Reminder: fireworks ban in effect this Halloween in Fort St. John

first_imgWhen the Fort St. John bylaw came into effect, it also prohibited the sale of fireworks within the city. The response from retailers has been mixed, with some complaining that the business they used to get has now moved to the Regional District, but Burrows maintains it shouldn’t matter as they’re still not allowed to set them off in the city. He adds he’s heard from at least one store that they’re relieved due to the hassle of storing unsold fireworks safely. “If you get a large inventory or shipment of fireworks and you don’t sell them, you’re responsible to store them safely until next year,” he says. “That was a problem for that particular retailer, and now that the playing field is even, nobody can sell them in town. I don’t think they’re losing any sleep over it.” “Typically it hasn’t been bad,” he says. “It’s a fairly responsible community. It’s a young community, and everybody’s worried about their children, so it’s pretty good that way.” The fire department won’t be out hunting down those in contravention of the fire prevention bylaw, but is prepared to respond to any complaints. Since its inception in March, Burrows says he hasn’t had any. “There’s no way we can stop people from doing it, but if we do receive a complaint we go to investigate,” he explains. ”They can be fined under the bylaw or after hours the RCMP may, if it’s a real problem, deal with it themselves or call the bylaw people to deal with it.” – Advertisement -At less than a year, it’s too soon to tell what effect the new ban will have on fireworks-related fire numbers. However, Surrey Deputy Fire Chief Jon Caviglia says their community has seen a major drop in incidents since the city decided to only allow the use of fireworks on a permit basis. “In 2004, before we had a requirement to have a permit, we had 90 fire-related calls to fireworks on Halloween,” he says. “In 2005, when the permit requirement came in, it dropped to 18, and it has since dropped down to about five we average over the last four or five years.” Advertisement Caviglia adds that just having the regulations can also help parents control their children’s use of fireworks, as it’s simply not permitted in the city. “It allows police in your city to confiscate from teenagers if they’re out in the streets using them, and they can actually fine them,” although he admits confiscation is likely more common than fines. Locally, Chief Burrows also believes that having provincial rules on the use of fireworks would help with other issues. Residents can buy fireworks only 10 minutes outside of town in Charlie Lake, where the local bylaw is no longer in effect unless a provincial fire ban is in effect. Unlawfully discharging fireworks in the PRRD comes with a $100 fine under Bylaw No. 860, 1994. “It really gets out of hand being unregulated in the Regional District, particularly in the summer months when you’re in between or in the fringe of having a shutdown because of fire season,” he argues. “If there’s a provincial rule and cut and dry guidelines, it would probably make it a lot easier for everybody.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Blue Jays giving Pillar the spotlight to himself in return to Toronto

first_imgTORONTO — Tuesday could have been the most important day of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays.Instead of generating excitement and creating a buzz around the franchise by promoting their top prospect, the Blue Jays are reserving the spotlight at the Rogers Centre for Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar.The No. 1 prospect in baseball, third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., is being billed as a franchise savior. But with Toronto electing to stash Guerrero in Triple-A, Tuesday is all about the …last_img read more

