German factory orders plunge as global demand dries up

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition on Wednesday signed off on a stimulus package worth €130bn to aid firms and workers struggled amid the crisis. German factory orders plunged in April at a much faster rate than expected as coronavirus hit the global economy and caused demand to dry up. Harry Robertson Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed that domestic orders dropped 22.3 per cent while orders from abroad were down 28.1 per cent. German factory orders plunge as global demand dries up The European Central Bank has also stepped in to try to shore up the Eurozone economy. Yesterday it ramped up its bond-buying programme by a further €600bn, taking it to €1.35 trillion. It came as Germany gradually reopens from its coronavirus lockdowns, which have been more successful than its neighbours in containing the illness. whatsapp Share It includes measures to slash VAT, give parents a cash handout of €300 (£270), provide tax relief for companies and lower energy prices.center_img (Getty Images) Friday 5 June 2020 7:42 am Germany has suffered 8,600 deaths from 185,000 cases. Its neighbour France has had 29,000 deaths while the UK has seen 40,000 die. However, the economy ministry said in a statement that “the low point of the industrial recession should now have been passed”. However, the German government has stepped in to try to tackle the downturn, casting aside its previous attachments to the “black zero” balanced budget policy. Nonetheless, the German economy is set to contract rapidly this year. The country’s central bank thinks GDP will shrink by seven per cent this year. The recovery will be slow, with growth of three to four per cent per year for the next two years, the Bundesbank said. whatsapp Factory orders dropped 25.8 per cent in April compared to a month earlier, when they fell by 15 per cent. The figure was far below the 19.7 per cent contraction analysts had been expecting. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Juneau Assembly approves more CARES funding for businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19

first_imgCBJ Assembly Meetings | Coronavirus | Juneau | Local GovernmentJuneau Assembly approves more CARES funding for businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19November 23, 2020 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The Triangle Club Bar in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Updated storyThe Juneau Assembly has approved two new sources of relief meant to help Juneau residents and businesses struggling to stay afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.On Monday night, the Assembly passed $2.3 million in CARES Act funding to create another grant program for businesses and another $2 million for grants to individuals impacted by the pandemic.Leeann Thomas owns the Triangle Club bar downtown. She said at the meeting that the pandemic has made it extremely hard to run the business her family has owned for 80 years.“My business was closed for ten weeks due to state and city closures. For two weeks, I was only allowed 25% capacity in my business. For the past three months, I was only allowed 50% capacity in my business,” Thomas said. “And on top of that, in the last month, we have been mandated to close at 11 p.m.”Eligible businesses must demonstrate the loss of 50% of their revenue due to the pandemic. The grant amount is determined by the difference between businesses’ gross sales this year compared to the same time last year.The Juneau Economic Development Council will distribute the grants.Martin Stepetin testified in favor of the individual assistance program. He works in food service for Smokehouse Catering. He said that because of the pandemic, he made half as much this year as he did last year.“Thank god I’m still working,” Stepetin said. “I’m just happy to have a job, honestly.”Grants of up to $2,000 will be determined by income level. Dependents under 18 are eligible for an additional $300. Grants will be overseen by Catholic Community Service, which also oversees the city’s housing and utility relief grants.With federal CARES funding set to expire at the end of the year, Juneau and other municipalities around the country are rushing to spend the remaining money.It’s still not clear whether Congress will extend the program or pass any additional economic relief.The Assembly also approved $73,000 in CARES funding for Eaglecrest Ski Area to help with operations this winter and a $300,000 grant to Family Promise of Juneau for additional space for supportive housing services.Original storyThe Juneau Assembly will hold a regular meeting Monday at 7 p.m.Items set for public hearing on tonight’s agenda include $2.3 million in CARES Act funding for local businesses that lost more than 50% of their revenue as a result of COVID-19 and $2 million for individual residents financially harmed by the pandemic.The Assembly will also decide whether to give $1.5 million to Sealaska Heritage Institute for its Northwest Coast Arts campus construction and more funding to Eaglecrest Ski Area to help with COVID-19 mitigation this winter.The meeting will be streamed on Facebook Live and via Zoom Webinar. Note: The meeting will not air live on KTOO 104.3 FM.Details about how to participate in the meeting can be found in the agenda packet.This post has been updated.Share this story:last_img read more

