Most of local farmer’s Canadian Wheat Board class action rejected

first_imgThey claim the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act “unlawfully expropriated assets belonging to the CWB” in which they had an interest. Federal Court judge Justice Daniele Tremblay-Lamer struck down six of their seven claims, including those for expropriation, unlawful interference with economic relations and breach of trust. In the decision she wrote that the loss of the single marketing desk is not enough to claim a loss of a property interest by board supporters. She also notes that the government has not replaced the wheat board as the marketer of grains and producers are still able to sell their grain to the same customers as before.The Portage la Prairie-based news source quotes former CWB director Stewart Wells as saying he was disappointed with the decision. – Advertisement -“We are surprised that even though the court acknowledged farmers’ money had built and operated the Wheat Board since 1935, Madam Justice Tremblay-Lamer still ruled the federal government has the power to expropriate $17 billion dollars of value without compensation,” he argues. However, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz responds by saying nothing has been stolen from farmers as claimed. Advertisement “If that was the case, Canadian taxpayers wouldn’t have had to come forward with $350 million to wind down the CWB,” he points out. “The building, the railcars were all heavily leveraged. The ships weren’t paid for – there was a deposit and that’s it. This argument that somehow all of these things were of such great value is complete bunk.” The farmers will be able to file a revised claim on whether restructuring costs affected pool payments to farmers in the 2011/12 crop year.To read the full Portage Online article, click here.last_img read more

Raiders sign another body to suddenly crowded receivers room

first_imgThe Raiders have signed former Colts and Washington wide receiver Ryan Grant, the fourth wideout Oakland has signed since the start of the 2019 league year, the team announced Wednesday.Grant, 28, started 10 games for the Colts last season while catching 35 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown. With Washington from 2014-17, Grant caught 84 passes for 985 yards and six touchdowns.Grant joins Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson as wide receivers to sign with the Raiders since March …last_img

Community Development

first_imgHi my name is Smanga iam the director for a company named Mphakathi Recyclers. The company is a start up which aims at not only employing the youth but also to give people a means of generating an income through recyclables. The following Document was compiled by me can you please reply to it with feedback on how I can get it running because I have faced many difficulties when I try getting it off the ground. MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty)Ltd ‘It’s only trash if you throw it away’ Registration number: 2015/165488/07 Postal Address : 642a Ntombela Street White City Jabavu Soweto, Gauteng 1868 Contact Person : Mr Smanga Mthembu Email : Smanga Mthembu3@gmail.com Cell phone : 063 394 8170 Director : Mr Smanga Mthembu Signature : THE BUSINESS 1.1 BUSINESS DESCRIPTION UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is a recyclable collecting business based in Schools around Soweto. The business mainly collects (but is not limited to) Plastic bottles, Glass bottles, Paper and cans recyclables for a profit by selling it Buy-Back-Centres or ‘Depots’. To conduct business UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd must be in contract or agreement with local schools for ‘product and service’ relationship that aims at uplifting the community and create means for income and also offer relief to poor or struggling families. The main product or service offered by the entity is a Burial Scheme. If the local school is contracted with UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd and the children at the school bring any of the above mentioned recyclables to school with them on a daily basis (weekdays) then the entity is obligated to assist with the burial of a parent or guardian at no fee at all. The entity will immediately provide the following: • Tables • Chairs • A Tent • Gas Stoves • Pots and Plates • Sound system (If required) This will half the cost of the funeral for the remaining family members, allowing the parent or guardian a dignified funeral which is very important in the African tradition when it comes to bereavement. All this because their child took what is considered ‘trash’ to school. 1.2 GOALS FOR THE BUSINESS In order for UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd to be sustainable the following goals must be met: • Six months Be in contract with at least one school in Soweto with about +/-1500 pupils • Twelve months Be in contract with at least 4 schools in Soweto, each with +/-1500 multiply by four equals +6000 pupils. If each of these pupils comes with at least two 2L plastic bottles or two old magazines/books or five times 330/440ml cans or and two 375ml glass bottles for the initiative. • Three years Be in contract with at least 20+ schools in Soweto, each with +1500 pupils multiply by twenty (or more) equals +30000 pupils. . If each of these pupils comes with at least two 2L plastic bottles or two old magazines/books or five times 330/440ml cans or and two 375ml glass bottles for the initiative. Please note that the above is only estimates as the success of the project could accelerate at a rate much faster than the predicted ones. 1.3 THE MARKET Currently the market for recyclables is dominated by plastic recyclables. MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd will also collect these plastic bottles, but is not limited as such the less dominated markets in recycling such as cans, paper and glass bottles will be targeted. The market can be better explained through the SWOT ANALYSIS. • STRENGHTS 1. We will collect materials which have not been not been collected on a large scale 2. We will employ unemployed youth in Soweto (community upliftment) and create opportunities for self-employment 3. The initiative will reduce pollution bringing down our carbon-footprint 4. The financial burden of burying a loved one will be greatly reduced if the child is in a school contracted with MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS. 5. Where the family cannot afford a donation will be offered if all the stake-holders agree on it 6. The only condition is that all monies from recycled products is deposited to the entities bank account 7. It’s a community effort and community empowerment opportunities will follow naturally by giving a lifeline to the poor or even child headed households. 8. Children will learn the importance of recycling and its benefits for our environments (sustainability) 9. The project is a niche’ • WEAKNESS 1. The business is a start-up: Funding, Marketing, Advertising, Vehicles etc. these are all essential for the success of the entity. 2. Other Competitors are already recycling on a large scale (Pik’it’Up) • OPPORTUNITY The opportunity for growth and sustainability is apparent because when other schools and parents get word of what MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is offering to them as a service, they will want to join as they know how important it is to bury a loved one with dignity in African community. The more schools join the more revenue MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS can generate through these recyclables, thus extending its reach and growing the enterprise. In a matter of years we would have surpassed our competitors with the help of the community and schools. The thought of relief for parents knowing that when they pass away his/her children in primary schools will be able to bury them with ease and dignity all the because they assisted them by giving them recyclables to take to school. • THREATHS Legislation on recycling regulates on how much waste can be recycled at a particular site due to the health hazards associated with the accumulation of waste. Since MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS will be operating from schools material to be must always be kept at an absolute minimum. 1. Start-Up Costs 1.1 Material Needed • Bulk Bags> Not yet available • Containers> Not yet available • Banners> Not yet available • Tents> Available • Chairs> Available • Gas Stoves> Available • Pots> Available • Décor> Available • Protective Gear> Not yet available • Vehicles> To be hired MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is a recycling collecting business that aims to recycle cans, glass bottles, paper and plastic bottles for a profit by selling the mentioned recyclables to Buy-Back-Centres for revenue. The above mentioned recyclables have to be provided by the pupils in the school for our service (Burial Scheme) in case death occurs to a parent or guardian. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd reg no. 2015/165488/07 and Primary school for the above mentioned service in exchange for recyclables mentioned above. Director : Mr Smanga Mthembu Signature Name of School : Principal/Deputy Signature : School Stamp :last_img read more

