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City of Fort St John to hold Open House this Saturday to review updates to Zoning Bylaw

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding another Open House at the North Peace Cultural Centre this Saturday, August 10, to review the updates to the City’s Zoning Bylaw.City Planning Manager, Renée Jamurat, says the Open House will give residents the opportunity to come and see what changes are being made to the Zoning Bylaw.According to Jamurat, the Zoning Bylaw is being updated, as under the Official Community Plan, to provide greater clarity for existing zoning requirements and to improve the user-friendliness of the bylaw, such as using simple language.- Advertisement -“We really wanted to make sure that the Zoning Bylaw is user-friendly. It has clear language that people can understand. We have illustrations in there to help explain that. We talk about definitions to ensure that they are clear and consistent.”The updates also include reviewing existing zoning requirements for items such as parking, suites, and landscaping.The Open House for updates to the Zoning Bylaw is this Saturday, August 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Advertisement For more information, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca.last_img read more

Barrington Harvey has big day, but leaves Humboldt County Fair injured

first_imgFERNDALE >> Fifty-three-year-old Jamaican jockey Barrington Harvey has evidently found the “Fountain of Youth” in Ferndale.Nicknamed the “Marathon Man” for having piloted back-to-back winners of the C.J. Hindley-Humboldt County Marathon Handicap in 2010 (Come Back Native) and 2011 (Steel Blue), Harvey is doing his version of the “Barrington Bossanova” dancing in the winners’ circle again this year.Harvey looked like he turned back the clock on the opening day of the Humboldt County Fair when …last_img

Play Your Part episode 18: get involved

first_imgYou can get involved with guests Pria Hassan, Lindo Duma, David Masilela and Oupa Pilane – and be part of their efforts to build a better South Africa – who feature in episode 18 of Play Your Part.Lindo Duma developed a stove that helps to prevent shack fires, a serious social problem in informal settlements in South Africa. Duma’s stove business was incubated at Invotech after he won the 2015 Ithala Bank Inkunzi’ Isematholeni Youth in Business Competition. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterIn episode 18 of Play Your Part, you hear the stories of four entrepreneurs who believe in giving back to communities, such as by providing mentorship and job opportunities.Episode 18 is aired on Saturday, 20 January 2018 on SABC2 at 18:00.Read more about the guests and discover how you can get involved with them:Lindo DumaDuma’s company, Skwe One Rehabilitation, works to rehabilitate and develop young people by opening drug rehabilitation centres around the country. In addition, he runs his stove business.Contact detailsLinkedIn: Lindo DumaDavid MasilelaDavid MasilelaMasilela worked as a petrol pump attendant for eight years while he saved money to study law. Today the lawyer has his own firm and mentors law students. Davi Masilela Attorneys also runs a school shoes project.Contact detailsTwitter: @davimasilelaWebsite: davi-masilela-attorneys.business.siteLinkedIn: David MasilelaFacebook: Davi Masilela AttorneysPria HassanAdvocate Pria HassanAn advocate, Hassan is the founder and managing director of the investment holding company, Women of Africa Investments. She’s also a member of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa. Hassan is involved in the Businesswomen of Tomorrow project, which helps schoolgirls with training and resources.Contact detailsWebsite: www.bwasa.co.za and woaonline.comEmail: info@woaonline.comOupa PilaneOupa PilanePilane is the owner and founder of Nelspruit’s Ubuntu Kraal guesthouse. He is also the executive responsible for municipal business intelligence at the Guma Group and is a mentor in the Bring Change Lowveld programme.Contact detailsTwitter: @oupapilaneWebsite: www.graskopgorgeliftcompany.co.zaLinkedIn: Oupa PilanePlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Agronomic, rugged new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow brings toughness, flexibility to any field

