Mayor Boris Johnson and London Underground pledge “faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys” for passengers using District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines

first_img Share Mayor Boris Johnson and London Underground pledge “faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys” for passengers using District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines Tags: Boris Johnson People Tuesday 24 March 2015 11:59 am Catherine Neilan whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost Fun London Underground and mayor Boris Johnson are promising commuters “faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys” for millions of passengers who use the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines.  The two have parties have unveiled plans to modernise the creekiest parts of the Tube network, introducing a modern train control system across the four lines, which will allow more trains to run. On the Circle line, the number of trains will double from a train every four minutes instead of every 10. The other three lines will see frequency increase to every two minutes.  The system is an upgrade on the one being currently used on the Jubilee and Northern Lines and follows the modernisation of the Victoria line, which now has 34 trains running every hour in both directions.  The District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines together make up nearly 40 per cent of the network and include the oldest part of the network built in 1863. They carry 1.3m passengers every day.   “Some of the current signalling system belongs in a museum, having been operating safely, but in a very basic way, since the early years of the last century”, London Underground said.  “It is not capable of running trains close enough together to give Londoners the type of high-frequency service they need.” The upgrade is part of a £5.6bn overhaul of the Tube network. It is estimated that for every £1 invested, £4 will be generated in terms of economic benefits.  Johnson said: “Our plans are all about giving the Tube the tools it needs to deliver an even better service to Londoners and visitors to the capital.  “With our city’s population growing, now is the time to step things up a gear.”   Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

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Funny faces in face recognition could increase phone security with new technology

first_imgNBC2 Investigates: Racial bias in facial recognition technology July 17, 2020 AdvertisementThe idea behind the technology is performing a specific easily repeatable facial motion, like making a face or even silently reading a secret phrase, causes your face to make distinct movements that no one else can make.Once the technology is available, it will make it much harder for an imposter to gain access to your devices.“It’s actually measuring all the points on your face to get that unique print,” said Hoyt. “If a person doesn’t do it exactly in those same steps you’re not going to be able to get into the phone.” Advertisement SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Most of us have it — the ability to unlock our phones with just a glance using facial recognition technology.But experts said the best way to keep your phone safe using facial recognition technology is by putting on a funny face.“We’ve been able to actually take a regular picture of ourselves and fool the system,” said cybersecurity expert Eugene Hoyt. “This way you know it’s not something that’s going to be standard that you would be able to go ahead and replicate.”Hoyt is talking about patented technology created by a professor at Brigham Young University called “concurrent two-factor identity verification”. Disney World tests facial recognition software at Magic Kingdom March 24, 2021 AdvertisementTags: facial recognition Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments The facial recognition technology currently in use isn’t entirely foolproof.“My cousin, her and her sister look pretty much alike, so sometimes her face can log into her phone,” McCullum said.Other people have said that their phones will unlock with other people’s faces as well.So go ahead and put on a silly face when getting into your phone. It could save you big time in the long run.“I think it’s going to be a lot harder by any means for anybody to get in there,” Hoyt said. RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

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Jobs in Laois: All of the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday

first_img TAGSJobs in Laois Pinterest Boutique Ladybelle in Abbeyleix – Social Media and Sales SupportWe are looking for someone to join our small team in a part-time role.We are looking for someone who has an excellent rapport with customers, able to work on their own initiative with background in fashion retail, also has an immense knowledge of social media and online sales.To Apply: If this position suits you we’d love to hear from you. Please forward CV to [email protected] more here.  Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year There is a number of jobs in Laois being advertised on LaoisToday at the moment.Below we have listed all of the roles advertised on LaoisToday in the last two weeks. In each instance you can click through to the full job description to read more. Pinterest Joe Mallon Motors – Sales ExecutivesJoe Mallon Motors Ltd is a family owned and run business in Naas since the 1960s. Joe Mallon Motors has been selling Renault cars and commercials and is the main Renault dealer for Kildare and Laois.Over the years, we have established a large base of satisfied customers. A quality service for each customer is forefront to all staff members to achieve our company motto: TEAM – Total Effort Among Many.We are currently to hire for the following position: Senior Sales Executive – Required for Naas & PortlaoiseSee full job description hereSEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Home Jobs Jobs in Laois: All of the recent job vacancies as advertised on… JobsSponsored Abbeyleix Manor Hotel – Commis Chef/Breakfast Chef and Full-time ChefThis is a full-time role with a an immediate start.To apply: Email [email protected] or drop your CV into the hotel reception.For full details see here.  Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Oakdale Nursing Home – Activities Co-Ordinator/Healthcare AssistantOakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington are looking to fill the above position:Required for: Permanent Part-Time positionRequirements:FETAC Level 5 in Care of the Elderly or equivalentGood organizational skills, outgoing, enthusiastic, creativeSee more info here.  Community Previous articleMountrath man set to become the latest Laois person on Winning StreakNext articleProperty Watch: Five most expensive properties in Portlaoise at the moment LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Joe Mallon Motors – Motor Service Technician/MechanicsJoe Mallon Motors Ltd is a family owned and run business in Naas since the 1960s. Joe Mallon Motors has been selling Renault cars and commercials and is the main Renault dealer for Kildare and Laois.Over the years, we have established a large base of satisfied customers. A quality service for each customer is forefront to all staff members to achieve our company motto: TEAM – Total Effort Among Many.Due to growing business levels we are increasing our workshop team. We are currently seeking to recruit Fully Qualified Service Technicians to join our team: Motor Service Technician/Mechanics required for PortlaoiseSee full job description here Twitter Council Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th January 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community SuperValu in Abbeyleix – Duty Manager or Evening/Weekend ManagerSuperValu in Abbeyleix have a vacancy for the following position:Duty Manager or Evening/Weekend ManagerApprox 25-35 hours per week.See full details here Jobs in Laois: All of the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles holding MASSIVE sale on September 14-15

first_img TAGSFirst Choice Tiles WhatsApp WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles are holding a massive warehouse clearance sale in their premises in Portlaoise next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15.Located in the Clonminam Industrial Estate on Fr Brown Avenue in Portlaoise – between O’Moore Park and Telfords – they have a huge selection at less than half price with up to 90% off some products.There is a special discount of adhesive and grout for two days only.First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles are stockists of a large range of bathroom and tile products including ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, mosaic tiles, bathrooms, kitchen wall and floor tiles,tiling accessories, bathroom sanitary ware, bathroom en-suites, baths, showers, wetrooms, taps and mirrors.You can contact First Choice Bathrooms on Tiles by contacting 057 8681680 or by emailing [email protected] can visit their website at www.firstchoicetiles.ie.SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles holding MASSIVE sale on September 14-15 GAA Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 9th September 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, August 9, 2019Next articleNews Diary: Top award for Portlaoise student in UL, new students in local secondary school and latest news from Laois Alzheimer’s Society LaoisToday Reporter Home Sponsored First Choice Bathrooms and Tiles holding MASSIVE sale on September 14-15 Sponsored Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest GAA GAA last_img read more

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Gulf Coast pipeline reversal to lift oil prices, analysts say

Energy sector outlook turns positive Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Energy stocks “I think it’s very well established that more transportation capacity has to be added out of Cushing to prevent stockpiles of crude oil and price discounting for Canadian crude,” he said in an interview. Enbridge (TSX:ENB) and its partner, Enterprise Product Partners, plan to reverse the flow of the northbound Gulf-to-Cushing Seaway pipeline as early as next year, helping to relieve some of the glut at the massive storage hub. Scotiabank commodities specialist Patricia Mohr also said the increased access to the lucrative Gulf market will help buoy West Texas Intermediate prices. “I think that, plus a number of other developments, probably will cause me to move the oil price forecast up. For next year I’m going to have WTI averaging at least US$95 and I may move it up further,” Mohr. Mohr said that WTI is not as good a benchmark for crudes produced in Canada and the United States as it used to be. Synthetic crude produced by oilsands companies like Suncor Inc. (TSX:SU), for instance, has tracked higher. “However if WTI goes up, it’s a positive development,” she said. “Forces are moving in the right direction.” Crude prices are linked to what consumers pay at the pump, since products like gasoline and diesel are derived from oil. But the NEB’s Rankin said the ultimate impact of higher WTI on consumers’ pocketbooks isn’t as clearcut as one might think. “There’s two separate markets. The petroleum product markets are linked to the crude oil markets, but at the same time the prices that are charged for petroleum products are not necessarily strictly governed by the crude oil input costs,” he said. U.S. Midwest refineries use WTI crude, so lately they’ve been able to buy their feedstock for cheap. However, the fuels they produce are linked more closely to higher world oil prices, meaning they’ve been enjoying hefty profit margins for the past several months. A rise in WTI would squeeze their bottom line. Meanwhile, many refineries that serve major population centres in Canada and the United States — especially those near coastal waters — buy crude at world prices, specifically North Sea Brent. So a shift in WTI won’t change much for them. WTI surged past US$100 per barrels for the first time since July on Wednesday, when Enbridge and Enterprise announced their Seaway plan. But jitters over the European debt crisis pulled crude below US$97 a barrel on Friday. While the pipeline news will have an impact, Rankin said economic news will dictate much of how crude prices behave next year. “We’ve seen rapid swings in oil prices based on news from the European Union or economic data in the U.S.,” he said “You’ve got geopolitical events in the Middle East particularly, and that moves markets very quickly as well.” One year after price collapse, expectations are high for oil company earnings Lauren Krugel Climate tide turns against oil companies: Moody’s Crude oil prices are likely to get a lift in 2012 as more oil starts flowing from the Cushing, Okla., storage hub to Gulf Coast refiners, analysts said Friday. National Energy Board analyst Christian Rankin said West Texas Intermediate crude — the main North American benchmark — may hit the upper end of the regulator’s forecasted range of US$85 to US$95 a barrel. read more

