Drivers enjoying the unique attractions of the Glooscap Trail will soon be getting a smoother ride thanks to a road-paving tender announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has called for tenders to repave Trunk 2 from the Parrsboro town line north for 6.1 kilometres to the intersection of Lakelands Road. “This route is part of an important connection between Parrsboro and Springhill,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “It’s also a popular route for visitors to Nova Scotia.” The project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
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A site has been chosen for the new Lakeview Consolidated elementary school in Halifax Regional Municipality. The 8.5 hectare parcel of land is located just off Highway 107 at Exit 20, and bordered by the Porters Lake Connector and Porters Lake Station Road. The site was one of three submitted by the Halifax Regional School Board for review by the Department of Education and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, which will manage the construction project. The province has an option to purchase the land. The sale is contingent on successful completion of a traffic impact study, an environmental assessment, a geological investigation and a potable water assessment. No major obstacles are anticipated. In accepting the recommendation, Education Minister Judy Streatch thanked the board and community volunteers for their contribution to the selection process. “It’s been a pleasure working with them,” said Ms. Streatch. “Their dedication to this project has been invaluable.” The Department of Education will invest $10.4-million to replace Lakeview Consolidated Elementary School. The school is expected to open in September 2010. Lakeview Consolidated Elementary School’s two sites house 370 students in grades primary to six. The Lakeview campus in Porters Lake houses grades two to six. A West Chezzetcook campus hosts grades primary and one.
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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that seeks to merge 13 central labour laws into a single code which would apply on all establishments employing 10 or more workers.The proposed Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019, would enhance the coverage of workers manifold, an official release said. The decision was taken at the union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Environment and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said. The proposed code enhances the coverage of workers manifold as it would be applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more workers, where any industry, trade, business, manufacture or occupation is carried on, including IT establishments or establishments of the service sector, the release said.
OTTAWA – Couples without kids are outpacing their procreating counterparts, same-sex relationships are blossoming, multiple generations are living under the same roof and more people than ever are living alone, Statistics Canada revealed Wednesday as the 2016 census showcased more seismic changes in the way Canadians are living their lives.This segment of the census — focused on families, households, marital status and language —often elicits references to old-school sitcoms like “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Brady Bunch” to illustrate the dramatic shifts in the Canadian family unit.These days, even the fractured family dynamics of “Full House” feel dated. Instead, Canada is skewing older, with fewer children and less affinity for marriage — forcing legislators to adjust and adapt their policies and programs to fit a rapidly evolving reality.“These dynamics are really important to understand because of the implications for our social and economic development are significant,” said Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.“The family, in all of its complexity and all of its diversity, is the most adaptive, adaptable and adapting institution in our society. It takes public policy some lag time to catch up.”Canada’s 35.15 million people are getting older; there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14. Immigration contributed two-thirds of the country’s population growth between 2011 and 2016, and that diversity has also added complexity to the Canadian family portrait.“Those are really fundamental trends going on in the Canadian population right now, which has impacts on everything, and I would suspect that in the forthcoming (census) releases you’ll still hear about and you’ll still be able to make links to those two key demographic trends,” said Laurent Martel, director of the demography division at Statistics Canada.Of the 14.1 million households in Canada in 2016, 28.2 per cent comprised only a single person — the highest proportion of single-person households ever recorded and the most common living arrangement captured in the 2016 count, a first for the country.Outside of the United States and the United Kingdom, the percentage of one-person homes in Canada is not especially high, but it does illustrate the legacy of an aging population, the members of which are living longer than ever and are more likely to be widowed.Higher rates of separation and divorce also mean more people living alone or as lone parents, as does an increasing number of women in the workforce, which fosters a greater sense of economic independence.Childless couples grew in number at a faster rate over the last five years than couples with at least one child, leaving the latter group at 51.1 per cent of the population, the lowest level ever recorded.The baby boomers who fuelled such population growth in the 20th century are empty nesters in the 21st. The census found younger Canadians who do have kids are living in places like Alberta, long a magnet for job-seeking families, or Nunavut, where fertility rates are high.