Baroness Scotland elected as city Alderman

first_img Express KCS Tuesday 9 December 2014 9:00 pm Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Baroness Scotland elected as city Alderman center_img whatsapp whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator Baroness Patricia Scotland was last night elected as an Alderman for Bishopsgate ward in the City, the first person of a black or minority ethnic background to win the coveted role and only the fourth woman in its 900 year history. She will be sworn in in January. last_img read more

Danone’s outlook for the year sours amid economic turmoil in Europe

first_img Sarah Spickernell Show Comments ▼ Danone’s outlook for the year sours amid economic turmoil in Europe  Danone didn’t do badly last year, but even yoghurt isn’t immune to the economic and political tensions of Europe. The figuresFull-year revenue for Danone in 2014 was €21.1bn (£15.5bn), largely in line with the company’s estimates. Similarly, its full-year sales growth of 4.7 per cent will cause no alarm – although it was slightly towards the lower end of the 4.5–5.5 per cent range predicted in October.  Prospects seemed to brighten more in the fourth quarter, however, as sales increased by 7.5 per cent, which beat forecasts of seven per cent.  But the apparently positive results have not lifted forecasts for 2015, with outlook lower than it was for 2014. Danone said it expects only “slight growth” with sales expected to rise between four and five per cent on a like-for-like basis.  “We anticipate an ongoing difficult and unstable environment,” said Emmanuel Faber, the company’s chief executive. Why it’s interestingThe French dairy company hasn’t had a bad six months up until now, with positive fourth quarter results indicating an upward trend for the multinational business. Share price, which is up almost €10 compared with this time last year, tells a similar story.  But economic tension in the Eurozone, heightened recently by the possible exit of Greece from the single currency zone, is causing difficulties for Danone in the region. However, things are going well beyond Europe’s shore, as results reveal some progress in Asian and African markets. While annual sales rose just two per cent in Europe, they rose 7.4 per cent in emerging markets. What Danone saidIn a statement, Danone said: Danone assumes that economic conditions will remain difficult and unstable overall, with fragile or even deflationary consumer trends in Europe, emerging markets undermined by volatile currencies, and difficulties specific to a few major markets. In shortWhile deflationary pressures hold back market opportunities for Danone in Europe, its sales elsewhere are growing. The company’s fourth-year results shed a positive light on its prospects abroad, but outlook for 2015 has failed to live up to its 2014 level.   Friday 20 February 2015 2:41 am whatsapp Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Caisse net assets grow to $159 billion despite challenging markets

Canadian Press Canada’s largest pension fund manager, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, reports its net assets grew to $159 billion at end of 2011 from $151.7 billion at end of 2010 despite market challenges. The Montreal-based money manager said the average return on depositor funds was four per cent. Keywords PensionsCompanies Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Related news Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump “Since 2009, we have worked on improving our ability to face turbulent markets. We have simplified our investment strategies, reduced our leverage and developed new tools, thereby enhancing our efficiency and agility,” president and CEO Michael Sabia said in a statement. “In 2011, these efforts served us well. Despite difficult conditions, we were able to adjust our asset allocation to protect our depositors’ capital and notably grow our assets.” Net investment income was $5.7 billion, plus $1.5 billion in net deposits. The Caisse noted that since December 2008 — during the recession — its net assets have grown by $38.9 billion and that for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 its annualized return was 9.1%. Caisse has existed since 1965 and its mandate is to grow the funds of its clients, mainly Quebec-based public and private pension funds and insurance plans. Seven pension funds and insurance plans represent more than 95.5% of the Caisse’s depositors. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Senator Grant Urges Farmers to Increase Production

