Alberta Peace rollover, injures three people

first_imgThe Grande Prairie RCMP has confirmed that three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, in an early morning roll-over today, in the Alberta Peace.It occurred about 2.30 just south of highway 40 on township road 704-A, and sent two men and a woman to Grande Prairie hospital.Police have determined they were the occupants of a Jeep, which left the road, drove over the corner of a bridge, and ended up in the bottom of a ravine.- Advertisement -The RCMP investigation continues, but the initial police report cites alcohol, as possibly a “casual crash factor.”last_img

St. Bernard’s Crusaders advances to NCS D3 semis with win over Mendocino Cardinals

first_imgEureka >> After a flat first half, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders erupted for three goals over the final 40 minutes to claim a 4-0 victory over the Mendocino Cardinals, advancing to the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs in the process.“We started off underestimating this team and started off a little sluggish,” said St. Bernard’s team captain Jayden Johnson, who tallied two goals in the game. “But we started connecting on passes and playing together as a team. … The …last_img

World Cup boost to SA advertising

first_imgNike launched a major ad campaign thatallows fans to celebrate their favouriteplayers.(Image: www.nikemedia.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• John WolfeGroup Mjohn.wolfe@groupm.comRELATED ARTICLES• Business school to expand in Africa• World Cup mobisite launched• Capitec gets nod from Swiss• SA chocolates for all Oscar starsNosimilo RamelaThe South African advertising industry looks set for a R1.7-billion (US$221-million) increase this year as major sports brands invest millions in marketing targeting World Cup fans.Part of this is a major new ad campaign by global sports brand Nike, in direct competition to World Cup sponsor Adidas. The campaign, announced on 23 June, it has Facebook and Twitter messages sent by football fans displayed on a giant electronic screen alongside digital images of football stars signed to the brand.This super-ad appears on Africa’s largest digital advertising screen on the Life Centre building in Johannesburg. Soaring above the downtown area the 30-storey, 138-metre-high building is one of the city’s most iconic structures.Covering two sides of the building adorn are 90-metre-tall images of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robinho which, together, are the size of half a football field. The fourth-tallest in Johannesburg, the Life Centre is visible from across the city – prime advertising real estate.Nike is encouraging sports fans from around the world to submit special messages to inspire their favourite players. A hundred messages will be chosen each night and transformed into animation on the digital screen. When a fan’s message is chosen they are sent a notification with a picture of the headline and the animation created from it.One of the first people to post a message was Anton Ferdinand, brother of England captain Rio Ferdinand. The message – “Believe to achieve” – will be accompanied by an image of England star Wayne Rooney.The campaign is part of Nike’s Write the Future campaign launched for the 2010 World Cup. The Write the Future video has gone seriously vial on YouTube, with over 32-million views since its launch in May.Rising from the downturnThe recent global economic recession shrank South Africa’s economy to only 0.4% year-on-year growth in 2009, according to Group M, WPP’s combined media buying operation. This was a heavy blow for the county’s fast growing advertising industry which had benefited from double-digit growth for the previous eight years.South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup has seen Group M double its original growth forecast for 2010 from 3% to 6.8%. The country is now predicted to fetch in an estimated R1.7-billion ($221-million) more in advertising this year than in 2009.Television advertising alone is expected to be up by R153-million ($2-billion), a 10% year-on-year growth. “Despite the World Cup being one of the most predictable events for media growth, we were pleased to double our ad growth forecast to 7% this year, driven by TV,” said Adam Smith, director of Group M. “This is an unusually TV-dominated ad economy, which creates lots of leverage around sporting events.”Internet advertising is anticipated to be up R145-million ($19-million), a 20% increase.last_img read more

Fungicide on soybeans a good call in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every harvest season can have a valuable lesson or two that a farmer will use to grow an even better crop in future years. According to DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Troy Putnam, the major takeaway after the 2018 growing season, which saw very heavy insect and disease pressure, was that a fungicide application on soybeans was a good move. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Kelowna and Edmonton set to be hot spots in cannabis real estate

first_imgTORONTO – Two cities in Western Canada have been named the next commercial real estate “hot spots” for the cannabis market, according to a report.Real estate firm RE/Max Commercial says that Kelowna, B.C., and Edmonton are both expected to see positive commercial growth in the coming months as a result of cannabis legalization.Prices for commercial real estate in the southern B.C. city are anticipated to see an uptick, as approval for cannabis retail licences will be “extremely competitive” amid high demand once the substance becomes available.Kelowna, which is located in the Okanagan Valley, has already identified more than 900 potential zoned sites for dispensaries.Lease rates for industrial spaces in the area are also expected to rise as marijuana companies vie for more space to house their operations, says the annual Commercial Investor report.This increase comes after Kelowna’s real estate market saw an eight per cent decrease in total sales value for its commercial property year over year.Meanwhile, it is anticipated that vacancy rates will continue to drop and lease rates will rise moderately for the remainder of the year in Edmonton thanks to the arrival of Aurora Cannabis.New construction, particularly in the Leduc and Nisku areas of the city, has been burgeoning amid the addition of a 74,322 square metre (800,000 square foot) medical marijuana production facility and a 37,161 square metre (400,000 square foot) auto parts and distribution warehouse from Ford Canada.“Cannabis is adding an additional demand segment to the overall market, for industrial or retail,” said Elton Ash, regional executive vice-president at RE/MAX of Western Canada on Wednesday.“It’s good news from a landlord perspective.”last_img read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida

first_img Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution and care when travelling to South Florida.Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and avoid remote and dimly lit areas.Do not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers are advised to leave all travel documents including airline tickets, Police Certificates and passports in a secured place such as a safety deposit box at the hotel.Bahamians in need of assistance while in South Florida can contact the Miami office of The Bahamas Consulate General at the following address: Ingraham Building Suite 81825 South East Second AvenueMiami, Florida 33131Tel: 305-373-6295Fax: 305-373-6312END Related Items:bahamas consulate, bahamians, south florida Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida Recommended for youlast_img read more

JAMAICA CSJP provides Substance Misuse Treatment for youngsters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 3, 2017 – Kingston – The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III has successfully implemented the first phase of a Specialized Substance Misuse Treatment programme aimed at providing youngsters with the necessary support to ensure that they can benefit from the entity’s range of educational and employment opportunities.The programme is being undertaken through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).   It was formed out of a realisation that drug use, particularly abuse of marijuana, has prevented a number of CSJP recipients from accessing vocational skills training and employment offerings, the latter of which includes internships and on-the-job training and placement.Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (October 31), Communications/Social Media Coordinator, CSJP, Patrice Nephew, said the initiative is part of an improvement in the psychosocial services provided by the agency.   She noted that while the CSJP seeks to provide youngsters with opportunities, it is acknowledged that until certain issues of substance misuse are treated, their likelihood to gain and maintain viable employment will be very limited.“This is a preliminary exercise before they go into some of the training sessions, because we have realised that, in the past, the compliance rate with some of the training programmes has been low because of substance abuse issues. So it is a more deliberate attempt to get them in a state of readiness,” Ms. Nephew said.More than 150 individuals were referred to the NCDA for treatment following risk assessment through the CSJP’s Case Management programme and having been flagged for substance abuse.   The NCDA conducted 541 individual sessions and 80 group sessions over a 12-month period starting July 2016.   Additional workshops were done in communities and schools to sensitive children and students about marijuana use and to train community volunteers to identify persons in need of treatment.Sixty-one per cent of the participants were compliant with the sessions and 10.1 per cent tested negative after completion of the treatment programme.   NCDA Substance Abuse Officer, Western Region, Suzanne Brown, explained that even though some of the clients may not be negative at the end of the programme, they would have made significant progress.“What you will find is that a lot of the times, some are chain-smokers, and throughout the programme, you will notice significant reduction in usage,” she told JIS News.“Persons probably started with back-to-back smoking, and as the session progressed… you will notice that while they have not totally stopped using, they have been able to reduce the number of (marijuana cigarettes) per day,” she added.Substance Abuse Officer with NCDA, Kingston and St. Andrew, Denise Chin, hailed the programme as being a strong and important initiative.“It offered a very structured way for participants to receive help and access to treatment facilities and options that they wouldn’t otherwise reach,” she said.Mrs. Chin said the resource personnel and psychological services offered by the CSJP are critical.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Dashboard Confessional Return With Anthemic New Single We Fight

first_img Dashboard Confessional Return: First LP In 8 years dashboard-confessional-return-anthemic-new-single-we-fight News Facebook The heartfelt emo stylings that helped Chris Carrabba & Co. build the indie scene of the early aughts mature toward more anthemic songwriting on new singleBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2017 – 1:16 pm Open your heart up and pull your feelings back down off that dark corner shelf, Dashboard Confessional are back in business. Today, the soul-baring emo rockers dropped a brand-new single and announced their first studio LP since 2009.”We Fight,” the lead single from Dashboard’s forthcoming Crooked Shadows, sees a turn toward a more anthemic, universal brand of songwriting than we’ve previously seen from frontman/chief songwriter Chris Carrabba.”Every album is personal, but as this album was coming together I realized, especially as the world’s political climate was rapidly changing, that ‘personal’ did not necessarily mean ‘mine,'” said Carrabba via a press release.  “Suddenly, ‘Me’ became ‘We’ and that realization was empowering, comforting and terrifying all at once.” Email center_img Twitter Dashboard Confessional Return With Anthemic New Single, “We Fight” On the topic of the band’s new single, Carrabba revealed that the song’s meaning has evolved in his own mind since first penning the track.”I thought it was just about the music scene that I came up in — a place where people who’d never quite fit in anywhere felt they actually belonged,” he revealed.  “When we began playing the song live on our summer tour, I realized … it’s a song for people who, in spite of their differences, can find common ground in their convictions and foster those into something bigger than themselves. That, to me, is something worth fighting for.”Dashboard Confessional’s Crooked Shadows is due out on Feb. 9, 2018. The band will embark on a radio tour of the U.S. starting Nov. 16. The tour will kick off with a free “No Dough” show in Chicago, and will run through early 2018, wrapping in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Jan. 28. Tickets are available now.See Björk’s New Ethereal Music Video For “Blissing Me”Read morelast_img read more

