As lands uplift, a wetland refuge in Juneau is losing ground

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate ChangeAs lands uplift, a wetland refuge in Juneau is losing groundJuly 25, 2018 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Frank Rue stands in his backyard. The Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge was established in 1976. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)You’d think with all those glaciers melting around Southeast Alaska, sea levels would be rising. But that’s not the case. Some parts of the region are actually gaining ground at a pretty astounding pace. But as the tideline moves, a protected wetland in Juneau is shrinking.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/07/rebound.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The view from Frank Rue’s house overlooking the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge in Juneau didn’t always look like this. He lives in a neighborhood called Sunny Point. But he says his kids used to come in from playing outside covered in mud.“The story was, and I don’t know if it was true, that it was originally called Mud Point,” Rue said. “Because there was a lot more mud out here and even a gravel beach and then it was renamed Sunny Point.”Sunny Point sounds like a safer real estate investment. Today, this neighborhood mostly lives up to that namesake. From Rue’s back porch, you can see a field of long grass that stretches across to the Gastineau Channel. The tide only makes it up to this spot below Rue’s house a couple times a year. So, technically this is still a wetland.“You know, I see ducks using these little ponds here. Eagles are using this edge to hunt,” Rue said.But the land right outside Rue’s house is fairly new. And there’s a geologic explanation for why the view has changed so much since his kids were small. Juneau is rising by about a half an inch a year. That rate differs from place to place. But overall, across the region the uplift is fast. “As far as we know, these are the fastest rates in the world,” said Roman Motyka, a retired glaciologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. Motyka says what’s causing the land to rise up is a phenomenon known as isostatic rebound. As glaciers retreat, the absence of pressure from the ice causes the land to spring up. “All you have to do is walk out to Mendenhall Glacier and see what’s going on,” Motyka said. “As a glaciologist, I hate to see my poor glaciers wasting away but that seems to be the future.”Motyka says when researchers first started looking at this back in the 1960s, they thought that isostatic rebound was likely due to the glacial melt which occurred hundreds of years ago. But today, the scientific models suggest it’s also happening now. “Isostatic rebound, in this case, is directly related to climate change,” Motyka said.As the tide moves farther back from places like Sunny Point, property owners like Frank Rue can go through a legal process with the state to essentially claim ownership over these new lands.Normally, the state owns everything up to the ordinary tideline. But with rebound, those tidelines shift.Isostatic rebound in Southeast Alaska is occurring between Yakutat and Sitka, and it’s especially apparent in relatively flat wetlands. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Rue points to two stakes with orange flagging that indicate his new property boundary. Together, with his neighbor, he was able to claim roughly nine acres of the new land. But he’s not keeping it. He’s selling it to the Southeast Alaska Land Trust, a conservation group that plans to make this new land part of the Mendenhall wetlands. Rue is also a Southeast Alaska Land Trust board member. When he sold his property back to the trust he recused himself from the board. Allison Gillum is the group’s director. “Our long term plan is to re-incorporate them into the refuge and basically preserve the refuge boundary,” Gillum said. “So future landowners can’t continue to take land out of the refuge and make the refuge smaller.”In fact, Gillum says the Mendenhall refuge could become bigger than its original acreage. The land trust has entered into a purchase and sale agreement for 32 acres with Bicknill Inc., whose lands were not originally part of the refuge. Although, that agreement doesn’t include all the company’s property in the area. Separate from that deal, the land trust has also been able to procure over 50 acres that were originally part of the Mendenhall refuge.In a couple of years, pending the approval of the Alaska Legislature, all of this wetland could be protected — in some some cases, once again. Frank Rue’s kids might not come back with muddy boots anymore, but he thinks this refuge is still ecologically important for birds and people alike. Even after he’s gone, no one will be able to build here. “That’s was my concern,” Rue said. “I don’t plan to do anything. But I don’t know what the next owner or the next owner after that would do.”But now, all of the homes along Sunny Point will continue to enjoy their view and have protected wetlands as their backyard. Share this story:last_img read more

