IIROC gets thumbs-up from CSA oversight review

first_img The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has been given a clean bill of health by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), following the CSA’s latest review of the self-regulatory organization (SRO).The CSA’s oversight review report flagged only three “low priority” issues for the industry SRO to address. It didn’t uncover any significant shortcomings in the areas it examined, which included business conduct compliance, trading conduct compliance, policy, and membership and registration. Regulators issue new reporting guidance on systems outages happy businessman dance on profit chart cloud under blue sky ximagination/123RF SEC charges five in US$2-billion crypto trading scheme James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords RegulationCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAP The issues the CSA did uncover included a trading compliance exam module that was not updated, a concern with database access functionality and inadequate monitoring of an external provider’s re-accreditation of licensing and continuing education courses.The three minor findings have already been addressed by IIROC, the report noted. The report also said issues uncovered in previous SRO oversight reviews have also been resolved.In a statement, IIROC welcomed the report, noting that it’s “pleased” that the CSA didn’t uncover any issues in certain areas, and that it has already addressed the handful of findings from both the latest review and its previous reviews.“We have worked diligently to address the annual findings and we are committed to ensuring we continue to comply with the terms and conditions of the recognition orders,” it said.The latest review was conducted jointly by various regulators, covering the period from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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V8 or turbo V6? Which Ford F-150 engine to choose

