EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tests positive for coronavirus

first_img James Booth In a video in French, posted on Twitter, Barnier said he was as well as he could be, and said he was confined to his home. Today, Barnier tweeted that he had tested positive for novel coronavirus Covid-19. whatsapp “The transition period ends on 31 December 2020. This is enshrined in UK law.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has continued to insist that there will be no move to extend the transition period during the coronavirus pandemic. “For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.” Thursday 19 March 2020 10:55 am EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tests positive for coronavirus “I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team. “Every citizen, every one of us, has a role to play to win this collective battle, this war, against the virus,” he added. Also Read: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tests positive for coronavirus Share However, these talks were cancelled in the light of the spread of coronavirus and increasing restrictions on international travel. The latest round of trade talks between the two sides was due to take place yesterday, but was scrapped because of the coronavirus epidemic. That is set to finish at the end of this year, and the UK and EU have been in talks over a trade deal. On Tuesday, a government spokesperson said: “Both sides remain fully committed to the negotiations and we remain in regular contact with the European Commission to consider alternative ways to continue discussions, including looking at the possibility of video conferencing or conference calls, and exploring flexibility in the structure for the coming weeks,” the spokesperson said.  The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said today he has tested positive for coronavirus. Barnier and his team were set to meet the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost for face-to-face discussions. I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for #COVID19. I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team. For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) March 19, 2020 Also Read: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tests positive for coronavirus The UK is currently in a transition period where it has officially left the EU, but rules for trade, travel and business remain the same as when it was a member. whatsapp Barnier, a former French foreign affairs minister, has been the European Commission’s chief negotiator with the UK throughout the Brexit process. “I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for #COVID19,” he wrote. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

‘Are you afraid to make money in your business?’ – Blaise Brosnan seminar in Portlaoise as part of Local Enterprise Week

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 26th February 2020 Twitter TAGSBlaise BrosnanLocal Enterprise WeekThe Pantry Previous articleLaois school garner special merit awards at Coirm Gael Linn FestivalNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, February 25, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Local Enterprise Week takes place from Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March with several free events and clinics taking place throughout the week which are designed to help you plan, start or grow your business in 2020!There are still few places available so check out the Laois Local Enterprise webiste today and book your place!Join us on Thursday, March 5 and gain insight into the experience of world renowned business strategy and management development consultant, Blaise Brosnan in the informal setting of the Pantry Café in Portlaoise.Blaise will identify some of the issues which you the owner manager of your business can successful address in your business, irrespective of Brexit, Trump or others.He will then give you guidance on how you can consistently go about making more money from these issues. Some of these issues include – your pricing and purchasing tactics, the business model you should be developing in order to optimise your bottom line and how best to communicate and influence your targeted ‘sweet customers’.About Blaise BrosnanBlaise Brosnan has a unique blend of practical top management experience gained over 25 years in his capacity as Chief Executive of a well known National Irish business and later as business mentor to a range of Irish business types.Blaise has also worked closely with many major international companies all over the world, to successfully implement business interventions and strategic growth programs, guiding these businesses through the many phases of change to successful outcomes and significant growth in business and profitability.Blaise brings his wealth of practical and theoretical business experience to each of his roles – as entrepreneur, business director, business consultant and coach.There are still a few places available so check out the Local Enterprise Office Laois website and book your place for this FREE event.Early booking is advisable. Please book online on https://www.localenterprise.ie/Laois/Training-Events/Local-Enterprise-Week-2020/For more information, please contact Honor Deevy, Local Enterprise Office Laois on 057 86 61800  or email   [email protected] SEE ALSO – Local Enterprise seminar from Gerry Duffy – ‘Goal setting made easy – daily habits of high achievers’ Electric Picnic WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic ‘Are you afraid to make money in your business?’ – Blaise Brosnan seminar in Portlaoise as part of Local Enterprise Weeklast_img read more

