first_imgUPDATED: Finn Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher was rushed to hospital after an incident during a game this afternoon.Gallagher is believed to have been knocked unconscious for more than ten minutes after a clash during his club’s game against Waterford Utd today.There were serious fears for Gallagher’s safety as the referee took both teams off the pitch as medical personnel rushed to Gallagher’s assistance. The game was stopped for 21 minutes before Gallagher was taken by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital where he is now being treated.However it’s understood Gallagher regained consciousness and was able to talk to ambulance and medical staff.A Finn Harps supporter said people were very concerned about Gallagher’s wellbeing.“He was just flat out and there was no movement from him. It was hard to see exactly what happened. “When he didn’t get up for a couple of minutes we knew there was something wrong. It must have been a bang to the head,” he said.Meanwhile sixteen year old Sean Patton, who had, replaced Gallagher in goals – and saved a penalty on his debut.As Harps led 2-0, young Sean got down to save the penalty from Dempsey.A video his penalty save is here (warning: bad language on commentary from Waterford fan) is understood to be recovering well and should be released from hospital later. FINN HARPS GOALIE GALLAGHER RECOVERING WELL AFTER BEING RUSHED TO HOSPITAL was last modified: March 31st, 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)last_img read more


Kurtenbach: How about these reasonable free agent targets for the Giants

first_imgNow that the Gabe Kapler drama has died down a bit, Farhan Zaidi and the Giants can get on with the business of actually building their baseball team.The only question: What on Earth is their plan this offseason?Related Articles Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San … How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs center_img Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate last_img

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Khi Solar One: renewable energy for the ages

