Whitbread share price tumbles on Barclays downgrade

first_img Share Whitbread suffered afall in its share price this morning after Barclays downgraded theUK’s biggest hospitality company. Whitbread has been focused on its hotel arm following the £3.9bnsale of Costa to Coca-Cola at the start of this year. “Weighingup the positives and negatives alongside the utter lack of visibilityaround Brexit, we cut to Equal Weight and see more downside thanupside risks currently, especially into interim results,” thebank said. In April the firm blamed Brexit uncertainty and growing competition for lower demand for hotel rooms in Britain. The Premier Inn owner’s share price has tumbled five per cent during trading today after its rating was cut by Barclays, which moved its recommendation from ‘Overweight’ to ‘Equal Weight’. Read more: London house price growth remains below UK city average The FTSE 100 company’s stock has fallen in value by almost 10 per cent over the last year, with its share price currently standing at 4,253p. Read more: Markets mixed on US-China trade war worries Whitbread share price tumbles on Barclays downgrade whatsapp whatsapp “This weakness has increased into March and April particularly in the regional business market, coinciding with an acute period of political and economic uncertainty in the UK,” Whitbread said at the time. Home emergency repairs business Homeserve also saw shares rise 2.5 per cent after RBC Capital rasied the company to Outperform from Sector Perform. Elsewhere in the market today, DS Smith shares edged up 1.7 per cent following news that Britain’s competition watchdog will not continue its probe into the acquisition of the firm’s flexible plastic packaging division by Liqui-Box. Sebastian McCarthy Monday 30 September 2019 1:23 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Funlast_img read more

Businesses don’t hate plans by the Low Pay Commission to raise the minimum wage by three per cent

first_img Businesses don’t hate plans by the Low Pay Commission to raise the minimum wage by three per cent Tags: employment and wages UK jobs whatsapp The CBI has welcomed a recommendation by the Low Pay Commission, the body which advises the government on the minimum wage, to raise it by three per cent.Katja Hall, the body’s deputy director-general, called the plans a “careful balance”.  In a letter to the Secretary of State today, the Commission suggested raising the national minimum wage to £6.70 from £6.50, its biggest ever real-terms increase, from October this year.For those between the ages of 18-20, it would rise 3.3 per cent to £5.30, while 16-17 year olds would be awarded a 2.2 per cent increase, to £3.87, and Apprentices’ wages would rise 2.6 per cent, to £2.80.With inflation now forecast at 0.5 per cent, the LPC said such a hike would take the minimum wage’s estimated real value three-quarters of the way back to its highest ever level.”Influential in our recommendation has been evidence of strong employment growth in low-paying sectors,” it added.Hall said businesses would particularly welcome a commitment to to review a rise if improvements to the business environment fail to materialise. The national minimum wage has been one of the most successful policies of our time thanks to the independent recommendations of the Commission, helping many low-paid workers without damaging their job prospects. But she cautioned politicians against “artificial” hikes to the wage. Any artificial increase due to political expediency will help no-one and ultimately damage one of the most successful government policies in recent years. The number of people earning the minimum wage has risen from 900,000 at the beginning of the financial downturn, to 1.4m now.   Show Comments ▼ 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 WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsTheFashionBallPrince 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 Ads Sharecenter_img Emma Haslett Monday 23 February 2015 12:30 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.com whatsapplast_img read more

Nigel’s voting for Ukip but Samantha is not backing the Tories: How your name could determine which party you vote for in General Election 2015

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: General Election 2015 Seemingly irrelevant cognitive biases impact how we vote whatsapp Nigel’s voting for Ukip but Samantha is not backing the Tories: How your name could determine which party you vote for in General Election 2015 center_img He might not want it made public, but your friend Tim is probably going to vote for the Lib Dems. Charlotte has plumped for the Tories, but Samantha is distinctly lukewarm on Cameron. Jill is almost certainly going to vote Ukip (as is Nigel, naturally) while Michelle is leaving her mark in Labour’s box.  At least that is the claim by YouGov, which has analysed voting intentions when compared with names.  Nigels, for example, are twice as almost likely to vote Ukip than the national average – 31 per cent versus 16 per cent. But they are least likely to vote for Labour, along with Nicks and Jonathans.  [infographic id=”30″] Joe Twyman, head of political and social research at YouGov, told City A.M. the data – which was drawn from 46,000 people – said it was not that Nigels were following their namesake Farage, but rather demographics.  “What it’s picking up on is that Nigel tends to be an older man’s name – the same with Colin and Gary and so on. These are not names that young people tend to have. And Ukip tends to appeal to older men. “There’s a strang relationship between names and specific demographics,” he added. “That’s why you can get into a situation where 31 per cent of Nigels will vote Ukip.” Spelling and abbreviations also showed statistical differences, Twyman said. Carole with an e, for example, is more likely to vote Lib Dem and very unlikely to vote Consevative, but remove the e and her preference for the Tories rockets up.  Dave is much more likely to vote Conservative (109 out of 130) than Davids (just 59).  [infographic id=”31″] Monday 13 April 2015 9:09 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health Labszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlush Catherine Neilan Sharelast_img read more

