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first_imgA local council would cut its right hand off to attract inward investment from a company that employed as many people as Brace’s Bakery – nearly 400, with a successful track record. It would put in all the roads and services necessary, especially if the company had a big international name. Then, probably, like many before it, it would move away once the grants ran out.But Brace’s Caerphilly County Borough Council took the opposite approach when it decided to redevelop the local Oakdale colliery site and tip, and resurrect it as a business park. The council reckoned it could create between 5,000 and 8,000 new jobs. For this project, it would need access to the park. It is an issue we have been battling for the past eight years.== cunning plan ==The local town of Blackwood required easing of its traffic congestion but had plans for a bypass turned down by the Welsh Office on a number of occasions. So the council came up with a cunning plan. By adding access to the business park via Blackwood Bypass, then changing the name from bypass to Enterprise Way, it could have both.There was a flaw to this plan. There were already two existing industrial estates, Pen-y-fan and Croespenmaen next to the business park, where we have production facilities and had perfectly adequate access.What the council did was block this access off to goods vehicles. It did this by calling a public meeting advertised in the local newspaper, which we and many other businesses missed. It did not inform us of what it was up to.The cost of the Enterprise Way was £36m. The problem being it heads west and the existing road heads east, making the new road 6½ miles further around through seven roundabouts.== negative impact ==I even went to see the director, Roger Webb, from the Directorate of Environment (Highways to me and you). He was unaware of how the road disadvantaged existing businesses. In fact, he told me I was wrong and had to look at a plan to see I was correct. They were so caught up in their own planning, they had not considered the negative impact.Every couple of months for eight years, I wrote to him. I did get them to move the weight restriction from 7½ to 18 tonnes but this still means our articulated vehicles, deliveries of flour and raw materials, have to circumnavigate the now open Enterprise Way. This, we consider to have cost us 30 to 40 minutes per trip, a gallon of fuel each way, totalling £100k of extra cost. In this climate of increasing energy costs, it’s another to add to the pile. For a council not to be bound by commercial considerations is par for the course.Even if everyone is against a plan but the council wants to do it, it will, and make you suffer. It has caused a compromise for residents and businesses. I feel disenfranchised by its actions, yet our rates pay for their shortfalls.We have considered moving the business – not an easy task with the amount of capital employed in plant bread production, but maybe further investment would be wiser placed elsewhere. nlast_img read more

first_img18 February 2009Soweto, South Africa’s famous township, is well known to tourists who’ve visited Johannesburg and gone looking for a taste of the city’s African culture and history of resistance against apartheid.Now, adventure tourists can also board the bus to Soweto, as a project to develop a “vertical adventure centre” with a distinctive township feel starts coming to fruition.And, if you’re a local and you’ve already done the bungee swing between the two 100-metre-high Orlando Towers in Soweto, and need to push the boundaries further: no problem. For a new adrenaline rush, you can now do the swing inside one of the towers.Zoopy TV takes a flying leap from Soweto’s Orlando Towers. Click arrow to play video.Yes, from this weekend you can line up for the internal bungee swing, says Bob Woods, the project director and rope expert. The external swing involves falling 30 metres from the top of the tower, then swinging back and forth like a pendulum and eventually being lowered to the ground.On the internal swing, you swing high inside one of the towers and then are lowered to some 15 metres above the ground before taking a foefie slide (zip slide) back to earth.Soweto’s Orlando site is dominated by the huge, colourful twin towers, which used to supply electricity to the former white suburbs of Johannesburg, but which are now defunct. The disused power station building is a cavernous structure some five storeys high, overlooking a dam.Phase one almost completeThe internal swing and other features will complete phase one of the adventure tourism project taking place at the towers, made possible by a loan of R3.6-million from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).