Citizens want the ALC out of Northern B.C.

first_imgThe organization has met with the ALC as well as taken B.C. Agricultural Minister Don McRae on a helicopter tour of areas both east and west of the Rockies.They say he’s keen to make changes, but for now they are only looking for the support of Peace River Regional District. Citizens for Agricultural Land Reform are calling for a five-year moratorium on the Agricultural Land Reserve east of the Rockies.They say the ALR is an unnecessary restriction.Instead, they suggest a Delegation Agreement which would give local elected representatives control over agricultural land.- Advertisement -According to representative Anne Clayton, less than 40 per cent of the agricultural land in Northeast B.C. is being farmed.She claims the ALC is more focussed on preserving agricultural land rather than encouraging farming in collaboration with other communities of interest, like local farmers and ranchers who want to service the oil and gas industry on their own farms.Instead, she says farmers are treated like “criminals” when they participate in the oil and gas industry.Advertisement Tim Caton, Director of Area “E”, says the Citizens for Agricultural Land Reform are on the right track.”I believe that anybody who owns their land, who has bought and paid for their land with blood, sweat and tears has the right to do with their land when it comes to economic development.”If after four years the moratorium is determined to be working, the organization would ask for complete abolition of the ALR in the area.For now, getting anything to happen is still a slow process.Advertisementlast_img read more

Gardai issue golden rules for safe online shopping

first_imgGardai have issued a warning to consumers in the midst of one of the busiest online shopping periods of the year.Black Friday weekend sales and Cyber Monday discounts are in full swing across online stores. Gardai warn that, in a small number of cases, online shopping fraud can losing money or having their credit/debit card details being compromised.A 12-Step guide to Safe Online Shopping has been published with key Crime Prevention advice for all shoppers: The DOs Only buy from trusted sources, shops or brands that you are familiar with Use credit cards when purchasing things online Make sure the data transfer is appropriately protected. Look for the padlock symbol Think twice before allowing e-merchant stores to store your payment details Be aware how to control the recurring charge if paying for a continuous service online Always save all documents related to your online purchases.The DON’Ts If you are not buying a specific product or service, don’t submit your card details Avoid doing your online shopping at sites that don’t use full authentication Never send your Card number, PIN or any other card information to anyone by email When purchasing something online from another person, do not send money up front Never send your card details in an unencrypted email Don’t send money to anyone you don’t know onlineREMEMBERRegularly check statements and transactions for any frauds or suspicious activity. Report suspicious transactions to your local Garda station and to your bank or card processor.  Gardai have also provided advice for Online Retailers, who can also be the target of frauds when it comes to purchases or goods online:Compromised credit cards of requests to pay for goods and services using money transfer services can result in significant losses for online sellers. To avoid those losses, some basic steps should be kept in mind by online retailers and private sellers. Beware of any purchases of bulk items or large quantities of the items or random goodsCheck any purchases of high-value goods or goods that can easily be resoldBe cautious with purchases using credit/debit cards issues overseas or in a different name than the purchaser Check that delivery and billing addresses are the same. Check addresses and usernames online using Google to see if any reports or complaints. Require postcodes with addresses. Use Google maps to make sure the address is correctBe cautious of bulk purchases of gift cards and guest logins rather than users creating accounts Small cost purchases followed by larger purchases by the same user could indicate someone testing a compromised cardIf you capture IP addresses check them online to see where they are registered. If the billing/delivery address is in a different country, this could indicate a problemFurther advice/information is available for advice on crime and golden rules of safe online for crime prevention advice and contact details of local Garda for advice on banking and payments (or you bank’s website) Consumer Association of Ireland re online shopping rightsGardai issue golden rules for safe online shopping was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Black Fridayshopping cyber mondaylast_img read more

