Young Nova Scotians Selected for Leadership Program

first_img The summit focuses on enhancing motivation, relationships, strategy, structure and outcomes. Candidates have been selected from throughout Atlantic Canada. Dr. André Bernard, resident physician-anesthetist, Dalhousie University David Eisnor, manager, self-employment benefits, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) Colette Everett, group account director, Revolve Branding David Finlayson, marketing manager, Helly Hansen Dr. Leah Genge, resident physician, University of Calgary Heidi Jamieson, vice president, taxation and special projects, Sobeys Inc. Kelly Johnstone, acting general manager, Cobham Tracking and Locating Ltd. Mike Kennedy, consultant, strategy and operations, Deloitte Clare Levin, executive director, Peaceful Schools International Ron Lovett, president, Source Security and Investigations Inc. Ryan MacNeil, sustainability consultant, self-employed Joanne Macrae, founder, The HUB Halifax Tracey Newman, manager, field and collection services, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia Raymond Rashed, district banking manager, The Bank of Nova Scotia Julia Rivard, CEO, Sheep Dog Matthew Rodgers, general manager, Bishop’s Cellar Derek Simon, associate, Burchells LLP Michelle Strum, owner, Halifax Backpackers Ashley Ward, executive director, Give to Live FOR BROADCAST USE Twenty young Nova Scotians will get a chance to hone their leadership skills during 21inc’s Emerging Leaders Summit in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick from November 21st to 24th. The province, through Economic and Rural Development and – S-B-I, has invested 30-thousand-dollars in the program. Premier Darrell Dexter says investments like this one support the next generation of leaders, making Nova Scotia a more innovative and globally competitive province. Fusion Halifax chair Cheryl Stewart is one of 20 Nova Scotians selected to participate. She says young leaders gain experience at the summit, which is an investment that will yield results for communities all over the province. -30-center_img The future looks promising for some of the province’s most talented young professionals. Twenty young Nova Scotians, aged 20-35, will attend the 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit Nov. 21-24 in St. Andrews, N.B. “More and more often, young people are holding positions of leadership in organizations and communities throughout our province,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Programs like 21inc help young people develop relevant skills, which fosters innovative, growing and globally competitive companies. “The development of these young leaders from all areas of the province will benefit their communities and their contributions will make life better for families in all regions.” Cheryl Stewart, chair of Fusion Halifax, is one of the Nova Scotians selected to participate in the summit. “Celebrating and further cultivating leadership among the next generation is a critical element in making Halifax a magnet for talent,” said Ms. Stewart. “The 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit gives me and my fellow nominees a chance to share with one another, learn from the best and invest in our own future. That is one investment that will yield results for communities all over the province.” The province, through Economic and Rural Development and Nova Scotia Business Inc., has invested $30,000 to support the leadership project. It is also supported by other public and private sector partners. The young professionals are champions in areas like technology, business, government, entrepreneurship and communitygroups. The other 21inc leaders are:last_img read more

Liberals Trudeau hit new low but poll suggests surging Tory support is

first_imgOTTAWA — A new poll suggests support for Justin Trudeau, his government and his party sank to a new low this month, just six months before Canadians will decide whether to re-elect the Liberals or give them the boot after just one term.But it also provides a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered prime minister, suggesting that support for Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives is soft and could yet dwindle as the Oct. 21 election draws closer.And it suggests the Liberals could rebound if the election plays out as a polarized choice between them and the Tories, squeezing out the NDP and Green party.According to the Leger poll, conducted April 18-22 for The Canadian Press, just 27 per cent of respondents said they’d vote for Trudeau’s Liberals — 13 points behind Scheer’s front-running Conservatives, who, at 40 per cent, were in the range needed to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons.The Tories led in every region except Quebec, where the Liberals enjoyed an eight-point lead with 31 per cent support; the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois were tied at 23 per cent.Nationally, the NDP had 12 per cent support, one point ahead of the Green party; Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada registered just three per cent.Only 30 per cent of respondents said they were very or somewhat satisfied with the Trudeau government while 65 per cent said they were very or somewhat dissatisfied — worrying numbers for the prime minister that were reflected across every region and demographic group.Moreover, Trudeau was five points behind Scheer on the question of who would make the best prime minister, with 20 per cent to the Conservative leader’s 25 per cent.Still, when asked if Canada would be better off with a Liberal or Conservative government, 30 per cent chose the Liberals and 25 per cent picked the Tories. Fully 45 per cent said they didn’t know.Among respondents who identified as primarily NDP or Green supporters, a Liberal government was preferred by 48 and 42 per cent respectively, compared to just 18 and 23 per cent who preferred a Conservative government.“That again to me is sort of a yellow light for the Conservatives,” said Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque, adding that Conservative support appears to be “fairly soft.”“Yes, they are in the lead but to what extent that lead is comfortable at this point, I certainly think it’s not.”Leger’s internet-based survey cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples. It surveyed 1,522 eligible Canadian voters who were recruited from the firm’s online panel. The results were weighted to reflect the makeup of Canada’s population.Trudeau’s popularity has taken a big hit since the SNC-Lavalin affair erupted in early February. He has lost two senior cabinet ministers, his most trusted adviser in principal secretary Gerald Butts, and the country’s top public servant since allegations first appeared that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould felt improperly pressured by the prime minister’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.The latest poll numbers are the lowest Leger has recorded for the Liberals and Trudeau since they took power in 2015.The poll suggests potentially more trouble for Trudeau is in store following the election of openly hostile conservative governments in provinces across the country, particularly Ontario and Alberta.Respondents were evenly split overall when asked if their province should be more demanding and contest federal decisions (as 41 per cent said) or do all it can to have an excellent and peaceful working relationship with Ottawa (40 per cent). But a plurality in Ontario and Manitoba-Saskatchewan (which Leger grouped together) and fully 60 per cent in Alberta preferred the more confrontational approach.Moreover, a plurality or majority of respondents in every region except Ontario said their province doesn’t get its fair share from Ottawa. Even in Ontario, opinion was split, with 39 per cent saying the province is treated fairly and 37 per cent saying it’s not.Noting that some provincial conservative leaders, including Ontario Premier Doug Ford and incoming Alberta premier Jason Kenney, won election by campaigning against the Trudeau government, Bourque said: “One more variable that Mr. Trudeau will need to consider in the next federal election is the fact that a lot of regional barons have turned people against Ottawa.”On two other issues that might be factors in the coming election, the poll suggest the Liberals are more on side with public opinion.While Quebec respondents were strongly in favour of banning civil servants in positions of authority from wearing obvious religious symbols — as the provincial government has already moved to do — a plurality or majority of respondents in every other region were opposed. That could be to Trudeau’s advantage: He has made the defence of charter rights and diversity a central pillar of his political appeal.However, Bourque said the poll suggests the issue is “not all black and white” given that sizable numbers of Canadians outside Quebec also favour banning religious symbols.Opinion was much more clear cut on the issue of gun control. More than 80 per cent of respondents indicated support for each of three key provisions in the Trudeau government’s Bill C-71: requiring gun retailers to keep detailed registries of all gun sales, extending the police background check on a person applying for a gun permit to include his or her entire life and requiring authorization to transport restricted firearms.And 77 per cent said they were somewhat or strongly in favour of stricter gun control in general while just 17 per cent said they were somewhat or strongly opposed.Joan Bryden , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Report says a number of buildings in Dawson Creeks Exhibition Park no

