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Spring Statement: Chancellor to consult on new ways of funding infrastructure projects

first_img The government is to launch a consultation on how the government pays for infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and HS2 in future, the chancellor said today.In a Spring Statement overshadowed by an impending vote by MPs on whether to accept a no-deal Brexit, Philip Hammond said he would consult business on how to fund much of the country’s pipeline of upcoming infrastructure projects worth more than £600m. Spring Statement: Chancellor to consult on new ways of funding infrastructure projects Share The consultation will be launched in order to seek views on how Britain “can best support private infrastructure investment in the context of the UK’s changing relationship with the European Investment Bank”.Read more: UK infrastructure plan needs more private sector investment, says KPMGJason Millett, chief operating officer for consultancy at construction firm Mace, said: “Given the demise of PFI, finding a new way to fund Britain’s infrastructure is of the utmost importance.”It’s right that the private sector should contribute, but we need to be certain that whatever the new model is, it encourages sustainable, long term growth and doesn’t undermine an industry that already faces serious challenges around margins and risk management.”In light of our imminent exit from the European Union, it is also vital to ensure that Britain is able to continue to draw on foreign direct investment from across the globe to drive our infrastructure delivery.” Wednesday 13 March 2019 2:50 pm whatsappcenter_img Today’s announcement follows calls earlier this year for a consultation on a national infrastructure bank to replace billions of pounds of EU funding for projects after Brexit.Read more: The 10 projects vying for the title of London’s greatest infrastructureCurrently, the UK receives funding for infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway super sewer from the European Investment Bank (EIB), but after leaving the EU this will end.The solution could be to start a UK infrastructure bank, according to the House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee, which recommended the government consult on the matter in a report in January. In October, Hammond announced he was abolishing private finance initiative (PFI) contracts, in which private sector cash is used to build infrastructure that is then leased back to the public sector, would be abolished.The decision came after the collapse of construction giant Carillion put the controversial funding model in the spotlight.Jonathan White, UK head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG, said: “Firms will welcome the chancellor’s review of how we fund Britain’s infrastructure projects, not least for the government’s commitment to being more flexible in the way they are financed.“The UK has led the way on financing models in the past and the consultation will put the onus on businesses in the sector to help find new ways of fuelling investment in infrastructure.”This in turn will have a real benefit for the infrastructure market and help to attract investment into the UK. Everyone benefits if the industry has more certainty about the way in which projects will be funded and structured in the future.” Tags: Carillion Company Crossrail People Philip Hammond whatsapp Alex Daniel last_img read more

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Why adding prices to TV drug ads is bad for patients

