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Industry proponents, international investors, major suppliers, and active community member’s listened to 14 panels from First Nation leaders, academics and local communities, focusing on furthering B.C.’s LNG growth.The topics included, making B.C. a globally competitive jurisdiction, financing LNG, First Nations and community partnership, maintaining strong environmental standards and building a skilled workforce to meet LNG demand.“This conference was largest of its kid in our province – it clearly demonstrates our commitment to building an LNG industry here in B.C.,” Minister of Natural Gas and Development, Rich Coleman said. “ WE look forward to bringing all the interested partners together again next year.- Advertisement -The conference saw new additions this year, including a trade show, providing B.C. businesses and international companies an opportunity to connect with industry proponents. There was also an interactive career experience on display for youth, showcasing the skills and trades training required for finding a long-term career in the natural gas sector.“This is a generational opportunity to build an LNG industry, to create jobs for British Columbians and a prosperous future,” said B.C. Premier, Christy Clark. “We’ve seen incredible progress over the last few years and this conference was another clear sign of how close we are to making it all happen.”There are currently 13 LNG proposals on the table, poising B.C. as a potential major player in the LNG market. The province says the development of this industry has the potential to create more than 100,000 jobs.Advertisement The third event will take place October 14 – 16, 2015.
He went on to say, “We don’t want money, we want justice, and we invite you to join our battle, and to add your voices to our struggle to protect the only home we have ever had.”The Trudeau government is currently reviewing an amended proposal from Pacific Northwest as part of the oft-delayed environmental assessment which has been the subject of criticism by salmon and climate scientists, as well as aboriginal legal scholars who refuse to accept any claim, the process meets the standard of “free, prior and informed consent” as outlined by the aforementioned UN declaration. New York, New York – Northwest BC First Nations leaders followed those of the Trudeau government to New York this week, hammering home their opposition to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project at the United Nations. The First Nations leaders called upon member nations of the world body to support their demand that the Liberal government reject the 36 billion dollar project being advanced by a consortium led by Malaysia’s state owned oil company, Petronas.Just two days after the government earned cheers at the 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, for a pledge that Canada would abide fully with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Hereditary Chief John Ridsdale had an entirely different message for the same forum.- Advertisement -He said, “Right now in our ancestral lands, everything the Trudeau government has pledged to get right with Canada’s indigenous peoples is in danger of going very, very wrong” and he added, “It is 2016, and Petronas is the wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.”Murray Smith, another spokesperson for one for the nine allied tribes represented by the protest group expressed deep concern about the threat posed by the Lulu Island project near Prince Rupert, to wild salmon habitat in their ancestral lands.He said, “We are not against development, but we are against this dangerous irresponsible, foreign-owned and illegal intrusion into our sacred homelands, and we stand against this project for all the peoples of this world.”Advertisement
More than 2,000 children and adults have taken part in a world record attempt for the most people at a training session in Letterkenny today.The county is still on a high after winning the All-Ireland last weekend and today’s event at St.Eunan’s Club in Letterkenny was a huge success.Organisers will have to wait until later this year to see if they have officially broken the world record but they are confident of doing so. Children gathered from early morning for the attempt which saw children and adults take part in one massive hurling, football and camogie training session.There was huge excitement when Donegal GAA stars Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty and Frank McGlynn, fresh from their Late Late Show appearance, turned up with the Sam Maguire Cup.The players have been part of a team tour which has spent four days on a bus touring almost every town in Donegal ending in captain Michael Murphy’s parish club in Glenswilly on Thursday night.But children still can’t get enough of their heroes. Today they queued for more than three hours to have their picture taken with the cup and their homegrown idols.Organiser Alma Kavanagh, of St Eunans and sister of Donegal star Rory Kavanagh, said they are keeping their fingers crossed they have broken the record.“It was a terrific day and we’re juts hoping now we have done enough to break the record.“It doesn’t matter what happens though because sports, the GAA and the children are the real winners.“Hopefully we can do it again next year when the boys bring home the Sam Maguire cup once again,” she said. * With thanks to Tony Duffy for the pictures!MORE THAN 2,000 TURN UP TO SMASH WORLD RECORD AT GAA TRAINING SESSION was last modified: September 29th, 2012 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)Tags:donegalrecord attemptSt Eunans
Minister Joe McHugh has announced funding of €130,000 for Coiste Forbartha na Carraige, Carrick.Coiste Forbartha na Carraige has been sanctioned Leader funding of €129,106 for the construction of a playground, through Minister Michael Ring.Donegal TD and Education Minister JoeMcHugh, “This is fantastic news for this hard-working local community group, and the development of a playground in Carrick will have a massive benefit for the children and families in Carrick and the surrounding areas. “Beidh an tógra seo ina buntaiste mór dom cheantar, agus cuideoidh an maoiniú seo inniu an clós-súgartha seo a chur i gcrích.”“This is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to Rural Ireland,” said Minister McHugh.Carrick families set to enjoy new €130,000 playground was last modified: July 23rd, 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) Tags:Coiste Forbartha na Carraige
