Sports loving West Bengal will find mention at the Olympics but not on the tracks.Two varieties of rice from the state – Tulapanji and Gobindobhog – known for their aroma will find a place in the kitchen at the Olympic Village on August 1 and 2, courtesy of the Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority under the commerce and industry ministry. Of the total 50 kg of rice to be sent from India for the Olympics kitchen, these two comprise 10 kg.
England’s captain Alastair Cook (left) stands with India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding the series trophy before Wednesday’s first test cricket match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham.The Indian cricket team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni takes on England at Trentbridge on Wednesday in the first of a 5-match Investec series of Test cricket. At the beginning of this series, Dhoni’s captaincy has recorded 14 straight defeats on foreign pitches, that include series defeats in New Zealand and South Africa.Live scorecardUnlike the last series in 2011, which India lost 4-0, the England cricket team misses big names such as Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann. In the Indian side, Dhoni is the only from XI that recorded a Test win at Trentbridge, Nottingham, in 2007. In this series, the man to watch out is Virat Kohli, who scored a swashbuckling century in South Africa in 2013. The hundred reminded Alan Donald of Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli scored another ton at Wellington in the New Zealand series. With 25 Test centuries under his belt, Kohli’s will be the most prized wicket in this series.India’s latest find, all-rounder Stuart Binny, makes his debut in this Test match.Starting line-up for both teams are:IndiaMS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), VR Aaron, R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, G Gambhir, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, IC Pandey, Pankaj Singh, CA Pujara, AM Rahane, WP Saha(wicketkeeper), I Sharma, RG Sharma, M VijayEnglandAN Cook (captain), MM Ali, JM Anderson, GS Ballance, IR Bell, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler (wicketkeeper), CJ Jordan, LE Plunkett, MJ Prior (wicketkeeper), SD Robson, JE Root, BA Stokes, CR Woakes.advertisement
Indian youngster Sumit Nagal produced a spirited performance on his Davis Cup debut before going down 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 to Marc Lopez of Spain in the first reverse singles of their World Group Play-off tie here on Sunday.Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie to book a spot in the World Group on Saturday, thus increased their lead to 4-0.Egged on by the noisy and energetic home crowd, Nagal had an impressive debut. Despite losing the opening set, he staged a strong comeback to win the second and draw level. (Also read: Saketh Myneni can be a Grand Slam champion in doubles, says Leander Paes)The 19-year-old from Jhajjar district of Haryana wrested the upper hand in the initial stages of the third set as well, before struggling with fitness problems towards the end which saw him require a medical timeout.”Thanks to everyone for supporting me and supporting India. It was my debut and I hope to do better next time,” Nagal said after the match.”He had some breathing problems. It got worse towards the end and he could barely move,” India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj said.”Just goes to show how much we have to improve to compete with Spain or other teams.”Nagal claimed the first point of the match, a cross court forehand that had Lopez stranded. Lopez reeled off the next couple of points before a long return by the Spaniard and a nice return by Nagal brought the game to deuce. (Also read: Did Sania Mirza just call Leander Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)advertisementBut Lopez kept his cool as Nagal hit his return long to concede the game.Lopez did not have to wait too long to gain the upper hand as he took four consecutive points off Nagal’s first service game before claiming the break.The Indian continued to fight back, capitalising on some unforced errors by Lopez to stretch him to three consecutive break points before a miscued return enabled the visitor to hold serve.The proceedings then went with the serve – although Nagal threatened to clinch a break in the seventh game – as Lopez clinched the first set without breaking much sweat.The first few games of the second set went with the serve before Nagal claimed a break thanks to a long return from Lopez to go 3-1 up.That seemed to fire up the teenager from Haryana and he held his serve before breaking Lopez’s serve yet again to take a comfortable 5-1 lead. He then held his serve at love to win the second set and level the scores.Nagal continued to put pressure on his opponent in the third and final set as well, coming up with some excellent returns to earn a service break in the very first game.The youngster then saved as many as five break points before holding serve during the rather long second game during which he needed a medical timeout due to stomach cramps. (Also read: Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)Four back to back points off Lopez’s service in the next game serve handed him his second service break of the set and a comfortable 3-0 lead.Lopez however, staged a strong fightback to break Nagal’s serve in the fourth game as the latter committed too many unforced errors. He then held his serve to cut Nagal’s lead to 3-2.Nagal was clearly suffering from fitness problems and was struggling with his returns as a result. The Spaniard fully capitalised on it to put pressure on Nagal’s serve who conceded a second consecutive service break as he hit his return into the net.Nagal continued to commit too many unforced errors, tamely conceding his next service game as well which handed Lopez a 5-3 lead.Lopez then held his serve fairly comfortably to seal the set and the match.