first_imgRelatedSenator Grant Urges Farmers to Increase Production RelatedSenator Grant Urges Farmers to Increase Production Senator Grant Urges Farmers to Increase Production UncategorizedApril 20, 2006 RelatedSenator Grant Urges Farmers to Increase Productioncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, has urged farmers to increase production to take advantage of opportunities provided by the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Senator Grant, who was speaking at the opening of the St. Mary Agricultural Expo at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa recently, noted that local farmers could tap into CARICOM’s market of 16 million, with countries such as Antigua, and Barbuda, Grenada, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Bahamas, being heavily dependent on agricultural imports.Meanwhile, he congratulated the organisers of the show, and urged the farmers in the parish to continue efforts to increase and diversify agricultural production.Held under the theme: ‘Agriculture and tourism the partnership continues’ the expo was organized by the St. Mary branch of the JAS and showcased the best of production in St. Mary.Among the exhibitors were the Cocoa Industry Board, the Coffee Industry Board, Jamaica Banana Producers, Jamaica Livestock Association, Antilles Chemicals, Agro Grace and Nestle Jamaica Limited.Senator Grant noted that the theme of the event was appropriate as it highlighted the synergies between agriculture and tourism.He stated that the JAS remained committed to the task of addressing farmers’ interests through initiatives such as ‘Eat Jamaican,’ the campaign for rural development, the greenhouse technology project and the anti-praedial larceny initiative. Advertisementslast_img read more

Property Owners Urged to Exercise Care when Hiring Contractors for Repairs

first_imgProperty Owners Urged to Exercise Care when Hiring Contractors for Repairs UncategorizedAugust 27, 2007 RelatedProperty Owners Urged to Exercise Care when Hiring Contractors for Repairs RelatedProperty Owners Urged to Exercise Care when Hiring Contractors for Repairs RelatedProperty Owners Urged to Exercise Care when Hiring Contractors for Repairscenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising property owners undertaking hurricane repairs to be vigilant and ensure that terms and conditions for work are clearly outlined to contractors before hiring them.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, said that even in the haste to restore homes to livable conditions, homeowners must exercise care as dishonest persons will take advantage of them. “You need to ensure that you come to some specific agreement (with the contractor). It helps if it (agreement) is in writing so you can hold them to what they put in writing,” she stated.She also suggested that persons employing repair crew should ensure that they know the contractor, obtain estimates of the job to be done and consult reputable groups for assistance such as the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica, which can provide a list of qualified contractors.“Senior citizens living alone should seek the assistance of relatives, friends or a trusted individual to assist in hiring contractors,” she pointed out.Additionally, Mrs. Allen said, mortgagors who have sustained damage to their property must take the necessary photographs and check with the relevant financial institutions to ascertain if loans are being offered.“A lot of financial institutions are actually assisting mortgagors with loans at this time,” she noted, while also advising persons to get step-by-step instructions on how to file insurance claims.The CEO further warned persons not to let anyone onto their property and into their home without proper identification. “Be smart at this time,” she cautioned, “and do not allow anyone to take advantage of you in this situation (aftermath of Hurricane Dean).”For further information, persons are being invited to call 926-1650-2 or visit the CAC’s website at www.consumeraffairsjamaica.gov.jm.last_img read more

Union Chases Greenie Job Destroyers

first_imgUnion Chases Greenie Job Destroyers cfmeuMedia release 22-11-20Union Chases Greenie Job DestroyersThe timber workers’ union, CFMEU Manufacturing has raised the spectre of more than $1 million worth of legal costs owed by a green group trying to destroy timber jobs.The costs are owed by an organisation which continues to attack the livelihoods of timber workers, their families, and communities.The union has instigated Freedom of Information (FOI) proceedings with VicForests about why costs have not been paid despite the Supreme Court awarding them against My Environment Inc back in 2015.“We think these costs should be paid in full because the court awarded them and it is money which correctly belongs to the community” said Mr Michael O’Connor, National Secretary CFMEU, Manufacturing.“The court’s decision should be respected”“This is money that could be used to benefit the community including by assisting in bushfire preparedness and assisting workers and communities impacted by last summer’s catastrophic fires”Mr O’Connor rejected any criticism of the pursuit of the outstanding costs.“Our union will stand up against the attacks on the jobs of our members regardless if the attacks come from big government, big business or in this case, from big environment”The union’s intervention comes at a time when legal actions exploiting loopholes in the Code of Practice for Timber Production cripple the timber industry with thousands more timber workers, contractors, and their crews at risk of being stood down.“Workers, families and whole communities are bleeding and facing a tough Christmas”In July, Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes announced in a Media Statement a review of the Code to fix the loopholes promising that “Regional jobs are more important than ever right now – we can’t let outdated regulation put them at risk.”“Timber workers their families and communities demand certainty now and, after all this time waiting, our union won’t accept a half-baked, band-aid fix which continues to risk the jobs of our members” concluded Mr O’Connor. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Attack, bushfire, business, community, court, environment, Government, industry, Minister, money, production, pursuit, regional development, regulation, Secretary, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Go online and save time this Christmas with Access Canberra

