“There’s a lot of money coming into this area from Tourmaline alone, and what does that mean? Well, Allan talked about family-supporting jobs, hundreds of jobs – hundreds of directs and hundreds of indirect jobs – for this area as a result of their investment.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tourmaline Oil Ltd. held an announcement on Saturday, October 12, in Fort St. John regarding a major investment and a grand opening of a new deep-cut natural gas facility in Gundy.On hand for the announcement was B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Michelle Mungall, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser, Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead, Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier.Tourmaline’s Chief Operating Officer, Allan Bush, announced that the company will be investing an additional $150 million in expansions to the new Gundy facility over the next few years.- Advertisement -Bush says Tourmaline also has plans of investing $1.7 billion dollars, over the next five years, to create more full-time and indirect jobs for people in areas such as production operations, construction, and technology.According to Bush, in the past four years, the company has invested $1.8 billion dollars in capital projects relating directly to the Peace Region, with $312 million of that going to local vendors.Minister Mungall says this investment is huge and is one that is expected to create hundreds of family-supporting jobs for people living in Northeastern B.C.Advertisement
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and the US-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a contract for the construction of one new ultra-luxury cruise ship for the NCLH’s Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand. The contract is worth around EUR 474 million (USD 543 million).Expected to debut in 2023, the new vessel will be a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, completed in 2016, and Seven Seas Splendor, planned to be handed over to the company in 2020.With about 54,000 tons, the unit will be able to accommodate up to 750 guests on board and it will be the brand’s sixth vessel in Regent’s fleet. As its sister ships, the new vessel will be built using the latest environmental protection technologies, according to Fincantieri.“Over the past 12 months Regent Seven Seas Cruises has completed a USD 125 million revitalization of our fleet, began construction on Seven Seas Splendor, unveiled our 2020-2021 Voyage Collection with 167 itineraries and new ports, introduced new relaxed outdoor evening dining venues, debuted … Cuba itineraries, revealed Go Local Tours shore excursions, and today we announce the order for our newest category-defining luxury cruise ship,” Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said.“This new ship further strengthens our company’s robust yet measured growth profile with vessels now on order for all three of our award-winning brands, enabling us to expand our presence globally, further diversify our product offerings and continue to drive shareholder returns,” Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, added that the shipbuilder has ten ships on order for NCLH in its order book, five of which have been secured in the last five months.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has eleven ships on order for delivery through 2027 including seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line, two for Oceania Cruises and two for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.
OTTAWA — The Canadian Forces is considering whether to start recruiting its elite special-forces soldiers straight off the street rather than forcing them to follow the traditional route of first spending several years in the military.The idea, which is still being debated, comes as Canada’s special-forces units are looking for people with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and language skills, to operate more effectively around the world.Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe, commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, says more diverse special forces would make it easier to make connections in different parts of world, understand the environment, interact with powerbrokers and figure out ways to respond to changing circumstances.At the same time, he said expectations within society are changing as young people look at different opportunities available to them, which requires the Forces to make it as attractive as possible to join.Canada currently has about 2,000 special-forces members, including 120 in Iraq and several smaller teams working in such countries as Belize, Jamaica, Niger and Malaysia.Yet while Australia and the U.S. have used “accelerated” recruiting for their special forces with success, Dawe acknowledges the need to strike a balance to ensure Canada’s elite soldiers are properly inculcated into the military’s structure and culture.The Canadian Press
Visually-challenged students of Delhi University will soon be getting ‘mobility and accessibility’ kits, including DAISY players and smart canes to help them move around with ease on campus.“DU has joined hands with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to provide mobility and accessibility kits to the varsity’s visually-challenged students enrolled,” said Anil Aneja, Officer on Special Duty at DU’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC).“The kit will consist of smart canes and DAISY players. While the smart canes will help the students have hassle-free mobility on campus, the DAISY players will make their studies easier,” he said. DU has roped in the services of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Dehradun, for working on the kits. “While funds for the initiative have been provided by the ministry, the contents of the kit have been developed by NIVH. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThere is also a plan to include special tablets designed for the visually-challenged in the kits, but that will be worked out in the second phase,” Aneja said. The cost of each kit is estimated to be around Rs 11,000.While the canes will be able to give vibration warnings to the students whenever there is any obstruction within a certain range, the DAISY player, which is a book-reading machine, will be able to help them in comfortably going through texts. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“Though the distribution of these kits will begin by the end of this month, from the coming session, we plan that the kits are handed over to the students during the freshers’ orientation programme,” added Aneja.The students will not be bound to return the kits to the varsity when they pass out, he said.DU had earlier also installed a special technology which can scan books and transcribe text to speech in all its libraries, a move which the varsity claims is a first-of-its- kind initiative for visually-challenged students by an Indian university. The technology installed last year is known as ‘Inclusive Print Access Project’ and is a combination of softwares which have been imported from abroad to suit the needs of the visually-challenged students.The DU Equal Opportunity Cell was established in 2006 to address the needs and issues related to physically-challenged, SC/ST, OBC and minority students.DU allows for a 5 per cent relaxation in eligibility criteria with respect to differently-abled students.A Braille library and an Audio Book Resource Centre are among the facilities introduced by the university for its differently-abled students.
Darjeeling: An open border, coupled with the Indo-Nepal Friendship treaty of 1950, is making the Indo-Nepal border highly vulnerable to human trafficking. Repatriation and rehabilitation of trafficked victims, especially children, back to Nepal is emerging as a major challenge.A “Consultation of cross-border repatriation of children from Nepal” was organised in Siliguri, attended by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) top brass and NGOs.The main aim of the consultation was to formulate a Standard Operation Process (SOP) to repatriate victims back to Nepal. An SOP already exists with Bangladesh, which is followed when a cross-border trafficking victim is repatriated to Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Whenever we intercept any person from the porous and open Indo-Nepal border trying to indulge in human trafficking, the perpetrator immediately seeks refuge in the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty and claims that the they have come to India for education (in case of children) or for job (in case of youths and adults), with the consent of parents and relatives. In most cases they are forced into prostitution or cheap labour,” stated Srikumar Bandopadhyay, IG, North Bengal, SSB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe only way to prevent this is to create a strong intelligence network and to create awareness. “SSB is the lead agency working in this sector. We keep a close tab on the borders and also the airport,” stated the IG.The SSB has also come up with a short film which cautions people, especially children, not to fall into the trap of traffickers who usually lure their victims with promises of lucrative jobs and money. “We are screening this movie in all border areas, targeting students of Classes 8 to 12, the vulnerable group,” the IG said.