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tough field conditions require tough tillage tools. The new Case IH True-Tandem 375 disk harrow — featuring a pull frame with heavy-walled tubing, a spring-cushioned hitch, 24-inch Earth Metal blades and a new mounted TigerPawCrumbler option — delivers a new standard for ruggedness and agronomics.“Saturated soils and heavy, stubborn crop residue this year have reminded producers about the importance of crop residue management and soil tilth,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH Tillage marketing manager. “Our new True-Tandem 375 disk harrow helps improve soil tilth on every front, from crop residue management to reduced surface compaction and thorough soil mixing.”Case IH Agronomic Design helps make the True-Tandem 375 the best-in-class multipurpose tandem disk, Lursen said. Building on the legacy of Case IH True-Tandem design, blades in the rear gangs track between the blades on the front gangs for a true full-width cut, leaving no uncut gaps. That’s important, whether slicing through crop residue in the fall or taking out an early weed flush before spring planting.The True-Tandem 375 gives producers a flexible year-round tillage tool for a wide range of soil types and moisture conditions. Best of all, it offers flexibility without sacrificing durability. Features that ramp up the ruggedness and versatility of the True-Tandem 375 include:24-inch, crimp center Earth Metal blades that are formulated using a special steel alloy as well as a proprietary process, and have proven to be stronger and more durable than other bladesNew rollable blade options for those markets desiring that sharpening techniqueDisk blade concavity options to match the needs of the operation:Shallow concavity blades on the front gang with standard concavity blades on the rear gang allow for higher ground speeds, more productivity and better ground penetrationStandard concavity blades on the front and rear allow for maximum soil and residue mixing for improved soil tilthAn 18-degree gang angle matched to the blade concavity for thorough soil mixing and level seed bed finishing without excessive compactionExtended frame that provides ruggedness, balance and more stability in the fieldHeavy-wall tubing and pull frame engineered for reliability across nearly any terrainA spring-cushioned front tongue “perfect hitch” clevis for added durabilityA high flotation, stubble-resistant tire option for greater productivityA new optional, hydraulically adjustable TigerPaw Crumbler rolling reel or spring pressure applied coil-tine harrow to help produce more-uniform clod sizing and residue distribution“Our emphasis on delivering agronomic advantages really shines in the True-Tandem 375,” Lursen added. “It provides better residue cutting, sizing and distribution into the soil. Yet, it accomplishes that with a smoother finish out the back for a high-quality seed bed.”The True-Tandem is available in working widths from 22 to 37 feet so producers can choose a size to match most tractors. Producers can use it alone or in combination with other types of tillage operations to achieve soil conditions for uniform crop emergence and development.“Since the 1970s, Case IH has led the industry in tandem-disk technology,” Lursen said. “With its flexibility and durability, the new True-Tandem 375 can enhance the tillage program for nearly any size and type of operation.”For more information, visit your local Case IH dealer or caseih.com.last_img read more

2016 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Luke Garrabrant, Licking County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a full month of being sidelined from planting his Licking County fields, Luke Garrabrant was finally able to find some ground ready to go on Friday, May 27th. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins took a lap around on one of Garrabrant’s farms to get an update for the area in a new Cab Cam.last_img

A Production Builder Offers Net-Zero-Energy Homes

first_imgBack in January of this year, during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida, KB Home unveiled a prototype model, the KB Home GreenHouse, with the following advertising slogan: “An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart.” Beyond its traditional look and amenities intended to evoke the Martha Stewart style, the builder promoted the home’s main performance feature: net-zero-energy operation.KB Home has since begun incorporating net-zero-energy performance into its production scheme through an initiative called ZeroHouse 2.0. The idea is to combine energy-efficiency measures with a photovoltaic (PV) system.The first ZeroHouse 2.0 models are being rolled out this week in Tampa, Florida, and in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The company says that the ZeroHome 2.0 option will be introduced in more KB Home communities in 2012.Since the GreenHouse debut, KB Home has edged further into the energy-efficient home market with a commitment to build all its homes to meet the current Energy Star standard. In February, the company announced that it would provide an Energy Performance Guide (EPG) – essentially a “mileage sticker” estimate of monthly energy costs – for each model it offers. EPG energy costs are calculated via the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which uses as its reference a comparable home built to the specifications of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. Such a home would have a HERS rating of 100, and HERS Index scores below 100 indicate greater energy efficiency.A regional take on ZeroHouseThe ZeroHouse 2.0 model built in the Tampa area earned a HERS rating of -5, meaning its 5.9-kW PV system is expected to generate surplus electricity when the home is in normal use. Whether that actually happens will depend on occupant behavior. The house is cooled by a 19 SEER Carrier heat pump. It also is equipped with a Rainwater Hog modular rainwater collection system, which can be used for landscape irrigation as well as an emergency water supply for the home’s occupants.Bringing a KB Home in the Tampa area to the ZeroHome 2.0 adds about $50,000 to the cost of the house, though the up-charge varies from market to market, company spokeswoman Cara Kane tells GBA. Energy Star-rated homes in the company’s Emerald Oaks subdivision just east of Tampa, range in price from $148,990 for a 1,443-sq.-ft. three-bedroom to $203,990 for a 3,512-sq.-ft. home with three to six bedrooms.last_img read more

