Families Celebrate Literacy

first_imgNova Scotia families who are working to boost their literacy skills through workshops, games and activities are being celebrated on Family Literacy Day, today, Jan. 27. East Hants MLA Margaret Miller, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, joined people who have benefitted from literacy programs at an event at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre in Elmsdale. “Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours reading to my kids and grandkids, and I know how important literacy is to success,” said Ms. Miller. “Today is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of literacy for the whole family, and celebrate people who’ve made lifelong learning their lifelong passion.” At the event, local authors Jayne Peters and Mindy George read some of their work, and Brittney Slade shared her inspiring story about returning to the classroom. As a young expectant mother who had been out of school for three years, Ms. Slade knew she wanted a better life for her family, but did not know where to start. She enrolled at the Mommy to Be program at the East Hants Community Learning Association to connect with other moms and learn some parenting tips. In the end, she got much more. “The people at the community center encouraged me to go back to school and get my GED, and I am so glad I listened,” said Ms. Slade. “In the beginning, I didn’t have a clue. The literacy coordinators made it so easy and now I have a plan to fulfill my dream of becoming a hairdresser.” Over the past year, 1,500 Nova Scotian families participated in 18 literacy programs supported by the government. The programs feature special theme workshops, information sessions and learning circles offered by community-based literacy organizations. At a Family Literacy Day event at the Antigonish Library, author Sheree Fitch will read some of her work and announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Family Writing Contest. Environment Minister Randy Delorey will also attend and speak. “Family Literacy programs provide engaging and creative ways to involve the whole family in learning,” said Cathy MacDonald, East Hants Community Learning Association. “When parents learn new skills, and share that with their children, it lays the foundation for learning to become a lifelong process for all involved. It’s really exciting and rewarding to help families start down that path.” The government will contribute $40,000 to the Read to Me! Program, which has created a new resource just in time for Family Literacy Day. Read to Me! celebrates family reading, and provides books and reading resources for every baby born in Nova Scotia. This month, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, a new resource for parents that lists 50 best books for babies will launch. Find more information about family literacy at www.gonssal.ca . Follow the links to General Public, Other Literacy Programs, Family Literacy.last_img read more

Apple tries Twitter thread format viral on Internet

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple has joined the latest viral Twitter trend that allows users to try out a light “choose-your-own adventure” style game. The @AppleTV account is helping users find a movie to watch by having them click through a series of Twitter threads. The game presents people with multiple answers to a query introduced through a unique poster, Tech Rapida reported on Friday. The first thread asked users a series of questions about international pop-star Beyonce and they had to click on the answers in an attempt to not get fired as Beyonce’s new assistant. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app At several points, the solutions showed completely different paths. The thread has gathered over 97,300 retweets and millions of likes so far. The concept for the thread was introduced by a Los Angeles-based 19-year-old scholar Landon Rivera, the report said. The engagement-boosting Twitter trend was also observed by celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Questlove. After the Beyonce game became a viral hit, the creator posted new threads about being rapper Cardi B’s bodyguard and getting away with murder.last_img read more

