First result from Madhya Pradesh expected around 10 pm

first_imgBhopal: The first result for elections to the Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh is expected around 10 p.m. on Thursday, while the last result might come by Friday morning. The state’s Chief Election Officer V.L. Kantarao told reporters: “The result for Ujjain, Tikamgarh and a few other constituencies are expected around 10 p.m. tonight. The rest of the results will come by Friday morning.” “The ballet count for the state’s 29 parliamentary constituencies will take place in 17 to 27 rounds, of which two to six rounds have been completed,” he added.last_img read more

Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between Nov 15 and Dec

first_imgColombo: The presidential elections in Sri Lanka would be held between November 15 and December 7, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said, clarifying that according to constitutional provisions the polls must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term. Deshapriya’s clarification on the constitutional provisions regarding the date for the next presidential elections came after President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters last week in New Delhi that the presidential polls is likely to take place on December 7. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’President Sirisena’s five-year term is scheduled to end on January 8, 2020. “The election must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term,” Deshapriya said, addressing the Voters’ Day events held at the south Colombo suburb of Moratuwa Saturday. “The nearest date the election can be held is November 15 as the November 10 is a Sunday and November 12 is a Poya Day (a Buddhist holy day). December 7 is the furthest day the election can be held,” Deshapriya said, adding the Election Commission would be permitted to hold the election on any day between November 15 and December 7. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaSirisena was elected for a 5 year-term on January 8, 2015 when he challenged the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former strongman had called snap elections two years ahead of the end of his second term. Sirisena backed by the then main Opposition United National Party (UNP) became the common Opposition candidate against his former boss Rajapaksa. Although Sirisena has not so far declared his intention for a re-run, his souring of relationship with the UNP of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that the UNP would be fielding its own candidate. Sirisena in October last year sacked Wickremesinghe, who elevated him to the presidency, and replaced him with Rajapaksa. The move led to a constitutional impasse which lasted over 50 days. After the intervention by the Supreme Court court, Wickremesinghe was restored as the prime minister. Sirisena speaking to reporters in New Delhi after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony said he had not decided on seeking another term in the election that is due by year-end. “I am not in a hurry to decide whether to stand,” Sirisena said. Sirisena has faced criticism over his leadership after a series of suicide bombings killed 258 people in the island nation on April 21.last_img read more

Rexha raises concern over size discrimination

first_imgLos Angele: Singer Bebe Rexha has revealed that she was told to lose weight by the people in the music industry, when she was only nine stone. In an interview to Cosmopolitan, the ‘I got you’ hitmaker opened up about her journey with body image. She said: “‘When I first got signed, the label said, ‘Are you ready to get in boot-camp shape?’ They wanted me to lose 20lb (almost a stone and a half).’ Back then I was so small, I was only 130lb’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”It f**ked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video. She’d (a female creative director) sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, ‘You’re not losing enough.’ All I was eating was salad.” Bebe Rexha earlie called out the designers who refused to dress her for the Grammys because of her shape, reports metro.co.uk. “It broke my heart. I was so sad, so depressed. I felt like I was garbage. I thought to myself, ‘This is bulls**t.’ I was mad. I wasn’t trying to get back at anyone, but I wasn’t standing for it any more. I was in the studio and I just left, went into the kitchen, and made a video on my phone.” “If a (US) size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you…That’s crazy. You’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses,” she added.last_img read more

Suncor phasing in 150 autonomous haul trucks job cuts expected by 2019

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says over the next six years it expects to deploy more than 150 electric autonomous haul trucks at its company operated-mines — a move expected to decrease its equipment operator positions as early as 2019.The Calgary-based oil and gas firm says it will continue to work with the union on strategies to minimize workforce impacts, with phased implementation to start at its North Steepbank mine.The company says the implementation of AHS will change roles and required skill sets for some employees at Suncor’s operations over time.Suncor says, following evaluations completed over the past four years, it has validated that AHS technology can be used safely, effectively and efficiently in its operating environment.It says the technology offers many advantages over existing truck and shovel operations, including enhanced safety performance, better operating efficiency and lower operating costs.Suncor says its planned deployment of AHS technology is one of the largest such investments in the world.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Quebec universities launch world first UNESCO antiradicalization chair

