Dozens of candidates vie for seats in Northwest Territories election

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE — Dozens of candidates are vying for seats as voters cast ballots today in the Northwest Territories election.There are 58 candidates in total and there are only three of the territory’s 19 constituencies where a contender is unopposed.One riding in Yellowknife and one in the far north have six candidates each.The territory’s long-serving premier, Bob McLeod, is not running for re-election, and a new premier won’t be immediately determined.Under the territory’s consensus-style government, politicians run individually instead of under a party banner.The winners meet shortly after the election to choose a premier and who will be in cabinet.The new premier then assigns portfolios.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img

Messi rested as win over Alaves edges Barca closer to the title

first_imgBarcelona: Barcelona will win La Liga on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia after a 2-0 victory over Alaves gave them a 12-point lead at the top of the table. Lionel Messi started on the bench at Mendizorrotza on Tuesday in a move that made clear just how comfortable Barca are in this title race, its conclusion surely now only a matter of when rather than if. Should Atletico avoid defeat to Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Catalans will still be crowned champions on Saturday at the Camp Nou with a victory over Levante. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThey could even have it wrapped up before kick-off on Saturday if Atletico fail to take at least four points from Valencia and Real Valladolid, the latter whom they face a few hours earlier on Saturday. “It’s an incredibly valuable win,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “In the end however much as people say the league is won, it has to be achieved on the field. We are at the gates now, needing three points more with four games ahead. It is an immense joy to be in this position after so many months of work.” Real Madrid, who play their game in hand against Getafe on Thursday, sit 16 points adrift in third. Alaves stay eighth, their hopes of a Europa League spot fading fast. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMessi came on as a substitute in the 61st minute shortly after his team had scored twice, Carles Alena guiding one into the corner before Luis Suarez, in Messi’s absence, took and dispatched a penalty. Valverde leaving out his captain and star player, presumably with an eye on next week’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, was a luxury Barcelona have earned and can afford. Liverpool, still jostling with Manchester City in the Premier League, are unlikely to feel the same sort of confidence when they face Huddersfield on Friday. “The idea at half-time was to play Leo because the result was not clear,” Valverde said. “But regarding the Golden Boot and that sort of thing, we are only focused on what we have to do to win. “Leo has a lot of individual challenges ahead but today it was time to rest.” Other players were preserved too. Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo all began on the bench, allowing Samuel Umtiti more minutes as he recovers from a knee injury, while the struggling Philippe Coutinho started in a front three with Ousmane Dembele and Suarez. Alena, the 21-year-old Spaniard, scored his second La Liga goal and showed again why many believe he could be a key figure for Barcelona in the years to come. Suarez’s goal, meanwhile, was his 21st in the league and marks the fourth consecutive season in which he has passed the 20 mark for Barca. He might have scored earlier but shot straight at Fernando Pacheco when sent clear in the opening stages, while Coutinho followed up but his rebound was blocked.last_img read more

Taliban attack aid group office in Afghan capital kills five

first_imgKabul: Taliban militants attacked the offices of a US-based aid organisation in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion and battling security forces in an assault that lasted more than six hours and killed at least five people, the Interior Ministry said. Dozens of civilian vehicles and shops were either destroyed or damaged, and several buildings were also damaged. A large plume of smoke rose from the area and the sound of sporadic gunfire could be heard. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe ministry’s statement said four civilians and a police officer were killed and 24 others were wounded in the assault. It was not immediately clear if any foreigners were killed or wounded. The ministry’s statement said the attack ended after all five insurgents were killed by Afghan forces. “Around 200 people were rescued from both buildings within the compound,” it said. The attack targeted US-based aid organisation Counterpart International, which has offices near those of the Afghan attorney general, said Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. The group’s offices are in a compound with two five-story buildings. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We are incredibly saddened by this attack and are working as quickly as possible to account for our staff,” the organization said in a statement on its website. “Their safety and security is our primary concern.” Johan Bass, US ambassador in Afghanistan, strongly condemned the attack on the NGO. He said the targeted organization helps local communities, trains journalists and supports the Afghan people. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in a statement also condemned the insurgents for deliberately targeting a civilian aid organization. “Today’s attack was particularly deplorable, hitting civilians helping Afghans,” the statement said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group attacked the organisation because it was involved in “harmful Western activities” inside Afghanistan, without elaborating. Taliban insurgents stage near-daily attacks on Afghan forces, even as peace efforts have accelerated to find an end to the country’s 17-year war. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called for peace with the Taliban last week and promised to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began Monday.last_img read more