Toronto Raptors and their diverse team celebrated worldwide

first_imgTORONTO — The Toronto Raptors became Canada’s team even before winning the NBA Finals, but international news headlines on Friday suggested they are now celebrated as world champions.The team — which became the first NBA franchise outside the U.S. to clinch the title — is made up of players hailing from several countries including the U.S., Canada, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Spain.News outlets took note of that diverse roster after the Toronto team’s victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.“Globalization is the star of the NBA,” a headline on the Washington Post stated.“A global NBA now has a truly global champion” the Associated Press declared.Media outlets in some countries chose to highlight connections to homegrown heroes in their coverage.Cameroon celebrated Pascal Siakam, who didn’t begin playing basketball until he was in his late teens. He has morphed into a rising star in the league despite his late start in the game.“I didn’t think I could make it,” Siakam said after the game. “And I think a lot of kids don’t think that it’s possible. Just me being able to be here today and telling them that, ‘Hey, look at me, I was a little scrawny kid from Cameroon … but here I am, as a champion.”The Journal Du Cameroun championed the champion with its headline that read, “Pascal Siakam, first Cameroonian to win NBA.”In Spain, where Raptors big man Marc Gasol is from, the Catalan News blared the headline “Catalan brothers become first siblings to both win NBA crown,” a reference to Gasol and his brother Pau who won two championship titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. The pair were born in Barcelona.Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American born in California whose parents are Taiwanese, was front and centre for one Asian outlet.“Jeremy Lin becomes the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship as Raptors take game six,” blared the headline in the South China Morning Post.Lin is also huge in Toronto, which has a thriving Chinese and Taiwanese community. Sing Tao, a Toronto news site, went big on Lin, splashing photographs of the depth-player celebrating the championship with his mother.Meanwhile, team president Masai Ujiri, who was born in England and raised in Nigeria, was big news back home.“Ex-Nigerian basketball player becomes 1st African general manager to win NBA title,” one Nigerian headline said.Closer to Canada, Rockford, Ill., showed its pride in hometown hero Fred VanVleet by hosting its own version of the outdoor Jurassic Park fan zone that became wildly popular in Toronto. VanVleet returned the love.“Rockford, Rockford it’s for you baby!” declared the headline quoting the player in the Rockford Register Star.The diversity of the Raptors has also had an impact on fans, who’ve noted that the roster reflects the team’s home city.“I love this team because it represents Toronto and represents the future of this city, the incredible diversity of this city,” said Chris Zaleski, who was among thousands who gathered in downtown Toronto to take in the championship game. “I love it.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Will sue Kejriwal for maligning my image Hans Raj Hans over conversion

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjabi singer and BJP candidate from North West Delhi in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls Hans Raj Hans on Friday said he would file a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders for “maligning” his image. The AAP has accused Hans of converting to Islam in 2014 and claimed that he cannot contest the election from North West Delhi as the seat is reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. “I am used to speaking Urdu but that does not mean I am a Muslim. Does a Muslim speaking Hindi become a Hindu?,” Hans asked at a Press conference here. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn a tweet on Thursday, AAP supremo Kejriwal had claimed that Hans would finally be declared ineligible to contest the polls. Accusing the AAP chief of spreading fake news, Hans said, “I am deeply hurt. I have a passport in the name of Hans Raj Hans. I will file a defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.” Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said Kejriwal and his party were “losing credibility” by levelling baseless allegations on their opponents and then seeking apologies.last_img read more

UN urges Communist Party of NepalMaoist to cooperate on minors

23 November 2007The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal has voiced concern at growing reports that the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and associated organizations have coerced or forced persons who were under 18 years old at the time of their recruitment to return to cantonment sites of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after they had voluntarily left. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal has voiced concern at growing reports that the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and associated organizations have coerced or forced persons who were under 18 years old at the time of their recruitment to return to cantonment sites of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after they had voluntarily left.“Forcing or pressuring young people under 18 to return to cantonment sites violates the rights of children, as well as the commitment made by the CPN-M, and the Government of Nepal, in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to immediately release minors who had been associated with a fighting force, and to provide ‘necessary and proper cooperation’ for their rehabilitation and reintegration,” the Office said in a statement.In one of the cases documented by OHCHR-Nepal, two minors who left a cantonment site in Chitwan in May and returned to their homes in Makwanpur District were pursued by CPN-M cadres in order to force them to return, according to the statement.The UN and local non-governmental organizations intervened, and “the girls were not returned to the cantonment” but on 19 November, CPN-M cadres returned to the girls’ home and abducted one of them, while the other escaped.Police officers were unable or unwilling to prevent her abduction when informed by CPN-M cadres that she would be taken to the cantonment site in Chitwan for the verification process, which is due to start within one week.In other cases reported to OHCHR-Nepal, pressure on minors to return to cantonments has also coincided with verification exercises.The Office also voiced concern that CPN-M cadres have threatened human rights defenders and others working to reintegrate into society minors formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups.The Nepal Police have displayed “an unwillingness to compel the CPN-M to respect the law, despite OHCHR’s intervention with officers at the district and regional levels.”The CPN-M must abide by its peace agreement commitments, respect the rights of minors who have voluntarily started the reintegration process and not force them to return to cantonments, said the Office’s Nepal Representative, Richard Bennett.“The CPN-M must also speed up the process of formally releasing all minors still inside the cantonments so they can return to their families and civilian life,” he added. “It is also essential that the Nepal Police fulfil its obligation to protect minors who have voluntarily started the process of reintegrating into society, and to ensure security for organizations and persons working to assist the reintegration of these minors.” read more