Tonight: It’s a House of Blues (and Mirth) as Hugh Laurie…

first_imgUncategorizedTonight: It’s a House of Blues (and Mirth) as Hugh Laurie Plays the FondaEveryone’s favorite TV misanthrope has never looked happier than when he’s onstage with the Copper Bottom BandBy Sonya Singh – June 2, 2014822ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWhen it comes to actors-turned-musicians, fans have learned to raise an eyebrow and lower their expectations. Fortunately, Hugh Laurie is in on the joke.“Thank you all for coming. It’s a leap of faith, really. Some of you may know that until recently I was an actor,” he says, drawing out the words in a faux posh accent as he walks on the stage at Riverside’s Fox Theater. “It’s strange to see someone doing what you don’t expect them to do. Let’s imagine we were all on an airplane together and the pilot’s voice came through the cabin and said, ‘Until recently, I was a dental hygienist. Flying was just something I’ve always wanted to do.’ If you’re apprehensive, I don’t blame you.” The man who spent years playing the irascible doctor at the center of House isn’t technically an actor-turned-musician. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who has been in love with the blues for decades, a fact that TV producers incorporated into his character’s backstory. Now, without long-term acting commitments on his plate, Laurie is free to pursue other passions. His recent album, Didn’t It Rain, comes three years after his musical debut, Let Them Talk.Laurie doesn’t just love to play; he loves to play for people who revere blues, jazz, and soul as much as he does. Prefacing most songs with “this is a very old song”—until he grew tired of the pattern and said “this one was written at 4 p.m. today”—he digs deep: Bessie Smith, Dr. John, Louis Prima, Professor Longhair, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Lead Belly. Laurie is clearly in awe.“A lot of the songs we’re doing are a hundred or more years old. They form what I believe to be probably America’s greatest gift to the world,” he says. “And you’ve given many great gifts. Moon landing? Fantastic. Cheeseburgers? Excellent. Martini? Hard to beat. But this is probably the greatest gift anybody could give anybody. And, frankly, the world owes you a debt of gratitude.”Together with the Copper Bottom Band, the 54-year-old Englishman manages to make you feel like you’ve stepped into mid-century New Orleans (with a brief detour into Latin America thanks to the Argentinian classic “El Choclo”). On Friday night in Riverside the stage sported throw rugs, lamps, a bird cage, end-tables with framed black-and-white photos and a portrait of singer and guitarist Son House.Laurie himself is a deft pianist, but his soulful co-singers, Gaby Moreno and Sister Jean McClain, and his brass players pick up the slack where his voice leaves off. If there weren’t a curfew, they’d probably jam all night, stopping only for another round of whiskey, “English apple juice,” Laurie joked on stage.It’s hard for some to believe that Laurie, who spent eight years as the brilliant but prickly Dr. Gregory House, is a comedian at heart. He got his start in England as half of the comedy duo Fry & Laurie with his best friend Stephen Fry. The two starred in the sketch comedy series A Bit of Fry & Laurie (in which he often played instruments), Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster, the escapades of a bumbling upper class British twit (Laurie) and his deadpan butler (Fry).That’s part of what makes Laurie’s show worth seeing: It’s a return to his roots as an entertainer. He takes jaunty leaps around the stage, dances with his bandmates, plays the piano with his feet, and constantly bows to the rest of the musicians on stage, grinning infectiously the entire time. He seems so happy being a touring musician that he’d play to an empty room if he had to. It’s a far cry from House’s perpetual misery. Tickets are still available for Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band at the Fonda tonight. TAGSCopper Bottom BandFonda TheatreHugh LaurieL.A. CultureMusicPrevious articleExcavating Laurel Canyon: Where the Counter Culture Came Crashing to an EndNext articleThe Great Ice Cream Invasion of 2014Sonya Singh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?Coachella Sets a Date for Its 2022 Comeback18-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Ai Bendr Just Wants to Be Honestlast_img read more

