No show like snow

first_imgBy Justin RobertsonSNOW junkie Lachlan Williams is home after carving up white powder with his snowboard at Mount Perisher in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Jigsaw Galway get tee’d up for their annual golf fundraiser

first_imgIt is €100 to enter a team of four and to reserve your tee time contact Loughrea Golf Club on 091 841 049.  There is a fantastic selection of prizes including the top prize which is a stay for 2 in the fabulous Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh, which includes a round of golf on the Nick Faldo designed course and a complementary spa treatment.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The 2nd annual Jigsaw Galway Am Am golf fundraiser is taking place in Loughrea Golf Club on Wed 20th to Fri 22rd July.   This 4 ball stableford competition is organised by Galway hurler and Jigsaw Ambassador David Collins and is proudly sponsored by MJ Conroy Ltd.last_img read more

Corofin looking to bring Andy Merrigan west again

first_imgA Corofin victory would also see the Andy Merrigan cup cross the Shannon for only the 8th time since the start of the competition. The previous Connacht winners of the All Ireland club football championship are: Corofin 1998, 2015Salthill/Knocknacarra 2006Caltra 2004Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) 2005Crossmolina (Mayo) 2001St Brigids (Roscommon) 2013 Corofin will be hoping to add a third All Ireland club title this St Patrick’s day when they take on Nemo Rangers of Cork in Croke Park (2pm). If Corofin are successful tomorrow they will join St Finbarr’s (Cork) and St Vincent’s (Dublin) on three titles, with only Crossmaglen (6) and opponents Nemo Rangers (7) ahead of them on the Roll of Honour.center_img  All Ireland club football Roll of Honour:Nemo Rangers (7 titles) – 1973, 79, 82, 84, 89, 94, 2003Crossmaglen (6 titles) –  1997, 99, 2000, 2007, 2010, 2011St Vincents (3 titles) – 1976, 2008, 2014St Finbarrs (3 titles) – 1980, 81, 87Corofin (2 titles) – 1998, 2015Kilmacud Crokes (2 titles) – 1995, 2009UCD (2 titles) – 1974, 75Dr Crokes, Kerry (2 titles) – 1992, 2017Burren, Down (2 titles) – 1986, 88print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

KIJHL Champs, Revelstoke Grizzlies, capture Cyclone Taylor Cup

first_imgRyan Bedard scored three times to pace Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Revelstoke Grizzlies to the 2019 Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday afternoon in Campbell River.The Grizzlies dumped Victoria Cougars 5-1 to claim the second Cyclone Taylor Cup title in three seasons for the KIJHL. Tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, Bedard and Raymond Speerbrecker broke the stalemate with second period goals.Bedard scored twice to complete the hat-trick and secure the Cyclone Taylor Title for Revelstoke.Ryan Pereverzoff scored the other goal for Revelstoke. Tyler Vanuden scored the lone goal for Victoria.Revelstoke outshot the Cougars 42-28 as Liam McGarva picked up the win in goal for the Grizzlies.After starting slow, losing 5-1 Thursday to Victoria, the Grizzlies won two straight to advance to the final.Revelstoke defeated North Van Wolf Pack 5-1 Friday before edging host Campbell River 3-2 Saturday. Jayden Hay scored the winner for Revelstoke, snapping a 2-2 tie with a third-period marker.last_img read more