CRTC launches consultation to strengthen Canadians’ online safety

first_imgCRTC launches consultation to strengthen Canadians’ online safety From: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications CommissionToday, the CRTC launched a consultation on its proposed framework to address botnets, harmful networks of malware-infected computers that are under the control of a malicious actor.Today, the CRTC launched a consultation on its proposed framework to address botnets, harmful networks of malware-infected computers that are under the control of a malicious actor.Botnets facilitate some of the most damaging cyber attacks, including ransomware and identity theft. These attacks cause significant harm to Canadians, businesses and organizations that provide critical services such as hospitals, schools and government bodies.Measures to block botnet traffic could prevent attacks and help to protect Canadians. The Commission is seeking comments on the appropriateness and need for telecommunications service providers to adopt blocking techniques within their networks, including what safeguards would be necessary to ensure privacy, transparency and effectiveness.The Commission has the authority and mandate to address malicious activity facilitated by botnets under the Telecommunications Act.Canadians are invited to submit their comments by March 15, 2021 using only one of the following methods:Filling out the online formWriting to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2 orSending a fax to 819-994-0218.Quotes“Malicious botnet attacks are a serious and recurring concern. Almost every week, we see another organization victimized by ransomware or hear of a fellow citizen lured in by a phishing scam. With the launch of this proceeding, we are aiming to better protect Canadian individuals, businesses and institutions against damaging botnet activity.”– Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO, CRTCQuick factsThe CRTC is seeking comments from Canadians on the appropriateness and need to develop a new framework to address botnet activity within Canadians networks.The CRTC’s preliminary view is that a network-level blocking framework is a viable strategy to prevent the harm botnets cause to Canadians.The types of cyber attacks enabled by botnets generally include spam distribution, distributed denial of service attacks, information theft and malware deployment, including ransomware.Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, the CRTC is responsible for ensuring compliance with provisions relating to spam distribution, malicious network traffic redirection and malware installation. /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:Canada, Commission, cyber, denial of service, Government, identity, Internet, launch, legislation, Mali, Malware, online, Ottawa, Secretary, telecommunications, theftlast_img read more

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in province of Nova Scotia

first_imgMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in province of Nova Scotia From: Department of Justice CanadaThe Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016.The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.The Honourable Jean M. Dewolfe, a Judge of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia in Kentville, is appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Division. Madam Justice Dewolfe fills one of three remaining positions allocated to the Family Division further to the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No.1.Lloyd I. Berliner, a partner at Patterson Law in Truro, is appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Division. Mr. Justice Berliner fills one of three remaining positions allocated to the Family Division further to the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No.1.Gail L. Gatchalian, Q.C., a partner at Pink Larkin Lawyers in Halifax, is appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Madam Justice Gatchalian replaces Mr. Justice P.J. Duncan (Halifax), who was appointed Associate Chief Justice effective June 22, 2020. The Chief Justice has transferred Mr. Justice John Keith (Kentville) into this vacancy. The vacancy is therefore located in Kentville.Quote“I wish Justices Dewolfe, Berliner and Gatchalian every success as they take on their new roles. I am confident they will serve the people of Nova Scotia well as members of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.”-The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of CanadaBiographiesJustice Jean M. Dewolfe received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Acadia University in 1981 and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1985. She was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1986.Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Madam Justice Dewolfe was a Family Court Judge at the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, where she had served since 2009. She sat in Kentville since 2017, in Truro from 2011 to 2017, and in Amherst from 2009 to 2011. Before being appointed to the Family Court, she practised primarily family law in Kentville, Nova Scotia.Justice Dewolfe is currently a volunteer mentor of the Nova Scotia Black and Aboriginal Lawyers and Nova Scotia Judges. She has been the Chair of the Family Rules Committee and is a past president of the Nova Scotia Provincial Judges Association.Justice Lloyd I. Berliner was born and raised in Montreal. He received his Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 1985. He then headed east and attended University of New Brunswick where he received his Bachelor of Laws in 1988. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barrister Society in 1990.At the time of his appointment, Mr. Justice Berliner had completed almost 31 years of practice at Patterson Law in Truro, Nova Scotia, where he built an extensive family law practice. He represented clients throughout Nova Scotia and appeared at all levels of court in the province, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.In addition to his practice, Justice Berliner also volunteered extensively with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada (now known as Make a Wish Canada). He established the local sub chapter in Truro, sat on the provincial board, later represented Nova Scotia on the National board, and was a member of Nova Scotia Chapter Advisory Board at the time of his appointment. He was recognized for his dedication to the organization when presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.Justice Berliner and his wife, Catherine, are the proud parents of daughters Jasmine and Sascha and stepson Matthew, and grandparents of Lily and Elijah.Justice Gail L. Gatchalian, Q.C., graduated from Riverview Rural High School in Cape Breton in 1988, received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Dalhousie University in 1993, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1996.Madam Justice Gatchalian articled with Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre and Cornish in Toronto. She returned to Nova Scotia in 1999 to join Pink Larkin in Halifax, where she practised labour, employment, human rights, and constitutional law for 22 years. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2018.Justice Gatchalian is a former President of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia Branch (CBANS), a former chair of the CBA National Labour and Employment Law Section, and former Equity Chair of the CBANS. Most recently, she was the Chair of the CBANS Sexual Harassment Work Group, having led the development and delivery of Empowering Bystanders training to address sexual harassment in legal workplaces. She also served as a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry Chair.Justice Gatchalian is of mixed Filipino and Irish/Scottish descent. Her father, Dr. Celso Gatchalian, was from the Philippines. Her mother, Carol Gatchalian, is from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Together with her husband, Jose Farias, Justice Gatchalian has two daughters, ages 16 and 9, who are both Chinese-Canadian and her pride and joy.Quick factsAt the Superior Court level, more than 450 judges have been appointed since November 2015. These exceptional jurists represent the diversity that strengthens Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and appointments reflect an increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, and those who self-identify as having a disability.The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 provides funding of $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016. /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:Aboriginal, Amherst, attorney-general, Berlin, Canada, CBA, Federal, Government, Halifax, Human Rights, Keith, McGill University, Philippines, Queen, Supreme Court, Truro, University of Torontolast_img read more