first_imgKhi Solar One forms part of the Department of Energy’s bid to bring 1 400 MW of wind and solar-based energy online by 2016, for which it has invested R33.8-billion. It is part of the South African government’s larger strategy to generate 17 800 MW from renewable energies by 2030.Khi Solar One, being built just outside Upington in the Northern Cape, is Africa’s first concentrated solar power project. Construction costs are estimated around R14-billion. The origin of the technology pictured above belongs to Abengoa. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaDrive west of the town of Upington, along the N14 in the Northern Cape and all you’ll see is desert. But a few kilometres later a tower looms on the horizon, growing inconceivably larger as you approach.To get to it you make your way along a bumpy dirt road for five kilometres. And there you are, facing a 200-metre cylinder stretching to the sky, surrounded by more than 4 000 massive, wall-like solar mirrors. You’d think you’d stumbled on the set of a science fiction film. But this is Khi Solar One, Africa’s first concentrated solar power project.Infographic: Khi Solar OneThe 140-hectare plant is the brainchild of Spanish company Abengoa Solar. It will produce 50 megawatts (MW) of energy and reduce South Africa’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 138 000 metric tons a year.Abengoa is the project’s major investor with a 51% stake, its partner, while South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owns 49% of the project. Both organisations remain mum about the amount they have invested in Khi Solar One. But Abengoa has given some indication of the huge cost of the project: it said both Khi Solar One and the upcoming KaXu Solar One, also in the Northern Cape, are worth €1-billion (R14.9-billion) combined.Khi Solar One forms part of the Department of Energy’s bid to bring 1 400 MW of wind and solar-based energy online by 2016, for which it has invested R33.8-billion. It is part of the South African government’s larger strategy to generate 17 800 MW from renewable energies by 2030.According to Kurt Drewes, Khi Solar One’s general manager, the plant is likely to go online within a year. “The plan is to get it up and running by the end of 2014, but it will most likely start in early 2015.”The energy produced will be sold to Eskom to channel it to the national grid. Drewes said it would serve South Africans in the evenings, when energy use is at its peak.More than 4 000 solar mirrors will reflect the sun ray’s onto a single point on the tower and boil the water inside, which creates steam and turns the turbine. The origin of the technology pictured above belongs to Abengoa. (Image: Khi Solar One) From sun’s rays to superheated steamAt the heart of the plant is the hollowed-out superheated steam solar tower. Stretching at 205 metres – taller than Ponte City in Johannesburg – the tower is surrounded by 4 200 concave solar mirror panels. These are tilted at an angle that reflects the sun’s rays onto the top of the tower. According to Drewes, each panel has an autonomous computerised control system with a GPS signal that tells it the exact time of day. “It determines which angle the sun is at and which angle it should be in for light to be reflected to the top of the tower.”The tower is filled with boiling tubes, painted black to absorb heat from the reflection. These contain high-pressure water pumped from the Orange River. When the sun’s rays are reflected onto the tubes, the water heats to boiling point and becomes steam. The steam is heated further, to 500º C, to create enough pressure to turn the turbine and produce electricity.The tower has a dry-cooling system, a new innovation in concentrated solar power, or CSP. The walls, Drewes said, have openings to allow in air, making it both a heating and cooling tower when required.According to Drewes, CSP is the only renewable energy technology that can effectively store power. Khi Solar One has the longest steam storage capacity – two hours – in the world. Although this may seem short, the advantage of CSP is that supply can be adjusted to meet the demand. If capacity needs to be increased, they do not have to make the tower bigger. They would simply increase the surface of the mirrors, which Drewes said is easy to do. Province’s renewable energies sector growingMehmood Ahmed, the IDC’s regional manager in the Northern Cape, said Khi Solar One is a large part of the province’s growing renewable energy industry. The sector currently makes up the bulk of the IDC Northern Cape’s investments with 12 projects approved for funding. “The renewable energies sector in the province has been growing rapidly in the last few years.”Ahmed said that by October 2013, the sector already made up R5.5-billion of the Northern Cape IDC’s estimated R14-billion exposure, second only to mining at R7-billion. In terms of exposure, Ahmed said the investments have made his regional office the second-highest funder within the IDC, behind Gauteng.However, Ahmed said his office has a problem in getting foreign companies like Abengoa to use local labour and hire local service providers. “The issue is there are no secondary industries in the province, like manufacturing, so how does one make the case for localisation?”Drewes said Abengoa have set up their own fabrication facility at Khi Solar One where they manufacture the tubes and other material for the CSP. Specialised staff have also been flown in from Spain to see to the manufacturing and constructions processes.The IDC, according to Ahmed, invests in solar projects and then buys a portion of shares to distribute to surrounding communities. This offsets the fact that most solar power plants do not employ a lot of people once they are complete and in operation. He said once the projects generate dividends, the IDC will allocate 20% of its stake to the Khi Community Trust, which dispenses funds to the community. “We need to be more hands-on with these green projects, to keep tabs on them and make sure they do what they had promised to do.”Drewes said the community trust is a positive move. “It is important to have forces in your system that balance out wealth.”Khi Solar One forms part of the Department of Energy’s bid to bring 1 400 MW of wind and solar-based energy online by 2016, for which it has invested R33.8-billion. (Image: Khi Solar One) Abengoa and IDC’s other solar projectThe IDC has partnered with Abengoa on another solar project called KaXu Solar One, a parabolic trough plant located near Pofadder, which is still under construction and is set to come online this year.Covering an area of 1 100 hectares, it will have an output of 100 MW and a storage capacity of three hours. It will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 315 000 metric tons. Abengoa said it would create 800 jobs during construction phase and 35 permanent plant operations jobs.KaXu may deliver more energy, have a better storage capacity and reduce 177 000 tons more carbon dioxide than Khi Solar One, but Drewes said the technology does not capture the imagination as much as the CSP tower. “Parabolic troughs have been around for a long time but towers are what get people excited.” Spain the leaders in CSPsAccording to the renewable energy policy network, REN21, the Spanish are the leaders in CSP technology. Its Global Status Report for 2013 said three-quarters of the world’s CSP capacity is in Spain. The Iberian nation now has 46 CSPs with an accumulated output of 1 950 MW, way ahead of the US, which is in second place with 507 MW in operation. The report also considered South Africa as one of the most active markets of 2012 thanks to the construction of Khi Solar One and KaXu Solar One.The Spanish have been constructing CSPs since 2004, the first being in the Andalusian city of Seville, which Abengoa built. But Drewes said since the 2008 financial crisis devastated the Spanish economy, solar companies have ventured outside of Spain for business. Future generations will benefitDrewes said the Spanish construct CSP plants with one idea in mind: to create energy sources able to serve humanity for generations to come. It is an ideal South Africa should apply to all of its renewable energy projects, he said. “South Africans can learn a lot from the Spanish, who have been constructing CSP plants that would serve for hundreds of years.”Drewes referred to the Aqueduct of Segovia in Spain, which was built by the Romans 2 000 years ago, as an example of forward-thinking construction. Today, it is still in use and provides water to the old part of Segovia. “Our engineers should learn from that. We must build something for forever. The term ‘renewable energies’ means it renews itself. It is immortal. The generations that will follow will say, ‘Thanks, chaps, for giving this to us.’”He added that although Spain has been one of the economies hardest hit by the economic downturn, it still invests heavily in renewable energies for the benefit of future generations. “They know there will come a time when this financial crisis is over and the next generation will have a greater industrial capacity because of lower energy costs.” Click image to enlarge Click image to enlargeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Oh FriendFeed, What You Really Need is Accountability

