Muskrat Falls budget increased by $1 billion

first_imgMarshall and Premier Dwight Ball have said they’ll look at ways to lower those rates to ease average monthly bills that could otherwise go up more than $150 per month. ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The price tag of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador has been increased by another $1 billion.Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall says the new price tag for the dam on the Churchill River is now $12.7 billion with financing. That’s up from the estimate last year of $11.7 billion and is about $5 billion higher than when the project was sanctioned five years ago.The project has been frequently compared to the Site C project in B.C., as both dams are planned to be roughly the same size. After a number of cost over-runs, many critics have pointed out that the same issues could arise in the construction of Site C.- Advertisement -However, last June Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said that Site C differs from Muskrat Falls in that the planning and budgeting for the dam was subject to a rigorous seven-year process. Bennett said that in addition to planning that included an independent panel of experienced contractors, and having the project’s budget audited by KPMG twice, that BC Hydro has built a strong inflation budget into the project.Marshall took over as head of Nalcor last year and agreed its Muskrat Falls megaproject was a “boondoggle” he would try to fix. He blames the increases on contractor disputes, higher operating costs, a leaky cofferdam, and delays including a worksite occupation last fall by demonstrators concerned about methylmercury.Marshall says 75 per cent of construction is now done, up from 48 per cent last May. First power from the dam is expected in 2019 at an estimated cost of 23.3 cents per kilowatt hour before tax. That’s up 8.2 cents from when Muskrat Falls was approved and is more than double recent rates paid by consumers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Men, united, can help stop abuse

first_img28 November 2007As South Africans are being called on to help stop violence against women and children in the country, two local organisations are striving to nurture a stronger and wiser generation of South African men.This year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign was launched on Sunday, with several men’s marches taking place in cities throughout the country.The campaign challenges South African men to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.Daniel Leshike and Dumisani Rebombo are already doing this. They are among a number of men who are leading men in the fight against gender violence on a daily basis.Men as PartnersAt the age of 15, Rebombo raped a girl along with a friend. “I did it as an act of masculinity,” admits the man who is now 46 years old. He married at a young age and went on to use religion to maintain superiority over his wife.“I insisted that she had to listen to everything I said because that was what God wanted,” he says.Rebombo is now completely reformed, a change which he attributes to education. As the EngenderHealth Men as Partners South African programme manager, he has worked with thousands of men from around the country over the past seven years.Addressing Parliament this month, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on South African men to “take ownership” of the issue of violence perpetrated against women.The only way there can be a change in the behaviour of men in the country, Mlambo-Ngcuka said, is to increase their level of understanding of the issues around abuse against women and children.This is exactly what Rebombo does as he counsels men and facilitates workshops where men, young and old, are encouraged to change abusive social patterns to help reduce the abuse, rape and murder of women and children in their communities.“I started volunteering when I worked for Rand Water, and after leaving the company I decided to get more involved,” says Rebombo.Helping men to adaptDaniel Leshike (29), co-ordinator of the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (Adapt) men’s programme, dedicated his social work career to empowering men in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg, after training as a counsellor following his university years.Adapt facilitates a forum with a membership of around 26 men, aged from 16 upwards, who host a number of discussion groups in the community aimed at raising awareness of issues surrounding abuse, gender stereotypes and equality.“Our main objectives are to include men as part of the solution to gender-based violence and to empower men to take control of their lives,” says Leshike.Adapt trains forum members in trauma counselling and gender sensitivity and runs several parallel programmes with a youth division in order to promote good fathering in the Alexandra community.In a novel bid to break the silence surrounding abuse, Adapt has a formed a relationship with the Alexandra Liquor Traders Association, and forum members visit taverns regularly, creating impromptu discussions with patrons on topics related to gender violence.“Some men tell us that it is their culture to be in control or abuse a woman because ‘a woman is a woman’,” says Leshike. “But we tell them that in African culture a woman is a flower.”Good men – who remain silentWith over 7 000 men seeking assistance from his organisation annually, Rebombo believes his work is contributing to the eradication of gender violence in the country.He says there are many good men out there – “I believe, and research says so” – but that most of these men remain silent when abuse takes place.Leshike agrees, saying that there are men who would make good role models but they need to stand up and be heard in order to make a difference in the country.Both men agree that many challenges exist in South Africa regarding the education of men in the eradication of gender-based violence. Among these challenges are a lack of sufficient funding, the abundance of stereotypes, and misinterpretation of religion and culture.Most challenging of all in the battle being fought by counsellors such as these, however, is the reluctance of men to work with men – a battle that still needs to be won.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Land Cruisers, blankets and snow

