Weekend Read: A campervan conversion is not just for Easter

first_img Previous articleFr Paddy: Divine Mercy – A sacred giftNext articlePortlaoise woman was renowned soprano and chorister John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. WhatsApp GAA Weekend Read: A campervan conversion is not just for Easter Pinterest Facebook GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By John Whelan – 27th April 2019 Easter traditionally marks the start of the new camping season.The evenings are longer, the weather is improving and the campsites which had been in hibernation have re-opened, spring cleaned, all bright eyed and bushy tailed for the start of the new season.This Easter has been a godsend with scorching temperatures sending the mercury soaring, sparking a scramble for the camping gear for those who may have been sluggish or wary due to the testy temperatures and lingering storms of only a fortnight ago.The swallows have landed. Summer is coming. The lure of the open road, the countryside and adventure beckons.With the exception of those all-year-round sites the season is now up and running at least until late September and for many on into mid-October.There are numerous good guides setting out the locations, tariffs and opening times of all the listed and approved camping grounds.However, for seasoned camping enthusiasts, especially those who have splashed out on an expensive motorhome, caravan or campervan conversion, it cannot be just for Easter.Fair weather camping is all very fine, but it makes no sense to take the plunge and purchase your own motorhome or caravan, convert your own campervan only to leave it gathering dust, or worst still moss and green mould for fifty weeks of the year.That would just be a disaster. Forty shades of green mould, instead of forty shades of green, not to mention what a waste of forty shades of greenbacks.If you are going to leave your motorhome parked in the drive for fifty weeks of the year, well you would be far better off just hiring one for the few weeks you need it…and pray that you get the weather.No, a campervan conversion is not just for Easter and not for the faint hearted either. As let’s face it, last weekend’s glorious bank holiday weather is more the exception than the rule.For a campervan conversion to work, you must really commit, virtually hail, rain or … ok, snow is optional, for the hard-core.When I say commit, I don’t just mean you, but the entire family. Otherwise it will never work out so that you get the full benefit, enjoyment and return or your considerable investment.Camping is very much a team effort. Once you enlist you must soldier; soak up the sunshine with rain; share the chores; the good experiences with the ones, best not ever mentioned again for fear of starting a third world war.Camping is close quarters living, mostly in a confined space, especially if the weather kicks up on a pissy, misty, drizzly day in Kerry or Connemara.You have to cancel the barbecue and baton down the hatches as even a hike, is out of the question and entertaining children another headache altogether if they can’t go outside.People are constantly curious once they see the campervan. Did you do it yourself? Where did you get it? How much did it cost? And I am only too glad to engage and chat about the project and their plans of one day taking the plunge and getting one of their own.I was the exact same before we went for it. And I say we, because without Grazyna, it simply wouldn’t work on so many levels, but mostly because she is as enthusiastically into it and as committed to the camping lifestyle as myself.Many a cold dark evening between last November and March have been spent planning and plotting routes and excursions for the new season.Costing money when it’s parked up in your drivewayThis will be our third season on the road and part of the fun and excitement is sussing out new places to go, sourcing new equipment and gadgets, repairing and maintaining our old gear, making sure the van is stocked and serviced and ready to hit the road.Hatching plans and planning routes and stop-offs is all part of the fun, once you’re in to it.And once you’re in to it the weather doesn’t matter. A campervan is not just for Easter. It is a van for all seasons.In hard cash terms this makes more sense too, as you get more value from your vehicle and your outlay if you can use it as much all-year-round as possible.The fixed capital cost is the same either way. The annual cost of your road tax and insurance is the same either way, so what is the point having it parked up in the drive.Luckily, we love surfing, being out in the wild weather, cycling the country roads, music, arts and cultural festivals and those chance encounters with events you never expected until you turn the next corner … that’s why the campervan works so well for us. We use it for the purpose it was designed and built, as much as possible.It’s my belief that the only time a campervan is really costing you money is when it is parked up in your driveway.So to answer that first question. No, we didn’t do it ourselves. As I can barely change a light bulb, at a push, it is fair to say that converting a van is out of my range of expertise.The first big decision was what van, or else a second hand motorhome as the cost of a new one was out of our reach. As we were