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Maths Centre wins global Schwab Foundation award

first_imgMaths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country.(Image: Maths Centre)Sharanjeet Shan of Maths Centre, a South African NPO, has been named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.Shan is one of 33 social entrepreneurs around the world who have been recognised by the foundation for designing and applying practical solutions to social challenges.Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country. The Schwab Foundation, an NPO, was founded in 1998 to foster social entrepreneurs who find innovative solutions that are able to help society progress.Indian by birth, Shan was educated in India and England, although she has lived in South Africa for over 20 years and considers herself a citizen of the world.An educationist at heart, she said: “Once you get to know who you really are and why you wake up every morning, then that’s the path you want to follow. For me that path was as a teacher and ultimately as a director at Maths Centre.”Under Shan’s leadership, Maths Centre develops programmes to enhance teacher qualifications and professionalism in teaching mathematics, science, and technology subjects, while systematically monitoring learners’ progress.As part of the award, Shan will represent Maths Centre at World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Shanghai, Cape Town and Davos.“Social entrepreneurs are visionaries but are also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions,” explained Hilde Schwab, the co-founder and chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “The 33 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth. As such, social entrepreneurs represent an integral and dynamic community of the WEF.”David Aikman, the managing director of the WEF, said: “We are seeing greater appetite among other stakeholder groups of the Forum to learn from social innovation models and collaborate with social entrepreneurs in innovative ways.”He was confident this trend would continue to grow in the future. The WEF was proud to be among the stakeholder groups for social and environmental change.The 33 will join the broader Schwab Foundation community of social entrepreneurs, which includes more than 300 outstanding people from 60 countries. The foundation says they are fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the WEF. They contribute actively to and benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges with other social entrepreneurs, as well as interactions with top leaders in business, the government, civil society and the media.MATHS CENTREMaths Centre’s 2014 projects supported 520 schools, reaching 174 695 learners and 4 268 teachers in maths and science. Children affected by Maths Centre programmes achieved pass rates of 81.3% in mathematics and 85.5% in physical science. In addition, 146 pupils got bursaries to further their studies in industries that are dependent on maths and science competency, such as engineering and financial services.According to the centre, a recent project rolled out in Eastern Cape resulted in an increase of 86% in pupils’ average maths marks. A similar project in Limpopo led to an increase of 53% in average pupil maths marks. As a result of this strong track record, Maths Centre has received support from leading local and international funders including Shell, Absa and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. It has also partnered with provincial departments of basic education in all nine provinces.The contribution from a variety of funders and volunteers is indicative of Maths Centre’s aim to include all role players in ensuring a successful education for South African children. Shan said: “For true transformation to occur, we need to tackle all facets that are hindering disadvantaged schools from catching up to higher standards of education.”All doesn’t end in the classroom for the centre. Its programmes go beyond the school and include parents and communities in its solution to the education crisis. “Let every teacher champion their classroom, every parent their children, every grandparent their grandchildren with love, strong discipline and care, no matter what it takes,” she added.last_img read more

Emirates gets US nod for biometric boarding

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Emirates is talking with authorities from other countries about biometric boarding after receiving approval to offer the technology on flights to the US.The approval came after a successful trial on services from Dubai to New York and Los Angeles.READ: More than 150,000 stranded after Thomas Cook collapses.The Dubai-based airline says it is the first carrier outside the US to receive approval for biometric boarding from US Customs Border Protection (CBP) and expects to implement for all 12 of its American destinations by year-end.It has also started rolling out biometric boarding for passengers on the US end with the system in place on its Washington-Dubai flights with more to come.The airline says the process reduces the time for identity checks to two seconds or less and does not require pre-registration.Customers who choose not to use the technology can simply approach the gate desks.Emirates does not store any biometric records of its customers and says the data is managed securely by CBP.The pilot program through the July to August peak period involving the New York and Los Angeles services saw some flights achieving 100 percent biometric boarding.The system clicks the passenger’s photo at the boarding ate and this is then matched against CBP’s gallery in real-time to verify the person’s identity in two seconds or less.Emirates cautions that the system may not work for those who haven’t traveled to the US. for a long time or whose images are not in CBP’s gallery.“Our ultimate aim is to help our passengers travel paperless, without the need for passports and IDs,’’ Emirates Group Security divisional vice president Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi said.“Biometric boarding is one more step in streamlining processes at our hub using digital technology, saving our customers time and giving them peace of mind.“We are talking with authorities of several countries to make security using facial recognition technology more acceptable and accessible.”The announcement came as global aviation security symposium AVSEC Global 2019 was being held in Dubai.Emirates currently flies to New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

