Preventing Half the World’s Annual Child and Maternal Deaths: The Answer’s on the Shelf

first_imgLeading African science academies contend in a report released today in Ghana that scaling up affordable medical interventions such as immunizations by 20% could save the lives of about 189,000 770,000 children and young mothers each year in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.The region now accounts for more than half of the world’s child and maternal deaths every year—about 13,000 deaths a day, with about 1.2 million African babies perishing before they reach 1 month and 3.1 million dying before age 5. Analyzing the data using a software modeling tool, the report estimates that fully implementing well-known medical interventions—including immunizations, insecticide-treated bed nets, and better obstetric equipment—could save nearly 4 million lives a year. The report by seven academies involved in the African Science Academy Development Initiative—a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the U.S. National Academies to strengthen African academies—was released at the initiative’s fifth annual meeting in Accra, Ghana. It concludes that “many African governments are currently under-utilising existing scientific knowledge to save lives.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Curiosity and irritation meet Macron’s effort to lure foreign scientists to France

first_imgEmmanuel Macron  ©FNMF/N. MERGUI/Flickr David Blockstein, National Council for Science and the Environment By Elisabeth PainJun. 10, 2017 , 12:00 PM Curiosity and irritation meet Macron’s effort to lure foreign scientists to France One U.S. scientist, David Blockstein of the nonprofit National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington, D.C., sees Macron’s invitation as “both a publicity stunt and a real opportunity.” He believes it is “not likely many American scientists will take up the offer,” but says the invitation offers a “sharp contrast to an increasingly hostile U.S. political environment for science.”But some key questions, Blockstein adds, are “whether France will also offer increased opportunities to its own scientists to collaborate with their colleagues,” and “whether funding for American scientists will cause competition and resentment from French scientists.” Just a few hours after President Donald Trump announced on 1 June that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged in a video to “make our planet great again” by intensifying efforts to combat climate change—and inviting U.S. researchers who might be unhappy with Trump to work in France.The French government followed up on 8 June by unveiling a website aimed at attracting foreign scientists with 4-year grants worth up to €1.5 million each.But though some U.S. researchers say the invitation is intriguing, it has irritated some French scientists, who say the move raises concerns about their nation’s commitment to homegrown science. In particular, some French researchers are disappointed that the new Macron government offered grants to foreign researchers before answering their own recent call to shore up funding for struggling research institutes.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) … both a publicity stunt and a real opportunity. “Instead [of a commitment to stable domestic science funding], we get a fancy website which is more an empty shell than anything else,” says Olivier Berné, an astrophysicist and CNRS researcher at the Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology in Toulouse, France. He helped organize the March for Science in France, as well as a letter from 1500 scientists to France’s research minister that spelled out 10 funding priorities for the new government.The new recruiting website is the result of roundtable discussions among government ministers, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and economic representatives that took place last week. It asks researchers to fill out a short form asking why they want to fight climate change and to describe their proposed research. It offers 4-year grants of up to €1.5 million for scientists with more than 15 years’ experience, and €1 million for scientists with more than 2 years’ experience following their Ph.D. It says grant winners will get French residency rights—and their spouses the right to work—and promises to deal with the administrative and practical issues associated with the relocation.At first, some French scientists thought the website was a fake, says Berné, in part because it doesn’t specify how many grants are available or where the funding is coming from. But after it became clear it was real, some also became annoyed at what they saw as more of a communications campaign than a commitment to tackling climate change. The effort is “not at the level of what French research really requires today to be a leader on the international scene,” Berné says. He’d rather see the government first commit to funding French laboratories properly, he says. Then, “when this is done, all the scientists including those working on climate change can work properly, and can invite American colleagues also to come.”last_img read more