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s new UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism is the first of its kind in the world, say members of three universities who launched the project Friday in Sherbrooke, Que.The research centre will be directed by a team of professors from Concordia University, Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite du Quebec a Montreal.Co-director David Morin said the chair’s mission is to create a “pole of excellence” that will bring together experts in both research and field work.“(The goal) is to be able to develop programs, to evaluate them and to support the political decision-makers and the stakeholders in the field on the subject of prevention of radicalization,” said Morin, a professor at the Universite de Sherbrooke.He said the chair’s mission as well as its governance model make it a world first.“What is unique in the world is a UNESCO chair that’s tripartite — that brings together three universities that signed the agreement with UNESCO — but beyond that, it’s the gathering of national and international partners that are coming together to share their expertise,” Morin said.The project was conceived during the UNESCO conference on radicalization that Quebec hosted in 2016 and will become one of the international body’s 700 institutions in 116 countries that encourage inter-university cooperation around the world.The centre has an international focus and will collaborate with a network of over 40 partners across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.Quebec has pledged $100,000 a year for the next four years to support the initiative.The current staff includes a chairholder from each school as well as a scientific director based at Universite de Sherbrooke.Co-chair Vivek Venkatesh said the centre’s activities will include providing training to people who work in marginalized communities and creating public engagement tools to counter hate speech and violent propaganda.As an example, he cited an ongoing project in Montreal’s East End that teaches marginalized youth to use music and literature to describe their experiences with hateful speech or actions.The chair will bring together multiple disciplines including political science, international development, social services, and psychology.It’s tripartite structure means each school can contribute their own resources and sources of funding, Venkatesh said.“This is a coming together of institutional allies but also people from disciplines from three different institutions,” the Concordia professor said.“Our training and our respective cultures are coming together in a very unique way.”The secretary general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO praised the chair and its governance model as “a first in Canada and the world.”“We look forward to working with the chair to counter the rise of radicalization and violent extremism in Canada and the world,” Sebastien Goupil said in a statement.last_img read more

Unexplained difference of 13 cents in Vancouver and Seattle gas prices inquiry

first_imgVANCOUVER — An inquiry into British Columbia’s high gas prices has found an “unexplained” difference of 13 cents per litre between Metro Vancouver and Seattle.Prices in southern B.C. are set according to prices in the Pacific Northwest of the United States because it is a nearby region and a similar price is considered justifiable.However, the inquiry by the B.C. Utilities Commission found that even after accounting for transportation costs and higher B.C. fuel standards, Metro Vancouver drivers were still paying 13 cents more than those in Washington.Commission CEO David Morton says there is no evidence to suggest there is collusion among retail operators nor is their evidence of cartel behaviour, but prices can be controlled by five refiner-marketers.He says the wholesale market for gasoline in B.C. is not truly competitive because of high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry and their ability to influence prices.The inquiry concluded that regulation could potentially reduce the wholesale or retail margins to what is justifiable in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility, but further investigation is needed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Six more UN vehicles damaged in new rockthrowing incidents in TimorLeste

13 August 2007Six more United Nations vehicles have been damaged and a UN police officer slightly hurt in rock-throwing incidents in Timor-Leste since last night as the security situation remains tense following post-election violence in the small South-East Asian country that the world body helped shepherd to independence from Indonesia in 2002. But there were no reports of major incidents, UN Police (UNPOL) reported. UNPOL responded to four incidents today in Dili, the capital, in which two UN cars were damaged and one UNPOL officer sustained minor injuries. Police arrested one suspect. Last night in Dili sporadic rock throwing damaged four UN vehicles. At a meeting yesterday in Baucau, east of Dili, leaders of the former ruling party FRETILIN told to supporters that local village and sub-village chiefs will be held responsible for any violence that occurs in their area. In nearby Viqueque, a high-ranking FRETILIN official met with supporters and urged them not to commit any violent acts. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Atul Khare has said violence, which erupted after the announcement of a new Government last Monday, was “regrettably” being committed by people who claim an allegiance to FRETILIN. Parliamentary elections in June failed to produce a single outright winner. UNPOL has arrested 34 people in connection with the violence in the eastern part of the country over the past few days. In Baucau, 21 people have been arrested and charged with creating a public disturbance including blocking roads, throwing stones and burning tyres. Two more people were arrested and charged with making home-made weapons. In Quelicai, nine people have been arrested for carrying illegal weapons in connection with their alleged role in the attack on a UN convoy on Friday. A further two people have been arrested for alleged arson in Quelicai for the burning of houses. UNPOL, together with the national police and the International Stabilization Force (ISF), remain fully deployed to put a stop to any violence. The UN enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles in Timor-Leste after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May last year, killing at least 37 people and forcing 155,000 others, 15 per cent of the population, to flee their homes. read more

