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first_imgThough the snow may have stopped, the Department ofTransportation and Public Works’ crews are still on the jobtoday, Jan. 25, continuing to plow, salt and sand Nova Scotia’shighways and roads. Despite high winds and blowing snow, which often covered roadsalready plowed on both Sunday, Jan. 23, and Monday, Jan. 24, theprovince’s 100-series highways were cleared within eight hours ofthe end of the storm, meeting department guidelines. Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell praised theefforts of highway workers who worked to open the roads for safetravel. “Our snowplow crews worked around the clock for two daysand did a great job under extreme conditions,” said the minister. The department halted snowplowing on Highway 101 Sunday night asblowing snow reduced visibility to zero. “Making the roads safefor motorists is our primary concern,” Mr. Russell said, “but theroad is the workplace for many of our crews and their safety isalso our concern.” All highways, trunks, routes and local paved roads throughout theprovince are passable but some are still snow-packed. Most gravelroads are open now and all roads should be clear by Wednesday,Jan. 26. Crews will be pushing back snowbanks in the coming days, somotorists are advised to use caution near intersections wherevisibility is reduced. Parents are asked to remind children notplay or tunnel in snowbanks along roads. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia.last_img read more

first_img thousands of households carry out needed health and safety related home repairs hundreds of seniors or persons with disabilities to adapt or modify their homes so they can continue to live independently in their communities to create new affordable rental units through new construction or conversion of existing non-residential buildings developers preserve affordable rental units. Our efforts are making a difference in the lives of many Nova Scotians. Working closely with our housing partners, we know we can do even more to reduce housing poverty and provide more affordable and sustainable housing throughout the province. We recently heard from the people that lead the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and they recognized our work with housing co-operatives to help protect, preserve and restore the valuable supply of mixed-income, affordable housing. In fact, Nova Scotia was one of the very few provinces to earmark funding for co-operative housing in its last budget. An innovative pilot project is targeting people living in shelters to help transition them to long-term, supportive housing. So far, this initiative has helped 200 people make the move into safe, long-term housing. While it is important to celebrate the progress we’ve made so far, we must now turn our attention to the challenges ahead. Later this fall, a series of public consultations will get underway that will help shape a bold and comprehensive long-term housing strategy. I encourage everyone to get involved so we can continue to build more prosperous and inclusive communities. For more information about affordable housing in Nova Scotia, visit www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing . -30- Access to adequate, affordable housing is the foundation of our fight to end poverty. As Minister of Community Services, I am proud to say that more Nova Scotians today have a safe and affordable place to call home compared to previous years. In partnership with the federal government, the province has invested $145 million into affordable housing since 2009. On the first day of October, Nova Scotia is marking World Habitat Day by reflecting on recent accomplishments and focusing on the work ahead to address the housing needs of many Nova Scotians. Last year alone, the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation provided assistance to create or preserve thousands of homes across the province, helping:last_img read more

