Housing at a premium in most BC regions real estate association


first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says a lack of homes on the market means buyers are paying more for housing across the province.The association has released figures for May showing 12,402 homes were sold in B.C. last month, down 7.9 per cent when compared with May last year.Total listings also fell 11.1 per cent to 28,404 over the same period.But the association says sales remained very active in May, surpassing the number of new listings by 20 per cent in nine of B.C.’s 11 real estate boards and topping 50 per cent in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack and Victoria.Prices also jumped 4.2 per cent between May 2016 and last month, with the average B.C. home selling for $752,536.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says despite strong consumer demand, the supply of homes for sale across the province has plunged 50 per cent over the last five years.“The entire southern portion of the province is experiencing a shortage of housing supply, which makes continuing upward pressure on home prices inevitable, at least in the near term,” he says.last_img read more

Moroccos Anwar Kbibech New President of the French Council of the


Rabat – A Moroccan national has been named the new president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). Franco-Moroccan Anwar Kbibech, 53, will be at the helm of the French Council of the Muslim Faith for a period of two years.Kbibech will succeed Algerian-born Dalil Boubakeur, the current rector of the Great mosque of Paris. Born in Meknes in Morocco in 1962, Kbibech arrived in France in 1980. He is an engineer from the national school of Bridges and Roads and is currently a director at a telecommunications group. He is also the President of the Rally of Muslims in France (RMF).“The role of the CFCM is to promote a dialogue on Islam,” Kbibech said. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, he said that curbing radicalization and violence needs the cooperation of religious leaders and also leaders from the economic and political spheres.Responding to criticism leveled against the CFCM, he said “it is too easy to say that CFCM has done nothing! [the CFCM] has done many things despite the lack of human and financial resources.” read more

Moroccan Navy Shoots Another Migrant Aged 16 in Atlantic


Rabat- After killing Hayat, the Moroccan navy has shot a 16-year-old boy aboard a migrant boat on Wednesday morning between Larache and Asilah off Morocco’s northern Atlantic coast.The navy fired warning shots at the boat carrying about 50 Moroccan irregular migrants, shooting a minor, according to Moroccan television channel 2M and news outlet Alyaoum24.Authorities have not yet reported any further details on the victim’s situation. It is the second time the navy has shot at a migrant boat. On September 25, while firing on a migrant boat trying to cross the Mediterranean between M’diq and Fnideq, the Moroccan navy killed one of the migrants, a 20-year-old woman, Hayat Belkacem.Three other Moroccans in the boat were also wounded by the navy’s gunfire, Lahabib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (32). They were hospitalized in M’diq-Fnideq prefecture. The boat was controlled by a Spanish national.Hayat’s death has inspired protests in the country from Moroccans who vowed to bring “justice” to Hayat.Some of the protesters cried, “The people want to give up their nationality.” Others called on the government to hold Hayat’s “killer” accountable.The shooting also sparked the anger of Prince Moulay Hicham, a first cousin of King Mohammed VI. He took to his Twitter to convey his concern about the “social crisis.”Lately, Morocco has employed stricter methods of combating irregular migration to Europe, especially in the north.Police also blocked hundreds of Moroccans trying to leave for Europe from a beach in Martil, near Tetouan, on Saturday night, September 22, which led to protests calling for “free immigration.” read more

UN food agency appeals for naval escorts for shipments to Somalia


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today to naval powers to help protect its food-delivery ships from pirate attacks, saying that as many as two million Somalis could go hungry without this protection.A Dutch frigate is scheduled to finish escort services for WFP on 25 June. Despite an upsurge of piracy in Somali waters – according to the International Maritime Bureau there have been 31 attacks so far this year – no WFP ships have been targeted since the escort system started last November.“Without escorts, our whole maritime supply route will be threatened,” WFP Country Director Peter Goossens said. “Shipping companies are reluctant to sail unescorted to Somalia, and we have no offers to take over from the Royal Netherlands Navy.” WFP says that millions of Somalis are suffering from a combination of insecurity, drought and high food and fuel prices. “If relief shipments slow down, we could face a major catastrophe,” Mr. Goossens added, saying that WFP is trying to scale up food distributions to avoid a disaster. Malnutrition is on the rise in Somalia. An unusually harsh dry season and poor April-June rains, which followed a succession of droughts and poor harvests, have led to increasing hunger in the central region of the country. The situation is compounded by conflict, hyperinflation, the weakness of the Somali shilling, high unemployment and high food and fuel prices. Some 80 per cent of WFP food for Somalia arrives by sea. From mid-November until now, a succession of French, Danish and Dutch frigates have escorted 27 ships loaded with 112,500 tons of WFP food – enough to feed nearly 1 million people for six months.WFP says that relief food deliveries by sea are essential. High commodity prices in EastAfrica have prompted WFP to purchase food in South Africa and the food agency plans to ship 220,000 tons of food by sea to Somalia between June and December, to reach a total of 2.4 million people per month by December.Experts fear that the number of people requiring food assistance later this year could reach 3.5 million people – nearly half the total population.Without urgent new contributions, WFP warned it will run out of food for Somalia in September. 12 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today to naval powers to help protect its food-delivery ships from pirate attacks, saying that as many as two million Somalis could go hungry without this protection. read more