Vaccination Blitz To Keep Vulnerable Settings Safe

first_imgVaccination Blitz To Keep Vulnerable Settings Safe VIC PremierThe Victorian Government is taking immediate action to keep people who live in residential disability settings, private aged care residents and staff safe with a vaccination blitz to ensure workers in these vulnerable settings are protected against coronavirus.From Wednesday 2 June to Sunday 6 June, workers in private aged care facilities and the residential disability sector, which are managed by the Commonwealth, will be given priority access at walk-in vaccination hubs around Victoria between 9am and 4pm when they present evidence of their employment.While the Commonwealth will continue to be responsible for in-reach in disability residential settings, Victoria will also work with providers to support access to state-run vaccination sites to increase the current low level of vaccinations.Outbreaks across Australia have shown how fast coronavirus can spread across these sensitive facilities – and while all public sector residential aged care centres have been visited by state-run outreach teams for first vaccine doses, private facilities have lower vaccination rates and are significantly more susceptible to ongoing outbreaks.Staff are eligible for either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines depending on their age. Priority access will be ensured by active queue management. The following vaccination centres are participating in the five-day blitz:Royal Exhibition BuildingMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)Sandown RacecourseMelbourne ShowgroundsFormer Ford Factory – GeelongBendigo Community ClinicBallarat Mercure Hotel and Convention CentreShepparton Showgrounds – McIntosh CentreTraralgon RacecourseWodonga Vaccination HubAged care and disability workers are already eligible to be vaccinated at state hubs and can continue to attend at any time during opening hours. However, this priority access five-day blitz will ensure they can be vaccinated quickly during peak periods and do not need to book in advance.National Disability Insurance Scheme participants and other community members currently eligible for the vaccination program are also able to access their vaccinations at state-run vaccination sites.All sites have a minimum standard of accessibility with nine sites across the State to be stood up as enhanced accessibility centres. If able to come to a vaccination centre, we strongly encourage Victorians with a disability to make a booking.Victoria has experienced record vaccination uptake over the past week. In the week ending Sunday 30 May, 95,676 doses were administered through state-run centres – an increase of 66 per cent over the previous week.Since the Victorian Government expanded vaccine eligibility at state-run sites to those aged 40-49 on 28 May, more than 22,000 Victorians in that age group have received their first dose of the vaccine.Vaccine capacity will increase in line with supply. Victorians are encouraged to continue booking their vaccine appointments through the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or by visiting walk-up centres if they are over 50.As stated by Minister for Health Martin Foley“Victorians have come out in force to get vaccinated in the past week – now we’re stepping in to make sure those who work in our most vulnerable settings have priority access to a vaccine to protect our most at-risk groups.”“We’ve seen first-hand the devastation coronavirus causes among our aged and disability care population – alongside getting tested and isolating, vaccination is the best way to protect the most vulnerable Victorians.”As stated by Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan“All dedicated and hardworking aged care and disability workers need easy access to the vaccine, so we’re making it easier for them.” /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:AusPol, Australia, Ballarat, Bendigo, commonwealth, disability, Ford, Geelong, Government, health, Melbourne, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Pfizer, Racecourse, residential aged care, Shepparton, Victoria, Wodongalast_img read more

