Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, July 25, 2019 – Creative industry members will hit the hustings this fall, asking federal election candidates to go on record on the future of Canada’s $9 billion market in screen-based production.Cast, crew and creators are banding together for the “Just Ask” campaign (“Je m’implique” in French), calling on members to pledge to attend one election-related event this fall and ask at least one question on key issues facing the industry.The campaign includes the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Just Ask The micro-websites “justask2019.ca” and “jemimplique2019.ca” went live at 9:00am Eastern time allowing members in 338 ridings to sign up for the campaign.The site will feature election backgrounders and sample questions on the top issues for the industry. Participants will fan out this fall using the hashtags #justask2019 and #jemimplique2019 to spread the word on answers they get from candidates.The top query on the site encourages pledgers to ask candidates if they’ll “support both legislation and regulation requiring all players that benefit from the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications systems to invest in the creation of original Canadian programming?”Other top topics include funding and tax credits for arts & culture, protections for precarious workers, copyright protection, public broadcasting and promoting diversity, inclusion and respectful workplaces in the cultural sector.John Lewis, the IATSE’s Director of Canadian Affairs: “A strong creative industry is critical for Canada, both financially and culturally. We need to ensure that, whatever the result of the upcoming election, the federal government understands and supports the success of our industry.”Tim Southam, DGC President: “Members of the industry are making their voices heard in an unprecedented, unified way. In a rapidly changing global marketplace undergoing disruptive technological shifts, now is the time to modernize the rules for our broadcasting system to better serve the public and ensure the voices of Canadian creators are heard for decades to come.”David Sparrow, ACTRA President: “Creative industry workers are seeking out candidates from all political parties to ‘Just Ask’ them where they stand on supporting a strong Canadian film and TV industry. With original Canadian programming like Letterkenny, Anne with an E and Schitt’s Creek finding audiences around the world, we’ll be asking federal election candidates to share their plans to ensure the continued growth of our Canadian entertainment industry.”IATSE:Founded in 1893, IATSE represents 140,000 members working in all forms of live theatre, motion picture and television productions, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry. IA represents virtually all the behind-the-scenes workers in crafts ranging from motion picture animator to theater usher.ACTRA:ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.DGC:The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 4,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for Members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian film and television programming. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook
CALGARY – The Alberta government is launching a second round of discounts on energy efficient products after the initial round proved wildly successful.The instant rebates cover the same range of home products discounted in the first round of the program, including low-flow shower heads, LED lights, dimmer switches and smart power bars.Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the government decided to add a second round after the first round resulted in a 40,000 per cent surge in low-flow shower head sales and between 8,000 and 14,500 per cent increases in LED-type light sales.Phillips said sales of energy efficient products in the first round totalled 4.3 million, resulting in energy savings of 420,000 gigajoules, which is enough energy to heat about 3,500 homes a year.The government says the program, with each round costing about $14 million, discounts the products by about 25 per cent, with consumers covering the rest.The efficiency program, which runs for four weeks in October, also includes home improvement rebates of up to $3,500 on products like windows, insulation, and tankless hot water heaters, and online rebates of up to $100 on some clothes washers, refrigerators, and smart thermostats.
Rabat – Spanish authorities arrested two more sub-Saharan migrants on Wednesday for alleged violence while forcefully crossing the Spain-Morocco border at Ceuta in July.While reporting on the new arrests, AFP gave more details about the 10 previously arrested migrants who were involved in July 26 massive crossing of the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.On Tuesday, Spain arrested the first 10 migrants: 7 Guineans, 2 Cameroonians, and 1 Togolese. Authorities arrested the migrants for “organizing and leading the massive and violent intrusion,” according to the Spanish Civil Guard.Police placed the arrested migrants at a reception center for migrants in Ceuta.The migrants will be charged with “violence against police and assault.”On July 26, more than 600 sub-Saharans successfully crossed the border between Morocco and Ceuta. Along with border guards, dozens of migrants were injured during the incursion.On August 22, allegedly 300 migrants tried to storm the border of Ceuta. Spanish authorities, however, accounted for only 115 of them, while other reports estimated the number at between 100 and 200.Every year, hundreds of migrants take the risky sea route or cross controlled fences to reach the Eldorado. However, Spain has reactivated an agreement concluded with Morocco in 1992. The agreement allows Spain to deport migrants to the kingdom. On August 23, Spanish authorities implemented the agreement, sending back 116 migrants to Morocco who had entered Ceuta on August 22. Quoted by AFP, the Spanish Ministry of Interior said the migrants had the “opportunity to seek asylum but have not done so.”