“The big shift has been a shift away from families with children to empty nest couples or younger people deciding not to have children,” said Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics.“They’re not living in the traditional ‘Leave it to Beaver’ family.”More signs of changing times: single-parent families grew by 5.6 per cent between 2011 and 2016, with the growth of single dads outpacing their female counterparts seven per cent to five. And one in three Canadians aged 20-34 was living with at least one parent in 2016, an increase of five percentage points between 2001 and 2016.During that same period, the number of young people living with families of their own dwindled to 41.9 per cent, down from 49.1 per cent. And multigenerational households — three generations or more under one roof — grew the quickest over the five-year census window, representing some 2.2 million Canadians.Sometimes, it’s out of necessity, said Spinks. Other times, it’s choice.“They’re saying, ‘Hey, this is working really well, we’ve worked out the kinks, we’ve got the space, we’ve got the two-car garage, we’ve got the satellite dish, we’ve got it all sorted out, so why mess with it?’” she said.“Others are circumstantial — can’t afford to move out, Grandma is providing child care or the teenager is providing grandparent care, or, ‘Our finances are so intertwined that it’s hard to disentangle, so let’s just keep the status quo.’”And a decade after census-takers first collected numbers on same-sex marriage, such couples now make up one per cent of all households, with their overall numbers having increased by 60.7 per cent since 2006. Opposite-sex couples grew by just 9.6 per cent during the same period.Today, about 12 per cent of all same-sex couples are living with children, be they biological offspring, adopted or members of a stepfamily. In raw numbers, there were 10,020 children aged 14 and under living with 8,770 same-sex couple parents on census day last year.“In the old days, if you were coming out, you wouldn’t have gay and lesbian parents all over the place showing that, yes, you can start a family, said Mona Greenbaun, executive director of the LGBT Family Coalition in Montreal.“Nowadays, all the young people…they all know that if they want to, at one point, they can start a family.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter
WASHINGTON – American factories grew more slowly in November but still appear healthy.The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its manufacturing index slipped to 58.2 last month from 58.7 in October. Anything above 50 signals that U.S. factories are expanding. American manufacturing is on a 15-month winning streak.New orders and production grew faster in November. Hiring and new export orders grew but at a slower pace.The ISM, a trade association of purchasing managers, said 14 of 18 manufacturing industries expanded in November, led by paper and machinery makers.“This is a very solid report,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “The manufacturing upswing continues.”U.S. industry has benefited from an improving global economy and from a fall in the dollar, which makes U.S. products less expensive in foreign markets.The Commerce Department reported this week that the American economy expanded at a 3.3 per cent annual pace from July through September, the fastest in three years. The unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low 4.1 per cent.
Dakar – Morocco announced extra health screening measures Tuesday at entry points to the country, in particular at Casablanca airport, after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea.“As a precautionary measure,” the health ministry has stepped up “sanitary checks at entry points … especially at Casablanca airport,” a key transportation hub for north and west Africa, the official MAP news agency reported.Travellers from countries with recorded cases of Ebola will undergo medical tests for signs of haemorrhagic fever, the ministry said in a statement carried by MAP. It said no cases have been recorded in Morocco, whose airport in Casablanca has daily links with Conakry, capital of Guinea.Medical aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday that the Ebola outbreak suspected of killing at least 78 people in Guinea since January was an “unprecedented epidemic” that had spread across the west African nation.Guinean health authorities have recorded 122 suspected cases and 78 deaths.The World Health Organisation has said it is not recommending travel or trade restrictions to Guinea, to Liberia, which has also confirmed cases of Ebola, or to Sierra Leone, which has reported suspected cases, based on the information currently available.But Senegal has closed border crossings to Guinea “until further notice”.The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.
