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Mace tasked with building £480m first phase of Nine Elms development

Mace tasked with building £480m first phase of Nine Elms development

first_img Nine Elms Square will provide access to the so-called Linear Park, stretching from the three towers to Battersea Power Station, connecting two of the highest profile regeneration schemes in the capital. Mace’s chief operating officer for construction Gareth Lewis said: “We are proud to take on the challenge of delivering part of Vauxhall’s latest iconic residential development, at the beginning of what we hope will be a long and successful relationship with R&F Properties.  Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the three Nine Elms Square towers will be the latest addition to Vauxhall’s growing cluster of skyscrapers. Share The whole Nine Elms Square scheme will consist of 12 buildings in total, creating 1,900 new homes in the area. The contractor will be in charge of the first phase of the Nine Elms Square project, which involves building the towers as well as a podium for retail and residential provisions. The contract has a gross redevelopment value of £480m. The three buildings will range from 36 to 54 storeys high, providing 880 homes. The job is Mace’s first for developer R&F Properties. Alex Daniel “We will use our experience in building some of London’s most complex and challenging projects to make the client’s vision a reality and deliver the three architecturally outstanding towers at Nine Elms Square.”center_img Mace tasked with building £480m first phase of Nine Elms development Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndo (Getty Images) whatsapp whatsapp Monday 9 September 2019 6:26 pm Construction firm Mace has been tasked with building three towers as part of the major redevelopment of land next to the US embassy at Nine Elms. More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comlast_img read more

UA regents to meet in Juneau this week

UA regents to meet in Juneau this week

first_imgJuneau | University of AlaskaUA regents to meet in Juneau this weekSeptember 12, 2018 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The University of Alaska Board of Regents will meet in Juneau on Thursday and Friday to discuss the university system’s budget and programs.The meeting agenda includes updates on the university’s compliance with federal requirements for handling sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. It also includes progress on Strategic Pathways, the university’s comprehensive cost-cutting plan now in its third and final phase.At the University of Alaska Southeast campus, regents will begin discussing their budget request to the Alaska Legislature for next year.Tuition for most UA students increased 5 percent this fall. Regents approved that hike last November. Tuition will rise another 5 percent next school year as well.The board plans to hold a public reception Thursday evening at the UAS Recreation Center.The meeting will be livestreamed at alaska.edu.The full board meets regularly every two months at alternating campuses.Share this story:last_img read more

The new coronavirus can likely remain airborne for some time. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed

The new coronavirus can likely remain airborne for some time. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed

first_img There are two ways a coronavirus can be transmitted via air.advertisement About the Author Reprints Sharon Begley The weight of the evidence suggests that the new coronavirus can exist as an aerosol — a physics term meaning a liquid or solid (the virus) suspended in a gas (like air) — only under very limited conditions, and that this transmission route is not driving the pandemic. But “limited” conditions does not mean “no” conditions, underlining the need for health care workers to have high levels of personal protection, especially when doing procedures such as intubation that have the greatest chance of creating coronavirus aerosols. “I think the answer will be, aerosolization occurs rarely but not never,” said microbiologist and physician Stanley Perlman of the University of Iowa. “You have to distinguish between what’s possible and what’s actually happening.” Related: Elaine Cromie/Getty Images People ‘shed’ high levels of coronavirus, study finds, but most are likely not infectious after recovery begins HealthThe new coronavirus can likely remain airborne for some time. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Tags Coronavirusglobal healthinfectious diseasepublic health Coronavirus pandemic forces some research labs to shut down, with uncertain futures for scientific projects Related: Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors @sxbegle The NIAID study “is measuring virus under ideal conditions and with a lot of virus,” said microbiologist Benjamin tenOever of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “So their results are all likely to be overestimates. That said, I think those values should at least be used to let people know that things like subway poles can harbor virus for more time than I would have considered possible,” because an aerosol that encounters a solid object can stick to it. “Washing hands is more important than ever.”“We’ve seen no evidence that aerosolized virus is the primary transmission risk for everyday people in everyday settings,” said Dylan Morris of Princeton University, a co-author of the study. “One should not rule anything out categorically with a novel, still-poorly-understood virus, [but] based on what we know about coughing and sneezing, one should be cautiously optimistic that aerosolization may not play a big role in everyday transmission.”Iowa’s Perlman said the nebulizer may mimic what occurs during procedures such as intubation. That’s why the World Health Organization recommends the use of respirators, gowns, and other extensive protection for medical workers performing such procedures on Covid-19 patients.Doctors at Kaiser Permanente in California, in a paper published in JAMA on Friday, also note that while the new coronavirus is “primarily spread by droplets,” certain medical procedures can make it airborne — as an aerosol — and therefore require extra protection for health care workers and, ideally, negative pressure rooms.The behavior of the SARS virus during the 2003 epidemic offers some clues about any risk from aerosol forms of its cousin.One puzzling outbreak, with 329 cases, occurred at a Hong Kong apartment complex whose residents had not been in close contact with each other. A 2014 analysis concluded that “airborne spread was the most likely explanation, and the SARS coronavirus could have spread over a distance of 200 meters,” or about 600 feet, apparently starting with a SARS patient who had diarrhea.The 329 Hong Kong cases, another analysis concluded, suggest that although SARS was primarily spread by droplets, “to a much limited degree [it was also spread] by aerosols.” The aerosolization likely originated “from malfunctioning sewers in the building.”The much-discussed hope that warmer, more humid weather will strangle the Covid-19 pandemic may or may not pan out, but there are solid data that it will make a difference to any aerosol transmission. The SARS virus survived better at 30% to 50% relative humidity than at 80%, with a half-life of only three hours rather than 27 hours at 30% humidity. Other research has also found that coronaviruses have much more difficulty existing in aerosol form in warm, humid conditions.That reflects the fact that the SARS virus has an “envelope” that falls apart in warmer, more humid conditions. The new coronavirus has a similar envelope.The World Health Organization has studied the emerging data on coronavirus aerosols to see whether it needs to change its current recommendations, including that healthy people do not need face masks, and that health care workers should take extra precautions during procedures that can generate aerosols. “From the available studies that we have seen, we are confident that the guidance we have is appropriate,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for the coronavirus response, told reporters on Monday.This story has been updated with a response from the WHO and calculations. But coronavirus aerosols were found near patients’ toilets in Wuchang Fangcang Field Hospital. That wasn’t a total shock: Receptors for coronavirus exist not only in the airways but also in the gastrointestinal tract, so cells there can become infected, shedding virus into fecal material. The paper, posted to a preprint site, has not been peer-reviewed.