Will 2017 be one of the best years ever for the United Kingdom?

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Pregnant women in Unalaska brave COVID-19 and a lapse in air service to get to the hospital — 800 miles away

first_imgAleutians | Family | Health | TransportationPregnant women in Unalaska brave COVID-19 and a lapse in air service to get to the hospital — 800 miles awayFebruary 5, 2021 by Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines Share:Megan and Cameron Dean in Unalaska with their daughter, Morwenna. (Courtesy of Megan Dean)Alaska women who live in rural and remote communities usually travel to city centers to give birth — against incredible geographical odds. COVID-19 has made a hard trip even more daunting. A dramatic example of that is in Unalaska, where the only commuter airline went out of business during the pandemic. That is especially hard for pregnant women, who can’t postpone appointments.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02UnalaskaKHNS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pregnant women don’t have the option to have a hospital birth in Unalaska. They’re referred out to hospitals on the mainland, usually about 800 miles away in Anchorage. They’re asked to leave at 36 weeks, but sometimes women wait too long.“My call phone rang and dispatch said, ‘Hey, we’re just calling to tell you there’s a woman on our way to the clinic in labor,’” said Sara Spelsberg, a physician’s assistant at Iliuliuk Family Health Services Clinic in Unalaska.She got the midnight call a few years ago, but the memory is fresh. She asked the dispatcher to send backup paramedics.“I looked out the window and I saw a truck screaming into the parking lot,” she said.“I’m in my pajamas, I don’t have gloves. I don’t have anything. I jumped into my flip flops. And I ran down the stairs outside. And I ran up to the car and I said, ‘Let me get a wheelchair and we’ll get you inside.’ And the mom said, ‘I don’t know if there’s time.’”There wasn’t.“It’s raining. It’s dark outside. It’s like 11 o’clock at night, and it’s cold. And this baby comes shooting out into my hands and his dad’s hands. We both caught him,” said Spelsberg.The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. The baby was blue. Spelsberg described it as “Smurf” blue.“I’ve been in medicine for a really long time. And I did not even know that people could be that shade of blue,” she said.Bear in mind, even a medevac is a three-hour flight. It had been a decade since Spelsberg had delivered a baby“I put his little feet in between my fingers, because I only have two hands, and I held him upside down and I used my other hand to unwrap the cord around his neck. And — I smacked him on the behind. And he started to cry. And he turned pink, and it was just the most beautiful cry sound I’ve ever heard in my life,” she said.Paramedics showed up. Mom and baby were fine. That was before the pandemic.COVID-19, and no regular air serviceHealth care professionals and moms say the threat of COVID-19 ratcheted up the anxiety factor of third trimester travel. Then Ravn Air, the airline that served the Aleutians with daily flights, went under in April. Providers were worried that type of scenario could play out again. (Ravn airlines resumed flights in November of 2020.)“I had to just call moms and say, ‘I don’t know when we’re going to get you out. We’re working on it. We’ll keep you posted,’” said Jennifer Heller, a nurse midwife at the clinic.To be clear, she says no one has gotten stuck giving birth on the island since that night.“We did have some gaps in just regular, routine prenatal care and then getting women out for their routine but very important 20-week ultrasound, the women who were 20 weeks right about in those two months,” she said.To get in and out, women had to charter flights. Heller says it took some explaining, but the clinic got the cost covered by Medicaid. It’s the source of coverage for more than half of women who give birth in Alaska. But everyone else has to pay for tickets. Heller says a charter flight will put you out $1,300 round trip, for one passenger. She spends a lot of time now writing to insurance companies on behalf of her patients to try and get charters covered.And Medicaid will put you up in hospital housing, or a hotel if that’s not available. But if you want a kitchen or a little more space because Anchorage restaurants, stores, and other public spaces are shut down or restricted for COVID-19 — that will cost you.“I mean, like, our savings are gone. Like, like that was it,” said Megan Dean.She found out she was pregnant in December, just months before the pandemic really shook the nation. She was one of the moms whose prenatal care got delayed when RavnAir stopped flying. She ended up chartering a flight to her 20-week ultrasound.“It’s always kind of like a crazy appointment anyway going in. And then it’s just like an additional anxiety going on,” said Dean.Her baby was fine. She got to go home and wait until 36 weeks to return to Anchorage. But when she got there, she ended up staying in the city for 2 months. The baby was two weeks late, then they decided to hang around until after a first pediatric appointment rather than having to make the flight twice.They had to charter another flight home — in a tiny plane, in a pandemic, through Bering Sea weather. With a newborn.“So, you know, the plane’s tilting, and there’s like men on the plane screaming, and she’s just like, ‘this is awesome.’  She’s the best flyer,” Dean said.“She’s kind of been, oddly, a rock through all this? Because she’s just phased by nothing.”It’s a lot of miles and money and time. But this is the fix. The alternative is having babies outside — way outside — of a hospital setting. And Dean did have some complications in labor.  She ended up transferring from a birth center in the city to the hospital — an easy drive in Anchorage, but a high-stakes gamble from home.She said her daughter, Morwenna, is fine. She’s still a rock.Share this story:last_img read more

