No fresh taxes in Haryana budget, ₹100 cr for SYL

first_imgHaryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu on Monday presented the state budget in which no fresh taxes were proposed and the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was expected to grow at 9% in 2017-18.Capt. Abhimanyu proposed a budget of ₹1,02,329.35 crore for 2017-18, an increase of Rs 9,041.59 (13.18 per cent) over the last budget. He said on the pattern of the union government initiative, Haryana has also decided to dispense with the plan and non-plan classification of expenditure and present the budget in terms of revenue and capital classification.“Significant strides”“Haryana has made significant strides in all key parameters that constitute the economic and fiscal space. Be it GSDP growth, per capita income, fiscal deficit, debt-to-GSDP ratio or total revenue as a ratio of GSDP – things have improved,” Capt Abhimanyu said as he presented his third consecutive budget. “GSDP which is estimated to have logged a growth rate of 8.7% in 2016-17 is poised to touch 9% in 2017-18,” he said, adding that the present government, by following prudent fiscal management policies, had been able to reverse the increasing trend in deficit parameters witnessed during the previous regime.“This is clear from the fact that in 2014-15, the revenue deficit, which was 1.90% of GSDP, had declined to 1.6% in 2015-16, and in 2016-17, it is likely to be 1.33%. For fiscal 2017-18, I have targeted to bring it further down to less than 1% and by the end of 2019-20, my target is to bring it down to zero,” he added.Expressing commitment towards the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Capt. Abhimanyu announced to allocate ₹100 crore especially for this purpose in 2017-18. “I assure the august House that for construction of the SYL even if ₹1,000 crore is required, we will provide the same”, he said.Rural areas get priority Capt. Abhimanyu said that bulk of the allocation made for agriculture, panchayats and irrigation departments in the budget are meant for rural areas. “It is expected that in the next financial year, the allocation for rural areas will get a further boost,” he added.last_img read more

Milestone in mind

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I really hope to help the country win the gold medal,” Ravena told the Inquirer.If he gets his wish, that will mark the fifth time Ravena will have a shot at winning a gold medal in the biennial meet, making him one of the most successful SEA Games athletes of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHe jokes about his motivation now: “[Five SEA Games golds] is the only thing Thirdy can’t chase.”Ravena is referring to brother Thirdy, the current two-time UAAP champion with Ateneo who is matching his basketball success—and more. If there’s one thing Kiefer Ravena misses the most, it’s donning the Philippine jersey. SHERWIN VARDELEONThere are so many things going through Kiefer Ravena’s mind as he continues to serve his Fiba suspension, foremost of which is an event that will take place at around this time next year.The Philippines will be hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the NLEX star in the PBA is hoping to make the team that will represent the country and play before an expectedly loud home crowd.ADVERTISEMENT But at the heart of his wish is the eagerness to represent the country again once he finishes his 18-month suspension for taking a workout drink that contained prohibited ingredients.“Playing for the national team? That’s what I miss the most. More than anything,” Ravena said.Ravena, then an 18-year-old who had just won a UAAP title, first won a SEA Games gold medal in 2011 in Jakarta, with a team that included Ray Parks Jr. and Greg Slaughter. His second gold came in 2013 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, alongside the likes of Marcus Douthit, Kevin Alas and Parks.Ravena again won a gold in 2015 in Singapore, with a team featuring Douthit, Scottie Thompson and Baser Amer.Then, with a squad featuring Christian Standhardinger, Kobe Paras and Parks, Ravena won his fourth gold medal in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Favorite son Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibidcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Now 25, Ravena would be one of the veterans in the national squad should he earn another call-up for the SEA Games.Ravena is currently working to stay in “the best shape possible” as he serves out his suspension, hoping to be in his strongest form once the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas forms the SEA Games squad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH 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 athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Wayne Rooney expects big things of ‘fantastic’ United

first_imgCaptain Wayne Rooney says there is enough talent in the “fantastic” Manchester United squad to launch a serious challenge for the Premier League title despite a mixed start to the campaign.United, who last won the league in 2013, have displayed flashes of brilliance under Jose Mourinho but their erratic performances have threatened to undermine the Portuguese manager’s maiden campaign at Old Trafford. (Man United captain Rooney justifies benching)”I do think we’ll be challenging this season — we’ve still got that belief and it is even stronger after working with this manager and the players over the last few months,” Rooney told British media.After suffering back-to-back defeats last month, a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions has raised spirits as seventh-placed United held rivals Liverpool to a 0-0 draw on Monday to maintain a five-point gap behind leaders Manchester City.”I think we’ve got a fantastic squad that is ready and capable of challenging. I’m sure over the next few weeks or couple of months we will have our way of playing, and it will be his (Mourinho’s) way of playing.”It is a different way of playing, but if you’re an individual you should learn what the manager wants. As a team, it’s going to take a little bit longer. We knew it was going to take a bit of time,” Rooney added. (Manchester United laziest side in English Premier League)Following his world record move to United in August, midfielder Paul Pogba has yet to live up to his hefty price tag but Rooney is confident that once the Frenchman adapts to the rigours of English football, he will be well worth the outlay.advertisement”Paul is a fantastic player, I think he is working hard and he is doing well,” the England international added of the former Juventus star. (Manchester United flourish without benched Wayne Rooney)”It is a different league to what he’s been used to — he didn’t really play last time when he was here so this is all new. He is a fantastic player and he will shine for us this season there is no doubt.”United host Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday before travelling to face Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