Sony has launched the long-rumoured new Xperia phones- Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and Xperia XA1 Plus today at a pre-IFA event. But this not the only thing coming form the company. It has now also listed the Sony phones that will get Google’s brand new Android 8.0 Oreo update soon.All phones in the list belong to the Xperia series. Please note that software update is a phased process and therefore the timing and availability will vary with market and operator. The Sony phones that are eligible for the Android Oreo update for now are- Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia Touch and Xperia XA1 Plus.Sony today launched the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and Xperia XA1 Plus. While the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have been launched on Android Oreo only, the mid-ranger XA1 Plus will be receiving the update in coming time.The company has also updated it global page, confirming every feature of the three new Xperia phones.Also Read: Android Oreo arrives and here is list of phones that will get O. Check if your phone is in itThe Xperia XZ1 will be sold in four colour options including Moonlit Blue, Black, Warm Silver and Venus Pink. The phone will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card. The dual SIM phone is powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The phone sports a 5.2-inch FHD HDR display and comes with 4G VoLTE support. There is a 19MP rear camera and 13MP front camera. The phone is backed by a 2700mAh battery.advertisementThe XZ1 Compact can be called as Xperia XZ1 only with a smaller screen. the phone sports a 4.6-inch HD Display and is also powered by Snapdragon 835. Both the phones come with IP68 rating. The XA1 Plus is a mid range offering from Sony that runs on Android Nougat. The battery size is 3430mAh and phone comes with 23MP rear and 8MP front camera. The colour options are Gold, Blue and Black.
NEW YORK — A nearly perfect road trip proved the Utah Jazz are a team on the rise. What’s becoming a horrendous homestand has sent the Nets staggering backward.Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, including five straight to stop a Nets rally, and the Jazz beat Brooklyn 95-88 on March 8.Former Nets forward Derrick Favors added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who won for the seventh time in nine games and finished off a 3-1 road trip in which they were a second away from being undefeated.“I told the guys, I feel like every time we’ve gone on a road trip we’ve gotten a little better. And I thought this was the case these last four games and I thought we improved while we were gone,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.Hayward’s flurry started a 10-0 run after the Nets were within a point midway through the fourth quarter. Pleased with the trip, he also couldn’t forget the one that got away, an 85-84 loss in Boston March 4 on Tyler Zeller’s buzzer-beater.“For a young team like this, I think having those experiences of being in that Boston game, playing in Memphis on the road, things like that and getting a win, it really helps us for the future,” Hayward said. “Gives us confidence that we can come east and go 3-1, and we can do even better than that and go 4-0.”Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the Nets’ starting lineup. Thaddeus Young also was inserted into the lineup to make his first start since being acquired from Minnesota for Kevin Garnett at the trade deadline. He also scored 19.The Nets dropped their third straight, falling 2½ games back in the race for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots.“Right now it’s just we’re in a tough situation where we’re fighting for a playoff spot and we’re playing really badly. It’s like we take one step forward and two steps back,” guard Deron Williams said.Coach Lionel Hollins gave little insight into his reasoning for the new lineup, saying it was time for a change. The Nets had been going with 6-foot-7 Joe Johnson as an undersized power forward, and his offense has suffered.It didn’t help him much Sunday, as he finished with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. Former Jazz All-Star Williams, acquired in the 2011 trade that sent Favors to Utah, had just six points and four assists, two nights after going 2 for 16 in an overtime loss to Phoenix.Neither team led by more than seven through three quarters, and Utah’s lead was 78-77 with 5:23 left after six straight points by Lopez.Hayward then nailed a 3-pointer and followed with two free throws that made it 83-77, and Favors and Elijah Millsap combined for the next five points as Utah opened its largest lead at 88-77 with 3:20 to play.The Nets faltered again in the closing stretch, just as they did while blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead and losing to the Suns in overtime.They fell to 1-3 on a five-game homestand that ends March 10 against New Orleans.“Well, I know we’ve played well all year long on the road and I know we’ve played poorly all year long at home and it hasn’t changed,” Hollins said. “That’s the way I see it.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
