(Eds: updating with quotes and other details)By Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) India will host 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the previous Future Tours Programme, but the number of playing days for the ever-busy cricketers will come down with the BCCI today deciding to prune the Test schedule against lesser-ranked teams.The revised FTP was agreed upon unanimously at the Boards Special General Body Meeting (SGM) — a move that will see India playing more Tests against Australia, England and South Africa but also addressing captain Virat Kohlis complaints on player fatigue.A working group, comprising all three office-bearers, will take a final call on this.”Earlier, the proposed FTP for the five year cycle (2019 -2023) had 51 matches across three formats. The new proposal has 81 home matches in that cycle,” acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told mediapersons after the meeting.Chaudhary said that match days at home will go down by 20 percent, there is a marked 60 percent increase in matches at home. However, the series against lesser-ranked teams will come down, a top official PTI on condition of anonymity.While the break-up was not provided, Chaudharys brief made it clear that India will be playing an increased number of T20 Internationals at home while the bulk of big Test series will be against Australia, England and South Africa.The format likely to be hit most will be bilateral ODIs.”Half of our home games, we will play against the big three — Australia, South Africa and England,” Chaudhary said.advertisementWhen asked that whether if it means that only four nations will play more Tests against each other, Chaudhary said: “You can say so.”Asked how Kohlis fatigue issue has been addressed, Chaudhary said: “During the 2015 to 2019, the Indian team, across formats (home and abroad), had 390 playing days. The new proposal between 2019 to 2023 will see them playing 306 days.”This effectively means from an average 97.5 days during the earlier cycle, Kohli and Co. will play 76.5 days at the max during the next cycle.”This excludes the ICC Champions Trophy and Cricket World Cup, both of which will be hosted by India in 2021 and 2023 respectively,” he added.The new FTP has been chalked out in order to ensure that BCCI can get a good broadcast deal when its up for grabs from October 2018. The current broadcast rights with Star Sports ends in March 2018.Among other issues, the BCCI decided to continue its legal fight against the defunct Kochi Tuskers, who recently won a compensation claim to the tune of Rs 850 crore.”An arbitration was awarded to Kochi, which was challenged by BCCI. However, we had interaction with the erstwhile franchise on whether we could come to an out of court settlement.”We then put the matter to our legal team. We have decided we must not settle this out of court. We will continue with legal procedure,” the Secretary said.The conditional revocation of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) happened on expected lines with a rider given to them that former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is under a life ban from the BCCI, wont come back in the association in any capacity.Also, the members were apprised of the letters written by the Sports Ministry and NADA about having BCCI as a signatory. The house was unanimous that there was no need to come under NADA fold despite the bodys active demand to carry out dope tests of the cricketers.”We have told them that we have a robust system in place and we are already WADA compliant. Also our testing is done at the same NDTL lab where samples collected by NADA is tested,” he said. PTI KHS PM PM
With regard to the recent analysis of Microsoft’s MS-DOS and Digital Research’s CP/M (see Was Microsoft built on stolen goods? by yours truly and Was DOS copied from CP/M? by Bob Zeidman), I thought I’d mention that Bob will be speaking at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is to be held in Minneapolis, September 21-22, 2016.Bob Zeidman (Source: Carrie Zeidman) In fact, Bob will be giving two presentations as follows:Protecting Your Intellectual PropertyA Crash Course in VerilogBut that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about (LOL). The reason for me waffling on here is that a bunch of us (an “Enigma of Engineers,” if you will — see also A Sillygism of Logic Designers & a Hackerty of Software Developers and A Charm of CPUs & a Deceit of DSPs ) will be meeting up on Tuesday 20 September — the evening before the conference — at the Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis.Of particular interest is the fact that Bob will be one of our merry throng. Bob has informed me that he will be happy to discuss the history of Gary Kildall and Bill Gates, of DRI and Microsoft, and of CP/M and MS-DOS, and also to answer questions about his analysis of CP/M, QDOS, and MS-DOS.We’ll probably be wandering in sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. I’ll be easy to spot. Just look for a bunch of outrageously good-looking embedded systems developers with rippling six-pack abs, then keep on scanning the room until you spot the geeky-nerdy-looking guy in the Hawaiian shirt. If all else fails, just shout “Max, would you like a beer?” and you will be assured of my undivided attention (LOL). Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Book Review: The Innovators by Walter IsaacsonNext Embedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway market Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry
Continue Reading Previous IBASE: COM Express CPU module for factory automationNext Epson to license SEGGER’s emWin GUI tool for its S1C31D01 series MCUs Efficient and Easy-to-use wireless charging for smartphones, wearables, medical and industrial devices possible with the AURIX and XMC microcontroller families. Infineon Technologies offers flexible chip sets for high performance including software IP for smart and safe wireless charging applications. Working with a systems solution partner, Infineon provides reference designs for both inductive and resonant wireless charging solutions for on-the-go charging, whether in the car, at home or in public places.The controller works seamlessly with power devices from Infineon to provide a complete charging solution. Voltage Regulator and Power MOSFET technology enable high efficiency power conversion, while network ICs serve for reliable communication according to highest automotive standards. The current 15 W charging standards, including fast charge smartphones, and future changes through a software update are supported. an enhanced power stage architecture improves Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) performance 10-15 dB over existing solutions on the market. A newly developed supplemental Foreign Object Detection system provides enhanced detection accuracy to meet critical customer safety requirements.The Infineon XMC microcontroller provides a powerful and cost-effective platform. The scalable architecture can support everything from a fast charge smartphone, to a 20 W robot, up to a 60 W drone and beyond. Paired with power products, like MOSFETs and Driver ICs, this system can provide full power wireless charging without complicated thermal management, often achieving charging rates equivalent to wired charging.The XMC based 2.5 W low-power solution from Infineon is the industry’s lowest cost resonant wireless charger. It supports both one-to-one and multi-device charging on a single transmitter. By using a higher frequency, very small coils can be employed in a variety of form factors, with no regard to nearby metallic objects. These benefits make the technology ideal for charging wearables, headphones, smart clothing and other connected IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against American fifth seed Sloane Stephens 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday and match her best show in Grand Slams.Stephens gave up a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to win it on a tiebreaker but Pavlyuchenkova rallied once again from an early break down to convert her third set point and level the match.The 2017 U.S. Open winner then lost steam as the world number 44 converted her second match point to seal the contest in two hours and 32 minutes..@NastiaPav, take a bow.The world No.44 hits 46 winners to upset Sloane Stephens 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 to advance to the #AusOpen quarterfinals for the second time. pic.twitter.com/RWvHkLtFtr#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019For a place in the semi-finals, Pavlyuchenkova will meet another American in unseeded Danielle Collins, who earlier thrashed 2016 champion and second seed Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2.But @NastiaPav, haven’t you heard that #SleepIsForTheWeak at the #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/3exVvNjDkL#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019
Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says that the new National Sport Policy, currently before Parliament, paves the way for sports in Jamaica to become more of a business. Mrs. Neita Headley was addressing day-two of the Business of Sport International conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, May 2, where she spoke on the topic: ‘Sport Entities, The Government, National Policy and The Body Politic.’ She also presented a copy of the document to Barbados’ Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hon. Stephen Lashley, whose country is currently developing its own policy. [RELATED: Government Spends $344 Million on Sports] The White Paper, which was tabled in Parliament on March 25, seeks to transform Jamaica into one of the most engaged and successful sporting nations in the world. It recognises the major contribution of sport to national progress and establishes the framework for the development of sport over the decade 2012 to 2022. The White Paper, which has the input of a wide cross section of stakeholders, addresses human resources and structures needed to ensure transparency, accountability and reliable governance structures. Also dealt with is the provision of well-equipped, appropriate and safe indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, and it identifies key stakeholders and their roles in the development of sport. The policy also recognises the unique opportunities created by the country hosting and participating in international sporting competitions and the ability of these events to contribute to economic growth by strengthening Brand Jamaica in the global marketplace. Mrs. Neita Headley stated that in this, the 21st century, sport must be seen as a potential career path, providing employment to athletes, administrators, managers, agents, trainers, coaches, support personnel and officials. The Minister cited the recently announced Caribbean Premier League in cricket as a major step in professionalizing the sport in the region. Meanwhile, Moderator and President of Business of Sport, Carole Beckford, informed that currently, just over 27,000 persons are employed in the sports industry, which is contributing more than 2.6 per cent of Gross Development Product (GDP). Also addressing the session were Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in Belize, Hon. Herman Longsworth; and the Barbadian Sports Minister, Hon. Stephen Lashley, who both called for more regional collaboration in sports. Minister Lashley also pointed to the need for greater focus on disciplines such as golf, polo and rugby, which he said, “are doing extremely well in the sports tourism market”. By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location zoom Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources, and WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac) have been selected by TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel TOTE’s two new state-of-the-art container ships in Jacksonville, Fla. TOTE’s new dual fuel LNG container ships are expected to be delivered to the port in Jacksonville in late 2015 and early 2016. To move forward on this project, Pivotal LNG, Inc., WesPac and TOTE have signed a letter of intent and are working toward definitive agreements. While there is still work to be done, Pivotal LNG, Inc. and WesPac plan to work together on this project to create a joint venture which will develop a new liquefied natural gas plant in Jacksonville, Fla.