Gritters dispatched to selected routes in Donegal tonight

first_imgDonegal County Council is preparing its gritters for a number of areas in Donegal as temperatures drop tonight.Main routes in Inishowen, Milford and Buncrana Town Council area are on the gritting list for Monday night from 8pm.Met Eireann has forecast frost and a risk of icy patches in parts of the north west tonight. Temperatures will reach lows of -1 to +1 Celsius and it is set to be milder near the west coast with lows of 1 to 3 Celsius in moderate breezes. Frost, ice and any fog will clear on Tuesday morning to give a dry day with some sunny spells.The following routes will be gritted from 8PM on Monday:04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford NorthBT: Buncrana Town CouncilGritters dispatched to selected routes in Donegal tonight was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Bergbau und Mineralien in Sudafrika

first_imgSudafrika, auch Schatztruhe der Welt genannt, verfugt uber reichhaltige mineralische Bodenschatze. Das Land produziert und besitzt einen erheblichen Anteil aller Mineralien weltweit.Sudafrikas Reichtum sind die schier unerschopflichen Bodenschatze: fast 90% der Platin-Vorkommen, 80% der Mangan-Vorkommen, 73% der Chrom-Vorkommen, 45% der Vanadium-Vorkommen und 41% der Gold-Vorkommen befinden sich hier. Nur Rohol und Bauxit kann das Land nicht bieten.Das Land ist ein fuhrender Produzent von Edelmetallen wie Gold und Platin, aber auch von Basismetallen und Kohle. Es ist der viertgroßte Diamantenhersteller, wobei Experten davon ausgehen, dass es immer noch potentielle weitere Vorkommen in Gebieten gibt, die noch nicht voll erschlossen sind.Stellenwert in der WirtschaftSudafrikas war uber ein Jahrhundert lang der weltweit großte Goldproduzent, wurde jedoch 2007 von China ubertroffen. Gold, einst der Schlusselfaktor in der sudafrikanischen Wirtschaft, hat an Bedeutung eingebußt, da die Wirtschaft des Landes vielfaltiger geworden ist.Allerdings ist der Bergbau in Sudafrika immer noch ein essentieller Wirtschaftsfaktor und Edelmetalle stellen 65% des Mineralienexports des Landes, was 21% des Gesamtwarenexportes 2006 entspricht. Das Land liefert 80% des Platins auf der Welt.Die Bergbauindustrie ist ebenfalls Sudafrikas großter Arbeitgeber mit uber 460.000 Beschaftigten und weiteren 400.000 weiteren Angestellten bei Zulieferern und unterstutzenden Dienstleistern.WandelDie Besitzverhaltnisse, der Zugang und der Abbau der mineralischen Bodenschatze des Landes wird im Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2002 geregelt. Dieses Gesetz erklart den Staat zum Sachwalter uber diese Bodenschatze.Wandel ist eines der Hauptprobleme, mit dem der sudafrikanische Bergbau konfrontiert wird. Ein gleichberechtigter Zugang zu mineralischen Bodenschatzen wurde gesetzlich festgeschrieben. Eine erhebliche Beteiligung von bisher benachteiligten Gruppen ist der Gegenstand der brancheneigenen Verpflichtungserklarung im Zuge des “Black Economic Empowerment” (BEE).Derzeit sind uber 70% der Arbeitskrafte in dieser Industrie schwarz, davon allerdings nicht einmal 5% in leitenden Positionen. Die Regierung hat Vorgaben erlassen. Bis 209 wird von allen Bergbaugesellschaften erwartet, dass 40% der leitenden Positionen mit bislang benachteiligten Sudafrikanern zu besetzen sind.Weitere Zielvorgaben fur dien nachsten 10 Jahre sehen den Transfer von 26% der Bergbauanteile an Gesellschaften in schwarzem Besitz, und die Gewahrleistung, dass 51% aller zukunftigen Bergbauprojekte von Unternehmen in schwarzem Besitz kontrolliert werden.StarkenAls eines der Hauptbergbaulander zahlt Sudafrika hohe fachliche Kompetenz im Technik- und Produktionsbereich sowie umfangreiche Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit zu seinen Starken.Das Land hat im Weltvergleich erstklassige Verarbeitungsanlagen fur Kohlenstoffstahl, Edelstahl und die Aluminiumindustrie, neben Gold und Platin. Sudafrika ist ebenfalls weltweit fuhrend in Sachen neue Technologien. Dazu gehort u. a. ein bahnbrechendes Verfahren, das geringhaltiges, extrafeines Eisenerz in hochwertiges Eisen umwandelt.Diese Art der Veredelung und somit der Wertsteigerung von Rohstoffen vor dem Export wurde vom Staat als einer der Hauptwachstumsbereiche herausgestellt. Hier liegen lukrative Ertragsmoglichkeiten fur nachgelagerte Aufbereitung und steigert den Wert von Eisen, Edelstahl, Kohlenstoffstahl, Aluminium, Platinderivat und Gold vor Ort.IndustriefuhrerZwei der weltweit großten Bergbaugesellschaften stammen aus Sudafrika. BHP Billiton, die großte Bergbaugesellschaft der Welt, kam im Zuge einer Fusion zwischen der sudafrikanischen Gesellschaft Billiton und dem australischen Unternehmen BHP zustande.Anglo American Plc, mit Borsennotierungen in London und Johannesburg, besitzt mehrere Tochtergesellschaften wie z. B. Anglo Platinum, Anglo Coal, Impala Platinum und Kumba Iron Ore.Der Diamantminenbetreiber De Beers, ebenfalls ein sudafrikanisches Unternehmen, ist im Besitz von Anglo American und einem Konsortium unter Fuhrung der Regierung von Botswana. Der weltweit wichtigste Diamantenproduzent baute 2007 ca. 51,1 Mio. Karat ab.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyChamber of Mines of South AfricaStandard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaBusiness DayMining WeeklyMineweblast_img read more

