SA economy: recovery in sight

first_img19 August 2009 Fourth-quarter growth expected The main contributors to the second-quarter decrease in economic activity were the manufacturing industry (-1.6 percentage points), and the wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants industry (-0.6 of a percentage point). “It is expected to stabilise next quarter, and move back into growth by the fourth quarter, making it unlikely that the full-year decline will be as bad as the two percent plus that more pessimistic economists had predicted,” the business daily said. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2009 decreased by an annualised rate of three percent compared to the first quarter’s 6.4%,” Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Business Day said on Wednesday that when the year’s first-half figures were compared with those of last year, economic growth was down by only two percent. This was despite the South African Reserve Bank having cut interest rates by a cumulative five percent since December last year. Consumers ‘reluctant to spend’ Construction, mining growth While South Africans had more disposable income following the rate cuts, they were either still reluctant to spend or were servicing their debts, Stats SA’s Kedibone Mokone told Business Report. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth contracted by three percent in the second quarter of 2009, indicating that the economy is still in recession, but with signs that a recovery is in sight. Stats SA said the increase in mining and quarrying in the second quarter was due to an increase in the mining of other metal ores, including platinum, and other mining and quarrying, including diamonds. Analysts interviewed by Business Report said the GDP data suggested that South Africa’s economy was still struggling, despite the easing in monetary policy. Industries that contributed to positive second-quarter growth included construction (+0.5% of a percentage point), general government services and mining and quarrying (each contributing +0.3% of a percentage point), as well as personal services (0.1% of a percentage point), Stats SA reported. “The data backs up suggestions from Central Bank governor Tito Mboweni and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that any recovery in South Africa’s economy will lag others, after several developed countries recorded second-quarter growth,” the paper said. The finance, real estate and business services, and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries also contributed to the drop in GDP growth. Mining and quarrying were among the main contributors to the first-quarter GDP contraction. Nedbank economist Nicky Weimer told BuaNews that the figure had been expected by the market. “Overall it is still a weak number,” Weimer said. “However, the good news is that the contraction is at a slower pace.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Maggots: a sustainable animal feed

first_imgThe common housefly could be a bigfactor in easing the strain on natural marine resources, if the Drew brothers have their way. (Image: Shadowness)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jason Drew  AgriProtein  + 27 21 422 1887 or +27 83 700 5255 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Malaria-proof mosquito a reality • Tanzania’s ‘butterfly effect’ • Pick n Pay greens seafood operationsEmily van RijswijckAn enterprising duo has developed a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and soya livestock feeds, in the process helping to ease the pressure on precious natural resources which are constantly under strain from the growing human population.Originally from the UK, brothers David and Jason Drew are now based in South Africa.For the last three years the two entrepreneurs have been researching the potential of protein-rich fly larvae or maggots as a natural replacement for soya and fishmeal, the two most commonly used sources of protein animal feed used by industrial farmers.Their Cape-based company AgriProtein produces maggot meal, a completely natural protein feed for animals. Maggot meal is obtained by harvesting fly larvae fed on organic waste just before the insects turn into pupae. To make one ton of the meal, about five tons of maggots are required.The larvae are dried and then processed into a fine rich brown powder, to be sold to farmers in 50-kilogramme bags.In terms of nutrient value the product matches that of fishmeal and is superior to soya.Research and developmentThe fly farm and production plant is based in Stellenbosch and for the moment is producing only for research and development purposes, confirms Jason Drew.The facility produces two tons of meal a week. Research is conducted with the help of the University of Stellenbosch‘s Animal Nutritional Department.“We plan to start up a full scale production plant in 2013, which will produce 28 tons per day of the dry product,” says Drew.The company intends to open plants in South Africa and Germany, the latter country because it is one of the world’s leading green nations.According to Drew, the demand for protein feed is almost limitless, and one of the biggest chicken producers in Germany is already showing keen interest.His only concern is whether AgriProtein will be able to keep up with the projected demand of over 2 000 tons per month.Should other countries show interest, the Drew brothers will consider rolling out the technology to them as well.So far, AgriProtein’s research has shown that larvae protein produces better weight gain and lower gizzard erosion scores than fishmeal. Gizzard erosion is a dietary deficiency disease affecting younger birds.Nutrient recyclingAt the heart of AgriProtein’s approach is a relatively new concept: nutrient recycling.Increases in global food demand and pressing environmental challenges have caused prices of both fishmeal and soya feeds to soar in recent years. Fishmeal, for example, has on average almost tripled in price since 2002, according to the IndexMundi data portal.Using organic waste to create a new source of protein – such as animal protein feed – is one way in which we can save the world’s declining fish resources, believes Drew.At the AgriProtein plant the flies are fed waste from abattoirs. This natural way of disposing of the waste also helps the suppliers to cut down on their costs. To ensure success of the venture, the company runs two programmes, for breeding and production.Under natural conditions one female fly can lay about 750 eggs a week and the larva increases in weight by over 400 times in just a few days.Maggots are harvested just before the pupal stage, or after about 72 hours. They are then dried, milled and packed. Because birds and fish eat larvae in the wild, the magmeal is easily digested.AgriProtein uses three types of flies: the common housefly (Musca domestica); the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) and the blow fly (Calliphoridae family), each of which prefers to break down a specific type of organic waste.The end product contains nine essential amino acids, according to the AgriProtein website.And that hint of fishmeal which is sometimes so detectable in battery-reared chickens will also be a thing of the past as maggot meal has a completely neutral taste and odour, Drew confirms.Amazing creaturesLike other insects the fly goes through three phases to reach adulthood: egg, larva, pupa and then adult.One of the most fascinating aspects of these creatures is the ammonia which is produced by fly larvae, a natural secretion used by the creatures to kill bacteria.In the AgriProtein plant the strong smell of ammonia is a by-product of the production process but one which the Drew brothers still plan to tap into as well.“We are looking at ways in which to harvest the ammoniated air to make a natural bleach,” says Drew.last_img read more