“The virus aerosol,” the Wuhan scientists concluded, “is a potential transmission pathway.” Since aerosols can come directly from patients as well as from stirring up droplets that landed on surfaces, “effective sanitization is critical in minimizing aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” the Covid-19-causing coronavirus.Because real-world studies like these have numerous confounding conditions, scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases examined what can happen under controlled lab conditions, although somewhat artificial, worst-case ones.NIAID virologist Vincent Munster and his colleagues used a nebulizer — a device that creates an aerosol from liquids — to release samples into the air of both the new coronavirus and the one that caused the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. They reported detecting viable virus in aerosols for up to three hours. That compared to the four hours that active virus particles were found on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel.Both the Covid-19 and the SARS viruses had an aerosol half-life of 1.1 hours, meaning half the particles drop out of the air after that amount of time, and half of what remains drop out after another 1.1 hours. After a day, roughly nine half-lives, 0.002 (0.2 of 1%) of the original particles remain. As a result, the scientists said, “aerosol … transmission of [the new coronavirus] is plausible, since the virus can remain viable and infectious in aerosols for hours.”Scientists not involved in the study raised a couple of concerns: whether the mechanical nebulizer simulates coughs or sneezes, and whether the lab conditions reflect the real world. In droplet form, the coronavirus is airborne for a few seconds after someone sneezes or coughs. It’s able to travel only a short distance before gravitational forces pull it down. Someone close enough for the virus particles to reach in that brief period can therefore be infected. So can anyone who comes into contact with virus-containing droplets that fall onto a surface. The new coronavirus can survive on surfaces for several hours; hence the importance of hand-washing after touching a surface in a public place.An aerosol is a wholly different physical state: Particles are held in the air by physical and chemical forces. Fog is an aerosol; water droplets are suspended in air. The suspended particles remain for hours or more, depending on factors such as heat and humidity. If virus particles, probably on droplets of mucus or saliva, can be suspended in air for more than a few seconds, as the measles virus can, then anyone passing through that pathogenic cloud could become infected.There are strong reasons to doubt that the new coronavirus has anything close to that capability.“If it could easily exist as an aerosol, we would be seeing much greater levels of transmission,” said epidemiologist Michael LeVasseur of Drexel University. “And we would be seeing a different pattern in who’s getting infected. With droplet spread, it’s mostly to close contacts. But if a virus easily exists as an aerosol, you could get it from people you share an elevator with.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that is not happening. Earlier this month, CDC scientists reported that the rate of symptomatic infection among a patient’s household members was 10.5%. The rate among other close contacts was 0.45%. In the case of one particular patient, none of his five household members, although continuously exposed to the patient during the time he was isolated at home, tested positive for the virus.We want to hear from you: Are you a health care worker affected by the coronavirus outbreak? Please tell us about your experience.Even if the virus infects only a small fraction of those who come into contact with it, the extremely low rate among close contacts and the absence of infections in some household members of patients suggests that it rarely exists as an aerosol in most real-world situations.“It’s more evidence that [Covid-19] is predominantly spread through droplets and not as an aerosol,” LeVasseur said.Physical evidence bolsters that epidemiological reasoning. When researchers in Singapore tested the air in the rooms of three Covid-19 patients, they found no virus particles on cleaned surfaces or in the air even when they took samples on days the patients were symptomatic and presumably shedding virus into the air, they reported this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the room of the third patient, who shed more virus, virus particles were present on ventilation fans and numerous surfaces — but all air samples were negative.That suggests that aerosolized virus particles are, at worst, rare in real-world conditions.A study by virologist Ke Lan of Wuhan University and his colleagues found that “rare” does not mean “never,” however. They took 35 air samples at two hospitals as well as public areas in Wuhan, where the Covid-19 outbreak apparently started. They found no coronavirus in intensive care areas where Covid-19 patients were being treated, in general patient rooms, in hallways, or outside the hospitals. By Sharon Begley March 16, 2020 Reprints [email protected] When a new virus blasts out of the animals that harbored it and into people, experts can usually say, thank goodness it’s not like measles. That virus is more contagious than any others known to science: Each case of measles causes an astronomical 12 to 18 new cases, compared to about six for polio, smallpox, and rubella. Each case of the new coronavirus is estimated to cause two to three others.The reason the measles is so, well, viral, is that the microbe is so small and hardy that it is able to stay suspended in the air where an infected person coughed or sneezed for up to two hours, making it one of the only viruses that can exist as a true aerosol.Now there are conflicting reports on whether the new coronavirus can. The studies suggesting that it can be aerosolized are only preliminary, and other research contradicts it, finding no aerosolized coronavirus particles in the hospital rooms of Covid-19 patients.advertisement Related:last_img read more