first_img First up was the 2.7L EcoBoost, a V6 designed specifically for the pair of BorgWarner turbos it wears on its compacted-graphite iron block. Surprisingly smooth at idle and under acceleration, the 2.7 is the fuel economy leader, and it hustles the truck along briskly. Our best fuel economy over the test was 10.3 L/100 km on the highway, with a combined average of 12.2 L overall. Impressive. While towing a 3,600-lb. boat and trailer, consumption registered a decent 15.3 L/100 km.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Surprise! The Ford F-150 is, once again, Canada’s best-selling vehicle through May.Derek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 5.0-litre V8 engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 5.0-litre V8 engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engineDerek McNaughton, Driving Choosing the right pickup is hard enough – figuring out which engine to pick when ordering a brand-new truck can be even more of a challenge. Toyota makes it easy, offering two V8s but selling mostly one, and Nissan presents just one V8 in its half-ton. For buyers of the pickup sales leader in North America, however, the engine options in Ford’s F-150 portfolio make picking the right power source a hard choice, especially when the four engines available are each and of themselves compelling.Ford is making the decision even more difficult by introducing its second-generation 3.5-litre EcoBoost for 2017, a twin turbo we’ll be testing soon. As an option that ranges in price from $750 to $2,950 depending on configuration, though, the new EcoBoost can be costly — but it will also be mated to a new 10-speed transmission co-developed with GM that gets a Tow Haul and Sport mode. Ford also just announced it will be bringing a 3.0L diesel with an expected 440 lb.-ft. of torque to the mix in early 2018, just before a hybrid arrives for 2020. Hooray, more choices!But what’s the average F-150 to do today? EcoBoost or V8? If going turbo, which one? After driving three 4×4 F-150s back-to-back over several weeks — each truck with a different engine — it’s clear the behaviour of each engine acts as differently as unsupervised kids in daycare. While weaknesses are less obvious, each engine has clear strengths. We didn’t test the fleet-orientated base V6, but instead stuck to the trifecta which most F-150 buyers will consider: the 2.7L EcoBoost, the 3.5L EcoBoost and the 5.0L V8. Each truck was a SuperCrew with 5.5-foot box. Step on the gas and the response is immediate. Flatten the throttle and you’d swear the dealership gave you the bigger EcoBoost by mistake. Indeed, zero to 100 km sprints with the 2.7 are so close to the roughly seven-second mark achieved by the 3.5 that axle gearing and other factors can make the smaller motor quicker in the run to 100 km/h. At 375 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2.7 edged awfully close to the 420 lb.-ft. in the outgoing 3.5L, something the gen-two engine will correct, distancing itself that much further from the 2.7 with its higher torque. Indeed, Motor Trend registered 6.1-second runs to 60 mph with the new 3.5 EcoBoost.So if you trust Ford’s engine development (and there’s little evidence to suggest you shouldn’t), or you don’t do a ton of big-time towing and want an ideal blend of performance and economy, the 2.7 is your engine. Yes, the exhaust might sound a bit tinny, but it’s not unpleasant, just not as natural or as deep as the 3.5, and of course not nearly as satisfying as the V8. Automatic start/stop technology comes standard with the 2.7, but unfortunately it can’t be set to stay off (though will remain off in 4×4 mode). While the transition from “off” to “on” is immediate the moment your foot comes off the brake, some buyers might nevertheless find the feature intrusive. If it were my money, the 2.7 — a $1,300 option on average — would be third choice.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine 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 The 420 lb.-ft. of torque — increased to 470 in the new engine — simply gives the F-150 all the power it could ever need unless you’re Tony Stewart. It’s appreciably smooth and quiet with just a hint of desirable turbo whistle under light acceleration. Passing others cars is done in an instant. Now with direct and port injection (to minimize carbon buildup on the backsides of the intake valves) the EcoBoost spools out power quickly, without hesitation, and all of it available at low rpm — an ideal scenario for towing. If this were 1970, jumping to the EcoBoost from a V8 would feel like driving a big block over a small block. While the sound might be piped in on models with Sony stereos, it’s not acoustically fake, rather “digitally refined” from what the engine actually produces and sent through the truck’s speakers. It sounds great.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The interior of the Ford F-150 There’s also a more connected feel with the V8 that the V6 turbos somehow lacked. Both turbo engines are well insulated from noise and vibration, just like the V8; but the V8 simply feels more natural, more relaxed, more at home in this truck. Even though the V8 would reluctantly not be our first choice, it ranks second only by a slim margin. Towing power at 4,899 kilograms is only slightly less than the 3.5, too. For old-school traditionalists wary of turbo technology or those who like things simpler, your engine has eight cylinders.For those of us who embrace new technology and either trust Ford’s engineering technology or purchase extended warranties or both, the 3.5-litre EcoBoost is the No. 1 choice — underlined even more so with the introduction of the second-generation, aluminum engine.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Ford F-150 engine chart Trending Videos It’s not the sound, however, that matters in a pickup, but the marriage of towing capability, power, refinement and fuel economy; the 3.5 EcoBoost ranks as the towing champ, able to haul 5,534 kilograms. In our test, it hauled the 3,600-lb. boat and trailer with astonishing ease. Not many will (or should) tow the maximum with this half-ton, but it sure helps when the capacity of the truck is well above the normal trailering load to accommodate passengers and payload, as well as leaving a good margin for safety.Thus, with power to spare, plenty of towing prowess and better fuel economy than the V8 (our average was 14.6), the 3.5L EcoBoost is undeniably the best engine choice in an F-150 for those buyers who want it all. At least until the diesel, and the hybrid, finally arrive. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. First Drive: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSF-150FordPickup TruckNewsAutomotive EnginesAutomotive TechnologyBorgWarner Inc.Ford F-150Ford Motor CompanyGeneral Motors CorporationMotor TrendNissan Motor Co. Ltd.North AmericaScience and TechnologySony CorporationTechnologyTony StewartToyota Motor Corporation advertisement Second choice, and one that will require less option money on the $40K-$60K purchase of a pickup, would be the 385-horsepower 5.0L V8, a tried-and-true small block that eschews turbo technology for good ol’ fashioned displacement. The fuel bill might be $500 more than the 2.7 over the course of a year, but decent highway fuel economy is not impossible with this V8. Our best consumption even cracked the 12L mark to register a pleasing 11.9 on some 100 km/h flat stretches on a calm, cold day. While the overall average registered highest among the engines at 15.5 L/100 km, the V8 used only 0.9 litre more on average than the 3.5 turbo. The V8 also sounds the best of all three, of course, and it didn’t come with any of the shifting confusion that was occasionally detected with the larger EcoBoost.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 5.0-litre V8 enginelast_img read more

