Canadian grocers make 3M per year from pennyrounding UBC study

first_imgVANCOUVER – Grocery stores across the country are cashing in on the demise of the penny, according to a young researcher at the University of British Columbia.Third-year economics and mathematics student Christina Cheung has written a paper that says Canadian grocers are making $3.27 million per year from penny-rounding.Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the coin, and as a result, cash purchases are now rounded up or down to the nearest five-cent increment.Cheung wanted to know whether the change was benefiting shoppers or stores.“Penny-rounding always becomes a guessing game,” the 19-year-old explained. “It’s a fun guessing game because it might not hurt in the short run, looking at several cents, but in the long run, I wondered if this actually accumulates.”Curious, she decided to use her spare time outside of class to investigate.First, Cheung enlisted a friend and they spent about a month and a half documenting more than 18,000 prices at grocery stores, taking pictures of price tags and entering the data into a spreadsheet.They found that most prices ended in .99 or .98 — numbers that would result in bill totals being rounded up for cash transactions, if tax is not applied.Cheung took the data and used a computer simulator to create “grocery baskets” with various items. She adjusted different variables such as the numbers of items and amount of taxes, and factored in data from the Bank of Canada on what payment methods consumers are most likely to use.Cheung said her analysis found that grocery stores are profiting from penny-rounding.In the end, Canadian consumers don’t end up paying much extra, but the rounding on cash transactions can mean big money for grocery retailers across the country, with each store standing to collect $157 per year, Cheung said.In October, a paper Cheung wrote on the research won a competition for the best undergraduate student paper at the International Atlantic Economic Society’s conference in Montreal. Her study is slated to be published next June in the Atlantic Economic Journal.The Retail Council of Canada disagrees with Cheung’s findings, said Karl Littler, the group’s vice president of public affairs.The study’s methods don’t reflect real grocery baskets or take into account the impacts of various provincial taxes on bill totals, he said, noting that the average grocery bill is $53 and consists of a larger number of items than Cheung’s simulated baskets included.Littler said the council’s members have reported anecdotally that penny-rounding is about 50-50, with half of the bill totals being rounded up and benefiting stores, and the other half being rounded down and benefiting consumers.“There’s no nefarious plan here to scoop pennies,” he said.Cheung said she isn’t looking to demonize Canada’s grocery industry, and simply wanted to look at an issue that affects most Canadians on a daily basis.Her work on penny-rounding was all done outside of class time as a labour of love, which Cheung said really surprised her professors.“Tying research with application is what I love to do,” she said.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Christina Cheung’s last name.last_img read more

