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Time to get behind the ‘All Blakes’ Big Quiz night!

first_imgNo plans this Thursday night? Why not put your knowledge to the test at the All Blakes Team table quiz in aid of Relay for Life!The event promises to be a night of great craic and good competition in Blake’s Bar, Letterkenny Main Street at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come and support the fundraiser and there will be great prizes on offer, sponsored by Kernan’s. The ‘All Blakes’ are getting ready to take part in Relay for Life Donegal on 25th-26th May to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society to fund research provide local support services in Donegal.The ‘All Blakes’ Relay for Life teamAnd the family team are also running a mega-draw ‘Raffle for Relay’ this weekend!Instead of just asking people to donate money to this great Charity which they will gladly accept, the ‘All Blakes’ team together with all of their generous sponsors are also giving everyone a chance to win some amazing prizes. Vouchers from a wide range of local businesses have been donated and there are over 15 prizes to be won!And the first prize is an incredible trip to Man Utd. V Arsenal, sponsored by Ireland West Airport Knock! These tickets are available in Blake’s Bar, The Brewery, The Cottage, Arena 7, Hue Hair Salon and Tír na nÓg to name but a few and can also be obtained from any of the ALL BLAKES TEAM.So, if you see any of the All Blakes Team with buckets or raffle tickets over the next week, please give what you can. Every little helps and remember it is all for a great cause.Let’s all help out with the fight against Cancer.Time to get behind the ‘All Blakes’ Big Quiz night! was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all blakesTable quizlast_img read more