Lessons from Caitlyn Jenner’s speech at the ESPY

first_imgCaitlyn Jenner’s first public appearance after coming out as a transgender woman was at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) in Los Angeles where she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Through her acceptance speech she made quite an emotional plea.In the 10-minute long speech, she described her journey, how difficult the past few months have been, the trouble the trans community faces and what needs to be done about the issue. Her passionate rhetoric left the audience moved.Here are a few things which we can learn from the battle she narrates in her speech at the the ESPY:1. It is good to be different.”We are all different. That’s not a bad thing, that’s a good thing and while it may not be easy to get past the things you do not understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together,” the Katilyn explains on how we can embrace our differences and yet unite as a community in the best possible way.She faced resistance from one of the drivers, Jessica Steindorff, who was involved in the fatal car accident of February. She slammed the idea of celebrating Jenner’s achievements saying “I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can honour a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show”.2. Respect for hard workAlthough working it out smartly is what makes things easier, hard work is always respected. “I trained hard, I competed hard, and for that, people respected me,” says Caitlyn Jenner who is a great example of what perseverance and dedication can give you.advertisement3. “With attention comes responsibility”Uncle Ben in the Spiderman said, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’, but Jenner says she understands the power of the spotlight. “As a group, as athletes, how you conduct your lives, what you say, what you do is absorbed and observed by millions of people, especially young people,” says Caitlyn.4. Being courageous is the way out”It is an honor to have the word ‘courage’ associated with my life,” says Jenner. Surviving with all the differences and to battle it out with the society which is not all out yet to accept the disparity is what courage is needed for.5. “Everyone deserves respect” Everyone goes through different problems in life and needs to be respected and valued for the way they deal with them. The Ashe Courage award recipient stated how everyone deserves respect especially the ones who are ‘different’. She says, “respect comes from a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.”6. “We start with education”As Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. For Caitlyn, the only way to begin accepting the differences every individual possess is through education. According to her, it is important for us to learn about the other person to understand him better.While talking about Education she also recalled her meetings with Arthur Ashe and how important education was for him.7. “Accept people for who they are” We are all different from each other. Embracing these differences is the best that can be done to possess an individuality. Jenner through her speech asserts that she is going to ‘reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed and treated’ and this can only be done when we as a society accept differences in people.You can watch Katylin’s speech herelast_img read more

Dez Bryant Talks Uniform Reveal, Recommends OSU

first_imgDez Bryant came back to Stillwater and helped reveal some sick new threads for the 2016 football season with Brandon Weeden and Dan Bailey.After the reveal, he talked with OSU’s Allison Gappa in an interview to talk about the experience. And of course, he talked uni’s. “I’m kinda slightly jealous, you know cause we didn’t have it when I was there…”Gappa asked about how great it was to see coach Gundy and Glass in his time again. And Dez threw a lob for the entire coaching staff with an incredible recruiting pitch.“Man, I love them. They the same guys from when I was here. Just real genuine people. If you want great coaching, if you want to get better as a person, get better as a player, as an athlete period, Oklahoma State is the place to come to.”For a superstar like Dez Bryant to give that kind of endorsement for his alma mater, that’s a great recruiting pitch coaches can use to try and bring guys in. Specifically guys from the Texas area who may have interest in OSU only because Dez went there.Check out the full interview here: If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Tom Brady Reacts To Michigan’s Loss To Ohio State

first_imgTom Brady, former Michigan Wolverine and current NFL quarterback talks with Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines.ANN ARBOR, MI – FEBRUARY 3: Tom Brady, former Michigan Wolverine and current NFL quarterback talks with Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines during the Michigan Signing of the Stars event at Hill Auditorium on February 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Superstar athletes, they’re just like us on social media after a big college football game. After Ohio State’s dominance of Michigan, we got a fun interaction between Buckeyes fan LeBron James and former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady.James obviously didn’t attend Ohio State, but he famously grew up in nearby Akron, and was drafted by and played two stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Buckeyes men’s basketball program has a LeBron James locker in its locker room, and the team often gets outfitted with the newest LeBron Nike sneakers.After the Ohio State Buckeyes blasted Michigan 62-39, LeBron James’ celebratory post drew a comment from Tom Brady.LeBron’s distinctly M-less post looks a lot like the ones you’d see from any Buckeye fan after that game.Brady, to his credit, is taking things relatively well, and even joked about his Wolverines’ inability to get over the hump against their hated rival.Ouch, Tom pic.twitter.com/KfCcVyKpmn— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 24, 2018Ohio State has now won 14 of 15 its last 15 games against Michigan. That kind of domination is rare for such a massive rivalry between powerhouse programs.That won win came in the year between Jim Tressel’s dismissal, and the hiring of Urban Meyer. Luke Fickell served as interim head coach that season.The last time that Ohio State lost to Michigan in Columbus was 2000. That Wolverines team featured Brady at quarterback.last_img read more