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NEI, Desjardins announce ban on cluster munitions investing

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter FGP launches ex-energy equities fund ESG interest on the rise, but so is fear of greenwashing Socially responsible investment firms NEI Investments and Desjardins Investments are banning exposure to companies that build cluster munitions in all of their funds. The firms said Tuesday that their existing socially responsible investment funds already avoid cluster munitions, which are artillery shells that open in mid-flight to release hundreds of “bomblets” that disperse over a large area and hit targets indiscriminately. The bomblets are a concern because they can look like toys to children, or like air-dropped aid packages, which then may detonate injuring or killing civilians. James Langton Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suitecenter_img While their existing SRI funds already avoided companies that build these sorts of arms, Tuesday’s announcement extends that exclusion to all of their conventional fund families. The firms note that recently passed federal legislation makes it illegal for Canadians to make, use, or trade so-called cluster bombs. And, they report that the government has indicated that this ban extends to knowingly investing in a cluster munitions manufacturer. “These are indiscriminate and abhorrent weapons, responsible for thousands of civilian deaths,” said John Kearns, CEO of NEI Investments, in a news release. “The implications of the new cluster munitions act have not been widely discussed in the investment industry, but as responsible investment leaders we want to demonstrate how you can exclude these weapons from the entire investment universe.” “By banning investment in cluster bombs, Desjardins Investments is applying a responsible investment strategy to all Desjardins specialized savings products. With this decision, we reassert a cooperative value: money should be working for people, not the other way around,” said Éric Landry, chief operating officer at Desjardins Investments. “Cluster munitions are claiming civilian lives in the conflict areas of Syria and eastern Ukraine today, and sub-munitions dropped decades ago in countries like Vietnam and Cambodia continue to cause deaths from delayed detonations. Yet, between 2011 and 2014, financial institutions across the world have invested US $27 billion in producers of these inhumane weapons,” said Paul Hannon, executive director of Mines Action Canada. “We applaud financial institutions taking a stand against cluster munitions, and ask their peers to do the same by introducing policies to ensure they are not supporting companies involved in the production of these illegal weapons.” Keywords Responsible investingCompanies Desjardins Funds, NEI Investments Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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BMO announces financial relief for Canadian businesses

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Maddie JohnsonCanadian Press BMO Financial Group has added new measures to assist Canadian businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak, the bank announced on Wednesday. Dedicated relief measures include tailored programs for both small and medium-sized businesses, which may include payment deferrals on loans, lines of credit and access to additional working capital.  Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Keywords Banking industry,  Small business,  Business Barometer Index,  EconomyCompanies BMO Financial Group In addition, BMO is offering one-on-one advice on business plans and options to overcome any additional concerns. “The financial challenges that have developed as a result of Covid-19 are placing a strain, especially, on small businesses across Canada,” said Erminia Johannson, group head, North American Personal and Business Banking, BMO Financial Group.BMO’s financial relief for Canadian businesses comes as small business confidence has hit a new low.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said its latest business barometer has fallen to a record low of 30.8 from a level of 60.5 in February.The CFIB said one in five owners say their business is in a good state, compared with 38% who say it’s doing poorly.Half of business owners said they are planning layoffs in the next three months, while just 5% said they will be looking to add full-time staff.The report came as non-essential businesses shut down in Ontario and Quebec in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.The moves have resulted in the layoff of workers across the country as businesses stop work.The barometer is based on 1,378 responses, collected from a stratified random sample of CFIB members, to an online survey on March 17 and 18. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Couple getting financial advice iStocklast_img read more

