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Hot technology keeps new hospital grounds warm

first_imgPhoto: The grounds of the new hospital are covered in this giant ‘blanket’ to keep temperatures above +1c all winter – submitted.A groundbreaking ‘blanket’ is keeping the foundation of Fort St. John’s new hospital snuggly-warm during the chilly winter months.That’s because an innovative piece of technology is protecting the base of the building and drainage systems from frost heaves.- Advertisement -The system is comprised of a series of temporary pipes laid on the ground in a looping pattern, and then covered with insulated tarps covering the total area of the new building’s ‘footprint.’All of the pipes are connected to three gas-fired boilers and a series of pumps, that heat an environmentally friendly liquid called Glycol, which circulates throughout the system. This maintains the foundation at a temperature of +1 celcius.There’s around 13 kilometres of pipe covering the base of the project. More pipes will be added in the event that the temperature drops substantially.Officials can take the ground’s temperature by monitoring the temperatures of the piping returning to the boilers.Advertisement And while this type of system has been used in the province before, its use in Fort St. John is believed to be the system’s largest project.Photo: This machine pumps out heat, which eventually circulates throughout the pipes underneath the foundation of the hospital – submitted.last_img read more

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Housing probe funding doubled

first_imgThe increased funding to investigate subsidized housing abuses is needed to keep pace with the growing numbers of tips coming into a Section 8 Fraud Hotline established in 2005, Hickling said. Such tips have been instrumental in compliance checks that have resulted in multiple termination recommendations. A May 3 compliance check resulted in five of nine Palmdale residents being recommended for subsidy termination and three others being counseled for minor infractions. One complaint was found to be without merit, Palmdale’s sheriff’s station Sgt. Kyle Bistline said. The May 3 investigation resulted in five arrests and found 12 unauthorized tenants – nine of whom were found at one location. In addition to being required to adhere to all laws and municipal codes, terms of Section 8 eligibility include prohibiting those on parole or probation from residing in the subsidized property. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a request Tuesday by 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to more than double funding for Section 8 fraud investigations in the Antelope Valley. The county will spend $178,000 to investigate abuse of the controversial federal government-subsidized housing program that many local residents say has contributed to rising crime rates and declining property values. The county earmarked $75,000 for such investigations the previous fiscal year. The funding supplements existing county investigatory efforts, Antonovich aide Norm Hickling said. “Based on the findings of investigations done last year, it was mandatory that we increase future investigations,” Hickling said. “We are finding a significant amount of fraud and, unfortunately, people wanting to break the rules.” Bistline said most tips result in the discovery of some infractions, and that a significant portion lead to termination recommendations. “Ninety percent of homes we go to, we’ve found abuses, but we’re seeing to the ones where somebody told us there was a problem,” Bistline said. “The majority are law-abiding citizens.” Anyone with concerns about such abuse is asked to call the Section 8 Fraud Hotline at (661) 881-7233. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Classic transfer: World Cup winners make Tottenham move

first_img 1 1 Ricky Villa, manager Keith Burkinshaw and Ossie Ardiles center_img The champagne was still flowing in Buenos Aires when Tottenham manager Keith Burkinshaw made his move 36 years ago. Spurs had ‘Scooped the world’, screamed the back pages, when they purchased World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.Ardiles and Villa had just helped Argentina’s 1978 team beat the Netherlands on home soil, however, the boss travelled to South America with the intention of signing Ardiles, not Villa, once he was alerted to his availability by Sheffield United manager and friend, Harry Haslam.Haslam was heading to Argentina with a view to signing, so the story goes, 17-year-old Diego Maradona but on discovering he was too expensive, returned with current national manager Alex Sabella.Burkinshaw followed his pal across the Atlantic and it didn’t take long for player and manager to gel. Within a day Ardiles agreed to join.“After it was all signed, Ossie said to me ‘my friend, he’s also available,’” Burkinshaw told the Tottenham website on the 35th anniversary of the signing last year.The softly spoken midfielder was talking about fellow World Cup winner Villa and after getting the go ahead from the chairman, the pair were snapped up in a £750,000 deal.Both became White Hart Lane heroes. Ardiles forged a fantastic relationship with Glenn Hoddle in the middle of the park winning the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 and the 1984 UEFA Cup, making 238 league appearances. His impact in England was so huge that he was even given a role in 1981 film Escape to Victory as Allied player Carlos Rey.Villa was celebrated for his supreme skill and one of the greatest FA Cup Final goals. Against Man City in the 1981 replay, he weaved his way through the defence to score the winner in a 3-2 thriller.His effort in the semi-final against Wolves, also won via replay, is less celebrated as a result of the Wembley effort, but is still one of quality.The hirsute Argentine left for America in 1983, while Ardiles remained until 1988 and returned for an ill-fated spell as manager in 1993. The two inspired signings, who helped pave the way for more foreign players to ply their trade in England, were inducted into the Tottenham Hall of Fame in 2008.last_img read more

