Battle to become one of 5 federal superclusters attracts 50 competitors

first_imgOTTAWA – The competition to become one of up to five government-designated technology “superclusters” and draw from a federal funding purse of $950 million has attracted more than 50 proposals.The contest, a cornerstone of Ottawa’s so-called innovation agenda, is designed to encourage academia and businesses to work together on strategies to boost fast-growing sectors — everything from advanced manufacturing to clean technology.The number of bids generated during the competition’s first phase, which ended late last month, exceeded federal expectations, said a senior government official who spoke on condition on anonymity because the information was not yet public.The 50 letters of intent came from consortia representing a total of more than 200 companies and 20 post-secondary institutions, the official said.The contest, overseen by Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, aims to lift the economy, promote research and create high-quality jobs. Bains has said he’s looking for ambitious bids that also feature intellectual property strategies designed to keep benefits for Canada.The plan includes a federal funding commitment of up to $950 million over five years to support the development of between three and five superclusters.As examples, the government listed six innovative industries in its spring budget that could anchor superclusters: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health and bio-sciences and clean resources.The submissions represent each of these sectors and more, said the official, who declined to elaborate on the other industries.The government is also hoping the leverage from its $950-million commitment will lure even more private investment cash into the economy.To qualify, supercluster bids must show private-sector investment commitments of at least a dollar for every government dollar requested.Combined, the submitted proposals say they can bring in a total of $17 billion in private investment, even though they are asking for $10 billion in federal funding, the official added.“The policy imperative for this program was trying to unlock business investment in (research and development), which has been this perpetual issue in Canada” said the official.“This isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s a model to tackle that issue.”A short list of about a dozen applicants will be released in the coming weeks based on assessments by experts from across different government departments and agencies.Each submission will be evaluated on criteria such as job creation, how likely the new jobs will avoid becoming automated in the future and the proposal’s overall impact on the economy.The winners will be announced by early 2018.The program director for the Blockchain Research Institute, an organization that is participating in a supercluster proposal, said the bid received a total of $50 million in funding commitments from about 50 groups, including universities, private firms and non-governmental organizations.The submission is focused on making Canada a world leader in the development of the emerging digital platform known as “blockchain.” Blockchain is the underlying technology behind digital currencies like bitcoin and it has the potential to change everything from how financial transactions are conducted to how democracies vote.Jenna Pilgrim said Thursday that the goal of her group’s bid is to house the world’s best blockchain expertise in the Toronto-Waterloo region rather than watch it set up shop in Silicon Valley.She noted that $50 million in commitments is likely lower than other submissions, but adds it makes sense because the technology is still young. She also argues blockchain has more potential to become self supporting.There are also expectations that some groups jockeying for the limited number of supercluster spots might join forces as the process evolves and the list shortens.“We have been approached by several other organizations creating bids as well,” said Pilgrim, who believes blockchain will help enable other new “transformational” technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence.“We just want a seat at the table and then we are definitely open to collaborating with other groups.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Harvards Jeffrey Sachs named Annans aide on development goals

Professor Sachs, the Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, was appointed as Special Adviser on The Millennium Development Goals for an initial term of one year. At the historic UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, over 160 world leaders agreed to eight Millennium Development Goals — on health, poverty, education and environment. Professor Sachs’ duties will be to gather and commission research and to develop new approaches to aid in the achievement of those goals, which include the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015. He will work closely with UN Development Programme Administrator, Mark Malloch Brown, who has been charged with coordinating the campaign to reach the Millennium Development Goals across the UN system.

