first_imgOBERHAUSEN, GERMANY – Wladimir Klitschko made the 16th successful defense of his IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight, championships, as well as the title bestowed upon him by Ring magazine, by knocking out overmatched Alex Leapai in five rounds.Leapai was an unlikely “Rocky Balboa”-type longshot but, unlike the movie, the underdog was just that. The six-foot-six Klitschko battered his much smaller opponent around the ring before disposing of him in the fifth round.It was Klitschko’s 20th straight win, elevating his professional record to 62-3 (52 wins by knockout). A pro since 1996, Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division along with his older brother, Vitali, for the better part of the past two decades. The brothers, who vowed never to fight one another and stayed true to their word, both hold PhDs in sports management.The elder Dr. Klitshcko vacated his portion of the heavyweight throne, retiring from boxing, and is a member of the Ukranian Parliament and leader of the Ukranian Democratic Alliance for Reform.  Both Klitschko Brothers, in fact, are active in Ukranian politics.With big brother Vitali out of boxing, the younger Klitschko is undoubtedly the most dominant fighter in the sport. Rare has been the occasion when the heavyweight boxing champion had virtually no competition.  Even the undefeated Rocky Marciano, the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali, and the ferocious Mike Tyson had some scares. But Klitschko, whose three losses all came by knockout at the hands of fighters who, at best, can be called mediocre, has learned how to protect his suspect chin: he simply doesn’t give any fighter a chance to zero in on it.A fight in May features top contenders for Vitali’s vacated title, Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola squaring off, the winner to fight Wladimir. Stiverne may be the best heavyweight in the world today – retired or otherwise – not named Klitschko. Though he would be an underdog in a fight against big Wlad, at least it might be a competitive one worth watching. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia striker Balwant Singh will not feature for India in their friendly against China on Saturday as he had to drop out of the squad due to passport issues.India are playing China at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium as part of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in UAE, starting January 5. It is after a gap of eight years that India have qualified for the event.India are placed in Group A alongside UAE, Thailand and Bahrain and it is going to be a very tough outing for the Blue Tigers in away conditions.National team coach Stephen Constantine wants to make sure that India play tough matches ahead of the Asian Cup and that’s why he requested for tough friendlies but the Balwant situation has him frustrated.WATCH – India sweat it out at the JLN stadium Constantine said that Balwant has done really well under him for the last year and a half and Balwant was surely a part of his plans but he is now not available.”Balwant Singh had to drop out of the squad because his passport is not exactly six months, it’s five months and a week and that’s frustrating. Balwant has done really well in the last 18 months with me and he’s a player we value very well. Of course he would have had some game time but there you go,” Constantine said at the sidelines of a two-day preparatory camp in New Delhi.”You wake up in the morning and say this is your XI and then something happens today and it’s not the XI. May be we have a Balwant situation and ‘okay, may be he was going to be in the XI but now he’s not’, so it fluctuates. But I have an XI in my head but if I don’t have them all, we have enough players and for me, there’s always like if I have an opportunity to put a younger player, I will do that,” Constantine further told.advertisementConstantine recently took an under-23 squad to the SAFF Championship, where India fell just short of the title after losing to Maldives 2-1 in the final. However India had defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the semi-final, where Manvir Singh had scored a brace.”I took an U-23 side to the SAFF Cup and I don’t know too many people who would do that. And I did it for a specific reason because otherwise those players wouldn’t be here. They are in the training because I saw them against Maldives, I saw them against Pakistan, in the final, where there’s pressure. The Pakistan game was a huge game for these young boys and they did very well. You can only find out about a player when he is under pressure and this is what we try to do.”There’s 13 of them [U-23s] in there [in training]. Look, I believe in building for the future, this is what I came to do when I started and we’ve given 44 debuts in the last almost four years and more than 50 per cent of them have been U-23. So, it’s good for Indian football for the future and we hope that more youngsters are coming, original age by the way, into the leagues so that we can use these players. I don’t care how old they are, the only thing is how good they are,” Constantine explained. CONSTANTINE WANTS LONGER NATIONAL CAMP BEFORE MATCHESIndia are set to leave for China on Tuesday from New Delhi while the last ISL match took place on Sunday. Constantine had just two days of training in hand before travel to Suzhou and getting a bit of time there.Constantine said that he needs more time to prepare the national team before a big match from the next time as he is not able to execute all his plans under such time constraint.”Some of the players are training for the first time today (Tuesday), they guys who played day before yesterday. Of course that is a problem, you don’t have much time to really do what we need to do. Going forward, I know we have FIFA dates but we need more time. 2-3 days before we go to the game, it’s difficult.”For example, the guys who played on 7th, they arrived on 8th midday by lunch, they can’t train on the 8th. Today, there needs to be a little more tempo but it cannot be for them because they’ve played and otherwise we’ll get injuries, muscle tears and stuff like that. When we get guys from the clubs, they need at least two days to recover before we can put them in the grind but we don’t have that kind of time because in four days, we play. So that’s the difficulty.advertisement”As most of you know, when they come to the camps and we have time, we test their [fitness] levels. We can’t test their levels if they have played a day or two before. So, most of them have had two games in the ISL and they’ve been training with their teams, so hopefully that’s going to be okay,” Constantine expressed. ‘FRIENDLY OR NO FRIENDLY, YOU ARE PLAYING FOR INDIA’Stephen Constantine could not stress enough on the fact that the match between China and India is a friendly just for namesake. Constantine announced that he is going to go all out and expects China to be the same.He said he always stresses about his players to take the games seriously every time they wear the national jersey because they are “representing 1.4 billion people”.”You play for India, you always take it seriously, you’re representing 1.4 billion people. I can’t tell you the importance that I put on these games, friendly or no friendly, you are playing for India. It’s friendly only in words but these boys are going to want to go to the Asian Cup and you are going to have to play for that position. We are not going there to lose, we are going to try to win the game. Okay, it’s going to be very difficult but our objective is always when we step on the pitch, we try to win. If we don’t win then take positive out of the game and see what we can do better and take it from there.”China, obviously are a good side. They play some good football, they like to play possession football but they also like to press high so, it’s going to be difficult for us. But these are the game we have to play, we have to play under pressure. It will be a great indication of where we are, how far we have to go. Obviously this is a friendly game but we will go all out as I’m sure they will.”I want us to be fully aware of what’s going to face us in the Asian Cup, big stadium, big crowd. China are a big team in Asia and it’s going to be very very tough. It is in these games that we find out how good we are or how far we have to go.”The 22-member squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit Singh.DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom DOF Subsea AS, a subsidiary of DOF ASA has been awarded several contracts, with a total value of approx. NOK 400 million (approx. USD 65.4 million).In the Brazil region DOF Subsea has been awarded an RSV contract with Petrobras. The contract has a firm period of 18 months and mobilization will commence early December. DOF Subsea Brasil  Servicos Ltda., a subsidiary of DOF Subsea AS, will deliver ROV services under the contract.In the Atlantic region DOF Subsea has been awarded two contracts, where the scope of work includes IMR services related to pipelines and mooring installations. Offshore operations will take place during  Q1 2014, resulting in close to full utilization for the Atlantic fleet during the winter season.DOF ASA, November 21, 2013last_img

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC 2.0 license Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) and towage services provider Kotug Smit Towage plan to work together at the Port of Hamburg in order to coordinate preliminary planning for ship calls and departures, and the associated tug services.The move is expected to further optimize the efficiency and quality of ship handling in the Port of Hamburg. “We believe the comprehensive network and data exchange within the port industry offers enormous potential for increased efficiency in the Port of Hamburg,” Gerald Hirt, Managing Director of HVCC, commented.Kotug Smit Towage is the first port service provider that will have access to the HVCC’s time-related and geographically extensive planning system. The company, which operates a fleet of five tugs in Hamburg, will receive a dashboard solution from HVCC with access to all relevant traffic data, providing it with real-time information relating to changes in ship call planning and terminal handling.Environmental data such as wind, water levels and tide are also integrated and processed in the system. This direct communication channel will improve reaction times in the case of schedule changes as well as resource planning for operational tug deployment, particularly at peak traffic periods.The data will allow Kotug Smit to better plan rest periodes for the tug teams and send tugs directly from one assignment to the next. This will in turn lead to savings in bunker consumption as the fleet. In addition, the assignments and the routes can be more efficiently coordinated. The result would be a reduction in CO2 emissions, according to Kotug Smit.