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24 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the entry into force of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region after its ratification by eight African countries. The pact entered into force last Saturday after achieving the necessary number of ratifications from among the 11 core countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).Under the treaty, the countries commit themselves to tackling the underlying causes of the many conflicts that have raged in the Great Lakes region in recent decades and to deal with key security, governance, development, humanitarian and social issues from a regional perspective.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the ICGLR will – by prioritizing results on the ground – “send a strong signal to the international community of its determination to turn the ideas of the Pact into concrete achievements.”He added that the UN, which has supported the Bujumbura-based ICGLR for many years, remained committed to helping implement the Pact.The eight countries which have ratified the accord are Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The other core members of the ICGLR are Angola, Sudan and Zambia.The first ICGLR summit to be held after the Pact’s entry into force will be staged in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, in mid-December.
As scores of heads of State and government attend today’s opening of a three-day summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to end extreme poverty.“There is no global project more worthwhile,” Mr. Ban said. “Let us send a strong message of hope. Let us keep the promise.”The high-level meeting of the General Assembly is being held to take stock of the progress so far towards the MDGs – which include slashing poverty, combating disease, fighting hunger, protecting the environment and boosting education – and to determine what else needs to be done to reach the Goals by their target date of 2015.“Real results” have been made since the MDGs were devised in 2000, Mr. Ban noted, including a dramatic increase in school enrolment rates, expanded access to clean water and greater control of diseases.“We have more development success stories than ever before. The transformative impact of the MDGs is undeniable. This is an achievement we can proud of. But we must protect these advances, many of which are still fragile. And the clock is ticking, with much more to do.”Mr. Ban urged world leaders to “stay true” to ensure that the Goals are met on time.“True to our identity as an international community built on a foundation of solidarity. True to your commitment to end the dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.”He called on wealthy countries not to pull back from their previous commitments on official development assistance to poorer nations, which he described as “a lifeline of billions, for billions.”He also stressed that “being true means addressing inequality, both among and within countries. Even in countries that have registered impressive gains, inequality eats away at social cohesion.“And it means reconsidering conventional wisdom. Recovery from the economic crisis should not mean a return to the flawed and unjust path that got us into trouble in the first place.”The Secretary-General said one of the keys to success was “making the smart investments in infrastructure, small farmers, social services… and above all in women and girls.”On Wednesday he is expected to unveil a global strategy for improving women’s and children’s health, with study after study indicating that a boost in this area will have an enormous multiplier effect across all the MDGs.“There is more to do for the mother who watches her children go to bed hungry – a scandal played out a billion times each and every night. There is more to do for the young girl weighed down with wood or water when instead she should be in school. And more to do for the worker far from home in a city slum, watching jobs and remittances disappear amid global recession.” 20 September 2010As scores of heads of State and government attend today’s opening of a three-day summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to end extreme poverty.
MINUSTAH said that in the northern Haitian city of Gonaïves, the country’s third largest, the main hospital had been flooded and medical supplies were limited. A medical team attached to the Mission’s Argentinean peacekeepers was providing much of the care.Much of the area around Gonaïves – which has about 100,000 inhabitants – was covered by mud because of the heavy rains and landslides in the wake of Tropical Storm Jeanne, leading to a shortage of drinking water.Shelters have been set up to provide temporary housing for thousands of survivors, according to MINUSTAH, with the city’s cathedral now home to a group of some 600 people.An assessment mission by UN officials to Port-de-Paix, on Haiti’s north coast, found that 30 per cent of that city was under water, while a separate inspection was taking place in Isle de la Tortue.The UN has deployed a Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team to the Dominican Republic, where 11 people have been reported killed and more than 37,000 people have had to leave their homes because of the floods.In the General Assembly today, Haiti’s interim President Boniface Alexander appealed urgently “for the solidarity of the international community” to support local authorities as they try to assist the victims of Tropical Storm Jeanne.The Dominican Republic’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso also appealed for international cooperation as it mounts relief efforts, adding that the storm had caused devastating floods and damage to infrastructure in his country.General Assembly President Jean Ping, speaking on behalf of its members, offered his sympathy to the governments and peoples of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as to those from other Caribbean countries which have suffered during the recent wave of deadly hurricanes in the region.
