Nova Scotia launches Long Combination Vehicle Pilot Project

first_imgNova Scotia transporters will be more competitive with a pilot project that will allow double 53-foot semi-trailers to be hauled by a single tractor trailer on selected stretches of highway. Long combination vehicles (LCVs) will help increase business to the Port of Halifax, trans-loading facilities where shipments are transferred to and from trucks, and other transportation partners. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will assess the vehicles on selected four-lane highways. “LCVs will help expand business and competitiveness in Nova Scotia,” Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott said today, July 30. “They will help increase Nova Scotia’s competitiveness with other East Coast ports, and boost the transportation industry in this province.” Other benefits of long combination vehicles include reduced truck traffic, by using one engine to haul two trailers, and environmental advantages such a using less fuel and cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. “We are pleased the province of Nova Scotia will be launching this pilot project,” said George Malec, vice-president Business Development and Operations, Halifax Port Authority. “Many customers of the port, and especially those involved in transload, want to use LCVs to transport their goods to inland markets. “This pilot provides options for our customers to grow their business through the Port of Halifax.” Under the pilot program, the vehicles will be permitted to operate under strict conditions, including only on four-lane divided highways from Halifax to the New Brunswick border, lower maximum speeds of 90 km/hour, and using trained drivers with a minimum of five years and 150,000 kilometres of tractor trailer driving experience. Long combination vehicles will be restricted during unfavorable weather, such as freezing rain, sleet, fog and heavy snow. Qualified truck operators can participate in the pilot project, by submitting an application to drive long combination vehicles. The vehicles could begin operating in Nova Scotia by Oct. 1. They are currently allowed to operate year-round in British Colombia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and seasonally in Quebec. New Brunswick has announced they will be allowed on all of its four-lane highways this summer.last_img read more

Watching a wrongful conviction unfold Canadian guilty of Nepal child rape

first_imgTORONTO — An Order of Canada recipient has been found guilty of sexually assaulting children in Nepal after a police investigation and trial his lawyers describe as a travesty of justice.Sentencing for Peter Dalglish, expected in about two weeks, could see the well-known aid worker jailed for as long as 13 years.“This has been like watching a wrongful conviction unfold in real time,” Dalglish’s Canadian lawyer, Nader Hasan, said in an interview Tuesday. “We have deep concerns about the process here, both from the perspective of procedural fairness of the court proceedings as well as certain tactics taken by the police and the state.”The judge, who rendered his verdict late Monday, has yet to release his reasons for the guilty finding. Dalglish, 62, has denied any wrongdoing.Originally from London, Ont., Dalglish has spent years working around the globe. Nepalese police arrested him in the early hours of April 8 last year in a raid on the mountain home he had built in the village of Kartike east of the capital of Kathmandu. Police alleged he had raped two Nepalese boys aged 11 and 14, who were with him.Pushkar Karki, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said at the time Dalglish lured children from poor families with promises of education, jobs and trips, and then sexually abused them. Karki said other foreign men in Nepal had also been arrested on suspicion of pedophilia.“There have been some instances where they were found working with charities,” Karki told the New York Times. “Our laws aren’t as strict as in foreign countries, and there is no social scrutiny like in developed countries.”According to his lawyers, the investigation appears to have originated with rumours at a school in Thailand where Dalglish had been a board member. They say an investigation found no evidence of misconduct.However, a complaint to the RCMP during that time appears to have led to an Interpol “red flag,” prompting Nepalese police to open an investigation.His lawyers say investigators repeatedly approached the older boy at home and school to ask about the Canadian. They allege police wined and dined him, bought him school books and offered other inducements. While the two complainants ended up giving damning testimony in court, they gave several versions of their stories at different times, the defence asserts.Hasan, who said there will be an appeal, said the judge ignored “serious flaws” in the prosecution case.“There ought to have been reasonable doubt,” Hasan said. “The police intimidation tactics and the police bribes and the police threats ought to have been insurmountable evidence of not just not guilty, but of actual innocence.”Hasan said the Nepalese legal system, which operates largely in secrecy, bears little resemblance to anything in Canada — or many other countries. Among other problems, courts do not record proceedings or produce transcripts, leading to confusion about what witnesses actually said.His lawyers say in one incident, a witness helpful to the defence was testifying when the judge excused himself from the courtroom to go eat dinner. They say he told parties to carry on without him and that he would catch up with the court clerk afterwards.Hasan said Dalglish’s family — his ex-wife and daughter live in the Netherlands and his brothers in Ontario — as well as friends have been standing by him. In addition, he has strong support in Nepal, where two young men he had previously mentored have been visiting him twice daily in prison in Dhulikhel near Kathmandu to take him food.“Obviously, (it) was emotionally devastating for him — as it would be for anyone, particularly someone who is innocent,” Hasan said of the guilty finding. “But he’s a remarkably resilient human being and it’s helpful that he has a very strong support system. That helps him stay positive.”Dalglish, who had spent years doing humanitarian work in Nepal, co-founded a Canadian charity called Street Kids International in the late 1980s. He has worked for several humanitarian agencies, including UN Habitat in Afghanistan and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in late 2016.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Thousands march in Taiwan for samesex marriage

