first_imgThe Will Rogers Institute (WRI) is proud to announce Jeff Bridges, star of upcoming science fiction film, The Giver, as its 2014 Summer Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson.Video: Will Rogers Institute Summer 2014 PSA Hosted by Jeff BridgesThe fundraising campaign, happening in movie theaters across the United States, is a time-honored tradition that began in 1936 and featured James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis in the first public service announcement.The Will Rogers Institute is happy to announce that several theater chains have already started participating in the 2014 campaign. Regal Entertainment Group is hosting Summer Movie Express that offers $1 family films at select locations with proceeds benefiting WRI. For tickets and show times, visit Theatres is supporting the campaign with their Shows for Support program. The program offers $3 tickets to see Hollywood’s biggest movies back on the big screen. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to charity, including WRI. For tickets and show times, visit Theaters is reaching out to their members and loyal customers through their alliance with Help reach their goal of raising $10,000 for WRI by making a donation at Tie Cinemas is offering a special combo at their concession stands. Patrons will receive free Twizzlers with the purchase of a large popcorn and large soft drink, and $1 from every sale is donated to the Will Rogers Institute Neonatal Program.Other theater chains joining the summer tradition are Brenden Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark USA, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Malco Theatres, National Amusements, and United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association, to name a few.The money raised from the 2014 Summer Fundraiser will benefit the Will Rogers Neonatal Infant Program. The program is dedicated to providing lifesaving equipment to hospitals nationwide, so little lives have a fighting chance to survive. For more information about the program, or to find out how your theater can participate, visit or call toll-free (888) 994-3863.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier suggests a rejection by the province’s energy regulator for Hydro One’s application to purchase the Orillia Power Distribution Corp. is a win for consumers that demonstrates the system is working.Hydro One had announced a deal to acquire the utility company for $41.3 million in 2016. The figure included the assumption of about $14.9 million in OPDC debt.In its decision, the OEB said it applied a “no harm test” to assess the deal and was not satisfied that the test requirement had been met.Hydro One had said the deal would result in a one per cent reduction in base delivery rates for Orillia Power’s customers in years one to five and rate increases of less than the inflation rate in years six to 10.The utility also said the consolidation would result in ongoing cost savings of approximately $3.9 million per year and reduced capital costs of about $600,000 per year.The OEB said, however, that while it agreed that the deal would “reasonably be expected to result in overall cost savings and operational efficiencies,” they might not necessarily translate to lower rates for customers in the long run.Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday that the decision shows how Ontario ratepayers are protected.“The OEB deemed that the Hydro One proposal was not going to save ratepayers any money and so it wouldn’t go forward,” she said.I think that demonstrates that the system works, that the Ontario Energy Board has a responsibility to make sure that decisions that are made are in the best interests of the people of the province. … I think that should give people confidence about the way the system works.”Wynne’s comments come a day after Ford said his first act as premier would be to fire CEO Mayo Schmidt and board of directors of the partially privatized utility.The newly minted Progressive Conservative leader said he would dump Schmidt because he presided over the dramatic increase of rates and earned a $6.2 million salary.Both Hydro One and the City of Orillia said late Thursday that they are reviewing the decision before determining their options.Negotiations between the city and Hydro One began in September 2015 and the deal was finalized the following August.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version dropped the word “million” in reference to OPDC’s debt.last_img read more

first_imgColombo: The St. Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo bore the brunt of a series of powerful blasts across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday with 74 deaths and a top priest saying pieces of flesh were thrown all over the walls, on the sanctuary and even outside the church. At least 215 people were killed and around 500 others injured when six near simultaneous and coordinated explosions rocked three churches, three luxury hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said. Two separate blasts took place in the afternoon, claiming five more lives, including that of three police personnel. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSri Lankan media reported that the Negombo Hospital has reported at least 74 deaths and received 113 injured worshippers from the Sebastian’s Church. Father Edmond Tillekeratne, social communications director for the Archdiocese of Colombo, spoke to CNN from St. Sebastian’s Church, one of the locations targeted. He said that the blast took place after Easter Mass, and that there were about 30 bodies lying in the area of the church. He said three priests had been celebrating the mass at the time of the blast. Two of them were badly injured by flying glass and debris, and one was only lightly injured because he was behind the altar. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe estimated that more than a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday “because it is a special day.” Many people came from villages, he said. He described the ground as covered in rubble and shattered glass. “You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls and on the sanctuary and even outside of the church,” he added. The church, built in 1946, is one of the many churches in Sri Lanka dedicated to St Sebastian who is considered a martyr in the Catholic Church history. At the St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, journalists saw bodies lying on the floor, some draped with scarves and clothes. Reports say said much of the church roof had been blown off in the explosion, with tiles, glass and splintered wood littering the floor — along with pools of blood. The Archbishop of Colombo has demanded that those responsible for the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka to be punished “mercilessly.” Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in a strong statement, urged the government to launch a “very impartial strong inquiry” and to punish those found responsible “mercilessly because only animals can behave like that.” All Easter mass in the Colombo District have been cancelled, the Cardinal announced. The Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, which was the site of one of the explosions, released a statement, saying it was one of the several locations in Colombo which were affected by this morning’s attacks. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the casualties and those who have been affected. “We are working closely with local authorities and emergency services to provide our fullest assistance and support to the affected staff and guests. “Our immediate priority is to look after the safety and wellbeing of all involved. A Shangri-La crisis management team has been activated to provide all necessary support. “As this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further at this stage. We will provide an update once more information is available,” the hotel said.last_img read more

At least 30 people have died in protests over the last month, as different ethnic groups have protested for statehood in the drafting of Nepal’s new constitution. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan pilgrims have been urged not to visit Lumbini until further notice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.The Foreign Ministry also said that all Sri Lankan nationals stranded in Lumbini have left safely. The Sri Lankans were stranded following protests in surrounding areas.

