Hundreds of new fossil tracks found near Tumbler Ridge

first_imgThe museum says staff began excavating the slabs and began creating moulds of the slab on May 11. They recovered the moulds earlier this month on June 4, and the replicas will be used in the creation of an exhibit in the museums Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, according to the museum.The fossils were found in the Gates Foundation, known for its coal, which is about 100 million years old, the museum says. The rock slabs with the fossils are estimated around 5,000 kilograms each, and mine staff are planning to move them to the museum as well, the museum stated in a release.“We are happy to have facilitated the identification and study of this significant find, which will help shed light on another chapter in our planet’s history,” said Ray Proulx, senior co-ordinator of community and aboriginal affairs with Teck Resources.The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark will hold its inauguration on June 29 at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, where a replica of the fossil tracks will be on display.Advertisement Another significant fossil find has been announced today by the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation.The foundation is dubbing the discovery, made by a Teck Resources employee near the company’s Quintette mine project, one of “the finest examples of crocodilian tracks in the world.”More than 100 tracks were found, according to Richard McCrea, curator of palaeontology at the Peace Region Palaeontology Centre.- Advertisement -“Most of the tracks are associated with claw impressions, which are very long and represent the activities of bottom-walking and swimming crocodiles,” McCrea said in a release.“The traces are striking in appearance and are among the best preserved crocodilian tracks ever found.”Geologist Kevin Sharman discovered the series of fossils in a rock slab in the mine April 27, which was promptly reported to scientists at the centre.Advertisementlast_img

Should Joe Thornton’s workload be cut back this year?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton wants to use the Sharks’ final game of the preseason to continue to work on his timing and improve his in-game conditioning.The 82-game regular season that follows will show what Thornton is still capable of doing after enduring major knee surgeries in back-to-back years, and where and how much he’ll be utilized.“Every day he looks better,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Thornton. “Being off for eight months, he worked his ass off this summer in order to compete in …last_img

SA to spend R136bn on trains, stations

first_img15 February 2012 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is to spend R136-billion to acquire about 7 000 new trains and upgrade and modernise the country’s train stations, creating around 65 000 new jobs in the process. Of the total amount, R13-billion will be spent on infrastructure development and about R3-billion will be spent on the construction of new depots in Cape Town and Gauteng. According to Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana, the first new trains are expected as early as in 2015. He said they were expecting to receive in the region of 500 to 600 coaches a year until 2032. Addressing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday, Montana said the current fleet was ageing and there was a need to acquire new trains to improve services. Most of the current trains are about 40 years old. “The people of South Africa must have a mode of transport that they will be proud of,” he said.Modern rail technology According to Montana, the trains will look completely different from the current ones – they will be fitted with public announcement systems and information screens indicating the name of the station that the train is approaching. Montana continued to say that with the current fleet, the level of reliability was deteriorating. “We also need to reduce travel times as part of improving on our service,” Montana said, adding that travel time from Pretoria to Johannesburg needed to be reduced. The roll-out of the programme is expected to create about 65 000 job opportunities. The project would include the introduction of modern rail technology using less energy. Montana explained that the new trains would be lighter and more energy efficient. Most components to be used in building the trains would be made in South Africa, he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img

Serena Williams into Australian 4th round with only 9 games dropped so far

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Didn’t get much better in the second set, and Williams wound up with eight aces while facing zero break points, and a 20-13 ratio of winners to unforced errors.In other action, No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat Joao Sousa 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-2, and No. 15 Daniil Medvedev defeated No. 21 David Goffin 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3.The woman Williams lost to in last year’s chaotic U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka, dusted herself off after tumbling to the court and erased a big deficit by taking 11 of 12 games to beat No. 28 Hsieh Su-wei 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.No. 6 Elina Svitolina also put together quite a comeback to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, while No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova eliminated No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.“I was … struggling,” said Svitolina, who was treated by a trainer after the second set. “I just told myself, ‘I’m going to die or win.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Unlike any of Serena’s foes until now, both Venus (with seven) and Halep (with one) have won a major title.Yastremska had never won so much as a single match at any Grand Slam tournament until this one, but she showed that she’s capable of top-notch play during wins over 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round, then 23rd-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro in the second.She was born in 2000, the year after Serena won her initial major, and grew up cheering for someone she calls “a legend.” Yastremska recalls swinging her racket in the living room at home while watching on TV at age 8 as her favorite player competed.Surely, everything felt a tad different up-close-and-personal with the 37-year-old American in Rod Laver Arena.Right from the start, Yastremska appeared a bit jittery, missing 9 of 10 first serves and double-faulting three times while getting broken in each of her opening two service games. By the end of the first set, the teenager had 13 unforced errors, nine more than Williams.ADVERTISEMENT Williams grabbed a pair of service breaks and a 4-0 lead after less than 15 minutes and was well on her way to yet another easy-looking victory. When it ended, Williams placed her arm around Yastremska, who wiped away a tear.“I thought she did really amazing. She came out swinging,” Williams told the crowd. “To be so young, I thought she came out really ready to go.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNot only has Williams won every set she played this week — and 20 in a row at Melbourne Park, dating to the start of her 2017 run to the title — but she’s ceded a total of only nine games through three victories.Things could finally get interesting in Week 2, though, as Williams bids for an eighth trophy at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title in all: She will face either her older sister, Venus, or No. 1-ranked Simona Halep next. Those two were scheduled to meet each other Saturday night. MOST READcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño United States’ Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Maybe Serena Williams will be tested in the Australian Open’s fourth round, because no one has come close to making her work too hard so far.Playing clean and powerful tennis, Williams overwhelmed 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeMarcus Cousins fouls out of Warriors debut in win over Clipperslast_img