For Prada black nylon is a safe haven in a storm

first_imgMILAN – With social and political crises unsettling the globe, Milan Fashion Week was all about slogans this season. “Time For Change” has been a particularly dominant catchphrase, one the fashion world can expect to see branded across sweatshirts, waistbands and accessories next fall and winter.The ubiquity of the expression does not necessarily denote consensus around the message it’s designed to convey. For some, it means back to roots. Others intend it as a call for respect.But the overall implication seems to be a rejection of the status quo, which really isn’t surprising in fashion.Naturally, Miuccia Prada is the outlier. Prada eschewed words because they have become empty. Where they appeared on prints in her new looks, words were meaningless.The second day of Milan Fashion Week of mostly menswear previews for Fall-Winter 2018-19 opened with youthful designers focused on urban street wear that tries to capture the zeitgeist of Millennial consumers.Here are some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Prada, Dirk Bikkembergs, MSGM and DSquared2:___PRADA’S STRANGE PACKAGESIn challenging times, it is not unusual to seek the familiar. For Miuccia Prada, there is comfort in black nylon.The designer generously employs her favoured material in her pieces for the next cold weather season, padding them and applying them in protective layers.The boxy shapes for men and women appear to conceal the wearer in a unisex vein, but it is all for naught: Identity badges suggested a form of surveillance in the runway scenario. That sense of excessive control transforms into a political statement once the garments are on the rack and available to consumers.“I think we are in a moment when these aspects of control are very relevant,” the designer said after the show.Despite the collection’s utilitarian nature creating a sort of uniform of anoraks, jackets, caps, straight trousers and skirts, Prada said she also wanted to convey elegance.Beyond the dystopian looks, she included tourist-grade short-sleeved knits, or wild print short-shirt combos for men, and slit-skirt suits in bright tones paired with open-toe heels and long leather gloves for women.Prada enlisted architects to design new accessories, including a padded front pack that could stand in as a form of body amour, and a utility tool apron. Artists came up with the prints, including burning bananas and meaningless strings of words.“Now they no longer represent concepts, but they are pure decoration,” she said.The runway show was in a newly repurposed industrial building near the Prada Foundation contemporary art space. Unusually shaped and labeled crates were stacked along the walls. Prada promised they concealed strange things “that are preparing for some strange transformation.”The narrow aisles created a sense of disorientation as the fashionistas struggled to find their seats. That seemed an apt metaphor for the state of the world.“We don’t know where we are going, which is of course scary, of course interesting. Because I feel big changes are happening,” the designer said. “Some people say beauty will save the world. I think the world will be saved by intelligence, humanity and generosity. And possibly love. But of course the esthetic can help, a little help, if you can afford it.”___MSGM GOES TO BACK TO BASICSMilan university students served as both models and inspiration for the new MSGM collection. Taking their cue, brand founder Massimo Giorgetti found himself making an unexpected turn toward the dapper with hints of classic Milanese styling.“I studied the attitude of these guys, and it is less street wear than usual without losing modernity,” Giorgetti said. “Some are very, very elegant. The concept of elegant Milan, Italy, needs to be restudied also by a brand like mine. There’s an evolution going on.”The silhouette veered toward the everyday, neither too slim nor oversized. Looks included snazzy suits with zip-up jackets in pink or red worn with ties, as well as plaid trousers paired with cardigans and jumpsuits. Giorgetti collaborated with Eastpak on a series of graphic printed backpacks and travel bags.The designer emblazoned the collection with phrases of graffiti he collected from the desks, tables and restrooms of Milan’s universities. They included “Tempo per cambiare,” Italian for “Time for Change,” along with the Italian phonetic rendering of “I love you” as “hailoveiu.”Here, “Time for Change” clearly meant honouring roots and not looking abroad for validation.“They are very serious, very clever and very positive,” the designer said of the Milan students he worked with. “And they love their country.”___DUTCH MUSINGS AT DIRK BIKKEMBERGSDutch style, painting and design were all reflected in Lee Wood’s latest collection for Belgian label Dirk Bikkembergs.And in keeping with the down-to-earth Dutch nature, the collection was full of necessary items. A rain-resistant technical down coat was worn with tailored pants for an urban look merging sportswear with sartorial tradition.“A man needs to be authentic,” Woods said backstage. “We have a thousand things to do and life goes on. They are not heavy garments. They are basics, things we need.”The dark palette of navy blue, black and grey was inspired by paintings in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and included contrasts of deep cerulean blue, vermillion red and saffron yellow. The mixing of materials, such as in a nylon parka with a wool back panel and knit waistband, drew from a Rotterdam architectural institute. Straps on pockets echoed the ones on leather footwear.Wood said he was drawn to the Netherlands by coincidence. The models he was selecting came from there and the music a DJ played at casting sessions was Dutch.“I said I think I have to go, and visit this world,” he said.___WESTERN DOINGS AT DSQUARED2Model Bella Hadid bookended the runway show for DSquared2, the label of Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, opening as a cowgirl in plaid over denim and closing as a chic hippie in a tiered handkerchief gown worn with a big fur coat.DSquared2 adhered to the recent Milan trend of combining the men’s and women’s shows, scheduling theirs during the less hectic January round focusing on menswear.Red plaid emerged as the prevailing print in the Western-themed collection. The mood ranged from a little bit country to a little bit rockabilly to a little bit hippie chic. Oversized knitwear served as tableaus for western scenes.Any classic cowboy would feel at ease in the suede coat with sheepskin linings, while leather vests layered over flowing white peasant shirts for men or dresses for women gave an edge to the usual boho styling.The accessories of the season: big Double-D belt buckles and sequin neck scarves for men, or shiny sequin cuffs for him or her.____MEDITATIVE DESIGNS AT SARTORIAL MONKSabato Russo isn’t your usual designer making his Milan runway debut, supported by the Italian Fashion Chamber. He has decades of experience behind him, first as a model, and then working in the fashion industry in Japan and New York.“I was tired of making money and making clothes,” Russo said backstage. After taking time off to reflect, he returned to the business with his own brand, Sartorial Monk. In keeping with the name, his Milan debut collection can aptly be described as meditative.The looks appear simple to the eye, but are full of detail like Middle Eastern draping, that belie a complexity. The pieces seemed to envelop the models.The show opened in silence, with a model, the actress Violeta Sanchez, walking deliberately in high heels clicking on the runway, wearing a long camel coat over a printed silk velvet dress. The models that followed walked barefoot, giving a Zen sense to the simple flowing pieces: a slate double-breasted jacket over wide, pleated cotton trousers for him, or cropped tailored jackets worn with long clinging skirts for her. While the first half of the collection was more sartorial, the second part was more relaxed and loungey, with long, cozy knitwear and soft velvets.“It is simple, but it is never simple,” Russo said. “I think somebody who has personality can wear this. I don’t try to embellish.”___AMERICAN GOTHIC AT PALM ANGELSThe fashion crowd is this trusting. They filed up a narrow staircase in an apparently abandoned building, then down several levels, past the sort of laser lighting that jewel thieves navigate to their booty, and into a dark barren basement.It was there that Francesco Ragazzi unveiled his latest looks for Palm Angels. And the fashionistas nary batted an eye at the first look: a red plaid shirt with jeans and parka made alarming by the black facemask with nails sticking out. The accessory was calmly described as “studded baclavas” in the notes, but if it is any comfort, they are more likely a runway gimmick than a commercial proposition.Tartan and spikes clashed with Western themes and prints of the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic,” as punk clashed with Middle American values.“Palm Angels takes iconic American tropes and puts them out of context, fertilizes them with unexpected insertions, lets them grow and calls the result Neo Classic America,” the brand said in notes.last_img read more

