Deaths in Laois – Monday, September 14, 2020

first_img Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th September 2020 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Deaths in Laois – Monday, September 14, 2020 Electric Picnic WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Full-time Deli staff required for Dunne’s Gala in PortlaoiseNext articleSay I Do at the luxurious 4* Wedding Venue at Midlands Park Hotel LaoisToday Reporter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Monday, September 14, 2020 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.James ( Jim) WalshChurch View, Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisJames (Jim) Walsh, Church View, Borris in Ossary, Co Laois, September 13th, 2020, peacefully, at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen (nee Ryan). Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his son Jim, sisters Theresa (Delaney), Patsy (Guidera), nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.A private family funeral will take place this Tuesday morning (Sept. 15th.) in St Canice’s Church, Borris In Ossary, at 11am, followed by burial in Derrinsallagh Cemetery, Borris In Ossary. Due to Covid 19 Directives only 50 people can enter the church, but other people by observing social distancing can attend outside the church or in the cemetery.Roy BulfinGreen Road, Abbeyleix, LaoisRoy died suddenly surrounded by his friends in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam . Deeply regretted by his loving wife Alison, sons Thomas and Jamie, sisters Valerie and Jennifer, brother Alan, brothers-in-law Richard and Apsley, sister-in-law Pauline, extended family and friends.Funeral Arrangements Later.Mary-Anne Cunningham (née Breslin)Late of Glenkeen, Clonaslee, Laois/Moate, WestmeathPassed away on the 1st of September, peacefully, at her daughter’s home in Bournemouth, England. Predeceased by her loving husband Francis. Deeply mourned by her children Anne, Stephen and John, daughter-in-law Golda, grandchildren Liam, Elliot and Sam. She will be sadly missed by her brother Bernard, sisters Sr Finbar, Margaret, Ellen and Bridie, extended Cunningham and Breslin families, friends and neighbours.A Private Family Funeral will take place on the 15th of September in the Chapel at Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground Bournemouth with burial there afterwards.The family would like to thank you for your support, co-operation and understanding during this difficult time.Margaret GrahamDundrum, Dublin/Portlaoise, LaoisFormerly of Rathbrennan, Portlaoise. Beloved sister of Fintan, Gerry and Joan (Sreenan). Deeply regretted by her loving family brothers-in-law, Pat and Jim, sisters-in-law Veronica and Martina, nieces, nephews, extended family relatives and friends.Requiem mass can be viewed on the Due to current goverment guidelines a Private family funeral will take place. Those wishing to leave condolences can do so on the link below or in the traditional manner. Requiem Mass on Monday in SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise at 12:00 noon followed by burial in SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Sunday, September 13, 2020 News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic TAGSDeaths in Laois Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Canada’s ‘AAA’ rating safe for now, Moody’s says

Moody’s Investors Service says that Canada’s AAA credit rating looks to be safe for now, but it could come under pressure longer term if the commitment to debt reduction weakens. In a report outlining its ratings rationale for Canada, Moody’s says, “As an advanced industrial country with comparatively low debt ratios at the federal level, Canada’s ratings appear unlikely to move downward in the near future.” Sovereign downgrades to follow Covid-19: Fitch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Stranded assets a downgrade risk in a low-carbon economy It does observe that, “Over the very long term, should the political consensus on maintaining sound public finances erode and debt ratios rise again to elevated levels, the government’s rating could come under pressure.” However, the rating agency suggests that this possibility seems unlikely. “Despite some pressures on government spending related to health care, in particular, such a scenario seems remote,” it says, adding that pressure on public finances coming from pensions is also less in Canada than in some other top-rated countries. Canada’s existing ratings are based on its “very high degree of economic resiliency, its high government financial strength, and its low susceptibility to event risk”, it says. In addition to weathering the financial crisis better than most developed countries, Moody’s says that, “By lessening the country’s dependence on external financing, the improvement in the balance of payments contributes to an evaluation of low susceptibility to event risk, even if, for example, the Quebec sovereignty question were to be revived.” Although it says the a revival of the sovereignty question “seems unlikely in the foreseeable future”. Related news Keywords Sovereign ratingCompanies Moody’s Investors Service Fitch drops Canada’s AAA rating Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton read more

Federal budget bill quietly proposes tool to ease penalties for corporate crime