first_imgGo online and save time this Christmas with Access Canberra Ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday period Canberrans are reminded to complete their essential day-to-day business ahead of time and online.With many ACT Government services, including Access Canberra Service Centres, closed or working reduced hours between Christmas and New Year, there has never been a better time to go online and save time.This includes for Canberra’s motorists with more than 38,300 vehicle registrations and 4,600 driver licences up for renewal in December.Driver licences can be renewed for five years quickly and simply online, without the need for a new photo to be taken (your photo now lasts you 11 years), while registration renewals can also be completed from the comfort of your lounge room at the Access Canberra Website.Over 450 services and transactions are available online with Access Canberra. Some of the most popular transactions include:Motor vehicle registration and renewalMyWay card rechargeFix My Street applicationsApplying for birth, death, or marriage certificatesPark and Ride permit applications.If you’re unable to complete transactions online or over the phone, make sure you prepare ahead of time to visit your local Access Canberra Service Centre or shopfront to avoid the rush.You’ll also notice during your visit that Service Centres and shopfronts are using the Check In CBR app to provide additional reassurance for the community around COVID-19 contact tracing.Access Canberra Service Centres and shopfronts will be closed from 3.45pm on Friday 24 December 2020 and will re-open at their usual opening time on Monday 4 January 2021.Some ACT Government services will be closed, or have restricted opening hours, during the festive period. Essential services will continue to operate to keep us safe. /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:Act, ACT Government, Australia, business, Canberra, community, coronavirus, covid-19, death, Government, Holiday, Internet, lounge, marriage, vehicle, visit, websitelast_img read more

Readout of President Biden’s Participation in Bucharest Nine Virtual Summit

first_imgReadout of President Biden’s Participation in Bucharest Nine Virtual Summit The White HousePresident Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with NATO’s eastern flank Allies in a virtual summit of the Bucharest Nine (B9) countries hosted by Presidents Klaus Iohannis of Romania and Andrzej Duda of Poland. President Biden underscored his commitment to rebuilding alliances and strengthening Transatlantic relations. He conveyed his desire for closer cooperation with our nine Allies in Central Europe and the Baltic and Black Sea regions on the full range of challenges, including global health security, climate change, energy security, and global economic recovery. President Biden expressed his support for enhancing NATO’s deterrence and defense posture, as well as the importance of Allies increasing their resilience against harmful economic and political actions by our strategic competitors. In addition, he welcomed the opportunity to engage with these Allies – as well as with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who was also in attendance – about Alliance efforts to meet future threats, which will be discussed at the June 14 NATO Summit. Finally, President Biden stressed the importance of strengthening democratic governance and rule of law – at home, within the Alliance, and around the world. /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:Bucharest, Central, climate, climate change, energy security, Europe, global health, Government, NATO, Poland, President, resilience, Romania:, rule of law, Secretary, security, transatlantic, United States, White Houselast_img read more

