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first_img Previous articleNew spin to Roches Street’s fundraisingNext articlePower recalls 1988 interview with Jackson admin WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Email NewsLocal NewsSudden death of popular DJBy admin – July 1, 2009 803 center_img Print Advertisement Linkedin PAT MOLONEY, one of Limerick’s best known DJs, died suddenly this Monday, aged 45.The late Mr Moloney, active in the music scene since his early twenties, had performed at Angel Lane Nightclub on Sunday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was also associated with a number of other nightclubs in the area, principally The Icon and Dolans.Long-time friend James Morrissey, described Mr Moloney as a very conscientious and active person, who loved his profession.“There was nothing about the industry that Pat did not know-he was completely dedicated to it, and all patrons of nightclubs and other places of entertainment will be deeply saddened by his passing”.Removal from Cross’s Funeral Home on Thursday at 7.30pm to The Holy Family Parish Church. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am followed by burial in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery. last_img read more

first_imgFarmers, entrepreneurs and policymakers — representing 13 different African nations from Mauritania to South Africa — visited the University of Georgia campus in Tifton to learn about farming practices, research and government programs supporting agriculture in Georgia.Sponsored by the U.S. Department of the State, the July 26 visit was part of a month-long tour providing the African leaders with information on “innovative and long-term strategies to make food more plentiful, available, safe and affordable.” The Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, a state-funded business incubator that works to foster economic development in Georgia, hosted the delegation. Members of the center, UGA faculty, the staff of both U.S. Representative Austin Scott and Senator Johnny Isakson, a USDA researcher, and an official from the Georgia Department of Agriculture made presentations to the group. Center project manager Chris Chammoun discussed the center’s involvement in developing bio-fuels, aerial imaging technology and secondary markets for Georgia farmers. He cited blueberry juice as an emerging opportunity for the state’s number one fruit crop. Sarah Cook, the center’s special projects coordinator, spoke about the Center’s role in helping small processors reach the marketplace.UGA professor and Extension economist Nathan Smith explained the factors currently affecting farming’s economic outlook and the five p’s of Georgia agriculture: peaches, peanuts, pecans, pines and poultry. From the agricultural producers’ side, the economic downturn has not been all bad news, Smith said. The decrease in the value of the U.S. dollar has strengthened exports, and lower interest rates have helped reduce on-farm costs. However, the long view may not be as a rosy.“I believe, as an economist, that inflation is coming,” Smith said.George Vellidis, UGA professor of biological and agricultural engineering, outlined precision agriculture as a way to make farmers more competitive by providing them with information to make better decisions in the field. Along with other members of the UGA Precision Ag Team, Vellidis has worked to help farmers identify and manage field variability — parts of their fields, for example, that might hold extra water or nitrogen. With more detailed information about their land and their crops, farmers can use less fertilizer and less irrigation, decreasing their costs and increasing their profit margins. With production costs outstripping commodity prices, growing global competition and several of years of drought in Georgia, it is more important than ever for Georgia farmers to carefully manage their inputs, Vellidis said. He pointed to remote sensors already on the market that can transmit minute-by-minute information about nitrogen levels and irrigation directly from the field to a farmer’s computer or smart phone. Some among the African delegation raised the question of the need and expense to incorporate so much technology in farming, but Vellidis explained that commodity farmers in the U.S. needed this technology because of the size of their farms. Sophisticated information technology is not as necessary on small farms, where farmers have a more intimate knowledge of their fields.Precision agriculture is a mentality about efficiently utilizing resources that can be applied regardless of scale, Vellidis said.“Precision agriculture is a philosophy,” he said. Greg Fonsah, UGA fruit and vegetable economist, laid out the unique organization of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the invaluable role that Extension plays in the success of agriculture in the state. Local agents bring cutting-edge research from the University of Georgia to farmers within their county. At the same time, UGA economists provide feasibility studies that allow farmers to receive loans to make improvements to their farm.“Our farmers trust our local Extension agents,” said Donnie Smith, director of the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness.After a presentation at Dr. Fonsah’s banana trials outside of the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, the trip to Tifton concluded with a tour of Rutland Farms and a quick snack of banana pudding and lemonade at the Rutland Famers Market. The trip to Tifton marked the end of the African delegation’s tour of U.S. agricultural facilities. “Thank for you saving the best for last,” Donnie Smith said to the group.last_img read more

