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Value of city construction continues to lag behind

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — March numbers from City Hall show the downturn in the local economy continues to negatively impact construction in Fort St. John.Just five permits were issued last month and the value of construction was only $798,000 dollars, compared to $24 million in March 2015.When added to the year-over-year drops in January and February of close to $8 million and $2 million, the three month differential is about $33 million. The current year-to-date total of $5.7 million is less than 15 per cent of the $38.8 million total for the same period last year.- Advertisement -It’s a similar story when it comes to city revenue generated by the building permits, which stands at just over $28,000 for the first three months of this year, as compared to $194,500 for the first quarter of 2015.The numbers also raise some curious questions about the recent discussion associated with the cities current Development Cost Charges Program.Urban Systems has presented a report outlining potential changes for a new bylaw for the charges.Advertisement Given the current economic slowdown, an administrative report to City Council has suggested an updated bylaw at this time, with additional developer costs for roads, drainage and parks, to possibly deter the developers from completing projects.Citing its history of remaining neutral on municipal situations and how they tend to be different, CEO Scot Bone of the Northern Regional Construction Association also said, “We look forward to hearing what the outcomes of the discussion are going to be, and then once we see those outcomes, we will work very closely with our developers and members to see what the impacts might be.”Having worked for the City of Prince George, he says his experience suggests in some cases DCC’s are an effective tool, but in other cases they’re not.In Fort St. John they’ve been applied since 2012, and were phased in with an assist factor of 40 per cent in the first two years and then 25 per cent in 2014 and 2015.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: TRIO OF DUFFY, FISHER AND GALLAGHER LEAD THE WAY AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf NewsLast Sunday at Otway was as bright and calm a day as we can expect at this time of the year, but even the normally ‘calm’ Patsy Gallagher was losing patience when his team mates were not performing up to the standard required to make any progress on the leaders.Nobody could catch the trio of Seamus Gallagher, Richard Duffy and Noel Fisher, in the race to victory with an impressive score of 8 under par. With the annual debate starting again about the advantage a fourball has over a threeball, a threeball has taken the prize for the 2nd week in a row, so the debate is sure to continue.Another chance comes next Sunday at the usual time of names in to 9158319 by 11.45 for a 12 noon tee-off.Cards (25) are also continuing in the clubhouse every Wednesday evening, kicking off at 7pmGOLF NEWS: TRIO OF DUFFY, FISHER AND GALLAGHER LEAD THE WAY AT OTWAY was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

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Russian investigators puzzled by plunge

first_imgRussian investigators are mystified by an unexplained plunge that led to the crash of a FlyDubai 737 which killed all 62 aboard in Russia on Saturday.The pilots had aborted their second attempt at landing and were climbing through 1550m at 370km/hr when their 737 suddenly – and without warning – plummeted into the airport disintegrating in a fireball beside the runway.Low grade CCTV vision clearly shows the 737 descending at high speed to impact but what is not so clear is whether the bright light was the aircraft’s landing lights or the 737 on fire.World’s safest airlinesThe five-year old aircraft was operating flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia and had spent 2.5 hours in a holding pattern waiting for bad weather to clear before attempting a second landing.The 737-800, registration A6-FDN had aborted the first approach to Rostov’s runway 22 at 1.41am local time due to weather and entered various holding patterns waiting for an improvement in the weather.Data from Flightradar24 then shows the 737 descending to an altitude of 1550 feet for its second attempt to land when it began to climb again at 5.6 km short of the runway.It reached an altitude of 3975 feet and then entered a steep descent before impacting the airport.The 737 had sufficient fuel for another 2 hours of flight and could have easily diverted to another airport as an Aeroflot flight had done earlier.The pilots of the 737 were termed as “quite experienced” by the airline with the Cypriot captain having 5,965 hours while the Spanish co-captain 5,769 hours.Authorities in Russia say they have ruled out terrorism and according to investigative committee spokeswoman Oksana Kovrizhnaya, they will be looking at technical issues, severe weather and human error.Kovrizhnaya told CNN that the investigations will take at least two months, as required by Russian law, but “could be prolonged.”Russian investigators will be joined by a team from the UAE as well as representatives from the US National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.The aircraft’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have both been recovered.FlyDubai said that 44 of the passengers were Russians, eight Ukrainian, two Indian and one Uzbekistani. Thirty-three of the passengers were women, 18 were men and four were children.FlyDubai is a Dubai based low cost airline formed in 2009 that operates to 95 destinations with 50 aircraft.Up to yesterday’s crash it had a perfect safety record.last_img read more