Man stabs elderly father to death

first_imgKolkata: A 74-year-old man was stabbed to death by his son on Wednesday night at Solua near Chinar Park. The accused person, identified as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, was arrested by the officers of Airport police station.The deceased, Suniti Kumar Mukherjee, (74) used reside with his son Sabyasachi in a flat in Solua. On Wednesday, during late night, the building security guard heard someone crying in Room No. 105 of the building. He knocked on the door repeatedly but no one responded. He informed the security in charge who later informed police. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe police found Suniti lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room. He was rushed to a private hospital near Haldirams where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, police came to know that Sabyasachi had stabbed him with a knife over some dispute. Sources informed that relation between father and son was not heathy. Sabyasachi used to work as a teacher with a hotel management institute but was jobless at present. When police went to his flat he was found him in drunken state. He will be produced before the Barasat Court on Friday.last_img read more

US Ford to shut three factories stop making passenger cars in Russia

first_imgMoscow: US carmaker Ford will close three of the four factories of its Russian joint venture after deciding to stop making passenger cars in a country where car sales have slumped in recent years, the company said Wednesday. Ford said in a statement that it has signed a preliminary agreement with its local partner Sollers on “a significant restructuring of its… joint venture in Russia, focusing exclusively on growing its commercial vehicle business moving forward.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe joint venture “will discontinue its passenger vehicle portfolio in Russia to help deliver a more competitive and sustainably profitable business going forward,” Ford said. Ford, based in the US state of Michigan, said that by the end of June this year it will close its vehicle assembly plants in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg and the city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan, central Russia. It will also close an engine plant in Yelabuga in Tatarstan that opened in 2015. Sollers will have a 51 per cent stake in the restructured joint venture. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCurrently the factories produce seven models including the Ford Transit van. Ford said that the “Russian passenger vehicle market has been under significant pressure in recent years, with recovery slower than expected and a shift to lower priced passenger vehicle segments.” The carmaker said that this led to “underutilisation” of factories and “inadequate returns on invested capital,” although sales of the Ford Transit continue to grow, with a 15 per cent share of the market segment. Following a period of growth and massive investment by global carmakers, Russia’s car market collapsed between 2013 and 2016, whiplashed by international sanctions over the Ukraine conflict and a crash in global oil prices. New car sales, a key indicator of consumer confidence, fell by more than half during that period. However sales of new cars in Russia rose in 2018 for a second year running, but slowed in February this year. ptilast_img read more

Ban Kimoon condemns massacre of civilians in DR Congo

“This latest atrocity underscores once again the need to resolve the problem of armed Congolese and foreign militia operating in the territory of the DRC,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.He urged “the Government of the DRC and the international community to work together in creating professional security forces capable of defending the security and human rights of the people of the DRC.” According to the UN mission in the country, known as MONUC, during the night of 26-27 May, 19 civilians – including women and children – were killed when the villages of Nyabuluze and Muhungu were subject to unprovoked attacks. The massacre was reportedly perpetrated by machete-wielding members of the Rasta and Forces democratiques de liberation du Rwanda (FDLR) militia.Notes were left on the bodies of their victims, in which the attackers claimed that these atrocities were in reprisals to the operations led against them by the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC), MONUC said.The mission also said that the perpetrators attempted to raid Chihamba, a third village in the same area, a patrol of UN Pakistani peacekeepers opened fire, forcing them to flee into the nearby forests and preventing further deaths.Media reports that a dozen abductees have been killed remain unconfirmed, and the UN said that almost 30 people who were injured in the attacks are hospitalized in the towns of Kaniola and Walungu, where families close to the targeted villages have sought refuge.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Ross Mountain, also strongly condemned the brutal attacks, declaring that “the entire humanitarian community is appalled and outraged by these brutal murders and condemns all violence committed against civilians by armed groups.”On Monday, a rapid response team – comprising staff from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the non-governmental organization the International Rescue Committee – went to the town of Kaniola.The team investigated the security situation and the magnitude of the population displacement caused by the recent violence, which the mission confirmed has sparked panic among the civilian population. Not just people from the vicinity of the attacks, but also those far from the immediate area have fled their homes, the team noted.“Since Sunday night, we are witnessing new population movements every day,” Mr. Mountain said. He added that ‘night commuting’ is on the rise. “Terrified civilians return to their villages or to their fields on the hills to check on their harvests. Before nightfall, they hurry back to urban centres and spend the night with host families or in community centres,” he said.Mr. Mountain underscored that it is the responsibility of the Government of the DRC to protect all of its citizens.Humanitarian agencies in the region expect long-term displacements of people due to the massacre, and stressed the urgent need for medical supplies to help the injured, according to OCHA. More evaluation missions are required to identify the needs of those displaced. 30 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest possible terms the recent massacre of civilians in the war-ravaged east in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on those responsible to be brought to justice. read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes reported release of deposed Mauritanian leader

