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Britain has never understood the fervour for the EU project

first_imgThursday 31 January 2019 8:32 am whatsapp whatsapp Opinion Britain has never understood the fervour for the EU project Share Alan MendozaAlan Mendoza is executive director of the Henry Jackson Society. What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?It would appear that we are about to find out in the latest instalment of the Brexit soap opera that has been running since we announced our intention to leave in 2016. And so it will surely prove with the backstop. Without a customs union or free trade agreement, there can be no soft border between Britain and the EU.For the EU to agree otherwise would be to undermine its negotiating stance with any other neighbouring country or future would-be exiters, and would also shift the leverage from the EU to the UK in the free trade treaty talks to come.It would be completely illogical for the Europeans to abandon their competitive advantage in negotiations in this way.But more than this, British politicians have underestimated the impact of the Irish position on the EU stance. Ireland is a member of the EU. The UK will soon not be. Any club that puts the demands of a departing member over those of a continuing one will soon be a club with a membership problem.The EU will have to honour the Irish position – if it does not, no small country will feel secure within it. And if that happens, ever closer union is over.So either Theresa May will emerge with the most improbable victory in EU negotiations since Margaret Thatcher banged her handbag on the table at Fontainebleau in 1984, or the Eurocrats will hold the line. The odds favour the latter.We may yet exit the EU on 29 March with a deal. But it will be on EU terms if so, not ours.The sooner we grasp this basic concept, the sooner we may get to a real resolution of our present dilemma, rather than the fantasy land we currently inhabit.center_img The most pertinent example is the Eurozone debt crisis, and in particular the Greek episode, which followed from the financial earthquake of 2008. By any normal economic indicator, the EU should have thrown the horrifically indebted Greek economy under the bus and encouraged the Greeks to exit from the Eurozone.Instead, other European taxpayers were told that they were going to be funding a Greek recovery, and the Greeks were put on a drastic austerity diet.Billions of euros were spent propping up the Greek – and other troubled – economies, which resulted in lost growth across the Eurozone.There was only one reason for this: a desire to avoid fracturing the Eurozone in order to preserve the goal of ever closer union.If the Europeans were prepared to sacrifice growth for their ideals just a few short years ago, the chance of a different outcome with Brexit is negligible. They would prefer a deal with Britain, certainly, but if that clashes with a key point of EU ideology, this will always be their first priority to uphold. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. 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It is a fight that the EU is almost certain to win.There appears to be a common misconception in British governing circles that the EU is a rational institution that puts the economic interests of its members above all else.Equally widely shared are the beliefs that EU member states are desperate to do a deal with the UK at any price, and that they would be willing to throw individual member states’ continuing membership of their club overboard in the process.None of this bears any relation to reality. That the UK has sat for over 45 years in EU bodies and seemingly learned nothing about its core beliefs is a terrible indictment of our failure to understand an institution of which we were once apparently a leading member. It explains why Britain was so often on the losing end of internal EU arguments, frustrating EU discussions rather than skilfully melding them into winning positions in the way that other countries have so often succeeded in doing.At the heart of British delusions at the current time is the inability to recognise that the EU has always been a political project first, and an economic project second.The EU has never hidden this. Its own official history page states that its forerunner institutions were created “with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War”.This political aim was to be achieved in part through economic means, as successive structures like the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community showed. But throughout it all, the political goal of “ever closer union” was always central to the EU’s ambitions.Anyone who believes that the EU has gone soft on this objective and is willing to prioritise economics over politics has not understood recent history. Tags: Brexit Eurozone People Theresa Maylast_img read more