Man survives after being bitten by venomous pet snake

Man survives after being bitten by venomous pet snake

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Snake biteVenom RALEIGH, N.C. – (WRAL) a Raleigh man drove himself to the hospital after he was bitten by his venomous pet snake over the weekend. The snake was a venomous green mamba and required antivenin to be flown in from a South Carolina Zoo, CNN reports. A green mamba is shy and slender, but it’s also quick and deadly.“[If] you get bitten by a green mamba without antivenin, your chances of survival are very low,” said Sean Foley, curator of herpatology at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C. “It’s a neurotoxic venom, so it’s going to affect your breathing.” RELATEDTOPICS 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 comments AdvertisementDC 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 No Content Availablecenter_img Advertisement AdvertisementThat’s why time was of the essence Sunday when a man showed up at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh after getting bitten by his green mamba at home.Foley said the North Carolina Poison Control Center called him Sunday night to inquire about green mamba antivenin.Riverbanks Zoo staff quickly packed a cooler with 10 vials on ice and drove it to nearby Lexington Medical Center. The cooler was then flown by helicopter to UNC Rex. UNC Rex physicians used four vials of antivenin to treat the unidentified man, who’s expected to recover.The Raleigh Police Department’s animal control unit is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the snake bite, but police said the green mamba is back with its owner.North Carolina law requires venomous snakes be kept in a sturdy enclosure with a lock, but otherwise, the state doesn’t restrict anyone from owning one.While Riverbanks Zoo is home to three green mambas, Foley said he wouldn’t want one in his home.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Advertisementlast_img read more

BREAKING: Electric Picnic 2020 fully SOLD OUT!

BREAKING: Electric Picnic 2020 fully SOLD OUT!

first_img Previous articleIn Pictures: Two Laois students win at Regional Intel Mini Scientist ExhibitionNext articleNew tourism status for Portlaoise is great news for Laois, says Minister Flanagan 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. WhatsApp Wow – all 70,000 Electric Picnic tickets for 2020 are SOLD OUT.Promoters have just announced the news in a statement.They said: “Electric Picnic 2020 went on sale this afternoon at 12pm, with tickets for next year’s event selling out in under three hours. Facebook TAGSElectric Picnic Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 9th December 2019 Electric Picnic BREAKING: Electric Picnic 2020 fully SOLD OUT!center_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Twitter Twitter “For the second time in the festival’s 16 year history the event sold out months in advance, without one single act being announced.“This year a brand new area Freetown was added to the festival, and never one to rest on our laurels, Electric Picnic 2020 will see the addition of two brand new areas – Fishtown and Mind and Body.“The line-up for Electric Picnic 2020 will be announced in the New Year.“Please note a limited number of tickets will made available to customers of Three customers through its dedicated reward system.“Further details will be announced in 2020.”On Friday, orgainsers announced an increase in the capacity of the event of 15,000 – from 55,000 last year to 70,000.It means that the capacity of the Electric Picnic has more than doubled since 2013 when 32,000 people attended the festival.While earlier today, it was announced that the days of meeting in the Body & Soul at Electric Picnic are over.After 16 years, the people behind that area of the festival in Stradbally have announced that they are ending their association with Electric Picnic.Today’s news comes after Early Bird tickets for the event went on sale in September of this year but sold out in a matter of hours. See Also: Laois group needs your vote to help it win funding support See Also: The Laois Today store is now open for all your Christmas goodies  Home Lifestyle Electric Picnic BREAKING: Electric Picnic 2020 fully SOLD OUT! LifestyleElectric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Former broker lied to regulators: BCSC

