Rain or Shine, TNT trip foes

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Rain or Shine couldn’t afford to lose this one, as it closes out against Barangay Ginebra, Alaska and souped-up Blackwater in its chase for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.“We were lucky to win this game,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after Gilas Pilipinas regulars Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood bailed the Painters out in the fourth. “We started strong, but our intensity was down in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTNT KaTropa began life without Ranidel de Ocampo by formalizing its entry into the quarterfinals after holding back NLEX, 112-107, later in the night.Glen Rice Jr. churned out a triple double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists that negated a night-high nine turnovers as the Texters won for the second straight game to improve to 6-3 and take solo third at the moment. The starting lineup delivered in twin digits for the Texters, who dealt away De Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade on Monday as TNT went on to deal the Road Warriors their third loss in 10 games.NLEX gets another chance to nail a twice-to-beat incentive on Sept. 24 against Star.Phoenix is out of contention after the Fuel Masters lost for the eighth straight game and dropped to 2-8.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix’s Brandon Brown gets all tangled up with Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Beau Belga. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Blowing hot early and finding the resilience to bounce back from a lethargic stretch in the third, Rain or Shine on Wednesday night tripped Phoenix Petroleum, 116-111, to stay in the top four hunt in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters saw an 18-point lead in the first half vanish but regrouped with aplomb when winning time came to rise to 5-3 and gain a momentary tie for No. 4 with San Miguel Beer heading into the final two weeks of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Riviera Classic: Mondilla grabs early 2-shot leadcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

AP govt to launch 33 hotels to boost tourism

first_imgMumbai, Jun 10 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh government is planning to add 33 hotels, including major global and domestic brands, in the state at a total investment of Rs 2,400 crore to strengthen tourism development.”To further strengthen tourism development in the state, Andhra Pradesh is launching 33 hotels offering more than 2,766 rooms with a total investment of Rs 2,400 crore,” an Andhra Pradesh Tourism release issued here said.It said as tourist preference patterns over the years have shown a gradual shift from traditional tourism, with more and more tourists now inclined towards additional entertainment avenues, including water sports, adventure tourism, Andhra Pradesh is also focusing on them.To cater to this ever-rising group of tourists and to make Andhra Pradesh the most preferred destination, the state is all set to launch a host of water sports and adventure tourism facilities, it said.In line with the surge in tourist interest in water sports, the state has already introduced facilities like para-sailing, jeep para-sailing, para-motoring, water-skiing, speed boat among others at Bhavani Islands in Vijayawada, it said.Work is also underway to replicate the same across other key beaches such as Rishikonda, Bheemili, Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda among others, it added.”We are extremely proud to announce the launch of a host of water sports and adventure tourism facilities in Andhra Pradesh. This launch will herald a new dimension in tourism in the state,” Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary – Tourism and Culture, Neerabh Kumar Prasad said.The state is geared up to launch amphibious vehicles in Vijayawada and Rajahmundry, which can operate on both land and water, the release said.advertisementThe state is also coming up with sea planes to be functional in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Kakinada to offer Heli tourism, it said.Site for setting up seaplane jetty has been identified in all the destinations and currently, design work is underway, it said.State Tourism department Commissioner R P Khajuria said, “Amphibious vehicles and Heli tourism are two most contemporary forms of tourism attractions. We plan to launch them soon and are really upbeat about it. Overall, with the launch of these hosts of water sports and adventure tourism activities, we feel tourism in the state will get a major boost.” PTI SM SDL IKAlast_img read more

Maharashtra legislators play soccer to promote Mission Xi Million ahead of Under-17 FIFA World Cup

first_imgMaharashtra legislators across party lines took part in a football match organised in the parking lot outside the state assembly on Thursday. The occasion was to launch Mission Xi Million to promote the Under-17 FIFA World Cup, to be held for the first time in India in October.  And just like legislators argue over issues inside the Assembly, AIMIM MLA Imtiaz Jalil and NCP MLC Narendra Patil were seen exchanging words in the middle of this football match.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the event. Apart from MLAs and MLCs, Ministers Sambhaji Nilangekar and Jai Kumar Rawal too could be seen sweating it out on the field. The participants were divided into two teams, namely Speaker’s XI and Chairman’s XI.And as the legislators were dribbling and kicking the ball on the field, Fadnavis had the audience in splits with his tongue-in-cheek commentary and witty one-liners.”This match is being organised to promote Mission XI Million. As many as 10 lakh school students will be playing football to raise awareness about the Under-17 World Cup football tournament in India”, said Sports Minister Vinod Tawde.LEGISLATORS WHO DIDN’T PLAY CHEERED FOR THEIR TEAMSThe legislators who did not play the match cheered for their teams, including Speaker Hari Bhau Bagde, Upper House Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar, Leaders of Opposition Dhananjay Munde and Radhakrishna Vikhe, former CM Prithviraj Chavhan, Ministers Pankaja Munde and Girish Mahajan among others.The match ended in a draw with both teams scoring 2 goals each.”I have played football as a college student. It was a great feeling taking to the football field after years”, said Tourism Minister Jai kumar Rawal.advertisement”Football requires great mental and physical endurance. And it’s always a great pleasure to play a match. We scored 2 goals and hoped we would win”, said Mumbai BJP chief and MLA Ashish Shelar.However, the match also triggered a controversy as Congress MLA Amar Kale objected to the match being organised during the working hours of the legislative session. “There is scanty rainfall in some parts of the state. Farmers are facing difficult times. I am not against conducting sports events. But the House must have discussed farmers issues as tomorrow (Friday) is the last day of the session. Instead of playing a football match, we should have discussed farmer issues today”, Kale said.ALSO READ |Chapter on Mughals removed from Maharashtra textbooks, Opposition attacks BJPMaharashtra: Opposition demands resignation of housing minister over real estate scamAccused NCP leader wants to attend Maharashtra Assembly Session, petitions Courtlast_img read more