“We are very pleased to have been selected by TOTE to supply their two new LNG container ships. We look forward to working with TOTE and WesPac to develop opportunities that help meet the growing demand for LNG as an alternative fuel solution in the Jacksonville area,” said Stephen Cittadine, president of Pivotal LNG.AGL Resources, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, has more than four decades of experience in providing customers with clean, abundant, cost-effective LNG fuel. AGL Resources is one of the largest operators of liquefaction facilities in the nation primarily through its distribution utility operations that use the LNG facilities for peak-shaving services for customers when demand is highest.In addition, Pivotal LNG owns and operates a merchant LNG facility and sells LNG wholesale to truck fleets and other high horsepower engine operators.“With access to multiple LNG supply locations and its merchant liquefaction facility in Trussville, Alabama, Pivotal LNG is uniquely positioned to offer consistent fuel supply and flexible solutions to businesses looking to make LNG their fuel of choice,” said Cittadine.WesPac is a private energy infrastructure company with several small LNG facilities under development in North America. WesPac LNG projects are focused on high-horsepower engine applications including oil-to-gas fuel switching in power plants, commercial ships, railroad locomotives and trucking.In late 2012, TOTE Inc. announced plans to build the world’s first LNG-powered container ships at NASSCO in San Diego. “These new innovative, environmentally friendly Jones Act ships will provide decades of reliable and environmentally superior service to the people of Puerto Rico,” said Peter Keller, EVP of TOTE and project lead for the TOTE LNG programs. “We are pleased to be partnering with Pivotal LNG and WesPac in this innovative LNG development and look forward to continuing to develop LNG as an alternative transportation fuel.” Print Close Pivotal LNG, February 7, 2014
Rabat – One of the most anticipated events of the year, Bank Al Maghrib released on Thursday July 20 its report on financial stability for 2016. Based on a systemic risk mapping, the report assesses the risks of the Moroccan financial system.Non-financial public companies are in hot water. According to the Moroccan central bank’s report, the latter have registered an acute growth of their debt, reaching MAD 716 billion with 3.4 percent increase in 2016, compared to a 2.8 percent decline in 2015. The acceleration of this debt was largely driven by companies in the public sector, whose debt increased by 7.5 in 2016. Analysis of a sample of almost 14,000 public and private nonfinancial companies showed a slight increase in their rate of long-term debt, which stood at 41 percent of their own funds at the end of 2015. BAM’s report also revealed that payment delays, especially regarding SMEs, continued to increase. This phenomenon, says the bank, is “reaching worrisome levels for certain sectors of activity, such as property development, construction, transport and communications and services provided to businesses.”Driven mainly by the external debt of public companies and institutions, the growth of total public debt increased by 4.8 percent to MAD 826.9 billion in 2016, representing 81.4 percent of GDP instead of 79.9 percent in 2015. Its public enterprises component increased by 5.9 percent to MAD 169.6 billion, representing 16.7 percent of GDP instead of 16.2 percent in 2015.The report stressed that growth of nonfinancial enterprises debt comes mainly from public enterprises at 71 percentage. In 2016, public institutions recorded a debt surplus of MAD 17 billion. Under these conditions, the Treasury’s debt has naturally increased from 63.7 percent of GDP to 64.7 percent. Overall public debt also increased to 81.4 percent of GDP, driven mainly by the external indebtedness of public companies and institutions. This situation should nevertheless be reversed as from this year, the bank writes.Bank debt, which represents 19.4 percent of public companies’ financial debt, has increased steadily in recent years according to BAM, registering the largest increase since the end of 2016, which saw a rise of 24.4 percent. For the central bank, this upward trend in bank debts reflects the continuing investment effort of some of these companies.Non-financial companies’ use of external debt continued to be quite robust in 2016, but at a slower rate of growth of 8.3 percent compared to an average growth rate of more than 16 percent over the period 2006-2015. This debt of a relatively high level, which represents 19 percent of GDP in 2016, continues to be concentrated by state-owned companies, which could call into question their hedge against currency risk, under a more flexible regime.
Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — CGI Inc. reported a second-quarter profit of $318.3 million, up from $274.4 million a year earlier, as revenue improved.The technology consulting firm says the profit amounted to $1.14 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, up from 94 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $3.07 billion, up from $2.95 billion in the same quarter last year.Excluding specific items, CGI says it earned $324.5 million or $1.17 per diluted share for its most recent quarter compared with a profit of $303.2 million or $1.04 per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.17 per share and $3.06 billion in revenue for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Earlier this year, CGI acquired Swedish technology consulting company Acando in a deal it valued at $614.7 million, including debt.
CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is resting comfortably after suffering a stroke.The 57-year-old was hospitalized Sunday after not feeling well and had the stroke while under medical care, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said in a statement released Monday night. Gilbert was immediately taken in for a catheter-based procedure at a Detroit-area hospital and then moved to recovery in an intensive care unit.Farner said Gilbert is “awake, responsive and resting comfortably.” He added Gilbert and his family are “immensely grateful to the doctors and nurses whose early intervention is already paying dividends toward his recovery.”Gilbert, who has owned the Cavs since 2005, founded Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender.Farner said the company will update the public as additional details become known.Gilbert is a father of five. He has built his business empire with numerous ventures and helped lead revivals in downtown Detroit and Cleveland.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTom Withers, The Associated Press
Olara A. Otunnu, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Children and Armed Conflict, said in a statement that during his visit to the region he raised the question of voluntary returns with several officials from the Russian Federation, the President of the Republic of Ingushetia and the Government of the Republic of Chechnya.”They all gave me direct and firm assurances that the displaced persons will not be forced to return against their will,” Mr. Otunnu said. “All the displaced persons I met are very eager to return to their homes; however, they remain very concerned about their own security.”Mr. Otunnu called for several specific actions for the benefit of children affected by the armed conflict in Chechnya, including the observance of the principle of voluntary return of the displaced persons, an end to all use of landmines and the continued provision of international humanitarian assistance.The Special Representative also welcomed an order by the Military Commander of Chechnya that sets out clear and transparent procedures to be followed during operations to ensure greater protection of civilians and accountability.Mr. Otunnu voiced strong opposition in response to reports that insurgency groups continued to enlist children into their ranks, even paying some of them to plant landmines.”The insurgents have also been targeting civilian personnel who they regard as cooperating with the government administration,” he said. “I call on those concerned to stop these practices, which are entirely unacceptable.”
Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni, accredited by the Milan weekly Diario, was kidnapped in Iraq on 20 August and reported executed last week in a video delivered to the Arab television channel Aljazeera. He was one 51 journalists and media workers killed in Iraq in the past 17 months, making the conflict one of the bloodiest for the profession, according to the International News Safety Institute.Bangladeshi organized crime reporter Kamal Hossain of the daily Ajker Kagoj was the third journalist murdered in the south Asian country this year according to the non-governmental organization Reporters without Borders, which said there had been four cases of assault on reporters since 13 August and that 60 journalists had received threats over the past month.”I condemn this flagrant disregard for civilian lives and for the most fundamental human values,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said of Mr. Baldoni’s murder. “The cold-blooded sacrifice of journalists who are committed to their professional duty to inform the public in difficult conditions, and of their co-workers, shows indescribable cynicism.” Paying tribute to the courage and dedication of Iraqi and international journalists and their collaborators, he added: “It is encouraging to see that the profession’s commitment remains unflagging despite the heavy death toll. The free flow of information is essential for democracy and I call for every possible measure to be taken to enable journalists to continue carrying out their work in conditions of improved safety.” Of Mr. Hossain, Mr. Matsuura said: “The fact that criminals are resorting to brutal acts to muzzle the voice of the media highlights the profession’s importance for transparency, democracy and the rule of law. I am alarmed at the heavy tribute being levied on media professionals in Bangladesh and I applaud their commitment to public information and freedom of expression.”Over the past several months Mr. Matsuura has issued numerous condemnations of the murder of journalists in various countries, calling them an attack on society as a whole.
Fresh from the global success of the world’s first humanitarian video game designed to arouse children’s interests in the challenges of fighting hunger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the launch of a blog, an interactive internet chat site, that allows youngsters to talk directly to aid workers on the battle’s frontlines. “In response to queries from Food Force players all over the world on how they could help, the new blog is a way to channel interest and a place to exchange ideas,” WFP said, referring to the educational video game which has now been played by at least 4 million people since its launch in April 2005 and is currently available in five languages. ‘Joe’s blog,’ named after one of Food Force’s main characters, is a place where the millions of youngsters who played the video game and visited the site can form a global community focusing on hunger and other social issues. It lets them send questions to WFP aid workers who post stories about their experiences and the reality of delivering life-saving food to those in need. Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Food Force conjures up a virtual world of planes launching food airdrops over crisis zones and emergency trucks struggling up treacherous roads under rebel threat with emergency supplies to bring food to the desperately hungry. Gamers face a number of realistic challenges to urgently feed thousands of people on the fictitious island of Sheylan, piloting helicopters on reconnaissance missions, negotiating with armed rebels on convoy runs and using food to help rebuild villages. Before each mission, the player is presented with an educational video segment about the reality of WFP work in the field, teaching them how WFP responds to actual food emergencies – where food originates, its nutritional breakdowns and how it is delivered.