Cape’s Berg River Dam on line

first_img9 March 2009While the recently opened R1.5-billion Berg River Dam in the Western Cape province is expected to augment Cape Town’s water supply by almost 20%, the government is still calling on the city’s residents to use water sparingly.The project, a partnership between the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the City of Cape Town and the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, comprises a dam with a storage capacity of 130-million cubic metres, a supplement scheme, two pump stations and 12 kilometres of pipeline.The dam, which started storing water in July 2007 and was full a year later thanks to good rainfall, and will increase Cape Town’s total water supply from 668 to 898 cubic metres per year.Reducing demandThe conditional go-ahead for the project from the department was dependent on the city reducing its water demand by 20%. In response, the city implemented a water conservation strategy aimed at reducing the use of water by using treated sewage effluent instead of fresh water for irrigation and industrial purposes.As a result of this strategy, and because people have become more aware of the value of water and are trying harder to conserve it, the council is experiencing a 25% saving.“Although the dam will alleviate immediate water shortages, it is imperative that Cape Town residents continue to use water sparingly and that, in a relatively arid province, we continue to develop a culture of saving water,” Cape Town Alderman Clive Justus said in Franschoek last week.South African firstThe Berg River Dam was the first dam in South Africa to be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the guidelines of the United Nations World Commission on Dams.The concrete-faced, rock-fill dam, located in the upper reaches of the Berg River catchment area, is 250 metres above sea level. It consists of an embankment of rock mined from the river bed and surrounding area, with an impermeable 300mm layer of concrete on the upstream side. The dam wall is 68 metres high and 929 metres long.The civil engineering and operational design of the dam and the downstream supplement ccheme was predicated on the need to maintain the ecological integrity of the river.The operating rules provide for specific volumes of water to be released from the dam to maintain the flow and integrity of the Berg River downstream of the dam.Supplement schemeIn addition to the dam itself, the project entails a supplement scheme located 10 kilometres downstream of the dam, alongside the Drakenstein (formerly Victor Verster) prison.The function of the supplement scheme is to divert winter high flow, entering the Berg River from the Franschhoek, Wemmershoek and the Dwars River tributaries, to supplement water stored in the dam. Water from the scheme is pumped via the Drakenstein pump station, along a 9.5km pipeline, back up to the Berg River Dam.Indigenous plants have been planted on the downstream face of the dam wall, which is visible from the main road into Franschhoek, ensuring that the dam and associated structures blend with the surrounding landscape.At the start of the contract, the Working for Water Programme was awarded a R21-million, eight-year contract by Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority to remove alien vegetation from the Berg River catchments, significantly increasing the amount of water available for storage in the dam and for indigenous plant species.After completion, the dam was transferred from tunnel authority to the department, who operate and maintain it as part of their Western Cape water supply systemid.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

9 Ways To Make Money In The On-Demand Economy

first_imgRelated Posts How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Kickstarting a Stagnant Company What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Airbnb#Gig Economy#Handy#On-demand Apps#On-demand Economy#sharing economy#Uber#yec center_img WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Recently, Uber and other companies that provide on-demand services have been under the regulatory microscope. Despite these setbacks, it’s still a great industry to get into, full of potential advantages for a would-be entrepreneur.That said, there are a few best practices that you should follow so that the problems Uber and Handy are facing don’t become your problems, too. To set you down the right path, I asked nine founders from YEC what entrepreneurs should consider before starting up in this space.Set Up Workers As Employees, Not Independent ContractorsIt might seem easier to hire independent contractors, but if you get nailed by the government for hiring those same people because they are technically employees, it will not be pretty. If you think you might have employees, they’re employees. If you think you are cutting it close, they’re employees. If you’re operating in the gray area, they’re employees. When I first started my company, we worked with a lawyer to set up contracts with 20 independent contractors. This was great for two years until suddenly the government audited our contractors and found that they were all employees. Despite fitting almost every single independent contractor requirement, one tiny discrepancy caused us to get fined. We had to pay back taxes and fines going back two years, and halt business until we got everyone switched over. It’s not worth the risk! —Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of PeopleConsider Potential Conflict With Other CompaniesUber faced a backlash that may have been unexpected, but could have been predicted and maybe even prevented. If your business involves commandeering customers from other companies, consider how you can tailor your business to better coexist within the current industry. —Andrew Namminga, AndesignUnderstand Who Your Customer IsAs the W-2/1099 debate wages on, it is important that you define who your real customer is. Uber has made a case that their customers are the livery drivers and not the passengers. Entrepreneurs really need to make sure they have a concrete reasoning as to who their customer is, in cases where they may be in a gray area. —Reza Chowdhury, AlleyWatchCreate A Solid Process For Vetting Your PartnersI feel that ensuring the safety of customers is a major issue for these types of companies. If Uber sends out a driver with a criminal record who ends up assaulting a customer, you can bet that customer’s going to blame Uber. So, as Uber, you need to be prepared to spend the time and money to fully vet your partners in a way that instills customer security and confidence. —Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at WorkOperate With Scrappy FiercenessStarting a business in the on-demand economy is a balancing act. On the one hand, prepare to be persistent. Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, calls this “scrappy fierceness.” Every day, you will have to make decisions and fight for your startup’s survival. You’re not going to make it by going about things in a conventional way. On the other hand, if you get into the new spaces of the sharing economy and grow large enough, you’re going to end up dealing with legislation and public policy. This might sound like a lot of headache-inducing bureaucracy and red tape, but you are going to have to work with policy makers to a certain extent if you want to succeed. —Breanden Beneschott, ToptalConcentrate On The Supply SideEstablishing a healthy flow of suppliers is more important than generating demand. You have to make sure your value proposition for suppliers is good enough that people are eager to sign up for your platform. Since suppliers—people who rent out their house, their car, their services, or their products—often put more time into the transaction, you have to focus on attracting and engaging them. If your value proposition works, then finding demand for your services should be easy. If you’re not doing enough for people to perceive value in supplying that demand, then no amount of marketing or consumer outreach will solve the problem. —Jared Brown, HubstaffEnsure Both Sides Of The Marketplace Are EvenWhen you create a two-sided marketplace, you must ensure it is well outlined and stays consistently balanced on each side. This remains the hardest aspect of breaking into a two-sided marketplace. This will be a constant balancing act of consumer and client growth. If one side becomes larger than the other, it’s time to reevaluate your business plan. —Jayna Cooke, EventupMeet Regulation With AutomationStartups often face tax hurdles. You can smooth a lot of friction if you develop a system that manages and advances the logistics of both tax collection and payment. After initially resisting the idea that it should collect local hotel taxes, Airbnb started collecting these taxes and, in some cities, it’s making it easier for their hosts to file those taxes. It was a true win-win situation—the cities make more money, and Airbnb now has an advantage over newer startups that might spring up to offer shared accommodations, but can’t handle the tax implications. The move was reminiscent of Apple’s idea that people only stole music because it wasn’t easy to pay for a digital single. —Jere Simpson, KitewireConnect With Your Business LawyerThe legal and regulatory environment we operate in is changing as rapidly as the businesses themselves. It’s impossible as an entrepreneur to stay abreast of all the intricacies and shifts, so rely on your experts. Cultivating relationships with lawyers, accountants and advisors can be very beneficial as a business owner. If you’re making critical decisions about your business, take the time to sit down with these experts and get their input. Set yourself up for success by avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls from day one. —Robert De Los Santos, Sky High Party RentalsPhotoillustration by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite scott gerberlast_img read more

