North Peace Family Super Park Unveils Potential Designs

first_imgThe group held a public meeting this past week-end, where concepts of the building were presented. North Peace Family Super Park President, Jaandi Roemer says: “The playground and theming is $250,000. The “Concept” building is approx 2.7-3.3 million.” The organization has raised $18 000 so far.- Advertisement – Roemer says during the meeting on the weekend, there was also talk of a possible collaboration to make it into more of a community centre, with the emphasis on the indoor park.last_img read more

Hydro to update residents on construction activities beginning tonight

first_imgHydro says it will also hold job fairs in the coming months Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge. Open houses are also set for next week as follows:Hudson’s Hope – July 14, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Pearkes CentreChetwynd – July 15, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Recreation CentreDawson Creek – July 16, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Fixx Urban Grill in the Stonebridge HotelAdvertisement If you’re looking for the scoop on BC Hydro’s plans for construction on its Site C project, the first of five public open houses kicks off tonight.The Taylor Community Hall will play host to the first open house set to begin at 6 p.m. and run through to 8:30 p.m.A second open house in Fort St. John will run on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.- Advertisement -Hydro announced the open houses in early June.The Crown utility says the open houses will provide information to residents on construction information and notifications, and that it wants input on how residents want to be informed about construction progress.Hydro says it will continue to post updates to, provide updates through Twitter, and take inquiries via telephone and email.Advertisementlast_img read more

Messi, Rakitic light up Wembley as stylish Barca sink Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the third goal against Tottenham© AFP Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 3 – Lionel Messi’s Wembley masterclass and a sublime strike from Ivan Rakitic got Barcelona back in the groove as they clinched a pulsating 4-2 victory against Tottenham on Wednesday.Ernesto Valverde’s side arrived in London for the Champions League Group B tie amid a mini-crisis after failing to win their last three La Liga games. But the Spanish champions have fond memories of the English national stadium, where they won the European Cup in 1992 and 2011, and they were revitalised by the sight of the iconic venue.Aided by a rush of blood from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Barcelona went ahead after only 92 seconds as Philippe Coutinho scored their quickest Champions League goal since 2005.Rakitic stole the spotlight midway through the first half when the Croatia midfielder struck with a thunderous half-volley.In a dramatic second half, Tottenham’s Harry Kane reduced the deficit before the majestic Messi added Barcelona’s third.Erik Lamela’s deflected strike kept Tottenham in the hunt, but Messi capped a mesmerising performance in the final moments to give Barca a second successive group-stage victory as they emerged from their recent struggles.Tottenham are in danger of crashing out at the group stage for the second time in three years.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost both of their group matches after a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in their opener.They head to PSV Eindhoven for their next European fixture on October 24 knowing a win is essential as they already trail Barca and Inter by six points.It took Messi less than two minutes to show reports of Barca’s demise were greatly exaggerated.Taking possession on the halfway line, Messi was pressured by Son Heung-Min, but his devastating response was simply sublime.Messi twisted away from Son as if swatting away an annoying fly, then unfurled a perfectly-weighted pass that picked out Jordi Alba’s run behind Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier.Alba alertly picked out Coutinho on the edge on the penalty area and, with Lloris having needlessly rushed off his line, the former Liverpool forward was able to fire into the empty net.It was a bad mistake by Lloris in the French World Cup winner’s first appearance since August after a torrid period marred by a thigh injury and his arrest for drink-driving.– Messi magic –Tottenham were decimated by injuries to Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele and it took 25 minutes before they finally had a shot when Kane brought a routine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.That was only a brief respite for Tottenham as Valverde’s team doubled their lead in the 28th minute.Once again the creation and execution were breath-taking.Messi clipped a pass to Luis Suarez before Coutinho smartly hooked the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area, where Rakitic launched himself into the air for an agile half-volley that flashed past Lloris.Messi was toying with Tottenham and it seemed only a matter of how many Barcelona would win by when he glided away for a shot that struck a post early in the second half.Spellbound by Messi’s magic, Tottenham backed off again moments later as the striker hit the woodwork for a second time.Yet Kane gave Tottenham a lifeline when the England forward netted against the run of play in the 52nd minute.Powering into the Barca area with intent, Kane side-stepped Nelson Semedo and planted a powerful low strike into the far corner for his 10th goal in 12 Champions League appearances.Messi had the perfect response in the 56th minute when he cantered onto Alba’s pass and side-footed past Lloris.Tottenham refused to surrender and Lamela set up a tense finale when his 66th minute shot deflected off Clement Lenglet and flew past ter Stegen.But Messi had the last word when he slotted home from Alba’s cross to ease Barca’s nerves in the 90th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Interpol issues ‘international wanted persons’ alerts for two former FIFA officials

