2010 in review: Top stories from November and December

first_imgOil and Gas Commission moving engineering office to KelownaThe Oil and Gas Commission has announced it is opening an engineering office in Kelowna, which has caused concerns among local government in northeast B.C. However, the community of Fort St. John came together and raised money and collected donations for the family. She also says the Kelowna office will include approximately 12 positions, of which half will be moved from the offices in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. However, she adds that the engineering capacity in the northeast is consistently increasing. This story is expected to further develop in the new year. Fort St. John City Council has expressed its concerns of what having an office outside of northeastern B.C would mean for the oil and gas industry in the area. Thomson says smoking in a taxi contravenes municipal bylaws that regulate the city’s taxi industry. Several of the passengers were even given rides into the town by people passing by in their vehicles. Ackerman also says the City has forecast between a $1.6 and $1.8 million decrease in economic activity in the area due to the loss of those worker’s incomes and the work they conduct in the region. The City has chosen to write a letter to the Minister of Natural Resource Operations and MLA for Kelowna-Mission Steve Thomson to convey its concerns, says Fort St. John City Councillor Lori Ackerman. The gravel hauler tractor trailer was travelling northbound along the highway when it slowed down because a vehicle in front of it had lost control and spun into the ditch, says Staff Sergeant Tom Roy with the Fort Nelson RCMP. Roy then says the Greyhound bus – which was travelling in the same direction – was unable to stop and slammed into the tractor trailer. Thomson says the letter outlines numerous criticisms about the company and is addressed to the Passenger Transportation Branch of the Ministry, which is in charge of taxi regulation. Police say they began receiving reports of several collisions between vehicles and of vehicles sliding into the ditch, around 1 p.m. local time. Some of the problems the Board outlines include long wait times to procure a taxi, unclean taxis and drivers that smoke in their vehicles. Advertisement Despite the problems, he says he understands that the current service provider is understaffed due to the difficulty in procuring drivers in the area. He adds that it can take several weeks for a new driver to obtain the required permits from the local RCMP.center_img The lack of adequate service is posing several problems especially during the holiday season, says Darren Thomson, the Board’s chair. With the new drinking and driving laws that have come into effect, he says that not as many people are willing to venture out to various events unless they know they can secure a taxi. House Fire Leaves 8 HomelessA house fire in Charlie Lake early on Remembrance Day left a family of 8 homeless. – Advertisement – The Brown family lived out of the fire coverage area and did not have insurance to cover their belongings.  The highway was closed until 9:30 a.m. the next morning due to weather conditions and because the accident was blocking much of the road.Fort St. John Tourism board has had enough with Taxi Service The Tourism Fort St. John Board was the first local organization to launch a formal complaint to the Ministry of Transportation over inadequate service from the city’s main taxi company. He says the bus driver was pinned in the bus and was helped by a member of the Fort Nelson Fire Rescue that was passing the scene. The bus driver was eventually cut out of the bus by Fort Nelson firefighters and transported to the hospital in the town with minor injuries. Advertisement Shanks says one reason the Kelowna office is opening is due to problems in retaining appropriate staff in the north, adding that the only team leader position that will be in Kelowna would be a chief engineer. The collision occurred at KM 381 of the Alaska Highway. Alaska Highway closed between Fort St. John and Fort NelsonFor the first time in recent memory, the Alaska Highway was shut down for almost 24 hours due to bad weather and a collision involving a gravel truck and a Greyhound Bus.  Then, one hour later, they received the report of the collision between the Greyhound bus and the tractor trailer.Advertisement Ackerman says one of the biggest concerns of having an engineering office in Kelowna would be the impact of being able to conduct a successful operation in the North. He says there was extreme weather occurring in the area at the time of the collision and the roads were covered with compact ice and snow. He adds that it was particularly bad between the Sikanni Chief Bridge – at KM 256 – and Fort Nelson. The OGC has chosen to open an office in Kelowna since there are new oil and gas activities and prospects that are occurring in southeastern B.C., in the Elk Valley area, says Lee Shanks, communications manager for the Commission.Advertisementlast_img read more

Conte on his and Batshuayi’s future, Moses, Hazard’s injury and dealing with West Ham