2 June 2014 South African government support programmes for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are receiving better approval ratings from their users, according to a new survey by technology market researchers World Wide Worx. According to the interim results of World Wide Worx’s SME Survey 2014, released last month, more than half (53%) of small businesses polled for the survey expressed satisfaction with the overall quality of the government’s SME support services. “We are seeing the most positive response in a decade to these support programmes,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement. “Ten years ago, the proportion of SMEs expressing satisfaction with these programmes was a mere 12%. By 2007, it had increased to 34%, but this still meant that only one-third of SMEs were happy with such programmes.” Goldstuck said sentiment was beginning to improve even among businesses that did not use government services: some 44% of all respondents said they were confident about the use of government support services to grow their business, despite only 39% of respondents having actually used these services.Thumbs-up for Sars, Seda When respondents were asked which support services were thought to be the most effective, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) was given the thumbs-up by 58% of SMEs who used their services. “In addition to Sars, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) also offered a strong showing in the awareness of SMEs, with exactly a quarter of the SMEs rating it positive,” Goldstuck said. According to Seda’s chief strategy and information officer, Lusapho Njenge, the survey results indicate that the agency’s role in helping SMEs grow their businesses is becoming more widely known. “Obviously, our aim is to grow the awareness of our role within the SME sector, and in so doing, also improve on the numbers of such organisations that view us in a positive light,” Njenge said. “To do this, we need to learn from the areas of dissatisfaction highlighted by SMEs in the survey, in order to continue to improve the services we offer to this sector.”Areas of dissatisfaction According to Goldstuck, SMEs expressed strong dissatisfaction with four particular areas of government support programmes. “Turnaround time was the single biggest bugbear, with 46% complaining about it. Three other issues that cropped up were all cited by fewer than one in five SMEs, but nonetheless should be of interest to the programme providers. Accessibility was an issue for 19%, communications for 15%, and feedback for 10%. “In combination, all of these suggest that support programmes clearly need to be more responsive to their users.” Goldstuck added that the survey highlighted “some interesting sentiments” regarding red tape and legal compliance. “The most positive response was to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, with 77% of companies approving. This suggests an acknowledgement of the importance of looking after employees. Just behind this was Seta (Sector Education and Training Authorities) and the Skills Development Levy, which has long been the most positively received government incentive, with a 75% approval rating. “Bottom of the list, however, is the registration of entities, with only 54% of SMEs voicing their approval of this area of legislation,” Goldstuck noted. “This emphasises the frustration SMEs often have with the most fundamental aspect of starting a business, namely the registration thereof. This, then, is clearly an area where government needs to pay a lot more attention, if it is serious about oiling the wheels of the economy.” SAinfo reporter
Shopping for a home-energy management tool could get increasingly challenging as the months roll by.A beta version of Microsoft Hohm, a free online service designed to work with or without smart-home monitoring gadgets, is now available for consumer use. And Google’s PowerMeter, on online tool that does require some smart-home gear, is available to a very small group of users but is expected to roll out further later this year.Other, similar products – all designed to help consumers analyze energy usage in their home so they can find ways to reduce it – are in the offing, including services from big telcos such as Verizon Communications, network specialist Cisco Systems, and a company called Greenbox Technology, which has been arranging utility and smart-meter partnerships for a consumer-oriented version of its online monitoring tool.The launch date and pricing for the Greenbox Energy Management Ecosystem haven’t been determined, a spokeswoman for the company, Christina Dyrness Williams, told GBA, but this week the firm, based in San Bruno, California, announced that the software system is being tested in, among other locations, the net-zero-energy home of Marc Porat, known in the building community as the board chairman of Serious Energy, CalStar Products, and prefab specialist ZETA Communities.Fine tuning net zeroPorat’s home, located in Palo Alto, just down the road from San Bruno, actually is of a drafty but historically important 1936 vintage. But the building recently emerged from a two-year retrofit with net-zero-energy efficiency, a new name – the Palo Alto Net Zero Energy House – and a Greenbox system that will be used to track, in minute detail and in real time, every performance deficiency and improvement.“Even though the home is an R&D platform for net-zero energy,” Porat says in a press release on the project, “our goal is to use materials and methods that any homeowner can use. The Palo Alto Net Zero Energy House is a look at what will be the ‘new normal’ for homes in the near future.”California is indeed moving faster than most states toward a requirement for net-zero-energy performance for new-home construction, although existing homes (many as inefficient as Porat’s house was before the retrofit) are where tools such as Hohm, PowerMeter, and Greenbox might be most helpful.Greenbox is designed to show consumers how much energy they are consuming in their home, how much it costs, what their carbon footprint is, and how it compares to other users in their community.As noted in an earlier GBA post, though, some analysts who follow the market for such services are concerned people will fail to act on the diagnostics. But Greenbox says that if the information is specific enough, consumers are likely to respond positively.“When consumers can link their actions to usage, such as turning up the air conditioner or running a second refrigerator,” the company says, “they will make meaningful changes to reduce their energy consumption.