first_imgThe government intends to move forward with an amendment to the Criminal Code to create an optional tool for prosecutors that’s sometimes referred to as a “deferred prosecution agreement.”Such agreements are designed to encourage more companies to come forward to self-report corporate crimes and to identify individuals for prosecution. If it lives up to its end of the bargain, the company as a whole would avoid facing serious criminal charges, which could include bribery, corruption and insider trading.The change, however, has raised concerns among lawmakers, including Liberals, on the House of Commons finance committee, which has been analyzing the broader budget bill.A few members of the all-party committee said they were first made aware of the change only after it was brought to their attention during the testimony of a senior Justice Department official late last Tuesday night.The explanation by Ann Sheppard, a senior counsel in the criminal law policy section, prompted many questions from members who recommended the provision on the deferred prosecution agreement be removed from the legislation because it was such a significant change that they thought it warranted more thorough study.Some also called for the provision to be studied by the House of Commons justice committee, which they argued has more expertise when it comes to changes to the Criminal Code.Liberal MP Greg Fergus told the committee at last Tuesday’s hearing that he was concerned the change appeared to be designed to give those implicated in white-collar crimes “a little slap on the wrist.”“I do have some serious questions about this,” said Fergus, who said while he had read through most of the large budget bill before the committee hearing, he hadn’t seen the deferred prosecution provision.“It seems we’re letting those with the means have an easier time of it than those who don’t have the means.”In her explanation, Sheppard described the regime as a new tool that would give prosecutors discretionary power to seek an agreement with a company accused of economic crimes when it’s in the public interest. The charges against the firm would be stayed pending the successful completion of the agreement, she said.The legislation lists 31 qualifying offences, including bribery of a foreign public official, municipal corruption, fraud, theft, forgery and insider trading. The government calls the proposed system the “remediation agreement regime.”An agreement would still compel a company to co-operate by, among other things, admitting responsibility and paying monetary penalties.However, by avoiding criminal prosecution, the company would still be eligible to compete for sometimes-lucrative public contracts in Canada and abroad.Last fall, Ottawa held public consultations to explore whether to introduce such a regime.The idea was also mentioned in Ottawa’s February budget, which said the government intended to introduce legislation for deferred prosecution agreements in the near future as another way “to hold corporate offenders to account.”But the change is considered so significant that some finance committee members, including NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault, urged the government to take more time to debate the change separately. The Liberals, he said, have refused to split the bill.Dusseault said in an interview that he sees potential positive and negative consequences from the change, but added it’s hard to tell when the committee was only given 15 minutes to debate the change at around 9:45 p.m. last Tuesday night.Making an amendment to the Criminal Code requires a lot of careful attention and finance committee isn’t the best place to do it, he said.“Certainly, I think it was made to be made quietly,” said Dusseault, who added that governments sometimes tuck contentious changes like this one into large budget implementation bills.During last week’s hearing, Conservative MP Dan Albas also called for the change to be examined separately from the budget legislation or to be studied by the justice committee.“This is a fundamental departure from the way we handle the Criminal Code,” Albas said.David Taylor, a spokesman for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said the agreements are a way of holding corporations accountable while protecting “innocent third parties” such as those who stand to lose jobs, pensions or investments in the event of criminal sanction.“They could also result in faster compensation for victims,” Taylor said.“The regime would not apply to individuals who are involved in criminal conduct. A main purpose of the regime is to create an incentive for corporations to come forward and disclose wrongdoing, so that those responsible can be held to account.”Prosecutors, who would decide whether a company is eligible and who would negotiate the terms of an agreement, would be operating at arm’s length from the government, he added.“There would be rigorous judicial oversight. Each remediation agreement between a prosecutor and an organization would have to be approved by a court before it could come into effect.”Daniel Lauzon, a spokesman for Finance Minister Bill Morneau, insisted in an email that every line of the legislation refers to the budget measures. He argued it should be seen as a whole and, therefore, all measures should be should be studied as part of the overall plan.When it comes to the government’s proposal to amend the Criminal Code, a senior official for one of Canada’s most-powerful business organizations said it’s “quite supportive” of the plan.