“We are particularly pleased to be joining forces on this pilot project. Progressive digitisation is the way of the future, and with this comprehensive information platform, we expect to see improvements in tug capacity utilisation, as well as even more efficient route and operational planning on board the tugs,” Eva Beykirch, General Manager of Kotug Smit Towage in Germany, said.In June, HVCC signed a cooperation agreement with the Rotterdam Port Authority to exchange data directly via an interface. The information pertains to planned and actual arrival and departure times for ships coming from or heading to either Hamburg or Rotterdam.HVCC is the central, neutral and industry-wide coordination point for mega-ship, feeder and inland vessel traffic in the Port of Hamburg.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Hollywood star Naomi Watts is careful how she chooses her roles. She likes to find something for herself in every character she plays. The Oscar-nominated actor says with each of her projects she has looked to stretch herself and grow as an artist. “Every time I take on a role, I’m looking to stretch myself, to grow, and find something in it for me,” Watts said, adding: “If the role doesn’t connect with me, how could it possibly connect with an audience?” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaWatts’ latest avatar sees her essaying the life of journalist Gretchen Carlson in the limited series, The Loudest Voice, which dramatises the rise and fall of Carlson’s former boss, Fox News creator Roger Ailes, essayed by Russell Crowe. “Gretchen’s story is one of empowerment and growth in survival, of self-preservation, of taking care of herself, and of the demand to be valued,” said Watts. The Loudest Voice spotlights Ailes’ history of sexual abuse, and Carlson’s landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against her boss that led to his ouster. Watts, 50, found the story of Carlson “mind-blowingly uplifting”.last_img read more

13 March 2007Caribbean countries should take advantage of the window of opportunity offered by the rapid transition in the age structure of the region’s population, a United Nations report issued today recommends. The region is undergoing a little-noticed but dramatic demographic shift, says the report, Changing Age Structures of Populations and their Implications for Development in the Caribbean, issued by the Subregional Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Port of Spain.Increased longevity and declining sizes of younger generations are apparent in the region, where the aging process is occurring much faster and under less favourable conditions than in the more developed world.Successful basic social and health care systems have resulted in longer life expectancy and declining child mortality, the report states. This, along with declining fertility rates, has led to one of the world’s fasted demographic transitions.Two Caribbean countries, the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, with both 17 per cent, are among the top 25 per cent of countries with the highest percentage of persons aged 60 years and over. Eight other countries are on the top half of the world’s countries with regard to ageing: Cuba (16 per cent), the Netherlands Antilles (14 per cent), Barbados (13 per cent), Trinidad and Tobago (11 per cent), Jamaica and Saint Lucia (10 per cent) and Suriname and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (10 per cent).These demographic changes, says the report, will have a major impact on the labour force and on social security, pensions and health care systems. Universal basic social and health care can no longer be financed solely by governments. But while almost all countries recognize this, a comprehensive reform of health care, social protection and pension systems has not yet taken place.Social protection needs to integrate women’s needs, the report says. Women outlive men, but older men seem to be generally healthier than older women. Widows do not generally receive a pension and women are often excluded from the formal labour market – two factors limiting women’s access to social protection.While these challenges may appear insurmountable, windows of opportunity are opening, the report says. The most important is the favourable demographic situation, with the largest labour force in history and the smallest percentage of beneficiaries.Globalization and the need to restructure Caribbean economies provide room for new avenues to diversify the economy, such as health tourism or sustainable agriculture, the report states. Partnerships with the Caribbean Diaspora may offer new business approaches and provide more investment, it notes, calling on Caribbean leaders to pursue these and other windows of opportunity to ensure a prosperous future for the region. read more

TORONTO — The Royal Bank is increasing several of its residential mortgage rates, including fix posted rates as well as special offer rates.Royal Bank’s announcement Wednesday came a day after the Bank of Montreal raised some of its mortgage rates.For the most part, Royal Bank is increasing the rates by 20 basis points, with its fixed five-year closed mortgage rising to 5.34% and its five-year special rate to 3.89%.The rate changes are effective Thursday.Other rates rising 0.2 percentage points include the bank’s posted three- and four-year closed rates to 3.95% and 4.74% respectively.Royal’s special offer four-year closed rate also goes up 20 basis points to 3.59%, its seven-year special offer closed rate by 20 basis points to 4.19% and its 10-year special offer closed rate to by 30 basis points to 4.59%.On Tuesday, Bank of Montreal boosted two of its rates by 20 basis points.The five-year fixed closed rate and the five-year special fixed closed rate are now both 3.79%.Laurentian Bank followed suit on Wednesday, announcing 20-basis point boosts to its three-year, four-year and five-year fixed rates.The rates are now 3.95%, 4.74% and 5.34%, respectively.The Canadian Press read more