Navy arrests 16 Indians in Kalpitiya


Tension prevails between the fishermen of the two countries who regularly cross into each other’s territorial waters.Local fishermen have alleged that Indian fishermen have clashed with them off the coast of Sri Lanka while Indian fishermen have charged that the Sri Lankan navy has attacked them. These allegations were vehemently denied from both sides. The navy arrested 16 Indian in the Kalpitiya seas this morning, a Navy official said.According to the Navy, the Indians had entered Sri Lankan waters in three boats to catch fish. The clash had occurred when Indian fishermen were seen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, along the International Maritime Boundary. Just last month fishermen from India and Sri Lanka clashed off the seas of Mannar. read more

Grads career splits the fairway


Chris Armstrong (BSM ’05)Christopher Armstrong (BSM ’05) has quickly climbed his way up the sport management leaderboard.Since graduating in 2005, Armstrong has been involved in every aspect of Canadian golf. Shortly after studying commerce at McGill University and sport management at Brock University, Armstrong joined IMG — one of the world’s leading sports marketing and management companies. As vice-president for IMG Golf, he assisted in the redevelopment of its Canadian athlete representation business and managed the day-to-day marketing business for many of the country’s most prominent golfers, including Stephen Ames, Anthony Kim and Morgan Pressel. He has recently taken on the leadership position of vice-president and director of Wasserman Media Group Canadian Practice, continuing his career in the sport marketing and management field as he builds a multi-sports practice for Wasserman in Canada.In 2009, Armstrong was the youngest person on the National Post‘s list of Canada’s top 25 most influential people in Canadian golf. In 2010, Armstrong made the Globe and Mail’s Sports Power 50 list. And most recently, Armstrong was honoured as Brock University’s 2010 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.While studying at Brock, Armstrong was as a teaching assistant in the Sport and Law course and worked at the Centre for Sport and Law in St. Catharines, preparing factual arguments in Olympic team selection arbitration cases, as well as a number of independent studies in collective bargaining, negotiation and intellectual property rights. Working collaboratively with Hilary Findlay, Armstrong worked on several academic articles that remain under review for publication.Armstrong credits Brock’s entire sport management faculty in influencing him “in one way or another,” but especially professors Findlay and Craig Hyatt. “They both took a particular interest in my career pursuits,” he said. “And they’ve continued to be great supporters.”Armstrong enjoys the path his career has taken him, and especially appreciates the variety of his day-to-day experiences and the personal relationships he’s built along the way.  But the most difficult challenge, he said is a busy travel schedule that sometimes makes it difficult to maintain a proper balance in life.In addition to his demanding leadership role with Wasserman Media Group, Armstrong sits on the board of the Stephen Ames Foundation — an organization benefiting children in both Trinidad and Tobago and Canada — and tries to stay involved with local community initiatives. Armstrong frequently visits Brock to speak with students in sport management classes. And to top it off, he’s getting married this September.A few questions with Chris:Why did you choose Brock University for your post-secondary education?After studying commerce at McGill and being around the hockey program there, it became clear to me that I wanted to continue a career in sport. I believed Brock to be the best place to get that education.What was your most memorable experience at Brock University?I was chosen to host Richard Pound when he came to give a lecture at the University.  The opportunity to spend the day with such an accomplished person, not only in Canadian but international sport, was a great opportunity that I will never forget.Who do you admire?Anyone who has gone after his or her dreams.Where did you go on your last vacation? Maui, Hawaii.What was the last good movie you saw?The Lincoln Lawyer.What was the last good book you read?Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.Do you have any advice for fellow Brock alumni?Once you decide you know what you want to do and what makes you happy, pursue it, don’t look back, and be good to people along the way. read more

