News / Disaster predicted at Rotterdam from new container weight verification regime

first_img By Gavin van Marle 15/03/2016 Dutch freight forwarder VCK Logistics is the latest company to warn that new container weight verification regulations could cause chaos in the supply chain.The firm has completed a pilot weighing scheme that saw large discrepancies between declared and actual weights.The tests saw 240 export containers weighed, partly to refine its process before the new rules come into force on 1 July, and to check variations between declared and actual weights.“It was terrible,” Rob van Steensel, general manager at VCK said, “The average variation was 14%.”The IMO has set a variance limit of 5%, and containers which exceed this will not be loaded onto vessels.In addition, Mr van Steensel said, shippers would be levied a €350 fine “and miss that sailing, which means they will likely wait a week until the next sailing and pay seven days’ demurrage”.The smallest variance – from a manufacturer that used the second method of adding the weight of the cargo to the container’s tare weight – was just 2%, but most of its shipments were identical.He said: “For large producers, such as Heineken, it is relatively easy – they know how much each bottle weighs and how many bottles go into a container; it’s the same with every shipment so the calculated method works.”VCK is installing two weighbridges in its facilities in Rotterdam, which Mr van Steensel said was at the request of a major customer.“My largest customer said that they were willing to sign a five-year contract if I made the investment and installed the weighbridges. On the basis of serving our clients, we went ahead.“But we will not be offering this service to forwarders or shippers who are not our customers.”The system will need to be calibrated and then registered with the authorities as certified weighing equipment. Once in use it will send the container weight to VCK’s system, which will then be transmitted to the shipping line via EDI.However, Mr van Steensel warned that time was fast running out for other forwarders.“No one is doing anything about this – it is madness that people are not trying to prepare.“To build a weighbridge in Holland I needed to apply for a permit from the local government. That was submitted in November and I received the permit at the beginning of March – it then takes eight weeks to construct – ours will be ready in June,” he said.The potential for severe congestion in Rotterdam is huge – the port processes 10,000 export containers a week, but has just five weighbridges.At a very rough calculation, if every container is to be weighed, and each weighbridge is in round-the-clock operation, each will have to weigh at least 11 containers every hour © Hongqi Zhang (aka Michael Zhang)last_img read more

Senators ask drug makers to explain prices for opioid overdose antidote

first_img “One concern is that money for naloxone is coming out of the same pot as money for treatment and prevention,” Alison Knopf, editor of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly. “The costlier it is, the less money for treatment and prevention.”Meanwhile, last February, Kaleo Pharma raised the list price for two single-dose injectors to $3,750, from $750, a price that was set last November, after previously costing $575, according to Truven.Collins and McCaskill also wrote the other companies that market versions of the drug, including Mylan Laboratories, Kaleo, Adapt Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer, whose Hospira unit markets a form of the drug. They asked what the companies are doing to ensure access to their treatments. We asked each company for their reaction to the letter and will update you accordingly.[UPDATE: An Adapt spokesman wrote us that the price of its Narcan nasal spray version has remained steady at $125 for a carton of two doses, and a 40 percent discount is available to non-profits, community-based organizations, and first responders to buy two doses for $75.And a Kaleo spokesman sent us a note saying the company has a program that provides “little to no out-of-pocket costs” to patients and caregivers with  commercial insurance. We asked about actual costs, and will provide any reply. The company, he added, has also donated more than 150,000 doses of Evzio.] Medical students demand better training to tackle opioid crisis Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints @Pharmalot Related: In the latest attempt to combat prescription drug abuse, two US senators want several drug makers to explain their pricing for naloxone, a decades-old drug that is widely used to reverse the effect of opioid and heroin overdoses.The move comes amid ongoing reports that the cost of the treatment continues to rise, despite bitter complaints from public officials. At the same time, public health officials cite a growing number of overdose deaths — more than 27,000 were recorded in the US in 2014.In identical letters to five drug makers, Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, and Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging, wrote that they are concerned that rising prices “may be limited access for emergency responders and public health departments.”advertisement Heroin, painkiller overdose antidote getting easier to buy By Ed Silverman June 7, 2016 Reprints Related:center_img But naloxone has received special attention, because the medicine is used to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and can limit or stop a heroin or prescription opioid overdose. “It becomes critical in the field for a cop, a paramedic, or EMT worker,” said Dr. Lewis Nelson, an emergency medicine specialist at the New York University Langone Medical Center. “You could watch someone die without it.”advertisement The most common formulation used by police departments, hospitals, and addiction advocacy organizations is made by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which created a ruckus by raising the list price of 10 pre-filled, 2-milliliter syringes from $120 to $330 in October 2014, according to Truven Health Analytics. The list price for 10 fixed-needle syringes also rose from $169.50 to $330.Such price hikes sparked anger among state agencies and, shortly afterward, prompted Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, to pressure Amphastar for pricing information. The company responded to the pressure, in part, by striking deals with some states to sell its drug at a reduced rate.Two months ago, for instance, Amphastar reached such an agreement with the Connecticut attorney general and, in January, renewed a similar yearlong agreement with the New York state attorney general. We asked Amphastar for comment and will pass along any reply. PharmalotSenators ask drug makers to explain prices for opioid overdose antidote Ed Silverman Two US senators want several drug makers to explain their pricing for naloxone. Toby Talbot/AP [email protected] Prescription drug pricing is a highly contentious issue, and McCaskill and Collins held closely watched hearings last year to examine huge price hikes taken by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Turing Pharmaceuticals, which was run by Martin Shkreli. Tags heroinNaloxoneopioidslast_img read more