Shoaib Akhtar, 38, marries 20-year-old from Haripur

first_imgFormer Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has tied the knot with a 20-year old girl from Haripur in the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.Akhtar married Rabab in a quiet Nikah ceremony in Haripur.Duniya TV channel reported that Akhtar married Rubab in a quiet Nikah ceremony in Haripur today.”The haq mahar has been kept at half a million rupees and Akhtar’s parents attended the simple nikah ceremony,” the report said. Initially Akhtar had denied reports that he was getting married to a girl chosen by his parents. A source close to Akhtar, 38, confirmed to PTI that the fast bowler and his family had visited the girl’s residence on June 12 where both families agreed on the wedding date.Shoaib had denied rumours of his marriage.last_img

Unemployment at Record Low 9.6%

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter. The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter.The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter.The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).Mr. Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment, which fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year.He further pointed out that the unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while citing the 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.The Prime Minister said that within the 9.6 per cent unemployed labour force figure would be a significant number of youth who are not trained, are below the educational attainment for their age, and are not currently attached to any institution. “They would probably make up the largest portion of the unemployed,” he added.Mr. Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services generally, mining, and construction and civil development.He noted, however, that the immediate constraint on the expansion of these enterprises is the availability of a labour force “that is at least at the minimum educational attainment level for their life cycle, that possesses work-ready attitudes and are amenable to training”.Mr. Holness emphasised the Government’s goal of ensuring that “no one is left behind” and that there is “equal opportunity for every Jamaican to self-actualise”.He emphasised that the best way to achieve this is by providing individuals with gainful employment.Against this background, the Prime Minister said the Government has been proactive in implementing human resource development policies that ensure alignment between the output of the education and training institutions and the skill demand of industries.To this end, Mr. Holness said the Administration has established the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, adding that aligned with this is the HEART Trust/NTA’s transference “directly under my supervision at the Office of the Prime Minister”.“This is to ensure that there is greater synergy between the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and what is happening with investment promotion. We are also ensuring that those who are below the educational attainment level for their life cycle and who are also unskilled, are supported to find employment opportunities in the labour market,” he added.Mr. Holness indicated that it is now “becoming clear to us” that the greatest constraint to Jamaica’s short-term growth and expansion of industry “is actually a shortage of trained, skilled labour”.“It is actually an urgent problem that needs the direct attention of the Government… and that is why I have moved HEART Trust (to the OPM),” he said.The Prime Minister reiterated that HEART Trust/NTA has been merged with the National Youth Service, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Apprenticeship Board to form one “purpose-built” organisation that positions Jamaica to produce the skilled labour necessary to support the expansion of industry.“So, as investor confidence grows, the Government must keep that growth going by providing the labour it needs,” Mr. Holness said.Activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 are being held under the theme ‘Ramp it Up… Fix it Up’.The focus will be on building ramps and other facilities at schools and health centres that enable easy access to these buildings for persons with disabilities.Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23.last_img

