AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Winter weather is on the way and the City of Alpena is reminding residents to keep vehicles off the streets in the coming months.Vehicles cannot be parked on city streets between 3 a.m. And 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1. The city says this is because utility vehicles need to be able to thoroughly plow the roads. Vehicles parked on the streets will be ticketed, and impounded at the owners expense. Parking in city lots is also not permitted overnight. In extenuating circumstances, parking on the street may be permitted, but residents will need to contact police ahead of time. Unless permission is given, vehicles will be ticketed and possibly towed.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, City of Alpena, city parking, parkingContinue ReadingPrevious Hinks Elementary host their first career dayNext Work on Lakewood Dr. and Grand Lake Rd. to cause road closures
At the 13th European Cup Winter Throwing, which was held in Castellon in Spain, BiH competitor Dejan Mileusnić won bronze medal.He competed in the U-23 category and won yet another medal for BiH athletics.Mileusnić threw the javelin 74.43 m which was enough for medal, the gold went to Russian, and the silver to Ukrainian athlete.Mileusnić was the only representative of BiH at this competition.
Folks…Dwayne Haskins is $4,700 on DraftKings main slates against the Giants. Are we doing this? Yes, we’re doing this with our Week 16 NFL DFS picks. Injuries to our most expensive plays at both running back and receiver torpedoed last week’s DraftKings cash lineup. The Rams, ahem, may have also been involved. So, that ends a a bit of a hot streak, but let’s start another. Post-Thanksgiving is HEATER SZN….which is where I go on a heater, ideally. MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderUPDATED: DST Jets vs. Steelers ($3,000). The Jets return top pick Quinnen Williiams and Jamal Adams, the latter as key to his defense’s overall performance as perhaps anyone in the league. A rookie QB goes on the road after chucking four picks on Sunday night, yet the defense only gets mid-tier price.PREVIOUS DST Raiders @ Chargers ($2,300). Don’t be fooled by the “@” sign — this is a home defense. And ever since Philip Rivers tossed four interceptions against Oakland in Week 10, he trails only Jameis Winston by one pick for the league lead. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerDraftKings Week 16 Picks: NFL DFS cash lineupQB Dwayne Haskins Jr., Washington vs. Giants ($4,700). This is basement price for an improving quarterback in a great spot. Big Blue allows more yards per pass in road games than any team but the Bengals, while Haskins ranks 12th in fantasy points per dropback over the past two weeks.UPDATED: RB Miles Sanders, Eagles vs. Cowboys ($6,400). The QB switch in Carolina throws too much uncertainty into the mix in cash, as we could expect Kyle Allen checking to CMC several times a game. We’ll check to Sanders, who’s seen at least 15 carries and five catches in three straight.PREVIOUS RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ Colts ($10,100). When you can get away with a sub-$5K quarterback, it’s hard not to come away with CMC as he builds on his 2K season.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB Joe Mixon, Bengals @ Dolphins ($6,600). Miami allows the most DraftKings points to running backs on the season, fresh off reigniting Saquon Barkley. Only McCaffrey has seen more touches per game over the past four weeks.WR Terry McLaurin, Washington vs. Giants ($6,700). This great spot against arguably the league’s worst pass defense also makes McLaurin a screaming value at mid-tier price. We’re snagging the alpha receiving option, as his 336 yards since the bye stand out with no teammate above two hundo.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPUPDATED: WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Bengals ($6,800). Parker ranks fourth in air yards and seventh in targets since Preston Williams hit IR, if removing Week 14 when Parker exited early. William Jackson has shadowed in recent weeks but was handled by Robby Anderson in Week 13 — 6-of-7 for 81 yards while in coverage for 64% of his routes.PREVIOUS WR Chris Conley, Jaguars @ Falcons ($4,300). We’ll need to hunt down bargains at WR2/3, starting with Conley. That’s not a bad price considering he’s seen at least seven targets in four of Gardner Minshew’s past five starts. DJ Chark’s status does remain relevant, however, so monitor that.UPDATED: WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals @ Dolphins ($5,800): The absence of both Auden Tate and AJ Green should funnel work to Boyd, the only Bengals receiver with over 20% target market share last week. Miami slot corner Jomal Wiltz ranks 22nd in slot yards allowed per snap among 25 corners with 200-plus slot cover snaps.PREVIOUS WR Greg Ward, Eagles vs. Cowboys ($4,200). With the Eagles’ receiving corps completely shredded, consecutive nine-target games have funneled their way to Ward. I initially build this lineup on Monday, so we’ll monitor to see if Nelson Agholor (knee) returns.SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineupsUPDATED: TE Zach Ertz, Eagles vs. Cowboys ($6,400). The savings from CMC to Sanders let us get up at a few spots, including at tight end where we snag the runaway leader in targets. The injuries wiping out the entire starting receiving corps will ensure this insane funnel stays fixed on Ertz.PREVIOUS TE Jared Cook, Saints @ Titans ($5,000). Cook had notched at least six targets and 74 yards in three of four games prior to Week 14 when he suffered a concussion. It’s a tough TE slate for playing anyone sub-$6K in cash, but I think Cook would be it.MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsUPDATED: FLEX DeAndre Washington, Raiders @ Chargers ($4,000). Josh Jacobs’ absence means free square for Washington. Just two weeks ago in this same scenario, Washington dominated backfield carries and targets.PREVIOUS FLEX Kenyan Drake, Cardinals @ Seahawks ($6,300). This is not point chasing, as the Kliff Kingsbury announced Drake is Arizona’s lead back with 22 carries last Sunday, giving him an average of 19 touches over the past three weeks. Seattle’s defense is vulnerable with Bobby Wagner banged up.
