Even the Venezuelan President knows that socialism has failed

whatsapp Even the Venezuelan President knows that socialism has failed Rachel Cunliffe Never one to waste an opportunity to cement his authority, Maduro’s government has blamed two high-profile opposition lawmakers, and hurled accusations about the involvement of far-right Colombians and, naturally, the US.Read more: Venezuelan crude exports faced with 24m barrel backlogIn return, opponents have speculated that the attack was staged by the government to give it cover for a crackdown on critics.This isn’t that far-fetched.In the past three years, Maduro has used every trick in the dictatorial book to quash dissent, including arresting opposition leaders, rewriting the country’s constitution, and manufacturing a brand new “National Constituent Assembly” crammed with his supporters (including his own wife) to overrule the democratically elected opposition-led legislature. Venezuela is back in the news, with a plot straight out of a Netflix drama storyline.The apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro last Saturday has everything: a drone explosion during the President’s speech, the terrified reaction of his wife captured during a live broadcast, and now a slew of accusations and counter conspiracy theories. Friday 10 August 2018 1:45 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.commoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comPost FunDiana’s Butler Explains Why Harry Is With MeghanPost FunMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Love The country has long been suffering acute shortages of food, staple goods, and medicines, but the government has even run out of money for printing its rapidly devaluing banknotes (which are worth less than the fake currency used in the World of Warcraft games).All this is the direct result of the statist agenda Maduro adopted from his predecessor, world-renowned arch-socialist Hugo Chavez, and has been pursuing since 2013 with increasing desperation.Private firms (starting with oil businesses but extending to other sectors, from aerospace to supermarkets) have been seized by the state – the government now runs over 500 companies, very few of them profitable.Restrictive foreign exchange controls are about to be lifted, but only after a decade of irreparable damage to investment.Businesses face a mandated cap on profits, a tangle of unworkable regulation, and the constant threat of being taken over by the state. Faking an assassination attempt isn’t that much of a stretch.But even accepting that the attack was real, Maduro has bigger problems on his hands than the small matter of people trying to kill him. And he knows it.To say that Venezuela is an economic basket case is an understatement. Its financial predicament can only be described in superlatives and ludicrous exemplars.Inflation is over 110 per cent per month and is estimated to hit one million per cent per year by the end of 2018. Its entire economy is based on oil production, which has collapsed disastrously under the tenure of the state-owned energy giant.The army has been brought in to hand out what little food is available, and since public transportation can no longer afford to run, buses have been replaced with dangerous and illegal pickup trucks that ferry crowds of people around, nicknamed “kennels”. Share Meanwhile, rock-bottom price controls have fuelled a vicious black market, and the army is routinely brought in to clamp down on violent – sometimes fatal – street riots. And that’s before we even mention the drugs trade.None of this is news. Venezuela’s demise has been routinely documented in the finance and foreign pages over the last five years, alongside analysis of how its nascent democracy has similarly spiralled.What is new, however, is the President’s sudden change of tone.On the Monday before the drone attack, Maduro had a surprising message for the congress of his ruling socialist party: “the production models we’ve tried so far have failed”.In what sounded almost like an admission of accountability, he continued “the responsibility is ours, mine and yours”, before urging his party “no more whining, I want solutions, comrades”.The solutions for Venezuela are few, and Maduro won’t like them.Scrap the socialist model – and the socialist government along with it – and start again. Admit the scale of the crisis and allow in humanitarian agencies to deal with the immediate disaster. Petition for emergency international financing and strike a debt deal. Over the longer term, launch a new dollar-backed currency, repeal the reams of red tape, and let the private sector (particularly foreign firms) back in.None of this can realistically happen under a man who spends his days pursuing the exact opposite course and orchestrating his country’s economic collapse.Maduro has gone too far down the socialist rabbit hole – with the authoritarian crackdowns on dissent that inevitably go with it – to turn back now. All he has left is his populist appeal, that will crumble at the first hint of reversal.He might now finally be able to recognise the devastation he has caused, but with that epiphany must come the realisation that the only way he could fix it is to step down.And no one who has spent half a decade distorting the political institutions of his nation to safeguard his own power would ever do that.But Maduro’s admission, however useless and overdue it is now, at least demonstrates that the country is at breaking point. Even the President knows that there is nothing he can do to get the economy back on track and stay in power.An assassination attempt, real or otherwise, is the least of his worries.Read more: McDonnell: Venezuela is in crisis because it’s ‘not a socialist country’City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp read more