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MK: In pursuit of liberty

first_imgA display on Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged in 1979 at the age of 23. This headline refers to the 1980 Silverton Siege, when 25 people were taken hostage in Volkskas Bank, Silverton, Pretoria, by three ANC members who were later allshot dead.(Images: Lucille Davie) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600• To arrange an appointment to view:  Ethel Arends  MNF records management specialist  +27 11 547 5676. RELATED ARTICLES • Tribute to Arthur Goldreich • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotel • Sharpeville remembered • SA, Angola strengthen ties • New ward opened for Smile WeekLucille DavieAfrican National Congress (ANC) military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) turns 50 this year, and in commemoration, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting an exhibition highlighting the organisation during its active period.Movingly displayed in the foyer of the foundation’s offices in Houghton, the exhibition is titled In pursuit of liberty: legality vs justice. Its theme is “heroism, martyrdom and the ethical principles of South African liberation movements”.Visitors can learn about the struggle of MK cadres against apartheid.The exhibition has three main areas of focus – the Rivonia triallists and their capture at Liliesleaf; the story of Solomon Mahlangu who in 1979 became the first MK soldier to be executed by the government of the time; and the 1980 bank siege in Silverton, Pretoria, and the subsequent Soekmekaar and Silverton trials, which became the “turning point of the liberation struggle”.“The exhibition portrays how freedom fighters used the apartheid courts and police holding cells as sites of struggle,” said a press statement.“It evokes unpleasant memories of the turbulent apartheid years, but it can help those who were born after the dawn of democracy to understand the heavy price their forebears paid for democracy.”In pursuit of liberty runs until the end of 2011. Viewing is by appointment only.The South African Post Office, which is a participant in the exhibition, will issue a new set of stamps in support of its successful Legends of Freedom series and its 2009 Solomon Mahlangu stamp.The struggle for freedomIn a moving address at the exhibition’s opening, during which she sang a verse of a freedom song, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo talked about her time in MK.“Ours was a just war and it should be celebrated,” she said. “It was a war that had to be fought to find freedom.”She described the “vigorous training” that she and many other young South Africans went through in the 1970s, after they left South Africa in the wake of the 16 June 1976 Soweto pupils’ uprising.Dlodlo thanked guest and respected advocate George Bizos, who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki in the Rivonia Trial, for his support during the struggle years.She also mentioned the citizens of various countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Russia, Sweden and Cuba, who welcomed exiled MK members within their borders. People like the late Zimbabwean politician Joshua Nkomo, music producer Quincy Jones, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson had also offered unfailing support to the ANC.“Whites were not our enemy, the system was the enemy,” she said.Dlodlo, who is also secretary-general of the Military Veterans Association, stressed that many comrades in exile were young – some were 18 and 19 years old. The women cadres in exile were called “flowers of our revolution”, a term originally coined by ANC leader in exile Oliver Tambo.Continuing the fightJames Mange, an MK commander who was arrested with Mahlangu and 12 others, described his experience of the trial, and how the death sentence hung over them.“There was no doubt in our minds that John Vorster would hang Solomon,” he said, referring to the state president at the time.Despite a two-year wait during which the government came under intense international pressure to repeal his sentence, Mahlangu went to the gallows in 1979. His hanging “just gave us strength and more determination,” added Mange.Mahlangu’s long incarceration had not broken his spirit, and his last words were reportedly: ”My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”Like a number of struggle heroes, he posthumously received the National Order of Mendi for Bravery, in 2005.Mange, too, was sentenced to death while his comrades were sent to Robben Island, but this fate was commuted to a jail term of 20 years after an appeal.“We were afraid to disgrace the generation before us,” he said, and added that the present generation needs to learn about the sacrifices made by his generation, as they go forward into the future.Taking up armsUmkhonto we Sizwe is isiZulu and isiXhosa for “Spear of the Nation”. The movement played a major role in South Africa’s armed struggle.The decision to form MK was taken in mid-1961 in response to the government’s increasing and sometimes lethal determination to oppress non-white South Africans, despite the fact that resistance action had been peaceful until then. The ANC decided that it had no choice but to take up arms.MK’s founding members were, among others, former president Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo, the secretary-general of the South African Communist Party.Other key members in cells around the country included Jack Hogson, Ahmed Kathrada, Arthur Goldreich, Chris Hani, Dennis Goldberg, Ronnie Kasrils, former president Thabo Mbeki, current president Jacob Zuma, Curnick Dlovu and Vuyisile Mini.MK announced its presence with a series of bomb attacks on government buildings on 16 December 1961 in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Now the Day of Reconciliation, the 16 December public holiday formerly commemorated the Afrikaner defeat of the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838, and was known as the Day of the Covenant or Dingaan’s Day.The government promptly banned MK as a terrorist organisation, but this didn’t stop many cadres from receiving military training overseas. During its years of activity the organisation’s operations included sabotage of transport systems and power plants – including the Koeberg nuclear facility – attacks on police stations and military bases, and bomb blasts of varying intensity.Despite fierce resistance from the government and two states of emergency, the first one in 1960 and the second in 1986, the apartheid system eventually fell away.After 29 years MK suspended its armed struggle when the ANC and other organisations were unbanned in 1990, four years before South Africa’s first democratic elections. It was completely absorbed into the National Defence Force by 1994.A display on Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged in 1979last_img read more