Mining meltdown: Antofagasta, Glencore and Anglo American share prices plummet amid copper selloff

first_imgWednesday 14 January 2015 5:23 am Emma Haslett Tags: Anglo American Antofagasta Holdings Company Glencore Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoHero WarsAdvertisement This game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUndocenter_img Miners led the FTSE 100’s biggest fallers in morning trading after a sudden collapse in copper prices knocked oil off the top of the commodities watch list.The metal plunged by more than six per cent after the World Bank slashed its global growth forecast for 2015. Antofagasta was the biggest faller, with shares dropping more than nine per cent to 644p in mid-morning trading, while Glencore also fell nine per cent to 244p and Anglo American dropped 8.2 per cent to 1,051p.BHP Billiton also dropped, by 5.5 per cent to 1,281p, while Fresnillo fell five per cent to 789p and Rio Tinto tumbled 4.7 per cent to 2,782p.In a statement released overnight, the World Bank warned the US alone cannot drive global recovery, cutting its forecast for world economic growth for this year to three per cent, from 3.4 per cent in June. It also cut its forecast for next year, from 3.5 per cent to 3.3 per cent. It also slashed its forecast for Eurozone growth in 2015 to an anaemic 1.1 per cent, rising to 1.6 per cent in 2016. The organisation added that oil prices, which have plummeted more than 57 per cent since June, are likely to “lower inflation worldwide and [are] likely to delay interest rate hikes in rich countries”. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Mining meltdown: Antofagasta, Glencore and Anglo American share prices plummet amid copper selloff last_img read more

