protected] @NicholasFlorko @levfacher Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” About the Authors Reprints WASHINGTON — There’s an unlikely kumbaya in Washington this year: both President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have made it clear that lowering the cost of prescription drugs is among their top priorities.But with a fiercely resistant pharmaceutical lobby, an unpredictable White House, and split control of Congress, can 2019 be the year something finally gets done?STAT’s Washington correspondents Lev Facher and Nicholas Florko explore these questions and fielded more on this hot-button issue.advertisement [email protected] PoliticsWebinar: Is the new Congress ready to lower drug costs? By Lev Facher and Nicholas Florko Feb. 27, 2019 Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Nicholas Florko Download slides here (PDF). You may view the webinar recording below. Is The New Congress Ready To Lower Drug Costs Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2019/02/27/webinar-inew-congress-drug-costs/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:001:00:211:00:21  Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Lev Facher Tags Congressdrug pricingpharmaceuticalspoliticslast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 19, 2020

first_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleLaois man Francie Gorman elected as IFA South Leinster chairmanNext articleFr Paddy: Light at the end of the tunnel LaoisToday Reporter TAGSDeaths in Laois By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th December 2020 Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 19, 2020 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Anthony (Tony) BurkeKilleshin, Carlow / Killeshin, LaoisAnthony (Tony) Burke of 33 Eastwood Road, Goodmayes, Ilford, England and formerly of Killeshin, Ballickmoyler, Laois, passed away peacefully, on December 13th, 2020, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.Beloved husband of Pauline, father of Lisa, Toni and Carl, adored grandfather of Aurelia, Lyra, Charles, Harold and Chloe and cherished brother of P.J (New Zealand), Michael (Canada), Martin (Killeshin) and the late Oliver.He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughters, grandchildren, son-in-law Mark, daughter-in-law Jessica, brothers, brothers-in-law Joe, Jim, sisters-in-law Teresa, Colette, Bridie, Nora and Mary, nephews, nieces, cousins especially Una Scully, Tommy, Pat and the late Paul Lacey, relatives and friends.May Tony’s Gentle Soul Rest in PeaceFuneral Arrangements LaterJames FogartyLakeview, Dereen, Durrow, LaoisPeacefully at his residence surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Vera. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, daughters, Elizabeth, Marie, Bridget and Patricia, sons James and Raymond, daughters in law, Kate and Niamh, son in law Richard, brother in law, sisters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Rest in PeaceDue to the current government guidelines a private funeral Mass will take place in St Tighearnach’s Church, Cullohill, on Friday morning at 11.00am followed by burial in Durrow Cemetery. This Mass will be streamed live. See link https://www.youtube.com/c/AllisonRitchieChurchSinger Jack MurphyClontico, Ballyroan, LaoisBeloved husband of the late Maura and Father of Janet, John, Paul and Martin, brother of the late Daniel, Peter and Nora. Sadly missed by daughters-in-law Phyllis and Nora, son-in-law John. Grandchildren Shaun, Michael, Rebecca, Daniel, Maeve and Caoimhe. Greatly missed by loyal friend, neighbour and carer Kathleen, extended family and wide circle of friends.Rest In PeaceDue to the Covid 19 restrictions house is strictly private and a private family funeral will take place. Removal from his daughters residence on Saturday 19th Dec arriving at 6pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyroan for prayers. Requiem Mass on Sunday 20th December at 12 noon followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Requiem Mass will be streamed live here. Family flowers only.People are welcome to stand along the route to the church and in the churchyard with Social Distancing being observed. WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Deaths in Laois – Saturday, December 19, 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

TSX to begin earlier data reporting

first_imgThe change to the exchange’s real-time index feed comes in response to demand among traders for an earlier preview of the direction in which  the market is headed before its 9:30 a.m. open.“With the increased volatility of the marketplace, clients are looking for an earlier indication of where the market will open,” the exchange said in a notice.“The indication of where the market will open will also help clients with placing orders into the order book before the market opens,” it said. The Toronto Stock Exchange is going start reporting index bid/ask data earlier in the morning to give traders a head start in increasingly volatile markets,The exchange announced that, starting June 29, it will begin transmitting bid/ask data for the S&P/TSX 60 index and the S&P/TSX composite index at 7 a.m. instead of its current 8:30 a.m. start time. James Langton 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies Toronto Stock Exchange Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

