Facebook LinkedIn Twitter OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Keywords Economic forecasts Related news Ross Marowits Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Automakers are seeking to reduce labour costs because health-care costs are rising and the strong Canadian dollar is eroding competitiveness. In June, General Motors announced it would shut down its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont., next year, a move that will eliminate 2,000 direct jobs. The planned closure comes as the big automaker restarts production at the former Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. Moody’s said the auto industry is one of “the few bright lights on the Canadian manufacturing landscape.” Transportation equipment accounted for more than three-quarters of the growth in Canadian manufacturing in the 12 months through June. The resurgence of the Big 3 has helped drive a sharp acceleration in Ontario manufacturing, more than offsetting the slowing pace of shipments from Quebec and British Columbia, Hopkins wrote in a report. “Improving auto sales in the U.S. have also been a key component of demand growth for Canada’s largest trading partner. Stalling this momentum, even temporarily, would be costly.” Meanwhile, ratings service DBRS said it believes a strike won’t likely be long or have a significantly harmful effect on General Motors or Ford. DBRS said the risk of a strike is “manageable” even though it will have some impact on the automakers’ U.S. operations because of the inter-relationship between the operations on both sides of the border. “We don’t expect a prolonged strike and even if the strike were to commence, the impact on the company and consequently the effect on the rating is not that material,” he said during a conference call after it raised the ratings of the two companies. The ratings agency upgraded the ratings of both General Motors and Ford to BBB (low) from BB (high) due to their improved profitability, strong financial positions and strengthening North American operations. DBRS said the U.S. automakers are mainly profitable because of past concessions from hourly workers. But abandoning efforts to reduce the $15 per hour cost differential between the Canadian and U.S. operations would make them uncompetitive with offshore rivals, especially from Japan and Korea. “Everybody’s quality of cars is narrowing and everybody’s design and change in products is competitive so you have to always keep an eye on the cost structure,” Hon said. He said the automakers “learned the lesson” of past talks and can’t give more favourable contract terms in good times and then ask for givebacks in bad times. The Big 3 U.S. automakers are continuing tough negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers union as a countdown continues to a threatened strike at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The union has offered wage and benefit concessions for new hires but is refusing demands for reductions for existing employees. “To date, little success has been made, with the union and the companies still very far apart on a number of fundamental issues,” the CAW said Friday in a message to its members at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. It added that each of the three companies “remains steadfast in their determination to force deep concessions on both existing and future workers.” “The CAW is equally determined to resist these demands and negotiate a fair settlement that reflects the best interest of our members.” The union has warned that it may target more than one of the U.S. automakers if negotiations fall through. GM only produces a few models at its sole remaining CAW-affiliated assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont. Ford employs less than 5,000 workers at its assembly plant in Oakville and two engine assembly facilities in Windsor. University of Windsor professor Tony Faria said the impact of a strike would be much greater on Chrysler, which derives about a quarter of its production from Canada. All of its minivans are made in Windsor, along with several key sedans and vehicles. “Chrysler is looking at razor thin profits. They’ve got good prospects for this year and next year but the only way their profits are actually going to materialize is they have to be producing vehicles,” he said in an interview. Faria said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is a tough negotiator but he can’t afford a shutdown. “Chrysler is only now getting into a profitable situation so this is a bad, bad time for Chrysler to be shut down.” A debt ratings agency that covers the auto industry believes that even a short strike by Canadian auto workers could be “painful” and hurt the country’s weak economic growth for months to come. “Even a one-week walkout could jeopardize Canada’s increasingly listless growth, shaving 0.25 percentage point from September GDP while disrupting North American supply chains and retail spending into the fourth quarter,” Moody’s Analytics senior economist Mark Hopkins said Friday.
Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews honors Bass and Bierman April 15, 2011 Regular News THE MIAMI COALITION OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS recently presented awards to Hilarie Bass and Donald I. Bierman. Bass was preseted the MCCJ Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award and Bierman the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bass is chair of the ABA’s Litigation Section and of the United Way of Miami-Dade County. Bierman, a lawyer, has served as chair of the Metropolitan Dade County Community Relations Board and was a charter member and treasurer of the Miami Civilian Investigative Panel, an agency created and empowered by voters to conduct independent and impartial oversight of the Miami Police Department.
