Email me at: [email protected] you next weekend!Kristen This weekend was full of tons of exciting events all over Fort St John! We had beautiful days on Friday and Sunday and though Saturday gave us a little rain, that never stops anyone in Fort St John – We truly are the energetic city!Friday night saw the Grand Opening of Museum Renovations as well as the Comedy Detour Show at the Lido in addition to all the garage sales around town. I also stopped in to visit the SPCA and made a new friend, Celine the cat.Even though the weather was bleak, the spirits of everyone in Fort St John were high and there was still tons to do all around town! The curling rink hosted the Farmer’s Market, as well as the Cadet Ceremonial Review. The round robin portion of the FSJ Slo-Pitch Icebreaker tournament was underway, despite the pools of water all over the diamond! Saturday also saw the annual Bluey Day ‘Be Brave and Shave’ event in support of the FSJ Hospital Foundation. Over $92,000 was raised at the event, which will go towards the purchase of cancer treatment and diagnostic equipment for the Fort St John Hospital. The Heroes Mess Dinner for local emergency services and members of the armed forces was also held on Saturday evening.- Advertisement -On Sunday, it was another beautiful day. Perfect for a picnic at the park and a great day to spend some time outside. Everyone in the playoffs at the FSJ Slo-Pitch Icebreaker Tournament were thankful for the great weather. The first ‘Tapping Into Talent’ event was held at their new venue, the North Peace Senior Housing Society Apt 3, and showcased tons of amazing local talent. To cap off an fantastic weekend, the Doc Walker show was held at the Cultural Center in support of their new album, The 8th.Thanks to all the event organizers and everyone who came out to participate! To find out what’s happening next weekend, stay tuned to 100.1 Moose FM or check out Events on Energeticcity.ca! I’ll be out again next weekend in the Hair Bin Summer Cruiser letting you know what’s happening in the Peace.If you have an event you would like me to attend, please let me know!Advertisement
I think it’s a combination of things, but yes, he’s … Just like the Raiders against the Chiefs, you guys had an admirable performance with your mailbag questions this week.We’re talking draft, draft and more draft, as well as some Derek Carr, Jared Cook and Jon Gruden.Let’s [email protected]: Carr seems to be paying better past few weeks, although more conservatively, which seems to be what Gruden wanted. Do you get the sense that Carr is starting to click with Gruden’s offense?
9 March 2016Transnet National Ports Authority has allocated R7-billion to build new port facilities to grow South Africa’s ocean economy.Already, 200 jobs had been created in new port facilities. Over the last 12 months, existing ports had been refurbished and maintained, the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster said yesterday.The cluster held a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, 8 March, which was chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. The cluster said work to grow the ocean economy was gaining momentum.Oil and gas hubs“Through the public-private partnership to establish Saldanha Bay as an oil and gas hub, an investment of R9.2-billion has been realised, which will be utilised over the next five years,” Nkwinti explained.“With 14 licences issued for oil and gas exploration, drilling of two exploration wells for potential oil and gas finds will take place along the South African coast. The investment in gas infrastructure has commenced and will contribute to energy security.”Work on the offshore supply base has started, which will lead to Saldanha Bay attracting oil rigs for maintenance and repair. This will create secondary job opportunities for surrounding communities.Boatbuilding infrastructureThe boat-building sector had been revitalised, according to the cluster, leading to 500 direct jobs and 3 000 indirect jobs.The Port of Durban in #SouthAfrica is Sub-Saharan #Africa‘s largest port. Credit: CNN http://t.co/oP5oVi3dCA pic.twitter.com/K5FBcu0jQq— African Biz Central (@AfriBizCentral) June 21, 2015Nkwinti clarified that “an amount of R353-million over the next three years has already been unlocked in the ports of Durban and Cape Town for boat-building infrastructure through incentives provided by government.“Further investments in boat building – catamaran production, workboat ferries for the navy, two offshore mining vessels and tugboats for the ports authority – and a fuel storage facility amount to approximately R3.6-billion.”Transnet National Ports Authority to spend R800m on security upgrades, starting in Durban https://t.co/CKfxCiS1vu pic.twitter.com/FT1kRlX4dF— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 16, 2016Port rehabilitation and maintenanceFor the 2016/17 financial year, R80-million has been allocated for the rehabilitation and maintenance of proclaimed harbours in Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay, as well the establishment of three new harbours in Boegoebaai in Northern Cape, Port St Johns in Eastern Cape and Hibberdene in KwaZulu-Natal. This