UK MPs Impressed With Facilities at University Hospital

first_imgUK MPs Impressed With Facilities at University Hospital Health & WellnessAugust 1, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A group of British parliamentarians were taken on a tour of facilities at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Thursday (July 30) to get an understanding of the operations of Jamaica’s health system.The six parliamentarians, members of the United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), are being hosted by the Jamaican Branch of the Association.Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Senator Aundre Franklin, and Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, joined the group for the tour of the institution.They were shown a specially ventilated room for use by H1N1 patients. However, Senior Medical Officer at the UHWI, Dr. Trevor McCartney, said that, so far, there has been no need to use the room.Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Dr. Trevor McCartney (centre), explains the functions of the Haemodialysis Unit, during a tour of the hospital by visiting members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), United Kingdom Branch, on July 30. On the tour (from left) were: Chair of the Executive Committee of the CPA, United Kingdom Branch, John Austin; Opposition spokesperson for Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson; Head of Jamaica’s HIV/STI Programme, Dr. Kevin Harvey; Parliamentary Secretary in the Health Ministry, Senator Aundre Franklin; and Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke.“We have treated most patients with Tamiflu and they have recovered,” he explained.There have so far been 56 confirmed cases of the virus in the island, and two deaths resulting from those cases. Dr. McCartney pointed out that the hospital was taking a proactive approach to the treatment of the H1N1 virus, and does not wait for confirmation to treat patients.He stated that the waiting area of the casualty section has facilities to deal with patients suspected of having the virus. There are also provisions on the children’s wards for children who have contracted the virus.Dr. McCartney also revealed that the hospital is in the process of acquiring new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment, and rapid-test kits for detecting the virus.Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Dr. Trevor McCartney (right), welcomes members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), United Kingdom Branch, to the hospital, during a tour, onJuly 30. Members of the group are (from left): Jim Paice, Bob Laxton, John Austin, Baroness Scott of Needham Market, Baroness Amos and Secretary to the delegation, Harriet Cooper.Senator Franklin said he was happy to have the British parliamentarians tour the facility to see the progress being made in Jamaica in the area of health.Chair of the Chief Executive Committee of the CPA UK Branch, John Austin, said he was pleased to see that the country was able to provide such a “high standard of care”, despite the economic constraints. RelatedUK MPs Impressed With Facilities at University Hospital RelatedUK MPs Impressed With Facilities at University Hospitalcenter_img RelatedUK MPs Impressed With Facilities at University Hospital Advertisementslast_img read more

House Passes Child Pornography Act with Amendments

first_imgRelatedHouse Passes Child Pornography Act with Amendments RelatedHouse Passes Child Pornography Act with Amendments RelatedHouse Passes Child Pornography Act with Amendments House Passes Child Pornography Act with Amendments ParliamentSeptember 23, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives yesterday (Sept. 22) passed the Child Pornography Act, after a compromise was reached on some concerns, which were raised by Members last week.Among the issues raised, which Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, felt were not adequately addressed in the Bill, were situations where persons may be in possession of pornography for the purpose of genuine research.“We are proposing to add a sub-paragraph to clause five (of) sub-section four, (to) make provision for someone in possession of pornography for legitimate purposes. The proposed amendment is if he possesses the child pornography concerned for the purpose of bona fide educational, scientific, legal, or medical research. It is an important cover that was not in the Bill as (originally) drafted,” Mr. Golding explained.Meanwhile, the amendments also remove sub-sections one and two of clause five, which made it an offence for persons to possess child pornography, without lawful excuse or justification.“We felt on reflection (that this) was very broad. In other words, it is implying that there is a lawful basis on which you can possess child pornography, but it was so wide that it was left to you to go to a court and demonstrate that you were in lawful possession of it. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel felt that we needed to say quite emphatically, that it is unlawful to possess it, but to make, in very prescribed terms, those situations where it would be a justified possession,” Mr. Golding said.This provision has been replaced by a subsection that makes it an offence for persons to “knowingly” possess child pornography in circumstances other than for the purpose of distributing, importing or exporting, as set out in section four of the Act.“It is significant to point out that section four says a person commits an offence who knowingly produces, and distributes any advertisement likely to be understood as conveying pornography. What the Bill does is impose severe penalty including imprisonment, not exceeding 20 years, on someone who produces child pornography, so we are trying to go heavily for the persons, who make this a business,” the Prime Minister told the House.Another matter of concern was the provision, which stated that no person is liable of being involved in child pornography if upon coming into possession of, or accessing the material, they take reasonable steps to avoid or “destroy” it.“There are web-pages that you can’t destroy. Sometimes its even hard to click it away. What we needed to do is soften that a bit and to say that if you took reasonable steps to avoid, (or) if you sought to remove it, but also, if it’s something that can be destroyed, if you sought to destroy it,” Mr. Golding stated.The Bill provides for sentences of up to 20 years, as well as fines of as much as $500,000.Offences include: visual presentations with children engaged in sexual activities; audio recordings or written material that have, as its dominant characteristic, the description, presentation or representation, for a sexual purpose, sexual activity with a child; and any visual representation, audio recording or written material that advocates or counsels sexual activity with a child.It describes sexual activities as: actual or simulated sexual intercourse; activity, other than sexual intercourse involving the penetration of the anus, vagina or mouth with any part of a person’s body, or the anus or vagina with anything else; touching a sexual organ or anal region in a manner, which is reasonably considered as sexual; bestiality; masturbation; or sadistic or masochistic abuse.Visual representation includes – produced images; undeveloped film; videotape; or data stored in electronic form capable of conversion into a visual image. Advertisementslast_img read more

