3 Questions for Sara Watkins

first_imgUncategorized3 Questions for Sara WatkinsA fiddling maestro talks about how she ended up working with Fiona AppleBy Drew Tewksbury – May 10, 2013546ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItSara Watkins, best known for her fiddling in the band Nickel Creek, brings bluegrass to McCabe’s on May 10.What moment in musical history would you relive?I would go on one of those long walks with A.P. Carter when he was song hunting, spending time with men and women who retained so many stories in song.You play many instruments. Which is your favorite?If I’m down about something, the fiddle and I can fix it.Tell me about the guests on your album.I’m always looking for songs to do with Fiona [Apple] at the Watkins Family Hour, a show my brother Sean and I do at Largo at the Coronet. I thought “You’re the One I Love” could stand a more obsessive treatment; I wanted to sing it as a duet with her.RELATED: Read Julia St. Pierre’s list of her favorite Sara Watkins songs TAGSFiona AppleL.A. CultureNickel CreekSara WatkinsPrevious articleDEAL ALERT: Relive the ’80s (Sort of) at Luxe HotelsNext articleLou on Wine: Batic Pinela 2008Drew Tewksbury RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.Fiona Apple Releases a Soundtrack for Our Abnormal PresentWhat Defines a Successful Immigrant?last_img read more

The Conservatives are launching their own trade union movement to win over “moderate” unionists

first_img The Conservatives are launching their own trade union movement to win over “moderate” unionists The Conservatives are launching their own trade union movement, which will target workers unhappy with more “militant” leaders.  It might sound like an oxymoron, but Harlow MP and the party’s deputy chairman Rob Halfon said the Conservative Workers and Trade Union movement was designed for right-wing trade unionists. “There will be a voice for moderate trade unionists who feel they may have sympathy with the Conservatives,” he told The House magazine. “There will be a new website and people will be able to join.” Halfon went on to defend the Conservatives’ stance towards unions. Always somewhat frosty, it’s fair to say the relationship between the two has worsened over the government’s controversial Trade Union bill. Critics claim it will undermine support for workers by making it more difficult for unions to strike. Labour MP Angela Eagle blasted it earlier this week as an “attack on basic freedoms”.  But Halfon insisted the Tories were “the party of trade unions”.  “It was a Conservative Prime Minister, Disraeli, who legislated to allow trade unionism. Even Margaret Thatcher said we should protect the trade unions,” he said.  “But I think that trade unionism should be for the many, not the few. And at the moment, so much of it, you see it through the – going back to prisms – the prisms of a few militant leaders who I believe don’t represent the thousands of ordinary trade union members.”  Unsurprisingly, union leaders have been baffled by the plans.  FBU general secretary Matt Wrack told Union News it was “bizarre”.  “[The Conservatives] have stolen workers’ pensions. They are making the workplace more and more unbalanced in favour of employers. Presumably the Conservative trade unionists will be masochistically cheering this all on. It’s just weird.”  TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said it was “a shallow gimmick without any foundation or basis in reality”. Share whatsapp Thursday 1 October 2015 10:17 amcenter_img Catherine Neilan whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comlast_img read more

Parents and friends raise €3,200 for Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise hospital