first_imgTens of thousands of people rallied in Taiwan on Saturday in Asia’s largest gay parade, organisers said, as the island’s parliament was set to review a bill on same-sex marriages.Holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, participants from Taiwan, several Asian countries, the United States and Europe marched the streets in a bustling business district in Taipei for the 11th annual parade, organisers said.“This year’s theme is ‘The voice of sexual sufferer’, which was the main appeal for our very first parade. We want to show support for those who are still suffering or being discriminated against for their sexualities,” said Albert Yang, a spokesman for the event. The rally came as Taiwan’s parliament on Friday decided to begin reviewing a bill to amend the Civil Code in order to allow same-sex marriages. The bill, proposed by opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers, will be discussed by the parliament’s judiciary committee.“For me legalising same-sex marriages is the most important issue because it will mean a big step forwards for equal rights. I hope the parliament will pass the bill soon,” said Chang Hsiao-mao, a 24-year-old service industry worker who came with 200 others he met on Facebook.Gay and lesbian groups in Taiwan, one of Asia’s more liberal societies, have been urging the government for years to make same-sex unions legal.The advocacy group, Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, which drafted the bill on legalising same-sex marriage and civil partnership, has said it was optimistic as public support in Taiwan has been growing amid a global trend to recognise such unions.Last year, around 65,000 gays and lesbians and their supporters marched in Taiwan in a record turnout to push for legalising same-sex marriage, according to organisers.However, the campaign suffered a setback in January when Chen Ching-hsueh and partner Kao Chih-wei dropped their appeal to an administrative court against a government agency which had rejected their marriage registration in 2011.Chen said he had “lost his faith in the judiciary” but added that death threats to him and his parents via Facebook had been among factors prompting him to abandon the appeal.last_img read more

Ban stresses need for tolerance and civility amid increasing polarization

“Extremism loves a vacuum,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, announcing the convening of the Alliance of Civilizations on the margins of next week’s UN summit meeting and opening of the General Assembly’s 65th annual session.“The Alliance is part of our answer to polarization, stereotyping and hatred,” he told a news conference of the body launched in 2005 by Spain and Turkey under UN auspices. “The events of recent days drive home yet again the need for countervailing voices – the voices of moderation and mutual respect.” He said United States Pastor Terry Jones’ threat to burn the Koran was just one small issue, albeit one that cannot be tolerated, but it had created “a huge problem worldwide,” and he cautioned against being “hijacked or dominated by just one single incident…“If the world leaders or the international community are sometimes influenced and hijacked by such a small incident, then unfortunately we may be losing our focus,” he added. “Therefore, the media’s role will be crucially important. That’s why from time to time I’m emphasizing the role of journalists in addressing all the world issues.”Mr. Ban stressed that one high-level meeting of the Alliance may not be sufficient, but said the organization had been gaining support from the international community, with a membership now of more than 120. “This is a time for all of us to be more tolerant, more appreciative of other traditions and religions and beliefs and faiths,” he said. “It is quite unfortunate that we have seen most recently some polarization of extreme views. This is totally not desirable, not acceptable at this time, when the whole world has to march forward to overcome the financial crisis and to overcome many regional conflict issues. All these conflicts come from a lack of mutual understanding.”Citing Alliance projects, he highlighted efforts to educate young people and have immediate media responses whenever some incorrect information has been disseminated. “All of this is something which we will deepen and widen our discussions,” he said. “I’m working very hard with world leaders, and I will pay more attention on this point whenever I have bilateral meetings.” 13 September 2010At a time of threats to burn the Koran and violent responses to that from some Muslims, the United Nations will next week convene a high-level meeting of a major international body that seeks to promote inter-cultural understanding. read more