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Ohio Crop Progress – July 30th, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hot and dry weather continued last week. Rain continued to be spotty providing little relief to crops, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician,USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 29. Crops continued to look good but will need some water soon. Corn and soybean condition was mostly good to excellent but showed some signs of stress. Hay making continued to progress well in dry weather. Winter wheat harvest and other hay first cut ting was complete. Manure hauling, spraying of fungicides and herbicides, and weed control activities kept farmers busy last week.Click here for the complete reportlast_img read more

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Are You Experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder?

first_img Picture created in Canva by Alicia Cassels. Return to article. Long DescriptionWhat is Seasonal Affective Disorder?Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression which is also referred to as SAD. Although a small portion of individuals experience SAD in the spring and summer, SAD tends to be experienced during the fall and winter months by the vast majority of people. It is important to recognize the potentially serious symptoms associated with SAD, a condition that may require medical treatment.What are the symptoms of SAD?According to the American Psychiatric Association, symptoms of SAD can vary from mild to severe and may include:Feeling of sadness or depressed moodMarked loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyedChanges in appetite; usually eating more, craving carbohydratesChange in sleep; usually sleeping too muchLoss of energy or increased fatigue despite increased sleep hoursIncrease in restless activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speechFeeling worthless or guiltyTrouble concentrating or making decisionsThoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicideSAD may begin at any age, but it typically starts when a person is between ages 18 and 30What Causes SAD?According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, while the exact causes of SAD are unknown, researchers have identified some biological clues:“People with SAD may have trouble regulating one of the key neurotransmitters involved in mood, serotonin. One study found that people with SAD have 5 percent more serotonin transporter protein in winter months than summer months. Higher serotonin transporter protein leaves less serotonin available at the synapse because the function of the transporter is to recycle neurotransmitter back into the pre-synaptic neuron.People with SAD may overproduce the hormone melatonin. Darkness increases production of melatonin, which regulates sleep. As winter days become shorter, melatonin production increases, leaving people with SAD to feel sleepier and more lethargic, often with delayed circadian rhythms.People with SAD also may produce less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is believed to play a role in serotonin activity. Vitamin D insufficiency may be associated with clinically significant depression symptoms.”What are the Risk Factors for SAD?According to the Mayo Clinic:SAD is diagnosed more often in women than in men.SAD is diagnosed more frequently in younger adults than in older adults.People with SAD may be more likely to have blood relatives with SAD or another form of depression.Symptoms of depression may worsen seasonally if you have depression or bi-polar disorder.SAD appears to be more common among people who live far north or south of the equator. This may be due to decreased sunlight during the winter and longer days during the summer months.How is SAD treated?Your treatment provider will work with you to develop a specific treatment plan based on a number of available treatment options. Treatment interventions for SAD may include Bright Light Therapy (BLT) or phototherapy, which works to replace sunshine using artificial light. BLT typically involves sitting in front of a light box which emits full spectrum light similar to sunlight, while filtering out ultraviolet rays. Additional treatment interventions for SAD include Vitamin D, counseling, and/or antidepressant medication (Melrose, 2015).What should you do if you think you may be experiencing SAD?SAD is a form of depression. It is important to seek the help of a trained medical professional if you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of SAD. A medical provider or mental health professional can develop a diagnosis and work with you to identify appropriate treatment options. The National Institute of Mental Health offers additional information and resources on SAD and depression. SAD can present very serious symptoms. If you are currently experiencing serious symptoms, the American Psychiatric Association offers this recommendation:“If you feel the depression is severe or if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, consult a doctor immediately or seek help at the closest emergency room.”National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  800-273-TALK (8255).References and Resources:Melrose S. (2015). Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches. Depression research and treatment, 2015, 178564.NIMH » Seasonal Affective DisorderSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) – Symptoms and Causes Written by Alicia Cassels, MFLN Program Development Specialist, Auburn Universitylast_img read more