28 September 2009Labeling illicit drug trafficking, with its ties to terrorism and other criminal activities, as a “transnational threat,” a senior Peruvian official called for a renewed fight against the drug trade at the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate toady. Narcotics drug trafficking “is not receiving due attention,” Foreign Minister José Antonio García Belaunde said, underscoring “its dangerous link with terrorism and violence in general, whose consequences not only affect the security and the rights of millions of people, but also the environment.”Trafficking nets $500 billion – equivalent to 8 per cent of global trade – annually, while the long arm of drug consumption reaches over 200 million people, he noted.Mr. García Belaunde cited the 2008 report of the International Narcotics Control Board, which found that drug traffickers in South America are engaged in money laundering and recruit intelligence experts and specialists at the highest levels of all sectors.He appealed for joint global efforts to stamp out the scourge, emphasizing that eradicating illicit crops must complement prevention, rehabilitation and alternative sustainable development programmes.“In Peru, drug dealers are working together with the remnants of terrorist groups,” the Foreign Minister told the 192-member Assembly. “The situation exponentially increases violence of… criminal groups and if we do not solve the problem now, perhaps we will be in a situation of unsuspected consequences in the future.”The Latin American nation has earmarked over $600 million to address drug trafficking, but it cannot fight the production of illegal substances alone, he stressed.“International action cannot be postponed,” Mr. García Belaunde said.Africa, too, is now afflicted with the drug trade and Guinea’s Foreign Minister Alexandre Cécé Loua called for the support of the international community in fighting it.“The CNDD (National Council for Democracy and Development) and the Government attach an especial importance to the struggle against drugs and narcotics trafficking in our country which, unfortunately, has in recent years become one of the transit points in West Africa for this trade,” he told the Assembly.“The recent discovery of toxic substances and clandestine laboratories in certain towns in our country illustrate the gravity of the situation.” The CNDD took power after the death of President Lansana Conté of Guinea last December, at a time when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for a peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power.Mr. Loua said presidential elections were now slated for January.
TORONTO — North American stock markets closed deeply in the red in a broad-based decline that followed the release of disappointing economic growth figures on both sides of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index finished the last trading day of May down 92.91 points at 15,014.09, with the energy sector helping to limit the damage as oil prices turned sharply higher. The loonie lost 0.01 of a U.S. cent to 80.41 cents.Statistics Canada says the economy contracted at an annual pace of 0.6 per cent in the first three months of the year as weaker oil prices had a more severe impact than economists expected.It is the first time real GDP growth has dipped below zero since the fourth quarter of 2011 and the biggest slide into negative growth since the second quarter of 2009.The U.S. economy also contracted in the first quarter with gross domestic product weakening 0.7 per cent, far worse than the government’s initial estimate of growth of 0.2 per cent. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 115.44 points at 18,010.68, while the Nasdaq fell 27.95 points to 5,070.03 and the S&P 500 declined 13.40 points to 2,107.39.In commodities, oil prices got a boost after data showed U.S. crude oil inventories declined more than anticipated. The July crude contract rose $2.62 to US$60.30 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.60 per cent. Meanwhile, August gold gained $1 to US$1,189.80 an ounce.
