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‘Vegans must have their own shelf’ in the office fridge

first_imgThe guidance comes amid a rise in popularity of veganism.  The charity added: “All senior staff, managers and team leaders should understand that they are under a duty to treat vegans with respect, have due regard for their needs in the workplace and be able to understand how to deal appropriately with requests or complaints from vegans. A UK property firm has also instituted a policy whereby staff can only expense meat-free meals. “If ‘jokes’ made about an employee’s veganism become burdensome, steps should be made to improve this.” Wednesday 19 February 2020 11:41 am Vegan products, like Gregg’s wildly popular vegan sausage roll, comprised a quarter of food launches last year.  Fridge space is a precious commodity in the workplace, but it could be about to get more crowded after the Vegan Society shares its new advice with firms. whatsapp whatsapp Vegan menus should be made available at work events while employers should offer vegan-friendly versions of required clothing for staff who want it, the guidelines say. That might include synthetic safety boots or non-leather phone cases. Offices should also provide colour-coded kitchen utensils and offer a separate part of the kitchen for vegans to prepare food Staff should also be able to excuse themselves from corporate events like horse racing and barbecues if they are vegan, the society said.center_img Joe Curtis Share Also Read: Vegans must have their own shelf in the office fridge, says new guidance “They should also be able and confident to deal fairly with inappropriate behaviour against vegan employees.” Vegans deserve their own shelf in the office fridge, according to new guidelines issued to businesses. “Fostering a general attitude of respect towards vegan employees is key,” the charity’s guidelines say. Also Read: Vegans must have their own shelf in the office fridge, says new guidance “Supporting vegan employees to discuss their pension investment options with a relevant member of staff” is another guideline. Vegans must have their own shelf in the office fridge, says new guidance Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

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Portlaoise RFC U-15s dominate in big home win

first_img Pinterest Home Sport Rugby Portlaoise RFC U-15s dominate in big home win SportRugby Community Community Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleWater ponding problem highlighted in Portlaoise estateNext articlePolitical rivalry, departed friends and a new perspective as Fine Gael set out their stall in Portlaoise Bronagh Scully Council Pinterest Facebook Twitter Portlaoise 39 New Ross 0U-15 Leinster League Division 1Portlaoise RFC U-15s secured full points in this Leinster league match against New Ross at the weekend.The first half went from end to end with neither team getting to control the game. Portlaoise eventually got the first score after Glen Connolly made a good run up the left hand side and Callen Dunne was stopped short of the line.The resultant scrum left it easy for Conor Doran to pick and power over the line for his first try. Dylan Cahill narrowly missed the conversion kick.Portlaoise dominated the scrums and took three against the head, but that was the only place they could claim supremacy as constant handling errors and indiscipline kept New Ross in the game, half time score, 5  0 to Portlaoise.The home side got a good start to the second half, after they reclaimed the kick off and Doran ran in for his second try.Portlaoise started to get their game going and after a quick penalty and some slick passing by the backs, James Kidd went in for a try.It wasn’t long before Portlaoise went over again, after a sloppy lineout for New Ross, Doran gathered the loose ball and offloaded to the supporting Cian Coffey who went over for his first try in Portlaoise colours.Portlaoise pinned the away side into their own half and it wasn’t long before Conor Doran drove the entire New Ross pack over their line to score his second hat trick in two weeks.The home side were enjoying themselves now and threw ball around confidently, Sean Ward picked from a quick ruck and ran in under the posts for his side’s sixth try, Matthew Coonan converted to leave it 32 0 to Portlaoise.Portlaoise continued to attack, and it took a good covering tackle to stop James Kidd after a blistering run down the right hand side.It wasn’t long before Ward went over for his second try, Coonan converted to leave the final score 39-0 to Portlaoise.Squad: Callen Dunne, Bobo Lawal, Brian Barry, Glen Connolly, Declan Cox, Daragh Phelan, Cian Coffey, Conor Doran, Marc Bracken, Mitch Fitzpatrick, Mikie Daly, Paul Flanagan, Ciaran Culliton, James Kidd, Dylan Cahill, Eoin O’Brien McCormack, Sean Ward, Darragh Davies, Ronan Donlon, Matthew Coonan, Brian Keane.SEE ALSO – Remarkable Alex not letting autism or loss of vision stop him from achieving anything WhatsApp By Bronagh Scully – 18th January 2019 Portlaoise RFC U-15s dominate in big home win WhatsApp Facebook TAGSPortlaoise RFC New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