Warren Buffett entertains shareholders with humorous movie at start of annual meeting by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2015 9:21 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett again proved that he doesn’t take himself too seriously in the humorous movie that starts the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.Berkshire took a famous scene from Dustin Hoffman’s “The Graduate” when the main character gets career advice and dubbed in new lines as if Hoffman was portraying a young Buffett.Instead of Hoffman’s character being urged to consider a career in plastics, the fictional Buffett was told: “One word: Geico.”In real life, Buffett later bought all of Geico, and today it is a major part of Berkshire’s insurance unit.Buffett also devoted part of the video to interviews with some of his early staff members about major events in Berkshire’s history. This year marks 50 years since Buffett took control of Berkshire Hathaway.
President Maithripala Sirisena has invited the King of Cambodia and the Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka at a convenient time in the future, the Foreign Ministry said today.At the invitation of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath NORODOM SIHAMONI, King of Cambodia, President Maithripala Sirisena paid a state visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia from 07 to 10 August 2019. Prime Minister Hun Sen hailed the state visit of President Maithripala Sirisena as an important landmark and a great impetus driving the excellent ties between the two friendly countries to new heights.President Maithripala Sirisena termed Cambodia as a close friend and an important partner of Sri Lanka in the region. Both leaders also noted with satisfaction that Cambodia and Sri Lanka have developed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels with a view to ushering peace, stability, and sustainable development of the two nations and the world. During this visit, President Sirisena had an audience with the King of Cambodia. He also attended a state banquet hosted in his honour by the King at the Royal Palace, where he also met with Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, President of the Senate and Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly. The President also had a bilateral discussion with Samdach Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, during which both Leaders reaffirmed commitment to further deepen bilateral relations which are firmly supported by the cultural and religious affinity of the two nations. Prime Minister Hun Sen highly commended the achievements made by the Government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena in promoting sustainable development and social welfare of the country. President Maithripala Sirisena also lauded the continued success of the Cambodian Government in maintaining peace, stability, high economic growth, a robust tourism industry, and improvement in the quality of life of the Cambodian people, under the leadership of Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen.The two leaders underscored the importance of the regular exchange of high-level visits and consultations to strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation in all feasible areas for the mutual benefits of both nations. Towards this end, the two leaders welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Consultations between foreign ministries of the two countries and expressed desire for the first meeting to be convened at the earliest.Both leaders also agreed to expedite the signing of an agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirement for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports, an agreement on Bilateral Air Services and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.
She said that had she known several people will lose their jobs she would not have taken legal action. Solicitor General and former Director General of the Bribery Commission Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe today claimed that a Minister was involved in establishing contact between her and Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi.In a leaked recording of a telephone conversation released yesterday Wickremasinghe is heard expressing regret over the action taken on Avant-Garde. The female voice is also heard saying “I know how to break the law and make the law”. In a message on her Facebook today, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe said that as a public officer she is not permitted to make public or press statements.However she urged Nishshanka Senadhipathi publish the entire telephone conversation without editing, doctoring and distorting the contents. She also urged him to disclose to the public the name of a Minister to whose telephone he called and the reasons why the said Minister passed the telephone to her. (Colombo Gazette)
The Sri Lanka Navy had suspended Yoshitha Rajapaksa from the Navy in 2016. He was suspended from naval service upon the direction of the Defence Ministry. Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been reinstated to the Navy.The Navy said that an order issued by President Maithripala Sirisena to reinstate Yoshitha Rajapaksa as a Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Navy with effect from 28 February 2016, was signed by the Navy Commander. The Ministry had said at the time the decision was taken in regard to a request made by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to allow it to hold an independent investigation over allegations leveled against Yoshitha.As a result, Yoshitha’s salary and other allowances were halted according to the Constitution of the Sri Lanka Navy as amended by Special Gazette Notification 1010/1 of 1998. (Colombo Gazette)
Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the game against Oregon State game on Sept. 1 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorGoing into the 2018 season opener against Oregon State, offensive coordinator and acting head coach Ryan Day said he was not going to change the offense with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins. However, it seemed as though many viewed Haskins as more of an “anti-J.T. Barrett.” While Barrett excelled in his running ability and precision in the run-pass option game, Haskins thrives in the pocket, being known to move the ball downfield with his arm rather than his legs. Among these differences, Haskins and Barrett do have something in common: accuracy. Describing Haskins as a “rhythm passer,” Day had to form an offense that took his new quarterback’s attributes and paired it with the signature Ohio State offense. With that, Day prepared the team during the offseason to play with increased tempo, running a no-huddle style offense, all to the benefit of the new quarterback behind center. “For a young quarterback, at times, you get a feel for does it stress him out or does he feel more comfortable in that environment,” Day said. “We found it does make him feel more comfortable. They like playing fast, and in the no-huddle offense. I think they feel comfortable playing at that speed.”With that in mind heading into fall camp, Day said he had assistant athletic director for football sport performance Mickey Marotti get players, especially the offensive linemen, in shape, making sure they run well and that they are athletically ready to run the offense at a faster pace than last season. While Marotti prepared the players, Day and the coaching staff helped create an offense that utilized consistent rotation with a wide receiver room the acting head coach considers “10-deep,” a tight end room rotating three players and an offensive line with versatility. Even though Ohio State has prepared for increased pace of play since the start of fall camp, players still view it as something they need to get used to. In redshirt junior running back Mike Weber’s opinion, though, the payoff for speed is much greater. “Sometimes you get tired and you have to push through, but you know that the defense is tired as well,” Weber said. “That’s the advantage we were trying to get, get the defense moving and discombobulated. It actually helped us execute plays because they were tired and they weren’t set. I’ll be tired for that.”Ohio State showed its offensive pace in the season opener against Oregon State, running 87 plays with a time of possession of 31:16. After the game, Day said the offense was “moving at a good clip,” mentioning that the overall offensive approach was clean, but wanted to get to the official in-between plays a bit quicker. Haskins, completing 73.3 percent of his passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns against the Beavers, showed off a bit of his throwing ability on Saturday. Beginning his first start with a 27-yard post route to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin, Haskins completed five passes for more than 20 yards, two of which were crossing routes. Day said that with the faster tempo, the focus of the pass offense was not necessarily trying to beat the Oregon State secondary deep, especially with the soft coverage he was seeing from the unit. “If you’re playing fast, and you’re playing in rhythm and the guys are taking the underneath stuff — we called some plays that in certain coverages would dictate throwing a post or seam or down the field,” Day said. “But because the coverage was softer, you saw us come underneath and get some completions.” Instead of stretching the field vertically, Haskins led the Ohio State offense with a quick-completion, Barrett-esque look. He used the horizontal game, throwing bubble screens to h-backs and short speed sweeps in the middle, making the back end of the Oregon State defense have to chase the Buckeye wide receivers. Even with facing a defense with cornerbacks playing in soft coverage, what Day considered as “respecting our speed,” Haskins still has the ability to throw the ball downfield. Haskins’ quarterbacks coach knows the desire of a young quarterback to make a big play. “You can’t force things down the field, and some young guys want to do that,” Day said. “They want to take their shots. They get hungry, want to take a shot down the field, if there is a safety sitting in the middle of the field at 25 yards, you can’t throw a post, so that’s all part of maturing.”Redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill took advantage of the emphasis on the horizontal offense and the tempo, leading the team with six catches on six targets for 82 yards. “We want to play fast at all times because it keeps the defense on their toes,” Hill said. “We feel like we are in more shape than other teams and we are going to pound them until they basically just get exhausted and give up.” Weber said the focus on tempo is still there heading into the conference opener against Rutgers. Even if there is an ability to go faster, the running back views the speed at which the offense worked as something it aims to become the norm. “We actually run a lot of plays in a short amount of time,” Weber said. “If we move faster than that, that’s crazy, man.”
