BC Business Magazine discusses progression of proposed northeast BC power projects

first_imgIt would have a capacity of 100 megawatts and would feature 40 kilometres of transmission line and 65 kilometres of distribution lines built by Atco and running to the Pink Mountain area from the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.The other proposal, a Hydro initiative, is called the Peace Region Electricity Supply and it would provide up to 230 megawatts of power for gas sector industrial customers across the Peace Region.It would be an extension of the recently completed Dawson Creek-Chetwynd Area Transmission line — which was subject to BCUC review—and would power the 860 million dollar gas processing plant Veresen Midstream recently announced it wants to build near Dawson Creek. A new BC Business Magazine article on two more proposed northeast BC electrification power projects quotes Energy Minister Bill Bennett saying of their proponents, “They just don’t feel they can wait for a long BCUC process.”The magazine notes the two projects would provide hydro power to natural gas companies, and the Minister fears they could lose interest if there’s a lengthy approval process involved.It reportedly could take about a year or more to complete, but the article also says the Peace River Regional District objects to the projects being excluded from BC Utilities Commission review.- Advertisement -In this case, the magazine quotes Electoral Area B director, Karen Goodings as saying, “Our concern, of course, is once again the avoidance of going through the process that is in place to examine these things,” and adding, “It’s almost as though this is another excuse for building Site-C.”The companies backing the new projects are said to believe they’d reduce carbon dioxide emissions and also provide new industrial power customers for BC Hydro at a time when its industrial customer electricity sales have been falling.The North Montney Power Supply project is a joint venture between Atco Electric — an Alberta power company — and Progress Energy — which has natural gas assets in the Montney that would supply gas to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant.Advertisementlast_img read more

Business expansions down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Business expansions plunged 27.5 percent in Southern California last year, but Los Angeles County remained the nation’s top industrial market and there are signs that activity is picking up, according to a study released Tuesday. The drop came as industrial vacancy rates fell to record low levels and the office vacancy rate continued to decline, said the report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Nevertheless, the total investment value of business growth edged up to $1.9 billion from $1.8 billion because strong demand for large blocs of space pushed up rents. Last year across the six county region from Ventura to San Diego counties, the LAEDC logged 252 major business expansions leases of at least $1 million or a building of at least 20,000 square feet 96 fewer than in 2004. It notes that the dip is not necessarily bad news but an indication that business caution and higher costs put the brakes on growth. “What we are hearing from our regional managers is that all of a sudden activity has picked up and they are our real-time indicators of what’s going on,” said LAEDC chief economist Jack Kyser. “Expansion sprung back to life.” It is being driven by both local businesses and firms expressing interest about moving into the area. Last year three of Southern California’s major projects were relocations from states that had been scoring California jobs Colorado, Nevada and Texas. But a scarcity of land for new commercial development poses a growing challenge and concern for the area, the report said, and rising construction materials costs are compounding the situation. “Basically Los Angeles County is about built out and what we are seeing is this slow erosion of industrial land. It is being converted to mixed-use retail and some residential (uses) and this is a concern,” Kyser said. For example, during 2005, industrial building permits valued at $755.8 million were issued in the five-county Los Angeles area, down from $888.9 million a year earlier. During the 2005 final quarter the county’s industrial vacancy rate was 2 percent and some submarkets were lower. The county has been the nation’s top industrial market, as measured by the vacancy rate, for three consecutive years, Kyser said. The nation’s No. 2 industrial market is the Inland Empire. At the end of last year there were 915,900 manufacturing jobs in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties, the largest concentration in the nation, Kyser said. Robert L. Scott, chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, agrees that the region’s stock of industrial land faces severe pressures. “That’s a disturbing trend because the industrial base is what’s providing the core of your economy. These are good, well-paying jobs,” he said. Last year brought a mixed bag of activity. The LAEDC analysis found that: In Los Angeles County, there were 128 major expansion, 50 fewer than in 2005. The cities of Los Angeles and Irvine remained the leaders, with 28 and 26 major projects, respectively, in 2005. Ventura County’s major projects count slipped to 13 from 15 in 2004. The Riverside-San Bernardino area experienced a modest increase in activity, with 38 major expansions in 2005 compared with 37 in 2004. Orange County’s major project count dropped by 45 to a total of 73 in 2005. Professional services, including accounting, law, architecture and engineering as well as personnel services, posted the largest number of major expansions in 2005 with 52, up 11 from 2004. Logistics came in second with 26 major expansions, down by eight from 2004. And Los Angeles’ flagship entertainment industry had 11 major expansions in 2005, down from 12 in 2004. Aerospace/defense and hi-tech both had nine major expansions compared to 10 in 2004. Scott said L.A. city officials are aware of the problems posed by the eroding industrial base, and that the Planning Commission intends to hold a special meeting to discuss industrial zoning. “Deputy Mayor Bud Ovrum is very engaged in that topic,” he said. “It’s too bad it has to become a disaster before we do something about it.” Ovrum said the Planning Commission will hold a special meeting March 16 to discuss industrial zoning issues. “We need to recycle some of these older areas to get more productivity out of them. That’s a real hot-button issue for us,” he said. [email protected] (818) 713-3743last_img read more

