Denmark’s ISS strikes deal for UK engineer

first_img Denmark’s ISS strikes deal for UK engineer Express KCS whatsapp ISS, a leading facility services provider, yesterday bought the UK, Ireland and European operations of British technical services company GS Hall.The deal values the business at £53m, including debt and a £6m earn-out to be paid in the first half of this year depending on the business’s financial performance. Denmark-based ISS has funded the transaction through its existing debt facilities.Established in 1895, GS Hall is focused on the UK mechanical and electrical services markets, specialising in the self-delivery of services to accounts in the business service & IT and retail & wholesale customer segments. “This is the right company in the right market at the right time for us,” said ISS group chief executive Jeff Gravenhorst. “This acquisition will strengthen our ability to meet the increasing demand for integrated facility solutions where technical services is an important and deciding component for the customer in choosing the right partner. Furthermore, the acquisition will enhance our offering in energy management which is an emerging demand from our customers.” Tuesday 20 January 2015 8:14 pm 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 WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, Feb. 2

first_imgData per the Florida Department of Health as of Tuesday, Feb. 2. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 1,737,640 (+ 10,533)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 27,269 (+140)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 99,238 (+ 506)LEE COUNTY – 53,081 (+261) | 808 (+14) COLLIER COUNTY – 28,019 (+152) | 410 (+6)CHARLOTTE COUNTY – 9,801 (+56) | 303 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,066 (+12) | 57 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY – 3,401 (+25) | 67 (+0)GLADES COUNTY – 870 (+0) | 13 (+0) Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 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 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 May 31, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals AdvertisementRecommended 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

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LISTEN: Relive every moment of Jack Nolan’s stirring Midlands 103 commentary on Laois win

first_img Jack Nolan – Photo: Paul Dargan We’re still trying to catch our breath from yesterday.The Laois hurlers sent Dublin crashing out of this year’s All Ireland championship thanks to a thrilling win.In a heroic performance, Laois led from start to finish and defied their massive outsiders tag.In what may be deemed as the biggest upset to hurling this year, Twitter at home and abroad went wild as the final result came in.Laois were outstanding – as they recorded arguably the county’s biggest hurling win since beating Wexford in the Leinster hurling semi-final in 1985.The mighty Buff Egan was even there to witness it and he was then taken for dinner, drinks and some celebratory golf by Ross King and Jack Kelly.What it all means is that Laois are into the All Ireland quarter-finals for the first time in 40 years.They’ll play Tipperary in Croke Park next Sunday at 4pm as part of a double header with the other quarter-final between Cork and Kilkenny.We are blessed in Laois to have Jack Nolan on our airwaves on Midlands 103.Jack covers the length and breadth of the country covering games and yesterday he was joined by Tipperary native Shane Stapleton on commentary.“The shock of the year!” Nolan declared at the full-time whistle.Skip to around 1:16:00 to enjoy the final few minutes of local radio commentary in this dramatic encounter.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Incredible scenes as Laois hurlers defeat Dublin WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 8th July 2019 LISTEN: Relive every moment of Jack Nolan’s stirring Midlands 103 commentary on Laois win RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook GAA Twitter Home Sport GAA LISTEN: Relive every moment of Jack Nolan’s stirring Midlands 103 commentary on… SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Previous articleDeep sadness as much beloved Laois school principal passes awayNext articleWATCH: South Korean school children show their support to Laois hurlers in hilarious video 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. 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSJack NolanMidlands 103 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA GAA last_img read more

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The Heritage unveil new €3 million refurbishment and rebranding in glittering gathering