Japanese Shipyards’ Orders Halved in May

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilding woes continued in May as well, as the country’s shipyards secured just eight export orders, totaling 290,400 gross tons, according to data released by Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA).The number of export orders more than halved during May, compared to the 17 export orders, totaling 1.46 million gross tons, that Japan received in the same month a year earlier.The May orders included 2 Handymax bulk carriers, 2 Panamax bulk carriers, and 2 product carriers, along with one Aframax tanker and one LPG carrier.During the period between April and May, Japan received 14 export orders, totaling 552,750 gross tons, against the 39 seen in the same period in 2015.After they saw a newbuilding ordering spree in 2015, Japanese shipbuilders’ winning streak came to an abrupt end in January, when they took just three orders.In 2015, Japanese shipyard won 424 orders totaling 22.2 million gross tons, mainly due to the rush to build vessels complying with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) construction standards, scheduled to come into force in July 2016.The prolonged slowdown in the dry bulk and container shipping markets, caused by a sluggish demand and a structural overcapacity, has forced shipowners to cut newbuilding orders.Moody’s rating agency earlier said that the shipping industry is expected to see its earnings worsen, while freight rates are likely to remain “depressed amid ample supply.”Moody’s expects demand in the dry bulk segment to remain subdued in 2016 and at a similar level to 2015, as China’s slowdown continues to weigh on demand for commodities.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Army chief downplays Pak ramping up troops along LoC says its normal

first_imgNew Delhi: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said Pakistan deploying additional military resources along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir over the last few days is normal and not a matter of concern, asserting that Indian troops are prepared to deal with any security challenge in the region. The Army chief said every country takes precautionary measures and there is no reason to worry about the deployment of additional forces by Pakistan along LoC. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “That’s normal. Everybody does precautionary deployment and movement of precautionary resources. We should not get too concerned about it,” Gen Rawat said on the sidelines of an event. He was asked about Pakistan ramping up the number of troops along the LoC days after India removed special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories. The Army chief said Indian forces are prepared to deal with any security challenges along the LoC. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “As far as the Army is concerned, services are concerned, we are always prepared should anything go wrong,” he said. On whether the hostilities along the LoC are going to go up in the days to come, Gen Rawat said the choice is with Pakistan. “If the adversary wants to activate the LoC, the choice is his,” the Army chief said. The Pakistan Army is moving big guns to the LoC. The Army has been put on high alert along the LoC to effectively repulse any possible Pakistani misadventure in the wake of India’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. Top Army commanders in Jammu and Kashmir are closely monitoring the overall security situation in the region to thwart any civil disturbances following the Centre’s decisions. Sources said Pakistan may try to trigger unrest in the Kashmir Valley and there may be a spurt in violence, including IED blasts and fidayeen attacks, following the government’s decisions.last_img read more

Niagara Falls man charged in sexual assault

Niagara Regional Police say a man charged in a sexual assault investigation could have more victims.Police say a sexual assault was reported to them on Mar. 4, 2017.It is alleged the victim was sexually assaulted in the area of Hoover St. and Leslie St. in Thorold on that day.Detectives arrested Tyler Craig Magda of Niagara Falls on June 7, 2018.The 27-year-old has been charged with sexual assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, robbery and two counts of fail to comply with recognizance.Investigators say they have reason to believe there could be more victims connected to Magda.Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-688-4111 ext. 9358. read more