New CMTI ultra low profile equipment enhancing safety in platinumgold mining

first_imgCMTI Group’s locally-developed and patented mechanised underground mining equipment is now ready for commercial contracting. The cutting-edge technology includes ultra-low profile (ULP) mining and integrated brake-testing equipment, as well as rail-bound transport solutions, such as a unique hybrid diesel-electric locomotive.These are the outcome of a 12-year-long development programme working in joint venture with some of the world’s largest platinum-group metal (PGM) and gold mining houses, and more than three years of testing the sophisticated solutions in arduous South African underground environments. CMTI Group is manufacturing the equipment at its factory in Tshwane, Gauteng, which commenced operations at the start of 2017.As part of the ramp-up, the group embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of 2018 to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions.CMTI Group believes that its technologies are a proactive response to a clarion call for locally-developed solutions that will promote safer gold- and PGM-mining operations, while extending the life of these mines. “This is considering the existing limitations of imported ‘off-the-shelf’ technology from United States and European manufacturers in meeting South African gold and PGM miners’ demands.”“The group’s mechanised solutions remove people from harsh working environments, characterised by abrasive rock and steep gradients. As these mines become deeper, workers also have to contend with rising temperatures of virgin rock, as well as other factors that pose additional threats to health and safety levels.Seismicity was the leading cause of more underground fatalities in 2017, and Anglo American Platinum, Chief-Executive Officer, Chris Griffith, who is also head of the Chamber of Mine’s CEO Zero Harm Forum, noted that industry, government and labour had to accelerate initiatives to improve underground working conditions.Danie Burger, Managing Director of CMTI Group, says, “It is a serious concern to all stakeholders in the industry that the death toll in South Africa’s mines this year has surpassed those in 2016. There were 82 fatalities in 2017, over-and-above the 73 reported in the previous year. This has ended nine consecutive years of falling fatalities in the world’s deepest mines, and the call for increased mechanisation will continue to gain momentum.”He also points to the critical role that mechanisation will play in helping ensure the industry’s sustainability by significantly extending mine life by facilitating the mining of lower-grade ore bodies and accessing deeper resources.Mechanisation replaces out-dated drilling-and-blasting methods used in the South African narrow reef, hard-rock mining environment. Increased depth and distance from the shaft has resulted in contracted drill time at the workface. This has contributed towards shrinking production and burgeoning costs, which have been compounded by suppressed commodity prices.Mechanised equipment establishes an environment conducive to continuous operations beyond 2045. Their mechanisation will facilitate the mining of deeper resources and greenfields targets that depend on continuous operations, Burger says.Moreover, he says increased adoption of local mechanisation by underground mines will play an immense part in creating secure employment opportunities in the country, while contributing significantly towards skills development and shareholder wealth.His views are in line with those of resource development strategist, Dr Paul Jourdan, who also stresses that local manufacture of mechanised mining equipment will neutralise job losses during this transition to modern equipment.Jourdan says a vibrant South African mining equipment research-and-development, as well as manufacturing hub that supplies both the local and export markets will drive industrialisation. This will ensure that traditional jobs in the underground mining industry are replaced by secure and safer employment prospects in the supply chain. CMTI Group’s business model is in line with this agenda, considering that its technology comprises more than 70% local content.However, there are still concerns that the rate of transition to a mechanised era has taken too long, and that the industry now needs to accelerate the process, considering more looming large job losses.Anglo American Chief-Executive Officer, Mark Cutifani, recently warned that the South African mining industry was at risk of shedding 100,000 jobs if it failed to modernise. This is over-and-above the 100,000 employment opportunities that have been lost in the industry over the past six years. Safety head of the CoM, Sietse van der Woude, anticipates a loss of as many as 200,000 jobs over the next 10 years if the industry does not undergo meaningful change.Burger stresses that “home-grown” innovation is also key to the successful transformation of an industry that has relied heavily upon labour-based techniques for more than 100 years. “Our solutions are based on extensive learning from prominent gold and PGM miners. They are the outcome of a process that was driven by the needs of the sectors, as opposed to a ‘push’ approach from international manufacturers in the supply chain. By allowing the mines to drive the process, we have developed successful solutions for unique local operating conditions,” Burger says.For example, CMTI Consulting’s 10 t hybrid-diesel locomotive spent 18 months operating in local deep level gold mines, where proof of concept was finalised ahead of its commercial launch. Meanwhile, the company’s ULP mining machines have exceeded expectations at several South African gold and platinum mines.Moreover, CMTI Group is Sibanye Stillwater’s technology partner, supporting the miner’s mechanisation drive. Noticeably, the company’s technologies have already played an important part in helping a leading platinum miner reduce safety-related stoppages at its Rustenburg operations in the 2017 financial year.The platinum miner reported 276,000 t of lost ore due to safety stoppages in 2017, compared to 559,000 t during the previous year. Including safety-related, Management-Induced Safety and other stoppages, it lost 595,000 t in the 2017 financial year, as opposed to 678,000 t in the previous financial year.Similar successes have been achieved at Bathopele platinum mine near Rustenburg, while CMTI Group’s MT100 and MT 1000 ULP equipment has been operating in Burnstone gold mine in Balfour, Mpumalanga.Sibanye Gold is using the equipment to mine panels at heights of 1 m, as opposed to the current 1.5 m. By now being able to extract significantly more gold bearing ore and reduce waste-rock extraction, the mine will increase its yields and reduce its waste-disposal costs.“Certainly, this is in line with Sibanye Gold’s recent announcement that it is researching technology to make its mining operations safer and more productive. The process is being driven by mining operational executive and mining engineer, Peter Turner, who has also highlighted the important contribution of remote-controlled ULP technologies.”CMTI Group’s MT100 has a maximum height of 420 mm and a battery life of seven hours. Importantly, this versatile machine can be equipped with any two attachments, such as a sweeper, scraper and dozer with an 850 kg dozing capacity.  This allows the re-mining of inaccessible areas that still contain some reserves in the form of fines. Powered by a trailing cable, the MT1000 features a rock-breaker for non-explosive mining and a patented multi-drill attachment, which allows four holes to be drilled quickly and accurately at the correct angles.Using the technology, two panels are being drilled in a single shift, and Botha says CMTI Group will improve on this stellar performance early next year. This performance is in stark contrast to the extended periods it currently takes up to five rock-drill operators to drill a 30 m panel using traditional mining methods.Both machines feature a multi-track concept. Four tracks are individually driven and are able to swing around a centre point for the platforms to negate vertical obstacles as high as 400 mm.  The tracks on the MT1000 are also steerable.He concludes that CMTI Consulting Group is proud of the company’s achievements thus far, and is looking forward to continuing its long association with leading gold and PGM miners to help accelerate the implementation of mechanisation in South Africa.last_img read more

