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Site C construction reaches one-year milestone

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s official: the Site C Dam has officially been under construction for one year.According to a press release from the provincial government this morning, the 365-day milestone was reached last week. The release from both the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Energy and Mines says that major progress has been made on the $8.8 billion megaproject, adding that the dam project is both on-schedule and on-budget.Premier Christy Clark says this is a project that will benefit for years.“Site C will provide British Columbia with a generational opportunity to secure a reliable source of clean, renewable and affordable electricity for the future, the construction of Site C is also providing economic benefits today — employing more than 1,000 B.C. workers, offering skills training opportunities for young workers, and providing opportunities for businesses of all sizes.”- Advertisement -The dam will provide the capacity to generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity, producing roughly 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year.The latest employment numbers for the Site C project show that there were a total of 1,547 workers on the Site C project in May 2016, with 1,223 workers from British Columbia (79%).Advertisement MLA Mike Bernier says this is a project that is helping those while we are experiencing the economic downturn.“In the northeast, the slowdown in the natural resource sector has been significant and the construction of Site C is providing employment and business opportunities at a time when it is really needed.”Some other facts:Over 900 hectares of land has been cleared as part of site preparation work.To date, BC Hydro has signed contracts and made financial commitments of more than $4 billion.Approximately 2.5 million cubic metres of material has been excavated and relocated on the north bank of the dam site.last_img read more

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Winged Migration Grows Up

first_imgScientists used to rely on metal bands on birds’ legs to find out how they got from here to there.  Now, they can glue tiny radio transmitters to their shoulders and follow them in real time.  What happened when Princeton scientists hijacked 30 white-crowned sparrows and took them from Seattle to New Jersey?  Age has its advantages, it turns out.  Read about it on PhysOrg and EurekAlert.    The adults soon realized they were 3,000 miles off course, and adjusted their bearing to fly southwest toward their winter quarters in Mexico.  The juveniles, who had never flown home before, flew directly south.  This indicates that the chicks are born with an innate compass that works OK the first time, but experience helps the adults develop a global map that can make corrections.    The white-crowned sparrow usually flies solo at night.  Upon release, all the birds seemed a little disoriented at first.  After a couple of days the adults converged on the correct orientation.    The article did not say if the scientists were able to bring the lost youngsters home, because the devices apparently did not have receivers to which they could send commercials, like “Fly Southwest.”  Hopefully they will enjoy Florida.Ongoing research into bird migration shows that it is a multi-faceted skill that employs magnetic fields, celestial navigation, smell, visual landmarks, and more.  How the chicks of the Pacific Golden Plover fly from Alaska to the tiny specks of the Hawaiian islands, alone, across open ocean, using only an innate compass, is one of those wonders of nature that defies evolution.  Time to enjoy Winged Migration again: a film whose photographic excellence and amazing content should adorn every home theater.  Looks great in HDTV.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Read a Book Today