WASHINGTON — Early indications are pointing to a potential No. 1 priority for the U.S. in a renegotiated NAFTA: automobiles.It’s the specific issue that was mentioned first, at greatest length, and in most detail by Donald Trump’s trade czar as talks got underway Wednesday.Robert Lighthizer pointed to the carnage in the manufacturing sector as the reason so many Americans view NAFTA as a failed agreement.“Thousands of American factory workers have lost their jobs because of these provisions,” Lighthizer said in his opening remarks.He cited priorities for the sector, designed to boost production of parts in North America, and in the United States.Industry members are warning Lighthizer to handle the matter with care as the details are complicated, and any wrong moves could either drive up vehicle prices.There’s also a risk that changes could make North American producers less competitive, or even force them to just ignore the new rules and simply pay a tariff that would be passed along to consumers.Lighthizer listed four priorities for the sector:— A higher North American content requirement to avoid a tariff. The current rule of origin calls for 62.5 per cent of a car’s parts to be made in North America.— Substantial U.S. content in cars. It was unclear whether he was advocating a new, specific requirement for U.S. content — a move that would surely be controversial — or whether he was simply stating that the desired changes should positively affect the region, with more cars being made in the U.S.— Stricter monitoring to make sure companies comply with the rules of origin. Lighthizer said country of origin “should be verified, not deemed.” Labour provisions should be included in the agreement and be as strong as possible.— Tougher labour standards. Some insiders in Canada and the U.S. suggest better worker conditions in Mexico, and more pay, would not only be good for Mexicans but also for making non-Mexican production more cost-effective and preserving vehicle production in Canada and the U.S.A Canadian auto-industry representative at the talks said he’s not worried by what he heard: “There’s no anxiety about it with us,” said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.For example, Volpe interpreted Lighthizer’s words to mean that he’s hoping for more production in the U.S. as a spinoff effect of a stronger North American industry, not as a demand that plants move there from other countries.But he urged negotiators to be very careful when touching the current rules. He warned of ample possibilities for unintended consequences.“It’s not simple,” Volpe said. “If you make it too onerous, does a company or supplier say, ‘Forget about compliance. I’ll just pay the tariff.”‘That means production would actually shift abroad: companies would simply pay the tariffs, ranging from 2.5 to 6.1 per cent, as a cheaper alternative to following complicated new rules.It’s also risky to try requiring companies to produce certain products at home, Volpe added: some industries that produce certain types of electronics for automobiles simply don’t exist in North America.Finally, damaging Mexican competitiveness can boomerang on companies from the other countries.He said Canadian auto-parts companies have 43,000 employees in Mexico.
Speaking at the event in Kinniya, Abdurrahman Cetin, the deputy secretary-general of the foundation, said TDV aims to give a helping hand to 5,000 Muslims in Sri Lanka. The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) will distribute 5,000 food packages for iftar, a fast breaking meal, in Sri Lanka for three days, the foundation’s deputy chief said on Wednesday, according to the Anadolu Agency.In the first day of the aid campaign, TDV, the charity body of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, organized distribution events in Kinniya, Kiran, Vellenkulam, Naduoothu, Muttur and Thoppur. The foundation aims to become “a voice of welfare” in 84 countries and 326 regions, and deliver food packages to more than 90,000 families this Ramadan. (Colombo Gazette) “We are here to say Ramadan Moubarak. We, hopefully, will distribute the gifts of our donors,” Cetin said.
GENEVA — Nearly 150 countries appeared headed toward a compromise that would keep the United States in the world’s largest union of postal operators, following a threat by the Trump administration to quit unless it got its way.The head of the 192-member Universal Postal Union, Kenya’s Bishar Hussein, had warned that a U.S. walkout would “completely shut down” the traditional system of delivering bulky letters.The extraordinary congress, called this week to respond to the U.S. threat, was only the third for a 145-year-old group that calls itself the second-oldest multilateral organization.Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said the proposal would keep the U.S. in the organization that it helped found. He said the proposal “bridges the different views held by net postal exporters and net postal importers here in the room.”The Associated Press
“The rule of law is meaningless for people living in poverty without effective access to justice, which is a human right in itself, and essential for tackling poverty,” said the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda.“Concrete actions must be taken to ensure that all individuals are empowered to claim their rights, demand effective remedies and accountability,” Ms. Sepúlveda said. “Without this, we are left with a two-tier rule of law: a reality for the privileged, but only rhetorical for the poor and excluded.”In a proposal to Member States, whose representatives will meet at a high-level meeting on the rule of law on 24 September, Ms. Sepúlveda called on countries to “ensure that poverty is never a barrier to enjoying the benefits of the rule of law” and to make concrete pledges to improve access to justice by the poorest and most marginalized in their societies.The high-level meeting, she said, would provide a platform “to turn our vision for more inclusive and equitable societies into reality.” Ms. Sepúlveda also welcomed the inclusion of a specific section on access to justice in the outcome document currently being negotiated by States before the meeting, and made recommendations to strengthen its content before the document is adopted by the General Assembly. Ms. Sepúlveda will present her report examining the obstacles to access justice faced by persons living in poverty to the General Assembly next month.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Sepúlveda, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. They work in an independent and unpaid capacity.