first_img Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin By Siun Lennon – 3rd May 2019 Facebook GAA Previous articleConroy’s Republic of Ireland come away with two wins out of three in UEFA tournament in IsraelNext articlePortlaoise Hospital host information day for World Asthma Day 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. WhatsApp L-R: Anne Blanche SCBU CNM, Sarah Clare Pearson holding Matt Pearson, SCBU Nurse Emer O’Shea holding Alex Pearson and Ben Pearson helping hold the chequeSEE ALSO – Portlaoise teenager named on Ireland U-18 women’s basketball team for European Championships Parents and friends raise €3,200 for Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise hospital Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results A vital fundraiser for the Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise hospital has raised over €3,200 thanks to the kindness and generousity of those who donated.Sarah Clare and Brian Pearson hosted an extremely successful coffee day and raffle in Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossory on Saturday January 5. Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Thirty amazing prizes were up for grabs on a coffee day with a raffle including a night away in the Bridal Suite at Tullamore Court Hotel.Fundraising for the Special Baby Care Unit is a cause close to Sarah Clare and Brian’s hearts.Two of their little boys, Ben and Alex, were looked after in the unit and both parents described it as ‘amazing’.“We are only privileged to try and help this amazing unit. It is where our boys Ben, now nearly six and Alex now three spent the first four-six weeks of their life there after being born at 32 weeks.“Even though our third child Matt, now 19 months old, was born at 36 weeks we were lucky that he was healthy enough to stay with me and not go to SCBU.“It is very scary and daunting to have a tiny fragile baby born and then to face a unit we knew nothing about.“All the machines, tubes, incubator and the medical terminology but the staff there took us under their wings and guided, supported and helped us so much.“They don’t just give round the clock care to our babies but they are there for the parents too. It is very difficult to go home and leave your baby behind but knowing they are getting the best care and helping hand they require to help them on the road home.Like many others, Sarah Clare thought the Special Care Baby Unit would receive all of their funding from the HSE, but it does not.“We would have presumed that they get all their funding from the HSE but unfortunately not. They are hoping for extra equipment such as cubical screens, heated cots, breast pumps and other items,” she concluded. Twitter Ben Pearson, Anne Blanche SCBU CNM, Brian Pearson holding Matt Pearson, Sarah Clare, Mai Clare and Alex Pearson. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSPortlaoise HospitalSpecial Care Baby Unit GAA Home News Community Parents and friends raise €3,200 for Special Care Baby Unit in Portlaoise… NewsCommunity GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Go beyond local to boost investment returns

first_img Specifically, the Canadian market is heavily dependent on the materials, energy and financials sectors, which represent approximately 75% of the market; this compares with just one-third of the global market, and just 27.4% of the U.S. market, the S&P Dow Jones Indices report notes. The Canadian market is also heavily concentrated in the country’s biggest stocks, the report adds. The top 10 components of the S&P/TSX composite index account for almost 36.2% of the index, more than double the 17.1% represented by the top 10 companies in the S&P 500 composite index, the report states. In contrast, the top 10 companies in the S&P global 1200 make up only 9.8% of that index. This heavy concentration, both in terms of sectors and individual stocks, makes it difficult for Canadian investors to diversify their equities exposure purely by investing in domestic equities, the report notes. “The absence of sufficient sector and stock diversification in the Canadian market has investment implications for Canadian investors with domestic equity allocations that are in line with the benchmark sector exposures,” the report says. “With the benchmark returns driven primarily by the returns of those three sectors, Canadian investors are subject to the peak and trough in the commodity and energy price cycles.” At the same time, investors who limit themselves to the Canadian market may be missing out on incremental returns. For example, health care has been the best-performing sector over the past five years, generating more than 484.6% in cumulative returns, the report says. However, as the sector has just a 1.95% weight in the Canadian index, it contributed just 3.91% to the benchmark’s total return over that period. The heavyweight energy sector was responsible for a similar overall return contribution (3.55%), despite returning just 9.7% cumulatively over the same period, given that it represented 25.9% of the index on average. “Canadian investors can become more risk-efficient by diversifying beyond their domestic allocations,” the report concludes. To test the hypothesis, S&P Dow Jones Indices has created four hypothetical portfolios to examine the impact of global diversification on risk-adjusted returns. The results suggest an allocation of 75% or less to the domestic market, with the rest allocated to international equities, “may potentially earn higher returns with lower volatility regardless of the investment horizon.” Even investors with a strong preference for domestic equities can earn higher risk-adjusted returns by maintaining a relatively high allocation to Canadian equities and allocating the remaining portion to global equities, the report notes. “The results demonstrate that historically, investors who have had a strong home-bias have managed to earn higher risk-adjusted returns by incrementally increasing exposure to international equities,” the report concludes. Canadian equities resemble emerging market stocks in many ways Performance of Canadian pension plans hurt by home-country bias: report Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian investors, even those with a strong preference for domestic equities, can boost risk-adjusted returns by diversifying into global stocks, new research finds. New York-based S&P Dow Jones Indices published a report on Monday examining how sector concentration in the Canadian equity market poses challenges for Canadian investors. Rising rates a good reason to diversify bond portfolios Keywords Home country bias James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Camp Yellow Bird – Helping Young Diabetics to Live Healthy Lifestyles