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek says it will be working with stakeholders going forward after a report to City Council found that half of the building square footage in Collins Exhibition Park should be torn down.In a release on Thursday, the City explained that it has been exploring the possibility of adopting a Sports Event Tourism Model for the benefits it could provide to the area economy. As part of this initiative, an assessment of City-owned facilities was completed to look for any current opportunities that could enhance the Model.While looking at the opportunities, the City said that concerns were identified at Collins Exhibition Park after Force Engineering Group Inc. was hired to complete an assessment. The report indicated to Council that several of the structures within the Park have reached their end of service life and can no longer be used. “Our report concludes that approximately one half of all the structures (by area) reviewed have reached their end of service life structurally, or pose a significant risk that they cannot, by building code mandates, justify continued use or operation.We recommend that due to the hazard level, the seven stables numbered 7.1 through 7.7 be placarded against further use, and demolition of structures commenced as soon as practical,” reads the report.City Council says it has met with the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the Dawson Creek & District Stables and Arena Association to review the engineers report and will continue to work with these user groups to explore possible options going forward.“We recognize the importance of the events that take place at the Exhibition Park, and we will continue to work with the groups to ensure its long term viability,” said Mayor Bumstead.The 2018 Building Structural Assessments Report is available for review below.last_img read more

Guinea Ban Kimoon appeals for calm as looters plunder UN food

13 February 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government and the labour leaders in Guinea to step back from the worsening political and security situation in the country, which has been shaken by a month of strikes and deadly clashes and the looting of UN food supplies urgently needed for children. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban reaffirmed the readiness of the UN to work closely with all segments of the society, and with Guinea’s other partners, to help end the current crisis and restore sustainable stability and development. “The Secretary-General regrets the failure to implement the agreement reached on 27 January, which has triggered the resumption of the crisis and threatens to plunge the country into generalized instability,” the statement said. “He calls on the Government and the labour leaders to resume dialogue and implement, in good faith, the agreement reached last month.” The Secretary-General again strongly urged the Government and the security forces “to exercise maximum restraint and to scrupulously uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights” while urging the labour leaders “to refrain from inciting violence and the destruction of property,” the statement added. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today condemned the reported killing of civilians over the last three days and called on the Government to adhere strictly to its human rights obligations, a day after it announced the imposition of a state of emergency. “Guinea’s security forces must abide by international standards on the use of force,” she said. “The killings and violence since January, during which over 40 civilians are said to have died in clashes with security forces, demand an impartial investigation, as there are serious allegations of gross breaches of those standards.” Voicing grave concern at the imposition of a state of emergency which grants expanded powers to the military, she recalled that fundamental human rights cannot be curtailed even in a state of emergency. She urged authorities to adhere strictly by their human rights obligations during this period, which she hoped would be as short as possible. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that looters stole nearly 450 metric tons of food aid destined for school children and the poorest communities in the impoverished West African country over the weekend. “This food was for the poorest of the poor in Guinea; it has been mindlessly plundered by people who have no respect for the property of others,” WFP Country Director Philippe Guyon LeBuffy said, stressing that the food was meant for children enrolled in the agency’s school feeding programme and people suffering from HIV/AIDS. “At this point, it’s hard to know when we will next be able to provide schools and other institutions with the food aid they rely on for their programmes. We understand there is widespread frustration and anger in the country, but actions such as these will only make the lives of the poorest even worse,” he added. WFP estimated the value of the losses at $350,000. During violent disturbances in the eastern city of Kankan on Sunday, a WFP warehouse was stripped bare, and a total of 350 tons of rice, yellow split peas and cooking oil was stolen by marauding local inhabitants. Other items such as cooking pots, plates and spoons were also looted. The office was attacked by a mob throwing stones, forcing the evacuation of the only international staff across the border into Mali. In further disturbances, again involving local inhabitants, in the Labé area of central Guinea, a further 97 metric tons of food commodities were looted from two warehouses belonging to WFP government partners in Pita and Dalaba. Each year, over 200,000 children in Guinea receive school meals on a regular basis. The looted food was also intended for food-for-work projects, nutrition programmes for young children and their mothers and support to people suffering from HIV/AIDS. There are now no remaining food stocks in Kankan. Some 500 metric tons for operations around Labé are still intact as are food aid stocks for WFP refugee operation in the Forest Region of Guinea. read more