“He also welcomes the removal of other restrictions imposed on him since he was deposed in a coup d’état on 6 August 2008,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.Mr. Ould Cheikh Abdallahi was elected President after multi-party democratic elections last year. The overthrow of his Government received wide condemnation, including from Mr. Ban and the United Nations Security Council.“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the prompt restoration of constitutional order in Mauritania in the interest of peace and respect for the rule of law in the country,” the statement added. Since August, Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, has been trying to help restore constitutional order in the country. 22 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the reported release from house arrest of the President of Mauritania, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who was overthrown by the country’s military in August, and called for the restoration of constitutional order as soon as possible. read more

Ontario business groups raise concerns about provinces planned labour reforms

TORONTO — The Ontario government’s plan for major labour reforms would have significant side effects that would put 185,000 jobs at risk, a coalition of business groups said Monday in releasing part of its analysis on the proposed legislation.The economic analysis commissioned by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition found that Ontario businesses stand to take a $23-billion hit within two years of the implementation of Bill 148, largely due to a minimum wage increase.The coalition, which includes groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Council of Canada, said the changes proposed in the bill would force employers to find creative ways to cut costs, such as hiring less and increasing automation.“The changes presented in Bill 148 will have dramatic unintended consequences that include putting close to 200,000 jobs at risk and seeing everyday consumer goods and services increase by thousands of dollars for each and every family in Ontario,” said Karl Baldauf, a spokesman for the coalition.He said the reforms are “too much, too soon,” echoing concerns expressed by business groups since the minimum wage increase was announced.Key figures of the analysis were made public Monday and more findings are expected to be released in the weeks and months to come, the group said.The proposed legislation would, among other things, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, require equal pay for part-time workers and expand personal emergency leave.The bill would boost the minimum wage, which is currently set to rise with inflation from $11.40 an hour to $11.60 in October, up to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018, and $15 the following year.“Making $15 an hour is great but only if you have a job,” Baldauf said.Ontario’s Ministry of Labour said it was reviewing the findings, but noted the study is one among many.“Many businesses across the province have come out in support of our plan because it helps them attract employees, reduces their labour turnover and encourages employees to become more invested in the business,” Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said in a statement.The government is committed to working with the business community and recognizes it has concerns, the minister said.“That being said, we will not back down from our plan to bring fairness to Ontarians,” he said. “We will remain in the corner of those families who are counting on these supports.”Premier Kathleen Wynne has said she is working on ideas to support Ontario businesses through major labour reforms, but has yet to say exactly what form this relief would take. Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid has also suggested the province was looking at reducing other costs for businesses to help them cope with the labour changes.The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a national think tank, said the numbers released Monday represent a worst-case scenario that research suggests is unlikely to pan out.David Macdonald, the centre’s senior economist, said similar predictions have been made in other jurisdictions ahead of minimum-wage hikes but there has in fact been “little impact on employment.”He also said the analysis doesn’t reflect that employees earning more will also spend more, or that businesses will see gains in productivity and save on training costs by better retaining their staff.“Those pieces balance themselves out,” he said.The Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis conducted the study, which examines the impact of six key areas of reform, namely changes to the minimum wage, equal pay provisions, vacation, scheduling, personal emergency leave and unionization.The centre said both current and potential new jobs would be at risk in the first two years of the plan. It projects the number of jobs will be 2.4 per cent lower under the proposed legislation.Small business owners will be more affected, as will women, who are more likely to hold lower-paying jobs, said Paul Smetanin, the organization’s president.The coalition said labour reforms should be introduced more gradually but did not recommend a particular timeline.It also renewed its calls for the government to conduct an economic analysis of its own. read more