“It’s intended to make sure, obviously, that the guilty are punished and dealt with severely and that the company reforms its practices and makes sure it doesn’t happen again,” said John Dillon, senior vice-president of policy and corporate counsel for the Business Council of Canada.The key, Dillon added, is for the company to avoid taking a substantial hit, which could, at the end of the day, hurt shareholders and employees. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Front view of the Parliament building in Ottawa, late winter, early spring le_cyclope/123RF National pharmacare “strategy” to preserve existing system: Morneau Highlights from Budget 2018 A federal proposal that would allow prosecutors to suspend criminal charges against companies in certain cases of corporate wrongdoing has been quietly included in the Trudeau government’s 582-page budget legislation.In fact, its inclusion was so discreet, even one Liberal MP studying the legislation was caught by surprise. Related news Andy Blatchford Keywords Budget 2018 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ottawa backtracks on key tax measures for small businesslast_img read more

COP26 President Alok Sharma welcomes Nepal’s positive action on climate change

first_imgCOP26 President Alok Sharma welcomes Nepal’s positive action on climate change Alok Sharma’s first visit to Nepal as COP26 President to see the effects of climate change on the Himalayan regionHe met with Nepal’s Prime Minister Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, other government Ministers and officials, community leaders and civil societySupporting women’s voices in climate action ahead of COP26 was a key part of visitThe COP26 President Alok Sharma visited Nepal this week to observe the effects of global warming on mountainous communities first-hand and learn more about the country’s ambitious work to tackle climate change.During his two day visit, Mr Sharma met Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli, President Devi Bhandari, government ministers, mountain communities and climate activists,including female climate leaders and young climate champions, to better understand the opportunities and challenges around making climate action happen in Nepal.Mr Sharma congratulated Prime Minister KP Oli on Nepal’s recent commitment to net zero by 2050- a crucial step in the global fight against climate change – and they discussed increasing climate ambition ahead of COP26.President Bhandari and Mr Sharma spoke about the challenges Nepal faces as a highly climate vulnerable country and an extremely low emitter, and how the UK and Nepal can share their experiences to achieve net zero.They also spoke about how the UK can help amplify women’s voices on climate at the COP26 climate summit which will be held in Glasgow later this year.The UK is already working with development partners to coordinate a $7.4 billion Green Recovery Support package that will help Nepal build back greener from Covid-19. The package will help Nepal recover sustainably from the immediate impacts of the pandemic, by investing in clean energy, water and projects such as flood prevention, and tree planting, whilst mobilising support for sustainable job creation in agriculture, forestry, and tourism.Alok Sharma, COP26 President-Designate, said:As COP26 President it’s important to me that I was able to see first-hand the very real impacts of climate change including on the lives of mountain-based communities.People here are incredibly resilient but it is an injustice that one of the lowest carbon emitters in the region is being hit in this way.There is clearly a strong understanding of the urgent need for climate action among women and young people here, and I was glad to hear that sentiment echoed by the Government of Nepal.Globally we must do more to support those on the frontline of climate change. Seeing the British Gurkha projects in action shows how we can improve lives if we work together.Nepal negotiates with the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group and has been asked by its Chair, Bhutan, to represent the interests of the Hindu Kush Himalaya’s at COP26.The Himalaya supply 1.6 billion people with fresh water and Nepal alone supplies 400 million.Annual warming in the Himalayan region is twice the global average and glaciers are retreating by up to 60 metres per year. Mr Sharma saw this when he visited the region and spoke with mountain communities about the impacts of climate change on the Himalaya and retreating glaciers.Access to water is a pressing issue for some Himalayan communities and Mr Sharma met with people who are building resilience against the effects of climate change with the help of a project run by British Gurkha Nepal.Minister Sharma also met the British Embassy’s Mountains and Climate Change Champion, ex-British Gurkha Nirmal ‘Nimsdai’ Purja who is supporting the British Embassy’s year long #ActionIsPossible campaign.The British Ambassador to Nepal, Her Excellency Nicola Pollitt, said:I am delighted that the COP President Sharma was able to visit Nepal and see first-hand the severe impacts of climate change on the mountains, on biodiversity, on communities and the region. As COP President, he is uniquely placed to deliver clear messages on the need for climate action in the Himalaya to the rest of the world.Nirmal ‘Nimsdai’ Purja, British Embassy Kathmandu’s Mountains and Climate Change Champion, said:I’ve seen the impact of climate change in the mountains. On K2 as well as on Nepal’s mountains. On Manaslu, my team and I were able to boil snow for drinking water in 2012. In 2020, there was no snow to boil. We had to carry water all the way up. If we work together, action is possible. /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). 