Nigeria surpasses Hollywood as worlds second largest film producer – UN

The Nigerian film industry has overtaken Hollywood and closed the gap on India, the global leader in the number of movies produced each year, according to a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report released today.According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) survey, Bollywood – as the Mumbai-based film industry is known – produced 1,091 feature-length films in 2006. In comparison, Nigeria’s moviemakers, commonly known as Nollywood, came out with 872 productions – all in video format – while the United States produced 485 major films.“Film and video production are shining examples of how cultural industries, as vehicles of identity, values and meanings, can open the door to dialogue and understanding between peoples, but also to economic growth and development,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “This new data on film and video production provides yet more proof of the need to rethink the place of culture on the international political agenda,” he added.The three cinema heavyweights were followed by eight countries that produced more than 100 films: Japan (417), China (330), France (203), Germany (174), Spain (150), Italy (116), South Korea (110) and the United Kingdom (104).Key to Nollywood’s explosive success is Nigerian filmmakers’ reliance on video instead of film, reducing production costs, and, as the survey points out, the West African country has virtually no formal cinemas, with about 99 per cent of screenings in informal settings, such as home theatres.The survey also revealed that about 56 per cent of Nollywood films are made in local languages, while English remains a prominent language, accounting for 44 per cent, which may contribute to Nigeria’s success in exporting its films.According to the study, US movies continue to dominate cinema admissions around the world, and all of the top ten films seen in Australia, Bulgaria Canada, Costa Rica, Namibia, Romania, and Slovenia were US made. 5 May 2009Economic DevelopmentThe Nigerian film industry has overtaken Hollywood and closed the gap on India, the global leader in the number of movies produced each year, according to a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report released today. read more

Bosnian Serb sentenced to 27 years jail by UN war crimes tribunal

Momir Nikolic, 48, was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to one count of crimes against humanity (persecutions), following a plea bargaining deal struck by his lawyers and prosecutors. Under the deal, the prosecutors agreed to drop other charges and Mr. Nikolic agreed to testify in other trials conducted by the Tribunal. According to press reports, prosecutors also had recommended a prison sentence of between 15 and 20 years, while the defence lawyers had recommended 10 years.In a summary of the judgement of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), released today in The Hague, the judges said that neither sentence suggested by prosecutors or defence lawyers “adequately reflects the totality of the criminal conduct for which Momir Nikolic has been convicted.”The judges noted that Mr. Nikolic attended three meetings at which the fate of Muslim civilians from the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica – which had been previously declared a UN safe area – was decided by Bosnian Serb military leaders.Their plan was to deport Muslim women and children to other areas, and to separate and then kill Muslim men. It is estimated that more than 7,000 Muslim men and children were murdered following the capture of the Srebrenica enclave.The Tribunal found Mr. Nikolic recommended possible detention and execution sites, supervised some deportations and separations, and later coordinated the exhumation and reburial of Muslim bodies, thus ensuring key evidence was destroyed and many families still do not know the whereabouts of their murdered relatives.The judges said that in reaching their decision on an appropriate sentence, they considered several mitigating factors, including his expressions of remorse and his willingness to cooperate with prosecutors in other trials. But they noted that his testimony in other trials was often evasive. read more

UN opens new front in Liberias battle for peace batteryless radios

“This is community empowerment. This is real recovery for the future,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Jacques Paul Klein said yesterday, opening another front in the multi-pronged UN mission, ranging from military patrols to ensure the ceasefire accords and the disarming of former fighters to help in building civilian structures and holding elections after 14 years of civil war. “We’re also contributing to the reconciliation process as the dissemination of hate and destruction is undermined by exposure to the world of information. When people hear the truth, they put their evil ways aside,” he added in Voinjama, 400 kilometres north-west of Monrovia, in a country where radio is the principal source of information. The radios, which can wind-up and do not require batteries, are part of a humanitarian donation programme from The Oneness – Hearts, Tears and Smiles, a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a network of volunteers around the world. In addition to the radios, the organization has donated medical equipment and supplies, drugs and computers to Liberia. Mr. Klein said that as the country steadily approached national elections in October 2005, the radios would increase people’s access to information, essential to Liberia’s full transition to a free and open society.With communities now able to access valuable educational programmes, he encouraged local leaders to use Radio UNMIL broadcast by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to exchange ideas and provide updates on development. “We will record your messages and they will be on the air so that people can hear your messages,” he said.With over 75 per cent illiteracy, radio is a vital means of transmitting news in Liberia. The new programme seeks to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation process through civic education broadcasts. Targeted beneficiaries include health facilities, orphanages and community groups, including elders’ and women’s groups.UNMIL was set up in September 2003 not only as a military mission to support the ceasefire accords, but also with a civilian remit to help the transitional Government reestablish national authority in all its many aspects. read more

