Local students win awards at Canada Wide Science Fair

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgPhoto:  The students and chaperones just before leaving for the Canada Wide Science Fair – SubmittedBy Energeticcity.ca StaffFive students from the North Peace competed in the Canada Wide Science Fair.- Advertisement -The Fair was held in Peterborough Ontario last week. Sarah Gullason, Dylan Kassian, Kevala Van Volkenburg and Meagan Haugen-Koechl each won a Bronze and $300 each. Victoria Rae didn’t win an award but represented the region well.On top of the science fair, the students had opportunities to carve soapstone, go spelunking, and meet lots of other kids. The students and their chaperones will arrive back in Fort St. John this weekend.last_img


SA banks on competitiveness

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img19 October 2009 South Africa is ranked 45th out of 134 countries in the World Economic Forum’s recently released Global Competitiveness Index for 2009/10. While this is the same position it held in 2008/09, the country’s banking system soared in the rankings, from 24th to fifth in the world. Conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with leading academics and a global network of research institutes, the index calculates its rankings from publicly available data and an annual poll of over 12 000 business leaders worldwide. The index is based on 12 “pillars of competitiveness”, namely: institutions; infrastructure; macroeconomic stability; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labour market efficiency; financial market sophistication; technological readiness; market size; business sophistication; and innovation. At 45th overall, South Africa remains the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa in 2009/10, with what the WEF describes as “a stable performance compared with last year. “The country continues to benefit from the large size of its economy, particularly by regional standards (it is ranked 24th in the market size pillar).”‘Strong confidence in SA’s financial markets’ South Africa’s jump to 5th place overall for its banking system indicates “strong confidence in South Africa’s financial markets at a time when trust has been eroded in many other parts of the world,” the WEF says. South Africa also does well on such measures as intellectual property protection (24th place overall), accountability of private institutions (5th), and goods market efficiency (35th). The country does “reasonably well” on more complex measures, such as business sophistication (36th place) and innovation (41st), where it benefited from good scientific research institutions (ranked 29th) and strong collaboration between universities and the business sector in innovation (ranked 25th). At the same time, the WEF says, South Africa’s competitiveness would be enhanced by tackling “some enduring weaknesses”.Labour market inefficiency Chief among these is the country’s labour market efficiency, for which it ranks 90th, dragged down by inflexible hiring and firing practices (125th place), lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies (123rd), and poor labour-employer relations (121st). A university enrollment rate of only 15 percent (94th place) threatens to undermine SA’s innovative potential, says the WEF. And South Africa’s infrastructure (45th place), although good by regional standards, requires upgrading. “In this light, the improvements in transport infrastructure related to the 2010 World Cup is a welcome development that should reinforce South Africa’s competitiveness.” Other important obstacles to doing business in South Africa, says the WEF, is the “poor security situation. “The business costs of crime and violence (133rd place) and the sense that the police are unable to provide protection from crime (106th) do not contribute to an environment that fosters competitiveness.” Another major concern remains the health of South Africa’s workforce (127th place), the result of “high rates of communicable diseases and poor health indicators more generally.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Pressure test as Proteas face Kiwis

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img23 March 2015South Africa faces New Zealand in an ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday. And the opportunity to play in his first World Cup means “everything” to middle-order batsman David Miller.The 25-year-old says the pressure moments that come with playing in a World Cup event are a privilege and an experience that every cricketer works towards.“It’s the first World Cup for me and it’s a dream come true,” Miller said in Auckland on Sunday. “To be in a semi-final, that’s another notch on the belt. I’m really excited for what is coming on Tuesday, it’s going to be a great game ahead. New Zealand are playing really well, we are playing really well, so it will be a good contest.” WATCH: South Africans across the country and the world will be supporting our boys for the semifinals. Watch Jean, Ernie Els, Bryan Habana and others get behind our boys. ‪#‎ProteaFire‬ “There is obviously a lot of pressure,” Miller said. “A lot of things going on in your head but it’s actually a privilege to be in [a pressured] position. The guys have worked really hard in their careers, all the highs and lows come down to a moment like this.”New Zealand are unbeaten in the tournament, and as one of the host nations, enter the match as the favourites.Miller says it will come down to whoever can absorb the most pressure during the key moments, particularly against a side that has been dominant with both bat and ball.“We have had a game plan over the past two years that we have been sticking to,” he explained. “It’s about everyone coming through at the right times when the team needs them. Pakistan wasn’t a great result but the consistency we have had as a team over the last while has been phenomenal. For us taking that confidence of what’s happened in the past in to Tuesday’s game will be vital. And obviously assessing the situation on the day.”The Eden Park field dimensions bring a unique factor towards preparation for the match, and will need a change in approach from the batsmen, particularly with the short straight boundaries.This tour is Mmiller’s first visit to New Zealand. “It’s good to have already played a game [at Eden Park] to get a feel of the ground. The dimensions of the field are really straight and short, long on the square boundaries, so it’s something to get used to.”The Castle Lager Proteas face New Zealand at Eden Park at 3am on Tuesday. Catch the match live on SuperSport 2, SABC 3 & 2000FM. Build up starts at 2am, play starts at 3amWORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Ireland.7 March, 3am: Pakistan beat South Africa.12 March, 3am: South Africa beat United Arab Emirates.Quater-finals18 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Sri Lanka, Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: India beat Bangladesh, Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Australia beat Pakistan, Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: New Zealand beat West Indies, Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: South Africa v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: India v Australia, Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSource: Cricket South Africa and ICClast_img read more


OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center to complete second summer of sustainability

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Through the support of the Ohio Soybean Council, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center at the Ohio State University will continue its education and outreach program, the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer, throughout the summer of 2019.This program reaches a wide audience through a mobile platform, delivering an interactive display to various STEM-based events, youth camps, and county fairs throughout the state. Participants will have the chance to interact with soy-based products while learning about the positive impact they have on sustainability and the American economy.Program assistant, Brad Collins, and student assistant, Haley Wilson, a senior studying agriscience education, will be conducting the programs this summer. They will facilitate various activities that will inform consumers and students about how they can decrease their carbon footprint by living a biobased lifestyle.According to the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center 2018 Consumer Market Survey, only 8% of Americans are very familiar with biobased products or packaging. Collins and Wilson are hitting the road this summer to spread the word of sustainability across Ohio.This program has already found success in three Columbus-based events: Blue & Gold to Scarlet & Gray, the COSI Big Science Celebration, and West Fest at the Ohio State University. The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center is looking forward to a full schedule of outreach this summer.last_img read more


Nitish flays attack on journalist

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgIn response to the allegation by journalist Ataharuddin Munne Bharti, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad programme in Patna on Monday, said, “Such acts will not be tolerated at all in the State and we are keeping a close watch on this.” Mr. Bharti, a programme coordinator with NDTV India, had written in his blog, and tweeted tagging the Bihar CM and others, that he had been forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by a group of men who had also threatened to set the vehicle occupied by his aged parents and wife on fire. The incident allegedly took place on a national highway in Muzaffarpur.last_img


Floods ravage western Maharashtra, over 1.32 lakh evacuated from 5 districts

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgOver a lakh people from 20,000 families have been moved to safety as local residents, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the Armed forces are pulling out all the stops to rescue those stuck in water-logged areas in Kolhapur and Sangli districts.The districts are experiencing the worst deluge since 2005.Sixteen people in five districts — Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur — in western Maharashtra have lost their lives over the past week. Around 1.32 lakh people from these districts have been evacuated till Wednesday, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said.Chairing an emergency meeting in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said rescuing women, children and patients was the priority, and directed the administration of the flood-hit districts to make alternative arrangements for food, essential items, and drinking water.Mr. Mhaisekar said four teams of the Territorial Army are engaged in rescue operations in Kolhapur and one team has reached Sangli. While six NDRF teams are already in action in Kolhapur, six more are on their way by road. One Navy team is in operation in Kolhapur.“Air connectivity has been established over Kolhapur since Wednesday morning with five more Navy teams to be dispatched via air over the district,” he said. The deluge has completely thrown State Transport bus services in Kolhapur and Sangli out of gear. With 89 roads in Kolhapur under water, the district is completely cut off from the rest of Maharashtra.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for Kolhapur in the next 48 hours.“From Wednesday night till forenoon of August 9, we expect heavy to very heavy showers to hit the ghat areas, including Kolhapur,” Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather and air pollution monitoring unit, IMD, said.last_img read more


Innu Nation says it will refuse Trudeaus Labrador residential school apology

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Innu Nation says it will not accept an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Canada’s role in the residential school system in Labrador, APTN News has been told.Trudeau is scheduled to be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday to make the apology in person.But the Innu leadership said the residential school system that saw children ripped from their families is too similar to the number of Innu children in the care of the province and living away from their families.“A lot of these kids that are outside of the communities are suffering a loss of identity, loss of culture and loss of connection to family,” said Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich.In fact, elders and community members told leadership not to even attend the apology, said Rich.Helen Andrew, 51, of Sheshatshiu spent seven years at the Yale residential school in North West River.“When I was taken from my parents in the 70s I was a little girl,” she said, adding two of her sisters were also taken. “There was sexual and physical abuse.”Andrew said when she finally got to go home she barely spoke her own language and her parents didn’t speak any English.“I was speaking part English and Innu to them so they didn’t understand,” she recalled.But Andrew believes the impact on her people started before the residential school era, when they were forced to settle where they are now in the 1960s.She said they were nomadic people who migrated with the caribou.“When we were told to settle here that had a great, devastating effect on our culture,” she said.Labrador was left out of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology. Canada maintained it did not have a responsibility to the students of the province’s five residential schools because Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation in 1949, after the schools began operating.Shortly after taking office, the Liberals settled a $50 million class-action lawsuit that the Harper administration had been fighting.The issue of Innu children in state care is the subject of an upcoming provincial inquiry that was announced July 6.The Innu Nation and province of Newfoundland and Labrador are currently working out the terms of reference for the inquiry.last_img read more