Senior National Badminton Championships, Highlights: How HS Prannoy stunned Kidambi Srikanth to lift title

first_img16.15 IST: HS Prannoy is the National Champion in the men’s final.  .@PRANNOYHSPRI defeats @srikidambi 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in the final to win Badminton Nationals men’s singles at #SNBC2017 pic.twitter.com/N9HJdacqJ9- SNBCIndia (@SNBCIndia2017) November 8, 201716.09 IST: Luck had been favouring Kidambi, but on the final point, the shuttle balanced for a few moments on the edge of the net.  As the shuttle touched solid ground, Prannoy breathed a sigh of relief. He defeated Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7. 16.04 IST: Prannoy is toying with Srikanth at the moment. Just four points away from winning the title. 16.02 IST: Prannoy is running away with the decider, leading Srikanth 16-4. 15.58 IST: Prannoy is not going let this slip, leads going into the break for the first time in the match. 11-3.  The Beast is on ?? in the second game!Leading 11-3 against Srikanth at the change of ends. Prannoy is pumped up! #SNBC2017- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 201715.56 IST: Lucks favours Kidambi. 2-9 now, can he make a comeback?15.54 IST: HS Prannoy takes the lead 6-1 in the third and final game, Kidambi making him work for his points. 15.53 IST:  Kidambi Srikanth wins second game 21-16 against HS Prannoy to take the men’s singles final to the decider.As expected, Srikanth Kidambi and HS Prannoy give us another 3-game thriller. The World number 2 claims the second game 21-16. #SNBC2017- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 201715.48 IST: Prannoy lift it too high and more importantly, too long. Kidambi leads 17-1415.45 IST: What a beautiful rally, but Kidambi places the shuttle perfectly in the corner. 13-13 advertisement15.42 IST: Prannoy’s cross-court smash misses it’s mark. Kidambi Srikanth leads in the second game at the break 11-10. Nothing in it as of now.Much like the first game, it is Srikanth who has a slender lead at the interval. Will Prannoy make a comeback once again? #SNBC2017- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 201715.40 IST: Kidambi looks to make a comeback as his opponent smashing the shuttle into the net. It is 8-8The battle gets fiercer! Prannoy hits one into the net which allows Srikanth to make it even. It’s 8-8. #SNBC2017- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 201715.327 IST: Prannoy is making his cross-court smashes do the talking, Kidambi looks like he does not have any answer. The world No.11 leads 8-4 15.35 IST: Kidambi desperately trying to keep up with his opponent. Prannoy leads 5-215.32 IST: HS Prannoy takes first game against Kidambi Srikanth 21-15.HS Prannoy draws first blood in this epic final!Wins the opening game 21-15 against Srikanth Kidambi. Fantastic turnaround from the World number 11. #SNBC2017- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 201715.30 IST: Prannoy racing ahead at the moment , leads Kidambi to 18-1315.25 IST: Nothing really  to choose from the two players. Kidambi slightly ahead at the break in the first, 11-10.15.23 IST: Kidambi misjudges the flight of the shuttle. It’s ted 9-915.21 IST: Prannoy forces the initiative on Kidambi with body-line smash to make it 5-7.15.19 IST: HS Prannoy making sure not to allow Kidambi Srikanth the early lead. 3-515.18 IST: Early pressure from KidambiSrikanth, races ahead 3-0.15.13 IST: HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth making their way to the court. The top two seeds will clash for the men’s singles title. It will the repeat of the French Open.15:10 IST: In the first match of the day, Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Sai Raj R defeated top seeds Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Chopra 21-9, 20-22, 21-17 in mixed doubles final.Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Sairaj have smashed their way to glory! Defeat the first seeds, Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy 21-9, 20-22, 21-17 to become #SNBC2017 mixed doubles champions! pic.twitter.com/xgZpnYApZH- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 2017Brief Preview Srikanth and Prannoy have played four times in their international career but it was the former who had the last laugh on the last three occasions. The only time Prannoy had beaten Srikanth was way back at the 2011 Tata Open.Srikanth has been in the form of his life as he clinched four titles after reaching five finals this season to join the likes of two-time former Olympic champion Lin Dan, three-time Olympic silver medallists Lee Chong Wei and current Olympic gold medallist Chen Long.Prannoy too have been in fine form as he reached the semifinals at Indonesia Super Series Premier and French Open Super Series to achieve his career-high ranking of World No 11. He had outwitted Chong Wei twice and defeated Chen once during this season.last_img read more

