Neil ready for top-flight challenge

first_img The 33-year-old Scot, though, knows he must now face up to the toughest challenge of his short managerial career, which had seen him start the season in charge of Hamilton against Arboath. “You are always evolving as a person, coach and manager. I am certainly better than what I was two years ago. I will have to learn fast, but I am prepared to put the hours in to make us as equipped as can be to compete,” said Neil, who is still completing his UEFA pro-licence coaching badges. “The next couple of days will be busy, we have two plans set in place in terms of recruitment, so we need to look at that. “We will need to add quality to the squad, but I will stick with the hard-core group of the squad and make sure they get their opportunity of going up. “They have shown enough from previous years in the Premier League for being there for a couple of seasons, so it is not as if they do not know what to do when they get there, and more importantly, they know they are capable of staying there.” Norwich took an early lead through Cameron Jerome, the former Middlesbrough trainee coming back to haunt his old club with a close-range finish following hesitancy in the defence on 12 minutes. Before Boro, who beat Norwich home and away in the regular season, could regroup, a fine finish from Nathan Redmond doubled the lead. The England Under-21 winger has attracted some attention this season with his all-action displays, which also included a goal in the semi-final second-leg win over East Anglia rivals Ipswich at Carrow Road. While Neil accepts Norwich’s best players will “always get interest”, his mind is very much on adding to the promotion-winning squad, rather than letting any key men further their career elsewhere. “Nobody will be leaving the football club who we don’t think can help us remain there (in the Premier League) and do well,” he said. The Canaries secured a swift return to the top flight following relegation 12 months ago when they defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley. It capped a remarkable second half of the campaign under the guidance of Neil, who presided over some 17 wins from 25 since his appointment in January, when Norwich were out of form and out of the top six. Norwich manager Alex Neil knows he will have to learn fast for life in the Barclays Premier League but will waste no time in getting started. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Investors’ $1bn thumbs-up for Transnet

first_img23 July 2012 South African state company Transnet has successfully raised US$1-billion (R8.3-billion) debt in the US – a significant vote of confidence by international investors both in the company and in the country’s state-led infrastructure programme. On Friday, Transnet announced the successful pricing of the $1-billion, 10-year bond at a coupon (interest) rate of 4.00%. The bond was competitively priced at 262.5 basis points above the 10-year US Treasuries. The bond is the highest amount of money that has ever been raised by Transnet in a single bond issuance without a government guarantee. At 10 years to maturity, it is also the longest tenor ever issued by Transnet in international debt capital markets. The bond issuance was “significantly oversubscribed, confirming the confidence of the international financial markets in the South African government’s recently announced infrastructure programme as well as Transnet’s strategic direction,” the company said in a statement. Transnet will use the proceeds from the bond issue to help finance its R300-billion capital investment programme, which is focused on rejuvenating and modernising South Africa’s rail, port and pipelines logistics infrastructure. In February, President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa would be embarking on a massive, state-led infrastructure drive in which more than R800-billion would be invested until 2014. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 24 July 2010

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.You can import individual events in the Events Guide into Google Calendar using the link beside each entry, or download the entire thing as an iCal file (which is importable into Google Calendar, Outlook, Windows Live Calendar, etc.) or even view it as a world map.19 – 23 July 2010: Portland, OregonOSCON 2010 If the first years of OSCON were about opening the minds of big business to the philosophy of open source, are the years ahead about opening the minds of the open source community to the possibilities of its future? As open source becomes fully integrated into the corporate environment, OSCON helps to define, maintain, and extend the identity of what it means to be open source.OSCON focuses on the substance of technology, not the shadow, filtering the information that most merits attention and preparing participants for curves and challenges in the coming year and beyond. OSCON is the place to be inspired and challenged, renew bonds to community, make new connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. OSCON has also become one of the most important places to make open source related announcements, and to unveil projects and products. For more information, visit http://www.oscon.com/oscon201031 July 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaTomorrow’s Web San Francisco Tomorrow’s Web aims to bring young people together to learn from each other and provide unique real life networking opportunities. Each conference has a strong lineup of keynote speakers, as well as expert panels and workshops.Tomorrow’s Web San Francisco is being held at Kicklabs, 250 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Kicklabs is San Francisco’s home to the best and the brightest startups in the business; a perfect venue to hold the first US Tomorrow’s Web Conference. Key speakers at Tomorrow’s Web 2010 San Francisco include