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MFDA CEO to retire in September

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The de facto founder and first employee of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, Larry Waite, is ready to call it quits. Waite, president and CEO of the MFDA, is planning to retire at the end of September of this year. He joined the MFDA as its chief operating officer and first employee on October 1, 1998, from the Ontario Securities Commission, where he had been director of enforcement. Related news In a letter to members Wednesday, Waite says that he advised the MFDA board at its February 29 meeting that he intends to retire on September 30. According to the letter, the board has retained a search firm to identify his successor, and the expectation is that the search will be completed by early June. From its launch with Waite as the first employee, the MFDA now has 170 employees and has become a national self-regulatory organization. Over the years, the MFDA and the other national SRO, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, have flirted with the idea of a possible merger to create a single SRO. The issue was considered most recently last summer, before being shelved. “I was extremely fortunate to have been given this opportunity and will always appreciate the unique challenges and satisfaction I have experienced in working for the MFDA,” Waite says in his letter. “I see this next chapter in my life as one of exciting opportunities. I believe I can bring my 34 years of securities regulatory and business experiences together in some meaningful way.” James Langton Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association CETFA elects new board leader PenderFund names new SVP for investments TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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IEF to mark Financial Literacy Month with youth summit

Intuit and Highline Beta launch fintech accelerator The Investor Education Fund (IEF) will kick off Financial Literacy Month with an event is designed to be a crash course for high school students about the importance of managing their money. The IEF will stage Ontario’s first Financial Literacy Youth Summit on November 1 in Richmond Hill. “Our research has shown that students want to learn about managing money, and they expect to learn it in school,” says IEF President Tom Hamza. “The Financial Literacy Youth Summit is a fun, engaging way to get students the information they’re looking for, in a way that makes it fun to learn.” Close to 600 provincial high school students are slated to participate in the event, which includes the Funny Money for High School Assembly Program, a program where professional comedians discuss the basics of money management in terms that inspire both laughter and learning. Funny Money, sponsored by IEF and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), has reached more than 250,000 students across the country. The inaugural Summit will also feature integrated social media discussion throughout the event, with the intention of spurring ongoing dialogue about student financial literacy. Credit management, the impact of debt and the power of compound growth on savings top the list of timely topics that will be discussed throughout the event. According to the recently released 2012 Youth Financial Literacy Study from IEF, seven in 10 teens say knowledge of personal finance is important, but only four in 10 feel they are somewhat or very prepared for managing their personal finances after high school. Only about one-quarter say their schools provide them with most or all of the financial information they need. The IEF will also mark the start of Financial Literacy Month by opening the TMX on November 1, and Hamza will participate in a discussion on financial education initiatives at a national launch event hosted by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) in Ottawa. Report reveals Canadians’ weak knowledge of retirement income Keywords Financial literacyCompanies Investor Education Fund IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter How to connect with your clients’ kids Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news read more

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Inmate Rehabilitation Key to Curtailing Criminality – MacMillan

