3 medical colleges get MCI nod for 350 UG seats

first_imgKolkata: The Medical Council of India (MCI) had granted 350 seats at the undergraduate level at three medical colleges in the state, including a government-run institution.The newly constructed Diamond Harbour Govt Medical College and Hospital has obtained 100 seats for the academic year 2019-20 while two private medical colleges — ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, and Shri Ramkrishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Sanaka Hospitals, Durgapur, have received 100 and 150 MBBS seats each, respectively. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, have been granted the seats for five years. After five years, the institute may have to seek an approval to function with the increased number of seat. The other two medical colleges will have to seek permission from the MCI every year before admitting candidates in the added number of seats. The Mamata Banerjee government has set up five new medical colleges in the state to mitigate the crisis of doctors in the state and create new opportunities for medical aspirants. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersApart from Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital, four other state-run medical colleges are waiting for the MCI’s nod to get undergraduate seats for the current academic year. A senior official of the state Health department said a total of 400 undergraduate medical seats will be created in the four newly constructed medical colleges at Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. In 2016, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the project to set up five new medical colleges in the state. The Medical Council of India will approve the seats in these in colleges once it gets convinced about the availability of adequate infrastructure. The MCI has increased medical seats in all the other government-run medical colleges in the state having less than 250 sanctioned seats by 10 per cent on the overall number of seats in MBBS except the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical Colleges and Hospital. No seats were increased in these two medical colleges in the city as they already have around 250 seats. After coming to power, Banerjee felt the need to create more opportunities for aspiring medical students. To address the crises in this sector, she announced to come up with more medical colleges in various districts. According to sources in the state Health department, the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats has increased from 2,205 to 3,750 while the number of post-graduate medical seats has increased from 880 to 1,297. The number of post-doctoral seats has also increased from 107 to 147.last_img read more

Eid alAdha prayers peaceful in Kashmir Police

first_imgSrinagar: Eid al-Adha prayers on Monday morning at various mosques in the Kashmir Valley concluded without any violence, police said. The authorities had on Sunday said people will be allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers. Large gatherings, however, were not allowed in any part of the Valley, an official said on Monday. “#Eid #prayers concluded #peacefully in various parts of the #valley. No untoward incident reported so far,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Reports suggested authorities distributed sweets at various mosques. On the eve of Eid al-Adha, restrictions were eased in the Valley to allow people to shop for the festival. However, the usual hustle and bustle of the Eid al-Adha festival was missing in the Valley where normal life has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The district administrations are constantly reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and doing their best to minimise the inconvenience caused to people during the restrictions imposed on movement, the official said. The government has also made arrangements for availability of adequate food and other essential items across the Kashmir Valley and steps are being taken to even deliver certain goods at people’s doorsteps, another official said. The government’s top priority is to maintain peace and prevent any casualty and mischief in Jammu and Kashmir, he said. President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday declared the abrogation of special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 following a Parliamentary approval in the Modi government’s proposal. On Saturday, he gave assent to a bill passed by the Parliament for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — which will come into existence on October 31.last_img read more