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says an all-inclusive code-of-ethics for the media should emerge from within the industry.The President’s office quoted the President as saying that the government is simply playing a supportive role on the matter. The minister of mass media and information, Keheliya Rambukwella, announced that the code is intended to create a “salutary media culture in the country” because the actions of unnamed media houses had “led to many problems. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has yesterday said that the new media code proposed by the Sri Lankan government contains overbroad and vague language that could have a severe and chilling effect on free speech. The Ministry of Mass Media and Information officially proposed a Code of Media Ethics that would apply to print and electronic media, including the Internet. HRW says the proposed code comes at a time when the government has taken various measures to clamp down on Sri Lanka’s once vibrant media, including forcing some electronic media critical of the government to close down.“The government’s proposed media code is part of a sustained campaign to control the media and curtail dissent,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Sri Lankan journalists are already under enormous pressure not to be critical of the government, and the vagueness of this code will likely lead to greater self-censorship to avoid government retaliation.” read more

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2014 6:37 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.Consumer prices edged down 0.2 per cent last month following a tiny 0.1 per cent gain in July, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. It was the first decline since a similar 0.2 per cent drop in April 2013. Core prices, which exclude energy and food, were unchanged in August, the first time there hasn’t been an increase since October 2010.Over the past 12 months, overall prices and core prices are both up a modest 1.7 per cent. These gains are well within the 2 per cent annual increase for inflation that the Federal Reserve considers optimal.Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said that the drop in prices would give a “powerful boost” to “doves” on the Fed, officials who argue that at the moment unemployment and weak economic growth are bigger problems than the threat of future inflation.Analysts believe that inflation will remain moderate in coming months, helped by falling energy prices. AAA reports that the nationwide average for a gallon of gasoline is down to $3.38, down eight cents from a month ago and 14 cents lower than a year ago.The recent decline in gasoline prices is one reason that economists are optimistic that consumer spending will show solid gains in the coming months. A drop in gasoline prices means consumers will have more to spend on other items.For August, energy prices fell 2.6 per cent, the second straight monthly decline. Gasoline costs were down 4.1 per cent in August after a smaller 0.3 per cent July drop.Food costs edged up 0.2 per cent in August following a 0.4 per cent July. Over the past 12 months, food costs have risen 2.7 per cent reflecting drought in California that has cut into crop yields.The cost of new vehicles and alcoholic beverages were up in August but the price of airline fares, recreation, home furnishings, clothing and used cars were all down.The report on consumer prices was released as the Federal Reserve wrapped up two days of discussions Wednesday on what to do with interest rates.The Fed seeks to promote maximum employment and stable prices, which the Fed defines as inflation rising at a moderate 2 per cent annual rate. Price increases measured by the Fed’s favourite inflation gauge have been running below 2 per cent for the past two years.That has given the central bank the leeway to keep interest rates ultra-low in an effort to combat an anemic economic recovery. However, some critics say the Fed needs to start raising rates in coming months to make sure its prolonged period of easy credit policies does not set the stage for future inflation problems. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer prices fall 0.2 per cent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2014 12:44 pm MDT MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard, touting the successful rollout of its Simply Great Coffee program in Europe, says it has begun to test marketing the concept in Canada as the convenience store chain seeks to expand sales of high-margin fresh food.Quebec-based Couche-Tard said Tuesday that it began to sell its own private brand of coffee this summer in Sherbrooke, Que., and will add some 20 locations in two different Canadian test markets in the coming months.Details of the Canadian coffee program, including its name and the location of the test market sites in Quebec and elsewhere, were not disclosed.The rollout of the Simply Great Coffee program at 20 per cent of its locations in Europe boosted coffee sales in those stores by more than 10 per cent, new CEO Brian Hannasch said Wednesday during a conference call to discuss the company’s fiscal second-quarter results.“It’s one of the highest margins we have in our stores…It’s a great routine driver of customers to our stores,” Hannasch said.Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) has been trying to expand its fresh food offering across North America after examining the success of such offerings at the Statoil Fuel & Retail locations it acquired in Europe.The company delivers bakery products and sandwiches to about 400 stores in five pilot markets in Canada and the United States. The retailer also prepares food such as chicken, pizza and hamburgers at some 200 locations.Hannash said he’s pleased with the results, particularly in the U.S., but is working to better manage spoilage and reduce logistics costs.