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#Trends#web sarah perez Last month, we posed the question “are trolls ruining social media?” – a topic that seems to have reared its ugly head once again over the weekend, this time with a specific focus on FriendFeed and the supposed angry mobs that form there. But let’s get real for a minute. Although it’s shocking that some FriendFeed users post terrible, hurtful things while using their real names, posting angry and mean comments is nothing new to the internet. Other social communities, including Digg and YouTube, also deal with this issue – heck, they’re even known for it!But instead of continually pointing out the problem, maybe it’s time for the innovators in our community to start thinking up solutions. Here’s one we just thought up…let us know what you think.Being Hateful, But Not Anonymously?The pseudo-anonymity of the internet – or at the very least, the ability to write something cruel without having to face the person eye-to-eye – often leads people to express themselves in ways that are far from how they would behave in real life. In the past, this typically led people to hide behind pseudonyms and screen names so they could post whatever they wanted without fear of repercussions.That’s why I recently proposed that some communities put an end to online anonymity, thinking that if you removed the masks from people’s identities, they would start behaving properly. Of course, this led to a lot of debate in the comments. Obviously, I never meant that anonymity needed to be banned from the internet entirely – the world isn’t ready for that! – but there are some places where it doesn’t serve much of a purpose. (Tech blogs, for instance.)People still hated the idea. As a blogger who writes every day using my real name, it’s hard to sympathize with the need to post tech blog comments anonymously. Everything a blogger writes, we’re held accountable for. Why shouldn’t other community contributors be treated the same? But as it turns out, there was a huge flaw in my reasoning in that post. I focused on whether or not someone should use their real name when posting, but that’s not the issue at all. It’s not really anonymity that’s to blame for the troll-like behavior we’re seeing in online communities, it’s the lack of accountability.That’s why (some) people seem comfortable posting mean-spirited comments on sites like FriendFeed using their real name and their real identities to do so. You see, when you post on FriendFeed, your comment quickly disappears into the site’s “real-time flow” of information. Someone watching the stream sees it only momentarily, before it’s replaced with others. Even within the “angry mob” threads themselves, a single comment easily gets lost among hundreds of others. So although the comment is attached to a real name, it’s a single needle in a haystack of opinion. There’s no way to see, at-a-glance, what that person’s commenting history was like. Were they usually nice and this angry post was an exception? Or did they make a habit of trolling? There’s simply no way to know.What’s the Solution?We don’t have any answers yet, just ideas. But maybe it’s time that we started focusing on solutions instead of pointing the finger at the web services…as if somehow FriendFeed itself (or Digg or YouTube for that matter) are to blame for this shameful aspect of human behavior.Jason Kaneshiro of Webomatica proposes that FriendFeed implement threaded comments with the ability to rate comments up or down. While I agree that would be a good first step in helping the community moderate the vitriol, it certainly doesn’t stop hateful comments from occurring in the first place (just look at Digg!). Perhaps what we need is a rating system for the personalities of community participants. Think of it like eBay’s “star” ratings, but instead of grading a seller on how quickly an order was shipped, etc., you’d rate each others’ contributions to a community. Imagine how this could work on FriendFeed, for example. People could rate others’ comments and the aggregation of the communities’ ratings would give overall insight to that person’s personality. Was the comment insightful? Kind? Spammy? Mean? Were you helping a newbie feel included? Were you answering a question or participating in a poll? Do you tend to leave positive comments about X company while being negative about Y? The list could go on and on. The system should also show not just how a single comment was rated, but what that person’s overall rating is along with a history of their contributions.If participants knew that their every action, whether “anonymous” or not, was adding up to paint an overall picture of who they really were, would this be enough of an equivalent to the kind of accountability we have in real life? The sort of accountability where people are judged on their behavior over time, and not for a single uttered statement? Rating systems are hardly a new idea – many online communities use badges and other methods for rewarding helpful participation. But rating systems that extend beyond simply rewarding good behavior to publicizing the bad, too, don’t really exist today…at least when it comes to comments and communities. It’s hard to imagine exactly what a system like this would look like, but that’s where UI designers would need to flex their muscles and create something that didn’t take away from the overall experience while also encouraging people to rate comments both positive and negative, not just the ones they hated. Is this a terrible idea? If so, we know you’ll set us straight. That is, after all, what the comments are for. But if you think it’s awful, at least be so kind as to suggest a better alternative.Image credit: flickr user takingthemoneycenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