Federal officials are pulling the plug on an ambitious plan hatched 14 years ago to follow the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21. The National Children’s Study (NCS), which has struggled to get off the ground and has already cost more than $1.2 billion, has too many flaws to be carried out in a tight budget environment, advisers today told National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins. He announced he is dismantling the study immediately.At the same time, the advisers endorsed the aims of the study and urged NIH to fund related research. NIH now plans to figure out a way to do that by redirecting some of NCS’s $165 million in funding for 2015, Collins said today at a meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).Collins insisted that the news is not all bad. “This is not killing the study. It is discontinuing a study in the form that had been previously contemplated. 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I think it was not only the right thing, it was the only thing that could be done,” said pediatrician and epidemiologist Nigel Paneth of Michigan State University in East Lansing, who is part of a group of academic researchers who until recently led NCS research sites.Congress called for NCS in 2000, outlining a longitudinal study that would look at the influences of a range of factors, from chemical to psychosocial, on child development and health. Planners decided to enroll 100,000 children before birth and investigate a range of hypotheses developed by hundreds of scientists. To assemble a representative sample of the U.S. population, they would recruit pregnant women by knocking on doors in a random sample of about 100 counties. In 2007, funding ramped up for a pilot called the Vanguard Study.But the recruitment plan proved too cumbersome, so NCS tested other designs. Concerned about costs, in 2012 NIH dropped the 40 NCS sites at academic institutions and turned the 5000 children enrolled in the Vanguard Study over to a few large contractors. It also slashed NCS’s then-$194-million-a-year budget.The changes sparked an uproar from researchers at the 40 NCS sites, who argued that the new NCS plan would compromise the study’s goals. Congress then called for an Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) review. That panel’s June 2014 report concluded that NCS had great potential, but found problems with its design and management. Collins put the study on hold and asked a working group of the ACD to advise him on its future.That group, co-chaired by Philip Pizzo and Russ Altman of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, released its report today. The group agrees with the need to study how exposures early in life affect health. But it concurred with the IOM/NRC panel that there are numerous problems with NCS, which would likely cost billions of dollars. Despite years of planning, “there is no protocol,” Pizzo said, and developing one could take 18 to 24 months.In addition, the study as currently envisioned does not take into account new science, such as the role of microbial communities in health. And it is not designed to make use of new technologies such as social media and electronic medical records that could bring down costs.The working group also agreed with IOM that the study’s management team lacks appropriate scientific expertise. When they consulted with experts from the environmental health, epidemiology, and pediatrics community, most told them NCS should be redesigned or discontinued. The working group’s conclusion: NCS, “as currently outlined, is not feasible.”The report recommends that the NCS program office at NIH be disassembled and the Vanguard Study be mothballed, with existing data and biospecimens made available to outside researchers. It also recommends a “series of smaller focused studies” that “could make the original goals of the NCS more achievable, feasible, and affordable.”Collins said he is moving immediately to carry out these recommendations. He will close the NCS program office, which has about 25 staff members, and phase out contracts for the Vanguard Study and other NCS work.NIH also expects to redirect some of NCS’s funding, a plan that Congress has already endorsed. The 2015 omnibus spending bill moving through Congress states that the $165 million allocated for NCS could instead go to NIH institutes to “support activity related to the goals and objectives of the NCS.” That “could be pretty exciting,” Collins said.Paneth says former NCS investigators are already thinking about ways that they could conduct smaller studies with some of the same objectives. If funding does go for related work, “that would be a very positive outcome of this,” he says. But as he notes, one question is whether the extra funding will continue beyond 2015. At today’s meeting, Collins noted that NIH already spends about $1.2 billion a year on research involving environmental influences on children’s health.
In a comprehensive transfer of IAS officers, the Gujarat government on Friday appointed 1986-batch IAS officer Sangeeta Singh as Additional Chief Secretary (Home). A total of 79 IAS officers of the State have been transferred by the State government. Sangeeta Singh has been shifted from Personnel Department to Home Department, while Kamal Dayani has been posted as Principal Secretary (Personnel). Other officers who figure in the transfer list include Pankaj Joshi as Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemical and M Thennarasan as MD of Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDC) from Surat, where he was Municipal Commissioner. The transfer orders involve Municipal Commissioners of Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara and District Collectors of Navsari, Godhara, Bhavnagar, Porbandar, Kutch, Rajkot and Aravalli. Kutch Collector Remya Mohan has been shifted as Rajkot Collector, while M. Nagrajan has been posted in her place as Collector of Kutch.