Small eruption detected at Mount Veniaminof on the Alaska Peninsula

first_imgPublic Safety | Science & Tech | SouthwestSmall eruption detected at Mount Veniaminof on the Alaska PeninsulaMarch 5, 2021 by Brian Venua, KDLG – Dillingham Share:Mount Veniaminof (center right) with ashy eruption plume, seen from Perryville on March 4, 2021. (Alaska Volcano Observatory capture from the FAA Perryville NW webcam)A small explosion was detected at the Mount Veniaminof volcano early Thursday morning. Veniaminof is on the Alaska Peninsula, north of Perryville.Satellite and webcam footage revealed small deposits of ash near the summit. The ash cloud stayed below 10,000 feet.Aerial view of Mount Veniaminof summit cone and 2018 lava flow. (Alaska Volcano Observatory)The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the aviation color code to orange to warn pilots in the area of possible ash emissions. Color code orange means there is heightened unrest at a volcano with an increased potential for eruption, but that the risk is limited.Geologists observed sulfur in the area over the past few days and a rise in surface temperature Wednesday night.Ash emissions and lava spray and flow are typical for Veniaminof. Ash usually stays contained in the summit crater but can occasionally fall in nearby areas. A satellite link at Port Heiden is out, so local seismic activity is offline at this time. The volcano observatory  continues to monitor the situation.Share this story:last_img read more

American Apparel approached on takeover

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 WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramGive It LoveRemember These Rare Sisters? See Them NowGive It LoveAll Things Auto | Search AdsMost Affordable Camper VansAll Things Auto | Search Ads Monday 22 December 2014 9:09 pm whatsappcenter_img Tags: Mergers and acquisitions American Apparel approached on takeover Express KCS FASHION retailer American Apparel yesterday confirmed it had received a takeover offer of between $1.30 and $1.40 per share. At $1.40 per share the company is valued at $267m (£171m). It comes just a week after the company let go of chief executive Dov Charney. last_img read more

UK pressures Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman to sell North Sea oil fields

first_imgMonday 20 April 2015 11:10 am whatsapp Unfortunate news for Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman: the government has threatened to revoke the licenses of a dozen North Sea gas fields belonging to his investment vehicle, L1 Energy, unless they’re sold.The Department of Energy and Climate Change said LetterOne, the owner of subsidiary L1, must sell the oil and gas fields within three months – although it also offered to extend this period to six months. “Under the terms of the licenses held by Dea UK, Dea UK and LetterOne now have three months to effect a further change of control,” it said.”However, the Secretary of State has offered to extend this period to six months and he awaits LetterOne’s response to this offer.”The row started after LetterOne snapped up the production unit of oil and gas explorer RWE for €5.1bn in March – and with it the 12 North Sea gas fields.This led the government to voice concerns over the potential impact of sanctions on Russia – imposed due to conflict in Ukraine – and what would happen if they were tightened and ended up affecting Fridman’s businesses. whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Share Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ UK pressures Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman to sell North Sea oil fields Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Heritage Trust Mounts Exhibit in May Pen