OSU junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (left) and sophomore middle Taylor Sandbothe attempt to block a Wisconsin shot as senior setter Taylor Sherwin (8) looks on during a match on Nov. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-0. Credit: Adrienne Robbins / Lantern photographer After sweeping Iowa on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was swept by No. 2 Wisconsin (25-17, 25-15, 25-22) on Friday.Despite a slow start in the first two sets, the No. 20 Buckeyes showed more aggression against the Badgers (26-2, 16-1) in the third set.OSU got its first lead of the entire match in the third set and gained a 3-0 lead to start. The Buckeyes led 15-14 at one point, but an 11-7 run by the Badgers gave them the set and match win.OSU freshman outside hitter Erin Chatman said that the team needs to bring the aggressive play from the third set to its match against Minnesota on Wednesday.“I believe we need to bring the same energy that we had in the third set and keep working hard during practice,” Chatman said.Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was the lone Buckeye to score double-digit kills against the Badgers with 10. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had nine kills, while senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger had eight kills.The Badgers had two players with double-digit kills in freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates, who had 13 kills on 24 attacks, and senior outside hitter Courtney Thomas, who had 10 kills on 19 attacks.Senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Deme Morales, a native of Amherst, Ohio, tallied eight digs for the Badgers.With the loss, the Buckeyes are now 19-11 overall and 10-8 in the Big Ten, and while that may not be the best record in the conference, OSU has a shot of still making the NCAA Tournament.OSU is one of six Big Ten teams to be ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll.Sophomore libero Valeria León said that the team needs to go out Wednesday and get a win for the seniors, especially with hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.“Right now we just need to play for them,” León said. “I feel like it’s gonna be a really exciting night for us and especially for them.”For the Badgers, they won their 17th-consecutive conference match, which is a school-record.The Buckeyes’ match on Wednesday is its last home contest of the regular season, as they’re set to take on the Golden Gophers (18-11, 8-10). The Buckeyes lost to the then-No. 17 Golden Gophers earlier this season in five sets. Wednesday’s contest is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (centre) with other Caribbean Community representatives at the Conference.Climate change remains an ‘existential threat’ to the Caribbean, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque reminded an International Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters, held in in Budapest, Romania, on Tuesday, according to a release from the Caricom Secretariat.“It has been recorded that between 2000 and 2017, Member States of our Community suffered at least seven major disasters in which damage ranged from 33% to 226% of the affected country’s GDP”, Ambassador LaRocque told the high-level Conference, attended by several CARICOM Foreign Ministers.He pointed to the 2017 experience where the estimated cost of reconstruction after the devastation by Hurricanes Irma and Maria was put at US$5 billion region-wide.“For us therefore, especially with the prediction of more intense and frequent storms, seeking to build resilience against that phenomenon is urgent,” he said.Romania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is using the Conference for debate and exchange of good practices regarding resilience to natural disasters, and to identify and develop cooperation models between States in order to reduce the effects of global warming.Ambassador LaRocque, in highlighting the factors required to build the necessary resilience, stressed the importance of having access to concessional development financing well in advance of a disaster. He however bemoaned the fact that Member States, because of being labelled middle-income countries, cannot access this type of financing, since the principal criterion used is GDP per capita.“From our perspective, there is urgent need for the international community and international financial institutions to change the criteria for access to concessional development financing by middle-income SIDS. Substantial weight must be accorded to our vulnerability in this regard. The OECD has begun looking at the issue. We need the support of all OECD Members,” the Secretary General told the Conference.Ambassador LaRocque also pointed to the ongoing threat to the Region’s Financial Services sector from the ‘unwarranted labelling of some of our economies as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions by the EU’. Financial services, he emphasised, is a significant contributor to public finances in many CARICOM States and a source of funding for building resilience.Noting that the EU blacklisting ‘amounts to an attack on our economies’, the Secretary-General acknowledged host country Romania’s understanding of CARICOM’s concerns with regards to the EU’s actions and processes and its assistance in bringing them to the attention of the appropriate EU authorities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresidents of Cuba, Chile to join CARICOM Heads at 39th meetingJuly 2, 2018In “latest news”CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperationDecember 19, 2018In “Regional”CARICOM boss says regional integration provides resilienceMay 18, 2017In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFIFA boosts World Cup prize money to US$400MOctober 27, 2017In “Sports”Windies Women to play for increased prize moneyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”Three times the charm! More Money, More Teams & Bigger Benefits for 3rd Georgetown Football Association’s Banks Beer Knockout CupNovember 9, 2013In “Sports” The winner of the 2019 men’s World Cup will walk away with a monetary reward of US $4 million, with the runner up getting half the amount ($2 million), as the ICC, on Friday, announced details of the total prize money on offer for the 10-team tournament.The total prize money of $10 million will be the same as it was in the 2015 World Cup, which was contested among 14 teams with Australia defeating New Zealand to take the trophy and the winner’s cheque.The prize purse for both the winners and the runners-up is an increase from 2015, when the winning team was awarded $3.75 million, while the runners-up were given $1.75 million. The prize-money pot for the 2015 World had seen an