Two UN agencies join forces to fight child hunger in Latin America

In a memorandum of understanding signed yesterday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), both agencies pledge to join forces to respond to emergencies and provide nutritional support for young children and their mothers. They also agree to monitor and assess progress made in all efforts.”Together, we want to bring hope and a bright future to the children of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said WFP Regional Director for the region, Zoraida Mesa. “By strengthening our cooperation with UNICEF we will improve our ability to reduce and prevent malnutrition.”The two agencies, which have a long history of working together to help children throughout the region, will particularly target children in those countries where the challenge is greatest, and those which that face repeated natural disasters or economic crises.”Poverty and extreme poverty has substantially limited families’ access to an adequate diet, and this is particularly evident after natural disasters or economic crises,” UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Per Engebak said, citing Guatemala and Argentina which experienced a sharp rising the cases of acute child malnutrition after being impacted by a drought and economic crisis respectively. read more

UN Volunteers back World Food Programme projects to feed AIDS patients

Thirty volunteers will support the WFP scheme in 11 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the pandemic has had the most devastating impact. They will track the impact of the agency’s food projects, which also benefit families of those living with HIV.The UN Volunteers (UNV) will operate in Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Haiti, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda.Overall, WFP is helping HIV/AIDS patients, especially those who are the breadwinners for their families, in 41 countries. read more

Withdrawal of heavy weapons begins in Côte dIvoire UN mission says

Côte d’Ivoire, long the world’s leading cocoa producer, has been split between the north, held by the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and the south, under the control of the Government’s Defence and Security Forces of Côte d’Ivoire, since a coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo failed in 2002 and was turned into an insurgency.The area between them is held by peacekeepers of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and UN-authorized French Licorne forces.UNOCI has been seeking to ensure that both sides abide by a peace agreement signed in January 2003 in Linas-Marcoussis, France, an accord on unresolved issues (Accra III) reached last July in Accra, Ghana, and further arrangements brokered recently by South African President Thabo Mbeki on behalf of the African Union (AU) and known as the Pretoria Agreement.Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country and the head of UNOCI, Pierre Schori, yesterday urged all political parties to ensure full and unconditional implementation of the Pretoria Agreement and he got a pledge of cooperation, the mission said.Mr. Schori, who took up his position on 11 April, made the call after meeting separately with representatives of seven allied opposition groups, known as the Group of Seven and led by Alphonse Djédjé Mady, and the presidential party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), led by Affi N’Guessan. read more

UNICEF brings aid to displaced Yarmouk families in previously inaccessible Damascus suburb

Briefing the press in New York, Stéphane Dujarric said the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) participated in the inter-agency missions to provide humanitarian assistance to families displaced to three locations about 10 kilometres south of Damascus.“This is the first time UNICEF has been able to get access to this area for the past two years,” said Mr. Dujarric. “After crossing five checkpoints, UNICEF was able to deliver three trucks with baby diaper kits, kits for newborn and kits of clothes for children. In its first mission earlier in the day, UNICEF delivered kits to treat 3,000 cases of diarrhoea, midwifery kits as well as boxes of High-Energy Biscuits.”According to UNICEF staff on the convoys, Mr. Dujarric said it is estimated that some 50,000 people live in the three locations visited, in addition to about 2,500 Palestinian refugee families who fled Yarmouk. read more

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Womens volleyball Huskers get revenge on Buckeyes in fourset nailbitter