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For Startups, Sometimes Good News is No News

first_imgThere’s an old saying that “any press is good press,” which for a company means it is ultimately beneficial to be mentioned in the media regardless of whether said mention is positive or negative. But there’s also a time when good press, while positive in nature, is not necessarily meaningful to the company overall. Don Rainey, investor at Grotech Ventures and author of the blog VC in DC, recently wrote about “5 Pieces of good news you should ignore,” referring to positive things that he believes are really meaningless when it comes to the success of your company.“When you’re running a company, one quickly becomes acquainted with the thought that everything matters … and in that, one is mostly but not completely right.” writes Rainey. “The surprise is that most of the stuff that turns out not to matter is good news. That is to say, positive events that don’t translate into anything additive to the company’s growth.”Three of Rainey’s five examples of when good news is fruitless include media coverage. Being written up in a local paper, placed atop a list by a trade publication or even interviewed on national television isn’t anything to get terribly excited about, he says. “Just consider it a break from the daily routine,” he adds. “You still have to concentrate on communicating your value proposition to probable suspects.”Without naming names, Rainey also advises companies to not take too much pride in trade show awards. He says we should be “profoundly suspect” of these awards which he believes go to the company that buys the biggest booth. Finally he says that companies should not be flattered by calls from what he calls “powerless” bigwigs at large corporations. “Many a small company will find itself turned on its head chasing a huge opportunity that is only [the] product of [a] bureaucrat’s search for meaning,” Rainey writes.Sure these are all positive things to have happen to a young company; being written about in a respected publication, or featured on national television is indeed an accomplishment, but Rainey warns to not become overzealous and flaunt these happenings. A pitch ultimately shouldn’t hinge on press coverage, awards and fancy endorsements when providing evidence of traction. Instead of touting your various accolades, place your trophies aside and focus on the task at hand – convincing the VCs that your product has inherent value. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameronlast_img read more

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CWG: Delhi CM blames rains but hopeful