The star-studded event brought together 48 prominent personalities from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, literature and public affairs – who are known as UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace. They participated in workshops, shared information on the priorities of the UN system and discussed ways for lending greater impetus to the Millennium Development Goals.Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters, film star Ms. Jolie said that working with refugees as an Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had changed her life. She explained that she was attending the meeting to learn about the other parts of the UN and how best to work with the other UN Goodwill Ambassadors.For his part, actor Danny Glover, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said his decision to become involved with the agency was because of his keen interest in community development and how nations and communities used resources to further advance their particular objectives.Mechai Viravaidya, a senator from Thailand and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said he worked in Asia to convince governments there that the biggest AIDS problem would soon be in that continent and not in Africa. His role was to convince governments to stop denying the problem and instead, to make political and financial commitments to addressing HIV/AIDS.Introducing himself as “Moore,” “Roger Moore,” the British actor and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador said the role of a Goodwill Ambassador could be summarized by the two words: good and will. “What is ‘good’ about a Goodwill Ambassador,” he explained to assembled media, “is the good we try to do and one good thing is that you’re here to listen to us.” The “will” was the will to do something for the world, he added.Joining the others at the press conference was Belgian television personality Goedele Liekens, an Ambassador on behalf of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). She said she attended the meeting because it was important for Goodwill Ambassadors to learn how the UN works and important for her to know how to address UN-related topics to the public. During the event, Ms. Liekens said, she had learned much about the UN and would use her experience in Belgium to “tell the world to keep up this good work.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – A large tug boat was pulling a disabled Russian cargo ship along British Columbia’s coast, ending fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill.Lt. Paul Pendergast of the Canadian Forces’ Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the Barbara Foss arrived Saturday evening and the tow of the Simushir was going well.Pendergast said authorities will wait until the Simushir is comfortably north of Haida Gwaii before they make a decision on where it will be towed. Prince Rupert is the nearest container ship port, 93 nautical miles away.The Simushir lost power late Thursday off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it made its way from Everett in Washington state to Russia.The Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid earlier towed the disabled ship away from shore, but a towline got detached and the ship was adrift again for six hours Saturday.The 10 crew members were trying to repair the broken oil heater that has left the vessel disabled, Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said.The fear of oil spills is especially acute in British Columbia, where residents remember the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. Such worries have fed fierce opposition — particularly from environmentalists and Canada’s native tribes — to a proposal to build a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to a terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, for shipment to Asia. Opponents say the proposed pipeline would bring about 220 large oil tankers a year to the province’s coast.The president of the Council of the Haida Nation warned Friday that a storm coming into the area was expected to push the ship onto the rocky shore, but President Pete Lantin later said their worst fears had subsided.“If the weather picks up it could compromise that, but as of right now there is a little sense of relief that we might have averted catastrophe here,” Lantin said.About 5,000 people live on the islands and fish for food nearby, Lantin said.The Simushir, which is about 440 feet (135 metres) long, was carrying a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals. That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the tanker Exxon Valdez, spilled 35,000 metric tons of oil.A spokesman for Russian shipping firm SASCO, the owners of the vessel, said it is carrying 298 containers of mining equipmentin addition to heavy bunker fuel as well as diesel oil for the voyage.The U.S. Coast Guard had a helicopter on standby in the event that the crew members need to be pulled off the ship. Officials said the injured captain was evacuated by helicopter, but they were given no further medical details.The Simushir is registered in Kholmsk, Russia, and owned by SASCO, also known as Sakhalin Shipping Company, according to the company’s website. The SASCO website says the ship was built in the Netherlands in 1998. by Rudy Kelly, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 10:32 pm MDT Russian container ship towed away from Canadian coast after drifting again in rough seas read more