Before and After: These shocking pictures show the full scale of the damage at vacant Portlaoise school

first_img WhatsApp Before and After: These shocking pictures show the full scale of the damage at vacant Portlaoise school By David Power – 16th April 2018 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rugby Home News Community Before and After: These shocking pictures show the full scale of the… NewsCommunity And our photographs below, taken today, show the shocking damage that has been caused since. Twitter Community St Paul’s NS on the Borris road was an education institution in Portlaoise for decades and many generations of children.It was known as Portlaoise CBS at one stage in addition to St Paul’s NS and the Holy Family in its final days as a school.The school finally closed its doors for the last time at the end of the school year in June, 2017 and has been idle since.It has been a source of controversy since, with extensive vandalism occurring there in the intervening months.Following a fire on Sunday, LaoisToday can reveal the full scale of damage caused by constant incidents of vandalism.Windows have been smashed in virtually every classroom in the school and partition walls have been damaged.The building is now strewn with broken glass, fallen ceiling panels and the last remnants of school books etc.The floor is also littered with empty beer cans and even human excrement.Portlaoise parish is now responsible for the management of the school building until it is demolished by the Department of Education.Monsignor John Byrne PP recently told LaoisToday that securing the building in the meantime was proving very difficult for the parish to manage.Politicians have called for the building to be demolished as a matter of urgency, with the issue raised in the Dáil recently by Deputy Brian Stanley.These brilliant photos taken last year by Trevor Byrne just before the school closed show the good condition of the school at the time. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Previous articleIn Pictures: Great craic at ‘Music at the Malt House’ 2018Next articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, April 17, 2018 David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding TAGSPortlaoiseSt Paul’s NS SEE ALSO – Laois GAA announce new sponsor for Centre of Excellencelast_img read more