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Vacancy: Book-keeper required for TSA Tyres (Donegal) Ltd

first_imgTSA Tyres (Donegal) Limited require a book-keeper.The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:• Recording supplier invoices and maintaining creditor’s ledger • Dealing with queries on supplier’s invoices, reconciling accounts and managing payment runs• Resolving customer’s account queries• Maintaining debtors ledger and credit control function• Bank lodgements, direct debit payments and handling cash payments • Preparation of VAT returns, P30 returns• Preparation of Month end accounts• Preparation of Month end Journals and bank reconciliations• Dealing with and organising year end requirements for the Auditors• Processing employee payroll • Day to day office administration tasksSkills required/Technical Competencies/ExperienceAn accounts qualification desirableComputer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Office productsExperience of TEAM Systems accounting software desirable but not essentialAccurate worker with strong numerical skillsExperience working in an office environmentGood communication skills and telephone mannerPunctual and reliableTo apply, please send your CV to info@tsatyres.ieVacancy: Book-keeper required for TSA Tyres (Donegal) Ltd was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:book-keeperdonegaljobtsa tyresVacancylast_img read more

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Everton chief Farhad Moshiri sends good luck message to Tony Bellew

first_img Getty Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has sent a good luck message to Tony Bellew ahead of the boyhood Toffees fan’s world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk this weekend.The Liverpudlian fighter will face the undefeated Ukrainian at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, in a bid to be crowned the undisputed cruiserweight world champion in his last bout in professional boxing.‘Bomber’ Bellew told talkSPORT of his confidence earlier this week, saying he fears nobody and will ‘break Usyk’s spirit’ in his swansong showdown. “It’s a very big weekend, so I hope the blue army makes its way down the M62 before the next fight and as they take the fight to London.“I hope we have a glorious weekend – we’ve been waiting 24 years, I think it’s time.“So I hope Tony comes out on top and he inspires our players to get a good result at Stamford Bridge.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Everton chief Farhad Moshiri IN FULL above! Tony Bellew is die-hard Everton fan and won the WBC title at Goodison Park back in 2016 3 And as the 35-year-old prepares for one final fight, Everton chief Moshiri has thrown his support behind the Goodison Park favourite, saying: ‘The whole club will be in your corner’.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday, Moshiri said: “Tony is a lovely character and he’s part of the Everton family, we all love him.“He’s been an inspiration for us, he’s very much part of the fabric of Everton.“I’ll be watching the fight, I’ll be glued to my television set and I’ll follow every punch.“I wanted to pass on the message to Tony: Use your power, move fast and hit him hard, we are behind you. Good luck to you. 3 “I can assure you the whole club is in Tony’s corner this weekend in his fight against Usyk.“It won’t be easy, but with his speed, toughness and skill I know he will come out on top.”Moshiri also hopes Bellew will inspire the Everton team ahead of a showdown fight of their own against Chelsea on Sunday.The Toffees have not won at Stamford Bridge for 24 years, but he believes a win for Bellew will rally the players and could inspire them to victory against the London giants. Bellew and Usyk pose for a picture at their press conference before their November 10 fight Bellew proudly wears the Everton badge on his shorts every time he steps into the ring 3last_img read more

