first_imgCanada is to join more than a dozen countries Wednesday in signing a deal that would block commercial fishing in the High Arctic for 16 years and begin unravelling ecological mysteries at the top of the world.Experts say it’s a rare example of the globe coming together to prevent environmental problems before they start.“There’s an agreement before the problem exists,” said Peter Harrison, a professor of Arctic policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a former top federal bureaucrat.“It’s a major step in the right direction.”The deal is to be signed in Ilulissat, Greenland, by the five nations with Arctic coastlines. Others signing on will be China, Iceland, Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Inuit from three countries are also involved.The agreement, which was negotiated last year, applies to northern waters at least 200 nautical miles away from the shores of any coastal states. That amounts to 2.8 million square kilometres of ocean — about the size of the Mediterranean Sea.As well as a commercial fishing ban, the agreement commits the countries to major scientific work on the entire ecosystem of a region that climate change is making increasingly accessible. Once frozen year-round, about 40 per cent of those waters are now open during the summer.“This agreement’s just in time,” said Scott Highleyman of the group Ocean Conservancy, who has been following the talks and is a former member of the U.S. delegation. “It’s a good example of precautionary action.”Little is currently known about the ecology of the central Arctic Ocean, Highleyman said.“It’s difficult to get to so there’s very little research on the biology. We need to do this so we have some baseline we can measure change against.“Sixteen years is probably just barely enough time to do that.”No commercial fishing currently takes place in the High Arctic, but fish stocks are shifting and fishers and scientists have wondered what the northernmost seas on the planet hold.The deal commits signatories to developing a science plan within two years to look at the entire ecosystem, not just commercial possibilities.“You can’t just look at fish,” Harrison said. “You can’t just say, ‘How many cod are there?’ and move on.”Michael Byers, a professor of international law at the University of British Columbia, called the agreement remarkable.“Governments usually don’t devote any diplomatic effort to anything other than an immediate crisis. To actually anticipate a problem and bring countries together and come up with a system that is science-based is a model of what international diplomacy should do.”The agreement doesn’t come into force until it’s ratified by all signatories, which could take about a year.Harrison said Canada should be taking the lead in designing and implementing the science program.“We’ve developed significant expertise on this over the years,” he said.“The States are a bit befuddled, for a whole variety of reasons. It’s difficult to put things in Russia, and it goes on and on. The logical leader in this is Canada.”The Department of Fisheries and Oceans declined to lay out Canada’s plans for the agreement until after the signing. A spokesman said in an email that the government recently announced up to $10 million to support satellite technologies to help remotely identify and track suspected illegal fishing vessels.“Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to working globally to build strong partnerships to address the issue of unregulated fishing,” wrote Vance Chow.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the agreement applied to water 200 kilometres from shores of any coastal states.last_img read more


first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was starting a second, six-year term Thursday despite international cries urging him to step down and return democratic rule to a country suffering a historic economic implosion.Maduro says he’s going to turn around an economy whose collapse he blamed on U.S. sanctions. However, few experts see signs that his policies will rescue the once-wealthy OPEC nation. Inflation is soaring, internal political divisions are deepening and millions of Venezuelans have left the country.The Associated Press explains Venezuela’s economic and political crisis:___WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY?Venezuela has the world’s largest underground oil reserves, but crude production continues to crash. Its natural wealth made it once one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries, pumping 3.5 million barrels of crude daily when President Hugo Chavez took power and launched the socialist revolution. Oil has been Venezuela’s prime source of hard cash, and leaders historically haven’t developed other sectors of the economy. Output now has plummeted to less than a third of its historic high, and critics blame that on years on rampant corruption and mismanagement of the state-run oil firm PDVSA.___WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH INFLATION?The economy in 2019 will continue to contract and inflation will skyrocket at a staggering 23 million per cent, forecasts Francisco Rodriguez, a former Venezuelan official who is now chief economist at the New York-based Torino Capital. That is a result of low oil prices compounded by the declining production, Venezuela’s growing financial isolation, years of price and currency controls and heavy government spending in the collapsing local currency. Many Venezuelans struggle to afford food and basic goods. Today, the minimum wage that amounts to less than $5 a month — and is shrinking.___WHAT’S THE POLITICAL BACKDROP?Maduro has successfully maintained power, opposed by a fractured opposition. The hand-picked successor of Chavez won a second term in a May election that opponents and many in the international community reject as a sham. Maduro’s government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular opposition leaders. Among them, Leopoldo Lopez remains under house arrest. Government opponents consider him a political prisoner.Internationally, the United States and a coalition of a dozen Latin American countries reject Maduro’s government. However, leftist allies such as Cuba and Bolivia maintain their support, while Maduro has deepened economic and political ties with Russia, China and Turkey.___HOW ARE VENEZUELANS RESPONDING?An estimated 2.3 million people have fled hyperinflation, food and medical shortages over the last two years, according to the United Nations, most going to nearby Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Leaders in those countries say they struggle to handle the influx. Many of the migrants arrive sick and hungry, needing medical care.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgMumbai/New Delhi: To stave off any haircut in Jet Airways, the lenders of the company have already started approaching prospective investors, informed sources said on Friday. Accordingly, the lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) have approached various prospective buyers from conglomerates to a global private equity firm for sale of their stake in the financially challenged airline. Sources said that Tata Group, TPG Capital and Delta-Air France-KLM are among the companies approached by the lenders. When contacted, a Tata Group spokesperson, however, said: “We don’t comment on market speculation.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are very serious about their exposure to Jet and how to come out of the situation. They may have given interim relief but there is no surety that the company won’t go into the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) process,” a source close to the development said. Corroborating the first source, another industry insider said: “Initial feelers have been sent. This is a standard procedure but talks are in a preliminary stage. The lenders are scouting for companies that can not only give them an exit but also sustain the size of the airline. Thus far, an Indian diversified conglomerate, global PE fund house and even other global airline companies have been approached through various channels.”last_img read more