His call for a cessation of violence came with emphasis “particularly on the rebels” and he stressed the need for the trilateral contact group to reconvene to work towards a sustainable ceasefire and implementation of the Accords – an agreement signed under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to halt fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine –prioritizing protection of civilians and reaching those in need.“Over 5,000 lives have already been lost in this conflict,” said Mr. Feltman.“We must find a way to stop it and must do so now.”Full political commitment to a lasting solution was needed at the highest levels, he said, recognising the difficulties associated with diplomatic discussions for a peaceful resolution given entrenched positions.“Nonetheless, efforts to find a political solution must urgently be redoubled,” he said.Mr. Feltman’s briefing came five days after his previous one and follows a period in which close to 50 civilians were killed and nearly 150 were seriously wounded.At least 12 died when their trolleybus was hit by rockets in Donetsk, another 10 died on the same day in Horlivka, while a “barrage of attacks” by multi-launch rocket systems hit the city of Mariupol causing dozens of deaths.“The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported, based on crater analysis, that the rockets originated from the territory controlled by the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic,’” Mr. Feltman said, adding that Mariupol lay outside the immediate conflict zone and that therefore the rockets deliberately targeted a civilian population, constituting a violation of international humanitarian law.“We must all send an unequivocal message: the perpetrators must be held accountable and brought to justice,” he said.Noting that the leader of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ had announced a boycott of further consultations with the Trilateral Contact Group, a unilateral withdrawal from the ceasefire and had threatened to seize further territory, he recalled the Secretary-General’s statement of 24 January, which said such a move constituted violation of their commitment to the Minsk Accords and called on the rebels to immediately cease their provocative and violent actions, to abide by international law and to make good on their commitments.“We also urge the leadership of the Russian Federation to use their influence to call on the rebels to cease hostilities immediately,” he said. “This will be a critical step in stopping the bloodshed.”He noted the Ukrainian leadership’s vocal commitment to the Minsk accords and assertions that they remained in a defensive position, while also noting the recent emergency measures adopted by the National Security and Defence Council, particularly those relating to ‘strengthening counter-terrorism measures’ and appealed for the application of maximum restraint.Mr. Feltman stressed the importance of guaranteeing humanitarian workers and goods full and unhindered access to those in need, urging the Government of Ukraine to ensure humanitarian operations were free from taxation.“Bureaucratic hurdles on both sides of the conflict line are impeding humanitarian access and must be eased,” he said. read more

Till now, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been supporting the authorities in the so-called “hotspots” on the Greek islands, where refugees and migrants were received, assisted, and registered. Under the EU-Turkey deal, which came into effect this past Sunday, these sites have now become detention facilities, and all new “irregular” migrants crossing from Turkey into Greek islands will be returned to Turkey.UNHCR has a policy on opposing mandatory detention. Accordingly, it has suspended some of activities at all closed centres on the islands, including provision of transport to and from these sites.“UNHCR is not a party to the EU-Turkey deal, nor will we be involved in returns or detention,” the agency said in a press release. “We will continue to assist the Greek authorities to develop an adequate reception capacity.” UNHCR’s new role in Greece Going forward, UNHCR will focus on protection monitoring to ensure that refugee and human rights standards are upheld, and provide information on the rights and procedures to seek asylum.UNHCR staff are identifying people with specific needs and will continue to be present at the shoreline and sea port to provide life-saving assistance, including transport to hospitals where needed. They are counselling new arrivals on asylum in Greece, including on family reunification and on access to services.UNHCR expressed concern that the EU-Turkey deal is being implemented before the required safeguards are in place in Greece, noting that Greece does not have sufficient capacity on the islands for assessing asylum claims, nor the proper conditions to accommodate people decently and safely pending an examination of their cases.The Greek authorities have already separated an estimated 8,000 refugees and migrants who had arrived on the islands before 20 March from people arriving after that date and therefore will be subject to the new return policy.Uncertainty is making the new arrivals nervous, the agency said. Many still hope that the border will open. Many have run out of money.There is also an urgent need for information. The Greek police have been distributing leaflets in Arabic and Persian informing people that the border is closed and advising them to go to camps where better conditions are provided. But the capacity of nearby camps has been reached, and more camps need to be opened including for candidates for relocation. read more