Obama invokes rarely used law to void Chinese purchase of US wind


Obama invokes rarely used law to void Chinese purchase of US wind farms, cites security risks WASHINGTON – Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.It was the first time in 22 years that a U.S. president has blocked such a foreign business deal.Obama’s decision was likely to be another irritant in the increasingly tense economic relationship between the U.S. and China. It also comes against an election-year backdrop of intense criticism from Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, who accuses Obama of not being tough enough with China.In his decision, Obama ordered Ralls Corp., a company owned by Chinese nationals, to divest its interest in the wind farms it purchased earlier this year near the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility in Boardman, Ore.The case reached the president’s desk after the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, known as CFIUS, determined there was no way to address the national security risks posed by the Chinese company’s purchases. Only the president has final authority to prohibit a transaction.The administration would not say what risks the wind farm purchases presented. The Treasury Department said CFIUS made its recommendation to Obama after receiving an analysis of the potential threats from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.The military has acknowledged that it used the Oregon Naval facility to test unmanned drones and the EA-18G “Growler.” The electronic warfare aircraft accompanies U.S. fighter bombers on missions and protectively jams enemy radar, destroying them with missiles along the way.At the Oregon site, the planes fly as low as 200 feet and nearly 300 miles per hour.The last time a president used the law to block a transaction was 1990, when President George H.W. Bush voided the sale of Mamco Manufacturing to a Chinese agency.In 2006, President George W. Bush approved a CFIUS case involving the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.The Treasury Department said in a statement that Obama’s decision is specific to this transaction and does not set a precedent for other foreign direct investment in the U.S. by China or any other country.China’s trade advantage over the U.S. has emerged as a key issue in the final weeks of the presidential campaign. Romney accuses Obama of failing to stand up to Beijing, while the president criticizes the GOP nominee for investing part of his personal fortune in China and outsourcing jobs there while he ran the private equity firm Bain Capital.Both campaigns are running ads on China in battleground states, especially Ohio, where workers in the manufacturing industry have been hard-hit by outsourcing.Obama, in an interview Wednesday with The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, said the U.S. must push hard against Beijing but “not go out of our way to embarrass” China.“We’re not interested in triggering an all-out trade war that would damage both economies,” Obama said.The president has the power to void foreign transactions under the Defence Production Act. It authorizes the president to suspend or prohibit certain acquisitions of U.S. businesses if there is credible evidence that the foreign purchaser might take action that threatens to impair national security.CFIUS is chaired by the treasury secretary. The secretaries of state, defence, commerce, energy and homeland security are also on the committee. The director of national intelligence is a non-voting member.Earlier this month, Ralls sued the national security panel, alleging CFIUS exceeded its authority when it ordered the company to cease operations and withdraw from the wind-farm developments it bought. Ralls asked for a restraining order and a preliminary injunction to allow construction at the wind farms to continue. The firm said it would lose the chance for a $25 million investment tax if the farms were not operable by Dec. 31.In a statement Friday, Tim Kia, a lawyer for Ralls, said the project posed no national security threat and said “the President’s order is without justification, as scores of other wind turbines already operate in the area.”Ralls dropped its request for a preliminary injunction this week after CFIUS allowed the firm to resume some pre-construction work. With the lawsuit, continuing, the firm’s lawyers were expected to react quickly to the administration decision, said a person familiar with the lawsuit who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitive legal repercussions.Ralls’ legal team includes Paul Clement and Viet Dinh, two top law veterans of President George W. Bush’s administration. Both men were key players in Bush’s aggressive national security operation.Clement, who was solicitor-general and argued administration positions before the Supreme Court, has since opposed the Obama administration’s health care plan and defended the Defence of Marriage Act before the top court.Dinh, a former assistant attorney general who was the main architect of the Bush administration’s anti-terror USA Patriot Act, has lately served as a director and legal adviser to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.A second Chinese firm stymied by CFIUS urged U.S. authorizes this week to investigate their firm to quell fears of ties to China’s military. Huawei Technologies Ltd. announced in early September that it would unwind its purchase of U.S.-based computer firm 3Leaf Systems after the deal was rejected by CFIUS.Huawei, one of the world’s largest producers of computer network switching gear, has repeatedly struggled to convince U.S. authorities that they can be trusted to oversee sensitive technology sometimes used in national security work. In 2008, CFIUS concerns led Huawei and private equity firm Bain Capital to abandon an $2.2 billion deal to buy a firm that produces anti-hacking software for the U.S. military___Associated Press writers Stephen Braun and Ted Bridis contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC by News Staff Posted Sep 28, 2012 6:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Man City beats Watford 21 moves 5 points clear in EPL


WATFORD, England — Manchester City held off a late fightback from Watford to claim a 2-1 victory that moved the defending champion five points clear in the Premier League on Tuesday.Leroy Sane showed improvisation by using his chest to score City’s opening goal in the 40th minute. Riyad Mahrez, who swung in the cross for that goal, added a second for Pep Guardiola’s side in the 51st minute.Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled the ball over the line with five minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish for City, which held firm to secure a seventh straight league win. It puts the pressure back on second-place Liverpool, which travels to Burnley on Wednesday.City’s match at Vicarage Road was its second of 13 in the space of just 44 days, and Guardiola made six changes from the team that won against Bournemouth on Saturday. Top scorer Raheem Sterling dropped to the bench.The changes in personnel had little effect on Guardiola’s well-oiled machine, and only the brilliance of Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster ensured City didn’t head into the interval with more than a one-goal advantage.Foster denied Sane after 11 minutes after the winger intercepted a stray pass from Roberto Pereyra and charged down on goal. The goalkeeper then produced a triple save, first from Mahrez, then Bernardo Silva’s effort, before kicking the ball from the feet of David Silva.Foster then had to be on alert again to prevent Gabriel Jesus from beating him at his near post.Sane made the breakthrough when Mahrez whipped the ball in from City’s right-hand side and his fellow winger leapt the air to divert it through the legs of Foster and into the back of the net.City has won all 18 of its games this season in which it has led at halftime, and Mahrez looked to have made sure of the three points when he delivered a cool finish at the far post after a driven cross from Gabriel Jesus.The visitors were in complete control, with “oles” ringing out from the away section of the crowd on the hour mark.Watford finished well, though, and Doucoure tested goalkeeper Ederson with 15 minutes remaining before scoring his goal. Ederson saved at the feet of Andre Gray following a cross from Gerard Deulofeu, but Doucoure was on hand to get the ball over the line.City faces Chelsea next on Saturday.___More AP English soccer:https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague andhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State faces toughest challenge to date against No 5


Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate finishes a dunk in the first half against Appalachian State on Dec. 16, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerSince playing Michigan on Dec. 4, Ohio State (10-3, 2-0 Big Ten) has dominated three straight nonconference opponents, scoring at least 80 points and allowing no more than 67 points in any game. The Buckeyes will not find their next matchup quite as easy. They travel to New Orleans to play No. 5 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Here is a rundown of what to expect out of that game.Projected StartersUNC:G — Joel Berry II — Senior, 6-foot, 195 lbs., 17.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, G — Kenny Williams — Junior, 6-foot-4, 185 lbs., 13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apgG/F — Theo Pinson — Senior, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.7 apgF — Garrison Brooks — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 215 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Luke Maye — Junior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.3 apgOhio State:G — Musa Jallow — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 200 lbs., 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apgG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting UNCOhio State has played a ranked opponent only once this season, and it was an 86-59 loss to now-No. 12 Gonzaga. The team it faces Saturday might be even better than that Bulldog squad. According to Kenpom.com, North Carolina is the No. 11 team in the nation, one spot ahead of Gonzaga. The Tar Heels have handled a few quality teams to this point, beating Stanford 96-72, Michigan 86-71 and No. 21 Tennessee 78-73. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said in watching the film of those wins, it is clear North Carolina is a team that should be making a return trip to the Final Four in 2018.“There’s a reason they’re the No. 5 team in the country,” Holtmann said Thursday. “We’ve watched them play both home and away, they were up on Michigan by 30 with 10 minutes to go. They just can be really, really explosive. Obviously they have a terrific win at Tennessee. Every time you’re watching them play, you’re trying to evaluate things.”But while North Carolina has several big wins on its resume, it also has several standout losses. In its first real test of the season, it was beat down by now-No. 2 Michigan State 63-45, and lost to Wofford 79-75 Wednesday night. The Tar Heels tend to be one of the more dominant teams in the nation across the board, ranking as both a top-20 team by KenPom in both adjusted offensive efficiency (No. 14) and adjusted defensive efficiency (No. 19). But there is one area that could bode well for the Buckeyes. When Ohio State struggles, it is because it gets into turnover trouble. According to KenPom, Ohio State ranks No. 173 in offensive turnover rate. But the Tar Heels have not been a team to force many turnovers this season, ranking only 267th in defensive turnover rate. In North Carolina’s loss to Wofford, it forced just 10 turnovers and scored eight points off those turnovers. But that is one of the only matchups that looks favorable for the Buckeyes. The Tar Heels typically run a zone defense, a scheme that has caused Ohio State fits offensively all season.The Buckeyes also have not dealt with up-tempo teams well. The three teams that have beaten Ohio State — Gonzaga, Butler and Clemson — average just 16.8 seconds per offensive possession this season. The three Power Five teams Ohio State has beaten — Wisconsin, Michigan and Stanford — average 18.2 seconds per offensive possession. The Tar Heels are the seventh-fastest team in the nation on offense, taking just 14.4 seconds on every offensive possession. Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate said the team has spent extensive time at practice this week working on transition defense in anticipation for North Carolina’s faster offense.“The way they get the ball up the court so fast even on made-baskets, going to be key trying to make them play in the half-court is basically what we’re going to have to try to do,” Tate said.How will UNC rebound from its loss to Wofford?Both Ohio State and North Carolina wrapped up relatively easy nonconference stretches of their schedules before the upcoming trip to New Orleans. But unlike Ohio State, North Carolina could not handle its business against Wofford, losing 79-75.Wofford shot 43.8 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc overall, but was exceptional in the second half. The Terriers shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field, while also maintaining a 40 percent 3-point success rate with 6-of-15 makes. The Tar Heels, by comparison, shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range during the game. North Carolina, not known to be a 3-point shooting team, fell behind to Wofford and tried to make it all back up in bulk, but went just 5-for-16 from beyond the arc in the second half.The loss to a 25-point underdog could do one or two things to a team: it could serve as sufficient motivation to play as hard as possible the next time out or it could drag down morale. Holtmann and the Buckeyes are preparing for the former, reflecting on how the Tar Heels responded to its first loss of the season to Michigan State.“After they came back from getting beat by Michigan State, they were phenomenal against Michigan and it was incredible. Like I said, up 30 midway through the second half. I think any time you have a veteran team, that’s typically what happens,” Holtmann said. “You look at it, you say, ‘Absolutely, I’m pretty confident that we’re going to get their very best.’”Prediction:UNC wins 76-68 read more

Opposition lauds PSC for taking up Finance Minister on drugs economy


Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoLeader of the Political Opposition Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has called out the Finance Minister Winston Jordan over his most recent remarks where he said the economy during the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) tenure was heavily based on proceeds of the drug trade.Jagdeo, during a press briefing on Wednesday, also thanked the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for taking up the Minister on his comments, knowing the damage that such remarks could have on investors confidence, particularly where collaborations are concerned.Dubbing Jordan’s remarks as just another excuse for Government’s poor performance, the Opposition Leader said that it was expected, especially since it is the political season that leads to the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).But the former President noted that the Minister’s statement is baseless as he questioned why has the government not been able to charge a single a single money launderer for drug trafficking or illegal proceeds?On the other hand, he said that while the State Assets and Recovery Agency (SARA) is mandated to go after money launderers and other white collar criminals, they have not managed to do so.Instead, Jagdeo, referring to himself and his former Cabinet Ministers, said they are being directed to go after the political opposition.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe PSC said recently it has taken note of the statement by Minister Jordan on the impact of the proceeds of drugs on the economy.The Private Sector body said in an effort to understand the “empirical evidence” relied upon by the Minister, the Commission said it has sought to obtain a briefing by the Minister and, to that end, they have dispatched a letter to the Minister seeking an audience with him.In the letter that was made public to the media, the PSC said it would be “grateful to be briefed by you on the assertions made that the economy pre May 2015 was heavily based on proceeds of the drug trade and that the current economy post May 2015 is no longer affected by such proceeds.”Moreover, the Commission said “as businesses it is important for us to understand the underlying structure of the economy and the various elements that contribute or inhibit its growth.”Outlining that it was awaiting a response, the PSC in its letter to the subject Minister posited that “we look forward to such a brief so that we could better understand the empirical evidence supporting your assertions.”In response to this, Jagdeo said he was pleased the that the PSC is seeking such information, even though he is of the firm view that the Minister would not be able to give such an explanation because he has no such evidence.“The buoyancy of the economy had to do with several things, a growing set of economic activities, a growing tax base, larger deposits and more people borrowing and investing. All of that led to the buoyancy we saw. The conserve ills we are seeing now…bad loans, new no investments,” Jagdeo said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics”Cocaine trafficking: Jagdeo calls on Gov’t to launch investigation into Minister’s brotherMay 16, 2018In “latest news””Drugs economy”: Jordan fails to provide evidence to substantiate remarksOctober 31, 2018In “Business” read more