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Amazon’s ‘Betas’: The Show That Could Be A ‘Cheers’ For Silicon Valley

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… markhachman 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img Over time, great cities tend to inspire their own iconic comedies: New York’s Seinfeld. Boston’s Cheers. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Now Betas is the show that could put Silicon Valley on the comedy map – but only if you help.Betas is one of the eight comedy pilots that Amazon has been featuring on its Instant Video page. If enough voters back Betas – or any of the other comedies – then Amazon will greenlight its development into a full-fledged original series, taking on shows like House of Cards and Lilyhammer on Netflix.Betas = Heart, Surrealism And DesperationTo its credit, Betas integrates much of what made 1980s comedies great – heart, a touch of implausibility that borders on surrealism – and swirls it all together with the desperation and ambition of the Silicon Valley feeding frenzy. For many entrepreneurs, the right handshake seems to be all that separates them from poverty or untold riches, a cruelty that can instantly reduce months of work to ashes. Chasing that dream is frustrating. And funny.Betas reminds us that Silicon Valley has become high school writ large: geeks may be the new jocks, but the popular kids still have all the money and dweebs are still dweebs. And owning all the toys is still the high score.Betas begins in the sort of community workspace many techies could imagine working in, if they weren’t, you know, working: Employees chase each other around with Nerf guns, others grind Cheetos into their keyboards. “Nash,” the neurotic, socially inhibited engineer played by Karan Soni, can’t take it. He freaks out and hides in one of the telephone booths the workspace has put against the wall, a quasi-ironic homage to older technology. Nash, despondent, tells his company’s founder, Trey (Joe Dinicol), that the latest build of their Highlight-like social discovery app, BRB, bricked the phone.“Who cares? Investors are making investments from napkin sketches made by high school dropouts!” Trey responds.“I don’t make napkin sketches!” Nash wails.The plot of the pilot revolves around a meeting that Trey is convinced BRB needs with George Murchison (Ed Begley, Jr.), who plays electric flute with Moby and slices his own “Ferrari of trout” with an Asian shortsword. Part of the reason is one-upping the team behind “Valet Me,” a parking app whose sudden success makes the douche bag developers instant stars. Trey is convinced that the when Murchison hears BRB’s pitch, he’ll invest – and talks his way into Murchison’s home using “Larry Page” as an alias.The other members of the BRB team include Hobbes (Jonathan C. Daly), a bearded, jaded developer whose idea of relaxing is watching Webcam porn at a local laundromat, and Mitchell (Charlie Saxton) a pudgy dweeb whose biggest goal is to talk to Mikki (Maya Erskine), the cool Asian chick who’s looking for just about anything to spark her empty life. “I would never say damp,” Mikki muses. “It makes my vaj seem like the Dagobah system.”Betas Brings Silicon Valley To LifeBetas may be a scripted comedy, but it feels a hell of a lot more real than Randi Zuckerberg’s reality TV fiasco, Startups: Silicon Valley that debuted last year. Then, a cast of pretty wannabes partied their way from meetup to meeting to hangout to loft party, leaving everyone in Silicon Valley muttering, “What the hell is this?” Startups’ worst crime, however, wasn’t that it was vapid; it was just boring, and we’d seen all the tricks that reality series could throw at us before. It’s hard to fathom how anyone got beyond an episode or two.(See also Startups Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess.)The Big Bang Theory may hold the crown of TV’s geekiest show. But BBT mocks geeky science culture – Star Trek, Iron Man and the ins and outs of academic life – without really touching on what makes a life in technology so great. Betas tosses you in the deep end; it assumes you know what “Series A” funding is, and who Mark Zuckerberg and Page are. Little touches – bumping phones to swap digits, for example – lend the series the “oh yeah, people really do do that” feeling. Silicon Valley will hit the big screen this summer, when The Internship looks inside life at Google – but do you really think a sanctioned look inside the Googleplex is going to end up all that funny?