Ohio State freshman forward Samantha Bouley skates toward the puck against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 21. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s hockey team split a two-game series with No. 4 Minnesota (17-5-3, 12-4-3) in Minneapolis this weekend, losing the first game 2-1 and tying the second 1-1,  ending in a 2-1 shootout victory. Saturday’s game marked the first time OSU has earned points against the Golden Gophers since Jan. 11, 2015. The Buckeyes moved to 11-12-3 overall and 5-12-3 in conference.On Friday night, Ohio State had a 1-0 lead through the first two periods. After a scoreless first period, junior forward Julianna Iafallo scored the first goal of the game off an assist from sophomore forward Maddy Field to put Ohio State up 1-0 in the second. Minnesota was kept out of the net for the remainder of the second period thanks to 18 saves from Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve.The Scarlet and Gray got off on the wrong foot in the third period with a penalty to put Minnesota on the power play. At 10:48 on the game clock, the Gophers scored their first goal of the game to tie things up 1-1. Shortly after, Minnesota scored again at 16:23 to take the 2-1 lead. The Gophers held off the Buckeyes for the remaining minutes and won 2-1. Sauve had 31 saves against Minnesota but the OSU offense had only eight shots on goal the entire game.On Saturday, the game started out in a similar fashion with another scoreless first period. At 9:38 in the second, Minnesota scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead. The two teams had a combined seven penalties in the first two periods. At 1:27 in the third period, OSU senior forward Katie Matheny scored off an assist from Field to tie the game 1-1. Sauve defended the Minnesota attack perfectly for the rest of the period and the two teams went into overtime at Ridder Arena. The Buckeye goaltender had 26 saves through regulation.Through five minutes of overtime, the teams remained scoreless and went to a shootout. Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein shot first and scored for the Gophers, but junior defenseman Dani Sadek responded with a goal of her own. The teams went through seven shooters until Iafallo got one past the Gopher goalie to secure the Buckeye win, 2-1. Due to NCAA rules, all shootout wins are recorded as ties in the record book.Minnesota, the best power play team in the NCAA, had seven power play opportunities this weekend, all of which were killed by the Buckeyes. OSU went 0-3-1 against the top-ranked Golden Gophers this season which is an improvement from last year’s 0-4-0.Next up, the Scarlet and Gray will travel to Duluth, Minnesota, for a two-game series against conference opponent No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth. read more

first_imgThe link between vitamin D and early ADHD symptoms has not been looked at before.Co-authors medical students Jens Bull Aaby and Mats Mossin said: “We were surprised the link was so clear as there was no previous awareness that this could be identified at such an early age.“It’s impossible to say which children will develop ADHD later on, but it will be interesting to further follow up these children.”Previous studies have shown that  vitamin D plays an important role in the early development of the brain.Mr Aaby added: “We cannot say with certainty that vitamin D protects against early symptoms of ADHD. Our study only indicates that there is a link we cannot explain in any other way.” The link between vitamin D and early ADHD symptoms has not been looked at before The trend was clearProf Niels Bilenberg, of the University of Southern Denmark Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The link between vitamin D and early ADHD symptoms has not been looked at beforeCredit: Aliaksei Lasevich / Alamy Stock Photo Prof Niels Bilenberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, said: “The trend was clear. Those mothers who had taken vitamin D, and had a vitamin D level (25OHD) in their umbilical blood over 25 nmol/L, had children with lower ADHD scores.“For every 10 nmol/L increase in the vitamin D concentration in umbilical blood, the risk of a being among the 10 per cent highest score on the ADHD symptom scale fell by 11 per cent.”Prof Bilenberg added: “Other factors could explain the link, such as the mother’s age, smoking, alcohol, obesity, and so on.” Pregnant women who sunbathe are less likely to have children who suffer hyperactivity, a study suggests. Vitamin D, the “sunshine” vitamin, also found in foods such as oily fish and egg yolks, seems to protect against the disorder.In a Danish study, levels of vitamin D were measured in the women’s umbilical cords and the mothers completed a questionnaire on their child’s behaviour at two-and-a-half years old.Children born to mothers with higher levels of the nutrient during pregnancy had less chance of having a child with ADHD, the behavioural disorder.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Duckworth of consulting company Saint Barbara notes that “the issue of high-arsenic (high-As) copper concentrates has been highlighted recently with the start-up of a number of new projects producing this material.“Copper concentrates can be divided into clean or complex types,” he writes in the company’s latest newsletter. ”The main impurities (deleterious or penalty elements) in complex concentrates are Sb, As, Bi, Cd, Cl, F, Pb, Hg, U and Zn. Each element has a threshold level above which a smelter will charge a penalty in addition to treatment/refining charges (TC/RCs). There may also be an upper limit over which the smelter will reject the concentrate. Penalty charges exist to cover the extra costs incurred by the smelter in processing and safely storing contaminated (deleterious) materials.“In 2014/15, production of complex concentrate increased significantly and the volume of complex concentrates available on the market is expected to rise by 700% between 2013 and 2016. New mines, such as Toromocho in Peru (1% As) and Ministro Hales in Chile (4% As), are producing complex concentrates, while As content in concentrates produced at existing mines, including Marcapunta in Peru (8% As), Chelopech in Bulgaria (6% As) and Chuquicamata in Chile (1.2% As), has risen.“Around 30% of world copper concentrates output contains more than 0.1% or 1,000 ppm As. complex copper concentrates have an As content greater than 0.2% (2,000 ppm) with no upper limit, although China imposes a limit of 0.5% As (5,000 ppm) on imported base metal concentrates.“Many copper smelters able to process “dirty” or complex concentrates prior to the 1990s, have either stopped this practice or closed for environmental reasons. These smelters include La Oroya in Peru, San Luis de Potosi in Mexico, Tacoma in the USA, Rönnskär in Sweden, PASAR in the Philippines and Kosaka in Japan.