3,350 NASA Space Blankets Will Form this 2018 Burning Man Installation (We Hope)

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Editors’ Recommendations Alex ShtanukI love a good blanket as much as the next guy, whether for napping on Sundays or telling ghost stories as a little kid. But Moscow-based installation artist Alex Shtanuk is planning to build the most epic blanket of all time at the 2018 Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, 120 miles north of Reno.Shtanuk launched an Indiegogo campaign to create “The Blanket,” a 107,000-square-foot reflective cover made of 3,350 NASA space blankets that will cover the flat “Playa” of the Nevada desert.Made of light yet strong BoPET polyester film canvas and held together with reinforced tape, The Blanket will be coated with a metallic agent on its silver side that reflects 97 percent of radiant heat. Good news for Burning Man-goers who will combat both soaring temps in the daytime and freezing drops at night. The official website for the festival warns, “Weather on the playa is often violent and unpredictable. Dust storms, high winds, freezing temperatures, rain, we get it all out there. It’s impossible to be overly prepared when it comes to the elements.”Alex Shtanuk / IndiegogoDuring the hot days, escape under the Blanket for a comfy and refreshing rest area where you can relax and “have a nap or dance,” says Shatanuk’s Indiegogo page. Meanwhile, “at night, hundreds of people in el-wire suits will get together under the blanket creating an effect of oceanic bioluminescent plankton or moving waves of an equalizer.”A total funding of $17,500 was expected for the installation, with only 13 percent raised by the end of the round. The final $2,293 raised will be used for materials, build-space rental, excavator and equipment rentals, and transportation from Russia to Nevada. (Not sure this blanket will fit in your carry-on.)Despite not reaching its funding, we’re hopeful The Blanket will still be built, as the massive reflective installation will also work from the outside to mimic the waves of the ancient Lake Lahontan that once crested over the Burning Man Playa. This wave illusion will be produced by the natural wind conditions in the area flowing under the blanket.In the same reflective vein, Denmark-based artist Jakob Lange recently took to Indeigogo to fund the creation of “The ORB” for this year’s Burning Man. The giant sphere nearly 100 feet in diameter will hover over Black Rock City and create a new perspective of the temporary metropolis and attendees of the festival, “turning public life into public artifact.”It will also help attendees find their way around the massive landscape of Burning Man — a major bonus since the festival covers seven square miles and holds roughly 70,000 people.For those planning to attend the 2018 Burning Man festival from August 26-September 4, it might be easier to donate to a massive installation rather than bring 3,000 of your own blankets. That being said, we’re ready to test our nap game. Nap level: expert. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