increase by 25%, from $8 million previously to $10 million.In the 2019 edition, the two losing semi-finalists will get $800,000 each, also an increase compared to the 2015 edition, where losing semi-finalists were awarded $600,000. The winners of each league-stage match will receive $40,000 each, and teams whose campaigns end at the league stage will get $100,000 each.The 2019 World Cup format is similar to the nine-team edition played in 1992, where each team plays the others in the round-robin phase, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals. The 46-day tournament will be played across 11 venues from 30 May to July 16.The ICC also announced its panel of commentators for the World Cup, which starts from May 30. The 24-member panel features World Cup captains Graeme Smith, Nasser Hussain, Kumar Sangakkara, Wasim Akram, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Pollock, Mike Atherton, Sourav Ganguly and Michael Clarke. Clarke, who had led Australia to victory in 2015, will be making his ICC TV commentary debut. The panel also features other experienced commentators like Ian Bishop, Simon Doull, Michael Holding, Melanie Jones, Isa Guha and Alison Mitchell, as well as Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle. (ESPNCricinfo)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged cutlass wielding robber remandedJanuary 17, 2019In “Court”Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for wounding vagrantJuly 21, 2017In “Court”Sanitation worker charged for chopping co-workerDecember 17, 2015In “Crime” Emmol Fox, 46, of Regent and King Streets, Georgetown was remanded to prison on Wednesday after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with wounding.The man denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Faith McGusty. The charge stated that on May 21 at King Street, Georgetown he inflicted grievous body harm to Ithacan Santool.The prosecution’s case stated that Santool was on King Street shopping, when he was attacked by Fox, who dealt him several chops about his body and face with a cutlass.In court on Wednesday, Fox was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Daniels, who informed the court in a bail application that his client has mental health issues and he is expected to seek medical attention at a psychiatric ward.Bail was nevertheless refused after a video was provided by the victim, showing the attack.Fox will return to court on June 19.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo says willing to explore nominating foreigner as GECOM ChairJune 27, 2019In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President says Constitution does not require him to give reasons for rejecting nomineesOctober 23, 2017In “latest news”Patterson new GECOM Chair: Says he was approached hours before swearing inOctober 19, 2017In “latest news” Following the hour-long meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the Head-of-State anticipates appointing a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission “within days”.At a press conference after the meeting which was held at the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), President Granger said both sides have agreed to work together to arrive at a consensus on the new chairman.The CCJ recently ruled that the appointment of Justice James Patterson was flawed and in violation of the Constitution of Guyana. Justice Patterson has since resigned, triggering the need for a new chairman to be appointed.President Granger said the Opposition Leader will submit a list of six nominees from which he will pick a suitable chairperson. He has agreed to informally suggest nominees for the Opposition Leader to include on his list.President Granger has not ruled out the option of selecting one of the 18 persons who were previously nominated by the Opposition Leader.“The names that have been submitted before have not been eliminated,” the President said, noting that the Opposition Leader has informed that those candidates are still willing to take up the position if required.He said the two sides will be meeting again so as to “hammer out” the issue, to ensure GECOM has a Chairman in the shortest possible time.When asked however when the next meeting will take place, the President only said “within days”.Jagdeo’s delegation at the meeting included Anil Nandlall, Irfaan Ali, Juan Edghill and Gail Teixeira.Granger’s team included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, Minister of State, Dawn Hastings- Williams, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman and Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Mr. Joseph Harmon
Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley on Thursday defended the firing of staff members from her department shortly after she would have assumed office, saying that there was evidence at her disposal to warrant dismissal.“I think that the evidence that was before me suggested that something needed to be done and the investigation would bear whether or not that was rational,” the minister stated at a press conference.She, nevertheless, revealed any bit of evidence that she referred to but noted that the investigation will soon wrap up with the findings.However, following the dismissals, a special Board of Inquiry (BoI) was commissioned by President David Granger to probe the arbitrary firing of the three workers at the Public Service Ministry by Minister Sarabo-Halley.On May 31, 2019, the personnel staff and chief accountant at the Public Service Ministry were sent packing by Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley shortly after she was appointed to that post.When the news broke about the arbitrary firing of personnel staff and the chief accountant, the Government initially denied firing them but one week after, Director General Joseph Harmon confirmed that indeed, the workers were sent home.But he said higher authorities had since intervened and the dismissed staff were eventually sent on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. He had maintained that the staff in question are still employees of the Government as the decision by Minister Sarabo-Halley to terminate their services has been halted.ScholarshipsHowever, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had alluded to the fact that the fired workers were initially targeted and arbitrarily dismissed after they revealed that the children of a Government minister received payments amounting to over $20 million in the last two years.One of those revelations is that the children of Minister Simona Broomes had allegedly received over US$86,000 in 2018, monies that were transferred from the Department of Public Service. Then again, this year, another transfer of millions reportedly took place.Given the controversy around that situation, the Public Service Department has made a decision to publicise all scholarships to ensure “transparency”. It was confirmed that both children of the Minister in question received grants to study overseas, but Sarabo-Halley could not state if the monies were transferred to their personal accounts.