B&B Heavy Civil Construction to build first phase of Station 44

first_imgThe first phase of the Station 44 Site Servicing contract has been awarded to B&B Heavy Civil Construction. The company has been tasked with putting together approximately 54 of the 220 acres of the land for the housing development that will take place.The area is just north of the Alaska Highway. It will be within 79 A Street to the west, 72 Street to the east, and 85 Avenue to the north. The land will become a residential and commercial area as a response to the Site C project.Included in the work will be things such as the clearing of the land; excavation & removal of the current layer of materials at the site, landscaping of the area; and the installation of traffic signage and street lighting.- Advertisement –last_img read more

South Africans the ‘true stars’: Zuma

first_img13 July 2010The people of South Africa were the “true stars” of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, uniting to prove to the world that the country and the continent was capable of hosting a world-class event, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at a media conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Zuma said South Africans had proved the doomsayers, who had been warning football fans to avoid South Africa, resoundingly wrong.The world had been warned to expect high levels of crime, unfinished stadiums and a lack of accommodation, but what football fans found when they came to South Africa was vastly different.“They came and discovered that we are a winning nation of very humble, hospitable people,” Zuma said. “They learned too that we are very efficient organisers and planners.“We did it. We did it well. We did it successfully, but we did not do it alone. We did it with Africa and with the support of the world.”Humanity, friendliness and warmthDescribing South Africans as the true stars of the tournament, Zuma said: “There are certain things that you cannot buy or create. Key among these for us is humanity, friendliness and warmth of the South African people.”The President commended South Africans for making the World Cup a powerful nation building tool, saying he had been inspired by the explosion of national pride during the tournament.Zuma also thanked international fans for the energy and commitment they had shown in filling the stadiums and supporting their national teams.World, this is your home“This has been the start of a lifelong friendship. We invite all our visitors to return soon to explore South Africa further. This is your home,” he said.The President also singled out South Africa’s security officials for “proving to the world that we mean business when it comes to maintaining law and order”.He then went on to express his gratitude to the players and coaches of all the 32 teams; to the world leaders who had graced the tournament; to the musicians who had performed in the country during the tournament, and to the international media who covered the event from start to finish.Mandela ‘laid the foundation’But Zuma’s “deepest gratitude” was reserved for former president Nelson Mandela, for his leadership and vision.Mandela had “laid the foundation that we are building on today,” Zuma said. “South Africans have given him the best 92nd birthday ever in the manner in which they hosted this tournament,” he added.South Africa’s government had learnt important lessons from the World Cup, Zuma said, including project expertise management, expertise which would be put to use in improving the quality of lives of South Africans.‘Don’t pack away your flags’Zuma urged South Africans not to pack away their flags or the green and gold because national duty still called.“We now turn our focus to the fortunes of the nation’s Springbok Rugby team in the Tri-Nations series … We call upon South Africans from Soweto to the Northern Cape town of Springbok to join the large number of international visitors who will again be in our country for the home matches.”As to what lay ahead for the country, Zuma said it was “not a bad thing” for the country’s eyes to be on the 2020 Olympics Games, given that the South Africa had shown it was capable of hosting world class events.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Heritage Ambassadors honoured at the 2018 heritage camp