The sixty-sixth United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference kicked off today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighting the vital role that NGOs, academia and youth play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“We need governments, the private sector and civil society,” Mr. Ban told the more than 2,000 people gathered for the opening session. “Without the participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups, no initiative, however visionary, can be fully achieved,” he added.From 30 May to 1 June, a series of roundtable discussions, workshops and youth caucuses with civil society representatives and groups will focus on education as an entry point towards realizing the SDGs.“Education is critical to nurture global citizens who can rise to the challenges of the 21st century,” continued Mr. Ban, encouraging young people everywhere to be global citizens and for governments and NGOs to boost the participation of and with their national youth groups.“Let us work together to foster education for global citizenship – education that empowers people to contribute to our common future,” he underscored.“NGOs are on the vanguard of international action,” asserted the UN chief, adding that “throughout history, when governments reach a stalemate, NGOs work to break it.”Recalling that just four days ago, at the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, in Seoul, he had denounced the shrinking democratic space, and urged freedom for civil society organizations, NGOs and human rights defenders, the Secretary-General noted that unfortunately, such freedom is under threat, “including at the last place this should happen: at the United Nations.”“I am deeply disappointed that the Member States on [the UN Economic and Social Council] ECOSOC NGO Committee recently denied the Committee to Protect Journalists consultative status,” he told the Conference, adding that he was also opposed to the exclusion of LGBT organizations from the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. “These NGOs are close to communities affected by the epidemic and they must be part of the response,” he stated. Calling on UN Member States to stop constricting NGO engagement, the Secretary-General said: “The United Nations should have a big tent under which everybody can have […] freedom of movement.” Indeed, such an approach had helped for the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreementon climate change. “And NGOs are crucial to their success.”“When we implement these two [accords], I am sure that by the end of this century we will be able to live, regardless of where we may live, in a much better, healthier and more prosperous world,” said Mr. Ban.Sharing the podium, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kyo-ahn Hwang reaffirmed his country’s commitment to fostering global citizenship.“We worked very hard so that global citizenship was reflected in the SDGs,” he said. “Global citizens need to fulfill the basic values of humanity. They need to be proactively involved in solving global issues. This conference, under the theme of ‘Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together’ will encourage people to become involved.”Participants at the conference will examine the three pillars of formal education; informal education and training; and advocacy and public Information, as means to eliminate inequalities that create or perpetuate marginalization and disenfranchisement.Crosscutting themes, such as gender equality and climate change, will be tabled and learning will be examined from the perspective of marginalized and vulnerable groups, including indigenous peoples, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBT).The event will culminate in an action agenda for NGOs and academia to harmonize and catalyze efforts for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Conference co-chairs, Dr. Scott Carlin, Associate Professor of Geography at Long Island University and Dr. YuKang Choi, NGO Representative to the U for Dream Touch for All, flagged the conference as an important opportunity to raise awareness and mobilize civil society around the SDGs.“The NGO/DPI Conference will bring the civil society voice to the United Nations, and foster NGO support for implementation of the 2030 Agenda,” said Dr. Carlin.Dr. Choi pointed out, “This is the first time the conference is being hosted in Asia,” calling it “an opportunity for NGOs in the region to tap into networks and to lobby governments for commitment to SDG implementation.”The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea.To watch the Conference proceedings live, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference.
