Site C could face another court challenge

first_imgThat’s drawn a support statement, not only from the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada but also the 51 thousand member, Christian Labor Association of Canada.However, the latter opposes what it calls the undemocratic, adversarial and monopolistic practices of the labor movement and that stated, it should be noted again, that the building trades have filed a civil suit in BC Supreme Court to block the Hydro plan.We’re still waiting for word on a court date, but the Building Trades Office says, this latest government statement is now being studied and is soon expected to be the subject of a response.- Advertisement -Meantime, the surviving members of the crew who built the WAC Bennett Dam are calling for a Construction Partnership Agreement with Hydro, putting in place the system used in every major dam project since the 660 foot Bennett Dam was built in the nineteen sixties.They argue that’s the only way to ensure a fair Site C jobs hiring policy.“What we want is B.C. workers that are qualified to go to work first, then Canadian Workers, we have people in the United States that are train just as well or the same as we are.  We’d like to go to the United States before we go off shore.  But if we have to go off shore, we are more than willing to work with the contractors to facilitate that.”  That’s Wayne Peppard of the Allied Hydro Council, who also told us last month Hydro risks turning away from, what clearly works, and thus losing assured access to the best of BC’S trade workers since Site C and LNG plant construction could occur simultaneously.Advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona star Lionel Messi wins La Liga player of the month – for the FIRST time!

first_img Lionel Messi 1 Lionel Messi has been named Spain’s La Liga player of the month for January – the first time he has won the award.The award has been given out since the beginning of the 2013-14 Primera Division season, but the five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner had not won it until now.The Barcelona forward finally won the award at the 23rd time of asking after scoring six goals in as many league games in January.The 28-year-old struck a hat-trick against Granada as well as scoring in victories over Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Atletico Madrid to take his total of league goals for the season to 12.Messi is only the second Barcelona player to win the award following Neymar’s success in November.Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award twice since it began in September 2013, as have Atletico pair Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann and Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela.last_img read more

DRINK! GIRLS! FATHER JACK LANDS JOB IN DONEGAL SUPERMARKET

first_imgFr. Jack Hacket embarking on a career in retail at SupervaluCustomers in a Donegal supermarket have noticed a certain clergyman has appeared on the store’s Manager Board.Supervalu Dungloe has added an unorthodox Off-Licence Manager to the team, one with a lifetime fondness for the sauce.There could be no greater expert in alcohol than Father Jack Hacket, of Father Ted fame. Let’s hope the boozy boss doesn’t get the keys to the whiskey cabinet! DRINK! GIRLS! FATHER JACK LANDS JOB IN DONEGAL SUPERMARKET was last modified: September 16th, 2013 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

Glencolmcille mourn sad passing of marine artist Ken King

first_imgThe community of Glencolmcille is in mourning over the sad passing of marine-based artist Ken King. Mr King died peacefully yesterday (Sat) in the wonderful care of the staff of Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny.King, who was a marine artist and former RC Chaplain in Royal Navy, was a beloved husband of Anne and adored Dad of Caitríona and James. Born in Dublin, Kenneth King was commissioned into the Royal Navy as a Chaplain and served in the Arctic, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Far East waters.He began painting full-time in 1976, specialising in the naval and merchant shipping of Ireland, together with the country’s coastline and lighthouses.Removal of remains from Sandfield at 7pm to St. Columba’s Church, Cashel, Glencolmcille.Funeral mass at 12pm on Monday, 19th August in St Columba’s Church, Cashel, Glencolmcille, followed by a burial at St. Columba’s Church of Ireland cemetery, Straid, Glencolmcille. Glencolmcille mourn sad passing of marine artist Ken King was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

