Consumer Prices Rise

first_imgBMO economist Doug Porter won’t go so far, as to say Canadians are being exploited.However, he does say retailer’s argument, they needed time to clear high cost inventory doesn’t cut it anymore.He also says Canadian consumers may be part of their own problem suggesting, because they’re used to higher prices, it allowsretailers to chargewhatthey can get.Meantime, the loonie is move ahead again today, up 38 basis points, to 98.19 cents U.S. It has been eight months now, since the Canadian dollar attained parity with its American counterpart, for the first time in decades.Since then it has been within about three cents or less of parityand, a new Bank of Montreal price comparison shows Canadians still havea rip-off argument.- Advertisement -We are paying about 18 percent more, for everything from vehicles toa cup of coffee, down only about 6 percent from the bank’s earlier study.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Voters defeat restrictive initiative

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The campaign was vicious for Liechtenstein, a tranquil mountaintop country the size of Washington, D.C., with 33,000 people. Conservative Archbishop Wolfgang Haas campaigned heavily in favor of the amendment and called the counterproposal a “death melody.” Crown Prince Alois expressed sympathy for the initiative in an address earlier this year, but he was more moderate in the run-up to the vote and said he supported both proposals. Liechtenstein, sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland, is famous chiefly for being a tax haven, and although it has passed laws to curb money-laundering, it has more registered companies than citizens. Once a sovereign state of the Holy Roman Empire, Liechtenstein is about three-quarters Roman Catholic. VADUZ, Liechtenstein – Voters in this tiny Alpine principality on Sunday soundly rejected an initiative that critics said would have prevented abortion, birth control, assisted suicide and living wills. Less than 20 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the constitutional amendment, supported by the country’s Roman Catholic archbishop, seeking to protect human life from “conception to natural death.” Instead, nearly 80 percent ratified a government counterproposal, which legal experts say brings the country’s legal framework for issues such as abortion and birth control in line with European standards. The amendment was launched by conservative groups to protest a government attempt last year to change legislation that permitted abortion only in limited cases, such as when the mother’s life is in danger. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Allegro MicroSystems: ISO 26262/ASIL-D power management IC for automotive control units

first_img Continue Reading Previous Holtek: sub-1GHz FSK/GFSK RF transceiver ICNext Cypress: automotive touchscreen controller with cryptographic engine Allegro MicroSystems Europe has announced a new power management IC that integrates a buck or buck/boost pre-regulator, four LDOs, and four floating gate drivers. The pre-regulator uses a buck or buck/boost topology to efficiently convert automotive battery voltages into a tightly regulated intermediate voltage complete with control, diagnostics, and protections.  Allegro’s ARG82800 device is targeted at the automotive market with end applications to include electronic power steering (EPS), transmission control units (TCU), and advanced braking systems (ABS).The output of the pre-regulator supplies a 3.3 V or 5.0 V selectable 350 mA linear regulator, a 5 V / 100 mA linear regulator, and two 120 mA protected linear regulators which track VUC output. Designed to supply power for microprocessors, sensors, and CAN transceivers, the ARG82800 is ideal for under-hood applications.The independent floating gate drivers have the capability of controlling N-channel MOSFETs through SPI. These MOSFETs can be configured as phase or battery isolation devices in high current motor applications. An integrated charge pump allows the driver outputs to maintain the power MOSFETs in the on state over the full supply range with high phase-voltage slew rates. Enable inputs to the ARG82800 include a logic level and a high voltage key-switch enable. It also provides flexibility with a disable function of the individual outputs through a serial peripheral interface.Diagnostic outputs from the device include a power-on reset output (NPOR) and a fault flag output (FFn) to alert the microprocessor that a fault has occurred. The microprocessor can read fault status through SPI. Dual bandgaps (one for regulation and one for fault checking), BIST, and a myriad of internal diagnostics enhance Functional Safety coverage for critical automotive applications.The ARG82800 is supplied in a low-profile (1.2 mm maximum height) 38-lead eTSSOP package (suffix “LV”) with exposed power pad for enhanced thermal performance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Sembcorp Marine Pens LoI for SeaOnes CGL Carriers