#Nextchat Recap: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next?

first_img[View the story “#NEXTCHAT RECAP: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next?” on Storify] On June 20 as #Nextchat invited special guest Joe Gerstandt to join us for an informative discussion on “what’s next” for Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st century. In case you missed it, here are all the tweets from the chat:last_img

Schemer Gets 8 years in Prison for Role in $2.2M Credit Card Theft Ring

first_imgrear view of prison officer leading prisoner in handcuffsA 29-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his role in an international multi-million dollar credit fraud and money laundering conspiracy that spanned four years.Bruno Macedo Correia will also be required to complete three years of supervised release and pay more than $2.2 million in restitution under terms of his sentence, which was handed down Thursday.Correia pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He had previously admitted to using “skimmers” on ATMs and global cash advance machines to steal account information, among other schemes to obtain money, between January 2013 and January 2017, according to the US Attorney’s Office.- Sponsor – He is one of 12 people, as of Thursday, who have pleaded guilty or have been sentenced in connection with the conspiracy. Twenty-one were indicted… Las Vegas Review-Journal Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

As the Saradha scam taint threatens to wash up at her door, the cheers quickly morph into jeers for Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal’s promised change agent not so long ago

first_imgIllustration by Pawan TiwaryA stranger in Kolkata would be forgiven for thinking that a bunch of Rabindrasangeet-singing aliens had landed, all extremely disciplined and determined to synchronise their music with the traffic lights turning red in the centre of the city. Beware, the bewilderment metamorphorsing into consternation, as you take,Illustration by Pawan TiwaryA stranger in Kolkata would be forgiven for thinking that a bunch of Rabindrasangeet-singing aliens had landed, all extremely disciplined and determined to synchronise their music with the traffic lights turning red in the centre of the city. Beware, the bewilderment metamorphorsing into consternation, as you take the lift at the state secretariat building on the other side of the Hooghly called Nabbano-the Raj-era Writers’ Buildings that have housed the government for the last 300 years or so are under renovation-and the same music assails your privacy. This must be a happy city, one hopes, or at least a singularly tuneful one.If only music was the food of politics, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) President Mamata Banerjee would be playing on and on. Unfortunately for her, the last few weeks have been particularly stressful as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in accordance with a May 2014 Supreme Court order, has been investigating several of her closest aides and confidantes in the alleged Rs 10,000-crore Saradha chit fund scam. Late in December, the state Transport and Sports Minister, Madan Mitra, was arrested, while in mid-January the party’s General Secretary and second-in-command Mukul Roy was summoned by the CBI. His questioning will take place on January 30.In an exclusive interview with INDIA TODAY (see box), Banerjee rubbished the allegations of the involvement of her close aides, especially Roy, widely acknowledged to be her man both in Delhi and in Bengal. “He is a brilliant man,” she said of him, emphasising that the BJP was using the CBI to embark upon a political vendetta against her and her party, especially in the run-up to elections to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation as well as 90-odd other cities and towns in the state around April.advertisementIf the TMC wins Kolkata, the jewel in the West Bengal crown, Banerjee will prevail in this bout of shadowboxing the BJP has unleashed since it came to power at the Centre in May 2014. If she loses Kolkata, the attendant body blow could seriously endanger her party. Already the main prize looms large-the assembly polls in mid-2016-and the challenges are reaching right inside Banerjee’s lair. In mid-January, Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, who