Federal Conservatives release plan that would support BC’s Forestry Sector

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of an election campaign, Bob Zimmer, Conservative incumbent for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, announced on Friday a plan that would see Federal support for British Columbia’s ailing forestry sector.According to Zimmer, if a Conservative government is formed following the Federal Election, a plan will be implemented that would see Federal support go towards helping out the workers affected by mill shutdowns and curtailments, among other issues.Some of the ways the Conservatives plan to support forestry include striking a natural resources competitiveness task force, increase funding to control pest species, and resolve the softwood lumber dispute with the United States.- Advertisement -Zimmer accuses the current Liberal Government of showing a lack of respect towards affected communities and that they are showing no interest in supporting the forest workers.“This Liberal Government has shown a complete lack of respect for these rural communities as this crisis has unfolded. It is clear to the forestry workers in BC that the Liberals’ Western Economic Diversification program is not working for them. And to stress further disinterest from the Liberals on this issue, the words Softwood and forestry are not mentioned in the Liberal party platform even once.”An estimated 5,900 people have been affected by mill shutdowns and curtailments.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Photo library: Infrastructure 1

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The M1 highway in Sandton. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: A two-storey walkup affordable housing project on the east bank of Alexandra township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Billboard for a two-storey walkup affordable housing project on the east bank of Alexandra township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Bus rank at Ghandi Square in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Bus rank at Ghandi Square in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction work on the extension of the Baragwanath minibus taxi rank in Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction work on the extension of the Baragwanath minibus taxi rank in Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction work on the extension of the Baragwanath minibus taxi rank in Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Baragwanath minibus taxi rank, Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageINFRASTRUCTURE 1: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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Tickets on sale for Mandela Bay Sevens

first_img12 September 2013Tickets have gone on sale for the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, taking place in Port Elizabeth on the weekend of 7 and 8 December.The event brings together the world’s leading national Sevens rugby teams, and Port Elizabeth will be the third of eight stops on the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series calendar, preceded by the Dubai Sevens on 29 and 30 November.Last season, the Springbok Sevens team, despite a wretched list of injuries, finished second on the World Series log behind New Zealand after winning three tournament titles, a mark unmatched by any other side.Victory at homeThey will be out to emulate their effort in the 2008/09 season, when they won in Dubai and on home soil in George, before adding another victory in Adelaide, on their way to the overall World Series title.The Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament is the only occasion where South Africans are able to watch the Springbok Sevens in international action at home. The Blitzbokke will be one of 16 teams battling it out for the coveted trophy and the important World Series points on offer.Tickets for the popular tournament are available at all Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets in South Africa, and online through Computicket.Book earlyThe organisers of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens are expecting a rush for tickets, which have been very reasonably priced, and they have therefore urged supporters to book their admission early to avoid disappointment.Tickets cost as little as R50 and South African Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Jurie Roux says the national body is working hard to deliver another world-class Sevens tournament.“The Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament has established itself as one of the standout tournaments on the World Series calendar and Saru are once more looking forward to hosting the world’s best Sevens players in Port Elizabeth,” Roux said in a statement earlier this week.‘Top-class entertainment’“Our marketing team and various stakeholders have joined forces to compile a top-class entertainment programme for what promises to be an unforgettable weekend of rugby action. Apart from the excitement on the field, fans will also be able to enjoy a free concert on the Saturday evening,” Roux added.“There will also be opportunities to meet the Springbok Sevens squad, as well as members of the other participating teams, during signing sessions, coaching clinics and various open training sessions.”TICKET PRICESSaturday, 7 December Tier 2, West Stand, Blocks 201-204 and Blocks 228-231: R150Tier 2, East Stand, North Stand and South Stand: R50Tier 2, West Stand, Disabled Area: R150Tier 2, East Stand, Disabled Area: R50 Sunday, 8 December Tier 2, West Stand, Blocks 200-204 and Blocks 228-231: R150Tier 2, East Stand, North Stand and South Stand: R50Tier 2, West Stand, Disabled Area: R150Tier 2, East Stand, Disabled Area: R50 SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