Using helicopters and air drops, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are now assisting 30,000 people in urgent need in Akobo, in Jonglei State, near South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia. The agencies have set up emergency distribution points for food, health, protection, education and sanitation.According to a joint press release, Akobo is the first location the two agencies are reaching under the new joint strategy. Fourteen such missions are planned over the next month, seeking to support as many as 250,000 people in remote, conflict-affected communities in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states. Other agencies are expected to join the partnership.“Children and families in South Sudan are now facing unprecedented suffering – with worrying signs of malnutrition and disease outbreaks,” said UNICEF’s Representative in the country, Jonathan Veitch. “With the rainy season looming we have to seize every opportunity to rapidly deploy teams and life-saving supplies to the hardest to reach. This is how we will avert a humanitarian catastrophe.”Earlier this month, WFP started a series of urgently needed airdrops of food assistance to remote areas of South Sudan that have been unreachable because of insecurity and other obstacles.“The conflict…is pushing millions of people further into hunger and complicating efforts to provide relief, and we are enormously concerned that things could get worse,” said WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi. “We have to act quickly to avert an even worse crisis as the rainy season approaches. The mobile response teams are a swift and flexible approach we have been using to reach as many people as we can with assistance in a tremendously challenging environment,” he said.They are “reaching more people every day, overcoming severe challenges including looting and continued fighting,” WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, told journalists in Geneva, adding that the crisis is impacting food security even in parts of the country not directly affected by fighting, in part because of disruption to trade routes and food markets.“Working with NGO partners, WFP has reached nearly 500,000 people affected [by the crisis], and plans to assist an additional 275, 000 next month,” she said.In relatively stable areas, Ms. Byrs said, “WFP is continuing work aimed at improving community resilience, including food for assets projects, ‘Purchase for Progress’ activities benefitting local farmers, and school meals.”Meanwhile, UNICEF has observed increasing levels of disease outbreaks, measles and polio – with children being among the largest number of the displaced persons and refugees.Speaking on behalf of UNICEF, Sarah Crowe said “the youngest citizens of the world’s newest country are suffering the most from the rising levels of malnutrition and increasing violence.” The situation is desperate and is only getting worse. Many young children had to flee for their lives and were separated from their families in the process.“These children have seen rising levels of violence and their schools are often occupied by warring sides, with enrolment rates dropping significantly,” Ms. Crowe said.Though cholera is momentarily under control, the rainy season is approaching and the threat looms that parts of the country would become impassable and swamped – rendering relief operations more difficult and expensive, she added. This week, baskets of supplies, including food, vaccines, hygiene kits, rehydrating salts, and chlorinating tablets went out to remote areas. More will go in the coming weeks to reach as many people as possible before those parts of the country are inaccessible. South Sudan is imploding but with so many competing crises around the world, it is getting scant media attention. Ms. Crowe said “the international community has a special obligation to South Sudan as it is a new, young country.” As data is difficult to come by, and Ms. Crowe could not speak on the situation of child soldiers but said, that “at the very least, 83 cases have been verified in observations by the United Nations, and the numbers are likely to be much higher than that.” read more


According to Viviane Van Steirteghem, representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Niger, many have been settling along Route Nationale 01, the main road crossing the region.After 3 June, the sites along that road had received an additional 60,000 to 70,000 people, resulting in increased pressure on water resources, she said. The newcomers, settling in three of the main sites, had arrived with their families and with their cattle. Those sites had initially been quite homogeneous in terms of linguistic groups and occupations of the inhabitants, but it was no longer the case. There are additional tensions now.Ms. Van Steirteghem, who visited Diffa twice in the past 14 days, said UNICEF’s assistance focused on the coordination of the water response, initially water trucking, and now drilling, as people were expected to settle on the sites for quite some time.In Bosso, women and children make up the majority at the displaced persons’ sites. There had been cases of measles reported, despite a massive vaccination campaign in December 2015. Since they lived in temporary housing, they were extremely vulnerable when the rainy season arrived, she said.An increase in diarrheal diseases and respiratory tract diseases was feared, as well as cases of importation of cholera, for which preparedness was difficult to operationalize in the current conditions, she warned. Malaria was also a corollary of the rainy season, and with the Ministry of Health and the support of a number of non-governmental organization partners, UNICEF was planning a massive distribution of mosquito nets to help families protect themselves.Women and children on the sites are highly vulnerable. Some children had come unaccompanied. Many of them had been traumatized. Protection services were being offered to allow children to express what they felt and relieve some of their stress. Women going to get water at night were very vulnerable to gender-based violence and UNICEF was preparing messaging to help them strategize and go in groups to avoid being targeted.The school year had just finished and all the children would be able to take their examinations in the neighbouring town. UNICEF was preparing for the next school year, taking into account the increase in the number of children.Ms. Van Steirteghem said that the appeal for the Diffa crisis was 25 per cent funded out of the required $74 million. read more