A proposal to construct an underground natural gas storage facility near Alton, Colchester Co. has moved one step forward in the approval process. The project has successfully completed a class 1 environmental assessment under the Environment Act. On July 31, Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, requested that the proponent provide more informationto better evaluate the project’s environmental effects. That supplemental information was supplied Nov. 23. “I have reviewed the additional information that was submitted and have decided to approve the project subject to terms and conditions,” said Mr. Parent. Further approvals must be obtained before construction and operation of the storage facility. The company must also address potential impacts on fish and fish habitat. An environmental protection plan will be developed. The storage facility is expected to include a series of engineered salt caverns more than 700 metres deep. The caverns will be developed using water from the Shubenacadie Estuary, transported through about 12 kilometres of buried pipelines. Four initial caverns will be formed and more may be added later. Consultations during the environmental review included other provincial government departments, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, First Nations representatives and the public. For more information visit the Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ea/AltonNaturalGasStorage.asp .
Rabat – The jailed Hirak Rif leader Nasser Zefzafi abstained from attending an appeal hearing on Monday at the Casablanca Court of Appeals, due to what he calls the “absence of fair trial conditions.”Zefzafi’s father, Ahmed Zefzafi, shared his son’s statement on Facebook yesterday, announcing that his boycott is irrevocable.As quoted by his father, Zefzafi said that the trial “is but a stage play by the judicial institution … Therefore, I declare to the local, national and international public that I am boycotting this trial, in which the most basic conditions of fairness do not exist.” The appeal hearing of Hirak detainees was initially scheduled for January 7 but the court postponed it to Monday, January 14. The court did not report the reasons for the delay.Eight days after being sentenced to 20 years in June 2018, Zefzafi refused to appeal his sentences.Read Also: Morocco’s Nasser Zefzafi, Hirak Leader, Not Awarded Sakharov PrizeAlong with other detained Hirak activists, Zefzafi started a series of hunger strikes to protest alleged torture and harassment, and ask, according to his father, “for the rights that other prisoners enjoy: that he be taken out of isolation in a solitary cell and put him in a dignified cell where he can see and talk.”Eventually, Zefzafi decided to appeal in July.The court handed down sentences varying from 1 to 20 years to 54 Hirak activists for participating in the “unauthorized” Hirak protests.The Hirak movement began in October 2016 after the death of Mohcine Fikri, an Al Hoceima fishmonger who was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to save his goods that had been confiscated by authorities.The incident angered many, causing protests across the country, especially in Al Hoceima province, which condemned Fikri’s death and social disparities in Morocco.Police arrested an estimated 400 activists and protesters involved in the protests in 2016 and 2017.Read Also: Morocco Rejects Amnesty’s Report on Hirak Activists’ Sentences
“Despite some improvements in political, security and the socio-economic conditions of Liberians, humanitarian needs do still remain,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia Jordan Ryan. The appeal covers water and sanitation, health and agriculture. Donors have already provided some $46 million to the 2007 Common Humanitarian Action Plan, which was launched in February of this year. The humanitarian community determined that a total of $110 million will be required to help meet the basic social services of the Liberian people, who have suffered from years of civil strife. In another development, nearly 300 young boys and girls in Charlesville – some 100 kilometres northwest of Monrovia – are benefiting from improvements to their school made by Pakistani troops serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The blue helmets provided fresh paint and a new roof, and fully furnished the classrooms. At a ceremony marking the hand-over of the school to the local authorities, Mr. Ryan expressed appreciation to the contingent for their contribution to the children’s and Liberia’s development, stressing that “education is vital for the future of Liberia.” He