will provide opportunities for local and rural economic development.AquacultureThe aquaculture sector has unlocked investments of more than R400-million across 10 aquaculture farms, which are already in production.In Hamburg, in Eastern Cape, the first harvest of dusky kob (kabeljou) has been realised, where the Siyazama Aquaculture Co-operative has sold its first harvest of the fish to the Cape Town Fish Market at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.The cluster said the expansion of aquaculture projects to inland and other coastal areas in support of SMMEs will create 3 200 jobs and contribute R500- million to the gross domestic product over the next year.The first two bulk carrier vessels have been registered in Port Elizabeth, and a third tanker in Cape Town, providing opportunities for South African cadets (trainees) boarding these vessels.Source: South African Government News Agency
3. What’s to Become of Qt? Nokia’s work at making its development environment Qt easier to use – efforts which were seeing moderate success, Nokia said in November – will no longer matter in the company’s new strategy. That’s because going forward, developers will use Microsoft’s tools for Windows Phone. Specifically, they will have access to Visual Studio 2010, Expression, Silverlight and the XNA Framework. Qt will be phased out, like Symbian.In a letter to developers, Nokia spelled out details of the changes, again downplaying the change by touting how Nokia still plans to sell “around 150 million more Symbian devices.” The company also noted that the MeeGo project will use Qt.In addition, Nokia boasted of Ovi Store numbers in the letter: 190 countries, with local specific content in 90 of those, 4 million downloads a day, 300,000 users signing up daily and 400,000 developers.As a part of the company’s organizational changes, its Services and Developer Experiences (SDX) unit will be responsible for Nokia’s global service portfolio, developer offering, developer community relations, and integration of partner service offering, the company said. That also includes Forum Nokia, which will continue to support developers for Symbian smartphones and Series 40 mobile phones.4. What’s Happening on the Organizational Level?Both Nokia itself and its management structure has be reorganized based on the new strategy. However, the rumors had gotten this part wrong – Elop isn’t dismissing its top execs, just moving them around.As of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones.Smart Devices will be responsible for creating the Windows Phone portfolio and will also house the sub-units of Symbian smartphones, MeeGo Computers and Strategic Business Operations. Jo Harlow will lead this group.Mobile Phones will “leverage its innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people and bring them affordable access to the Internet and applications,” said Nokia. Mary McDowell will lead Mobile Phones.Niklas Savendar will run Markets, which is responsible for “selling products, executing compelling marketing and communications, creating a competitive local ecosystem, sourcing, customer care, manufacturing, IT and logistics across all Nokia products.”Tero Ojanpera will lead the Services and Developer Experience unit which is responsible for Nokia’s global services portfolio, developer offering, developer relations and integration of partner service offerings.Design, responsible for Nokia product and user experience design, will be led by Marko Ahtisaari.Rich Green will be CTO.Timo Ihamuotila is CFO.Corporate Development, responsible for driving implementation of Nokia’s ecosystem strategy and strategic partnerships, will be headed by Kai Oistamo.Corporate Relations & Responsibility, responsible for Nokia’s government and public affairs, sustainable development and social responsibility, will be led by Esko Aho.Human Resources will be led by Juha Akras.Alberto Torres, the EVP of MeeGo, has stepped down from the management team, effective February 10 to “pursue other interests.” Nokia says Symbian will become a “franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value,” but tried to downplay its death by touting sheer numbers:“This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.”2. What’s Going on with MeeGo?MeeGo, a joint OS project built from Nokia’s Maemo platform and Intel’s Mobiln OS was, at one time, going to be Nokia’s means of competing in the smartphone market. Now, it will become an “open-source, mobile operating system project,” says Nokia. “MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.”What does that mean, exactly?It means that Elop didn’t think that Nokia could build a smartphone ecosystem around MeeGo quickly enough to compete on the new, and rapidly changing smartphone market. Now, says Elop, MeeGo will serve, “not as part of another broad smarpthone platform strategy, but as an opportunity to learn.”Only one MeeGo-based device will ship this year, probably because it’s so late into the process, Nokia sees no reason not to. However, after that phone ships, the MeeGo team will change focus to work on “exploration of future platforms, future devices and future user experiences.”Intel, which