Raheen Panto Group gearing up for their 32nd performance

first_imgHome Lifestyle Raheen Panto Group gearing up for their 32nd performance LifestyleOut and About The story ebbs and flows and is a riot of laughter as the Ugly sisters, Flatulence played by Josh Bergin and Petulance played by Liam Oxley, give a commanding performance in these classic comic roles. Cinderella is played by Colette Fennell who is no stranger to the stage and who takes on the lead role with the greatest of ease.Baron Hardupp her doting father is played by John Oxley who has also played various leading roles over the last few years. Baroness Medusa Hardupp is played by Stasia Kilroy who is equally comfortable with either serious or comic roles and always looks at home on the stage. The part or Buttons Cinderella’s faithful friend is played by Aaron Sheil who is no stranger to either Panto or Drama and is always sure to give a commanding performance.Prince Charming is played by Rachel Bonham who stars in her first major role with Raheen Panto Group. Darragh Hosey takes on the role of Dandini the Prince’s Valet and has played various roles over the years both on and off stage.No Panto would be complete without the fumbling bungling Comics and these time –honoured roles fall to Eamonn Oxley as “Touch “and Ben Barrett as “ Go”.With this well seasoned Duo there are guaranteed to be loads of laughter and comic antics galore on offer throughout the show.The story of Cinderella depends greatly on the intervention of her Fairy Godmother and this tale is no different except when unusual circumstances prevail “Scary Mary”, the Apprentice Fairy takes on the daunting task of securing Cinderella’s fate and this unconventional role falls to Caoimhe O Keeffe who is sure to have a surprise or two in store.The part of Major Domo is played by Eoin Hosey who has played a variety of roles over the years.No pantomime would be complete without a chorus-line and the twenty nine strong group consists of many young singers and dancers making their debut, included in this energetic group are Shona Phelan, Natasha Dunne, Anna Keane, Grainne Keane, Kaja McDonald, Ally McDonald, Niamh Tunney, Amy Callaghan, Catherine Butler, Lucy Donoghue, Seana Dunne, Mia Dunne, Aoife Delaney, Leah Bergin, Amy Bergin, Chloe Beere, Eabha Donovan, Caoimhe Brophy, Saoirse McInerney, Holly McDonald O’Shea, Lilly Fennelly, Molly Fennelly, Roisin Hogan, Rhiannon McEvoy, Louisa Wullich, Jane Phelan, Sive Lalor, Katie Grant and Ava Coleman.The Choreography is under the direction of Tanya Grant who is well established with Raheen Panto and provides the Chorus-line with spectacular moves and dance routines.The unenviable task of providing costumes for both Cast and Chorus is under the expert care of Teresa McEvoy, Mary Murphy, Bernadette Murphy and Nicola Phelan. The Scenery and Art work is by Stasia Kilroy. The make-up department is under the direction of Nicola Phelan and her team.The magnificent Set is designed and created by Keith Mason and Raheen Panto is greatly indebted to Keith for his skill and expertise. He was ably assisted by Lar Scully and Eugene Delaney during the construction stages. The lighting of any show is a very skilled job and all the lighting, design and effects are taken care of by Lar Scully.Taking care of all events backstage is Stage Manager Eugene Delaney ably assisted by David Kelly, Pat Phelan and Anthony Dunne. The sound will be taken care of by Michael Crowley and the overall Producer and Director is John Hosey, ably assisted by Pat Phelan Co- Producer and Co- Director.John Hosey is also Musical Director. The Pantomime orchestra is made up of John Hosey keyboards, Ian Whelan on guitars and the talented Pit Singers include Bernie Carroll, Hilary Kelly, Catherine Keane, Anita Phelan, Amy Phelan, Amy Whelan, and Niamh Hosey. Cinderella is the ideal way to chase away those Winter Blues in the majestic setting of Heywood Community School with each nightly show starting at 8pm and the Sunday Matinee at 3pm.Tickets for each performance are available at the door on the night – Adults €10, Children & OAP’s €8, Group and family rates available.SEE ALSO – Remarkable Alex not letting autism or loss of vision stop him from achieving anything Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 16, 2019Next articleIn Pictures: Laois team successfully host Australian LFGA side Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Raheen Panto Group gearing up for their 32nd performance Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Raheen Panto group will stage their 32nd Anniversary Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ in Heywood Community School Gym this year from Thursday January 24 to Saturday January 26 nightly at 8pm and Sununday January 27 with a Matinee at 3pm.This is made possible by kind permission of the Board of Management and Principal Mr. Philip Bowe.This is the Groups third year at Heywood and both Cast and Chorus are hoping to repeat the success of last year’s show which attracted record crowds to each performance.Excitement is at fever pitch in Raheen as rehearsals continue and the finishing touches are added. This year’s production Cinderella, is a timeless classic and is one of the best loved fairy-tale of all times, adored by both children and adults alike.The evergreen story of Cinderella is a tale of rags to riches, romance, true friendship and the triumph of good over evil with more than just a sprinkle of magic.Cinderella’s dad Baron Hardupp marries for money in a bid to change his flagging fortunes but to everybody’s surprise his new found love Medusa has two grown –up daughters which she forgot to mention.The Baron hasn’t mentioned his daughter either to his new spouse, so the home coming of the newlyweds is less than ideal for everyone.The scene is set for a fascinating story and Medusa quickly asserts herself as the new mistress of Stony-broke Mansion while her two daughters Flatulence and Petulance who are ugly by name and by nature make life a living nightmare for the kind-hearted and timid Cinderella. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By Alan Hartnett – 16th January 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Community Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Council TAGSRaheen Panto Community Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

WATCH: Laois musician teams up with Midlands Sign Language group for new love song

first_imgHome News Community WATCH: Laois musician teams up with Midlands Sign Language group for new… NewsCommunity Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp GAA Twitter Twitter GAA “Hopefully this video will give the Midlands ISL Learners Choir the recognition they deserve for the wonderful work they do.”You can watch the video for the track below:SEE ALSO – Laois man comes top of the class in Masters in Organic Farming WhatsApp TAGSJoe SMidlands ISL Learners RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img Facebook A Portlaoise artist is releasing an orginal track featuring the Midland’s Irish Sign Language (ISL) group.Anti-folk artist Joe S is releasing the very special music video for his new single, ‘The Mountain’ with the ISL choir.The video was filmed in the stunning Emo Court with the Midland’s ISL Learners choir who translated the lyrics into beautiful signs.Joe, who has previously performed at Electric Picnic, wrote about why he wanted to collaborate with the Midlands ISL for this love song.“My aim with the video is to bring music to those who couldn’t otherwise enjoy it due to hearing difficulties or deafness.“One of my greatest fears is losing my hearing and I myself have hearing problems so it’s something that’s very close to my heart.“With the help of Midlands ISL Learners Choir, we’ve made a music video that can be enjoyed by all, including the hearing impaired.“The song itself was written about the day I proposed to my then girlfriend on top of Mt Vesuvius in Italy and is a departure from my usual politically themed songs! Previous articleIn Pictures: Almost €5,000 raised for the Cuisle Centre by Laois golf eventNext article‘Funding for Alzheimer Society in Laois/Offaly must be increased,’ – Nolan Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. By Siun Lennon – 8th August 2019 Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Pinterest WATCH: Laois musician teams up with Midlands Sign Language group for new love song 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