belongs to the lower-caste Matua community, left to join the BJP; the Matuas, originally from Bangladesh, command about 10 million votes. Meanwhile, Dinesh Trivedi, a former Banerjee favourite and railways minister underManmohan Singh, and Birbhum MP Anupam Hazra are openly complaining about the party, perhaps in the hope that they will be expelled for indiscipline and can then join the BJP without fear of attracting the anti-defection law.As for the BJP, party chief Amit Shah seems determined to light a fire under the TMC. The fact that Bengal has always been disdainful of the BJP, despite Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, has only fanned the flames of desire in Shah’s heart. Apparently, he will do anything to win Bengal. A massive enrolment drive since January has already logged 1.4 million members. At the time of the last polls in 2011, there were only around 50,000.It wasn’t supposed to be like this, certainly not so soon after Banerjee dislodged the mighty Left Front from power after 34 years in 2011, on the slogan of “poriborton”, or change. She was like a whirling dervish then, everywhere at the same time, a lithe figure in a white or cream cotton sari and rubber chappals. She took on the mighty Tatas, scorching their well-laid plans in Singur in 2007, and taunted the venerable Communist and then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for daring to dream about building a 1,000-acre factory at Nandigram in the heart of picture-postcard Bengal.Congress supporters burn effigies of Mamata Banerjee and TMC leaders accused in the Saradha scam. Picture by Debajyoti ChakrabortyHow things change. The same Didi, or elder sister, as several Bengalis insist on calling her in affection as well as gratitude for daring to take on the Left, has, at least in large parts of Kolkata, today become a figure of derision, disparagement and disdain.She is reputed to have a temper and often flies off the handle. She has a penchant for transferring bureaucrats and is believed to allow her party cadre the freedom to indulge in violence when local panchayats don’t fall in line. The Bengali word tolabhaari, loosely interpreted as the alleged regular bribe to local alleged TMC goons, is rampant in the state. Banerjee is said to be wilful and intolerant of criticism, especially from the once-fawning media, and definitely from the powerful Anandabazar Patrika Group, whose owner-editor Aveek Sarkar she accuses of fomenting a conspiracy against her. In fact, Kunal Ghosh, a former confidant and MP who later fell out with her and was arrested by the state police for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam, is believed to have told Banerjee that it was imperative to build, operate and support an alternative media house which would, naturally, also be sympathetic to her.advertisementAs the Saradha Ponzi scheme evaporated, the alleged involvement of several TMC leaders, including Madan Mitra, Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose, Mukul Roy’s aide Asif Khan, and former inspector-general of police Rajat Majumdar, came to the fore. And now with the CBI summoning Roy to question his familiarity with Saradha owner Sudipta Sen, it’s clear that the noose is tightening around Banerjee.As a TMC leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “If winter is here, can spring be far behind?”But the fact remains that Amit Shah’s rhetoric may not quite be able to challenge the power of TMC cadres on the ground, especially in rural Bengal. Truth is, Banerjee has plastered the districts of Jangalmahal (which were overrun by self-proclaimed Maoists in the 2011 polls) as well as Darjeeling and Cooch Behar with roads and electricity lines, giving development the good name it deserves. She is rightfully proud of several affirmative action schemes in education, including for OBCs in higher education, especially ‘Kanyashree’, which seeks to delay the marriage of girls by keeping them in school till the age of 18 by offering them a stipend of Rs 500 a year; evidently 2.1 million young women have taken advantage of the idea. A tableau on the scheme was omitted from the Republic Day parade, leading to much heartburn in the TMC. She has ordered the opening of medicine shops in each hospital across the state where drugs are discounted