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Time for Plan-B on Denuclearization

first_img Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” With its December 12th long-range rocket launch, North Korea moved a step closer to getting its ICBM technology right. As such, there is a pressing need for policy reviews both at home and abroad on issues such as the Six-Party Talks and Seoul’s stance on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. It is abundantly clear that North Korea intends to continue down its chosen path. Since the successful launch, the Kim Jong Eun regime has moved to emphasize the fact that there are to be more such launches, and not merely via the placing of a model “Unha-9” rocket in the arms of a snowman on the fringes of a televised concert by Moranbong Band on December 21st.There is also the ever-present danger of a third nuclear test, which South Korean government officials, mindful of the way North Korea moved toward its second such test in the year following President Lee Myung Bak’s own inauguration, fear could happen with little prior warning. Speaking on January 2nd, Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan Jin reminded reporters, “They’ve been steadily preparing for a nuclear test for some time now; all that is needed is for the order to conduct it to be handed down.“Because North Korea sees possession of a combination of nuclear and ICBM capabilities as its international political power, it is always going to be important to take the chance to show that off,” Kim added at the time.In response, President-elect Park has repeatedly emphasized how important both the Six-Party Talks and cooperation with surrounding countries remain if the “North Korea problem” is to be solved. However, there is widespread expert skepticism about the existing framework for dealing with nuclear and missile issues. According to Lee Chun Geun of Korea Economic Research Institute, “The Six-Party Talks were meant to stop North Korea’s nuclear development work; but, contrary to this aim, they provided a good shield behind which to keep doing it instead. It will be all-but impossible to achieve the goal of North Korean denuclearization in that way.”Former Minister of National Defense Kim Jang Soo, who is part of Park’s transition team, recently commented that there is “no alternative to cooperation between the surrounding countries” on North Korea. This is true, and with the advent of the second Obama administration and selection of John Kerry to head the State Department, there is set to be an element of synergy on North Korea policy in Washington DC and Seoul. However, the keys will remain in Beijing, and experts say that, as such, ways must be found to elevate the role of the Chinese government of General-Secretary Xi Jinping. They say this will require much closer Sino-South Korean and Sino-U.S. strategic dialogue.The current signs for Sino-South Korean relations are good. President-elect Park is said to have a good relationship with General-Secretary Xi, and the Chinese state media reacted in friendly style to her Chinese language ability at the time of her election. Such a good start may help her administration, and could contribute much to the systematization of bilateral dialogue, not to mention progress on the subject of a Sino-South Korean Free Trade Agreement.Professor Hong Yong Pyo of Hanyang University in Seoul said of this, “During the Lee Myung Bak administration, relations between South Korea and the United States have been good, but there have been areas of difficulty between South Korea and China and this seems to have led to currents of distrust between the two leaders. In President-elect Park’s case, she is friendly with General-Secretary Xi, which could earn her the trust of the Chinese side.”But friendship will not be enough. If Park is to solve the North Korea problem, she will also need to find a viable solution to pursue, and this is the problem. As one anonymous expert noted, “Kim Jong Eun will certainly never give up his nuclear and missile capabilities, which he needs for the continued existence of his system,” adding instead, “The nuclear and missile problems will solve themselves naturally if there is a big change, such as Kim regime change or reform and opening.”Indeed, according to NKnet researcher Kim Young Hwan, “There is very, very little chance of bringing about North Korean denuclearization through dialogue, no matter what diplomatic or economic price is paid.”Rather, Kim added, “More realistic results could be produced if just half that amount were invested in reform, opening and democratization.” Analysis & Opinion SHARE Analysis & Opinion Time for Plan-B on Denuclearization Analysis & Opinion center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter AvatarMok Yong Jae By Mok Yong Jae – 2013.01.11 9:13pm last_img read more

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Chalifoux takes over as SSQ’s new CEO

first_img Companies SSQ Financial Group Tessie Sanci Quebec City-based SSQ Life Insurance Co. Inc. announced on Monday that Jean-François Chalifoux has officially started in his new role as the firm’s CEO. “As SSQ Financial Group’s new CEO, Jean-François’s experience, vision, and dynamic approach will enable the company to confront the challenges currently facing the insurance and financial services sectors while continuing to pursue growth and ensuring that SSQ Financial Group remains a modern and successful organization with its values in the right place,” says Pierre Genest, chairman of SSQ Financial Group’s board, in a statement. The firm announced in June that Chalifoux would succeed René Hamel as CEO on Sept. 21. Prior to his new role at SSQ, Chalifoux was a general manager at Lévis, Que.-based Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Co. center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Ministry of Justice Signs Contracts for Supreme Court and Petty Session Facilities

