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First 2021 loggerhead sea turtle nest reported on Sanibel

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Solved: NBC2 gets answers on mysterious barge that left Sanibel visitors puzzled June 16, 2021 📷: @shane_antalick & SCCF Advertisement: @shane_antalick & SCCFNesting female loggerheads need a safe, dark, quiet and clean environment, SCCF said. Officials are asking Sanibel beach visitors to respect the turtles by removing beach furniture, turning out lights, filling holes and picking up trash. Mystery boat leaves Sanibel beachgoers puzzled June 17, 2021 Traffic Homicide Unit investigates Sanibel crash that left one man dead June 14, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: LoggerheadSanibelsea turtle SANIBEL, Fla. – The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the 2021 season was just reported in Sanibel, according to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). Wildlife officials said the nest was found Tuesday morning on Sanibel Island’s east end. : @shane_antalick & SCCFThe nest was blocked off with bright yellow signs warning beachgoers to steer clear of the nest.SCCF reported a record-breaking season in 2020 with 660 loggerhead nests on Sanibel and 266 reported on Captiva. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Brilliant incentive to bring the crowds to Laois hurling clash against Offaly

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 11th February 2019 Council Community What a great incentive this is by Laois GAA.With recent ticket price rises and attendances on average falling nationwide – Laois GAA are looking to reverse this trend.As Laois hurlers take on Offaly next Saturday night, Laois GAA are hosting a Club Colours night at the game.The best represented Laois club at the game will win a coaching session with members of the Laois Senior hurling panel, Laois Games Development Administrators and a hydration and nurtition talk for free.Under 16s have free entry on the night.So grab your club hoodies, hats, scarves and headbands and head to O’Moore Park on Saturday night and be in with a chance to win this prize for your club.Laois play Offaly in O’Moore Park on Saturday, February 16 at 7pm.SEE ALSO – Laois footballers return to winning ways with league win over Sligo Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Pinterest WhatsApp Community Previous articleAnother busy weekend of CCFL soccer fixturesNext articleMountmellick houses to proceed after archaeological survey 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. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSAllianz Hurling League Division 1BLaois GAALaois HurlingLaois senior hurling teamLaois v Offaly Home Sport GAA Brilliant incentive to bring the crowds to Laois hurling clash against Offaly SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Twitter Facebook Brilliant incentive to bring the crowds to Laois hurling clash against Offaly Twitterlast_img read more

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Return to the Six-Party Talk on November

first_img SHARE News Return to the Six-Party Talk on November News News [imText1]On the 31st, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the U.S, China and N. Korea agreed to resume the six-party talk soon. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed on a website (http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/chn/) that China arranged an informer meeting with N. Korea and the U.S and on the same day they agreed to resume the six-party talk in a convenient time and as soon as possible. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that, “Each chief delegate from three countries showed their straight, deep opinions regarding the resume of the six-party talk.” Quoting what Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary of the U.S, said related to this, AFP News reported that, “N. Korea did not make conditions on the resume of the six-party talk.” Assistant Secretary Hill said that, “What countries they are, no condition on the six-party talk itself is very important.” Also, on the same day he stated that, “I believe that the six-party talk will be held in November or December”, and “N. Korea confirmed the agreement that was made in the September six-party talk last year saying the denuclearization of the Korean peninsular and the renouncement of nuclear weapons. The participants were Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary of the U.S, Wu Dawei, Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs of China, and Kim Kye Gwan, Vice Minister of North Korean Foreign Affairs, and Wu Dawei mediated their negotiation. The Six-party talk to solve the N. Korea nuclear problem has not been held for 13 months since the 4th talk and 9.19 Joint Statement made on September. It was know that on the 18th Kim Jong Il said to State Minister Tang Jiaxuan who stayed in Pyongyang as a special envoy of Chinese President Hu jintao that, “Unless great, unfair pressures are imposed from outside, we will not do additional nuclear experiments”. AvatarShin Joo Hyun By Shin Joo Hyun – 2006.11.01 3:16pm center_img Facebook Twitter News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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Hedge funds look to increase crypto exposure