Interim Humanities Dean Carol Merriam presents Prof. Renée Lafferty-Salhany with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Saturdays convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities. Hard work and imagination got nearly 350 Humanities students to their graduation on Saturday.Hard work and imagination will get those same graduates to where they want to go in life, too.History Prof. Renée Lafferty-Salhany reminded graduands of that during the convocation address she gave after being presented the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Saturday’s ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities.Standing before a graduating class at her own alma mater was profoundly humbling, Lafferty-Salhany said, and something she never imagined she’d do when she graduated in 1997.That same year, Princess Diana had condemned the use of landmines in order to protect civilians in war-torn nations. The Kyoto Accord was signed as well, and it was also the year of the cloned sheep when the world was introduced to the scientific feat, Dolly. All of those events required imagination and action to accomplish, Lafferty-Salhany said.“Imagination is powerful but it is sometimes limited, and it can be limiting,” she said. “You’ve probably heard before some version of the adage ‘If you dream it, you can do it. If you imagine it, you can be it,’ This isn’t not untrue but there’s a very big part missing from the middle of this idea.“If you think it, if you imagine it, if you envision it, this is only the beginning,” she added. “Life is not easy and you all know this because university was not easy. It took work, It took concentration, dedication, sweat, tears, the ability to stumble and screw up and still get back up on your feet…. I’m sorry to tell you but your life after university will probably require this kind of work as well.”Colin Bissell (graduate) and Catelyn Talaue (undergraduate) were presented with Spirit of Brock medals at Saturday’s convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Humaniities.Graduates also need a bit of doubt, Lafferty-Salhany advised.“Second-guess your choices, double-check your answers, ask questions. Continue to do everything we asked you to do here. Doubt is necessary for confirming new views and polishing your virtues. It’s necessary to turn down what isn’t necessary, and for opening your eyes to the beauty of differences, options and alternatives.”She also offered one important caveat: “Never ever doubt yourself so much that you forget what this day and this moment really means. Today means that you all know how to work as well as how to imagine.”Saturday’s ceremony wraps up Spring Convocation, which saw 3,784 undergraduate and 440 graduate degrees conferred over nine ceremonies and five days.Also recognized Saturday were Catelyn Talaue (undergraduate) and Colin Bissell (graduate), who received the Spirit of Brock medal for best exemplifying the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock.Cameron Smith (honours) and Ella Leslie (pass) were both awarded the Dean’s Medal for having the highest standing in their degree programs. read more


Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) gets ready for a serve during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe upcoming schedule for Ohio State women’s volleyball is anything but orthodox.The matches are scheduled to start Wednesday as the No. 17 Buckeyes take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., kicking off a three game road trip.Coach Geoff Carlston said he sees the “weird” schedule as a blessing. The Buckeyes play three games over the course of seven days, contrary to their norm of lacing up for just two contests over the weekend.“It’s kind of nice actually that these last two weekends we played back-to-back against teams that had rest and days off,” he said.After a 2-4 start to Big Ten play, a different schedule is not the only change Carlston wants to see.“Really it’s about the offensive rhythm, finding a nice offensive rhythm and just getting up in our defensive energy, defensive attitude,” Carlston said.Since starting the season on a 13 game winning streak, OSU has lost four of its last five matches, including being swept by Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said she wants the team to bounce back and do more than just what gave it success at the start of the season.“It would say so much about us as a team if we were able to overcome this and be able to come out of it even stronger than we were to start preseason,” Kacsits said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said part of returning to the team’s non-conference form will be eliminating mistakes.“Right now, I think we just need to become more knowledgeable about the game,” she said. “We’re making aggressive mistakes but some mistakes we’re making are just, the bonehead, dumb mistakes.”Mandolfo said since Big Ten play has started, the Buckeyes “just need wins.”Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said if the team wants to win, it will have to put recent struggles behind them.“(It’s important) not to hang our heads over the loss on the weekend,” she said. “We just need to make sure that we stay positive and look at this as a learning experience.”The match against Northwestern is set to be televised on the Big Ten Network, while an Oct. 23 date with Penn State will be broadcast on ESPN2.Carlston said he does not expect the televised play to effect his squad in any way.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to St. John Arena Oct. 25 as they host No. 8 Nebraska. read more