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Helping children with diabetes to develop a positive approach to proper management of their health is an annual focus and aim of the coordinators of Camp Yellow Bird, and this year, this objective was carried out under the theme ‘Lean on me’. Sessions with topics such as ‘Leaning on the medics while we face the monster’, ‘Demystifying Diabetes and ‘Leaning on the dieticians to make more healthy choices from each of the six food groups’ were used to highlight the theme for the camp, which was held at St. Hilda’s High School in Brown’s Town, St. Ann from July 22 to 29.Coordinator of the Camp, Yvonne Campbell says that the theme had come in handy as they (the coordinators) had to look to each other for support in making decisions.The eight-day camp hosted 103 participants, including 67 diabetic campers, making this year its largest since it was founded in 1992. Other campers included facilitators, counsellors and family members of campers who came to learn and support.“This year’s camp was mainly funded by the Ministry of Health through the Healthy Lifestyle Programme” informs Mrs. Campbell adding that “approximately 85 per cent of the children that came to camp were newly diagnosed within the last 18 months.”She says that this year’s camp was challenging because of the large number of campers inclusive of adolescents and young adults aged 15-22. The camp accommodates diabetics between the ages of six and 18, but, Mrs. Campbell notes that “because they (campers) were newly diagnosed, we made an effort to have them at camp this year to teach them the coping skills.”Some campers had challenges with their coping skills. This she says can perhaps be attributed to “some who are moving from children into adolescents, adolescents into young adults, and to complicate all of that they now have diabetes”.Funding was budgeted at $1.5 million for 70 participants but with the number of campers and personnel that were accommodated, this budget was exceeded. Referral for the camp is made through hospitals, dieticians, physicians, nurses, and schools, as well as churches, she informs.Despite the challenges, Mrs. Campbell points out that the children left camp more aware and every opportunity was used as a “teachable moment” with the campers having achieved the basic coping skills to manage their diabetes.A major concern of the programme is owning a camp site. There is the challenge each year of acquiring a location to host the camp. Mr. Campbell explains that “the churches are having their camp just around the time we are having our camp.we are trying very hard to get a piece of land and then build our own camp site.”Although the camp focuses on teaching diabetic children how to manage their condition, it is also a regular camp. Some of the activities include a sports day featuring of basketball, cricket, track and field, aerobics, and nature trail. The camp is about “fun and excitement in a safe environment,” Mrs. Campbell notes.She points out that “a child with diabetes becomes an adult with diabetes” and the organisers try to instill in campers that they can live a healthy and happy life. An essential focus of the camp is teaching the proper skills of insulin intake, nutrition, and exercise.Camp Yellow Bird is a voluntary organization but receives support from the Ministry of Health, the private sector and other interests. It has now taken the concept a step further, establishing community support groups for children with diabetes and their families. Advertisements RelatedCamp Yellow Bird – Helping Young Diabetics to Live Healthy Lifestyles RelatedCamp Yellow Bird – Helping Young Diabetics to Live Healthy Lifestylescenter_img RelatedCamp Yellow Bird – Helping Young Diabetics to Live Healthy Lifestyles Camp Yellow Bird – Helping Young Diabetics to Live Healthy Lifestyles UncategorizedAugust 5, 2007last_img read more