determined and dedicated to the whole idea we felt that it had to be at least a ten year or indeed a lifelong commitment.Therefore we felt that getting into a second hand vehicle of any sort would only be buying into trouble down the road, especially as my motor mechanic skills are on par with my DIY proficiency.Changing a tyre and topping up the window-washer liquid is as far as I go.If I was any way handy and knew the first thing about engines, carburettors, pistons and drive shafts I would definitely be on the lookout for a clean panel van with genuine mileage which to convert.But as you can tell, I’m a great writer, not a mechanic, so we opted to buy a new van.A rusty crock that is going to calve halfway around the Ring of KerryThis decision was also informed by the view that there is very little point in investing in an expensive kit-out which you expect to last 20 years and putting it into a rusty crock that is going to calve halfway around the Ring of Kerry or on those steep climbs around Mayo and Donegal.We looked at all the vans. Mercedes, VW, Fiat, Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Nissan and they all have their merits and their fans. Personally, I think the VW Transporter is so over rated for what it offers in terms of a campervan conversion, particularly in terms of space and headroom for the price.After months of research we eventually opted for a Ford Transit Trend H2 LWB FWD. For a while we had flirted with its smaller cousin The Transit Custom.I have seen some good conversions of these by www.wellhouseleasure.com and others, but in the finish what passed as compact was too cramped for my liking. At the other end of the range the Ford Transit Jumbo, too big and unwieldy for cross winds and country roads.I have this hang-up about headroom and it was a deal breaker for us to have at least 184cm headroom clearance in the main body of the vehicle once converted, taking in to account the 4cm or so you lose top and bottom once you fit the flooring and ceiling insulation.Cost, comfort and convenience were all central to our decision and the advice of Ger Doody the head salesman at Downey’s Auto Stop in Portlaoise was equally invaluable. It was Ger who really steered us away from the Custom model and to something more mid-range in size and spec.Not only does he know his motors but Ger, a keen aviation, biking and boating enthusiast brought a wealth of knowledge when it came to advising on equipment, space, light, balance and the bread and butter importance of safety, security, driveability and reliability for the long haul and the long road.This is the all-important practical stuff and it was Ger’s tip on front wheel drive that was to give us those vital extra centimetres of headroom in the finish.The Transit is sufficiently spacious to live in, yet compact enough and easy to park-up in a regular parking spot. It is also comfortable and convenient for us to get used to and enjoy driving either on the open road or those tight country boreens.The current list price for the Ford Transit Trend FWD with metallic paint, air con, heated single seats is €36,450. This price is set to change in the summer as a new model is due in July.As I leave even hanging the curtains or a picture frame in the house to Grazyna, I certainly wasn’t going to start meddling with the fit-out of a new campervan, although I do envy those DIY wizards who can tackle this kind of a project, as was my Dad, who was a great man to make and mend things. That gene seems to have skipped a generation.The standard, precision and layout of the conversion is every bit as important as the vehicle itself.If you stick at the camping you are going to be stuck with this campervan for life. It has to be a match made in heaven.Again after months of research and exploring all the options we linked up with David Hanley of Vanderlust in Ennistymon in County Clare to design and deliver the conversion. You can check them out on www.vanderlust.com.Dave and the Vanderlust team can convert anything from a bean can to a double-decker bus and everything in between. Ever since they did our van in 2017 I think they are getting even better at what they do.People say they are pricey. Their workmanship is superb, they love what they do, and they are good at what they do. You pay for that, you get what you pay for.Any small teething problems you just go back to them as they continue to expand their operation and turn out some really fabulous bespoke conversions, each as unique and individual as their owners.Vanderlust also hire out campervans if you ever fancy trying it out first before you go the whole hog, which is something I strongly advise.How much is a conversion? Well how long is a piece of string?But I want to give as much helpful information as possible. At the Holiday Fair in January I was exploring this very issue and a Wexford company, Happy Campers, www.happycampers.ie  who specialise in VW Campervan conversions were offering their Grand Tourer Plus conversion on the Transporter starting from €17k, categorising it as a 4/5 berth campervan. Their work gets rave reviews, looks well, innovative and has won several awards.No room to swing a cat or even a Jack RussellI think Transporter vans look great and have that slick VW chic which goes right back to the classic Combi.However, I think neither are suitable