BC Hydro looking for volunteers to help manage $20 million agriculture fund

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is looking for area agriculture producers to sit on a board that will manage the Site C Agricultural Mitigation and Compensation Plan.The $20 million fund will support agricultural production and agrifoods initiatives in the B.C. Peace.Implementation of the fund will begin this year, starting with the formation of a 10-member funding board comprised of six appointees of regional agricultural associations or the Peace River Regional District, three members-at-large who are agricultural producers living in the Peace Region and one member who is a Peace River Valley agricultural producer.- Advertisement -The regional decision-making board will be responsible for disbursement of the fund. Members are expected to be selected in the spring.For more information on the fund and how to apply for one of the four member-at-large positions, please visit www.sitecproject.com/AgFund.last_img read more

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Europa League: Rangers, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen learn fate

first_imgThe first leg of the ties will be played on July 11 with the return match one week later. Rangers have been drawn to face either FC Prishtina of Kosovo or Gibraltar’s St Joseph’s in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.The Ibrox side will begin their qualifying campaign against the winner of the preliminary tie and will be away from home in the first leg.Kilmarnock have been paired with Connah’s Quay Nomads. New manager Angelo Alessio will take charge of his first competitive game away to the side who were runners-up in the Welsh Premier League last season.Aberdeen kick off their qualification campaign at Pittodrie against Finnish side RoPS Rovaniemi.last_img

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Free Webinar: Universal Design with Accessibility in Mind

first_imgIt’s been a while since I’ve promoted webinars from the the User Experience Professionals Association International (UXPA). If you didn’t know, I was an officer for our local Michigan chapter of UXPA for several years. And I didn’t want to miss sharing an upcoming webinar that combines two of my interests: accessibility and user experience. UXPA will host their free one-hour webinar, Universal Design with Accessibility in Mind on August 23, 2019. Universal Design with Accessibility in MindLed by Kara Zinkle and Simon Dermer of Essential Accessibility, the webinar will focus on the importance of universal design and how it can be used to design online experiences usable by everyone. In the webinar, you will learn:Accessibility terminology: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Section 508 (508), Americans with Disability Act (ADA)How to focus on the barrier and not the disabilityWhat is appropriate content etiquetteAbout various types of assistive technologyIn addition, Zinkle and Dermer will share info about the size of the disability market, trends, as well as the return on investment that accessible user experiences deliver. About UXPAAn international organization with over 2,400 members around the world, UXPA supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.Members come from many backgrounds, sharing the same goals: creating products and services that meet the needs of the people using them. Local chapters offer invited speaker presentations, roundtables, professional development, networking, and other events focused on bringing UX professionals and students together.Registration InfoThe free webinar will be held on August 23, 2019 at noon Eastern Daylight Time using Zoom video conferencing. In a different time zone? Here’s a time zone converter to find out when the webinar will be held in your time zone.While the event is free, registration is required. I plan to attend the webinar, hope you’ll join me!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTwo Free Web Accessibility Webinars This WeekEvery week web designers and developers ask me for ways they can learn more about web accessibility. I ask myself the same question! And that’s one of the reasons I publish my weekly roundups every Friday: to share info and resources about web accessibility. Since last week was the Thanksgiving…In “Accessibility”Free Webinar: Inclusive Design vs. Universal Design vs. AccessibilityWhat’s the difference between inclusive design, universal design, and accessibility? And what do these terms share in common? Find out at the free live webinar on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 when Deque Systems hosts a virtual panel of of experts who will discuss the similarities and differences of the three…In “Accessibility”Webinar: Digital Accessibility Support – A Guide to Trustworthy Free Online ResourcesImagine you’re a web designer, developer, digital marketer, project manager, or educator ready to learn more about web accessibility. You’ve heard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). But you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information available:…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

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Green light for SA’s wind farm