These are the best cars we drove in 2016

first_img Over the course of the year, our experts find themselves behind the wheels of hundreds of different cars, but only a handful stand out from the rest. Here are some of our favourites from 2016.Graeme FletcherCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Being a motorcycle guy, I’d have picked a couple of bikes, but since we’re talking four-wheelers, the next best thing is a pickup. And the most appealing pickup introduced in 2016 is the Honda Ridgeline. Although I’d normally balk at a frame-less pickup (it rolls on the Pilot’s unibody platform), Honda has done an excellent job of combining true midsize pickup capability with a comfortable, compliant SUV-like ride. And it has that nifty storage box hidden in the bed where I can store dirty riding gear when I’m heading back from a trail ride, bike in bed. advertisement Sports and luxury cars are fun, but I like seeing how well automakers meet the needs of everyday customers on more modest budgets. Among the best I drove this year were the new Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, Honda Civic, Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon, all of which combined a good driving experience with reasonable prices.But the standout was the redesigned Honda Ridgeline pickup. Detractors say it’s not a “real truck” because it’s SUV-based, but they’re missing the point. It’s a practical size, the ride is smooth and handling is responsive, plus it has a ton of hidden storage space and it’s surprisingly capable for medium-duty off-road use. Most people never use their trucks to full capacity, and this one’s just right for a lot of buyers. There are all kinds of cars, so why can’t there be all kinds of trucks? Lesley WimbushCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Mazda MX-5 Miata “Best” is such a broad term. Best fuel economy? Best performance? Sex appeal? Experience? The Tesla Model 3 — which also ranks as the car for “best hype” — probably wins the fuel economy best in 2016, though the Chevrolet Bolt is something you can buy today for less carbon-conscious coin and still have an HOV lane to yourself. The Bugatti Chiron, on the other hand, is the carbon-consuming King, also laying claim to the performance crown with an estimated top speed of 463 km/h without a limiter. Best sex appeal goes to the Aston Martin’s DB11, which also comes close to best experience for its combination of appealing design, sound and twin-turbo V12, though the Aston ties with the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder with its sonorous 5.2-litre V10, which makes it impossible to choose between the two. Better buy both, then.Jil McIntoshCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Honda Ridgeline Touring We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. I drove a lot of spectacular cars this year: the McLaren 570S, a Lamborghini Aventador, a couple of Bentley Mulsannes and several gorgeous Jaguars, but what surprised me the most? The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. It’s beautiful. The 400 horsepower under the hood means it hauls, of course, and the all-wheel drive system makes the handling a blast. It sucked back too much gas and the white interior in this take-it-or-leave-it offering would never win me over for the long run, but this car got more looks than the Jaguar F-Type I’d had earlier in the year. And starting at just under $61,000, none of those throwing adoring gazes at this car – “What is that?!” – could believe you could get this much class and sass at that price point. I loved it.Brian HarperCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 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” RELATED Without a doubt, the car that attracted the most attention was BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. People streamed out of one Tim Hortons just to gape at it, take selfies and ask copious questions. It’s certainly the most intriguing car I drove during 2016, but I have yet to be convinced that gas/electric hybrid power is the future motive force of supercars. Also, as quick and high-tech as it is, the i8 lacks the spark that incites irrational passion.On the other hand, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is all about passion over logic. Simply, it is a high-strung sports car that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. It demands respect and it will bite you if you don’t give it your full attention when driving. To me, this is what real sports cars should be — feisty. The 4C would be hard to live with every day, but the anticipation of an early-morning run on a long, winding road would be worth it.Derek McNaughtonCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Aston Martin DB11 How does one narrow down the selection of “best car” to just a few examples? There were several this year that resonated with me, and for a number of different reasons. For instance, the Mazda MX-5 Miata would rank near the bottom in terms of practicality or cargo space. And while my beat entailed driving a lot of trucks, the wee Mazda’s tow rating is darned near non-existent. And yet for me, it’s the equivalent of a four-wheeled seratonin reuptake inhibitor – who needs a happy pill when this little roadster can induce such well-being? If there’s such a thing as automotive utopia, my version’s found behind the wheel of this telepathic two-seater.If you think the Ford Super Duty’s new body should be grounds enough to forfeit its man-card, guess again. Ford’s proven its aluminum-skinned pickups are just as macho as the previous steel-bodied models, but their lightweight construction enables them to be quicker and more fuel-efficient. In fact, the Ford Super Duty truck is the reigning champion of the ongoing torque and tow wars; with a stupefying 925 lb.