EnCana fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC

first_imgEnCana Corporation has been fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC following a fatal accident near Dawson Creek.According to WorkSafe BC, EnCana failed to do everything reasonably practicable to coordinate activities and to establish and maintain a system or process to ensure compliance.  The incident occurred in June 2008 when workers were performing the high-risk activity of falling trees up to 24 inches in diameter.  During this process a worker was struck by two hung up trees.EnCana failed to coordinate activities that resulted in a lack of first aid services and lack of evacuation procedures that may have prevented the worker’s death following the incident.- Advertisement -Other companies have also been fined that operate in the Peace Country.  Core Pipelines was fined just over $50,000 following an incident in January of 2008.  No one was seriously hurt.  The incident occured while attempting to climb a 32-35% sloped hill covered in ice, a tracked, flat-decked vehicle with a cab spun out and the engine stalled. As a result, and without braking power, the vehicle slid downhill out of control and hit a tree.  WorkSafe BC found that the vehicle was inappropriate for use in transporting workers under the conditions of the work site.Canadian Natural Resources has been fined just over $29,000 for an incident from October 2009.  The WorkSafe BC report states the following “As prime contractor of worksite, the Firm failed to do everything reasonably practicable to establish and maintain a system or process that would ensure compliance with the Act and Regulation. These are repeat s.118(2)(b) violations.”In total, WorkSafe BC imposed 152 penalties totaling more than $2.7 million for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the OHS Regulation) and the Workers Compensation Act (the Act).Advertisementlast_img read more

Uganda Cranes receive major boost as Museveni offers them chartered plane, 200 Million

first_imgThe Uganda Cranes pose for a picture with the President at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday (Photos by FUFA Media)2019 AFCON Qualifiers-Group L-Uganda Vs LesothoMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday 13th October 2018-Lesotho vs UgandaSetsoto Stadium, MaseruTuesday, 16-10-2018ENTEBBE – As part of celebrating the 56th Independence, HE the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni hosted the National football team-Cranes at his residence, State House-Entebbe on Tuesday evening.This comes less than a week before the Cranes host Lesotho in their third Group L AFCON 2019 qualifiers at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.In a jovial mood, the President discussed football matters with the contingent before he announced his offer of a chartered flight to fly the Cranes to Maseru for the reverse fixture against Lesotho to be played next Tuesday 16th October 2018.President Museveni also offered the Uganda Cranes contingent a financial boost of UGX 200M (Two Hundred Million Shillings) to help them in their preparations.This is not the first time the president is extending such support to the Cranes after doing likewise in 2015 as the team prepared to take on Togo in a double header for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.At the event on Tuesday, President Museveni congratulated the team for posting results that have kept the Cranes on top of the group in the campaign but urged them to work harder against Lesotho on Saturday.“I have been following you of recent and I thank you for the performance but we need to work harder for better results, said the President.“I have offered you a chartered plane to Lesotho and UGX 200M to help you get good results.Speaking on behalf of the players, team captain Denis Onyango appreciated the President and the First Lady Janet Museveni (Minister of Education and Sports) for the recent support towards the Cranes and football.Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango (left) and head coach Sebastian Desabre (right), with President Museveni on TuesdayThe Uganda Cranes Technical team led by head coach Sebastien Desabre was also in attendance.The delegation to State House was led by FUFA 1st VP Justus Mugisha, accompanied by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson and the FUFA Finance Director Decolas Kiiza.Mugisha noted the fact that support from the President and Ministry of Education and Sports is one of the reasons football has been picking good results.“The support from the President is a sign that he follows and loves sports, said Mugisha.“Football has been picking good results partly because of such support from the fountain of honour and office of Education and Sports.“This offer will help the team fly in time to Maseru for the game.The Cranes lead Group L with four points from two games having defeated Cape Verde 1-0 and then drawing 0-0 with Tanzania.For Lesotho, they are second on the log with two points from as many games.The other Group L fixture will see Cape Verde host Tanzania on Friday before both sides lock horns again on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersPresident Musevenitoplast_img read more