“Currently only a few copper smelters – Tsumeb in Namibia (see map), Altonorte in Chile, Guixi in China and Horne in Canada – can process complex concentrates and Tsumeb is the only option for large volumes of very high-As concentrates, with >1% As. These smelters will charge a penalty to treat high-As concentrate, while Tsumeb charges higher TCs to treat complex concentrates.“In the past, Godfrey and Nicholas-Herreschoff roasters were often used to fume off the As in very high-grade com-plex concentrates to produce arsenic trioxide (As2O3) and calcined copper concentrate with a much reduced As content. Roasters were either located at the mine site or adjacent to a smelter. The only such roasters in operation to-day are those at Tsumeb.“Codelco has installed an Outotec Partial Roaster at its Ministro Hales mine to reduce the As content of the copper concentrates. The fluid bed partial roaster processes high-As copper concentrate to produce a calcine with a low As content and high-copper concentrate. The roaster complex has an integrated effluent plant which removes the As content from the process water. Effluent is treated using calcium arsenite precipitation.“Blending is the most common solution to the problem of treating high-As content in copper concentrates, where high-As concentrate is mixed with clean copper concentrate to dilute the As content to acceptable levels for smelters. As there are only four smelters worldwide which can treat high-As material, capacity is limited. Since 2014, the volume of high-As concentrate has exceeded treatment capacity in smelters.“During 2014, Codelco set up a strategic alliance with Ocean Partners to blend high-As copper concentrate from its Ministro Hales mine with clean third-party concentrate(s) bought in by both companies, at Ocean Partners’ concentrate blending facility in Taiwan. As the blended concentrate grades less than the Chinese custom cap of 0.5% As, it can be sold to Chinese smelters.“EcoMetales‘ Copper Flue Dust Treatment Plant (PTPA for its acronym in Spanish) and Arsenic and Antimony Abatement Process (PAAA for its acronym in Spanish), located near Calama in Chile, treat smelter flue dust, refinery effluent and other solid hazardous wastes from Codelco’s Chuquicamata, Potrerillos (Salvador) and Ventanas smelter and refinery complexes. These products may contain up to 30% Cu and deleterious levels of As (5-17%), bismuth and antimony. In the PTPA plant, dust is acid leached to produce copper pregnant leach solution which is pumped 7km to Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine, where it is used to produce copper cathodes. The leaching waste (with 7% Cu) is dried and conditioned before being sent to the Chuquicamata smelter for processing.“The PAAA plant treats copper-rich solution produced by the PTPA and leached waste from the PTPA, to recover copper, together with scorodite (FeAsO4·2H2O), the environmentally stable form of As. The scorodite is disposed of at a site 1km from the plant, which meets all environmental standards.“Several hydrometallurgical technologies — atmospheric leaching, bio-oxidation and pressure leaching — are available for processing high-As concentrates. Few have achieved commercial application.“One example is CESL high pressure oxidation technology, promoted by Teck Aurubis. A small industrial scale plant operated successfully from 2008 to 2010 for Vale in the Carajás region of Brazil. It is claimed that more than 99% of the As remains undissolved in the leach residue. The copper is dissolved and follows a conventional SX/EW route to cathode. Gold in the concentrate reports to the leach residue from which it can be extracted by cyanidation – with little or no dissolution of As. Silver could be treated similarly, although the quantity reporting to the leach residue is not determined.“In the short and medium term, the problem of high-As copper concentrates will be alleviated somewhat by Codelco’s roaster reaching full capacity, the decline in the As level in the Toromocho concentrate, new mine capacity coming on-stream producing clean concentrates and a possible expansion at Tsumeb.“In the long term, however, the trend towards the exploration of more difficult deposits will continue. Although these new projects will be delayed due to copper price decline, many of them will produce concentrates with elevated levels of As.“The problem of treating high-As concentrate is not going to go away and will be overcome by continued blending, use of existing technology and the development of new technology.last_img read more

first_imgVETERINARIANS SAY THEY are shocked about proposed regulations under the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2013 that would allow the docking – without anaesthetic – of the tails of puppies aged under four days.Vet Pete Wedderburn of Bray Vet told that he has seen the injuries caused by people docking their dogs’ tails, and that he can’t understand why the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney would allow such a practice to continue.He has been sharing his thoughts about the proposed legislation on his Facebook page.“It completely shocked me,” he said, pointing out that the legislation was carefully drafted and include wide consultation with a range of organisations.“The new animal health and welfare bill was instructed to keep everybody happy and to comply with international norms of behaviour towards animals,” he pointed out.Though the act mentions banning surgical treatments such as docking, the regulations mean docking would still be allowed.EuropeWedderburn said that there some people who absolutely believe in tail docking, but “they are mistaken in this belief in my view”. He said that the belief that tail docking prevents working dogs from getting injured “is not backed up by evidence”.Some people, said Wedderburn, simply prefer the look of dogs with docked tails, but docking does not necessarily have benefits for the dog’s health.He pointed out that tail docking is gradually being eradicated across Europe, and that the new regulations would mean that Ireland could not become the 23rd European state to ratify the Council of Europe’s European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. All of the animal welfare groups assumed the bill would be the opportunity for ireland to catch up – that is why everybody is shocked at the regulations.Tail docking is often carried out without pain relief and Wedderburn believes that the issue reflects the country’s urban-rural divide.