first_imgSHIMLA: Power Minster R K Singhon Thursday addressed the inaugural session of third Nepal Infrastructure Summit at Kathmandu, Nepal. During the visit, the Minister also inspected 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project being executed by SJVN through its wholly owned subsidiary SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company Pvt Ltd (SAPDC) on river Arun in Nepal. He was accompanied by S K G Rahate, Additional Secretary Power; Prabodh Saxena, Special Secretary Power (GoHP); Dr Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission (Indian Mission); Nand Lal Sharma, CMD SJVN. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDuring the visit, he also inaugurated the construction of intake works at dam site of Arun-3 HEP and executed the last blast of excavation of central gullet at Power House. Arun-3 HEP has generation capacity of 900 MW and has the potential to generate 3,924 million unit of electricity per annum. Besides, the project also involves erection of 217 km long 400 kV double circuit associated transmission line (up to Indo- Nepal Border). SJVN, aims to be a 5,000 MW company by 2023, 12,000 MW company by 2030 and 25,000 MW company by 2040.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners is a free concert series and runs Monday – Friday, from noon to 1pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 5 – August 16.For more the full line-up or information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/musicalnooners or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver or #musicalnooners..About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. – Happy 10 year anniversary Musical Nooners! CBC Vancouver is ready to kick-off the tenth season of its popular free, outdoor summer-long concert series, Musical Nooners, on  Friday July 5, with a special performance by The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton. The whole community is invited to CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street to join in on the festivities.“I am really excited to have The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton kick off the 10th year of Musical Nooners. They are an incredible live band with electrifying energy,” remarks Jon Siddall, co-producer for the series. “Combined with Dawn’s bold funk sound, it is  the perfect way to kick off a summer of amazing concerts on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage.”“This is the tenth year of Musical Nooners, I am very proud of the role CBC Vancouver has played in supporting and developing local musicians all these years,” says Johnny Michel, senior managing director, CBC British Columbia and Alberta. “Our outdoor stage has become a place for new talent to get discovered and a coveted gig for seasoned performers. This year’s programming is stronger than ever and celebrates Vancouver’s music scene in all its diversity.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – The meeting is part of the King’s regular follow-up of the implementation of the renewable energy strategy, said a statement by the Royal Cabinet.This year, the objectives that the King set in April were achieved within the deadlines, Maghreb Arab Press reported.The objectives included beginning the operation of Noor Ouarzazate, a 580 megawatt solar energy complex. The Noor Ouarzazate III tower was successfully synchronized to the power grid, making it one of the largest solar multi-technology complexes in the world, according to the Royal Cabinet.Engineering and technology group Sener completed the first synchronization of the Noor III plant to the Moroccan grid in August. The company will start the final testing of Morocco’s Noor III solar power plant in Ouarzazate to prepare for commercial operation by the end of 2018, Sener wrote in a statement September 26.“Once operational, it will mark a turning point in the [solar power station] (CSP) sector worldwide,” said Anas Raisuni, Sener’s regional managing director in Morocco.According to the cabinet’s statement, the Noor Laayoune I and Noor Boujdour I solar power plants were also completed for “a combined capacity of 100 MW.” These two power plants were built under “an innovative financing plan that used the first green bond issue in the Kingdom.”The plants, which are part of a new development model, paved the way for further progress to benefit the local population and economic stakeholders in Western Sahara.At the meeting, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) president, Mustapha Bakkoury, presented the King with the schedule for the implementation of the “Noor PV II program” and the construction of the Noor Midelt solar complex. The plant uses a mix of solar, thermal, and photovoltaic technologies.Wind farm projects ready for 2019Construction of the 180-megawatt Midelt wind farm and the 100-megawatt Taza wind farm will start in 2019.In 2019, a repowering project for the Koudia El-Baida wind farm, in the Tangier-Tetouan region, will be launched. The farm is the first wind project in Morocco and has been operating since 2000 through Morocco’s National Office of Electricity (ONEE). The repowering project will increase the farm’s capacity from 50 to 120 megawatts. The project will develop the wind energy resources in Morocco’s northern region.At the end of this meeting, King Mohammed VI gave his instructions “to increase the initial ambitions for renewable energy to exceed the current goal of 52 percent of the national electric mix by 2030.”Renewable energy for energy savingThe monarch directed Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani to use renewable energy in public buildings to maximize energy efficiency and achieve significant savings.The King also stressed the need “to adopt an additional integrated program to back all the scheduled water desalination plants with renewable energy production units to ensure their autonomy and energy saving.” The plans will rely primarily on the deposits available near the plants such as the wind power plant in Dakhla or through exploring new sources of energy, such as waste energy transformation in big cities.El Othmani and the King’s advisors, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Zenagui, as well as Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun and Minister of Energy Aziz Rabbah attended the meeting. read more