Abby Laporte (Abby’s Road), Daniel Brusilovsky (Teens in Tech), Brian Wong (Follow Formation) and Chris Leydon (TinyGrab).Tickets for attendance for both Tomorrow’s Web 2010 San Francisco and London, are now available for purchase and booking.7 August 2010: LondonTomorrow’s Web London Tomorrow’s Web aims to bring young people together to learn from each other and provide unique real life networking opportunities. Each conference has a strong lineup of keynote speakers, as well as expert panels and workshops.Tomorrow’s Web London will take place on August 7th 2010 and is being held at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. Park Crescent Conference Centre is located right in the heart of London’s buzzing tech scene, overlooking the magnificent Regents Park; an easily accessible venue. Key speakers at Tomorrow’s Web 2010 London include Christian Owens (Branchr), James Gill (GoSquared), Josh Buckley (MiniMonsters) and Jonathan Grubin (MiniG Media Ltd).Tickets for attendance for both Tomorrow’s Web 2010 San Francisco and London, are now available for purchase and booking.24 August 2010: New York CityFundingPost Summer Venture and Angel EventFundingPost has hosted 165-plus sold-out venture events in 19 cities over the past 9 years. At our next NY event, the panel of investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check!We will be discussing trends in Early-Stage Investing, hot sectors, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists, both before the panel & after the panel at the Cocktail Party! Register here.31 August 2010: Sydney, AustraliaReal World Mobile AIMIA and VentureOne are delighted to announce the Real World Mobile event to be held in Sydney on Tuesday 31st August. And on Day Two, we present a series of case studies – extended in length and coverage. Key topics will be covered with the emphasis on how mobile transforms: location and commerce; social networking; TV/video and games; customer experience – real world voice of the consumer; advertising and marketing including search & measurement; apps and augmented realityIncluded in the program is a live panel of consumers, facilitated by Oliver Weidlich, Mobile Experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to question them: What is their experience of their mobile/s – how do they interact with content, apps, advertising and brands on mobile? What do they like and dislike? What are the real issues they have? What will they respond to in the future? Register here.13 – 14 September 2010: Sydney, AustraliaOpen Source Software Pacific-Asia ConferenceOSSPAC is focused on helping enterprises of all sizes – businesses and government – learn how open source software can be used to reduce costs and increase efficiency in a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective way. Even though it provides plenty of technical sessions, the main audience for OSSPAC is IT managers, project leads, and executive management who are looking at leveraging open source in their organizations. We’re offering over 30 sessions on topics ranging from Cloud Computing to the Economics of Open Source. For more information, please visit www.osspac.com. Engage customers across emerging channels. Learn how empowered employees can better serve customers using social, cloud, mobile, and video technologies.Innovate by harnessing the power of collaboration. See how leading organizations are using organizational models, tool sets, and new skills to accelerate innovation with collaboration platforms and tools like social networks.Accelerate your strategy while balancing risk and return. Learn to optimize processes and tools like enterprise content management, eDiscovery, search, and intranet portals to mitigate risks and maximize information discovery, use, and re-use.Register here.18 October 2010: Washington D.C.Digital East 2010DE10 will feature over 50 leading industry speakers addressing best practices on topics including Social Media, Online Advertising, E-commerce, Cloud Computing, Web Analytics, Search, Email and more. When registering, use the code RWW50m for 20% off. Related Posts Blake Chandlee, VP & Commercial Director, EMEA, FacebookNicki Kenyon, Vice President, Digital Marketing APMEA, MasterCardReynold D’Silva, Global Brand Marketing Manager, UnileverPooja Arora, Brand Manager, P&GThomas Crampton, Asia-Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations WorldwideLito S. German, Marketing Director, BMW Group AsiaRanjeet-Shandu Singh, Digital Project Manager, Ogilvy One SingaporeDerek Yeo, Head of Marketing, Tiger Airways29 – 30 September 2010: New York CityLocation-Based Marketing SummitLocation-Based Marketing Summit is the leading event for Fortune 1000 companies seeking to maximize marketing, commerce and business strategies using location-based services. Attendees receive focused, practical and valuable industry insight that can be immediately utilized in developing a location-based strategy. We give you an inside look at the location based marketing activities of major brands. Hear from companies who’ve made the journey and learn from their experiments and activities. Location-Based Marketing Summit helps you cut through the hype and separate buzz from success. Speakers include VaynerMedia, New Jersey Nets, Tasti D-lite, Deep Focus, Adweek, Where.com, Yelp, SimpleGeo, Geodelic, and more. Use our special ReadWriteWeb promo code RWWVIP to save an extra $100 off registration. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… How do you measure the maturity and the effectiveness of the security and risk management practice and build a road map for the future?How do you build a data security architecture to protect information no matter who has it and where it rests?How can you apply enterprise risk management disciplines to information security?How do you embed security throughout the network, not just on the perimeter?Register here.22 – 23 September 2010: SingaporeSocial Media World Forum AsiaSocial Media World Forum Asia is back for 2010. The event will be taking place at the larger venue – The Suntec Conference Centre – before the F1 Singapore night race. Two days of interactive and engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking. Speakers include: Transform delivery organizations. See how organizations apply Lean and Agile to rethink how they align with and deliver against current and anticipated business strategies and demands.Drive innovation. Learn how to improve delivery flow and drive software innovation to bring greater business differentiation and higher customer and constituent satisfaction.Thrive in a dynamic business and technology world. Identify new practices and technologies that organizations use to design, deliver, and measure breakthrough and sustainable business value.Business Process professionals will learn to:Drive business process management into the organization. See how organizations embrace business process management (BPM) to deliver sustainable business value.Empower employees to make change. Learn what skills, disciplines, and technologies organizations utilize to accelerate innovation and change.Differentiate customer and constituent service experiences. Discover how organizations put the customer first to design and deliver breakthrough customer service and support processes.Register here.7 – 8 October 2010:Washington, D.C.Content & Collaboration Forum 2010 Today, the people in your organization have unprecedented expectations for driving better, faster business outcomes using content and collaboration technologies. Harnessing the trends that underlie those expectations in order to drive real business outcomes — like revenue growth, reduced operating expense, and improved return on assets — requires IT to assume a new leadership position. On top of building engaging Web experiences to drive revenue and reduce service costs, Content & Collaboration (CC) Professionals must optimize portal, search, collaboration, and eDiscovery strategies that enhance employee productivity while mitigating risks. CC professionals require a new set of skills to address the culture, process, and technology changes amid this groundswell of business technology expectations. To capitalize on these changes, CC professionals at the Content & Collaboration Forum 2010 will learn to: 16 – 17 September 2010: BostonSecurity Forum Forum 2010 As the global economy recovers in 2010, Security & Risk professionals must continue to balance tactical and technical responsibilities with the long-term strategic objectives of the business. To achieve this goal, you must aspire to transform your security organization from a reactive silo of technical security expertise to a proactive information risk management team. You must also adopt the same objectives and measures of success as the business. This year’s Security Forum Forum 2010 will focus on: 1) evaluating the maturity and effectiveness of the security organization; 2) laying out a road map for architectural optimization and innovation; and 3) ensuring that the right skills, incentives, and metrics are in place for the long-term success of the security program. Key questions that this forum will answer: ReadWrite Sponsors High-level Panel Sessions on important topics encompassing China’s Entrepreneurial EcosystemThe Morning Market, giving firms the opportunity to showcase their businessesOver 20 unique entrepreneurship workshopsGala Dinner and Award Ceremony for the CE Entrepreneurship Ecosystem AwardsOver 45 investor presentations and one-on-one meetings with VC’s, PE’s and Angel InvestorsFor further information, visit www.chinamegaforum.com.28 – 29 October 2010: ChicagoConsumer Forum 2010 More than 10 years ago, just a few industries scrambled to cope with new Web-based, consumer-empowering tools like comparison shopping engines and direct banks. Now it’s Twitter, YouTube, and foursquare. These tools have put more power in the hands of individuals than ever before. Whether you are running an online-only firm or one business unit of a global firm, Forrester’s Consumer Forum 2010 will provide specific answers to the critical issues of consumer change and empowerment that are confronting all consumer-facing companies today. The time to unleash your employees and transform your company is now, and this event will showcase ideas, best practices, and case studies to help you do it. As an exciting addition to this year’s Consumer Forum, we’ll be featuring content and ideas from Forrester’s new book, Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business, by Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler, slated for release just weeks before the event. Key questions this forum will answer: 25 – 27 October 2010: Beijing, ChinaThe China Mega-Forum for Entrepreneurship & Innovation China Entrepreneurs presents The China Mega-Forum for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Gathering more than 1000 professionals over the course of three days, this forum will place attendees at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in China. Joined by more than 400 elite high growth ventures, 200 prominent investment firms, and 60 premier-level speakers, attendees will be immersed into a full schedule of high-level content and unparalleled networking. Highlights include: 5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.7 – 8 October 2010: Washington, D.C.Business Process And Application Delivery Forum 2010 As an Application Development & Delivery or Business Process professional, your efforts not only serve the business but also empower your business to succeed despite rapid change. But every day brings faster-changing business dynamics. Business Process And Application Delivery Forum 2010 will arm you with the knowledge, insight, and practices you need to meet demanding expectations