Canadas hope to get climate change into NAFTA could prove difficult

first_imgOTTAWA – U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance on climate change may end up being the biggest stumbling block in NAFTA talks when it comes to the environment.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Friday during a tour of eastern Ontario that he wants climate change, reducing emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy to be written into the new NAFTA when Canada, the U.S. and Mexico begin renegotiating the deal later this month.“We are certainly looking for a better level playing field across North America on environmental protections,”Trudeau said.However with Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, referring to climate change as a “hoax” and pledging to return the U.S. coal industry to its glory days, the White House and the Canadian government are pretty far apart on many environmental issues.Even getting the words “climate change” into the agreement could be a struggle.A government official speaking on background told The Canadian Press last week, that on the environment side, Canada will be looking to the free trade agreement recently signed with Europe, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, as a template.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has referred to CETA as the gold standard of trade agreements when it comes to the environment and said she wants to push CETA’s environment chapter with the U.S. and Mexico on NAFTA.However, several trade experts say the United States is going to be pushing for the environment chapter in NAFTA to be more closely aligned with the now-defunct Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP.One key difference?CETA mentions climate change. TPP does not.“CETA is more relevant to Canada and the TPP is more relevant to the United States,” said Peter Clark, an international trade expert and president of the Ottawa firm Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates.Several American states are stepping up to maintain their climate change commitments despite the federal government’s pullback, however NAFTA isn’t being negotiated at the state level.Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said whether Canada can push the U.S. into adding climate change protections and mitigation to NAFTA may depend on how influential state governments can be in the talks.“Major economies like California and northeastern states that already have various forms of carbon pricing may have a real interest in this,” he said.Canada’s coming national price on carbon adds further fuel to the debate, as some will be looking for Canadian industries affected by the carbon price to get protections, maybe even in the form of a carbon tax applied at the border on goods coming from places in the U.S. where there is no such policy.Clark said mischievously he recommends Canada seek a border adjustment carbon tax at best, but at a bare minimum he believes Canada should require the Paris Agreement be added to a list of multilateral environment agreements to which NAFTA countries must belong.In its list of objectives for NAFTA released last month, the Office of the United States Trade Representative said it wants NAFTA to require signatories to adopt and uphold their obligations under several such pacts, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.“I think Canada should immediately add the Paris accord to that list,” said Clark.CETA also has what it is known as the “precautionary principle,” which means a party proposing a development or an action has to prove it won’t harm the environment, even if only some, not all, scientists agree it could be harmful.In CETA there is also a provision which says that the costs of pollution are borne by the polluter and requires Canada and Europe to prioritize trade in environmental goods and services related to renewable energy and co-operate on climate change adaptation and mitigation. It also makes clear that foreign companies cannot claim compensation when they believe a government’s environmental regulations or policies harm their business.Canada has been subject to several such challenges under NAFTA and lost many of them, paying millions in compensation.TPP, on the other hand, includes a provision to allow countries to suspend trade benefits with a country that doesn’t respect its environmental responsibilities.One area where both Canada and the United States agree is in bringing the environment chapter into the main NAFTA papers. In 1994 it was included as a separate annex.Including it as its own chapter in NAFTA would make whatever environmental obligations it puts forward subject to the agreement’s dispute resolution provisions.However, Clark said Canada cannot really insist that environmental provisions are make-or-break requirements.“I can’t see us walking away over it,” he said. “It’s important, but what kind of leverage do they have?”If Canada says it will leave the table unless Trump agrees to put climate change into the agreement, he’s likely to say ‘fine, go ahead’, said Clark.“This is not really a typical trade negotiation,” he added.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Albertas proposed cannabis legislation includes mix of private and public sales

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government plans to control the online sale of legalized marijuana but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley introduced the rules in proposed legislation Thursday, but details on how sales would work have yet to be determined.“This is a major shift for our province and one that has to be made very quickly with a lot of complex questions,” said Ganley.“We believe this plan represents what the majority of Albertans want to see.”There are still questions about how online weed would be delivered.Private cannabis stores would have to be physically separate from stores that sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals — but how that would be legally defined hasn’t been determined.“They do have to be in a completely separate premises,” said Ganley, but added that this could include businesses that are separate but part of the same structure, such as in a strip mall.Ganley said the government will finalize those decisions by early next year.The stores would not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products.Marijuana distribution would be run by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and there would be ways to ensure that minors couldn’t buy weed off the internet.How many cannabis stores would be allowed would be up to the commission, but retailers would have to undergo background checks. All staff would have to be 18 or older.Jeff Mooij, who works for a medical marijuana clinic and wants to become a bricks and mortar retailer, said he expects demand will quickly outstrip supply.“(The lineups) will be huge, there’s no doubt about it,” he said, saying other jurisdictions in the United States, such as Colorado, have had marijuana shortages. “The feds need to step up this (growing) process.”Mooij suggested Alberta will need well over 200 licensed producers. He said there are 73 right now that are licensed and only half of them are producing product.Ken Kobly of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce said the proposed model is the best way to balance private enterprise with public safety.“The primary concern is obviously ensuring only those (legally) permitted to purchase cannabis are able to do so,” said Kobly.The bill also proposes legislation for initiatives announced last month by Ganley in a draft cannabis framework:— Minimum age to buy and use cannabis is to be 18, the same as alcohol.— Maximum public possession limit is to be 30 grams.— Zero tolerance for youth possessing pot.— Maximum of four pot plants per household.— Smoking and vaping cannabis banned wherever tobacco use is banned.— No cannabis allowed on hospital grounds, schools and anywhere kids gather such as playgrounds, splash parks and sports fields.Provinces and territories have been working on rules for cannabis since the federal government announced last spring that it will legalize recreational use of marijuana by July 1.Quebec is taking a different approach with legislation that proposes that all cannabis cultivated in the province must be sold by the government, through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board. It would also be illegal to cultivate cannabis for personal or commercial use, unless authorized by the government.Ottawa will be in charge of overall health issues and regulations, while provinces will distribute and sell cannabis while keeping roads, schools and workplaces safe.The provinces and Ottawa are still working on who should get what percentage of taxes.The federal government is revising and toughening up Criminal Code charges for anyone caught driving impaired while under the influence of cannabis or a mix of cannabis and alcohol.Earlier this week, Alberta announced it will add its own administrative penalties, including zero tolerance on cannabis for new drivers.The province is still working on updating workplace rules to address the risk of cannabis impairment on the job.last_img read more

