84 new schools for Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket

first_imgVery much a part of the international display by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) when the regional team plays host in the Caribbean, Scotiabank’s grass-roots thrust, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket, which has turned out an estimated 20 national/West Indies cricketers, will experience even more growth this year in Jamaica.At yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) conference room, it was announced that the kiddies development programme will feature 84 new schools, increasing its overall total to 224.Scotia’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 2000, a joint effort between the financial institution and the WICB to help foster skills and passion for the game among West Indian children.The showpiece has grown among 14 Caribbean countries, with more than 750,000 now participating.Shelley Sykes-Coley, Scotiabank’s manager, sponsorships, said her organisation remains committed to the growth and development of cricket regionally.foundation skills”We will continue to build on the foundation skills of our young cricketers with our Kiddy Cricket skills display, cricket camp, and Kiddy Cricket festival,” she said.”That boys and girls aged 7-12 not only learn to play the game, but acquire love for learning, while building leadership skills in the classroom and on the field.”Courtney Francis, chief executive officer, JCA, was also in attendance, while Phillip Service, WICB Kiddy Cricket Coordinator, distributed newly certified child-protection course certificates to coaches.Since last year, there has been a series of child-protection courses – mandatory for all youth cricket coaches – which hosted over 119 attendees. This course is being facilitated by the JCA and the Child Development Agency.Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are in partnership with UNICEF on this project, and they will endeavour to complete another 12 to 14 workshops across 14 parishes in Jamaica, with the primary focus being 150 primary schools in the Kiddy Cricket programme.Preliminary matches among primary schools started just ahead of the press launch, with an exciting festival featuring Excelsior vs Rollington Town, and Mountain View vs Clan Carthy, at Sabina Park.last_img read more


first_imgKarl Griffin smashes Irish Youth 800m record -1min 49.63secsThe 2012 track season has not yet got out of the blocks and we find club and county athletes making the headlines across a range of events. Last Saturday, Karl Griffin travelled all the way to Greystones, Wicklow for an Irish Milers club sponsored meet. The Ballydevitt man in the process smashed, Mark English’s Irish U18 -800m record and won the race impressively. The Tir Chonaill/Abbey Voc School athlete, not 17 until early June, went through the bell -400m- in 55.4secs, was placed 5th and blocked in with 250m to go and with a devastating final 200m came through the field to win in a new Irish U18 Youths record time of 1min 49.63secs. This PB time, a B standard for the upcoming World Junior-U20-c/ships in Barcelona, will give Karl great confidence, as he tackles the Irish schools Senior 800m final on Saturday in Tullamore, the 400m at the Ulster/ANI c/ships in Antrim on Bank holiday Monday and the remainder of an exciting and challenging season. Mark English.In a week when two more Donegal athletes qualified and were nominated for the London Olympics i.e. Brendan Boyce, Milford/Letterkenny AC, 50k walk and Catriona Jennings,Letterkenny/Rathfarnham AC, Marathon, we find, Mark English, Letterkenny AC, one of the most exciting talents to emerge in the county in recent times running a phenominally fast time of 1min 45.77secs/800m at an International meet in Belguim on Saturday evening. The D.C.U. 1st Yr student, placed 3rd at the bell, reached in 52.1secs, took over the lead with 170m to go and was most impressive in defeating a high class International field. Nineteen year old Mark, becomes the 5th fastest Irishman over 800m, qualifies with an A standard for the World Juniors,- qualifies for the European Seniors in Finland and gets a B standard for the London Olympics -in fact he was within 0.17secs of automatic Olympic qualification….Paul McGuckin At a time when the clubs road and distance athletes are breaking new ground and records, it is great to report yet another success story from one of our distance group. Paul McGuckin, as the Ras cyclists assembled at the St John Bosco centre on Saturday morning, modestly recapped his recent trip to the Limerick Marathon where he recorded a new PB of 3hrs 50mins45secs. The modest, MV45, indicated – ‘ah I’m happy alright -it was my first time under 4 hours.’ Paul is a member of the clubs fit4life group in Donegal Town where Kevin McGlynn will have some comical praise when next they meet.Donegal Town 5kThe upcoming weekend will be very busy for club athletes and officials. On Friday evening -7.30start – the annual Donegal Grand Prix 5k run /walk takes place. The event sponsored by All Sports Donegal Town, has an attractive prize list for all categories plus over 20 spot prizes , drawn randomly for non category winners. Registration commences at 6pm at the Abbey Voc School and a large turnout is anticipated. To speed up the registration process the organisers are encouraging participants to forward their details i.e. Name/male or female/club/no club/age category to tirchonallac2@hotmail.com and collect number on the nightTullamore and AntrimOn Saturday next there will be a large exodus from the county of young athletes, coaches, teachers and supporters when the ‘blue ribbon’ of Irish underage track and field athletics -the Irish Schools finals-takes place in Tullamore. Donegal school athletes performed as never before when the Ulster finals were held two weeks ago at the Antrim Forum and unprecedented numbers qualified for Saturday’s finals. Individuals to look out for include the following Ulster champions,Royal and Prior duo -John Kelly, Intermediate Shot Putt and Sean Woods, Senior 400m, Scoil Colmcille’s Sarah Timoney, Junior Walk, Scoil na Carraige’s Christopher Doherty, Senior Pole Vault, and Abbey Vocational Kate McGowan, Intermediate 80m hurdles/Long Jump, Kelly McGrory, 300m Hurdles/80m hurdles, Karl Griffin Senior 800m and the Intermadiate 4 x 100m relay team of Niamh McGrory, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Kate McGowan.Tir Chonaill wish all the above every success plus the following who train regularly with the club/school coaches in Donegal Town- Conal Mahon, St Michaels Enniskillen, Senior Triple Jump, Jordan Hilton, Protora Enniskillen, Inter 100m, Molly Donovan, Scoil na Carraige, Inter Shot Putt, Mark mcGuinness, St Catherines, Killybegs, 1,500m/3,000m Inter, Hannah Campbell, St Catherines, Killybegs, Inter Pole Vault, Eva McMullan, Scoil Colmcille, 100m Junior,Clara Herron, Ursuline Sligo, Junior Shot Putt, and the following -all from the Abbey Voc – Mark Boyle Junior 800m,Ciara Crawford, Inter walk, Katie Hoad, Inter Pole Vault, Clare Brady, Senior Pole Vault, Enmma Brady, Inter Triple Jump, Chloe Masterson, Junior Hammer and Jessica Quinn, Junior walkThe Antrim Forum on Bank holiday Monday is the venue for the Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland Senior championships. The club wish our National Senior Triple and Long Jump champion Mary McLoone, Karl Griffin, 400m, Louise Harvey 400m Hurdles and Geraldine Stewart, Shot Putt all the best in what promises to be another exciting and competitive days athletics TIR CHONAILL ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Tir Chonaill Athletic Club noteslast_img read more

1 Goal: your signature counts

first_img14 October 2009Getting an autograph from a famous player is usually a special event in a football fan’s life. So it may come as a surprise that some of the world’s greatest players are now asking fans for their signatures.Many of the world’s best past and current footballers have asked millions of football fans to pledge their support to a new global campaign that is lobbying governments to provide primary school education for the 75-million children worldwide who currently have none.The 1 Goal education campaign is focused on ensuring that all children receive an education. To further the cause, the campaign is harnessing the power of football, using the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ in South Africa as the catalyst for global education reform.On 6 October, South African President Jacob Zuma was joined by various other heads of state to pledge their support at the global launch of the 1 Goal campaign. They were joined by famous footballers including Frank Rijkaard, Gary Lineker, Marcel Desailly, Rio Ferdinand, Sir Bobby Charlton, Mark Fish, Doctor Khumalo, Aaron Mokeona and Matthew Booth.“There are 40-million more children – most of them in Africa – in school today because governments took action nine years ago,” South African national football captain Aaron Mokeona said at the launch of the campaign. “The World Cup is in South Africa next year, so it is a good time to redouble our efforts and take another shot at getting the rest of these kids into classrooms.”Nine-year-old Gugu Ngubane – who has already signed up to support the cause – is proud to be part of the 1 Goad campaign. “When I grow up, I want to be a nurse,” says Ngubane. “My school is very excited about the World Cup next year, and we are very proud.”Zuma, who signed up for 1 Goal in Johannesburg, was joined via satellite by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, campaign co-chair Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan, UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Ghanaian President Atta Mills, Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.These heads of state all agreed to spend the next year working toward a breakthrough on global education funding and making education the legacy of the World Cup in Africa and impoverished regions around the World.“We support the footballers and their fans in calling on all world leaders to do their part to ensure every child can go to school,” Zuma said. “We need to see action at the World Cup and beyond. By acting now, together we can ensure education for all.”Blatter said the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first World Cup to be held on the African continent, “represents a unique opportunity to mobilise energies around the globe to provide education and thus a better future for every child of our planet.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