Now You Can Find a Geocache on a Scrabble Board

first_img SharePrint Related Geocache will be added to the official Scrabble dictionary.9 Years, 16 competitors, 1000s of Votes, 16 pointsEarlier this month, Hasbro, the company behind the game of Scrabble, held a contest for fans to vote for the first word to be added to the official Scrabble dictionary in nine years. It. Was. A. Big. Deal.  The contest began with 16 competitors, but the worldwide Geocaching community made its voice heard and carryied ‘Geocache’ (worth 16 points without any special squares) to the final spot.First off, from all of us at Geocaching HQ, we want to give you a resounding thank you. You showed your pride for the game we all love and you all came through in a big way. Here’s a quick recap and a somewhat biased play-by-play of the competitors Geocache went up against, and ultimately defeated:The contest bracket, via the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page.Geocache vs. BitcoinBitcoin may have had the upper hand if voting were only accessible via Tor, but ultimately, it never stood a chance. This obscure, highly volatile internet currency may have been in the headlines recently, but it’s longevity is still unproven. Geocache took an early lead and never looked back.Geocache vs. CosplayDon’t get me wrong—some of the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into cosplay is incredible. The attention to detail is impeccable. However, we have geocache makers who apply that same level of creativity and ingenuity into geocache containers. Plus, after the geocache is created, you actually get to go find it and touch it—which in my opinion, gives geocache the upper hand.Geocache vs. EwThis one was a tough battle. At some point, we’ve all probably said ‘ew’ while geocaching. It all came down to this: ‘ew’ isn’t actually a word. While it’s something we’ve all said, you won’t find it in a dictionary. Match goes to geocache.Geocache vs. ZenIt all came down to this. Zen may be useful in Scrabble, and many people campaigned for its acceptance—however, the Geocaching community was too strong. Zen was a formidable opponent and would have had a significant impact on the game. If it were a person, we’d give it a gentlemanly handshake and congratulate it on a well-fought contest.On April 10, 2014, Geocache was announced as the winner on the United States TV show, Good Morning America. The story was then picked up by news outlets like ABC, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and even TIME. Since then, we’ve seen plenty of people who were following the Scrabble vote who didn’t know about geocaching pick up the hobby we all know and love.Thanks again for everyone who voted and helped make Geocache the first word added to the official Scrabble dictionary by public vote.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Big German Passivhaus Project Hits Energy Target