Facebook prepares to push Oculus VR headsets for businesses

first_img Tags Best Buy $198 Oculus Go How To • Prime Day 2019 best gaming deals: Oculus Go 32GB for $159, Nintendo Switch for $329 and more available now The next big step for Oculus may be into our office buildings. Sarah Tew/CNET When Facebook pitches its Oculus virtual reality headsets to the masses, it talks of their ability to make you feel as though you’re inside a game, visiting another planet or scuba diving next to massive blue whales, without ever leaving your couch.Its next act might be to take that other-worldliness to your work.Via a job posting, Oculus VR is looking for a software expert to work in its Seattle, Washington offices to help build special versions of its $199 Oculus Go and $399 Oculus Quest mobile VR headsets for businesses. This person would help make the headsets work with various types of business software, the job posting said. An Oculus spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Oculus Go is an entry-level headset that works without the need for a computer or mobile phone to power it. The Quest is a mid-level device that’s also self contained, offering higher quality visuals and controls. Both headsets put screens so close to your eyes they trick your brain into thinking you’re in the computer-generated world.The job posting, first noticed by Variety and which as of time of writing is no longer accepting applicants, is the latest sign of Facebook’s willingness to invest in efforts to broaden the appeal of its headsets. Microsoft has taken a similar tack with its $3,500 HoloLens augmented reality headset, which overlays computer images on the real world. In Microsoft’s case, the company explicitly says it does not want to sell the device to you and me — yet.For Oculus, finding success with the business world could help bolster sales as developers continue searching for a “killer app” that will convince consumers to buy in. But it will still have competition.HTC, for example, announced its Vive Focus VR headset for businesses last November, and Microsoft has been helping partners such as Lenovo, Dell and H-P build VR headsets for businesses as well. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Flash sale: The Oculus Go VR headset is back down to $159 (Update: Expired) Oculus Dell Facebook HTC Lenovo Microsoft See it $199 Review • Oculus Go review: $199 VR, no strings attached $199 See It Walmart 0 Post a comment Share your voice Wearable Tech Tech Industry Virtual Reality Apps Mentioned Above Oculus Go (32GB)last_img read more

Market watch Sensex plunges by 541 points gold extends losses on weak

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex plunged by 541 points on Tuesday following weakness in the European markets triggered by a sell-off in commodity stocks on concerns over slowing demand in China.The Sensex closed at 25,651 points while the 50-share Nifty fell 165 points, or 2.07%, to end at 7,812 points.”The sudden sell-off in the market in today’s trade has taken it to 7800 levels. The state of the market remains vulnerable as global factors have cropped up every now and then and spooked sentiments. However, investors should use these opportunities to buy into companies with good growth prospects like media, logistics, select pharma and IT companies and select PSU banks,” K.Subramanyam, Co-Head Equity Advisory, Altamount Capital, told Business Standard.Initially, the markets traded in the green on rising hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as this month. But they gave up all the gains taking a cue from the sell-off in European markets.Metals stocks saw heavy selling pressure, with Hindalco and Vedanta losing over over 6% at close. Banking, realty and auto stocks were also battered down ahead of the RBI’s bi-monthly meeting on 29 September.Axis Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank fell between 2% and 3%, while Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto and Hero Moto also posted losses ranging from 1 to 3%.The share price of Amtek Auto plunged by more than 11% after the company missed the deadline to pay Rs 800 crore on bonds.The volatility index India VIX soared nearly 12% to 20.34 points, indicating the possibility of high volatile sessions in the coming days.The sell-off in metal shares was mainly due to the slump in European markets, which fell in the range of 1 to 2%.”The fall in the market was largely after the European markets opened. The ECB pledged to sustain or like to maintain the inflation target of 2 per cent, which also weighed on sentiments. It simply means that the reaction has come into the euro government bonds and as a result of which the selloff has taken place in equity,” Deven Choksey, MD, KR Choksey Investment Managers Private, told The Economic Times.Besides, the sell-off was partly led by the strengthening dollar that touched a two-week high after the US Federal Reserve signaled a rate hike this year last week.Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered its growth projection for India to 7.4% for the current fiscal year from the previous estimate of 7.8%. The bank cited poor monsoon rainfall, a further slowdown in exports, and the government’s failure to pass key reforms bills as the reasons for the downgrade.Gold prices also ended lower on weak global cues, falling by Rs 150 to Rs Rs 26,510 per 10 grams. Silver prices declined by Rs 170 to Rs 35,830 per kg.last_img read more