first_imgLesotho’s inhospitable, snow-covered highlands are home to a hardy people who nonetheless battle in the cold. The Land Cruiser Club of Southern Africa handed out almost 400 blankets toneedy communities in Lesotho.(Imagse: Kath Fourie) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elmarie de Marillac  Four Wheel Drive Club of SA  +27 861 393 272 RELATED ARTICLES • Riders saving lives in Lesotho • Lesotho lodge a top pick for 2010 • Bikers gear up for Toy Run 2010 • SA comics team up for charity • Wartrail: a winter wonderlandKath FourieAs I walk away from the St James lodge in Mokhotlong region in the remote highlands of Lesotho, the blurred scenes of the day flash through my somewhat frazzled brain.I’ve been snapping pics since 7:30am, travelling through the eastern reaches of the tiny kingdom, which at this time of year is a harsh, dry, bleached, frozen landscape.Stretching my legs while the members of the Land Cruiser Club Southern Africa (LCCSA) sort out who is sleeping where for the night, I come across three tiny girls with shaved heads each wielding a knife. They reach my hip in height and I wonder what they’re up to as they peer between the rockeries of a stone wall.When they see me sneaking up on them there is much giggling and hiding of faces under scrappy blankets, but I soon find out that they’re collecting ‘cabbage’. This turns out to be an assortment of paltry green-yellow leaves, weeds really, which are the only edible things that grow unassisted during the winter.We walk along a little while, and exchange names. It’s a simple interaction, and, I suppose, typical of a white person venturing into these parts. I can’t help but fall in love with Thato; she has the most sticky-out ears and painfully thin body yet carries herself with perfect grace. Eventually I walk on and they hurry back to their homes with the greens for dinner.This is the reality of Lesotho; a country landlocked by South Africa with a population of just over 2-million people, a disturbing HIV rate and a severe lack of employment opportunities. Children are skinny; the people are cold and desperate.The Basotho are a tough nation, make no mistake, but that doesn’t make having so little any easier. This is why we’re here, to hand out blankets to people who drastically need them.Supporting a worthy causeStructural engineer Kelvyn Davidson says: “My dad is a member of the Lions Club of Durban Host and I found out from him about their initiative to collect blankets for those in need this winter. I’m a member of LCCSA and I thought this would be a really worthy cause for us to support.”Davidson is one of the 5 000+ members of the LCCSA. The club has actually been around for a good while, but was formally structured in 2005. It predominantly operates with an online presence, consisting of a website and forum that collectively house one of the world’s biggest banks of information regarding absolutely anything to do with Land Cruisers.Hennie Kotze, a formidable Afrikaner who wears shirt sleeves as we huddle in our scarves and beanies, is one of the club’s volunteer custodians from Gauteng province.“A lot of the money used to buy the blankets came from club members who couldn’t make the actual trip,” he said. “It didn’t take more than a thread on the forum to get this whole thing going. That’s the beauty of the internet these days.”It also doesn’t take much to get a bunch of Land Cruiser enthusiasts on board for a trip to a place with terrible roads, a decent chance of snowfall and plenty of ice.With 100 blankets from the Lions Club of Durban Host and 274 from LCCSA, nine Land Cruisers wind their way up through the frozen dog-legs of the treacherous Sani Pass from KwaZulu-Natal into a frigid Lesotho and on to the Harvesters Hillock church in Mohkotlong.Here we’re greeted by the smiling pastor Ntate Ntsimane, and waste no time in setting out about half the blankets on a plastic tarpaulin next to the church. A crowd of children and women have been hanging around the church since 8 that morning, as they weren’t sure of our expected arrival time.“But look here,” Ntsimane says, lifting his left arm in the air and pulling down his sleeve, “This is Africa, no one wears a watch!”After the feeding scheme dishes out hot samp (made from maize kernels) and beans – which we are all offered, and want, but don’t take because it’s clear there isn’t enough – a short ceremony takes place and the blankets are handed out.Ntsimane tries to check each blanket off against his list of names before it gets too tedious, clearly wanting to make sure we know the blankets are going straight to the people for whom they’re intended.It’s a sentiment that I appreciate, as all too often in any desperate country corruption diverts 90% of goodwill into private pockets. I’m fairly certain that these thrilled kids, receiving blankets from the hands of the more privileged kids of the Land Cruiser families, are getting something they really need.Ntsimane wishes us well, and a good portion of blankets are loaded into the back of his pickup to be driven high up into the remote villages and handed out later. Before we leave he points up to the hills far in the distance and says: “That is where all these people are heading now, they have a far way to go.”My legs feel distinctly lucky as they squish up between two other taller people in the back of a 1990 Land Cruiser 62 series wagon, fondly named Maddy by her owner Warwick Chapman.Chapman’s brother Barry and his father Richard talk Land Cruiser-speak non-stop. I marvel at how much technical jargon they know, and I realise that yes, I may think Land Cruisers look cool; but that’s nowhere near enough to contribute towards to the conversation.I think my final faux pas is accidentally saying, “So how many Land Rovers are there on this trip?” This is greeted first by stunned silence and then shortly followed by a disgusted “None. But there are nine Land Cruisers.” I decide to keep quiet.Making a differenceFast-forward a few hours and I’ve already met the three little foragers from earlier in my story, and we’ve now settled into the basic accommodation at St James mission. Fires blaze inside and out, there is plenty of food and a few sneaky bottles of wine and sherry. It’s pleasant, but everyone is acutely aware of the people living in the pitch black around us. We know the huts are there, filled with families who will face the night without warm sleeping bags and nourishing mutton stew.Hennie stands up, still in shirt sleeves: “I just want to say what a wonderful trip this has been. I felt today, when we arrived at that church with our big, shiny Land Cruisers all in a row, that it might look bad, you know? We are so lucky to have what we have. But I realised as we handed out the blankets that what we were doing was really important.”Hennie’s right; yes, a big shiny Land Cruiser can be seen as a distinct division between a poor Basotho and a comparatively rich South African, but driving from all corners of South Africa to bring people something they need and can’t afford is a fine display of compassion.The temperature in the night drops to -11 ̊C, and tent dwellers wake to ripples of ice formed by the condensation of their breath. We say goodbye and split into two teams, those going out of Lesotho in the north and those heading back into KwaZulu-Natal. On the way we distribute the remainder of the blankets, stopping at villages that look worse off than others.But we begin at the village below St James, and I look around surreptitiously for my three little friends. I’m just heading back to the car when I spy Thato peering from behind a hut. I dash back to grab a blanket from a Cruiser, and Thato looks bewildered when I hand it to her.I fight the urge to bend down and hug her. Thato wouldn’t be pleased with me squeezing her; she is too distinguished for that. Staring up at me, with a look that suggests she thinks I may very well be insane, Thato smiles quizzically. She waves goodbye as we move off, the bulk of the grey blanket highlighting how slim she is. Like a wispy, winter leaf.last_img read more