Architects Say Haiti Disaster Shows Need for Building Code

first_imgArchitects Say Haiti Disaster Shows Need for Building Code Office of the Prime MinisterFebruary 13, 2010 RelatedArchitects Say Haiti Disaster Shows Need for Building Code FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Haitian disaster has put the region in an earthquake awareness mode and renewed interest in a National Building Code for Jamaica, says President of the Jamaican Institute of Architects, Christopher Whyms-Stone.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Whyms-Stone said that while the Institute mourned the tremendous loss of life and destruction of property in Haiti caused by the earthquake on January 12, it also welcomed the renewed focus on the issue of proper building codes in Jamaica.“This is very important, in light of the fact that the majority of our construction does not involve the professional input of architects or engineers,” he lamented.He says that the preparation of the Jamaica Application Documents for the International Building Code has been undertaken by technical and professional stakeholders in the local construction industry, but that the country needs to go one step further, as quickly, as possible to pass the National Building Code law.“The need for modern standards to regulate the construction and maintenance of the built environment has been in discussion for many years,” Mr. Whyms-Stone confirmed.He also pointed out that at a recent meeting between the Jamaican Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board, the Caribbean School of Architecture and the Jamaican Institute of Engineers, with the Minister of State responsible for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague, the stakeholders were assured that legislation required to bring the code into law was being fast-tracked.President Whyms-Stone noted that professional architects and engineers have always used these codes in designing buildings and structures.“The public must be made aware that building codes go far beyond regulating the structural integrity of buildings. The codes provide standards to regulate the planning of buildings for adequate ventilation, natural light, sanitation, means of egress, density, flood/hazard mitigation, topography and minimum heights and areas,” he explained.He also pointed out that the codes provide standards for electrical and mechanical applications, and aim to promote an efficient use of resources.Architects and Engineers, according to Mr. Whyms-Stone, are the primary pre-construction users of building codes. Their initial designs and drawings must satisfy all the requirements embedded in these codes.“The Jamaican Institute of Architects has made Continuing Professional Development (CPD) mandatory for its members, as of January 2010,” he said.He noted that this was necessary to ensure that architects continue updating their knowledge and technical skills, in order to keep pace with new developments in the profession, as well as to meet the qualifications for re-licensing annually.“The JIA owes it to its members and the public to keep our professionals up to date and current on emerging technologies and standards,” he said.Mr. Whyms-Stone said that an important factor of the Haitian earthquake, which Jamaicans need to understand, is that the January 12 earthquake was not only powerful, but was also close to the surface of the earth.“The footage from Haiti showed many buildings which had totally collapsed. The footage also showed many buildings which, though severely structurally damaged, did not collapse. Building codes provide the standards which enable safety during a crisis and good health and comfort during regular occupancy,” he said.“The earthquake has also demonstrated that the consequences of an under-regulated built environment can be tremendous. We would like to take the opportunity to restate that hazard mitigation does not only apply to buildings, but also to the planning of our neighbourhoods, towns and cities,” he stated.“We are confident that the Haitian people will rise from the challenges they now face. The JIA along with other regional and international architectural associations have made contact with our Haitian counterparts and are seeking ways to contribute to the reconstruction process,” he added.Mr. Whyms-Stone said that the JIA will continue to lobby for the implementation of best-practices policies, and to provide the citizens of Jamaica with professional architectural services.There is constant need for the engagement of thoroughly skilled experts, who are responsible and qualified and who adopt holistic approaches with a resolute awareness of local microclimate, seismic and other requirements that modern buildings must meet, he concluded. RelatedArchitects Say Haiti Disaster Shows Need for Building Codecenter_img RelatedArchitects Say Haiti Disaster Shows Need for Building Code Advertisementslast_img read more

Aggressive airlift strategy paying off – Bartlett

first_imgAggressive airlift strategy paying off – Bartlett TransportMarch 2, 2010 RelatedAggressive airlift strategy paying off – Bartlett RelatedAggressive airlift strategy paying off – Bartlett FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said that the country is reaping success from its “aggressive” airlift strategy, particularly out of gateways in Canada, the United States and Europe.Jamaica, he noted, has been successful in attracting service from 12 new gateways during the last 12 months and there is every indication that more carriers will be flying to Jamaica.“Our increasing airlift is boosting our arrival numbers to the point where last year we experienced a 3.6 per cent growth in stopover arrivals with 1,831,097 visitors at a time when every other Caribbean island, with the exception of the Dominican Republic and Cuba, were experiencing varying levels of decline,” Minister Bartlett stated.He was addressing a Canada Jamaica Business Council luncheon last Wednesday (February 24) at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, where he spoke on issues relating to the tourism industry, including airlift, development projects and security.He assured that the sale of Air Jamaica will not affect service to existing gateways as Caribbean Airlines will provide the necessary continuity.“We expect the fallout to be minimal as we have been taking steps to ensure that other US carriers are increasing their rotations to Jamaica,” he informed.Turning to upgrading and expansion projects, the Tourism Minister informed that the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has been restructured and mandated to work closely with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to upgrade, develop and manage the quality of attractions.He informed that the TEF currently has just over $3.5 billion in investments, pending deployment in various projects and programmes.One of the largest projects being undertaken by the TPDCo, with TEF support, is the Comprehensive Resort Upgrading Programme to benefit areas such as Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril.“The Montego Bay plan is completed and what it does in fact call for is the redevelopment of the entire Gloucester Avenue/Kent Avenue area starting from the entrance to Pier One all the way down to Dead End.The programme, he informed, will bring US$145 million in investments into the area, generate 450 construction jobs and provide over 1,250 direct and 1,650 jobs indirect jobs for the industry within that area.As it relates to security, he said that the Ministry is committed to working with the relevant government bodies in combating crime not only against foreigners but Jamaicans as well.“The Resort Courtesy Corps, since its introduction, has had a significant impact on harassment and today, the incidence of harassment is down by 50 per cent and falling, and it is our plan to bring it down to zero,” he stated.Canadian High Commissioner, Stephen Hallihan, citing negotiations between Canada and CARICOM towards a bilateral trade and investment treaty, said that the region stands to benefit significantly from such an agreement.“An enhanced trade and investment agreement between Canada and CARICOM will benefit us all. It will create both the space and the marketplace within which exporters and business people of all kinds and in all sectors can bring their spirit, their business sense and their products into play and in so doing, create profits, jobs and sustainable economic and commercial activities for our mutual benefit,” he stated.center_img RelatedAggressive airlift strategy paying off – Bartlett Advertisementslast_img read more

Comprehensive visa changes allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages

first_imgComprehensive visa changes allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages Six month extension for employer-assisted work visa holdersPostponed stand down period for low-paid Essential Skills visa holdersRetain 2019 media wage of $25.50 per hour for immigration settings until at least July 2021Working Holiday visas extended by 6 monthsMany migrant workers currently in New Zealand will be able to stay and work here for longer, following adjustments to visa settings announced by Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.“Our economy is bouncing back better than expected and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries,” Kris Faafoi said.“With the labour market outlook being more optimistic, we are implementing a range of changes to ensure the migrant workforce already in New Zealand can supplement employers’ efforts to recruit New Zealanders who have lost jobs due to COVID.“The visa setting changes will run well into 2021, providing certainty for employers and workers.“We will continue to watch closely how the labour market develops and whether further extensions are needed,” Kris Faafoi said.“There are about 192,000 migrant workers in New Zealand. That is a similar number to a year ago but without the changes we are making the numbers would fall as visas expire and border restrictions mean limited numbers of new workers are able to come to New Zealand.“With border restrictions in place to keep COVID-19 out, we cannot bring the numbers of migrant workers into New Zealand that many industries have come to rely on, especially for their peak seasons.“Our priority remains to help get New Zealanders into jobs and we encourage employers to continue focusing on longer-term workforce planning, training, and improving wages and conditions to attract a local workforce.“While these changes will allow employers to retain their existing migrant workforce, they will still need to prove that no New Zealanders are available before hiring new employees,” Minister Faafoi said.The changes are:Employer-assisted work visa holders (and their partners and dependent children) who have a job and whose visas are expiring from January to July 2021 will have their visas automatically extended by another six months.The stand-down period, during which low-paid Essential Skills visa holders have to leave New Zealand, will be postponed until January 2022. The stand-down period means that Essential Skills visa holders earning less than the median wage (currently $25.50) must leave New Zealand for 12 months after having worked here for three years before they can return. Immigration New Zealand will continue to use the 2019 median wage of $25.50 per hour for immigration settings until at least July 2021 at which point the median wage will rise to $27 per hour. Working Holiday visas will be extended for six months, and restrictions will be relaxed on the maximum duration of work permitted, allowing Working Holiday visa holders to continue working in any industry they choose (including horticulture and wine sector roles). Working Holiday makers will no longer be transferred onto a Supplementary Seasonal Employer work visa when their working holiday visa expires. Migrants already on an SSE visa will be able to continue working for the horticulture and wine sectors, or apply for an Essential Skills visa if they find alternative qualifying work. Immigration New Zealand will contact all eligible visa holders.Note to editors:Number of visa holders currently in New Zealand (as at December 2020)189,000 temporary migrants with work rights83,000 on employer-assisted work visas (most will be extended)58,000 on other work visas, including post-study work (not affected) and working holiday visas (to be extended)43,000 partners of New Zealanders, workers and students (some will be extended) 5,000 workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (not affected) 42,000 students (some with work rights, not affected) 31,000 visitors (not affected)Ways for employers to keep their migrant workersThere are already ways for individual employers to retain their onshore workforce when these workers reach the end of their extension if they can show that there are no New Zealanders available to fill a role:Workers on employer-assisted visas can renew, and other migrants can obtain Essential Skills visas, if they have an offer of work for 30 hours per week and it can be shown that there are no New Zealanders available to do the job. Employers of low-paid migrant workers, who are subject to the stand down period, can avoid the stand down period by paying above the median wage. The Ministry of Social Development has made it easier for employers to see if New Zealanders are available for jobs by creating lists of occupations and regions where there is a clear over or undersupply of New Zealanders on Job Seeker Support. Where occupations are on an undersupply list an employer will not need to get a Skills Match Report in order to meet the labour market test. /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. 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These three entry-level CUVs entice with big discounts