Theatre in Education more accessible to Niagara kids

Niagara students will have greater access to the Centre for the Arts and Brock’s Theatre in Education series this year thanks to a $10,000 corporate donation.The donation, made on behalf of Freedom 55 Financial, will give discounted tickets to the 2011-2012 Theatre in Education series to Niagara students in senior kindergarten through Grade 12. It will also support a full ticket subsidy program for students in disadvantaged areas and provide in-school workshops with professional artists.The contribution is made through the national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.Over the past seven seasons, 23,330 Niagara students have experienced live performing arts in theatres at Brock. Attendance has grown, but ticket prices remain a financial barrier for many students, said Sara Palmieri, Centre for the Arts sales and marketing manager.“The Centre for the Arts continually seeks to build and strengthen relationships and make Theatre in Education more accessible to all Niagara students, regardless of income or regional location,” she said.This season’s performances and in-school workshops will result in “a lot of smiling faces,” said Richard Kemp, regional director with Freedom 55 Financial and a Theatre in Education volunteer.“We’re pleased to make the centre’s Theatre in Education series more affordable for young people.” read more

NWT premier urges investment in Arctic ports as sea ice recedes

Climate change has hurt the northern economy in ways few southern Canadians can appreciate, says Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, but he also wants to make sure his territory benefits from increased shipping traffic as Arctic sea ice recedes.“It’s getting harder to resupply our communities,” Bob McLeod said in an interview Tuesday from Saskatoon, where he spoke at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit.“We rely a lot on ice roads. Their life span is getting shorter and shorter,” he said. McLeod noted fuel had to be flown in to three communities last year.Declining rainfall meant reservoirs didn’t replenish enough for two hydroelectric facilities to run, meaning diesel generators had to be fired up.  And disappearing wildlife has made it tougher to put food on the table.  “A lot of people can only afford to live in the Arctic because they’re able to harvest their food off the land,” McLeod said.At the same time, McLeod said he sees opportunities in another effect of climate change — the Beaufort Sea staying clear of ice for longer each year.“It’s very timely now to do some strategic investing and planning.”McLeod said he wants to see at least three ports in his territory support increased shipping traffic in the North, along with more icebreakers.He has been urging Ottawa to take a stronger stand on asserting Arctic sovereignty, as China, Russia and other international players look to stake their claims to northern shipping routes.There should be a stronger military presence in the Arctic, an immigration policy that brings more newcomers to the region and investments in research facilities, McLeod said.He also wants other regions shoulder their fair share of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. For the meagre amount the Northwest Territories emits, it suffers a disproportionate amount from climate change, he said.“We’re not the problem. Southern Canada is the problem,” he said. “Southern Canadians don’t see the effects of climate change on a daily basis, so you just continue on your merry way doing whatever your’e doing.”The Northwest Territories has a carbon pricing regime coming in Sept. 1 that takes into account the high cost of heating and aviation fuel.But he stopped short of criticizing provinces — Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario among them — that have challenged Ottawa’s carbon tax in court.“They’re their own jurisdictions,” he said. “I’m not going to tell them what to do.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press read more

Jaguar Land Rover expands West Midlands manufacturing with £600m investment

Jaguar Land Rover confirmed this week that it has committed £600 million to its advanced vehicle manufacturing facilities in the West Midlands.More than £400 million of this will be invested into the manufacturer’s Castle Bromwich plant on new and upgraded facilities ahead of the introduction of the new Jaguar XF, and a cutting-edge aluminium bodyshop to develop expertise in innovative lightweight materials.In addition to the investment at Castle Bromwich, Jaguar Land Rover also announced this week that it will double the size of its Advanced Design and Engineering Centre in Whitley for the creation of innovative new ultra low emission vehicles. In addition, the manufacturer is to invest £150m in the National Automotive Innovations Centre (NAIC) that will open in 2017. NAIC will offer a state-of-the-art technology hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s research team and collaborators from both industry and academia.Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, said, “Jaguar Land Rover continues to demonstrate its unwavering support to the British automotive industry through sustained investments in advanced research, technology and innovation.“This investment, made here in the heartland of our UK business operations, signals the confidence we have in this region to support the creation, engineering and manufacturing of ultra-low emission, premium British products, today and in the future.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey splits series at No 6 North Dakota