Two Americans kidnapped by pirates off Nigerian coast

first_imgPIRATES HAVE STORMED an oil supply vessel off southern Nigeria and kidnapped two American crew members, Nigeria’s navy and US defence officials said today, the latest unrest in a region described as a piracy hotspot.A US-flagged C-Retriever owned by American oil servicing company Edison Chouest Offshore was attacked yesterday off the city of Brass, Nigeria’s navy spokesman Kabir Aliyu told AFP.The ship’s chief engineer and captain, both US citizens, were kidnapped in the attack, said US defence officials who requested anonymity and AKE, a private security firm which closely tracks the region.The US Navy and the Marine Corps had not yet received orders to intervene, two US defence officials told AFP.Aliyu said the navy had launched a search and rescue mission, but could not discuss the details including whether any foreign navies were yet involved.Edison Chouest Offshore did not reply to emails or calls seeking comment.Kidnapping of foreignersThis was the first reported kidnapping of US nationals around the oil-producing Niger Delta region in at least two years, said an official at the AKE office in Lagos, who requested anonymity.The kidnapping of foreigners working in the oil sector was once a common occurence in the delta.Abductions declined dramatically after a 2009 amnesty deal with rebels in the region, but they have spiked again in recent months.The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which is funded by ship owners, recorded 31 pirate attacks in the first half of 2013 in the Gulf of Guinea, which includes the waters off Nigeria, Togo, Benin and parts of Ghana.The IMB noted a surge in kidnappings, but precise statistics are hard to establish as the reporting of many incidents is conflicting.Oil servicing vessels have been among the most frequent targets for pirates.Often the attackers are aiming to steal crude oil being shipped from the Niger Delta to world refineries, but sailors of varying nationality have frequently been taken hostage.Hostages have typically been released days or weeks after their abduction. Most analysts say that ransoms are paid in such cases, but the companies involved and Nigerian officials rarely comment on payments to kidnappers.Bolder and more sophisticatedIn a report released last month, the Risk Intelligence security firm said pirates in the gulf have increasingly sought to rob international vessels over the last two years.There are signs that the region’s pirates have become bolder and developed more sophisticated attack methods, the report said.The Lagos-based AKE official, citing recent attack patterns, said the raid on the American-owned C-Retriever was likely carried out by gunmen on board two or three speed boats, with four attackers on board each boat.Nigeria does not allow vessels operating in its waters to have private armed security agents on board.Companies seeking armed protection against pirates must arrange to carry Nigerian naval personnel, a difficult and often unreliable process.On Tuesday, pirates shot dead two Nigerian officers who were escorting oil workers to a field off Bayelsa state, the same area where the Americans were abducted.The US navy, along with forces from Britain, Spain and The Netherlands last week conducted a joint training exercise with Nigeria’s navy to curb piracy in the region.Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer, generating some two million barrels per day from onshore and deepwater fields in the Niger Delta, which falls along the Gulf of Guinea.- © AFP 2013.Read: Kidnapped British woman freed by Somali pirates>last_img read more

Met Police Slavery suspects originally from India and Tanzania

first_imgUpdated at 4.40pmLONDON POLICE SAY the two suspects in this week’s high-profile domestic slavery case are from India and Tanzania, and came to Britain in the 1960s.Metropolitan Police Commander Steve Rodhouse said that officers believe two of the three women victims, who were allegedly held against their will for over 30 years, met the male suspect in London “through a shared political ideology and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call ‘a collective’”.He said police are investigating “the nature of that collective and how it operated”.The two suspects, a male and a female, both aged 67, have been released on bail.The women — a 57-year-old from Ireland, a 69-year-old Malaysian and a 30-year-old British woman — were rescued on 25 October, one week after first making secret telephone contact with a charity.Rodhouse said police were trying to determine how the collective came to an end and how the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects.“How this resulted in the women living in this way for over 30 years is what are seeking to establish, but we believe emotional and physical abuse has been a feature of all the victims’ lives,” he said.Police said the woman who is now 30 appears to have lived with the suspects and the other women for her entire life.Rodhouse said the woman “does have a birth certificate” but that no other official documentation could be found.Police were carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the Brixton area of Lambeth this afternoon in an attempt to gather more information about the suspects.Television footage showed police searching an apartment building in the neighborhood.Rodhouse said police are working “to gain the trust and confidence of the highly traumatized victims” and said the process would take time.“This must move at their pace, not anyone else’s,” he said.‘Tip of an iceberg’Earlier, an MP warned that the case was indicative of a much larger problem.Labour’s Frank Field, who has been appointed to oversee an evidence review ahead of the drafting of a new Modern Slavery Bill, told BBC Breakfast it was “safe to act on the assumption that the examples we’ve had in the last few months are the tip of a rather large iceberg.”In an earlier update on the case, Rodhouse said that the three women had been allowed outside in “carefully controlled circumstances” during their ordeal, but were victims of slavery.He said investigators are trying to figure out “what were the invisible handcuffs that were used” to exert such control.AbuseThe two suspects were also arrested in the 1970s, but police have not said why.Officers do not believe there are other victims in the case, and say they are confident that they know the true identities of the three women. The relationships among the women — and between the women and the suspects — are under investigation.“Whilst we do not believe that they have been subjected to sexual abuse, we know that there has been physical abuse, described as beatings,” said Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit.He and Rodhouse defended the lapse in time between Oct. 25 — when the women gained freedom — and the arrests, saying that the case is complicated and investigators must be careful to ensure they do not further traumatize the victims as they unravel what happened.Hyland also urged patience as the case unfolds, noting that officers must sift through 55 bags of evidence seized in a search of the home, interview several people and follow up numerous strands.This article includes reporting from AP. It was originally posted at 1pm.Read: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’ >More: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slavery >Related: Concerns over Irish procedures for handling domestic slavery cases >last_img read more

