Red Lock Road to be finally completed

first_imgResidents and business people in the logging and transportation industry can now breathe a sigh of relief as the final rehabilitation of the Red Lock Road is near completion.The Red Lock Road under constructionThe Red Lock Road connects Lima Sands, Mainstay/Whyaka, Tapakuma and other interior locations in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The contractor, Vish Turbo Contracting Service was highly praised for the quality of work being done on the final stretch of the road.A minibus operator plying the Lima Sands route said that the contractor has prepared a complete diversion for vehicles and other road users along the entire stretch of road under construction so as to give continued access without any interference with the project.He said that for a very long time now, contractors building roads and bridges did not create diversions, causing tremendous wastage of time for the travelling public and the project.He also noted that the contractor was doing an excellent job by putting down a strong foundation which would result in a stronger roadway.The man added that residents were satisfied with the way works were being progressing and hope that the weather would be friendly so as to see the completion of the road before the end of the year.This is the only access road leading to the many lakes and resorts in the area, amongst them the popular Mainstay Lake Resort.last_img read more

A familiar voice from home

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneI’ve always wondered, what’s the difference between us fairly unsophisticated natives of the third world, seemingly deprived of the illumination, the better way of life enjoyed by those in the first world? Perturbed by thoughts of missing out on something potentially good, I concluded, this first world I must see and experience for myself.So off I went to America for a frenzied two-week holiday. After 20 hours of travelling, I finally arrived in New York, my first destination in this fact-finding mission. The day I arrived also happened to be the start of a heat wave in the eastern parts of the country, including New York, one of the worst-hit states.In my oblivious state I stepped out of the well air-conditioned JFK and was suddenly struck by invisible flames of pure heat. I felt like Hell’s Kitchen was no longer just a neighbourhood in Manhattan, but the whole city had transformed into a furnace.I was still dressed in my winter clothes and I was starting to boil. But, never one to be defeated or outdone by life’s challenges, I decided to venture out – with no luggage in hand (the airline lost it). I was armed with just a map of the subway train system running through the city, my passport and some dollars.I needed to head out to Brooklyn, my home for the next five days in the Big Apple. After a kind Samaritan showed me how to read the map and the different routes, I waited for the train. Eight minutes was all I was going to wait. This is good, I thought. This trip had finally begun.Fast-forward to a week and a half and two states (New York and Michigan) later, I am now in Boston, Massachusetts, having lunch with my sister, her best friend and our cousin, who is a professor at Boston College. That’s when I notice something odd. The people at the table next to ours kept glancing in our direction. Through the corner of my eye I could see this lady’s eye constantly on me. Stolen glances became blatant stares. Eventually I voice what was now becoming an uncomfortable experience with the rest of the table.No sooner had I spoken out about the lady staring at me, she glides over, beaming from ear to ear. Wearing a cotton shift dress, hair perfectly set, manicured nails, expensive-looking jewelry, not too much, but enough for you to know she was old money. What in the good heavens did this woman think we had in common?Maybe she mistook me for someone she knew. I would tell her that I’m not American, that I’m South African and she would apologise for thinking I was somebody else. I would courteously accept her apology and tell her that it happens to the best of us, she would return to her table, and I would continue my lunch with my family. I had it all figured out by the time she arrived at my table, “Excuse me, are you guys from South Africa?” She asked with all the enthusiasm she could muster in that one sentence. I couldn’t disappoint her effort, so in my equally spirited response I affirmed her suspicions.Her joy was unmistakable. She told me that she had been listening to us talking, as she thought that she recognised the distinctive South African accent. She happened to be sitting at the table with another South African woman, who was in the country to market African crafts and other hand-made home décor made by rural women in KwaZulu-Natal. She introduced herself. She was Veronica Castellucci.Veronica, an interior decorator, is a South African who arrived in America in 1980 after she married an Italian who swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance. She had not met many South Africans during her stay in America, and often felt lonely and homesick. She recalled a story of how, when she was young and pregnant with her first child, she was walking down a street when she thought she had heard a familiar accent. Filled with the familiar excitement she displayed to me, she approached the lady, who, after admitting she was a South African, coldly dismissed her. Veronica walked away with her tail between her legs.That was over 20 years ago. Now a resident of Wellesley, one of the richest suburbs in all of America I’m told, she’s doing well for herself. Her husband is a successful businessman with a passion for wine, and she’s an interior decorator who loves what she does for a living. Yet I suspect there’s always been a part of her that’s always longed for her people.Without further delay, the whole lot of us are immediately invited to Veronica’s for breakfast the next day. It turns out she only stays 10 minutes away from my cousin’s home. After about 20 minutes of a purely coincidental reunion, we part ways. I feel excited and rejuvenated by her love for South Africa, even though she’s been away for so long.I smile to myself when I think about the fact that in 1980 she, a white South African, and I, a black South African, would have never been able to sit and eat at the same restaurant, never mind receive an invitation to be guests at her table, because the political climate would have surely prevented our paths crossing. But here we are in 2008, in a land foreign to both of us, and we are able to have that interaction, because we both knew that we were now a different people.Breakfast at Veronica’s was splendid. The conversation was easy and natural, unforced. It was clear that she had gone to great lengths to prepare a special feast for her new South African friends. She invited her best friend and neighbour to share in the occasion and, well, that moment it was a slice of life I knew I would never taste twice, but would always hold dear.After countless hugs and promises to keep in touch, I realised, leaving Veronica’s house that morning, that being a South African was something that never leaves you, no matter how long one maybe away from home, you can always recognise your own, reconnect and make family – and it doesn’t hurt that they are filthy rich too!Go to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageKhanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.last_img read more