Gemcom releases latest generation of mine production management solution – Gemcom InSite


first_imgGemcom Software International’s latest release of its award-winning Gemcom InSite mine production management solution, InSite 3, provides mining operations with the tools and real-time data needed to improve production throughput and management of mass and grade from the mine to final product, the company says. With InSite, mining operations are able to link production data, costs, and planned versus actual production. The result is greater efficiency, lower costs, and the ability to continuously improve performance of all processes, activities, and equipment.“The mining industry has increased its emphasis to improving bottom-line results by maximising the value of their production assets and by reacting with greater agility to changes in commodity prices and the economy. InSite provides them with the tools and data needed to achieve these goals,” said Allen Vaughn, Executive Vice president of Gemcom’s enterprise business unit. “Every operation is unique, with different deposits, equipment, staff, and mine and plant configurations. We work closely with our clients to understand their mining value chain to deliver a solution that is matched to their needs. Today, InSite is used throughout the world, supporting these diverse commodities.”Key InSite benefits include:* Management of production from the mine, trucking, plant, stockpiling, processing, to final product* Identifying production and equipment problems that may otherwise remain hidden* Monitoring of equipment performance to eliminate bottlenecks and control costs* Improved alignment between planned and actual production* A higher degree of confidence in production numbers and compliance of systems through auditing, traceability, and data integrity* Providing the catalyst for continuous improvement by empowering Plan-Do-Check-Act decision making.“Managing day-to-day operations requires tracking mass and grade throughout the operation and comparing this with planned production. It also necessitates equipment and operational issues to be readily identifiable so they can be dealt with quickly,” said Charlie Forrest, Product Manager for Gemcom InSite. “Our InSite solution enables this by providing mining operations with powerful real-time alerts and analysis of all aspects of their operation, including stockpiles, equipment performance, operational systems, and material balance. The result is planned and actual production can be reconciled more effectively and the operation continuously improved.”Detecting early-stage performance deterioration in systems and processes on a real-time basis is critical to minimising downtime and avoiding failures along the critical path. In mining operations, equipment failures can lead to significant downtime and delays. InSite provides the data required to anticipate these issues and enable follow up action to keep production on track.Establishing a clear and accurate view of what is happening at a mining operation begins with having a high degree of confidence in production data. InSite enables this through real-time integration of operational data and validation of material movements, activities, and surveys. This is further enhanced with a robust calculation engine that enables mass and grade changes to propagate to material movements and stockpiles, ensuring the most accurate view at all times. With mass and grade data that is fully auditable and traceable, data integrity and system compliance is assured.Centerra Gold’s Boroo mine, located in Mongolia, is home to one of the mining industry’s most innovative uses of mine production management technology. Boroo employs InSite as a sustainable solution that enables it to better leverage the data produced at the mining operation. “InSite manages our mine production from the pit, trucking, plant, stockpiling and heap leaching, all the way to final product. The ability to manage and analyse our stockpiles and equipment utilisation from crushed tonnes per hour to SAG mill utilisation provides timely, consolidated, and audited information to decision makers. InSite has improved our processes, taking them from days to hours,” said Alex Petermann, Chief Mining Engineer, Boroo Gold (Centerra Gold).last_img read more

GOCAD Mining Suite for mineral exploration and geotechnical hazard assessment


first_imgThe GOCAD Mining Suite is a mining-customised version of GOCAD designed by Mira for mineral exploration and geotechnical hazard assessment. It enables precise structural modelling, surface (wireframe) construction, stratigraphic and regular block modelling, and geostatistics. Add-on modules provide several 3D geological modelling environments, natural connections to geologically-constrained geophysical forward modelling and inversion, multi-disciplinary 3D exploration targeting, exploratory and geochemical data analysis, and geotechnical hazard estimation and monitoring.New in the 2009.3p3 version, the Potential Fields module has been expanded to provide a comprehensive suite of interpretation tools encapsulating QA/QC, data processing and filtering, through to workflows for 3D potential fields modelling and inversion. The new workflow for Fullagar Geophysics’ VPmg is focussed on geologically constrained inversion.It provides users with an efficient step by step interface for validating and updating 3D geological models using forward modelling and a variety of inversion techniques. Structural geology tools in the Sparse Module have a new extension, 3D Structural Fields Interpolator. This new extension models the geometric behavior of structural elements in 3D using point data. It provides first-pass interpretation of fold closures and plunge. It also supports bedding and foliation input data.In collaboration with ioGlobal, Mira Geoscience released the ioGAS Link, a seamless connection between GOCAD Mining Suite and ioGAS to deliver geochemical analysis in a spatial context. It allows exploration and geochemical data analysis to be part of a unified, multidisciplinary, and geospatial interpretation process.The Paradigm™ SKUA implicit modelling engine has been integrated. It runs efficient 3D geological modelling tools focusing on the data interpretation and complying with stratigraphic rules. It improves the productivity, quality and accuracy of structural and stratigraphic models.The automated workflow delivers accelerated modelling. Using SKUA in combination with the extensive wireframe editing and manipulation tools of GOCAD Mining Suite produces the first software platform to perform rapid implicit models for initial modelling, followed by refinement based upon a geologists interpretation.last_img read more