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Bhutan, biodiversity, British, clean energy, climate change, climate summit, drinking water, global warming, Government, Kathmandu, Nepal, Prime Minister, resilience, sustainable, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Collector Classics: 1967 Shelby GT350

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Somewhere, Carroll Shelby is smiling. Langley’s Garth Jackson has had a thing for sports and high-performance cars over the past six decades. The 82-year-old retired bookkeeper/office manager pilots a new Mustang fastback powered by a 310-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost engine that can reach 100 km/h from a standing start in just over five seconds. That’s almost two seconds faster than the revered 1967 Shelby GT350 that pushed out 306 horsepower.So it was a moment with extra meaning when Garth was reunited with the ’67 Shelby GT350 fastback that he purchased from Fogg Motors in New Westminster, B.C., nearly a half-century ago.Shelby enthusiast John Yamamoto, who now owns the car, drove it to Langley to show the original owner the ’Stang that legendary racer Carroll Shelby produced to go from the showroom to the track. Based on the Ford Mustang fastback, Shelby American led by Shelby transformed the rather mundane performing Mustang into a high-performance road-racing icon. Trending Videos RELATED TAGSFordMustangCoupeVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesVancouverAcapulcoAlyn EdwardsBritish ColumbiaBurnabyCaliforniaCanadaCarroll Shelby International Inc.Cars and Car DesignClassic and Antique CarsCoquitlamCulture and LifestyleDave DunbarDetroitFord Motor CompanyFord MustangGarth JacksonGlen HobbisHallmark Cards Inc.Jeff HallJohn HallJohn YamamotoLos AngelesMartin LammersMuscle CarsNew WestminsterNorth AmericaSan Juan CapistranoShelby GarthSports CarsUnited StatesVancouverWinnipeg advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Garth Jackson (left) with his current Mustang, a 2015 model, and the 1967 Shelby GT350 he bought new. The car is now owned by John Yamamoto (at right).Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The very well preserved 1967 Shelby GT350 has been in the Vancouver area since new.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Extra gauges, 8,000 rpm tachometer, 140 mile per hour speedometer and four speed transmission are features of this classic Shelby GT350.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Garth and John take a look under the hood.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The high-performance 289 cubic inch engine delivers 306 horsepower.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Garth signs the Shelby Registry on the line that lists the 1967 Shelby GT350.Alyn Edwards, Driving The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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” Garth hadn’t seen his original car in 30 years. It was an emotional reunion.This Acapulco Blue Shelby GT350 is one rare pony, as only 1,175 were produced. Furthermore, only 56 of the blue cars had four-speed transmissions. And only 11 of these were equipped with wheel covers as opposed to more common 10-spoke aluminum wheels.Jackson bought his Shelby GT350 fastback new when he was a member of the Sports Car Club of British Columbia and ran the races at the legendary Westwood Motorsport Park in Coquitlam – Canada’s first purpose-built racetrack.Fogg Motors was the province’s only authorized Shelby American dealer. Racing giant John Hall and high-performance tuner Dave Dunbar ran the high-performance division of Fogg Motors, selling racing accessories along with the cars.In September 1967, Garth Jackson dropped by Fogg Motors. There were only two Shelby cars available, both identical Acapulco Blue GT350 models. These were among the last true Shelby cars built by Shelby American in Los Angeles before Ford took over production of the 1968 models in Detroit.Jackson picked the one with the manual four-speed transmission, complete with an 8,000-rpm tachometer and a speedometer registering up to 140 mph.He paid $5,500 for the Shelby and traded in his blue 1965 Chevelle Malibu Super Sport convertible with a 300-horsepower engine coupled to a four-speed transmission that he had factory ordered two years before.The Shelby became his daily driver from his family’s home on Vancouver’s west side to his job in Burnaby. He took his mother on two trips to her hometown of Winnipeg in the car.This car was unique because the original fiberglass hood cracked so badly it couldn’t be fixed. It was replaced with a hood from the Fogg Motors inventory that had functioning louvers meant for an air-conditioned car.