Competition at Australias Container Ports Set to Heat Up

first_imgzoom Competition between stevedoring companies at Australia’s three largest container ports is set to intensify as there are three stevedores competing at Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, a report from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) finds.The fiercer competition is being announced despite a rise of stevedoring operating profits per TEU worth over 25 percent in 2016-17.“Competition has significantly increased in recent years with the introduction of a third stevedore in Sydney and Brisbane, and now we can add Melbourne to that list. As such, we expect to see greater levels of price competition as new entrants and incumbents compete for market share,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.“Stevedores will need to work harder to win or retain their customers, with benefits flowing through to shipping lines, importers, and exporters.”“However, this remains a critical period for competition. For sustainable competition to develop, these new entrants will need to win a commercially viable share of the market,” Sims added.                                        Image Courtesy: ACCCSpecifically, with the commencement of operations by Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at the Port of Melbourne in early 2017, there are now three stevedores at each of the east coast ports for the first time.ACCC anticipates that the increased competition will help shipping lines negotiate better prices and potentially drive better service from the terminal operators through investment. The additional capacity also provides shipping lines with a wider choice of berthing windows.As inforced by the commission, both DP World and Patrick recently either introduced or substantially increased ‘infrastructure charges’ at a number of ports for transport companies collecting or dropping off containers. The stevedores claim that the higher charges are necessary because of rising property costs and the need to fund new investment. While there is merit to the stevedores’ claims about higher property costs, their overall costs remain stable.“While it is true that the stevedores are facing higher property costs, the ACCC will be interested to see whether these infrastructure charges are used to improve landside facilities beyond business as usual levels,” Sims said.“It is concerning that truck and rail operators face these higher charges but are limited in their ability to take their business elsewhere.”Some organisations approached the ACCC with allegations that the new infrastructure charges may have been in contravention of provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Most of the concerns were that the price increases were excessive, but there are no provisions in the Act to deal with excessive pricing.Shipping lines benefitted from lower prices as the stevedores reported falling unit revenues in 2016-17, ACCC said. Stevedoring revenue fell 4.5 per cent to USD 138.8 per TEU. This has continued a very consistent trend as unit stevedoring revenue is about a quarter less than a decade ago in real terms.The volume of containers passing through Australia’s ports is the highest ever recorded. In 2016-17 Australian stevedores handled 7.2 million TEUs, an increase of 3.7 per cent.The report also found that quayside productivity remains close to record levels. However, both capital and labour productivity fell slightly.“The stevedoring industry is not reporting the same level of productivity improvements that we have seen in previous years. With the new stevedores now in place along the east coast ports, we will be looking for this productivity growth to return in future,” Sims said.last_img read more