News / Panalpina testing new online air cargo booking portal aimed at SMEs

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 21/09/2017 SME shippers – already targeted by third-party online quotation websites – are set to benefit from Panalpina’s new customer portal, which offers a fully automated booking platform.The forwarder has started trials with ad hoc air cargo customers, offering a “simple, quick and reliable” booking service, with instant quotes for door-to-door transactions.The platform has taken about nine months to develop, chief information officer Ralf Morawietz, told The Loadstar, but is part of a longer, three to four-year plan, requiring “significant amounts of money”, to replace the existing customer-facing IT platform.So far only a few customers have tested the service, and Panalpina predicts adoption will vary depending on the customer. “We are still in the early stages…but the rate of adoption will certainly continue to accelerate,” said Mr Morawietz.He added that the platform would particularly appeal to SMEs “that may not have huge regular volumes, but also large customers who need a quick indication on lanes where they don’t have a contract rate in place”.The platform does not yet interact with carriers, which are increasingly offering their own online booking services.“It is in the making and we see and expect that our subcontractors – carriers in particular – are moving in the same direction, ie, providing electronic access to their service catalogue including pricing; interfaces we will certainly make use of,” said Mr Morawietz.Online booking is becoming increasingly prevalent across the industry. Forwarders and carriers have been much criticised by third-party online booking platforms, which claim the industry is slow to respond to quotes, and offers little transparency on rates, while they have been offering consumer-style booking abilities – albeit with varying degrees of success.In a test of platforms by The Loadstar, one $69 air freight quote from Shanghai to Los Angeles amusingly had an expected delivery time of 43,052 days.In 2015, as Kuehne + Nagle launched its FreightNet platform, then-head of air logistics Tim Scharwarth, said: “We need to stop those from outside the industry coming in – so we need to do something early enough to stop disruption. And I think forwarders need to take responsibility, as they are the ones talking to customers.”Mr Morawietz acknowledged: “Greater transparency is a reality, which is why it is even more important to differentiate ourselves through customer service and a seamless experience.”In common with other booking platforms, there is a limit to what can be booked via Panalpina’s. Complex shipments, such as out-of-gauge, will still require direct communication, but the company hopes customers will “start the journey digitally”.“The key is to provide an easy interaction and seamless customer experience across channels, so that the customer can choose what’s most effective for a given shipment. This is about striking the right balance between standard, fast and cost-effective services and tailored services.”He added that full automation for all bookings would be unlikely. “It would not be realistic or desired at this point.”While booking platforms can increase efficiencies and cut costs associated with manual booking, Panalpina insisted that the investment was not cost-driven.“It’s all about improving customer service and creating a new customer experience,” said Mr Morawietz. “We want to give them more speed and flexibility – also in terms of providing various interaction channels – as well as higher quality.”The platform will be fully launched early next year, and then extended to cover a larger product portfolio.last_img read more

High price of EpiPens spurs consumers, EMTs to resort to syringes for allergic reactions