Sterling tumbles in wake of UK election

first_img THE BRITISH POUND has tumbled in the wake of the UK election.Sterling saw its biggest daily fall since January after an exit poll – now confirmed to be accurate – suggested the Conservatives would lose their majority, leading to a hung parliament.The British pound fell sharply late yesterday afternoon before gaining some ground this morning. At one point, it had fallen to $1.27 (down almost 2%) and 87.59p per €1.The triad of big events involving Britain, former FBI director James Comey’s testimony in the US and the European Central Bank (ECB) deciding to keep its ultra-low interest rates unchanged had earned the moniker ‘Super Thursday’, but produced no obvious pattern in global stocks, with London retreating, Paris flat, and Frankfurt and New York gaining modestly.“It’s going to be close, and results will come out through the night, but this is going to leave Theresa May struggling to keep control of the Brexit process,” Kit Juckes, an analyst at Societe Generale, said.Ultimately, the election is now seen as a failed gamble by Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader May.On Wall Street, attention was focused on Comey’s testimony on his firing by President Donald Trump and links to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.Comey testified that Trump asked him for “loyalty” and to drop a criminal investigation into his former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.The former FBI director said he took painstaking notes of the extraordinary encounters for fear Trump might “lie” about the meetings, a step he did not deem necessary with previous presidents.Impeachment? Although the testimony painted an unflattering picture of Trump, analysts said most of the information had already been aired in press reports and the disclosures themselves were not disturbing enough to end the market’s bullish sentiment.Comey himself declined to address whether Trump’s conduct constituted obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.“Based on what the stock market is doing, it did not see a smoking gun based on this testimony from Mr. Comey,” Briefing.com’s Patrick O’Hare said.Some legal observers have said Trump’s conduct as described by Comey constitutes obstruction of justice. However, O’Hare said the market’s reaction suggested it was sceptical of that reasoning and still views proposed tax cuts and other Trump growth measures as alive, along with his presidency.The Nasdaq rose 0.4% to a fresh record, while the Dow and S&P 500 finished barely positive.‘Relatively neutral’ ECB The ECB had earlier decided as expected to keep its ultra-low interest rates unchanged, saying it would continue its €60 billion monthly bond purchases to December.The central bank said it saw fewer risks to the eurozone economy as it increased its growth forecasts while cutting inflation estimates. It also dropped a longstanding commitment to slashing rates yet further if necessary.“The central bank made every effort to retain a relatively neutral stance overall, balancing any hawkish or dovish statement with something roughly equal and opposite,” market analyst Craig Erlam at OANDA currency traders said.“The fact that it no longer expects interest rates to remain at present ‘or lower’ levels is a clear deliberate signal that policy makers are gradually becoming more hawkish,” he added.- © AFP 2017Read: May’s gamble backfires as Corbyn surge sees hung parliamentRead: As it happened: Theresa May’s gamble fails as Tories lose seats and UK faces hung parliament By AFP Friday 9 Jun 2017, 7:26 AM Jun 9th 2017, 7:26 AM http://jrnl.ie/3434771 Image: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images Sterling tumbles in wake of UK election The British pound saw its biggest daily fall since January. Short URLcenter_img Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May Image: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May 33,518 Views Share46 Tweet Email2 26 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The St Patricks Day forecast is bleak with hail and thunder expected