SA scientist leads cancer fight

first_imgSouth African-born scientist Dr Peter Jones has pioneered a new form of cancer treatment called epigenetic therapy. MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Peter Jones University of Southern California +1 323 865 0816 USEFUL LINKS • USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centre • Stand Up To Cancer • Cancer Association of South Africa RELATED ARTICLES • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Vaccine hope for SA women • Top award for Rhodes scientistSamson MulugetaSouth African-born scientist Dr Peter Jones, who conducted his seminal research at Stellenbosch Medical School in the late 1970s, has pioneered a new form of cancer treatment called epigenetic therapy.Instead of killing cancer cells with chemotherapy or radiation, the new form of therapy activates dormant genes in the affected cells and instructs them to become healthy again.During an international clinical trial, the new type of therapy was found to boost some patients’ survival rate from 26% to 50%. The results were published in the British medical journal Lancet in March 2009.Jones emigrated to US in the 1980s and is currently a professor of urology, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Southern California.Together with Dr Stephen Baylin of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he has formed the Dream Team project, which aims to bring the promise of epigenetic therapy to clinical practice. The focus of the project, made possible with a US$9.12-million (R73-million) grant, is on breast, colon and lung cancers as well leukaemia.Jones and Baylin’s effort is funded by Stand Up To Cancer, a US-based charity that supports research on new cancer treatments.Accidental discoveryBorn in Cape Town, Jones received a BSc in biochemistry from the University College of Rhodesia, now the University of Zimbabwe, in 1969, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of London in 1973. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California, from 1973 to 1975.During his stint at Stellenbosch Medical School Jones tried to see whether cancer drugs could trigger cancer in basic – as opposed to specialised – human cells. During this investigation, quite by chance, he and a graduate student found that a basic human cell, once treated with a little-known drug called “aza-c”, started to beat, like a heart.The aza-c had somehow switched on the cell’s genes, turning it into a specialised muscle cell.This gave Jones the idea that the drug could ”turn off” genes in cancerous cells and transform them into healthy ones.“I can still remember being there in the lab at Tygerberg when my grad student ran in and said, ‘My God, I just saw these cells twitching.’ It was completely accidental,” Jones told the Sunday Times.Cancer drugs that have developed from the initial aza-c findings have shown promise in treating acute myelogenous leukaemia and a group of diseases called myelodysplastic syndromes.New field of scienceJones’s work has attracted a number of accolades. In 2008 he was awarded South Africa’s highest cancer research award, the AG Oettle prize, and in 2009 he scooped the prize for basic cancer research from the American Association for Cancer Research and the Kirk and Dorothy Landon Foundation.“It’s very rare in science that you can say the work of individual investigators revolutionises cancer research, but Peter Jones and Stephen Baylin have achieved that kind of paradigm shift,” said Margaret Foti, the association’s chief executive officer.“Their work has changed the way we view molecular causation from a genetic to an epigenetic focus. The potential impact of this work is enormous, and it is already resulting in significant improvements in cancer diagnosis and therapy.”Dr Carl Albrecht, head of research for the Cancer Association of South Africa and a former colleague, said Jones’s work represented “the great new hope” in the war on cancer.“I would not be surprised in the least if Jones were to win the Nobel Prize,” Albrecht told the Sunday Times. “This could prove to be one of South Africa’s greatest gifts to the world,” he said.Jones said the work he began while in South Africa led to a “whole new field of science in the world”.“Something was done in South Africa that has launched a serious new hope,” he said.last_img read more