UN report calls on African nations to prepare for massive urban population

23 November 2010A new United Nations report warns that Africa’s urban population is set to triple in the next 40 years, putting massive pressure on governments and infrastructure across the continent. “The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets,” which was released today by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), urges careful urban planning from governments to meet the needs of the poor.“Urbanization is here to stay and within a few decades, Africa will be predominantly urban. Already huge urban corridors across Africa are engines of economic growth,” said Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. “The issue now is for regional and national governments, local authorities and all other stakeholders to pull together to ensure the efficient management of urban agglomerations. Smart urban policies could help spread the benefits and lift the continent out of poverty.”The report notes some positive developments, such as a general reduction in the number of slum dwellers across Africa and the potential of urban corridors across the continent to drive growth, especially of land-locked countries. At the same time, it says that Africa will suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change and that accurate counting of slum dwellers is very difficult, in part because many poor people move between urban and rural locations for work.“It is interesting to note that today, in many parts of the world, poor people take advantage of urban-rural mobility to live in multiple locations. This is especially true of slum dwellers who retain links with their rural homesteads,” said Mr. Clos.The report was launched in Bamako, Mali, during the 3rd African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development, at which ministers from all over the continent have the opportunity to share best practice in the areas of land management and sustainable urbanization. read more

SLFP makes several changes new General Secretary appointed

President Maithripala Sirisena was re-elected as the President of the party. Nimal Siripala de Silva, W.D.J.Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, and Susil Premajayantha were appointed as Senior Vice Presidents of the party.A.H.M. Fowzy, Sarath Amunugama, Mahinda Amaraweera, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Reginald Cooray, Piyasena Gamage, Vijith Vijithamuni de Soysa, Mahinda Samarasighe, Dilan Perera, Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijaylal De Silva, and Member of Parliament Angajan Ramanathan were appointed as Vice Presidents. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party today made several changes to key positions including by appointing a new General Secretary.Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa was appointed as the acting General Secretary of the party while former General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake was appointed as the SLFP’s National Organiser. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and former Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne, were selected as the advisory council members of the party. Ranjith Siyamblapitiya, Chief Minister of Central Province of Sri Lanka Sarath Ekanayake, Chief Minister of North Central Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya, Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, former Deputy Minister Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle and Sumedha G.Jayasena were appointed as Assistant Secretaries.All members of Parliament currently in the SLFP were appointed to the SLFP Central Committee. read more

Trial begins again for Rui DaSilva

The aunt of a seven-year-old girl sold online for sex wept in the courtroom today once again listening to the horrific details of what happened to her niece. Thirty-eight-year old Rui DaSliva pleaded guilty to sexually attacking the girl in May but after the judge presiding over the case died the process had to start from scratch.DaSilva had met the girl’s mother’s boyfriend- who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity- online after she had been advertised for sex on Craigslist.DaSliva admits to attending the girl’s Hamilton home in February where he and the mother’s boyfriend both sexually attacked the girl.The court heard disturbing details today about how the young girl was brought downstairs in the middle of the night, dressed in lingerie, and assaulted.At the trial a group of more then a dozen bikers who advocate against child abuse came to show support for the young girl and her family.In April of 2016 DaSilva brought a friend, Sonya Lucas, over to the house where the seven-year-old lived and she too joined in sexually abusing the girl.The Waterloo resident pleaded guilty to her involvement in June.Lucas, who has yet to be sentenced for the crime, was convicted of incest in 2004 for sexually assaulting her then 14 year old son.Fifty-year-old John Gallagher is already behind bars serving a nearly four year jail term for his part in exploiting the little girl.Another Hamilton man, who also cannot be named to protect the girl, is also facing charges including sexual assault and making child pornography. The girl’s mother’s boyfriend is facing a total of 40 charges.Rui DaSilva’s defense is asking the judge for a five year jail sentence. The Crown is seeking eight to ten. DaSilva will learn his fate next month. read more