MONTREAL – Transcontinental says its media operations, which have been squeezed by lower advertising revenues, are no longer core to the future of the commercial printer and packaging firm.“We think that the assets that we own in publishing play an important role in society,” CEO Francois Olivier told analysts Tuesday during a conference call about its fourth-quarter and 2016 financial results.But, he added, “it is less important than it used to be in terms of size and relevance of importance for Transcontinental’s profitability and long-term growth prospects.”The Montreal-based company (TSX:TCL.A) gets 10 per cent of its overall revenues and less than 10 per cent of its profits from its weekly newspaper operations.Transcontinental has been active in an industry push to get the federal and Quebec governments to provide temporary financial support to help local newspapers to transition to digital formats.The company said it plans to continue cutting costs and accelerating its shift to digital publications next year to offset declining advertising and newspaper circulation.It has laid off more than 100 workers in the last year as it sold and closed newspapers in Saskatchewan and Atlantic Canada, and reduced its advertising sales force.Transcontinental said printing revenues should be stable in 2017 thanks in part to a contract to print the Toronto Star.However, that should be offset by lower volumes from some newspaper publishers and a reduction in print advertising.In its media sector, cost reductions should help mitigate some of the continuing impact that the transformation of advertising spending has had on its publishing activities.Transcontinental’s packaging segment, which grew in 2016 following acquisitions, is expected to continue to improve.The company issued its outlook for 2017, as its fourth-quarter profit fell from a year ago when it benefited from an adjustment to deferred tax assets in the U.S. and the reversal of financial expenses.The company earned $57.7 million or 75 cents per share in its latest quarter, down from $100.2 million or $1.28 per share a year ago.Excluding unusual items, it earned $76.6 million or 99 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with $60.6 million or 78 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.Revenues grew 2.9 per cent to $555.6 million from $540.1 million a year ago.Transcontinental was expected to earn 74 cents per share in adjusted profits on $536 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, Transcontinental earned $146.3 million or $1.89 per share on $2.02 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $262.6 million or $3.36 per share on $2.0 billion in revenue last year.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned a full-year profit of $196.3 million or $2.53 per share, up from $186.7 million or $2.39 per share a year ago.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 9:43 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transcontinental says media operations good for society but no longer core
With ‘sweeping transformations’ that can unlock the potential of rural areas to help feed and employ a younger, more crowded planet, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report State of Food and Agriculture 2017 argues that millions of youth in developing countries who are poised to enter the labour force in the coming decades need not flee rural areas to escape poverty. “The overarching conclusion of this report is that fulfilling the 2030 Agenda depends crucially on progress in rural areas, which is where most of the poor and hungry live,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in his foreword to the report. The report says that between 2015 and 2030, people aged 15-24 are expected to rise to 1.3 billion, with the lion’s share being in rural zones. However, it continues, lagging growth in the industrial and service sectors in many developing countries will not be able to absorb the massive numbers of new job seekers – nor will agriculture in its current form. Rural people who relocate to cities will likely run a greater risk of becoming part of the urban poor, instead of finding a pathway out of poverty. Others will need to look for employment elsewhere, leading to seasonal, or permanent migration.Policy-makers are urged to recognize the catalytic role of small cities and towns in mediating the rural-urban nexus. According to the report, targeting policy support and investment to rural areas to build food systems and agro-industries connected to urban zones – especially small and medium size cities – represents a strategic intervention to create employment that would allow more people to stay, and thrive, in the countryside. “Too often ignored by policy-makers and planners, territorial networks of small cities and towns are important reference points for rural people – the places where they buy their seed, send their children to school and access medical care and other services,” noted Mr. da Silva. “Policy-makers are urged to recognize the catalytic role of small cities and towns in mediating the rural-urban nexus and providing smallholder farmers with greater opportunities to market their produce and share in the benefits of economic growth,” he added. The report underscores that transformed rural economies won’t necessarily be a panacea that solves all the pressures that drive people to relocate, but they will generate much-needed jobs and contribute to making out-migration more of a choice, rather than a necessity.Food system value chains linking rural areas and small cities While urbanization provides a golden opportunity for agriculture, it also presents challenges for millions of small-scale family farmers, the report stated. As more profitable markets may lead to value chains dominated by large processors and retailers – to the exclusion of smallholders – supportive public policies and investments must be hard-wired into policies to harness urban demand as an engine for transformative and equitable growth, ensuring market participation by small-scale, family-farmers. The study lays out three lines for action:Put in place a range of policies designed to ensure that small-scale producers participate fully in meeting urban food demands;Build up the infrastructure to connect rural areas and urban markets, including rural roads, electrical power grids, storage facilities and refrigerated transportation systems; andIncluding not just mega-cities into well-connected rural-urban economies but knitting in smaller, more spread-out urban areas as well.