Dumbest Stories of 2013

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s a review of some of the “Stupid Evolution Quotes of the Week” and dumbest just-so stories from the past year.In January, an evolutionist claimed that “prune fingers” evolved to help our ancestors grip food underwater (1/10/13).  Another  claimed that lip-smacking in macaques led to human language (1/14/13).  Others claimed that tiny bubbles of fat led to the origin of life; another supported a theory of survival of the dumbest (1/23/13).In February, we were told we are descendants of “a fuzzy, bug-eating, scampering critter” (2/11/13).  Another story claims that ultraviolet vision in birds evolved 11 times, and the appendix evolved in mammals 32 separate times (2/12/13).  Nick Lane said “Life is a side reaction of an energy-harnessing reaction,” claiming the complex ATP synthase machine evolved because life needed it (2/13/13).  On Valentine’s Day, evolutionists told us love is just a cocktail of chemicals (2/14/13).  We also learned about the Mighty Mouse theory of evolution (2/15/13) and the evolution of tatooing (2/19/13).In March (3/13/13), paleoanthropologists enjoyed another romp in Paleofantasy Land (their favorite amusement park), and Nature considered Mao Tse-tung a fount of wisdom for his “virtue of self-criticism” (3/15/13).  Origin-of-life theorists imagined protein big-bangs and comet storks bringing life to earth (3/20/13).  Some evolutionists told stories about the evolution of gambling; another linked frog feet to the origin of human hair; another said polar bears prove survival of the fattest (3/23/13).In April, we chuckled about the evolution of laughter when they said it came from apes tickling each other (4/08/13).  Lucy and Desi had a falling out on tax day (4/15/13).  Darwinists tried to make the most of an unevolved fish, Coelacanth when its genome suggested to them little change in tens of millions of years (4/18/13).  The “power of the primordial soup” was “discovered” in pools of acid around volcanoes; another deduced that life on earth is older than the earth (4/19/13).  Seven new just-so stories graced our 4/20/13 entry, like How the Fish Got Its Butt Fin; we also announced MIT’s new “BAH! Festival” that mocks evolutionary “Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses” in a “survival of the funniest” contest….We’re only to April, and we’re too worn out from laughing to continue.  For the rest of 2013, you’ll have to just scour through the “Dumb” category on your own.  Find it under Awards/Dumb on the category bar.  There were some new entries in late December, though: a Neanderthal fossil turned out to be from a medieval Italian (Live Science), and New Scientist claims that the evolution of cussing is what made us human.You have to admit evolutionists are funny.  The typical Darwinist is half storyteller, half divination artist, and half hallucinating alcoholic (drunk on Darwine).  “But,” you say, “that’s three halves.  A whole has only two halves.”  But it all works out, because if the typical Darwinist had another wit, he or she would be a half-wit.  Happy New Year, Darwin Party: we hope you can learn to laugh at yourselves, because you will undoubtedly keep us in stitches in 2014.  Now tell us the story of the evolution of Darwinism.  Tilt!  Short circuit!last_img read more