US worker productivity shrinks 19 pct in 4th quarter mostly because of

US worker productivity shrinks 1.9 pct. in 4th quarter, mostly because of temporary factors by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 8:32 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of last year, mostly because of temporary factors that dragged down growth.Productivity contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.9 per cent in the October-December quarter, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s about the same as last month’s estimate of a 2 per cent decline. It followed a 3.1 per cent gain in the July-September quarter.Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work. It shrank because economic activity barely expanded in the fourth quarter, while hours worked rose at a solid pace.The decline in productivity doesn’t necessarily signal more hiring. That’s because the economy’s 0.1 per cent annual growth in the fourth quarter was due to defence cuts and slower company restocking. Those trends should reverse in the current quarter.Still, the trend in productivity has been fairly weak. For all of 2012, productivity rose by just 0.7 per cent, after an even smaller 0.6 per cent rise in 2011.Those gains were less than half the average growth in 2009 and 2010, shortly after many companies laid off workers to cut costs during the Great Recession. And it’s below the long-run trend of 2.2 per cent growth a year dating back to 1947.Companies may ultimately need to hire more workers if they see only modest gains in productivity and more demand for their products.Economists predict worker productivity will stay weak through 2013. Higher productivity is typical during and after a recession, they note. Companies tend to shed workers in the face of falling demand and increase output from a smaller work force. Once the economy starts to grow, demand rises and companies eventually must add workers if they want to keep up.The Federal Reserve closely monitors productivity and labour costs for any signs that inflation is affecting wages. Mild inflation has allowed the central bank to keep interest rates at record lows in an effort to boost economic growth and fight high unemployment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

CMLC and Calgary Stampede partner on development plan

by News Staff Posted Feb 19, 2016 5:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CMLC and Calgary Stampede partner on development plan The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and The Calgary Stampede are joining forces on a development plan for areas inside and outside Stampede Park.The two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the Stampede’s master plan with the vision of building up the park, with sites including a 17th avenue crossing, the area just beside the Erlton C-Train station and the Ramsay Exchange.Stampede Director of Community Engagement Kurt Kadatz said those targets are critical for the park’s future.“It would be great for Calgarians to be able to have a 17th Avenue that flowed right into Stampede Park and then in turn, flowed right through on 4th Street S.E. right into the East Village,” Kadatz said.Kadatz said they want to get a better return for the community regarding the Trailblazer Centre beside the Erlton station and the 20-acre Ramsay Exchange will be a transit-oriented project because of its proximity to the Green Line.He added since this is just an MOU, they’re still in the early stages.“I think it’s too early to speculate on when we might see construction starting,” he said. read more

Israel must curb continuous stream of protest fatalities in Occupied Palestinian Territory

This call comes days after the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein following clashes with Israeli troops on 10 December during a protest against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. “The incidents that preceded the Minister’s death are disturbing and must be carefully investigated,” Mr. Zeid said in a statement. “I express my deepest condolences to Ziad Abu Ein’s family, and to the people of Palestine. It is a terrible and deeply tragic irony that he should die in this way after taking part in a peaceful protest against illegal settlements, centred around the planting of olive trees, on Human Rights Day.” The protest coincided with a petition brought before the Israeli High Court demanding the dismantling of the nearby illegal settlement of Adei Ad. Welcoming Israel’s announcement that it will investigate the incident, Mr. Zeid stressed that this inquiry – and all others involving possible excessive use of force – should be thorough, effective, independent and impartial. “It must also be quick and utterly transparent if people are to have faith in its findings,” he said. Also on 10 December, in Jalazone refugee camp in the West Bank, Israeli security forces reportedly shot a 14-year-old Palestinian boy in the head with live ammunition, leaving him seriously wounded, during protests triggered by the death of Ziad Abu Ein. “This continuous stream of fatal incidents underscores the need for effective accountability measures,” High Commissioner Zeid said.This year alone, there have been at least 50 Palestinian fatalities in incidents involving Israeli security forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This is almost double the 27 Palestinian fatalities that occurred in 2013 in similar circumstances. “Because of the well-established illegal nature of the Israeli settlements in the West bank and East Jerusalem, such protests will inevitably continue,” Mr. Zeid said recalling that “peaceful protest is a human right, and that security forces must exercise restraint when policing protests. Mr. Zeid also reiterated that settlements are in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies. read more

