FCA amps up crackdown on coronavirus-related fraud

first_imgFCA director of innovation Nick Cook said: ‘The FCA is a strong believer in the positive power of innovation. Today we are strengthening the range and scale of support we are providing to innovative firms to deal with the challenges raised by the pandemic. More than 15,000 impersonation scams were reported in the first half of 2020, marking an 84 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Share Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has ramped up efforts to crack down on coronavirus-related fraud during the pandemic through the rollout of two new sandbox services. It comes after fraud rocketed during lockdown, as scammers took advantage of Covid-related government loan websites to groom customers into handing over their details.  The FCA’s two new sandboxes, launched over the weekend, will focus on supporting products and services which help firms tackle coronavirus-related challenges. Also Read: FCA amps up crackdown on coronavirus-related fraud More From Our Partners A 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.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com “As a regulator we recognise the need to continually experiment and learn in order to stimulate innovation.” Covid cons Tags: FCA Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Impersonation frauds almost doubled during the pandemic, with scammers scooping up around £208m from fake government loan forms, phishing emails and bogus websites, according to the latest data from UK Finance. Meanwhile, investment scams rocketed nine per cent during lockdown, with criminals raking in £55.2m by duping investors into handing over money on cloned websites impersonating FCA-regulated firms. He added: “We are excited to launch this new service and by the lessons it will provide for future iterations of the initiative.” The watchdog said it will seek applicants who can “detect and prevent fraud and scams, support the financial resilience of vulnerable consumers and improve access to finance for small and medium sized enterprises”. Also Read: FCA amps up crackdown on coronavirus-related fraud whatsapp Sandboxes allow companies to innovate new products without being subject to usual regulation, allowing them to test financial services before developing them globally. In a first for the financial services watchdog, the FCA’s new digital sandbox will use synthetic data to simulate real markets, allowing companies to test their products at speed and scale before being rolled out to the public. Poppy Wood FCA amps up crackdown on coronavirus-related fraud Its new digital sandbox will see the regulator collaborate with the City of London Corporation to aid innovative firms in developing software to tackle Covid fraud. Tuesday 6 October 2020 9:27 amlast_img read more

House prices fell in February on slow demand…

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBall Monday 2 March 2015 8:46 pm whatsapp Share More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 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.com Tags: UK house pricescenter_img BRITAIN’S housing market saw a tiny readjustment in February, as prices fell on the month, Nationwide figures showed yesterday.On a monthly basis prices fell 0.1 per cent to an average of £187,964.That compares with a rise of 0.3 per cent in January, and is the first fall since September 2014. On an annual basis, prices rose by 5.7 per cent – slowing from 6.8 per cent in the year to January, and the sixth consecutive slowdown in the pace of the rise. Prices had been soaring by as much as 11.8 per cent in the 12 months to June 2014, and analysts believe the market needed to take a break as prices were becoming unaffordable.“Over the past couple of years, prices have risen rapidly and are close to exceeding their 2007 peak,” said Stephen Smith from the Legal and General Mortgage Club. “While this may be viewed as a positive indicator of confidence in the market, it is important not to price people out.”Despite rising prices and falling rates of home ownership, young Britons remain keen to buy a house eventually.Over the last decade the proportion of 25- to 34-year olds owning their home has dived from 59 per cent to 36 per cent. However, 61 per cent of private renters still want to own one in future.“This remains a longer-term aspiration, with around half of renters expecting it to take five years or more to take their first steps into the housing market,” said Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner. Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp House prices fell in February on slow demand… last_img read more