Ohio State junior forward Carson Meyer (72) hits the puck off the wall in the second period of the game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State fell 6-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor college athletes, time spent away from friends and family is something they become used to through practice, preparation and games taking up their weeks.For hockey players, having their families and friends cheering in the crowd as they take the ice is something about which many can only dream. This wish came true for Carson Meyer, who grew up in Powell, Ohio, just a 20-minute drive from the Schottenstein Center, where he now plays hockey for Ohio State.After the junior forward moves on from college, Meyer will join the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team he’s expressed interest in since its Columbus debut when Meyer was young.“I started playing hockey when I was 3 years old. It was the same year the [Blue] Jackets became a team here,” Meyer said. “That was a huge part of it, my parents hearing about the Jackets and taking me to games and watching them on TV with my dad and stuff like that. That was pretty much the majority of what drew me to the game.”Meyer is not just a Blue Jackets fan; he’s also been a part of the organization, playing on the Blue Jackets’ Bantam Major AAA under-16 and under-18 teams for more than four years. The work he put into the organization paid off when he was drafted by the team with the 179th pick in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Though Meyer was excited to play at Ohio State, his return to central Ohio came with hardships. In his freshman year at Miami University (Ohio), he scored 10 goals and assisted on 16 more, priming himself for an impressive career at one of the nation’s top college hockey programs. Disaster struck in his sophomore year as his game performances declined to only 10 points on the season. Nobody knew the root of his issues until Meyer revealed that a 25-inch tapeworm had taken up residence in his small intestine. Tapeworms can cause fatigue and weight loss, so his struggles were easily explained. But it took time for Meyer to recover mentally and get back to where he was before his health issues. “Last year, as bad as it went, not knowing what was wrong for the majority of the year, you start to kind of second-guess yourself every step of the way. All summer I was working out and working hard, but you never really know. You just get in your own head: ‘What if I can’t get back to where I was?’ and stuff,” Meyer said. “I feel like I’m back to where I was and I’m starting to take steps forward to be even better than I was at this point [last year], so it’s a great feeling, just refreshing.”Meyer is now well into his junior year, but transferring as a 21-year-old threw him into an awkward position, as the team had already experienced much success, with each player having an established role on the team“It is different. In the beginning you don’t want to step on any toes because you’re kind of the new guy but at the same time it’s like, you’re not a freshman,” Meyer said. “I’ve got some experience, and I’m actually an upperclassman, so I know there’s a lot I can offer this time, both on the ice and off of it.”He isn’t afraid to share advice or wisdom. On a team with eight seniors — including team captains Mason Jobst and Sasha Larocque — Meyer sees himself as a leader on the squad that didn’t know him six months ago.“He’s a great player,” Jobst said. “Obviously he’s new to the team, so we’re still getting used to each other a little bit, but over time I assume more goals will come and he makes it real easy on me.”Meyer has had a strong start in his first season as a Buckeye, tying the team lead in points with four goals. He’s recorded at least two points in three games and has scored in half of the games the Buckeyes have played.Though Meyer might have had doubts about his play going into the season, head coach Steve Rohlik and the coaching staff have shown trust in his ability, starting him in four games on the first line.“I think he’s played fine. He’s bought into our culture. He’s a good teammate. He’s a 200-foot player. He’s still learning,” Rohlik said. “I know it was a rough year for him last year, but, again, everything’s looking out the front window right now, not the rear-view mirror for him, so it’s great to have him on the team and he’s fitting in nice with the guys.”Moving forward, it’s time for Meyer to focus on bettering himself as the season progresses. While it might take time to fully assimilate into Ohio State’s culture, the focus is shared amongst the entire locker room: return to the big stage in April and compete for a national championship.“It’s very high expectations,” Meyer said. “Really good culture, a winning culture. I kind of knew that was how it would be coming in and I’ve been really impressed with how everybody has handled the situation and what our focus is for this season.”