New social welfare scheme opens for unemployed artists

first_imgA pilot scheme has opened to visual artists and writers under the Creative Ireland Programme allowing them to focus on their creative output.A review of the pilot scheme for artists was recently undertaken by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in consultation with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.In line with this recommendation, Ministers Doherty and Josepha Madigan announced, on 5 July 2019, that the scheme would be extended on a permanent basis to other self-employed artists such as those working in theatre and music. This expanded scheme recognises the unique creative circumstances of professional artists in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and gives them special assistance in their first year out of work.Professional artists engaged in a wide variety of art forms who are on Jobseeker’s Allowance will now be able to focus on their artistic work and to develop their portfolio.  They will be exempt from participating in the normal labour market activation activities for the first year that they are out of work.Minister Doherty said: “Ireland is well known throughout the world for its unique contribution to all art forms.  Giving professional artists an opportunity to expand their creative work in a practical way is our way of acknowledging the important work that professional artists do.“We know that creativity must be fostered and allowed to develop rather than imposing restrictions on the time needed to produce creative work to a professional standard. “I am delighted to extend my Department’s scheme as was recommended in the review undertaken by my Department in consultation with the Department of Culture Heritage and Gaeltacht.“I would also like to acknowledge the support and input from The Arts Council along with representatives from Visual Artists Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre.“My Department looks forward to accepting applications from professional artists who satisfy the qualifying conditions and to support them in the development of their professional careers.”The review recommended that the pilot should be established as a permanent scheme in its own right and extended to include professionals from other artistic disciplines.Minister Madigan commented: “This Government recognises the crucial role that the arts and culture play in our nation. That’s why we have already made significant progress on our public commitment to double funding for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht by 2025.  In Budget 2019, funding for arts and culture increased by €22.6m to almost €190m, an increase of 14% on 2018.Artists, performers and stage designers are central to this. They deserve our full support particularly given the significant income challenges they can face.That’s why we expanded this scheme, a pilot initiative of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, to include other self-employed artists.The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will work with the Arts Council and the representative bodies for artists from different art forms to develop an independent and objective validation process that will certify the artists’ professional credentials.” In order to qualify for the scheme, professional artists must apply for and satisfy the qualifying conditions for Jobseeker’s Allowance including a means test.They must be unemployed, capable of, available for and actively seeking work.  Applicants are also required to provide a certificate/declaration from their professional body as to their status as a professional artist.They must be registered as self-employed with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and at least 50% of their income should be derived from their art in the previous year.Participants on the scheme can continue on a voluntary basis to avail of the supports of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s Public Employment Service.Visual artists from Visual Artists Ireland and writers from the Irish Writer’s Centre have now been joined on the scheme by screenwriters, film directors and film actors.The theatre art form is open to actors, costume designers, theatre directors, set designers and stage designers.Musicians, dancers, choreographers, opera composers and circus and street performers complete the list of artistic disciplines who are now included in the scheme.New social welfare scheme opens for unemployed artists was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Raiders reportedly in talks with Coliseum to play final season in Oakland

first_imgOAKLAND — The Raiders could be staying for one more season in Oakland, as talks have resumed with Coliseum officials, according to an ABC7 News report Friday.ABC7 reported the team and Coliseum officials have resumed talks for the first time since December about playing its final season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas.Owner Mark Davis stopped talks with Oakland after the city filed a lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL over the move to Las Vegas. The team’s new stadium in Las Vegas …last_img