(See also Geek Movies: The Top 10 Most Inspirational Films For Techies.)Think Scrubs: Silicon ValleyThink of Betas as Scrubs Silicon Valley: the four members of BRB are starting at the bottom, hoping to climb to the top. In Scrubs, there’s a natural progression: the young residents must earn their way up the medical ladder to become full-fledged doctors. What makes Betas so compelling is that Silicon Valley isn’t like that. Instead, it’s a roller-coaster ride: This week it’s a funding deal, next week it’s a show-stopping bug. What happens if Trey and the team accidentally leak their user information? What if they’re hacked? Do they attract the attention of Anonymous? Does Microsoft make a pitch to buy them? Does IBM?Look, crazy stuff happens in Silicon Valley every day. But there’s no reason why we can’t watch it on our TVs at night, too. So watch Betas. Vote for it. Let’s make this happen, people. Tags:#Amazon#Digital Lifestyle#entertainment#Silicon Valley#television#TV 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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How to Use The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need

first_imgI just released the second video in the launch of my new book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need. If you want to know what’s inside the book, this video is a quick walk through of the 9 attributes and the 8 skills. You can watch it on the preorder page at preorder.theonlysalesguide.com.If I could go back and change any part of this book, the one thing I would add would be a user’s guide for salespeople, and one for sales managers.To succeed in sales today, you need all the attributes and skills included in The Only Sales Guide. If you have a deficiency in any of the attributes or skills, that deficiency can cause your problems. Like initiative. Sales isn’t a passive endeavor where you can afford to be reactive and do well. Instead, you have to drive the action.If You SellIf you are responsible for selling, you should read the book from cover to cover, making notes on the attributes and skills that you believe you need to improve. Then you should go back over one or two chapters, spending a couple week working specifically on developing in those areas. Maybe you aren’t exercising the self-discipline you need in order to succeed at a higher level. Or perhaps you need to work on your skills when it comes to asking for and obtaining commitments (Closing is Chapter 11).You are responsible for your own growth and development. This book will help you turn in your best performance.If You Manage a Sales TeamIf you manage a sales team, there are couple ways you should use the book.First, you can read the book together, focusing on one attribute or skill each week, and doing the exercises at the end of each chapter and sharing your experiences. Including the two chapters that cap off each section of the book, that is 19 weeks of development (more than most salespeople ever receive in the way of training and development). The videos and the workbooks will make this easy.Second, you can use the book to coach each individual on your team in areas you believe they need to improve. It’s sometimes easier for us to see where and why someone else is struggling than it is to see these same things in ourselves. No book provides this kind of a lens on performance, and using it to create a coaching and individual development plan will help you help the individuals on your team.You should use the book to help each person on your team grow, develop, and turn in the best performance they are capable of producing.As you watch video 2 at preorder.theonlysalesguide.com, note with attributes or skills you might need to shore up. If you are leader, think about where the individuals on your team need help.I wrote this book so that you would have what you need to take action and improve your own skills as a individual contributor, or to help your team if you are a sales manager or sales leaders. It’s not enough to know what you need to do; what’s important is that you do it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Nine convicted in Rohtak orphanage sexual abuse case