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Setting Down the Old to Pick Up the New

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:20 — 5.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThis was originally a post called The 7 Things You Must Leave Behind to Get Ahead. If you want to transform yourself, you are going to need to leave part of your old self behind. That’s the price you pay for transformation, and the price you pay for becoming the person you were born to be. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Forget Twitter: It’s For The Tragically Connected

first_imgLets get real about this, to paraphrase Loren Feldman, “Twitter: people write stuff, people read stuff. That’s it”. There is no big social networking secret at work here. It’s simply a communication tool and not even a very good one. It breaks down more often than my first car, which I only paid $240 for. If you think using Twitter is free, you are insane. As a business person, you already realize that your time is money, so when you spend an hour on Twitter learning what people had for lunch, you are paying for that. When you think about it, you can apply that to everything. Even reading this post is going to cost you money, I just hope I can make it profitable for you. The above article was written in collaboration with Twitter is fantastic if you have a market which already uses the system. But ask yourself, do you need to reach out to that market? By the way, you can Building a following from scratch simply using Twitter is possibly not the best use of your time. A following on Twitter should be viewed as a by-product of success elsewhere. This only makes sense if your business is with the natural inhabitants of this system. You need to be able to connect with your customer base by giving them the least amount of hoops to jump  through. Even RSS. How many normal people use an RSS reader? I live and die by RSS, but I am not  normal. I live life on the cutting edging of Web 2.0. The truth is, twitter is for geeks. Actually, it’s not even for geeks, it’s for uber-geeks. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I use twitter myself and have at times been called a geek. But to someone who uses the Internet for business (gasp!) and to make money, Twitter is often just a distraction. company name on Twitter even if you don’t plan to use it, just in case.  -Dharmesh Still not convinced? Still want to walk the soft sands and hoped you wont get sucked in?  Then, by all means, Twitter away.  Originally published Jun 12, 2008 12:47:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 , a social media marketing expert.  Thanks, Lyndon!  It’s something for the ADD crowd to cook up and inject into their veins. There is nothing wrong with using these systems. But what are you online for? Chat, make friends, make love? All good stuff, but are you online to make money? It’s important to get your priorities right. Is your market the uber geek? If so, dive in, Twitter is where your market is at. Twitter is addictive. Real people are using it to communicate, and that can be fun. If you are online to have fun, fine and dandy. But, if it’s profit you are after, you need to judge accordingly. Some have said it’s a great tool to use for list building. But when you absolutely need to build a list and be able to communicate with your market, a third party system is not it. Email is far more effective and people do not have to sign up to a third party system to use email. Unless your customers already have a Twitter account, forget it. If your customer base already uses Twitter, you may have already read numerous blog posts praising the system and are using it to your advantage. If so, that’s great.  That is not what this post is about. Topics: But, if you own a small consulting firm or are the VP marketing for a medium-sized manufacturing firm, I doubt twitter is where your customer base will be hanging out. You need to identify and connect with your customers and potential customers, and Twitter is not usually the most efficient (or effective) way to do that. This post is not an anti-Twitter post, it’s not even a pro-Twitter post. It’s a “Do that which makes sense for your business” post, a reminder that there are black holes out there which will suck all your precious time from you and not give you much (if any) return. Lyndon Antcliff if you’d like, and I promise not to tell you what I had for lunch. And regardless, I still think you should reserve your brand name or To get real benefit from Twitter you need to build a following.  Those who  already have over a thousand followers can send a digg request or a “hey, check out this post”, and get a great response. But here’s the thing, that following has been built up over months or years, with hours worth of expended effort. People simply follow/fan/friend the same people whatever system they are in. The person being followed simply says, “check out this new system”, and they all go join and add the same people to their list. follow me on Twitter Twitter Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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Video Case Study: Marketers Experiment with Chocolate-Free Valentine