-ft. and a max tow rating of 32,500 pounds – and it boasts a sophisticated arsenal of technology designed to make it the most capable Ford truck yet.Peter BleakneyCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in front of Acadia University Hall in Wolfville, N.S. Long-Term Car Review: 2016 Kia Soul EV – Final Verdict The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever There are two cars that stand out from 2016, and for very different reasons. The first is the Audi R8 V10 Plus. It still makes me smile when I think about the alacrity that 610 horsepower imparts to a lightweight ride. It is a true exotic, with a run from rest to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. Mash the gas, and it’s a case of hanging on and ignoring the tunnel vision that arrives as it nears its top speed! The sound it makes when worked is also something to savour, especially the backfiring-burble that comes with a fast downshift. Beyond its astounding performance, it’s the R8’s style and panache that caps things off. The look is gorgeous and the interior an easy match — from the virtual instrumentation to the support afforded by the seats, it is an experience that’s impossible to forget.The second ride was an electric crossover that, over the three-month test period, never failed to impress. The Kia Soul EV effectively proved that range anxiety and battery power do not go hand-in-hand. Kia lists the official driving range as 149 kilometres, but what would winter do to the driving range? One test route was a mix of highway, urban (with speed limits of 80 km/h) and city (60 km/h or less). When I pulled back into my driveway after the test, the low charge warning lamp was glowing brightly, but I had driven 145.4 kilometres and had 17 kilometres showing as my distance to empty. That is impressive by any standard and better than any electric car, short of an expensive Tesla. Pickups aside, my next pick is the Subaru Impreza. I know it’s not all-new for 2016 – it’s been redesigned for 2017 – but it’s the least expensive AWD vehicle you can buy, and you can still get it with a manual gearbox. And having a 2004 model in my household that’s approaching 300,000 trouble-free kilometres, I can vouch for its dependability. 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RELATED TAGSNewsAcadia UniversityAston Martin Lagonda Ltd.Audi R8Automobili Lamborghini Holding SpABentley MulsannesBMW AGBrian HarperBugatti Automobiles SASCars and Car DesignChevrolet CruzeChevrolet MalibuConvertiblesCosta MouzourisCulture and LifestyleDerek McNaughtonDriving.caFord Motor CompanyGraeme FletcherHonda CivicHonda Motor Co. Ltd.Honda PilotHonda RidgelineInfinitiInter IKEA Systems BVJaguar Cars Ltd.Jil McIntoshKia Motors CorporationKia SoulLesley WimbushLorraine SommerfeldMazda 3Mazda CX-9Mazda MiataMazda Motor CorporationNova ScotiaPassenger CarsPeter BleakneySports CarsSubaru CorporationSubaru ImprezaTim Hortons Inc.Volkswagen GolfWolfville First Drive: 2017 Infiniti Q60Lorraine SommerfeldCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › Over a week of driving in sunny Nova Scotia, Chevrolet’s reimagined Malibu sedan with the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder did everything right. It was comfortable, quiet, roomy, handled well and got spectacular fuel economy. All with a decent dash of style.The Volkswagen Golf R has a ridiculously broad skill set. Want to unravel a serpentine back road? Its rorty 292 horsepower, 280 lb.-ft. turbo 2.0-litre, buttoned down suspension and AWD are your allies. The R will also cruise in comfort, sip fuel, carry five and, if asked, handle a dorm room’s worth of IKEA.With the Mazda CX-9 crossover, big does not equal boring. This stylish full-sizer does everything expected of the genre, while throwing in a sweet dash of dynamic involvement that proves Mazda engineers do give a hoot for those behind the wheel.Ah, the new generation Audi R8 Spyder. Spectacular to look at, spectacular to drive and now with a soft top that gives the cabin proper isolation. But it’s really all about that 540-horsepower, naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10, that, when chasing its 8,300-rpm redline, sounds like the colonoscopy ward at a hyena hospital.Costa MouzourisCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Honda Ridgeline COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