first_imgOn Thursday 04 October, the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) together with its partners; Department of Basic Education, SanParks, National Arts Council (NAC), National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF); South Africa Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and Brand South Africa celebrated heritage awareness and education through the Heritage Education School Outreach Programme (HESOP). The top four outstanding schools out of the nine are; George Mbulaleni High School from Limpopo in the first place, followed by a KwaZulu-Natal’s Nsikayethu High School, Selelekela Secondary School from Free State took third place and the fourth place went to Western Cape’s John Ramsay High School.         The week-long heritage camp from 01 – 05 October, took place at the ecological and historical Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State, where participants including educators had the leisure of experiencing the natural cultural heritage and beauty of the park through the Brandwag Rock hike as well as a visit to the Basotho Cultural Village. Learners were given a glimpse of the traditions and culture of the Basotho people and were tasked with assignments based on their excursions to present to the judges.Since the beginning of the year, passionate ‘Heritage ambassadors’ have been partaking in the HESOP 2018 assignments through portfolios and went on to be eliminated until provincial eliminations where they were expected to research and prepare for presentations on the given topics. “Through this programme we want to empower more young people with the skills that will them to be citizens that understands our rich and diverse cultural heritage for social cohesion and nation building” says Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa Chief executive of the NHC.         Research skills, time management and presentation skills are some of the criteria that a panel of heritage experts assessed from the commencement of the programme.Laptops were awarded to the first prize winners followed by tablets for second and third prize winners and lastly virtual reality headsets for fourth place winners.“I’m optimistic that these young citizens will from this experience, make a positive contribution in society. We appreciate the dedicated and supportive educators that have pledged to walk this journey of heritage education with us,” Mancotywa says.Heritage ambassadors that did not make it to the finals and the ones that were part of the final stage and did not make it to the top four, were urged to encourage their peers to be part of this exciting and adventurous programme.         He further added that heritage is a very important resource to forge unity in our country. Mancotywa also encouraged them to use the knowledge and skills that they have acquired from this programme, to be good ambassadors of heritage and love their country.         For schools to be part of 2019 Heritage Education School Outreach Programme, email: heritage@nhc.org.za or visit: www.nhc.org.za for more information.last_img read more

Opioid epidemic hits close to home in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio now leads the nation in opioid-related overdose deaths with a record 4,050 drug overdose deaths reported in 2016, a 33% increase from 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Health. And, some 60% of those abusing or dependent on opioids in the state lack access to appropriate treatment, said Mark Partridge, chair of the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University and professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.These unsettling statistics have encouraged Ohioans (rural, urban and everywhere in between) to ramp up the battle against the state’s devastating opioid epidemic. An event, “Hope for Ohio: A teen forum on the opioid crisis” will combine the efforts of Ohio State University Extension 4-H Healthy Living Advocates, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA, and the Prevention Action Alliance on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The event will take place 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the registration deadline is Nov. 22. The forum is designed to educate and prepare both teens and adults to take action against drug abuse in their communities. Highlights include a presentation from Tyler’s Light, a town hall with Ohio Legislators, and programming from Prevention Action Alliance. The day will conclude with an inspirational sendoff from David Kohout. Registration is online at https://ohio4h.org/events/hope-ohio-teen-forum-opioid-crisis and the cost is $10.According to a report recently released by researchers with the OSU Swank program, medication-assisted treatment is the most clinically effective and cost-efficient method for reducing opioid addiction, abuse and overdose death.“As it now stands, Ohio likely only has the capacity to treat 20 to 40% of the estimated 92,000 to 170,000 Ohioans who are abusing or dependent on opioids,” Partridge said. “Enacting new laws to take down pill mills and lessen access to prescription opioid drugs alone isn’t going to fix the problem. We need a broader-based approach that includes working with physicians and hospitals in underserved areas to encourage providers to obtain the waiver required to prescribe opioid treatments to their patients.“As it now stands, many people in rural areas of Ohio have extremely limited access to medication-assisted treatment, which is a particularly critical issue in the rural areas of southwest Ohio where opioid abuse rates are high, but local access to treatment is limited.”The 2017 analysis, Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis, is 22 pages and available to download free online at go.osu.edu/takingmeasure. The report says medication-assisted treatment has shown to be a clinically effective and cost-efficient approach to treating opioid addiction, with three common medications used in the treatment of opioid addition: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.Yet, Ohio has only 26 certified methadone treatment centers and 377 doctors who are certified to prescribe buprenorphine.“It has been estimated that for every dollar spent on methadone and buprenorphine treatment, $1.80 in social savings would be realized,” said Mike Betz, report co-author and assistant professor in Ohio State’s Department of Human Sciences.Betz said there needs to be a shift in emphasis from stopping pill mills and over-prescribing to treating those already addicted to bring them into the mainstream and assist them in becoming more productive.“We need a two-pronged approach,” Betz said. “Treatment and a leg up economically through investments in the education, skills, physical health and mental health of Ohio citizens.”Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people nationwide in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 3,050 overdose deaths in Ohio in 2015, with 58.2% of the deaths blamed on the use of fentanyl and its derivatives, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin, officials said.The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated to be between $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, the report said.Report co-author Mark Rembert puts the looming figure in perspective.“Our estimates suggest that the total social and economic costs of the opioid crisis are similar to what the state spends on K-12 education,” said Rembert, report co-author and co-founder of Energize Clinton County, a community economic development non-profit. “The opioid crisis is draining resources that could otherwise be used to support the economic development of the state.”Partridge said both attention and funding from the federal government are crucial in making a dent in the opioid abuse problem because states like Ohio are already too stretched.“A federal-state solution is key,” Partridge said. “The federal government has the resources and best practices necessary to tackle a public health and economic challenge of this magnitude.”Another key finding from the report is that there is a robust and direct correlation between unemployment rates and opiate overdoses and deaths. Individuals living in high-unemployment regions of the state tend to also have high levels of opioid abuse.“There is also a cumulative disadvantage,” said Bo Feng, a co-author of the report and a Swank research associate. “The longer people are unemployed, the more opiate abuse and overdoses occur.”Partridge said improving the labor market in hard-hit communities would help.“Middle- and lower-class families need sufficient incomes and stability,” Partridge said. “While that is a harder policy level to pull, it’s imperative to make any real change.”last_img read more