Laois man hailed ‘a hero’ after quick thinking on site of emergency

first_img Rugby One Portlaoise man has been hailed a hero after helping a young man at the scene of an accident outside Portlaoise last Friday, July 27.Trevor Fennell from St Brigid’s Place Portlaoise found the man who suffered an injury on a bike in Dysart Woods.Trevor phoned the emergency services and looked after the severely injured man until paramedics arrived.‘A local hero’ Trevor’s friend Denis Goulding hailed the Portlaoise man as, “A local hero. The man would have died without his intervention.”We spoke to Trevor after the incident. “I was a little bit shocked and relieved to be honest. I was relieved to have come across him because although he was in touch with emergency services it was his first time in Dysart woods and wasn’t familiar with the woods. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Facebook By Siun Lennon – 1st August 2018 center_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Laois man hailed ‘a hero’ after quick thinking on site of emergency Previous articleHistory of a remarkable Laois coalmine is being explored in the DunamaiseNext articleAny hurls? Any helmets? It’s Junior ‘C’ hurling championship day Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp Home News Community Laois man hailed ‘a hero’ after quick thinking on site of emergency NewsCommunity Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community “The area of the woods where the chap had the accident wouldn’t be a popular trail because of the steep climb and bad footing so there wouldn’t be much footfall in that area,” said Trevor.An Air Ambulance came and brought the injured man to hospital. He suffered a badly bruised spine, a broken rib and collar bone but is on the mend to full health.As many people who are given the ‘hero’ status do, Trevor downplayed his actions.“I suppose when I came upon him I just kept calm and because I know the woods well I knew the emergency services would find us quick,” he added.SEE ALSO – Heatwave predicted for Laois this bank holiday weekend TAGSAir ambulanceDysart WoodsLocal hero Community last_img read more

Intermediate specialists Clonaslee see off Mountmellick to book final place

first_img Facebook A powerful run from Will Young put Clonaslee back in front in the 51st minute and then Corbet, after something of an off day on the frees, pointed a ’45 in the 56th minute.Then Clonaslee pounced for the game’s defining goal, with Sean Dunne, not long on as sub, firing past Eoghan Keogh. Another sub Sean Condon added a point and it was safe from there.Mountmellick, whose only score from play was that lucky first-half goal, will be bitterly disappointed at how their season has fizzled out and their intermediate stay continues for another year.Clonaslee are back in a place they know well – in an another intermediate final.They’ll go for a fifth title in the grade in 21 years when they meet Rosenallis or Portlaoise in the final in two weeks time.SCORERS –  Clonaslee: Sean Dunne 1-1, Niall Corbet 0-3 (one free, one ’45), Cian Barrett 1-0, Will Young 0-1, Glen McEvoy 0-1, Sean Condon 0-1, Jack Owens 0-1. Mountmellick: Niall Mullen 0-3 (all frees), Jason Caffrey 1-0, Eoghan Keogh 0-1 (‘45)CLONASLEE: Barry Kelly; John Rigney, Ger Reilly, Mark McEvoy; Diarmuid Conroy, Liam Senior, Jack Owens; Seamus Rosney, Will Young; Niall Corbet, Glen McEvoy, Niall Hogan; Paddy Hyland, Cian Barrett, Robert Downey. Subs: Sean Condon for Rosney (35), Ryan Kilroe for Downey (45), Michael Hyland for G McEvoy (57), Oisin Murray for Barrett (62)MOUNTMELLICK: Eoghan Keogh; Laurence Kenny, Gearoid Hanrahan, Cian Thompson; Ben Forde, Mark Dowling, Redmond McEvoy; Colm Coss, Steve Lynch; Karl Donoher, Jason Caffrey, Darren Fitzpatrick; Bernard Rochford, Niall Mullen, Darragh Hanlon. Subs: Curtis Lee for Hanlon (25), Donnacha Hartnett for Rochford (38), Eoin George for Donoher (43), Gary Dowling for Coss (black card – 62)SEE ALSO – Check out all our Laois IFC coverage here By Steven Miller – 13th September 2019 Twitter WhatsApp Intermediate specialists Clonaslee see off Mountmellick to book final place 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Brought to you in association with Telfords Clonaslee 2-8 Mountmellick 1-4Laois Shopping Centre IFC Semi-finalIntermediate football specialists Clonaslee are back in another county final in the grade following their seven-point win over Mountmellick this evening.A first-half goal from Cian Barrett set them on their way as they opened a six-point lead after 17 minutes and never trailed after that, their patient possession game an absolutely crucial factor in their win.As they had in their previous two games, Mountmellick played with Darren Fitzpatrick as an extra defender but they were very rusty in front of goals and shot eight wides in the first half.They were also 1-3 to no score down midway through the first period, Clonaslee’s goal a brilliantly taken effort from Cian Barrett while Niall Corbet kicked two points and Jack Owens got one.And Mountmellick would have went in at half time scoreless only for a hugely fortuitous goal from Jason Caffrey. As they headed for the dressing rooms, Clonaslee led 1-3 to 1-0.Mountmellick abandoned the sweeper policy in the second half and their direct running began to cause Clonaslee problems.Niall Mullen pointed an early free and though Glen McEvoy cancelled it out with a nice effort from play, two frees from Coss and ’45 from Eoghan Keogh had them level by the 45th minute. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSClonasleeClonaslee v MountmellickLaois IFCMountmellick GAA GAA center_img Pinterest Home Gaelic Football Club Football Intermediate specialists Clonaslee see off Mountmellick to book final place Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA Twitter Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all of Friday evening’s Laois GAA action as senior status and intermediate final place on the lineNext articleBergin stars as The Heath see off Crettyard to seal SFC status Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA last_img read more