Jaya Bachchan files Rajya Sabha nomination as SP candidate

first_imgActor-politician Jaya Bachchan filed her nomination for Rajya Sabha as a Samajwadi Party candidate on Saturday. A former Rajya Sabha member, Jaya filed her nomination in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and other party MLAs. Jaya was earlier elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2004 as SP nominee and completed her term in 2010. She, however, refused re-nomination. She is the sixth Samajwadi Party nominee to file her nomination for the Upper House. Naresh Agarwal, Kiranmay Nanda, Darshan Singh Yadav, Brijbhushan Tiwari and Munawwar Saleem had filed their nominations on Friday. Samajwadi Party, which has a strength of 225 (with one Independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya) in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, can send six members to Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, BJP nominee Vinay Katiyar also filed his nomination papers for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha. Senior party leaders Kalraj Misra, Suresh Khanna, Hukum Singh were among those who were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Women robbed by armed men in Provo

first_img Related Items:#2womenmuggedwithintwodays, #2womenrobbedinProvo, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Two unsuspecting women were mugged within two days of each other here in Providenciales, and while there is no evidence that the crimes are linked, it does signal a continuing and concerning trend that armed robberies are still too rampant.Residents express grave concern at the report of a woman being robbed in a busy parking lot at Alice and Alice Plaza on Thursday evening where gunman held the woman up and took cash.  On Saturday, we received a report of a  woman who was robbed on her door step on Millennium Highway as she prepared to entered her home.  A man, with a shirt covering his face threw the woman to the ground, held the gun to her face, grabbed her handbag and made off.   Both women are described as shaken, but are thankfully unhurt physically.#MagneticMediaNews#2womenrobbedinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #2womenmuggedwithintwodayslast_img read more