first_imgAfter winning the biggest game of their season the Steelers (6-2) can put themselves in the drivers’ seat in the AFC if they can beat the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field Sunday night and the Cincinnati Bengals the next week going into their bye week.The Steelers defense was great and the offense once again played just good enough to win as they dominated the New England Patriots (5-2) in every aspect of the game except the score 25-17, to put them atop the AFC with a 6-2 record, a half game ahead of the Ravens (5-2), and Bengals (5-2). The victory also gives them the tie-breaker over the Patriots in the playoffs, if they have the same record. IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE—Wide receiver Antonio Brown is tackled after a reception. Brown had his best game of the season filling in for the injured Hines Ward with 9 catches for 67 yards. (Courier Photos/John Pablo Duran) It appeared that the Ravens were going to bow out of the race after they spotted the Arizona Cardinals a 21 point lead before they came storming back in the second half to pull out a 30-27 victory. And the young Bengals continued to look impressive with a 34-12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.Once again the Steelers offense put up huge stats in the first half with Ben Roethlisberger going 23 of 32 for 231 yards highlighted by the first drive in which they marched down the field with Heath Miller catching 4 passes for 55 yards leading to a Mewelde Moore touchdown. But despite dominating the half, they only had a 17-10 lead. Antonio Brown scored his first receiving touchdown at the end of the half with a beautiful 7 yard catch.The second half saw the Steelers march up and down the field but they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone against the worst defense in the NFL. They scored only 6 points , but at least they kept the ball away from Brady using the West Coast offense to control the ball with short passes instead of throwing the ball downfield. But as usual they bogged down inside the 10 yard line settling for field goals three times instead of touchdowns. Brown had his best game of the season filling in for the injured Hines Ward with 9 catches for 67 yards. All the receivers had impressive numbers; Mike Wallace 7 catches for 70, Heath Miller 7 for 85 and Emmanual Sanders 5 for 70. After a hot start, they stopped going to Miller for some reason, even in the end zone where his height should have been a big advantage. Roethlisberger finished the game with his best stats of the season going 36 of 50 for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rashard Mendenhall didn’t have a great game but kept the defense honest with 70 yards on 13 carries.The defense was great. Going up against the best offense in the AFC, they held the best quarterback in the AFC in check all night, with the secondary playing the greatest game of their careers. Ike Taylor led the way holding Wes Welker to just 39 yards on 6 catches. Welker came into the game leading the league in receptions on what may still be a record pace. But Taylor wasn’t the only bright spot. Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau changed his defense against the Patriots by challenging his backs to cover every receiver man to man, thus not giving Brady anyone to throw to. And they accepted the challenge by blanketing the receivers, forcing Brady to hold the ball longer which led to him being forced out of the pocket and either being sacked or throwing an incomplete pass. He had his worst game of the season going 24 of 35 for 198 yards.However, the greatest defense may have been the offense marching up and down the field keeping Brady on the sidelines. You can’t do anything with the ball if you don’t have the ball, and the Steelers were great from the 20 yard to the 10, but couldn’t punch the ball in. But between the ball control and the excellent play of the defense the Patriots only scored 7 points in the second half.Coach Mike Tomlin on the game, after the game: “Boy that was a great win for us, at home, in front of our fans, versus a very good football team. We played good, fundamental football today, and that’s the recipe. We were where we were supposed to be, doing what we were supposed to do, for the most part in all three phases. It was enough to get a victory. We will enjoy it today. Then we will move forward.”“We needed to control the ball and keep their offense off the field, which made controlling it difficult. We tried to control it with the pass a little bit. We were able to do that with Ben. He threw some completions early, and we were able to control that in that fashion. That was necessary for us to be good and be on schedule with the chains, like we were.”On the performance of the defensive backs: “They’ve done a nice job all year. They were tested tonight, and they passed the test. But there are some pretty big tests that lie ahead for that group. We have some young guys that aren’t afraid to compete. I think that’s probably the biggest thing. I can’t say enough about the young guys that get up in people’s faces and challenge people, and play to win, which is good.”The Cardinals jumped all over the Ravens in the first half. So much so that it appeared the Ravens were about to suffer their second straight blowout after the Jacksonville Jaguars beat them last week. But as bad as quarterback Joe Flacco looked in the first half, he looked just as impressive in the second half, especially throwing to former Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, 8 receptions for 145 yards. Much like the Steelers, the Ravens defense took over in the second half and completely shut the Cardinals down, giving the offense excellent field position every time they touched the ball.Billy Cundiff kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired, Ray Rice scored a career-high three touchdowns and the Ravens rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Cardinals.The Bengals kept pace with the Steelers and Ravens while the Cleveland Browns (3-4) fell further behind after losing to the San Francisco 49ers 20-10.