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Want more immediate, memorable insights? Listen to this Soundbites episode, featuring Morten Springborg of C WorldWide Asset Management.Bitcoin’s value soared last year, boosting the assets of crypto hedge funds from $2 billion to $3.8 billion. While the median return in 2020 among crypto hedge funds was 128% (compared to 30% in 2019), discretionary long-only funds performed best with a median return of 294%, the report said. Hedge funds with quantitative strategies — the most common, representing 37% of crypto funds — had a median return of 72%.Several cryptocurrencies surged earlier this year but the past month has been especially volatile, with Bitcoin’s price down from a high above $60,000 to trade below $40,000 on Tuesday.Bitcoin was the most common holding among crypto hedge funds (92%), followed by Ethereum(67%), Litecoin (34%), Chainlink (30%), Polkadot (28%) and Aave (27%), the report said.Beyond the crypto-focused funds, the survey found 21% of traditional hedge funds had some crypto exposure — an average of 3% of their total assets. The vast majority (86%) of funds that held digital assets planned to increase their exposure this year, while roughly one-quarter of funds not currently invested in digital assets said they intended to be.The survey found regulatory uncertainty to be the greatest barrier (82%) for managers, followed by client reaction or reputational risk (77%) and digital assets falling outside the scope of investment mandates (68%).Henri Arslanian, PwC’s crypto leader, said he expects inflows into crypto hedge funds to increase over the coming months.“For many institutional investors, an allocation to a crypto hedge fund is the natural first step of their crypto journey as it allows them to observe and learn about the asset class via a vehicle and structure they are familiar and comfortable with,” Arslanian said in a release.The median management fee for crypto hedge funds last year was 2%, with a 20% performance fee. Shadow banks remain risky, DBRS says Related news Keywords Cryptoassets,  Alternative investments,  Hedge funds G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work Roughly one in five hedge funds were invested in digital assets earlier this year, with more managers planning to try their luck with crypto, according to a new survey.The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), PwC and Elwood Asset Management released their latest report on hedge funds and digital assets after surveying fund managers. The survey covered 39 global funds managing roughly US$180 billion in the first quarter of this year (all values below are in U.S. dollars). Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff bitcoin ethereum litecoin concept coins on black pfongabe33/123RF CME launches “micro” Bitcoin futureslast_img read more

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New ‘Nightingale Court’ opens at University of Hull

first_imgNew ‘Nightingale Court’ opens at University of Hull new temporary Nightingale court opens in Hull36 additional court rooms are now open with more to comepart of government’s plan to ensure justice continues to be served throughout pandemicThe new site will be in the recently revamped, Victorian-era Canham Turner building. It will provide an extra courtroom that will hear civil and family cases – providing additional capacity at Hull Crown Court.Temporary ‘Nightingale’ courts, have been set up across the country to enable more socially distanced trials to take place, ensuring justice continues to be served.This is because more space is required than was previously the case due to the need to keep everyone distanced in the buildings – such as jurors, witnesses, court staff, legal professionals and judges.Courts Minister, Chris Philp MP, said:I am grateful to Hull University for joining the national effort to reduce delays and deliver speedier justice for victims in Humberside.This is having a real impact and the number of crown court cases being heard across England and Wales is now back up to what it was before the pandemic struck last Spring. We are also cutting backlogs in the magistrates’ courts where most cases are heard.The move forms part of a £110 million investment to deliver 40 Nightingale court rooms and funds a range of measures to address the number of outstanding cases.These efforts will be supported by an extra £337 million announced in the recent Spending Review to deliver swifter justice and support victims, while £76 million will further increase capacity in family courts and tribunalsFurther sites in Staffordshire and Cirencester are expected to open later this month, bringing the total number of temporary court rooms set up nationwide to 40.These form part of wider measures designed to keep the justice system moving and ensure the quickest possible recovery – including the recruitment of 1,600 more court staff, rolling out further technology, and installing temporary jury rooms across the country to enable more trials to be heard safely.These measures are beginning to show positive results:Since August, we have been sitting additional magistrates’ court sessions on a Saturday, amounting to around 100 extra sessions a month, and these courts have cleared over 3,000 cases. During this time, magistrates’ courts have been consistently completing more cases than they have received, and the outstanding caseload is therefore reducing.More jury trial rooms open every week, with more than 290 courtrooms being assessed as capable and available to hold jury trials.Plexiglass screens have been installed in more than 400 court rooms and jury deliberation rooms, enabling more jury trials to be heard.Meanwhile, a major £153 million investment across the courts system announced in July 2020 will speed up technological improvements and modernise court rooms.NotesMore than £110 million is being invested in a range of measures to tackle the impact of COVID-19, including the recruitment of 1,600 additional staff and opening more Nightingale courtsWe’re also spending £153 million to improve court and tribunal buildings – the biggest single investment in court estate maintenance for more than 20 yearsThis progress will be bolstered by an extra £337 million the government is spending next year to deliver swifter justice and support victims, while an additional £76 million will further increase capacity in family courts and tribunalsDetails on measures to keep courts safe, secure and cleanMore details on the Nightingale court rooms in operation /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. 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Deadline extended for National Farmers Federation’s transformative leadership program