“I decided that transparency is key for me and in terms of scholarships, its public money and public funding. There is no need to keep it a secret…In terms of transparency and accountability, I have no issue in releasing the names of persons I would have granted scholarships to,” the Public Service Minister posited.Currently, over 100 scholarships are open for undergraduate studies in the fields of Accounting, Agriculture, Management, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Food Science, Geography, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Petroleum Engineering, Public Management, Sociology, Supply Chain Management and Youth & Community Development.Postgraduate opportunities are available in Environmental Management – specialisation in climate change and disaster management, and specialisation in natural resources management— Petroleum Engineering, and Social Work.However, to study in another country, persons are required to pledge an asset to ensure their return to Guyana. Upon returning, they are required to serve for a number of years to repay the State.The eligibility to grant these studies are dependent on a number of factors and a panel will deliberate on the relevance of the chosen field. The Department may choose to provide only tuition, if there are insufficient funds from the budgetary allocation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt tight-lipped on findings of probe into ‘arbitrary’ firing of PSM staffAugust 5, 2019In “latest news”Sarabo-Halley defends arbitrary firing of staffJuly 11, 2019In “latest news”BoI’s probe into arbitrary firing of PSM staff delayedJuly 1, 2019In “latest news”
Weir Minerals says its range of Enduron® high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR) make for the perfect pebble crushers, offering highly efficient reduction and generating substantial amounts of fines that reduce the energy required for downstream milling.These units also reduce water and energy consumption, two resources that miners are actively looking at within their operations.In the company’s June quarter results, Weir noted that it had seen strong demand for its Enduron HPGR technology, adding that the company had been contracted to support a large greenfield development in the UK in the period.Whether recirculated through primary milling or separated and sent to a dedicated downstream pebble mill, pebble crushing is an energy-intensive operation that ties up a site’s limited resources, Weir says.“With their high throughput and capacity for dealing with competent ores, HPGRs make ideal pebble crushers,” the company said. The Enduron HPGR’s low operating costs (owing to its long component wear life and low specific energy requirements) makes it a competitive inclusion in pebble crushing circuits, offering short payback times, according to the company.Ranging in size from 25-90 mm, pebbles are oversized material produced from autogenous and semi-autogenous grinding, which are too coarse to be crushed by larger lumps of ore and steel balls and too fine to act as grinding media themselves.As such, pebbles (or critical particle size material) reduce the efficiency of any mill they’re returned to, increasing power consumption and decreasing throughput, Weir says.When pebbles comprise a large proportion of a (S)AG mill’s feed as they’re returned multiple times, the proportion of large particles which have the power to crush with the force of their impact is reduced and new particles are instead subjected to additional attrition and abrasion. “This can over-grind fines, producing unsuitable ultra-fines,” Weir says.Regardless of whether they’re receiving feed directly from an upstream SAG mill or further reducing pebbles that have passed through a dedicated cone crusher, HPGRs offer highly efficient reduction, generating substantial amounts of fines that reduce the energy required for downstream milling, Weir says.“The fineness of products is one of the key compromises in conventional pebble circuits, with pebble crushers unable to maintain high throughput without sacrificing the proportion of well reduced particles.”By virtue of their variable roll speeds, HPGRs can maintain high levels of throughput without generating a coarser product, allowing a significant amount of product to bypass downstream mills via pre-classification, the company explained.To obtain the greatest efficiency, an appropriate control system should be selected to monitor and maintain the material level in the HPGR feed chute and control the roll speed and apply optimal operating pressure based on the presented pebble feed rate and quality, according to Weir.One thing to note when deploying a HPGR in a pebble crushing circuit is that truncated feed (one with a narrow size distribution) may cause higher wear on the surface of the machine’s rollers than encountered in other applications. This is due to the more “mobile” particles generating a weaker autogenous wear layer where the coarse pebble fragments chip away at the coating on the roll-surface.Oversized rocks that are larger than the machine’s operating gap will further wear away at the roller surface, making the use of a safety screen advisable if the preceding crusher’s output isn’t strictly controlled, Weir says.Similarly, when placed after a (S)AG mill, a significant quantity of oversized or tramp materials can disrupt HPGR operations. “With their unique ability to dynamically skew their bearings to accommodate varying feed conditions, Enduron HPGRs cope better than other HPGRs under these conditions,” the company said.However, to further reduce damage to wear materials, a well-designed detection and removal system should be applied, Weir advises. “This would consist of a tramp magnetic separator, a metal detector, and a subsequent tramp metal rejection facility. Such a system should preferably be installed as close as possible to the HPGR, preferentially directly ahead of the HPGR feed chute.”In circuits with particularly heterogenous ore competencies, such as transition gold ores or coarsely-banded iron ores, HPGRs should be run at variable speeds to ensure throughput is maintained regardless of the feed conditions, according to Weir.The company concluded: “With the ability to maintain this high level of throughput across a variety of ore types without compromising the fineness of their product, Enduron HPGRs represent an ideal, energy-efficient addition to most pebble crushing circuits.”