“We vets never liked doing it because it was obvious the animals were suffering in pain when we did this,” he said. As a result, some vets approached the regulatory authorities on the issue, and Ireland’s Veterinary Council decided it was unethical for vets to do it.A vet who docks a dog’s tail is at risk being of struck off if they are reported. Wedderburn described it as “bizarre” that the regulations would allow members of the public to carry out tail docking.Just allowing the public to do it is just doubly bad. It’s just going to cause more suffering. I would regularly see animals who have tails badly docked suffering from injuries that need treatment.The Bray vet said that allowing tail docking “will really set back the case of animal welfare” in Ireland. For Wedderburn, it is a case of right and wrong, “it’s clearly wrong to dock puppies’ tails”.The vet acknowledges that some may see this as a small issue, but said it will have a wider impact on the country and its reputation abroad when it comes to animal welfare. “Ireland is already known as the puppy farm capital of Europe,” he pointed out.Wedderburn shared these photographs of a puppy recently brought into him after “a botched home-done tail docking”. Be warned that some of these photographs may be distressing to view.last_img read more

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Van Owens was tinkering with his fishing line on the Steamboat Landing dock when he paused to look at the Columbia River on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.“I’m so glad this dock is here,” said Owens of Washougal. “There’s all this water, and now I have somewhere to fish.”You’ll have to forgive Owens for not knowing the dock dates back to the early 1900s; he moved to Washougal three months ago.The Steamboat Landing dock has been closed since December 2017 while the city completely replaced it. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the observation deck at Steamboat Landing Park, 100 Washougal River Road, to officially open the replacement.“It served its useful life,” Rob Charles, city engineer in Washougal, said of the old dock. “It wasn’t structurally sound anymore. Everything is brand new.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State with responsibility for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson recently toured the ongoing work at the Fishing Hole Road bridge.Accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, and officials from the Ministry of Works, Minister Thompson got a firsthand view of the progress of the bridge, which is being constructed by All Bahamas Construction Company Limited (ABC).The tour of the work was led by All Bahamas Construction Company Project Manager Wolfgang Geiger.  Senator Thompson toured the buildings that will be the new Cultural Village; they toured the boat ramp and then moved to where the base of the bridge has been constructed.“We are satisfied with the progress that has been made on this bridge and we are working with the contractor to ensure that the project is completed in the shortest period of time,” he said.Senator Thompson urged members of the public to remember that the area surrounding the Fishing Hole Road is a construction site and therefore must use caution.  He noted that while touring the site he personally observed drivers passing at high speed.“The Ministry of Works, as well as the Grand Bahama Port Authority held a series of meetings about the work taking place on the bridge, and safety concerns was one of the primary issues addressed at the meetings,” said Senator Thompson.“There have been a number of additional measures that have been put in place to address those safety concerns.  Residents will be aware of additional signage and caution cones put in place to remind members of the public that this is indeed a construction zone.”Asked about the expected completion date of the project, he pointed out that once all of the concerns expressed by the contractor have been addressed, the date of completion could be early January 2018.Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works Iram Lewis noted that from the Ministry’s point of view, he wanted to ensure that all of the technical aspects of the project were being carried out effectively.“Working along with the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s technical department and the City of Freeport, we are satisfied that all of those technical requirements have been met,” said Mr. Lewis. “We are here on a regular basis carrying out inspections to ensure that all safety measures are being taken.“I am satisfied that at the end of the day we will have a good project that’s going to make a difference on this island.”Contractor for the Project, Wolfgang Geiger said he was pleased to have the government officials visit the site and assured members of the public that his company was doing all it could to ensure that the new bridge was completed as quickly as possible.The cost of the project is approximately $7 million dollars and Geiger is confident that they will stay on budget, even in the face of a few minor adjustments.