Ohio State sophomore guard Musa Jallow guards Northwestern sophomore guard Anthony Gaines on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State came into its matchup against Northwestern looking for a rebound.After dropping its past two games, the most recent one in blowout fashion, the Buckeyes had an opportunity to right the ship with a home matchup against a team that was winless in its past six and had the second worst record in Big Ten play.The Buckeyes capitalized on the opportunity, defeating the Wildcats 63-49 in a low-scoring battle.Ohio State outscored Northwestern 39-29 in the second half, and shot 53.3 percent from the field.“I think we just knew that we really needed this game, so we all bought into a good day of prep,” freshman guard Duane Washington said. “We can be really good when we lock in and do what we’re supposed to do, so we all bought into it, played hard, and we came out with the victory.”Freshman forward Justin Ahrens gave Ohio State some life coming out of halftime with a four-point lead.Prior to not seeing the floor for the first half, Ahrens tallied four points, two rebounds and an assist in the opening six minutes of the half in place of sophomore guard Musa Jallow, who started the game.From there, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson began to take over.“I thought Kaleb was really good the whole night on both ends, I really did, I thought Kaleb was assertive,” head coach Chris Holtmann said.Wesson led the Buckeyes in scoring in both halves, tallying 13 in the second half on 5-of-6 shooting to allow Ohio State to take over down the stretch.The sophomore forward had been shut down in the past four games, failing to score more than 12 points since finishing with 27 against Rutgers on Feb. 2.Against Northwestern, Wesson finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and did not record a personal foul until 5:19 to go in the second half.Nobody else on Ohio State finished in double figures in scoring.“It’s always good to have a big performance, but the best thing was that we got the win today,” Wesson said. “My teammates found me when I was open, I got a lot of open looks just because they were hitting shots today.”Senior guard C.J. Jackson showed pain in his left arm throughout the game, getting up slow grimacing after suffering an injury in his past game against Michigan State, and struggled to get much going on offense because of it.Jackson went to the locker room with 15:38 to play, but returned before the timeout was over.The senior guard finished with five points, making 2-of-8 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3, with two rebounds and two assists.The first half was an ugly display of offense from both teams.Ohio State took a 24-20 lead into the break after holding Northwestern to 29.2 percent shooting, making 2-of-11 from 3. The Buckeyes shot 37.5 percent in the opening half, connecting on 2-of-12 from deep.The two teams combined to score five points on 2-of-19 shooting in the first 7:21 of the game.Wesson led Ohio State with a game-high nine points in the first half, while nobody on the Wildcats had more than four points.Holtmann said he was looking at the positives from the first half rather than the negatives.“We’re by no means an offensive juggernaut, but I think give their defense some credit. I liked the quality of our shot,” Holtmann said. “We’re probably where we are right now because of our team defense, honestly, that has kept us in games and given us a chance this season.”Both teams committed seven turnovers, with redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods leading either team with three in the first half.Woods ended the game with three turnovers to go with seven points in 30 minutes. The Buckeyes only committed one turnover overall in the second half.Washington was a spark off the bench, connecting on back-to-back 3-point attempts to give the Buckeyes the early 10-5 lead.Ohio State moves on to face Maryland on the road at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
[BBC] Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.At Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court.He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets.The UK will decide whether to extradite Assange, in response to allegations by the Department for Justice that he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download classified databases.He faces up to five years in US prison if convicted on the charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said they would be fighting the extradition request. She said it set a “dangerous precedent” where any journalist could face US charges for “publishing truthful information about the United States”.She said she had visited Assange in the police cells where he thanked supporters and said: “I told you so.”Assange had predicted that he would face extradition to the US if he left the embassy.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47891737 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS Embassy thanks local agencies over extradition of Troy ThomasApril 24, 2019In “Crime”China calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequencesDecember 8, 2018In “World”More US extraditions of fugitives hiding in Guyana imminentMay 6, 2019In “Crime”
Vale says Brazil’s National Mining Agency (Agência Nacional de Mineração – ANM) has authorised the partial resumption of dry processing operations at the Vargem Grande Complex in Minas Gerais.The Vargem complex is comprised of three operating mines — Capitão do Mato, Tamanduá and Abóboras — and produces a mixture of fines, lump and concentrate products for the seaborne export market and the Vargem Grande pellet plant.Vale said all operations of the complex were suspended by ANM on February 20, to prevent “occasional triggers” that could affect tailings dam stability as a result of ongoing activities at the complex.Vargem was one of several operations that were suspended after one of Vale’s tailings dams ruptured at its Córrego do Feijão mine (Paraopeba complex) on January 25, 2019.The decision will enable the partial resumption of dry processing operations at the complex within 24 hours, totalling about 5 Mt of additional production in 2019, thus increasing the supply of Brazilian Blend Fines, Vale said.The Brazil-based miner reaffirmed its 2019 iron ore and pellets sales guidance of 307-332 Mt, as per previous announcements.
