Northern Development announces fund to support small businesses in Forestry

first_img“Projects eligible for the Forest Innovations Fund, such as innovation in biomass and harvesting techniques, site remediation and enhancing seedling survival will complement wildfire risk reduction activities and reforestation activities that will be undertaken by the Society,” he said, adding that both programs have similar goals: to help extend mid-term timber supply in the Interior.Eligible companies must be privately owned with less than 500 employees, and have annual revenue of less than $100 million. They are also required to be based within the service area of the Trust.Examples of eligible projects include innovation in biomass and harvesting and gathering techniques, site remediation advancements, seedling survival enhancement, value-added forest products, new technologies and technology transfer. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Northern Development Initiative Trust is giving research and development of the forest sector a boost.“The Forest Innovation Fund will provide support to the small and medium-sized businesses that call our communities home, employ our family members and friends and are directly impacted by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic,” said Evan Saugstad, Board Chair of Northern Development Initiative Trust.“These grant dollars will help our local resource sector businesses innovate and diversify, supporting jobs that are the backbone of our economy.”- Advertisement -The Forest Innovation Fund provides up to 50 per cent to a maximum of $50,000 in grant funding per project.Over a two-year period, the fund will provide up to $1 million in grants for small and medium-sized companies and community forests engaged in resource extraction, resource processing and other supply chain activities related to the forest sector.Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, says the Fund aligns well with the recent $85 million investment by the Province to create the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Most Favorited Geocaches in the World by Geocache Type

first_imgEditor’s note: These were the most favorited geocaches in the world as of June 22, 2015. To see the current caches topping the charts, try out Worldwide Search on Geocaching.com.There are many reasons why geocachers award favorite points to geocaches. Sometimes it’s the stunning view at the geocache. Other times it’s the unique container that makes your jaw drop. Whatever the reason, favorite points are a great way for geocachers to award top-notch hides.Favorited geocaches tend to be higher quality caches, and with the help of the new search, it’s easy to find and sort geocaches by favorite points.The following geocaches are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the pick of the litter, the top dogs, the big cheese… well, you get the idea. And they all have one thing in common: lots and lots of favorite points. Geocache Type: TraditionalGC Number: GC13Y2YGeocache Name: Lego – einer ist zuvielNumber of favorite points: 5,787Geocache Type: Multi-CacheGC Number: GC18182Geocache Name: Voss-MargarineNumber of favorite points: 3,936 SharePrint RelatedEverything you always wanted to know about Favorite pointsApril 2, 2019In “News”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Geocache Type: WebcamGC Number:  GC6F12Geocache Name: London – Beatles Abbey RoadNumber of favorite points: 609Geocache Type: WherigoGC Number: GC356P2Geocache Name: Die Jagd nach dem Grünen Diamanten (D+Engl)Number of favorite points: 1,175DCIM100GOPROInspired yet? It’s time for you to go and find a highly-favorited geocache and earn a cool souvenir. With the most recent update to the Geocaching Intro App, you can now search for any cache type. And don’t forget to spread the favorite point love. Share with your Friends:More Geocache Type: EarthCacheGC Number: GCZ8H7Geocache Name: The Cologne Cathedral – A Geological Point of ViewNumber of favorite points: 846Geocache Type: MysteryGC Number: GC2J9J5Geocache Name: Schatz des AlberichNumber of favorite points: 2,857Geocache Type: LetterboxGC Number: GC3QM4XGeocache Name: Seebrücke BinzNumber of favorite points: 1,349Geocache Type: VirtualGC Number: GC9A6EGeocache Name: Historic WordsNumber of favorite points: 1,299last_img read more

Crackdown in Tunisia: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgcurt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tunisian Protests Result in Massive Online Crackdown. On December 17th, a young unemployed university graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi, burned himself to death in Sidi Bouzid to protest the economic situation for young people. His death inspired large protests and resulted in the government killing of three protesters so far. With a non-existent media, Tunisians took to the internet to share information on the protests. This resulted in a savage censoring backlash by the Tunisian government. Anonymous, the 4chan-allied, Wikipedia-defending hacker group, subsequently targeted the government’s official site and that of the prime minister, shutting both down. Tunisians are being supported by bloggers around the world, especially in the Arab world. It has been absent, however, in the western media. This should, alas, be no great shock. On the plus side, as DemocracyWorks notes, are the development of the anti-censorship protest song in Tunisia, and protest hip-hop. Saudi Arabia to increase official online repression. Two months after banning Facebook for “religious reasons,” the kingdom, already one of the most repressive places on the planet, is introducing new rules. They include mandatory licensing for all blogs and websites, as well as government-approved editors. Anyone wishing to start an online publication will need “documents testifying to their good behaviour.” It’s almost funny. Almost. Taiwan restricts free expression. One of the trends we predicted, that of democracies aping restrictive countries like China, is in full flower. The latest to join the Shutup Club is Taiwan. In a unique combination of direct government pressure on the media and government-funded advertising, Taiwan’s media is becoming more docile. Freedom House has downgraded the country’s free speech rating. Whether this will inspire a flowering of alternative online expression or muzzle it as well remains to be seen. The GoldenState is Tin. California’s “mellow vibe” has never seemed quite real to anyone who’s spent any time there, and the latest legal moves in the state should dispel the notion of a live-and-let-live state for good. If you are arrested now in California, the police may, pursuant to a California Supreme Court verdict, seize and root through your cell phone without a warrant. Not satisfied with that, the CA legislature has also passed Senate Bill 1411, a law making “epersonation,” masquerading as someone else online, a crime that can send you to jail for a year. Bolivia makes racism-based censorship more palatable. Bolvia’s “anti-racism” law, a cheap screen for censorship against troublesome journalists, has been criticized widely. Disappointingly, Reporters Without Borders has praised the change in language of the new law. Yes, it’s more specific. But the real issue is that speech is being punished, it’s aimed at media organs and it still provides a handy tool for prosecution of uncooperative newspapers, websites and broadcast stations. Racism should be argued down with words and with actions – if a publication is a racist rag, withdraw your patronage, your advertising, your cooperation. But send a government (you know – the guys with the guns?) against it and you’d best start practice throwing your hands up over your head and remaining perfectly still – you’ll find that yourself racist the minute you disagree with the reigning regime. China arrests blogger for being a dirty bird. Given that China arrested a bride on her wedding day for a seven-word retweet, no one should be surprised that the country’s government is as humorless as it is repressive. But as if to make 100% certain that no one is, China has arrested Lin Chenglong, a Guandong resident who wrote a blog called “Eating, Drinking, Whoring and Gambling.” Please note: Lin was not arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Neither prostitutes, pimps nor madams were arrested. You can make a very good case that prostitution is deleterious for all participants (if you want). But that’s not why Lin was arrested. He was arrested for “spreading obscene material on the internet.” He was arrested, in other words, because China’s leadership are a bunch of repressive grannies. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#TWiOT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more