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Aedín Dunne – 8th November 2019 Facebook Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results The Heritage’s new brand positioning captures everything that guests want from their own perfect escape.Chief Executive of FBD Hotels & Resorts, David Kelly, and General Manager of The Heritage, Ger Alley, officially re-launched the hotel in a glittering gathering.As part of the refurbishment, The Heritage upgraded the ground floor bar and restaurant of the hotel, as well as the afternoon tea space and ballroom.Another major part of the refurbishment was the spa and leisure centre, which is one of the largest such dedicated spaces in Ireland, boasting 7,000 square metres of treatment rooms, as well as a thermal suite and leisure facilities.Host for the evening was legendary broadcaster Marty Whelan, with live music from The Late Late Show band, The Camembert Quartet.Following a sparkling drinks reception, guests sampled a selection of canapés taking inspiration from the current A la Carte menu at The Heritage.General Manager Ger Alley said: “This is an important moment for The Heritage.“Getting to this point today wouldn’t have been possible without the support and energy from the team here at the hotel.“It’s incredible to see so many people coming out to support the re-launch of the hotel this evening.This is an exciting time for The Heritage, and we look forward to welcoming existing and new guests to the hotel in the coming future.” WhatsApp GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSKillenardThe Heritage Home News Business The Heritage unveil new €3 million refurbishment and rebranding in glittering gathering NewsBusiness The Heritage unveil new €3 million refurbishment and rebranding in glittering gathering Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA SEE ALSO – Animal charity returns to Laois hunting for happy homes for rescue hens  GAA Previous articleLaois’s favourite type of takeaway revealedNext articleFamous Dublin nightclub no longer for sale as it is taken off the market by Laois owner Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. The Heritage, formerly The Heritage Killenard, completed its €3 million investment, unveiling new refurbishment and rebrand in a ravishing event last night.Special guests from the world of entertainment, sport, and business joined General Manager, Ger Alley, and his team to celebrate the official re-launch of The HeritageThe major ground floor refurbishment showcases new age décor with opulent luxury to reflect the new brand positioning Twitter WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Laois man shortlisted for prestigious Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship

first_img Pinterest Laois man shortlisted for prestigious Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship By Alan Hartnett – 22nd May 2020 Home News Laois man shortlisted for prestigious Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship News WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Dr Barry Ryan A Laois teacher has been shortlisted for a prestigious Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship.Dr Barry Ryan, a native of Wexford lives in Portarlington with his wife Teresa (nee McEvoy), who is originally from Portlaoise.Dr Ryan is a lecturer in Biochemistry and Programme Director at TU Dublin (formerly DIT) and has been shortlisted alongside nine others for one of Ireland’s most prestigious national individual teaching and learning awards in higher education.He is an award-winning and research-active applied scientist with a proven expertise in the practitioner use of, and leadership in, evidenced-based pedagogies in modern higher education settings.Barry is passionate about the practical implementation of research informed teaching and in supporting others in their personal development in this area.His teaching and learning philosophy promotes creation to empower and centralise all students across all levels within undergraduate curricula.He is concurrently a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Science Teacher.Speaking about the Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship, Dr Barry Ryan, said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for the inaugural Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Research Fellowships.“These Fellowships recognise sustained commitment to teaching and learning practice and scholarship and will shape and inform the direction of Higher Education in Ireland.“It is a great personal achievement to be considered for this Fellowship in light of ongoing developments in this space by our excellent colleagues.”The final fellowship winners will be announced later this summer.Best of luck Barry!SEE ALSO – Laois man scoops big job with British and Irish Lions ahead of 2021 Tour TAGSDr Barry RyanTU Dublin Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCalls for Coronavirus testing for all residents and staff at Laois’s four Direct Provision CentreNext articleBREAKING: New Laois music and arts festival rescheduled to 2021 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. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Twitter Pinterest News Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role last_img read more

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IOSCO calls for comments on governance of OTC derivatives data

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton CSA seeks changes to derivatives rules CSA delays margin requirements for OTC derivatives Related news Derivatives markets grow, ESMA reports As part of the ongoing effort to enhance oversight of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets in response to the financial crisis, the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures on Thursday issued a consultation paper on governance arrangements for OTC derivatives data.The paper forms part of an overall effort to harmonize OTC derivatives data reporting to enable regulators to aggregate market data on a global basis. Regulators are seeking aggregated global derivatives data reporting to ensure that they have a comprehensive view of OTC derivatives markets.In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the G20 pledged to ensure that all OTC derivatives contracts are reported to trade repositories, in an effort to improve transparency in these markets; with the ultimate goal of mitigating systemic risk and helping to prevent market abuse.Regulators are seeking feedback on the consultation by Sept. 27. Keywords Over-the-counter securities and derivativesCompanies International Organization of Securities Commissions Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Close-up Of Two Businessman Analyzing Graph On Digital Tablet andreypopov/123RFlast_img read more