Bonn UN conference closes with renewed urgency for greater ambition to tackle

COP23: Concrete Climate Action Commitments As the UN Climate Change Conference comes down to the last day and governments work to complete the final negotiation decisions, it’s good to be reminded of the new wave of climate action that has been announced during COP23 from countries, cities, states, regions, business and civil society Read more »Businesses and other non-government partners have in turn made commitments to focus on powering their operations without coal. The 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, also announced on Thursday formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to construct an action plan to achieve them. “Sustainable biofuels can provide solutions to the energy transport nexus. This partnership offers us that chance,”said Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). Among other initiatives announced during the Conference, a global initiative was launched Tuesday with the aim of providing insurance to hundreds of millions of vulnerable people by 2020 and to increase the resilience of developing countries against the impacts of climate change. The ‘InsuResilience’ Global Partnership is a major scaling-up of an initiative started by the G7 in 2015 under the German Presidency. The Conference took place one year after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. The Agreement, which was adopted by the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015, calls on countries to combat climate change by limiting the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius and strive not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. Today, 170 Parties have ratified the treaty. The Conference, which was attended by some 27.000, took place in a sobering context of alarming scientific reports of climatic changes. A week before the opening of the Conference, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere surged at “record-breaking speed” to new highs in 2016. COP23 will be followed by a series of summits and conferences on climate change which are scheduled ahead of the UN Climate Summit in September 2019, including the ‘One Planet summit’ to be convened by France next month and focusing on financing, a gathering in California, bringing together non-State actors, and the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. Brazil has offered to host COP25 in 2019. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, Germany, with delegations expressing a renewed sense of urgency and a need for greater ambition to tackle climate change. Participants focused on how to maintain momentum two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in the context of the recent announcement by the United States of its decision to withdraw from the accord. At COP23, cities and local governments, including American cities and states, intensified their push to achieve the goals set out in Paris. The Conference, which ran from 6 to 17 November, was chaired by Fiji, an island State particularly affected by the impacts of climate change. The Fiji Presidency announced an agreement on a Gender Action Plan, highlighting the role of women in climate action. Apart from negotiations among Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), several new climate action initiatives, commitments and partnerships were announced by States and non-State actors in the areas of energy, water, agriculture, oceans and coastal areas, human settlements, transportation, industry, and forests. Climate finance and climate resilience were also at the center of the discussions at the conference. More than 20 countries, including the Canada, Finland, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, launched a new global coal alliance aimed at achieving the rapid phase-out of existing traditional coal power and at placing a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage. read more

Ohio State draws No 2 seed in NCAA Tournament

CHICAGO – Roughly an hour after Ohio State won its third Big Ten tournament championship in four years, defeating Wisconsin, 50-43, the Buckeyes learned they are a No. 2 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Viewing the Selection Show from a private room in the United Center in Chicago, the Buckeyes watched the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket. The No. 1 seed in the West Region is Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference. The No. 3 seed is New Mexico from the Mountain West Conference. Kansas State, Big 12 co-regular season champion, is the No. 4 seed. “It feels good but seeding doesn’t mean a ton once you get there,” junior guard Aaron Craft said. OSU will play No. 15 seed Iona Friday at 7:15 p.m. in Dayton. If the Buckeyes win, they will play the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Iowa State. Should the Buckeyes win that game, the Sweet 16 opponent – if the seeds hold – is New Mexico. The West Region semifinals and final will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Ohhh yeah, that’d be nice,” junior forward Deshaun Thomas said of the possibility of playing in the Staples Center. Some of the other seeds in the region: No. 5 Wisconsin, who will face No. 12 Mississippi, and No. 6 Arizona, who will face No. 11 Belmont. The other No. 1 seeds are Indiana (East Region), Louisville (Midwest Region) and Kansas (South Region). Michigan State (No. 3 seed), Michigan (No. 4 seed), Illinois (No. 7 seed) and Minnesota (No. 11 seed) are the other Big Ten teams in the field. read more