“I thoroughly enjoyed the car and it only let me down once when the clutch linkage broke while I was driving it to work,” Garth says.The Shelby was finally retired to the garage behind the family home in the mid-Seventies when Garth bought a cottage and needed a station wagon to transport construction material.The realtor who sold his mother’s house told a friend who operated a body shop that there was a dust-covered Shelby stored in the garage of the west side home. Martin Lammers bought the car, carefully cleaned it inside and out, repainted it and resold it to Cap’s Cycle owner Glen Hobbis.John Yamamoto has been a Shelby owner for nearly 20 years after purchasing a 1969 GT350 convertible with an automatic transmission in San Juan Capistrano, California, for his 50th birthday. But his real passion was for a 1967 GT350 with the manual four-speed transmission. He searched all over North America for the right car. He found his dream car in the Vancouver area, where it has been for the past 49 years.He paid the price to buy what he views as one of the best, unrestored cars available. These cars sell for as much as US$150,000. It has only 96,500 original miles registered on the odometerJohn will be displaying his prized car along with an estimated 150 other collector vehicles at the 31st annual Hallmark Ford Shelby Mustang show Monday on B.C. Day (Aug. 1).“It’s a great way to showcase the vehicles from back in the day, listen to the stories about how someone found their father’s car, barn finds and true love affairs with cars,” says show sponsor Jeff Hall.Hosted by the Shelby Car Club since 1985, it is the local show that features the most Shelby cars assembled in one place every year.John Yamamoto has invited Garth Jackson to bring his high-powered 2015 Mustang to the show to complete the reunion with the Shelby Garth bought new nearly half-a-century ago. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Outsourcing is sometimes a better option for niche brand Aston Martin

first_img 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 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. “We’re not a big company, and we can’t waste our resources and time,” Becker says. “Hydrogen is not our path, and plug-in hybrids are heavy and I don’t think they solve the problem. It has to feel like an Aston.” Open the hood of the newest Aston Martin, and there’s something you might not expect to see. In addition to a V12 engine made by Aston Martin, the DB11 can also be ordered with a V8 from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division. It may seem like an unusual move to put someone else’s product under your hood, but there’s sound logic behind it.“The decision was made that we would put our resources into doing a V12,” says Matt Becker, vehicle engineering director for Aston Martin. “It’s difficult for us to independently do two engines from the ground up.”It’s certainly nothing new. Many automakers share components and even entire cars, either by mutual agreements or through the often-tangled maze of who owns who, spreading the enormous cost of engineering overhead across as many vehicles as possible. advertisement See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Matt Becker, Vehicle Engineering Director for Aston Martin.center_img ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Creating an entirely new engine from scratch is a long and extremely expensive process. Not only does the engine itself have to be engineered and developed, but it must be extensively tested for quality and durability. It has to meet a variety of global fuel economy and emissions standards, and operate correctly on fuel quality and octane levels that may vary between countries. The moulds and dies to make the components have to be designed and built. Workers must be trained in assembling the engine, and repair procedures have to be formulated.Everything that goes into all-new engine can cost as much as a billion dollars – yes, with a B. It’s a huge expense for major automakers, but it’s even harder for a small one. Aston Martin has adapted other engines before, including a Jaguar-derived V8 in 2005 when Ford owned both companies, but it’s now an independent automaker that has produced fewer than 90,000 cars in the 104 years it’s been around. So it turned to Mercedes-Benz, which holds a 5 per cent stake in the British automaker, for this twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.Fitting the engine into place was never an issue, because the company didn’t simply roll the V12 into the shop and figure out what motor mounts to change. All automakers start designing their vehicles at least three to five years ahead, and although the V12 reached the market first, it and the V8 DB11 were engineered concurrently. “We have a strict seven-year life cycle for every car, and we know what we’re going do with it,” Becker says. “We know what the last one will be when we sell the first one, and we’re already thinking about the new one.”But that was just the beginning. “The challenge is how you integrate the engine into our car and make it feel like an Aston,” Becker says. “We didn’t want it to sound like an AMG, and that’s a difficult thing to do. We did a lot of sound simulation and modelling to make sure we got the exhaust lengths and the muffler internals right. (AMG