emphasized the crucial importance of giving equal educational opportunities to both girls and boys, and urged parents to make good use of the newly renovated facility so that their children grow up in a safe, clean and healthy environment. By “adopting” the school, the Pakistani contingent has committed itself not only to the rehabilitation and maintenance of the school’s premises, but also to additional support, including providing regular medical services for the children and distributing stationary and uniforms, UNMIL said. Meanwhile, the top United Nations envoy in Liberia today paid tribute to three crew members who died when a UN helicopter crashed last week. A probe on the cause is continuing but the mission has said there is no evidence to indicate that any foul play was involved. Pilot in Command Vitali Drozdov, Co-Pilot Sergey Kolosov and Flight Engineer Nikolai Zhorikov, all Russian nationals, lost their lives when the MI-8 cargo helicopter crashed on last Friday near Ganta in north-eastern Liberia. “We all feel touched by this tragedy because we fly with you day in day out,” UNMIL chief Alan Doss, told senior staff of UTAir at a meeting at the Mission’s headquarters in Monrovia, conveying condolences and offering the UN’s assistance in the arrangements being made for the repatriation of the three bodies to the Russian Federation. Extensive investigations into the crash are continuing under the leadership of the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) with the full support and cooperation of UNMIL’s Aviation Safety Unit. In addition, international aviation experts from the UN and the Russian Federation, including the Senior Management team of UTAir plus representatives of the Russian Civil Aviation Authority, are expected in Liberia tomorrow to assist with the investigations. 6 November 2007The United Nations and its partners in Liberia today appealed for $64 million to meet urgent humanitarian needs in the country for the remainder of this year and the first half of 2008.
“The Secretary-General has learned with deep concern of the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, told reporters in New York. “He notes that this severe natural disaster is occurring in an area that has already suffered from years of conflict.” Mr. Annan assured the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda, which also experienced lava flows, that he would put the UN’s assets to “full use” in helping them to mitigate the disaster’s consequences, the spokesman said. As part of that effort, the Secretary-General dispatched Ross Mountain, the Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator to oversee the UN response. In addition, a flight from the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) will leave Kinshasa for Kigali, carrying 28 metric tonnes of emergency supplies to meet the immediate needs of some 300,000 people who have been displaced by the disaster. Briefing reporters in New York, Steven Johnson, acting chief of the Humanitarian Emergency Branch of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said 3 or 4 lava flows from the volcano had caused some 100,000 people to flee into villages in the DRC, while some 200,000-300,000 had fled just over the border into Rwanda. “Goma town has been split completely in half, and one half totally destroyed – burned,” he said.
According to the progress report of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), there is clear evidence that a public-private alliance, along with significant financial backing from the Alliance’s financing branch, known as the Vaccine Fund, can create a new interest in vaccines for the poorest countries. Partners in the Alliance include public institutions such as the UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank; bilateral aid and non-governmental agencies; the vaccine industry; new partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and developing country governments. “Our times require new solutions, including new partnerships – with private industry, developing country governments, and new ways of financing. The Alliance has helped us to deliver more and faster than if any of the partners had gone it alone,” said Dr. Tore Godal, Executive Secretary of GAVI. The report, released today in Dakar, Senegal, at a gathering of global health leaders from more than 60 countries, including more than 30 health and finance ministers, says that since the program started, 130 million vaccine doses have been delivered to countries. Meanwhile, preliminary estimates by WHO say those vaccines have already saved more than 100,000 lives. The report notes, however, that war, political turmoil, failing economies and natural disaster have impeded the transfer of GAVI/Vaccine Fund assets to local governments in some countries, while in others, the introduction of a complex new vaccine has over-stressed fragile health systems.