Sous-traiter en Afrique du Sud

first_imgAlors que les societes a travers le monde qui repondent a une pression sur l’efficacite et les prix de plus en plus grande, l’Afrique du Sud devient un emplacement international de choix pour la sous-traitance de processus commerciaux.La sous-traitance des processus commerciaux (BPO) est une tendance mondiale importante et le secteur, estime peser 130 milliards de dollars par an, presente un taux de croissance attendu d’environ 50% pour les cinq prochaines annees.Le BPO implique de delocaliser certains processus commerciaux qui sont habituellement realises en interne par une societe au profit d’un fournisseur de services tiers comme un service clients ou des centres d’appel pour prester des services pour le compte de la societe concernee.Identifie comme un secteur cle au sein de la strategie du gouvernement pour accelerer le taux de croissance economique du pays et creer des emplois, la sous-traitance des processus commerciaux devrait creer 25 000 emplois directs et 75 000 emplois indirects en Afrique du Sud et contribuer jusqu’a 95 milliards de rands a l’economie nationale d’ici 2009.La sous-traitance des technologies d’information (TI) est aussi une activite end developpement en Afrique du Sud grace a la diversite du marche, un savoir-faire de classe mondiale et au contexte d’un pays en voie de developpement qui en font un laboratoire de test ideal pour les innovations.La sous-traitance TI represente plus d’un tiers des 30 milliards de rands du marches des services TI d’apres une etude de 2008 de la societe d’etude et de conseil IDC qui represente la plus grosse part des categories de services de TI.Gartner, le groupe d’etude international, classe l’Afrique du Sud parmi ses 30 destinations de sous-traitance de developpement de logiciels, l’etude de 2007 la mettant a egalite avec Israel dans la region Europe, Moyen Orient et Afrique et proche de l’Australie et de l’Inde au niveau mondial.Appeller l’Afrique du SudD’apres Business Day, le secteur local des centres d’appel a progresse d’environ 8% par an depuis 2003. Il emploie environ 54 000 personnes et contribue a 0,92% du produit interieur brut (PIB) de l’Afrique du Sud.Un programme de financement de BPO appuye par le gouvernement, lance en 2007, vise a ameliorer la competitivite de l’Afrique du Sud et comprend un budget d’incitations aux investissements de 1,1 milliard de rands. Le programme est axe sur:Une strategie marketing au sens large.Un programme de financement public qui comprend une subvention d’investissement et des subventions de formation.Un cadre de tarification en developpement pour les telecommunications.De avantages concurrentielsL’Afrique du Sud presentent de nombreux facteur favorables, comme:Des niveaux de services de rang mondial du personnel des centres d’appel.Une large base de connaissances en matiere de fournisseur de services et de gestion, associee a des connaissances en matiere de services financiers, surtout en matiere d’assurances, d’hypotheques et de traitement et collecte de prets.Un fuseau horaire partage avec l’Europe.Un niveau d’anglais courant eleve associe a de accents anglais neutres qui sont facilement compris sur les marches occidentaux.Un taux de change favorable.Un fort soutien public.Encouragements publics, comme des subventions pour les start-up et les expansions et des prix reduits des telecommunications.Un secteur des telecommunications moderne et en developpement.Le gouvernement prend des mesures pour garantir une capacite haut debit plus disponible qui permettra des appels telephoniques internationaux moins chers. De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Le monde en un seul paysLes societes internationales qui ont deja choisi l’Afrique du Sud comme destination de BPO comprennent IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis et Car Phone Warehouse.L’engagement de l’Afrique du Sud a l’egard du secteur BPO a ete souligne en 2007 par la decision de construire un centre d’appels de 125 millions de rands et 1 500 places dans la zone de developpement industriel de Coega en dehors de Port Elizabeth dans la provinde d’Eastern Cape.Le Parc BPO s’etend sur cinq hectares dans le quartier des services commerciaux de Coega et comprend des lieux de formation et un espace de loisirs. La societe de gestion a declare que l’espace etait conçu pour prevoir differents scenarios et pourrait accueillir differents investisseurs.Les autres investissements recents sont : En mai 2008, la multinationale petroliere Royal Dutch Shell a ouvert un centre d’appels au Cap. Le centre offrira des services aux clients de Shell en Belgique, au Luxembourg et aux Pays-bas, avec des operateurs afrikaans natifs qui seront formes au neerlandais et au flamand.  En novembre 2007, le geant de sous-traitance de processus commerciaux base aux USA TeleTech a commence la construction d’une nouvelle usine en dehors du Cap, sa premiere base sur le continent africain. Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more

Two Ohioans are USFRA’s Faces of Farming finalists – VOTE NOW

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With passionate farmers and ranchers across the country eager to share the story behind our food with consumers, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance announced the eight finalists in its third Faces of Farming and Ranching contest. This program searches for the men and women who grow and raise food, from row crops and veggies to beef and pork, to help put real faces on agriculture. Ohioans Lauren Schwab and Emily Buck made the list.Schwab is a freelance journalist and is employed on her family’s 1,100-sow farrow to wean swine farm in Butler County. She works as the farrowing house manager.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Schwab about being named a finalistUSFRA Faces Lauren SchwabBuck is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in agricultural communication and lives and works on a Marion County grain and sheep farm with her husband John and their daughter Harlie Grace.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Buck about being named a finalistUSFRA Faces Emily BuckFinalists were selected from all eligible submissions based upon four main criteria. Judging criteria included: demonstration of initiatives that advance the field and show dedication to continuous improvement; proficiency in public speaking; active participation in creating dialogue about entrant’s work via traditional and social media channels; and demonstration of a deep understanding of agriculture-related issues.Winners will share their stories and experiences about how food is grown and raised in the United States on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances, blog posts and more.Visit the USFRA website to learn more about each of the finalists and watch short videos highlighting their operation. Then, vote for finalists who will best represents the passion and innovation driving agriculture today. Votes will be factored into the final decision-making process that will determine the next Faces of Farming and Ranching. Voting ends on Sunday, October 23rd.Winners will be announced on Nov. 9, 2016, during a USFRA press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City.last_img read more