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceTwo of the highest honors presented by SCJ Alliance are the annual SCJ Cares Award and Entrepreneurial Award. They are peer-nominated awards, honoring commitment to SCJ’s core values, including compassion, stewardship, trust, and integrity.Bob Tauscher. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceThis year Senior Project Manager Bob Tauscher was presented with the SCJ Cares Award and Tyrell Bradley, a project manager in SCJ’s Lacey office, earned the coveted Entrepreneurial Award. SCJ President and CEO Jean Carr shared the thoughts of many, saying, “Both Bob and Tyrell live our core values and model them for others, whether they’re working with clients or colleagues. We are grateful for their service and their overall genuine and caring spirits.”Bob is an engineer who works fluidly from many SCJ offices. He is known for being big-hearted both at work and in the community. You can find Bob coaching Special Olympics teams, preparing for mission trips with his church, and swinging a hammer for Rebuilding Together Thurston County, among other things. “I feel like Bob really embraces our culture of caring both inside and outside of the firm. He always has a smile on his face and always says yes,” one nominator said.Tyrell Bradley. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceTyrell, who is a leader in the civil engineering group, was praised for creating and maintaining extraordinary client relationships, as well as his patience and collaboration with colleagues. One nominator wrote, “Tyrell is an excellent mentor, working with staff to advance their skill and confidence, participating in firm-wide activities, and representing SCJ at community events.”SCJ Alliance is a multidisciplinary consulting firm established in Thurston County in 2006. Today, SCJ has eight offices and about 115 employees, with offices in Ballard, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Lacey, Centralia, Wenatchee and Spokane, Wash., as well as in Boulder, Colo. The firm specializes in civil engineering and site development, transportation planning and design, public outreach, cable-propelled transit, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, and public outreach.last_img read more

first_imgCreston cut the lead on the power play.With Schell in the box for high sticking, the Leaf defence completely deserted Soles, allowing Angus Johnston at least three kicks at the net before the Alberta native poked the puck into the Nelson goal.However, any momentum gained by the Thunder Cats was erased when scored three times during a six-minute span with two of the goals coming on the power play.Dustin Reimer got the offence going before Sookro, tapping in a neat pass from Willans, scored his second of the game and Seth Schmidt finished off the assault with a long point shot.Willans, scoring Nelson’s third power play of the game, and Marcel Fuchs of the Cats exchanged goals in a period Creston held a 13-8 shots advantage.”The second period was key and we also had a good start,” Schell explained.”Our preparation was a lot better before this game.”Soles, improving his season record to 13-1, faced 22 shots in the Leaf nets.Nelson is idle until Wednesday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.GAME NOTES: Nelson received an early Christmas present from divisional rival Beaver Valley as the Hawks stuck it to the Rebels 5-3 at the Hawks Nest. The Castlegar loss increases Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to seven points with the Leafs having played an extra game. . . . Brandon Sookro now has three goals for the Leafs this season. The Kootenay Ice sniper also hit the post in the second period. Sookro and the Ice face Matthew Barzal and the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs in Major Midget action Saturday and Sunday in Castlegar. Barzal, the first overall Bantam pick by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL leads the Major Midget League ion scoring with 54 points in 19 games. . . .Nelson center Bryce Nielsen continues to be sidelined with an upper body injury. Creston had the perfect opportunity to sneak into the Heritage City under the cloak of night and steal two points from a team already looking to a Wednesday night showdown with their division rivals.However, the Nelson Leafs put forth just enough effort to knock off the Thunder Cats 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson rode the offensive punch of three team leaders — Carsen Willans (three points), team captain Colton Schell (three points) and Linden Horswill (four points) — to a four-goal second period, then jumped on the shoulders of netminder Brett Soles to secure the victory against one of the league’s weaker teams.”This win was definitely important . . . especially with Castlegar coming up (the Rebels face the Leafs Wednesday in Nelson),” Horswill said from outside the Leaf dressing room.”We need the points to keep a margin between us and Castlegar.””We needed to rebuild our confidence especially with Castlegar coming up,” Schell later explained.”Despite being out shot 9-8 in the opening frame it was the Leafs heading to the dressing room leading 1-0 on a goal by Major Midget affiliate player Brandon Sookro.In the second Nelson increased its lead when a soft shot by Willans somehow found its way through the legs of Creston goalie Zach Straza less than three minutes into the second period.last_img read more

