Open Europe reveals 100 EU regulations that cost Britain £33bn

first_img Open Europe reveals 100 EU regulations that cost Britain £33bn Show Comments ▼ Jeff Misenti Monday 16 March 2015 3:34 am Share The EU’s 100 most draconian regulations are costing Britain over £33bn a year, according new analysis from the think-tank Open Europe.Adding insult to injury, the report reveals the accompanying impact assessment found the costs of a quarter of these regulations outweighed the estimated benefits, but were signed off by the British government all the same. These included the Temporary Agency Workers Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The total cost of these rules is so large, they exceed the Treasury’s expectations for all the revenue to be raised in Council Tax for the 2014-15 financial year. However, despite this gloomy picture, moving to one alternative to Britain’s EU membership – the “Norway option” – would result in 93 of these regulations remaining in place.Norway is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA). Under the EEA, countries such as Norway and Iceland still comply with a host of Brussels rules. If the UK went down the road of Norway post-Brexit, it would still need to comply with swathes of rules governing financial services, social services and employment.Open Europe argues EEA membership would be worse for Britain than trying to reform the EU from within, as EEA members possess no formal voting power in any of the EU’s decision-making bodies.Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki said:The bad news is that overall, EU regulation costs too much in relation to the benefits it generates. The even worse news is that if the UK left the EU and became like Norway, 94 per cent of the cost associated with the most burdensome EU rules would remain in place but the cost would be even harder to cut, since Norway has no formal voting powers over EU rules.While the EU’s regulatory burden remains unnecessarily high, the report highlights a crucial benefit the UK derives from playing by Brussels’ rules – easing trade across the single market.Open Europe points to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which harmonised investment services regulation, as an example. David Cameron has pledged a renegotiation of Britain’s terms of membership, followed by a referendum should the Tories win the General Election.Many eurosceptics would be in agreement with Swidlicki that Norway’s position is far from satisfactory and have instead mooted the possibility of a bilateral agreement with the EU similar to the status enjoyed by Switzerland.According to the report, here are the five costliest EU-derived regulations: RegulationCost per year1UK Renewable Energy Strategy£4.7bn2CRD IV package£4.6bn3Working Time Directive£4.2bn4EU Climate and Energy Package£3.4bn5Temporary Agency Workers Directive£2.1bn  center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 Supplement More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: Brexit whatsapplast_img read more

News / Hamburg Q1 throughput suffers, but port has faith ‘things will pick up’

first_img Germany’s largest port, Hamburg, saw throughput at its container terminals in the first quarter decline 6.6% decline, year on year, to 2.2m teu.However, there could be worse to come in quarter two as a result of consumer lockdowns in Europe and the subsequent plunge in transhipment cargo for the Baltic.Trade with China accounted for around a quarter of Hamburg’s 9.3m teu last year, so volume was particularly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and extended new year holiday lockdown in the Asian manufacturing powerhouse.“The partial shutdown of the Chinese economy, resulting in blank sailings, has led to lower cargo handling,” said Axel Mattern joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, commenting on the 14.6% year-on-year decline in Chinese imports to 579,400 teu.Mr Mattern said that “for the next few months”, Hamburg would need to “adapt to a continuation of blank sailings and falling throughput”.Indeed, having blanked 18% of Asia to Europe sailings in April, according to eeSea data, ocean carriers have so far withdrawn 28% of headhaul capacity this month and cancelled 17% of capacity in June.Hamburg is the main transhipment hub for the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia, encouraging a vast network of carrier and commercial feeder connections; but this sector was also badly impacted in the first quarter, down 10.8% on the previous year, to 772,000 teu.Last week, its main container terminal operator, HHLA, reported that its first-quarter volumes had declined 4.1% to 1.65m teu. and last week The Loadstar reported that Hapag-Lloyd had decided to suspend three of its six Baltic feeder services.A customer advisory from THE Alliance partner ONE, with which Hapag-Lloyd has feeder cooperation agreements in both Europe and Asia, said the GTE, SDX and REX services operated by the German carrier would be suspended at the end of the month for “approximately six months”.However, Mr Mattern is optimistic of a relatively quick recovery for the port. He said: “From June, it is entirely possible that with a gradual pick-up in the economy in China and Europe, we shall be seeing an increase in sailings and rising volumes on port throughput and seaport-hinterland services.”In this optimistic scenario carriers, such as Hapag-Lloyd, that will have off-hired feeder tonnage as part of their radical cost-cutting strategies, will turn to commercial feeder operators, such as Unifeeder, to cover the rebuilding of their transhipment business.It is also possible that in the ‘new normal’ post-coronavirus period that ocean carriers will not have the same appetite for running their own dedicated feeder services.A carrier source told The Loadstar recently that reducing the number of owned feeders was “high on the agenda”.“We have all got carried away with the so-called prestige of operating our own feeders,” he said. “But it is another cost variable that I think that we are going to want to dispense with if, as seems likely, it’s going to be well into next year before we see much of a recovery in demand.“We have run several models of the pros and cons of owning feeders and, for now anyway, they just do not make sense and are another risk that we simply cannot afford,” he added. ID 154630563 © Hieronymusukkel | Dreamstime.com By Mike Wackett 18/05/2020last_img read more