first_imgUnfazed by a whale of a criticism from all corners, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit still insists that the Commonwealth Games will be held successfully. In an interview with Headlines Today Political Editor Javed Ansari, the besieged chief minister said none of the problems was insurmountable. She said the prime minister himself was concerned about the criticism and that is why every effort was being made to set the house in order before the athletes arrive. Excerpts: The prime minister has put you in-charge of Games Village almost at the eleventh hour to set it right. Can you tell us whether Delhi will be ready to host the Games? We just have two days left before the athletes arrive.Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.CM: That’s true. I don’t know how much the prime minister has put on me but it is my duty because I happen to be the chief minister of the state and we have been working the past two months, ever since the rains particularly started and we knew that there will be some overlapping.But we have been continuously monitoring. We have been going around street-wise to see whether the lights are alright, greenery is alright and the flyovers are made on time. One thing that I have not touched upon at all is the Games Village because it is the duty of the DDA and they assured us all the time that the things will be perfectly alright. Obviously they botched up and you have been made the in-charge. What measures are you taking to set it right?CM: I am not so sure whether they botched up because these very people who were saying bad now, about 10 days earlier had said that this is the best Games Village we have seen. So I don’t know at what point they saw and what has happened in between. But we look at it, 40 of our Delhi government officers have been placed in-charge of various buildings and blocks that are there. And I hope that they will do the coordination. What is being.. a little lacking in this Games is coordination. And that I think we will do.advertisementThe GoM headed by Jaipal Reddyji has been meeting continuously and every time everybody said things were alright. I have this feeling that things will be alright and now that you have given us a wake up call again.. there was a wake up call about 10 days ago and again the wake up call has come. Everybody is committed and we will do it well. It’s too close to call. Today the athletes are almost at our doorstep and would you admit that maybe not enough attention was paid to detail or on monitoring?CM: Maybe.. not be there large number of flats there, lot of buildings.. maybe something was there.. Rains have not been helpful, I can show you that. The collection of water has been a real dampener. I found out that they were pumping out the water but it didn’t seem to be enough. When they pumped out, it again came back. So there have been problems with unusual weather, but I still maintain that it will not be shoddy, it will not be bad, it will be good.There could be some mistakes, minor ones, which I don’t think they should get the kind of attention that is being given to them. I wish some of you would also go around with your cameras and see what is happening because it’s your very cameras who showed all those rooms looking very neat, very nice.. the bed looking nice, the toilets and basins looking absolutely sparkling.Should the Commonwealth Games be called off?To vote from your mobile, SMS for Yes or for No to 52424. CGF CEO Hooper says that the buildings and flats they were shown were of course of the very high order. But these are other flats which have been left unattended, their sockets were not working dog’s poo all over the place, dogs soiling beds and things like that.. and it has been described as “unliveable”. How are you going to assure the athletes who are going to come here and get everything turned around in the shortest possible time you have?CM: You know India, India’s hospitality. Nobody will leave anything unliveable for anybody. We have got two days, three days.. 24 hours, 48 hours to do it all up and everybody is at the job now. The prime minister himself is really worried and I go with confidence that it will be alright. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit with CWG OC chief Suresh Kalmadi during the flag off ceremony of ‘Go India Go for Gold-Walk for Victory March’ to support Indian participants of the mega sporting event in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTIEverything that could have possibly gone wrong is going wrong. The latest we had this foot overbridge falling down.CM: Yes, the foot overbridge was something really that was not required. It was made there because the engineers decided to make it. But it will not stop people from coming there. The route has already been worked out. Right below the bridge, rather than going up and down this will be done. It has been very unfortunate happening. We have already set up an enquiry to see what went wrong. All kinds of people are coming with all kinds of theories. But I will not go by them. We have to find out what exactly went wrong and correct it.advertisementWe have blacklisted the first contractor for having been not too careful because I had been there to see it about three days ago. I go there practically every night and three days ago they had started everything. At that time it looked perfectly alright because at that time it was at the staircase level. I haven’t seen it since then. In any way, if I would have seen it, I am not a technical person, so would not be able to know. This is being a very bad setback for us. But I’m sure we will be able to make up. There was a security breach. An Australian journalist and my own channel managed to walk in with ammonium nitrate undetected. This must instil fear among people.CM: Absolutely right. People should not fear this. The Jama Masjid incident also took place. This is the second one that has happened. And these tensions are going to rise. But the home secretary took a meeting yesterday. Everybody has been warned again so things will become even more strict now because we can’t take chance with security at all. And they will not. The big question everybody is asking is will the games be called off or will we be able to stage the Games? As the chief minister of Delhi, as the host, are you in a position to tell us whether we will be able to conduct the Games and whether all those visiting us will go home safely?CM: Of course, we go with this hope, this confidence and god-willing, everything will be alright. I can tell you one thing that these Games which we have been saying that it will be one of the best ever conducted.. Now it is not our habit, Indian habit, to criticise others. So we are keeping quiet. Let them say what they have to. The Games, when they happen, and after that, when you take a review, that is the time it will be the real review.advertisementShould the Commonwealth Games be called off?To vote from your mobile, SMS for Yes or for No to 52424.last_img read more

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Las Vegas What happens here slogan returns after shooting

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – “What happens here, stays here.”The official slogan of Las Vegas is back by popular demand three months after it was paused following the mass shooting that rattled the city.The destination’s tourism agency revived the 15-year-old slogan this week in a new ad running online and on several TV networks nationwide, marking a return to normalcy in the city where the backbone industry was directly affected by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The ad shows some of the city’s iconic casinos as part of a time-travel story line.Cathy Tull, senior vice-president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the public agency tests its advertising regularly with focus groups and others. It did so after the shooting and results showed the slogan still resonated with people.“We went back out and we weren’t sure where visitors would be with the mindset around ‘What happens here, stays here,’” she said. “What we heard from our research was that people wanted their Vegas back.”The ad shows a scientist getting in a time-travelling machine and arriving at the Las Vegas Strip in 2018 in front of the Bellagio casino-hotel fountains. He is shown dining, partying at a nightclub and taking part in a pool party at Caesars Palace casino-hotel before going back in time still holding a cocktail.Networks airing the ad include Travel Channel, Food Network and USA.On Oct. 1, a high-stakes gambler killed 58 people and injured hundreds more after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino and unleashed gunfire on a country music festival below before killing himself.The agency immediately put the “What happens here” motto on hold and went to work creating a new pitch.A spot featured a cityscape and the voice of Las Vegas native and retired tennis star Andre Agassi. “What is strength?” Agassi asked, playing off the #VegasStrong slogan that exploded on Twitter. “Strength is valet parkers who become medics, mothers who become emergency responders.”A TV ad that followed and aired on several networks, including ESPN, Fox Sports and Bravo, featured real-life social media messages posted after the shooting.The destination saw monthly declines in visitation from June through November. December figures are expected to be released at the end of the month.Larry Kamer, a marketing and public relations consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, said that while “Vegas Strong” became a rallying cry after the shooting, it would be a mistake for the city to wrap its identity around it any longer than it feels it is necessary.He added that if “What happens here” continues to evoke sly smiles and tested better than any other alternatives, it’s a safe bet.“The campaign works because it’s playful, it’s kind of a wink, an inside joke, and it draws on the old Sin City element of Las Vegas,” he said. “If it can still elicit that feeling and the shooting didn’t fundamentally change that, I would argue it still works.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at read more