Three weeks ago, the Denver Broncos looked like an easy choice for the NFL’s best team after back-to-back impressive wins: a 42-17 thumping of the San Francisco 49ers (then the third-ranked team in our Elo ratings), followed by a 35-21 victory over the then-seventh-ranked San Diego Chargers. Since then, however, Denver has arguably been the coldest team in the league. Or at least, nobody has shed more points off of their Elo rating since the end of Week 8 than the Broncos (although the Carolina Panthers certainly seem to be trying their best to match Denver’s skid).Denver’s record over that span — one win, two losses — hasn’t necessarily been its entire undoing. Unlike some of the other more frigid teams across the league, the Broncos have at least won a game in November. (Not to pick on Carolina again, but the Panthers haven’t won since the first week of October.) But the Broncos were also expected to win more — the pregame Elo ratings generated an expectation of 2.1 wins over their past three games. Our Elo point spreads figured Denver would take care of its November opponents by a collective 19.5 points; instead, the team has posted a -13 point differential.The most damaging game of the Broncos’ season thus far was their most recent one, when they were upset by the St. Louis Rams. Losing 22-7 despite being favored by 6.5 points, the defeat cost Denver 43 points of Elo rating, the fifth-most Elo points any team has relinquished in a single game so far this season. (If you’re curious, the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals ranks first in that department.) It also dropped the Broncos to fourth place in the current rankings, the lowest they’ve sat since right after they were shellacked by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl in February.But all is not lost for the Broncos — in fact, from a making-the-playoffs perspective, hardly anything was lost. Although the losses to the New England Patriots and St. Louis were costly to the team’s chances of locking up one of the AFC’s top two seeds (and therefore a first-round playoff bye) and even of winning the AFC West (the Kansas City Chiefs are in hot pursuit), they were not particularly damaging to its postseason probability. The Broncos’ chances of making the playoffs have only declined from a practical certainty (96 percent) to a matter of high likelihood (85 percent) during the skid. And Denver still has the league’s third-best chance of winning the Super Bowl. So, despite the team’s recent lapses, fans can probably R-E-L-A-X.The bigger playoff concerns belong to Denver’s Super Bowl opponents a season ago: the Seahawks.Before Week 8, we said the league’s defending champions were suddenly underdogs to return to the postseason … upon which the Seahawks promptly rattled off three consecutive victories, increasing their playoff odds to 61 percent. But on the heels of a loss in Kansas City, here we are again; our Elo simulations say the Seahawks have only a 47 percent probability of returning to the playoffs.The 49ers, who bested the New York Giants last week, were clear beneficiaries of Seattle’s loss, tacking 14 percentage points onto their playoff probability as the Seahawks lost precisely the same amount from theirs. It was a fitting zero-sum transaction for last year’s NFC Championship Game contestants. At the start of the season, the NFC West was supposed to go to the Seahawks or the 49ers, with the runner-up at least being favorites to grab a wild card berth. But nobody counted on the Arizona Cardinals building on their surprising 2013 success and emerging as the division front-runners, the reality of which could leave either Seattle or San Francisco (or both?) out of the playoffs.As Arizona increasingly runs away with the West (Elo gives the Cardinals an 80 percent chance of winning the division, granting that it doesn’t take Carson Palmer’s injury into account), it has become apparent that the Seahawks’ and 49ers’ only path to the playoffs might lead through one of the NFC’s two wild card slots. While our simulations say there’s a 72 percent probability that at least one NFC West team earns a wild card berth, there’s only a 32 percent chance that both wild cards emerge from the division. Most likely, one of the West runners-up will be left out — a fate that befalls Seattle in a slightly higher proportion of simulations than it does San Francisco.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 76-72-3 (6-5 in Week 11)Straight-up record: 111-49-1 (8-6 in Week 11)The Elo ratings again had a winning record against the gambling lines last week, but as we caution in every edition of this column, don’t take these numbers to Vegas and use them to place bets. Even in a lucky year, Elo hasn’t done well enough to turn a profit after the bookies take their vigorish.At any rate, Elo seems to have a difference of opinion than Vegas when it comes to the aforementioned NFC West race. The consensus spread on this weekend’s big Arizona-Seattle tilt has Seattle favored by 6.5 points, while Elo only considers the Seahawks two-point favorites. Much of this probably stems from Seattle’s formidable home-field advantage, which is several points per game greater than the generic 2.6-point edge Elo gives home teams. But Vegas also rates Arizona much lower than Elo does — and that was true even before Palmer’s injury. The bookmakers are probably accounting for the Cardinals’ relatively unimpressive peripheral indicators, figuring their performance will come back down to earth.Vegas also seems to devalue San Francisco relative to its Elo rating. Elo ranks the 49ers fifth, but their implied rating from the betting lines places them 11th in the league. This explains why, against a dreadful Washington team, San Francisco is favored by nine points instead of the two-touchdown edge Elo would predict.Meanwhile, Vegas holds the Green Bay Packers in much higher regard than Elo does. While Elo ranks the Packers sixth in the NFL and has boosted their standing more over the past three weeks than all but three teams, the oddsmakers list them as 9.5-point road favorites against the Minnesota Vikings this week. Elo gives them a four-point advantage. That 5.5-point discrepancy is the biggest for any spread in Week 12, so it will be interesting to see whether the relatively high “K-factor” Vegas seems to be assigning to Green Bay’s recent dominance (to put it in Elo-equation terms) is appropriate. read more