“Canada is still in more pilot mode. We don’t think we’ve got the right recipe yet here in Canada but there’s a lot of work being done to make that happen,” he told analysts.Meanwhile, Couche-Tard said it has launched a program in Europe, Statoil Extra, in which customers who sign up receive notifications on their cellphones of discounts on things like coffee, car washes and the like.The program, developed in collaboration with Montreal IT company CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) has helped to drive repeat traffic and the company said it may be expanded to North America.Chief financial officer Raymond Pare said the company already offers loyalty programs in North America with grocery and other partners, but using its own mobile system is very powerful and easier to adapt various offers.“We’re at the stage where we did roll out this tool in Europe and we will evaluate the performance but we always had in mind loyalty wherever we are,” he said in an interview.Couche-Tard said its net income surged 25 per cent to US$286.4 million in the second quarter of its fiscal year despite a dip in revenues blamed largely on a higher U.S. dollar.The company, which reports in U.S. currency, says profits excluding one-time charges were $313 million or 55 cents per diluted share, a penny below analyst expectations. The adjusted profits were up from $249 million or 44 cents per share a year earlier.Revenues for the period ended Oct. 12 were $8.94 billion, down from more than $9 billion last year. The decrease was the largely the result of currency fluctuations and lower average fuel prices.Couche-Tard also attributed the stronger results to acquisitions as well a $457-million decrease in long-term debt to $2.15 billion.Hannasch said various efforts, including the coffee program in Europe, have helped improve the company’s organic sales growth, while strong fuel margins and debt reduction were improving the bottom line.Meanwhile, the CEO said a decision by U.S. pharmacy retailer CVS to stop selling cigarettes has started to help sales at nearby Circle K stores. And he expects falling oil prices will help to stimulate sales and traffic to its stores.Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity said the lower net debt to earnings ratios and about $1.2 billion in available liquidity leaves Couche-Tard “very well-positioned to pursue accretive acquisitions.”“Ownership of Couche-Tard shares offer investors an attractive hedge within a declining oil price environment,” he wrote in a report.Same-store merchandise revenue increases slowed in the U.S. and Canada from the prior year, but were still up 2.8 and three per cent respectively in the quarter, while in Europe same-store revenue was up 2.1 per cent.Fuel volume sales for stores open at least a year decreased 1.1 per cent in Canada, but were up 2.1 per cent in the U.S. and 2.2 per cent in Europe, while gasoline margins in the United States increased 12 per cent and were up slightly in Europe and Canada.Fuel profits increased 8.8 per cent to $538 million even though revenues decreased 1.4 per cent to $6.36 billion. Merchandise profits were up 1.8 per cent to $659.1 million on $1.94 billion of revenues.The company said it realized about $22 million in pre-tax cost savings in the quarter at its European Statoil Fuel & Retail operations, an acceleration from $12 million in the first quarter. Total annual savings are about $119 million. Couche-Tard expects to end up with $150 million to $200 million of annualized savings before the end of December 2015.Couche-Tard has more than 8,500 stores, including nearly 6,300 company-operated locations and 1,100 franchised outlets.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares closed up nearly four per cent, gaining $1.52 to $39.70 on Tuesday.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter Alimentation Couche-Tard to test European private label coffee program in Canada read more

The Ohio State football team takes the field for the 2018 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium between Team Scarlet and Team Gray. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Big Ten announced its conference schedules for each member of the conference from the 2022 season through the 2025 seasons on Wednesday. Ohio State now has a completed schedule for the next three seasons with six non-conference games to be decided during the four-year span. From 2022-2025, Ohio State will play all seven members of the Big Ten West, including regular season games against Wisconsin, home-and-homes with both Iowa and Northwestern and games against Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue. Ohio State opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. 2022 Ohio State ScheduleSept. 3 – Notre DameSept. 17 – Toledo Sept. 24 – at Michigan StateOct. 1 – at Penn State Oct. 8 – Rutgers Oct. 15 – Iowa Oct. 22 – Off Oct. 29 – Indiana Nov. 5 – at Northwestern Nov. 12 – Wisconsin Nov. 19 – at MarylandNov. 26 – Michigan 2023 Ohio State ScheduleSept. 2 – at IndianaSept. 23 – at Notre DameOct. 7 – MarylandOct. 14 – at PurdueOct. 21 – Penn State Oct. 28 – at WisconsinNov. 4 – at RutgersNov. 11 – Michigan State Nov. 18 – MinnesotaNov. 25 – at Michigan 2024 Ohio State ScheduleSept. 7 – at Washington Sept. 28 – Illinois Oct. 5 – RutgersOct. 12 – at NebraskaOct. 26 – Wisconsin Nov. 2 – at MarylandNov. 9 – at Penn State Nov. 16 – Indiana Nov. 23 – at Michigan State Nov. 30 – Michigan 2025 Ohio State ScheduleAug. 30 – at Texas Sept. 13 – Washington Sept. 20 – at Indiana Sept. 27 – at IowaOct. 4 – Maryland Oct. 11 – at WisconsinOct. 25 – at Rutgers Nov. 1 – Northwestern Nov. 15 – Penn State Nov. 22 – Michigan StateNov. 29 – at Michigan read more

