Crash test dummies just got fat

first_imgThursday 30 October 2014 12:54 pm whatsapp Crash test dummies just got fat whatsapp Crash test dummies briefly became an object of fascination in the 90s, when they were the subject of a cartoon – but since then they’ve pretty much been going about their daily business, being slammed into walls to show manufacturers how the human body reacts to car crashes.Recently, though car makers have encountered a problem. Traditional crash test dummies were modelled on a tall-ish person with a healthy body-mass index (BMI), weighing just under 12 stone. But as people are getting bigger, so are car seats – and so is the problem of effectively testing the safety of cars on all shapes and sizes. Particularly when you take into consideration that studies show obese drivers are 78 per cent more likely to die in a car crash than their skinny counterparts – because, apparently, they tend to suffer from sleep disorders and therefore fall asleep at the wheel.So crash test dummy manufacturer Humanetics has developed a dummy based on the larger passenger, with a BMI of about 35 – about 19st 3lb – which is classed by US health regulators as “morbidly obese”.Crash Test Dummies super-sized (Source: Humanetics) Chris O’Conner, the company’s chief executive, told ABC News that “an obese person has more mass around midsection and a larger rear which pushes them out of position. They sit further forward and the belt does not grasp the pelvis as easily”. Larger dummies will therefore enable car manufacturers to try out more robust seatbelts and airbags.Ironically, the dummies are still at the testing stage, but the company says it hopes to bring them into full production at some point next year.  Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comYahoo! SearchResearch Car Donation For CharitiesYahoo! SearchThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search Ads Emma Haslett Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

St Conleths Ladies Club launch new superskills competition

first_img WhatsApp St Conleths Ladies Club launch new superskills competition 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Pinterest Previous articlePortlaoise Hockey club off to a flying start as they begin league campaignNext articleElectric Picnic told get its house in order for 2020 Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Derek Egan, St. Conleths; Séan Quirke, manager of Portarlington Leisure Centre; Fiona O’Loughlin T.D. and Stephen Hudson, manager of Permanent TSB Portlaoise. St Conleths Ladies football club launched their new SuperSkills competition last week.The competition is due to take place on Saturday, October 19 in McCann Park, Portarlington.It is aimed at adult ladies in Laois and surrounding areas and will give teams the chance to battle it out for the top prizes.The day will see entrants through a series of Gaelic skills tests including kicking, catching, soloing and hand passing.Clubs are invited to enter a team of four players who will earn points for their team over the morning of the competition. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img By Aedín Dunne – 2nd October 2019 WhatsApp TAGSLaois Ladies FootballSt conlethsSuperSkills Competition Facebook GAA Twitter GAA Home GAA Ladies Football St Conleths Ladies Club launch new superskills competition GAALadies FootballSportUncategorised Pinterest The winning team will be in with a chance of winning great prizes as well as the runner up teams.Prizes include a perpetual shield, specially printed t-shirts and a Team Bonding/Training Session for their club for up to 25 players in Portarlington Leisure Centre.All are welcome to go along and put their skills to the test!SEE ALSO – Ballyfin and Killeshin set to do battle again as final place up for grabslast_img read more