first_imgRelatedHeritage Trust Mounts Exhibit in May Pen FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Heritage Trust, as part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, has mounted a heritage display at the Clarendon Parish Library in May Pen.The exhibit, which opened on November 6 and closes on November 27, is to give residents of the parish an insight into their rich cultural heritage. Artefacts on display, dating back to the period of the Tainos, show how common tools and utensils have evolved over the years. There is also a listing of various heritage sites in the parish, and interesting facts surrounding the origin of these.Director of Communications at the National Heritage Trust, Coleen Douglas, explained that over the years, archaeological digs have taken place across the island, which have unearthed several artefacts, about which the ordinary Jamaican had very little knowledge. As such, the Trust has been going into the parishes with various exhibits, to not only make people aware of the history associated with their parish, but to engender the sort of curiosity that will make them constantly yearn to discover more.She told JIS News that the Jamaica Library Service was chosen as a partner in the process, as they cater to a wide cross-section of persons, including students and adults.Chebis Roberts and Romaine James of Central High School in May Pen, expressed their satisfaction with this latest initiative of the Heritage Trust, saying it was both interesting and entertaining to find out more about their heritage, and how and what their ancestors ate, and how they earned a living, generally.Several persons, who viewed the exhibits, have asked that the information on heritage sites and persons of historical significance, be appropriately captured and displayed, so there might be easy access long after the period of anniversary celebrations had passed. Ms. Douglas indicated that the necessary discussions would take place at the level of the National Heritage Trust, to determine how best the public can be accommodated in this regard.The National Heritage Exhibition was launched on October 1 in Kingston, to coincide with the National Heritage celebrations. After two weeks, it was moved to the parish of St. Catherine where the public was allowed to view it until November 4. When the exhibition closes in Clarendon, an open house will be held at the Trust’s Head Office at Duke Street in Kingston, where members of the public will be able to see all the artefacts previously displayed in the other parishes. Parish exhibitions will resume at the beginning of the new school year.The Jamaica National Heritage Trust has a mandate to protect and preserve the nation’s cultural legacy. RelatedHeritage Trust Mounts Exhibit in May Pen Advertisementscenter_img Heritage Trust Mounts Exhibit in May Pen UncategorizedNovember 12, 2008 RelatedHeritage Trust Mounts Exhibit in May Penlast_img read more

Coffee Farmers Urged to Join forces To Revitalise Sector

first_imgRelatedCoffee Farmers Urged to Join forces To Revitalise Sector RelatedCoffee Farmers Urged to Join forces To Revitalise Sector Coffee Farmers Urged to Join forces To Revitalise Sector AgricultureMarch 2, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of the Management Committee of Cave Valley Coffee Co-operative Limited, Douet Reid, has called on coffee farmers, particularly those involved in the cultivation of non-Blue Mountain coffee, to join forces to revitalise the sector as it can be profitable.Mr. Reid, who was speaking at the recent launch of the Cave Valley Coffee Co-operative in Cave Valley, St. Ann, said that while the coffee sector was fraught with challenges, the concerted effort of all stakeholders would help to ensure that production was significantly increased and sustained overtime.“There are many challenges, which face this sector, the greatest of which are the high cost of farm inputs such as labour, chemicals and the high cost of fertiliser. Even with minimal effort, this volume can be doubled and with the implementation of new technology, we .can supply the 85,000 boxes that were produced in the entire non-Blue Mountain area,” he stated, noting that the “returns can be profitable.”Mr. Reid urged all farmers registered to the Barron Hall Estate to join the Co-operative, the launch of which, he said, was “an attempt to revitalise a key sub-sector in agriculture.”He reminded the members that farming was the mainstay of the Jamaican economy, and every effort should be made to keep the agricultural industry alive and vibrant.“The agricultural sector continues to be the base of our economy and a key means of livelihood for most of our farmers. This is a great time to be productive, to be effective and to fulfill their best possibilities, and (you) should get busy, and let this happen,” he urged.Meanwhile, Paulette Kirkland of the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies, encouraged the farmers to work together to keep the Cave Valley Coffee Co-operative alive, pointing out that failure to do so would only result in the demise of the organisation, which would “do everybody more harm than good.” RelatedCoffee Farmers Urged to Join forces To Revitalise Sectorlast_img read more