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMinistry of Justice Signs Contracts for Supreme Court and Petty Session Facilities FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Justice, on Thursday (January 25), signed two contracts totalling $26.63 million for the purchase and installation of elevators in the Supreme Court and for the construction of Petty Session facilities at the Santa Cruz Courthouse in St. Elizabeth.The contract for the installation of the elevators in the Supreme Court, amounting to $16.43 Million, was awarded to Comfortair Engineering Ltd.Speaking at the signing, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer said “the elevators which we are seeking to install at the Supreme Court building . are intended to bring an appreciable measure of improved access and security to that premises”.Noting that two sets of elevators would be installed Mrs. Palmer said that one was intended to transport prisoners to and from the courtrooms from the ground floor when the courts are sitting, while the second set of elevators “is for the easy access of persons who are physically challenged, and members of the judiciary who may opt to use it”.Meanwhile, A1 Construction Limited has been contracted to undertake the building of the Petty Session facility on the compound of the Santa Cruz Courthouse.The facility, which will cost $10.2 million, is scheduled to be completed over a four-month period, beginning on January 28.Mrs. Palmer noted that the move was “clear .evidence of the commitment of the Ministry of Justice to enhance the facilities that are dedicated to the dispensing of justice in this country”.These enhancements are a part of efforts to improve court facilities across the island. An overall tour and assessment of the infrastructure needs of the justice sector was done in 2002, and the Ministry has made significant strides in improving the conditions of the island’s courthouses.Among other construction projects underway is the building of the new Port Antonio Court house, which is on target to be completed and handed over to the Ministry of Justice in November 2007. RelatedMinistry of Justice Signs Contracts for Supreme Court and Petty Session Facilitiescenter_img RelatedMinistry of Justice Signs Contracts for Supreme Court and Petty Session Facilities Ministry of Justice Signs Contracts for Supreme Court and Petty Session Facilities UncategorizedJanuary 29, 2007last_img read more

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EPA Partners to Strengthen Co-operation in Customs and Trade Facilitation

first_imgRelatedEPA Partners to Strengthen Co-operation in Customs and Trade Facilitation EPA Partners to Strengthen Co-operation in Customs and Trade Facilitation UncategorizedFebruary 2, 2008 RelatedEPA Partners to Strengthen Co-operation in Customs and Trade Facilitation RelatedEPA Partners to Strengthen Co-operation in Customs and Trade Facilitationcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Europe and Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) states, the parties have agreed to reinforce co-operation in the area of customs and trade facilitation.This is with a view to ensuring that the relevant legislation and procedures, as well as the administrative capacity of the relevant administrations, fulfill the objectives of effective control and the promotion of trade facilitation, and help promote the development and regional integration of CARIFORUM states.The relevant section of the agreement is in recognition of the importance of customs and trade facilitation in the evolving global trading environment and in the development of intra-CARIFORUM trade and trade between the EPA partners.CARIFORUM states, which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, have agreed to exchange information concerning customs; develop joint initiatives in mutually agreed areas; establish wherever possible, common positions in international organisations in the field of customs, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO); and promote co-ordination among related agencies.The parties have also consented to provide mutual administrative assistance in customs matters, in accordance with the provisions of Protocol II of the agreement.As it relates to the respective trade and customs legislation, provisions and procedures will be based upon the need to protect and facilitate trade through enforcement of and compliance with legislative requirements and the need to provide for additional facilitation for traders with a high level of compliance.Such procedures will also encompass the need to ensure that requirements for economic operators are reasonable, non-discriminatory, safeguard against fraud and do not lead to the application of excessive penalties for minor breaches of customs regulations or procedural requirements.In order to improve working methods, as well as to ensure non-discrimination, transparency, efficiency, integrity and accountability of operations, the parties have agreed to take further steps toward the reduction, simplification and standardisation of data and documentation; simplify requirements and formalities wherever possible, in respect of the rapid release and clearance of goods; and provide effective, prompt, non-discriminatory and easily accessible procedures to enable the right of appeal against customs administrative actions, rulings and decisions affecting imports, exports or goods in transit.To ensure transparency, a system of binding rulings on customs matters is to be established, particularly on tariff classification and rules of origin, in accordance with rules laid down in the respective legislation of the signatories.Transparent and non-discriminatory rules are to be applied in respect of the licensing of customs brokers, as well as on the non-requirement for the mandatory use of independent customs brokers; while systems, such as those based on information technology, must be progressively developed in order to facilitate the electronic exchange of data among traders, customs administrations, and related agencies.On the benefits of the EPA, Prime Minister Bruce Golding said it would provide access to a market of 490 million people with Gross Domestic Product and per capita income of US$13 trillion and US$30,000, respectively.The Prime Minister emphasized that securing a few of those niches could provide a springboard for real sustainable economic growth and development.The fundamental principles and objectives of the EPA are defined by the Cotonou Agreement, which has replaced Lom Advertisementslast_img read more