Congratulations are due to the team at Agnico Eagle Kittilä’s Water Treatment Plant in Finland – winners of this year’s Michel Letourneau Award, which celebrates achievements in teamwork, productivity improvements, cost control, innovation, accident prevention and health and safety. Those themes are reflected in an ongoing campaign at Kittilä that encourages employee suggestions on how to improve mining and processing operations.The team’s winning initiative stemmed from an initial idea to treat process water more efficiently, put forward by Kittilä mill production engineer, Tomas Mälkiä. The team then came together to implement the idea which has had a significant positive impact on reducing the mine’s environmental footprint, while also saving money and conserving energy.Mälkiä and his colleagues were looking at ways to optimise Kittilä’s new water treatment plant process, making it easier and more efficient to operate, while still ensuring the water quality at the end of the treatment process met all environmental permit requirements.Typically, the process works by heating intake water to a high enough temperature to create the necessary chemical reaction – one that turns the sulphates (a by-product of processing gold sulphide ores) that remain in the water from liquid to solid form, allowing them to be collected and removed before discharging the clear, clean water back into the environment.Mälkiä wondered if it was absolutely necessary to heat up the water in order to trigger the chemical reaction – a critical question given that Kittilä is located in the Lapland region of northern Finland, where local waters often reach a frigid zero (0°) degree temperature during the winter months.“My idea was that if the water is constantly flowing and being pumped to the next step in the process it won’t freeze, and we can try to precipitate sulphate without excess heat energy. Our team tested the concept over a six-month period, keeping the water flow stable, constantly adjusting the sulphate levels, optimising the pH balance and eventually, we got the results we needed. Since then, we haven’t heated the process water and it hasn’t impacted the plant’s performance. We continue to meet all the requirements of our environmental permit.”The idea will save the mine roughly 1,000 Mwh of energy per year, which equates to about €100,000 (C$140,000) per year. Additionally, the previous approach required Kittilä to consume approximately 100,000 litres of fuel each year to heat the water, a major environmental and financial impact.“It is an honour to accept this award on behalf of the team. This definitely would not have been possible without a team effort, as my colleagues provided the metallurgical and chemical expertise to make the idea work and we are all proud to have seen it succeed.”Patrice Gilbert, Vice President, Health & Safety and Community, said: “We selected the Kittilä Mill Team and this initiative as the winner of the Michel Letourneau Award because not only is it delivering triple bottom line results, it shines a light on the impact one idea and one change can have on an entire organisation and on the environment.”Agnico Eagle’s CEO Sean Boyd added, “This kind of innovative thinking will continue to drive our performance at Agnico Eagle. It encourages all of us to take a second look at what we are doing, how we are doing it and how we could do it better.”Tomas and Antti Heikkilä, Daily Supervisor, were recently in Toronto where they were presented with the prize by the award’s namesake, Michel Letourneau himself. “Now retired, our former colleague Michel Letourneau was one of Agnico Eagle’s most enthusiastic and active champions for leadership and innovation, particularly in health and safety as he was our first Corporate Director of Health & Safety.”
Perth-based technology companies Mapizy and Camp Connect have been selected as the winners of the third round of the CORE Start Award, sponsored by CORE foundation partners NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) and WesTrac.The CORE Start Award will provide these promising energy resources technology startups with three months of co-working at the CORE Innovation Hub, coupled with facilitated industry connections, mentoring and network links to support the growth of their business, CORE said. In addition, award recipients remain connected as CORE Start Alumni for ongoing opportunities.The CORE Innovation Hub is Australia’s first co-working, collaboration and innovation hub focused on the resources sector.Mapizy CEO, Dr Mehdi Ravanbakhsh, said his company uses ground-breaking deep learning technology to exploit images from satellites, drones, terrestrial and underwater platforms to automate the discovery of changes to natural and built environments at scale.“Equipped with this information, organisations are empowered to make better decisions and improve performance. We are a team of highly skilled artificial intelligence engineers with a passion to make the world a better place through technology,” Ravanbakhsh said.NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said Mapizy’s capabilities in artificial intelligence to interpret multi-source image data will add an exciting new set of skills to the CORE innovation community.Camp Connect Founder, Erin Bell, said that its software and mobile app is a white label enterprise application to provide a simple, cost- and time-effective means for mining and construction companies to better engage, communicate, build social connections and improve culture with their employees, while enhancing current emergency response measures.“I have a career background in human resources, health, safety and emergency within the FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) mining industry and my co-founder Scott’s professional experience is in construction project management. We developed Camp Connect with the aim of aiding with key industry trends and challenges related to mental health, isolation and utilisation of technology,” Bell said.WesTrac Innovation Development Manager, Graeme Klass, said Camp Connect gave an excellent presentation, due to its ability to clearly define their purpose and technology.“The founders have relevant industry knowledge and their platform has the capacity to grow, not just in Australia, but globally. As mining contractors, WesTrac would definitely find this tool useful when our employees travel to site,” Klass said.Bell added: “Winning the Core Start Award will help us greatly in enhancing our business networks, accessing international commercialisation opportunities and mentoring as we grow and scale.”The winners were selected following a Pitch @ CORE event on August 29 that saw seven founders pitch their cutting-edge solutions to real industry challenges to a panel of judges. CORE Innovation Hub General Manager, Aaron Schier, said the calibre of presentations was excellent and selecting the CORE Start recipients proved to be difficult.“The quantity, quality, and diversity of applicants is increasing each round, which is testament to the health of the local innovation ecosystem and a promising signal for industry,” he said.This project received grant funding from the Australia Government, according to CORE.