OSU senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) spikes against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in St. John Arena on Oct.14. Credit: Daniel Herbener | For The LanternRetribution was served on the table tonight as the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers took down the No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team in four sets at St. John Arena. Nearly two weeks ago, it was the Buckeyes celebrating a four-set upset on Nebraska’s home turf. The Huskers are the defending national champions and, at the time, stood undefeated. Tonight, Nebraska travelled to Columbus and handed OSU payback. The Buckeyes now stand at 12-7 on the season. OSU was able to collect the first few points of the first set, but Nebraska quickly countered back with a six-point run and took the lead. Another Husker four-point run later in the set would put the score at 14-6.  OSU could not reign in the Huskers and dropped the first set, 25-20. The Buckeyes would only be able to hold onto an early lead in the second set for a short time before Nebraska’s hitters took the reins, forcing an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes played catch-up for the remainder of the set. They would eventually lose the second with a score identical to the first set, 25-20. OSU went on its own four-point run early in the third set to be on top, 5-3. Buckeyes coach Geoff Carlston used his challenge card on a ball that was called out of bounds. The call was reversed, fueling OSU’s fire, lifting OSU to a lead as high as seven points. The Huskers closed in on the Buckeye lead, but some aggressive offensive play would give OSU its first set victory, 25-23. In an arena swarmed with 2,600 fans covered in scarlet, it was hard to differentiate between those cheering for the home team or the visiting Huskers in the final set of the evening.Going into the fourth set, both teams were fighting for their own motivations – OSU battling to continue the match and Nebraska to end it. In all, the score tied 14 times, with the lead changing hands five times. The crowd was on the edge of its seats as each ball dropped to the floor. OSU came back from a three-point deficit late in the game to even the score at 24 each. The energy was tense as Nebraska’s Andie Malloy put down a kill to give the Huskers the set point. Malloy would then serve an ace, giving Nebraska the match win. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe led the team in kills with 19 and also combined for seven blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold chipped in for 11 kills. Senior libero Valeria León added 16 digs to OSU’s defensive efforts, along with 13 digs from junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes. OSU team members agreed the first two sets of the match showed the Buckeyes’ weak spots. “(Nebraska) came out pretty good in the first and second sets. I feel like we should’ve given more competitiveness to it,” freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm said. Appold shared Halm’s feelings and said the beginning of play didn’t speak the team’s true colors.“We were pretty flat in the first two sets as a team…that’s not what we’re about,” she said.Appold has been out with an injury since the last time the Buckeyes played in St. John on Sept. 28. She said she considered today to be her first time playing on home territory. OSU won’t have much time to recover from tonight’s loss before they see play again. The Buckeyes will host the Iowa Hawkeyes tomorrow evening. Halm said the key to bringing home a win tomorrow is simple. “I just think that getting rest tonight is key and just going out there (tomorrow) and playing hard,” she said.Appold said learning from Friday’s loss is important, but also knowing the team’s potential to be great.“We know that we can be up there with the top teams,” she said. “(It’s) waking up tomorrow and getting after it in practice and getting it done.” The Buckeyes will take on the Hawkeyes at 6 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Arena. read more