The pharma industry needs to measure patient experience from the patients’ perspectives

first_img [email protected] By Hensley Evans and Sharon Suchotliff May 10, 2021 Reprints The relationship between clinical outcomes and the patient experience — the sum of all of interactions of an individual related to managing his or her health — has long been established and documented.Yet many elements that are typically described as having an impact on overall experience are related to quality of care and the patient-physician relationship, things largely outside the control of pharmaceutical companies. So how do pharma programs, which can include patient support services, direct-to-consumer advertising, and collaborations with patient advocacy groups, among other things, contribute to the patient experience? Tags drug developmentpatientsresearchSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. linkedin.com/in/sharonmsuchotliff Log In | Learn More GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? What is it?center_img linkedin.com/in/hensleyevans/ Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Opinions+ Hensley Evans Sharon Suchotliff About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Adobe The pharma industry needs to measure patient experience from the patients’ perspectives last_img read more

Man arrested for DUI after hit & run crash in Lee County

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Gateway BoulevardSR 82Stoneybrook Driver seriously injured after dump truck flips on SR 82 in Collier County June 11, 2021 One taken to the hospital after SR 82 crash in Lehigh Acres February 15, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested after a hit and run crash on Gateway Boulevard near the Stoneybrook neighborhood that happened early Thursday morning. Lee County deputies confirmed Jarett Paul Caldwell was arrested for DUI, DUI property damage, and the hit and run. The sheriff’s office began searching for a man following this crash. A gray truck crashed into a palm tree on Gateway Boulevard near SR 82 before 2 a.m.Witnesses on scene also said a white van was involved in the crash. It is unknown if anyone was injured in the crash. AdvertisementA helicopter was being used to search the area for the man. Police locate pickup truck involved in deadly SR 82 crash June 2, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Driver in custody after SR 82 crash that sent one to the hospital May 16, 2021last_img read more

Laois Farmers protest as ‘beef farming goes down the tubes’

first_img Previous articleWater Safety Course for adults starting soon in PortlaoiseNext articleWATCH: Local shop releases County Final song for Rathdowney-Errill Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Farmers protest as ‘beef farming goes down the tubes’ Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council WhatsApp Home News Laois Farmers protest as ‘beef farming goes down the tubes’ News By Alan Hartnett – 4th October 2018 WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebookcenter_img “Recent meetings have become ‘death by powerpoint’ as farmers get presentation after presentation designed to run down the clock. There is no real engagement on the key issues.“The Minister hasn’t lifted a finger while the factories have robbed farmers by systematically cutting cattle prices. At the same time, prices to farmers are rising in our main export market in the UK.”He said that while Minister Creed was trying to wash his hands in relation to beef prices he has no excuse next Tuesday in the Budget.He must show beef farmers that he is on their side by providing additional support for the Suckler sector.“Budget Day will be the acid test for Minister Creed. Beef Farmers will judge him on what he delivers for sucklers.”“We’ve had enough of the Minister’s ‘can’t do it, won’t do it’ approach. It won’t wash with farmers. It’s time for action, it’s time for delivery. Next Tuesday is D-Day”.IFA Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers are furious with the Minister’s indifference to the income crisis on livestock farms.He said: “We asked the Minister to tackle the factories when they took advantage of farmers on cattle prices during the drought. We presented a detailed report to him at the Tullamore Show on sucklers, which shows that a 10% reduction in suckler cow numbers will hit economic output in rural areas by €305m”.Angus Woods said Minister Creed needs to be the Minister forAgriculture and to stand up for farmers, and not be the Minister for factories. “Minister Creed seems to be fixated on driving beef exports, with the gains going to the factories on the back of loss-making prices to farmers.”He said the income pressure on cattle farms was at breaking point, following the severe weather conditions all year and the massive increase in costs.He said the way the factories have cut prices over recent weeks is ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’. The Teagasc National Farm survey data shows that for 2017, the average income on cattle rearing farms was only €12,529.Angus Woods said “Factories have torn the hell out of prices and forced them down well below the cost of production. This also eroded confidence in the market place and wrecked the mart price for weanlings and stores. Prices in our main export market in the UK are rising, up 20p/kg in recent weeks”.SEE ALSO – Significant progress made with reducing Mountmellick flood risk TAGSfarmers Pinterest Twitter Community IFA President Joe Healy says Minister Michael Creed must stop telling everyone what he cannot do and act now to save beef farmers.The head of the IFA made the comments at a protest outside the Beef Forum.He said: “Under the Minister’s Chairmanship, the Forum has become a mudguard for inaction. It isn’t even a talking shop. Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitterlast_img read more

Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible By Daily NK – 2012.05.25 11:20am Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Twitter At some point, the North Korean people are going to see South Korea as the absolute benchmark for its standard of living, given that it is a country inhabited by fellow Koreans and which it may eventually unify with under one flag. If North Korea does not begin to see the same standard of living as is enjoyed in the South, people will quickly begin to regard themselves as poor. Accordingly, if the regime cannot deliver progress which suggests a quick upswing toward such standards of living, it may take just as little time for that public displeasure to turn its attention on the regime itself.The majority of North Korean citizens will always see the Kim Jong Eun system as a descendant of the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il reigns, times which presided over economic collapse, food shortages, political crimes and human rights abuses, so even if the current government were to strike a compromise with South Korea, the public would demand accountability for the actions of previous rulers. Preparations for gradual unification would necessitate a spike in inter-Korean exchanges and contacts, however the prospect of bearing responsibility for the legacy it has been left with is a serious threat for the current regime to consider, and one that no doubt plays on its mind a fair bit.On the other hand, if the regime were to simply pursue exchanges with the South while continuing its Orwellian policy of state surveillance then it might be somewhat easier to maintain its authority. That level of supervision would be impossible to carry out on the same scale employed by Kim Jong Il though, considering the number of skilled workers and businesspeople who would be routinely visiting North Korea for work, and evidence of government corruption and human rights abuses would be exposed for the world to see on a much grander scale than they are now.Many people are aware of the reality in North Korea and are under no misconceptions about the character of the regime. It is worth remembering though that many others have never seen the videos, leaked official documents and other materials which prove the human rights abuses of the Kim Dynasty, and that others still sympathize with the regime under some mistaken belief that the human rights situation has been exaggerated.With that in mind, increasing the level of exchanges between North and South Korea would provide a platform by which to uncover documentary evidence about the regime’s activities which would be impossible to cast doubt over. We already know that people who are accused of damaging portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are severely punished. However, if for example the real names of people who had been punished for such offenses (up to 10 years in some cases) or official documents concerning their cases were made public to the outside world, the effects of this would be enormous. It would be difficult for both sides of politics to ignore in South Korea, conservatives and left-wingers alike; the latter of which, it should be said, have a tendency to overlook the faults of the regime.In the end, the more North Korea opens itself up to exchange with South Korea, the more it is going to face pressure from the South to improve its human rights situation. If the North Korean elite yielded to that pressure and eased the policy of suppression it would become harder to maintain internal stability and order. Like it or not, therefore, South Korea’s amazing tale of economic growth and democratic progress is a perceived threat to North Korea, and with that being the case, economic aid from South Korea can be no fix-all; long-term survival for the regime is only possible by continuing a policy of national isolation, controlling information and the politics of terror.Those who have ultimate authority over the direction of policy in North Korea are well aware of the above facts. The way they see it, holding summit talks aimed at phased unification would be mass political suicide, so while the idea of unification through gradual talks looks an attractive proposition on the surface, it is nothing more than an impractical illusion. The only scenario that can truly bring about unification is change from within North Korea.I feel I should point out that I am in favor of the individuals and groups who work tirelessly to facilitate inter-Korean exchanges and contacts in the hope that one day unification will become a possibility. The efforts of such people go a long way in spreading knowledge about life outside North Korea, and give a chance for the nation’s people, including low- and mid-level bureaucrats, to see South Korea as it truly is. Irrespective of any subjective motivation, those efforts do weaken the authority of the North Korean dictatorship and help increase the influence of the only people who can truly bring about the change required for Korean unification. Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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Ottawa backtracks on key tax measures for small business