first_imgDeadline extended for National Farmers Federation’s transformative leadership program Women with a passion for shaping agriculture’s future have until Wednesday, 14 April to apply for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2021 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.The Program is an opportunity to take part in one-on-one mentoring; to investigate leadership pathways and to network with like-minded leaders.In its fourth year, graduates of the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program have gone on to hold industry board positions and continue to be changemakers within their sectors and communities.2020 graduate, Diana Fear, Condobolin, NSW said the opportunity had exceeded her expectations in every way.“I learnt so much, laughed a lot and enjoyed challenging my own set of limitations. I feel very lucky to have been a part of such a special program.”NFF President Fiona Simson said it was important for the Program to attract a diverse mix of applicants from varying fields across the agriculture sector.“For too long, women have been sidelined from the forums and the conversations where important decisions about our industry are taken.“The NFF is committed to paving the way for more women to come forward and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of agriculture and our rural and regional communities.”The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program directly addresses the NFF’s 2030 Roadmap goal of doubling the number of women in agriculture’s leadership roles by 2030.The Program is made possible by the support of leading business, advocacy and government partners:AgForce; AACo; AgriFutures Australia; BASF; Bayer; CANEGROWERS; Coles; Cotton Australia; CPC; CRC for Developing Northern Australia; Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; FMC; Grains Research and Development Corporation; nbn; NSW Farmers; Nufarm; Nutrien Ag Solutions; Prime Super; Rabobank; Rimfire Resources; Rural Bank; Syngenta; WFI and Wine Australia.Each Partner is required to pledge their commitment to making meaningful change towards gender diversity and commit to reporting on their progress annually.“Our Program Partners are real game changers and have played a crucial role in ensuring the success of the Program,” Ms Simson said.“Last year, for example, a foundation Program Partner, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment reported female representation on agriculture fisheries, and forestry related government boards as having reached 50% for the first time.”To apply for the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program click here.The first female president of the National Farmers Federation in its 42 year history, Fiona Simson says transformational change, led by the NFF and supported by industry, is underway in the farm sector with the goal to double the number of women in agriculture’s leadership ranks double by 2030.DiALP Committed Partners: AgForce; AACo; AgriFutures Australia; BASF; Bayer; CANEGROWERS; Coles; Cotton Australia; CPC; CRC for Developing Northern Australia; Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; FMC; Grains Research and Development Corporation; nbn; NSW Farmers; Nufarm; Nutrien Ag Solutions; Prime Super; Rabobank; Rimfire Resources; Rural Bank; Syngenta; WFI and Wine Australia.About the ProgramThe Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is open to women over 25 years of age who have a connection with agriculture and can demonstrate a commitment to industry leadership.Successful applicants are matched with a mentor, whom they work with to identify their leadership goals. In addition, throughout the Program participants are provided access to a range of inspiring and accomplished leaders and come together with their fellow 2021 cohort twice in Canberra. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). 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Hastings Seniors Learning Hub officially opened