first_img Tags allergiesdrug pricesEpiPen Millions of people with severe allergies carry EpiPens to reverse life-threatening allergic reactions. But as the prices of these auto-injectors have soared, more than quintupling since 2004, many emergency medical responders — and some regular families — are turning to manual syringes as a cheaper alternative.That’s raising concern among some doctors and patient advocates, who warn that it’s more complicated to get the correct dose and administer it safely with a syringe.“Anyone using this approach would require extensive medical training to do it effectively and safely, without contamination or accidental intravenous injection,” said Dr. James Baker, Jr., the CEO and chief medical officer of Food Allergy Research & Education. The organization’s corporate sponsors include Mylan, which manufactures the EpiPen, and Sanofi, which used to sell a competitor.advertisement Related: The rising cost of EpiPens050100150200250300350EpiPen inflation-adjusted (2016) list priceper 2-Pak in US dollarsDateEpiPen priceMay 16, 2016$304.31Nov 23, 2015$268.9May 1, 2015$234.03Nov 5, 2014$203.92May 2, 2014$177.47Nov 8, 2013$156.97Jul 17, 2013$136.62Nov 7, 2012$126.12Jul 27, 2012$114.76Mar 6, 2012$104.42Oct 18, 2011$96.98May 12, 2011$88.25Dec 15, 2010$82.84Aug 3, 2010$75.38Oct 12, 2009$69.71Jan 14, 2009$58.05Jan 16, 2008$55.09Feb 22, 2007$54.48Feb 23, 2006$53.88Feb 23, 2005$53.48Nov 1, 2004$53.16The rising cost of EpiPens Amie Vialet De Montbel felt that she didn’t have a choice but to try the syringe.Her 12-year-old son is so allergic to milk that he wears a mask when he goes out in public. Last month, when she filled his prescription for two 2-packs of EpiPens — one to take to camp, and one for home —the cash register rang up a charge of $1,212.advertisement “I was in absolute shock,” said Vialet De Montbel, who lives in Troy, Va. “I don’t even pay that much for my mortgage.” She has health insurance with a $4,000 deductible, so she would have had to pay the whole sum out of pocket. She didn’t buy the EpiPens.At the doctor’s office the next day, a nurse told Vialet De Montbel something she had never heard before: For about $20, she could buy a couple of glass ampules of epinephrine and regular syringes from a local pharmacy, and get the syringes filled with the epinephrine at a doctor’s office. They would expire in about three months, whereas EpiPens last about a year, but they could save her more than $1,000. She plans to get the syringes soon.Meanwhile her older son, age 15, is “carrying expired EpiPens because I can’t afford to get him [new ones] right now,” she said.EpiPens — spring-loaded syringes filled with epinephrine — are widely carried by people with life-threatening allergies. Over 3.6 million prescriptions for EpiPen kits were written last year, and another half-million for other similar products, according to data provided by IMS Health.Some states require schools to stock EpiPens. Emergency medical technicians who aren’t certified to give regular injections often carry them as well.Emergency medical providers have been talking about the rising cost of EpiPens for the past few years, said Dr. Peter Taillac, chair of the medical directors council of the National Association of State EMS Officials.“They cost too damn much,” Taillac said. New institute tackles the mysteries of food allergies Leave this field empty if you’re human: Mylan has raised the list price of EpiPens over 450 percent since 2004, after adjusting for inflation, according to data provided by Elsevier’s Gold Standard Drug Database. A pack of two EpiPens cost about $100 in today’s dollars in 2004. The list price now tops $600. Some emergency medical services buying directly from medical supply companies pay even more — upwards of $900 for a pack of two. Related: Please enter a valid email address.center_img Children with allergies, asthma may be at risk of heart problems, too By Ike Swetlitz July 6, 2016 Reprints NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. BusinessHigh price of EpiPens spurs consumers, EMTs to resort to syringes for allergic reactions They also sell the kits sans epinephrine, at $15 each, to other public health agencies. Kits from King County have made their way into Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, Duren said.Duren said that in the first year, his county saved more than $150,000. In New York, a pilot program with similar kits is estimated to save more than $1 million, if implemented statewide, said Dr. Jeremy Cushman, one of the program’s leaders. In September, the New York team will seek approval to expand.The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America finds the trend troubling. It recommends that everyone — parents, patients, and emergency responders — use epinephrine auto-injectors, not regular syringes.“It’s fast, you don’t need to think, [and] it provides a measured dose,” said Dr. Cary Sennett, president and CEO of the foundation. The foundation has business relationships with many pharmaceutical firms, including Mylan and Sanofi.But Dr. Richard Lockey, a professor at the University of South Florida who has been an allergy doctor since the 1970s, said some patients have always preferred syringes over the branded EpiPens and predicted that rising prices will likely prompt more to make that choice. He estimates that 1 out of every 6 of his patients chooses the regular syringes.As long as patients are educated about how to use the syringes, he said they’re “99 percent as good” as the EpiPens. “Is that ideal? Well, no, not necessarily,” he said. “It’s better to have an auto-injector, yes.”But Lockey said syringes make sense for patients who can’t afford the EpiPen. “Everyone wants to drive around in a Cadillac,” he said, “but not everybody does.”This story was updated to include a comment from Mylan. Talia Bronshtein/STAT Source: Elsevier Clinical Solutions’ Gold Standard Drug Database The company said the price increases over time “reflect the multiple, important product features and the value the product provides,” but declined to provide specifics about those features.There are some competitors to EpiPen, but they haven’t caught on. The primary competitor, Auvi-Q, sold by Sanofi, was taken off the market in October 2015 because some of the devices weren’t dispensing the proper amount of medication.A similar device, the Adrenaclick, was prescribed just a few hundred times last year, and a generic version was prescribed about 183,000 times, according to data from IMS Health. Since that device isn’t considered by the Food and Drug Administration as therapeutically equivalent to the EpiPen, it can’t be substituted when filling a prescription.Teva Pharmaceutical Industries applied to market a generic EpiPen, but the application was rejected by the FDA earlier this year.“The price of the auto-injector has become a real issue, particularly for the small rural agencies,” Taillac said.The high cost has driven officials in at least 10 states — including Colorado, Maryland, and South Carolina — to push for training more EMTs to give epinephrine injections using regular syringes.One of those agencies is the Broadlands-Longview Fire Protection District in Central Illinois, which uses all volunteer firefighters. Jim Jones, a district official, said his district has two fire stations, seven vehicles, and eight EpiPens. Those EpiPens alone cost the district about $2,400 a year, or 3 percent of its total operating budget.Switching to regular syringes, Jones said, would save at least $2,200, which could pay for emergency medical technician training for five firefighters.“That’s huge,” Jones said. “So I can spend the money educating our firefighters as opposed to buying EpiPens.”Jones asked Illinois state Senator Chapin Rose to sponsor a bill to expressly allow first responders to administer epinephrine from a vial rather than an EpiPen. Rose estimated it could save hundreds of thousands of dollars for his district, and millions for the state. “It seems like we could do a heck of a lot of good with this change,” said Rose, a Republican.The bill passed the House and Senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature.Meanwhile, first responders in Seattle have developed a kit to use in place of EpiPens to save money. King County EMS began using the kits, which contain instructions, an epinephrine vial, and a syringe, in 2013. By now, they’ve replaced about 950 of their 1000 EpiPens with the kits, according to Jim Duren, professional standards manager for King County EMS. J. David Ake/AP Privacy Policylast_img read more