Executive Order Blocking Property and Suspending Entry Into United States of Certain Persons Contributing to Destabilizing Situation

first_imgExecutive Order Blocking Property and Suspending Entry Into United States of Certain Persons Contributing to Destabilizing Situation The White HouseToday, President Biden signed an Executive Order to further address the ongoing national emergency declared in Executive Order (E.O.) 13219 of June 26, 2001, and continued in E.O. 13304 of May 28, 2003, related to the Western Balkans. Today’s E.O. provides additional sanctions authorities, including to target individuals who threaten the peace, security, stability, or territorial integrity of any area or state in the Western Balkans as well as those responsible for or complicit in, or who have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse in the Western Balkans, among other things. The E.O. the President is signing today builds on the existing national emergency and expands the designation criteria, to address such challenges as corruption, and other actions that obstruct key institutions and international agreements.Corruption anywhere directly damages the foreign policy, national security, and economic health of the United States and our partners and allies. That is why the United States is committed to promoting accountability and combating impunity for those involved in significant corruption in the Western Balkans and throughout the world. By definition, corruption serves the interests of those few who engage in it, lining their own pockets and accountable only to their own personal interests, not the interests of a country or its people. Corruption saps economic growth, facilitates organized crime, and undermines confidence in democratic processes. These forces open the door for our strategic adversaries to undermine democracy, stymie progress toward effective and accountable governance and prevent the Western Balkans region from achieving full integration into transatlantic institutions. They allow individuals to exploit weak rule of law and to profit from systemic corruption at the expense of ordinary citizens. They thereby constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.Specifically, the E.O. the President is signing today:Underscores the United States’ longstanding commitment to implementation of the post-war agreements and institutions established following the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;Expands sanctions designation criteria to include activities, among others, related to: threatening the peace, security, stability, or territorial integrity of any area or state in the Western Balkans; undermining democratic processes or institutions in the Western Balkans; engaging in serious human rights abuse in the Western Balkans; and engaging in corruption related to the Western Balkans;Expands our ability to target actors engaged in a violation of, or an act that has obstructed or threatened the implementation of, any regional security, peace, cooperation, or mutual recognition agreement or framework or accountability mechanism related to the Western Balkans beyond previous E.O.s, to include the Prespa Agreement, the Conclusions of the Peace Implementation Conference, and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, the successor to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; andClarifies that the geographic scope of the Western Balkans includes the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Albania.All property and interests in property of persons designated pursuant to this E.O. that are or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. In addition, individuals sanctioned under this E.O. will be banned from entering the United States or holding a U.S. visa. Ensuring the security and political stability of the Western Balkans region is consistent with the Biden Administration’s commitment to advancing core U.S. national security interests, including the protection of democratic institutions. The Administration will continue to address the challenges in the region head on. The Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State will continue to update the list of individuals subject to sanctions under this order. /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:agreement, Albania, conference, corruption, Democracy, Department of State, Emergency, executive order, Federal, Government, Human Rights, President, rule of law, sanctions, security, transatlantic, United States, White Houselast_img read more