Facebook ne fermera pas ses portes


first_imgFacebook ne fermera pas ses portesDes rumeurs sur le web prédisent une fermeture de Facebook au mois de mars. Mais le réseau social a tenu à démentir ces informations et a réaffirmé sa volonté de poursuivre l’aventure.Plusieurs sites Internet, dont un groupe créé par les internautes sur Facebook lui-même, ont affirmé que Mark Zuckerberg, le co-fondateur du réseau social, ne supporteraient plus la pression : “Facebook est devenu hors de contrôle. Le stress lié à la gestion de cette société a ruiné ma vie. Je dois mettre un terme à toute cette folie”, aurait déclaré le jeune milliardaire en conférence de presse. Ainsi, les spéculations, reprises sur Weekly World News, ont misé sur une fermeture annoncée le 15 mars, indique Generation-NT.com. Les dirigeants du site ont tenu à infirmer cette folle rumeur et ont insisté sur leur désir de s’investir davantage dans la poursuite du projet du premier réseau social au monde : “Nous n’avons pas eu le mémo sur la fermeture, nous allons donc continuer de travailler comme toujours. Nous n’allons nulle part ; nous ne faisons que commencer.” Le site, qui compte près de 600 millions de profils utilisateurs, devrait entrer en bourse en 2012 selon plusieurs experts.Le 10 janvier 2011 à 11:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New Snakelike Bot to Probe Innards of Fukushima Reactor


first_imgStay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu It’s been more than six years since earthquakes and tsunamis ravaged the Fukushima reactors in Japan, but they are still causing problems, and containment is limping along. Part of the problem is that so much of the site is critically deadly to human beings. So scientists and roboticists are looking to alternatives.That’s where Toshiba’s new snake-bot comes in. It’s a 42 footer that’s built specifically to navigate the treacherous ruins of the reactor site. The bot is destined for the plant’s Unit 2 containment vessel where, according to the associated press, the extent of the damage is still unknown. Extreme radioactivity makes the area all but impassable, and even many bots and electronics can struggle with the extreme environment.Still, understanding just how bad the damage is will the next step in determining how to approach cleanup. Learning where the melted fuel is, how much of it is still there, and whether the situation is likely to get worse are all top priorities.Even so, the decommissioning process will take decades. Radiation like this is no joke. Fukushima could very well be a problem into the 2050s, and even that work can’t start until the extent of the damage is assessed.A different bot was sent to investigate the plant earlier this year, but it went kaput in short order. The radiation levels there are so extreme that a human being would die in a couple of seconds of exposure. To be clear, the radiation and melted fuel is totally contained and isn’t getting worse, but there’s been a lot of trouble in getting even the bots close enough to the melted fuel to do much of anything. Several parts of the reactor need to be cleaned and repaired so that the bots can examine the space beneath the original holding tank for the fuel — that’s where the super-heated metals that were once in the core likely fell.It’ll be slow-going, though. Even with the new snake-bot, the levels of radiation seen at Fukushima are unreal. Metal can melt, instruments fried, and the sensitive electronics of a camera, for instance, can’t take the punishment. Here’s hoping this second run works.It’s not currently known what strategy the company in charge of clean-up, TEPCO, would do if another round of robots fails. No human, even with the most robust radiation shielding science can bring to bear would be able to survive inside the reactor core. And if bots and electronics don’t work, that doesn’t leave a lot of other options on the table.The fact that the previous mission barely made it a fifth of the way to its target is also a fresh, grim memory. And, what’s worse, is that reactor 2, the one that everyone’s trying to study right now seems to be the most reasonable. Exploring the other two reactors, which also melted down, is going much, much slower. And that’s not even counting TEPCO’s ice wall failure — an extremely expensive plan to try to contain contaminated ground water to the reactor site — or the fact that at the end of this exploratory phase, TEPCO will still need to move and manage hundreds of tons of stupendously radioactive fuel. That’s just… an incredible ask. And progress is slow-going at best.Here’s hoping little Snakey makes it. That’s its name now. I decided. Fite me.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