Laois teenager highlights period poverty on World Children’s Day

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 6th December 2019 TAGSWorld Children’s Day 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Previous articleWomen in Sport: Portlaoise, Irish and European Golf ace Mary DoyleNext articleMountrath hold off Naas to advance to Leinster ‘B’ schools semi-final LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Laois teenager Carly Fagan, 14, took to the stage at the Printworks, Dublin Castle on World Children’s Day recently to take part in Child Talks, a series of inspiring stories from children and young people.Child Talks was hosted by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office on World Children’s Day to highlight the importance of listening to children and considering their point of view.The event was opened by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone and was attended by over 400 people. It was also broadcast live on RTÉ News Now. The nine young speakers who took part in Child Talks discussed mental health, disability, education, climate change and getting involved in politics.Carly Fagan from Laois used her talk to highlight the issue of period poverty and the challenges young girls in Ireland are facing.Speaking at Child Talks Carly said: “I feel incredibly angry that not every girl in Ireland is able to get sanitary products. 50% of young women in Ireland are unable to afford sanitary products. It is ridiculous that girls across the country are having to deal with their period every month without the things they need.“Women are spending up to €132 a year on sanitary products. Even in Ireland, a country with 0% VAT on items like sanitary products, women are paying ridiculous amounts.“Girls are suffering without things like pads and tampons. Some are forced to miss school every month, causing them to miss out on their education. Facebook “We need to let girls and young women know that their period isn’t something to be embarrassed of and that if they are struggling, with not being able to buy tampons or pads or that they feel self-conscious, it’s okay to talk.“If we begin talking about periods and the issues surrounding them, there will be change. We need to realize that a woman’s access to sanitary products is her human right and that should never be denied.”Highlighting the importance of Child Talk the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon said“We celebrate World Children’s Day by listening to what young people have to say about issues that are important to them. As always, I am inspired by the abilities of young people and their inherent sense of fairness.“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The young people today remind us that despite the progress made there is still more to do to protect and promote children’s rights in Ireland. There are still too many young people on the fringes and too many young people falling between the cracks within Irish society.”SEE ALSO – Huge jobs fair planned for Laois in February 2020 Laois teenager highlights period poverty on World Children’s Day WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest GAA Home News Laois teenager highlights period poverty on World Children’s Day NewsPolitics Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

North Cancels Private Aid Discussion

first_img North Cancels Private Aid Discussion News By Chris Green – 2012.08.29 4:11pm AvatarChris Green There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea has cancelled talks with two South Korean NGOs on the subject of aid that were due to take place in the North today.The two groups, Okedongmu Children in Korea and Foundation of Inter-Korean Cooperation, said they received news of the cancellation by fax from the North Korean National Reconciliation Council.It is unclear why the meeting was called off, but both the aftermath of yesterday’s Typhoon Bolaven and anger at the ongoing ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises have since been put forward as possible triggers. Facebook Twitter News SHARElast_img read more

Emergency Lectures Emphasize Threat of War

first_img By Daily NK – 2013.01.31 7:57pm SHARE NewsEconomy North Korea has convened nationwide emergency lectures to follow-up on yesterday’s military readiness posture change. Lecturers reportedly told assembled citizens that President-elect Park Geun Hye is preparing to go to war with North Korea so they must be ready to defend the nation in response.A source from Hyesan in Yangkang Province told Daily NK today, “Lectures were convened shortly after the declaration of ‘preparation for combat mobilization.’ He said that the alliance of imperialists including the UN are sanctioning us to try and crush socialism in the only such country left in the world.”The source added, “He stated that the new Park Geun Hye administration wants to start a war with us, so people from every organ, enterprise and Worker and Peasant Red Guard unit must prepare to meet the threat. He emphasized that the people must be on guard at all times and stay prepared to respond to any provocation.” According to the source, the Ministry of People’s Safety is overseeing an increase in public order restrictions, including checking family homes for non-residents. Soldiers are completely prohibited from going off their bases. Yesterday’s declaration of a state of emergency came after Kim Jong Eun announced that the country would take “great national action” in response to the adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution on the 22nd. Emergency Lectures Emphasize Threat of War There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