First Look: 2020 Ford Super Duty

first_img Xb_je464″>PlayBMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stablePlay2022 McLaren Artura | First Look | Driving.caPlay2021 Ford Explorer Timberline | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Honda Civic | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Hyundai Kona N | First Look | Driving.caPlayShanghai 2021 auto show sees raft of new EVsPlayAudi A6 e-tron | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Santa Cruz | First Look | Driving.caPlayFirst Look | 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS | DrivingPlay2021 Genesis GV70 | First Look | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Super Duty name was first used on an F-Series in 1999, and covers all trucks bigger than the half-ton F-150. The range includes the F-250, F-350, and F-450 pickups, along with the F-350, F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs, which come minus a pickup bed, so fleets can outfit them with dump boxes, flatbeds, or other configurations.Save for some very minor styling tweaks, this Super Duty looks the same as the current model. The big changes are under the skin, since these heavy-duty trucks are all about serious work. Owners seldom buy these just to get to the grocery store and back.Currently, the Super Duty is available with a choice of two engines, a 6.2-L V8 gas engine and 6.7L V8 diesel. That 6.2L will carry over unchanged into the 2020 models as the entry-level powerplant, making 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.The new, Canadian-built engine is a 7.3L V8 that Ford says is “expected to be the most powerful gas V8 in its class.” No specifications, of course, but obviously it’ll have to outgun that 6.2L. Expect it to also replace the 6.8L V10 gasoline engine that’s currently used in entry-level trims of the F-450 and F-550 chassis cab models.But diesel’s the big deal in a big truck, and that choice is a 6.7L V8 Power Stroke. It’s the same displacement as in the current model, but this upgraded version marks the third-generation engine. It includes a variable-geometry turbocharger, stronger block and steel pistons, and a 36,000-psi fuel injection system that can spray fuel up to eight times per stroke, for better combustion and quieter operation.No numbers were given on it either, but the current 6.7L Power Stroke churns out 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque. And keep in mind that Ram just announced that the 6.7L Cummins diesel in its all-new 2019 Heavy-Duty will put out 1,000 lb-ft of torque – and if Ford’s final figure doesn’t also have four digits to it, I’ll eat a Super Duty with a knife and spoon, hold the ketchup. 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The automaker recently gave a sneak peek of its Super Duty pickup, upgraded for 2020. And since truck manufacturers live and die by torque and towing numbers, the company promises the Super Duty’s highest-ever capability when it hits the market.That said, full specifications remain a mystery for now. In this cutthroat heavy-duty segment where big numbers are everything – and companies are famous for tweaking their engines to top whatever another competitor just announced – automakers usually keep them secret until just before launch. The event was just a look-see, not a test drive; the truck goes on sale this fall.It’ll come with two new engines (plus one carried over), and one of them is good news for Canada. The truck is assembled in the US, but the all-new gasoline engine will be built at Ford’s plant in Windsor, Ontario. A new ten-speed automatic will be the only choice on the 7.3L and diesel engines. Depending on the model, the 6.2L gas engine will use either the ten-speed or carried-over six-speed automatic. Thanks to some ingenious design packaging and the use of lighter-weight materials where possible, such as a plastic-composite oil pan, the new ten-speed is virtually the same size as the six-speed, and weighs just 1.5 kilograms more. For the first time, it will allow Super Duty drivers a choice of selectable drive modes, including for eco, sand/snow, and slippery conditions, in addition to tow/haul. The transmission will also continue to provide a live-drive power takeoff (PTO), which can operate accessories while the truck is moving.The Super Duty will also offer Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, borrowed from the F-150. There’s a dash-mounted dial that you turn in the direction you want the trailer to go, and watch the truck obediently move the steering wheel the right way. It’s a clever bit of technology, and will work with fifth-wheel and gooseneck as well as conventional, but it doesn’t automatically turn a novice into an expert; you still have to know where to position your truck and trailer before you begin.So what will you able to tow? These numbers are also a secret, but Ford promises higher than the current truck, which tops out at 21,000 lbs for conventional; 27,5000 lbs for fifth-wheel; and 35,000 lbs for gooseneck. As with any truck, the highest numbers are for specific configurations, and you’ll have to shop accordingly if you’re going to match a specific trailer to your new truck. The current maximum payload of 7,640 lbs (3,465 kg) will also be just a memory. center_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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CU-Boulder Expects Fewer Freshmen, Slightly Lower Enrollment This Fall