first_imgHastings Seniors Learning Hub officially opened The new multi-purpose Hastings Seniors Learning Hub is officially open.The State Member for Eastern Victoria, the Hon Jane Garrett, today joined Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor and Cerberus Ward Councillor Lisa Dixon at the new facility to celebrate the project’s completion.The new $1.4 million community hub was supported by a $546,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.The project saw the former Hastings Senior Citizens centre refurbished and extended to provide a new home for both the Hastings Senior Citizens Club and Hastings U3A.The new hub offers adult education classes, learning programs and an IT room, plus indoor and outdoor recreation and social spaces.Quotes attributed to Mayor Cr Despi O’Connor“A fabulous transformation has taken place at this site. We’ve turned a rather dated facility that was not fit for purpose into a wonderful community resource.”“We all know how important social connection and lifelong learning are for our physical and mental health. Hastings now has a one-stop-shop that offers just that. This hub will help our seniors stay healthy and engaged with the world.”Quotes attributed to Cerberus Ward Cr Lisa Dixon“Hastings has a large population of seniors, with just over 27% of our residents aged over 60. I’m delighted our older residents have this new hub to support their wellbeing.”I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support in helping us bring this project to life. This facility has significantly added to the liveability of the Hastings township”.Pictured: Cerberus Ward Councillor Lisa Dixon, Mayor Despi O’Connor and State Member for Eastern Victoria, the Hon Jane Garrett, officially open the new Hastings Seniors Learning Hub /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, Eastern, education, Government, Hastings, liveability, local council, mental, mental health, Mornington Peninsula, project, Seniors, Victoria, Ward, wellbeing, worldlast_img read more

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Researchers will use Korean ‘smart city’ of Songdo as a living laboratory

first_imgResearchers will use Korean ‘smart city’ of Songdo as a living laboratory The new center will provide a testbed to help academic and corporate researchers develop and deploy a new generation of physical structures and electronic technologies as prototypes for the urban environments of the 21st Century. By Tom Abate Stanford University this week established the Stanford Center at the Incheon Global Campus, a research center in the “smart city” of Songdo, a 1,500-acre business district nestled within the South Korean city of Incheon, a trade and transportation hub close to the nation’s major international airport.The center will bring together researchers from across Stanford’s seven schools with collaborators from South Korean industry, government and universities to initially conduct research on smart, sustainable cities and urban communities, with the goal of attracting researchers throughout the university who are interested in Korean collaborations.“While the Center’s work looks to the future, it is rooted in deep, historic ties between Stanford and South Korea,” President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said at a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning, South Korea time. “South Korea has been one of the top countries sending students to Stanford for more than 30 years. As a result of our decades-long relationship, Stanford alumni now serve as leaders in South Korean universities, government and private enterprise.”The center will provide a testbed to help academic and corporate researchers develop and deploy a new generation of physical structures and electronic technologies as prototypes for the urban environments of the 21st Century, said Michael Lepech, faculty director of the center and an associate professor of civil & environmental engineering.Researchers from a variety of academic disciplines and fields will focus initially on four key areas: improving how data is collected, stored and visualized to improve smart-city technology implementation; using data to improve wellness and quality-of-life for populations in and around urban areas; synthesizing and integrating sensor data to help enable companies based in smart cities to accelerate innovation and boost profitability; and developing ways for municipalities to invest in new technologies so that they are more competitive in a global economy and financially sustainable.Lepech said the center was inspired by a 2015 strategic planning initiative at the School of Engineering known as SoE-Future. Initiated by then-dean, Stanford University Provost Persis Drell, and led by an inclusive committee of faculty, staff and students, the school identified grand global challenges in which engineers could make a significant world-changing impact over the coming decades. Among them was how engineering can ensure that humanity flourishes in the cities of the future. “This center provides us with access to real-time smart city data, and unique infrastructure to test new technologies and ideas,” Lepech said. “Essentially, it’s a city-scale lab for those of us who are interested in studying these topics.”The center is funded through an initial 5-year, $12.5 million commitment from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea; the Incheon Municipal Government; the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority. The support of the Stanford Club of Korea was also instrumental in the development of the center, Lepech said. The funds will be used to hire 10 staff researchers who will work at the Incheon Global Campus while also funding 10 faculty, postdoctoral and/or PhD level researchers who will carry out their work on campus.The organizational structure of the Incheon Global Campus is designed to attract Stanford research projects far beyond the four initial goals, said Lepech. He hopes its presence will enable Stanford faculty, postdocs and PhD students to collaborate with corporate, governmental, non-profit partners and other universities in East Asia on projects carried out at the Songdo testbed. “Faculty from other parts of campus – for instance, the Medical School or School of Humanities and Sciences – could use this as the base for new types of international research that could not have been possible before,” he said. “I would love to see other Stanford faculty come in and use this as a resource to pursue their research missions and interests.”Joining Lepech and the Stanford team at the June 3 ceremony were numerous industry, academic and government leaders, including Ban Ki-moon, who served until 2016 as the eighth secretary general of the United Nations, and who made the opening remarks.“I’m thrilled and honored to have His Excellency Ban Ki-moon with us at our opening ceremony,” Lepech said. “Smart cities and urban systems, along with international collaboration, are central to achieving a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”In her remarks to help celebrate the opening of the new center, Jennifer Widom, dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, said faculty in the school and across the university are engaged in many research collaborations on topics around urban sustainability, including on such topics as how to make future cities more flexible and adaptive; how to make them cleaner and healthier through the development of clean and reliable energy sources; how to make cities easier to traverse; and how to make them more resilient to natural and man-made hazards.“Today’s opening,” she said, “represents one way in which we have made a tangible commitment to solving these pressing challenges.” /Public Release. 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Canada and Ontario invest $15M in municipal infrastructure to respond to impacts of COVID-19 in Northern Ontario