Smart-Enabling Each link in a Next-Gen Supply Chain

first_imgTags:#cloudleaf#featured#gateway#Sensor#supply chain Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Any given supply chain is evolving, fast. Globalization, the “servitization” economy and shifting customer expectations are requiring producers to be more nimble than ever before. Economic sustainability is now the name of the game, and to win it, requires a new approach focusing on stakeholder relationships, end-to-end linked supply-chains, and redefining the context in which performance is measured. And none of this is possible without information and connectivity. That means lots of sensors, measuring lots of variables plus machine-learning, data-lakes and predictive analyticsSupply Chains: Today and TomorrowEnterprises are moving away from reactive, forecast-dependent supply-chains. And many have already made the jump. Although asset tracking platforms are good at unlocking efficiencies, cost-value and speed, they provide managers only partial visibility over their ecosystems. This is because hybrid IoT platforms rely on a mix of technologies and are not designed to provide end-to-end coverage, visibility or scale growth. Worse yet, the extraneous data they generate add complexity and cost to the entire chain. This prevents plant managers from gaining actionable insights which results in lower productivity, higher TCO and unhappy customers.Patrick Dixon, supply chain futurist observed, “The current supply chain model is old-fashioned, restrictive and lacking in innovation. It is time that companies seize the opportunity to reduce costs and increase efficiency by making radical changes to supply chain management through co-operation and collaboration.”Managing assets across global supply-chains requires a holistic, all-or-nothing approach; cherry-picked upgrades just won’t cut it. It also requires next-gen connectivity that eclipses legacy wireless standards. Yes, Wi-Fi, RFID and GSM/GPS may have their niche, but they were never designed to easily and securely link massive numbers of IoT edge-devices. Complicating things, rising energy prices, globalization, security threats and regulatory pressures (e.g. government mandated reductions in CO2) are causing supply-chain managers to adopt solutions that help them better understand their operations in context with the larger economy, environment and society. End-customer expectations are also evolving. Price is no longer the only factor in their purchasing decisions.A Broader Approach to Managing Assets Across Value-ChainsSupply-chains are becoming less inward-focused and more customer-centric. A chain that covers customers-to-suppliers that enables managers to factor external market intelligence to be into the equation. And aligning back-office SCM, CRM and ERP systems to accommodate these requirements helps managers to redefine priorities of resources and make better decisions.John Gattorna, professor of supply chain management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney commented, “Companies need to learn from the wider business world and consider the human element of supply.”The push sale model is over. B2Bs and consumers are now dictating price and how products should be manufactured, sold and supported. Ethical, cultural and health concerns now factor into every purchasing or leasing decision. This is the pull sales model. But sustainability is a broad and complex topic requiring enterprises to implement better systems and measures. MIT Sloan Management Review’s recent article on the subject cited “A Three-Point Approach to Measuring Supply Chain Sustainability” that considers the following three criteria:Context: Understanding the broader context in which supply-chains exists by a. Gathering metrics across the entire chain, b. Establishing science based goals and, c. Evaluating these results against forecasts.Collaboration: Building mutually beneficial goal-based relationships with key stakeholders across the entire chain to a. Reduce supply hotspots, b. Build capacity and, c. Use a common analytics platform.Communication: Ensuring the flow of information across the chain by enabling data messaging and orchestration between stakeholder systems that facilitate incremental improvement and a focus on shared KPIs.In a recent study by Oracle titled “The Shape of Tomorrow’s Supply Chains”, 36% of the supply professionals polled, thought that collaboration ensures success, ahead of legislation (32%), technology (13%). This means that cross-boundary asset management solutions help enterprises and their stakeholders build sustainable and reciprocal relationships.Technology to the Rescue (no, really!)Technology is an enabler. It provides the mechanism to liberate large quantities of data that, aggregated and analyzed, enhances visibility across the chain. And real-time asset tracking solutions are pivotal to enabling stakeholder collaboration. In a study, Oracle cites 48% of those polled as “…wanting predictive software to allow them to calculate the impact of their decision or those of their suppliers” and “…41% express[ing] interest in smart containers or RFID technology that can provide information about the movement of products, or energy usage through a supply pipeline”. This means that enterprises can now justify building collaborative partnerships on their bottom-line.Quick Look: AutomotiveAutomotive supply-chains are expanding both in scale and scope. Connected-vehicle telematics, infotainment systems and onboard computers are putting new demands on parts sourcing, manufacturing, assembly and distribution. And with endless things to monitor, measure, and optimize, determining cause and effect is becoming difficult. Sophisticated tools will be needed to measure the effect on resources used across the chain.Optimizing workflows several orders of separation up and down the chain isn’t easy. OEMs might know the environmental impact of producing a vehicle but what’s the impact of producing each sourced part? Or the ecological impact of generating the energy or supplying the water to produce the component?Edgar Blanco, executive director at the MIT Centre for Transportation and Logistics points out, “companies could be counting processes in a never-ending chain.”Cloudleaf Sensor FabricTM allows enterprises to take advantage of powerful cross-boundary visibility, real-time monitoring and granular control of the asset ecosystems across value-chains of people, processes and workflows. The solution uses next-generation RF-agnostic connectivity to link up assets-in-motion. These include patented enterprise-grade IoT-capable endpoints and gateways that form an intelligent mesh of assets that provide position and condition data to cloud analytics. Each Cloudleaf sensor generates a unique digital fingerprint that communicates position, status and condition of each asset in relation to neighboring devices and its operating environment.This helps plant managers to easily orchestrate the flow of inventory containers, sub-assemblies and high-value tools across global supply-chains. Secure, scalable, and fully-managed, Sensor Fabric is designed with a zero-implementation footprint, eliminating potential impact on ongoing operations. Customers can literally implement the solution in the AM and be up and running and collecting data in the PM. Cloudleaf Sensor Fabric is not simply about sensors, connectivity and information, it’s about leveraging relationships between partners, suppliers and customers. IoT technologies, methodologies and tools are helping plant managers broaden their access, reach understanding of complex, globally connected supply-chains.About Cloudleaf:IoT is top-of-mind for enterprises looking to enable digital business transformation, but IoT has been challenging to use. Cloudleaf is changing the game for IoT by transforming how IoT is deployed and delivered.Cloudleaf on TwitterCloudleaf on LinkedInCloudleaf on MediumMedia ContactNitesh Arora, Head of Marketing+1-415-315-9273nitesh.arora@cloudleaf.iocenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Nitesh Aroralast_img read more