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Jamaica, IDB Sign US$200 Million Loan to strengthen Fiscal Policy Part of Key financing to Support Reform Program

first_imgRelatedJamaica, IDB Sign US$200 Million Loan to strengthen Fiscal Policy Part of Key financing to Support Reform Program RelatedJamaica, IDB Sign US$200 Million Loan to strengthen Fiscal Policy Part of Key financing to Support Reform Program RelatedJamaica, IDB Sign US$200 Million Loan to strengthen Fiscal Policy Part of Key financing to Support Reform Program FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Hon. Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and Public Service of Jamaica, and Inter-American Development Bank President, Luis Alberto Moreno, signed today a US$ 200 million loan for a fiscal consolidation program.The government of Jamaica will strengthen the country’s fiscal policy with unprecedented support from the Inter-American Development Bank. This operation brings loan approvals this year to US$400, in line with expected total approvals of US$600 million in 2010. The IDB previously approved more than US$200 million to Jamaica this year in programs to support, among others, reforms in education, protection of human capital and competitiveness.Disbursement of this first fiscal policy loan of a series of three potential operations, is based upon fiscal measures taken by the government since the end of 2009 and the first semester of 2010 to restructure public debt, increase revenue and control spending to meet the targets set out in its reform agenda also supported by a stand-by agreement with the International Monetary Fund.The second and third operations would aim to support the government’s efforts to undertake deeper structural fiscal policy reforms in order to reduce the country’s debt burden and financing needs in the medium-term.In the context of the deterioration of the global economy, a deep recession and low growth, Jamaica is committed to implementing far-reaching policy and institutional changes to solve the fiscal and current account deficits that make the country significantly more vulnerable to economic shocks.This fiscal consolidation program will support the government of Jamaica’s efforts to achieve a stable, sustained growth in a context of sound macroeconomic policy; a consolidated fiscal balance, focusing on increasing tax revenue, streamlining expenditure and reforming the public sector. It will include a comprehensive debt management strategy that addresses the debt overhang; a strengthened fiscal responsibility framework; and increased customs efficiency.The Ministry of Finance and Public Service will carry out the program. The IDB loan is for a 20-year term, with a 5-year grace period, at a Libor-based variable interest rate. It will be disbursed in a single tranche.center_img Jamaica, IDB Sign US$200 Million Loan to strengthen Fiscal Policy Part of Key financing to Support Reform Program Finance & Public ServiceAugust 9, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Residents Equipped to Make Positive Change

first_imgRelatedSchool for the Blind on Drive to Increase Enrolment Story HighlightsNine residents from inner-city Montego Bay have been equipped to make positive changes in their respective communities through training received in film and video production.The residents are the first cohort of graduates from western Jamaica in the University of the West Indies (UWI) Community Film Project.In her remarks, Campus Director at the UWI Western Campus Dr. Luz Longsworth noted that, the project has been a life-changing experience for most of the graduates. RelatedSix New Classrooms for Aabuthnott Gallimore High FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGovernment Provides $12.2 Million in Grant Funding to CASE Nine residents from inner-city Montego Bay have been equipped to make positive changes in their respective communities through training received in film and video production.The residents are the first cohort of graduates from western Jamaica in the University of the West Indies (UWI) Community Film Project.The graduation ceremony was held at the UWI Western Jamaica Campus on Thursday, January 29.In her remarks, Campus Director at the UWI Western Campus Dr. Luz Longsworth noted that, the project has been a life-changing experience for most of the graduates.“This has certainly been reinforced by the positive feedback from your community. More than anything, this project is about hope and confidence in the future of our young people in Montego Bay, particularly those who may have felt marginalized from the mainstream of the educational system,” Dr. Longsworth said.The film project seeks to unearth, train and expose the next generation of talented filmmakers by developing their creative abilities.For his part, graduate Anthony Carpenter noted that the project is an opportunity for inner-city youths to find their way back.“Each man is born with an unlimited reserve of power, brilliance and possibilities. We call this potential, but potential without opportunity is wasted energy that lies untapped to be explored,” he stated.“Tonight, we bear witness to the union of potential and opportunity. We the graduates, the recipients of this once in a lifetime opportunity, are both humbled and honoured to have had the opportunity to be students at this globally renowned institution,” he added.Member of Parliament for Central St. James and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B. Smith also congratulated the graduates.He challenged them to take on projects in the Montego Bay area that will preserve the city’s history.The graduates, Aine Allen, Marcia James, Cheryl Lewis, Ruben Robinson, Elvis Malcolm, Enrico Eldemire, Vernal Comrie, Kasheem Lewis and Anthony Carpenter, are from Canterbury and Norwood, two of Montego Bay’s inner city communities.Four short films, two of which were produced and directed by graduates of the course with local talent, were screened at the ceremony and received high commendation from guests. Residents Equipped to Make Positive Change EducationFebruary 2, 2015Written by: Marlon Tinglinglast_img read more