“The Cultural Village, which was the first stage of the Project, is completed and the bridge itself, we have completed all of the pre-cast elements for the bridge and so what we’re doing now is assembling those pieces to make a complete bridge,” said Mr. Geiger.He said that the project presently has ten workers on site (because they’re in the assembly phase), but hopes to hire more as the project moves closer to completion.Story by: Andrew Coakley (BIS)BIS Photos/Vandyke HepburnHeader Photo – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (second from left), along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Hon, Iram Lewis (third from left) gets a rundown on the work being carried out on the construction of the new bridge at the Fishing Hole Road, by Project Manager, Wolfgang Geiger (second from right) of ABC Construction.1st insert – Members of the public are being urged to drive carefully while passing on the temporary road at the construction site of Fishing Hole Road bridge.2nd insert – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, along with Mr. Iram Lewis and officials from the Ministry of Works meet with members of the press following a tour of scope of works on the new bridge at Fishing Hole Road. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgA memorial service is set for Wednesday afternoon for former Woodland police chief and mayor James R. Graham, city officials said.The service is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Peterson’s Red Barn Event Center, 1605 Caples Road, just outside Woodland. A reception will follow the service.Officials are encouraging attendees to arrive early due to limited parking. Starting at 11 a.m., a shuttle bus service, compliments of Noah’s Ark Bus Co., will be provided from Davidson Avenue and Sixth Street to the event center. The shuttle service will make return trips after the service.The city will fly flags at half-staff Wednesday in Graham’s honor.Donations in Graham’s honor can be made to the Lions Club Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes, 3029 Sleater-Kinney Road N.E., Olympia, WA, 98506. Those interested can also send a card to Graham’s family via the city of Woodland, P.O. Box 9, Woodland, WA, 98674.last_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR A House-Senate conference committee convenes its first meeting Wednesday to negotiate a spending agreement to keep the government open past Feb. 15.Immigration is the most contentious issue – with President Donald Trump insisting on funding for a southern border wall – but other issues have surfaced, too.Democrats bristled at the suggestion by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Tuesday that the package include a provision raising the debt limit; the federal government is on track to run of borrowing power this summer.“Right now, my responsibility is dealing with Homeland Security, and I have not considered broadening the challenge,” House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said, according to CQ.But her Senate counterpart, Republican Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he is open to it.“If we package something that we’re going to have to face anyway and get something done — especially if we get the shutdown syndrome out of the way — let’s do it,” he said, CQ reported.last_img read more

first_imgBritain’s newest prime minister Boris Johnson(Photo: Reuters)Boris Johson has won the race to become the chief of the Conservative Party and will take the role of the UK’s Prime Minister. Johnson will take over from outgoing PM Theresa May, who failed to bring a Brexit deal to the table. Johnson has promised to lead the UK out of the European Union with or without a divorce deal. Johnson won 92,153 votes in the leadership election. His opponent Jeremy Hunt got 46,656 votes. As many as 159,320 members of the Conservative Party voted in the election.May will leave office on Wednesday after going to Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth, who will formally appoint Johnson before he enters Downing Street.The result is a spectacular victory for one of Britain’s most flamboyant politicians and places an avowed Brexit supporter in charge of the government for the first time since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in the shock 2016 referendum.But Johnson – known for his ambition, mop of blonde hair, flowery oratory and cursory command of policy detail – takes office at one of the most tumultuous junctures in post-World War Two British history.Divided KingdomThe 2016 Brexit referendum showed the United Kingdom divided about much more than the European Union, and has fuelled soul-searching about everything from regional secession and immigration to capitalism, the legacy of empire, and modern Britishness.Brexit, which has already toppled two Conservative prime ministers, will dominate.Johnson has pledged to negotiate a new Brexit divorce deal with the EU to secure before Oct. 31. But if the bloc refuses, as it insists it will, he has promised to leave anyway – “do or die” – on Halloween.It is a step that many investors and economists say would send shock waves through world markets and tip the world’s fifth-largest economy into recession or even chaos.A Brexit without a divorce deal would also weaken London’s position as the pre-eminent international financial centre while jolting the northern European economy.Johnson’s Conservatives have no majority in parliament and need the support of 10 lawmakers from Northern Ireland’s Brexit-backing Democratic Unionist Party to govern.Even then, the majority is wafer-thin – and some lawmakers have threatened to bring down the government, a step that would probably deepen Britain’s political crisis and lead to an election.