India vs England: Root, Morgan and English spinners snap India’s winning run

first_imgJoe Root and Eoin Morgan aced a chase of 257 as England won the three-match ODI series against India 2-1. Before the series got underway, India had won nine successive bilateral series starting with the triumph over Zimbabwe in 2016.Chasing a modest 257, Root made an unbeaten 100 while Morgan scored 88 not out as England secured victory with 8 wickets and 33 balls to spare. This is England’s first series win over India since 2011.This is also India’s first defeat in a bilateral series since the 1-4 loss to Australia in January 2016.After the tour Down Under, India won successive series against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (away), Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka (home) and South Africa.India vs England 3rd ODI: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENEDIndia had arrived in the United Kingdom as hot favourites to beat the world’s no.1 ODI side. The visitors started off well, winning the two-match T20I series against Ireland and the three-match T20I series against England. Kuldeep Yadav then took a six-wicket haul and Rohit Sharma smashed a sensational hundred as India romped home to victory in the first ODI.Kuldeep’s form in the T20Is and the first ODI gave India confidence – England could be tamed in their own backyard. Wrist-spin, England’s nemesis of several years, had returned to haunt them again. Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal would spin a web around England’s batsmen.Riding high on confidence after winning three of their first four matches in England, India travelled to London, eyeing a series win at cricket’s Mecca.advertisementHowever, it all went downhill for India from there. Chasing 323 for victory at Lord’s in the second ODI, India were shot out for 236. Ironically, Adil Rashid, England’s leg-spinner was their most economical bowler in the second ODI, Moeen Ali, England’s off-spinner snared the important wicket of Virat Kohli.READ – Kohli storms past AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni to break another ODI recordIn the third ODI on Tuesday, England’s spinners returned to haunt India. Rashid ran through the Indian middle-order, getting the wickets of Dinesh Karthik, Kohli (with an absolute ripper) and Suresh Raina. Rashid finished with 3/49 off his 10 overs. Moeen went wicketless but gave away only 47 off his 10 overs. Adil Rashid took three wickets for 49 runs from his quota of 10 overs (Reuters Photo)Kohli’s wicket was a big blow for the Indians as was Shikhar Dhawan’s run-out.Dhawan was looking in superb touch and had raced away to 44 before he was run out against the run of play. India have relied heavily on their top-three over the last two years and two of those three were back in the pavilion, leaving Kohli to do plenty with an unreliable middle-order.And when Kohli was stunned by Rashid in the 31st over, England pounced on the middle-order. Raina departed for 1 and MS Dhoni, promoted to No.5, failed to find any kind of rhythm. He battled on for a 66-ball 42 and the late-order flourish India hoped for never came.READ – Kohli stares in disbelief after falling to Adil Rashid’s leg-spinHardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with 21 apiece to make some useful lower-order contributions. It was only thanks to Sharduk Thakur’s quickfire 22 that India went past the 250-run mark.But that was never going to be enough against an in-form England batting line-up. Jonny Bairstow smashed a rapid 30 to set the tone for the chase. Thakur dismissed the hard-hitting opener in the fifth over while James Vince was run out in the 10th.However, the experienced duo of Root and Morgan saw England through. They were never under run-rate pressure and they did not take any undue risks. Two pair of classy batsmen looked in complete control, having done their homework on the Indian spinners.Kuldeep, who had rocked their confidence only five days ago, was completely ineffective against Root and Morgan as England stormed towards victory.In 20 overs between them, Kuldeep and Chahal gave away 96 runs without taking a single wicket.At the end of the day, wrist-spinners did make a difference but not for India.last_img read more

Mixed Fortunes

first_imgAustralia draws first blood in the Trans-Tasman Mixed Open series. In cool conditions at Trusts Arena in Auckland it was the Australian Mixed Open team that signalled the Australian’s intent for this year’s Trans Tasman Series following their emphatic World Cup victory in 2015.New Zealand though to their credit were very strong and brave in defeat: victory clutched away from them in the dying seconds of the match.The match was significant for Elin Mortimer the day after celebrating her birthday notching a hat-trick along with Leah Opie-Lukins enjoying a memorable Trans-Tasman return with three touchdowns to her name as well.  â€œIt was a real arm wrestle to be honest,” Australia’s Assistant Coach, Justin Creighton said post-match. “We came out expecting it be a grind and it was even more-so than we thought. A couple of big moments we needed to win and we didn’t – and that put us under pressure.“We were very happy in the box and felt that if we go through it with our composure and if we keep calm and stick to our processes we would get there in the end.“NZ played a very clever and smart style of game and exploited a few areas we didn’t even know we had so we will work on these. Katherine Stevens in defence and James Blackwood were really strong too as well, but all the guys did great and particularly those on debut tonight.” Dean Springfield opened Australia’s account very early in the opening stanza and set the tone for the Australians scoring within the first minute following a nice sweep play.Elin Mortimer on the left flank danced with the sideline and was the next to score but a quick reply by Danyon Morgan-Puterangi within the next set brought New Zealand right back into the match.Opie-Lukins crossed-out wide at the seventh minute for Australia with Morgan-Puterangi going over for his double early in the match. Mortimer crossed for an early brace at the 15th minute mark, the recipient of another good long ball out wide.The Kiwis’ Mark Hodson scored following great lead-up work again by their number six, Mackenzie Haugh bringing the score to 4-3 and then Sammi Stanton on the cusp of half-time brought the score level to go into the break with the scores all locked-up.Te Tuhi Muir-Tuuta opened the scoring for New Zealand in the first half and Leah Opie-Lukins crossed again out wide on the stroke of half-time taking both teams to the sheds with five in the bank.Within thirty seconds though the Kiwis moved in front for the second time in the match only to see Trent Touma squeezing his first try in near the right corner post to lock the score up again 6-all.New Zealand captain Wiremu Takerei crossed then Katherine Stevens from Australia following some great phase play by Springfield and Lang. Zara Nicholas followed up soon-after with a great touchdown as well.Then a late sweep to the right corner brought Dylan Thompson delivered Opie-Lukins her hat trick.New Zealand wasn’t going away though with Rauwhero scoring wide-out from a brilliant 25m left to right pass just one in arrears.  Te Tuhi Muir-Tuuta scored his double with a minute left to lock-up with scores again.Elin Mortimer scored her hat-trick within the last 30 seconds avoiding the dreaded drop-off and putting the exclamation mark on a very exciting match.Australia can now breathe a sigh of relief and look to wrap up their series in Game Two tomorrow.FINAL SCORE: Australia 10 (Mortimer 3, Opie-Lukins 3, Springfield, Touma, Nicholas, Stevens) defeated New Zealand 9) Muir-Tuuta 2, Morgan-Puterangi 2, Takerei, Stanton, Hodson, Robinson-Bartlett, Rauwhero)Related LinksMixed match reportlast_img read more

