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Deficit rises unexpectedly in August on back of weak tax receipts

first_imgThe ONS said its forecast remains for borrowing to come in at £34bn for the full year.Howard Archer, chief economic advisor at accountants EY, said: “The run of large borrowing undershoots in previous months had seemed unlikely to be sustained given that they relied heavily upon lower spending, a large chunk of which was due to timing effects.”The August data saw these effects start to unwind, with contributions to the EU up sharply on last August, and public sector net investment also coming in higher than last year. Annual growth in current receipts slowed a little in August and is now bang in line with the OBR’s full-year forecast of 3.9 per cent.” Share Alexandra Rogers whatsapp Public sector borrowing has fallen to its lowest point since 2002 for the financial year to date at £17.8bn, £7.8bn less than the same time last year. Deficit rises unexpectedly in August on back of weak tax receipts Friday 21 September 2018 11:10 am whatsapp However, August borrowing of £6.8bn came in at double economists’ expectations, and was £2.4bn higher than the same month last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.Economists had expected borrowing of just £3.4bn for the month.The higher-than-expected figure is largely down to only a slight 1.6 per cent increase in tax receipts to £55.6bn, while total expenditure rose 6.9 per cent to £60.4bn.Meanwhile, debt, excluding public sector banks, increased by £15.9bn to £1.8 trillion, equivalent to 84.3 per cent of GDP.​The ONS said that of the £17.8bn borrowed by the public sector, £6.2bn went on “day-to-day” activities while the rest went on capital spending on projects such as infrastructure.  Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Juneau unions to host Labor Day picnic

first_imgJuneau | Juneau Schools | Local Government | PoliticsJuneau unions to host Labor Day picnicSeptember 1, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Juneau’s labor unions are hosting a picnic open to the public at Sandy Beach on Labor Day.The Juneau Central Labor Council has invited all of the candidates for Assembly and school board to the picnic, which will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.Council President Nadine Lefebvre said there will be food and live music.“We’ll have the education association … to give away free books for kids,” she said.The League of Women Voters also will be there to provide information about registering to vote.The event is one day after the deadline to register to vote in the municipal election on Oct. 3.The council has hosted the event for 15 years.Share this story:last_img read more

Saving Mila: How a tailor-made therapy, developed in a flash, may have halted a young girl’s rare disease

