Mayors send letter to Ministers regarding forestry sector crisis

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. – A letter was sent to British Columbia Federal Ministers regarding the crisis the forestry sector is in and several Mayors and Chairs have signed in support.The letter dated July 31st, 2019 is represented by 21 northern B.C. officials urging the government to support communities and employees that are being affected by mill closures and curtailments.Addressed to Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Patricia A Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the letter speaks on assistance for forestry dependent communities and that the forestry is foundational to the economy.- Advertisement -The letter goes on to share there are 140 forestry-dependent communities in B.C. and that the forest sector faces significant challenges that are directly impacting such as the Pine Beetle and the two years of wildfires, causing timber supply to decline.The letter speaks to the crisis being driven by high-cost tariffs by the US for Canadian lumber markets with the current conditions causes many operations not viable, forcing closure, curtailment and rebalancing the lumber supply.In the past two months since May 1st, 2019 there have been 45 announcements of curtailments/closures.Advertisement Local representatives that signed the letter included the member for the Village of Pouce Coupe, Brad Sperling, Chair for the Peace River Regional District and Dale Bumstead, Mayor of the City of Dawson Creek.To view the letter; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Nurturing the children

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust ended Children’s Month with a picnic at the site which will host the hospital in 2014. Trustees of the hospital showed their support and commitment to children by attending the picnic.(Images: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vuyo Lutseke   Media & Communications Officer,  Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital   +27 73 269 0815 RELATED ARTICLES • Town teams up for Mandela statue • Giving children a sense of pride • Putting children’s rights first • Madiba’s life captured in art • The simple palate of Nelson MandelaCadine PillayNelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust ended Children’s Month, observed in the month of November, by hosting a picnic for youngsters from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Forest Town School for Cerebral Palsy, Choc (Childhood Cancer Foundation) and Thingo Kids Pre-Primary, among other schools.About 50 children joined Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo M and the chief executive of the trust, Sibongile Mkhabela, at the site where the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be built in Parktown, Johannesburg for a day of fun in the sun on Friday, 30 November.Madiba’s dreamThe land for the hospital, which will be built by 2014, was donated by Wits University in 2009. Once completed, the hospital will be a academic hospital with 200 beds. Construction is estimated to be R1-billion and to date just over R200-million has been raised.Building is expected to begin in February 2013 and will fulfil the dream of Nelson Mandela for world-class health care to be available to all children. “We are here today to honour what your great-grandfather Nelson Mandela promised you,” Mkhabela said to the kids. “If we love you, we will build a hospital for your needs.”Mkhabela also called on members of the public, young and old, to donate towards the cost of building the hospital.The chief executive of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Reggie Skhosana, said McDonald’s, the fast food franchise, would build the accommodation for the parents and families of the children who were being treated at the hospital.“Our research has shown that when a child is sick he or she tends to heal faster when the parents are there,” Skhosana said. “That is why this hospital will have accommodation. We are going to house families whose children are very sick. A hospital on its own is too clinical; a home has warmth.”Specialised facility for childrenMkhabela has a personal interest in a children’s hospital. Her son, Lindokuhle, died when he was only five years old, and she experienced the sorrows and frustrations of having her child treated in an adult ward. “I realised that nursing a child needs a particular character and specific training,” she said.At the children’s hospital, she said, the needs of children would be prioritised in a way that was not demonstrated at regular hospitals, while bringing South Africa and the continent a little closer to meeting its increasing health care demands. Children’s health care needs were fundamentally different from those of adults and having a dedicated facility for children up to the age of 14 meant the hospital would be child-friendly.Makhabela emphasised that patients would have access to world-class health care through collaboration with other local and international medical institutions.At the site unveiling in 2009, Mandela stressed that a specialised, dedicated children’s hospital would be a credible demonstration of the commitments of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront. “Nothing less would be enough,” he said.No child turned awayThe hospital, as a not-for-profit organisation, will be a critical resource that will service not only South Africa but the rest of southern Africa as well. The hospital will run on the principle that no child will be turned away because his or her parents cannot pay.“We are extremely pleased with the progress of the project so far,” said the chair of the hospital’s fundraising committee, Tito Mboweni. “We have a strong vision for Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and believe that it will not only save young lives but give children the right to be cared for and to receive medical treatment irrespective of their social or economic status.”The facility will have hi-tech equipment, will be easily accessible by public transport or air, will be environmentally friendly and will have accommodation for the families of children who travel from far.Addressing the issuesUnicef’s 2012 Child Mortality Report, which was released in September, showed that southern Africa was lagging other areas in paediatric medicine. The report found that poor children were 17 times more likely to experience hunger and three times less likely to complete school than children from wealthier backgrounds.“One in five of our children have complex health conditions,” Mkhabela said.There is a dearth of children’s hospitals in Africa; the only one at present – until the Mandela facility is completed – is the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Canada, Germany and Australia have no less than 19 each.It will be only the fourth dedicated paediatric hospital in Africa, for about 447 million children. Private funding will cover construction and staff costs, while the government will pay the operational costs.“There is no better opportunity for our leaders and the health fraternity to stand united in demonstrating the urgency of putting children first,” she said.The hospital trust launched a campaign to raise R300-million for the construction – a project that has already taken six years of planning. Mkhabela added a number of contributors continued to subscribe, making financial and in-kind contributions.“A whole series of activities will soon be announced to give as many people as possible an opportunity to know how they can be part of Madiba’s legacy … We remain open to receive expressions of interest, including naming rights.”The future of paediatrics in SAMore paediatric medical staff will be produced in South Africa through the hospital, where nurses will play a critical, central role in operations. “This hospital will fill a huge gap in the country’s health care system and complement other paediatric hospitals,” Mkhabela said.The trust plans to create a regional training platform that will drive specialised paediatric care all over South Africa.last_img read more

Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM

first_imgBrand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM and continuously aims to encourage all South Africans to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes a free and fair society for all to live in.“This 16 day of activism against women and children abuse has reached unacceptable levels in Gauteng and South Africa as a whole” said, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane at the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign.The theme #HearMeToo follows from the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE), which calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share of knowledge and innovations.The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:Encourage all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, hence the theme: Count me in.Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM. The campaign is aimed to engage men to break the silence against sexual and gender-based violence in the country and drive this to be a reality for all.“We have recently seen men uniting in one voice to break the silence and showing unity in the fight for protecting women and children, for instance the #NOTINMYNAME movement. We commend these men for taking charge. This is why Brand South Africa found it important to support this campaign and charge men with the responsibility of their role in protecting their loved ones, hence the #IAM campaign”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile NtombelaThe campaign calls on men of diverse ethnicity to participate. Filmed in black t-shirts, wearing red lipstick with the words #IAM highlighting their role of protecting women and children.“This campaign does not start nor end during the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, it is an everyday reality that we need to face and mobilize community members, men and women to take a stand and report, stop abuse whether it is emotionally, physically or sexually. Let us all have a voice against this social ill and construct a nation that is peaceful and unified” adds Ms Ntombela.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

5 DIY Tips for Your Next Shoot

first_imgHere are a few other DIY posts from PremiumBeat worth checking out:10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMake Your Own DIY LED Light BarDIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 Here are 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget.Cover image via Film Riot.One of the most valuable online resources for filmmakers and video producers is Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel and production juggernaut, Film Riot. Film Riot provides actionable content on filmmaking questions, techniques, and gear recommendations. One of their recent videos focuses on a few DIY tips they’ve released in the past that will help reduce your budget or give you more time to focus on your production.Let’s take a look at some of these DIY tips as well as where to find the equipment they call for.Low FogIf you’re shooting a horror film, or any type of science fiction story, creating mood and environment is key. This low-lying fog adds a layer of creepiness and a boosts the sense of production value on your set. As Connolly advises, when handling the dry ice, make sure you wear gloves and make sure you don’t touch the ice with your bare skin.What you need:Styrofoam coolerFog machineDry Ice Spray Paint LightsLet’s say you don’t have the resources or time to get a few gels before your next shoot. Not to worry. You can simply spray paint the lightbulb. You can even include these in the shot, as they are visually appealing. Make sure you purchase heat-resistant paint because the bulbs become extremely hot as the shoot goes on (we’ve all seen what they can do to gels).What you need:Heat-resistant paint Lens FlareCapturing an organic lens flare in camera is easier than it sounds, and this cost effective technique will get the job done without taking your shoot outside. With a little bit of tape on the top and bottom of your lens, you can get the flare effect you’ve always wanted, without distracting your audience.If you still want more control over the flare or need to add one during the post-production process, check out RocketStock’s anamorphic lens flare pack here.What you need:TapeFishing line Do you have DIY production tips? Let us know in the comments. Simulating a PartyOne of the most frustrating aspects of shooting a scene that requires a lot of extras is actually rounding up enough people to make the scene look convincing. Fortunately for you, there’s a simple solution to subtly deceive the audience that uses only a handful of people and a few crew members to create the appearance of a raging party. Use your telephoto lens or zoom in enough to close the background up around your subject. Voila. If you want a little added spice, have a crew member walk in front of the camera or behind your subject to add even more to the illusion.What you need:A longer lens Shower CurtainUsing a shower curtain as a diffuser is not just a household trick. Professional cinematographers like Shane Hurlbut have used it on big-budget film sets. Even if you don’t have shower curtain with you on set, a quick visit to nearest online grocery or supply store will set you up with a super cheap solution. This curtain will add a level of diffusion that will help with harsh sunlight or shadows.What you need:Shower curtainlast_img read more

Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss

first_imgUE went just 1-of-4 in uncontested field goals while FEU was far better going 11-of-15.Passing was also a thorn on the Red Warriors’ game tallying just 19 assists as compared to FEU’s 26. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pumaren rued his team’s reliance on isolation plays instead of finding open shots and executing extra passes.“I was telling them to move the ball, don’t force shots, and I told them even after our game against NU [National University],” said Pumaren, whose team lost 86-69 against the Bulldogs in the opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s fine with me if you dribble and try to attack your man, go ahead, but if you’re just going to dribble the basketball and you know there are no stats in basketball that says ‘most number of dribbles.’”In their game against the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors went 4-of-8 on uncontested shots and that mark was worse against the Tamaraws. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter starting the season with two straight losses, University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren wants a stronger mental game from his players.The Red Warriors dropped to 0-2 after losing to Far Eastern University, 90-83, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more