Primed with a recent $100 million funding injection, Resolute Mining is growing its African footprint and accelerating its mining developments, Managing Director and CEO John Welborn told a packed audience at Day One of the Paydirt Africa Down Under (ADU) Mining Conference in Perth today. Meanwhile, Orion sets 2020 target date to re-open newly acquired giant of South African’s copper-zinc mines.Welborn told the ADU audience that the upcoming period of development will be one of the most active periods in the company’s colourful 23 year history in Africa. Leading the way is the Syama gold mine in Mali where Resolute is developing a worldclass, fully automated sub-level cave gold mine.The new underground project at Syama is set to develop an estimated gold resource of 7.9 Moz over an initial 14 year mine-life, at approximately 300,000 oz/y.Welborn told the mining conference that the next phase of development at Syama is on track to be delivered by December 2018. He said a Syama underground feasibility study update finalised earlier this year confirmed the operation’s long life, low cost potential.The former Wallaby rugby player said the decision to go to full autonomous mining and improvements to site power generation facilities will see Syama produce at an All-In Sustaining Cost of $746/oz over its 14-year life of mine.“Syama will be the first purpose-built, fully automated, underground mine in the world,” Welborn said. Highlights of the ground-breaking Syama underground development include:• A world class sub-level cave gold mine in the making• Controlled, high-productivity ore delivery• Full automation maximises operating efficiencies, making good use of Sandvik’s OptiMine• Early access to ore without leaving a crown pillar below the open pit• A flexible method with ability to adapt cut-off grades depending on economic inputs• Low upfront capex• A strong partnership with Sandvi.Resolute is also looking at further expansion opportunities at Syama, with a recently completed optimisation study identifying potential to improve mining and processing rates from the underground mine. Independent analysis has identified potential for higher production rates incorporating both sublevel cave and long hole open stope production.Resolute has also recently completed an updated feasibility study at the Bibiani gold mine in Ghana, which has demonstrated the potential for a long life, high margin project. The estimated ~$75 million project at Bibiani would develop an approximately 2.5 Moz resource at a rate of ~100,000 oz/y over an initial 10 year mine-life.Wellborn told the ADU audience that operational readiness planning is set to commence in FY2019, with a FID targeted to follow the Syama underground ramp-up.Resolute, which has produced 4.5 Moz of gold to date in Africa, paid $420 million in royalties and $1.5 billion to local vendors and employees, has continued to build on its African presence with the acquisition of stakes in a number of well managed African focused exploration teams holding promising tenure in highly prospective gold regionsThis includes Lonco (27%); Mako Gold Ltd (19%); Orca Gold (17%); Oklo Resources Ltd (10%) Manas Resources (23%) and Kilo Gold 27%.Welborn said Resolute “has built its proud history on the company’s love of Africa”.He said the geological richness of Africa, the enthusiasm of the African people, the economic potential and the supportive governments, made Africa a great place to invest.However, he warned that there were still a number of issues facing the mining sector across Africa.“We need Mining Code stability and strength, taxation transparency and respect of Mining Convention terms and stability,” Wellborn said. He highlighted the importance of finding a solution to recuperating Value Add Tax. “Recuperating VAT is the silent sleeping giant in increasing investment in mining in Africa.”A Melbourne company say it expects to restart by the end of 2020 a closed underground zinc copper mine it acquired last year and which is regarded as a “giant” in South Africa’s resources sector. The re-opening has been made possible by applying new mining and processing breakthroughs to these historic ore deposits.Addressing the first day today of the ADU, Orion Minerals Managing Director, Errol Smart, said the 12 month BFS schedule should be completed next quarter into the Prieska polymetallic project, 270 km southwest of Kimberley, the regional capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape province.The BFS is being buoyed by the mine’s existing access to significant local and regional infrastructure, with a mine infrastructure which already includes a regional power grid feed, bitumen access roads, access to a bulk, treated water supply and a 1,900 m landing strip.Prieska, which operated for 20 years and at one time employed up to 4,500 people before it became uneconomic, has a defined maiden resource under the Orion ownership of 1.1 Mt of contained zinc grading 3.8% and 365,000 t of contained copper grading an average 1.2%. The deposit is regarded as one of the world’s 30 largest VMS orebodies.Mining and environmental applications have already been lodged focused on initiating updated mine construction work by the second half of next year.“We are mounting an ongoing drilling program with the objective of achieving an upgrade in the classification of a substantial portion of the total mineral resource and to test the currently open extensions of the deposit,” Smart said. “Critically, a detailed engineering appraisal has confirmed the integrity of key installations at Prieska and this will deliver we expect into the VFS, significant capital cost and time savings.“In addition, we have been able to apply advanced mine design and flowsheet approaches to optimise substantial remaining or bodies at Prieska and to exploit some opportunity remaining for open-pit mining.“We have also embarked on securing a regional exploration footprint of around 1,790km², the first time this highly prospective region has been consolidated under a single owner for the first time.”Mr Smart said the new concentrated drill schedules aimed to evolve Prieska as a mining hub around further discovery in the local footprint.“Our application of new technology has discovered a whole lot more ore and we are also able to promote safer mining operations than historically employed on site,” Mr Smart said.“The project is now being fast-tracked to deliver our production targets as ground conditions and infrastructure in the underground mine to date have been found to generally be in a better state than was expected. Orion is confident that mine refurbishment will not require substantial engineering effort.”