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DRUNK TEENAGER THREATENED PARAMEDICS AFTER GETTING INTO BACK OF AMBULANCE

first_imgA TEENAGE thug climbed into the back of an ambulance whilst paramedics were helping an ill patient, it has emerged.John Stokes, 19, from Chestnut Grove, Ballybofey, was so intoxicated he had little memory of the incident, his solicitor told Letterkenny District Court today.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said that on December 22 last year Stokes had entered Ballybofey Garda Station where he became abusive. He left the premises after being warned to do so. However an hour later – at 2.50am – paramedics were working to stablise the victim of an assault in a separate incident in the town.Whilst they were doing so, Stokes got into the ambulance and lay down and went to sleep.As worried paramedics tried to get him to leave, Stokes became threatening and abusive and Gardaí arrived at the scene and arrested him, said Inspector Harrison.Defence solicitor Ciaran O’Gorman suggested that Stokes had gone to the Garda station earlier and that Gardaí should have known at that stage that Stokes was in an distressed and intoxicated state.“Why didn’t he go home?” asked Judge Paul Kelly, noting the incident was in the Main Street where Stokes lived.“He has very little recollection of what happened on the night. He became abusive to ambulance staff,” said Mr O’Gorman.Judge Kelly asked Stokes how he would have felt if he had been receiving treatment in an ambulance and someone else turned up and became abusive.“I wouldn’t have liked it,” said Stokes.Judge Kelly asked: “So why didn’t you go home instead?”Stokes replied: “I didn’t want to walk that way in case the man who hit me earlier was there again.”Stokes was fined a total of €350 and given a month to make a donation of €150 to Planet Youth in Ballybofey.DRUNK TEENAGER THREATENED PARAMEDICS AFTER GETTING INTO BACK OF AMBULANCE was last modified: November 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ambulance driversBallybofeyGardaJohn Stokeslast_img read more

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Pushing South Africa’s ‘bio-wines’

first_img17 January 2007In the space of just two years, more than 70 of the Western Cape’s wine producers have adopted sustainable winemaking principles and set aside over 40 000 hectares – some 40% of the province’s winemaking land – for conservation.Established in December 2004, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) is a pioneering partnership between South Africa’s wine industry and conservation sector, aimed at promoting the adoption of biodiversity best practices by winemakers in the Western Cape.South Africa is the world’s eighth largest producer of wine, contributing around 3.5% of total wine production worldwide. According to the BWI, about 90% of this production occurs within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet richest plant kingdom on earth.Cape Floral KingdomA recognised global biodiversity hotspot, the Cape Floral Kingdom was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in July 2004.At the same time, however, concerns began to grow about threats to the area from urban development, invasive alien species – and agriculture, particularly vineyard expansion driven by the boom in South African wine exports over the past decade.Since 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom is privately owned, says the BWI, landowner participation in conservation efforts was essential – the most effective way of reaching landowners being through the agricultural industries they supply.Hence the formation of the BWI, which announced this month that it now has 65 ordinary members, four co-operative cellar members, and four “champions”: Burgherspost and Cloof wine estates, Graham Beck Wines and Vergelegen.Not just ‘greenwashing’Ordinary BWI members are externally audited by the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) Scheme, their IPW certificates giving traders and buyers the assurance that sustainable production guidelines are being followed on their farms and cellars. Members must also identify an area of natural vegetation on their property and sign a commitment not to develop this area in the future.BWI “champions” must go further, putting a full conservation management plan in place and agreeing to conserve at least 10% of their farms’ natural area.Besides being assured of complying with South Africa’s environmental laws, winemakers benefit from their BWI membership by being able to market their wines and vineyards as eco-friendly without running the risk of being accused of “greenwashing”.The wine industry as a whole also benefits, not only from increasingly sustainable natural resource management, but also from being able to leverage the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom as a competitive marketing advantage.‘Variety is in our Nature’Industry marketing body Wines of South Africa (Wosa) has been pushing this “biodiversity positioning” through a Variety is in our Nature campaign in key markets including the UK, US and Germany – and according to Wosa, initial market research “shows broad consumer support of South Africa’s eco-friendly wines”.Speaking at the organisation’s annual wine marketing conference in Cape Town in October, Wosa CEO Su Birch spoke of a “groundswell of growing environmental and ethical awareness” about food origins and safety among consumers in the developed world – something South African wine is uniquely positioned to take advantage of.“With this initiative we are laying the foundation for a thriving eco-tourism industry in the South African winelands,” Birch said.Since 2004, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative has received funding from the Green Trust, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Cape Action for People and the Environment, the Botanical Society of SA, Winetech, Wines of SA and the SA Wine Industry Council.The Green Trust recently agreed to continue funding the iniatiative for the next three years.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Marikana: ‘time for us to pull together’