first_imgInmate Rehabilitation Key to Curtailing Criminality – MacMillan UncategorizedOctober 31, 2008 RelatedInmate Rehabilitation Key to Curtailing Criminality – MacMillan RelatedInmate Rehabilitation Key to Curtailing Criminality – MacMillan FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail National Security Minister, Senator Colonel Trevor MacMillan, has emphasised the importance of the rehabilitation of inmates in the island’s correctional facilities, in the thrust to curtail crime and violence.He contends that appropriate rehabilitation programmes and activities undertaken in correctional facilities, could go a far way in ensuring that individuals, particularly first time offenders, do not return to a life of crime after they are released.Speaking at the Department of Correctional Service’s awards dinner at the Hilton Kingston Hotel on October 28, Senator MacMillan noted that incarceration provides the State with a chance to make professional interventions into the lives of offenders in penal institutions.“It is a fantastic opportunity to re-orientate their thinking, before grafting new skills on them. Prisoners are a captive audience, so officers who administer rehabilitation programmes do not have to compete with many of the other negative influences, for their attention. But, we must also remember that criminal networks know no borders,” the Minister said.Noting that one of the priority tasks of law enforcement agents and, by extension, the country, is the containment of criminal activity, Senator MacMillan stressed that rehabilitation is a significant part of the solution. In this regard, he contends that the challenge is to transform correctional facilities into incubators, capable of nurturing “good behaviour.”“The aim is to reduce the chance of first time offenders, returning to the society as hardened criminals. Successful rehabilitation programmes help to paralyse networks, and afford law enforcement officers, a little breathing space to tackle existing crimes. I want to place on record, how happy and relieved I am, that the Inmate Community Work Programme has been re-launched, and that many of the vocational training programmes have been expanded. This is a necessary investment, as it prevents our prison from becoming a revolving door.for criminals,” the Minister said.Singling out the Fort Augusta Correctional Centre for Women in St. Catherine, for special mention, Mr. MacMillan said the rehabilitation work being undertaken there, enables virtually every inmate paroled, to leave with a skill. This is invaluable, as it equips the individual to pursue an honest livelihood, thereby raising their esteem, he said.“It is not difficult to see how this helps to break the cycle of criminality. So the work has begun, but we must expand it aggressively. If we don’t, we are only compounding the problem, and in turn, the challenges before us,” Senator MacMillan argued.center_img RelatedInmate Rehabilitation Key to Curtailing Criminality – MacMillan Advertisementslast_img read more

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PM Golding Proposes Twinning of City of Kingston and China’s City of Tianjin.

first_imgPM Golding Proposes Twinning of City of Kingston and China’s City of Tianjin. Office of the Prime MinisterFebruary 9, 2010 RelatedPM Golding Proposes Twinning of City of Kingston and China’s City of Tianjin. RelatedPM Golding Proposes Twinning of City of Kingston and China’s City of Tianjin. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding is proposing the twinning of the cities of Kingston, Jamaica with China’s city of Tianjin. He has also proposed that both countries collaborate on technical co-operation programmes which could see China providing services to assist in the restoration and re-development of downtown Kingston.The Prime Minister put forward the proposals to China’s Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of China Tianjin Committee, Mr. He Lifeng, and his members when he met with them on the final day of his official visit to China on Friday (Feb 5).Mr. Golding said such an initiative would allow China to make available to Jamaica, some of its expertise which has been demonstrated in developing its own City of Tianjin. The Prime Minister said he was impressed with how the Tianjin municipal authority is established and how it works. He said the visit to Tianjin was particularly useful as he was able to see the amazing work they have done in planning the re-development and the renewal of the city of Tianjin.“Our capital city Kingston has suffered from the type of urban decay that has affected many cities throughout the world, with businesses and people moving away from the city and creating a new city elsewhere. The city of Kingston is blessed with so many natural attributes. We have one of the finest harbours in the world and it would be a shame to allow the city to die because of neglect. It presents tremendous potential for exciting new developments and we (the government) are committed to a comprehensive integrated program of redevelopment and renewal in the City of Kingston.” PM Golding said.Prime Minister Bruce Golding (2nd l) views the development plans for the city of Tianjin. The Prime Minister has proposed a twinning of Tianjin with the city of Kingston and for both cities to collaborate on technical co-operation programmes which could see Tianjin, China, providing services to assist in the restoration and redevelopment of downtown Kingston. Also in photo are Permanent Secretary in the OPM, Onika Miller (3rd l); Jamaica’s Ambassador to China, Courteney Rattray (4th l); China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Chen Jinghua (3rd r) and Special Adviser in the OPM, Christopher Zacca (2nd r).The Chinese Deputy Secretary, He Lifeng, welcomed the proposal to establish sister relations with the city of Tianjin and Kingston. He expressed the hope that through some specific projects, the Chinese government could further enhance the existing relationship between Kingston and Tianjin. Tianjin based companies have been involved in the development of a number of projects in Jamaica including the construction of the Trelawny stadium and the Montego Bay convention Centre.PM Golding noted that if the arrangement could be concluded for the twinning of Kingston and Tianjin, he would personally ensure that Usain Bolt whose popularity in China is well documented, be the official guest at the launching ceremony.PM Golding led a delegation to Beijing, China last week, during which he met with Chinese Government officials and held high level meetings with private and public sector leaders which covered energy, bauxite and major investments.center_img Advertisements RelatedPM Golding Proposes Twinning of City of Kingston and China’s City of Tianjin.last_img read more