TSX Wall Street plunge deep into red on Germany slump IMF warnings

U.S. stocks were falling on Tuesday as weak data out of Germany added to concerns about possible headwinds to corporate outlooks ahead of the start of earnings season.Adding to concerns, the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts for the third time this year, warning of weaker growth in core euro zone countries, Japan and big emerging markets like Brazil.German industrial output in August slid 4%, the biggest fall in 5-1/2 years, the report coming a day after a report showed industrial orders had their biggest monthly drop since 2009.“The German data is the catalyst of the day but this started long before that,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment officer at Wells Capital Management in Minneapolis.“You are left facing this bad situation for investors of a weak global backdrop but the U.S. economy forcing the Fed to raise rates.” The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley, said on Monday he would be “delighted” to raise interest rates some time next year since it would be a sign of economic success, but for now a “very accommodative monetary policy” is still needed.The Dow Jones industrial average was falling 226.03 points to 16,16,765, the S&P 500 was losing 24.43 points to 1940.39 and the Nasdaq Composite was dropping 60.96 points to 4,393. Canada’s TSX index was down 157.Declining issues were outnumbering advancing ones on the NYSE by 1,971 to 1,009, for a 1.95-to-1 ratio on the downside; on the Nasdaq, 1,943 issues were falling and 722 advancing for a 2.69-to-1 ratio favoring decliners.The benchmark S&P 500 index was posting 8 new 52-week highs and 8 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite was recording 12 new highs and 154 new lows.© Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

UN relief official meets Colombian President on humanitarian situation

In the third day of a five-day official visit, Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, held meetings in the capital Bogotá with the UN country team, representatives of civil society and donors.He was to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon and meet President Uribe.During his trip, Mr. Egeland is visiting internally displaced persons. He has called for more effort to help displaced people, adding that the international community must look for solutions to the crisis.

161 Brazilian troops latest to join UN mission in Haiti

The contingent of 161 included soldiers and marines, as well as drivers and equipment operators, and will remain in the area around the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to provide logistical support to the Brazilian brigade. They join the 49 staff officers and 192 soldiers already part of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Eight hundred additional soldiers are expected to arrive by air transport over the next four days to complete the deployment of Brazilian troops. The transfer of operational responsibility to UN peacekeepers from the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) – which arrived to quell the violence that erupted in February that eventually led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide – is scheduled for 25 June. At full strength, MINUSTAH will have a force of 6,700 troops and 1,622 civilian police. About 13 countries have pledged to contribute military personnel to the Mission. read more

Ban deeply concerned about deteriorating situation along Line of Control in Kashmir

“Deeply concerned” about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.“The Secretary-General trusts that the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan can find common ground and work towards a sustainable peace,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The United Nations stands by the people of the region and supports all efforts to reach durable peace and security, the statement concluded.According to media reports, shelling and gunfire intensified along the Line of Control yesterday.The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.UNMOGIP currently comprises 41 military observers and a number of civilian staff members. read more

DR Congo Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in worst attack on

Late Thursday, a MONUSCO (the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC) Company Operating Base at Semuliki in Beni territory, North Kivu, was attacked by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements, resulting in protracted fighting between the suspected armed group elements and MONUSCO and Armed Forces of the DRC, known by the French acronym, FARDC.According to the UN Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC), MONUSCO advised on Sunday that 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, 44 others were wounded and one peacekeeper remains missing. Earlier reports of 15 peacekeepers killed reflected uncertainty in accounting for personnel. Similarly, of three soldiers who were initially reported missing, two have since returned and only one peacekeeper remains missing.“These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime” said Secretary-General António Guterres, adding: “I condemn this attack unequivocally.”Further, calling on the DRC authorities to investigate the incident and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice, the UN chief stressed: “There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else.”In his remarks, he also said that the attack is another indication of the challenges faced by UN peacekeeping operations around the world and acknowledged the sacrifices made by troop contributing countries in the service of global peace.“These brave women and men are putting their lives on the line every day across the world to serve peace and to protect civilians,” he noted, offering condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and a speedy recovery to those injured.All of the peacekeeping troops killed in the brutal attack which reportedly lasted some three hours were from Tanzania. In addition, three members of the contingent are reported to be missing in action.According to UNOCC Director Ian Sinclair, initial figures indicate that 53 peacekeepers been injured, of whom three critically, but the numbers could rise. VIDEO: Director of the UN Operations and Crisis Centre, Ian Sinclair, describes the attack as the worst on UN peacekeepers in recent history.Members of the FARDC have also been killed and injured in the attack but numbers are yet to be confirmed, Mr. Sinclair told reporters at a news briefing at the UN Headquarters, in New York.“Our reinforcements have arrived on the scene and a search is ongoing for the missing soldiers,” he said, noted that the wounded have been evacuated from the area, among whom some have been further evacuated to more advanced medical facilities in Goma, DRC.“Further medical evacuation is possible for seriously injured,” he added.Also Friday, in a strongly worded statement, the UN Security Council condemned the attack.“There can be no impunity for such acts,” stressed the 15-member Council, calling upon the Government of the DRC to ensure that the perpetrators of such attacks are swiftly brought to justice.In the statement, the Security Council also reiterated their full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC and to MONUSCO to fully implement their mandate.The volatile North Kivu region, located in eastern DRC, has witnessed a number of attacks on UN peacekeeping forces. In October, two UN ‘blue helmets’ were killed and another 18 were injured their base was attacked by the ADF armed group. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 24 October 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Juncker Commission appointed2. EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut3. UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to European Union budget4. Commission publishes report on ITS5. Global new car market up 4.7% in September6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