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Public Urged to Participate in Abortion Consultations

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPublic Urged to Participate in Abortion Consultations RelatedPublic Urged to Participate in Abortion Consultations FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has called on Jamaicans to get activity involved in the abortion consultations now underway.He said that the public’s views and recommendations will inform the deliberations of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament, which is considering the final report of the Abortion Policy Review Advisory Group.“I want you to be actively involved, I want you to participate so that we can have some fulsome discussions, and give the (Joint Select) Committee something to mull over,” he told the packed audience at the first island wide consultation held on Wednesday (Jan. 20) at the Montego Bay Civic Centre.He said that the review process has been taking place since 1975, and hopefully, the present committee will make some final recommendations, which can inform a national abortion law.Members of the Joint Select Committee were on hand to listen to and make note of the opinions and recommendations of the participants.Two more consultations will be held, and then the committee will have a chance to assess all the recommendations it has received, which will guide the relevant legislation to be drafted for implementation.Minister Spencer expressed the hope that the Joint Select Committee can finish its work and forward its recommendations within this legislative year.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 35 illegal abortions per 1,000 women in Jamaica annually. Illegal abortions are seen as a major contributor to the increase in maternal deaths over the past eight to ten years.center_img RelatedPublic Urged to Participate in Abortion Consultations Public Urged to Participate in Abortion Consultations Health & WellnessJanuary 24, 2010last_img read more

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Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets

first_imgConstruction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets Hon Poto Williams The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams.Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in the construction sector through cross-government initiatives.“This is an important milestone and a positive step towards meeting New Zealand’s current and future construction needs,” says Poto Williams.“Our priority is addressing New Zealand’s current skills shortage, so that we have the capability and capacity to meet increasing demand. By surpassing our overall target to get an extra 4,000 people into the sector, we are confident we are well on the way to creating the conditions for a high-performing construction sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.”The Construction Skills Action Plan, managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), addresses issues around size and skills of the workforce to ensure the construction industry is well placed to deliver the buildings that New Zealand needs now and in the future.The Plan is a three-year programme of initiatives led by the Ministry of Social Development, Tertiary Education Commission and MBIE.“I’m also pleased to report that three of the initiatives have met their three-year targets early – Mana in Mahi has achieved more than 2,200 placements in the construction sector, Skills for Industry has supported more than 1,600 participants, and Growing Careers and Credentials has supported more than 5,200 enrolments,” says Poto Williams.“I’m proud of what this Plan has achieved so far – we are reaching into our communities to give people the support they need to build their own futures in construction.”Further initiatives to grow the capacity and capability of the workforce are being supported through the Construction Sector Accord’s people development workstream via the Accord Transformation Plan. The workstream is focussed on attracting a more diverse range of people into construction opportunities, growing the size of the workforce and supporting the upskilling of people and businesses in construction. /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:building, Building and Construction, business, Commission, construction industry, education, employment, Government, industry, innovation, Minister, New Zealand, participants, Skills, Social Development, Williams, workforcelast_img read more

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Understanding Washington’s wildfire bill