has) a lot of low-end, boomy noise, and we wanted more mid- to high-frequency noise. We didn’t want people to hear a car coming and think it’s an AMG. It has to sound like an Aston.”The V8 is built at AMG’s facility in Affalterbach, Germany, and is also used in Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT-S and AMG C63. The engine is unchanged from Mercedes’ specifications, other than a shallower oil sump so the engine sits lower in the DB11’s chassis. The badge on the cover, normally signed by the AMG technician who built the engine, bears Aston Martin’s logo and the signature of CEO Andy Palmer instead.Aston Martin does the rest of the modifications in-house, including changing the engine control module and adding its own air intake and exhaust to get the preferred sound. While some manufacturers filter a bit of engine noise and subtly send it into the cabin through the stereo speakers, Aston’s is all what-you-hear-is-what-you-get.The V8 engine is shorter and lighter than the V12, which requires dialling in the chassis tuning as well if the car’s going to drive properly. The rear axle has different bushings, the dampers have been adjusted, the electric power steering is tuned differently and some of the steering geometry is adjusted.All automakers have to consider fuel, emissions, and tax regulations in global markets, and the V8 is part of an initiative to help V12-heavy Aston Martin meet corporate fuel economy standards across its fleet. Palmer says an all-electric Rapide is coming shortly, and there will be gasoline engines in future with some form of mild hybridization, but the company will not consider three- or four-cylinder engines, nor will it offer diesels, plug-in hybrids or hydrogen vehicles. Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The AMG-sourced 4.0L V8 in the Aston Martin DB11. 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Volkswagen fined $1.5 billion in Germany over diesel scandal

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday that it’s being fined 1 billion euros ($1.53 billion) by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal.Volkswagen said in a statement it would accept the fine imposed by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig.Prosecutors concluded that Volkswagen failed to properly oversee the activity of its engine development department, resulting in some 10.7 million diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Volkswagen badge on a Golf GTI steering wheel.  Nick Tragianis / Driving COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The scandal, which came to light in the United States in 2015, has already cost the German automaker US$20 billion ($26 billion Canadian) in fines and civil settlements in the U.S.Volkswagen said it hoped that paying the German fine would have “positive effects on other official proceedings being conducted in Europe against Volkswagen” and its subsidiaries.Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating on U.S. emissions tests by equipping diesel cars with software that turned on emissions controls when the vehicles were on test stands, and reduced the controls during normal driving.Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged in March in the U.S. with wire fraud and conspiring to violate the U.S. Clean Air Act. Two lower-ranking Volkswagen executives have been sentenced to prison in the United States, while five others have been charged but not been apprehended.The German prosecutors are investigating Winterkorn and 48 others in connection with the emissions scandal. Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | RELATED TAGSVolkswagenNews advertisement Winterkorn resigned days after the U.S. government accused Volkswagen of evading emissions standards, saying at the time that he was not aware of any wrongdoing on his part. Trending in Canada See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Fake news outlets have more media impact than fact-checking outlets

first_imgAssistant Professor Chris Vargo”Fact checkers largely were independent in what they chose to cover, but their topical focus didn’t really translate very well to other media,” said Chris Vargo, an assistant professor at CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) who co-authored the study with Boston University Assistant Professors Lei Guo and Michelle Amazeen. “The media landscape isn’t listening to fact checking as much as it is to fake news, which is particularly troublesome.”In addition, because fake news is being created at such a high rate and spread so widely, traditional outlets increasingly feel pressure to respond to fake articles and refute false claims. In this way, fake news has real power over the broader media agenda to direct and divert attention to and from issues.”I think the big thing that I’m realizing across these studies is that anything can distract us,” said Vargo, who has done a series of studies analyzing data to explore agenda-setting trends across the media.In this and previous studies Vargo used the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone, which includes millions of news articles across all types of media. He grouped and sorted the articles by topic and media type to determine which categories of media had the most impact on which topics.  “International relations and topics that mentioned other countries were more susceptible to the agendas of fake news,” Vargo said. “I think that the news media tends to follow along with these issues a little bit more just simply because it’s harder to directly observe things that are going on in other countries and news media need to rely on external reportage.”In looking at specific types of fake news articles being produced, Vargo and his team found that fake news agendas are becoming more autonomous, meaning their topics are less connected to stories featured by traditional outlets.”They’re more and more often stories that haven’t been trending or haven’t been being talked about,” Vargo said. “They’re more original and that’s scary.”Vargo was more encouraged by the finding that fake news’ influence steadily declined from 2014 to 2016, he said. Overall, the media still manages to cover topics that most people find important.”Our study found that to a small degree, yes, fake news does influence what the press talks about, but largely, the press has the ability—and maintains the ability—to cover the issues that are most important to a society today,” he said.The study was recently published in the journal New Media & Society.For his next project in this research series, Vargo will survey about 1,000 people to find out if certain types of people are more likely to spread fake news on social media.”Then we’ll be able to talk more about the why—or at least the how—which will help us better understand this fake news phenomenon,” he said.  Published: June 19, 2017 • By College of Media, Communication and Information Last year, fake news websites had about twice as much influence on the media landscape as fact-checking websites did, according to a new study co-authored by a CU Boulder researcher.Between 2014 and 2016, fake news websites outpaced fact-checking websites, both in terms of the number of articles produced each month and their influence on the broader media agenda, the study found. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlineslast_img read more

J. Lohr Red Winemaker Steve Peck Named ‘Winemaker of the Year’…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases J. Lohr Red Winemaker Steve Peck Named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ …Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessJ. Lohr Red Winemaker Steve Peck Named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by the San Luis Obispo County Wine IndustryBy Press Release – July 13, 2016 112 0 Twitter TAGSJ. Lohr Vineyards & WinespeopleSteve Peck Email Pinterest Facebook Share AdvertisementSan Jose, Calif. – July 12, 2016 – J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines announced today that Red Winemaker Steve Peck has been named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by the San Luis Obispo County wine industry. Peck was nominated for ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by an esteemed group of industry associations that includes the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association, the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area and The Vineyard Team. After being nominated, Peck was voted the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ honor by his industry peers in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments on behalf of San Luis Obispo County winemaking. San Luis Obispo County is California’s third largest wine region, and the home to J. Lohr’s sustainably-certified vineyards and winery in Paso Robles.As the red winemaker for family-owned J. Lohr for the past decade, Peck leverages his passion for viticulture and his comprehensive technical knowledge to lead J. Lohr’s red wine program. This program includes more than 2,600 acres of red varieties, primarily focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah in Paso Robles, and more than 140 acres of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco appellations of Monterey County. With an academic focus on chemical engineering and fermentation sciences, Steve put himself through UC Davis as part of the team at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, before pursuing opportunities in the biotech industry. Inspired by an early mentorship making homemade wines with his uncle, Peck dedicated himself to learning the art of winemaking on his own time. In 2001, his love of winemaking brought him back to the industry full time as winemaker for Five Rivers Winery, and in 2004, he also became responsible for the red wines at Jekel Vineyards. In 2007, Peck was named red winemaker for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and from 2007 through 2015, he sat on the board of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, serving as board president for the last four years.