zoom Shipyard De Hoop has won the award to design, build and deliver 10 new Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).The vessels of dimensions 65 x 15.8 metres will boast a true “design of the future”, meeting the highest international class notations within both operational and environmental objectives.The design is yet another development of the proven De Hoop PSV designs, build to order. The vessels will operate in the oil and gas fields offshore the United Arab Emirates, and will be delivered within 2015 and 2016. The award has been won through a full international tender competition. The vessels will work for the operating company ESNAAD, member of the ADNOC group.Shipyard De Hoop, December 13, 2013
TORONTO — A new report says the number of Canadians cutting the cord on their TV services is expected to increase this year.The Convergence Research Group estimates in a report released Wednesday that TV subscriptions in Canada will drop by 247,000 this year, up from 220,000 subscriber losses last year.That would represent an annual drop of two per cent, and the consulting firm says that decline is expected to grow by three per cent in 2019.Television cord cutting hits record level in 2016 for Canada’s big providers: reportCord cutting escalates for Canada TV subscribers in first three quarters of 2016The report estimates 3.8 million households or 26 per cent did not have traditional TV services at home last year and projects that will rise to 4.18 million or 28.4 per cent this year.Canada’s major telecommunications providers have been racing to add next-generation TV services such as streaming to their offerings in a bid to retain and add new TV customers.The Canadian Press
If you ever fly on WestJet from Winnipeg to Ottawa and love playing with dogs, you’re in luck.Karen George organizes a weekly rescue mission of dogs from northern Manitoba to Ottawa and is in need of volunteers to check these dogs, all expenses paid.The benefit for the traveller, other than the satisfaction of helping stray dogs, is that they can play with each dog in Winnipeg before their flight takes off.George has several partner organizations, but she is a one-woman show with transportation planning.“I’m not an organization, I’m just one crazy lady,” she said. “It’s just me and the dogs, and they don’t really do anything. They just kind of reassign everything back to me.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.George says she focuses on northern Manitoba because many communities there organize dog culls, which she understands.“When they start packing up, (the dogs) become dangerous,” she said.The rescued dogs are flown from these northern communities to Winnipeg, where they are checked out, spayed or neutered and given all required shots.“Don’t want to spread any diseases on the plane,” she said.Once they’re in Winnipeg, George plans how the dogs will be transported to Ottawa, which involves recruiting volunteers with previously booked Westjet flights. George will then add several dogs to their boarding passes.She said she preferred WestJet because the cargo holds of its planes had temperature controls, so they could take dogs year round, but she will use Air Canada for the same purpose if need to be.George began her mission in 2017, when she discovered two stray German shepherd puppies in need of rescue in the northern Manitoba community of Red Sucker Lake. She said she learned about the transportation process involved and established a network of connections. Later, she decided to continue rescuing other strays.George said she brought 150 dogs from northern areas in 2018 and in 2019 will have brought over 80 dogs by Saturday.Once in Ottawa volunteers will pick up the dogs and George works with the Freedom Dog Rescue who help ensure they end up in various shelters across Ontario.George said there are dogs flown in weekly so she is always in need of volunteers. Anyone arriving in Ottawa from Winnipeg who is interested in flying with — and playing with a dog can message her on Facebook.