ADT developments – Volvo Liebherr and Terex news

first_imgVolvo demonstrated a range of innovations in the articulated hauler sector at the recent Bauma exhibition in Munich. One of them was the Hauler Chassis program, which provides bodybuilders with a modular system that forms the basis for several other superstructure versions. This program “gives bodybuilders the appropriate support throughout the design and build phase,” says Nikolay Konovalov, the company’s global product marketing specialist for articulated haulers. It is not only Volvo that has made recent moves in the ADT market though – Liebherr and Terex have also launched new machines.Konovalov on the program: “Volvo has developed a dedicated webportal, where drawings, diagrams and technical instructions to perform suitable work on a hauler chassis can be found. There is also clarification about legal responsibilities, warranty conditions and the possibility to contact Volvo experts for additional help if needed, so that the complete vehicle can perform its task safely, efficiently and economically.”On Volvo’s outdoor area exhibit at Bauma, two medium platform haulers, the A25E and A30E were joined by one large platform machine, the A40E FS, featuring ATC – Automatic Traction Control. The Full Suspension (denoted by an ‘FS’ in the machine designation) provides good off-road performance, allowing a fully loaded hauler to travel at much higher speeds, appearing to float over rough ground without bouncing, significantly increasing operator comfort, which, in turn, increases overall productivity. When travelling empty, return trips are also substantially faster due to the smooth, stable ride even over rough conditions, further decreasing the overall working cycle time.The Volvo FS system features automatic levelling and stability control. The system constantly monitors the position of the axles, with the help of sensors, adapting the suspension to suit the changing conditions, absorbing rough spots and keeping the machine level while travelling, loading or dumping. Vibration levels are also considerably lower than in conventional machines, and by providing a smoother ride, operators experience less fatigue.Liebherr became the new entrant in the ADT market at Bauma. The 30 t capacity TA230 displayed is the first model in a range that will cover the 30 to 50 t categories. The next release will be a 40 t unit. For the TA230, transport width 3 m, Liebherr claims it has the largest dump body in its class at 19.2 m3.This 6 x 6 truck has three rigid axles, oil-cooled wet brakes, automatic transmission and a torque converter, with 270 kW of power from the engine. The top forward speed is 57 km/h, while in reverse an electronic limiter keeps the maximum speed to 16 km/h.The newly launched Terex TA300 and TA400 ADTs benefit from design-features that help increase productivity and enhance operator comfort, even in the toughest of working conditions. Both have oil-cooled, multiple-disc brakes on each axle, which provide extended brake component life, reduce service intervals and operating costs, and improve overall braking performance compared to traditional dry-disc brake systems that are standard on other trucks. Service brake life is further increased by the use of a Jacobs® compression-release engine brake for retardation. A hydraulic transmission retarder is available as an option.Terex says the TA300 (which replaces the TA30 model) is the only hauler in the 30-t market that comes with fully independent front suspension (IFS) as standard. The IFS system provides a smooth ride when travelling over severe terrain, which makes it easier to handle and helps increase productivity. In addition to achieving quicker haul cycles, shock loads and vibrations are also lessened – increasing component life and enhancing operator comfort to help reduce driver fatigue.Owners of the TA300 also benefit from the high power and torque (287 kW, 1,775 Nm). This performance, coupled with the 100% differential locking action, enables the TA300 to tackle the most challenging grades and extreme site conditions.The larger TA400 articulated truck (which replaces the TA40) boasts a payload capacity of 38 t and a heaped capacity of 23.3 m3. It has a maximum torque of 1,350 Nm at 2,100 rpm, and with six forward gears and one reverse in addition to a two-speed drop box, the TA400 can travel up to 60 km/h.George McNeil, Product Manager for Terex® articulated trucks, said “The TA300 is a force to be reckoned with in the 30-t articulated truck market as it’s the only truck that is fitted with independent front suspension as standard, has great fuel economy and the highest torque and power in its class. In both the TA300 and the TA400, everything has been carefully considered to enhance operator comfort and help increase owners’ productivity levels, from the new ergonomic cab to the oil-cooled disc brakes – it’s all designed with our customers’ needs in mind.”last_img read more

Lockheed Martin reports a breakthrough in underground communication systems

first_imgThe US government has approved a new wireless communication system from Lockheed Martin that enables trapped miners and rescue workers to communicate during a disaster as safe to use in mines. The company says “MagneLinkTM Magnetic Communication System (MCS) now is the first and only through-the-earth, two-way voice and text capable wireless communication system with US government safety approval.” “Now that the government has deemed MagneLink MCS safe to use in mines, we can make the system available to the mining industry,” said Warren Gross, Lockheed Martin MagneLink MCS Program Manager. “Our expertise in sonar and radar signal processing laid the groundwork to develop this potentially life-saving mining technology.”The rigorous Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) process included a review of the system’s design specifications and hardware, followed by a series of tests to ensure that the system design and construction complied with MSHA safety mandates. MagneLink MCS uses magnetic waves to transmit signals through layers of solid earth. It has two elements. The in-mine unit is positioned near underground refuge chambers and along escape routes. The surface unit is a portable unit that may be easily moved over the top of the area where rescue workers are focusing. Miners and rescue personnel can send and receive messages using digital voice or text. Trapped miners also can activate an automatic beacon signal to help rescuers pinpoint their locations.In June, Lockheed Martin and Carroll Technologies Group signed a reseller agreement through which Carroll Technologies Group will act as the distributor, sales and service supplier of the system. Lockheed Martin will supply the technology and produce the MagneLink MCS systems.last_img read more