first_imgThe latest International Mining Project News, out today (some 60 pages), has reports on 21 prefeasibility studies, 21 feasibility studies, 37 projects in development, six new mines that have gone into production, ten existing mines that are expanding, six merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The reports cover 45 gold projects, 27 copper, 11 iron ore, 10 of both coal and silver, six rare earths projects and six zinc projects, four lead, three each of nickel, potash and molybdenum, two platinum, tungsten, cobalt and vanadium projects and one report each covering precious metals, palladium, polymetallic, tantalum, lithium, diamonds, tin, uranium, fluorspar, mineral sands, bismuth, phosphate and base metals projects. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Exeter Resource Corp’s prefeasibility study for its Caspiche project in northern Chile has returned a pre-tax NPV (5% discount), calculated from the time of commencement of the project, of $2,800 million and average operating costs of $606/oz gold equivalent. The gold production cost drops to $18/oz when copper and silver by-product credits are considered. The study predicts an average annual production over the 19 year mine life of 696,000 oz gold, 244 Mlb of copper and 844,000 oz silver.At Mercator’s El Pillar, LOM average annual production is expected to be 73.0 Mlb of copper cathode, with copper cathode production averaging 78.7 Mlb in the first five years. The expected average LOM total cash operating costs are $1.37/lb of payable copper, average $1.27/lb in the first five years, and $0.94/lb in the first year.An updated resource estimate has been completed following the recent drilling campaign at the Reward and Bellbird prospects, part of Kentor Gold’s Jervois project in the Northern Territory.  The total Inferred Resourcehas increased to 11.9 Mt @ 1.3% Cu and 25.2 g/t Ag.Australian rare earths company Arafura Resources has completed a series of meetings with target customers to understand their future product and quality needs. A significant milestone has now been achieved in Arafura’s marketing program with production of the first Rare Earth Oxide (REO) samples for target customer evaluation.Fortescue Metals Group announcd  a 72% increase in the North Star magnetite deposit of 880 Mt, taking the total resource to 2,120 Mt at a Fe grade of 31.6%. North Star is located 100 km to the south of Fortescue’s Port Hedland operation and is within 25 km of the existing rail line. It sits adjacent to another magnetite deposit known as Glacier Valley which is owned under a joint venture relationship with one of China’s largest steel producers, Baosteel (Fortescue 65%:Baosteel 35%).Ausenco has signed a Create phase (EPCM) contract to manage the $125 million expansion of Barrick Gold’s Lumwana copper project in Zambia. Ausenco’s Minerals & Metals business will manage the project, which involves expanding the existing ore crushing and processing plant at the existing Lumwana copper mine to achieve and maintain a plant production rate of 25 Mt/y.An innovative clean coal technology project in Texas will supply electricity to the largest municipally owned utility in the US under a recently signed Power Purchase Agreement. Under the agreement – the first US from a commercial-scale, coal-based power plant with carbon capture – CPS Energy of San Antonio will purchase approximately 200 MW of power from the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), located just west ofMidland-Odessa.Tertiary Minerals announced a substantial maiden, JORC compliant, Mineral Resource Estimate for its Lassedalen fluorspar project in Norway of 4 Mt grading 25% Fluorite (CaF2). Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman: “We are very pleased to announce this significant increase to the JORC  resource base. The definition of a robust maiden resource at Lassedalen gives Tertiary a firm basis to progress scoping and feasibility studies for this, the company’s second European fluorspar project, and further supports our ambition to become a major supplier of fluorspar in Europe.”Image Resources has applied for a mining lease over the Atlas Measured and Indicated resource at its 100%-owned Cooljarloo mineral sands project in the North Perth Basin. The application for a mining lease over this resource is a significant milestone in the development of Image’s North Perth Basin assets currently in feasibility study.Goldplat has poured the first gold from its wholly owned Kilimapesa gold mine in Kenya, following the successful commissioning of the elution plant. This plant enables Kilimapesa to smelt and produce gold bullion on siteon an ongoing basis. The initial smelt produced a 12.4 kg (399-oz) gold bullion bar which has now been sold to Rand Refinery in South Africa.Nordgold, spun off from Severstal has started trading on the LSE. It has significant development projects, “Bissa and Gross, which we expect to deliver more than 150,000 oz gold in 2013, their first year of production.” Mutiny Gold reports that Cobra Mining intends to begin production at the White Well project in Western Australia in the second half of this year.Chalice Gold Mines’ 60% subsidiary, Zara Mining Share Co (ZSMC), has been granted two Mining Licences covering the high-grade Koka gold mine at the Zara project in Eritrea.Full details on all these projects and information on and contacts for many, many more are to be found in the January 18 issue of International Mining Project News….. To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target One of the easiest narratives to notice in this past generation of consoles (a generation that’s soon coming to end an end) is the dominance of the PlayStation 4. Between Microsoft kneecapping the Xbox One with dumb DRM decision and the Wii U years basically being an accidental beta for Nintendo’s later success with the Switch, the PlayStation 4 was free to be the home console of choice pretty much by default. And with more people playing video games than ever, that has led to a lot of sales.How many sales? According to a recent financial report from Sony, the PlayStation 4 has become the fastest home console to reach 100 million sales.This makes PlayStation 4 the fastest home console to reach 100 million unit sell in.Faster than both the PS2 and Wii which were just behind.It took PS2 a total of five years and 9 months. PS4 was just 5 years and 7 months. pic.twitter.com/g4Bk8sckYf— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 30, 2019The 100 million mark is an impressive milestone for any console no matter how long it takes to reach it. Sony previous hit it with the original PlayStation and set the total sales record with the PlayStation 2’s 155 million sales. Meanwhile, Nintendo also achieved this with the original Wii, the Game Boy line of handhelds, and the 154 million sales of the Nintendo DS.But after failing to hit the target with the beleaguered (albeit still successful) PlayStation 3, Sony has bounced back with the PlayStation 4. And since the PS4 has only been on the market for five years and seven months, it beat the record two months earlier than the previous fastest seller the PS2.With so many PlayStation 4 out there, we expect support for the console to continue even after the PlayStation 5 launches (which is probably next holiday). In fact, we already know the new console will be backwards compatible with the older game library. So we’ll see if the PS4 can go on to even beat the PS2.For more on PlayStation watch the new trailer for this holiday’s confusing PS4 exclusive Death Stranding and get ready for the upcoming PlayStation Cinematic Universe. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more


first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a naked man was seen on surveillance video walking inside a Pembroke Pines gated community.Pembroke Pines Police said the man performed “inappropriate acts” in front of a woman, who was working at the security guard house, Monday. After performing the acts, he took off.The incident happened at the Pierpointe community near Northwest 118th Terrace and Johnson Street.If you have any information on this incident, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


first_img Twitter Email Renée Zellweger To Play Hollywood Icon Judy Garland In New Film News Facebook Renée Zellweger To Portray Judy Garland ren%C3%A9e-zellweger-play-hollywood-icon-judy-garland-new-film New film ‘Judy’ to focus on Garland’s final concerts in London in 1968Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 7:59 am Oscar-nominated actress Renée Zellweger will portray GRAMMY winner Judy Garland in Judy, an upcoming film chronicling the Hollywood legend’s final concerts in London in 1968.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judy will center upon Garland’s arrival in London for her series of sellout shows, which took place 30 years after she garnered acclaim for her role in The Wizard Of Oz. As she readies for the concerts, Garland goes back and forth with her management team while engaging with musicians, friends and fans, as well as her then-soon-to-be husband, Mickey Dean. Despite the seemingly idyllic setting, Garland also grapples with her childhood memories that are blurred by her career as well as her yearning to be at home with her children.   GRAMMY History: Complete List Of Album Of The Year Winners And NomineesGarland became the first female to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, taking home the award for Judy At Carnegie Hall at the 4th GRAMMY Awards in 1962. Six of her recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including “Over The Rainbow” and The Wizard Of Oz soundtrack.Set to start production in February 2018, Judy will be directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold and produced by David Livingstone.Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her Bio-Musical In LondonRead morelast_img read more