eMining looks to be two-and-a-half years ahead of its competition with the development of its battery-powered haul truck, the eDumper, but many hurdles still lie ahead for the KUHN Schweiz-owned company to convert this market lead into orders.Seeing it in the flesh last week at the Ciments Vigier SA limestone quarry, near Biel-Bienne, in Switzerland, IM was impressed with the 63 t (payload) machine.Comparing it with an original Komatsu HD605-7 – one of which was handily on site – there is not much difference apart from the four battery packs that appear to slot in as if they were always there.As Gernot Beutle, Sales Project Manager for eMining, confirmed the major changes involved switching the diesel engine out for the electric motor, a change in the hydraulics to improve the lifetime of the equipment and a new truck body (a Duratray rubber suspended dump body). The latter was needed to facilitate the smooth runoff of material from the truck body in winter. Without the heat generated from a diesel engine, there was a possibility the material could get stuck when temperatures plummet – a distinct possibility at the limestone quarry, which is more than 1,000 m above sea level and can see temperatures drop as low as minus-20°C, Beutle said.There was also a redistribution of the haul truck’s weight to the axles in order to cope with the addition of the four battery packs, which can generate up to 700 kWh of energy.The eDumper has certainly been run through its paces at the limestone quarry, clocking up more than 1,500 hours, coping with inclines of as much as 13% and having its tyres equipped with chains during the height of winter.While in most conditions the truck only needs an overnight recharge once every three days, Beutle says the addition of tyre chains in winter can run down the battery more on the incline and result in increased regularity of charging.On the other hand, the 13% inclines are no problem for the battery-electric truck. With a higher torque than the diesel equivalent, it can quietly accelerate up hills at speeds of up to 40 km/h, with the downhill route seeing the battery recharge thanks to the regenerative braking capacity.From first looks, the team at the limestone quarry treat the eDumper just like the rest of the mixed truck fleet – which also includes Cat 775Fs. The battery-powered machine tracks the same route to the awaiting Cat 990H wheel loader and carries the same tonnage as the other haul trucks. The operators do, however, appreciate the quietness of operation it offers and that increased power.One would expect Le Lynx (the name of the inaugural eDumper) to be joined by another unit at the limestone quarry in the not too distant future – indeed there was a second charging station set up at the quarry that would indicate its impending arrival – but finding more buyers for this world-record battery electric machine has proven tricky so far.Talks with other quarries and mining companies are at various stages, Beutle said, with talks conducted this year potentially turning into purchase orders at the beginning of next year.Other mining companies – a few falling into the ‘major’ category – had been to visit the quarry and the machine to see it in operation.The problem eMining and Beutle face in finding another perfect partner like Ciments Vigier is the cost, application, battery life and potential returns these green haul trucks offer.The battery-powered eDumper is currently likely to cost two-and-a-half-to-three-times more than the diesel equivalent (with the battery packs currently taking up 30-40% of the upfront cost) and, in general, it requires an operation time of five-to-10 years to pay back the upfront capital. On the other side of the equation, reduced maintenance costs with the removal of the diesel engine is one operating cost benefit, as is the higher torque, speed and acceleration the truck offers. These aspects have seen the company actively market a total cost of ownership (TCO) model in all its negotiations.The NMC lithium-ion battery it is fitted with, meanwhile, looks like having 5,000-7,000 cycles in it. This is plenty for this limestone quarry operation, but might not be enough for bigger mining operations.While the eDumper appears to provide a positive TCO equation for Ciments Vigier, it is not suited to every operation. The reason it works at the limestone quarry in Switzerland is the fact it travels uphill unladen with material and is able to recharge its battery as it makes the descent with a full payload. There are not many mines with such an operating blueprint.This has seen eMining ask all potential customers to fill out a check list before negotiations progress to ensure it is worth having further conversations. A site visit is normally conducted after this list is analysed and a detailed feasibility study is written up to ensure everything is taken into consideration before an investment decision is finalised.A larger, 100 t (110 ton) battery-powered truck could swing the eDumpers’ TCO equation in the favour of a positive investment decision and Beutle knows this.“At this size, we are much, much more efficient than a diesel equivalent going uphill,” he told IM, explaining the diesel burn is that much greater when you add the extra 37 t of payload.What he is also aware of is the likelihood the company will need a partner to manufacture this larger vehicle.The company originally obtained some Swiss government funding to build the eDumper over the 18-month period it took to develop. One would hope, given the current greenhouse gas emission clampdown on off-highway vehicles in Europe, it would be able to seek similar ‘green’ funding for a 100 t truck build.That is without even considering an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) offering financial support as a development partner. Many OEMs already have diesel machines in this payload bracket, so know there is a significant market for this size machine.Beutle says companies extracting limestone, coal, graphite and other materials have also shown an interest in a 100 t battery-powered unit: more potential partners.For eMining to retain its lead in the race to produce a battery-powered haul truck for the open-pit mining space, though, it would need to keep its autonomy from any potential partner. The reason the company was able to open such a gap over much bigger rivals is the fact it is structured as a startup. While parent company KUHN may be a Komatsu equipment dealer, Komatsu was not involved with eMining or the eDumper, according to Beutle. This enabled the company to develop the eDumper over that 18-month period. One can’t imagine an OEM being able to replicate such a feat.In the near-term, eMining’s best chance of proving its battery-power worth outside of Switzerland is selling retrofit kits to companies interested in recreating the eDumper. The company plans to offer component kits and services to clients or sales partners to assemble the vehicles on their own – this could be particularly practical outside of Europe where KUHN’s servicing footprint is not as vast.What fast became apparent from spending just a few hours in this limestone quarry is that the eDumper works, eMining is the most likely firm to deliver a battery-powered haul truck into the open-pit mining space and that most miners will require a bit more convincing before they buy one.