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For years, builders of energy-efficient homes have been frustrated by the lack of low-load furnaces. An article I wrote in 2013 about this problem began with this question: “Why are the smallest available American furnaces rated at about 40,000 Btu/h?”A 40,000 Btu/h furnace is likely to be more than twice the size of what is needed to heat a small energy-efficient home. Many homes in this category have a design heat load of only 12,000 or 15,000 Btu/h.I once asked John Straube, a professor of building envelope science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, “With so many builders frustrated by the problem of oversized furnaces, are equipment manufacturers paying any attention?” Straube answered, “Not really. We’ve talked to Trane, Carrier, Lennox, and we’ve told them that we want a smaller, cheaper alternative. Their response is always the same: ‘No, we’re not interested. We are not seeing any demand.’”Finally, a Canadian company named Dettson Industries has come to the rescue. They have developed a modulating gas-fired furnace, the Dettson Chinook C15-M-V, rated at 15,000 Btu/h. At its low fire rate, the furnace has an output of 6,000 Btu/h.Compared to an oversized furnace, a right-sized furnace has several advantages. It will have longer operational cycles, which should improve occupant comfort compared to a furnace with short cycling problems, and it should do a better job of keeping the interior temperature at the thermostat setpoint than a furnace that short cycles.The Dettson Chinook furnace is available in several sizes ranging up to 120,000 Btu/h. Needless to say, lots of furnace manufacturers offer models in the 40,000 Btu/h to 120,000 Btu/h range, so the larger furnaces manufactured by Dettson are nothing special. This article will… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Tags:#automotive#Autonomous#car#driverless#FCA#featured#Fiat#Self-Driving#taxi#top#Uber#Waymo For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information.In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration with automakers, to offset some of the costs of running the division.See Also: Intel to deploy 100 self-driving vehicles worldwide by end of yearUber has made self-driving partnership announcements in the past, with Daimler and Hyundai, and Toyota made a strategic investment in the company, aimed at the self-driving division. None of these have been major collaborations, the type that Waymo has with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) or Cruise Automation with General Motors.It was reported last year that FCA was looking to partner with Uber and Amazon, though neither of these partnerships have been confirmed.There have been a lot of changes at Uber since the discussions were held. An internal investigation found multiple cases of harassment, co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO, and Waymo launched a lawsuit against the company for stealing trade secrets.The lack of leadership and lawsuit may keep automakers away from signing major partnerships with Uber. The company has reportedly lost a bit of its value in the past few months, though revenue and usage is still growing.Without a dedicated partner, Uber could find itself far behind rivals in the self-driving market. Waymo has deployed 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of its partnership with FCA, and Cruise Automation is using GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to test an employee taxi service in San Francisco.Traditional manufacturers BMW, Fiat, and Delphi have partnered with Intel and Mobileye, creating a consortium dedicated to building all the parts for a self-driving car. Gozde Gorce 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: Fikayo Tomori my project playerby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says his “project” player Fikayo Tomori has long justified his faith in him.The centre-back joined Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley as the four Chelsea Lions in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week. “I put trust in him early in the season – I think that was obvious with the way the pre-season went with the centre-backs,” said Lampard. “At the moment, he has really delivered and long may that continue. I think there is a lot more to come still.“Last year as Derby he was fantastic. But you don’t know until you put players in. Against Sheffield United at home was a game where I thought he deserved his opportunity for his training.”Those are the rules here. You have to train at a level. Then he gave me a big problem because he played so well and he has continued to do that. Yes, he is a project in a way but a nice one because everything you want him to do, he stands up and delivers.”