by as much as 67 per cent, while maintaining quality controls.Sitting behind a large glass table in her otherwise brutally plain office on the 14th floor in Nabbano-with not even a Rabindranath Tagore painting or print for company-the interview with Banerjee begins on an affectionate note. She has ordered a piece of fish fry for this reporter and soon the tea arrives, in small, handmade ceramic cups, which Banerjee shyly admits that she has personally bought from a shop in Kolkata’s spanking new airport. By now you are definitely getting the “mamati-manush” feeling, a slogan that translates into “mother-earth-people” and which she popularised during those days of the “movement” in Singur and Nandigram in 2007.She has lost so much weight she looks emaciated. She insists that it’s not stress, but walking, 10 km a day on her treadmill. But she rotates one fist into the other palm, a clear sign that something is definitely wrong in Bengal. Small chit-chat about how many books she has written (52 so far, six of them in the last year), why she hasn’t hung her own art work on the walls (Sudipta Sen famously bought a painting for Rs 1.8 crore, according to income tax records) as well as the successful handling of the Gangasagar Mela (over three days 2.1 million pilgrims from across the country have visited the sacred island where the river finally flows into the Bay of Bengal) are all contributing to a soft afternoon in which the second Hooghly bridge seemingly sways over a gleaming river through the large glass window panes at the far end of her room.advertisementThen the thunderstorm breaks and it has Saradha written all over it. Asked why Roy was summoned by the CBI and whether he met Sudipto Sen-whose statement that he spoke to Roy 86 times when he was on the run in Kashmir have not been denied by Roy-Banerjee reacts as if all the eastern goddesses have been collectively scorned and personally betrayed. The BJP, she fulminates, “is deliberately targeting my organisation and trying to malign me. But make no mistake, we will fight back, in Parliament against the land acquisition bill and outside. We are not scared of the Enforcement Directorate. We gave birth to a movement. Whoever is doing this will have to face the music.”And then, the throw of the poison dart: “How do you think Amit Shah got a clean chit from the CBI after he was charged in a murder case in Gujarat?”Another TMC leader who spoke on the condition of anonymity pointed out that “Mamata is torn between loyalty to those who worked with her closely, such as Madan Mitra and Mukul Roy, and the possibility that they are involved in the Saradha scam”. So when it became clear Mitra would be arrested, he was dropped from cabinet meetings while Roy was removed from public view when summons came from the CBI. Leaders such as MP Subrata Bakshi, Urban Development Minister Firhad ‘Bobby’ Hakim, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee, Finance Minister Amit Mitra, her own nephew Abhishek Banerjee and party spokesperson and MP Derek O’Brien have now begun to lead the pack of party faithful.But the feeling that the Supreme Court-ordered CBI investigation into the Saradha scam is actually a witch hunt by another name runs deep in Banerjee. Finance Minister Mitra points out that the scam broke much before the TMC came to power in 2011, and wonders why institutions such as SEBI, RBI and the Registrar of Companies did nothing about it. So when the CBI came for Mukul, Banerjee decided to counterattack, pleading before the Supreme Court to monitor the investigation.”The BJP strategy is to undermine Didi’s popularity, to defile her image,” Mitra says, pointing out that when the TMC inherited Bengal it was severely broke, at least 58,000 factories had shut down and capital flight of a serious nature had already taken place.Mitra’s fightback has yielded significant results. He says the tax collection has nearly doubled from Rs 21,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore, fiscal deficit has fallen from 4.12 per cent to 3.08 per cent, capital expenditure has grown from minus 26.08 per cent to 103 per cent, and the index of industrial production has grown by 6.3 per cent. Much of this money has been spent on massively adding infrastructure, including the aforementioned roads and highways, as well as in the creation of 31 