EU ‘very unlikely’ to agree Brexit delay before Tuesday

first_imgSaturday 26 October 2019 9:08 am More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told It is thought the government will table a motion on Monday for a general election to be held on 12 December. He also told MPs that they should now back a general election following Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to opt for “more dither and more delay”. Johnson, who has said his “preferred option” is a short Brexit delay to “say to 15 or 30 November”, has called on Corbyn to “man up” and agree to an election. EU leaders have agreed a Brexit delay, but will not make a decision on how long for until next week. Michael Searles The talks come after chancellor Sajid Javid admitted on Friday that the 31 October “can’t be met”. TOPSHOT – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, central London on October 24, 2019, after taking a political Cabinet meeting. – The pound firmed against the dollar and euro on Wednesday as the European Union prepared to grant a further delay to Brexit, averting the prospect of Britain departing the bloc next week without a deal. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) Read more: Brussels delays Brexit decision Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistatezenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalist Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would only agree to an election when Johnson had completely ruled out a no-deal Brexit “to my satisfaction”. EU agrees to Brexit delay but ‘very unlikely’ to decide on extension before Tuesday However it appears unlikely to get the two-thirds majority needed with Labour yet to commit either way.center_img Tags: Brexit But a senior EU official told Sky News it would be “very unlikely” the bloc makes a decision before Tuesday. They are debating whether to extend the deadline date until 31 January or November. The latter is thought to be preferred by French President Emmanual Macron. “Providing the Prime Minister comes to parliament on Monday and makes it absolutely clear he is going to make sure that there is no crash out – because his deal includes the possibility of a no-deal exit… if he comes on Monday and says that, then OK,” he added. “My position is we’ve got to get no-deal taken off the table first,” he told ITV. The European Commission said work on this would “continue in the coming days”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was wanting on the EU to decide “what they want to do” “Nobody will believe that the Labour Party is really going to allow Brexit to happen unless there is a deadline of an election on 12 December,” the Prime Minister said. whatsapp whatsapp The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on Thursday. Read more: Said Javid admits 31 October Brexit deadline ‘can’t be met’ last_img read more

Spending watchdog to publish forecasts despite scrapping of Budget

first_imgThe OBR – an independent fiscal watchdog set up under former chancellor George Osborne – is legally required to publish two official forecasts each financial year, with one alongside the annual Budget. Tuesday 29 October 2019 5:41 pm Harry Robertson Chote said: “Given the importance of these changes for public understanding of the baseline against which the government will need to judge its fiscal policy options, we believe that it would be useful to explain publicly the impact that they would have had on our March forecast.” whatsapp Spending watchdog to publish forecasts despite scrapping of Budget The watchdog said it still expects to publish two more forecasts in the 22 weeks that are left of the financial year. “The current chancellor has been in office for over three months, and we would hope that he would agree to appear before us sooner rather than later.” The Treasury Select Committee (TSC), the parliamentary body which scrutinises the Treasury, also had a warning for Javid, with MPs saying he should appear before them soon. Read more: Labour to back PM’s call for December election LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid leaves Downing Street after a Cabinet Meeting on October 29, 2019 in London, England. Later today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will put forward a motion for a short bill proposing an early general election, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party will support. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images) whatsapp However, Chote warned Javid that given the time it takes to produce the forecasts, the OBR may have to publish a full forecast soon if the chancellor is not clear about a Budget date. Share Chote said: “It is not for us to determine the date on which we publish our forecasts, unless the chancellor leaves it so late to name a date himself that we feel we have to do so to ensure that we are able to publish two forecasts within the financial year.” Javid had planned to hold a Budget, where he would lay out his tax and spending plans for the country, on 6 November. This was scrapped, however, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson requested a Brexit extension. Read more: Chancellor Sajid Javid admits 31 October Brexit deadline ‘can’t be met’ “It’s been over six months since the previous chancellor’s final evidence session with the Treasury Committee in April,” the newly appointed chair of the TSC Mel Stride said. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) also said that it could be forced to publish a full official forecast soon if the government does not give it a clearer idea of when the next Budget might be. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun Stride also said Javid should “set out how he will support the OBR in publishing two forecasts in the remaining 22 weeks of the current fiscal year”. OBR chair Robert Chote today wrote to Javid to say that various changes to the way the budget deficit is assessed – which have added billions of pounds to short-term borrowing – meant it was important to publish updated forecasts. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years The UK’s tax and spending watchdog has said it will publish an updated version of its March fiscal forecasts next month, despite chancellor Sajid Javid cancelling his Budget due to the Brexit extension. One key change is the way student loans are accounted for. The proportion of the loans that will never be paid off is now treated as government spending, adding over £10bn to the annual deficit. (Image credit: Getty)last_img read more