Une tasse de café équivaut à 140 litres d’eau, selon WWFL’ONG WWF (World Wild Fundation)-France a révélé que “l’empreinte d’eau” d’une tasse de café correspond à 140 litres d’eau. Cette donnée se base sur l’indicateur mis au point avec l’Université de Twente (Pays-Bas) qui tient compte de l’impact de toute la chaîne de production sur la ressource eau douce.Si une tasse de café ne représente que quelques centilitres de breuvage, elle équivaut en réalité à 140 litres d’eau selon WWF-France. En effet pour arriver à ce résultat, l’ONG a tenu compte de tout le processus de fabrication : de l’eau utilisée pour faire pousser le plan de café, le récolter, le transporter, l’emballer, le vendre et le préparer. Ceci tient également compte du volume d’eau nécessaire à la fabrication de la tasse dans laquelle il sera bu.Si, en plus, vous y ajoutez du lait, du sucre et que vous le versez dans une tasse à emporter, l’empreinte eau atteint les 200 litres (avec quelques variations en fonction du sucre issu de betteraves ou de cannes à sucre). Autres données, 70 grammes de sucre par jour, représentent l’équivalent de 100 litres d’eau en moyenne. Pour tous les ingrédients qui entrent dans la composition d’un hamburger, l’empreinte grimpe à 2.400 litres et pour ce qui est des vêtements, un T-shirt en coton de 250 grammes affichera une empreinte eau de 2.700 litres.”Cet indicateur fait prendre conscience de façon simple des impacts des modes de vie et donc des pressions exercées par les activités humaines sur la ressource eau, qu’elles soient domestiques, industrielles ou agricoles”, souligne le WWF-France en marge du Forum mondial de l’Eau à Marseille. L’indicateur, mis au point en partenariat avec l’université hollandaise de Twente, est décliné en trois couleurs. Le bleu correspond à la consommation des eaux de surface et des eaux souterraines ; le vert indique la consommation des eaux de pluie (notamment par évaporation dans les cultures agricoles) ; le gris évalue le volume d’eau douce requis pour diluer les polluants.Une empreinte eau de 1.786 mètres cubes par an et par Français À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, selon les calculs de l’ONG, l’empreinte eau de production en France (c’est à dire l’eau utilisée sur le territoire pour la production de biens et services) s’élève à 90 milliards de mètres cubes par an. Les régions Midi-Pyrénées et Aquitaine sont celles qui affichent la plus forte empreinte eau bleue en France, en raison des besoins en irrigation notamment pour le maïs. Les cultures agricoles représentent 86% et les céréales, à elles seules, la moitié de cette empreinte eau de production. Par ailleurs, l’empreinte eau d’un consommateur français, s’élève à 1.786 mètres cubes par an, soit, à titre de comparaison, l’équivalent du volume intérieur de deux Boeing 747, indique le WWF cité par l’AFP.L’essentiel de cette empreinte est d’origine agricole, 36% correspondant à la consommation de viande (le bétail se nourrit de maïs et de soja qui demandent de grandes quantités d’eau pour être cultivés) et 10% au lait, via les fourrages. WWF indique également qu’à l’échelle mondiale, la production de bétail compte pour 23% de l’eau consommée dans l’agriculture, soit l’équivalent de plus de 1.150 litres d’eau par personne et par jour.Le 15 mars 2012 à 11:08 • Maxime Lambert
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $586 million on Monday amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, a jump that pushed the prize closer to the $656 million U.S. record set last year.Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions’ lead director, said ticket sales are ahead of projections for Tuesday’s drawing, increasing the likelihood that the record could fall by then. If the prize goes unclaimed for a 22nd consecutive drawing, the next one likely would shatter the record, set in March 2012, she said.“I think we’ll be very close to the record, and maybe even surpass it,” Otto said, adding that sales are difficult to predict.That was enough for Drew Gentsch to play one ticket Monday morning. The attorney from Des Moines never plays, but the jackpot was too good to pass up.“I think it’s ridiculous but you have to dream big,” he said. “The odds of winning are so low, there’s no real reason to play. But it’s fun to do so once in a while.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida non-profit has teamed up with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to expand music education on hundreds of campuses across the county.Rock ‘n’ roll Hall-of Famer and Miami native Sam Moore was on hand to announce the three-year partnership between Little Kids Rock and M-DCPS, called Modern Band Miami.Moore said, “I left here and became successful from here, so why not come back and try to get involved?”The partnership will more than double the size of the district’s modern band programs and add more than 1,000 new musical instruments and other resources.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Anchorage, describes education legislation to the Senate Finance Committee in April. Hughes left the Senate majority caucus over the budget. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus. Palmer Sen. Shelley Hughes left the caucus last Thursday to oppose the state budget.Listen nowHughes was the only senator to vote against the $4.1 billion operating budget. She said she wished the majority had pushed for deeper budget cuts before it compromised with the House.“I wish we would have pulled over a little bit more so that when we met in the middle … the middle would have been different than what it is today,” Hughes said.Since the majority requires its members to vote for the budget, Hughes’ decision to vote no on the budget essentially meant she left the caucus.Hughes opposed cutting Permanent Fund dividends.Due to the budget gap, Hughes said she would first support further spending cuts. Then, she would support a statewide sales tax.“People in my district, they just want to see more reductions first, and so I have to honor that,” Hughes said. “And that is how I campaigned … and I have to be a person of my word.”Hughes will lose some of her four committee assignments, including her spot on the powerful Finance Committee. She will also lose funding for legislative aides.Hughes joined Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy in leaving the majority.Dunleavy said he understood why Hughes made her decision. He said it’s difficult for senators to balance their own positions with the caucus’s needs.“I think that’s the problem for many folks still in the caucus,” Dunleavy said. “There are a lot of good folks, I mean, they’re all good folks, but in terms of thinking on your own and making your decision on your own, that generally goes against the whole caucus concept.”Dunleavy said he also would have voted against the budget. Dunleavy added that he’ll talk with Hughes about forming a new, two-person caucus.
