Gas Pipeline Application

first_imgIf approved, the project would ship as much as 4.2 (b) billion cubic feet per day through a pipeline from the Cypress area (southwest of Pink Mountain) to the Ridley Island Terminal, near Prince Rupert.  The proposal now undergoes a 30-day screening stage. The project has been in the planning stages for the better part of three years and includes input from the aboriginal and local communities that would be impacted.  “This marks a key milestone for our project, and a step towards growing new markets for B.C.’s abundant natural gas supplies” according to Spectra President Doug Bloom.  “The application reflects detailed scientific, technical, heritage research and fieldwork.”However, before the pipeline receives final approval, it will still need a second-round of public feedback including the thoughts of the federal and provincial levels of government.- Advertisement -To date, there’s been no mention of a timeline, should the project go ahead.last_img read more

China Lifts Ban on US Poultry Imports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Poultry exports from the United States to China will resume after the Chinese government lifted a four-year ban on Thursday, as the nation struggles to meet protein demands in light of the African swine fever outbreak.The lifting of the ban is effective immediately. China imposed the ban in 2015, responding to avian influenza outbreaks in the U.S.; the U.S. has been free of avian influenza since 2017.The news was welcome relief for U.S. poultry producers. The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council released a joint statement following the announcement.“Lifting the ban has been a top priority of the U.S. poultry industry for the past four years,” the groups said. “We thank President Trump, Agriculture Secretary (Sonny) Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative (Robert) Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary (Steve) Mnuchin, congressional leaders and their staffs, all of whom have worked tirelessly to reach an agreement with China and ensure the poultry industry has access to this market.”At its peak, annual poultry exports from the U.S. to China was a $71 million market for turkey and a $722 million market for chicken. The groups said renewed access to the Chinese market could result in $1 billion annually for “chicken paws alone.”In addition, they said there could be another $1 billion of potential exports of other chicken products, including leg and breast meat. Turkey exports could generate another $100 million in sales and poultry breeding stock at least $60 million more.“America’s poultry producers are committed to raising high-quality, nutritious products, and we are extremely pleased that we will once again have the opportunity to share these products with Chinese consumers,” the groups said.Lighthizer and Perdue issued statements regarding China’s decision.“The United States welcomes China’s decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products,” Lighthizer said. “This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers. China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China. Reopening China to U.S. poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry.”Perdue said, “After being shut out of the market for years, U.S. poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products. America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it is critical they be able to sell their bounty to consumers in other parts of the globe. We will continue our work to expand market access in important markets like China as well as other countries, to support our producers and U.S. jobs.”The U.S. exported more than $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013, prior to the 2014 avian influenza outbreak.The U.S. is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(SK/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Want To Comment On YouTube? You’ll Need A Google+ Account First

first_imgselena larson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos YouTube announced a new way of filtering out annoying comments on videos. Starting this week, YouTube comments will be powered by Google+, Google’s social network.The video site is notorious for users who down-vote videos en masse or post vicious replies, so YouTube is taking action to provide higher-quality comments and conversations.YouTube declares that it’s making comments better by integrating Google+. It will prioritize comments from recognizable profiles, like the video creator or friends. Posted comments can be shared privately or in users’ Google+ circles, and additional moderating tools will give video creators the ability to block phrases or auto-approve comments. “The grand idea is to try and turn these one-off comments into conversations that you really care about,” said Matt McLernon, a spokesperson for YouTube.But There’s Another Agenda HereWhile this seems like an effort by YouTube to improve the user experience, it is also a thinly veiled attempt by Google to bring Google+ services to the mainstream. Google has already integrated its social network in most of its products with the hopes of increasing engagement, provoking annoyance among some users. YouTube will be one of Google’s largest platforms to force its users to sign up for a Google+ account.Google+ may be the web’s second-largest social network behind Facebook, but that could be due to the fact that almost everyone with a Gmail account has a Google+ account, too. Whether they’re using them or not is another story.YouTube users who don’t already have a Google+ account will have to sign up for one using a Gmail address in order to participate in page discussions and, eventually, to comment on videos.YouTube said that users can register with either a Google+ profile or page so they can still use anonymous usernames. “On the Google+ side, you enter as much information as you like,” McLernon said. “On the YouTube side you can use a Plus page, so if you want to be awesomeperson5000, you can do that.” YouTube claims that the majority of YouTube commenters are already Google+ users, so many people might not even notice a difference. But with over one billion monthly unique users, there is bound to be a significant amount of people that registered with alternative email addresses. The company is risking a user revolt by mandating all commenters be Google+ users, as many people are already unhappy that the service is being forced on them. YouTube will begin rolling out the changes on channel pages today, with the exclusive Google+ commenting and linking system due globally later this year.Image via BrianDHawkins on Flickr Related Posts Tags:#Google#YouTube center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Yashwant to visit Gujarat on Congress invitation