Star Wars Resistance fans treated to season 2s first episode at Celebration

first_img Share your voice Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) is also seen apparently embracing her role in the First Order, whom she joined in the season 1 finale.During the panel, which was hosted by sound engineer David Collins, the cast and crew discussed their favorite moments.Christopher Sean, who plays main character Kazuda Xiono’s (AKA Kaz), cited the destruction of Hosnian Prime in the penultimate episode (mirroring a moment in The Force Awakens)  and recalled watching it at home.”My son was tearing up and I’m like, ‘It’s OK bud, it’s OK,'” he said.Suzi McGrath, who plays Tam and highlighted Synara’s Score as her favorite episode, spoke about how the “tremendous emotional journey” her character went on in season 1. It culminated in her decision to join the First Order, and recording that scene was particularly intense.”It was like really being there, getting to that point was explosive,” she said. 0 TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Tags 7 Photos Bobby Moynihan said the shorts that aired on YouTube during the midseason break were his favorite episodes, since his character Orka and partner Flix (Jim Rash) got the spotlight.”That’s my Star Wars character — I look at it every day and I smile.”The fan convention, which ran Thursday to Monday, already saw the reveal of Episode 9’s title and first trailer, more details about the Galaxy’s Edge Disney Parks attraction, our first glimpses of live action show The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars season 7 (both of which are coming to the Disney Plus streaming service) and a reunion of the cast and crew of The Phantom Menace on its 20th anniversary.If you want to catch up or revisit the saga check out our guide to watching all the movies online in chronological order.center_img Post a comment 2:04 Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… Star Wars Celebration Chicago mural reveals the entire saga The cast and crew of Star Wars Resistance talk greet the crowd at a Celebration Chicago panel Monday.  Sean Keane/CNET Star Wars: Resistance will rise again.Fans of the CGI-animated series got a major sneak peek at season 2 Monday, the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.During a panel featuring the cast and crew, supervising director and executive producer Justin Ridge revealed that the second season will begin right where the finale of the first left off — with the Colossus hurtling through hyperspace to an unknown destination.He then surprised the panel’s audience by skipping the usual trailer and showing the whole season 2 premiere. We won’t go into spoilery detail here, but the episode sees the Colossus coming out of hyperspace and problems with artificial gravity creating chaos on board. In the midst of all this, we discover there’s a First Order spy on board. Disney Star Warslast_img read more