first_img6 November 2006The City of Cape Town has signed a 20-year agreement to buy “clean” electricity from Darling Wind Farm, paving the way for an innovative partnership between local and foreign investors, the government and the community of Darling to get South Africa’s first commercial wind farm venture up and running.Despite such obstacles as SA’s cheap electricity environment, and the enormous capital costs of setting up a wind farm, the country’s R70-million pilot commercial wind energy project will start operating in Darling, a small town north-west of Cape Town, in 2007.Using four giant wind turbines to generate an estimated 13.2 gigawatt-hours per year of “clean” electricity, Darling Wind Farm will feed this into the national power grid. It will then be “wheeled” through the grid and on to suppliers who have chosen to pay a 25c per kilowatt-hour surcharge for a “green” power supply.The City of Cape Town agreed in August to be the first such buyer/supplier. With growing concern over the global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, city officials expect to sell the electricity on to an initially small but willing market.‘Green cred’ for customersThe first customers are expected to be businesses, who will pay the surcharge for a certain amount of “green” electricity while paying the standard rate – around 40c a kilowatt-hour – for the balance of their supply.These companies will then be able to showcase their “green credentials” when they market their products in South Africa and, especially, abroad, where consumers are increasingly eager to mitigate the effects of global warming by helping to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.The project is the result of a partnership between the national government, the Danish government, the Central Energy Fund and the Darling Independent Power Producing Company.Hermann Oelsner, chief executive of Darling Wind Power and vice-president of the World Wind Energy Association, signed the 20-year power purchase agreement with Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille and city manager Achmat Ebrahim in August.Speaking after the signing, Oelsner said the agreement was the culmination of a 10-year process to establish wind energy as a sustainable source of electricity in South Africa.Its signing, he said, would facilitate “a unique and innovative partnership between local and foreign private investors, the national government, municipal government and the community of Darling, which will be an equity shareholder in the project.”17-storey-high towersDarling Wind Power will now be able to secure the necessary investment to finance the purchase of the initial four wind turbines – 17-storey-high towers with massive blades powering 42-ton engine rooms at the top of the towers.Oelsner said another six wind turbines would be added later, followed by another 10 in the longer term – noting that global demand for the turbines was so high that additional turbines would only be available by 2008 at the earliest.The City of Cape Town aims to source about 10% of its energy from renewable sources – which could include solar and other forms of energy – by 2020. The national government has set a target of an additional 10 000 gigawatt-hours a year in renewable energy for the national power grid by 2013.Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has also said that the government’s aim is for independent power producers to contribute around 30% of South Africa’s total electricity supply.Eskom’s demonstration wind farmThe country’s – and sub-Saharan Africa’s – first large wind turbine facility was state power company Eskom’s facility at Klipheuwel just north of Cape Town. The pilot phase of Eskom’s Klipheuwel research and demonstration project started in August 2002 and ran through to the end of 2005.Eskom has reportedly been less than enthusiastic about the prospects for wind power generation in South Africa. Reporting on the Klipheuwel project, Eskom described the country’s wind resource as “moderate when compared to northern European conditions”.According to Eskom, South African conditions would enable wind farms to operate at a maximum capacity of about 15% to 25%, compared to about 30% in northern Europe.Oelsner has disputed this, saying the Darling wind farm has a maximum capacity factor of 34%.And while some might criticise the project for relying on a form of government subsidy, Oelsner argues that the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries are heavily subsidised worldwide.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Nestlé’s Chocnology hits Google’s sweet spot

first_img“Maslow Reconstructed” by Orijin. The designer explains: “The Mayans were known for their triangular temples and chocolate. ‘Maslow Reconstructed’ breaks down the concept of hierarchy so that the triangles coincide and exist where there is no structure, reminding us that our greatest need lies in redefining our histories and who we are.” (Image: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Aaron Kohn Director: Museum of African Design +27 084 951 2060 RELATED ARTICLES • Driven by imagination • Steampunk chugs along in South Africa • Win cements South African artist’s ingenuity • Ndebele car art in New York • Art auction at Wits to dazzleMelissa Jane CookNestlé South Africa launched the world’s first 3D-printed chocolate exhibition, Chocnology, at the Museum of African Design, or MOAD, in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct on 7 November.The event heralded the announcement of a new version of search giant Google’s Android operating system, KitKat. The exhibition featured some of South Africa’s greatest design talents, including Joey HIFI, Marchand Le Roux, Arno Kruger, Muti, Liron Segev, Rene Roussouw, Hans Fouche, Orijin and Am I Collective.“The coming together of two very different worlds – chocolate and technology – inspired the idea of creating chocolate artwork made possible through the use of innovative technology,” said Kevin Corlett, business executive manager for chocolates at Nestlé.3D-printed chocolateAll designs had to be created on the Android operating system using freely available 3D modelling tools. The designs were then printed out in chocolate by Hans Fouche of Fouche Chocolates, using a RepRap 3D printer, a free-standing desktop printer capable of printing its own plastic parts, to easily and cheaply replicate the machine. Fouche used to design Formula One cars, and now sells 3D-printed chocolates and cake décor from his Centurion-based business.Speaking to the htxt.africa website, Fouche said printing the sculptures was painstaking work. “For many of the complex designs, I had to print two layers at a time and then physically stick the sculptures together, otherwise they would have collapsed under their own weight during construction.”KitKat, or Android 4.4, is available for download onto some Android devices and Google’s flagship Nexus 5. The phone and operating system aim to display Google’s search and voice-recognition capabilities.A Google statement on the Android website says: “Android is the operating system that powers over one billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everyone finds chocolate so tempting, we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favourite chocolate treats, the KitKat®!”last_img read more

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Arkansas ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Apportionment of Partnership Income Enacted

first_imgThe Arkansas State Legislature has enacted legislation that requires multistate partnerships to apportion their income to Arkansas in the same manner as corporations, applicable for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2018. Consequently, each partner must allocate income to Arkansas as determined and reported on the partnership return. Partners may petition for or the Director of the Department of Finance and Administration may require a different method for determining income if the apportionment method does not fairly represent the partnership’s business activity in Arkansas.Act 482 (H.B. 1562), Laws 2017, effective for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2018last_img

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