first_imgCanada and Ontario invest $15M in municipal infrastructure to respond to impacts of COVID-19 in Northern Ontario From: Infrastructure CanadaThe governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $15 million to protect the health, and well-being of residents in 99 municipalities across Northern Ontario.Details were provided by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Stephen Crawford, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Bill Mauro, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay.Communities across Canada are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and need immediate assistance to ensure their public infrastructure is safe and reliable.That is why both orders of government have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.The Government of Canada is investing over $12 million in Northern Ontario municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $3 million.The majority of funding will support the rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure, repairs to municipal public works buildings and fire halls. Additional investments will support upgrades to parks, recreational facilities and active transportation networks of multi-use paths and trails for residents across Northern Ontario.In the City of Thunder Bay, the network of multi-use trails will be widened and rehabilitated with new gravel, better drainage, and wayfinding signage, making it safer and more enjoyable for residents. The addition of new rest areas with benches will also provide better opportunities to take in the scenery and enjoy the outdoors.The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80% of total eligible costs for projects in provinces, and up to 100% for projects in territories and Indigenous communities. The Province of Ontario will invest 20% of the eligible costs for projects across the province.Quotes“Building and enhancing our community infrastructure creates jobs and keeps communities safe and healthy. This investment of $12 million will help our communities continue to move forward as we recover from the pandemic.”The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay -Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“In the face of COVID-19, the Ontario government continues to move forward with infrastructure investments and accelerate the building of projects so we can strengthen communities and create jobs. We are supporting local infrastructure projects in Northern Ontario that protect people’s health and well being while contributing to the province’s economic recovery this year and for many years to come.”Stephen Crawford, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure“Thanks to this funding, we will be able to advance construction of our Waterfront Trail, and renew four other multiuse trails in the City. These upgrades will be a welcome investment, facilitating active lifestyles, increased connectivity, and expanded active transportation in our community.”Bill Mauro, Mayor of the City of Thunder BayQuick factsThrough the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. Ontario is investing $10.2 billion in this program.To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream funding stream guarantees a minimum of $100,000 to each of the province’s 444 municipalities. Additional funding has been allocated to municipalities based on a variety of factors, including the value of infrastructure and median household income in each municipality.Through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, over $3 billion is available to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects.The Government of Canada has invested over $13.9 billion in more than 3,200 infrastructure projects across Ontario under the Investing in Canada plan. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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News Roundup: Boat on highway causes waves of puns, 2020 Shelby GT500 gets priced, and Rivian keeps on poaching