UN report identifies ways to address gender equality in peacekeeping

The new report prepared by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Women and Peace and Security tackles the broad application of gender equality as well as the protection of women through all phases of peacekeeping, humanitarian and post-conflict operations, addressing such issues as gender balance, gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.The plan which was mandated by a landmark Security Council resolution on women, peace and security adopted in 2000, draws on contributions from 37 different UN agencies and provides a blueprint for action to deliver concrete changes in how they conduct their activities in the years to come.The Task Force aims to ensure women’s full participation in all stages of a given peace process, including in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements as well as the drafting and negotiation of constitutions.The report lays out in detail, by agency, how the UN will enhance gender equity with specific dates for attaining each goal. The plan also includes several measures earmarking budget allocations for gender-based initiatives – that is, making sure the financial resources to achieve these ambitious goals are available when needed. read more

Signet Jewelers buying Zale for about 900M to help diversify its business

by Anne D’Innocenzio And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2014 6:38 am MDT FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2007, a Zales jewelry store worker looks at watches in San Bruno, Calif. Signet Jewelers is buying Zale Corp. for approximately $690 million to help diversify its business and expand further internationally. Shares of Zale soared more than 39 percent in Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, premarket trading, while Signet Jewelers Ltd.’ stock rose more than 9 percent. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file) Signet Jewelers buying Zale for about $900M to help diversify its business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – All the single ladies: Put your hands up.The largest U.S. jewelry chain on Wednesday decided to put a ring on its much smaller rival, creating a $6 billion jewelry juggernaut with expansive reach in North America.Signet Jewelers, owner of Jared The Galleria with its “He went to Jared” slogan and Kay Jeweler with its “Every Kiss Begins with Kay” ads, agreed to buy Zale for roughly $900 million.Turns out, diamonds aren’t just a girl’s proverbial best friend; Investors seemed to like them on Wednesday, too. On news of the planned acquisition, Signet’s stock rose more than 18 per cent, while shares of Zale soared more than 40 per cent.The deal underscores the harsh realities of the $32. 8 billion jewelry business since the Great Recession. Sales of necklaces, rings and other jewels got hammered during the economic downturn as shoppers pulled back on their discretionary purchases.Now, business is slowly starting to come back during the economic recovery. But there are still a number of jewelry chains in the market, and sales are still far from their pre-recession peak of more than $36 billion in 2006.“The deal is a rational response to the imbalance of supply and demand,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy in New Canaan, Conn. “There are too many stores chasing too few jewelry buyers.”In fact, analysts say the abundance of stores is a scenario that has played out in malls across the country where some of Signet’s stores go head-to-head with Zale’s “Zales” branded stores. But they say Signet has fared better.Signet has 1,400 Jared and Kay stores in the U.S. and 500 stores in the U.K. under the names H. Samuel and Ernest Jones.Signet Jewelers Ltd., which is based in Bermuda, reported that revenue at stores opened at least a year rose 5 per cent during in November and December combined. By division, the sales metric at Kay, which has tried attracting customers by creating exclusive collections, rose 5.6 per cent. Jared sales were up 5.6 per cent during that period.On the other hand, Dallas-based Zale Corp. has 1,680 stores in North America under Zales, Gordon’s and other names. The company, which went through a liquidity crisis in 2009, has closed hundreds of stores and has been trying to expand its bridal merchandise.Zale returned to a profit in its most recent fiscal year, which ended July 31. More recently, the company reported its sales at stores open at least one year rose 2 per cent in November and December. Zales branded stores had a 4.4 per cent increase in the sales for the two-month period.Together, the Signet and Zale would have 16 per cent of the U.S. jewelry market, according to IBISWorld, a market research firm. But even before the acquisition, Signet, with expected annual revenue at $4.2 billion in the latest fiscal year ended in January, was the largest U.S. jewelry chain.As part of the deal, Signet said it will pay $21 per share for Zale. That’s a 41 per cent premium to Zale’s $14.91 Tuesday closing price. Zale has about 32.9 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet, for which Signet would pay about $690 million.Part of the deal are about 11.1 million warrants, a security issued by a company that gives the holder the right to buy securities, owned by Golden Gate Capital, a 22 per cent stakeholder in Zale, according to Zale spokeswoman Roxane Barry. Signet entered into a voting and support agreement with Golden Gate.The companies value the deal at $1.4 billion, including assumed debt. Excluding the roughly $500 million in debt Zale had as of Oct. 31, according to SEC filings, but including the price to buy out Golden Gate’s warrants, the deal is worth about $900 million.The acquisition still needs approval from Zale shareholders. Killion is expected to remain Zale CEO. Killion said in a statement that the move will help accelerate growth, coming after Zale completed its “multi-year turnaround program to return to profitability.”___AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman in New York contributed to this report. read more