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgUS President Donal Trump.AFPIn a contrasting stand against Iran, United States President Donald Trump has said that the US remains open to negotiate a comprehensive deal with Iran that blocks its nuclear-weapons programme.The development comes in just two days before the American sanctions on energy and shipping sectors start from Monday. The statement is completely opposite to the American hawkish policy against Iran in recent times.In a statement released on Friday, Trump said that “Our objective is to force the regime into a clear choice”. He further went on to add that “Either abandons its destructive behaviour or continue down the path toward economic disaster.”He condemned the Iranian government of ill practices of developing a nuclear weapon and said that the penalties were aimed at the Tehran government, “not at the long-suffering Iranian people.”He also said that “we reiterate today that the sale of food, medicine, medical devices, and agricultural commodities to Iran has long been, and remains, exempt from the sanctions.”The Iranian nuclear deal was one of the issues which Trump was raising during his Presidential campaign and had promised to scrap the deal he called “heavily in favour of Iran.”The US administration’s decision to back out of the 2015 nuclear agreement drew sharp reactions from Iran as well as the other countries that negotiated the deal. The other countries led by EU argued that it’s the best chance to constrain the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions. But the White House went ahead with canceling the nuclear deal and threatened the countries of economic sanctions if they continue to maintain economic ties with Iran. A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005 [Representational Image].ReutersTrump has followed an aggressive policy to deal with Iran ever since he has assumed office. The strategy is to punish Iran so severely that the county is forced to deliberate a permanent closure to its nuclear ambitions as well as what the US calls its “malign behavior” in the Middle East.”The United States remains open to reaching a new, more comprehensive deal with Iran that forever blocks its path to a nuclear weapon, addresses the entire range of its malign actions, and is worthy of the Iranian people,” the White House added.last_img read more

first_imgMuslim pilgrims take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil at the Jamarat Bridge in Mina, near Mecca, which marks the final major rite of the hajj on September 1, 2017. Saudi Arabia says it has deployed more than 100,000 security personnel to keep pilgrims safe this year. AFPIn stifling heat, a Saudi security guard sprayed Muslim pilgrims with water as they advanced through Mina for the final rite of the hajj, the “Stoning of the Devil” that has proved lethal in past years.Pilgrims gathered under the scorching sun in Mina on Friday for the final major ritual—the symbolic Stoning of the Devil—at the Jamarat Bridge, the scene of a stampede in 2015 that left 2,300 people dead.Saudi Arabia reported no major health or safety upsets at the Jamarat Bridge, as the Muslim faithful made their way through the last leg of the five-day pilgrimage.For many, the pilgrimage, which all Muslims must perform at least once if physically and financially able, has been a lifelong dream.Amin Hashkir, a 26-year-old from Casablanca in Morocco, travelled to western Saudi Arabia, home of the holiest sites in Islam, together with his sister and mother, who was unable to physically perform the stoning rite herself.“My father passed away in 2011, and we’ve been trying to make it here ever since to perform hajj for him,” Hashkir explained on a sidewalk in Mina, near Mecca. “It was what he felt was missing from his life.”Hashkir’s mother was also counting on her son to fulfil her dream of hajj. “My mother is sick, so I offered to throw the stones for her.”‘Different every year’The 2015 stampede was the deadliest disaster ever to strike the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. Hundreds more lives have been lost in several stampedes during the stoning ritual over the past 20 years.Saudi Arabia says it has deployed more than 100,000 security personnel to keep pilgrims safe this year.The state-run SPA news agency on Thursday reported more than 2.35 million people were participating in the hajj this year, including 1.75 million from outside the kingdom.Authorities said on Friday there had been no major health or safety upsets in Mina this year.Colonel Sami al-Shweirekh, head of outreach at Saudi Arabia’s General Security, hailed the “success” of the intensified security measures at a press conference.Hours earlier, huge crowds dotted with colourful umbrellas to shield pilgrims from the sun took part in the stoning rite under strict surveillance, with police tape guiding the flow of pilgrims, cameras everywhere and helicopters hovering overhead.“It’s different every year,” said Najat Malik, 45, a Sudanese Red Crescent employee who travelled from Khartoum for the hajj.“Some years there are less pilgrims because of fears and warnings of disease. But this year, I feel like there are a lot more people here.”Traditionally, seven pebbles are thrown at a post representing the devil, emulating the actions of the biblical prophet Abraham.Since 2004, it has been replaced by walls to accommodate the rising numbers of pilgrims.By Friday afternoon, temperatures had reached 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), with many suffering from dehydration or heat exhaustion.“Two pilgrims fainted right in front of me this morning,” said Almas Khattak, a Pakistani volunteer in Mina.At the bridge, an elderly woman had collapsed onto a stretcher as her relatives tried to revive her, splashing her face with water before calling for assistance.The shadow of the 2015 stampede still looms large over the ritual.Iran, which with 464 dead reported the largest number of victims in the disaster, did not send its pilgrims last year to the hajj in Saudi Arabia, as authorities in the two countries failed to agree on logistics.Iranian authorities say more than 86,000 Iranian pilgrims are taking part this year, each equipped with an identity bracelet in case of any accident.The stoning ritual, which lasts until Sunday, marks the first day of the Eid al-Adha feast, or the feast of sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son.The holiday is marked by the sacrifice of sheep instead by Muslim communities around the world.last_img read more