colleges, six new universities and 195 industrial training institutes.Mitra staunchly defends the private sector investment promises made at the Bengal Global Business Summit in early January-Rs 93,329 crore of the total of Rs 2.43 lakh crore-but he has not been able to overcome the perception that small remains beautiful in Bengal, a reflection of how his Chief Minister’s political struggle has shaped her world view. The long shadow of the Singur debacle, which she once leveraged to oust the Left Front government, chases her in power. Harsh Neotia, one of the state’s richest businessmen who was part of the Chief Minister’s steering committee to promote the global summit, believes she is “deeply empathetic about the poor and believes they need much more support than the rich”.But another businessman who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “the problem is that because she has always been a grassroots leader, she has no understanding of the economic process. For her, the handloom industry has the same weightage as the automobile industry.”Sugato Bose, MP from Jadavpur and a professor at Harvard University, believes that the TMC could “project a vision of federal unity and protect the economic interests of the underprivileged, considering the BJP under Modi seems much too beholden to big business? The rule of law must prevail but only a corruption-free TMC can fight the majoritarianism of the BJP”.Bose was referring to the Saradha scam-accused whose defence by none other than the Chief Minister is creating disaffection within the party. Certainly, as Banerjee well knows, the perception of corruption can be as damaging as corruption itself, and at least Kolkata- never mind that it is a much cleaner city under her than under its previous ruler-seems to have decided that the time has come to abandon its capricious new memsahib. Talk that she is besotted with Tollywood, as Kolkata’s Bengali film industry is known, is rife and only adds to her gathering Alice in Wonderland reputation. Indeed, as many as five actors-Moon Moon Sen from Bankura, Sandhya Roy from Medinipur, Satabdi Roy from Birbhum, Tapas Pal from Krishnanagar and Deepak ‘Dev’ Adhikari from Ghatal- are members of Parliament, while Bengali singer Indranil Sen, part-time film producer Shibaji Panja and film distributor Shrikant Mohta are said to be part of Banerjee’s inner circle.And so the battle for Bengal is fully underway, no matter that the assembly election is over a year away. Banerjee is already marshalling her forces- consolidating the Muslim vote, a formidable 30-31 per cent of the electorate, and travelling in districts where she hopes voters won’t be influenced by Kolkata’s critical media-for what she knows is a life-and-death election. The CPI(M) may have got 29 per cent of the vote in the 2014 General Election, compared to the BJP’s 17 per cent, but Banerjee is fully aware that the CPI(M) is yesterday’s party; moreover, several of her TMC cadres have allegedly killed scores of key CPI(M) cadres, thereby irrevocably breaking the link between party workers on the ground and the party’s senior leadership.Meanwhile, with Amit Shah as its charioteer, the BJP hopes to be able to dislodge a woman who is increasingly beginning to look like her own worst enemy. Unfortunately, instead of mounting a cold-blooded attack on the saffron party, Banerjee is losing her composure. She is letting the BJP get under her skin. That allows the mostly male, and probably chauvinist, opposition to paint her as a fragile, intemperate politician with a brittle ego.Certainly, Mamata Banerjee can reinvent herself. She can dump all the Saradha scam-accused and recover her standing within her party by announcing that she will not tolerate corruption. She can apologise to Bengal’s women for her terribly insensitive remarks against the Kolkata rape survivor some years ago. She can return to her rabble-rousing roots (some would say she never left) and fight the rising BJP as well as the remnant Left in ways she knows best.Certainly, too, the process of poriborton must begin with her. But if she refuses to recognise that she is the centre of this change, then she and her beloved TMC may just be blown away by the gathering winds of history.Followthe writer on Twitter @jomalhotraTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsby

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: More kids will play against Grimsbyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says the Carabao Cup gives him a chance to “blood his young players”.The Blues will play Grimsby Town in the third-round on Wednesday, with Lampard expected to field teenagers Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.Having won the competition twice as a Chelsea player, Lampard is looking forward to this season’s trophy.“It will be an opportunity to blood young players in this game and it is a competition we want to be competitive in,” he said. “It does give a good feeling. I saw Chelsea get to the final last year and beat Tottenham in the semi. “I saw how Stamford Bridge was celebrating that, and the team was slightly unlucky to lose to Man City in the final. “We will try to be competitive and at the same time as giving the youngsters a go, we will try to win, as a club like Chelsea should always do.“I have nice memories of the two finals I won. It is a competition that is difficult to win but we have to give it everything.” last_img read more

Connected cars accelerate down datacollection highway

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — As automakers try to evolve into mobility companies, their cars are rapidly morphing into data-collection machines. It’s similar to what smartphones have already become as they suck up valuable personal information about the people using them.Driving internet-connected cars offers many benefits. It’s how safety features can be upgraded wirelessly and maintenance schedules adjusted based on performance.But it also could open the door to creepy marketing pitches, privacy invasions and government surveillance. No serious incidents have occurred in the United States, Europe and Japan, but a red flag has already been raised in China, where automakers have been sharing location details of connected cars with the government.Michael Liedtke, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John firefighters appreciative of help from residents in clearing snow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — While Fort St. John residents aren’t responsible for clearing snow from around fire hydrants – that’s the job of City staff – firefighters say that after last week’s record snowfall they’re appreciative when residents with hydrants in their yards help out in any way.Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows confirmed that unlike clearing sidewalks in front of their houses, residents with fire hydrants in their yards are not responsible for clearing snow from around fire hydrants. He said that the fire department doesn’t want residents to hurting themselves trying to get the hydrants clear, especially those that have had large amounts of snow dumped on them.“The City does have staff and machines,” said Burrows. “Particularly the ones that are near a combination business/apartment in residential areas where maybe somebody’s piled snow from a lot on top of a hydrant, they’re going out with machines to move that and find those.”Burrows added however, that uncovering all the hydrants that may be buried by piles of snow will take some time, and that the fire department greatly appreciates any help they can get in keeping the hydrants clear in case they’re needed in an emergency.“There’s nothing that says residents have to go dig out hydrants. We just ask people, if its in your yard or close by and you have the capacity to move a bit of snow, it’s in their best interest to try and keep it clean.”last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the Pine Pass

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the Pine Pass.Environment Canada says a frontal system could bring with it 10 to 20 cm of snow.  Snow will begin this Sunday evening and continue through Monday. Snow is expected to ease Monday night.For updates on road conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca.  See the full weather warning below. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. Issued at 2019-03-10 11:28 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.A frontal system crossing BC will bring heavy snow to the McGregor and Williston regions, including Highway 97 – Pine Pass.Snow will begin this evening and continue through Monday. Snow is expected to ease Monday night.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.last_img read more

PRRD presents feasibility study to City Council for connecting trails

first_imgZelenski shared, it has been a challenging project yet listening to the community by gathering information from events such as Canada Day helped start the direction for the study.The greatest input for the study came from families and woman; it was necessary for the study according to Zelenski to know what was important to users and also what are the concerns.Research obtained from eight different Regional Districts about how they planned their regional trail designs was an important step knowing this is a large scale project. Once the study has been presented. The next big step would be figuring out funding. People expressed their desire for options that include non-motorized activities.  One of the challenges the study faced was to determine a starting point for the trail system and the use of private property also being an implication of where the trails would be mapped out.Nine options for trails were screened down by a series of questions, from those nine trails three were considered to have good potential as a 7 km trail, with one design being deemed a future trail extension as it would end in Beaton Provincial Park. Option A – Would connect Charlie Lake Elementary and the Tse-Kwa CavesOption B – A robust public support for this option yet more constraints FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District made a Presentation to Fort St. John City Council regarding the Connecting Communities Trails Feasibility Study.The presentation made by Jana Zelenski, Landscape Architect of Lanarc Consulting, shared the results of a feasibility study on creating a trail system to connect Fort St. John to Charlie Lake and another trail that goes from Dawson Creek to Pouce Coupe.center_img Future Option Of the two main trail ideas presented they were close in cost to create yet held different implications to the environments in which they would run through.Option A Cost – 4.8 to 7.7 MillionOption B Cost – 5 to 7.5 MillionAt the end of the presentation, Mayor Lori Ackerman addressed her concerns that not all parties were addressed during the study such as the First Nations as Fish Creek is to remain a wildlife corridor as well as concerns as to who would be responsible for maintaining and policing the trail.Councillor Trevor Bolin spoke on Option 7 addressed in the original 9 trails and suggested that running alongside the Alaska Hwy would only involve two landowners.Council moved for City Staff to create a report on the best trail option.To view the presentation, CLICK HERElast_img read more