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Monday’s game at West Ham. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say. On whether he has received an offer from Inter Milan“Me personally? No.” On his futureEmbed from Getty Images“I think the situation is very clear. I have a contract with Chelsea and we are trying to do something important with the club for the present and for the future.“The only problem for me is that the family is missing me for sure.“They stay in Italy and I am working for the future to try to bring them here and to stay together, because my family is missing me.“The story (that he could leave) tells this, but I am not worried.“With my players I want to work very hard and I think we have to continue in this way to do something important this season, because we are in the right position.” On Eden Hazard“We have a little problem for Eden. In training on Wednesday he got a kick, but I think it’s nothing serious. Everyone else is fit.” On facing West HamEmbed from Getty Images“I think that we must pay attention in the whole squad and team because in the cup they beat us (in the EFL Cup).“The result wasn’t good. For sure we want to take three points in this game. It is a difficult game because we all know the difficulty in this type of game – a derby against West Ham.“We are preparing very well in the right way with the right commitment and focus.“It will be tough. It will be pressure, positive or negative pressure, but we are ready to to play this game and to try to do better than the last game.” On dealing with Andy CarrollEmbed from Getty Images“For sure Andy Carroll is a really good player, very strong physically and we must pay good attention.“We are preparing different solutions to try to limit the strength of our opponents but it is important for us to play our football, with our philosophy to try to play, to try to score and defend very well with high intensity.” On whether Michy Batshuayi has a future at ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images“The most important thing is the present. To work hard in the present and then at the end of the season we will see every situation with every single player.“Now he is working very well for us. He must continue to work and everything can happen.“If he shows me he deserves to play I am ready to put him in the starting 11. If this doesn’t happen then we will continue this way.” On Victor Moses’ new contractEmbed from Getty Images“It is right that Victor Moses deserves a new contract. He is a really good guy and a good player with a good technique and a great desire to fight. I think he deserved this.“When I saw him during pre-season I was very pleased with him to stay here for the whole season. He told me he was very happy to try to prove himself.“He said ‘I am ready to play for Chelsea’. I am pleased for him.”See also:Conte on Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro’s setback and facing Spurs   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Kings, Friday at 7 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 7 p.m. as the Warriors look to rebound from a real stinker when they face the Kings at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.The Warriors (19-10) had arguably one of their poorest efforts of the season Wednesday when they got smoked 113-93 by the Raptors in a showdown of the favorites to meet in the NBA Finals. Listless Golden State came into Oracle on a four-game winning streak and exited with some memories it would like to erase Friday.The Kings …last_img read more

Remembering Lundi, South African gospel star, 1979-2017

first_imgGospel singer Lundi Tyamara has died at the age of 38. Fans, friends and family have paid tribute to one of South Africa’s most popular singers.Lundi Tyamara was one of the biggest selling gospel artists in South Africa, selling over 3 million albums. Tyamara died, aged 38, on 27 January 2017. (Image: Gallo Music)CD AndersonLundi Tyamara’s former producer, Tshepo Nzimande, described the singer in an interview with eNCA news channel as a “go-getter”. Tyamara died at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.“Lundi put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed. We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life,” said Anele Hlazo, a family friend.Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for fellow gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager.He released his debut album Mphefumlo Wami in 1998. It was an instant success, selling almost 400,000 copies. Over the course of his career Tyamara released more than 20 albums and won numerous South African Music and Kora All Africa Music awards.Nzimande said that Tyamara had a God-given talent, with a powerful stage presence that found audiences with both young and old. Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure.Tyamara was aware of the second chance he had at rebuilding his music career over the last few years. In an interview with Entertainment Online website in 2016, he said: “I’m lucky. It’s not easy after all the bad things I have done like the drugs and the alcohol. But my fans still love me. That shows that God has sent me to do this.”Commenting briefly to eNCA on his passing, Malope said she was in shock but would always have fond and special memories of Tyamara.Among the many messages, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa extended his condolences to Tyamara’s family and fans.Tyamara is survived by two sisters and a brother; his mother died in 2006, followed by his stepfather shortly thereafter.Despite his many hardships, Tyamara’s story was one of great triumph and success. Following his death, he will always be remembered by his fans as a prince of South African gospel.Watch some of Lundi’s greatest hits below.Source: eNCA News and Entertainment Online.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Communicating with your landowner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rented land is vital to the viability and profitability of our farms. As ownership of rented farmland is changing to individuals more removed from agriculture, establishing a sound relationship with your landowner will be key. Open lines of communication will directly affect gaining, retaining and even improving these important fields. It can also be effective in removing barriers as they relate to soil health and conservation practices that could enhance your profitability on rented land. Please join us to learn more about strategies and tools for communicating more effectively with your landowners. Information to be presented by Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension and American Farmland Trust staff. A lunch will be provided immediately following the presentations at Luckey Farmers, Inc. 1200 Main St., Woodville, OH 43469. For more information or to RSVP, call the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-354-5517.last_img read more