first_img 19,206 Views By Hayley Halpin The rain will ease off in the afternoon and will make way for sunshine and scattered blustery showers, according to Met Éireann. The national forecast for St Patrick’s Day is a bleak one.“St Patrick’s Day looks set to be a cold and blustery day with sunny spells and passing showers, some with hail and thunder,” Met Éireann said. Highest temperatures will range between 7 and 9 degrees. Showers are due to move back to Atlantic coastal areas on St Patrick’s Day night with good clear spells developing elsewhere. Lowest temperatures will range between 1 and 4 degrees. Similar to the weekend, Met Éireann has said current indications suggest that Tuesday will be a “cloudy and breezy day with patchy rain and drizzle moving eastwards across the country”.  Mar 15th 2019, 3:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4544718 16 Comments Blustery with showery outbreaks of rain, mainly affecting Munster and Ulster this afternoon. Some sunny spells elsewhere however cloud and rain in the southwest will gradually edge up across the country later this evening. Highs of 7 to 10°C in fresh to strong westerly winds. pic.twitter.com/IrRkRzykD6— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 15, 2019 Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie The St Patrick’s Day forecast is bleak with hail and thunder expected Highest temperatures will range between 7 and 9 degrees, according to Met Éireann. center_img Share48 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Short URL COLD TEMPERATURES WITH hail and thunder are forecast for St Patrick’s Day this weekend. Looking at tonight first, a status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Connacht, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. Very heavy rain is expected to develop overnight and into tomorrow with spot flooding. A total of 25 to 35mm of rainfall is expected. The warning will kick in at 9pm and remain valid until midday tomorrow. A status yellow snow-ice warning has als been issued for Donegal. Met Éireann said the heavy rain will turn to snow tonight and early tomorrow morning. This will lead to poor driving conditions. Snowfall is likely to be greater on higher ground, the forecaster said. This warning kicks in at midnight and will remain valid until midday tomorrow.The snow in Ulster is due to turn back into rain tomorrow morning. It will be very wet and blustery across a lot of the country and further spells of heavy rain are expected.  Friday 15 Mar 2019, 3:30 PM Source: Met Éireann/Twitterlast_img read more

Outback Steakhouse Is Not a Satanic Cult—Or Is It

first_imgStay on target People have worshipped at the Church of the Bloomin’ Onion for nearly three decades. But Outback Steakhouse promises it isn’t practicing witchcraft.The Australian-themed casual dining chain defended itself against a series of memes suggesting the restaurant is actually a front for a satanic cult.When Twitter user @eatmyaesthetics on Thursday posted a set of map images connecting multiple Outback locations in the shape of a pentagram, the Internet went wild. Wtf is Outback Steakhouse planning pic.twitter.com/l1CSafkdOK— balenci-who? aga ☭ (@eatmyaesthetics) July 27, 2017Often associated with occultism/Wicca and Freemasonry, the five-pointed star was used symbolically in ancient Greece and Babylonia. Now, conspiracy theorists believe it illustrates satanic goings-on behind the steakhouse’s closed doors.As Jezebel’s Lauren Evans put it: “You don’t just get a 10-ounce steak for $12 without at least a little help from the devil.”Spurred by @eatmyaesthetics’ speculation (covering New York, Indiana, Arizona, and Georgia), Twitter users posted their own local pentagrams, connecting the dots between Outback restaurants in North Carolina, Ohio (“Sin-cinnati,” indeed), California, and Virginia.Outback Steakhouse shrewdly responded to the controversy on Friday, trolling the trolls with an image of its famed Bloomin’ Onion hovering over headquarter city Tampa, encircled by half a dozen restaurant franchises.That’s not fooling anyone, though. KFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaMinneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-Thrus If the Bloomin’ Onion is evil then we don’t want to be nice. — Outback Steakhouse (@Outback) July 28, 2017Jezebel takes the hypothesis a step further, revealing that one of the restaurant’s four creators is Trudy Cooper (née Olson)—the same name as the former (and 23-years dead) wife of astronaut Gary Cooper—who appears in a photo snapped in 2013.Try eating the steak-and-crab meal backward to discover Outback’s hidden secrets.Parent company Bloomin’ Brands did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. But in a statement to the Daily Dot, the company said it has “no plans … other than to bring bold steaks and Bloomin’ Onions to our guests.”Their strategy—black magic? mysterious hooded figures?—remains unclear.Outback Steakhouse hasn’t gotten this much publicity since season six of 30 Rock, when Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) stages a fake paparazzi photo outside a Florida location.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Wine fine for Ridgefield port

first_imgThe Port of Ridgefield is adding the wine industry to its portfolio of economic development projects in hopes of boosting existing wineries and encouraging new ones to crop up.The port’s three-member Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted unanimously to bolster its comprehensive development plan with a policy that enables the port to pursue capital projects, marketing efforts and zoning regulations to pump up the wine industry in north Clark County.The port hasn’t identified specific projects yet. Nor has it set aside money to pay for them. But the policy the port adopted lays the groundwork for those actions to occur.It also illustrates the continuing effort by the port — a governing and taxing district that encompasses 57 square miles, or 36,480 acres — to shape how north Clark County grows. A study of the wine industry commissioned by the port found Clark County to be “an emerging wine production area” with “close proximity to both the Seattle and Portland markets, which have a combined population of 5.6 million.”The port’s decision to uncork a wine industry development policy came as good news to Jeremy Brown, owner of Rusty Grape Vineyard in Battle Ground. The more prominent the north Clark County wine industry becomes, he said, the more it will show up on the radar of tourists. And that means every winery wins, since people visit more than one winery when they go on tours, Brown said. “It’s all positive.”last_img read more