Création de centaines de nouvelles places dans les garderies

first_imgLes enfants et les familles de la province auront plus d’options ainsi qu’un accès amélioré aux services de garderie grâce à un investissement de 4,4 millions de dollars. Ce financement contribuera à la création de 403 nouvelles places dans les garderies de la province et offrira à 108 centres de garde d’enfants à but non lucratif des occasions d’élargir ou d’améliorer leurs programmes. « Ces investissements nous aident à offrir à nos enfants le meilleur départ possible dans la vie, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous savons que dans certaines collectivités, l’accès aux services agréés de garde d’enfants est limité. Ces nouvelles places aideront un plus grand nombre de familles, particulièrement dans les collectivités où il est difficile d’obtenir des services agréés de garde d’enfants. » Ces investissements proviennent d’un accord triennal de financement des services d’apprentissage et de garde des jeunes enfants d’une valeur de 35 millions de dollars conclu avec le gouvernement fédéral en janvier 2018. « Nous savons que les enfants qui ont accès à des possibilités d’apprentissage précoce réussissent mieux à l’école et dans la vie. C’est pourquoi les résultats sont les meilleurs si nous investissons dans les enfants tôt dans leur vie, affirme Andy Fillmore, député fédéral d’Halifax, au nom de Jean-Yves Duclos, ministre des Familles, des Enfants et du Développement social. Le financement annoncé aujourd’hui donnera aux enfants de la Nouvelle-Écosse un accès à des possibilités d’apprentissage et de garde d’enfants de qualité pour leur donner le meilleur départ et l’occasion de réussir dans la vie. » Renseignements sur l’investissement de 4,4 millions de dollars : Les centres de garde d’enfants ont présenté leurs demandes de financement en mars. « Le centre St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre est fier de célébrer son 50e anniversaire de prestation de services d’apprentissage et de soins de qualité aux enfants et aux familles de la MRH, affirme Leah Rigby, présidente du conseil d’administration. Un tel financement est un élément essentiel à l’appui et à l’amélioration de l’environnement et des ressources d’apprentissage pour les enfants, et offre aux enfants des occasions d’essayer de nouvelles choses et de devenir des apprenants indépendants. » Des renseignements supplémentaires sur les investissements se trouvent au . Fonds de l’initiative de croissance stratégique : quatre exploitants ont reçu une somme totale de 350 000 $ pour agrandir un centre existant ou ouvrir un nouveau centre. Il y aura donc 127 nouvelles places dans les garderies des comtés Cape Breton, Cumberland et Victoria. Les exploitants ont également accès à une somme supplémentaire de 300 000 $ pour contribuer aux frais annuels d’exploitation. Subventions pour la transformation d’un espace : 21 centres ont reçu entre 10 000 $ et plus de 260 000 $ (total de 1,4 million de dollars) en financement ponctuel pour la transformation d’un espace existant à l’appui des besoins changeants des collectivités en matière de garde d’enfants. Les centres créeront des places pour 276 enfants. Subvention d’amélioration des programmes : 108 centres de garde d’enfants à but non lucratif ont reçu entre 500 $ et 50 000 $ (total de 2,7 millions de dollars) en financement ponctuel pour effectuer des réparations et des rénovations mineures, pour remplacer l’équipement ou pour acheter du nouveau matériel à l’appui des programmes d’apprentissage des jeunes enfants de qualité supérieure et qui favorisent l’inclusion.last_img read more

Hormone help Calgary Zoo hopes unusual step will result in healthy baby

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Staff at the Calgary Zoo have adopted an extraordinary measure in an effort to ensure a pregnant giraffe becomes a mother for the first time.Emara, a Masai giraffe, is expecting for the fourth time, but her previous pregnancies ended in two miscarriages and the death of a third calf with severe birth defects.Emara’s fecal samples, collected after the calf died, indicated a decrease in her progesterone levels throughout her pregnancy.The decline in the hormone is believed to have been the cause.So when zoo staff discovered last year that Emara was pregnant again, a decision was made to give her progesterone supplements.Zoo officials say there are no records of such treatment on a giraffe, although it has been successfully used on a rhinoceros.Progesterone supplements are commonly provided to women, as well as domestic animals, with a history of miscarriage.“Her zookeepers were devastated when Emara experienced two late- term miscarriages and, subsequently, a calf that died within 48 hours after birth in recent years,” said Dr. Doug Whiteside, senior staff veterinarian for the zoo.“Pregnancy issues is giraffes are rare so we have been working with specialists and zoos across North America to help Emara successfully become a mom.”Whiteside said Emara’s hormone levels have been in a good range and staff are optimistic she’ll have a healthy baby this time.Emara’s due date is in mid-October. The average gestation period of a giraffe is 15 months.“As soon as we see signs that she’s going into labour, then we’ll actually move her into one of the back bedroom areas, so she can be on her own, away from the other giraffes so they don’t disturb her.”Emara arrived at the Calgary Zoo in the summer of 2016 from the San Diego Zoo. (CTV Calgary)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.last_img read more

UNESCO unveils winners of annual literacy awards

Literacy programmes in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United States won the 2011 International Literacy Prizes of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The awards, worth $20,000 each, will be distributed in September at International Literacy Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, the agency announced today.UNESCO identified the winners as: The National Literacy Service of Burundi won one of two King Sejong Literacy Prizes for its approach that links functional literacy to daily life issues and to topics related to peace and tolerance. The National Institute for the Education of Adults of Mexico won the other award for its Bilingual Literacy for Life programme, which has helped reduce illiteracy rates among indigenous populations, especially women, and for improving indigenous people’s ability to exercise their rights. The US-based Room to Read shared the Confucius Prize for Literacy for a programme on promoting gender equality and literacy through local language publishing. Operating in nine countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam and Zambia – the programme has assisted communities in developing culturally relevant reading materials in local and minority languages. Collectif Alpha Ujuvi in the DRC also won for its programme called Peaceful Coexistence of Communities and Good Governance in North Kivu, which attempts to resolve tensions and conflicts among individuals and communities through developing literacy. The agency said honourable mentions were also awarded to: Allah Bakhsh Malik, Secretary, Government of the Punjab, Pakistan, for leadership in the implementation of the Adult Education and Vocational Skills programme; and the City Literacy Coordinating Council, Tagum City, the Philippines, for its Peace Management Literacy and Continuing Education through its “Night Market” programme, which uses peace education activities, literacy teaching and business entrepreneurship to generate jobs for marginalized populations. 28 July 2011Literacy programmes in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United States won the 2011 International Literacy Prizes of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2390 1.2536 1.3500 1.3086 British Pound 1.6060 1.6161 1.7392 1.7360 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0114 0.0121 0.0127 Euro in U.S. 1.1880 1.1875 1.1216 1.1200 Euro in Cdn 1.4719 1.4887 1.5141 1.4656Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Trade tribunal investigating allegation of bias in search for third shipyard

