Liberians Urged to Use Business for Sustainability

first_imgThe proprietor of Uncle J Foreign Reclining Spot in Kakata City, Margibi County, Jacob Q. Ketteh, has urged Liberians to venture into the business sector for sustainability.In an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Kakata City, Ketteh said Liberia is endowed with numerous resources, among which are agriculture and the business sector that must be tapped by Liberians.Ketteh pointed out that though the business sector is an important and powerful economic force in post conflict Liberia, it continues to face challenges.He outlined several issues, among which include inadequate payment of taxes, corruption and the lack of business skills, among major hurdles that affect Liberian businesses in the country.“As a result, a business can keep a very slow pace of growth because of such limitations, which also include lack of vision and ineffective management,” Ketteh said.He added that the fact that Liberia has made significant strides in building an environment suitable for the business sector to thrive is an indication that with determination a business can grow.He said despite the decline in the prices of iron ore and rubber on the world market, he is presently cultivating rubber on one hundred acres of land in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Show and shine draws all kinds of automobile enthusiasts despite weather

first_imgCanton said car culture has really taken off in the last few decade, which propelled So-Cal Speed Shop to evolve from a shop specializing in hot rod modifications to a retail shop for after-market parts for types of automobiles.”Unlike 30 years ago when it was a few muscle cars and a few hotrods, now it is in vogue to have a collectible automobile, be it an antique, custom car, muscle car or hot rod,” he said. “It’s become a very big business now.”He said he believes Dawson Creek’s show and shine “can only get bigger and better,” but he suggested in order to grow the event the local car club should get local merchants involved. He said not only would that be great for local businesses but it would make the show attractive to family members who might not be into the car culture as much as their loved ones.”Everybody loves a deal,” said Canton. “I think Dawson Creek is ready to go to the next step now and get involved with the local merchants and turn them out.” Though there were perhaps not as many entries as the Mile 0 Cruisers car club was expecting for the show and shine, there was still an impressive showing of automobiles of all makes, models and years. Light showers continued on that afternoon, but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered to showcase their labours of love, to revel in stories of glories past or adventures on the open road, or just to marvel in the beauty and power of automobile.Neither heavy rains nor the resulting road closures in some parts of the region could stop Don McClure of Quesnel from attending the show for the third year – he said he was prepared to go the long way around through Alberta to get to Dawson Creek if Highway 97 hadn’t reopened. For him, it was a chance to swap stories with fellow enthusiasts and share his passion – a 1962 Ford Thunderbird he has owned for 45 years.”It was a luxury car back in its day,” said McClure. “It’s a nice car to drive, and I’ve never wanted another car.”- Advertisement -He said that is with the exception of his show car, a 1957 Thunderbird, that he would have brought to the show if not for the fact it is a convertible.His “newer” model is still an immaculate car, painted in a very eye-catching blue and with the long body and interesting contours that distinguished that era of ‘T-Bird.’ Besides the exterior paint and the interior upholstery, he said everything is original on the car, including its 390 long-block engine.McClure said he will continue to drive that car “until they take my driver’s licence!”Advertisement Beau Friesen, 13, of Dawson Creek doesn’t even have a licence yet, but that doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy racing and showing his Junior Dragster, a smaller-scale version of the larger class of racecars. Friesen said his dad bought him the vehicle and he has been racing it for the last three years in Fort St. John, Fairview, Alta., and later this month, at the Mission Raceway Park in the Lower Mainland.He said he really loves the sport, especially the feeling of coming off the line, and though he can get up to speeds of 60 miles (97 kilometres) an hour, he is not afraid of the speed. Junior dragsters usually compete on a 1/8 mile track, and he said his best time in that distance is 10.26 seconds.One participant who is no stranger to show and shines is Bob Canton, who was taking part as an events coordinator for the So-Cal Speed Shop Store in Spruce Grove, Alta., the only such store in Canada. Canton said he was very impressed with the quality and diversity of vehicles being displayed on Sunday.”I’ve been in the car show business since 1957, and I can tell you that for our first trip up here to Dawson Creek, I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the response here today, even with the inclement weather,” he said. “It’s quite impressive, the amount of cars, and the amount of enthusiasm local people have regarding automobiles.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Parkwood Southlands takes another step forward at a recent Council meeting