Nova Scotia education reform eliminating school boards passes final reading

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s sweeping education reform bill has passed final reading in the legislature, only one week after it was introduced by Education Minister Zach Churchill.The governing Liberals used their majority to pass Bill 72 by a vote of 25-21.The legislation dissolves the province’s seven regional school boards as of March 31 and replaces them with a 15-member provincial advisory council, while keeping local school advisory councils in place along with board administrations.In another contentious move it takes principals, vice-principals and senior supervisory staff from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and rolls them into a new association affiliated with the union.Premier Stephen McNeil says he believes the changes will give communities a stronger voice because they will get direct access to the minister.NDP education critic Claudia Chender calls the notion “absurd” and says the concerns of parents will end up falling to members of the legislature.The legislation is largely based on recommendations contained in a report by consultant Avis Glaze.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes lower Friday

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as traders looked ahead to next week’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and hope that the central bank will provide clues as to whether it plans to ease off on some of its economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 89.76 points to 12,187.36 amid a string of disappointing economic data.The Canadian dollar was off 0.03 of a cent to 98.34 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales fell 2.4% in April to $48.2 billion.It’s the fourth decline in five months and the largest monthly percentage drop since August 2009.The agency says lower sales in the petroleum and coal product and primary metal industries were largely responsible for the decline.U.S. indexes were also in the red amid signs of a weakening American manufacturing sector and consumer sentiment.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 105.9 points to 15,070.18 as May industrial production was flat. Economists had expected a 0.3% increase after production fell by 0.5% in April.And the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index came in at 82.7, well below expectations that it would remain at a five year high of 84.5.The Nasdaq was down 21.81 points to 3,423.56 and the S&P 500 index gave back 9.63 points to 1,626.73.Concerns about Fed intentions have weighed on markets since late last month. That’s when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that the Fed might pull back on its US$85 billion-a-month bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, if economic data improves, especially hiring.The QE program has underpinned a strong rally on U.S. markets.The Fed holds its next regularly scheduled meeting on interest rates next Tuesday and Wednesday and wraps up with a news conference by Bernanke.Hopes for more details were fuelled Thursday by a Wall Street Journal story that suggested Bernanke will likely use next week’s meeting to try to calm market worries that the central bank is in a hurry to moderate its bond purchases.“I think (the nervousness) is a reflection of the amount of leverage that is in the market that there’s a lot of speculators,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist with Mackenzie Financial Corp.“It’s no longer the big New York banks that are leveraged up and speculating, it’s foreign investors, it’s hedge funds, it’s whoever. And that’s why any time one of the Fed governors sneezes, there’s someone who is panicking because they’ve got this leveraged position that’s in danger of going under water.”Nervousness about Fed intentions helped push TSX down 186 points or 1.5% last week while the Dow industrials fell 178 points or 1.17%.The base metals sector led decliners, down 2.33% as July copper was up two cents to US$3.20 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 56 cents to C$16.91 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 82 cents to $23.93.Techs were also weak, down 1.25% with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) down 71 cents to $30.05.The gold sector was off about 1.5% as August bullion rose $9.80 to US$1,387.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 71 cents to $28.21.The telecom sector added to a string of losses, down 0.85%.Speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX interest-rate sensitive sectors such as real estate, utilities, telecom and pipelines.But Canada’s telecom sector has also been pressured after Ottawa quashed the idea that big telecoms could take over the spectrum of smaller players. Federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis said current rules would stand, leading to Telus to abandon its plan to buy Mobilicity.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back 47 cents to $44.16 while Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) dropped 54 cents to $45.35.Financials shed 0.74% with TD Bank (TSX:TD) down 92 cents to $81.32.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.16 to US$97.85 a barrel. The energy sector was off 0.53%. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was down 36 cents to C$30.96.Utilities were ahead 0.63% following a string of losses. Speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive/interest-rate sensitive sectors such as REITS, utilities, telecom and pipeline stocks.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) gained 70 cents to $33. On Thursday, New York regulators cleared the way for Fortis Inc. to buy CH Energy Group, the parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. in a deal valued at US$1.5 billion.The Canadian Press read more