12 July 2007The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that it is doubling to $123 million its budget to help the hundreds of thousands of uprooted Iraqis who are either internally displaced or living in neighbouring states. The target has been revised to meet the spiralling number of Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), UNHCR António Guterres said. UN officials estimate that 2,000 Iraqis are now fleeing their homes every day, and about 2 million have become IDPs and another 2.2 million are refugees, mainly in Jordan and Syria, since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.“Host governments and communities [are] struggling to cope” with “the needs of the Iraqi refugees and internally displaced [that] are enormous and growing by the day,” Mr. Guterres said.The revised budget includes an earlier UNHCR appeal in January for $60 million, an amount already surpassed by donors. So far, the Office has received $67 million for its Iraq operations and another $10 million is pledged or in the pipeline. But the appeal notes that much more will need to be done in the future as, according to UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis, “the situation continues to worsen.”The revised appeal focuses on supporting both the refugees themselves and those hosting them through addressing problems that are apparent domestically and outside of Iraq.In Iraq, the agency plans to boost its provision of aid supplies that includes makeshift shelter for up to 100,000 vulnerable people, and to promote the establishment of inter-agency humanitarian aid depots. Outside Iraq, UNHCR will focus on five areas of assistance – education, health, food, social and legal counselling and shelter. UNHCR already hopes to increase the number of Iraqi children in schools in the region from 60,000 to 200,000 by the end of the 2007-08 school year and to increase the number of refugee medical referrals from 10,000 a month to 20,000 by the end of this year by working closely with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). read more

25 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon departs later today for Trieste, Italy, for a series of meetings with international partners focusing on the Middle East and Afghanistan, his spokesperson said today. On Friday, Mr. Ban will attend a meeting of the Middle East Quartet, which comprises the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. Also in Trieste on Friday, the Secretary-General will meet with members of the League of Arab States’ follow-up committee on the Arab Peace Initiative, the Saudi plan for full Arab peace with Israel in return for full withdrawal from territory it seized in 1967.In addition, he will attend a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan. “That gathering will look at the situation in Afghanistan from a regional perspective. It will touch on themes such as cooperation in border management and countering illicit drug trafficking,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. read more

He was responding to the question on claims that there is rising fundamentalism in the Eastern Province, with funding from West Asian countries. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem insists Muslims have not been radicalised in the East.In an interview with The Hindu newspaper, Hakeem said that while there are different schools of thought in Islamic philosophy it is not a case of sectarian radical groups taking root. Hakeem says politicians like him monitor what is taking place and keep their ears to the ground and interact with all the people.“Sometimes when it is necessary we criticise the attitude of some of these people — the way they propagate their ideology because it can give a different perception to the outsider, that this community is becoming a bit introverted, very exclusivist and reducing interaction with the rest of the community — these are frowned upon by a majority of Muslims in this country. When it comes to religious practice, whether it is in Hinduism, Christianity, or Judaism, there are different strains, different ideologies being practised by fringe groups. I don’t think we need to worry about these fringe groups as long as they don’t resort to violence as a means to propagate their culture or ideology,” he added. Hakeem also noted that issues like women’s rights have come into focus and people tend to think Islam is very slow in embracing certain liberal values when it comes to women’s emancipation or their rights.“They are cultural issues and those reforms will have to come from within and that is happening now. Today one of the main issues is women’s participation in the labour force. In South Asia, we are far behind compared to other countries. There are several factors contributing to it. It is because we are more protective of women. But any religious taboo against women working has over time got de-escalated so much that a large number of Muslim women are freely working. But of course, the way in which they dress or behave will be dictated by cultural norms, and that you cannot prevent. That is the right of those people to practise their own culture. That accommodation needs to be there and it should not be perceived as “the other”. (Colombo Gazette) “You know, it’s very typical, this question after a lengthy interview of this nature. Not only you, several media people who have come to interview me end up asking this question. It is again a manifestation of an international mindset. But locally, I don’t see that Muslims have been radicalised to that extent so as to resort to violence. Whatever radicalisation has been happening, it is in the cultural domain — you see their dress, their attitude to observing their faith, you see a certain amount of this happening, they talk about Wahhabism, or the Salafi ideology being the cause for most of this radicalisation. Then there are various Jama’aths like Sri lanka Thawheed Jama’ath. It is not a case of sectarian radical groups coming and taking root, but these are different schools of thought in Islamic philosophy,” he said. read more