center_img We’re very fortunate that the followers of our blog are some of the finest marketers this side of a Burma Shave billboard. So they do their fair share of promoting our content on their own. Then we’re doubly fortunate that between our lab and our sister companies, we have the type of people who naturally like putting their sales and marketing skills to use for a good cause (and driving traffic to the MarketingExperiments blog is always a good cause). What did you do to promote this Valentine’s Day video? For an upcoming community-written blog post, we want to feature our reader’s favorite advertising and marketing industry news sources. Of course, everything is a little more fun with a bit of creativity behind it. So we made this video to make the request to them a little more challenging. We want to know the news sources they don’t just like, but really love. What blog would they sing “Cuando Me Enamoro” to? If they could only pick one, who would they “Choo-choo-choose?”   And we hope that passion will come out in the submissions we receive.  We’ll post our favorite, most creative responses in a blog article. producing creative online videos The concept of the collaborative effort is wonderful. Your presenters all seem calm and in the moment. How did you get them to do that? that helps marketers boost ROI, get a huge promotion, and eventually buy a yacht…we like to have a little bit of fun from time to time as well. Virtual Valentine Video Gets Visitors! and blogs.  What better way than by having others tell us how much they LOVE various things in their lives (besides chocolate) — things like CNN Money, Twitter or Smashing Magazine. Our friends at MarketingExperiments created a video that plays to their love of fun.  In a quick interview with (Full disclosure: I am a former employee of MarketingExperiments and maintain a wonderful relationship with the folks in Jax Beach, Florida, their headquarters.) MarketingExperiments blog had a great vision and was able to coax quality performances out of an acting troupe on the same level as the cast of “Jersey Shore.” or simply having a little Valentine’s Day fun like we did with this video. Austin McCraw Are you to learn how to use online video to grow your business with inbound marketing. , editor of the So with one of the all-time best marketing “gimmicks” approaching on the calendar — Valentine’s Day — we figured we’d produce something a little different for our Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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Personal Brand: Good or Bad for Your Company?

first_img Brand Management There has been a good deal of  discussion around whether having a strong personal brand is beneficial or detrimental to a company.  Personal brand advocates claim that putting your name on your work and tweeting and blogging your own ideas and thoughts helps to enhance your own social standing, while also lending credibility and trust to your company.  Detractors say that companies who become too closely associated with strong personal brands can become overshadowed by their contributors, or even alienate or insult members of their potential audience who dislike an individual, but might otherwise like the company. In truth, there is no magic bullet.  Each company and each individual needs to figure out what feels personally right to them.  But, that’s a pretty safe answer, isn’t it? The Personal TakeI think that personal brand can enhance a company much more than detract from it.  Diversity is a cornerstone of success, and when I see a company that has a variety of people, all expressing their different interests, cares, and concerns, I see strength.  The days of companies as huge, monolithic, unfeeling entities are quickly falling behind us, as we gain greater access to businesses through their presence online.   When I interact with a company, I want to know there’s a human on the other side of the keyboard, and not a corporate policy. The “no magic bullet” answer is the company line.  The old way of doing business.  A dying way.  Customers or prospects don’t want bland prescriptive advice; they want to know what you really think, so they can engage in a real conversation with you.  Not everyone at your company has to agree with everything that you say, and you don’t have to agree with what they say– as long as you are saying something real and something interesting, you cannot lose.There are exceptions to this, of course, such as when someone’s personal brand is highly destructive, insulting, or negative, but those cases are usually rare.   As long as the people in your company are using common sense, they will most likely be adding much more value than they are detracting.What do you think—is personal brand something that should be kept separate from company brands?  Or do they enhance each other?Free Download: Marketing Data: 50+ Marketing Charts and Graphs HubSpot has compiled over 50 original marketing charts and graphs on topics including Lead Generation, Blogging and Social Media, Marketing Budgets, Twitter and FacebookDownload the ebook now! to have access to these charts for use in your own presentations Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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