or practical for long term camping in our climate, and are more suitable to the Pacific Coast Highway in California, where the living is easy…and outdoors.I am not a fan of the pop-up roof and time and time again have seen people having to shut them down due to the hydrostatic in heavy rain or in strong winds.Inside there’s not room to swing a cat, (or a Jack Russell), no room to stretch your legs and as for sleeping, well good luck with that. I need my space and these may be fine for short hop, occasional, weekend runs but not for the long-term camper.Priceless for the travel safety and sound sleep they deliverLast summer we encountered a German couple, travelling in a hire vehicle, a Transporter.Once it started drizzling rain they sought refuge in our van and awning extension as there was no living space in their van, and both complained of back ache and lack of proper sleep in the fold-out seat beds, which seemed far too flimsy to me for any sort of prolonged use.In our own case, our fit out was costed down to the last bulb and bolt.Proper insulation is vital if you are going to survive frosty nights, headroom was vital for me and the fundamentals of a proper galley with gas hob and sink and that all important fridge. The electrics, heating and plumbing systems in a camper are intricate and the key to happy camping.Among the extras we also opted for a 120 watt solar panel, a San Diego Freeway Drive-Away Awning, a Fiamma bike carrier, a reversing camera and Rhino roof rails and ladder to provide more living space and capacity to lug bikes, boards and boat to better enjoy the great outdoors.However, the two most significant single items in my book were the custom made crash tested rear seats that convert into a double bed or two singles.These are made to order in Germany and cost €2,845. They are priceless for the travel safety and sound sleep they deliver.Equally important is our shower and toilet cabin compartment at the rear of the van.Again, it has proved a lifesaver and not something which is possible in either the Transit Custom or VW Transporter. This for me is another deal breaker, as wild camping or urban camping is impossible without this shower and toilet facility.To some extent once you lock in on the two passenger seats and the shower/toilet cabin the layout pretty much decides itself, as one of the drawbacks of the Transit compared to rivals in its range, which are just a little wider, is it cannot accommodate a 6ft bed width-wise. What Dave Hanley and the Vanderlust squad did teach us to appreciate is that in a campervan conversion, every centimetre is important real estate. Every inch matters.Although I have looked on in envy at some of the Vanderlust furnishings in bamboo and earthy textiles, for our finish we opted for clean lines, slick surfaces and vinyl floor covering for durability and again ease of maintenance in our soft, salty climate by the sea.Our fit out cost the guts of €20k. And worth every penny for the value we are getting out of the van since the spring of 2017, with 36,800km on the clock as we head in to our third season.The hidden and hefty cost of the dreaded VRTApart from the van and the fit-out the third most significant and not so obvious cost of a campervan conversion is the dreaded VRT.A hidden cost for which there is no obvious return as you have already paid your full purchase price, VAT and labour when you are hit with this cost on top before you can get motoring.What’s more, it’s entirely out of your hands as the VRT levy is entirely set by Revenue based on their determination of the open market value of the vehicle added to the cost of the conversion at the rate of 13.3%.So you can do the math for yourself. It’s fairly saucy and one to factor in to your budget from the outset.It may be some small consolation that the VRT was levied at the draconian rate of 33% up until 1998 when it was reduced by 20% by then Minister for Finance, Ruairi Quinn, making him the unofficial patron saint of campervan owners ever since.We have found Stuart Insurances Ltd www.stuartinsurances.ie just excellent to deal with and they have a special camper scheme which is underwritten by Aviva.The cost of our annual premium is €335. The motor tax rate for campervans and motorhomes in Ireland is the lowest in Europe at €102 per annum.The campervan designation also gives you the lower rate at toll booths in Ireland which means the difference between paying the standard rate of €1.90 instead of the commercial van rate of €3.40, which in my case is four times in the day on a surf run to Lahinch.So that’s everything you wanted to know about getting on the road with your own campervan, which is well worth it, providing you don’t leave it parked outside the front door all year long.You are now ready to hit the open road. And if you are interested in finding out more about campervan culture, campsite reviews, recommended road trips, the best equipment and insider camping tips then check out my Vanhalla – Camper Heaven Blog on www.vanhalla.ieSafe journey!SEE ALSO – From being given a 50/50 chance at birth, little Evie Delaney is thriving thanks to community support WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSJohn WhelanLahinchLong Read Twitter Home Columnists Weekend Read: A campervan conversion is not just for Easter Columnistslast_img read more