North Korean authorities lift Sakju County lockdown following complaints

first_img News News SHARE Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store center_img News The lockdown imposed on Sakju County, North Pyongan Province, was lifted on Tuesday at 6 PM, Daily NK has learned. After complaints by locals reached their peak following the deaths of several people from starvation, the authorities ended the lockdown earlier than they had initially announced.A source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on Mar. 24 that “the lockdown was officially lifted as of Mar. 23. Now people are free to leave Sakju County, and people from other regions can also enter Sakju.” The source further said that “the people who had been unable to leave due to the lockdown feel much better and are very glad [that they can now leave the county].”Sakju’s lockdown was partially eased on Mar. 14, making movement within the county possible. Even after the partial lifting of the lockdown, however, people in ten Sakju households starved to death. As the situation worsened, leaders of Sakju’s inminban (neighborhood watch-like organizations) informed district offices and Ministry of Social Security officers of the problem. Reports claimed the situation had become so severe that many households could not eat even one meal per day, causing more cases of Sakju residents dying from starvation to come to the surface.District-level party secretaries handed these reports over to county party officials. Upon looking at the reports, the county party responded by telling the Central Emergency Anti-Epidemic Committee that “everyone is going to starve to death at this rate. Households with children or elderly residents are especially at risk. We either have to provide rations or open up [lift the lockdown].”After considering the difficulties faced by the residents of Sakju County, the Central Emergency Disease Anti-Epidemic Committee decided to lift the lockdown, according to the source. The Central Committee instructed people with COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing or fever to self-quarantine and collect rations from district offices and inminban to prevent more households from running out of food.Sakju County, North Pyongan Province smuggler executedSakju County, North Pyongan Province. / Image: Daily NKIn accordance with these instructions, more than 80 households are in self-quarantine, including 50 households in a village near a train station near Panmak District, 20 households in Supung, and ten households in the county seat. However, because these instructions were given to Sakju residents just before they began preparing for the farming season, some farmers complained that they missed the ideal time window for planting seeds.“Sakju residents supporting themselves with their small private farms believe that they won’t be able to make a living if they don’t plant the seeds in March,” the source explained. “People running private plots within the county already finished planting beans, but those managing plots outside the county complained, saying ‘what will we eat now?’ because they couldn’t plant the beans due to the lockdown.”People openly expressed their discontent at rising uncertainty about what they will eat in the future and the absence of national food distribution efforts. According to the source, people running private plots outside the county rushed to the houses of the Sakju County party secretary and the chairman of the County People’s Committee. Some stuffed their mailboxes with petition letters saying that “Seeds need to go in the ground now for us to make a living,” while others even threw rocks and garbage over their fences.After recognizing that national distribution is unlikely, county party officials proposed lifting lockdown to the Central Committee as a way to reduce people’s discontent. The lockdown was officially lifted on Mar. 23, but rumors began circulating last weekend among Sakju residents about the lifting of the lockdown.“People running private plots outside the county started bringing their families to plant beans even before the lockdown was lifted,” the source said. “The county didn’t come down on them as harshly as before. This is likely because they also knew that the lockdown was going to be lifted.”The source also told Daily NK that – in an unusual move – Sakju County government agencies and enterprises allowed the male heads of each household to take a half-day, and even up to a full day, of leave in order to help with the seeding.*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean AvatarHa Yoon AhHa Yoon Ah is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

Ban on embedded commissions to benefit banks: IFB

first_img “There has never been a more important issue in our industry, ever,” Findlay said. “A ban on embedded commissions is a fundamental ban on the way we do business.” The potential ban, which is being considered by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), would eliminate the form of compensation that most advisors rely on, Findlay said. That will force advisors to switch to a fee-based compensation model, collecting compensation directly from clients in exchange for their services. As banks don’t require clients to make the same type of explicit payment for their investment services, the regulatory change may prompt more clients to invest with a bank instead of an independent advisor. “[The banks] have the most to gain if this ban goes ahead,” Findlay said, adding that the result would be less choice for clients. Although the CSA is only formally considering the proposal, Findlay said advisors should expect the insurance regulators to follow suit. “Don’t think it’s just mutual funds,” he said. “If this ban goes through on the mutual fund side, regulators are going to be screaming that it has to happen on the insurance side.” Read: Ban on embedded commissions could take toll on non-bank dealers The CSA’s embedded commissions proposal is part of regulators’ growing focus on investor protection. Although that’s an important goal for financial services regulators, Findlay said they also have a responsibility to ensure an efficient and competitive marketplace. The latter goal, he said, has been neglected as a result of the regulators’ fixation on investor protection. “It’s time for the pendulum to swing back to the centre,” he said, “back to a world where the regulators balance consumer protection with a fair and competitive marketplace. All we ask for is a level playing field.” Advisors need to voice their concerns with the proposed ban on embedded commissions, Findlay said, and educate regulators on the impact it could have on their businesses and clients. “It’s time for us to get out in front of this issue,” he said. “We need to stand together, and make sure our voice is heard.” Photo copyright: macfromlondon/123RF Related news The proposed ban on embedded commissions represents an attack on financial advisors’ business model and will create an uneven playing field that will benefit the banks, said Scott Findlay, president and chairman of Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (IFB), at the association’s Spring Summit in Toronto on Wednesday. Advisors need to counter growing threat of robo-advisors Feds to consider expanded services from banks, fintechs macfromlondon/123RF Keywords Embedded commissionsCompanies Independent Financial Brokers of Canada center_img FSCO reports decrease in insurance advisors’ compliance rates Megan Harman Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Ontario raises small estate limit to $150,000

first_img It’s official: marriage no longer revokes a will in Ontario Melissa ShinRudy Mezzetta Ontario allows probate applications by email Share this article and your comments with peers on social media last will and testament waiting to be filled and signed wisitporn/123RF Related news “Right now, the process to apply to manage an estate in Ontario is the same, whether the estate is worth $10,000 or $10 million. The process can be time-consuming and costly, deterring people from claiming smaller estates — and that isn’t right,” said Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey in a release.Raising the small-estate limit means more estates will be able to access a simplified probate process. Probate fees — known as the estate administration tax — are still due on the portion of the estate worth more than $50,000, however.Also as of Apr. 1, the province is removing the requirement to post bond in small-estate probate applications unless a beneficiary is a minor or deemed incapable.Keith Masterman, vice-president of tax, retirement and estate planning with CI Investments Inc. in Toronto, said in an interview before today’s announcement that speeding up the probate process for small estates would be a positive step — but that the province should improve the process for all estates.“Technically the banks and investment companies can take the position — and they often do — that they can’t take instructions from the executor until probate is obtained. Meanwhile those assets are fluctuating,” he said. “Larger estates are out there with fluctuations in the value of assets that are costing people real money.”Krystyne Rusek, an estate lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP in Mississauga, Ont., said in an interview before the announcement that the threshold for a small estate in areas with higher costs of living could be set higher.“In Toronto, a small estate would be $500,000; that’s not a small estate anywhere else [in the province],” she said.Other issues outstandingLast August, Downey sent a letter to legal stakeholders and estate lawyers “to seek feedback on ways to advance estates law in Ontario,” a Ministry of the Attorney General spokesperson said at the time. A question about the small estate limit was included.Downey’s letter requested comment on six other issues, including when the emergency order allowing wills and powers of attorney to be signed virtually should be lifted, or whether such provisions should be made permanent; whether to repeal the section of law that revokes a will upon marriage; and whether courts should be granted more latitude in validating or rectifying an improper will.Today’s announcement did not address the other issues. (Editor’s note: the Ontario government introduced a bill on Tues., Feb. 16 that would permanently permit virtual witnessing and repeal the statute that revokes a will upon marriage.)Regarding will signing, Rusek said her firm has been using the practice as a “last resort.” Instead, the firm has been meeting with clients outdoors when possible.“Litigation on the estate side is going to increase because of these virtually witnessed wills,” she said. “The lawyers can’t see who is in that room.”However, Rusek has not heard of any wills being challenged yet, saying that “everyone is staying on top of [the issue].” She added that virtual witnessing would have benefits outside of a pandemic, including for older clients who find it difficult to access law offices.“If it’s done properly, [virtual will witnessing] should go forward,” Rusek said. Marriage won’t revoke a will under proposed Ontario legislation Keywords Estate planning,  Ontario Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Courts could save invalid wills if Ontario bill passes Ontario survivors could now receive more if their spouses die without a will Small estates in Ontario will soon be defined as those worth up to $150,000, instead of $50,000.The move, announced Friday, takes effect Apr. 1. The change follows a stakeholder consultation that  began in August 2020. last_img read more