OSU then-sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan (21) skates away from a Wisconsin player during a game at the OSU Ice Rink on Feb. 13. OSU lost, 2-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (5-7-0) recorded its first series split of the season in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where it lost 4-1 on Sunday after winning 3-2 the day before.On Saturday, the Buckeyes were outshot 20-4 in the first period, which ended with them trailing North Dakota 1-0.Over the final two periods, redshirt freshman goaltender Alex LaMere stopped 19 shots, and the skaters in front of her were able to solve senior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie three times for the win.Entering the third period tied 1-1, the Buckeyes were able to tie the game at two when senior Kendall Curtis scored at 13:08. Just 55 seconds later, freshman forward Maddy Field scored what turned out to be the game-winner off an assist from freshman defender Lauren Boyle for her fourth goal of the season. On Sunday, the Buckeyes were only able to muster 13 shots against North Dakota, which scored twice in the first period en route to the 4-1 win.Field scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes on Sunday, giving her five on the season. Stat sheetCurtis and Kepler both received primary assists on each other’s goals, giving them each two points on the weekend. They are first and second on the team in points, respectively.Field will return to Columbus with five goals, moving her into a tie with Kepler for second on the team in goals scored. With the assist on Friday, Boyle now has seven so far in 2015-16, moving her into a tie for 13th in that category among Western Collegiate Hockey Association skaters.OSU will return to Columbus for a week of practice before heading back on the road to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a pair of 4:07 p.m. starts against St. Cloud State on Friday and Saturday. read more

HIV tests should be offered to everyone in high risk areas when

first_imgEveryone in high risk areas should be offered HIV tests when they enroll for a new GP because 13,500 people are unaware that they have the disease, public health experts have said. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London are calling for immediate HIV screening to be rolled out to all 74 local authorities in England with high rates of infection. High HIV prevalence is defined as having more than two diagnosed infections per 1,000 adults in a given area.An estimated 13,500 people in the UK do not know they carry the virus that causes Aids, meaning they miss out on treatment and pose an infection risk to others.Dr Werner Leber, who led the study involving more than 86,000 people from 40 GP surgeries in the London borough of Hackney, said: “We’ve shown that HIV screening in UK primary care is cost effective and potentially cost saving, which is contrary to widespread belief.”This is an important finding given today’s austerity. Financial pressures, particularly within local authority’s public health budgets, mean that the costs of HIV testing are under intense scrutiny, and in some areas investment in testing has fallen.” The scientists conducted a trial which tested the effectiveness of rapid fingerprick HIV testing as part of the standard health check carried out during GP registration.They found it led to a four-fold increase in the HIV diagnosis rate.A mathematical model showed primary care HIV screening in high prevalence areas became cost effective after 33 years.But factoring in the higher costs of care for people diagnosed late showed that screening could become cost effective far sooner than this.The annual cost of rolling out HIV screening to all 74 high prevalence authorities was estimated at £4 million.Dr Clare Highton, from the City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Public health, specialist and CCG commissioners should take note of these important results showing the value for money of screening for HIV in primary care.”This intervention means that people with HIV are able to live longer and healthier lives and the spread of infection to other people is halted.”Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director for Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “One in seven people living with HIV do not know that they have it.”Undiagnosed HIV infection puts individuals at risk of preventable illness and death, disproportionally contributes to onward transmission and is an unnecessary burden of cost to the NHS.“Effective HIV therapy means people can now expect to live a normal lifespan and won’t pass the virus on to anyone else. Testing in General Practice is a key component of this.”Currently people are only screened for HIV if they have symptoms. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is currently consulting on changes to testing. The findings appear in The Lancet HIV medical journal.Areas deemed to be at high risk are: Brighton and Hove, Camden, City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Westminster, Adur, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bedford, Bexley, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brent, Bristol, Bromley, Corby, Coventry, Crawley, Croydon, Derby, Ealing, Eastbourne, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Harlow, Harrow, Hastings, Havering, Hertsmere, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lewes, Luton, Manchester, Merton, Milton Keynes, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newham, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Rochdale, Rushmoor, Salford, Sandwell, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Stevenage, Sutton, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Trafford, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Watford, Wellingborough, Wolverhampton and Worthing. Prince Harry being tested for HIV Prince Harry being tested for HIV Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Joint venture at Mopani between Rig Resources and Redpath boosts local economy

first_imgDespite sluggish global commodity prices that continue to cause an ongoing slump in the mining industry – skills transfer and job creation have been empowering local employees at the Mopani copper mine in Zambia, thanks to a joint venture between Redpath Mining SA and Rig Resources Zambia.Since officially entering into the three-year joint venture (JV) in March 2015, employment at Rig Resources has almost doubled from 217 employees to 433. Rig Resources Managing Director Anthony Kabaghe points out that this is an impressive feat in current market conditions. “The formation of this JV is clearly the beginning of more positive things to come,” he explains. Although still employed by Rig Resources, the employees now form part of the JV partnership, which is currently comprised of 421 locals and 12 expats, who are all working for Mopani on its various shafts. “The advantages that this JV can offer Mopani go far beyond mining solutions, and will positively impact both the Zambian economy and local communities,” says Kabaghe.Redpath Mining SA MD Ockert Douglas indicates that both companies were working as independent contractors for Mopani, but it was clear that the client and the companies could benefit by combining their years of experience and resources. “Redpath Mining SA has been involved with Mopani since 2012, and is currently executing some of the mine’s capital projects.” Douglas adds that mining operations across Africa, such as Mopani, are looking to increase the use of local labour and skills. “This benefits the communities in which we operate and, in turn, the country. The opportunity arose for both companies to create a suitable business venture with many of the elements that the mining operation and Zambian government were looking for.”According to Kabaghe, the JV currently covers the Mopani project at four sites – Mindola North, Mufulira, South Ore Body and Central. “Rig Resources provides local labour and Redpath SA brings in experts to train local staff. Another major benefit that Redpath SA brings to the JV is its impeccable safety record, which currently stands at 448 days incident-free at Central shaft.”International contracting skills and expertise will be transferred during the course of the three-year contract, as Redpath SA provides Rig Resources’ local employees with hands-on training. The finance function will continue to be provided by the local team with support from South Africa, while all future capital required to meet increased production capacity will be borne by Redpath.Apart from the initial $5.4 million invested by Rig Resources, Douglas states that all future capital will be funded by Redpath’s international head office in Canada. “Our technical expertise in terms of contracting, maximising the use of mechanised trackless equipment, and the provision of a resource base of international professionals are also part of the deal,” he continues. Douglas adds that Rig Resources brings local skills and knowledge of the Mopani Mine as well as business relationships in Zambia to the table, thereby creating a full-circle joint venture that has benefits beyond just the two companies. He continues: “We believe that we need to build the current JV to a respectable level, where we fully meet all the needs of the current client. Once this is bedded down, the opportunity may arise for us to undertake additional work together.”Douglas acknowledges that the downward commodity pricing cycle has negatively affected the global mining sector, including Zambia, which is currently not earning the desired foreign exchange that it used to. “These pricing cycles come and go, and I am confident that prices should move upward in the not-too-distant future. Zambia is a country with many years of upcoming mining projects. These mining projects have assisted in growing the country and will continue to do so.” Kabaghe is upbeat about the future outlook for the JV. “Expansion continues to take place at Mopani, which is drilling more shafts in order to be sufficiently prepared for an uptake in production when commodity prices recover.”last_img read more

Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud

first_img David Beckham with his wife Victoria after receiving the OBE. Source: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire/PA Images‘Friends’ told the Daily Telegraph that Beckham had “given up hope of a knighthood in the near future”, clearly expecting that he’ll be back in the running when those “old cunts” die off, or his troublesome tax affairs are sorted out, whichever comes first.These intermittent explosions of Beckham’s celebrity supernova are always puzzling for football fans.We remember him as a wonderfully gifted right-sided midfielder in one of the greatest club sides of the modern era, though we could never understand the sheer scale of the crossover stardom that ensued.Most famous sportsman on the planet? He wasn’t even the best player on that Manchester United team.But we also remember the post-United drift into irrelevance; his Vegas years.The crumbling decadence at the heart of Real Madrid’s Galacticos project, of which he was a part; the preposterous self-regard of his ‘missionary work’ in the MLS; the whole ‘quarterback’ thing, a role designed to get him into teams of which he no longer deserved to be a part; the cringey mascot role with England at the 2010 World Cup, as if the nation couldn’t survive a major tournament without his pouting inspiration.Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud; this week it felt like everyone else caught up.In actual fact, Beckham has been playing a very different game all these years: that of simply Being David Beckham.And he’s been just as successful at it as in his treble-winning days at Old Trafford. He has demonstrated the same drive to succeed in his life outside football that Ferguson once described as a “relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate.”It’s wrong to suggest that the huge volume of charity work, both public and private, and his support for England World Cup and London Olympic bids were not genuine; that they had all been for the purpose of getting an invite to Buckingham Palace.It’s also naive to think weren’t carefully choreographed to play their part in the building of his brand. This is the man whose affairs are managed by Simon Fuller, the pop Svengali who created the Spice Girls.And just as a Champions League medal and the England armband were the just rewards for his obsessive cultivation of that right foot, so too does he feel he has earned the ultimate prize for the same ‘relentless application’ to a public life well lived.He is after all, as he reportedly told friends, just “a normal person extremely disappointed not to get a knighthood”.Wenger still reeling over ‘scandalous’ Chelsea goal‘They got Tom Brady though’ – Even at 21-0 up, one Atlanta player was still nervous Feb 10th 2017, 11:23 AM Friday 10 Feb 2017, 11:23 AM Beckham on his way to winning the Champions League with Manchester United. Image: David Rawcliffe/EMPICS Sport 47,781 Views Short URL I THINK, MORE than anything, that is one of the most important things in my life in the moment, is my charity work. That for me is what gives me the most pleasure out of anything that I do…But it’s not just about the amount of money that we raise, it’s meeting these children, it’s knowing that we’re changing children’s lives, we’re protecting children from HIV and AIDS…that for me gives me the most pleasure.”- David Beckham, Desert Island Discs 75th Anniversary edition, BBC Radio 4, 29 January 2017.To celebrate a big birthday last month, one beloved British institution chose the company of another. Desert Island Discs has been making castaways of the great and the good for a long time now, so for Beckham to get the nod for such a significant anniversary was something of an honour.As it turned though, just not the kind of honour he’s really after.Nonetheless, the tone of the interview implied a knight of the realm in all but name. This had been a great British life, with success in the sporting sphere giving way to high esteem in ambassadorial and charitable circles, the attendant celebrity demands carried off with grace and good humour throughout.Becks closed the interview with a reminder as to why he was the true successor to Princess Diana as Queen of Hearts.Like Diana, he’d found fulfillment in working with the poor and unfortunate. Sadly, when hacked emails emerged less than a week later expressing his disgust at being passed over for a knighthood, it was soon a case of Goodbye England’s Rose.“It’s pissed me off those old unappreciative cunts,” wrote Beckham about the honours committee who denied him the top gong back in 2013, the suggestion being that he’d only done all that tiresome charity stuff to get the nod from Her Maj.Beckham might have fancied the solace of a remote desert island with the torrent of criticism that came his way this week.‘Grovelling Goldenballs’ was pilloried for his ‘craven’ pursuit of the elusive title. Historic Instagram posts praising the Queen were dug up and scoffed at; support for the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK was suspect too; Jonathan Ross had to deny that he’d been prodded to ask Becks about the knighthood on his chat show.All this while the taxman had a black mark against his name anyway. Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud; this week it felt like everyone else caught up Tommy Martin on David Beckham’s obsessive cultivation of his public image. Share25 Tweet Email1 Image: David Rawcliffe/EMPICS Sport 85 Comments By Tommy Martin Beckham on his way to winning the Champions League with Manchester United. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