Former broker lied to regulators: BCSC

first_img FINRA bans analyst for insider trading A hearing panel of the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has dismissed an insider trading charge against a former broker, but found that he lied to regulators and acted contrary to the public interest. The BCSC released a decision Tuesday in which a hearing panel dismissed an allegation that former broker, Douglas William Falconer Wood, purchased shares of Highland Copper Co. Inc. while in a special relationship with the company, and with knowledge of undisclosed material facts about the company. James Langton In this case, the alleged material fact involved negotiations about a possible copper project. The panel dismissed the allegation, noting that it didn’t have enough evidence to assess whether the copper project in question was material to the company. “We do not have any factual background or analysis to put the copper project into the context of Highland’s current business and its prospects. Without evidence of the existing “story” of Highland … the panel is unable to determine whether a reasonable investor would expect the price or value of its shares to be impacted by the information at issue,” it said. “We are unable to answer the question of whether the reasonable investor would have viewed the copper project as material without speculating,” it said. However, the panel did find that he violated the public interest when he traded securities that were on his firm’s restricted list, set up an offshore trading structure to conceal his trading activity (and intentionally withheld this information from his employer), and then lied to staff from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) when questioned about his trading. “Individually, these facts might not be serious enough for a finding that they are contrary to the public interest but, when combined, lead us to the conclusion that the respondent’s conduct fell far short of what is expected of registrants. As such, the respondent’s conduct is contrary to the public interest,” the panel said in its decision. The panel directed both sides to make submissions on sanctions next month. Related news ASIC ready to make deals with devilscenter_img SEC alleges man sold insider trading tips on dark web Keywords Insider tradingCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

New BMO product designed for longer lives

New BMO product designed for longer lives

first_img BMO to launch six new mutual funds Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Toronto-based BMO Investments Inc. recently released a new line of products designed to provide more income to Canadians who are living longer. BMO Retirement Portfolios consists of three levels of risk profiles (income, conservative and balanced) that employ a strategy meant to provide portfolio growth while also delivering protection against market corrections, says Robert Armstrong, vice president and head of managed solutions at BMO Global Asset Management. Keywords Fund launches center_img “You’re not going to get the same returns [as] with an accumulation product but an accumulation-type product goes up and down a lot more,” he says. “This is supposed to be a much smoother return stream with that downside protection.” The funds are targeted to investors who are at or approaching retirement, which could last 20 years or longer, according to BMO, which cites Statistics Canada research concluding that the average life expectancy for men is 84 while women’s average life expectancy is 87. The BMO products have an asset mix that includes BMO’s low volatility equity exchange-traded funds, meant to provide future growth; the BMO Risk Reduction Fixed Income Fund for the protection of capital; and BMO’s Risk Reduction Equity Fund. The products are currently available in three series: Series A, Series T6 (for investors looking for regular monthly income) and Series F (for fee-based advisors). Advisors and investors can learn more through BMO’s website. Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Tessie Sanci Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Response Volunteers on Board for Hurricane Season

Response Volunteers on Board for Hurricane Season

first_imgRelatedResponse Volunteers on Board for Hurricane Season FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As the Disaster Preparedness Committee in St. James continue to put all the necessary machinery in place for the hurricane season, which has been predicted to be an active one, the St. James Parish Council has acquired the service of two Peace Corps response volunteers.The volunteers, Nels Christianson and Joy Untalan, who are qualified Engineers from the United States, will work with the committee for six months establishing a disaster preparedness data base and a comprehensive programme for shelter management.According to Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinator for the parish, Amanda Thompson, professional assistance in the area of data base programming would improve the parish’s response in any disaster.“Since they have been here three months now, they are getting the job done, despite it being long and tedious. We here at the parish council, have the raw data and needed to put it in a proper system, so that information on the parish can be readily accessed. This is extremely important for the proper streamlining of our resources,” Mrs. Thompson told JIS News.She pointed out that the parish was about 87 per cent ready for a hurricane or any other disaster.“We are presently well on our way in terms of our readiness. The training of our emergency operation centres personnel was recently carried out, also training for shelter managers, is on-going. We are now in the process of carrying out special training for damage assessment and first aid training. Our two Peace Corps response volunteers have been working with agencies and companies, such as the Public Health Department, the Police, the Hospital and the Parish Council’s web master. A great volume of information and data will now be available to more persons as a result of their work,” Mrs. Thompson explained.She informed that currently, the committee is stockpiling equipment and needed material in preparation for this hurricane season and that emergency shelters are being inspected for repairs. She also noted that drain cleaning works are being carried out in several rural areas that are prone to flooding, and that public education is on-going on precautionary measures to take in the event of a disaster.One of the volunteers, Mr. Christianson, told JIS News that their work should make disaster information more available and accessible to the public.“I don’t think it’s possible to be completely prepared for disasters. I therefore hope that our work here in Jamaica will be one that help people, at least primarily in this parish of St. James, to prepare and lessen the effects of natural disasters in the areas,” he said. Advertisements RelatedResponse Volunteers on Board for Hurricane Seasoncenter_img Response Volunteers on Board for Hurricane Season UncategorizedJune 20, 2008 RelatedResponse Volunteers on Board for Hurricane Seasonlast_img read more