The U.S. biodefense strategy is undermined by policies on health insurance and immigration

first_img Related: David Beier Specialized airtight enclosures, such as the Class III Glove Box at the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, is used for hands-on work with anthrax and other deadly agents. Douglas C. Pizac/AP @baycitycapital From a bureaucratic point of view, it makes sense for the strategy to put HHS, our leading national health agency, in charge of biodefense. While there’s no question that biological weapons pose a national security risk, the threats from naturally occurring infectious diseases are likely to put far more Americans in danger than threats from bioterrorism. HHS has skilled leadership in Azar and deep scientific acumen under Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Both are leaders who know how to harness the capacity of America’s life science research community, including universities and biotechnology companies, both of which will play vital roles in developing new products to detect and treat infectious diseases. By David Beier and Devabhaktuni Srikrishna Oct. 11, 2018 Reprints [email protected] Tags infectious diseasemedical technologypolicypublic health First OpinionThe U.S. biodefense strategy is undermined by policies on health insurance and immigration In several states that did not expand Medicaid, especially those with rural populations, more than one-third of rural residents are uninsured.A second gap in the National Biodefense Strategy concerns immigration. The administration’s anti-immigration stances may have the unintended effect of increasing the spread of infectious disease. Undocumented immigrants are likely to avoid public health clinics where they may be identified, separated from their families, and deported. The administration’s latest “public charge” proposal, which would restrict green cards and visas for immigrants who use public benefits, could make even legal immigrants afraid of using benefits they are eligible for, including health care.The biodefense plan does recognize the need for new vaccines and other preventive measures against infectious disease, including the development of diagnostics after a novel virus has been identified, even though that may be too late if it is a rapidly spreading disease, like airborne influenza. It does not, however, embrace what we have learned from previous Ebola and Zika outbreaks: Earlier and accurate detection and diagnosis of novel pathogens is essential to prevent widespread transmission. President Trump’s new National Biodefense Strategy contains welcome tactics for protecting the health of Americans when “biological incidents” such as the 2001 anthrax attacks or the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa occur. Some of the plans, however, are at odds with the administration’s policies on health insurance and immigration. Reconciling the two is essential for the strategy to match its promise.We see three notable positive steps in the strategy. One is the appointment of Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to be biodefense point person. A second is the plan’s recognition that disease “does not respect borders,” an essential principle if this strategy is to succeed. The third is an emphasis on the strategic importance of using diagnostic testing in the response to biological incidents, giving it equal footing with vaccines and drugs.But the Trump administration’s policies on health insurance and immigration run contrary to the biodefense strategy’s goal of preventing, containing, and treating infectious disease outbreaks.advertisement In the age of mail-order DNA, a firm seeks to increase safety without slowing progress Devabhaktuni Srikrishna @sri_srikrishna Related: About the Authors Reprints Coverage for pre-existing conditions lives on, even though the Affordable Care Act seemed doomed Sometimes there is no effective way to test people suspected of having an infectious disease. Experience teaches us that having a simple, inexpensive, point-of-care diagnostic tool in the hands of health care workers in advance of a biological incident can thwart the spread of disease and prevent it from becoming widespread. Such technologies exist today in the form of metagenomic next-generation sequencing platforms. These could be installed in clinics across the country to provide immediate point-of-care diagnostic information during biological incidents with novel pathogens.We hope that the compelling arguments for Medicaid expansion that go beyond biodefense are heard and more states act to increase access to public health care. We also hope that Congress intervenes to review the adverse consequences of discouraging the use of publicly funded health clinic by immigrant families. Finally, we urge Azar and his team to prioritize the development of clinical point-of-care diagnostic systems for infectious disease.While the National Biodefense Strategy reflects the expertise of HHS, the administration’s policies on the Affordable Care Act and immigration leave millions of people without ready access to doctors and clinics. That’s dangerous for society, because people without health care coverage are especially vulnerable to the spread of disease.In the final analysis, we must realize that borders are not just national boundaries. They are also dividing lines between the insured and uninsured in our society, which will have a substantial impact on our ability to respond to biological incidents.David Beier is a managing director for Bay City Capital, a life sciences venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Devabhaktuni Srikrishna is the founder of Patient Knowhow, which curates patient educational content on YouTube. He worked on the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea. The strategy does not fully acknowledge that once an infectious disease risk emerges, the single best way to contain further spread is to make sure that people exposed to it receive medical care before they infect others. One of the principles of the embattled Affordable Care Act worth highlighting here is increasing access to health insurance. Under the ACA — especially its expansion of the Medicaid program — more U.S. residents have relationships with doctors and a “medical home” than they did before it was signed into law in 2010. The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken the ACA diminish our national biodefense by increasing the number of people without health insurance or coverage. They are less likely to have a regular physician and less likely to see a doctor when they are ill. That means the diagnosis of an infectious disease can be delayed — or completely missed — allowing it to spread through the community.advertisementlast_img read more