first_img1 hectare of additional parkland The draft MDA was presented and reviewed with changes to Council on Monday, November 25th, 2019 based on Council’s direction from an August 26th, 2019 Council meeting. Some items within the changes have been addressed within the Zoning Amendment Bylaw, and are further discussed within Administration Report No. 0200/19.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A presentation was made to Council about the Parkwood Southlands draft Master Development Plan (MDA) that included amendments to the zoning by-law regarding density. Additional landscaping required for parks and trails – Advertisement -As a way to ensure the City’s interests are addressed and the development provides benefit to the community, a Master Development Agreement was created. center_img The applicant XJEE Evergreen Estates Ltd. (the Parkwood Group) wants to provide a development that the City has not seen before. 10 percent of all units developed shall be affordable housing, potentially 340 units at maximum build-out, or 160 units at minimum build-out Council approved in principle the changes to the draft MDA regarding density for the development. This gives staff the ability to finalize the document and give the developers flexibility in how they create the density design for the development. The following elements exceed the minimum requirements typically achieved through the City’s development processes;last_img read more

ABB wins $43m Eskom order

first_img30 November 2010The South African subsidiary of multinational power and automation group ABB has won an order worth US$43-million (about R307-million) from state power utility Eskom to supply equipment for the Kusile power station being built in Mpumalanga.ABB will supply medium-voltage switchgear as well as protection and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment for the thermal power plant, which comprises six supercritical combustion units with a total generating capacity of 4 800 megawatts.State-of-the-art productsThe company will design, engineer, supply, install and commission the equipment, including indoor switchgear for primary distribution, the latest range of control products and the REA range of protection relays. ABB will also supply a Micro-SCADA automation solution to optimise control and ensure reliable operation.“These state-of-the-art products offer maximum control and protection, enabling an efficient and reliable supply of electricity,” ABB Power Products division head Bernhard Jucker said in a statement this week.“We support Eskom in its efforts to improve power supplies and meet the growing need for electricity in the country.”Enhancing safetyAccording to ABB, the REA range is an extremely fast and reliable arc protection system that combines a unique sensor technique with instantaneous and reliable fault detection, reducing the risk of network damage, enhancing safety and enabling the smooth restoration of power in the event of a disruption.“With ABB’s tailor-made solutions, we are well positioned to contribute cutting-edge technology to South Africa’s major energy challenges,” said ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Pone.“The Kusile project will generate cost effective electricity into the South African grid and will to help meet the growing demand for electricity in South Africa.”In September this year, ABB also won a US$23-million (about R163-million) order from Eskom to provide a plant solution for the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Motseng Cultural Village: a place in the sun