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Spectacular new $400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opens

first_imgSpectacular new $400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opens World-class $400 million new WA Museum Boola Bardip officially open today50,000 people expected to visit during nine-day opening festival Free general admission for first 18 monthsMore than 3,300 jobs created during project periodThe highly anticipated WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opened today with thousands of Western Australians getting their first taste of the incredible exhibitions, experiences and stories on display in the spectacular new building.The opening ceremony was held this morning with Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman opening the doors to the public for the first time.They were accompanied by hundreds of lucky ticketholders who were randomly selected by public ballot, to be the first visitors through the doors.About 7,500 people will spend about two hours each in the Museum today, enjoying the amazing new displays, looking for favorite objects, and learning more about WA’s extraordinary people and places, and their place in the world.Boola Bardip means ‘many stories’ in Whadjuk Noongar language. WA Museum Boola Bardip has been developed with a ‘People First’ approach, and its content and experiences have been informed by four Community Panels, the WA Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee, the Whadjuk Content Working Group, and direct engagement with more than 54,000 people across WA.As well as its Aboriginal cultural materials gallery Ngalang Koort Booja Wirn, the Museum features the stories and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout.Designed and built by Managing Contractor Multiplex and international architectural consortium Hassell + OMA, WA Museum Boola Bardip integrates five renovated and revitalised heritage buildings with a spectacular new building, creating eight new permanent exhibition galleries, a 1,000sqm special exhibition gallery, life-long learning studios, and retail, café and public spaces.WA Museum Boola Bardip is a $400 million McGowan Government infrastructure project that created 3,300 jobs. It is among six national finalists for the 2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award, which showcases world-class solutions and excellence in construction projects. It won three awards at the WA Master Builders Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards 2020, including Best Government Building over $100m; Best Historic Restoration or Renovation over $100m; and Best Public Use Building over $100m.General admission to WA Museum Boola Bardip is free for everyone for the first 18 months, while admission for children under 15 years will always be free.As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:“The new WA Museum Boola Bardip is simply spectacular. I have no doubt Western Australians will be blown away by its stunning architecture and fascinating exhibits.“It is a world-class museum by any standard, and one that we can all be proud of. This is a public museum, built by Western Australians, for Western Australians, to share the extraordinary stories of this great State.“The stunning, $400 million redevelopment of the Museum precinct in the Perth Cultural Centre will have significant social and economic benefits for all Western Australians.“It will play a critical role in strategically positioning Perth as a centre for cultural excellence, and showcase Western Australia as an exciting and unique tourism destination.“This has been a major infrastructure project for the WA Government at a critical time in our economic history, creating 3,300 jobs and helping keep Western Australians employed during both a global economic downturn and a pandemic.“I congratulate everyone involved in creating this extraordinary museum that I know will delight generations of Western Australians to come.”As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:“The new WA Museum Boola Bardip will play a vital role in our community as a vibrant centre of inspiration, learning and enjoyment for people of all ages.“The name ‘Boola Bardip’ acknowledges that the Museum sits on Whadjuk Noongar land. It honours the cultural heritage of Australia’s First Peoples, and it reflects the shared cultural heritage of the 2.65 million people who call WA home.“From the Museum’s genesis back in 1891 as a Geological Museum, through to the extraordinary achievement of today’s opening, I am thrilled the Museum is once again delighting visitors at the same place it has always stood, with the precinct’s five heritage buildings magnificently renovated and repurposed for a new era.” /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:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, architecture, Australia, Australian, building, children, community, cultural heritage, Government, infrastructure, language, Minister, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