first_img Privacy Policy @AaronTroy3 Aaron Troy [email protected] Tags drug pricingpatients Adobe Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. First OpinionWhy adding prices to TV drug ads is bad for patients Please enter a valid email address. As soon as this summer, TV ads for prescription drugs are going to look a little different: the Trump administration recently finalized a rule that will require drug makers to show a medication’s list price. As a future physician, I am against this change. Adding the information would make the ads less helpful and more confusing for patients, who are powerless to change the complex system driving out-of-control prices.Seeing sky-high prices on TV might discourage patients from seeking medical care for conditions they suspect they may have and asking their doctors about advertised medications. In fact, many patients only pay a fraction of the wholesale acquisition cost, or list price, that companies will be required to list in ads. On the other hand, high prices could create the false impression that the advertised brand-name drug is somehow better than more affordable options already on the market, whether that be a generic or a more affordable and functionally equivalent brand-name therapy.Advertising prices also fails to address any underlying drivers of high drug costs in the U.S. The Trump administration’s rule analogizes prescription medications to things like cars and houses, where including prices in ads drives competition. This comparison wrongly implies that medications are sold in a free market where patients hold the buying power and can drive competition by taking their business elsewhere.advertisementcenter_img The prescription drug market is not truly competitive. U.S. regulations designed to spur innovation grant manufacturers varying degrees of market exclusivity. These exclusivities allow companies to set prices without direct competition. The only competitors that can serve as a benchmark when pricing a new medication are clinically similar drugs already on the market, but these are only available for a small fraction of newly approved medicines. Prices are, therefore, determined based on anticipated revenue and whatever the market can bear. Manufacturers can then take advantage of their monopolies by drastically increasing prices year after year. Related: Drug makers will have to include prices in TV ads as soon as this summer About the Author Reprints Pharma companies know patients do not pay the list price, and can use that fact to their advantage. The visual Johnson & Johnson will include in ads for its most prescribed medication, the blood thinner Xarelto, shows the $448 list price, in addition to the “normal range” of what approximately 75% of patients would pay out of pocket. That price, for Xarelto and most other medications, will likely start at $0. A recent study showed that although advertising a high price tag decreased interest in a particular drug, the effects were either reduced or eliminated by an added modifier noting “eligible patients could pay as little as $0 a month.”As a current medical student, and soon-to-be physician, I have been taught the importance of shared decision-making and high-value care. For me, this means that my scientific and clinical knowledge does not exist in a vacuum. When helping a patient with atrial fibrillation and renal failure choose the best blood thinner, I must consider their liver and kidney function, as well as Xarelto’s list price and my patient’s insurance coverage. By Aaron Troy May 28, 2019 Reprints Even armed with price information, patients do not hold buying power. And most do not experience the high costs that might drive them to more affordable alternatives. Despite per capita drug spending increasing by 76% between 2000 and 2017 (adjusted for inflation), out-of-pocket costs per patient only increased by 21%. This is due to a complex and opaque system of discounts and rebates negotiated between manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, wholesalers, and payers that hides the impact of rising list prices from patients. This system squashes incentives to price competitively, and relies on average Americans to foot the bill via insurance premiums and tax dollars.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: I recognize that I will never be able to memorize the list prices of every medication, and might need a graduate degree in mathematics to calculate their out-of-pocket costs by hand. That is why patient-specific pricing information should be more accessible at the point of prescribing. Many electronic health records already have tools that can determine what an individual patient would pay for most medications. Improving these tools, incorporating them into the doctor’s home screen for each visit, and encouraging their use would bring this information to patients where it matters, rather than in the vacuum of their living room couch.Any move to increase transparency must also shed light on manufacturers setting prices, pharmacy benefit managers negotiating rebates, and insurers setting formularies, just for starters. But greater transparency at the point of prescribing would shift the responsibility for balancing clinical and monetary information away from patients and onto physicians, where it principally resides. As doctors, we must understand the costs of the treatments we prescribe, speak up when prices are unreasonable, and protect our patients from medical and financial hardship better than any TV ad ever could.Aaron Troy is an M.D. student at the NYU School of Medicine, and an incoming master’s student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.last_img read more

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Orphaned and disabled, one defector tells of his struggle to survive…