Pharmalittle: Amazon’s PillPack rival seeks help from FBI; a big payday for Mylan’s CEO

first_imgPharmalot Pharmalittle: Amazon’s PillPack rival seeks help from FBI; a big payday for Mylan’s CEO Tags drug pricingfinancelegalopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+ Alex Hogan/STAT Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, especially as a shiny sun and deliciously cool breeze are enveloping the unusually quiet Pharmalot campus. One short person is off to work, the other is sleeping in, and our official mascot is snoozing somewhere on the premises. We hear the heavy breathing. As for us, we are brewing more cups of stimulation — butter pecan is the choice today, for those keeping track — and we invite you to join us. Now, though, time to get cracking. Here are a few items of interest to help you on your journey. And may it be a good one. Talk soon. …The deal between Pfizer (PFE) and Mylan (MYL) may provide a big payday for Mylan chief executive Heather Bresch, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes. Under terms of her contract described in Securities and Exchange Commission filings, if Bresch meets the terms, she is in line to receive severance equal to three times her $1.3 million base salary and the highest bonus she had been paid, which amounts to $18.6 million in cash. And she will pick up vested benefits, estimated at $19 million at the end of last year, for a total of $37.5 million. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More By Ed Silverman July 30, 2019 Reprints [email protected] center_img About the Author Reprints What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Ed Silverman GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. @Pharmalot What is it?last_img read more

Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Monday, March 29

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 2021 Advertisement Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 May 31, 2021 Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Monday, March 29. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,047,379 (+3,374)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 33,891 (+72)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 115,535 (+265)LEE COUNTY – 62,300 (+157) | 910 (+0)COLLIER COUNTY –32,315 (+62) | 492 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –11,475 (+39) | 391 (+1)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,460 (+2) | 77 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY –4,061 (+5) | 84 (+1)GLADES COUNTY – 924 (+0) | 19 (+0) Advertisementlast_img read more

$62 Million for Islington Early Childhood Institution

first_imgRelated$62 Million for Islington Early Childhood Institution Related$62 Million for Islington Early Childhood Institution $62 Million for Islington Early Childhood Institution EducationSeptember 22, 2009 Related$62 Million for Islington Early Childhood Institutioncenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved the sum of $62.06 million to complete construction of the Islington Early Childhood Institution in St. Mary. Construction is to be undertaken by Howard Construction Company Limited. When completed, the school will be a standard for modern schools and will occupy 6,000 square feet of space.The condition of the existing one-room structure, which houses four classrooms, is sub-standard and is uneconomical to repair. The bathroom facilities are also in a deplorable condition and unsuitable for a school. The Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Commission have approved the design of the new school.last_img