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Thousands of schools to benefit from covid early years support

first_imgThousands of schools to benefit from covid early years support Over 6,500 schools have signed up for a programme to boost early language skills among Reception age children, with training provided for more than 22,000 staff.The multi-million pound ‘catch up’ programme is set to raise outcomes in speaking and language skills for young pupils whose communication may have suffered as a result of missed time in education during the pandemic.Interest in the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) has exceeded its initial targets of having one quarter of primary schools in England involved, with 33% already successfully registered. The programme now aims to reach around 40% of primary schools this academic year, backed by a £9 million investment. It is targeted at those pupils who need help most, with schools allocated places in priority order based on the proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for Free School Meals.Pre-Reception children are also set to benefit from improved support as the Department for Education’s £20 million Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) moves into its second phase, deploying around 400 newly-trained early years ‘champions’ who have already been trained to share their skills, knowledge and behaviours with other staff in 51 local authorities to boost children’s development in early language, literacy and mathematics.Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:No child should fall behind as a result of lost learning time, especially in the crucial early years of their education. I’m so pleased to see thousands of schools sign up to this package of support to help our youngest children get back on track.We want every child to thrive as they progress through school, which is why it’s vital we provide extra support in this challenging time to equip them with the important early language skills to express themselves clearly and effectively.Nuffield Early Language Intervention will run as a 20-week intervention for pupils from February 2020. Schools will be provided with training and resources, free of charge, helping them deliver one-to-one and small-group support for five-year-olds whose early development in spoken language skills has been disrupted by Covid-19.The investment is part of the National Tutoring Programme, a key part of the Government’s £1 billion Covid catch-up package announced in June, to directly tackle the impact of lost teaching time.Josh Hillman, Director of Education at the Nuffield Foundation said:The fact that one third of primary schools in England have already enrolled on the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) shows the significant demand for a programme to support disadvantaged children in their language skills, particularly in light of the lost learning due to COVID-19.Having supported the development and trialling of NELI to provide evidence of its effectiveness we are delighted that the DfE has increased its target for the number of participating schools. Even more of the most disadvantaged children will be able to acquire the foundations of literacy and learning in this challenging school year.Alongside the Nuffield programme, the Department has also confirmed that around 400 early years practitioners have completed high quality training to boost their skills in supporting young children’s early language, literacy and mathematics development in 51 local authorities, as part of its Early Years Professional Development Programme, first launched in 2018.The Professional Development Programme is being led by the Education Development Trust who have designed the programme to ensure a large number of practitioners are able to learn and share excellent practice in early years language and literacy skills development.The drive to help people gain professional skills builds on an announcement last week that the Government will fully-fund almost 400 courses for adults without a full qualification at Level 3 (A-level equivalent) from April 2021, including childcare and early learning courses for those wishing to enter or upskill within the early years sector.During the pandemic, the Government has provided significant financial support to provide stability and reassurance for the early years sector – including paying local authorities for the autumn term for childcare places at the level we would have funded before coronavirus – regardless of how many children are attending.Following the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, early years staff remain eligible to access this as they have been since its introduction. The Job Support Scheme has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends. Working parents on these schemes will still remain eligible for childcare support, including the 30 hours offer and Tax-Free Childcare, even if their income levels fall below the minimum threshold requirement. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:childcare, children, communication, coronavirus, covid-19, education, Government, Impact, Investment, language, mathematics, Minister, outcomes, quality, resources, school, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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The 10 most popular Canadian-made vehicles so far in 2018