“Adventure tourism is a major growth market around the world, and the creation of an adventure tourism facility will undoubtedly contribute towards Soweto’s economic diversification and tourism attractiveness,” says Kate Rivett-Carnac, the DBSA’s tourism specialist.Woods says the vast walls of the towers will be developed into a “vertical adventure centre the scale and nature of which describes a truly unique and legendary facility.”He promises that by late March you can expect to be abseiling down the towers, and by early May you are likely to be bungee jumping between the two towers. He has brought in Canadian experts to help with the final rigging for the bungee jumping.Climbing the wallsAlso in the pipeline is climbing the internal walls of the towers, a climb of some 60 metres. Woods is concerned that climbing is an elitist sport – he’d like to bring it to young Sowetans.“I would like to promote climbing among the people of Soweto. It can often be a tool in helping to channel energies in a positive way,” he says. Other facilities below the towers he foresees are a restaurant, a music venue and bar, and a small skateboarding park.“We want to create the feeling of a park, where families can spend the day.”Since opening in June last year, Woods says he has had 15 to 20 jumpers take to the towers each day. Most visitors to the site are Gautengers, with 18 percent being foreign tourists. But it seems most people can’t quite bring themselves to jump off the towers, preferring instead to take the lift up, and stand admiring the view.Otherwise, from March you will be able to take a foefie slide ride from 10 metres up the side of one of the towers.You pay R360 for the swing, or R60 to take in the view from the top. The swing is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm. You can book your place on the website.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

first_img2 March 2010:Gear up for the 100 Day Countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™Three million tickets. 64 matches. 32 teams. Approximately 450 000 international visitors. A global television audience of more than 26 billion viewers cumulatively. 48 million proud Bafana Bafana supporters. And billions of rands spent on improving South Africa for the long term beyond the World Cup.This is the spectacle that will greet the world on 11 June 2010 – more than six years after South Africa was chosen as hosts, bringing the largest sporting event in the world to the African continent for the first time.On Tuesday, 2 March, this celebration of football and of Africa’s humanity will be just 100 days away.What will you do on 2 March to mark this important landmark for the country and the international football community?Government, FIFA, the Organising Committee (OC), South African Tourism, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa) the SABC and a range of partners in the public and private sectors are pooling ideas and initiatives to ensure that 2 March is celebrated with all the passion and vibrancy that the world associates with this young, dynamic country.The national and global highlight of the 2 March festivities countrywide will be a widely publicised event in Durban where government, the OC and FIFA will jointly start the 100 Day Countdown. The 2010 National Communication Partnership of private and public-sector marketers and communicators will implement activities that will add impetus to this national landmark.2 March is therefore earmarked as a day on which South Africans, here and abroad, are called upon to demonstrate their excitement for the tournament, and to display their passion for the country and the beautiful game.It is also a day for previewing how we will open our hearts and homes to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will soon be driving, flying and sailing to this diverse, scenic and rapidly developing destination at the southern tip of the African continent.From flying the flag and donning Bafana Bafana kit, to feasting on homegrown meals and music, 2 March is a celebration of what the country has already achieved in preparing for the tournament, and a chance to get our hearts and minds into the spirit of the FIFA World Cup.So, what can you do on 2 March? “Fly the Flag” on the day!The 100 Day Countdown builds on the “Fly the flag” initiative, which brings together all who live in South Africa around the country’s national symbols and anthem, and expresses support for Bafana Bafana.Organisation and institutions are invited to host events at midday (12 noon) on 2 March, enabling staff, clients and partners to sing the national anthem, wear the Bafana Bafana kit, dance the Diski and acknowledge the flag.Mini-football, football quizzes, chats about what makes us good hosts and good football supporters and discussing ways in which football can bring us closer as a nation, are among the activities that could serve as in-house team-building exercises.Of course, a simple braai will add to the feel-good factor!Create awareness about the importance of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and communicate the important role each of your audiences creates in nation-building.Make Football Fridays a standard celebration in