West Coast goes cage free

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramStates continue to battle over whether eggs should come from cage-free hens or caged hens. When we last discussed the topic HERE in May, the governor of the state of Washington had just signed his state’s cage-free requirement into law.Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producing state, has gone the other way in trying to limit cage-free egg production.  Now, Oregon is set to ban the purchase or sale of eggs and egg products from caged hens starting in 2024.  However, Oregon’s law exempts eggs and egg products from caged hens if the sale occurs at a federally inspected plant under the Egg Products Inspection Act or if the caged hens were at a commercial farm with a flock of fewer than 3,000 hens.  You can read the text of the bill HERE.last_img read more

Snowshoe Geocaching – A Video

first_img SharePrint Presents: FavoritesOctober 20, 2011In “Learn” Weekly Newsletter – International Geocaching DayJuly 25, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Presents: “The Rock”November 3, 2011In “Community” White fields of deep, powdery snow can’t stop geocachers from embarking on a high-tech treasure hunt. They simply adapt. Watch this video to follow along as geocacher Greg McCaddon, Totemlake, leads a group of eight on a snowshoe geocaching adventure in the postcard-perfect mountains of Washington State.Snowshoe geocachingGeocachers say snowshoe caching is like preparing for any winter sport. It’s recommended you dress in layers, bring water, food, survival gear and (of course) your GPS receiver loaded with nearby caches.Totemlake hosts a Hike of the Month for local geocachers. Watch the video to see the unique token that each participant receives and what goes into the cache on each Hike of the Month.Explore more than 30 videos in our gallery.  Share a video on “Basics of Hiding a Geocache,” watch a Travel Bug® move from cache to cache around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Google Wants You To Live Longer—Much, Much Longer

first_imgreadwrite Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Google wants to hack the human lifespan. Today it launched Calico, a new startup with a hazy  focus on “health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.”Calico will be led by former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson, who was once a research scientist at the biotech pioneer, and who will remain chairman of both Apple and Genentech (which is now a unit of the drug company Roche). Google didn’t say what, exactly, Calico will do, although Google CEO Larry Page told Time magazine that it will focus on longer-term initiatives:“In some industries, it takes ten or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Healthcare is certainly one of those areas,” said Page. “Maybe we should shoot for the things that are really, really important so ten or 20 years from now we have those things done.” How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Google#life extension Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Are You Investing Enough In Your Growth

first_imgHow much money have you invested in your personal growth or development this year? How much money have you invested in your professional development? What is your growth and development budget?How much time have you spent on personal growth? How much time have you spent in the gym, the road, or the yoga studio working on your physical health and well-being? How much time have you spent with a book in your hands? How much time have you spent with video or audio programs?How much energy have you invested in your future? How much energy have you devoted to setting your goals, developing your plans, and working on building the life you want for yourself? How much energy have you spent in introspection, thinking about who you are and what you are here to do?You pay for your future now. You pay for that future with money, time, and energy. Success is something that you always have to pay for in advance. First, you do the lonely work of developing yourself and your ability to create value, and then you get the success that naturally follows. But if you aren’t paying now, you are right now deciding on your future regrets.Would the amount of money you spend on your personal and professional growth provide clear evidence that you are paying the price now for who you are going to be in the future?Would the time you spend hitting the gym, the time you spend hitting the books, or the time you spend in downward-facing dog make the case that you are working on you?Would the amount of energy you expended working on your goals, developing your plans, and bringing that future version of yourself to fruition be evident if you stood before a jury of your hustler peers?The safest and surest bet you can make is the bet you make on yourself. If you are going to make an investment, no other investment on Earth is going to produce greater returns now and in the future.last_img read more