Greeks demand spending programme to end crisis

first_img Express KCS Greeks demand spending programme to end crisis Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndo Sunday 8 February 2015 11:47 pm GREEK leaders yesterday proposed their radical plan to remove Europe’s “cloud of fear”, setting themselves up for further clashes with European officials.In his first major speech to Greek Parliament, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras restated his desire for a New Deal to end the country’s economic crisis. The New Deal was a programme of emergency government spending undertaken by President Franklin Roosevelt in a bid to rescue the US from the Great Depression.Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis wants a Europe-wide New Deal and said: “The entire Europe is covered in a cloud of fear. We are at risk of becoming worse than the former Soviet Union.” He – and Tsipras – restated their demand for a loan to tide them over until the summer while negotiations take place. But discussions have so far proved fruitless. In typically confrontational fashion Varoufakis said: “Sooner or later, Chancellor [Angela] Merkel will have to explain why she does not approve our proposals.” In his speech, Tsipras said he will re-open state broadcaster ERT as well as hike the minimum wage to €751 (£558) per month by next year. He also announced a series of cuts to politicians’ benefits such as banning ministerial cars and selling one of the prime minister’s three aircraft. Tsipras will also cut staff numbers at his office. Neither Tsipras or Varoufakis want to write off debt, only to restructure it. One novel suggestion has been to link interest on the debt to Greece’s growth. “We repeat that Greece wants to service its debt. If our partners also want this, let’s sit at table and discuss,” Tsipras said. Support for debt restructuring has been shown by French and Italian officials but some believe the EU and the International Monetary Fund will not negotiate for fear of setting a precedent for other countries. Some fear Greece may be forced out the Eurozone all together. To that end, Varoufakis said: “The euro is fragile, it’s like a castle of cards. If you take out the Greek card the others will collapse.” whatsapp Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Ready for business – new Supermac’s at Portlaoise Plaza to open this Friday with 120 full and part-time jobs

first_img WhatsApp Portlaoise Plaza The Portlaoise Plaza at Junction 17 on the M7 motorway at Togher is set to open this Friday, July 31, with 120 new jobs created.The jobs will be announced at the site this morning by Laois TD Sean Fleming in one of his first roles as Minister for State at the Department of Finance.The Portlaoise Plaza is part of the Supermac’s Group and will be the largest Plaza in the country. It brings the amount of people employed by the group throughout the country to over 4,000. The group consist of Supermac’s, Só Hotels and The Plaza Group.The opening of The Portlaoise Plaza means that Supermac’s will now have three outlets in Laois – at Manor Stone in Ballacolla, off the M8 and Supermac’s Portlaoise in the centre of the town, which was opened on the 2nd of June, 1995.The group also owns the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise town. The Portlaoise Plaza and will join the Barack Obama Plaza, the Galway Plaza, the Kinnegad Plaza, the Tipperary Town Plaza and the Mallow Plaza as part of The Plaza Group of motorway and national route service stations.Originally, the Portlaoise Plaza was due to open in May but that date was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Work had re-started on the Plaza in recent weeks and, when open and fully operational, it will employ 120 full and part-time staff.The Plaza will be accessed off the M7 motorway at Junction 17 and can also be accessed from Portlaoise town.Minister Fleming said that the jobs were a timely boost for the region.“As we deal with the effects of the global pandemic on a national level it is very encouraging to see that jobs are being created to this extent despite the difficult circumstances,”he said.“Pat and Una McDonagh are now one of the biggest employers in the county through the Portlaoise Plaza, Supermac’s and the Killeshin Hotel and their commitment to the region is to be commended.“It is an example of the positivity that is emanating from the great work that is being done to promote the region as a place to work, live and visit.”The owner of The Plaza Group, Pat McDonagh, said that there has been a huge amount of excitement over the opening of the Plaza because it is a significant investment in the locality at a time when the country is experiencing some of its biggest challenges in decades.“Many customers have expressed great anticipation and we’ve employed a lot of local staff which is a real boost for the area,” he said.“In these challenging times, the way we operate has changed completely. We have listened to staff, customers and the relevant authorities and we have put in place a plan that allows us to open gradually with the safety of our staff and customers as our main focus.“It is important that we remain positive and we work together to get over these challenges.”Supermac’s is Ireland’s largest indigenous quick service restaurant chain. The franchise currently has 116 outlets across the country.SEE ALSO – Talking Business Podcast: Pat McDonagh on Supermac’s, Killeshin Hotel and what trade will be like in the Coronavirus world Twitter Previous articleNo floodlit matches in MW Hire O’Moore Park as €400,000 ‘Green Stadium’ initiative to commenceNext articleLatest HSE figures on Covid-19 situation at Portlaoise Hospital Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. 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. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Ready for business – new Supermac’s at Portlaoise Plaza to open this Friday with 120 full and part-time jobs Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival News Home News Business Ready for business – new Supermac’s at Portlaoise Plaza to open this… NewsBusiness Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest TAGSPat McDonaghPortlaoise PlazaSean FlemingSupermacs RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic By Steven Miller – 27th July 2020 last_img read more