Vauxhall is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing at its Ellesmere Port site in Cheshire. The site, which produces more than 70,000 Vauxhall Astras a year, started manufacturing the Vauxhall Viva on 1 June 1964. Production of the Viva ran at Ellesmere Port until 1978 when it was replaced by the Chevette.In 1981, production of the first-generation Astra began at Ellesmere Port and, in the following four decades, the facility has become synonymous with Vauxhall’s best-selling model.Following an announcement of £125 million investment in 2012, production of the next generation Vauxhall Astra will start at Ellesmere Port in 2015, securing the plant’s future well into the 2020s.Find out more about the UK’s automotive manufacturers here: SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
But it’s not only that the Seahawks and Patriots are strong teams: They’re just about evenly matched. The Vegas line opened as a pick ’em, and most sports books have the Patriots as mere one-point favorites. Elo, which loves the Seahawks, differs slightly here: It has Seattle as 2.5-point favorites. But that’s partly because the system, in its simplicity, punished the Patriots for their meaningless Week 17 loss against Buffalo. Without that game, the Patriots’ Elo rating would be 1756, which would make Seattle only one-point favorites and which would vault this matchup ahead of Super Bowl XIII into the top slot of all time.We can place past Super Bowls into four quadrants, as we have in the chart below. The horizontal axis represents the average Elo rating of the two participants; the vertical axis represents the Elo-rating difference between the teams. (The years in the chart correspond to the year of the NFL regular season. For example, Super Bowl XX, played Jan. 26, 1986, is designated as 1985 because that’s the year most of us would associate with the 1985 Chicago Bears.)The top-left quadrant represents games in which the teams were fairly evenly matched but not particularly great — like the Super Bowl we had two seasons ago between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. The bottom-right quadrant is for Super Bowls when the average Elo rating was high but because of one spectacular team, like when the undefeated 2007 Patriots played (and lost to) the New York Giants.It’s the games in the top-right quadrant that had both things going for them, as this one does: great teams but also a reasonably even matchup.But here’s the catch: Those great-seeming matchups didn’t translate into great Super Bowls.Below, we’ve ranked the 48 prior Super Bowls based on a version of the Excitement Index, which measures the quality of a game based on how much win probability changes over the course of it. This season’s NFC Championship would, obviously, qualify as an extraordinarily exciting game — the Seahawks’ win probability shifted from near zero to very likely late in the fourth quarter, and then back to basically 50-50 after the Packers kicked a field goal to send the game to overtime, and then up to 100 percent once the Seahawks won in OT. By contrast, the AFC Championship — the Patriots were favored, pulled ahead early and never looked back — would have a low Excitement Index.The Excitement Index is not perfect — compared with how we would rank the games intuitively, it seems to give too little credit to unlikely fourth-quarter comebacks, for instance. But it does a reasonable job of ranking the Super Bowls. The top Super Bowl of all time, according to the Excitement Index, was Super Bowl XXIII, played after the 1988 regular season between the 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. Most of the other obvious candidates — like Wide Right and the Giants’ upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII — also rank highly.The win probability data we’re using is from Pro-Football-Reference.com, and accounts for the point spread, so a game that turns out to be lopsided between teams that looked evenly matched beforehand (like last year’s Super Bowl or Super Bowl XVIII) will get a bit of credit. A game in which a heavy favorite romps to victory (like Super Bowl XXIX, when the 49ers, as 19-point (!) favorites against the San Diego Chargers, were ahead 14-0 after four minutes of play) will get almost none.But the hope is for a Super Bowl that stays tight from wire to wire with plenty of drama in between. And