Workspace acquires Amnesty building in Clerkenwell for £17m

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe Wrap’Kevin Can F**k Himself’ TV Review: Annie Murphy Blows Up the Idea of aThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Workspace acquires Amnesty building in Clerkenwell for £17m Express KCS whatsapp Share Tags: NULLcenter_img Wednesday 27 May 2015 8:26 pm SMALL business landlord Workspace has bought human rights charity Amnesty International’s offices in Clerkenwell for £16.55m.The FTSE 250 company said yesterday it has exchanged contracts with Amnesty to buy 25 & 28 Easton Street, bolstering its presence in Clerkenwell, where it already owns a cluster of buildings. The site near Exmouth Market consists of two converted warehouse office buildings spanning 21,000 square feet, which will be refurbished and let as a business centre after a two year leaseback to Amnesty, in time for the launch of Crossrail. The deal comes after Workspace raised £96.5m via a cashbox placing last November to fund further acquisitions in core London areas. In January it bought Edinburgh House in Kennington for £25.3m and Peer House on Gray’s Inn Road for £6m. Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseUndoTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndo whatsapplast_img read more

LISTEN: A weather-hit weekend, a new guest and a remarkable Camross treble – our latest hurling Podcast is here

WhatsApp GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Home We Are Laois Podcasts LISTEN: A weather-hit weekend, a new guest and a remarkable Camross treble… We Are LaoisPodcasts Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp TAGSLaoisToday podcast Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleIn Pictures: Camross celebrate intermediate hurling gloryNext articleMartyn’s Centra in Mountrath to celebrate new look store this weekend LaoisToday Reporter Brought to you in association with ApplegreenThe hurling really cranked up a few notches at the weekend with ten games taking place.We had four county finals down for decision on Saturday and Camross won three of them.They claimed a remarkable camogie success by winning both the Junior and Intermediate titles on Saturday.And not content with two trophies, they went on to win the Intermediate hurling title in O’Moore Park later that evening. GAA The Camross club were involved in four games in total and they began the weekend by booking their place in the senior semi final against old rivals Castletown.Saturday also saw history made as Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe won their first ever title at adult level since their amalgamation in 2018.We also had the two Senior A quarter finals, remaining Senior quarter final and two relegation finals in Senior and Senior A to contend with.Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller are back once again and they are joined by a brand new guest – Mountrath native Michael ‘Beag’ Boyhan.Coach supremo, who has been involved with more clubs that Tiger Woods, Boyhan was on the line with Camross for their double camogie success at the weekend.From First Dates to the sideline, Michael is well known around the county and his insights are a valuable addition.Check it all out below:SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Meet the Laois baby with the extraordinary association with the number 19 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results LISTEN: A weather-hit weekend, a new guest and a remarkable Camross treble – our latest hurling Podcast is here Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd September 2019 Pinterest read more

€61,000 for five projects in Laois under 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

first_img By Oisín Hooney – 3rd December 2019 Facebook GAA Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results The Slieve Bloom Way & Ancillary Loops will receive €5,600 for repairs and replacements of trail furniture and the resurfacing of trails.Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “There is no doubting the importance of these projects for the wellbeing and quality of life of local residents.“As a nation, we have embraced the great outdoors in growing numbers and I am pleased that Fine Gael in Government is playing a central role in facilitating the development of this important sector.“The funding awarded today will support small-scale local projects for investment in outdoor recreation facilities and the promotion of existing recreation infrastructure and I know this will make a big difference to local people.“Our investment in outdoor recreation facilities and infrastructure also pays a significant economic dividend.“Thousands of tourists make walking, hiking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits an important part of their stay in Ireland.Last year alone, almost 2.7 million overseas visitors engaged in some form of cross country walking or hiking, while over half a million visitors incorporated cycling into their stay”.Concluding Minister Flanagan stated: “One in four of us included walking or hiking as part of our domestic holidays last year.”SEE ALSO – Money raised for Cuisle Centre as part of ‘Afternoon of Healing’ Pinterest GAA TAGSCharlie Flanagan €61,000 for five projects in Laois under 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme Pinterestcenter_img Laois/Offaly TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has confirmed that Laois is to benefit from almost €61,000 funding for five projects under 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.The Stradbally Village Loop Walk will receive €20,000 which will be used for signage, the printing of maps and tree felling.In Vicarstown, the Rath Lane Loop Walk is working on a new footbridge, tree felling, signage and fencing, and €11,168 is going towards that.€13,488 is going to the Durrow Leafy Loop in Durrow for signage, fencing, repairs and replacement of trail furniture.The Corrigmeal Woodland Loop Walk is getting €10,680 for signage, new mapboard and a lectern unit. Twitter WhatsApp Home News €61,000 for five projects in Laois under 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme News WhatsApp Facebook GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleToyota Camry through the years – and new model available in Des Hughes MotorsNext article‘Some people might see it as a sacrifice but I don’t – It’s just my lifestyle’: Mary Mulhare ahead of European Championships this weekend Oisín Hooney 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