Financial services firms not well prepared to tackle emerging risks

first_img Related news As financial services institutions grapple with efforts to control costs and mitigate risks, chief risk officers (CROs) in Canada and the U.S. expressed the most confidence in their firms’ ability to manage exposure to key risks, according to Deloitte LLP’s 10th annual global risk-management survey. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The results of the survey of CROs from 77 global financial services institutions in Latin America, the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific found that 89% of survey participants in Canada and the U.S., specifically, were more likely to assess their firm’s risk-management program as “extremely” or “very” effective compared with 65% in Europe and 63% in Latin America. When it comes to managing traditional risks, such as those associated with liquidity, underwriting/reserving and credit, about 80% or more of survey participants, overall, indicated that their organizations were well prepared to tackle each of those challenges. However, Deloitte’s research found that survey participants feel their firms’ programs to deal with newer threats such as cybersecurity, the geopolitical environment and data integrity, are less effective. For example, only 42% of survey participants said their firms are well prepared to handle cybersecurity threats. “Risk-management programs will need to not only become more effective and efficient, but also acquire the agility to respond more flexibly and nimbly to the next set of demands,” says Edward Hida, global risk and capital management leader at Deloitte, in a statement. However, 52% of survey participants expressed concern over the capacity of their firm’s risk technology to keep pace with the changing regulatory environment. Even as pressures to cut costs on every front mount, many (42%) expect their companies to ramp up spending by 10% or more on acquiring new technologies. In Canada and the U.S., survey participants were more likely to indicate that managing the risks related to “increasing regulatory requirements and expectations” would be a key priority during the next two years. That seems to be in step with the “pace of regulatory changes” that both countries are experiencing, Deloitte’s report finds. In contrast, those in Europe were more likely to cite the increased role of the board of directors in risk assessment as a priority. With talk of changes to the regulatory environment brewing in both Canada and the U.S., about 78% of survey participants from these countries placed greater concern on the costs that tighter regulations would have on businesses compared with their counterparts in Latin America (38%) and Asia Pacific (26%). Deloitte’s study, which examines the risk-management practices of financial services institutions across the world, includes the insurance, banking and investment management sectors. As an aggregate, the institutions have total combined assets of $13.6 trillion but, overall, the sample represents a range of companies, from small institutions with less than $10 billion in assets to large institutions with more than $100 billion in assets. Photo copyright: convisum/123RF Keywords Risk managementCompanies Deloitte & Touche LLP Beatrice Paez center_img Investment industry has learned from the financial crisis: survey Feds seek input on bank bailout prevention Firms struggling to keep up on risk management Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Wage rise stimulus arguments do not add up – Ai Group submission to Annual Wage Review