Airline customerservice agents report abusive customers

DALLAS — Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations.The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers.The Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that more than half the 104 agents it surveyed reported threats or other harmful action by customers in the past year. About 10% say they were physically assaulted.The congressional investigative agency says comprehensive figures on passenger assaults are hard to find.Airlines, airports and law enforcement say current laws are adequate to deter confrontations, and most say they have resources to deal with the problem.A 2018 law required airlines to train agents in de-escalating conflicts. Airlines missed a deadline for submitting plans for handling passenger assaults.Congress ordered the GAO to investigate violence against customer-service agents after media coverage of passenger misbehaviour. In 2017, several hundred customers nearly rioted at a Spirit Airlines ticket counter at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Spirit cancelled several flights.The GAO said it interviewed employees of six airlines — Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit and United — at five large airports where assaults had been reported. Five of the airlines refused to share information about incidents with GAO. The sixth, which was not identified, said its records for the second half of 2018 showed 1.2 assaults for every 1,000 passengers.Airlines for America, a trade group representing the airlines in the survey, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Of agents who reported an incident with a customer, more than half said they believed that somebody from their airline, airport or law enforcement took action ranging from talking to the passenger to arresting them.Agents whose reports were not acted upon said they felt a lack of support from airline management. Some agents believe airlines condone bad behaviour by giving passengers seat upgrades or loyalty miles to defuse the situation.Alcohol is the most commonly cited factor behind assaults, the GAO found. Some industry officials told GAO that passengers have more opportunity now to drink while waiting for a flight. Officials at one airport noted that passengers in the gate areas can use tablet computers to order drinks.Interfering with an airline crew on board a flight is a federal crime, but incidents at airports are usually covered by state or local laws. The FBI can step in if it suspects a violation of federal law.GAO said the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration said their roles in handling passenger assaults at airports were limited mostly to in-flight incidents or airport security, respectively.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

UN loan to help Zambian smallholders grow more crops combat cattle disease

The total project cost of $15 million will be partly financed by a $10.1 million loan from IFAD under an agreement signed today at the Fund’s headquarters in Rome by its President Lennart Båge and Zambia’s Ambassador to Italy, Lucy Mungoma Mungoma.“Most of Zambia’s smallholders depend on animal power for ploughing their land. Repeated outbreaks of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia and East Coast Fever have killed a large proportion of smallholders’ cattle and forced many people to resort to the hand hoe,” says Ides de Willebois, IFAD’s regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa.“The project will drive the two main cattle-killing diseases back to manageable levels. In areas where disease prevalence rates have been reduced to manageable levels, communities who have lost most of their cattle will receive cattle for onward distribution of offspring, enabling a major expansion of the area under plough, and improved food security and income.”As well as receiving livestock if they have lost cattle to disease, poor farming families will also receive training on combating such diseases and a specialized unit will be set up within the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to implement control measures, IFAD said.Since it started operations in 1978, IFAD – a specialized UN agency dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries – has provided loans totalling $135 million to help finance 10 programmes and projects in Zambia.In a separate development, IFAD also signed a loan agreement with Albania today to provide $8 million toward a $24 million five-year programme aimed at fighting poverty in the country’s mountain areas by setting up a private commercial bank.It is expected that by 2010 the bank will provide computerized services through 40 branches in rural areas, catering for around 20,000 clients with savings accounts, the agency said. About 10,000 borrowers will be able to expand their rural businesses through bank loans. This is the fourth initiative IFAD has supported in Albania with loans totalling $42.3 million. read more

Derrick Rose Blames Himself For Teams 107104 Loss to

Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, right, defends as Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams drives onto the lane in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph JrPegged the worst team in the league, the Philadelphia 76ers are continuing to defy the odds by taking down the Chicago Bulls 107-104, at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.Rookie Michael Carter-Williams led 76ers with 26 points and 10 assists. Evan Turner, who has netted 20 or more points in all three tilts this season, posted 20 for Philadelphia, which is 3-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.Spencer Hawes tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds in the triumph. Philadelphia has already defeated the Washington Wizards and two-time defending champion Miami Heat to rise to first place in the Atlantic Division.“We understand what everybody has said and written about us,” first-year coach Brett Brown said. “Our guys have put in the day-to-day stuff, which has always been our message. I’m lucky I’ve found a group that enjoys each other’s company and they enjoy playing together.”Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 10 boards for Chicago, which dropped to 1-2 in the young season, while Luol Deng added 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Derrick Rose registered 13 points and six assists, but was just 4-of-14 from the field against the team he tore his ACL against in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.“I would blame tonight on me,” said Rose, who wore tape around his neck for the second straight game. “Turnovers, missed shots, miscommunication – I just couldn’t get in my groove.”After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Sixers took a 100-99 lead with 3:29 left when Carter-Williams, a former Syracuse star, picked up a loose ball and calmly laid it in. It was the Sixers’ first lead since 11-10.With 5.9 seconds left, Hawes made a jumper to put the Sixers ahead 107-104, and Deng missed a potentially game-tying 3-pointer on the other end.The 76ers will take on Stephon Curry and the Golden State Worriors Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m.CT in the Oracle Arena. read more