first_imgBJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had recently caused a flutter by criticising the Centre for its handling of the economy, will be on a three-day tour of poll-bound Gujarat starting November 14, on an invitation from an NGO supported by the Congress party.The former Union Finance Minister would interact with the business community and deliver lectures in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat, a Congress leader said on Thursday.The events are slated to be organised by the Loksahi Bachao Andolan (Save Democracy Campaign), an NGO supported by the Congress.Economic featsMr. Sinha, whose son Jayant Sinha is a Minister in the Narendra Modi government, is likely to speak about demonetisation and the GST, the two steps being showcased as major economic achievements by the current dispensation.Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram had recently interacted with the traders of Rajkot on the GST and on the subject of ‘State of Economy’, though not under the banner of any political party.In a recent newspaper article, Mr. Sinha criticised the Centre and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in particular for the handling of the economy, which he said was on a “downward spiral and is poised for a hard landing”.Mr. Sinha had also written that many people in the BJP were aware of this reality, but not speaking up out of fear.last_img read more

Sarovar dam-hit fishermen grapple with altering breeding patterns

first_imgHundreds of farmers, potters and fishermen from 178 villages that were submerged by the backwaters of the Narmada, marched to the office of the Narmada Valley Development Authority in Bhopal demanding rehabilitation and alternative employment on Saturday.Ever since the Sardar Sarovar dam downstream was filled to the brim, the Narmada has developed an erratic current and an unstable course, posing a challenge to fishermen in Madhya Pradesh. “When the backwaters swelled, the catch dwindled dramatically. And now, several species have become extinct in the river,” says Mansarovar Verma, 53, a fisherman of Chikhalda village in Barwani district. “We don’t want contractors from outside to take over water bodies. Local fishermen have a traditional right to them,” said Medha Patkar, of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, who led the rally and then staged a dharna with the protesters.Fall in catch “Water has entered forests, and dead leaves are detrimental to fish. Furthermore, garbage from submerged villages has caused a large-scale pollution of the river,” said Mr. Verma.He now catches 2-4 kg of fish a day, earning only up to ₹400 a day. Three months ago, he netted 8-10 kg, bringing home ₹1,000 a day. “We want compensation or land for the loss incurred. We don’t want to work for a fishing contractor, who’ll set terms for us,” he said. Earlier, a drop in the water level after the monsoon gave them an opportunity to cultivate muskmelon and watermelon on the river banks around the month of January. After the water level rose, this too became impossible. The government has opened 32 societies for fishermen in Dhar, Barwani and Khargone districts, which share the river’s banks, to dispel the fears about contractors taking over fishing. Several species, including ‘mahseer’, has gone extinct.last_img read more