ASMI says fish meal included in tariff changes calls for comments

first_imgRock Fish on the Trident Seafoods plant assembly line in Kodiak, Alaska on Saturday May 27, 2018. (Photo by Daysha Eaton / KMXT)A spokesperson for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, or ASMI, says the organization recently received clarification about tariff changes that went into effect on July 6, for Alaska seafood products going into the Chinese domestic market. ASMI is a public-private marketing organization that promotes Alaska’s seafood industry.Listen now“We previously thought that fish meal would not be included and we now know that fish meal products will be included in those proposed tariff increases from China,” ASMI Communications Director Jeremy Woodrow said.Woodrow says $69 million in fish meal products were exported to China last year. And it is mostly used in animal feed. Woodrow says one of the largest generators of fishmeal is the Alaska pollock industry. The fishmeal market, he says, is important to Alaska because it ensures full utilization of seafood and helps generate revenue.“The more that you can get out of the fish, the more everybody benefits. That’s right down to the fishermen, to the processors, as well as the communities,” Woodrow said.Many fishing communities rely on a variety of fish taxes.For example, according to the Kodiak Island Borough the borough received more than $2 million in 2017 through three types of fish taxes:$1.6 million dollars in severance tax (a direct production value tax on fish crossing the dock)$14,000 through a landing tax via the state of Alaska$1.1 million via the state through a fisheries business taxWoodrow says some fresh fish and fish oil were excluded from the tariff. He adds that ASMI is asking its members to comment on the latest round of proposed tariffs on goods, including seafood from China, which includes seafood from Alaska that is reprocessed in China then imported back to the U.S.Those tariffs were introduced on July 10. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed increasing the tariffs last month from 10 to 25 percent.The deadline to submit written comment was originally August 17. That deadline was recently extended to September 6.Seafood is the second largest private industry in the state, after oil and gas, and directly employs more Alaskans than any other industry, according to ASMI, creating $2 billion in income.last_img read more

Why Are There Confederate Statues in the District

first_imgDespite efforts across the region to remove both vestiges of Confederate history and polarizing U.S. figures memorialized in public spaces, the District remains home to several, including a highly controversial statue of Brig. Gen. Albert Pike situated at Judiciary Square – between D.C. Courthouses and the Labor Department.  And while hidden in plain view, even “conscious” Blacks seem largely unfazed by the towering figure as they enjoy meals and lunch-time strolls around the grounds.The statue of Brigadier General Albert Pike, a Confederate and Klansman, sits near the Judiciary Square metro station, and remains overlooked by many Blacks in the area.(Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)The six-foot, 300-pound Pike, according to his Smithsonian Associates biography, not only gained notoriety as a teacher, journalist, Brig. Gen. during the Confederacy, and U.S.-Native American treaty negotiator, but also as a Klansman, who has been credited with creating the rituals of the Ku Klux Klan for its founder Nathan Bedford Forest.“It’s ironic that in a city that was once majority African-American and which is still home to some of the most justice-minded residents, a constant stream of people of all races sit around this statue and eat, talk, and socialize,” Edith Grey-Scott, a Ward 7 resident and long-time Judiciary Square vendor told the AFRO.  “There have been protests in the past to have the monument to Pike removed, but the passion for the fight waned.”While Pike is the only Confederate Civil War general memorialized in D.C., calls for its removal began in 1991 – with the D.C. Council unable to reach a decision about its razing.  Weekly protests by Lyndon LaRouche, a political activist, continued through 1992, but eventually ended.The statue was erected in 1901, some 10 years following Pike’s death, by fellow Freemasons, who considered his efforts on behalf of their organization both significant and valiant.Congress Heights resident Carlos Payton, who walks the path surrounding Pike’s statue during his lunch breaks, said he never paid much attention to the figure – assuming it honored someone of importance to the history of the District or the courthouses.  Upon learning of Pike’s connections to the Confederacy and the Klan, Payton was taken aback.“That’s unreal.  All these Black people around here and this racist guy is peering down at us as we go about our day… I guess we need to get the statue removed, but also learn a lot more about the history of these parks and monuments surrounding us,” Payton told the AFRO.  “We’ve got our children fighting in the streets for Black Lives Matter, and the whole time, as parents, we’re working around monuments to people who initiated some of these plans to oppress us.”In addition to Pike’s statue, the National Statuary Hall Collection housed on U.S.Capitol grounds, contain 13 statues of Confederate figures, including Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Edmund Kirby Smith.last_img read more