Sam Thompsons aerial assault sends Ohio State soaring against Iona

DAYTON, Ohio – In the NCAA Tournament, momentum can come from a variety of areas. A critical 3-pointer late in the shot clock. A chase-down block in transition. A rip-around steal that leads to an easy basket. During Ohio State’s second round victory against Iona Friday evening, though, it came from a 6-foot-7 rim-shaker from Chicago. Thanks in part to that momentum, OSU moves on to play No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday at 12:15 p.m. with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. With just under two minutes remaining in the contest’s opening act, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes’ previously 19-point lead had evaporated to four. The No.15-seeded Gaels took OSU’s first punch and rallied with a 25-9 run of their own. OSU, which started the game shooting close to 60 percent from the field, went cold, and Iona battled back with a couple 3-pointers from junior guard Sean Armand and a bevy of easy baskets in transition. Following a layup by junior guard Tre Bowman, Iona trailed, 37-33, quieting a once-raucous scarlet-clad crowd at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Enter, Sam Thompson. OSU sophomore guard Shannon Scott got the inbounds pass after Bowman’s make, dribbled hard to the left wing and found a skying Thompson flying through the air. The sophomore forward caught Scott’s pass, one-handed, and slammed the basketball home with a fury of force that brought the capacity crowd back to its feet in a roar not to be topped for the rest of the night. “I looked at (Iona’s) bench, and all the way from their coaches to their players, everybody kind of put their head down and it was a wrap from there,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who totaled 12 points and three rebounds in the win. Sparked by Thompson’s jam, the Buckeyes ended the half on a 6-0 run. Thompson scored the first four points of a second half in which OSU (27-7) blew by an earlier confident Iona (70) squad on way to a 95-70 throttling. “We knew that if we executed, they would have a hard time defending us. Give us credit, we really zoned in on film today and we knew where we could attack them. We did a good job doing so,” Thompson said. OSU frustrated the Gaels’ leading scorer, senior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones, who said Thursday that the Buckeyes defense isn’t something he “expects to have a problem with.” Jones finished with nine points, shooting 3 of14 from the field. Junior guard Aaron Craft, Jones’ defender for most of the night, had six steals. As a team, Iona shot a dreadful 35 percent, with a 21 percent mark from behind the arc. The second-leading scoring team in the country, Iona came into Friday’s contest as one of the most efficient fastbreak teams in the nation. It was OSU, though, that looked like the premier running team. The Buckeyes outscored the Gaels in the open floor, 34-11. It was one of Thompson’s many dunks at the end of the first half with the game in doubt that got everything going for OSU. “They were cutting into the lead slowly. We had to really change the game right there. The way he just threw it down, it really helped us out,” Scott said, who finished with seven points and 10 assists. OSU outscored the Gaels, 58-37, after the monster throwdown by the Illinois native with the Buckeyes up by just four points. “When he dunks on somebody, it gets us up and gets us going. That’s the exciting thing about him,” said junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who came out of a recent slump to lead the Buckeyes with 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Thompson did a lot more than that one dunk to propel OSU, however. He finished with a career-best 20 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. “Shannon and Aaron did a great job getting into the teeth of the defense, putting it up there for me to dunk it home. I got some easy buckets,” Thompson said. The sophomore forward has been playing well throughout OSU’s postseason. He had 19 points in the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten Tournament game against Nebraska in Chicago last Friday. Thompson’s confidence level is high and rising. “My confidence is always high but any time you have a game like I did tonight, it adds a little extra juice to it,” Thompson said. Thompson dunking display against Iona was an encore to the show he put on at OSU’s open practice Thursday afternoon. With a few hundred OSU fans cheering him on, Thompson finished two in-between-the-legs dunks and a left-handed windmill. Even his teammates, who see Thompson throw down every day in practice, were a little surprised by the show he put on. “Some of the stuff he did we’d never seen him do before. I’ve never seen him windmill with the left before,” Scott said. “I don’t really know what he can do.” One thing Scott is sure of is as long as he gets the ball near the basket, Thompson, who has a 46-inch vertical, will grab it and slam it through the net. “I feel he can get any ball I throw, really. I just really trust him now. I have a really good chemistry with him,” Scott said. Those associated with OSU hope that chemistry will continue. read more

GDF unearths illegal airstrip 5km west of Santa Fe

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPlane lands, 3 escape as another illegal airstrip unearthed in Region 9August 14, 2017In “Crime”UPDATE: Aircraft found at another illegal airstrip in RupununiAugust 14, 2017In “Local News”Toshaos urged to protect Amerindian communities from criminalsAugust 21, 2017In “Local News” A Guyana Defence Force (GDF) patrol while conducting a reconnaissance mission on Saturday morning in Region 9, approximately 5 kilometers (km) west of Santa Fe, Rupununi, discovered what is believed to be an illegal airstrip.The illegal airstrip found in Santa FeThis information was confirmed by GDF Major Earl Edghill who noted that aside from the makeshift airstrip, several dug out trenches, one chainsaw, an axe and a 1/4 drum of aviation fuel were among other things discovered.Moreover, soldiers found 12 abandoned camps at the said location.Authorities are reportedly conducting a thorough investigation into the find which they say is representative of the challenges faced by the security Forces in the Hinterland region.Dug out trenches were filled with items and concealed with surrounding grassSo far no arrests have been made in connection the illegal airstrip.In September of last year  an illegal twin-engine Cessna aircraft was discovered at the Yupukari Airstrip in Region 9 with a bogus United States (US) registration copied from another plane in the said country.The twin-engine Cessna bearing registration number N767Z which was found camouflaged with a covering was said to be expensiveIn 2012 an Ecuadorian-registered 421 Cessna plane was seized at an illegal airstrip at Pirara, Region 9. Media reports said that the plane was quickly repainted and its registration number changed, when authorities here had found it.Over the past few years several illegal aircrafts suspected to be used in the transportation of drugs were seized by the state. read more