You might get scammed if you use a voice assistant to call


first_img1:22 Share your voice Comment Now playing: Watch this: It might not be wise to ask your voice assistant for customer service numbers.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you ask your voice assistant to find and call a company’s customer service number, there’s a chance you’ll end up connecting with scammers instead. Voice assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant are being tricked into picking up fraudulent support phone numbers created by scammers, warned the Better Business Bureau on Friday. Con artists create fake numbers then bump them to the top of search results, according to the group. This could lead to Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant accidentally picking up a scam number when you do voice search. If you do call a phony customer service number, the BBB warned that the “representative” might ask for you to pay for something via wire transfer or prepaid debit card. They might even ask for remote access to your computer or tell you to visit an unfamiliar website, the group said.”We work hard to fight against spammers and protect people from scams. When these fake numbers are reported, we remove them,” a Google spokesperson said in an email. Google said that it designs its systems to prioritize authoritative sources and work to prevent scams from being surfaced, but the systems aren’t 100% perfect. When the company receives reports that scam phone numbers are being highlighted in its products, it’ll remove them, according to the spokesperson.To protect yourself, the BBB suggests looking up a customer service number based on a company’s contact information on your bill or in your email or directly from the company’s website. You can also check out CNET’s guide to avoiding online scams.Amazon declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.Originally published Aug. 21 at 12:07 p.m. PT.Update, at 12:52 p.m. PT: Adds responses from Google and Amazon.  1 Microsoft warns of Windows 10 vulnerabilities, scammers… Tags Smart Home Security Phones Mobilelast_img read more

WhatsApp working on linked accounts vacation and silent mode features


first_imgWhatsApp logo                       REUTERSWhatsApp is reportedly working out on three new features, including linking your account to Instagram, in order to improve its chat and notifications for its over 1.5 billion users.Apart from Linked Accounts, the two other features under development are: Vacation and Silent Mode, said WABetaInfo, a popular website that tracks WhatsApp, on Wednesday.”WhatsApp is working right now on a new feature that allows linking your account with external services.”The feature appears mainly developed for WhatsApp Business, but some references were found in the normal WhatsApp app too,” said the website.The Linked Accounts option will be located under your profile settings.”Currently, the first supported external service is Instagram. Tapping Instagram, after inserting your credentials, your WhatsApp account will be correctly linked to your Instagram profile,” it added.Currently, when you archive a chat, WhatsApp automatically unarchives it once a new message is received from that chat.With the Vacation Mode feature, archived chats won’t be unarchived if you have previously muted them.The option will be available in WhatsApp Settings and then Notifications.”The Vacation mode is also useful if you don’t want a specific chat in your Chats List: if you mute and archive it, you will never see it again, except if you view your Archived Chats,” the report said.The silent mode feature for Android allows to hide the app badge for muted chats.”Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups. The feature is already enabled by default,” the report added.last_img read more

Houston Symphony Soars With Aerialists And Acrobats This Weekend


first_img– / 5Above the stage of Jones Hall, a petite brunette is hanging from a sash of blue silk while performing jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts. Below her, the members of the Houston Symphony try to focus on their music as they rehearse for tonight’s concert. She’s one of the performers in this weekend’s Cirque de la Symphonie, which began right here in Houston.“Other conductors and other music directors from other symphonies would call Michael and say, ‘Okay, give me the lowdown here,’” says acrobat and choreographer Aloysia Gavre. When she was approached with the idea about ten years ago, she knew there was a market for the two art forms to come together. But it served another purpose: “To also help revive symphonic music and to really give classical and pops music a chance with a different generation,” Gavre explains.   The show spread like wildfire when the symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski pioneered it in 2006. “I’m very proud to say that what we gave birth to here in Houston has become a real phenomenon out there among orchestras,” Krajewski says.The group of eight aerialists and acrobats are back in Houston to premiere a new performance to movie soundtracks for Cirque Goes to the Movies at Jones Hall this weekend. 00:00 /01:11 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Signs of Movement on Marijuana Issue in Annapolis


first_imgMaryland could soon see a stronger marijuana decriminalization law. It seems well on the path to outright legalization (though perhaps not this session), if the tone of last week’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing on a slate of marijuana bills is any indication.Senate Bill 456 establishes medical necessity as an affirmative defense against a marijuana possession charge and requires the court to dismiss the charges under these circumstances. Senate Bill 517 extends decriminalization to all amounts of marijuana, and Senate Bill 531 creates a legal marketplace for marijuana in Maryland. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard all three bills simultaneously on March 4.Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), chair of Judicial Proceedings and sponsor of the two of the bills, scheduled these items ahead of the 14 others to be heard that day, providing ample time for those who came to testify in marked contrast to the scheduling of the criminal justice bills heard earlier this session.Sara Love, public policy director for the ACLU Maryland, was first to testify in support of the bills. She noted that in 70 percent of searches conducted by police with smelling marijuana as the probable cause, no drugs were found, suggesting that the claim is often a pretense for search and seizure. By extension, Love argued, laws criminalizing the use or possession of marijuana have become a pretext for otherwise unconstitutional searches that have racially disparate impacts, necessitating the reform of such laws.Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County) pushed Love on her claim, and asked, if in 30 percent of searches police did find drugs or worse, was it not worth preserving their ability to search. “We have a system in our society where police aren’t just allowed to go in [and search],” said Love. “Is it worth it if [police] search everybody’s houses if they find extra guns and drugs? No, because we have a system of justice. They have to have probable cause to believe that that person is breaking the law.”When Brochin continued asking if the search results indicated marijuana was a gateway to further illegal activity, Zirkin interrupted stating that Brochin’s teenage daughter, seated behind her father, was shaking her head in disagreement.The hearing room broke out in laughter, and a lightness of mood underscored the movement that has occurred on the issue of marijuana in Maryland. Though some senators expressed lingering skepticism about the growing body of research showing fewer deleterious effects of marijuana as compared to alcohol, no one forced that particular point.At one point, Sen. Bob Cassilly (R-Harford County) seemed interested in finding a way to address some of the social consequences marijuana laws have wrought on the state (labor issues related to drug convictions ), even if he would prefer the laws otherwise remain on the books.If opposition among the committee’s senators seemed tepid, support for the various measures from members of Judicial Proceedings was much more aggressive, with opposition testimony facing some strong headwinds.When Joseph Cassilly of the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office testified in opposition to legalization, Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County), sponsor of the legalization bill, asked whether alcohol was more addictive than marijuana.“Look at the scientific studies,” said Cassilly. “I’m not going to give you my personal opinion.”“All the studies that have been forwarded to us have [found] that [alcohol] is far more addictive. It’s not even close,” Raskin replied.After Chief David Morris, as a representative of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, asserted that for every study supporters produced to bolster their claims, opponents could produce a study showing the opposite, Zirkin pounced.“Sen. [Christopher] Shank and I were looking last year high and low for any evidence that decriminalization – not legalization, but decriminalization – had any of the ill-effects that the chiefs stated at their press conference last year,” said Zirkin. “We found none. I mean literally zero, in any state that when they moved from a criminal sanction to a civil sanction, that there was any of the ill-effects that you’ve said. We asked for the evidence last year and we got nothing. Over the interim, we’ve gotten nothing. And at this point in time, I’ve still got nothing.”Zirkin then suggested Morris provide whatever data he had available, but the message seemed clear – this debate is guided by data, and the data strongly leans in the direction of passing, at the minimum, a stronger decriminalization bill.There was no real indication legalization will become a reality this session, but the legislative landscape seems to be tilting in that direction, with strong support, at least in Judicial Proceedings, for further movement away from the criminalization that has been the historic approach towards marijuana in Maryland. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Johns Hopkins University Announces 25 Million Faculty Diversity Plan