2019 Ohio Beef Expo recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In another incredible event focused on the beef industry, the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo drew more than 30,000 participants to Columbus from March 14 to 17.The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosts the annual event that provides opportunities for beef producers to learn and enhance their operations through a multi-day trade show, cattle sales, youth events and quality assurance sessions.The event this year was accompanied by some positive signs for the beef industry.“Today’s cattle industry is good despite the mud. The markets are looking good. The grass is starting to come and feeder cattle are trending up, fat cattle are trending up and so are cull cattle,” said Sasha Rittenhouse, OCA president. “The Ohio Beef Expo is the largest event for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. It was huge this year.”One highlight for Youth Day on Friday — sponsored by the Gallia County Cattlemen’s Association and the Fayette County Cattle Feeders — was the judging contest, where over 560 youth tested their ability to evaluate cattle. Nearly 450 youth participated in youth quality assurance training as well.“We had over 500 kids come for the judging contest, so it is the biggest one we have had yet. That is great. Youth are definitely our future and it is exciting to see that many kids come to judge cattle all day,” Rittenhouse said. “We have a huge junior show and huge breed show as well and the breed sales. The barn is packed so we are pretty pleased. The trade show is sold out and we have a waiting list. So many people come from around the state and in neighboring states to visit the trade show.”An adult beef quality assurance session was offered on Friday of the event, with close to 120 participants attending to get or maintain their certification.“Some packers are requiring the cattle that come to their facility are beef quality assurance certified. We have been offering those sessions across the state. This just became effective Jan. 1,” Rittenhouse said. “It is a good thing. It is good for producers to keep consumers happy and to do everything we are supposed to. We just want to make sure we keep track of those things with youth quality assurance and beef quality assurance for adults.”The Expo featured a trade show featuring more than 130 vendors from 16 states and drew a large crowd throughout the show. In addition, a social was hosted for OCA members, volunteers, trade show participants and cattle exhibitors on Thursday, March 14, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. OCA also held a live auction to raise money for OCA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) fund.Four breed shows and two breed parades were featured Friday and Saturday, as well as numerous breed displays representing the Angus, Charolais, Dexter, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Red Angus, Shorthorn and Simmental breeds. The Genetic Pathway, located in the ShowBloom Breed’s Barn, showcased the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend. Six breed sales brought in large crowds on Saturday, March 16, selling 345.5 lots with an average price of $3,435 and a gross of $1,186,650.Two recipients were honored with the Friend of the Expo Award for their dedication and contributions to the Expo’s annual success. C.J. Brown of Lindewood, Illinois, and Joe Foster of Plain City, were both honored. Brown owns C.J. Brown studios, where she creates unique prints for numerous cattle associations and companies. C.J. has always been willing to donate to fundraisers and create original artwork for the Ohio Beef Expo, particularly for the Expo’s 30th anniversary in 2017. Foster is a district sales manager for Quality Liquid Feeds, where he oversees sales in Ohio, southern Indiana, West Virginia and Virginia. Foster has been heavily involved with the Expo since nearly the beginning of the event and is currently the vice-chairman of the Trade Show Committee. Throughout the year he is in communication with trade show exhibitors and also works to accommodate them during the event.Junior exhibitors also had the opportunity to attend two fitting and clipping demonstrations and a welcome pizza party. Events continued Saturday with over 475 exhibitors in the showmanship competition, sponsored by Cattle Visions, LLC, Engelhaupt Embroidery and ShowBloom – F.L. Emmert Company. Junior Showmanship was judged by Dan and Jill Harker of Hope, Indiana. The junior portion of the Expo wrapped up Sunday with the junior market animal show and junior heifer show. Amanda Schnoor, California, evaluated the breeding heifers while Dr. Ryan Rathmann, Texas, assessed the market animals. A combined total of nearly 815 head from across the state participated in the two shows. During the junior show, Kinley Kreis, Muskingum County, was awarded the $1,000 Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo.During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed nearly 200 memberships, including NCBA members. Current or new OCA members also had the opportunity to win some great prizes, including YETI coolers and a wood-pellet fired grill. These drawings were sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.A complete list of the event’s sponsors can be found at www.ohiobeefexpo.com. The dates for the 2020 Ohio Beef Expo are March 19 through 22.Visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for more information as well as complete coverage of the 2019 event.last_img read more

Ray Kurzweil, Father Of The Singularity, Is Going To Work At Google

first_imgRay Kurzweil, one of the most wide-eyed futurists around, is going to work at Google.Kurzweil is one of the foremost authors responsible for the popularity of the notion of technological singularity, the idea that artificial intelligence will someday (soon) reach a crescendo of self-improvement, kicking off an endlessly growing planetary intelligence and allowing us to transcend our limited humanity. He’s written multiple books about artificial intelligence, the singularity and transhumanism. He’s also intensely interested in human life extension and has written extensively about health and biology. On top of all that, he’s an inventor of musical instruments, and he’s worked on optical character recognition, text-to-speech and speech recognition technology.It’s in those last few areas that Kurzweil will be of most immediate use to Google. The KurzweilAI press release says he’s joining Google to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”Google has plenty of Kurzweilian technology in play already, with voice and text search that understands natural language and optical character and image recognition that allows search of text, images, and even video. Imagine how cool Google search will be when Project Glass glasses are a live, real-world search interface.But the next step of all those technologies is best described as artificial intelligence, the real Holy Grail for Kurzweil. If any company is going to bring about a singularity by computing endlessly on all the world’s information, it’s going to be Google.What an amazing, slightly terrifying combination.“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Google to work on some of the hardest problems in computer science so we can turn the next decade’s ‘unrealistic’ visions into reality,” Kurzweil says.Kurzweil’s title will be Director of Engineering. He starts on Monday, December 17.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud jon mitchellcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#artificial intelligence#Google Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Chicago gets smart cities boost with CIVIQ Wi-Fi project