first_img 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Bill has passed both chambers with unanimous, bipartisan supportCLARK COUNTY — After passing both the house and senate with unanimous support earlier this month, Washington’s wildfire bill (HB1168) is headed to the governor’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law.The bill was authored in large part by the team at Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), under the guidance of Hilary Franz, the commission of public lands. The Big Hollow fire can be seen here from a helicopter burning near Cougar back in September of 2020. The blaze consumed around 25,000 acres. Photo courtesy of of KGWThe Big Hollow fire can be seen here from a helicopter burning near Cougar back in September of 2020. The blaze consumed around 25,000 acres. Photo courtesy of of KGWAfter increasingly intense wildfire seasons over the last 10 years, the bill seeks to curb “uncharacteristic wildfire risk … through scientifically informed landscape-level treatments designed to restore forest ecosystem and watershed resilience.” According to Crosscut, the bill would increase wildland fire prevention and response spending by $125 million over the next two years; up to $328 million by 2027. “We are on the brink of breaking the cycle of inaction that has fueled our wildfire crisis,” Franz wrote on Facebook earlier this month. “This historic funding will help us protect our communities, our forests and the air we breathe.”In September of 2020, Clark County and much of the Pacific Northwest experienced the worst air quality in the world for multiple days, as smoke from local fires like Big Hollow, and fires along the coast converged to block out the sun. More than 812,000 acres of Washington forests were consumed by wildfires just last year.“The increase in these uncharacteristic wildfires are the result of a combination of climate change-driven drought, hotter temperature, and windstorms; human development patterns and land use planning and activities; and where uncharacteristic fires occur in forests, by past fire suppression and departures from native ecosystem structure and function,” the bill introduction reads.While receiving tremendous bipartisan support, lawmakers agreed to disagree on some of the reasoning. Many Democrats in the legislature support the entirety of the bill’s listed causes for increased wildfires, while some Republicans have questioned the role of climate change and pointed more directly to close to a century of mismanagement.Exploring the solutionsOf the many suggested solutions listed within HB 1168, most are not new or revolutionary, but they are a shift for certain areas of the state and even the region. Top of the list in better managing forests are prescribing burning, mechanical thinning, better interaction and equipping of homeowners in the wildland urban interface, and increased firefighting support. Many of these terms have become buzzwords in recent months, and their true definitions can be confusing. Prescribed burning is one such term, as it pertains to, perhaps, the most surprising method of fighting wildfires: fire. “Generally we use prescribed burning to light fires under controlled weather conditions,” said United States Forest Service Research and Fire Ecologist Sharon Hood. “It’s a way to plan for a burn with enough resources to keep it in a certain area; using fire to consume a lot of really small material: the dead needles and some logs that you see on the forest floor, kind of kill those really small trees that you can’t effectively remove with a chainsaw or logging equipment. It’s a more blunt force tool than mechanical treatments.”Hood explained that many times, burning can remove harmful debris, and has found through her research that it can also improve the health of a forest. She also described how burning is most effective when it follows mechanical thinning.Thinning can take several forms, Hood said, but often very closely resembles a careful logging operation. Much of the equipment used is the same, but the goal is not solely to harvest timber but to remove unhealthy trees, forest floor plants and dead logs or branches. The process of thinning often uses chainsaws and chippers to remove undergrowth and branches; leaving behind a plethora of fire-ready tinder that is easily and safely removed in prescribed burning. Wildland firefighters with the United States Forest Service are seen here protecting structures inside the wildland-urban interface during the fire season of 2020. Photo courtesy of USFSWildland firefighters with the United States Forest Service are seen here protecting structures inside the wildland-urban interface during the fire season of 2020. Photo courtesy of USFS“When we talk about mechanical treatments, it’s a way of changing and kind of opening up the forest,” Hood said. “If you think about trees as fuel for the fire, changing the way that fuel is arranged, so it’s less flammable. Oftentimes, fuel treatments generally focus on the smaller trees, they might remove some larger trees to try to make openings in what we call the forest canopy.”These types of precautions, which are pivotal to much of the improvements suggested in HB 1168, can be incorporated into the logging industry directly. The thinning process speaks for itself, but beyond it timber harvesting can adapt to look different in different applications. Hood explained that when the goal is to harvest as many trees as possible for the production of paper and lumber, clear-cutting is still often used. This method is not necessarily detrimental, however, especially if the trees that are replanted after harvest are not homogeneous. Reintroducing this variety of tree types, mimics and untouched forest landscape, and fortifies the ecosystem against dangerous wildfires.In logging situations where it is not as imperative to reach a substantial yield, selective harvesting can be more successful, she said. This is where individual trees are selected to be cut down due to their position, type or for the benefit of larger surrounding trees. This method has been tested on Ponderosa pine forest parcels in Montana, and shown to increase overall health and fire resistance.