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

2011Wisconsin37.450.0+12.624.11 2012Ohio34.444.1+9.737.51 Source: Sports Reference Jay Wright teams shoot a lot of threes. Since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when Villanova went to the Elite Eight largely on the strength of Wright’s four-guard lineups, the team has been associated with perimeter offense. So when No. 2-seed Villanova plays No. 3-seed Miami tonight, it’s going to toss bombs. The question, given the team’s season-long shooting slump and its recent hot streak, is how many of them are going to fall.Some years, Wright’s team is very good from deep — last season’s squad made 38.9 percent of its attempts, the second-most for a Wright-coached Nova team. And others Villanova is just a bunch of chuckers — the 2012 team made 31.5 percent of its threes, and four Wildcats shot under 30 percent. But throughout Wright’s decade and a half on the Main Line, the team has dogmatically stuck with its perceived strength and has consistently ranked among the top half of Division I in 3-point attempt rate, or the percentage of field-goal attempts that are threes.This year’s team ranked 24th nationally in 3-point attempt rate, the most of any Big East team. Individually, several Wildcats have taken more than 100 threes a piece. In a lot of ways, this was a culminating season for the Wright-era Wildcats. Just one problem: The team wasn’t very accurate.During non-conference play, 49 percent of the team’s shots were threes, and the Wildcats connected on just 30.9 percent of those attempts. That didn’t get any better during the first month of conference play: 39 percent of Nova’s shots came from deep, and but just 33.5 percent were makes. What helped boost their offensive efficiency ranking, which topped the Big East for all but two weeks of conference play, and why VU could get away with such mediocre shooting and still win 16 games in the conference (and 27 overall) was the squad’s 2-point field goal percentage, which was 55.3 percent throughout league play.In February, a few more threes began to drop — 36 percent — and when Villanova entered March, the team’s offense consisted almost solely of a perimeter barrage. More than 41 percent of its attempts were from beyond the arc, led by Kris Jenkins, a Draymond Green-in-training who, at 6-foot-6, has the size to match up with opposing 4s but is an offensive nightmare because of how he moves around the perimeter. It was helped also by Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s become more and more consistent throughout his four seasons. From March 1, when Villanova played a home game against DePaul, through its annihilation of Iowa last weekend (1.26 points per possession), the team has converted 44.7 percent of its threes.Of the 16 remaining teams in the tournament, VU led the first two rounds in both 3-point percentage (48.9 percent) and differential between its perimeter shooting during the regular season and March Madness. Considering each Sweet 16 squad since the 2011 tournament, only four made a bigger leap in perimeter shooting than Villanova’s 13.8 percentage point improvement from the regular season to the first two rounds. The table below shows the Sweet 16 teams since 2011 with the most drastic improvement in 3-point percentage from the regular season to the first two rounds; of those, only five moved on to the Elite Eight. On the one hand, this is evidence that teams tend not to sustain out-of-character starts, which is obvious. On the other, two teams — 2013 Syracuse and 2012 Louisville — went on to the Final Four. 2012Baylor38.347.5+9.231.02 2014Iowa State35.848.8+13.037.51 2012Louisville31.840.0+8.238.03 YEARSCHOOLREG. SEASONFIRST 2 TOURN. ROUNDSDIFFERENCEREMAINING TOURN. GAMESNO. REMAINING GAMES 2015Xavier35.147.2+12.117.61 2015North Carolina35.852.9+17.161.51 2013Miami (FL)36.244.7+8.530.81 2013Arizona37.1%56.3%+19.233.3%1 2012Xavier35.148.0+12.920.01 On their face, these results are a good reason to disbelieve the Wildcats’ streaky shooting — but the improvement has been steady and recently fueled by crisp ball movement and superb player spatial recognition just as much as it has by sheer coincidence. That’s good, because Villanova will need more than luck against Miami and potentially Kansas (its probable Elite Eight opponent), which are adept at guarding the perimeter and have skilled close-out and ball-screen defenders. 2013Oregon33.348.5+15.235.71 2013Ohio State35.648.5+12.931.62 3-POINT PERCENTAGE 2011Marquette34.943.5+8.612.51 2013La Salle37.746.2+8.539.02 2015UCLA36.851.7+14.923.11 2012South Florida31.640.6+9.013.31 2016Villanova35.148.9+13.8—— 2016Iowa State38.648.810.2—— 2014Virginia36.946.4+9.533.31 2011San Diego State34.945.5+10.631.81 Sweet 16 teams that ran hot through the opening weekend 2013Syracuse33.542.9+9.429.33 2011Ohio State42.356.0+13.737.51 read more