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Statement by President Biden on Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021

first_imgStatement by President Biden on Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 The White HouseFarmworkers are vital to the wellbeing of our country and our economy. For generations, America’s farmworkers – many of whom are undocumented – have worked countless hours to feed our nation and ensure our communities are healthy and strong. This has been even more clear and crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, as farmworkers have put their lives and the lives of their loved ones on the line to ensure that families across the country have food on the table.This is why I support the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 and celebrate its passage. The Act will deliver the lawful status and better working conditions that this critical workforce deserves, as well as much needed stability for farmers, growers, and the entire agriculture industry.My Administration is ready to work with leaders on both sides of the aisle to address the needs of our essential workers, bring greater dignity and security to our agricultural sector, and finally enact the long-term solutions we need to create a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system, in addition to tackling the root causes of migration to the United States. /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:Agriculture, america, covid-19, Economy, food, Government, immigration, industry, migration, pandemic, President, security, United States, wellbeing, White House, workforcelast_img read more

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Premier announces 41st Parliament to commence on April 29

first_imgPremier announces 41st Parliament to commence on April 29 Joint sitting of the 41st Parliament to be held on Thursday, April 29New members of the Legislative Assembly to be sworn in, and the new Speaker elected The 41st Parliament of Western Australia will sit for the first time on April 29, 2021, with Premier Mark McGowan today announcing the full calendar of sitting dates for the 2021 Parliamentary calendar.A joint sitting of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council will be opened by the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.New members of the Legislative Assembly will be sworn in on this day, with WA’s first female Speaker to also be formally nominated and elected.The date for the swearing in of Legislative Council members elected at the 2021 State Election will be announced shortly.As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:“My Government took an ambitious and wide-ranging legislative agenda to the last election, and we look forward to delivering it.“We have a lot of work to do and the 18 weeks allocated this year, which is more than what occurred in 2017, reflects that.“We will undertake reform to disrupt and eliminate bikie networks and make our communities safer.“My team and I are looking forward to delivering not only our commitments, but continuing to provide the stable, responsible government Western Australians expect and deserve.”PARLIAMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA2021 SITTING DATESLEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLYLEGISLATIVE COUNCILOfficial opening – Thursday, April 29Official opening – Thursday, April 29Tuesday, May 4 – Thursday, May 6Tuesday, May 11 – Thursday, May 13RECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 27Tuesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 3Tuesday, May 4 – Thursday, May 6Tuesday, May 11 – Thursday, May 13RECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 27Tuesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 3RECESS 1 WEEKRECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, June 15 – Thursday, June 17Tuesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 24Tuesday, June 15 – Thursday, June 17Tuesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 24RECESS 5 WEEKSTuesday, August 3 – Thursday, August 5RECESS 5 WEEKSTuesday, August 3 – Thursday, August 5Tuesday, August 10 – Thursday, August 12Tuesday, August 17 – Thursday, August 19Tuesday, August 10 – Thursday, August 12Tuesday, August 17 – Thursday, August 19RECESS 2 WEEKSRECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 9Tuesday, September 14 – Thursday, September 16*Tuesday, September 21 – Thursday, September 23Tuesday, August 31 – Thursday, September 2Tuesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 9Tuesday, September 14 – Thursday, September 16RECESS 2 WEEKSRECESS 3 WEEKSTuesday, October 12 – Thursday, October 14Tuesday, October 19 – Thursday, October 21Tuesday, October 26 – Thursday, October 28Tuesday, October 12 – Thursday, October 14Tuesday, October 19 – Thursday, October 21Tuesday, October 26 – Thursday, October 28RECESS 1 WEEKRECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, November 9 – Thursday, November 11Tuesday, November 16 – Thursday, November 18Tuesday, November 23 – Thursday, November 25*Budget Estimates HearingsTuesday, November 9 – Thursday, November 11Tuesday, November 16 – Thursday, November 18RECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, November 30 – Thursday, December 2 /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:Assembly, Australia, council, elected, election, Government, parliament, Premier, reform, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

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Save up to $5,000 on these family friendly, all-wheel-drive CUVs

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This week’s Unhaggle deal features the Dodge Journey, Kia Sorento and Mitsubishi Outlander. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $32,298 Mitsubishi Canada Incentive*: $1,700Unhaggle Savings: $1,000 Total Savings: $2,700 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,840 Total Before Tax: $31,438 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe three-row Mitsubishi Outlander continues into 2018 with some option juggling and a few extra features. The thrust, however, remains the same — it is an affordable crossover with room for up to seven riders, although the third row really is only for kids. With all three rows in use, the Outlander accommodates 292 litres of cargo. That grows to 968 litres with the third row flat and 1,792 with the middle and third rows folded.The cabin is nicely appointed, albeit with hard plastics, and it gets an infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen as standard equipment. It supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert requires adding the $1,700 Touring package — but it also includes a power moonroof and heated mirrors. Lane-departure warning, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian warning, and adaptive cruise control are only offered on the top-level GT S-AWC, which adds around $3,500 to the SE’s price tag.The featured model arrives with a 3.0L V6 engine that makes 224 horsepower and 215 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic and Mitsubishi’s all-wheel-drive system, which it calls all-wheel-control (AWC). The combination brings a run from rest to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds, an average fuel economy of 10.6 L/100 kilometres and a towing capacity of 1,591 kilograms. One of the Outlander’s stronger assets is its 10-year, 160,000-kilometre powertrain warranty — it outstrips most by a margin.The all-wheel control arrives with a mode selector with 4WD ECO, Auto and Lock settings. For the most part leave it in auto and let it take care of itself, as it is proficient at putting the power where it’s needed. The lock mode comes into its own on a very slippery road.In the ride and handling department, the Outlander is well balanced — a comfortable highway ride with responsive handling. There is some body roll through a corner, but the suspension takes a set quickly and the response to steering input is fast and it has a connected feel.The Outlander SE has a sticker price of $31,438 after a combined Unhaggle discount of $2,700.Compare the Dodge Journey, Kia Sorento and Mitsubishi Outlander side-by-side right hereTransport Canada does not list any recalls for these three CUVs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Journey as Good for the moderate front overlap and side impact crash tests, roof strength and head restraint/seats tests. However, the small front overlap crash test and headlight performance are rated Poor and there is no score for forward collision prevention. The Sorento is a Top Safety Pick Plus with Good scores for all crash tests, a Superior score for forward collision prevention and an Acceptable rating for headlight performance. The Outlander earns the same ratings as the Sorento making it another Top Safety Pick Plus.The projected resale value of these mid-sized crossovers in 2022, after being driven an average of 20,000 kilometres per year, is $8,890 for the Journey, $12,190 for the Sorento and $10,740 for the Outlander. Trending in Canada Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $35,995 Kia Canada Incentive*: $2,250Unhaggle Savings: $500 Total Savings: $2,750 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,880 Total Before Tax: $35,125 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe Kia Sorento continues into 2018 with some minor changes, all of which are aimed at improving an already smart package. The featured EX model arrives with a boatload of equipment — leather seats with 14-way power adjustment for the driver, along with an infotainment system that looks after all phone and media functions system with a seven-inch touchscreen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The one item the EX lacks is a power-adjustable passenger seat.Space is abundant, with lots of rear room for three adults and 1,077 litres of cargo. Folding the middle row flat bumps the capacity to 2,066 litres. The area is also nicely squared-off, so the bulk of the space is usable. For those wanting seating for more than five, the V6-powered Sorento offer a third row.Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a back-up camera with rear parking sensors are standard fare. Forward collision alert with autonomous braking and lane departure warning require moving up to the SX, which bumps the cost of entry by around $6,500.The featured EX Turbo arrives with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and, more importantly, 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,450 rpm. The early entry of peak torque means that lag off the line is minimal. It works with a six-speed automatic and a good all-wheel-drive system. The combination brings a run from zero to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, an average fuel economy of 11 L/100 kilometres and a towing capacity of 1,591 kilograms.The Sorento’s Dynamax all-wheel-drive system was co-developed with Magna, giving it a Canadian connection. It is a smart pro-active system that shuttles the power around seamlessly. On a dry road, 90 per cent of the power goes to the front wheels. However, by monitoring a number of sensors, it begins to change the power split before the wheels break traction. It also has a lock mode for very slippery surfaces.Unlike many crossovers, the Sorento is not shy about tackling a faster corner. There is minimal body roll and the response to steering input is both fast and accurate. The flip side is a comfortable highway ride.  The featured Sorento is priced at $35,125 after a combined Unhaggle discount of $2,750.2018 Mitsubishi OutlanderCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Mitsubishi Outlander The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos The Journey is rapidly getting left behind, which rules it out as the hot deal. The other two mid-sized crossovers rate well for reliability and crash performance. The hot deal is the Sorento; it brings a wealth of equipment, decent resale value and a solid reputation reliability that’s supported by the fact Kia has won the J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Survey for the past two years, a study that ranks automakers by the fewest thing gone wrong in the first 90 days of ownership. 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” SUV Review: 2015 Dodge Journey SUV Review: 2017 Kia Sorento2018 Kia SorentoCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Kia Sorentocenter_img On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at mid-sized crossovers with all-wheel-drive. The hot deals are on the 2018 Dodge Journey SXT, Kia Sorento EX Turbo and Mitsubishi Outlander SE.2018 Dodge JourneyCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Dodge Journey Crossroad ‹ Previous Next › Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $34,095 Dodge Canada Incentive*: $4,250Unhaggle Savings: $750 Total Savings: $5,000 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935 Total Before Tax: $31,030 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe three-row Dodge Journey continues into 2018 with little change — that has been the story pretty much since it introduction in 2009. As a result, the Journey is beginning to show its age, especially when it comes to the desirable safety equipment – with the exception of a back-up camera, it has none. No blind spot monitoring, no lane departure warning and no pre-collision warning system. See More Videos advertisement The featured SXT AWD model does include FCA’s Uconnect 3 infotainment system with an 8.3-inch touchscreen and navigation — it remains one of the easiest to master on the market. The rest of the cabin is well-finished and has the content required. Space-wise, with all three rows upright there’s 303 litres of cargo space. Folding the third and second rows flat reveals 1,048 and 1,914 litres, respectively.While the base engine is an anemic 2.4-litre four-cylinder, the uplevel SXT earns a 3.6L V6 engine that pushes 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission and all four wheels. The combination brings a run from rest to 100 kilometres an hour of 7.4 seconds, an average fuel economy rating of 12.4 L/100 kilometres and a towing capacity of 1,134 kilograms.The on-demand AWD system powers the front wheels until they begin to lose traction. At that point, power is shuttled rearward as needed. However, under heavy acceleration from a standstill, the torque is sent rearward in a pre-emptive move to improve the launch characteristics. But the Journey is, first and foremost, more of a highway cruiser than it is a corner carver. Through a fast corner there is quite a lot of body roll and the steering has a sluggish feel, so the temptation to play racer is effectively damped.The Journey SXT arrives with a combined Unhaggle discount of $5,000 and a pre-tax sticker price of $31,030.RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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Detroit’s cancelled auto show will become an outdoor auto extravaganza

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened 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 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The new Subaru Legacy concept vehicle is under wraps during the press preview for the Detroit International Auto Show on January 11, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Lorraine Explains: Are modern car shows irrelevant?The Detroit show was held in January 2019 in Cobo Hall as usual, but without participation from such automakers as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Volvo, and others. The plan was to then move the 2020 show to June to avoid a head-to-head with CES, but that was cancelled when Cobo Hall was transformed into a field hospital in case extra beds were needed for COVID-19 patients. That show was then rescheduled for June 2021, and has now been cancelled.Motor Bella was originally conceived as a show for British and Italian supercars and vintage vehicles that would debut at the NAIAS in June 2020. It’s now the replacement for the entire event, and organizers are promising vehicle debuts, track and off-road demonstrations, mobility tech displays, and autonomous vehicles, all outdoors to address “continued COVID-19 concerns about indoor events.” The show will be held September 21 to 26, 2021. In a release, organizers added that auto shows are adapting to pandemic restrictions worldwide, and that “NAIAS has been reimagining its position for some time.” Conventional auto shows overall haven’t yet been declared officially dead yet, as some have been warning, but it sounds like what was once the most traditional and best-known show of them all is never going to go back to the way it was. RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSFlexDetroitDetroit Auto ShowNew VehiclesAuto ShowDetroitFlexMotor BellaNAIASNew Cars Trending Videos See More Videos After rescheduling the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit for 2020, cancelling it, and then scheduling it again, organizers have now announced that it won’t be held in 2021 after all.Instead, an all-outdoor show called Motor Bella is being promised as its replacement in September 2021. It’ll be held in Pontiac, Michigan, about 50 km away from downtown Detroit.Dating back more than a century, the NAIAS was always the first auto show of the season, held early in January. More recently, it faced increasingly fierce competition from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), also held early in the year in Las Vegas, which was becoming more attractive to many automakers as a venue to introduce their new models — and which went digital-only this year due to the pandemic. Toronto and Montreal scrap even their virtual new-car shows for 2021 advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

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Changes In Australian Ecosystem Tied To Arrival Of Exotic Animals

first_img Published: Dec. 17, 2000 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Note to Editors: Miller’s presentation is at 3:20 p.m. PST on Monday, Dec. 18, in San Francisco. The AGU press room telephone number is (415) 905-1007. A study of old and new emu eggshells collected from central Australia indicates a dramatic loss of grasslands beginning roughly 300 years ago was due to the arrival of Europeans and the introduction of exotic grazing animals, according to a new study.The eggshells of the large, flightless bird are unique in that they can be dated by traditional radiocarbon methods and by a process known as amino acid racemization, said University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Gifford Miller. Racemization involves studying mirror-like changes in amino acids in the eggshells over time, which has proven to be an accurate time clock for dating events going back thousands of years. “Because these eggshells can be dated by both radiocarbon methods and amino acids, they offer a unique opportunity to look back at ecosystem changes over the last 70,000 years,” said Miller, a fellow of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.The study indicates that grazing mammals introduced in the last few centuries by Europeans have contributed to “a major change in ecosystems” in central Australia, said Miller. “We see a major reduction of plant biomass beginning in the 1800s, which looks like a result of overgrazing by pastoral animals and the introduction of rabbits.”The results of the study were presented at the fall 2000 meeting of the American Geophysical Union held in San Francisco Dec. 15 to Dec. 20. Other authors on the paper include Beverly Johnson, a former CU graduate student of Miller’s now at the University of Washington, John Magee and Michael Gagan of Australian National University and Marilyn Fogel of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D. C.The eggshells were collected by Miller and Johnson, who conducted lengthy north-south and east-west transects in south-central Australia over the past two years. Miller believes the introduction of rabbits about 150 years ago was a major contributor to the demise of grasslands in the region. The emu eggshells were biochemically analyzed for two different carbon isotopes that reflect the birds’ diet, said Miller, also a professor in CU-Boulder’s geological sciences department. High proportions of the “heavy carbon,” or carbon 13, in the eggshells indicate the emus were eating primarily grasses, while lower proportions of carbon 13 indicate their primary diet was bushes and trees. To evaluate changes in vegetation in south-central Australia since European colonization, the team derived proportions of grasses compared to bushes and trees in the diet of emus that laid their eggs between 300 and 14,000 years ago. The team then compared eggshells collected in the past 25 years with those going back to the last glacial maximum 15,000 years to 30,000 years ago and even as far back as 65,000 years ago, he said. “Not even at the last glacial maximum has the proportion of emu diet of grasses been so small,” he said. “We suggest unprecedented changes in ecosystems occurred in south-central Australia within the past 300 years, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the proportion of grasses in the emu diet.”Eggs laid by emus during the last glacial maximum reflect a lack of grasses in their diet, he said. A 1997 study by Miller and colleagues indicated systematic burning by the earliest human colonizers altered the vegetation patterns enough to diminish the effectiveness of summer monsoons that periodically drenched northern Australia, triggering increased aridity over much of the continent’s interior and decreasing grasses. In January 1999, Miller and colleagues published a paper in Science magazine indicating the earliest humans who peopled Australia some 55,000 years ago inadvertently disrupted the continent’s food chain by burning vast areas of native vegetation, resulting in the extinction of most large animal species. The study showed an ostrich-sized bird known as Genyornis — as well as 85 percent of the Australian “megafauna” weighing more than 100 pounds — disappeared about 50,000 years ago. “Australia has a fragile ecosystem where the soils are significantly depleted in nutrients,” said Miller. “I would speculate that even if all the exotic animals were removed, it would take the ecosystems a long time to recover because the soils lack resiliency.”last_img read more

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