Mindtree declares 11 bonus revenues up 23 in Q3 Bagchi steps down

first_imgUpdateThe board of directors of Mindtree have recommended bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1, subject to requisite approvals from regulatory authorities and shareholders.This will be the second bonus issue in two years.However, the stock ended with a loss of 4.51% on Monday at Rs 1,469.60 on the BSE. The directors at their meeting on 18 January to review the third quarter results, also recommended an interim dividend of 40% for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015.Mindtree reported a 2.3% growth in its dollar revenues on a sequential basis at $184.4 million for the third quarter ended December 2015. However, net profit declined 3% q-o-q to $22.8 million, the company said in a regulatory filing on Monday.The company said it has acquired Magnet 360, a salesforce platinum consulting partner, to increase its presence in the cloud-based services market.The company also announced changes at the top. The current CEO & MD Krishnakumar Natarajan has been elevated to the post of Executive Chairman to replace Subroto Bagchi, who has stepped down from his position.Rostow Ravanan will be the new MD& CEO.”This is the culmination of a year-long succession planning exercise that the Board had undertaken after carefully considering several candidates. All the changes announced today will be effective April 1, 2016,” said Apurva Purohit, independent director and chairperson of the nomination and remuneration committee of the company’s board of directors.Original storyThe shares of mid-category IT services company Mindtree were trading with a loss of 2% on Monday afternoon, ahead of the company’s board deciding on a bonus issue of shares along with its third quarter results.On 13 January, the company had informed the BSE that it will be considering a bonus issue on 18 January. The company’s previous bonus issue was in June 2014 in the ratio of 1:1.The stock was trading at Rs 1504.90 at about 1 pm, down 2.22%.For the quarter ended 30 September, 2015, Mindtree had reported revenues of $180 million, 22.6% growth on year-on-year (YoY) basis and net profit of $24.3 million, up 6.8% YoY.For the second quarter, Mindtree had declared an interim dividend of 40% or Rs 4 per share.Earlier in the day, Wipro declared its third quarter results, missing its IT revenue guidance marginally. The revenues were $1,838.1 million, as against the guidance of $1,841 million to $1,878 million. For the fourth quarter, the Bangalore-based company issued a guidance range of $1,875 million to $1,912 million, an increase of 2 to 4% over its third quarter IT revenues.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading with a loss of 100 points at 24,355. BHEL, Tata Steel, Axis Bank and GAIL (India) were gaining, while Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, ONGC and Reliance Industries were dragging the Sensex down.last_img read more

On Chiranjeevis birthday Pawan Kalyan releases Amitabh Bachchans onset pictures from Sye

first_imgPawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterPower star Pawan Kalyan has released pictures of his meeting with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and wished his brother, megastar Chiranjeevi, on his 64th birthday.The soured relationship between Pawan Kalyan and Chiranjeevi has been a hot topic of debate for almost a decade. The mega brothers have often tried to put the rumours to rest but various situations kept fueling the speculations.The gossip mongers recently got busy with reports about their differences, when Chiru declined to campaign for his brother’s Jana Sena Party in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.Pawan Kalyan has once again made an attempt to show the world that everything is fine between him and his brother Chiranjeevi. On the eve of his brother’s birthday, the power star released a press note in which he explained Chiru has an inspiring personality like Abdul Kalam. In the letter shared on Twitter, the actor wished a happy birthday to his brother. Pawan Kalyan wishes to ChiranjeeviTwitterInterestingly, Pawan Kalyan is working as the narrator in Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and the makers recently released his dubbing video, which grabbed many eyeballs and thrilled the fans of the mega family. This morning, the Jana Sena leader tweeted a photo featuring the history of Narasimha Reddy and captioned it with “Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy – an Unsung Hero.”Pawan Kalyan tweeted a couple of photos featuring him with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The power star also wrote, “Most cherished moment of my Life;meeting my Idol, Respected ‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji’, on the sets of ‘Saira.’ His life teaches us ,how one should rise against all odds that life keeps throwing and be victorious.” Pawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterAll the fans of mega family and film fraternity are pouring wishes for megastar Chiranjeevi on his birthday. Pawan Kalyan’s tweets about Chiru have come as a big surprise for them. A fan named Yaswanth replied to his post, “India’s biggest superstar Amitabh sir, power star, megastar.. Damn, show me the better trio than this , I’ll wait “last_img read more