first_img Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. Privacy Policy In the LabSaving Mila: How a tailor-made therapy, developed in a flash, may have halted a young girl’s rare disease Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Things had taken a turn for the worse for Mila by November, though. She’d been experiencing seizures for months, but suddenly she was having around 30 every day. Her legs were giving out while she walked; she would choke as she ate food that had already been pureed. Things Mila found funny no longer made her laugh.So Mila’s family began the clinical trial in earnest — despite the fact that milasen had barely been evaluated in animals, and its efficacy was largely unknown. But as long as the drug didn’t cause Mila excruciating pain every day, the answer was simple.“There was no other option,” Vitarello said.Mila began taking milasen in January this year. It’s administered through an IV in her spine, and is meant to be given once every three months. Yu began dosing her cautiously, escalating the amount she was given as it became apparent she could tolerate the treatment.And it seems to be helping.“I’ve seen quite a lot of improvements,” Vitarello said. “To other people they may be small, but to me, they’re huge.”Courtesy Julia VitarelloWhereas Mila once had 30 seizures per day, lasting about two minutes each, she now seizes about five to 12 times a day, and only for a couple of seconds.“The rule with Batten is that the seizures are supposed to get monotonically worse and worse,” Yu said. “Instead, they’re becoming less intense.”She doesn’t slump, but sits upright. Her arms and legs aren’t as spastic. And, most importantly, Mila is more alert. She’s listening carefully when she’s spoken to, and laughs when things are funny. She’s aware of the world around her.“She’s just here, now. She’s present,” Vitarello said.It’s still early, and Yu cautions that his team will understand more about Mila’s progress in the coming months. It’s tough, on a molecular level, to measure how the drug works — the cells most affected by the lethal protein buildup are in the brain.Because Mila’s specific mutation is so rare, it’s unlikely milasen can be used on its own to treat other children with Batten. There’s a chance, however, it may help others who carry the same retrotransposon somewhere in their genome, so Yu’s team examined another 500 full genomes, just to see if a similar retrotransposon would pop up anywhere. So far, they’ve been unable to find one.Still, Yu’s team, and Vitarello, hope that drug development might be similarly fast-tracked for other diseases, and other children.“Right now, we’re bushwhacking through the trees, because there is no clear path,” Vitarello said. “But Mila’s story, I hope, is breaking some ice — so that something similar could happen for other children with a lot of different diseases. There’s no reason it can’t — one step at a time.” Tags geneticspatientsrare disease Researchers behind Biogen’s breakthrough drug win big at ‘Oscars of science’ [email protected] Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Related: By Meghana Keshavan Oct. 22, 2018 Reprints LISTEN: Pharma at the ballot box, the latest Alzheimer’s argument, and truly personalized medicine STAT+: Tamar Grossman, director of translational medicine at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, is less hopeful. Her company developed Spinraza, and she said during a public conversation at last week’s American Society of Human Genetics conference in San Diego that the breakneck pace at which milasen was developed will be hard to replicate.“The uniqueness of this program is N of 1: It’s one patient, one disease — a unique situation,” Grossman said.As soon as you have more than one patient, she said, the FDA requires a placebo-controlled trial, and a natural history trial — tracking patients who might have a predisposition for developing the disease, she said.“I’m sorry to disappoint,” she said. “But it can’t happen next week.”There’s also the matter of cost. Although Yu declined to say how much Mila’s treatment cost, funding came from the Batten foundation, Boston Children’s, and Yu’s own research funds.Vitarello acknowledged the “stars did align for Mila’s treatment.” A sick girl’s proactive family found a physician who had the ingenuity — and funding — to take a deep dive into her condition. A groundbreaking new drug, Spinraza, had just months prior been approved — and served as inspiration, and a template, for Yu’s team to follow.“It’s amazing, and inspirational, but it has a context,” said Jannine DeMars Cody, founder and president of the Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society and a professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “It’s 30 years of parents and scientists working to create the context so something like this could happen so quickly.”An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the amount of money Vitarello raised. It also incorrectly described the precise target of milasen.center_img “In a way, this is more like a bone marrow transplant or a surgery than a pill,” said Dr. Timothy Yu, the Boston Children’s neurologist who was largely responsible for bringing Mila’s therapy to fruition.But now, nine months into her unique treatment, Mila’s parents — and physicians — are hopeful.“Batten is really cruel, and she lost a lot before she began therapy,” Vitarello said. “But to me it seems her disease has absolutely stopped.”Mila was always an extremely advanced child. Growing up in Colorado, she was skiing by 2 ½, loved biking and hiking, and was a complete chatterbox.But at age 3, Vitarello began noticing subtle things about her daughter that concerned her. At first, Mila’s foot started turning inward. Then at age 4, people would remark that Mila — who had always been so coordinated — was a clumsy little girl. By 5, however, things were becoming more obvious. One guess was autism, but Vitarello knew that wasn’t quite right, given how rapidly her talkative, adventurous daughter had regressed. When Mila’s blindness became apparent, the search for an answer kicked into high gear.After shuffling from neurologist to neurologist, Mila received clinical genetic testing, which revealed she carried one mutation that leads to Batten. And she showed all the hallmark symptoms of the disease. In late 2016, the diagnosis was made.