first_img16 August 2013 The chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on Marikana, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, has called for calm, reconciliation and unity as South Africa marks the first anniversary of the Marikana tragedy. Chabane appealed on Friday for to all stakeholders to ensure that the commemoration takes place in a climate of dignity in honour of the 44 people who lost their lives in strike-related unrest in the days leading up to and on 16 August 2012. “We recall with shock and regret this tragic event that resulted in death, injury and destruction of property,” Chabane said in a statement. “As the nation reflects on this national tragedy, it is incumbent upon all social partners to ensure that the anniversary is a time for reflection and recommitment to peace. “This is a time for pulling together as a nation and working collectively to ensure that, a year after the tragedy, the events of 2012 do not revisit the people of Marikana or South Africa as a whole in any shape or form.” President Jacob Zuma has asked the country to treat the day as a time for prayer and reflection. “I would like to call upon all South Africans to treat the 16th of August as a day of prayer and reflection,” Zuma said in a statement on Thursday before departing for an SADC summit in Malawi. “We must pray for the families of all who lost their lives in Marikana, before and after the 16th of August. We must all resolve to do everything possible to prevent a repeat of similar incidents,” Zuma said. The government has also called for restraint, condemning the continuing loss of life around Marikana, and calling on its social partners to help ensure the success of the Mine Crime Combating Forum launched on Wednesday. The forum will see mining companies, trade unions and mining communities working with the South African Police Service to maintain peace and stability in the country’s mines and surrounding communities. The launch of the forum is part of a broad range of interventions by the government and its social social partners to restore peace and stability in the mining sector. “Government calls on all communities to support the programme of healing and peace led by church leaders in Marikana,” Chabane said. “This programme is meant to ensure peace and stability in Marikana. “Government also supports the work led by the Deputy President working with social partners to stabilise the mining industry.” The government, organised labour and organised business have committed to work together to restore peace and stability in the mines. A framework agreement, signed by the parties in July, provides the basis for cooperation to stabilise the mining sector and set it on a sustainable footing. Chabane also expressed confidence in the Farlam Judicial Commission of Inquiry, appointed by Zuma, to get to the bottom of what happened during the tragic events that took place in Marikana last year. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Palestine Prime Minster Crowdsources Cabinet with Facebook

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#crowdsourcing#Facebook#international#news#politics#web Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is one of the Mideast leaders who isn’t reacting to the social media pointed in his direction with a knee-jerk ban. Instead, he is rolling his Facebook pageout as a platform for crowdsourcing his cabinet. Dr. Fayyad dismissed his old cabinet on February 14, in the wake of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. He is obliged to appoint a new cabinet in less than six weeks, so he’s reached out to the young people to ask them to be a part of the process. According to Foreign Policy, the reaction to the outreach was quite strong, with a thousand responses posted within only a couple of hours. Like most situations in which people who’ve held things bottled up get a chance to directly address a decision maker, there were both statements of encouragement and indictments of the collusion between Fayyad’s Fatah party and Hamas. Fayyad’s goal seems to be to bring the Gaza Strip, under Hamas, and the West Bank, under Fatah, back together as a single polity. One way he hopes to do that is get the youth of Palestine on his side using social media. Long before the Jasmine Uprisings, Palestinian youth used Facebook. One group, Gaza Youth Break Out!, issued a stunning manifesto, condemning all the old fogies they believe have united to keep them down for years. Walid Husayin used Facebook to satirize Islam and was arrested for it. Time will tell if Dr. Fayyad actually intends to act on the feelings of his constituents, or if this was merely a stunt. If he does, it could create a sense of investment in the process that seems to be in short supplyin Palestine these days. Fayyad and Ramallah photos via Wikimedia Commons The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts curt hopkins A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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