first_imgWere you born with a disability or did it happen in an accident? I heard that your abusers in jail often shouted, “You are ruining the [North Korean] republic” and “are undermining the dignity of the state system.” I heard that you were arrested shortly after you crossed the North Korea-Chinese border. What happened? Are assaults against handicapped people common in North Korea? Today we will speak with Ji Seong Ho, a North Korean man who lost his leg and hand in a sudden accident at the age of 15. His personal experiences thereafter living as a handicapped person in North Korea provide insight into the state of rights for the disabled in North Korea.  The state has to create foundations so that disabled citizens are able to make a living. While many other citizens do not receive a sufficient amount of rations, handicapped people have much greater difficulty in compensating for this lack through other means. Moreover, it is very difficult for physically able people to defect from North Korea – imagine how much more difficult it is for the disabled. There are so many people who depend on state rations to survive. The North Korean authorities can start by making sure these rations are sufficient. Attitudes vary. North Korean citizens will generally feel sorry for the disabled, but they will also view them as people who cannot function successfully in society. It’s also commonly believed that handicapped people are less loyal to the Workers’ Party. There are many homeless street children in North Korea, known as kotjebi. They often steal coal and food from trains to survive. I was a kotjebi child growing up, and I fell off a train one day while I was foraging for supplies. As the freight car passed me by, it ran over my left leg and hand, rendering both useless.  At what age did you become disabled? Like other countries, North Korea has its own system of social welfare. If one suffers a debilitating injury, the quota for heavy labor is reduced to six hours a day. However, realistically speaking, there are some disabled people who struggle to work even six hours a day, and there is no other support for such individuals. Moreover, the most physically demanding activities such as coal mining are upheld as incredibly important services to the state. Given that physically able-bodied workers do not even receive sufficient state rations, there’s even less for disabled citizens, who physically contribute less to the state. North Korea always confronts international accusations of human rights abuse by flat-out denial and that its citizens are happy. However, this is far from the truth. I was born in 1982, and I had my accident in 1996, so I was 14 years old. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China By Daily NK – 2017.06.23 5:36pm AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News I see that you currently have a prosthetic leg and prosthetic hand – was that the case in North Korea? Would you say that there is a general prejudice toward the disabled in North Korea? Or is there compassion for them? Even if you are an honored serviceman, there is no welfare support. You have to have lost your leg in a mining or railroad accident, for example, to even have the opportunity to receive a prosthetic leg. But there is no support for them in regards to daily food or necessities. These laborers must also hopelessly forage for supplies, usually in packs. Some even work in the marketplace, preparing goods for illegal transport to other regions by railway. But these are only the lucky ones, and even they live hand to mouth due to the lack of a social safety net.   I am very sorry to hear that. How does the average North Korean citizen view handicapped people? What was the most difficult part of living as a handicapped person in North Korea? News Hello Mr. Ji Seong Ho. Please introduce yourself.  It’s incredibly difficult to scrape together a living as a street child in North Korea selling coal, especially as a disabled person. No matter how hard one works, it is hard to make enough money to buy even two to three kilos of corn. One day, I noticed that some of the other street children were traveling back and forth from China. On their return, they would bring back a whole backpack full of corn. It was out of this need to forage for food that I also decided to make a trip to China, where food seemed more plentiful. And I was not wrong; I was able to bring back several kilos of rice with me into North Korea. Yes, there are many cases of abuse against the disabled. Children in particular have been known to assault handicapped people in groups. And because there is no systematic solution in place, the disabled continue to suffer—with the exception of those with money and socioeconomic status, who fare slightly better.  It is hard to verify because people definitely cherry-pick stories to sensationalize. Murder is still murder, even in North Korea. That being said, what you described does tacitly happen. In particular, North Korean doctors are known to help euthanize handicapped babies.  If North Korea wanted to improve rights for the disabled, what policy actions could the state take? Orphaned and disabled, one defector tells of his struggle to survive in North Korea When I was told that I was shaming the republic, it meant that I was disgracing North Korea by choosing to live as a handicapped citizen in North Korea instead of letting myself die. The North Korean authorities made it clear that they thought I should have just rolled over and wasted away or have lived quietly without being noticed. Instead of protecting the citizens, they insult and abuse them.  