France in emphatic support of Indias Kashmir policy against third party interference

first_img Close During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community.IANSFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and that no third party should interfere or incite violence there, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained to him about the changes brought about in Kashmir and that it is part of India’s sovereignty.After their 90-minute long one-on-one meeting at Chateau de Chantilly, a prime French cultural heritage spot, Macron addressing the media said that: “PM Modi told me about Jammu and Kashmir, and I said that Pakistan and India should resolve the situation, and we do not want that a third party should step in or spoil the situation or incite violence.”PM Modi explained what are the developments and changes he has brought there in Kashmir, and that it is part of India’s sovereignty, and it important that there is calm, and we should take steps to ensure the situation is not allowed to turn violent.”Macron said he would speak to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally.He also said that France will deliver the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets to India next month.Modi, in his speech, congratulated France for hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz. He said in the field of India’s development, for France has a golden opportunity to participate in the areas of skill development, civil aviation, IT, space and many other spheres. “Defence cooperation is a major area of our collaboration.”Modi said the first of 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to India next month.”In technology and coproduction we will increase our cooperation,” said Modi, adding that both sides have agreed to speed up the Jaitapr civil nuclear project.”We have asked our companies to speed up the Jaitapur project and keep in mind the cost of electricity,” he added.Without mentioning Kashmir, Modi said: “For two decades we have been taking strides on the path of our strategic partnership. We are dependable partners, and during tough times have understood each others’ points of view and also backed it. President Macron and I discussed all aspects of our relationship,” he said.Earlier, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a red carpet welcome at the airport where he was received by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.”India and France enjoy extremely friendly ties and have been working together bilaterally and multilaterally for years,” Modi tweeted.During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community. UN chief urges India & Pakistan to exercise ‘maximum restraint’ on Kashmir, recalls Simla agreementlast_img read more

Suu Kyi avoids Rohingya crisis in speech

first_imgMyanmar`s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 in Kathmandu on 1 December, 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing international criticism over her country’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, called Saturday for “a culture of peace” to end conflict between communities.The Nobel Peace prize winner did not mention the Rohingya crisis — which has led the United Nations to call for a genocide investigation — in her keynote address to an international meeting organised by a group linked to the Unification Church.”At the basis of conflict is ill-will which seeks to hurt and to destroy and thus to open the way to conflict, which in turn spews out an ever-renewing cycle of hate and fear, snuffing out the light of peace,” Suu Kyi said.Suu Kyi called for cooperation between nations to seek peace and mutual prosperity.”Only by promoting a culture of peace in this world of interdependence will it be possible to create harmony between diverse countries and societies,” she said.Suu Kyi, whose position of state counsellor in Myanmar is considered the equivalent of a prime minister, has faced a wave of condemnation since Myanmar launched its military crackdown on the Rohingya in August 2017.More than 700,000 have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state to camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Many told horrific stories of widespread killings, rapes and villages razed to the ground.Myanmar’s military insists it only targeted Rohingya militants and Suu Kyi has deflected all criticism.Other top officials at the meeting, which was accompanied by boosted security in the Nepali capital to head off protests, did not mention the conflict which has overshadowed many of Suu Kyi’s international appearances.Her speech at the Kathmandu meeting, backed by the Universal Peace Foundation, came a day after Paris announced will it will strip her of her honorary freedom of the French capital over her failure to speak out against the Rohingya crackdown.The British cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford have taken similar action against Suu Kyi over her refusal to condemn the military violence.A UN rights team found evidence of widespread murder, rape, torture and arson, and called for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.About 300 Rohingya live in Nepal and one of the refugee community based in Kathmandu, who requested anonymity, called for Nepal to raise their issue with Suu Kyi.”We are suffering. I think if she wants to help us, she can,” he said.last_img