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Deaths in Laois – Monday, March 9, 2020

first_imgHome Deaths Deaths in Laois – Monday, March 9, 2020 Deaths WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 9th March 2020 Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News Deaths in Laois – Monday, March 9, 2020 Pinterest Previous articlePreparations in full swing as Clonaslee prepare for first parade in 40 yearsNext articleLaois GAA football leagues underway – with new system in place across the grades LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Facebook Electric Picnic Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest TAGSDeaths in Laois WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Mary EyreNo 2 Orchard Lane, Leighlinbridge, Carlow/Bilboa, Carlow/LaoisMary Eyre, No. 2 Orchards Lane, Leighlinbridge and formerly Gurtahile, Bilboa, Co. Carlow passed away peacefully, on 7th March, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, at The District Hospital, Carlow.Predeceased by her parents Henry and Mary and her sister Rosemary.She will be deeply regretted and sadly missed by her loving brothers Richard, Harry, John and Christy, sisters Teresa, Bernadette, Kathleen, Helen and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, relatives and her many friends.Reposing at Carpenter Bros Funeral Home, Barrack St., Carlow, on Monday from 12 noon with removal that evening at 6.45pm to The Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mayo, Co. Laois arriving at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Donations, in lieu of flowers, to The Friends of the District Hospital, Carlow.Patrick Culbert4 Harbour Court, Mountmellick, LaoisPatrick died unexpectedly in his home in England. Beloved son of Patrick Culbert and Jenny Wheeler and dear brother of Sinead, Phillip and Kenneth. Deeply regretted by his loving parents, sister, brothers, family circle, relatives and many friends.Rest in PeaceFuneral arrangements will be announced later.Sean MillerDerrygarron and formerly Glasshouse Vicarstown, Portlaoise, LaoisSean passed away, peacefully at his residence, in the company of his loving family. Sean, dearly loved husband to Moira and loving dad to Sharon and Edel. Deeply regretted by his loving wife and daughters. Predeceased by his sisters Eileen and Rita. Sadly missed by his brothers and sisters Robert, Jimmy, Christy, Sheila (Julia) and Marie, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.May Sean Rest In PeaceSean will be reposing at his residence on Saturday 7th from 2pm with recital of the Rosary at 8pm Saturday evening. Removal by Whelehan’s Funeral Directors on Sunday morning to arrive to Saint Peter and Paul Church, Portlaoise for 12.30pm Requiem Mass. Interment to follow in The Heath Cemetery. House private on Sunday morning please. Family flowers only by request. Donations, if desired, to Alzheimer’s society of Ireland. Donation box in the church.Patrica Mitchell (née Bassett)Rossvale, Portlaoise, Laois / Ballyfermot, DublinMitchell (nee Bassett) Rossvale, Portlaoise and formerly Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin. Died 6th March 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Patrica. Predeceased by her loving husband Alfie. Deeply regretted by her loving son’s, Sam, Alfie, Ron, Sean and Alan, daughters Theresa, Bernie and Helen, brother Alec Bassett, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchild Shane, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceReposing at her residents on Sunday from 4pm with rosary at 7pm. Removal on Monday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards to SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Margaret (Peg) Keeshan (née LALOR)Patrick Street, Mountrath, Laois, R32 WD29Margaret (Peg) Keeshan (neé Lalor), Patrick Street, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Died 3rd March 2020, (peacefully) in the loving care of doctors, nurses and staff of the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Predeceased by her husband Patsy, son Brendan and grandchild Patrice. Sadly missed by her loving children Trisha, Eugene, Kevin and Brenda, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister Anne (England), brother Eugene (Lalor) Trumera, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at her home (Patrick Street) (eircode R32 WD29) on Thursday evening from 5.0’clock, with Roasry at 8.0’clock. Removal on Friday morning to St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath, arriving for 10.0’clock Requiem Mass, followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Sunday, March 8, 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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The Ministry of People’s Security, Arrest a ‘Drug Trafficker’, Kim Jong…