CV production stabilising as UK demand picks up

CV manufacturing output – January-October, 2012-2014 UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing declined 8.9% in October – the smallest monthly fall since June 2013.Production for the UK market increased 14.6% in the month, but exports fell 30.6%.2014-to-date volumes still affected by last year’s restructuring, falling 23.5% to 57,981 units. “The heavy fall seen in UK commercial vehicle manufacturing over the past year is now levelling off as the effects of last year’s restructuring only apply to year-to-date figures,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “With new models now being produced in UK plants, production for the home market grew for the first time since June 2013. It remains to be seen if the recent growth in EU demand will continue, but the indications are of greater stability in the months to come.” CV manufacturing output – rolling year total Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for October 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Reading Week maintenance will interrupt network web phone and wifi

Several University buildings will experience network and wifi interruptions during Reading Week, as Brock ITS conducts some network and system upgrades across campus.Plaza Building will have the following impacts:Monday 20 Feb, between 8 am and 8:30 am — network interruption for entire Plaza BuildingMonday 20 Feb, between 8 am and 4 pm — Plaza Levels 100 and 200 network interruptions throughout the dayTuesday 21 Feb, between 8 am and 4 pm — Plaza Level 300 network interruptions throughout the dayWednesday 22 Feb, between 8 am and 4 pm — Plaza Level 400 network interruptions throughout the dayGoodman School of Business (Taro Hall) will have the following impacts:Thursday 23 Feb, between 8 am and 9 am — GSB file access will not be availableFriday 24 Feb, between 8 am and 5 pm — GSB virtual desktop users on and off campus will not have access to their filesOther impacts:Thursday 23 Feb, between 6 am and 8 am — OneCard service will be unavailableFriday 24 Feb, between 6 am and 8 am — the University website brocku.ca will be unavailable for a 15-minute period during this windowIf you have any questions or concerns about any of these items please contact Andy Morgan, Director, Client Services at amorgan@brocku.ca or extension 4760. read more

Black and Asian children enjoy reading more than white kids survey finds

first_imgThe survey also found that the gap between the reading age of pupils who enjoy books compared with classmates who dislike reading increases over time, with 10-year-olds having a reading age 1.3 years ahead of their peers, up to 3.3 years at the age of 14.Jonathan Douglas from the trust said: “When children enjoy reading and have books of their own, they do better at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.” We must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Black and Asian children enjoy reading more than white children, a study by the National Literacy Trust has found. Twenty-five per cent of white children involved in the survey of 42,406 pupils aged eight to 18 said that they “very much” enjoy reading, compared to 27.8 per cent of black respondents and 28.2 per cent of Asian children. At the other end of the enjoyment spectrum, a higher number of white children reported that they liked reading “not at all”, with 9 per cent giving that answer compared to 6.7 per cent of black children and 5.3 per cent of Asian children.The annual survey also shows that the number of primary school children saying they enjoy reading has reached record levels.Close to 78 per cent of children aged eight to 11 like having their nose in a book while 55.2 per cent of pupils aged 11-14 also enjoy reading. However the study also shows a continuing gender gap, with boys less likely to enjoy reading than girls. Enjoyment of reading also drops off sharply as boys get older, with twice as many boys aged eight to 11 reporting that they enjoy reading compared with boys aged 14 to 16. There is a similar fall among girls, but it is less dramatic, with 82.8 per cent of those aged eight to 11 taking pleasure in picking up a book compared with 53.3 per cent of those in their late teens. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths Religious