Yes, they did. And those kinds of statements eventually motivated me to defect. I had long been able to tolerate physical pain, having been caught and severely punished for stealing coal many times as a young street kid. However, the shameful insults I received as a disabled person in North Korea made me question my place in society. I constantly lamented the fact that I had become handicapped and was forced to travel to China to find food to survive. Eventually, I realized that the source of my troubles was North Korea and its societal system. I sadly concluded that North Korea is not even worthy of being called a sovereign state that is responsible for its citizens.  Facebook Twitter I heard that you first escaped to China from North Korea. When and why did you decide to defect? In the 10 years I lived as a handicapped citizen in North Korea, I had never even considered getting a prosthetic leg or hand. Even if I worked for the rest of my life, I would have never been able to afford it. However, I remember that my greatest wish during that period was to somehow get a prosthetic leg and hand so that I could walk and live normally again. It was not until I arrived in South Korea that I was able to fulfill that wish. In North Korea, I was solely dependent on crutches to get around. Using crutches was particularly difficult in the winter with the snow, and I slipped and fell many times. In such situations, I had to tied my shoes to the ends of my crutches for better traction. Additionally, because I did not have a left hand, I used string to loop the left crutch around my neck and keep it in place, while my right hand carried the brunt of my weight on the right crutch. Even like that, I was able to sell coal and steal corn from the train that carried it to Camp 22. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest When a baby with a deformity is born, I have heard that parents without the means to care for the child will abandon it upon birth or euthanize the baby through a doctor. Is this true? From what I have experienced, people typically treat the disabled with disdain. As a society progresses and becomes more civilized, it should create a safe environment that better educates the general population about disabilities and provide a means of living for handicapped people. However, North Korea has been unable to provide this sort of support for its disabled citizens. The common sense of morality in South Korea dictates that one should not discriminate against those who are handicapped. Instances of such discrimination can be redressed through legal means, either in the form of fines or litigation for human rights violations. However, North Koreans generally do not view contempt toward the disabled as a significant problem. In fact, the very people who are meant to protect the weak in society, like the police, are often the ones taking advantage of and abusing them the most.  When I first came to South Korea, I began to study law. It was only through these studies that I found out that North Korea has disability laws. If you look at what is written on paper, you’d think that there are no problems for the rights of the disabled in North Korea. However, this is all a front to appease international observers. Such laws are not implemented in practice. The citizens are not even aware of such laws and, as such, cannot invoke them.  I risked my life by crossing into China, and the Chinese people I met knowingly told me to take back as much as I could to make the trip worth the risk. However, because of my disability, I could only carry a limited amount. Despite this, I was happy that I had brought back any rice at all, because I had not eaten rice in a long time. I was in the middle of cooking this hard-sought food at my house when the police suddenly stormed through my doors. They confiscated my rice and threw me in jail, where I suffered abuse and torture. The reasoning was because I had illegally crossed the North Korea-Chinese border.  News In 2003, the North Korean government released a set of disability rights laws in response to accusations from the international community regarding its discriminatory practices against handicapped citizens. Even so, the issues remain, with systematic discrimination against the disabled perpetrated by the North Korean authorities. The regime must make a greater effort to respect the dignity of the handicapped and protect their rights and independence.  Honestly, I just wished that someone could have simply cared about disabled people like myself. I found myself desperately wishing that China was my home country when I rode the freight carriage across the river into China for the purpose of stealing goods. It made me very sad. It also made me think that North Korea made life unbearable for its disabled citizens.  Is there any support for wounded servicemen in North Korea? In North Korea, is there political or economic support for the plight of handicapped citizens? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News I am from Hoeryong City in North Hamgyong Province, a place known for its coal mines. It’s the most northern city on the map. From where I lived, it was a six kilometer walk from the Tumen river area. I crossed the river in April 2006 and defected to South Korea in July.last_img read more