CAE profit up 13 per cent to $67.7 million in fourth quarter on record revenues MONTREAL – Flight simulator and training company CAE Inc says its profits soared 13 per cent to $67.7 million in its fourth quarter on record revenue.The Montreal-based company earned 24 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, one cent higher than a year earlier when it earned $59.9 million.Revenue increased 9.7 per cent to $631.6 million.For the full year, it earned $204.7 million or 76 cents per share, up from $191.1 million of 73 cents per share in the prior year as revenue rose eight per cent to a record $2.25 billion.In addition to record annual revenues, CAE (TSX:CAE) set a new high for operating income of $332.8 million and order backlog of $5.36 billion as the civil and defence aviation and health-care segments all posted gains. by The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2015 8:02 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2015 at 11:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
When it comes to examples of departments that dig deep for student awards, you need look no further than Physics and the Registrar’s Office.Edward SterninFaculty in the Physics department have created a graduate award – the Chancellor Chair’s Graduate Scholarship in Physics. And staff in the Registrar’s Office have created the Office of the Registrar Award for undergraduates. Both are examples of the work of the annual Family Campaign.“Our financial contributions were made as a vote of confidence and a celebration of the opportunities presented by our new PhD program in Physics,” said Edward Sternin, Physics department chair. “The Department of Physics is proud of our graduate students’ success and we support their commitment to our discipline and to research excellence.”The Family Campaign is designed to support students who will become future leaders. From Sept. 12 to Oct. 7, faculty and staff will be asked to contribute to a fundraising effort that raises money for undergraduate and graduate student awards, student support initiatives such as Mentorship Plus, and projects such as the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and the downtown Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Campaign co-chair Marilyn Cottrell, an Economics lecturer, said the students are what motivated her to get involved.“As a lecturer, Brock University students have been my inspiration through their cultural and geographic diversity,” she said. “My concern is that some of them require financial and emotional assistance. Housing, food, books, entertainment – all part of a university student’s life – are a challenge for some students. Through financial support, we encourage the struggling student who has a feeling of fear and isolation.”Related stories:• Volunteers needed for Family Campaign | The Brock News
Copper Mountain Mining Corp has reported positive results from its feasibility study on its 100% owned Eva copper project in Queensland, Australia. Highlights from the study are summarised in the table. All costs and values use bank consensus metal prices with long-term metal prices of $3.08/lb of copper and $1,310/oz of gold. The Australian Dollar to U.S. Dollar exchange rates used for years 1 to 3 are 1.40:1 (spot), 1.38:1 and 1.36:1, followed by 1.35:1 long term. All dollars are in US dollars unless otherwise indicated. Plant capacity Average copper feed grade (full years 1-9) Annual copper production (full years 1-9) 28% Total copper production (klbs) Annual copper equivalent (CuEq) production first two full years(1) $350M 117,041 Total ore processed (kt) Average copper recovery 117,041 Waste to ore strip ratio “The results of the Eva feasibility study clearly demonstrate the quality and size of this asset,” commented Gil Clausen, Copper Mountain’s President and CEO. “Eva has the potential to add significant cashflow to our operating base, at one of the lowest capital intensities for near-term greenfield projects anywhere, in the best mining jurisdiction in the world.”Clausen added, “Our intention is to finance the capital spend in a non-dilutive manner through restructuring our current debt and internal cash flow. We are currently in advanced discussions on debt options and are evaluating the best alternative for shareholders. Until we have a definitive full funding solution in place, which we expect in the coming months, we will not commence construction nor incur large project costs. Our objective is to provide low risk, high value development options to our shareholders and we will be conservative in financing our growth plans. The organic growth pipeline at Copper Mountain is impressive, and we believe it will be largely financed internally.“In addition, this study assumes no benefit from resources in the oxide cap which are treated as waste material. The company believes that the oxide copper at Eva may be recoverable economically based on preliminary leaching test work. A metallurgical test work program is currently underway and we expect to complete our evaluation in early 2019.”The Eva project is designed as a moderate sized truck/shovel copper-gold open pit mining operation. The pit designs for the five deposits that comprise the Eva copper project, Little Eva, Turkey Creek, Bedford, Lady Clayre and Ivy Ann, were based on a Lerchs-Grossmann optimization at $2.75/lb copper price, generated using Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources only. Mining costs are based on a first-principles model based on locally-sourced costs for major inputs. Little Eva is comprised of six pushback phases while Turkey Creek and Bedford are each based on two phases. Lady Clayre and Ivy Ann are each single-phase pit developments. Pit designs followed geotechnical constraints, with haul road design widths sufficient for the proposed haulage equipment. The Little Eva pit is mined during