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Computers Double the Number of Americans Involved in the Arts

first_imgData Mining for Art’s SakeThe NEA did not change the data or add to it, they just passed it to a new group of researchers with the mission to mine it using these new criteria. The researchers were Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg of NORC, University of Chicago; Mark J. Stern of the University of Pennsylvania; and Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard and Alan S. Brown of the research firm WolfBrown.So, how do people actually engage in art? The digital lens, it turns out, is a powerful one. Among the intriguing conclusions the researchers came to in re-parsing the data are these. The FindingsNearly 75% of adults attended arts activities, created art, or engaged with art via electronic media. This is more than twice the share of adults (34.6%) who attended “benchmark” arts events such jazz or classical music concerts, opera, plays, ballet, or who visited art museums or galleries.The highest rates of participation via electronic media–including mobile devices and the Internet–were reported for classical music (18%), Latin music (15%), and programs about the visual and literary arts (15% each).An American adult who creates or performs art is almost six times more likely to attend arts events than one who does not create or perform art. In addition to reporting higher arts-attendance rates, those who receive arts education as a child are more likely to create or perform art, engage with the arts via media, and take art classes as an adult.In 1982, nearly two-thirds of 18-year-olds reported taking art classes in their childhood. By 2008, that share had dropped below one-half (2.6 million), a decline of 23%.Declines in childhood arts education from 1982 to 2008 are much higher among African American and Hispanic children than among white children. In that timeframe, there was a 49% drop for African Americans, and a 40% drop for Hispanic children, compared with a statistically insignificant decline for white children.There are patterns related to age and generation that are significant. For example, older adults (born in 1955 or earlier) are more likely than younger Americans to be “cultural omnivores,” people who attend a variety of arts events, in different art forms and settings. As these generations have aged, there have been fewer cultural omnivores; furthermore, they are now attending arts events less frequently. It is estimated that 82% of the decline in total benchmark arts activities attended between 2002 and 2008 stems from this combination.Age and generation may be less important in audience outreach than previously thought. This data mining has resulted in three reports: “Arts Education in America: What the declines mean for arts participation” by Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg; “Beyond Attendance: A multi-modal understanding of arts participation” by Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard and Alan S. Brown; and “Age and Arts Participation: A case against demographic destiny” by Mark J. Stern. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… A new National Endowment of the Artsstudy has looked back into the data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Expanding the definition from “benchmark” activities (like going to the opera) to the creation and viewing of art or art-related content digitally has yielded a radically different picture of American’s relationship to the arts. The new definition shows a three-fold increase in the number of Americans taking part in art: from one in four to three in four. Tags:#art#NYT#web Related Posts curt hopkins 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Assam temple bids adieu to turtle hatchlings

first_imgFor the first time since it was established 294 years ago, a temple in Guwahati has let its presiding deity play second fiddle to the offspring of its resident reptiles — the rare black softshell turtle (Nilssonia nigricans).The Ugratara Temple, one of the city’s landmarks, organised a special darshan of 34 hatchlings of the freshwater turtle on Sunday. Members of the temple committee and devotees turned up for what was essentially a ceremony to welcome and bid goodbye to these hatchlings.The welcome was because the eggs of black softshell were collected from temple ponds for incubation at the Assam State Zoo. And the goodbye was because these hatchlings will be reintroduced in the wild, never to return.“It was a sort of homecoming for the progeny of the turtles that have been part of our lives in Jorpukhuri,” said Kailash Sarma, member of the temple committee. Jorpukhuri translates into twin tanks, one of which abuts Ugratara Temple that is dedicated to Goddess Tara, a ‘fiery’ avatar of Kali.“The black softshell turtle is extinct in the wild. The few that remain are in the ponds of some temples in Assam. We started the conservation programme by involving the temples and collected the eggs in December last year. Of the 70 eggs, 34 hatched in the zoo about 10 days ago,” Jayaditya Purkayastha of conservation NGO Help Earth told The Hindu.“We were sad to let the hatchlings, the pride of our temple, go back to the zoo. But it is heartening to know they are going away for the greater cause of reintroducing the species into the wild,” said Parameswar Sarma, the chief priest. He agreed that the ponds are too crowded for the hatchlings to be brought back.Target 1,000A similar homecoming of 11 hatchlings of the equally endangered Indian roofed turtle (Pangshura tecta) and the Indian tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria) was organised at the Hayagriv Madhab Temple in Hajo, about 30 km west of Guwahati. Help Earth members had collected 150 eggs of these two turtle species a few months ago.“We have identified 18 temple ponds and we can hope to reintroduce 1,000 freshwater turtles into the wild every year if we can have a nodal network of at least 15 of these ponds. Incubating the eggs away from the ponds was necessary because of the low hatching rate in the ponds,” Mr. Purkayastha said. The eggs of the freshwater turtles have a soft shell. Unlike rivers or natural water bodies where they lay eggs a foot under silt, the clayey bottom of the ponds forces the turtles to lay eggs on the surface. Only about 20% of the eggs laid in these ponds hatch because of other factors such as shallowness and resultant water temperature.last_img read more

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Prabhat Singh takes over as MD & CEO of Petronet LNG