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Central African Republic: producing HIV estimates in context of crisis

first_imgCentral African Republic: producing HIV estimates in context of crisis UNAIDSThe presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic on 27 December 2020 were meant to mark the consolidation of democracy and bolster economic and social recovery in a country tormented by decades of conflict and humanitarian challenges. However, the electoral process has given way to a serious political and military crisis, with the resurgence of armed conflict and a blockade of the main trade and supply routes to the landlocked country by rebel groups.It is in this context of crisis, and in the aftermath of bloody clashes between armed groups and government forces on the outskirts of the capital, Bangui, that the UNAIDS country office in the Central African Republic hosted a workshop to produce HIV estimates for the country from 18 to 22 January. This important annual exercise is conducted by UNAIDS with national authorities in all regions of the world to provide countries and HIV stakeholders with essential data on the pandemic and the response.Marie Charlotte Banthas, the Director of Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, oversees HIV and tuberculosis treatment programmes in the Central African Republic. Over the past three years, her services have been at the forefront of efforts to accelerate access to antiretroviral therapy from some 25 000 people on treatment in 2016 to more than 48 000 in June 2020. A former head of monitoring and evaluation at the Ministry of Health, she considers the HIV estimates workshop a priority, despite the deteriorated security situation. “There is no effective response to HIV without data. We need to hold this workshop to provide the country with reliable data to better guide our efforts and improve the care of our patients,” she said.Civil society also considers HIV estimates as a crucial endeavour. Bertille Zemangui is the President of the National Network of Free Girls, a sex workers’ organization representing key populations. To attend the HIV workshop, Ms Zemangui had to travel long distances each day through sensitive areas. The increased cost of public transport due to the crisis was not enough to discourage Ms Zemangui and other workshop participants. “The current situation is difficult. Everything has become expensive: transportation, food. But we have to be there to make our voice heard because it is sex workers and other key populations that are most affected by HIV in the Central African Republic,” she said. According to data from a 2019 survey, HIV prevalence among sex workers is 15% and 6.5% among gay men and other men who have sex with men, compared to 3.5% among all adults in the country.For security reasons, the estimates workshop was moved to the UNAIDS office and participation was reduced to national and international experts and members of civil society. “This workshop provided us with a clearer idea of the magnitude and trajectory of the epidemic for 2021. These are essential to measuring our progress towards achieving the 95-95-95 goals,” said Marcel Massanga, the Deputy National Coordinator of the National AIDS Control Council. The workshop also served to identify approaches to improve the quality and completeness of HIV data in the Central African Republic. Thus, the participants agreed on the need to integrate HIV data into the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) platform with a view to strengthening the health system.There are concerns that the volatile security situation could jeopardize the Central African Republic’s efforts to accelerate its HIV response. In 2020, the country launched an ambitious National HIV Strategic Plan 2021-2025, which aims to eliminate discrimination, halve new HIV infections and ensure that 95% of people living with HIV access antiretroviral therapy by 2025. “It will not be possible to achieve these ambitious goals without peace and stability. Already we have information that in several areas people living with HIV have fled into the bush and are without treatment. We must quickly implement contingency plans to respond to these emergencies,” said Patrick Eba, the UNAIDS Country Director for the Central African Republic. /Public Release. 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State transportation package includes $26 billion price tag, funding for Interstate Bridge Project