TORONTO – Royal Bank of Canada saw an uptick in demand for mortgages this fall as borrowers look to secure loans before tougher rules — including a stress test — take effect in the new year, one of the bank’s executives says.Neil McLaughlin, RBC’s head of personal and commercial banking, told analysts on its fourth-quarter earnings call there is a heightened awareness of the banking regulator’s revised mortgage underwriting guidelines, which is expected to reduce the maximum amount homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance will be able to borrow.“We have seen a little bit of pull forward this fall,” McLaughlin told analysts on the call Wednesday. “As we talk to customers, some of them are surprisingly aware of what the stress test is about and have decided to move more quickly.”McLaughlin’s comments came as RBC beat analyst expectations with a 12 per cent jump in its fourth-quarter net income to $2.84 billion, driven by double-digit year-over-year increases in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and capital markets. Its latest earnings for the three-month period ended Oct. 31 helped to cap off its fiscal year with a record $11.5 billion profit, up 10 per cent from fiscal 2016.It also comes as the banking regulator in October finalized changes to its mortgage underwriting guidelines — moves aimed at reducing risk amid high household indebtedness and rising home prices, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver.The revised guidelines, called B-20, require would-be homebuyers to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. An existing stress test requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate.Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada has raised interest rates twice in recent months to the current overnight lending rate of one per cent. On Tuesday, the central bank said in its semi-annual review of the financial system that the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets remained top vulnerabilities. However, it said the new mortgage guidelines would help mitigate the risks associated with low-ratio mortgages (with down payments of 20 per cent or more).McLaughlin told analysts Wednesday that more than 90 per cent of its mortgages are already underwritten at these higher rates, and expects the overall impact of these guidelines to be “fairly modest.”“The vast majority of our portfolio and loan originations are not really going to be impacted,” he said.The Bank of Nova Scotia’s chief executive, Brian Porter, told analysts on its earnings call Tuesday that he expects the new guidelines to create a “five per cent headwind” to mortgage originations.McLaughlin told analysts that RBC expects “a similar number”.Dave McKay, RBC’s president and chief executive, said he expects mortgage growth to “slightly moderate.” Canada’s biggest lender by market capitalization had $142.1 billion in uninsured mortgages as of Oct. 31, up 11 per cent from $128 billion a year earlier.“As the Canadian housing industry digests the changing regulatory landscape, we expect mortgage growth to slightly moderate to the mid single-digits,” McKay said on the conference call. “Household demand, however, should still be supported by changing demographics including the large influx of immigrants expected in Canada over the next three years.”Borrowers are showing signs of caution, said Mark Hughes, RBC’s chief risk officer.“More recently, we have seen an increasing number of fixed rate mortgage originations, signalling increased conservatism by our clients in a rising rate environment,” he told analysts on the conference call.The guidelines could also help RBC retain its existing borrowers, said McLaughlin.The new stress test rules won’t apply to those renewing their mortgages if they remain with their existing lender.“We do see this as a positive, and we do expect some lift to our retention rates,” McLaughlin said.
OTTAWA – Federal officials have been on a months-long campaign to surreptitiously slip the name Gordie Howe into conversations with top-level American counterparts to promote the new border crossing that will bear the hockey player’s name.The plan hatched earlier this year required government departments to mention the new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., in any “messaging” on the Canada-U.S. relationship with top politicians and stakeholders, and remind them at every opportunity that the White House supports the project.A presentation outlining the strategy to top civil servants said the goal was to “educate influencers on the importance of the Windsor-Detroit corridor and the new crossing to the U.S. economy.”The proposed six-lane crossing is aimed at easing congestion at the border that is largely funnelled through the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, the busiest crossing between Canada and the United States.The new bridge won’t be completed until at least 2022, provided construction starts next year as planned. The project is expected to cost about $4.8 billion, a tab the Canadian government and a private developer will cover as part of a deal to get the bridge built without the need for congressional approval, which had been impossible to secure.In return, Canada will receive all the revenues from the new bridge to pay off construction costs.At the time the deal was struck, no one was talking about tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement. Then Donald Trump got elected president and demanded the decades-old trade pact be renegotiated.The May presentation, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, suggests the Gordie Howe bridge project became part of Liberal efforts to keep NAFTA from falling apart. The presentation and accompanying briefing note for a meeting of deputy ministers repeatedly stresses that Trump sees the bridge as a strategic piece of cross-border infrastructure.Brook Simpson, a spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, said the bridge topic — in particular its place in a retooled NAFTA — is raised whenever Sohi speaks with U.S. politicians.“This project creates a critically important connection that will greatly improve the flow of trade and its reliability once built,” Simpson said. “Regular engagement with U.S. governments at the federal, state, and municipal levels helps maintain the political and public support the project enjoys.”The constant reminders about the bridge are also likely part of efforts to get the U.S. to commit to providing enough border guards at the new and existing border crossings to avoid bottlenecks, said Lydia Miljan, associate professor of political science at the University of Windsor.“That’s where the big battles are going to come,” Miljan said.“You have to educate Washington on the value of having not just the physical infrastructure, but the human infrastructure in place.”Stuart Soroka, a professor of communication studies and political science at the University of Michigan, said national governments regularly lobby neighbouring jurisdictions on large infrastructure projects to maintain support and avoid a counter-movement.“But it does raise some interesting questions about what governments should be spending money on,” Soroka said, “and whether it’s OK for governments to advertise this stuff.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter
The Canadian government has responded to the Trump administration’s decision to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing retaliatory tariffs effective Sunday on $16.6 billion worth of American imports.The final list includes a 25 per cent surtax on semi-finished goods including steel products and a 10 per cent tariff on a range of consumer goods including orange juice and coffee.Here are some details about the mechanics of how the tariffs will be collected and their possible impact on consumers:How significant are the import tariffs?The $16.6 billion worth of annual tariffs account for about six per cent of the $294 billion total value of goods imported from the United States. The 10 per cent rate on consumer goods represents about 70 per cent of goods impacted by tariffs.How will the tariffs be collected?As with tariffs and duties charged on other imports, they won’t be paid at the border or port but later by the importer of record (wholesaler, retailer, etc.). The surtax is calculated on the Canadian value of the imported good and is subject to the Goods and Services Tax, says Jim Sutton, a vice-president with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.The bonded importer has to account for the tariff within five business days of the item being released by customs and paid at the end of the following month. The Canada Border Services Agency says the surtax will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada before July 1.Canadian travellers will be required to pay the surtax on qualified goods if the value of what they are bringing back to the country exceeds their personal exemption.How will the collected tariffs be used?The Canada Border Services Agency will collect the tariffs and transfer the money to the federal government’s general revenues. The proceeds can then be used to offset the cost of a series of initiatives to support Canadian companies and workers that are negatively impacted by U.S. tariffs.What products have been removed from the list of tariffs?Since the initial list was released June 1, the government has removed beer kegs along with nut purees and pastes, berry and fruit purees, jams and jellies (other than banana puree and strawberry jam) and prepared mustard. Also removed are aluminium wire, aluminium foil of a thickness not exceeding 0.2 mm, aluminium tubes and pipes, aluminum stranded wire and cables that are not electrically insulated, along with boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets, equipped for electric control or the distribution of electricity.How will tariffs impact retail prices?The Canadian tariffs won’t have much of an impact on consumer prices, Krishen Rangasamy of the National Bank of Canada wrote in a report. He said importers are unlikely to pass on to consumers the higher costs on items such as steel and aluminum. And if costs are passed on, he said the “impacts are set to be minimal” and increase the consumer price index by just 0.1 per cent or so.“In other words, while there are many things to worry about with regards to protectionism, higher consumer prices should be at the bottom of the list, unless of course the Canadian dollar takes a deep enough dive as to cause a surge in import prices.”Will a 10 per cent tariff raise prices by 10 per cent?Cost of goods is just one component of retail prices along with other things like labour, utilities, rent, marketing and advertising. So any impact on retail prices would be lower than the 10 per cent tariff rate, said Karl Littler of the Retail Council of Canada.Will retail prices rise due to tariffs?Littler says he doesn’t believe retailers are going to eat the higher costs over the long haul because retail is already a thin margin business. Sutton says some importers may have to initially absorb some of the higher costs because it takes time before changes are made in supply chains.How can consumers avoid higher prices?Consumers who switch their purchases from American goods subjected to tariffs to alternatives from other countries can avoid the tariff impact on prices, says Littler.“So the consumer, if they’re not deeply brand-attached and presuming that there’s a sufficient flow of alternative choices, may not have to pay the tariff at all,” he said.How will tariffs affect the economy?The bigger issue than tariffs is the continuation of a trade war between Canada and the United States that affects the overall economy, hurts consumer confidence and starts to reduce consumer spending, says Littler.“So it’s not just a price impact on the shelf where to some degree there may be substitutability, it’s about shrinking wallets as well.”