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first_img26 May 2006The government is to set up a special unit to help cut through the red tape blocking the growth of South Africa’s small business sector, says Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.She was responding to a question in the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Tuesday on how regulations governing small businesses were effecting the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Special unit“We’ve undertaken a review of some of our regulations that impact on small business, so, yes, we’ve identified those regulations that hamper small business development,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.The Deputy President said that as some regulations were removed, new ones were introduced, and the situation needed to be monitored to ensure an optimal environment for a sector identified as key to Asgi-SA’s target of 6% economic growth.A unit would be set up in the presidency to conduct this monitoring, she said.Removing obstaclesThe Cabinet had already adopted a plan “to remove unnecessary regulatory obstacles that make the work of SMMEs either cumbersome or expensive,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that these included tax burdens.“Poorly designed or implemented” labour regulations had also been identified, along with the need to focus on electronic business administration and communications to facilitate cheaper, more efficient practices.Obstacles in the municipal legal environment, such as “the many bylaws that we find in our municipalities that make it difficult for small business to trade,” were also receiving attention, the Deputy President said.MicrofinanceInterventions already identified, she said, included the acceleration of the Apex and Mafisa programmes to provide microfinance for start-up businesses – a sector often neglected by the mainstream banking sector.Another intervention was a new product on offer from the Khula development agency for entrepreneurs looking for loans of between R10 000 and R250 000.The National Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) is being supported by the presidency in another initiative that aims to create 100 000 new SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) every year.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re just joining the geocaching adventure, DNF stands for Did Not Find. It’s a log type when you’re searching for a geocache, and guess what, didn’t find it. But what you should also know, is that a DNF log can transform into a “Found it!” The log type doesn’t mean you’ve given up, it means, well, that you didn’t find the geocache—this time. A DNF also means, “I care.”When you log a DNF, you’re telling geocachers that the geocache may be more difficult to find than anticipated or may even be missing. You’re also letting the geocache owner know that they may need to double check that their geocache container can still be found at the posted coordinates.If you’re a geocacher who’s logged one of the millions DNF’s posted to Geocaching.com so far, thanks from the geocaching community. It’s a small way to help ensure the quality of geocaching. Plus, you can always go back and search again. Who knows, maybe this time you’ll catch a break and log a “Found it!”Share the geocache that you’ve DNF’d the most in comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTurn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News”Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly MailerAugust 22, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret ThemMarch 3, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgFrom the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state,From the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state visit to the US in 10 years.Received in New York by an assortment of dignitaries, including Ambassador Selwa Roosevelt, chief of protocol for the US Government, the Indian Ambassador K.R. Narayanan and the US Ambassador to India, Harry G. Barnes. Mrs Gandhi’s indication of informality was instantly evident as she stepped off the plane. Cordially patting a reporter’s hand in the press enclosure, minutes after she stepped on American soil, she enthused: “I’m delighted to be here, to see President Reagan again and to see some of the American people. I hope.”As her black Cadillac, flying both the American and Indian flags, whisked her off to her suite in the restrained elegance of the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper Eastside, Mrs Gandhi had ample time to savour the pleasures of New York – spending four days in the city out of her eight-day American tour.Exclusive Lunch: Almost her first public appearance in the city was an unscheduled, shopping spree at a reputed department store, followed by an exclusive lunch for 55 hosted by the Metropolitan Museum (the Met). Chatting amiably to celebrities who included Zubin Mehta, conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Vreeland, high priestess of fashion, the city’s culture commissioner Henry Geldzahler, as well as the heads of The Asia Society and the Indo-US Sub-commission, the occasion marked the official sanction of the Met’s 1985 exhibition entitled ‘India!’advertisementMrs Gandhi being welcomed at the White House: Right foot forwardThe Met, which will present the major exhibition of Indian art from 1300-1900 with the cooperation of the Indian Government, has already been working on the project for over a year. Says art historian Stuart Carey Welch, consultant to the Met in charge of assembling the best of the 