first_imgState transportation package includes $26 billion price tag, funding for Interstate Bridge ProjectPosted by John LeyDate: Thursday, January 21, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Rep. Ed Orcutt: ‘This 18 cent per gallon increase alone is almost as much as the entire federal gas tax’Washington state leaders in the House are proposing the largest increase in gas taxes in state history as part of a $26 billion transportation package. The 16-year package includes an automatic inflation adjustment, raising the gas tax to nearly $1 per gallon. The proposal includes carbon taxes and other tax increases including vehicle weight fees and car tab fees.“Our proposal is much more substantial than any in state history because the needs and challenges are so much bigger,” said Transportation Chair Jake Fey (Democrat, 27th District). “Those needs include long-overdue investments in preserving and maintaining our current transportation system, help for frontline communities, and carbon reduction to fight climate change.”The announced transportation package proposal drew immediate criticism from Republican lawmakers.Sen. Ann Rivers (Republican, 18th District) responded to Clark County Today via email, stressing that the proposal was just the beginning of a conversation.“I think that Representative Fey deserves credit for putting something out to get the conversation going but I am gravely concerned about both the project list and the funding mechanisms.  As always, the introduction of a bill merely indicates the beginning of a conversation, in earnest … not the final outcome.”Sen. Lynda Wilson (Republican, 17th District) also responded to a request for comment about the proposal. Wilson questioned whether Democrats had taken the time to gauge the thoughts of Washington residents before compiling the proposal.“I was in office when the ‘Connecting Washington’ package of 2015 was assembled and refined and adopted. Although I was a no, it won a strong bipartisan vote, in part because it reflected a great deal of public input from all corners of the state. It’s not clear to me that the House Democrats behind this new proposal went to the same effort. Did they go into districts served by Republican legislators, to learn about their transportation needs?“We do need to look at funding for maintenance and preservation, and the fish-passage issue, and the Interstate 5 bridge, but the gas tax is among the most regressive taxes in our state,” Sen. Wilson said. “I don’t know how my colleagues across the aisle can complain about how Washington’s tax system is so regressive then introduce a proposal that would make it even more regressive. Let’s also remember that families and employers are still trying to get through a pandemic, and the last thing they need is more financial pressure from tax increases of any kind.”Rep. Vicki Kraft (Republican, 17th District) expressed strong opposition in her response to the proposed transportation package and its tax increases. “Any tax on the people, especially at a time like this where so many have experienced serious financial challenges over the past year, proves the Democrat majority in Olympia is completely out of touch with the realities Washingtonians are facing now. This tax will raise the price of gas to 85.4 cents per gallon and if carbon fees are added will cost $1 per gallon. “It’s clear to me this bill will punish drivers who have vehicles using gasoline,’’ Kraft said. “Ultimately, this furthers the agenda of the Democrat majority in Olympia to get people out of their cars and depend instead on public transit or rail. Note, the recent Seattle Times article yesterday even quoted Rep. Wylie who said about the current Columbia River I-5 bridge replacement, “a new structure should be adaptable to rail use.” I would argue, the people do not need any new taxes, the people should be able to drive the vehicle of their choice, and we need to keep it affordable for them to do so.”Like Kraft, Rep. Ed Orcutt (Republican, 20th District) said he is unable to support the proposal.“There are many things with which I am concerned regarding the proposal,’’ Orcutt said. “To begin with, it includes an 18 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax – then would automatically inflate by the provision indexing it to inflation. Since 2003, the gas tax has already more than doubled from 23 cents to 49.4 cents per gallon.  This 18 cent per gallon increase alone is almost as much as the entire federal gas tax!“Another concern is that weight fees on passenger vehicles – first created in 2005, then increased in 2015, with another rise already scheduled for 2022 – will go up yet again,’’ Orcutt said. “A little over a year since voters demanded vehicle license fees drop to $30 from $60 or more, he is proposing to increase them rather than to follow the will of the voters and lower them.“Next, diesel taxes and weight fees on trucks will rise as well. This will lead to higher costs of delivery of products — and inflate the purchase price of almost everything we buy. And, to add to it all, they intend to pass a carbon tax that will also drive up the underlying (pre-tax) cost of fuel. Higher direct taxes plus added hidden taxes both of which rise over time.“The proposed gas tax increase alone is greater than the entirety of any single tax package in the past – then everything else is added on top of that,’’ Orcutt said. “It will devastate the budgets of those who drive low or moderate fuel efficiency vehicles – especially those who drive a lot of miles – but it also will add cost to all areas of family budgets, not just fuel. I am very concerned about this proposal and the impact it will have on families – and the economy. For the above reasons, I am unable to support the proposal.”Presently, the Washington state gas tax is 67.8 cents per gallon, the fourth highest in the nation. The House proposal if enacted, would raise that to nearly $1 per gallon. Photo by Ken VancePresently, the Washington state gas tax is 67.8 cents per gallon, the fourth highest in the nation. The House proposal if enacted, would raise that to nearly $1 per gallon. Photo by Ken VanceOf interest to Southwest Washington citizens is the proposed expenditure of $1 billion for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Project (IBRP). This was the only transportation project specifically mentioned in the press briefing distributed this week. Furthermore, there are no details on what a replacement bridge will look like, including the cost. The IBRP team has only shared that if the prior proposal were built, it would cost roughly $2 billion more than the previous proposal. The Bi-State Legislative Committee was briefed in Nov. that there was a funding shortage of $1.8 to $2.3 billion. Fey is a member of the joint state legislative committee.At the