Backbone Smart Posture Brace Helps You Sit Up Straighter

first_img How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations Before we get started today, I have to come clean and admit something that I don’t often talk about: I have good posture. You just sat up a bit straighter in your chair, didn’t you? And that’s okay, because despite the terms we use to classify how one carries his or her self, posture is not a matter of morality or value. You can be a good person with bad posture or a bad person with good posture — but, not matter what, having good posture is good for your health, a boon to self-esteem, and influences the way others perceive you.Standing upright with your shoulders back and chest raised and/or sitting straight with your back in a line (instead of a curve) has an effect on myriad parts of your body, as well as your overall well-being. Proper posture helps you breathe, reduces fatigue, and alleviates undue tension on joints, ligaments, muscles, and bones by keeping your body properly aligned. It can also play a role in self-confidence; when you stand or sit in the upright position, you will feel more energetic, capable, even attractive, and these same traits can be noticed by those around you.Ah, but how to achieve proper posture, especially once you’re already well into your adult-ish years and far away from the loving nag of a parent or great aunt named Hilda? Simple! You just slip on the Backbone Smart Posture Brace and receive a gentle vibrating reminder every time you start to slouch.Yes, I already admitted that I have pretty good posture. Yet I still enjoyed testing out the Backbone, and perhaps all the more so because I thought I had no need for it. It turns out that even a guy with decent posture spends a lot of time slouching, sliding down, and occasionally sagging to one side.The Backbone is nothing more than a lightweight and readily adjustable pair of fabric straps designed to slide over your shoulders and around your back. Picture a discreet shoulder holster, except instead of a .38 revolver tucked under your arm, you have an app-enabled device a little larger than a matchbox that vibrates whenever your posture drifts into the realm of “bad”.You set up the Backbone by first downloading its (free) app and powering the little rectangular device with a USB cable. Then you wear the brace system for a five-minute period during which you maintain your ideal good posture position, teaching the device to recognize what constitutes ideal posture for you.And that’s pretty much all you have to do from a technical standpoint, beyond occasionally charging the thing. The Backbone brace is slender enough to be unnoticed under most garments and its vibrations are nearly silent, so no one around you will know you’re using an app-enabled wireless device to help you re-program your brain and body into permanent better posture. You can wear it under a T-shirt, dress shirt, sweater, dress, or even exercise apparel. Every time the Backbone detects that you are slouching forward, sliding down into your chair, or leaning too far to one side or the other, it vibrates gently, reminding you to sit (or stand) up straight — and have a great day! (I may be partially editorializing there, but you get the picture.) The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50last_img read more

Discover a Nova Scotia Favourite

first_imgMaritimers are being reminded they don’t have to travel far to visit a place with countless things to do, as the province launches its 2009 regional marketing campaign: Discover a Nova Scotia Favourite. The campaign focuses on the many unique experiences Nova Scotia has to offer such as surfing at Lawrencetown Beach, winery tours in the Annapolis Valley, rafting through the Bay of Fundy, and exploring the beautiful landscape of Cape Breton. It also highlights the many events and festivals across the province like Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009, Celtic Colours International Festival and the Halifax International Busker Festival 2009, among others. “With so much happening throughout our exciting province, we wanted to remind Maritimers to get out and discover their favourite Nova Scotian experience,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Many of these experiences are unique to Nova Scotia and highlight our many tourism, cultural and heritage assets. “The campaign is consistent with our 2009 New Realities, New Directions tourism plan and will help us capitalize on the trend of people travelling closer to home.” The regional campaign includes TV, newspaper and online advertising. The campaign will kick off at the Saltscapes East Coast Expo this weekend, April 24-26, at Exhibition Park in Halifax. The television ads will begin airing Monday, April 27, and run until late October. “With more than 20,000 Atlantic Canadians visiting the Saltscapes show this weekend, it is a great opportunity to showcase everything Nova Scotia has to offer,” said Mr. Dooks. “This show is the start of the vacation planning season for many Atlantic Canadians. The Nova Scotia Pavilion will have lots of activity to entice people to discover their Nova Scotia favourite this summer.” The marketing plan also includes enhancements to provincial visitor information centres. The centres will have new images, racks for brochures and pamphlets, and digital screens to promote local attractions and encourage longer visits. New features have been added to novascotia.com, including Google maps and live online chat with visitor services staff. The province will expand its online marketing strategy by using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These sites allow for direct communication with visitors to promote the province and learn more about their travel habits. Visitors can also share their Nova Scotian experiences with the rest of the world. For more information on the regional marketing campaign, or to view some of the ads, visit www.novascotia.com or visit the Nova Scotia Pavilion at the 2009 Saltscapes East Coast Expo.last_img read more

Kitimat key hub for proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to hold plebiscite on

KITIMAT, B.C. — The District of Kitimat, a key hub for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, will hold a plebiscite to gauge support for the development that is sure to dramatically change the community.[np_storybar title=”‘All litigation, all the time’: Simmering Alberta oil sands disputes set to ignite legal firestorm in 2014″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/02/alberta-oil-sands-legal-disputes/”%5DSimmering disputes over the oil sands between Alberta aboriginals and the provincial and federal governments will break into the open in 2014 as virtually every one of the many recent changes in oversight of the controversial industry comes under legal and political attack. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Council’s decision follows the Dec. 19 release of a Joint Review Panel decision that approved the pipeline and tanker project carrying bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands across B.C., for shipment to Asia.The federal government has the final say on the pipeline, which came with 209 conditions, and must reveal its decision within the next six months.Kitimat has remained neutral on the multibillion-dollar project and issued a statement late last year saying council will take the necessary time to review the Joint Review Panel report.The northwestern B.C. community would be the end of the line for the bitumen pipeline and the port where hundreds of oil-loaded tankers would leave for Asia every year.Recent real estate assessment values suggest Kitimat housing prices have risen dramatically, some homes by as much as 26%, over speculation of an oil and natural gas boom.District council and staff will decide the plebiscite question for voters and the date for the non-binding, referendum-style vote in the coming weeks.The plebiscite fulfills council’s resolution adopted in January 2012 to survey Kitimat residents about their opinion of the Northern Gateway project, once the review panel completed its work.Kitimat Coun. Rob Goffinet, who proposed the motion for the plebiscite, told a council meeting Monday night that polling residents instead would not work.“Because people do not want a pollster to phone them and do a check list (asking) how do you feel on a project,” he said.“There’s only one way. I would give total responsibility to every adult citizen of Kitimat who has a point of view to express it in a yes or no ballot.”Coun. Mario Feldhoff, who for the first time declared that he favours the Northern Gateway project, told council he supported use of a polling firm to conduct a survey, which he believed could produce a more statistically significant result than a plebiscite.However, Coun. Phil Germuth told the meeting he believed an unbiased question could be posed in the form of a referendum on the Northern Gateway project.“I have full confidence in our staff that they will be able, along with some assistance from council, to develop questions that are not going to appear biased. It should be very simple, yes means yes, no means no.”The vote is non-binding on council, and it’s unclear how the vote will be used when the ballots have been counted.Staff assured council that although the vote would have to be held under the provisions of the Local Government Act, which covers elections and referendums, use of a plebiscite would give council more flexibility in deciding how the balloting would take place. The act would still cover voter eligibility and the use of campaign signs.Councillors also approved a motion calling on the District to meet with Enbridge (TSX:ENB), the company proposing the pipeline, to discuss an enhanced pipeline leak detection system where a leak could “impact the Kitimat watershed.” read more