77 alleged victims of human trafficking rescued for 2018 Ally

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana continues to record high number of foreign TIP victimsJuly 29, 2018In “latest news”TIP: ‘Tier 1’ ranking proof of Government’s political will to fight- AllyJune 28, 2017In “latest news”Gov’t pledges to go after human traffickersJanuary 12, 2017In “Local News” A total of seventy-seven (77) alleged victims of Trafficking In Persons (TIP) were rescued for the period January 05 – July 03, 2018. These victims were provided with the necessary psychosocial support by the Ministry of Social Protection.This was disclosed by Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, today at the launch of the ministry’s Freedom Fest’ at the Durban Park, Georgetown in observance of World Trafficking In Persons Day 2018.According to Minister Ally, 60 of the 77 victims were placed in protective care, while some were assisted with job placements, educational and training opportunities along with judicial support when necessary.In May alone, eight of sixteen young ladies (14 Venezuelans, one Cuban and one from the Dominican Republic) were rescued during a raid executed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Guyana has maintained its Tier 1 ranking, according to a US State Department report; which means that the country continues to fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of TIP.Minister Ally noted that the protection of human rights and dignity of all the citizens of Guyana is an essential component of good governance, and so “I can assure that your government will, by all means necessary, do what it can to curb this illicit activity.” read more

Mechel expands its ferroalloy position

first_imgMechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, has acquired a 100% stake in the charter capital of Bratsk Ferroalloy Plant OOO. The acquisition is in line with Mechel’s strategy that aims at developing its steel segment, improving its operational efficiency, reducing production costs, and leveraging synergies within its business. The plant’s revenues for 2006 on a Russian Accounting Standards basis amounted to RUR1.3 billion (approximately $51.0 million) and net profit was approximately RUR151.0 million (approximately $6.0 million). The plant’s net assets on a Russian Accounting Standards basis amounted to about RUR4.2 billion (approximately $165.0 million) as of the end of 2006.Bratsk Ferroalloy is the largest enterprise in Eastern Siberia producing high grade ferrosilicon. Located in the Irkutsk Region, the plant was established on the basis of the crystalline silicon workshop of Bratsk Aluminium Smelter in 2003 and has an advantageous geographical position and operates within stable markets. The plant’s ferrosilicon output totals 84,000 t/y and holds a 13% market share of Russia’s total output. The plant’s share in the Russian ferrosilicon domestic supplies market amounted to 16% in 2006 and increased to 20% in the first quarter of 2007. The plant’s share in the Russian ferrosilicon export market amounted to 11% in 2006. The main competitive advantage of the plant is its access to inexpensive electric power supplied by Irkutskenergo OAO.Bratsk Ferroalloy operating within the Mechel group of companies will enable the plant to significantly reduce its production costs and improve its performance by using the synergies between Mechel’s raw material, steel, and power business segments. Mechel Management OOO Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Polin commented on the transaction, “We continue to implement our strategy to improve the efficiency of our steel segment. The acquisition of Bratsk Ferroalloy enables Mechel to increase its competitiveness by entering new markets and operating within the steady business of ferroalloy production. Developing the ferroalloy business, in which energy costs are dominant, will enable us to gain synergetic effect both due to the plant’s consumption of Mechel’s own coal and its supplies of ferroalloys to our steel subsidiaries for subsequent processing into high margin marketable products.”last_img read more