first_imgAn Ndebele decorated hut in the village. An Ndebele warrior armed with spear and dressed in traditional gear.(Images: Motseng Cultural Village) MEDIA CONTACTS • Renette Smit   Marketing Manager, Motseng Cultural Village  +27 14 552 5080. RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa’s tourist highlights • Creativity brings economic growth • South Africa’s heritage is world classMusa MkalipiTo experience the cultures of the eight indigenous groups in South Africa, a visit to Motseng Cultural Village in North West province is a must-do. It is a true South African experience that preserves African culture through showcasing and paying tribute to the country’s indigenous cultural groups.Within the cultural village, different peoples share their customs through song, dance, poetry, praise singers and narrators. The Motseng village boma is a traditional gathering place where elders meet to discuss community interests and is also used for cultural evenings and conferences.A visit to the local sangoma, or diviner, offers private readings and discussions about the future and guests are also treated to traditional dancing and guided tours daily from 10:30 to 16:30.Local flavour, old and newThe local Motseng shebeen (bar) serves South African cuisine and umqombothi, a traditional beer made from maize, maize malt, sorghum, yeast and water. Patrons can enjoy the sounds of contemporary music, jazz, and kwaito – a uniquely South African genre featuring a mix of jazz, township sounds and international influences like house music. The lyrics are written in indigenous languages, taking their cue from African praise poetry. The vibey shebeen also hosts pantsula dancers and a disk jockey (DJ) on weekends.The latest addition to Motseng is the Dube Shack, which offers an authentic taste of 1960s township life. Visitors can treat themselves to a South African chisa nyama, the buy and braai practice which started in South African townships; enjoy a meal around an open fire, and play traditional board games.The Motseng curio shop sells African-designed arts and artefacts made by local crafters and guests who buy Jembe drums receive a drumming lesson to make the most of their purchase.The Motseng Cultural Village was officially opened in January 2004, for local and international tourist to experience and enjoy South Africa’s unique cultural diversity. The village has employed locals, improving lives in the area.The village is a living cultural destination housed within entertainment resort Sun City.Sun CitySun City offers visitors a number of attractions including the Butterfly Sanctuary, a land-bound beach – the Valley of Waves – and a Gary Player Golf course. Visitors can choose from four hotels or enjoy short stays attending events at the resort.The nearby malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and offers spectacular mountain views, hot air balloon safaris and guided wildlife encounters.last_img read more

Southern rust confirmed in Ohio corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After being a suspected issue due to the unusual late spring and early summer weather and Tropical Storm Cindy moving through the area back in June, southern rust was confirmed late last week in several counties in central and southern Ohio.Evan Delk, a CCA with Integrated Ag Services sent samples he thought were suspect to Ohio State professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Pierce Paul, who later confirmed those samples to be southern rust.Southern rust found in Clark Co, Ohio. Courtesy of Evan Delk, Integrated Ag. ServicesSouthern Corn Rust is a fungal disease that generally affects corn after silking. Weather conditions can have a significant affect on when southern rust develops and how far and quickly the disease spreads.According to Stewart Seeds, southern rust has the potential to cause yield loss due to its ability to develop and spread rapidly. The effect of the disease on corn plant health and yield depends on time of infection. Plants infected early in the season may develop significant damage to leaf tissue. Heavy infections of southern rust can lead to early senescence and can limit the ability of the plant to produce carbohydrates for grain fill. This leads to stalk cannibalization and may predispose the plant to stalk lodging, stalk rots, and reduced grain quality.Southern rust found in Clark Co, Ohio. Courtesy of Evan Delk, Integrated Ag. ServicesIf southern rust is identified, growers in the region should first focus their scouting efforts on irrigated, late-planted fields or low-lying fields, such as river bottoms, that are prone to moist conditions. Irrigated or river bottom fields are more likely to have the high humidity required by southern rust to infect corn. Late-planted fields are at risk for developing more severe infections of southern rust because young leaves are more susceptible than older leaves. When scouting for southern rust, determine the growth stage and yield potential to help evaluate whether or not fungicide applications are an economically feasible option.last_img read more