Nsw digital driver licence downloads hit 2 million

first_imgNsw digital driver licence downloads hit 2 million NSW drivers have more than two million reasons to download a Digital Driver Licence (DDL), with the significant milestone achieved only a year since its launch.Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the DDL is safe, secure and can be used as proof of age and ID at a range of venues and police roadside checks.“Two million people (36 per cent of all driver licence holders) can’t be wrong. Drivers simply love the technology, with 95 per cent giving it the thumbs up,” Mr Dominello said.“Most State borders have reopened and many people will be traveling and visiting venues during the festive season, so do yourself a favour and download the DDL.”Customers have used the DDL to sign into venues more than 562,000 times.In September, NSW Parliament passed legislation that expanded the use of the Digital Driver Licence, giving it the same legal status as a plastic driver licence card. The DDL is now accepted by Police in every Australian State and Territory.Mr Dominello encouraged customers to download a DDL in advance of the NSW Government’s Dine and Discover program going live.“To download a DDL you need to create a MyServiceNSW Account, which is also a requirement for Dine and Discover. So the sooner you create an account, the sooner you can reap the rewards,” Mr Dominello said.The DDL is hosted securely on the new Service NSW app, locks with a PIN and can be accessed offline. It provides additional levels of security and protection against identity fraud, compared to the plastic driver licence.To get a DDL, licence holders will need to create a MyServiceNSW Account at www.service.nsw.gov.au and download the Service NSW mobile app on their smartphone. The digital licence will always be opt-in only.Licence holders are recommended to carry their plastic card as a backup when travelling interstate. /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:Australian, digital, Download, Government, identity, launch, legislation, Liberal Party, licence, Minister, NSW, nswpol, parliament, police, security, Service NSW, smartphone, technologylast_img read more

World Bank Approves Additional Financing of US$10 Million to Enhance Jamaica’s Business Environment

first_imgWorld Bank Approves Additional Financing of US$10 Million to Enhance Jamaica’s Business Environment The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved additional financing of US$10 million for the ongoing Jamaica Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project. The additional financing will be used to scale up support for the Government of Jamaica’s business climate reform agenda and contribute to Jamaica’s economic recovery by improving the business environment.“This additional financing will support initiatives that encourage business growth in Jamaica and strengthen the environment for private sector investment. These changes are more critical now than ever, as the private sector has been hit hard by the economic and social impacts of COVID-19. The additional financing will help Jamaica build back better through support for reforms to make it easier to do business, which will benefit local entrepreneurs,” said Ozan Sevimli, World Bank Resident Representative for Jamaica and Guyana.Jamaica is facing significant challenges from the COVID-19 crisis, and the Government has adopted a series of measures to address the deteriorating economic and social situation. This additional financing provides technical assistance to improve the investment climate by updating laws, regulations, and legal frameworks, to support a private sector-led resilient recovery. Reforms focus on trading across borders, enforcing contracts, registering property, getting electricity, and getting credit. The project also includes policies and programs for export competitiveness, attracting foreign direct investment, and supplier linkages.The US$50 million Jamaica Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project was approved in 2014 and has shown encouraging results, supporting 14 new investment climate laws, regulations, and policies that improved Jamaica’s business environment. In addition, nearly 140 small and medium-sized businesses have benefitted from a line of credit program and over 380 businesses received training support through matching grants. The loan comes from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and has a maturity of 25 years, including a grace period of five years.World Bank Group COVID-19 ResponseThe World Bank Group, one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, is taking broad, fast action to help developing countries strengthen their pandemic response. We are supporting public health interventions, working to ensure the flow of critical supplies and equipment, and helping the private sector continue to operate and sustain jobs. We will be deploying up to $160 billion in financial support over 15 months to help more than 100 countries protect the poor and vulnerable, support businesses, and bolster economic recovery. This includes $50 billion of new IDA resources through grants and highly concessional loans. /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:business, COVID-19 Response, electricity, entrepreneurs, environment, Government, Guyana, Investment, Jamaica, pandemic, pandemic response, property, public health, resources, social impact, World Banklast_img read more