SDCC Everything is Fine For Season 3 of The Good Place

first_img It’s been a while since we’ve seen a breakout network comedy quite like NBC’s The Good Place. The brainchild of Parks and Recreation’s Michael Shur, it starts out as a humorous fish-out-of-water take on the afterlife but quickly becomes something far more complex, hilarious, and genuinely thrilling. It’s packed with more plot twists than an entire season of LOST without any of said plot twists dividing the fanbase the way plot twists tend to do. With the show’s following growing exponentially after its first season went up on Netflix, the cast (Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacitno, and D’Arcy Carden) as well as executive producers Michael Shur, Drew Goddard, and Morgan Sackett took over San Diego ComicCon for an hour, holding a panel on the show’s past, present, and future.The panel kicked off right away with a typical Good Place plot twist: Marc Evan Jackson, who plays Shawn on the show, joined the previously announced panelists as the moderator. Kristen Bell went on to talk about how she and Ted Danson first met. She said that they’re great friends and that each hearing that the other would be involved with the show is what sealed the deal for them coming aboard. Speaking of cast friendship, Jameela Jamil went on record as saying that Manny Jacinto is only her seventh kiss ever. She said that despite it being done for a job she’s still counting it (Jacinto later revealed that Jamil was also his seventh kiss!).Marc Evan Jackson posed a question to showrunner Michael Shur. “You’ve created the smartest dumbest show on television. Why?” Shur said he likes to balance lectures on ethics with fart jokes to see how everyone will respond. Jackson then directed a question towards D’Arcy Carden and asked whether she prefers playing Janet or Bad Janet. “Both, both. I get to do both so I don’t have to make the decision. Screw you, Marc.” Manny Jacinto then talked a bit about playing Jason, a character whose craziness he says “matches the craziness of Florida.” No argument from us on that count. Michael Shur then heaped praise on Morgan Sackett, calling him “the best producer in television” and effectively the reason the show functions. Bell chimed in, claiming that Sackett never voices approval and so they have to keep coming back to him looking for it. Jamil says he’s the Mona Lisa because you can’t read his face. The panelists then talked about the first scene Carden ever shot. It involved her explaining to Bell’s Eleanor that the only way Janet can get drunk is by thinking about getting drunk. The scene ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately.Marc went on to call Ted Danson’s performance “masterful” to which Danson responded that he couldn’t take credit for anything he does on the show. He’s just doing as he’s told. “Sorry, I have to adopt false humility,” he quipped. The conversation then shifted to the apparent long-term torture of William Jackson Harper, who has apparently been hit in the face by just about everything you could possibly imagine, from syrup to foam to rice krispy. He claims that one time a piece of foam “went directly down my esophagus and into my being.” Jackson Harper also wasn’t told about the massive blood spurt in the episode “The Trolley Problem” so his shock when it splatters across his face is very real. Bell’s relationship with her character was then discussed. Marc said that the two couldn’t be more different but Bell disagreed, saying that Eleanor is all the bad stuff she thinks but doesn’t say. She also thinks it’s funny that Eleanor has a thing for mailmen while in high school Bell had a postcard on her wall of a shirtless man wearing biker shorts that read PRIORITY MAIL. She gave it to Shur and it now sits framed in his office. On the subject of the show’s message, the cast and crew said that the point was never to provide a concrete stance on right and wrong but explore different viewpoints and options. Shur said his favorite moment in that respect is when utilitarianism is introduced as a concept and seeing Eleanor’s reaction to it. The overall point is to show that different people have different solutions to problems and allow the viewer to decide which one they think is right. The floor then opened to fan questions. The first was directed to Bell who was asked if she actually eats all of the shrimp her character eats on the show. Bell said that she’s actually been a vegetarian for years so those shrimp are actually vegetarian-friendly imitations. They’re apparently, uh, don’t taste too good.The cast and crew were then asked who of them would go to the Good and Bad Places in real life. Everybody except Danson and Bell received emphatic Bad Place verdicts. Michael’s was a split either/or decision.The next question involved the actors’ various motivations for joining the show. Carden was a huge fan of Shur’s work while Danson admired the script. Bell similarly was a huge fan of Shur’s prior work and knew many people who spoke highly of working with him. Jacinto’s motivation? Money. He was broke when he signed onto the show. Ironically, the cast later claimed it’s him who is least like his character in real life despite being broke being a pretty huge factor in how Jason ended up dead to begin with.The panel closed with the first two minutes of Season 3 being shown. It’s yet to go up online but you can tune in on September 27th for the one-hour season premiere! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Stay on targetlast_img read more