IPL 2017, DD vs RCB: Virat Kohli leads Bangalore to win in last league game

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore ended their disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a 10-run win over sixth-placed Delhi Daredevils in an inconsequential contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday.Captain Virat Kohli (58 off 45balls 3×4, 3×6) shared a 66-run second-wicket stand with West Indian Chris Gayle (48 off 38balls 3×3, 3×6) as Bangalore reached 161/6 in 20 overs. Delhi were bowled out for 151 in 19.5 overs, losing by 10 runs to finish sixth.With both teams out of the race for the play-offs, Bangalore, who made five changes to their side, opted to bat. They made a slow start, scoring 37/1 at the end of Powerplay overs (six), with Gayle contributing 32 runs off 24 deliveries.Opening batsman Vishnu Vinod (3) did not trouble the scorers as he was bowled by Pat Cummins in the fifth ball of the fifth over.Gayle picked two sixes off pacer right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami but he was far from his usual flow. He struggled with his stroke-making after the Powerplay overs.But Kohli looked to be in good touch and he provided impetus to the visitors’ innings. His lofted drive off medium pacer Corey Anderson in the first ball of the ninth over was a joy to watch as it completed 50 runs for the southern outfit.Kohli picked out leg-spinner Amit Mishra for attack and his rasping flicks towards the midwicket against provided the runs Bangalore required in the middle overs.At the other end, Gayle, who was struggling, was caught by Zaheer Khan at short midwicket off a delivery from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, with Bangalore at 96/2 in 13.1 overs.advertisementBangalore lost Travis Had (2) in the following over, after the Australian fell short of completing two runs as Shreyas Iyer threw from the midwicket at the bowling end.Kohli, meanwhile completed his fifty in 39 deliveries in the final ball of the 15th over with a single to deep cover off a delivery from Zaheer.Zaheer’s next over saw Kolhi play another delightful flick for a six over midwicket before being failing to clear Nadeem at long-off. It was a big relief for Delhi, having dismissed the visiting skipper in the 17th over.Kedar Jadhav (12) followed Kohli to the dug-out in the next over after being run out by Cummins with a direct throw from the short third man area at the bowling end. Sachin Baby (12) then was holed out at long-off by Anderson off Cummins, as Bangalore lost sixth wicket with 144 runs on the board.Later, Pawan Negi milked 13 off five deiveries he faced in the final over he faced from Anderson to take the total beyond 160.In pursuit of the target, Delhi had a poor start, losing Sanju Samson (0) in the second delivery of the first over bowled by medium pacer Avesh Khan. The responsibility of creating the base then fell on Karun Nair (26) and Shreyas Iyer (32) and the pair did well with a 40-run stand as the former pulled straight into the hands of Jadhav at short midwicket off a delivery from medium pacer Shane Watson.Iyer then joined hands with Rishabh Pant (45) and another partnership started to blossom. Medium pacer ended the 45-run partnership as he had Iyer caught by Watson at short cover in the fourth ball of the 12th over. Harshal then dealt another blow to Delhi in his next ball as he bowled West Indian veteran batsman Marlon Samuels (0) with a slower delivery to reduce the hosts to 87/4.Off-spinner Head made further problems for Delhi, removing Anderson (3) and Cummins (7) in the 16th over, as the hosts reeled at 113/ 6, still requiring 49 runs.In the following over, Harshal sent Pant packing, bowling through his defence to pull the match in favour of Bangalore, with Delhi still needing 43 runs from 3.2 overs.However, Shami (21; 9b; 3×4, 1×6) delivered some lusty blows to keep Delhi in hunt, as the hosts required 13 runs off the final over. The right-hander was stumped by wicket-keeper Vinod in the second ball of the 20th over bowled by Negi, leaving Delhi to score 12 off four deliveries.AAfter couple of deliveries that didn’t yield a run, Negi dismissed Nadeem (2) in the fifth ball, bowling out Delhi for 151.Brief scores: Bangalore: 161/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2/22, Shahbaz Nadeem 1/12). Delhi: 151 all out in 19.5 overs (Rishabh Pant 45, Shreyas Iyer 32; Harshal Patel 3/43, Pawan Negi 2/10, Travis Head 2/30).last_img read more