From playing to coaching and refereeing – Laois footballer now immersed in Dublin GAA

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By Steven Miller – 13th November 2020 News David Sweeney from Portarlington gave huge service to club and county but after switching his allegiances to the Oliver Plunketts club in Dublin for the last couple of years of his playing career, he is now heavily involved in the GAA scene in the capital.Sweeney was part of an incredible generation of underage players in Portarlington that won all before them in the 1980s, capped off by senior titles in 1995 and 2001.He also played for Laois for many years too, captaining Laois to a Leinster U-21 title in 1994 and then being part of the senior panel that won Leinster in 2003.But in 2005 he opted to transfer to Oliver Plunketts where he played alongside the likes of the Brogan brothers, Jason Sherlock and Ross McConnell.In 2008, with Sweeney a regular starter, they reached their first county final where they were only beaten narrowly by eventual All Ireland champions Kilmacud Crokes after a replay.Plunketts later lost finals in 2011 and 2014, when Sweeney was involved as a coach, but he has since been heavily involved in many aspects of Dublin GAA.As well as overseeing underage teams in the club, he worked as a full-time Games Promotion Officer for the Naomh Mearnog club in Portmarnock before switching more recently to a GAA role in DCU.If that wasn’t enough, he became a referee (following in the footsteps of his father Joey who was a long-serving referee in Laois) and has taken charge of senior club games in the county.As well as that, he was due to take up a coaching role with the Dublin U-14 development squad earlier this year.Speaking on the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast this week, he explained how he moved to Plunketts.“I was getting married in 2005 and was travelling up and down with Laois all those years and then automatically just doing it with your club. And we were fairly successful with the club.“2005 then I just said enough is enough. I was getting married. It wasn’t for me, the travelling up and down (at that stage).“It wasn’t possible any more when you’ve others to consider so I was living in the area of Oliver Plunketts and I got to know a few of the men involved in the local club and I said if I’m ever coming up, I’ll give you a shout.“One of the men Willie Fleming was friends with Jim Peacock who is Noel Peacock’s brother and a good friend of mine. He told Willie I was thinking of moving up and the club got in contact and I went I had a chat with their chairman and manager and the rest is history.“They made it very easy to bed in. Plunketts is very much a country club.“There was a country feeling to it as well. Alan and Bernard’s mother is a Kerry woman. There’s an awful contingent of Kerry people, Donegal people – they’re from all over. It was very easy to bed in.“It was very enjoyable. They were Division 2 when I joined. We got beaten in a league playoff to go up to Division 1 the year I joined. The following year we went unbeaten and went to Division 1.“2008 we went to a county final which was narrowly defeated in a replay in that by Kilmacud Crokes who went on and won the All Ireland.“I think it 2011 after that made the final and I wasn’t involved. I’d done my cartilage that year but I was probably too old anyway.“In 2014 I was coaching with them and got to then county final again and Vincent’s beat us so never really got the breakthrough.”Through his role at grassroots level, Sweeney says he can see the quality of work being done in Dublin plus the sheer volume of young players involved in the games.“The scale of the work is being done on the ground by Dublin GAA,” he says.“The numbers involved are phenomenal that each club have. I was running summer camps that had over 300 kids at them.“It’s frightening the amount of numbers that they have. They are going about it in the right way but it is numbers. It’s also about being managed properly.“The coach education is a big thing. Dublin would push that. By GAA rules now you have to have your coaching badges. And I’m a coach educator as well.“You see coaches coming in and a lot of them mightn’t be coming from a GAA background and they’re willing to learn as well I suppose is the big thing.“If you’re getting the coaching right at a young age, it bodes well for the future for them.”Sweeney was a guest on this week’s Talking Sport episode which you can listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podbean or below on Soundcloud.On the same episode we chat with former Dublin player Mossy Quinn about his Laois links and we discuss the fallout from the Eddie Brennan interview that should never have been aired.The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Sport: Mossy Quinn, David Sweeney, Laois v the Dubs and THAT interviewSEE ALSO – Talking Sport Podcast: Footballers win, hurlers lose and Eddie Brennan’s future Electric Picnic Pinterest Home Sport GAA From playing to coaching and refereeing – Laois footballer now immersed in… SportGAAGaelic Football Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp From playing to coaching and refereeing – Laois footballer now immersed in Dublin GAA WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Previous articleLaois angling group awarded funding through Dormant Account FundNext articleHuge sum of money raised for Laois man’s family following tragic passing Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter TAGSDavid SweeneyDublin GAAPortarlington Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Investia fined for failing to supervise reps’ outside business activities

first_img Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RF A hearing panel of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) has sanctioned fund dealer Investia Financial Services Inc. for failing to supervise the outside business activities of several reps, the MFDA announced on Tuesday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords Enforcement,  Outside business activitiesCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association James Langton The panel approved a settlement in which Investia agreed to pay a $200,000 fine, and $20,000 in costs, after admitting to supervisory failures. According to the settlement, the fund dealer failed to properly supervise the outside business activities of four of its reps, three of which have already been disciplined by the MFDA for these activities. In particular, the firm failed to conduct a proper supervisory review of Bemelekot Tewahade, the settlement says. He was registered as a fund dealer rep from 2005 to 2012, despite the fact that he lived in the United States, and, starting in 2006, worked as a registered rep with Sunset Financial Services, Inc., a Colorado-based brokerage firm. He only visited Canada once a month, and served clients over the phone from the U.S. The unusual work arrangement was discovered by the U.S. firm, which fired Tewahade. However, he then joined another U.S. brokerage firm, without disclosing his Canadian mutual fund business. Ultimately, Investia terminated Tewahade, nine months after discovering his undisclosed outside business activities. The other incidents involved reps that were involved in other sorts of financial services businesses, including reps who were charging their mutual fund clients additional asset-based fees for financial planning and other services through outside businesses. The settlement indicates that the firm didn’t conduct adequate due diligence to ensure that these activities did not stray into business that should be conducted through the dealer. Photo copyright: serezniy/123RF BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Joint Select Committee to Discuss Credit Reporting Bill

first_imgRelatedJoint Select Committee to Discuss Credit Reporting Bill Joint Select Committee to Discuss Credit Reporting Bill UncategorizedSeptember 12, 2008 RelatedJoint Select Committee to Discuss Credit Reporting Bill FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Joint Select Committee of Parliament, is to deliberate on the Credit Reporting Act of 2008, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently, by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw.The Bill seeks to provide for the sharing of credit information between specified bodies, the licensing of Credit Bureaus and for connected matters.Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 9), Minister Shaw said the Committee would comprise Karl Samuda, Clive Mullings, Marisa Dalrymple Phillbert, Dr. Omar Davies, Phillip Paulwell, Peter Bunting and himself, from the Lower House.“This Committee will sit jointly with a similar Committee to be appointed by the Senate, to consider and report on the Bill,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw also pointed out that the draft Regulations, which were tabled in the Lower House, would be referred to the Committee.center_img RelatedJoint Select Committee to Discuss Credit Reporting Bill Advertisementslast_img read more

NEW DATA: Study reveals valuable lessons for countries facing COVID winter lockdowns

first_imgNEW DATA: Study reveals valuable lessons for countries facing COVID winter lockdowns Monash UniversityMELBOURNE: Victorians reported a decline in mental health, an increase in psychological distress and a reluctance to engage with health professionals during the state’s recent winter lockdown, according to a new report from Monash University.The report lays bare the negative health consequences faced by Victorians as they progressed through one of the world’s longest and most restrictive COVID-19-related lockdowns.The insights from the study, jointly funded by Monash University and icare Foundation, could help overseas governments plan and provide health and social services to mitigate these impacts, as many northern countries enter winter with rampant case numbers.Professor Alex Collie and colleagues from the University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, started their study in March, as Australia entered a national lockdown. They enrolled 2,600 working-age Australians across all states and territories, who completed a survey tracking employment and mental and physical health status. Participants completed the survey again one and three months later, allowing researchers to see changes to the same people over time.During the third survey period, the state of Victoria experienced a second wave of infections, and went into one of the longest and most restrictive lockdowns in the world, whilst their interstate counterparts gradually returned to near-normal life. At its most restrictive, Melbourne residents were subject to stringent work-from-home orders, a curfew, a five-kilometre travel radius, limits on time spent outside, and school and business closures.Prior to the lockdown, the health of Victorians was equivalent to other Australians on most study measures. This changed significantly during the lockdown, when participants from Victoria reported:a worsening of mental healthincreases in psychological distresslow levels of engagement in paid workreduced in-person social interactionIn addition, Victorians reported that they were more likely to:have avoided seeking medical treatmentbe working from home (if they were working)have spoken with a friend or family member about their mental healthmake behavioural changes to manage mental health problemshave had a COVID-19 testThirty seven percent of Victorians reported they avoided seeking medical treatment during the winter lockdown, compared to 25 per cent of those in the rest of Australia.Forty five percent of Victorians who avoided healthcare cited fear of coming into contact with others as the reason, whereas this was reported by only 29 per cent of those outside Victoria. Study participants from Victoria were also more likely to report that healthcare professionals asked them not to come for a consultation or treatment.Professor Collie says: “The study shows that lockdowns have significant impacts on health, and on things that affect our health such as our social interactions and work.”“We also observed a drop in engagement with healthcare. The lockdown created a really difficult situation of increased mental health needs in the community coupled with people avoiding seeking care,” Professor Collie said.“It shows how important it is for healthcare professionals and governments to build trust and encourage engagement, and public campaigns with this message could be incredibly important for countries entering lockdowns now.”The lockdown also impacted the way Victorians engaged with others. Fifty-four percent of Victorians said they had not spent time with anyone outside their household in the past week compared with 17 per cent of other Australians. Victorians were more likely to have spoken to someone on the telephone or via the internet on a daily basis, highlighting the importance of social connections during a time of physical distancing and lockdown scenarios.Victorians also showed changes in help seeking behaviours, particularly around mental health. They were more likely to report distracting themselves by keeping active or learning a new skill, and to have participated in an online forum, and less likely to have taken no actions for their mental health.Professor Collie says the high rate of action to improve mental health is encouraging, and points to additional social supports that could be worthwhile.“The fact that around 85 – 90 per cent of people undertook activities to look after their mental health reveals a wide community acknowledgement of the importance of mental health. Guiding people in making good choices could be an effective campaign for those managing lockdowns.”No differences were seen between Victorians and other Australians on levels of financial stress, ability to access funds in an emergency or employment, despite more Victorians reporting that they were not engaged in paid work. One explanation for this is that Government financial stimulus were supporting the financial and employment situations of Victorians during the winter lockdown.Professor Collie says: “Our findings suggest that Job Keeper and the Coronavirus Supplement were keeping Victorians attached to their employers and helping unemployed people out of poverty. But this also means we should be very careful about withdrawing these payments given the continued high rates of unemployment and mental health problems in our community.”“In summary, lockdown measures must be coupled with additional community-wide supports and services that address the determinants of health. We need to support community and social networks, support people financially, keep them engaged with their workplaces, and find ways of ensuring people seek care when it’s needed.”Future reports from the study will examine changes in health and work among other states in Australia, including New South Wales, and will look more closely into issues such as working from home and returning to the workplace.*** /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. 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First Look: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq

first_img First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened LISTENSeason 3 of our Plugged In podcast launches with a tech talk from Tesla’s Battery Day.Further, the battery is packed in large, flat pouch cells that enable smart module construction to reduce complexity and simplify cooling needs. Additionally, the battery electronics are built into the modules, eliminating nearly 90 per cent of the battery pack wiring compared to GM’s current electric vehicles. The platform also allows for a very low centre of gravity, and the Lyriq is well balanced with a 50/50 weight distribution, according to Cadillac.Just as the drivetrain technology is a first for a Cadillac, there are a number of onboard technological firsts in the Lyriq, most notably a 33-inch diagonal LED display that spans the driver’s field of sight and provides driver information, infotainment controls and camera views. According to Cadillac it features the highest pixel density in the automotive industry and can display over one billion colours, 64 times more than its closest competitor. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22023 Cadillac LyriqHandout, Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2One of the highlights of the Lyriq’s cabin is the 33-inch display screen.Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The BEV3 EV platform features a low-slung battery configuration, which provides a large storage capacity.Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Charging options include DC fast charging rates over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW2.Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Lyriq’s interior.Cadillac Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Cadillac Lyriq.Cadillac There’s also what Cadillac is referring to as a ‘dual-plane augmented reality enhanced heads-up display.’ In layman’s terms, that would be a two level HUD with the near level showing typical HUD info (speed, direction etc.) and a further away level that displays transparent navigation signals and other alerts. And the Lyriq will come with the latest version of Cadillac’s Super Cruise, a hands-free assistance feature that will have automated lane change ability. And in keeping with the theme of its name, the Lyriq will have a ‘qick’ ass sound system — a 19-speaker AKG Studio audio set up.Just as Nissan did with it’s coming soon all-electric Ariya, Cadillac re-imagined its exterior design language with the Lyriq, signaling what future Caddy EVs will look like. Most notable are a ‘black crystal’ grille and vertical, slim LED signature lighting up front, and at the rear a split taillamp design incorporating slim LEDs. Another interesting design feature that is both artful and functional is the vented roof spoiler, another first for a Cadillac.The Lyriq is the first of a number of ‘coming soon’ Cadillac EVs, all part of parent company General Motors’ lofty promise of no less than 20 all-electrics for sale globally by 2023. As of today, they have one: the Chevrolet Bolt. Next up for Caddy will be the Celestiq flagship sedan, and though unnamed, we do know there are three SUVs/CUVs following that halo vehicle: a compact similar in size to the XT4; a three-row mid-size along the XT6 lines; and an Escalade-sized EV. We also know that Cadillac has made two name trademark filings — Optiq and Symboliq —presumably as part of its ‘iq’ naming convention EV stable. Speaking of names, there are also rumours going around that GM is considering breaking away its entire EV lineup to create a new brand around those zero emission vehicles.The Lyriq joins a growing number of all-new, all-electric SUVs/CUVs coming soon to Canada, a list that includes the already here Tesla Model Y, the Ford Mustang Mach-e (coming early next year), the Polestar 2 (available in the coming months), the Volvo XC40 Recharge (expected by the end of the year), the recently revealed Nissan Ariya (coming later next year) and the Mazda MX-3 (sometime next year).Cadillac’s first EV is set to launch in the U.S. in late 2022 as a 2023 model. Canadian pricing and availability will be released at a later date.Plugged In PodcastElectrify Canada is opening 32 public fast-charging stations in four provinces by the end of 2020. 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It’s also the first GM model utilizing the BEV3, the third-generation EV platform that features the automaker’s all-new Ultium batteries that support 800-volt technology and allow for charging up to 350 kilowatts.You won’t quite get to that level of charging in the Lyriq, however there are a few charging options, including Level 1 and Level 2 up to 19 kilowatts and DC fast charging at over 150 kilowatts. Two drivetrains will be available: a base rear-wheel drive model and an all-wheel drive performance model.The Lyriq’s full-charge range is expected in the vicinity of 480 kilometres (or 300 miles). That new Ultium battery system will offers approximately 100 kilowatt-hours of energy, and features a unique battery chemistry utilizing nickel, cobalt, manganese and aluminum, that latter metal used in the cathode to help reduce the need for rare-earth materials such as cobalt. According to GM, the cobalt content is reduced by more than 70 per cent compared to current GM batteries. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more