Iron ore dominates project news the ferrous field is alight

first_imgLatest issue (44 pages) of International Mining Project News available (April 9): Much of the mining talk over the past fortnight has focused on iron ore. Questions over Rio and BHP’s Pilbara operations joint venture have continued to be raised, however the more imminent issue is that of a fundamental change of pricing. The reported settlement of quarterly prices from BHP and Vale with steel mills in Asia has raised more questions than it has answered, however many miners are using this news to benchmark prices and re-evaluate their project’s worth. One such company is IronClad Mining and its Wilcherry Hill project in South Australia (SA). There are also updates from Iron Road’s Central Eyre project and Lincoln Minerals’ Gum Flat project – both in SA, Gindalbie Metals’ Karara project, Atlas Iron’s Wodgina project and Grange Resources’ Southdown project, all in Western Australia. In addition there is production news at Diavik Diamond Mines’ operation in Canada, development news at Coeur d’Alene Mines’ Kensington gold mine in Alaska and expansion news at Xstrata Zinc’s Black Star mine in Australia.Just today Rio Tinto reports it “is currently negotiating contracts with its customers to supply iron ore priced on a quarterly basis.” Sam Walsh, Chief Executive Iron Ore and Australia, said “Rio Tinto’s position reflects the recent structural shift in the iron ore market away from benchmark pricing. It is in line with our recent comments that benchmark pricing only works if it reflects market fundamentals, otherwise the system would need to change.”At Diavik Diamond Mines’ Diavik diamond mine in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories production has commenced from its new underground mine. The mine, a joint venture between Rio Tinto (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Corp (40%), has been operating as an open-pit since 2003. The transition to underground has always been part of its 16-22 year mine plan. It currently comprises three diamond bearing kimberlite pipes that will be mined using open pit and underground mining methods. Underground operations will steadily increase as the open pits are depleted and by 2012, Diavik is expected to be a 100% underground mine. A fourth pipe, the A21 pipe, is being reviewed to determine the viability of mining. The underground operation will extend the life of the Diavik mine past 2020. A few days earlier, the company reported its 2010 winter road resupply was completed safely and successfully on March 21.IronClad Mining and Trafford Resources, the joint venture partners in the Wilcherry Hill iron ore project, say that the increase in iron ore prices agreed between BHP and major Chinese steel mills last week could increase its prefeasibility study estimated margin of around A$30/t to a margin in the order of A$50/t, significantly adding to the overall value of the project. Wilcherry Hill is expected to begin production of its high quality, low contaminant DSO magnetite late this year.In rare earth developments, Avalon Rare Metals is making good progress on metallurgical process development for the Nechalacho rare earth element (REE) deposit in Thor Lake, Canada. Following the successful development of a flotation process for producing an REE mineral concentrate in 2009, recent work has focused on a hydrometallurgical process to further upgrade the REE into a chemical concentrate. Avalon has now successfully established a hydrometallurgical process, proven numerous times in the laboratory, for extracting the REE from the mineral concentrates, bringing them into solution so that they can be upgraded by SX and precipitated as a chemical (carbonate) concentrate.Xstrata Zinc’s proposed expansion of its Black Star Open Cut (BSOC) mine in Mount Isa will be a A$133 million project which could extend the life of the mine at current production rates by four years to 2016. Xstrata Zinc Australia COO, Brian Hearne, said, if approved, the BSOC ‘Deeps’ project would ensure the mine’s sustainability and maintain current employment levels. A feasibility study into the expansion commenced in 2009 and technical studies are continuing. The BSOC Deeps project would deepen the existing pit and target ore at a depth of 400 m below ground surface level, 100 m below the current design. This is expected to add around 14 Mt of ore to the production profile at a rate of up to 4.6 Mt/y.Coeur d’Alene Mines plans to commence mining operations in July at its Kensington gold mine, resulting in partial first year production of around 50,000 oz of gold. Mild winter weather has allowed construction activities to remain on-schedule and on-budget, with 85% of the tailings line from the mill to the tailings facility now installed. Blasting activities will take place along the Kensington vein this month and a 120 bed man camp is now complete and fully occupied. As of the end of 2008, Kensington had Proven reserves of 180,493 t at 11.87 g/t Au and Probable reserves of 4.8 Mt at 8.1 g/t Au.To receive the full 40+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