StackOverflow for GIS Launches Private Beta

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins StackOverflow started as software developer Q&A site. The traffic on the site spiked like mad and stayed that way. Then, its founders, Joel and Jeff, had to buy a warehouse to keep their VC money in. Now, they’ve begun rolling out verticals. Today, the latest version opened for private beta. GIS StackExchange is for people involved or interested in Geographic Information Systems. The beta is restricted to members of the Area51 GIS community but the public beta will begin on the 29th. The verticals are being produced in a very consensus-focused way, which fits the cooperative nature of the original. The Area51 site hosts a large number of proposals for new roll-outs. Among the hottest proposals are a lot which are tech-oriented. No surprise there. What’s surprising is how many are not. These include Food and Cooking and (be still my beating heart!) English Language and Usage.Via Jason Birch Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#crowdsourcing#Location#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Responds to Android Malware with Remote App Removal

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watters Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#mobile#web Last Tuesday, news broke that over 50 applications in the Android Market were found to contain malware that could be exploited to gain root control over a phone and steal sensitive data. Google removed the applications from the market but offered no public comment about the issue, and so questions remained about what would happen to the 50,000 some-odd apps that had already been downloaded.On Saturday evening, Google announced that it had initiated the “remote application removal feature,” that allowed it to wipe the malicious apps from infected Android devices without any additional action on the part of users.Google also said that it would be pushing an Android Market security update out to those devices that would prevent attackers from accessing any more information via the exploit. Google said those users would get an email update as well as a notification on their phones that “Android Market Security Tool March 2011” had been installed.According to Google, the malicious applications only impacted those phones running version 2.2.1 and lower. However, that’s still the majority of Android devices, and this episode is another testament to the continuing fragmentation of the Android market. Google says it’s “working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues,” so the fix is now in the hands of carriers to roll out.But this latest security issue isn’t simply a matter of fragmentation; it’s a matter of malicious apps appearing in the Android Market in the first place. Google says that it is “adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market,” but it doesn’t specify what those steps will be. While this may be the first time Google has had to invoke the remote “kill switch,” it isn’t the first time it’s had to yank malicious apps from the Android Market. Is Google doing enough to keep users safe? And what can be done to address the carriers’ role in security? last_img read more

Journalist Upendra Rai gets bail

first_imgA Delhi court on Friday granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India.Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.last_img read more

Myanmar’s Yangon United ends Ceres Negros in Asian club tournament

first_imgSwimming sisters make big splash Playing in front of almost 10,000 spectators, Stephan Schrock’s spectacular goal at the stroke of halftime proved to be a consolation as the Busmen crashed out in the first phase of the most prestigious club competition in the continent.“It’s a tough result for us, but it’s hard to play when half of the team has not played since September and half the team has been playing a lot of competitive games in the past three months with different teammates,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Busmen looked a step slower in the opening exchanges and their lack of a natural striker was exposed late on when they chased for an equalizer in the second half.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic admitted he may have underestimated Yangon, which the Busmen defeated over two legs in the AFC Cup zonal semifinal last year. A 28th-minute free kick from Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Miller right at the edge of the area and sub Kaung Htet Soe’s close-range strike early in the second half boosted Yangon to a second round duel with Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.With Bienvenido Maranon only available for a cameo role as he was hampered by a back injury, the Busmen’s attack didn’t look as potent as it used to be, although OJ Porteria’s volley rattled the crossbar in the second half.A moment of brilliance from Schrock in the 44th minute gave the Ceres faithful a ray of hope heading into halftime. But while the Busmen had plenty of ball, they struggled to carve open a compact Yangon defense.The loss relegated the Busmen to the AFC Cup, where they will face Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Shan United of Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war BACOLOD CITY—Ceres Negros shifts its focus to the AFC Cup for the fourth straight year, after a stunning first round exit in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage on Tuesday night.A night that started in a festive mood ended in heartbreak as the Busmen absorbed a stunning 2-1 loss to Myanmar champion Yangon United at a jampacked Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more