Supreme Court hearing on energy projects draws large crowd

first_img(Demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court of Canada Wednesday.)APTN National NewsWhen Cedar Parker was in Seattle for Black Friday he says someone tried to rob him leaving him bruised and with cuts on his face.Parker said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to do rob him, too.“The government is trying to rob me …of my future for a material object,” said Parker, a member Tsleil-Waututh Nation in B.C., of the Trudeau government’s approval of two pipelines Tuesday.The thug in Seattle may have roughed him up but Parker is more frightened by Trudeau.He was among dozens of demonstrators Wednesday at the Supreme Court of Canada rallying in support of two cases being heard at the country’s highest court.The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on a case that could lead to a major overhaul of the way the federal government consults Indigenous communities on energy projects.Two cases are to be heard together to essentially settle an argument: Does the National Energy Board (NEB) execute the Crown’s duty to consultation with Indigenous communities through its public consultation process?The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario and the Inuit community of Clyde River in Nunavut argue it doesn’t. The NEB approved both projects.The NEB is not a Crown agent, but part of the executive branch of the federal government, and makes recommendations to Ottawa on whether energy projects should proceed. The federal cabinet then gives final approval.In the case of the Chippewas, located near London, Ont., they opposed Enbridge’s interest in expanding and reversing the flow on a large portion of an existing oil pipeline that stretches approximately 830 km from Sarnia, Ont. to Montreal, Que. The section of pipeline in question is known as Line 9B, and was constructed in 1975.In Nunavut, the NEB approved Petroleum Geo-Services to conduct seismic testing in the waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait off the coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut.The testing would happen 24 hours a day, five months per year for five years, something the Hamlet of Clyde River and other interested parties oppose.Residents feel the testing is harmful to marine mammals, including narwhal, ringed seal and the bowhead whale – something the Inuit rely on for their food and culture.Wednesday’s rally was planned weeks in advance but was strengthened by Trudeau approving two pipeline expansion projects coming out of Alberta – Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. and Enbridge’s Line 3 from Hardisty, Alta., through Neche, ND, to Superior, Wis.Trudeau rejected Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, which would also have moved bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Protests are already being planned by environment and climate activists, as well as First Nations and Indigenous people who oppose the expansions.Tsleil-Waututh has vowed to stop the Trans Mountain expansion.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Student athlete concussions and lack of certified athletic trainers

first_img February 21, 2019 Student athlete concussions and lack of certified athletic trainers KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:27 AMcenter_img Posted: February 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new study published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association  Journal of Athletic Training suggests student athletes who attended high schools with a low availability of athletic trainers are 50 percent more likely to have a sports-related concussion that goes un-identified, un-assessed or mismanaged.The situation is even more concerning in California because the state remains the only one in the nation that does not regulate the athletic training profession, meaning anyone, regardless of education or certification, can act as an athletic trainer and treat serious injuries like concussions, with potentially dire consequences including permanent disability and death, according to the study.Currently, the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) is working on legislation that will be introduced this year that would protect the public by requiring licensure for athletic trainers in the state. Under the bill, individuals must be certified by the Board of Certification before they can call themselves “athletic trainers” and provide health care.According to the study, while parents may think they’re taking the necessary precautions to safeguard their children against injury on the playing field, the truth is, if there isn’t a qualified athletic trainer overseeing their student athlete’s care, the child is at significantly higher risk of sustaining a serious injury. Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Microsoft says its Windows 10 October 2018 update is now ready

first_img $143 Abt Electronics Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Microsoft Windows 10 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Getty Images Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 update is finally ready… in 2019. After a long, bumpy road, Win 10 version 1809 is launching next month, Microsoft says. “Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received from consumers, [manufacturers], [software vendors], partners and commercial customers, Windows 10 version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment,” the company said in a blog post Thursday. Version 1809 was first announced last August during IFA 2018. The update was meant to replace version 1803. The free update boasted an improved screenshot experience, the Your Phone app, the SwiftKey keyboard for touch, and more. The rollout screeched to a halt in October after users began reporting missing files after the update. Microsoft patched the bug and attempted another rollout later that month, but only to Windows Insiders. Most recently, the company tried to make running its OS easier by automatically uninstalling a failed Windows 10 update.  See It Now playing: Watch this: $169 See It 4:33 See it Amazon Microsoft Windows 10 See It Tags $145 Share your voice 0 Post a comment $179 Internet Best Buylast_img read more