Agriculture -The Cornerstone to Which We Have to Return… Says PM Golding

Agriculture -The Cornerstone to Which We Have to Return… Says PM Golding

first_imgRelatedAgriculture -The Cornerstone to Which We Have to Return… Says PM Golding RelatedAgriculture -The Cornerstone to Which We Have to Return… Says PM Golding Advertisements Agriculture -The Cornerstone to Which We Have to Return… Says PM Golding AgricultureOctober 28, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has said that economic growth in rural communities was going to have to come from agriculture.Mr. Golding said tourism, mining nor other similar investments, will never ever have the penetration of agriculture to provide a real base for generating economic growth in rural communities.Mr. Golding was speaking last night (Oct 27) at the opening of the 5th Hemispheric Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas and the 15th regular meeting of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture. The meeting is being held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montego Bay St. James and is being attended by delegates from 34 countries of the Americas.Mr. Golding said that after almost half a century of pursuing alternative paths, which were felt could offer better returns, “we are now finding that we have to look to the stone that the builder rejected and to recognise that for many countries like Jamaica, agriculture is the cornerstone to which we have to return”.He noted however, that if agriculture is to be the path for the future, it has to offer more than just subsistence and to do more than just put food on the table.It must be able to send children to a good school, and to provide resources that people can turn to. If agriculture cannot offer this hope, it will not be something that people will see as providing an opportunity to build a life and a future for themselves.Yesterday’s opening session heard presentations from the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton; Secretary General of the Organisation of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza; and Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr Chelston Braithwaite. RelatedAgriculture -The Cornerstone to Which We Have to Return… Says PM Goldinglast_img read more