first_imgGermany’s Passivhaus Institut (PHI) says an entire housing district in the city of Heidelberg has met the stringent heat-energy requirements of the Passivhaus building standard, demonstrating the standard can be deployed on a large scale.Measured energy consumption in the 1,260 housing units in 2014 averaged 14.9 kWh per square meter, a whisker under the 15 kWh/m2a standard required for Passivhaus certification. The units totaled more than 75,000 square meters (807,000 square feet).The residential project in the Bahnstadt district of the city, which PHI calls the largest Passivhaus settlement in Europe, was built by different developers and architects, showing “convincingly” the building standard can be applied to wide swaths of construction, not just single buildings, according to a PHI announcement.The amount of energy used for heat in these units was about 20% of what would have been used in conventionally built apartments, PHI said. It posted a full report online.“The actual consumption depends on many additional factors such as user behaviour and the weather,” the announcement said. “In the case of the present study, it must be kept in mind that these measurements were predominantly performed during the first year of operation, in which consumption is usually higher than in subsequent years, due to work relating to tenants moving in and necessary adjustments. But even with these adverse influences, the Passive House buildings in Bahnstadt already function faultlessly.” No ‘performance gap’ exists, says directorIt’s also worth noting, PHI said, that measured consumption showed “consistently high conformity” with demand that had been predicted by the Passive House Planning Package, the energy modeling software that designers use. Certification of Passivhaus buildings is based on modeling, not actual measurements.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, director of PHI, said, “The slight differences between the calculated balance and the actual measured values show that the Passive House Standard demonstrably and reproducibly results in extremely high savings of heating energy and thus, of course, also of costs. The much heard of ‘performance gap,’ a divergence between expectations and reality, does not exist with the Passive House Standard.”The Bahnstadt district is being built on the site of a former freight railway station and is a mix of residential and commercial buildings covering 116 hectares (287 acres). In addition to apartment houses, several offices buildings and institutional spaces have opened. A school, retail shops, and a movie theater are being planned. When complete, some 12,000 people will work and live in the district.last_img read more

MS Dhoni biopic screened in Chennai theatre on cricketer’s birthday. See pics

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni turned 38 today. The former captain of Indian cricket team was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. He made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh and continues to represent India at the global level.Meanwhile, when actor Sushant Singh Rajput stepped into his shoes in the 2016 sports biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, cinephiles including his die-hard fans were introduced to the real life story of the legendary cricketer on the big screen.According to ANI, on Dhoni’s 38th birthday today, a cinema hall organised a special screening of the biopic in Chennai, after three years of its release, which stars Sushant alongside Kiara Advani and Disha Patani.#TamilNadu: Special screening of movie M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story organized at Vettri Theatre in Chennai today, to celebrate birthday of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He turned 38 today. #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/6gSWiZp2kdANI (@ANI) July 7, 2019Directed by Neeraj Pandey, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story hit the screens on September 30, 2016. It also stars Anupam Kher and Bhumika Chawla in the pivotal roles.The biopic traces Dhoni’s journey from his school days in Ranchi to Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The story ends in 2011, with India lifting the World Cup, the win that saw Dhoni’s captaincy being discussed all over the country.Watch the official trailer of MS Dhoni: The Untold StoryALSO READ | MS Dhoni The Untold Story movie review: Making Dhoni great again!ALSO READ | Before MS Dhoni The Untold Story, how have cricket-based Hindi films fared at the box office?advertisementALSO WATCH | MS Dhoni The Untold Story review: Another biopic turned into a sluggish melodramalast_img read more

10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: John Calipari After Towns’ Technical Foul Against LSU: “I Hope We Lose”

first_imgCoach Cal reacting to a Kentucky game.LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a foul against his team during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentucky pulled out a big win at LSU tonight to push its record to 24-0, but if you believe John Calipari, there were times tonight when he would have welcomed 23-1. Karl-Anthony Towns’ was called for a technical for hanging on the rim midway through the second half, which led to this amazing post-game moment on ESPN. As much fun as that videobomb is, Calipari was livid about the foul, at that point in the game. In the interview he said that he told the team that he hoped they would lose after the foul, and reiterated that point to open his post-game press conference. Calipari goes on to praise his talented freshman as a player and a person, but clearly this mistake, which could have proven incredibly costly in what wound up being a two point game, really bothered him.Kentucky hosts South Carolina this Saturday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more