Heritage Service bylaw rejected by City Council

first_imgA plan to create a Regional Heritage Service Function in the Peace River Regional District may have to be put on hold after Fort St. John voted against being part of the function, until residents give their consent.On Monday, rather than giving its outright consent to the Regional District, City Council voted in favour of suggesting the Regional District hold a referendum, so that residents have a say in whether they would want to fund this type of service.- Advertisement -The Regional District had been proposing a regional heritage bylaw that would allow it to move forward in the process of having sites like the Alaska Highway and the Kiskatinaw Bridge obtain heritage status. It would create a committee to develop proposals for heritage sites, which would be funded by the jurisdictions within the Regional District.The Regional District would collect taxes from the various municipalities, based on assessed property values, to fund the service. In the first year, for example, a residential property owner in Fort St. John with a 2011 assessed value of $350,000 would pay approximately $5.25.In its proposal, the Regional District states that amount could fluctuate year over year based on how much funding is allocated to the service function and someone’s assessed value. Although the first year would be the most expensive to get the initiative started, the City pointed out that the current rates do not take into account the cost of any possible future projects.The City says, in general, when residents have to pay for a new service, they are given the opportunity to vote on it, such as in a referendum.Advertisement However, City Manager Dianne Hunter says there is not enough time to add a question regarding the heritage service function on the municipal ballot for the November election and indicated that it should be up to the Regional District to hold its own referendum.To move forward with the bylaw, the Regional District would require the support of all seven municipalities and four electoral areas across the Peace. Back in June, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District, Fred Banham told Fort St. John City Council that if even one jurisdiction refused to participate, the Regional District would not be able to proceed with the proposed bylaw, which would have to be revised.last_img read more

Lille ready to offload Arsenal and West Ham target

first_img Former Chelsea hitman Salomon Kalou Lille are hoping to offload West Ham and Arsenal target Salomon Kalou in order to pursue a move for Jordan Ayew.The French club are desperate to land the Marseille striker this summer but will only be able to afford the deal if they can flog Kalou, who is one of their highest earners.The Hammers and Arsenal have both been heavily linked with the Ivorian forward, who has scored 30 goals in 66 Ligue 1 games since joining from Chelsea back in 2012.And both London clubs could be encouraged to move for Kalou now Lille have opened the door to his departure, according to sources in France. 1last_img read more

SA’s “biggest’ online retailer

first_imgAugust 30, 2004Kulula.com, one of three budget airlines operating in South Africa, is now amongst the country’s top online retailers – and may be the biggest.According to BA-Comair’s no-frills carrier, 65% of its passengers use the Internet to book their tickets – with a R25 reduction in ticket price for doing so.“We have available 1.2-million seats a year and we will sell over a million of them,” says Gidon Novick, executive director of the airline.Kulula.com started three years ago with one plane servicing one route and has grown to a five plane company servicing five routes and offering taxis, car hire and hotel bookings. 40% of its customers travel on business.Besides the cost savings, transacting online is more convenient. Even in the first three months of operation, more than half of kulula.com’s bookings were made directly over the net.“People love booking on line”, says Novick. “The airline does offer other ways to buy tickets, but then it expects its passengers to pick up the fee for the higher transaction costs involved.”Low-cost carriers in demandLow-cost carriers have flourished in developed markets where population densities are high, and there are several examples of successful ventures in Africa.The most recent player to taxi onto South Africa’s runways is Civair, which intends to offer low-budget flights direct from the UK to Cape Town and Durban later in 2004. A return ticket from Durban to the UK is expected to cost about R3 000.Locally, kulula.com is already being challenged by another new entry in the market, 1Time. 1Time aims to offer three domestic flights a day between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The increased competition has been great for the consumer, sparking something of a price war between the new market entrants.Kulula.com recently announced that it had slashed fares to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, George and Durban by up to 30%, with one-way tickets going for as little as R199 (previously the tickets ranged from R400 to R900). 1Time countered by offering a guaranteed maximum fare of R581 or less on one-way journeys between Johannesburg and Cape Town.Optimum solutionsKulula.com was the first successful e-business take-off in South Africa since the hi-tech meltdown in late 2000.The innovative airline was intent on turning more people into air passengers. However, in the process, it was turning more South Africans into online customers.BA-Comair executives insisted on simplicity. The no-frills marketing promise had to be echoed in system design and the user interface.The system behind the savings was built locally – with the help of Microsoft South Africa. There were several global distribution systems in place, but those systems can be huge, complex and unwieldy.Mark Berman, principal technology specialist at Microsoft SA, calls it “a highly customized solution,” which has allowed the airline to drive its transaction costs down to near zero.He says the success of a solution like kulula.com proves the value of partnering teams with appropriate competencies. In technology terms, he says, “familiarity does not breed contempt, it breeds optimum solutions.”Source: Adapted from Proudly South African.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Celebrating 2010 in music