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Cryptogiving.ca matches digital currency donors with charities

first_img Cryptogiving.ca, a website connecting donors with charitable organizations that accept cryptocurrencies, officially launched on Friday.The website will serve as a database for individuals seeking to donate digital currencies, such as bitcoin and ethereum, to charities across Canada that are willing to accept them. U.S. businesses may have to report crypto assets to IRS Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says “This rise in interest and value of digital currencies over the last year has led to a substantial increase in interest in their donations for charitable purposes, both by those giving and the organizations receiving,” says Michael Powell, spokesperson for cryptogiving.ca, in a statement.“Dozens of Canadian charities are currently accepting or moving to accept cryptocurrency donations,” he adds.Many charities in Canada that have begun to accept donations of cryptocurrencies also provide tax receipts for donations, allowing individuals to claim the deduction on their income taxes. However, Canada’s charitable giving rules do not view cryptocurrency donations as equivalent to charitable gifts of other investments, particularly in regards to capital gains.“Presently charitable cryptocurrency donations receive none of the favourable capital gains treatment that other donations of assets receive, such as traditional securities, like stocks,” Powell says.“These securities are exempted from capital gains when given to charities. This incentivizes the direct donation of securities, which ultimately means larger donations,” he adds. Related news BoC digital currency would be greener than Bitcoin, deputy says Leah Golob Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Many hands choosing cryptocurrency coins from box labeled ICO arrow/123RF Keywords Cryptoassets,  Charitable giving Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Investors shifting to corporate credit

first_imgPiggybank and calculatar with asset allocation pie chart eamesbot/123RF Investment-grade debt offers attractive risk-adjusted returns: survey First, with the global economy experiencing a demand shock, investors’ savings have increased, providing demand for bonds. “People aren’t spending, and naturally their savings go into financial markets,” Hooper said.Second, central banks have been “the meaningful stabilizer” in global fixed income markets, he said — and “they’re not going away.”In response to the pandemic, major central banks have become key participants in fixed income markets, making large asset purchases, including corporate bonds.Phil Mesman, head of fixed income at Toronto-based Picton Mahoney Asset Management, described the rally in fixed income, backed by central bank support, as a “gift” amid economic uncertainty.From here, fixed income positioning must be carefully considered, he said.Mesman’s call to action for advisors is to understand the risk/return potential of their allocations to fixed income. That includes considering the “real economy” impact to financial assets.“We’re going to have winners and losers” in corporate credit, Mesman said. “Divergence is going to be the biggest trend in fixed income going forward.”Some bonds are being issued for liquidity purposes, as opposed to financing growth, he noted. “We’ve had some of the worst quality issuance [in credit] I’ve ever seen in my career in the last two months,” Mesman said.For investors, a focus on quality is key.“Credit research will be a determining factor, in terms of the success of total returns, for active fixed income managers,” Hooper said.Steve Locke, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at Toronto-based Mackenzie Investments, said his firm’s fixed income positioning across strategies was defensive as the year began based on expectations for a slowing global economy. He reduced credit exposure and expanded government bond exposure.In the last two to three months, he’s started to add in credit risk, which includes some non-investment grade in certain core-plus strategies.“But we’re doing it in a very disciplined way […] at this point in the cycle,” he said. “Not all businesses are going to emerge from this economic recession and Covid-19 shutdown.”Hooper’s firm focuses on companies “doing the right things for bond holders,” he said. That may mean shoring up the balance sheet by cutting dividends and reducing capital expenditures so companies can pay bondholders in the future, he said.In energy, for example, he took the opportunity to add debt from major Canadian names that were “unfairly punished” when oil prices collapsed. “These companies can weather the storm better than most,” he said.He uses a core-plus strategy — looking outside Canada — to increase the potential for total return. In emerging markets, he continues to find opportunities in single-A rated companies, such as quasi-sovereigns. These are quality companies that produce a major resource, such as copper, and are guaranteed by quality investment-grade governments, such as Chile.In the triple-B space, Hooper likes telecoms. “Those companies, whether they’re in Canada or the U.S., that provide the data and infrastructure for telecommunications offer value,” he said.While these companies tend to have more leverage, “they’re doing the right thing from a balance sheet perspective,” he said. Plus, even in a weak economic environment, consumers require their services, much like utilities. Keywords Fixed-income investments,  Asset allocation When the world caught Covid, diversified investors stayed healthy Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Following the Q2 rally, fixed income managers are considering their next moves. With global government bond yields hitting historic lows, investors are taking on more credit risk.Avi Hooper, senior portfolio manager at Toronto-based Invesco Canada Ltd., says two shifts provide a positive technical backdrop for global investment-grade credit. Michelle Schriver Facebook LinkedIn Twitter With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety?last_img read more