Renewed fighting in eastern DR of Congo threatens to destabilize country UN

“All the Congolese should do their best to bring the parties to meet. It is regrettable that soon after foreign troops have left the DRC the Congolese have resumed war,” Amos Namanga Ngongi said at a press briefing in Kinshasa. He added that the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) could only encourage peace in the country “and not force the parties to talk to each other.” Mr. Ngongi said President Joseph Kabila had assured him that the Government did not provide any support to the Maï-Maï in the capture of the town of Uvira, and stressed that the Maï-Maï were “politically full-fledged partners” who participated in the recent inter-Congolese dialogue. Asked whether Rwandan soldiers were still in Kisangani, the UN envoy said he had waited for a year to see evidence of that. “If anyone holds some proof, let them report to us. Why should it be so difficult?” he asked. As for the incident on 8 October in Kisangani in which MONUC military officers were accused of shooting a student, the commander of the UN peacekeeping force, Gen. Mountaga Diallo, said while investigations were still on going, “a direct shooting with a 7.62 mm gun would have caused a more serious wound than the one on the student.” General Diallo said the process of verifying and identifying Rwandan soldiers who left the DRC was not yet completed and warned that the renewed fighting among Congolese might bring foreign troops back to the country, particular to the eastern part. In other developments, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn McAskie said the renewed fighting and withdrawal of Rwandan troops had resulted in significant reductions in humanitarian access, especially around Bukavu, Kindu and Uvira, where relief organizations have had to suspend activities or evacuate completely. Ms. McAskie, who just concluded a three-day mission to the DRC before heading to Burundi, said tension in the town of Kindu had increased the number of displaced people to 11,000, while in Ituri, fighting between Hema and the Lendu ethnic groups had displaced 60,000 people in the past two months, bringing to 500,000 the total number of displaced persons in the Bunia area. read more

UN agency hopes new Ivorian peace pact will allow 15000 refugees to

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the latest peace pact between armed opponents in Côte d’Ivoire, which it said could allow the repatriation of 15,000 Ivorian refugees from Guinea and Liberia.“The official declaration of the end of the war could now provide the necessary impetus for the repatriation of Ivorian refugees, if all parties abide by their commitment to peace,” said David Lambo of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Earlier this week, President Laurent Gbagbo, rebel New Forces head Guillaume Soro, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara and former President Henri Konan Bedie declared an end to hostilities after four days of African Union-mediated talks in Pretoria, South Africa.The Pretoria pact was to resolve the bitter conflict that started in September 2002 and has divided the country in two.Ceasefire agreements signed in France in 2003 and in Ghana in 2004 were broken last November and again in February. read more