if you’re looking at those matchups that looked best on paper going in — those from the top-right quadrant of the chart — you won’t find many that turned into great games.There’s one very encouraging precedent. The aforementioned Super Bowl XIII, played after the 1978 regular season, had a lot of parallels to this one. The Cowboys, like this year’s Seahawks, were a 12-4 team coming off a Super Bowl championship. The Steelers, like this year’s Patriots, were an aging dynasty hoping for one more ring. (As it turns out, they’d win two more.) The Steelers won 35-31, and the outcome might have different if not for a dropped touchdown catch by Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith. Super Bowl XIII ranks very well in the Excitement Index and even higher on subjective lists of the best Super Bowls, one of which has it as the best game ever.But pretty much every other game in the top-right quadrant stunk:There’s last year’s Seahawks-Denver Broncos debacle.There’s Super Bowl XIX (played after the 1984 regular season). What was supposed to be a spectacular matchup between Joe Montana and Dan Marino turned into a rout as the 49ers clobbered the Miami Dolphins 38-16.There’s Super Bowl XII (1977), which never really became competitive; the Cowboys’ win probability was up to 95 percent by the middle of the second quarter and they coasted to a 27-10 win over the Broncos.There’s Super Bowl VIII (1973), one of several poor Super Bowls involving the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings didn’t score until the fourth quarter and lost to the Dolphins 24-7.There’s another Vikings stinker from a few years later, Super Bowl XI, when they lost to the Oakland Raiders 32-14.There’s Super Bowl XXVI (1991), when the Bills were down 24-0 to the Washington Redskins before scoring a few “junk time” touchdowns and losing 37-24.There’s Super Bowl XXXIII (1998), won by John Elway’s Broncos over the Atlanta Falcons, which proved anti-climactic after the Falcons upset the 15-1 Vikings in the NFC Championship.We wouldn’t say to expect a bad Super Bowl on Sunday. This is a noisy data set. It’s probably a fluke that the games that looked best on paper turned out to be among the worst on the field.But that’s the point: Any one game won’t tell you all that much, and as we’ve pointed out before, an NFL matchup that looks just about even beforehand is only slightly more likely than average to result in a great game. This could be a super Super Bowl — but it could just as easily turn out to be a dud, in which case Deflate-gate and Katy Perry will burn an SEO-optimized hole into our collective memories. So what if the pregame story lines have been asinine and absurd? On Sunday, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be among the most talented teams to take the field in the Super Bowl.According to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings, this year’s Seahawks are the fifth-best team to participate in a Super Bowl since the AFC-NFC merger. And the Patriots aren’t far behind. The average Elo rating of the teams this year is the second-best in a Super Bowl since that merger, trailing only Super Bowl XIII when the Dallas Cowboys played the Pittsburgh Steelers.Elo’s lofty ranking of the game might seem surprising given that the Seahawks and Patriots each went 12-4 in the regular season, excellent but hardly extraordinary records. Those records probably underestimates their strength, however. Both teams played relatively tough schedules, and both finished the season stronger than they started it — notwithstanding the Patriots’ throwaway loss in Week 17, when they rested their stars against the Buffalo Bills.Furthermore, both teams have been at the top of the league for some time. That matters when assessing the historical strength of an NFL team: 16 regular-season games just isn’t all that large a sample, so Elo ratings predict performance better because they carry over some of a team’s rating from one season to the next. The Seahawks and Patriots entered this season ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in Elo, respectively, based on their ratings at the end of 2013. It’s not as though either of these teams backed into the Super Bowl — as, for instance, the 2003 Carolina Panthers did when reaching the title game with a 11-5 record. (Those same Panthers went 1-15 in 2001, 7-9 in 2002 and 7-9 in 2004.)