the project’s nine-year active mining plan, with Turkey Creek and the smaller satellite pits mining being distributed into the schedule concurrently. The Little Eva and Turkey Creek pits represent approximately 91% of the project’s Mineral Reserves. Mid- and low- grade stockpiles are processed during the last three years of the mine life.The mine plan includes production of 334 Mt of ore and waste from five deposits over a minimum mine life of 12 years. Total ore mined is expected to be 117 Mt and total waste is expected to be 217 Mt, for a waste to ore strip ratio of 1.86 to 1. With an overall sulphide copper recovery of 93% and gold recovery of 78%, the project’s average annual production is expected to be about 90 Mlb of copper and 19,000 oz of gold, which is equal to 98 Mlb copper equivalent, based on base case metal prices and estimated recoveries. Total copper produced is estimated to be 959 Mlb. Ore will be mined using conventional earth-moving equipment and will be transported to a processing plant via haulage roads.The process plan calls for an average throughput of 28,000 t/d) for the first five years and 25,500 t/d for the remaining life of mine based on the hardness variability incorporated into the geo-metallurgical model of the deposit. The processing plant and tailings management facility will be constructed on site. The flowsheet consists of primary crushing, primary and secondary grinding using a SAG-ball mill circuit (as the schematic), followed by flotation to recover copper and gold in concentrate form. Flotation concentrate will be thickened, filtered and stockpiled for shipping to the Mt Isa smelter. Full transportation, smelting and refining costs were based on the company’s existing long-term contract with Glencore’s Mt. Isa Smelter, which is located approximately 195 km west of Eva.The project is near existing infrastructure with power available through a 220 kV powerline. Water for the operations will be supplied through a well field located near the processing facility, pit dewatering and from water reclaimed from the tailings storage facility located on company property. The well field has been drilled, pump tested and verified by independent hydrologists as sufficient for the project’s water consumption needs.A summary of mining and production parameters is provided below. $1.74 98M lbs 0.45% 217,161 12 years Total gold production (oz) Initial capital cost 129M lbs After-tax Net Present Value (NPV) (8%) $256M Average gold feed grade (full years 1-9) 1.86:1 Annual copper production (full years 1-9) (klbs) 93% Total ore mined (kt) Annual copper equivalent (CuEq) production (1) (full years 1-9) C1 cash cost (per lb of copper produced)(1,2) Annual copper production first two years 959,263 12 years 203,000 28,000 tpd 90M lbs 18,800 After-tax Internal Rate of Return (IRR) Annual gold production (full years 1-9) (oz) Average gold recovery Mine life Total waste (including 14,074 kt of oxide material) (kt) 90,400 Mine life 0.08 g/t 78% 121M lbs
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio:Retired Colonel Implicated In Guard ScandalLori Townsend and Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageA recent federal investigation documented a whole host of abuses in the Alaska National Guard, ranging from mishandling of sexual assault to embezzlement. While the report largely focused on structural problems and took a broad look at the crisis of confidence in Guard leadership, it made a few references to some particularly egregious examples. Now, some of the alleged perpetrators of those abuses are being called out.Troopers Investigate 2 Deaths in ShagelukDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelThe Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel has deployed health care workers to the village of Shageluk where Alaska State Troopers are investigating two deaths.KSKA DJ Shot, Killed In Home; 16-Year-Old Foster Son Charged With MurderAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageLongtime KSKA DJ Marvell Johnson was shot and killed on Tuesday. His foster son has admitted to the crime and is being charged with murder.Parnell, Walker Spar At Soldotna Gubernatorial DebateShaylon Cochran, KDLL – DillinghamFour gubernatorial candidates took questions at a Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday in Soldotna. It quickly turned into a debate between the two bigger names on the ballot, Governor Sean Parnell and Bill Walker.It’s Cold Out, But Bethel Shelter Won’t Open Until DecemberCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe Bethel Winter House, a non-profit homeless shelter, won’t open its doors again until December. But winter’s come early this year and that leaves the community’s homeless population, out in the cold.Ordinance to Add Prayer In Ketchikan Schools Passes First VoteLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanAn ordinance that would add a prayer to the regular Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting agenda passed in first reading Monday night. The vote was split 4-3, with some on the Assembly expressing concern about inadvertently excluding some people with different beliefs.UAF Exhibit to Feature Work from Autistic ArtistThe Associated PressUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks officials say a new art exhibit opening next week will feature the work of an artist with autism.New Exhibit Puts An Alaska Twist on A Familiar Building BlockZach Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageLegos—the small, colorful plastic blocks—have grown into the most common place toy in the world, with more than 5.2 million manufactured every hour. And they are not purely for toy-stores and playroom carpets anymore. A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum focuses on Lego fine arts, and how the building blocks fit in with Alaska’s own artistic traditions.