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All systems go at the SKA

first_imgStanding in front of their aircraft on the brand new landing strip near the SKA site in the Northern Cape, are (l to r), Prof Justin Jonas, Dr Val Munsami, Minister David Willetts, Sir Steve Smith, Dr Simon Berry, Tim Moody, Vinny Pillay and Tracy Cheetham.(Image: Janine Erasmus)One of the reasons that the SKA is located where it is, is because of the low population density in that part of the country, resulting in little or no radio interference.(Image: SKA)A view of the KAT-7 from the top of nearby Losberg, which acts as a barrier between the installation and the SKA admin and control site.Justin Jonas and David Willetts gaze out over the MeerKAT core. Foundations for the 64-dish telescope are already being poured and the first dish is expected to be installed by the end of the year.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tommy MakhodeChief director, communications:Department of Science and Technology• Marina JoubertSKA South Africa communications+27 83 409 4254 Janine ErasmusIt’s all systems go at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in the Northern Cape. There’s a brand new landing strip which will cut down on transport time to and from the site, and a whole host of new buildings going up. And there’s also the MeerKAT, the SKA precursor, which is under construction.The all-weather landing strip will eliminate a couple of hours of travelling time, because it saves people having to drive from the airstrip in Carnarvon – about an hour each way – which was previously the case. Getting new equipment in will also be a lot easier.It’s 1.3km long and 18m wide and is registered as a voluntary un-manned landing strip with the South African Civil Aviation Authority. It can accommodate 13-seaters and any smaller craft, but there is provision to upgrade the voluntary registration to a fully licenced landing strip, if larger aircraft should ever need to land.On 11 September the UK’s minister for universities and science, David Willetts, was part of a delegation that touched down on the landing trip for the first time. He was accompanied by Sir Steve Smith, vice-chancellor of Exeter University; Dr Simon Berry, SKA expert from the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council; and Tim Moody, second secretary for science and innovation at the British High Commission.While in South Africa, WIlletts signed an agreement with his South African counterpart Derek Hanekom, to strengthen collaboration between scientists in the two countries. The two ministers pledged their support for an initiative called the Scientific Seminar Scheme. Funded equally by both ministries, this programme will comprise a series of conferences and seminars that will bring together groups of early- to mid-career scientists from South Africa and the UK.“It’s very exciting to see sub-Saharan Africa leading what is going to be one of the big science experiments of the next decade, and it’s going to be a great boost for science in South Africa and across the continent,” said Willetts, adding that he was impressed with the amount and quality of work that had been done on the SKA, as well as the speed with which the local team was working.“Where we are will be the centre of the biggest science infrastructure in the world in a decade or so,” said Prof Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at SKA South Africa. “Africa has already become a big hub for science.”Easier to get thereBuildings around the site, which were quite sparse originally, are now springing up everywhere. One of the most important is the new Karoo Array processor building. This will house all the data processing racks, as well as the power and back-up equipment, required for MeerKAT. Because it’s so important to keep radio interference to a minimum, much of the processor building, including the data rack room and control room, will lie 5m below the ground. In addition, the data rack and control rooms will be shielded with steel panels over the walls and ceiling.There will be 50 racks for MeerKAT and 80 for SKA phase one. “This is where the processing will be happening,” said Jonas. “The dishes themselves use relatively small amounts of power, but a lot of power will be going to the computers.”He explained that the data rack room has to be completely shielded to prevent radio frequency interference affecting the incoming data from the telescope, and that the joins between panels will be examined with a device called a sniffer to ensure that the room is secure. If it’s not, the entire facility will be rendered useless.The door alone will weigh 360kg and will be about 30cm thick. “The amount of force required to put the door in place is more than a person can muster, so it’s pneumatic.”The data must be processed on the fly before it’s sent back to the office in Cape Town, said Jonas, because it would be too expensive to store it or send huge amounts of raw data down a fibre cable – “It’s best to put the computers where the data is,” he said. “They don’t need to be in the big city. We’re talking about data bandwidth that’s equal to that of a small continent.”Another building that’s undergoing changes is the dish assembly shed. With its volume now more than double that of the original, the team can work on two dishes at one time. A pedestal integration shed is also nearing completion – this facility will allow for the addition of the pedestal and electronics, and pre-installation testing as well.The processor building is expected to be finished by March 2014 and the shed by the end of September 2013 – this is a must because MeerKAT dish construction is expected to begin soon.Building the SKAThe 64-dish MeerKAT will be completed in 2016, and will then be the largest radio telescope in the world – until the SKA overtakes it. The team expects the first MeerKAT dish to be completed and installed by the end of 2013.At the time of the site visit, five foundations had been poured. Laying a MeerKAT foundation is not the same as laying one for a building – it’s a complex structure that has to support a 19m-high antenna and keep it stable enough in strong winds to continue accurately gathering data, as well as protect it from lightning damage. Each foundation consists of 78 cubic metres of concrete and nine tons of steel reinforcement and has to comply with a set of rigorous quality standards.The MeerKAT telescope is estimated to cost about R2-billion (US$204-million), but, said Jonas, the total budget is about R3.9-billion ($398-million) because of all the other components, such as the highly successful human capital development programme.MeerKAT will be followed by the first phase of the mid-frequency SKA component, which will be located in the area where KAT-7 and MeerKAT stand, and will comprise the existing dishes plus an extra 190.“SKA phase one extends out for about 100km or so,” said Jonas. “It’s expected that phase one will go operational in 2018, or perhaps a bit later.”Phase two of the SKA will extend further out into the African partner countries, and will also see low-frequency components coming online in Australia and New Zealand.last_img read more