first_img The good news is that the Patriot’s on-road comportment is good. There is enough compliance engineered into the suspension to take the sting out of large bumps, and the steering has a connected feel and decent feedback. The downside is the compliance sees body roll and understeer surface early. There is a good electronic stability control system that includes roll-mitigation; it measures the amount of body roll and its rate of change to determine if the driver has overstepped the line and is in danger of going paint-side down. This is a good thing for any SUV.The Patriot North featured here has a plus and a minus when it comes to its powertrain. On the plus side, the North earns the larger 2.4-litre engine with 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque; it delivers power seamlessly with decent fuel economy. The minus is found in the continuously variable (I say, annoying) transmission that arrives with the all-wheel drive system (the front-driver enjoys a regular six-speed automatic). The hitch is not with performance, but rather the motor boating mode the engine adopts whenever the gas is prodded with authority; it isn’t a deal breaker, but it does not leave a good first impression.The Jeep Patriot North AWD has a generous Unhaggle discount of $6,250 and a pre-tax price of $25,675.2016 Mazda CX-5 2.5 GS Auto AWDCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Mazda CX-5 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 entry-level compact crossovers. The hot deals are on the 2016 Jeep Patriot North AWD, Mazda CX-5 2.5 GS Auto AWD and Toyota RAV4 LE AWD.2016 Jeep Patriot North AWDCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Jeep Patriot We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $31,245Mazda Canada Incentive*: $1,000Unhaggle Savings: $850Total Savings: $1,850Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,035Total Before Tax: $31,430Mazda’s CX-5 makes no apologies for being a soft-roader, using its optional i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system to deliver better on-road traction than any real off-road ability. It is also one of the few compact crossovers that has a real sense of sportiness to its drive. The suspension does a good job of limiting body roll without sacrificing ride comfort; in this regard, it is a balanced setup that puts a smile on the driver’s face when a twisty road beckons. This cute-ute also arrives with a full suite of the company’s SkyActiv technologies. In simple terms, it means the chassis, powertrain and suspension work hand-in-hand to showcase the best the compact crossover has to offer.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › 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: 2016 Toyota RAV4 SEThe GS featured here employs the up-level 2.5-litre four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine, which uses a high 13:1 compression ratio to improve both output and economy, delivers 184 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s enough to give it an enthusiastic launch and a willing midrange.The featured Mazda CX-5 GS has an Unhaggle discount of $1,850 and a selling price of $31,430.Toyota RAV4 LE AWDCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Toyota RAV4 *Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. For more information on purchasing any of these vehicles or others, please visit Unhaggle.com. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers. Taxes are extra and vary by province. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2016 Toyota RAV4, top, Mazda CX-5, bottom left, and the Jeep Patriot. Trending Videoscenter_img RELATED TAGSCX-5JeepMazdaPatriotRAV4ToyotaSUVAWD / 4x4CompactCUV / CrossoverGasNew Car DealsNew Car DealsNew Vehiclesall-wheel driveAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologycompactCrossoverDriving.cagasolineGraeme FletcherInsurance Institute for Highway SafetyJeep PatriotMazda Motor CorporationOff-Road VehiclesScience and TechnologyTechnologyToyota Motor CorporationToyota RAV4Unhaggle.com 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 See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $29,990Jeep Canada Incentive*: $5,500Unhaggle Savings: $750Total Savings: $6,250Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935Total Before Tax: $25,675The Jeep Patriot is in the last phase of its run with an as-yet-to-be named replacement for it and the Compass sitting in the wings. While the Patriot looks like an SUV (the typical two-box design), it is, in reality, more of a boulevardier-like crossover. Yes, the “Trail Rated” versions with the Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group along for the ride do bring a degree of off-road ability, but even when so equipped, it’s more at home on a gnarly cottage access road than tackling the Rubicon Trail. SUV Review: 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $27,505Toyota Canada Incentive*: $885Unhaggle Savings: $750Total Savings: $1,635Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,900Total Before Tax: $27,770The Toyota RAV4 arrived with updated styling for 2016. While the tweaks are minor in nature, it does make for a better-looking rig. What comes through loud and clear after driving the RAV4 is it tends to favour the comfort side of the equation. It is also roomier — the cargo area is large and nicely squared off, and it has a low lift-over with a flat floor, which adds to its versatility. It also features one of the most accommodating cabins and a more cosseting ride than many of its peers.That’s the plus.The downside is that it does not handle a twisty road with the same aplomb as the CX-5; that is not a criticism, but rather an observation.The RAV4 is powered by a single engine choice – a 2.5-litre four-cylinder that’s good for 176 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic. The combination works nicely. The optional AWD system is quick to pick up wheel slippage and there’s plenty of passing power when it’s called upon.The Toyota RAV4 LE carries a discount of $1,635 and a price of $27,770.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Toyota RAV4 as good in all tests and awards it a Top Safety Pick Plus. The plus designation indicates it has an “advanced or superior” rating for front crash prevention. The IIHS does go on to note that the RAV4’s headlights and LATCH system performance is marginal. The Mazda CX-5 gets an almost identical report card including the Top Safety Pick Plus, but goes one better with an acceptable rating for the LATCH system. The Jeep Patriot gets good ratings for the moderate front overlap, side impact and roof strength tests and an acceptable mark for the tougher small front overlap test. However, the IIHS gives the Patriot a poor rating for headlight performance.It really is like splitting hairs when trying to pick a winner from this trio of entry-level compact crossovers. In the end, it boiled down to a choice between the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4. Both enjoy excellent resale value, long-term reliability and both have solid crash ratings; the difference is found in the driving demeanour. If you prefer a sportier drive, the Mazda CX-5 is the right pick. If overall comfort is the name of the game, the Toyota RAV4 is the better choice. It’s your call! 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Honda sold its two-millionth Civic in Canada

first_img 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 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Since its introduction to Canada in 1973, the Civic is nothing short of a success story. Last year, Honda sold 64,552 copies – absolutely stratospheric, considering Honda sold just 747 Civics back in 1973. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Since its introduction to Canada in 1973, Honda has sold 2,000,000 Civics in Canada  Honda center_img RELATED TAGSCivicHondaNewsCanadaHonda CivicHonda Motor Co. Ltd.Jean Marc Leclerc ‹ Previous Next › 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” advertisement Honda crossed a Canadian milestone this week, after the two-millionth Civic found a home.Over the last 19 years, the Civic has been the king of the Canadian auto sales castle and it’s easy to see why – though it might be little more than a way to get from point A to B for some, Canadians just can’t seem to get enough of the Civic’s balance between reliability, driving dynamics and fuel economy.“The success of the Civic over the years has led to the organic growth of a passionate and dedicated ‘Civic Nation‘ … this community may not have common interests or originate from the same place, but it’s the love of the Civic that unites them,” Jean-Marc Leclerc, Honda Canada’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. Trending in Canadalast_img read more