A video grab obtained from drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed on 17 April 2019 in Canico, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. At least 28 people were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the local mayor told local media. The regional protection service did not confirm the toll when questioned by AFP. Photo: AFPTwenty-nine German tourists were killed when their bus spun off the road and tumbled down a slope before crashing into a house on the Portuguese island of Madeira.Drone footage of the aftermath of the accident showed the badly mangled wreckage of the bus resting precariously on its side against a building on a hillside, the vehicle’s roof partially crushed and front window smashed.Rescue workers attended to injured passengers among the undergrowth where the bus came to rest, some of them bearing bloodied head bandages and bloodstained clothes, others appearing to be more seriously hurt.Local authorities said most of the dead were in their 40s and 50s.They were among the more than one million tourists who visit the Atlantic islands off the coast of Morocco each year, attracted by its subtropical climate and rugged volcanic terrain.”Horrible news comes to us from Madeira,” a German government spokesman tweeted after the crash.”Our deep sorrow goes to all those who lost their lives in the bus accident, our thoughts are with the injured,” he added.German holidaymakers were the second largest group after British tourists to visit the islands — known as the Pearl of the Atlantic and the Floating Garden in the Atlantic — in 2017, according to Madeira’s tourism office.The islands are home to just 270,000 inhabitants.Filipe Sousa, mayor of Santa Cruz where the accident happened, said 17 women and 11 men were killed in the crash, with another 21 injured.A doctor told reporters another woman died of her injuries in hospital.”I express the sorrow and solidarity of all the Portuguese people in this tragic moment, and especially for the families of the victims who I have been told were all German,” president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told Portuguese television.He said he would travel to Madeira overnight.’Profound sadness’ Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa added on Twitter that he had contacted German chancellor Angela Merkel to convey his condolences”It is with profound sadness that I heard of the accident on Madeira,” he wrote on the government’s Twitter page.”I took the occasion to convey my sadness to Chancellor Angela Merkel at this difficult time,” he added.The regional protection service in Madeira confirmed 28 deaths in the accident that happened at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) Wednesday, while hospital authorities said another woman later died of her injuries.The bus had been carrying around 50 passengers.Regional government vice president Pedro Calado said it was “premature” to speculate on the cause of the crash, adding that the vehicle was five years old and that “everything had apparently been going well”.Judicial authorities had opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, the Madeira public prosecutor’s office told the Lusa news agency.Medical teams were being sent from Lisbon to help local staff carry out post-mortems on the dead.