time, Oregon Sen. Lee Beyer (Democrat, 6th District) said: “We may not get a transportation package. But in order to inform people about what we might be looking for, or a state contribution for this project, it would be helpful to have that. If 450 (million) is no longer the right number … it would be helpful to me to know what that (higher number) is.”Staff responded by restating it is a conceptual finance plan based on the old Columbia River Crossing (CRC). “The conceptual finance plan we have here indicates that each state would need to provide between $750 million to $1 billion of funds to construct a program unless other additional sources of funding are identified,” said Ray Maybe of the IBRP staff.Several lawmakers participated in a press conference on Tuesday (Jan. 19), to talk about the details of the proposal, which is separate from the two-year transportation budget. They say priorities in the plan include maintenance and preservation, investing in frontline communities, supporting economic recovery, aggressive carbon reduction, and living up to commitments, including the restoration of fish passages. ”This is a high-water mark,” said Fey. “This is the direction the House wants to go.”“We’re proposing $6.7 billion in new road-related investments, $1 billion for the Interstate Replacement Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon, and fully funding fish passages,” said Rep. Sharon Wylie (Democrat, 49th District). “There are also significant investments to reduce carbon. We do so using a wide range of strategies, including alternative fuels, the electrification of vehicle fleets, and increased spending for multi-modal services such as transit and special needs transportation along with bike and pedestrian projects.” The Washington Farm Bureau came out in opposition to the bill. “Can you afford to spend $1.00 per gallon in TAXES at the pump? House Democrats have proposed a $26 Billion transportation package that includes 28 individual fees! This will be detrimental to agriculture, leaving farmers pockets empty and their communities hungry. Please explain to us how this is a #OneWashington approach? It’s not.”The current House proposal would raise gas taxes to 99.1 cent per gallon. This includes an 18 cent per gallon tax plus a new carbon tax adding another 13.3 cents. Graphic courtesy of the Washington Farm BureauThe current House proposal would raise gas taxes to 99.1 cent per gallon. This includes an 18 cent per gallon tax plus a new carbon tax adding another 13.3 cents. Graphic courtesy of the Washington Farm BureauThe House proposal is unique in that it raises new revenue without new borrowing through bonds, saving billions of taxpayer dollars in interest costs. One aspect of this move is that it only requires a simple majority vote in the legislature, whereas bonding the proposal would require a supermajority, according to one report.“We heard in our listening sessions that stakeholders wanted transparency and a clear connection to transportation investments,” said Rep. Vandana Slatter (Democrat, 48th District). “A good example is the carbon fee, with all of those revenues dedicated to multimodal transportation along with carbon reduction and electrification investments. This will give people more transportation choices while moving our state toward a green transportation future.” Another connection between revenue and investments is how indexing the fuel tax to the Consumer Price Index will pay for the increased costs of preservation and maintenance according to the proposal. The Washington Policy Center reports the proposed fee on carbon dioxide emissions of $15 per ton, passed on to consumers, would add another 15 cents per gallon.  The fee would increase to $20 per a ton next biennium and $25 per ton in 2025-25, adding more to the consumer cost of gasoline.According to the press release, the 18 cent gas tax increase, indexed to inflation, would raise $16.7 billion. The carbon tax would raise $7.5 billion. The increased passenger vehicle weight fee would raise $527 million, the 3 cent diesel tax increase $386 million, car registration fees $300 million, and driver’s license fees another $228 million.On the spending side, $4.6 billion is allocated for maintenance and preservation, $3.5 billion for fish culverts, $6.7 billion for state and local projects, $1 billion for the state ferry system, $582 million for “crab preservation programs,” and $828 million for TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) programs. Over half gas tax spending goes to pay off debt on borrowed funds. The new House proposal would not borrow any money by bonding, but spend funds as they are received. Graphic by WA State Transportation Commission and Seattle TimesOver half gas tax spending goes to pay off debt on borrowed funds. The new House proposal would not borrow any money by bonding, but spend funds as they are received. Graphic by WA State Transportation Commission and Seattle TimesUnder the broad category of “carbon reduction initiatives,” the proposal allocates $8.2 billion. The largest of which is $2.5 billion for undefined “carbon reduction investments.” Included are $569 million for the state ferry system (plus the $1 billion above), $864 million for Amtrak Cascades, plus nearly $1.6 billion in various transit related projects. An additional $585 million is allocated for bike and pedestrian projects. A separate $960 million allocation is for special needs transit.Overall, of the $25.8 billion in spending, transit appears to be the biggest beneficiary. $6.22 billion or 23 percent of the package appears to be spending on mass transit, bikes and pedestrian, state ferries, and rail.  Fish culverts get 13.5 percent of the funding.The House Transportation Committee’s top-ranking Republican member, Rep. Andrew Barkis (2nd District) said he opposes the gas tax increase. He said the state should stick to maintenance and finish the road projects approved during the last decade.In 2015, the legislature passed a 16-year, $16 billion transportation package. At the time it was the largest in state history. All the funds raised in that package have not yet been expended. The current proposed package is more than 60 percent larger.A bill number has not yet been assigned to the proposal. Senate Democrats are expected to release their own proposal as early as next week, according to the Washington Policy Center.Interested citizens can watch the press conference here. Clark County Today Editor Ken Vance contributed to this report.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Thursday, January 21, 2021 Next : Restaurants and other small businesses urge legislature to speed up reopeningAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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BMW Z4 comes in turbo four and 382-hp trims