The To-Do List: February 2016’s Most Awesome Media Digestibles

first_imgBooksCelebrityFilmMusicThe To-Do List: February 2016’s Most Awesome Media DigestiblesThe Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! is at the top of our listBy Marielle Wakim – February 1, 2016500ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWatchOld Hollywood Easter eggs abound in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! (February 5). Josh Brolin is studio fixer Eddie Mannix; Scarlett Johansson channels aqua-musical star Esther Williams. Is that Gene Kelly in a sailor suit? Nope, just Channing Tatum.ListenDrinking from a Salt Pond, the sophomore effort from K-Town band Run River North, is a sonic evolution from last year’s self-titled debut (February 26). Feistier lyrics render them a little less Of Monsters and Men and a little more Cold War Kids.StreamJames Franco put his poetry on hold to appear in Hulu’s 11.22.63, J.J. Abrams’s take on Stephen King’s hit novel of the same name (February 15). Franco plays a teacher who time-travels to 1963 to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.ReadPass the time until Star Trek’s 2017 return to television with William Shatner’s memoir Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man (February 16). Shatner shares anecdotes and memories of a life-changing relationship with Leonard Nimoy, who died a year ago this month.Photograph courtesy Amazon  TAGSCaesar!Drinking from a Salt PondHailThe To-Do ListPrevious articleWhere to Eat Now: Hot ‘n’ Fresh L.A. Restaurants, 1/29Next articleAsk Chris: There Used to Be An Antiques Dealer at Bergamot Station Who Had a Secret Warehouse Full of Hundreds of Vintage Neon Artworks. Does It Still Exist?Marielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORClassic Hollywood Comes to Life in Hail, Caesar!#ClimateBrag Fail: It Looked Like Winter in L.A. Last WeekendTop 5 Weekend Events: Walking, Dancing, Noshing & Morelast_img read more

Florida man sentenced to life in prison for molesting child

first_imgArcadia man sentenced to 14 years in prison on drug charges May 11, 2021 CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. / WFLA — A Crystal River man will spend the rest of his life in prison as a punishment for molesting a child in 2019.Mark Daniel, 44, was arrested last year for ‘lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12,’ according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.The child told a parent that Daniel made him touch him in a sexual way during the initial investigation into the claims against Daniel, NBC affiliate WFLA reported.“Daniel is a predator who took advantage of the trust placed in him to care for and watch over this young victim,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “His actions have changed the victim’s life forever.” Florida woman helps Fort Myers man escape from prison May 14, 2021 Casey Crowther’s sentencing date set for this summer March 30, 2021 Fort Myers man sentenced to 45 years in prison for child molestation May 18, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementA judge sentenced Daniel to life in prison on each of the six charges against him after hearing from the prosecution, defense, and the victim’s father on Wednesday, Nov. 4.“The diligence shown every day by detectives assigned to the Special Victims Unit is a testament to our commitment to protect young and vulnerable victims,” Prendergast said. “Nothing can undo what this victim has gone through; however, we are hopeful the victim and their family find peace in the fact that Daniel will never be able to prey on another child.” AdvertisementTags: child molesterprisonsentenced AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Traffic Alerts: March 15

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS 7:35 p.m.Traffic is slowed northbound on I-75 at mile marker 130 near the RSW exit due to a crash involving a semi-truck – Use caution in the area11:13 a.m.The east and westbound lanes of Veterans Parkway W. are shut down near Santa Barbara Boulevard due to a crash with serious injuries. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Traffic Alerts: May 25 May 26, 2021 Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementTags: traffic Traffic Alerts: May 24 May 25, 2021 Traffic Alerts: May 21 May 23, 2021 Future developments cause new Colonial congestion concerns June 10, 2021 AdvertisementAccording to police, a car crossed over the median. At least one person was taken to the hospital. Major Crash Investigators are assessing the scene. Avoid the area and seek an alternate route.Credit: Mike Henning last_img read more