Kolkata: In a bid to check bus accidents, the state government and the police have proposed to do away with the commission system in bus services.The matter was discussed in a meeting held on Tuesday. State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, Additional Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, other concerned officials of the Transport department and senior police officers held the meeting, with representatives of bus owners’ associations.Sources said that the Transport department and the police have proposed to put an end to the commission system. Under the existing system, drivers and conductors get a commission from the fare collected from passengers. As a result, buses of same routes race among themselves to get more passengers, which leads to accidents. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that doing away with the commission system is an old issue and it crops up whenever there is any major bus accident. The Left Front government had remained indifferent to the issue. Now, the Mamata Banerjee government is trying to put an end to it, by removing the commission system for good.There are private buses in which there are two conductors. In such cases, the two conductors and the driver of the bus get 24 percent of the total amount of the bus fare they collect in a day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere are some buses, mainly the mini-buses, in which there is one conductor and a helper. In such cases, the driver gets 14 percent and conductor gets 9 percent of the total fare collected, while Rs 250 is given to the helper per day.The commission system is in place only in five districts, namely Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly and North and South 24-Parganas. In all other districts, the driver and conductor get salaries at the beginning of every month from bus owners.Representatives of the bus owners’ associations have urged the state Transport department to frame a guideline in this connection.
Source = Peninsula Boutique Hotel Peninsula Boutique Hotel has capped off a stellar year after being recognised as one ofnorth Queensland’s best at the recent Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards. The 34 room property, overlooking Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea in Port Douglas, was honoured at thetourism awards in the coveted category of Best Deluxe Accommodation. It is the second time in 12 months that the hotel has been recognised for its industry leading product, with itreceiving Gold Honours at the National Accommodation Industry Awards for Exc /lsfke’o;kfd njellence in2011. For the hotel’s owners, Phil and Sheryn Blundstone, to win both awards was testament to the loyal team theyhave at Peninsula and reward for all of their hard work, dedication and passion. “Winning awards of this calibre recognises the quality product we deliver within the Port Douglas region.“It reflects on the service and the hospitality that we extend to our guests, which in a lot of cases can only beachieved in a smaller property like ours that offers true individualised service and attention to detail,” Sherynsaid. In the five years the couple has owned Peninsula Boutique Hotel, they have transformed the property intoone of the regions most sought after, deluxe accommodation, catering to the 16 plus age market. She said it was the small touches such as walking guests to their room, greeting them with a coolaromatherapy refresher towel and welcome drink on arrival as well as providing return airport transfers fromthe airport that made all the difference. “We want people to really enjoy their time with us in Port Douglas. It is the little things that go a long way. Welike to also provide power adapters for international guests, a complimentary DVD and book library, guestlaundry and daily full hot buffet breakfast for every guest to name just a few.”
Chinese Visa cardholders are leading spending growth in Australia, with an 11.6 percent increase in spending last year compared to 2011.According to VisaVue Travel data, in total Visa holders spent AU$4.8 billion while visiting Australia, a 0.3 percent year on year increase.In total, the Asian market contributed AU$1.2 billion, a 26 percent increase compared to 2011.The report found growth from the Chinese market helped offset a spending decline in tradition markets, including the UK.Despite the dip, travellers from the UK remained Australia’s number one inbound source market followed by the United States, New Zealand and then China.“In 2012 we saw an increase in spending by Visa account holders from the United States (+4.85%) and New Zealand (+4.7%) but the growth from China far outshines other markets,” Visa Australia country manager Vipin Kalra said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ Visa account holders spent AU$4.8 billion in Aus.
“Alcohol-free is here to stay and, if 2013 is anything to go by, we will again experience triple-digit growth in 2014,” Mr Lynas said. The provider of overseas school-leaver experiences, Unleashed Travel built its first alcohol-free holiday package based on demands from both students and parents and is, this year, making Hideaway Island in Vanuatu, Schoolies Only – but with a difference. Source = ETB News: M.H. According to Unleashed Travel chief executive Jot Lynas, the package’s success is indicative of the evolution of today’s youth. Chosen for its separation from the Mainland, Hideaway Island allows Unleashed Travel supervisors and security to keep an eye on the comings and goings of everyone who arrives by boat. Last year, Unleashed Travel sold the same package minus the alcohol-ban, but only sold less than half of the bookings received this year. “We’ve already had maximum bookings and many more enquiries for our alcohol-free packages, even though we’re one year out of next year’s celebrations.” The idea of an alcohol-free Schoolies seems an oxymoron, but for Unleashed Travel, the concept has proven successful.