OTTAWA — A trade tribunal is investigating the federal government’s plan to add a third shipyard to its multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy over allegations the process is rigged in favour of a Quebec shipyard.Heddle Marine Services of Hamilton, Ont., first asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to launch an investigation last month, alleging some requirements needed to qualify for consideration seemed aimed at disqualifying all contenders except Quebec’s Chantier Davie.While the federal government later amended the requirements, Heddle nonetheless pushed ahead with its complaint and the tribunal confirms in a letter to the Ontario shipyard that it is looking into the matter.One question, however, is how far the tribunal will be able to delve into the case as the federal Liberals recently restricted the tribunal’s ability to review big-ticket government purchases that it deems to be of importance to national security.While the tribunal can’t say if the Liberals properly invoked the national security exemption, the government can wait until just before a contract is awarded to make such a designation and scuttle any review.The third yard will join Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan Marine in Vancouver in the federal government’s massive naval procurement process known as the national shipbuilding strategy, and will be tasked with building six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.The Canadian Press read more

UN chief condemns attack on school in Yemen that killed at least

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed “dismay” that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of increased fighting and military operations in Yemen.Mr. Ban called for a swift investigation of this tragic event in the Sa’ada governorate and urges the parties to the ongoing conflict to take all necessary measures to prevent further violations of international humanitarian law and human rights and do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, the statement said.“The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” the statement said.The UN chief also called upon the parties to renew — without delay and in good faith — their engagement with his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in pursuit of a negotiated solution, the statement said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also issued a statement on the killing of children in a religious school that also injured 21 others.“The children killed, aged between six and 14 years, were studying in a school in the Juma’a Bin Fadil village in Haydan,” the statement said, adding that the surviving children were being treated in a hospital in Sa’ada.With violence across the country intensifying over the past week, the number of children killed and injured by airstrikes, street fighting and landmines has grown sharply, the statement noted.“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect and abide by their obligations under international law,” including the obligation to only target combatants and limit harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, the statement said.Following nearly 16 months of conflict in Yemen, the cessation of hostilities was declared on 10 April. While peace talks between a Yemeni Government delegation and a delegation of the General People’s Congress and Ansar Allah have since continued, serious violations have occurred in Marib, al Jawf, Taiz and in the border areas with Saudi Arabia.On 6 August, the UN special envoy announced a one-month break for the talks, during which “the focus will be on working with each side separately to crystalize precise technical details.” read more

May car production down but CV production remains healthy

Total car production year to date (YTD) 2001 fell by 19.1 per centFor more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total car production in May 2001 fell by 17.7 per cent May car production down, but CV production remains healthyProduction figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that:

Tom Brady Dodges Bullet Will Play Against Bucs After

Tom Brady returned to practice after suffering a minor injury to his knee on Wednesday during a joint session with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The New England Patriots quarterback showed no weaknesses as the team wore just shells and helmets for Thursday’s practice. For precaution, Brady wore a brace on his knee, but he was able to operate as normal without setbacks.“He felt great back there, making all the throws, not hobbling around,” offensive lineman Logan Mankins said after the practice. “That’s always a good sign.”The thud session had no intense hitting or full contact and proved to be less strenuous than Wednesday’s full-pads practice when Brady was hurt. During 11-on-11 drills, the quarterback fell to the ground clutching his knee when left tackle Nate Solder was pushed into him. Brady returned to finish the drill but was carted off subsequently for an evaluation.“I didn’t let it affect my sleep,” Solder said with a laugh. “No, it’s part of the game, part of the game.”Brady declined to speak to the media as he walked off the field after Thursday’s practice. Sources say Brady will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night at Gillette Stadium in their second preseason game. read more