your home, community and officeEach Friday, before and after 2 March, encourage those around you to wear the Bafana Bafana kit and create a “sea of gold” on the streets and inside the stadium when the national team plays. Information on official Bafana Bafana merchandise and licensees can be obtained on the website: SLAM. So, wear your shirt from now onwards, fly your flag and learn the national anthem. Many companies are already hosting Football Fridays and some activation can be viewed on the website: Football Friday.Get into shape with the Diski DanceThe Diski Dance can provide fun and team-building, promoting excitement and national unity. Official Diski dancers can be booked to come to your offices and teach your staff the Diski Dance or add additional excitement at a client function. Please refer to the corporate Diski Pack for more information on how to book your Diski dancers via the website: South Africa 2010.Distribute Proudly South African (made in South Africa) nation-building collateral to be given to your stakeholders on Football FridaysFor organisations, a great way to ignite excitement and national pride is to distribute various collateral elements to stakeholders, including:South African flagsSouth African beanies and scarvesSouth African branded vuvuzela’scredit-card size face-painting kits and more.Individuals and communities can also showcase their participation in many creative forms, whether it is through clean-up campaigns, tree planting and many other activities that involve communities to create long-term legacies that we all can be proud of.Take the World Cup into the classroomThe passion of South Africa’s youth can be unlocked through 100 Day Countdown activities at schools and campuses where curricular or extra-curricular programmes could be used to focus learners’ and students’ attention on the 2 March celebration.Graphic and performance art, essay compilations or competitions, the Diski Dance and other options could be used to mobilise young people.For more information and to discuss ways you can get involved, please contact:Sugen Pillay South African Tourism: Global Events Manager Email: [email protected] Tel: (011) 895 3016Bulelwa Zimba International Marketing Council of South Africa: Marketing Coordinator Email: [email protected] Tel: (011) 483 0122Kholiswa Kleinbooi Government Communications (GCIS) Email: [email protected] Tel: (012) 314 2173last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Watch The Sale of Champions LIVE Today, August 7th at 2pm HERE!The Sale of Champions will also be televised live on the Ohio Channel on these local Ohio stations:Ohio Channel LocatorRegionStationCable Company / DistributionChannelAkronWNEO / WAEO Fusion¹Over-the-Air45.2 / 49.2WNEO / WAEO Fusion¹Time Warner Cable993WVIZ Ohio ChannelTime Warner Cable990Bowling GreenWBGU Encore / Ohio Channel²Time Warner Cable993WBGU Encore / Ohio Channel²Over-the-Air27.2CantonWNEO / WAEO Fusion¹MCTV Ohio / Massilon84CincinnatiWPTO Think World³Time Warner Cable984ClevelandWNEO / WAEO Fusion¹Time Warner Cable993WVIZ Ohio ChannelTime Warner Cable990WVIZ Ohio ChannelCox Communications234WVIZ Ohio ChannelWOW120WVIZ Ohio ChannelOver-the-Air25.2ColumbusWOSU Ohio⁴WOW150WOSU Ohio⁴Time Warner Cable991WOSU Ohio⁴Time Warner Cable (alt)190WOSU Ohio⁴Over-the-Air34.2WOSU Ohio⁴Time Warner Analog Over-the-Air96DaytonWPTD Think OhioTime Warner Cable985WPTD Think OhioOver-the-Air16.4WPTO Think World³Over-the-Air14.4FindlayWBGU Encore / Ohio Channel²Over-the-Air27.2ToledoWGTE Create⁵Buckeye Cable System631WGTE Create⁵Buckeye Cable System127.5 / 30.3WGTE Create⁵Over-the-Air30.3WBGU Encore / Ohio Channel²Over-the-Air27.2WadsworthWNEO / WAEO Fusion¹Wadsworth Cable319WVIZ Ohio Channel316YoungstownWNEO / WAEO Fusion¹Armstrong Cable416WNEO / WAEO Fusion¹Time Warner Cable993last_img read more

first_imgMartha TroianAPTN NewsA Crown corporation at the centre of sexual abuse allegations against Indigenous women in northern Manitoba did not begin to formally record incidents of abuse, harassment or discrimination by its project workers until a little over five years ago, APTN News has learned.Serious allegations were raised last summer against Manitoba Hydro by an arms-length agency of the Manitoba government but the corporation did not systematically monitor negative worker interactions until as late as 2012, according to documents accessed through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).Recently, nine cases of sexual assault at Hydro’s Keeyask generating station were investigated by RCMP, leading to four men being charged with sexual assault.All of this comes after a 165-page report was released by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, reporting that Hydro workers allegedly sexually assaulted nearby Fox Lake community members in the 1960s.(MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee at a rally in Winnipeg. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN) “It is shocking that [Hydro] only started taking records in 2012. And the history of these projects go back 50 years. Why did it take so long to begin recording incidents?” said Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Garrison Settee.“It is shocking to know that they only started recording that.”MKO is the political organization that represents northern Manitoba First Nations. Four of those communities partnered with Keeyask Hydropower, a hydroelectric generating station on the lower Nelson River.“I seen women raped” — Report alleges hydro development led to abuse in ManitobaPeople march on Manitoba legislature demanding changes to how Manitoba Hydro does businessMKO is calling on the province to hold a public inquiry into the historical and current allegations of sexual violence, racism and discrimination at past and present hydroelectric projects in the north.Sexual abuse and discrimination not “formally or systematically recorded”Prior to 2012, Hydro did not formally or systematically record allegations of abuse, harassment, or discrimination by project workers.“Hydro employees might have received, been aware of, or even acted upon an incident or allegation. It is clear that there was no standard operating procedure, instruction, or program related to these incidents. Any records created would have been in transitory and likely destroyed once a project was complete,” according to the FIPPA documents.In addition, record management practices and legal requirements have changed dramatically since the 1980s.Sandra D. Phillips from Manitoba Hydro Legal Services prepared the response.(Manitoba Hydro building in Winnipeg. Photo: Jesse Andrushko/APTN)APTN initially asked for a list of all senior management and board of directors from 1950 to 1980 who may have been involved in any or all complaints to do with any of the allegations.It was told publication of any individuals employed as managers with connection to any historical allegations of abuse could inappropriately and unfairly damage their reputations and expose them to public condemnation, ridicule and harm. It could also threaten or harm their mental health, well-being and physical safety.“Hydro does not have a readily available record identifying all of the individuals employed as department or division managers, or the equivalent predecessor roles or titles [for the time period],” Phillips wrote.Power Failure: The impacts of hydro dams in Northern Manitoba$21,000 retrieval fees for documentsManitoba Hydro also informed APTN it has more than 2,400 boxes of paper records pertaining to the construction of generating stations in northern Manitoba, which are kept in an off-site storage facility. Since none of those documents have any specific reference to complaints of abuse, discrimination, or harassment in their index, a manual search would be required.Phillips estimated the cost of going through those documents would be $21,000, adding conducting such a search would unreasonably interfere with its operations.“It’s sad. Not everyone can come up with $21,000 to pursue that information,” said Settee.“For anyone to access this information, it should be free.”Manitoba Hydro president designated head under FIPPAAPTN filed several FIPPA requests related to this matter. One of them asked who was behind the decision-making process to not fully comply with its request.(Kelvin Shepherd, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro)In its response, Phillips wrote that under FIPPA, the ”head” of a public body is responsible for the administration of the act, including the processing of requests and decisions to grant or refuse access.In the case of Hydro, its president is the designated head under FIPPA.“Every access decision of Manitoba Hydro is reviewed and approved by the president prior to release,” Phillips wrote.Dean Beeby, a journalist and expert in freedom-of-information laws, is not surprised by the lawyer’s response, given a minister or president may be responsible for the operations of the access to information act.Still, he questions its practicality.“Those decisions are never run by the minister. The minister just turns over the entire file to the authorized delegated person to make those decisions,” said Beeby.“And that’s not how it works in practice. Nobody heading up a major organization would have enough time and concentration to deal with that kind of freedom of information issue.”(Nathan Neckoway says there are many cases of abuse of men and women. Photo courtesy Nathan Neckoway)Nathan Neckoway, a councillor with Tataskweyak First Nation, which is one of the partners with Keeyask Hydropower, said it is not over when it comes to addressing all of these allegations and First Nations members concerns.“There are so many cases that occur, [and] not only with the women but with the guys. This discrimination, harassment and abuse happens at all levels, and to all members,” said Neckoway.“Our voices are finally being heard and we’re in a position of trying to push it even more.”[email protected]@ozhibiiigelast_img read more