Newcrest to apply unique technical capabilities to coppergold mine in BC Canada

first_imgNewcrest Mining has entered into an agreement to acquire a 70% joint venture interest in Imperial Metals’ Red Chris copper-gold mine and surrounding tenements in British Columbia, Canada, for $806.5 million.The deal will see Newcrest become Red Chris operator, in charge of deciding how to exploit the copper-gold porphyry open-pit mine.Newcrest said the acquisition of Red Chris was “a measured entry” into North America and aligned with its stated strategic goals of building a global portfolio of Tier 1 orebodies where Newcrest can “deliver value through application of its unique operating capabilities”.Red Chris comes with a mineral resource of 20 Moz of gold and 5.9 Mt of copper. The acquired property comprises 23,142 ha of land with 77 mineral tenures, five of which are mining leases, and sits within the traditional territory of the Tahltan Nation.Newcrest Managing Director and CEO, Sandeep Biswas, said: “We are delighted to add this asset into the Newcrest portfolio. Following due diligence, we believe we can bring our unique technical capabilities to unlock the full value potential of this orebody in one of the premier gold districts in the world.“We have identified a clear pathway to potentially turn this orebody into a Tier 1 operation. The geology of Red Chris is similar to our Cadia orebodies in Australia and we will be applying our considerable experience in exploration, open-pit mining, caving and processing to maximise the value of Red Chris and the opportunities in the surrounding region. We look at this opportunity in the same way as we do with Cadia, where we have proven we can create significant value from deep underground porphyry orebodies.”Following the intensive due diligence process Biswas mentioned, Newcrest said it has a two-stage plan to deliver value from the acquisition:Stage one will see the company apply its “Edge transformation approach” to the existing Red Chris open-pit mine and processing plant.“Newcrest believes it can add significant value to Red Chris by applying the same Edge mind-set and approach that has led to significant operating improvements across all Newcrest operations over the last five years,” the company said.Examples of where successful changes have been implemented to safely accelerate cash maximisation include process plant optimisation (debottlenecking, recovery uplifts, process control, improving concentrate quality), mine optimisation (improving orebody knowledge, grade control, fleet management system, mine planning) and supply chain cost reduction, according to Newcrest.As part of this stage, Newcrest said it will initiate an extensional drilling programme.“Newcrest intends to optimise the current open-pit mine plan and pursue initiatives to improve operational productivities and milling recoveries,” Newcrest said.The current open-pit mine has an existing 11 Mt/y processing plant and associated infrastructure which allows ‘brownfield’ expansion options in the future, it added.Stage 2 will see the company apply “industry leading technology”.The company said: “Newcrest believes it can add significant shareholder value by applying technology to Red Chris that it has successfully applied at its other operations.”Examples include block caving – “Newcrest believes the orebody has the potential to become a high margin bulk underground block cave. Newcrest will accelerate the necessary drilling and studies. Newcrest intends to conduct studies and review the ore reserve of the Red Chris operation to allow for reporting in accordance with JORC 2012 to take into account the potential transition to a future block cave operation.”Coarse ore flotation could also be considered, the company said.“Having demonstrated the recovery benefits of coarse ore flotation at Cadia, Newcrest will look to apply this technology to Red Chris,” Newcrest said.And, then there is the application of one of the most popular technologies today: ore sensing and sorting, of which Newcrest said: “Positive results from trials underway at Telfer may lead to this technology being deployed at Red Chris.”In terms of exploration, Newcrest said it would apply its experience in deep underground brownfield and greenfield exploration on the existing orebody and the broader land package to potential uncover more tonnes of copper and ounces of gold.“Newcrest has identified opportunities to expand Red Chris’s mineral resources along strike and at depth in areas where there has been limited deep drilling to date. Historical shallow drilling indicates that there is also potential for further deep discoveries to be made in the larger tenement package.“Newcrest will be targeting prospective regions beyond the current mine looking for further porphyry centres including small footprint, higher-grade gold-rich porphyry systems leveraging knowledge gained from Cadia which has similar geological features,” Newcrest said.Red Chris, on the northern edge of the Skeena Mountains, commenced construction in 2012 and was completed in November 2014 for a total cost of C$661 million ($492 million). Commercial production commenced in July 2015 and, in the first nine month of 2018, the mine produced 20,320 t of copper and 29,569 oz of gold.last_img read more

Angry Birds coming to consoles Facebook and film while Angry Birds 2

first_imgRovio’s addictive game Angry Birds has become a multi-million download seller on both the Android and iOS app stores, so it’s a no-brainer that Rovio is planning a sequel.Slightly more surprising is what form the sequel will take. Speaking at London’s Virtual Goods Summit, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka spilled the future of the Angry Birds franchise, and while the first game might have seen the player catapulting the eponymous angry birds into ovum-voracious pigs who had stolen their eggs, the second game won’t just be more of the same: it’ll be Angry Pigs instead,Says Vesterbacka: “We want to surprise people [with the sequel]. No one has told the story from the pigs point of view.”Now that it’s out of the bag, I don’t think Angry Pigs is likely to surprise anyone, but Angry Birds‘ future console plans might: Rovio’s CEO also confirmed that Angry Birds will also be coming to consoles including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.Multiplayer Angry Birds is also on the cards, being described as playing like an “old school Worms game.” Rounding things out is word of a Facebook game set in the Angry Birds universe and even a movie or television show. It seems like it’s a good time to be an Angry Birds fan, and an even better time to be Rovio.Read more at Pocket Lintlast_img read more

Car sales in Greeece down

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Overall car sales in Greece dropped by 23.5 percent in the 7-month period of January-July 2009 over the corresponding period in 2008, according to figures released on last week by the national statistics bureau ESYE. The figure includes both new and used cars. ESYE said that a total of 185,043 cars entered into circulation for the first time in Greece in the 7-month period, against 241,853 in the same period last year. In July, car sales rose by 9.5 percent to 40,869 against 37,322 in July 2008, which ESYE attributed to the reduction in the classification duties.last_img read more