Neverbeforeseen footage shows unicorn of the sea using tusk as a club

first_imgPod of Narwhal in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada  A pod of narwhal whales swim in the Arctic Ocean Rod Downie, Head of Polar Programmes at WWF, said: “Narwhal are one of the most magical creatures on our planet. So it’s no surprise that they have gained an almost mythical status as the ‘unicorns of the sea’.“Previously we thought that narwhals used their tusks to joust with rivals and help them mate, or even a device for echolocation, but this new footage shows a behaviour that has never been seen before.“The narwhal is one of the least studied animals because it is so hard to get to the Arctic areas where it lives. So drones are helping us study its behaviour.” Pod of Narwhal in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, CanadaCredit: All Canada Photos / Alamy Stock Photo There are only 110,000 narwhals left in the wild Credit:David Fleetham / Alamy Stock Photo  A pod of narwhal whales swim in the Arctic OceanCredit: Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo As well as helping unravel the mystery of the narwhal tusk the footage also shows that narwhal feed on their summering grounds, which helps conservationists know which areas need protection from shipping or overfishing.  There are only around 110,000 narwhal left in the wild, and every summer three-quarters of the world’s population migrate to the Canadian sounds. But campaigners are concerned that melting Arctic sea ice could harm their environment.David Miller, President and CEO for WWF-Canada says: “This footage, while also stunning to watch, will play a significant role in the future of narwhal conservation.“As the Arctic warms and development pressure increases, it will be important to understand how narwhal are using their habitat during their annual migration.“With this information in hand, we can work to minimize the effects of human activities on narwhal.”center_img There are only 110,000 narwhals left in the wild For hundreds of years the mysterious narwhal, with its strange protruding tusk, has captivated the imagination of mariners.But its baffling ‘horn’ has remained a puzzle, with some scientists thinking it may allow the mammal to joust with rivals, while others believe it could be a tool of echolocation, or even an ice pick. The tusk is actually a canine tooth which spirals anti-clockwise up to nine feet forward from the head of adult males and contains thousands of nerve endings which help narwhal sense tiny movements around them. Tusks washing up on the shore are thought to have inspired tales of unicorns. Now footage captured using aerial drones has found that the narwhals actually use the tusk to stun Arctic cod, rendering them immobile and thus easier to capture and eat.The record of never-before-seen behaviour was released by the WWF who were monitoring a group of narwhals in Tremblay sound, Nunavut, Canada alongside Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Ausdrill contract win to generate A75 million over three years in Fortescues

first_imgAusdrill has received a Letter of Intent from Fortescue Metals Group for the award of a mining services contract at Fortescue’s Solomon iron ore project, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ausdrill will provide Reverse Circulation (RC) Grade Control and Resource Development Drilling at the Solomon Hub, using up to six drills in order to define the initial three years of ore production. The contract, which is expected to commence in October 2011, will generate approximately A$75million in revenue over 36 months.As part of an overall strategy to provide a full service offering to the mining industry, Ausdrill is examining options for the establishment of a new division providing underground mining services within Australia. Ausdrill’s expansion plans include consideration of establishing an underground contract mining division as a start-up or by way of acquisition of contractors currently in the market. Ausdrill has investigated a possible acquisition of Barminco but was unable to come to terms with its owners.Commenting on the two developments, Ausdrill Managing Director, Ron Sayers, said: “We are pleased that Ausdrill continues to be a provider of mining services to aid in the expansion of the iron ore industry in the Pilbara. Due to the increasing level of activity in the region, we believe there are significant opportunities to provide further services to the industry to new and existing customers. We also remain focussed on expanding our service offering to the resources industry in a way that will create shareholder value.”Ausdrill is a diversified mining services company. Since its formation in Kalgoorlie in 1987, Ausdrill has grown significantly and now has operations across Australia, Africa and the UK. Ausdrill is a leader in providing services in contract mining, grade control, drill & blast, exploration, mineral analysis, procurement & logistics and manufacturing. The Ausdrill Group employs over 4,000 staff worldwide.last_img read more