first_imgAs expected, the fall 2005 freshman class at the University of Colorado at Boulder will be smaller than last year, with freshmen numbering about 5,000 and overall enrollment projected at about 28,800 degree-seeking students. The 5,000 new freshmen projected for this fall represents a decrease of about 138 or 2.7 percent from the previous year’s total of 5,138. Last year the total number of degree-seeking students enrolled was 29,258. Even lower freshman enrollments were projected last January as application numbers lagged. However, contacts with prospective students by faculty and current students, increased merit aid, and a new non-resident guaranteed tuition program have improved the outlook. Total applications for freshman admission to CU-Boulder in 2005 were about 17,100, compared to 19,300 in 2004. The 2005 applications are 17 percent lower than 2004 for non-residents and 3 percent lower for residents. Non-resident freshman enrollment this year will be about 1,900, down from 2,155 in fall 2004. Resident freshman enrollment will be slightly higher in fall 2005 at about 3,100 compared to 2,983 in fall 2004. About 62 percent of new freshmen will be Colorado residents, up from 58 percent in 2004 and 56 percent in 2003. “For non-resident students, cost is a major deciding factor in where to enroll and CU-Boulder’s high out-of-state tuition, which topped $20,000 for the first time in 2004, is making it more difficult to recruit non-resident students,” said Kevin MacLennan, interim director of admissions. “However, we also acknowledge the impact adverse publicity may have had on our numbers.” Following a record freshman class of almost 5,600 in 2003, a reduction in freshman enrollment to 5,000 was planned over two years to moderate the impact of rapid growth over the last 10 years, especially in the number of undergraduates. However, the drop in applications has resulted in a class with a higher percentage of resident students than planned. Freshman academic credentials for fall 2005 are expected to be about the same as last year, as measured by high school grade-point averages and test scores. Academic credentials of new freshmen in fall 2004 were similar or slightly higher than those of freshmen in fall 2003. About 1,280 transfer students are expected this fall compared to 1,442 in fall 2004 and about 4,430 graduate students are expected to enroll, compared to 4,548 in fall 2004. Final fall 2005 enrollment numbers for new and continuing students will be available Sept. 14, after the campus census is conducted. For numbers of new CU-Boulder freshmen, transfers and total enrollment from 1988 through 2004, see the Web site at http://www.colorado.edu/pba/records/time/enrl88plus.htm. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 17, 2005 last_img read more

Ticketing details released for Jane Goodall lecture at CU-Boulder

first_imgThe Oct. 1 George Gamow Memorial Lecture featuring Jane Goodall has been moved to the Coors Events Center from Macky Auditorium. In response to high demand for tickets from campus affiliates as well as the public, additional tickets will be released at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, on the Coors Events Center website.Tickets already issued through Macky Auditorium will be honored. Further details regarding previously issued tickets will be provided closer to the time of the event.“This will be the largest Gamow lecture in CU-Boulder history,” said Paul Beale, chair of the Physics Department, which sponsors the Gamow lecture. “Our campus and Boulder communities will benefit greatly from the visit of one of the most important scientists of our time.”Additional event information will follow on the CU-Boulder Jane Goodall website.Contact: Malinda Miller-Huey, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] “This will be the largest Gamow lecture in CU-Boulder history,” said Paul Beale, chair of the Physics Department, which sponsors the Gamow lecture. “Our campus and Boulder communities will benefit greatly from the visit of one of the most important scientists of our time.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Published: Sept. 16, 2015 last_img read more

Westwood high school reopens

first_imgRelatedWestwood high school reopens Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Westwood High School in Trelawny has reopened, after being closed temporarily. Boarders started returning to the school Thursday (March 10) and day students are expected to turn out for classes Friday (March 11).  School is expected to be in full swing Friday. The school was closed by the Ministry of Education, after the Trelawny Health Department was alerted to an outbreak of gastroenteritis among students on Wednesday (March 2). The Health Department will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide a full report, once all relevant data are obtained and analysed. The school has given an assurance that soap for hand washing will be made available in the bathrooms, and issues relating to food preparation and storage, as well as water quality, will be addressed. The Trelawny Health Department has commended the Principal and staff of the school for their full cooperation. RelatedWestwood high school reopenscenter_img RelatedWestwood high school reopens Westwood high school reopens EducationMarch 11, 2011last_img read more