first_imgReligious leaders have united in solidarity to condemn the Finsbury Park terror incident as an “attack on all faiths”.A man ploughed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early on Monday. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured. Really heartwarming to see the #Bankside community come together to celebrate all that unites us. ❤️ #GreatGetTogether #MoreinCommon #SE1 pic.twitter.com/dMCqfz9SGO— Emma (@emmaegli) June 18, 2017 Last week rabbis, vicars, police and others joined Muslims at #FinsburyPark Mosque for a communal Ramadan meal. We have #moreincommon still. pic.twitter.com/O02bSP9QMZ— Andy Hull (@AndyHull79) June 19, 2017 “This is a mosque that’s turned outwards towards its community; it’s a mosque that’s integrated within its community.” Bishop Adrian NewmanCredit:PA Watch this discussion with a rabbi, Muslim and Bishop that is wonderfully #London. Finsbury Mosque Muslims had Iftar with Rabbi last night pic.twitter.com/pWWCoHqAY3— Julia Macfarlane🇬🇧 (@juliamacfarlane) June 19, 2017 It was great to address the community #GreatGetTogether event organised by IFF, nice to see many people from different faiths & backgrounds pic.twitter.com/YNFwFN8Ak4— Mohammed Kozbar (@KozbarM) June 18, 2017 A message is left amongst flowers and tributes outside Finsbury Park mosqueCredit:Getty  A wonderful end to the @great_together – so good to be with faith communities from across London for a #MoreInCommon #bigiftar pic.twitter.com/m5HPTHyZdQ— Mike Buckley (@mdbuckley) June 18, 2017 In a statement posted on its website, the Finsbury Park Mosque said it “condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack”.The mosque’s chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, described the incident as “a cowardly attack which is no different than the attacks in Manchester and London”.”Our community is in shock, our thought and prayer with those who have been affected by this,” he said.Here’s everything we know so far about the north London attack.  Extraordinary atmosphere of warmth & friendship as the CR & Valerie host an Iftar at their home as part of #GreatGetTogether #MoreInCommon pic.twitter.com/YsKlvk9rLH— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 18, 2017 Other faiths across the UK also united for the event: A message is left amongst flowers and tributes outside Finsbury Park mosque The terror attack took place after different faith groups had united over the weekend for the Great Get Together – community celebrations across the UK inspired by the late MP, Jo Cox.Reporter Julia Macfarlane shared footage of a discussion with a rabbi, Muslim and Bishop following the attack, tweeting it was “wonderfully London”. Just hours before the attack, Muslims from the Finsbury mosque had Iftar with the Chief Rabbi as part of the Great Get Together. Bishop Adrian Newman Horrific attack at #finsburypark a painful illustration of why we must never allow hatred to breed hatred. Thoughts with all those affected.— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 19, 2017 The Archbishop of Canterbury also condemned the “appalling” attack.The Most Rev Justin Welby said: “The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.”The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country.” The appalling attack on Muslims in #FinsburyPark is an attack on us all and the culture and values of our country.https://t.co/wvTh9Ij94F pic.twitter.com/zwMcezpoWH— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 19, 2017 “An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths, it seems to me,” said Reverend Adrian Newman – Bishop of Stepney.“And the reason that so many people have turned up today from all sorts of different faith communities is because we want to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.“What’s happened here is awful, but it’s ironic just a few hours before they had been gathering with members of the Christian and Jewish community in support of the Jo Cox Foundation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Africa presents best resources investment climate in 10 years

