The province is helping people, families and businesses in Queens County develop a new plan for future economic growth and good jobs by appointing four people to the Queens County Transition Committee. The membership brings with it extensive experience in strategic business and financial planning, regional economic development, municipal administration, marketing, executive management and expertise in the forestry sector. MLA for Queens, Vicki Conrad, on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter, announced the members of the committee, today, June 18, in Liverpool. Joining transition adviser Ron Smith will be: Ms. Conrad will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. “This committee has the experience and skills to collaborate with the workers, their families and local businesses in Queens County to identify future opportunities for growing our economy and keeping good jobs here in our community for years to come,” said Ms. Conrad. “I thank them all for stepping into a difficult situation without hesitation to help build a new vision for the families of Queens County.” The transition committee will support the community through this time of adjustment and renewal and will facilitate a process where the people of Queens County can map out a vision for their future. “The committee is looking forward to supporting the people of Queens County as they start to plan for a brighter future,” said Mr. Smith. “We will do everything we can to provide the support, advice and expertise to create long-term and sustainable economic growth for this region. “Our objective is to draw out the most practice and fruitful ideas and strategies through which the people of Queens County will ultimately determine their path forward.” The transition committee will begin immediately talking with business, municipal and first nations representatives and community leaders. The committee will create a plan to engage the community and develop action priorities and economic objectives. “Less than 72 hours after the Bowater mill closed the province has provided the people of Queens County with an expert advisory committee to support the region during this time of renewal,” said Doug Adams, deputy mayor of the Region of Queen’s Municipality. “We look forward to working with them as we chart a new course forward.” Andrew Button, executive director of the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency Kathleen Rafuse, chief administrative officer, Region of Queens Municipality Barry Tomalin, president of South Queens Chamber of Commerce Blair Douglas, former president and owner of N.F. Douglas Lumber Ltd.
Sony ushers in new 4K high-resolution format with 84-inch TV selling for $25K by News Staff Posted Sep 19, 2012 1:59 pm MDT TORONTO – Even Sony concedes its latest TV is a tough sell.For the wealthy gadget lover who has everything, or the most eager of early adopters, Sony is prepping to release a Canadian exclusive in time for Christmas: a new astronomically priced TV that represents the first step into a new ultra high-resolution format.It’s called 4K TV, a technology that promises four times the resolution of the HD picture consumers are now used to watching.For the price of a brand new family sedan, or a down payment on a condo, consumers can pick up Sony’s top-of-the-line 84-inch 4K LCD TV. That’s $25,000 â€” plus tax, of course.Much like when plasma TVs were first released and were mostly sold to businesses or the very wealthy, Sony isn’t expecting a huge rush on its new model, admits spokesman Michael Neujahr.“There’s not going to be an awful lot of consumers buying this TV,” says Neujahr.“But certainly the higher-end customer that wants the best of the best, who’s spending $140,000 on a car, or $12,000 on a watch, it’s those people we’re going to start with.”The technology is so new that there’s not much a consumer can actually view in the full resolution. There’s some material online, including on YouTube, which plays in 4K resolution but not a whole lot. Don’t expect cable and satellite TV providers to start offering 4K channels any time soon. And there’s still no physical disc format that’s 4K-compatible, although TV manufacturer LG believes a new type of Blu-ray could be ready by next year.Neujahr doesn’t see that lack of 4K content as a huge barrier, however.Sony claims the TV is equipped with an internal chip that can upconvert any video content to look better on a 4K TV â€” although Neujahr admits even he still hasn’t seen what conventional HD TV content looks like on the new set.“Will it look better? I’m sure it will, but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes yet,” he concedes.“It’s not that dissimilar to not that long ago when HD TVs first came out and at the very beginning there was very limited to no content at that point. You have to start somewhere to spur technology advancements and here with 4K televisions â€” we’re not too sure exactly when â€” but 4K content will be available.”He does say high-resolution photos taken on digital cameras will look great on 4K TVs, even when blown up to 84 inches.Sony doesn’t expect most homeowners will have a spot for a TV that large â€” it measures 213.7 centimetres wide by 113.6 centimetres tall, which is the equivalent of about four 42″ TVs combined together â€” but anticipates the trend towards bigger and bigger screens will continue.“In the standard definition days on tubes a 32-inch TV was a huge television. The first HD sets of 40 to 42 inches was a big TV,” says Neujahr.“Today, 55 inches is pretty well the middle point … where not that long ago you were watching a 32-inch television.”He expects the price for 4K TVs will creep into the four-digit range eventually.“It didn’t take that long for the early HD TVs (to come down in price) and I’m sure at some point in time â€” and sooner than later â€” we’re going to see more affordable 4K TVs,” Neujahr says.“It’s going to happen, it always does happen.”