300 Indian art objects that will be shown under one roof: “Our thought is to do a grand exhibition, choosing things from every tradition within the enormous continuum that characterises Indian culture borrowed from public and private collections in India, the US. Great Britain and Europe.”Rushing straight from the Metropolitan Museum lunch, she appeared relaxed in one of her flowered silk saris, as she dropped in for a 20-minute closed-door discussion with United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar at his 38th floor office in the United Nations building. The talk, vaguely described as a “general review of international problems in many parts of the world” by a spokesman, was followed by her presenting the UN with a 900-year-old stone representation of the Hindu god, Surya, a manifestation, she claimed, of “India’s commitment to the United Nations”.Fabulous Banquet: Later that afternoon, she flew off to Washington in the rain to official meetings with President Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Surrounded by the rich panoply and perfection of a Presidential welcome, the high point of Mrs Gandhi’s social success in the US came in the fabulous White House banquet hosted for her by the Reagans on July 29. Washington’s society columnists called the evening the “most elaborate entertainment to date in the Reagan White House” – dinner and dancing for 116 people with unique finale: a special concert by Indian conductor Zubin Mehta conducting 60 musicians of the New York Philharmonic in the Rose Garden.Received by the President and the First Lady on the north side of the White House – other guests arriyed on the south side – the Indian prime minister, in a textured raspberry silk sari looked simplicity itself in comparison to Nancy Reagan, who as a special gesture wore a sari-inspired, peach-coloured one-shoulder dress trimmed in silver and designed by her favourite designer Adolfo.As the President and prime minister slowly descended the White House’s Grand Staircase to the trumpets sounding ‘Ruffles and Flourishes’, they followed a colour guard to the East Room where the guests had assembled to be introduced in a receiving line. Among them were two former American ambassadors to India. Ellsworth Bunker and John Sherman Cooper; former ambassador to Italy Clare Booth Luce; S. Dillon Ripley, head of the Smithsonian Institution, the novelist John Updike as well as a distinguished team of academics and intellectuals.Long Preparation: In an interview with The New York Times, Nancy Reagan admitted that she had been involved in preparing the evening since April, when the Indian prime minister accepted the American visit. In fact, she had approached conductor Zubin Mehta for the concert through their common friend Frank Sinatra. Said she: “I try very hard to mix people up, to have guests from the business world, the arts, sports, education and old friends, because I think that’s what makes an evening fun and interesting for everyone.”advertisementTypical of the manner in which Mrs Gandhi can captivate a foreign audience, as much by her political barbs as by sudden personal revelations, were the words in which she described herself after receiving the U Thant Award in New York. She suddenly let the mask slip as she discussed her public and private persona saying…Mrs Gandhi at a presentation ceremony at the UNProfessor Buultjens also said that much has been written about me. I differ. Many, many words have been written but they” re been written about some person whom I don’t recognise at all. I don’t know who she is or where these people hare met her because she certainly isn’t anywhere within me. I am somebody quite different and whether that person will be discovered or not, I don’t know and frankly, I don’t really care. What is important is that that person is there, audit is that person who exists, and who has nothing to do with being in power or out, haring a victory or a defeat. The person that is in the core of each one of us welcomes any experience and tries to use that experience for an inner strength, to build up the inner resources, to build up the inner calm, which 1 think, is the message of most religions. Even the menu obtained her final approval. Bathed in candlelight, the guests sat at tables in the State Dining Room to go through a four-course dinner that included seafood neptune, lamb in golden pastry, salad and French cheese and a frozen black cheery bombe accompanied by a choice of Caiifornian wines. After dinner the guests attended the musical concert following which the Indian prime minister left. But champagne and dancing followed in the flower-filled Grand Foyer, glittering with crystal chandeliers and mirrors.The end of her Washington visit was marked by the usual exchange of gifts between the two families: President Reagan received a Kashmiri carpet showing a hunting scene and Nancy Reagan a gold silk sari. The Reagans gave Mrs Gandhi a silver shell box reproduced from colonial Williamsburg, Audubon prints of American birds with Reagan’s personal signature, Audubon-designed serving spoons in a satin case and a silver frame with Reagan’s picture personally signed and embossed with the Presidential seal. Rajiv Gandhi received a crystal bowl by Cartier on a wooden stand with the President’s seal. Sonia, his wife, was presented a rainbow-rose Boehm lapel pin and her children, Rahul and Priyanka, a pen each with inscriptions by the President and the First Lady respectively.Close Encounters: Returning to New York on July 31, Mrs Gandhi amazed New Yorkers by immersing herself in a series of gruelling