Still time to enter vacation photo contest

The winning photo in 2010 was taken by Christine Rougoor.Don’t relegate your summer photos to space on your hard drive just yet.There’s still time to enter the What I Did on My Summer Vacation photo contest hosted by the Brock News.Members of the Brock community can submit up to 10 photos they took between June 1 and Sept. 15, 2012. They can be scenic views or action shots. The only requirement is that photos have to be taken at a place you visited for fun over the summer.First prize is two tickets to see Evalyn Parry’s SPIN: A Theatrical Song Cycle starring the Bicycle at Brock’s Centre for the Arts. The second place-winning photo will net its owner a $50 gift card from Brock’s food services. Photos will be judged by Bob Tymczyszyn, award-winning photographer for the St. Catharines Standard.Submit photos by noon on Sept. 16 to campusnews@brocku.ca with your name, area of employment or program of study, and information about the location and circumstances in which the photos were taken. read more

Asian shares mixed as investors look ahead to rate decisions

TOKYO — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a day of listless trading on Wall Street, as investors awaited signs on global interest rates.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added nearly 0.3% in afternoon trading to 21,379.45. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.7% to 6,599.60, while South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.5% to 2,030.21. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was virtually unchanged, inching down less than 0.1% at 26,679.83, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.3% to 3,015.25.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 ended virtually flat as losses in technology and health care stocks outweighed gains in financials and other sectors. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks, which has lagged the S&P 500 this year, outpaced the rest of the market.Investors are taking a shine to smaller company stocks in hopes that they’ll be better shielded from the fallout of the costly trade war between the U.S. and China than large multinationals.The S&P 500 inched 0.28 points lower, or less than 0.1%, to 2,978.43. The index, which has finished higher the past two weeks, is within 1.6% of its all-time high set in late July. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 38.05 points, or 0.1%, to 26,835.51. The Nasdaq fell 15.64 points, or 0.2%, to 8,087.44. The Russell 2000 climbed 19.06 points, or 1.3%, to 1,524.23.The broader market has bounced back the past two weeks following volatility brought on by the trade war as Washington and Beijing imposed new tariffs on more of each other’s imported goods. Investors worry the escalation of tariffs may be dampening global economic growth and threatening to nudge the United States into a recession.Traders are hoping for a deal between the world’s two largest economies and were encouraged last week by news that talks will resume in October.A mixed bag of economic data has also kept Wall Street focused on central banks and whether they will continue taking measures to shore up economic growth. On Friday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank doesn’t expect a recession and will take necessary actions to maintain growth.Economists expect the Fed to cut interest rates when it meets next week. Separately, the European Central Bank is expected to unveil new monetary stimulus measures on Thursday to help shore up the region’s economy.“Markets look to be adrift ahead of the slew of events this week including the likes of the European Central Bank where further support for the markets is expected,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.“As far as the risk sentiment is concerned, the improvement carries forth from the previous week in anticipation of the various central bank meetings.”ENERGY:Benchmark crude oil rose 31 cents to $58.16 a barrel. It rose $1.33 to $57.85 a barrel Monday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, gained 29 cents to $62.88 a barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar rose to 107.37 Japanese yen from 106.96 yen on Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1045 from $1.1037.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