first_img A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch) More than 150 dead gray whales have been logged on the West Coast from Mexico to Alaska this year. NOAA has declared an “unusual mortality event” and is investigating possible causes. A gray whale carcass was found near Wrangell Island. (Photo courtesy and of Ceona Koch) NOAA Fisheries had asked volunteers and partner agencies to be on the lookout for the dead whale first spotted by a fisherman in Wrangell’s Eastern Passage. By Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service personnel had secured it on a beach by tying its tail and fin to trees. “They’re particularly excited about this whale because it’s in really good shape still so it must have died fairly recently,” Hutten said. “It doesn’t emit a whole lot of smell just yet. So they’re excited to get a lot of good data off of this.”center_img The discovery is important as it will allow federal scientists to study it before decomposition sets in. Martin Hutten, a forest service biologist in Wrangell’s Ranger District, says a necropsy could happen as soon as Thursday. The carcass of a gray whale spotted floating over the weekend near Wrangell has been located. This discovery marks the eighth confirmed dead gray whale in Alaska waters.last_img read more


first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Monday ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week to take legal action against those responsible for air pollution in the capital, reports UNB.The bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing a writ petition.The court also asked the authorities concerned to take steps to surround areas undergoing development and repair works within the next 15 days to prevent the spread of dust. It ordered to spray water in ‘dusk-prone’ areas twice a day.The mayors of the two city corporations, executive officers and the DoE director general have been asked to submit a report within the next two weeks on implementation of the court order.The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ‘inactiveness’ of the local administration to prevent air pollution should not be declared illegal and why the authorities concerned should not be directed to take effective measures to prevent air pollution in the city.Eleven people, including the environment secretary, the DoE director general, the mayors and executive officers of Dhaka city corporations have been asked to respond within two weeks.Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ petition with the HC on Sunday attaching the news and reports on air pollution in capital Dhaka.Lawyer Manzil Murshid stood for the petitioner and he said the government has utterly failed to prevent air pollution.Dhaka was ranked third on the World Health Organisation’s 2019 list of most polluted cities.last_img read more


first_imgEdward Brooke (Courtesy Photo)Political leaders from both major parties and District residents recently reflected on the life of Edward W. Brooke III, the first popularly elected African-American senator representing Massachusetts. He was a native Washingtonian.He died on Jan. 3 of natural causes in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 95.As a moderate Republican, Brooke was elected in 1966 as a senator at a time when only a handful of Blacks were in the House of Representatives and fewer Blacks served in elected offices. Brooke also made history in 1962 when he was elected as the Massachusetts attorney general, the first Black to be elected to that position in the nation.President Obama, upon hearing of Brooke’s passing, said in a statement that “Senator Brooke led an extraordinary life of public service” and “Ed Brooke stood on the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness.” Brooke received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress has to honor civilians, in October 2009. The late senator also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 from President George W. Bush.Brooke served in the Senate from 1967-1979 and was an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights, federal raid to the poor, increased foreign support for African and Caribbean countries, and a critic of African countries, such as Rhodesia and South Africa, that were ruled by White supremacists. He was one of the first lawmakers to call for President Richard Nixon to resign in light of the Watergate scandal and, according to his book, “Bridging the Divide: My Life,” he was considered a vice presidential and a U.S. Supreme Court prospect.While Brooke was a passionate Republican, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, nevertheless praised his leadership skills and their impact. “He was a statesman in the truest sense, possessing a commitment to public service which is all too rare to find in this day and age,” Schultz said. “HIs constituents were fortunate to have been served by him and our legislative branch of government was better for his service.”Schultz’s Republican counterpart, Reince Priebus, agreed. “Brooke was a pioneer and an inspiration to many,” Priebus said. “Our party and our nation have lost a statesman and a trailblazer.”Outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) tweeted that Brooke was” a friend and a mentor.”“Massachusetts has a history of sending giants to the U.S. Senate, great statesmen like Quincy Adams, [Daniel] Webster, [Henry] Cabot Lodge and [Edward] Kennedy,” Patrick said. “We count Ed Brooke among them. He carried the added honor and burden of being ‘the first’ and did so with distinction and grace.”Brooke was a graduate of Howard University in 1941 and supported his college alma mater as an alumnus and a senator. He supported the university’s annual congressional appropriation and received an honorary degree in 1967.Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said Brooke was an example of the fabled “Howard Man.” “He was an advocate for education and a generous donor, with several scholarships in his name for the benefit of students in need,” Frederick said. “He will be greatly missed by all and we at Howard will honor his memory by continuing to ensure that we send our graduates out onto the path he blazed in earnest.”While at Howard, Brooke joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and served as a national undergraduate leader. He stayed active in Alpha throughout his life, participating in national conventions and served, in 1996, as the first chairman of the fraternity’s World Policy Council and chaired its 100th anniversary Centennial Celebration in 2006.Brooke graduated from Dunbar High School in 1936 and lived in the LeDroit Park neighborhood that was nearby. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), a longtime friend of Brooke’s, said that “the District has lost its most distinguished native son.”“Edward Brooke had to leave his hometown to get a congressional vote and certainly to become a U.S. senator,” Norton said. “Sen. Brooke, however, never forgot his hometown and played an important role in the city’s quest for the House Voting Rights Act, when he lobbied his former colleagues in the Senate.”Norton is referring to the 2009 bill that would have given the city a voting representative and Utah an additional representative. It was killed in April 2010 when the National Rifle Association pressured members of Congress to support an amendment eliminating all the District’s gun laws. While that effort failed, the delegate said Brooke tried to do what he thought was right. “D.C. residents will never forget their native son, who got a vote for himself in Massachusetts and used his last years to try to do the same for the city where he was born and raised,” she said.On Jan. 4, Norton tweeted that Brooke’s wife, Ann, agreed to hold the senator’s funeral services in the District. Norton had not released any further details by AFRO press time.last_img read more