Broken infrastructure promises costing jobs

first_imgBroken infrastructure promises costing jobs Tasmanian LaborConstruction work in Tasmania falls 7.7% in the past year$51 million less construction work in the past three monthsBroken infrastructure promises hurting Tasmania’s economy and costing jobsNew data from the ABS released today shows total construction work done in Tasmania fell 6.2% in the quarter to March 2021 and by 7.7% for the year.Acting Labor Leader Anita Dow said the new data revealed there was $51 million less construction work done in the past three months, the worst result of any State.“Today’s data demonstrates the consequences of the Liberal’s failure to deliver on their infrastructure promises,” Ms Dow said.“Peter Gutwein claims that his Government will lead Tasmania out of the pandemic with an infrastructure led recovery yet these numbers paint a very different picture.”Ms Dow said not only had the Liberals underdelivered $600 million worth of infrastructure, they couldn’t find a way to spend the $25 million allocated to fix traffic congestion in Hobart’s CBD and have watched on as Tasmania’s unemployment rate has become the worst in the nation.“The data released across the past week paints the grim picture facing Tasmanians if Peter Gutwein cannot get the state’s infrastructure program back on track.“Peter Gutwein must outline his government’s plan to fix Tasmania’s infrastructure delays. These failings are hurting the economy, costing jobs, and restricting Tasmania’s future growth.”Anita Dow MPActing Labor Leader /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ABS, Economy, failure, falls, future, Government, Hobart, infrastructure, jobs, pandemic, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, unemploymentlast_img read more

Chevrolet to build hardcore off-road Colorado ZR2 Bison

first_imgWhile the concept came powered by a 2.8-litre Duramax diesel, it’s safe to assume the production Bison should have a 3.6-litre gas option like the current ZR2. Pricing is speculated to start just north of US$45,000, though in full kit expect to see closer to US$50,000 on the invoice.AEV currently works with Ram and Jeep to outfit their vehicles into overland-ready off-roaders. “AEV partners with a local dealer that holds Wrangler inventory just for them, so customers can buy their Jeep through AEV, have it fully outfitted with all the upgraded parts and then shipped right to their door,” Autoguide explains, surmising the process will likely be the same for the ZR2 Bison. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Colorado ZR2 AEV SEMA concept, created in collaboration with legendary off-road manufacturer American Expedition Vehicles, features the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and elevates the ZR2 for even greater adventures. Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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 The outlet cited a recent Chevrolet patent for the named “ZR2 Bison” and information leaked by a dealer as its sources. The dealer described the truck as closely resembling the concept (pictured), minus some of the more expensive equipment like the snorkel, bed rack, Warn winch and Hi-Lift jack. It’s possible some of this extra kit may be made available to order through AEV, however.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Colorado ZR2 AEV SEMA concept, created in collaboration with legendary off-road manufacturer American Expedition Vehicles, features the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and elevates the ZR2 for even greater adventures. 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” See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Chevrolet will bring to production a hardcore off-road version of the Colorado called the ZR2 Bison, built in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), according to a report from Autoguide.The truck could be due to hit dealerships as early as this year, as a 2018 model, with long-travel Chevy Performance suspension; Multimatic’s trick DSSV dampers; and 35-inch BF Goodrich KM2 Mud-Terrain tires. AEV will also supply the ZR2 Bison with new bumpers and underbody shields, fender flares and beadlock wheels — at least, if the 2017 ZR2 AEV Concept from last year’s SEMA show is any indication. RELATED TAGSChevroletColoradoNews advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

First Look: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

first_img The Canadian 2022 Golf R will come fully loaded with leather and upgraded audio, along with all the expected safety tech and luxury do-dads. A sunroof will be a stand-alone optional. With the R’s availability a year away, no pricing has been set, but VW Canada hints its bottom line won’t stray too far from the current car’s $42,495. See More Videos Volkswagen is killing off its base Golf engines in Canada The Golf Mk8 uses a revised version of the MQB platform that underpinned the Mk7 cars, so dimensionally it’s identical. The new Golf’s skin does not stray far from the outgoing car (how could it?) yet in R guise its sleeker epidermis benefits from a 20-mm-lowered ride height, door sill extensions, standard 19-inch “Estoril” alloys, blue brake calipers with ‘R’ logo, mirror caps in matte chrome and an aggressive snout with larger intakes. The rear gets an R-specific bumper, two-piece spoiler, gloss black diffuser and twin dual exhausts that totally look the business.Aero is improved, with a reduction in both front and rear lift at speed. Judging by the pictures, this new Golf R will be less of a wallflower, which is good news for those who thought the current R flew just a little too far under the radar.RELATED RELATED TAGSGolf RVolkswagenHatchbackNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesPreviewInstagramNon-Luxury Trending Videos 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 of the Great White North can claim to be the world’s fourth-largest market for the Golf R, gobbling up this $40,000-plus hatch on a one-to-one ratio with the GTI. How is that? Maybe like the Golf R, we are understated, classy, pragmatic and just plain cool. Nonetheless, Canadians will have to wait for the fourth quarter of 2021 to get the latest and greatest R. 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Volkswagen development test driver Benjamin Leuchter had just returned from strafing the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the new Mk8 Golf R, and during the car’s international media virtual reveal he enthusiastically declared it to be the “funniest” Golf R he had ever driven.“Funniest”? We all knew what he meant, and that assessment certainly bodes well for the latest generation of VW’s all-wheel-drive uber-hatch.The current Mk7 Golf R is fast, agile, practical, comfortable – some would argue it is the “perfect car” – but if you could level any criticism, the Mk7 R lacked a certain “fun factor” that its lesser sibling, the front-drive GTI, had in spades. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS At long last, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI has arrivedThe 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder carries forward, getting boosted to 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, up from 288 and 280, respectively. The seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission gets faster shift times, and, yes, a six-speed manual transmission remains on the menu, thank you. It seems in both Canada and the U.S. about 40 per cent of Golf R buyers like to stir their own gears.With an eye on ramping up the 2022 Golf R’s fun factor, spring and anti-roll bar rates increase by ten per cent, there’s more negative camber dialed in on the front wheels, and the steering gets recalibrated for better feedback. But the biggest mechanical upgrade for the uber-Golf is a new electronically-controlled torque-vectoring rear drive unit that can apportion torque side to side, similar to the system that Ford used with its hot-rod Focus RS.While the R’s AWD system can still only direct 50 per cent of the power rearward, 100 per cent of that can be sent to either wheel if needed. Which, according to VW, means some power-on oversteer is there to be had. And to prove the point, the 2022 Golf R has a Drift Mode. Not for use on public roads, they tell us. “This is the biggest step forward with respect to performance we’ve ever made in the history of the Golf R,” Karsten Schebsdat, head of driving dynamics says. The “funniest” Golf indeed.The spread of chassis adjustment broadens, and there are three fixed profiles – Comfort, Sport and Race – that alter throttle response, steering feel, stability control, the standard adaptive damping, RWD unit and, if so equipped, the DSG transmission’s shift maps. The R always starts in Sport mode, and there’s an Individual mode for a bespoke dynamic cocktail.Under the sub-program Race we find Drift mode and Special (Nurburgring) Mode that, to quote VW, “simply turns the R into a weapon.” As a nod to the ‘Ring’s “Green Hell” nickname, the mode’s graphics are green. In both Race modes, when Manual shifting is selected, the DSG won’t upshift until it gets a command from the right shift paddle. ESC (electronic stability control) can be fully disabled.The 19-inch cast alloys will wear 235/35R19 rubber (Bridgestone Potenza S005, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport or Hankook Ventus S1 evo3) and brakes are upgraded to 14.1-inch (357-mm) discs all around, with the fronts cross-drilled and clamped by twin-piston calipers. Said discs have aluminum hubs, reducing total unsprung weight by 1.2 kg.All eighth-generation Golfs see a very high quality and fully digital interior, pretty much bereft of knobs and buttons. Primary interaction is via a central 10-inch touchscreen. The digital gauge cluster is fully configurable, and in Sport or Race modes we see an R-specific view with horizontal tach top and centre with a digital speedo below. Other racy info in this view includes power output, torque, boost pressure, torque distribution, G meter and temp for oil, coolant and transmission. The R gets a dedicated blue button on its R-Performance steering wheel for directly selecting driving profiles or the special Race modes.So how did Benjamin Leuchter fare at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in this newest Golf R that bristles with a heap more go-fast tech? Running on super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, Benny banged off a 7-min-51-second lap that eclipses the outgoing car by 19 seconds. “You can really steer the car with the throttle,” he enthuses. By all accounts, the 220 employees who toil away in Volkswagen’s R division have raised the Golf R’s game big time. last_img read more

Research & Innovation Week poster session proves a valuable experience

first_img The university’s inaugural Research & Innovation Week kicked off Oct. 15 with a poster session sponsored by the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS).“We would like to congratulate our participants for taking the time and effort to collaborate with us in this poster presentation,” said Juan García Oyervides, president of UGGS.“We would also like to recognize the three teams who were selected as having outstanding posters and invite them to share their experience with other graduate students in their fields. We are very satisfied with the results of this poster session and are looking forward to continuing and expanding this event next year.”The three teams recognized for outstanding posters each received $250: Jennifer L. Berry, Melissa S. Ugelow, Margaret A. Tolbert and Eleanor C. Browne (Department of Chemistry and CIRES); Audrey K. Puls, John M. Ladbury and William F. Young (CU Boulder, NIST, CU Denver); Pavel Bacovsky, Marija Sajekaite and Sarah Wilson Sokhey (Department of Political Science).Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Published: Nov. 5, 2018 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more