More Investment In A Bigger, Better Ballarat Base Hospital

first_imgMore Investment In A Bigger, Better Ballarat Base Hospital VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is boosting investment in the redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital, ensuring the region’s families and dedicated hospital staff get the world-class facilities they deserve and need to treat thousands more patients a year.The Victorian Budget 2020/21 includes $178.2 million for the Guaranteeing Energy Supply initiative, that ensures hospitals have capacity and reliable backup energy supply if there was a power failure in the electricity grid.As part of this initiative, Ballarat Base Hospital will receive $80 million to build a new central energy plant which will be integrated with the redevelopment – bringing the Labor Government’s total investment to $541.6 million. Construction will begin next year, creating more than 1,400 construction jobs.The upgraded hospital includes a multi-level tower with a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds.There will also be a new and expanded critical care floor with an intensive care unit, operating theatres, procedure rooms, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.Once complete, the hospital will have capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year.Ballarat Health Services is one of the region’s largest employers and this redevelopment is expected to create up to 1,000 extra positions once fully operational. The project is expected to be completed by 2027.Former Premier and Ballarat local Steve Bracks will Chair a Community Consultative Committee, alongside Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle.The Government is calling on locals from Ballarat and surrounding areas to help shape the redevelopment by joining the Community Consultative Committee or completing an online community survey on Engage Victoria. Committee members will be appointed through an open Expression of Interest which can be found on the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority website: stated by Minister for Health Martin Foley“We’re putting regional patients first and upgrading our major regional hospitals across the state so more patients can be treated sooner, closer to home.” As stated by Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison“Ballarat Health Services’ nurses, doctors, allied health, caterers and orderlies do an incredible job caring for the community and this upgrade will give them the modern facilities they need to do what they do best – saving lives.”As stated by Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle“The Ballarat region is growing, and this redevelopment is about meeting that increased demand and making sure the community has access to the services they need, while creating thousands of local jobs.” /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, Ballarat, building, Buninyong, children, community, electricity, Emergency, failure, Government, health services, hospital, Human Services, Investment, Minister, project, Victorialast_img read more

CU-Boulder Begins Phasing Out Social Security ID To Protect Students

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Complying with changes in state law and to provide added security for students, the University of Colorado at Boulder is no longer using social security numbers as the university ID for new students. Since June 27, new records created in the University of Colorado student database system have been assigned nine-digit ID numbers starting in the 800 range. At CU-Boulder, system-assigned student ID numbers begin with “810.” The change follows the passage of HB03-1175, which directed Colorado universities to phase out the use of students’ social security numbers as primary school identification numbers. CU-Boulder associate registrar Sally Page said that while the new law does not require changes until July 2008, CU made the change early to offer students an added degree of security. “Also, we’ve got the capability to make the changes using our current student information system, so we’re doing it now,” Page said. “Some institutions are waiting until they get a new system.” The change affects all new students and applicants added to the university database after June 27. ID numbers were not changed for students already in the system before that date, but those students can visit the Registrar’s Office to request a new number. Recently there has been a slight increase in student requests for ID number changes, Page said, and changing their ID number was an option for students even under the old system. “I think it’s becoming more of an issue these days, which is probably why there’s been that slight increase in students asking for a generic student ID,” she said. Students’ social security numbers are needed for financial aid processing and other administrative purposes, and will continue to be stored in online student records. Administrators can now access online student records using either generic student ID numbers or social security numbers. Students who don’t know their assigned generic ID number can view it by clicking a link from PLUS or registration pages on the CU-Boulder site and entering their social security number and a PIN number. For more information, call the Registrar’s Office at (303) 492-6970. Published: Sept. 9, 2003 last_img read more