The New Mad Men Of Advertising Are… Everywhere

first_imgCrowdsourced advertising platforms – some with Silicon Valley backing – are sprouting up to liberate untapped talent from around the world and remake television (and video) advertising. Companies such as Tongal, Zooppa, Poptent and others are tapping the crowd for talent and hoping to leverage social media’s expanding reach and real-time impact to strengthen ties between products and people. Can you tell who made the Dannon yogurt commercial below starring John Stamos? It aired during last year’s Super Bowl:>In fact, the ad was created by Remy and Andrew Neymarc, a pair of twenty-something brothers raised in France and possessing no formal video training. Their concept was chosen amongst thousands via the crowdsource advertising platform Poptent.The crowd is seizing control.Talent is EverywhereCollege students – think Michael Dell and Mark Zuckerberg – can launch highly disruptive multi-billion dollar businesses right from their dorm room. But can they direct? Can they create mega-popular, award-winning television advertisements for global brands? The answer is a resounding yes. Ideas can come from anywhere, and talent resides everywhere. The commercial below, for example, is the direct result of crowd participation. The original idea for the ad and then, later, the finished commercial, were selected from entries by creators – some professional, many amateur – around the world. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… brian s hall Deconstructing the AdvertisementWhereas companies like Poptent have created a platform that connects global talent with big brands, Tongal has taken the crowdsourcing model one step further – by deconstructing the advertisement into its constituent parts.For example, I may have the perfect idea for the next great iPhone commercial. Note: Idea for next great iPhone ad: a virtual 3D Steve Jobs and Tupac Shakur share iTunes Radio playlists and wisdom as they are seated cross-legged on a barren desert.Problem: I have absolutely no filming talent. Using Tongal’s platform, big brands offer “challenge rewards” not only for fully edited video advertisements, but for ideas for commercials. Tongal president and co-founder, James DeJulio, told me that this new model will permanently disrupt how television advertising gets made:So many talented people have until now had little access to do really creative work. In Hollywood, for example, every studio relies on the same ten names for every action. (Crowdsourcing) rearranges the labor market for creative work.Tongal has received $15 million in venture capital funding. The company works with popular brands by crafting an advertising “challenge.” First, is the idea challenge – anyone can submit a idea for the brand’s next commercial. The crowd – at least, those registered on the Tongal site – can submit and/or vote on these ideas. The most popular ones are then awarded a cash prize of, say, $500.Video artists can then craft an advertisement based on the top five most popular ideas, for example. Again, these videos are voted on and the winner receives, say, $25,000. In addition, each winning participant across the challenge’s several stages has a chance for an additional slice of the reward pool. If the second most popular “idea” is ultimately used in the winning video, for example, the person with that idea receives an additional reward.The entire process, from creating the challenge, generating ideas, and developing a finished advertisement takes about 8 weeks – far faster than the traditional model. Throughout the process the challenge is simultaneously being aggressively promoted on Twitter and Facebook. DeJulio estimates that “easily 10-20% of all television advertising over the next few years” will be based on a crowdsourced model. That’s tens of billions of dollars.Surprisingly, money is not the driving factor for many participants. “More money typically equals better participation,” says DeJulio, but this is not always the case. The more people that use a product, such as a toothbrush or deodorant, the more likely it is that more and better ideas are generated via the crowd. This is doubly so, he suggests, for products that have a rabid fan base – for instance, women’s shoes.A Whole New WorldThe rapid advancement of low-cost HD video tools, steady cams, and professional editing software, combined with globally accessible social media platforms which aggregate and empower the crowd, are finally disrupting the insular, highly profitable television advertising business.Lego, Pringles, Axe, Pepsi, Nokia, and numerous others now rely upon crowdsourcing to generate ideas and foster new talent. Everyone wins. Big brands get a great commercial, possibly at a much lower price, and far faster than ever before. At the same time, talented folks from around the world have a chance to build a career in a new industry. Teens such as Zach Boivin have already earned thousands. Consider this advertising challenge linking Pringles and Star Wars. It yielded thousands of fan-generated entries, such as the one below. Big brands use the crowd not just for ideas, talent and inspiration, but to help generate brand awareness – even at the ad concept stage.Pizza Hut, for example, encouraged football fans to submit videos incorporating the idea of quarterbacks shouting “hut” to hike the ball. Along with many great entries received, the campaign itself was a clever means of increasing brand awareness long before any finished advertisement even made it onto the television screen.While Pizza Hut selected the finalists in its crowdsourced challenge, a popular vote was used to decide which ad made it to the Super Bowl. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos This is in large part because viewers place a higher level of trust in television advertisements. Even in the second decade of the 21st century, television ads influence viewers far more than most other forms. Yes, this is also true for tech-savvy teens and young adults.Television Advertising In A Multi-Screen WorldTelevision may command a disproportionate share of trust and influence among advertising media, but each new advertising channel – your Twitter feed, or your smartphone screen, for example – has the potential to distract once faithful viewers.It’s also now much harder for brands to develop and distribute a consistent message across these multiple channels, screens and media platforms. What works on the television screen may do nothing for someone updating their Facebook page on their iPhone. Multiple ads with varying sensibilities are thus required even for a single brand or product. This has forced advertisers to seek out new talent and new avenues for promotion.Kurt Lohse is marketing director for Poptent, a social media platform that links brands looking for advertising with freelancers from around the world. The 65,000 independent filmmakers registered with Poptent, he told me, “run the gamut from boutique ad agencies to film school students with basic training.”In a multi-screen world, well-made video content remains one of the most effective sales tools available, and demand continues to grow as the range of possible media outlets expands. Think “Super Bowl commercials to viral videos, web videos and everything in between,” as Lohse puts it.In this new world, big brands need the crowd just to meet demand.The Crowd Wants What The Crowd WantsWith more screens, more channels and more media platforms, it’s also become much harder for advertisers to deeply connect with every group or demographic. The top-down model no longer works. Asking a crowd to create an ad is much more likely to result in something that resonates with, well, that specific crowd. PepsiCo, which owns a number of food brands, including Doritos, has done just that in order to appeal to multiple demographics, particularly younger ones. In this case, the rather odd crowdsourced advertisement featuring a goat ultimately made it into the company’s Super Bowl ad blitz.  Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Crowdsourced participation in the traditional world of television advertising is a big deal. The global advertising market has an estimated value in excess of half a trillion dollars. In a world of tablets and “second screens,” DVRs and YouTube, television still grabs the majority of this bounty. The winner, to be selected later this month, will receive a $25,000 fee, and the winning ad will be shown on national TV.  Tags:#advertising#crowdsourcing#television A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Odisha to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary for 2 years

first_imgThe Odisha government on Tuesday decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for two years from October 2 this year. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here. He said people belonging to all sections of society will be involved in the anniversary celebrations in the State.Observing that Mahatma Gandhi wanted to develop society on the principles of truth and non-violence, Mr. Patnaik said that he had proposed to include ‘Ahimsa’ in the preamble of the Constitution.Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra, former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Gandhian leader Bhabani Charan Patnaik and several MPs and legislators also attended the meeting.Mr. Panda informed that five sub-committees have been constituted for the celebration of the anniversary in a grand manner. Padayatras and memorial meetings will be held across the State during the two-year period, he added.The Minister said that Gandhiji’s birth anniversary would be celebrated in schools, colleges, urban local bodies, blocks and gram panchayats. A new website will be opened to propagate the messages of Gandhiji.In order to commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Cuttack, a function will be organised in the city on March 23 next year, Mr. Panda said.Statues of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected at all district headquarters and one major road at the places Gandhiji visited will also be named after him. Gandhiji had visited Odisha eight times and toured different parts of the State.The Odisha government is also considering convening a special session of the Assembly in 2019.last_img read more