Watch: Hollywood motion capture technology finds a new role in hospital rehab

first_img A technology most famous for its use in Hollywood movies is now a rehabilitation tool for those who have experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury.Motion capture technology is a staple of blockbuster films. You may have seen A-listers like Tom Hanks or Jim Carrey in behind-the-scenes bonus features dressed in what looks like spandex suits covered in ping-pong balls. Those small spheres are actually reflective markers, which are tracked by infrared cameras during an actor’s performance. The data from those cameras is then used by Hollywood visual effects artists to give computer-generated characters realistic movement.That very same technology is being used by hospitals to analyze the movements of patients with mobility-limiting conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Physical therapists can use the data from the motion capture system to make treatment recommendations.advertisement [email protected] @hoganalex In the video above, watch as Bonato’s team uses its motion capture system to analyze the gait of Bill Gramby, who has since regained a significant amount of mobility after a stroke in 2009 that paralyzed the left side of his body. By Alex Hogan Feb. 12, 2020 Reprints About the Author Reprints Tags Bostonhospitalspatients Privacy Policy Alex Hogan/STATcenter_img Hollywood motion capture technology finds a new role in hospital rehabVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2020/02/12/motion-capture-technology-hospitals-physical-rehabilitation/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0002:1902:19  Senior Multimedia Producer Alex coordinates video production and STAT Brand Studio projects. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. HealthWatch: Hollywood motion capture technology finds a new role in hospital rehab Alex Hogan Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Paolo Bonato, the director of the Motion Analysis Lab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, stressed the importance of using such precise technology.“The system here provides us with the ability to characterize movement abnormalities with high accuracy, which is, as you can easily imagine, really necessary for surgical evaluations,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Boosting baby beetle numbers for blue heliotrope biocontrol