meetings with Americans and Indians residing in America from all walks of life. Starting with an encounter with a string of office-bearers of the numerous associations of Indians settled in the US and ending with a tea party to meet leading American women, Mrs Gandhi spent an exhaustive two days in the city, taking time off for two theatre shows.advertisementTypically, her style varied from group to group. Sternly admonishing the Indian groups, she snapped at them in school-marm fashion: “It is indeed unfortunate that wherever Indians are, instead of forming one strong Indian organisation, you have hundreds of separate groups.” Even sharper was her claim that “the Indian community abroad is not standing up for India. We have nothing to be ashmed of. You only have to see our statistics and see how impressively we have progressed”.Later in the afternoon, she turned her attention to a group of scientists of Indian origin who had flown into NewYork from all over the US to express their desire to aid development of science and technology in India. The meeting, which was closed to the press, was held under the stewardship of Dr M.S. Swaminathan (formerly of the Planning Commission, and now director-general of the Rice Research Institute in Manila).Discussions at this meeting revolved round the creation of an Indo-US joint panel on science and technology transfers and, specifically, the setting up of a demonstration-cum-training project housed in a “Technology City” for which the Indian Government will provide 2,000 acres of land, water, electricity and other facilities. The city will be set up with PL-480 funds to be released for development and additional support will be sought from the American private sector. Already, Westing-house Corporation has agreed to aid the project.Her meeting with Indian scientists was followed by another closed-door meeting with Indian businessmen, whom Mrs Gandhi personally encouraged to correspond with her secretariat in New Delhi about their particular problems. She discussed possibilities of increasing exports to America in the way of electronics and software goods, and responded very favourably to the group’s offer to raise equity funds in dollars for Maruti.Dashing off in the evening to catch up with a Broadway show Agnes of God starring Tony, award-winning actress Amanda Plummer, Mrs Gandhi maintained an unflappable calm when a crisis erupted mid-performance. In the show’s last 15 minutes, sudden groans in the audience led to speculation that an assassination attempt on the prime minister had been foiled, but it turned out that a member of the audience had suffered a heart attack and had had to be carried out. The play resumed after the actress took a few minutes to regain her composure but Mrs Gandhi sat through completely unruffled by the incident, later going backstage to greet a thrilled cast.Next morning, which was a Sunday, she donned a crimson salwar-kameez to visit a gurudwara in an Indian-dominated section of Queens and returned to a quiet private lunch with a family friend, Dorothy Cousins. Changing into an elegant silk lungi, she spend the afternoon once again at the theatre, this time to catch a matinee show of the popular and rather bawdy play about 18th century composer Mozart called Amadeus.Award: Her last day in New York began early, with a small ceremony at her hotel where she prestigious U Thant Award for cultural understanding between the East and West. Named after the third general of the United Nations, was presented by Sri Lankan economist Professor Ralph Buultjens, on behalf of the Award Committee. He explained that it was being presented to Mrs Gandhi in her personal capacity, not as prime of India, its earlier recipients being distinguished world leaders like Professor Arnold Toynbee, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Adlai Stevenson and Lester Pearson.Her next engagement was of an altogether different kind. Calling on the city’s colourful Mayor, Ed Koch, she was forced to apply her evasive diplomatic skills. When Koch politely enquired of her whether there were any Jews in India and whether Israel had an embassy in New Delhi, Mrs Gandhi, exercising crucial tact, replied: “No, but they have a consul who is not there right now. The individual may be different, but there is a consulate.” Koch presented her with an expensive Steuben glass apple – “symbolic of our city which is popularly known as the Big Apple” – to which she responded with a gift of a rosewood box inlaid with an ivory Taj Mahal.Canny Replies: At a huge luncheon in her honour held at the Waldorf-Astoria, hosted by the Foreign Policy Association in cooperation with The Asia Society, the Far Eastern American Council of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chamber of Commerce of America. Mrs Gandhi summed up the state of the Indian nation flooring the 1,500 guests – who had paid $40 (Rs 360) per ticket – with her canny fielding of questions. Former ambassador to India Robert Goheen, who read out the questions written down by members of the audience, asked: “What do you think is a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem?” With great elan, Mrs Gandhi retorted: “Problem? What problem? We don’t see a problem there at all.”Informal Tea: Her last scheduled meeting in New York, before she took off for a day’s halt each in Los Angeles and Honolulu, was an informal tea, called at her own request to meet leading American women. Hosted by the Indian ambassador’s wife. Mrs Narayanan, the 30 women were placed at small tables for five each with an empty chair at each table for Mrs Gandhi