A Fan Made Bobs BurgersArcher Crossover Got its Creator a Job

first_img What Kind of Sorcery is This? Expert Archer Shoots ‘Turning Arrows’Netflix’s ‘Pacific Heat’ is an Aussie ‘Archer’ with Less Subversion Stay on target Woah, wait, what, really? Bob’s is my favourite animated show, that’s quite literally a dream of mine!— Simon Chong (@chongster62) July 21, 2017Nothing’s been made official yet, but that looks pretty promising. The project Chong had been working on for fun, for seven months, got him an offer for his dream job. So , you know that thing you keep saying you’ll make one day? Maybe it’s time to actually make the thing.center_img If you need a little encouragement to finish that side project you’ve been working on forever, here’s a story that should do the trick. Welsh animator Simon Chong shared a project he’d been working on for months on Friday morning. It was a fan-made short featuring character from Archer and Bob’s Burgers. Inspired by the brief crossover in Archer’s season four premiere, Chong took things a step further. He brought (almost) the entire main cast of Archer into Bob’s restaurant.Watching it knowing it’s the work of just one guy, it’s an amazing accomplishment. Chong drew and animated the entire thing himself, including illustrating the Archer characters in the Bob’s Burgers style. He even edited together voice samples from both shows into a coherent (well, as coherent as either series gets) story. Knowing that, the dialog flows much smoother than you’d ever expect it to. Just looking at this animation, you’d never know it was fan-made. The Bob’s Burgers characters are perfectly on-model, and the Archer ones fit in so well, you’d swear this crossover was actually Fox-produced.We’re not the only ones who were impressed. Chong shared the video on Twitter on Monday. By Saturday night, he had a job offer from Bob’s Burgers. According to io9, the video first caught the cast’s attention, and they passed it along to the show’s creator, Loren Bouchard. Before long, Bouchard offered him a job over Twitter.last_img read more

NASA Names WV Facility After Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target NASA has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.V., the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility, in honor of the West Virginia native and one of the space agency’s “hidden figures.”One-hundred years young, Johnson is an African-American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first (and subsequent) U.S. manned space flight.During her 35-year career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations, and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform tasks.Johnson helped to calculate trajectories, launch windows, and emergency return paths for Project Mercury missions—including those of astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn.She also assisted with rendezvous paths for the Apollo lunar lander and command module on flights to the Moon, as well as plans for a mission to Mars.In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You may know her as Taraji P. Henson’s character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.Katherine Johnson (via NASA)“I am thrilled we are honoring Katherine Johnson in this way as she is a true American icon who overcame incredible obstacles and inspired so many,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “It’s a fitting tribute to name the facility that carries on her legacy of mission-critical computations in her honor.”President Donald Trump in December signed into law an act of Congress calling for the redesignation. IV&V is in the process of planning a dedication ceremony, details TBD.Two years ago, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., unveiled the new Katherine Johnson Computational Research Facility.“I think they’re crazy,” the engineer said at the time.“I like the stars, and the stories we were telling, and it was a joy to contribute to the literature that was going to come out,” she added. “But little did I think it would go this far.”At a time of racial segregation in the south, Johnson, along with fellow black mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, broke barriers and helped pave the way for diversity in the agency.“It’s an honor the NASA IV&V Program’s primary facility now carries Katherine Johnson’s name,” IV&V director Gregory Blaney said. “It’s a way for us to recognize Katherine’s career and contributions not just during Black History Month, but every day, every year.”More on Geek.com:This LEGO Women of NASA Set Will Sell Out in a HurryNew Horizons Snaps Sharp Images of Ultima Thule’s SurfaceNASA Volunteer Finds Coldest and Oldest Known White Dwarf Starlast_img read more

Man shot by robber in University Heights

first_img Posted: January 27, 2018 , January 27, 2018 Man shot by robber in University Heightscenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was shot after he refused to comply with a robber’s demands in University Heights early Saturday, police said.The victim was sitting in his car at about 2:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of El Cajon Boulevard when a man approached him and attempted to rob him, San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said. The victim would not cooperate, and the suspect shot him once in the chest.Hawkins said the victim was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The suspect fled on foot and remains at large. Police described him as a 24-year-old black man, approximately 5-feet-8 inches to 6-feet tall and about 160 pounds, wearing a black flannel shirt and dark pants. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NEW STEW Meet Local Author Marty Conley On Julys Book Stew

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Not every writer is an English/Language Arts teacher, but many of those educators have books inside their heads.  In the July Book Stew, host Eileen MacDougall interviews local author Marty Conley of Burlington’s Marshall Simonds Middle School.Marty’s two young adult books, “The Dead Man Story” and its sequel “Dean Man’s River,” are targeted squarely at young teenage boys who generally don’t enjoy reading. His characters — Myles, Brady and Kat — are three hockey players who enjoy risky behavior, such as climbing water towers, but Myles has physical manifestations of extreme anxiety.Marty, a father of four, feels that many of the students he meets in real life also suffer from the same condition, as he is vastly sympathetic to their stress. Each book starts out with a dead body (one based on Marty’s true experience) and a bang, keeping all readers eager to find out how the three friends are going to solve the crime while avoiding their parents’ laser beam gazes. These mysteries are not just for kids!Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/f3145b48-a07d-41de-a528-4c25b519f7f9/video.original.mp400:0000:0030:03Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Children’s Author Ioana Hobai On August’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Author Renee Simms On June’s Book StewIn “Community”last_img read more