Hope Russell power Windies to massive total

File photoBRISTOL, England (CMC) — Shai Hope stroked a better than run-a-ball hundred while Andre Russell and Evin Lewis savaged half-centuries, as West Indies piled up a massive 421 in their second official World Cup warm-up against New Zealand here Tuesday.Sent in at Bristol County Ground, West Indies were propelled by Hope’s 101 off 86 deliveries as they surpassed their highest ever official ODI total of 389 made earlier this year against England in the Caribbean.The ICC warm-up matches do not have official ODI status, however.Russell blasted 54 from 25 deliveries batting at number eight while Lewis chipped in with exactly 50 off 54 balls at the top of the order.There were several cameos along the way as captain Jason Holder smashed 47 from 32 balls, veteran Chris Gayle lashed 36 from 22 deliveries while rookie Shimron Hetmyer gathered 27 from 24 balls.In their final outing before their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Nottingham on Friday, West Indies were propelled early by Gayle who inspired a 59-run opening stand off 44 balls with Lewis.Gayle looked imperious in belting four fours and three sixes before chipping left-arm seamer Trent Boult (4-50) to mid-off in the eighth over.Hope, who struck nine fours and four sixes in a typically polished innings, then added 84 for the second wicket with Lewis and a further 48 for the third wicket with Darren Bravo (25).Lewis, who counted six fours and a six, reached his second straight half-century before pulling seamer Jimmy Neesham to deep square in the 18th over and Bravo followed in the 24th over, run out by Henry Nicholls’ direct hit from cover.West Indies suffered a middle order slump, losing three wickets for 51 runs to slip from 234 for three in the 31st over to 285 for six in the 38th over, but Russell and Holder put on a sizzling 82 for the seventh wicket to put their side back in control.Russell bludgeoned seven fours and three sixes while Holder counted three fours and sixes, helping West Indies to gather 115 runs from the last 56 deliveries of the innings. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShai Hope backs West Indies in race to 500May 29, 2019In “latest news”Russell returns to West Indies ODI squad for first time since 2015July 17, 2018In “latest news”England beat Windies as Bairstow’s hundred sets up stroll to 4-0September 29, 2017In “Sports” read more

Trinidad schoolgirl found dead with pregnancy test next to body

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeenager found at Turkeyen seashore was strangled – PME resultsMarch 27, 2015In “Crime”Body at Turkeyen: Mother’s ex-lover had threatened teen, suicide note reportedly foundMarch 27, 2015In “Crime”Jamaica: Body of three-year-old girl fished from sea …police hunting fatherApril 28, 2016In “Crime” (CMC) Police are awaiting the outcome of an autopsy to determine the death of a 15-year-old secondary school student, who was found dead at her home late Monday with a positive pregnancy test next to her body.Police said that the body had been found in the bedroom in the house at San Juan, by her 13-year-old sister.The authorities said that the secondary school student had earlier complained to her father of feeling  unwell, and was having severe stomach pains and vomiting.The father is reported to have given his daughter tea and medication to ease the pain.Police said when her body was discovered, they found next to it a teacup with clear liquid, a home pregnancy box which contained two utilised tests, both with an indication of a positive pregnancy test, and a  transparent packet with markings ‘Amoxil 500 mg’, containing a number of red and yellow capsules.Amoxil is an antibiotic that must be prescribed by a doctor. read more

BMAs Palmer talks up potential for autonomous haul trucks

first_imgJames Palmer (pictured), BHP Mitsubishi Alliance Asset President, said this week that autonomous haulage systems (AHS) could become a much bigger part of the company’s operations in the future.Speaking to attendees at a Bowen Basin Mining Club lunch in Mackay, Australia, Palmer said there was potential for 500 autonomous trucks to be introduced at BMA’s open-pit coal operations and BHP’s iron ore mines in the future.This number of autonomous trucks first came up in a strategy briefing presentation delivered by Chief Financial Officer, Peter Beaven, in May.Under a list of “projects in feasibility” in the appendices of Beaven’s presentation, the mining major detailed a staged haul truck automation plan that could cost less than $800 million to deliver, with the first of several investment decisions expected this year. In terms of the delivery of the project, BHP said it was estimating a staged rollout between 2020 and 2023, with AHS decisions made on a “site by site” basis.This move follows a successful rollout of the technology at BHP’s Jimblebar iron ore operation in Western Australia, where the company, since implementation of the fully-autonomous solution, has seen significant incidents involving trucks decrease by almost 90%, according to Palmer.It is this experience that has led to BMA and BHP Iron Ore studying widespread autonomous haulage at its operations.“Through the study, which spans both BMA and BHP’s Iron Ore business, there’s potential to for up to 500 autonomous trucks to be introduced in our open-cut operations,” he said.“It’s an ambitious target – that would see about a tenfold increase to BHP’s existing fleet of autonomous trucks already operating at Jimblebar today. But, like I said earlier, the results from Jimblebar – particularly the safety improvements – continue to make a strong case for change.”In addition to talking up potential AHS operations, Palmer also spoke about the BHP Integrated Remote Operations Centre (IROC), a centre set up just over two years ago that has “created an extensive suite of training and upskilling opportunities for our people”, he said.“Over 50% of the IROC’s mine control team have formerly operated heavy vehicles,” Palmer said. “Now, they’re helping drive our entire coal supply chain – from pit to port.”last_img read more