Spring picnic for St Paraskevi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Spring is in the air and it’s picnic time for the parishioners and members of the youth group for St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church Blacktown. “Last year’s event was a huge success with over 80 people there,” Susie Kotrolos, youth group director, St Paraskevi, said. Even more are expected this year. “I run the youth group SPYCE (ST Paraskevi Youth Club Evenings) and it’s a group that invites youth from the ages of 6 -18. We meet on a monthly basis. We talk about differing issues and religious issues. We have outings and organise fund-raisers for our church and our community.” The church community has booked an area at Nurrangingy Reserve for the event, so there will be plenty of space for everyone to play soccer and cricket. There are also swings and other playground equipment for the younger children. Picnic goers can bring their own plate of food and the community has provided a barbecue for people to bring meat to be cooked on the day. The event will take place at Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Raod, Doonside, on Sunday 11 September from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm. For more information please call Susie Kotrolos on 0439 664 521last_img read more

Report 3rd District residents spend 217 billion a year on outdoor recreation

first_imgResidents of Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District spend an estimated $2.17 billion on outdoor recreation every year — a lot of money by any standard, but right about the middle of the pack when compared to the state’s nine other districts, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.The state’s biggest spenders are the residents of the 7th Congressional District, which encompasses Seattle and a few surrounding suburbs. People in that area spend about $2.41 billion annually.The spending figures are based on where recreationalists live, not where they spend their money, nor does it account for spending by international visitors.The 3rd District, which includes all of Clark County, is home to at least 36 outdoors companies. But the 7th hosts more than 200.In total, consumers spend about $26.2 billion on outdoor recreation in Washington annually, with residents accounting for 83 percent of that. Out-of-state visitors make up the rest.About 72 percent of the state’s residents do something in the outdoors every year, and 30 percent do so within a half hour’s drive from our home, according to the report.last_img read more

59 include financial wellbeing in staff wellbeing strategy

first_imgMore than half (59%) of employer respondents who have a staff wellbeing strategy in place now specifically include financial wellbeing within this, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its quarterly Business barometer, which surveyed 906 UK employers, also found that 70% of service organisation respondents that have a staff wellbeing strategy in place offer financial wellbeing support.The research also found that:29% of respondents implement a financial wellbeing strategy via a financial education programme, 16% use a debt counselling service or employee assistance programme (EAP), and 14% opt to deliver support through access to a financial adviser.68% of manufacturing organisation respondents with an employee wellbeing strategy offer financial wellbeing support, and 49% of public sector respondents do so.35% of respondents have an overall wellbeing strategy in place, and 18% are in the process of arranging one.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers, said: “Staff wellbeing strategies are on the rise, as [organisations] consider how best to increase engagement and boost productivity and retention. As part of overall wellbeing, we are also now seeing an increase in financial wellbeing. With so many changes to the personal finance landscape, employers play a pivotal role in supporting their employees’ financial wellbeing.“Employers who recognise the role they can play in supporting staff with the many and complex financial choices they now face will benefit from more financially secure staff who make well-informed decisions and who as a consequence will be more engaged, happier and more productive at work.”last_img read more

Ashok Leyland wins 170 million order from Tanzanian government to supply vehicles

first_imgChennai-based commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland said on Thirsday that it has won an order worth $170 million from the Tanzanian government to supply vehicles and related items. The company informed about the order minutes before trading hours; the share price of Ashok Leyland closed 1.72 percent higher at Rs 85.65 on the BSE.The order will be financed by the EXIM Bank of India under National Export Insurance Account (NEIA) Scheme, the company said in the regulatory filing to the BSE. The company, belonging to the Hinduja Group, said export orders will enable it to make up for falling volume sales in the domestic market. “Exports to key international markets is an essential part of Ashok Leyland’s strategic intent to globalise its product portfolio and derisk itself from supplying only into India,” Vinod K Dasari, managing director at Ashok Leyland Limited, said.The company had won a similar order worth $200 million from West African country Cote D’Ivoire, formerly known as Ivory Coast, in November last year.Three days ago, Ashok Leyland launched the first Made-in-India electric bus. The buses will be priced in the range of Rs 1.5 to Rs 3.5 crore.Volume sales at Ashok Leyland declined for the third straight month in September this year, indicating sluggish demand in the overall commercial vehicle segment.The company sold 12,057 units last month, a fall of 18 percent from 14,783 commercial vehicles it sold last September. The fall was steep in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment at 26 percent (8,963 units) and was partly offset by light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment that grew 17 percent.On the positive side, the company, along with Tata Motors and VE Commercial Vehicles, has benefited from new orders for buses placed by state transport undertakings. In September, the Mint reported that the three companies bagged orders for supplying 10,600 buses in the preceding three months. The orders are to be executed by the end of the current financial year.last_img read more