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Taiwan reinforces ban on Huawei network equipment

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan is reinforcing its five-year-old ban on network equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE amid security concerns.Officials sought over the weekend to reassure lawmakers and the public that such measures have been effective and the threat to the communications sector is minimal.Huawei has established a presence in Taiwan, with its handsets among the top sellers. The company also sponsors a Christmas extravaganza in a Taipei suburb that features a giant Santa emblazoned with Huawei’s logo.While several countries have similar bans in place, the risk for Taiwan is potentially greater since China claims the island as its own territory and threatens to use military force to bring it under its control.On Monday, legislators called for extending a ban on Huawei to the financial industry.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Lightning causes more forest fire starts

first_imgThe Clarke Lake Road Fire near the Fort Nelson First Nation is now listed at 167 hectares and crews continue to work the fire.  The fire south of Pink Mountain hasn’t seen any growth and is listed at 20 hectares.Comstock Lake fire is the largest in the Prince George Fire Centre and is located about 100 kilometres west of Hixon.  At an estimated 1,100 hectares, no communities or structures are currently threatened by this fire.The fire danger rating in Northeast B.C. remains moderate to high as of Saturday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Twenty new forest fires started on Saturday within the boundaries of the Prince George Fire Centre.The majority of the new fire starts were in the Fort Nelson area. Most of the new fires were started by lightning and are not threatening any structures.  There are now over 80 forest fires in the Prince Goerge Fire Centre.Click here for a map of all the fires.  The good news for firefighters is the forecast is calling for rain for most of next week, but Fort Nelson could see more lightning, Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for the region.last_img read more

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Fourteen Northern mayors pen letter to man who launched legal challenge against

first_imgLast week, TransCanada Corporation submitted a letter to the NEB in response to Mr. Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge.Today, the City of Fort St. John issued a press release saying that mayor Lori Ackerman, along with the mayors of Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Houston, Kitimat, Mackenzie, New Hazelton, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge, and Vanderhoof, had penned a letter to Mr. Sawyer and the West Coast Environmental Law Association.In their letter, the mayors express support for the proposed LNG Canada project and disappointment with the timing of Mr. Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge.“Both the proposed LNG Canada export facility and Coastal GasLink pipeline have been subject to very extensive and rigorous assessment and review processes that actively sought public comment,” the letter reads. “There has been opportunity to challenge the jurisdiction of these projects for years.”“It is with these sentiments that we find it disappointing that your challenge is being raised at this point in time, when the respective project partners are on the verge of making an investment decision on what could be the single largest private investment in our nation’s history; an investment decision that could deliver an abundance of benefits to so many people in our communities, region, province, and across our entire nation.”The District of Kitimat’s Director of Economic Development Michael Dewar said that not all communities that were invited to participate in the open letter had sufficient time to make a decision on whether or not to participate. He said that the letter will be re-released if additional communities decide to partner in the following weeks. The full letter can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The mayors of fourteen communities in Northern B.C. released an open letter to the resident of Smithers that launched a jurisdictional challenge against the Coastal GasLink pipeline last month.Michael Sawyer, a former environmental consultant who worked in the oil and gas industry submitted the challenge, arguing that the $4.7-billion TransCanada pipeline should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.Mr. Sawyer previously launched a similar challenge against TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, but that was rejected by the National Energy Board. However, last year the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the NEB, saying that it must consider whether the pipeline fell under federal jurisdiction.last_img read more

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