first_img The federal government is providing Canadian small-business owners a large measure of relief from its previously signalled changes to the taxation of passive investment income held in a small businesses as part of Budget 2018.In fact, Ottawa is proposing a simpler regime that limits access to the lower small-business rate for corporations rather than taxing passive income above $50,000 at potentially punitive tax rates, as the government proposed last year. Federal Budget 2018 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “It’s a complete reversal of the [original] plan,” says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s wealth strategies group in Toronto. “This will be much easier for small-business owners to digest. I’m not saying that everyone is going to love it, but it will be far simpler to implement.”The government now proposes that when a corporation earns more than $50,000 of passive income in a year, the amount of income eligible for the small-business rate would be reduced gradually. Passive investment not eligible for the small-business rate would be taxed at the general corporate income tax rate.The government is proposing that the small-business deduction limit be reduced by $5 for every $1 of investment income above the $50,000 threshold, which would be equivalent to $1 million in passive investment assets at a 5% return, the government says. Under this proposal, the small-business deduction limit would be reduced to zero at $150,000 of investment income, which would be equivalent to $3 million in passive investment assets at a 5% return.The proposed changes announced in the budget are good news for a small-business sector that had been concerned over previous proposed regimes that it said would see entrepreneurs and incorporated individuals lose the ability to build up a retirement fund, or save for future investments into a business, by retaining passive investment income in private corporations, Golombek says.Small-business owners might also consider whether it would make sense to adjust their portfolio of investments held within the small business.“There will be ways to minimize the impact of the changes, using perhaps a long-term buy-and-hold strategy, which doesn’t recognize annual income and defers all income to the future,” Golombek suggests.The government also proposes in Budget 2018 that private corporations no longer be able to obtain refunds of taxes paid on investment income while distributing dividends from income taxed at the general corporate rate. Refunds will continue to be available when investment income is paid out.The government said that these two proposed measures — limiting access to the small-business rate and to refundable taxes for larger private corporations — will achieve the goal of limiting deferral advantages from holding passive savings in a corporation.However, the measures will do this “in a more targeted and simpler manner than was first proposed in July 2017,” when the original proposals were first announced, the budget documents state. Both measures will apply for taxation years that begin after 2018.“The government has engaged Canadians in an open dialogue on tax planning strategies using private corporations, and has listened to their feedback,” the government added in the budget document.In total, and in combination with the government’s previous announced changes to the income sprinkling rules, which became effective on Jan. 1, the government says it expects to raise $3.4 billion over six years — from the 2017 to the 2023 taxation years — from these measures. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Industry has mixed reaction to Budget 2018 Gender equality at the heart of Budget 2018 Front view of the Parliament building in Ottawa, late winter, early spring le_cyclope/123RF Rudy Mezzetta The government proposes to strengthen the FCAC Highlights from Budget 2018 Related news Keywords Budget 2018,  Taxes,  Small business last_img read more