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Prabhat Kumar Singh today took over as the new Managing Director and CEO of Petronet LNG Ltd, Indias biggest liquefied natural gas importer. Singh, 58, was the Director of Marketing at state gas utility GAIL India Ltd before his appointment at Petronet. In a stock exchange filing, Petronet LNG said Singh was appointed as Managing Director & CEO of the company by the Board of Directors in its meeting held on July 30. Singh has taken over with effect from September 14, it said. He replaced A K Balyan, who completed his five-year term on July 15. He was eligible for an extension till his superannuation age of 65 years in July 2016, but he was not given an extension. Singh is an Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and has more than 35 years of experience in hydrocarbon industry, having worked in both MNC and state-owned firms. Prior to becoming Director (Marketing) in GAIL in February 2010, he headed the Upstream Business Development and Strategy Divisions in British Gas (India). Singh, who was selected from among over a dozen candidates will have a five year term which can be extended till he achieves the superannuation age of 65 years in November 2021. Petronet is majority owned by state-owned oil firms GAIL, ONGC, IOC and BPCL, but is registered as a private company and the Oil Secretary is its ex-officio chairman. Board members of the company are appointed for 5 years or until the age of 65, whichever is earlier. PTI ANZ SRK SAlast_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: Tottenham can win Premier League title

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: Tottenham can win Premier League titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Tottenham are capable of winning the Premier League this season.Spurs went second after thrashing the Cherries 5-0 yesterday.Following the game, Howe was asked if he sees Spurs as title contenders and replied: “Without a doubt.”They’ve got the forward players and the creative players that can cause anyone problems.”They are in great form and are very clinical – we had equally good chances but didn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, Nigel Hayes Show Off Their Awesome Handshake In The Locker Room

first_imgJosh Gasser, Nigel Hayes perform their amazing handshake.Wisconsin’s pre-game locker room appears to be a loose one as the Badgers prepare for their Sweet 16 contest against North Carolina in Los Angeles. Prior to their West Region semifinal contest against the Tar Heels, Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes and senior guard Josh Gasser showed off their awesome handshake in the Staples Center locker room. Check it out:  Wisconsin and North Carolina are set to tip off at 7:47 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TBS.last_img

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StealthGas Offloads Three LPG Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: StealthGas LPG shipping company StealthGas has started the year with the sale of three second-hand ships cashing in USD 17 million.The ships in question are the 2006-built Gas Enchanted, which has already been delivered to its new owners, and  1998-built Gas Legacy and 1996-built Gas Evoluzione, scheduled for deliveries in the third quarter of 2018.“More evidence that values are firming even on older vessels was provided by these sales, as we sold the Gas Legacy at 5.6 times demolition value and the Gas Evoluzione at 4.2 times demolition value,” Michael Jolliffe, StealthGas’ Board Chairman, said.The company has seven more ships older than 20 years which are also sale candidates.The sale of older tonnage coincides with the delivery of the last 22,000 cbm semi-refrigerated newbuild LPG, which concluded the company’s 26-strong newbuilding program.StealthGas ended the first quarter of 2018 with a net loss of USD 5.8 million, compared to a net income of USD 2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017.Revenues for the period amounted to USD 39.7 million, an increase of 4.2 pct year-on-year, mainly due to improved market conditions in the small LPG segment.Jolliffe said that the company’s net revenue and profitability were affected by the rise in oil prices which increased voyage costs and LIBOR rates. In addition, slower spot market for LPG around Chinese New Year and weak earnings of the company’s tankers led to lower than anticipated margins.The results were are also impacted by costs related to the delivery and commencement of trading for new vessels in the fleet as well as significant ballasting costs on a number of vessels.During the past three months, the company concluded ten new time charter contracts and contract extensions.“We also chartered in an LPG vessel from a third-party to take advantage of this positive market momentum. What I would like to note is that we have 19 vessels finishing their period contracts in the period from this month until December 2018 and they will most likely be chartered at improved rates, leveraging our company’s revenue,” Harry Vafias, Chief Executive Officer of StealthGas, said in a conference call.“We continue to observe that our core market’s fundamentals have improved as rates for small LPG carriers are still on the rise, and the forecast is that they will continue to do so at least for the next couple of years,” Joliffe said.“Taking this into account, our main focus is to take advantage of this positive market momentum to the fullest and calibrate our fleet management strategy so as to increase our profitability. We have so far in the second quarter of 2018 reduced our commercial idle days by about 90% compared to the first quarter of this year. With an asset base in excess of USD 1 billion, low leverage and ideal demand and supply conditions, combined with improving freight rates, gives reason for optimism for the future.”last_img read more

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