first_img1 Interpol has issued ‘international wanted persons’ alerts for two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives as part of the investigation into football-related corruption.The ‘red notices’ have been issued at the request of the US justice department for charges including racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner from Trinidad and ex-FIFA member Nicolas Leoz from Paraguay have been named. Warner is currently on bail in Trinidad and Leoz reported to be under house arrest in Paraguay.The others named are all sports marketing or broadcast executives.They are…Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentinian national and controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias SA, a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, Argentinian nationals, controlling principals of Full Play Group SA, a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.Jose Margulies (also known as Jose Lazaro), Brazilian national, controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton Ltd., broadcasting businesses.The red notices are used by the international police organisation Interpol to inform its member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued for a wanted person with a view to extradition. Jack Warner last_img read more

Lay, Skilling Convicted in Enron Collapse

first_imgHOUSTON — Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in a case born from one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history. The verdict put the blame for the demise of what was once the nation’s seventh-largest company squarely on its top two executives. It came in the sixth day of deliberations following a trial that lasted nearly four months. Lay was also convicted of bank fraud and making false statements to banks in a separate trial related to his personal banking. Lay was convicted on all six counts against him in the trial with Skilling. Skilling was convicted on 19 of the 28 counts against and acquitted on the remaining nine. The former corporate titans are now convicted felons facing years in prison when the panel found them guilty of running an elaborate fraud that gave the nation’s onetime seventh-largest company a glamorous illusion of success. Jurors declared through their verdict that both men repeatedly lied to cover a vast web of unsustainable accounting tricks and failing ventures that shoved Enron into bankruptcy protection in December 2001. The conviction was a major win for the government, serving almost as a bookend in an era that has seen prosecutors win convictions against executives from WorldCom Inc. to Adelphia Communications Corp. and homemaking maven Martha Stewart. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe arson gang who set fire to Convoy Orange Hall also tried to burn down the local Presbyterian Church.The Orange Hall in Convoy which was attacked last night.The local Orange Hall was completely gutted after a door was forced in and some form of chemical used to set fire to the hall.Now Gardai have also revealed that an attempt was made to set fire to the nearby Presbyterian Church. Garda Superintendent Michael Finan has confirmed the fire, which broke out around 4.30am, was malicious.“A side door was forced open and an accelerant was used to set fire to the hall so it was a malicious fire.“We have also discovered that an attempt was also made to set a fire at the nearby Presbyterian Church after a back-door was forced in. Thankfully that fire did not catch hold,” he said.The latest attack comes just three weeks after another Orange Hall in the village of Newtowncunningham was also gutted in an arson attack. Supt Finan said a full investigation is being carried out to see if the two attacks are connected.“We are certainly investigating if there is any links between the two fires and we will be exploring that,” he added.Local Master of the Orange Lodge, Alan Laird, said the entire community of Convoy are just devastated by the attack.“This is not just an attack on our community but it is an attack on the entire community of Convoy.“I have spoken to people from all sides of the community this morning and they are just devastated and disgusted by the attack. “I spoke to people in the street who were openly crying about what has happened here. It is just a terrible attack on society,” he said.Gardai are carrying out a full forensic examination of the scene.They are appealing to petrol station owners who may have sold small amounts of fuel in recent days.ARSON GANG WHO DESTROYED ORANGE HALL ALSO TRIED TO BURN CHURCH was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