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Second man arrested for spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protesters

first_img 1 Comment HomeNewsCrimeSecond man arrested for spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protesters Dec. 11, 2019 at 12:31 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsSecond man arrested for spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protestersMadeleine Pauker1 year agocandice cobarrubiasdavid dempseydonald trumpjoseph krongchanaSanta Monica PierJoseph Krongchana (SMPD) Police have arrested a second man for spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protesters at the Santa Monica Pier.Two men dispersed the chemical in the afternoon of Oct. 19 after arguing with protesters who had held an anti-Trump rally near the Pier earlier that day. David Dempsey, 32, of Orange County, was arrested for prohibited use of a tear gas weapon and assault with a caustic chemical.Candice Cobarrubias, a Santa Monica Police Department lieutenant, said detectives have identified the second suspect as Joseph Krongchana, a 43-year-old San Gabriel resident, and searched his home on Dec. 6, finding chemical spray canisters similar to what was used on the Pier. Krongchana was arrested for use or possession of tear gas and transported to the SMPD [email protected];.com Comments are closed. Tags :candice cobarrubiasdavid dempseydonald trumpjoseph krongchanaSanta Monica Piershare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment James Bell says: center_img You can’t help but wonder why there would be Trump protesters in a city full of people that already hate Donald Trump. Preaching to the choir? The need to show thier hostility and resentful “feelings” in public? It seems senseless. December 12, 2019 at 5:31 AM Curious City – All Must Speak Out, IIBloomberg calls for ‘war on poverty’ on 1st California tripYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

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‘Somewhat back’ Brooks happy with play, body

first_imgHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Before the PGA Tour was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, this was supposed to be U.S. Open week, which could explain Brooks Koepka’s performance at the RBC Heritage. Originally cancelled as the Tour scrambled to piece together a complicated season, the Heritage was given new life when the U.S. Open was rescheduled to September and officials at Harbour Town gladly filled the open date. Apparently, no one told Koepka, whose performance in the majors has been patiently better than his play in regular-season events. Or maybe he just needed a break. The three-month pause in the Tour schedule has created countless issues for the circuit, but if anyone needed some time away it was Koepka. After being sidelined for three months with a left-knee injury last fall, Koepka looked nothing like the world beater he’d become to start 2020. He missed the cut at the Honda Classic and failed to crack the top 40 in his other two starts before play was halted. When he arrived at TPC Sawgrass he was fresh off an emergency trip to Las Vegas to meet with legendary swing coach Butch Harmon. He was searching for answers. Now another three months removed from competition, Koepka counts that meeting with Harmon as a turning point. “Any time you can go see Butch, it’s going to help,” Koepka said. “A lot of it was just trying to play so perfect, I couldn’t understand why I was hitting it to 15 feet. Sometimes you’ve just got to get on with it and make the putt. I just needed to reassess.” Koepka: Nice to have ‘juices flowing’ for first time in a long time RBC Heritage: Full-field scores | Full coverage He ended up having plenty of time to reassess. If Harmon, along with Koepka’s regular swing coach Claude Harmon III, was able to sort out Koepka’s swing, the three-month pandemic pause allowed him to sort through whatever physical issues remained. “This is the best my body’s felt in years. A lot of work I’ve done with [his trainer], just manipulating the knee, the kneecap. It’s been a long road,” Koepka said. “It just feels like I haven’t been healthy for a very long time. My body feels great. I feel like I can really move through the golf ball.” To prove the point, Koepka closed with a 6-under 65 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish seventh for his best finish on Tour since last year’s Tour Championship. The final margin suggests he never really had a chance, but Koepka never allowed himself to think in those terms. “I felt like I almost had to birdie the whole back nine just to even out the chance. I mean, to get to 21 [under], I thought would be about right,” said Koepka who finished at 18 under and four strokes behind winner Webb Simpson. Golf Central Koepka’s misses par-4 ace by all of 3 feet BY Nick Menta  — June 21, 2020 at 3:08 PM Playing his final round at the RBC Heritage on Sunday, Brooks Koepka took a go at the 329-yard par-4 ninth and missed out on a hole-in-one by all of 3 feet and 6 inches. Koepka drove the par-4 ninth green [a 330-yard effort] and tapped in from less than 4 feet for eagle to move to within two shots of the lead. On his way to the 10th tee the weather warning horn sounded, but the two-hour-and-45-minute delay didn’t slow his rally and he birdied Nos. 10 and 11 to move to within one stroke of the lead. After that his momentum stalled with four consecutive pars starting at the 12th hole, a run that included a particularly deflating par at the par-5 15th hole after missing a 4 ½ foot birdie putt. Still, after a combined six months of injury and isolation this season it felt like a giant step in the right direction. “It just felt nice to feel something again. [The Tour Championship] was the last time I probably ever felt anything. So just feels good to be back somewhat. I mean, I’m not going to win it, but somewhat of a chase,” he said. Koepka will take “somewhat” because even though he knows the RBC Heritage is not a major championship he played it like it was one this week. And he knows there are actual major championships looming on the horizon.last_img read more