first_imgHorning, third Don Freschi, second Rob Nobert, lead Brad Wood and fifth Kevin Nesbitt, lost to Bilesky in the opening round 7-2.Meanwhile, Tom Buchy of Kimberley managed to make it to the C-Final before losing to Bilesky 8-3.The Men’s provincial is not the last curling for Freschi.The Trail curler is in his home city this week to compete in the Tim Horton’s Senior Men’s Championships.Freschi is joined by skiip Tom Shypitka of Cranbrook, Nelson third Fred Thomson and lead Bill King of Fruitvale.Myron Nichol of Castlegar is also entered in the championships.The championships begin Tuesday at the Trail Curling Club. New Westminster’s Andrew Bilesky is off to the Tim Horton’s Brier next month in Edmonton after winning the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Provincial Curling title Sunday in Parksville.Bilesky, Steve Kopf, Derek Errington and Aaron Watson defeated fellow Royal City skip Brent Pierce 7-4 to advance to the Brier March 2-10 in Edmonton.The Royal City rink swept through the playoff round after qualifying out of the C event.West Kootenay rep Deane Horning failed to qualify for the playoff round after losing 5-4 to Jay Wakefield of New Westminster.last_img read more

first_img28 July 2011South African chemicals, explosives and property group AECI has unveiled a R1.2-billion black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see a 11.5% stake in the company being held by an employee share trust and a community share trust.It has also announced the restructuring of an existing BEE deal between AECI subsidiary AEL Mining Services and newly merged empowerment company Kagiso Tiso Holdings.Employee, community BEE transactionAECI’s permanent employees in South Africa – of whom approximately 72% are black and 12% are black women – and black managers who are not already part of any of the group’s existing long-term incentive schemes will participate in the deal through an employee share trust, which will hold a direct stake of 8% in the company.The AECI Community Development and Education Trust, which will fund educational and development initiatives benefiting black South Africans, will hold a direct interest of 3.5% of AECI’s issued share capital.The transaction will have a maximum term of 10 years, will not require any funding from AECI or any external parties, and participants will receive a dividend from the first year.The participants will be entitled to acquire ordinary AECI shares at the end of the transaction term.“The [transaction] will advance AECI’s empowerment objective of increasing black participation in the hroup by providing long-term economic benefits of its success to a broad spread of black South Africans,” the company said in a statement this week.Deal with Kagiso Tiso HoldingsIn 2004, AECI concluded the sale of an effective 25.1% interest in AEL Mining Services to an empowerment consortium led by the Tiso Group, which has since merged with Kagiso Trust Investments to form Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH).The KTH Consortium holds its 25.1% interest in AEL through a special-purpose vehicle which is 75% owned by KTH and 25% owned by the AEL Community Development Trust.AECI has reached an agreement with KTH that will see the KTH Consortium swap the 25.1% holding in AEL Mining Services, in return for 4.18% of the issued ordinary share capital of AECI itself.The transaction will see the AEL Community Development Trust retained as a shareholder in AECI.“The KTH Transaction will allow AECI to control 100% of AEL and will provide AECI with greater flexibility in managing the operations of AEL, a leading developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives, initiating systems and blasting services for mining and infrastructure markets in Africa and selected international markets,” the company said.According to the statement, the two transactions will contribute to AECI achieving an effective 27.4% BEE equity ownership in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img“We are able to clearly articulate what we stand for as country,” Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said in her speech at the 2016 World Communication Forum on 8 March. “It allows us to stand out and stand tall.”Faith Muthambi, South Africa’s Minister of Communications. (Image: Government Communication and Information System, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, THE HONOURABLE FAITH MUTHAMBI, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2016 WORLD COMMUNICATION FORUM• Download the speech in PDFProgramme Director,Ladies and GentlemenAdditional salutations…Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this important panel discussion. Your topic on “Country reputation – who’s in charge of communications, identity and trust?” is close to our heart in South Africa. I am pleased to share with you our experience and best practice in this area.We view our country’s reputation as central to our attractiveness as an investment and tourist destination. It allows us to differentiate ourselves in a highly competitive global community. It allows for a coherent and consistent representation of who we are as a nation. We are able to clearly articulate what we stand for as country. It allows us to stand out and stand tall.A strong country brand assists us in meeting our domestic priorities. The enhanced recognition