B.C. First introduces agriculture platform

first_imgB.C. First Agricultural Advisor Arthur Hadland, who currently farms in the Baldonnel area in the North Peace, says the province is uniquely positioned to achieve agricultural self sufficiency in a short period of time.Hadland says that province has some of the best farmlands in the world. He says the key to success is ensuring practices which sustain farmlands and support a diversity of products are encouraged.Delaney also expresses concerns regarding genetically modified foods. He says that the use of GM foods will need to be investigated and legislations may need to be introduced, to protect the health of British Columbians and the provincial agriculture industry. A new policy has been proposed by the B.C. First party which focuses on local food production and self sufficiency.The proposed policy, released Sunday, is titled the B.C. First Agriculture and Land Policy. The policy focuses on increasing consumer’s ability to purchase locally produced foods, while also decreasing mass food production.- Advertisement -The policy will include a variety of guidelines, including allowing meat to be butchered and processed locally and to enhance local farming and meat production through the consumption of naturally grown products.The proposal also stresses the importance of establishing a panel to investigate food production, importing and the use of genetically modified foods (GM foods). The party also outlines how it wants to encourage the preservation of farm lands.The party considers it important to increase the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown agricultural products and hopes to increase the current rates from 50 to 85 per cent within the next 15 years.B.C. First spokesperson Chris Delaney says the policy is designed to stimulate and enhance more natural food production methods and increase the diversity and amounts of food produced in the province.Advertisementlast_img read more

48 HOURS SUNSHINE – AND COUNCIL IMPOSES WATER RESTRICTIONS!

first_imgWATER is being cut off from hundreds of homes tonight in Co Donegal – after the hot weather.Donegal County Council said water restrictions are being put in place during off peak periods starting tonight the 18 June 2014 from 10.00pm to 07.00am at the Tievebrack Reservoir, until further notice.The areas affected will be from above Castlederg Road and in the following Townlands – Ballybun; Tievebrack; Belalt; Drumcannon; Meenlougher; Balligonigan; Lisnamulligan; Dungorman; Drummurphy and all surrounding areas serviced from Tievebrack Pumps and Reservoir. “These restrictions are being put in place due to the current dry spell and in order to ensure reservoir replenishment and continued water supply during peak periods,” said a council spokeswoman.“Water is a precious resource and Irish Water/ Donegal County Council would like to thank the public for their co-operation.” 48 HOURS SUNSHINE – AND COUNCIL IMPOSES WATER RESTRICTIONS! was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cut offRESTRICTIONSStranorlarwaterlast_img read more

Infographic: Know your copyrights on World Book and Copyright Day

first_imgTo celebrate Unesco’s International World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April, an annual event that promotes reading and highlights the importance of creative ownership, we bring you an infographic on the basic concepts of copyright.In a digital age, when original ideas can move rapidly around the world within seconds, it is important that creators in all forms of media – music, film, art and books – understand the intricacies of controlling how their intellectual property is used, and making sure they are properly compensated for their original ideas.Illegal downloading and digital piracy are just some of the more notable ways that copyright can be violated. Plagiarism, unlawful appropriation and the illegal selling of media is a significant problem, in not only a technological sense, but also at a very real, grassroots level, particularly in South Africa and the rest of the continent.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be built

first_imgEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FCS Jacksonville State Leads Auburn At The Half

first_imgjJcksonville State's Jenkins seen in game against Auburn.Twitter/@NickJuskewycz There were plenty of interesting possible upsets on the college football slate today, but we didn’t tab Jacksonville State over Auburn as one of them. However, the Gamecocks, who went 10-2 in FCS play last year, are half way to a stunning win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They lead the Tigers 10-6 at halftime.Auburn and Jacksonville State traded field goals early on, but the Gamecocks’ quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an impressive touchdown pass to Josh Barge to take the lead in the second quarter.Jacksonville State currently leads 6th ranked #Auburn 10-6, late in the second quarter. #JSUvsAUB pic.twitter.com/B50kBpQDXD— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) September 12, 2015There is plenty of time life, but Auburn fans have to be concerned with how the team has come out against what should be an overmatched opponent.last_img read more

Update Bow Jubail Moved to Rotterdam Yard for Repairs

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kustwacht Nederland The chemical tanker Bow Jubail has been moved to the yard in the Port of Rotterdam following the collision with a jetty, Odfjell said. A class surveyor has attended the vessel for survey, and repairs will be conducted accordingly, the ship’s operator added.As informed, work is estimated to take about one week.To remind, some 217 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) were spilled at the port after Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and ruptured the hull on June 23. At the time of the incident, the 37,500 dwt ship was not loaded with cargo and there were no injuries reported.By June 26, authorities in Rotterdam managed to recover some 150 tons of the oil spilled. The cleanup efforts are continuing and are expected to take at least several weeks, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority.Daily inspections are made throughout the affected area, together with representatives from the harbor masters and other stakeholders. The inspections form the basis for further cleaning, as explained by Odfjell.What is more, HEBO, a specialist in controlling oil and chemical spills contracted to assist in cleanup efforts, has now supplied with extra resources to speed up the process further.“In cooperation with Gard, HEBO, the Port of Rotterdam and other experts, we are doing our utmost to avoid further interruption to the affected terminals. Until the waterways are fully cleared for traffic, intermediate solutions will be sought to mitigate the consequences for the industries in the area,” the company further said.Odfjell, together with relevant authorities, is currently investigating the cause of the incident: “As part of Odfjell’s cooperation with the external authorities to establish the relevant facts, our Incident Investigation Team is currently conducting a thorough inspection which in due time will determine the root cause. This team also includes independent external expertise.”last_img read more