Assistant Database Analyst

Purpose of the Post:To carry out Microsoft SQL Server database processing, reporting and administration for automotive databases, including “Motorparc” (vehicles in use), “Anonymised” (new, used and vehicles in use) and MOT data.To create and run reports for customers and stakeholders.To carry out linking of SMMT data to other data sets, including DVLA model codes and insurance group rating (Thatcham / code44).To build and maintain knowledge of the underlying data and processes.To develop an understanding of the business requirements behind the databases and reports.To develop new reporting services and help generate additional income.To help improve SMMT data processes and efficiency through technical innovation.To help identify and meet future requirements for automotive data by keeping in touch with other SMMT departments (especially Public Policy and vehicle Legislation) and external organisations and stakeholders.Please note that the this role requires good technical skills, especially Microsoft SQL Server, but also involves a certain amount of general business administration, as well as helping out with day to day running of the department and company.Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Strong data analysis and processing skills.Proven experience of Microsoft SQL Server.Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software including MS-Word, MS-Excel, and ideally MS-Access.Strong team player with good customer facing and interpersonal skills.Ability to multi-task and prioritise to meet deadlines.High level of concentration and accuracy. Numerate and literate.Initiative, ability to learn and enthusiasm, self-starter.Aware of the need to maintain the confidentiality of personal data and commercially sensitive information and comply with contractual requirements.Main duties include:Carry out monthly, quarterly and annual take-on of external data sets.Database administration and housekeeping.To receive and process enquiries and orders for data from customers and other stakeholders and to carry these through to invoicing and order renewal.Carry out weekly vehicle model coding / linking e.g. DVLA codes and insurance group rating (Thatcham / code44).To liaise with the SMMT accounts department on customer invoicing and related financial matters.To help ensure the security and integrity of the databases and compliance with SMMT policies and supplier contract(s).To help develop and improve the database take-on and reporting processes.To evaluate and integrate other information sets into SMMT systems as required.To assist in the day to day running of the department and company.To carry out other duties as directed by the line manager and/or head of departmentSalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after six months).Deadline for Applications:27 March 2015Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Western Potash weighs merger and acquisition options

first_imgBy Marc Davis, www.BNWnews.ca It’s just a matter of time before Western Potash is gobbled up by a potash-hungry major mining company, according to investment industry analysts who follow the global fertiliser industry. But the tiny Vancouver-based potash development company is in no hurry. Company spokesperson John Costigan says Western Potash is still moving aggressively forward with its plans to become a potash producer at its Milestone deposit in potash-rich Saskatchewan. And management won’t consider any takeover offers until the marketplace assigns the company a valuation that is comparable or superior to Potash One.Last month, Potash One accepted a buy-out offer valued at C$434 million or C$4.50 a share from the European fertiliser heavyweight K+S Group following the long-awaited publication of a full feasibility study on its Legacy deposit.The pending Potash One takeover leaves Western Potash as the “last man standing,” according to Costigan. By which he means that it’s now the only one left of Saskatchewan’s tiny handful of potash explorers that has a firm grasp on the size and economic potential of its potash assets.The only other potash junior in the region that also benefited from a resource estimate (which was still at the pre-feasibility stage) was Athabasca Potash. It was acquired by BHP Billiton last March in a deal worth C$341 million or C$8.35 a share.Noting that Western Potash just announced a C$40 million equity financing last week (including a potential additional C$6 million over-allotment), an upbeat Costigan says his company will have plenty of cash-on-hand to control its destiny for the foreseeable future.  “It’s full steam ahead. If this latest financing is fully subscribed, and all of our warrants from this financing and past financings are exercised, that could top up our treasury to well over C$100 million,” he says.  Such a sizeable war-chest would be ample to complete both a prefeasibility study and a ‘make or break’ full-blown feasibility study, Costigan says. In the near-term, the C$40 million cash infusion, alone, will allow the company to immediately get the C$7 million prefeasibility study underway, with a six to seven month timeline to completion. A final feasibility study would involve a further approximately $43 million expenditure and would take another 12 months to finalise, Costigan adds.    Western Potash’s game plan is following a proven formula, according to Jaret Anderson, a fertilisers and agriculture investment analyst for the Vancouver-based investment bank Salman Partners. He notes that the same strategy of reaching such critical developmental benchmarks has worked out well for Saskatchewan’s other two advanced-stage potash juniors.“Both Athabasca Potash and Potash One secured substantial bids from established mining/potash companies this year on the back of exploration and engineering work,” he says. “The development potash producer business model can yield significant returns to shareholders.”Siddharth Rajeev, a mining analyst for the Vancouver-based investment research company, Fundamental Research, agrees that Western Potash should at least complete a prefeasibility study to generate a higher share price evaluation. “The company should be able to negotiate a better deal once this study is completed,” he says.Western Potash is currently “very undervalued,” says Rajeev, especially since its story is “very comparable” to Potash One in that both the Legacy and Milestone deposits have similar production profiles and similar mine development and operating cost structures.For instance, Potash One’s recently published feasibility study projects an annual output of 2.86 Mt of potash at the Legacy deposit at average operating costs of C$63/t over at least 40 years. Similarly, Western Potash’s preliminary economic assessment forecasts a yield of 2.5 Mt/y at the same average operating costs over a minimum of four decades. That said, Potash One deserves a higher market capitalization, Rajeev says. That’s because its business model is considerably more advanced. Also, Legacy’s resource base is the larger of the two at 251 Mt, compared to Milestone’s 174 Mt.The appeal of both projects is underscored by the fact that both Milestone and Legacy are amenable to ‘solution-extraction’ mining methods, Rajeev adds. This translates into much lower capital expenditures and operating costs than conventional potash mines.Western Potash spokesperson Costigan says that the odds in favour of a lucrative potash mine being commissioned by 2015 at Milestone are also supported by its close proximity to the largest solution-extraction potash operation in the world, the Belle Plaine mine. Owned by the potash giant, The Mosaic Co, it has been in business for over 40 years and is still going strong at around 2.8 Mt/y of output.Meanwhile, the most obvious fit for Western Potash might be Vale, according to Rajeev. Brazil-based Vale already has a strategic foothold in Saskatchewan where it is building its own a solution-extraction potash mine. Notably, Vale SA’s project borders the Milestone deposit. This is particularly encouraging for Western Potash, which believes that its own deposit exhibits similar geological features – ones that are also likely suitable for the realisation of an energy-efficient and therefore cost-efficient solution-extraction mine.Anderson also wonders whether Vale may be inclined to expand its footprint among the world’s richest and most prolific potash fields by doing a deal with Western Potash. “Vale has made some comments recently about the intent to make significant investments in Canada,” he says. “Whenever you’ve got guys that are next door it always makes sense to see what the synergies would be for combining the two projects and running them as one. I think they should both consider that choice.” “But the Milestone asset is an attractive asset to a great number of companies, including ones that are already in the potash sector,” he adds. “And there’s also BHP who are looking to get into Canada’s potash sector.”Anderson also thinks it would make sense for the Chinese to lock-in future Canadian potash supplies, perhaps by way of a takeover of Western Potash. Or alternatively, the Chinese may yet propose an ‘off-take’ agreement, whereby they are guaranteed certain quantities of potash each year at a predetermined “reasonable” price in exchange for helping to finance mine construction costs at Milestone.“The Chinese have an incentive to encourage the development of ‘greenfields’ (in-development) potash projects,” he adds. “So, co-operating with companies like Western Potash… makes a lot of sense for them.”And now that Western Potash is the only advanced-stage junior developer left in Saskatchewan, Anderson says it also benefits from its “scarcity value” due to it now being “a unique asset that may attract interest from those seeking entry into the Saskatchewan potash industry.”But Western Potash is being coy about who it may want to do business with. In a November 25 news release, the company said that it’s evaluating all options and is in discussions with takeover suitors, as well as aspiring merger or joint venture partners.The principals of www.BNWnews.ca do not directly or indirectly own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this article.last_img read more