Rathdowney ‘asylum seekers’ not sure how long they will remain in Laois

first_img GAA TAGSasylumCommercial InnRathdowney By Alan Hartnett – 11th June 2019 Facebook Rathdowney ‘asylum seekers’ not sure how long they will remain in Laois GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Twitter Previous articleLaois U-20 hurlers announce captain, vice-captain and panel ahead of Leinster championshipNext articleRenua leader Leahy leaves party and outlines Laois-Offaly General Election plans Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.center_img Commercial Inn in Rathdowney A group of asylum seekers who are currently staying in Rathdowney do not know for how long they will be staying in Laois.According to the Irish Times, who recently visited Rathdowney where they spoke to one of the refugees called Hanani, the residents have not been told by officials about how long they will be residing at the Commercial Inn.The paper reports that the people come from Somalia, Afghanistan, Palestine, South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi.The issue first came to light at a council meeting back in April when Cllr Brendan Phelan, who subsequently lost his seat in the elections last month, asked for further information from Laois County Council chiefs.He was told then by Director of Services Michael Rainey that this was nothing to do with the Council – rather with Direct Provision.Brendan Phelan said: “That premises they are in is only partially rebuilt following a fire. It was never used before for accommodation or even a B&B.“What about integration, language supports, are they going to the local schools. It’s a very small premises, what’s going on?“I simply don’t want to see someone stuck in Rathdowney in ten years’ time. I am just looking for a small bit of information to try stop the local speculation as to why these refugees who no one knows anything about have been stuck in a corner. Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Home News Rathdowney ‘asylum seekers’ not sure how long they will remain in Laois News “I have seen two young lads about 18 or 20 years of age wandering around the town and wondering where they have been landed, it’s not fair on them.”A spokesman for the Department of Justice, on behalf of the Reception and Integration Agency, told the Irish Times that all people within the international protection process had the right to privacy and that the department could not comment on the use of any individual premises.However, he did note that the accommodation at the Commercial Inn was “intended for a temporary period only” and that all parents with children of school-going age were receiving assistance with education-related queries.SEE ALSO – Laois U-20 hurlers announce captain, vice-captain and panel ahead of Leinster championship 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

$40 million Indigenous tourism fund to assist recovery

first_img$40 million Indigenous tourism fund to assist recovery Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeThe Morrison Government today announced new support for Indigenous tourism through comprehensive package of business support and grants under the $40 million Indigenous Tourism Fund.Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said Indigenous tourism businesses have been hard hit by the combined impact of bushfires and COVID-19.“The tourism sector was one of the first to be impacted by COVID-19 and will be one of the last to recover,” Minister Wyatt said.“This fund delivers on our election commitment, and has been designed in consultation with the Indigenous tourism sector who have told us clearly what they need to recover and grow their businesses.”$10 million from this fund will go towards a National Indigenous Tourism Mentoring Program to offer businesses individualised support.Up to $12 million will be available under the Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business Program to help businesses and community organisations develop new products, and purchase systems and equipment. Applications for the grant will open on 22 February.Up to $17 million will be available for States and Territories to co-invest with the Commonwealth on significant Indigenous tourism projects. This is a real opportunity to expand the range of Indigenous tourism experiences available across Australia.To ensure the fund is Indigenous led, $1 million will be provided for the establishment of a National Indigenous Tourism Advisory Group consisting of successful Indigenous experts from a variety of fields to advise on priorities for the sector and the implementation of the fund.The National Indigenous Tourism Advisory Group will be chaired by Professor Deen Sanders OAM with Ms Helen Martin as Deputy Chair.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, said the package would support Australia’s diverse tourism market.“We want tourists to share and enjoy Australia’s rich Indigenous history, culture and traditions,” Mr Tehan said.“Our Government is supporting Indigenous tourism operators so they can continue offering these unique experiences and also provide employment and business opportunities in their communities.“Australia’s health and economic success at managing COVID-19 means we are well-placed to recover and grow our domestic and international tourism sector and we want Indigenous tourism to be a key part of the Australian visitor experience.” /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, Australian, bushfires, business, commonwealth, community, DFAT, election, employment, FM, Foreign Affairs, Foreign policy, Government, Indigenous, Investment, Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Morrison, Morrison Government, Professor, purchaselast_img read more