South Africa names builders of Kathu Solar Park

first_img10 April 2015Kathu solar thermal plant, the latest solar plant to be constructed in sunny Northern Cape, will be built by engineering and construction group Sener and the infrastructure, renewable energy and services corporation Acciona.Together the two international companies form the consortium chosen to develop the Kathu turnkey project. The complex is led by GDF Suez, with South African partners comprising Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, Investec Bank, Lereko Metier and Public Investment Corporation.It has been selected by the South African Department of Energy to form part of the country’s renewable energy development programme (REIPPP), with a forecast investment of more than €500-million (R6.4-billion).Kathu Solar Park, along with Redstone Solar Thermal Power, which will both build 100MW capacity, were the preferred bidders in the third round of the government’s REIPPPP, the department said.Concentrated solar thermal power is able to store solar power generated during daylight hours.Storage capacityKathu is a 100MW plant with parabolic troughs – specifically, the SenerTrough-2 system, designed and patented by Sener, and a thermal energy storage capacity of 4.5 hours, thanks to the use of molten salts. Located in the town of Kathu, near Upington, in Northern Cape Province, the plant will begin operations in 2018 and will be able to supply electricity to 80 000 homes.Because of the nature of the contract, Sener and Acciona will carry out the engineering, construction and commissioning of the entire facility. The building consortium will also use local suppliers, as the project is fully committed to contributing to the local community.It is the companies’ second solar thermal project in South Africa, the first being the Bokpoort plant in Upington, in which they also form part of the building consortium. It will be operational later this year. It is also a turnkey project that uses SenerTrough technology and a molten salt storage system.Kathu is near KaXu Solar One, the first solar thermal electricity plant in South Africa, which was formally opened by Ebrahim Patel, the economic development minister, on 2 March. KaXu, which means “open skies” in the loca Nama language, is outside Pofadder.Total investment in KaXu, the largest parabolic trough project in the southern hemisphere, was $891-million (R10.7-billion).International experienceThe international partners bring with them a wealth of experience. Sener has been involved in 29 solar plants, most of them turnkey projects, in Spain, the USA, South Africa, and Morocco. Together these represent an installed capacity of more than 2 000MW and carbon dioxide savings of more than one million tons annually.Some of its projects are technological milestones, such as Gemasolar and Valle 1 and Valle 2, in Spain, and the Noor complex in Morocco, where Sener also forms parts of the building consortium for Noor 1 and for the second phase (Noor 2 and Noor 3).Acciona is one of the world’s biggest renewable energy operators, and owns an installed capacity of 8 500MW. It is a turnkey provider of electricity generating facilities using wind, solar and photovoltaic technology. In solar thermal energy, it operates 315MW in the USA and Spain, and has built more than 12 plants. It is currently working on projects such as Noor 1 in Morocco and Bokpoort in South Africa.It has had a presence in South Africa since September 2012 through its energy and infrastructures divisions, working on three renewable energy projects:Sishen Solar Photovoltaic Plant: Acciona owns and operates the plant, which has the largest output of any plant of its type in Africa (214 gigawatt hours per year). The project is a joint venture with Aveng, Soul City and Dibeng Community Trust. It became operational in December 2014.Gouda Wind Farm: Acciona Energy, in partnership with Aveng, Soul City and Local Community Trust, is building the Gouda wind farm (138MW), its first wind farm in South Africa.Bokpoort Thermosolar Power Plant: Awarded to Acciona and its partners in June 2012, construction is expected to finish this year. The 50MW facility will use parabolic troughs and will have a molten salt energy storage system.Sener is a private engineering and technology group founded in Bilbao, Spain, in 1956. It was the first Spanish engineering company. Acciona is one of Spain’s largest corporations, operating in the fields of infrastructure, energy, water, and services in more than 30 countries.