first_imgAddressing the third and final day today of the Paydirt 2010 Africa Downunder Conference in Perth, African Lion Funds’ Chairman, Mike Brook said there are more investing opportunities presenting in Africa’s resources sector now than at any time in the past 10 years. He said the $79 million venture capital fund was looking for opportunities in Africa in the up to $12 million range.The major shareholders include the Lion Selection Group, Botswana African Mining Fund, UK based Development Bank, CDC Group and the European Investment Bank and has current investments in seven African resource projects. “The opportunities to invest in Africa change constantly, and it is vital to re-assess and update on an ongoing basis,” Brook said.“However at the current time, we have identified more than 400 potential opportunities, three quarters of which are with listed explorers and miners, and of those, two thirds of them call the ASX and the Toronto stock exchanges home. Many of the best opportunities are in gold and we are seeing a lot of those opportunities coming through, particularly via the TSX.“The highest level of opportunity is in South Africa, but there is a reasonably broad spread dominated by southern and western Africa but with Zambia and the DRC making some claim in the centre of the continent. Tanzania is also a prime opportunity along the eastern seaboard.”Brook said that by commodity, African Lion 3 saw precious metals opportunities largely coming from South Africa and West Africa “but we are seeing the spread across the continent with some weighting towards gold in western Africa. In bulk commodities, South Africa dominates for iron ore and coal.”Senegal says its reforms to the country’s resources investment and mining laws have created a favourable climate for increasing foreign investment in the country’s mining sector. Addressing the delegates, Senegal’s Director of Mines and Geology, Dr Moussa Sylla, said that since the first reforms were introduced in 2003 and further updates in 2007, Senegal now offered mining procedures that were transparent, efficient and easy to understand.“We have backed this by focusing on ensuring Senegal has assembled highly qualified staff who understand the needs of foreign businesspeople and resources investors. Profit margins are already bigger in Africa than elsewhere and Senegal presents an excellent opportunity within this environment.“Our new mining laws are now delivering on security of tenure, the ability to repatriate profits, management of control of operations by the foreign investor, realistic exchange regulations, stable exploration and mining terms, and predictability of tax. We have also backed these legislative measures with flexible labour options.”Dr Sylla said the changes were also benefiting Senegal’s population with 20% of the country’s mineral revenues being allocated to local communities and mining companies are committed by law to provide a mining site rehabilitation fund. He explained Senegal was also improving export infrastructure at the country’s main port and this would enhance investment attitudes to its resources offerings.Australian companies in Senegal include Mineral Deposits Ltd (MDL) and Bassari Resources. Bassari says it plans to assign additional drill rigs to its emerging gold project in Senegal to generate a fourth quarter lift in exploration tempo at the company’s mainstream Bassari project. Managing Director, Jozsef Patarica, said the move was aimed at crystallising the growth opportunities at Bassari which hosts at least 9 prospects along a 75 km length of strike.“This is a very under-explored region of Western Africa but is a gold hot spot now starting to benefit from Senegal’s pro-mining government and its focus on targeting development of the country’s natural resources sector,” Patarica said. “We have four drill rigs on site but are looking to urgently mobilise a higher capacity reverse circulation rig to lift the drill tempo. Bassari has also elected to drill through the coming wet season, particularly at the key high grade Makabingui prospect where there is room for significant expansion of the drill pattern and gold intersects. Results are pending for our fist diamond drill campaign at Makabingui which is ground surrounded by a number of world-class gold deposits.”Bassari also plans to gradually lift production at its small Douta alluvial mine to between 8,000 – 10,000 oz/y and to add further to the existing 25,600 oz resource under the company’s five year renewable permit.MDL, the company that originally dredged the Gold Coast’s famous white beach sands, is set to demerge its African gold business from November as it gears to launch the world’s newest mineral sands operation. Addressing the conference, Executive Chairman, Nic Limb, said demerging the gold business would unlock the inherent value in the gold business for shareholders and allow the Company to focus on developing for first production by 2013, the world class $406 million Grande Cote mineral sands project on Senegal’s coast.“The demerger will be effected by the New Year with the IPO and Canadian listing commencing in November,” Limb said. “80% of shares in the proposed new listing will be offered to MDL shareholders and we believe there will be strong support for that. Strategically, Grande Cote will come on stream at a time of increasingly tight supply in mineral sands globally, particularly zircon, and there are not a lot of new suppliers coming into the market such is its nature.“It has taken us seven to eight years and more than $100 million in expenditure to date to get to the stage of bringing Grande Cote into production but while the capital costs seem high, this is a business that offers high long life margins and is a very very attractive proposition. It doesn’t seem on that basis to try and manage both a gold business and a mineral sands business.”MDL estimates that Grande Cote – a 100 km long, no clay beach deposition with low impurities, will generate cash flow of between $75 and 100 million a year with operating costs of $75 million/y. It is expected to have a mine life from its resource base of more than 3,000 Mt at 1.8% Heavy Mineral (HM), of more than 25 years.The project will employ a worldclass dredge and 6,000 t floating concentrator, and mine at a rate of 55 Mt/y, producing Limb says, “the highest quality zircon in the world”.The Company is also looking to double throughput of its $325 million Sabodala gold mine in Senegal, first opened last year. “We are currently processing around 2.4 Mt/y but want to take that over the next year or 2-4 Mt/y to lift Sabodala to a 200,000 oz/y gold mine at a cash cost of around $500/oz,” Limb said.Namibia’s newest iron ore explorer and developer, Avonlea Minerals, says its immediate focus now will be on delineating a significant iron ore resource estimate in the country, following initial success in identifying three prospective deposits. Managing Director, David Riekie, said that while the company had delineated three key magnetite iron prosects in Nambia’s northwest in the past 12 months, additional regional prospects had been identified but remained untested.“Our results and historical data, now confirm the potential for scale projects within an extremely prospective magnetite iron rich province in the northwest. So we need to take this to the next step and delineate a significant ore resource, something we believe in the global market focus on Africa’s iron ore potential, will enable our projects to command a higher underlying enterprise value.”Avonlea’s initial program has delineated the Thresher, Hammerhead and Ondjou prospects in the far northwest corner of Namibia, with broad zones of rich magnetite encountered in all of the prospects. It has consigned a conceptual target of 900 Mt plus to the lower grade (20-30% Fe) Hammerhead prospect, and around 150 Mt to the higher grade (30+%) Thresher target. Initial Davis Tube Recovery (DTR) test work has generated recovery rates of up to 38% grading up to 70% Fe concentrate with low impurities.Further drilling, a 4,200 m of Reverse Circulation, is currently underway on Ondjou which has a 10 km long strike potential, with a view to generating the company’s maiden resource estimate.One of Victoria and Tasmania’s best known miners, Bendigo Gold Mining, says it sees West Africa as a natural growth market but is taking a slowly slowly approach to its first offshore exploration and mining move. Bendigo’s CFO, Tim Churcher, said the company had grown its Victorian and Tasmanian operations through exploration and acquisition and wanted to “continue along that path.“We have not been able to find sufficient opportunities at the front end of the gold production cycle in Australia and west Africa got onto our radar pretty quickly,” Churcher said. “West Africa offers the opportunity for low risk strategic alliances and we have tapped into an experienced local management team with some exciting assets with GoldStone Resources. “However, our view is to take it one step at a time, learning and making informed decisions with every step. We will continue to walk this path in a market where Australian miners like us are welcomed and where the opportunities are not yet dominated by Canadian juniors.”Bendigo has taken a 20% stake in Goldstone Resources at a cost of A$4.3 million and a 10.7% stake in BCD Resources NL. One of the first steps forward in its African foray is the pending commencement of a 4,000 m drilling program later this year on the promising Homase gold project in Ghana. Goldstone also owns the Manso-Amenfi gold licence in southwest Ghana, has two large gold holdings in Senegal and has very large gold in soil anomalies in Gabon under application.Ashanti Goldfields mined two of Homase’s shallow pits seven years ago but Goldstone estimates there is a 283,000 oz gold resource beneath and along from the pits and containing 6.3 Mt at an average 1.4 g/t Au. Churcher said the Homase drill program would target extensions below and along from the previously mined pit.last_img read more