The Navy Commander, meanwhile, reiterated that from the first day the operation of the Hambantota Port was handed over to the China-Sri Lanka joint venture, the sole commercial use of the port has been clearly defined through legal forms.He said that recently, a warship of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force smoothly berthed for supplies at the Hambantota Port, reflecting the openness and commercial nature of the port.The Chinese Embassy said that some foreign media irresponsibly hyped the question of militarization of the Hambantota Port out of their own hidden agenda. China has warned Sri Lanka over attempts to sour the relationship between both countries.The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan said that there are baseless claims being made that the Hambantota Port might be used for military purposes. The Chinese Ambassador had expressed this view at separate meetings he had with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe. The Embassy said that time will eventually prove that the Hambantota Port is destined to embrace a prosperous and bright future in business. “China and Sri Lanka should keep vigilant against such kind of rumors, and strengthen communication and coordination so as to prevent the China-Sri Lankan relations and cooperation from being disturbed or damaged,” the Chinese Embassy in Colombo quoted the Ambassador as saying. During his meeting with the Prime Minister, Ambassador Cheng said that China attaches great importance to the relations with Sri Lanka, and wishes to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to actively push forward the practical cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Chinese Embassy quoted Wickremesinghe as saying that the Sri Lankan Navy is the sole military force responsible for the security of the Hambantota Port and that there was no concern over a possible Chinese militarization of the port. read more

Note that Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Stream store data in the geographic region associated with your Office 365 tenant. To see which region houses data for your tenant, go to the Microsoft 365 admin center > Settings > Organization profile and scroll down to Data location. Moving to Teams: Upgrade Paths, Untangled Kevin Kieller and Dino Caputo July 01, 2019 Everything you wanted to know about Teams upgrade modes but were afraid to ask The following table provides additional details related to Teams data storage. Data noted as stored in the Azure substrate is most often, but not always, stored within the geographic region of the user (or users) who are interacting and may, for performance reasons, also be cached across all the geographical regions where users are located. The Teams application uses specific Azure blob, table, and queue storage (collectively referred to as the Teams substrate). Files are stored in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, and meeting recordings are stored in Stream, all of which in turn use Azure storage. To support eDiscovery, copies of conversations and chat messages are copied to Exchange Online, which also uses Azure storage. 1:1 chat messagesYesIn a hidden folder within user mailbox, only accessible via eDiscovery; each user maintains separate copy of chat transcript For example, in the case illustrated below, Teams data would be stored both in “North America” (which actually means the U.S.) and “Canada” (which indeed means Canada). TamingTeams-datalocation.png Chat during a meetingYesHidden folder within users’ mailboxes, only accessible via eDiscovery; each user maintains separate copy of chat transcript Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Channel conversationsYesA process also saves a copy in hidden Exchange group mailbox for compliance purposes Files shared during a meeting chatYesUser’s OneDrive for Business, in a folder called “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” Microsoft stores Teams data in Azure. This is a good thing. Azure is a global set of cloud services enabling massive hyperscale deployments that, according to Microsoft, 95% of the Fortune 500 use. It delivers Azure through data centers in 54 global regions and supports hybrid deployments via Azure Stack (although this isn’t applicable to Teams). Microsoft contends that “Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud, has more regions than any cloud provider, delivers unparalleled developer productivity, and offers more comprehensive compliance coverage—including meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).” ConclusionFor a multinational organization, ensuring Teams stores all relevant user information within the user’s primary geography is virtually impossible. While many organizations have a theoretical issue with this, and some client-related contractual issues, I’d argue that data stored in the Microsoft cloud is most often better managed and more secure than data stored in private customer data centers. As Timothy Chou writes in this seminal book “Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models”: “Anyone delivering services in [cloud-based] Models Four through Model Seven can make investments in security on behalf of many customers and, as a result, can arguably provide higher levels of service than any one customer could on their own.”Discussing and understanding your organization’s real requirements related to data residency is important. Mandatory security and compliance obligations are complicated and often take extensive amounts of time to understand completely; however, you shouldn’t dismiss the unique benefits available from global public cloud offerings, such as Teams, simply because your IT team is unwilling to sort through these important details. Emails sent to channelsReference to emailAny emails sent to the channel email are stored in a folder called “Email Messages” within the channels document library Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. Group chat messagesYesIn a hidden folder within user mailbox, only accessible via eDiscovery; each user maintains separate copy of chat transcript Notes in WikiYesUser’s OneDrive for Business, in a folder called “Wiki” within the “Microsoft Teams Data” folder Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Files shared during 1:1 and group chatsReference to fileUsers’ OneDrive for Business, in a folder called “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” Meeting recordingsReference to meeting recordingStored in Stream, in meeting organizer’s account and content automatically shared with all invited people; videos and meeting recordings in Stream are stored within the Stream service, itself an Azure-based service on top of Azure SQL, Blob, and Azure Media Services Call detail recordsYesHidden folder within user mailbox; a record is generated for each call and meeting in Teams. For each call or meeting, the following is captured:Meeting or call start and end time, and durationCall/Meeting join and leave events for each participantVoIP join/callsPSTN join/dial-in eventsAnonymous joinFederated user joinGuest user joinCalls to voicemailMissed or unanswered callsCall transfers (represented as two separate calls) cloud-computing_TT-774.png Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. Information sources:Overview of Microsoft Teams architectureSurprising Places Where Your Microsoft Teams Data Is StoredMicrosoft Teams launches eDiscovery for Calling and MeetingsLocation of data in Microsoft TeamsOverview of security and compliance in Microsoft TeamsWhere is your data located? While Teams leverages underlying capabilities and inherits the storage profile from many of the underlying Office 365 services, it also creates application-specific data that’s stored directly within Teams. Team and channel structure informationYesNot applicable See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Wherever Teams stores your data, the application is Tier D-compliant based on Microsoft’s rating scale. This rating includes compliance with the many international standards, including, but not limited to, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SSAE16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses (EUMC). Files shared during channel conversationsReference to fileA SharePoint site is created for each team. A document library is created for each channel and files are stored here When using Microsoft Skype for Business Server, all your communication data and metadata, such as call logs, is stored within your data center. For many larger or multinational organizations considering transitioning to Teams, that makes “where does Teams store my data?” an important question. A simple question with a complex answer. Voicemail messagesReference to voicemail messageIn user’s mailbox, this includes transcript of voicemail Log in or register to post comments Images shared during chatsYesStored in separate media store on Azure TabsYesVaries by type of tab; a tab that includes information from a third party will store the data directly in the system used by that party and only present a view of it Teams ItemIn Teams Azure Substrate?Additional Storage Location/Notes Tags:News & ViewsTaming TeamsMicrosoft Teamscloud storageTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesCloud CommunicationsNews & ViewsTeam Collaboration Articles You Might Like read more