to join the groups at random.Among the women were the doyenne of modern dance Martha Graham, Eleanor Smeal, president of the National Organisation of Women, Ellen Futter. president of Barnard College. Ruth Heineman of the League of Women Voters, novelist Bette Bau Lord and editors Joan Freseman (of The Asia Magazine) and Charlotte Curtis (of the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.)Reporters were neither invited nor allowed at the meeting, described as a “private event”, where Mrs Gandhi moved from table to table receiving information, though the exchange of views inevitably turned to the status of women in India. Said Joan Freseman of her impressions of Mrs Gandhi at the meeting: “She’s refined and chiselled-looking and, when she speaks, she’s very convincing. Unless you know differently, you want to believe her.”That was typical of the impression Mrs Gandhi left behind on America’s east Coast where she spent most of her visit. Her directness of approach, combined with her obvious warmth and candour, took most Americans by surprise-they may know otherwise but for the extent of her visit they wanted to believe her.last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football affiliated competitions across Queensland have additional reasons to celebrate, as major sponsor Harvey Norman commenced delivery of vital competition equipment to 80 affiliated competitions across the state. The ‘Go Harvey Go’ packs include footballs, kit bags, ball pumps and more and are a welcome support for the more than 110,000 Touch Football players across Queensland that enjoy the game year round. A large percentage of Queensland’s junior Touch Footballers have this week converged on Hervey Bay to compete in the Queensland Junior State Championships. The annual event has drawn 210 teams and approximately 3,500 participants to the region from throughout Queensland. Former Queensland Origin representative and Clive Churchill medallist, Scott Prince, who now represents Queensland and Australia in Touch Football, joined Touch Football junior participants and committee members from Hervey Bay Touch Football Association on Thursday to deliver one of 80 packs that have been distributed throughout Queensland to affiliated competitions.Harvey Norman Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith said the company was delighted to once again be providing playing equipment to hundreds of Touch Football affiliated competitions across Australia. “This is the second year in a row that Harvey Norman has provided footies, training kits and more to benefit thousands of Touch Football players,” said Slack-Smith. “Touch Football has one of the largest national sporting footprints and it is important that players, coaches and referees receive the equipment they need to continue to participate, from grassroots right through to the elite level.” Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor thanked Harvey Norman for their ongoing support of the game and said “having partners like Harvey Norman that are invested in the growth and health of our sport is fantastic. The support that they provide to the grass roots through the Go Harvey Go packs provides vital resources to our participants and assists our members in offering sustainable and affordable competitions in their communities. “The benefits of this investment can be seen in Hervey Bay this week where more than 210 junior teams from all across the state have descended on the Fraser Coast to take part in the Queensland Junior State Cup. ‘We have a record number of teams competing this year as the event continues to grow year on year. This year we have several affiliates who are competing for the first time; affiliates such as Roma, Brothers and Arana are small affiliates who are establishing themselves in their community. The Go Harvey Go packs being provided to these new affiliates allows them to allocate resources into developing their competition and into providing their participants the opportunities the play in events like the Junior State Cup. Without the support of Harvey Norman these players might not be afforded such an opportunity,” O’Connor added. Further information on the packs and the Queensland Junior State Cup can be found online at www.qldtouch.com.au Harvey Norman has been the major partner of Touch Football Australia since 2013.Related LinksGo Harvey Go Packslast_img read more

first_imgSaturday 15 JuneEels v RoostersBankwest Stadium Friday 14 JuneCowboys v Titans1300Smiles Stadium Saturday 13 JulyBroncos v WarriorsSuncorp Stadium Sunday 2 JuneTitans v WarriorsCbus Super Stadium Friday 31 MayEels v TigersBankwest Stadium Saturday 20 JulyCowboys v Roosters1300Smiles Stadium NRL Touch Premiership Match Day AssistantTouch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with the NRL, introduced the NRL Touch Premiership in 2018, with games played as curtain-raisers to NRL games. 