The Chamber of Mines of South Africa and its members have welcomed an interim statement on the state of progress in transformation in the mining sector, which has been released this week by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi. “The Chamber and its members fully support the transformation objectives encapsulated in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and have taken meaningful steps to give effect to them.” However, there remain some differences of opinion in that the Chamber does not agree with the DMR’s understanding of the ownership element indicates that empowerment transactions concluded after 2004 where the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) ownership level has fallen due to BEE disposal of assets or for other reasons, should not be included in the calculation of progress made. The year 2014 was the year by which companies in the mining industry were to aim to reach the targets set in the 2010 Amended Mining Charter. In order to conduct an assessment of levels of attainment of these targets by mining companies, the DMR embarked on an inclusive process with key stakeholders, where a template was designed and stakeholders were consulted to make inputs on it before it was finally released by the DMR for companies to start providing the necessary information required for the purpose of assessing the state of progress. The Chamber says its members have cooperated fully with the process and with other stakeholders.“The Chamber’s members have made considerable progress on all elements of the Mining Charter including: creating access to ownership, procurement and enterprise development, employment equity, human resource development, mine community development, improving living and housing conditions, and creating sustainable development in the mining industry by improving the environmental safety and health performance of the mining industry. The extent of change is profound and irreversible.”As stated, however, an area where the DMR and the Chamber have a difference of opinion is the understanding of the ownership element. The DMR’s understanding of the ownership element indicates that empowerment transactions concluded after 2004 where the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) ownership level has fallen due to BEE disposal of assets or for other reasons, should not be included in the calculation of progress made. This means that the DMR may find certain components of the mining sector not to have achieved the ownership target as per its definition.The Chamber on the other hand believes that previous deals should be included in the ownership calculation, as it represents meaningful economic participation by Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) beneficiaries since before 2002. The industry believes the Mining Charter does not require of mining companies to maintain a 26% HDSA ownership once it has been achieved. “The exclusion of past HDSA transactions would result in a material misrepresentation of all the meaningful economic HDSA participation facilitated by mining companies in good faith and with the approval of the DMR. The DMR in issuing mining rights had agreed with the transformation plans of the companies. In addition, the industry had met the original spirit and intent of the Mining Charter by broadening ownership and transferring significant value to BEE groups.”The Chamber statement continues: “The fact that various BEE companies had sold their assets in mining, or that the global financial crisis had materially impacted on the share price performance of companies should not be used to penalise the efforts of the mining companies to meet the objectives of the Mining Charter. From the Chamber’s perspective, the mining industry has achieved the Mining charter ownership targets, having provided meaningful economic participation for HDSAs represented through identifiable beneficiaries, substantial cash flow and full shareholder rights.”In order to break the impasse, and to avert any confusion that may be damaging to investor perceptions, the DMR and the Chamber have jointly agreed that the court be approached to seek clarity on this matter. This will be done through a declaratory order which will provide a ruling on the relevant legislation pertaining to the continuing consequences matter. “This is a proactive and necessary step to promote regulatory certainty for the mining industry and shows that both the DMR and Chamber recognise the need for the court to provide certainty. The Chamber fully supports the declaratory order process and will work with the DMR to get the court process underway as soon as possible. The Chamber and its members have invested significantly in transforming the sector as agreed in the Mining Charter process that started in 2002. It is our view that the transformational change has been both profound and substantial, and that the process towards normalizing the country’s economic landscape is now irreversible.”
← Previous Story BUNDESLIGA RACE: Kiel 7 goals behind RNL! Next Story → Fruitful weekend for Pick Szeged Many excited teenagers were gathered in Arilje in Southwest Serbia this weekend to participate in the first youth handball tournament arranged in the region.In total 20 handball clubs from all of the countries in the former Yugoslavia participated in the handball tournament “Arilje for Friendship 2014”, lasting from May 1st -4th.Due to the little contact and communication between the young population in the region, the organizers of the tournament “HC Arilje handball club” wanted to arrange a sport tournament in order to create new contacts and friendships between youth in the underdeveloped parts in the region.The handball clubs participating were thus coming from rural areas where there are few opportunities for youth to travel and visit the neighbouring countries, according to the organisers.Judging by two of the contestants experiences, the tournament and the weekend spent in Arilje was a great success regardless of the heavy rain which poured down during the Serbian 1st of May holiday this year.Both Eldin Curovac from Goradze, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kristina Petrovic from Zeta, Montenegro, who were both staying at the same floor during the tournament, could tell that they had already become friends as they were socializing in the evening time.“The disco on Friday was excellent”, exclaimed both of them when asked about their experiences from Arilje.“I hope that the tournament will be arranged also next year”, told Kristina.Her wish might come true, as the organisers were very positive about the chances of arranging the handball tournament also next year, making it an annual tournament.“The know-how gained in 2014 will be used to organise the tournament the coming years”, told Ilija Jovic, project manager and sport enthusiast.It was clear from the enthusiasm and positive atmosphere at the last day of the tournament on Sunday May 4th that the participants and organisers had very positive experiences from the tournament.“Almost the whole local community in Arilje has been involved. Everyone wants to help out and has wholeheartly done so”, said Jovic.The winners of the tournament were HC Samot Arandjelovac (Male) from Serbia and HC Knezopoljka Kozarska Dubica I (Female) from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The best players and trainers were also awarded next to the three best teams. Photos and other information can be found at the tournament’s Facebook page.The tournament was supported by the Norwegian embassy through the Embassy fund with EUR 15 500/NOK 125 000source: www.norveska.org.rs/
What a day for a parade (and when could we last say that?) to celebrate the range of family backgrounds of third-graders in Vancouver and Evergreen district schools.The annual Children’s Culture Parade brought more than 60 classrooms of students to march around the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve on Friday morning — hundreds of pupils, in all.Each has studied their own family culture, and those of their classmates. The Parade caps off the yearly learning experience.From American Indian animal characters, to an impressive blend of national flags, to authentic clothing, the youngsters proudly wore their heritages on their sleeves, heads and hearts.