BGC Contracting gets extension at Atlas Irons Mt Webber

first_imgBGC Contracting Pty Ltd has been awarded an extension to its contract with Atlas Iron Pty Ltd at its Mt Webber Iron Ore Project in Western Australia. Atlas Iron has confirmed that BGC Contracting’s current mining contract, will be extended through to June 2022. This will be a Life Of Mine contract extension which will see BGC Contracting providing services up to the end of operations at the Mt Webber mine site.Under the contract, BGC Contracting will continue to provide a range of mining services including drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, dumping and mineral processing for the operation.BGC Contracting’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Heylen welcomed the decision and thanked the Mt Webber project team for their delivery on what was a significant project for the company and importantly, will now continue for another three years.Heylen said the new contract also signifies a strong vote of confidence in the company’s ability to deliver well into the future and believed Atlas Iron’s senior team had recognised BGC Contracting’s commitment to work in alignment with its brand pillars of project delivery, strong relationships and great people.“BGC’s long standing relationship with Atlas Iron has seen the two companies work collaboratively over the better part of the last decade. During this time, we have continuously and reliably met Atlas Iron’s safety and production targets,” Heylen said.“Through the various challenges posed by the mining cycles over the years, the one thing that has remained constant is we have maintained our strong relationship with Atlas Iron at all levels of the organisation and continue to deliver great outcomes for their projects. We look forward to continuing our work with Atlas’ team in the years ahead,” he said.last_img read more

Des chercheurs retracent virtuellement les parcours des baleines

first_imgDes chercheurs retracent virtuellement les parcours des baleinesUne récente étude, dirigée par le chercheur américain Jeremy Goldbogen, retrace virtuellement les évolutions de baleines dans les profondeurs de l’océan. Bien que les baleines aient été largement étudiées au cours de ces dernières années, leurs progressions en haute mer sont jusqu’à présent restées mystérieuses. Des travaux récents effectués par le Cascadia Research Collective à Olympia, aux Etats-Unis, offrent aujourd’hui un aperçu virtuel des déplacements de ces géants marins dans les profondeurs marines. Durant 10 ans, l’équipe de chercheurs dirigée par Jeremy Goldbogen a suivi des baleines au moyen de puces électroniques fixées sur le dos grâce à un système de ventouse. Les marqueurs, résistants à des profondeurs record ont la particularité de se décoller au bout d’un certain temps du corps des cétacés et remontent à la surface où ils transmettent leurs données par signal radio. Les informations collectées permettent aux scientifiques non seulement de reconstituer le parcours sous l’eau des animaux, mais aussi de comprendre comment ceux-ci absorbent une quantité importante de nourriture et comment ils sont affectés par les sons sous-marins.Un énorme cétacé extrêmement agile ! De manière générale, une baleine est capable d’absorber jusqu’à 125% de leur poids en eau et en krill, petites crevettes composant la base de son régime alimentaire. Pour ce faire, le géant des mers plonge généralement dans un large banc et aspire ses proies qui se retrouvent piéger à travers ses fanons. Selon les résultats de l’étude, présentés lors de la réunion annuelle de Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, le cétacé est capable d’effectuer ces manœuvres avec une agilité extrêmement surprenante pour sa taille. Un complexe parcours virtuel, illustré à l’aide d’une animation vidéo est disponible sur le site de Science.Suivre le parcours des baleines pour révéler un éventuel impact des sonarsÀ lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merFace au succès de leur protocole, Jeremy Goldbogen et ses collègues tentent aujourd’hui d’étendre leur approche afin de comprendre comment les ondes d’un sonar peuvent affecter le parcours des baleines jusqu’à les faire échouer sur les plages. Les données préliminaires de ce second volet suggèrent d’ores et déjà que les impulsions sonores peuvent perturber l’attention des cétacés notamment lors de l’absorption de krill. Il a été noté que les sujets marqués arrêtaient d’engloutir le banc quelques instants pour se tourner vers l’origine du son. Toutefois, l’effet n’est que temporaire et les baleines s’adaptent très rapidement à la nouvelle nuisance.Selon la communauté scientifique, il est encore trop tôt pour déterminer un réel impact des sonars sur le parcours des baleines. Malgré tout, le protocole mis en place par le collectif de recherche permettra dans le futur de récolter les informations nécessaires pour répondre définitivement à la question. Le 15 janvier 2012 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Griezmann I am on the same level as Ronaldo Messi