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSBMWZ4News advertisement The new Toyota Supra is getting a performance version, the BMW Z4 is notThe whole car is physically larger than the previous Z4 as well—3.3 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider, and 0.5 inches taller, to be exact (and you know the Germans are). The wheelbase is shorter by an inch, and the track is wider by almost 4 inches in the front and 3 inches in the rear, making it very nimble, but grippy.The looks of the Z4 are very similar to the concept model, with iconic kidney grilles, and a semi-pointy sharknose-like face; it retains the classic long-hood look of a real sports car. The interior is very driver-focused, with the instrument panel and centre console facing the driver’s seat. Expect First Edition cars to arrive in dealerships in the second quarter of 2019, and the sDrive30i to arrive in spring. Pricing has not yet been announced. First Edition models will come in a cool Frozen Orange Metallic paint with Shadow Line trim, along with an M-tuned electronically controlled suspension, M sport brakes, and an M Sport differential. Four 19-inch alloy wheels come standard. M Sport models also will come in a frozen grey, but not in the First Edition version.Unfortunately for old-school folks, there is no pure manual option offered, only an eight-speed paddle-operated automatic that’ll shift faster than you can blink anyway. There’s also launch control to satisfy your cafe-racing needs. Like a proper sports car, the Z4 is rear-wheel-drive only.Both cars have 50:50 weight distribution, which is ideal for a well-handling car. This was achieved by shedding weight in clever areas, like by using a super-light soft top instead of a folding hard top.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i  Handout / BMW ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos BMW took the covers off of its production Z4 two-seater trims mid-September, the sDrive30i and the soon-to-come M40i, following the release of the First Edition model at Monterey Car Week last month.The sDrive30i will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque—that’s 15 more horses and 35 more torques than its predecessor, thanks to its new twin-scroll turbocharger.Peak horsepower happens between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, and peak torque arrives as low as 1,550 rpm, all the way up to 4,400 rpm. BMW says it’ll get up to highway speeds in 5.2 seconds from a standstill. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The M40i will arrive a bit later, but the wait will be worth it. That car will feature a 3.0-litre turbo straight-six, which gets a bump of 47 horsepower over its previous incarnation.Between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm, you’ll have 382 horsepower to play with, plus 369 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. You’ll get to 100 km/h from zero in just 4.5 seconds. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i’s turbocharged inline-six.Handout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Z4 M40iHandout, BMW 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” Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada 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 last_img read more