“You’re trying to create these patches of different age classes and structures across the landscape,” Hood said. “I think logging that’s effective, both as a fuel treatment and for ecosystem services in the Pacific Northwest, is really trying to create different structures, you just don’t want to see a sea of forests that all looks the same. It’s a sign that that area could be highly susceptible to a fire because it could burn under uniform conditions.”When it comes to the wildland urban interface (WUI) and how it impacts wildfires in Washington, understanding what it really is comes first. Right now, there are over 2 million homes at risk from a wildfire in the state, according to the bill. Many of these homes comprise what is known as the WUI. It is the gray area, the overlap between city or town and open country. In Clark County, much of northern Battle Ground, Yacolt, Amboy and Cougar contain large areas classified as part of the WUI. The reason the interface is such a critical component to understanding how to battle uncharacteristic wildfires, is because it greatly affects the men and women who actually do the battling. In the world of firefighting, there are typically two main categories: urban firefighters who handle structural fires, and wildland firefighters who tackle forest fires and any sort of uncontrolled burning in open country. The latter can be the famous Hot Shots. The struggle comes in the gray Zone. Neither category of firefighter is perfectly equipped to handle this area, where they may encounter blazing swaths of trees and structures nestled amongst them. They simultaneously have to fight fire with two very different methodologies.“You need a lot more firefighters, generally, in that area, because they’re highly valued resources, it’s people’s homes, it can be people’s lives if there hasn’t been time to evacuate,” Hood said. “The fire suppression methods could be much more intensive there, because it’s the risk of maybe losing human life compared to losing trees.”“Our field treatments in the wildland urban interface, might call for removing a lot more trees and really opening up that space to try to keep fire from burning as high intensity.”A large component to HB 1168 centers on better equipping, defending and educating the communities and people located in the WUI. This section of the bill also covers the goal of ensuring “ … workforce development investments from the wildfire response, forest restoration, and community resilience account … prioritize historically marginalized, underrepresented, rural, and low-income communities.”Understanding the challengesSome of the key challenges in accomplishing the broad goal of reducing wildfire intensity in the state center on working with private landowners, understanding there is not one perfect solution and the debate surrounding climate change.In the state of Washington, nearly 8 million acres of private forest land exist. Subsequently, a large chunk of HB 1168 is aimed at educating private landowners on how to best protect structures and their property from fire. Nearly $20 million is earmarked for this exact task, according to Crosscut. Additionally, many believe that only through the combination of many wildfire fighting techniques, tools and styles can the bill be effective. On the surface, this looks like mechanical thinning, prescribed burning and private landowner cooperation all at once. “We don’t have one silver bullet,” Hood said. “To really change and mitigate our wildfire risk it’s going to take a ton of different approaches and coordination from the local to the federal level. It really is about people coming together from all different types of approaches, and using different tools because it is such a massive problem.”Forest road blocks were set up during the Big Hollow fire at the tail end of 2020’s summer. The smoke created by the fire and others burning up and down the west coast caused Clark County to experience the worst air quality in the world. Photo by Mike SchultzForest road blocks were set up during the Big Hollow fire at the tail end of 2020’s summer. The smoke created by the fire and others burning up and down the west coast caused Clark County to experience the worst air quality in the world. Photo by Mike SchultzWhen it comes to climate change, the familiar gridlock between the left, the right and the scientists that span the spectrum was largely absent from the passage of HB 1168. The most recent schism in this area occurred during the wildfire season of 2020. Some legislators declared the situation to be because of “climate fires” while others contested that while climate change was likely playing a role it was not the sole cause.“Climate change is impacting our forest already, often the trees are more water stressed and have been stressed sooner with a higher temperature,” Hood said. “Climate change has a much more direct impact on fires … because temperatures are higher, there’s more days of the year that if there’s an ignition, someone flicks a cigarette out the window or a lightning strike, there’s more days of the year now that that fire could start from that ignition.”Overall, Franz and others at DNR have been robustly praised by members of both parties for bringing vibrance to the issue, and providing directly applicable destinations for funding. Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign HB 1168 in the coming days. Only time will tell if the efforts spark the change needed. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Business profile: Crumbl Cookies gets a taste of the Vancouver market Next : Public Health officials urge precautions, vaccinations as COVID-19 case numbers continue to riseAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). 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Big Wheels: Colin James in a McLaren 570S