first_imgAntoine Griezmann believes that he’s on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he sets his sights on the Ballon d’Or awardThe 27-year-old forward was omitted from the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s The Best award, despite playing key roles in France’s World Cup triumph and Atletico Madrid’s Europa League title.But Griezmann remains confident in his abilities and feels that the upcoming Ballon d’Or, which is determined by a voting panel of journalists, is a more prestigious award that will give him a better shot at being named the world’s best player this year.“I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige and history,” he told AS.“There are three months left to give everything.“It is clear that I am a different player than Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. I’m at the top but I can improve.“I seek to be as complete as possible. I’m not going to score 50 goals, but I’m looking to help offensively and work for the team.“I think I already sit where Messi and Cristiano are. And I know other players are going to come for sure.“I want to improve, I want to win and I want to continue like this, playing in this way.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Un gran orgullo de ser el primer goleador de este magnifico Estadio, de NUESTRO Estadio !— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) September 16, 2018Griezmann turned down a summer move to Barcelona in favour of signing a new long-term deal with Atletico.The Frenchman explained that part of the reason why he rejected a move to Barcelona was as a tribute to head coach Diego Simeone and the rest of the squad.“Saying no to Barcelona gives greatness to Atletico, Cholo [Simeone], my team-mates,” he said.“I trust them and we contribute to each other a lot.“I stay where they give me more love. If it was for money, I would have gone to China.“It was a very important decision for my future. You do not only look at one year, you do it thinking about four or five. It wasn’t as easy as choosing a candy.”last_img read more

President Announces ShortTerm Plan to Help Farmers ASA Hopeful Its Step One

first_imgThe Administration announced on Tuesday that the Department of Agriculture would be rolling out a relief plan this fall for farmers hit hard by trade tariffs imposed in recent months. Since discussion of a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs between the U.S. and China became serious in late May, U.S. soy prices have dropped more than $2.00 per bushel.The President has vowed for weeks that he would “take care” of farmers, but the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other agriculture groups did not know until today what that help would look like. The plan outlined by the Administration includes three components: Direct payments to farmers to mitigate lower prices resulting from retaliatory tariffs, direct commodity purchases by USDA, and funding for a temporary program similar in purpose to the current Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs. The cost of the package is expected to total around $12 billion spread across multiple commodities, including soybeans.While soybean growers appreciate the Administration’s recognition that tariffs have caused reduced exports and lower prices, the announced plan provides only short-term assistance. ASA continues to call for a longer-term strategy to alleviate mounting soybean surpluses and continued low prices, including a plan to remove the harmful tariffs.John Heisdorffer, ASA President and soybean grower from Keota, Iowa, stated, “Our best course of action is to expand other markets and develop new ones to buy the soybeans we’re not selling to China. This means finishing the NAFTA negotiations as soon as possible so we can begin talks on new bilateral agreements with other key soybean markets including Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.”Soybean farmers are facing an urgent situation this fall, with a near-record harvest expected and exports predicted to be down by 11 percent next year. That situation will worsen without long-term answers to the pinch of tariffs—or seeing the tariffs rescinded.“The American Soybean Association has consistently advised the Administration that the best way to reduce our Nation’s trade deficit is by increasing exports, including of agricultural products,” Heisdorffer stated. “Since the Administration has decided to use tariffs to address trade concerns with China, and China has retaliated, farmers don’t have time to wait to see how this trade war turns out.”In 2017, China imported 31% of U.S. production, equal to 60% of total U.S exports and nearly 1 in every 3 rows of harvested beans, making solutions to the tariff war critical for the soybean industry.Heisdorffer concluded that, “U.S. soybean producers want to see President Trump succeed in meeting his trade campaign goals of achieving better trade deals and greater market access. And, we appreciate that he has recognized our loss in exports and lower prices and provided some immediate relief. However, producers cannot weather sustained trade disruptions.”last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Tai Chi Running Classes New Hampshire Day Trip

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent announcements from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Off And Running“Off and Running” is taught by a local RCCA Certified running coach and is sure to ‘kick’ your morning off right! Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. Tuesdays, April 30 – June 4, 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. Cost is $100.Tai ChiBack by popular demand, “Tai Chi” is also returning! Tai Chi is a combination of an ancient form of martial arts that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and meditation/relaxation. Learn how to use controlled breathing and mental strength to center yourself and purge negative energy. Wednesdays, March 26 – May 21 (no 4/16), 7 – 8 p.m.Southern New Hampshire Day TripOr, grab your friends and join us for a fun day in Southern New Hampshire!  Celebrate the Spring with a gourmet meal in a quaint cottage-like restaurant surrounded by gardens and woods, followed by a toast to the season with a winery tour and tastings!  We’re off to Pickity Place, where all of the food is made from the freshest of ingredients, and seasoned with herbs and edible flowers grown in their own gardens.  All meal entrees are accompanied by soup, salad, homemade bread and an over-the-top delectable dessert.  After our scrumptious lunch, we’ll head to the Averill House Vineyard where they make unique grape and other fruit wines.This trip is on Saturday, April 27, and is $95 (+$5 for non-residents).  Call your friends to make a day of it!Registration InformationTo register, please visit, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall’s Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)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 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Pickleball For Beginners; Tai Chi; New Running ProgramIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”last_img read more