Mining Indaba young leaders career development program

first_imgMining Indaba and Brunswick Group are working together again for the second annual Young Leaders Career Development Program, to be held in the morning of Thursday February 9 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as part of the Investing in Mining Indaba 2017 – bringing ogether the next generation of leaders with the mining sector.The opening keynote address will be given by Mosebenzi Zwane (pictured), the Minister of Mineral Resources of South Africa.The program will unite undergraduate and masters students and recent graduates seeking permanent employment with senior mining industry professionals to discuss and debate the current and future state of the mining sector, the challenges it faces and the opportunities that it provides.Students and recent graduates may attend for free and are invited to register online http://bit.ly/2017MIRegister. They will also receive free access to the official Investing in Mining Indaba exhibition hall where they can meet a vast array of companies and service providers in the mining industry.The mines and miners of tomorrow will look and operate very differently from the industry as we know it today. Technology is bringing undreamed of innovation and possibility to the field while society’s expectations of mining companies are changing too. As the industry emerges from a period of low commodity prices, it must continue to invest in young talent who can help find solutions to these complex issues. But does the young talent want to be part of the mining industry? And do they know the requirements needed to gain access to it and how they may make a successful career?These topics and more will be discussed in panel and Q&A sessions with participating organisations including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Standard Bank and Herbert Smith Freehills, to name just a few. An outline of the sessions can be found at http://bit.ly/2017YLCD .Harry Chapman, director of content for Mining Indaba said, “This event was so popular last year that it now forms a permanent place in our annual official Investing in Mining Indaba program. We are excited to be able to create a platform for industry leaders to help advance future generations of mining professionals towards a successful career in mining.”Itumeleng Mahabane, Managing Partner of Brunswick Group in South Africa, who will be moderating the event on the day, added, “Mining remains a critical component of our economy and our societies. Understanding the values, aspirations, expectations, as well as the frustrations of future leaders is vital if mining is to attract and retain much needed talent throughout the cycles. Brunswick is proud to be a part of this important initiative where the sector will meet the next generation to discuss their joint futures.”last_img read more

LASN dénonce les malfaçons relevées dans le gros œuvre de lEPR de

first_imgL’ASN dénonce les malfaçons relevées dans le gros œuvre de l’EPR de FlamanvilleL’Autorité de surêté nucléaire (ASN) a relevé plusieurs malfaçons dans le gros œuvre du site de l’EPR de Flamanville. Le Canard enchaîné paru aujourd’hui rapporte que certaines d’entre elles pourraient “porter préjudice à la qualité finale des structures”.Selon le Canard enchaîné paru aujourd’hui, l’ASN, le “gendarme du nucléaire” français, a adressé à EDF, qui exploitera le futur EPR de Flamanville, quatre courriers mettant “en cause la qualité de plusieurs constructions vitales pour la sécurité du futur réacteur”. Alors que la construction est assurée par Bouygues, les inspecteurs de l’ASN ont en effet relevé des “trous dans le béton” des piliers ou des défauts dans les parois de piscines destinées à recevoir le combustible nucléaire irradié, affirme le journal.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de Tchernobyl”Les travaux béton visés par les lettres de l’ASN citées dans cet article sont encore en cours et n’ont même pas été réceptionnés par EDF”, a précisé le ministère chargé de l’Industrie, de l’Energie et de l’Economie numérique. “Les observations de l’ASN seront bien entendu prises en compte dans le cadre de ce chantier en cours”, indique-t-il dans un bref communiqué.L’ASN, précise, dans son courrier du 10 août, que certaines des malfaçons constatées sont de nature à “porter préjudice à la qualité finale des structures”. Simon Huffeteau, chef de la division de Caen à l’ASN souligne qu’il s’agit là d'”une problématique courante du génie civil. EDF, en tant qu’exploitant, se doit de les identifier et de les réparer”. “Les réparations sont évidemment obligatoires”, précise-t-il.Une construction qui prend du retard La semaine dernière encore, l’ASN avait indiqué avoir constaté des “écarts” et “faiblesses” lors d’une inspection du site de construction du réacteur. Elle avait demandé à EDF de “faire des efforts importants pour démontrer la qualité de la construction”. La mise en service de l’EPR de Flamanville n’est désormais plus attendue avant 2016 soit avec deux ans de retard sur la date initiale.Le 31 août 2011 à 14:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Florida Ant Decorates With Victims Skulls