Harnessing new technologies in the mining, oil and gas industries will add A$74 billion ($50 billion) to the Australian economy by 2030 and create more than 80,000 new local jobs, according to a new report from METS Ignited and NERA.Titled ‘Staying Ahead of the Game Report’, the report says data analytics, automation and robotics technologies continue to transform the resources sector and Australia needs to be at the forefront of technological progress or risk other countries taking the lead.The report was designed to attempt to predict the nature and scale of how Australia’s resources industries, including both the producers and their supply chains, might change if they fully embraced the latest advances in operational technologies such as analytics, automation and robotics.It further analysed what these changes mean for employment and workforce development (especially in the operations areas across regional Australia), and the wider economy.To estimate the impact of these technological changes, the report analysed 30 types of technological innovation considered most relevant and carried out more than four dozen interviews with industry and technology experts to support the findings.It also laid out a four-step roadmap that, it said, will lead Australia to success. The four steps were around strengthening collaboration, creating and supporting national cross-industry automation technology clusters, expanding the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” and boosting skills and research and development.Australia’s Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said Australia has one of the most competitive mining, oil and gas industries in the world which will continue to boost its economy as it transforms.“A vibrant and competitive resources sector is vital to Australia’s economic future and the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies will be a key driver of industry transformation,” she said. “The use of analytics and robotics not only provides significant safety and environmental benefits, it is also rapidly increasing job opportunities.”Andrews added: “This kind of technology opens up new, unexplored opportunities for the resources sector and what this report shows is the huge economic opportunity if new technology is embraced.”The report was produced by METS Ignited and NERA, two industry growth centres established to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness.It comes shortly after a A$2 million Future Technology Project Fund was made available through NERA for projects that accelerate the commercialisation of science and technology, improve the uptake of innovative digital technologies, and encourage future investment, productivity and global trade, in the oil, gas and energy sector.
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The sooner the Dáil is back the better for the Louth TD.Read: Step aside Garth Brooks, here’s Gerry Adams singing If Tomorrow Never ComesRead: Gerry Adams made a new friend He wasn’t lying about his other leg being worse either: Did I ever tell U I’m allergic 2 midgies. I swell up.— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 13, 2014 Source: Gerry Adams/Twitter The other one is worser. pic.twitter.com/p11ME8Yd9j— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 13, 2014 Source: Gerry Adams/Twitter And things aren’t exactly looking up for Gerry this summer either: Source: Gerry Adams/Twitter Maidin maith. I told Youse the right 1 was worser. pic.twitter.com/cXoGaPEzV3— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 14, 2014 HOW DO TDS spend their summers?Some like catch up on constituency work, others catch up with their family, while some even go on holiday to far flung places like the south of France or Italy.But Gerry Adams is different. He seems to spending part of his summer inflicting injuries on himself by taking the ill-judged decision to wear shorts and cut hedges.The Sinn Féin president really should have known better when he went to tackle fuschia and bramble hedges in shorts.“Death by a thousand cuts!” he said on Twitter and he wasn’t wrong.Look at the state of his legs…
It has been a particularly cold winter in Melbourne. In fact winter records have been broken, and there is still a way to go.While many of us wake up in and return to a warm home, for the most underprivileged in our society this time of year is very difficult, felt most by those living on the streets and families doing it tough.In a bid to lend a helping hand, Father George Frangos from the Dormition Of Our Lady Greek Orthodox Church in Altona North together with a group of volunteers, is seeking to collect warm clothes to be distributed to those in need.The call out is for jackets, hoodies, tracksuit pants, and beanies – or any other clothing items suitable for winter – preferably new, or in close to new condition.Anyone in the position to help is encouraged to do so.Volunteers will come together once goods are collected to package items, and distribute them.The initiative is part of a grassroots charity being established by Fr George under the name of GoCare. Still in its infant stage, the idea is to create the opportunity for people to undertake active Christian fellowship in the community.To arrange to drop off donation goods, please contact Fr George directly on 0410 581 806. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram