Female veterinarians can expect less pay — and that’s baked into this salary calculator

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: Harvard Med narrows faculty gender gap, but slowly File this under “doggone it!”Seeking to help new veterinary graduates with their job hunt, the American Veterinary Medical Association last week distributed a starting salary calculator that instructed women to automatically deduct nearly $2,407 off the top.But the move backfired. Some members criticized the decision to include the deduction and interpreted it as a sign that the AVMA was, effectively, endorsing disparities in pay between men and women, since there was no explanation given for the deduction. In an email, one vet wrote to others that the calculator may reflect real-world data, but that was “not a reason” to use it as a guide for recent grads on starting their salary talks.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. The grousing put AVMA officials on the defensive.On Monday, Dr. Joseph Kinnarney, the association president, sought to dispel concerns by sending an email to AVMA members to explain the calculator does, indeed, reflect actual data, but is not a “value statement on what should be.” He added that “we absolutely agree there is no valid reason for this gender salary bias — and it is inherently unfair.”advertisement Ed Silverman Reed Saxon/AP [email protected] Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. He went on to argue the AVMA has, for the past three years, attempted to highlight the gender gap and, by inserting the data into the calculator, he believes the organization is alerting vets to the issue. “If we are going to work on solutions, we must first openly acknowledge the problem exists,” he wrote. He added the AVMA is taking steps to equip students and new grads to deal with the problems by providing seminars on negotiating skills.“Illuminating this gender disparity in our Salary Calculator is an example of how, by highlighting an issue that is plaguing the profession, we are providing an opportunity to engage our membership and seek potential solutions,” he wrote. The association maintains that removing the gender factor from its calculator would not help identify or address the problem.However, there was no mention in his email of any steps the AVMA may be taking to influence those who do the hiring and convince them to close the gender pay gap. But an AVMA spokeswoman says the association sends reports to members that include information on salary gaps. She also noted that in instances when AVMA identified gender pay gaps, such female vets own their practices but typically make less than their male counterparts.center_img Privacy Policy Tags pay gapveterinarian Related: @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman May 25, 2016 Reprints BusinessFemale veterinarians can expect less pay — and that’s baked into this salary calculator Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

New Cathaoirleach and leas-Cathaoirleach for Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district have been chosen

first_img The new Cathaoirleach (chairperson) and Leas Cathaoirleach (vice-chairperson) of the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting have been chosen.Councillor Paddy Bracken is the new Cathaoirleach while cllr Seamus McDonald takes on the role of Leas Cathaoirleach.The two Fianna Fáil cllrs were proposed and seconded for the roles at the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district AGM on Thursday, June 14.Second time serving as CathaoirleachCllr Bracken was a member of the former Mountmellick Town Council since 1987 and has been a member of Laois County Council since October 2003.In May 2014, he was re-elected to Laois County Council, where he then served as Cathaoirleach under the new system.Upon receiving the position of Cathaoirleach, cllr Bracken said, “I am looking forward to chairing the meeting for the next 12 months.”Cllr Bracken was voted in as Cathaoirleach by cllrs John King, Seamus McDonald and David Goodwin.Cllr Goodwin congratulated cllr Bracken on his new role, saying: “You served your time well in Mountmellick.”Against him in the running for Cathaoirleach was cllr James Kelly. Cllr Kelly was nominated by cllr Brendan Phelan.After the result, Cllr Phelan referred to Fianna Fáil and Fianna Gael cllrs voting for each other and said, “It’s the way the numbers stack up, but I accept the democracy of the result.”Cllr Bracken succeeds cllr John King, who served as Cathaoirleach for the past two years.SEE ALSO – Fallen trees and power outages in Laois following Storm Hector Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 14th June 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest New Cathaoirleach and leas-Cathaoirleach for Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district have been chosen Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Rugby WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleFallen trees and power outages in Laois following Storm HectorNext articleLeinster final referee named while Dublin suffer major injury set back 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. Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home News Council New Cathaoirleach and leas-Cathaoirleach for Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district have been chosen NewsCouncil Community WhatsApp TAGSBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick MunicipalCllr Paddy BrackenCllr Seamus McDonald Community last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, January 4, 2020

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleWANTED: LaoisToday are looking for additional freelance photographersNext articleFr Paddy: Happy 2020 – it’s always an opportunity to begin again LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, January 4, 2020 Deaths GAA Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Jack HylandGarryhinch, Portarlington, Offaly / Portarlington, LaoisLate of C. I. E.. Peacefully at home in his 89th year. Jack is predeceased by his son Billy and sister Vera. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Mary, loving son Eugene, daughters-in-law, much loved grandchildren, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, his many wonderful neighbours and friends.Reposing at Maher’s Chapel of Rest Portarlington on Saturday from 2:30pm with Removal at 4:50pm arriving St Michael’s Church Portarlington at 5:30pm. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12 :15pm. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington.Family Flowers Only Please.“AT REST”Sean BrophySt Fintan’s Tce, Durrow, LaoisPeacefully at his residence, husband of the late Maura and predeceased by his brothers Tommy, Martin and sister Eileen.Deeply regretted by his loving children, Kevin, Eileen, Terence, Fergal and Maeve, sisters Josie and Clyle, sister in law, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing in Phelan’s Funeral Home, Durrow, from 3.00pm on Saturday evening with Rosary at 8.00pm. Funeral prayers on Sunday morning at 11.00am, followed by removal to Holy Trinity Church, Durrow, for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. House private, please.Muriel JamesO Moore Forest, Mountmellick, LaoisJames, Muriel Elizabeth. 2nd January 2020. Eglinton, Derry, formerly Kensington, London and Mountmellick, Co. Laois. Peacefully, and surrounded by her family. In the exceptional care of Altnagelvin Hospital. Sadly missed by her nieces Fiona, Heather and Sarah, her sister-in-law Gloria, grand-nieces Zoe, Leah, Maeve, Charlotte and Isobel, her grand-nephew Christopher, and by David and Brian. Also her many friends and former colleagues at Peter Jones.Funeral Service at 2pm in the Methodist Church, Mountmellick, on Saturday 4th January, followed by interment at St. Paul’s churchyard.“The Day thou gavest, Lord, is ended.”Teresa O’Hara (née Browne)No 1. St. Canice’s Terrace, Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisTeresa O’Hara (neé Browne), No 1. St. Canice’s Terrace, Borris-in-Ossory, Co.Laois. Died 2nd January 2020, surrounded by her loving family, in the care of doctors, nurses, and staff of the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, extended family, neighbours and friends.Reposing at her home (eircode R32 EF63) on Friday evening from 5. o’clock, with Rosary at 8 o’clock. Removal on Saturday morning to St. Canice’s Church, Borris-in-Ossory, for Requiem Mass at 11 o’clock, followed by burial in Derrinsallagh Cemetery.House strictly private on Saturday morning please.Bill Davis Wolfe Tone Court, Mountmellick LaoisBill Davis, Wolfe Tone Court, Mountmellick, Co. Laois passed away peacefully after a long illness, bravely borne, in the loving care of the The Staff at St. Vincents Community Nursing Home, Mountmellick. Deeply regretted by his loving sister Dorothy Anne Reid (Rosenallis) brother Howard (U.K.), brother-in-law Albert, sister-in-law Linda, nieces, nephews, neighbours and his many friends.Reposing in Moloney’s Funeral Home (Eircode R32PC95) on Saturday from 10.30am until removal at 11am to The Methodist Church, Mountmellick, arriving for Funeral Service at 11.15am. Private Cremation Service will take place later. No flowers please. Donations if desired to The Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise. A donation box will be in place in The Methodist Church during the Service.Nancy Duggan (née Quinn)Seattle, USA and formerly Cullohill, LaoisPeacefully in Seattle.Deeply regretted by her brother Martin, sisters Nora (Phelan) and Theresa (Mahony), sisters in law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, good neighbours and friends.Funeral Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Seattle on Friday followed by burial in Seattle. A Mass celebrating Nancy’s life will be held in Cullohill at a later date.Eileen Hynes (née Quinn)O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, Laois/Ballyfermot, DublinHynes. Eileen Joan. (née Quinn) O’Moore Place, Portlaoise and Ballyfermot. Dec 30th 2019. Peacefully after a long illness bravely borne at her residence. Deeply regretted by her loving husband and Carer Thomas. Brothers Tony, Desmond and Bernard. And loving sister Maura Quinn. Sisters in law Geraldine, Marie, Suzanne, and Marie Therese. Brothers in law Joey, and Marty, Nieces, nephews, extended family and neighbours, Resident of O’Moore Place.Reposing at Keegans Funeral home on Saturday from 4.30 pm with rosary at 6 pm. Removal on Sunday to arrive at SS Peter and Pauls church for 12.30 pm requiem mass. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Pauls cemetery Portlaoise. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Cancer society.Mary (Jo) McDonnell (née Maher)Shanahoe, LaoisPeacefully in the loving care of Ballard Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise, surrounded by her loving family. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Walter, son Colm, sister Phyllis, daughter-in-law Teresa, grandchildren Cliodhna and Muireann, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at her son Colm’s residence Shanahoe from 4pm on Wednesday with Rosary at 8pm. Removal to St Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe for 12 noon Requiem Mass on Thursday. Burial afterwards in St Brigid’s Cemetery, Shanahoe. House private on Thursday morning by request.Bernie Doyle (née Brennan)Kellyville, Ballintubbert, LaoisDeeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, daughter Marie, son James, sisters Margaret, Bridie and Catherine, brothers Liam and Seán, son-in-law Thomas, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Harry and Tom, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at her residence (Eir Code R14 HN60) from 6pm on Tuesday evening . Reposing on Wednesday with Rosary on Wednesday evening at 8pm. Removal by Rigney’s Funeral Director’s on Thursday morning to arrive at St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyadams for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. House private Thursday morning please.Sean PeakeAshgrove, Mountmellick, Laois/Rosenallis, LaoisSean Peake Ashgrove, Mountmellick and Avolia,Mountmellick Co.Laois. (Suddenly) Sadly missed by his loving wife Peggy, sons Billy and John, grandson Joshua, daughters -in-law Geraldine (Dunne) and AnnMarie (Keane). Beloved brother of Billy, Rita, Celia, Dominic, Clare and Brendan. Predeceased by his brothers Tony, Joe and Pat. Sadly missed by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a wide circle of friends.Reposing Moloneys Funeral Home this Tuesday evening from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 8pm. Prayers in Moloney’s Funeral Home on Wednesday at 10am. Removal at 10.50am to St Joseph’s Church for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial after in St Joseph’s Cemetery. House private, please.Ann Tobin (née Maher)14 Tihilly & late of the Lantern, Kilbride Street, Tullamore, Offaly/Cullohill, LaoisPeacefully at the Regional Hospital, Tullamore, surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her husband Bill. Ann will be sadly missed by her loving family, sons Michael, Liam, Pat and Sean, daughters Mary, Bridget, Barbara and Elizabeth, sons in law, daughters in law, her 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, brothers John (London) and Michael (Cullohill), nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at her home, 14 Tihilly, The ullamore (R35 F2Y6), on Monday from 2pm until Rosary at 6pm. Removal after Rosary to the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, arriving at 6.30pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning at 10am. Burial after Mass in St Colman’s New Cemetery, Mucklagh.Patrick (Paddy) HolohanRoss, Rathdowney, LaoisPatrick (Paddy) Holohan, Ross, Rathdowney, Co. Laois and The Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick, Co. Kilkenny. 29th December 2019. Peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny in his 86th year. Beloved brother to Breda (Tipperary Town), Frank (Wicklow) and Lill (Dublin). Deeply regretted by his brother and sisters, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, neighbours, relatives and his many friends.Reposing at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney, Co. Laois on Monday evening from 7 o’clock with rosary at 8 o’clock. Funeral prayers on Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock followed by removal at 6.30 to The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Galmoy. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th January 2020 Twitter TAGSDeaths in Laois Facebook Twitter Pinterest News Deaths in Laois – Saturday, January 4, 2020 Facebook GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestlast_img read more

Response To Retirement Income Review

first_imgResponse To Retirement Income Review National Seniors welcomes the long-awaited release of the retirement income review by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.Australia’s peak consumer organisation for older Australians acknowledges the hard work of the Review Panel in putting forward the evidence for potential reform.Unfortunately, the 600-page document does not contain clear recommendations.It also falls short of giving a full understanding of the problems.Much of this can be attributed to the overly complicated nature of the system.Even so, National Seniors is pleased that the review finds older Australians are not an ‘economic time bomb’ as has long been asserted.Countering this mistaken assertion, the report predicts the cost to the taxpayer of funding the Age Pension will drop. The Age Pension is expected to “fall from 2.5 per cent of GDP to 2.3 per cent by 2060.”The report also highlights the need to promote the use of equity in the home to help live a better life in retirement.However, National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke say it fails to acknowledge the main reason why older Australians do not draw on the wealth of their home.“National Seniors has long been calling on the government to cut the interest rate for the existing Pension Loans Scheme (PLS). It’s a clear barrier,” Mr Henschke said.“This scheme is especially important for those receiving aged care, who could be using it to live more comfortably staying in their own home and out of residential aged care. ” The PLS has seen a three-fold increase in demand but only 2,288 people used the scheme as of March 2020.“Lowering the 4.5% interest rate should be a priority and certainly must be cut in the next Federal Budget.“We urge the Treasurer to recognise the vital role older Australians could play in the economy and the COVID recovery by helping them release the equity in their homes,” said Mr Henschke.Similarly, Mr Henschke says the report does not adequately acknowledge the reasons why older Australians do not make better use of their savings.“Seniors tell us time and again they are petrified of running out of money. They fear the pension, health and aged care systems, which are essential components of the retirement income system won’t meet their needs. “Acknowledging these fears is an important first step in reforming the retirement income system.“If you look at aged care, for example, we are currently in the middle of the Royal Commission because, to use the Prime Minister’s own words, people have lost ‘faith’ in the aged care system.”These are the initial observations of National Seniors Australia. /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:aged care, Australia, Commission, Economy, Federal, GDP, Government, Minister, National Seniors, Prime Minister, reform, retirement, royal commission, running, Seniors, taxpayerlast_img read more

Light rail to Woden is now online

first_imgLight rail to Woden is now online The ACT Government is stepping up community and business engagement on light rail to Woden, with the launch of a new virtual engagement room to provide a hub for information and consultation.“Light rail to Woden is Canberra’s biggest ever infrastructure build, creating over 6,000 jobs and helping to shape our city’s transport future. So we want to involve Canberrans in an ongoing conversation about how we deliver it,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.“We will be consulting on a wide range of topics as the project takes shape – including issues like the environmental, community and heritage impacts; detailed design elements like stops and intersections; and the community’s priorities for creating vibrant new places and spaces along the route.“The new website and virtual engagement room will make it easy and convenient for people to follow the latest project developments and have a say in shaping this key stage of Canberra’s future light rail network,” said Minister Steel.Light rail will help make Canberra a more connected, sustainable and vibrant city. Stage 2 to Woden will provide more convenient and reliable transport options for people on the southside, help prevent future traffic gridlock and cut transport emissions for a cleaner environment.In addition to participating in consultation on the delivery of light rail to Woden, Canberrans can also visit the site to find out more about all aspects of the project and its delivery milestones.New visualisations will help Canberrans gain a better understanding of how the first section of this project will look, and how it will interact with car, bus, cyclist and pedestrian movements in one of the busiest parts of the city.The new virtual engagement tool will support face-to-face engagement activities which are also underway with businesses and residents in the city precinct.This information will form part of various evaluations, environmental assessments and other project documentation being prepared ahead of the submission of planning and works approvals later this year.“I encourage Canberrans to stay informed on the project through the new virtual engagement room, sign up for project updates via website and take the opportunity to have a say in shaping light rail to Woden,” Minister Steel said.Several light rail information sessions will be held in the city from mid-July. Dates and details will be available in mid-June on the light rail website.Light rail to Woden is part of the ACT Government’s $14 billion Infrastructure Plan and contributes to our commitment to grow Canberra’s employment base to 250,000 jobs by 2025.Building light rail to Woden is a Parliamentary Agreement item.The first stage of light rail to Woden – City to Commonwealth Park is jointly funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.Access the light rail virtual engagement room via the light rail website or visit the media centrehttps://www.act.gov.au/lightrailtowodenwww.act.gov.au/lightrailtowoden/media-centre /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:Act, ACT Government, agreement, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Canberra, commonwealth, community, employment, environment, Government, infrastructure, Minister, Pedestrian, sustainable, Transportlast_img read more

Parks and Wildlife Service burn operations finishing up

first_imgParks and Wildlife Service burn operations finishing up Jacquie Petrusma,Minister for ParksThe Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is winding up another successful planned burn season after carrying out 48 scheduled burns, resulting in the reduction of fuel load of more than 10,000 hectares of reserved land.These planned burns are undertaken for fuel reduction, asset protection, cultural and natural values protection and ecological reasons, and aim to reduce the chance of uncontrolled bushfire over the warmer months.While the variable autumn weather pattern this year has meant appropriate weather windows were limited, the PWS made the most of these smaller windows.The season included three planned burns on Flinders Island within the Patriarchs Conservation Area, with 25 PWS fire fighters and several local Tasmanian Fire Service volunteers directly involved in the burn, providing planning and logistics support.Eleven firefighting appliances were shipped to Flinders Island ahead of the planned burn, along with the use of local Parks and Wildlife Service and TFS firefighting units.These burns were conducted with the aid of a helicopter and a small group of staff remains on the island to continue to mop up and patrol the burned area.I would like to thank the local community, businesses and TFS volunteers for their assistance and support in welcoming, accommodating and feeding the large contingency of staff deployed to Flinders Island over the period of several weeks.The Tasmanian Liberal Government is ensuring that the threat of wildfire on our communities is minimised, while ensuring that our treasured environment is protected for future generations to continue to enjoy. /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:AusPol, Australia, bushfire, community, conservation, environment, fire, Flinders, future, future generation, Government, helicopter, Minister, season, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, weather, wildlifelast_img read more

Collector Classics: 1969 Ultra Van

first_img advertisement Trending Videos Members of the Coasters Car Club have decorated their unique 50-year-old mini motor coach with lights and ornaments for the annual Sechelt Festival of Lights parade tomorrow (Dec. 1).Dubbed the Whale on Wheels, the unusual getaway van from another era was also the centerpiece of a car show organized by the Coasters at last summer’s Sea Cavalcade celebrations in Gibsons, and also served as the mobile headquarters for the annual Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Car show that draws hundreds of special interest car owners to Sechelt. The club uses the ‘Whale’ as a concession stand to sell T-shirts, with much of the money raised donated to the local hospital.Clubber Al Hemstreet donated the oddball vehicle for club use after years of family service. His parents had the Whale before him. They were square dancers and the seldom-seen Ultra Van from the Sixties had a following among this international group. It is an odd-looking mini motorhome and the example now used by the Coasters Car Club appears to grin with a painted ‘happy face’ on the front. The 50-year-old private coach gets an annual scrub from club members before going on display or in parades. Every time, a little more of the paint flakes off.“It has a certain patina,” Al notes. “One of the Coasters went over the brakes and steering a couple of years ago. It starts, stops and is safe. It’s not much of an issue when it is only driven twenty kilometres one time and five kilometres another time.”The heavy-duty mechanic-turned-construction company owner tells the story of using the Whale to take his son and some friends to Disneyland to mark their high school graduation. They had left Los Angeles and were going up the grapevine when the Whale’s engine started to miss.“We were going slower and slower and soon we were crawling at eight miles per hour,” Al says. “Near the top of the climb, the Whale was going so slow that one of the boys got out of the van they were following us in and waved as he jogged by.”For more than half-a-century, there has been an Ultra Van Motor Coach Club. The club held a national meet in Creede, Colorado last summer. Al’s father hosted an Ultra Van meet in Roberts Creek in the early 1970s and 32 rigs showed up – one tenth of the number built. RELATED These were the wildest vehicles we saw at SEMA 2018 By the late-Sixties the cost of building the unique Ultra Van at a factory in Hutchinson, Kansas had spiraled to nearly $10,000 at a time when other motorhomes were selling for less. General Motors was ending the production of Corvair cars so new powertrains would no longer be available. After 305 units were built in the Hutchinson factory, production of the Corvair-powered Ultra Van ended. The Coasters Car Club has one of the several hundred examples still in use.“The Whale gives our club character,” Al Hemstreet says proudly. “It gets high fives and thumbs up wherever it is driven.”For more information on the Sechelt Festival of Lights, visit sunshinecoastcanada.com/event/sechelt-festival-lights The Hemstreet’s tracked the 1969 model down in McMinnville, Oregon and brought it to Canada. They used it for vacations and square dancing tours before passing it on to son Al for the princely sum of one dollar.“We lived in it for eighteen months,” Al says of his family’s time between houses, adding they used it for numerous vacation trips south. The unique compact motorhome is very frugal, achieving 22 miles per gallon on the highway.The Ultra Van was the brainchild of California aircraft designer Dave Peterson in the late-Fifties. He had become frustrated with having to choose either his boat or his trailer to tow on vacations. He wanted to have both in the form of a motorized trailer. So he designed the lightweight Ultra Van built largely of aluminum to be only 22 feet long with seating for four. The coach he designed was powered by the newly introduced 110 horsepower Corvair engine located in the rear under the bed. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ultra Van of Hutchinson, Kansas produced about 330 Ultra Vans from the mid- to late-Sixties.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Alan Hemstreet in the driver’s seat of the 1969 Ultra Van originally purchased by his parents.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Most definitely one of the most unique vehicles on Canada’s ‘Left Coast.’Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Hard not to smile when you see this in your rearview mirror.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The bulbous rear end of the Ultra Van.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Coasters Car Club members congregate and their beloved Whale.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The simple cockpit reflects the era of design the Ultra Van was built in.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Whale and tent used by the Coasters Car Club at events held on the Sunshine Coast.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Ultra Van Motor Coach Club has been thriving for more than 50 years.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Whale on parade in its seasonal Christmas attire.Alyn Edwards COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Xb_je464″>PlayBMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stablePlay2022 McLaren Artura | First Look | Driving.caPlay2021 Ford Explorer Timberline | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Honda Civic | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Hyundai Kona N | First Look | Driving.caPlayShanghai 2021 auto show sees raft of new EVsPlayAudi A6 e-tron | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Santa Cruz | First Look | Driving.caPlayFirst Look | 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS | DrivingPlay2021 Genesis GV70 | First Look | Driving.ca 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” Alyn Edwards is a classic car enthusiast and partner in Peak Communicators, a Vancouver-based public relations company. [email protected] center_img RELATED TAGSCargo VanVintage / ClassicClassic CarsCollector ClassicsNewsVancouverVintage & Collectible We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. BMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stable Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Fittingly dubbed the ‘Whale,’ this 1969 Ultra Van is the club van used by the Coasters Car Club for events on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.  Alyn Edwards Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › See More Videoslast_img read more

From the Chancellor: Granting extra leave time, with thanks

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 30, 2019 Categories:Leadership CornerCampus Communitycenter_img With the end of the semester in sight and many beginning to plan for the approaching holidays, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to each of you for your work and dedication to the university over the past year. I am proud to say that because of your commitment and hard work, the University of Colorado Boulder is able to transform lives, rise to new challenges and shape tomorrows leaders. We shine because of each of you, and your contributions continue to differentiate this campus as an outstanding place to learn, teach and work.As a way to show that appreciation beyond just words, I am pleased to announce that CU Boulder campus employees will be granted an additional 16 hours of holiday leave (prorated for part time) to be used between Nov. 25, 2019, and Jan. 3, 2020, and an early release day at 2 p.m. (or 3 hours if schedule is varied) on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. This is in addition to the already scheduled holiday days on Nov. 28, Nov. 29, Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Please make sure that you coordinate with, and receive the approval of, your supervisor in scheduling the holiday leave. Questions should be directed to the Department of Human Resources (x2-6475).Thank you again for all that you do to make CU Boulder excellent. Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor University of Colorado Boulderlast_img read more

Samsung wins some ground in US patent dispute with Apple

first_img A US appeals court in Washington DC ruled that around 40 per cent of the $930 million in damages that Samsung was ordered to pay Apple for patent infringements – which stemmed from a 2012 ruling – should now be reconsidered.The sum relates to $382 million that Samsung had to stump up for allegedly imitating the look and feel of the iPhone – or so-called ‘trade dress’.Yet Samsung always maintained this was unjust, arguing it should not be penalised for making a “rectangular, round-cornered, flat-screened, touch-screened phone” since these features – according to the supplier – were “basic”.Samsung, then, welcomed the Washington court’s decision that the iPhone’s appearance could not be trademarked. It means that the San Jose court – which delivered the original verdict – must reconsider its judgment concerning Samsung’s ‘trade dress’ infringement.“We remain confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents and other intellectual property, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to protect our products,” said Samsung in a statement.Partial victoryThe Washington court nonetheless upheld a variety of patent infringements that Samsung was previously accused of, including one which protects the shape and colour of the iPhone (and the damages awarded for those violations).Another upheld patent infringement was iPhone’s ‘pinching’ to zoom in, or expand an image, also known as the ‘rubberbanding’ scrolling effect.“This is a victory for design and those who respect it,” Apple said in a statement.Apple and Samsung, despite its long-running dispute in the US, have dropped a number of patent actions worldwide. Home Samsung wins some ground in US patent dispute with Apple AppleFinancialResearchSamsungTechnology Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA Author Related Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Tags center_img Google taps retail with NYC store Previous ArticleAppeal court decision puts Belgium’s Mobistar all-square on quadplayNext ArticleKT, AlcaLu are latest duo to team on 5G KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Español AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 MAY 2015 Ken Wieland last_img read more

“Bombers are not as determined as we are” – Derry Mayor

first_img Previous articleBomb explodes outside Derry shopping centreNext articleFG Health Spokesperson says major reform is needed in the health system News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Google+ WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Twitter “Bombers are not as determined as we are” – Derry Mayor The Mayor of Derry has condemned last night’s car bomb attack in Derry. The device went off close to the Da Vinci’s Hotel on the Culmore Road just after midnight.There were no injuries, but property damage is believed to be substantial.The area remains sealed off this morning, and disruption is being experienced in the city this morning as part of the Culmore Road remains sealed off.The Mayor of Derry Cllr Colm Eastwood was at the scene when the device went off last night.He says such actions run contrary to everything the people of Derry stand for………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/colme1pm.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – October 5, 2010 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more