On the Road: Millarville Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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” “It’s like a garage sale for motorcycle parts,” says swap meet organizer Janice Whitby, in her second year in the job after taking over from Bobby Baum. “But it’s not just greasy, dirty and rusty motorcycle parts – it’s so much more than that.“There are vendors selling memorabilia, and others with riding equipment such as jackets, helmets and gloves. There are tools, magazines and manuals, photos and toys. It’s a great event.”Sunday, September 11 marks the Rocky Mountain Section’s 14th annual swap meet. In 2003, the vintage motorcycle group’s first event was held in the small Inglewood Community Association Hall in Calgary. There were a handful of vendors who had cleaned off shelves in their sheds and garages, offering the parts to those searching for bits and pieces to either complete a project, or provide inspiration for something new.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The swap meet has become something of a meeting ground for motorcycle enthusiasts across western Canada. Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Ltd.Janice WhitbyKawasakiMotorcyclesOkotoksRoyal Enfield Motors Ltd.SaskatchewanWestern Canada Sept. 30 – Oct. 1: Horsepower at Spruce Meadows offers a fall Okotoks Collector Car Auction, swap meet and car show. Public entry fee is $20 including a bidder card and access to all events, 12 and under enter free, and parking is also free. On Friday the swap meet runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Auction previews run Friday evening and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the sale gets underway. The car show opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Visit enthusiastevents.com for more information, or call 403-938-4139. center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Millarville Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet is hosted by the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s Rocky Mountain Section out of Calgary, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Nestled in the Alberta foothills a half hour’s drive southwest of Calgary is the Millarville Racetrack.It might be best known for its popular weekend Millarville Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday from mid-June to early October. Others would recognize the facilities in many of the scenes involving horses on CBC’s award-winning Heartland television series.But for those who appreciate motorcycles, it’s home to the Millarville Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet. Hosted by the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s Rocky Mountain Section out of Calgary, this group is recognizing its 20th anniversary this year. advertisement Trending in Canada The meets were held at the hall for three years before the group pulled up stakes and headed out of town to the Millarville Racetrack.“The event is grassroots, and for lack of a better description, it’s rustic and quaint,” Whitby explains. “The riding arena has a dirt floor, and it’s not a big, stale facility. It’s a barn with a lot of character.“The facility and the location, I think, bring people out on a destination ride, or a drive. It’s a great excuse to head out of the city for half a day.”Word about the swap meet has spread, and the event has continued to grow; it’s become something of a meeting ground for motorcycle enthusiasts across western Canada. Independent collectors with small fleets of vintage motorcycles to new hobbyists with just one machine often attend.Whitby says vendors are also coming from across western Canada to set up at Millarville. She has registrations from B.C., around Alberta and some from Saskatchewan.Over the years, a broad range of parts and complete motorcycles have turned up for sale. Makes such as Ariel, B.S.A., Bultaco, Harley-Davidson, Hodaka, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Matchless, Norton, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha– to name a few – have been offered.Whitby can’t know what will show up in the back of trucks or on trailers from year to year, and says that all adds to the excitement of attending.“You won’t know if you don’t go,” she says, and continues, “Our meet has a great reputation for having a variety of products, and it definitely doesn’t cater to a single specific brand.”For those just getting started in the motorcycle hobby, the meet is also a great one-stop place to get information from some of the finest restorers and bike builders. Ask questions and someone will help provide the best source for answers.The swap meet takes place at the Millarville Racetrack, 306097 192 St. W. Millarville, Alberta (about 30 min. southwest of Calgary off Highway 549, visit cvmg-rms.ca and click on Swap Meet Info to find a map, or find a map and posters on Facebook by searching for CVMG Millarville Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet). Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with $5 general admission. Vendors welcome, $25/table pre-booked and prepaid, $35 at the door.Call Whitby at 403-273-7840 or email her at [email protected] for more information.“It’s a fourteen year tradition,” Whitby says of the swap meet. “It’s successful thanks to a small army of volunteers, and we plan to keep it going for years to come with very few changes.”Greg Williams is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Have a column tip? Contact him at 403-287-1067 or [email protected]’S NEXTSept. 25: River City Classics Car Club presents their 14th annual fall show and shine in downtown High River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicle registration is from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and is $10 each plus a food bank donation. Visit rivercityclassics.ca for more information, or email [email protected] ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more