first_imgWage rise stimulus arguments do not add up – Ai Group submission to Annual Wage Review The national employer association Ai Group has filed its second submission to this year’s Annual Wage Review, arguing for a delayed operative date for any potential pay increase for employers in distressed sectors and debunking the argument that a minimum wage increase amounts to stimulus.Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said: “Our analysis has demonstrated that the ACTU’s argument that an increase in minimum wages would have a similar effect to government stimulus payments does not add up.“This argument has substantial flaws and should not be accepted by the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission.“Unlike stimulus payments, rises in minimum wages are paid by businesses and other employers and therefore involve a diversion of money from employers to those households which receive higher wages because of the minimum wage decision.“Because there is no additional money injected into the economy from an increase in minimum wages, there is no comparability between stimulus payments made by governments and rises in minimum wages. One is stimulus; the other is a transfer within the economy. They are chalk and cheese.“We also propose a delayed operative date of 1 September 2021 for any wage increase in Group 2 awards. Last year, the minimum wage increase for these awards was delayed by four months. This year, we propose a delay of two months. This would facilitate a smooth transition to a 1 July operative date for any minimum wage increase next year, if there are no ongoing ‘exceptional circumstances’.“We propose an operative date of 1 January 2022 for any wage increase in Group 3 awards. The industries covered by these awards continue to be adversely affected by the pandemic, and the 1 February 2021 delayed operative date for these awards in last year’s Decision would otherwise result in employers being required to pay two wage increases in close succession.“Contrary to the false assertions of the ACTU, Ai Group has not yet proposed a quantum for any minimum wage increase. Our view is that the impact of the discontinuation of the JobKeeper scheme from 28 March 2021, including the extent of job losses and business closures, is not yet clear. For this reason, Ai Group will advise the Expert Panel of our position on any minimum wage increase in the round of submissions due on 14 May 2021. This will enable Ai Group to assess the latest economic data before settling on a proposed quantum for any minimum wage increase.“The 3.5 per cent minimum wage increase proposed by the ACTU is obviously unsustainable. Such a minimum wage increase is incompatible with the current economic vulnerabilities and would put jobs at risk and worsen unemployment and underemployment,” Mr Willox said.The full Ai Group submission is available at this link. /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:ACTU, Ai Group, AiGroup, Australian Industry Group, business, Commission, Economy, Effect, fair work, Fair Work Commission, Government, Impact, job loss, JobKeeper, minimum wage, pandemic, quantum, unemploymentlast_img read more

The Cold Start: October 30, 2018

first_imgPorsche took an old 993 body they had lying around for decades and built itself a 70th birthday present. The automaker originally revealed the one-of-a-kind creation at Rennsport Reunion VI earlier this year, and when it went up for auction over the weekend, it took just 10 minutes to become the highest-earning 993 of all time.The only catch – one the owner hopefully knew before they agreed to purchase – is that it’s basically just a piece of rare art—the parts are from both the ’90s but assembled present-day, so the car isn’t even street-legal. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Fiat Chrysler might keep manufacturing trucks in Mexico, despite TrumpCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Trending Videos Trending in Canada AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Donald Trump’s slogan may be “Make America Great Again,” but doing that and making a buck at the same time ain’t that easy, if you ask Fiat Chrysler (FCA). The multinational corporation is allegedly reconsidering its plan to shift production of its heavy-duty Ram pickups from Mexico to Michigan. Trump formerly hailed the prospective move as proof of his superior international trade policies.FCA is still planning to invest $1 billion into its truck plant north of Detroit, thereby creating some 2,500 jobs, but main production will likely remain in Saltillo, Mexico. For more on this developing story, stay tuned to the 45th President of the United States’ Twitter feed. Sigh.Mercedes-Benz leaked info on all of its 2019 releasesCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Porsche See More Videos advertisement It may be time to take the Mercedes-Benz communication team in for a service appointment, because they seem to have sprung a leak. A document containing plans for an upcoming “product offensive” were inadvertently released recently, giving North Americans a few reasons for future jealousy.The plans include a new shooting brake version of the CLA, which will land in Europe only in the second half of 2019. Here, we can expect to see updated variants of the GLS, GLC, GLC Coupe, CLA and V-Class van (the last one’ll be referred to here as the Metris, however). There’s also a pair of new vans called the eVito and eSprinter, which are likely electric versions of the Metris and Sprinter respectively. Will Canada see those? We’ll have to wait for the next leak to find out.Volkswagen is in talks to produce its own batteriesCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The first all-electric vehicle to be produced by Volkswagen. 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” The Volkswagen Group has announced it may be building a massive battery factory in Europe in partnership with Korea’s SK innovations. This isn’t great news for VW’s current battery supplier, LG Chem, but it could be big business for the other two. It could also be good for VW fans, who would be one significant step closer to seeing a solid-state battery in a VW electric vehicle. It’s a “lose, win, win, win” situation.Kia putting its crossover concept (and all other concepts) into production Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Kia’s SP concept is becoming a reality, part of a larger North American Strategy The move is part of a bigger play by Kia to strengthen its name in the North American market with this and other soon-to-be concept-turn-reality vehicles, like larger SUVs and trucks. Handout / Mercedes-Benz The Kia SP model was initially revealed as a concept in India, but Kia has just announced that its subcompact crossover is coming to market in 2019. The South Korean automaker is targeting Millennials and Gen-Z drivers with the new addition to its fleet—you can tell because they used words like “futuristic” and “bold styling” to describe it. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A rendering of the 2016 Volkswagen ID Concept Car. The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.This rare 993-generation Porsche 911 Turbo just sold for nearly $4.1 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Project Gold is a fully restored Porsche 993 Turbo S ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Traffic chaos at not so ‘secret’ waterfall