“The world must be considered vulnerable to a return of SARS pending better understanding of the origins of the virus and the circumstances that allowed it to jump from an animal host or environmental source to infect humans,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Without such an understanding, predictions of the future evolution of the outbreak – including its end – cannot be made with certainty.”Further progress in the scientific understanding of SARS will depend on continued international collaboration. WHO is establishing an additional network to expedite much-needed animal studies.As SARS has clearly demonstrated, the appearance of a new disease in a highly mobile, interconnected and interdependent world can have serious repercussions outside the health sector and far beyond the areas worst hit by the outbreak, WHO noted. This sense of shared vulnerability is considered a strong motivation for continued international collaboration. read more

Byron Scott Fired as Coach of Cavaliers

Byron Scott, the former Los Angeles Lakers guard who coached a depleted Cleveland team, was fired by the Cavaliers Thursday morning.Playing mostly without all-star guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavs lost 16 of their final 18 games to finish at 24-58, the third-worst record in the NBA. The team blew several large leads, including a 27-point home lead against the Miami Heat in the final weeks of the season.Still, Scott’s tenure with the Cavs has been marred first by LeBron James’ exit to Miami just after he accepted the job, an inferior roster, and injury to key players.“I have tremendous respect for Byron professionally and a great deal of admiration for him personally,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said. “At the same time, it is critical for where we are as a team to ensure that we capitalize on every opportunity for development and success and we have fallen short of that on the court. I believe we needed to make this change in order to get to a better position to achieve our goals.”The Cavs ranked 26th in defensive efficiency in each of the last two seasons and 29th in Scott’s first year in 2010-11.During training camp the Cavs picked up the option in Scott’s contract for next season, which was valued at more than $4 million. He had a record of 64-166 in three seasons. His overall record as coach is 416-521 with the New Jersey Nets, who he took twice led to the NBA Finals, New Orleans Hornets and Cavaliers. read more