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Octagon Capital dismissed by IIROC

first_img Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator gavel on a laptop iStock/BrianAJackson BFI investors plead for firm’s sale The order was granted with the consent of Octagon, which was suspended on Dec. 3, 2015, after falling into capital deficiency and deciding to wind up the business rather than remedying the shortfall.The firm entered bankruptcy the following day and Ernst & Young Inc. was appointed trustee.According to the panel’s decision expelling the firm, Octagon complied with the terms of the 2015 suspension order, which required it to cease dealing with the public and to meet certain other requirements, including the preservation of its books and records.Additionally, the panel heard that IIROC had not received any client complaints about the firm, which did not hold any client assets and was primarily an institutional broker with a small retail business (largely on behalf of friends and family). James Langton PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Octagon Capital Corp., the defunct Toronto-based investment dealer, has been formally expelled from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).Following a video hearing to consider a motion from IIROC staff, a hearing panel of the self-regulatory organization issued an order terminating the firm’s membership. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Bankruptcy,  Investment dealers,  EnforcementCompanies Octagon Capital Corp., Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Instant repo settlement: a problem the blockchain may solve

first_img Bringing blockchain to the FX market James Langton As part of its push to bring the advantages of blockchain technology to mainstream finance, J.P. Morgan has carried out a repo transaction on a proprietary blockchain application and envisions opening the repo market as a source of intraday liquidity.The bank reported that it executed an intraday repo trade between its broker dealer and banking units using a blockchain app that was developed in-house. fintech and blockchain icons on financial technology background monsitj/123RF Executing repo transactions on a blockchain may enable “borrowers and lenders to execute shorter-term, intraday repo transactions with real-time, simultaneous transaction settlement, creating new ways to access intraday liquidity,” the bank said.J.P. Morgan recently launched a new business unit — Onyx — to commercialize blockchain technology. The intraday repo application is deployed on the platform developed by Onyx and uses its digital currency, JPM Coin.“The current repo market has some technical inefficiencies, and we identified blockchain technology as a way to reduce our clients’ intraday risk profile,” said Scott Lucas, head of markets DLT at J.P. Morgan.“By deploying blockchain, we created new opportunities to streamline operational processes and accelerate settlement for repo. Our new solution will help unlock trapped pockets of liquidity for intraday use and allow for reduced risk profiles for our clients and J.P. Morgan,” Lucas added.“This is an exciting project which vividly highlights where enterprise blockchain can address a real-world problem in the financial system and we look forward to going live in early 2021,” said Mathew McDermott, global head of digital assets at Goldman Sachs, which has participated in trade simulations with JPM. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IHS Markit to launch global online ledger for carbon credits Keywords BlockchainCompanies JPMorgan Chase & Co. Swiss National Bank tests digital currency Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more

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Aston Martin’s mid-engined Vanquish with have a manual transmission

first_imgAston Martin’s next Vanquish will be a mid-engined supercar, and CEO Andy Palmer just confirmed it will come with a proper manual transmission.“I’ve already made a commitment that I want to be the last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports cars, and I want to honour that commitment,” Palmer told Australia’s Car Sales. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Vanquish Vision concept was revealed earlier this year in Geneva, previewing the upcoming car. Aston plans to put it up against the Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S, but unlike those two, Aston won’t limit production and will actually build additional variants.  plan is to go up against Ferrari with its F8 Tributo and McLaren’s 720S, but unlike those two, Aston won’t limit the production, and will actually build additional variants. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos “Our mainstream cars, have been created to be usable daily,” he said. “That’s why they employ an aluminum tub for a lower and narrower sill; it makes them easier to get in and out of.” SHARE STORY The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever In an age where lap times and zero-to-100 km/h sprints are all the rage, it’s reassuring to see Aston Martin take the road less travelled with a more engaging, albeit slower-shifting transmission option. Also going against the norm, the Vanquish will use an aluminum tub instead of carbon fibre; while that seems like stone age technology now, Palmer has a reason for it. The transmission will be a variation of Aston’s built-in-house seven-speed manual with its dogleg-H pattern, meaning first gear is to the left and down, instead of up. The transmission is usually sitting behind a V8, but in the mid-engine Vanquish, it will be in front of a V6 mounted behind the driver. See More Videos RELATED TAGSAston MartinLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