TCS net up 84 quarterly in Q2

first_imgA private security guard stands at the exit gate of the headquarters of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, India October 13, 2016.Reuters fileTata Consulting Services (TCS) on Thursday reported Rs 6,446 crore net profit for the second quarter of 2017-18, registering 8.4 growth from Rs 5,945 crore last quarter and a 2.1 percent decline from Rs 6,586 crore in the same period last year.In a regulatory filing on the BSE, the IT firm said a revenue of Rs 30,541 crore for the quarter under review was up 3.2 percent from Rs 29,584 crore sequentially and 4.3 percent up from Rs 29,284 crore in the like period year ago.Under the International Financial Reporting Standards or in dollar terms, net income at $1,000 million in Q2 was up 8.4 percent from $923 million a quarter ago and 1.6 percent up from $984 million a year ago.Revenue at $4,739 million in Q2 was up 3.2 percent from $4,591 million a quarter ago and 8.3 percent up from $4,374 million a year ago.last_img

Trump mistakenly exposes more of USMexico migrant deal

first_imgUS president Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on 11 June 2019. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump revealed Tuesday that Mexico agreed to take stronger legal action to halt Central American migrants if its initial efforts to stem the flow don’t show results in 45 days.In bright sunshine outside the White House, Trump waved what he said was the text of an agreement Mexican and US officials signed Friday to avert the application of tariffs on their exports to the United States.Photographs of the document revealed that Mexico appeared to pledge to enact or enforce certain domestic laws if Washington is not satisfied with the results of its first promised efforts — deploying 6,000 National Guardsmen to reinforce its southern border and expanding its policy of taking back asylum-seekers as the United States processes their claims.If, after 45 days, the US government “determines at its discretion” that the results aren’t enough, the document says, “the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force.”The document gives the Mexican government another 45 days to achieve that.It was not clear what specific measures the Mexican government would have to take.Washington said last week it wanted Mexico to agree to a “safe third country” policy, in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than in the US.Trump waved the ostensible agreement in front of reporters amid questions about whether his administration really did reach a substantial agreement last week to stem the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants who pass through Mexico to enter the United States.The initial deal appeared to repeat previous undertakings the Mexicans have made.But Trump has repeatedly suggested there is another secret part of the deal that would require more of Mexico.”Mexico is doing a great job at the border, really helping us,” he said Tuesday.”They have been working very hard. We’re doing very well together. Good relationship.”‘Everything is right here’Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who led Mexico’s negotiating team in Washington, repeated his denial that there is a secret annex to the deal.”You’re not going to see it anywhere. Absolutely everything is right here. Everything. There’s nothing that’s not in this report,” he told a news conference in Mexico City, holding up the nine-page briefing he plans to deliver to the Mexican Senate.That document says the countries discussed a “possible deal” to process asylum-seekers in whichever country they arrive in first.If Washington deems the results of the initial measures insufficient after 45 days, Mexico City has another 45 days to implement the agreement.Ebrard evaded reporters’ questions on what exactly that additional deal would look like.”Mexico is not going to fail. Mexico is open to negotiations if we fail, but we’re not going to fail,” he said.Pressed on what Mexico will do if Trump deems otherwise, he said, “I’m not going to reveal Mexico’s strategy… That wouldn’t be prudent.”Mexico’s leftist government has insisted tighter borders cannot be the only solution, insisting on the need to protect migrants’ rights and fund major infrastructure and development projects in Central America.But Mexico faces huge pressure to deliver immediate results at the US-Mexican border, where American officials detained 144,000 migrants in May, up 32 per cent from April — including a record 89,000 in families.Ebrard said Mexico would begin deploying its National Guard to the southern border on Wednesday.last_img read more

Why Do All These WH Figures Keep Allegedly Calling Trump an Idiot

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comDonald Trump has regularly touted his intellectual prowess; on Jan. 6, he even declared himself “a very stable genius” on Twitter.However, several media organizations are reporting that Trump’s White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has allegedly referred to the president as `an idiot,’ on multiple occasions. Kelly has characterized those reports as, “total BS.”White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is the latest member of the Trump administration to allegedly call Trump an ‘idiot.’ (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)“I spend more time with the President than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship…He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS,” Kelly said in a statement yesterday.NBC News was the first to report on Kelly’s alleged characterization of Trump. According to NBC, White House staffers claim Kelly believes he is protecting the nation from an impulsive and uninformed president.“…Kelly portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe, curbing the erratic urges of a president who has a questionable grasp on policy issues and the functions of government. He has referred to Trump as “an idiot” multiple times to underscore his point, according to four officials who say they’ve witnessed the comments,” NBC reports.This is not the first time that a member Trump’s cabinet has allegedly disparaged the president.According to numerous media reports, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly referred to Trump as a, “f-ing moron,” after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon. Tillerson never officially denied the comment. Trump fired him in March.According to a report in Vanity Fair former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster allegedly dismissed Trump as an “idiot” a “dope” and a “kindergartener,” during a July dinner with Oracle C.E.O. Safra Catz. Trump also fired McMaster in March.last_img