first_imgAgreement has been reached for the sale of Lundin Mining’s subsidiary Pirites Alentejanas (PA) owner of the Aljustrel mine in Portugal to MTO SGPS, SA. Closure of the agreement is expected by the end of January 2009, subject to the completion of certain contractual obligations and a favorable decision from the Portuguese Securities Market Commission to withdraw PA from public status. The agreement involves the recapitalisation of PA prior to the sale of the company’s shares in PA to MTO, along with certain loans to PA by an associated company, for nominal consideration. The Portuguese Government has indicated its support for the sale.The Aljustrel zinc mine is located approximately 40 km northwest of Lundin’s Neves-Corvo mine in Portugal. Following a detailed study of production alternatives for the Aljustrel zinc/lead mine, Lundin had placed the mine on care and maintenance. At the time this was done, zinc prices had dropped nearly 70% since the restart of Aljustrel was announced and around 50% since the official opening in May of 2008.Aljustrel was conceived primarily as a zinc project with limited copper resources to be extracted at the end of the mine life. Recent exploration drilling and resource upgrades had increased the quantity of copper resources available for mining. This increase, coupled with the current uneconomic status of the zinc resources, had led to the examination of a mining plan that focused initially on the extraction of copper resources only. Whilst a copper operation was technically possible, Lundin’s studies indicated that this option was also economically unviable at today’s metal prices.Aljustrel was planned to produce 80,000 t/y of contained metal in concentrates. It cost $225 million to build. Pre-production losses and shutdown costs were expected to amount to $80 million. On-going annual care and maintenance costs are estimated to be in the order of €4 million.last_img read more

first_imgFAMILIES WHO LOST their loved ones in the Stardust nightclub disaster said today that on its 33rd anniversary they will reveal what they believe was the cause of the fire.Antoinette Keegan, who survived the blaze but tragically lost her two sisters in the fire, told TheJournal.ie “we need to have the truth after 33 years of what happened to our loved ones”.The 1981 blaze led to the death of 48 people, while a further 214 were injured.Keegan said that the families and survivors are also looking for the inquest to be reopened and for a verdict to be recorded.They plan to hold another press conference on 31 January before a third conference on 14 February, when they will reveal what they say caused the fire. A candlelit vigil will also take place to mark the anniversary of the fire.Keegan said that researchers working on behalf of the family have documents that show “where the fire originally started from”. She refuted suggestions that there was a glass wall at the nightclub.The family members will meet with gardaí in Coolock garda station tomorrow, and with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams this Wednesday.Keegan described the fatal night, saying: “I seen the seat that was on fire. I also seen the whole thing coming down on top of us. I was screaming ‘oh God, help us” before I was knocked out by fumes and smoke.”She said that the next thing she remembered was being outside and being told everyone was out of the club, while she asked where her sisters Mary and Martina were.The survivors and family members have contacted the Taoiseach and Minister Alan Shatter, but were told that their diaries are full, said Keegan.“We will get out there and lobby at every opportunity,” she concluded.Read: Alan Shatter rules out any fresh inquiry into the Stardust disaster>Read: 1982 Papers reveal changes recommended to fire service in aftermath of Stardust disaster>last_img read more