How to Identify the Best SEO Strategy for Your Company

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of those things a lot of people talk about — it’s something that not only can increase your traffic and your website rank in keywords, but eventually will lead to more sales. And who doesn’t want more sales?Related: 10 Tips for Combining SEO and Content MarketingThe problem is, with so many people talking about SEO, there are many strategies floating around as to what is the best way to go about implementing SEO on your website.Sure, the task at hand sounds very easy at first, but using the wrong strategy will lead you to waste time and money and possibly get you in trouble with Google — which is something you definitely do not want.To make things easier for yourself, below is a guide that essentially explains what you should be looking for in an SEO strategy. What makes one strategy better than another? Why should you ignore some strategies completely?Here is the first step to becoming an expert at discerning what strategy may work over another.What are the main features of any SEO Strategy?When it comes to SEO, you need to be aware of two main components:On-page SEOOff-page SEOOn-page SEOThis type of SEO is done to your website directly; basically, it involves multiple parts of your website in determining search engine rankings. For the most part, you can make on-page SEO changes yourself, using the following list:Page contentTitle TagsMeta descriptionsHeadingsURL structureLoading time on pagesInternal linkingSchema* (I highly recommend adding this into your website)The purpose of on-page SEO is to ensure that your website is readable by search engines; the easier it is to read the structure and content of your website, the better you will ultimately rank.Related: 5 Ways to Optimize Local Search Results and Compete With the Big GuysSchema is important for your on-page SEO, and you will probably hear the word in conversation with anyone that works with SEO; if you don’t, show him or her the boot! You will also likely be confused as to what Schema really is (outside of sounding really cool): Schema is a specific vocabulary of tags that you add to your HTML to improve how your page is represented in search engine result pages (SERPs). By adding Schema to your website’s HTML, you’ll be enhancing how the snippets of information will be displayed in SERPs. You’ll also make it easier for Google, Yahoo and Bing to understand what your website/page is about.Making it easier for the search engines gives you a better chance of ranking higher.Major TipsMake sure your website loads within three seconds.Make all your images web friendly.Activate Gzip Compression and implement a content delivery network (CDN) into your website.Make sure that the first word in your title tags is a keyword.Off-page SEOOff-page SEO occurs off your website, hence the name. It includes:Link buildingSocial media sharesThere are a few more tactics employed in off-page SEO, but the two mentioned are among the more popular methods, with link building being by far the most important strategy.Off-page SEO, especially link building, is something that needs to be done right, but a lot of people take shortcuts which negatively impact their website. In life, there are no shortcuts, and the same rule applies to SEO.In fact, link-building quality is extremely important, more so than the quantity of links. Therefore, creating high-quality content is important, in order to draw in users from other websites, to link to you.You should not be buying links; that will be only a temporary solution. And Google will ultimately penalize you for trying to manipulate the system. To avoid any problems with the search engine giant while trying to improve the SEO for your website, grow your network organically. This involves reaching out to various contacts you have in your industry. When you reach out to people, they may agree to point a link toward your website.You can also have people do guest posts on your site, and do the same on their sites, filling your articles with keywords that will ultimately direct back to your website. En route, remember that you do not want to guest post or have links pointing from just “anywhere.” The website of origin needs to be reputable for the effort involved to have a positive effect.There are other link-building strategies outside of guest posting and reaching out to your contacts. Another one involves directory submissions. But I say that with some trepidation, ever since Google began going after directories. Specifically, it went after spam-like directories. Fortunately, Google does like directories edited by humans. In this context, directories like JoeAnt, Yahoo Directory and DMOZ are all worth submitting to.Local Directories, otherwise known as local citation, present another great strategy. So, submit your business on local directories like:Google My BusinessBing Places for BusinessYelpYP.comThere are many more great local directories to use. They are all a great way for the search engines to learn more about you.How to calculate ROI on your SEO expenditureAs with any marketing effort, it all comes down to whether or not you can make money. With SEO, calculating your ROI comes down to directly knowing how much your SEO efforts are costing you, and how much the total value of your sale(s) has been.To begin the process of checking your ROI, and assuming you use Google Analytics (the most popular analytics tool online), first go to the acquisition tab (sidebar) in Google Analytics. Next, select “channels” to view the traffic generated by each channel.You will want to view organic results, as that will consist of the traffic from all search engines. Now, if you have Google Goals active, you will be able to see revenue/lead conversions directly generated from the organic search. If you don’t have that feature active, you will have to manually calculate the results.You can use the simple formula below to calculate your ROI as well:ROI = (Revenue from SEO Efforts – Cost of SEO Project)/ Cost of SEO Project x 100 percentROI = ($25,000 – $10,000)/ 10,000 x 100 percentROI = 150 percentThis means that the return is 2.5 times the investment. Realistically, for any SEO project, you want to see at least 2 times the return on your investment.So, there you have it: a comprehensive guide on to what to look for in identifying the best SEO Strategy. Hopefully, when you look into SEO for your own business, these tips will help you determine whether or not your SEO specialist knows what he or she is doing.Related: Do Keywords Still Matter? November 11, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min readlast_img read more