Canada’s 10 most popular U.S.-made vehicles so far in 2018

first_img RELATED TAGSFordNews The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 1. Ford F-Series: 72,308 down 8 per centSince 2009, the Ford F-Series line of pickup trucks has formed the best-selling vehicle in Canada. That streak – which will undoubtedly continue in the 2018 calendar year – included year-over-year growth in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. F-Series sales last year were 91 per cent higher than when the streak began, though it appears as though the chance of another year of growth is unlikely. Sustaining last year’s pace of 13,000 monthly F-Series sales in Canada isn’t easy. Ford Canada is selling roughly 12,000 per month in 2018. Ford builds F-Series trucks in Michigan, Missouri, and Kentucky. 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” Assembled in Chicago, the Ford Explorer crosses the Canadian border as a finished product and attracts more total sales than any other three-row utility vehicle. The Explorer’s growth rate late in its fifth-generation’s lifecycle has been something to behold. Canadian Explorer sales volume jumped 66 per cent between 2011 and 2017. Moreover, the Explorer generated twice as much volume in just the first-half of 2018 than the old body-on-frame Explorer produced in any complete calendar year between 2008 and 2010.9. Jeep Cherokee: 11,234, up 0.3 per cent2019 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk The Alabama-built Hyundai Elantra is one of only two vehicles on this list not bearing the weight of a Detroit-based badge. The Elantra once stood a fair shot of unseating the Honda Civic as Canada’s best-selling car – the Hyundai ranked second in six consecutive years from 2011 through 2016. But the Elantra is now a distant third among car sales in Canada, attracting 2,100 fewer buyers than the Civic each month. Elantra popularity has plunged 27 per cent since its 2013 peak.6. Nissan Rogue: 22,404, down 1 per cent2018 Nissan Rogue A century after assembly of the Model T began in Louisville, Kentucky, Ford began building Escapes at the (obviously modernized) plant in 2012. The Escape shares the facility with the Lincoln MKC, which attracts one Canadian buyer for every 21 Escapes sold. Long the top-selling utility vehicle in Canada, the Escape lost that honour in 2016 after losing 11 per cent of its volume over two years. The Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, both assembled in Canada, now outsell the Ford.4. GMC Sierra: 29,765, down 5 per cent2018 GMC Sierra All Terrain Trending in Canada Based on recent history, President Donald Trump’s idea of applying 25 per cent tariffs on vehicles imported to the United States can’t be taken as idle threats. Such a trade barrier would pose enormous problems for automakers of virtually every nationality, as the auto industry has long since become a global business.Consider the fact that, according to, four of the ten most American-made vehicles in 2018 are products built by Japan-based Honda: Odyssey, Ridgeline, Pilot, MDX. Those are hardly “Detroit” cars in the traditional sense, yet based on parts content, assembly location, engine and transmission sourcing, and factory jobs, the only vehicle more “American-made” than the Honda Odyssey is the Jeep Cherokee.Incidentally, that Jeep Cherokee is on this list of the most popular American-made vehicles in Canada, a list predictably stuffed with pickup trucks and SUVs. It’s not unreasonable to conclude that tariffs on Canadian vehicles heading into the United States could be followed up by the opposite reaction: tariffs on U.S.-built vehicles coming into Canada. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Handout / Hyundai advertisementcenter_img Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | With production split between Michigan, Illinois, and Guanajuato, Mexico, the GMC Sierra (like its Chevrolet Silverado twin) isn’t exclusively a U.S.-built vehicle. Yet this full-size pickup truck, a distinct part of American auto culture, does a far better job of earning market share in Canada than it does in the United States. 