first_img Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” — OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) July 2, 2019When Ontario police got a call about a boat blocking a lane-and-a-half of traffic on the GTA’s 407 ETR Highway on Canada Day, they knew just what to do: Snap a photo and post it to Twitter, obviously. The OPP’s official Twitter account shipped out a photo of the mid-size motorboat beached in the left lane, calling for the public to caption it. And the public, Driving.ca’s commenters included, did not disappoint. There were a ship-ton of boat puns, some fun Photoshop work, and a few solid references to Gilligan’s Island, which it turns out is still the most relevant piece of nautically-themed pop culture. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s price tag nears six digitsFord has released pricing for the upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful Mustang ever made. The 2020 Shelby GT500 will go for $94,675 in Canada, which isn’t what the kids would call ‘el cheapo’. However, it’s a lot of car, with “the most torque-dense V8 ever,” according to the brand, good for 625 lb.-ft. of torque alongside 760 horses. Should you care to spend even more on mechanized muscle, Ford is happy to accommodate. There’s the Carbon Fibre Track Package that adds bare carbon-fibre 20-inch wheels and racing tires, a GT4 adjustable wing and more; or, for a little less, the Handling Package with a Gurney flap rear spoiler and front splitters. A hearse driver with a corpse in back argues right to use HOV laneA headline out of Nevada is serving as a reminder to funeral employees that if you’re going to use the HOV lane, your passenger has to have a pulse. When Nevada highway patrol pulled over a Dodge Grand Caravan traveling in the HOV lane with what appeared to be a sole occupant in the vehicle, they were met with an interesting argument by its driver. There was a passenger, the local funeral home employee told the officer—they just weren’t in a seat, rather in a casket in the back. Clever, but not technically legal. The driver was let off with a warning.What do truck nuts really say about a driver? There are many offensive and unnecessary ways to decorate your car, from the classic bumper sticker to gawd-awful accessories like headlight eyelashes, but king among them in terms of outrageousness are the truck testicles, a.k.a. TruckNutz. Now, columnist Lorraine Sommerfeld isn’t a fan of most car decorations, believing decor should be saved for the home, but she’s especially turned off by the dropping sacks that adorn the rear hitch of some of the world’s least discerning driver’s vehicles. So, if you own a set of TruckNutz and have an actual good reason why you feel the need to set them swinging from your F-150 – other than “balls, tee hee” – she wants to hear from you. We all do. Rivian can’t stop, won’t stop poaching employeesThe race to the world’s first long-range electric pickup truck is a hungry one. In an attempt to fight to the top of the pile, EV startup Rivian has been steadily leeching employees from automotive and tech competitors like Tesla, Ford, McLaren and especially Faraday Future. Since last spring, the Michigan-based company has doubled its number of staff, with nearly 50 engineers and other staff coming over from the struggling EV brand Faraday Future, many of whom had been furloughed by the company. The latest big hire made by Rivian, however, was of an Apple employee. Mike Bell, who helped bring the first-gen iPhone to market, will serve as Rivian’s first CTO. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 is the same old Miata we love, only now with more powerFun. That’s the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s modus operandi. Always has been. That’s why, when the previous-gen MX-5 (aka the NC) hit roads with a bigger body and a less powerful engine, some fans were… we won’t say disappointed, but confused. This year, though, Mazda has decided to clear things up with a return to the nimble nature and a boost of 26 horsepower. The 2019 MX-5 Miata once again plays to its strengths with a spirited four-cylinder engine, spot-on chassis and a host of other performance upgrades that make this generation one of the G.O.A.T.s. As reviewer Nick Tragianis notes, “On a tight, serpentine road, the Miata is more of the same, but better.” RELATED TAGSNews ‹ Previous Next ›center_img advertisement Trending in Canada 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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Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away.A police photo of a boat blocking a Toronto highway has turned into a national caption contestCaption? This boat ended up on #Hwy407 at Dixie Rd tonight. No one hurt. #HappyCanadaDay pic.twitter.com/rDU3sePzJ7 See More Videoslast_img read more