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The 2018 Ohio Crop Tour – I-75 Leg – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Van Wert CountyCorn: The field looks great. It was planted on May 1. It looks a little dry right now but there is rain on the way. This is a tall hybrid and the ear is about eye level. The lower leaves are gone but four leaves below the ear are still green. There was GLS but it was controlled and there is none above the ear. The ear fill was excellent with a little tip back. It is dented and the most advanced we’ve seen. The population was at 32,000 or 33,000. The rows around were 14 to 18 with an average yield of 193 bushels.Soybeans: The planting date was May with a dropped population of 170,000. It was at R6 with very good, healthy plants. There were many pods on top with a 41-inch canopy with 2 to 3 inches between nodes, one of the tighter clusters we’ve seen today. There was a little frogeye and a little bean leaf beetle feeding. There were many 3- to 4-pod clusters with many 3- to 4-bean pods. It was very impressive and one of the best fields we’ve seen, if not the best. The crops have gotten better as we have moved back further south.Van Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. soybean fieldVan Wert Co. beansVan Wert Co. corn fieldVan Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. soybean fieldVan Wert Co. beansVan Wert Co. corn fieldPaulding CountyCorn: We had a planting date of May 1. The corn was fired up but the stalks were still intact. We had cracks in the ground here with some pollination issues and some aborted kernels and abnormal ears. We had maybe a 10% GLS on leaves and some NCLB up high. We found what appears to be western bean cutworm and other pest damage. We found a yield of 148 bushels with fair field conditions.Soybeans: This field was planted and replanted in late May. The field was uniform with good color. It looks like it went through a dry spell early in the season. The nodes are closer together at the bottom and further apart at the top. These were non-GMO soybeans with some downy mildew and a little bit of frogeye. They did spray a couple of weeks ago. We did see some holes in the leaves from feeding. Soybeans were at R4. Pod numbers varied quite a bit but there were many three-bean pods and more variability than we’d want to see. Countywide, this was the second worst for crop condition that we have seen.Paulding Co. cornPaulding Co. fieldsPaulding Co. bean fieldPaulding Co. corn fieldPaulding Co. cornPaulding Co. fieldsPaulding Co. bean fieldPaulding Co. corn fieldDefiance CountyCorn: It was a late May planting date for this field of silage corn. It was at least in the R3 stage. There was no lack of nitrogen and no-till conditions. There had not been much rain but field conditions were not dry with a population of 33,000. There was very limited disease pressure. Ear fill was excellent. A couple of ears had a little tip back in the field with a yield of 165 bushels.Soybeans: The beans were at R4 and planted on May 29. It had 3.4 inches of rain in June and rain stopped June 11 and the next rain was not until July 20 with 1.1 inches of rain. The nodes were close together and then they stretched out. They went from 1.5 to 3.5 with an average of 2.5 inches apart. There was no disease or insect pressure. There were quite a few two-pod nodes but there were still pods there that had not been aborted that could fill more with more rain. Canopy height was 36 inches and we think the field was good with fair yield potential. I seems like weed pressure has maybe increased into Defiance County. The beans in the area still have more potential with more rain.Defienace bean fieldDefienace corn fieldDefiance Co. beansDefiance CornDefienace bean fieldDefienace corn fieldDefiance Co. beansDefiance CornWilliams CountyCorn: The planting date was May 4, one of the earlier fields planted in the area. It was planted after a barley and rye cover crop. The planted population was 34,000. Our check was 32,000. There were some skips. The outside edge of the field had heavy NCLB but inside the field showed little to no disease, with a little GLS. It was sprayed by ground application. There was no insect pressure but an insecticide was included with the fungicide. The ear fill was excellent and it was just beginning to dent. The final yield was 218 bushels. There was no nitrogen deficiency.Soybeans: The field was planted April 30 with a very uniform appearance. It was probably a bit dry earlier in the season. The plant height was 39 inches with 2 to 4 inches between nodes. We did see Sudden Death Syndrome in spots. There was a little Japanese beetle feeding but a very clean field. The pods per node were a little on the light side in this good overall field. As we have moved west from Fulton County, crops seem to generally get better, though still variable.Williams Co. corn fieldWilliams Co. beansWilliams Co. soybean fieldWilliams Co. cornWilliams Co. corn fieldWilliams Co. beansWilliams Co. soybean fieldWilliams Co. cornHenry County Corn: The field was planted May 27, but it seems to be behind. Some of the plants just finished pollination and there was variation in the ears. The corn was planted into cover crops. Disease pressure was very minimal. The ears were R1 to R3. One check was 191 with consistent ears. The other check was very inconsistent with a spotty stand and a yield of 138 for an average yield of 165 bushels for the field with some upside potential.Soybeans: They were planted June 2 drilled at 175,000 with extremely healthy plants. The height was 39 inches and there was no insect or disease pressure. There were some aborted pods and blooms, two-nodes and two-bean pods. The number of pods was disappointing with a good rating on health and good to fair on yield potential. It was predominantly at R4, with some at R3. We found soybean aphids in the field but probably not high enough levels to warrant spraying in the roughly 40-bushel field.Henry Co. corn fieldHenry Co. cornHenry Co. bean fieldHenry Co. beans with soybean aphidsHenry Co. corn fieldHenry Co. cornHenry Co. bean fieldHenry Co. beans with soybean aphidsFulton CountyCorn: It was planted June 2 and the corn is at R1. It is not even to blister yet. It is showing nitrogen deficiency. We’ve got potential out there but this field needs plenty of water between now and harvest. The population is 35,000 and we had no disease pressure. There was no insect pressure. We are estimating the yield at 168 bushels, but if everything is ideal (no early frost and plenty of water) this could be 210. If everything goes south, it could be 120. There is a lot of up and down corn in this county. The majority of the corn in this area is finishing up pollination.Soybeans: This had an early June planting date with gaps and spotty stands. The canopy height was on the short side at 27 inches. The distance between the nodes was 3 inches. There is good moisture now but it was dry earlier. Disease wise it was very clean and very few insects. The beans are at R3 with three bean pods, but there were not that many pods. This field is fair.Fulton Co. corn fieldFulton Co. cornFulton Co. bean fieldFulton Co. beansFulton Co. corn fieldFulton Co. cornFulton Co. bean fieldFulton Co. beansWood CountyCorn: It was planted May 9. It was dry in early to mid July. Now there is mud between the rows. We found more NCLB here than in other places. We did see some European corn borer damage. We assume those were in the refuge plants. The hot and dry weather during pollination really shows up here. It was a fair field. It is for silage corn and it will have better tonnage than yields from the ears. We found a 121-bushel per acre average.Soybeans: These were planted May 9 with a thick population. They are clean, healthy beans with a canopy height of 36 inches. As dry as it seems like the corn field was earlier in the season, the beans are green and healthy. We saw some four bean pods, some aborted pods and some two-bean pods. We saw a little more leaf feeding than we have found. Yields might hit 50 with an overall rating of good. There was some frogeye but it came in pretty late.Wood Co. corn fieldWood Co. cornWood Co. bean fieldWood Co. beansWood Co. corn fieldWood Co. cornWood Co. bean fieldWood Co. beansHancock CountyCorn: There may be a little more corn variability in this county. There were three different planting dates for this field but it was finished on May 8. It had fairly heavy GLS below the ear and then some above the ear, but no more than 5% above the ear. The corn was fired up to two or three leaves below the ear, some from N loss and some because it may have gotten a little too dry for the population. There was some tip back but overall pollination was really good. The ears were very consistent for a population of 35,000. The rows were perfect. The yield was the best so far at 210 bushels.Soybeans: There was an early May planting date. It looks like there were some dry conditions. They were 32 inches tall and a little short but the nodes were close and they are heavily podded. This is the least disease pressure we have seen and also very light insect pressure. There was a little bean leaf beetle feeding. There were many three-bean pods in this good to excellent field. The yield may have lost a little from the dry conditions but still around 60 bushels.Hancock Co. corn fieldHancock Co. cornHancock Co. bean fieldHancock Co. beansHancock Co. corn fieldHancock Co. cornHancock Co. bean fieldHancock Co. beansPutnam CountyCorn: Conditions look to be a little dry, but not terrible. Where we entered the field there was primarily gray leaf spot but mostly below the ear leaf, though there may be some yield loss from this. Limited water and heat also caused some yield loss. The corn is in dent. Ear fill was pretty good, but there was some tip back. The field was planted at 36,000 on April 29. Corn is on the short side but yields are not bad. The yield was 191 bushels.Soybeans: Planting date was May 7 with 160,000 population. The soybeans are at R5. The canopy height was 38 inches with two inches between nodes. There was one small spot with sudden death syndrome. We also saw some light frogeye and downy mildew. There was a fungicide and insecticide application. There was a little Japanese beetle feeding. There were more two-bean pods, probably from dry conditions. This was a good field with yield potential in the 50s. County-wide there is maybe a little more weed pressure.Putnam Co. soybean fieldPutnam cornPutnam Co. beansPutnam Co. corn fieldPutnam Co. soybean fieldPutnam cornPutnam Co. beansPutnam Co. corn fieldHardin CountyCorn: This is a good to excellent field with some disease pressure. Northern Corn leaf blight is creeping up above the ear but conditions are pretty good and disease pressure is not too bad. This was sprayed with fungicide and insecticide. There were some pollination issues with some irregular rows and undeveloped kernels. This is probably due to heat during pollination. The average number of rows was 18 with average kernel depth. There is a population of 34,000 planted on May 6 with a yield of 192 bushels.Soybean: The soybeans were planted May 10 with a population of 135,000 population and canopy height of 40 inches. Distance between nodes was around 2 inches. There was some frogeye but on less than 5%. There was some bean leaf beetle feeding with mostly three-bean pods. The field overall looks excellent.Hardin Co. corn fieldHardin Co. cornHardin Co bean fieldHardin Co. beansHardin Co. corn fieldHardin Co. cornHardin Co bean fieldHardin Co. beansAllen CountyCorn: The population was 32,000 planted on May 7. The corn looks good with good color but it is showing dry conditions. There was virtually no disease pressure with just a little gray leaf spot. There was a little tip back but pretty good pollination. There were some aborted kernels. The yield is 212 in this excellent field.Soybean: This was planted May 7 with excellent conditions. There are some dry areas showing up on the hilltops. The canopy height was 42 inches and the distance between nodes was a little over two inches. There was a little frogeye that came in late. There was little insect pressure. There were three pods per node most at three beans. It looks like a 60+ bushel field.Allen Co. corn fieldAllen Co. cornAllen Co. bean fieldAllen Co. BeansAllen Co. corn fieldAllen Co. cornAllen Co. bean fieldAllen Co. Beanslast_img read more

Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Vancouver

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s also a healthy network of VC firms, including Ventures West, Banyan Capital Partners, GrowthWorks, Yaletown Venture Partners, and Chrysalis Ventures, as well as a strong angel investment community in the city – all providing the necessary capital and mentorship to startups in their developing stages. The Provincial Government also offers tax credits and cash-back incentives to investors, as well as investment and support from the regional colleges and universities.Greater Vancouver accounts for more than 60% of the province’s 600+ digital media companies, and it’s also one of the leading centers for video game production. As such, the city is a blend of both major media and gaming companies, as well as local, indie businesses – Sierra Wireless, Pixar, THQ, and Vivendi/Activision, to name just a few. The local Internet startup seen is anchored by accelerators like Wavefront and the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, and companies like Hootsuite, Plenty of Fish, Geotoko, and Compass Engine call Vancouver home.“For tech startups, Vancouver rocks,” says Daryl Hatton, the CEO of ConnectionPoint Systems. “We have a vibrant and creative tech talent pool, tremendous support from the provincial government in helping acquire angel/friends/family financing, and a quality of life that keeps people here. Our proximity and shared time zone with Silicon Valley makes it easier to partner with industry leaders.”On one hand, the proximity to other tech hubs like Seattle and Silicon Valley may make it easy to overlook Vancouver. But with a strong talent pool, a great education infrastructure, and a good economy, Vancouver certainly holds its own.Photo credits: reach the city Related Posts audrey watters When you talk about vibrant West Coast startup scenes, obviously Silicon Valley dominates the conversation. Then there’s Seattle, of course. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Portland too. But just north of the border, the entrepreneurs in Vancouver, British Columbia insist that their city should be viewed alongside these other prominent West Coast hot-spots.Home to the recent Olympic Winter Games, the coastal city is Canada’s eighth largest, often ranking as one of the most livable cities in the world. Known for its proximity to both the mountains and the ocean, it’s a great spot for the outdoorsy, the adventurous, and yes, the entrepreneurial.In fact, the city’s mayor recently touted Vancouver as having the highest number of entrepreneurs per capita in North America. Tags:#Never Mind the Valley#start center_img The Vancouver Startup EcosystemVancouver has a number of local events and programs that connect and support members of the community, including Vancouver GreenTech Exchange, Vancouver Startup Weekend, Mobile Mondays, and BCIC-New Ventures Competition. RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more