Speeding truck kills motorcyclist

first_imgMap of RajshahiA motorcyclist was killed as a speeding truck allegedly ran over his vehicle on Kashiadanga-Amchattar road at Sairgachha in Rajshahi city on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Biddut Hossain, 32, son of Mafijuddin of Kathalbaria village in Kashiadanga upazila.Kashiadanga police station officer-in-charge Rabiul Islam said a sand-laden truck hit the motorcycle at the place around 9:45 am, after its driver his lost control over the steering, leaving the rider severely injured.The injured was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.However, police could not arrest anyone as the truck driver and his helper managed to flee the scene immediately after the incident, the OC added.last_img

Apple Sees Business Decrease During Holiday Quarter iPhone Revenue Down 15

first_imgFor years, continuous growth has been a given for Apple investors. On Tuesday, that success story came to a screeching halt: The iPhone maker generated billions less in revenue during the quarter ending on Dec. 29 than it did during the same time in 2017.The sole culprit for this decline was the company’s iPhone business, where revenue dipped 15% year-over-year. “Our customers are holding on to older iPhones a bit longer than in the past,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company’s earnings call Tuesday afternoon.That’s not to say that Apple isn’t still a very profitable business. The company generated $84.3 billion in revenue during the holiday quarter, compared to $88.3 billion in revenue during the same quarter in 2017. Diluted earnings per share came in at $4.18, compared to $3.89 a year ago. In fact, those earnings per share represented a new record, which resulted in investors sending the stock up 8.5% in after-hours trading. Popular on Variety Apple had previously warned investors that a decline in its China business would lead to lower-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The company revised its revenue guidance for the quarter from $91 billion to $84 billion in January, at the time leading to a massive sell-off from investors.“While it was disappointing to miss our revenue guidance, we manage Apple for the long term, and this quarter’s results demonstrate that the underlying strength of our business runs deep and wide,” Cook was quoted saying in the company’s earnings release.Adding to the uncertainty was the fact that for the first time, Apple didn’t disclose the number of iPhones it sold in the quarter. The company had announced this step during its fiscal Q4 earnings report in November, with chief financial officer Luca Maestri telling investors at the time that the average sale price of an iPhone was ultimately more material to the company than the total number of devices sold. “A unit of sale is less relevant to us today than it was in the past,” Maestri said.But even without those numbers, Tuesday’s release showed that the company missed on iPhone sales. The company sold close to $52 billion worth of phones during the quarter, down from $61.1 billion a year before. Mac and iPad revenues, on the other hand, were both up, 8.7% and 16.9% respectively. Service revenues were also up 19% year-over-year, at close to $10.9 billion.The company also disclosed that it now has 1.4 billion active devices in the market, including 900 million iPhones. “Our ecosystem is stronger than ever before,” Cook said.Apple’s earnings report came a day after reports about a serious security flaw involving the company’s Facetime video chat software emerged. That flaw allowed users to spy on unsuspecting iPhone owners simply by giving them a call, with microphones capturing audio even if a call wasn’t picked up. Apple has since temporarily disabled group calling, but has yet to roll out a software update for a more permanent fix.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Think before you get inked

first_imgYou may experience mixed emotions before getting your first tattoo. Think hard before you take the plunge so that it’s not an impulsive decision, say experts. Tattoo artists have rounded up some important points you must consider before getting inked: Choice of tattoo design: Tattoos are forever. It is a permanent piece of art on the skin. One should go in for a personalised, meaningful design and take suggestions from the tattoo artist as well. It should never be done in a hurry. One should never regret getting any of their tattoos. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChoosing the artist: Just because a tattoo shop is in your neighbourhood, doesn’t mean you have to get it done there itself. Make sure you’ve done enough research about the place before you get the tattoo done. It is important to check the reviews, authenticity and work of tattoo artist/studio. Once you find a reputed artist, visit the studio for a consultation. Inspecting the studio: The most important thing about getting a tattoo done is to get it done at a safe and hygienic shop to avoid catching any infection or other diseases. The shop should be clutter-free and may smell good. But, one needs to make sure that all tools are sanitised.last_img read more