CSIR develops low-cost Aids drug

first_imgSouth Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a low-cost method of manufacturing the antiretrovirals used to treat HIV/Aids, paving the way for more extensive HIV treatment across Africa.The CSIR’s new technique will reduce the production costs of thymidine, a valuable ingredient in the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs AZT and stavudine. The two generic drugs are used in combination therapy treatment of HIV/Aids.By using two drugs of different classes, combination therapy minimises both HIV virus resistance to ARVs and the development of serious side-effects. Because of this, it is the preferred method of ARV administration.Until now, Indian drug manufacturers supported by state subsidies have offered the most competitively priced active pharmaceutical ingredients, and so dominated the global market.The CSIR’s breakthrough will now allow for the production of thymidine at a fraction lower than the Indian market.According to Dr Moira Bode, who led the CSIR project probing the low-cost production of ARVs, this research could stimulate establishment of an industry for local production of active pharmaceutical ingredients.“This will empower African governments to supply more people with the life-saving drugs,”  Bode said.The CSIR-developed technology relies on a biocatalytic step to produce thymidine. The research included total development of the biocatalysis reaction to produce 5-methyluridine as well as the chemistry to convert 5-methyluridine to thymidine.“This involved, among other things, initial screening work to identify useful enzymes, the fermentations to produce enzymes and the process development for scale-up of the biocatalytic reaction, as well as the chemistry,” said Bode.“The entire process was scaled at the CSIR to produce thymidine at kilogram scale.”The CSIR has filed a patent application on the technology and a new market player in antiretroviral manufacturing, Arvir Technologies, has been granted the commercial rights.The company will explore various options, including granting licences to existing ARV active pharmaceutical ingredient producers, and establishing a new ARV pharmaceutical ingredients facility for South Africa.“We need to ensure that South Africa has an economically sustainable and well-secured supply of high quality ARVs,” ,” said Dr David Walwyn, CEO of Arvir. “Negotiations are presently underway with government.”Dr Gatsha Mazithulela, executive director of the CSIR Biosciences research unit, said South Africa’s high HIV prevalence rate made low-cost ARVs essential.“In South Africa, with the number of people requiring ARV drugs estimated at approaching 1 million [where the CD4 count of the individual is less than 200], the local manufacturing of these drugs is an imperative,” he said.“Ironically, now that the science has been done, the challenge is to find commercial partners willing to invest in manufacturing. We look forward to interesting conversations with our government and other stakeholders in making local production of ARVs a reality.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchArvir Technologieslast_img read more