How bighorn sheep use crowdsourcing to find food on the hoof

first_img By Elizabeth PennisiSep. 6, 2018 , 2:00 PM How bighorn sheep use crowdsourcing to find food on the hoof If you’re a hungry human, you’re probably in luck: Crowdsourced apps like Yelp can help you find food in a pinch. But what if you’re a bighorn sheep? A new study shows how these grazers get food on the hoof—even as their “restaurants” shift from location to location.Each spring, a green wave of plants rolls over the world’s temperate zones, as new growth pops up from south to north—and from lower to higher elevations. Biologists have long debated whether the following herds of grazers are born with these migration maps built into their brains or whether they have to learn the route from the rest of the herd.To find out, scientists studied the seasonal movements of three groups of grazers: bighorn sheep that had been in the same location for centuries, sheep and moose that had been relocated to their current grazing grounds between 10 and 110 years earlier, and sheep that had just recently been moved to a new grazing location. 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Sheep and moose in the second group had varying levels of success. And animals in the third group didn’t migrate at all, but ate what they could where they were.It was the movements of the second group that were the most telling: The longer the sheep or moose had been at these new locations, the better they became at following the green wave, the researchers report today in Science.The researchers also found that other factors, such as crowding, habitat loss, or increased predation did not strongly affect the tendency to migrate, suggesting that knowledge alone, either learned from others or gained by experience, helped the sheep take advantage of new growth. That suggests culture plays a vital role in how grazers find food, and that once such knowledge is lost—unlike old Yelp reviews—it may take decades to resurface.last_img read more