UN rights expert urges United States to remove sanctions hindering rebuilding in Syria

first_imgUN rights expert urges United States to remove sanctions hindering rebuilding in Syria The United NationsA UN independent human rights expert, on Tuesday, called on the United States to remove unilateral sanctions against Syria that may hamper efforts to rebuild the war-torn country’s destroyed civilian infrastructure.Alena Douhan, United Nations special rapporteur on the negative impacts of unilateral coercive measures on human rights, voiced concerns that sanctions imposed under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (also known as the Caesar Act) risk exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Syria, especially in the course of COVID-19 pandemic, and put Syrians at even greater risk of rights violations.“When it announced the first sanctions under the Caesar Act in June 2020, the United States said it did not intend for them to harm the Syrian population,” she said.“Yet enforcement of the Act may worsen the existing humanitarian crisis, depriving the Syrian people of the chance to rebuild their basic infrastructure,” Ms. Douhan added.After a decade of crisis, humanitarian needs remain extensive and multifaceted across Syria, with millions dependent on international assistance. Thousands of schools have been destroyed and the health system is in tatters, with only 58 per cent of hospitals reported to be fully functional.Wide-ranging sanctionsAccording to a news release by the UN human rights office (OHCHR), the Caesar Act contains the most wide-ranging US sanctions ever applied against Syria. It could target any foreigner helping in reconstruction of Syria, and even employees of foreign companies and humanitarian operators helping rebuild.Since Syria’s economy is largely destroyed, it needs to be able to access necessary humanitarian aid and rebuild essential infrastructure, while relying on foreign help. The fact that the US Treasury designated the Syrian Central Bank as suspected of money laundering clearly creates unnecessary hurdles in processing Syrian foreign aid and handling humanitarian imports, it added.High risk of over-compliance Ms. Douhan also said that the Caesar Act raises serious concerns under international law because of its unfettered emergency powers of the Executive and extraterritorial reach. It also results in the high risk of over-compliance.“What particularly alarms me is the way the Caesar Act runs roughshod over human rights, including the Syrian people’s rights to housing, health, and an adequate standard of living and development,” she said.“The US Government must not put obstacles in the way of rebuilding of hospitals because lack of medical care threatens the entire population’s very right to life,” the Special Rapporteur added.The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. /UN News 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:Central, central bank, conflict, council, covid-19, Economy, Emergency, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, infrastructure, sanctions, Syria, U.S., UN, United Nations, United Stateslast_img read more