2019 is the second and an expanded year of the Elite Competition with introduction of two new teams, the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors.TFA is seeking suitably qualified volunteers to fill the role of Match Day Assistant throughout the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership.ResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Assist with the venue setup prior to each matchMaintain excellent standard of field presentation during each matchPack down Touch Football field in an efficient manner prior to NRL warm upAssist with any additional tasks requested by Grounds Manager or Game Day ManagerFollow the provided Runsheet to ensure setup and pack down is done to scheduleRequirementsCurrent financial member of a TFA AffiliateKnowledge of Touch FootballExcellent time management skillsAbility to follow instructions and take directionBe a team player willing to assist the Grounds Manager and Game Day Manager with additional tasks as requiredBe at venue 2 hours prior to NRLTP match and up to 60 minutes post-matchAbility to complete physically demanding tasksMinimum age of 18Attire: Club polo and jumper and pants/jeans (with no holes or rips)Reports To: Grounds ManagerThe Grounds Manager is responsible for the set-up and pack-down operations, field presentation, management of Match Day Assistants and more.The Game Day Manager may also call upon you for assistance if required. The Game Day Manager is responsible for accreditation, management of teams, referees, broadcasting, match delivery and more.AvailabilityTouch Football Australia hope that are you able to assist with as many matches as possible. We encourage you to still apply should you only be available for 1-2 matches.Through the application process you will be able to select which match days you are able to volunteer at.Please see below for NRL Touch Premiership matches TFA are sourcing volunteers for: Thursday 1 AugustTigers v KnightsLeichhardt Oval Application ProcessPlease ensure you have read the position description above. To apply for the role of Match Day Assistant, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRLTP_Match_Day_Assistant_ApplicationApplication Closing DatesSunday 5th May 2019.As thanks for your assistance, you will receive a free ticket to the NRL match following your shift.For further information on the role, please contact TFA National Event Coordinator, Colette Ritchie.E: colette.ritchie@touchfootball.com.auPH: 02 6212 2824 Saturday 8 JuneCowboys v Knights1300Smiles Stadium Sunday 9 JuneBroncos v TigersSuncorp Stadium Friday 2 AugustBroncos v CowboysSuncorp Stadium Friday 5 JulyTigers v CowboysBankwest Stadium Sunday 19 MayKnights v EelsGlen Willow Stadium Saturday 6 JulyKnights v BroncosMJS Stadium Thursday 27 JuneTigers v TitansBankwest Stadium Sunday 21 JulyTitans v EelsCbus Super Stadium DATEMATCHVENUE Sunday 21 AprilTitans v BroncosCbus Super Stadium Sunday 14 JulyRoosters v KnightsCentral Coast Stadium Friday 26 JulyKnights v WarriorsMJS Stadiumlast_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffThis Monday, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff title game – capping off what’s been an incredible 2015 season. But we’re already looking ahead to 2016. We have a feeling that fans of every other team in the nation are too.Last year, we put together a list of the 13 teams that could eventually prevail and win the national championship. Three of those teams – Clemson, Alabama and Michigan State – reached the College Football Playoff. Of course, two of them are in the title game.This year, we’ve gone ahead and done the same. Unfortunately, given the tier-system in college football regarding talent, the field is never wide open. Year over year, the same programs, more or less, are capable of putting together title contenders. In some sense, college football is more predictable than many of the other popular sports in our country.Which 13 teams actually have a chance to play for it all next year? Let’s find out:The Only 13 Teams That Can Win >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Valeant headed to courtValeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is scheduled to appear in U.S. court alongside activist investor Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square on Tuesday to discuss the proposed settlement in an insider trading lawsuit. Pershing Square and Valeant decided in late 2017 to pay $290 million to settle a lawsuit that accused them of insider trading before bidding for Allergan Plc.Rates on the rise?The Bank of Canada will reveal on Wednesday its decision whether or not to raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer. Expectations for another rate hike increased last week after the bank’s most recent business outlook survey revealed that Canadian companies were planning to boost investment and hire more workers.Economic outlookSenior economists from Scotiabank, RBC and TD Bank will meet in Ottawa on Tuesday to share their economic outlook for 2018. Recent BoC data suggests businesses are under the tightest capacity pressures since before the Great Recession, and U.S. tax reforms have boosted the outlook for a number of Canadian industries, including banks, insurance companies, and other organizations that earn a high share of their revenues in the U.S.Stop that train, I wanna get offCP Rail releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday after markets close. Analysts have highlighted Canadian railways as particularly vulnerable to negative effects stemming from the potential dismantling of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as roughly 30 per cent of the railways’ revenues are derived from cross-border trade.Trouble on the tarmacPassenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs will appear on Monday in a Nova Scotia court on behalf of a woman who claims she was denied boarding a flight with her three young children, dog and mother because it was oversold. Airlines are under increasing scrutiny over treatment of their passengers as video footage circulates on social media depicting poor treatment and even physical violence at the hands of airline staff and airport security.last_img read more