5 Tips for Getting Your Film into GIFF 2014

first_imgLast Year’s GIFF Geocoin. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.comBy Reid, Around this time last year, my co-HQer and the great Geocaching Block Party organizer, Amy, said something like, “Hey Reid, so it turns out we have access to a very large screen for Block Party. What should we do with it?” After a thoughtful pause I said, “What if we hosted a film festival?” Amy did a giddy dance and the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) was officially born. In true “If you build it they will come” fashion, the ambitious idea was a success. We received over 100 submissions from more than 20 countries! After spending three years of telling the stories of geocachers for Geocaching HQ, I was truly inspired to see how the community chose to tell their own. Our inaugural GIFF was such a hit that we decided to do it again this year.Crawling around in a cave. Anything for the shot!It has now been four years that I’ve been running through forests, crouching into caves, and crawling through sewers to tell the stories of people who love to find and hide geocaches. I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about what makes for good geocaching video, and with the help of the GIFF judges from HQ, I have compiled five tips to up your chances of being one of the finalists for this year’s Geocaching International Film Festival.1. Less is MoreJust because you can submit up to 4 minutes of video doesn’t necessarily mean you should. When I make videos I think, “What is the simplest way I can tell this story?” Then, I add from there if I can’t resist. This will help you focus on what is truly important and keep your audience engaged. Last year’s finalist, Godzilla Goes Geocaching, is a great example of a geocacher who used 1 minute and 32 seconds to tell his story.2. Global AppealHow are you going to communicate your love of the game to 9 million geocachers from more than 185 countries? Something that might be amazing for your local community may not speak to the global community. One of last year’s finalists, Geocaching Day, is a story told without dialogue that speaks to the adventurous spirit of geocachers everywhere.GIFF on the Big Screen. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com3. Focus on QualityWe understand if geocaching comes before filmmaking on your hobby list—we’re not looking for Hollywood here. We are, however, looking for videos that will look and sound good on the big screen. If you can, use a tripod and an external mic. If you can’t, have your actors speak close to your on-camera mic and use a natural tripod like a tree or your friend’s shoulder. For inspiration, check out last year’s winner for Best Cinematography: Galaxy Cache. For more technical tips, I highly recommend checking out Vimeo’s Video School.4. Follow the RulesFor real. We had to deny one of our favorite films last year because they didn’t have permission for the songs they used. If you’re serious about being considered as a finalist, I recommend grabbing a coffee, a snack, a highlighter and reading through the GIFF guidelines.5. Have Fun!If you’re not having fun making your film, your audience won’t have fun watching it. Though I know they didn’t get much sleep, I’m pretty sure the creators of My Geocaching Addiction had a pretty good time putting it together. Oh, and they just happened to take home the Audience Award.We are on the edges of our exercise ball chairs over here at HQ to see what you come up with for GIFF 2014.You can also see all of last year’s finalists here.Not going to submit, but want to watch the finalists on the big screen? Log your will attend here.Geocachers watching the GIFF 2013 Finalists. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.comShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 9): GIFFMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Transcript (Episode 30): GIFFOctober 11, 2019In “GIFF”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 2February 18, 2015In “GIFF”last_img read more

Exporting Video from Photoshop

first_imgIn this helpful tutorial, Richard Harrington explains how to properly export and share footage from Photoshop.While Photoshop is definitely not ideal for video editing it does offer a simple video editing interface for those who don’t need to learn a more powerful editing software. In this tutorial offered by PhotoFocus, Richard Harrington covers the following topics:Real time playback in PhotoshopLocating the render boxThe difference between using an image sequence vs. encoded mediaWhat codecs work best for the webIf  you desire to use Photoshop for high-end color grading or quick edits this tutorial will tell you everything you need to know about exporting. Many thanks to PhotoFocus for sharing this video.Interested in understanding how to edit footage in Photoshop? Head on over to Adobe where they explain the simple process.last_img read more