Commonwealth Day 2021 speech by High Commissioner Charles Hay

first_imgCommonwealth Day 2021 speech by High Commissioner Charles Hay It’s a great pleasure to be taking part in Commonwealth Day 2021 with at least a few people around me, even if we are all in masks. The very essence and heart of the Commonwealth is our people to people links, and while we have all got used to virtual meetings, having at least some people together to celebrate this day seems very appropriate. I am relieved that the latest MCO was lifted in time for us to have this event. My thanks to the Royal Commonwealth Society of Malaysia for hosting us this evening.It seems an age ago now but it was just a year ago that the British High Commission, as Commonwealth Chair-In-Office, co-hosted Commonwealth Observance Day with the Royal Commonwealth Society of Malaysia. It was almost the last ‘normal’ event we had before Malaysia and much of the world went into Covid lockdown.This past year has been unique and difficult for all of us in different ways. We have faced multiple challenges and in many cases, personal tragedy or economic hardship. This has affected all countries large and small, rich and poor.However, out of diversity, we find strength and resilience and we innovate to find solutions. Scientists around the world have worked at a speed few thought possible, to make multiple vaccines available, and the number of people vaccinated around the world multiplies by the day. We have all had to find virtues in the virtual world too – although we don’t many guests here with us tonight, for the first time we are filming and live-streaming this event to a much bigger virtual audience across Malaysia and overseas.In the UK, for the first time in over 50 years the decision was taken to cancel the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. But instead, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated on television with the broadcast of a very special programme ‘A Celebration of the Commonwealth’ on BBC1 on the eve of Commonwealth Day.The COVID-19 pandemic has also meant that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting due to be held in Rwanda in June last year had to be postponed, which has meant that the UK has had a further year as Commonwealth Chair-In-Office.Although the world has been in lockdown for much of the last year, the work of the Commonwealth has continued. This is a critical year for our natural world, which has long been a focus for the Commonwealth. 2021 is the first year of the UNESCO Ocean Decade. And this year will see both COP26 climate negotiations and COP15 Convention on Biological Diversity, when world leaders will come together to agree the steps to build back greener and live more sustainably and in harmony with nature.I have been privileged as British High Commissioner here in Malaysia to represent the UK as Chair in office for two years now and to witness the steps Malaysia has taken in that time to progress the Commonwealth’s goals: Fairness; Prosperity; Sustainability and Security. Just to mention a few examples of many:the Parliament of Malaysia hosted the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy’s Asia Regional Women’s Political Leadership Conference, focussing on policies and initiatives which mainstream gender equality across the Asia regionMalaysia completed the SheTrades Commonwealth pilot, supporting women-owned businesses to become more competitive, promoting economic growth and job creationMalaysia was one of four Commonwealth member countries to have the I-Work project designed to improve the employment prospects of young people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds by piloting and introducing new approaches to employer-led skills developmentthe Universiti Malaya is one of five new universities to host Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars. Since April 2018, 47 scholars have benefited from this scholarship schemeMalaysia was the first country to begin creating an energy and emissions calculator, with the aim of creating easy-to-use energy models to support climate planning. For this, they used a £3.5 million budget extension to the 2050 calculator programme announced by the UK at CHOGM 2018I was delighted that Dato’ Sudha Devi, a most distinguished Malaysian diplomat, has been appointed Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation. And it has been very heartening to see young Malaysians being recognised and celebrated for their work and contribution to their communities, society and the environment.This morning I was joined in a ‘Blu Hope on Commonwealth Day’ webinar by Mogesh Sabathy, who is the Co-Founder of Ocean Hope Project, a youth-led group that aims to raise the visibility of ocean issues and environmental conservation through campaigns and youth leadership training. Mogesh is a finalist in the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021 – a great achievement in itself, and we very much hope Mogesh will go one step further and be one of the winners in the virtual ceremony to be held on Wednesday.Malaysian co-founders of Zero Waste Malaysia, Khor Sue Yee and Aurora Tin are the most recent winners of the Commonwealth Points of Light Award. Their NGO is working in the community and with companies to get zero waste policies adopted by Malaysians and businesses. The Commonwealth Points of Light award celebrates outstanding acts of volunteering, thereby inspiring others to volunteer and make a positive impact in their community. I’m especially pleased that Zero Waste Malaysia have taken the time to participate and support the series of ‘Blu Hope’ webinars in 2020 to help educate and inspire Malaysians to live a zero or near-zero waste lifestyle.Today, as well as Commonwealth Day we are also celebrating International Women’s Day. The Commonwealth Secretariat have marked this event with two social media campaigns #SheLeadsTheWay – celebrating women’s leadership in the Commonwealth and #SeatheShe – recognising women’s contributions to ocean science.I would like to particularly mention three Malaysian women scientists who are working to help protect the ocean:Assoc Prof Dr Goh Hong Ching, Senior Lecturer at Universiti Malaysia and Malaysia lead for the Global Challenges Research Fund Blue Communities project and the NUOF Netcom Fish mangrove protection projectProfessor Zainura Zainon Noor, Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Water Security, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and key collaborator for Global Challenges Research Fund Water Security HubHui Ling, PhD Student at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, who is researching the effect of micro-plastics in the oceanI now take great pleasure in introducing this year’s Annual Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. /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. 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Chevrolet’s heavy-duty pickups add Multi-Flex Tailgate for 2022

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD Multi-Flex Tailgate  General Motors GM confirms it’ll build an electric Silverado alongside its GMC HummerThe tailgate was first introduced on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, a twin to the Silverado. On that brand, it’s called the MultiPro Tailgate. The Silverado 1500 added the tailgate for the 2021 model year.Both the Sierra and Silverado heavy-duty models were all-new for 2020, and the Sierra HD debuted with the tailgate. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSChevroletSilverado HDPickup TruckNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesPickup trucksNon-Luxurytailgatework truck Chevrolet is adding the six-function Multi-Flex Tailgate as an option on its 2022 heavy-duty trucks, where it will be available on all 2500 and 3500 models.The optional unit includes a second, smaller tailgate inside the main one, and can be configured for such functions as two-tier loading, cargo stop, stand-up work station, and bed step.It will be offered in addition to the optional power up-down tailgate available on the LT, LTZ, and High Country trims. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened GM scales back engine, transmission choices for Sierra and Silverado 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 COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos GM’s not the only one with a trick up its tailgate. Ford has long offered a fold-out bed step in the F-150, and on the latest model, has an optional work station with clamp pockets and measurement ruler. Ram offers a split tailgate, with two sections that open barn-door style; while the Honda Ridgeline started it all right from its debut for 2006, with a tailgate that drops conventionally, or opens sideways like a door. RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada advertisement See More Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more