first_img Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2006.04.21 3:52pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China The Ministry of People’s Security, Arrest a ‘Drug Trafficker’, Kim Jong Il RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News center_img SHARE News [imText1]On the 19th, Rodong Shimun posted a spokesman statement of the Ministry of People’s Security that, “All kinds of intrigues and maneuvers against the republic would be exactly counted”.During a talk, the spokesman asserted that, “The enemies including the U.S, and Japan are expending their offensive propaganda intrigues to push North Korea as a ‘crime country, or an ‘illegal country’ step by step by affixing ‘human rights’, ‘drug’ and ‘counterfeit dollars’ to our republic. No fire, no smoke. It is because not only every North Korean but also international society know that Kim Jong Il instructed human rights abuses against North Koreans, to manufacture drugs and counterfeit dollars as government businesses.According to a law, it is right that the Ministry of People’s Security arrests Kim Jong Il as soon as possible. No. Probably an arrest is not needed. What’s more, a trial should be held according to the 3.1 declaration of the Ministry of People’s Security.Kim Jong Il, the ‘True Culprit’ of Illegal Drug ManufacturingIt is the truth, not a fake that at the level of the government, North Korea has pursued such international crimes as human rights abuses, drug manufacturing and counterfeit dollars.It is not to mention that the human rights of North Koreans have been abused contemptuously, being treated like animals in North Korean prisons. It is true that public execution by a firing squad, travels, freedom of movement, and freedom of assembly as well as the right to live have been surpressed Drug manufacturing is the same case. In November 1990, according to Kim Jong Il’s direct instruction the Labor Party, the Military Committee and the Foreign Currency Department have cultivated white bellflowers (a cant of opium), and nicotine of opium. Until recently, drug abuser cases of North Koreans gradually have increased. After foreign sale routes were blocked, they themselves have inhaled the opium. If so, the Ministry of People’s Security should arrest a ‘true culprit’ who instructed to manufacture drugs. Every sing person, if he or she is the people of ‘the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea, knows that it is the very Kim Jong Il who ordered to cultivate white bellflowers business. As being revealed in the spokesman statement, the Ministry of People’s Security has a right to strongly respond to this. Not arresting a true culprit. although the Ministry of People’s Security which is responsible for its own national security knows who the true culprit is and has exact material evidence and documents, is dereliction of its duty.To protect its national security, the Ministry of People’s Security should arrest Kim Jong Il and hold a court according to a law. If not so, the ‘declaration’ of the government should be rejected. If the Kim Jong Il’s regime is swayed, foremost the Ministry of People’s Security might be attacked by North Koreans. Even from now on, for the attack the Ministry of People’s Security had better stand on the North Koreans’ side. News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