first_imgAvalon Rare Metals received the 2010 Environmental & Social Responsibility Award at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto last week for its community engagement efforts during the exploration of its Nechalacho rare earth elements deposit in Thor Lake, Northwest Territories. This included encouraging skills training and employment opportunities for aboriginal people, and offering joint business opportunities including environmental remediation work related to historical exploration activities.Avalon was the first junior exploration company to formally adopt PDAC’s e3 Plus principles and guidelines as company policy.“Avalon is honoured to accept PDAC’s Environmental & Social Responsibility Award.” Don Bubar, President & CEO said during his remarks, “Since I joined the PDAC Board in 2004, I have been actively advocating for greater participation by aboriginal peoples in our industry and greater co-operation between companies and communities. Thor Lake has provided an opportunity to practice what I have been preaching.”Ed Thompson, Chair of PDAC’s Awards Committee comments, “Every year the selection of the winner for this award becomes more difficult as the mineral industry increasingly embraces the environment and social responsibility. Our committee thought that Avalon was a classic example of outstanding commitment to this entire spectrum of environmental and community issues.”The honour is given to individuals or organisations demonstrating outstanding initiative, leadership and accomplishment in protecting and preserving the natural environment and/or in establishing good community relations during an exploration program or operation of a mine. Two companies received this year’s award: De Beers Canada and Avalon.Bubar went on to recognise the leaders of Avalon’s First Nations partners who were in attendance at the event, Chief Ted Tsetta, Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Chief Steven Nitah, Lutselk’e Dene First Nation, Chief Louis Balsillie, Deninu Kue First Nation and Chief Roy Fabien, Katlodechee First Nation, noting that, “It takes visionary community leadership to build successful partnerships”.last_img read more

first_imgThe recent CONEXPO show in Las Vegas saw McLanahan Corporation announce some key developments in its mining technology offerings covering primary and secondary crushing, filter presses and thickening. The company says it has “collaborated with customers to fully understand their needs when it comes to primary crushing and the new designs are the result of that research. In jaw crushers, McLanahan says it has engineered its new jaw crusher line to give producers “a higher performance primary crushing solution than has ever been available before. The result is a safer, simpler and smarter jaw crusher.” A new Deep Cone Thickener has been launched to “help producers reduce or eliminate the need for settling ponds and other structures”; while the new filter press design has been further improved.In more detail, the new jaw crusher design includes safety lock pins and hydraulic assist for wear parts change-out makes maintenance safer. McLanahan engineers also designed a simpler way to adjust close-side settings and provide tramp iron relief. Hydraulic rams are isolated from crushing action, allowing longer life and full automation, while virtually eliminating toggle migration. The attack angle and crushing stroke pattern have been engineered to increase capacity up to 15% while minimising wear on the jaw dies.The McLanahan cone crushers are capable of secondary, tertiary and quaternary crushing. Features include top-down maintenance; safe unblocking (no need to dig out when stalled; simply press a button to open and restart when fully opened); while hydraulic overload does not damage the machine within the travel of the cylinders. Simplicity is assured by design features such as all-roller bearing design; avoiding dilution of the finished product with poor shaped material; excellent particle shape potential; simple hydraulic controls; and easy manganese changes.The new Deep Cone Thickener will help producers do more with their existing resources and meet challenges of limited land resources. Deep Cone Thickeners achieve the highest solids concentration possible through gravity separation. They reduce the settling pond footprint, making them safer for the environment and site personnel. With no full-time operator required and rarely being designed with moving parts, they are simpler for mineral processing operations. Producers with Deep Cone Thickeners also have a smarter operation because they have control over the dewatering process and have recycled water immediately available.Finally with the new filter presses, McLanahan says it has made significant engineering and operational improvements. These improvements are all geared toward helping producers make their operations more efficient, while eliminating the need for costly settling ponds. They include eliminating settling ponds creates a safer situation at any processing facility. The dry, easy-to-handle byproduct of filter presses can be safely handled and disposed of, as opposed to massive amounts of water that settling ponds require. Operation is made simpler by few moving parts and that the filter press does not require a full-time operator. The McLanahan filter press line has also been engineered with a single hydraulic cylinder. “Adding a McLanahan filter press to an operation is smarter because it eliminates fines and wastewater management bottlenecks” says the company.