Cop dies falling off building in city

first_imgA police constable died after falling from the 5th floor of a building in the capital’s Mirpur area on Friday, reports UNB.Shariful Islam, 20, constable of Public Order Management (north division) in Mirpur Police Barrack, fell down from a veranda while talking over mobile phone in the morning, said duty officer of Kafrul police station, sub-inspector Hosna Afroz. Later he was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 9:30am, said Bacchu Mia, sub-inspector of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police camp.last_img read more

Two Armed Suspects Rob DC Coffee Shop

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police Department is on the lookout for two people who robbed a Northeast D.C. coffee shop at gunpoint on Feb. 17.  Officials said the two suspects entered the store in the 1900 block of Michigan Avenue, NE around 7:32 p.m.Police are searching for two Black suspects, who allegedly robbed a Northeast D.C. coffee shop on Feb. 17. (Metropolitan Police Department)According to the police, the suspects walked into Avondale Coffee Shop and started pointing guns at the employees. Police said the suspects demanded the employees unlock the cash register and the safe. The men fled the scene and ran to the corner of Allison Street and 19th Place, NE where another suspect was waiting in a white Chevy Malibu for the robbers, police said.A security guard, working at a store in the area, saw the suspects running away and tried to stop them, but the driver of the Chevy Malibu hit the security guard and the suspects drove away. Authorities released video surveillance of the incident on Feb. 25.The video shows a victim falling to the ground losing a shoe while trying to escape the store.There were at least three customers in the shop during the armed robbery, police reported. The establishment did not respond before press time to comment on the incident.The suspected robbers are described as two Black men wearing black coats and jeans.The robbery is a rare occurrence, according to police data. As of Feb. 23, robberies overall in the district are down 30 percent (364 robberies from 522 in 2016), according to the department’s data.MPD statistics indicate that 69 juveniles have been arrested so far in 2017 for robbery. According to the department cash and cell phones are the common theft targets.Rachel Reid, a spokesperson for the police force, attributes the decrease in robberies to the department’s detectives and community partnerships. “MPD works hard to close every case, including robberies,” Reid told the AFRO Feb. 24. “Many of the perpetrators are caught shortly after an incident for several reasons, including the quick response of our officers and detailed suspect descriptions provided by witnesses.” Reid added that video surveillance, like the one released for the Feb. 17 armed robbery, also helps to solve cases and deter crime.In 2015, D.C. police partnered with the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants to launch the Private Security Camera Incentive Program. The program provides a rebate for residents and business owners who purchase security cameras for their property and registers those cameras with the police.last_img read more

For Phablet Fans Samsung to Release 63Inch Galaxy Mega in US

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Samsung calls it a hybrid mobile device. Some call it a phablet — a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. Others might just call it ridiculously large.The tech giant said it will be releasing the Galaxy Mega to the U.S. market this month for AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular users. The device has a 6.3-inch screen with a HD LCD (720×1280) display. Compare that to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone’s 5-inch display and, well, that’s a lot of smartphone in your hands.The Galaxy Mega runs the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core CPU. It comes with 1.5 GB of internal RAM and up to 64 GB of memory with an external micro SD card, which Samsung allows users to store large libraries of photos, music and videos. This, of course, can be useful for entrepreneurs who require large amounts of media on their mobile devices — either for work or pleasure.Among other features, the Samsung Galaxy Mega comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. While pricing wasn’t announced, Samsung says each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.Related: Watch Out Apple, Samsung Said to Release Smartwatch Device as Early as Next Month August 20, 2013center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more