As robots take the wheel, driving skills begin to hit the skids

As robots take the wheel, driving skills begin to hit the skids

first_img 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 Trending in Canada “There are lots of concerns about people checking out and we are trying to monitor that now,” said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “Everything we do that makes the driving task a little easier means that people are going to pay a little bit less attention when they’re driving.”For carmakers trying to address deteriorating driver skills, the stakes are immense. U.S. roadway deaths jumped 14 per cent over the last two years, with more than 40,000 people dying in crashes in 2016. While speeding and more congested roadways bear some of the blame, distraction is another key culprit. Data released by the federal government show manipulation of handheld devices while driving, including texting or surfing the web, has been on the rise.The semi-autonomous features that are the building blocks of tomorrow’s driverless cars were designed to compensate for inattentiveness behind the wheel. Instead, they may be enabling drivers to place too much faith in the new technology.The auto industry is “terrified” about the unwanted side effects of their popular new features, and companies are scrambling to find ways to keep drivers engaged rather than glued to their smartphones, said Mark Wakefield, managing director and head of the automotive practice at consultant AlixPartners.General Motors is installing eye-tracking technology on the Super Cruise feature coming to Cadillac models later this year, which allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel but requires watching the road. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist keeps the car centered and brings it to a stop in its lane if the driver goes more than 30 seconds without grabbing the wheel. Last year, Tesla implemented limits on drivers’ ability to go hands-free while using the company’s Autopilot system.“You can be conservative in your design and emphasize safety over convenience to protect the consumer from themselves, which clearly is needed, but the whole industry is not going to do that,” Wakefield said. “So you’ll be right, but you didn’t sell a car.”Toyota researchers recognize the new technology is changing the way people drive and has initiated studies with major universities to learn how driving habits might evolve.“What are the new risky behaviors going to be?” Chuck Gulash, director of Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center, said in an interview. “Is it going to be people testing their vehicles to the limits? Or showing off to their neighbors?”Consumers recognize the perils of relinquishing control, even if they don’t always heed their own advice. Fifty-seven per cent said driver-assist technologies will eventually erode driving skills in an informal survey of 847 visitors to researcher Kelley Blue Book’s car-shopping website, conducted for Bloomberg in July.RELATEDMotor Mouth: It’s been a rough few weeks for self-driving cars“Without question, technology is making drivers lazier and less attentive,” said Mike Harley, group managing editor at Kelley Blue Book. “Most of today’s digital ‘driver assistance’ features are designed to overlay basic driving skills, which relaxes the driver’s sense of responsibility.”A University of Michigan study showed that may already be the case. The school recently conducted research for an automaker concerned with how people are using blind-spot detection systems that alert drivers with chimes and warning lights when another car is in a difficult-to-see area. The study found a significant increase in drivers failing to look over their shoulder to check for themselves when changing lanes.“The more they are exposed to these systems, the more they trust the systems,” said Shan Bao, as associate research scientist at the university’s Transportation Research Institute, who conducted the study. In emergency situations, “they’ll trust the systems more than they’ll trust themselves.”Surveys have shown consumers are fond of semi-autonomous features because they take the stress out of stop-and-go traffic and alleviate the monotony of long trips. But the freedom afforded by the new aids has invited abuse by drivers who treat the technology as if it’s fully capable of taking control, with little or no human input necessary. YouTube videos have emerged showing daredevil drivers hopping in the back seat as they trick the technology to believe they have hands on the wheel.A federal investigation into the fatality last year in a Tesla Model S traveling in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode showed the driver had his hands on the wheel for just 25 seconds in the final 37 minutes before crashing into a semi. Tesla, which was cleared of responsibility by safety regulators, has modified Autopilot to require more driver input.“At a very basic level, consumers don’t have any idea of how these systems work because they’re all named something different and they all function differently,” said Greg Brannon, director of automotive engineering and industry relations at the American Automobile Association.Although AAA is urging automakers and regulators to come up with standard terms and parameters for semi-autonomous features, that conflicts with automakers desire to develop and market unique systems and seek an edge over competitors. Some manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of safety to make their cars appear more advanced, Wakefield said, by fielding systems that allow drivers to keep their hands off the wheel for too long before a chime and dashboard light remind them to take hold again.“The idea that you can take your hands off the wheel for 15 seconds and the driver is still in control, that’s not realistic,” said Lund, of IIHS. “If they’re taking their hands off for 15 seconds, then they’re doing some other things.”It’s difficult for drivers to understand what driver-assist systems can and can’t do because automakers sometimes send mixed signals. The seldom-read owner’s manual takes a cautious approach to explaining the aids because corporate lawyers water down wording to avoid exposing automakers to legal liability, AAA’s Brannon said.Another risk, Lund warns, is that drivers become so accustomed to the aids that they forget when getting into older vehicles or rental cars that aren’t equipped with the technology.Even if a driver hops into an unfamiliar car that is equipped with a system, performance varies widely by brand. Some adaptive cruise controls, for example, can bring a car to a full stop during low-speed driving, but not at highway speeds.“So a driver may become accustomed to it working in town, but not realize that above speeds of 50 miles per hour, it’s not going to bring the vehicle to a stop,” Brannon said. “And that could end badly.” Trending Videos See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. If your car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check your blind spots, will that make you a worse driver? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may.Driver assist technology that keeps cars in their lanes, maintains a safe distance from other vehicles, warns of unseen traffic and slams the brakes to avoid rear-end crashes are rapidly spreading from luxury cars to everyday Hondas and Nissans. But these automated aids aimed at improving safety are having an unintended consequence: They’re degrading driving skills. 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”center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Slowly but surely, autonomous car technology is creeping into new cars. 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