from your CEOs, COOs, CxOs, agency heads, and directors and deliver the kind of breakthrough and sustainable business value you know your organization must achieve. Application Development & Delivery professionals will learn to: Tags:#Events Guide#web How has the rise of empowered consumers changed customer relationships with B2C firms?What kinds of leaders do you need at your firm that can help unleash employees to solve customer problems?Which firms have best tapped into the creativity of employees to serve empowered consumers?How are consumers using their mobile devices for product research and decisions?What is the role of social media in engaging customers across channels?What impact will pervasive video and connectivity have on customers?What new opportunities exist for firms to connect with empowered consumers?How do firms create metrics and incentives that measure and promote employee empowerment?What new organizational models best empower employees to serve customers?Register here.2 November: LondonMobile Cloud Computing World ForumMobile Cloud Computing World Forum will provide a full perspective of mobile cloud computing and SaaS from business value through integration and implementation and to the emergent trends in the industry. Get the scoop on the latest products, meet with clients and drum up new business with valuable leads. Meet some of the best known mobile cloud computing and SaaS professionals in person and exchange your experiences.Show Highlights include:1 day conference and exhibition on Enterprise Mobile Cloud Computing and Enterprise AppsHear from leading case studies on how they have integrated mobile into their working practicesLearn from the key players offering Mobile products and servicesBenefit from our pre-show online meeting plannerNetwork in our combined exhibition and catering areaEvening networking party for all attendeesTo book now or for more information visit www.mobilecloudcomputingforum.com.17-18 November 2010: Lausanne & Geneva, SwitzerlandCloud and ICT 2.0 Summit The European Tech Tour Association is launching its newest vertical event with its inaugural Cloud & ICT 2.0 Summit, the Catalyst of the Cloud Computing Industry in Europe. Its focus is on celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe and on raising global awareness for the top 25+ European start-up companies in the cloud computing field that are making their mark in the industry.The Cloud ICT & 2.0 Summit is interested in European Cloud Computing companies with the potential to become global leaders in their market. The deadline for company applications is September 3, 2010. Register here now.29 – 30 March 2011: LondonSocial Media World Forum EuropeSocial Media World Forum Europe: Two days of interactive & engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.Social Media World Forum Europe is continuing to evolve and deliver an event which is second to none, ensuring our audience receive the maximum potential from attending our shows. New for 2011 we have introduced interactive panel discussions, live streamed debate sessions, collaborative learning, break-out group discussions, open Q&A portions in every session, open workshops, with group discussions and interactive zones within the exhibition hall. We have introduced the Online Marketing Toolbox Workshops, educating in all elements of the online marketing mix, such as SEO, Paid Search, Affiliate, Mobile & Apps. The perfect toolbox to complete your online marketing strategy.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

inMarket orders a round of beacons; coming to a bar near you soon

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AMI Entertainment#beacon#CES2017#inBar#inMarket Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck David Currycenter_img Related Posts Mobile beacon solutions firm inMarket dropped a new platform for entertainment venues at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017.The new ambient intelligence platform, called inBar, lets venue operators tap into consumer’s mobiles and connect them to “second-screen experiences,” including:Control of smart jukeboxes, including entrance musicRide-hailing options after three hours at the barFast food options after 2 amExtra swipes on a dating appDrink specials for fantasy sports playersNo word if it’ll help with ill-advised texting late at night.inMarket has partnered with AMI Entertainment, a major supplier of jukeboxes, TVs, and other electronics to bars and other venues. It will begin to deploy beacons to 25,000 entertainment venues in the U.S. that use AMI equipment over the next few months.Can be tailored to specific localesMore experiences could be added to inBar to fit a certain brand event or venue. inMarket has worked directly with clients, like Energizer or Heineken, in the retail world; inBar allows brands to penetrate consumer smartphones while in the bar, cinema, or club.“We’re laying the foundation of the connected bar of the future, while enabling hyper-contextual advertising on premise.” said inMarket CEO and co-founder, Todd Dipaola. “We have six years of experience digitally connecting consumers and brands at retail capacity and we’re excited those experiences to bars with AMI as an amazing partner.”See Also: Estimote Mirror combines smart beacons with TV displaysinMarket has already shown its ability to make customers spend money. On the Black Friday weekend, the beacon supplier said it influenced $14.5 billion in sales. The beacon supplier hopes inBar can do the same for clients, by providing experiences that make consumers spend more money in the right places.The new platform will be shown off at CES 2017 and is set to be deployed shortly afterwards in thousands of venues. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I can’t think about the last five games we played. I’m thinking about the sixth game that’s coming up. That’s all I can think about. One game at a time. This loss hurts, but it is what it is and we got to bounce back,” he said. View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.But with Fajardo out, San Miguel suffered another close shave, this time losing to surprise contender NLEX, 103-100, on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLassiter, though, remains upbeat knowing that the Beermen have enough talent to win.“We got enough talent to beat teams, and every one from the bench can compete with anybody. We know we can compete at a high level so we just got to continue playing San Miguel ball and make sure that whoever’s out there, we’ll come out and play hard,” he said. Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points “Once we get fully healthy, we’ll be a different team and right now, we’re still finding our way, but I’m proud of the team that we gave our full effort. We just need to focus on certain areas that we want and don’t fall on the same stuff in the next one.”But for the Fil-Am sniper, he doesn’t want San Miguel to fall on the trap of playing the waiting game, saying that his team must find a way to rectify its miscues this early than feel sorry in the future.“We just got to get better at the things that we make mistakes on and learn from them,” he said, highlighting the poor start that saw the Beermen trail by 15 early, 25-10.“Of course, you want to play the full 48 minutes and that’s the key. If we could play the full 48 minutes, we could set the tone and play our style of brand. We can’t play two quarters, two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, we got to play four quarters. That’s the key of beating any team. We can’t to come out and be down. We got to play the full four quarters.”And it starts in practice as San Miguel eyes to bounce back against Alaska on Saturday in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter will be the first to admit that right now, San Miguel is not the same team that won the first two championships this season.“It’s just different for us right now. We’re not used to playing this type of lineup all the time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

RCMP remove pipeline protesters from Vancouver bridge

first_imgAnti-Trans Mountain pipeline activists hang from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in North Vancouver, B.C. on July 3, 2018. The group blocked an oil tanker from leaving the Burrard Inlet, in protest of the pipeline expansion project. (Submitted by Greenpeace)The Canadian PressGreenpeace Canada says a protest that saw a dozen protesters dangling from a Vancouver bridge to block a tanker carrying crude oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline ended Wednesday night.The environmental group says the climbers who spent more than 35 hours on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge were “peacefully removed from their positions” and taken to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment.The RCMP had earlier said all would likely be charged with mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel.North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said an aerial extraction team began removing and arresting the protesters in the afternoon in what he called a methodic and safe operation.The protest began Tuesday morning when activists rappelled off the side of the bridge to block the Serene Sea, a vessel loaded with crude oil that had left from Kinder Morgan Canada’s Westridge Marine Terminal.The protest was focused only on the Serene Sea but authorities responded by closing all tanker traffic in the area, said Jesse Firempong, a Greenpeace spokeswoman.Deep-sea vessels and vessels with a high air draft, including sail boats with a high mast, were unable to safely pass under the bridge due to the location of the protesters, banners and connecting lines, said Danielle Jang, a spokeswoman with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.Smaller traffic such as tugs, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to transit under the bridge, she said.Will George was among those arrested on Wednesday after occupying the bridge for more than 35 hours, said Kwekwecnewtxw – Protect The Inlet, a group formed to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.“I will remain the fierce opposition. It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all, my son’s future is at stake,” said George, the group’s spokesman and leader.“I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.“It is unfortunate that the actions of these individuals have caused disruptions to vessels and individuals that transit to and from the waters east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, including customers from our terminal and the other marine cargo terminals,” it said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he was concerned that authorities had closed a rail bridge in response to the protest, resulting in the blockage of a different tanker loaded with refined fuel destined for Vancouver Island.“The protesters, as long as they’re abiding by the law, that’s their right in a free society. But when they start to impact on the business of other people when they start to infringe on the laws of the land, then there’s a concern,” he said.“At this point, as I understand it, it’s a question of the rail bridge is down and that’s the problem.”The Canadian government’s $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project is expected to close later this summer.On Tuesday, the company released its construction schedule for the next six months, with work planned in the Lower Mainland and North Thompson areas of B.C., as well as between Edmonton and Jasper National Park in Alberta.Greenpeace said the protesters are from the Coast Salish community, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Washington state, Mexico and the United Kingdom.last_img read more