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of Melburnians and visitors to Victoria’s capital braced wild winds and rain last Saturday to take part in the 2013 Lonsdale St Greek Festival and to hear Greek popstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis perform. The weather forecast predicted that Melbourne was set for some tumultuous rains, but nothing could have prepared organisers for what was to follow. But the Greek strong crowd took it in their stride when the festival was officially launched by Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and with the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria declaring that nothing could stop the Greeks, especially not the weather. Prior to the official launch, the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, with umbrella in tow, ventured around the street and met with festival goers. Opposition leader Tony Abbott did the same alongside the Victorian Premier before all the distinguished guests took to the main stage for the launch. Also on the main stage were the Leader of the Victorian Opposition Daniel Andrews, Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle and the Ambassador of Greece to Australia Haris D. Dafaranos. The Prime Minster also spent time with Hatzigiannis backstage, and posed for photos with students of the Greek Community’s Language Schools. “The presence of Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott reflects the esteem with which the Greek Community of Melbourne is held and its contribution to the fabric of our multicultural nation,” said Mr Papastergiadis. In her speech, Ms Gillard noted that the Greek influence on the fabric of Australia “helped us build a model of citizenship-based multiculturalism which the world admires – and no wonder the people who invented the very idea of citizenship are among the most enthusiastic of all our migrant communities to become citizens of this country,” the Prime Minister told the crowd. After mentioning her grandfather fought alongside the Greeks in the Salonika Front in northern Greece, she went on to congratulate the Greek community and the Hellenic RSL on their work to revive the joint military heritage, specifically the role of Lemnos as a Gallipoli campaign base and Australia’s support for Greece in the Greek campaign and the Battle of Crete. Just after 8:15 pm Hatzigiannis took to the stage to the delight of thousands of fans huddled under umbrellas to see him. There were rumours circulating that he might not have been performing because of the bad weather conditions but he proved on the night the show really must go on as he belted out hit after hit. But it was when all had gone home for the night that things took a turn for the worse. Early Sunday morning strong winds destroyed a major section of the Antipodes Festival precinct. The Qatar Airways Marquee collapsed, along with more than 15 stalls. The Fix pop-up bar was also destroyed when 35 km/h winds hit the CBD. Stalls lost valuable items relating to their involvement at the Festival, while others lost irreplaceable items of cultural importance, which of course impacted on them being able to continue their involvement at the festival. Despite this setback, the festival soldiered on in day two with a stellar line up. They set a record number of participants for the Zorba till You Drop contest, with the winner Elli Baharakakis earning herself a return trip for two to Greece thanks to Qatar Airways and a four day Greek island cruise courtesy of Touchdown Tours. Feeling generous, the sponsors awarded the runner up Christina Jonas the same prize, making both girls incredibly happy. A highlight was the collective dance performance on Sunday afternoon, when Melbourne’s Greek dancing groups joined in one huge procession from one stage to another, ending in one of the most colourful and collective performances ever seen at the Lonsdale Street Festival. And then – to everyone’s surprise – the Cretan Lyra king Psarantonis did a surprise performance flanked by his son George Xylouris and Jim White from The Dirty Three. “Despite the weather conditions, the weekend was full of music and movement. The persistent presence of a crowd – even during high winds and rain- highlights the fact that it has become a milestone event in the Greek community and more broadly in Melbourne. Lonsdale Street remains the beacon of Greek Australian history and culture in Melbourne. The Antipodes Festival and the GOCMV are proud to continue and further these,” said Tammy Iliou, Co-chair of the Antipodes Festival. In Sydney, GreekFest broke attendance records as thousands poured into Darling Harbour to experience a taste of Greece last weekend. The shores of Darling Harbour were a sea of blue and white as Greeks and Philhellenes celebrated two days of music, food, dancing and the best of local and international live entertainment. International superstar and highlight of the weekend’s entertainment Mihalis Hatzigiannis delivered the ultimate performance and the crowd was not disappointed. Sydney was aflutter with cooking demos from last season’s My Kitchen Rules contestants Helen and Steve, dancing from a dozen different dance groups, music from some of the best local talent, and even a life jacket fashion parade hosted by Fat Pizza’s Paul Fenech; there was plenty to keep the audience entertained. “These results would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of everyone involved, from the sponsors, stall holders, volunteers, artists and everyone working behind the scenes to make this festival one of the most successful ever. It is a testament to the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW,” said Festival Chair Nia Karteris Officially launched by The Hon Tony Burke, the Darling Harbour festivities are only a part of what’s to come in the next six weeks of the Greek Festival cultural program. * Turn to our social pages on pages 26 and 27 for more pics from the 2013 Lonsdale St Greek Festival.last_img read more