Seahawks fall short against Rams

first_imgST. LOUIS — Forget about Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson. The St. Louis Rams’ true offensive star thus far is a rookie kicker from a Division II school.Greg Zuerlein made 21 consecutive field goals last fall at Missouri Western, and he’s been a sure thing in the NFL, too.The rookie kicked four field goals, setting a club record with a 58-yarder and then topping it with a 60-yarder, and helped the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 19-13 on Sunday. He’s 12 for 12 on the year.“Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season,” Jackson said. “Pretty much, all we’ve got to do is get across the 50-yard line and we’re in his range.”Coach Jeff Fisher began the year with a conservative approach, saying he’d let Zuerlein air it out at the end of a half or game. He’s no longer concerned with the great field position the opposition would get should Zuerlein miss.“When the coach has confidence in you, it gives you more confidence in yourself,” Zuerlein said. “I love it when they give me those chances.”last_img read more

New bus taxi fare to be effective from June 11

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government today announced the increased fare chart of public transport system in the state which will be effective from June 11. A Transport department notification said, the existing fares of non-AC stage carriages run by private operators and state transport undertakings shall be effective from June 11. As per the new fare chart, the minimum fare for ordinary bus services will be Rs 7 up to 4 km, followed by Rs 9 for a distance of 4-12 km, Rs 10 for 12-16 km, Rs 11 for 16-20 km. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights For 20-24 km the new fare will be Rs 12 for ordinary bus services. For mini bus and special buses, the increased fare will be Rs 8 up to 3 km, Rs 9 from 3-6 km, Rs 10 from 6-10 km and Rs 11 from 10-16 km, the notification said. According to the notification, the minimum taxi fare has been fixed at Rs 30 from Rs 25 earlier. For every additional 0.2 km (200 metres), the taxi fare will be increased by Rs 3. For AC taxis, the proposed rates will be an additional 25 per cent on all the rates proposed for ordinary metered taxis. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed For Tramways, fare has been fixed at Rs 6 for a distance up to 4 km and Rs 7 beyond 4 km. Fare charts have also been announced for the districts, intra-state express bus services and inter-state express bus services and inland waterways. Earlier on June six Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari announced the decision to hike the bus fare by Rs one in every stage and put the onus on Centre for “causing the additional burden on common people by increasing the price of petrol and diesel.” This is the first time that the bus fares in the state is being increased after 2014. At present, a passenger has to pay Rs 6 for the first stage of four km in an ordinary bus, while travelling in a mini-bus cost Rs 7 for the first two km.last_img read more

Indulge in hydro therapy to cure body pain

first_imgThinking of relaxing with a new kind of therapy? Then get yourself treated with hydro-therapy, which involves using water for providing relief from pain.“The therapy encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases,” said Dr Ashish Davalbhakta, founder of Pune-based Aesthetics Medispa, a cosmetic surgery, cosmetology and wellness centre.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Bath temperatures typically range from 92°F (33 degrees Celsius) to 97°F (36 degrees Celsius), so as not to cause injury to the patients,” he added. Hydro-therapy involves a range of methods and techniques like water jets, underwater massage and mineral baths.The jets shoot water at precise chakras on the body at specified time periods, cleansing and opening them.“Hydro-therapy seeks to produce vasodilation and vasoconstriction. These cause changes in blood flow and associated metabolic functions. The benefit of hydro-therapy is that it reduces muscle tension and pain, rehabilitates injured muscles, boosts the immune system, encourages detoxification and relives stress,” added Davalbhakta. Sea salts and Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, both commonly used in the beauty  industry, are also used as they contain minerals that can help enhance the skin. The magnesium in Epsom salts can reduce inflammation, while sulfates flush out toxins. This helps in exfoliation, invigorates, cleanses and regenerates the skin.last_img read more

If LeBron leaves for LA he would be better off going to

first_imgIf LeBron leaves for L.A., he would be better off going to the Clippers over the LakersFollowing the Cavs Finals loss to the Warriors, the speculation immediately started regarding LeBron James future and if he could jettison the Cavs for the second time in search of greener pastures. Some have speculated one destination for James could be Los Angeles. When L.A. and James come up, most assume he would bolt for the Lakers, but Colin thinks the Clippers are the far better option.If the Clippers added James to Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, and could entice Paul George to join, they would have a far better group than anything the Lakers could put together. And if James could manage to win a title with Clippers, having already brought a championship to Cleveland, it would only enhance his legacy. And LeBron is keenly aware of his legacy.Ultimately, Colin thinks James will stay in Cleveland, but if he does leave again, he would be better off calling Jerry West than Magic Johnson.Mayweather/McGregor will be a great pay day, but an awful fightFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have offically confirmed their highly anticipated boxing match that has been rumored for the better part of a year. The fight will almost surely shatter all existing pay-per-view records and make both fighters a ton of cash, but will the actual fight be any good?Colin doesn’t think so, primarily because, in order to make it happen, McGregor has foregone any tactical advantage he might have by agreeing to a straight boxing match. It’s like Steph Curry agreeing to a Slam Dunk contest against LeBron James. Both are big names, but you don’t need a crystal ball to predict how it would end.The same applies to McGregor and Mayweather in a boxing match. It will be a legendary pay day, but a forgettable fight.“It’s a sanctioned payday. It’s Evel Knieval with no chance of crashing.”Guests:Dana White –  UFC President joins the show to discuss finalizing the Mayweather/MGregor fight; why they decided on a boxing match; why the negotiations weren’t the most difficult he has undertaken; and why he thinks the fight will be competitive.De’Aaron Fox – NBA Draft prospect from Kentucky is in-studio to discuss the pre-draft process; his experience with individual team workouts; what the NCAA Tournament win against UCLA meant to him; and if it matters to him toSeth Joyner – Former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker is in-studio to discuss Odell Beckham missing voluntary workouts; if it matters in the locker room; and his own eperience with locker rooom dysfunction under Rich Kotite.last_img read more