Health Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme Advertisements Health Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme UncategorizedAugust 25, 2006 RelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programmecenter_img RelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health has streamlined the process for screening patients before they travel to Cuba for eye surgeries under the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This move is part of the agreed plan of action by the eight-member delegation, led by the Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, which visited ophthalmology centres in Cuba in June, where Jamaican patients are receiving treatment under the programme. The visit came in the wake of reports that several patients had experienced complications following surgeries.“We are now using the standard set by the World Health Organisation for screening, so if the patient is considered to be hypertensive and it is uncontrolled, then we will not send them,” said Dr. Sandra Knight, Coordinator of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This also means that persons suffering from conditions such as diabetes and hypertension will have to get their conditions under control before they are allowed to undergo surgeries in Cuba.“We are also trying to limit persons with other conditions like thyroid problems, cancers and heart diseases,” she told JIS News, explaining that these conditions would determine the patient’s prognosis in terms of how quickly they would heal, if their sight would return fully, and how soon they could return home after surgery.Patients, whom the doctors suspect might have additional health problems, will be referred to one of three institutions for further screening. These are the Kingston Public, Cornwall Regional and Mandeville hospitals.“The patient may have a traumatic cataract where the lens may become opaque as a result of trauma to the eye years ago. This patient is sent for further tests such as an ultra sound, to discern the full extent of the problem,” Dr. Knight explained.Gordon Robotham, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kingston Public Hospital, told JIS News that he and his colleagues were pleased with the changes.“One of the major issues was that when they [Cuban doctors] see a lot of patients out at the screening centres, sometimes, the patients have other problems be it eye or other medical problems, which need sorting out, and there was not a good system before for us to interact with them and for them to refer the patients to us.”As it pertains to the current screening process, two Cuban doctors along with a nurse practitioner visit some 20 centres across the island to screen patients. These centres include police stations, hospitals and health centres.“The doctors examine all the patients that come to the centre, and if they decide that the patient has a problem that can be corrected on the programme, then the patient is sent to the nurse to have their blood pressure checked, among other checks,” Dr. Knight informed.In the early months of the programme, which commenced last August, an average of 200 to 300 persons were screened daily. On some days, a maximum of 500 persons were screened. The numbers have presently fallen between 80 and 100. “The numbers are going down because we have reached to thousands already, so the number will automatically go down,” Dr. Knight said.In August 2005, the governments of the Republic of Cuba, Venezuela and Jamaica, together with Caribbean partners – Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia and Suriname – signed the historic Bilateral Agreement ‘Mission Operation’ for their nationals to receive ophthalmology treatment in Cuba. The main surgeries undertaken are those relating to cataract and pterigium.Some 4,500 Jamaican patients have been treated since the inception of the programme.last_img read more

2021 Federal Budget backs biotech

first_img2021 Federal Budget backs biotech Announcements in the 2021 Federal Budget are backing biotech and demonstrating the Government’s ongoing recognition of biotechnology as a long-term social and economic driver that will enhance Australia’s competitiveness, and keep us at the cutting edge of science and innovation.Following the October budget’s support of pre-revenue companies through the RDTI, this budget offers further support of biotech manufacturing and the talent behind the companies and products.Research and innovation are central to Australia’s international competitiveness and the newly announced patent box will help bridge the gap to commercialisation, and support companies to keep the development of their IP and the value they create from it – especially by manufacturing locally – in Australia to benefit Australians.Only patents applied for after the Budget announcement will be eligible, which means that the benefits will not be seen for some years, however AusBiotech is pleased that the patent box will offer sound long-term structural policy that will benefit the country. Advocacy interest in the incentive commenced in 2013, and AusBiotech commends the Government whole-heartedly for this announcement for medical and biotechnology innovations. The Government has pledged to work closely with industry on its design, and AusBiotech looks forward to continuing this work together.The budget also included support for building sovereign manufacturing capability by way of developing onshore mRNA vaccine manufacturing capability in Australia; employee share schemes reform; clinical trials support, scholarships for women in STEM, in partnership with industry; and retaining the prostheses list.As the national voice of the biotechnology sector for more than 35 years, AusBiotech remains committed to amplifying opportunities and communicating the industry’s concerns to reduce barriers. It is pleased to deliver a wrap-up of announcements for life sciences that will work to support the capability and capacity of our sector and enable it to thrive long-term as a global leader. /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:agbiotech, AusBiotech, Australia, biotech, biotechnology, Biotechnology Industry, building, clinical trials, Federal, federal budget, Government, industry, innovation, reform, research, science, stem, vaccinelast_img read more

News Roundup: Is your dealer-installed license plate frame illegal?