first_imgIt’s hard enough for humans to meet one another and interact, which is most likely why social networks and dating sites rose to prominence. Cruising around the city in your sweet 1995 red T-Top Camaro just doesn’t cut it for us humans anymore, but now thanks to science, male silkmoths get to experience what it’s like to prowl the town for some fly honeys. A team of scientists at the University of Tokyo created a two-wheeled robot that was driven by male silkmoths attempting to find a female mate.The male silkmoth was chosen because of its complex mating rituals, which involves a complicated dance, as well as sophisticated odor-sensing capability. In order to test out the robot, a puff of pheromones was placed into one end of a tunnel, while the moth was strapped into the two-wheeled vehicle and placed downwind at the other end. The moth was suspended over a polystyrene ball that itself was suspended on air, and the vehicle contained two small fans that helped waft the pheromones up to the moth so he could be driven sufficiently wild.When the moth noticed the pheromones, he would move his little legs as if he weren’t strapped into a moth-mech, and that would spin the ball. The sensor in an optical mouse was then used to detect the movements of the ball and send them off to the robot, which would in turn mimic the movements.The unit was tested with a total of 14 male moths, and each of them were able to pilot the vehicle, as well as end up at the source of the pheromones. Scientists even threw the moths a curveball, and caused the mothbots to pull to one side, but the moths were able to make up for the error.The point of this experiment was thankfully not to voyeuristically watch some moths creep on each other, but to gather data in order to create an artificial brain that could pilot a similar vehicle in a manner as sophisticated as the moth-piloted one.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram French President Francois Hollande is due in Athens today for a lightning visit during which he is expected to back the government’s efforts to get the economy back on an even keel and seek investment opportunities for French firms.Hollande is to meet Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at noon before the latter’s coalition partners – Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis – join them for a “working lunch” at 1.20 p.m. According to sources the four-way meeting, which goes against usual protocol, was proposed by Samaras following claims by some MPs in the smaller parties that the premier is taking decisions unilaterally.The French leader, who is also scheduled to meet with President Karolos Papoulias during his brief six-hour visit, is expected to probe the prospects for French businesses in Greece as well as suggesting that the Greek government lease two FREMM frigates to be used in the exploration of gas and oil reserves in the Aegean.The progress of Greece’s slow-moving privatization efforts are also expected to be discussed. Athens is reportedly keen for French company EDF to express interest in the sale of natural gas companies DEPA and DESFA, with Russian firms currently leading the way in the tender for the two firms, which is due to close in April. Le Figaro reported on Monday that Hollande is expected to send a message to foreign investors that the adjustment process in Greece along with structural reforms are starting to pay off. In an interview with Ta Nea newspaper, Hollande called for French involvement in Greece’s recovery. “I invite French investors to grab all opportunities on offer in Greece,” he said. “That is what our common interest dictates,” he added.Speaking at an event organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens on Monday, Samaras stressed the need for Greece to start creating jobs, particularly for young people, with just over 60 percent of those aged under 25 being out of work. “For there to be growth, we have to give opportunities, especially to young people, to work,” he said.Unemployment was one of the key issues on the agenda of talks between Samaras and his coalition leaders last night, Venizelos and Kouvelis said on emerging from the meeting. The PASOK chief heralded a government program to facilitate the employment of 700,000 people using European funding. Kouvelis said the government would seek an agreement with banks to boost liquidity in the market.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgHotshot : le premier préservatif pour adosSuisse – Le premier préservatif masculin spécialement conçu pour s’adapter à la morphologie des adolescents est désormais en vente sur le marché suisse.Son nom : “Ceylor Hotshot”. Un préservatif à l’ouverture rétrécie (4,5 cm de diamètre), plus adapté à l’anatomie des adolescents. Il permet un meilleur maintien et réduit par la même occasion le risque de grossesse et de transmission de maladie. L’Aide suisse contre le sida, l’Association pour le label de qualité des préservatifs ainsi que PLANeS, l’organisation faîtière des centres de consultation de planning familial sont à l’initiative de ce lancement dans le cadre de leur campagne de prévention intitulée “Plaisir sur mesure”.  Ils espèrent sensibiliser les jeunes aux risques qu’ils encourent en l’absence de protection lors des rapports sexuels. A l’occasion d’un sondage pour le magazine Bravo, un quart des jeunes sondés âgés de 13 à 20 ans jugeaient les préservatifs classiques trop grands. Ils s’ajustent mal et réduisent le plaisir des deux partenaires. Ce constat expliquerait le choix de ne pas l’utiliser chez une partie des adolescents. L’Aide suisse contre le sida et PLANeS envisagent de distribuer le préservatif dans les écoles lors des cours d’éducation sexuelle. 55.000 exemplaires ont été produits : ils sont disponibles dans le commerce ainsi que sur le site Internet de l’Aide suisse contre le sida.  Les concepteurs ont pensé à tout puisque le nouveau modèle est vendu avec un sachet de lubrifiant et un Ceylor Bande Bleue, un préservatif standard à la forme anatomique. Une seule question se pose : les adolescents oseront-ils acheter des préservatifs au format réduit ? Tout reste à prouver.Le 7 mars 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Former WWE star Tom Magee suffers severe beating in California this past