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473 new cases of Covid 19, with 34 more deaths

first_imgLouth510131.1169 Google+ Wicklow1010121.5173 Leitrim0053.117 Twitter *** County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 08 April 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) The 7-day incidence rate is 63.4The 5-day moving average is 411 Previous articleNews, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries on Friday April 9thNext articleIrish Water update on supplies in Gortahork and Falcarragh News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Cork141858.4317 679,844 people have received their first dose282,043 people have received their second dose Offaly1310323.2252 Westmeath1210239.9213 Cavan139193147 Longford<53139.557 Ireland473411144.96901 Facebook 473 new cases of Covid 19, with 34 more deaths Galway181786.4223 indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows ** Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 239,727 confirmed cases reflects this. Wexford<58104.9157 Meath1918173.8339 Dublin229190226.93057 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Kildare3235220.2490 WhatsApp Twitter Donegal3018192.8307 Waterford<5556.866 Mayo21895.8125 Limerick13881.1158 CountyToday's cases (to midnight 08Apr2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 08Apr2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (26Mar2021 to 08Apr2021)New Cases during last 14 days (26Mar2021 to 08Apr2021) As of 8am today, 212 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.As of April 6th 2021, 961,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Anyone exposed to COVID-19 over the Easter weekend will now be at their most infectious - please isolate and contact your GP to arrange a test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19."The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.* Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,738 deaths reflects this. Carlow0140.423 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kerry<5330.545 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Clare<5244.653 Kilkenny<5120.220 Monaghan76112.469 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Sligo<5121.414 Tipperary88104166 Google+ Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications 473 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic today, with 34 additional Covid related deaths reported.There were 30 new cases in Donegal, which now has a 14 day incidence rate of 192.8 cases per 100,000 people, compared to a national figure of 144.9.Of the deaths reported today 3 occurred in April, 4 occurred in March, 19 occurred in February, 5 occurred in January, and 3 occurred in December or earlier.Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThe Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 34 additional deaths related to COVID-19.Of the deaths reported today 3 occurred in April, 4 occurred in March, 19 occurred in February, 5 occurred in January, and 3 occurred in December or earlier. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 33 - 96 years.There has been a total of 4,769* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight, Thursday 8th April, the HPSC has been notified of 473 confirmed cases of COVID-19.There is now a total of 240,192** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.Of the cases notified today:224 are men / 247 are women76% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 29 years old229 in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 21 in Mayo, 19 in Meath, 30 in Donegal and the remaining 142 cases are spread across 19 other counties***. Roscommon6274.448 Laois79231.4196 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland - April 9, 2021 last_img read more

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Dungloe bike hire company boss says attacks may put them out of business

first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Google+ Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist The owners of a bike hire company in Donegal have claimed that they are being put out of business by vandals.Bike It, which is based in Dungloe, was set up last year to give tourists a chance to see the area on a bicycle.But the company claims there has been a “sustained campaign” to close them down.Owner Michael Connolly says a number of expensive advertising signs have been pulled down and broken up while thousands of leaflets advertising the business have also gone missing…..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/mconnbikes.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn By News Highland – July 31, 2014 Google+center_img Dungloe bike hire company boss says attacks may put them out of business Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Pinterest Facebook Previous articleHeffernan to be given 2010 European medalNext articleCouncil to call for expulsion of Israeli ambassador to Ireland News Highland Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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