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B.C. Premier’s trip to parts of Asia means big investments for the province

first_imgClark and Coleman traveled to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, all of which are said to be key players in both sectors. “We met with proponents backing LNG proposals in B.C. that will deliver reliable energy solutions to growing economies throughout Asia,” said Coleman. “The trade mission gave us an opportunity to reinforce the province’s competitive advantages to new investors and existing partners.” The B.C. government says the potential advantages include a more stable economy, a business friendly climate, shorter shipping times to Asia compared to its North American competitors, and a multicultural, highly skilled workforce.- Advertisement – PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national energy company has proposed a Pacific Northwest LNG facility in Port Edward, an estimated $11 billion investment. PETRONAS is one of over a dozen LNG facilities who’ve already made investments to create exports across the province. The provincial government says trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s “strategy to actively diversify its international trading partners and secure the new investments that will drive job creation in every region of the province.”last_img read more

SDMC seals four plastic godowns in nonconforming areas

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking action against single plastic use, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has sealed four godowns situated in non-conforming areas under its jurisdiction. According to SDMC, they have constituted teams at zonal level comprising of assistant commissioners, representatives of Revenue Department, BSES and Delhi Police to take on-the-spot action against godowns wherein plastic has been stored.”The action includes sealing of the godowns immediately after noticing the accumulation of plastic in godowns. The team constituted under the West Zone on Tuesday took a round in the number of localities situated in non-conforming areas coming under the zone,” said SDMC official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe team visited 83 units and godowns and noticed the accumulation of plastic at four godowns. The godowns were also storing biomedical waste which is also dangerous and harmful to the environment. The team sealed four plastic godowns at Shiv Vihar in Vikas Nagar. Further electricity connection of two godowns has also been disconnected. In an event in South Zone the Mayor, Sunita Kangra exhorted citizens to collect plastic waste lying here and there and hand over the same to the SDMC employees for its proper disposal in a scientific manner. She added that this will inspire others to follow the suit. She further stated that SDMC is mulling over offering a certain incentive on the collection of substantial plastic waste. All 4 zones witnessed awareness programmes and various activities under Swachhta hi Sewa initiatives. A large number of RWA and market association representative roamed into a number of markets, vegetable and fruit markets.last_img read more

House Beautiful Steps Up Social Engagement Efforts

first_imgQR codes are not the only social action technology publishers are implementing—Hearst’s House Beautiful will be one of the first magazine to be enabled with Pinterest social action technology in print and digitally. The magazine’s June issue was peppered with Pinterest icons that allow users to share images from the publication across the social platform and the Internet.“Our ‘Kitchen of the Month,’ feature will be enabled,” says Newell Turner, the title’s editor-in-chief. “We’re just launching with this to get it off the ground, but I know that within the next month or two most of the magazine will have to be pin-able.”Since House Beautiful images and content will be able to be pinned and shared across Pinterest, the editor and publication are hoping to gain expanded exposure to new audiences. Once someone pins an image, it is shared with their followers and others across the Internet, and can be referenced back to the original source.Turner says that the “Kitchen of the Month” content was chosen to be Pinterest enabled to maintain consistency—instead of having multiple design aspects, the integration of an entire feature story provides the consumer a more streamlined experience. Going forward, different stories of the magazine, in addition to the “Kitchen of the Month,” will be enabled to be shared across Pinterest.“It’s going to take a little bit of back end labor to have the entire magazine Pinterest enabled,” says Turner. “Most of the magazine is eventually moved to the website over the course of a month, gradually and in stages. To make the entire magazine pin-able from the day it’s released, the entire magazine has to be moved to the website in one fell swoop.” The digital edition, in addition to the print magazine, will be enabled with the Digimarc digital watermark Pinterest icon. Digimarc’s digital watermarking technology allows its users to embed digital information into audio, images, video and printed materials. The publication has developed a separate table of contents (TOC) that shows readers where each social digital icon is. The icons can be scanned with the HBConnect app, which is a Digimarc scanner, or the Digimarc Discover app. House Beautiful is using the HB Connect graphic in addition the Pinterest icon to denote the image is digitally watermarked and links to Pinterest. In the digital TOC section there are instructions on how to access the application in order to scan to connect to Pinterest for consumers who may not be aware. “We know this drives people to our website, at a heavy level” says Turner. “A few weeks ago the Pinterest program was almost passing, if not passing the referral volume when compared to traffic we receive from our content syndication partnerships with Yahoo! and MSN.”Turner could not provide figures on the traffic volume. When asked about best practices with Pinterest integration, he says that the title has seen the highest engagement when an icon is placed on the cover of the magazine because it alerts users at the onset that interactivity exists.last_img read more

First Annual Blessing of the Bicycles

first_imgThe Blessing of the Bicycles is scheduled to occur on May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Ascension & St. Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Ave NW. The church is holding the blessing to show its support for cycling in D.C. For more information, call the church at 202-347-8161.last_img

FMC allows MCX to launch new contracts in 2015

first_imgWith FTIL fully exiting MCX, commodity markets regulator Forward Markets commision (FMC) on Monday granted permission to the bourse to launch new futures contracts for next year. ‘I am directed… to convey in pursuance of bye-laws of your exchange, the approval of the commission for continuous contracts launch calendars for the futures contracts expiring in the year 2015 and onwards in 27 contracts,’ Forward Markets Commission said in a circular.The exchange has been permitted to launch fresh contracts in commodities such as gold, silver, aluminium, lead, nickel, zinc, copper, natural gas, brent crude oil, natural gas, crude palm oil, mentha oil and cardamom among others, it said.last_img read more

Women use Tinder to confirm attractiveness

first_imgWomen on dating apps like Tinder are more often looking for confirmation of being attractive, whereas men desire for casual sex and short-term relationships, a study has found. “Women use dating apps to feel better about themselves more than men do,” Mons Bendixen, Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).Being perceived as a potential partner by other users is regarded as positive, he said.On the other hand, “men tend to report a desire for casual sex and short-term relationships as a reason for using dating apps”, said lead author Ernst Olav Botnen, a clinical psychologist at the varsity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut, “men who use these apps also seek long-term partners, but to a lesser extent than short-term partners”, he added.Further, women tend to spend more time on dating apps like Tinder than men do. But this is because women take longer to consider each candidate before deciding to move on, whatever their decision turns out to be.Conversely, men are more efficient. They pursue more candidates in less time and make more swift decisions about whether a candidate is someone they want to meet up with or not. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey are also more likely to initiate contact than women are, the researchers said, in a paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.”Women are more discerning. Men are more eager. This has clear evolutionary reasons. Women have more to lose by engaging with low-quality sexual partners than men do. That’s why men swipe right more often than women do,” explained Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Professor at the NTNU.The results were based on the study of 641 Norwegian university students aged between 19 and 29.The new app technology is primarily a new arena for short-term sex, and not necessarily a development that is leading to a change in sexual behaviour, the researchers said, adding that users on these apps end up with the same number of casual sex partners as non-users.last_img read more