for South Africa means we can welcome more corporate investment, more world-class events and more visitors from every corner of the globe.This will lead to more economic prosperity. There will be higher levels of employment and a better standard of living. It in turn brings more social cohesion and mobility, more aspiration and optimism.Our success in building our brand is through open and effective communication both at a local and international level. What we communicate and how we communicate goes a long way towards building and sustaining trust.At home we use the power of communication to serve our communities by informing, educating and providing open access to information. Ours is a developmental agenda and as such our communication encourages people to participate in developing our country and growing our economy.We are guided by the National Development Plan which envisages an active citizenry that participates in the socio-economic life of the country and are more conscious of the things they have in common than their differences.Programme Director,It was not so long ago that the freedom to communicate with South Africans and the world at large was significantly curtailed by the apartheid regime. The communication apparatus of the apartheid state misled people and led to a breakdown in trust.Our society at the time was characterised by a culture of secrecy, disinformation and restrictions on press freedom. Its laws ensured that the majority of South Africans remained disadvantaged.Our reputation at home and internationally was in tatters. The birth of our democracy in 1994 changed all this. It ushered in an era where for the first time government was fully accountable to the public.Freedom of expression became an integral part of our new democratic society. The free and open flow of communication was central in our goal of achieving the vision of a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society.Our historic march forward has brought with it a sea of change. The communication landscape began to transform. The manner in which we began to communicate significantly impacted how our country was viewed by all.Ladies and Gentlemen,This important work of elevating our country’s image at home and abroad falls under the Ministry of Communications which I lead. The Ministry is responsible for the overarching communication policy and strategy of the country, information dissemination and publicity, as well as the country branding.When the Ministry was established a few years ago we moved to turn it into a communication and information powerhouse. We aligned the entities that reported to it to create a unique composition that covers all aspects of the communication space and works to advance our reputation.The entities include:1. The Department of Communications which oversees policy. It promote socio-economic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies.2. The Government Communication and Information System or GCIS is responsible for implementation, coordination and leadership in government communication. It influences an effective government communication system, drives coherent government messaging and proactively communicates with the public.3. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa or ICASA is an independent regulatory body for the telecommunications and broadcasting sector. It works in the public interest.4. The South African Broadcasting Corporation or SABC is a public service broadcaster mandated to inform all South Africans. It has a strong radio and television presence nationally and is the voice for millions of South Africans.Given its history as an apartheid mouthpiece prior to 1994 the SABC has placed trust at the centre of its relationship with audiences. It continually strives to be the most credible and diverse national media broadcaster. Communication and more specifically public service media must be transparent and work towards the common good. The content the SABC generates does more than just entertain. It must inform and educate the public and adhere to the highest standards of moral integrity.5. The Media Development and Diversity Agency or MDDA is a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies to assist in, amongst others, developing community and small commercial media in South Africa.An important area of focus for the MDDA is the development of community radio. We see community radio as integral to making our democracy work and is a conduit for continuous dialogue on a range of pressing issues; such as safety, health, education, employment and rural development.6. The Film and Publications Board regulates the media environment through the classification of content. It maintains relevance to the values and norms of South African society through balancing the right to freedom of expression with an obligation to protect children from exposure to potentially disturbing, harmful and inappropriate material.Ladies and Gentlemen,The final entity that is part of our communications stable is Brand South Africa. In 1994 our nation was for the first time exposed to the wider world after apartheid had turned it into a pariah state.Relations with many countries were fragile at best and economic cooperation limited as a result of sanctions. After 1994 the democratic government’s foreign policy approach was characterised by co-operation, collaboration and building of partnerships.South Africa is now a respected member of the international community and our relations is stronger than ever before. We understand that our own advancement is linked to that of the rest of the continent and the globe.  