first_imgImage copyright Chris KirchhoffJanine ErasmusSongs of Good Hope is an innovative musical project that aims to break new technological ground by bringing musicians from around the world to compose songs about South Africa, all through the internet. Driven by IBM Germany, the project forms part of the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Through the use of Web 2.0 collaboration tools, Songs of Good Hope brings together aspects of the modern world such as social responsibility, IT technology and globalisation. It was launched at CeBIT 2008, the world’s largest trade fair for IT and telecommunications.Thus musicians can be on opposite sides of the world and still be able to work together. Through the technology on offer musicians can upload and download audio samples, add to them or mix them with new samples, and overlay them with other rhythms.Web 2.0 refers to a second generation of internet-based services, such as social networking sites and wikis (websites that allow people to contribute and edit content), that base much of their content on online collaboration, user input and sharing of information.Musicians will find these collaborative tools on the internet at www.sawubona2010.de. Songs of Good Hope is also linked to the 3D online community known as Second Life. This is a virtual world that is built and maintained entirely by its residents, and which features homes, vehicles, nightclubs, stores, landscapes, clothing, and games. Over 12.8-million people from more than 100 countries currently participate in this shared 3D experience.The virtual island of Sawubona (“hello”, literally “I see you” in Zulu) in Second Life is where musicians will be able to interact with others through their online personae, discussing the project, listening to songs, and evaluating and modifying them.Different venues on the island offer different experiences. At the Lodge of Good Hope and the Chill ’n’ Jam, visitors can socialise with others, and live concerts will take place on the centre stage of Sawubona. There is an information centre where visitors can learn more about the background of Songs of Good Hope, and at the expo center they can find out more about the project’s partner companies.Innovative technologyThe 3D world and the 2D internet site are linked and will share the load as virtual recording studios. IBM is using a special System z mainframe computer as the technical platform for musical interaction and evaluation. The entire project is supported by the Web 2.0 & Virtual Worlds Competence Centre at the IBM Germany Development Centre in Boeblingen near Stuttgart, and by web agency T4 Media, based in Stuttgart.The project has been divided into five phases. Phase one, “Unplugged”, is currently underway and will end in August 2008. During this time the bulk of the music will be composed. Phase two, “Plug-in”, will run from August to December 2008, and during this time songs will be fine-tuned and enhanced with vocals and additional instrumentation.The third phase is “Vote”. This will take place over December 2008 and January 2009, giving participants on all levels, from musicians to the public, the chance to vote for the best songs. The fourth phase, “Session”, involves the recording of the album in a studio in South Africa or Germany between February and April 2009. Finally, the “Global Band” phase will see the songs performed live by a band that will tour from mid-2009 until the World Cup begins in June 2010.Any profits from album sales, as well as the band’s tour earnings, will be distributed to IBM South Africa’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Among these are Ithuba Lethu, an educational project launched in June 2007. Here qualified IBM employees, on a voluntary basis, teach students at disadvantaged schools in subjects such as mathematics or technology on Saturday mornings.Partners in the initiative include Volkswagen, Deutsche Telekom, Universal Music, T4 Media, State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, City of Stuttgart, Mannheim Pop Academy, internet music platform Justaloud.com, Bauer Studios, and the South African Consulate.Erwin Staudt, president of German Bundesliga football club VfB Stuttgart, and Martin Jetter, MD of IBM Germany, are patrons of the initiative.Songs for South AfricaSongs of Good Hope began in 1994 after South Africa’s first democratic elections. Hans-Dieter Huober of IBM Germany, a staff writer for the company’s Think magazine, visited Johannesburg and Cape Town to report on IBM South Africa’s social responsibility projects. IBM had disinvested from South Africa in 1987; in its absence, its operations had been run by trust Company ISG (Information Service Group). The company returned to South Africa in 1994.Huober composed 17 songs based on his travel experiences in South Africa in 1994, 1995 and 1998, telling of his visit to the Kruger Park, of his encounters with people from Guguletu near Cape Town and Soweto, and of the legacy of apartheid. The lyrics of these 17 songs now form the basis of Songs for Good Hope. Huober later formed a band called Sawubona which began to tour, mostly in Germany, around 1998.World music in the truest senseIn initiating this project, IBM intends to demonstrate its faith in the Web 2.0 technology which, it believes, holds the future of the internet. The company wishes to promote the advantages of a connected world where geographic and cultural borders play no role.Said Martin Jetter, “Through this project, IBM demonstrates the immense possibilities that modern collaboration technology presents – reaching beyond the work and business world: We create a bridge between globalisation and global responsibility, in that we bring together people from around the world for this exciting, entertaining and in particular socially responsible initiative.”Useful linksSawubona 2010IBM South AfricaCeBITSecond Lifelast_img read more

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 129 | Trade Talk and Thanksgiving Preparation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Bart, and Kolt have returned from a week in Kansas City for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention. They meet back up with Matt for the podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Dusty and Matt talk with Ben Frobrose of Wood County, Kolt catches up with Hannah Thompson Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, and Matt has an update from the Ohio Christmas Tree Association on Operation Evergreen.last_img