Calls for post-Brexit trade deal for Laois

first_img TAGSBrexitBrian StanleySinn Fein Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Previous articleLaoisToday Podcast: Pippa Hackett on her Green rise, growing up in Mayo, switching to organic farming and life in Leinster HouseNext articleLaois priest scoops top prize in Carlow GAA draw 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. News By Alan Hartnett – 13th November 2020 Pinterest Home News Calls for post-Brexit trade deal for Laois News WhatsApp Twitter Brexit Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called for a strong trade deal for Laois to ensure the county is not negatively affected by Brexit.The UK are set to crash out of the EU at the end of December without a trade deal as things currently stand.Speaking in the Dáil last evening, the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, he outlined how the agri-food sector in his constituency would be damaged without a good trade deal.center_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Twitter He said: “Brexit will, unfortunately, cause a significant amount of distress and worry about the jobs of workers in industries, particularly in the agri-food industry. It will have a major impact in my constituency of Laois-Offaly, particularly if we do not get a good trade agreement.“It is important that businesses are given certainty around how Brexit will impact on their operations.“While we have many differences with people on the Government benches regarding Brexit, Sinn Féin has supported and trusted the efforts to get a strong trade agreement between the EU and Britain and we will continue to do so.“We also need to continue to work not only to hold on to the all-Ireland economy, but to strengthen and deepen the economic connections between North and South economically and to build a strong all-Ireland economy.“Workers and families need to know their livelihoods are secure and their employment is sustainable into the future.”Mr Stanley specifically made the case for the meat and diary industries.He said: “If one looks at meat factories in Laois-Offaly, for example, they and their workers need to know we will continue to have access to markets in Britain to allow them to plan six months, 12 months or two years down the road.“The meat industry provides many jobs in the two counties in plants such as Meadow Meats and Rosderra. Their future is dependent on trade agreements yet to be finalised.“The dairy industry could be similarly impacted. Hundreds of people work on the Kilkenny-Laois border in the Glanbia plant in Ballyragget.“The new cheese factory, which belongs to Glanbia, is just about to open in Portlaoise.“That will depend on an export market with Britain and it is important we do everything possible to try to support the work to get a good trade agreement before Britain crashes out completely on 31 December.“We have seen the alarming reports that Brexit could endanger up 12,500 jobs in the agri-food sector and that our beef exports could drop by 20%.“We must do everything possible not to allow that to happen. There are also quite a few engineering companies in the midlands and, indeed, in County Laois which have contracts with businesses in England.“Workers from County Laois travel over to carry out work in Britain. These companies support incomes and families in our communities and we need to ensure we give certainty to them about the future and their businesses.”While he also called on Enterprise Ireland to work with local businesses to help them.He said: “It is important that Enterprise Ireland and local enterprise offices reach out and work with local businesses.“I know and acknowledge much work has been done to ensure plans are in place post-Brexit. Recent evidence, however, highlights the fact that 20% of domestic companies still do not have a proper plan in place in the event of talks collapsing with Britain and, indeed, to mitigate the effects of Brexit. One way or another there will be effects, even if we have a good trade deal.SEE ALSO – Laois GAA to meet Eddie Brennan next week as fallout continues from controversial interview WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for post-Brexit trade deal for Laois Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