9 per cent of full-size pickups sold in the United States are Sierras; 16 per cent of full-size pickups sold in Canada are Sierras.3. Chevrolet Silverado: 30,210, up 8 per cent2018 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 See More Videos The Cruze drew the ire of the President Trump early last year over questions of its true made-in-America status. (A slice of Cruze production takes place in Mexico.) Boosted somewhat by the new hatchback model last year, Cruze sales increased after consecutive years of sharp decline. But in 2018, the Cruze is in a losing battle against more popular compacts such as the Canadian-built Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Year-over-year, Cruze sales dropped noticeably in March, April, May, and June.7. Hyundai Elantra: 20,596, down 13 per cent2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Hugely important to General Motors’ coffers, the Chevrolet Silverado and its GMC Sierra twin generate four out of every ten GM Canada sales. That’s way up from a decade ago, when the two trucks brought in slightly less than one in five GM Canada sales. The Silverado is tracking toward its best year of Canadian sales in history, and is stealing plenty of market share from the more popular Ram and Ford F-Series pickup trucks in the process.2. Ram P/U: 48,659, down 16 per cent2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Production of the Ram line of pickup trucks is shared by assembly plants in Sterling Heights and Warren, Michigan, plus a facility in Saltillo, Mexico. A year ago, it seemed necessary for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to produce huge numbers of Ram trucks – sales hit record highs in the U.S. and Canada. In 2018’s first six months, Canadian volume has taken a major 16 per cent hit, and U.S. Ram sales are down 7 per cent as the company seeks to determine the best means of transitioning from one generation of trucks to the next. If at first the design seemed off-putting, it quickly became clear that the modern Jeep Cherokee would find plenty of consumers who appreciated its unique face. Sales of the latest Cherokee peaked in 2016, its third full year, but then plunged in 2017 as Jeep lost nearly a quarter of its best seller’s volume. Facelifted and updated under the skin for the 2019 model year, the Cherokee now seems to have plugged the dam and sales have levelled off. In fact, June volume reached an 11-month high. Assembly of the reincarnated Jeep Cherokee takes place in Belvidere, Illinois.8. Chevrolet Cruze: 14,448, down 7 per cent2018 Chevrolet Cruze As Canada’s fourth-best-selling SUV/crossover, the Nissan Rogue now splits some of its demand with the Nissan Qashqai, which arrived in Canada early last year. The duo’s combined efforts produce nearly half of the Nissan brand’s volume in Canada, albeit now with slightly fewer sales of the largely Tennessee-built Rogue.5. Ford Escape: 23,612, up 1 per cent2018 Ford Escape Measuring the economic impact of such trade barriers is a highly speculative study best left to highly trained financial forecasters. We can, however, look back at what’s already occurred in the first-half of 2018 to see which vehicles would be most affected in the event of a deeper automotive trade dispute.The numbers are staggering. The ten most popular U.S.-built vehicles in Canada account for more than 27 per cent of new vehicle demand in Canada.10. Ford Explorer: 9,321, up 6 per cent2018 Ford Explorer ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Honoring the esteemed career of Professor David Clough

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Visit the #MyDaveCloughStory page Donate to the faculty fellowshipFor the past two weeks, the College of Engineering & Applied Science has been sharing stories and memories from the 42-year career of engineering professor David Clough, as he prepares for retirement.There was no shortage of stories submitted. With an encyclopedic memory and a knack for connecting with students, Clough has become a popular educator over the course of his career. For the past 12 years he has served as CU Boulder’s faculty athletics representative, where he advocates for academic integrity and the well-being of student-athletes, seeking to know and be known by every CU player and coach.Former students and colleagues deemed him “an outstanding teacher, mentor and friend,” a “symbol for students everywhere,” an “all-time favorite professor” and “such a pleasure to work with and be around.”But the campaign involves much more than sharing fond memories for nostalgia’s sake. The engineering college has created an endowed faculty fund in Clough’s name to honor his legacy and provide a leg-up to the faculty member who follows in his footsteps.Any amount donated between now and Friday, June 30, will be more than doubled by matching gifts from generous benefactors who want future students to benefit from faculty members as committed as Clough. Even pledges made over several years count toward the match.In the oft-heard words of Clough: “Opportunities come along—say yes.”For more information on the endowment fund, please email [email protected]:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Published: June 29, 2017 last_img read more