City approves boundary extension proposals

first_img Proposed Boundary Expansion #2 in the Southeast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. Proposed Boundary Expansion #2 in the Southeast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. Proposed Boundary Expansion #1 in the Noutheast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. Proposed Boundary Expansion #1 in the Noutheast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City council approved 2 separate boundary extension proposals at a closed meeting on June 13th.There had been many meetings with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to decide what the best course of action would be that would reflect the objectives of the city.The boundary extension proposals involve 2 in the Northeast and 1 in the Southeast.- Advertisement -North East Option 1 has a larger number of parcels and reflects Council’s objectives. Option 2 has a smaller number of parcels, and reflects the Ministry’s guidelines.Staff have scheduled meetings that involve council and stakeholders to discuss the applications. The goal is to submit final applications to the Ministry by the end of July.The reasons for the extensions were listed by the city as follows:Advertisement Remaining a growing communityEnsuring room for growthProviding service to industryDelivering services in an efficient manner and promoting equity and fairnessMayor Lori Ackerman says these extensions will help the city to continue to grow.“These boundary extensions are vital to the growth of our city and the Region. We have the largest population in the region but a very small landmass. With city services, a higher density is available to residents and businesses. This prevents sprawl and loss of valuable agricultural land.”last_img read more

Ó DOMHNAILL WELCOMES DONEGAL JOBS BOOST

first_imgDonegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has welcomed the creation of 10 new jobs at Snáth Dhún na nGall Teo, Cill Charthaigh.The company, which is involved in the textile manufacturing sector, is a client of Údarás na Gaeltachta.  It was established in 2006 and currently employs 23 people. Today’s announcement means that the employment will increase to 33 over the coming months with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Snáth Dhún na nGall has gone from strength to strength in recent years through a strong and growing demand for the products, which are manufactured exclusively from locally sourced wool. The company supplied a very distinctive product to a number of world wide leading designer brands including; Ralph Lauren, Polo and J. Crew. “I am delighted that Údarás na Gaeltachta have been able to support Snáth Dhún na nGall over the last few years and I want take this opportunity to commend the management, staff and investors.“Businesses in the South West area of Donegal who have received assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta currently employ 553 people, with 2007 people employed throughout Donegal in Údarás client companies. Today’s announcement again highlights the importance and wellbeing of Údarás na Gaeltachta for Gaeltacht areas.”Ó DOMHNAILL WELCOMES DONEGAL JOBS BOOST was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ó DOMHNAILL WELCOMES DONEGAL JOBS BOOSTlast_img read more

Open-access research data for SA

first_imgNow that SciELO-SA is a full member of the global SciELO network, usage and citations of local published work is expected to rise. (Image: SciELO-SA) Journals are considered for inclusion in SciELO once they receive a favourable evaluation from ASSAf’s journal quality peer-review panel.(Image: Pretoria University) MEDIA CONTACTS • SciELO-SA  Academy of Science of South Africa  +27 12 349 6600 RELATED ARTICLES • Research output rises, papers double • Boost for knowledge economy • Tusker research goes social • Global award for SA business school • SA academic gets top science award Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom has launched the South African version of the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO-SA). It’s a searchable full-text journal database that is completely open-access – that is, free to access and free to publish.SciELO is a boon for the local and international research community, and is expected to strengthen the scholarly journal evaluation, editing, publishing and accreditation systems in the country, according to the project’s website.The database comprises 26 peer-reviewed journals at the moment, but is expected to eventually feature at least 180 of South Africa’s 300 journals. It is part of the Brazilian SciELO project, which is driven by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (The Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo, in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Centre on Health Sciences Information.The project is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, maintained by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training.South Africa joined SciELO in 2009, becoming part of a group that includes Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile. The project is in development in Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru. Over 1 000 journals – that’s more than 433 000 articles – are available at the main SciELO portal.Each centre follows the same methodology and uses the same technology, which was developed by SciELO Brazil, the origin of the project. All sites, South Africa included, have a Portuguese, Spanish and English interface.In April 2013 SciELO-SA received certification as a fully operational collection indexed in the global SciELO portal.Over the past four years SciELO-SA had achieved the “mandatory quality criteria” needed to become a full member, said Susan Veldsman, director of ASSAf’s scholarly publishing unit.It complies with criteria such as publishing standards, periodicity, data curation and management, bandwidth and intellectual property rights, among others.Making research data more widely availableJournals are considered for inclusion in SciELO, according to the website, once they receive a favourable evaluation from ASSAf’s journal quality peer-review panel. For more information or to submit a journal for consideration, contact scielo@assaf.org.za  Some of the publications freely accessible on SciELO-SA include Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (25 issues); the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (five issues); the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology (eight issues); the South African Journal of Science (36 issues); and Water SA (24 issues).The South African Journal of Science was the first journal to make its appearance on SciELO-SA, back in 2009. However, said Veldsman, other journals from around Africa could also be hosted on the platform, provided that they too receive a favourable evaluation from the panel.“This [platform] will result in much wider stakeholder usage and collaboration among the South African, regional and global scientific communities,” she said.Searching and sharingJournals may be searched or browsed via an alphabetic list of titles, a subject list or a search form by entering the title of the serial, publisher name, city of publication and/or subject.The interface also provides access to the full text of articles via author index or subject index, or by a search form for various elements such as author names, subject, words from the title, words from the full text, and publication year.Abstracts and full article text may be printed or shared. The sites provide usage statistics based on the number of article downloads, and impact indicators based on citations – this allows tracking of not only individual journals’ performance, but each collection as a whole. The information gathered from tracking will in turn improve the process of evaluating scholarly articles.SciELO provides dissemination tools such as the ability to send the article via email, or post a link to social media.last_img read more

R1-billion investment in science for the people

first_imgA malaria sporozoite inside an infected cell. A UCT research team led by Professor Kelly Chibale have identified a compound that may be the building block for a single-dose treatment for malaria. (Image by Ute Frevert; false color by Margaret Shear; source Plos Biology) • Matile Malimabe Chief information officer Department of Science and Technology +27 12 843 6626 • Massive funding injection for Square Kilometre Array • South African research funding fourth-highest in the world • UCT professor wins science award • Cosmic proof of comet strike on Earth • Bloemfontein becomes city of stars Sulaiman Philip Publicly funded scientific research aimed at improving the lives of ordinary people got a major boost last week when the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) announced 54 new funded research chairs, bringing the Department of Science and Technology’s total investment to well over R1-billion, so far, in 157 research chairs at universities across the country.Established in 2006 as a way to strengthen South Africa’s knowledge economy, SARChI’s original aim was to have identified and funded at least 200 research chairs by 2010. At the announcement of the new chairs on Friday 7 March, science and technology director-general Phil Mjwara said it had been a struggle to find suitable projects, particularly ones headed by black Africans and women. But, he told the room of academics at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria, 157 out of 200 was still good progress: “My math may be a little off, but 78 % is still above a distinction.” Blue-sky research Public-sector research funding will allow South Africa to benefit from what deputy president Kgalema Mothlante, at the announcement in Pretoria, called “blue-sky research”. This research is flexible and curiosity-driven, with the potential to lead to outcomes not even contemplated at the outset. Unlike research in the private sector, which remains informed and driven by competitiveness, socioeconomic benefit is the driving force behind the SARChI programme.From an original list of 400 submissions and a shortlist of 206, the numbers were whittled down to the 54 new research projects announced. The biggest influence in the decision was how the research best fit with improving people’s lives. The Department of Science and Technology was looking specifically for research in education, healthcare, fighting crime and corruption, rural development and job creation.One example of successful blue-sky public research is that of Soraya Seedat of Stellenbosch University, who studies post-traumatic stress disorders. A SARChI chair since 2008, she spoke of the benefits the sciences gain from public funding: “This has given me carte blanche to be a science dreamer. It allows me to take risks by giving me the tools and funding to develop my research.”South Africa is not looking to build a multibillion dollar Large Hadron Collider, the biggest example of basic “blue sky” research, but previous funding has included work done on the Square Kilometre Array, one of the largest and most ambitious telescope projects in the world.Diverse disciplines SARChI’s funding supports innovative research in disciplines as diverse as rural agronomy, chemistry, human sexuality and mathematical modelling.The newly appointed chairs include:Professor Paramu Mafongoya of the University of KwaZulu-Natal: With a primary discipline of rural agronomy and development, Mafongoya’s research aims to devise and implement innovative, science-based technologies to increase incomes and food security by increasing soil fertility and improving crop production in the impoverished soils of low-input subsistence farmersProfessor Chris Wolkersdorfer of the Tshwane University of Technology: Using hydrogeology and archaeology, Wolkersdorfer’s research into and monitoring of the mine flooding process has led to a theoretical treatment for acid mine waste water.Professor Catriona Macleod of Rhodes University: MacLeod’s research on adolescent sexuality will be used to design and implement public-sector interventions in a range of health initiatives, ranging from HIV programmes to barriers in accessing reproductive health care.Professor Gerhard Walzl of Stellenbosch University: Walzl’s research identifying the biomarkers for tuberculosis addresses one of the major healthcare challenges facing South Africa. His approach, beginning with basic molecular biology to clinical application, will be an important step towards combatting the disease.Professor Jean Lubuma of the University of Pretoria: Lubuma is building mathematical models to help identify and track engineering and medical challenges and the best responses to them. His research also includes infectious disease and ecology of species modelling, with the hope that outbreaks and extinction can be prevented through early warning.Science funding for new growth Science and technology minister Derek Hanekom stressed that all the new research chairs received funding only if their research furthered the aims of South Africa’s New Growth Path. The funding, he added, would help the country become a leading research destination, and build a more knowledge-based economy. “An investment in knowledge bears the best returns,” Hanekom said. “To now we have created 1 000 research jobs and want to build on the human capital we will require going forward.”Identifying the programme’s biggest success to date, he argued the potential benefits far outweighed the simple math of money spent and returns in jobs created. A UCT research team led by Professor Kelly Chibale, collaborating with the Swiss-based Medicines for Malaria, have identified a compound that may be the building block for a single-dose treatment for malaria. Pre-clinical testing will begin soon this cure for a disease that infects 3.3-billion a year – and kills up to 830 000 Africans a year.“We want to create a vibrant culture of excellence in research, thus strengthening research capacity to advance the frontiers of knowledge,” Hanekom said. “This new knowledge will afford South Africa a competitive edge internationally and contribute towards growing the economy of the country and improving the quality of life of South Africans.”Motlanthe stressed the importance of public funding of research in these areas, which were underserved in the private sector. “The imperative for the research chairs to derive research-driven solutions that ultimately contribute to a better life for all South Africans still remains, and cannot be wished away.”last_img read more

Three arrested for bid to kill Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) on Friday arrested a notorious sharpshooter, who was allegedly planning to kill BJP MLA Sushil Singh, after a brief encounter in Varanasi, an official statement said. Shiv Prakash Tiwari alias Dhoni Tiwari was carrying a cash reward of ₹1 lakh on his head, it said. Following a tip off, Tiwari and two of his associates — Manish Kesarwani and Ajnana Singh — were arrested from Varanasi’s Cantt police station area, the STF statement said. During interrogation, Tiwari revealed he had come to Varanasi with his associates to kill Singh, the BJP MLA from Saiyadraja assembly constituency. His associates were doing a recce for it, the statement said. Tiwari was convicted in the sensational murder of Hindu Yuva Vahini leader Bishnu Dutt Ojha in 2011 in Basti district but was absconding, it said.last_img read more

a month agoKlopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – again

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – againby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was unhappy with the refereeing in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.The game looked destined from a draw until Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon in the box after 81 minutes. Replays showed Callejon initiated the contact to Robertson’s outstretched leg, but nonetheless, Lorenzo Insigne stepped dutifully to fire home Napoli’s first of the game.An uncharacteristic error from Virgil van Dijk then allowed Fernando Llorente to score his first goal for Napoli to double their advantage. Speaking after the game, Klopp was adamant Robertson should not have been penalised for the challenge with Callejon.He told BT Sport: “It should hurt because there were opportunities for us. It was an open game with a lot of counter attacks, but we didn’t finish them off and that is a problem.”In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”I don’t think it’s a penalty. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium in the Champions League group stages last season. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injury

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is worried Marcus Rashford could be sidelined after injuring his groin in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The England international was substituted after 60 minutes when he suffered a muscle injury.”We have got to scan him tomorrow,” Solskjaer said after the match.”He felt his groin. So he will probably be out for a little while. I can update you later when I know a little more.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

4 days agoSead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on track

first_imgSead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on trackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSead Kolasinac says Arsenal’s plans this season are on track.Arsenal can return to third in the table with victory at Sheffield United tonight.“The Premier League isn’t called the hardest league in the world for nothing,” said Gunners defender Kolasinac. “It [the race for the top-four] is pretty wide open. For example, Manchester City lost to Wolves before the international break. But we are just going to focus on ourselves and try to work hard to win every game. Who knows what will happen at the end of the season? “We are still at the beginning now, but we hope to finish in the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles pic.twitter.com/tvkRuRavtE— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more