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Here Comes “Blade Runner World”!

first_img Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share The 1982 film Blade Runner presented audiences with brilliant dystopian visual images of a dark, joyless non-society set in a future Los Angeles, steeped in a radically individualistic social anarchy so pervasive that rich human interconnections no longer exist, in which genetically engineered life forms are so ubiquitous it is impossible to know where the “natural” ends and the bioengineered begins.How would such a society come into being? Socializing and binding institutions would fail,  leading to a collapse of civic society. Then, add to the recipe a stunning failure to properly regulate biotechnologies — the most powerful and potentially impactful inventions ever conjured out of the minds of man — for ethics and morality as well as safety.It could happen. Can anyone deny our civic and political institutions are in crisis? Moreover, as you read these words, biotechnologists are creating the most powerful technologies known to man. Yet there is a paucity of legally enforceable regulations creating proper parameters around the technology to govern what can and can’t be done.Designer Babies; What Next?Take the manufacture of germline gene-edited babies. It is profoundly unethical to (essentially) manufacture babies with genetic alterations that will pass the alterations down the generations for no urgent medical purpose. It is to change these babies’ futures and those of their progeny.  It is to treat the birth of babies as a mere medical experiment, without any sure knowledge of what impact these alterations will have on their lives. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Meanwhile, we are told that “the scientists” can be trusted to self-regulate their ethics. After a Chinese biotechnologist created the first gene-edited babies — landing him in prison because he embarrassed his government — now, a Russian scientist has announced he plans to be next.  From the Nature story: Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Medicine Here Comes “Blade Runner World”!Wesley J. SmithJune 13, 2019, 3:34 PM A Russian scientist says he is planning to produce gene-edited babies, an act that would make him only the second person known to have done this. It would also fly in the face of the scientific consensus that such experiments should be banned until an international ethical framework has agreed on the circumstances and safety measures that would justify them.“Consensus” these days is meaningless without enforceable legal penalties to back it up. It is long past time that governments impose legally enforceable domestic moratoriums and that these be reinforced by international bans on creating these babies.It is startling to realize that Blade Runner takes place in 2019. While we have certainly not yet devolved into a “Blade Runner World,” the movie’s dark prophetic vision is starting to come true.Photo: A scene from Blade Runner? Nope, it’s Tokyo in 2014; by nicelife_bs [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All TagsbabiesbioethicsbiotechnologyBlade RunnerBlade Runner WorldChinagene-edited babiesgovernmentLos Angelesmedical experimentmedicinemoralitymoratoriumNature (journal)prisonRussiascientists,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