News broadcaster CNN International has named Anton

first_imgNews broadcaster CNN International has named Antonio Canto as vice-president, regional sales.Canto, who will work under chief commercial officer Rani Raad, will be charged with building CNN’s business in southern, central and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and the CIS.Canto replaces Reme Al-Saiegh, who is leaving the company after taking maternity leave. He previously worked in commercial roles at Viacom International Media Networks.“Antonio’s wealth of experience will be a huge asset to CNN as we look to continue exponential growth across these key markets,” said Raad.“His expertise in business strategy, revenue growth and developing strategic relationships will help build on the successful commercial operations that CNN has already fostered in these regions. I’m delighted to welcome Antonio to my executive team as CNN continues to offer greater bespoke propositions for advertisers to connect and engage with our global audience across multiple platforms.”last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled people who use UK airports have questioned a report which found significant improvement in the provision of assistance to passengers over the last year.The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) third annual report into the assistance provided at the UK’s 30 biggest airports ranked 16 of them as “very good”, and just one – Manchester (see separate story) – as poor.Last year, just six airports were ranked as “very good”.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when travelling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.The CAA report for 2017-18 points out that Heathrow, which last year was rated “poor” but is now said to be “good”, had invested £23 million in its assistance service, through new equipment, new technology and additional resources.Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham were all classified as “needs improvement”.CAA said that more than four-fifths of disabled passengers surveyed said the quality of assistance provided in 2017-18 was at least satisfactory, but one in 10 said it was “very poor”.The regulator also said that the airports often criticised airlines – which usually fund the assistance service through local agreements – for being “more focussed on cost saving than in ensuring a high quality assistance service”.The CAA report adds: “If this is happening it is not consistent with the brand values of major airlines.”Responses from disabled passengers on social media suggested CAA’s report had exaggerated the quality of airport assistance services.They were responding to disabled peer Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured), who had asked disabled people who use airports what their experiences have been.Most of those who responded – although not all – were scathing of the services they have received at UK airports.One, tweeting at @strictlywheels, said she had to complain “probably every other time we fly”, with a lack of consistency and wheelchairs being treated “appallingly”.Another, Tom Staniford, @tomstaniford, said the service was “mostly awful”, due to “poor quality, slow service, lack of care [and] ignorance”.British wheelchair basketball player Billy Bridge, @Billy_Bridge8, said he flies frequently but in the last four or five years he has experienced just one smooth journey.He said: “Airports just can’t seem to grasp how much easier they can make flying for disabled people.”Disabled academic Professor Tom Shakespeare, @TommyShakes, was one of the few who said his experiences had been “almost always positive”, although he said he always takes himself to the departure gate, rather than relying on the airport’s assistance service.But another, @celticchickadee, told Baroness Grey-Thompson that airports “seem to be struggling more and more with capacity”, either because of cutting staff or failing to keep pace with demand.And @prettytwitten said: “I don’t complain every time I have a bad experience or I’d be complaining every time I went somewhere. There is always something.”Ruth Murran, @ruth_murran, added: “My good experiences are because of individuals, rather than the system.“I am fortunate in being able to wheel myself to the gate so can mostly avoid being patronised. Hate the uncertainty and unpredictability.”Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service said she believed the quality of airport assistance was “getting worse” and was “too variable” and that the CAA figures did not reflect the experiences of disabled passengers.She said that flying was “one of the few time times I feel disabled”.She said: “From the people who’ve been in touch with me, many don’t complain because they’re exhausted by the whole process, or it is too hard to do so.“It all depends on people as well as the process and understanding what disabled people’s needs are.“Personally, I’ve had more challenges flying in the last two years than the previous 20.”She added: “The lack of understanding about how important it is to bring a personal mobility aid to the gate still astounds me.“They should be brought in a timely manner and disabled people shouldn’t be made to feel grateful for getting on or off a plane.”Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said in response to the CAA report: “It’s essential that passengers with reduced mobility or hidden disabilities get the service they deserve every time they fly. “The CAA has stepped up its work in this area and plays an important role in showing where improvement still needs to be made.“I welcome the progress made by airports to improve accessibility and will continue to work with all of the aviation industry to make flying easier for disabled passengers.”last_img read more