first_img“Over the past year British Columbians have been kept completely in the dark over the mountain caribou issue,” said Peace River North MLA Dan Davies. “One would think, with the minister presiding over a rural part of this province, that he would echo the concerns of all of his constituents. However given his comments over the weekend it seems that the minister is fine visiting his friends in an illegal blockade, but is fearful of British Columbians who have been legitimately asking for information that does and will affect their lives in rural parts of the province.”“The minister talks about a made-in-BC solution, but so far I only see closed-door meetings, cancelled information sessions and postponed promises,” added South Peace River MLA Mike Bernier. “Local MLAs and their constituents are being shut out of a process that should include all voices within the caribou territory, not just those in Victoria. I question how you effectively engage on a plan that does not connect with the local communities that will be most affected.”“The minister claims that his staff did not have all of the information necessary for them to engage with locals and to hear their concerns, and keep cancelling multiple meetings last minute,” remarked Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This seems like a stretch to me, as they have the information necessary for their supposed made-in-B.C. solution meetings with the federal government and local First Nations. The lack of information is worrying locals who are concerned about not only the sustained health of the caribou population, but the health of other important aspects of rural northern life, like the resource economy and tourism industry.”“People who work and raise their families in rural British Columbia deserve to be part of this process,” said Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka. “By refusing to meet them, the minister shows that he really doesn’t care about the opinions of hard-working British Columbians in rural B.C. Preliminary consultations on this have been devoid of local input. Why is the minister keeping British Columbians in the dark on decisions that will directly affect their lifestyle?”Posted by Dan Davies Member of Legislative Assembly to his FB Page, February 19th, 2019“I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to the minister on mountain caribou about the government’s continual cancelled meetings and desire to keep the public in the dark on this critical matter. I have been working with MLA Mike Bernier and other members of the rural caucus to get some answers – well, the minister did a great job at providing NO answers again. He even stated that they would be meeting with the public in early February – we guess what – February 20th isn’t early (no date announced yet!!!) Stay tuned – more to come!” VICTORIA, B.C. – Northern BC Liberal MLAs raised the issue of more cancelled meetings and no answers in the legislature this week on behalf of their constituents.Comments made by the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, MLA Dan Davies and other MLA’s and their constituents are feeling frustrated. The government has said a draft version of the caribou recovery plan is expected this month.After more cancelled meetings and no answers, Northern British Columbians are concerned about the future of the mountain caribou, the resource sector and local backcountry use because of limited local engagement and closed-door meetings.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal’s stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt. After 12 unbeaten matches across three months since Jose Mourinho’s firing, United finally lost in the league under the interim manager on Sunday. Granit Xhaka’s swerving potentially wind-assisted strike flew past goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a second-half penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory after Alexandre Lacazette was bundled over in the penalty area by Fred. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”You have to be disappointed with the result,” said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league. “But the performance, as you say, was a good one.” Arsenal and United were once slugging it out for the title in the era of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Now they are in a chase for fourth place. Arsenal displaced United in the final Champions League qualification spot, sitting two points in front. The title challenge is down to two teams, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenChelsea, which won the title two years ago, remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. “I don’t think nerves go into it yet. Spurs lose (at Southampton on Saturday), we lose, Chelsea draw,” Solskjaer said. “It is going to be down to the wire. Down to the last few games. Definitely. We’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight.” United has displayed its perseverance already in the last week, scoring a stoppage-time goal at Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. “It was maybe backlash from Wednesday night,” Solskjaer said of the loss at Arsenal. It was a day of flashpoints of fan unruliness in English soccer with two fans arrested in high-profile incidents. In the second-tier League Championship, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a fan who ran onto the field at Birmingham City. Grealish went on to score in the 1-0 derby win for Villa. A supporter also managed to invade the Emirates Stadium pitch after Aubameyang scored, pushing United defender Chris Smalling in an attempt to join the celebrations before being stopped by stadium security.last_img read more