Nanotron UWB module – ideal for Mining Exclusion Zone applications

first_imgnanotron Technologies, a leader in easy-to-use solutions for location-awareness has revealed key applications for its new swarm bee ER location-aware radio module. The suffix ‘ER’ stands for ‘Enhanced Resolution’ since the new module boasts 10 cm accuracy delivered using ultra-wide band (UWB) technology.“The new ER module provides a compelling addition to the existing swarm bee product family line-up. It’s easy to use API allows customers to very rapidly develop machine to personnel exclusion-zone applications in mining since it supports specific requirements of this type of use-case scenarios.” commented Marcel Borwitzky, Senior Product Manager at nanotron. The UWB module and the associated development kit will help ALL Decawave customers cutting time-to-market for their end-products by at least 12 months. Exclusion-Zone applications protect people from dangerous machines. The ER module is deployed both on the machine and on personnel tags worn by pedestrians. The combination of high-accuracy (10 cm) at short distances allows for precise alarms to be easily trigged at different distances. “Low power consumption in combination very low latency and good scalability is the key ingredient for success in this space.” adds Borwitzky.The new swarm bee ER module features the standard swarm API – the common high-level software interface – is cutting development time and allows customers to easily migrate existing applications from the swarm bee LE Chirp module to UWB and vice-versa depending on the use-case requirements. Chirp radio technology supports long-range applications of several hundred meters with precision requirements of 1 m while UWB technology allows for 10 cm precision in closer proximity.The new swarm bee ER development kit plus (DK+) provides a proven software and hardware platform for application development and comprises of three DK+ boards, swarm PC tools, and a comprehensive data package to facilitate easy and rapid development of location-aware applications. Customers benefit from several swarm tools including a node configuration device (NCD) boosting productivity if large numbers of radio nodes require configuration as part of network maintenance. Additional development boards are purchased separately if customers want to evaluate larger location-aware networks.Swarm bee modules are available with Chirp or UWB radio technology. Both versions are sharing the common swarm API. The swarm product family targets the growing market for autonomous smart items and cuts time to market for location-aware products by 12 months. Very precise low-cost location technology can now be used without the need for RF-design capabilities or expertise on low level device drivers. Developers focus on application design.last_img read more