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WARREN’S WORLD: Surfing History

first_img Email Recently I was writing a story about surfing alone in Malibu the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I rode small waves all day by myself and did not hear about the bombing until I was driving home along the coast highway, with no other cars in sight.As I wrote about the very important day in history and what happened to me that day, I recalled a lot of my other surfing days during that time. People often ask me why I made ski movies instead of surfing movies. In my first film that I released in 1950, I had a 10-minute preview of a surfing movie that I would have made if I could have raised the money. The title was “Surfing Daze.” This was a time when most of the people I knew surfed and we were still riding surfboards in excess of 10 feet long and weighing over 60 pounds. One reason I chose ski movies first was because there were ladies who skied. The surfboards were too heavy for a girl to lug them across the beach. Wet suits had not been invented yet so from November until late April when it was freezing cold if you went surfing. Skiing occurred all over the world but they only surfed in southern California and Hawaii in 1949-50. The surfing sequence in that first movie went over so well that the man I was just starting to compete with, John Jay, put water skiing in his next movie. By the time my third or fourth movie hit the screen the hot shots had started to surf gigantic waves in Hawaii at Makaha, so I gave Walt Hoffman 10 rolls of Kodachrome and a 20-minute lesson on how to thread my Bell and Howell 16mm wind-up camera and had him shoot movies for me. Those 10 rolls could create 25 minutes of finished film. If he shot enough good stuff for me to use I would buy him the roundtrip airplane ticket.By 1963, surfing was getting very crowded because of the invention of the wet suit and the lightweight surfboard. I spent less time surfing when I bought a 20-foot-long Pacific Catamaran. In southern California, where I lived at the time, the surf was good about 10 percent of the time and the wind blew about 90 percent of every afternoon. And it wasn’t crowded out there on the ocean.I was very lucky when I was 13 years old in 1937. That was the year I built my first paddleboard in my junior high school woodshop class. I also bought my first pair of pine skis – no edges and with leather toe-strap bindings for $2. That summer I managed to get someone to take my 5-foot-long, 2-foot-wide, almost-square paddleboard to the beach. I managed to catch some small waves, getting up on my knees near the end of my ride and by late afternoon I even tried to stand up on the board.I know that I was really lucky because I always had freedom riding on my shoulder no matter where I went. That included almost four years in the Navy in World War II. There was not any surfing at Guadalcanal, but one day when we were going to the Russell Islands to haul our ship out for maintenance, we spotted a 14-foot plywood paddleboard out there in the middle of the ocean. I talked the skipper into stopping and picking it up. It could not have been afloat very long because it had no barnacles or moss of any kind growing on it. From then on, every time we tied up to a dock anywhere, I managed to go for a long paddle just to get into the water. The night we were sinking in a hurricane I thought that if we sunk before daylight I would grab that paddleboard. Fortunately, I did not need it.For the almost 50 years I owned my film company, the offices were only two blocks from the ocean in Hermosa Beach, Calif. I could take surfing breaks during the day when the wind didn’t blow and the surf was up.I still have a great love for riding waves and skiing fast, neither of which I can do anymore. Let me give you some advice: Never pass up a chance to do them because this is the only “today” you will ever get in your life so enjoy it to its fullest. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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News / Breakbulk revival as box shipping prices itself out of the market