first_imgHandout / Lexus A number of the most popular vehicles in Canada are assembled right here in the country. Southern Ontario is home to production facilities for Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Still, Canadian production declined 7 per cent in 2017 to roughly 2.2 million vehicles, the result of a modest slowdown in U.S. demand and production reallocations. If the cost of Canadian-made vehicles were to increase by 10, 15 or 25 per cent – as has been suggested – in the United States, a theoretical response to the tariff may well involve the inverse: a Canadian tariff on vehicles imported from the United States. Perhaps the subject will forever remain theoretical. In the meantime, an examination of the Canadian sales of Canadian-made vehicles, provided by Global Automakers of Canada, is a worthy exercise. Keep in mind, some of these vehicle sales totals include a portion of imported vehicles. Automakers report total nameplate volume and do not break down the vehicle origin.10. Dodge Charger: 3,442, down 8 per cent2018 Dodge Charger GT AWD Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The first Toyota to roll off the company’s first Canadian plant 30 years ago was a Corolla. By 2016, a Corolla was the 8 millionth Toyota assembled in Canada. It’s Canada’s second-best-selling car, with a little help from the Japan-built Corolla iM, a hatchback formerly known as the Scion iM. 1,000 Corollas are currently assembled each day in Toyota’s Cambridge North facility.3. Toyota RAV4: 26,606, up 5 per cent2018 Toyota RAV4 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 With a modest decline in the first-half of 2018 and surges from chief rivals at Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the Lexus RX is now Canada’s third-ranked premium brand utility vehicle. (It’s the clear leader of all premium vehicles south of the border.) Lexus is launching an extended version of the Cambridge-built RX this year, which will provide Lexus with a true Acura MDX/Infiniti QX60 alternative. Given the RX’s historical success, it’s a boost to Lexus dealers borne out of no necessity. 7. Ford Edge: 10,104, down 6 per cent2017 Ford Edge Although production of its corporate sibling, the GMC Terrain, has moved south of the Rio Grande, General Motors continues to assemble the third-gen Chevrolet Equinox in Ingersoll, Ontario. The CAMI Automotive facility has previously hosted production of vehicles such as the Suzuki XL7, Pontiac Torrent, Geo Tracker, and Pontiac Firefly. Equinox sales soared to record levels as Chevrolet cleared out previous-gen models and welcomed the new Equinox last year. Chevrolet has not matched that scorching pace in the first half of 2018.5. Dodge Grand Caravan: 20,633, down 22 per cent2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop Package Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSChevroletNews Handout / Chrysler The Toyota RAV4 was Canada’s top-selling utility vehicle in 2016 and 2017, in part because of the boost provided by the RAV4 Hybrid, which isn’t built in Canada but accounted for 14 percent of total RAV4 sales in June. With the next-generation RAV4, however, RAV4 Hybrid production will join the conventional RAV4 in Woodstock, Ontario. RAV4 production in Woodstock more than tripled between 2009 and 2016.2. Honda CR-V: 28,022, up 18 per cent2018 Honda CR-V COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Like its longer-running sibling, the Honda CR-V is a hugely popular vehicle across North America. While Civic demand peaked in 2008 and then rose to a nine-year high in 2017, CR-V growth continues unabated. CR-V sales in Canada have grown in each of the last eight years and are on track to hit a record high of nearly 60,000 units in calendar year 2018. center_img 1. Honda Civic: 35,536, down 4 per cent2018 Honda Civic Sedan advertisement ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Assembled in Brampton, Ontario, alongside the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger is the trio’s leader on the Canadian sales charts. The Charger competes in full-size sedan segment from which buyers have fled, yet Charger volume did rise to a nine-year high in 2017 before the current slide. And even with that decline, the Charger remains the category’s top seller. 9. Chrysler Pacifica: 4,340, up 30 per cent2017 Chrysler Pacifica Canada’s top-selling minivan is a family favourite thanks to its attractive value proposition. But while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles updated its Chrysler sibling, the fifth-gen Grand Caravan is now in its 11th model year and hasn’t been meaningfully updated since 2011. Dodge is on track to sell around 40,000 Grand Caravans in Canada in 2018, down from more than 60,000 per year at the end of the fourth-gen’s tenure. 4. Toyota Corolla: 25,166, down 11 per cent2018 Toyota Corolla There’s an awkward silence at the summer family reunion. You know your great uncle could fill the void with conspiracy theories; that is, if your second cousin doesn’t start talking about common maladies in feral cat colonies. What does one talk about in these scenarios? Tavares and Twitter? Or Trump, Trudeau, and trade?In the summer of 2018, if politics wends its way into casual conversation, the discussion is bound to circle around to tariffs. It’s unclear how NAFTA renegotiations, a 25-per cent increase in steel costs, and the sudden drop-off in Kentucky bourbon exports will impact the North American economy. But the possibility of sharp increases in the price of new vehicle imports draws immense attention to the status of Canada’s own auto industry. Trending in Canada Built in Alliston, Ontario, the Honda Civic is routinely Canada’s best-selling car and ranks third overall in terms of total Canadian vehicle sales through 2018’s first six months. In terms of popularity in relation to other Canadian-made products, only another Honda comes remotely close. While the current Civic hatchback hails from Swindon, England, Honda of Canada Manufacturing has been building Civics since 1988. As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Canadian dealers watch Dodge Grand Caravan volume rapidly decline, the Chrysler Pacifica continues to rise. In Canada, the Windsor-built Pacifica remains a low-volume minivan in comparison with the Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna. In the United States, on the other hand, the Pacifica owns a quarter of the minivan market. 8. Lexus RX: 5,342, down 3 per cent2018 Lexus RX The Ford Edge has shared its Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant with the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, two futureless low-volume vehicles, as well as the Edge’s twin, the Lincoln MKX. The Edge successfully navigates difficult terrain in between its popular smaller sibling, the Ford Escape, and the larger three-row Ford Explorer by competing with vehicles such as the Nissan Murano. Edge volume peaked at more than 20,000 units in 2016 but declined slightly in 2017 and have continued to slide in early 2018.m6. Chevrolet Equinox: 11,719, down 13 per cent2018 Chevrolet Equinox See More Videoslast_img read more