Household spending on the rise

first_img25 June 2010 Real household spending on services declined at an annualised rate of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2010. It followed an increase of 1.6%in the first quarter of 2009. The decline is attributed to reduced spending on transport services. The expansion of the spending by households was evident in all spending categories with the exception of spending on services. Increased outlays on durable goods could mainly be ascribed to buoyant expenditure on new vehicles, recreational and entertainment goods, and on furniture and household appliances. “These increased outlays, although rising strongly, were from a low base. Year-on-year growth in spending on semi-durable goods amounted to 2.9% in the first quarter of 2010.” Petroleum products Cars, entertainment goods “Excluding spending on armaments, growth in consumption expenditure by general government slowed marginally from an annualised rate of 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 5% in the first quarter of 2010,” said the central bank. Source: BuaNews Semi-durable goods, which has experienced three successive quarters of decline in real spending, this household expenditure component rebounded rising to an annualised rate of 28.4 percent in the first quarter of 2010.center_img “Household expenditure appears to have been positively influenced by several factors, including an acceleration in the growth rate of real disposable income, the reduced cost of credit as a result of lower interest rates, relatively low inflation, rising confidence levels, and an improvement in households’ net wealth as the prices of real estate and other assets continued to rise,” the central bank said on Thursday. According to the Quarterly Bulletin the increase resulted primarily from increased outlays on clothing and footwear and entertainment goods among others. It said that the pace of increase in real final consumption expenditure by general government accelerated to 7.3% in the first quarter of 2010. This was primarily due to the acquisition of two military aircraft, while real salary outlays also edged higher. Non-durable goods increased by 9.5% in the first quarter of 2010 following on six quarters of uninterrupted contraction. Along with the rising spending by households on vehicles notable increases were recorded in the sale of petroleum products. According to the Bank, growth in real expenditure on durable goods surged at annualised rates of 15.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 16.8% in the first quarter of 2010. South African household spending increased by 5.7% in the first quarter of 2010, compared to a 1.6% rise in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the Reserve Bank’s latest quarterly bulletin. “The appreciation of the exchange rate of the rand caused the prices of goods with a high import content to become more competitive, which probably also encouraged consumers to acquire durable goods,” it said. Clothing and footwearlast_img read more

A Passive House Take on the Hudson Valley

first_imgHudson Passive House, in New York’s Columbia County, though only recently completed, is already familiar to Passive House fans in the region.Last month, for example, the 1,650-sq.-ft. timber-frame home played host to 20-plus members of New York Passive House (NYPH), a New York City-based group of “Passivists” (consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, homeowners, developers, and others) who caravanned two hours north of the city to the project site in Claverack, a scenic town a few miles east of the Hudson River. Joined by several people from the community, the NYPH contingent participated in what the project’s architect, Dennis Wedlick, and other project partners called the Hudson Passive House Hard-Hat Tour, a show-and-tell event held November 13 and 14.The three-bedroom, two-bath house also has been the subject of an American Institute of Architects/NYPH presentation, a segment on WABC-TV’s Sunday-morning feature program “New York Viewpoint,” and write-ups in print and online publications, including a recent EcoHome post that brought it to our attention.A well-sealed envelopeSo as new as it is to the landscape, the barn-like Hudson Passive House, whose 25-ft. bow-arch beams were raised in late June, has been successfully marketed into modest celebrity. Structural insulated panels were used for the walls and roof, bringing their respective R values to 48 and 54. The foundation floor is insulated to R-60 with six layers of expanded polystyrene and, on the interior and exterior of the foundation walls, extruded polystyrene.Mechanical ventilation is provided by a Zehnder ComfoAir 200 heat-recovery ventilator, while space heating is provided by a minisplit air-source heat pump that is mounted in the wall of the loft space at the north end of the building.The building is exceptionally airtight, even by Passive House standards. A blower-door test showed 0.149 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. Wedlick told EcoHome that construction costs likely will range from $200 to $250 per sq. ft. ($330,000 to $412,000).The NYPH organizers apparently liked what they saw and, in a blog post about their visit in November, suggested they might make another trip to the house in the dead of winter “so we can actually experience the PH really ‘working.’”last_img read more

HC sets aside ₹2000 waiver to sugar mills

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday set aside the Uttar Pradesh government’s order in which it had waived about ₹2000 crore of interest amount which the sugar mills owed to farmers due to delayed payment of cane arrears. The court order came in response to a petition filed by farmer-activist V.M. Singh challenging the waiver of interest amount which the mill owners were supposed to pay to the farmers for the years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.Sugar mill owners are supposed to pay interest on cane arrears to the farmers in case of delay in payment.The interest amount for 2012-13 and 2013-14 of over ₹1,300 crore was waived by the State government on May 22, 2015, by accepting the request of mill owners that they were not in a position to pay interest for delay in payment of cane price to the farmers as they incurred losses allegedly due to reduction in the price of sugar. The State government, through an order in Oct. 2016, further waived over ₹700 crore for interest payment.last_img read more