December Employment Down 03 Percent Oil And Gas Stabilizing

first_imgWiebold attributed some of the job growth from the recent uptick in the oil and gas industry: “Oil and gas employment over the summer and fall has basically stabilized. They lost a lot of jobs pretty dramatically in late 2015, and 2016, so really employment for oil and gas has stabilized in the past few months.”  Alaska’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent, and the comparable national rate increased from 3.7 to 3.9 percent. She says while the state anticipates more jobs within the upcoming year there are some factors that could potentially impact that growth. Karinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish. We anticipate that there is going to be growth in the next year.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享December 2018 employment was down an estimated 0.3 percent, or 900 jobs, from December 2017, according to the latest numbers released from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Wiebold: “The government shutdown, if it goes long enough it could start to affect employment in Alaska. If the state government decides to have a hiring freeze, or significant cuts that could also impact the job numbers. Lastly, some of the growth that we anticipate is revolving around some potential projects on the North Slope. In the event that several of those decided to pull out we would not see the growth that we are anticipating.”last_img read more

Travis Scott Announces New Album Astroworld Release Date

first_img Facebook Astroworld is Scott’s first solo project since his 2016 LP, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, though he has worked on many collaborations since then. Earlier this year the rapper also released the track “Watch,” featuring Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The GRAMMY-nominated rapper’s anticipated solo project is set to land on earth Aug. 3Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 30, 2018 – 3:26 pm Just hours after large golden heads of Travis Scott mysteriously appeared in Los Angeles, Houston and New York, the GRAMMY-nominated rapper announced his long-anticipated solo album, Astroworld, will land on earth Aug. 3.Scott broke the news via his Twitter account, complete with a trailer for the album with the subtitle “Stargazing.” The video, which was directed by Nabil, shows Scott wandering through a dystopian-looking world rife with snow and majestic planets. It’s both a little like this world and very much out of this world as he raps, “We propelling, on top with Ellen.” Twitter Travis Scott Announces ‘Astroworld’ Release Date travis-scott-announces-new-album-astroworld-release-datecenter_img Travis Scott Announces New Album ‘Astroworld’ Release Date Email News last_img read more