first_imgA special CBI court in Panchkula on Wednesday pronounced nine people guilty of sexually exploiting the inmates of an orphanage, ‘Apna Ghar’, in Rohtak in Haryana. “One of the accused has been acquitted. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on April 24,” defence lawyer Abhishek Rana told reporters. In 2012, allegations surfaced relating to sexual abuse and physical and mental torture of the inmates, including women and minor girls, at the shelter home run by NGO Bharat Vikas Sangh. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had rescued nearly 120 inmates from the shelter after carrying out a raid on May 9, 2012, following a tip-off by three inmates who had escaped to Delhi. CBI probeA month after the raid, the shelter was sealed and the State government handed over the case to the CBI.A probe panel constituted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court had in its report also recommended investigation by the CBI into the entire episode citing sexual, physical, mental exploitation and the use of inmates as bonded labourers at the shelter. The nine who have been held guilty include Jaswanti Devi, the head of the shelter, her daughter Sushma, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, Jaswanti’s brother Jaswant Singh, cousin Sheela, counsellor Veena, employees Satish and Ram Prakash Saini, and a friend, Roshni. Rohtak’s former Child Development Project Officer Angrez Kaur Hooda has been acquitted.last_img read more

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French Open 2016: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires with leg injury

first_imgSixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France has retired from his third-round match at Roland Garros with a leg injury while leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set.The Frenchman, twice a semifinalist at Roland Garros and the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open, left the court with a trainer. When he returned, he said he no longer could play.Tsonga draped a white towel over his head and used it to wipe tears from his eyes.The 80th-ranked Gulbis reached the semifinals at the French Open in 2014.last_img

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NBA slate has some old, something new—a Simmons 3-pointer