first_imgBoosting baby beetle numbers for blue heliotrope biocontrol Hundreds of blue heliotrope leaf feeding beetles have been collected in a project by Central West Local Land Services and local councils which is aimed at building beetle numbers to help tackle the problem weed.Central West Local Land Services Regional Weeds Coordinator Jodie Lawler and Mixed Farming Officer Callen Thompson are working with Castlereagh Macquarie County Council Senior Weeds Officer Andrea Fletcher on the project which is funded by the NSW Government Weeds Action Program.The beetles will initially be housed in custom-made cages in the Warrumbungle area to closely monitor them and build up numbers before being transferred to selected sites across the Central West region, Mrs Lawler said.“We have built eight cages for the beetles which will act as nursery sites to try and build up their numbers,” Mrs Lawler said.“Once the numbers have increased we will look to distribute beetles to councils to house in appropriate areas.”Providing technical advice for the project Mr Thompson said that given the beetles were collected from field conditions he hoped they would have a greater likelihood of surviving than those raised in laboratories.“NSW Department of Primary Industries and CSIRO have previously released blue heliotrope leaf beetles but unfortunately they did not persist in our region,” Mr Thompson said.“We hope to introduce them in suitable parts of the region which can then be used as nurseries.“We know the beetles tend to like moist areas with soft soil often near creek beds where there is blue heliotrope thriving as they feed on the leaves and flowers.“Obviously the sites will need to be protected from livestock, so we are looking at different sites including travelling stock reserves as well as private and council managed land.”Given the project was in early days the team did not need landholders to volunteer to house beetles just yet.“We understand there will likely be a lot of interest in this project however there are still a number of unknowns in how successful it will be and what sort of numbers can be generated.“We hope the project will give us a better understanding of the behaviours of the beetles and conditions it can live in.“Landholders are advised to continue using existing controls for blue heliotrope management on their properties as this biocontrol is in the very early stages.” /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:baby, building, Central, council, CSIRO, Farming, Government, house, livestock, local council, Local Land Services, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Department of Primary Industries, projectlast_img read more