first_imgDonal Power Tags:#AT&T#CES2017#Chicago#CIVIQ#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Chicago will be the site of another smart city initiative as CIVIQ Smartscapes announced plans to launch a new Wi-Fi powered pilot project.Milford, Ma.-based CIVIQ will install interactive devices in downtown Chicago that offer high-speed public Wi-Fi.On top of wireless connectivity, the Waypoint devices will also provide such digital services as wayfinding, safety alerts and interactive information about transportation services.“Cities across the world are focused on transforming urban landscapes into hyper-connected smartscapes,” said CIVIQ Smartscapes Managing Director of Global Government Development & Innovation George Burciaga. “Connecting smart devices, services and people will allow cities to react to human occurrences in real time, while becoming more efficient and sustainable.”The devices will also allow direct citizen engagement with the city of Chicago through CIVIQ’s Mobility Experience. This solution allows residents to connect with the city in order to enable municipal staff and elected officials to respond better to pressing issues.“The City of Chicago and the Mayor are focused on building a safer and smarter Chicago, this technology improves the way residents communicate and is the first step of many within the City of Chicago,” said Alderman Daniel Solis.Helping the Windy City save cashThe pilot project is part of Chicago’s focus as an AT&T spotlight city under its smart cities framework. The AT&T framework aims to leverage the company’s IoT expertise to help targeted cities save money, preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for their citizens.The CIVIQ project follows the recently announced news that AT&T and Chicago are deepening their smart city partnership with a pilot project for smart kiosks and bus shelters.The telecoms giant announced this expansion of its smart cities work in Chicago at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas.As well, AT&T Smart Cities it also revealed it is expanding its presence at O’Hare International Airport beyond its digital displays that show real-time ground transport information.The airport expansion involves a project that will capture passenger data as they move around the airport to improve customer service. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

4 promising open source projects for 2018

first_imgThis year has been a year of massive growth in open source. While almost any developer knows frameworks such as React and projects like Docker (moby), in 2017 the number of open source projects on GitHub grew from around 35 million to over 62 million.See also: Is IoT all about low-tech and simple APIsAs open source is expected to continue to grow and standardize more development fields, here is a short preview of some of the most promising candidates to rise in 2018. Most of them were built around the growing realization that the age of components has just begun and that applications in 2018 will be built using encapsulated, composable and styled components as building blocks – which should be easily shared and used in our different applications.1. VueAlthough already widely known and very buzzy, Vue is increasing in adoption in the community and organizations and might very well become an even competitor for frameworks such as React in 2018. It is a library for building interactive web interfaces and provides a simple, flexible API for its data-reactive components. It has a simple, minimal core with an incrementally adoptable stack that can handle apps of any scale. It’s lightweight, simplicity and community adoption position it as one of the most promising candidates for massive growth in 2018.2. BitBit is an extension for your Git repositories that enables you to share parts from their existing source-code and natively integrate them into other repos, without having to set up and maintain additional repositories/packages.Any subset of files from your Git repo can be easily tracked and shared as a reusable component, creating a playlist-like collection of components to be used by different team members and projects. You and your team can share and discover components, collaborate, get updates and stay in sync.3. Styled ComponentsWith over 10k stars in just a few months (and keeps gaining popularity), this project allows you to write actual CSS code to style your components. It also removes the mapping between components and styles, so using components as a low-level styling construct becomes very simple. This is nothing less than a milestone in the upcoming future of styling components.4. Apollo GraphQL (with React)Apollo is a A fully-featured, production-ready caching GraphQL client for every server or UI frameworkReact-Apollo is a convenient yet powerful way to bind GraphQL queries to your React components so that you can focus on developing your UI while data fetching and management get out of the way. At the same time, it has all of the hooks and extension points for you to be fully in control. Tags:#api#Bit#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#vue Jonathan Saring Related Posts How APIs and Machine Learning are Evolving The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation Websockets and IoT: Why don’t the two go together? Joni Sar is on the www.bitsrc.io team, working to build great open-source things with and for the community. Feel free to get in touch. Building a Predictive Analytics Model From Scratchlast_img read more