Britain’s Conservative Party Offers £1 Million Prize for New Crowdsourcing Platform

first_imgBritain’s Conservative Party plans to offer a £1 million taxpayer-funded prize for a website that can “harness the wisdom” of voters. The price will be given to the team that develops a platform that enables large groups of people to come together online to solve common problems and develop new policies. According to the Guardian, some of the ideas for this site include services that help to identify wasteful government spending or rate the quality of schools and hospitals. It is worth noting, though, that the Conservatives will only give this prize away if they win the 2010 elections.Clearly, this move is meant to generate some excitement for the Tories in the upcoming elections, especially given that they haven’t been in power since Tony Blair took office in 1997. A Great Idea or a Waste of Taxpayer Money?Looking beyond the politics of this proposal, this idea clearly has something going for it. Jeremy Hunt, the U.K.’s shadow culture secretary, told the Guardian that, “there are currently no technological platforms that enable in-depth online collaboration on the scale required by government.” One could argue, however, as the Liberal Democrat’s spokeswoman Jenny Willott does, that there are already lots of ways for people to collaborate and communicate online and that this is simply a waste of taxpayer money. Willott argues that sites like Facebook already allow voters to communicate with each other and the government. As we pointed out earlier this month, however, Facebook petitions can be manipulated rather easily.In the U.S., crowdsourced projects like this have generally been funded by non-profits. ProPublica, for example, recently launched a project that allows citizens to track how the stimulus money is being spent.Image Credit: Flickr user ohadweb frederic lardinois Tags:#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Homeowner Groups Are (Still) Battling Solar