What North Korea Wants

first_img By Daily NK – 2009.12.20 12:27am SHARE What North Korea Wants RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion center_img Analysis & Opinion U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth’s visit to the North took place in early December. The visit was the first official one by a high-ranking figure since the Obama administration took office, and took place in the midst of conciliatory North Korean gestures to the outside world.During his visit, Bosworth conveyed a letter from President Obama and discussed not only the nuclear issue but also a peace agreement, normalization of diplomatic relations and energy aid issues in talks with Vice-Minister Kim Kye Gwan and Kang Suk Ju, the First Deputy Foreign Minister.North Korea’s position, which became evident from the meeting, can be summarized as follows.First, it has expressed satisfaction with the recent talks by insisting that a final resolution to the nuclear issue is only possible though U.S.-North Korea bilateral talks.A day after the talks, a spokesperson of the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while emphasizing the positive results of the talks during which both sides agreed to resume the Six-Party Talks and carry out the September 19th Joint Statement, stated the need for “continued cooperation so that the remaining gap between the two parties can be narrowed.”Second, while maintaining that the “fundamental cause of the nuclear issue is the U.S.’ hostile policy,” the North strongly advocates the notion of a peace agreement. In other words, denuclearization is impossible in the current situation. Third, the North emphasized that Bosworth’s visit was a working group talks and underscored a need to hold high-level talks for achieving subsequent political decisions in the future.That is why North Korea was supposed to make Kim Kye Gwan set up as the counter partner of Bosworth initially, not Kang Sok Ju, who is a lower official than Kang, although it welcomed his visit to Pyongyang. North Korea will now most likely aim for Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to Pyongyang and a continuation of the momentum behind bilateral U.S.-North Korea talks. Chosun Shinbo, the publication of the Chongryon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan), in a piece dated December 11 said that talks with Bosworth were the “beginning of discussions for translating political decisions into action.”For its part, the U.S. has evaluated the meeting relatively positively, but has also expressed cautiously determination to do diplomacy and sanctions side-by-side. Rather than harboring huge expectations for denuclearization in the immediate future, the U.S. is probably hoping to achieve progress through the North’s ending up disablement of its nuclear program through the Six-Party Talks. With regards to North Korea’s insistence on discussing a peace agreement, the U.S. is adhering to the position that all matters can be discussed under the Six-Party Talks framework. That is, they will no longer engage in talks akin to those under the Bush administration, when only the U.S. and North Korea made decisions and the Six-Party Talks had mostly been a rubber stamp. The U.S. has stated that the ball is in the North’s court and that, in addition, it will not pay compensation for the country simply returning to the Talks.The U.S.’ position that U.S.-DPRK talks will not end international efforts against proliferation but accompany them is evidenced by the Thai government’s confiscation of North Korean weapons on December 11th, immediately after the U.S.-North Korea talks.Anyway, after examining the U.S. and North Korea’s relative positions at the talks, it seems possible that U.S.-North Korea relations will progress, at least to a certain extent.The goals facing the North are domestic stability and nuclear possession. However, such goals have only worsened the country’s economic destitution and international isolation to date.Accordingly, North Korea has not abandoned them, but has focused on overcoming its economic crises and isolation. To achieve this, it has been attempting to improve relations with the U.S., and the biggest gain from the latest talks is that the road has been paved for the future U.S.-North Korea high-level political talks. By utilizing the U.S.’ position of prioritizing diplomatic efforts to manage threats, North Korea will attempt to create an atmosphere of appeasement through political grandstanding and piecemeal progress, while avoiding a fundamental solution of denuclearization. In sum, while North Korea aims to maintain its status as a nuclear power, it will try to concentrate on the short-term goal of domestic stability and outside aid rather than long-term goals such as normalizing relations with the U.S. and negotiating a peace agreement. Subsequently, the South Korean government ought to ensure that it does not overreact to the North’s tactics, “isolating South Korea through the relations with the U.S.” In reality, North Korea’s strength has hit rock bottom in the last two years. Its stability has rapidly worsened due to the reduction in aid from South Korea and the deterioration of Kim Jong Il’s health. Most of all, the food shortage has driven North Korea into dire straits.With the North’s criticisms and its ability to threaten the South with demonstrations of military power approaching their limit, it has converted its course of action to appeasement. Now, it is boldly approaching South Korea, the U.S. and Japan in order to overcome its threats. Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