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videos See More Videos Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away.Confused Ontario driver sparks questions about legality of license-plate framesOshawa, Ontario resident Matteo Giordano thought he was ticketed $110 for “improperly” displaying the plates on his Mercedes-Benz C300, when all he did was drive it the way the dealer had given it to him: with a black plastic frame that covers part of the outside of the plate. He planned to fight the ticket, pointing out that some of the Toronto police’s own vehicles bear the same plate frames. Tesla delivers first Model Ys, users discover unannounced specs in owners manualThe first Tesla Model Y crossovers have been delivered to drivers, meaning the owner’s manual is now live online. And it holds some surprises — sadly, mostly disappointing surprises. Perhaps the most considerably rotten Easter egg hidden in the manual is that the “Model Y is not equipped with towing” capabilities, despite the brand previously stating it would be. Also, customers who opted for the seven-seat model have been told they’ll have to wait until next year to take delivery. Womp, womp. Trending in Canadacenter_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca RELATED TAGSFlexNews But police later told CTV News Giordano was in fact fined for not displaying a plate on the front of his vehicle. Those plate frames, though? Still technically illegal.A timeline of COVID-19’s impact on the auto industryIf you’ve had to blink once or twice over the past couple months, you may have missed a devastating headline or forty. Things are escalating. Very. Quickly. What began as an issue for an 11-million-person Chinese city most Canadians had never heard of has turned into a global pandemic. Events are being cancelled around the world, automakers are being asked to prepare to deliver ventilators for overwhelmed hospitals should the need arise, borders are seizing and thousands are out of work. It’s a crisis worth tracking. Follow ourup-to-date timeline here. VW may bring the Amarok pickup to North America on a Ford Ranger platformThe Ford Ranger’s German cousin might be coming on an exchange to North America. Rumours and an image snagged by Motor1 suggest if the mid-size pickup should arrive, it will do so in 2022, likely built alongside its platform-twin Ranger. The teaser image reveals a more aggressive profile for the Amarok, which will be the first product redesigned as part of the Ford-VW alliance formed in 2019. Again, the North American import story is all just juicy rumour for the time being, but VW did file a trademark on “Amarok” in the U.S. Are Vancouver police unfairly targeting sports car drivers?The complaints about police in Vancouver ticketing drivers of certain high end sports carsare piling up. One such person, Kevin Yeung, recently told CityNews Vancouver he was pulled over and ticketed for a noise violation while driving his unmodified Porsche 911. But a post-ticket noise test at a local dealership read over 20 decibels quieter than the 104-db reading measured by the police’s handheld device. After more complaints and an investigation, the Vancouver Police Department released a statement saying “the training that members receive in Notice and Order policy and legislation is appropriate, but that additional training will be provided to front line members.” advertisement 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”last_img read more

CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Celebrates 100 Years With Unveiling of Time Capsule Contents

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 30, 2010 One hundred years ago, Colorado Gov. John Shafroth, a group of University of Colorado dignitaries and leading Boulder citizens stood on a barren hillside overlooking the town and laid the cornerstone for what would become the Boulder area’s premier performing arts venue.On Oct. 8, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano will reveal the contents of a time capsule placed in that cornerstone exactly 100 years earlier as Macky Auditorium celebrates its 100th anniversary. The unveiling, free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the Macky Auditorium gallery.The time capsule, a bronze box holding mementoes and artifacts of the era, was unearthed and opened earlier this month in a small commemorative event attended by campus officials and representatives of the Boulder Masonic Lodge.The Boulder Masons oversaw the laying of the cornerstone and placing of the time capsule 100 years ago. Carefully conserved by CU Heritage Center professionals, the capsule’s contents will provide an engaging look at the university, the city and the state a century ago.”We knew that a time capsule had been placed during the cornerstone ceremony through descriptions in the files of the Boulder Masons and newspaper reports of the time,” said Alan Cass, former director of Macky Auditorium and a member of the team that led the search for the historical box. “However, none of these reports noted where the time capsule was actually located.”We had an excellent team, including staff from CU’s Facilities Management department, and after an extended search and a lot of digging, we finally found the capsule wedged inside the cornerstone, accessible only from underneath,” Cass said.The auditorium is the legacy of a bequest from Andrew Macky, one of the area’s original settlers and one of the fledgling town’s leading bankers.Throughout its history, Macky Auditorium has played a central role in campus life, with its 2,600-seat auditorium serving as a gathering point for the campus community. Over the years, it has also housed the offices of the CU President, the Dean of Students, the Department of Journalism, the Registrar, the Book Store and Admissions.The home of the Artist Series since 1937, the stage at Macky has remained a cultural cornerstone for the campus. Dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon and the Dalai Lama have spoken from its stage, as well as performing luminaries such as Neil Young, Tori Amos and George Carlin.center_img Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more