Ausenco wins contract for Kazakhmys 18 billion copper project in Kazakhstan

first_imgAusenco has been awarded a A$45 million Create phase engineering services contract for the $1.8 billion Bozshakol copper project owned by Kazakhmys. Ausenco Minerals and Metals business will be providing engineering services for the concentrator plant that is expected to have a throughput of around 28 28 Mt/y. The Bozshakol copper project is located on a greenfield site near the village of Bozshakol, approximately 220km northeast of Astana in northeast Kazakhstan. On September 8, 2011 Ausenco announced it had received a Letter of Intent to deliver two projects (Bozshakol and Bozymchak) worth A$70 million in revenue. Bozshakol is the second of these projects and the contract has now been signed.Bozshakol is located close to existing power, transportation and other infrastructure. The deposit has a Mineral Resource of 1,173 Mt at an average grade of 0.35% Cu, including 832 Mt of Measured and Indicated Resource with an average copper grade of 0.37%. The orebody contains valuable byproducts of gold and molybdenum. It will have a production life of over 40 years, with average output of 75,000 t/y of copper in concentrate, although the production will average 100,000 t for the first 14 years. At current prices, Bozshakol has a highly competitive operating cost, in the second quartile for copper mines globally.Bozshakol will have a three year development phase, which will start by the end of 2011, slightly ahead of schedule. Pre-production mining will begin in 2014, with the first ore to be processed at the associated concentrator during 2015. The project has a capital cost in the region of $1.8 billion, and is being funded from the existing $2.7 billion financing facility provided by the China Development Bank and Samruk-Kazyna.When it was announced in August, Bozshakol was the largest single mine development in Kazakhstan by both volume and value and will employ around 1,500 people at peak construction activity in the development stage, and slightly over 1,500 people when operational.Ausenco CEO Zimi Meka said the contract win further builds the company’s relationship with Kazakhmys and increased its footprint in the high growth region of Central Asia. “We’re excited about the opportunities ahead of us and look forward to working with the owner teams to deliver these important projects.Kazakhmys is a leading international natural resources group with significant interests in copper, gold, zinc, silver, power generation. It is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top worldwide with 17 operating mines, 10 concentrators and 2 copper smelters. It had revenues of $3.2 billion in 2010 with Group EBITDA (excluding special items) of $2.8 billion. The Group employs some 61,000 people, principally in Kazakhstan.Ore extraction of 25,003,000 t in the first nine months of 2011 was in line with the same period in 2010. Ore output declined slightly across all regions in Q3 2011 and was just 2% below Q2 2011. The average copper grade over the first nine months was 1.01% Cu, in line with earlier guidance, compared to 1.10% Cu in the same period of 2010. The main factor was the declining  grade at the mature mines in the Zhezkazgan Region. Central Region also saw a decline in grade, due to a combination of operations moving to less mineral rich areas and natural depletion. The average copper grade is likely to remain at around 1.00% for the rest of 2011.The combination of stable ore output and lower grades in the first nine months of 2011 against the comparative period, led to a 7% reduction in metal in ore mined. The lower level of metal in ore mined is reflected in the production of copper in own concentrate of 229,900 t. Production of copper in concentrate during the first nine months of 2011, and the comparative period, benefited from the reprocessing of waste material from the Balkhash furnaces and converters. Waste material will continue to be available for reprocessing throughout 2012. Copper cathode equivalent production from own concentrate in the first nine months was 226,900 t, 5% below the corresponding period reflecting the lower concentrate production but partially offset by a release of work in progress carried over from 2010. The production of 73,900 t of copper cathode equivalent in Q3 2011 was 6% below the previous quarter, reflecting the 5% decrease in own copper in concentrate production. The Group remains on track to meet its 2011 production target of 300,000 t of copper cathode equivalent.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEvery morning, brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #TAX INVERSION: US President Barack Obama has blasted Ireland’s tax regime. He said that US companies setting up here were using “unpatriotic tax loopholes” and accused them of renouncing their citizenship2. #WEST BANK: A Palestinian man was killed and 150 others wounded last night during a massive protest in the West Bank against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza3. #LAOIS: Two people have died in a collision between a motorbike and van in Laois 4. #CORK: A post mortem is due to be carried out on the body of a newborn found yesterday in Cork city. 5. #BONUSES: The Central Bank has warned that financial institutions are ‘failing’ to identify the risk of awarding bonuses for higher sales. This means customers could be sold inappropriate products. 6. #STRIKE: Siptu workers at Irish Rail will hold a one-day strike next month, the Irish Independent reports. The industrial action will take place on August 25, a day after pay cuts are introduced.7. #MALI: The wreckage of a missing Air Algerie flight has been found, but the fate of the 116 people onboard is still unknown. 8. #BOOZERS: The Chairman of JD Wetherspoon has said that Irish pubs need to lower their prices to survive. Tim Martin told that he doesn’t think his chain’s arrival is the death knell for the traditional Irish pub. 9. #SOMETHING FISHY: Preliminary results suggest that some shops and restaurants could still be mislabelling fish. The scale of the issue is not yet known.last_img read more