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27 January 2014 The first Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) ministerial meeting on science, technology and innovation will take place in Kleinmond in the Western Cape from 10 to 11 February, the Department of Science and Technology announced last week. Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom will host the two-day event, which will be attended by science ministers from the BRICS countries. The meeting is one of the activities agreed to at the 5th BRICS summit held in Durban last year. According to the department, the ministers will table a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation between the five countries in science, technology and innovation. The memorandum will also commit the countries to seeking to tackle common socio-economic challenges “through appropriate funding and investment instruments, using shared experiences and complementarities, the co-generation of new knowledge and innovative products, services and processes, and promoting joint BRICS partnerships with other strategic actors in the developing world”. On the second day of the event, the BRICS ministers will visit the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where the MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the SKA, is being constructed. SAinfo reporter
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos – December 4, 2017 – Multiple fires were set at the Grand Turk Landfill and now officials and the managers of the site are struggling to contain the blazes. Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM issued a statement to say they suspect it is arson which caused the fires noticed around 3am Monday.TCEM said, “This extremely unfortunate incident appears to be the result of intentional arson at the site, set at various points on the landfill in order to inflict maximum harm. An investigation is underway as to the cause of this fire.”Residents we spoke to on Monday night say there is still smoke blanketing the Capital; they believe someone was trying to control mosquitoes and other pests which might be coming from the dump. There has been no statement from anyone about the fire – not from Police, Fire Department or Health.TCEM explained that the security on duty coordinated with the airport fire service for a rapid response and emergency protocols for landfill fire management are being followed and the fire is being contained.Additional mitigation will be ongoing until the fire is completely extinguished.”This is not the first time arson has been suspected at the landfill; no one was caught the last time either for setting the blaze.
© 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Influence of coastal vegetation on the 2004 tsunami wave impact in west Aceh, PNAS, Published online before print November 7, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1013516108AbstractIn a tsunami event human casualties and infrastructure damage are determined predominantly by seaquake intensity and offshore properties. On land, wave energy is attenuated by gravitation (elevation) and friction (land cover). Tree belts have been promoted as “bioshields” against wave impact. However, given the lack of quantitative evidence of their performance in such extreme events, tree belts have been criticized for creating a false sense of security. This study used 180 transects perpendicular to over 100 km on the west coast of Aceh, Indonesia to analyze the influence of coastal vegetation, particularly cultivated trees, on the impact of the 2004 tsunami. Satellite imagery; land cover maps; land use characteristics; stem diameter, height, and planting density; and a literature review were used to develop a land cover roughness coefficient accounting for the resistance offered by different land uses to the wave advance. Applying a spatial generalized linear mixed model, we found that while distance to coast was the dominant determinant of impact (casualties and infrastructure damage), the existing coastal vegetation in front of settlements also significantly reduced casualties by an average of 5%. In contrast, dense vegetation behind villages endangered human lives and increased structural damage. Debris carried by the backwash may have contributed to these dissimilar effects of land cover. For sustainable and effective coastal risk management, location of settlements is essential, while the protective potential of coastal vegetation, as determined by its spatial arrangement, should be regarded as an important livelihood provider rather than just as a bioshield. Citation: Computer model suggests tsunamis could be blunted by coastal trees (2011, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-tsunamis-blunted-coastal-trees.html (PhysOrg.com) — One of the biggest problems with tsunamis is that they are so hit or miss. Major ones only occur every ten years or so, and the likelihood of any one place being hit is extremely small. This results in very little preparation being undertaken for such occurrences by people in areas that could be hit. The end result is that when a tsunami does strike, it’s typically devastating. One solution suggested over the years is that coastal communities plant trees between the sea and the community; the idea being that the trees might slow or blunt the force of the waves. Unfortunately, not much work has been done to test this theory, mostly because it’s virtually impossible to predict when and where a tsunami will strike. Now however, a group of German researchers has designed a computer program, as described in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggests planting trees really might help lessen destruction and loss of life. Trees won’t stop tsunamis, scientists warn Explore further To get over the problem of not being able to study tsunamis directly, scientists have been turning more and more to computer modeling. Last year for example, a team from Ireland developed a model that helped explain the pendulum effect that can cause bigger waves in some tsunamis. In this latest study a German group working out of the University of Hohenheim has created a model to simulate the devastating tsunami that struck the Aceh part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 2004. They replicated both the geography of the area there and the tsunami that struck and then measured the effects of the tsunami, both with and without protective vegetation.As expected the model clearly showed a correlation between damage that resulted and distance from the sea shore i.e. those closest to the sea took the brunt of the force of the waves. When trees were added to the model between the community and the sea however, the model showed an average reduction in destruction of five percent. Smaller plants such as cacao or coffee plants provided less protection, just three percent.The model also showed that if trees are planted behind the community, the destruction tends to be worse as they appear to prevent people from escaping, and provide more dangerous flotsam. It also seems possible that if the trees blunt the force, some of that energy might be bounced back into the community.Unfortunately, despite these findings, it’s not likely that many communities will start covering their shores with dense tree growth, as it would spoil the view; a highly valued commodity in most coastal regions. Indian Ocean (Jan. 2, 2005). A village near the coast of Sumatra lays in ruin after the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. Image: Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.