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How To Watch President Obama’s 2013 State Of The Union Address Online

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Unless you’re Tim Cook, you probably don’t have a front row seat lined up for President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday night. That’s okay though, because the ever-more-interactive speech is best experienced online, where it will be accompanied by more context and conversation than in any other medium. When it comes to tuning in online, this won’t be anything like the Summer Olympics. There will be plenty of free livestreaming options across a variety of devices, as well as any number of social chats, on-camera analyses and interactive features from media outlets, journalists and the White House itself. Livestreaming The State Of The Union AddressThe White House will not only be live-streaming President Obama’s speech Tuesday night, but it will be displaying relevant charts and data in sync with whatever the President happens to be talking about. The White House’s “enhanced livestream” begins at 9pm Eastern Time (6pm Pacific Time) and will be followed by a live panel discussion with policy experts. All of this will be available on the White House’s website, as well as its official iOS and Android apps. If the White House stream freezes up right as your SOTU drinking game is just getting rowdy, you can always jump over to C-SPAN.com, which will be streaming the speech as well. On C-SPAN, you can also compare Obama’s fourth State of the Union with archived addresses from the past. The C-SPAN folks have written transcripts dating back to Franklin Delano Roosevelet and archived videos as far back as Ronald Reagan’s fourth State of the Union address in 1984. For even more historical analysis, check out Al Jazeera’s interactive tool comparing Obama’s past State of the Union speeches. And if all of those options aren’t enough, CNN, Wall Street Journal, YouTube and HuffPost Live will also be live streaming the speech. The State Of The Union Is… InteractiveThese days, it’s pretty much a given that any big news or entertainment event is the “most interactive” instance of that event that’s ever happened. That’s what progress is all about.The State of the Union is no exception, and not just because people are increasingly connected and more prone to live-tweet TV events in general. The famously tech-savvy Obama administration has been proactive about baking interactive elements into the speech and encouraging online participation. On Twitter, the White House has officially endorsed the #SOTU hashtag and is encouraging users to use #WHChat to submit questions to on-air policy experts after Obama’s speech. The administration will also be actively maintaining conversations with citizens on Facebook and Google+. Meanwhile, Republicans will be live-critiquing Obama’s speech on the official GOP website and encouraging rank-and-file conservatives to do the same over various social channels. Media outlets are running their own interactive features during the speech as well. Huffpost Live, for example, will be doing its usual thing, live-streaming the speech and post-speech reactions while inviting viewers to join on-air discussions and live chats.  Tags:#Barack Obama#cord cutters#livestreaming#online video#politics#television center_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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RED Cameras hit Apple and B&H Stores, and a First Look at HYDROGEN