SaltMaker Evaporator Crystallizer for mine water

first_imgSaltworks Technologies has been selected to build and deliver two full-scale zero liquid discharge (ZLD) water treatment systems for a Northern Canadian mine. The water treatment systems will be used to treat mine water to recover freshwater and produce solid salts.A year-long pilot project was conducted and demonstrated that the SaltMaker Evaporator Crystallizer could treat the challenging mine water, meet strict discharge regulations in the Arctic, and the client’s goals for solid salt production. The produced salts can be reused at the mine to de-ice mining shafts.The first of two SaltMaker plants is currently being built in Saltworks’ production facility in Richmond, BC. The modular plant will be rapidly delivered as ISO shipping container blocks early this summer. The design of the plant facilitates future expansion to increase processing capacity, if required.The energy efficient evaporator crystallizer system can use on-site waste heat to drive its operations towards zero liquid discharge. In addition, its lower operating temperatures and non-corroding composite construction allow safe and reliable operation. “We are thrilled to be a part of providing water management solutions to mining operations. Zero liquid discharge is the pinnacle of water treatment technology – our products are engineered to reliably deliver this to our clients. This is an investment in the future,” said Saltworks CEO, Ben Sparrow.last_img read more

Firecracker exploding at 10000 frames per second will blow your mind

first_imgIn our instant coffee, microwave popcorn, and text messaging society sometimes we go about our days so fast we often forget to slow down to smell the roses. But most geeks I know don’t slow down to sniff flowers. Instead, they slow the world down by taking everyday items from our lives and photographing them at high speed.Take for example a simple firecracker. Compared to other types of fireworks on the market, the firecracker is no more impressive than a popping balloon. However if you film a firecracker exploding at 10,000 frames per second, this quaint little noise maker looks more like a Hollywood blockbuster explosion in action.So thanks to the high speed camera, we can take an in-depth look at something that we would not normally be able to see and make it look extraordinary when slowed-down.via Devourlast_img read more

Des ouvriers de Fukushima évacués

first_imgDes ouvriers de Fukushima évacuésL’opérateur Tepco vient d’annoncer qu’il avait demandé à une partie de son personnel d’évacuer les lieux. En cause, une fumée qui s’échappe du réacteur 3. Alors que les dernières communications officielles étaient plutôt rassurantes (les réacteurs ont été reliés au réseau électrique dans la matinée), l’opérateur électrique TEPCO vient de demander l’évacuation pure et simple d’ouvriers travaillant encore à Fukushima. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLundi après-midi, 15h55 heure locale (7h55 heure de Paris), de la fumée grise s’est échappée du réacteur numéro 3, le réacteur le plus endommagé suite au séisme et au tsunami qui ont frappé le Japon le vendredi 11 mars. C’est également le réacteur le plus dangereux car il contient du combustible MOX, dont les rejets sont plus nocifs. Au total, plus de 400 personnes travaillent actuellement sur le site de Fukushima. Difficile de savoir pour l’instant, combien de personnes ont été évacués. “À 15 h 55 (7 h 55, heure de Paris), nous avons reçu un rapport de la centrale indiquant qu’une fumée grise s’échappait du toit du réacteur n° 3. Nous avons ordonné l’évacuation des ouvriers qui se trouvaient à proximité” explique un responsable de TEPCO. Découvrez en images la centrale de Fukushima sur maxisciences Le 21 mars 2011 à 09:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dyche Spurs is not a one man team

first_imgSean Dyche has dismissed the fact that Tottenham is dependent on striker Harry Kane ahead of Burnley’s game against them on Saturday.Kane has been on the sidelines since injuring his ankle ligaments in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley back in January.The England striker could likely face Burnley at Turf Moor after returning to first team training but Dyche is bracing up for a tough test.“He’s a top striker, although they have fared pretty well without him. He is one of the best around when fit,” Dyche said of Kane ahead of the Sky Live clash.“He does more or less everything. For all people say, ‘is he really quick’, a lot of centre-forwards are, but he is quick with his brain, he’s quick in is movement and he sees things really quickly.“[But] it has been proven that they are not just a Harry Kane Tottenham. They have some top players and that has been proven while Harry Kane has been missing.“But it’s fair to say, he adds to it without a shadow of a doubt.”The Clarets are looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games since their 5-1 reverse at home by Everton on Boxing Day.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Dyche is delighted at the manner in which his team have performed till date, jumping to 15th in the table having previously been stuck in the relegation zone.Dyche: Spurs are more than just Kane #epl: Sean Dyche has praised the ability of Harry Kane but insists Tottenham are not a one-man team ahead of Burnley’s game against them on Saturday…. https://t.co/nTLuxnBOMC pic.twitter.com/QjGGV2GUzC— EPL Feeds (@eplfeeds) February 21, 2019“We’ve been heavily questioned this season, myself and the team,” added Dyche.“To come out of that with a good run of performances and results is very pleasing.“The players are certainly grounded enough to know there is more to come and we have got to continue in that vein.”A win for Burnley will further strengthen their hopes of survival as the battle for relegation hots up.last_img read more