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Traffic chaos at not so ‘secret’ waterfall By News Highland – August 10, 2020 Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Previous articleBig hopes for Letterkenny under Urban Renewal Development FundNext articleReopening work well underway at LYIT News Highland Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Major health and safety concerns have been raised over a big increase in visitors to a secret waterfall in south west Donegal.The waterfall is off the beaten track in a rural location between Kilcar and Killybegs and has been attracting a large number of people to the area.It had been relatively under the radar but in more recent times now features as a pinpoint on Google maps.But Local Cllr Niamh Kennedy says there is little to no room to park with the narrow route experiencing complete gridlock at the weekend.Cllr Kennedy says efforts must be made to address issues there as a matter of urgency:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebooklast_img read more

Equilibrium of Mother Nature

first_imgEcological balance & economic brilliance – usually don’t go together.  Mankind has exploited Mother Nature regularly – for so long – which can’t be reinstated by the same mankind.   Deep digging – for minerals, oil, gas, as well as for huge concrete forte – the destruction of trees/forests – some species going extinct or rare – they disturb the nature’s rhythm – indiscriminate industrialization/urbanization – blocking water source points free flows – pollution of many types – have a cumulative damaging effect on nature.  Only in recent times the precious irreplaceable value of Nature’s treasures – terrific costs of exploits – population multiplied in decades – living turning into cosy affair for the rich at the cost of denials/sufferings to the masses – inequalities/imbalances coming to the fore in many spheres – human disquiet unrest – mad-mad rat race for arms war-fare gadgets/planes nukes etc. have indeed disturbed the natural equilibrium of the atmosphere.Though we think & talk from individual body-cages, we are all tiny parts of the collective existence – cosmic force – subtle vibes.  We need to live aligned with Nature and express our gratitude.Little bit of our spilled food is a feast to scores of antsWe devour upon the rice, wheat grains in good tasteThey are mature seeds of the plants standing in royal gaitRipe fruits of mango, apple and jack fruitsAre love of our taste buds, build our healthy traitsTheir seeds coded in genes of full tree are thrown outBenevolent greens and trees exhale day’s oxygen circuitsFill the air in fragrance of lifeblood for our vital partsTo breathe easy and healthy, ready for more harvestsVapors from Oceans float in clouds sans their saltsAnd Bless us with rain showers in drops of nectarEvery human and all the species are never ever a wasteIndeed Saints & Sages pervade vibes of noble thoughtsTo quell the veils and evils in the surrounding airBest of Gratitude we can prove is to be a human tribeWith heart wide open to expand in Graceful Character.last_img read more