Ershads condition improved slightly says GM Quader

first_imgHM Ershad.AFP file photoJatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader on Friday said the condition of his brother HM Ershad, now on life support at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), has improved a bit further, but he is still not out of danger, reports UNB.”His health condition has improved slightly. Doctors have helped ease his respiratory problem and some other complications artificially,” he said.Quader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a prayer session at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jum’a prayers seeking the speedy recovery of Ershad.He said their party chairman looks much better than Thursday as he is not suffering from the respiratory problem anymore. “But he’s not still out of danger. Doctors think if the trend of improvement in his condition continues Ershad will recover soon.”Quader said 36 bags of blood have been given to his brother since he was admitted to the CMH. “Doctors are giving him blood and other treatment to increase the blood platelet count. We’re satisfied over the treatment of the CMH. “He said unnecessary water from Ershad’s body was removed on Thursday night through dialysis. “He may undergo dialysis again this afternoon.”The Jatiya Party acting chairman also said CMH physicians emailed his brother’s all reports to Singapore, but they did not suggest sending him there by air ambulance.He urged all to pray for the quick recovery of Ershad.The 89-year-old former military strongman was put on life support at 4:10pm on Thursday.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on 26 June as his condition deteriorated.He has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious knee pain.last_img read more

Chandelis Dusters Battle with Endometriosis

first_imgChandelis Duster and her sister outside the Capitol (Photos by Jonathan Hunter)Chandelis Duster, a graduate student at American University, stood before a packed crowd on March 28 at the Holiday Inn near Capitol Hill to share her endometriosis, commonly known as endo, story. “I remember being scared to death and feeling lost because I was told I had a disease that was not curable. But as I reflect on my experience, I think about how much stronger of a young woman I’ve become because of it,” Duster said while fighting back tears.Duster words inspired the crowd at the second annual worldwide Endo March In D.C. Duster was just one of many women with Endo who came from all over the country to march on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about the disease.In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Duster spoke about raising awareness of the disease with African Americans. “I really just feel like Black women don’t have access to the right health care sometimes,” said Duster. “A lot of my Black friends I talk to [say], ‘Endo what, what’s that?’,’Is that what they call bad cramps.’ Nobody knows what it is. I had somebody tell me a long time ago that endometriosis was a White women’s disease. And I was like, ‘Excuse me ,what are you trying to say because I’m not White.’”According to Pubmed.gov, the common view is that endo rarely affects women of color and results in many cases not being reported. Duster, now 26, was diagnosed with endo at age 18 and has had three surgeries to date. Duster says having endo has taken its toll on her physically.“All throughout high school and middle school I would faint and pass out because my period pain was so bad, said Duster. “ I went to [the] gynecologist to regulate my period and I remember specifically an emergency room doctor at one point told me that maybe there was an underlying trauma from your childhood that needs to be addressed to figure out what’s causing your pain.”Once Duster was diagnosed with endo, she knew there needed to be something done to address the lack of knowledge about endo.Duster is currently a precinct manger in Richmond, Va. for the World Wide Endo March organization. Along with being a precinct manger for a year, she has been an advocate for pushing legislation about educating the public.Duster met with Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam at a disability caucus about endo and submitted a proclamation to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe that he signed.Duster says she enjoys being a precinct manager with team Virginia of the Endo March not only because she likes spreading awareness, but also because she has a family of sisters. Duster says she came to the Endo March last year in 2014, and met a support group of women that she was lacking.“At first I thought these women were crazy, out here in all that yellow and wearing ribbons, but then I was like wow these are some of the nicest women I’ve met in my life. They gave me that extra push,” said Duster. “In a way Endo was a gift to me. Looking at it from a positive perspective because I’ve become so stronger and gained so many friendships and a sisterhood from having Endometriosis that I wouldn’t gotten from anywhere else.Prior to joining the Endo March, Duster went through a tough time of being a laid off from a radio station and being in a bad relationship. The physical and emotional pain drove Duster to becoming suicidal. “I thought about (suicide) driving down the road on the interstate and putting my car in cruise at 95 miles and wanting to end my life. I thought about that several times. But then one day, I was just like I had enough and I went downstairs, got the kitchen knife, sat on my bedroom floor and I was crying and crying and I was going to do it,” said Duster.Duster said she believes it is by the grace of God that she did not end her life. Duster has shared her story and now wants to help girls just like her. Duster is pursuing her master’s degree in broadcast journalism and one day aspires to be a TV reporter and anchor.To find out more about endometriosis visit endomarch.org.last_img read more

