Annual inflation rate rises to 1.5% in December: StatsCan

first_img Related news U.S. economy is warming up, but unlikely to overheat: Moody’s Keywords Inflation Prices were up for seven of the eight major categories compared with a year earlier, with food being the one exception. Economists had expected a bigger increase of 1.7% year-over-year in December. “An ongoing collapse in food prices continues to weigh heavily on overall inflation, with prices dipping again last month,” Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a note to clients. “On the flip side, gasoline prices are rising quickly.” The transportation index was up 3.0% in December compared with a year ago as gasoline prices climbed 5.5% compared with a year ago. The shelter index rose 2.1%. In contrast, Statistics Canada says the price of food fell on a year-over-year basis for the third consecutive month. Prices for food in December fell 1.3% compared with a year ago. The pace of inflation increased in six provinces in December compared with November, while inflation in two provinces was unchanged and it fell in two other provinces. Statistics Canada also released the three new measures of core inflation that the Bank of Canada has started to use to examine the underlying pace of inflation. CPI-common for December was 1.4%, while CPI-median stood at 2.0% and CPI-trim 1.6%. For the full year, the average annual increase in the consumer price index was 1.4% in 2016. That compared with 1.1% in 2015 and 2.0% in 2014. Excluding gasoline, the annual average rise in the consumer price index was 1.8% in 2016, following a 2.0% increase in 2015. In addition to the inflation report, Statistics Canada reported Friday that retail sales climbed 0.2% in November to $45.2 billion. Economists had expected a bigger increase of 0.5%, according to Thomson Reuters. Sales were up in five of 11 subsectors with the overall increase due in large part to higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. Retail sales in volume terms increased 0.7%. Canada’s annual pace of inflation ticked higher in December, but the increase was smaller than expected as lower food prices helped offset gasoline price increases at the pump. Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index in December was up 1.5% from where it was a year ago, a higher rate of inflation compared with November’s increase of 1.2%. Craig Wong center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumerslast_img read more

Make the world a better place

first_img1 Take action to strengthen your confidence in your fellow humans. Try to be more confident and less demanding of society. Apply Gandhi’s famous words to “be the architect of the change you hope to see in the world.” When you conceive of the change you want to spread around you, your virtuous ideas, even if their impact will not be immediate on yourselves, will comfort your fellow citizens and thus contribute to improving the community of which you are apart. In the end, faith in humanity is not based on the benefits you get. In fact, it is about improving and facilitating the lives of the people you meet.Trust others more. For example, you may believe a person who promises to reimburse you for the use or purchase of equipment. You can also lend a neighbor or a friend your tools or a series of DVDs for an indefinite period, with the assurance that your property will be returned to you in good time. You may have been worried in the past about where your charitable donations go. Likewise, you have probably feared that the homeless person to whom you gave money preferred to buy beer rather than finding a place to rest at night. However, your fears should not prevent you from being generous. Instead of trying to impose your will, just give,Sometimes people don’t act right, but overall, you will be pleasantly surprised by the constructive way they use your confidence and the gratitude they will show you. At first, you will probably be reluctant to place as much trust in others, especially if you are very attached to the money (or things) that you have offered, but later, you will find that your confidence and your faith in it humanity have not been in vain.2 Practice random acts of generosity. Remember to recharge your neighbor’s parking meter when his parking period is almost over. You can also offer coffee to a stranger when you wait in a queue or clean a public shower at the pool after use instead of leaving it dirty. For more ideas, find out how to do random acts of kindness.Transfer your benefits to someone else. Instead of demanding compensation for your good deeds at all costs, cede rather to a needy person, the advantages obtained in exchange for these actions. For example, you could help a student take a course that he cannot afford. In compensation, consider asking him to do the same in the future for another student who will be in a similar situation.3 Be compassionate. The goodness of every human being may not be perceptible continuously. However, it is compassion that allows you to overcome the misfortunes, the wounds, and the evils which overwhelm the human race. Going to the bottom of it, you will often discover the reasons for wickedness, cruelty, and violence. And it is by seeking to better understand the confusing behavior of individuals that you will succeed in showing them sympathy and learning tolerance. To avoid harm, forgive people for their misconduct and give them the choice of escaping the pain and fear on their own.Strive to collaborate and cooperate with your fellow human beings. To get things done, try to reduce conflict and rivalry and facilitate collaboration at work, home, school, college, local park, etc.Leave room for others, even if you don’t know them. When traffic is heavy, or the queue is long, give priority to others. They are human beings who think like you and have feelings like yours. They will be amazed to learn that someone else is thinking of them. Your kindness will touch your companions so much that they will feel the need to imitate you.4 Tell stories to others to encourage them to recognize the goodness of human nature. Once you have found commendable stories about humanity, share them with others to inspire them to improve their actions and thoughts. If you run a blog or post on social media, consider sharing constructive and encouraging stories. What can you do immediately to publish articles that show the goodwill of people, their acts of heroism, and their virtues?Highlight these grand moments when people act in incredible ways, such as giving up a victorious race to help an injured athlete, rescuing an animal from a burning house, greetings to an enemy during a truce, etc. By sharing stories, images, and works which, through heroic and altruistic acts, highlight the depth of human love, you will participate in the propagation and strengthening of actions of love and beneficence.5 Regain confidence in yourself. Remember that you, too, are part of humanity. Your vision of the world will not come true if you isolate yourself or if you are content to constantly rail against your fellow human beings. If you think that the efforts of humanity are useless or doomed to failure, your attitude is probably a problem in itself. Henry Miller said, “A man is constantly troubled by the human condition either because he has no problems or is unable to cope with them. Learn to forgive yourself and build self-confidence. Be bold. The world needs your talents.If you prefer despair to hope or complaints to action, then you will only see devastating things where you go. You can choose to trust men by applying the suggestions described above. Specifically, choose to be kind to oppose injustice, violence, waste, and hunger in the world.Sometimes you are overwhelmed by helplessness in the face of difficulties, but in reality, you have a lot of means to act and correct mistakes. Kindness is a quiet and discreet power within reach of each individual. It allows you to affirm the vision of the world that you are seeking to achieve.More wellnesslast_img read more