first_imgThose who purchase the RED RAVEN 4.5K kit from Apple will receive a free copy of Final Cut Pro X and an iOS app. The foolcontrol app is exclusively for RED RAVEN Camera Kit owners. The app allows full control over the RAVEN when connected to the same network as your iOS device.You will soon be able to demo the RED RAVEN kit in select Apple Stores. It must be getting a little crowded these days, as DJI will also be selling select drones in Apple Stores as well. It should also be no surprise that the only suggested products for RED on the Apple site are a pair of Beats by Dre headphones and AirPods.This makes me wonder if the partnership may also have something to do with RED’s HYDROGEN phone. The device will take on the Apple iPhone, though RED already said the HYDROGEN was Android OS-based. Some already speculate that the partnership has to do with requests from RED for Apple to produce a better and more capable MacPro for professional video editors.Speaking of the HYDROGEN, the first look at the device also hit this week. Marques Brownlee got his hands on the new holographic smartphone from RED, and in this video, he walks you through the prototypes and tells us we should see a nearly finished product in the next month or so.For more about the RED cameras, you can check out RED cameras and accessories at B&H and the RED RAVEN kit at Apple. The first look at the RED HYDROGEN and RED DIGITAL CINEMA now offers their cameras and accessories on exclusive reseller sites.Top image via MKBHD and RED.It was only back in July that B&H announced that they would now carry RED cameras in their stores, and now RED has announced an exclusive deal to sell the RED RAVEN in the Apple Store.On B&H, you can find just about any RED accessories you may need. Cameras currently available on B&H include the EPIC-W HELIUM 8K S35 and the SCARLET-W DRAGON 5K.As for the Apple deal, Apple is now the exclusive dealer of the RED RAVEN —  a camera you couldn’t even buy on RED’s own site for the past few months.The RED RAVEN kit at Apple includes all of the following for $14,999.95:RED RAVEN 4.5K camera BRAINRED DSMC2 Touch LCD 4.7″ MonitorRED DSMC2 Outrigger HandleRED V-Lock I/O ExpanderRED 120 GB RED MINI–MAGTwo IDX DUO-C98 batteries with VL-2X chargerG-Technology ev Series RED MINI–MAG ReaderSigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | ArtNanuk heavy-duty camera caseFinal Cut Pro Xfoolcontrol for RAVEN Camera Kitlast_img read more

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Return to Mizoram or give up sops: Centre to Brus

first_imgNew Delhi has told the Bru (or Reang) refugees in Tripura to either accept a rehabilitation package and return to their villages in adjoining Mizoram or give up the free rations and other facilities being provided to them on humanitarian grounds.Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, had on Monday met senior Mizoram government officials and Bru leaders in Aizawl. Appealing to the refugees to return to Mizoram, he said the names of those who wished to be repatriated would be submitted to the Centre and the Mizoram government, while reminding that the ration and other facilities extended to the refugees would be withdrawn from October 1.The option has not gone down well with a section of the refugees who have threatened to launch an agitation to choke the roads leading to Mizoram. “We have been used to such threats [for stopping of ration] for more than 20 years now. The government wants to dictate terms even if it means pushing the refugees into uncertainty. We won’t take things lying down,” said Laldingliana, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee.Agreement with refugeesThere are at least three groups representing the refugees. The Centre had in July signed an agreement with one of them – Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum – apart from the Mizoram and Tripura governments for repatriation of some 32,000 Brus to Mizoram by September 30 this year. But a large number of refugees have refused to budge unless some new demands are met. These include creation of an area development council for the minority Brus in Mizoram and payment of one-time Central assistance of ₹4 lakh per family before going back, and repatriation of all in a cluster of villages for security reasons.According to the July agreement, each Bru refugee family would be given ₹4 lakh, to be kept in fixed deposit, within one month of repatriation.‘Not enough’“The Government seems generous by saying it is free ration that it is providing us. Each refugee gets 7 grams of salt per day and a pair of slippers once in three years. A male gets a shirt and a female a skirt annually. Financial assistance for an adult is ₹5 and for a minor ₹2.5 per day, while an adult gets 600 gm of rice and a minor 300 gm per day. These have never been enough, forcing us to do odd jobs for a living,” Mr. Laldingliana.Another group, the Bru Coordination and Equal Package Demand Committee, representing some 8,000 Brus who have already returned to Mizoram, too has raised some demands. “Those who came back accepting small packages earlier should also be given the kind of compensation others are slated to receive,” Committee’s leader Elvis Chorkhy said.More than 40,000 Brus had fled Mizoram, mostly from Mamit district to Tripura, during ethnic clashes with the dominant Mizos in 1997.last_img read more