These entry-level luxury crossovers offer affordable style

first_img Trending Videos The RDX earns a 3.5-litre V6 engine with variable cylinder management. It produces 279 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque, which is enough to motivate the RDX to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The cylinder deactivation system can shut down three cylinders to conserve fuel when the loads are light. This engine drives all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Normal and Sport modes. It also has built-in logic to prevent unwanted gear shifting when going downhill or through a corner.The AWD system has what Acura terms “Intelligent Control.” When pulling away, the system can send up to 40 per cent of the drive torque to the rear wheels. Once up to speed it fires all of the power through the front wheels, but can redistribute the power quickly should the system detect slippage. The RDX’s suspension delivers a good balance between sportiness and ride comfort.The 2016 Acura RDX AWD has an Unhaggle discount of $3,655 and a pretax price of $40,520.2017 Infiniti QX30 front-driveCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Infiniti QX30 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Infiniti QX30, top, Lexus NX 200t, bottom left, and Acura RDX. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at near-luxury crossovers. The hot deals are on the 2016 Acura RDX AWD, 2016 Lexus NX 200t AWD and 2017 Infiniti QX30 front-drive.2016 Acura RDX AWDCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Acura RDX Elite COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending in Canada See More Videos RELATED TAGSAcuraInfinitiLexusNXQX30RDXSUVAWD / 4x4CUV / CrossoverGasLuxuryNew Car DealsLuxury VehiclesNew Car DealsNew VehiclesAcura MotorsAcura RDXall-wheel driveAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologyBluetooth SIG Inc.CrossoverDriving.cagasolineGraeme FletcherInfinitiInfiniti USInsurance Institute for Highway SafetyLexus Motor CompanyMercedes-Benz International Inc.Science and TechnologyTechnologyTransport CanadaUnhaggle.comcenter_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” *Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. For more information on purchasing any of these vehicles or others, please visit Unhaggle.com. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers. Taxes are extra and vary by province. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $41,990Acura Canada Incentive*: $2,655Unhaggle Savings: $1,000Total Savings: $3,655Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,185Total Before Tax: $40,520Acura’s popular compact crossover, the RDX, was extensively reworked and restyled for 2016. Not only was the look crisper, it benefited from the inclusion of “Jewel Eye” LED projector headlamps and LED taillights; both facets added more sophistication. Likewise, the cabin took a marked step forward, featuring nicer materials and more content including heated eight-way power seats and a five-inch display with backup camera. Space-wise, the RDX brings 739 litres with the split/folding seatbacks upright and 2,178 litres with them flat. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $42,150Lexus Canada Incentive*: $1,770Unhaggle Savings: $1,250Total Savings: $3,020Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,185Total Before Tax: $41,315The 2016 Lexus NX 200t is not what one has come to expect from a conservative company like Lexus — it is bold and aimed at a younger buyer. It is also nicely equipped with everything from heated eight-way power front seats to a clean multimedia display with backup camera. The NX is also marked by its modern look and top-notch fit and finish. The nit to pick is found in the “NuLuxe” upholstery — it is, in a word, vinyl, and not really in keeping with the rest of the NX. The utility side sees the NX accommodate 500 litres with the seats upright and 1,545 with them folded down.The NX 200t is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,650 rpm. This brings a strong launch and a run to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The six-speed manumatic transmission drives all four wheels. The setup drives the front wheels normally, but it can send up to 50 per cent of the power rearward when the need arises. It is a sorted system that divvies up the power seamlessly. As for road manners, the NX leans toward the handling side with a taut, almost European, feeling when pushed. The final piece of the sporty puzzle is found in the drive mode selector. It allows the driver to choose Eco, Normal and Sport — forget Eco, Normal is for the city and Sport is for when an open road beckons.The 2016 Lexus NX 200t arrives with a generous Unhaggle discount of $3,020 and a pre-tax price of $41,315.Compare them side by sideThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates both the Acura RDX and Lexus NX 200t as good in all crash test disciplines, as well as naming both a Top Safety Pick+. The Infiniti QX30 has not been rated (nor has the Mercedes-Benz GLA). There are no Transport Canada recalls for this trio of crossovers.All three entry-level crossovers represent excellent buys. If there is an edge, it goes to the Infiniti QX30 — it is a 2017 model and has a lot of the M-B GLA in its makeup, which bodes well for its future. The caveat to the hot Unhaggle deal is that the smart shopper will drop $2,500 and opt for the QX30’s all-wheel drive system — it acts as a winter safeguard. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $35,990Infiniti Canada Incentive*: $1,250Unhaggle Savings: $750Total Savings: $2,000Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,135Total Before Tax: $36,125The all-new 2017 Infiniti QX30, which shares much of its mechanical makeup with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, adds a dash of style to the near-luxury segment. The expressive exterior look flows gracefully into the well-equipped cabin. The list of amenities includes dual-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power, Nappa leather-appointed front seats with memory, Bluetooth, seven-inch screen with rearview monitor and a smart key. That’s a lot of higher-end equipment given Infiniti’s aggressive pricing. As for utility, the QX30 brings 544 litres with the seats up and a somewhat limited 963 litres (sourced from Infiniti US) with the rear seat down.The QX30’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four pushes 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque from a very low 1,200 rpm. In the case of the Unhaggle deal, this model drives the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. This combination brings a run from rest to 100 km/h of 7.2 seconds. The powertrain can be tweaked through a mode selector, with three modes. Some have noted that the lack of a “normal” mode hampers things somewhat — Eco is too soft and Sport is too aggressive. The third mode is Manual. No complaints about the QX30’s nimble handling and comfortable ride. The steering is also poised and pointable, which gives it a sporty feel to its drive.The 2017 Infiniti QX30, although in its first year, carries an Unhaggle price of $36,125 after a $2,000 discount.2016 Lexus NX 200tCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 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? 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CU, Boulder Police Urge Victims To Call With Reports Of Crime On And Off Campus