Vancouver — Clark County, local school districts and nonprofits are hosting the Young Parent Resource Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Center for Educational Leadership at the Robert C. Bates Center, 2901 Falk Road.Pregnant or parenting teens and first-time parents can find information on how to make baby food, graduating from high school, child safety seats, maternity support services, children’s dental services, health insurance, WashingTeenHelp.com and the Women, Infant and Children program.For more information about the event, contact Nancy Spangle at 397-8000 ext. 7201 or Nancy.Spangle@clark.wa.gov.The county also has an online resource guide for pregnant and parenting teens that includes a list of services and providers, available at http://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/family/documents/8-31-2012-ResourceGuideforPPT-ClarkCounty.pdf.
(WSVN) – An Ohio sheriff’s deputy conducting a traffic stop forgot one small thing: he forgot to stop his car.The deputy’s vehicle was caught on camera rolling away from him while he talked with a driver he had just pulled over.Once he noticed the runaway cruiser, he ran after it, stopping it as it rolled backward into the middle of an intersection.No one was injured in the incident… except maybe his pride.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Family Circle’s circulation has been pretty tight in terms of delivering over its 3.8 million rate base. In its June 2011 ABC report, the magazine was just 16,958 issues above rate base—a .4 percent bonus. Paid subscriptions have been on the rise, however, as the average annualized subscription price has gone from $10.80 five years ago to $9.30 now. Paid subs for the first half of 2011 were 3,151,568—82.5 percent of total circ. In 2006, paid subs were 3,107,239.Meanwhile, Family Circle‘s newsstand sales, as with many publishers, have been challenged. According to ABC numbers, single copy sales are down 16.2 percent when compared to its December 2010 report—627,209 copies versus 525,358.The two magazines join other rate base jumpers, most recently including Meredith’s hispanic titles and Hearst’s Food Network Magazine. The magazine’s rate base jump comes close to restoring its circulation to pre-2006 levels. In January, 2006, the magazine dropped rate base from 4.2 million to 3.8 million. Smithsonian magazine and Meredith’s Family Circle are adding to a small flurry of publishers that have recently expanded their rate base guarantees. The 11-times per year Smithsonian will be adding another 100,000 copies to its circulation starting with the January 2012 issue—a 5 percent jump. Family Circle is adding another 200,000 copies starting with the same issue, growing from 3.8 million to 4 million.Family Circle will simultaneously cut its frequency from 15 issues per year to 12, “to bring it in line with the industry and competitive set,” says a statement from the publisher. Extra issues are published in April, October and November. Smithsonian‘s circulation, counted as association, non-deductible, reported an average total paid and verified circulation of 2.08 million copies for the first half of 2011, according to its June ABC statement—delivering a 3.8 percent bonus for the period. In its December 2010 statement, the magazine reported a 2.2 percent bonus.