Blatche, Fajardo, Castro lead Gilas roster vs Japan

first_imgMOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Also in the squad are veterans Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar, returnees Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Raymond Almazan, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz will sit out the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas will take on Japan on Friday night at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo. Russia pulls basketball World Cup bid, blames negative image Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNaturalized center Andray Blatche, four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, and veteran playmaker Jayson Castro will spearhead Gilas Pilipinas it its opening assignment against Japan in the first leg of the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup.Coach Chot Reyes bared his 12-man roster on Thursday on the eve of the Philippine team’s clash against the home team.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sergio Aguero is a major doubt for Liverpools clash

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero is facing a race in time to recover for Manchester City’s top of the table’s clash against Liverpool.The Argentina international grabbed his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton before leaving for Gabriel Jesus.However, Guardiola disclosed Aguero has been nursing the injury he initially suffered against Newcastle at the start of the month.“Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his foot,” says Guardiola to Evening Standard. Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He is not 100 percent. He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle, and we spoke about playing 60 minutes, and we were lucky he scored at the right moment.”The Spanish manager further explained that Aguero is a major doubt for City’s upcoming fixtures including next Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool.“It is a problem, but he needs time. Now we have two games left before the international break, and hopefully, he can do those two and then make a final recovery.“But he is not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot.”last_img read more

Solari Second captain Marcelo is 100 Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari backed the struggling Marcelo and insisted he’s a “Madridista through and through”.The Brazil international has struggled to hold on to his left-back position at Real this season following Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances.This has restricted Marcelo to just 12 appearances in La Liga this season, which has renewed talk of a possible summer transfer to Juventus to reunite with his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo.The 30-year-old did start though in Real’s first leg 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie and helped them secure a valuable away goal.“Our second captain is a Madridista through and through, he always puts Real Madrid first and we work to give our all,” said Solari on the club website.Meanwhile, Marcelo’s fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior continues to shine at Real after another impressive performance in his Clasico debut on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old kept Gareth Bale benched and repaid Solari’s faith in him by tormenting the Barcelona defence throughout the game with his pace and dribbling skills.“I’m not surprised [about his development], I know him, and I know his way of playing football,” Solari said on Vinicius.“It’s amazing that a boy of 18 years of age is progressing the way he is. Some credit also has to go to his team-mates, who support him and allow him to play.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…As for the match itself at Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez had given Real a sixth-minute lead before Malcom smashed in an equaliser for Barcelona to settle the game at 1-1 at Camp Nou.Solari added: “It was a beautiful game, with real quality and regular shifts in momentum. It was great to watch for all the fans of any club.“We had chances to score in both halves, with Vinicius Junior’s effort or Gareth Bale’s attempt. It’s hard to talk about justice in football.“Making comparisons is pointless. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well. It’s an open-ended result, there’s a lot of quality out on the pitch and anything can happen at any time.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.🏁 FT: @FCBarcelona 1-1 @realmadrid⚽ Malcom 57′; @Lucasvazquez91 6’#Emirates | #RMClasico pic.twitter.com/ms5nPlnPdE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 6, 2019last_img read more

Over 10000 in cash prizes for Grand Turk Fishing Tourney

first_img More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded DR wants consulate office in TCI Related Items:governor peter beckingham, Grand Turk Fishing Tournament, HJ Robinson High Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jun 2015 – Ten thousand dollars and over 80 prizes are all up for grabs at this year’s Grand Turk Fishing Tournament set for June 27-28; it is the third time for the event. Organizers say the sponsors have excelled last year’s support. Right now teams are being registered for the fishing tournament which begins 5am, with weigh in on both days at 3pm. Entry fee is $100 per boat, both days and includes drinks and gift packs. If fishing is not your sport, then there is golfing – for the first time – at His Excellency the Governor’s Golf course. There’s lots more information to be had, so visit the Facebook page of the GTFT and learn more about this non-profit organization which last year assisted HJ Robinson High in the Capital; the plan this year is to assist projects at the Ona Glinton Primary school. Recommended for youlast_img read more

TCIs Jennings makes IAAF 400m semi finals in Kenya

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ColbyJenningsJamaicaCollege, #IAAFWorldYouthGames, #magneticmedianews, #NairobiKenyaGames, #runColbyrun, #TCIrepresentedatIAAFYouthGames Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNairobi, Kenya – July 14, 2017 – Happening today, let’s keep young Colby Jennings in good thoughts as he represents the Turks and Caicos in Nairobi, Kenya at the IAAF World Youth Games.Jennings is in strong medal contention at these games in the 400m.Colby Jennings is currently attending Jamaica College and travelled to the Games without any TCI chaperone, but yesterday ran almost a new personal record to place second in his heat.Young Jennings moves on today to the semi finals.  Jamaica College is giving Jennings props for his performance and so are we.last_img read more