was a partner in Nokia’s earlier plans for MeeGo, has this to say: “While we are disappointed with Nokia’s decision, Intel is not blinking on MeeGo. We remain committed and welcome Nokia’s continued contribution to MeeGo open source.” As expected, Nokia and Microsoft announced a new partnership deal ahead of Nokia’s Capital Markets Day which will align the two companies to compete together in the mobile economy. As part of the strategy, Nokia will begin using Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system on its mobile devices as its primary smartphone platform, and Nokia’s current mobile platform Symbian will eventually be phased out. Nokia’s original plan to use its MeeGo operating system on high-end smartphones also takes a backseat under the new deal – MeeGo will become an open-source “project” with just one device launching this year. Both companies will collaborate on development, marketing and their mobile roadmap, they said.Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing search engine and related services and its adCenter search advertising services will come Nokia devices.Nokia Putting Out Fire on its “Burning Platform”New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft exec who took the helm last fall, has moved quickly to bring change to the Finnish company whose market share has been steadily dropping in the face of increased competition from Google and Apple. He recently sent a memo to employees, rallying the company to change. “I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times,” he wrote. “We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning.”With a deal of this magnitude, casual observers may have several questions. What does this mean for Symbian? What of Qt, Nokia’s development platform? What’s to become of MeeGo? Who’s in charge of what at Nokia?We’ll attempt to answer those questions below.1. What Will Happen to Symbian? (And When?)With Nokia’s new mobile strategy, Windows Phone 7 will displace Symbian…eventually. In a slide presented by Elop and Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila, it’s clear that Symbian will be wholly replaced by Windows Phone 7. However, the slide was not meant to be a forecast as to when that transition will complete. That said, Symbian will certainly begin to spiral downwards in terms of developer interest almost immediately – few parties will want to build apps for a dying platform with no future. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#NYT#web Image credits: Engadget Additionally, Nokia will be cutting thousands of jobs in Finland and elsewhere in the world. Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks employed some 132,000 people at the end of last year, and of those 19,800 were in Finland.5. Does this Mean Nokia/Microsoft Will Have a New Tablet Strategy?Although nothing specific to tablets was laid out by either company, Elop did confirm that Nokia had tablet plans in the works.“When it comes to this platform, we reserve the right to introduce tablets on other platforms, he said. “Whether that be internal projects or we could take advantage of what Microsoft is innovating with, we’ve nothing to announce on that today.”However, the tablet will not run MeeGo, Elop said. When asked what would be the point of launching a tablet with a dead OS, Elop said “you’ve answered your own question there.”Nokia Press Release & VideoBelow is Nokia’s official statement:Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together.While the specific details of the deal are being worked out, here’s a quick summary of what we are working towards:Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter will provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements will make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.Microsoft will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services so customers can do more with their phone, across their work and personal lives.Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.We each bring incredible assets to the table. Nokia’s history of innovation in the hardware space, global hardware scale, strong history of intellectual property creation and navigation assets are second to none. Microsoft is a leader in software and services; the company’s incredible expertise in platform creation forms the opportunity for its billions of customers and millions of partners to get more out of their devices.Together, we have some of the world’s most admired brands, including Windows, Office, Bing, Xbox Live, NAVTEQ and Nokia. We also have a shared understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a mobile ecosystem, which includes the entire experience from the device to the software to the applications, services and the marketplace.Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary. Ecosystems thrive when they reach scale, when they are fueled by energy and innovation and when they provide benefits and value to each person or company who participates. This is what we are creating; this is our vision; this is the work we are driving from this day forward.There are other mobile ecosystems. 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