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Federer, Medvedev reach 3rd round in Shanghai; Murray out DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rookie Tyler Herro, the 13th selection in June’s draft, scored 18 points, and Jimmy Butler added 10 in his preseason debut with Miami.Miami closed the third quarter on a 13-0 run and used a 22-5 spurt in the fourth for a 90-69 lead.Rudy Gay (12) and DeMar DeRozan (10) were the only two Spurs in double figures.NUGGETS 105, TRAIL BLAZERS 94Paul Millsap scored 14 points for Denver, and Jamal Murray added 10 in a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals.Portland topped Denver in Game 7 last season, before getting swept by the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals. The Trail Blazers and Nuggets will face off again to start the regular season on Oct. 23.Zach Collins was the only Portland starter in double figures with 10 points.GRIZZLIES 108, NEW ZEALAND 94Grayson Allen and Jaren Jackson Jr., the fourth overall pick by Memphis in 2018, each scored 18 points. The Grizzlies’ top selection in June, Ja Morant, had four points, five rebounds and 10 assists.Jae Crowder added 15 points and former Gonzaga star Brandon Clarke grabbed 12 rebounds. Jackson also had nine rebounds and three blocks. This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ It also featured the first game in a Thunder uniform but not the first on the home team in Oklahoma City for Paul, who was traded from Houston in the deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Rockets.Paul spent his first two seasons in the city, winning Rookie of the Year in 2006, while the New Orleans Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City as their home recovered from Hurricane Katrina.Paul had six points and four assists in 17 minutes of the Thunder’s 119-104 victory over Dallas, which rested Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.Portland and Denver began their preseason schedules in the Trail Blazers’ original home. The game at Memorial Coliseum, where they spent 25 years, was part of the team’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.RAPTORS 134, ROCKETS 129ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Raptors — in their first game since winning the NBA Finals — rallied from a 17-point deficit.James Harden put on yet another dazzling offensive show, making his first six shots and finishing 11 for 14 from the field and scoring 34 points in 27 minutes.His final points were a pair of free throws with 3:40 left in the third quarter that put Houston up 104-87. He checked out shortly afterward, and Toronto outscored Houston 47-25 the rest of the way.Westbrook played for Houston for the first time, scoring 13 points in 21 minutes.Serge Ibaka scored 18 points and Fred VanVleet scored 16 for the Raptors, who played without Marc Gasol and Kyle Lowry.76ERS 144, GUANGZHOU 86Simmons led seven Philadelphia players in double-digit scoring. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists.Joel Embiid added 17 points, all in the first half, and Simmons had 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists at the break. Simmons’ last 3-pointer was on Nov. 30, 2015, while at LSU.Andrew Nicholson, picked 19th overall in the 2012 draft by Orlando, led Guangzhou with 36 points on 15-of-32 shooting.HEAT 107, SPURS 89 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Simmons’ shot just before halftime was celebrated wildly in Philadelphia, where 76ers fans know they could have a championship contender if their All-Star point guard develops a reliable perimeter shot to complement all his other skills.“I didn’t hear the crowd,” Simmons said. “I work every day and to me, it shows. I’m in the gym every day and I feel like it is paying off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manHe finished with 21 points in the 76ers’ 144-86 victory over Chinese opponent Guangzhou.A seven-game schedule began in Japan, where the Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 134-129. They are playing two games this week at the Saitama Super Arena. Corey Webster had 19 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks for New Zealand.THUNDER 119, MAVERICKS 104Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, with four 3-pointers, in his debut and Steven Adams added 17 points for the Thunder. Paul had six points in 17 minutes.Former Tar Heel Justin Jackson and German Maxi Kleber scored 14 points apiece for the Mavericks.SUNS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 106DeAndre Ayton had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Devin Booker added 15 points and five assists for the Suns. Ayton, who had 54 double-doubles last season, secured the feat in the first half as Phoenix led 56-54.Karl-Anthony Towns paced Minnesota with 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center right, celebrates with Ben Simmons, center left, after he shot a 3-pointer to end the second quarter as Guangzhou Loong-Lions’ CJ Harris, right, looks on during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)From Chris Paul in Oklahoma City to the Portland Trail Blazers back at Memorial Coliseum, the NBA schedule had the feel of something old on Tuesday.And it had something new, with Ben Simmons making a 3-pointer for the first time as a pro.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Women’s Hockey Test: India suffer fourth consecutive defeat against New Zealand

first_imgFailing to arrest its slide yet again, the Indian women’s hockey team on Friday suffered its fourth straight defeat of the tour, losing 0-3 to hosts New Zealand in the penultimate contest of the five-match series in Hamilton.India made a strong start with an improvised attack, attempting shots on goal but the hosts’ defence proved too strong to break for the visitors.New Zealand found an opportunity in the 14th minute with a quick-thinking Rachael McCann who pumped the ball into the goal clinching an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter.Following three successive 4-1, 8-2 and 3-2 wins in the first three matches, New Zealand dominated Friday’s game too.Tessa Jopp fetched the hosts their second goal in the 17th minute. New Zealand earned a penalty corner which was successfully converted by Jopp.Down by two goals, the Indian strikers made strong amends and tried different variations to find a goal but they failed to break the opposition defence.In-form Rachael McCann struck her second goal of the match in the 26th minute to give New Zealand a comfortable 3-0 lead at the end of half-time.The final two quarters saw Indian goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu stay busy at the post, defending several attempts on goal by New Zealand. She made some impressive saves to keep the Black Sticks from taking further lead.The Indian defence too stitched together a well-structured strategy to ensure a goalless third and fourth quarters.While India had dominated with the ball possession (57 per cent as opposed to New Zealand’s 43 per cent) in their previous game, New Zealand came up with new tactics to deny the visitors any such advantage today.advertisementThe final quarter too saw the Indians make strong attempts on goal in their bid to make a comeback into the game but New Zealand stayed in control to win the match.last_img read more