CU declares Part III results

first_imgKolkata: The pass percentage of Arts Honours students in Part III of Calcutta University stands at 97.67, which is much higher than the pass percentage of Science Honours students, which stands at 94.15.The result of B.A/B.Sc Part-III (Honours/Major) Examination, 2018, was declared by CU on Thursday. A total number of 15,428 candidates had appeared in Humanities Honours, out of which 15,030 managed to pass. The pass percentage in Arts also saw a slight rise, in comparison to the results of 2017. The pass percentage of 2017 was 97.67. The number of students who have achieved first class is 578. “The highest number of first classes (127) has been achieved in Bengali,” a senior official in the CU examination department said.The pass percentage of B.Sc Honours has risen from 92.21 in 2017 to 94.15 this year. 8,597 students had sat for B.Sc Honours examinations, out of which 8059 have passed.last_img read more

VIDEO Tony Romo jokes on broadcast that he may not have thrown

first_img Advertisement Tony Romo has drawn rave reviews from most for his ability to predict plays as a broadcaster, but a joke he cracked during last night’s Eagles/Panthers broadcast stoked a social media reaction about his own future.Jim Nantz noted during a highlight clip that Romo’s last pass was a touchdown to Terrence Williams against the Eagles, last year. Romo laughingly responded. “Was it the last pass?”He may have been joking, but he didn’t exactly slam the door shut on an NFL comeback.Tony Romo to Jaguars, confirmed on national television: pic.twitter.com/Gzhak5IHng— Pete (@draftcheat) October 13, 2017last_img

IGLTA hosts most successful convention in its 35year history

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… “With 40 countries represented, Toronto welcomed the world for IGLTA’s Annual Global Convention—a true passion project for all of us both times the convention has come to Toronto,” said Johanne Bélanger, President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Toronto is one of the most welcoming and inclusive cities in the world and that sense of welcome was on full display during IGLTA. On behalf of Tourism Toronto and all of our partners, congratulations on a spectacular 35th convention.”Next year’s IGLTA Annual Global Convention will be held 24-27 April in at the Hilton New York City. Select content from the Toronto convention will be available online soon. Visit iglta.org/convention for updates.IGLTA’s Annual Global Convention would not be possible without the generous support of our convention sponsors. Presenting Level – Tourism Toronto, Disney Destinations ©, NYC & Company; Official Level – AIG Travel, Inc., Air Canada, Destination Ontario, Embratur, Fairmont Royal York, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Italian National Tourist Board, ProColombia, Vienna Tourist Board, Visit Britain, Visit FLANDERS, Visit Philadelphia®, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater; Conference Level – Inprotur Argentina, Belmond, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Hornet, International Experience Canada/Government of Canada, Los Angeles Tourism, Pride Media, Silversea Cruises, Visit West Hollywood. Among the highlights: Michael Kajubi, a gay tour operator in Uganda sharing his personal experiences on the ground in a country known for homophobia; Drew Cumpson, a ventilated quadriplegic gay man educating the industry on accessibility in travel; and in-depth looks at global travel data and trends, the intersection of human rights and tourism and responsible travel.Voyage, the IGLTA Foundation benefit held at the Fairmont Royal York during the convention and presented by Disney Destinations, raised more than US$40,000 for education, research, and developing the next generation of LGBTQ travel professionals, making it the most successful IGLTAF fundraiser to date. The event included an interview with Sharon Gless, Gale Harold, Peter Paige and Scott Lowell from the American-Canadian production of Queer As Folk and the presentation of IGLTA’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and LGBTQ2 Liaison to Trudeau, accepted the award on the Canadian Prime Minister’s behalf. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 35th Anniversary Global Convention, 9-12 May at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, brought together approximately 500 tourism professionals representing 40 countries to share innovative ideas and best practices, making it the best attended and most globally diverse conference in IGLTA’s history.“The numbers clearly show that after 35 years, our convention is not only more relevant than ever, but also that the desire to engage and support LGBTQ travelers is expanding across the globe,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “Our participants include the thought leaders of our market and will help IGLTA to advance LGBTQ travel globally throughout 2018 and beyond. I’m so proud of the content we shared and the connections that were made this year in Toronto, our incredibly warm and inclusive host city.” Share this:center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Like this:Like Loading… Milan to host IGLTA Global ConventionUNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitIGLTA Foundation partners with Pacific Asia Travel Association for conference scholarshipMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