Why Cloud Storage Provider Box Had a Killer Quarter

first_img 2 min read –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters March 10, 2016 Cloud storage provider Box Inc. reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue as add-on services helped it win more customers to its content-sharing platform.The company also forecast better-than-expected current quarter revenue and shares rose 12.9 percent to $14.07 in extended trading on Wednesday.The company recorded increased traction for its additional data management services such as KeySafe and Governance.The company, which won customers such as Unilever Plc. and Home Depot Inc., said its paying customer base rose to 57,000 at the end of fourth quarter, up from 54,000 at the end of the third quarter.”It (services) allows us to work with much bigger enterprises and close much bigger deals with them as well,” Box Chief Executive Officer Aaron Levie said, adding that the services increased average selling price for deals by about 20 percent to 30 percent.While KeySafe allows a customer to take full control of encryption keys for its content, Governance allows businesses with sensitive data, such as financial services and healthcare companies, to comply with regulatory policies on sharing sensitive information.Box has recently also inked partnerships with Microsoft Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. that allow its storage platform to run on their cloud services, making its offerings more attractive to enterprises.”Many of our largest deals in fourth quarter came from customers rolling out [Microsoft] office 365 alongside Box,” Levie said separately on a conference call with analysts.Box forecast first-quarter revenue of $88 million to $89 million and an adjusted loss of 23 to 24 cents per share. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $86.9 million and a loss of 24 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Net loss attributable to shareholders narrowed to $50.4 million, or 41 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, from $52.9 million, or $2.64 per share, a year earlier.Excluding items, the company lost 26 cents per share. Analysts estimated a loss of 29 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Revenue rose 35.7 percent to $85 million, above average analysts’ estimate of $81.8 million.Up to Wednesday’s close, Box’s shares had fallen 10.6 percent since it went public in January last year.(Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Lisa Shumaker) Next Article Why Cloud Storage Provider Box Had a Killer Quartercenter_img Image credit: box.com Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Box Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

Rising Star in Digital Telco Market Calls on Oracle

first_imgCircles.Life Deploys Oracle to Monetize Digital Telco and Lifestyle ServicesAsia’s first fully digital telco, Circles.Life is working with Oracle to give power back to the customers and lead innovation in the digital industry. Oracle’s monetization engine empowers Circles.Life’s customers with the freedom to control their telco needs and customize their plans directly on the Circles.Life app.As the company plans to expand internationally and create more digital lifestyle products, Circles.Life sought a solution to support convergent charging and policy. The company selected Oracle for its ability to scale with even the most complex digital offerings and high-performance infrastructure. Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), Covalense Technologies led the implementation based on its proven deployment experience and track record success.Marketing Technology News: Mareana Named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor in Artificial Intelligence Across the Supply Chain“Our vision is to revolutionize the telco industry by giving our customers unprecedented control of their telco and digital experience,” said Changez Khan, Circles.Life’s head of telco systems engineering. “Oracle helps us to automate our telco systems and gives a differentiated platform so we can create various digital services beyond telco across geographies.”The monetization capabilities of Oracle’s Digital Experience for Communications solution, powered by Oracle Communications’ Billing and Revenue Management Elastic Charging Engine and Oracle Communications Policy Management, provides a scalable and future-proof solution that enables Circles.Life to monetize voice, messaging and data services.Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operations“In today’s digital age, consumers have come to expect simplicity, personalization and complete control over their services,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Communications. “Together with our partner Covalense, we are proud to have enabled Circles.Life to deliver exactly that, by leading the way in taking digital experience to the next level with their innovative digital telco products.”Marketing Technology News: RevJet Announces Results of Second Ad Experience Sentiment Report Revealing Change in Sentiment, Behavior of Online Consumers Rising Star in Digital Telco Market Calls on Oracle PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 11:05 pmMay 16, 2019 Circles.LifeElastic Charging EngineMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle CommunicationspersonalizationPolicy Management Previous Articleaqfer Launches Next-Generation SI-Ready Marketing Data LakeNext ArticleZift Solutions Launches Strategic Partner Programlast_img read more