HD Kumaraswamy slams Darshan Yash asks where were these stars when Mandya

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy.HD Kumaraswamy Twitter AccountKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has targeted Darshan and Yash, who have extended their support to Sumalatha in the upcoming Lok Sabha election from the Mandya constituency.”This pair of bullock is not meant for ploughing the field but to raid farmers’ crops. What do they know about the difficulties of farming?” the Karnataka Chief Minister slammed the actors, who recently promised to work like a pair of oxen to ensure Sumalatha’s victory.HD Kumaraswamy said that the stars did not turn up to help the farmers in distress nor responded to any of the people’s troubles. “Where were these stars when Mandya witnessed tragedies? Did they give their shoulders to the families of those who died in the bus accident? It was our CS Puttaraju who was with the people during the crisis,” he points out.Taking directly on Darshan, the Chief Minister stated that he can only play the hero role in movies and not in real life. “There is a video circulating on WhatsApp about his comments about people of Mandya. It is below my dignity to talk about the words mentioned in the clip. If the people listen to it, they will not let him enter Mandya,” he added.Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-politician Ambareesh, is contesting as an independent candidate from the Mandya constituency after the Congress party failed to give her the ticket due to seating-arrangement with its coalition partner, JD(S).As Mandya is a stronghold of JD(S), the party was not willing to give away the seat to Congress. It forced Sumalatha to file her nomination as an independent candidate. Yash with Sumalatha and DarshanTwitterHD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda is contesting against her. However, a section of Sandalwood and the BJP have extended its support to Sumalatha.last_img read more

As FEC Nears Shutdown Priorities Such As Stop

first_img Chip Somodevilla https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190830_me_as_fec_nears_sh… As FEC Nears Shutdown, Priorities Such As Stopping Election… center_img by NPR News Brian Naylor 8.30.19 7:20am Barring some kind of miraculous last-minute reprieve, Friday will be the last business day that the Federal Election Commission will be able to function for quite a while, leaving the enforcement of federal campaign finance laws unattended ahead of the 2020 election. The commission’s vice chairman, Matthew Petersen, announced his resignation earlier this week, to take effect at the end of the month. With Petersen gone, the FEC will be down to three members, and won’t have a quorum. In addition to collecting campaign finance data, the FEC investigates potential campaign finance violations, issues fines and gives guidance to campaigns about following election law — but not without a working quorum of at least four commissioners. “To not have the FEC able to take action right now is deeply concerning,” says Daniel Weiner, a former senior counsel at the FEC, who’s now with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University law school.In particular, Weiner is concerned about another attempt by Russia or other actors to interfere in the 2020 election. “After 2016, it’s become very clear that it is almost certain that the Russian government and potentially other U.S. rivals will seek to interfere in the U.S. election, including through online propaganda, cybersecurity incursions and other tactics,” Weiner told NPR. As the regulator for campaign spending, he describes the FEC as one of the “frontline” agencies combating foreign interference.The FEC has been in the midst of strengthening disclosure and transparency requirements for online political ads of the sort that Russian operatives used to manipulate voters in 2016. The lack of a quorum, Weiner says, “will make that impossible until that seat is filled.”It’s not clear how long the FEC will be effectively shut down. President Trump nominated Republican Trey Trainor to serve on the commission, but the Senate has not yet acted on the nomination. In the past, nominees have been paired, with one from each party. Congressional Democrats have yet to announce any nominees from their party.Former FEC chair Michael Toner says he fears there is a “real possibility” the FEC could lack a quorum through the 2020 election.But that doesn’t mean the agency will completely go dark. “Public disclosure reports will continue to be due and will need to be filed by campaigns and PACs and committees, and those reports will be reviewed by the FEC staff just as they always are. So that’s important,” said Toner. Similarly, the agency’s popular website will continue to operate, allowing people to get information on campaign fundraising and spending. Toner argues the agency’s inability to act without four commissioners won’t mean that campaign finance will become a “legal free zone.” There’s a five-year statute of limitations on campaign finance violations, and FEC complaints can still be filed with the agency. “At some point, presumably, the agency will regain a quorum,” said Toner, “and will be able take action on enforcement cases. So campaigns and committees still have to follow the law.”But Meredith McGehee, executive director of Issue One, a campaign reform group, isn’t so sure they will. “It’s kind of like saying there’s a law against robbing banks,” she said. “Ninety-nine point nine percent of the population will still not rob a bank if there wasn’t a policeman. But there’s always that element there that’s going to be looking for an opportunity to get away with it.”And I think what’s really different about politics is that there’s both so much gray area and there is political disagreement about the laws anyway.”The FEC is not the only government agency unable to act because of a lack of a quorum. The Merit Systems Protection Board, which investigates allegations of violations of federal personnel practices, including the Hatch Act, hasn’t had one for over two years.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more