Mint to roll out new loonies, toonies

Bruce Cheadle Steel yourself, Canada, new one-dollar and two-dollar coins are about to become the latest version of the proverbial plugged nickel. In an effort to save taxpayers about $16 million annually, new versions of the loonie and toonie will be introduced this spring made from steel, replacing the more expensive nickel found in the current versions of the coins. Related news Counting down the nickel Time to spend your $25 bills Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Trump says U.S. should start manipulating the dollar Keywords Dollar Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A detailed summary of the change filed by the federal government in the Canada Gazette last month says the new coins will be slightly lighter, cheaper to produce and ship, and harder to counterfeit. They’re also going to cost Canada’s coin-operated industries about $40 million in recalibration costs to make vending machines recognize the new coinage, says the government. And businesses who count their coins by weight will have to first separate the old currency from the new. The new coinage was announced in last year’s federal budget but only received final cabinet approval late last month. The roll-out has been delayed in part because some manufacturers in the vending industry weren’t ready to handle the new coins, according to Kim Lockie, the past president of Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association. “It only delayed it, it didn’t postpone it,” said Lockie, a Fort MacMurray, Alta., businessman whose company has 1,200 machines that required reprogramming — a three-month project. “We just have to be ready as operators to be able to accept that.” Lockie, who spent last year as his industry association president dealing with the mint, said operators never like eating the cost of currency changes, but the process has been handled well by the government. “It’s going to happen anyway so if we can partner we can both come out ahead — I can have ample leeway time to get my machines programmed,” he said in an interview. The Canada Gazette says the current coins cost about 30 cents each to produce, while Kim says he’s been told the new loonies and toonies will cost between four cents and six cents apiece. A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mint had little so say, because a major media roll-out is planned nearer to the coins’ actual release. Alex Reeves did confirm the new coins are about to go into production and should be in circulation in “early spring” — likely late March or April. When the new coins were first proposed, the expectation was that they would weigh exactly the same as the old versions. Consumers likely won’t notice the weight difference, but the Canada Gazette states that a truck load of the new loonies will weigh 980 kilos less than the old version, and 286 kilos less for a truck full of toonies, thus “improving fuel efficiency of transportation and reducing the carbon footprint of delivering coins to the Canadian public.” More than one billion loonies have been produced by the Royal Canadian Mint since the coin was introduced in 1987, while some 700 million toonies have been minted since 1996. The mint produces about 30 million of each coin annually, and the government says the elimination of the nickel element will reduce nickel demand by about 539 metric tonnes a year — just a tiny fraction of Canada’s domestic output. The current loonie is made from bronze-plated nickel, while the toonie has a ring of pure nickel around a copper alloy centre. The new coins will use the same multi-ply plated steel technology used in the penny, nickel, dime and quarter. The change comes as nickel prices have fluctuated by as much as 1,000 per cent in recent years, according to the government, creating both supply and cost issues. read more

Elderly Texas couple’s van gets stolen, and returned, every night

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury 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 See More Videos 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” Eventually, police arrested Michael Armando Lopez while he was in possession of the Havards’ vehicle.Security footage shows he was allegedly using the van as a getaway vehicle for committing other crimes, such as break-ins and theft during the night, and then returning the vehicle before the Havards noticed.Unfortunately, when Lopez tried to escape police, he crashed the car into a pole. The van was specially customized for Beverly’s husband Rick, who has a disability and needs the van to get around. advertisement An elderly couple in Houston, Texas that couldn’t figure out why their van was racking up miles sitting in their driveway unraveled a mystery when they discovered somebody was stealing it every night, and then bringing it back before morning.According to ABC News Houston, the elderly couple suspected somebody had been taking their car for a joyride when little things in the vehicle started changing.“I said, ‘Somebody’s driving my car and bringing it back. I know I’m not crazy,” said Beverly Havard. “The seat was pulled back and the mirrors were adjusted.” center_img “I had to cancel his doctor’s appointment,” Beverly said. “I hope he’s satisfied that he took advantage of an elderly person that’s very sick and that can’t be transported to go anywhere.” Trending Videos Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Labour Day 2010 to Focus on Children