“Steve’s deep knowledge of Paso Robles’ growing conditions and soils, regard for the nuance of winemaking craft, and unrelenting pursuit of true varietal characteristic in our red wines has garnered him great respect within J. Lohr and across the wine industry,” said Director of Winemaking, President/COO Jeff Meier, who has been with J. Lohr for 33 years. “Everything we do at J. Lohr yields a continual focus on improvement and quality, and the wines in our portfolio demonstrate Steve’s acumen and passion at its best. He is indeed a deserving recipient for recognition by the San Luis Obispo County wine industry.”As part of an acclaimed winemaking team that includes Winemaker, White Wine, Kristen Barnhisel, and Assistant Winemaker Brenden Wood, Peck is widely recognized for helping to make some of the finest wines in J. Lohr’s history, with his influence shaping all of the red wines in four J. Lohr signature tiers. These tiers include J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, and the limited-release wines of J. Lohr Gesture, Rhône varieties and blends that have fueled growth of the Lohr wine club since their release in 2009. Recent high praise for J. Lohr red wines include Double Gold Medal/Best of Class of Region, 98 points, for each of the 2012 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E, 2014 J. Lohr Gesture Mourvèdre, and the 2013 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah, all awarded by the 2016 California State Fair; the Chairman’s Trophy and 97 and 96 points respectively for the 2012 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU and the 2013 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah, awarded by the 2016 Ultimate Beverage Challenge; and countless Double Gold, Gold and Best of Class/Best of Region for the 2013 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah. Steve was especially pleased to see the 2014 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah awarded Best of Class at the Mid-State Fair’s 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition.Now in its 18th year, the 2016 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards event will be held on Friday, July 22 at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California, where Peck will be honored alongside fellow award recipients, including Wine Industry Person of the Year, Jean-Pierre Wolff, and Winegrape Grower of the Year, Bob Thomas. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. within the Mission Square, and is free to the public with paid admission to the Fair. Previous J. Lohr award recipients include J. Lohr Vineyard Manager Steve Carter, who was named 2003 Winegrape Grower of the Year, and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Founder Jerry Lohr, who was honored as the 2008 Wine Industry Person of the Year. Visit for more information.About J. Lohr Vineyards & WinesFounded four decades ago by Jerry Lohr, and still family-owned and operated today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts a full line of internationally recognized wines from more than 5,000 acres of sustainably-farmed, estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations, and St. Helena in the Napa Valley. Offering an expressive range of styles, J. Lohr produces four tiers of signature wines showcasing its estate grapes – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series and J. Lohr Gesture.Advertisement ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleVeraison Underway in Napa ValleyNext articleWente Family Estates Looks to the Future with Key Promotions Press Releaselast_img read more

Orange CEO to visit Israel this week following spat – report

first_img Español Kavit Majithia Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Previous ArticleFood delivery app maker valued at over $3BNext ArticleDoodle Draw becomes Facebook Messenger’s first game IsraelOrange AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 JUN 2015 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Relatedcenter_img Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Author Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Tags A senior Israeli government official has said Orange CEO Stephane Richard is due to visit the country by the end of the week, after he ignited a diplomatic row over Orange’s brand licensing agreement with Partner Communications.According to Reuters, the country’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely announced on Israeli army radio that Richard “is supposed to arrive at the end of the week, as far as I know”.She also said Richard had written a letter of apology to the government over comments last week suggesting he would end Orange’s licencing deal in the country “tomorrow morning” if contracts allowed.He later apologised for the comments in a press conference, stating: “Orange does not support any form of boycott, in Israel or anywhere else in the world”.Israel took offence to the remarks, which reportedly fears economic and diplomatic isolation from the western world given its deadlock in peace talks with Palestine.Orange subsequently refuted claims that Richard’s comments were political, suggesting that an end to its deal with Partner would be “in line with brand strategy development. Orange does not wish to maintain the presence of the brand in countries in which it is not, or is no longer, an operator,” it said in a statement.This triggered a response from the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said Richard should visit Israel and apologise. He also instructed Israel’s ambassador to France not to accept a meeting with Richard. “If he wants to explain, he can come to Israel and do so,” a source quotes Netanyahu as saying.On Monday, an Orange spokesperson reportedly welcomed the invitation to clear up the situation, described by the company as a “misunderstanding”. Home Orange CEO to visit Israel this week following spat – reportlast_img read more