first_imgStay on target New Wasps Named After Cookies, ‘Doctor Who’ VillainsWorld’s Largest Bee Rediscovered in Wild Florida ant Formica archboldi has always been a bit … odd.In 1958, shortly after its discovery as a species, scientists reported something weird: Its nests were riddled with the decapitated heads of trap-jaw ants.Ever since, researchers assumed that F. archboldi either inherits the skulls from nearby sites, or is a secret specialized predator.“Odds were that these ant heads weren’t in Formica nests by chance and that there was some interesting biology behind this natural history note,” according to Adrian Smith, a scientist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University.Spoiler alert: He’s right.Lead author of a new study on this entomological oddity, Smith was surprised to find that F. archboldi chemically mimic their trap-jaw ant prey, turning a normal synthetic defense—a spray of formic acid—into a deadly weapon.“The scientifically surprising finding of this study was that these ants [match the] profiles of two species of trap-jaw ant,” Smith said in a statement.One spritz of formic acid is all it takes to immobilize the victim, leaving it helpless against its brethren, which drag freshly killed critters into the nest like food for dissection.archboldi and trap-jaw ants match in their cuticular hydrocarbons—a complex layer of waxes that coat their outer surface, typically used as nestmate and species-specific signals.“In aiming to figure out one unusual aspect of this ant’s biology, the research has turned up another in the chemical data,” Smith said.Though unable to find a direct link between chemical mimicry and predatory behavior, this study, published in the journal Insectes Sociaux, hints at a long evolutionary history between these ant species.“Now Formica archboldi is the most chemically diverse ant species we know of,” according to the researcher.“Before this work, it was just a species with a weird head-collecting habit,” he continued. “Now we have what might be a model species for understanding the evolution of chemical diversification and mimicry.”More critter coverage on Geek.com:Tiny Roving Robots Help Ants Collect Food More EfficientlyAnt-Man, the Wasp Should Have Serious Bug-Sized Breathing IssuesGirl Power: Termite Colonies Thrive Without Maleslast_img read more

Amazon rainforest fires rage in sobering views from space

first_img“More than a third of all species in the world live in the Amazon rainforest,” the European Space Agency reported in 2017. “Unlike other forests, rainforests have difficulty regrowing after they are destroyed and, owing to their composition, their soils are not suitable for long-term agricultural use.”This has already been a brutal year for devastating fires across the globe. We’ve watched from both the ground and space as Russia, Greenland and Alaska have all burned, generating massive amounts of smoke. This Amazon fire season will leave many scars. Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space This #Sentinel2 animation (true colour) from 28/07 – 17/08 north of Vista Alegre do Abuña, at the limit of the #Rondonia and #Amazonas states, shows how the fires and resulting smoke developed in this period #activeearth pic.twitter.com/iKeTBxdWnH— Copernicus EU (@CopernicusEU) August 21, 2019 This year’s fires are the latest in a long line of bad news for the Amazon rainforest, which has been suffering from deforestation due to logging, farming, ranching and fires.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Amazon Fire review: Is this $50 tablet any good? We tell you why it is and isn’t. Finally, this #Sentinel3 OLCI capture from 14 August 2019, shows a significant amount of smoke, and fire outbreaks over the #Amazonas and #Rondonia states #Amazonia #Brasil pic.twitter.com/vKib0QGc6d— Copernicus EU (@CopernicusEU) August 21, 2019 3 Sci-Tech News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Mentioned Above Amazon Fire Share your voice Related storycenter_img See it $35 NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of fires burning in the Amazon rainforest on Aug. 13. NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Recent satellite images of the Amazon rainforest show pervasive streaks of white. But it’s not all clouds. It’s smoke from thousands of wildfires tearing through the undergrowth. The very concept of a rainforest evokes images of a wet, humid climate, but the Amazon has a dry season in July and August that’s also the forest’s fire season. A major cause of these fires is people clearing out the land for farming or ranching. What’s eye-catching about 2019 is the sheer number of fires. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) data shows the group has tracked over 74,000 fires so far this year. That’s the most since INPE started keeping records in 2013.The European Union Earth Observation Program’s Sentinel satellites are getting an eyeful of smoke. A view from Aug. 14 shows a dark haze over the rainforest. In the Amazon rainforest, this tribe may just save the whole world 15 Photos Tags Amazon Fire Comments Preview • Amazon introduces world’s first reasonable $50 tablet (hands-on) NASA is also keeping an eye on the situation. As of Aug. 16, “satellite observations indicated that total fire activity in the Amazon basin was slightly below average in comparison to the past 15 years,” NASA said, but the activity level has ramped up since then. One of the best illustrations of this comes from Sentinel 2 with an animation showing smoke growing from July 28 to Aug. 17. Spacelast_img read more