first_imgDisputes are widespreadMougy had filed plans with the community association, but didn’t get a reply. He went ahead with the project, but in the end, both he and his neighbor had to remove their PV arrays.Susan Hoffman, the community association manager for the Mougy’s HOA, pointed to community rules to explain that the solar issue was more complex than it appeared. The structures and their common areas are owned by the association, not individual homeowners, she explained, and it is the community that can decide what goes on the roof.But a community-wide change of heart is not out of the question. “The association is not against solar,” Hoffman told the Mercury News. “Looking at solar for all the buildings is a reasonable approach.”The issue is not limited to California, and it’s not really new. (GBA’s Richard Defendorf wrote about the conflict between HOAs and homeowners in 2009). Cases similar to Mougy’s are easy to find — they’ve been reported in Missouri, Georgia, Oregon, Nebraska, and Texas, and there appears to be no standardized way that HOAs deal with the issue. A 2013 report from Greentech Media said that 22 states had solar rights provisions on the books, falling into any of four categories.Delays that add time and complexity to the permitting process ratchet up the “soft costs” of solar installations, which are helping to prop up the price of PV installations even as the cost of PV modules continues to fall. In the first half of 2012, for example, the Department of Energy estimated that hardware costs made up less than half the total installed cost of a PV system, with taxes, permitting, labor, and marketing among that factors making up the balance-of-system costs. California homeowners who install solar panels on their roofs may run afoul of their homeowners association, despite state laws designed to protect them.There are 43,000 community associations in the state, second only to Florida, The San Jose Mercury News reports, and they dole out guidance and restrictions for some 7.2 million state residents. Rules can cover anything from paint colors to lawn maintenance.Photovoltaic (PV) installations are booming in the state, jumping by 66% from 2013 to 2014 and adding up to more than $11.7 billion in new installations last year, the newspaper said. A state law passed in 1978 and updated regularly since then restricts the power of homeowner associations (HOAs) over residential solar installations, but PV installers say that the associations still can add months to the construction process, driving up costs and frustrating homeowners.Randy Zechman, CEO of Clean Solar in San Jose, calls it “death by 1,000 cuts.”For example, the newspaper tells the tale of Ilam Mougy of San Jose, who got permission from his utility and the city to install solar panels on his roof. Because one of his neighbors already had an array, Mougy didn’t think he’d have much trouble with his HOA. But he did. He was ordered to remove the panels, fined $300, and directed to repair the red clay roof tiles.The nearly 30-year-old state law specifically prohibits associations from rejecting a solar installation for aesthetic reasons, but that still appears to be happening. Bernadette Del Chiaro, the executive director of the California solar energy association, says that some HOAs don’t know about the law. Others simply ignore it.As a result, some installers refuse to work in communities run by an HOA.last_img read more

How To Capture Smooth Walk-and-Talk Shots Without A Movi Or Steadicam

first_imgStabilization devices such as a Movi or Steadicam aren’t always an option. Luckily, there are other ways to capture walk-and-talk shots smoothly.Images from EasyrigI’ve used both Steadicams and Movis countless times. Under the right circumstances, they by far offer the best solutions when it comes to covering a walk-and-talk shot. That said, having worked on many low-budget productions that couldn’t afford to rent a steadicam/operator package, I’ve learned to improvise with far simpler tools out of necessity.Typically I’ll default to one of these two options when attempting to shoot a walk-and-talk scene when I don’t have access to a Steadicam or Movi:1. EasyrigFor those of you who haven’t used an Easyrig — it’s a relatively inexpensive harness-like device that allows you to clamp your camera to an arm that extends over your head:The Easyrig isn’t intended to be used in place of a Steadicam. It was really designed to take the weight off the DP/Operator’s shoulders when shooting handheld material with a heavy camera. That said, in a pinch I’ve had to use one in place of a Steadicam and was able to get really solid results. It’ll never be as smooth as a proper Steadicam, but if you’re on a wide enough lens and take your steps carefully, you can get some great shots. Here’s a video from the gang at No Film School that covers some of the ins and outs of working with an Easyrig.2. Keep It on the SticksAlthough a traditional walk-and-talk/tracking shot is accomplished by literally walking with your talent, certain scenes can be covered just as effectively on a tripod. As long as your actors are walking relatively straight ahead and not rounding any corners, keeping your camera on the sticks may be the easiest and the most effective way to capture your scene without struggling with a messy tracking shot.You may choose to start on a long lens, straight back from your talent and simply pull focus as they walk towards you. Alternatively, you could start on more of an angle to the talent and pan with them as they start on frame right (facing camera), and cross all the way to frame left (facing away from camera). If you really want the tracking shot, here’s another tripod-based way to go about it that would work for a walk-and-talk scene, courtesy of Fenchel and Janisch:Neither of the above techniques is a replacement for a Steadicam or Movi, and I’d never recommend making any choice simply based on your budget. But in a circumstance where you absolutely need to cover a tracking shot, but just don’t have the means to do it, an Easyrig or simply shooting on a tripod are reliable options.Got any nontraditional, lo-fi, DIY camera stabilization tricks up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd announce departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez

first_imgMan Utd announce departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarezby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have announced the departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.Alvarez worked closely with David De Gea at Atletico Madrid before the pair reunited at Old Trafford.No reason has been given for his departure – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did bring in his own senior goalkeeping coach in Richard Hartis in the summer.Solskjaer said: “I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club. We all wish him well for the future.”Alvarez joined United in 2016 and was an enormous figure of support for De Gea – particularly during the Spain international’s crisis of confidence at the end of last season.Alvarez said: “I will always be proud of belonging to this club. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jamaica Earns US$1.7B from Tourism

first_imgTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says Jamaica has, to date, recorded some US$1.7 billion in earnings from tourism for 2012. Addressing a thanksgiving service at the St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Sunday (December 9) to mark the commencement of Tourism Awareness Week 2012,being observed between, December 9 and 15, Dr. McNeill, said the earnings, thus far, for this year, represents a 3.2 per cent over US$1.6 billion generated for the same period in 2011. The Minister said stopover visitor arrivals also grew this year, increasing by 2.4 per cent between January and October, over the same period in 2011, to stand at 1.7 million, Dr. McNeill pointed out that these figures are evidence of the significant strides that Jamaica has made in efforts to tap into new markets, and expressed optimism that the country is poised for record arrivals next year, consequent on these. “We anticipate 2013 to be a ground-breaking year for Jamaica, and we will continue to tap new markets for opportunities, while boosting destination marketing efforts in these markets,” the Minister said. He also provided details of new flight arrangements and existing ones that have been expanded, consequent on discussions with airlines serving new and traditional markets. “For the (current) Winter Tourist Season, we will commence an inaugural non-stop flight from Moscow, Russia, starting January 1, 2013 into Montego Bay. We have also confirmed flight service from the Czech Republic, starting December 28. In addition, there will also be non-stop service from Paris, France. “Out of the United Kingdom, we will add another flight from Gatwick, London that will become a weekly service starting in May 2013; while British Airways will maintain its three flights to Kingston, and Virgin Atlantic Airways, its three flights to Montego Bay,” Dr. McNeill outlined. The Minister said focus is also being placed on Latin America, while announcing that discussions with COPA Airlines have led to their confirming a doubling of their services from four to eight flights weekly flights into Jamaica, beginning the 2012 winter season. “Approximately 1.1 million seats have already secured for the upcoming winter tourist season. These visitors will come from our traditional markets, including the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as other markets such as Latin America,” the Minister disclosed. Dr. McNeill said the anticipated tourist arrivals result from a sustained advertising programme spearheaded by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), which included year-long destination wedding campaigns; innovative social media initiatives; travel agent specialist programmes; and delving deeper into niche travel markets. He advised that Jamaica will be participating in upcoming trade and consumer shows, as well as other publicity initiatives to further boost the tourism product.last_img read more

SRH eye winning start against KKR

first_imgKolkata: Comeback man David Warner would be the cynosure of all eyes when last year’s finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th Indian Premier League here Sunday.Under Warner’s captaincy Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading rungetter for his team. But the Australian opener missed the last IPL because of last year’s infamous ball tampering episode in Capetown, and is set make his IPL comeback along side Steve Smith. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWarner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal. While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role. And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides. Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia’s World Cup squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWarner went under the knife for an elbow injury in January during the Bangladesh Premier League but made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month. Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie’s absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack. Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener’s departure. In KKR’s camp, skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors’ attention. Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir’s exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year. KKR have roped in Carlos Brathwaite to go along side Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they would look to reinforce their batting firepower with Chris Lynn. Team (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Willilamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts: 4pm.last_img read more