first_imgTebogo Ditshego, CEO of Ditshego Media and founder of the South African Reading Foundation, talking to students about success and the importance of readingAccording to a survey conducted by Stats SA in 2011, 7.1% of South Africa’s population could read and write, but this figure was based on the ability to read and write short sentences and fill in forms.This means that at the time of the survey, 2.643 million South African adults experienced difficulty reading, or could not read at all.Actress Nomzamo Mbatha talking to Wits students about the power of words (images: Bhekumuzi Mdakane)Understanding that reading and literacy can open doors to opportunity, Tebogo Ditshego, chief executive at Ditshego Media, started the South African Reading Foundation in early 2012 to address South Africa’s literacy problem.“We can become as great as we want to be, but it all starts with a book,” said Ditshego, speaking at the World Book Day Read a Book SA event at the University of the Witwatersrand on 23 April.Since 1997 World Book Day has celebrated authors, illustrators, and books, and more importantly, reading and its importance in education and literacy.Organised by the South African Reading Foundation through its Read a Book SA campaign, and in conjunction with Brand South Africa and Play Your Part, the event attracted local personalities to share their love of reading, and inspire a love of reading in others.Actors Nomzamo Mbatha and Masego “Maps” Maponyane; media personality, Pearl Modiadie; social entrepreneur and One Young World ambassador, Luvuyo Mandela; National Youth Development Agency executive chairperson, Yershen Pillay; and writer and entrepreneur, Kojo Baffoe all contributed their stories on how reading helped mould their intellects, and how important reading is to fulfilling South Africa’s potential.WHY READING IS IMPORTANT“Reading and literacy are critically important because they add value and credence to a knowledge economy,” says Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketing, Wendy Tlou.Writer and entrepreneur Kojo Baffoe reads an extract from Paul Beatty’s novel “The White Boy Shuffle”“A reading nation is a nation that is informed; it is a nation that is curious; it is a nation that is opinionated; but it is also a nation that does, and moves away from just thinking but actually doing.“Through this event we aim to help more South Africans discover the joys of reading and further highlight the importance of reading”, she said, adding, “For me reading has been, and still is, the only journey I take when I want to transport myself to a different world.”At the event she concluded by urging students to “Welcome reading, use reading as a source of strength and a source of confidence, use written words to form and create your opinions because your opinion matters,” adding that “Our struggle is no longer one of political freedom; it’s a struggle for intellectual freedom.”To learn more about World Book Day and the Read a Book SA campaign, follow the South African Reading Foundation @ReadabookSA on twitter.last_img read more

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MLS TV ratings experience slight uptick in 2017

first_imgMLS Media Microscope: MLS TV ratings experience slight uptick in 2017 Seth Vertelney 00:55 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tyler Adams CJ Sapong MLS 09172017 Vincent Carchietta MLS In an industry that is struggling to retain viewers, the league is encouraged by its growth in recent seasons Major League Soccer’s television ratings still don’t exactly leap off the page.In comparison with North America’s other four major professional sports leagues, MLS lags far behind the NFL, MLB and the NBA in average viewership, and trails the NHL by a more modest amount.But while MLS is lacking in terms of raw figures, it does have one accomplishment in recent season to hang its hat on: growth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In an industry that’s rapidly hemorrhaging viewers from broadcast to digital platforms – or sometimes just losing them entirely, MLS saw its overall TV ratings increase, if only modestly, in the 2017 season.Here’s a look at the numbers for the 2017 MLS regular season on the league’s three U.S. television partners:ESPN: Viewership on ESPN and ESPN2 combined was slightly down in 2017. MLS matches on ESPN and ESPN2 averaged 272,000 viewers in 2017, compared to 274,000 in 2016.Fox: Fox and Fox Sports 1 combined to average a five percent increase in viewership in 2017 (236,000 average viewers in 2017 versus 224,000 in 2016).Univision: The league’s Spanish-language partner showed a five percent growth on numbers from matches on Univision and UniMas combined (265,000 in 2017 versus 252,000 in 2016).Blerim Dzemaili Laurent Ciman Montreal ImpactOverall, the 2017 MLS regular season delivered 26.3 million gross viewers across all U.S. networks, up four percent versus 2016.Again, these numbers in and of themselves are nothing to write home about. But MLS is a unique case in the professional sports TV landscape, with many other North American leagues losing viewers year-over-year.The NHL, which is the major North American league closest to MLS in terms of viewership, averaged 467,000 viewers across NBC and NBCSN last season. That figure is roughly double what MLS games bring in, but it was also down seven percent from the previous season.The NHL isn’t the only league to see a decline in its viewership. The NBA experienced a similar drop last season, and the NFL continues to make headlines with its TV numbers dropping over the last two seasons after a decade of seemingly unstoppable increases.  “We have year-over-year growth. That’s not a story that everyone in the industry is able to tell right now,” MLS senior vice president of media Seth Bacon told Goal.“[TV numbers going] up in this day and age is something that we’re very proud of and very bullish on because we’ve done a lot of work with our partners internally at the league to make sure that every year we have the story of continued growth.”That growth can be attributed to any number of factors, but a major reason overall MLS TV ratings have increased every year since 2014 is that matches are simply available to more people now than ever before.For example, in 2015 there were just eight MLS matches broadcast on ESPN, with 26 games on the less-distributed ESPN2. In 2016 and 2017, though, those numbers flipped, with a large majority of ESPN’s MLS matches now broadcast on its flagship network.Last season, Fox began showing games on its broadcast network for the first time, with four matches on over-the-air Fox. That trend continued with five matches in 2017 and will likely carry over to 2018 as well.And Univision broadcasted six matches on its over-the-air channel in 2017, when it had only featured games on its cable networks in recent seasons.Shifting matches to channels with higher distribution has been key for MLS in recent seasons, and Bacon, who joined the league in 2014, has been given credit for helping get broadcast partners on board with this change.“We’re continuing to be very smart and data-driven with how we build our schedule,” Bacon said. “Making sure that we’re looking at the right lead-in opportunities, the right programming windows, the right marketing opportunities, where the right audiences will be.”Broadcast camera MLSThere have been some successes in recent seasons, but how will MLS ensure its numbers continue to grow in 2018?It’s a World Cup year, which has the potential to bring huge viewership totals if MLS can utilize its Fox partnership to schedule World Cup-MLS doubleheaders.“There will be more Fox broadcast events next year, and we’re hoping to take advantage of some World Cup lead-ins,” Bacon said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for us to schedule in a very smart way and that will hopefully continue to build the audience.”Of course, there is one big caveat for MLS next summer: For the first time since the league existed, the U.S. won’t be at the World Cup.Recent World Cups have provided a boost for MLS, but will the absence of the U.S. stifle that potential growth next summer? Bacon remains optimistic.“The World Cup is the most relevant soccer tournament in the world, we know it’s going to be a huge event,” Bacon said.“Onward for us and we think it’s going to be a great year because more people are going to be talking about the sport of soccer in the United States and Canada.”last_img read more