New Mexico levies 54M in penalties against Department of Energy for mishaps

New Mexico levies $54M in penalties against Department of Energy for mishaps at nuclear dump AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository. The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state’s largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal) by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2014 11:39 am MDT ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico on Saturday levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state’s largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.The orders and the civil penalties that come with them are just the beginning of possible financial sanctions the Energy Department could face in New Mexico. The state says it’s continuing to investigate and more fines are possible.The focus has been on a canister of waste from Los Alamos that ruptured in one of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s storage rooms in February. More than 20 workers were contaminated, and the facility was forced to close, putting in jeopardy efforts around the country to clean up tons of Cold War-era waste.The state accuses Los Alamos of mixing incompatible waste, treating hazardous waste without a permit and failing to notify regulators about changes in the way waste was being handled. The penalties for the lab total $36.6 million.“New Mexico does not need to choose between fulfilling the laboratory’s mission and protecting the environment,” Ryan Flynn, state environment secretary, said in a letter to Los Alamos officials. “DOE now has an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and implement meaningful corrective actions that will ensure the long-term viability of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”He wrote a similar letter to officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, saying New Mexicans understand the nuclear repository’s importance but that it must be operated and maintained with “the highest standards of safety and complete transparency.” The nuclear dump’s penalties total $17.7 million.Moniz has said repeatedly that it’s a top priority for his agency to get the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on track, and he took steps earlier this year to shift oversight of the cleanup work at Los Alamos from the National Nuclear Security Administration to his agency’s Office of Environmental Management.It wasn’t immediately clear Saturday whether the Department of Energy would seek a hearing on the penalties levied by New Mexico or pursue settlement negotiations. A message seeking comment was left with the agency.Watchdog Don Hancock said the penalties are a good first step.“The big question now is what amount of time, effort and money are LANL and WIPP going to spend to contest the violations, which they shouldn’t. They should focus on what they’re going to do about fixing the problems,” he said.If the Department of Energy pays the fines, New Mexico says it doesn’t want the money to come from federal dollars marked for environmental cleanup or operational needs at the two facilities.Allowing that, Flynn said in his letters, “only serves to punish New Mexico for DOE’s own mistakes.”Federal officials are expected to release a final accident investigation report before the end of the year. They have already said that cleanup and resuming full operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant could take years. The price tag has been estimated a half-billion dollars.The state’s investigation has covered the radiological release as well as a fire nine days earlier that involved a truck carrying salt in an another area of the underground facility. The state says its findings confirmed the existence of major procedural problems that contributed to the events.While investigators have yet to pinpoint exactly what caused the barrel to breach, they suspect a chemical reaction in highly acidic waste that was packed with organic cat litter to absorb moisture. According to the state, experts had notified the lab to stop using organic materials as early as 2012 because of the possible dangers of mixing them with nitrate salts. read more

Farmer arraigned for murder of Leguan youth

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCarpenter arraigned for murder of reputed wifeMay 24, 2019In “Court”Leguan resident to do Community Service for marijuana possessionJanuary 8, 2014In “Crime”Essequibo man charged with killing wifeDecember 11, 2015In “Crime” Forty-year-old Phillip Jhagroo known as ‘Tanky’ of Good Intent, Leguan Region 3 (Essequibo Island- West Demerara) was on Tuesday arraigned for the murder of 21-year-old Mark Narine when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.The farmer was not required to plead to the indictment when the charge was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Murdered, Mark NarinePolice stated that between March 30 and 31, 2019 at School Dam, Richmond Hill, Leguan Island, he murdered Narine.Police Prosecutor Stacy Gittens told the court that on the day in question the now dead man was on his way home, when he was lashed off his motorcycle by the accused. Jhagroo then reportedly toss Narine in a nearby trench, which was found the following day submerged.Jhagroo was remanded and will make his next court appearance at the Leguan Magistrates’ Courts on May 30. read more

Who will win the World Cup The captains have their say

(Taken from ESPNCricinfo)Aaron Finch (Australia)It’s a good question, I think, England have been in great form over the last couple of years and along with India, they’ve probably been the standout performers. So you’d have to say England are definitely the favourites.I think it’s important that some of our guys have got that World Cup experience and having, I think, six players who have been a part of a winning World Cup will hold us in good stead going forward, hopefully. But it’s a different tournament and, once you get out and start playing, the pressure takes over. So it’ll be a great tournament.Eoin Morgan (England)I’ve no idea. I don’t think there’s anybody that’s head and shoulders above everybody else. In a 10-team World Cup, the ten best teams in the world, it’s going to be an extraordinarily competitive tournament. And I think there will be some quality cricket played. We’re really looking forward to playing.Of course being at home will be a factor. It’s called home advantage for a reason. We get to spend a lot of time in our own beds, we’ll see a lot of our families, and get to prepare like we have done for a number of years now. But England’s a great place to come and play cricket, if you ask any of these guys or any of their players, they love coming here and playing.Virat Kohli (India)We’ve had both our warm-up games televised already so there’s much pressure on the team wherever we play.The way I look at it, there’s always going to be a huge fan-base for us anywhere we play in the world. But I have to agree with Aaron, I think England is probably – in their conditions – the most strong side in this tournament, but I also agree with Morgs, that all ten teams are so well balanced and so strong, and the fact that this is a tournament where we have to play everyone once, makes it all the more challenging. I think that’s going to be the best thing about this tournament, I see this as probably one of the most competitive World Cups that people are going to seeSarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan)As Morgan and Kohli said, all the teams are really balanced, and all are good teams, so I wish them all the very best and I think people will watch great cricket here.Definitely if you’ve seen the past results of Pakistan teams in England – I’m talking about the 1992 Test series, or the 1999 World Cup or 2017 [Champions Trophy] – Pakistan has been very good in England. So we are very confident, in’shallah, we will do very well.Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)We have played good cricket and have good experience [of playing] in England as well, so we will try to do well, and do our best. We came early to get some confidence in the conditions, we are in good shape and will do our best.Kane Williamson (New Zealand)There are a few guys who were in the last World Cup, which is great, so there is some experience there. But naturally, with four years in between tournaments, there are a lot of new players as well. I guess there’s been a lot of talk around rankings, favourites, underdogs, but I think the thing that stands out is how balanced all the teams are and, when it comes to the day, anything can happen, which makes the way for a really exciting competition.Faf du Plessis (South Africa)If you look at international cricket right around the circuit, you’ll see very close competitive series home and away. It’s not just more home teams that are dominating. So, like the other captains are saying, I think all of us are really excited to try this new tournament, with everyone playing everyone once. I think it’s a great tournament.Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh)We have a great team mix, probably as good as we have ever had. We have some young players coming through and we are very excited about them.Jason Holder (West Indies)To play every side is great for us. We worked hard with the qualifiers to get here, that means it is the top 10 in the world, we want to play them all and give ourselves a shot. The team that wins will definitely deserve it.Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan)We have peace in Afghanistan now and cricket is a huge part of that. We are very happy and hopefully that can help us produce good performances. We’re excited to be here in front of the crowds. It’s the top ten teams in the world and we are proud to be representing Afghanistan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEngland are ‘favourites’ for the World Cup – Glenn McGrathMay 28, 2019In “latest news”ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Australia eye record seventh World Cup titleMay 29, 2017In “latest news”Skipper Taylor says new approach critical for World CupJune 2, 2017In “latest news” read more