Vice mayor faces recall for declaring July Straight Pride month

first_imgTed Hickman, who is the vice mayor in Dixon, Califronia, penned the article attacking the LGBTI community. In the column, he called gay people ‘tinker bells’ and ‘faries’ [sic]. He called Pride month, June, ‘LGBTQ-WTF’ month’ and the community has an inferiority complex.The article was published in the Independent Voice.Vice mayor posts offensive article declaring July ‘Straight Pride American Month’He said it was ‘pro-family’, and prefaced the comments by saying he was ‘expressing a private opinion’.‘Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,’ Hickman wrote about SPAM.‘We honor our country and our veterans who have made all of this possible (including for the tinker bells) and we can do it with actual real pride, not some put on show just to help our inferior complex “show we are different’ type of crap”.’He added: ‘We ARE different from them… ‘Homo Sex is In’: Gay guy has best response to homophobic protestor at Pride A vice mayor is facing a recall for declaring July ‘Straight Pride‘ month in a column. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . US President Donald Trump ignores LGBT Pride MonthTrump held a prayer in the Oval Office with the most homophobic of the religious rightWinter Olympics 2018: Fox News pulls column complaining about gay and black athletesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/vice-mayor-faces-recall-for-declaring-july-straight-pride-month/ ‘We work, have families, (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don’t flaunt our differences dressing up like faries (sic) and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all over the world.’Dixon, California mayor faces a recall effort and protestsHickman now faces a recall effort.Pro-LGBTI people will protest at the city’s next council meeting. Another group has scheduled a Pride day in the Solano County city on 27 July in response to Hickman’s comments.The vice mayor reiterated his offensive comments to the Sacremento Bee.‘My point was, what’s the difference?’ he said.‘They have their pride month, why can’t we have ours? … I support the First Amendment.’Hickman is up for re-election in November.Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue  said he did not approve of the article but he ‘supports freedom of speech’.‘While I do not approve of such an article,’ he said,’I do believe in a person’s freedom of speech even when I don’t like what they are saying.’‘Aside from that, a person also has to recognize the consequences of their statements. … It is not within my capabilities to sanction an elected official for what they wish to publish in the paper, nor would I, that is up to constituents within his district to determine if he represents their beliefs.’Read moreAmazon is selling a Straight Pride badge and people are not happylast_img read more

Myanmars Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo, Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi participates in a meeting at the Parliamentary Resource Center with U.S. President Barack Obama in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. But fellow winner and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will not be among them. She wasn’t invited. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)n Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies After her release in 2010, when ruling generals handed over power to a nominally civilian government, she won a seat in parliament.The 69-year-old says she is a politician and that she never sought to be a human rights champion. Critics note she is carefully choosing her battles, in part because she has presidential ambitions.In a predominantly Buddhist country of 50 million people, where there is much animosity toward the 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi (pronounced “Suu chee”) has opted to remain silent, even as the world watched in horror while more than 3,000 hungry, dehydrated Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand this month, according to the U.N. refugee agency.The international gathering at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, was opened Tuesday by former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. His country pledged $1.3 million to help Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state by improving living conditions, preventing people from fleeing by sea and curbing tensions between ethnic groups.The meeting featured video statements from Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu, Jos Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy.But fellow winner and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will not be among them. She wasn’t invited.During her 15 years under house arrest, Suu Kyi won admiration across the globe for her fiery speeches and scathing criticism of the military regime that ruled Myanmar, or Burma, at the time. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

A superior win for Capri by Fraser Brisbane

first_imgSource = Capri by Fraser Brisbane A superior win for Capri by Fraser, BrisbaneJust five months after opening, Capri by Fraser, Brisbane has scooped the Best Superior Accommodation category at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.The stylish property took out the award from a competitive field of newly opened hotels in Brisbane who were also in the running including Four Points by Sheraton, Next Hotel, Tryp by Wyndham, The Glen Hotel and Suites and The Calamvale Hotel.Over 1,000 esteemed industry guests attended the QHA event, an annual celebration of Queensland’s hotel industry achievements. The 2015 awards saw a record number of nominations from small and large hotels and over 43 honours for Queensland’s best pubs, hotels and hoteliers were awarded on the night. The industry awards are judged by a panel of industry heavy weights, who visit the entrants anonymously.Capri by Fraser, Brisbane opened in April this year in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. This opening marked the first Frasers Hospitality property to open in Queensland. At the same time it is the first ‘Capri by Fraser’ property in Australia, the Frasers Hospitality group’s tech-intuitive, design-led hotel brand.“This award is a fantastic achievement for us and acknowledges the team’s hard work this year in opening our first Capri in Australia and Fraser’s first hotel in Queensland.” says Mariusz Tymosiewicz, General Manager of Capri by Fraser, Brisbane.Capri by Fraser, Brisbane is set in an enviable location within walking distance to Queen Street Mall shopping, Eagle Street Pier riverside dining, City Botanical Gardens and Treasury Casino.Each design-led suite at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane features free and fast WiFi, king size bed, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and microwave, ergonomically designed desk and Herman Miller work chairs, Malin & Goetz bath amenities, an iPod docking station and 48” LED TV.The rooms are complemented by the hotel’s extensive leisure facilities. Guests have access to the 24/7 fully equipped gym, indoor heated swimming pool, his and hers steam room and sauna, and 24/7 Spin and Play launderette where guests are fully entertained with foosball or Xbox Kinect between spin cycles.All hotel dining has been carefully created in partnership with Chef Pete Evans including the 24/7 in room dining menu, conference and events catering, and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Asana by Pete Evans, The fresh and delicious menus showcase the best seasonal QLD produce.last_img read more