first_imgLike any son of the Prairies who followed his creative muse, Colin James has logged the miles, first as a 17-year-old splitting driving duties with his mom during a massive family trip of the U.S. southern states, then on many a cross-Canada jaunt with his early band the Hoodoo Men, and more recently on European and North American tours.He also admits to a love of speed, though two years of riding motorcycles — first a Honda Shadow, then a BMW 1200 sport bike — scared him enough to satiate the thrill of going fast. That, and being pulled over by West Van police on a couple of occasions — and not for his autograph.Tamped down as it might be, that primal instinct does reveal itself now and then during his time in the McLaren 570S. No surprise when you read the specs on this model: the aforementioned 562 ponies from a fire-breathing, mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8; a seven-speed, seamless shift dual clutch gearbox with paddle-shifters; a carbon-fibre monocell chassis weighing just 75 kilos; a sub-10-second sprint from zero to 200 km/h; and a top speed of 328 km/h. Little wonder Colin James is smiling.“Tight as a tick,” he marvels at one point en route to Lions Bay, a community his family called home for 18 years before moving down to the North Shore a few years ago. “Just wish I could come out of a corner faster than I am able to today. Just to get a better feeling for its weight and everything. But it seems light.” He’s right. At just 1,313 kilograms, its power-to-weight ratio is a whopping 428 brake horsepower per tonne. Translation: Hang on!McLaren Automotive’s namesake is Bruce McLaren, a New Zealand-born race car driver who got into the car-building business in 1964, the same year Colin James was born in Regina.I stop asking questions for a few minutes, but keep the voice recorder running. The only sound is the whine of the V8 filling the cabin, interrupted only by exclamations from the driver.“Ohhh. To wind out a corner hard in this thing…can you imagine?!“So much fun!“Can you imagine how much fun you could have with this going through some mountainous region in Europe? Going through Tuscany and the back roads around there?“Oh, feel that. Nice!” Music, no doubt, to the designers and engineers who created this “entry level” car.The 570S was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show as the first of three models in the new entry-level Sports Series, joining the existing Super Series (650S Coupe and Spider) and Ultimate Series (P1 and P1 GTR) in the McLaren stable. The 540C and 570GT have joined the 570S to round out the Sport Series, which the automaker expects to account for two-thirds of annual sales volume in 2017. The 570S starts at $219,750, but the loaded one James is piloting is a little north of $260K.According to McLaren, the 570S is designed to deliver “day-to-day usability and driveability.” Meaning it behaves itself at low speeds, has good interior storage and even comes with leather seat options. And it has a front trunk that James could fit an amplifier in. All in all, it’s a model that bodes well for McLaren’s future.As for James’ future, he’s celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary this month, he’s got that new album out — his 18th — and is off to the U.K. next month for an eight-show tour in support of Beth Hart.“We’re playing in London at the Royal Festival Hall, where London Philharmonic play,” he says with the same enthusiasm he has for the McLaren. “So that will be whack!“When I get back from England I’m off for just one day then go off on the Christmas Train from Chicago all the way up to Regina.”That would be the CP Holiday Train, where he and Kelly Prescott will showcase their talents at whistle-stops between the two cities from Dec. 2nd to the 15th. Proceeds from the annual tour, which has been going on for two decades now, benefit local food banks and shelves.“We usually do two shows a day, and one of the [train] cars rolls out into a stage and we play to kids and people. And I’m living on the train. I’ve done it once before and it’s great.”In the New Year he embarks on a Live Nation, coast-to-coast tour in February and March with dates in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Nanaimo. Planes and tour buses will be his mode of transportation for those gigs.Doing them in the McLaren 570S? To steal the Bluesman’s phrase, “That would be whack!”COLIN’S CARSFirst cars: “I actually first learned to drive manual when I was 10 years old in the Kootenays in a VW Bug. Once I got my license the car I drove was my mom’s [mid-60s Plymouth] Valiant. I drove all over Saskatchewan in that thing, hauling gear and the Hoodoo Men around. Then we had some band vans, using those to cross Canada probably about 15 times or so.”First new car: “It was a red 1989 Mazda RX-7, and I bought it with royalty money from Voodoo Thing. It was being used as a prop car on the Beachcombers, and when I bought it I had to wait a couple of days to get it. That was hard. I loved everything about that car. The Wankel rotary engine. The manual gearshift. The pop-up lights. Had it for about five years, then we had kids and that was the end of that.”Current cars: “I’ve got a 2016 Audi S4, and it’s a great car. It’s practical but also a real