first_img Container shipping’s capacity crunch has priced some agricultural and chemical commodities out of the market – in favour of breakbulk.And the de-containerisation trend could spread to other cargo categories, according to Estonia-based freight forwarder CF&S.The company recently loaded 700 tons of fertilisers, feed, and chemicals from Xingang to Hamburg in big bags on a multipurpose vessel.“Due to the huge rise in prices for container sea freight from China to Europe, and the lack of container equipment, we recently tried an alternative,” explained Andrej Katrecko, CEO of CF&S Lithuania. “Going bulk was two-and-a-half times cheaper than current prices for containerised cargo.”And, noting the current freight rate situation “probably won’t change until April or May,” he added that CF&S had three more shipments planned, totalling 3,500 tons, including 500 tons of general cargo in boxes.The move is a continuation of the modal shifts seen last year on the back of the rollercoaster freight markets. Large swathes of capacity were removed from air and ocean, as forwarders switched to rail and road on occasions throughout the year.Mr Katrecko said: “We check what is better and available for particular cargo and customer needs – the problem is that rail is overbooked at least one month ahead, for example.”Signs that breakbulk could see a resurgence emerged as early as last March, when the chaos at Chinese container ports led to more use of conventional reefer vessels to circumvent the logjam.And more recently, while not ditching the container, major ocean freight forwarders, including DSV and Geodis, have chartered multipurpose vessels to avoid the increasingly frequent delays and lack of capacity on mainline services.Commodities such as steel, timber and forestry products made the shift to containers around a decade ago, when freight rates were low and shipping lines were desperate for cargo, according to multipurpose carriers, but the changing market appears to have prompted a reversal.Mr Katrecko told The Loadstar: “The main decisive factor is that cargo must be stackable, or in boxes, or big bags. We are receiving inquiries about many different cargo types and commodities from customers looking for cheaper shipping options.”The inland logistics costs work out cheaper, too, he added.“Deliveries in tented trucks are also cheaper than for containerised cargo. So, even with longer distances for door-to-door delivery, it can be better math. This cargo is mainly consigned to customers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.” By Sam Whelan 20/01/2021last_img read more

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All Blacks end Hansen era on a high

first_img World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?Datemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  0  0 The All Blacks claimed a 40-17 bronze final victory against Wales in Tokyo on Friday to give coach Steve Hansen a winning end to his tenure. DYLAN JACK reports.While all the attention in the build up to the game was focused on it being Hansen and captain Kieran Read’s final games with the All Blacks, Hansen spoke of bringing pride back to the jersey after their disappointing performance in the semi-finals. That was exactly what the All Blacks did, as they took advantage of admittedly poor tactical play from Wales and put on a show of ruthless and clinical rugby.Standout performances from Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith, who scored a brace, will beg the question over Hansen’s use of his veterans as both were utilised sparingly throughout the tournament. That question could be rather meaningless as the All Blacks forwards were dominated in the semi-final and it did not matter who was in their backline.For Wales, it was a rather frustrating way to end Warren Gatland’s tenure, but there were still a few positives as fullback Hallam Amos, wing Josh Adams and tighthead prop Dillon Lewis put in good performances. Adams scored his seventh try of the tournament in the second half and is likely to finish as the top try scorer.All three are young enough to play for Wales at the next World Cup and it is an indication that there will be something for incoming head coach Wayne Pivac to build on.The game itself took the form of a Barbarians match. While a third-place finish was on the line, in reality both teams were playing for pride more than anything else and spread the ball whenever possible. Wales made 180 runs and passes, but only 61 carries over the gainline.The All Blacks raced into a 14-0 lead thanks to tries from Joe Moody and Beauden Barrett. Moody’s try was particularly impressive as it came directly from a turnover with several forwards running excellent lines and offloading to present the loosehead prop with a 25m run to the tryline. While Wales hit back with some pressure of their own, which saw Amos score before Rhys Patchell added a conversion and penalty, wing Ben Smith dotted down for a brace to take the All Blacks into a 28-10 lead at the break.Crotty’s second-half try from a typical Sonny Bill Williams offload pretty much sealed the game in New Zealand’s favour.  There was still time for Adams to break Shane Williams’ record of six tournament tries for Wales and for Richie Mo’unga to scamper over from a scrum to take his tally for the game to 15 points. Posted in Test Rugby, Top headlines, World Cup Tagged 2019 World Cup, All Blacks, Steve Hansen, Wales, Warren Gatland, World Cup ‘ ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Post by Dylan Jack ‘ All Blacks – Tries: Joe Moody, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith (2), Ryan Crotty, Richie Mo’unga. Conversion: Mo’unga (5). Wales – Tries: Hallam Amos, Josh Adams. Conversion: Rhys Patchell, Dan Biggar. Penalty: Patchell. All Blacks – 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.Subs: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Jordie Barrett.Wales – 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Justin Tipuric, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Nicky Smith.Subs: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Wyn Jones, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Hadleigh Parkes.Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images All Blacks end Hansen era on a high Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? 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