Man testifies in trial over NBA players assault

first_imgNBA players Markieff, left, and Marcus Morris arrive at Superior Court for the second day of their aggravated assault trial, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The twins, along with Gerald Bowman, are charged with assaulting Erik Hood outside a recreation center in 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The man accusing NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday by defense lawyers about his financial motives in the case.An Arizona grand jury indicted the Morris brothers on felony aggravated assault charges. They are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24, 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Hood stressed in court that he wasn’t looking at any of the defendants differently from each other.Hood initially identified both Marcus and Markieff Morris as assailants, but testified that he later changed his statement to police to say Markieff did not physically assault him but had been in the vicinity.Defense attorneys pressed Hood on his knowing about the NBA players’ substantial assets and asked if he was intent on having a claim on at least one of the Morris twins for his financial gain. Hood denied that claim.Eckstein reviewed text messages Hood sent to multiple people indicating the Morris twins would have to pay him millions in financial damages for the case.The Morris brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty. Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season, with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. Read Next The Morris brothers have known Hood since they were promising teenage AAU players, but Hood testified they had a falling out in 2011.Hood testified that his relationship with the brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message he sent their mother. He said there was nothing “improper” happening with him and their mother.Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein suggested Hood knew he had no chance of having a professional relationship with the players after the 2011 incident, but Hood insisted their relationship was not based on the twins making it to the NBA.The Morris brothers were drafted back-to-back in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft.The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Under Armour’s Bandit 3 running shoes are ready to help you take on the street Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to the same charges. The Morris brothers and the final defendant, Gerald Bowman, have pleaded not guilty.Hood told Phoenix police he was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood said the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHood tried to run but fell down before five men, including the Morris twins, punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities said. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom, according to police.Hood, 36, testified he wanted justice for the incident that left him with a broken nose and other injuries. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

Hamilton targets win as pack scramble for points

first_imgMercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton powers his car during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SALewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be aiming to end an already-triumphant season on a high while the chasing pack scrap for points, positions and prize money at this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Much more than pride will be at stake for the middle and lower order teams, as they seek to finish strongly and boost their 2018 budgets, in the twilight showdown at the Yas Marina circuit.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion While the championship is already decided, the leading drivers may well also be challenged by their teammates Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.While they scrap at the front, it will lower down the field that some of the most ferocious battles are likely to take place.The Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas teams are separated by six points, and an estimated payout of around $12 million (10.2 million euros), in sixth, seventh and eighth places in the championship.Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul, whose outfit are two ahead of Haas and four ahead of Toro Rosso, said: “This race is almost a championship in itself.”As the tension eats up the midfielders, it will be an emotional release for Williams’ Felipe Massa again as he competes in his final race before retiring.The 36-year-old Brazilian said: “I’m looking forward to it and plan to enjoy every moment, to finish my Formula One career on a high note.”F1 may also bid farewell to the Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, tipped to be replaced next year, and to the McLaren-Honda partnership.McLaren are to be powered by Renault next season while Honda will supply Toro Rosso.The final race of 2017 may also prove the final event with fully open cockpits on the cars before next year’s planned introduction of a ‘halo’ closed cockpit protection system. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Howard, Hornets rally to beat Wizards in overtime Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “But we have not been on the top step of the podium since winning in Austin and we are determined to change that in Abu Dhabi.”Hamilton was the victor in Texas a month ago and, like his team boss, wants to end his season strongly with a 10th victory this year. “I’m going to give it everything in Abu Dhabi,” said the Briton, who has seen rivals Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari win the last two contests.Vettel will also be keen to impress again and clinch second place behind Hamilton in the drivers’ championship. He goes into the weekend with a 22-point advantage ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.And Verstappen, buoyed by high praise from Mercedes executive chairman Niki Lauda, will be a threat as he seeks a third win of the season. Three-time champion Lauda last week described the 20-year-old Dutchman as the best young driver to enter F1.“In all my many years in motor racing, Max is the most fantastic young driver I’ve ever seen, no doubt,” said Lauda. “He impresses me – he is aggressive and fast. The only thing I would tell him is to keep his feet on the ground.”ADVERTISEMENT Hamilton has already wrapped up his fourth drivers’ world title and Mercedes their fourth consecutive constructors’ championship, but team chief Toto Wolff said the team is determined to win in Abu Dhabi for the fourth year in succession.“Regardless of what stands in the trophy cabinets back at base, our focus is always on the next race and the next championship,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our goal in Abu Dhabi is quite simple: to give the best of ourselves, to extract the maximum from our ‘diva’ in her final race and to win.“We saw promising pace in both Mexico and Brazil, circuits where we had expected to struggle more than we did, and this is a positive sign of the progress we have made in understanding our difficulties this year. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more