Holly Bowling Releases ‘Living Room Sessions’ Live Album From Home Performances [Listen]

first_imgHolly Bowling will release the live audio from her at-home quarantine performances broadcasted online earlier this year. Out today, May 15th, Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions arrives in two volumes, with the audio on Vol. 1 pulled from her home performance on March 17th and recordings for Vol. 2 taken from March 21st. The audio originally captured in Bowling’s living room has since been remastered by Rich Steele.Since all tours and live events began their indefinite hiatus back in mid-March, Bowling has utilized the melodic warmth and comfort of her home piano to help ease the quarantine stresses for fans stuck at home. The Ghost Light pianist has hosted her own webcasts via her social media outlets, in addition to taking part in 11E1even and nugs.tv‘s Live From Out There couch tour series.Related: Holly Bowling Shares Pro-Shot “Hurt” Cover From ‘Live At Home’ Set [Watch]Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions Vol. 1 features Bowling’s performances of Phish‘s “Silent in the Morning” and “Wingsuit”, Jerry Garcia‘s “The Wheel”, Radiohead‘s “Idioteque”, and the Grateful Dead‘s “Weather Report Suite” and “Stella Blue” to name a few. Vol. 2 features more Grateful Dead covers highlighting Bowling’s performances of “China Cat Sunflower”, “St. Stephen”, “Crazy Fingers”, “Days Between”, “The Eleven”, and more.You can stream Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions Vol. 1 below:Revisit Bowling’s 90-minute performance on March 21st to be heard on Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions Vol. 2 in full below.Holly Bowling – Live From Out There – 3/21/2020[Video: Holly Bowling]Scroll down for the full tracklisting for the two forthcoming live albums. Head to Bowling’s website for album order info and more.Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions Vol. 1 (Originally performed 3/17/20)1) The Horse2) Silent in the Morning3) The Wheel4) A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing5) Weather Report Suite6) Wingsuit7) About to Run8) The Wheel9) Let It Grow,10) Idioteque11) Stella BlueAlone Together: The Living Room Sessions Vol. 2 (Originally performed 3/21/20)1) China Cat Sunflower2) Taste3) St. Stephen4) Pebbles and Marbles5) Crazy Fingers6) Sand7) Days Between8) Get Together9) St. Stephen10) The Eleven11) I Know You Rider12) The Squirming CoilView Tracklistinglast_img read more

Linde Vancouver plant receives certification

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Blakeley, Foster, Mayne for World Junior Qualifier in Mexico

first_imgFor the first time, Jamaica will be represented at the Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship Qualifier in Mexico from March 3-7. Jamaica received an invitation to the North American qualifier from the organisers of the event based on their performance in the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC), played at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in July 2018.The Mexican Golf Association will be hosting boys’ and girls’ winning teams of various regional events. Teams from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America will be attending. The winners of the North American qualifier will ­participate in the 27th Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship, to be held in Japan in June .Jamaica’s team will comprise Eryn Blakeley, Hannah Foster, and Emily Mayne, all national ­representatives. Blakeley and Mayne formed part of the team that finished second in the regional ­championships last year. Mayne attends Campion College and is a two-time national representative. Foster, the most experienced member of the team, is currently a senior at The Benjamin School in Florida and has been signed to play Division One college golf at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. She participated in the CAJGC in Barbados in 2016 and finished first in her division. She was awarded the American Junior Golf Association Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award.Sean Morris, national ­representative, will accompany the golfers to Mexico as their combined coach and team manager. Morris stated, “I think the girls possess the ­requisite skill set to put on a good show. The format allows for each member of the team some amount of freedom to go after a score, with the pressure not being as great on the individual as only two scores will count each day.“I know Eryn’s and Emily’s game first-hand. Hannah’s achievements in the game are a perfect complement for the other two awesome young talents.”The team leaves for Mexico tomorrow.last_img read more