Indigenous group says Trans Mountain bid could be ready next week

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Indigenous-led group says it will soon be ready to make a bid for majority ownership of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline currently owned by the federal government.The group, called Project Reconciliation, says it will be prepared as early as next week to talk with Ottawa about its proposal for a 51 per cent stake in the pipeline.Project Reconciliation says the bid will be underwritten by contracts with pipeline customers and not rely on taxpayers.The group says almost 340 Indigenous communities across B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan could choose to share ownership of the pipeline, which is designed to ship crude oil from the oilsands to the West Coast.“There’s real momentum towards Indigenous ownership,” said Delbert Wapass, founder and executive chair of Project Reconciliation in a statement.“It’s exciting to see support is growing in governments and among Indigenous people. There is a pipeline to reconciliation and we should take it.”Project ReconciliationProject Reconciliation says it plans to set aside 80 per cent of future proceeds from the pipeline into a type of sovereign wealth fund to ensure longer-term benefits for Indigenous communities in Western Canada.A separate Indigenous-led group called the Iron Coalition is looking to secure ownership of the pipeline for First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta. The group says it would distribute proceeds to member communities based on ownership share and population.The government says it is open to Indigenous ownership of the project and will host discussions in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Kamloops, B.C. later this month with Indigenous groups to further discussions on potential participation in the economic development of the project.Ottawa reapproved the pipeline last month after its initial go-ahead was quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal over incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review. The government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last year in an effort to keep the expansion project alive.The project has support from some Indigenous groups along the route, but faces intense opposition from others, especially on the coast.In May, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs warned First Nations in an open letter that they should reconsider investing in the pipeline because it faces many hurdles, including Indigenous land claims, and it is unlikely to be as profitable as the government says.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation said after the most recent approval that it will appeal Ottawa’s decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.last_img read more

Australia telecom giant Telstra to axe 8000 jobs

first_img © 2018 AFP Australia’s dominant telecommunications company Telstra Wednesday announced plans to axe 8,000 jobs—a quarter of its workforce—as part of a drastic new strategy to cope with an increasingly competitive industry. Telstra strikes $10B deal for Australia broadband Explore further Telstra employs 32,000 people across 20 countries, according to its most recent annual report telecommunications company Telstra reported a 36.6 percent jump in annual profit as it vowed to invest billions in boosting its network after customer frustrations over numerous outages.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Australia telecom giant Telstra to axe 8,000 jobs (2018, June 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-australian-telecom-giant-telstra-axe.html The decision by the company, one of Australia’s largest employers, is part of a shake-up targeting an extra Aus$1 billion (US$750 million) in cost-cutting by 2022, on top of Aus$1.5 billion previously announced.It will also split its mobile and infrastructure divisions into separate businesses.”In the future our workforce will be a smaller, knowledge-based one with a structure and way of working that is agile enough to deal with rapid change,” said chief executive Andrew Penn.”This means that some roles will no longer be required, some will change and there will also be new ones created.”The cuts come less than a month after Telstra said its 2017/18 earnings will likely be at the bottom of its guidance range of Aus$10.1 billion to Aus$10.6 billion, blaming increasing competition in mobile and fixed broadband.That warning sent its shares tumbling to a more-than six-year low of Aus$2.71. They had partially recovered since, but took another hit on Wednesday, closing 4.81 percent lower to Aus$2.77.CMC Markets chief market analyst Michael McCarthy said the restructuring plan may not be enough to please investors, who have watched Telstra’s share price almost halve in the past year.”Some investors think the Telstra patient needs radical surgery, and could view today’s measures as band-aids,” he said.Telstra employs 32,000 people across 20 countries, according to its most recent annual report. Of the jobs to go, one in four will be executive and middle management roles.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the announcement “heartbreaking” for the workers, but said he was confident most would find other jobs.”While one company reduces its workforce, there are other companies and new companies, including other telecommunication companies, creating new opportunities and jobs,” he said.Tipping pointPenn said the company had to take action to stay on top in a highly competitive market where technology was evolving quickly.”In this environment traditional companies that do not respond are most at risk. “We have worked hard preparing Telstra for this market dynamic while ensuring we did not act precipitously. However, we are now at a tipping point where we must act more boldly if we are to continue to be the nation’s leading telecommunications company.”Telstra has a range of businesses including fixed broadband, mobile, data and IP, network application services and digital media.Part of its new strategy will see it create a wholly-owned standalone infrastructure business unit from July 1.Called Telstra InfraCo, it will comprise the firm’s fixed-network infrastructure including data centres, non-mobiles related domestic fibre, international subsea cables, exchanges, poles, ducts and pipes. Its services will be sold to Telstra, wholesale customers and Australia’s National Broadband Network, controlling assets with a book value of about Aus$11 billion.”As technology innovation is increasingly relying on connectivity, the role of telecommunications infrastructure is becoming more important,” said Penn. “There is virtually no technological innovation happening today that does not rely on a high-quality, reliable, safe and secure telecommunications network. “In this world our infrastructure assets are becoming more valuable. By creating a new infrastructure-focused business unit we will better optimise and manage these assets.”Telstra also intends to “monetise assets of up to Aus$2 billion over the next two years to strengthen the balance sheet”, and has set aside Aus$600 million in restructuring costs.last_img read more