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Dark Phoenix Mystique and Storm just got their own XMen Barbie dolls

first_img Share your voice Dark Phoenix looks even more deadly in Barbie form.  Mattel Whether you loved or hated the superhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, fans of Dark Phoenix, Mystique, and Storm will be able to collect them all… in Barbie doll form.During San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, Marvel and Mattel announced a new line of Mystique, Storm and Dark Phoenix Barbie dolls to celebrate Marvel Comics’ 80th anniversary. The X-Men dolls come with elaborate costumes and accessories, and retail for $55 (roughly £44, AU$78) each. Young Stan Lee returning in animated form Stan Lee sang to me: 10 crazy Comic-Con moments I’ll never forget Comic-Con survival tips from Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more insiders 6:21 The hottest SDCC 2019 exclusives we’ve seen so far Dark Phoenix: You might know her as Jean Grey-Summers. In the X-Men universe Jean AKA Dark Phoenix is an Omega-level mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Dark Phoenix Barbie doll dons her signature red bodysuit with gold details and includes the gold phoenix image. She also wears thigh-high boots, gloves and a sash belt.mystiqueMystique Barbie doll Mattel Mystique: This super villain is a mutant born who can shape-shift to look like anyone she wants. Mystique Barbie doll wears a white dress with a double slit and a very creepy belt of skulls. Her other accessories include white gloves, tall boots and the skull detail on her forehead.storm3Storm Barbie doll Mattel Storm: Born Ororo Munroe, Storm is a member of the X-Men team who can change the weather on a whim or as a weapon. Storm Barbie doll wears a shiny-black bodysuit, cape and boots, all with fancy metallic-gold trim. She also has gauntlets, a headdress, and her gemstone brooch to complete the outfit.Fans can pre-order these new Barbie dolls at GameStop beginning July 18. The dolls will be available in stores later in October. Now playing: Watch this: More SDCC news 25 Photoscenter_img Marvel X-Men 0 Post a comment Rick and Morty Comic-Con exclusive toy unboxing Comic-Con Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies Tagslast_img read more

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