Golden Jaguars to clash with Bermuda in intl friendly on Thursday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGolden Jags clash with Haiti today in int’l friendlyJune 11, 2019In “latest news”Golden Jaguars go down to Haiti in final warm-up match; off to Minnesota for Gold Cup debutJune 12, 2019In “latest news”Guyana names final 12 for International friendly in SurinameApril 27, 2015In “Sports” Captain Sam Cox speaks while Head Coach Michael Johnson looks onAt a joint press conference hosted ahead of their Thursday night international friendly at the Bermuda National Sports Center, the respective Head Coaches of both the host nation Bermuda and visitors Guyana have expressed that the match is about getting it right ahead of their debuts at this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.The two nations have a lot in common as they continue their walk into history: the first time they have both qualified for the highest possible tournament in the Confederation. Guyana have been drawn in Group D along with the USA, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago while Bermuda is in Group B alongside Haiti, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.Sharing the Head Table were respective Head Coaches and Captains, Guyana’s Michael Johnson and Sam Cox and Bermuda’s Kyle Lightbourne and Dante Leverock with the moderator being Bermuda Football Federation (BFA) Press Officer, Antoine Augustus.Johnson explained that Guyana would not be leaving its fate up to another country: “We just want to look after business ourselves, we can’t start looking and focusing on other teams and what they do and how they do. We’ve just got to go about our business and make sure we are mentally prepared, physically prepared and when we go out there, to perform at the standards that we know we are capable of doing. If we do that, where that takes us, we are more than happy.”Johnson, who would be making his debut as a Coach at the CONCACAF Gold Cup having represented Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as a player in 2010, noted that Guyana would not be showing much from a strategic standpoint as opposing teams would be on the hunt for information.Lightbourne shared his thoughts on his aims for the Gold Cup: “We’re new to the competition; we’re a nation that’s growing so we are looking for a good performance from our players. If we play to our ability that we know we can play; don’t be afraid of the occasion, enjoy it and maybe put a couple teams on the back foot, that’s what we are looking for at this stage.”Commenting directly on Thursday’s friendly, Lightbourne noted that they are expecting to see what they have been working on during training being executed in offence and defence: “All the stuff that we’ve been working on, we hope that we can see come out in this match, that’s the main priority of this match.”Golden Jaguars’ Captain, Cox said that Guyana are looking forward to the match and are expecting a tough challenge from Bermuda, but suggested that the encounter would be used to build relationships: “…see what we are like in and out of possession and build towards the Gold Cup, but we know it’s going to be a competitive fixture and one that we are all looking forward to. Players have all got their heads on it, the focus is on the next two to three weeks, but Thursday is going to be a brilliant exercise for both sides for sure.”The last time the two nations met, the match ended in a 1-1 draw and while a win would be accepted, the leading tacticians on both teams also agreed that that would not be the primary focus of the match.Kick off time is 20:00h in Bermuda and 21:00h in Guyana. read more

Mechanic allegedly burnt to death by employer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne labourer pinned to death under tractor, investigation launchedJune 5, 2018In “Crime”UPDATE: Labourer’s employer, 2 others confess to gruesome Corentyne murder- PoliceOctober 6, 2017In “Crime”Body of labourer fished out of canal in Port MourantApril 23, 2017In “Local News” Police in Berbice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 47-year-old mechanic, who was allegedly set on fire by his employer.The dead man has been identified as 47-year-old Paulder Persaud of Number 2 Village East Canje, Berbice.The now dead man was reportedly set alight on July 1, but died on July 20 while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Paulder Persaud (in white) in happier timesLeon Persaud, brother of the dead man told INews that while he does not know the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death, he was made to understand that there was an apparent disagreement between the mechanic and his employer, over money.The employer reportedly owed the mechanic money for a job he had done. In the middle of the argument, the employer allegedly threw gasoline on him and set him on fire.On the other hand, the employer has related another story of what took place. Nevertheless, he was arrested, questioned and later released.There are reports that the police were able to obtain CCTV footage which reportedly captured a part of the incident. Following the death of Persaud on July 20, it was revealed that the device with the CCTV footage was formatted and the footage erased.Investigations are ongoing. read more