LNG arrives for JPS Bogue power plant

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, October. 23, 2016 –  The Government’s drive to bring cheaper and cleaner energy to the people of Jamaica has been advanced with the arrival of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant in Bogue, St. James.  Supplied by New Fortress Energy, the shipment arrived at the Port of Montego Bay aboard the feeder ship Anthony Veeder on October 22.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JPS, Kelly Tomblin, said the introduction of LNG as part of the energy mix represents “a historic milestone for Jamaica” as the nation pursues “energy diversification and the expansion of its energy sector”.  Ms. Tomblin, who was at the Montego Bay port for the ship’s arrival, said New Fortress has pumped US$750 million into the construction of the LNG terminal.  She said that natural gas will play a key role in transforming the energy sector, while supporting industrial development and economic growth. “We are definitely on the threshold of great things for Jamaica and the region,” Ms. Tomblin added.Just a year ago, New Fortress Energy signed an agreement with JPS to supply LNG for Jamaica’s 120-megawatt power plant in Bogue. Earlier this year, the plant was converted to run on gas as well as Automotive Diesel Oil (ADO).   JPS and New Fortress Energy have also signed an agreement to extend the supply of gas to Jamaica to the new 190-megawatt power plant at Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. New Fortress Energy has agreed to privately finance and develop the infrastructure necessary to deliver LNG to the new Old Harbour plant.Meanwhile, Project Manager at the Port Authority of Jamaica, Keith Mitchell, said the agency is pleased to have done its part in facilitating the arrival of the vessel and to provide the infrastructure for the cargo to be unloaded.  “The LNG diversification project has resulted in the Authority fast-tracking its master plan for the development of the Port of Montego Bay into a modern facility with separate berths dedicated to cargo operations and cruise shipping,” he pointed out.“We are also delighted to have been able to facilitate and enable the realisation of a national objective, which has been in the pipeline for a number of years.  This project is of national importance and is part of the Government’s drive to bring cheaper energy to the Jamaican people,” he added.He informed that the Port Authority leased the lands to New Fortress for infrastructural works to enable the weekly arrival of LNG to be offloaded, converted and channelled for use at the Bogue Power Plant.   “This investment has the potential to significantly reduce energy costs and thus drive economic development and job creation and promote the wide industrial application of LNG,” Mr. Mitchell further explained.“It will also see the facilitation of cruise and cargo vessels using LNG as well as the exportation of the product to other regional countries,” he added.  He noted that with the weekly docking of the LNG vessel coupled with the increased home-porting activities, there is need for the development of new port infrastructure, and a new dedicated cargo berth for docking containers and liquid bulk (fuels) vessels.  “There are indeed numerous opportunities for Jamaica to benefit,” Mr. Mitchell added. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Apple to Samsung Hey Nice Chips

first_img 1 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc’s next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.Samsung will be responsible for around 75 percent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.The newspaper did not say how much the contract is worth and what other company will be supplying Apple. Samsung will make the chips from its factory in Austin, Texas, according to the report.A Samsung spokeswoman said the company does not comment on market speculation. Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Ryan Woo) January 26, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img

Go homebased and get a bigger share of your commission survey

center_img A recent nationwide survey of home based agents funded by The Travel Agent Next Door and conducted by an independent research company shows that the majority of home-based agents are earning more than they did working in a bricks-and-mortar agency.No doubt this is a major contributing factor to the growth of the home-based retail travel industry here in Canada, following the trend in other markets including the UK and the U.S. According to the survey an estimated 37% of travel agents in Canada are now independent, home-based contractors.A significant 61% of agents reported that they earned 10% – 30% more than in the past working at a bricks-and-mortar location, and 23.5% said they are earning 30%+.The second annual independent nationwide survey of Canadian hosted travel agents, conducted in January 2018, tripled in response size, making the results much more meaningful than the previous year.The survey results also show that 85% of home-based agents have the opportunity to earn 50% or more of the available commission and 47% said they can earn 75% or more of the available commission.The majority of home-based agents surveyed, 72.6%, said they earn a greater share of commission as a home-based agent compared to working in a travel agency.When asked to rate their current compensation package with their host agency, 73.7% said they were ‘mostly to 100% satisfied’, and 25.4% said they were 100% satisfied with their compensation.The survey also explored the costs to agents to join host agencies, beyond the monthly or annual fees. Most agents are getting most services covered by their base fee.The survey also asked agents about the monthly website fee they pay to their host agency. About eight out of 10 (79%) of agents who responded to this question said they don’t pay a monthly fee for their website.When asked if they pay a monthly marketing fee to their host agency, 82% of agents who responded to this question said they do not pay an additional marketing fee to their host agent because it is included in their monthly fee.The survey also asked the question: ‘What is the invoicing fee you pay to your host agency?’ More than 85% of the agents who responded to this question do not pay an invoicing fee to their host agency. Tags: Sphere, The Travel Agent Next Door, Trend Watch Travelweek Group last_img