Synopsis for upcoming WWE book on the Ultimate Warrior

first_img Twitter CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Google+ Pinterest WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil’s book is set to be published August 2019 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img The following is the synopsis for the upcoming WWE book on the late WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior entitled “Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever: The Legend of a WWE Hero”, that will be released in 2015:“With signature moves like the Warrior Splash, epic battles against Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, Macho Man Randy Savage, and The Undertaker, and impassioned speeches that struck fear into his opponents and inspired warriors across the nation, the late Ultimate Warrior became one of the most revered figures in WWE history. Here, for the first time, the complete legend of The Ultimate Warrior is told in full, from his humble beginnings as a self-proclaimed “small, insecure kid who wasn’t into any sports” to his rise to WWE fame as the most powerful force in the universe.Through both action and candid photographs, personal ephemera, including original Warrior art and detailed journal entries, insider stories and exclusive interviews with WWE legends, and intimate accounts from the Warrior family, this unique biography brings the legacy of The Ultimate Warrior to life like never before. Relive the Warrior’s most intense matches and rivalries, and get to know the man behind the face paint in this one-of-a-kind volume. Filled with intense action and little-known details, Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever is a celebration of the Superstar who left an inimitable mark on WWE and redefined sports entertainment for generations.”Source: “35 Years of WrestleMania” book scheduled for release in September of 2019 WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Red Cross volunteer meets family shed helped in crisis

first_imgPORTLAND — Thanks to a mostly anonymous voice on the phone, Joyce Corier’s son, a deployed sailor, returned home in time to spend a final five hours with his father. At a chance meeting about seven months later, Joyce met the woman who helped make it happen.Thanks to a bit of luck, Joyce met Red Cross volunteer Julie Burger in March. In June 2015, Joyce’s daughter and son-in-law came upon a motorcyclist who’d crashed and fallen into a ravine the day before. Joyce was invited to join a Red Cross event in March to honor her daughter and son-in-law and other local heroes and life-savers.Joyce, who’s from Vancouver, and her party sat with Julie’s, and they got to talking. Julie, who’s also from Vancouver and has been volunteering with the Red Cross for 50 years, explained one of her primary jobs is helping families communicate with service members during emergencies stateside.That voice on the phone, Joyce found, had been Burger’s.“And so we both cried and hugged, and I told her how much I appreciated her help, because my son got home five hours before his dad passed away,” Joyce said. “Had it not been for the Red Cross getting involved, he wouldn’t have been home.”Joyce’s husband, Dan, had been in palliative care with a severe heart condition for a few weeks when, around August 2015, it became clear he was running out of time.last_img read more

Blood donation center checking donated blood for Zika

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Concerns surfacing about the Zika virus has one Florida blood donation center checking its collections.OneBlood will begin testing some of its donated blood and wants to make sure that hospitals have access to Zika-screened blood for high-risk patients, including pregnant women.The virus has been linked to serious birth defects.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Elementary school students sing Lean on Me to principal battling cancer

first_imgSTOCKTON, Calif. (WSVN) — A California elementary school principal was surprised with an emotional serenade from her students as she fights cancer.Students at George W. Bush Elementary School in Stockton gathered Friday to surprise Principal Youlin Aissa by singing “Lean on Me.” The children held up pink ribbon cut-outs as they belted out the song to their principal who is battling stage four breast cancer.The sweet gesture took Aissa by surprise as they gathered for what she thought was a normal school assembly. She said she hadn’t even told parents or students about her health issues.Aissa was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2016, and went on medical leave for a year as she underwent treatment.The cancer came back this year, and she says she plans to go to Stanford for further treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Boost in BC Mining has Alaska Fishermen Nervous