first_imgProtesters from PennNorth: The Kids Safe Zone protested Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s cuts to after-school programs. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)One by one, residents stood at the podium during a hearing held April 12 at the War Memorial in Downtown Baltimore, expressing shock and disbelief at Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake’s decision to cut $4.2 million from after-school and community-based educational programs in her proposed fiscal year 2017 budget.  More than 200 parents, children and community supporters protested, pleaded and demanded that cuts be restored during the first of several Baltimore Taxpayer’s Night Hearings.Mayor Rawlings-Blake recently announced that after-school and community-based programs at six schools serving a total of 2,500 students would not receive city funds in the new budget year starting July 1.  The funding was originally allocated at the height of civic unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015.Ericka Alston, director of the Safe Kids Zone in Sandtown-Winchester, said her program served 100 children a day last summer. Her program is located at the epicenter of last year’s unrest, and serves children in Gilmore Terrace and the surrounding area.“When we opened on June 1, 2015, we were the response to the rioting. There were no safe spaces for kids in Sandtown-Winchester,” Alston said.The children’s advocate said she and participants in her Safe Kids Zone program came to Taxpayer’s Night to convince Rawlings-Blake to change her mind.“We have been operating for 10 months on the promise that the mayor wants to make things better in our community,” Alston said. “We hope the mayor will rethink and make children her priority.”Code in The Schools, one of the community-based educational programs slated for cuts, teaches computer programming to more than 2,000 students from under-served schools and communities each year.  Gretchen Legrand, Code’s director, echoed the frustration of several citizens who compared the impact of the budget cuts to legislation passed by City Council last week offering the equivalent of 15 years of property tax breaks to developers who will convert underutilized downtown office spaces into high-end apartments.“The return on investment we give to our children is so much higher than any tax break we can give developers,” Legrand said.In addition to $4.2 million in after-school and community-school cuts, the FY 2017 budget will also eliminate $450,000 from Experience Core, Teach for America and the City of Baltimore’s Maryland Extension programs.“We only found out about the budget cuts two weeks ago,” said Manami Brown, director of the Baltimore City Extension. The agency serves every council district in Baltimore with food and nutrition, urban agriculture and 4-H Youth Development programming.“All of these groups that are testifying tonight – we serve all of these sites,” said Brown. “If these cuts are not restored, we close our doors as of June 30.”Andrew Kleine, the mayor’s budget director, explained that last year’s $4.2 million allocation was meant to be a one-time allotment.“So when we planned for FY 2017, the result was difficult choices,” Kleine said. He added, that despite the challenges, the mayor has invested in children and youth through the allocation of an additional $10 million to public schools.Kleine was joined in listening to citizen testimony by Bernard C. “Jack” Young, council president; Joan Pratt, comptroller; Henry Raymond, director of finance; George Nelson, city solicitor and Rudolph Chow, director of the Department of Public Works.  Young announced the City Council will hold hearings with city agencies in May before giving consideration of the full budget in June.  Additional Taxpayer Night hearings will be announced at the next City Council meeting slated for 5 p.m. Friday,  April 15 at City Hall.last_img read more


first_imgA Burger King in South Baltimore became the scene of heavy police activity Sunday afternoon when an armed suspect that was being pursued barricaded himself in the restaurant along with four hostages including a 7-year-old child. As of late Sunday, the suspect has not been ID’ed. According to Baltimore City Police Spokesman T.J. Smith at a media briefing, a written statement with more information and the suspects ID will be released soon.According to Smith, police began to pursue a vehicle the suspect was driving when he refused to pull over for police at around 11:00 a.m. The suspect was wanted for a rape that occurred “no more than 24 to 48 hours ago” according to Smith. During the pursuit the suspect collided with a vehicle in the area of the 1700 block of Washington Blvd and Monroe Street. The civilian in the other vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.The pursuit ended when the suspect ran inside of the Burger King. “There are individuals inside the Burger King that we believe are being held against their will,” said Smith.The four hostages included a 7-year-old girl that is the daughter of an employee at the restaurant. The other hostages are 17, 25, and 67. During the tense situation, two hostages were released. Two people, including the young girl were held against their will until the suspect surrendered to police. “We have our negotiators on scene, we have our SWAT team on scene. We are just hoping to end this situation peacefully for all parties involved,” said Smith.Howard County and Anne Arundel County sent tactical units and armored vehicles. Smith says part of the reason for that is because the heat requires SWAT teams to rotate in and out.The suspect walked out with the two remaining hostages where police unarmed him and took him into custody. “The suspect could have hurt people inside Burger King‬ but didn’t, he did the right thing,” said Smith during a media press conference.last_img read more