Motorola’s been leaking information like a sieve lately, and the most recent information to escape the company’s grasp are photos of what many are thinking is the long-awaited, long-delayed Droid Bionic 4G LTE phone destined for Verizon Wireless. The images, obtained by the site MobileGearz, are reportedly of the upcoming device which now sports an 8-megapixel camera on the back with LED flash, and the ability to dock into one of the Motorola Laptop Docks that AT&T users could buy with the Atrix.AdChoices广告Whether or not the phone is actually the Bionic is up for grabs: the phone seems to have the shelf-like bottom lip that’s only seen on models with slide-out keyboards, like the Motorola Droid 3. At the same time, the rubberized bottom definitely says “Verizon 4G LTE” on it, so unless the Droid 3 will support the Laptop Dock and is a 4G device, it’s definitely the Bionic (unless the images themselves are fake, which is also a possibility.)There’s not too much we can tell from the images aside from the laptop dock compatibility and the 8-megapixel rear camera. There’s also clearly a front-facing camera, and the phone is running Android Gingerbread (2.3) modded with Motorola‘s MotoBlur UI on top of it, but that’s about it. A close-up of the camera shows us that it can shoot HD video in 1080p, but that’s about all we know.Where MobileGearz got the info is anyone’s guess, but one of the leaked images shows a document in the background printed in Chinese, so this may be a leak from a manufacturing facility. There’s no word on whether the Bionic retained its dual-core processor as well as the 4G LTE radio, but we’ll have to wait and find out when Motorola says something official about the device.Read more at MobileGearz via Electronista
Une expérience auditive inédite pour sensibiliser le public aux risques de surditéL’oreille est un organe fragile qu’il faut savoir préserver. Afin de sensibiliser les jeunes au risque de surdité, un jeu a été réalisé sur Internet. Il s’agit de “Capture”, une expérience inédite qui met en lumière les secrets de l’appareil auditif et la meilleure façon de le préserver.La chanteuse Jenifer se fait kidnapper au cours d’un concert, voilà comment débute le scénario du jeu pensé par l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes) dans le cadre de sa campagne sur la prévention en matière de risques auditifs.À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?Pour l’Inpes, il s’agit de sensibiliser les jeunes âgés entre 11 et 18 ans sur les risques auditifs qu’ils encourent en écoutant, par exemple, la musique trop fort. Il s’agit d'”une expérience sonore inédite” exposée sous la forme d’un jeu disponible sur le site www.ecoute-ton-oreille.com et sur www.youtube.com/jeniferliveconcert.com.repose (lien non disponible) Ce jeu permet de restituer les sons comme dans la réalité afin de percevoir de quel côté ils proviennent. Il s’appuie sur une technologie innovante, à savoir le son holophonique 3D. Après avoir branché leur casque audio, les internautes volontaires doivent faire face à différentes situations dans lesquelles ils ne peuvent se fier qu’à ce que perçoivent leurs oreilles. Ainsi, l’Inpes cherche à mettre en avant les gestes simples à réaliser au quotidien pour préserver ses oreilles durablement. Plutôt que d’écouter la musique à un volume sonore élevé, il est conseillé de baisser le volume de son MP3, de limiter la durée d’écoute et de porter des bouchons d’oreilles en concert ; des gestes simples qui permettront à chacun de protéger durablement son appareil auditif tout en se faisant plaisir. Le 3 juin 2011 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
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Belgian forward Eden Hazard finally came clean about his high profile possible transfer to Real Madrid, he still hasn’t given up his dream to play in Spain.Just like any other top footballer in England would, Eden Hazard still hasn’t given up on his dream of someday going to Spain and play for Real Madrid. The Belgian forward is currently having the best start of a season from his whole career, he has scored an impressive 6 goals in 7 Premier League matches and he has the confidence from his manager to become the best player in the world while playing for Chelsea.Right now Hazard has virtually everything with the Blues, there could be no reason for him to leave the club in the future but the player is obsessed with something that he wants to fulfill someday soon before he finished his career. Eden Hazard was one of the hottest topics of the summer in regards to transfer rumors, there were even confirmations of the player agreeing to a new contract with Real Madrid since he was playing the World Cup in Russia with Belgium but he decided to stay in the end.All these rumors cleared up this Saturday as Eden Hazard spoke frankly about the whole situation, turns out he did want to leave but the Blues offered him to stay for a while longer and he gladly accepted the suggestion. However, this doesn’t mean that Hazard will finish his career at Chelsea.Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard Restates Spain Dream, ‘I Can Leave in a… #Chelsea https://t.co/kuVDUXIxap pic.twitter.com/z0MKYbGxBN— ChelseaFC Report (@ChelseaFC_Fanly) September 29, 2018There has been a lot of new contract talk about Eden Hazard, the press has been constantly trying to ask him if he would like to end his career with the Blues and Hazard finally opened up about the whole situation but his words maybe weren’t welcomed by Chelsea fans who do want him to retire at the club.“I am happy here, the new manager came in and we enjoy playing with him. To stay was the right decision. I have two years left on my contract – I can sign a new deal, maybe not, I don’t know. I’ll tell you the truth, after the World Cup I wanted to leave. It’s my dream to play in Spain. Then I spoke to the board and the manager and I said ‘I can stay no problem’,” said the Belgian player.When asked if he would like to retire at Chelsea, Hazard told BT Sport that: “Yes, of course I would like to end my career here. The fans love me. I like the club, I like the city, and I think my teammates love me also. But there is also a possibility I will move in a year or two as well. For me it’s easy to stay. If I leave or if I stay, I will be happy. This club is now part of my life,” stated Hazard this weekend and leaving everyone still confused about the player’s future because he clearly still fancies playing in Spain.Eden Hazard appreciates great goals, whoever scores them. pic.twitter.com/sWcA77JqGsQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 29, 2018It all depends on what happens during the next two yearsFor any player like Eden Hazard, at the end of the day, their future in any club solely depends on the squad’s capabilities to win all the titles. The Belgian forward’s dream to someday give Spanish football a shot, has more to do with the fact that the Spanish clubs dominate European football and they don’t seem to have any plans to stop that any time soon.If Chelsea does manage to get back to the top of European football before Hazard ends his contract with Chelsea, the club and the fans don’t need to worry about not having their best player during the final stages of his career because he will stay if they can remain competitive in every single tournament they play. Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in Chelsea has been a key move from owner Roman Abramovic, because Hazard can finally say that he feels very comfortable playing this style of football and he is proving that he can produce incredible football.We can expect the very best from Hazard at Chelsea this season, his stats suggest this will be the big breakthrough in which he will get to score a number of goals we had never seen from him before and that should be enough to excite all the Blues fans for what’s coming. Let’s leave Hazard’s dream of playing in Spain alone for a while, it’s better if we enjoy him now.Eden Hazard’s record:vs Liverpool: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Man United: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Arsenal: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Tottenham: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Man City: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️Big game player. pic.twitter.com/whpdmRTJ2C— Jomen Joseph Aondoaver (@Joseph99371304) September 29, 2018Do you think Chelsea will be able to convince Hazard to remain at the club until he hangs up his boots? Please leave your opinion in the comment section down below.
WILMINGTON, MA — Joe Martiniello, longtime Event Chair of Wilmington’s Relay For Life, was recently recognized by the New England Board of the American Cancer Society with one of its most honored awards — the Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award.The prestigious award recognizes and honors an American Cancer Society volunteer whose actions in service to the fight against cancer best exemplifies the values of compassion, dedication, integrity, and courage.The award was presented to the Martiniello during the Opening Ceremonies of last Friday’s Relay For Life event by Dennis Cataldo, Vice Chair of the New England Board of the American Cancer Society.“For more than 10 years, Joe has been pat of the Relay for Life, raising funds and awareness to support the fight against cancer,” said Cataldo. “He’s served on Relay’s event leadership team and played a critical role in helping bring together the communities of Wilmington, Billerica and Tewksbury under one relay.”“His deep passion and Relay expertise has been essential in helping the Wilmington Relay For Life reach a very impressive milestone — $1 million raised,” continued Cataldo. “The American Cancer Society is very lucky to have volunteers like Joe.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAmerican Cancer Society Honors Wilmington’s Joe Martiniello For Dedication To Relay For Life EventIn “Community”Wilmington’s Wilston Johnston To Participate In American Cancer Society’s Bicycles Batting Cancer On June 9In “Community”$1 MILLION: Wilmington Relay For Life Reaches Fundraising MilestoneIn “Community”