TSX heads for lower open amid falling commodities

S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector U.S. futures were negative with the Dow Jones industrial futures down 32 points to 12,358, the Nasdaq futures slipped 7.8 points to 2,355.8 while the S&P 500 declined 4.5 points to 1,281.6. The Fed releases its so-called Beige Book mid-afternoon, which is a snapshot of economic conditions from across the country. Traders hope the data will reinforce the belief that the U.S. will be able to avoid slipping back into recession. Recent economic reports have raised hopes — data released just in the last week showed manufacturing expanding at a faster than expected pace while employment gains for December beat expectations. Oil prices were lower as the European Union’s efforts to block imports of Iranian oil appear to be stalling. Tension between Iran and Western powers over Iran’s nuclear program has helped keep crude above US$100. However, prices edged down Wednesday after the EU’s plan to ban purchases of Iranian oil in hopes of choking off funding for the country’s nuclear program were bogged down by issues such as exemptions for existing supply contracts. The February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 75 cents to $101.49 barrel. Metal prices also weakened with March copper down a penny to US$3.51 after running ahead 10 cents on Monday as weak trade data from China raised hopes that officials will loosen lending requirements to encourage growth but in a limited way to prevent inflaming its already sizzling property market. Traders were also encouraged by strong revenue figures and a positive outlook from resource giant Alcoa Inc. Bullion prices headed higher for a second day as February gold gained $5.60 to US$1,637.10 an ounce. There was also another dose of glum news related to the eurozone’s debt crisis. Greece’s budget deficit is expected to hit 9.6% of economic output in 2011, about half a percentage point above target, the development minister acknowledged Wednesday. Greece is relying on billions in rescue loans from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund to keep afloat. The country’s interim coalition government is now rushing to pass a new batch of reforms and cutbacks to secure a second C130 billion bailout package approved in October but not yet finalized. Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday that Greece’s financial troubles could still worsen the eurozone crisis if it could not work out a debt reduction deal with creditors, part of the second bailout package. Hopes that China will tweak its monetary policy to encourage growth helped push Asian markets higher. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.8% Australia’s S&P ASX 200 added 0.9% and South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.4%. Mainland China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4% while the Shenzhen Composite Index was marginally lower. Inflation data was expected out of China on Thursday. European markets were in the red with London’s FTSE 100 index was off 0.58%, Frankfurt’s DAX shed 0.43% and the Paris CAC 40 dipped 0.09%. On the corporate front, Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) is raising sales predictions by as much as eight per cent in 2012 as the auto parts maker looks to new markets for growth. Magna also said Wednesday that operating margins are targeted at about five per cent, an improvement over the scaled back predictions of 4.75% made for 2011. Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is filing for bankruptcy protection, blaming troubles with its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions. The Chapter 11 filing on Wednesday comes just two years after a predecessor company emerged from bankruptcy proceedings. Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CMQ.UN) said it has struck deals to acquire two retail properties in Toronto and Jonquiere, Que., as well as the 50% interest in Calgary’s Scotia Centre office and retail complex it does not already own. The pricetag of Wednesday’s deals by Canmarc, which is fighting off a hostile takeover bid by rival Cominar, is $213 million. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Toronto stock market looked set for a negative session Wednesday as commodity prices weakened while traders looked forward to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest take on the economy. The Canadian dollar was up 0.02 of a cent to 98.35 cents US. Malcolm Morrison Keywords Marketwatch read more