first_imgThe head of British Columbia’s government has pledged to spur mining development in the western Canadian province, and that has fishermen in Southeast Alaska nervous. A group from Southeast flew to Washington D.C. this week to see how it can raise its voice in Canada.Download AudioB.C. Premier Christy Clark is making good on a promise to break ground on eight new mines and expand nine others by next year. The increased activity has already brought more than 2,000 jobs to B.C.“Well, if there’s any doubt that here in British Columbia we are in favor of mining …  I’m going to dispel that now!” she said to applause at a mining conference in January, as she announced plans to continue a $10 million tax credit to help finance mineral exploration companies. The province has already streamlined its permitting process, cutting in half the turnaround time for one type of mining permit.“It has made a heckuva difference in raising revenue in B.C. and we’re going to keep doing it!” she said at the conference, speaking of the tax credit.British Columbia now has more than 20 major mines and expansions moving through the permitting process. The largest, known as the KSM mine, would be about 45 miles from Hyder, Alaska. Brian Lynch of the Petersburg Vessels Owners Association says his group isn’t anti-mine, but they’re wary of the KSM mine and at least four other proposed projects in B.C. that are upstream from Alaskan waters.“They’re huge, probably some of the largest mines in North America, if they go forward and we just have a great deal of concern,” Lynch said. “We want input because we have multi-million dollar fisheries on the U.S. side.”Lynch was part of a group of five Alaskans in Washington this week to ask for help from the State Department and the Congressional delegation. Lynch says they’re concerned B.C. regulators may not be able to keep up with the new pace of mining and that water quality and fish habitat may suffer. A spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she plans to raise the issue with Secretary of State John Kerry.The British Columbia Ministry of Environment declined several requests for an interview this week, saying it had no one available. But in an email, the ministry said an environmental assessment of KSM is underway and a decision is expected mid-year. The Ministry says U.S. and Alaska state officials have participated in a technical working group that provides comments for that assessment.Dale Kelley, a Craig fisherman, came to Washington on behalf of the Alaska Trollers  Association. She says they haven’t been very involved in the Canadian process and have no particular reason to think they’d be rebuffed.“But they don’t really have to listen to us,” she said. “So I think it would be nice to have a mechanism between the countries where, whether it’s our state or our federal government, can actually weigh in and have some authority for ensuring our interests are protected on the downstream side.”The two countries have an International Joint Commission to work out boundary water issues. Lynch says as he understands it, the commission can’t help until a threat occurs, and by then it’s too late.last_img read more

14 sent to jail for drunken driving

first_imgPatancheru: Fourteen persons were caught during a drive by the Traffic police against drunken driving on Friday. They were sentenced to imprisonment for periods ranging from seven to 15 days by the Second District Magistrate Prabhakar. Each offender was also fined Rs 2,000, according to Patancheru Traffic Circle Inspector of Police Venu Kumar.last_img

SC fixes 10 Oct to deliver verdict on Saudi official murder

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Sunday fixed 10 October for delivering its verdict on the appeal filed by government challenging the High Court verdict in Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali murder case.A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah fixed the date after end of hearing on the appeal.Attorney general Mahabubey Alam and deputy attorney general Bishwajit Debnath stood for the state and lawyer Helal Uddin Mollah for the fugitive accused (state defence).The hearing on appeal filed by the state started on 9 August.Earlier, on 5 March, 2012, Khalaf sustained bullet in an attack by miscreants at diplomatic zone in  Gulshan. Later, he died at United Hospital the following day.Two days after the murder, a case was filed with Gulshan police station.On 4 June, a team of detective branch of police arrested Saiful Islam Mamun, Md Al Amin, AKbar Ali Lalu from city’s Dakhshin Khan area. Later, police also arrested Rafiqul Islam. Four people were shown arrested in the case.Later, Mamun and Al Amin gave confessional statement.On 30 December, 2012, Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 sentenced five people death. Among them, Selim Chowdhury remained absconding.On 18 November, 2013, the High Court acquitted Selim Chowdhury, commuted death sentence of three other accused to life term jail and upheld the death sentence of Saiful.Later, the state filed the appeal against the order in 2014.last_img read more

HISD To Hold Parent Forums On Special Education

first_img 00:00 /01:13 Houston ISD Trustee Anne Sung chairs a new committee on special ed, which includes parents, teachers and other community members.The Houston Independent School District said that it’s reevaluating how it delivers special education services to students and as it gets ready for next school year, administrators want to hear from parents.HISD will hold a series of parent forums on special ed this spring. The first one is Wednesday, April 5 at HISD headquarters.As they gather that feedback, a separate HISD committee will select an auditor to review special ed. Trustee Anne Sung leads that group.“I think looking at the rate of enrollment of special education students overall and then for some subgroups in particular do raise some questions for HISD,” Sung said. “And those are things that this committee plans to look at.”There’s growing scrutiny on HISD’s special ed services ever since a Houston Chronicle investigation found a state benchmark was discouraging enrollment.Since then the U.S. Department of Education launched its own statewide investigation. In HISD, the director of special ed recently resigned.HISD has one of the lowest rates of students in special ed in the country.Below is a full schedule of the forums. Parents can share comments in person, online or request a comment card at their child’s school.Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6-7:30 p.m. Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center 4400 W. 18th St., Houston 77092*(Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese interpretations available)Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:30-10 a.m. HISD East Field Office 1102 Telephone Road, Houston 77023*(Spanish interpretations available)Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6-7:30 p.m. HISD South Field Office 4040 W. Fuqua St., Houston 77045*(Spanish interpretations available) Listen X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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