first_imgGlissement de terrain en Colombie : au moins 37 mortsHier dans la soirée, le président colombien Juan Manuel Santos a décrété l’état de catastrophe naturelle à Bello, dans la banlieue de Medellin, où un glissement de terrain survenu dimanche a fait 37 morts et une centaine de disparus. Un bilan provisoire.”Nous avons récupéré 37 corps mais les recherches sont quasiment arrêtées en raison des pluies”, a déclaré hier soir le porte-parole du département d’Antioquia, où se situe Bello, une banlieue de Medellin (Colombie). Trente-cinq maisons ont été englouties dimanche par un glissement de terrain. Une centaine de personnes sont encore portées disparues.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la natureParlant de “tragédie annoncée” en raison des pluies diluviennes qui frappent le pays depuis des semaines et de la précarité de nombreuses habitations dans les localités populaires entourant   Medellin, le président Santos a promis, lors d’une visite sur place, des aides à la location et la construction de nouveaux logements pour les sinistrés. Il a  décrété hier l’état de catastrophe naturelle pour une durée de 30 jours, susceptible d’être étendue à 90 jours.Selon les autorités, avant que ne survienne le drame de Bello, au moins 176 personnes avaient déjà trouvé la mort et 1,5 million ont été sinistrées cette année à cause des intempéries. Le 8 décembre 2010 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgCamas-Washougal — The Camas-Washougal Community Chest is seeking grant applications from local nonprofit organizations for 2012.Grant applicants must demonstrate how their project or program benefits Camas and Washougal and meets needs such as education, youth activities and aid to people with special needs, among other things.Grant applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15. You can find applications and detailed instructions for applying at http://camaswashougalcc.com.The CWCC hopes to raise $70,000 to support community grants in 2012. It has awarded 18 grants totalling almost $58,000 in 2011, serving an estimated 15,000 people, officials said.For more information, contact CWCC Vice President Mike Nerland at 360-833-5412 or mike.nerland@camas.wednet.edu.last_img

first_imgThousands of residents lost power and vehicle crashes slowed the evening commute Monday as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms struck Clark County and other parts of the Portland metro area.The first storms moved in late Monday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., the Bonneville Power Administration lost its feed with Clark Public Utilities, causing an estimated 14,325 customers to lose electricity in Camas and Washougal, Clark Public Utilities spokeswoman Erica Erland said. She said the outage was weather-related. Customers started to get their power back just after 7 p.m.About half an inch of rainfall was recorded Monday evening at Pearson Field, said Steve Pierce, a Salmon Creek resident, Columbian weather blogger and president of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society. “That’s a good amount of rainfall for one day in the month of June,” Pierce said. Although rain and thunderstorms aren’t unheard of in the spring, Monday’s thunder, lightning and downpours (and reports of marble-sized hail in Oregon) were more than what forecasters expected, he said. During the storms, the Washington State Patrol reported several vehicle spin-outs on highways around the county, Trooper Will Finn said.Just after 5:30 p.m., a tractor-trailer crashed on state Highway 14 eastbound near Evergreen Boulevard. As the tractor-trailer traveled uphill in the right lane, its driver apparently noticed too late that traffic had stopped, Finn said.last_img read more

first_imgAlaska is bringing back the bear to license plates.Download AudioThe Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaskans next spring will be able to choose license plates of blue and gold that reflect state flag colors or a new version of plates last offered in 1976 that feature a grizzly bear.Outgoing state Rep. Peggy Wilson sponsored a measure last session to bring back the grizzly plates. House Bill 293 passed unanimously in the final days of the 2014 session.The old grizzly plates had red lettering, beige mountains and a brown bear on its hind legs on a white background.The new plates feature a darker bear on a fading blue background with a silhouette of the Alaska Range.last_img

first_imgMiyapur: The locals of Gayatri Nilayam and Perfect Towers approach road Miyapur are irate road restoration works have been kept pending for two months. After facing a lot of distress and agony, the locals demand that the GHMC take up and complete the works at the earliest. A local resident shared, “The road was dug up for drainage work and it’s been almost two months now. There is a dump which is posing threat to vehicles especially in the night. It has become more difficult now as even due to a small drizzle, the road gets slushy and waterlogging happens, which makes the problem even worse. We request the authorities to order the completion of this incomplete road and relieve us from this agony.”last_img