“I felt an incredible sense of joy and relief, which might sound strange, but it’s the truth,” Vitarello said. “This confirmed that I wasn’t dreaming, that I wasn’t crazy — at least I knew what this was.”It was also horrible.Batten disease has a very specific trajectory, and it’s always devastating. It’s part of a family of diseases called lysosomal storage disorders — in which a genetic defect leads to a deficiency of an important metabolic enzyme. This, in turn, leads to a toxic buildup of proteins and lipids in the brain — and those affected end up with degenerative disease.There are more than a dozen different variants of Batten disease, caused by miscoding in slightly different genes, but as Vitarello describes it, the illness combines symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and epilepsy, with blindness added in. There’s some work being done in therapeutics for Batten — the Food and Drug Administration last year approved an enzyme replacement drug, Brineura, to treat one form of the disease. But there’s nothing available for Mila’s gene variant, which is called CLN7. As 6-year-old Mila’s favorite movie, “Frozen,” played, her father held a newspaper up in front of her face. She was rapt — her favorite song was on — but she didn’t even flinch.That’s the moment Mila’s parents realized that she had gone completely blind. And they finally knew, now, after months of concern and sinking suspicion, that something was dangerously wrong with their bright, engaging daughter.Mila has Batten disease, an ultra-rare, neurodegenerative genetic disorder. For every child diagnosed, the prognosis has been tragic: Batten is always fatal.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: “When I was first learning about Batten, I saw MRIs with empty brains. Children lifted with mechanical lifts out of their beds, who were previously laughing and playing and going to school,” Vitrarello said.Her way of coping with her daughter’s devastating prognosis was research, and activism. She launched her own philanthropy — Mila’s Miracle Foundation to Stop Batten — and used her skills as an advertising and marketing professional to raise awareness and funds for further study. With the help of crowdfunding site GoFundMe and other sources, Vitarello raised nearly than $3 million — with aims, initially, to fund a gene therapy for her daughter’s variant of the disease.She also reached out to anyone who might be able to help. That, ultimately, led her to the doctor who would change her daughter’s odds for survival: Yu, a neurologist who researched pediatric genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital.Mila’s parents knew that she carried one copy of the CLN7 gene from her father. But they wanted a full molecular diagnosis: They still didn’t know what DNA her mother had contributed — and Batten, as a recessive illness, would only manifest if a person carried two copies of the diseased gene. If they were going to go down the gene therapy route, they needed a complete understanding of Mila’s disease.So Vitarello put out a plea on Facebook, back in January 2017, saying that she needed someone to pore through Mila’s entire genome in search of the missing variant, and to do it quickly. Her post made its way to a Facebook group of physician mothers — and was forwarded along until it found its way to Yu.Yu got in touch with Vitarello, and offered to do whole-genome sequencing for Mila at Boston Children’s. A month later, Yu had found the other copy of the Batten gene.He also had an idea.The mutation Mila had inherited from Vitarello was intriguing — it’s a called a retrotransposon, which in this case was a 2,000-letter stretch of code that moved from one portion of the genome into her CLN7 gene and inserted itself there, altering it. As a result, the protein that this gene was supposed to help manufacture was shortened and ineffective. But the necessary DNA coding was still there — unchanged — to make the right enzymes in Mila’s body. It just was being overshadowed by the retrotransposon, an interloper. Drug development typically takes several years before a new therapy can even make it into clinical trials. Mila, however, made it from diagnosis to bespoke therapy in just over a year. Her case serves as a proof-of-concept in efforts to rapidly develop and deliver precision medicine — as tailored to a single patient. The drug was designed specifically for Mila’s unique mutation, and it’s not clear whether many more children carry it as well, or will benefit from the therapy.advertisement Trending Now: About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Dr. Timothy Yu (left) with Mila and her mother, Julia Vitarello. Katherine C. Cohen/Boston Children’s Hospital But Mila’s parents, Julia Vitarello and Alek Makovec, now have a glimmer of real hope. Thanks to a remarkable effort on the part of scientists, regulators, and Mila’s family, an experimental therapy — developed in record time — could very well be halting her disease in its tracks. Around this time, a new drug called Spinraza had just been approved by the FDA. It treats a genetic illness called spinal muscular atrophy, and has dramatically improved the lives of children with that debilitating condition. It works by binding to faulty RNA that’s produced by the mutant DNA — allowing the correct portion of RNA to manufacture a functional enzyme. The drug, called an antisense oligonucleotide, worked in the exact way that might have been able to help Mila — if Yu was able to engineer a drug that could bind to her own unique mutation.And that’s exactly what he suggested to Mila’s parents.Yu began looking for a way to synthesize his own oligonucleotide drug. They studied just about every paper linked to Spinraza’s development, and carefully mapped out the intricacies of why Mila’s genes were behaving as they were. They worked closely with FDA regulators. They made a lot of phone calls. They talked to anyone who would listen.“This was an aggressive timeline — perhaps the most aggressive attempt at trying to bring a drug into a human that we’ve seen,” Yu said.The drug was designed by August that year, and scientists began testing it in Mila’s cultured cells. From there, Yu began rallying dozens of scientists who might be able to help with manufacturing, toxicology, and advanced testing. This included members of Boston Children’s experimental therapeutics unit, and others in neurology, genetics, and anesthesia experienced in administering Spinraza.Yu’s team sped through regulatory hurdles, under the FDA’s compassionate use pathway, and a single patient clinical trial was greenlighted by the winter. A contract manufacturer created doses of the drug to administer to Mila. It was named, fittingly, “milasen.” Meghana Keshavan Related: @megkesh last_img read more