Trade unions rally against new austerity package

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Trade unions reported large-scale participation on the first day of a 48-hour nationwide strike against the latest package of austerity cuts and new taxes.According to the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants’ union federation ADEDY – the two umbrella trade union organisations representing the majority of the countrys work force in the private and public sectors – participation in the strike ranged from 90 to 100 percent in all sectors.They claimed full participation in the strike at shipyards, the transport sector, ships and ports, while there was 90 percent participation among construction, hotel, commerce and metal workers.Two rallies were held in central Athens, one organised by GSEE and ADEDY at Pedion tou Areos and another organised by the Communist Party-affiliated trade union group PAME in Omonia Square.Among those at the GSEE-ADEDY rally was main opposition Syriza party Alexis Tsipras, who called for an immediate snap election and launched harsh criticism against the coalition government.“The three-party consortium has converted Parliament into a chamber for the ratification of the troika’s proposals and has turned the country over to its creditors,” Tsipras said.The PAME rally in Omonia was attended by Communist Party (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga, who called for “systematic and well-organised disobedience and refusal to conform, not just with the government’s decisions but with the system in general”.After the end of the GSEE-ADEDY rally, roughly 40,000 protestors marched to Parliament in order to present a protest resolution to the Parliament president and representatives of the political parties.The strike will continue on Wednesday, when trade unions will hold another rally at Syntagma Square beginning at 5pm.According to sources, trade unions are also gearing up for work stoppages on November 14, a day of strike action throughout Europe.Protest rallies and marches against the omnibus bill and the new austerity measures were also held in towns and cities in other areas of Greece on Tuesday, including Hania and Iraklio on the island of Crete and Thessaloniki.The rallies and marches on Tuesday were held against a backdrop of strike action that had virtually paralysed Athens’ public transport system and included buses, trains, trams and taxis. Flights were disrupted due to an air-traffic controllers’ work stoppage, while journalists followed up a 24-hour strike on Monday with a work stoppage and news blackout from 10am to 2.30pm on Tuesday.State hospitals were working with a skeleton staff, courts were closed, while lawyers and civil engineers were continuing a protracted abstention from official business. Other unions that held strikes included those of high-school teachers, dentists, public utility companies, seamen and even retailers.Strike action will continue throughout the country on Wednesday, with the Metro and ISAp electric railway running from 3pm till the end of the shift to facilitate participation of strikers in the 5pm rally on Syntagma Square.The government on Monday tabled in parliament the long-awaited austerity package containing a €13.5bn mix of cuts and tax hikes. MPs will now debate the legislation in a fast-track procedure that will end in a roll-call vote on Wednesday night. Then, on Sunday, parliament will vote on the draft budget for 2013. Source: Athens News/dv, AMNAlast_img read more