U.S. unveils final version of fiduciary rule

first_img The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday issued the final version of its proposed fiduciary duty rule on retirement advice, which is now slated to take effect in 2017. The rule aims to ensure that “retirement savers get investment advice in their best interest, so they can grow their nest egg and be better prepared for retirement,” according to documents published Wednesday by the White House. Related news Additionally, the U.S. federal government says that the rule will help lower investment costs; and, that it will “level the playing field for the many good actors, so that retirement advisors will compete based on the quality of advice they give.” Among other things, the final version of the rule: defines fiduciary investment advice; extends fiduciary obligations to more advisors; creates exemptions that allow firms to accept compensation, such as commissions and revenue sharing payments, if they commit to putting their client’s best interest first; and requires advisors to disclose conflicts. See: U.S. advisors underestimate impact of proposed fiduciary standard The DOL issued its first proposal in this area in 2010, and published a second version last April. The final version has been revised in response to feedback received on these proposals, with changes that aim to reduce the compliance burden, and ensure continued access to advice, “while maintaining an enforceable best interest standard that protects consumers,” the White House says. For example, the latest version of the rule aims to further clarify what constitutes fiduciary advice; expands the “best interest contract” (BIC) exemption; and streamlines and simplifies the requirements of that exemption. It also streamlines the disclosure requirements imposed under the rule; eliminates certain data retention requirements; grandfathers existing investments; and extends the implementation period. The final rule takes a “phased” implementation approach that will see the rule take effect one year after publication (April 2017), with the full requirements going into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Photo copyright:suringaw/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Fiduciary duty breach caught by whistleblower James Langton Industry applauds, investors lament new “best interest” standards Trump carrying out a “behind-the-scenes” war on regulation: NBF report Massachusetts adopts fiduciary standard Keywords Fiduciary duty last_img read more

Stern Calls for Greater Collaboration in Productive Sector

first_imgStern Calls for Greater Collaboration in Productive Sector UncategorizedFebruary 13, 2008 RelatedStern Calls for Greater Collaboration in Productive Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Michael Stern, has called for greater collaboration among stakeholders in the productive sector, to give Jamaican-made products a competitive edge in the global marketplace.Speaking at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) stakeholders’ forum to discuss its Jamaica-Made Mark programme, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on February 12, Mr. Stern noted that the current trends in international trade required that Jamaican producers improved on the quality and standard of their products in order to be competitive in the global market.“This is one of the most critical factors in achieving the competitiveness of our products. Whether we produce exclusively for the local market or are seeking to secure or maintain our market share abroad, we must develop and promote a positive reputation. Trade liberalization means that the Jamaican market is one in which goods, regardless of their origin, must compete,” the State Minister argued.To this end, he cited the revival of the National Certification Programme as timely and commended the BSJ and other key stakeholders for undertaking this initiative.“The Jamaica-Made Mark has now been redesigned and along with the Plant Certification Mark, will serve to indicate that processes and products are in conformity with national and international standards,” he pointed out. Mr. Stern noted that while not possessing the economies of scale or the strong brand recognition of its larger competitors, Jamaica had unique products such as pimento, ginger, coffee, condiments, and rum, which “have a strong presence in the international market.”He added that, reinforced by cultural offerings such as music, fashion and craft, Jamaican products had an image which was “synonymous with the exotic,” a unique brand capturing international attention.“It is no wonder that some companies, in rich and poor countries alike, are counterfeiting our products with inferior and substandard goods. The false claim of ‘Made in Jamaica’ is not only reaping market advantage by those who abuse our good name, but in many instances, is doing great harm to our reputation abroad. Not only is this unfair competition spoiling our image, but the consumer is often enticed into paying premium prices for non-genuine products,” the State Minister informed.Describing this development as “untenable,” Mr. Stern underscored the need for collaboration between governmental and non-governmental organizations, both at the national and international levels, to effectively address the issue. “For its part, the government will increasingly seek to mandate and empower state agencies to become more pro-active and vigilant in the protection of our intellectual property,” he said.The State Minister urged stakeholders in the productive sector to embrace and use the National Certification Mark programme, in particular the ‘Jamaica-Made’ mark to their advantage, which he said, would enable them to re-assure consumers of the authenticity of Jamaican made products.“It will, we hope, significantly curtail counterfeiting and the devaluation of the reputation of genuine Jamaican-made products,” Mr. Stern said. RelatedStern Calls for Greater Collaboration in Productive Sectorcenter_img Advertisements RelatedStern Calls for Greater Collaboration in Productive Sectorlast_img read more