Without a nation there is nothing to brand

first_imgNation branding challenges and successes faced by Eastern European countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria and Kosovo, in the wake of political and social change in the region since 1989, were held up as lessons in nation branding.Professor Nadia Kaneva offered the analysis in a presentation titled “The branded national imagination and its limits: Insights from the post-socialist experience” given at a Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum for South African academia. Held at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane, on 5 October 2016, the forum aimed at in-depth analysis of global and domestic issues influencing the reputation and competitiveness of the nation’s brand.“As communism was ending, the Romanian flag allowed for a discourse around the future of the Nation” says Dr. Nadia Kaneva @Brand_SA forum pic.twitter.com/31tJ98AQhF— Guido van Garderen (@GuidovGarderen) October 5, 2016Presenting at the event were key academics in the fields of business, humanities and political science, from a host of South African universities and tertiary institutions.The goal of the dialogue is to compile all presentations and contributions into a peer-reviewed journal, with a view to positioning South Africa as a thought leader in nation branding. Key to the success of that journal will be the keynote contribution from Kaneva.Bulgarian-born Kaneva is an associate professor in the University of Denver’s media, film and journalism faculty. She is a globally respected and widely published researcher who uses critical sociology and media studies to dissect the commercialisation of politics and culture in Eastern Europe through nation branding and reputation-building.Kaneva’s ultimate conclusion – that in order to be more effective, an imagined nation brand should align closer to and more realistically to the changes in the nation and its people – was honed through extensive research on radical changes in Romania after the fall of communism, post-conflict Kosovo during the 2000s and the relationship between Ukraine and Russia as recently as three years ago.The lessons learnt in the research can be just as easily applied to any nation brand, especially for emerging economies like South Africa, she says.In introducing Kaneva, University of Pretoria deputy dean of humanities Professor Maxi Schoeman highlighted the importance of getting an outsider view on building South Africa’s brand internationally, someone objective enough to weigh up the differences and similarities between the country and nations with similar histories.The science and application of nation branding was now very much part of mainstream academia and an essential tool for governance, Kaneva said at the start of her presentation. As a legitimate interdisciplinary field, the study of nation branding included elements of media and marketing ideas, anthropological study, business theory and sociology.Yet, Kaneva argued, developing and managing a national brand and reputation would always be a highly political and therefore delicate process, the success of which did not always lie in the area of savvy marketing or critical theory.This was evident in post-socialist Eastern Europe countries experiencing the swift changes of political and economic experiments, Kaneva said.Extensive global multichannel marketing campaigns by Romania and Kosovo highlighted each country’s promise in its people and economics in a vastly depoliticised way, focusing on things such as tourism and investment and replacing a more realistic national identity with something more market-oriented, in other words, what “the outside world wanted to see”.In 2009, two years after gaining independence, Kosovo’s first attempt at marketing the country to the outside world was in the form of a television commercial, The Young Europeans. While carrying a positive message of reconciliation and cultural tolerance as well as an eagerness to partake economically in the European Union, it told little about the country and its people to outsiders (investors, tourists) that would differentiate it from any other European nation.While initially successful, there was a negative reaction from citizens, who felt misrepresented by this imagined nation brand. As Kaneva says, a rejection of idealised, imagined branding is ultimately counter-productive to what a country brand really wants to achieve.Watch The Young Europeans:At the crux of the argument, Kaneva says, is honesty with the nation brand, creating an identity that can actually be recognised by the people it is supposed to be representing.Offering solutions to link the imagined nation brand closer to reality, Kaneva highlighted the following:Recognise that nation branding has a political element and embrace it, with all its shortcomings and diversities.Invest in programmes and policy that encourages and grows both citizen engagement and development in the nation and its brand: let people inform the national message.Look beyond the data of perception ratings to formulate effective nation brand evaluation and measurement: outside views, particularly those formulated with data, are important, but other research models are necessary to get the complete picture of a nation.Diminish the focus and use of transnational mass media nation brand advertising; look to niche marketing opportunities for creating a truer, most consistent national image and reputation.Concluding her presentation, Kaneva said that reconstructing and refreshing national identities, particularly for nations with a history of significant political and societal transformation, should always consider the transformations of the people it represented, adding that, “without a nation there will be nothing to brand”.Download full presentationSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Microsoft unveils three new smartphones at IFA 2014

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled its ‘first affordable flagship windows smartphone’, Lumia 830 at IFA 2014. Other than this, successors of Lumia 720; Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 were also unveiled. The mid-range devices are capable of delivering high end performance, and are equipped with enhanced software to its camera app and Cortana voice-control technology- Microsoft claims. Showing high confidence on performance of these gadgets, Chris Weber, Corporate Vice-President Microsoft, compared the mid-range phones with Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5S. “It’s on par with its flagship equivalents from Samsung and Apple. Our goal is to call out Apple and Samsung in terms of the premium they’re charging” Weber noted. Nokia Lumia 730 the lower end model sports 3G and dual SIM connectivity while its advanced version Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity. Riding on the popularity of selfies, which are trending these days, Microsoft positioned Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, as both gadgets house 5 MP front facing camera. On the contrary the brand has stressed upon Lumia 830’s rear camera.The shipping for the new gadgets will begin by the end of September.last_img read more