first_imgFacebook Google+ Britt Baker suffers a concussion during “The Buy In” match for AEW Fight For The Fallen Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Former WWE star Tom Magee was said to have suffered a severe beating by upwards of six men earlier this past week in front of his residence in Los Angeles, per a new report by the Los Angeles CBS affiliate.The 59-year old Magee suffered a broken eye socket, a broken jaw and a concussion after getting into an argument with the attackers over a parking space. Neighbors of Magee rushed in to help, sending the attackers fleeing and only then stopping the attack.Two of the attackers, 20-year old Justin Leo and 20-year old Degrate Bryant, were charged with assault with deadly weapons by the Los Angeles Police Department.Magee worked for Stampede Wrestling up in Canada, All Japan Pro Wrestling and most notably WWE throughout his pro wrestling career.Magee wrestled for WWE from 1987 to 1989, infamously working a match with WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart on a live event in 1987 that has since garnered a cult following due to footage of the match never being released and stories that have gone around about Magee’s perceived potential that never came to be.Magee was taken to a Los Angeles hospital following his attack, but has since been released and is back at his residence recovering from his injuries. WWE Network to stream documentary about lost match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart set to appear at the SummerSlam meet and greet Pinterestlast_img read more

San Diego Blood Bank taking donations in honor of El Paso and

first_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Blood Bank taking donations in honor of El Paso and Dayton shootings August 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 5, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Blood Bank announced Monday that it is accepting blood donations in honor of those injured during the deadly weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.Blood bank officials said they received multiple calls from residents asking how to donate blood locally for victims of the shootings.“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families,” said blood bank CEO David Wellis. “We stand ready to send blood to the affected areas if needed.”On Saturday morning, a gunman opened fire in a crowded Walmart store in El Paso, leaving 20 people dead and injuring more than dozen others. Two more victims have since died of their injuries, bringing the death toll to 22, authorities announced Monday morning.News footage showed people in El Paso lining up in the hot sun over the weekend to donate blood.Early Sunday morning, an assailant wearing a mask, body armor and hearing protection opened fire at a bar in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, leaving nine people dead and at least 27 wounded.Eligible blood donors must be age 17 or older, at least 114 pounds and in good general health, according to the San Diego Blood Bank, which will take walk-in donors but encourages prospective donors to make an appointment at sandiegobloodbank.org/donate or by calling 800-469-7322. last_img read more

first_img• In orienteering, participants choose routes between points marked on a highly detailed map; there are a dozen or so points on an advanced course.• Each point is called a “control.” It’s a distinct feature like a trail junction, rock or structure, marked with a white and orange flag.• Routes between points are not specified. Map colors show vegetation density, from orange and white (open terrain) to dark green (thickest vegetation, including blackberries).source: Columbia River Orienteering ClubBATTLE GROUND LAKE STATE PARK — After some serious map-reading and compass work, Lucas Carter and Joel Weinmaster navigated their way to the first control marker of their budding orienteering careers.It was the wrong marker.So the two 11-year-olds consulted their map again, doubled back on the trail, and saw another path.“That would work,” Weinmaster said. It did, leading them to the first checkpoint that actually was marked on their map.As Mike Poulsen sees the sport, it didn’t take the two Vancouver boys long to learn an essential part of orienteering. Pushing your limits means getting lost. And Poulsen is an international-level competitor, placing ninth in a world championship.last_img read more