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Yahoo details mobile success amid difficult Q2

first_img Previous ArticleApple, IBM are “puzzle pieces with no overlap” in surprising enterprise moveNext ArticleHTC parts company with more execs – report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 JUL 2014 Tim Ferguson Smartphone wholesale revenue tipped for bumper year Related Yahoo’s mobile-first approach has seen it rack up 450 million monthly active mobile users, and drive greater engagement with its mobile products.Speaking in the company’s second quarter results call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (pictured) put the focus firmly on its progress in mobile (potentially an effort to detract attention from overall falls in revenue and income). “This growth, combined with the launch of Gemini, our mobile search and native marketplace, has positioned us to monetise our mobile traffic in a smart, sustainable way that supports long term growth,” she claimed.The number of mobile users has more than doubled compared with two years ago, and has grown 36 per cent over the past year.“In addition to driving user growth, mobile has also delivered a step change in engagement,” Mayer added, stating that the time spent on mobile has risen by 79 per cent year-on-year.And the company’s focus on mobile apps, with more than 400 employees developing iOS and Android apps, has paid off according to Mayer, with smartphone users spending 86 per cent of their time interacting with Yahoo technology on apps.“Increasingly mobile users are spending more time on mobile apps versus mobile web,” Mayer said.The Yahoo CEO said the growth was the result of recruiting new technical talent over the past few years, something that “will continue to be a point of focus and investment”.Mayer said the company’s mobile products “were noticeably scattershot” two years ago, but sunsetting more than 60 products and services and redirecting resources to services that will drive revenue has improved focus.Noticeable mobile successes in Q2 included the launch of the Aviate homescreen app, which saw user numbers grow 2.5 times during the first week of availability, with those accessing the technology doing so an average of 50 times per day.“We’re excited about the opportunity to deliver the right information and applications at the very moment of relevance,” Mayer noted.The new Yahoo Mail app, released during the quarter, added search, news and content, leading to iOS users spending an additional one minute per day using the app compared to its predecessor, and a 65 per cent increase on Android.“Developed in under six weeks, our latest Mail app is yet another testament to the abilities of our teams to be mobile first, move fast and launch products our users love,” Mayer said.Mayer also talked up progress with the Gemini marketplace, “the very first unified mobile search and native buying platform in the industry”. The company is now serving its own mobile search ads in the US for the first time since 2010, with Gemini accounting for 50 per cent of mobile display revenue in the US.Both mobile display and search revenue have grown more than 100 per cent year-on-year.Despite the success on the mobile side, Yahoo saw a 3 per cent year-on-year decline in revenue in the second quarter to post sales of $1.04 billion. In addition, it saw a 72 per cent drop in GAAP income from operations to $38 million.Mayer said “given our top priority of long-term sustainable growth, we are not satisfied with our results this past quarter,” adding that the transformation of the company will take “multiple years,” with some quarters being more challenging than others. Asia appsFinancialmobilerevenueYahoocenter_img China impone restricciones a más aplicaciones China tightens app data collection rules Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Author Home Yahoo details mobile success amid difficult Q2 Tags last_img read more