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine and SeaOne Caribbean LLC (SeaOne) of Houston, Texas, have inked a letter of intent (LOI) for the design and construction of at least two large compressed gas liquid (CGL®) carriers.These vessels are intended to be deployed for SeaOne’s Caribbean Fuels Supply Project.Under the deal, Sembcorp Marine will provide the design for the neo-panamax CGL carriers based on SeaOne’s single gas and liquids cargo delivery requirements.The design will incorporate proprietary ship component ideas from Sembcorp Marine subsidiary LMG Marin, a ship design house stationed in Europe.Front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for the project are in progress. “SeaOne has been working with Sembcorp Marine management and engineers for a while now. We have found them to be a proactive company that listens to new ideas in the gas and liquids marine transportation business and provides constructive inputs on the design of the large CGL transportation vessels,” SeaOne President and COO Dr. Bruce Hall said.“The Caribbean Fuels Supply Project is certainly an industry game-changer,” SeaOne Chairman and CEO Forrest Hoglund said.“Supported by the Sembcorp Marine-built large CGL carriers, it will, for the first time, provide to the region the lowest cost of fuel while reducing emissions substantially. This will have a significant positive impact on current socio-economic benefits to the region.”The 366m long, 2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) capacity carriers will be equipped with SeaOne’s patented CGL® technology and systems.They will transport CGL cargos to receiving terminals in the Caribbean, Central, and South American regions, from a CGL production facility now under construction at the Port of Gulfport in Mississippi, USA.As described, SeaOne CGL containment system operates independently within insulated cargo holds maintained at -40ºC, and is not integral to the vessel design. The containment system is 100% full in transit, not subject to sloshing and boil-off, and does not retain a gas blanket after the CGL cargo is offloaded.The CGL carriers will run on IMO Tier III diesel engines with a maximum sailing speed of 20 knots. They will be ABS-classed and under the Marshall Islands flag, the shipbuilder said.last_img read more

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Applause in Alberta courtroom as charges dropped against man in rural shooting

first_imgOKOTOKS, Alta. – A courtroom erupted in cheers and applause Friday as all charges were dropped against a man accused of firing shots at suspected thieves on his rural property in southern Alberta.The Crown withdrew charges that included aggravated assault and firearms offences against Edouard Maurice at a court appearance in Okotoks south of Calgary.“The Crown’s obligation is always to review on an ongoing basis the strength of the case. In this case, information came to light and as a result there’s not a reasonable chance of conviction at this time,” said Crown prosecutor Jim Sawa.“We’ve received information from a firearms expert and that information was compelling to say the least,” said Sawa, who wouldn’t reveal what the evidence was.“It had a direct impact on the decision today to withdraw the charges.”The cheers from dozens of Maurice supporters prompted a comment from provincial court Judge George Gaschler.“The applause, I’m sure, is for the fair administration of justice Mr. Sawa,” Gaschler said.Maurice, 33, was charged after he confronted two people rummaging through his vehicles in February. Shots was fired and one of the prowlers was slightly wounded.Maurice was cheered by 75 supporters outside the courthouse where he spoke for the first time since his arrest.“It’s a relief it’s over. It’s been quite a tough four months to go through this. It’s been a lot of stress, anxiety. With the support that’s come out, it’s really helped,” he said standing with his wife Jessie and his lawyer.“Without us having to go through this, the rural crime problem wouldn’t be at the forefront. It’s got a lot of attention and now the government and everyone else is stepping up and looking at ways to help us out.”In March, the province announced $10 million in funding to hire more RCMP officers and support specialized crime reduction units in rural communities.Defence lawyer Tonii Roulston said being able to defend property is important and often police are delayed in responding to rural calls.She noted that her client was alone with one of his children and had warned the two prowlers to leave before firing.“We’re certainly not advocating don’t call the police. However, at the same time, individual citizens in rural communities have to be able to defend their property and defend their family.“They can’t wait 20 minutes. In 20 minutes, anything can happen.”The alleged thieves are facing theft, trespassing and mischief charges.The case became one of property rights and the concerns of rural landowners who are victims of crime.“We .. hope this becomes an issue in the election that comes up next year. Obviously it’s an issue much bigger than us,” Jessie Maurice said.Maurice said he can now get on with his life.“I’ll probably take a holiday and spend time with the family,” he said.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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Guardiola doesnt know if Brahim Diaz will stay at City

Guardiola doesnt know if Brahim Diaz will stay at City

first_imgThe Spain U21 international is running out of contract with the Citizens and might move back to La Liga soonSpanish midfielder Brahim Diaz is not very happy at Manchester City in the English Premier League.He’s not a first-team regular and the Spain U21 international is running out of contract, with his contract expiring in the summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t have any new information on that,” said manager Pep Guardiola according to Sky Sports.“I know they are in conversation but I don’t have any new information about the situation. Today he trained with us.”“I was clear last week when I spoke about it. We do everything to keep them (the young players) but they decide,” he concluded on the topic.last_img read more

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