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Video: Ex-Oregon Star Joe Young Throws Down Vicious Dunk In NBA Summer League

first_imgJoe Young dunking during the summer leagueJoe Young DunkJoe Young saw action in 41 games as a rookie for the Indiana Pacers last season, and the former Oregon star is playing with the franchise’s team in the Orlando Summer League this week. In a game today against the Orlando Magic, Young threw down a crazy one-handed dunk on a fast break before landing awkwardly. He was okay, and the dunk was phenomenal. Pacers 2015 2nd rounder Joe Young gets a nasty posterhttps://t.co/nbFf6W8onT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 2, 2016If Young keeps doing that, he’ll push for more playing time on a revamped Pacers roster in 2016-17.last_img

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Gävle Doubling Its Container Capacity

first_imgzoom Sweden’s Port of Gävle is set to double its container capacity by the end of 2019 with an ongoing expansion project that will enable the port to welcome more and larger containerships.A joint venture of the Port of Gävle and Yilport Gävle worth SEK* 700 million is building a second dock with cranes and depth to accommodate larger boxships. The expanded container port will be able to handle four ships simultaneously.The expansion, which increases the capacity to 600,000 TEU annually, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.As explained, the move comes in an effort to achieve continued growth as the Port of Gävle has reported large volume increases in its container traffic almost annually since its inception ten years ago.“Within a 250 kilometer radius of Gävle 17 million tonnes of steel, paper, and timber are produced every year. A lot of it is already being exported by sea, containerized and through us, and that volume will definitely grow,” Eryn Dinyovszky, General Manager of Yilport Nordic, noted.“Apart from the fact that the port will attract more export business, the Port of Gävle and Yilport also expect increased imports,” the duo said in a statement.“With stricter requirements for more environmentally sustainable transportation solutions, we are in an optimal location. The Port of Gävle is just two hours from Stockholm… Our extensive new investments generates a completely new environment for what I like to call The Northern Port of Stockholm,” Fredrik Svanbom, CEO of Port of Gävle, commented.Earlier this year, Gävle Municipality approved a SEK 200 million investment to expand Gävle Container Terminal (GCT). COB Inger Källgren Sawela stressed back in June 2017 that the municipality aims to create growth and jobs, while Yilport will invest in cranes under this project.Yilport Gävle has operated the port since 2014. In 2016, Yilport acquired 100% of shares in GCT and Baltic Sea Gateway (BSG), in Gävle Port. Under the 30+10 year concession agreement with Gävle Municipality which awarded Yilport Holding the rights to operate container, bulk, general cargo, rail and CFS services in Port of Gävle terminals.* SEK 1 equals USD 0.12last_img read more

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Toys R US ends Canadian stores auction with Fairfax as the only