APNUAFC fundraiser in NY overshadowed by massive protest

– Diaspora turns out in numbers, calls out Govt for breach of ConstitutionA fundraiser organised by A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government in New York (NY) was completely overshadowed by more than one hundred protesters picketed the meeting, demanding elections and constitutional compliance.Held at the Richi Rich Palace on Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill, NY on Sunday, the fundraiser featured Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan representing the AFC, together with Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine representing APNU, and a small group in attendance.The Minister and entourage arrived to be greeted by the large crowd of protesters behind NYPD barricades at the door of the restaurant, holding placards that read, “Ramjattan you sold AFC to the PNC”, “Ramjattan must go” and “(Ramjattan) a disgrace to Guyanese.”Officers from the NYPD were also present, although they left the protesters alone and merely watched from a distance.There were even placards aimed at Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh. One such placard read, “GECOM Chairman stand by your integrity!”The Minister and company quickly entered the building without engaging the protesters. Other guests arrived, but a few of the would-be attendees turned back upon spotting the large crowd of protesters awaiting them.When someone attending the fundraiser did engage protesters, that ‘engagement’ took the form of an unidentified woman showing the crowd her middle finger before entering the Richi Rich Palace.According to one protester who was interviewed by a member of the local media fraternity on the ground, the fact that Ramjattan hurriedly bypassed hundreds of the Guyanese diaspora picketing his Government just to speak to a few in the luxurious establishment spoke volumes.“He (Ramjattan) cannot engage us because he has nothing to tell us. You look at the crowd outside? There are about 10, 15 people inside. There are hundreds of us outside. That alone tells you that the diaspora rejects the AFC and the Government,” the protester said.“They cannot engage us. What is he going to tell us? They are illegal occupiers. When the AFC was formed, they claimed to bring fairness. They’ve joined with the PNC to bully the PPP and the Guyanese people, so there’s nothing he can tell us. He can’t talk about development, housing, finance, anything. All he can talk about is free Buju Banton tickets.”The Minister’s failure to engage the crowd of protesters when he arrived did not sit well with the other protesters. According to one of them, Richi Rich might have in fact done itself a disservice by hosting the APNU/AFC fundraiser, since the American public would have seen the protest action against a cabinet the protesters contend is illegal.“He (Ramjattan) has ten people inside, including the staff. The Minister came out, saw hundreds of Guyanese protesting and calling for elections now, and he going to 10 people inside including the staff of Richi Rich. This business has destroyed itself by hosting Ramjattan here today, with 10 people inside and hundreds of people outside calling for free and fair elections now. What are they doing?Why are they dragging their foot? What is the Attorney General (Basil Williams) doing?” the passionate protester stressed.A no-confidence motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year. However, elections have not been held and there has been no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court litigation, unsuccessfully arguing that the no-confidence motion was not validly passed.At the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), that final court of arbitration had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Closure of the estates was the right decision’ – RamjattanAugust 26, 2019In “latest news”AFC to oppose Hydro – Electric BillJune 27, 2013In “Local News”AFC is an abject and abysmal failure in APNU-controlled Govt – NandlallSeptember 13, 2016In “latest news” read more

Xtract Resources and Mutapa enter hardrock processing collaboration pact

first_imgXtract Resources has signed up to a collaboration agreement with Mutapa Mining and Processing (MMP) that could see the building of a carbon in leach (CIL) plant and the subsequent processing of hard-rock ore from its Manica deposit in Mozambique.As part of this agreement, MMP, in partnership with Omnia – a company Xstract previously signed a joint venture and collaboration agreement with in 2018, will be appointed as independent mineral processing contractor on the various gold-bearing mineral deposits on the Manica concession.MMP has agreed to finance and conduct the mining operations at Manica, including all capital and operating costs, with Xtract receiving between 20% and 23% (depending on the prevailing gold price) of the hard-rock after tax operating cash flow.At the same time as this, Xtract intends to exploit gravity-recoverable gold during the CIL plant-build phase, assuming suitable material is available.Colin Bird, Executive Chairman of Xtract, said: “This agreement allows for the extraction of CIL-amenable resources to be commenced in the mid-term whilst alluvial operations continue. The income to Xtract, once commercial levels of production are achieved, is expected to be significant and continuing for in excess of six years.”While alluvial operations continue and the CIL plant plan is finalised, alluvial gold will still be exploited through an agreement Xtract has in place with Huafei Gold Resources.And a concession exploration programme will be initiated with a view to enlarging the currently known resource by drilling at depth and testing areas not yet investigated, according to Bird.MMP is currently the owner of a 42,000 t/mth hard-rock processing plant, which includes crushing, milling and gravity recovery circuits and furnace, for mining and mineral processing, located in the Manica region of Mozambique, according to Xtract. This plant has already had over $11 million invested to date and, as Xtract is aware, represents the only sophisticated hard-rock processing capacity in the Manica region, the company said.“The MMP plant is the key reason supporting the rationale of agreeing the collaboration agreement, as it reduces both capital expenditure requirement and the time to production of the Manica project,” Xtract said.MMP has undertaken to commence construction of the CIL plant and to provide Xtract with a schedule of purchases and an activity chart indicating initial production and a target date for commercial production of no later than July 1, 2020, Xtract said. Commercial production is defined in the agreement as the installation of a processing plant with throughput capacity of not less than 29,000 t/mth (being 70% of the planned 42,000 t/mth throughput).last_img read more

PROK Conveyor Components and SKF sign Australia first bearing agreement

first_imgPROK Conveyor Components has announced a strategic partnership with SKF and the introduction of the “SKF Equipped program”.PROK claims the agreement is an Australia first, being the only time in the country an original equipment manufacturer has integrated SKF bearings into its products.The company said: “Through working with SKF and combining market leading bearing technology and testing of the new composite range of PROK rollers, the PROKOMPOSITE, customers can be certain that they are buying the best product in the market.”PROK says the PROKOMPOSITE rollers generate more than 50% less noise than traditional steel rollers, are up to 55% lighter than traditional steel rollers and cost up to 20% less to own due to easier maintenance and lower energy demands.The PROKOMPOSITE range of conveyor rollers will come standard with SKF Ball Bearings and PROK bearing housing technology verified and tested by SKF, according to PROK. This combination will provide customers with unmatched performance and sealing protection, thus increasing the life of the rollers and reducing the overall total cost of ownership, the company claimed.PROK said: “After extensive testing it was clear that SKF Bearings were a great fit for PROK’s range of PROKOMPOSITE rollers. Being an ISO 9001 certified company, PROK was able to achieve SKF Equipped status by meeting high quality standards on the design, manufacture and assembly procedures of rotating equipment set out by SKF. This is an exciting venture for both companies.”last_img read more

Gardaí appeal for help tracing missing 65yearold Margaret Mangan

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 65-year-old Margaret Mangan who is missing since yesterday.The woman, who answers to ‘Peggy’, was last seen when leaving her home at Mount Tallant Avenue, Terenure, walking her King Charles Cavalier dog at approximately 11am yesterday morning.She is described as being 5’ 2” in height and of slight build. When last seen she was wearing a white coat or jacket and black trousers.There have been a number of unconfirmed sightings of the woman, who is an Alzheimers sufferer, in the Dublin area.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Terenure Garda Station 01-6666400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Appeal for help tracing missing man in Dublin>last_img read more