Experts highlight critical role of community in suicide prevention

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” clinical psychologistWorld Suicide Prevention DayYourDOST News Public Health Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Experts highlight critical role of community in suicide prevention With a 52 per cent increase in the number of suicides among youth in India, an average 26 suicides taking place every day, or one every hour, there is need for a fundamental change in society’s approach to mental and emotional issuesWith the high profile suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput fresh in our minds, a panel discussion to mark World Suicide Prevention Day hosted by YourDOST appealed for more efforts from the community to raise suicide prevention awareness, making the point that suicide is a social issue and not an individual problem.The panelists included Dr Seema Sharma, clinical psychologist; Sandhya Menon, independent writer, journalist and a suicide survivor; Rajesh R Pillai, lawyer and President of Befrienders India; and Raashi Thakran, a certified QPR trainer, and a suicide loss survivor. The discussion was moderated by Dr Jini K Gopinath, clinical psychologist and chief psychology officer, YourDOST.India has been witnessing an increasing number of deaths by suicide. According to data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), since 2007, there has been a 52 per cent increase in the number of suicides among youth in India, with an average 26 suicides taking place every day, or one every hour. These grim figures are alarming enough for the society to bring about a fundamental change in its approach towards mental and emotional issues.Commenting on the community’s responsibility in the massive increase in suicide rates, Pillai said, “Community has a big role to play since not all suicides are due to mental illness but also due to apathy and lack of avenues to express oneself. Being able to share one’s grief and air their trauma is a basic need of a human being. A systematic change at every level to create a more supportive ecosystem is imperative – from family to teachers to governments, everyone has a role to play in avoiding these instances.”Dr Sharma said, “Suicides due to life events or psycho-social situations deserve much greater attention. Generally as a society we are not very supportive, rather judgmental especially when it is about mental wellness, personal choices, grief, and trauma. Any individual showing suicidal tendencies or contemplating a drastic step needs a listening ear and compassion. We should use available resources such as community elders, especially in rural areas where professional help is limited, who can give time, listen with empathy and without judgment.”Raashi, a YourDOST mental wellness champion who has been actively driving a campaign for the launch of a National Suicide Prevention Helpline lost her brother to suicide and eventually her own mental health deteriorated. She shared her life experience and issues with PTSD and anxiety, “Death does not happen to the person that dies. It also happens to the people left behind. I started struggling after my brother’s demise. Doctors helped me a lot, so did medication. But what really helped me was talking about it. I now know how important suicide prevention is and that led me to delve further into this. The data was scary. That prompted me to work towards prevention awareness”.Earlier this week, the Central Government launched a 24X7 toll free mental rehabilitation helpline (KIRAN) for providing psychological support to people.Sandhya, mental wellness writer and a survivor spoke about her own experience with suicidal attempts and triggers, “Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with depression. I had a tough time being a single mother to two kids and increasing financial challenges. An argument with a family member triggered my first attempt. I felt not understood. I was expressing myself on social media instead of talking to my friends. I could never reach out and say I need help”.The session touched topics generally considered taboo such as dysfunctional families, poor consideration towards mental health, non-judgmental acceptance and practicing empathy without criticism. The panelists answered the viewers’ questions before signing off.The panelists suggested a three-step actionable plan for suicide prevention:Look: Look for warning signs which may be physical, verbal, or non-verbalListen: Actively listen to the person, andLink: Link those needing help with the various stakeholders/professionals/ volunteers.Concluding the session, Dr Gopinath, YourDOST said, “Suicide is not just a psychological issue. It is a psycho-social issue. As a society, we miss the clues. We need to be mindful of signs from the psychological perspective. Listen actively and carefully. 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