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CU Boulder pollinator gardens prove to be pretty problem-solvers

first_img By Elizabeth LockPublished: Sept. 30, 2015 The recent addition of specialized landscaping on the University of Colorado Boulder campus has solved some logistical matters. And pollinator species—from butterflies to bees—seem to be buzzing their approval.The project, approved by the CU Student Government and administered by the CU Environmental Center in collaboration with CU Boulder Facilities Management, was most recently expanded to an area near Colorado Avenue along 28th Street in Boulder. The landscaping includes such perennials as lavender, catmint and yarrow—plants that can tolerate rough roadside conditions and heavy heat with minimal water.Most importantly, though, the plants benefit pollinators, which are in decline.“The Environmental Center has worked to support CU Boulder operational initiatives to reduce water use and continue pesticide-free practices,” said Marianne Moulton Martin, associate director of the E-Center.“This project supports these sustainability goals plus creates a habitat for pollinator species and educates the campus community about the importance of pollinators.”Martin says educational signage is slated for installation this fall near the landscaping, including at the first location, which was planted in the summer of 2014. The first garden is located along Broadway between Regent Drive and 18th Street in Boulder, a heavy pedestrian area.“Pollinator species were immediately attracted to the Broadway landscape and many regular commuters along that stretch took notice of the streetscape improvement,” said Martin. “Once we get the interpretive signs installed, we hope more pedestrians will understand the purpose and notice the activity.”The specialized landscaping across campus, which totals about 10,000 square feet of land, is pollinator-friendly because it incorporates a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring to late fall; is arranged in dense clumps of species rather than many single species; includes native plants or those that are well-suited to the Front Range; and requires no chemical treatment.Other pollinator species include hummingbirds and bats, according to the city of Boulder, which currently is celebrating Pollinator Appreciation Month.Involved in the CU Boulder project have been students from the E-Center as well as an Environmental Studies permaculture class last May.Campus landscape architect Richelle Reilly designed the gardens with support for the sourcing of neonicotinoid-free plants. Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of systemic insecticides that potentially pose threats to pollinators.The project is funded by Sustainable CU, an improvement initiative passed by students in 2005 that allocates a portion of student fees to campus projects that incorporate renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction and other innovations that reduce CU Boulder’s footprint on the environment.CU Boulder’s pollinator-friendly landscaping will be included in the optional sustainability tour during Family Weekend on campus Oct. 1 to 4. It also will be featured during the Western Apicultural Society conference in Boulder, Oct. 1 to 3.For more information about the pollinator gardens, visit the E-Center website or reach out to the contacts below. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Categories:Sustainabilitylast_img read more

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