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Plans are in high gear for Labour Day 2010 activities, which will focus on children, with the slogan, ‘Our Children.Show Them We Care’.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Olivia Grange (left) addressing members of the National Labour Day Planning Committee at a meeting at Jamaica House on Wednesday (April 14). Labour Day falls on Sunday, May 23, however it will be observed on Monday, May 24.Activities include the official launch of, Workers’ Week Thanksgiving Services in each parish (May 16), Labour Day activities (May 24) and the Labour Day concert.This was announced at the first National Labour Day Planning Committee meeting held Wednesday (April 14) at the Banquet Hall, Jamaica House, Kingston.Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, said that the theme was timely and most appropriate considering “all the issues that have affected our children in recent times.”She said that it was important that emphasis be placed in this area and people are encouraged to demonstrate care and support for the children.Over the past six weeks, a national Labour Day core group has been engaged in preliminary work, pertaining to the concept and activities for Labour Day and Workers’ Week.Miss Grange called on the committee members, including representatives of private and public sector entities, to finetune the suggestions that were made.“Make your recommendations, we can make amendments. It is not cast in concrete. This is your committee and whatever comes out of this committee, success or failure, Labour Day will be in your hands,” she told the gathering.According to the Minister, Labour Day which falls on Sunday, May 23, this year, will be observed on Monday, May 24, in keeping with regulations regarding the observance of Public Holidays.Miss Grange, who is also Chairman of the Labour Day Committee, said that workers of Jamaica will be recognised for their contribution to nation building during Workers’ Week, which begins one week prior to and culminates on Labour Day. Labour Day 2010 to Focus on Children CultureApril 15, 2010 RelatedLabour Day 2010 to Focus on Children RelatedLabour Day 2010 to Focus on Childrencenter_img RelatedLabour Day 2010 to Focus on Children Advertisementslast_img read more

Justice Minister returns to witness chair

first_imgRelatedJustice Minister returns to witness chair RelatedJustice Minister returns to witness chair Justice Minister returns to witness chair JusticeMarch 8, 2011 CONTACT: ATHALIAH REYNOLDS FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, returned to the witness chair yesterday March 7 as the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke continued at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. Under cross examination from Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) lead attorney, Frank Phipps, Miss Lightbourne testified that her increased concern over a possible breakdown in public order led to a review of her decision and her signing the extradition request for Mr. Coke. She said despite her concerns that his constitutional rights were being breached and that the United States had not submitted sufficient evidence – in particular the evidence obtained from the interception of Coke’s telephone conversations – she had to consider the effect any further delay would have on the society as a whole.  She testified that she, therefore, placed the good of the country over the constitutional rights of Mr. Coke. “The public was in an uproar. Every association in this country, at that time, was crying out for the matter to be put before the Court. Civic organisations, the Church, human rights organisations, (and) ordinary citizens were saying, ‘put the matter before the Court,’” she told the Commission. “Bodies and organisations were refusing to cooperate with the Government. It was almost coming to social disorder, so I had to review my position.” Mr. Phipps questioned: “Did any of these loud voices that were raised in protest ever asked, ‘well let me see this evidence, let me see what it is they have presented to you?’” “Nobody asked, and nobody raised one word that this was a citizen of Jamaica,” replied the Attorney General. “Not one person was interested in that.” “So, despite the condition in which the evidence appeared and despite the pressure that was being placed on you, you came to a decision to take action?” further asked Mr. Phipps.  “I did,” she answered. Miss Lightbourne reiterated that since she was unable to obtain judicial clarification of the legal issues raised in her application, she had to resolve the issues in her own best judgement. She told the Commission that, at the same time, tensions had increased and the national interest demanded that a decision be made. “I took into account that there was some evidence against the subject of the request, even if the material gained by the intercepts were excluded. I also took into account Section 16 of the MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty), which provides explicitly that I consider other essential public interests of Jamaica in exercising my discretion. And there was no doubt in my mind that the public interest concerns were, at that time, paramount,” she stated. She further said, in any event, Mr. Coke would not be precluded from contesting before the Jamaican Court the request for his extradition. “Accordingly, I advised the Prime Minister and the Cabinet at a meeting held on the 17th of May, 2010, at approximately 11:00 a.m. that I would be signing the Authority to Proceed,” the Justice Minister testified. Advertisements RelatedJustice Minister returns to witness chairlast_img read more