first_imgJohns Hopkins University recently announced it is committing more than $25 million in new funding over the next five years toward recruiting and retaining diverse faculty members.The details of the faculty diversity plan were announced by Hopkins Provost Robert C. Lieberman and the deans of the university’s schools in a letter to the campus community. The initiative, the letter said, came out of the annual deans’ meeting last spring and was developed over the past year after intensive data trend analyses, consultation, comparison with peer institutions and other efforts.The initiative “will support our firm commitment to locate, attract, and retain the best and most talented faculty, representing a broad diversity of backgrounds, thought, and experiences,” the letter read. “Each academic division of the university will develop and execute a detailed plan, tailored to its specific academic discipline, to enhance faculty diversity and cultivate an environment that is inclusive of diverse scholars.”The diversity plan comprises five major components:-New search protocols for each department created with an eye to recruiting diverse talent. Search committee members will also receive unconscious bias training and diversity advocates will be included.-A fund that provides up to $100,000 per appointee to support the targeted recruitment of extraordinary minority and women scholars.-A new fund that supports visiting scholars for short or long stays, which may also prove as a means of recruiting diverse talent to the university.-A postdoctoral fellowship program will prepare designees for tenure-track faculty positions, particularly in fields where minorities and women are underrepresented.-A $50,000 annual award will be given by the provost’s office to a full-time Johns Hopkins faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.According to the university’s Diversity Leadership Council’s 2014-2015 report, faculty from underrepresented backgrounds comprise on average 2-3 percent of tenure-track professors.Johns Hopkins is among several universities—including Brown, Yale and Harvard—that recently announced multi-million-dollar diversity and inclusion initiatives following student protests nationwide.last_img read more

Want to better facilities for tourists Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury


first_imgWith a new dynamic tourism minister at the helm of affairs, West Bengal tourism is planning a big leap forward. The new tourism minister, Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, on Thursday launched a major campaign in Delhi setting a tone that he means serious business. In an exclusive interview with the Millennium Post, he has described many of his new plans for the future. Read on…It is commonly perceived that West Bengal is lagging behind in promoting tourism? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It is a fact that our state earlier had not given enough importance to tourism but after the new government took over under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, we have given a very special focus to tourism. We have the Sunderbans, Darjeeling, Deegha but enough initiative was not taken to promote such destinations. After I took over, I am focusing on improving the existing infrastructure so that we can offer better facilities to the tourists.   We are trying to do tie-ups with the industries as a whole like travel-agents, tour operators, other state governments, foreign governments and private players. Our budget allocation for tourism has also increased to Rs. 120 crores which is a big leap. We are also tied-up with Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd to provide helicopter service facilities to different parts of Bengal particularly with tourist destinations like Sunderbans, the hills and Deegha. We are also trying to create new infrastructure for some tourist destinations like Gajaldoba which is near Bagdogra Airport and Jharkhali in Sunderban. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat other infrastructure developments are you planning?Through public-private partnership, we are planning to create road-side facilities for the travellers like restrooms, canteens etc. With our existing 27 tourist lodges (out of which 11 have been leased out to private companies), we are planning to improve the quality and services by professionalized management and training. Our motto is to treat every tourist as an important guest of the state. We are focusing on both, high-end as well as the budget travellers. How about foreign travelers? At present, an average of 3000 foreign travellers  come to West Bengal and our position is 6th in all India basis but we are planning to increase it to 10,000 within next three years. A lot of big hotel chains are showing interest to set up more hotels in our state for which our government is going to extend all assistance.But what about the disturbances in the hills, Darjeeling area due to agitation?After our government took over, highest number of tourists arrived in the hills after a long gap and our CM is doing everything for the development of the hills. The livelihood of the local people is totally linked with tourism and we are hopeful that peace will remain there and more tourists will visit the hills.last_img read more