WestJet launches nonstop YYCNashville brings back HalifaxGander route

first_img Posted by Share WestJet launches nonstop YYC-Nashville, brings back Halifax-Gander route Tags: Calgary, Halifax, Nashville, New Routes, WestJet Travelweek Group center_img CALGARY — WestJet has announced brand new nonstop service between Calgary and Nashville and the reintroduction of its Halifax-Gander route as part of its busy summer schedule.Service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Nashville International Airport (BNA) begins on May 4 and runs twice weekly. With the launch, WestJet will become the first Canadian carrier to offer nonstop service between the two destinations.The airline began service to Nashville from Toronto last year and currently flies six times weekly on WestJet Encore. Flights from Calgary to Nashville will be operated on Boeing 737 aircraft.“WestJet continues to boost our flight network out of our Calgary hub,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Just as the route out of Toronto has been embraced, we expect that Western Canadians will be thrilled to have the only nonstop access from Calgary to one of the most popular and happening cities in the U.S.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAs part of its 2017 summer schedule, which was announced on the same day as the new Nashville route, the airline also revealed it will once again fly its route from Halifax to Gander, Newfoundland. The year-round service starts daily on April 30, with one-way fares starting at $164.59.“A convenient afternoon departure will provide travellers access to Halifax and connections to WestJet’s robust network beyond, without the early morning rise,” said Reg Wright, President and CEO, Gander International Airport Authority. “Passengers have clearly told us they wanted more afternoon departures, so this is welcome news for Central Newfoundland residents.”WestJet’s 2017 summer schedule also includes new nonstop additional flights from Toronto to Orlando, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Montreal and Moncton, as well as four new weekly flights between Vancouver and Hamilton and the addition of a daily flight to San Francisco. Service from Calgary will increase with six additional weekly flights to Toronto, and a once-daily flight to both Winnipeg and Regina will be added. Service from Edmonton to Kelowna will increase by 12 weekly flights and by one additional weekly flight to Las Vegas, while service from Kelowna to Winnipeg will increase by one weekly flight for a total of four times weekly. Lastly, existing winter service has been extended through the summer, including six daily flights between Vancouver and Kelowna, and five daily flights from Vancouver to Prince George.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFor more information go to westjet.com. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

US adds two macaws to endangered species list

first_imgRelated posts:To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Wildlife numbers halved over past four decades, says WWF Perplexing ‘platypus’ dinosaur discovered in Chile Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission MIAMI – Poaching and habitat loss have landed the military macaw (Ara militaris) and the great green macaw (Ara ambiguus), two birds typically found in Central and South America, on the U.S. endangered species list, officials said Thursday.“Both macaws are at risk of extinction throughout their ranges,” said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, adding that “existing regulatory mechanisms designed to protect these macaws are not adequate.”The ruling makes it illegal to kill, harass or injure the birds, import or export them from the United States, or carry them across state and national borders.The listing “ensures that U.S. citizens and individuals subject to the jurisdiction of the United States do not contribute to the further decline of these species,” said the FWS statement.The military macaw is found in tropical forests in Mexico and South America. While between 6,000 and 13,000 are believed to exist, their populations are isolated and spread out over wide areas.This fragmentation means each group contains anywhere from a handful of birds to 100 individuals.There are far fewer left among the great green macaws of Central America and parts of northern South America — with just 1,000 to 3,000 individuals remaining in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.Related: Saving the great green macawThe ruling will be published in the Federal Register on Friday and goes into effect a month later, on Nov. 2. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arts and culture at a glance the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica Nrmal Festival, Expo Tattoo, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica New Year’s kickoffs, Tennis Championship, and other happenings around Costa Rica Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra takes the reins of the National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theater, withperformances tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Featured composers will include Javier Alvarez, Edvard Grieg and Gustav Mahler (Friday, May 27, and Sunday, May 29).Plaza del Sol in Curridabat, east of San José, will be filled with sculpture this weekend as the VIVA EL ARTE festival, now in its 11th year, brings renowned artists Édgar Zúñiga, Beatriz Parra and Leda Astorga, along with their work and that of many other artists from around the country, to the shopping center. The festival will also feature free musical performances (Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29).Drop by the National Museum in downtown San José for an atmospheric exhibit: in the former military barracks’ dungeons, you can see photographs by José Alberto Hernández in “Capturas,” an exploration of crime and punishment (throughout the month). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

A new era in CyprusSaudi relations Updated

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to Saudi Arabia fulfills one of the key objectives of the island’s foreign policy and that is to strengthen its relations with the Gulf countries, the government said on Wednesday.Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, speaking to reporters in Riyadh after Anastasiades met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, said: “This is an historic visit, the first official visit of a Cypriot president since the establishment of the Republic in 1960.”Christodoulides said that following the opening of the Cypriot diplomatic mission in Riyadh, and the accreditation of the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Cyprus, “now our relations have reached a new level and addresses one of the main pillars of our foreign policy, to strengthen our relations with the Gulf countries.”Anastasiades was given a formal reception by the king at a special ceremony followed by an official lunch.Afterwards wider talks between the delegations of the two countries were held and bilateral agreements signed.These included an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion, which was signed by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and the Saudi minister of finance.A civil aviation executive programme was also signed by Transport Minister Marios Demetriades and his Saudi counterpart.A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed on political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries. The memorandum was signed by Kasoulides and, on behalf of Saudi Arabia, the country’s deputy foreign minister.The spokesman stressed the importance of the agreements signed between the two countries on Wednesday, particularly the one on political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries, which would provide for the existence of consultations twice a year to discuss issues of common interest. Energy issues were also discussed.“This visit is the beginning of a new era in our relations with Saudi Arabia,” Christodoulides said.Other topics that came up for discussion were security and the fight against terrorism, regional relations, and the need to strengthen the EU’s relations with countries in the Gulf “something for which the Republic of Cyprus can and is willing to play an important role”, the spokesman said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndoSmall SUV | Search AdsSUV Clearance – Huge DiscountsSmall SUV | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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