driver’s car. And I just love the guttural exhaust sound. My wife has a [VW] Tiguan and we really like it. I took it on tour last year for a few shows in Western Canada and it was perfect.”Next car: “Well, I lease my Audi, so it’s looking like the new S4. But the [exhaust] sound is a little muted compared to my current one, so I’m not sure.”Dream car: “That’s a hard one. More like dreams cars. I’d love an old one like a Fairlane, all square and everything. And a muscle car for sure.”THE SPECS: 2016 McLaren 570SStyle: Rear-mid engine sports carSeats: TwoEngine: 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 (562hp/443 lbs-ft. of torque)Transmission: 7-speed Seamless Shift dual clutch Gearbox (SSG)Fuel economy (L/100km): 16.6 city; 8.1 hwy RELATED TAGS570McLarenCoupeSupercarLifestyleSupercarsNew VehiclesPeopleSupercarsVancouverAudi AGAudi S4Beth HartBMW 1200British ColumbiaBruce McLarenCanadaChicagoColin JamesEnglandEuropeForza MotorsportHonda ShadowJUNO AwardsKelly PrescottKelownaLions BayLive Nation Inc.London (England)Mazda RX-7McLaren GroupMotorsportsNanaimoNew York International Auto ShowNew ZealandNorth VancouverOceaniaRegina (Saskatchewan)Royal Festival HallSaskatchewanSportsTuscanyUnited KingdomUnited StatesVancouverVancouver SunVolkswagen BeetleVolkswagen TiguanWestern CanadaWestern EuropeWhistler (British Columbia) COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Big Wheels is an occasional Postmedia series putting a person of accomplishment into a new vehicle for a drive, to learn more about the subject’s love of cars — and driving them.LIONS BAY, B.C. — This wasn’t what he had in mind when he named his new album Blue Highways. Colin James is a little downcast behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S as we head up the Sea to Sky Highway on an overcast Saturday morning.“Man, I just wish there wasn’t so much traffic,” the multi-Juno award winner is lamenting. “Can you imagine what this would be like if they could close this off to Whistler and let us rip? Man!” 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” Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img I must admit that half-an-hour earlier I was a little uneasy about handing James the key fob to this 562-horsepower supercar. I’ve driven many a powerful car on tracks, yet I felt a certain intimidation factor when strapping into this street-legal race car. How would a “civilian” handle it? My concerns were first allayed when I pulled into the driveway of his North Vancouver heritage house and spotted a black Audi S4. “Okay, that’s a good sign,” I thought to myself.Then, after just a block of James in the driver’s seat, I was totally at ease. During the proceeding hour driving up to Lion’s Bay and back, I came to appreciate that James is as comfortable behind the wheel, or the handlebars, as he is when performing in front of thousands of music fans.“Yeah, I love to drive. Always have,” he says, noting that he’s also a big fan of Forza Motorsport. “I’ve gone pretty far into it, pretty much up to the point you start engineering tires and stuff.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Colin James’ 18th album, Blue Highways, was released two weeks ago. He describes it as a tribute to his idols, including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Robert Johnson. advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Colin James was very comfortable behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S, though was a little blue from the traffic on the highway.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The two icons share a moment overlooking Howe Sound in Lion’s Bay.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A musician like Colin James would appreciate how McLaren has collaborated with audio experts Bowers & Wilkins to offer an outstanding surround sound system. This dash-mounted tweeter is part of the 12-speaker set.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2At just 1,313 kilograms, the 570S’s power-to-weight ratio is a whopping 428 brake horsepower per tonne.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Rear lights shaped in the McLaren logo are one of the unique features of this supercar.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Plenty of room for a guitar amp in the front trunk.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Unlike other supercars, the McLaren’s controls are simplicity personified.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2As if you need a reminder that you are in a track car, there’s this helmeted figure on the climate control display.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2In normal drive mode — is there such a thing in this car? — the display provides all you need to know, and fuel level is represented as ‘kilometres until empty’ (at right).Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2In track mode, the display is all business, with rpms becoming more prominent and the fuel gauge switching to a percentage (far right).Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The key fob to the 570S is as elegant as the car itself.Andrew McCredie, Driving Price (base): $219,750  ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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