VIDEO Tough little brother attacks sisters wrestling opponent because he thought she

first_imgEveryone who has brothers and sisters knows that no matter how many knock down, drag out fights you have, you always have their backs if they’re in trouble because it’s family.One adorable little kid who was attending his sister’s recent wrestling match is already living by the code, and when he thought sis’s opponent was being to rough on her, he sprinted onto the mat from out of nowhere to tackle the kid and start pounding him.You never take sides against the family.last_img

Negotiating Your Cell Contract

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 1, 2006 5 min read Back when I lived in San Francisco and visitors would ask me for directions, I usually had to tell them: “You can’t get there from here.”Now, I know that’s not literally true: Every Frisco street goes somewhere. What I really meant was, they couldn’t find a way through San Franciso’s alleys, one-way streets, dog legs and dead ends. Better to circle the city and approach the destination from a different compass point.Still, everything’s relative, isn’t it? For example, I could crisscross all San Fran’s compass points in the time it took me to coax a new cell phone agreement out of Sprint. It all started when I got a gander at Sprint’s TV commercials aimed at new users. A longtime Sprint customer myself, I wanted in on those new phones, discount service plans, and early night and weekend start times. They were way better than my long-expired service agreement.I knew I’d have to re-up for a couple more years. But I’ve been happy with Sprint, and I had to have one of those new phones. By the time a Sprint telemarketer called, I was ready: Sprint had me in its pocket. But it took a good day of work on my part to enable them to keep me.I wish that I could give you a blow-by-blow of the encounter. It was actually pretty funny–in a Franz Kafka “wow, I woke up as a bug” sort of way. Unfortunately, space does not permit. Anyway, it’s nothing each and every one of you hasn’t experienced many times at the hands of your own cellular carrier or some other mindless bureaucracy. It was just an extra helping of what the average cell phone, bank or utility customer encounters after the message: “Your call is important to us. So we’re keeping you on hold, making you navigate irrelevant menus, punch in 10-digit numbers, surrender your Social Security number and be recorded by our lawyers–so we can serve you better.”Numbers, We Got NumbersFirst, the box score: I spent more than five time/date-stamped hours over five days talking to 11 different sales representatives, was disconnected three times, had to renegotiate my contract three separate times, and waited five days without cell service (for which I was charged) before I got the phone that I had paid to have shipped overnight.About a month later, I received an inaccurate transaction summary, followed shortly by a seemingly inaccurate nine-page phone bill, which I had to study for an hour just so I could ask questions about it. It took two customer service reps another 45 minutes to cross-reference the eight separate ways my charges were calculated and show me that, yes, I had gotten the deal I’d been promised (except for one mistaken $5 charge). Folks, when a company uses nine pages of Sanskrit to describe three number changes, there’s no mystery about why customer service is a rough ride.Significantly, Julie, Mark, Kathy, Anna, Lorna, Michelle, Lucy, Dan, Jesse, Grace and another Kathy were just as polite and helpful as they could be. They tried as hard as they could to give me what I wanted, but were stymied repeatedly by the market segmentation tactics reflected in Sprint’s service plans. I lost count of the number of times I was essentially told “You can’t get there from here.”But in the end, I got everything I wanted and more–a $220 Samsung camera phone for 20 bucks, twice my anytime minutes for $5 less monthly, and a 7 p.m. evening start-time. I’m thrilled with my deal. It was so worth the trouble.Try This at HomeI didn’t get it because of some special talent I have. Every carrier has great deals like this. Find one that fits your budget, and hang on while they try to shake you off. (See “Deal or No Deal?” below.)Why not call a carrier with better service? Like who? If service is so great elsewhere, why do 25 percent to 30 percent of all users change carriers every year? Why do carriers need two-year contracts and $150 termination fees to keep customers? Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates quiz thousands of consumers every year about how well each carrier “satisfies.” Yes, there are differences. But they’re narrow and change frequently.I got the plan and the service I did for the same reason: because cellular carriers are under extreme competitive pressure. In an industry with alternatives–like cellular or, more recently, landline–the key to getting what you want is to ask for it. For years, my local Bell knew me as the idiot who kept threatening to take his phone business to the internet. Yeah, who’s laughing now, AT&T?Of course, I’m still a laughingstock over at my cable provider. Ironically, that’s a recent, but very telling, devel-opment. You see, when Adelphia was in Chapter 11, its service reps did all they could to please, deals abounded, and installation charges were forgiven. I found out Comcast had acquired them when my bill got screwed up and accounting wouldn’t return my phone calls or e-mails. Price hikes soon followed.In fact, I just got a note from Adelphia saying an accounting error means I pay another $20 a month. If I don’t like it, here’s a toll-free number.Wish me luck. I’m going in.Deal or No Deal?For a better deal from your cellular provider:1. Hit the web, and fill a spreadsheet with all relevant offerings from all providers.2. Determine what you want, what you’re willing to pay and what you might sacrifice.3. When you talk to your provider, take careful notes of who said what when.4. When you hear “That feature isn’t in this program,” ask to speak to a manager.5. Casually work details of offerings from competitors into the conversation. Don’t threaten to switch to another carrier. They can take a hint.6. Be patient and polite-no matter what.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

The price of bread from 1960 to 2017

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Many of us are feeling the pinch of the bread price in Ladysmith and surrounding areas.Here’s a look at how the price of bread has increased over the decades.1960- 9 cents1970- 9 cents1980- 30 cents1990- R1.122000- R2.702010- R4.682016- R10.202017- R12.99 Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img