Ford’s best-selling SUV EcoSport’s price has been slashed in India, following the excise reduction announced by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in his latest interim budget.”Ford India has passed on the benefits of recent excise duty reduction to customers and has revised the prices of its products with immediate effect,” the company said in a statement.The EcoSport, a striking offering from the American major Ford, has been riding high in India since its launch. The vehicle will be now available in the domestic market with a price cut of ₹26,000. Other models of the company – Figo, Classic and Endeavour – will also be cheaper by ₹23,000, ₹24,056 and ₹1,07,000 respectively.Speaking on the same, Ford India Executive Director (Marketing, Sales and Service) Vinay Piparsania told PTI: “Reduction of excise duty is a welcome step for the automotive industry and is timely with de-growth the industry is currently witnessing. We hope it will have a positive impact on consumer sentiment and stimulate pent up demand.”Launched in India back in June, the EcoSport comes with 1.5L petrol, 1.5L diesel and the 1.0L EcoBoost engine under the hood. The 1.5L petrol engine gives 112 PS power and 140 Nm torque. The revolutionary EcoBoost EcoSport engine churns out a power of 125 PS and 170 Nm torque, along with a mileage of 18.9 kmpl. The diesel variant of EcoSport is the most fuel efficient among all models, delivering a mileage of 22.7 kmpl.Ford EcoSport Petrol price (All prices ex-showroom, Delhi)Ford EcoSport Ambiente -₹5.94 lakhFord EcoSport Trend-₹6.89 lakhFord EcoSport Titanium-₹7.85 lakhFord EcoSport Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost M/T – ₹8.25 lakhFord EcoSport Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost (Option) M/T -₹8.78 lakhFord EcoSport Titanium 1.5 Ti-VCT A/T -₹8.79 lakhFord EcoSport Diesel priceFord EcoSport Ambiente- ₹7.13 lakhFord EcoSport Trend-₹8.00 lakhFord EcoSport Titanium 1.5 TDCi M/T -₹8.96 lakhFord EcoSport Titanium 1.5 TDCi (Option) -₹ 9.49 lakh
Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) and other investors have sued Citigroup Inc over the bank’s alleged failure to properly monitor toxic securities backed by more than $13.8 billion of mortgage loans, resulting in $2.3 billion of losses.According to a complaint filed on late Tuesday, 25 November in a New York state court in Manhattan, Citigroup breached its duties as trustee for the 25 private-label trusts dating from 2004 to 2007 by ignoring “pervasive and systemic deficiencies” in how the underlying loans were underwritten or being serviced.The investors said Citigroup looked askance at the loans’ “abysmal performance” out of fear it might “jeopardise its close business relationships” with loan servers including Wells Fargo & Co and JPMorgan Chase & Co, or prompt them to retaliate over its own problem loans.Some loans backing the 25 trusts came from issuers including the now-defunct American Home Mortgage and Washington Mutual. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and unspecified damages.Citigroup spokeswoman Danielle Romero-Apsilos declined to comment.TIAA-CREF and affiliates of Prudential Financial Inc and Aegon NV’s Transamerica are among the other plaintiffs.Pimco, a unit of German’s Allianz SE, has filed lawsuits against other banks raising similar allegations over other mortgage trusts. A Pimco spokesman declined to comment.Bond issuers appoint trustees to ensure that payments are funnelled to investors, and handle back-office work after securities are sold.Trustees have in recent years become a target for investors who lost money on badly underwritten mortgages, and believe the trustees shirked their duties to force lenders and bond issuers to buy those loans back.