Greek olive oils on worlds best olive oil lists for 2017

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Selected Greek extra virgin olive oils have been recognised as some of the most highly awarded olive oils in the world because of their success in international olive oil competitions in 2017. Greek olive oil companies view these distinctions as an affirmation of their teams’ hard work, passion, and continuous endeavours to produce high quality olive oil.“Created to promote the most awarded” extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) worldwide, the EVOO World Ranking (EVOOWR) 2017, according to its website, “is part of the World Ranking of WAWWJ (World Association of Journalists and Writers of Wines, Liquors and others).” It recognises the extra virgin olive oils that won the most prizes in the 30 international olive oil competitions held last year that the EVOOWR committee considers most noteworthy, based on the WAWWJ’s classification of each competition’s importance. EVOOWR lists multiple award winners in a number of categories, including extra virgin olive oils, olive oil-producing societies, and various countries and olive varieties. In 2017, according to EVOOWR, “Greece won 213 awards in 13 contests” and obtained 13 EVOO of the Year distinctions. Greece excelled with the Koroneiki variety, capturing the majority of distinctions for it, produced all the best Kolovi and Manaki variety EVOOs listed, as well as noteworthy EVOOs of other less common varieties, and earned distinction for a number of flavoured olive oils. Hellenic Agricultural Enterprises Ltd (HAE) was ranked one of the Top 100 [Olive Oil-Producing] Societies in the World, as well as being judged the Best Society of Greece for EVOOWR 2017, with nine awards in four contests last year. HAE’s ACAIA Kolovi was among the top extra virgin olive oils of the year, ACAIA flavoured Lemon and Oregano one of the best flavoured oils, ACAIA the very best EVOO produced from Kolovi olives, and Aeolian Olive the third best Kolovi.HAE’s Ellie Tragakes is honoured to be in a position to champion Greek olive oil worldwide and equally proud of having won the Best of Greece awards a number of times, an honour that she says is reflected in their ranking as the Best Society for EVOOWR 2017 of Greece. Tragakes says, “It is very gratifying to be recognised globally, particularly as a company with more than one brand,” ACAIA, Aeolian Olive, and L&KO organic EVOO. She does not believe there is any real secret to success, just dedicated teamwork, hard work, and constant attention to detail, over and over again.Jordan Olivenoel Natives Bio was designated the Best EVOO of Greece for EVOOWR 2017 and one of the EVOOs of the Year for 2017. While Bastian Jordan believes what is most important is for customers to like it most, he says that it’s always nice if someone congratulates you for your work.Jordan revealed that he grew up with his grandfather showing him how the olive harvest worked in their own olive groves, and throughout the years it grew on him.”To become good at what you do, you must be passionate about it and love it – as well as working hard and permanently questioning the status quo, while only accepting the best quality,” he says. Cristina Stribacu of LIÁ Cultivators was delighted and very proud of LIÁ’s ranking as the world’s best extra virgin olive oil from the Koroneiki olive variety, as well as one of the EVOOs of the Year. She believes LIÁ’s high scores in the EVOO World Ranking for the last four years show “how accurate and good a job LIÁ Cultivators do.” Even so, Stribacu emphasises, “we still have to work very hard to successfully meet our future goals with nonstop attention to every single detail every moment, every day.” She says the secrets to their success are “our land, our trees, our love, our passion, our expertise, our team, our partners, and foremost our creative spirit, which never stops learning!” With his Syllektikon EVOO with Orange, Lemon, and Thyme ranked second in the world for Flavoured Olive Oil, and his Fyllikon ranked among the best Koroneikis, George Sakellaropoulos of Sakellaropoulos Organic Farming feels this recognition is a great honour, both “personally as a producer as well as for my country, Greece.” For him, the key factor for success is this: “I love what I do, and I do it with great joy and satisfaction,” focusing on “producing high quality olive oil that provides health benefits as well as great flavour.” Moreover, Sakellaropoulos is always interested in creating new and innovative products, through trial and error, never giving up and always looking ahead. This includes extra healthy organic table olives that have produced “astonishing results” in research studies. Commenting on the ranking of Mani Bläuel Greek Organic as the world’s third-best EVOO from the Koroneiki variety and one of the EVOOs of the Year, Silvia Lazzari of Friedrich Bläuel & Co Ltd said that her company always aims for the best possible quality from all points of view: low acidity, top sensory qualities, and the healthiest possible product, with its excellent properties preserved all year round through ideal storage conditions. They attain this result through patience and perseverance, as well as “good communications and mutually supportive partnerships with all parties involved in production, bottling, and distribution of olive oil,” and with satisfied customers.Lazzari recommends such a focus on relationships, support, and communication for other companies as well. Jordan encourages everyone to remain “honest and straightforward.” Stribacu reminds producers that “extra virgin olive oil does not mean only low acidity, but also the right organoleptic characteristics,” so that “it is important to have an accredited laboratory do a sensorial analysis.” In all cases, it is clear that hard work and dedication to quality contributes to Greek olive oil companies’ success.GREEK EVOOs OF THE YEAR 2017Jordan Olivenoel GMBH/Jordan Olivenoel Natives Bio/Blend LIÁ Cultivators/LIÁ Premium/Koroneiki Hellenic Agricultural Enterprises Ltd/ACAIA/Kolovi Friedrich Bläuel & Co Ltd/Mani Bläuel Greek Organic/Koroneiki Greka Icons SA/Navarino Icons Koroneiki/Koroneiki Oliorama & Co GP/Oliorama Exclusive Bio PGI Olympia/Koroneiki Kidonakis Bros/Oleum Crete Bio/Koroneiki Olympus Olive Oil/Olympus Olive Oil/Koroneiki Ellindor Private Company/Ellindor/Koroneiki Terra Creta SA/Terra Creta Estate Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Koroneiki Olympian Green International SA/Olympian Green Oly Oil Traditional/Koroneiki Osis – G Koropoulis & Sia EE/Maleas/Koroneiki Gaea Products SA/Gaea Estate Vranas/Blend Article originally published by Greek Liquid Gold: Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil at See that site for recipes with olive oil, photos from Greece, and olive oil news and information.last_img read more

Psoriasis la consommation de bière accroîtrait le risque

first_imgPsoriasis : la consommation de bière accroîtrait le risqueMonde – Le journal Archives of Dermatology vient de publier les résultats d’une étude montrant un lien entre consommation de bière et risque de psoriasis.Des chercheurs et dermatologues américains mènent une étude sur le psoriasis depuis 1991, sur une population de plus de 80.000 femmes âgées de 27 à 44 ans. Les participantes ont répondu à un questionnaire tous les deux ans, concernant leurs habitudes de consommation d’alcool, et leur diagnostic de psoriasis. Selon leurs réponses, les chercheurs ont établi un lien entre la consommation régulière de bière non légère et un risque accru de développer un psoriasis.À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolCette maladie de peau a deux fois plus de chance de se développer chez les femmes buvant 5 verres de bière forte par semaine. En revanche, la consommation de bière légère ou de vin n’aurait pas d’incidence sur le déclenchement de la maladie.Les scientifiques à l’origine de l’étude précisent que le facteur aggravant contenu dans la bière n’est pas l’alcool, mais l’orge et plus particulièrement le gluten qu’il contient.Le 18 août 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more