Laois set to host European Kettlebell Championships next weekend

first_img WhatsApp Facebook TAGSEuropean ChampionshipsKettlebell Rugby Twitter By Siun Lennon – 15th May 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Laois is set to host the largest European Kettlebell Marathon championships to date from Friday May 25 to Sunday May 27.Portlaoise will be hosting 120 athletes from all over Europe as well as hundreds of spectators and supporters over the three days. The championships will be held in St Mary’s CBS hall.Andrea O’Neill from Laois Girevoy club spoke to LaoisToday about the championships.“It certainly is a great achievement for the sport in Laois and for Laois tourism. Competitors from 12 countries will be staying in hotels all over Laois,” said Andrea.“Kettlebells as a sport has really pushed on in Ireland over the last few years,” she added. Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twittercenter_img Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleMaster plan for Portlaoise Enterprise Park almost readyNext articlePortarlington man climbs 15 mountains in 5 days to raise funds for rare syndrome 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Andrea explained that the championships will have both traditional lifting and marathon lifting, which is lifting without a break for either 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the competition.“Mountrath Kettlebell club will be holding the Irish qualifiers at the end of March and we hope to have 20 or more Irish members qualify for the European championships,” she added.Laois representing IrelandLast year’s qualifiers saw a number of competitors from both Portlaoise and Mountrath made it onto the Irish Marathon team.Laois Girevoy Kettlebell Club coach Dermot O’Neill put in a proposal to the IKMF president last year and managed to secure the competition through the Association of Kettlebell Sport Ireland.The organising committee would like to thank all the sponsors to date, Laois Tourism and Laois Sports Partnership.They are also hoping for great numbers to get out and support our men and women in green throughout the weekend.SEE ALSO – Laois match won’t clash with Champions League final while the Dubs are on the way back to Portlaoise Laois set to host European Kettlebell Championships next weekend Home Sport Other Sport Laois set to host European Kettlebell Championships next weekend SportOther Sportlast_img read more

Funding approved for further CCTV schemes in Laois

first_imgHome News Community Funding approved for further CCTV schemes in Laois NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter The schemes which have been piloted in some areas are deemed to have proved a significant deterrent to criminals and an important asset in the detection and tracking of criminal gangs.SEE ALSO – Dog owners are warned that sheep kills are no laughing matter Pinterest Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest GAA Facebook Funding approved for further CCTV schemes in Laoiscenter_img Previous articleIt’s the most wonderful time of the year … but, not for everyoneNext articleFinline Furniture annual 3-day sale returns this weekend LaoisToday Reporter TAGSCCTVMinister Charlie Flanagan Two further Laois community groups have been approved for CCTV schemes this week.The Woodenbridge Community District and the Donaghmore Community Alert have both been approved by the Department of Justice.This follows on from an earlier annoucement this week that funding had been granted for a project in Mountmellick.“The grant is 60% of total costs with the community having the matching funding for the residual balance,” said Minister Charlie Flanagan who has responsibility for this area.“In addition, a once off maintenance grant of €5,000 has been approved.”The hard-working communities in these areas have been campaigning strongly for support in recent years.At the recent Joint Policing Commission meeting in October, it was explained that a number of outstanding issues – including GDPR and Garda authorisation – in relation to the rollout of these schemes had been resolved.The local authority had been working in tandem with the Gardai and the Laois Federation of Community Alert schemes to resolve those matters. By LaoisToday Reporter – 20th December 2019 GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter GAA WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Kim Jong Un doubles down on efforts to repatriate recent defector…

first_imgNewsEconomy Orders allegedly from Kim Jong Un are saidto have been handed down to state security officials to demand the repatriationof a group of workers who defected in April from a North Korean restaurant inChina, and retaliate against South Korea if the request is not met. The leaderallegedly issued these orders following an outburst of anger upon learning ofthe incident, and as a result, North Korean agents are moving to coordinate anact of aggression against South Korean missionaries and human rights activistsin the border area in China, Daily NK has learned. “Anemergency order was recently issued to the State Security Department (SSD) inrelation to the mass defection from China last month,” a source from SouthPyongan Province told Daily NK on Monday. “It ordered the ministry toimmediately demand their repatriation from the South and carry out an act ofrevenge ‘some thousands of times more serious,’ if the request is not met.”The source went on to explain that statesecurity officials, fearing that the incident could have put into questiontheir competency in managing the workers, reported to the leadership that theemployees were lured into a trap by South Korea’s spy agency (NationalIntelligence Service, NIS) working with Chinese traders. Enraged by the claimthat Seoul was involved, Kim Jong Un handed down the orders, questioning statesecurity officials about how they intended to deal with the problem. “Following this, young agents from Bureau15 (anti-espionage) of the SSD and the General Reconnaissance Bureau weredispatched in teams to China,” the source said. “The ministry is looking toavoid being held responsible for the mass defection by having their agents goundercover as traders or North Koreans visiting their relatives in China toidentify South Korean missionaries and activists to enact retribution.”Tensions have been running much higher inthe Sino-North Korean border area following the mass defection, claimed thesource. In what is believed to be a related incident, a Korean-Chinese pastorwho previously managed the largest church in Changbai Korean Autonomous County(Jilin Province) and had assisted defectors was murdered by an unknownassailant. The South Korean government has since asked missionaries to refrainfrom visiting the area and remain vigilant for their personal safety. “We’re not certain yet, but there arerumors in China that a (Korean-Chinese) pastor was murdered by someone receivingorders from the North’s state security ministry,” a source in China close toNorth Korean affairs reported. “There’s even talk that the ministry is payinglocal gang members from China’s southern regions to get involved.”North Korean state media has been widelyreporting the group defection as a case of abduction by the South, in an effortto rally support for their repatriation. “TheSSD has been spreading propaganda that the South Korean NISfirst bought off the restaurant manager, who was saddled with debt, and thenkidnapped the young innocent women,” the source said. “In public lectures, theyinvariably include the message that the Marshal (Kim Jong Un) has said he willuse all means and methods to bring them back.”Despite these efforts, the source added, itappears that the majority of North Koreans believe the 13 defectors left ontheir own volition, especially since the workers had been exposed to theoutside world while working at the restaurant.  North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarChoi Song Min Facebook Twitter News center_img Kim Jong Un doubles down on efforts to repatriate recent defector group By Choi Song Min – 2016.05.17 6:02pm Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

Collector Classics: The Scrapper

first_img Murray Chambers was just 14 years old when he bought his first car. He paid $2 for a 1950 Vanguard and, when he couldn’t get it to run, paid $5 of his hard-earned money to have it towed away for scrap. A light bulb must have gone off in his head about how to make money from unwanted cars.For more than four decades, Murray Chambers has been hauling cars on his flat-deck truck, most of them to the final resting place – the crusher at the metal recyclers. In fact, Chambers reckons he has winched more than 10,000 vehicles onto the steel truck-deck, among them hearses, limousines, ambulances, other tow trucks and thousands of cars, including an exotic Maserati Bi-turbo sports car. He even transported a historic DC3 aircraft that had been on display at the Bellingham Airport in Washington State to Vancouver for restoration by the Friends of the DC3 volunteers who would restore it. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Murray with his trusty steed.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The show car always gets the kid-glove treatment when being loaded and unloaded.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The sparkling engine compartment of the 1975 Pontiac Venture.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A dressed up demolition derby car at the Motorama Car Show in the Seventies.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2And now, a look at a very small sampling of what Murray has hauled over the years, beginning with the cockpit from a DC3…Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2…and yes, he hauled the rest of the plane too.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A hearse (get the irony with this one?).Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A massive ambulance on its way for recycling.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The gigantic cars of the 1970’s and 80’s brought more money at the metal recycler.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A rare—for Vancouver at least—Alfa Romeo.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2In the scrap business, bigger is better when you are paid by the ton.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Yet another money maker.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Stacking scrap cars doubled the profit.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The scrap truck hauling an even bigger truck to its grave.Submitted, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A ‘three-fer-one’ hauling job.Submitted, Driving Helping his cause was the fact Vancouver and neighbouring municipalities had passed by-laws prohibiting unlicensed vehicles from being parked on public roadways. They also tightened up regulations on storing vehicles on private property. Neighbours would put pressure on neighbours to have stored and seemingly abandoned vehicles hauled away, city by-law officers were writing tickets and Murray Chambers was there with his scrapper.His introduction to car hauling came early on in his life through a series of circumstances. Always a car enthusiast, in 1967 Chambers talked his high school teacher into allowing him to complete a required project by assembling a photo collage of sports car racing at the Westwood Motorsport Park race track in Coquitlam. He ended up with a press pass that allowed him full access at tracks throughout the Pacific Northwest. He shot thousands of photos – many of which were picked up by magazines and newspapers.“I had a VIP press pass and I was right on the grid at all the tracks including Seattle International Raceway where I was next to famous racers like Mario Andretti and the Unser brothers,” he recalls.When he began photographing the demolition derby races at Callister Park across from the Pacific National Exhibition, he and other ‘officials’ were invited to participate in their own race. He prepared a 1958 Pontiac, had some fun and got the demolition derby bug. He bought a much-used 1964 GMC truck with a hand-cranked winch to haul his derby cars around. Chambers would go on to become a champion demolition derby competitor and stunt driver, driving over piles of cars and through walls of fire in shows from Dallas and Los Angeles to Kansas City. A special room in his Burnaby home holds an estimated 1,200 trophies and awards.Chambers wrecked hundreds of cars while competing. He would go on to scrap thousands of cars in his day job.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The history of Vancouver’s long-gone demolition derbyIn 1975, friend Dave Slater welded up a steel deck for a 1968 Ford truck Chambers had bought. He began working for Ron Livingston at Livingston Scrap Car Removal.“We would haul fifty to sixty cars a week. We were getting about one hundred dollars for each one. The truck was going all the time,” he says.In 1982, Chambers got a contract with Unitow hauling cars from Vancouver to the company’s yard in Langley. He would then haul scrap cars to the metal recyclers in Richmond. By 1984, the old Ford scrap truck was completely worn out. He bought a 1979 GMC cab and chassis and switched the steel deck on to that truck. He was back in business.The steel deck was originally equipped with a big roller on the back for dragging up car carcasses. In 1999, his friend Jay Hartle modified the deck to accept ramps so he could broaden his car hauling business.With the thousands of vehicles that have been winched on to his steel deck, only one got away on him.“A big 1966 Dodge station wagon came flying off the deck after a chain broke,” he says. “It rolled across the street, went through a fence and hit the corner of the garage on a house. The owner was really pissed,” Chambers recalls.One car he dispatched still bothers him. It was a totally original rust-free 1960 Thunderbird. He painted it up to display in the annual Motorama car show at the Pacific National Exhibition to promote the demolition derbies held at the PNE. He then destroyed the car during two demolition derby seasons and hauled it away for scrap.“That car was beautiful and it haunts me to this day,” he admits.He has been hauling cars with the same truck for 33 years. These days, his main cargo is his multi-award winning 1975 Pontiac Ventura show car that gets the white glove treatment every time it is loaded and unloaded. “Beginning in the Seventies, scrapping cars was a license to print money,” the affable 67-year-old says. “The phone rang off the hook all week with people wanting cars hauled away.” 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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Moab 2021: Jeep’s Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon may hint at future accessories

first_imgTrending in Canada First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. advertisement RELATED TAGSGladiatorJeepPickup TruckNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesConcepteaster jeep safarigladiatorInstagramJeepmoabNon-Luxuryrubicon See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img Suspension mods are slightly more involved. The Red Bare features Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles that have been upgraded with 4.88 axle ratios and bookended with 37-inch BFG mud-terrain tires. Helping to make room for those meats is a two-inch lift kit yanked from the brand’s list of available accessories. So equipped, the Red Bare is good for an impressive 91:1 crawl ratio, which would be very handy for picking one’s way through tough trails.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS “The Moab Easter Jeep Safari has long been our testing ground for both our newest Jeep 4x4s and for showcasing new Jeep brand concepts, Jeep Performance Parts and ideas that truly resonate with our most passionate customers,” said Jim Morrison, the Vice President of Jeep Brand in North America.The overall design inspiration behind the Red Bare concept is said to build on the enthusiasm of Jeep owners who spend countless hours creating customized looks and modifications to express the unique personality of their off-road whip. The interior incorporates custom seats with red flannel inserts that make your author want to grow a beard and wield an axe.That’s a tasty Fire Cracker Red paint job and, if you look closely behind the rear doors, you’ll see a small maple leaf in the black stripe. It’s a nod to Canada, as Morrison is a Canadian and was naturally involved in the Red Bare’s creation given his stature in the company.A bed-mounted sport bar juts from the bed like a spoilt child’s bottom lip, while JPP Sand Slider rock rails and a bed cover were added for good measure. If you noticed that the hood on this rig is the same one adorning the Gladiator Mojave and Wrangler 392, give yourself a gold star. In a conversation with journalists, Jeep spox confirmed it is the same one.In fact, there’s a case to be made some of these items could be available as accessories on the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) menu for all Wrangler/Gladiator owners to buy. After all, if one can spec a Hemi hood on a V6 Durango or Charger, why not offer something similar to the Jeep faithful? The company knows its customers are all about customization; additions like this are a sure fire way for the company to make money. The JPP catalog already contains more than 500 items.Be sure to check out our coverage of other Jeep concept vehicles – such as the Jeepster Beach Concept and the all-electric Magneto – from this year’s Easter Jeep Safari.LISTEN: Who says you can’t go for long drives in short-range EVs?. Feature Story Everything you need to know about Jeep’s crossover and SUV lineupby Graeme Fletcher | January 5, 2021 Trending Videos Part of the fleet of concept machines Jeep prepared for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, this one-off Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon builds upon a heritage of hard-working trucks while dipping into items that may find their way into the Jeep Performance Parts catalog.Powering the Red Bare concept is the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.It’s mated to Jeep’s eight-speed automatic transmission which, in this application, is said to be calibrated for low-rpm shifts, making it easier to maneuver over the type of terrain in which most Jeeps thrive. 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 last_img read more

Solar Energy Ideal Option for Many Jamaicans

first_img By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter RelatedSolar Energy Ideal Option for Many Jamaicans FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With the increase in oil prices and ultimately electricity bills, for many Jamaicans, solar energy can prove to be an ideal source of power for homes and businesses. To this end, the Government has been encouraging Jamaicans to use renewable energy, such as solar energy, as a means of reducing electricity cost. Senior Energy Engineer in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Gerald Lindo, tells JIS News that there are two ways in which to install a solar system in homes or businesses and still reap the benefits. “You can put the solar panels on your roof, have them connected to some batteries that feed into your local needs at your house or your small business, or you can have a grid-type system to (show) that you are connected to your solar panel and you are connected to the electricity grid as well,” Mr. Lindo explains. He explains that when the solar panels are active and the sun is shining, energy or electricity is being produced from the solar panels. “When there is cloud cover  or it’s night, you switch back in a dynamic way to the grid, so you are drawing either from the panels or from the grid. That way the grid acts as your back up. The grid style system is a lot cheaper for people to implement generally, because batteries are very expensive and they tend to wear out over time. It is usually more economical, even though you are never truly  independent of  the  Jamaica Public Service (JPS),” Mr. Lindo states. The Senior Engineer points out that since the user will be tied to the grid, the consumer will be feeding electricity back into the grid and hence a licence will be needed by the consumer. “We want people to use this. We did develop a standard offer contract in September of 2011 that was headed up by the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR), which  sets out the regulatory terms by which a person can  generate solar energy and really any renewable energy source, but solar is the one we think people will desire the most,” Mr. Lindo tells JIS News. “It allows for people who are generating electricity through renewable means to connect to the grid. Not only can they use the grid as a back-up, but in times when they are generating more electricity than they need, they can sell power to JPS and get some remuneration, and that again will help to defray the cost of putting the system on their roof,” he adds. Mr. Lindo notes that the Bureau of Standards Jamaica is currently working on standards for the interconnections. In the meantime, he says there are a number of ways in which persons can acquire solar energy equipment without having to bear all the cost at once. “One of them is a loan through the National Housing Trust (NHT). The NHT has offered solar loans since 2006 for solar water heaters and in 2008 for photovoltaic panels. We applaud the NHT for what they are doing (but) we think there are ways they can adjust the loan to further optimise it and make it available for people, because the uptake of the loan has perhaps not been as aggressive as one would hope, but we’re working on it to make the loan even more attractive,”  Mr. Lindo says. He  points out that the NHT has the lowest rates and the best terms in the marketplace and “we want more people accessing that, so that they can put some solar panels on their roof.” “We have been engaging the NHT since late last year regarding that, and we continue to do so,” Mr. Lindo says. The NHT provides financing to contributors for installation and retrofitting of solar heating systems. The loan is available to contributors who can provide a title for a residential property or who has at least enough funds in their Contribution Account at the NHT equal to the cost of the system, plus $20,000. The loan can be obtained at an interest rate of 3 per cent over a maximum period of 5 years with a 5 per cent service charge. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) also has loans available which can assist in buying solar energy equipment. The funds that are available through the DBJ are provided by  the World Bank. “One of the flagship projects we have at the Ministry is the Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project. It’s US$15 million and is devoted to improving the regulatory conditions for energy in the country and a good deal of that money was set aside for the DBJ to lend to businesses to do their energy projects,” Mr. Lindo says. President of the Jamaica Solar Energy Association, Roger Chang, says with these institutions available to provide financing, more Jamaicans can invest in solar energy equipment for their commercial and residential use. “What that means is every consumer of electricity in this country, every JPS customer can now put in a solar panel system for little or no money and the formula still holds true for any size system. When you run the numbers the payback time will always work out to about four years. However, if you finance it for about 5 to 6 years, there is some variation with each installation… your payback will be less than, or about the same as your current JPS bill,” Mr. Chang says. In the meantime, Mr. Lindo tells JIS News that there are many advantages in using solar energy as the main source of power for homes and businesses. “You will be making money from it…it’s a generator and you will be able to sell from the grid. Other benefits include reduced consumption, so you have a less of an energy bill at the end of the month. In terms of the broader systems wide implications, because renewable energy, solar energy in particular, doesn’t have any fuel cost associated with it, the more renewable energy you get on the Jamaican grid, there will be  less overall fuel costs,” he adds. So, while the Government  continues to set policy  that encourages more use of solar energy,  Jamaicans are being urged to take advantage  of the loan opportunities available  for acquiring the equipment. Solar Energy Ideal Option for Many Jamaicans TechnologyMarch 30, 2012 RelatedSolar Energy Ideal Option for Many Jamaicans Advertisements RelatedSolar Energy Ideal Option for Many Jamaicanslast_img read more

Prosecutor: Ga. Sheriff’s Story On Shooting Doesn’t Match Scene

first_imgA prosecutor says statements a suburban Atlanta sheriff made during a 911 call about a weekend shooting didn’t match what police found at the scene where a woman was wounded.Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told local media Tuesday that statements Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill made about the position of real estate agent Gwenevere McCord’s body and the location of weapons inside the model home where the shooting happened didn’t match what police found on arrival Sunday.Porter told WSB-TV that several members of Hill’s staff were already on the scene when police arrived about 50 miles northeast of Jonesboro, Georgia, where Hill’s office is located.Hill did not give a statement to investigators before leaving the scene.A call to Hill’s attorney was not returned. Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more