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News Roundup: Ho, Ho, Holy-Hellcat! Dodge reimagines Santa’s sleigh as a Challenger

first_img Toyota is the most Googled car brand globallyCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Toyota 4Runner Porsche enthusiasts can now make their flat whites properly, with this Porsche 993 flat-six-inspired espresso machine. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is. And if it sounds awesome, it’s because it’s that also. The designers and motorheads at Super Veloce created 993 of these chrome caffeinators in the image of the 993-gen 911 built in the mid 90s. Tempted? ‹ Previous Next › Those who prefer to work for their gear changes were left feeling a little forgotten when BMW announced which 3 Series options North Americans would get. Not a manual transmission in the bunch. So, the purists held out hope for a standard option in the M3 and, according to an anonymous source at BMW Blog, they may be in luck. Word on the street is that BMW is looking at sticking a manual transmission in the new BMW M3. But, again, these are pretty standard rumours. Cadillac is temporarily unsubscribing its BOOK subscription service usersCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The BOOK by Cadillac app allows members to choose from a suite of Cadillac vehicles, including XT5, CT6, CT6 PLUG-IN, Escalade, ATS-V and CTS-V. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos Handout / Super Veloce Handout / Toyota Graeme Fletcher / Driving A Porsche-inspired espresso machine for when Timmies just won’t cut itCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Porsche-inspired espresso machine from Super Veloce Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Santa Sleigh We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.Rudolph’s replacement has a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V-8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIu7xyjkJn4Well, this explains the strange noises we’ve been hearing coming from Santa’s workshop. It wasn’t a caged polar bear being poked with sharpened candy canes after all — it was just a Hemi. At least, that’s what we think is under the hood of this “Red Eye” Challenger Hellcat that Dodge (and some elves, presumably) have moulded into sleigh form just in time for the holidays. No word on whether it’ll have a red nose that lights up, but it does look like it’s got headlights, which will probably actually be quite a bit more effective. You’ll never guess who’s going to be playing Santa.   See More Videos Cadillac 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 RELATED TAGSChallengerDodgeNews COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada Flashy, exotic cars may get all the likes on Instagram, but when it comes to online searches, it’s good old reliable Toyota that takes the cake. According to insurance company Veygo, which gathered the information from searches made in over 57 countries, more than 7.8 million people typed the word “Toyota” into Google each month in 2018. The next most searched brands were Honda and Ford.Rumours of a stick-shift M3 swirl around BMW landCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2019 BMW Series 3 sedan advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Cadillac is turning the page on its groundbreaking subscription service BOOK, which launched as one of the first of its kind in 2017, offering drivers access to a selection of vehicles on a monthly basis without any long-term commitment. So what’s on the next page? It’s blank, except for a small bit of copy in italics at the bottom that reads “please return your BOOK vehicle within 30 days.” According to its creators, BOOK was more of a pilot than the real deal and they plan to relaunch a new version in Q1 of 2019. last_img read more

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Campus Commencement: Planning ahead for May 2017

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The spring commencement for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held on Friday, May 12. Due to the final exam schedule ending late on Thursday night and the campuswide ceremony beginning at 8 a.m., all departmental ceremonies will begin after 11 a.m. on Friday.Chancellor DiStefano, Provost Moore and the Dean’s Council have approved a plan to standardize departmental ceremonies and centralize the scheduling process. In the coming weeks, departments, colleges and schools will be invited to submit their ceremony requests via the commencement website.As a benefit to the colleges, schools and departments that host recognition ceremonies, a working group from the campus’ commencement committee will coordinate venue scheduling and all event management details. This includes traffic management, rental equipment and waste management as well as underwriting some of the associated event expenses.Campus leadership recognizes this new process represents a significant shift from current practice, and has tasked the commencement committee with simplifying the process for all involved. Additional information about the process and the launch of the request form will be shared directly with department contacts and via CU Boulder Today.If you have questions, or wish to ensure your unit receives updates directly from the commencement coordinator, please contact [email protected] Published: July 14, 2016 last_img read more

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Get tips for preventing device theft