first_imgPolice at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the City of Boulder want anyone who is the victim of a crime, on campus or off, or who encounters suspicious activity to feel comfortable reporting such incidents immediately without fear that their names will appear in published news reports. The issue of crime reporting arose when a third-party witness reported an assault of a woman on campus Jan. 19 and called CU Police even though the victim had not filed a report. After sketchy details of the assault were reported in the news media, the woman filed a report with CU Police, according to Sgt. Brett Brough. “We absolutely understand people’s hesitancy when it comes to reporting crimes in which they are the victim,” Brough said. “But it’s vitally important to our ability to solve crimes and to apprehend criminals to get reports from the public, and in most cases the victims’ names never get published,” he said. According to Brough, victims’ names are always withheld from the news media by CU Police in initial police reports of violent crime. Names are only released in the later stages of a case as it is being prosecuted. Even at that stage, the victim’s name often is not published by the news media. “Even when the victim’s name does finally become a part of the public record, often the press will not publicize the name,” Brough said, though absolute anonymity cannot be guaranteed. According to Kris Gibson, director of Victim Services for the Boulder Police Department, law enforcement officials “want the media to work with us and to cooperate in ways that will not result in re-victimization of victims,” through repeated publicity of certain crimes. Withholding victims’ names in reports of violent crimes is essential in that effort, she said. As a result of a safety meeting last week with representatives of the “Think, Plan and Be Safe” campaign, Gibson said the Boulder Police Department is reinforcing its on-going effort to keep victims’ names out of violent crime reports. “We have asked our officers who are writing up violent crime reports to heighten their use of procedures already in place to protect victim anonymity to the best of our ability,” Gibson said. “Records staff were also reminded of the DO NOT RELEASE procedures, of the importance of this to victims and the current relevance to Susannah’s (Chase) murder and more recent assaults.” The issue is of heightened importance now because of the ongoing police investigation into the Dec. 21 beating of CU student Susannah Chase. In the Jan. 19 assault, the victim said she did not report the assault immediately because she feared her name would be made public, according to Brough. “We’ve heard from others also that fear of publicity might deter them from reporting an incident to the police,” Brough said. But since CU Police do not routinely release victims’ names in violent crimes, in most cases the victim’s name is never publicized, he said. Police depend on victim’s reports for several reasons to help solve crimes. Victims’ reports are particularly important in cases of violent crimes by unknown assailants, like the Susannah Chase investigation, in which one person could be responsible for several crimes. Victims’ reports help police in several ways, Brough said: they alert police to locations where crimes are occurring; they help to alert the public about possible dangers or areas to avoid; published reports may spur calls from witnesses who have valuable information for police; the report may provide clues that help police identify perpetrators of the reported crime and other crimes; and reports help police determine where to focus police resources to solve crimes. If victims choose not to contact police to make a report, or if they have questions or concerns about reporting a crime, Brough said they should at least contact the Office of Victim Assistance for counseling to help them deal with the aftermath of the incident at 492-8855. For incidents in the city, victims should call Victim Services at the Boulder Police Department at 441-3332. For more information about reporting criminal activity on or near the CU-Boulder campus, call 492-6666 or to contact Boulder Police call 441-4444. In all emergency cases call 911. Published: Feb. 3, 1998 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Ministry of Health adjudged best for Swachhta Pakhwada

first_imgMinistry of Health adjudged best for Swachhta Pakhwada Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Share By salil sule on October 3, 2017 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img CK Mishra, Secretary (HFW) receives award on behalf of the ministryThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been adjudged as the best department for its contribution during Swachhta Pakhwada, an inter-Ministry initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Health Ministry observed the Swachhta Pakhwada from February 1, 2017 to February 15, 2017. The award was presented to the Ministry on October 2, 2017, the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission. CK Mishra, Secretary (HFW) received the award on behalf of the ministry.Swachhta Pakhwada activities were organised and observed within the Ministry offices, in Central Government Hospitals and in public health facilities of the states across 36 States/UTs. More pertinently, in addition to the envisaged activities, some of the key contributions include mass awareness generation initiatives through rallies, street plays, painting competitions etc., leveraging the participation and support of public representatives, NGOs, school children and the community. These activities are considered critical for sustaining the swachhta movement.During the Swacchta fortnight, all hospital/clinics were also directed to install waste bins for segregating waste and massive cleaning drives were undertaken in all the hospital wards and hospital premises. Doctors, nurses and medical staff along with patients and visitors carried out sensitisation drives on the importance of safe sanitation and hygiene.The Swachhta Pakhwada culminated with inspection and special sanitation drive undertaken by the Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda on February 15 2017. The Minister along with the staff of the Ministry participated in cleaning of corridors of Nirman Bhawan and inspected various rooms and areas of the Ministry. Unwanted and old files and records were also weeded out during Swachhta Pakhwada from various divisions of the Ministry.Swachhta Pakhwada started in April 2016 with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhta by engaging GOI Ministries/Departments in their jurisdictions. An annual calendar is pre-circulated among the Ministries to help them plan for the Pakhwada activities. The ministries observing Swachhta Pakhwada are monitored closely using online monitoring system of Swachhta Samiksha where action plans, images, videos related to Swachhta activities are uploaded and shared. For the Pakhwada fortnight, observing ministries are considered as Swachhta Ministries and are expected to bring qualitative Swachhta improvements in their jurisdictions. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News last_img read more