To market and profile South Africa to the rest of the world, government established Brand South Africa under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communications. It is South Africa’s official marketing agency.The team at Brand South Africa is responsible for building and managing the country’s domestic and international reputation. It uses the country’s contrasts and diversity in the old and new, traditional and progressive, local and global, urban and rural, art and commerce as our national proposition.It is these intriguing contradictions that make us such a unique and vibrant nation – a nation where anything seems possible and achievable. To visitors and investors, the brand opens doors to a place that promises a life-changing and profitable experience.Through its work Brand South Africa creates a positive and unified image of South Africa. One that helps to build pride; promotes investment and tourism and helps new enterprises and job creation. Brand South Africa ensures that the diverse interests and stakeholders that make our country great are reflectedIt has the mammoth task to market South Africa to every facet of the globe. It cannot however do this on its own. We therefore foster partnerships and collaborate so that we are able to get the good story of South Africa to everyone.  Its flagship programme Global South Africans creates ambassadors for the nation brand. The programme allows South Africans who live outside the borders of our country to partner with Brand South Africa in promoting the country.Ladies and Gentleman,Communication often requires the necessary political support. In understanding this important factor an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Information and Publicity was established by our President.My Ministry enforces communication through the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Information and Publicity. This elevates communication from a supporting role to one that drives and coordinates communication.The IMC is responsible for championing and coordinating the work of Government with regard to communicating programmes to the nation. It also oversees the branding and marketing the country to South Africans and the world.It ensures, amongst others that the National Communication Strategy directs the work of government communications. There is a sustained narrative through a dedicated stream of information.There is a concerted effort to build our credibility and confidence both internally amongst public servants, and externally with the public, investors, corporations and civil society.Our reach and influence is enhanced by contributions from Brand South Africa, South African Tourism and Proudly South African, which are well placed to provide an all-encompassing picture of the country.In conclusion,The reputation of our country is safely guarded. It is managed at the highest level. We live by the values that define our nation. We remain transparent and accountable. We ensure this is reflected in our communication. In doing so we strengthen the reputation of our country to become more competitive. I look forward to our further engagement in these discussions.Thank You.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Mercer International says it intends to voluntarily de-list from the Toronto Stock Exchange on June 11, about three months after it lost a six-year-old NAFTA battle with the Canadian government.The U.S.-based forest products company had mounted a $250-million claim against the Canadian government in early 2012.It alleged that BC Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission discriminated against Mercer’s power-generating operations at a pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C.However, a North American Free Trade Agreement tribunal ruled on March 6 that there had been no violation of the deal and it awarded Canada approximately $6.9 million in costs.Mercer says that its listing on the Nasdaq global select market will be unaffected by its delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:MERC.U)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Family Literacy Week has been proclaimed by The City of FSJ for January 20th – 27th.The FSJ Literacy Society is encouraging families to participate and have fun as literacy is important and starts with children and their families.  Learning together builds good habits by sharing ideas builds stronger connections, develops independent thinking and helps gain confidence.The 2019 theme for this year’s literacy week is ‘Let’s Make It!’ Recognizing when children have the time, tools and materials to make things they learn problem-solving, to express themselves creatively and to communicate more effectively. The Fort St. John Literacy Society and Decoda Literacy, and other partnering organizations will be celebrating throughout the week with fun for families. In FSJ the Library will host a sleepover, January 26, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 am. Registration for the event is free and opens January 2nd, 2019.Decoda Literacy is also helping to celebrate literacy week with a Province-wide online Photo Contest (#FamilyLiteracyWeek) and created free activity sheets for families and care providers to use with young children.“Making things can help build a range of skills, including literacy. And, when children make things with their parents and caregivers, families can have fun and learn together,” says Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director of Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC’s provincial literacy organization.To learn more about family literacy, information on the contest or download activity sheets CLICK HERElast_img read more