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High Altitude NYE: Best Mountain Town Bars

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Holidays are a time to celebrate with family, and what better way than to escape to secluded cabin in the wilderness? Family time can be spent skiing, enjoying the peace and quiet, and good luxury cooking. However, when it comes to nightlife, unless you know your way around tiny mountain towns, finding a good bar or scene can be a little daunting. Between pre-packaged mega resorts and celebrity hangouts, some of the best mountain town bars have disappeared. If you’re looking to find the best ski town nightlife, we’ve searched out a few favorites from our travels so you can ring in the New Year in the best high altitude bars across the country.Related: Rooftop Bars Around the World | The Norm: Best Bars to Be a RegularAlta, Utah: The SitzmarkSince 1939, the Sitzmark bar in the Alta Lodge has been a choice destination for skiers and travelers all year long. If ever there was an authentic mountain bar, this is it. The lodge has been updated for the twenty-first century, but the bar maintains its original wood burning fireplace. The slopeside views are perfect to enjoy Alta’s torchlight ski parade and fireworks at midnight. We’d be remiss to leave out that they have the best hot toddy in the Rockies, the perfect way to warm up and wind down after a long day of skiing Utah’s famous powder.Big Sky, Montana: Montana JackWith sixty percent expert terrain, Big Sky is not a destination for casual skiers. Likewise, if you’re planning on a serious night of beer tasting, Montana Jack is a national contender. With a selection of a hundred beers – always at least twenty-four on tap – there is a flavor for everyone. This year’s New Year’s festivities feature an on the snow fireworks show and live local music. We don’t usually think of nightlife when thinking of Bozeman, Montana and Big Sky Resort, but we couldn’t think of a better place to be to throw back a beer or five.Sugarbush, Vermont: Castlerock PubFor a cozier evening, we love the Castlerock Pub. Comfort food and good beer are great during the holidays, and doubly important when you’ve been skiing steep Vermont black diamond runs all day. Featuring a locally raised menu, expect to see farm raised beef and cheese specialties – seriously, try the Route 100 Burger. What we’re really after though, is a coveted pint of Heady Topper. The Alchemist brewery is a scant twenty miles away, and you’ll be much more likely to find it in stock here than just about anywhere else.South Lake Tahoe: Snowglobe FestivalNot so much a bar as a ready made three day bender, the Snowglobe Music Festival is the ultimate winter party scene. This year’s line up includes Chet Faker, Kaskade, and Lex. Other artists will be keeping the music going for three straight days, so plan on booking an extra night or two to recover from the cumulative hangover of serious partying. If you’re up to it, the resorts in Tahoe have been getting dumped on (with some seeing more snow in the last month than all of the previous season). Photos Courtesy of The Alta Lodge 1. Mountain Town Bars 2. Mountain Town Bars 3. Mountain Town Bars The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather center_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Resource firm planning new NB wells if Tories lift fracking moratorium

first_imgFREDERICTON — A major player in natural gas development in New Brunswick is making plans for new wells if the province’s new Tory government follows through on a pledge to lift a moratorium on fracking.Corridor Resources currently has 32 producing wells in the Sussex area and operates a 50 kilometre pipeline, a gathering system comprising 15 kilometres of pipe, and a natural gas processing facility.The company wants to expand but the previous Liberal government imposed a moratorium in 2014 that prohibits hydraulic fracturing — a process that involves pumping water and chemicals at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release gas.The new Tory government has proposed lifting the moratorium in specific areas, like the Sussex region, if there is public support.In a corporate presentation the company says, if the moratorium is lifted, they would drill five vertical evaluation wells, complete three existing wells, identify “sweet spots,” and drill a second round of up to five horizontal wells.The company says with the impending end of Nova Scotia’s offshore production, natural gas will have to come from outside the Maritimes if the New Brunswick deposit is not further developed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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