Internet Gutter WikiHow To Be Anything

first_img How To Be A Rebel1/10Skin-tight purple pants and a messy ass shirt should do it.<><> Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this new weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.WikiHow LifestylesOn the surface, WikiHow seems like an excellent idea – a crowd-sourced repository of step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to do everything from how to change a car tire to make a lobster bisque. Unfortunately, the actual site is significantly less helpful. Just as Wikipedia transformed from “all the world’s vital knowledge” to “a list of every single anime character,” WikiHow has been taken over by the most ridiculous, useless tutorials ever written.We checked in with WikiHow a few months ago to explore different ways to poop, but now we’re going back for something a little bigger. The site has a flabbergasting array of tutorials on transforming your normal self into something different. Something… better.AdChoices广告How To Be A HipsterLet’s start this off with possibly the most embarrassing thing you could ever willingly click on, “How To Be A Hipster.” That term is basically devoid of all meaning in the year 2016, but WikiHow is ready to help you claim it anyways.Things start off strong with a section on hipster fashion:“Avoid buying labeled gear from stores run by the label itself (so very not nice consumerism). Instead, look for independent retailers because supporting obscure retailers is “totally deck”. For example, buy from local mixed fashion stores near you.”Totally… deck?WikiHow illustrations are notoriously bad, but the ones in this piece push the envelope towards truly nightmarish. The best part is where we elevate ourselves a couple irony levels with a section on handling criticism like a hipster:“As for people who poke fun at your fashion sense, remind the so-called trendy mass that their worn and torn jeans fashion was created by children who are little more than slaves in some sweatshop and if they want to contribute to that, they’re welcome to. If they point out the fact that your Apple products were also produced in sweatshops, change the subject to an obscure band they’ve never heard of.”How To Be A SpyEspionage agencies look for the best and the brightest, top physical and mental specimens who won’t crack under the greatest pressure. They’re trained intensively for years before being put into live situations. But then, you could just read a WikiHow page on “How To Be A Spy” and skip all that.Scroll up a bit and look at that picture of a girl hiding behind a corndog. Really drink it in. That’s the caliber of advice you’re getting with this one. Tips include “learn parkour” and “get smart,” which basically means “read a bunch of books about spying.”To improve your stealthiness, WikiHow basically recommends you commit some small crimes, e.g.:“Try stealing something little of your friends, like a pen or a folder, and return it without being noticed for practice. Do not take this as an endorsement for stealing. This article is supposing that you are ultimately working on the side of good, not evil.”How To Become A SuperheroIf you’re not satisfied with the feats of mortals, don’t stress. WikiHow has you covered. In the guide to How To Become A Superhero, you’ll receive such vital tips as “learn parkour” (again) and “get good health insurance.” That last one seems especially appropriate for any WikiHow endeavor.The best part of the instructions is probably where they give you tips for choosing your superhero name.“This is going to be one of the most important tidbits about your persona. Imagine your name in lights. Does “Gregarious Greg” really have the ring to it you want (you can do better than that!)? Is “Looks Good in Yellow Girl” doing yourself justice? How do you want to be remembered? How does it match your powers?”I have the first appearance of Gregarious Greg in mint condition with an eBay Buy It Now price of $160 if anybody’s interested.How To Be A Side ChickWe wouldn’t think that having sex with a dude who has a wife or girlfriend would necessarily be how-to material, but WikiHow knows best. The hilariously illustrated guide to being a “side chick” gives ladies everything they need to enjoy an emotionally vacant, sex-only experience in private.The entire guide is written as if talking to a toddler. To wit:“Refrain from having “The Talk”. Having the “What are we doing? Where is this going?” talk will push him away. You have to know your lane. You’re his side chick; the end. Yeah, some side chicks do end up as mains, but this is much rarer than you may think. If your thing is all about hooking up, then there’s no need to overwhelm your guy with serious conversation. This will lead you to a time out.”Uh, I haven’t had a “time out” since I was in third grade. Every WikiHow article has a “Tips” section at the end, but this has just a single tip presented:“Don’t be a side chick. Go find yourself an actual boyfriend rather than facilitate cheating.”Phew! Glad I read the article first.How To Become A Sissy“A sissy is a term that refers to an effeminate boy or man. It is the opposite of a tomboy but is often referred to in a demeaning way. In the last few decades, people have begun to break down gender roles. You can become a sissy and be confident in your choices.”*Lil Jon voice* OKAAAAAAAAAAAAAY.Grab BagThere are plenty of other WikiHow lifestyle guides that we didn’t cover here. Enjoy this slideshow of the worst and weirdest art from a bunch of other ones.last_img read more