Two 15yearolds arrested after stabbing of Halifax police officer

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax police say two 15-year-olds have been arrested after an officer was stabbed Tuesday morning while responding to a stolen-truck call.They say Const. Andrew Gordon, who has been on the force for eight years, is in stable condition after surgery.Police say he approached two people seen fleeing from a stolen truck on Highway 102 near Ashburn Golf Course at about 5:49 a.m.As Gordon attempted to speak to them, one suspect stabbed him before they both fled again.A police dog unit located two youths, a boy and a girl, who are now in custody.Inspector Andrew Matthews said police have recovered four weapons, all knives, as well as the stolen vehicle which was seized by the forensic identification unit.“This incident is a reminder of the inherent dangers of policing,” Matthews told reporters Tuesday.Police say the investigation, the first Halifax police stabbing since 2013, is continuing.“The officer was transported to hospital where he underwent surgery. He is in stable condition and recovering in hospital,” police said in a release.“Investigators with the Integrated General Investigation Section are currently investigating the incident; charges are anticipated.”Matthews said he cannot disclose how the suspects know each other nor whether they are known to police.He said they are not looking for anyone else at this time.last_img read more

Norwegian fund excludes four Canadian firms as it exits oilsands investments

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The largest pension fund in Norway has removed four Canadian energy names from its investment list and says it will no longer put money in companies that derive more than five per cent of their revenue from the oilsands.KLP says it sold US$58 million worth of stocks and bonds as it reduces its tolerance threshold for companies with interests in the oilsands from 30 per cent to five per cent, matching its limit for coal investments.The fund says it will now exclude Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. from investment consideration, along with Russia-based Tatneft PAO. Shares in all four companies have fallen since a year ago as growth outstripped pipeline capacity, leading to steep price discounts and legislated production curtailments in Alberta.Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada, says in an email institutional investors are continuing to abandoning high-carbon investments because they “can see where the puck is heading.”In a news release, the Norwegian fund which administers more than US$81 billion in assets says a full exit from the oilsands is “great news” for customers because that activity is not aligned with a two-degree Celsius global warming target.“By going coal and oilsands free, we are sending a strong message on the urgency of shifting from fossil to renewable energy,” said KLP CEO Sverre Thornes in a statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE, TSX:IMO)last_img read more

Modi urges Rahul others to motivate voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Describing voting as a “prime” duty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged personalities, including Pranab Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Ratan Tata and P V Sindhu, to encourage people to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11. In a series of tweets and a blog post, he said voting is among a citizen’s prime duties. “A vote signifies the willingness to contribute to the development trajectory of the nation. By voting, people connect themselves with the country’s dreams and aspirations,” he wrote. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day He tagged personalities from a cross-section of society, including politics, industry, media, films, sports and social work, to drive home his point. “I appeal to @RahulGandhi, @MamataOfficial, @PawarSpeaks, @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @yadavtejashwi and @mkstalin to encourage increased voter participation in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. A high turnout augurs well for our democratic fabric,” Modi wrote on his personal Twitter handle. In another tweet, he urged film personalities such as Mohan Lal and Nagarjuna Akkineni to create greater voter awareness. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “Your performances have entertained millions over the years and you have also won many awards. I request you to create greater voter awareness and urge people to vote in large numbers,” he said. The prime minister said not voting should create “anguish” amongst people who do not turn up at poling stations. “Would you want a situation where something happens in the country that you disapprove of and you are forced to think – because I did not go vote that day, this unfortunate situation has arisen and the nation is suffering,” he wrote on his blog on Wednesday. He also shared a link where people can register as voters. The 2019 elections, Modi said, are special because for the first time those born in the 21st century will be able to cast their votes. “I hope all eligible youngsters who have not registered to vote will do so and enrich our democracy by voting,” he said. Tagging several media personalities and institutions, including Vineet Jain, Sanjay Gupta, Aroon Purie, and Press Trust of India and ANI news agencies, he said the media plays a vital role in a democracy and has a strong influence on people’s minds. “I request @Sanjaygupta0702, @aroonpurie and @18RahulJoshi to work towards greater voter awareness and registration that ensures an impressive turnout at the hustings.” As leading public voices associated with important platforms, your support on voter awareness will be valuable and beneficial for 130 crore Indians,” Modi tweeted. He said a higher voting means a stronger democracy and a stronger democracy means a developed India “The last few elections, in various states and at the Centre, have witnessed record turnout. Continuing this encouraging trend, I urge my fellow Indians to vote in record numbers in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” he wrote in his blog. He called upon “influencers from all fields, including politics, industry, sports, films and other walks of life” to take the lead in spreading voter awareness and value of high voting. The prime minister expressed the hope that the upcoming elections will witness the highest ever turnout in the history of Indian elections.last_img read more