New and upgraded fire trucks on track to be deployed across NSW

first_imgNew and upgraded fire trucks on track to be deployed across NSW The PremierMore than 200 new and upgraded fire trucks and vehicles will be deployed to fire brigades across the state by July 2021, as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to our frontline firefighters.Premier Gladys Berejiklian said more than 340 fire trucks and vehicles are being built and upgraded for the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) following the devastating 2019/20 bushfires.“This program is part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring our emergency services personnel and volunteers have the best possible vehicles and equipment when responding to emergencies across the state,” Ms Berejiklian said.“The RFS is working with 19 local businesses to build and upgrade vehicles, creating new jobs across the state including in the Central West, Riverina, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Sutherland Shire and Hawkesbury.”Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the unprecedented nature of the 2019/20 fire season resulted in a considerable number of the firefighting fleet suffering damage or total loss.“Last year the NSW Government announced an additional $45 million investment to enhance our firefighting capability. This funding included $34.4 million to almost double the annual new appliance build, which will help protect life, property and support our emergency management personnel,” Mr Elliott said.“As part of the NSW Government’s RFS fleet enhancement and refurbishment program 23 new and refurbished trucks have already been deployed to some of the most at risk areas across the state.”NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM said the investment in the fleet program would ensure brigades are equipped to best protect their communities.“Ensuring our members have the most modern equipment and resources to protect local communities has been, and will remain, a key priority,” Commissioner Rogers said.“This program will enable brigades to continue their outstanding work and the updates and new technology will ensure our firefighters are safe while undertaking their important roles.”Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) received an additional $5.7 million for 10 new tankers to bolster their bush firefighting fleet.FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the new equipment would help firefighters where it was needed most – on the frontlines.“We stand with our NSW RFS colleagues in welcoming this new equipment so that our firefighters are as prepared as they can be to meet the constant threats posed by bushfires, other fires and emergencies across NSW,” Commissioner Baxter said.“We remain prepared for anything, anywhere, anytime in protecting the NSW community and this new equipment will add to our preparedness.” /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:Australia, Baxter, Berejiklian, Central, Commissioner, Emergency, Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue NSW, fire season, Gladys, Gladys Berejiklian, Government, Hawkesbury, Investment, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, technologylast_img read more

Break out the Atlas: Volkswagen’s new SUV finally gets a name

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Volkswagen’s three-row SUV will be revealed later this month with the ‘Atlas’ nameplate. First Look: 2018 Volkswagen three-row SUV The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos Volkswagen has a lot resting on the shoulders of its upcoming three-row SUV – for which we now have a name.According to Automotive News, Volkswagen’s newest SUV will be known as the Atlas. It might break VW’s convention of naming its SUVs with the letter T, but VW Group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken favours Atlas because it’s a “much easier to pronounce, American-style name” than Tiguan and Touareg.Credit where it’s due: Volkswagen managed to keep the name very close to its chest; while rumours suggested Teramont would’ve been the final choice, VW actually trademarked Atlas back in April, according to a recent copyright filing. The Atlas is set to be revealed this month and will be built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant. Taking many of its design cues from the CrossBlue concept, the Atlas will be built atop VW’s MQB platform and come standard with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-litre V6 engine and all-wheel-drive. Down the road, a 2.0-litre turbo-four will be added to the lineup. Look for the Atlas to hit dealers early 2017 as a 2018 model.RELATED Trending Videoscenter_img advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca 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” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSAtlasVolkswagenNewsCars and Car DesignChattanoogaCulture and LifestyleHinrich WoebckenSUVs and CrossoversTennesseeUnited StatesVolkswagen AGVolkswagen TiguanVolkswagen Touareg ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more