first_imgTORONTO – Toys “R” Us’s Canadian operations have found a safety net months after the retailer’s demise in the U.S. and overseas.Documents filed in a Richmond, Va. bankruptcy court on Monday revealed the retailer will be cancelling an auction for its 82 Canadian stores and seeking approval on Tuesday to sell them to Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.The auction was triggered by a recent $300-million stalking horse offer Fairfax made that allowed others to make competing bids for the Canadian operations until Monday at 10 a.m. EST, but court filings showed no bidders other than Fairfax registered an offer.Fairfax’s successful bid signals an end to the uncertainty that has followed the beleaguered company’s Canadian arm since September, when it filed for creditor protection and its U.S. division sought bankruptcy protection. The moves, said to be the product of heavy debt and the rising popularity of e-commerce and electronic-based toys, prompted disappointment from toy lovers and investors alike.Among the most upset by the company’s demise was Isaac Larian, the executive behind California-based, Little Tikes- and L.O.L Surprise!-maker MGA Entertainment Inc.He and investors he refused to identify made a bid for the retailer’s Canadian operations, which are run separate from its U.S. dealings, outside of the now-cancelled auction in March, calling Toys “R” Us’s Canadian arm a “good business.”“They run it efficiently, and have good leadership,” he said. “At the right price, it makes economical sense.”When rumours suggesting Larian’s bid had been rejected started circulating last week, he at first said it was “disappointing,” but as more details about Fairfax’s bid emerged, he appeared to have taken on a new outlook.“As long as Toys “R” Us and jobs are saved, I’m happy. That’s what #SaveToysRUs was and is about,” Larian said in a statement.“In regards to Toys “R” Us USA, the fight to save it is just beginning.”For Larian, that fight has largely centred on a crowdfunding campaign he launched on Mar. 21 in hopes of raising $1 billion to salvage the business’ 70-year-old U.S. operations.He chipped in $200 million himself, but as of Monday at noon, had only raised an additional $62,000 from 2,043 toy lovers. The donors were being enticed to give with promises of #SaveToysRUs bumper stickers, special edition toys, invites to a reopening block party and opportunities to tour the oldest toy factory currently operating in the U.S. depending on the amount they give.Larian also vowed to give 10 per cent of proceeds from Little Tikes purchases made between the campaign’s launch and its May 28 end date to the plot.When the campaign launched, Toys “R” Us’s bankruptcy documents showed Larian was facing plenty of competition. There were 20 interested parties vying for the U.S. business, which includes 740 stores.Fairfax has not said whether it will vie for the U.S. operations, but the business, owned by billionaire Prem Watsa, has been on a recent spending spree.In February, it acquired part of infrastructure services company Carillion Canada, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, and in November, it increased its stake in Torstar media company, which holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:FFH)last_img read more

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One year anniversary of the slide on Old Fort Road

first_imgSeptember 2019, crews from B.C. Hydro & Arctic Arrow Group worked to remove abandoned Hydro and Telus poles and wire that was damaged during the landslide. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked on installing culverts and clearing ditches along Old Fort Road to prevent ponding and flooding.To date, there are still unanswered questions. Late October Westrek Geotechnical said some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community was finished.In November, some residents would return home after a month’s time away and others were not so lucky. Lives were uprooted from homes built and lived in, people received conflicting information as residents struggled to prepare their homes for the approaching winter after the disarray from the evacuation order.In March 2019. the District says the removal of the stockpiles above the Old Fort was a precautionary measure needed to be taken at the recommendation of professional engineers with the work designed to be completed prior to the spring thaw by Deasan Holdings Ltd.July 2019, FSJ Council awards a slope stability study for the Old Hope Road and MLA Dan Davies wrote a letter to Mike Farnsworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding the state of the Old Fort Slide and concern for the residents of the community.August 2019, in response to the letter Dan Davies sent to the government, the Province shared there was no long term plan to monitor Old Fort Landslide. Farnworth says landslide experts have provided information that shows it is “unlikely” for a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside, but instead suggests that a slow-moving slide would occur, as experienced before.Following the response from the government, the PRRD Board requests data from the government to back up the Ministry’s claim on Old Fort Landslide. Once that data is provided, the Regional District says they have plans to have the data verified by applicable experts to consider whether evacuation alerts and orders may be removed from the Old Fort area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been one year since the slope above the Old Fort slid, causing damage and uncertainty for property owners in the area and still, many questions remain unanswered.Residents woke on Saturday, September 29th, 2018, at some point during that night, part of the Old Fort Hills shifted bringing part of the hill down and blocking the Old Fort Road.At the beginning of the slide and into October, residents were evacuated from the area, Peace River Regional District held meetings as to what to do during this state of emergency.last_img read more

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