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 19, 2020 Laptops and other electronic devices are a very important part of our lives, whether you are a CU Boulder student, faculty or staff member. Our phones, tablets and other devices often contain personal information and data that is important to us, but, they also have great value to criminals.Register your devicesRegistering your device can be an important step in preventing victimization. Registration stickers often act as a deterrent, making the item difficult to pawn or sell quickly. The information that is obtained during the registration process such as make, model, and serial number also make it easier for police to identify recovered items and return them to their proper owners.The Office of Information Technology offers a device registration program that is quick, easy and free. Learn more here. Owners can register their devices at the Office of Information Technology Buff Tech Desktop Support inside the CASE building, Room E276; Norlin Commons or in Williams Village at Stearns Central 142.Theft prevention safety tipsThe CU Boulder Police Department offers the following safety tips to prevent your devices from being stolen:Always keep your residence or office locked when empty. That includes when leaving for lunch or using the restroom.In common areas, such as dining facilities, libraries or the University Memorial Center, never leave laptops, mobile phones or other valuable items unattended.Record serial numbers of desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones and other items that could be stolen. If these items are recovered, it is easier to return them to you.Many Apple devices and PC laptops that are running Windows 10 have a tracking service built in. But if you have an older laptop, we recommend installing a third-party tracking software.Categories:SafetyCampus Communitylast_img read more

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Crime Watch

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeCrime Watch Oct. 11, 2018 at 5:00 amCrimeCrime Watchnews3 years agocrimeCrime Watch On September 26, at about 2:22 p.m.While on foot conducting a periodic check in Tongva Park officers recognized a subject from an earlierradio call. Officers later learned the subject was on parole and was out of compliance with his paroleagent. The subject was placed under arrest. A search of the subject led to the recovery of a dirkconcealed in his sweater pocket. Frank Charles Adams, 54, homeless was arrested for possession of adirk/dagger and a parole violation. He was denied bail.Tags :crimeCrime Watchshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSOLD OUT!Time right for permanent daylight saving in California?You Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press13 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

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Department Says They Stopped Issuing Pot Cards

first_img Email HELENA – The state Department of Health and Human Services says it has stopped issuing new medical marijuana cards.Spokesman Jon Ebelt says his agency is complying with a new medical marijuana law that required the department to stop issuing the cards on May 14.Ebelt previously said the department would continue to issue cards to patients because of confusion over the law.Despite Ebelt’s new statement on Tuesday, the agency’s website says the department is still accepting applications.The first phase of a new restrictive medical marijuana law went into effect May 14.The new law gives the department powers to issue cards again using stricter patient criteria after June 1. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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News / Maersk quits dry box construction to focus on reefer market

first_img AP Møller-Maersk’s box building arm, Maersk Container Industry (MCI), has quit the dry container manufacturing sector to focus on the reefer market.The Copenhagen-headquartered firm today explained that while the dry container manufacturing business had “been under considerable pressure for some time, reefer volumes continue to grow, due to global demand for fresh produce and other commodities”.It will formally close its dry box manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China, which has lain idle since the start of December.MCI chief executive Sean Fitzgerald said: “Regrettably, our decision to focus on the cold chain business will impact our factory in Dongguan which has been idle due to the tough market conditions. “We are committed to taking care of our colleagues that are impacted by this difficult decision and we thank them for their dedication and hard work over the years.”The company added that none of its other manufacturing facilities would be affected in the switch in focus to the reefer market. It claimed some 30% of all reefer containers currently in operation are equipped with its Star Cool technology.MCI’s latest reefer investments were marked by the launch of its Sekstant data reporting tool which utilises internet of things (IoT) technology to allow shipping lines and other reefer operators, such as leasing firms and large perishable goods shippers, the ability to receive real-time data, including GPS location, temperature readings and alarms.“Our strategy is to grow in cold chain where our Star Cool technology is a clear leader. This growth requires focused investment in the best products and services,” said Mr Fitzgerald. “Putting all of MCI’s resources on the cold chain business will ensure sustainable growth and continued investment in the best products and services for our customers.”MCI’s reefer operations were consolidated last year when it closed a production facility in San Antonio, Chile, just three years after its opening. This was due, it said, to the twin challenges of overcapacity of global reefer production and the higher costs of sourcing raw materials and developing a local supply chain. All its reefer manufacturing now takes place in Qingdao. By Gavin van Marle 03/01/2019last_img read more

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