Toyota Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport, Fortuner launched with more comfort features, improved interiors

first_imgToyota Kirloskar Motor has launched updated Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport and Fortuner with more comfort features and improved interiors. The company has added features like heat rejection glass and USB fast charging port in Innova Crysta and Innova Touring Sport, while Fortuner gets an option of an all-new chamois coloured interior.Toyota Innova Crysta is priced between Rs 14.93 lakh and Rs 22.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while Toyota Innova Touring Sport is available in the price range of Rs 18.92 lakh and Rs 23.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Toyota Fortuner ranges from Rs 27.83 lakh to Rs 33.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).”At Toyota, we truly believe in ‘Customer First’ philosophy and listen to our customers’ voice, continuously striving and innovating to make ever better cars and offer the best products and services. In line with the feedback from customers we are happy to incorporate our customer preferences in select grades of the Innova Crysta and the Fortuner in terms of interiors and comfort,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor Deputy Managing Director N Raja said in a statement.”With changing lifestyles people are spending more family time on road trips during weekends and thus car interiors and comfort features are emerging to be important parameters among car buyers. We thank our customers for their unrelenting support and trust that these improvements will further enhance and delight our esteemed customers,” he added. Ivory leather upholstery in Toyota Innova Crysta.Toyota Innova Crysta gets new features like perforated leather seats, embossed “Crysta” insignia, heat rejection glass, USB fast charging port and an optional ivory leather upholstery. However, these updates are available only with the diesel variants of Toyota Innova Crysta. Features like heat rejection glass and USB fast charging port will now come with Toyota Innova Touring Sport as well.advertisement Chamois-coloured interior in Toyota Fortuner.Apart from an optional chamois coloured interior, Toyota Fortuner will also get heat rejection glass and seats with perforation. Toyota Kirloskar Motor is not making these features available in all the variants of Fortuner. Only 4X2 AT, 4X4 MT and 4X4 AT diesel variants of Toyota Fortuner will get these updates.According to Toyota Kirloskar Motor, over 8 lakh units of Innova have been sold since its launch in 2005 in India. The company has sold more than 2.25 lakh units of Innova Crysta since its introduction in 2016 in the country. Also, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has sold over 1.50 lakh units of Fortuner since its launch in India in 2009.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakhALSO READ | Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350: Price, specifications comparedlast_img read more

How Neymar can ruin Messi’s World Cup dreams

first_imgNeymar How Neymar and Brazil could ruin Messi and Argentina’s World Cup dreams Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 18:46 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Neymar Lionel Messi Argentina Brazil Getty Neymar Lionel Messi Premier League Brazil v Chile Ecuador v Argentina Brazil Ecuador Chile Argentina WC Qualification South America Videos With the Selecao already comfortably qualified for Russia, they may play a weakened side against Chile and make life difficult for their rivals Lionel Messi and Argentina’s hopes of reaching the World Cup automatically could depend on Neymar’s Brazil defeating Chile in their final qualifer on Tuesday night.Brazil became the second team to qualify for the World Cup in March, joining hosts Russia in the 2018 tournament with four matches to spare.Brazil 6/1 to win 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Since then, Selecao boss Tite has used the remaining games to test out the depth of his squad, handing a debut to Monaco’s Jemerson and giving Manchester City’s Ederson a chance to stay with the panel. With qualification secure, Brazil have taken the foot off the pedal, drawing with both Colombia and Bolivia.In their last qualifier on Tuesday, Brazil host Chile in Sao Paulo with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar looking to add to his 52 international goals in 80 appearances.Tite’s men have only bragging rights to play for, but a win would guarantee automatic qualification for Chile. However, a Chile win could also have ramifications for Neymar’s former team-mate Lionel Messi and Argentina.Chile have been poor in the qualifying campaign, and are on the brink of elimination heading into their final game. Jorge Sampaoli’s side know a win will guarantee them at least a spot in the playoffs, due to the fact the two teams just above them face off in their last match.At the moment, Colombia sit on 26 points with Peru on 25 points, while Argentina’s 25 points but worse goals scored statistic sees them sit in sixth, where they would miss out on a play-off spot against the winners of Oceania: New Zealand.Conmebol table GFXArgentina have scored 10 goals fewer than Peru in qualifying thanks to their inability to find the net from open play. It is now 456 minutes since any Albiceleste player found the net from open play, and despite being heavy favourites against Peru in their last game, they were inept in attack, even with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi pulling the strings.Sampaoli’s side are favourites again as they take on Ecuador, but may struggle once again, especially at altitude in Quito. Even if they do turn things around and defeat Ecuador, victory may not be enough to guarantee them a spot in Russia. Old enemies Brazil could do Chile a favour in Sao Paulo and send them into that play-off with New Zealand.Brazil and Argentina have had a long-standing hatred of each other on the football field, which FIFA has called ‘the essence of football rivalry’. This has included abandoned matches, fan trouble, sendings off and the historic Pele-Diego Maradona competition for world’s best player.With Pele naming Neymar as his successor and Maradona doing the same for Messi, the rivalry continues on and off the field today. Neymar left Barcelona to get out of Messi’s shadow and become the best player in the world.The 25-year-old is Brazil’s top scorer in qualifying and will surely be one of the stars of the tournament next summer. Should Brazil lose to Chile, they could do Neymar a favour and ensure his biggest continental rival does not have the same safe passage to Russia.last_img read more