first_imgThe 6th Golden Kela Award held on 29 March, awarded all the worst bollywood performance of 2013 based upon votes. Abhishek Sharma, director of Tere Bin Laden Part 2 who was present there to recieve his last year’s Golden Kela presented the most prestigous award of the evening, the Baawra Ho Gaya Ke award to the perfectionist Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3 for portraying larger than life stunts in the movie.Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala won the Golden Kela for the worst movie award. Ajay Devgan and Sonakshi Sinha managed to take home the Kelas for second time in a row for being the worst actor(male and female) for their acting skills shown in Himmatwala and R..Rajkumar respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali was titled with worst director award for his superhit movie, Goliyon ki Rasleela…Ram Leela. The honour for the worst actor in supporting role (male) went to Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and in the female category it was Deepika, Jacqueline and Amisha (Race 2) bagging the honours for their histrionics. Contributing to the most atrocious lyrics, Sameer for Raghupati Raghav from Krrish 3 earned the Golden Kela where the most irritating song title was given to Party All Night from Boss. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA number of special awards were also presented like the Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent  which was won by Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, Aakhir Kyun Award to  Priyanka Chopra for trying to look cool in her music video Exotic, Rajshri Award for Most Regressive Film of the Year  went to Ranjhanaa, Why Are You Still Trying Award to Shahid Kapoor for R…Rajkumar, and Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award to Uday Chopra with a special tribute to his career that never started.Apart from this, some of the last years’ movie also managed to bag home the Anti Kela Awards like Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 2, Go Goa Gone, The Lunchbox and Shahid for actually making sense and giving the movies audience some respite.last_img read more


first_imgJune 30, 2017 While GIFs help us say what words cannot, few agree on how GIF is actually pronounced. And there might be good reason for this, according to new data.Two acceptable pronunciations exist: one with a soft “g” that sounds like a “j,” and one with a hard “g,” as in “gift” or “give.” If you need proof, the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster permit both. (That’s all despite the fact that the inventor of the GIF himself, Steve Wilhite, who created those animated image files at CompuServ in the ‘80s, has said that the hard-“g” camp is “wrong.”)Related: Revealed: The Man Behind the Most Viral GIF in PoliticsBut some people don’t know or don’t care what Wilhite or the dictionaries say — they care what the masses say. Recently, Stack Overflow, a forum for computer programmers, conducted its seventh annual Developer Survey. The company polled more than 64,000 developers in nearly 200 countries, posing a variety of benign questions such as education level and career satisfaction before dropping the big ask: “How do you pronounce ‘GIF’?”Sixty-five percent of respondents globally went with the hard “g,” while 26 percent reported they say it with a soft “g.”As the Economist points out, the hard “g” is more prevalent in languages around the word. Spanish and Finnish don’t have any native words with the soft “g,” while most dialects of Arabic are hard “g”-free. The Stack Overflow survey results reflect that discrepancy: People in countries where the hard “g” is more common make up 45 percent of the world’s population, but a disproportionate 79 percent of survey respondents were from those countries. Even when answers were weighted based on population, however, the hard “g” prevailed 44 percent to 32 percent globally.Related: The Origin of the Internet’s Most Famous Dumpster FireIf you’re wondering why those percentages don’t add up to 100, one reason is because some people enunciate all three letters, like an acronym. Half of respondents from China and 70 percent from South Korea say GIF in this way.Or, if all of this ambiguity makes you too anxious, you can always call a GIF by its full name: “Graphics Interchange Format.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more


first_imgIn this Oct. 10, 2018 photo, He Jiankui is reflected in a glass panel as he works at a computer at a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province. He helped make world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls whose DNA he said he altered. He revealed it Monday, Nov. 26, in Hong Kong to one of the organizers of an international conference on gene editing. (Credit: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)A Chinese researcher says he used the gene editing technology CRISPR to alter the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month when the babies were embryos. If the scientist’s claims prove true, the newborns are the world’s first humans to be genetically modified as embryos. It would be a significant step, and it’s raised widespread ethical concerns among researchers.He Jiankui, the scientist who led the effort, announced the outcome in a promotional video on YouTube Sunday, just days ahead of participating in an international conference on human genome editing scheduled to take place this week in Hong Kong.An independent confirmation of He’s assertion is not yet available nor has he published his results in a journal where other researchers could evaluate the claim. The Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China where He is an associate professor released a statement indicating the institution was unaware of He’s research and that the scientist has been on unpaid leave since February of this year, circumstances that will continue through January 2021.CRISPR ControversyCRISPR has been used in adults but not eggs, sperm or embryos that have been carried to term because changes to DNA in those situations can be passed to future generations. The technology also carries the risk of affecting other genes unintentionally. The U.S. does not allow gene editing in human embryos outside of laboratory research. Although China prohibits human cloning, it does not specifically outlaw gene editing.He says he used gene editing to make babies resistant to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.“I believe this is going to help the families and their children,” He told The Associated Press, who first reported the claim. He announced his intentions with the work on a Chinese clinical trial database on November 8, 2018 well after the research was underway.Edited EmbryosHe recruited HIV-positive heterosexual couples who wanted to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to participate in the work through an AIDS advocacy group. To conduct the gene editing, He first isolated sperm and egg from each couple and then inserted a single sperm into a single egg to create an embryo. Then He performed what he called “gene surgery” and added the gene editing tools to the fertilized egg.The gene editing tools modified a gene called CCR5. The edit removes the doorway through which HIV enters the cell to infect people, He said in the video.Edited embryos grew in a lab dish for three to five days, at which point He and team assessed the editing by analyzing each embryo’s entire genome to ensure the procedure worked as intended.Couples chose whether they wanted to try to get pregnant with edited or unedited embryos. All together, the researchers edited 16 of 22 embryos and 11 were used in six pregnancy attempts.When the twin girls, called Lulu and Nana to protect their privacy, were born, the researchers sequenced the girls’ whole genomes again.“No gene was changed except the one to prevent HIV infection,” He said in the video, adding that the girls are as safe and healthy as any other babies. But other researchers disagree.Ethical UneaseTests suggest the technology edited both copies of the gene in one of the girls, whereas only one copy was changed in her twin. Researchers that reviewed materials He presented to the Associated Press said the results “so far are insufficient to prove the editing worked or to rule out harm,” particularly for the baby with only one edited copy of the gene.He acknowledges the work is controversial and says that designer babies should be banned. But, according to the Associated Press, other researchers denounced the research as human experimentation.last_img read more